Power duo Louis The Child released an ideal summer track “Better Not” in April right before their performances at Coachella. Since then the song, which features Wafia, has had immense success, hitting No. 1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart and on HypeMachine while reaching nearly 11 million streams globally.
As if “Better Not” wasn’t catchy enough, the guys now release a colorful music video directed by Matty Peacock that fully captures the output’s lighthearted aesthetic. Steel drums swirl as Wafia’s delicate voice floats atop scenes of friends hanging out on the beach, skating, Robby and Freddy in Mario-inspired getups, syncopated choreography and other feel-good visuals.
This music video anchors around Louis The Child’s bubbly personalities along with Wafia’s effortless perfection, that makes the video a perfectly accenting accompaniment to a summer-scoring jam.
Tyler, the Creator is keen on surprises. He’s dropped off a steady stream of one-offs since his deeply personal Flower Boy LP last year, and now, “because why not,” he’s followed a string of tweets with another new one-off track and in-studio video.
ohhh look another thing i had sitting on a hard drive im sharing
“435” samples Saint Etienne’s “4:35 In The Morning” and was recorded while Tyler was on tour in Philadelphia. Albeit brief, clocking in under two minutes, it’s another indication of just how versatile the former Odd Future rapper really is. He’s since claimed that’s it not “an indication of how future things will sound.”
Recently, in a cover story with Complex ahead of his new album, A$AP Rocky claimed that Tyler has already been working on the follow-up to Flower Boy, explaining,“Tyler’s new shit is crazy. I’m not even lying, honestly, sonically he challenged himself in a different way,” he says. “It’s not even like Flower Boy. His next album is a new wave.”
Alternative dance group RÜFÜS DU SOL made history at the inaugural Electronic Music Awards in 2017, where the Atlas producers took home the award for “Live Act of the Year,” triumphing over formidable fellow nominees, Bob Moses, Bonobo, Eric Prydz, and Porter Robinson & Madeon. Now, the trio have returned to after a two-year hiatus, ready to pick up where they left off with their first single of 2018, ‘No Place.’
When it comes to craft, not much has changed: “No Place” centerpieces lead singer Tyrone Lindqvist’s haunting vocals, which remain piercingly pure in tonal quality. RÜFÜS’ instrumentation likewise reflects the refinement evidenced on the group’s 2016 album, Bloom. Echoing vocals and instrumentation amplify the effective power of “No Place,” a deeply toned, and cinematic piece. Arresting in its construction, “No Place” is an extension of the mastery exhibited on Bloom, sure to arouse excitement in the long time RÜFÜS listeners who’ve waited patiently for new music.
Fortunately for fans, “No Place” won’t be the last from RÜFÜS DU SOL this year. The track precedes the group’s forthcoming third album, slated for a 2018 release via Reprise Records (Warner Music).
“‘Kernkraft 400‘ was like any great idea — they come very quickly with no intention of how this is going to work, if it’s going to be successful or anything. It just came out of the moment.”
In a new documentary from Vice, Zombie Nation‘s Florian Senfter tells the story behind iconic stadium anthem “Kernkraft 400.”
The 15-minute video shows Senfter talking about how he co-founded Zombie Nation with Emanuel Mooner, putting together a short EP of tracks that was released in 1999, one of which was “Kernkraft 400” in its original form. But when it was licensed in Italy via Spectra Records, a more “straightforward” remix from DJ Gius was added — and it’s the one that’s arguably most well-known today.
“It was a weird feeling because this track kind of became the original,” Senfter recalls. “A lot of labels didn’t bother to say it’s a remix.”
That was only the beginning of the struggles with the tune. Learn the full story below.
“Ascension” is a journey into a world defined by both the beauty and conflicting dangers of technology. In the dystopian world, conception has been forcefully evolved into a machine-driven process, scored by an unreleased cannon of Big Wild’s computer crafted, metallically enhanced production, and synth prowess.
In Big Wild’s own words:
This art piece tells the story of an advanced society that’s become so mechanized and ruled by technology that it’s neglected the natural environment, which it in turn has to now rebuild. The painful irony of this situation brings to question our infatuation with technology and an increasing detachment from the natural world.
We wanted to create our own world and convey a simple but powerful message. I really wanted to experiment musically and collaborate with visual artists to create something unique. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!”
Amsterdam trap duo Yellow Claw has long been a crowd favorite when it comes to bass-boomin’ beats, but their recent performance at EDC Las Vegas flopped among attendees when the DJs brought the infamous “Cash Me Outside” girl, Danielle Bregoli, as their surprise special guest.
Although Bregoli has enjoyed success in rap circles under her stage name of Bhad Bhabie, EDC-goers clearly didn’t take the reality-personality-turned-rapper as an emblem of peace, love, unity, and respect, booing Bregoli off the stage.
Better luck next year, Yellow Claw.
@YELLOWCLAW has always been a favorite of mine, but never have I ever been more disappointed in my life than when they brought out that “cash me outside” girl to perform her garbage music#fuckthat
Distance makes the heart grow fonder, and in the case of Skrillex, this colloquialism runs true. Having more or less taken a step back from performing, Skrillex’s instead been kicking it into high gear in the studio.
His latest return to the stage was at one of the most underrated festivals in the world — the intimate, Hundred Waters-curated Arizona festival FORM Arcosanti — and it was a feverish testament to his continued versatility behind the decks.
What originally started as an application-only festival has since grown into a 1,000+ people event with utterly unparalleled company, and considering Skrilly’s performances are few and far between, one would hope he’d bring his A-game. Expectedly, he did. Gathered together in the Minds Garden, Skrillex transcended genre and proved that like fine wine, he’s only getting better with age.
In the month since Avicii‘s passing, DJs and producers around the world have paid homage to the pioneering artist with heartfelt tributes. And while he will no longer grace the world’s main stages playing for thousands of ecstatic fans, Avicii was there in spirit at EDC Las Vegas 2018.
Godfather of EDM Tiësto carved out more than 12 minutes of his EDC Las Vegas set to honor his friend, playing some of Avicii’s biggest hits. “Wake Me Up” collaborator Aloe Blacc even joined Tiësto on stage to contribute live vocals to the song. The set included everything from “Levels” to “Seek Bromance” as Tiësto brought some of Swedish producer’s smash hits to the Kinetic Field.
“Tonight, we celebrate his memory,” Tiësto announced to the crowd before launching the portion of his set with 2015 hit “Waiting for Love.”
Featured photo by Bridget Bennett, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Lykke Li is set to release her fourth solo album, so sad so sexy, on June 8. In anticipation, Li has dropped three tracks: “deep end,” “hard rain,” and “utopia.” Her recently released music video for “utopia” is a compilation of old family footage celebrating Mother’s Day. Now, she’s released another music video for her single “deep end.” It’s about a night out on the town, shot from the perspective of Li’s iPhone.
The dreamy, celestial, flowing ambiance creates a drunken haze, which compliments the music video’s nonchalant yet emotive narrative. Even the audio takes a dip in the pool. The alternative pop single was co-produced by Jeff Bhaskar, Malay, and T-Minus.
The Swedish singer, songwriter, and model released her last album, I Never Learn, four years ago. Since then, Li formed the Swedish supergroup liv, which consists of members in Miike Snow and Peter Bjorn & John. Catch her at Lollapalooza and Osheaga this year.