After months of speculation, Swedish House Mafia came out as the surprise closing headliners for the festival’s 2018 iteration, and the performance proved to be a worthy moment for not just fans of the group, but for the collective global dance music community. The set was full of the groups’ most beloved tracks as well as new IDs that have yet to be released in full. Relive the epic performance below as everyone prepares for Miami Music Week and the 2019 iteration of Ultra Music Festival.
After playing a DJ set at the main BUKU event, From First to Last closed out the two-day festival’s after-party series BUKU Late presented with Emo Nite LA. With a lineup consisting of drummer Derek Bloom, lead guitarist Matt Good, rhythm guitarist Travis Richter, and lead vocalist Sonny Moore, the band gave a much-anticipated performance to a sold-out crowd.
Former vocalist and frontman Moore left From First to Last in February 2007 to work on what would eventually dominate the electronic scene —Skrillex— and rejoined the band in January 2017. They released “Make War” and shortly after, played their first live performance in ten years with Moore back in the band at Emo Nite LA. From First to Last is currently working on their sixth studio album. Catch a snippet of their performance below.
The dance world is waiting on the edge of its seat, salivating over imminent new material from Dog Blood—Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s elusive, acidic side project. The pair recently linked in New Orleans to headline BUKU Music + Arts Project, reuniting for their first show since 2017, and only their second since 2015. Exceeding expectations, the duo used BUKU’s main stage as a testing ground for a trove of new, yet-to-be-named material, followed by a confirmation from Skrillex that new music is indeed underway, and landing soon.
Dog Blood’s performance at BUKU has been one of the most anticipated sets of the early part of 2019, along with Skrillex’s reunion with his former screamo outfit, From First to Last, which also took place at BUKU. As the Dog Blood’s performance schedule continues to materialize throughout the summer, expect more new music to debut from the OWSLA and BNR helmers. For now, get the first taste of new Dog Blood below and prepare for Boys Noize and Skrillex’s impending release—it’s bound to live up to the hype, and it could drop any minute now.
Ever adept at striking a balance between expressive supplicatory lyrics, temperate melodies, and bass, Illenium illustrates his ability to seamlessly blend these elements in his new single, “Pray.” The emotive number sources its vocal contribution from featured artist, Kameron Alexander, whose raspy vocal tone lends a ruggedness to the track’s soft, mellifluous opening. Gentle guitar plucks undergird Alexander’s vocal, to guide the song to a lush, future bass-leaning flood of sound that serves as the song’s first drop.
The placidity of “Pray” eventually gives way to what materializes as a sonic plot twist, a gritty dubstep bridge that lends an edge to the single’s sedative character. Illenium will recognize “Pray” as the ID that Illenium originally debuted during his recent performance at Atlanta’s Believe Music Hall in February.
This video might already be something you’ve seen circulating from time to time, but given that today is March 24th, it’s a good day to throwback to one of the best-ever “Terrapin Station” versions from the Grateful Dead at Hampton, Virginia back in 1987. 32 years ago today @GratefulDead played the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, […]
Bathed in the luminous, multi-colored lights of the stage, RÜFÜS DU SOL appear as a collective whole to perform, while simultaneously maintaining interiority, as each turns quietly introspective. The alternative electronic dance group members’ individual, visible explorations of their own thoughts comprises the concept for RÜFÜS DU SOL’s official music video for Solace album staple, “Treat You Better.” Shot in Mexico City, the visual transitions from pensive grey scale shots of each RÜFÜS DU SOL constituent, absorbed in his own mind, to spirited live shots of RÜFÜS DU SOL playing before a crowd, to clusters of blue confetti that gently rain over the crowd.
The contemplative nature of the video translates the awareness of the necessity of personal improvement—specifically in a romantic arrangement—into a lucid, thoughtful video that uses color in a symbolic sense. The opening scenes of the video are noticeably devoid of any color, but, as both and song and the visual progress in tandem, color begins to flood the production, first entering when RÜFÜS DU SOL take the stage. The strategic presentation of color shots, as opposed to grey scale or black-and-white cuts, traces the emotive journey that the video follows: realization of a need for inner change, and the effectuation thereof.
Flume‘s surprise mixtape, Hi, This is Flume, is set to land any minute now, and as fans eagerly await the Aussie beat guru’s highly anticipated return, the good news just keeps pouring in. The Skin producer was just announced as a headliner at Lollapalooza this summer, signaling a huge swell in momentum for the beloved electronic experimenter. To hype the Chicago iteration of the festival this summer, Lollapalooza has dropped off a short teaser announcing ticket sales, featuring a brand new, yet-to-be identified cut from Flume.
The “Summer is Coming” trailer, which might even succeed in plugging Flume’s return more than the actual festival, features clips of the iconic summer gathering at Grant Park, soundtracked by the delightfully off-kilter clinks and clicks that only Harley Streten can do so well. Chopped vocals and rubbery percussive breaks come together with a charming, cinematic appeal in the new ID, and if the nameless track is any indicator of the impending mixtape Flume has promised, everyone is in for quite the treat.
The tacit suggestion in the official music video for RL Grime and graves‘ “Arcus” would be “expect the unexpected.” With its dimly lit shots of snowy outdoor scenery and suspense-ridden narrative, the visual component directly complements the somber titillation of the trap-infused single. Directed by Arnaud Bresson, the video chronicles a group of friends’ experiences with the occult.
Shots fire from the mere fingers of the video participants, while others take on different supernatural abilities, to levitate, stand sideways, and at one point, appear completely translucent in bodily representation. The video has a firm command of the eerie, as cards scatter on the concrete, rain falling in a spectral haze at video’s end.
Flume is back, but in a different medium: video. The pioneer of future bass released two documentaries on Apple Music, Flume: When Everything Was New, and Sleepless: The Story of Future Classic. Each outline the last six years of the producer and DJ’s life, with one focusing on the individual’s journey and the other showcasing the rise of Future Classic, the imprint where Flume launched his career and an incubator of Australian talent.
The two 45 minute documentaries were directed by Nicholas Wrathall, and the Flume-centric documentary was released as a four part series on the Australian artists’ YouTube page. Harley Streten has documented his life on tour before on his Flume Adventures series, now, he’s upped the ante with longer-form video content that dives into the life of one of the most successful electronic music producer and the business he associates with.
Afrojack might just have his next hit on his hands. The veteran Dutch producer teamed up with hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd and pop singer Stanaj for new release “Sober.” The track juxtaposes Stanaj’s heartfelt vocals and minimalistic production backdrops with Rae Sremmurd’s punchy rapping and a cutting drop. The track’s versatility gives it the potential to be featured everywhere from mainstream radio stations to main stage festival sets.
Afrojack spoke about working with the artists in an official release, stating,
“Working with Rae Sremmurd and Stanaj was fire. Rae’s work ethic is hardcore, and we even made some changes to the song on the set of the video to make sure it’s the best! This is also the second time doing a record with Stanaj and the combo of his voice and approach to pop always gives a WOW effect.”
The outfit have also released a music video to accompany the release, with scintillating and artistic visuals breaking up the artists’ appearances throughout. “Sober” is out now on Armada.