Louis the Child release an extensive nine-track EP, Kids At Play, inviting listeners to their sonic playground filled with sultry harmonies, soulful wonderment, unique sounds, and youthful fervor. Colorful sounds ooze out of , from the tropical steel drums on “Better Not” featuring Wafia to the blue guitar twangs on “Save Me From Myself” with NoMBe and Big Gigantic. These two kids from Chicago showcase their electronic dance-pop crossover skills on what could have easily been a full-length.
Genre bending and intelligent synth design becomes apparent through each of the EP’s distinctive tracks. “Interstellar” features a dynamic and glitchy arrangement that feels fitting of its futuristic name. “Braking News,” featuring RAYE, implies a playful relationship between the collaborators with rolling synths and hi hats that create a bounce in their step.
The Wafia-assisted “Better Not” featuring Wafia was the first track released off the project, amassing to a total of 72.5 million plays on Spotify, the duo’s most listened to track on the platform to date. “Ohhh Baby” is quite the percussive piece, illustrating an organized chaos similar to an uplifting G Jones. “LOVE” featuring Elohim is the second collaboration between the two, the first being “Love is Alive.” The chorus features the West LA Children’s Choir, adding to the album’s childish delight.
“Dear Sense” features the soulful vocals of MAX and offers an LCD Soundsystem feel. “The City” featuring Quinn XCII offers bouncing melodies and punching percussions underneath a fervent voice. “Save Me From Myself” features EDM’s sax man, Big Gigantic, and the R&B clad, NoMBE. The acoustic guitar creates a campfire feel that drops into big, emotive synths, spaced out for effect. “Space Jam” contains a classic Louis The Child synth feel, sounding similar to an old-school 90s video game with frolicsome percussive elements. Listen to Kids At Play by Louis The Child below.
Earlier this year Louis The Child released the perfect summer song and perhaps one of their biggest hits to date in “Better Not,” featuring the wonderful Wafia. The track bounced with steel drums, clean percussion and vibrant synths that perfectly showcased Wafia’s every word while painting sunny mental images.
However, right when listeners thought the track couldn’t get any better, the guys now deliver a broken-down acoustic version that features Robby on the bass, Freddy on the piano, a string quartet, and of course Wafia on the mic. In doing so, they create an emotion-packed video that really allows the listener to connect with the artists as they perform the gentle ballad. It also shows their versatility and ability to create anything from fully electronic productions to delicate live performances.
With a little help from his friend Freddy from Louis The Child, StayLoose flipped the boys’ 2018 chart-topper “Better Not”. The Denver native stayed true to the soft intro of the original track, but added his own style of guitar synth that lead into the beautiful vocals of Wafia. However, once the drop hits StayLoose
Denver producer StayLoose, previously known as StéLouse, has been fine-tuning his pop-infused electronic productions since his initial debut in 2014. In the past couple of years, he has grown his following with stellar singles like “Sociopath” featuring Bryce Fox and his vibrant remix of Rozes‘ “R U Mine.”
He got connected with Louis the Child‘s Freddy in 2014, and they continued to stay friends as their careers progressed. After hearing the Chicago duo’s release of “Better Not” featuring Wafia, StayLoose immediately connected with it and decided to put his own spin on it.
In his rendition, StayLoose keeps the integrity of the track by introducing delicate guitar riffs, and Wafia’s whimsical voice, while subtly building with percussion which then guides in the synth-heavy and emotion-filled drop.
Producer duo Louis The Child are known over the years for their individual style that is readily evident across their excellent remixes and bouncy originals.
With their upbeat sound and foolproof productions, it’s no surprise that they release a beautiful 9-track remix package for their latest release. “Better Not,” featuring the ever so swaggy Wafia.
Hotel Garuda reimagines it by kicking the tempo up a notch and, adding a four on the floor beat. In doing so they deliver an excellently house tune that is sprinkled with groovy strumming bass.
Other remixers include Krane, who takes the remix and builds the track into a cinematic wonderland. Picture driving at hyper speed surrounded in emotional chords and following the sound of the heroic lead as it guides you through the bass ridden drop.
Montell2099 also comes in and delivers an uplifting funky soul tune that provokes dancing so be warned.
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.
Louis the Child has taken over the EDM world with their unique production sound and smashing of festival stages across the globe. Most recently, the guys dropped a banger of a set at Weekend 1 of Coachella that most certainly gained them even more fans. Last week, they dropped “Better Not” featuring the outstanding vocals
Louis the Child has long toed future bass territory as a site of creativity and exploration in their songs. The duo’s latest single, “Better Not,” materializes as an extension of the mastery of production techniques that the group has exemplified on prior tracks, while notably delving deeper into soul touching terrain.
“Better Not” centralizes the vocals of Wafia, admitting optimistically up tempo steel drum and xylophone accents that complement the tonal purity of Wafia’s contribution, while signaling the slightest shift in Louis the Child’s genre inclination. The single seems a thoughtful experimentation with future bass influenced sonics that remain malleable, and one not so easily defined.
The track harnesses an effervescent, happy-go-lucky spirit that is noticeably fresh in sound.