THEY. dropped the music video for their Wiz Khalifa-assisted single “What I Know Now,” closely followed by a brand new collaboration with Jessie Reyez, “Broken.” The new visual is sure to set the tone for the duo’s highly anticipated upcoming Fireside EP, set to land on November 9. The impending project will reportedly feature contributions from Jeremih, Gallant, Vic Mensa, and Ty Dolla $ign.
The “What I Know Now” visual, directed by Amber Park, succeeds in bringing an array of concentrated elements from an entire era of music to the here and now. The horizontal grain from the handheld digital camcorders of yesteryear show a dark, grungy, visceral, live set reminiscent of the 90s — the compression effect on the guitar and chains hanging from the stage add to this end. The editing on the video, however, is something digital artists of that time could only dream of.
Sonically, “What I Know Now” remains contemporary. The LA-duo sing catchy hooks through subtle autotune and the presence of Wiz Khalifa’s high energy, status, and experience bring the message of the performance to light — they’re rock stars, they’re high profile, and they’re clearly confident about what they’re about to release.
The pace changes considerably on the EP’s second offering, “Broken” featuring emerging pop force Jessie Reyez. The smooth, heartbreak-inspired collaboration points to a well-rounded collection underway on Fireside, and certainly highlights the complements between Reyez’ infectious vocals and THEY.’s sleek R&B-influenced sound.
THEY. is back with Wiz Khalifa on a new laid-back genre bender, “What I Know Now,” to combine elements of r&b and rock ‘n’ roll. The song reflects the duo’s failed relationship with distorted guitars and alternative music while the Pittsburgh rapper brings his phantasmic flow in the final verse–both parties, indeed, describing what they know.
THEY.’s Dante Jones recently expounded on his ever-changing process in an interview with FADER: “After we dropped our last album, I took a step back and decided that I wanted my writing process to feel more therapeutic, not just for me but for the listener as well,” he said. “The song started off with the guitar riff and it instantly took me back to being a kid listening to alternative music. At that point started thinking about what I would say to myself at that point in life.”
“What I Know” is the first single off THEY.’s upcoming Fireside EP, set to drop November 9 with collaborations from Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih, Gallant, Vic Mensa, and Jessie Reyez. THEY. have been relatively quiet in 2018, releasing two singles within the last year: “Pops” and “Thrive.” In 2017, they released a brimming 14-track EP, Nü Religion: HYENA. The EP was released by Mind of a Genius Records, a subsidiary of Warner, through which Fireside will also be released on.
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The EP kicks off with “Unity,” a heavy collaboration with Hardwell. Festival synths and hardstyle rhythms take over, surprising listeners. Nicky Romero’s feature samples The Chemical Brothers‘ “Hey Boy, Hey Girl,” in another hardstyle heater. “Opa” with KSHMR takes advantage of Greek influences using Bouzouki sounds and electro-house rhythms.
“Arcade Mammoth” is as big and wide as the title suggests. Plucking synths that lead into trance synth melodies is exactly what listeners would expect from this collaboration between Dutch duo, W&W, and the No. 2 DJs on DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJs list.
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NGHTMRE has deservedly built his reputation of creating inventive sonics across a wide variety of genres, consistently dropping off hard bass drops juxtaposed with hip-hop, working with collaborators including Wiz Khalifa and PnB Rock. The LA-based producer is back with a new two-track EP titled Magic Hour, coming in as NGHTMRE‘s first release in five months. The short EP is a joint effort with emerging southern rapper Pell, blending the “No Coming Down” producer’s well-rounded production sensibilities with Pell’s infectious lyrical flow, adding another successful crossover venture to NGHTMRE’s ever-growing rap sheet.
The EP consists of two tracks — upbeat “Swiss” complete with a singalong-primed hook followed by a more laid back lo-fi inspired take on “Lights Low.” The quick twofer brings together both artist’s complementary sounds into one cohesive, albeit short, body of work, that leaves the listener wanting more. Landing by way of NGHTMRE’s longtime home imprint, Magic Hour is available now via Mad Decent.