“Releasing a song on a cookie’s crazy.” That’s how Wiz Khalifa describes releasing a song on a cookie. If you watched this past Sunday’s Grammys and didn’t stare at your phone all through the commercials, then you saw Wiz and his miles-wide smile in an Oreo commercial, mugging with his kid and projecting a more … More »
A decade ago, Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y were major-label refugees trying to figure out what their careers would be. This was a whole different era of the rap internet, when mixtapes were moving away from being slimline-cased CDs sold on street corners, when they were just starting to flourish on websites like DatPiff. And in … More »
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With a refreshing amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today on the first NMF of 2019, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
Perhaps one of the biggest releases of today is a mega collaboration from Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve called “Island,” which is packed with cascading melodies and powerfully emotive beats. Lost Kings have also arrived in full force, releasing their Paper Crowns EP, which is headed up by “Don’t Kill My High” with Wiz Khalifa and Social House. mau5trap has released their We Are Friends, Vol. 8 compilation, which features 35 tracks from some of the label’s best rising acts, including i_o, ATTLAS, No Mana, and more. Hardwell kicks off his 2019 releases with “Being Alive” with JGUAR, and Sofi Tukker delivers four remixes for “Benadryl,” including a breezy take from TOKiMONSTA. Ghastly and G-Rex have joined forces on the formidable “Heretic,” and Tom Staar puts a grooving twist on Oliver Heldens‘ “Fire In My Soul.” 3LAU taps the talents of vocalist Carly Paige on his newest, “Would You Understand,” and Galantis‘ “Emoji” gets a rework from BEAUZ in their new remix pack.
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
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.
Back in May, Donald Glover premiered a striking Childish Gambino music video for his new song, “This Is America.” It was an exciting teaser for a pair of lukewarm tracks that he shared in July, “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.” My colleague Chris DeVille titled his The Week In Pop … More »
12:09:10 PM 7/28/18 – This new Wiz and Alchemist track, “Universal Studios,” has that Just Blaze/early Kanye/Heatmakerz vibe to it!!
12:09:36 PM 7/28/18 – Alchemist sure is talented. Might have to flip him some coin for this.
12:09:39 PM 7/28/18 – Wait, the 45 is $20?! That’s outrageous.
12:10:01 PM 7/28/18 – Sure wish Wiz wasn’t on this, but whatevs.
12:10:11 PM 7/28/18 – I should be nicer. He’s not so bad.
12:10:35 PM 7/28/18 – Wonder how much water an elephant drinks in a day?
12:10:56 PM 7/28/18 – Oooff this chorus sux.
12:10:52 PM 7/28/18 – Holy shit, 50 gallons?!
12:11:45 PM 7/28/18 – That really is a lot of water…
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have released their Tomorrowland 2018 EP, featuring collaborations with Hardwell, Nicky Romero, KSHMR, W&W, Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa, and Bassjackers. Celebrating the two-weekend event, the Belgian DJ duo released seven tracks in 10 days.
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.
There are two Bassjackers alliances on the EP, “All I Need” and “The Jungle.” Both combine elements of trap, electro, and bass music using trap rhythms and eclectic synth whomps.
The project culminates with a calmer verse than previous tracks. Around the two-minute mark, listeners are met with that signature hardstyle fans know and love from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Wiz Khalifa’s vocals add a cooling contrast from the bigger synth play.
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