With the fate of festival season once again in question due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Ubbi Dubbi moves forward with its new camping experience.
Ubbi Dubbi 2021 is set to take place at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis over April 23 – 25. Festival organizers reportedly plan to operate at 50% capacity with masks required — and so far, have shown no real concern for a potential cancellation or postponement.
The lineup includes plenty of go-to dance favorites including Destructo, Camelphat, Illenium, GreenVelvet, Joyryde, Kaskade, Rusko, VNSSA, WhippedCream and more. Plus, new additions, Ghastly and Tvboo. Music wise, nothing can go wrong!
Unfortunately, Ubbi Dubbi was forced to cancel its FreakyDeaky co-hosted event last October. Ubbi Dubbi Gets Freaky Deaky tickets were made transferrable for the Ubbi Dubbi 2021 festival.
Just recently, Ultra Music Festival reportedly canceled with an official statement to follow. Coachella has also decided to push back dates from Spring to Fall 2021. Meanwhile, hopeful Ubbi Dubbi attendees bank on the return of live events by the time April rolls around.
Two weeks ago today, Sullivan Kingteased his new collaboration with Excision. Today, “Unbound” is unleashed unto the world.
For both artists, this is one of their best works in a long time. Pure vocals from Sullivan show off one of his best assets, and the slow, steadfast build creates a wonderful atmosphere ahead of the intense drop. Drums are introduced, the force builds, and the finally it’s all released in a wonderful maelstrom of fervent electric guitar riffs and comparatively reticent bass notes. The clash of these two sound create an incredible dichotomy coupled with Sullivan’s vocals, making this one of the more unique bass tracks we’ve heard, as well.
By this time, the song is two thirds done, but there’s still more to come – a metal breakdown featuring heavier drums interjects the standard bass notes and the double bass pedals only serve to up the ante even more. Then Sullivan screams and the heavy bass falls into place, rounding out this epic journey.
COVID-19 vaccines are being doled out around the world as we speak, prioritized for those 80+ and immunocompromised. What should have been a moment of potential freedom and less worry turned into a case of mistaken priorities for one group of senior citizens waiting in line for the vaccine in Essex, England last Friday when worried neighbors called the police assuming it was a line for an ‘illegal rave.’
On the one hand, the UK has had an epidemic of its own with the problem of illegal raves over the course of the whole pandemic. On the other hand, any sort of close look at the “attendees” should have alerted the alerted neighbors as to what was actually going on.
“It was really funny when the police arrived as they had been notified that there was a ‘rave’ taking place at Saxon Hall — only to find 80- and 90-year-olds on wheelchairs, zimmer frames and walking sticks, patiently queueing for their vaccinations,” Saxon Hall chairman Dennis Baum told the local outlet.
A photo from Saxon Hall (lower left) shows what the queue likely would have looked like — clearly a gathering of ne’er do wells.
Saxon Hall, home of Essex Freemasons in the South East has thrown open its doors to allow mass vaccination of the local…
Need a pick-me-up? W&W‘s new remix of “Dragostea Din Tei” aka “Maya Hi” aka “Numa Numa” is sure to brighten up your day with its irresistible happy hardcore energy!
The song takes listeners back to Summer 2004, when this anthem from Moldovan pop group O-Zone topped music charts across Europe. “Numa Numa” became a global sensation, a viral meme, and the song was later famously sampled in T.I.‘s “Live Your Life” featuring Rihanna.
What we’re saying is — you’ve probably heard some version of this song at some point.
W&W rejuvenate “Dragostea Din Tei” for the main stage with a theatrical and uplifting take on the quirky classic. Adding in proper dance synths and a speedy beat, the production takes flight with much nostalgia still intact.
The duo share:
We always loved that “feel good” vibe of “Dragostea Din Tei” and we think that now more than ever everybody could use that positive energy you get from listening to it. Hopefully, we can play the track in front of a live audience very, very soon and be dancing to it together with you all.
Daft Punk’s 2007 tour is unique in that it’s a current bucket list item for many fans who wish they could go back in time and witness these moments in person. However, with a new tour all but incredibly unlikely, we have to rely on old, found footage to truly relive these shows.
Thankfully, some new, previously uncirculated high quality footage has made its way online from their Lollapalooza 2007 performance. According to the notes at the beginning of the video, this footage was mixed live for the screens at the venue, so it’s a direct feed from front of house and in super high quality.
It’s the same set as their Coachella 2006 set, but the video quality is miles better quality than the spliced-together found footage from that show. The first of its kind stage production set the scene for all modern stage productions — watch it below!
Diplo and MarkRonson aka SilkCity team up with Ellie Goulding for their first release since their 2018 hot streak, “New Love.”
The Grammy Award-winning DJ/producer superduo absolutely shine on the track, celebrating the classic house and disco sounds that have inspired them so much throughout their careers. “New Love” rocks nostalgic dance elements and a smooth, zesty groove of its own, as Ellie Goulding’s powerhouse voice cuts through the mix with feel-good attitude. It’s a new school approach to a tried and true method, and we fall a little more in love with the track with each listen.
I’ve known Mark and Wes for years and it seemed only right to make a tune together, at a time where we all need to dance and be free, even if just in our kitchens. The song is about losing yourself on your own, not needing to be seen, knowing that the one that got away could be just as happy as this too. The main concept is dancing on your own not needing to be seen. – Ellie Goulding
Named after the Philadelphia diner where the pair first met more than 20 years ago, Silk City is a celebration of classic dance music. After decades of friendship, Diplo and Ronson entered the studio together in 2018 and churned out hits — “Only Can Get Better” featuring Daniel Merriweather, “Feel About You” featuring Mapei, “Loud” with GoldLink and Desiigner, and “Electricity” with Dua Lipa.
Disclosure dropped their latest album, ENERGY, in August last year. With 11 brand new tracks, it’s been some of their best work in years. But for months now, fans have been asking for a VIP of “Running” they dropped on live stream — and now it’s finally here.
They dropped the VIP as part of a short Workout Energy playlist, including “Watch Your Step” with Kelis, “My High” with slowthai, the classic “When A Fire Starts To Burn,” and more. Check it out below!
Ultra Music Festival is reportedly canceled for 2021.
With no festival lineup just a couple months out and coronavirus (COVID-19) cases still on the rise, the news doesn’t exactly come as a shock. This will mark the second time the major music festival has been forced to cancel due to the pandemic; it was one of, if not the first in 2020 to be canceled due to COVID-19.
According to a report from Billboard, organizers are looking into 2022 for Ultra’s much-anticipated return. In a letter obtained by the publication, Ultra attorney Sandy York addresses Miami city manager Arthur Noriega: “we respectfully request the rescheduled dates to be March 25, 26, and 27, 2022.”
An Ultra rep has provided Billboard with a further statement:
Given the current status of the pandemic in relation to mass gatherings and the public health considerations of our local community, we are working cooperatively with our city partners and plan to release an official festival update soon.
Back in 2017-2018, Whyel put out some seriously promising punk crossover hits, remixing DJ Snake’s “Let Me Love You,” The Chainsmokers’ “You Owe Me,” and Dillon Francis & Yung Pinch’s “Hello There.” It’s been a few years since then and he’s put out a ton of singles in the dubstep and trap realm, but he’s finally back to his punk sound this year with a fresh cover of Green Day’s iconic 1995 hit, “Brain Stew.”
Whyel perfectly captures the essence of the original, with the slowly building elements, one coming atop another. But he accentuates it with an even more gritty sound and, of course, some heavier instrumentation and more elaborate synth work.
Steve Aoki pays homage to his club and festival roots with his Dim Mak EP, 6OKI – Rave Royale.
The EP includes six hard-hitting collaborations with Timmy Trumpet, k?d, Gammer, Brennan Heart, Ben Nicky, and Hasse de Moor giving each song its own fresh sound. Whether it is “BIB’s” pulsating low-ends, drilling synths on “Like It Like That (feat. Spyro & MYLKI),” eccentric percussion throughout “Incoming,” invigorating wubs on “Mind Control,” explosive melodies via “Close to You (feat. PollyAnna),” or a brassy revamp of Pulp Fiction’s famous guitar riff on “Tarantino (feat. STARX),” Aoki and his collaborators deliver on each track.
Visually, the EP’s “Rave Royale” narrative spans across a series of animated video game-styled music videos, inspired by the cult classic Japanese film Battle Royale as well as the Fortnite video game. [Watch them all here.]
Wenzday and Capozzi absolutely smash their debut team up, “Bright Lights” featuring the vocal prowess of Lil Debbie — out now on Confession.
With this buzzing new production, Wenzday and Capozzi continue to prove themselves as unmistakable forces in dance music. “Bright Lights” speaks for itself on every level, channeling fierce vocals, booming rhythm, and electro-tinged reiterations to make for one hype club banger.
As listeners may have caught on by now, Capozzi and Lil Debbie are one and the same. The iconic rapper has been making moves in the dance world, evolving and releasing music under her new alias for Night Bass, In / Rotation and more.
Meanwhile, Wenzday has stayed on top of her game, releasing hard-hitting originals and collabs — most recently with Lektrique and Decimate. Coming into 2021 hot, we can expect another massive year as she continues to raise her own bar.
Listen here and link up with both Wenzday & Capozzi below!
Wenzday & Capozzi – Bright Lights feat. Lil Debbie
Lowke & Veronica Eileen deliver us with an inspiring new production, “I Believe In You.”
What we love about the track — it’s heartfelt, genuine and not too overdone. Believing in someone or something is a deep and powerful notion, and this song captures that energy.
Veronica’s haunting vocals glide over euphoric chords and reverb-heavy percussion, into a swell of a drop that releases all the feels through glimmering arps and a unique groove. Back down into another gorgeously delivered verse we go, before “I Believe In You” takes an unexpected turn with its production and finishes strong.
Lowke & Veronica Eileen have shared a simple, joint statement to accompany their release:
We Believe In You All
If you need something to believe in today, this is it. Listen here, check out the music video, and link up with both artists below!
Dack Janiels and Decimate team up for an instinctual collaboration with “Checkmate.”
In his first release of 2021, 40oz Cult founder Dack Janiels goes full force along with longtime Cult alum Decimate, known for his “disgustingly pleasant” soundscape. The two SoCal producers are clearly on the same wavelength when it comes to devastating bass and innovative sound design, as they showcase ridiculous riddim flow with this production.
As 40oz Cult hails, “Checkmate” is an absolute display of carnage from start to finish and a surefire way to start any party. If there were rails to be broken, “Checkmate” would break them all.
Keep your eyes and ears locked on Dack Janiels and Decimate socials for more music.
Electric Forest has locked in new 2021 dates, providing alternate weekends for the music festival’s 10-year celebration.
According to a local report from the White Lake Beacon, the new potential dates for Electric Forest are August 12 – 15 and August 19 – 22. The village council in Rothbury, Michigan has reportedly approved and reserved these dates for the event’s promoter, Madison House, and they’re hopeful for the festival’s return at Double JJ Resort.
Village clerk Carol Witzke clarified these dates are not meant to extend the festival, but on hold in case COVID-19 pushes the festival back once again. As of now, the festival’s website gives no clear date for Electric Forest Decade One.
The beloved music festival was canceled last year due to growing health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ticket holders were given the option to be issued a refund or keep their ticket for this year.
Looking forward into 2021, Electric Forest’s latest statement reads:
While we are holding our typical June timeframe, we have to consider health and safety guidelines as well as artist, infrastructure, and vendor availability. These all play a part in confirming a date for Summer 2021.
Thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate the opportunities, and we will communicate again with confirmed information.
Last night, Armin van Buuren celebrated a milestone moment with A State of Trance 1000 — and today he unleashes the anthem, “Turn The World Into A Dancefloor.”
The high-octane production embodies the trance culture Armin has worked so hard to showcase, along with Ruben de Ronde and FerryCorsten, since the show’s inception in 2001. “Turn The World Into A Dancefloor” is an instant classic masterpiece that embodies the movement.
In addition, Armin announces the ASOT 1000 festival, primed to bring trance music to the main stage once again. The IRL festival is scheduled for September 3 & 4, at Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. Register and get early access to tickets here.
Armin’s full ASOT 1000 – Celebration Mix is available to pre-save and pre-order here.
With this release, he urges fans to “keep the trance vibes alive.” Listen below.
Armin van Buuren – Turn The World Into A Dancefloor
“Rush Over Me” came out in 2016 with Seven Lions, Illenium, Said The Sky, and HALIENE, and remains one of the most intensely emotional melodic bass tunes of the past five years — with those artists together, who could be surprised? But Seven Lions has never been one to stay in one lane, mixing dubstep, trance, psytrance, and even folk with his regular productions.
As we enter a new year, Seven Lions has announced his 1999 EP, a collection of four tracks transformed into the classic trance vibes of 1999. First up from the forthcoming release is a remix of the 2016 bass track, which is reconstructed to glorious throwback precision. Starting with the classic kick snare combo and quickly introducing iconic trance synths and rhythm, we’re instantly transported to a time long past.
Speaking about the impetus to create the 1999 EP, Seven Lions says,
“2020 was a strange and honestly really demotivating year for me. I was having a hard time feeling inspired and creative in the studio so I decided to just do some musical therapy and make old school trance remixes of some of my older tracks. I had a great time making these songs. They have a nostalgic vibe for me and it made me remember how much I love the process of making music, especially with zero expectations. It definitely worked and has brought me a lot of focus and I’ve been really happy just being at home and making loads of music that I’m excited to share with you down the line. For now I hope these songs bring you as much joy as they brought me!”
Check out the remix and relive the original below!
Full of previews, exclusives, remixes and the best of their tracks from 2020, Viper’s Annual 2021 album is once again a massive compilation of dancefloor fun, emotional vocals and locked in engineering. Big sounds to bring in the New Year in style, even if for many of us it’s in our jammies in the living room. The album features pretty much any D&B star you can think of from label boss Matrix & Futurebound to Zombie Cats to A.M.C. & Turno, Blaine Stranger, Murdock, Roni Size…name a name and they’re probably on there.
The Annual, as is its “annual” tradition, also features a lot of newer faces in the D&B scene. Breakout Viper stars Millbrook and Halflight, for example, bring some of the most fun beats of the album. The Aussie duo V O E have also started making big waves in late 2019 and 2020, featuring on compilations from Blackout, Unchained records, Liquicity and RAM and having their own EP on ProtoCode before being on the Viper Annual and being picked for the teaser sampler with Halflight.
With their diverse style gaining traction, it only makes sense that Viper would choose them for this Your EDM guest mix that we’re happy to deliver today. 40 minutes of high-vibe drum & bass to lift spirits and keep the dance going no matter what the dancefloor looks like. It’s impossible not to be happy while listening to this Viper-heavy mix and it’s clearly the portends of raves to come in 2021.
For more info and releases by V O E, check out their Beatport page. To stream or purchase the Viper Annual 2021, click here.
The number of artists who’ve reached one billion streams with a single song on Spotify is ever-growing, but remains an exclusive list of names for the time being. Zedd, Grey, and Maren Morris now add their names to that list with their hit collaboration, “The Middle.”
“Today marks an unbelievable milestone for me,” Zedd wrote on Instagram.
Today, Tiësto dropped “The Business Part II”, a collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign! The two superstars paired up to merge their unique sounds, creating a new version of Tiësto’s 2020 anthem, “The Business.” The smooth R&B vocals from Ty, coupled with the heart pumping beats created by Tiësto, makes the “The Business Part II”, a must listen for 2021.
“The world-wide response to “The Business” has been incredible. There is nothing better than combining diverse sounds and genres to create something truly special and Ty’s smooth R&B vocals really takes this track to the next level,” says Tiësto. “I have always been a huge fan of Ty’s work… he’s an exceptional talent and I am thrilled we got to collab on this. I am very excited to share this new version with both of our fans around the world!”
“We got one! Thankful for being a part of this legendary moment. Always been a fan of Tiësto,” says Ty Dolla $ign.
“The Business” in September has garnered close to a staggering 204 Million Global Streams to date. It has also held a steady position on Apple & Spotify’s “Today’s Top Hits” & “Today’s Hits” playlists. The track also hit #1 at US Dance Radio, is certified Platinum in the Netherlands and holds a place on the Top 10 official singles chart in the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Germany and Denmark as well as Top 50 on Spotify in 25 countries.
So, of course all the playlists we do here at Your EDM are great no matter what kind of technology you have going and of course of course, RLV will always bring the funk with any playlist he puts together. You don’t need to have the SUBPAC X1 to listen to this playlist. But it couldn’t hurt. In fact, you might get a pretty good back massage out of it.
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months (technically we all have, so most of us can be forgiven), the SUBPAC has been making a lot of headlines for its immersive listening technology and has producers raving about how much it helps with producing, providing another layer of sound where it’s more needed: in the body.
We’re all obsessed for drum & bass at least in part because of that deep, heavy bass that you don’t just hear but feel. It reverberates in our head, our hips, our tissues and our chest. There’s no getting away from it, but why would you want to? SUBPAC X1 straps to your back or your chair to put that chest cavity in direct contact with the bass so no matter what your home speakers are like, it’s like listening/feeling in a club setting. It helps producers anticipate what a track will sound like on a big system more than ever before and with the current times as they are, it’s the only way most of us can have that experience. Perfect time for a wicked setup.
RLV of course chose a list of bass-heavy tracks that he tested on the SUBPAC, and he’s been a fan of the technology for quite a while.
“I was asked to pick a selection of tracks which work well on the SUBPAC, which struck me as a funny question because basically everything works amazingly on the SUBPAC. So I chose a selection of tracks with some solid bassweight and interesting sub bass sections to showcase the unit.”
So here we go. Fans can listen to the playlist on Spotify (scroll down for full player) or check out the YouTube tracks below with LaVice’s reasons for loving each one. Whether you have a SUBPAC or not, Strap in.
René LaVice – Hollywood ft. Spy [Device]
This is one of my hardest club bangers right now. Listening to it on the SUBPAC is the closest thing to experiencing it in a club. I love the way the impact on the drop practically smacks you across the room when you’ve got this one on full blast.
Chromatic – Switcher [Device]
Naughty. This one’s a great example of how more complex midrange basses blend with the sub bass on a track. Maybe that’s getting into ‘production nerd territory’ but I think the average listener will enjoy that aspect of this track. It’s catchy too.
René LaVice – Through The Fire ft. Melody Men [Device]
So unlike some other artists who make tracks that happen to have radio appeal, I always put a lot of sub bass into my vocal tunes. This track is a great example of how a solid sub bass can accelerate a vocal.
Flowidus & Lee Mvtthews – Reason [Device]
Dystopian, rebellious, and anthemic. If the rebels were marching to this one they’d be busting a skank while doing it.
René LaVice & Danny Byrd – Boomshaka [Device]
This is probably the most complicated mixdown I’ve done. On the SUBPAC you can feel and hear they way that I’ve found ways to let the heavier danceable elements punch through the mix, amidst an onslaught of sounds.
Shimon & Andy C – Quest [Ram]
This classic is a great SUBPAC tune because of the way that the sub bass twirls downward and then punctuates at the bottom. It makes for a great frequency based back massage.
Murdock – Holding On (René LaVice Remix) [Viper]
Sub bass is just sub bass unless there’s something giving it some attitude. Also who says all bangers need to be in the key of F? This one’s in Bbm (B-b minor) and it bangs harder than the mailman.
Something Something & Kleu – All My Life [Device]
The combination of solid one-note sub drop, and melodic call & response bassline is what makes this one an interesting journey on the SUBPAC. It’s got a great “wait for it” Michael Bay-meets-Dillinja moment right before the drop too.
Halflight – Out of Love [Device]
Heartbreak never felt so sweet. I love the melodic bassline on this one. The drums are really fluttery and light compared to the other tracks on this playlist, and the nice trade off of this is that the sub bass shines through on this one in a different way. I like to feel the bass in different ways track to track, if each track drops onto a solid four bar F note then it gets really boring in the club, so this track is a great way to add some diversity to your SUBPAC experience.
René LaVice – Lockdown ft. A Plus [Device]
Biggest foghorn on Earth. Done.
To check the specs on the SUBPAC X1 or to pre-order, check out the SUBPAC website. To stay up to date on DeVice releases and all things RLV, go to the label’s Beatport landing page or renelavice.com.
Peruvian musician, DJ, Songwriter and record producer, Dzasko, is rising star in the world of dance music. His latest release is a sensational single that has pure late night feels, smooth from start to finish, and features the beautiful vocals of J. Laser, titled “Eclipse”, out now on Loudkult.
Hailing from Lima, Dzasko started at an early age experimenting with music production on early music software as a way to cope with his desire of being in a band and have their own songs. The constant experimentation of programming instruments slowly gravitated into a form of electronic music after a “spiritual experience” with dance music during his mid teen years. Since then, his music experienced great success, charting #4 on Beatport charts and has lead him to perform in countries like Netherlands, Italy, China, Malaysia, India and Philippines.
Dzasko relocated to Los Angeles by the spring on 2018, immersing in the live music scene of the city. Finding himself going back to a “origin” experimenting with the music that were pivotal during his early years back in Peru.
J. Laser is a project led by Composer/Producer Jordan Lawlor in dystopian Los Angeles, California, fusing the modern means of electronic production & sonic manipulation with the warmth and humanity of the classic songcraft & instrumentation found prominent in the eras gone past. You may remember Lawlor from his previous tenure with M83. At age 18, he was drafted by the French Dream-Pop outfit as a Multi-Instrumentalist on the ‘Hurry up, We’re Dreaming Tour’, beckoning a perilous leap from mild-mannered home-schooler to archetypal rock magus playing Coachella, Glastonbury, and Lollapalooza in a matter of months.
He spent the following years with the group, touring globally and contributing as a creative asset, and working as a collaborator with acts as varied as M83, Oberhofer, Mark Petrie and THEY, as well as countless cues for TV & film. Lawlor has cultivated sound that integrates a cinematic majesty an unabashed pop sensibility and seasoned musicianship.
Together, these two artists make an dynamic team and “Eclipse” is a perfect testament to that. The ambiance swallows you the minutes you press play as J. Laser’s soothing voice guides you through this epic, future nostalgic journey.
“Eclipse” is a song that came together around the first months of this past year. Appearing in a dream, it is a voyage through the unconscious mind where ‘the great escape’ is achieved. A rendezvous through what is called inner travel: “the in-between space where we look our inner emotional landscape and challenge our old ways of thinking”.
Lindsey Stirling and Mako are the dream team you never knew you needed. The two talented musicians have teamed up for “Lose You Now,” and this one will hit you right in the feels. The emotional track is also a wonderful glimpse at the musical skill both artists possess too. “Lose You Now” is the first single of 2021 for both Lindsey and Mako. Lindsey had some massive collabs last year including tracks with John Legend, Kiesza and Darius Rucker. Mako just recently put out his latest album Fable last month.
“Lose You Now” is a song that’s rooted in grief, but ultimately exudes positivity through the powerful musical performances. Lindsey originally wrote the song as a tribute to her father and best friend, who each recently passed away. It started as an instrumental called “Guardian” off her 2019 album Artemis. She and Mako had previously worked together, so she reached out to Mako (Alex Seaver) to take it up a notch with some vocals and additional production. Here’s what they had to say about teaming up on this emotional powerhouse.
“This song was on my album as an instrumental song, but I always knew it was really special. I am so grateful for Mako for the lyrics he wrote to ‘Lose You Now’ because he perfectly captured the feelings I’d never been able to put into words. I actually balled like a baby the first time I heard his version. I felt like my father and best friend (both of whom have passed away) were giving me a big warm hug. Creating this song and the music video has brought me a sense of peace. The video is full of special memories and signs that represent the people I’ve lost. I used to have cereal picnics with my dad. Whenever I see a monarch butterfly, I feel like my friend Gavi is checking in on me. The little fox stuffed animal represents my baby niece, who passed away this summer. These little Easter eggs and many more make this video so special to me. Now, as we release it, I hope to share that hug and healing with the world. We can all use it right now.” – Lindsey Stirling
“This was a really special song for me to be a part of. I was so lucky to meet Lindsey while working on her recent album, when I worked on ‘Love Goes On And On’ with her and Amy Lee. More importantly, we became friends in that period of time. When word got to me that Lindsey was looking for a special vocal to accompany ‘Guardian,’ I remember being so completely moved by the subject of the song. Something about getting to know Lindsey and feeling a very sincere sense of care for her, the vocal just absolutely tumbled out. I remember getting choked up trying to even record it, it took me a few tries. I’m really grateful to be involved in this and looking forward to sharing the message of this song with everyone out there.” – Mako
Check out the video for Lindsey Stirling & Mako’s “Lose You Now” and try not to cry.
I first started listening to Flux Pavilion over 10 years ago, when he released his Lines In Wax EP. Songs like “I Can’t Stop,” “Haunt You,” and the titular “Lines In Wax” with Foreign Beggars effortlessly made their way into my regular listening rotation. From there, I went back and discovered “Got 2 Know,” “Superbad” with Doctor P, his “Cracks” remix, and more. It wasn’t long before I saw him in person for the first time in 2011, going back-to-back with Doctor P at the original Audiotistic in Southern California.
All of this to say that I’ve been a fan of Flux Pavilion for a terribly long time, and the release of his new album .wav represents a stark shift in sound as he departs his dubstep sound. Or, is it really that stark?
Over the years, Flux has released songs like “Haunt You,” “Daydreamer” (a personal favorite), “Starlight,” even his debut album Tesla had many tracks that didn’t fit the usual dubstep archetype. With .wav, Flux Pavilion has leaned the hardest into getting away from being called a “dubstep producer,” but it’s done in such a magnificent way.
The 16-track album, apart from Feed Me, Chime, and What So Not, doesn’t feature any artists we’d typically classify as bass artists. In fact, calling this a “bass album” and being done with it is a wild disservice to the creativity and composition of the work as a whole. Over the course of listening to this album the past couple months, it’s been a learning experience in untying my own connections with Flux Pavilion and the word dubstep.
But, I’m all the better for it. Songs like “Lion’s Cage,” “Sink Your Teeth In,” “You & I,” and “LOVE” truly show the new direction that Flux is taking. And then there’s “Partial Fugue In B Minor,” by all consideration one of the most incredible songs on the album featuring a completely originally composed partial fugue meshed with bass music.
.wav might not be everyone’s favorite version of Flux Pavilion, but it is without a doubt the best thing he’s ever created, both on a personal level unto himself and in an objective listener sense. Listen below.
Also, stay tuned as he brings his album live performance show to the world for the very first time, with guitar, synth and singing, fans can enjoy the Flux Pavilion .wav album launch livestream on February 5th and 6th (depending on location) in partnership with Moment House. The livestream will be broadcast to North and South America, Asia Pacific, and the UK & Europe, and include a full visual show, as well as the fan submitted audio clips from the “Flux Needs Your Wav” website. Tickets & full stream information can be found here.
Saint Punk jumpstarts a promising 2021 with his brand new grunge house release, “Empty Bed.”
The deep, alluring vocals and ominous 4/4 beat immediately capture our attention, as Saint Punk balances a dark and energetic soundscape through gritty synths and an addictive groove. The result is bold and emotional, finding an instinctual home with Monstercat.
As those familiar with the Saint Punk sound may notice, “Empty Bed” marks a shift in the producer’s repertoire, exploring a more main-stage sound while maintaining his signature grunge house flair. Also, the vocals take front and center for the first time in a Saint Punk release.
In his own words:
This record is something new for me. It’s my first song with a full vocal throughout. There’s a lot you can say with a mostly instrumental track, but sometimes there’s so much more to say. There’s strong emotions in this, but it still feels 100% like me. — Saint Punk
Marc Bandecchi professionaly known as Arcando is back with his first release of 2021 ‘Still Be Friends’ out now on Lowly. The Dutch producer has built a ton of momentum throughout 2020 with releases on Future Generation, NCS, and Lowly. After finding his sweet spot straddled between house and trap, he’s kicking off the new year with his new chill original ‘Still Be Friends.’
Arcando uses his music as his emotional outlet with this single, acting as the sole writer, producer, and vocalist on ‘Still Be Friends.’ The record is an uplifting and groovy ballad complimented by Marc’s stellar vocals. The record perfectly weaves the line between relaxing and dancing elements as the song is both soothing and groovy, perfect for a long nights ride.
On ‘Still Be Friends’ Marc talks about a confusing love relationship that is about to end with the question remaining, are we able to be a part of each other’s lives? Arcando’s recent relationship was the motive behind this song. Music helps bring out the emotions and confusion that we all go through when dealing with heartbreak, which is why you can notice a big change in his sound on ‘Still Be Friends.’
Listen to ‘Still Be Friends’ below or grab it on all platforms here.
phonon just started releasing music last year and has already made a massive impact on the bass scene as a whole. After releasing “polyriddim” and essentially jumpstarting a whole new trend, his debut set with Halcyon x Space Yacht was so good we had to write a whole article on it.
By the end of the year, phonon was the face of our annual 40 Artists To Watch list.
Now as we head into the new year, the moves keep coming as he signs with Prodigy Artists, home to NGHTMRE, SLANDER, JOYRYDE, Ghastly, SVDDEN DEATH, and more. In the same vein, he’s signed with Jake Bernstein and Ben Hogan at United Talent Agency for booking, one of, if not the top booking agency in the game for electronic music/bass acts.
“polyriddim” currently sits at over 400K on Spotify and YouTube each, with over a million plays across major platforms. Considering it was only his second song ever, that’s a major achievement. He also recently released a 7-minute long experimental epic, “Emme” on Halcyon.
Keep an eye on phonon this year because it only gets better from here!
Madeon‘s wwFest: VALORANT set has hit YouTube — and we highly recommend watching it while you can.
The Good Faith producer’s recent live performance completely immerses the viewer in his audio/visual genius. Featuring well over a dozen Madeon songs and music from DaftPunk, PorterRobinson, Gesaffelstein, Rezz, Disclosure, Dr. Fresch, TroyBoi, etc., this set is one of the most versatile and straight up fun we’ve heard from Madeon.
wwFest: VALORANT took place over the weekend, featuring Moore Kismet, WhippedCream, Ookay and more, bringing some of the best in dance music to the stage via Crown Channel.
Just rewatched my set from yesterday, i’m kind of proud of it !! Unfortunately for rights reason it can’t be shared on VOD… But who knows, maybe people recorded it, maybe you could even find it by searching “Madeon WWFest” on YouTube
Melodic dubstep duo, ARMNHMR, has dropped some exciting news via Twitter.
The duo has been teasing their long awaited collaboration with Adventure Club and Haliene at shows and live streams over the last year and a half, and it seems like the tune might finally see the light of day. According to a tweet which has since been retweeted by Adventure Club, ARMNHMR is indicating their next release to be a fan favorite which has been in the works for a long time.
Our first release of 2021 is a song you’ve been waiting on for a long time.
As music curators/journalists, there’s no greater pleasure than getting in on the ground floor with an artist. Behind the scenes, the Gelus (pronounced “jealous”) team has been preparing for this moment for a long time, and now the debut single, “Emerge/Arise,” is finally out!
Coming in at a pretty short 2m14s, “Emerge/Arise” wastes hardly any time with any sort of egregious intro, getting to the meat of the matter in just 40 seconds. The remainder is pure, unadulterated bass madness. It’s not a new construction or any sort of pattern that is groundbreaking — and, despite our calls for things new and shiny all the the time, it doesn’t always have to be.
Sometimes, all it takes is for something known to be done so well that you go, “You know what, this still absolutely bangs.”
Enter the era of Gelus, check out “Emerge/Arise” below!
On the 14th of January, Diplo teased the return of Silk City. Four days later, Ellie Goulding hinted at a collaboration, as well. Yesterday, Diplo revealed the new collaboration is officially out tomorrow.
Though we don’t get any of Ellie’s vocals in the preview (below), the Silk City vibes are immaculate and the theme of the video is already abundantly apparent. This is definitely a great way to kick off 2021 so stay tuned for tomorrow as we await the full song!