Watch Four Tet’s isolated Boiler Room performance

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Four Tet has delivered his latest live DJ set in the form of a Boiler Room performance, taking the definition of isolation to the next level as the English musician spins from an unnamed woodland getaway. Touting their newly-formed “Streaming From Isolation” series, Boiler Room has hosted several fundraising streams in conjunction with The Global FoodBanking Network. Artists from Helena Hauff, The Black Madonna, and Mall Grab have already graced the social distancing-friendly broadcasts. Now, Four Tet takes the stage.

Executing a sublime, yet galvanic performance, the Sixteen Oceans producer mesmerizes with a balance of nature-inducing sounds and groovy beats. With hints of his new LP, unreleased edits of Björk and Caribou, as well as selections from Jamie xx, DJ Koze, and more, Four Tet’s lockdown set embarks through an hour of experimental musings for a listening experience as scenically serene as his surroundings.

Watch Four Tet’s Boiler Room performance below.

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Justin Bieber’s ‘Changes’ visual feature gains full official release [Watch]

Justin Bieber’s ‘Changes’ visual feature gains full official release [Watch]Justin Bieber Available

Recently Justin Bieber released his Work From Home EP, featuring the acoustic version of the Changes smash, “Intentions.” The short EP also contained the track after which its preceding LP was named, “Changes.” Accompanying “Changes” was a gorgeous, nature-filled visual available exclusively on Apple Music. But now, Bieber has given the visual a full release across all platforms.

Directed by Michael D. Ratner, the music video sees the Canadian pop star getting introspective in two clashing landscapes: flat prairies and a wide frozen lake. With Bieber’s ensuing tour having first reduced venue sizes before being postponed altogether, the “Sorry” vocalist has kept delivering a steady stream of content for fans in the interim. Watch the full “Changes” visual below.

Listen to Steve Aoki’s 27-track genre-blurring ‘Neon Future IV’ [Stream]

Listen to Steve Aoki’s 27-track genre-blurring ‘Neon Future IV’ [Stream]Steve Aoki Press

Steve Aoki is a living embodiment of the saying “go big or go home.” Whether it is his larger-than-life personality, his crowd commandeering electronic drops, or simply the size his expansive catalog, Aoki always manages to stay front and center. His newest album Neon Future IV represents the same colossal characteristic—spanning 27 tracks crossing countless genres with star-studded collaborators including Icona Pop, Travis Barker, Zooey Deschanel, Backstreet Boys, Alan Walker, Matthew Koma, and more.

The lead single from the album is “I Love My Friends” featuring Icona Pop. The track is catchy to its core thanks to a bumping build and catchy drop paired with blaring trumpets and Icona Pop’s enthusiastic vocals, ultimately setting the tone of the lengthy LP.

The Neon Future album series showcases Aoki’s thematic evolutions over time, with Neon Future IV skewing towards pop compared to its predecessors. On his fourth edition of Neon Future Aoki focuses heavily on creative collaborations, and other genres represented include punk rock, dubstep, hip-hop, latin pop and more. The Neon Future series is an ongoing thread of connected concept albums that delve into Aoki’s deep interest in futurism through technology,  while exploring timely themes of singularity, biotechnology, electronic immortality and the symbiotic relationship between man and machine. Neon Future IV is out now via Dim Mak.

Frank Ocean submits acoustic versions of ‘Cayendo’ and ‘Dear April’

Frank Ocean submits acoustic versions of ‘Cayendo’ and ‘Dear April’Frank Ocean Live June 2017 A Billboard 1548

Frank Ocean has returned to modern sonic circles with aplomb, submitting his first release since 2019’s “In My Room,” “Cayendo,” and “Dear April.” Not entirely new to the ears of Ocean’s listeners, the familiar singles were both previously premiered at the creative’s PrEP+ debut in October 2019, but have now landed on streaming platforms, treating Ocean’s following to a taste of the records, which were also pressed in seven-inch vinyl.

Of note, the pair of singles are accompanied by two vinyl-exclusive B-side remixes: Justice head the “Dear April” rework and Sango, “Cayendo.” Both “Cayendo” and “Dear April” are available to stream in their “Side A” acoustic formats.

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Journey through low frequencies with SUAHN’s new collection, ‘The Gift Of Light’

Journey through low frequencies with SUAHN’s new collection, ‘The Gift Of Light’JHLr8LLBk6T2JfIRgQSfRNFvumULNAyzRkeH

The world of bass music continues to evolve and spread into a myriad of unique and captivating sub-genres. Exploring the darker, more experimental side of things, rising producer and frequent Dubloadz collaborator SUAHN has released a massive eight-track EP stacked with four new originals and four accompanying remixes, each more devastating than the last. A follow up to his recent psychedelic take on TNGHT‘s “I’m In a Hole,” The Gift Of Light is a tantalizing journey from start to finish.

SUAHN’s mastery of low frequencies shines through in mind-blowing standout track “Respond.” The third single from the EP, “Amazing!,” is just that. Wildly innovative, “Amazing!” breathes new life into the trap genre with impeccable sound design and infectious fills. For fans of Wakaan-style bass music, this newest collection from SUAHN is one not to miss.

Louis The Child get the vocal treatment from Quinn XCII and Chelsea Cutler on ‘Little Things’

Louis The Child get the vocal treatment from Quinn XCII and Chelsea Cutler on ‘Little Things’As g Ltc2

Louis The Child have sprung into the decade with an impressive coupling of achievements, and it’s only April. Within the first four months of the year, they’ve released a handful of danceable electronic-pop hybrids, invigorating fans with the promise of an album later in the year. Most notably, their long-awaited collaboration, “Every Color,” with indie-pop band Foster The People, released in March 2020 to endless praise, with many applauding the duo’s seemingly effortless attempt at merging the crossroads between electronic and indie music.

The Chicago-based boys built their sound throughout the exponential acclaim to future bass music in its early days, but have since taken their own twist on pushing the genre. Now the boys are back with their latest release “Little Things,” bringing longtime friends and vocalists Quinn XCII and Chelsea Cutler along with them. The single fuses the duo’s colorful dance-pop production style with harmonizing vocals from both artists, but still manages to showcase each solo artist’s vocal range at different points throughout the track. When absorbed all together, “Little Things” debuts as their latest vibrant dance-pop smash, which manages to exhibit the same qualities as a casual coffee shop tune, as it does for a festival stage bop.

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Watch Drake give a ‘Toosie Slide’ choreography lesson in its official music video

Watch Drake give a ‘Toosie Slide’ choreography lesson in its official music videoDrake Getty

Bored during quarantine? Drake has a solution for that. Cue “Toosie Slide,” a choreography-driven cut created to move the masses. Sustained by a simple sequence of dance moves—”right foot up, left foot slide/Left foot up, right foot slide”—the downtempo offering from the October’s Very Own camp touts viral appeal that will surely see the single and its accompanying dance pervade social platforms such as TikTok in the weeks to come.

Thanks to the song’s newly released visual, listeners can get a lesson in the “Toosie Slide” from Drake himself. Set in Toronto, the official music video follows the self-isolating 6 god through his house as he performs the accessible number. Clad in a black face mask, black gloves, and “buckles on the jacket” in lyrical homage to the pre-chorus, Drake animates quarantine with some feel-good fodder for his restless following.

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Saturday Night Session 036: Kaskade reveals what really gets him going and how his REDUX sound brings him musical fulfillment in honor of his ‘REDUX 004’ EP release

Saturday Night Session 036: Kaskade reveals what really gets him going and how his REDUX sound brings him musical fulfillment in honor of his ‘REDUX 004’ EP releaseKaskade Press Shot Mark Owens

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

The life of being a DJ and music producer blends euphoria and glamor with immense pressure under heavy expectations from fans and the industry alike. The best parts of the job are riddled with compromises, as is the case with many career paths. Ryan Gary Raddon, who is now more popularly known as Kaskade, started his journey to becoming a successful musician in 1995. It is 25 years later, and since then, he has released 11 studio albums and gone on to receive 7 Grammy nominations.

As Kaskade, Raddon has been instrumental to breaking down barriers in order to allow success as an electronic musician to translate into success as a mainstream commercial artist. He is the first electronic musician to have sold out Navy Pier in Chicago and the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and he set a record in 2015 for Coachella‘s largest crowd at a performance in history. 2020 is a world where The Chainsmokers headline arena tours and where Zedd is a fixture on the Top 40 radio, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Raddon and a few other key players in the electronic music industry breaking down barriers between global commercial mainstream success and the then-niche of electronic music.

Raddon’s success is a gold standard for music producers and artists, but with immense popularity comes complications. This is especially the case when it comes to creativity and musical output. The pressure for each new release to be a mass phenomenon is great, and many artists lose the ability to channel the creativity that gave them success in the first place. Raddon has found a way to stay true to his creative core while also channeling musical experimentation through his REDUX projects. Raddon’s Kaskade releases are feel-good mainstage hits that channel his ability to craft a uniquely catchy sound while keeping his pulse on popular cultural and musical trends. The intent of REDUX for the musician is to put his creativity and musical fulfillment first while putting the desires of fans and the industry second. It is his personal outlet to create without the pressure or expectations of others.

Raddon began to release his REDUX singles and sets in 2014, and as explained by the artist, “REDUX is approached with less math. Nothing I do is formulaic, but with anything other than REDUX, it is a point of getting the song from A to Z.” He continues, “With REDUX, I don’t feel like I have that responsibility to resolve every cadence, there can be cliffhangers. If it were a movie, REDUX might be one of those that everyone fights about the ending. It’s brilliant or awful, maybe both. But it’s always ALWAYS going to be the way I want it to be.” In a world where ticket sales and stream numbers dictate an artist’s worth, REDUX is Raddon’s own sonic world that is purely and truly his own.

Raddon has released the newest installment of his REDUX EP series with four track REDUX 004. The EP is captivating in an unpredictable way, starting with sultry “Love Like That” with instrumentals and smooth house notes and ending with “Feel It,” whose home would be at a beach club in the midst of a deep house set. “Sexy” is a true outlier within the compilation, transporting the listener to the height of a club set with its chanting vocals and pulsing backdrop. “Find Love” has a calming effect with soothing vocals, instrumentals, and building ebs and flows of the bassline in the backdrop.

Raddon discusses where REDUX fits into his personal musical landscape, stating, “REDUX is a strange beast. It lives and thrives in dark sweaty clubs and is whatever I want it to be in the moment. It’s complete freedom to vibe in the way I want, without concern for if I’ve appealed to the masses.” He continues, “Obviously I want to do the heavy lifting for my audience, make sure their night has reached the high bar they’ve set. But if it’s REDUX, it’s going to be on my terms, and I might just keep them perched on a no-drop build for six hours, depending on my mood that night.”

For those wanting their deep house fix for a Saturday Night, REDUX 004 is out now via Arkade.

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Musically, you have so many different sides of your creativity and output. Where does REDUX fit in with that? What does it mean to you?

REDUX is a strange beast. It lives and thrives in dark sweaty clubs and is whatever I want it to be in the moment. It’s complete freedom to vibe in the way I want, without concern for if I’ve appealed to the masses. Obviously I want to do the heavy lifting for my audience, make sure their night has reached the high bar they’ve set. But if it’s REDUX, it’s going to be on my terms, and I might just keep them perched on a no-drop build for six hours, depending on my mood that night.

Do you have a favorite track from the EP?

Yes.

How is your creative process for the production different for your REDUX releases than it is for others (if it is at all)?

REDUX is approached with less math. Nothing I do is formulaic, but with anything other than REDUX, it is a point of getting the song from A to Z. With REDUX, I don’t feel like I have that responsibility to resolve every cadence, there can be cliffhangers. If it were a movie, REDUX might be one of those that everyone fights about the ending. It’s brilliant or awful, maybe both. But it’s always ALWAYS going to be the way I want it to be. 

What are your top 3 most played songs in your music library right now?

I share my accounts with my three daughters, so it’s not going to represent anything that is meaningful to me. I would guess anything that you see happening on TikTok is in my top 3. That’s right…Lottery (everyone thinks it’s called Renegade but IT’S NOT) is probably in my Top 3.

How are you reacting to the current situation of events being cancelled and travel being limited for the foreseeable future?

I cry often. I’m crying right now. I’m doing this interview in the fetal position under my bed. Nah….I’m doing my best, same as everyone else. Trying new things out and exploring new ways to connect with my audience. I want them to feel like I’m still here, we still have that connection. And it’s kind of nice because it doesn’t have to be about streams or tickets now – it’s like, hey. I also am pretending to homeschool my kids but know they’re actually playing  Roblox. It’s ok. Let’s just all do our best. Now go eat your feelings because nothing tastes better than feelings. 

How is it balancing having a family and living the life of a touring artist? Any tips for other artists entering this phase of their lives?

I’ve been asked this question a million times and I’ll always give a different answer because there are moments I think I’ve nailed it, I have finally gotten the balance right. And then suddenly everything shifts and I’ve actually done everything wrong. There is no a+b = c equation to balance work and family, period. All you can do is your best, don’t phone it in. Accept that you can’t meet everyone’s needs and just try to shift around who you disappoint so it doesn’t land on the same person every time. That’s life. 

What kind of a Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session mix going to get listeners ready for?

The kind of Saturday Night where if you don’t want to go out (ha!) you can load it up on your device that’s connected to your best speakers, dim the lights, wear something that makes you feel good and turn it up. If you do it right, the police should be at your door within 20 minutes of pressing play.