070 Shake has enlisted Tame Impala for a new remix of her single, “Guilty Conscience.” The G.O.O.D. Music luminary and Kevin Parker previously coalesced on closing track, “Violent Crimes” from Kanye West‘s 2018 LP, ye. The unlikely pairing delivered the third official remix of the track to much surprise on July 23, following revamps from Devault and Zookëper. 070 Shake’s single appears on her highly-lauded debut studio album, Modus Vivendi. Tame Impala remixes come as rarities, with Parker last reimagining Miguel‘s “waves” back in 2016.
Tame Impala’s re-rendering dips “Guilty Conscience” into psychedelia with its escapist soundscapes and vintage instrumentation. Maintaining the structure and vocal essence of the original, the new cut arranges dreamy synths chords and old-school drums over the drape of nostalgic filters. Intertwining percussive rock elements with technicolor inclinations, the latest remix harkens to the signature Tame Impala touch.
In 2019, Flosstradamus set the bar high for himself through a package of singles that gained both crowd and commercial traction. Among “Waffle House,” “Bounce Back,” “Blackout,” and more was his remix of NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg‘s floor-burning “REDLIGHT.” All ears were on Flosstradamus, and this isn’t likely to change this year, as the one man show ushers in his first single of 2020, “So Far.”
An adrenaline-spiking, festival-suited cooperative produced in tandem with European bass trio, Nonsens, “So Far” recalls a popular vocal style of the 2017 to 2018 dance span. The high-pitched vocals are the sung cherry atop an energetic electronic framework. “So Far” is out now via Ultra Music.
Damian Lazarus is undoubtedly one of the most respected names in dance music, regardless of genre, and after 10 years of no longform activity, he’s announced a new solo album, Flourish.
While the announcement is a welcome one, fans haven’t exactly been parched for new material, given the consistency of Lazarus’ musical output. Between running his label, Crosstown Rebels, and its sister, Rebellion, touring the world, and engaging in exciting projects like The Ancient Moons, Lazarus has kept his stream of content steady.
Cognizant that many would wonder about the impetus for the forthcoming LP, Lazarus recently explained the reasoning behind his decision to revive his solo album efforts:
“My early ideas about a new album were quite dark, pessimistic even. I had long been thinking and worrying about the problems of the world. Then, the global pandemic and subsequent lockdown began and my fears seemed to become reality. But while writing, these themes actually started to transform in an uplifting way. The new songs came together quite quickly, with renewed impetus, and mutated into a more positive outlook. Questions about faith, religion, and spirituality all appeared amidst the darkness and fear, but in those times of quiet solitude and creation, I came to realize we can emerge into the sun and flourish on the other side.”
The first offering from Flourish is “Mountain,” which flaunts Lazarus’s versatility. Although he might be most commonly considered a house and techno artist, Lazarus’ genre is one of feeling and flow. No matter where the drums hit, Lazarus’ tracks are clearly his own, and the breakbeats on “Mountain” are no different. Far more important are the grueling bass and ominous vocals, clear parallels to the ideas of darkness and fear that Lazarus referred to when describing the creative catalyst for Flourish.
Furthermore, in traditional Lazarus fashion, this new single is paired with two new remixes, which already seems to suggest that the remix package for the album will be considerable. In the first remix, Tornado Wallace adopts the minimal melodic aesthetic that Crosstown Rebels helped to define while Tibi Dabo infuses deep house grooves into Lazarus’s original, wistful message.
Throughout 2020, the whispers about Skrillex‘s activity have grown more frequent, and the details have remained few. From conjectures that Skrillex is collaborating with the producers of Juice WRLD‘s posthumous LP, Legends Never Die, and Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys, to suggestions of not one but multiple albums in progress, the rumor mill has had a busy run of late. Unsurprisingly, there’s more to fuel it.
In a recent Twitter AMA, Noisia‘s Thys appeared to confirm the existence of a nascent side project with Skrillex, writing that “ILY” was “the question that binds” him and Skrillex together. When a fan ran with the idea that Thys and Skrillex were involved in a side project, Thys further sparked suspicion, not denying the claim, but rather writing, “let’s see what comes from it.”
The catalyst for this possible side project in the making? A surprise back-to-back set featuring Skrillex and Thys at Oost Nightclub in Groningen, Netherlands in February. It’s too early to say what this budding creative partnership might yield moving forward, but Skrillex and This’ respective followings can rest assured that something is cooking. The veiled news come shortly after Noisia’s recent announcement that their last tour before their imminent retirement, “Farewell,” has been postponed to 2021.
It's the question that binds us together. @Skrillex
Yesterday was one for the books. 90 minutes set became 3 hours set… Not even surprised. We did end up playing a few dubstep tunes, but mostly techno/electro/breakbeat/house/whatever you call that good stuff at 130 bpm. Thanks Groningen and lovely OOST crew, thanks @Skrillex <3
Nashville’s Deep Tropics Music, Art, & Style Festival is the latest event to postpone its 2020 iteration due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event was originally slated to take place from August 28 – 29 after a successful 2019 event, but organizers announced on social media that the event has been postponed until August 27 – 28, 2021.
Ticket holders will be able to receive a full refund if they are unable to attend the rescheduled 2021 dates. As a bonus, ticket holders who choose to keep their tickets for next year’s event will gain access to an exclusive party with Moon Boots on August 28, 2021. Organizers have also announced they will take the extra year to further invest in their production quality, giving fans even more to look forward to in the year to come.
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