Seven years have passed since Ilan Bluestone‘s first re-imaginative outing on Enhanced Recordings, a rework of Tritonal and Underdown‘s 2013 Metamorphic I inclusion, “Bullet that Saved Me. In a return that could justifiably be dubbed “long overdue,” Bluestone now brings his remixing acumen back to the label for a take on Tritonal, Dylan Matthew, and Au5‘s “Happy Where We Are.”
Reducing the BPM from 150 to 132, Bluestone initiates a sonic overhaul of Tritonal, Dylan Matthew, and Au5’s original, converting it from melodic dubstep to progressive trance. The result is a revamp that makes atmospheric—and arguably, emotive—gains.
At the intersection of synthpop, electro house, indie, and melodic dubstep stands Xavi, an Ophelia Records accolade whom the label’s most faithful of followers will recognize from his recent guest spot on Ophelia Presents: Advent Volume 2. After gracing the second volume of Ophelia’s burgeoning EP series with “Breaking Your Void” in November, Xavi is taking another lap around the electronic release circuit, courtesy of “Neverless.”
If “Breaking Your Void” offered a snapshot of Xavi’s versatility, then “Neverless” provides a fuller picture. Derived from his forthcoming debut album, To The Endless Searing Skies, “Neverless” builds on the melodic bass foundation that Xavi laid on “Breaking Your Void” in a twinkling four-minutes and 17 seconds.
An amalgamation of evident Porter Robinson and San Holo influence intermingled with Xavi’s own sensibilities for soundscape crafting, the lead single from the Missouri-grounded producer’s LP can be streamed below. A formal release date for the album—the second to be distributed via Ophelia Records—is forthcoming.
Rapidly up-and-coming bass house act Cloverdale has landed on Tchami’sConfession record label once again. The eastern Canadian’s first Confession offering, the frenetic and funky “My Soul,” first dropped in March; now, several singles later, he returns to the rapidly establishing label for an energetic two-tracker.
The EP fittingly opens on “Open Up,” a festival-ready heater scored with scorching synths above Cloverdale’s signature groove. “Tumblin” takes a bit more of an obscure approach to bass house, as a left-field melody steps into center stage before heavy bass elements take over. The EP comes just weeks after Cloverdale announced his audio-visual label VIBRANCY.
While 2020 may be going out with a fizzle, Insomniac Events founder and CEO, Pasquale Rotella, is ensuring that 2021 enters with a bang. Restoring the faith of electronic fans everywhere, the dance music mogul is officially ringing in the new year with a brand new COVID-safe event, Electric Mile.
Opening its doors on January 1, in Santa Anita Park just outside of Los Angeles, the multi-day, in-car party will host an array of exemplary over-the-top, in the best way, Insomniac experiences. This includes seven unique worlds representing Insomniac’s most beloved festival brands, including EDC, Beyond Wonderland, Nocturnal Wonderland, Escape and Countdown NYE. Electric Mile will play host to more than than 500 art installations, five million lights as well as other Insomniac event staple decorations, including lasers, disco balls, light-up mushrooms, and much more.
In an effort to comply with COVID-19 restrictions, Electric Mile will not permit any attendees to exit their designated vehicle, with a maximum limit of eight people per vehicle. The one-hour rave parade will feature music that is synced to the aforementioned Insomniac worlds, soundtracked by the seasoned ears of Pasquale Rotella, who also shared his insight behind Electric Mile, explaining,
“For almost a decade, I’ve wanted to create an experience that captures the magic of our festivals, not only for all of you Headliners, but also something fun for the whole family! As a Dad, and still a kid at heart myself, this project has been a huge passion project for me. Creating something that can WOW both our festival goers and families alike has been an amazing challenge. I can’t wait to experience this new adventure with you all!”
The all-ages event begins pricing at $69.99 per vehicle. For more information, look no further than Electric Mile’s website and keep an eye out this coming month for more information.
Gifting listeners yet another exquisite VIP remix, Disclosure have shared their latest delivery, this time reworking their hit track, “Watch Your Step” featuring Kelis. While fans continue to reel from the release of the original studio album, ENERGY, the duo’s collection of triumphs continue rolling out.
Offering both an six-minute cut as well as a shorter edit, the “Watch Your Step” VIP takes a dive into a more funky approach to the originally upbeat house jam. Chopping up the hip-hop and disco-inspired vocals from Kelis, Disclosure lays down a sultry incantation of the already-groovy output.
Following the release of the widely acclaimed album, Disclosure have treated fans to a deluxe version, jam-packed with remixes from the likes of DJ Seinfeld, Joe Goddard, Harvey Sutherland and more, along with tracks from their early 2020 EP, Ecstasy.
SiriusXM and 88rising, the Asian-focused music and media company, are launching an all-Asian, multi-genre internet radio channel available nationwide. 88rising has been on the cutting edge of Asian culture and artistry since 2015, with the launch of 88rising Radio charting the company’s next foray into bringing fans the content they crave.
Believed to be the first of its kind on American radio, the channel will boast multiple genres, but focus on a pop music listening experience with artists hailing from all over Asia including South Korea, China, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, and more. Artists detailed so far include South Korean heavyweights BTS and BLACKPINK in addition to Peggy Gou.
88rising Radio has been in the works for over a year between the two entities, but the launch was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 88rising is now available 24-hours-a-day and seven-days-a-week on SiriusXM’s channel 305 on car radios, online streaming, and via the SiriusXM app. Once it is safe to travel again, SiriusXM says that the channel will also provide a platform for touring artists to visit and conduct interviews in addition to performing live on the air at the SiriusXM studios in Los Angeles and New York.
88rising, the Los Angeles-based label run by founder and CEO Sean Miyashiro, will also have a home for rising artists on the channel. Miyashiro and the label will also play a large role in curating the station’s content. Miyashiro talks about 88rising Radio, sharing with Billboard,
“This is a great indicator of where Asian music has come today. Just playing Asian music 24 hours a day is a huge win and a massive step forward.”
Pandora, which is owned by SiriusXM, will launch a complementary 88rising Radio station in January to include select tracks and exclusive artist audio messages from the SiriusXM channel.
Nearly a year after his death, Juice WRLD‘s legacy lives on. On what would have been the late rapper’s 22nd birthday, Benny Blanco shared a new collaboration between the two titled, “Real Shit.” The release marks the third joint effort from Juice WRLD and Blanco, the previous two being “Roses,” from Blanco’s LP Friends Keep Secrets and “Graduation.”
Blanco revealed that the first song he and Juice WLRD ever recorded was “Real Shit,” tweeting,
“it was the first time i saw his magic… the whole room dropped their jaws and watched him in awe… we knew we were in the room with a man who was going to change music forever… he went in the booth and recorded a song top to bottom in one take…”
Unfortunately, according to Casablancas in a recent interview with The Needle Drop, the iconic French duo is “not doing music right now,” and have committed their robotic hearts elsewhere at the moment, stating,
“I don’t want to blow up their spot, but I think one of them was focused on like video stuff and then the other one was kind of obsessing with Ancient Aliens or something”
Casablancas and Daft Punk first joined forces back in 2013 for “Instant Crush,” a standout track amidst a standout album in the latter’s Random Access Memories. In reflecting on the collaborative process of that track, The Strokes’ lead singer recalls being presented with two different demos that each felt reminiscent of the electronic duo’s “medieval, euro, minor, classical baroque flavor” from tracks like “Verdis Quo.” The two takes were ultimately “plopped together” to make up the verse and chorus of “Instant Crush,” and the rest is platinum certified history.
The full hour long interview with Casablancas, which comes on the heels of The Strokes’ sixth full length LP, The New Abnormal, is available below. For those specifically interested in the Daft Punk conversation, skip ahead to the 43:00 mark.
The BUKU Project, the annual music and arts festival hosted in New Orleans, has announced they will delay their in-person festival until 2022. The festival was scheduled for March 2021, but festival organizers have cancelled early “in the spirit of transparency and certainty.”
“Our two main priorities – fan safety and fan enjoyment – are guiding us, and we just can’t picture 25k of us partying together safely in March in the free-roaming BUKU atmosphere that y’all love. Ain’t nothing socially distant about BUKU,” stated organizers.
In lieu of the regularly scheduled event, BUKU will host BUKU: Planet B, an “immersive, one-time-only, alternative take on BUKU.” The placeholder event will take place October 22-23, 2021. No details about the lineup or events schedule have been shared yet.
Learn more about BUKU or their ticket refund policy on here.
The Avalanches have announced a virtual live show to celebrate their forthcoming album.
Australian electronic group The Avalanches, who recently shared the tracklist and details for their third album, ‘We Will Always Love You’, have announced a livestream performance to celebrate the LP’s release.
On Saturday 19th December, The Avalanches will be playing tracks from the rooftop of Melbourne institution Curtin House across three time zones. The live performance will be accompanied by a screening of Jonathan Zawada’s short film Carrier Waves, which the Avalanches say “explores the transcendant nature of music itself”.
MGMT, Johnny Marr, Neneh Cherry, Karen O, Tricky and Blood Orange are among the artists that feature on the Australian group’s new record, which is released on December 11th. Rivers Cuomo, Denzel Curry, Perry Farrell, Leon Bridges, Mick Jones, Sampa the Great, Kurt Vile also appear across its 25 tracks.
Tickets for the event cost £9, and are available to purchase here.
After revealing that their third studio album had been completed, The Avalanches shared ‘Reflecting Light’, alongside ‘Wherever You Go’, featuring Jamie XX and Neneh Cherry, as well as Sananda Maitreya and Vashti Bunyan. The two singles follow a release alongside Blood Orange, and ‘Running Red Lights’, featuring Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo.
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