Kaytranada shares 100 unreleased tracks on Bandcamp

Most of the original productions and edits were recorded under his Kaytradamus moniker

Amy Fielding

Friday, March 19, 2021 – 14:27

Kaytranada has shared 100 unreleased tracks on Bandcamp.

After scooping two Grammys earlier this week for Best Dance/Electronic Album and Best Dance Recording for album track ‘10%’ alongside Kali Uchis — Canadian artist Kaytranada has shared a number of archive projects online.

Largely recorded under his old moniker Kaytradamus, some over a decade ago, there’s edits from the producer on two remix EPs featuring TLC, Mos Def, Jay-Z and M.I.A., as well as four, full-length LPs and one solo EP from 2011.

“…and i also took a trip down memory lane,” Kaytranada said in a Tweet. “crazy that i’ve been doin this. so i’m putting my old thangs out for a limited time.”

You can hear all the releases via Bandcamp.

R3HAB, Timmy Trumpet, and W&W release future festival anthem “Distant Memory”

R3HAB, Timmy Trumpet, and W&W release future festival anthem “Distant Memory”Cover R3HAB Timmy Trumpet WW Distant Memory

Festival stages might seem like a distant memory for most of us. But not for long. Especially if R3hab, Timmy Trumpet and W&W have anything to say about it. In an absolutely epic collision of big room progressive house, these three main stage icons have crafted the certifiable festival anthem — as soon as they start happening again. Opening with haunting vocals and W&W’s progressive melodies, “Distant Memory” lulls the listener into a relaxed state before Timmy Trumpet and R3hab up the ante with cinematic synths, a driving bass line, and a goosebumps-inducing drop. Like all truly great big room progressive bangers, the trio excel in creating a contrast between the larger than life vocals and an overly intensified drop — it’s classic anthem energy that takes us back to simpler times. If you miss festival stages as much as we do, then you’ll love this one.

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The pop wunderkind’s return comes full circle—stream Justin Bieber’s ‘Justice’

The pop wunderkind’s return comes full circle—stream Justin Bieber’s ‘Justice’Justin Bieber 1

After closing the five-year gap that separated 2015’s Purpose and his next LP with Changes in February 2020, Justin Bieber has doubled down on his album-driven return to musical prominence with his sixth studio album, Justice. Whereas the four-time Grammy Award-nominated Changes pitted Bieber in a R&B-preferencing terrain, on Justice, the Biebs goes back to basics—pure, unadulterated pop.

With his knack for head-turning pop lyrical hooks ever apparent on inclusions such as the BEAM-aided “Love You Different,” Bieber is well-positioned to win praise from even the most lukewarm critics of Changes. In true Bieber fashion, the LP is not without noteworthy tie-ups, with Daniel CaesarChance the RapperKhalid, Giveon, The Kid Laroi, and Benny Blanco all donning their talents on Justice.

Producers in the electronic arena also find representation on JBiebs’ latest. Notably, Skrillex and Virtual Riot apply their touch to the dream pop LP’s opening number, “2 Much.” Skrillex’s signature also extends to two other Justice tracklistings, “Somebody” and “Loved By You,” the latter of which calls on Burna BoyRyan Tedder receives writing credits on “Somebody”; Jon Bellion is credited as a co-writer on “Loved By You.”

In the spirit of Justice, Bieber has partnered with Propeller, a digital platform that works at the crossroads of culture and social good, to raise awareness for a variety of nonprofit organizations including Alexandria House, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Baby2Baby, The Compton Pledge, Equal Justice Initiative, Lift Communities, Poor People’s Campaign, Self Help Graphics & Art, The King Center and This Is About Humanity. More information about Bieber and Propeller’s joint social good campaign is available here.

Stream Justice below.

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TRXD – In My Room (feat Sandra Lyng)

TRXD – In My Room (feat Sandra Lyng)Trd Inmyroom

Truls and David of TRXD have been frequent collaborators since they started working together in 2016. The prolific producers have developed a versatile sound and style that’s the by product of hours spent together in the studio in Norway and abroad. The duo have their own club concept in Oslo where they test out their latest creations and welcome international artists to their humble corner of Norway. To kick their 2021 off right, the pair return with “In My Room” a club-ready, vocally-driven cut that’s meant for the dance floors we’ve all been sorely missing. Joined by Sandra Lyng on vocals, TRXD conjure up a buoyant and blissful pressing that feels at home in a pair of headphones for now — but will be far better suited for crowded dance floors in the future.

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Folamour announces new album, ‘The Journey’

Folamour has announced a new album.

French DJ, producer and label boss Folamour, who has released records via iabels such as City, Classic, Church and Glitterbox, will release a new album via his own FHUO imprint later this year.

Serving as Folamour’s third album, ‘The Journey’ will be released in late June, and features collaborations with the likes of UK-born artist SG Lewis and South London soul singer, Tertia May. 

Ahead of the album’s release, Folamour has shared the title track today (19th March) which features Zimbabwean vocalist, Zeke Manyika, who also played drums in ’80s Scottish post-punk band Orange Juice.

Speaking about the LP, Folamour said: “I composed this album in metropolises and no man’s land, inspired by moments that marked me, changed me, feelings that I could carry strong within me, trials and surprises.

“To express all these emotions, I deeply changed my way of composing, a change that I had already started with my second album ‘Ordinary Drugs’, putting aside samples and computers and concentrating on writing texts, recording strings and brass, drums, voice too, in order to be as close as possible to the moment I wanted to represent. I set no limits on format or genre, allowing me the freedom to choose the right tool for the picture.”

Check out the album’s tracklist and listen to new single ‘The Journey’ below.

  1. Folamour – Ono Waterfall
  2. Folamour ft. Zeke Manyika – The Journey
  3. Folamour – Resonate
  4. Folamour ft. Tertia May – Rue de Paradis
  5. Folamour – Latécoère
  6. Folamour ft. SG Lewis – Lost In Space 
  7. Folamour – St. Moskov
  8. Folamour – Truth 
  9. Folamour – We Gotta Wake This World Up From Its Sleep
  10. Folamour – My Brother’s Keeper
  11. Folamour – La Fin Des Vacances
  12. Folamour – Just Want Happiness (out now)

(Photo: Baptiste Le Quiniou)

Berghain to host art installation inspired by “Berlin’s origins as a swamp”

Berghain will host an art installation inspired by “Berlin’s origins as a swamp” later this year.

After hosting a number of “sound exhibitions” and reopening as a gallery amid the coronavirus pandemic, Berlin clubbing institute Berghain has shared details of the latest installation headed for the club’s cavernous halls.

Commissioned by Light Art Space (LAS), an immersive installation that “leads us to Berlin’s origins as a swamp formed by a glacial valley over 10,000 years old” from Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen will be showcased in Halle am Berghain from the 10th July until the 26th September.

“Kudsk Steensen’s projects are rooted in extensive field research, as well as collaborations with biologists, historians, composers and writers,” LAS said. “For his LAS commission, Kudsk Steensen is researching wetlands such as Germany’s Spreewald region and documenting their ecosystem and soil layers. The artist is also working with the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin to use their extensive archive of extinct species, and sounds of insects and amphibians from Berlin and its surrounding landscapes.

“By combining his recordings from the wetlands with research on extinct animal species, the artist builds a bridge between us and the history beneath our feet – Kudsk Steensen describes this as ‘touching time’. In this way, the Halle am Berghain will be transformed into a portal in which relics of the Ice Age connect to present-day wetlands – lost worlds revived in the present day.”

You can find out more about the installation here.

Earlier this week, Berlin’s Club Commission unveiled a six-point plan to reopen the city’s venues.

Spotify launches Loud & Clear to increase transparency around artist royalties

Spotify launches Loud & Clear to increase transparency around artist royaltiesSpotify

On the heels of SoundCloud‘s fan-powered royalties announcement, Spotify has launched a new website called Loud & Clear aimed at introducing transparency and data around the music streaming economy. The resource provides an in-depth look into the relationship between the streaming platform and the artist, with a focus on both artist payouts and how the data provided from the platform to the artist can shape the artists’ success in other areas of their careers.

The website categorizes Spotify’s artists into eight different categories, explaining concepts including average royalties generated, average listeners, and how many artists were within each category in 2020. In addition to this, the site provides a look at revenue generation over the years, showing how many artists globally generated how much—across recording and publishing for their catalog—for each of the past four years on Spotify.

The major players in music streaming have faced backlash over the payouts artists receive; public scrutiny has only increased since the suspension of wide-spread live events, which has historically been the largest revenue source for artists. Loud & Clear provides a plethora of resources, tools, and explanations to clarify exactly how the money is distributed for those looking to learn more. Watch “How The Money Flows” below for more information.

Featured image: Reuters

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Win big—enter Tiësto’s ‘The Business’ remix competition

Win big—enter Tiësto’s ‘The Business’ remix competitionTiesto1

Tiësto has announced a remix contest for his track “The Business,” inviting participants to take part in the smash song. The release marked his exclusive worldwide debut with Atlantic Records in September 2020 and has since gained over a half-billion streams.

Aspiring producers who choose to participate in Tiësto’s “The Business Pt. I + II” remix challenge with Ty Dolla $ign will gain access to a free Loopcloud 30-day trial, an exclusive Tiësto Loopcloud DRUM instrument, a free plugin courtesy of Plugin Boutique, an exclusive genre sample pack, 1 GB Loopcloud sample pack, access to over 4 million sounds, and 100 points to spend on Loopcloud.

The grand prize winner will win an official release on Atlantic Records, a featured guest spot on Tiësto’s Club Life radio show, more than $7,000 in prizes, and social support from the Dutch megastar himself and the partners involved such as Beatport, Spinnin Records, Musical Freedom, Loopcloud, and Selected.

All entries must be submitted by April 7. Learn more and download the stems here.

Featured image: RPM Presents

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SIDEPIECE enter 2021 ring with ‘Temptation’

SIDEPIECE enter 2021 ring with ‘Temptation’SIDEPIECE

With two years since Party Favor and Nitti Gritti burst onto the scene as SIDEPIECE, the hype hasn’t slowed down any less. The pair now deliver their debut original for the year, “Temptation” while reinstating that, while the house union may just be a side project, their sonic magnitude hits as hard as ever.

SIDEPIECE’s return to the Diplo-helmed Higher Ground witnesses the two-man outfit in their funkiest and dirtiest as they sew deep bass lines amongst walking brass progressions. Engined by a soulful sample choice and littered with playful sound accessories, the house production gives a taste of the mechanics behind “On My Mind,” but shapes that idea into another more percussive-heavy life form that places itself right alongside its preceding dance floor-centric companions.

Stream SIDEPIECE’s “Temptation” below.

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Last Heroes don their capes for a ‘Getaway’ alongside Lunis

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Last Heroes are doing what they do best—saving “New Music Friday” with a brand new release.

On March 19, Garrett Lucero and Brian Helander of the Ophelia Records-signed two-man show etched their first original of the new calendar year into the 2021 pillar alongside French singer-songwriting duo Lunis. The creative quartet’s collaborative interplay has translated to “Getaway,” a wistful and reflective follow-up to their January 29 remix of Gryffin and Audrey Mika‘s “Safe With Me.” Shimmering synths strike emotive chords in a bass-punctuated effort that emblematizes Ophelia’s sonic ethos: poignant electronic that awakens feeling with touches of euphoria and texture.

Featured image: Matt Cary

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