Over the next six months, New Jersey’s own SM1LO will spread a swell of new music across streaming platforms to further their sonic footprint in the dance-pop space. This pledge to push more fresh material to listeners’ speakers kicks off with “About You,” a vocally driven electro-pop record that packages hook, melody, rhythm and bass in an effervescent earworm. It’s a spry pickup of SM1LO’s sonic activity that provides an awaited answer their last release, November 2020’s “Bentley Coupe.” With a Feenixpawl remix of “About You” ready and waiting patiently in the wings, alongside a stockpile of singles featuring high-impact vocalists such as MKLA and Lena Leon, SM1LO are sending a smoke signal that will culminate in some irrefutable firepower as the year forges forth.
‘Signals In My Head’ sees Manny combine his love of R&B with footwork
Friday, May 7, 2021 – 12:32
Planet Mu will next release a new album by leading footwork producer DJ Manny.
‘Signals In My Head’, Manny says, embodies his aim “to do something that nobody [in Footwork] had ever done before, which is an R&B love type of album. I just want people to know it’s love out there.”
In addition to combining footwork and R&B, the album also features tracks rooted in jacking house and techno, with Manny’s record following on from other footwork releases on Planet Mu by the likes of RP Boo, Jana Rush and DJ Nate.
‘Signals In My Head’ will be released by Planet Mu on July 23rd. You can listen to the album’s title track below.
Paraleven has shared an ambient new track “Lucid” featuring Nathan Ball. A harmonious string section builds the track as Ball dances over its ambiance, humming synths fluttering through the breaks. Ball’s higher-pitched vocals create a sweet contrast to the cut’s deeper instrumentals, adding to its “Lucid” feel. Along with the new single, Paraleven shared the news that he changed labels, moving from This Never Happened to RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s Rose Avenue Records:
“I spent the entirety of my 20’s learning how to make electronic music and the ins and outs of the music industry. I told myself I wanted to be one of the greats—and to get the tap from both Lane 8 and RÜFÜS has merely validated what I have believed about myself for so long. I can’t thank Lane 8 enough for teaching me so much in such a short period of time. He was a class act and a brilliant producer. My time with This Never Happened and the fans that followed have been nothing short of amazing. But now I embark on a new journey and I could not be more excited to be a part of the Rose roster. Shoutout to all of you who have been patient with me. I have so much more music coming soon!”
“Lucid” arrives as Paraleven’s first original single since his 2019 Soloma EP. Last year, he sat down with Dancing Astronaut to talk about touring with Lane 8 and how he found his sound. The producer recently contributed to a remix of Lastling‘s “Out of Touch” and also found himself on Lane 8’s Brightest Lightsremix package.
After co-aligning their names in 2016 and 2017 on “Feel” and “Waiting,” respectively, Confession assets Marten Hørger and Donkong rouse the electronic circuit with “Ah Lord,” the dastardly consequence of their recent reunion. A textbook encapsulation of Confession sound, “Ah Lord” pins a choral vocal sample that loops with eerie celestiality atop the bass-anchored foundation that Hørger and Donkong poured. The din of a church bell, positioned at “Ah Lord’s” finale, finds the label mates taking a page out of Tchami‘s playbook, evoking an ecclesiastic sound element. Gospel-cued and climactic, the single will assuredly turn the heads of Hørger and Donkong’s colleagues, so let Dancing Astronaut go on the record to say that we expect this one-off to spread like wildfire through sets to follow, livestreamed or in-person.
With peaking radio presence in past years, LODATO‘s dance-pop presence has been felt across a crossover conversion of Dua Lipa’s “Break My Heart,” not to mention hybrid originals encompassing “HOME” and “Good Thing,” among other gems in his treasure chest. In a new year of music, LODATO continues to assert his status as an ascending authority in dance-pop sound via “Neon Lights,” an ’80s-inflected tack-on to January’s “Blurry” and March’s “Feel All My Lovin’.” Stitched together with synth-led melodies and a warm vocal sample that plays to a pop strength—an enticing hook—”Neon Lights” is a windows-down moment immortalized in a three-minute and two-second runtime. Though LODATO initially made his name in the remix pool, the Queens native is noticeably underscoring his capacity for original creation, and the dance community is responding accordingly.
“Neon Lights” is out now via Spinnin’ Records. Stream the single below and read Dancing Astronaut‘s Q&A with LODATO here.
Respinning mid-2000’s smashes into electronic gold is a relatively new facet of Gianni Blu‘s creative toolkit that’s led to deft dance recastings of Chris Brown‘s “Forever” and now, Usher and will.i.am’s “OMG.” Doused in Blu’s signature deep, dark tonal rinse, the Italian-Haitian producer’s revisitation of a fan favorite now 11 years in the rearview harnesses electro house in a characteristically ear-catching fashion.
Hot to the touch, “OMG” derives part of its pizzaz from the drum pattern that Blu preserves. The rest of the remake’s firepower can be credited to D. Lylez‘s vocal stand-in for Usher. The Voice contestant’s topline almost uncannily resembles Usher’s 2010 vocal, adding a touch of the familiar to a new, house-guided take that, like its predecessor, can be expected to power summer playlist requests. “OMG” is out now via Smash The House’s Smash Deep.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that most New York venues can begin lifting some capacity restrictions from May 19th.
The new rules will allow large-scale event venues to operate at 30 percent capacity, an increase on the previous limit of 10 percent. Large-scale outdoor event venues, meanwhile, will be able to increase their capacity to 33 percent.
The change in policy will also permit New York venues to pass the limit of 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors (which will otherwise be in place), provided attendees can show a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination, and social distancing is still respected.
Other rule changes will see the current midnight food and drink service curfew lifted on May 17th for outdoor dining areas, and on the 19th for indoor dining areas.
37 percent of the New York City’s population have now been fully vaccinated, while nearly 50 percent have received their first dose. Infection rates in the city have been declining for the past month.
Cuomo’s announcement follows on from New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, saying he expects the city to be “fully reopening” by July 1st. Cuomo, who has the ultimate say in restrictions and has repeatedly clashed with de Blasio, has called the prediction “irresponsible” however.
Live Nation, the world’s largest live event and ticketing company, has reported that concert and festival ticket demand has upsurged and is selling out at a historic record pace with COVID-19 vaccines becoming more available across the globe. On a conference call with investors on May 6, President and CEO of Live Nation, Michael Rapino, revealed that the company has already booked twice as many shows for 2022 as they did in 2019.
On his first quarter financial results call Rapino shared,
“Around the world, people are showing the need to get out and socialize once again which reinforces our expectation that a return to concerts will be the logical progression as vaccines are readily available to everyone who wants to get one. This is generally already the case in the U.S. where we are confidently planning our reopenings, particularly for outdoor shows, and we expect many of our other major markets will follow this summer.”
The live-entertainment company has already confirmed several significant tours for 2021, including Dave Matthews, Megadeth with Lamb of God, Brad Paisley, and Chris Stapleton, as well as major music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Rolling Loud, and EDC Las Vegas, all which are set to return this fall. Rapino also added,
“We are already seeing confirmed major tour dates for 2022 up double digits from the same time pre-pandemic in 2019 for 2020. Many of these artists will have multi-year tours, spanning the US, Europe and often either Asia or Latin America, setting us up for a strong multi-year growth run.”
Bad Bunny, Roger Waters, and Rina Sawayama are among the tours already announced for 2022 as well as the long-awaited reunion tours of Rage Against the Machine and My Chemical Romance.
Four years after opening his sophomore “Dia De Los Muertos” mix with an unreleased original, Boombox Cartel has finally delivered his highly-anticipated ID “Reaper” alongside Atlanta-based rapper J.I.D. The track serves as the lead single to Boombox Cartel’s upcoming Cartel II EP, which will be released in late May.
Beginning with a slinking trap beat and humming synth accents, J.I.D. weaves his instantly recognizable vocalwork through the whirling, winding instrumentals. The first drop growls and reverberates, delivering a heavy handed punch. Roping together hype hip-hop elements with brooding low-end dub and trap components makes for a menacing, festival-ready setlist weapon.
Gustavo Mota and Naizon have teamed up for some new house heat, “What The Funk.” Brazilian producer Gustavo Mota has been building out a flourishing catalog of work over the past seven years, dabbling in genres ranging from progressive house to dubstep and psytrance, with much more in between. Joining him on his latest is Naizon, offering his tech house sensibilities to the joint production.
Like its name suggests, “What The Funk” naturally opens with a gripping, energetic percussion arrangement, instantly sparking the fire behind the track’s upbeat intonation. Powered by an amped bass line and a catchy melody, “What The Funk” ups the ante with a perfectly complementary vocal track that secures the track’s spot on summer-ready playlists and poolside setlists this season. “What The Funk” lands by way of Suitor and parent label Mix Feed. Listen below.