Splendour XR will afford festival-goers the ability to build virtual versions of themselves and move through an imaginative recreation of Splendour’s Byron Bay venue. Attendees can create their own schedules and travel from stage to stage within the virtual universe while meeting up with other ticket holders along the way. For a taste of what is to come, view Splendour XR’s teaser video below. Tickets are now on-sale here.
Wind the clock back about six years, and Fairlane would have just discovered Grant. The latter’s “attention to detail, sound design, and creativity” would catch Fairlane’s ear, conferring a memorable character to Grant’s craft. Jump back to the present moment, and via Proximity comes “Hypnotize,” an amalgamation of Fairlane’s own capabilities and the qualities of Grant’s music that would make an impression on Fairlane years prior. Attesting that “Hypnotize” is as much an emblem of his and Grant’s synergy as it is “a project that truly challenged [him] and taught [him] how inspiring collaboration can be,” the single, written from a backyard in California, spills forth to streaming platforms with presence. From its instrumental lacing to its octave-scaling topline, the tightly stitched track justifies sonic bookmarking.
In October of 2020, Last Heroes and Woodlock would align their names on the former’s penultimate Finding Light tracklisting. Call it an unlikely creative alliance between an emotive electronic force and the Melbourne-based acoustic/folk band, but don’t call it a fluke, for Last Heroes and the three-piece Woodlock outfit are carrying their collaborative interplay into 2021 with the former’s remix of the latter’s “Feel It Coming.”
Last Heroes cerebrally rewire “Feel It Coming,” which hails from Woodlock’s February 2021 LP, The Future of an End. Keeping the bones of the original largely intact, the Colorado-formed duo tastefully and unimposingly adds a rushing touch of electronic character to the vocal-led number. Preserving the indie/singer-songwriter appeal of “Feel It Coming,” Last Heroes add dance color in balanced fashion below.
In 2022, Mayrhofen, Austria’s Snowbombing festival will return after a two-year hiatus to feature appearances from Bicep, CamelPhat, Andy C, a DJ set from Rudimental, and Gorgon City, all of whom are included among Snowbombing’s first wave of artists. Hannah Wants, Danny Howard, Eats Everything, Solardo, and Franky Wah also figure on the initial roster of talent tapped for the 2022 event, with more acts to be announced later this year.
In addition to the featured artists, Glitterbox, Defected Records, Sink the Pink, He.She.They., and Bez’s Acid House will host stage takeovers across Snowbombing’s stages, with each stage catering to a different theme such as forest and street party. The 2022 iteration is Snowbombing’s answer to the COVID-19-related cancellation of the 2020 festival, and will take place from April 4 – 9, 2022. Purchase tickets and learn more here.
Discover: Dubstep 001 arrives as the first part of Insomniac‘s Discovery Project’s new Discover X compilation series, which seeks to spotlight rising acts in electronic dance music subgenresacross numerous LPs. Fellow compilations are expected from Insomniac’s other brands, but for now, listeners can make like the project’s title and discover some of dubstep’s choice up-and-coming talent below.
Mija is on a mission to “Give Em What They Want” on her latest venture, released via Hot Haus. The Arizona-born tastemaker draws on a reverberating house beat and sharp kicks to displays another side of her ever-changing artistry. Debuting “Give Em What They Want” in sync with an abstract music video, Mija is in her creative zone, continuing to exhibit the limitlessness of her artistic approach. The single follows her recent appearance alongside San Holo on “one more day,” the finale to bb u ok?
With the promise of a 2021 North American tour comes TOKiMONSTA‘s latest “Say Yes,” made in concert with on-the-rise sister duo VanJess. “Say Yes” fuses R&B elements with VanJess’ vocals and a syncopated bassline that reverberates throughout the collaborative effort. The song, inspired by the “deeper meanings of openness and love,” is TOKiMONSTA’s “first real dance record,” she explained, elaborating on this sentiment in both a quotation and on Twitter:
“The original ‘Say Yes’ was a song that encompassed the deeper meanings of openness and love. Though the pandemic has been challenging, I felt inspired to tap into that introspection and reinterpret this song with the help of the incredible VanJess. It’s my first real dance record and I’m excited to share it with the world.”
“Say Yes” arrives in tandem with the news that TOKiMONSTA will soon hit the road for a run of shows that will afford her the opportunity to play her 2020 album, Oasis Nocturno, live. The tour, which includes special guests Biicla, Rochelle Jordan, and Kingdom x Rush Davis, will take TOKiMONSTA through some of the nation’s largest cities including Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Brooklyn, and San Francisco, among others. Purchase tickets here and stream “Say Yes” below.
In a move that added to an already stacked New Music Friday, Tiësto dropped a surprise remix of Coldplay’s “Higher Power,” adding to his catalog of reworks spanning songs from Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Halsey, and Miley Cyrus, to name a few. Keen listeners, however, will know that this isn’t Tiësto’s first dance with Coldplay; in 2012, he put a club touch on “Paradise.” Fast forward to 2021, and Tiësto has flexed his re-imaginative finesse on a Coldplay issue again, adding a notable and welcome uptick in energy on his interpretation of the summer anthem, which arrives hot on the heels of ZHU’sfellow remix.
Ripe for the main stage, the “Higher Power” remix comes just in time for the much-anticipated return of summer festival season. Stream the spin below.