Little Simz has partnered with WeTransfer’s digital arts platform WeBody to create and release a new short film, ‘I Love You, I Hate You’.
The debut film of Little Simz, real name Simbiatu Ajikawo, it features an original narrative based on her track of the same name, from this year’s album ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’. In addition to starring in the film, Ajikawo created the story herself with writer Caroline Adeyemi.
Filmmaker Sam Pilling, whose worked with the likes of The Weeknd and David Lynch, directed the visual, which you can watch above. Ajikawo stars alongside Shaniqua Okwok (‘It’s A Sin’, ‘Small Axe’), C.J. Beckford (‘Big Age’, National Theatre’s ‘Small Island’) and newcomer Sonia Ajuwa.
‘I Love You, I Hate You’, a press release says, “focuses on repressed memories, interpreting the relationship between Little Simz’s absent father and herself”. The artist herself described it in a statement as “the story of amandonment” and “how trauma can affect us in our adult lives if never confronted”.
She continued: “I wanted to make this film because I feel it’s a universal story that many people can relate to. It’s been incredible to work with a partner like WePresent who are so invested in telling stories like this. They understood and trusted my vision from the jump and had my back to create the film I set out to make.”
Andy C is heading out on a run of intimate UK club shows in 2022.
Spanning 10 dates, the tour will kick off at Edinburgh’s Bongo Club on 18th February and round up at Sheffield’s Tank on 26th March. Between those dates, he’ll head to Nottingham’s Brickworks, Swansea’s Sin City, Manchester Academy, World Headquarters Club in Newcastle, Brighton’s The Arch, O2 Academy Oxford, Cambridge Junction and O2 Academy Leeds.
On the tour, the DJ will be joined by Tonn Piper as well as a number of special guests for each date.
The XO3.O tour is billed as a chance for the drum & bass DJ to take the atmosphere of his residencies at London’s XOYO across the UK, with the DJ usually more accustomed to playing large shows at venues such as Printworks and, last month, Wembley Arena.
You can sign up for ticket information, and check the full list of dates, here.
A newly announced collision between Tchami‘s Confession and AC Slater‘s Night Bass label will bring a whole lotta house, bass-house, and other variations of the genre to 11 cities in North America starting January 14. The 2022 Confession vs Night Bass tour is poised to direct the two label heads to Brooklyn, Miami, Boston, and Washington, D.C., among other sites, for a live initiative that will see city-specific appearances from BIJOU, Blossom, Capozzi, Dr. Fresch, Habstrakt, Marten Hørger, Masteria, Nostalgix, Shift K3Y, and Taiki Nulight. Fans can see who among these artists are slated to provide support in their city’s show on the tour’s website, where tickets will be available to purchase on at 10:00 a.m. local time on November 19.
The Confession vs Night Bass North American tour comes as a stroke of luck for fans of both labels who were not able to catch some of the aforementioned acts at EDC Las Vegas 2021.
Odd One Out had yet to ever put forth an album in its two-plus-year history, but Yotto rerouted his label’s course this past fall when he commissioned brother duo Anden to be the name that would stand behind its first full-length output. Youth Is Wasted on the Young was preceded by not one, not two, but three previews in its two-month swell, with Anden now lighting the release torch on their first-ever artist album.
The project’s headline is a thought-provoking message in itself, with Anden building upon a “simple vision” where they dreamt up “capturing the moment of holding together two conflicting thoughts or emotions and allowing them to coexist.” “Chemical” with SOHMI, “Grouplove” with the label boss, and the LP’s title number are joined by a count of five equally as tantalizing productions—all paired with a respective extended mix—as Anden narrate their melodic voyage of tapping into the feeling of when “an emotional dance record makes you want to both dance and cry.” Youth Is Wasted on the Young does just that on all eight of its offerings, gracefully toeing a line between lighter and darker tints of the duo’s own flavor of melodic house and resulting in an admirable, cohesive body of work that proudly wears the title of Odd One Out’s debut album.
What a week for Long Beach native FrostTop, who was announced as a part of Ultra Miami’s surprise phase two lineup drop and dispensed his latest single, “BLOOD MOON,” the very next day. “BLOOD MOON” is a high-energy single with trap influences that come in complete contrast to the laid-back Southern California lifestyle of his youth.
FrostTop continues to cut through the noise with heavy-hitting trap beats that have garnered the attention of SLANDER and NGHTMRE’sGud Vibrations label. “BLOOD MOON” is FrostTop’s second-ever release on the aforementioned label and follows Dream State,” released earlier this year.
A member of the San Diego Waterboys, which includes ISOxo, Knock2, RemK, and ALEKO, FrostTop continues to push the boundaries in innovative trap and bass music. 2021 has seen a red-hot release run for the SoCal native bolstered by a supporting spot at the Brownies and Lemonade-produced ISOxo Nightrealm EP premiere in Los Angeles, a debut at EDC Las Vegas, and a soon-to-come first-ever performance at Ultra Miami. Listen to “BLOOD MOON” below.
Gibson Parker‘s career continues to gain momentum, and his newest release “Long Gone” is another great addition to his growing roster of music. This time, Parker chooses a vocal-forward structure to craft a cut that would do well on radio airwaves or in a live performance setting. The elaborate production blends groovy notes with an upbeat house bassline and instrumental layers heavily reliant on piano.
Parker spoke with Dancing Astronaut about the release, sharing, “The chords and the idea were actually in the second house song I’ve ever attempted to make when I first got into electronic music years ago. When I recently revisited the track, I knew I had to remake it. The end result couldn’t have been any better.”
“Long Gone” is Parker’s third release this year on IN / ROTATION.
Coming off of their most recent release, “Drive” alongside Tilian and BEAUZ, Adventure Club have returned for their final pre-album single, “Never Surrender” with Codeko and Sarah De Warren. The duo’s sophomore album, Love // Chaos, is slated to hit streaming platforms near the end of the year.
Hinging on the trials and tribulations that go hand-in-hand with post-relationship heartbreak, “Never Surrender” fuses Adventure Club and Codeko’s pristine production capabilities with Sarah De Warren’s grounded lyricism and vocals. Melancholy meets melodic on a nostalgic entity laced electric guitar and crisp snares. Fall into the evocative soundscape that is “Never Surrender” below.
Introducing Jeff Anguil and David Keane of Sol Echo, a Milwaukee-based house duo whose debut single, “Don’t Look Back,” has officially landed. Alongside Sol Echo’s first single comes a half-hour long performance video, coined “Interlock,” in which the co-producers demo a plethora of unreleased music, drenched in professionally synced lighting.
Although “Don’t Look Back” marks Sol Echo’s first widespread release, the duo bears no shortage of live performance experience. Since becoming co-workers in the summer of 2020, Anguil and Keane have developed a substantial repertoire that has earned them slots performing alongside the likes of Kaskade, Matoma, and Slander, among others. “Don’t Look Back” is the highly anticipated first taste of the burgeoning act’s personal sound and style, and it’s sure to stand out in the electronic music feed.
Listen to an array of unreleased Sol Echo IDs in “Interlock” and stream “Don’t Look Back” below.
Drum ‘n’ bass is undoubtably on the rise in the United States, and despite being a staple across the globe, it’s never fully caught on state-side. However, if artists like REAPER are any indication, the drum ‘n’ bass revolution is not only here to stay but also healthily forge forth.
Named a Dancing AstronautArtist to Watch in 2021, the REAPER project shrouded in mystery continues to impress release after release even as the year comes to a close. Released via Bassrush Records, “RUNAWAY” is an ode to stadium drum ‘n’ bass and features Josh Rubin on vocals. REAPER took to Instagram to say the following:
“RUNAWAY is about the moment you discover a special someone, and the realization that you’d risk anything to be with them. This realization is represented by the hot-blooded bass lines that surround Josh Rubin’s hooks.”
Fresh off a date at EDC Orlando, REAPER continues his ascent in the dance music world. With past dates at EDC Las Vegas, Lost Lands, and Nocturnal Wonderland, as well an upcoming date at Countdown NYE, the project is as alive and well as drum ‘n’ bass globally. Listen to “RUNAWAY” below.
Dark pop singer Saya releases her passionate single, “Death Of Me.” When a relationship comes to a close, many times those deep feelings you experienced linger. Saya expresses all the intense emotions that can arise from the remaining attraction. The tantalizing talent has constructed a tune seeping with swirling arrangements and sultry vocals. This highly powerful piece is the ideal track for anyone who is still recovering from a breakup, bouncing between sentiments of loathing and love, taking listeners on a wild ride.
Saya is an artist known for her rich, soulful sound and infectious hooks. Her smoldering beats create the ultimate electro-pop paradise, though her musical journey has not come without its challenges. After separating with a major label she felt completely disheartened, but did not let that setback stop her. This single really shows her strength and determination with its fierce and fiery energy. With this newfound inspiration, she is proud to share such a self-assured offering. Take a listen to the bold, banger now.
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