This fall and winter may as well just be renamed to Lane 8 season. When Dancing Astronaut‘s reigning artist of the year prefaced Reviver—due January 21, 2022—as being his “most dancefloor focused album yet,” there was no putting the sheer excitement into words, with him instantaneously upholding the description of his impending fourth album on its title track. Now, the This Never Happened helmer has returned less than a month later to tack on the second of thirteen pieces from Reviver, “What Have You Done To Me?”
For his second Reviver preview, Lane 8 recalled a familiar face in Arctic Lake, who made not one, but two appearances on the Brightest Lights tracklist and will do so once more on Reviver. The synergy between the pairing had already been tangible through “Don’t Let Me Go” and “Road,” with Lane 8 and Arctic Lake deciding to shift stylistic gears to complete their collaborative triple crown. “What Have You Done To Me?” adds another dimension to thealbum thematics thus far—arriving as a complete surprise considering its absence from the album creator’s sets—as Lane 8 flawlessly frames Arctic Lake’s blissful tone on top of a bouncing, intricate production bedrock of melodic house, continuing to air the unbreakable equilibrium between the two sides.
Beginning on December 1, GRiZ will be celebrating the holidays in Detroit with his eighth annual 12 Days of GRiZmas event. All proceeds from the beloved philanthropy program will be donated to Seven Mile Music, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds for music, arts, and coding programs for Detroit’s inner-city youth.
Remarkably, 12 Days of GRiZmas has managed to raise more than $300,000. The charity event is set to kick off on December 1 for the GRiZmas Workshop Grand Opening. December 2 will find crafts and cocktails and December 3 will feature a dodgeball tournament. From December 10 – 12, GRiZ will be holding a three-night residency at Masonic Temple, with The Sponges, Kilamanzego, Level Up, Mize, Jantsen, and Veil all performing.
GRiZ’s workshop will be open every day throughout the event from 10 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Tickets for 12 Days of GRiZmas are available here.
After giving fans the first taste of his AEON:MODE project, Blanke is returning to Deadbeats once again for a new collaboration with the mysterious Deathpact. Blending elements of drum ‘n’ bass and Deathpact’s signature dark energies, the single manages to create a harmonious balance between soft melodies and hard-hitting bass.
Both Blanke and Deathpact have had busy itineraries in 2021. Blanke returned to the United States after touring around Australia, and launched his new venture, AEON:MODE. Meanwhile, Deathpact shared a series of EPs this year, turning in both SPLIT//PERSONALITY and SPLIT//PERSONALITY PT.02 earlier this spring. Now, “Mitosis” finds the pair joining up for a Zeds Dead-signed single that offers the best of both producers. Listen below.
Dom Dolla has gifted fans an ID that’s remained a set staple as of late, partnering alongside indie electronic trio Mansionair for “Strangers.” Delicious vocals from Mansionair frontman Jack Froggatt fuse with the infectious house framework giving the song a notable commercial edge. As always, “Strangers” still retains Dolla’s signature blend of tech-house elements to give the single his characteristically distinguished polish. The entire foursome all hailing from down under allowed them to closely collaborate during the pandemic, with Dolla sharing,
“This record has been such a special moment in my sets over the last few months. After writing it in lockdown with Mansionair, I was concerned I’d never be able to play it to you guys in person… but when touring began again I really knew we were onto something special.”
Dolla was named Dancing Astronaut‘s 2019 Breakout Artist of the Year. Two years later, as 2021 comes to a close, clearly the producer hasn’t missed a beat since. “Strangers” with Mansionair is out now via Sweat it Out.
Right off the coast in the city of Camboriú, Santa Catarina, renowned BPM Festival is expanding to Brazil and set to touch down for its inaugural event come this February 25 – 27. Happily lining up with the annual hedonism of Brazil’s Carnival celebration, the new festival will take place at Surreal, a brand new multipurpose artistic complex opening on December 26, 2021, founded by dance music and nightclub visionary, Renato Ratier.
Initially launched in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in 2008 before pivoting to Portugal and eventually Costa Rica, the lauded festival event continues to expand on its knack for laying roots in party-primed locales, already having been hosted iterations everywhere from Tel Aviv to Ibiza to Bali. The Costa Rican edition of BPM will return to the tropical escape January 12 – 18 with an exceptional lineup of close to 200 producers.
See the trailer for the debut edition of The BPM Festival: Brazil below.
Veteran Canadian beatsmith KAYTRANADA presents Intimidated—a collaborative EP featuring contributions from H.E.R., Thundercat, and Newark-based rapper Mach-Hommy. The trio of R&B-inspired cuts marks KAYTRANADA’s first public offering since nabbing the coveted Grammy Awards for Best Dance/Electronic Album and Best Dance Recording at the award show’s 63rd installment earlier this year.
Intimidated exemplifies the decorated producer’s knack for consistently hitting the mark on soulful, groove-forward collaborative offerings. The titular track features renowned R&B vocalist H.E.R., consisting of a jazzy piano sequence layered beneath H.E.R.’s mesmerizing topline. The lo-fi wizardry continues on the Thundercat-assisted follow up, “Be Careful,” and once again on “$payforhaiti,” highlighting Mach-Hommy’s in-the-pocket rap flow. Intimidated is officially streaming everywhere; take a listen below.
Fresh off the release of their critically acclaimed new album Surrender, Australian trio RÜFÜS DU SOL have announced their debut destination event, branded Sundream Tulum taking place on the beaches of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. The four-day destination event will run March 10 – 13 at Papaya Playa Project and will feature two performances from RÜFÜS DU SOL, one live and one DJ set. The festival also features a stacked undercard with slated appearances by Bob Moses, Monolink, Cassian, Lastlings, Paraleven, and more. Billed as an “immersive destination event on the idyllic white sand beaches of Tulum” Sundream promises added programming like yoga, wellness planning, and art installations to complement the musical acts.
It’s been a banner year for RÜFÜS DU SOL who are coming off of three nights at Los Angeles’ Banc of California stadium to celebrate the release of Surrender. The outfit joins the likes of ILLENIUM, Kygo, and Tiësto in curating their own destination festival events in what seems to be a growing and welcome trend in the post-COVID environment. Tickets are available here, and view the full lineup below.
On Friday, Louisville’s own Bryson Tiller gifted his fans with an EP entitled A Different Christmas. The holiday project consists of seven ‘different’ songs featuring Kiana Lede, Justin Bieber, and Poo Bear.
In 2020, he reaffirmed his place as an R&B tastemaker with A N N I V E R S A R Y, an LP released on the fifth anniversary of his first breakout album, T R A P S O U L. There have been rumblings of Bryson Tiller’s 3rd album being whipped up and prepared for 2022 unofficially entitled Serenity. There has yet to be an announced release date.
Tiller stated on his Twitter, “Before we get into my next album, i wanted to share another special project i worked on for you guys. This one was really fun to make. Inspired by Bieber, Ariana, and by one of my loneliest holiday seasons ever.. “A Different Christmas”…”
Inspired by the classic ’60s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer clay animation films, Tiller wrote a video treatment up for the single “lonely christmas” feat. Justin Bieber and Poo Bear. The video was directed by Quique Rivera and produced by a high-imagination production studio in California called The Ancient Order. of the Wooden Skull.
Songs like “presents” with Kiana Lede offer a R&B twist to the traditional sound of Christmas music. The intro, “be mine this christmas” sounds authentically like a classic Bryson Tiller love song in production and overall vibe, yet set for the winter season holiday. The only more conventional route Bryson takes is when he does he rendition of “i’ll be home for christmas” in the middle of the project. These seven tracks are for the snuggles around a fireplace, or for the slow mornings with your special someone.
Apart from features from recording artists like Bieber, Poo Bear, Kiana Lede and Tayla Parx, the EP includes an appearance from his daughter Halo (Harley Tiller) on “winter wonderland”, the closer. He and his eldest of two daughters share the verses and the 8-year-old vocally shines at her first showing on the mic.
A 10-track mixtape is all it took for rapper Czar Josh to fully examine his sentiments of hurt & pains, to the pride and joys of being a young black man from Georgia. LongLiveUs is Czar Josh’s latest release with appearances from other artists like Phil J., Big Yae, and Kham.
One of the standout tracks, “Whatchu Know” where Josh spits about growing up in the South and the frustrations and hustles that come with that. “Black Taxes” is another number where he goes in on ways he would love to see the black community invest in each other.
Speaking on the mixtape in entirety, Josh explained, “An ode to a Bebe’s Kids line that ‘We don’t die, we multiply.’ That’s the black community in a nutshell. No matter what the world throws at us we live. No matter the obstacles, we live. We have joy. That’s the mixtape.”
In the production, you can clearly hear the earnest lo-fi elements of a mixtape feel. Fuzzy record player static plays across the project that hits you with a nostalgic classic hip-hop rapping style. The tracklist includes production from Enzo Gran, Killawatts, and Avila. The idea of a mixtape is kind of blurry in 2021. Yet, Josh hits us with a compilation of vibes even in his central theme of American blackness braided through the body of work.
Throughout LongLiveUs this Georgia boy touches on bad drinking habits, oppressive systems in our country, and an upheaval sense of gravitas. Despite that, the tape closes with a message of hope and silver linings. The title track and bookend, “LONGLIVEUS”, he talks of sticking together, readjusting to our hurdles, and conquering against the battles coming our way both external and internal.
British Nigerian Afropop twin sister duo El’Vee shares the visuals for their new single “Roll Wiv U” featuring Nigerian singer-songwriter Peruzzi. The dancehall-tinged track is as vibrant and sensual as they come. It displays the duo’s unapologetic sensuality while showing off their artistic versatility and paying homage to their favorite dancehall classics, with Peruzzi adding […]
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