Teddy Beats plays cupid on ‘Be Mine’

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Teddy Beats‘ latest single, “Be Mine,” is something of a love charm. The breezy, tropically infused single, written by longtime friend and singer-songwriter Jolee, began as a wedding gift to Teddy Beats and his wife, who doubles as his co-manager. The expression goes, “love works in mysterious ways,” and invariably, so does “Be Mine,” for the sonic souvenir is not only soon to be used by Teddy Beats’ fellow co-manager, Ryan, for the first dance at his upcoming wedding, but also soundtracked Miami Beats/ATLAST Records manager and label owner Sascha de Jong’s recent proposal to his wife. de Jong’s engagement photo with his wife, who also serves as his business partner, provides the art for “Be Mine,” proving a complementary visual accompaniment to a sweet single that nestles naturally into Teddy Beats’ larger catalog.

“Be Mine” follows May’s “Hollow,” with Kerin Maguire; stream it below.

Featured image: Henry Schutte

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Black Coffee, Gordo pick up production credits on Drake’s unprecedently house-leaning LP, ‘Honestly, Nevermind’

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Across his past six studio albums, Drake‘s rap-focused, R&B-flirting formula was tried-and-true. But on his seventh, he flipped the script, stepping into house- and even Jersey Club-influenced waters to an unprecedented degree. Though the sonic strategy has proven to be divisive in the handful of hours that Honestly, Nevermind has been available to the masses, the expertise of the project’s executive producers can’t be disavowed. Black Coffee, who recently made history as the first African artist to win the Grammy Award for “Best Dance/Electronic Album” (Subconciously), is credited as one of the LP’s executive producers. The project, dedicated to the late Virgil Abloh, also benefits from the involvement of Gordo; the producer, formerly known as Carnage, produced six of the 14 songs on Honestly, Nevermind. It’s worth noting that Klahr x Lion, memorable for their past work with Swedish House Mafia, too score production credits, assisting on “Massive” and “Calling My Name.”

In the wee hours leading up to the album’s surprise release, Gordo confidently declared the Certified Lover Boy follow-up a “dance album.” Indeed, it largely is—and it’s far from the first time that Drake has courted the house genre. “Get It Together,” from 2017’s More Life, is one example; the lauded Jorja Smith feature sampled Black Coffee’s 2009 song, “Superman” and credited the Subconsciously album maker.

Spotify has since featured three of Honestly, Nevermind‘s tracklistings—”Falling Back,” “Sticky,” and “Massive”—on its “New Music Friday Cratediggers” playlist, dedicated to spotlighting “this week’s handpicked new dance and electronic music.” The LP, classified a “Dance” album by streaming platforms such as Apple Music, is available below.

Featured image: Amy Sussman

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Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ hits No.1 in UK charts 37 years after release

Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ has officially reached No. 1 in the UK charts, 37 years after its release.

Originally featured on the English artist’s 1985 album ‘Hounds of Love,’ the single has seen widespread success following its appearance in the opening episode of the fourth season of hit Netflix series Stranger Things.

Over the last couple of weeks, the single has been steadily climbing the UK Charts, reaching No. 2, before officially hitting the top spot today. It marks Bush’s second-ever UK Number One single, 44 years after her debut single ‘Wuthering Heights’ topped the charts.

‘Running Up That Hill’ is currently the UK’s most-streamed song, averaging 700,000 plays per day on Spotify. Upon its original release in August 1985, ‘Running Up That Hill’ entered the UK Singles Chart at number nine, and eventually peaked at number three — her second-highest single peak. Doubling up as Bush’s first 12-inch single, it also became her most successful release of the 1980s.

As well as reaching the top of the charts in countries such as Norway and Austria, the single also hit number eight in the Billboard Top 100 Singles — the first time any song by Bush has appeared in a US Top 10. Bush also landed her first-ever Billboard Number One album, when ‘Hounds of Love’ claimed the top spot in Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums earlier this month.

In a recent statement, Bush said: “The track is being responded to in so many positive ways. I’ve never experienced anything quite like this before! I just want to say a really big thank you to everyone in the U.S. who has supported the song. It’s the first time I’ve had a top ten single over there and now it’s in the top 5! Thank you so much again to the Duffer Brothers — because of their latest, extraordinary series of Stranger Things, the track is being discovered by a whole new audience.”

All ten of Kate Bush’s studio albums have reached the UK Top 10, including number one albums ‘Never For Ever’ (1980), ‘Hounds of Love’ and the 1986 compilation ‘The Whole Story’.

Watch the original video for ‘Running Up That Hill’ below and revisit DJ Mag’s long-read on how ‘Hounds of Love’ influenced the evolution of electronic music.

Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ hits No.1 in UK charts 38 years after release

Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ has officially reached No. 1 in the UK charts, 38 years after its release.

Originally featured on the English artist’s 1985 album ‘Hounds of Love,’ the single has seen widespread success following its appearance in the opening episode of the fourth season of hit Netflix series Stranger Things.

Over the last couple of weeks, the single has been steadily climbing the UK Charts, reaching No. 2, before officially hitting the top spot today. It marks Bush’s second-ever UK Number One single, 44 years after her debut single ‘Wuthering Heights’ topped the charts.

‘Running Up That Hill’ is currently the UK’s most-streamed song, averaging 700,000 plays per day on Spotify. Upon its original release in August 1985, ‘Running Up That Hill’ entered the UK Singles Chart at number nine, and eventually peaked at number three — her second-highest single peak. Doubling up as Bush’s first 12-inch single, it also became her most successful release of the 1980s.

As well as reaching the top of the charts in countries such as Norway and Austria, the single also hit number eight in the Billboard Top 100 Singles — the first time any song by Bush has appeared in a US Top 10. Bush also landed her first-ever Billboard Number One album, when ‘Hounds of Love’ claimed the top spot in Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums earlier this month.

In a recent statement, the 63-year-old said: “The track is being responded to in so many positive ways. I’ve never experienced anything quite like this before! I just want to say a really big thank you to everyone in the U.S. who has supported the song. It’s the first time I’ve had a top ten single over there and now it’s in the top 5! Thank you so much again to the Duffer Brothers — because of their latest, extraordinary series of Stranger Things, the track is being discovered by a whole new audience.”

All ten of Kate Bush’s studio albums have reached the UK Top 10, including number one albums ‘Never For Ever’ (1980), ‘Hounds of Love’ and the 1986 compilation ‘The Whole Story’.

Watch the original video for ‘Running Up That Hill’ below and revisit DJ Mag’s long-read on how ‘Hounds of Love’ influenced the evolution of electronic music.

Exclusive: Carl Cox contextualizes his return to Electric Zoo, 11 years later [Q&A]

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On September 4, Carl Cox will step foot on Randall’s Island for the first time in 11 years. His return to Electric Zoo, recently acquired by Avant Gardner, casts him not only as one of the event’s headliners, but also as a curator. And on the New York festival’s final day of operation, Cox and his worldly ear for underground sound will power Carl Cox Invites, a stage takeover that will feature Andrea Oliva back-to-back Ilario Alicante, Charles Meyer, Chelina Manuhutu, DJ Holographic, Loco Dice, and of course, a set from the White Island favorite himself.

Cox discussed the international character of the Invites lineup, his sentiments about returning to Electric Zoo after more than a decade, and what attendees can expect in an exclusive Q&A with Dancing Astronaut. Read the feature below, and purchase tickets to the 2022 installment here.

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How did you curate the Invites lineup?

Carl Cox: I have been curating lineups for many years now, and for Ezoo, I wanted to have a very special lineup all about the music that each DJ artist represents. I know that this will be an amazing time for all who see and hear us play, which the party people in New York City will appreciate.”

What makes you excited to return to EZoo 11 years later?

Carl Cox: “I cannot believe, its been 11 years since i was last there for EZoo, wow! It’s mind-blowing right? I have great memories of being there the last time, and remembering how amazing the crowd was towards my music, even then.”

What is different about this stage takeover in comparison to those that you’ve curated at Ultra, Tomorrowland, Ibiza, Electric Forest, etc.?

Carl Cox: “I think what will make this stage so amazing is that all the artists are coming from different parts of the world and bring the vibe and the passion for playing music as a collective.”

What do you find compelling about Andrea Olivia and Ilario Alicante’s back-to-back?

Carl Cox: “I cannot wait to see these guys go at it for maximum dance floor impact; they will have so much fun working with the crowd playing a lot of their own music edit and original tracks. They are going to light it up!”

Can fans expect to hear songs from your upcoming album in your set?

Carl Cox: “100% yes on the crowd listening and dancing to my new music from my album; I have been [previewing it] over the months. I road tested a few from the album to see the reactions, so they have been dancing to my music without even knowing it was me.”

Do you take a different approach to performing a festival set as opposed to a set at DC-10 in Ibiza, for instance?

Carl Cox: “No not really, people are people, festival setting or not. I feel the spirit and the vibe as soon as I walk on stage and see the people; I know what to do. Most of the time, I just have fun.”

Loco Dice has played with you and at your parties in the past. What makes his sound so complementary to this stage?

Carl Cox: “Loco Dice is always evolving with his sound of music; you cannot put him in a musical box at all, he really does push the boundaries, which makes me excited to hear what he will pull of of the bag next.”

What can attendees unfamiliar with DJ Holographic expect from her set?

Carl Cox: “DJ Holographic has so much house music soul and true techno favor in the music that she plays. It draws you in the longer that she plays and it really does come from the depths of her heart, you can feel it so much. This will be the first time I will get the chance to see her live, and I, for one, cannot wait.”

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Lion Babe ft BbyMutha – YaYa

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New York duo Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman make up the funk-soul fusion factory LION BABE, an up and coming outfit that’s been making waves on the New York dance circuit. The psychedelic pair explore outside the five boroughs on their latest output, this time igniting a tripped out dance party alongside Tennessee rapper and songwriter BbyMutha for the latest — “YaYa.” The follow up to their Busta Rhymes jaunt “Harder,” “Yaya” taps into the frenetic flow of NY’s dance floors with a funk first instrumental and BbyMutha’s compulsive flows. Peep “YaYa” for an undefinable and undeniably wild collision between two distinct styles brought together by way of NYC and the Music City.

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Bandcamp’s third annual Juneteenth fundraiser for NAACP is happening today

Bandcamp are running its third annual Juneteenth fundraiser today.

Launched in 2020, the initiative has, over the last couple of years, seen the company and platform donate 100% of its share of sales from a 24-hour period to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.  

From midnight to midnight Pacific Time today, today (June 17th), it will once more donate the entirety of their share of sales to the fund, to support their ongoing efforts to promote racial justice through litigation, advocacy and public education.

In a statement, Bandcamp CEO and Co-Founder Ethan Diamond said: “This annual fundraiser is part of our larger, ongoing commitment to racial equity, and we’ll continue to promote diversity and opportunity through our mission to support artists, the products we develop, those we promote through the Bandcamp Daily and Bandcamp Radio, how we work together as a team, who and how we hire, and our relationships with organisations local to our Oakland space (some of which we’ve highlighted below).”

In addition to Bandcamp’s list of recommended organisations, the Black Artist Database have also compiled a database of Black artists to support, both today and generally. Go here to check it out.

This Juneteenth — June 17th-18th — the Black and queer roots of house music will also be celebrated with a series of events in Oakland, California.

Black Coffee and Gordo co-produce tracks on Drake’s surprise new album, ‘Honestly, Nevermind’: Listen

Black Coffee and Gordo are among the co-producers on Drake’s surprise new album, ‘Honestly, Nevermind.’

Unexpectedly released at midnight, the Canadian rapper’s seventh studio album arrives less than a year after the release of ‘Certified Lover Boy’.

As well as South African DJ Black Coffee and Guatemalan-American artist Gordo, the album also features co-production by the likes of Keniemusik’s Rampa and &ME across 14 tracks. It’s dedicated to American fashion designer Virgil Abloh, who died last year. Stream it in full below.

Drake made the surprise album announcement to his 114 million Instagram followers yesterday (Thursday, June 16th).

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Tooll3, VJ-friendly free procedural visuals, puts some sweetness in sweet spot (Windows)

If you feel like a kid in a candy store, here’s still more eye candy you can make for free. A little bit of patchable generative graphics, a little bit of rendering live and interactively, and a little bit of keyframe animation and editing so you can hold it together? That really satisfies. Check out Tooll3, with an extra ‘l.’

This is some bleeding-edge stuff, in development now and targeting Windows 10.

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But tooll itself has some lineage behind it – as you can tell by how mature the video looks. It’s really VJ-friendly in that you can rig up audio-reactive stuff fairly quickly, and yet can also scale up to more technical design and computational shaders. That’s generally the sort of nexus that looks interesting these days – expressive and performative tools that can also go into deep customization and data-driven, math-infused artwork.

OSC is in there, too. UI stuff is in there – a piece that’s often missing from some of these tools (or in a primitive form).

They do say it’s stable enough to make motion graphics and visuals now, so – I guess you might stay away from running this live onstage just yet, but at this point everyone’s thinking next festival season / next year, anyway.

And they’ve got a friendly Discord to go check out.

GitHub – ooh, yes, MIT license:

https://github.com/still-scene/t3

Community:

https://discord.gg/YmSyQdeH3S

And a big hat-tip to the fine folks of VJ Union for finding this one! Heard some good initial impressions, too.

Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter spotted in the studio with Lil Nas X

Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter is rumoured to be in the studio with Lil Nas X, at least if a recent Tik Tok is anything to go off. 

In a studio video shared by the rapper and vocalist earlier this week, eagle-eyed fans spotted a man who appears to be  Bangalter in the background with a guitar. While no other info or evidence of the pair collaborating has surfaced, fans on social media have voiced their excitement about the potential partnership. Check out the video below. 

It’s the first alleged appearance from one of Daft Punk in the studio since they announced their split in February 2021, though Bangalter is also working on the score for a new ballet, Mythologies.  Since their split, Daft Punk have been sharing archive footage online, including a rare, unmasked 1997 live set on Twitch and a storyboard for their iconic ‘Around The World’ video.