Midoca – Heaven [Lowly Palace]
While many artists have successfully bridged different genres with dance music – metal and dubstep, or folk and house – few have attempted to do so with emo. Perhaps it’s that emo dance music is so hard to actually dance to, but such tracks have rarely come into my inbox.
However, Midoca has seemed to find that sweet spot in his new song “Heaven.” The meaning behind the song is perfectly suited to the emo genre, and the lyrics definitely back it up, as well.
“I felt really alone after a breakup and I’d begun wishing to reverse time and make myself okay with the way things ended, when I wasn’t. I wrote ‘Heaven’ in my garage alone while playing guitar and begun screaming ‘you left me on my own’ as loud as I could over my washed out guitar tone and that became the main lyric of the song which I built the rest around.” – Midoca
It’s the sort of post-EDM creativity that we’ve come to crave from artists like Autograf, Crywolf, StayLoose, and others. Check out “Heaven” below.
Zhu's New Song With Majid Jordan Is Pretty Much Pure Sex Appeal [MUST LISTEN]
After debuting at Lightning in a Bottle earlier this year, Zhu’s collaboration with Majid Jordan, “Coming Home,” is finally out for everyone to hear.
Put simply, this song… is sex.
Not unlike many of Zhu’s other songs, “Coming Home” puts out super sultry vibes that drive right to the core of what it means to be a lover. However, it’s not a solo project. Jordan’s voice is like the modern-day Barry White, playing along with the soft and delicate instrumental notes to make pure magic. It’s as if all of the musical elements are making love to each other and pushing that energy out of your speakers – it’s absolutely infectious.
Listen to the new collaboration, “Coming Home,” below.
REZZ Drops New Single with The Cutest Music Video Ever
We’re now just two weeks away from the release of Rezz’s second album, Certain Kind Of Magic. With “Witching Hour” and “H E X” already giving fans an accurate idea of what they’ll be hearing, today’s single “Flying Octopus” offers something different.
Rezz’s tracks have generally been harder than they are soft, if one is to look at them in a relative sense, utilizing harder kicks and the same 80-90 BPM range. “Flying Octopus” is easily the most atmospheric of her tracks, giving sounds lots of room to breathe without so much interaction and overlap. The kicks aren’t terribly hard. The sounds aren’t harsh. In fact, the melody is almost reminiscent of a lullaby.
This is all reinforced by the music video which features three sea creature friends, one of whose dream is to fly in the sky (hence the track name). Via blueprints received in bottles, the octopus constructs a device that allows it to do just that.
It’s up for debate whether I’d like the track as much as without the video as I do with it, but the video definitely paints a more vivid picture. Check out “Flying Octopus” below. Rezz’s new album Certain Kind Of Magic comes out August 3.
Alex Lustig – If You Wanna/Sunrise
Lately, double singles have become all the range so it’s not surprising to see an artist as trendy as the talented young Alex Lustig get into it with one of his own. If You Wanna/Sunrise features two tracks aptly titled, “If You Wanna” and “Sunrise” and both are magnificent – though “If You Wanna” has the added benefit of a lovely Ayelle feature.
The producer’s mastery of vivid and emotional soundscapes is certainly on display while his chemistry on Ayelle shines through once again. “If You Wanna” is their third collaboration together and I certainly expect to see several more in the pipeline of similar quality while “Sunrise” is a charming downtempo record with dreamy synths that paint vibrate sonic landscapes.
Check them out below.
Bronze Whale – Warm (LMBO Remix) [Free Download]
Bronze Whale released “Warm” earlier this year, a track which evoked its namesake and conjured feelings of a comfortable summer day. It was and still is a wonderfully composed track, but LMBO couldn’t leave it well enough alone and insisted on putting their own unique spin on it.
LMBO’s rendition of “Warm” is almost unrecognizable from the original, with booming, echoing kicks and warped synths and vocals. No longer does it bring forth visions of summer rays, but rather traveling down a dark hole with no destination in sight.
As far as remixes go, LMBO took this one in a pretty intense direction – but it works. Check out their remix of Bronze Whale’s “Warm” below.
Listen To Jauz's New Single With Kiiara Before It Comes Out Tomorrow
Premiered by Complex today, fans can now listen to Jauz’s new song with Kiiara, “Diamonds,” before it officially drops tonight on streaming services.
Jauz said that this song was “probably one of the most stand-out records from the album, in my opinion, just because of how ‘out there’ for me it is,” and we can definitely tell how that plays out. The song is a blend of mellow and deep house roots, giving attention equally to both. Kiiara’s voice is a focal point of the track, crooning atop the melody.
Elements of hip hop also make their way into the mix, giving this one a heavily layered feeling.
When considering all of the tracks that he has already released for this album, this is easily one of our most-anticipated projects of 2018. He has already released collaborations with Example, DJ Snake, Snails, and LAZER LAZER LAZER, and now he adds Kiiara to the mix.
We wonder if there are any solo Jauz tracks on the album (there must be), but we’re enjoying the collabs for now. Check out “Diamonds” with Kiiara below.
Jauz x Kiiara – Diamonds
Dillon Francis Drops Sexy New Single From Forthcoming Spanish Album [MUST LISTEN]
Dillon Francis continues the rollout for his sophomore, Spanish-language album with its fifth single, “Quiero Saber,” with Guatemalan artist Jesse Baez.
Once again, Dillon shows off his versatility in the studio with a downtempo/dancehall fusion track that blends elements of R&B and his own moombahton identity into one downright sultry piece of music.
“Quiero saber” translates literally to “I want to know,” which is slightly ironic because, at this point, pretty much everyone still wants to know what the album is called and when it’s out.
Until then, you can stream his new single below and check out his last release “BaBaBa” here.
MUST LISTEN: New Lil Peep Released Months After His Passing
Rapper Lil Peep passed away last November, and fans knew that he had a lot of music on deck that would probably never see the light of day. His collaboration with marshmello, “Spotlight,” ended up being released two months later. Now, six months after his death, his next posthumous release has gone live, a collaboration with Clams Casino entitled “4 Gold Chains.”
Lil Peep actually teased the track the day of his death on Twitter, creating an even deeper chasm between the track’s release and the realization that he was gone.
Lil peep x @clammyclams next
— GOTH ANGEL SINNER (@Lilpeep) November 15, 2017
Still, the track has made its way to Spotify and YouTube, the video for the track clearly having been filmed before his death. In the opening seconds, Lil Peep is seen taking a white pill that we can assume to be Xanax, given his history. Still, the video and the song itself are intensely somber and melancholy.
“Four Gold Chains / Gave two to my brothers / Fame bring pain / But the pain make money,” he laments.
Check out “4 Gold Chains” below Spotify and YouTube.
Yellow Claw & San Holo Team Up For Chilled Out Ballad You Didn't See Coming [MUST LISTEN]
Yellow Claw just recently announced their third studio album, New Blood, and San Holo is working on an album of his own, so we’re not really sure where this collaboration will end up. That being said, “Summertime” is somewhat uncharacteristic of either artist individually, so we’re that much more surprised to see that this was the result of their time together in a studio.
“Summertime” breaks Yellow Claw’s trends, doing away with any semblance of rough or discordant synths, not to mention no “yellow motherfucking claw” in the break. As for San Holo, the track is pretty damn soft, even for his standards. Though, he still ends the track with a nearly minute-long guitar solo that has us deep in our feels.
Check out their new track together below! Yellow Claw’s album New Blood is out June 22, more information on San Holo’s album when we get it!
Yellow Claw & San Holo – Summertime
ZHU Finally Drops One Of His Biggest Collabs Of All Time
First teased in the , followed up by the only a week later, fans have been tying for a taste this new ZHU & Tame Impala record, “My Life.” Surely the styles one dance music’s most creative producers and one rock’s most psychedelic new upstarts had to mesh well – now that we have the chance to listen to the full product, we can say those predictions were right on point.
“My Life” won’t necessarily be tearing up dance floors anytime soon, but then again, if that was the only purpose dance music, we’d have a pretty boring selection music to listen to. Vocals from Tame Impala lead singer Kevin Parker work effortlessly with ZHU’s downtempo beats and instrumental improvisation, playing with a simple jazz style utilizing plenty horns and strings.
The song is easily anthemic, never really seeming as if any real effort is put forth, as if it just naturally happened this way… such is the simplicity and genius the production behind the record. ZHU & Tame Impala’s “My Life” is out now – listen to it below.
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Joe Vitalari @vtlmedia