NMF Roundup: Shiba San and Tim Baresko do sound systems dirty, Yaeji flips Charli XCX into minimal magic, Julian Gray immerses with top-shelf atmospheres + more
The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.
Recent mau5trap signee Julian Gray brings top-shelf melodies and atmospherics on “Paper Planes.” The track hits all the right buttons with perfectly placed textures and a drum beat that trades four-to-the-floor consistency for a stuttering and dynamic groove. The song’s immersive power lasts the whole the way through, ending with a beautiful vocal refrain courtesy of Gray himself.
Sidney Samson and Vito Mendez roll through with a Friday fist-raiser on the cheekily named “Raveheart.” The bass house blast is a rumbling heater, topped with distorted vocals and shattering synth sirens. The collaboration is further proof that they can take away our work week, but they can never take away our weekends.
LA Riots is here to serve the daily dose of bass in a way down deep package for “House Is A Feeling,” with equally subterranean remixes courtesy of Lucati and Fritz Carlton. The original’s classic house percussion still brings it, but an ultra thick take from recent Dirtybird signee Lucati dirties things up deliciously. Fritz Carlton brings it home spacey lounge feels, drenching the original in digital blips and creamy synth stabs.
LA-based duo Neo Noir have yet to reach radars of the masses, but forward-thinking music fans would do well not to miss their latest track “Drift Away.” The duo’s crisp harmonies sound massive over a lush bed of warm synths and bursts of twanging guitars. The song is total sonic escape, and despite slapping boom-bap drums, the track is an instantly calming force.
Axwell /\ Ingrosso and RØMANS took the dance charts by storm with “Dancing Alone,” and it’s safe bet this diverse grip of remixes is destined to do the same. BROHUG starts it off at 100 mph with a festival burner complete with buzzing saws and record scratch samples. mind&machines pulls a 180 for some crackling liquid breakbeats that’d sound right at home on a Naughty Boy record. CYA caps the collection off with a dark trance-styled take that transforms the vocals completely.
KREAM is a go-to for ludicrously catchy basslines and their latest vocal cut featuring Maia Wright is no exception. Wright’s creamy verses are spread to perfection over the Norwegian duo’s ultra cool poppy production. Any stubborn toes not tapping halfway through will start pronto when the track drops into an unexpected trapped-out breakdown.
Gryffin knows his way around EDM pop, and the producer crafted a sugary smash when with the Elley Duhé-assisted “Tie Me Down.” Blanke‘s rework injects some meticulously executed electro goodness into the original, with stuttering growls sticky lead lines. That breakdown though. Certified picture-perfect feels.
Trying to play it cool this weekend? Yaeji has the soundtrack covered with a stellar remix of Charli XCX‘s “Focus.” Deep and minimal synths settle into low fi percussion, while the vocals float above it all. It’s an icy affair set for smokey lounges – or just an extra moody commute home.
Shiba San and Tim Baresko have never done a sound system dirty, and their latest track “All I Need” fills out subwoofers with a vengeance. Classic house vocals bring an infectious melody, while the producers set their sights on destroying the dance floor. Distorted bass and a shattering kick are the backbone what’s sure to be a future party-starter.
Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato soundtracked 2018’s late summer days with a textbook top 40 on “Solo,” but Hotel Garuda‘s schemes of dirtying up the hit have come to fruition. Preserving Lovato’s infectious vocal, the producer drops in heavy percussion and distortion to take the track into club-ready territory. Those vocal cuts are top rate, and the faster tempo puts the energy through the roof.
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