NMF Roundup: underground styles dominate amid mainstream cuts from Hardwell and more [Stream]
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.
Nihil Young and Wolf Story launch into the weekend with a deep house-grounded collaboration, “High On You”. The joint effort never falters in energy, and more importantly, the artists strike a deft balance of fluidity and stalwart bass vibrations unfurls over the single’s ever-refined course.
Continuing on the house front, veteran producers John Martin and Michel Zitron, have graced us with the second single under their newfound VCATION alias. After previously dropping off their ascendant debut single, “Lay Low,” VCATION follow the upbeat number with “When We Were Gold,” a lyrically reminiscent and tonally grounded house tune distinguished by its use of low pitched, rounded synths.
The undisputed king of big room sound and heart-palpitating technical constructions, Hardwell rubs shoulders with VINAI and Cam Meekins on the their super-charged new single, “Out Of This Town.” Undoubtedly, this electrifying cut will be sending hands skyward everywhere from festival sets to humble pregames for the next several months.
Martin Solveig‘s newest vocal-heavy release, “My Love,” has received the Kölsch treatment. The Danish house visionary slightly picks up the pace by spiking the track’s BPM, and adds tasteful touches of sonic drama to place a club-ready spin on Solveig’s original.
House and techno fans know well that a vocal monologue can be one of the most stimulating sonic additions to a song. Listeners who love a tantalizing monologue —the darker the better— need look no further than Solardo‘s edit of “Celia’s House.” Ascendant sirens and rhythmic synth pops only amplify the edit’s titillating quality.
Electronic entities Kungs and Throttle have combined their talents on “Disco Night.” The pair’s rhythmically indulgent new single lives up to its name thanks to its perpetually-thumping background beat, and builds complexity with the atonal composition of its build before eventually culminating with airy descent that deftly integrates the song’s entrancing vocal hook.
A formidable force in modern house and techno circles, 28mm’s electronic lens is reliably and satisfyingly dark. The dusky textures of 28mm’s catalogue find figuration in “Juno,” a pulsating release that draws listeners into the the tune’s tonal obscurity.
Jonas Blue, Liam Payne, and Lennon Stella verbalize the haunting effect of unexpectedly crossing paths with an impressionable stranger, and while the experience is a disorienting one that wouldn’t spark a desire for repetition, Jonas Blue translate the event into a song that will have listeners running to the replay button.
Not to neglect dubstep enthusiasts in this week’s NMF Roundup, Bear Grillz drops off a deep seated dubby single with Blake Webber.
Sonic heaven has a name, and ironically, it’s “Heaven (Don’t Have A Name),” the latest offering to bear the Sam Feldt stamp.
We all have our “Bad Habits,” and throwing on Ookay‘s most recent single certainly wouldn’t be one of them. The Wow! Cool Album! album maker extends the playful tone of his productions to “Bad Habits,” a delightfully lighthearted new showing.
The pop-electronic crossover gets a subtle tropical twist on Hazers and Alex Aiono’s “What Do We Do.”
The tropical vibes that “What Do We Do” exudes assume a more perceptible form on GOLDHOUSE and Be The Bear’s “Ruler,” a mellifluous single that unfurls for easy listening.
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