This Week in Dance Music: Swedish House Mafia released the video for their ‘Heaven Takes You Home’, Calvin Harris, Halsey, Justin Timberlake and Halsey treated us to a shimmering disco banger, Tiësto and Charli’s ‘Hot In It’ XCX took steps forward Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, famed player Porter Robinson told us about the track he created for the League of Legends world, Diplo was announced as part of the investment group that raised $12 million for streaming radio app Stationhaed, Chromeo and TroyBoi are leading the lineup at Denver’s High Ground festival in September and we caught up with the Ibiza king of the 2022 season, Michael Bibi.
Is there more? There are many more. Let’s dig.
CamelPhat & Mathame, “Believe”
Few acts do dark, propulsive melodic techno better than Camelphat, and today the British duo return with another epic to remind us of that point. “Believe” is a months-long collaboration with the Italian brother duo Mathame, who are also experts in the genre and who together offer us a track with beauty, drama and cinematic construction that comes out as a high-speed journey through all these galaxies never seen before that the James Webb Telescope has just revealed. — KATIE BATH
Saint Lucia, “Touch”
stranger things may have the whole world stuck in a Kate Bush loop, but there are other shades of ’80s grandeur to explore. Today, Saint Lucia brings a bit of the old Hall & Oates mixed with a-ha and Michael McDonald. “Touch” is an instantly adorable song that will have you playing your best falsetto and striking a pose in the shower.
“To me, ‘Touch’ sounds like all my favorite yacht rock tracks distilled down to their essence and sent through the Saint Lucia filter,” says Jean-Philip Grobler of the duo. “I always thought a song like this would suit us, because we’re so associated with the sun – it just took a few years to happen. Thematically, the song is about how even when you’ve broken up with someone who you were in a relationship with, you can still want it, which is a strange but very human situation to have contact when we’ve been so deprived of it for the past few years, so go ahead and tell someone you need from his touch.
Need more Saint Lucia in your life? “Touch” is just the first single from the band’s fourth album. Utopiaa, and a North American tour has already been announced, so go ahead and grab some of that funk. – KAT BEIN
The last single released before their highly anticipated album the last farewell Out next week, “Light of Day” is ODESZA’s collaboration with Icelandic composer and 2022 Grammy nominee Ólafur Arnalds. Built around a snippet of Stephen Ambrose’s 1972 folk song “Mary,” the song swells with power while retaining the emotion of the sample at its center and the emotion that ODESZA has always been so good at. inject into his work. The guys kick off a North American tour on July 29 with a trio of sold-out shows at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena and stops at amphitheaters across the United States and Canada.
“The fact that people seemed as excited as we were was extremely overwhelming,” ODESZA’s Harrison Mills recently said. Billboard the success of this next tour. “I didn’t even know if we were relevant anymore.” — K.Bath
Yotto, Dreams erased
If over the past couple of years you’ve noticed your home playlists dwindling in drops and growing in Zen, you weren’t alone. Hotto, the Finnish producer known for his deeply reverberating melodic techno and progressive house, had started making his familiar club music during lockdown. But the music that would eventually compose his next album was utterly rhythmless and decidedly unclubby. Dreams erasednow available on Above & Beyond’s new Reflections imprint, brings a kind of chill comfort to its ambient soundscapes.
The main sounds, from the expansive strings and crooner vocals to the echoing guitar riffs, feel full and soothing to the ears on their own, but it’s the subtle accents – the faint field recording of what sounds like children playing, crickets chirping, rain hitting the sidewalk, the voicemail type voice saying “I miss you” – which gives the album its soul and makes it feel lived in. Each track flowing seamlessly into the next, Dream eraseds is easy, meditative listening from start to finish. — KRISTAL RODRIGUEZ
Ren Zukii, “Dead Man”
Bass fans, there are new kids in town, and she came to play – hard. This week Australian producer Ren Zukii releases her debut EP, Monarch, via Liquid Stranger’s label, WAKAAN. The EP’s four tracks mark his first-ever official releases and establish him as a serious contender on the bass scene, with productions spanning the harsher ends of the electronic spectrum while maintaining sophistication and playfulness. We especially dig the opening track “Deadman”, but the whole EP is worth your time.
“The Monarch EP is the culmination of six years of my musical journey,” says Ren Zukii. “I realized I could never really write just one style of music, so I decided to combine everything I love about the experimental bass scene. A lot of the inspiration for this EP is coming from listening to a lot of metal and watching Quentin Tarantino movies. It’s chaotic, emotional and visceral and it’s the first of many to come. — K. Bath
Giolì & Assia, “I’ll be fine”
After recent singles “Fire Hell and Holy Water” and “Silence”, electronic duo Giolì & Assia have announced their third album, Hell fire and holy water, alongside a new single, “I’ll Be Fine”. A series of contrasts – light and dark, loud and quiet, love and loss – the song rolls through hills and valleys via stripped, melancholy piano keys and menacing walls of driving percussion, brooding synth melodies and orchestral strings as Assia sings, “I never thought that someone could miss me the way I miss you / So I broke my heart close.”
What seems to have started as a song of resilience after a heartbreak has apparently taken on a new meaning: “We wrote ‘I’ll Be Fine’ like a mantra during the lockdown”, write Giolì and Assia, “almost like a call to arms to survive when so much was going wrong around us. We started playing it on our tour last year, and already our fans sing it to us. Every time we play this track live , he seems to connect so strongly with our fans. KR
Ghosts, “Only You”
If you’ve never found happiness in a repetitive house beat, now is your chance. The Los Angeles-based electro-pop duo have just come out on top with a bittersweet summery groove that will wash away your cares like a sunset in the Pacific Ocean. It’s called “Only You”, and it’s the last single from the band’s upcoming album. That can’t be all.
“‘Only You’ was written during a trip to London where we worked with the amazing Jem Cooke,” says Phantoms. “It’s the first song we’ve written together. It’s about feeling safe with someone in the midst of chaos and uncertainty.
“This song was written [about] wanting to throw your arms around the person you love the most,” Cooke adds. “It was about expressing being with that one person who can make you feel amazing and keep you safe in the chaos when everything is raging around you.”
Let this one linger from Friday to Sunday, then get ready for Phantom’s full album release on August 12, via Odesza’s label, Foreign Family Collective. – K.Bein
Sweetest hard and soft pain, “I’m blue”
Today in the gifts we didn’t know we needed, but are grateful to have: The one and only T-Pain interpolating 1998 Eiffel 95’s durable earworm, “Blue”. In the hands of producer Softest Hard, the track’s production amps up the house feel, with a playful bridge and an inventive, bassy final flourish providing the foundation for T-Pain’s vocals, which are, of course, tuned automatically to the perfection. “Working with Softest Hard to recreate this 90s classic was a blast,” says T Pain. “I’ve been a lifelong dance music enthusiast, so this collaboration is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Hope you all enjoy!”
“‘I’m Blue’ is one of the biggest dance records on my album,” adds Softest Hard. “It was an honor to work with the super talented legend, T-Pain. It’s a refreshing twist on such a nostalgic record. It’s the perfect middle ground between soft and hard. The song is available now via HARD Records — K.Bath