We’re seven days closer to spring this week in the dance world, as Daft Punk acknowledges their breakup anniversary with a stream of classic 1997 set The Chainsmokers tie their fastest rise to the top of Billboard‘s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, Sven Väth talks to us about both his new album and the good old days in Ibiza, LP Giobbi details the intentions behind his revolutionary Femme House tour, Moore Kismet pays tribute to five black creators who inspire, and California festival Lightning in a Bottle is adding more than 100 new artists to its 2022 lineup.
And regardless of the weather outside, you know there were new jams to heat up the dance floor. Here are some of the best of the bunch.
Swedish House Mafia feat. Sting, “Red Light”
Sound the alarm and turn on the “Red Light”. It’s the return of the Swedish House Mafia, but the game has changed. After a string of hit singles with major pop and R&B artists Ty Dolla $ign, 070 Shake and The Weeknd, Steve Angello, Sébastien Ingrosso and Axwell are back with an unlikely element: none other than rock legend Sting. They recorded the Police frontman again performing his signature vocals from 1978’s “Roxanne,” atop a tense, uplifting dose of techno house. It’s a real ear bleed, so turn the speakers up to 11 and blast your way into the weekend. – KAT BEIN
The TSHA star continues to reach new heights. The British producer and billboard dance The October 2019 emerging artist was announced earlier this week as the next contributor to the prestigious Fabric present compilation mix series. Among tracks by Elkka, Tom VR and Sally C, TSHA’s own offering “Boyz” strays away from its organic and emotive electronic signature. It’s bolder, harder, more clubbier – with blunt drumming and wider lows intended for rumbling dark rooms – yet the crooning vocal layers and swirling synth breakdown are still very much her.
More than a career milestone, TSHA’s compilation (released May 6) represents a full-loop moment: Bonobo presented one of his tracks on his own Fabric mix in early 2019. She hopes to pay this time: “I really wanted to introduce people to artists they had never heard of before and make a platform out of them, just like Bonobo did for me” , she says. “He made people aware of me. A lot of the artists featured are the ones who randomly sent me music and they’ve always had an amazing reception, but some of them aren’t really up to speed yet. — KRISTAL RODRIGUEZ
Quiet bison, “26fe”
Hang on to your necks. Portland producer Quiet Bison has just released a 30-track debut album that’s ready to chop heads and blow your mind. Dawn is a massive effort that explores all sorts of complex emotions, styles and rhythms. We chose to highlight track 15, “26fe”, which splits the album in two with a quick injection of drum’n’bass rhythms, tempered by nostalgic melodies.
“’Dawn’ is my biggest project to date,” he tweeted, “and it captured the entirety of my life before and during. It’s a sonic journey into my world. I’m so happy with how it turned out. And so are we. – KB
Logic1000, “I can’t stop thinking”
With his latest pair of releases (“Safe In My Arms”/”YourLove” and In the sweetness of you), Logic1000 has crafted soundtracks for cozy mornings and post-club decompression, but now it’s ready to hit the dance floor again. Along with the announcement of a massive world tour, the producer shared new track “Can’t Stop Thinking About.” The British garage-inspired house tune recalls the goodness of turn-of-the-millennium clubs with its floating, resonant pads and filtered vocals, and it balances these lighter characteristics with sharp hats and full, jubilant organ synths. Between the song’s depth that’s worth digging into and its sweet, catchy chorus, chances are you won’t stop thinking about it after the first listen, either. — KR
Mura Masa feat. Lil Uzi Vert, PinkPantheress & Shygirl, “bbycakes”
When Mura Masa produced PinkPantheress’ single “Just For Me” in 2021, they both may have realized that their partnership couldn’t be unique. As Mura Masa releases his upcoming third album, he’s teamed up with PinkPantheress once again along with Shygirl and Lil Uzi Vert on new single “bbycakes.” Interpolating the 2004 song “Baby Cakes” by British trio 3 Of A Kind, this quartet turns the vintage UKG hit into a swirling bittersweet lullaby, matched by PinkPantheress’ delicate vocals, Shygirl’s playful chorus and sung rap from Lil Uzi Vert with a sweet melody.
“I feel like ‘bbycakes’ is a forward-looking record,” says Mura Masa. “Clashing UK with US, hard drill music with cute UK garage culture, underground with overground. It’s mostly a mission statement for vicarious and playful nature that I think popular music needs to look to in order to set music those crucial moments of pleasure and hedonism in an increasingly cynical culture. KR
Brisbane-based singer-songwriter and producer Felivand teams up with producers Wes Singerman and Taydex on a dreamy song that’s easy, airy and cool like spring. It’s the kind of hazy vibe you can get physically lost in, a smooth, psychedelic groove to help you fall in love with where you are and the people you’re with. Credit Brooklyn-based animator Magdalene Kennedy for the trippy visuals. – KB