A hip-hop gem that liberates and empowers, Wax Tailor’s original track ‘Keep It Movin ft. D Smoke’ has been revised into an electronic piece from none other than the legend himself – Wax Tailor. The globally renowned producer & DJ raised a few eyebrows last month with the release of his ‘Everybody Remixes’ that showcased emerging talents like Kanif The Jhatmaster.Wax Tailor also had a go at remixing this track, which he nailed of course.
Known as the tastemaker of electro hip-hop, we can see why he has received this recognition, working with some of the biggest hip-hop talents in the game like Del the Funky Homosapien and noteworthy talent Yungen Blakrok on his Shadow Of Their Suns album via Lab’oratoire. The album is a merge between trip-hop, hip-hop and other electronic sub-genres.
The original ‘Keep It Movin’ track features the rap stylings of D Smoke, who is also the winner of noteworthy Netflix’s series Rhythm + Flow. This track was born out of the lockdown period amidst the outcry of Black Lives Matter, and is seen as a track of protest against the men with badges and guns that abuse their power. The reworked version of this track remains the same in terms of its message, but Wax Tailor puts a slick spark on this re-imagining.
Texas based trio Wavedash have unveiled their long-awaited debut album World Famous Tour, out now via Gud Vibrations / Insomniac Records.
A project more than four years in the making, World Famous Tour encompasses a number of genres, drawing on elements of experimental dance music, bedroom pop and sample-based production across its twelve tracks.
Setting the tone for the rest of the LP, opener ‘Find Yourself’ is a maximalist melange of amen breaks, fragmented vocal samples, synth drops and feelgood piano chords. Next up is ‘Dummo Loop’, the first of four singles on World Famous Tour and one of Wavedash’s most popular tracks with over 500,000 Spotify plays since its October release.
Further singles come in the form of the full-frontal dubstep sounds of ‘Lemon Nades’ featuring the snarling vocals of Noon, Hudson Mohawke-channelling ‘Stallions’featuring fknsyd and cinematic ‘By Any Means’, all of which were released earlier in the year.
Elsewhere,‘Satin Cash’ sees Wavedash apply a warped pop aesthetic to their melting pot of sounds, ‘Left Behind’ is a fluttering piano-led instrumental while ‘Shi(f)t’ensures the album closes on an emotional high.
Connecting the visual and sonic elements of the project is experimental Russian artist Anton Reva, who’s worked with Bad Bunny, The 1975 and Yves Tumor. With ‘90s and early ‘00s as inspiration, Reva distorted images of the trio, creating a collage of artwork as eclectic as the sounds on the album.
Regarding the album, Wavedash said: “The electronic dance music scene has shifted quite a bit over the last five years and this album is partially our response to that. All of our idols made albums, and there’s something undeniable about the lasting effect a larger, cohesive body of work can have on your life. We hope that “World Famous Tour” will be one of those records, through the ups and downs- because it certainly has been for us”.
Upon announcing the album, Wavedash’s fan base showed no lack of anticipation for the release with the limited edition vinyl for World Famous Tour selling out within one hour. Shortly following album release day, on April 5th, they’ll be dropping their first ever clothing line, available via the Insomniac Records online shop.
Luke, Gavin, and Michael have made great strides since their debut release ‘Bang’ via OWSLA Worldwide Broadcast, a compilation released in 2016. Wavedash’s genre-hopping sound would go on to garner support from icons Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Madeon, & RL Grime.
A breathtaking sonic journey, World Famous Tour reflects Wavedash’s evolution as both musicians and individuals, an album that grew up and matured in line with the artists themselves.
Known for blending guitars with honest vocals in his genre-bending music, the artist and producer San Holo (real name Sander Van Dijck) is widely recognised as an innovator of electronic music. Today he shares an emotive new single‘bb u ok?’alongside the news of signing to Counter Records.
“‘bb u ok?’ is a question for you to ask yourself & the lovely people around you” explains Sander on the single, “Life is so fast paced these days, we often don’t take the time to answer this question genuinely. It’s so easy to fall out of touch with yourself and the people you love. We need genuine conversations and connections to keep going…So, reach out to someone close to you today with a simple ‘bb u ok?’”
Bringing people together is at the core of San’s music. His ‘stay vibrant’ philosophy, which encourages people to be in touch with their own thoughts and feelings, as well as with each other, has created a strong sense of community amongst his fans (over 1.5M followers across platforms). Most recently, he introduced the‘stay vibrant’collection, an “ever expanding music collection”, from which he shared a new beat or demo every week from March through May of 2020, culminating in seven songs featuring Luwten, Analogue Dear, and ILIVEHERE.
Recorded in LA’s Echo Park, ‘bb u ok?’ is San Holo’s first studio release since his acclaimed collaboration with Broods at the start of 2020, ‘Honest’. His debut album “album1”, released in 2018, received amazing support across the board, resulting in San being awarded the International Dance Music Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and the Edison Pop Award (Dutch equivalent of the GRAMMYs) for Best Dance Album. Press support came from outlets including Forbes, Grammy, Billboard (landing at #7 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart), Rolling Stone, Dancing Astronaut, This Song Is Sick, and Earmilk, who rated the album 9/10 and described it as “a rainbow of raw human emotions drenched in pastels and shimmering gold”.
His 2019 world tour for “album1” included 75 shows and sold over 100, 000 tickets across North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand & Australia, including sell out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and New York’s Terminal 5. Festival appearances included Coachella, EDC, Outside Lands, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza and more, plus during 2020 San has performed various virtual sets including Porter Robinson’s Secret Sky Festival.
Alongside his solo work San Holo has collaborated with a variety of artists including James Vincent McMorrow, Chet Porter and Lunice. He also founded his own label, bitbird, in 2014.
A welcome addition to the Counter Records roster, sitting comfortably alongside ODESZA, Kasbo and Big Gigantic to name a few, San Holo shares‘bb u ok?’with more new music set for 2021.
The Moods latest offering is a spectacular collaboration with Scottish Trad/Dance fusionists YokoPwno. A clear nod to those classic breakbeat anthems of the early 90’s rave scene is brought screaming into the present day with the modern production sensibilities that are becoming the moods calling card.
Heavy breaks, sub-bass and euphoric synths are taken to a new level with the sensational vocal hook of YokoPwno songstress LissaRobertson. Two rapid-fire rap verses sit in amongst this outstanding vocal performance giving a constant feeling of momentum to this potential future dance anthem.
The track itself will evoke memories of better times gone by. Of raving into the early hours without a care in the world. So until those nights return, push your furniture out the way, crank those speakers up and lose yourself in 3 minutes of rave nostalgia. We all need small distractions in the current climate and this track is a great antidote
With psychedelic washes of colour filtering through each frame and the magic of sunrise added into the mix, Joris Delacroix ‘Early Hours’ lyric video stands out as it captures the magic of early morning adventures. A laidback soul, this video features the renowned music producer and his entourage breathing in the fresh morning air after a night of entertainment. The ‘Early Hours’ single featuring vocalist Run Rivers released just last week via SmallFishBigSea and is already sitting over 31 000 streams on Spotify to date.
In a conversation with House Music (read interview) the DJ elaborated on working with Run Rivers: “Last year I made a remix of a Tinlicker’s track which Run Rivers performed on, that’s how we got in touch. From his previous collaborations on Anjuna Deep, he already has the experience of performing on deep melodic tracks. This made this collaboration very efficient, even if we did it remotely. I first made an instrumental version that I sent to him to put some ideas on, and then we added vocals parts little by little. We also modified the instrumental when it was needed. This was really interesting because we had a lot of interactions and we tested a lot of different things on the vocals and instrumental before arriving at the final result. He was really involved in the project so it was a great pleasure to work with him. I’m sure we’ll collaborate again in the future.”
Previously collaborating with Run Rivers prior to this release, Joris knew he wanted to try a different sound that featured more vocal range. Run Rivers of course nailed the vocals on ‘Early Hours’, providing soaring & vibrant vocals on this track. Along with Joris’s melodic elevation of the track, they create that mystical feeling of early morning & excitement for new beginnings. Run Rivers has collaborated with the likes of renowned & emotionally rich music producers like DJ Shadow, ‘Early Hours’ definitely presents similar qualities with its feel-good electronic embellishments.
Alt-pop musician Psyrena (Madeleine Wise) returns with a luscious 2-step, UK garage themed remix of new track ‘Ring Ring Ring’ by Leeds DJ / producer Blak Habit, lifted from her forthcoming EP ‘Quarantella Rockefella’ due this summer.
Blak Habit says: “Having worked with Psyrena previously, I really like being able to craft bouncy, bubbly rhythms to compliment her voice. A great project to be part of.”
A deft animator and visual artist, Psyrena created and designed animated videos for singles ‘Jedi Master’ and ‘Rainbows and Unicorns’ released earlier this year. Drawing on a myriad of influences, she combines modern day synth-pop with soulful, emotive harmonies.
Psyrena’s recent single ‘Jedi Master’ reached the Top Ten in the CD Charts and gained support on Kiss, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Capital, Rinse FM, Ministry of Sound with DJs Blakk Habit and the almighty EZ. Recent press (Vice, Art Factory, iDJ etc.) has compared her eclectic music style of art-pop electronica and orchestral sounds to Robyn, Gorillaz, Massive Attack and James Bond Soundtracks. She has been recognised for her highly individual videos like ‘Rainbows and Unicorns’, in which she created her own animated world to escape the apathy of lockdown, going viral on YouTube and ‘Jedi Master’ featuring augmented reality masks in collaboration with the digital world’s finest AI creators.
Being a multi-instrumentalist herself, her writing and production work has already been featured on [adult swim] and Cartoon Network. Together with her creative partner Yak Bondy and Ivor Novello composer Hélène Muddiman she co-wrote and performed music for the Original Motion Picture ‘Bliss!’ (2016), conducted by Eimear Noone, the first ever female orchestra leader performing at the Oscars in 2020.
Mysterious production outfit WZA make their NUVOLVE debut with new single ‘The Secret’, out now.
Punctuated by skippy UKG beats and emotive vocal samples, ‘The Secret’conjures up a distinctly summery energy, a warm club jam evoking hazy memories and rose-tinted nostalgia of better days.
It follows releases from MPH, Sampladelic & The Phat Controlla, Smokey Bubblin’ B, Smasher and Tuff Culture as NUVOLVE continues its rapid ascent through the ranks of British dance music.
Born and raised in garage heaven, WZA represent everything good about contemporary dance music, already releasing a steady stream of club heaters and collaborating with the likes of Low Steppa, Lee Walker and Elliot Chapman.
Launched last year by DJ EZ and his long-term friend and manager Paul Marini, NUVOLVE kicked off its existence by releasing no fewer than six singles all at once – from UKG legends such as Todd Edwards and Club Asylum right through to up-and-coming future stars like SHOSH and Fabian Dubz. The label aims to truly encompass DJ EZ’s love for all forms of electronic music from garage to bass and everything in between.
NUVOLVE successfully ties down the enigmatic WZA and the results are typically explosive.
For the past few months, alternative jazz quartet ISQ have been sharing remixes for their upcoming album release Requiem For the Faithful 2.0: The Remixes. A rare journey it has been indeed to hear these re-imaginings from DJ’s and music producers across the pond, each highlighting a different quirk of the bands original sound with these remixes. Today, we are delighted to hear this house trance version of their single ‘Run To You’ from the electronic outfit Slovo.
This remix breaks from the bubbly mould of the original single. The start of the track is fixated on ISQ’s singer Irene Serra’s evocative words paired with a mellow yet distorted electronic landscape. our minds are left to wander to thoughts of despair and heartbreak. The track takes a miraculous turn and warps into a house trance piece. We are left thoroughly surprised as the previous remixes have never been as emotionally complex. Maybe it could be the fact that Slovo consists of former Faithless guitarist Dave Randall, who is known to have worked with the queen of despair – songstress Sinead ‘O Connor?
Dave Randall motivates his intentions behind the remix “The album version of ‘Run To You’ is short and playful, but I could hear a bittersweet quality in Irene’s voice and lyric that intrigued me – that feeling of longing the Brazilians might call ‘saudade’. That was my starting point. The ‘muso’ in me also thought it would be fun to take a phrase in 7/8 and mix it with a dance groove. Hopefully, I’ve highlighted the “saudade”…”
Hailing from India as a bedroom producer “Tansen” started writing the sort of music he wanted to hear, austere ensemble music with a certain sensitivity, one that prioritized grace and texture and which is inspired by nature.
Tansen solo work is concerned with finding and creating sounds that help to create and describe emotional realms, his ability to uniquely blend melodies with synths and everyday sounds mark him as an uncommon artist. influenced by producers like Finneas, Tansen is starting out as a lo-fi & indie bedroom producer.
‘Rum & Her’ is his second release and available on all major platforms. Its plucky and soaring melodies with soothing vocals bestow you a perfect chill vibe. Made in a bedroom studio, ‘Rum & Her’ is a song about how a person feels about his lover but is afraid to speak up about there love. Must listen to explore more.
Machinecode the of duo Current Value and Dean Rodell, a pair of artists who have shaped a unique sound in bass music and techno throughout their careers. ‘Every Ones & Nothings’ is an exploratory body of work that is immediately identifiable with the Machinecode audio aesthetic, and that moves through genres with ease—from 130 bpm leftfield bass, to Dr.Octagon-inspired halftime, techno, ambient and experimental dnb.
It is layered with mystery and myth, exploring conspiracy, the stories that people tell each other, and the things that are whispered about in obscure corners of the Internet.
The album artwork is by Zeke Clough (of Skull Disco notoriety and more) and an accompanying video by animator Oskar Alvarado retells and reimagines the folklore behind the Mesoamerican serpent deity, Kukulkan.