Midtempo music is the new hot style taking over the EDM scene in the last couple of years, and it seems like just about every song gets a midtempo remix from some producer or another. Now, two Daft Punk classics are getting the same treatment 18 years later from newcomer Synymata.
Synymata got his creative juices flowing and mashed up two iconic Daft Punk songs, “One More Time” and “Aerodynamic” and put his own midtempo flair, and if this song isn’t thrown into festival sets across the nation, I don’t know what will. The two tracks work surprisingly well on top of each other, and the new tempo and Synymata’s own unique bass blasted drop brings gives these electronic mainstays new life. I didn’t expect this to sound this cool as a midtempo track, but here we are.
The masked DJ is no stranger to making bangin’ remixes of popular songs; Synymata has crafted his own versions of tracks like Justice’s “Genesis” and Whethan’s “Savages” as well as dropping his own tracks and collabs with Aloma Steele, Q’Aila, and Boltex. Having garnered support from the likes of Alison Wonderland and Zeds Dead, it will be interesting to see what this guy’s got up his sleeves. For now, I’ll just keep bumping this remix and shamelessly singing along and basking in the newfound nostalgia.
Stream Synymata’s “One More Time/Aerodynamics” flip now below:
Daft Punk - One More Time / Aerodynamic [Synymata Flip] - SoundCloud (271 secs long, 7802 plays)Play in SoundCloud
One of Australia’s most exciting exports, Lucille Croft, joins the GRL GANG guest mix roster with over half an hour of dark bass and club-ready sounds.
The female and non-binary community continues a successful run of features for its guest mix series, which has featured Night Bass producer Blossom and rising experimental bass act risik. Now, multitalented producer, DJ, model, and entrepeneur Lucille Croft throws her talents into the mix.
The rave-ready mix features tracks from Black Tiger Sex Machine, Blanke, Kayzo, K?d and even features a couple of unreleased collaborations from Croft as well. Tune in below and make sure to keep your eye on the tomb raider of bass music as she gears up for her inevitable international takeover.
GRL GANG RADIO 003: Lucille Croft - SoundCloud (2192 secs long, 348 plays)Play in SoundCloud
Portuguese native Holly returns to Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats imprint for his brand new Avenal 2500 EP.
The four-track collection sees the genre-fluid producer explore hip-hop, club and experimental bass music in one cohesive release that showcases his hefty production chops. In typical Holly fashion, “Foreign” comes in hot right out of the gate featuring San Diego-based rapper Young Lyxx with additional production from Young Sidechain. This flawless feature cements his status as one of the pioneers leading the trending fusion of bass music and hip-hop.
Keeping things interesting, the Goldie Awards winner ventures into slimy bass territory with “Skeleton Beach” alongside up-and-comer NastyNasty, which is a certified dance floor destroyer for any bass aficionado.
Appropriately following is “Reflector” alongside Little Snake and Gino Serpentini with a minimal introduction and contorted drops that boast layers of perfectly distorted sound design and thumping drums. Finally, when you think you’ve heard it all, he drops a slow Portuguese ballad on you alongside close friend and prominent rapper Slow J.
Holly continues to release music at a prolific rate, with releases on Fool’s Gold, Monstercat, Dim Mak, Buygore and more under his name. His new EP, named after the city and postal code of his childhood Lisbon home, is out now on Deadbeats and marks an exciting chapter in his career.
“It feels great to finally release this EP! It’s a project that reflects a lot of my Portuguese roots and is also a tribute to the place where I come from. Hope you enjoy it!” – Holly
Upcoming Tour Dates
May 26th – Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL
May 27th – Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
June 13th – Club Vinyl – Denver, CO
July 3rd – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
July 14th – Audiotistic (Shoreline Amphitheatre) – Mountain View, CA
Bishu‘s Drew Campbell has somehow managed to corner the sad-boi-with-a-good-sense-of-humor market. Bishu’s satirical antics like the “ASMR Act I: EDM pre-drops” video in addition to his quotable comparisons between Skrillex and Mozart have not only helped him gain giggles but more importantly, traction within the industry. Campbell’s shapeshifting sound solidified his status as a Monstercat regular and now Quality Goods Records’ latest golden child. We gabbed over a fat mango JUUL rip about the good life: fine art, classical music composers plus his fresh-to-death track “Out Here.”
Which painters have clout over Bishu’s cover art?
For the remixes, we usually do the art in-house. I have a few friends and my management who help me with the visuals for singles and remixes. For Hali 2 Cali, we sourced a girl named Clara Tessier who is amazing.
We both make timeless music. Both love Bach. Both have great hair.
When’s that dream of a Drake collab going down?
I know. Bang my line on any business day Aubrey.
Why’d you release “Out Here” on UZ’s Quality Goods Records?
Have always loved the stuff that QGR push. They keep it trap and hip-hop-y. I’ve been a fan of UZ for years, so it was great to talk and work with him and his team.
What’s Bishu’s “signature sound,” and when in your career did it begin to take shape?
Bishu’s “signature sound” has evolved over the years, I think. I used to be really into this really wonky sound, you can hear the tail end of it on ‘Hali 2 Cali,’ but I’ve always been really into hip-hop. I started using my own vocals recently and am trying to incorporate a lot more hip-hop into my sound. My hip-hop remixes have been some of the favorite stuff I’ve done.
Where was “Out Here” written?
“Out Here” was written at my home in Halifax, Nova Scotia—like 90% of my stuff.
It comes as no surprise that R&B giant Jeremih would be gung-ho on collaborating with uber-talented 19-year-old producer, Whethan, but the result is even more than one could’ve hoped from the duo.
“Let Me Take You” is funky, fun, expressive, and summer-esque as Whethan takes a pop-inspired house deviation from his normal style. Jeremih’s smooth vocals bring the single to a heightened level of passion, and together the combination is nothing short of genius.
“I had been sitting on this track with Jeremih for a while now and explored every possible version of the song before landing on this one. I’ve been really inspired by a lot of house music and wanted to find a way to bring that into my world. It was important to me that I made something that people could really dance too. This is probably my favorite track to date and I’m just excited to show my fans where the future of my music is headed.” – Whethan
Whethan has experienced many successes over the past few years, truly building his project into something special and relatable to a wide range of audiences. “Let Me Take You” represents a bright and exciting future for the artist’s music.
Whethan - Let Me Take You (feat. Jeremih) [Official Audio] - YouTube
Whethan’s North American tour dates:
June 14-15: Quincy, WA @ Paradiso Festival
June 22nd: Herber City, UT @ Bonanza Campout
June 27-30: Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest
July 14th: Louisville, NY @ Forecastle Festival
August 1-4: Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
September 19: Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre (co-headline with Big Wild)
One of dubstep’s newest mainstays, Kompany, has been on fire this year with the release of his Metropolis EP as well as new singles and collabs with Virus Syndicate and BadKlaat. Now he continues to bring the heat with his new original “Movement.”
As the former head of sound design at Cymatics, you know you’re going to hear some nasty sounds on all Kompany’s tracks. “Movement,” out now on Never Say Die, is a brilliant, multi-dimensional number that truly shows the full extent of his craft. So many layers of bass waves and so many different unique sounds combine to create a listen that is interesting and just downright fun. You can put this on repeat and never be bored.
A top graduate from the esteemed Icon Collective recording and production school, Kompany has been tearing up the scene since first tracks debuted back in 2015. Since then he’s worked with some of the best of the best including G-REX, Nitti Gritti, TYNAN, YOOKiE, and more. This year looks to be one of his biggest yet, with performances set for Red Rocks, EDC, and ILLFest among others.
Returning with his self-proclaimed “grungiest and dirtiest” song yet on Tchami‘s CONFESSION, Habstrakt releases “Control.” It further proves that Habstrakt knows what it takes to annihilate a dance floor. The fluttering synths, pulsing bass lines, and fearless sub bass is set to rattle any sound system.
Habstrakt establishes his control with the first bar of the track. It opens with a siren and congo drums. While this intro is subtle, don’t let it distract you from what Habstrakt has forthcoming. “Control” swiftly builds into a grungy bass house piece with sweating bass, wide synths, and a gritty percussion loop. “[This song is] inspired by the smell of burnt cars and tear gas; and by the sound of drum ‘n bass, and UK house,” says Habstrakt. “[It’s] like a middle finger to anything predictable and repetitive.” Additionally, he states that “Control” came after a frustrating period of writer’s block.
To date, Habstrakt has had his sound permeate remixes for Skrillex, Diplo, MUST DIE!, Feed Me, and many more. His sound continues to play with a number of various genres, including house, future bass, and dubstep. The “Chicken Soup” producer’s discography continues to grow and has allowed him to perform at a few of the world’s most prolific festivals like EDC Las Vegas, Electric Zoo Festival New York, and many more.
At just 14 years old, Moore Kismet is already creating a name for himself in the industry thanks to his jaw-dropping productions and distinct sound signature.
The prodigious producer has garnered support from some of the industries top tastemakers, including Ekali, Zomboy, Virtual Riot, Boombox Cartel and many more. It’s no surprise that he was just signed by SKiSM’s Never Say Die Records, making him the youngest artist to ever be signed to the label.
His name, meaning “More Than Fate,” is a testament to his maturity and identity. Being an openly bisexual artist in an industry that is not always as accepting as it should be is not easy to come by, so for Kismet to do so with pride and unending determination is something to be applauded in itself. Paired with his recognizable but far from stale sound makes him one of the most exciting artists in dance music at the moment regardless of his age.
We teamed up with the young gun for an exclusive hour-long mix, which is filled with loads of IDs from himself and names like TYNAN, Jon Casey and more as well his brand new official remixes for Dirty Audio’s “Run & Go” and MineSweepa’s “Black McLaren.” If I haven’t convinced you to pay attention to Moore Kismet already, this mix should do the trick. Listen below.
California native Eugene continues to make himself known with a string of hard-hitting original singles that have garnered the support of names like G-REX, PEEKABOO, Hydraulix and more. His brand new release, “Sense,” might be his most compelling single to date.
The new track opens with the producer’s own wispy vocals over a brute 808 rhythm, which quickly leads into one of the most dynamic drops I have heard all year. A distorted lead over clean trap drums generates the ultimate bass face, leaving you wondering what the f*ck just happened. Eugene’s sound design capabilities can arguably compete with the best, making him one of the most exciting artists to watch this year.
The multi-dimensional up-and-comer offers an ominous yet quirky aesthetic, lending his talents to an all-encompassing brand: vocals, music, and cover art. He does it all. “Sense” follows releases with labels like Nest HQ, Hybrid Trap and more. Download it here.
Canadian innovator REZZ has satiated fans’ thirst for new music with the announcement of a forthcoming EP as well as the release of a brand new single.
The EP, Beyond The Senses, will be released July 24th through AWAL, which is the artist’s first release through the imprint. The lead single, “Dark Age,” is hauntingly beautiful and powerful with brooding low-end, garage-inspired drums and classic REZZ distortion. This one is undeniably one of her darkest dance floor destroyers.
“‘Dark Age’ was the first song I completed for this project and I think best fits the vibe of the title and visual components which will be integrated into my new show,” says REZZ.
The 6-track EP will come paired with the opportunity to reimagine a complete audio/visual experience. Each one of the six tracks on Beyond The Senses will have its own Virtual Reality world, created in partnership with The Wave XR and Strangeloop. The forward-thinking musician continues to push the envelope and this will be just another cherry on top of the world she has continued to build throughout her career so far.
“The purpose of ‘Beyond the Senses is to have listeners imagine life beyond the limitations of their basic human senses,” says REZZ. “Each piece of the project (the music, the tour visuals, and the virtual reality component) will work together to reflect the concept of living beyond your senses.”
REZZ performs this Saturday, May 18th at EDC Las Vegas before headlining select US cities throughout the summer. She will make her long-awaited and sold-out return to Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater on September 22nd for her annual REZZ Rocks takeover.
Pre-order Beyond The Senses here and listen to “Dark Age” at Billboard.
REZZ – ‘Beyond The Senses’ Tracklist
1. REZZ – Dark Age
2. REZZ – Falling feat. Underoath
3. REZZ x Deathpact – Kiss of Death
4. REZZ x Eddie – Stress
5. REZZ x Sayer – Your Soul Will Never Be Released
6. REZZ – Lonely feat. The Rigs