After debuting new music last week at EDC and announcing a new EP series this week, Drezo has finally released his first original in over a year. The wait was well worth it as the dark lord of house music delivers a sinister single with ‘Afterlife.’ Drezo quickly lets everyone know “this is just the beginning” of what’s to come. His malevolent talents work wonders as he progresses through the song. This is exactly what me and the rest of Drezo’s fans have been waiting for from him. We’ll let you know when more new music is coming from him. Until then you can listen to Afterlife below and pick up your copy here.
At the beginning of the month, it was announced that father of Avicii, Klas Bergling, would speak at IMS Ibiza 2019 on the topic of mental health and shining a light on the vital work of the Tim Berling Foundation. This past Thursday, Klas spoke, sharing the ethics and philosophy of the newly created foundation, once again drawing attention to the importance of recognizing and treating the early signs of deteriorating mental health, anxiety and depression for performing artists and those working in the music industry.
The interview at IMS was conducted by well known producer/DJ/radio host Pete Tong. In the interview, Klas paid tribute to his son and outlined some of the areas that may have contributed to a deterioration of his state of mind, pointing at a punishing schedule, lack of sleep, pressure to perform and alcohol abuse all contributing to depression and anxiety.
“It’s not many jobs that you can drink while you work, or you’re allowed to. If you start drinking at your job, your manager is supposed to take care of you quickly […] Life as a DJ and travels where you don’t get any rest between, you travel a lot you sleep less. The pressure is great depending on the individual, some people handle it perfectly, others don’t.”
To celebrate Tim’s life and to continue his legacy, the Tim Bergling Foundation was created on March 26, 2019, funded solely from the estate left by Avicii. Working internationally but starting initially in Sweden, the foundation aims to educate people and businesses on the issues surrounding suicide and mental health, also focusing on climate change and endangered species, causes that were very close to Tim’s heart.
“We are setting up the foundation to focus preventative work for mental illness and suicide, we are also looking at threatened animals and nature which was Tim’s passion as well as climate.”
Read more about the Tim Bergling Foundation and submit your own memories of Avicii here.
Diplo and Travis Scott’s last collaboration on Major Lazer’s 2017 hit, “Know No Better,” also featuring Camila Cabello & Quavo. Now, Travis wants to make another song with Diplo, but it seems that Diplo has been trying to hit up Scott for years with no luck.
The two met up after some unspecified festival, according to Wes, when they got to talking.
“Travis sees me after a festival and says ‘Hey, let’s make another song,'” he captioned the post. “Me: ‘What’s your new number?’ Adds number, texts him the next day ‘This is Diplo’…notices the number was saved and I already sent desperate-looking texts to the same number fifteen times over 5 years.”
I mean really, who ghosts Diplo??? Well, I suppose if you’re Travis Scott, it could make some sense. Nonetheless, be on the lookout for a new heater from Diplo and Scott sometime soon!
Here Are The Most-Played Tracks From EDC Las Vegas 2019
This year was the biggest ever at EDC Las Vegas, with bigger artists, bigger stages, more people, and more space than ever before. Including art cars and Corona Electric Beach, this year’s EDC had a staggering 15 stages with over 300 artists between them — that’s a lot of tracks being played out.
But, thanks to tracklist aggregator 1001tracklists, we know what the top 10 tracks played at EDC Las Vegas this year were. Compared to last year, only one track remained in the top 10, Gammer’s “The Drop,” which dropped from #1 to #2. The rest were new to the top 10 list, but not necessarily all tracks were new.
Fisher’s “Losing It” making the list is no surprise, but to see RL Grime’s “Core” make a comeback at #10 is a bit surprising; same with “Prison Riot” from Flosstradamus and GTA. What’s also surprising is the actual absence of “Old Town Road,” either the original or the remix with Billy Ray.
See below for the full top 10 list from this year!
1. DJ Snake & Eptic – SouthSide
2. Gammer – The Drop
3. Eliminate – Them ft. Virus Syndicate
4. Chris Lake & Chris Lorenzo present Anti Up – Concentrate
5. Eliminate – Weeble Wobble
6. Zomboy – Lone Wolf
7. Fisher – Losing It
8. GTA – Booty Bounce ft. DJ Funk (GTA HYPRR MIX)
Local police department wants people to stop bringing their horse down Old Town Road
The popularity of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” has propagated throughout every age bracket, socioeconomic level, race and more. It’s a verified hit and there’s no way you could escape it. Now, the song is having real life consequences for residents new Manchester, New Hampshire, where the real Old Town Rd. is causing trouble.
Apparently, aspiring rappers were heading to the road and filming amateur rap videos or covers to the song, and disturbing local residents. It got so bad that the New Hampshire police department posted a notice on its Facebook:
“Attention aspiring local rappers. Please stop taking your horses down to our Old Town Road. This quiet neighborhood off Troy Road is not a suitable filming location for your amateur rap videos. For our older followers, please disregard this pop culture reference and continue your equestrian activities as usual.”
The department ended the post with a joke, posting a photo of Dean from “Supernatural” as a cowboy with the caption: “You’ve yee’d your last haw.”
Clearly there is some humor in the situation, and it’s hard not to get a chuckle or two out of it. But for the residents on Old Town Rd., this is a very real issue indeed. Watch the local news report below.
DimitriVegas and LikeMike‘s song with Paris Hilton, “Best Friend’s Ass,” has officially taken over the club — and YouTube.
The music video just hit the web in all its glory, featuring Paris herself and Kim Kardashain, with cameos from DV&LM and more. The official music video is a straight up party — a Cinderella story for the rave scene. Shot in a playful sense, Paris steps into the club with her girls and the night only gets better from there.
We just had to get the inside scoop on this one. With a bumping single like this and an outrageous music video to go with it — we hit up DM&LM to get the dirty details.
Read here and watch “Best Friend’s Ass” below!
DV&LM x Your EDM
What was it like teaming up with Paris Hilton on your latest single, “Best Friend’s Ass”?
M: Hanging or working with Paris is always a trip! She’s always on her shit so teaming up for a record was a fun process. We’ve known Paris for a long amount of time now.
D: She’s a good friend and we’d all chatted about doing a record together eventually, but schedules are always hard to align, plus we wanted to do something that’s different and interesting for the fans. Which is how this record came to be what it is..
Do you remember the moment you came up with the concept for BFA?
D: Yeah, it was something that Paris had first suggested. The idea wasn’t as fully formed as the final track you see now but she had this early idea which we all bounced back and forth, that later became #BestFriendsAss!
The music video feels like a legit party! Was it a work hard or play hard atmosphere?
M: A bit of both! We all know how to party but we’re here to make this thing happen, that’s the point, we wanted to deliver something the fans would be really into. So it had to be a unique record with a rare concept, but keeping it related to a dance vibe.
Where did the concept for the video come from?
D: Well, we had some ideas ourselves and Paris brought her vision to this also, so along with the team and the director we hammered out a plan that we are all super happy with!
BFA is fit for the club, the radio, and the main stage! Through which of these platforms do you gain the most inspiration for your own music?
M: For us it’s always the live element!
D: Our shows are built for the main stage. Any fellow artist will know, when you’re on that stage the emotion running through your veins is insane! It’s such a buzz. We love to take that energy and construct musical ideas from that…then hit the studio to finalize them.
Who are some of your favorite artists at the moment?
D: Lost Frequencies, Travis Scott, Logic
M: Ricky Hil, J Balvin
What’s in store for Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike for summer 2019 & beyond?
D: We have a bunch of festival shows coming up in Wish Outdoor, Summerburst, Belsonic, Ruisrock, Airbeat One, Parookaville, Medusa Sun Beach, Mysterland, Creamfields, Frequency, A Summer Story, World Club Dome to name a few, and will be back in Ibiza this summer with Tomorrowland at Ushuaia Ibiza every Tuesday! We also have two weekends of Tomorrowland in July celebrating the 15 year anniversary.
M: Out of the studio we have a bunch of new releases from ourselves as well as some more big collaboration projects.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. Paris Hilton – Best Friend’s Ass
Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike vs. Paris Hilton - Best Friend's Ass (Official Music Video) - YouTube
Alesso To Star In New Netflix Black Mirror Mini-Series
Fans of Black Mirror, the popular Netflix series that explores stories of alternate realities, were a bit disappointed when they learned that the new season releasing this year would only be three episodes. (Find out why here.) Then again, quality over quantity, right?
Still, fans wanted more — so they’re getting more. In partnership with Netflix, a mini-series called Little Black Mirror will debut exclusively via YouTube. The trio of mini-episodes are set to release May 26, June 2, and June 6. The series is directed by musician/actor Rudy Mancuso and includes social media star Lele Pons, Maia Mitchell, and Mancuso.
Also included in the series will be producer/DJ Alesso. Though we only see him briefly in two clips, it seems his DJing skills will be used for his role, along with his impressively convincing thousand yard stare.
NCS has been well known in bass music for a number of years now, giving a unique releasing structure to artists who have unique sounds but may not fit in a specific niche. With their upcoming Elevate compilation, NCS is once again doing something unique with both its artists and its releases. Elevate has been slowly released in singles over the course of the month of May so that each artist can get their chance in the spotlight and also so that fans can decide what tracks they like before buying the whole album. This also exposes some of these more experimental artists to NCS’s larger pop audience.
If you’re in the electronica trap world then Besomorph and Coopex should need no introduction but the their collab track “Redemption” feat. up-and-coming pop vocalist Riell will surprise said trap fans and thus is definitely worthy of a Your EDM premiere. While the beat in this track is still along trap lines, the synths and bass straddle EDM-style trap and more pop-tinged future bass. It’s possible that Besomorph and Coopex were inspired to give the track a bit more of a pop feel because of Riell’s beautiful and inspired lyrics.
It’s interesting that the two producers have given “Redemption” a structure that’s both pop and EDM. The intro and break also contain Riell’s verses, where the EDM synths and melody also comprise her chorus. It really depends which style is heard based on how it’s listened to: in a rave setting the main track is the synths and beats but in a radio setting the main track is the vox. Very tricky, Besomorph and Coopex; it’s also very smart.
“Redemption” is just one track in a myriad of wonderfully produced tracks of various styles on Elevate. The compilation has a little something for every taste, future bass that’s even more pop-driven than this track all the way to deep bass underground halftime trap that even the most niched-out DnB head would enjoy. NCS is once again truly “elevating” what’s possible in the world of crossover bass music.
The full Elevate compilation LP will release in full on May 31 but many of the tracks are already to purchase on Beatport, including “Redemption” which releases today, May 25. Select tracks are also available to stream on Spotify.
The world of midtempo bass is the new thing, growing at a pace heretofore unseen since the days of trap and future bass. It truly is the next big genre, though we’ll see how long it lasts. Until the time that the bubble bursts, however, we continue to be blessed with incredible new productions, like Pixel Terror’s “Amnesia.”
“Amnesia” starts off with a very pretty melody as it leads into a lightly distorted vocal. By all accounts, at this point, you wouldn’t expect the madness that’s about to occur. As the vocals stagger out in rhythmic fashion, the drop comes in hard and quick, barely giving you time to catch your breath.
Pixel Terror keep the track interesting, switching up the drops, melodies, and synths throughout. It gives “Amnesia” depth and, in a sort of way that maybe only I am inferring, lends credence to the thought that the track has amnesia, and can’t remember what fucking drop it’s supposed to have. But maybe that’s just me.
You can listen to “Amnesia” from Pixel Terror now via Monstercat.
The past three months, I’ve written up every release from Rival. If that doesn’t tell you how much I believe in this project, I’m not sure what will; bloggers don’t just write up every release from an artist unless they’re truly special. So color me surprised when for the fourth month in a row, I’m writing up a new Rival tune. This time, it’s his collaboration “Walls” with Bryan Finlay.
What first enamored me with this new song was Finlay’s lyricism, his ability to string words together in a particularly poetic flow. Of course, delving deeper, this is only supported by Rival’s inimitable production and ability to accompany seemingly any vocalist who gets in the studio with him.
As for the drop, it’s cinematic and filled with emotion. You can hear the pain and struggle, the strife for… something. Overcoming those walls seems the last remaining desperate goal of our subject, and we’re here to witness the success or failure.
I love when you can infer a story from a song without the song having to spell it out for you — in that sense, the story can be anyone’s and can go in any direction.