Saturday, June 6, 2020

"Keep Telling Your Stories": Kygo Donates $20,000 to Black Lives Matter

"To everyone who has experienced racism, please keep telling your stories."

After taking some time to "educate" himself amid ongoing protests in the wake of George Floyd's death, tropical house pioneer Kygo took to social media to align with the Black Lives Matter movement and announce a significant donation. 

Fresh off the release of his highly anticipated third studio album Golden Hour, Kygo posted a statement on Instagram, sharing the thoughts and ruminations that led to his donation to Black Lives Matter.

"I’ve never experienced racism myself so I haven’t really been sure what to say, but I’ve understood that saying nothing definitely won’t help," Kygo wrote. "Hearing and reading the stories the last couple of days from people that have experienced racism has really helped me get a better understanding of how big of a problem it still is today."

"This problem goes back hundreds of years and even though I unfortunately doubt that it’s gonna disappear in the near future, I really hope and believe that the movement going on in the world right now is gonna make a change," he continued. "To everyone who has experienced racism, please keep telling your stories."

You can read Kygo's full statement below.

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Cameroonian Makossa Legend Ben Decca Teams Up with EDUKE for Silky House Single "Belembete"

EDUKE opens up a new chapter of collaboration alongside "the man with the golden voice."

Cameroonian-born techno and tech house producer EDUKE and Makossa legend Ben Decca have joined forces on a rhythmic new single called "Belembete," the duo's first offering in a series of forthcoming collaborations.

Currently based in Miami, EDUKE's work has garnered support from several major dance music tastemakers, including ClaptoneClaude Von Stroke, and David Guetta, among others. While his work has been highly sought after for its ability to command a club floor, EDUKE has sought to channel more traditional Cameroonian influences in his recent work. His latest offering "Belembete" is a minimalistic, house-inspired production built upon a strong foundation of hand-drum instrumentation, and it is characteristic of the Makossa sound out of the Central-African nation. 

It's no mistake "Belembete" will have you feeling the sudden urge to get up and move. The word Makossa itself means "dance" in the Duala language. To that end, there's arguably no better representative of the genre at the moment than Ben Decca, whose silky vocals ebb and flow over "Belembete" on an even keel. The steady-handed approach is partially what has shaped Decca's legacy, as he has been described as "the man with the golden voice." Decca has a jaw-dropping catalog of over 150 songs to his name.

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Switchfoot Is Covering The Chainsmokers' "Sick Boy" on Forthcoming Covers EP

Perhaps it's no wonder Switchfoot gravitated to one of The Chainsmokers' rawest dance tracks.

On their forthcoming Covers EP, due out on June 19th, alternative rock band Switchfoot will be covering a dance music favorite—The Chainsmokers' "Sick Boy."

Over the years, Switchfoot has left a mark with hit originals such as "Meant to Live" and "Dare You to Move," but that hasn't stopped them from dabbling outside their own discography. From Beastie Boys to Beyoncé, the band has gravitated toward covering quite a diverse pallet of songs regardless of genre.

Now the band has taken on the ambitious new challenge of covering one of The Chainsmokers' darkest songs, "Sick Boy." While it may seem like an off-beat choice, it's likely the raw subject matter of "Sick Boy" that drew Switchfoot's interest to the EDM sphere.

The Grammy Award-winning pop-rock outfit have not hesitated to tackle difficult subject matter in their music, and frequently wrestle with the current state of humanity to shape their creative process. For that reason, "Sick Boy," which grapples with navigating an increasingly impersonal and self-obsessed world, seems to align with the band's broader creative themes.

Switchfoot has released two tracks off their forthcoming Covers EP thus far, "Swim Good" by Frank Ocean and "Harmony Hall" by Vampire Weekend. Aside from the group's cover of "Sick Boy" the EP's remaining songs include The Verve’s “Lucky Man,” Harry Styles’ “Lights Up,” and Jon Bellion’s “Stupid Deep.”

You can check out Switchfoot's take on Ocean's "Swim Good" below.



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3D Digital Festival J2v to Feature Richie Hawtin, Maya Jane Coles, Maceo Plex, and More

J2v Virtual Festival is shaping up to be an otherworldly livestream experience.

Junction 2 is taking the livestream event space to another world. Their 3D digital festival concept, J2v Virtual Festival, recently dropped a lineup that will see many of the top underground dance music tastemakers taking to the event's virtual stages in a mind-bending six-hour broadcast.

J2v will be transporting fans to an entirely different plane of existence—one characterized by abstract virtual geometry. Now listeners journeying through the free-form virtual universe will have an appropriate soundtrack to match. Adam BeyerAlan FitzpatrickÂmeAnastasia KristensenANNA, Bart SkilsDaniel Avery, Effy, Eris Drew, Joel MullMaceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles, Octo Octa, Richie HawtinSAMA', Saoirse, and Shanti Celeste will be taking to J2v's three virtual stages, which are titled The Console, The Vault, and The Hex. Fans will have the ability to navigate the gridlines of this techno-centric festival from stage-to-stage, catching their favorite artists while communicating with fellow festival-goers in a dedicated chat room.

Standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, J2v Virtual Festival, which was originally scheduled to commence today, June 6th, 2020, has been postponed for the time being. In an official statement shared via the festival's website, organizers at Junction 2 said they intend to announce the rescheduled date "when the time is right."

J2v will be fundraising to support the Care Workers Charity, Refuge, The Outside Project, and The Trussell Trust.

J2v Lineup

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Diplo Confirms Thomas Wesley "Chapter 2" In Recent Interview

If you thought the recent Thomas Wesley record was a one-off, you'd be mistaken.

Last week, Diplo dropped a star-studded country music album under his Thomas Wesley alias. The chart-topping producer was feeling more than a little bit country, having enlisted some of the biggest names in the genre to help make it happen. Zac Brown, Thomas Rhett, and Orville Peck are just a few of the artists who appeared on Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil

Diplo recently sat down with Rolling Stone to unpack the experiences that brought the album to fruition and, in the process, the producer confirmed a second chapter is "a hundred percent" on the way.

Diplo dove headfirst into the country music scene with his remix of the record-breaking original "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X. Although "Old Town Road" skyrocketed to prominence in part through meme culture, Diplo stated that he's not here to make "meme country." In fact, he sees his album as an opportunity to authentically engage country and dance music listeners all at once.

"I don’t want to make a joke album," Diplo told Rolling Stone. "I don’t want to make 'Cotton Eyed Joe,' which… I loved it. I’m not trying to make meme country, you know? The songs are great. If you take everything off, the production of it, they’re just great songs you could sing with an acoustic guitar.

That genre-less, barrier-breaking attitude is perhaps best exemplified by the song "Dance With Me," featuring Rhett and Young Thug, which can't help but grab your attention just by looking at the title alone. "That one is the one I think people look at that and think, 'OK, this is gonna be some kind of industry plant, some totally thrown-together piece of crap,' or they’ll be intrigued by it because it doesn’t make any sense," Diplo said. "It makes zero sense. Me and Thomas and Ryan Tedder wrote it and we were like, 'Actually, this is kind of cool, but what are we trying to accomplish here? What are we actually trying to do? Are we trying to break some barriers and shake things up? If that’s the case, let’s get a fuckin’ really crazy feature on this.'”

One thing that's clear is Diplo's country music career is anything but smoke and mirrors. Diplo stated that he is trying to get a second chapter out before the end of 2020. You can have another listen through Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil below.

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Habstrakt and MARTEN HØRGER Collide on Bass House Heater "Ya Think"

These two are a perfect match.

French house mainstay Habstrakt has teamed up with German maestro MARTEN HØRGER for "Ya Think," out via Monstercat

"Ya Think" is an unstoppable bass house heater from front to back. Distorted sirens and crisp snares lead listeners into a winding build-up filled with ominous samples. The catchy pre-drop vocal acts as a gateway into a commanding bassline and screeching synths that are fine-tuned to get listeners moving. Both Habstrakt and MARTEN HØRGER's unique flair can be identified throughout the duration of "Ya Think," making this a proper addition to both artist's catalogs. 

Habstrakt's grimy, cinematic sound has found its way all around the dance music world, releasing on dubstep-influenced labels like Never Say Die as well as house-focused imprints like Spinnin' Records. In 2017, he released his unforgettable collaboration with Skrillex, "Chicken Soup," as well as his widely popular track with Dombresky, "Antigone." The French producer has been on a roll this year, as he has released "Free," Es Isso" with Asdek, and "Show Me" since January.

MARTEN HØRGER's discography has remained consistently impressive since the start of his career. In 2018, he dropped his two-track Hands Together EP via Tchami's CONFESSION imprint, which included his hit "You Don't," a joint effort with frequent collaborator Neon Steve. He teamed up with Neon Steve again in 2019 on "WE'RE BACK" as well as "On The Move" earlier this year.

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Todd Terry Reimagines His 2016 Hit "Can U Dig It"

"Todd the God" is back, and wants to know one thing.

Todd Terry, the man known for defining the New York house scene of the '80s, is back to ask one simple question—"Can you dig it?" He first asked back in 2016 on Defected Presents House Masters - Todd Terry and is now back to remix "Can U Dig It" for 2020. The legendary sample king throws down as only a master of his stature can, with a pumping new rendition to brighten up your day. 

Terry cuts back on the original 7-minute track, removing the original vocal samples and replacing them with one from the 1979 film The Warriors, in which the leader unites all the tribes of New York City as one to prove there is strength in numbers during a revolt. This strategic substitution presents a clear message Terry is sending during our nation's current state of affairs. He also reworks the beat, upping the four-on-the-floor structure with an infectious bassline and brief cuts of disco-inspired orchestral samples that make it feel like we're traveling back in time. 

Without "Todd the God," house music wouldn't be what is today. The Grammy Award-nominated Terry began his career in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where he made a name for himself melding hip-hop and Italian disco during his sets, something that no one was doing during that time. When Chicago house was on the come-up in the mid-'80s, he switched over and led the scene in his region with his unique method of incorporating samples into his tracks. His style has gone on to be an influence for many of the house artists we see in this day and age. The "Can U Dig It" remix is the latest release off Terry's Freeze Records, the label he created back in 1992 with William Socolov.

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