The Strokes/Regina Spektor producer GORDON RAPHAEL drops new track ‘Savage’

As a producer, Gordon Raphael has had an uncanny knack of coming across iconic and influential talent and helping catapult them to global attention. He came across the embryonic Strokes at a free gig in a New York bar– subsequently producing their first demos and seminal debut album, Is This It? He started working with Regina Spektor after someone recommended he check out “This unknown Russian girl”. Now, he’s about to launch another unfamiliar but huge musical talent onto a wider stage: himself.

While acts from Damon Albarn, Ian Brown, the Cult’s Ian Astbury and now Spanish outfit Hinds – along with countless smaller groups – have enjoyed the Seattle-born Gordon’s Midas touch, he is foremost a musician and songwriter. “I love producing, but playing guitar and writing songs is what I’ve always done,” he enthuses. “I wanted to show what I can do on the other side of the desk all the time, but producing kept getting in the way.”

He’s making up for it with 12 terrific songs that reflect a lifetime listening to music, but are particularly inspired by the glam rock era David Bowie, the inimitable guitar sound of Mick Ronson, the glam pop perfection of Kimono My House-era Sparks and a love of Frank Zappa, prog rock and weird found sounds. Gordon’s vocal is a beautifully hazy Peter Perrett/Syd Barratt drawl. After writing literally over a thousand songs, these are the 12 which he holds most dear, honed and perfected to the point where they now need to be heard.

Among them are two singles. View From Blue came to him in a dream (and is revisited in a totally different, stranger fashion for album closer Deep Psyche). Another standout is I Sleep On The Radio, effectively Gordon’s love letter to the pop radio experience through the ears of his teenage self, listening to a transistor radio under the pillow.

Just Kiddin Remixes Cedric Gervais’ latest single “Somebody New” ft. Liza Owen

Grammy Award winning DJ, producer and label boss, Cedric Gervais, reveals his newest remix of “Somebody New” featuring Liza Owen, by the skillful electronic duo Just Kiddin, out now via Island Records.

Just Kiddin breathes new life into Cedric Gervais‘ already accomplished piano-led track, “Somebody New” ft. Liza Owen. The British duo reconstructs the original by way of a funky bassline, sidechaining analog synths, and filters that open and build into an energy-packed house tune; perfect for a night time dance-floor and a summertime pool party. The track showcases Just Kiddin’s ability to evoke emotion through heavy dance rhythms and culminates into a track that pays homage to house music’s past and shines a light on its future.

Just Kiddin have placed no limitations on their sound and have already gained props from industry heavyweights such as Duke Dumont, Tensnake, Gorgon City and The Magician. With a worldwide fan-base growing, Just Kiddin have precisely what it takes to be the UK’s next breakthrough act.

Cedric has toured relentlessly around the world throughout his career. Captivating audiences with his energetic sets, he has played residencies in New York, Miami and Las Vegas all met with critical acclaim. Along with this, he has performed at renowned festivals including Ultra and Jay-Z’s ‘Made in America’ festival to name a few. Cedric will be returning to the White Isle this summer, where he will play at David Guetta, Martin Garrix and Kygo’s residencies at Ushuaia. Away from Ibiza, Cedric will also make his highly anticipated debut at Tomorrowland this summer.

Cedric has worked with the likes of CID, David Guetta and Digital Farm Animals. He recruited DFA for his single, ‘Touch the Sky’ featuring Dallas Austin. Released on Cedric’s Delecta imprint, the track continues to build momentum online, hitting nearly 3 million Spotify plays and is currently soaring up the UK Shazam chart. Not only a DJ and producer, Cedric added a new role to his repertoire – the label boss of Delecta Records. In conjunction with Armada Music, he founded the imprint last year and has subsequently released a wealth of material from rising dance talent, as well as his own catalogue of hits.

Vicetone reveal new track ‘Apex’ from ‘Rocket League x Monstercat Vol. 1’ compilation

Vicetone releases heavy hitting track, “Apex” out now via Monstercat. The track will be featured in the new Monstercat x Rocket League compilation album, ahead of the Rocket League video game Championship Broadcast.

“Apex” is a high-octane track that is undoubtedly ready to give both gamers and ordinary fans a boost of adrenaline while listening. Now with the help from Vicetone, it’s clear that both Monstercat and Rocket League are reinventing the music and gaming industries.
Rocket League is a futuristic sports video game that equips players with booster-rigged vehicles which can be crashed into balls for incredible goals or epic saves across multiple, highly-detailed arenas. Using an advanced physics system to simulate realistic interactions, Rocket League relies on mass and momentum to give players a complete sense of intuitive control in this unbelievable, high-octane re-imagining of association football.

Another product from Holland’s thriving dance scene, childhood friends Ruben Den Boer and Victor Pool – better known as Vicetone – flew into the spotlight in 2015, after their collaboration with Nicky Romero titled, ‘Let Me Feel’. The dance floor anthem shot straight to #1 on the Beatport Charts and swiftly paved the way for a wealth of material to come from the duo, including their track ‘Landslide’ with American indie pop act Youngblood Hawke. The crossover track has gained over 4 million plays on Spotify alone. Vicetone have toured relentlessly throughout their music career so far. Captivating audiences with their energetic sets, the duo have played across Europe and America. They’ve recently completed their Asia Tour, playing shows across China and South Korea, all met with critical acclaim.

Elsewhere, Vicetone have made several appearances on the festival circuit, where they previously played Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival. Vicetone are gearing up for an adventurous summer ahead, which includes a debut performance at Corona Sunsets in London and their return to Ultra Europe in Croatia. Armed with their catchy, melody-driven sound, “Apex” will not only add to their success, but will be the soundtrack for their exciting season ahead.

Yuksek drops new track ‘Sweet Addiction (Live edit)’

Internationally renowned DJ and producer Yuksek has called upon some of the most exciting names across the electronic worlds to rework his acclaimed third album ‘Nous Horizon’. Titled ‘Nous Horizon pt.2 / Re-works & edits’ it features established and rising stars like Dimitri From Paris, Jacques Renault, Juveniles, Get a room!, The Mekanism, Synapson + more.

‘Nous Horizon’, Yuksek’s third album, came out last February to critical acclaim. It showed a new approach in his vision for electronic and pop writing. His new melodies are brighter than before; his beats and production more subtle but still convey a touch of hedonism in it’s most club-friendly sounds.

Yuksek has lined up an eclectic and surprising line-up for this reworked versions.

The record features remixes from long time friends Juveniles and Getaroom, the disco legend Dimitri From Paris, newcomers on the scene such as Destino and Ccolo ( Multi Culti ), french duet Synapson and techno rising star The Mekanism ( signed on Seth Troxler imprint ) and the coolest guy from brooklyn aka Jacques Renault.

Yuksek himself offers some alternative versions of the songs, live or edit versions making this album a real second chapter, not only a random remix package.

No Way Back feat. Sophia Black – Minute

LA-based producer No Way Back & Sophia Black’s House anthem ‘Minute’ saw the duo deliver a playful hit that introduced No Way Back’s signature sound to the Enhanced catalogue for the first time – making a return with four cutting-edge new Remixes, ‘Minute’ is back…

Kicking off with Joe Maz, ‘Minute’ takes on a more club-centric sound. Flowing through chopped beats and rolling melodic builds, Joe Maz’s first appearance on the label makes for a powerfully produced debut.

Up next, Stash Konig reworks ‘Minute’ into a completely morphed new version drawing on No Way Back’s infectious piano lead whilst introducing the Original’s vocal chops sped up around a booming Future Bass backing.

Bringing a moody, club-oriented production Curt Reynolds delves deep into the Original and extracts Sophia’s vocals around a brooding low-end and subtle atmospheres, whilst Wilks ties off the release with an inventive, percussive Breaks rendition.

An Original with plenty of cross-over appeal sees four brilliantly diverse Remixes – ‘Minute’ is back…

Benji Lewis – ‘Home For Now EP’ [gorgeous new single & ep from Australian artist]

2017 has been an absolute cracker of a year for Australian artist Benji Lewis, and now fresh off the back of releasing his two previous singles ‘Drift’ and ‘For You’, comes his Home For Now EP.

Ideas for this EP were first discussed back in July 2016, but it was decided that they would be benched until a trip to LA was complete. When Lewis returned back to Australia, he relocated to Brisbane to work alongside producer and good friend Golden Vessel. This meant he was able to be in the right frame of mind, and at his most creatively free.

“I was so much more clear on the direction I wanted for the EP and having done a heap of writing sessions in LA with different producers I was so much more ready to do it.” Lewis said.

This is a very personal exploration into the man behind and within Benji Lewis. The seven tracks detail his recent experiences, thoughts and feelings, especially given 2016 was a year of big changes.

“I packed up my life, put most of it in storage, and based myself in different locations for my music. At times I felt lonely, overwhelmed, I fell in love and also lost loved ones. This EP has stories of some of the biggest moments and feelings of my life in 2016, and just life in general. I think I was able to capture those and turn them into beautiful pieces of music with the help of Max [Golden Vessel] and definitely with the guidance of my manager Jez Ryan.” he said.

Listening to the EP will leave you feeling raw and incredibly open. There is a calming synergy between each track, as the beautiful piano work meets the cool vibes of chill electronica. It’s clear Lewis and Golden Vessel work well together to create pure musical magic, especially when the focus always draws back to the meaning of the EP’s title.

“The title of the EP came from talking over the changes I was going through; packing my life up and moving from place to place with my friend Mirella. She has always helped and guided me through the years. We talked about moving around a lot and to look at it in a way that no matter where I am, I look at the place I was staying at as home. So wherever I was and continue to move, I would and still do say to myself, “I am home for now, this is home for now” as a way of grounding myself for however long I am in that place.” he said.

Leading the EP is closing track ‘In Time’, which explores all those early feelings of falling for someone. It’s a feeling anyone can relate to but this really pulls at the heartstrings. Really tune into the lyrics and have a box of tissues close by because it will open up lost or forgotten feelings.

“When I fall for someone, I fall hard. I want all or nothing, but if it doesn’t work out, I know I’ll be okay. I’ll be more than fine with my choices and decisions to go all in and give it a go because for me, it’s part of living. I’d rather whatever comes with that than having the ‘what ifs’ in life. In my experience, it’s not too often you come across people you feel this way about in the modern world, and when we do I feel like you can’t let it pass you by. It could be something really special, no matter how long it lasts or what happens in the end.” he said.

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Cory O & Raquel Divar – VANDALS

July 10, 2017 — Portland based producer and rap duo Cory O and Raquel Divar just dropped their music video for their single “VANDALS”. This is the first single off their upcoming Cory O and Raquel Divar’s currently untitled album release set for late 2017. Cory O’s beats set the perfect vibe for Divar’s excellent lyrical flow. “VANDALS” is a UK grime style tune with elaborate double time rhyme schemes, a west coast twist on 140 grime, and high-energy visuals shot and edited by Tim Slew of Soundlapse. The music video focuses on Raquel Divar who proves her abilities as a kick ass female rapper.

Rising electro-pop siren Rachel K Collier shares acoustic version of “Rust”

Now in full flow with a solo project that’s truly independent and organic in nature, “Rust” demonstrates Collier’s self-crafted signature sound of sampling, building and layering cool experimental vocal riffs, together with solid, house-influenced percussive grooves.

Dealing with making a conscious effort to keep relationships fresh and not to take the person closest to you for granted, Collier’s metaphorical lyrics and vocals are strong as ever.
“Rust” is Collier’s final standalone single this year and will be followed up with her second EP in early Autumn and debut Album early 2018.

Austrian producer filous releases new single ‘Knots’ feat. klei and announces forthcoming EP ‘For Love’, due for release this Autumn

Today filous announces his next EP entitled For Love as well as sharing his new single ‘Knots’. The track features electro-pop newcomer klei, and was inspired by a quest for balance between “old and modern, organic and electronic, playful and heavy.” Crisp tropical synth production underlies klei’s airy vocals, culminating in hypnotic melodies.

Evolving from a naturally gifted instrumentalist to precocious beat maker to full-fledged auteur, filous – the alter-ego of 20-year old Viennese student Percy — has always been something of an enigma, driven by an incessant curiosity and a need for discovery. First showcasing his unusually inquisitive mind at the tender age of 10 years old, he soon became proficient in dozens of instruments and started to immerse himself in far-flung influences ranging from progressive jazz to country, from bluegrass to black metal. The concept of “filous” emerged once Percy began experimenting with electronic production, teaching himself via Youtube tutorials with all of his earliest remixes built from artists he discovered on the streaming platform.

As resourceful as he is talented, the young upstart has since caught the ears of tastemakers and electronic music fans alike, which has grown his unique global footprint to over a quarter of a billion combined YouTube, SoundCloud, and Spotify streams, thanks to 11+ Hypemachine No. 1s and his debut EP Dawn topping the iTunes electronic chart in more than 9 countries, including Switzerland, Austria, India and Russia. With Dawn, filous cemented himself as an artist to watch — toeing the line between timeless, cerebral songwriting and modernist, visceral electronic production — but with his forthcoming sophomore EP For Love, he’s proving himself as ready for the main stage.

Following in the footsteps of the genre’s best and brightest from Flume to ODESZA, filous returns with a lush crop of tracks that build on his origins while making him a viable chart-topping upstart. After spending time writing and living in Vienna over the past two years, he watched the local electronic scene bloom and evolve, and eventually opened himself up to the idea of collaborating, with For Love featuring his first-ever co-written tracks.