How to survive in the world of club music, with all its niches + subcultures & its trends changing so rapidly? Go underground, the avant-garde way? Go mad & stop making music all together? Jump ship constantly? Or try to make something more universal + timeless? For their 3rd full-length release, Belgian dance act The Subs decided to make a pop album with heartfelt soul, filmic French retrofuturism & crisp beats. Hologram is an album that displays many moods + styles & sees The Subs working together with both renowned international vocalists & underground singers + rappers: Colonel Abrams, Selah Sue, Jean-Pierre Castaldi, Jay Brown & Danny Greene.
After touring around the world for 5 years with 2 albums under their belt, in 2012, songwriter/frontman Jeroen De Pessemier aka David Newtron moved to London to write the new album, absorbing new musical influences. Wiebe Loccufier aka DJ Tonic started producing beats & evolved from DJ into producer. Finally, by recruiting Hadrien Lavogez, The Subs got themselves a genuine multi-instrumentalist with an incredible knack for melody. This whole new dynamic pushed The Subs towards a more pop-based sound for Hologram. Hologram is an album on which The Subs explore both a playfulness & a vulnerability that is new to them. This album is still brimming with energy, but the dark dance-punk of the previous record has been traded for a much more soulful vibe.
“Cling to Love” is the new single taken from the upcoming LP: when the going gets tough, we have to hold on, hold on to what is dear, we have to cling to love. That is the message of this organic + bright electronic pop song with sparkling synths & enchanting vocals from Jay Brown (Sister of VV Brown).
The full release features an array of incredible remixes by the legendary Fake Blood, Blende, Turbo Recordings own Joefarr & last but not least Londoner Aggborough.
The Cling to Love EP is out now on iTunes. Stream Hologram to its entirety now on Soundcloud.
Cling To Love (Aggborough remix) ✞ free download
This week Nike introduced the Nike+ FuelBox in NYC. The “vending machine” does not require coins, instead you plug in your Nike+ FuelBand & in exchange of fuel points (collected within the last 24hrs) , you can get Nike garments like tees & socks (priced between 500 – 1000 fuel points). The FuelBox moves so keep an eye on Nike’s NYC twitter account for the next location.
Jessie Ware shares a new track from her upcoming sophomore album. This song was co-written with Romy Madley Croft of The xx.
Rustie’s sophomore full length Green Language sees its release next month on August 26. Until then, he is sharing another track from the record titled “Attak” which marries his trademark ear for beat, melody + punch with a frenzied vocal from Danny Brown. Their collaboration efforts were first heard on Brown’s 2013 LP Old on which Rustie produced several tracks.
Attak ✞ buy
Nearly 3 years ago Rustie released his game changing debut record Glass Swords pushing to the forefront the “maximalist” sound in electronic music while helping to put Glasgow on the map as one of the centers of forward thinking electronic music. Green Language is him continuing to push what people expect.
Ryan Hemsworth released a new banger earlier today where he teams up with upcoming 18 year-old producer from Brisbane: UV boi فوق بنفسجي.
Gods ✞ free download
On heavy rotation here at the office. Dr. Fresch’s insane remix of “Last Train to Paradise” by KDREW.
Last Train To Paradise (Dr. Fresch remix) ✞ free download
"Ultraviolence" from Lana Del Rey remixed by British duo Bonar Bradberry & Tom Thorpe aka PBR Streetgang.
Photo by Neil Krug.
After a raucous set at this year’s Pitchfork Music Fest, Danny Brown released his “Smokin & Drinkin” remixes this week via Fool’s Gold. The package includes remixes from Boys Noize, Jack Beats, DJ Sliink + brand-new FG signee TroyBoi, who makes his debut with a psychedelic club mix laden with debauched bass & technicolor 808s.
Smokin & Drinkin (TroyBoi remix) ✞ buy
“Smokin & Drinkin” first appeared Danny’s critically-acclaimed album Old as the debauched peak of Side B, & has since become a staple of his live shows + a true fan favorite. So it’s only right that Danny’s anthem (produced by Fool’s Gold captain A-Trak & JMIKE) gets a summer single of its own, complete with remixes from some of electronic music’s biggest names & wildest upstarts.
A monster moment in Hudson Mohawke sets, the previously unreleased “Chimes” has become a highly anticipated fan favorite. Now the wait to hear the full version is over. Mastered + louder than ever the tune is part of a 4-track EP that also features a hardstyle re-edit from Gammer, & two completely new tracks that showcase the producer’s great versatility. A range of songs that continues to demonstrate that there is no such thing as the “Hudson Mohawke sound”, Ross Birchard continues to defy expectations & reshape the boundaries of hip hop & electronic music, the underground & the mainstream.
Chimes ✞ buy
Last year, John Talabot’s Hivern Discs imprint launched a white-label series entitled Blanc, where each release features an uncredited song from artists on the Barcelona label’s roster.
Longtime Talabot collaborator Pional began the series with “It’s All Over”, & today John Talabot has shared a free “Stormbreak re-fix”, available for free download.
The remix is part of a 12” available August 4th via Hivern Discs. It also includes the Locked Groove remix that John Talabot featured on his critically acclaimed DJ-Kicks last year.
It’s All Over (John Talabot’s Stormbreak re-fix) ✞ free download
Today Marz Leon shares “Fire”, her 2nd single & a track that burns slowly with intensity. Co-produced with High x Land, “Fire” “is only further proof that Marz is an incredibly rare breed: fiercely individual & quietly commanding. Just a few weeks ago, Marz shared her debut single “L O N E R,” a dark & contemplative track showcasing Marz’s sultry vocals + penchant for songwriting.
Stay tuned for her upcoming 7-track EP, out later this summer.
Song of the Day
This is Jordan Bratton’s brand new track. “Must Be”, is a musical collaboration with Fool’s Gold conspirator Durkin that takes the combination of intoxicated sentiments, a cut through falsetto vocal, + breakthrough production colors to create something special. Dive in.
Straight out of Edinburgh via Nigeria & Liberia, Young Fathers flip Tricky’s new single “Nicotine Love” upside down, adding their own verses & twisting the track into a dark, haunting R&B cut from the future.
The original track is taken from the upcoming album Adrian Thaws, out 09/09.
Nicotine Love (StraightFace remix feat. Young Fathers) ✞ free download [email required]
Shura has premiered a brand new song titled “Just Once”. This follows breakout debut track “Touch”, which picked up over a million plays across Youtube + Soundcloud, went top 3 on Hype Machine & received early spins from Radio 1.
Warm, affecting & universal, “Touch” was quickly hailed as one of the standout new songs of the year, & hinted at the arrival of a major new talent. On “Just Once”, Shura confirms that promise. It’s a more upbeat but no less melancholic mix of Janet Jackson with the intricate productions of Warpaint, or the effortless groove of early Madonna - all carried by Shura’s velvet-like vocals. Lyrically, “Just Once” is in many ways a prequel to the break-up blog-anthem that was “Touch”: it’s a snapshot of a relationship which isn’t working, + imagines being swept up with someone new, where you can be whoever you want to be. Full of sensuality and self-doubt - "If you get my name wrong / I won’t get pissed off / ‘Cos I wish I was somebody else" - Shura again achieves the immediately-recognisable, ghost-like quality of a shared romantic experience: “Just Once” is that dual sensation of fresh attraction, mixed with the memory of meeting past loves.
Don Diablo’s last release, “Knight Time” is currently being hammered by a wide range of artists incl. Kaskade, Madeon, Martin Solveig, Dillon Francis and Knife Party. The track hit the no.1 spot on Beatport’s House Chart & currently has over half a million plays on Soundcloud.
Knight Time ✞ buy
Now it’s time for a proper follow-up with another genre blending clubstormer. Don: “I like the idea of merging deeper sounds with a more big room attitude so it works in clubs…but at big festivals as well”. Watch the brand new video video featuring cameos by Dillon Francis + Tiesto + Nicky Romero + Nervo + Steve Angello + Martin Solveig + GTA + Sebastian Ingrosso + Krewella + Laidback Luke + Oliver Heldens + Tchami + Sidney Samson + W&W + Tommie Sunshine + Lana Del Rey + Ansolo + Alex Clare + Noisia + MNEK + A*M*E + Salman Khan + the Opposites + Dragonette + Luciana + Chris Zeegers + Jan Kooijman + Art Rooijakkers + Mighty Fools + Zanger Rinus + Don Diablo’s Mom & Grandmother.