Been hyped on ZHU for ages. Been offered up my co-sign. Breakthrough Artist of 2014. The latest from him just solidifies his mastery of the elusive and fickle form of a deep groove in pop music’s sonic landscape.
“Once again, ZHU’s flawless vocals steal the show in the new single, but the House/Garage crossover groove lying underneath is also nothing short of spectacular. It’s artists like ZHU that are following just steps behind the Disclosure lads, manufacturing productions that live as perfectly on the dance floor as they do on mainstream radio.”
Last week Deadmau5 got the internets all astir when he announced he would be leaving twitter for good, and in the same breath dropped a few previews of his up and coming tracks on soundcloud. While we mourn the loss of one of our favorite twitter personalities, we can’t wait to get a listen to what Joel has in store. Lucky for us LEVI seemed to be one of the few who got a jump on the mau5′s “Drop the Poptart” preview and produced one hell of a bootleg.
It’s been hard to ignore the success of The Chainsmokers. They’ve been climbing the hypeM ladders, and seem to be showing up everywhere. Their production is as crispy as your grandma’s apple fritter, and as clean as noxzema. Their most recent remix of Icona Pop featured below, already has the support from the likes of Tiesto & Felix Cartel. Fill her up.
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In light of hitting over 30,000 followers on Facebook, RAC has released an incredible cover of the 1996 hit Lovefool. The song has a contemporary disco feel, while the infections vibes of the original are preserved in the vocals and melody. Take a listen, I can guarantee you’ll be smiling by the end.
The next big act in Dance Pop music has arrived in the form of American trio, Little Daylight. After a handful of successful remixes in 2012 including Passion Pit, Edward Sharpe, Niki & The Dove and more, Little Daylight today premiered their first original production, “Overdose,” and it’s a feel-good, sing-a-long tune ready for a big stage. And speaking of stages, the band will be premiering their live show in March at SxSW, so if you’re headed to Austin in a couple months, make sure to keep them on your calendar. √++
HARD returned to NYC (and LA) this past weekend to bring us a bangin’ showcase of Wolfgang Gartner, Proxy, L-Vis 1990 and Popeska at Terminal 5. Already a huge fan of HARD events, I jumped at the chance to see this power lineup and to finally get a glimpse of Wolf’s awesome stage production that I kept hearing about from his Love & War tour. Continue Reading
UPDATE: The Beatport link is now live. You can purchase the track HERE.
It is always refreshing to see an upcoming artist take a step back and use their position to support a larger cause. 3LAU, the stage name of Las Vegas DJ and producer Justin Blau, is coming off of a year that included performing to sold out crowds across America, and numerous #1′s on Hypem. On April 30th, 3LAU will make his Beatport debut with a remix of James Egbert’s “Back to New.” In honor of the release, 3LAU will match and donate all proceeds to Pencils of Promise, a non-profit that builds schools in developing nations. 3LAU is no stranger to non-profit work, as he was featured in the New York Times for pioneering a microloan program while in high school. 3LAU’s dream of building a school is becoming a reality, as pre-sales and donations have reached over $1500 dollars in just three days.
Check out a preview of “Back to New” and what 3LAU has to say after the jump!
Sylvain Dalido AKA Popular Computer knows a bit about priorities and sacrifice. When his parental duties summoned him in 2009, he decided to take a hiatus from music production after signing with French label Kitsuné, where he had already become an original Kitsuné artist and staff producer. After 2 years of focusing on being a Dad, Popular Computer is back in a big way with a full length album titled LiTE slated for release on Chilly Gonzalez + Housse De Racket‘s label, Schmooze. Although we’re heading into winter, this album will definitely bring in some summery jams through the clouds with support from Aeroplane, Russ Chimes, The C90s, and more.
I have your mid-week GDD™ Morning Update and it is a heavy one. Today’s stories include Kaskade’s Fire & Ice, Hard Haunted Mansion 2011, Beatport & digital distribution, and Pukkelpop 2012. Read up and get in the know after the jump!