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Club Angel unleashes latest banger, ‘Cry’

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Hot on the heels of his sold-out debut national headline tour, fast-rising Eora/Sydney producer, DJ and underground sensation Club Angel released his latest single, Cry’, via Astral People Recordings on 16 November 2023. Channelling the likes of Two Shell and Overmono, ‘Cry’ is a rave-flickered, melancholic hyper-ballad, blending brisk UKG rhythms with lurching, melodic house and an irresistible, pitch-shifted vocal sample – “Why should I be the one to have to cry at night?”. It’s yet another exceedingly impressive display from a producer who is fast-building a reputation for trading in precise and tightly-wound, stylish dance music that is as equally adept at dipping into the emotional as it is the exultant, balancing underground influences with an inherent pop nous. 

‘Cry’ arrives as the capstone to a breakout 2023 for the prodigiously talented producer and DJ, following recent single ‘Stylin” and ‘Ride For Me’, his collaborative single with Kamilaroi-Samoan artist Becca Hatch. Pitting two of Australia’s most promising next-gen prospects together for a match made in club heaven, ‘Ride For Me’ was met with rapturous acclaim across the board, premiering on Good Nights with Latifa Tee and earning full rotation across triple j and FBi Radio to go with praise from ACCLAIM, Purple Sneakers, Pilerats, The Music, Music Feeds and a nomination for ‘Song Of The Year’ at FBi Radio’s 2023 SMAC Awards. 

Off the strength of those two singles, Club Angel’s incendiary live sets have ripped through Australia’s underground dance scene this year like a word-of-mouth wildfire, his ceaseless momentum culminating in his debut national headline ‘Stylin’’ tour, bringing his signature, stuttering 2-step beats and hypnotic melodies to a whole new level with sold-out performances in Eora/Sydney, Naarm/Melbourne, Ngunnawal/Canberra and more. Most recently, he was announced as support for ‘B.O.T.A. (Baddest of Them All)’ hitmaker Interplanetary Criminal’s sold-out Naarm/Melbourne show on Saturday, November 25th. 

Heavily inspired by late 90’s UK dance music, Club Angel explores the moodier side of 2-step, Jungle and Garage with tight drums, sampled orchestral stabs and melancholic vocals, distilling the energy of “a time when dance music was extremely raw and unforgiving.” Released in 2022, his exultant, rave-ready debut EP, 6AM, garnered support from triple j Unearthed, ACCLAIM, Skope Mag, Pilerats, Purple Sneakers and more, alongside rotations adds at FBi Radio, RTR FM, SYN FM and airplay across triple j, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. 6AM earned praise from around the dance world, winning Club Angel fans in luminaries ranging from Anz, Breaka, Pangaea, Laurent Garnier, Good Nights’ Latifa Tee, and Future Dance’s Sarah Story and Northeast Party House, for whom he provided a remix of their ‘Cranky Boy’ single, while his bootleg edits have been played out by everyone from Mall Grab to KETTAMA

Since first exploding onto the scene with his showcase at BIGSOUND 2022, Club Angel’s irrepressible and ecstatic live set has seen him take the underground Australian DJ and dance circuit by storm. Regularly putting in show-stopping sets at Lost Sundays and delivering a highlight Pitch Music & Arts Festival set that has already accrued near-mythic status, Club Angel has also landed support slots for techno star Willaris. K on his national ‘Slow Down’ tour, UK house producer KETTAMA, hotly-hyped Naarm/Melbourne DJ Sam Alfred on his ‘Suzuka’ tour and more. He’s now set to erupt onto the wider festival circuit this summer, bringing the Club Angel live show to bigger and bigger festival stages with upcoming performances at both Lost Paradise 2023 and Let Them Eat Cake NYD Festival across the New Year.

Of the new single, he shares: “In the midst of late nights and countless hours. Writing ‘Cry’ took me to the end of the earth and back, only to realise that the initial idea was all it needed to be. With bright soundscapes, R&B vocals and a driving polyrhythmic synth bass all wrapped in a shuffling 4×4 outfit, this is one to “cry” in the club to!”.

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Premiere: Alison Goldfrapp announces ‘The Love Reinvention’, a dancefloor reinterpretation of her debut solo album ‘The Love Invention’

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Budding pop sensation Alison Goldfrapp’s debut LP delivered an exhilarating cocktail of synth-pop innovation with disco and house that her hypnotic vocals soar dreamily over. The Love Reinvention, set to air on December 8th, 2023 recontextualises these tracks in a space in which their dancefloor addictivity is balanced by an exploratory progressive streak. It sees two of the original album’s key contributors, Richard X and Ghost Culture (aka James Greenwood), reimagining the songs through a sonic prism of techno, electronica and deep house.

On November 10, 2023, Alison unveiled the project’s first track ‘Every Little Drop‘, a radical rework of the tender SLoFLo’ – thumping techno beats, pulsing bass and euphoric synths add a sensual, electrifying new dimension to the original, simmering with drama and decadence. 

Alison divulged: The Love Reinvention turns my solo album The Love Invention on its head, its feet are now firmly placed on the dancefloor. The first taste of the reworked album is ‘Every Little Drop’ which brings ‘SLoFLo’, into a whole new unexpected world. I’m absolutely loving this, I hope you do too.”

The Love Reinvention is now available to pre-save HERE.

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Icona Pop Drops New Dancefloor Heater ‘Fall in Love’

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Icona Pop’s latest single ‘Fall in Love’ is a track that will make you do just that. The final release from their upcoming album Club Romantech, out September 1st, shows off the duo’s more sensitive and melodic side – proving the incredibly eclectic and multi-faceted nature of this unique electronic dance pop group.

Stream / Download: Icona Pop – ‘Fall In Love’

When asked about the story behind their pulsating new summer single, the duo revealed “The track is kind of an experiment for us to play around with our poppier side; we wanted to play around with mixing up our lyrics, but approach the melody almost like you would with a sample, except it’s just us singing.”

This new release is only adding to the hype about their forthcoming sophomore studio album, Club Romantech which also includes the tracks ‘I Want You’ with Galantis and ‘You’re Free’ featuring Ultra Naté. Ten years after their worldwide hit I Love It (ft. Charlie XCX), Icona Pop is back with a versatile album, alternating between pop tunes with hard dance songs, and disguising complex emotions on uplifting electro-pop beats. 

Justin Jay and XKYLAR link up for new uptempo dancemania-esque record ‘Do You Like To Party?’

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Justin Jay and XKYLAR

Renowned party starter and boundary-pushing maestro producer and DJ Justin Jay links up with vocalist XKYLAR on their latest record.

Titled ‘Do You Like to Party?,’ this sizzling chippy house creation boasts an irresistible fusion of bass-driven beats, paired with XKYLAR’s

tantalizing vocals, luring you into an irresistible groove. The new single is out through Justin Jay’s own imprint, Fantastic Voyage – a dynamic platform that has recently played host to several of his other hit records. Throughout his career Justin Jay has embarked on a captivating musical journey, spreading his unique blend of UKG, house, and techno to global audiences.

Renowned for his enigmatic mixing approach, he seamlessly transcends genres and conventional limits, a feat that has garnered him an illustrious reputation both as a DJ and a producer. This has not gone unnoticed and more recently he has shared the stage with heavyweights such as Skream, Skrillex, and John Summit,

cementing his status as an artist who fearlessly pushes boundaries and defies expectations. His collaborator on this record, XKYLAR stands as a versatile artist whose creative pursuits center around infusing a sense of nostalgia into her artwork.

Her approach is marked by a do-it-yourself ethos, wherein she has independently mastered the crafts of production, visual artistry, design, and photography.

As a result, she has been sought after to craft visual experiences for a diverse array of musicians, including Kim Petras, Olivia O Brien, Rita Ora, Evan GIIA,

SG Lewis, and an array of other notable talents. ‘Do You Like To Party?’ embodies both artists’ carefree and fun-loving demeanor, serving as an authentic testament to hedonistic, ego-free dance music.

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Hologramme switches lanes in ‘Aphrodite’

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Hologramme, Grooverider, DJ Hype, Wilkinson

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Canadian electronic producer Hologramme has shared yet another festival-prepped single entitled ‘Aphrodite’. The track follows his other 2023 releases, ‘Candide’ and ‘32’, both of which were shared under the producer’s record label Société Holographique de Montréal.

Stream / Download: Hologramme – ‘Aphrodite’

Hologramme hasn’t stuck to a particular lane. Where his recently released single, ‘32’, falls into the Dance music category, his new offering, ‘Aphrodite’, falls in the space between Drum and Bass and Jungle. What with Hologramme spending a good part of the first half of the year performing live, most recently at Piknic Électronik in Montreal, it comes as no surprise that his music conveys the same energy one can find in the excited crowd at such festivals. 

Touching on this, the producer and live performer said: “When I write my music, I never think of a purpose for it. I just let it happen. It’s afterwards that the song finds a purpose by itself, and it’s the crowd that ultimately decides what the song is for. I got the chance to test Aphrodite in various circumstances and I wouldn’t have thought it was this much of a huge banger, but when I played it at Piknic Électronik in Montreal a few weeks ago, the crowd went crazy. The song found its purpose and it’s to make crowds go crazy.”

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ByteDance launches Ripple, a hum-powered AI song generator

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TikTok users can now look forward to a new product from the company that brought the world the highly addictive video-sharing social media platform. With a simple hum, users can generate entire songs using the new Ripple app. It is worth noting that the app is still in its beta testing phase, but for those who have access, Ripple offers a world of untapped creativity. 

Ripple is unique in that it allows musicians who don’t possess the skill to play an instrument to generate instrumentation at a moment’s notice. Then, they can use the app’s built-in editing feature to cut and shift parts into an arrangement of their choosing, much like audio workstations FL Studio and Ableton are capable of. Only, with Ripple, the process appears to be more mobile-compatible.

“Ripple is designed to inspire musical creativity and help musicians, artists and composers express themselves,” said a ByteDance representative. “We’re excited to see how creators use Ripple to tap into their creativity to soundtrack their own short-form videos.”

Is Ripple the future of digital audio workstations? Who knows. But we do know that it is only a matter of time before TikTok floods with hum-generated music, being that the new app links directly to its sister platform, enabling a seamless segway from music creation to music publication!

Exploratory Electronic Producer Unpropped RELEASES Debut EP Acausality SHARES ‘Inner’

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Unpropped, Plastikman, Aphex Twin, Autechre, and Lorn

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Boundary-pushing producer Unpropped released his debut EP, Acausality, on the 30th of June via Unpropped Music. On the EP, fans and new listeners alike will discover the adrenaline-stimulating lead single ‘Inner’. The 5-track project is comprised of new, unheard material as well as two already-released singles, ‘Virola’ and ‘Nousle’, both of which helped the rising producer garner support from tastemaker webzines CLASH Magazine, Electronic Groove, and House Music With Love, among others. Further, the EP was mastered by Stefan Betke, the founder of Scape Mastering, who has previously engineered recognised acts Apparat, Richie Hawtin, and Kangding Ray.

Unpropped shares: “This EP follows an unpublished 9-track album I had been putting together during 2021 and 2022. Nevertheless, I decided not to go on with the concept of that album and instead started to focus on the elements that made those specific tracks so captivating to me. How could I amplify those particular atmospheres which resonate much more with my own way of perceiving emotions, dreams, nature, society, and the world in general? Acausality is the earliest crystallization of that exploration process.”

Stream / Download: Unpropped – Acausality

Acausality is a work of sonic science fiction that stretches out toward the far reaches of places previously unknown. Particle-like sounds crackle and degrade across time as they drift through the spacious mix, following Unpropped as he explores the heavy orbit of experimental music.

Innovative is a term thrown around in modern music, but one that rings loud as the Unpropped concept unravels. Born Germán Sánchez, Unpropped can paint pictures for listeners, using their minds as the canvas, each curious sound mixing in a new colour. After spending considerable time improving his cultural palette in Brazil, India, and Morocco, this native Spaniard settled in Germany where he currently resides. Drawing inspiration from artists like Floating Points, Amon Tobin, and Alva Noto to name a few, he creates music that is unique to him. If one had to draw a comparison, it might be likened to early Plastikman as well as Aphex Twin, Autechre, and Lorn.

The biggest influence on his musical development was his two-year education at Longevity Music School in Strasbourg, France, where he learnt how to process his vast creativity into unsuspected patterns and mystical arrangements. Focused on creating his debut EP, the cinematic musician is also preparing a live performance, where he will present his dynamic ethos using minimal machinery and intuitive sounds, all while manoeuvring way beyond the norm to create a sense of community that, before the experience, seemed inconceivable.

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The Chainsmokers Release New Song “See You Again” With Illenium, Feat. Carlie Hanson

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Grammy Award-winning and chart-topping artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers have joined forces with ILLENIUM & Carlie Hanson on their new collaboration, “See You Again,” out today via RCA Records.  

The song arrives alongside an official video directed by That One Blond Kid, which was filmed in part when all the artists came together for a performance at Denver’s Mile High Stadium in front of 50,000 people, and also on a drive throughout the streets of Los Angeles with Carlie.

“See You Again” follows The Chainsmokers and ILLENIUM’s previous collaboration, 2019’s Platinum single “Takeaway” featuring Lennon Stella, which has over half a Billion streams to date.  

The Chainsmokers continue to play shows and festivals around the world, including the biggest show of their career at LA Historic Park in California on August 19th, and two upcoming special shows at Red Rocks in Colorado on September 2nd and 3rd.

The Weeknd shares new soundtracks from The Idol Episode 2

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As anyone tapped into the digital grapevine knows, HBO’s new drama series The Idol has been a hot topic in the press of late. With The Weeknd starring as the crazed self-help guru and cult leader Tedros and Lily-Rose Depp as the stardom-seeking lead, the show made its debut on the 4th of June. 

Last week, The Weeknd released two tracks from the first episode of the series: the theme song, ‘The Lure’, as well as ‘World Class Sinner / I’m a Freak’. The theme song was written by The Weeknd and heavyweight producer Mike Dean and the second song was sung by Lily-Rose Depp and co-written by Abel and Asa Taccone. 

Yesterday, The Weeknd released 3 new tracks from episode 2, which will feature alongside already released records like ‘Popular (with Playboi Carti & Madonna)’ and ‘Double Fantasy (with Future)’ on the official soundtrack album, The Idol, Vol. 1, which is slated for release on the 30th of June.

Disney releases The Little Mermaid Original Motion Picture soundtrack

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The Little Mermaid, Disney

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Disney has put a contemporary spin on their classic animation The Little Little Mermaid. Originally written by Hans Christian Andersen, the fairy tale has resurfaced, and this time with a twist. Now reimagined, The Little Mermaid is a musical adaptation featuring singer-songwriter Halle Bailey as Ariel, the little mermaid herself. 

The major motion picture made its debut on the 26th of May and, naturally, the official soundtrack, written by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, followed soon after – available now across digital streaming platforms. Fans can also purchase the cinematic score on vinyl at Disney Music Emporium.

Rob Marshall, the film’s director and producer, said the following: “Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda have written three thrilling new songs and one new reprise for this film, which is kind of amazing. It’s extraordinary actually.”

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