Calvin Harris Reveals a Killer List of Collaborators for ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2’, Hudson Mohawke Announces New Album, and More

From Hudson Mohawke returning to announce his forthcoming album to REZZ revealing that she will be launching a brand new label, read important news in Electronic music this week.

The chart-topping ‘One Kiss’ producer Calvin Harris reveals a staggering list of collaborators for ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2’, Alison Wonderland will transform her latest album into a graphic novel, and Skream releases his first song of this year titled ‘The Attention Deficit Track’, among other exciting significant happenings this week. Read all about it below –

Alison Wonderland’s Album ‘Loner’ to Become a Graphic Novel

Alison Wonderland, an Australian DJ, producer, and singer-songwriter will transform her latest album into a graphic novel. The announcement comes following the release of her most recent album ‘Loner’. This is the artist’s third studio album which was dropped on May 6, 2022. As per the press release, the graphic novel will be created in collaboration with Z2 Comics.

Alison Wonderland via Mixmag Asia

‘Loner’ depicts themes of ‘isolation, loss, panic, grief and prevailing’. These themes will be reflected in the graphic novel and the novel is described as ‘a multi-dimensional, metaphysical experience in prismatic color.’ 

Z2 Comics’ co-founder Sridhar Reddy has co-authored the book along with Alison, the cover art of which is crafted by Minomiyabi and Ariela Kristantina. Minomiyabi, Alex Heywood, Kelsey Ramsay, BRÄO, and Taylan Kurtulus worked on the novel’s interior art. The conception of ‘Loner’ “felt like a rebirth” to the artist. Alison produced the record during the global pandemic in 2020.

Read more about it: HERE

Calvin Harris Reveals A Killer List Of Collaborators For ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2’

The chart-topping ‘One Kiss’ producer has been cryptically teasing the follow-up to his influential Funk Wav Bounces album. The album featured star-studded collaborators and hits like ’Slide’ (feat. Frank Ocean & Migos), ‘Heatstroke’ (feat. Young Thug, Pharell Williams & Ariana Grande), and ‘Feels’ (Pharell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean). It came out five years ago. 

Harris has now announced that the highly anticipated record is slated to release in early August this year. The ‘Summer’ hitmaker has it called the “maddest album” he’s ever produced. He also finally unveiled the astonishing list of collaborators who contributed to ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2’.

The collaborators on ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’ was FIRE. Now its follow-up features downright volcanic artists! The album features vocals from Justin Timberlake, Halsey, Pharrell, Normani, Busta Rhymes, Pusha T, Chlöe, Charlie Puth, Snoop Dogg, and Migos’ Offset, among others. 21 Savage, Stefflon Don, Shenseea, Tinashe, Lil Durk, 6lack, Coi Leray, Donae’O, Latto, Swae Lee, and Jorja Smith also contribute to the project.

Check out Calvin Harris’ official announcement on his Instagram page below. You may find the full list of collaborations on his post as well as a preview of a new track from the album, due out on August 5, 2022. 

Pre-save ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2’: HERE

Skream Releases ‘The Attention Deficit Track’

Skream releases his first song of this year titled ‘The Attention Deficit Track’ with DJ and producer Jackmaster and the collaborative piece is available on CircoLoco Records. CircoLoco Records is one of the notable brands in dance music.

‘The Attention Deficit Track’ comes with the regular edit in addition to an extended Terrace Remix. The duo ‘locked themselves away’ in the studio to produce the track which will be included in the English electronic music producer Skream’s forthcoming EP. The four-tracked EP titled ‘The Attention Deficit EP’ is set to launch on July 15.

Buy or Stream ‘The Attention Deficit Track’ HERE

Read more about it: HERE

Hudson Mohawke Announces New Album 

Hudson Mohawke officially returns to announce his forthcoming album titled ‘Cry Sugar’, which drops on August 12. The announcement arrives alongside a new pair of singles in ‘Cry Sugar (Megamix)’ and ‘Bicstan’. It accompanies kingcon2k11-directed Megamix visualizer.

Watch the megamix below and stream the first single, “Bicstan.”

“According to a press release, Mohawke was influenced by “apocalyptic film scores and soundtracks” when making ‘Cry Sugar’”, states Pitchfork. The album’s artwork is made by Willehad Eilers aka Wayne Horse. It depicts Ghostbusters’ Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s.

On ‘Cry Sugar (Megamix)’ the Scottish DJ takes various parts from the full album. It offers a window into the project’s full sonic palette ahead of release.

Rezz Is Launching Her Own Record Label

Canadian DJ REZZ has revealed via Twitter that she will be helming a brand new record label. “You can already guess what kind of music I’ll be looking for,” the record producer for whom this is the next most natural step said in a follow-up tweet.

“Slow, trippy HOT ass, mid-tempo bob your head ( and maybe even shake ur ass while you’re at it ) type beat + more (i like slow dub stuff too) (stuff that makes u question existence).” The name, launch date, or demo submission instructions of her new label are unknown at the moment.

Read more about it: HERE

Pioneer Announce Game-changing Update For DJs

Industry leaders of the DJing world Pioneer have announced a game-changing update in their ‘Rekordbox’ software. This update makes the lives of DJs easier than ever.

Pioneer is a Japanese company that is now run by Noritsu Corp. It has been the industry gold standard for all things DJing for over two decades ‘Rekordbox’ is a software where a DJ adds the music they wish to play in clubs or at festivals and the track is then analyzed as per the genre. Its speed with the end result being the waveform of the track is then played around by DJs to make their sets creative.

All the software versions from 1 to 5 directed the DJ to analyze the track manually. This would then give out information like waveform, BPM (Beats Per Minute of the track), beatgrids (series of markers that point to the location of beats within the track). However, with Rekordbox 6, which came with cloud support, has gone a step further! It has added the ability to analyze tracks from its cloud.

Due to this update, the track which had to be fine-tuned manually will look into its existing analyzed track data from all rekordbox users and once that is done, it will populate the version on your local or cloud storage with all the necessary details. These include waveform, bpm, beatgrids and even vocal positions making a huge move towards Pioneer’s long-term vision of ‘crowd sourced’ metadata for DJs.

Read more about it: HERE

Kanye West Sued for Allegedly Sampling Chicago House Legend Marshall Jefferson’s Music Without Permission

Kanye West has been hit with a lawsuit. It is for the alleged copyright infringement of a sample used in the track ‘Flowers’ on his ‘Donda 2’ album.

The legal action was filed in New York on June 29. It was filed by Ultra International Music Publishing, citing its client – Chicago House music pioneer Marshall Jefferson – who, as the lawsuit states, is “often referred to as the Father of House Music”.

According to the 11-page lawsuit – West’s song ‘Flowers’ features a sample of Jefferson’s “Instantly recognizable” track, ‘Move Your Body’.

Read the lawsuit: HERE

The lawsuit claims that the Marshall Jefferson sample used in West’s ‘Flowers’ was “unauthorized.” It was “repeated at least 22 times throughout” in West’s own song.

A comment was provided to MBW wherein Jefferson explained how he feels about the alleged infringement of his work. He stated: “I’ve been sampled thousands of times. For that reason I’ve never and will never sample another artist, because I know the feelings involved.”

Added Jefferson: “Getting done by another artist, a BLACK artist, a fellow Chicagoan without acknowledgment is disappointing.”

Breaka’s India Tour to Debut in Pune

Breaka is set to perform in multiple cities in India this July as part of his India Tour which is held in collaboration with the monthly concert tour Hotbox. They are returning for its fifteenth edition. It is presented by the Mumbai-based events and bookings company Krunk.

The London-born musician, producer, and DJ will kick off his India tour in Pune. The tickets for this tour are powered by Ticket Fairy. Breaka will also perform in Guwahati, Gurugram, Goa, and Mumbai at a later date. His tour succeeds his two appearances at the ongoing Glastonbury festival and will continue until his scheduled performance at the Outlook Origins festival in Croatia at the end of July.

Read more about it: HERE
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