From GRiZ dropping ‘Chasing the Golden Hour 4’ LP to Steve Aoki and 3LAU investing in a blockchain music production startup, here’s last week in electronic music.
Malaa Unveils Tracklist for Debut Album ‘Don Malaa’ Out on September 30
Malaa is all set to release his debut album ‘Don Malaa’ on September 2022. The French DJ, who has had outstanding releases like ‘Notorious’ and ‘How it is’, has recruited ‘Let Me Love You’ and ‘Taki Taki’ hitmaker DJ Snake and American rappers Ghostface Killah and Jadakiss to feature on the album.
The fourteen-track album also includes collaborations with rapper Fivio Foreign, French DJ Tchami, and Canadian DJ A-Trak. Yung Felix features on track 4 titled ‘Deep’ alongside DJ Snake, while Tony Romera will display his skills on the ninth track ‘The Game Is Dead’. Malaa’s latest release is an official 2022 remix of Linkin Park’s 2000 hit song ‘In The End’. The electronic music producer also dropped a single titled “Hypnotic”, which is track 3 on the album, in August this year.
Find the tracklist of Malaa’s upcoming album below –
2. ‘Outcast’ feat. Fivio Foreign
4. ‘Deep’ feat. DJ Snake & Yung Felix
5. ‘How It Is’
6. ‘Toxic Dream’
7. ‘Discipline’ feat. TCHAMI
9. ‘The Game Is Dead’ feat. Tony Romera
11. ‘No Panic’ feat. Jadakiss
13. ‘True Friends’
14. ‘Die Hard’ feat. Ghostface Killah & A-Trak
Paul van Dyk Releases ‘Hawkins Square’ With Alex M.O.R.P.H.
Legendary trance music producer and globally known DJ, Paul van Dyk, released ‘Hawkins Square’ on September 23 with Alex M.O.R.P.H on Vandit Records. Paul’s new single ‘Hawkins Square’ comes following the release of ‘Rhapsody’, which was dropped last month with Berlin-based DJ/ producer Chris Bekker and Jan Dzialek.
‘Hawkins Square’ pays homage to Duffer Brothers’ hit series ‘Stranger Things’ on Netflix. According to the press release, Paul says: “The inspiration is the thought of the clashing worlds, the two sides of a coin that essentially mean the same one thing.”
The timing of the release of ‘Hawkins Square’ couldn’t be better as the dance music star is currently on the Off The Record world tour. Fans in the US can expect “an early preview of his upcoming studio album”, giving the listeners an exhilarating peek into the “future of dance music” from one of the leading DJs, Paul van Dyk.
‘All Crews’ to Get Third Update With an Accompanying Audiobook
The All Crews jungle drum and bass book, which was first published in 1999, is getting a third update with a forthcoming edition set to be released next year. For the first time ever, this book will be accompanied by an audiobook, and its author, Brian Belle-Fortune, intends to soundtrack it.
“It’s been over fifteen years since the last edition of All Crews, and since then Jungle Drum and Bass has truly gone global,” author Belle-Fortune said. “Since the scene has survived the rise of streaming, mass venue closures and pandemics, we decided the book deserved an update,” he added.
Publisher Velocity Press and the book’s author are running a competition to find “authentic” jungle drum and bass music to soundtrack the audiobook. They wish to include music from all across the genre, but the tracks should be unreleased. They should have minimal vocals. These tracks should be from producers who have not been signed to a record label yet.
“We want the updated edition of All Crews to be accessible to as many heads as possible, so we’re also recording it as an audiobook,” Belle-Fortune said. “It only seems right to soundtrack the audiobook with the ruffest Jungle Drum and Bass tunes we can get our hands on, and give up-and-coming producers the chance to hear their tracks in the audiobook.”
To enter the competition, you can email [email protected] before October 1, 2022.
Steve Aoki and 3LAU Invest In Blockchain Music Production Startup Arpeggi Labs
Steve Aoki, American DJ 3LAU, and Haitian artist Wyclef Jean, among others, have invested in a Web3 startup company Arpeggi Labs that “claims to be building Web3’s home for music creation and publishing,” as per Music Business Worldwide. These artists will also be involved in the company as advisors. They have “raised $5.1 Million seed round led by a16z crypto,” Arpeggi Labs revealed in a blog post.
The music production startup company claims that it revolutionizes the way we make music. They say it does this by “ensuring attribution to the proper source when a sound is used.” Arpeggi was co-founded by brothers Kyle and Evan Dhillon, along with James Pastan. This company will let people make music and sell it on the blockchain. Creators will also be able to collaborate with other musicians on it.
SLANDER’s Debut Album is Out Now
SLANDER’s debut album ‘Thrive’ featuring Kiiara and Ashley Drake is out now. Its opening track is ‘Kill Me With Silence’ with Medyk, while the closing track ‘Watch Over’ features American singer-songwriter, JT Roach.
SLANDER, the DJ duo consisting of Scott Land and Derek Anderson, dropped an EP titled ‘Before Dawn’ last month comprising of three tracks – ‘Before Dawn’, ‘Replay (with Dylan Matthew’), and ‘Halfway Down (with Ashley Drake)’ which are also on their new album. The last two tracks were first rolled out in August and July, respectively.
‘Thrive’ also includes their 2019 single ‘Love is Gone’ (with Dylan Matthew) which has surpassed 86 million streams on Spotify. SLANDER is currently on ‘The Thrive Tour’ which had its first show in Phoenix on September 9. The tour concludes in Boston on November 26.
Foreign Concept and Phase Join Forces for EP ‘Heart & Soul’
Bristol-based Foreign Concept and Belgium’s Phase joined forces for a four-track EP titled ‘Heart & Soul’ out on Critical Music, a London-based DnB label founded by Kasra Mowlavi in 2002. Magugu opens the EP with his powerful vocals on ‘Shut It Up’. Next up is the title track ‘Heart & Soul’, followed by track 3 ‘Witch Groove’. The DnB talents end the EP with ‘Tuff Times’. Earthier this month, ‘Shut It Up’ was released as a single.
Foreign Concept’s ‘Vibe’ (with Slay and Roxiie Reese) and ‘Snaresbrook’ came in May, while he dropped his solo release ‘China Plate’ in April. Phase had a big year too as he dropped his thirteen-track debut album ‘Shore To Shore’ featuring LaMeduza and Tyler Daley in April, but before that came three singles, which he started rolling out in February.
Read more about it HERE
Andy C Announces His Biggest Ever Headline Show
Drum and Bass pioneer and co-founder of record label RAM Records, Andy C, announced his biggest ever show at the O2 Arena in London. It will take place on April 7, 2023, making it his biggest indoor drum and bass show.
“Throughout my career, I’ve had the honor to play in places & venues beyond my imagination. I’ve had the chance to share the love and vibes that only drum and bass can bring with so many of you,” he wrote on Instagram. “I can’t believe we have reached a venue as iconic as The O2 Arena London… absolutely insane!”
With his 5-hour set next year, he will become the first drum and bass artist to headline The O2. “Thank you for coming on this journey with me… we’re taking it to another level,” he added. “I’ll see you there 🙌”.
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GRiZ Shares New Album ‘Chasing the Golden Hour 4’
Following months of anticipation, multi-instrumentalist and producer GRiZ has finally released ‘Chasing The Golden Hour 4’, his fourth installment of the ‘Chasing The Golden Hour’ compilations.
GRiZ kicked off the era with singles ‘Your Light’ and ‘On a High’, which defined the sound of his album way before its release. ‘Chasing The Golden Hour 4’ continues his exploration of minimal and melodic tones that were also showcased in his previous installments. The nine-tracked LP features hip-hop collaborator ProbCause and vocalist Chrishira Perrier on ‘Airplane Mode’.
Apart from the album release, 2022 saw GRiZ collaborate with LSDREAM on ‘Funkonaut’, CloZee on ‘Color Of Your Soul’, TVBOO on ‘Bass Music’, and featured on Big Gigantic’s album ‘Brighter Future 2’. The Detroit-based artist is set to go on tour in support of ‘Chasing The Golden Hour 4′ from October 2022.
Read more about it HERE