From NERVO raising awareness about child trafficking with a new single to i_o’s label releasing a posthumous album titled ‘Warehouse Summer’, here’s this week in electronic music!
Eric Prydz Hints HOLO 2023 Tour
Eric Prydz teased the announcement of his acclaimed audiovisual masterpiece tour, HOLO. In a cryptic social media post, the Swedish DJ hinted at the upcoming series of tours in 2023, kicking off at Ultra Music Festival.
Ultra Music Festival announced their lineup for 2023 back in September, which included top DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, REZZ, and Martin Garrix, as well as Eric Prydz with an exclusive HOLO set. Billed as ‘the world’s premier electronic music festival,’ Ultra Music Festival is scheduled for March 24-26, 2023, in Miami.
No additional details about HOLO 2023 have been revealed yet. Widely known for its magnificent visuals and equally adjacent audio to compliment the entire set, HOLO’s return was received with much enthusiasm.
The Glitch Mob Releases New Album, ‘Ctrl Alt Reality’
The Glitch Mob have shared their fourth studio LP titled ‘Ctrl Alt Reality’ on November 18, 2022, after months of anticipation. The 10-track album retraces the roots of drum & bass and breaks, spawning hits such as ‘E-motion,’ ‘The Moment,’ ‘All The People,’ and more.
Prior to the release, the LA-based trio alluded to the sonic direction of the album in multiple posts. “This next chapter in our artistry is intended to get back to the music, the movement, the dance, the connection of body & sound. We are here to provide an audio experience you feel deep in your soul,” wrote The Glitch Mob, in a tweet anticipating their album.
‘Ctrl Alt Reality’ follows The Glitch Mob’s previous hit records such as ‘Revisions’ (2021), ‘Chemicals – EP’ (2020), and ‘See Without Eyes’ (2018).
NERVO’s New Single Raises Awareness About Child Trafficking
Australian DJ duo NERVO teamed up with children’s charity organization Hopeland on their latest single, ‘Is Someone Looking For Me.’ The song aims to shed light on the issue of ‘child vulnerability, child labor and trafficking’ and is now out on Spinnin’ Records.
Comprising of twins Mim and Liv Nervo, the duo initially played the track during their Tomorrowland performance on July 30. The poignant song features Ace Paloma and Liv’s three-year-old daughter, whose vocals are layered within the song, saying, “Together, we can help! Spread the word.”
“This would have to be one of the most meaningful projects that we have been a part of. Not only because the song features Liv’s 2 year old on vocals, but also because we have learned so much through working with these charities (Hopeland & ILO) about the horrors that vulnerable children face,” read a press release from NERVO. “Child labour and child trafficking is such a mammoth problem that needs more visibility. We wanted the lyrics to be thought provoking, and whilst it’s not the normal ‘dance tune lyric’ we hope the message gets through to a few electronic music lovers. This is the first step of many more to come! We hope people will join us in the conversation!”
Honey Dijon Shares Sophomore LP, ‘Black Girl Magic’
Chicago-born Honey Dijon’s sophomore album is out now! Titled ‘Black Girl Magic,’ the 15-track LP, featuring Pabllo Vittar, Channel Tres, Josh Caffe, and Nikki-O, among others, has been released on Defected’s Classic Music Company.
“This album is dedicated to love… Love of music, community, but most of all, the love of self,” Honey said in a press release before the album’s launch. “Love of music, community, but most of all the love of self. Being true to who you are in spite of everything else and having the courage to love fearlessly.”
Full of ‘attitude, energy, heart and community,’ the LP peaked as the No. 1 dance album on iTunes within a day of its release. It comes mere days after Honey was honored with The Queer Visionary Award, a lifetime achievement award for her contribution to the LGBTQ+ community.
Saraab, a New Electronic Music Festival in Egypt, Announces Lineup for Debut Edition
A new two-day electronic music festival will grace Egypt on December 1 and 2, 2022. Saraab, organized by byGans Extraordinaire and Astral Element, will take place in Egypt’s Red Sea Mountains of Il Monte Galala. Now, its first-ever lineup has been revealed!
Maher Daniel, Polo & Pan, Maceo Plex, Éclair Fifi, Terr, Lamache, Mano Le Tough, Bas Tabellini, Gerd Janson, D’Julz, Salomé Le Chat, and William Djoko, among others, will perform at Saraab on The Market, The Orbit, and The Portal stages. The festival will open its gates to 3000 attendees in less than a week’s time.
“When we come together, at the right time for the right reason, anything is achievable. Sound becomes language. Strangers become friends. Time, a mere illusion. Some say it’s all an illusion, we prefer to call it Saraab,” the team said while announcing the festival in October.
i_o’s Label Releases Posthumous Album, ‘Warehouse Summer,’ With Lights
Armada Music has shared the late DJ and record producer i_o’s first posthumous album, ‘Warehouse Summer.’ The record is in collaboration with alt-pop musician Lights, who has previously worked with i_o on ‘AM 444’ prior to his untimely death.
“‘Warehouse Summer’ is a 14 song album I made with i_o in 2020. It is one thing that will always remain a triumph, a bittersweet opus from that year,” Lights said in a tweet after the album’s release. “I hope you feel every bit of this when you listen to Warehouse Summer. It’s intense and gentle, like he was. I lost a dear friend and musical partner, I miss him very much. 444ever. I would say he was so fucking inspiring but he would hate that.”
i_o’s estate also issued an accompanying statement, stating, “We’d like to thank all who have patiently and lovingly stood by waiting for us, G’s family, to say yes to releasing these last tracks. Thank you to the i_o management for bringing together all the teams necessary to release these last tracks of music produced by Garrett (i_o) & Lights.”
Garrett Falls Lockhart, known popularly as i_o, passed away in 2020 due to a sudden and fatal arrhythmia related to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.