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3LAU Sells Record-Breaking Ultraviolet Album NFTs for $11.7 Million

3 hours 15 min ago

3LAU has broken new ground with his record-setting NFT album release.

A collection of the producer’s limited edition Ultraviolet NFTs sold online for $3,666,666, with sales for 33 unique digital items totaling $11,684,101. The collection built by Origin Protocol is the world’s first tokenized album and sets a new record in a single NFT auction.

The top bidder for the 1 of 1 platinum tier will be able to collaborate with 3LAU on a brand new single, playable on the producer’s custom player at 3LAU.com. Taking creative direction from the winner, the track will truly be one-of-a-kind. This tier also includes a physical vinyl with all 11 song NFTs.

Gold tier winners receive a custom mix, physical vinyl, and 7 randomly selected song NFTs. Silver winners receive the physical vinyl and 3 randomly selected song NFTs.

Ultraviolet initially released in 2018 and this NFT album release marks the album’s third anniversary.

See all the tiers and details on the sold out NFTs here.

3LAU Makes NFT History

???? History has been made! The auction for the world's first tokenized album has finished.

Built by @OriginProtocol & powered by #Dshop, @3LAU sold 33 unique NFTs for a total of $11,684,101.

This is a new record in a single #NFT auction. ????

https://t.co/4XmVj7VdAz pic.twitter.com/KZzlbBRj1Q

— Origin Protocol (@OriginProtocol) February 28, 2021

 

Source: CULTR | Photo via Rukes.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: 3LAU Sells Record-Breaking Ultraviolet Album NFTs for $11.7 Million

Nicky Romero Drops Uplifting New Single “Back to You” [LISTEN]

7 hours 3 min ago

2020 was a rough year, so we’re all entering 2021 with hope for the future. Nicky Romero is no different, as evidenced by his latest single “Back to You.” The Dutch producer/DJ treats listeners to a bright, bittersweet, more radio friendly tune. Despite the catchy melody, there’s still enough oomph in the drop to get the dancefloor going.

“Back to You” opens with a bright piano melody. The vocal kicks in immediately, and the lyrics are pretty prescient for the pandemic. The vocalist is missing his friends and is recalling bright and warm memories. Like all of us, every step he takes leads him back to those good times he’s missing out on. After a slight buildup we get the huge drop. The piano melody has been transformed in beautiful string synths layered over a friendly beat. If you’re missing dancing at festivals after hearing this one, that’s exactly what Nick was going for.

Here’s what he had to say about “Back to You” and his optimism for 2021:

‘Back To You’ is a message of positivity and hope. I went into the studio hopeful for what is to come and excited to be back on stage when it’s possible and safe for everyone. I hope when this song comes on over the airwaves that listeners will feel as excited as I am to return to festivals and clubs in the year ahead. I can’t wait to see all of you there! Stay safe.

Check out the latest from Nicky Romero, “Back to You” out now on Protocol.

Nicky Romero – Back To You



This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Nicky Romero Drops Uplifting New Single “Back to You” [LISTEN]

Twitter Announces Subscription-Based “Super Follows” Feature

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 16:23

Twitter just announced its new paid Super Follows feature expected to launch later this year.

This upcoming feature gives influencers and artists the opportunity to monetize content and offer their audience something extra for their support — starting at $4.99 per month. These perks could range from additional tweets to a newsletter subscription to a badge, or access to a community group, another forthcoming feature on Twitter.

Various other platforms including Facebook and YouTube have launched similar subscription-based campaigns for creators. As streamers know, Twitch is largely based on subscriptions as well. Sites like Patreon and OnlyFans also thrive within this business model.

In addition, Twitter’s newly announced Communities bring together users, similarly to Facebook Groups. Communities can be created based on interests or fan bases, adding yet another layer to the Twittersphere.

Spaces are also coming to Twitter, in which users can converse in audio-based chat rooms.

All this information was dished out during Twitter’s first virtual Analyst Day event.

 

Sources: The Verge, Forbes | Image via Twitter

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Twitter Announces Subscription-Based “Super Follows” Feature

Robin Schulz Delivers Feel-Good 4th Album Titled ‘IIII’ [LISTEN]

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 16:21

Robin Schulz delivers the feel-good energy we need in 2021 with his fourth album (and first since 2017), properly titled IIII.

A solid selection of previously released tracks appear on the album — “In Your Eyes” featuring Alida, “Speechless” featuring Erika Sirola, “All We Got” featuring Kiddo, “Alane” with Wes, “All This Love” featuring Harlœ, and “Rather Be Alone” with Nick Martin and Sam Martin. While much of the largely vocal-driven album is familiar, there’s still plenty to explore with 15 productions spanning nearly an hour.

If vibrant, uplifting house is your jam — Schulz has what you need, though he does veer off in other creative directions. Playing through the rest of the album, the producer experiments with various sounds and styles as IIII cuts range from sultry club bangers to full-on pop anthems.

Listen here!

Robin Schulz – IIII

Stream/download: robinschulz.lnk.to/IIII

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Robin Schulz Delivers Feel-Good 4th Album Titled ‘IIII’ [LISTEN]

Insomniac’s Lost In Dreams Enlists in Kaivon for First Release “Whole Life” ft. Nevve [LISTEN]

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 16:21

Kaivon sets the stage for Insomniac‘s new label Lost In Dreams with a dynamic new production, “Whole Life” featuring Nevve.

Effectively fusing elements of future bass and melodic trap, Kaivon’s soul searching new single “Whole Life” breaks new, experimental ground. Ethereal musicality and heavy drums lift the production up as dance vocalist Nevve delivers a gripping performance — and our ears are begging for an instant playback.

Kaivon shares: “My new song ‘Whole Life’ tells the story of finding the highest version of yourself that you’ve been desperately searching for your whole life.”

With this inaugural release, Lost In Dreams takes an intentional step forward. The label dedicated to future bass, melodic dubstep and vocal-driven productions is on a mission to “create a home for every type of dance music fan out there.” So far, we’re loving what we hear.

Listen to “Whole Life” and catch this new wave of melodic energy.

Kaivon – Whole Life ft. Nevve

Stream/download: https://ffm.to/whole-life

KAIVON · KAIVON – Whole Life (Feat. Nevve)

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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Insomniac’s Lost In Dreams Enlists in Kaivon for First Release “Whole Life” ft. Nevve [LISTEN]

Red Rocks Plans for 2021 Return, Announcements Coming This April

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 16:21

Red Rocks is planning for a comeback this year.

In a recent Twitter update, the legendary venue shares they are working closely with city and state health officials, and will be submitting variance requests for outdoor spaces by the end of this month. This could mean the return of live shows this Spring/Summer at limited capacity.

Spokesman Brian Kitts reveals to CBS Denver:

You know you’ll still be able to see a show and you’ll be in the venue, but it’s not going to feel that same way as it has in the past.

Meaning, fans will have to be spaced out and wearing masks — not the shoulder-to-shoulder general admission crowd Red Rocks has embraced in the past.

Red Rocks’ tone in the thread below is more optimistic:

…while it won’t be a completely ‘normal’ summer, our community is getting back to the business of fun. It’s up to all of us to help in the goal of opening our venues, so mask up!

Red Rocks says they’ll have more details and “exciting announcements” come April. Currently, Galantis and 3LAU are the first acts on the books for April 23rd. Alison Wonderland, Zeds Dead, Rezz, Louis the Child and more all have reserved dates in 2021.

See the full events calendar here.

In April, we’ll help highlight some exciting announcements about concert and entertainment schedules across the city, including the 80th anniversary of Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

— Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre (@RedRocksCO) February 18, 2021

We’re excited to see COVID numbers improve and are hopeful that, while it won’t be a completely “normal” summer, our community is getting back to the business of fun. It’s up to all of us to help in the goal of opening our venues, so mask up ????!

— Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre (@RedRocksCO) February 18, 2021

 

Source: CBS Denver | Photo via Rukes.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Red Rocks Plans for 2021 Return, Announcements Coming This April

Niiko x SWAE Drop Incredibly Fun New Track, “I Ain’t Going Home” with April Bender

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 15:20

Sometimes, all you need for the weekend is the right track to get you in the perfect mood, and “I Ain’t Going Home” from Niiko x SWAE is exactly that track for this week.

Unbelievably fun, incredibly upbeat, instantly catchy and memorable, “I Ain’t Going Home” feels like an effortless pop smash that blends high energy synths and rhythm with April Bender’s perfectly matched vocals. Beyond the production, the song is an anthem to everyone who’s tired of playing games and wants something more significant in their lives.

“‘I Ain’t Going Home’ tells the story of a strong and independent person who doesn’t need any more games in his/her life”, Niiko x SWAE explain. “This is a song about realization: realizing that you are so much better than the person who has been pursuing you or trying to mess with your heart. Every first love or relationship comes with drama, and this song is about overcoming the bullshit to the point where you can make your own decisions.”

The duo continues, “We had been wanting to work with April since we heard her song ‘Sunrise’ with ARTY. At the very end of 2019, before quarantine, we reached out to some of our favorite singer-songwriters and were overwhelmed when April sent us the topline for ‘I Ain’t Going Home’. Both the vocal performance and the songwriting were so strong that producing the rest of the track was a walk in the park. When we finished up the production, we knew we had an anthem on our hands. We’ve had a ton of fun ending our livestreams and pre-COVID sets with this feel-good banger!”

Check it out below!

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Niiko x SWAE Drop Incredibly Fun New Track, “I Ain’t Going Home” with April Bender

Foo Fighters, Deadmau5, & More Booked For Rock-N-Relief Charity Live Stream

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 14:41

With communities and industries still struggling to cope with the immense economic impact of COVID-19, charity live streams, even in 2021, are still going on. The latest announced is Rock-N-Relief, curated by singer/songwriter Linda Perry, lead singer and primary songwriter of 4 Non Blondes. The live stream will benefit the CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) organization.

The lineup is mostly rock, with names like Foo Fighters, Perry Farrell, Silversun Pickups, and more. However, the token EDM act on the lineup is deadmau5, which serves to highlight his apparent crossover potential and massive stardom even outside of electronic music.

Other participating acts of note include Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Tracy Bonham, Carly Simon, James Blunt, Ziggy Marley, K. Flay, Dawes, Gary Barlow, Shaed, Ozomatli, Miguel, Macy Gray, Aloe Blacc and Perry herself, who will also co-host alongside KROQ and SiriusXM’s Kat Corbett.

“Our critical mission within this moment of the pandemic is to provide equitable relief services to our local community, and we rely on donations to continue our efforts,” said CORE’s co-founder and CEO Ann Lee. “We are thrilled that Linda Perry has curated such an amazing group of artists to support our cause and bring comfort and joy to people in this time of hardship.”

No official date has been announced yet for the event, but it’s expected to take place over two days and will be streamed on Amazon Music’s Twitch account.

 

Photo via Rukes.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Foo Fighters, Deadmau5, & More Booked For Rock-N-Relief Charity Live Stream

Dillon Francis’s & Chromeo’s Elvis Presley Remixes Are Finally Available On Spotify

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 12:49

At the beginning of this year, workout app Peloton debuted new remixes of Elvis Presley from Dillon Francis, Chromeo, and Big Boi. Now, those remixes are finally available on Spotify on the Elvis Presley: Greatest Hits album.

Dillon Francis takes on the classic “Do the Vega” and turns it into a short, bright and poppy house number. The little flashes of Elvis’s voice in between the new-age synths don’t sound out of place at all and give the track a timeless feel. As for Chromeo, they took up “Clean Up Your Own Backyard” and infused their own brand of funk and groove.

Check out all the remixes below along with a bunch of classic Presley tracks!



 

Photo via Rukes.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Dillon Francis’s & Chromeo’s Elvis Presley Remixes Are Finally Available On Spotify

Farrah & SENZA Join Forces On Experimental Trap Collab “TEMPLE” [LISTEN]

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 18:37

Farrah and SENZA join forces on a collaborative new effort and mood, TEMPLE.

This trap-infused slapper starts off with a single sound, an intriguing tone that leads into the track’s rhythm and flow. The atmosphere only builds from there, as Farrah and SENZA add in layers of lush synths and gritty bass. Ultimately, the track drops into a buzzing, bouncy arrangement that never loses our interest — then pulls back, builds, and drops again — this time with alluring vocal chops to compliment the production.

Farrah is positioned as one of our Top 40 Artists to Watch for 2021 and “TEMPLE” marks the producer’s third release this year, following up “Clairvoyance” and “Boiling.” Meanwhile, SENZA is carving a path of her own with heavy-hitting mixes and originals, most recently “Full Moon.”

From the sounds of it, Farrah and SENZA are thriving a little more with every release.

Listen to “TEMPLE” and link up with both artists below!

Farrah x SENZA – TEMPLE

Farrah · Farrah X SENZA – TEMPLE [Electric Hawk Premiere]

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Connect with SENZA

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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Farrah & SENZA Join Forces On Experimental Trap Collab “TEMPLE” [LISTEN]

Porter Robinson Reveals Final ‘Nurture’ Single Release & Possible New Anime MV

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 15:17

Nurture, the sophomore album from Porter Robinson, is finally due for release on April 23, but not before one final single hits streaming services. Porter has revealed that “Musician” is out next Wednesday, March 3.

The prolific artist shared a teaser today on socials with a small snippet of the song, but we’re more interested in the original animation accompanying it. Could this be another anime music video a la “Shelter” five years ago? (Also holy shit, “Shelter” was really released 5 years ago, huh?)

The good news is, we won’t have to wait that long to find out, “Musician” drops in just 5 days.

Check out the teaser below!

"but sincerely: can't you feel what i'm feeling?"

Musician: the final Nurture single.

out March 03. pre-save here: https://t.co/KgF3g6TOIm pic.twitter.com/kMbVujoj51

— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) February 26, 2021

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Porter Robinson Reveals Final ‘Nurture’ Single Release & Possible New Anime MV

Will Carnage’s New Track Change House Music Forever? No.

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 13:01

Earlier this week, Carnage tweeted about his forthcoming house track, “KTM,” out today on Ultra Records, claiming it was going to “change house music forever.” Possessing the same energy as KSHMR calling his album “maybe even one of the best electronic albums of all time,” EDM Twitter’s immediate response was skepticism.

every label wanted to sign it… but no one knew it was me…. im not gonna put peoples name out there… BUT EVERY… fucking label… wanted this song…. this song is about to change house music forever…..

— CARNAGE (@djcarnage) February 21, 2021

Carnage has been known to release a variety of music other than the festival trap that he initially became known for, digging into psytrance, hardstyle, and more, so pivoting to house wasn’t as much of a shock as one might expect. However, it was the sheer bravado and ego in his tweet that likely rubbed people the wrong way.

Two days ago, I received the promo for the song in my inbox, and immediately went, “Oh, it’s THIS song.” Turns out, I’d heard it back in May 2019 when a friend of mine showed it to me and just completely forgotten about it. When I heard it again, it brought back all the memories of heavily criticizing the track almost two years ago, but I wanted to go in with a fresh mind — maybe it had been changed or updated, or maybe my tastes had changed.

They hadn’t.

“KTM” is a very basic house song that ad nauseam repeats “Ketamine, cocaine, amphetamines” and is expected to be “the next Losing It” according to at least one person on Twitter. The beat is standard, the synths are standard, the lyrics are just controversial enough to avoid the “promoting drug culture” critique while still repetitively referencing them.

In a quote provided by his publicist, Carnage says, “There is no question that ‘KTM’ is the one track that defines exactly who I am as an artist in this exact moment in time. This song came together after years of self discovery through music and being open minded to new ways of life and inspirations. This is the beginning of the new me.”

The song launches his new house project, Gordo, so named after one of the nicknames he and has fans have adopted for him, Papi Gordo.

So, to answer the question, will Carnage’s new song “change house music forever”? No, absolutely not. To be clear, it’s not a terrible song but it is by no means the revelation that he claimed it would be. If nothing else, Carnage is pretty damn good at marketing his own music, and at the very least, he got everyone talking about it.

 

Photo (c) Bryan Perez

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Will Carnage’s New Track Change House Music Forever? No.

Alesso & Armin van Buuren Drop First-Ever Collab “Leave A Little Love” [LISTEN]

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 12:37

The stars have finally aligned as Alesso and Armin van Buuren unleash their much-anticipated collaboration together, “Leave A Little Love.”

With expectations set high, the producers join forces for a ripe summer anthem. Heartfelt vocals and sweet, uplifting chords open up the track before finding a danceable groove and deep bassline. Every sound translates into tonal emotion, as the catchy sing-along engraves its love-stricken lyrics in our minds.

MORE: Armin van Buuren Drops ‘A State of Trance 1000 Celebration Mix’ [LISTEN]

The superstar producers began teasing this collab on Valentine’s Day, leaving enough time to build the hype and gain support. It’s no wonder “Leave A Little Love” is already well received on the day of its release.

Alesso and Armin could have taken their first collaboration together in pretty much any direction and we would be here for it. Listen below and let us know how it hits you.

Out now via Armada Music.

Alesso & Armin van Buuren – Leave A Little Love

Stream/download: http://AlessoAvB.lnk.to/LALLTO 

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Alesso & Armin van Buuren Drop First-Ever Collab “Leave A Little Love” [LISTEN]

DJ Snake Tests Positive For COVID

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 12:35

All this week, we’ve been getting good news from DJ Snake as he’s teased his next single, “Selfish Love” with Selena Gomez, out next Friday. Unfortunately, that’s been followed up with news that DJ Snake has tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID cases in France have generally plateaued since the beginning of the year, averaging around 20,000 cases per 7-day period since January 13. According to VOA News, “The French government Wednesday said the COVID-19 situation is deteriorating in about 10 French regions, including the Paris-Ile-de-France area around the capital, and said it is considering additional restrictions to address the situation.”

Though, they’re reportedly doing all they can to avoid another lockdown.

We wish DJ Snake all the best and hope for a swift recovery!

Positif au Covid ????

— DJ SNAKE (@djsnake) February 26, 2021

 

Photo via Rukes.com

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: DJ Snake Tests Positive For COVID

No Pants Party Drops Sizzling New Single, “Techtronic” [Low Ceiling]

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 19:58

LA based duo No Pants Party never fails to impress us with the amount of energy they bring into each release. Their latest single, “Techtronic“, is out now via Don’t Blink’s Low Ceiling imprint and is no exception to the greatness we’ve come to expect.

Techtonic” is a high energy tech house heater driven by a powerful bassline and captivating vocals. Inspired by the intense geological activity of Southern California, the duo wrote the lyrics while admiring the scenery on a road trip to the mountains.

Life long friends, Jamie and Kiraleigh, have been tearing up the LA party scene for years. Whether it’s a tiny sweatbox of a club on the wrong side of town or at Coachella with the sun beating down, these girls can bring the party.

With their DJ talents firmly recognized, the Seattle raised duo now have their sights set on their original productions. They have made huge strides in the last year, with a release on legendary house label Toolroom and with several Beatport-charting tracks and remixes on artist-backed labels like WyldCard, Hood Politics, and now, Low Ceiling.

Check out “Techtronic” below!

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: No Pants Party Drops Sizzling New Single, “Techtronic” [Low Ceiling]

Wolfpack, Angemi & Flaremode Team Up For Electrifying Single, “Superstar” [Smash Deep]

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 19:48

Top100DJs (#49) mainstay duo Wolfpack saddle up with their fellow Smash The House brother Angemi and the Italian prodigy Flaremode to drop a gargantuan single, “Superstar”!

The collective of artists has used recent studio time to come together on a cover of an early 2000’s R&B hit by Jamelia, “Superstar”. An international hit on its initial release, this latest version is seeking for more electronic fueled support thanks to the trademark 4/4 big room that both Wolfpack and Angemi have carefully crafted in recent years, coupled with flourishes of Flaremode’s unique production input.

While Wolfpack continues to hit highs like winning DJ awards and climbing up Beatport charts, the duo also keeps busy in the studio thanks to collaborations with everyone from Timmy Trumpet to Futuristic Polar Bears, and Bassjackers to Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.

Angemi is also a familiar face on Smash The House who continues to release big hitting singles that include “Collab Bro“, “Garden Of Madness“, and “High Off Love“.

All together, these three artist make an incredible team and have a huge hit on their hands with their new single, “Superstar”! Stream it below.

 

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Wolfpack, Angemi & Flaremode Team Up For Electrifying Single, “Superstar” [Smash Deep]

Luke Alexander & Simon Blaze Touch Up The Classic “Try Again” In Perfect Fashion [What You Need]

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 19:39

Originally made famous by the late, great, Aalyiah, Try Again” was included on her 2000 album Romeo Must Die. Bringing a newfound energy to the classic 2000s anthem, Luke Alexander, along with Simon Blaze, deliver a stunning interpretation with a fresh touch.

Hailing from NYC, Luke Alexander has been leaving his mark on the club scene for years. Performing shows across the country, from New York to Miami, Luke has been behind the decks at prominent spots like Big Apple hotspots Marquee New York, Schimanski, Webster Hall, and Pacha, as well as South Beach staples Story, Rockwell, Mokai, and Heart — just to name a few. Luke has also already received support and praise from some of dance music’s biggest names, including Zedd, Kaskade, deadmau5, and Afrojack, among others.

Together with Simon Blaze, the two make a great team and have struck gold with their amazing rendition of “Try Again”.

“When I think of some of the songs on my personal soundtrack growing up, ‘Try Again’ was definitely high on that list. I’m beyond thrilled to rework such a legendary track with someone as talented as Simon Blaze. I’m stoked with the result and happy to finally be able to share it with you all!” — Luke Alexander

Stream “Try Again” by Luke Alexander and Simon Blaze below!

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Luke Alexander & Simon Blaze Touch Up The Classic “Try Again” In Perfect Fashion [What You Need]

Tourists With “Vaccine Passport” May Be Able to Visit Ibiza This Summer

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 19:39

Tourists may be able to travel to Ibiza this summer with a vaccine passport.

Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto revealed on Monday the government’s plans to issue these certificates as part of its safe travel initiative. Vaccine passports have already been approved for use in the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands for when tourism returns.

“We already have safety protocols in place,” Maroto explained, “but we want to take another step to help restart travel as soon as the coronavirus situation allows for it.”

Maroto said the government is working closely with the EU and OECD to “adopt common protocols that give travelers the confidence that they can travel safely.”

The Balearic government recently announced reopening plans for bars and restaurants. Businesses across the islands will have the opportunity welcome guests into open terraces and outdoor spaces next Month. If all goes well, indoor spaces will reopen mid-March.

Earlier this year, Maroto said Spain hopes to bring back tourism this Spring.

 

H/T: DJ Mag | Source: heLocal.es

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Tourists With “Vaccine Passport” May Be Able to Visit Ibiza This Summer

Hip Hop Watch: J’Moris Keeps Running the Trap With Two New Singles

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 18:44

If J’Moris has anything to say about it, trap hop will not be a fading fad, even as artists like Lil Uzi Vert and Migos become more commercial and search for bigger forehead diamonds. The Texas-based rapper continues his quest to tell stories through trap and show its true potential with two new singles, “Blac Love” and “Ball,” released last week on his new Black Diamond Music Group label.

True to form, in these new singles there’s a balance of sincerity and depth and sort ironic cheekiness to the lyrics and vibe. “Ball” is the obvious club-style track, with a funky trap beat and looped samples that make it danceable and chill at the same time. J’Moris’s vocals are as smooth as ever and purposefully articulate as he refuses to follow the mumble rap model despite being in the south and making trap.

The lyrics of “Ball” discuss the trappings of fame and the ambivalence around money. “Used to want a lot; had enough cars for a lot; now it’s more bottles, more money, less struggles, less troubles more blessings…” J’Moris dosen’t necessarily agree with the Biggie model of “more money more problems,” but he seems to be saying the priorities have shifted. A thinker couched in a banger; that seems to be turning into J’Moris’s MO.

“Blac Love” is the real think piece of this dual single according to J’Moris. A sensual ode of Black women and their power, strength and connection, “Blac Love” is smooth and loving yet vibrant and tells a story of hurt and healing. The lyrics are extremely personal and while once again it seems J’Moris is telling a story of his own experience and possibly a lost love, the universal theme of human connection, healing and feeling safe in a strong love’s arms resonates through the track. “Love it not a game, but I still need you hear coaching me; show me how to love, show me how to open up.” With a heart full of pain, this track begs Black women not to turn away from their men in the most raw, real way possible.

J’Moris’s work is always solid and “Ball” is once again proof of that but with “Blac Love,” the rapper has opened up his vault once again and dug deep to come up with something profound and real for his community. A love song to all Black women, “Black Love” seems to be set on healing, helping and expressing in a way that really hasn’t been seen before in hip hop. Even more surprising in a trap format, J’Moris once again shows that there’s more to the medium than parties and bling.

“Ball” and “Blac Love” are out now and can be streamed on Spotify.

 

 

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Hip Hop Watch: J’Moris Keeps Running the Trap With Two New Singles

New Artist Profile: J.L.G Brings a New Kind of Synth Pop With Timeless Sound

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 17:56

In the wake of Daft Punk‘s split announcement this week, the electronic, indie and pop music markets will be looking for artists who have the diversity and consistent quality production to fill the massive void left by the French legends. It’s early days still as he’s only released three singles and an EP thus far but Miami-based artist J.L.G already seems to have those qualities in said tracks. Combining funk, jazz, vintage synth sounds, danceability and an indefinable emotive quality. It looks promising.

Jordan Luigi Guadalupe established his new project in 2019 with a stunning, synthy house-tinged EP called Vendetta with fellow Miami artists Nuri and Nick León. With serious Chromeo vibes but a touch of ennui, fans will be able to easily see that J.L.G’s production quality was on point from the jump. There was a strong gear shift with his next two singles, “Cross Country (Blackthorn)” and “Woolies,” however. The latter channeled major “Heroes”-era Bowie vibes in the guitar and arrangement. Also very dream pop in nature, “Cross Country” conjures up feelings of mid-90s road trips and the innocent rebelliousness of youth like like few have in the post-modern era, save M83 and Tame Impala.

“Woolies” is even dreamier dream pop that borders on experimental electronica with its barely traceable beat and celestial synth work, so with these two singles and Vendetta under his belt, it was anyone’s guess what the next release from J.L.G would be.  Enter “Lion Lady,” released just last week on J.LG’s bespoke E. Major Music label. “Lion Lady, produced along with Krunkadelic and Juan Felaco, seemingly combines the jazz and 80s R&B vibes of Vendetta and the dream pop base of “Cross Country” and “Woolies” into one cool, synthy, achingly nostalgic work.

Musically when it comes to “Lion Lady and J.L.G in general, there’s a great balance between modern and vintage, instrumental and digital but more important is the story each track tells and the feelings it incites. This is what makes music timeless, personal and resonant. Will this artist be part of the next wave of classic electronica? It’s too soon to tell but with the quality and vision in what’s been released so far, J.L.G is definitely in with a shot.

“Lion Lady” is out now and can be streamed with the rest of J.L.G’s work on Spotify and a number of other platforms. There will also be a corresponding film released shortly on his YouTube channel.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: New Artist Profile: J.L.G Brings a New Kind of Synth Pop With Timeless Sound

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