July 23rd, 2021 and the Hottest Music of The Week
We’re back with our July 23rd, 2021 tracks of the week! Get ready for some amazing stuff here, guys. I was blown away by some of this music! We’ll see you next week at The Festival Voice!
All Day I Dream
Lost Desert & Friends II
Lost Desert returns to his All Day I Dream homebase with ‘Lost Desert & Friends II,’ an EP that focuses on the beauty of teamwork and creative chemistry. The artist once again pairs with a variety of deep house champions—including another fresh tune with Lee Burridge, in addition to a vocal piece with “Lingaya” singer Junior, Hermanez, Amand, and Reigan from Double Touch.
Serhat Durmus-Arres ft. Melanie Fontana (John Dahlbäck remix)
Turkish producer Serhart Durmus has established himself as a trailblazing producer in the bass scene, winning over fans with his genre-pushing approach to production and racking up millions of streams in the process. Having just dropped his debut album, Arres, the buzzing producer has tapped John Dahlbäck to remix the LP’s title track – Arres feat. Melanie Fontana – and the remix certainly does not disappoint.
Above & Beyond- Love Is Not Enough (A.M.R and Newman (I Love) Remixes)
Released July 22, A.M.R and Newman (I Love) deliver the eighth and ninth singles from ‘The Deep Mixes’ compilation.
Lakou Mizik & Joseph Ray- ‘Lamizè Pa Dous’ (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
Schwarz now makes his debut on Anjunadeep with this remix of Lakou Mizik & Joseph Ray’s ‘Lamizè Pa Dous’, taken from their upcoming album ‘Leave the Bones’. Schwarz builds on the original melancholic tones via a jazzy chord progression and a dissonant hard-hitting hook. Melancholic and evocative, ‘Lamizè Pa Dous’ focuses on one woman’s search for support and meaning. Singing the words “misery is not sweet”, she is pleading with her friends, her community, and the angels to help her get to a better place. Beautiful yet brutally sad, the eventual lyrics “Bondyè rele’m m prale” signal that it is too much and she has given up – “God is calling me and I’m going to go.” The remix is the second of the Leave the Bones album campaign, which lands on August 6th.
Leaving Laurel- Winter in the Woods
For Pierce and Gordon of Leaving Laurel, their music is a story of an old friendship that over many years, almost accidentally, blossomed into a musical collaboration. Friends on the internet first, and eventually roommates in Los Angeles, the pair spent years together making their own separate brands of dance music, long before ever collaborating with one another. Gordon was one-half of bass-heavy duo Botnek, whilst Pierce found fame and toured the world with his solo project.
Astralwerks Records/Rose Avenue Records
Lastlings- First Contact The Remixes Album
Japanese-Australian electronic duo Lastlings have released the final two remixes from their highly acclaimed debut album, First Contact. Out Now on Astralwerks Records and RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Rose Avenue Records, eclectic dance talent jamesjamesjames reworks ‘Visions’ into a lo-fi house cut while emerging electronic producer GURPAAL reimagines the melodic journey behind ‘Held Under’.
Tommy La Croix – Danza De Trompeta
After spending years developing his DJ career and making a name for himself in Montreal as Thomas H., Tommy La Croix is unveiling his new moniker with the announcement of his debut album, Requiem D’amour. Alongside the announcement, the Canadian DJ and producer unveils the LP’s first lead single, ‘Danza De Trompeta’. ‘Danza De Trompeta’, a one-of-a-kind house hit that combines deep Afro percussion with a sultry flair, is available now across all streaming platforms via Aquarius Records.
CRaymak lands back on Circus bringing a HUGE fresh beat featuring Micah Martin. Harmonies shatter into a contagious drop thirsty for the biggest stages, this one is set to touch souls. Lighters at the ready, hold those hands high, CRaymak presents ‘Goodbye’.
Vampa x Zia- New Levels
VAMPA & ZÍA make their Circus Records debut and it packs more bite than a bloodsucker after a hunger strike! Twisted, sinister and heavy as hell… all combined into one thunderous track as the two take it to ‘New Levels’.
Tenaj – Secret Seduction with Luca Marchetta
Emerging electronic music artists Tenaj and Luca Marchetta teamed up to release ‘Secret Seduction,’ a late-night anthem. The transcendent single from both up-coming talents is sure to ignite the summer dancefloors all night long. ‘Secret Seduction’ directly follows Tenaj’s infectious single ‘Never Let Me Go,’ released at the end of June on Blanco Y Negro. Out now via Dancera Records, ‘Secret Seduction’ is available to listen to across all streaming platforms.
Claude VonStroke and Walker & Royce- Enthusiasm
Walker & Royce have been a part of the DIRTYBIRD family for half a decade now, since Claude VonStroke picked up the pair for what eventually became a close-knit partnership. Though the two acts have worked alongside each other for years, they had yet to put their chemistry to the test in the studio. Now, however, that moment has arrived—and it is with great ‘Enthusiasm’ that the three birds present their first-ever joint operation.
Oscar Jerome & Ben Hauke – No Need
Genre-bending trailblazer Oscar Jerome, teams up with South East London DJ and sonic experimenter, Ben Hauke for ‘No Need’, out today via DMY. The pair come together again following a collaboration in 2019, for Oscar’s release ‘Gravitate’, and took the opportunity during 2020’s lockdowns to reignite their creative output as a duo. The release blends Jerome’s jazz, soul, and guitar elements with Hauke’s influences from house, broken beat, and 90’s hip-hop, across the luminous 2-track EP.
Owen Westlake- So Much Love (Soda State Remix)
Owen Westlake is already well on the way to becoming an established hit maker, the London based producer and DJ has now sensationally and some could argue randomly propelled into the spotlight by of British footballs biggest names, Steven Gerrard.
After his 2016 track ‘So Much Love’ appeared on a viral video posted by Rangers F.C. manager Steven Gerrard, sound tracking his journey into the stadium to celebrate the title win earning himself a place in Rangers’ footballing folklore. Since then Owen’s track was picked up for re-release by FFRR Music and also received remix treatment from rising star Jess Bays. He now looks towards welcoming digital avatar duo, Soda State for their synth pop take on the original out today via FFRR.
Future Classic Records
Hayden James & Crooked Colours- Rather Be With You
Australian songwriter and triple-platinum producer Hayden James returns with his latest collaboration ‘Rather Be With You’, featuring the acclaimed alt-dance trio, and fellow Aussies, Crooked Colours. ‘Rather Be With You’ harmoniously blends the two acts’ sounds, effortlessly layering Phil Slabber’s recognizably raspy vocals with James’ bright hi hats and contrasting synth risers into a summer-charged party starter.
GRiZ- Rainbow Brain
The ‘Rainbow Brain’ LP is a look at the full spectrum of the psyche, and in Grant’s own words is “inspired by the idea of letting go into the technicolor world of psychedelia.” It represents freeing our minds of the constant control we instinctively cling to and instead, letting the universe around us dictate what happens next. It’s this style of creative thinking paired with Grant’s innovative artistic approach that allows him to continue expanding the boundaries of electronic music and evolving as a creative.
TRIGO- Shadow Walker
Delve into the world of TRIGO with his new track “Shadow Walker” out July 20. “Shadow Walker” is the story of TRIGO, landing on a planet during a festival to celebrate their old god, Shadow Walker. Eerie flutes give an ancient world feeling to the track while the transcendent vocals keep us afloat. Harrowingly divine audio atmospheres traverse the menacing planet, enveloping the listener with feelings of discovery, intrigue, and curiosity. Expansive undertones pair with heavy and teetering bass for a contrasting yet complementary soundscape that paints TRIGO’s world. Slicing bass punches within the drop shake us from our dream state, drawing us deeper into the ancient and tantalizing world of the “Shadow Walker”.
DJ Snake & Malaa- Ring the Alarm
Multi-platinum producer DJ Snake unites with mysterious ski mask-clad French DJ and producer Malaa for the undeniably anthemic new single entitled “Ring The Alarm.” Right out of the gate, these two disruptors deliver a genre-breaking dancefloor anthem primed for festival stages, stadiums, and everywhere in between.
Live Nation Video Network
Fransis Derelle- Breathe feat. LINDZ
2021 is a year of moving forward, and Fransis Derelle continues to blaze a new trail in melodic and heavy bass music. The future-thinking producer’s latest remix, featuring longtime vocal collaborator Lindz, is out now via Live Nation Video Network.
Fransis Derelle has been building his catalogue and broadening his horizons into the new year, with consistent releases on the top labels. From Monstercat, Welcome Records, Circus Records, Subsidia, Proximity and more; “Breathe” adds to an ever-growing repertoire. New music, tour dates, collaborations, and much more are on the horizon for Fransis Derelle.
Montserrat House Music
Eric Hilton- Forming Star
Musician/producer Eric Hilton is back with “Forming Star,” the second piece of music to be revealed from his forthcoming album, “Ceremony,” out on August 20. “Forming Star” sounds as if it was minted in the golden age of the downtempo/chill-out era but with a contemporary approach. It’s emblematic of the album as a whole which aims to take listeners on a blunted journey through space with 13 tracks of emotive interstellar psychedelia.
Godford- California Pt. I
Today, France’s enigmatic tastemaker Godford returns to airwaves with a brand new composition, “California, Pt. I,” on Pack Records.
Taking his expressive ethos to new places, the producer transforms California from a dot on a map to a conceptual place of solace where he is able to process his thoughts. This concept is communicated throughout each layer of “California, Pt. I;” its dewy synthwork and soft vocals envelop listeners in warmth, while progressions in a minor key add a hint of nostalgia to the finished product.
Moodymann- Los Santos Tuners
After featuring as a resident DJ in GTA Online’s night club, The Music Locker, Moodymann (real name: Kenny Dixon Jr.) returns to the blockbuster game as a fully-realized character – “Kenny,” the illicit underground racing scene’s smoothest contact, in the latest update to GTA Online, Los Santos Tuners.
Los Santos Tuners brings together the best of underground street racing culture, high-octane GTA action anchored by a new social space, the LS Car Meet, in which players can get together and show off or modify their cars, test new rides, go head-to-head in races and much more, including the chance to run into Kenny.
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Smash The House
Fedde Le Grand & Love Harder- Same Thing feat Amy Grace
‘Same Thing‘, the latest original production to come from world-renowned DJ/producer Fedde Le Grand. This time around, the esteemed creative force sees himself collaborating with Ultra Music mainstay Love Harder, and enlisting the impressive vocal ability of London-based singer/songwriter Amy Grace. The highly-anticipated track is slated for release this Friday, 7/23 via Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike‘s venerated imprint Smash The House.
Auriga- This Is Our World
To say Auriga has been on a run of form in 2021 would be somewhat of an understatement. With a slew of emphatic techno weapons clocked on the on the likes of Odd Recordings, Set About, Techburst, Gain Records and Dolma Red over the past twelve months, the prolific Spanish talent now looks to continue her incredible run of recent releases with the announcement of her latest juggernaut cut, This Is Our World.
Shea Stadiums Records
Alex Orange Drink- It’s Only Drugz (Limerence)
Brooklyn-based songwriter Alex Orange Drink, the solo moniker for Alex Zarou Levine of The So So Glos, is excited to present “It’s Only Drugz (Limerence),” the latest track to be lifted from the Friday, September 17 release of his sophomore album titled Everything Is Broken, Maybe That’s O.K. (pre-order). On the upcoming album, Alex explores an array of personal subjects, including grappling with a rare and life-threatening disorder, heartbreak, never-ending teenage angst, and broken political systems. Half of the album was recorded before the pandemic in a party-like atmosphere – with basic tracking captured live among friends, family, and lovers – while the other half was completed by a heartbroken protagonist reflecting in isolation.
Sony Music Japan
BURNOUT SYNDROMES – ‘BLIZZARD’ (Outr3ach Remix)
SONY Music Japan’s fresh, newly-rebranded ‘Sakura Chill Beats’ YouTube channel is back on the release circuit this month with another driving rework courtesy of renowned Canadian talent Outr3ach. Taking on remix duties, the DJ/producer reimagines esteemed Osaka-based Japanese rock band BURNOUT SYNDROMES’ ‘BLIZZARD’, the opening theme song to the new groundbreaking anime series Masahiro no Oto. The new tune immediately follows up other tracks from RetroVision, Slushii, Corsak, James Landino, and Tokyo Machine, that saw each artist take on several opening and ending themes from hit anime series such as My Hero Academia, Naruto, Boruto, and Beastars. Out now via SONY Music Japan, Outr3ach’s remix of BURNOUT SYNDROMES’ ‘BLIZZARD’ is available to listen to across all streaming platforms.
AREA21- LaLaLa (Drove Remix)
STMPD frequenters Drove have taken on AREA21’s first release of the year ‘La La La’ for a remix. The trio have added their cinematic touch to the original anthem of the two alien travelers who are here on planet earth to unite and spread good vibes.
Julian Jordan- Hyper
Julian Jordan is preparing everyone for the festivals and club nights that are finally starting to happen again all over the world with his releases this month. Not sitting still, he’s now unleashing his brand new banger ‘Hyper’, just three weeks after the release of ‘Drop The Top’ earlier this month. Both tracks serve as a tribute to Jordan’s loyal fanbase who refer to his typical high-energy sound as ‘Hyper House’. After a full year without gigs, but still building on a loyal fanbase, Jordan wanted to give back to them. Choosing the right moment with events all over the world crawling back up again, ‘Hyper’ is the ideal festival and club track to start the season with, and could be a staple in a lot of sets this summer.
Julian Jordan is a household name in the dance music industry, performing on all big mainstages such as Ultra Miami, Tomorrowland, and Sziget and landing himself a spot (#71) in the DJ Mag Top 100. Also elected #1 Beatport electro house DJ of 2020, being well known for his high energy tracks and collaborations with fellow DJs. Signed to STMPD RCRDS, Jordan has released several collaborations with artists such as Martin Garrix and Timmy Trumpet.
Mahalo & Josh Charm feat. Guillaume Gordon – Missing You
Mahalo and Josh Charm have teamed up with Guillaume Gordon on ‘Missing You’. Missing You is a forward thinking house anthem featuring a dance floor pumping bassline and emotional lyrics from singer Guillaume Gordon. The song is about losing someone close to you and the feeling of drowning that comes with that loss. Mahalo: ‘’Whether it’s a family member, a relationship, or something more general I think there’s something special here for everyone lyrically; completed with some complimentary deep progressive production to make this one great for the club and for sets. I’m pumped to bring you this new record from Josh Charm and I, featuring Guillame Gordon who you may recognize from my previous collaboration, “Destination.” ’’
Josh Charm: ‘’I’m incredibly happy that I reached out to Nick (Mahalo) during this pandemic. After having supported each other’s music in sets and radio shows I felt it was time to join forces. I described to Nick what I had envisioned for our collaboration, he quickly sent me an idea which included this beautiful vocal that perfectly captured the storyline and message of what I was after. We successfully went back and forth creating the record online as we were unable to travel for studio sessions due to covid-19 restrictions. During the pandemic this was an intensive but wonderful journey together which resulted in a great friendship. The result of the record is this amazing piece that captures both of our deepest emotions, that we’re sure a lot of people can relate to.”
2021 brought Mahalo his second Billboard Dance Radio top 5 with “Not Watching Anymore” peaking at #2. Earlier his track ‘’So Cold’’ shot to #1 back in 2019.
Signed to Martin Garrix’s label STMPD RCRDS Dutch sensation Josh Charm is one of the newly upcoming electronic talents of the next generation. With more releases on the way and international demand for his DJ sets, he is one to watch.
There Is A Light
Matt Sassari- Honda EP
Out now, Sassari’s two-part Honda EP is yet another masterclass in soulful, groove-heavy techno from the in-form, Marseilles-born producer, who returns to TIAL armed with a plethora of hard-hitting releases on the likes of Octopus Recordings, Terminal M, Tronic, SCI+TEC, Truesoul, Deeperfect, Stereo Productions, and his own Panterre Musique imprint, to name just a few.
Ten City- That’s The Way Love Is Remixes
1989 – The year that birthed the second summer of love, was a fortuitous time for Ten City, as they unleashed their own brand of House music, packed with love and positivity. In the process, they captured the imagination of the nation’s youth and transformed themselves into a household name.
Originally releasing the dance and soul-tinged single ‘That’s The way Love Is’ which reached #8 in the UK’s official top 40 and #1 in the USA’s Dance Club Play chart, as well as having influence on pop culture long after it was released, showing Ten City’s impact and legacy.
Now almost 25 years later and taken from their forthcoming album, ‘Judgement’ they release a brand-new remix package from some of clublands finest names.