This Week in Dance Music: Movement dropped the full lineup for its May festival in Detroit, Beatport announced a live benefit for Ukraine this weekend, Alison Wonderland dropped a new Western-inspired single and announced the name of his album and its release date, Kygo took us to his kingdom of relaxation in his new Billboard On the cover, Grimes (accidentally) revealed she had a second child with Elon Musk, and Kygo (again!) saw her new single “Dancing Feet” (featuring Joe Jonas’ DNCE project) hit the top 10 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs.
And the new music? We have it. Let’s dig.
The 13-year professional relationship between pals Kaskade and Deadmau5 goes back today with the first track of their new collaborative project, Kx5. It was, of course, the duo who delivered 2000s progressive house to us with their 2009 classic “I Remember” and this new track, “Escape”, gives nuances of that song via soft, bright, building synths. slow that have these pairs. fingerprints everywhere. The powerful vocals come from British singer-songwriter Hayla, and the track is set for its live debut at EDC Las Vegas in May, where the duo will perform together as Kx5. This will be their first public tandem appearance since Deadmau5 appeared at Kaskade’s landmark show at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles last July. — KATIE BATH
What a feat. Slump6s & sword, “Mental”
One of dance-pop’s brightest stars is back with a failed hit. “Mental” ups the ante on Whethan’s sophisticated sweetness, injecting an upbeat hook with intricate countermelodies and crisp synth sounds. It’s a sharp-edged hyperpop jam with pop-punk roots and mumbled rap verses from Rochester rapper Slump6s and dark vocals from teen Florida singer Glaive. It follows “Think You Right” (featuring Glaive and Ericdoa) as the second single from an upcoming Whethan project that has yet to be named in the public sphere, but has been released and is slated for release later this year. – KAT BEIN
LP Giobbi & Bklava, “Sinner”
It doesn’t matter if you’re high or low, music has the power to lift your spirits and free your soul, and the same goes for LP Giobbi’s latest house mantra. “Sinner” is a bright, high-spirited reminder that despite our past mistakes or our flaws in the eyes of others, we are all beautifully human, and tomorrow is always a new day. The song’s lyrical message comes from a solid performance by British producer/vocalist Bklava, while the underlying melody and movement sees the queen of piano house trading her classic hits for synth sounds.
“Sometimes you can try to do a drop with all the gear and do all the technical tricks, and for some reason there just isn’t that magic dust that makes you want to throw your hands up. “, explains Giobbi. “Luckily, the studio gods were on our side for this one because this drop came together euphorically! Really, it’s all Bklava. She wrote an amazing song with a perfect uplifting melody, and I just tried to match this in production. K.Bein
Nia Archives, “Part of Me”
The lyrics of “Part of Me”, the new song of Nia Archives’ Forbidden feeling EP (out now on his Hijinxx label), read like a final DM you send to your future ex before blocking him on your phone and social media. “A part of me is gone,” she laments. “My heart has been worn and torn / And you treat me so badly / I never needed to be so strong.” Beneath the sadness, however, there is a lightness and resilience in her art when she realizes that loving yourself is enough. Contrast plays out in Archives’ playful jungle production, balancing swirls of bass and breakbeat with serene synth breakdowns in the way one switches between donning emotional armor and revealing one’s vulnerability. Deceptively sunny, “Part of Me” is a bittersweet vibe worth playing (and singing) on repeat. — KRISTAL RODRIGUEZ
Floating point, “Vocoder”
After making one of the best jazz albums of 2021 – no, the best albums – in promises with Pharoah Sanders, Floating Points is back in making club firecrackers. His new single “Vocoder”, out now on Ninja Tune, sounds like an encore of tracks like “LesAlpx” and “Anasickmodular” from his latest solo work, the 2019 LP. To crush, with complex electronics that are as beautiful as they are disorienting and borderline aggressive. “Vocoder” begins innocently enough, but soon its bright tiptoe melody transforms into an looming form whose swaying synths wrap tightly around you, as a choppy vocal sample emerges with growing urgency. Amid sudden bursts of percussion, brick wall basses and combustible drops, there’s a grace to this abrupt groove, beckoning all into the void. — KR
The Chainsmokers, “iPad”
The ‘Smokers return with the second single from their upcoming LP, and the first that sounds really, really like dance music. While the first “High” was closer to straightforward pop-punk, “iPad” is forged from effervescent electronic production that morphs into a soaring, shimmering chorus. Above it all are layered vocals from the duo’s Drew Taggart, who laments what feels like a sad breakup via lyrics like “All your friends are verified/Acting like they’re first line/I’m looking at your life through cellophane/Hoping things would stay the same. Pop oriented without veering into EDM bubblegum, this one is our favorite so far from the impending LP. — K.Bath