Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Dillon Francis, Jauz, Skrillex and more produced new music, here are FestGround's top picks.
Anwil | July 22th, 2019
For many people, unless you were lucky enough to attend in person, last weekend was another which was spent following festival news and footage from the comfort of the couch. Now it's back to work, but Tomorrowland Week 1 and Parookaville are still on the mind, so let's take a quick look at some of the new releases and try to get rid of the weekday blues.
New Song Recommendations
7/17 MR.BLACK & Futuristic Polar Bears - MADNESS
7/17 Da Tweekaz ft. David Spekter - Circle Of Life
Last week, new track Madness was unveiled by two producers under the Revealed label. Madness is a combined effort between MR.BLACK—famous for his Psytrance remixes— and the Futuristic Polar Bears, best known for their Progressive House track Back To Earth, both acts really brought the energy for this Big Room hit.
Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba. With the new Lion King movie in cinemas now, the Norwegian duo Da Tweekaz reinvented this well-known song with the addition of some hardstyle drums. Fans of both the original musical and hardstyle music will definitely not want to miss this!
7/18 Stadiumx & Metrush - Know You Better
7/18 Martin Garrix feat. JRM - These Are The Time
Having just released Love You Forever with Nicky Romero at the start of this month, last week Stadiumx dropped another collab with Metrush, called Know You Better. The previous song they worked on together, Want U, was a Future House track, whereas this one has a more Progressive House feel to it. Check it out below and see what you think...
After recovering from a recent foot injury, Martin Garrix teased fans by previewing part of his new song during a show in Ibiza. For These Are The Times, Garrix has partnered up with AXE Music; the result is an uplifting summer jam certain to lift your mood.
7/19 Hardwell & Quintino - Reckless
7/19 Trilane ft. Philip Strand - Believe
7/19 Dillon Francis & Boombox Cartel feat. Desiigner - Drip
7/19 Jauz x i_o - Truth
7/19 Dyro - Goliath
Even whilst taking a break away from the stage, Hardwell still keeps on with his producing passion. This new track that he and Quintino collaborated on has the high note drops typical of Dutch House, whilst at the same time keeping the energetic build up that we know Hardwell for. The duo have produced some legendary material together like Baldadig, so let's take a look and hear what they bring us this time.
Following the release of their song Still Think Of You as well as the Nicky Romero collaboration Bittersweet, Progressive House producers Trilane released their fifth track under Nicky's Protocol Recordings. With some seriously alluring vocals provided by Philip Strand, Believe is sure to be a big hit for Trilane.
Seeing the names Dillon Francis and Boombox Cartel appear next to each other, you already know this song is going to be lit. A Trap song featuring a Future Bass rhythm as well as a rap by Panda singer Desiigner, headbangers are going to love this song.
This August Dillon Francis will perform at Insomniac's first ever EDC Korea, for more information or ticket purchases, please visit the link below:
Known for his Trap and Dubstep sound, Jauz released his collaboration with techno rising star i_o. This Bass House banger Truth is the second song to drop from his new album This is Off the Deep End, which is due for release on July 26th. The first song to drop (Don't Leave Me) was another Tech House track, so it seems like Jauz is going to be making some big changes in his upcoming work.
Jauz will perform at the very first Escape: Psycho Circus Korea 2019, tickets will be going on-sale very soon at FestGround.com so stay tuned for more updates!
Having teamed up with many famous DJs such as Tiesto and Martin Garrix, Dyro revealed his new track Goliath last week, right after Bombai which came out one month previously. With it's progressive, emotional build up, the new song has already been added to the playlists of many podcasts and live sets—even before it was released— so it's bound to get a lot of airtime in upcoming shows.
New Album Recommendations
7/19 Skrillex - Show Tracks EP.
7/19 Blasterjaxx - Perspective
Ok, so how long have we been waiting for these new songs from Skrillex?! After all this time, he finally unveiled two songs from the new EP Show Tracks. One of the songs, Fuji Opener, was first played three years ago and used to be nicknamed 'Ping Pong' by fans when it remained an ID. Both of these songs still have a fairly hard drop (although not quite Skrillex Dubstep-hard) and possess the vocal chops typical of the producer. Additionally, during the music video Skrillex even gave fans a glimpse of the Ableton Live project. Those who have been counting down the days waiting for these songs to surface can finally get them added to their playlists.
After two years of preparation, the well known duo Blasterjaxx from Spinnin' Records finally shared their debut album, Perspective. It has 22 tracks in total, bouncing across genres including Big Room House, Progressive House and Electro House... they even take on PsyTrance and Hardstyle, all the while sticking to the theme of emotion. The duo wants to use their iconic notes and energy to make listeners feel the same way they did when they produced the song. Let's share this emotional experience with them...
7/16 Oliver Heldens Sky-High DJ Set from CN Tower Toronto（01:22:35）
7/17 Spinnin’ Records Summer Night Mix 2019（01:13:41）
Oliver Heldens gave out a Sky-High DJ Set from the fifth tallest building in the world, the CN Tower in Toronto. During the set, he played the new Summer Lover (CID Remix), the hit song This Groove from the start of this year as well as a remix of Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa's One Kiss. Oliver also performed some of his classical techno tracks like WTF, Renegade Mastah and Men On Mars in addition to heaps of IDs. The cityscape backdrop combined with the glowing sunset made for a truly wonderful set.
Famous EDM label Spinnin' Records released a Summer Night Mix set last week, which includes some tracks that are guaranteed to appear frequently in DJs' sets for many summers to come. They also dropped a Day Mix, which includes more chilled tunes to make you feel you're lounging away on a sunlit beach. If you want to get ready for some upcoming festivals, this mix is what you're looking for.
FestGround Editor's Choice
Let's rewind back to last year's Tomorrowland, if someone asked you what was the most played track what would you say? You might think it to be Levels or Wake Me Up, since nearly all of the DJs played tribute to the talented Avicii after his death several months prior to the festival. In fact, his song Fade into Darkness was released exactly 8 years ago on July 16th. This year, the eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that there were some elements included in the Tomorrowland Mainstage in memory of the late DJ... If you look to the top left of the photo, you'll see the name Tim Bergling (Avicii's real name).
However, the most played track from last year was another Tech House number and there's a good chance it will remain as champion this year after appearing in most of the DJs' live sets. The track in question is Australian producer Fisher's Losing It.
Fisher first played Losing It during his live show at Coachella in 2017, after which it quickly became one of the most bootlegged tracks. Officially released on July 13th, 2018, the reverberating bass entwined with the only lyric: "I'm losing it" has heavily featured across many podcasts and live sets. The track remained on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for 15 weeks, as well as reaching number one on the Australian Blub Tracks chart and the US Dance Club Songs chart. Losing It was then placed at #84 out of the 100 Best Songs released in 2018 by Billboard and was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards (as well as Ghost Voices, Northern Soul, Ultimatum, and was rewarded to Electricity).
Within a year of Losing It's release, it was certified as Platinum by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), indicating 70,000 sales were made. Fisher also released another hit You Little Beauty this May, but I think we're still going to be Losing It to the rhythm this year.