TJR has built a formidable catalogue of hits in recent years, from Beatport chart toppers to genuine platinum records, the LA-based producer and DJ has proven himself one of the finest talents in dance music. Now, he’s ready to unleash the latest in a series of killer singles, Time To Jack via Dutch powerhouse, Spinnin’ Records.
A real mix of styles, TJR reaches back to the roots of dance music with choice samples spliced in with fresh sounds to create a track that’s the perfect union of nostalgia and straight up 2017 dancefloor fire!
“Time To Jack is a blend of old school and new school. It merges classic rave chord stabs with high pitched vox, and a spastic lead over a tough, dutchy drum pattern drop!” – TJR
With a list of DJ support as long as your arm, including plays at Tomorrowland 2017 from Afrojack, Bassjackers, D.O.D., David Guetta, Firebeatz, Laidback Luke and Pegboard Nerds, plus a wealth of other DJs including Avicii, Martin Garrix and Tiesto, Time To Jack is undoubtedly the latest in TJR’s series of dancefloor anthems.
TJR’s Time To Jack is out now via Spinnin’ Records.
Amba Shepherd – ‘Wide Awake & Dreaming‘ Acoustic – Taking apart an electronic song and baring it’s soul, that is the true purpose of an acoustic version and Amba Shepherd‘s earlier hit ‘Wide Awake & Dreaming,’ for which she earned a nod from Entertainment Weekly as a top emerging artist & major support from DJs and radio alike, is presented here is all its raw beauty. Just piano (by Mike Pensini) and Amba‘s velvety vocals in a new arrangement stripped back to show the truly delicate sentiment behind this song.
Dillon Francis released the first set of “Say Less” remixes at the end of May, more than 3 months ago – although, we say “set” but it was really just Eptic and Gorgon City. That being said, if you’ve been to a bass show in the last 3 months, there’s about a 99% chance you’ve heard Eptic’s remix go off and we still absolutely love it.
That being said, Dillon just released a considerably more hefty second round of “Say Less” remixes, including one we’ve been waiting for since he teased it on his Instagram recap of EDC Vegas this year. There are seven remixes on the EP, including an instrumental version of the track. The rest of the remixes come from Eliminate, Casper & B., ETC!ETC!, Lunice, Madhatter!, and finally Moksi and Dillon Francis himself – the latter being our most anticipated.
However, defying the odds, it’s Eliminate’s remix which is the most played as of now. Eliminate is enjoying success at the moment for his massive “Snake Bite VIP” which has been played out by nearly every bass DJ in the past 9 months since its release. Now, he can add his Dillon Francis remix to his ever-expanding repertoire of tracks.
Check out all the remixes below.
When it comes to breaking new musical ground, Will Sparks is always ahead of the game. Having spearheaded the Melbourne sound from early in his career, the young producer has always been one step ahead. And his latest collaboration with the multi-talented award-winning actress, singer and songwriter, Priyanka Chopra, underlines his talent for bringing something fresh every time.
Priyanka Chopra has previously collaborated with will.i.am, Pitbull and The Chainsmokers and Young & Free is by far her boldest and most exciting musical step yet. Priyanka’s uplifting songwriting and outstanding voice, together with Will Sparks’ unique production style combine to create a forward-thinking record which is perfectly primed for clubs, festivals and your favourite streaming service playlist.
“I wanted Young & Free to feel like a track ahead of its time. Collaborating with Priyanka has taken it to a whole new level. Her message and incredible voice combined with my production style has created something unique and I’m super excited to release it on Ultra!” – WILL SPARKS
“I wrote this song at a very precarious time in my life. The lyrics were born from a need for freedom… whatever that freedom may mean to each one of us. What I love most about this track is the spontaneity from which it was born. While I was writing, Will was mixing the track into a roar of emotions and rebelliousness. It all came together in a true creative way. Will has taken the lyrics and given them life. This song reminded me of how much I love making music.” – PRIYANKA CHOPRA
This is the latest in a series of successes for the 24-year-old Will Sparks, previously named one of Billboard’s most exciting young talents and clocking up a spot in last year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll.
Taking ‘Creatures Of The Night’ to a new level this week is a remix EP that spans six tracks in length. The single, from Hardwell and vocalist Austin Mahone achieved mammoth successes over the summer, and is still getting plenty of airtime and plays out on the DJ circuit.
We love the upfront approaches to each remix on this EP, and there is some stellar production on show across the board. The bouncy, funk-infused PBH & Jack Shizzle edit is cool and full of groove, and Snareskin’s edgy piece really sounds innovative and fresh.
Take a listen through the whole set and let us know your favourites!
With the global bass music scene growing every year, Beatport has announced the addition of three brand-new genre categories. These much requested bass genres joining dubstep in the store include trap/future bass, garage/bassline/grime and leftfield bass.
The new categories were created by Beatport’s expert curation team after working extensively with leading artists, labels and press including UZ, OWSLA, Mad Decent, and Dim Mak, among many others.
Beatport has embarked on a comprehensive genre clean-up in 2017, moving over 1.5 million tracks to their correct categories. February also saw the new leftfield house and techno genre added to the store, showcasing high-quality underground releases and leading DJs to new discoveries. To celebrate the launch of these genres, Beatport is giving away free downloads of new bass tracks every week.
Beatport General Manager Terry Weerasinghe says,
We 100-percent recognize that we are really late to the game introducing these genres, but we have been working hard with key labels, artists and press from the bass community to build the best possible experience for DJs. We can’t make up for not having huge genres like Trap properly curated on the store five years ago. However we have now assembled a team dedicated to our bass genres, which means we can promote more bass artists and labels by giving them features like an international sales chart, profiled DJ Top 10s and regular artist and label spotlights, plus targeted social support and cross-promotion to our other key genres and global fan bases. We’ll also hand curate the best tracks every week, making Beatport the only store to give promotional merchandising slots to these genres week in, week out.
To celebrate the launch of these genres, Beatport is giving away free downloads of new bass tracks every week. The first round of free tracks includes “Introspection” by trap luminary UZ, from his album Layers. A new instrumental track from UZ’s Layers LP will be made available each week, along with more free bass tracks, at beatport.com/freetracks.
KÖLSCH – 1989 (Kompakt)
Release date: 22nd September 2017
Kölsch returns to Kompakt with the third and final chapter in his autobiographical album trilogy, featuring contributions from Gregor Schwellenbach with the Heritage Orchestra and Norwegian vocalist Aurora.
For Danish native and much-revered producer/performer Rune Reilly KÖLSCH, Kompakt has proven the perfect home curating his music: with two critically acclaimed albums and a now classic run of solo instalments in the Speicher 12” series, he took his techno craftsmanship to new levels, setting it on a melodic, emotive and even autobiographical course – without losing any of its punch and quirkiness. With new full-length 1989, Kölsch presents the final chapter of an elegant, anthemic album trilogy that started with an exploration of early childhood memories and influences on “1977” – the year of his birth – and continued on “1983”, a vibrant and picturesque journey sound-tracking the year he travelled through Europe aged six.
“With 1989, we have arrived in my early teens”, Kölsch explains, “a difficult time in my life, where I mostly just remember the greyness of it all – grey feelings, grey weather and my own grey face.” Coinciding with the already challenging need to squeeze past the bottleneck of puberty, it was a time of seething family crisis – his parents were divorcing: “I would escape that grey world on my skateboard, listen to my Walkman as I explored the city around me. Music became my savior – the only way to overcome my family’s hard times. I found a soundtrack to my grey life, and suddenly there was color.” It’s why you’ll find several tracks on the album being named “grey” in different languages, and they all share this distinctly “Kölsch-esque” moment of epic melodies breaking through propulsive techno beats like the sun through stormy clouds – a musical twist that’s particularly impressive on album hit single PUSH, first heard on “Speicher 97” (KOM EX 97).
1989 also marks Kölsch’s intensified deployment of real-life orchestral sounds and the continuation of his extremely fruitful collab with Gregor Schwellenbach: after contributing to predecessor album “1983”, the Kompakt affiliate, composer and multi- instrumentalist now conducts the Heritage Orchestra for tracks KHAIRO, LIATH (featuring a violin solo by Kate Robinson) and SERJI, the latter of which Schwellenbach co-wrote and co-produced. The 24-person Heritage Orchestra consists of violins, violas, cellos and double basses, adding the sweeping drama and organic, richly layered textures that only real strings can produce – a deeply humane tone that is set with the album’s opening recording of the orchestra tuning its instruments (which incidentally also incorporates a voice recording from 1989 of Rune Reilly’s grandfather Ludwig). Seeing Kölsch’s propensity for vocalist cameos on his albums (Trœls Abrahamsen on “1977”, Tomas Høffding and Waa Industry on “1983”), one shouldn’t be surprised to find beautiful cut IN BOTTLES, which features vocals written and performed by Aurora Aksnes.
1989 is released on 22nd September 2017. To pre-order visit: https://kompaktrecords.lnk.to/1989.
01. A1. 1989
02. A2. Serij
03. A3. Grå
04. A4. In Bottles
05. B1. Grey
06. B2. Grau
07. B3. PUSH
08. C1. Gris
09. C2. 14
10. C3. Khairo
11. D1. YKPI
12. D2. Liath
13. D3. Goodbye
Oct 27 Miami, USA Heart
Oct 28 Montreal, Canada La Bacchanale
Oct 31 San Francisco, USA Audio
Nov 3 Cordoba, Argentina BNP Club
Nov 4 Valinhos, S.P, Brasil Laroc – Sunset Club
Nov 5 Buenos Aires, Argentina Oasis
Nov 9 London, UK Fabric (Live Show)
Nov 10 Paris, France Faust
Nov 11 Berlin, Germany Panoramabar
Nov 16 Dublin, Ireland District 8
Nov 17 Cologne, Germany Gewölbe
Nov 18 Hasselt, Belgium Labyrinth
Nov 24 Milan, Italy Volt
Nov 26 Glasgow, UK Sub Club
Dec 8 Melbourne, Australia Forum Theatre (Live show)
Dec 9 Sydney, Australia Greenwood (Live show)
Dec 15 New York, USA TBA
Dec 16 Los Angeles, USA Sound