ZHU unveils music video for Nero collab, ‘Dreams,’ announces San Francisco NYE Blacklizt event

The NSFW quality of ZHU & Nero’s music video for their collaboration, “Dreams,” has managed to match — and perhaps exceed — the track’s ominous tone.

The music video for the track aligns with the single’s dark tone, showing piles of unclothed human bodies stacked in piles, or alternatively, suspended in air, rising and falling in sync with the song’s slight builds and drops. An eerie production, the Dreams music video remains in ZHU’s shadowy wheelhouse.

After witnessing inaugural success in New York, ZHU’s Blacklizt party has another destination on its radar for New Year’s Eve. The Blacklizt bash will descend upon San Francisco, hosting sinister drops in time for the 2018 ball drop. The NYE event will kick off at 1015 Folsom at 10 PM on Sunday, December 31st, extending until 4 AM on Monday, January 1st. Those interested in ringing in the new year to the tune of ZHU may purchase tickets to the event here.

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Gallant x Eric Nam x Tablo’s ‘Cave Me In’ Receives Raiden Remix

After wowing fans last week with the latest episode of his acclaimed In The Room series featuring Dua Lipa, Gallant returns today with the Raiden remix of ‘Cave Me In’ with Eric Nam & Tablo of Epik High. Take a listen to the dance floor ready rework HERE.
A former lead guitarist in a band, Raiden marries electronic accompaniments with rock sensibility to create unique & infectious sounds. Performing at the largest Dance festivals, including ULTRA and Tomorrowland, and with support from the likes of Martin Garrix and Nicky Romero, Raiden is proving one of the fastest emerging EDM producers from Korea on the global dance scene. As the first venture into the electronic dance space with ‘Cave Me In’, Raiden is a stellar addition to the release.
The original ‘Cave Me In’ collaboration was released in January 2017 and has gone on to amass millions of streams, along with the Hong Kong filmed video being viewed over 5 million times.   A relationship born out of mutual respect, ‘Cave Me In’ features three special talents firing on all cylinders. Having performed at the MNET Awards earlier this year, Gallant has seen his popularity in Asia explode over the past few months, including a first ever headline show (2,600 capacity) sold out in Seoul. Pay close attention to these four artists as they share new music in the coming months…
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R&B and Future-Pop Get Cozy on DVBBS’ NERVO Collab ‘Make It Last’

DVBBS recently released “Cozee,” a steamy love-song for bad girls and boys, and today, they’ve put out another slow bedroom burner with NERVO called “Make It Last.”

On the new track, future-pop waves crash over a solid R&B groove. NERVO bring the come-hither vocal game, all low-eyed and suggestive. The official music is cool with sexy ’80s color schemes. DVBBS and NERVO roll around in bed — but not like that, you dirty monster.

“Make It Last” wants you to feel so good, you ‘pon the repeat. It’s out everywhere on Ultra Records. Watch the music video below.

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Nicky Romero & Teamworx – Champion Sound

Joining forces for the first time, Dutch maestro and Protocol pioneer Nicky Romero has enlisted the skills of Israel-based Progressive House duo Teamworx for the latest single on Protocol Recordings, ‘Champion Sound’.  As grandiose as the title implies, the release is a fast paced, hard-hitting house track that showcases the heavier elements of all involved artists.
“It’s a really amazing feeling when you get to see an artist grow from release-to-release; it’s one of my favorite parts about running a label.  We’ve put out several of Teamworx’s tracks on Protocol over the years and I’m thrilled to finally collaborate with them on this latest record Champion Sound.” – Nicky Romero
‘Champion Sound’ is relentless.  A high energy, fast paced BPM dance track that blasts kick drums and non-stop bass for the first minute, followed by a euphoric, symphonic build-up that evokes listeners emotion before diving deep again, pounding the fast beats home through the rest of the song.
This has been a milestone year for Nicky Romero, celebrating 5 years of growth and success of his Protocol Recordings label.  Nicky is looking forward to celebrating this years’ success of Protocol next month at ADE with a label showcase, taking place at Melkweg in Amsterdam.  Taking pride in spotting, developing and collaborating with new talent Nicky Romero has curated a label boasting only the best in emerging electro and progressive house prodigies.
Having executed a colossal calendar of relentless touring, Nicky has played all across the globe this year. Having recently completed a tour of Asia with stops in Japan, Shanghai and Taipei, he now looks forward to a huge South American tour with Ultra stops in Brasil, Mexico and Road to Ultra Peru and the Secret Garden Music Fest in Ecuador.  2017 has been busy to say the least for the Dutch dance music legend, but he shows no signs of changing pace with non-stop releases through the course of 2017 and beyond.
Teamworx are no strangers to Nicky’s legendary Protocol Recordings, with their first Protocol feature finding itself on the label’s Miami 2016 compilation.  Since then they have found themselves with the electro legend’s support thrice preceding this milestone collaboration, and will perform alongside Nicky at his ‘5 Years of Protocol’ label showcase at ADE in October.  With the influence and support of Nicky Romero and massive artist growth throughout 2017, including a mainstage set at Tomorrowland, the heavy house duo has limitless potential and opportunities to become champions of dance music themselves.
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Kölsch ‘1989’ out today – Stream the stunning new album in full

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.

Stream the album in full on Spotify

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 purchase or stream the album in full visit: https://kompaktrecords.lnk.to/1989.

Tracklisting
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

Tour Dates
Sep 24    Tokyo World Festival, Bristol, United Kingdom
Sep 29    The Rainbow Venues, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Sep 29    Vaults    Cardiff, United Kingdom
Sep 30    Circus 15th Birthday, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Oct 02    Circoloco / DC10, Ibiza, Spain
Oct 20    Awakenings ADE    Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oct 21    ADE Audio Obscura x Spectrum    Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kölsch Album Tour
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

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Avicii “Lonely Together” Music Video ft. Rita Ora

Avicii has shared the official video for his new single ‘Lonely Together’. Taken from his current EP AVĪCI, the track features British pop singer Rita Ora, who performed the song live on the first episode of the 2017 series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing on the 9th of September.

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The video was directed by Levan Tsikurishvili, and co-directed by Phillip R. Lopez. Of the video, Tsikurishvili says: “It was such a big honour to create this beautiful piece for Avicii and Rita Ora. It has been an amazing fun process in many ways – I loved the idea of playing around with the ‘frozen’ world. What I would do if I could freeze the world – imagine one day if you really could do that, what would you do?” 

The 5-track ‘AVĪCI’ EP is the first new music from Swedish DJ, producer and songwriter Avicii since 2015 and the announcement of his retirement from the live circuit last year. ‘Lonely Together’ has already proved a hit and currently sits at number 4 on the UK iTunes chart and has been streamed over 55,000,000 times on Spotify alone.

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W&W + Vini Vici Drop Most-Played Record of Tomorrowland 2017

The opening track of Armin van Buuren’s first of two Tomorrowland Belgium 2017 mainstage sets, ‘Chakra’ could very well be among the most colossal cuts to see release on Mainstage Music this year. A fully-fledged “Big Room meets Psy-Trance” banger, this full-throttle mainstage bulldozer will continue to make its mark on the world for years to come.

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Since embarking on the scene in 2007 with debut single ‘Mustang’, W&W have been a main pillar in dance music. The Dutch duo, consisting of Willem van Hanegem and Ward van der Harst, boasts a slew of unbridled club stompers, from breakthrough single ‘Bigfoot’ to the more recent ‘Arcade’ (with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike), each becoming reputable live set fixtures and festival highlights across the globe while racking up tens of millions of streams.

The current #13 DJs in the world according to DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll, W&W are always ready to sweep over music land with their ever-tempestuous productions and ‘Chakra’ is the next sonic storm from their hand.

The second part of the ‘Chakra’ equation, Vini Vici have got to be Trance music’s biggest sensations of recent years. Almost solely responsible for bringing Psy-Trance back to the biggest dance music festivals, they’ve graced mainstages across the globe and managed to become Beatport’s #1 Psy-Trance artists for two years in a row. Their link-up with Armin van Buuren and Hilight Tribe for ‘Great Spirit’ has already gotten fans drooling for months and ‘Chakra’ is sure to further that tradition.

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