Norway’s Gundelach Makes Dark Electronic-Pop Magic on “Holy Water”

Norwegian artist Gundelach's 2015 debut “Spiders” had us hooked. He makes electronic pop music with a dark edge, pairing his pristine vocals with multi-layered production. “Holy Water” is another hauntingly beautiful song, and it dates all the way back to a 2012 demo which he made in an abandoned film studio outside Oslo. He called that demo “Boris,” and explains what “Holy Water” means to him:

“The lyrics of ‘Holy Water’ don’t really make sense as a narrative. It’s more of a feeling, something abstract. I get the same feeling every time I listen to it though. The same feeling I got when I listened to ‘Boris’ back in 2012.”

Listen to “Holy Water” above and hear more from Gundelach here.

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Frank Ocean Has Been Accused of Stealing the Art for His blondedRadio Show

Frank Ocean is facing another accusation of plagiarism.

About a week ago, German musician Jesse Osborne-Lanthier went to Twitter claiming someone had tipped him off about an alleged theft. He included side-by-side images of the art for Ocean’s Beats 1 blondedRADIO show and the cover art for Conversation Sur Lettres Mortes, a project by him and fellow electronic artist Grischa Lichtenberger.

LOL been brought to my att that Frank Ocean ripd-off Grischa Lichtenberger n I’s poster that came with ‘CSLM’ on cosmo rhythmatic last year,” Osborne-Lanthier wrote in the post. The similarities between the images are obvious, as both feature white backgrounds with black text placed in a nearly identical pattern.

Ocean’s team has yet to respond to the allegations.

This isn’t the first time the 29-year-old singer has been accused of stealing creative work. In 2016, fans noticed Ocean’s Godpseed screenplay included C. JoyBell C’s writing originally published in Vade Mecum, a book of collected quotes. The writer called out Ocean for ripping off her work and refusing to make it right.

“I was definitely plagiarized, because it was just a simple copy-and-paste; word-for-word. It was not even modified. It was just a copy-and-paste. Like from Goodreads perhaps,” she wrote in a response. “I usually give people the benefit of the doubt, and up until I learned that they have refused to comment, I thought they would just say they found it somewhere and couldn't find the author […] When others inspire you, try to inspire them, too. When you take, you also need to give back to where you have taken from. And that can really help make our world a better place.”

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The Most Anticipated Albums of Summer ’17

We've been treated to a number of quality albums so far in 2017, and that will only increase with the summertime, a season typically reserved for major releases.

Some artists are returning after a lengthy musical hiatus (Haim), some are moving into position to own the year with anthems (DJ Khaled), while others are looking to show what they're truly capable of through a debut album (Camila Cabello, SZA).

To give you an idea of what's in store, we've put together a list of projects you can expect to get in the coming months. From Calvin Harris to Jay Z, these are the most anticipated albums of summer '17.


  • SZA, ‘Ctrl’

    Release Date: June 9

    Those waiting for SZA's debut album won't have to wait much longer as the TDE artist is set to release Ctrl on June 9. The project has had its share of delays in the past, but with the firm release date it's clear SZA and her team/label are both aligned and confident in what she's about to deliver to the masses.

    Previously released singles “Drew Barrymore” and “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott will both be included on the 14-song project, and we wouldn't be surprised if some of SZA's fellow TDE members pop up as well. —Edwin Ortiz


  • 2 Chainz, ‘Pretty Girls Like Trap Music’

    Release Date: June 16

    2 Chainz is coming off an impressive 2016 run that included four projects and a grip of guest features to keep his name in the conversation. He's taking that momentum into Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, which is due out June 16, and the tracklist is stacked with features ranging from Drake to Travis Scott to Monica.

    More guests made the cut including Trey Songz, Jhené Aiko, and Ty Dolla $ign on “It's a Vibe,” as well as Gucci Mane and Quavo, who join 2 Chainz on “Good Drank.” Even though a number of big names are attached, we expect 2 Chainz to shine through like he did all last year. —Edwin Ortiz


  • Vince Staples, ‘Big Fish Theory’

    Release Date: June 23

    Long Beach rapper and Complex cover star Vince Staples recently revealed to Beats 1’s Zane Lowe that his follow-up to Summertime ‘06 is on the way. Previous release “BagBak,” as well as his newest single “Big Fish” will be on the album, and it also sounds like he locked in an eclectic guest list. After Staples' Beats 1 appearance, Lowe took to Twitter to ominously list artists among the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Bon Iver, Flume, and ASAP Rocky for possible features on Big Fish Theory

    It’s unclear whether these features will come to be, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility.

    Staples’ strength lies in his gifted storytelling through hard-hitting raps, and no matter what direction he chooses to take on this new project, it’s likely he has the insight to produce an album that’s as lyrically stimulating as it is fresh and compelling. —Nora-Grayce Orosz


  • Calvin Harris, ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’

    Release Date: June 30

    Calvin Harris has already demonstrated his prowess for producing star-studded bangers, which has led to some dubbing him the “DJ Khaled of EDM-pop.” That title is pretty on point, as his album teaser trailer boasts a long list of collaborators including: Travis Scott, Kehlani, Big Sean, Partynextdoor, Nicki Minaj, Lil Yachty, John Legend, Katy Perry, and Schoolboy Q. Finessing all these artists’ unique styles into one album could’ve been too daunting a task for a less skilled producer, but Harris seems to know exactly what he’s doing.

    His Frank Ocean and Migos super jam, “Slide,” is already poised to be song of the summer, and it isn’t a stretch to say that Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 could just be the album of the summer. His initial singles, (“Slide,” “Rollin,” “Heatstroke”) have given us a taste of what Harris is capable of creating when he fuses his own breezy electronic pop with funkier hip-hop beats and bass lines. Maybe it took splitting with Taylor Swift to realize his true powers, or maybe he’s just been waiting for the perfect moment to drop his most fire project to date, but whatever the reason, summer 2k17 is going to have him to thank when it’s released. —Nora-Grayce Orosz


  • Haim, ‘Something to Tell You’

    Release Date: July 7

    To say that the follow-up to Haim’s 2013 debut Days Are Gone is highly anticipated would be an understatement. Since the sister trio dropped their Grammy-nominated project there’s been close to radio silence regarding any new music. Thankfully, the silence has finally been broken as Something to Tell You has an official release date of July 7.

    The sisters have revealed that the new project will mark a return to their true rock roots, and, watching them perform, it’s clear that rock runs in their blood. The strength of the Haim sisters' live presence is truly captivating to witness, and likely why they chose to release their lead single “Right Now” first as a live take recorded and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The video was a comforting little peek back into the sisters’ musical lives reassuring fans that they have initiated the staging of their comeback. Haim are still keeping things mostly a mystery regarding Something to Tell You, and at this point, it’s best to keep things a mystery to make the release that much more exciting. —Nora-Grayce Orosz


  • Lana Del Rey, ‘Lust for Life’

    Release Date: July 21

    From what we know of Lust for Life so farLana Del Rey has fixed her gaze on a slightly atypical subject matter for her newest record. The melancholic pop star has transformed her signature “Hollywood sadcore” style into a more nuanced reflection of the emotional complexities many, including the singer herself, are experiencing today. Del Rey admitted that her first four albums were for her, but Lust for Life is a gift to her fans.

    With the latest release of “Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind,” it’s clear Del Rey has begun to wade into the shallow pool of “socially aware” pop music. The musings she’s presented on initial Lust for Life singles are introspective as always, but with a more optimistic tone. If this new direction wasn’t enough to get you excited for the album, the collaborations with the Weeknd, musical royalty offspring Sean Ono Lennon, and the white witch herself, Stevie Knicks, might help. Del Rey is tapping into new territory on Lust for Life and might just be her most intriguing work yet. —Nora-Grayce Orosz


  • DJ Khaled, ‘Grateful’

    Release Date: N/A

    Producer and life coach extraordinaire DJ Khaled has his tenth studio album Grateful on the way for summer 2017. With masterful executive production from his son Asahd, an endless collaboration roster of music’s elite and that ever-humble attitude, there’s really no way this album can fail.

    If the success of his “I’m the One” collaboration with Chance the Rapper, Quavo, Justin Bieber, and Lil Wayne is any indication, Grateful is destined to make some serious waves this summer. “I’m the One” marks Khaled’s first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is a testament to his ability to produce songs with widespread appeal. You can’t help but be happy for him and luckily, there’ll be many more chances for hits when his album drops. —Nora-Grayce Orosz


  • Lil Uzi Vert, ‘Luv Is Rage 2’

    Release Date: N/A

    Fans have become restless over waiting for Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2, partially because he teases it in every Instagram post, but also because the Philly rapper has created a buzz unlike any other act in 2017.

    That’s only increased with the success of “XO Tour Llif3,” which has cracked the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He also earned a No. 1 earlier this year thanks to his contribution to Migos’ “Bad and Boujee.” With that kind of momentum, Uzi Vert is in prime position to strike while the iron’s hot. —Edwin Ortiz


  • Travis Scott and Quavo

    Release Date: N/A

    At the top of 2017, three major collaborative rap projects seemed like more than a pipe dream: Kanye and Drake, Young Thug and Future, and Chance the Rapper x Childish Gambino. Not only does a Travis Scott and Quavo album deserve to be mentioned in that same space because of their undeniable chemistry, but we know for certain it’s happening.

    Quavo first hinted at it back in December (on Apple Music’s Beats 1), and Travis has since teased the project with two song previews (on Beats 1) and a warning that it may arrive as a surprise drop. That said, don’t be surprised if Apple Music is involved in some way. —Edwin Ortiz


  • Camila Cabello, ‘The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving.’

    Release Date: N/A

    Making the transition to a solo career after gaining fame and success with a group can be tricky, but Camila Cabello has handled it well. The 20-year-old star first hit fans with “Crying in the Club,” an upbeat performance ripe for the airwaves, and followed that up almost immediately with “I Have Questions.” 

    Her debut album The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving. is still without a release date, though she has marked September as the month fans can expect to hear what she’s been working on this past year. —Edwin Ortiz


  • Jay Z

    Release Date: N/A

    We’ve received a handful of signals that Jay Z’s next album is dropping soon. Among them: Swizz Beatz hinting Hov is in “album mode,” Jay lining up multiple festival appearances in early fall, and the fact that it’s been nearly four years since he dropped his last album, his longest break between projects. 

    What’s still unclear is how Hov will approach his thirteenth solo album. A lot has happened in his life since Magna Carta… Holy Grail, namely Beyoncé's Lemonade, two more kids on the way, his involvement in the streaming wars, and friend (now-foe?) Kanye calling him out. However Jay Z decides to tackle life at 47, we’re all ears. —Edwin Ortiz

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Austrian Duo LEYYA Has an Indie Summer Hit on Their Hands With “Zoo”

Austrian duo LEYYA (Sophie Lindinger and Marco Kleebauer) make creative modern pop music, drawing on far-ranging influences. Last year they released their debut, Spanish Disco, on the whole a moody record filled with spacious electronic production and ghostly vocals. Since then, they've toured heavily in Europe, and their track “Superego” has broken two million of streams on on Spotify. Today, they're back with new music.

“Zoo” starts off with a flourish of sitar and gentle vocals, but when that hook comes in it's all systems go, with brass and bouncy percussion. “The Idea for ‘Zoo’ came while watching a sitar lesson on the internet,” LEYYA explains. “It set a certain mood we wanted to transfer to our song, as well, so it’s quite meditative, but combined with our way of songwriting.”

Listen to “Zoo” above, and get ready to have this one in prime summer rotation. Check out their 2016 album Spanish Disco below and keep up with LEYYA on Twitter here.

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Lil Yachty Just Upgraded Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm”

Katy Perry has spent most of the last month doing everything in her power to promote her latest single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” which features Bob Marley's grandson Skip Marley. She has performed the song at the 2017 Grammy Awards. She has released an elaborate (and likely expensive) amusement park-themed music video. And she has even allowed the indie band Hot Chip to give the song an electronic remix. As a result, the song has climbed as high as No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Late Tuesday, “Chained to the Rhythm” got another push when Lil Yachty revealed he had also given the song the remix—er, “BoatRemix”—treatment. On Lil Boat’s version of the song, the beat has been slowed down dramatically, which allows for him to flex his Auto-Tuned vocals on the track. “Chained to the beat now/Feelin’ good, got good vibes,” he croons. “Take a shot, baby, loosen up/You the star of the scene now/I went from readin’ magazines to being on the cover/Get up in the groove now/Let me see you move now.”

 

Thank You Katy ❤️ Up Now On My SoundCloud.

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Yachty also punctuates his performance by yelling “I love you, Katy!” as only he can after dropping a second verse on the song.

“Chained to the Rhythm” serves as the first single for Perry’s fifth album, which is still without a release date. Outside of helping Perry push her song, the “BoatRemix” of “Chained to the Rhythm” should also help get some fresh eyes and ears on Yachty as he prepares to release his debut album, Teenage Emotions, sometime later this year.

You can listen to Perry and Yachty’s version of “Chained to the Rhythm” below:

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Wiz Khalifa Drops Surprise Remix To The Chainsmokers’ Biggest Hit [VIDEO]

With “Paris” and “Something Just Like This” out now, and their debut album on the way, fans might be under the impression that the hype over “Closer” is over. Those fans would be very wrong.

This weekend, Wiz Khalifa took to the stage at Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival to debut a new remix to 2016’s biggest hit, and the newly crowned biggest hit in all of electronic/dance. While the original production remains intact, Wiz Khalifa’s new bars on “Closer” serve to ramp up the energy in the stead of the admittedly cheesy pop lyrics from Halsey Drew of The Chainsmokers.

It’s one you have to see (and hear) to believe, because it really does work way better than one might think. Check it out below.

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Source: Wiz Khalifa Drops Surprise Remix To The Chainsmokers’ Biggest Hit [VIDEO]

Rare Eric Prydz Performance Canceled in New York

It should have been a special Saturday night in Brooklyn for fans heading to Depot 52. Last night, legendary electronic musician Eric Prydz was going to perform a four-hour set at the New York venue in which he had played the night before. However, the local Fire Marshall canceled the event leaving concert-goers confused in the streets. Although no official reason for the cancelation has been revealed, fans traveling near and far distances took to Twitter to show their discontent.

 

 

 

Both Eric Prydz and promoter organization Teksupport tweeted about last night’s debacle.

 

 

Unfortunately, any information resolving refunding issues for the show will have to wait until Monday. We hope to hear more information from Eric Prydz and Teksupport to clear any confusion from last night.

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Alexander Lewis Releases Trap Anthem “March”

From his work with KRANE, Y2K, and Dabow to remixes for Mr. Carmack, DJ and producer Alexander Lewis has been on a fast rise within the electronic music scene. Through the implementation of real instruments into his music, the eclectic producer has curated his own niche sound powered by the use of his hard-hitting horns and startling synths.

His latest single, “March,” out now on Trap Nation’s LA-based record label Lowly Palace, is no different. It’s exactly what we could have hoped for. “March” is Lewis’ first single off his upcoming EP, which is bound to shake up the trap scene. It’s a warlike anthem like none other, and it includes all of the stylistic hallmarks that we have come to know and love Alexander Lewis for: mystical vocal chops, eerie piano notes, powerful drums and of course his blaring horns to top off the track. A trap masterpiece would be an understatement, “March” makes for a tune that could literally be used rally up an armed militia if need be.

Stream “March” below and make sure to snag a free download here!

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Aspire to Inspire 178: Andrew Wilson

Life sometimes has a funny way of getting in the way of our expectations. As they say, “life happens.” Outside factors whether they be family oriented or not, can easily steer us off the path we had originally set out on, leaving us with an unclear grasp of what lies ahead.

For Andrew Wilson, moving around a lot had a significant effect on him and the manner in which he interacted with others. He was born in Southern California, but also lived in Texas and Arizona for a time as well. His father is a pilot for Southwest Airlines so moving from place to place wasn’t out of the ordinary. For a lot of kids that relocate frequently, it can be tough to open up and form deep connections with others when the possibility of leaving again could be just around the corner. This led to Andrew developing a rather shy personality.

That shyness seemed to dissipate, however, when music came into question.

“My first love was alternative music – bands like Paramore and Panic! At the Disco was really my scene back then. I would go to the meet and greets, be against the bar the whole time, and I was young. I was in junior high at that point. That was what started my love for music. I’ve fallen out of love with these genres a bit now unfortunately, but that was what I really enjoyed to do back in my earlier life. I was moving around a lot, which really made me shy so being able to go to these concerts made me feel happy and accepted. I was really having fun and could actually be myself even at a young age.”

Andrew’s interests soon shifted to the electronic music scene as he got a bit older and started to follow the footsteps of his older family members. When his older brother and cousins planned to attend EDC 2008 at the LA Coliseum, he jumped at the opportunity to experience something new.

“We naturally look up to the people that are older than us and I just looked up to them and wanted to do what they did. I was very intrigued. I’m not sure exactly how it came about, but the summer after my freshman year of high school they were planning to go to EDC at the Coliseum and I got a ticket to go with them. That was my first ever EDM show or rave. I felt the love and thought ‘Oh my gosh, what is this?’ That was the major transition for me. I had finally found a place where I felt so happy and so accepted. It just instantly changed my life.”

From that moment on, music became a constant in Andrew’s life. Unfortunately, he had not realized how much of a role it was playing until after he had fallen on hard times.

Change can be a lot for a young kid, especially when there is a lot of it at once. Andrew’s parents had divorced, leaving him feeling torn between them. He had moved again, which felt like he was starting all over from the beginning, and soon had to deal with the illness and eventual loss of his mother. All of this happening within a year’s time made Andrew feel as though his life had been turned upside down.

As he searched for something in the world to make him feel centered, or at the very least, a sense of normalcy, it led to legal trouble as he started to look in more dangerous places.

“All of it happened so fast and then led to legal trouble because I was searching for something bigger than myself and trying to feel accepted and noticed. I unfortunately did not find acceptance as I got into more and more trouble. I was abusing drugs and alcohol. It was probably one of the darkest chapters of my life where I was just using everybody, stealing, and just not the person that I want to be ever again. I went to shows under the influence and did a lot of things that were dangerous. I put my friends and me into situations that were unsafe as well. There were times that something really bad could have happened. That was my way of doing what I needed to do and it was just a really dark time. I am very grateful that all of this is behind me. My hope is that I can show somebody that no matter what they’re going through, as long as they keep working hard and make positive life changes, it is all going to be worth it. It will be hard, but it will be worth it in the long run.”

At the young age of 20, Andrew made the tough decision to get sober and turn his life around. It wasn’t until then that he truly realized how important music was in his life and how it provided an unrivaled amount of support and therapy for him. He tells us, laughing, that even now his friends give him a bit of a hard time at shows and events because he usually ends up shedding a few tears.

But that is what music does. It heals, but isn’t afraid to bring out our deepest emotions in the process. Artists like Above & Beyond and Kaskade have lent a hand in that process for Andrew.

“I actually have two Above & Beyond-inspired tattoos. I just feel like their music has always promoted a lot of positivity in a world that is so filled with hate. It’s easy to get sidetracked by all of that and this gave me the ability to love myself and others. I had the honor of meeting Kaskade as well last year and he is one of my idols. I know that he’s sober for I think religious reasons, but it was really cool for me to meet him and say ‘hey the first rave I ever went to when I was six months sober was one of yours on my 21st birthday.’ I was blown away and it was the best time I’ve ever had. Those are definitely people that I look up to.”

There are a lot of Andrews out there in the rave and dance music community. There are stories upon stories that involve dark times and loss, but what most of them have in common is healing. It is tough to support the case of the rave scene’s unfortunate stereotype when there are so many individuals with stories of inspiration and bravery.

By sharing his story, Andrew hopes that some of the stigma will fade and people will understand that there is so much more to it than partying. Beyond that, he wishes that his story helps others find a way out of their own dark times.

Here we leave you with Andrew’s final thoughts on the power of music.

“Music has always been something that has allowed me to connect with people that are not here anymore. That includes my mom and unfortunately, one of best friends Evan who passed away from drug addiction. Music has allowed me to connect and feel them with me on a deep level. I did want to share one of my favorite song lyrics from Above & Beyond’s song “Peace of Mind”…

“It will be only a matter of time, before your life comes through for you.”

Life happens but as long as you hold on and push forward you can overcome anything. Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me. Music has connected me to complete strangers, even for a moment, and allows us to forget about the problems of the world and live in peace.”

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If you or anyone you know is suffering from any form of substance abuse or addiction, do not hesitate to act. Taking a screening can help determine if additional help is required. Visit www.mhascreening.org to take a free, confidential, and anonymous alcohol or substance use screen. Visit Mental Health America to learn more about recognizing addiction symptoms and offering support before and throughout recovery. Several global online and regional recovery support communities can be found at the links below:

Mental Health America
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Visit JED’s Mental Health Resource Center for information, resources, and tips for how to help yourself or a loved one.

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Aire Atlantica – Shotgun Confidence (feat. DOMENICO) [Free DL]

 Aire Atlantica is back with his first single of the year. He previously topped the HypeMachine charts for his remix of Billie Eilish and is well on his way to dance music stardom with a newly announced run of support shows for Hotel Garuda.

“Shotgun Confidence” is new territory for the producer having teamed up with R&B singer DOMENICO to create a sound unlike that which we’ve previously heard from him. The song is intimate aural exploration through different soundscapes between R&B, electronic, and everything in between alongside DOMENICO’s soothing vocals. It’s intimate listening experience and definitely shows off a darker, edgier side to Aire Atlantica I didn’t know existed.

Stream it below and grab a free download here.

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Source: Aire Atlantica – Shotgun Confidence (feat. DOMENICO) [Free DL]