The Best Sneakers of 2017 (So Far)

At this time last year, we were saying, “Damn, this has been a really boring year in sneakers.” The same can’t be said for the first half of 2017. There have been unexpected retros, groundbreaking technology, and an abundance of sneakers from Kanye West. Nike made the VaporMax. Kaws got his own Air Jordan, and the Air Max series got its just due with proper retros. What more could people want?

There are years where it feels like you have to be into one type of shoe to be part of the sneaker scene, 2017 has been anything but that. Check out what’s dominated the world of footwear this year with our list of the best sneakers of 2017 so far. —Matt Welty

 

  • 10. Big Baller Brand Zo2

    Let’s go through some of what we know about the Big Baller Brand Zo2: It retails for $495, we’ve only seen it on the feet of the Ball family (and in one in-house made commercial), it’s only been available for pre-order, and it was apparently designed in a matter of hours. With LaVar Ball pushing for a highly unlikely partnership deal from one of the major sneaker companies, Lonzo Ball’s premier signature sneaker may never be produced in big numbers at all.

     If none of this sounds like anything that would qualify a sneaker for a mid-year best-of list, that’s because it normally wouldn’t be. But while it will be months before the Zo2 runs the streets—if it ever does—the $495 shoe certainly ran the Internet the week it was announced. One suspects this is exactly what LaVar Ball wanted. And the only thing that will bother him about this is the placement. —Russ Bengtson

     

  • 9. Air Jordan 1 “Royal”

    Already making the list as one of the Best Air Jordans of 2017 (So Far), the Air Jordan 1 “Royal” also stands its ground as one of the best releases from all brands this year. Even as a general release, “Royal” 1s  were highly anticipated—and for good reason. Jordan Brand had already been on a roll of releasing Air Jordan 1s in true to original form, so for fans of the silhouette it was another must-have colorway.

    Michael Jordan never wore the “Royal” 1s in a regulation basketball game, but an iconic photo of him wearing the sneakers and a matching sleeveless Flight suit on a jet runway, make the colorway just as desirable as “Banned” or “Chicago” 1s. In the past, securing a pair of “Royal” 1s meant spending well over retail on eBay, so the $160 retro was actually a bargain in the eyes of collectors. Premium leather, OG high-top construction, extra royal blue laces and an original-style Nike box make these the closest pair to 1985. —Amir Ismael

     

  • 8. Raf Simons Adidas Ozweego 2

    When Raf Simons introduced his collection with Adidas back in 2013, I remember thinking it was God awful. And a lot of it was. I never want to see anyone wear platform sneakers or ones that come up to your knee. There were two sneakers that I liked: The Stan Smiths and the Ozweego. The latter was cool because it showed that Raf knew a thing or two about sneakers (which he does) and wasn’t just catering to the fashion tryhards who were just dipping their feet into the luxury pool. It’s based off a '90s Adidas running sneaker, and the colorblocking had the vibe of an “O.G.” colorway. Most forgot about the design for awhile, then it re-emerged with an unseen vengeance. Adidas released a colorway that was reminiscent of the first pair that dropped around 3 years ago, and it was met with open arms by cool guys and sneaker connoisseurs. It also didn’t hurt that ASAP Rocky was rapping, “Don’t touch my Raf,” around the same time these sneakers dropped. Except everyone was trying to get their hands on them. —Matt Welty

     

  • 7. Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard 2.0

    Back in 2012, New York City artist Tom Sachs teamed up with Nike to create the NikeCraft Mars Yard, a space-inspired sneaker that was meant to be worn. Sachs did just that, by wear-testing the shoes for years. During that time he realized that the sneakers could’ve been designed better, so nearly five years later the Tom Sachs x NikeCraft Mars Yard 2.0 were finally introduced this year. 

    The updated version looks nearly identical to the original, but there were several key changes. A polyester warp-knit tricot mesh replaced the Vectran upper, the red pull tabs featured much stronger stitching and the outsoles were toned down to be more suitable for urban wear. Interchangeable mesh and cork insoles were also included to make the sneakers suitable for wearing with or without socks. With a very utilitarian approach to design, the Mars Yard 2.0 uses mostly unprocessed materials—the leather isn’t dyed, the cork is natura,l and the polyurethane midsole is raw and unpainted. And to really drive home the message of wearing the sneakers, the box reads, “These shoes are only valid if worn, and worn to death by you. Posers need not apply.” —Amir Ismael


  • 6. Nike Air Max 97 “Silver Bullet”

    The Nike Air Max 97 tends to resurface every few years. It’s been a consistent favorite in Europe, specifically Italy and London, but it’s had a mixed reception in the U.S. It’s always played second fiddle to the Air Max 1, 90, and 95, but this year saw the 97 celebrate its 20th birthday and Nike did it justice. It all started late last year with activations and special editions made for Italy. The 97s, in their original “Silver” colorway, finally had a wide release in the States this year, and it brought a new energy to the sneaker. People who had never worn Air Maxes, let alone 97s, were hunting high and low to get a pair. It didn’t really make sense and made a lot of O.G.s shake their heads at the newcomers, but, in the grander scheme of things, it was a much welcomed change to the typical sneakers that dominate the retro cycle. And if something like the 97 can smash the mold, it can serve as an example that any sneaker can break into the mainstream with the right strategical push behind it. —Matt Welty

     

  • 5. Adidas Futurecraft 4D

    What actually makes something 4D? I don’t know, that just sounds like some made-up marketing speak to me. But Adidas made a 4D running sneaker this year, and it’s really good. 3D printing is the future of footwear manufacturing, and Adidas has taken it one step further with its ongoing Futurecraft program, which implements the most cutting-edge design practices into wearable shoes. Only 300 pairs of the 4D sneakers were given to influencers and industry insiders this year, but Adidas is set to release 5,000 more pairs by the end of the year, which should make everyone lose their minds. And I don’t blame them: The shoes have a clean upper that’s similar to an Ultra Boost, and a mind-blowingly futuristic midsole. The balance between the simple and the extreme makes the 4D runner a clear-cut winner, and it doesn’t hurt that people are shelling out $3,000 on the secondary market for them right now, either. —Matt Welty

     

  • 4. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 “Zebra”

    When the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 debuted in September 2016, it was well received because it was simply a new Yeezy sneaker. Shortly after its initial release, more colorways including several “Core Black” pairs and the “Zebras” surfaced. The black and white Primeknit upper and white outsole made the sneakers like the “Turtle Doves” of V2s or, even arguably, better than the original Yeezy Boost 350.

    While, all the “Core Black” pairs that released over the holiday season were relatively easy to come by, the “Zebras” were the complete opposite when they launched in February. Only 34 Adidas Original stores worldwide stocked the colorway, with just four of those stores being in the U.S. They released exclusively through Adidas Confirmed—there was no online release and no additional retailers that carried the shoes. Luckily, Adidas is treating Yeezy fans well with a much wider restock this weekend. Even with the sneakers becoming less exclusive, the “Zebra” colorway makes these one of the best Yeezys Boosts ever and one of this year’s best sneakers. —Amir Ismael


  • 3. Atmos x Air Max 1 “Elephant”

    In celebration of last year’s Air Max Day, Nike introduced Vote Back—a new poll that gave the public a chance to bring back one specific Air Max sneaker for 2017. When sneaker enthusiasts realized they had the opportunity to bring back “Elephant Print” Atmos x Air Max 1s just a year after Nike re-released “Safari” Air Max 1s, the 2007 classic won easily.

    With the release date locked in for 2017 Air Max Day, it became one of this year’s most anticipated sneakers nearly in advanced. While the 2016 “Safari” Air Max 1s had several questionable changes, the recent “Elephant Print” Air Max 1s gave diehard Air Max fans exactly what they were looking for by staying true to the original.

    In addition to the Vote Back release, Atmos surprised fans with another iteration of the colorway in a first-of-its-kind Air Jordan collaboration. Still sticking to the highly sought after black, white, jade, and Elephant Print colorway, the pair done in collaboration with Jordan Brand featured minor changes in detail like a semi-translucent black outsole with Jumpman branding and Elephant Print insoles. Give the people what they want, when they want it, and they’ll always be satisfied. —Amir Ismael


  • 2. Kaws x Air Jordan IV

    The Kaws x Air Jordan IV had all the ingredients necessary for a huge sneaker hit—a classic Air Jordan model, a collaboration with the right artist at the right time, premium construction, thoughtfully designed packaging, and limited production numbers. All that would have been enough even without the sneaker itself being terrific. But it was.

    Kaws had done sneaker collaborations before, most notably with Nike on a set of Air Max 90s. But a Jordan collaboration was different. And Kaws had a higher profile now than he did back then, as did the sneaker world as a whole, so this was his most heavily anticipated project yet.

    Again, it did not disappoint. The monochrome suede build was broken up by different textures of suede and subtle grey-on-grey embroidery, Kaws’ signature “XX” branding on the heel tab and hangtag, and set off by a glow-in-the-dark sole with Kaws’ Companion hands detail underneath. A leather lining and Jumpman/Kaws dustbag finished off the package, which came in a Kaws-specific Air Jordan IV box. The toughest decision? To stash, or to wear right away. —Russ Bengtson

     

  • 1. Nike VaporMax

     Nike desperately needed a win this year. Adidas has been slapping the living daylights out of them left and right, sneaker release after sneaker release. Nike just hasn’t been able to keep up in terms of innovation and cool over the past couple seasons, but all of that slightly started to shift with the launch of the VaporMax this year. Nike was able to create a sole unit that was completely full of Air, and it was just as practical as it was visually appealing; the bulbous Air unit is something out of a cartoon. It was a much-needed win against Adidas for the Swoosh, and it’s rare that a brand-new sneaker is the shoe that everyone’s been talking about. We’ve seen it in the recent past with the Adidas Ultra Boost;the VaporMax had the same energy around it. This is only the beginning for the technology and the silhouette, though. There’s still another half of a year to shine and the sole is going to be used over and over again until we’re sick of it. But at the moment, we’re going back for seconds, thirds, and fourths because we’re still still not full on the VaporMax just yet—it’s that good. —Matt Welty

     

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Leaders from some of the world's most powerful countries issued a joint statement over the weekend, blaming Donald Trump and the United States for the group's failure to reach an agreement on climate change.

In the declaration released by G7 countries following their yearly summit, the leaders of the other six nations involved in the discussion highlighted Trump's refusal to join them in the fight against climate change:

The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics. Understanding this process, the Heads of State and of Government of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom and the Presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement, as previously stated at the Ise-Shima Summit.

Trump, who was the lone holdout on adopting guidelines implemented by the 2015 Paris Agreement, took to Twitter to reaffirm the group's claim he had not yet decided on a policy:

During his campaign preceding the 2016 election, Trump summed up his stance on combating emissions by telling a South Carolina crowd, “I want to use hair spray.” Trump has a long and vocal history of denying global warming, and has repeatedly claimed it is a hoax.

Angela Merkel, the current Chancellor of Germany, specifically mentioned how other G7 countries lobbied Trump to keep America in the Paris Agreement, which was implemented to cut back on carbon emissions.

“The entire discussion about climate was very difficult, if not to say very dissatisfying,” said Merkel. “There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not.”

Belief in climate change has increasingly taken hold among American voters. 70 percent of those polled believe global warming is happening, and 55 percent of people believe that change is man-made. Complex spoke to Bill Nye in April, and he said his wish is for American legislators to respond to the scientific community's consensus on the matter.

“The easiest thing, at first, is to be in denial, whether you’re talking about climate change or having broken something you can’t see,” said Nye. “'Did I just break that?' Yeah, you did. There’s a few seconds of 'No, no, it’s fine. Put it back together.' We want to get legislators to get their worldviews shifted to respect the facts.”

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“If you want to start a footwear brand and compete with Nike or Adidas, you’ll need the funding of a small country and an army,” says No One founder and designer Mark Gainor sitting in a small studio lined with cobbler tools, shoe-making machines, and work benches in Venice, California.

The 38-year-old Gainor, who’s spent over a decade in the footwear industry working for Adidas, Gourmet, and Creative Recreation, knows a thing or two about designing, manufacturing, and marketing sneakers, and now he’s setting out on his own to bring handmade shoes to the public one pair at a time. But he’s not the only person who’s living the dream of owning their own sneaker brand. There’s been a rise in smaller footwear brands recently that straddle the line between sportswear and high fashion, including No One, Sonra, and John Geiger’s eponymous label. What’s it like launching your own sneaker brand? What are some of the challenges these upstart companies face? We spoke to the brains behind some of these rising companies to find out.   

The thought of having your own shoe — designing it from start to finish — has likely crossed everyone’s mind who obsesses about sneakers, but it takes more than just a piqued interest in shoes to bring a piece of footwear to life. There’s sketching the design, sourcing the materials, creating the last (the mold that gives a shoe its shape), finding a place to manufacture the product, and then selling it to the public. And a lot of money.

No One LA's Bravo sneaker.
No One LA's Bravo sneaker. Image via brand.

“Sneakerheads think this is easy, but I was in the warehouses in Italy and they said, ‘If this was so easy, then everyone would do it,’” says 31-year-old John Geiger, who launched his own sneaker brand last year after working with Nike on Darrelle Revis’s first signature sneaker and creating a successful line of custom Air Force 1s with shoe customizer The Shoe Surgeon over the past few years.

Making shoes isn’t for everyone, even if they have an idea in their head that they’ve wanted to execute. “There might be 10,000 who can draw a really fresh sneaker, but only 10 people out of that bunch can go out and make that shoe,” Gainor says. “Doing that in the America, and it’s 10 times more difficult.”

For Geiger, getting his shoe off the ground financially took drastic measures, and it required him to unload his love for other brands’ sneakers to create his own pair. “I funded it, I designed it, and the sole took a year because I wanted an air bladder in it,” he says. “Right before I moved from Pittsburgh to Miami, I sold my whole sneaker collection in bulk to make the sole mold. The sole mold was almost $15,000. A lot of people use pre-manufactured soles. They buy them from Margom. That’s the easier route. I went through, like, a million soles, but they’d send them with no air bladder. That’s not what I wanted.”

Although he didn’t provide an exact number, Gainor says that creating your own brand is going to cost much more than you’ve set out to spend. “You should do your research, talk to as many industry people as possible, then multiply that number by four [to find out how much it’s going to cost],” he says. “It is so expensive and so many things that can wrong. There are so many details that you’re going to overlook.”

Gainor and Geiger have both chose to manufacture their sneakers in the USA, and while it’s a more expensive process than making them in Asia, it gives them the quality and control that they’re looking for in their product. “I want to do something and be known for doing it in the USA, but I want it to have the quality of being made in Italy,” Geiger says.

John Geiger 001
John Geiger's 001 sneaker. Image via John Geiger

For Gainor, choosing to make his shoes domestically gave him the control and convenience that he didn’t have with previous companies. “I was flying [to China] 12 to 13 times a year. It got to the point where I was like, ‘Fuck this—if I could do this 10 minutes from my home, it would be a good thrill,’ he says. “You’re not going to get into high-quality facilities in Italy or China with the volume that we’re looking to create as a startup. If you’re able to produce your product domestically, it gives you the right amount of control. Unless you’re going to be a psycho and fly over to China to check on your shoes two times a month.”

Making shoes in the USA seems like a novel idea to some consumers, but they’ll also pay the price, literally, for buying domestically manufactured sneakers. “You’re going to pay so much to make a domestic product, you just have to make that back with marketing the product,” Gainor says. “It’s the only way you can justify making product here. It’s going to cost you two to five times more to make shoes domestically.”

Factories located outside of Asia, whether they’re in Europe or the U.S., aren’t able to pump out the same quantity of sneakers on a daily basis, which presents its own set of problems to those trying to start their own brand. Hikmet Sugoer, who founded German sneaker boutique Solebox and started his own brand after selling and leaving the business, has started his own sneaker line, Sonra, and makes premium running sneakers in Germany. “The biggest problem is dealing with a small factory, because they have a maximum that they can produce per year,” Sugoer, 44, says. “I forecasted a small quantity, and now there’s no possibility to [make more shoes]. You’re dependent on the factory, especially if you want to produce regionally, because there aren’t many factories around. If I were to produce in Asia, it would be much easier, but producing in Europe is much harder.”

Sonra's Proto sneaker in the
Sonra's Proto sneaker in the “Bae” colorway. Image via Hanon

Once the shoe is made, selling and marketing it is the next challenge that faces someone who starts their own sneaker company. And it can make or break the brand. The process, however, all starts with making a good shoe, as simple as it may seem. “Marketing and design impact each other. If you nail a design, it’s going to market itself. So the hard work is in developing or designing the shoe that’s truly innovative,” Gainor says. “There are so many silhouettes that look and feel the same that occupy the same space, so the marketing becomes much more difficult. If your product doesn’t stand out, then you’re going to have to put in a lot of work to make people notice it in today’s market, especially with big players like Nike and Adidas making shoes.”

Experience in the sneaker industry will help you launch your own sneaker brand, but having a recognizable name in that same space will get more people to pay attention at the start. Sugeor’s had his hand in some of the most coveted sneaker collaborations over the past decade and has built a cult-like following, where he’s applied his older colorways to his new shoes. The same people who craved his old sneakers wanted a pair of Sonras. “Without proving myself with my work in the past, this wouldn’t be possible,” he says. “It’s not easy to put your sneakers in top-tier stores. I sell my shoes at Hanon, 24 Kilates, and Patta. This wouldn’t be possible if people didn’t know me. It’s because they know me from my work that I did while I was at Solebox.”

Designing a great shoe, selecting the right materials, and finding the right marketing strategy are what it takes to make a successful shoe, as well as a little bit of luck, financial planning, and the right co-signs. But you’re not going to make it far within the footwear industry without hard work and, ultimately, a passion for sneakers. “If you work in this industry, it’s a given that you’re passionate about sneakers. To deal with everything that’s going to happen, you’re going to need a real love for footwear. The downside is that it might make you crazy, thinking you fucked up a colorway,” Gainor says. “I’ve learned to go through my design process and live with and accept my mistakes. I realize that we’ve made the very best shoe that we’ve made today. We can all make a better shoe tomorrow.”

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Do we need another fashion label from L.A.? Another skate brand? Another designer inspired by ‘90s-inflected youth culture? Well, technically, no. There are plenty of options on the market already to satisfy all of that. It’s also entirely possible, by the way, to get dressed every day pulling from a wardrobe that is blissfully untouched by the influence of today’s most dominant style trends. Just look at Drake, or Donald Trump Jr., or the Amish.

But do we want more of those things we already know we love? The answer would seem to be conditional. There’s very little merit in re-treads, copycats, and cheap imitations. But, if up-and-coming creative minds behind new ventures are pushing boundaries and offering something new—even if it’s simply an interesting take on a well-worn trope—it’s hard to argue that there isn’t room for them in our closet, too.

The designers behind these five labels all originate from familiar places—including in-house at classic streetwear brands and from within the endlessly inspiring SoCal surf scene—but have emerged with a design sensibility that is uniquely their own. In a world full of lookalikes and mimics, these guys are actually worth your attention.

Bristol LA
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Bristol Los Angeles
Luke Tadashi and Tommy Nowels first met as children playing basketball at a Boys & Girls Club in L.A. Later, they reconnected again toward the end of their high school days. “Both of us felt a natural connection to the intersection of sport—specifically basketball—and fashion,” Tadashi says. “We bonded over that, and a few years later decided to convert that interest into a brand.” The duo founded Bristol LA in 2014, unveiling their first proper collection last year. The look is largely logo-free, relaxed basics, with a generous fit and fabric that tends to skew toward the textured and cozy. If the basketball influence is easier to see in some pieces—like French Terry sweats that hit just below the knee, for example—than others, that’s because they also drew inspiration from the off-court style of NBA icons of their youth. “It was through the fashion of our favorite players—Kobe, T-Mac, Iverson—that we first began to think about the notion of clothing as a means of self-expression,” Tadashi explains. “None of this would be happening if it weren't for basketball and our hoop idols.”

Childs
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Childs
Robert Childs’ professional pedigree is impressive; the FIT alum has held down design director positions at Opening Ceremony, Adam Kimmel, and Thom Browne. So, perhaps it was only a matter of time before he introduced the world to his own, unfiltered vision, as he did with the debut of Childs New York in 2016. His first collection of immaculately tailored, super-clean menswear made it clear that Childs is for guys with sophisticated taste. His designs look like the types of clothes you’d buy a present for yourself after an especially lucrative career move; his outerwear in particular carries an air of “investment piece.” His spring collection, stocked at shops like Totokaelo and Odin, manages to introduce some prints and even a graphic T-shirt that increases the fun without sacrificing any of Childs’ burgeoning signature refinement.

Ex Infinitas
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Ex Infinitas
Designer Lukas Vincent doesn’t want to deal with grown ups. When asked who the ideal customer is for Ex Infinitas, the label he founded that’s been called the Australian answer to Gosha Rubchinskiy and Vetements, his answer is simple: “A guy or girl who is the eternal 17 year-old version of themselves.” Vincent—himself a youthful 34-year-old—designs clothes that speak directly to a high-low aesthetic. “In Australia, surfing has rarely, if ever, informed local, high-end fashion,” he says. He’s remedied that with hoodies and robes that reference the bum-around young surfers he knew in the beach town where he grew up, done over in luxury fabrics sourced from Italy. Lookbook images, shot by Kanye West collaborator Fabien Montique, appealingly capture the extravagance of dressing like a moneyed burn-out. For his upcoming Fall 2017 collection, Vincent shifted his gaze from the ocean to the mountains, inspired by the wake-and-bake vibes of teen snowboarders. “The origin of surfwear is subcultural and stitched to an alternative lifestyle,” he says. “Creatively, there are endless aspects to explore and weave together.”

Ignored Prayers
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Ignored Prayers
Former HUF creative director Scott Tepper’s new foray into streetwear may be succeeding in spite of itself. “Ignored Prayers started really as a joke amongst friends living on opposite coasts,” Tepper says. “It was just some shit for us.” What began some nine years ago as a simple website meant to share art, music, and “extremely obscure cultural references,” has now grown into a brand that’s stocked at Dover Street Market and Union Los Angeles, both noted breeding grounds for many labels that have gone on to become the Next Big Thing. Many Ignored Prayers T-shirts, hoodies, and caps are streaked with graphics and gothic lettering inspired by, Tepper says, a mix of travel, ADHD, and his habit of hoarding books, magazines, and spray paint. The look is decisively of-the-moment and lends itself well to the possibility of continued growth—if Tepper feels like it. “We are not thirsty to expand,” he says. “[We] just want to have fun with it and make cool stuff with our friends.”

Noon Goons
Image via Noon Goons

Noon Goons
Kurt Narmore, co-founder of L.A.’s Noon Goons, is very clear about what separates his brand from other SoCal surf-infused labels: “Our style,” he says. Launched to the public officially in 2016, Noon Goons’ offering includes the requisite plaid shirts and hoodies, but ups the style quotient with striped, zippered polos, vintage-looking, colorblocked pullovers, and straight-leg, pleated chinos cropped just high enough to give your expertly broken-in Vans some extra room to shine. Those flourishes have already landed the brand a coveted spot on the roster at tastemaking retailers like Selfridges and SSENSE. At the moment, Narmore is focused on yet-to-be-announced collaborations he hopes will continue to amplify the brand’s global reach. But he’s not looking to escape the West Coast anytime soon. “Noon Goons is an expression of our lifestyle here in L.A.,” he says. “There is no place I’d rather be.”

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Italian designer Marcelo Burlon of County Milan considers himself part of a new era in fashion. In a recent interview with Complex Hustle, Burlon spoke on how he and other designers, like Virgil Abloh and Heron Preston, are helping create a culture far beyond just clothing. “It’s not just about clothes. It’s a lifestyle actually,” he said. 

In the interview, Burlon also touched on his humble beginnings in Italy, his involvement with the local club scene, working with former Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, and funding his brand County of Milan, which has been co-signed by everyone from The Weeknd to Russell Westbrook, by DJ’ing around the world. Watch the video above. 

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Out today via Unreal Sound Records, genre agnostic production duo Giraffe Squad release their latest single “Last Chance” featuring vocalist Nathan Brumley.

Giraffe Squad is a duo with tracks supported by world-renowned DJ’s like: Dada Life, Carnage, MAKJ, Breath Carolina, and many others. The squad consists of two producers one residing in The United States the other in Italy.

With the start of the U.S. festival circuit around the corner, Giraffe Squad perfectly time the unveiling of their newest track “Last Chance,” a progressive heater that is bound to make its way in being heard through oversized festival speakers across the country. “Last Chance” is mainstage house anthem that will take you back to the nostalgia inducing years of when progressive house reigned supreme. The track utilizes crunchy electro lead synths and a pulsating bassline forcing fists to pump and feet to prance.

Stream “Last Chance” below and snag it on Beatport here!

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2CELLOS Delivers Outstanding Covers of “Wake Me Up” & “We Found Love”

Cellist duo 2CELLOS recently took to Italy’s Arena di Verona for their fifth anniversary performance, once again wowing audiences with the expertly arranged covers of popular songs. This year, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser decided to breach into the EDM world, playing their own versions of Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up” and Calvin Harris and Rihanna‘s “We Found Love.”

In the past, 2CELLOS have collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Michael and Queens of the Stone Age. With their impeccable ability and keen eye for arrangement, the result of their newest set is truly a joy to behold – and this is only a small part of it.

Witness the two’s incredible performance via the video below.

 

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