Dutch producer Inova employs a slick range of sounds in “Cruelty” spanning darker, heavier music, and enervating, uplifting melodies. The EP as a whole continues the intriguing gravitas of Inova’s music, and while it sticks well within the confines of drum & bass and future house, it does it well.
The seven track EP is a pretty solid ride, sticking to generally fast BPMs throughout. There is a mood present that conveys something deep, heavy on the horizon of great importance. “Cruelty” shines in the varied ways it delivers this message and the subsequent feels.
Take the intro track named after the EP itself. Opening with beautiful violins and bells, it builds up an atmosphere of massive energy. The choral chanting adds to this as twinkling chords give way to a massive drop.
Echoing chants continue going into Brave accented by bursts of thunder and a very addictive hook and drop. My personal favorite, Burst, is full of high energy drops and streams of futuristic synths.
One of the most interesting cuts, Lift Me Up, breaks away from the sort of darker moods and sound and flips them upside down. This is the album’s bright and bouncy track, with a speedy drum & bass drop, soothing vocals and relaxing shamisen-sounding chords.
There are moments where the songs seem to blend. Both “Grime” and “Paradise” came off to me as a bit generic, with “Paradise” being the better of the two. “Cruelty” closes out with “Dedication” which gets back to a more dance centric space, but still with heavy atmosphere and some very nice vocal chops.
Cruelty is a great listen for fans of Inova and future house/bass music with some great “pump-up” tunes, that also feel worthwhile and moving.
Powerhouse trio Adventure Club, Crankdat and Krewella unite for “Next Life”
Dubstep pioneers Adventure Club have teamed up with producer Crankdat and female songstress and DJ, Krewella for the energy filled track, Next Life. Elements of dubstep, future house and bass collide in this uplifting “post-dubstep” track with each artist bringing their unique flair to the mix. Opening with soft melodies that transition into air guitar like synths and layers of sound makes for an interesting composition.
Krewella delivers magical vocals over Adventure Club’s one-of-a-kind soundscape; one that feels familiar but is also different enough from the dubstep that made them popular in the first place. The drop and the bassier elements of the track seem to be Crankdat’s doing, but I could be dissecting it wrong. Regardless, the trio deliver a powerful hit that successfully changes up a familiar format.
Electronic artist 22Bullets releases this powerhouse track “Surya” featuring rmcm, an energy packed electro number that’s got an early Zedd sound to it. Signed to KSHMR’s Dharma label, the track released through Spinnin’ Records is a perfect anthem for Summer 2019.
Dance music legend, ILLENIUM, remixes Halsey’s “Without Me” adding layers of depth and ambiance.
[Remixes:] Without Me (Illenium Remix) – Halsey
Halsey’s “Without Me” is enjoying national and international radio play as well as good positioning on the music charts. Now, dance music giant, Illenium, has remixed her hit single taking the song to new heights and adding great depth to the track. Halsey, once again, has this remix uploaded on her official YouTube account. Something I first noticed when looking up Autograf’s equally entrancing remix of her song “Bad At Love” after hearing it at Shaky Beats. This shows Halsey supports the artists and DJs who remix her music and is happy to promote them.
Illenium’s signature sound, cascading rhythms and layers of sound, heavily ambient waves of synths and sound add great atmosphere to the original version. These are accentuated by vocal samples of Halsey and an acoustic guitar softly plucking in the background.
Both drops, while not super heavy festival or rage out of your mind style drops, instead opt for an endearing eruption of majestic, magnificent soundscapes that sound like they’d be more at home at a symposium or in an orchestra, than a rave.
David Guetta, J Balvin & Bebe Rexha’s “Say My Name” continues to trend as latin flair meets dance music.
[Dance:] Say My Name – David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin
Latin flair meets dance music in hit “Say My Name”
Music powerhouses David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin are enjoying their time in the spotlight while trending all over the interwebs as “Say My Name” continues to blow up. With over 20 million views on Youtube (as of Nov. 29th) for the official music video, the song is a certified hit.
The song adopts a slower, more latin-influenced flair than what French DJ, Guetta is usually known for. The result of Bebe’s sultry vocals along with J Balvin’s Spanish crooning produces a mix that works incredibly well.
Swedish duo Galantis, delivers a fun, light-hearted affair with “Emoji.”
[Dance House:] Emoji – Galantis
Swedish EDM duo Galantis’ newest song “Emoji” is a very welcome affair to the EDM world. Beginning with very soft, yet sultry vocals reminiscent of ones oft used by fellow House DJ, Kaskade, the beat picks up into energetic, fun, light-hearted sound. A nice change of pace from the high energy drops so often the go to’s at modern EDM shows and festivals.
Oooohhhh weeee / Send me an emoji, lemme know how you feel croons the female vocalist. Accentuated by light piano chords and a light rhythm, the song certainly makes a perfect “wind-down” number for house DJs.
The music video, directed by Dano Cerny is a cute visualization of a member of the duo spending time alone at his house with an emoji/heart. The ending is really sweet and the video goes well with a fun little tune like this one.
Learn more about Galantis on their Facebook, and hear more music from them on Spotify.