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Jul 31

Skrillex & Dillon Francis Drop Moombah Collab ‘Bun Up The Dance’

Dillon Francis shared the third and easily most talked-about new track on his next EP, his original moombahton production with Skrillex.

Francis follows up the release of Bruk Bruk (I Need Your Lovin) with Bun Up The Dance, the third reveal from his heavily anticipated This Mixtape Is Fire EP after the aforementioned Bruk and his Hersey-Kygo collab Coming Over.

In a 2014 interview, Dillon dished us the deets on what was originally planned to be a four-track "moombahton EP." The package has since expanded to seven items, but he is still looking to dig back into his moombahton roots with his This Mixtape Is Fire, and what better way to do so than with the man who most successfully introduced the sound to the masses? No stranger himself, Skrillex' love affair with the latin-influenced sound is epitomized by his moombah-rooted, Grammy Award-winning Bangarang that dominated 2012.

Dillon and Skrillex go for tribal simplicity with Bun Up The Dance, using hand drums, cowbell, and reedy pops to craft a visceral moombah jam that reeks of a raucous time in the studio from beginning to its blabbering end. Maluca's vocals wrap it all up nicely as well.

This Mixtape is Fire is out Aug. 14 and will feature five additional items including collabs with Calvin Harris, Chromeo, Bro Safari, and more. See the complete tracklist below, and pre-order here to get an instant copy of Bun Up The Dance.

1. Dillon Francis – Bruk Bruk (I Need Your Lovin)
2. Dillon Francis & Calvin Harris – What's Your Name
3. Dillon Francis & Skrillex – Bun Up the Dance
4. Dillon Francis & Bro Safari – Pull It
5. Dillon Francis feat. James Hersey – Coming Over
6. Dillon Francis feat Chromeo – Lies
7. Dillon Francis – I Can't Take It (Party Favor Remix)

Dillon Francis & Skrillex - Bun Up The Dance (Original Mix) [Columbia]
Jul 31

Kygo Returns After Four-Month Hiatus With ‘Nothing Left’

Norwegian tropical house kingpin Kygo is back with his first upload in four months, the lush, laid-back summer number Nothing Left.

On his latest, Kygo makes a slight departure from his usual productions with a downtempo ballad that urges listeners to "start living your life or there will be nothing left for no one." Featuring the smooth vocals of South London's Will Heard, who seems to the be in-demand singer at the moment considering he also just featured on Rudimental's recent singles, I Will For Love and Rumor Mill, Nothing Left brings in soft strings and subdued piano and percussion to help you drift off into dreamland.

Pick it up on iTunes here. Kygo continues to have an extremely busy tour schedule--click here to see if he's bringing his tropical vibes to a city near you soon.
Kygo feat. Will Heard - Nothing Left (Original Mix) [Sony]
Jul 31

Duke Dumont Breaks Silence With ‘Ocean Drive,’ Announces New EP

Duke Dumont has shared Ocean Drive from his upcoming Blasé Boys Club, Pt. 1 EP to break a four-month silence since releasing The Giver (Reprise), and a year-long break since his last original Won't Look Back.

Stylistically, Ocean Drive takes a mellow shift from the UK producer's typically full-bodied house productions to instead capitalize on a funky disco flare. The vocals are as catchy as ever, just like his classic hits I Got U and Need U (100%), ensuring that you will be singing along in no time.

The Duke explains that the Blasé Boys Club, Pt. 1 is the first of a series, saying in a press release, "I’ve been thinking of adapting the release format from a traditional album for a while. The Blasé Boys Club series will be my outlet for music which would have previously been considered songs for my albums. Rather than the old format of the LP, the new way allows me the freedom to bring music to people quicker, and more regularly."

Blasé Boys Club, Pt. 1 drops Oct. 2 via Virgin EMI, and ahead of the release Duke Dumont is set to embark on a full tour with his live setup beginning in September. Pre-order the EP here, and check out his tour dates below.

Duke Dumont tour dates:
September 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made In America Festival
October 4 – Vancouver, BC @ Celebrities
October 5 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
October 6 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
October 8 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
October 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium
October 10 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Livewire
October 11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Historic El Rey Theatre
October 12 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
October 14 – Chicago, IL@ Concord Music Hall
October 16 – Montreal, QC @ New City Gas
October 17 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
October 18 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
October 20 – Boston, MA @ Royale
October 22 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
October 24 – Washington, DC @ Echostage
October 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
October 27 – Miami, FL @ Grand Central
October 28 – Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
Duke Dumont - Ocean Drive (Original Mix) [Virgin EMI]
Jul 31

Mat Zo Gives Arty’s ‘Stronger’ A Magical Throwback Remix

Mat Zo (pictured) has finally unleashed his disco house-style take on his frequent collaborator Arty's progressive house anthem Stronger.

The genius here is that Mat Zo leaves Ray Dalton's vocal alone, and retools everything else in the production surrounding them. A filtered Northern Soul rhythm section is included, offering a stomping bassline that grounds the production in a dancefloor-friendly groove. Once the remix exchanges organic instrumentation for synths and drum machines, something more in line with Solidisco's Salsoul-loving productions occurs.

Download this magical modern throwback of a remix here.
Arty feat. Ray Dalton - Stronger (Mat Zo Remix) [Free Download]
Jul 31

New Cymbal App Aims To Be ‘Instagram For Music’

A new app has launched called Cymbal that aims to be "Instagram for music."

Created by three undergraduates from Massachusetts-based Tufts University--Amadou Crookes, Gabe Jacobs and Mario Gomez-Hall--Cymbal's motto is “music discovery powered by friends, not algorithms.” Similar to other social media platforms, Cymbal allows user to create a personal profile, view the home feed, gain followers, and post comments, likes, and tags. The app uses a simple, minimalistic interface and integrates both SoundCloud and Spotify for users to post their favorite songs to their profiles. Your followers can view your favorite songs and can make playlists out of their friends' music.

In a move that is sure to curtail any concerns about royalties, Cymbal is designed to stream songs straight from the original source. When a user selects a favorite song to post, Cymbal will use the player from Spotify/SoundCloud, and each play via Cymbal will count as a play on Spotify/SoundCloud. As a result, there will be no loss of revenue for artists.

Cymbal just landed over $1 million in a round of seed financing led by New York’s Vaizra Investments (Yik Yak, Casper) and Cambridge’s General Catalyst (Snapchat, Airbnb), putting the value of the new startup at $6.1 million. Since its release on May 1, Cymbal has received over 17,000 downloads across the United States.

At the current time, Cymbal is only available in the Apple app store. Click here to check it out now.

Source: Forbes