It's the middle of the week, but given the degree to which that TV camel makes us sick to our hump, we'll spare you the cliches. Today, we've got the new collaboration between Mat Zo
and Chuck D, a new tune from the minds of Laidback Luke
and Martin Solveig
, a new album from Chase & Status
, a little Daft Punk
news, and more in today's Newsbyte
Chuck D and Mat Z
One might think that the 23-year-old Mat Zo is a bit too young to remember Public Enemy, but the prodigious producer persists in perplexing us.
Chuck D, made famous for his role in '90s quasi-militant hip hop group Public Enemy, has apparently been working with Mat Zo on a tune which originally sampled the rapper's spits in Can I Get a Witness. Rolling Stone reports
that after two years of tweaking the tune and pursuing rights to the sample, Chuck D shows up, undoubtedly in a beret and jack boots, and says, "hey, why don't I help you clear that?" And instead of putting on his lawyer hat, D decided to just offer Zo his vocals for the track, which is officially called Pyramid Scheme
"I'm a massive hip-hop fan, so this was a big moment for me. I'd always wanted to work with a great hip-hop artist, and Chuck D is definitely one of the greatest," Zo told Rolling Stone. "A lot of other MCs got jaded and starting doing commercial crap about getting wasted on bottle service at some ritzy Vegas club, while Chuck D is one of the few who stuck to their principles."
will be out Aug. 13 on Astralwerks/Anjunabeats.
Martin Solveig And Laidback Luke Blow
The long-cooking collab between Mixmash
label boss Laidback Luke and Martin Solveig saw the light of day today, bringing big kicks and fist-pumping, mainstage-ready electro elements together under the track name Blow
. Solveig shared a bit about the making of the track with the SoundCloud upload:
Luke & I started this collab in Sydney at Turning Studios in between Stereosonic 2012 shows. We finished it for Ultra but were not quite happy with it then.
We finished last week with a battle of sessions sent through yousendit, arguing about the sound of the kick drum until the day before premiere.
When I opened my Tomorrowland set with it and saw 20k people punching the sky with their fist every time the vocal says "blow", I had the feeling this was finally ready to be shared.
No release date as of yet, but you can expect this to be a mainstay in both dudes' sets for the rest of the summer and well into the fall festival season.
The Hounds Of Hell Are Coming For You
Two of the biggest names in electro house, Wolfgang Gartner
and Tommy Trash
, announced today that they will be heading out on all fours with teeth bared for their "Hounds Of Hell" fall tour, chewing up furniture and peeing in venues from LA to NY and back beginning Sept. 27. Trash has been on fire lately with his various monkey-themed tracks
and a massive set at TomorrowLand
, while Gartner will have barely wrapped his "Summer Tour" by Sept. 14, giving him a few days to feed before being let loose on the nation once again. Check out the dates and locations for the tour here
, and pick up tickets in the same place when they go on sale Friday, Aug. 2.
Brand New Chase & Status
One of the the UK's most massively popular drum & bass acts, Chase & Status, have announced that they'll be releasing their third studio album, Brand New Machine
, Oct. 7 on Casablanca Records
. The second single, Count On Me
, follows up the lead single, Lost & Not Found
, and features the soulful vocals of British singer Moko, adding to the smooth vibe of the forthcoming album with another piano-laden D&B track.
The guys are also headed out on tour in August/September to support, so make sure to check the dates and locales here
, and keep your eyes open for a pre-order link for Brand New Machine
The Colbert Re-Punk
Continuing their conquest of mainstream media, Daft Punk have reportedly made plans to appear live on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report
next week. According to a post on a TCR über-fan site
, Stephen Colbert shared a little tidbit with the audience after cameras stopped rolling July 25:
"After the show concluded, Stephen announced that he was going to have film a special segment with Olympia Snowe. Here’s the guest spoiler: Daft Punk is coming to TCR! Yay! I love them! And Stephen is doing some kind of bit where he dances to “Get Lucky” with various guests in preparation for their appearance."
Sure enough, during Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
July 29, Colbert danced himself onto the stage
to Get Lucky
, much to the delight of the crowd and the surprise of Fallon. If you don't watch TCR
, maybe check in once or twice next week and see if you're lucky
enough to catch the extra-terrestrials on primetime TV.
In an unprecedented era of cooperation for EDM, Daivd Guetta
, and Nicky Romero
raised the bar on live collabs by gracing the Main Stage at TomorrowLand July 28 with a two-hour B2B2B set. The three musketeers of the mainstage opened with Calvin Harris' remix of Fatboy Slim's Eat Sleep Rave Repeat
and proceed to plow through one massive hit after another for two of the most star-studded hours of TomorrowLand 2013. Enjoy the entire set below, and if you're one of the lucky ones headed to Chattahoochee, GA for TomorrowWorld, cross your fingers for a similar spectacle, as all three will be in attendance and playing sets of their own.