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This Week’s New Music Will ‘Save Me’ When ‘I’m In A Funk’ | Fresh Music Friday

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Nicky Romero – ‘Perception’

“Over the past years, I’ve been producing different kinds of genres within dance music. At the beginning of 2022, I went back to my roots and started to try out producing more groovy and housey tracks. When I could play Ultra Music Festival again this year as the first major festival after two years, I wanted to drop ‘Pressure’, ‘Lose My Mind’ and ‘Work My Body’ to see the main stage crowd’s reaction. The reception of these three tracks was truly amazing, so I couldn’t wait to go back to the studio to work on more music, and this is when I produced ‘Hear Me Now’, which perfectly concludes the ‘Perception’ EP.”

Nicky Romero

Fedde Le Grand – ‘Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You’

The high-energy endeavor immediately starts with a thumping kick, perfectly mixed with a moving bassline. With feelgood sensibilities from beginning-to-end, Fedde Le Grand’sNothing’s Gonna Hurt You’ is a certified club-hit, ready to take over dancefloors worldwide. The propelling four-on-the-floor rhythm serves a transmittable fire throughout listeners eardrums, taking them to an atmospherically entrancing soundscape. ‘Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You’ is set to be this year’s anthemic track of the summer.

Talla 2XLC & Roland Klein – ‘Nexus Point’

Nexus Point’ was first released in 2000 on Angel Dust/Tracid Traxx. Now it’s finally time for an intensive remake, courtesy of Talla 2XLC and Roland Klein. While the original was more spacey and tech oriented — this new version goes all the way to uplifting territory; delivering an ultimate weapon of clubflooor destruction. This tune has a driving bass, chunky kicks and a gorgeous breakdown with a euphoric melody that has a certain melancholic feel to it. When the climax arrives, nobody can stay unmoved or indifferent. Prepare to dance at all costs with this one.

Alesso – ‘Words (VIP Mix)’

Global dance artist Alesso is hot off EDC Vegas and a pair of headline shows at NYC’s Brooklyn Mirage with his VIP mix of ‘Words (feat. Zara Larsson)’. The hit single continues to surge up the dance charts. Alesso’s own VIP Mix is a euphoric spin on the majestic record meant for the clubs and festivals. 

Pig&Dan – ‘Rock You All Night’

“Our focus has always been about pushing the sonic envelope and spreading our musical wings out as far as possible. We both share the fact that we lived in the United States in the ‘70s and had huge influences from this era in particular. This EP [‘Rock You All Night’] resonates deeply with our upbringing and very much reflects our artistic versatility. We’re responsible for assisting people to momentarily let go and try to leave the day to day grind behind, whilst getting lost in our music.”

Pig&Dan

Andrea Oliva – ‘Rio’

From the tantalizing piano hook to the track’s irresistible summer feel, Andrea Oliva’s sixth release on his own label (All I Need) is chock-full of dance floor flavor. A sonic kickstart to his 2022 touring season with gigs at Ushuaïa on Ibiza, Pacha in Barcelona, and Elrow, ‘Rio’ is one of the Ibiza resident’s most colorful and flamboyant tracks yet.

OLAN – ‘Ultraviolet (feat. Zeal)’

A collaboration with Canadian producer Zeal, ‘Ultraviolet’ is a fast-paced, high-octane track infused with sounds of drum n bass, liquid, and future bass – a true depiction of OLAN’s versatile taste and production skill.

NIIKO X SWAE – ‘Save Me (feat. JRM)’

A sonic tribute to that special person you’d truly be lost without, NIIKO x SWAE’s Save Me’ starts out in the dark until the radiant piano chords swoop in to bring hope and relieve. With a club-tailored backbone and emotive lyrics narrated to perfection by JRM, this track is bound to resonate strongly with listeners from all over the world.

Franc Moody – ‘I’m In A Funk’

“[‘I’m In A Funk’] was a song born in the heart of lockdown when we had to write remotely, sending bits of music to each other. The vocal we wanted to be a three-piece harmony, inspired by RnB groups like TLC. Lyrically we channeled the collective feelings of the time, being cooped up, unable to see loved ones and unable to do the things we’d normally do. As the song came together, the production began to naturally lean towards hip-hop breaks of the ‘90s and folks like LCD Soundsystem and of course Prince.”

Franc Moody

Fonzerelli – ‘Silent Dreams & Misguided Stories’

When Aaron ‘Fonzerelli’ McClelland makes LPs, he’s not a man to do things by halves. Latterly, neither is he in the habit of keeping you waiting for them either. Two years to the month since his 20-track-strong ‘Transcend’ complement arrived, the Northern Irish born-and-based producer is back, with an album full of ‘Silent Dreams & Misguided Stories’ which blends hybrid styles of electronic music from 80’s inspired synthwave and Indie dance to Progressive Trance and beyond.

Kryder – ‘Piece Of Art (Jay Robinson Remix)’

Armed with an edgy and inimitable production aesthetic, British up-and-comer Jay Robinson turns his hand to Kryder’s 2021 hit ‘Piece Of Art‘. Geared more toward the underground with a deep bassline, dark synth stabs and a techno-inspired demeanor, this remix is more than ready to rule the night time.

DJ YUKI x The Melody Men – ‘Don’t Let It Stop’

After breaking into the scene last year, London’s DJ YUKI hits hard with her first-ever release on Armada Music. A big, all-female, tech-house-flavored collab with The Melody Men, ‘Don’t Let It Stop’ is a peak-time floor thriller bound to whip the crowd into a long-lasting frenzy.

The Toxic Avenger – ‘Carbone Toxique’

“I worked on this EP [‘Carbone Toxique’] as I would have worked on an Original Film Strip, as Mathieu Bablet’s Comic Strip is so cinematic. The heroes travel, so I tried to make the listener of this soundtrack travel. I composed the soundtrack for this adventure by transcribing as best I could Mathieu’s desires, and his vision of things. A vision, I believe, is both disembodied and ultimately teeming with life.”

The Toxic Avenger 

AmPm – ‘Best Part Of Us (Anniversary Mix)’

Five years and over forty million streams after the release of ‘Best Part Of Us’ on Armada Deep, Japanese duo AmPm celebrate the occasion with a delightful Anniversary Mix of their biggest hit to date. From Michael Kaneko’s smooth vocals to the breezy chords and gentle summer vibe, this brand-new version will forever soundtrack blissful moments spent at the seaside.

Robot Koch – ‘The Next Billion Years (Foam And Sand Reworks)’

The Next Billion Years (Foam And Sand Reworks)’, is as musically as it is philosophically ambitious as the original piece. Inspired by a mysterious recording, which Robot Koch serendipitously came across, of the 20th-century French explorer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the album imagines and gives sounds to a far distant future. 

Mindchatter x Kyle Watson – ‘Let’s Go Dancing’

Mindchatter’s expedient upward trajectory continues with his new collaboration alongside South African house music producer Kyle WatsonLet’s Go Dancing’, a track that pushes Mindchatter’s sound further into proper club-ready territory. 

Cerrone – ‘Non Chiamarmi Mai’

“This project came about after I remixed their song ‘Musica Leggerisma’ last year. We then discussed working on another project together and I suggested one of my own songs, ‘Call Me Tonight’. They changed the lyrics to Italian and ‘Non Chiamarmi Mai’ was born. And I’m really happy about how the collaboration turned out, I think it works well.”

Cerrone

Maga x Sean Doron x Yulia Niko – ‘Starlight’

After first gracing the electronic music world in April with the ‘Here To Stay EP, five-person collective Scenarios return to their imprint next month. This time, founding-members Maga, Sean Doron and Yulia Niko team up on the ‘Starlight’ EP.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – ‘The Sleeper’

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’The Sleeper’ features heartrending piano and lyrics that are delivered, naked and raw, with conviction. The instrumental breakdown is reminiscent of ‘90s gospel and R&B; soulful yet hazy, and incredibly apologetic. Recorded when Orlando was younger, ‘The Sleeper’ was originally viewed as what he recalls as a ‘love’ song. After many years of growth, looking back he realizes the track is something entirely different, a cry for help for someone feeling undeserving of love.

Marvel Years – ‘Have A Cigar’

The two-track EP, ‘Have A Cigar’ sees Marvel Years recontextualize an iconic record that soundtracked his adolescence – through both a collaborative cover alongside venerable musicians, as well as a self-produced remix.

*Featured image via Franc Moody, NIIKO x SWAE, OLAN and Pig&Dan*

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