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‘From The Start’ You’re Going To ‘Praise’ This Week’s New Music | ICYMI Monday

by Fresh Music Freaks Staff

Armin van Buuren – ‘Need You Now (feat. Jake Reese)’

Armin van Buuren’s brand-new single bears quite a bit of attitude. Featuring the dynamic vocals of fellow Dutchman Jake Reese on a backdrop of strong, House-tinged beats and effervescent piano chords, ‘Need You Now’ is a multi-purpose listening experience that comes with significant replay value.

Mat Zo – ‘Illusion of Depth’

“I started working on ‘Illusion of Depth’ because I wanted to make a body of work that was cohesive. I’m usually known for being all over the place, but I wanted to make an album that had unifying qualities. In this case, partly it’s the tempo. Everything on the album is in the 124-128 bpm range, but within that constraint, I still managed to be all over the place stylistically. There’s also a lot more live/non-digital elements on this album than my previous work. I was getting really tired of how clean everything is in this corner of dance music. Above all else, I wanted to make an album with grit, texture, and attitude. I wanted to make a fuck you statement to the safe, sugary, fluffy world of a post-EDM trance.”

Mat Zo

Cold Blue – ‘August Rain (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix)’

True to form Giuseppe Ottaviani flips Cold Blue’sAugust Rain’s tonal polarity, turning it into a chest-swellingly uplifting, heartfelt sky-rocket. Doom turns to boom and dour becomes power, as Giuseppe rewires every aspect of the track in his heaven-bound pursuit. Ramping up its tempo, he piles on bass drive and harmonic echo, whilst adding a 80s-redolance to its sub-riff and achieving the big air by way of its chords and mainline.

Maor Levi – ‘One Love (feat. Nyla)’ / ‘My Eyes (feat. Roel)’

True to form, Maor Levi supercharges the moment with his second two-tap release on Armind. From the hyper-melodic, ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2020’-featured ‘One Love’ with Nyla to the surging, more edgy ‘My Eyes’ with Roel, this double dose of Maor Levi madness is designed to get the crowd going big time.

Beatsole x Enzo – ‘What Are We Fighting For (feat. Christina Novelli)’

Rapidly becoming a familiar face on the A State Of Trance imprint, Beatsole delivers yet another prime Trance cut. A sensational collab with rising star Enzo and famed vocalist Christina Novelli, ‘What Are We Fighting For’ offers up heartfelt vocals, soaring melodies and a powerful message for fans to dive into to their heart’s content.


AFSHEEN is already back on the press with his next single ‘F ALL THE STRESS’. Initially starting the song with his typical quirky sounds, the soothing vocals eventually build to a more funky, happy-go-lucky vibe that fits the album’s persona of happy tunes perfectly. While focusing on a more mellow and uplifting sound with unconventional synths, the song really takes you away from the stress of reality and immerses you into a happier atmosphere.

Brando – ‘Don’t Call Me (Galantis Remix)’

Rising star Brando delivers another one of his mouthwatering creations. This time, the L.A.-based singer-songwriter is turning heads with ‘Don’t Call Me’ remixes by none other than Galantis, another super-infectious addition to his rapidly growing discography.

Takis – ‘From The Start (feat. Veronica)’

Reflecting on past relationships and embellished truths, ‘From The Start’ marks the second all-Canadian record from Takis’ aforementioned ‘Welcome Home’ project. Elevating the emotional charge of Veronica’s crystalline vocals and nostalgia-infused lyrics with rich chords, gentle vibes and a spark of instrumental prowess, this record is designed to make the heart grow fonder at every turn.

Tchami – ‘Praise (feat. Gunna)’

Acclaimed DJ and producer Tchami has joined forces with Georgia rapper Gunna on new single ‘Praise’. A club-ready house groover, ‘Praise’ pairs the most infectious of basslines with Gunna’s slick vocoder vocals — a no frills combination destined to tear up any dancefloor.

pluko – ‘TIME+ENERGY’

TIME+ENERGY’ sees pluko render a billowing and euphonious tune that is perfectly balanced with light-hearted choral melodies and instantly charged with chill-trap beats. Mixing a tantalizing array of chimes with feathery textures, and powdery drum hits, ‘TIME + ENERGY’ explodes with so much light and color that you’d expect from a pluko track. 

Nicky Romero – ‘Nights With You’

“‘Nights With You’ is a song I have loved from the very first moment I finished the demo. We went through many versions of this record, but when the acoustic strings came in, I knew instantly we had something special. Sometimes, to get the best results and bring out the magic, certain elements of a track need to be preserved as raw. Partnering with Universal on this release is also exciting news, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming edits and remixes we have planned for ‘Nights With You’.”

Nicky Romero

brecnmari – ‘Never Have I Ever’

Never Have I Ever’ is a fun, upbeat song with a playful arrangement highlighted by brecnmari’s warm “boy-girl” dynamic. Its sound may juxtapose the world we currently live in, but the lyrics offer a ray of hope: no matter what’s going on in the world around us, love can always lift us up.

Riot Ten x Cesqeaux – ‘Bang Bang’

The Texas-based dubstep producer known as Riot Ten is linking up with the dynamic Dutch artist Cesqeaux on a ballistic dubstep banger, which marks the debut for both artists on our Bassrush imprint. As should be expected, the outcome is ‘Bang Bang’, a high caliber weapon that’s ready to tear up live streams around the world. 

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Gilligan Moss – ‘Ferris Wheel’

“This song is an ode to a lost season; a ‘Ferris Wheel’ view of a summer that never quite materialized. Since our beaches and carnivals were closed this summer, this song is filled with the phantom smell of corn-dogs, funnel cakes and cotton candy. As we move into autumn, it can be a bit of a token of a season gone by.”

Gilligan Moss

LP Giobbi – ‘Playing My Role’ EP

Take Me Higher’ is beautiful and patient, while ‘Scuff Your Soul’ is more energetic and zestful. Both, however, capture the same magic melodic touch that fans across the world know and love, as LP Giobbi explores the different places her music can take her listeners.

Margot – ‘Make It Last’

Make It Last’ takes a playful approach to music production as Margot embraces a light and fun attitude in the first two tracks and takes a slower, more distinctive approach in the latter two. Sometimes sultry, other times purely evocative, the songstress has managed to find numerous ways to display her wide range of vocals. The occasional sprinkling of French lyrics only further proves the depth of her talent.

Hermitude – ‘Janela (feat. Kimbra)’

“‘Janela’ is a tune we had written at our studio in Sydney but could never find the right vocalist. It wasn’t until we went to Brooklyn, New York last year to take part in an APRA writing camp that ‘Janela’ came into its own, thanks to the prowess of Kimbra. We played her the beat and she instantly gelled with it, humming melodies along with it straight away. It was quite a personal song for her and we could tell by the emotion she was putting into the microphone. We felt like we got something really special that day.”


Anabel Englund – ‘Picture Us (NERVO Remix)’

Electronic dance music’s first sisters, Mim and Liv Nervo of NERVO, have concocted a bouncy new remix of Anabel Englund’s recent hit ‘Picture Us’. 

Marcus James x RYYXN – ‘Night Light’

“‘Night Light’ is about trying to put on a brave face to the world when things aren’t going well. One of the hardest things is to be vulnerable and ask for help, and sometimes when you don’t want to talk about it, you just want to be around the person that makes you feel like it’s okay to feel this way. As the first single off our upcoming collaborative EP, the lyric video for Night Light really captures how RYYZN and I basically became family over the past year as we worked on these songs. After everything we’ve been through together, the RYYZN guys and I will always be there to support each other and we have this music to thank for that.”

Marcus James

ZHU – ‘Risky Business (Mathame Remix)’

Mathame’s reimagining of ‘Risky Business’ is still a club track, but one that seems to float somewhere above the dance floor. The remix arrives alongside a visualizer that mirrors the conspiratorial imagery of the video for ZHU’s original, which featured mysterious images of an endeavor known only as Project 20201. It’s an appropriate echo of the remix’s more atmospheric take, and a fitting visual complement to Mathame’s breathless electronics.

*Featured image via Mat Zo, Maor Levi, Tchami and Takis*

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