Right off the heels of their nationwide tour, popular electronic-dance-rock duo BoomBox dropped their new album Dangerous Waters on 10 November. This wildly enjoyable offering refuses to decide between “dance” or “lounge.” BoomBox was founded in 2004 by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Zion Rock Godchaux, who for this release tapped Kinsman MacKay in for his slick beats. Stream the featured single, ‘Beunas Noches’ and the rest of the new album here:
Opening track ‘Black Linens’ leads with a firey bass line that pairs oh so well with the exuberant bongo percussions. Forming an undeniably danceable groove. The featured single ‘Buenas Noches’ comprises of a floating vocal track and hard-hitting drums, reminiscent of the Gorillaz.
‘Taut Thriller’ keeps the party going strong with an infectious groove, led by a gritty synth bass line. Godchaux described his intention for the LP; “The sound is about pulling from anything that you’d hear coming out of a boombox and distilling it into a distinctive style”. The second single ‘Searching’ takes this level of experimentation even further. Resulting in a banger of a chillout track. BoomBox discussed their new album: ‘Dangerous Waters’ is the first album [we] as brothers have made together. Its sounds are both digital and analog, and we feel it’s a further refinement of the BoomBox sound.” Godchaux candidly mentioned, “There’s a special kind of chemistry between two brothers playing music together.”
Multi-platinum producer, and DJ, R3HAB has just unleashed a new remix of Acid Arab’s infectiously boundary-breaking track, ‘Habaytak’. Better known by his moniker, the producer, Fadil El Ghoul, has remixed the likes of Rihanna, Drake, Taylor Swift, and Calvin Harris, and put out original tracks with huge collabs. He has dominated the mainstream whilst staying true to his Dutch-Moroccan heritage. Out now via [PIAS] Électronique, R3HAB gave the Eastern-inspired sound of the original track, featuring Ghizlane Melih’s vocals, a darker, faster-paced twist. Watch the freshly released Jean-Charles Charavin-directed video:
Trailblazing through the original with his vision but never forgetting to intensify Acid Arab’s existing builds and breaks, R3HAB heightens the vocal track to spine-tingling levels. Incorporating explicit House elements and throbbing electronic bass, this club banger exaggerates the source material’s production whilst keeping Ghizlane Melih’s gorgeous vocals in the spotlight. In doing so, he not only injects the beats with his unique brand of thumping House, but he also pays homage to the Morrocan diva’s heritage and influences. Listen to both the original and the new remix below:
About their exciting collaboration, the two producers had this to say, R3HAB: “I’ve been a fan of Acid Arab’s work for a long time now, so I was excited when they reached out. I had a lot of fun remixing ‘Habaytak’, it’s always a good challenge to infuse my sound into different genres and musical cultures. I loved the experience and we’re excited to finally share it with the world!”. Acid Arab: “This mix of R3HAB’s more mainstream sound with our Arabic-inspired electronic music has spawned a unique and potentially massive track. We’re honoured that R3HAB agreed to add his special touch and individual vibe to our track. We’re proud to see more musical boundaries fall.”
Brooklyn-based hyperpop princess Jenny Alien has dropped her electric second LP, Massive Love Bangers on the 15th of November, 2023. Written, produced and mixed by Jenny herself, Massive Love Bangers delivers 32 minutes jam-packed with infectious hooks, pulsating beats and daring experimental electronic textures, narrating the agonies and ecstasies of coming-of-age experiences with raw and witty songwriting. The album’s catchy lead single, ‘Summer Fling’, landed a week before the album and served us a sizzling appetizer for what was to come.
‘Summer Fling’ is the perfect showcase of Jenny‘s prowess as producer and songwriter, striking a moving balance between bright and hopeful 80s power pop balladry and uber-modern hyperpop nuances and production. Jenny’s glitchy vocals are energizing and enchanting, her lyrics honest and emotive – ‘Summer Fling’ is a perfect 21st-century anthem for processing the wonder and confusion of a short-lived, sun-soaked romance.
On the album as a whole, Jenny divulged: “Massive Love Bangers’ is an unabashed pop compilation of love and heartbreak, and is embarrassingly sincere. It’s pop and chaotic, punk at moments, then ends on a stripped down guitar ballad – an emotional arch similar to the craziness of what my experience of falling in and out of love feels like. Dance, cry, scream, make up, make out (I don’t care), while I open up about my love life, partying, sex, drugs, queerness, and everything in between.”
On November 3rd, 2023, Niilas unveiled his fourth album, River Of Noise,via his own label Niilas Music. Already amassing international attention prior to its release, River Of Noise’s first two singles have received extensive support from Stereogum and VICE. The tracks have also earned airtime on both NPR Music and BBC Radio 1. The Norwegian beat-maker’s prior work has gained notoriety, with his debut album Also This Will Change earning him a Norwegian Grammy Award. Niilas isknown for his passionately dynamic live performances – previously headlining Munch-museum, appearing on the same bill as Gorillaz at Øyafestivalen 2022, and warming up Spot Festival 2023 for notable beatmakers Caribou and Todd Terje.
River Of Noiseis an eclectic mix of organic and electronic music, showcasing Nilas’ prowess as an arranger and producer. He pays homage to his indigenous Sámi heritage and Arctic aesthetics in the album’s music by using recordings from folk instruments – a Norwegian Harding-fiddle and anIranian Santur. The synthetic elements range from ethereal soundscapes to drum & bass to organic house. The album is transportive, celestial and primordial – ready for the massive sound system of a club or outdoor festival.
Niilas commented on the album: “I’ve tried to completely let go of my own expectations, and rather try to let the immense changes that the world is going through impact my creative direction. Sort of letting the music river run through me. River Of Noise has both conventional club tracks, and some really interesting collaborations with folk-musicians from both Norway (with the Harding-fiddle) and Iran (Santur)“.