French producer Norman Doray is back again with a new release, this time collaborating with Cookie and my favorite Australians NERVO on “Something To Believe In”. With crisp production and excellent progressions, “Something To Believe In” is a song that resonates with the ’90s style house, with simple, yet powerful vocals, and classic piano stabs. But this song is still very 2012, with the strong lead synths and arpeggiated melodies that characterizes the progressive house genre as we know it. It is well worth a listen, and does not disappoint.
Norman Doray & Nervo ft. Cookie Something To Believe In (Original Mix) Out Now on Spinnin Records
Kastra has truly outdone himself with this remix of Madeon’s track “Finale”. Utilizing the euphoric melody from the Original while still adding a dose of harmonic synths and impressive breaks. Both of the drops in this work perfectly brining a unique spin on this incredible production from the French prodigy who nails every release. Best of all this track is Free when you, “Like” Kastra on Facebook.
Back in August HARD Events announced the monstrous final lineup for their Haunted Mansion: Day of the Dead Festival in Los Angeles, California on November 3rd. The event touts one of the strongest lineups around featuring the likes of Knife Party, Justice, Diplo, Dillon Francis and Kill The Noise. Along with the announcement of the lineup for Day of the Dead Festival, Knife Party also announced that they will be embarking on their Haunted House Tour, a mini-tour hitting six cities across the United States the week of Halloween which will culminate in Los Angeles at Day of the Dead Festival. Plus, as a special event, on All Hallows’ Eve, Skrillex announced that his ‘Spooky Tings’ tour will return to Colorado to throw down a back-to-back set with Knife Party. Best of all, Knife Party and Skrillex will be supported by none other than Kill The Noise, Tommy Trash, and Zane Lowe. If you’re in close proximity to any of these shows I highly suggest you purchase tickets because these are guaranteed to be ghoulish events to remember for the ages!
Lana Del Rey is indisputably the woman of the year, and her latest track ‘Blue Velvet’ has only cemented her reputation for creating stylish pop with a knife edge. Penguin Prison’s dark electro reworking of this track has given ‘Blue Velvet’ a sensual touch, with Lana’s murmurs looped throughout the track and layered over some icy synths. Definitely a late-night club banger in the making, stream this remix below.
Quirky Aussie singer Kimbra is still best-known for her work on Goyte’s summer smash “Somebody That I Used To Know,” but her new video for “Come Into My Head” will definitely put her on the map. Kimbra manages to pull off the “fabulously retro Snow White stuck in a psychiatric ward” look in this clip, but it’s the sheer manic energy of her vocals and the sassy brass-led instrumentals that really make “Come Into My Head” stand out. One for fans of eccentric lady pop stars, Kimbra’s record VOWS is out now.
Bonus: Listen to Kimbra perform “Come Into My Head” live on KCRW.
Rihanna has been consistent in dropping new material and keeping her fans anxiously waiting for more. With eleven No.1 singles at just age 24, she has proven that she knows how to make a hit. On her newly released single “Diamonds,” she enlists the production stylings of hit-makers Stargate and Benny Blanco for an unexpected new sound. Stepping away from the dancefloor, the Bajan beauty delivers a dramatic tune that shows off her vocal prowess coupled with an undeniably catchy, and remix-friendly, hook. The Sia penned pop ballad is the first single off her upcoming seventh studio album, due out in November.
Over the past few months of electro and synth-pop madness, it’s felt as though rock has taken something of a backseat. Tall Ships are about to make all that change with their debut album Everything Touching. As the band’s second single “Gallop” proves, Tall Ships have a lot going for them – jaunty guitar riffs, Smiths-esque lyrics, you name it they have it – and this little beauty of a track should by now be firmly glued in your brain. Definitely one of 2012′s highlights, Everything Touching drops on October 8th.