Era Istrefi, that’s a name you’ll be hearing a lot soon, and if it’s not her name, get familiar with “Bonbon,” the hit record coming straight from Albania. Having grabbed every major label’s attention with her video and the 30 million people that have viewed it till date, shot somewhere in Kosovo, donning a pink fur jacket, and some candy lipstick, surrounded by snow, Era ultimately signed to Ultra/RCA, home to Kygo, and last year’s Billboard #1 “Cheerleader” by Omi.
Just released as a free download is the tune “Dirty Harry”, originally from Grace, which has been reworked by Sydney based producer Oski. Everything this guy seems to touch right now blows up, and this tune is likely to be no exception. “Dirty Harry” is pushed into a smooth rolling D&B direction, and Oski is on hand to deliver some superb musical layering. With reverb-edged vocals settling over a roughly textured bass line, the track moves seamlessly through peaks and troughs thanks to Oski’s deft technical skills.
Well, the time of preparation for festival season is upon us. Few festivals garner as much attention and retain so much control over the EDM populace as Electric Forest. And for good reason, the multi-day event has consistently featured some of the highest production value and was one of the first breakout festivals after it transformed from Rothbury. This year is no different, and we now have a first glimpse of this year’s incarnation of the show. As the lineup below can attest, the people over at Insomniac are pulling out the big guns.