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.
When people think of cities to find Trance artists, Dallas and Minneapolis usually aren’t the first places that come to mind. However, Omair Mirza alongside Avari are here to change that with their track “Perfect Imperfection”. Omair Mirza brings in the almost nostalgic feeling chords, then dives straight into a hand-raising melody. Pair that with Avari’s vocals, which casts a beautiful and unwinding spell upon your soul, and you have an instant sensation. So amazing, that this track was recently supported by the one and only Markus Schulz in both his GDJB podcast and his Ultra ASOT set! A perfect Imperfection indeed.
DVBBS & Shaun Frank have come together to create a more eclectic future pop sound with their latest release titled ‘La La Land’. With this release both artists are introducing a new direction in their respective sound, making it clear that they want to conquer the charts and radio at the same time as the clubs and festivals. The dreamy new single is out now on Spinnin’ Records and features the vocals of singer/songwriter aney Jane. She is no stranger to Spinnin’ Records as she has been featured on the massive hit ‘Heaven’ with Shaun Frank & KSHMR.
OMI’s been rolling out his ME 4 U remix album in the last few weeks, and I just finally had the chance to check out the entire thing. I’ve blogged about the Bergs and Boehm remixes already, but I just had a chance to check out Kungs’ take on “Midnight Serenade,” and he turns the uplifting dance-pop anthem into a midnight dance party for the ages. The original track is simplicity at its finest – smooth guitar melodies, infectiously catchy pop croons, and just the right touch of percussion – but Kungs takes this tune and turns it into a beautiful mix.
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.