R3hab follows in the footsteps of David Guetta and Justin Bieber with his interpretation of their recent summer hit, “2U,” crafting a melodic future bass anthem carefully crafted to light up the main stage. However, where the two iterations differ is that the Dutch producer takes a softer approach, replacing vocoded vocal edits with high-pitched ones and lacing Bieber’s distinctive vocals with airy synthesizers. What results is an equally catchy “2U” that will certainly appeal to young dance fans anywhere.In addition relentlessly releasing an array of originals and remixes, R3hab is also adhering to a busy summer schedule.
“The Feels,” from Justin Martin‘s album Hello Clouds, had a melodic airy tone, juxtaposed with deep bass guitar riffs, and was released sometime in early 2016. However Low Steppa, as well as Walker & Royce have recently released remixes of the tune on Dirtybird‘s label, respectively taking the song to new heights with tech house and bass vibes.
Alan Walker has captured the electronic world’s attention over his short time in it with his alluring brand of bass-driven music. His singles, “Alone,” “Faded,” and “Sing Me To Sleep” have gained substantial traction and support from multitudes of producers, thus allowing him to climb the ranks to A-list status by 2017.For his newest release, the producer has paired with vocal powerhouse Gavin James to create a touching composition “Tired.” James offers reassuring verses with his usual emotive approach, while Walker provides moving underlay with pitched-up synth bursts and a simple, yet impactful top line that flows well over the track’s bass-line.“Tired” has already amassed over four million views on YouTube, speaking to the reach and appeal of both artists involved.
Kristin Kontrol represents not so much an artistic pivot as a quantum leap for Kristin “Dee Dee” Welchez, formerly of Dum Dum Girls. Where that project channeled the peppy vocal harmonies and thwacked tambourines of ’60s girl groups, Kristin Kontrol fast-forwards two decades and then blasts into the stratosphere from there. Eighties synth-pop provides the foundation for “X-Communicate,” the first single from her upcoming LP; the springy cushion of bass arpeggios, synth pads, and ringing guitars smartly borrows from Hi-NRG acts like Evelyn Thomas and Bananarama as well as sleek, wavy brooders like New Order and Pet Shop Boys. But the results are far too opulent to scan as merely retro. If “X-Communicate” were a look on “Project Runway,” it’d find Nina Garcia gushing about how expensive it sounds.