Music Monday: Eli & Fur, Half the Animal, Badjokes, Nicki Bluhm, Orjan Nilsen, and Jauz

Eli Noble and Jennifer Skillman made their first steps into the music industry as teenage songwriters, recruited to powerhouse collective Xenomania where they wrote lyrics for some of the world’s biggest pop artists. It wasn’t long before their passion for electronic music led them away from pop, and into London’s club scene, where they quickly made a name for themselves as DJs.

In the five years since they broke out with early single ‘You’re So High’, Eli & Fur have been championed by BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong, Annie Mac, and Danny Howard. Their melodic tech-house sets, peppered with their own vocals, have seen them become regulars at the legendary Ants parties in Ibiza whilst also appearing at huge festivals like Coachella, Tomorrowland, and Ultra Miami.

 

Half the Animal is gearing up to release their incredible new music very soon – they’ve been writing with acclaimed songwriting/production team Captain Cuts (Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance”, Halsey) and Sam Martin (Maroon 5, Chainsmokers).

They made an immediate splash and earned some great attention for their hook-laden rock attitude and pop-driven style since debuting in 2016. Their first single “Babylon” went viral, racking up more than 1 million Spotify streams and strong radio support.

 

French producer Badjokes lays down an infectious bass house groove on his New Noise debut “Clap Your Hands.”

As a member of buzzing Marseille collective Future Skankerz, Badjokes is quickly becoming one to watch in the French bass music scene. His innovate productions pull from an eclectic list of influences, ranging from house and garage music to drum N bass. In a short few years, Badjokes has seen support from DJs including Zeds Dead, Habstrakt, Afrojack, and Roska.

 

After six years with her band the Gramblers, and recent high-profile collaborations (Phil Lesh, Infamous StringDusters, Ryan Adams), Nicki Bluhm wrote the life-chronicling songs for TO RISE YOU GOTTA FALL over a two-year period, during which she got divorced and moved to Nashville, TN.

The album is a chronicle of her state of mind following these deep and fundamental life changes. Bluhm will be touring this year and beyond in support of TO RISE YOU GOTTA FALL. Her single “Battlechain Rose” is below and she has an Atlanta tour date of July 13 at the Botanical Gardens.

 

The vocal anthem “Nothing Here But Love” comes just in time for summer, anticipating steady sing-alongs across the globe. A carved to perfection melody, known and loved signature mark by the Trance Viking, this pop-flavored dancefloor hit proves yet again that the Norwegian producer knows no boundaries when it comes to music production.

Co-produced with songwriter Mike James, “Nothing Here But Love” carries a message every person can relate to. Expressing feelings through music was the goal of “Prism” and Orjan Nilsen certainly delivers on that promise. Already premiered by one of the US’ most renown radio stations – SiriusXM Electro, as well as Armin van Buuren himself on A State of Trance, “Nothing Here But Love” is here to spread the message of love around the world.

 

On the heels of Jauz’s most recent smashes “Gassed Up” (with DJ Snake), “Keep The Rave Alive” (with Lazer Lazer Lazer), “MotherF*ckers” (with Snails) and a remix of Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss,” the LA-based producer is back with his biggest track to date – a collaboration with Multiplatinum recording artist KIIARA on “Diamonds”

Jauz shows great finesse here, crafting his instrumental around a deep bass sound that perfectly pairs with KIIARA’s delicate vocal. It provides fans with yet another hint at what’s in store for Jauz’s music anticipated artist album which is on the horizon.

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