Music Monday: Cage The Elephant, Felix Jaehn, Botnek, Last Heroes, Steve Aoki x Showtek x MAKJ, Close Talker, Gianni Blu, and Kyle Walker

Cage The Elephant’s latest single, “Social Cues,” currently holds #1 on the Billboard Alternative Radio chart. This marks the 9th #1 for the band, following their first single from the album, “Ready To Let Go,” which scored the band its best airplay chart debut in its near-decade career. Cage The Elephant has achieved more #1s at the format than any band this decade. Listen to “Social Cues”

Cage The Elephant recently shook the outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing their singles “Social Cues” and “Ready To Let Go” off their newest release, Social Cues, out now on RCA Records.

 

Felix Jaehn is back. The platinum-selling DJ and undisputed king of summer hits has returned, partnering with British superstar singer Calum Scott to deliver a smooth and summery holiday tune to his millions of fans worldwide with ‘Love On Myself’.

In ‘Love On Myself’, Felix expertly crafts hypnotic plucks to pair perfectly with Calum Scott’s astoundingly catchy vocals. The two combine to reveal the emotional core of the track, all without sacrificing any of the grooves. A brilliantly uplifting track, ‘Love On Myself’ revolves around the theme of self-love and encourages listeners to look inside and take time to find themselves.

 

Botnek hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia in the east of Canada. They found early fame thanks to their viral remix of Garrix’s breakthrough hit ‘Animals’ and went on to become part of the DIM MAK family, featuring alongside Steve Aoki at his Las Vegas residency. They have come full circle through years of big room sounds to get back to the weird and wonderful banging house vibes that they came through with, as exemplified in this crucial rework.

The remix rockets into life with pumping drums. Slices of the vocal are cleverly filtered and looped to build the energy before the full chorus blasts in with its tense synth chords. The energy is kept high throughout, even when the arrangement is stripped to a heads-down groove. The contrast of the bassline funk and the madness of Botnek’s furious riff works so very well.

 

Colorado duo Last Heroes are sharing their debut original on Ophelia Records with “Take Your Time” – a natural move for the scene newcomers, who have not only supported label boss Seven Lions on the road several times but have also remixed his 2018 Ophelia-released track “Dreamin’” late last year. 

“Take Your Time” heavily utilizes the guitar underneath the verse from Satellite Empire – a fresh combination for the catalog – before dropping into a gorgeous release, stylistically reminiscent of what has set Ophelia and Last Heroes apart in the melodic bass scene.

 

EDM titans Steve Aoki, Showtek and MAKJ join forces in the name of “RAVE” on one of the year’s most-anticipated releases. Kicking off with a party-starting call to arms from London-based Kris Kiss (“It’s time to start the party / it’s time to misbehave…”), “RAVE” is a full-on banger. Big buildups and euphoric electro drops serve as the backbone to the all-star collaboration set to soundtrack festival stages this summer.

 

Canadian indie-rock trio, Close Talkers are thrilled to release their new single “Pace.” It’s the third single off their forthcoming album How Do We Stay Here, which is set for an Aug. 30 release date.

The band describes the song as a track about fearing your friends will grow up before you’re ready to. “It’s about people in your inner circle moving on without you, and beginning to ask the question ‘whose side are you on?’ It gives a voice to growing pains, where you start to see your friendships, like everything else, fall victim to time.”

 

A unique combination of house, dancehall and Afrobeats, ‘Magic City’ is the exhilarating new single from three major talents from across the globe: Haitian-Italian producer Gianni Blu, Jamaican dancehall legend Serani and Nigerian superstar Patoranking.

Famed for his Notting Hill Carnival anthem ‘No Games’, Serani has produced music from everyone from Sean Paul to Elephant Man. A major artist in today’s burgeoning Afropop movement, Patoranking has worked with Major Lazer, toured the US with Lauryn Hill, won MTV Africa’s song of the year, and has served as a judge on The Voice Nigeria.

 

Los Angeles producer Kyle Walker makes a promising statement on his New Noise debut “Movement.” The inescapable groove is a three-minute study in cool, where deep low-end vocals glide fluidly over a fervent house beat.

Newcomer Kyle Walker is quickly becoming one to watch in the dance music world. Since winning Insomniac’s Discovery Project in 2016 and earning an early co-sign from BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard, the California native has cranked out numerous attention-grabbing releases, rooted in deep, melodic house sounds.

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