Music Monday: QUIX, Tritonal, NGHTMRE, Maurice West, Party Pupils, Oliver Heldens & Riton, and Apashe

QUIX combines his signature wonky trap and lush future-bass drops, as he digs deep with an emotional main room anthem “Trying To Love,” featuring passionate vocals from Swedish singer/songwriter BJOERN.

“Trying to Love” is the latest in a string of releases accounting for QUIX’s most prolific output to-date. He kicked off the summer with “Guiding Light,” featuring Sanna Martinez. The tension building single saw QUIX sonically experiment with light and dark, shifting sounds from silky verses to gargantuan drops. Shortly after, the seasoned producer dropped his highly anticipated collaboration with Adventure Club, “Life Long After Death (feat. badXchannels).”

 

Following the pivotal release of Tritonal’s U & Me album earlier this year, the Austin-based duo is back with a new single “Never Be The Same” featuring Rosie Darling. While their full-length album was a testament to the duo’s flawless ability to blend pop and dance music, “Never Be The Same” is a nostalgic trip back to where the Tritonal sound originated. 

Having just played Electric Zoo in NYC at the end of August, Chad & Dave are in excellent form with their first original release following their album. “Never Be The Same” features pristine production and erupts into life with wall-of-sound synths, a euphoric vocal from American singer Rosie Darling giving the track an uplifting vibe. It’s the type of big room dance music that commands your attention, flows through your body and pulls at your heartstrings.

 

One of the biggest electronic jams of 2018 is finally getting an even bigger remix. “First Time,” the ubiquitous dance record from Seven Lions, SLANDER, Dabin, and Dylan Mathew is getting a rework by one of bass music’s premier DJs – NGHTMRE

The melodic bass tune gets a pop sensible re-work from the North Carolina producer, taking Dylan Matthew’s sultry vocal hooks and re-wrapping them in a more subtle sheen. The remix drops at the perfect time, as Seven Lions, NGHTMRE, and SLANDER are currently right in the middle of their co-headlining Alchemy Tour.

 

‘What The F?!’ begins with the jarring line techno, EDM, trance, what the F***?!” that repeats until cascading into a progressive riff. The cut then drops to a heavy Techno-led kick that serves as a true testament to Maurice’s flourishing versatility.

In a world centered around genre classification, Maurice West seemingly aims to create a track that utilizes a multitude of musical elements. The relentless energy that ‘What The F?!’ emulates makes it a sure-fire staple for the main stage and an alluring component to sets played across the world.

 

Future funk duo Party Pupils join up with Louis Futon on the lavish late-night offering “One Two Things,” featuring MAX’s soulful crooning alongside seductive verses from Nigerian-Canadian rapper/singer TOBi. The single arose from a provocative challenge, which saw the artists running around an IKEA store creating samples on-the-spot to use in the song.

Since forming three years ago, Party Pupils have flipped the future funk genre on its head, fusing live vocals, live instrumentation, and all-around party vibes. The duo is comprised of iHeartRadio Music Award-nominated vocalist MAX and accomplished producer Suav Yung Blanc. Party Pupils’ ever-growing discography includes dancefloor fillers “Love Me For The Weekend” featuring Ashe, “Sax on the Beach,” and their viral rendition of “Ms. Jackson.” Most recently, Austin-based NPR-affiliate KUTX named Party Pupils’ summer 2019 single “Bite My Tongue” their Song of The Day.

 

Oliver Heldens and Riton have released the official video for their latest single ‘Turn Me On’ featuring Vula via Ministry of Sound. Set in a hospital, the engrossing visuals capture the maverick ‘Dr. Love’ and his team of nurses, as they prescribe an array of unorthodox treatment to patients in order to make them love again – with wholly positive results.

‘Turn Me On’ has hit the ground running since its mid-September release, generating 2 million Spotify streams, reaching #2 on the UK Shazam charts and being crowned both BBC Radio 1 ‘Tune of the Week’ and Tune of the weekend.

 

Following the release of his early 2019 EP ‘The Good The Bad & The Fake, Brussels born and Montreal-based producer Apashe returns with the first single off his forthcoming LP, Renaissance. ‘Distance’ featuring Geoffroy is available now on all digital streaming platforms via Kannibalen Records.

Clocking in at just under four minutes, ‘Distance’ presents a metronomic beat that slowly cascades into an impressive set of layered instruments. Apashe has become known for his uncanny ability to seamlessly incorporate classical instrumentals with futuristic bass elements, and ‘Distance’ is no exception with the producer having recorded a real orchestra for this majestic record. The cinematic ‘Distance’ sees Apashe lend an intriguing set of epic compositions that complement smooth and effortless vocals from Geoffroy while pulling inspiration from a number of genres spanning from R&B to classical to electronic music.

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