HOT NEW TUNESDAY 7.15.2014
A quick run-down of some of the hottest new pop and dance tracks on Beats Music this week.
"Lionhearted" (Arty Remix) by Porter Robinson [link]Arty ups the euphoric quality of Porter Robinson’s fantastic new single that is one of my favorite songs of 2014 so far. Inspired by video games and Japanese anime, “Lionhearted” captures more than a feeling. It’s a coming of age moment that echoes the spirit of a generation. Just remember that “no matter what they try, they won’t take away our will to fight.”
La Roux “Uptight Downtown” (Cherry Cherry Boom Boom Remix) [link]Cherry Cherry Boom Boom injects La Roux’s new single “Uptight Downtown” with a potent dose of disco drama on his new remix of the song. He ups the song’s intensity to unveil its mildly menacing undertones. 
"Everything I Didn’t Say" by 5 Seconds of Summer [link]Aussie heartthrobs 5 Seconds of Summer serve up an anthemic stomper that takes the group’s global reach to a whole new level. It’s a polished melange of indie rock and ready-ready pop that can easily be their big breakout moment.
"My Life" by Little Daylight [link]Somewhere on the junction of sweet and crunchy you’ll find the music of Little Daylight. The trio likes to combine different textures and styles of music but somehow always ends up making music that is decidedly pop. “My Life” rings like a vibrant cheer and kicks off their new album that was released today.
arjan

HOT NEW TUNESDAY 7.15.2014

A quick run-down of some of the hottest new pop and dance tracks on Beats Music this week.

"Lionhearted" (Arty Remix) by Porter Robinson [link]
Arty ups the euphoric quality of Porter Robinson’s fantastic new single that is one of my favorite songs of 2014 so far. Inspired by video games and Japanese anime, “Lionhearted” captures more than a feeling. It’s a coming of age moment that echoes the spirit of a generation. Just remember that “no matter what they try, they won’t take away our will to fight.”

La Roux “Uptight Downtown” (Cherry Cherry Boom Boom Remix) [link]
Cherry Cherry Boom Boom injects La Roux’s new single “Uptight Downtown” with a potent dose of disco drama on his new remix of the song. He ups the song’s intensity to unveil its mildly menacing undertones. 

"Everything I Didn’t Say" by 5 Seconds of Summer [link]
Aussie heartthrobs 5 Seconds of Summer serve up an anthemic stomper that takes the group’s global reach to a whole new level. It’s a polished melange of indie rock and ready-ready pop that can easily be their big breakout moment.

"My Life" by Little Daylight [link]
Somewhere on the junction of sweet and crunchy you’ll find the music of Little Daylight. The trio likes to combine different textures and styles of music but somehow always ends up making music that is decidedly pop. “My Life” rings like a vibrant cheer and kicks off their new album that was released today.

arjan

DADA LIFE “ONE SMILE” | VIDEO PREMIERE
Dada Life stays true to form in the music video for their new single “One Smile" that is sure to put a big smile on your face. The Swedish dance duo stirs plenty of happy vibes with the song’s instantly catchy chorus and lyrics like "All you need is one smile all night/A happy smile is all we wanted/So let it shine/You going to be alright." It’s impossible to argue with such musical goodness so make sure to show teeth and dance the night away.
The Swedish dance duo premiered the song during their set at EDC in Las Vegas last month and received a huge crowd response. “The concept of the track and the video is simple, to make people happy,” Stefan and Olle write me. ”That’s what “One Smile” is all about.”
Filmed in Melbourne, Australia, the video for “One Smile” includes cameos of a lot of familiar (smiling) faces including Macklemore, Martin Garrix, Carnage, Dyro and others. ”We were in Australia this spring for Future Music Festival,” the group explains. “We have always loved the energy there so we had a camera crew follow us around the festival and in Melbourne on an off-day between shows to capture us and our fans spreading happiness by having people wear the smile masks.”
The group adds, “We’ve been giving the masks out at our shows for a while now and seeing all of those happy faces is so amazing for us that we thought we could use the video to show everyone how great it feels. The Citizens of Dada Land who you see in the video are really who made it all happen!”
Watch the video below and get ready to be smiling all the way through. Listen to an Introduction to Dada Life on Beats.

DADA LIFE “ONE SMILE” | VIDEO PREMIERE

Dada Life stays true to form in the music video for their new single “One Smile" that is sure to put a big smile on your face. The Swedish dance duo stirs plenty of happy vibes with the song’s instantly catchy chorus and lyrics like "All you need is one smile all night/A happy smile is all we wanted/So let it shine/You going to be alright." It’s impossible to argue with such musical goodness so make sure to show teeth and dance the night away.

The Swedish dance duo premiered the song during their set at EDC in Las Vegas last month and received a huge crowd response. “The concept of the track and the video is simple, to make people happy,” Stefan and Olle write me. ”That’s what “One Smile” is all about.”

Filmed in Melbourne, Australia, the video for “One Smile” includes cameos of a lot of familiar (smiling) faces including Macklemore, Martin Garrix, Carnage, Dyro and others. ”We were in Australia this spring for Future Music Festival,” the group explains. “We have always loved the energy there so we had a camera crew follow us around the festival and in Melbourne on an off-day between shows to capture us and our fans spreading happiness by having people wear the smile masks.”

The group adds, “We’ve been giving the masks out at our shows for a while now and seeing all of those happy faces is so amazing for us that we thought we could use the video to show everyone how great it feels. The Citizens of Dada Land who you see in the video are really who made it all happen!”

Watch the video below and get ready to be smiling all the way through. Listen to an Introduction to Dada Life on Beats.

VÉRITÉ “STRANGE ENOUGH” | HOT NEW TALENT ALERT

Hailing from New York City, newcomer Verite serves up an impressive pop sound that will capture you from start to finish. I first heard her demos a few weeks ago and was instantly blown away by her powerful and deeply emotive delivery.  

Whilst working hard in the studio with the producer Elliot Jacobson on her debut EP, Verite is sharing “Strange Enough” to give us a taste of what’s to come. Fans of Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding and other pensive pop will be in for a huge treat.

The singer (who still works as a waitress in a local Manhattan restaurant) explains in a press release that she wrote the song to contemplate “all the questions I’d ask myself about my relationship, and why we bother ourselves to try to make things work sometimes.” 

She adds, “The song goes back and forth between the nostalgia of what was. The reality of how things shift as time moves on, and how ultimately we romanticize moments that are fleeting.” 

arjan

P.S. Vérité is French for “truth” that is pretty darn perfect in this case.

GTA @ CREATE NIGHTCLUB HOLLYWOOD 7.11.2014
GTA impressed with their genre-defying DJ set at Create nightclub in Hollywood last night that had the crowd dizzy on their feet from start to finish. True to form, the Miami duo of Julio Mejia and Matt van Toth spun a heady mix of house, hip hop plus even a little rock that they infused with a dose of their hometown sizzle. 
Dance music now comes in all shapes and sizes from all different directions at lightening speed. What I really like about GTA’s music (including this DJ set) is that they demonstrate a distinct point of view with their selection of tracks. They don’t limit themselves to just one style of dance music. They bounce around genres to create a high-energy experience for their fans.
Julio and Matt kicked it off around 12:30 a.m. on an immediate high note when they played their new single “Hard House” following the blaring sound of police sirens to alert the crowd about their arrival.
A generous, action-packed 2 hour set followed with tracks ranging from GTA’s remix of Iggy Azalea “Fancy” to Nelly’s classic “Hot In Herre,” and from Martin Garrix’s “Tremor” to System of a Down’s “Chop Suey!” showcasing that GTA’s mantra of #DeathToGenres is alive and kicking. It was the perfect set for Create that was packed wall to wall with almost 2500 fans in the room, including special guest Carnage.
I compiled a playlist with some of the highlights of GTA’s set so you can experience their fine selection of tracks no matter where you are. Included are:
Hard House by GTA, Juyen Sebulba 
Delirious by Steve Aoki
Tremor by Dimitri Vegas, Martin Garrix, Like Mike 
Miraj (Original Mix) by Sandro Silva, Junkie Kid 
Work Remix by A$AP Ferg 
Chop Suey! by System Of A Down 
On Your Mark by Gregor Salto, Wiwek 
Synthemilk (Radio Edit) by Daddy’s Groove, Congorock 
Trojan (Original Mix) by Sidney Samson 
Bugatti by Ace Hood 
Listen to GTA @ Create Hollywood on Beats.

GTA @ CREATE NIGHTCLUB HOLLYWOOD 7.11.2014

GTA impressed with their genre-defying DJ set at Create nightclub in Hollywood last night that had the crowd dizzy on their feet from start to finish. True to form, the Miami duo of Julio Mejia and Matt van Toth spun a heady mix of house, hip hop plus even a little rock that they infused with a dose of their hometown sizzle. 

Dance music now comes in all shapes and sizes from all different directions at lightening speed. What I really like about GTA’s music (including this DJ set) is that they demonstrate a distinct point of view with their selection of tracks. They don’t limit themselves to just one style of dance music. They bounce around genres to create a high-energy experience for their fans.

Julio and Matt kicked it off around 12:30 a.m. on an immediate high note when they played their new single “Hard House” following the blaring sound of police sirens to alert the crowd about their arrival.

A generous, action-packed 2 hour set followed with tracks ranging from GTA’s remix of Iggy Azalea “Fancy” to Nelly’s classic “Hot In Herre,” and from Martin Garrix’s “Tremor” to System of a Down’s “Chop Suey!” showcasing that GTA’s mantra of #DeathToGenres is alive and kicking. It was the perfect set for Create that was packed wall to wall with almost 2500 fans in the room, including special guest Carnage.

I compiled a playlist with some of the highlights of GTA’s set so you can experience their fine selection of tracks no matter where you are. Included are:

  • Hard House by GTA, Juyen Sebulba 
  • Delirious by Steve Aoki
  • Tremor by Dimitri Vegas, Martin Garrix, Like Mike 
  • Miraj (Original Mix) by Sandro Silva, Junkie Kid 
  • Work Remix by A$AP Ferg 
  • Chop Suey! by System Of A Down 
  • On Your Mark by Gregor Salto, Wiwek 
  • Synthemilk (Radio Edit) by Daddy’s Groove, Congorock 
  • Trojan (Original Mix) by Sidney Samson 
  • Bugatti by Ace Hood 

Listen to GTA @ Create Hollywood on Beats.

It’s almost time for Holland’s final push in this year’s World Cup when Team Orange is playing host country Brazil on Saturday. Beats went out in the streets of Amsterdam to see the city get ready for the third/fourth play-off game and hand out  ”Hup Holland Hup” t-shirts to get everyone in the spirit. The video is set to X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons “Jungle” that you can hear in full on Beats.

These days, nothing great you hear on the radio seems to come from just one musical influence. The wild, unpredictable fun in making music today is that anything goes. Pop sounds like hip hop; country sounds like rock; rock sounds like soul; and folk sounds like country—and to me, that’s incredible progress.
Taylor Swift writes in a very thoughtful article about the state of music for the Wall Street Journal. (I fully agree with Taylor and the many playlists I craft for Beats are proof of that.)

KIDNAP KID FABRIC PROMO MIX 7.11.14

Kidnap Kid makes all the right moves on a special mix he put together for Fabric in anticipation of his gig at London’s iconic club next week Friday. It’s a heady dance mix that neatly bounces across the melodic house spectrum. “My favorite mix to date I think,” Kidnap Kid writes on Twitter. “It moves from dark to light.” Following his debut in 2012, Sheffield’s Kidnap Kid (aka Matt Relton) has stirred up a storm of interest with his emotionally-charged tracks and remixes for people like RudimentalEmeli Sande and Disclosure. This Fabric promo mix is a great introduction to his unique brand of house that is decidedly his and distinctly British. If you’re curious to hear more from this promising new London producer, make sure to also check out his recent Stronger EP on Beats that is excellent. 

arjan

LADY GAGA “DO WHAT YOU WANT” MONSIEUR ADI REMIX

Monsieur Adi turns up the disco drama on his remix of Lady Gaga’s “Do What You Want.” This dub edit was never released as part of an official remix package and Adi is now sharing it for the very first time. It’s a buzzing, nocturnal revamp of a song that is quite frankly one of my favorite records of 2013. Gaga’s lyrics on the song are particularly foretelling and serve up hope for the future. ”I feel good/I walk alone/But then I trip by myself/I stand up/And then I’m okay,” she sings.

Listen to Lady Gaga “Do What You Want” on Beats

GTA x JUYEN SEBULA ”HARD HOUSE” | REVIEW
Seriously. The more I listen to GTA’s new single “Hard House,” the more I love it. It’s a blast of energy that will keep you dizzy on your feet from start to finish. The track starts subtle rises with a sizzling snare before a full-on rager emerges. My favorite part of the record hits right at the 2:10 minute mark when the ceiling drops to the floor and “Hard House” rocks into overdrive.
What’s truly exciting about “Hard House” is that every single drop on the track is different to properly fit the flowing textures of the production. GTA clearly didn’t depend on Ableton presets to produce the track —they hand-engineered “Hard House” to dance music perfection while also including a few surprising twists and turns to reflect their sense of humor. 
To the uninitiated, GTA (aka Good Times Ahead or Grand Theft Audio) is the Miami duo of Matt van Toth and Julio Mejia who have been making music together for a few years now. They are primarily known for hip hop leaning house beats, but they have a whole lot more musical goodness on their sleeves. 
It’s important for GTA to emphasize that they can easily bounce from one genre to another. In fact, that’s the reason they preach “Death to Genres” which is also the title of their ongoing mixtape series.
"Our whole thing has always been just doing whatever we think is cool. It could be house music, could be trap music, could be moombahton, could be polka. Whatever we seem to be into, we try to make that," Mejia says in a interview Miami New Times. "Just good music." 
"We want people to understand that our sound goes everywhere. We want people to expect that, but also be really clueless as to what we’re going to do next. We keep people guessing, and keep it exciting for them, just as we keep it exciting for us." 
It appears that GTA will be keeping things exciting for a while starting with “Hard House” that is available on Beats via Warner Bros. Records now.
Listen to GTA x Juyen Sebulba “Hard House” on Beats.

GTA x JUYEN SEBULA ”HARD HOUSE” | REVIEW

Seriously. The more I listen to GTA’s new single “Hard House,” the more I love it. It’s a blast of energy that will keep you dizzy on your feet from start to finish. The track starts subtle rises with a sizzling snare before a full-on rager emerges. My favorite part of the record hits right at the 2:10 minute mark when the ceiling drops to the floor and “Hard House” rocks into overdrive.

What’s truly exciting about “Hard House” is that every single drop on the track is different to properly fit the flowing textures of the production. GTA clearly didn’t depend on Ableton presets to produce the track —they hand-engineered “Hard House” to dance music perfection while also including a few surprising twists and turns to reflect their sense of humor. 

To the uninitiated, GTA (aka Good Times Ahead or Grand Theft Audio) is the Miami duo of Matt van Toth and Julio Mejia who have been making music together for a few years now. They are primarily known for hip hop leaning house beats, but they have a whole lot more musical goodness on their sleeves. 

It’s important for GTA to emphasize that they can easily bounce from one genre to another. In fact, that’s the reason they preach “Death to Genres” which is also the title of their ongoing mixtape series.

"Our whole thing has always been just doing whatever we think is cool. It could be house music, could be trap music, could be moombahton, could be polka. Whatever we seem to be into, we try to make that," Mejia says in a interview Miami New Times. "Just good music." 

"We want people to understand that our sound goes everywhere. We want people to expect that, but also be really clueless as to what we’re going to do next. We keep people guessing, and keep it exciting for them, just as we keep it exciting for us." 

It appears that GTA will be keeping things exciting for a while starting with “Hard House” that is available on Beats via Warner Bros. Records now.

Listen to GTA x Juyen Sebulba “Hard House” on Beats.

RAC FEAT MATTHEW KOMA “CHEAP SUNGLASSES” |  VIDEO PREMIERE

RAC and Matthew Koma bring life to the party. Quite literally. The two join a speechless cast of bikini-clad mannequins for a little poolside banter in the freshly unveiled video for “Cheap Sunglasses.” The video reteams RAC with director/producer Michael Dwyer who also shot and produced RAC’s video for his first single “Let Go.” Shot in Southern California, “Cheap Sunglasses” is the first RAC video to feature his full touring band and plus vocalist Matthew Koma who along with RAC co-wrote the song that hit Beats Music’s Trending Tracks earlier this summer. 

Listen to RAC Strangers on Beats.

arjan

THE GAME BEFORE THE GAME: ROBIN VAN PERSIE 

Team Holland is gearing up for their big Word Cup game later today. The Dutch will be playing Argentina in the championship’s semi-finals. I worked with Dutch soccer star Robin van Persie to create a playlist he can enjoy in preparation for the game. He told me he’s a big dance music fan and he’s into a lot of the Dutch DJs. I compiled a list of songs by house icons like Tiesto, Afrojack and Armin van Buuren plus newcomers like Martin Garrix and D-wayne. Van Persie is also featured in Beats by Dr. Dre’s awesome The Game Before The Game ad campaign that can be seen on a tv screen near you. Some outtakes of the ad with Van Persie above. Watch it here. Hup Holland Hup!

Listen to “The Game Before The Game: Robin van Persie” on Beats.

HOT NEW TUNESDAY 6.8.2014
A quick run-down of some of the hottest new pop and dance tracks on Beats Music this week.
“Bo$$” by Fifth Harmony [listen]The ladies of Fifth Harmony pledge allegiance to the pop and drop name after name while stomping along to a trumpet-happy pop ditty that can best be summed up as one long cheer.
“Good Kisser” by Usher (Disclosure Remix) [listen]Guy and Howard of Brit house sensation Disclosure give Usher’s sultry new single a deep house makeover with a buttery new baseline and crispy synth stabs that instantly ups the R&B icon’s cool factor.
“First Flight Home” by Jake Miller [listen]The Miami, FL heartthrob unveils his highly-anticipated major label debut single that is instantly catchy and fit for radio while making the hearts of many teenage girls (and perhaps a few boys) beat a little faster. 
“All Out” by Anna Lunoe [listen]Anna Lunoe shows that she’s a rising force in dance music to reckon with. “All Out” is solid proof of that. It’s a sweet and stylish house track that the Sydney DJ produced and performed. It’s perfect fare for your late afternoon poolside escapades this summer.
arjan

HOT NEW TUNESDAY 6.8.2014

A quick run-down of some of the hottest new pop and dance tracks on Beats Music this week.

“Bo$$” by Fifth Harmony [listen]
The ladies of Fifth Harmony pledge allegiance to the pop and drop name after name while stomping along to a trumpet-happy pop ditty that can best be summed up as one long cheer.

“Good Kisser” by Usher (Disclosure Remix) [listen]
Guy and Howard of Brit house sensation Disclosure give Usher’s sultry new single a deep house makeover with a buttery new baseline and crispy synth stabs that instantly ups the R&B icon’s cool factor.

“First Flight Home” by Jake Miller [listen]
The Miami, FL heartthrob unveils his highly-anticipated major label debut single that is instantly catchy and fit for radio while making the hearts of many teenage girls (and perhaps a few boys) beat a little faster. 

“All Out” by Anna Lunoe [listen]
Anna Lunoe shows that she’s a rising force in dance music to reckon with. “All Out” is solid proof of that. It’s a sweet and stylish house track that the Sydney DJ produced and performed. It’s perfect fare for your late afternoon poolside escapades this summer.

arjan

THE MAKING OF JAKE MILLER “FIRST FLIGHT HOME”
Jake Miller’s much-anticipated new single “First Flight Home" arrived on Beats Music this week for all your streaming pleasure. It’s Miller’s major label debut after he signed with Warner Bros. Records late last year following the independent release of two EPs. "First Flight Home" kicks off Miller’s project for Warner on a high note. It’s a radio-ready slice of feel-good pop that has hit written all over it.
Hailing from the South Florida community of Weston, Miller began rapping when he was 17, but began to take it more seriously a year later when his YouTube videos caught the attention of local news and radio stations. This led to his first-ever live performance - a plum slot opening for Snoop Dogg in 2011.  
"First Flight Home" was co-written by Miller’s Warner label mate Brandyn Burnette who is currently impacting the scene with his debut single “Thanks for Nothing.” Burnette was at the Atlantic Studios rehearsing for a showcase when he met Miller who was working on his project with producer Cutfather.
Burnette had to blow off some steam and laid down some ideas for a song in the vocal booth. “Jake really loved the vibe of what I did and asked me to come back to work on it more,” Burnette writes me. “For the next week or so we were camped out in the studio working on what became ‘First Flight Home.’” 
He adds, “We really discussed the lyrics and message. [Jake] had a great vision for the rap. He was very hands on with his artistic process. We would take turns jumping up on the mic. When he had a great idea or flow he would get up and spit it on the spot. Then he would come out and we would talk it out and conceptualize.”
"There was a beautiful moment where our conversation lead to the title ‘First Flight Home’ and we both looked at each other and knew we were creating something special." If you listen closely, you can also spot Burnette’s vocals on the track in the pre-chorus when he sings "I’ll be home in no time." (Listen to Jake Miller "First Flight Home" on Beats.)
Credits for “First Flight Home” by Jake MillerWritten by Jake Miller, Brandyn Burnette, Peter Wallevik, Daniel Davidsen,  Mich Hansen, Glenda Proby and Aton Ben-HorinProduced by Peter Wallevik  & Daniel Davidsen and Cutfather

THE MAKING OF JAKE MILLER “FIRST FLIGHT HOME”

Jake Miller’s much-anticipated new single “First Flight Home" arrived on Beats Music this week for all your streaming pleasure. It’s Miller’s major label debut after he signed with Warner Bros. Records late last year following the independent release of two EPs. "First Flight Home" kicks off Miller’s project for Warner on a high note. It’s a radio-ready slice of feel-good pop that has hit written all over it.

Hailing from the South Florida community of Weston, Miller began rapping when he was 17, but began to take it more seriously a year later when his YouTube videos caught the attention of local news and radio stations. This led to his first-ever live performance - a plum slot opening for Snoop Dogg in 2011.  

"First Flight Home" was co-written by Miller’s Warner label mate Brandyn Burnette who is currently impacting the scene with his debut single “Thanks for Nothing.” Burnette was at the Atlantic Studios rehearsing for a showcase when he met Miller who was working on his project with producer Cutfather.

Burnette had to blow off some steam and laid down some ideas for a song in the vocal booth. “Jake really loved the vibe of what I did and asked me to come back to work on it more,” Burnette writes me. “For the next week or so we were camped out in the studio working on what became ‘First Flight Home.’” 

He adds, “We really discussed the lyrics and message. [Jake] had a great vision for the rap. He was very hands on with his artistic process. We would take turns jumping up on the mic. When he had a great idea or flow he would get up and spit it on the spot. Then he would come out and we would talk it out and conceptualize.”

"There was a beautiful moment where our conversation lead to the title ‘First Flight Home’ and we both looked at each other and knew we were creating something special." If you listen closely, you can also spot Burnette’s vocals on the track in the pre-chorus when he sings "I’ll be home in no time." (Listen to Jake Miller "First Flight Home" on Beats.)

Credits for “First Flight Home” by Jake Miller
Written by Jake Miller, Brandyn Burnette, Peter Wallevik, Daniel Davidsen,  Mich Hansen, Glenda Proby and Aton Ben-Horin
Produced by Peter Wallevik  & Daniel Davidsen and Cutfather