This week in dance: There were major moves from Swedish House Mafia, with the trio announcing a set at Coachella 2022 set, dropping their collaborative track with The Weekend and announcing a 44-date 2022 arena tour.
Meanwhile, David Guetta went deep on why he was nervous to release his 2011 genre-defining classic “Titanium,” Elton John and Dua Lipa hit No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Songs via the PNAU remix of “Cold Heart,” Day Zero announced the lineup for its 2022 event in Tulum, UK garage legend Todd Edwards answered 20 questions, and Insomniac dropped a massive EDC Las Vegas compilation, along with the news that this weekend’s festival will also stream in the metaverse via Roblox. And if you still need something to do this weekend, you can also rave at home for a good cause.
And new music? We’ve got it. Let’s dig in.
Whipped Cream & Jimorrow, “Light of Mine”
We’re living in pretty dark times, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had and love to be shared. Next time you’re feeling down, put on this latest single from Whipped Cream, the producer’s first in about a year. Out via Monstercat, the song incorporates a children’s choir singing “This Little Light of Mine,” a traditional gospel tune we all grew up with in one way or another, but of course, Whipped Cream and her producer buddy Jimorrow put a beautiful, hard-hitting bass-trap twist on the classic.
“‘Light of Mine’ is a song that resonates with me fully,” Whipped Cream says. “The meaning behind the lyrics, ‘this little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine,’ is just something I think we all need to understand. We are all born with this light, it’s just a matter of time until it shines. We all have something to offer and at the right time, the light will find its way out of us and into the universe. Keep the light shining!” — KAT BEIN
Benny Benassi Feat. Ne-Yo, “Let Me Go”
Benny Benassi needed the right voice for his new breakup anthem “Let Me Go”; few fill that role better than Ne-Yo. The pop-R&B star has tugged at our heartstrings for years with ballads like “So Sick” and “Do You,” but for many of us, he was also a Trojan horse into the world of thumping dance-pop via 2008 radio hit “Closer.” (Benassi is no stranger to crossover himself, having worked with Chris Brown, John Legend and Jeremih.)
On “Let Me Go,” Ne-Yo isn’t reflecting on a breakup — he’s pleading for one, bringing a sense of devastation and frustration to the dance floor through lyrics like “You treat me like you hate me/Then you beg me to stay.” The production, dark with melancholic undertones, powers up with him as he lays it all out: enough is enough. “This song feels like heartache at a party,” says Ne-Yo. “I see girls singing it at the top of their lungs! Dance to it, cry to it, do em’ both at the same time!” — KRYSTAL RODRIGUEZ
Sonny Fodera Feat. Poppy Baskcomb, “Silhouettes”
After releasing five album singles, including collabs with Diplo and Vintage Culture, Australian house mainstay Sonny Fodera drops his sixth studio LP, Wide Awake. Packed with chic, often darkly hypnotic production, the album deals heavily in hooky melodies and vocal-forward future house and UK garage productions that smartly balance a pop lean with club credibility. Fodera is currently on tour behind the album (out via his own Solotoko label), and will play dates in the U.S. through early November before trekking across the Atlantic for a U.K. run. — KATIE BAIN
“I was just writing trying to get out of my own head,” says Indiana-based producer Jlin of her upcoming Embryo EP on Planet Mu. “I wrote all these pieces in between commissions and trying to stay afloat mentally.” Its title track embodies the restlessness of a brain locked in overdrive. A buzzing, almost mosquito-like lead synth darts every which way among sprinting and whirring electronics. Were “Embryo” a visual, it’d be like trying to follow a pinball in the machine once it’s entered the silver field of bumpers.
Embedded within all this frenetic energy are moments of negative space, which even in their brevity halt all motion with the finality of a brick wall. According to Jlin, “Embryo” was written for Chicago-based new music ensemble Third Coast Percussion, who will release their version of the track in May 2022. That will definitely be a sight to see (and hear). — K.R.
The UK duo sample a Bulgarian folk chant to haunting, propulsive effect, further establishing Tibasko as one of the most exciting acts currently rising out of the UK. “Icaro” is a swirling heater that reverberates with spiritual-level intensity — the benchmark of a truly great night on the dancefloor. Pete Tong gave Tibasko (a July 2021 Billboard Dance Emerging Artist) his esteemed nod on his Future Stars of 2021 list, and this song is now out via Three Six Zero Recordings, where Tong is currently president. Star light, star bright indeed. — K. Bain
Ross From Friends, “Grub”
It took Ross From Friends a couple years locked up in the studio to give birth to his sophomore album, Tread, released today by Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder. Lucky for him, the rest of us were in lockdown, too. Though the album was not entirely inspired by quarantine living, it does fit well into the quiet, thumping introspection being frozen-in-time can elicit.
This is the kind of music to soundtrack a late-night solo swim in a lukewarm pool, a journey through the darkest recesses of the universe, or perhaps a trip to the astral plane. The album was preceded by the glitchy, bouncy singles “The Daisy” and “Love Divide,” but we’re putting a spotlight on “Grub” for its extra heady appeal. You can’t go wrong with any of Tread’s 12 tracks, so go ahead and dive in head first. — K. Bein