Round One: Top New Dance Tracks of the Week from Jessie Ware, Chris Lorenzo with COBRAH and More
And guess what, there’s more! Let’s dig.
Jessie Ware, “Free Yourself”
After delivering Billboardfavorite dance album of 2020, What is your pleasure?club singer Jessie Ware is back this week with a new single, “Free Yourself”, which she describes as the start of a “new era” for her.
Compared to WYP?, which offered sultry, sexy, heart-pounding disco in blush and burgundy tones, “Free Yourself” radiates color, bright and bold, to match Ware’s searing chorus: “Free yourself / Keep climbing this Mountain top.” The production – handled by legend Stuart Price (Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Pet Shop Boys and many more) – adds an air of rush-hour urgency with its stomping beat, wailing horns and stuttering bursts of percussion that give Ware’s words of encouragement the force of Command: “Why don’t you treat yourself / If it’s so good then baby, don’t stop.”
From the question “What is your pleasure?”, Ware’s “Free Yourself” is permission to ask yourself: “What is my pleasure?” and act accordingly. Last month, Ware performed “Free Yourself” for the first time at the Glastonbury Festival, and will surely perform it again during a series of opening dates for Harry Styles in October. “I’m so excited for people to have this song for the end of their summer; to dance, to have no inhibitions and to be joyful because that’s how it felt recently to be able to tour again and be able to sing again,” she says. “Have fun, free yourself!” — KRISTAL RODRIGUEZ
Chris Lorenzo and COBRAH, “Mami”
Chris Lorenzo scored a (fairly) recent hit with his October 2021 edit of The Mamas & The Papas classic “California Dreaming,” and another major hit with his edit of J Balvin and Skrillex’s “In Da Getto.” Now Lorenzo seems to have another monster on his hands with his latest ‘Mami’. A collaboration with Swedish songwriter/producer/singer COBRAH, the tech home heater is a tribute to living like the bourgeoisie while “doping drugs in the penthouse suite”, a choice situation evoked by the production more and more dizzying momentum of Lorenzo and the expedited delivery of COBRAH.
“Mami” is the first release on the British producer’s new label, the aptly titled Late departure. “I had been listening to COBRAH’s stuff for a while and I knew that stylistically his vocals on my beats could work really well,” he says. “We were in the studio for two days recording different ideas, but I especially remember when COBRAH came up with the lyrics for ‘Mami’. I knew then that what we were creating was going to be huge, even before the rhythm is over. KATIE BATH
Manila Killa, Dusk
Manila Killa fans have always known the producer for his inspiring melodies, heartfelt toplines and future pop vibes, but today the 28-year-old musician presents a fuller picture of his influences and creative soul.
“Dusk is my first album, the pinnacle of the sound I’ve created over the years,” he says. “I spent a lot of time during quarantine thinking about what I wanted when creating a full album. I realized that I wanted it to be a project that touched on all aspects of my inspirations and influences across the dance music. The topics and emotions I addressed consisted of grief, desire, and determination; all things I considered throughout the creative process. I took an approach that focused on dance music for production, going back to my roots and channeling the feelings I had when I first started listening to dance music. This album is something I’ve been working on all my life and I hope people can resonate with the ideas and energy I put into it.
His most honest body of work to date is also his most diverse, a sophisticated collection of tracks equally at home with frenetic drum ‘n’ bass beats and hypnotic house epics. He even tuned the whole LP to a visualizer – because if you’re not listening Dusk in its entirety, you only get part of the picture. – KAT BEIN
Moon Boots feat. Cherry Glazerr, “Come Back Around”
Summer dance meets cool indie on Moon Boots’ new single, “Come Back Around” featuring Cherry Glazerr’s Clementine Creevy. The first taste of the producer’s forthcoming third album, “Come Back Around”, is house music molded for the warmer months of the year: a heavy but jubilant rhythm marked by bouncy basses, aquatic synths and a sultry atmosphere that will have you rushing to the nearest beach. . Meanwhile, Creevy’s smooth voice put a candy coat on her lusty desires with lyrics like “I had a daydream that’d make you blush / You say what’s in a hurry / I can do you precipitate.” “Come Back Around” is effervescent and downright fun – just like its music video above, a summer adventure through Coney Island. — KR
AN21 & HISAK feat. Able Faces, “Okay”
The vibes are hypnotic and moody on melodic radiator “Alright”, the latest from Swedish producer AN21 (in collaboration with rising Italian artist HIISAK and Scottish singer-songwriter duo Able Faces). The track marks the first single AN21 – the artist name of Antoine Gabriel Michel Haydamous Josefsson, the younger brother of Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello – since 2015. As told by Antoine Billboardthere is a good reason behind the break.
“I’ve always had the merit of being Steve’s brother,” he says. “Was an instant hit from the start and was able to tour non-stop. I had kind of an impostor syndrome for many years. But touring was incredibly fun and I kept releasing music, but at At one point, making music was taking more and more time, mainly because I felt the quality of the music should be as good as my brother’s.
“I spent a lot of time in LA.” he continues, “and I clearly remember coming back for a second show after a while at Create in LA and realizing that for the second time there, I had no new music to to play. It was super dishonest for my fans to ask them to buy tickets, so I decided to stop touring. Then I went back to Sweden to reinvent myself, start a family and have a daughter Melody. Then , when I was ready to come back, Covid happened and then I had my son, Phoenix, but now that the world is hopefully restored It’s time to show the fans what I’ve been working on for all these years.
It’s time indeed, with AN21 performing at Tomorrowland this Sunday. Meanwhile, “Alright” is available now via Angello’s Size Records. — K.Bath
Bicla, “Mini Skrt”
Life is not black and white, but it is about dichotomies. Light and dark, introspective and expressive, brooding and raw as heck; these are all concepts that Russian artist Biicla explores on her second album Yes Locationwhich in itself is a dichotomous response to his 2020 debut album, No space.
“For a few years, I have been thinking about where and how to move forward. Constant traveling alone, a new team, new friends and endless thoughts in my head, as well as my first performances in America,” he says. “It was all like in the movies, and naturally that affected my music. The album No space was to find myself, and in 2022 I think I found myself. I just decided to create a light dance album for you that will touch your deepest soul, because it is inspired by new events and people I met during this time. I share with you my new look at electronic music in this new album. His full name was Yes! I think I found a placebut i decided to shorten it and just leave it Yes Location unlike the last album, No space.”
Today we’re highlighting “Mini Skrt”, because it’s just super fun and kinda weird, totally offbeat and absolutely cool, but you should dance to the full album. It’s a real trip. – K.Bein
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