Nile Rodgers Celebrates Inaugural Year of FOLD Festival

While every burgeoning business has it’s fair share of hiccups, the FOLD Festival in Riverhead, NY weathered a series of natural and man-made challenges to attract 3,000+ attendees each night during their first, ever, summer music concerts. What they hope will be the maiden voyage of an annual event, the August 4/5 talent and crowd energy was of Herculean proportion.

Unlike the over-abundance of EDM-driven confabs, FOLD catered to a more mature demographic by featuring timeless superstars like Chaka Khan, Duran Duran, Melle Mel, and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers (the latter of which is also the festival’s founder and host). And for the younger, multi-format music lovers, the Long Island< New York shows also featured Janelle Monáe, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Keith Urban and Ultra Naté. While Electronic Dance Music festivals, more often than not, feature unapproachable DJ’s perched high atop an oversized stage, every FOLD performer interacted, effortlessly, with their audience.


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Halogen Were ‘Born Ready’ for this Feel-Good Remix

If you’re in search of today’s ‘feel-good’ house tune, look no further as Halogen’s remix of ‘Born Ready’ by The Disco Fries, featuring Hope Murphy will fit the bill. And the song’s vocal execution in tandem with the atmospheric layers and light musical percussion set the mood.

The up and coming Atlanta duo create an uplifting piano house remix of the original composition and the joyful tone of the title starts from the very first beat and lasts throughout.

Enjoy!

Disco Fries ft. Hope Murphy – Born Ready (Halogen Remix) | Purchase

Tiësto Headlines New DJ Competition ‘Your Shot USA’

7UP continues to make their EDM brand presence known amongst the millennial demographic by supporting Your Shot USA, an American Idol-esque DJ competition.

The 10-episode web series will follow the journey of 30 aspiring DJs who will receive intensive, one month training by industry professionals.

The face of the DJ competition is none other than Tiësto, who will take the six finalists under his wing in Las Vegas and the winner will open up for the Dutch superstar at Hakkasan nightclub.

Each Monday, a new episode will go live and you can tune in HERE.

Life Of Dillon Premieres ‘Dreams’ in the Big Apple

Meet Life Of Dillon, Sony’s newly inked, indie folk act. Having kicked off their musical career with ‘Overload’ the UK trio recently released their follow up single ‘Dreams’ from their debut EP Prologue

The feel-good acoustic song promotes a positive message, encouraging listeners to dream as big as possible. LoD is currently on tour with pop star Meghan Trainor and they premiered their music video to ‘Dreams’ last night on the Sony Trinitron mega-screen in Times Square.

Things are looking up for the British act in the United States and as they “if your dreams don’t scare you, they ain’t big enough!”

Life of Dillon – Dreams |Purchase

Do The ‘Dance Apocalyptic’ for FOLD Headliner Janelle Monáe

Two years ago, the sexy and ultra chic Janelle Monáe dropped her music video for ‘Dance Apocalyptic’, an intoxicating retro-pop record that brought back the swing-n-sway from back in the doo-wop days. And in less than a week (on Aug 4/5) she, along with a star studded line up, including Beck, Duran Duran, Pharrell Williams, Chaka Khan, and more, will be performing at the FOLD Festival, hosted by Nile Rodgers.

It’s been nearly a year since Monáe released new music but this New York performance may reveal some new and exciting things to come.

Curious? Buy your tickets HERE to see (and hear) her for yourself!

Janelle Monáe – Dance Apocalyptic

Martin Garrix Impresses 200,000 Attendees at Tomorrowland 2015

Tomorrowland, the world’s largest annual electronic music festival, took place in Belgium this past week. With 180,000+ attendees per day the event grounds were filled to the brim from morning to night and the talent boasted a masterful lineup, including Alesso, Tiesto, Nicky Romero and many more.

Of particular interest, however, was Martin Garrix’s supercharged set, which was filled with emotional melodies and high-octane big room records. The 19-year-old Dutch prodigy showed incredible poise and showmanship on the grand stage and, flawlessly, walked the line between revered tastemaker and top line entertainer.

From his new record ‘Dragon‘ to his infamous, mega-hit ‘Animals‘, Garrix had the crowd fully engaged.

Martin Garrix @ Tomorrowland Belgium (2015)

Disclosure + Sam Smith Move Past ‘Latch’ with ‘Omen’

Step aside ‘Latch‘! There’s an ‘Omen’ in sight and its coming by way of Disclosure featuring the brilliant Sam Smith. Sensual in sound design and exquisite in vocal overlays, this single is destined for radio station and iTunes playlist greatness.

Grab a classic cocktail in your smoking jacket and dancing shoes as this highly-anticipated collaboration will be on Disclosure’s sophomore album Caracal due out September.

Though ‘Holding On‘, the full length’s first single had some questioning Disclosure’s vision (given the deep style of the song), ‘Omen’ is proof positive that we’re all in for a big treat this fall.

Disclosure – Omen ft. Sam Smith | Purchase

Carter Tutti Remixes Erasure’s “Reason”

Erasure‘s new album, “The Violet Flame” has already yielded two successful singles, the LP’s effervescent lead title, “Elevation“, and their new single, “Reason“. These 2 tracks have also received a round of excellent remixes from the likes of UK production maestro, Richard X, to Australian synth-pop act, Parralox.

But one of the most compelling remixers chosen for “Reason” are Carter Tutti aka Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti.

Since the early 80’s, under the moniker Chris and Cosey, Carter Tutti have been making icy, analogue, synthpop infected tracks and they’re often credited as one of the founders of the Minimal Synth genre. The duo, who’ve been romantically involved since the 1980’s, played two sold out shows in New York City last winter and were also members of the pioneering Industrial band, Throbbing Gristle.

Carter Tutti’s remix of Erasure is beautiful! Filled with gorgeous melody and percolating synth lines, their remix keeps the integrity of Andy Bell’s vocal and Vince Clarke‘s electro-melodic sensibility whilst adding a HI-NRG element that takes the song and the listener to even higher plain. Take a listen (below)

We leave you with some footage of Carter Tutti performing at their sold out show at Santos Party House in Lower Manhattan last January.

 

MUSIC VIDEO: Shakira “Dare (La La La) Brazil 2014” feat Carlinhos Brown

Columbian super star, Shakira, just released the official music video to her FIFA World Cup Anthem “Dare (La La La) Brazil 2014”. Activia, who are responsible for providing school meals for children in need, joined forces in this production in support of the World Food Program.

The video begins with the cheering of the roaring crowd. Then the tribal drums kick in while Brazilian musician, Carlinhos Brown, chants the intro to this highly motivational track. Shakira’s boyfriend Gerard Pique, who also happens to be a professional footballer and plays as a centre-back for FC Barcelona, made a cameo appearance in this video along with the couple’s one year old son, Milan. Other football players who made their video appearance include Radamel Falcao, Cesc Soler, Sergio Agüero, James Rodríguez, Neymar, Eric Abidal, and Lionel Messi.

Mapei Talks “Don’t Wait” (Remixed by the Late Frankie Knuckles) Billboard Chart Debut

Earlier this week Mapei sat down with us to share her intriguing background.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, at the age of 10 the soon-to-be singer/songwriter moved with her family to Sweden. Of Liberian decent, Mapei experienced her share of racial discrimination while growing up in Sweden, before returning to the United States when she was 18. And, there’s little doubt, that her trials and tribulations during her teenage years have helped shape her music.

Released in 2009, Mapei’s debut rap EP got her noticed by dancehall legends Major Lazer (aka Diplo and Switch), who asked her sing on ‘Mary Jane’, the American act’s first album “Guns Don’t Kill People … Lazers Do“. Subsequently, she joined forces with French electronic act Justice but ended up scrapping an entire album’s worth of work because she was unhappy with the result which led her to travel the world.

Upon Mapei’s return to Sweden she started working with writer Magnus Lidehäll (Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Britney Spears) and who also produced her debut album, due out this summer. Her musical taste is vast, describing herself as a fan of Madonna, Nirvana and Kendrick Lamar, and influenced by Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill and Michael Jackson.

This week’s #48* Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart debut, Mapei’s new single “Don’t Wait” features Chance The Rapper with remixes by Frankie Knuckles + Eric Kupper and Cranks, represented by PRO MOTION. The Brad LeBeau Company. Inc.