Channel Tres Features on Flight Facilities’ Latest Classic, ‘Lights Up’

Channel Tres Features on Flight Facilities’ Latest Classic, ‘Lights Up’

Today, Australian producer duo Flight Facilities return to their beloved fanbase, delivering a new single immersed in a feeling of West-Coast cool imparted by collaborator Channel Tres. Released on Future Classic/Glassnote Records, ‘Lights Up’ marks the band’s first release of 2021 with a direct flight to Channel Tres’ own Compton California.

The track marks a highly anticipated return to North America for the duo as well, who will be gracing the stage for three nights at Downtown Los Angeles’ Banc of California stadium alongside electronic giants RÜFÜS DU SOL this November. 50,000 additional tickets were added to keep up with demand after the first show sold out in mere minutes.

‘Lights Up’ is the first track to be released in over a year from the live-electronic selectors, who have been working together for over a decade, creating timeless, genre-defying classics drenched in a sense of nostalgia. ‘Lights Up’ is a continuation of this philosophy, aided by Channel Tres’ propensity for crossing genres and drawing inspiration from eras like 90s Detroit house and West-Coast hip-hop. The result is a track that belongs to these moments in time as much as it represents what’s next for the global dance sound, a confluence of feeling and style.

“We’ve always loved the sound of the early Detroit House scene that crossed over with the Paradise Garage era. Combined with our love for Channel’s voice, it seemed like a perfect fit. His voice has a magical ability to make songs that are made for strutting. We felt it was important to keep enough of our sound and influence in the track, to avoid it sounding too derivative, so we wanted to include some 90’s and 00’s elements to give the song its own character.”

Flight Facilities

While forthcoming performances at the Banc of California and New Zealand’s Snow Machine Festival point to exciting projects ahead, the guys have kept their productions flowing, most recently dropping a disco-forward remix of ‘Vintage‘ for New York bassist Blu DeTiger, delivering a brand new 1962-72 Decades mix, and launching their very own app – Flight Deck. The free IOS and Android compatible app, built to celebrate 10 years of Flight Facilities magic, is a one stop shop that houses a treasure trove of unreleased Flight Facilities tracks, bootleg cuts, mixtapes and more.

Initially gaining recognition in 2010 for singles like “Crave You” ft. Giselle Rosselli and “Foreign Language”, Flight Facilities has since been a constant industry driving force, which included releasing their debut and only full-length album to date Down to Earth in 2014. The LP went on to achieve gold certification and garner three ARIA nominations, with widespread appreciation for their feel-good, dance floor ready tunes. The band followed the album with a multi-year run of singles which included “Need You” ft. NÏKA, “Arty Boy” ft Emma Louise, “Stranded” ft. Broods, Reggie Watts, Broods & Saro, “All Your Love” ft Dustin Tebbutt, and “Better Than Ever” ft Aloe Blacc.

Channel Tres has been steadily continuing on his unstoppable trajectory, having most recently released his I Can’t Go Outside EP, an introspective mixtape which boasted a sexy blend of classic house and West Coast rap and featured collaborations with the likes of Tinashe and Tyler the Creator. He also featured on further major hits including “Impact” with SG Lewis and Robyn, and “Recap”, a collaboration alongside Kito and VanJess.

‘Lights Up’ is an eagerly awaited homecoming for Flight Facilities, who remain two of the most recognizable forces in the globally facing Australian electronic music scene that took hold in the early 2000s. As they prepare to once again position themselves center stage alongside budding superstars like Channel Tres, it is clear that the duo are ready to build upon the catchy and comforting sounds that remain at the core of the Flight Facilities journey.

Paraleven Makes Next Big Label Debut on RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Rose Avenue

Paraleven Makes Next Big Label Debut on RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Rose Avenue

RÜFÜS DU SOL have built their imprint Rose Avenue around one core principle: to shine the light on artists who push the envelope of dance music’s emotive shades. Today they welcome rising talent Paraleven into their fold with a spacey single, “Lucid,” infused with the vocals of Nathan Ball.

In true Paraleven fashion, “Lucid” tugs at the heartstrings with dulcet harmonics. Subdued synths, stringed pads, and a warm bassline interlock with one another to create maximum emotional impact while serving as a complementary foundation for Nathan Ball’s breathy vocal work and touching lyrics. Underpinning it all is a distinctive percussion section, making “Lucid” equally appealing for dancefloor and at-home listening.

“Nathan was a pleasure to work with. I am a huge fan of all of his work and to have this record come to life with his vocals was a real treat for me. This song was written with an abstract “late night” feel, focusing on loneliness – and thoughts that run through one’s head in solitude. The beauty of this song lies in the back and forth of vocal focus and synth driven sections – without being heavily reliant on one or the other to drive the track. My favorite line is “If there was another place to hide from the world today, would you follow me there” – something I feel we can all relate to at one point or another.” — Paraleven

Paraleven has racked up well over a decade of production experience. As a solo act, Paraleven found his calling in the progressive house arena, where he was promptly picked up by Lane 8, signed to This Never Happened, and tapped as main support for the icon’s namesake sold out label tour. It wouldn’t be long before RÜFÜS DU SOL noticed his knack for arrangement, thus beginning what’s shaping up to be a long and fruitful relationship between the two acts.

“When Paraleven sent over the track I was immediately transported to that late night feeling, a melancholic solitude of sorts. I wanted to replicate that feeling in the lyrics and the melody, so they explore the desire to escape the monotony of everyday life with the only person you’d want to be there with you”—Nathan Bell

With arrival on Rose Avenue, Paraleven joins a robust slate of talent which includes the likes of Cassian, Township Rebellion, Colyn and Lastlings. Be sure to keep watch on the label as it prepares to unveil its ambitious latter half of 2021.

Eelke Kleijn Releases His 3rd Brand New Track, “Woodstock” From Upcoming Album

Eelke Kleijn Releases His 3rd Brand New Track, “Woodstock” From Upcoming Album

Dutch DJ and producer, Eelke Kleijn, just dropped his mesmerizing new single “Woodstock,” giving us a bite-sized look into his fourth full-length album titled Oscillations, currently set to release on September 25th. 

“Woodstock” was inspired by his favorite club in the Netherlands by the same name and this uplifting melodic track perfectly showcases it; with its groovy, disco-like baseline and enthralling synths this track is impossible not to have on a never-ending loop.

“Woodstock” is part of a larger EP comprising many remixes of the original track. To celebrate this special release, Eelke recorded an exclusive live set at the beach club. The set will be livestreamed on Eelke Kleijn’s platforms on July 26th. Be sure to tune in on Eelke’s channels for a spectacular sunset show. 

French Canadian Producer, CRi Releases New Single and Video, “Never Really Get There”

French Canadian Producer, CRi Releases New Single and Video, “Never Really Get There”

French Canadian producer showcased his abilities in the dance music world with his new single, “Never Really Get There” featuring Jesse Mac Cormack. The track proves to have potential to be a prominent dance track of the summer. 

“Never Really Get There” draws on the alternative electronic dance sounds of CRi and the catchy melodic vocals of Jesse to create a hypnotic track that is impossible to not have on repeat. The melodic lyrics capture the idea of how sometimes expectations you set will never be met, providing an almost familiar yet nostalgic feeling throughout the song. 

Speaking of familiar, the song is accompanied with a music video that is quite relatable to all of us. The “Never Really Get There” music video produced by CRi’s sister, Alexa-Jeanne Dubé, portrays a series of people spending time inside their homes. The video was inspired by the lockdown we have all been subject to this past summer and how people are getting through it. CRi explained how the song related to the video, “It’s symbolic for the song, because “Never Really Get There” is about being stuck outside yourself and not being able to get back in.” 

CRi has been working extremely hard on his music and it shows to be paying off. His early singles “Rush” and “Don’t” have proven him to be a notable artist in the dance music world along with his nomination for Electronic Release of The Year at the 2018 Juno Awards.

Desire’s “Don’t Call” Gets A New Sound From Israeli DJ, Guy Gerber

Desire’s “Don’t Call” Gets A New Sound From Israeli DJ, Guy Gerber

The 2009 heartbreak tune, “Don’t Call” by Canadian trio Desire has been turned into one of the summers hottest dance tracks by electronic producer Guy Gerber. The reimagined single provides an exciting new beat by Guy with the same catchy lyrics we know and love from Desire. The single does a full 360, giving us an uplifting dance-worthy tune for fans to enjoy all summer long. This might not be the first time you have heard this track as it received an incredible reaction when he dropped it in his only live-stream from his home in Rio last month and has also been a popular hit in many of Guy Gerber’s live performances.  

Guy Gerber has been working from his home in Rio on a lot of new material for his fans and if it is anything like this rework we can’t wait. 

Listen to Guy Gerbers song of the summer “Don’t Call” HERE

Paul Kalkbrenner Goes Deep on ‘Speak Up’ EP

Paul Kalkbrenner Goes Deep on ‘Speak Up’ EP

Hailing from East Berlin, Paul Kalkbrenner has long championed the music from his home and from Detroit as being integral to his success as one of techno’s most prominent global players.

In 2016, he released his 3-part ‘Back to the Future’ mixtape series, which saw Paul revisiting the songs of his youth, and compiling them in a mixtape series that’s been listened to millions of times to date. Now, he revisits the sounds of old once more in his ‘Speak Up’ EP.

The EP is classic Kalkbrenner in many ways, sticking to the grand techno sound that rose him to fame. But the EP is also a diversion, with a focus on deep club sounds and vocals like he rarely does.

‘Speak Up’ stands out as one of the deeper tracks that Paul has produced. ‘Eyes Open’ shows clear influence from the Detroit sound of old that lit up dance floors for decades. ‘Laser In’ goes a little darker, with really buzzy synths atop a distorted bass and drum groove. ‘Check Yourself’ exudes similar energy, but with a more refined synth lead and more delicate percussion.

Stream here

Drew & Luke Release Let’s All Sing Together – A Song for a Changing World

Drew & Luke Release Let’s All Sing Together – A Song for a Changing World

Hailing from Philadelphia, retro-rock duo Drew & Luke have released their debut single Let’s All Sing Together, and it is already inspiring people around the globe. Drawing inspiration from classic rock artists such as The Beatles and Bob Dylan, Drew & Luke are bringing “music that matters” back to the light of the world. 

During a time that will be remembered for generations to come, Drew & Luke are using their platform to call on others around them to create action and change for that of a better world. The song’s lyrics take the form of a letter, one that addresses people of all kinds, reminding them that we all have a role to play because “we’re all we got.” 

Writing, recording, and producing Let’s All Sing Together themselves in their place of quarantine, they continue to push a message that music needs to have an impact on the world, and that impact can inspire action. With an infectious sound that urges listeners of all ages to sing and stand with one another, Let’s All Sing Together is sure to be a song that transcends even beyond this important moment in history.

Listen to Let’s All Sing Together by Drew & Luke below:

Porky & Mitch Dodge Release ‘Chameleon” EP on Desert Hearts

Porky & Mitch Dodge Release ‘Chameleon” EP on Desert Hearts

To spark the anticipation for their annual festival, the Desert Hearts crew have kicked off their ‘Road To Desert Hearts’ series with a brand new EP from Porky and Mitch Dodge.

The duo comes firing in with their ‘Chameleon’ EP, which includes two songs that showcase the sounds you can expect to hear at the Desert Hearts festival in April.

The title track takes us to another dimension with a larger-than-life bassline that lingers throughout the duration of the song. Avoiding any melodic elements, Porky & Mitch Dodge keep it simple on ‘Chameleon’ by focusing on the perfectly engineered drum patterns, lingering vocals, and a massive bassline.

‘Big Dog,’ sticks to a similar formula, but still sounds fresh in its own way. The highlight of this track is found in the breakdown which builds up to one of the largest drops you have ever heard. 


Desert Hearts Returns with new Family & Friends Compilation

Desert Hearts Returns with new Family & Friends Compilation

Southern California’s Desert Hearts Records is back with the fourth volume of their annual Family & Friends compilation. Artists from all around the world including Tini Gessler, Jesse Perez, Beth Lydi, and Alan Nieves served up fresh cuts to the mix, translating to an EP as diverse as it is grooving. Naturally, Family & Friends also includes tracks from Desert Hearts veterans Kevin Anderson, Mitch Dodge, and Memo Rex.

All 19 tracks in this year’s Family & Friends compilation epitomize the heart and soul of Desert Hearts. From the hypnotizing bassline in Tini Gessler’s “Acid” to the marvelous blend of rising pitches in Memo Rex & Joe Pea’s “Refreshing Conversation For The Mind,” Family & Friends Volume 4 showcases the finest selection of house music that you can expect to hear at a Desert Hearts Party. 

Purchase the Family & Friends Volume 4 Compilation here

Turkish twins Lunar Plane make Desert Hearts Black debut with Phantom EP

Turkish twins Lunar Plane make Desert Hearts Black debut with Phantom EP

Desert Hearts Black has returned with the hard-hitting release of Phantom, a two-track record from Turkish twins Lunar Plane. The EP is an ode to the depths of melodic techno, proving the duo’s acute sense of sound that dominates dance floors around the world. 

Dark, booming bass lines form a thrusting structure that stirs an extraterrestrial essence throughout the EP. A slow-burning progression and shadowy synths take hold of the title-track, while ‘The Lighthouse’ is an echanting melangé of industrial soundscapes and otherwordly inflections. 

Listen to Phantom here

While Lunar Plane has conquered the academic realm of America as Yale Univeristy graduates, the set of identical twins has embarked on a journey to claim their territory in the music space. Not long after the brothers’ production partnership began in 2014, Lunar Plane earned heavy support in the DJ community, including Solomun, Tale of Us, Steyoyoke and Stil Vor Talent. 

Since the recent inception of Desert Hearts’ sub-label Desert Hearts Black, the brainchild of Marbs and Evan Casey, the imprint has already formed a solid discography and artist catalogue. Phantom comes only a couple months after their first release Torus, which claimed the #1 spot on Beatport’s Overall Chart upon its release.