Philadelphia, PA – The inevitable loss a parent is a traumatic experience — especially when it comes unexpectedly. For bubbling artist Armani White, the loss his father Lee Tolbert (aka Touché) in 2016 to prostate cancer resulted in the MC pressing pause on his career.
“I stopped making music when it happened, I stopped eating, I stopped everything and I just ran,” Armani tells HipHopDX. “I ran as far away from what I thought reality was as I could.”
Since returning in 2018 (with the song “Public School”) he’s released a handful solid singles, but is finally ready to roll out his new LP — one he says is dedicated to the memory his father.
“The creative process for this album began at my father’s funeral,” he explains. “They encouraged us not to mourn the death, but to celebrate life … I wanted this project to be a celebration his life and story.”
The LP, titled Keep In Touch, follows his father (a member the Philly Gang Junior Black Mafia) from 1994, and explores various storylines — including the sobering experience becoming a father, and ultimately learning how valuable and precious life is.
“The project follows my father] through the many narratives that built him up, yet scraped away and made him human,” he says.
The first single from the project, “Touché,” fers up a bright soundscape — and an outro that quickly gets dark, highlighting the depth listeners can look forward to from the full tracklist.
“I wanted to fully embody the street persona my father when I wrote ‘Touché’] … to personify the idea that pain can be mended with money and material things,” he explains.
Stream Armani White’s “Touché” below. Keep In Touch drops November 8.
The 24th edition Amsterdam Dance Event has just come to an end and the organisation already announces next year’s dates: In 2020 Amsterdam Dance Event will celebrate its 25th anniversary from 21-25 October.
From 16 to 20 October 2019, the largest global platform for electronic music fered over 1,000 events spread across 200 locations, attracting over 400,000 visitors from a record number nearly 150 countries. The conference also achieved a record number 9150 delegates, with 600 industry pressionals taking part in keynotes, workshops and masterclasses on a variety topics. The day program extensively commemorated the 100 years electronic musical instruments, including a Museum Modern Instruments ( MoMI ) in De Brakke Grond. In addition, there were collaborations with the Milkshake festival and Paradiso, who presented the program ‘For all Who Love’ in the Duif. The new ADE Zen Space was located at the The Waalse Kerk, in the centre Amsterdam, which hosted a special sold-out sleep concert, through meditation and special audiovisual installations.
The full cultural day program spread across more than 40 locations in the Amsterdam metropolitan region, including Kunstfort Vijfhuizen, ICK ZuidOost, Het HEM, Lab111, OSCAM and the Noorderkerk as eye-catching locations. France was the focus country this year, being highlighted in the conference and festival program, with China, Canada and Japan also receiving special attention. In addition, talent development and education also took centre stage within a more extensive ADE Sound Lab program, ADE University, Beats Academy and the first ADE Writers Camp hosted by ADE Sound Lab and VondelCS.
ADE LIVE took place at Paradiso and the Melkweg, fering a stage to upcoming live talent through a two-day program. The American tech company Audionamix won the ADE TECH start-up competition Companies 2 Watch, and the Green Deal Circular Festivals was signed at ADE Green by national and international events. ADE Hangover, the free city festival at the NDSM wharf, took place on Sunday.
On Wednesday, October 23rd, special limited loyalty tickets (Pass) will go on sale, so make sure to stay tuned!
MOGUAI has had a strong first half 2019, with standout releases coming in the form his collaboration with Heldeep label boss Oliver Heldens,’ Cucumba’, and more recently ‘Don’t Stop’ ft. Moe Mitchell, now the German native wastes no time in following up those stellar releases with ‘Green Sally Up’, released Big Beat. Using the infamous vocal originally released in the 1960’s, and more recently made famous on Moby’s ‘Flower’ and by the viral ‘Sally Up’ workout challenge, MOGUAI once again proves his studio prowess and ability to breathe new life into existing elements, as fans are now challenged to take it to the next level with an up-tempo anthem that will have listeners pumped from the first listen.
The track develops instant momentum, as the instantly recognizable vocal is introduced early on. A stuttering synth stab is introduced which changes speed throughout, ensuring the track is ever-evolving and dynamic, and provides a hook that runs perfectly side-by-side with the lyrics. The main breakdown sees the full vocal unleashed, joined by a luscious piano accompaniment that is the perfect climax to the increasing tension that builds for the duration the song. Check out the track below and let us know what you think!
It’s been another incredible ADE for the legendary David Guetta, filled with headline sets and awards. He received the huge accolade being named number one in 1001Tracklists’ Top 101 Producers 2019 ranking. This award, based purely on data, reflects the cumulative amount unique DJ support for tracks played this year. It means that across the year so far, he has featured more times in more sets listed on the site than any other producer.
What’s more, he was also named the world’s third favorite DJ by voters in the DJ Mag Top 100, announced at the huge AMF event. He made a video earlier in the month promising his fans that he would skydive if he reached the top 3, so expect to see him jumping out a plane some time soon!
Meanwhile, he’s preparing another big release before the end the year, following on from huge releases like ‘Never Be Alone’ and ‘Thing For You’. With two months left 2019, you can still expect plenty more from David Guetta.
Hot f the back Amsterdam Dance Event 2019, Fedde Le Grand’s Darklight Recordings is keeping the momentum going by delivering six new astounding releases, in the space just one week. Giving fans that Friday feeling from the opening beat, German duo Vol2Cat’s single ‘Hoon’ is the first track to be released. Catchy and bold, Vol2Cat use an intensifying build bass stabs and electronic vocals, leading to an inevitable and captivating drop.
With a combination futuristic synths and warped electronic vocals, Scotty Boy injects some groove to the start the week with ‘Move To The Beat’. German duo Luke & Tobe provide us with another future hit, featuring catchy vocals and a repetitive, hard, electronic beat. Finding inspiration from the underground, ‘Elevate’ has an ominous aura, with the darker edge the track supported by deep, pround vocals.
Getting fans through hump day, Scotty Boy and Lavelle Dupree’s ‘House U’ is the next track on fer. Calling on stabbing synths and a driving low-end instrumental arrangement, this funk-infused number is the perfect late night weapon to keep the dance floor moving. Showcasing their signature sound with a high-energy, pounding track, ‘What I’m All About’ by Vantiz and Timo G is not for the faint hearted. The hypnotic creation injects a variety electronic sounds and synths to create a melodic storm and will make listeners go wild from the outset.
The final addition to this release pack comes in the shape ‘Give Me Down’ by Ukranian force Costel van Dein. A heavy and thumping record, the track chops and changes across its duration and will send revellers into a frenzy with its intensifying build and electronic drops. Taking listeners on a journey through a complex, unparallelled musical experience, this fering demonstrates his production prowess across a broad spectrum musical genres. You can hear all the tracks released until now below!
On Saturday 19 October, fans from all across the globe travelled to AMF to witness a truly stunning sold-out 2019 edition the massive Dutch event; a showpiece party in the annual dance music calendar. Bringing a frenetic energy to a record-breaking capacity crowd at the iconic Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam, more than 40,000 fans were in attendance at the event to witness the crowning the winners this year’s edition DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll. Belgian pair Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike scooped the hugely sought-after award, dethroning 3 x consecutive winner Martin Garrix in the process.
Packing the legendary stadium with the biggest audience in AMF history, the evening’s celebrations were kicked f by the sounds fast-rising Dutch superstar Mike Williams. With pop-dance producer and hit-making machine Jonas Blue taking to the decks soon after, the ArenA was quickly filled to capacity. French dance legend David Guetta was then in attendance to fill the arena with a rapturous set filled with high-energy hits, and massive electronic music classics. With the packed crowd left stunned by the incredible design the iconic venue, multi-platinum selling icon and Grammy winner Tiësto performed his first set at AMF since 2015.
With the atmospheric cauldron noise now reaching fever-pitch levels excitement, it was time for Armin van Buuren to send his crowd into a state trance with a hypnotic 60-minute set. His performance preceded the explosive sounds Timmy Trumpet and big room legends W&W; the first time these hugely popular acts had combined for a joint live performance as part AMF’s revolutionary 2=1 show concept.
With the glittering cast AMF also heralding a rapturous set from Swedish progressive prince Alesso, and the pioneer the future house movement – Hexagonian leader Don Diablo – AMF 2019 was rounded f by the high-energy hardstyle maestro Coone, who had the tireless crowd bouncing until AMF’s final moments. You can sign up now for AMF 2020 here!
Slushii drops his bass intensive Watch Yo Back EP on Monstercat. With previously released title track “Watch Yo Back” showcasing Slushii’s return to heavier sounds, the Us producer does not disappoint bringing the festival and clubs hits to life. Collaborating with Avielle for “I’d Do Anything”, Skyxxx for “Run Up” and Dion Timmer for “Test Me” which will be added to Rocket League and Beat Saber, Slushii continues to showcase his versatility in the dance music space with a catalog ranging from melodic drumstep to high impact dubstep. Always one step ahead, we can expect more great music from Slushii soon! You can check out his EP below!
Also, be sure to catch Slushii on tour as he launches his Watch Yo Back tour; hitting 14 cities across North America. Get tickets now at Slushii.com/tour.
11/7 – Orlando, FL – Home Bass
11/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Academy Sunnyvale
11/22 – Kansas City, MO – Mosaic
11/23 – Atlanta, GA – Ravine
11/27 – San Diego, CA – Omnia
11/29 – Philadelphia, PA – NOTO
11/30 – Boston, MA – Big Night Live
12/7 – Costa Mesa, CA – Time Denver
12/14 – Portland, OR – 45 East
12/27 – Dallas, TX – Lights All Night
12/28 – New York, NY – Marquee
Hold on to your hats: Oliver Heldens is back with his hardest HI-LO cut to date.
‘Poseidon’ is a full-throttle techno banger with a nasty sting in its tail. Rumbling sub bass throbs away under a hard-punching kick before the rasping, distorted synth lead hovers into focus. A huge snare and clap build pushes the intensity before the full, majorly detuned, guttural lead pummels us into submission. With a seriously wide stereo vibration dominating the attention, this gritty sound plays out a dark melody. Layers filth bolster its texture, before a heavenly vox synth style arpeggio arrives in the main break to provide some pretty juxtaposition. Handle with care: this one is absolutely devastating!
Check out the track below and get ready to be amazed!
Martin Garrix has been named Official Music Artist UEFA EURO 2020 and will produce and perform the ficial song for the tournament as well as the ficial walkout music.
The 23-year-old revealed the news while performing a headline show in his home town Amsterdam, one the 12 host cities for next summer’s finals. The song will be revealed in spring 2020 – and so too a collaboration with a singer. The song will be performed in full for the first time at the UEFA EURO 2020 opening ceremony at the Olimpico in Rome on June 12th, 2020.
Alongside the ficial song, Martin will also produce the ficial walkout music, as well as music for use in all ficial broadcasts.
UEFA EURO 2020 is being held across the continent for the first time in the competition’s 60-year history, with 12 host cities in all, as part the European Championship’s 60th anniversary celebrations. Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg will all host matches next summer.
Music and football fans can win a meeting with Martin Garrix at the UEFA EURO 2020 final draw in Bucharest on 30 November. To be in with a chance, enter www.euro2020.com/Martin-Garrix.
Xavier is still pushing his Hackers album, which dropped in August. To continue the campaign, the Top Floor Music Group artist has linked up with Trizz to share a video for their collaborative track “Schemez” f the LP.
“My parents came to this country with nothing, they taught me nobody is going to give you shit, everybody has excuses, but it takes a certain type person to come up with solutions,” Xavier tells HipHopDX. “No matter what, we always find a way to get the job done.”
Trizz adds, “Ain’t no right or wrong way to get out here so we gotta scheme and plot to make a lot shit you see happen.”
Watch Xavier’s “Schemez” video featuring Trizz above.
Stream Hackers below.
Orangeburg, SC – Breakfast Club host Charlamagne Tha God is honoring African American women by donating $250,000 to South Carolina State University. The money will go towards The Ford Family Endowed Scholarship Fund. The charity will give out scholarships to black women who major in English, Communications or are studying to become a mental health pressional.
He announced the donation Sunday (October 20) during SCSU’s homecoming weekend. The inspiration for the scholarship fund comes from Charlamagne’s mom, his current pression and his fight for mental health awareness.
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My mother is an alumni @scstate1896 class 75. Today was South Carolina States homecoming and I had the honor announcing “The Ford Family Endowed Scholarship Fund” Ford is my mother’s maiden name and my grandmothers last name. We will be providing scholarships to black women in South Carolina who Major in English, (my mother’s major) Communications, (because I’m a Radio/TV Guy), and for any sister that wants to be a mental health pressional. Always remember investing in an HBCU is investing in the future our people so the next time an HBCU ask for money, open that wallet. It’s a blessing to be a blessing! All Praises Due To God!!! P.S. Speaking GOD my creator told me to announce that I’m tapped out until February so to all friends and family don’t even consider calling me this holiday season for nothing. Have a blessed day. #wefightdifferent
CTG’s mom is an alumna SCSU and her major was English. Along with his book Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me, the South Carolina native has repeatedly talked about the importance mental wellness on all his platforms.
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Dear Black People like I said yesterday an investment into an HBCU is an investment into the future our people. Salute to everyone who did their part yesterday at @scstate1896 homecoming. The SC State Club donated 215,889 dollars to @scstateathletics and OG @whipclyburn stunted on us all with his 1.7 million dollar endowment that will fund S.C. State honors college scholarships. The SC State University Honors college is named after his late wife Dr. Emily England Clyburn who is also a Moncks Corner native and the reason Congressman Clyburn always tells me I’m the SECOND best thing to come out Moncks Corner…😂 which would actually push me further down the list because I’m putting my wife before me….anyway just always remember if you really rooting for everybody black the next time an HBCU ask for money, open your wallet!!!! It’s a blessing to be a blessing. GOD IS EVERYTHING!!! 🙏🏿 #WeFightDifferent
Under the caption his Instagram post acknowledging the fund, he elaborated on what the deed meant to him. Charlamagne said, “Always remember investing in an HBCU is investing in the future our people so the next time an HBCU ask for money, open that wallet. It’s a blessing to be a blessing!”
Any dance music fan knows that there are few names as synonymous with greatness than that of . They’ve had such an alluring presence over the EDM scene for basically the past decade and have continued to make enormous strides with their music and shows year in and year out. This time around they are back with up and coming midtempo bass producer LICK to bring us an all-encompassing swarm of electronic goodness.
Entitled “System Bleed”, this track is the dark and driving force that your day (or night) needs. Full of crazy rhythms and interesting sonic textures, it’s something we can only expect to come out of these amazing artists. A true work of art that captures the authenticity of electronic music and represents the talents of all the artists involved.
Make sure to check out “System Bleed” below…