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Around The World with WEISS: Los Angeles, Ibiza, and Barbados

After emerging onto the scene in 2013, WEISS has ascended through the dance music ranks at an impressive rate, receiving support from a host of legends ranging from Armand van Helden, Eats Everything and Carl Cox to Elton John along the way. His 2018 hit single ‘Feel My Needs’ took the world by storm, reaching #1 in both the BBC Radio 1 Dance Chart and ARIA Club Chart (also being voted the #1 track for the year), and winning ‘Best Track’ at the DJ Mag ‘Best of British’ awards.

WEISS has circled the globe countless times to complete tours worldwide, in the latter part of 2019 he embarked on his biggest ever tours of North America and Oceania covering 30 dates across 7 weeks. It is this connection that brings WEISS and his experiences to CULTR. We present, WEISS’ Around The World.

Los Angeles

California

The mad thing is I wasn’t originally the biggest fan of LA but I’ve fallen in love with it more and more over the years. The restaurants are incredible and if you’re lucky & get an offer to party at someone’s house in the hills, then take it!! 

Ibiza

Spain

It’s always a No.1 go to place for me to party with my friends during the summer. Not only is the nightlife amazing but Old Town is a real mix of old & new with a chilled atmosphere and beautiful restaurants. 

Barbados

Carribbean

Barbados has a special place in my heart: I went there as a kid and love the beaches & crystal clear water. Waking up in the morning and finding yourself surrounded by red crabs and swiminning with the turtles is a memory I’ll never forget.

Exclusive: OTR Breaks Down Debut Album “Lost At Midnight” Track by Track

OTR has just embarked on his most fulfilling venture in his young career thus far. With the release of his debut album “Lost At Midnight” via Astralwerks, it is exciting to see the artist’s vision finally coming to fruition. Featuring artists like Panama, Shallou, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Au/Ra, and more, the 12-track LP serves as a digital embodiment of the talent rooted in the 26-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer.

The captivating project will throw you into a whirlwind of emotions as you are captured by the records alluring atmosphere. Offering enchanting soundscapes, melancholic chord progressions, and catchy toplines along the way, “Lost At Midnight” evidently reaches the peak of electro-pop. Pulling you by the heartstrings, OTR effortlessly transports the listener into a pit of vulnerability which is the very essence as to why the album is incredibly addictive to listen to in the first place. Finally showcasing his genius to the world, we can safely declare that this is OTR’s moment.

“Writing the album over the last two years was an incredible experience. Now that it’s out, I’m happy to see people empathize with the raw emotion I put into each track, signifying different points in my life.” – OTR

With all that being said, what better way to pinpoint the significance of this album than to hear it from the artist himself. Hear the story of how he put this all together in the track-by-track breakdown below.

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Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Senorita” Breaks Record On Spotify

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Shawn Mendes and Cuban born Camila Cabello released their joint single, “Señorita,” last week via Island Records. The song achieved instantaneous success worldwide rocketing to #1 on Spotify’s Global chart as the biggest single-day debut of a male/female duet ever. The video garnered 50 million YouTube streams in the first 48 hours of release while trending #1 around the globe. Other notable chart #1s include Spotify US Chart, iTunes, Apple Music Pop and Apple Music’s Top Videos.

GRAMMY nominated Toronto born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album in May 2018. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart as well as multiple additional worldwide markets, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Holland & more and shot to #1 on iTunes in more than 80 countries immediately upon release. The album became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018 and made Shawn the third youngest solo artist to ever have three consecutive #1 albums.

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Multi Grammy nominated Cuban born singer/songwriter Camila Cabello (Epic Records / SYCO) released her debut solo album, CAMILA in January 2018 to rave reviews. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart at the same time as her single “Havana” Reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Camila the first solo artist in nearly 15 years to reach the #1 spot on the Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Artist 100 charts in the same week. The RIAA platinum-certified album, CAMILA, launched its debut at #1 on 110 iTunes charts around the world, breaking the record for most #1 positions for a debut album in iTunes history. Camila also became the #1 artist on global Spotify.

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Ferry Corsten Releases The Latest UNITY Collaboration with BT on ‘1997’

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Ferry Corsten is back with his latest ‘Unity’ collaboration, after releasing the last one with Ilan Bluestone back in December – Ferry has teamed up with BT for a special collaboration in ‘1997‘.

Ferry Corsten has been busy with solo music in the first half of 2019, releasing ‘Freefall‘ – which feels like a more commercially viable release. He also returned to his Gouryella alias with ‘Surga‘.

Ferry Corsten has brought in another big name into the Unity project, with the legend that is BT. After remixing BT’s track ‘Suddenly’ in 2010, the pair are familiar with each other’s prowess in the studio, and that united vision is showcased in abundance. The team-up sees both artists strengths utilised to their best potential to create a track that is greater than the sum of its parts. As it should, the production leans heavily on the killer uplifting melody – which is a prominent throughout the entire track. The mix of each artist’s styles is present and concludes in an epic collaboration.

Ferry launched the UNITY project in 2018 with his collaboration alongside Paul Oakenfold titled ‘A Slice Of Heaven’, and continued working with artists within the Trance community throughout the year, such as DIM3NSION, Jordan Suckley, Saad Ayub and Ilan Bluestone, and after the success of 2018 has more releases in store after making his first donation to project partner, VH1’s Save The Music Foundation, an organisation launched to reinstate music programs in public schools, which to date has raised over $53 million and helped over 2,100 public schools.

You can learn more about the Unity project with our Ferry Corsten Interview.

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Ultra’s RESISTANCE Reveals First U.S. Club Residency At Miami’s M2

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When ravers think of the greatest experience on the planet, Ultra Music Festival is the first thing that comes to mind. Ultra has become so much more than just a festival brand, pushing the limits of the entertainment industry with innovative projects. One of Ultra’s most successful campaigns is the beloved house and techno concept known as RESISTANCE. Since its debut in 2015, RESISTANCE has shocked crowds at Ultra events in 35 cities across the globe.

RESISTANCE has attracted the best of the best when it comes to house and techno. Heavyweights like Sasha & John Digweed, Maceo Plex, Carl Cox, and Jamie Jones have made multiple appearances for the brand. Not only has RESISTANCE toured throughout Latin America, but the groundbreaking project also earned a residency at the largest nightclub on Earth, known as Privilege. For the last five years, RESISTANCE has been tearing up Ibiza’s club scene via its Privilege residency, even receiving Best Ibiza Night by DJ Awards in 2018.

Continuing to expand its empire, RESISTANCE Ibiza has led to a thrilling U.S. residency in Miami. This will be RESISTANCE’s inaugural residency in North America and will be held at the newly-minted venue of M2. With two ginormous dance floors and 35,000 square feet of nonstop partying, M2 is set to be a staple of Miami’s nightlife. 2023 cannot come fast enough, as Floridians jump up and down in anticipation for RESISTANCE Miami to execute mind-blowing performances.

HAMX Delivers A Mesmerizing Set On ‘Live From Malibu Hills’

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Many DJs spend their lifetime trying to acquire a stage presence that has the power to captivate an audience of any size. However, some artists like HAMX are simply born for it, destined to be one of the hottest acts on the planet. HAMX has combined his infectious on-stage energy with hard work and dedication to his craft. The result is seamless mixing abilities and an innovative style of mixing that completely locks in his listeners. This gifted DJ puts this on display in his newest performance, Live from Malibu Hills.

Throughout the mesmerizing set, HAMX blends in components of soul, hip-hop, pop, and blues, while the driving force is invigorating house music. His transitions show off HAMX’s insane level of expertise and attention to detail. Some build an immense amount of energy before an emphatic drop comes in. Others are more gentle and smooth, allowing the viewer to get lost in the euphoric switch between tracks. Highlighting his passion for Detroit’s techno scene, the performance encompasses penetrating drums and groovy basslines.

On top of the engaging auditory environment, HAMX’s Live from Malibu Hills includes amazing aesthetics. Drone footage depicts the dream-like Southern California landscape, making for the optimal background to see and hear HAMX’s talent behind the board. The combination of his creative musical perspective, mastery of mixing, and beautiful atmosphere, create a historic experience for music fans.

Xandor Showcases A Softer Side With Rapta In ‘Who’s In Your Heart’

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Future vibes and house influences couldn’t sound any better thanks to the likes of rising electronic talent known as Xandor. He’s currently based in the USA, has a nice collection of songs that are within his catalog, and has clear sense of sonic direction which can be felt through the music he makes. “Who’s In Your Heart,” is one of many highlights this guy is showcasing in 2022. The single boasts thick basslines that rattle the senses alongside moving toplines, the mix featured together delivers an emotional aspect that pulls on the heart strings. Xandor makes the music-making process look smooth and seamless, but, no doubt, cultivating such an easy-going flow is no easy task. All in all, Xandor is scoring high marks through the release of “Who’s In Your Heart.”

From playing saxophone to professional music training, and just an all-around passion for the musical elements that this life beholds, Xandor is one artist that is simply meant to be doing this. He’s done performances in Boston, where he currently resides, and has been dropping music since 2020, making good use of the free time that the pandemic gave us.

“As an artist, I tried to get out of my comfort zone and work with a rapper and not just any rapper. Once I heard Rapta’s verse I was immediately blown away!”
– Xandor

Expect to see more from this guy as we head into 2023, all signs are pointing to Xandor just getting warmed up.

Spotify Wrapped 2022 Has Landed and With It, Endless Data

Everyone’s favourite end-of-year wrap-up is here, Spotify’s wrapped has just been pushed out to the world for its millions of users. The cultural event now takes over the internet for a couple of weeks, with all users sharing their listening habits over the past 11 months.

Unsurprisingly, the top artist for all users throughout the year was Bad Bunny, with Taylor Swift following and the usual suspects included in the top 5 also.

You can view your personalised wrapped here. Did it live up to your expectations? How many minutes did you end up with?

The top podcasts were dominated by Spotify’s own programming, with The Joe Rogan Experience leading the pack, followed by Call Her DaddyAnything Goes with Emma ChamberlainCaso 63, and Crime Junkie.

Most-Streamed Artists Globally

  1. Bad Bunny
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Drake
  4. The Weeknd
  5. BTS

Most-Streamed Artists in the U.S. 

  1. Drake
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Bad Bunny
  4. Kanye West
  5. The Weeknd

Most-Streamed Albums Globally

  1. Un Verano Sin Ti by Bad Bunny
  2. Harry’s House by Harry Styles
  3. SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo
  4. by Ed Sheeran
  5. Planet Her by Doja Cat

Most-Streamed Songs Globally

  1. “As It Was” by Harry Styles
  2. “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals
  3. “STAY (with Justin Bieber)” by The Kid LAROI
  4. “Me Porto Bonito” by Bad Bunny feat. Chencho Corleon
  5. “Tití Me Preguntó” by Bad Bunny

Most-Streamed Songs in the U.S.

  1. “As It Was” by Harry Styles
  2. “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals
  3. “Bad Habit” by Steve Lacy
  4. “Me Porto Bonito” by Bad Bunny feat. Chencho Corleon
  5. “First Class” by Jack Harlow 

Most Popular Podcasts Globally

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience
  2. Call Her Daddy
  3. Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain
  4. Case 63 (All Languages) 
  5. Crime Junkie 

Most Popular Podcasts in the U.S.

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience
  2. Call Her Daddy
  3. Crime Junkie
  4. The Daily
  5. Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

VAVO & Clara Mae Drop Their New Hit Titled ‘Take Me Home’

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VAVO strike back with another impressive release, this time, they present ’Take Me Home’ in collaboration with Clara Mae via KESS Records. 

The talented duo consisting of Jesse Fischer and Alden Martin, from Vancouver and London respectively, have broken their own records, with their music surpassing 100 million streams in major online platforms; they have also earned top spots on major charts on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify; as well as securing the #1 single on the USA Dance Radio Charts; their tasteful style and impressive sound have earned them the opportunities of remixing tracks by industry heavy-weights like Sam Fischer, Sam Feldt and RAYE. Their drive and success show no signs of slowing down, bringing forward new music that becomes instant favorites worldwide. 

Now, they introduce their latest production ’Take Me Home’ featuring Clara Mae through KESS Records, with whom they’ve released recent hits like ‘Pieces’ and ‘Day N’ Night’ that have already surpassed hundreds of millions of streams, while also receiving editorial support from major streaming platforms. 

This time they’ve collaborated with Clara Mae, a gifted singer-songwriter with over 600 million streams to her name; she’s collaborated and co-wrote hits with the likes of David Guetta, Tiësto and Martin Jensen and reached top spots on popular charts like the Billboard Top 25 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs.  

’Take Me Home’ is surely a stellar collaboration that brings the best out of these two unmissable acts, ready to reach higher grounds. 

The track begins with clear vocals that lay down the catchy melody to start the musical journey, as it meets a powerful bass line and the groovy beat that keeps the party going. A Dance synth progression gives space for the intense risers that give way to mighty drops supported by a robust low-end.  

The remarkable vocal performance by Clara Mae guides the track to a delightful and uplifting resolution, as VAVO’s signature style and exquisite sound is also evident in this new refreshing banger. 

Don’t forget to follow VAVO and Clara Mae as they keep pushing the boundaries and dropping hard-hitting tracks that reach listeners all over the world while showcasing their remarkable talent. 

‘Take Me Home’ is out now available in all major online stores and streaming platforms. 

Listen and buy ‘Take Me Home’ now 

https://kessrecords.ffm.to/take-me-home  

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Kim Sane Lights Up London’s Underground House Scene With Single ‘A Fantastic Journey’

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Kim Sane has hit the ground running since his project’s debut, delivering a genre-bending style to the tech house community on a global scale. On a more localized level, Kim is one of the hottest acts in London’s underground scene, infusing indie, disco, and other infectious sound elements in his production. The overall vibe that Kim’s music gives off is carefree and lively, urging listeners to completely let go and lose themselves in his beats.

Although his sound design is incredible, Kim is much more than a gifted producer. This innovative artist continuously shocks crowds with his flawless mixing abilities and electrifying stage presence. He has executed memorable performances at Full Moon Party, La Plancha Anniversary, and even Ultra, among other festivals. Kim plans on expanding his influence over house with upcoming slots in Paris, Bangkok, Bali, Miami Music Week, and more!

Growing the excitement about his future shows, Kim just dropped his funky disco anthem, “A Fantastic Journey”. The track kicks off with a driving drum-filled rhythm that instantly makes its audience what to dance. Throughout the single, mesmerizing chord progressions and spellbinding vocals are layered into the mix. As a whole, “A Fantastic Journey” is exactly as its title proclaims. Showing off Kim’s crisp production expertise and vivid auditory imagination, the track inspires feelings of pure bliss in its listeners.

Julianna Townsend Drops Slick New R&B Jam ‘I Won’t Wait’

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Singer-model Julianna Townsend continues her impressive run of singles with “I Won’t Wait,” a catchy throwback R&B jam that feels classic the first time you hear it. Producer Shuko (Kanye West, Timbaland, Anderson .Paak) provides a bouncy track layered with funky guitars that recall Jay Z and Pharrel’s “Frontin” and adds an immediately nostalgic flavor. Julianna captures that vibe lyrically with an introspective look at how her younger self compares to who she’s become as a woman today. Her soft and inviting voice only adds more depth to the compelling idea she explores.

Julianna elaborates more on the song concept:

“The song “I Won’t Wait” basically has a deeper meaning to me than it may seem – Even if it doesn’t seem like it but i do struggle a lot with self confidence and with negative thoughts about myself. And with this song i wanted to express how i sometimes would like to be my younger self again – me as a child seemed so much calmer, funnier less thoughts what other people would think and also more self confidence and open to fulfill dreams.”

Julianna finished 2nd on the 2018 edition of Germany’s Next Top Model and in 2019 became the face of three major TV ad campaigns in her home country. Her debut single “Sunday Blues,” also produced by Shuko has racked up over 1.5 million streams since its release. 

I Won’t Wait” is now available on all streaming platforms.

Woodkid & Saad Moosajee Unveil Mesmeric Video For ‘Reactor’

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Legendary French singer, producer and video director Woodkid recently wrapped his S16 tour (supporting his 2020 album of the same name) which spanned two years, covered 19 countries and counts over 200,000 total fans in attendance. To celebrate his homecoming and to thank his passionate fans, Woodkid is releasing a jaw-dropping music video for his song “Reactor,” which was originally released on S16. The video is a collaboration with visual artist Saad Moosajee, who directed and conceptualized the piece. It took two years to create and includes the use of Unreal Engine, live choreography recorded with motion capture technology, and a boatload of other cutting-edge techniques giving the video the feel of a big-screen blockbuster. It also carries with it layers of meaning and symbolism, taking a hypnotizing look at the collision course between humanity and technology, while focusing on themes of creation and destruction within this futuristic setting.

Woodkid explains further: “Reactor is a song I wrote for the Suginami Junior Chorus (Japan), we recorded the piece in 2020 in Tokyo. It is an homage to repetitionist and minimalist music and an homage to the Japanese anime that was part of my culture when I was younger. I got in contact with Saad 2 years ago when S16 came out and I was already a big fan of his work. We share the same passion for animation and motion design, and for dance. When he asked me to do a video for one of the songs of the record, I immediately accepted and gave him the time to produce this beautiful film that gives a new dimension to the song. It’s a perfect gift to the fans for the 2 years of S16.” 

Saad adds: “This song was inspired by the films made in the golden age of 90’s Japanese Animation – Akira and Ghost in The Shell. They are two groundbreaking movies made possible by a huge commitment of labor and time from many individuals. I feel that more and more it is becoming increasingly difficult to take the time to make videos as thoroughly as this.” 

In his incredibly diverse career, Woodkid has sold almost one million albums, has been nominated for 3 Grammy awards, and has directed music videos for some of the biggest artists on the planet – Katy Perry (“Teenage Dream”), Taylor Swift (“Back To December”), Lana Del Rey (“Born To Die”) and Harry Styles (“Sign of the Times”). Most recently, his 2012 indie hit “Run Boy Run” became part of a viral TikTok trend, and now has over 200 million Spotify streams to show for it. He also contributed a song to the soundtrack for Netflix’s 2021 hit ARCANE – an animated show spawned from the League Of Legends universe – which recently became Netflix’s highest rated show of all-time based on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes data. You can watch the video below:

NERVO (ft. Ace Paloma) Fight Child Trafficking With Newest Single ‘Is Someone Looking For Me?’

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The relationship between NERVO and CULTR is one you’ll be familiar with, after we exclusively broke the news of Liv‘s emotional story earlier last month. A key reason for our admiration for the twin sisters is their ethos and moral compass when it comes to fighting worthy causes and doing good for the world. Keeping with that tradition, the girls have now shared a single with an important message and campaign behind it.

Teaming up with a non profit organisation called Hopeland, the Aussie born, London based duo are raising awareness alongside the organisation for child labour and trafficking across the world. NERVO are committed to shed light on children in poverty areas who are forced to work, spreading the hashtag #LetKidsBeKids on all their platforms together with Hopeland. They announced and premiered the release, titled ‘Is Someone Looking For Me?’ during Tomorrowland earlier this year, and it features Liv‘s daughter’s Ace Paloma on vocals amongst euphoric melodies.

Sitting at no.40 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 this year, NERVO are the all-time top ranking female DJs in the world. With a worldwide fanbase, their non-stop show schedule has earned them shows in Ibiza, London, LA and at multiple festivals including Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, Creamfields, EDC, Coachella, ULTRA, and many more. Also cementing their songwriting early on writing global no.1 David Guetta and Kelly Rowland‘s When Love Takes Over which they won a GRAMMY for, the duo have now worked with Kylie Minogue, Ke$ha, The Pussycat Dolls, Miley Cyrus and more. Producers in their own right, NERVO have become the biggest female act within the EDM scene, and you can hear the new single below!

New Dance Sounds: Nicky Romero & DubVision, Otto Knows + More

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Dive in below to engross yourself in fresh new music that dropped today!


Nicky Romero, DubVision & Philip Strand – Stay A Little Longer [Protocol]

Two of the best in the progressive house game finally unite on ‘Stay A Little Longer’. Together with Philip Strand’s vocal, Nicky Romero and DubVision intertwin their melodic abilities for a brilliant production.


Achilles & AndyG – Floating [Crash & Smile]

Achilles links with fellow Australian AndyG for ‘Floating’. Landing on Crash & Smile, the main room-focused anthem is filled with energy and brings a great level of uniqueness to the production.


Otto Knows & Alex Aris – Randomize [Tomorrowland Music]

Otto Knows is bak with Alex Aris for ‘Randomize’. The tame, chill single is great thanks to the fusion of Otto Knows’ well crafted production and Aris’ wonderful vocal work.


Almero & Ansun feat. Julia Temos – Clockwork [Future House Music]

Almero and Ansun tap Julia Temos for their newest single ‘Clockwork’. The future house-esque production is awesome, filled with energy and is also uplifting. Nothing bad to say about this one, it’s a must listen for fans.

Grigoré – Hyperreal [This Never Happened]

Grigoré returns to This Never Happened with a fresh new EP filled with bombs. ‘Hyperreal’ is a speldid example of how good Grigoré can be! The subtle melodies and strong, bold production results in an excellent record.


Lee Mvtthews feat. Rachel Leo – Dice

Lee Mvtthews brings it on his latest ‘Dice’. The hard hitting drum and bass single features the terrific vocal from Rachel Leo, taking the song to the next level. This is a must listen for all drum and bass enthusiasts.