Artists, Deep House, Exclusive, Home, Interviews | INTERVIEW // Nora En Pure is poetry in motion & in music

Posted by on November 23, 2016

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Close your eyes and imagine… Warm air on your skin, soft sand between your toes, the sound of waves gently lapping up on the shore, and the most spectacular assortment of red, pink, orange and violet melting together in a firey, captivating sunset in front of you, framed by the silhouettes of swaying palm trees and hibiscus flowers. This is feeling that South African producer Nora En Pure invokes in her listeners with her melodic, serendipitous and yet surprisingly deep house tracks. A part of the Enormous Tunes and Helvetic Nerds labels alongside artists like EDX, Sons of Maria and Croatia Squad, you’d most likely recognize Nora En Pure for her hits such as “Come With Me,” “Saltwater,” and her most recent release,“Tell My Heart” featuring Dani Senior.

What captivates me about Nora’s music, however, is that from an immediate listen, you get a sense that her music truly goes much deeper than a solid beat and an uplifting melody; not something you find often in the popular music scene. Even more so, her aura is effortlessly cool and her success is unwavering regardless of the “female disadvantage” some attribute to the electronic industry. For these reasons, in addition to a sheer admiration for her jams, I was absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to pick Nora’s brain about her and her music in advance of her show at Effex in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For those seeking a getaway ~ be it on the dancefloor, a beach, or even lost in your headphones ~ I recommend purifying your life with Nora En Pure’s beats.

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Exclusive, Interviews | Husman & Carl Nunes Team Up With Matthew Steeper For “Out Of My Mind” + Exclusive Interview

Posted by on August 24, 2016


How did the collaboration come about?

Husman: At first we started a whole different track together, where we kept sending parts of the song, and Carl came up with a great idea for the break of the song, which I added vocal chops too. After getting the great vocal from Matthew Steeper we didn’t go for those vocal chops anymore and I made what’s now the main drop.
Carl Nunes: Husman heard one of my tracks “Live Forever” about 2 years ago now and got in contact with me over twitter saying he really liked the track and the way I chopped up the vocals. We always said we would like to do a collab together but were both always working on different projects. One day I made a basic track and sent it over to Husman and he really liked it then it all went from there! So happy we could finally get to work together and super excited for this release!
Matthew Steeper: Armada reached out to me back in the spring to write a vocal for the Carl Nunes & Husman collab. I really loved the melodic inspiration of the track and so it came about quite quickly on my end. I sent them back a recorded demo a few days later.

What’s the meaning of “Out Of My Mind”?

H: Out of my mind is about losing someone which you hold very dear, but never forgetting them.
CN: I think that is best left to the writer 😉
MS: There are several levels to the song. I always want to write from my own experience but retain a level of ambiguity so the listener can apply it to their own life in their own way. The simple meaning of the song is that its about someone who you’ve had a meaningful relationship with, but for whatever reason is no longer in your life. While the person is physically gone, you will always remember them and certain things will always remind you of them. Hence while the person is “out of sight” they are “never out of mind”.
In a sense, the memory and feelings that exist of that person brighten up the sadness of this person’s absence. Its a bitter-sweet song. When it is impossible for you two to be together, you find that you can in the memory you hold in your mind. While I personally wrote this in the context of a past relationship that’s ended now, the story also connects to the pain of losing a loved one “fade into the light”. In this sense, the song really embodies the complete passage of life — processing new circumstances in the face of relational loss. There are some people in life that no matter how much time passes, our minds will never let go.

What’s been on repeat in your headphones recently?

H: Definitely the new Chainsmokers Feat. Halsey! And also the new single by Charlie Puth – We Don’t Talk Anymore and almost all new Justin Bieber records.
CN: I listen to a mixture of music, depending on my mood but an artist I always find myself going back to is Washed out! Pretty different to what I produce but it really chills me out.
MS: Between creating music full time and having most of my friends doing the same sending me their new stuff, I don’t have much extra time to really be a listener. If I do need a moment to get away and chill though, I often play some Jon Hopkins. I also really enjoy old school melodic trance. As far as mainstream stuff, I got the chance to work with Mike Williams in Amsterdam recently at a Spinnin’ writing camp. I admit I really enjoy his new bouncy style of EDM. The kid is the next Martin Garrix!

If you could collaboration with anyone, who and why?

H: My dream collaboration would be with Hans Zimmer, he’s music wise my biggest inspiration.
CN: I would really like to collaborate with Porter Robinson, His music is so original, he really has his own style and doesn’t follow other trends on top of that his production is insanely good!
MS: I really am so blessed to be able to work with many of my former “dream artists”, and so the dream-collab genie lamp has been collecting a little bit of dust lately. But of course there are still so many legends I’d love to work with. As a writer I’ve always had my eyes on Armin and Above and Beyond. Before EDM exists as it does now, I was creating trance music. As a vocalist I’d like to do another more radio friendly crossover song, perhaps with Calvin Harris?

 

Exclusive | FNT EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE | EDX ‘NO XCUSES’ 285

Posted by on August 22, 2016

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When it all comes down it, the summer season is the time of the year that EDX truly shines. The Swiss producer’s melodic, seaside anthems have a special connection with the warmer months, seeing as most of his releases radiate sultry, head-nodding grooves that can encapsulate any late-night summer party. For the past couple of months specifically, EDX made no plans to hold back. Straight off a bus tour that had him touring around North America, EDX came into the summer season with a fury, picking up a 10 week residency at Privilege Ibiza alongside a string of cinematic releases. On top of his packed touring schedule, the coveted producer also never faltered on his mission to supply fans with the freshest, forward-thinking tunes that the house music world has to offer. His weekly No Xcuses radio show continues to draw in thousands of listens as music lovers and tastemakers tune in to hear the hottest sounds – old and new – for anyone’s listening pleasure.

This week we’re showing off No Xcuses #285, an incredible journey of club-ready, deep house grooves featuring the likes of Florian Paetzold, Simion, Antonio Giacca, and more. You can download the mix on iTunes here.

EDX also just released his rendition of Groove Armada’s track “My Friend” today. Check it out!

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Exclusive, Home | FNT’s Top 5 Tracks From Mad Decent’s Newest Star: 4B

Posted by on August 18, 2015

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Mad Decent is one of dance music’s most recognizable brands, and when an artist earns a release on the label, they officially have the stamp of approval from one of the most influential individuals in dance music – Diplo. 4B, a 22-year-old-producer out of New Jersey, is one of the imprint’s youngest and brightest talents on the rise and is a name fans of Mad Decent should keep their eyes on. His sound is characterized as an aggressive form of Jersey club that is perfect for the festival environment, and his collaboration history includes names like Flosstradamus, Mercer, and more, to name a few.

Having already played EDC NY and EDC Las Vegas – where Diplo Emceed the entire performance and pulled the largest crowd the 7Up Stage had seen all weekend, 4B will add Nocturnal Wonderland and Life Is Beautiful to his resume before the year rounds out the year. To give you a sense of 4B’s festival-ready sound, we’ve decided to give our top 5 track’s from the Mad Decent star to make sure everyone knows who this kid is as he continues to collaborate with some of dance music’s biggest stars.

Fetty Wap – My Way (Flosstradamus x 4B Remix)
Quite possibly his biggest collaboration and hardest track to date, 4B’s remix of “My Way” with Flosstradamus is a merciless trap monster. With a roaring scrape lead taking hold at the drop, its one of those tracks that you throw your body every which way when you hear it.

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Events, Exclusive | TomorrowWorld Rewind: 2014 Sets We’re Still Listening To

Posted by on July 27, 2015

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Last week, TomorrowWorld unveiled its third lineup for 2015 and holy cow. The festival only began two years back in 2013, but how far it has come is astonishing. Its first year had an incredible lineup for the time with Armin van Buuren, Alesso, Diplo, Tiesto, Nicky Romero, and so many more, while 2014 saw an even bigger lineup that really diversified the festivals offerings with Richie Hawtin, Skrillex, Sub Focus, Zeds Dead, and mroe. With 2015 bringing aboard Big Gigantic, Hardwell, Kaskade, Bassnectar, Thomas Jack, DJ Snake, Tchami, and more of the best dance talent around, we decided to put together our some of our favorite sets from TomorrowWorld 2014 that made our experience not only magical but made us want to come back without a hesitation in honor of the festival being two months away. Check them all out after the break!
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Exclusive, Featured, House, Videos | FNT Premiere: Audio District Release Trippy ‘Run Through The Streets’ Music Video

Posted by on April 10, 2015

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Copenhagen and Oslo-based electronic, disco, synth pop trio Audio District have unveiled the new video for their upcoming single “Run Through The Streets.” Mirroring the Lifelike-produced track, the trippy video is a throwback to the 80’s with kaleidoscope effects and band members ping-ponging lasers at each other. The single will arrive on April 13 through Computer Science with a special Kris Menace remix — but until then listen and watch the original in the video exclusively below!

Exclusive, Featured, House | FNT Premiere: Animist Remixes Warren Xclnce Feat Jordan James & Pheenix’s “Say Goodbye”

Posted by on February 25, 2015

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We are happy to premiere and offer up the free download for Nottingham-based producer Lee Eden, known professionally as Animist for Warren Xclnce’s tune “Say Goodbye,” featuring the interchanging vocals of homegrown vocalists, Jordan James & Pheenix. Classy and smooth, Animist does the trick with a shuffling bass line, soft chords and fluttering keys that give this a late night club feel that might fit into a Redux set. Grab the free download exclusively here below.