Platinum producer Felix Cartal releases his latest single, “The Life” ft. Fjord, which is the last one before the release of his upcoming album, ‘Expensive Sounds For Nice People,’ scheduled for the 25th of June via Physical Presents. Also taken from the album are previously released “Mine” with Sophie Simmons, and “Love Me” with Lights; both are certified Platinum in Canada, with the latter one also winning the Dance Recording of the Year at the Junos 2020. Other remarkable tracks on the album include “Only One” with the hit UK singer-songwriter Karen Harding and “My Last Song” with the rebellious Norwegian songstress Hanne Mjøen. Cartal’s earlier “Get What You Give” also reached Platinum status, while one of the most recent “Happy Hour'” with Kiiara was featured on 32 Spotify New Music Friday playlists as well as Billboard’s Best New Dance Tracks.
“‘The Life’ bounces along on a sunshine vibe and grin-inducing breakdown. But analyze the lyrics, and things aren’t quite what they seem. Its pivotal line – ‘I used to believe that life was just a breeze/But the highs and low set me free’ – is a commentary on the superficiality of social media”, says Felix. “If people also share life’s ‘misses’ once in a while, I feel like we’d all have a better shot at living confidently,” he explains.
Felix Cartal tells us about the creation and inspiration for the single: “‘The Life’ was one of the first instrumentals I wrote for my album, ‘Expensive Sounds For Nice People.’ I’m obsessive with vocal chops and will spend days getting them to feel as emotive as a vocal. Once I started writing the lyrics in Oslo with Iselin, Erik, and Kris, we reverse-engineered some of the vowel sounds because one of them sounded like the word ‘The Life.’ I loved the grandiosity of that concept, but I wanted to make it feel honest and authentic. And I think over the years, with the increase in social media, we’re often guilty of viewing others’ highlight reels as the only way to be happy, but letting go of that perception will give you much greater peace of mind. Hardships are inevitable, things aren’t always fair, and we need to just learn from them and push through. That’s what the line ‘the highs and lows woke me up’ symbolizes. Fjord’s vocals on this track really took it to this unique place that gives the song a hopeful melodrama, and I’m so happy to collaborate with them again after the beautiful performance they did on my rework of ‘Get What You Give’ from 2017.”
Speaking of the single, Fjord tell us, “When we received the demo from Felix, it was an instant crush! We knew we were about to have loads of fun working on this tune. The songwriting was refreshing, and the production was already mind-blowing.”
Vancouver-based Felix Cartal has collaborated with several major artists such as Kaskade, R3HAB, Gallant, and has also created official remixes for the likes of Selena Gomez, Zedd, Galantis, Dillon Francis, MØ, Ellie Goulding, Diplo, Anne-Marie & Doja Cat as well as Daya & Shallou’s “Older.” He has been featured by major Youtube channels Trap Nation, MrSuicideSheep, MrRevillz, Chill Nation, The Vibe Guide, Selected, xKito, among others, and has earned over 360 million plays across all platforms. He has also seen support from BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard and Diplo & Friends, and SiriusXM Chill has also heavily supported several singles, while his Weekend Workout radio show is also featured on SiriusXM’s Diplo’s Revolution.
Fjord duo has received significant support from the likes of Earmilk, The Fader, NME, and This Song Is Sick, to name a few, and was featured Artists To Watch by Apple Music, Spotify and Buzzfeed. The two have previously worked with the acclaimed producer Tim Bran (whose other associations include London Grammar, Paul McCartney, and Bloc Party) and have collected nearly 20 million streams on Spotify alone.
‘Expensive Sounds For Nice People’ Tracklist:
01. The Life (feat. Fjord)
02. Over It (feat. Veronica)
05. Mine (with Sophie Simmons)
06. 500 Days
07. Old Self (feat. Ofelia K)
08. We Fall
09. Only One (with Karen Harding)
10. My Last Song (feat. Hanne Mjøen)
11. Love Me (with Lights)
12. Going Up
13. Happy Hour (with Kiiara)
16. Too Late (feat. Kroy)
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Want Dance Music With Female Vocals? Hear “Krazy” By VASSY
If you’re on the hunt for Dance music with female vocals, your search stops right here. VASSY, the electrifying artist known for her powerful vocals and chart-topping hits, has unleashed her brand new music video for “Krazy.”
There’s no denying it; this is a gift for those who live for the party scene! Additionally, her singing voice steps into the limelight, by injecting the song with a blend of energy and heartfelt emotion.
Most importantly, “Krazy” serves as a reminder that music can be a powerful tool for empowerment, as these lyrics inspire you to be a beacon of strength and confidence. Plus, the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
On the other hand, while it’s true that music appreciation is deeply personal, I still believe that dance music with female vocals sounds better than male vocals because they are more melodic, emotive, and harmonious. Of course, this comes accompanied by songwriting, and the production quality.
In short, “Krazy” will leave you wanting more, so look no further, and explore more options via Spotify through the Best Running Playlist — Top EDM 2023.
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Dance-Pop Sensation Maggie Szabo Delivers Musical “Magic”
In the world of music, some artists possess the extraordinary ability to capture hearts with their melodic charm and lyrical finesse. Maggie Szabo, a name that has been gaining momentum in the Dance-Pop scene, is set to enchant you with her latest video clip for “Magic.”
Known for her incredible singing voice and her innate ability to infuse emotion into her songs, Maggie Szabo has a unique talent for connecting with listeners on a profound level. On top of that, this catchy jam is a collaboration with Passive Attack.
What’s more, the well-written lyrics paint a picture of two souls coming together, overcoming their fears, and experiencing a connection that can only be described as magical. Unquestionably, a great love song to dance to.
From Canada to LA, where she calls home, it’s clear that she always channels her creative vibes into their projects. Indeed, you can feel the real “Magic” in your ears. Just put your headphones on.
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Marten Hørger Returns With Your Next Club Anthem, “Love All Night”
Marten Hørger continues his hot streak of this year’s singles with the new self-released piece “Love All Night,” which perfectly represents his already energetic signature style. The new record begins with plucky melodies underneath a soulful vocal, and the lyrics immediately set the tone for a sultry and dance-worthy gem.
Marten swiftly ups the ante by incorporating deep, growling basslines that will have the crowd stomping, coupled with undulating synths, to hold peak energy throughout the drop. “Love All Night” is a winning combination of appealing vocals, dynamic and groovy rhythms, and danceable beats, making for a future club and festival anthem. It follows the German house maestro’s “Ill Behavior” on Spinnin’ Records, his recent collaboration “The Freaks” with David Guetta, and “Get Real High” with Shift K3Y at Tomorrowland Music.
”’Love All Night’ is a track that holds a special place in my heart. Normally, I write and produce all my songs fully on my own, but for this time I created this tune with a singer and songwriter and every time I perform it, the crowd’s response is just electrifying. I’m so happy about this one.” — Marten Hørger
In 2021/2022, Marten got a lot of acclaim from the music scene with a string of releases on labels like Musical Freedom and Confession, to name a few, and his collaborations with David Guetta, Tchami, DJ Fresch, and many more. In 2021, he was ranked #39 in the 1001 Top Producers ranking and launched his own international tour called “WE’RE BACK,” with several sold-out shows spread across Europe and North America. In addition, Marten was part of the Confession x Nightbass US tour with Tchami, AC Slater, and Habstrakt and managed to establish his sound worldwide, a sound that the famous DJ Mag simply describes as “The Future.” Today, Marten Hørger is Beatport’s one of best-selling house artists, and his music can be heard on radio stations like BBC Radio 1, Diplo’s Revolution via Sirius XM, Tomorrowland One World Radio, Apple’s Beats One, Australia’s Triple J, as well as 1LIVE – one of Germany’s biggest radio stations where Marten is a part of their famous 1LIVE DJ Session series. He is also supported by some of the world’s biggest DJs and is featured all over the TV and in the cinema. His worldwide touring schedule includes 100 shows per year, including mainstage performances at Tomorrowland, and EDC Las Vegas, as well as festival appearances at Glastonbury, Burning Man, Shambhala, and Fusion, as well as appearances at venues from Ushuaia Ibiza to the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and many more. With the release of ‘Love All Night,’ Marten has created his own anthem for his upcoming ‘Come Together’ tour, which takes him to 10 stops all over the United States. Being a truly inventive and emotional person in his creative process, Marten will continue to do his very own thing and create great memories with his listeners and fans all over the world.