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The 10 Best Kygo Songs

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The lead up to Kygo’s big Selena Gomez collaboration had us in a frenzy all month. Now that it’s out, we’re playing it over and over in excitement, but the whole thing has us looking back on Kygo’s career so far, and we’ve got to say, he’s got a lot of hits.

His tropical key-infused sonic style is the stuff easy listening dreams are made of. You can’t be stressed out with Kygo pumping through the speakers. Non-scientific studies conducted in cubicles across the country show listener’s shoulder hunch 45 percent less than they do when not listening to Kygo.

A lot of his best jams came from his debut album Cloud Nine, but there are some some preceding singles that bear revisiting. Some of Cloud Nine‘s best are deep cuts, too. In honor of “It Ain’t Me,” here’s a list of the best Kygo songs to date (not including remixes, which we listed here). Kick back, relax, press play, and pretend you’re on a beach somewhere.

10. Kygo feat. John Legend – “Happy Birthday”

For a really long time, the Happy Birthday song was a licensed ditty, and no one was allowed to use it in movies, TV, commercials, or even public restaurants without maybe probably getting slapped with a fee. That all changed when the tune became part of the public domain in February of 2016, but that didn’t stop Kygo from writing his own total remake of the timeless classic. John Legend is one of the greatest r&b singers of this generation, and who doesn’t want to hear a heart-melting, feel-good serenade from the Legend himself on their special day? Plaster this all over your friends’ Facebook walls when the time is right.

9. Kygo feat. Foxes – “Oasis”

This Kygo song from Cloud Nine is the sonic oasis to your crappy day. Stuck in traffic? Blast this sucker with the windows down. Locked in a boring conference call that’s going nowhere? Sing this tune silently in your head. Actually, pay attention. That’s what you’re paid to do, but Foxes’ voice will be there for you, ringing clear and bright through life’s hardest moments, as soon as you’re free to press play.

8. Kygo feat. Kodaline – “Raging”

My favorite part of this Kygo song might be that beautiful acoustic guitar intro. It gives me serious Led Zeppelin, Middle-Earth minstrel vibes, and those are warm and fuzzy indeed. Kodaline’s vocals are somehow relaxing and energizing at the same time, and that beat comes in like a push to the soul. It all comes together in the perfect sound of adventure. Listen to “Raging” on a long trip or whenever it’s time to get back on that open road.

7. Dillon Francis, Kygo feat. James Hersey – “Coming Over”

Listen and watch Kygo draw out funnyman Dillon Francis’ underlying sweetness. James Hersey is so romantic on this one. All I can think about is you coming over, too, baby. You’ve got to love the way Kygo’s tropi-vibe melts in and out of Francis’ bass-loving edge. The two make one delicious couple, that’s for sure. More Francis Kygo collabs, please.

6. Kygo feat. Ella Henderson – “Here For You”

Once upon a time, “Here For You” was simply known as the Ultra Music Festival anthem for 2015. It didn’t yet feature the smoky singsong of Ella Henderson, but it did entrance listeners immediately with its bouncing key melody and subtle bass lines. Those elements still ring true in the official “Here For You” release, although Henderson helps push the track into true jam territory. It’s just haunting enough to stick in your soul, but catchy enough to stick in your head the whole day through.

5. Kygo feat. Maty Noyes – “Stay”

This fourth official single from Cloud Nine comes through your speaker like a ray of sunshine, even as the lyrics tell the story of a person who probably should get out of a crappy relationship, but doesn’t. It’s one of the Norwegian artist’s bigger hits, co-written by vocalist Maty Noyes. This Kygo song is really cheerful and fun to listen to, so we will “Stay” playing it, just like the character in the song. Mind blown.

4. Kygo feat. Parson James – “Stole the Show”

When you talk about Kygo, you’ve got to talk about “Stole the Show.” In a way, its a beautiful metaphor for his own career. Kygo came out of basically nowhere, and in his first year as a professional music maker, he covered for Avicii at the main stage of TomorrowWorld. That is some next-level upward mobility, no matter who you ask. In any case, “Stole the Show” plays like an overall thesis statement of what characterized Kygo’s catalogue. It’s got fun pan pipes, R&B pop vocals, and a laidback beat just rockin’ enough to keep you day drinking through sunset. It’s a Kygo classics, for sure.

3. Kygo feat. Conrad Sewell – “Firestone”

“Firestone” is Kygo’s biggest hit to date, possibly the first song fans think of when they get that special Kygo feeling. Conrad Sewell’s falsetto has a touch of the ’80s playboy, matched perfectly by the low register piano chords and humming synth of the first verse. That choral build is made for interpretive dance or those emotionally-overwhelmed performances you give your best friend in the car. There’s something about the song that could be sad if it weren’t for that pulsing, sunset-colored hook. Fun Fact: The song was written by Dutch songwriter Martjin Konihnenburg who was inspired to pen the hook upon seeing a Firestone tire billboard in Venica, Ca. The more you know.

2. Kygo feat. Julia Michaels – “Carry Me”

No, this isn’t Kygo’s biggest hit, but in the world of music, biggest doesn’t often mean best. Right out the gate, that arpeggiated melody sets the tone with a colorful, playful energy. Julia Michaels’ strong voice carries the hook to greatness. Lyrically, it’s the perfect best friend anthem, a vibe that carries over into the FOMO-inducing music video. “Carry Me” is instantly infectious, and it’s got an amped up finish big enough to rock the crowd at the 2016 Summer Olympic closing ceremony – which it did, if you recall. 

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1. Kygo with Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”

“It Ain’t Me” is right out the gate with some lazy beach day acoustic guitar runs, but it’s Selena Gomez’ voice who comes in powerful and strong, ready to take Kygo’s collaborative vocal game to a whole new level. Her voice gets cut and pasted in a new melodic arrangement for the chorus which gives the track a certain edginess new to Kygo’s catalogue. The latest track shows growth and maybe heralds a new era of Kygo’s sound, though all our favorite parts are still there.

This article originally appeared on: Billboard

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Ten Tracks To Get Ready For Dirtybird Campout

Bradley Callison

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Its safe to say Dirtybird is here to stay, as is their now flagship event, Dirtybird Campout. Year three sees the relatively tiny festival moving to the location of another beloved festival, Lightning in a Bottle, in Bradley, California just north of Santa Barbara. With a venue change always comes criticism but this has not seemed to be the case with Campout. I’ve been attending Dirtybird Campout since it started and to see it grow is a beautiful thing. While its roots remain in Southern California at the birth site of Ligthning in a Bottle, Woogie Weekend and many other smaller but largely loved boutique festivals in California, the movement of Campout was done in favor of the Northern California crowd whom has been following Dirtybird the longest. If Campout continues to grow at this rate, if anything they can just where they are in Central California. For now, here’s ten tracks that should prime you p and get you in the mood for the third edition of Dirtybird Campout as these tracks have been lighting up the earlier part of the year and look to keep things warm not only at Campout but the rest of the year as well.

Sacha Robotti – The Sloth Man will be making a stop in Bradley during his Sloth Acid tour and its always a pleasure running into him either at a festival or some warehouse party in LA.

Claude Von Stroke – Papa Bird himself will of course be gracing the decks and since he was my first electronic event ever back in Hollywood at Avalon, I can honestly say he is my favorite DJ out there today. What a journey it has been and the rest of the story is still yet to be written. We can only be grateful for what him and Dirtybird has graced us with to this point and savor every moment at Campout in two weeks.

Bleep Bloop – A surprise booking to be sure, Bleep Bloop is a rising star and has killed it everytime I’ve seen him. With his signature bass/trap infused style this might be the one set not to miss at Campout thjs year.

Mikey Lion – Another legend in the making. Mr. Desert Hearts himself also graces Campout this year and has been doing so since the first Campout which I was also in attendance at. While there might be no Desert Hearts Fall Edition this year, by now Dirtybird and Desert Hearts events feel one in the same with their distinct styles and good vibes only attitude.

Shiba San – This Parisian has become a staple in the foundation of Dirtybird. When not tearing it up on tour, Shiba San has built a following and sound that has developed and only gotten better with time.

Worthy – Another Dirtybird OG, Worthy personifies the Dirtybird sound and always has a trick or five up his sleeve.

Araabmusik – Like Bleep Bloop, Araabmusik’s unique blend of bass and trap makes him stand out amongst the saturated bass scene these days. With numerous festival appearance under his belt already, I look forward to a more intimate set given the size of Campout.

Amtrac – This guy is one of the hardest working producers out there today. It seems now that all the hard work is paying off and has equated into a steady stream of tours and shows the past two years.

Chris Lorenzo – The man. The myth. The legend.

Will Clarke – Will always gets the party started and keeps it going well after it should end, but for all the right reasons.

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Daya’s 7 Best Songs

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It’s about time to get acquainted with Daya, the 18-year-old vocal powerhouse whose soulful, lip-glossed croons you might recognize from the Chainsmokers’ massive 2016 Grammy winner “Don’t Let Me Down.” The breakout star, born Grace Tandon, turned heads with her debut album Sit Still, Look Pretty last year, which included Hot 100 chart-climber “Hideaway” and earned her the No. 5 slot on Billboard‘s 21 Under 21 list for 2016 — all before her 18th birthday.

That said, we can only imagine what’s to come from this emerging name. For now, tune in to our seven favorite Daya songs thus far — and brush up on all there is to know about the dance-pop wunderkind — below.

7. Daya – “Words”

This sizzling dance-pop earworm covers impressive ground in its three-and-a-half minute runtime, layering thoughtful lyricism about saying those three special “Words” for the first time over atmospheric echoes, simmering percussion and Daya’s signature raspy vocal edge. All this makes the Daya song a hidden gem among her collection of radio smashes, though we wouldn’t expect it to stay under the radar for too long.

6. Daya – “Cool”

Another single from Sit Still, “Cool” has a slightly different taste than the rest of the album’s collection, leaning toward a chilled-out vibe with a bubbly, minimal melody. That mellow, laid-back feel meshes perfectly with the track’s message: that even doing absolutely nothing with the right person can mean, well, everything.

5. Daya – “Back to Me”

This raw heartbreak ballad is possibly the most emotive point in Daya’s catalogue, featuring goosebump-inducing new vocal heights and delicate piano chords. But it’s hardly a step in unfamiliar territory for the star. Listen closely to any of the tracks included on our list, and you’ll find the same tender, expressive lyricism under even the most club dancefloor-ready hook.

4. Gryffin & Illenium feat. Daya – “Feel Good”

Released in March, “Feel Good” with Gryffin and Illenium marks the newest addition to Daya’s collection of stellar collabs — and one of her best. The breezy Daya song pairs a glimmering, sunshine-y drop with blissful verses that more than live up to the track’s bright title.

3. Daya – “Sit Still, Look Pretty”

For the title track to Sit Still, Daya tackles societal expectations and female empowerment while managing to keep listeners dancing the whole way through — not to mention notching a No. 28 on the Hot 100. One listen through the bubbly, infectious chorus of this track, and “I don’t wanna sit still, look pretty” might just become your new mantra.

2. Daya – “Hide Away”

It should come as no surprise that “Hide Away” makes our list. With its smoldering, snappy soundscape and the catchiest of choruses, the track peaked at No. 23 on the Hot 100, snagging No. 20 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts. Released in 2015, it served as the lead single off Daya’s debut self-titled EP, and was later included on Sit Still.

1. The Chainsmokers feat. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”

It’s hard to find a better track to top our list than “Don’t Let Me Down,” the sweeping 2016 heavy-hitter from the Chainsmokers that brought Daya’s expansive vocal range into the spotlight. It’s safe to say the world noticed — the track snagged a Grammy for Best Dance Recording that year, not to mention hitting a No. 3 peak on the Hot 100. We can barely believe Daya was only 17 years old when the song rose to fame, but if it’s any indication of what she’s capable of, there will be much more to come from this burgeoning star. 

This article originally appeared on Billboard.

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4 Acts You Need To See At Splash House

Charlee Grey

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Splash House

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Splash House is right around the corner and the heat is building up. Back for yet another edition of the rowdy summer pool party, it’s finally time for the “must listen” to list from some of the acts playing the fest. Whose to say all of the acts aren’t “must listen to”? Not me. I will however say unless you wanna blindly listen through everybody’s catalogs, follow me through this curated musical journey I have put together for you all below. Afterall, it is a party so the more the merrier!

 

Catz ‘N Dogz
Catz ‘N Dogz
have seen the spotlight for over a decade in a world that is driven by distorted four on the floor beats and grooves only House music can dictate. Straight from Poland, The CnD guys have have released on plenty of top-tier labels, the most notorious to the US being Dirtybird Records which have been a great support for these guys. This isn’t a cat and mouse chase. This is a party with some of the best House music around.

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Bob Moses
The House duo originated in Vancouver but slowly found their way into the Big Apple after combined efforts of pushing their musical boundaries. Sultry vocals and soothing rhythms are what define Bob Moses in both a live and recorded setting. This is easily recognized through their Grammy winning tune, Tearing Me Up, which, received a flip by RAC and the rest was history.

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Desert Hearts
You’ve never been fully off of the grid unless you’ve partied with Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Porkchop. House, Techno and Love is the mantra and they’ve got only the best in revolving kick drums in abundance. When you’ve got the Desert Hearts guys behind the decks, expect a looping musical experience that will have you dancing through the entirety of their set. This is one you do not wanna miss.

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SNBRN
Splash House has seen SNBRN before, and once again he is bringing his summer vibes to the function. One of the most appropriate acts for a thriving pool party, SNBRN is no rookie when it comes to keeping the music going. With plenty of new tunes and old school anthems notoriously in his libraries, we can expect nothing less than a nostalgic rollercoaster of a set.

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