Posts Tagged ‘NAATIONS’

October 16, 2017

NAATIONS, one of our favorite new Australian duos this past year, are back after their cameo on massive summer anthem Real Life with Duke Dumont and Gorgon City. The pair, consisting of Van She’s Nicky Night Time and singer songwriter Nat Dunn, ignites an afternoon dance party in my room with their uplifting new song Want Me More, which leaves us wanting more with each new listen. It’s a vivacious burst of larger-than-life, gospel-imbued house and dance pop, rife with punchy piano chords and a deep rhythmic bassline as well as a contagious percussive roll. NAATIONS briefly announced a tour over the summer that would’ve brought them to Popscene in San Francisco. Sadly, the show was cancelled. I’ll be waiting for them to make new plans. Re-visit their prior vibrantly hooking anthems on Soundcloud, here. Stream Want Me More via Spotify, Deezer, or Google Play, here.

July 27, 2017

I told you I’d be sharing more tracks from the bundle of official remixes that dropped recently for Duke Dumont and Gorgon City’s Real Life. Not only do I love the original, which features emerging Australian duo NAATIONS on guest vocals, but the edits that came out last week have been bringing me much sonic pleasure and aural thrills, too. We’ve already partaken in Dillon Francis’ vivacious remix together. Let’s now turn to a drum and bass remix by Belgian label owner, radio host, and DJ/production talent Murdock. There’s no resisting this vibrant and swift drum and bass rolls. His remix conserves the classy chic UK house feel of the original but gives it some extra oomph with its staggered waves upon waves of beats and percussion. It  feels like Disclosure, AlunaGeorge, and Rudimental got together on the track. You can stream the rest of the official Real Life remixes that surfaced last week on Duke Dumont’s Soundcloud, here.

July 25, 2017

I was absolutely stoked when Duke Dumont partnered up with Gorgon City a few weeks ago to drop smash summer hit Real Life. Not only is that a conjoining of massive dance music talent, but this slice of Balearic sunset dance euphoria also features rising Australian duo NAATIONS, whom we’ve been supporting big time since they made their debut nearly a year ago (and we can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled we are that they’re making their SF debut at Popscene in October alongside Terror Jr on my birthday weekend). A handful of phenomenal remixes of Real Life just dropped a few days ago, amongst which comes this remix by Dillon Francis. The edit starts off like a classic house track, and you can’t help but wonder, has Dillon Francis toned down his high voltage sound? Don’t worry, soon enough, Dillon Francis jacks up the energy on the song and gets dirty. This Real Life starts jabbing and whizzing, stabbing and quaking with resolute strength, all the while still staying chic and stylish despite the new griminess. The new official remixes that have surfaced for Real Life also include edits by Kilter, Murdock, and Terrace Dub. Stay tuned and you just might find us sharing more of these tracks. For now, you can do some discovering on your own and stream them on Duke Dumont’s Soundcloud, here.

July 4, 2017

If you haven’t heard Duke Dumont and Gorgon City’s summer hit Real Life yet, the new video they dropped this week is the perfect chance to get down to the buoyant banger. Plus, the stylish bop features Australian duo NAATIONS, that exciting project consisting of Van She’s Nicky Night Time and singer songwriter Nat Dunn whom we’ve been extolling this past year. Real Life was inspired by the beautiful Balearic setting of Ibiza. The official description of the song’s video states: “The video draws influence from the dystopian world that social media could create, delivering a visual experience not dissimilar to an episode of Black Mirror. Influenced by high school experiences, the video, directed by Ben & Ross (Kurupt FM, Ed Sheeran, Disclosure) highlights today’s obsession with likes, selfies and emojis. Reflecting on the track’s powerful sound and message of experiencing ‘Real Life’, the video comes to a head at a school prom when the shy girl being bullied harnesses technology and uses it to destroy the hierarchy of popularity, resulting in her becoming Prom Queen instead.” You can download and stream this massive pop and dance crossover hit, here.

October 4, 2016

Los Angeles producer King Henry dashed on to the scene merely three weeks ago with a massive debut, Gold Dust, which featured London’s SEMMA on guest vocals. It’s obvious this talent is digging in to make massive waves as he returns with second single Don’t Stay Away. This time, he’s linked up with NAATIONS. If you were paying attention last month, you might recall I went wild with the praise over this Australian duo and their snappy popping, dancehall booming debut single, Kingdom. To be presented with a sonic gift that involves both these promising acts is sweet euphoria. King Henry offers up a banging soundscape with feisty skittering drum and bass rolls while NAATIONS delivers on the frisky fierce vocals, reminding me in the process of MØ and Elliphant. “Don’t stay away”, they beseech. Don’t worry, I’m not staying away, from either of you, much less both of you sublimely together. I’m prepared to hear a ton of music magic from both King Henry and NAATIONS going forth. King Henry, who’s also a founding member of Team Supreme in LA is undoubtedly an up and coming producer. Don’t Stay Away is available from all major outlets, here.

August 22, 2016

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August 19, 2016

By now, all of you should be familiar with the fact that I have a soft spot for edgy bold electronic pop. You could say I was instantaneously hooked when I heard NAATIONS earlier today. The new Australian duo is a collaboration between Van She’s Nicky Night Time and singer songwriter Nat Dunn, who has worked with the likes of Tkay Maidza, Alex Winston, and Bearson, just to name a few. NAATIONS makes a snappy popping, spunky puckered, dancehall booming debut on Kingdom, a must for fans of M.I.A., Elliphant, and MØ. To say I’m excited about this duo after hearing their fierce debut is most certainly a gross understatement. It’s reported that NAATIONS is sitting on a full album worth of material already, including a bevy of collaborations. I can’t wait to hear all of it.