What’s Your Favorite New Dance Track Out This Week? Vote!

Dance music delivered once again this week, with new releases falling across the electronic spectrum. Whether you’re into smooth-as-silk house, ominous bass, supremely chill ambient or pop-leaning EDM, there’s something for you this week, with new tracks out by Skrillex, Rezz, Camelphat, Alesso, SG Lewis and many more.

We know everyone has a favorite, and we’d like to know yours. Vote for your favorite new dance track out this week below (and if you’re in the U.S., make sure to vote for real on or before Election Day!).

Ariana Grande’s Producer Was Just as Surprised as You Were About ‘Positions’ Release Date

Ariana Grande and her right-hand producer Tommy “TBHits” Brown told Wall Street Journal Magazine in an interview published Friday (Oct. 30) about the unique recording process behind her sixth album Positions, out now.

Brown, who’s also worked with Justin Bieber, Megan Thee Stallion and Travis Scott, has been working side by side with Grande since her 2013 debut album Yours Truly. “This girl can really, really sing and she’s really, really good,” he recalled of their first meeting in the studio. “I wanted to connect outside of this studio and I played her some other retro-sounding beats I was doing.”

Since then, he’s been putting his Midas touch on a number of songs featured on every album the 27-year-old pop star has released, including her first and second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles “Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings.”

“One of the things I love most about working with Tommy is that none of the beats he plays me ever sound the same,” Grande says. “He’s never afraid to try new things and is always willing to experiment and grow with me.”

But the pandemic shifted how they’d experiment, with Positions being recorded in between Brown and Grande’s in-home recording studios in California over the span of several months. Somehow, the two managed to maintain their casual ambiance, which Brown notes was key to creating this album, while everyone involved was being tested every week.

Grande flirted more with R&B production, snagged coveted guest artists such as The Weeknd, Doja Cat and Ty Dolla $ign, and tapped rap producers Murda Beatz and London on da Track for the first time in her career. And she certainly wasn’t afraid to release music on her own time. On Oct. 14, the “Positions” singer tweeted, “I can’t wait to give u my album this month,” which shocked her fans and Brown because he wasn’t expecting the news, either.

But he regards Grande as a “guru” who can feel the pulse of when it’s time to drop an album, which she hasn’t done in a year and a half since Thank U, Next came out in February 2019.

But for Brown, a pivotal part in the recording process this time around was his sobriety. Thank U, Next mostly came together during a spontaneous two-week music boot camp in New York, where Grande, Brown and her troop of star songwriters — Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx, Njomza, Kaydence and Social House — cried it out and drank champagne while recording a smash album. Monét and Grande teased each other about the fond memory in their 2019 joint track “MONOPOLY” — “Remember when we made a f—in’ album off that Clicquot?” they sing — and Brown told WSJ Magazine that he jokingly called his label partnership with Universal Music Group “Champagne Therapy Music Group” afterward. But he decided to stop drinking last fall.

“I just realized, you don’t have to always drink,” he says in the new interview. “Then I looked at where any problems in my life came from. And I was like, ‘Well, all my issues stem from that.’ So if I eliminate that, then I won’t have any issues.”

Read Grande and Brown’s interview on WSJ Magazine here.

The Players Behind Gabby Barrett’s ‘I Hope’ (feat. Charlie Puth): See the Full Credits

Gabby Barrett’s post-breakup, breakout country single “I Hope” reaches a new peak of No. 6 on the Hot 100 this week, in its 43rd week on the listing. Along the way, Barrett picked up pop singer-songwriter Charlie Puth, who is now officially credited on the song’s listing for his duet version with Barrett.

With notable crossover success, the duet also enters its second straight week atop Adult Pop Songs, in its 24th week on the chart, and previously led the Country Airplay chart for a week in April.

Explore the team of musicians, producers, engineers and more behind the track with recording credits provided by Jaxsta below.

Artists
Main Artist – Gabby Barrett
Featured Artist – Charlie Puth

Songwriters:
Writer – Charlie Puth
Writer – Gabby Barrett
Writer – Jon Nite
Writer – Zach Kale

Producers:
Producer – Ross Copperman
Producer – Zach Kale

Production Team:
Assistant Production – Scott Johnson

Programmer – Zach Kale

Engineers:
Assistant Mixer – Jeremie Inhaber
Assistant Mixer – Robin Florent

Digital Editor – Daniel Ross
Digital Editor – Ross Copperman
Digital Editor – Trey Keller
Digital Editor – Zach Kale

Masterer – Michelle Mancini

Mixer – Manny Marroquin

Mixing Engineer – Chris Galland

Recorded By – Ross Copperman
Recorded By – Zach Kale

Recording Engineer – Charlie Puth

Performers:
Background Vocals – Zach Kale

Drums – Caleb Gilbreath

Electric Guitar – Zach Kale

Guitar – Derek Wells

Keyboards – Alex Wright
Keyboards – Zach Kale

Lead Vocals – Gabby Barrett

Vocals – Charlie Puth

Labels:
Distributor – Warner Music Group

Label – Warner Music Nashville

Explore the full “I Hope (feat. Charlie Puth)” credits on Jaxsta here.

First Spin: The Week’s Best New Dance Tracks From Camelphat, Alesso, Beth Lydi, SG Lewis & More

New Music Friday is intense. Hundreds of songs drop from artists around the world, and you’re supposed to somehow find the best ones. It’s fun work, but it’s time-consuming — so we at Billboard Dance want to give you a hand. Each week, we sift through the streams and dig in the digital crates to present the absolute must-hears from the wide breadth of jams.

At the end of another week, the dance world hath delivered a new track from Skrillex (with the producer promising a larger body of work yet to come), an excellent new album from Oneohtrix Point Never, a far-out new track from Rezz, the second single from Kygo-approved producer Deacon and the Coyote Ugly megamix you didn’t know you needed.

All that comes in addition to the seven tracks below. Let’s dig in.

SG Lewis feat. Lucky Dave, “Feed the Fire”

You know what we all need a bit more of? Levity. Luckily, UK-born, LA-based producer SG Lewis is bringing the light via his effervescent and also deeply funky new jam “Feed the Fire.” Featuring Lucky Daye, a New Orleans-based singer with a voice silkier than your nicest set of sheets, the track is a breezy amalgamation of house and nu-disco that comes from Lewis’ forthcoming LP, times, out this February.

“After reading about ’70s New York and the birth of disco,” Lewis says of the influences on this forthcoming project, “I became infatuated with the euphoria and escapism that the music from that period created, and the safe spaces the clubs at the time provided for people to express themselves. I aimed to create a world musically that captured those same feelings, and to imagine the music that would be playing in those rooms if they were to exist today.” We are, without a doubt, ready for all of that.

Camelphat, “Easier”

The Liverpool duo have become one of the best and most exciting acts on the global circuit, with a string of major hits including “Cola,” “Be Someone” and “For a Feeling” all demonstrating their often hypnotic, sometimes massive and always fresh progressive sound.

All of Camelphat’s aforementioned hits are — in one form or another — included on Dark Matter, their debut album out Friday (Oct. 30) via RCA. The album features a big-deal crew of guests, including Jake Bugg, Yannis Philipakkis, Skream, Eli & Fur and his majesty Noel Gallagher. It is British trio Lowes that guests on the album’s newest single “Easier,” with vocalist Evie Plumb delivering a haunting ode to escapism (“I want to drink and smoke and kiss and be kissed,” she declares) while the track rises hauntingly around her. Escape this hectic world for five minutes by letting it surround you as well.

Jimmy Edgar, “ZigZag”

Jimmy Edgar drops an ominous bass track just in time for the scariest day of the year. (We are not, in this case, referring to Election Day.) “ZigZag” is made of sparse high hats, doomy synths and human screams chopped up and broken into beats, with a sort of funky vocoder adding just the right amount of weird. The Halloween-ready song comes from the Detroit producer’s forthcoming full-length project, which will also include his recent collabs with Danny Brown, Sophie and Hudson Mohawke.

Franke Knuckles & Jamie Principle, “Your Love” (Alan Dixon Love Attack Remix)

Frankie Knuckles’ “Your Love” is, of course, one of the most essential house tracks of all time. Written by vocalist Jamie Principle and released in 1986, the song is so perfect, so iconic, so widely beloved that some may poo-poo the impulse to mess with perfection. That said, the just-released “Love Attack” remix by UK producer Alan Dixon is a fresh, thrilling edit that maintains the heart and ever-rising staccato of the original and modernizes it in a way described by Dixon as “Frankie Knuckles if he was from Berlin in 2020…”

Alesso & Charlotte Lawrence, “The End”

Alesso, one of the reigning kings and OG architects of the larger-than-large EDM drop, scales it way back on his latest, “The End.” A heavily pop-leaning collab with Los Angeles vocalist Charlotte Lawrence, the song trades huge builds and releases for more complex beats that scintillate and seduce under Lawrence’s pleasantly sing-song vocals. It’s an evolution for the Swedish star, and we’re here for it.

Beth Lydi, “Windy Pipes”

Beth Lydi is one of the newest members of SoCal “House, Techno, Love”-oriented Desert Hearts crew, and she comes hard out the gate with the title track from her Windy Pipes EP. The song lives up to its name with a sort of slide-flute-rendered melody layered over rumbling electro that buzzes and bumps. Keep your eyes on this one.

Loud Luxury, “Like Gold”

The boys of Loud Luxury return with an homage to the most esteemed precious metal. “Like Gold” is an accessible deep house production largely built around very melodic humming by singer Stephen Puth, with additional production by the duo’s longtime pal Frank Walker. “We’ve been friends with Frank since our university days playing shows across Canada,” Loud Luxury say in a statement. “When we moved to Los Angeles, we met Stephen and we quickly became great friends. The vocal for ‘Like Gold’ actually started when he was over at our house for a barbecue. After a few drinks, we convinced Stephen to jump into the booth and that’s how the song started.”