There’s no doubt about it: April 2021 looks a lot more hopeful than April of 2020. Live music may be around the corner, more and more people are receiving the vaccine, and the sun is coming out again. This month, there’s an abundance of new music on the way too. It’s hard to keep track of the several highly anticipated albums coming out this April, so put these in your calendar and enjoy spring with new music.
WAVEDASH, World Famous Tour: out April 2nd
If you haven’t heard WAVEDASH yet, consider this your sign. The recently-graduated bass music trio from Texas has finally unveiled their massive debut album. From top to bottom, it’s a fun and varied testament to their excellent production and unique sound. We heard four singles in anticipation of the album and while each showcased their gritty industrious bass sound, each was still refreshingly upbeat.
It’s a little mind-boggling how complex and experimental the album is. Jam-packed with synths and instrumental samples, World Famous Tour takes you through monumental highs and bitter lows. Somehow, the pumping bass of Lemon Nades and gentle piano intros through melancholy Don’t Fight It, go perfectly together.
As live events open up again, be prepared to see a lot of WAVEDASH. For the past couple of years, the trio has been busy garnering support from some of the biggest names in bass music like Porter Robinson, Excision, SLANDER, and NGHTMRE. The latter two also released WAVEDASH’s single Deathwish as the first track on their Gud Vibrations label. You can listen to World Famous Tour out now, and check out a live stream set they performed for a Gud Vibrations stream this past fall.
Mitis, Lost: Out April 9th
The long-time future bass veteran is set to release his second album on April 9th. Lost, if any of the three singles released are any indication, promises to be some of his best work. Since becoming a regular on the Seven Lions-run label Ophelia, he’s refined his sound as an artist. He’s been busy in the last year releasing a two-track EP on his BORN Records imprint, hosting a live-stream event and performing at a drive-in rave both put on by Insomniac Records. You can pre-save Lost here: you won’t want to miss this one.
— MitiS (@MitisOfficial) March 4, 2021
Ganja White Night, Dark Wobble: out April 20th
In a surprise announcement Ganja White Night shared a new album, Dark Wobble, will be out April 20th. Appropriately enough to be released on the un-official weed smoking holiday, their 9th LP will likely cater to the same heavy low-frequency bass they’ve amassed a following for. Concurrently with the album announcement, GWN gave a taste of what’s to come with single Trinity. Featuring their signature bizarre animation and psychedelic strobe lights, Dark Wobble should satisfy the craving for new distorted bass music.
Porter Robinson, Nurture: out April 23rd
It would be difficult to name a more highly-anticipated album in electronic music than Porter Robinson’s Nurture. One of the most influential electronic artists of the past 10 years has taken five years since his first game-changing album, Worlds. After announcing the album in January of 2020, he’s trickled out a few singles to tide us over until the full release. With 9 new songs in the wings to round out Nurture, it’s clear this album is a labor of love for Porter.
We can’t state enough how much we look forward to this album. It’s been a long past year, but it feels like this album will somewhat be the light at the end of the tunnel. You can pre-save Nurture here, and join us to count down the days until the 23rd. In the meantime, check out the latest single Musician below.
Zhu, Dreamland: out April 30th
Now two full-length albums and one deep house side project into his career, it’s difficult to know what to expect from Zhu. The semi-house semi-electronica producer airs a bit of mystery, but consistently delivers scorching sensuality in every release. Most recently, he dropped a single with vocalist Yuna that we could assume will be on the new album. Classically Zhu, Sky is Crying combines sultry melodic vocals from Yuna and Zhu with saxophone and a thumping beat in the background.
We may not know much about what Dreamland will sound like, but it’s safe to keep our expectations high. Just a few weeks before the release, Zhu will play the legendary Red Rocks Ampitheater in Colorado for a (originally two, now five-night) Dreamrocks tour run. We have our eyes peeled for clips from the performances, but the full album’s due date is right around the corner.
While we wait for COVID-19 restrictions to begin easing, pass the time with some new music in the meantime. April promises some phenomenal albums, and there’s sure to be more on the horizon.
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