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7 dance artists on Drake’s “Honestly, Nevermind” you need to know

Raise your hand if your 2022 bingo card included Drake releasing a dance album.

No? Neither do we, but here we are, days after the surprise release of the superstar’s seventh studio LP Honestly, it doesn’t matterwhich resulted in the added shock of being almost entirely made up of moody electronic atmospheres and moving dance floor warmth.

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But Drake dancing isn’t an attempt at a paint-by-numbers crossover, nor is the album populated with obvious choices in terms of sounds or collaborators. Instead, for Honestly, it doesn’t matter, Drake has tapped seven house music producers with varying degrees of mainstream fame, but with a lot of respect within the global dance scene.

Working with this well-curated collection of dance figures adds underground credibility and serious vibes to the Drake dance floor stage, while also giving mainstream sheen to both these artists and house music itself. (“Drake’s album will create a huge new group of people interested in discovering house music and that’s a great thing, thank you,” Diplo tweeted upon the release of Honestly, it doesn’t matter.)

Call it the new dance music crossover, with Honestly, it doesn’t matter marking arguably the first time that an artist with Drake superstar status has immersed himself so completely in underground house sound that it has long since supplanted EDM as a favorite dance genre in the U.S. With all the dance music producers involved in this album Firmly part of that world, Drake is embracing the kind of mature house and deep house that currently rules the global dance circuit and gives this sound its best hopes so far for a serious US radio broadcast.

So who are these seven electronic artists who helped forge Honestly, it doesn’t matter? Let’s meet them.

& Me & Rampa

Two of the three members of Berlin-based Keinemusik, & Me and Rampa give “Falling Back” a shimmering, deep bubbling house, casting a sexy and deceptively complex foundation under Drake’s falsetto-forged reflections on love and desire. Along with fellow Keinemusil member Adam Port, & Me and Rampa are currently conveying these same stylish vibes to trendy dance floors, in the midst of their current residence at the Circoloco house and techno mecca at DC10 Ibiza and Club Space Miami. Keinemusik also released their second album Send return last fall, with the album featuring features from Little Dragon and dance partner Solomun.

Alex Lustig

The Belgian artist has production credits on “Falling Back”, “Calling My Name” and “Flight’s Booked”, giving these tracks the same dreamy and moody touch he also gave in his work with famous artists such as Machine Gun Kelly, Young Thug and Gunna. But while Lustig’s highest-profile production exists in the hip-hop realm (he has another writing merit Honestly, it doesn’t matter“Overdrive”), is also an established ambient producer, whose latest single “Breathe” features Elohim. (Lustig also got a major profile boost when BTS used his trap-oriented song “Under Pressure” in a 2018 dance practice video.)

In a 2018 interview, Lustig noted that his ethereal ambient soundscapes (which are mostly exhibited in the second section of “Calling My Name”) were inspired by the panic attacks he experienced as a teenager. “I often went out in the middle of the night listening to ambient music,” she said. “For me it was a miracle cure. Ever since I’ve recovered from all of this, I’ve always had those ambient elements in much of my music. “

Black coffee

The South African producer – who won the 2022 Grammy for best dance / electronic album for his LP Unconsciously – it’s all over Honestly, it doesn’t matter, with production credits on “Texts Go Green”, “Calling” and “Overdrive”. Born artist Nkosinathi Maphumulo gives his contributions to Drake’s LP the same sophistication and urgency that became his signature when he became a leader of the global dance scene in recent years, with “Texts Go Green” in particular sounding like something. that “D be completely comfortable on a version of Black Coffee. Again this isn’t the first time Maphumulo has worked with Drake, having produced” Get It Together “since 2017 More life.

Carnage / Gordo

when Scoreboard the last time he spoke to the veteran electronics maker, he was making Zoom from a guest room at Drake’s home in Toronto, and now we know why. Born artist Diamanté Blackmon, who recently retired his longtime and hugely successful bass-centric Carnage project to focus on his home-oriented production as Gordo, has produced multiple songs on Honestly, it doesn’t matter than other artists: “Currents”, “Calling My Name”, “Sticky”, “Massive” and “Tie That Bands”. Drake’s name also checks it in “Sticky”, stating that “Gordo put me on a wave”. (Please also see These photos by Blackmon from Honestly, it doesn’t matter release party, which he called the “proudest day” of his life.)

Really, a better or more high-profile sequel could not have been designed for the Carnage to Gordo transition, with Blackmon giving the album the same beefy house beats he is now delivering in clubs around the world with his new. nickname. “Thank you brother for trusting me and allowing me to be part of the vision,” Blackmon tweeted to Drake when the album comes out. “I never considered it in the equation for the start of my next chapter, but thank you.”

Ry X

Having previously collaborated with many other dance artists, including companions Honestly, it doesn’t matter producers Black Coffee and Keinemusik, US-based Australian-born producer and singer Ry X fits perfectly into Drake’s LP, lending his creepy falsetto to “Sticky”. For half of the electronic duo Howling and one third of the electronic group The Acid, Ry X is a true chameleon of the global electronic scene and has also released his new solo album, Red Moonthe same day Honestly, it doesn’t matter fallen off.

Govi

The mainstay of OVO Radio Govi ​​is a longtime fixture of the Toronto underground electronic scene and has previously produced tracks for artists including Nicki Minaj, Sabrina Claudio and Drake, with Govi ​​working on Certified lover boy“Run in my mind”. Co-produced by Govi, Honestly, it doesn’t matter“Flight’s Booked” from “Flight’s Booked” is assembled from the same experimental 3am beats heard on the producer’s debut LP Where do we fall released last month.

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