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First Spin: The Week’s Best New Dance Tracks From Kygo, Gaspard Augé, Nora En Pure & More

And yes there’s more, and it is the music that drives all of this news. Ready for the seven dance tracks we’re fanning out over the most this week? Let’s dig in.

Kygo feat. James Gillespie, “Gone Are the Days”

Kygo isn’t just dropping merch. He also came through with a new sunset pop jam with pulling vocals from James Gillespie. It’s pure, classic Kygo with sweeping textures and emotional piano melodies that build slow and heavy over strings and a sometimes beat. Gillespie’s lyrics tell a tragic tale of loss, something many can unfortunately relate to after the last year. A dramatic opening for the Norwegian superproducer, “Gone Are the Days” is his first official music release of 2021. Here’s hoping we can all get close to our good friends one day soon. — KAT BEIN

Gaspard Augé, “Force Majeure”

Gaspard Augé may not be smiling (he never does), but his chest must be swelling with pride. The Justice dude with the curly hair and the mustache unleashed a sweltering single, the debut from his forthcoming solo album, Escapades. If your favorite part of the French duo’s signature sound were the bombastic nods to ‘70s and ‘80s arena rock, you might want to put on a seat belt. “Force Majeure” is exactly that: a propulsive, shimmering streak of gold shot into a disco rainbow. It’s a bold statement and an enticing teaser of more to come, not a far cry from what Justice fans have come to expect, but certainly brighter and stamped with Augé’s personal flair. The music video, filmed in a Turkish cymbal factory, is a demonstration of the fresh solo artist’s tongue-in-cheek style of epic.

“We were really attracted by the epic visual appeal of cymbal making: bronze, fire, hammers – something almost mythological and elemental like Vulcan or the Nibelungen,” Augé is quoted in a press release. “We chose Bosphorus Cymbals because they had this very traditional process that barely changed in centuries. In this video, I am just a link in the chain of production and quality control after all these cymbals have been melted, hand hammered and lathed into a musical object.” Escapades is due later this year. We’re already prepping our sequin dresses and denim jackets. — K. BEIN

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