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DallasK Talks New Single and Favorite Collaborations

His new single, "I Know," premieres exclusively on Popdust.

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Unless well-versed in the EDM landscape, chances are that American-producer Dallas Koehlke has flown under your radar for a long time.

It's impossible to escape his influence. From Ariana Grande and Kesha to Lauv, Katy Perry, and Fifth Harmony, Koehlke has curated a staggering number of today's hits, whether behind the scenes or in the production chair. Additionally, Koehlke regularly collaborates with EDM heavyweights like Tiesto and Hardwell under his Electro-pop moniker DallasK, and has seen monumental success the more he's shifted his focus to electronic music. "I'm always working in so many different spaces and on so many different projects," the 28-year-old multi-platinum producer told Popdust. "My goal now is to focus all that energy on one album."

"Sometimes," The DJ's lead single off his forthcoming solo album, has already accredited lots of attention from fans and critics alike. The collaboration with Nicky Romero and XLYO has been highly praised since its debut at Ultra this year, and DallasK's latest single, "I Know," which premieres exclusively on Popdust, is set for a similar fate. We sat down with Koehlke to talk more about his new album and what he has planned for the future.

Tell me about the new song "I Know." What is it about, and how did it come together?

"The [chorus] for 'I Know' was actually written last year. I rented an Airbnb and used it as a studio, and invited some of my favorite collaborators to just work on music for a month. I wrote this song with Coffee Clarence Jr and Sarah Hudson the same day we wrote another one of my singles 'Self Control.' Coffee's performance on the record was unmatched so I decided to keep him on the song. The studio had these huge cavernous ceilings and a lot of the natural reverb on his voice can be heard in the song. I ended up finishing the production on it recently when I was going through some old projects and was immediately inspired to make it what it is today. To me, it sounds like something between Phil Collins and Calvin Harris."

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I heard that you're really into mentoring young musicians. Tell me more about your workshops and what you hope to teach up and coming musicians. What lessons are you teaching now that you wish you had learned yourself?

"The main reason I like to work with young musicians is simply because I remember what it was like to be one. I'm not pretending to have all of the answers, but I have more of them than when I started. I know that, personally, I had no sense for the business side of how to be an artist or a producer and I think that's the most important lesson that I can impart on people. To teach about the importance of relationships and specifically the longevity of [certain] relationships."

Speaking of relationships, you've worked with so many artists and producers. Which creative relationship do you really cherish, and who are you still dying to work with?

"Lauv is one of my close friends and collaborators, and I love working with him because he's never afraid to explore and get weird especially with his production. I'm still dying to work with Daft Punk or M83."

I heard through the grape vine that you're also working on a Miley Cyrus remix. What made you want to remix a song by her?

"The remix is of her alter ego Ashley O from the Netflix series 'Black Mirror,' and its also a rework of a Nine Inch Nails song. I think that alone is so interesting and is a perfect example of the creative culture we're living in in 2019. I was so excited to be a part of that story. I actually had been sent the song but it came on later that day when I was at the gym and that's when the idea for how it could sound really [clicked.]"

What's next for you?

"Definitely more shows and music. Hard to say more [about the] album but I definitely have all the music. I just need to find the vision for what I want the album to become and execute from there."

What has the response been to your new singles so far?

"My last single, 'Sometimes,' did really well! A ton of support from dance radio and Spotify as well as a lot of people reaching out to say they connected with it. That's the most important thing to me. I want my fans to know that I'm going to be releasing a bunch of new music and THANK YOU for sticking with me on the journey!"

Check out the new single below:

I Know

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Ready To Pop | XYLØ, Riley Clemmons & More Dance Their Troubles Away

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Shake it out with these soon-to-be smashes.

Ready to Pop gazes into the piercing reflection of the ever-spinning disco ball. Light bounces around our bodies and into the darkness lurking just outside the sparkling dance floor. We've left the sorrow at the door, at least for a couple hours, and the music washes over our hearts, sewing up the wounds and proving to be just the soothing agent we needed. Below, check out our latest obsessions, rated on a (slay) scale of "Super Chill" to "Shook" to "Wig Snatched."


XYLØ - "Tears & Tantrums"

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XYLØ is a relentless tour de force. She's a badass boss just "dancing in the strobe lights," as she admits between layers of star-strewn synths and dreamy splatters of percussion. "My tears keep on falling down," she also sings, framing her pain as the fuel to her inner fire, slowly but surely crackling to a ferocious display.

Slay Scale: Wig Snatched

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Riley Clemmons - "Hold On"

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It might not seem like it in the heat of the moment, but all those wasted tears will lead to a full-on personal revolution. Just ask pop's newest torchbearer Riley Clemmons. "By the grace of God, I'm a survivor," she sings, extending her own personal tragedy as a testament that she's risen far more victoriously than she could have predicted. Through glassy bubbles of ready-made rave beats and classically '80s synths, she is equal parts Selena Gomez and Betty Who and another otherworldly extravagance altogether. Clemmons awakens the senses in a way only she can. She's fearless and not going down without a fight.

Slay Scale: Wig Snatched

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Charlotte Lawrence - "Stole Your Car"

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Charlotte Lawrence isn't here to play games. After her heart is shattered to bits, she not only dances out her rage, but she pairs her outrageous emotions and lack of impulse control with sweltering tropical beats and a slinky flow as smooth as the island breeze. "I can't resist the taste of your lips," she sings before confessing that, in fact, the thought of it all makes her sick to her stomach. But by the time the beats drop from the heavens, the listener, a voyeur of sorts, is awash in blue dreams, baby. Nothing like grand theft auto to get some of your anger out.

Slay Scale: Super Chill

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Call Me Loop - "Cut & Run"

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After a short-lived romance turned to ash, and the sleazy guy had the nerve to come crawling back, Call Me Loop had had about enough. So, she poured her frustrations out onto a clanging and mountainous pop rallying cry, which pops and fizzes with summer-soaked synths that are fevered and unwavering. "Cut & Run" is a succulent slice of pop music, seasoned to taste, and should do the trick to get over that...well, trick.

Slay Scale: Shook

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Jason Scott is a freelance music journalist with bylines in B-Sides & Badlands, Billboard, PopCrush, Ladygunn, Greatist, AXS, Uproxx, Paste and many others. Follow him on Twitter.


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Ready to Pop is totally ready to dig into some searing balladry. A good ballad is like a soothing but gut-wrenching piece of artwork: it'll make you feel all sorts of things, and it's nearly always open for interpretation. Perspective is everything and greatly informs how we see, think, feel, hear, and touch. This week, we bite into some of our new favorites, from Allie X to Camille Trust and Sam Setton. Below, check out our latest obsessions, rated on a (slay) scale of "Super Chill" to "Shook" to "Wig Snatched."


Allie X - "Focus"

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We somehow still live in a world where Allie X, the goddess behind 2017's excellent, vibe-hard CollXtion II, is still not a global phenomenon. She rocks our world but has gone sorely overlooked by the majority of music consumers. But we digress. Her new single "Focus," not to be confused with Ariana Grande's bop of the same name, is a hazy, synth-drenched ballad. It's like a dream you don't wanna wake up from ⎯⎯ so you put this sucker on loop. Her vocal is creamy, somehow soothing amidst hallucinatory swirls.

Slay Scale: Shook

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Camille Trust - "Move On"

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It takes courage to own up to your bullshit. As the embers of a dying relationship continue to smolder at her feet, Camille Trust revels in the lingering, sweltering heat. "I know I fucked up," she spits on the first line. Her brutal honesty not only about a former lover but her own role in the relationship's demise is refreshing and somehow wholly devastating. "People asking me how I'm holding up / I'm fucking fantastic," she later sings, turning to dark humor to consider moving on. But she can't, as she regals on the hook. Sometimes, as cliche as it sounds, time is the only healer.

Slay Scale: Shook

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XYLØ - "Heaven Only Knows"

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Teetering on mid-tempo territory, Paige Duddy's vocals are reliably smokey. She has a way of curling her tentacles around and through your brain, latching onto every membrane with abandon. "You can't seem to get a grip, I'm falling from your fingertips / Again, it's time to make a change, before I walk away," she sings, her heart bleeding onto her sleeve. The song is cut from predominantly acoustic guitar and piano, with harrowing flecks of darker instrumentation mingled in ghostly waves underneath. Once a duo, now a solo act, XYLØ remains as a shattering force as ever.

Slay Scale: Super Chill

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Sam Setton - "Santiago"

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We all have that one relationship, that one forlorn lover we can't seem to shake. No matter what we do, they come around again. Sam Setton finds himself unexpectedly yanked back to the past with one voicemail, which introduces his new softly-glowing new single. "Santiago" is a downcast, groove-motored mid-tempo flickering with the tenderness of the past with a heavy beat and a chilly vocal. He can't help but relive those emotions. Her voice punctures his heart all over again. "You remind me of a better day," he sings. His performance is commanding and spooky.

Slay Scale: Wig Snatched

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Haley Reinhart - "Last Kiss Goodbye"

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There are few singers quite like Haley Reinhart. She's another case of possessing incomparable talent that isn't given proper due. Her tenure on American Idol years ago still stays on our minds on the daily, and her post-show output is extraordinary. Her new, guitar-hued song "Last Kiss Goodbye" feels eerily like the classic era of singer-songwriters; think Carole King here, folks. Less is always more, and Reinhart's ability to float across a melody with sharpness is truly a wonder of the world.

Slay Scale: Shook

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Jason Scott is a freelance music journalist with bylines in B-Sides & Badlands, Billboard, PopCrush, Ladygunn, Greatist, AXS, Uproxx, Paste and many others. Follow him on Twitter.


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LIVE | XYLØ come "Alive" with new single, plot first headlining tour

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The breakout duo are straight up fire these days, ahead of their forthcoming nationwide tour.

Off the heels of an acoustic reading of "I Still Wait for You" (watch here), XYLØ, fronted by Paige and Chase Duddy, return to electro-pop perfection with "Alive," a club vibe paired with moody house and delicious drops. "Wake up 'cause I'm on my way. 2 a.m. in the cab, and it's only Monday. And the driver knows my name--yeah, I hope that I am on your mind," Paige mutters, brazenly. "My head's out the window tonight. Staying up till the club shut down. Yeah, I've had too much so I had to get out. Tell me where you wanna go--back to your place, I don't mind. My head's out the window tonight."

The song, anchored with Paige's flighty but strong lead vocal, is "about needing an escape from your day to day life and finding the perfect person to do it with. To live is the rare… most people exist," the band said. "Alive" is just the latest in a long chain of impressive tracks, from "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" and "America" to "Afterlife," "Get Closer" (with the Chainsmokers) and the original version of "I Still Wait for You."

If you've read plenty about the duo here on Popdust, that's because we jumped on the bandwagon years ago. "It's been really interesting and cool," Chase once told us. "There's a 10-year age difference between Paige and I. I'm 10 years older than her. People probably expect, I imagine, since we're brother and sister, we grew up doing this together and working on this our whole lives. That really wasn't the case. This was an accident kind of thing. It's been more effortless than what people might think. We've only been working on it for a year and a half."

Their blood, sweat and tears are finally paying off. The moody duo are slated to mount their first-ever headlining tour this fall, launching Sept. 6 in Santa Barbara. They are expected to hit up such cities as Portland, Vancouver, New York City, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and every stop in between.

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XYLØ strip back "I Still Wait for You" into stunning acoustic

MUSIC | The moody synth-pop duo show off their vocal brawn and musicality.

The brand new acoustic is stark and haunting.

Paige Duddy's calm but tidal-force vocal envelopes you. You toss and turn, attempting to escape your demons, but you can't. Paige, along with her brother Chase, reach out their hands, guiding you to a safe haven primed for spiritual and personal renewal. XYLØ's music, which includes the flickering, sinister licks of "Afterlife" and the foot-stomping "America," carries the weight of the entire world's anguish, brittle to the touch but with enough shock to steal away a storm's energy.

With their latest release titled "I Still Wait for You," the new link in a long chain of impending tracks, they take a turn and strip it back. The brand new acoustic clip (below) is stark and haunting, as Paige's voice slides chillingly across the melodies and into the story with quiet command. Meanwhile, Chase pounds away on the keys, electrifying the song with warmth. The lyrics are refocused in an alarmingly poignant way.

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XYLØ have long been a treasured commodity here on Popdust. As far back as 2015, we have rallied behind the synth-pop shakers: their daring in the studio is refreshing and undeniable. They are irrefutably difficult to nail down, however. In our exclusive interview, they told us about their rather eclectic, wide-ranging musical influences. "It's been really interesting and cool," Chase explained. "There's a 10-year age difference between Paige and I. I'm 10 years older than her. People probably expect, I imagine, since we're brother and sister, we grew up doing this together and working on this our whole lives. That really wasn't the case. This was an accident kind of thing. It's been more effortless than what people might think. We've only been working on it for a year and a half."

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Paige added: "The reason we pretty much started the project, too, was because creatively we had a lot of chemistry. That was the starting point. We realized that when we worked together, everything was just effortless. It just happened. Personally, there have been some bumps in the road because we're brother and sister. But for the most part, creatively, we don't really have any differences, ever."

Pop music thanks you, Paige and Chase, for your valiant efforts against the maniacal machine. Not surprisingly, Paige also took to plenty of rock music growing up, which informs many of their pounding, intense uses of percussion throughout much of their work. "I grew up listening to the music my parents listened to, like my dad's favorite band ever (Led Zeppelin). I loved Hall & Oates," she said. "To be honest, since I have such a huge age gap, I realized I could sing an Ashlee Simpson record. I would sit in my bedroom and belt that entire album ['Autobiography']. I was also obsessed with Hilary Duff. I listened to Snoop, too, and Outkast all the time with my friends."

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The duo have also released the stylized visual for the original recording. The video is spooky, to say the least, containing black and white footage and eery vocal distortion before the thick production drops. In an interview with Fuse, they explained the concept. "We wanted to create a voyeuristic caricature of band life. We loved working closely with Daniel [Iglesias Jr.] to help piece together a psychedelic, '90s MTV–inspired video of what's going on in our crazy heads." Iglesias Jr. has worked with such acts as AlunaGeorge and X Ambassadors.

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