David Guetta, Carnage & More Dance Songs: First Spin

Carnage & Gordo, “KTM”

After sharing a mellower side to his music with the Martinez Brothers collaboration “Together” last August, Carnage (alongside his Gordo alias) is ready to rage once more with new single “KTM.” Shifting gears to party-hard tech house, the Guatemalan producer jumps on the mic to name-drop a cocktail of party drugs over a grinding bass line, scuffling metallic synths and a build/release sequence that evokes images of CO2 cannon blasts and liquor hurled across the dance floor through sheer force of ecstasy. It’s the kind of track that in almost any other year could be a surprise highlight of Miami Music Week, and though officially released Friday, “KTM” has been something of a long-kept secret weapon within tight DJ circles, with A-Trak and Diplo both having rinsed it as far back as 2018. “Every label wanted to sign it,” claimed Carnage on Twitter, “but no one knew it was me.” — KRYSTAL RODRIGUEZ

Pusher, “I Could Give It Up”

Sorry, repeat what you just said? I got distracted by this hilarious meme on Instagram. It’s so funny, look at this. Wait, are you mad?

If you’ve ever absentmindedly uttered any of these statements before swearing to a short-lived social media detox, Pusher’s debut single from his forthcoming Stay-At-Home Popstar album is your anthem. The Canadian producer sings all our woes in “I Could Give It Up,” a disco-pop cautionary tale for the tech-obsessed generation.

“This is a song about being on my phone too much – about how we all are – and just like coffee or junk food, it’s totally normal,” Pusher tells Billboard. “It’s scary how tech is designed to be so addictive, so I’ve done the same thing, employing all the little songwriting devices that make pop songs addictive; repeating the title in the chorus, using the ‘millennial whoop’ melody as the first hook, tried-and-true pop song form, and other such tricks. It’s also about how capitalism drives us to come up with psychological tricks to manipulate each other for individual profit instead of just exploring our uniqueness. Hopefully, using these devices transparently can make us all more aware of their prevalence, but also make me some royalties to pay my bills and create more music.” — KAT BEIN


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