Illenium Drops 13-Track Sophomore Album ‘AWAKE’

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After months of anticipation, Illenium’s sophomore album, AWAKE, is finally here! The young producer kept constant attention on this impending project throughout most of this year, dropping singles “Fractures,” “Feel Good,” “Sound of Walking Away,” “Crawl Outta Love” and “Leaving” on a fairly consistent basis. Minus “Leaving,” which was released just last week, each of these singles has racked up millions of plays across streaming services. The final project presents us with another eight tracks that make for a stirring offering from start to finish.

AWAKE is fairly vocal-heavy, with the artist teaming up with performers like Daya, MAX, Nevve and many more to create pieces that wholeheartedly embody the melodic dubstep genre. Although each of these stands out in their own way, Illenium’s true skill shines in “No Time Like Now,” “Where’d U Go” and “Taking Me Higher,” tracks that shy away from the use of vocals and allow his clean production to take center stage. These songs also give the producer the opportunity to dip into other styles that mix elements of progressive, future, indie and more. 

In addition to these, the final track of the album, “Let You Go” feat. Ember Island, is an absolute standout. The group’s heavenly harmonies marry well with Illenium’s emotional style. The producer utilizes a gentle, almost trance-like style to guide you out of the project, a move that will no doubt send chills down your spine.  

Stream AWAKE in full below – enjoy!

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Illenium Drops Emotive Single “Leaving” From Forthcoming Album ‘AWAKE’

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The time has almost come for Illenium’s long-awaited sophomore album, AWAKE, to drop on Sept. 21. The young producer has kept anticipation for the project ridiculously high throughout most of the year, dropping various electrifying singles with a number of collaborators. This stream of releases began all the way back in February with “Fractures,” with “Feel Good,” “Sound of Walking Away” and “Crawl Outta Love” following on a fairly consistent basis. Today Illenium shared track seven from the album, “Leaving,” an emotional piece that definitely meets the expectations the first four singles have set over the past few months. 

Illenium utilizes a slow, powerful build with this single, letting somber piano keys, the subdued sound of children playing and a faraway voicemail vocal sample take the forefront. Uncredited vocals (that many are speculating belong to Irish artist EDEN) step in from there, coupling well with the rising energy of the production. The drop is both emotional and brimming with intensity, something Illenium does well each and every time.

AWAKE was already stacking up to be one of our favorite albums this year, and after this single we can’t wait to see what the rest of the project holds. Check out “Leaving” and the album’s tracklist below. Enjoy!

Illenium - Leaving

AWAKE tracklist:

1) Needed You (ft. Dia Frampton) 
2) Crawl Outta Love (ft. Annika Wells)
3) No Time Like Now
4) Free Fall (ft. RUNN)
5) Illenium & Said The Sky - Where’d U Go
6) Fractures (ft. Nevve) 
7) Leaving 
8) Lost (ft. Emilie Brandt)
9) Illenium & Kerli - Sound of Walking Away
10) Taking Me Higher
11) Gryffin & Illenium - Feel Good (ft. Daya)
12) Beautiful Creatures (ft. MAX)
13) Let You Go (ft. Ember Island) 

Watch Illenium Drop New Unreleased Single During Live Performance

Illenium Unreleased Live Beautiful Creatures

Illenium has been having an incredibly productive summer so far. From releasing a collab with Zeds Dead to dropping part three of his Ashes to Ashes mix series and even joining Hakkasan group's star-studded 2017 residency lineup, the Denver-based producer continues to keep busy. Last weekend (August 6), during a performance at Hakkasan, Illenium revealed yet another new track and a dedicated fan caught it all on video. 

Filled with soulful piano, booming percussion and featuring the distinctive vocals of Max Schneider (MAX), it seems very likely that this new track shared during Illenium’s Sunday night set is actually track 12, “Beautiful Creatures”, off of his upcoming album AWAKE. Following up on his very recently released single “Crawl Outta Love” Feat. Annika Wells, both songs will be included on the forthcoming album, set to release on September 21.

While it isn’t clear if “Beautiful Creatures” will be released as a single ahead of the full album, this teaser has only gotten us more excited for the final product. Check out the fan-captured video of “Beautiful Creatures” below and enjoy!

Illenium - ID (Live)

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