The lowdown on two new singles from homegrown EDM acts 3LAU and Black Boots

Black Boots, from left, Pedi Amiri and Mikey Francis (Sequoia Emmanuel)

“How You Love Me”

Released March 25

Who: 3LAU (aka Justin Blau)


Vocalist: Bright Lights (aka Heather Bright)

What it is: Peak-hour EDM with idealistic lyrics and skittering synth melodies.

What it isn’t: Progressive house, the misnomer for recent productions by 3LAU and just about anyone in the Venn diagram overlap of trance and Dutch house.

Soundcloud streams to date: 1,131,780

Where it’ll likely be played: Marquee, where Blau has a residency.

Label: Released on Republic Records’ dance imprint Casablanca, the track is Blau’s debut on a major.

Added significance: The song is already being played by dance music kings Tiësto and Hardwell.

“Sweet Surrender”

Released April 4

Who: Black Boots and Starkillers

Vocalist: Mikey Francis of Black Boots

What it is: A big-room anthem with trance-like buildups and acoustic guitar, the latter likely the influence of Francis, who served time in rock-oriented bands before he formed Black Boots with Pedi “Lightknife” Amiri.

What it isn’t: A Sarah McLachlan cover.

Soundcloud streams to date: 29,354

Where it’ll likely be played: Tommy Wind Theater, where Black Boots DJ.

Label: Ultra

Added significance: Starkillers’ Nick Terranova was a longtime club DJ in Las Vegas.

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