Bitbird favorite, Duskus, releases kaleidoscopic ‘Longtime’

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Bitbird favorite, Duskus, releases kaleidoscopic ‘Longtime’Duskus Press

It’s not at all hard to fathom why uncommonly colorful producer and bitbird label-head San Holo plucked a young Duskus from the monotonous slew of SoundCloud producers and designated him his very first bitbird signee back in 2014. The London-stationed Duskus’s vivid, vivacious sound echoes a similar celestial center to that of his esteemed bitbird boss.

Duskus’s latest release, “Longtime,” released through his own Kaleido (think kaleidoscope) imprint, manifests his signature sound design: equal parts serenity and benevolent drive. A twinkling synth melody permeates throughout the track, simulating a star-sprinkled night sky. Meanwhile, ripply vocal chops and brimming bass kicks penetrate the otherwise delicate foundation, allowing for a bountiful and compelling sonic landscape.

In 2014, a then-teenage Duskus’s “The First Route” served as the very first bitbird-housed release, paving the way for the technicolor assortment of talent Holo harnessed soon thereafter. Still early on in his flourishing career, Duskus has also secured auspicious releases through Monstercat and Buygore, to name a few.

San Holo revs his engine on ‘forever free’ just ahead of full album drop

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San Holo represents all that is airy and luminous within the electronic circuit, with indelible tracks like “Light” and “We Rise” succeeding in nestling listeners atop his effervescent cloud of sonic serenity. Simply because fans can always find Holo where the light is (John Mayer patrons, interpret as you will) doesn’t mean the Dutch producer can’t be forceful. His latest, featuring Duskus, “forever free,” is less like a lullaby and more like a house-driven journey through an enchanted wood.

Set for a September 21 release date on his self-housed bitbird label, Holo’s forthcoming album1 will include “forever free,” as well as the menagerie of other tracks he’s rolled out in anticipation for the new project. The new technicolor track turns a somehow soothingly driving kaleidoscope before the listener’s unsuspecting eye, patiently leading into the fervent chorus with wispy guitar plucks and halcyon, pitch-distorted vocal chops. “forever free” is a dance party in the trees beyond earth’s periphery.

NMF Roundup: CID reworks a 1979 hit, Flosstradamus goes hip hop, and Jay Hardway & The Him put a musical puzzle together

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.

Jay Hardway & The Him put together a musical puzzle on “Jigsaw,” a new single that embodies summer in its sound.

CID and Greg Bahary percussively rework The Flying Lizards’ 1979 hit single, “Money.”

Flosstradamus‘ new single is a noticeable departure from the trap conventions that have come to characterize a ‘Floss’ release — but make no mistake, the track goes hard.

Twinkling synth work makes for a lighthearted listening experience in Duskus‘ latest, “Find You.”

Davina Moss’ “One Party” takes a sonic step back in time, joining 80’s-esque sound with a pulsating house beat.

The title says it all. Paper Diamond and Ms. Williams offer a no holds barred, no bass withheld take on “Bass Real Big,” a bumping number best enjoyed at a high volume. Sorry, neighbors.

Lemaitre and Jerry Folk toe indie territory on their slow jam, “Control.”

Aussie duo Bad Decisions makes one particularly phenomenal decision: releasing their new single, “Too High.” The product of cross genre constructs, “Too High” entwines hip hop and future bass tones.

Taska Black and Ayelle follow their previous emotive collab, “Dead Inside” with a downtempo new single, “In Your Eyes.”

If music is considered “Therapy,” then consider Armin van Buuren your therapist. A progressive production that soothes as it stimulates, “Therapy” enlists James Newman as its featured vocalist.

Listeners looking to luxuriate in lush synths need not look any further than Anki and October Child’s NEAVV feature, “All Or Nothing.”

Featuring Anthony Mills, Dada Life‘s vocally centered new single, “Sunday F**ck You Too,” will make fans of the Swedish DJ duo go ‘bananas,” while dispelling the Sunday scares.

New Music Friday featuring Marshmello, The Chainsmokers remixes and more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.


Marshmello got back to his EDM roots in a brand new single with serene vocals from Leah Culver.

Indie duo Salt Cathedral test poppier waters with their tropical-infused single “No Love.”

Luca Schreiner offered a welcome twist on hip-hop auteur TYLERxCORDY’s viral track “Cheap Situation.”

Patrick Baker serves lush instrumentation and chill vibes on his latest EP, Dusk, courtesy of Armada


KSHMR gets funky on this bass-heavy disco noir number via his side project, The MVI.

Vicetone take it way back on their newest release, a high energy EDM track with Cozi Zuehlsdorff.

It’s hard to pick out the best re-spin from The Chainsmoker‘s newest remix package for their pop-punk crossover single “You Owe Me.”

Borgeous taps into classic electro melodies on his infectious new release — his first as a Casablanca Records signee.

Bingo Players and Goshfather team up for a high energy collab on new single “Everybody.”

Dannic‘s latest via Spinnin’ will have dance floors heating through festival season with its minimal structure and infectious drop.

Graves gets moody on a textured, future-bass inspired new release, a collab with bitbird cohort Duskus.

Klingande‘s collaboration with vocalist Krishane channels late tropical EDM vibes with a pitched up vocal and blissed out tribal-influenced instrumentation.

Hot Chip put their virtuosic twist on Troye Sivan‘s “My My My!” with this nuanced and funky house flip.

Sahar Z & Vic F provide a lush, ethereal progressive contribution to Anjunadeep’s fifth Explorations edition.

Swedish veteran Zoo Brazil makes his LNOE debut, closing out his EP with an entrancing, yet gritty “Socialism.”

Rebelski channels nostalgia and gentle meditation with this sentimental piece from his new ADID EP.

TWO LANES target the brain’s feel-good center with a euphoric future bass cut packed with jubilant guitar riffs and a satisfying drop.