Hi I’m Ghost – On The Run ft Ashley Apollodor

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Rising bass duo, Hi I’m Ghost, has released a staggering single titled “On The Run,” featuring Ashley Apollodor. The elaborate piece begins with unwavering violin progressions followed by an escalation of raw synths accompanied by eerie vocal samples. “On The Run” is a striking compilation of dramatic climaxes, dissonant melodies, and prominent undertones, which Hi I’m Ghost has mastered as an aspect of their signature sound.

The up-and-coming act comprised of lifelong musicians Tiago Nunez and Nathan Davis has been captivating listeners across the world for their distinct versatile style, which showcases skilled production technique and an experimentation with different sounds. They have been supported by bass music heavy-hitters Datsik and Snails, and have received the full support of Firepower Records. With their latest bruising track, “On The Run,” Hi I’m Ghost show no signs of backing down from their unrelenting invigorating productions which put them in the running to be one of dance music’s most promising acts of 2018.

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Weekend Rewind: Com Truise veers wildly between soul and space on his funky 2010 PlayGround Mix

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Producer Seth Haley has made a name for himself with his galaxy melting sonic creations, producing scores of enigmatic retro-inspired synth melodies under his Com Truise alias. Haley’s sounds are uniquely impressive, even when measured against his synthwave generating peers, for the producer’s ability to build lushly nuanced, narrative-driven environments within his records.

Back in 2010, Haley had yet to release the records for which he’s become a cherished name in synth communities — 2011’s Galactic Melt and the 2012 follow up In Decay — and this mix shows a versatility of sound that will surely impress fans who’ve heard his singularly synthwave works that followed it. During the hour long mix, the producer cycles through a host of eclectic artists from Grandmaster Flash, Gatekeeper, New Order, and even Al Green.

It’s a range only a supreme selector could wrangle into coherence and Haley does just that, keeping the funk alive with innovative synth-heavy transitions that never feel forced. With a mix that could compel the most stoic hips into swaying, the producer was asserting himself as a genre-bending artist to watch nearly a decade ago.

Photo: Brian Killian, Getty Images

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Hurley Mower ft Manasseh – Metronome

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Hurley Mower and vocalist Manasseh mesh colorful indie R&B vibes with laid back, elegant vocals to create a stunning original titled, “Metronome” — out now via Lowly Palace The captivating piece features glowing synths over smooth waves of bass compiled with relaxed beats. “Metronome” is the perfect combination of tasteful, easy going sounds coupled with an intriguing rhythmic structure.

The Chicago based producer has garnered widespread support for his melodic, easy going style categorized by sweeping harmonic progressions, riveting vocal features, and uplifting, mesmerizing melodies.

Some of his most prominent pieces include, “Home Cooked” which showcases fluttering, distorted vocals, bouncy undertones, and breathtaking bridges that build into grooving waves of infectious sound. Another notable track is “Drank,” which flaunts a more energetic feel with an upbeat tempo and echoing synths.

With his latest production, Hurley Mower perfects his signature indie R&B style and displays a technique that is bound to captivate listeners from the first stream.

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BLVK JVCK – Mine Luv ft H.E.R.

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Pop production duo turned electronic group BLVK JVCK has released their sophomore single titled “Mine Luv” featuring H.E.R.

The commercial track contains remnants of their rap background merged with a catchy drop that is fit for any club night.

Many are curious to see what 2018 has in store for the duo now that they have pivoted to producing as themselves as opposed to behind the scenes for the likes of Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and DJ Khaled among many others. If “Mine Luv” is any indication of where they are heading, then this year will see the duo garner quite a following within the electronic music community.

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Launchpad: Lose yourself in this sweeping house playlist

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Launchpad is a playlist series showcasing music we love, hand selected by our staff. The tracks come from both emerging and mainstream artists; it’s all about the quality and the unexpected. If you’d like your music featured in Launchpad, submit it for consideration here

House music’s appeal runs deep. From the jackin’ house that pours out of Chicago to this day, characterized by its repetitive 4/4 beats, drum machine rhythms, off-beat hi-hat cymbals, and synthesized basslines, to the present tides of “deep house” and future house that are washing over the music world, the chances are high that listeners will fall in love with the genre — especially considering its deeply entrenched, continual evolutions and odes to the past. Today, we’re premiering a sweeping Launchpad playlist of house music. It’s filled with tribal house and progressive house, but no matter what you’re into, it’s plenty easy to get lost in this playlist.

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Domenic Cappello – “Time to Begin”

Domenic Cappello’s “Time to Begin” is one of three lush cuts on the Sub Club resident’s debut EP which came out in early-December under his own name. Over the years, Cappello’s gone on to headline some of the UK’s best underground clubs. Between Back2Basics to Plastic People, to Fabric, as well as Berlin’s Panorama Bar and Paris’ The Rex. Domenic’s work has certainly aided in solidifying Sub Club’s legacy for years to come, so it’s only right we commemorate the release of this legend’s new EP with a feature on this playlist.

Kim Anker – “Stay (ft. Andrew)”

Newcomer Kim Anker’s “Stay” is a chilled-out track that beckons its listeners to throw it on in rotation.

Demuir – “El Latino Es Negro”
Domenic Cappello – “Time To Begin”
JR from Dallas – “Downtown City (Sebb Junior Remix)”
Jackson Snapp – “Another World”
Kim Anker- “Stay (ft. Andrew)”



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Tyler, the Creator, Kali Uchis, Bootsy Collins, & BadBadNotGood join forces on smooth new track

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Colombian-born R&B singer-songwriter Kali Uchis has tapped Tyler, the Creator, funk maestro Bootsy Collins, and eclectic jazz outfit BadBadNotGood for her diversified new song, “After the Storm.”

Uchis is preparing to release her debut album this spring via Interscope/Virgin Records, of which this track will be a part of. “After the Storm” is not the first time Uchis and Tyler have worked together on a track, but its funky-melodrama is significantly more prominent than past collaborations “Aunt Wang Syrup Theme Song” or “PERFECT.” “If you need a hero / Just look in the mirror,” Kali sings, while Bootsy ad-libs for affective touch.

“We can find solace in the fact that we have to go through the bad stuff to truly get to the good,” Uchis said of “After the Storm” in a press statement. “Just because you’re losing at the moment doesn’t mean you’ve lost yet. The storm may be scary now but it’s how your flowers bloom later, and paradise is just beyond the rainbow.”



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Palms Trax makes rousing Essential Mix debut

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Cheekily dubbed as the west country-born, Berlin-based underground star by BBC‘s Pete Tong, Palms Trax has finally made his debut in the Essential Mix DJ booth.

Real name Jay Donaldson, Palms Trax’ ubiquity in the dance world is becoming increasingly deserved as time carries on. He has bold sonic inclinations and an unabashed M.O. where he moves between genres and decades with ease — rare for someone as young as he. Despite being just 26-years-old, Donaldson’s encyclopedic musical expertise has situated him as an artist who’s talented beyond his years, if one were to see age as but a limit on such a thing.

Donaldson’s Essential Mix is steeped in a resplendent arrangement of classic dance tracks, from Angela’s 1984 “I Gotta Little Love,” to hidden gem house tracks from World Building records’ “Paraíso ’89” by Azura. His splicing of Azura’s track alone is a testament to his adroit crate digging, especially considering that Azura’s breezy Balearic business was extremely short-lived in the Italian house realm, she’s an act who’s slipped through the cracks for most.

Palms Trax has expressed he’ll be working on material for Dekmantel throughout the beginning of the new year and after listening to his deliverance of just the second Essential Mix of 2018, just following Carl Cox, one can only hope to see big things from Donaldson in the new year.

Listen to Palms Trax’s Essential Mix here


Photo credit: Camille Baker


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Lord of The Isles- Geek Chic (Kuniyuki’s Journey Remix)
Toulouse Low Trax- Second Trip
JC Project- Andromedia
Nicole Willis- Heed The Sign (Jimi Tenor Remix)
Plus Instruments- Love Is Enough (Jamie Paton Remix)
Angela- I Gotta Little Love
Tony Moore DJ- Tonight
Salentino- You’l Be In Paradise (Instrumental)
Lemonade-Dancer On The Shore (Jex Opolis Dub)
Collins- Autophobia
Mario Moretti- In Love With Nebula
Passarini- Wonky Wonky Wonky
Uabos- Mystic Force
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft- Brothers (Mix Gabi)
Lipelis- Children Song
Colm III- Take Me High (Mansion Mix)
Virginia- Blue Pyramid (Khidja Remix)
Azura- Paraiso ’89
The True Underground Sound of Rome- Sonic Crystals
Mr Raoul K- Africa (12″ Version)
Ess O Ess- Cantillate (Chida Remix)
Pussycat- Le Chat
Lucy Montenegro- Lucy In The Sky
The R- Higher
Jeff Mills- Imagine
DJ Normal 4- Purity 0%
Thursday Club- Westway
Bushwhacka!- 4 Da Night
Jackson Changura- Niyekele
Bob Holroyd- African Drug (Rhino Mix)
Lars Bartkuhn- Elysium
Nu Era- Octahedron
Shokazulu- Part 4
Brown Sugar- I’m Going Through Changes Now
Philip Balou- Ain’t Nothing Like The Love



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BØRNS releases sophomore album ‘Blue Madonna’

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Garrett Clark Borns — aka BØRNS — catapulted himself into the stratosphere seemingly from nowhere, with the release of debut album Dopamine. On his sophomore effort, Blue Madonna, Borns dives further into the deep glitz-rock dreamscape that defined his singular sound from the start.

Save for a feature from Lana Del Rey, the album, released on Interscope Records, sees Borns occupy center stage. Opening track “God Save Our Young Blood” is a pointed entrance into the journey known as youthful salvation. “Climbed up the tree of life,” sings Borns, undoubtedly there are times when the facade of youth becomes a bit overdrawn. “Kicked out of paradise” he continues, the effort is welcome regardless its simplistic lyrical approach. The album’s kick off track sees two of glam-pop’s most forthright purveyors synthesize their artistic prowess successfully. The project plays through in its entirety fairly quickly, too, with “Man,” the album’s longest, clocking in at a modest 3:57, that provides fans with an easy entry.

Aside from a few notable pitfalls, the project’s central focus around the thematic concept of disillusioned youth simultaneously nods to a variety of influences ranging from Bowie to Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker to Beyoncé herself. BØRN’s latest project is an eager step forward and, for all its imperfections: a welcome one.

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