First Listen: Tisoki links with MineSweepa and David Kuncio on genre-crossing ‘See You Again’

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Tisoki’s sophomore EP, due this spring via Steve Aoki‘s DIM MAK imprint, is already shaping up to be a colorful affair. Coming off a recent collaboration with emo rap figure Lil Lotus, Tisoki continues to roll out joint material, this time with MineSweepa and vocalist David Kuncio on the new genre-blurring “See You Again.” Fusing textured soundscapes and buzzing breaks with cleanly delivered versework from Kuncio, Tisoki and MineSweepa put together a polished patchwork of dub, hip-hop, and trap elements on their latest.

Ahead of the track’s official release, Tisoki and MineSweepa gave us an inside look at the process behind the new collaboration.

“Making ‘See You Again’ was a super fun process, I had actually had the topline laying around for a while but came to a complete dead end on the production as I lost all inspiration for the track. Tour was starting soon and me and MineSweepa had always meant to start a song but never got around to it. He had the main sound of the drop as a demo and that instantly reignited my spark for the record.”

“Working with [Tisoki] is so much fun because we both have our own vision and seeing our visions come together on “See You Again” was really cool. It was almost second nature the way it went down. We didn’t question each other and we just made a fun song. I’m very thankful to work with such a talented artist,” added MineSweepa.

Listen to “See You Again” below.

Apashe teases impending album with raucous new Tech N9ne collaboration

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Orchestral bass music titan Apashe has been slowly unveiling his upcoming album, Renaissance, with the release of two singles: “Distance,” a collaboration with an actual orchestra, and “Uebok,” a high-energy anthem featuring Russian rapper Instasamka. Now he’s back with an raucous third single that continues to build anticipation for the full-length LP.

Released courtesy of Kannibalen Records, Apashe has tapped the talents of rap icon Tech N9ne to release their devastating new hit “Insane.” The track opens up with Apashe’s signature mastery of ominous ambiance tapped with ad libs from Tech N9ne himself, followed by a high-paced flow topped over Apashe’s massive basslines.

The full length LP is slated for release at the end of winter.

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Ekali’s debut LP, ‘A World Away,’ is an unforgettable masterpiece [Review]

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Ekali’s debut LP, ‘A World Away,’ is an unforgettable masterpiece [Review]Ekali Biseual

Ekali has long been a staple of the electronic music scene, consistently providing fresh, masterfully produced, emotion-evoking soundscapes that many hold extremely close to heart. His latest artistic achievement, a 12-track album filled—but not oversaturated with—complimenting collaborations and breathtaking originals, is a diverse masterpiece representing the pinnacle of Ekali’s years of hard work and evolution. A World Away is a beautiful and exciting journey from start to finish.

The anticipation for Ekali’s debut album has been building exponentially since he teased its release last year and an additional secret side project. The album was undoubtedly worth the wait, and not only meets, but exceeds expectations in every way imaginable, beginning with the very first track, Elohim collaboration “Fairy Tale.”

Self-described by Ekali as “my favorite song I’ve ever made,” “Fairy Tale” is a flawlessly mixed sonic cocktail overflowing with infectious lyrics and impeccable sound design. The sheer level of emotion and passion fans of Ekali have grown accustomed to has never been so explicitly felt than in this beautiful song that amply sets the tone for the remainder of the album. Ekali’s creative implementation of unique drums and blending of diverse sounds breathes fresh life into an increasingly stagnant and oversaturated genre of music.

The authenticity of this album is supported by Ekali’s character outside of his work. Ekali has always been a generous and passionate supporter of young musicians without the financial means to develop their craft. In early 2019, Ekali used funding from an edit pack he released to create a music studio space in Vancouver open to young musicians completely free of charge. Tweets from Ekali in July also indicate plans to reopen the charity studio in Los Angeles, developing a community for young producers to hone their skills and advance their craft. Ekali’s admirable character, charitable heart, and genuine care for the electronic music industry add a depth to his sound simply unattainable by artists lacking pure intentions.

A standout track from the album, Nitti Gritti collaboration “Power” adopts a more defiant tone, allowing Ekali to highlight his diverse production skills. This massive trap-fueled hit offers a listener a chance to collect oneself and refuel on energy before moving forward into another sure-to-be emotional half of the LP. Boasting massive low frequency hits in an encapsulating and invigorating drop, “Power” is truly a powerful piece that is sure to make its rounds in this year’s festival circuits.

This flawless album reaches its climax at its simultaneous conclusion with track 12, Illenium collaboration “Hard to Say Goodbye.” With both Illenium and Ekali being undisputed industry leaders of future bass, this highly anticipated collaboration released last November perfectly embodies everything these two talented musicians have worked towards their entire careers. “Hard to Say Goodbye” is an emotional masterpiece that concludes the album as strongly as it began.

For many artists, a full-length album is the penultimate achievement of their career. For Ekali, A World Away is a phenomenal commencement to the next chapter of his already-accomplished career. Whether it’s during those long car drives, sleepless nights, or just spending time with friends, this album is certain to be on repeat for many months to come.

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YehMe2 samples Crystal Waters on infectious new trap cut ‘LA DA DEE’

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YehMe2 samples Crystal Waters on infectious new trap cut ‘LA DA DEE’Yehme2 Hard Summer 2017

So you like trap music? YehMe2.

Back with a severely addictive new original titled “LA DA DEE,” original trap don YehMe2 has proven once again that the genre is not only alive and well, but thriving in the new decade.

“LA DA DEE” throws it back to the 90s, looping vocals from legendary house music hit “Gypsy Woman” by Crystal Waters over a flawless YehMe2 beat. With the intro to the track referencing the famous opening chords of Crystal Waters’ original, “LA DA DEE” is a pristine example of the unique and innovative sound born from combining the past with the present. For fans of a classic trap sound, look no further than YehMe2’s latest.

Apashe teams up with Russian rapper Instasamka for new ‘Uebok’ music video [Watch]

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Apashe teams up with Russian rapper Instasamka for new ‘Uebok’ music video [Watch]Apashe

Cinematic trap innovator Apashe has been working hard on his upcoming album Renaissance. Teasing fans with singles from the upcoming collection, Apashe has released the second track from the album, a follow up to his full orchestra collaboration “Distance.” This new release, titled “Uebok (Gotta Run),” taps female Russian rapper Instasamka for vocals, making for a fresh, edgy collaboration.

What’s more—Apashe has released an accompanying music video filmed during his recent Russia tour. Boasting an absurd amount of tanks, guns, soviet-era car drifting, bears, and a surprise appearance from Apashe’s mother herself, the music video is certainly an entertaining ride. Check out the full music video here, and keep an eye out for Apashe’s upcoming album Renaissance.

ATLiens return with extraterrestrial trap single, ‘Meltdown’

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ATLiens return with extraterrestrial trap single, ‘Meltdown’Atliens

After a deafening silence, masked alien duo ATLiens have touched down on Earth again with their newest creation, “Meltdown.”

“Meltdown” marks the anonymous trap extraterrestrial acts first original release since their mind-bending Ghost Planet EP and its massive accompanying tour. Ghost Planet and its staggering 28-track Bassrush-released remix package feature the likes of Moore Kismet, Leotrix, Luca Lush, Pierce, and more; while, the apocalyptic project still enjoys heavy rotation in any bass music set, “Meltdown” is poised to join as the next weapon of choice in ATLiens’ heavy arsenal of planet-decimating tracks.

Beginning with a myriad of ominous ambient noises, “Meltdown” is led by the mindless foreboding of random numbers chanted by a menacing voice. As a foreboding doom descends, a robotic countdown signals the ensuing devastation of trap-fueled chaos and trilling subterranean mayhem.

Nitti Gritti drops highly-anticipated collaborative EP ‘What A Time To Be Alive’ [Stream]

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Nitti Gritti drops highly-anticipated collaborative EP ‘What A Time To Be Alive’ [Stream]Shaq Adam Kargenian

A new year, a new decade, and a new five-track Nitti Gritti EP? What a time to be alive, indeed. After teasing fans for a few months with early releases of Shaquille O’Neal, Ookay, and Funtcase features, Nitti’s full What A Time To Be Alive EP has finally been arrived, adding a solo-produced title track and Yako collaboration “Shenzhen.” Spoiler alert: all five tracks are some serious bass music shakers.

From house music to future bass to dubstep, with a Latin Grammy nod to boot, Nitti Gritti is carving out a name for himself as one of the most genre diverse electronic producers of the day. What A Time To Be Alive highlights Nitti Gritti’s affinity for bass music, while showcasing his impressive and variant command of styles. The EP’s Shaquille O’Neal collaboration “Takin’ Over” is a heavy moshpit-inducing dubstep piece while the Yako collaboration, “Shenzhen” lends itself to two unique trap-influenced breaks with a deeper, growling sound design. For all fans of bass music, this EP is a must-listen.

SUAHN gives TNGHT’s ‘I’m in a Hole’ an impressive experimental rework [Stream]

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Legendary trap duo TNGHT, composed of producers Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, returned from their six-year hiatus in September of this year to bless us with new music. Their new eight track EP II expands on their signature deep trap sound, including the powerful “I’m in a Hole,” which just received an exceptionally experimental remix courtesy of SUAHN.

SUAHN’s career has taken off this year following two collaborations with Dubloadz and a support slot on his House of Ghosts tour. Their first collaboration, “I am the Light” is a deep, gritty dubstep tune showcasing SUAHN’s impressive sound design capabilities, while their second collaboration from the House of Ghosts EP, “Dungeon Crawler” features a more experimental bass-house lean. SUAHN’s wildly innovative sound production style shines through with impressive creativity, and steals the spotlight in his TNGHT remix.

The remix’s intro features big reverberating drums and bright cymbals that create an atmospheric feel from the jump. Moving forward into an airy arrangement topped with high-pitched plucks, the remix wears the name on it’s sleeve, giving the feeling that the listener is actually falling into a dark, mysterious hole. Then the track breaks without any holding back, diving into dirty bass shots complemented by faded vocals bringing the listener through a psychedelic journey. Listen below.

Mr. Carmack releases first vocal album ‘Vista,’ details accompanying Immersion tour [Stream]

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Mr. Carmack releases first vocal album ‘Vista,’ details accompanying Immersion tour [Stream]Mr Carmack Red

Following his Demolish EP that was released earlier this May, Mr. Carmack is back with his first vocal-centric album Vista. With the announcement of the LP, he also unveiled an accompanying Immersion Tour, where he’ll be opening with an intimate live performance and closing his own show with a DJ set.

Via his Instagram post, Carmack has stated his joy in being able to try something new in expressing his musical vision for the album in a live format with fellow talented musicians. On the vocal side, Vista features talent from the likes of Kehlani, Rexx Life Raj, and Connor Pearson to name a few. The project is over five years in the making and Carmack is even responsible for mixing and mastering the album himself.

Eager fans can catch the hip hop-influenced electronic producer on tour from November 29 until December 17. In the meantime, Vista is available now on streaming platforms everywhere—dive in.

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SLUMBERJACK and Daktyl drop emotional future bass number, ‘Crucified’

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SLUMBERJACK and Daktyl drop emotional future bass number, ‘Crucified’Slumberjack Press Shot Monstercat

Known for their masterfully produced feel-good tunes, SLUMBERJACK have been a household name in EDM since the release of their self-titled EP in late 2014. Since then, the duo has put out collaborations with the likes of industry leaders Alison Wonderland, What So Not, QUIX, and more, solidifying their already concrete presence in the scene.

Hot off the success of their ‘SARAWAK EP‘ released earlier this year, Australian duo SLUMBERJACK has teamed up with English artist Daktyl to release a powerful future bass inspired single on Monstercat. Featuring the passionate vocals of MOONZz, their track ‘Crucified’ caters to both the casual listener and dance music fanatic, leaving us confident that this piece will soon be heard on radio stations and mainstages alike for the foreseeable future. With SLUMBERJACK set to release another EP in early 2020, “Crucified” serves to prepare us for what is certain to be another exciting and successful year for both talented collaborators.