Hip-hop meets electronic music in “Drama” by IZII and Holly featuring Nic Tapper. Tapper raps to a classic hip-hop backdrop in the intro, and as his vocals continue, a subtle build in the background releases into an elaborate electronic drop. The drop transcends genres but could perhaps best be described as a trap-dubstep fusion.
Rising star IZII has garnered the support of Diplo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and Borgeous among others since his debut single, “Echo (Let Go),” in 2016. IZII enlisted newcomer Holly to co-produce the track, and their styles combined make for a unique and punchy track in “Drama.”
UK drum n’ bass authority, Delta Heavy, has compounded efforts with LA trap producer, Dirty Audio, for their new drumstep single, “Stay,” featuring seasoned vocalist, HOLLY. “Stay” is a joint release on both DNB patriarch, Andy C‘s RAM Records and eclectic Canadian label, Monstercat — marking Delta Heavy’s debut release on the latter.
“We had a lot of fun making the track with Andrew, and we’re all super proud of how it turned out, especially as it really feels like a true blend of all our signature styles,” said Delta Heavy said of Dirty Audio, who will soon embark on his Australia/New Zealand tour.
The cross-over track wields elements of DNB, trap, and dubstep, prompting a sardonic, “Have fun deciding what genre this is,” from Delta Heavy, themselves. HOLLY’s wistful vocals lend acute contrast to the track’s high-speed DNB breaks and shrilling bass.
DJ-Producers Delta Heavy and Dirty Audio have collaborated together to create your next favorite track. “Stay” is a mixture of Delta Heavy’s Drum and Bass and Dirty Audio’s trap style, creating a roller coaster of a good time. HOLLY’s airy vocals truly bring life to this heart-pounding single; her voice truly complements the track in
Hello there, lovers of low-end; welcome to 2017. Let’s get started on the right foot with some proper bass music.
Pacific Patterns, one of Portland’s premiere beat hustlers, dropped a new one yesterday and it is out of control. We don’t use that phrase lightly, but ‘Sipping On A Vortex’ warrants no other description. Glitchy, gangster vocal chops run headlong into wonky sub-bass patterns that are guaranteed to make your head spin. They warble and wobble throughout the track, backed up by hard 808 kicks and otherworldly yet minimal synthesis. There is a short interlude, but Pacific Patterns gives you only the slightest breath before you’re thrown back into the maelstrom. The heavily experimental vibes here invite comparison to rising names in the game like Holly and Noer the Boy, but he definitely adds his own unique flair.
To truly see (or hear) what we mean, you’ll just have to listen for yourself. Check it out after the jump and grab the free download from Wormhole Music Group if you’re feeling the vibes. But, wait, there’s more! ‘Vortex’ is part of a continuing series of releases called the Wormfiles; you can find the whole collection here.
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Pacific Patterns — Sipping On A Vortex [Wormhole Music Group] [Free Download]
I believe the future of the hard dubstep and trap branches of electronic music will be in good hands in a couple of years. Even though guys like DJ Snake, NGHTMRE, and Mr. Carmack are pushing the boundaries with their production techniques and musical knack, theirs a new breed learning from them and making the kind of sound we can expect from some of these top dogs. Earlier this week, two of these acts got together and released a thrilling collaboration for free.
Trio NONSENS and producer Holly teamed up for their dance-floor obliterator “2 Kill a Stage.” On this track, we hear a bass-stuffed rhythm accompanied with a jerky squeek carrying a subtle, yet effective melody. Seeing as both artists have seen releases on labels like Mad Decent, Kannibalen, Good Enuff, and Ones To Watch, I’d say these guys are planning on moving up the ladder with every new track they drop together or separately. This track’s rowdiness is currently supported by artists like Valentino Khan, Party Favor, EPTIC, QUIX, and many more bass music trailblazers.
Check out “2 Kill A Stage” below by NONSENS and Holly and download if you found yourself jamming to this sonorous, power-bomb of wobble.
At this point, you’re likely living under a rock if Holly isn’t on your radar. His output is truly prodigious and most of it is utterly phenomenal.
This time around, he’s teamed up with Switzerland’s Taptone to create a glorious hybrid banger. Entitled ‘Wonder’, the tune is a perfect blend of the duo’s unique styles of production. It draws clear influence from both drum & bass and electronic trap music; a match made in sonic heaven, if you ask us. While the sound design here is nothing to be sniffed at, it is the dynamics of the track that truly draw us in and leave us craving more. Cinematic and, at times, eerie interludes based around crystal-clear strings and brassy horns give way to the more hard-hitting sections effortlessly. And when this tune hits, you’ll be hard pressed not to leap out of your chair; growling sub-bass collides with whooping synth stabs and clattering percussion in the best way possible.
In short, Taptone & Holly knocked this one clear out of the park. Check out the full stream after the jump and be sure to keep an eye out for more from both of them!
New sounds and styles are always needed in our lives; it’s a simple fact. That’s why we’re beyond grateful for imprints that constantly release a stream of high quality, readily available music for our hungry ears. In that regard, Dim Mak Records has been making some serious waves lately; their New Noise series keeps the focus on the underground, highlighting fresh tunes from new beat hustlers on the block. A free download every other week? That sounds like a great deal to us.
That being said, we’re happy to present the latest piece of sonic savagery from the label: a monstrous trap banger from Portugal’s Holly and New York-based newcomer, Ronaissance. The duo wastes no time on drawing the listener in; they turn the heat up almost immediately, with only a short (if vaguely anthemic) intro to prepare us for the madness about to ensue. The combination of their raw methods of sound design truly shines here, because when the drop hits, it hits hard. We’re thrown headlong into a maelstrom of wailing synths and wobbling sub-bass growls, backed by a wall of booming 808s and clanging percussion. The tune’s single vocal sample really couldn’t be more accurate: we were truly not ready for that.
To see what we mean, you’ll just have to listen for yourself; Holly and Ronaissance’s ‘Ready’ is currently up for free download, so check out the full stream after the jump and be sure to grab a copy if you’re feeling it. And speaking of getting quite a bit of something for absolutely nothing, New Noise recently announced a very exciting update: the latest model of their free-download service is now completely copyright-free. The decision was largely influenced by the Twitch and YouTube communities; now, amateur content creators will have access to an ever-expanding library of songs to use for their videos. Check out the recently created New Noise YouTube channel to see what’s available!
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: [Premiere] Holly & Ronaissance — Ready [Dim Mak Records] [Free Download]
If you consider yourself a lover of all things heavy, wonky, and downright weird, Holly is a name you absolutely need to know. He’s a native of Portugal and his music will absolutely blow you away; staunchly experimental arrangements and out-of-this-world sound design are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this fast-rising beat hustler. Though he’s a relative newcomer on the scene, his tunes have already gained the support of established acts like X&G, Carmada, and even the big man himself, Bassnectar. On top of that, he’s seen releases on Fool’s Gold and Elysian Records, as well as a full EP via Buygore.
We recently got the chance to sit down with Holly and learn a little more about where he came from, where he is, and where he’s going. Check out our exclusive interview after the jump!
I started making music when I was 18 years old. Around that time, I was a kid with a lot of thoughts and uncertainties about my life and future, so I was looking for something that could provide answers to those questions; something I could use to express myself and become a better person by doing so. I used to find that in skating, but when i was 17 years old I broke my arm in four places and realized just how fragile and delicate we really are. I stopped skating so regularly, but I was sad that I had lost that connection with an activity; that inspired me to experiment with a lot of different forms of expression (photography, writing, painting, etc.) and I found that making music was how I could express myself in a way that truly completes me; music makes me feel it is worthwhile to live life and wake up every day.
When I started making music, I didn’t think about making a name for myself; I just wanted to create, and express what I was feeling. Around three months after I began making beats, I decided to make a Soundcloud account to expose my music. By that time, I was like, “Okay, damn, now things are getting serious. I need a name for my music”. So, ‘Holly’ is the combination of ‘Oli’ – which is my nickname in my hometown due to my last name being Oliveira – with the way that music makes me feel; it’s something that I love, something I deeply believe in.
The first piece of electronic music that I remember listening to was The Fat Of The Land album from The Prodigy. My brother had a copy of it and showed it to me when i was like four or five years old: I instantly fell in love. The way that every emotion I know is expressed through sound waves on that piece of art is something that attracted me to electronic music since day one.
Nah, not really. I know this might sound cliche, but I really don’t care about how people feel or what they think when they listen to my creations. It’s all about my own world and my interpretation of reality. I honestly avoid as much feedback as I can when it comes to my music. Other people’s opinions are something that I really don’t fuck with; all I care about is finding myself, to be happy with what I’m doing and to grow personally through doing it. That’s all.
I never feel unmotivated. The fact that I’m alive and have the ability to make music is one of the biggest blessings that I have, so just thinking about that gives me more motivation to create than anything else. I want to work as hard as I can to make the best music I’m able to create, so there is no time to be unmotivated or channel negative energy. And, to answer the other part of your question, here’s a story: There was once a man who wanted to be the the greatest writer he could possibly be. So, every day he wrote 1000 words; for years & years he did this. There were days where he found he didn’t know what to write, but he had to continue on as best he could. On these days, he studied other people’s texts and wrote them down alongside his own. Even without his noticing, he was already creating his own words and planning out stories unique to him. That is my creative process.
I play my music live with my MPD and my computer, though I don’t feel any real pressure on my performance or in my music. Honestly, I think the most important thing in a live performance is the energy and the feelings you are putting into your art and craft. What’s the point of having a huge set-up, a whole band, lots of lights, and hype in your performance if the vibes and the message that you are passing along is all fake and full of nothing? Think about that.
Compared to some other artist’s stories, I think I haven’t seen anything too wild yet; but, I’ve had some funny experiences for sure. There was one time where a girl was requesting a song of me and I rejected it, so she decided to close my computer and the music completely stopped. Also, I’ve played some parties where the promoters reached out to me after my performance just to say that my set gave them losses on the party; apparently, “everybody left the venue” due to the music I played. That is a pretty standard one, though. I’ve had some lovely experiences as well: when I was in Australia, there were a group of fans that showed up at the venue with handmade t-shirts that said “Holly” to support me. Big ups to them if they are reading this! But, yeah, still a lot to live for and experience haha.
These days, I try to cut myself off from other people’s music so I can fully focus on my own sound without being influenced by anyone other than myself. That being said, I’m totally conscious of the fact that my music, artistic vision, creative process, and conscience wouldn’t be the same if I hadn’t been introduced to the mind of DJ Ride, The Prodigy, Paulo Coelho, Larry Clark, Allen Halloween, Floorpunch, Challenge, João Tamura, Future, Drake, Arca, Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin, Arcade Fire, Nina Kraviz, Brodinski, Jon Hopkins, Earl Sweatshirt, Clams Casino, Zomby, Hudson Mowahke, ASAP Rocky, Diplo, Skrillex, Evian Christ, Burial, Quix, Woolymammoth, G Jones, Dabow, Masayoshi Limori, Basquiat, RL Grime, Kanye West, Mac Miller & many more. They all changed my conceptions and the way I do things since the first day I connected with their art. On the flip side of this, I don’t like to say “You should definitely listen to this or that”, but I can say that lately I have been listening a lot to Juelz, Sumthin Sumthin, Foodman, EASTGHOST, Jace Mek, Boys Noize, Jorja Smith, all the Bit Bird releases, and DUCKY to name a few!
Yes, I have my own goals that I want to reach and conquer before the end of the year. However, I want to keep them strictly to myself ; my life goals, music plans, and objectives for the future are really personal to me. Sometimes talking about your ideas and objectives is the best way to lose them. I don’t like to give energy away talking about what I want to do. For now, just follow me; you will see where I want to go.
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: [Exclusive] Get to Know Holly, Portugal’s Bass Music Maestro [Interview]