Lunar Lunes: Dr. Fresch and Sinden are up to ‘No Good,’ Crankdat teams up with Sara Skinner, Stephen returns + more

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

Dr. Fresch and Sinden grind out a groovy house number, “No Good,” released via Insomniac Records. Mat Zo‘s four-track Tracing Steps EP has arrived, kicking off with a cheery track that shares its title with the EP. Louis The Child have released a remix EP for Kids At Work, which includes a blissful rework from Win & Woo. Half An Orange have revealed part one of their Mostly We Grow EP on Monstercat, which is stacked with diverse tracks like “Buzz Lightyear,” and Stephen returns after almost a year with the it’s too much love to know my dear EP. AC Slater and TS7 cook up a ferocious house number on Night Bass, and Syn Cole shakes off the winter blues with a sun-soaked funky song, “Horizon 83.” Showtek encourage fans to listen to their mothers in their new collaboration with Leon Sherman on Skink. Teminite and Whales have composed an anthemic dubstep heater, “Mayhem,” and Young Bombs have unveiled their debut original track, “Starry Eyes.” Crankdat welcomes fans to the jungle in a dramatic new release on Welcome Records, and DNMO taps Noy Markel for a bass-fueled Deadbeats release, “No Way Out.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Stephen wows in inaugural Monstercat releases, ‘Play Me Like a Violin’ and ‘Stay’

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Since the release of his debut album, Sincerely, in May 2016, singer/producer Stephen has been relatively quiet, aside from a few vocal features. He burst onto the scene with memorable tracks like “Crossfire,” which has amassed more than 12 million plays on SoundCloud since its initial release in December 2015. Stephen made two follow-up tracks to the hit song, “Crossfire Pt. II” and “Crossfire Pt. III,” which enlisted the talents of rappers and producers for the next chapters of the song.

In the time since, the talented musician has been gearing up for two back-to-back releases on Monstercat‘s Instinct brand, with “Stay” and “Play Me Like a Violin” coming out on Feb. 8 and 9, respectively.

“Play Me Like a Violin” features gorgeous layered harmonies contrasted with a gritty string melody. The song allows Stephen’s emotion-packed vocals to take center stage, supported by a backbone of subtle instrumentals.

Stephen enlists Lindsey Cook to create the core of “Stay.” The simple audio drop of her saying “all I wanna do is stay” sets the mood for the track, assisted by a simple guitar melody. Stephen’s vocals soar in the verses and chorus of this beautifully uncomplicated track.

The two tracks mark Stephen’s compelling return to releasing music, and we can’t wait to hear what else he has up his sleeve.