Rising star EKALI has finally hinted at the release of his powerful new track ‘Truth’ featuring the very talented and ever prominent producer/dj Troyboi. Although, it is not completely clear what is to come when he drops this new song tomorrow we can only assume that it will be well worth the wait. EKALI has
If you are sitting around on this beautiful Saturday wondering what to listen to, go no further then Cofresi’s “New Thing.” The style and vibe is nothing short of an electronic oasis of synths with a grade A HipHop Vocal. Cofresi shared some thoughts on the record. Needless to say, if this is your cup
The track, “Restless Sea,” is a chill trap ballad with vocals that call upon an R&B aesthetic and instrumentals that fuse this sound with a smooth alternative rock vibe. To match their soaring, gritty vocals, and highly metaphorical lyrics, Opia’s contribution to the track’s overall sound design delves to the deepest depths of effortless sincerity. Most of all, “Restless Sea” spotlights Futon’s love for the electric guitar, with passionate arpeggiated riffs over each drop that builds nicely over the track’s slow pounding drum work, highlighting the song’s deeply harmonic quality.
The entire track is a stunningly balanced journey into emotionally-driven soundscapes and genre-fusing future bass, with all the atomic energy of a fission bomb.
“I’ve been a fan of Opia for a long time and met DJ and Cole when I moved out to LA. I wanted to combine both of our sounds to make something big. This song turned out to be a personal favorite of mine, I’m a sucker for massive guitar riffs though.”
Hydraulix has been on a real tear lately.. after his long awaited US headline tour this summer proceeding his first release on Twonk earlier in the year, he now brings us the Trippin’ EP. This time enlisting some killer features and collaborators including Riff Raff and rising talent ‘Hekler’. This marks Hydraulix second EP on Brillz’ new Twonk
Experimental DJ-producer sumthin sumthin has delivered his rendition of UZ‘s “Lobby” featuring QUIX and Chaz French. The song is to be featured on the extensive remix album accompanying UZ’s Layers LP, released earlier this year via UZ’s own Quality Goods Records. Also released recently on Quality Goods was sumthin sumthin’s own Afterglow EP. The four-track EP displays the California-based artist’s innovative, genre-defiant production technique.
Sumthin sumthin has added his own wonky twist to the original melodic trap framework of “Lobby.” In addition to the heavily pitched-down bass, sumthin sumthin has also infused a bit of strangeness into the track with his own fragmented, shattered glass-reminiscent sampling. Still audible are the metallic textures from UZ’s initial effort, though the remix features a more warped, glitchy sound design.
Firstly, you guys have so many diverse interests in music. You’re constantly talking about hip-hop, alt-rock, all these different things…. So we just wanna know, what artist or genre that you guys listen to would we be surprised to learn about?
Wow…. there’s honestly been so many different artists that we’ve been inspired by together. I guess for ME (Matthew) someone that’s really inspired me, Manchester Orchestra! I just saw them play like, a few days ago and…. woah, they’re incredible. [How bout you Julio?] Oooh, I’d have to say BADBADNOTGOOD, it’s like this Jazz, super-cool, funky music…. that’s a terrible description of them, but they’re amazing. [Great answer Julio!]
Who are some artists in electronic music who are doing some shit where you’re like “Wow, this is so cool”?
Some artists that we really fuck with right now, Party Favor, for sure. Wookie, also! [Julio grabs mic] Dombresky is super dope…. umm, Sofie, from the UK, SUPER FIRE. [Matthew speaking] Born Dirty, they have some really… weird shit… which I love. And of course…. Chris Lake, the legend. Tisoki! Some dubstep stuff…. killing the game right now! Oh an GTA! They do some pretty cool stuff I guess…. I wish we could be them…. One thing that we’ve noticed about you guys…. With everything so “sanitized” these days, you two seem to remain very raw and real about politics and your stances on social issues. Could you just speak on why it’s important to you guys to give a voice to these things?
As far as politics and stuff goes, to each their own… it’s kind of what politics are about. [Matthew speaking] Personally, I know both of us like to voice our opinions, and I feel like that’s part of your personality… it’s part of you and what you believe in should be a part of what you talk about. I don’t know… it’s better to say something than be quiet and standby doing nothing.
[Julio speaking] I mean honestly though, we’re Hispanic and I think one thing we all naturally gravitate towards is rights and our people. We want to represent properly and at the end of the day, we just want people to be happy and enjoy life… enjoy good times. [Matthew] YES! Good Times Ahead!
So what is your hope for your music? With your new album you just released, what are you trying to convey to your listeners and the world when they listen?
When we produce music, we really have just one goal: to put a smile on people’s faces. Just like it does for us when we make it…. When we’re in the studio, we really just make things that we are super excited about. It’s a regular occurrence for Julio and myself to just dance around the studio when we make music because we love it so much. If we can bring that feeling to you guys, then we’ll be happy.
Okay, we’d like you two to takeover the interview and ask each other one question to answer for your fans! (Check out above!)
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.”
When Zomboy unveiled his Rott N’ Roll Pt. 1EP on Never Say Die Records, fans were treated with four skull-crushing bass tracks originally composed by Josh Mellody himself. The extended play project featured squeaky clean samples, highly rhythmic four-to-the-floor bass lines, and a noticeably strong arrangement. Now the UK-based heavy dubstep producer has released a reprise remix package that features some of the darkest and dirtiest names within commercial dub world.
Rott N’ Roll Pt. 1: Remixed features two divergent takes on each of Zomboy’s originals, including SVDDEN DEATH’s filthy rendition of “Biterz,” KATO and Gentleman’s Club’s take on Mellody’s tour anthem “Youth & Dangerous,” Doctor P’s signature sound design overlaid onto “Rotten,” and a omni-tempo bas house reimagining of “Saints & Sinners” by Habstrakt.
AWOLNATION‘s “Run” shows off the band’s aptitude in electronic sound design, making the single an ideal candidate for re-molding. This reality finally manifested when prolific bass talents What So Not and QUIX elected to provide their take on the piece, and the result is quite raunchy.
The pair amplify the original’s hardened nature with a trap layout, creating an even more tense feel by moving the strong portions to the beginning and cascading into a deep pit of bass and wild synthesizers. If their aim was to design a piece to rattle the dancefloor, they’ve certainly accomplished it in full force.
What So Not has had quite a busy year in 2017, making each release a welcome treat by fans. Meanwhile, QUIX has been steadily burrowing his way into the bass sphere with a plethora of remixes and collaborations with other burgeoning talent.
Rising star Petit Biscuit has proven his talents for music production are developed well beyond his years. Classically trained in the cello since the age of five, Mehdi Benjelloun burst onto the dance music scene with his monumental remix of ODESZA‘s “Memories That You Call,” drawing comparisons of his cinematic sound design with that of the Seattle-based duo. The promising young producer, hailing from France, would soon catapult himself to notoriety at the mere age of 15 with his 5-track self-titled EP, wherein the project’s leading single, “Sunset Lover,” reached an unprecedented 400 million streams worldwide.
The multi-talented musician now celebrates his 18th birthday with the release of a genre-blending debut album that is every bit as warm and inviting as it is vulnerable and exposed. Presence offers sunny, progressive chord structures and colorful, polished mixing flanked by electronic touches and a furtive vocality that both chills and arouses. From the LP’s first track, “Creation Comes Alive,” featuring SONIA, to its instrumental closing title, “The End,” which utilizes the same shimmering synth pattern, the entire work becomes an evocative story book of pain and resilience for which one can use a lens into — quite literally — viewing an emotion.
Arguably the stand out track of the LP is the cinematic production “Forever Being,” which calls upon ODESZA’s sonic landscape with it’s chiming key chords, soaring vocal chops, complex half-/double-time drum work, and nostalgic phonographic movie quotes on the front and tail ends. The LP’s most astounding fact: Petit Biscuit wrote, produced, and mixed Presence over the course of the last year, finding time between high school exams and sold-out tours across the US, Europe, and beyond.