After signing to RL Grime’s Sable Valley label last July, fast-rising producer Cozway is poised for a big year in 2020. He’s been playing out this monstrous edit of Just Blaze & Baauer‘s “Higher” in his live sets for a while now, so I’m beyond stoked to get an official release. Cozway’s unique sound is completely unleashed on this one, with waves of relentless, tribal-esque drops shredding through the remains of the original to create a jaw-clenching intensity that never lets up. It’s no wonder this thing drove crowds into a frenzy. Check it out below and be sure to follow Cozway on SoundCloud for more.
This is the coolest thing I’ve heard in a minute. OZZIE has been one of my favorite producers for a long time now, and his new edit of Frank Ocean‘s “White Ferrari” reignites my love of his music. It’s a sedated reworking that layers and loops Frank’s vocals over a rolling trap beat, creating a melancholic vibe that’s a pleasure to sink into. It’s the second song OZZIE has released within the last month’s time, so here’s hoping he’s got even more to roll out soon. Stay tuned by following him on SoundCloud, and listen to “White Ferrari” below.
OG trap artist HU₵₵I takes a deliberate approach when it comes to releasing new music, but the quality is always out of this world. His new song “WORLD” is a somber affair that features ethereal production, immaculate trap percussion, waves of warm synths, and monologued vocals threaded throughout. It’s insane how much emotional weight HU₵₵I can establish within a single song, but he manages to pull it off time and time again. Impressive. Check out “WORLD” below and visit HU₵₵I’s SoundCloud for more.
With Great Dane’s fifth album Delta Fly right around the corner, we get one last single to hold us over. “The Lonely Ones” is a smooth and uplifting tune featuring gorgeous vocals from Katya Grasso and Great Dane, with the kind of bouncy production Dane seems to deliver with ease. The beat hits hard for such a chilled out song, and unique little flairs like unexpected vocal samples keep you hooked from the jump. All three singles leading up to Delta Fly have been wildly unique, which puts Great Dane’s versatility on display and ensures that the album will have something for everyone. Check out “The Lonely Ones” along with the previous single, “Bandz On Me” below, and look out for Delta Fly on March 13th.
Originally from the bay, now in L.A, hip hop/R&B artist B’NOIR makes a strong impression with his debut song, “Don’t Push Me”. Catchy verses are confidently delivered over whimsical production—a unique combination that really makes this one stand out. The first time I heard “Don’t Push Me” I was immediately hooked, and after listening to it repeatedly over the last few days it’s grown on me even more. I’d say B’NOIR is definitely worth keeping an eye on. Give him a follow on SoundCloud and stay tuned for more.
du0 is an Australian producer that specializes in easy-listening electronic music. His new song “Come Home” is a prime example of his smooth style—featuring a subdued house beat, tantalizing acoustic guitar, and pleasantly airy vocals from fellow Aussie, Emily Coulston. Everything about this one is atmospheric and emotional, with a deceptively simplistic sound that’s all too easy to get wrapped up in. Check out more from du0 on SoundCloud and stream “Come Home” below.
You never know quite what to expect from Rome In Silver. His versatility and creativity seem unlimited and he’s always coming up with fresh sounds unlike anything else out there. His latest release, “Fade”, is a smooth and energetic dance tune loaded with upbeat drum patterns and cool synths. The vocals from POPCULTR are also an essential part of the mix—helping shape the song’s melody every bit as much as the beat does. On the surface it’s a fun track that’s supremely catchy, but it was only during repeated listens that I found myself truly appreciating the detailed complexity of this one. Check it out below and find out more about Rome In Silver here.
LA producer Bad Acid puts a sinister spin on “ilomilo”, transforming it into a warped reflection of itself. Billie Eilish‘s delicate vocals are left mostly intact, but waves of shadowy bass, minimalistic percussion, and eerie, off-kilter synths replace the bouncy production of the original. Bad Acid’s style sounds so incredibly natural alongside Billie’s vocals that it feels like this remix was destined to happen. I’m glad it did because I haven’t been able to stop listening since it came out. Check it out below and be sure to follow Bad Acid on SoundCloud so you can keep an eye out for his next release.
The highly anticipated new song from recent Sable Valley signee 1991 is finally here. Trap enthusiasts everywhere have been clamoring for “The People” ever since it was featured in RL Grime’s Halloween VIII mix last year, but the wait is over and we’ve been gifted with an official release. If you’re not familiar with 1991, he’s a London based producer who typically creates high energy DnB tunes. “The People” diverges from his usual style and stands out as one of the hardest trap songs I’ve heard in years—proving that 1991 is certainly no one trick pony. The horns are front and center, creating an epic vibe reminiscent of the golden era of trap music, and the beat is the kind of unrelenting onslaught that gets you fired up and ready to rage. Check it out below and head over to Sable Valley’s SoundCloud for more.
Trippy and impossibly intricate, Ekcle‘s new song “Pearl Jigsaw” is an extravagant production loaded with surprises. In my humble opinion, the English producers’ experimental sound is the freshest thing happening in electronic music right now. It’s obvious they aren’t concerned with current trends and they’re more than capable of blazing their own path forward.
The first half of “Pearl Jigsaw” has a pleasantly bouncy groove with whimsical flutes, crunchy bass, and a sprinkling of vocal samples from Natalie Portman in the movie Closer. The second half cranks up the intensity with an unexpected, hard hitting drop laced with plucked strings and organ-esque synths. Most producers would’ve stopped there, but this song transforms yet again in its final moments for an intense finale. You’d expect something with this many elements to become disjointed, but Ekcle create a masterful cohesion by steadily introducing new sounds to build up the experience. Good stuff.
Listen to “Pearl Jigsaw” below and be sure to check out Ekcle’s excellent Yoja EP from last year if you missed it.