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Vandelux – Broken Man

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New one from Vandelux! This is only the second time the San Francisco based producer has incorporated his own vocals into his music (Bright Lights being the first) but the soulfully sedated delivery sounds amazing when paired with this churning electronic beat. From the start, “Broken Man” steadily builds into a chorus that’s undeniably the highlight of the song — with digitized vocals and twinkling synths combining to make a hook that’s as stirring as it is catchy. I’m obviously really feeling this one, and it has me more excited than ever to hear what Vandelux does next. Read More

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Mr. Carmack – Watch Me (Ft. Adam Vida)

In Beats, Collaboration, Hip Hop, Instrumental by J Freshwater1 Comment

Rhythm Roulette is a YouTube series in which a blindfolded producer picks out 3 random albums in a record shop, then samples said albums to create a beat. They’re always fun to watch, but this one is the best yet. The brilliant Mr. Carmack puts on a production clinic, using nothing but sampled sounds to create this eerily groovy beat. It doesn’t end there though; talented San Francisco based rapper Adam Vida works alongside Carmack the entire time—delivering a flurry of catchy bars to accompany the hypnotizing beat. It’s really cool getting a glimpse into these guy’s creative process, and it doesn’t hurt that the song turned out amazing. Watch the video on YouTube and check out the instrumental and lyrical versions below. Read More

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Edamame – Mango Pulp (feat. Ian Ewing)

In Beats, Chill, Downtempo, Dreamy, Electronic, Instrumental, Zone Out by J FreshwaterLeave a Comment

It seems more and more uncommon that full instrumental albums are released in today’s music scene, so I’m always grateful when a gem like Chicago producer Edamame‘s Bask comes along. The entire album makes for a wonderful listening experience, but if you’re looking for something to wet your appetite, look no farther than the Ian Ewing assisted “Mango Pulp”. It’s a smooth and relaxing instrumental that combines organic instrumentation with balmy synths to form a truly chilled out affair. Stream “Mango Pulp” below, and check out the full album here. Read More

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DROELOE – Homebound

In Dance, Electronic, Future, Future Pop, Pop, Upbeat by J FreshwaterLeave a Comment

Production duo DROLOE recently released their incredible A Moment In Time EP and it’s truly one of the best things I’ve heard all year. The lead single, “Sunburn”, was met with great success for good reason, but after dozens of listens, “Homebound” has to be my favorite track on the 5-song project. It’s a bouncy electronic cut that features sparkling chimes and synths, a thunderous horn-centric bassline, catchy pop vocals, and a song structure that never stops evolving. It’s rare that something comes along and pushes the boundaries of modern music while remaining so accessible and catchy, but with this EP, DROLOE achieved that and then some. Read More

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Loosid – No Gravity

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I featured one of loosid‘s exceptional remixes a few weeks ago, but this time it’s one of the talented producers original songs that has me all worked up. On “No Gravity”, loosid puts his finely tuned production skills on full display — with sharp percussion, a diverse mix of synths, and intricate electronic flourishes all melting together to create a genuinely special song. Read More

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Slushii – I’ll Be There

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Slushii is known for his high-energy EDM and dubstep music, so “I’ll Be There” comes as a bit of a surprise. It’s the second to last song on his newly released Out Of Light album, and unlike the majority of his work, it’s just about as chilled out as it gets. Rich piano melodies and soothing pads are tied together with a perfectly simple drum pattern, and it’s all complimented by playful chimes and vocals. I’m a big fan of Slushii’s usual sound, but this song shows a different side of the enigmatic producer and I’m loving it. Check out the full album on SoundCloud and stream “I’ll Be There” below. Read More

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SwuM. – Sizzurp

In Beats, Chill, Instrumental, Remix, Upbeat by J FreshwaterLeave a Comment

SwuM. is a producer with a knack for adding wildly unique spins to some of the most popular hip-hop tracks around. His latest beat samples the chorus from Three 6 Mafia’s classic ode to codeine, “Sippin on Some Syrup” and backs it with layers of beautiful strings and vocals borrowed from Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes soulful old song “You Know How to Make Me Feel”. The resulting track is classy as hell, and catchy enough to warrant throwing it on repeat. Read More

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Ian Ewing – New Place

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Veteran producer Ian Ewing recently relocated and decided to commemorate the event by dropping “New Place” — a silky smooth instrumental that’ll have your head nodding in no time. Pitched vocal samples are surrounded by balmy synths and hypnotizing percussion, resulting in a beat that’s just plain sexy. Check out the rest of Ian’s music on SoundCloud and stream “New Place” below. Read More

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Flitz & Suppe – CouchSurfing

In Beats, Chill, Dance, Electronic, House, Instrumental by J FreshwaterLeave a Comment

Flitz & Suppe of the hip-hop, house, and electronic loving Headroom Collective recently dropped “CouchSurfing” — a new tune that features bouncy house rhythms and the chillest melodies around. It’s a gorgeous combination, and it’s made even better with infectious soul samples and sections of organic instrumentation. Check out the premiere post over at Stereofox and head to Flitz & Suppe’s SoundCloud page for more. Read More