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Tony – DEEPER ft. Ponsuda

In Beats, Chill, Collaboration, Downtempo, Dreamy, Hip Hop, Lo fi, Zone Out by J FreshwaterLeave a Comment

Tony and Ponsuda, two producers and members of the EVILSIDECREW collective, recently teamed up for “Deeper” — a dreamy beat featuring faded rap vocals from Rich The Kid, Famous Dex & Jay Critch’s “You Flexing“. The vocals take a backseat in this one, acting as a rhythmic compliment to the otherworldly production, and the results are nothing short of hypnotizing. Read More

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Delacey – Nothing Lasts Forever

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Los Angeles based vocalist Delacey is an exciting new artist that just burst onto the scene with her debut single, “Nothing Lasts Forever.” It stands as a tantalizing introduction to her sound and style, with powerful vocals, haunting lyrics, and a dark, understated electronic beat. This one is catchy from the start, and it only gets better as the subtle details reveal themselves with every subsequent listen. Stream “Nothing Lasts Forever” below, follow Delacey on SoundCloud, and stay tuned for more. Read More

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San Holo – I Still See Your Face

In Chill, Dreamy, Electronic, Upbeat by J FreshwaterLeave a Comment

San Holo never fails to impress with his creative and unique sound. His new song, “I Still See Your Face,” is the first single from his label Bitbird’s upcoming Gouldian Finch 02 Compilation, and it sets the bar quite high for the other contributing artists. The most notable thing here is the inclusion of San’s own vocals, which are playfully altered to compliment the warm electronic production surrounding them. After a steady buildup, the songs “drop” adds to the whimsical vibe by crashing in with bright xylophone strikes and speedy percussion. All of these elements work really well together and the resulting song is a stunning blend of some of the best sounds the electronic genre has to offer. Read More

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Airia – Without You Here

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

Longtime Audio Aquarium favorite Airia just began an initiative to create a song a week for an entire year. Kicking things off is “Without You Here,” a tranquil instrumental that features acoustic guitar strums, airy pads, and beautifully chopped and pitched vocals. The end product is a soothing beat that maintains Airia’s signature sound while introducing innovative new elements to keep things fresh. Check out more from Airia on SoundCloud, and listen to “Without You Here” below. Read More

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ODESZA – Across The Room (feat. Leon Bridges)

In Chill, Collaboration, Dreamy, Electronic, Soul, Upbeat by J FreshwaterLeave a Comment

Today is the day, my friends. ODESZA‘s new album A Moment Apart is finally here and it was well worth the wait. I especially wanted to write about “Across The Room” because it’s such a fantastic (and unexpected) collaboration. I mean, Leon Bridges featured on an ODESZA track!? It’s a match made in heaven. The old-school soul singer’s silky vocals float effortlessly over ODESZA‘s pristine production, with pitched vocal samples interjected to provide a rousing chorus. This song is so warm and pleasant you just can’t help but feel good while listening. Read More

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Vandelux – Broken Man

In Electronic, Indie by J FreshwaterLeave a Comment

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