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whereisalex – Everyday Machines

In Beats, Instrumental, Upbeat by J FreshwaterLeave a Comment

It seems like veteran beatsmith whereisalex can do no wrong – whether he’s making sinister sounding trap beats or breezy, hip hop inspired instrumentals, it always sounds amazing. His latest tune, “Everyday Machines,” falls into the latter category. Catchy piano melodies, warbling vocal samples, and small sections of electric guitar are effortlessly blended together to form an upbeat track that’s perfect for a stroll on a sunny day. Stream it below. Read More

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Coubo – Sunset

In Beats, Chill, Instrumental by J FreshwaterLeave a Comment

You can always count on MelodySoul to deliver when you’re in the mood for chilled out beats. Their most recent release comes courtesy of label co-founder Coubo, who works his magic on a brand new instrumental titled “Sunset”. The laid-back vibe of the song is perfectly captured by the artwork that accompanies it – with splashes of luminous synths and thumping percussion swirling together to create an irresistible head-nodder. Check out MelodySoul and Coubo on Soundcloud and stream “Sunset” below. Read More

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Danny Dwyer – Bench

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

New York-based producer Danny Dwyer makes crunchy beats that are often complimented by rappers, but his latest song is a heaping spoonful of pure instrumental goodness. “Bench” features a crisp beat, steamy horns, and variety of synths that balance out the organic sounds with an electronic edge. This is the first time I’ve heard Danny’s work, but I’m really feeling this one. Needless to say, I recommend checking out the rest of his work on Soundcloud. Stream “Bench” below. Read More

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Killer Bee – luvsick (intro)

In Beats, Chill, Instrumental, Instrumental Hip Hop by J FreshwaterLeave a Comment

It seems like quality beat tapes are few and far between these days, but NJ/NYC-based producer Killer Bee‘s latest project Otaku hits all the right notes and delivers a superb listen for beat-heads and hip hop fans alike. The crackling, sample-centric tape kicks off with “luvsick (intro)” — a laid back beat that features golden age hip hop percussion, jazzy horns, and tantalizing waves of old school samples. If you’re in the mood to kick back and vibe out, I highly recommend giving Otaku a listen on Soundcloud. Read More

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Goldwater – Booling

In Beats, Chill, Electronic, Future, Instrumental by J FreshwaterLeave a Comment

Canadian producer Goldwater‘s newly released “booling” is a warm and funky instrumental with a serious baseline. The song combines an array of future-esque sounds like rubbery bass and off-kilter synths to convey a mood that’s unconventionally sultry, and undeniably fresh. Check out the rest of Goldwater’s work on Soundcloud and stream “booling” below. Read More

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HXNS – Closer (ft. Chase Thomas)

In Beats, Chill, Guitar, Instrumental by J FreshwaterLeave a Comment

Bay area producer HXNS just dropped off a new beat and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The work week is almost over and with every passing minute we’re getting “Closer” to the weekend. “Closer” combines all sorts of organic sounds to great effect — the most notable being Chase Thomas‘ sultry acoustic guitar work — and the end product is a brief, but steamy slice of instrumental bliss. Stream it below. Read More

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xander. – ourfirstdate

In Chill, Electronic, Instrumental by Haley ReedLeave a Comment

First dates can be filled with a lot of emotions: excitement, nervousness, tension, and of course, love. Comparatively, xander.‘s new track “ourfirstdate” is filled with ups and downs that closely mirror the crazy ride that a first date tends to offer. This jittery instrumental blends complex rhythms with slowed down sections of balmy synths, and the overarching melody creates a soothing, sweet tone that reminds us all what it’s like to fall in love. Check out xander.’s Soundcloud for more music, and listen to “ourfirstdate” below. Read More

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Autograf – Changes (Tribute)

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The guys of Autograf found themselves inspired by President Obama’s recent farewell speech, so they paid tribute to the event by doing what they do best: making an amazing new song. Samples from Tupac‘s powerful 1998 single “Changes” are interspersed throughout the track alongside layers of ever-evolving synths and percussion. Rumbling bass builds to a breaking point around the 1:30 mark, then gorgeous synths take over and steal the show. Listen below. Read More

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Felix Snow & Wintertime – Winter Workout Plan

In Electronic, Hip Hop, Party, Pop, Upbeat by J FreshwaterLeave a Comment

A surprise mixtape from rapper Wintertime and producer Felix Snow just dropped, and even though it’s not the type of song I usually post, the standout track, “Winter Workout Plan” definitely warrants a write-up. Snow’s production shimmers and thumps, sounding absurdly fresh as usual, while Wintertime delivers relaxed bars and a chorus that’s easily the catchiest thing I’ve heard this year. The biggest surprise? Angelic backing vocals from Terror Jr‘s mystery front woman. You can stream or purchase the No Winter Without Snow mixtape here, and stream “Winter Workout Plan” below. Read More