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.
Producer duo MEMBA are primed for a big year in 2020. They recently announced their debut tour along with a look at their experiential live show on Instagram, and it looks incredible. These guys put so much energy into crafting a wholistic experience to go along with their music; the album art, music videos, live performance experience, and the cohesive themes their projects explore. The extra creativity they put forth is really refreshing. Their new song “Meet Freedom” has a dark vibe with haunting, pitched down vocals from Levus Alone, plus tons of snappy percussion and eerie synth work. It fits in right alongside some of their best work to date, and serves as a prime example of the unique sound they’ve crafted over the past few years. I’m doing my best to be in the moment and enjoy it, but I’d be lying if I said this one didn’t already have me clamoring for the next MEMBA release.
Electronic duo Otherwise Fine are back with a silky smooth new remix of producer Augest‘s song, “Gloss”. They put an energizing spin on the dreamy original, introducing speedy build ups and explosive, synth-laden drops. Their additions take the song into future bass territory, making it all the more accessible and fun. I think the two artist’s styles sound great together, so here’s hoping we get some collaborative efforts (or more remixes) in the future. Check out more from Otherwise Fine and Augest on SoundCloud, and stream the “Gloss” remix below.
San Fran musician Vandelux continues to evolve his sound with this gorgeous new single, “Don’t Let Go”. It’s a song full of crackling texture and waves of warm instrumentation, with delicate vocals interwoven throughout. I’ve been a fan of Vandelux since the beginning—way back when he was creating electro remixes of Biggie Smalls and Snoop Dogg—so to see him mature into an artist capable of crafting elegant and emotional tracks like this is really special. Check out “Don’t Let Go” below and head to SoundCloud to hear more.