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Brightviolet – Blush

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Wisconsin-based duo Brightviolet gets the summer started off right with the sparkling, bright “Blush”. This tune is the latest release by Ryan Cray and Sam Molinaro, who have spent the past year refining their ethereal electronic sound, along with the occasional Migos re-work (Soundcloud here).

This track builds up from a bed of warm textures – like those first rays of morning sunlight, it shifts slowly and gently, adding layers of percussion and lighthearted synth leads. The chorus brings a more full-bodied sound, bobbing and weaving in a way that will have Flume fans smiling.

This tune builds on an already nuanced catalog of Brightviolet releases, and an upcoming EP this summer will surely bring this fresh new sound to more listeners. Keep an eye out for these two young producers, and check out “Blush” below.

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Blende – Back to Summertime (feat. Mattie Safer)

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Blende gets the summer off to an early start with the smooth “Back to Summertime”, with vocals courtesy of The Rapture’s Mattie Safer. This track reflects the feeling of longing that inevitably follows any truly stellar summer vacation, and the accompanying bygone summer romance. Blende continues his streak of danceable electro-pop hits in the vein of artists like Oliver Nelson, but adds some unexpected accessories that build on his prior work.

Choruses are linked by gritty synths, reminiscent of certain French dance music archetypes, and Safer’s vocals bring a newfound urgency to the traditionally carefree nu-disco tradition. Check out this track below!

 

 

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Joe Hertz – Simple feat. JONES

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Joe Hertz is continuing his rise since September’s How It Feels with his latest single, “Simple”. This tune features the glossy vocals of JONES, whose syrupy voice flows flawlessly over Hertz’ production. To my ears, the beauty of this song is Hertz’ ability to stay out of the way of the vocals, but still get the audience dancing. You’ll be singing the hook from the chorus for days, but after a handful of listens you’ll also notice the understated complexity and sophistication of the production. House, R&B, and pop influences come together artfully in this gem of a tune.

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Goldielocks – Liquify

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Sydney-based Goldielocks has released his Luminous EP, featuring stand-out track “Liquify”. The whole EP is filled with top-notch material, but “Liquify” uniquely combines the producer’s unique ability to combine downtempo electronic textures with melodic, pitch-shifted vocals. This track starts with a catchy percussive beat before settling into a dreamy, bass-heavy journey. At times it sparkles, at times it gets dark – but never does “Liquify” stop being beautiful. Check it out below and, if you like what you hear, the Luminous EP here.

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Night Tempo & Le Real – Home

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Night Tempo and Le Real have teamed up to make the smooth, future-funky “Home”. This tune combines slapping bass with snappy drums and a lyrical flow that features such gems as “Going up not only on a Tuesday but the whole weekend”. Throw “Home” on while you’re driving slow on a Saturday afternoon, soaking up the sunshine around you. Fans of Dallas Cotton should find some familiar sounds here, and get excited for further work from these two.

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Party Pupils – Pony

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Party Pupils is at it again with a rework of Ginuwine’s classic “Pony”. A few weeks after dropping their fantastic remix of Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson”, the Los Angeles duo is back with their second release. This track sports tasteful synth stabs, occasionally pitch-shifted vocals, and a bassline bouncy enough to keep you dancing throughout. With this track, the group puts their own spin on another R&B classic – I can’t wait to hear these guys’ original work.

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Alpines – Heaven

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Alpines has given us a taste of their upcoming album with the haunting “Heaven”. This UK duo makes pop-tinged R&B music, and this track is no exception. Catherine Pockson’s voice glides over synths and breakbeats provided by Bob Matthews. Lo-fi kick drums contrast beautifully with Pockson, whose voice is reminiscent of familiar names like London Grammar and Jessie Ware. “Heaven” will appear on the duo’s forthcoming Another River, due out October 28th. Keep an eye out for the album, and peep the track below!

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Flamingosis – Believe in Me

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Flamingosis’ “Believe in Me” takes you to another time and place, one with sunnier weather and not a single worry. Brooklyn-based Flamingosis has been playing with samples for quite some time to the delight of soul fans – his Beatape is a personal favorite of mine. This newest piece plays to all of his strengths, using tasteful vocals and crisp drum sounds to keep you gliding all the way home. Check it out below.

 

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Felix Snow – Lies (ft. SZA)

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Felix Snow knows how to get the people dancing, and he doesn’t disappoint on his newest tune “Lies” with vocals by SZA. This duo has collaborated extensively in the past – Snow has produced a great deal of SZA’s work. However, much of their prior work has displayed a downtempo aesthetic that is nowhere to be found in “Lies”. On this newest offering Snow ratchets up the dance beats, and SZA sings like an unconstrained pop star. The result is breathtaking – SZA’s voice drips with reverb in the verses before snapping to attention in the chorus, while Snow’s production uses dotted synth lines and pulsing bass to keep the song grooving. Check it out below.

 

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LOYAL – House For You

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LOYAL knows a good thing when they hear it. It would have been easy to turn “House For You” into a club banger filled with pounding drums and hard-hitting bass, but the group preserved the most beautiful part of this tune – its minimalism. The track never overwhelms its central motif of piano chords and plucked guitar. It wraps beautiful lyrics (“If I took the sand out of the hourglass/I could build a new beach for you”) in reverb that makes every note hang endlessly in midair. Not much is known about LOYAL, but I’m really feeling this release – it manages to be danceable while oozing a charming, downtempo vibe. Check out below!

 

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Cosmo’s Midnight – Trapped (ft. Wave Racer)

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Cosmo’s Midnight teamed up with Wave Racer on “Trapped”, a song that sounds like it was taken straight from your favorite childhood video game soundtrack. The two Sydney-based acts are rising stars in the future bass scene, and this tune is sure to gain them some new fans. It is glitchy in the best way imaginable, blending minimalist vocal samples with punchy drums and crisp synth lines. “Trapped” feels like soaring on a cloud, and fleshes out these artists’ unique sounds. Peep it below:

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Dreezy – Body (ft. Jeremih)

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Dreezy just dropped her debut single ‘Body’, with a guest appearance from Jeremih. The tune features light production, with sizzling snares perfectly complementing the two singers’ airy voices. Dreezy’s interplay with Jeremih sounds exceedingly natural – I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear this collaboration again. The Chicago newcomer adds a lighthearted and bouncy vibe to Jeremih’s characteristically sultry approach; check out this refreshing R&B tune below.

 

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