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.
Emmit Fenn is back with “Oceans” featuring Nylo, which will be the last featured single before his debut Prologue EP drops in two weeks. This is a slightly different vibe than what we’re used to from Emmit because it features vocals other than himself, and is a little more upbeat. All that does is show the range that he’s capable of as an artist.
High Rule returns since the release of their debut EP with their new single, “Someone Else.” Sticking to their fusion of hip hop, electronic, and pop sound, they mysteriously return and touch on the culture that dating has become in 2017. The duo, Seis and Buoy, are something to look out for the rest of the year.
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!
One of my absolute favorite things about music is its ability to transport you to a very specific moment in time, to a very specific feeling. Beyond that, I love how a song, when played the right context, can completely transform in meaning or value to you. “Distant”, by Clement Bazin is one of those songs for me. This was a track that made it through my hurried initial listen of new music Friday, earmarked for a complete listen at a later time. It is a track that I continued to overlook as a part of the under-appreciated soundtrack that plays in the background of my daily work grind. But it wasn’t until an early morning drive up to Tahoe, with the sunRISE in the rearview, that I fell hard for the groovy, feel-good vibes of “Distant”. I’m excited to have a song that will forever transport me to that epic drive, and also to see what is to come for Parisian producer Clement Bazin and featured artist Lia.
Sunset fam, I’m having a serious moment with this song and I would love for you to join me in that moment. Earmark this one for your next road trip or adventure, you won’t regret it.
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.
NYC based electronic duo The Knocks brought much needed sunshine and summertime to rainy SF last night. The disco-funk duo engineered an epic dance party, ushering wallflowers to the center of the dance floor via their latest EP Testify.
As a first time Knocks-goer, the only thing I knew to expect for certain was dancing and good vibes. To my surprise, I truly feel like I witnessed happiness materialized. One of my favorite things about live music is that it’s created this shared outlet for people to feel or escape or reflect- something we could all use a bit more of given the current state of the world. JPatt and B-Roc have clearly made it their mission to unite their fans and enable them to (feel good) feel great, albeit for just a night.
The show itself delivered a steady dose of energy throughout, taking fans through songs off of Comfortable, 55 and their new EP Testify, which dropped on February 3rd. My personal highlights (outside of picking up one or two new dance moves) all came from their new EP, where I feel the duo has really established their sound and allowed unique, up and coming artists to complement it. New songs ”Heat,” ”Trouble” and “Worship” show a clear evolution of the duo’s sound to more dreamy & seductive compositions, while still maintaining their signature positivity and upbeat nature throughout. Witnessing the crowd’s response these jams makes me excited to see what’s next for both the duo and the artists featured on these tracks.
Dust off those dancing shoes & check out the full EP below!
Sometimes a track can sound like an automatic hit and you find yourself wondering, “how is this not invading the radio?!”. This time around it’s an electric pop number from Ryder, a Los Angeles based artist. “Nirvana” is a dreamy, catchy tune that’ll perfectly sit itself into your head for hours because of its undeniably addictive chorus. So what more can we really ask for? Check out the fresh pop track below.
Some tracks are so easy to get into within seconds because they reel you in with a mesmerizing, catchy beat. You turn it on and like that your mind is twisting and your head is bobbing like nobody’s business. “Savage” is no exception and we can thank Paces and Nyne for that. This team-up is a match made in addictive sounds heaven and will likely control your brain for the rest of the night. Get your dose of pop-electronic goodness below.
“Caught Up” is a palatial banger, complete with waves of electrifying synths and airtight percussion. But it’s more than just another mammoth party song, even if it does manage to check that box perfectly, and the song’s lyrics allude to the dangers of surface-level preoccupation. Best Night Ever is the brainchild of Tyler Armes, who is using the project to benefit mental health charities The Trevor Project and Kids Help Phone in Canada.
Proceeds from streams and downloads go towards these organizations, which is particularly smart because “Caught Up” is the kind of narcotizing track tailor made for throwing on repeat.
New York City producer and DJ David Johnson, better known as DeModa, has taken the EDM and electronica world by storm with is innovative and unique take on production. Unlike that of a traditional DJ, DeModa incorporates live instrumentation into his work, such as keyboards, guitar and drums; manipulating them with virtuosic flair. He produces his own material and crafts remixes for popular artists such as M83 and Porter Robinson, enhancing their material while retaining his unmistakable originality. On his most recent project, DeModa takes on “Friend” by FRND. Embellished with wobbly bass lines and Eastern-influenced guitar lines, the remix adds charisma and animation to the track while preserving the intimacy of the lyrics and vocals. With his inventive melodic approach, DeModa is one of a handful of new producers pushing remix standards to new levels.