Wisconsin-based DJ/producer Twin Theory brings us a playful and bright new future bass single called "Step Back". From 8-bit video game sounds to big modern synths, the track features a wonderful palette of sonic textures, skillfully mixing them together into its fun and energetic soundscape. The single is Twin Theory's fourth since his debut last year. Check out his Instagram for some behind-the-scenes peeks into his works in progress, and his SoundCloud for his "No Humans Allowed" 1-hour mixes.
Nashville-based pop rocker Rayelle has put out a rallying pop anthem called "Freedom". Centered around her spirited vocals, the track features percussive instrumentation and a radiant uplifting vibe. Rayelle wrote: "My intention with this song is to encourage the listener to fully embrace, love and accept themselves and the people around them. It's a call for freedom of all people in the world, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation to live our most authentic lives, proud of who we are and our differences." The single comes as Rayelle prepares to release her debut full-length album next month. She also has a second project called Olly Anna for hip hop/pop music which you can read about in a great interview she did with HOLR Magazine.
Chillstep duo Azedia have released their first single in two years called "Spin". The track has an otherworldly trancey feel to it with gorgeous vocals slowly building to a big melodic dance climax. The UK-based duo comprises Hard Fact and Anatu who started Azedia back in 2010 before establishing their own solo projects. They often tie in vocals and live instruments from Rusalka and Sean Michael Smith. Hopefully Spin signals more music to come from them!
Danish artist Løv Li lives up to his name on his lovely debut single "I Miss You". A violinist and pianist from a young age, you can hear his appreciation for modern cinematic composers like Hans Zimmer and Steve Jablonsky coming through in his writing. The delicate track softly builds momentum guided by Li's achingly beautiful vocals. His vocals shine especially bright in the bridge, stripping everything away before the melodic chorus. I Miss You is an impressive debut; keep an ear out for Løv Li!
With crackling guitars and dark stormy atmosphere, Texan artist Alex McArtor's new single "Speed Into Air" leaves quite an impression. The powerful sound meets its equal in the lyrics, talking of being honest with yourself about a partner who's not treating you right and realising you should leave them.
McArtor wrote of the track: "I think it's easy to get caught up in the excitement & newness of a relationship. It's passionate and dramatic like the movies we watch and fantasize over. It's very easy to get blinded by attraction and what we want to believe is 'love', so much so that we don't realize the manipulation and codependency that we are under. But I believe that in most cases we know deep down inside when we are not being treated well. We know when we aren't being valued, but we don't care and we bury it deep inside, because in some shape or form, we've fallen so head over heels for the person that we are willing to endure the emotional stress and hurt that they give us. I wrote 'Speed Into Air' because I needed a 'he's only calling you cuz he's drunk and you're a badass, so f that guy' type of song. And that's what I wrote. I hope it helps someone out there the way it helped me. Life's too short to hold on to people with bad intentions."
Last week she spoke about the track and her plans in a great interview with Vents Magazine, revealing the song was originally quite different from how it ended up. The single will feature on her upcoming EP "Heart Talk Vol. 1" dropping this Friday.
Nashville-based alt-pop duo Skyline Brigade bring us their cool new single "Break Up" about purging a negative influence from your life. The track features funky rhythms, dirty alternative production and lyrics full of attitude. For more, check out their fantastic self-titled EP released last year and follow their Instagram for a peek into their studio as they work on new material! With the quality they've been putting out since releasing their first single last year, they're set to go far!
Opening with a boppin' guitar riff, Brae Leni's latest single "Make Sho'" gets super funky wit' it, adding fat synth bass and soulful party vocals. It's a fun track that's sure to get you down to boogie and even works in a cool guitar solo! Leni wrote: "This song is all about dancing, having fun, a being yourself! Life isn't easy for any of us so I decided to just put out an all around jam!" The talented singer does more than just sing, he also writes lyrics, produces beats, manages his band "Brae Leni and The Blackout" and owns a professional recording studio. Make Sho' was produced by fellow bandmate and multi-talented musician Jordan Craighead. Check out their video clip for some old-school funky fun!
Sydney-based electro pop duo Maari's new single is a gorgeous breath of fresh air. Slow building ethereal production underpins Maari's beautiful duet vocals as the track works towards its climax. The track has a magical feeling about it, like the beginning of an adventure. The pair have a flair for cinematic feels like this, having recently been working on the score for upcoming Australian film "The Five: Earth".
Speaking on the inspiration for the song in an interview with Happy Mag, Kabusii said: "Breathe is a tune I wrote in the early hours of the morning when I was overcome with a wave of negativity. I Initially wrote the idea as a self lullaby, to try calm myself and help me drift off to sleep. Happy to say it worked! I showed Bronte Maree the idea the next morning and she was super keen to work on it, so we spiralled into a big session and finished writing it that day."
Matching their band name to a T, regional Aussie indie punk trio Garage Sale bring us "Rainy Day Fund" about: "not having any money to buy nice things, but still having fun with the simple things in life." The track has fantastic down to earth lyrics, fuzzed guitars and all round energetic Aussie rock appeal, closing with lead guitar with a flanger effect. Rainy Day Fund is the second single from their upcoming EP "You Don't Have to Grow Up", set for release late next month. Based in the tiny coastal surfing town of Lennox Head, the band features Ben Luke on bass and backing vocals, Tai Daniels on drums and songwriter Dan Sullivan on guitar and vocals. Fans can catch them performing at Festival Of The Sun at Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park this December.