With a wild, rock electronic hybrid sound, Egzod (which means "mass departure of people" phonetically in French) and Leo the Kind certainly bring the energy on their new single "Reserve", released on Trap Nation. The track effortlessly morphs from eastern sounds and distorted electric guitar, to bass driven verses with almost a hip hop feel, to a high-energy electronic drop. It's the perfect song for a workout; it challenges you to see how far you can go and gives you energy - your reserve - when you feel at your limit.
LA-based artist Raja Kumari embraces her Indian culture deeply and portrays a strong female character with her look and hip hop-infused musical style. Her vocals on "Karma" are particularly strong, rapped and sung like a boss over a booming rap beat. As the lyrics say, "Make room for the Queen of Hindustan, stand up for the daughter of the King!"
The song features on her new album "Bloodline" which is out this Friday. Raja Kumari wrote: "BLOODLINE asks the question, 'Who are you?' It's not just about your family line or your heritage. WHO ARE YOU? What runs through your veins and what are you willing to fight for? This collection of songs was inspired by my time in India. I found strength in the Motherland, and these battle anthems are my story, my bloodline."
Texan EDM producer Blaize has released his new, appropriately-titled EP "Blast" with feature artists Atarii, DVCX and Redd Simpkins on label Hybrid Trap. The opening track "Goin Hard" immediately sets the scene with sub bass and intense trap atmosphere, hot rap vocals from Salt Lake City-based rapper Atarii and wall-shaking trap drops in between. Within 5 days of its release, the track hit number 1 on SoundCloud's Up-and-coming Trap charts.
If you're looking for more hard beats, Blaize recently released Volume 2 of his "The End Of The World" hour mix with guest DJs District 13, Dizzy III and Sloth. Check it out here.
Actor and musician Riley Smith brings us his heartwarming new single "Hard To Kiss", stemming from the adorable lyrics: "It's hard to kiss when you're smiling this hard". The song has a sweet acoustic sound and uplifting feeling which combined with Smith's honeyed vocals makes for a country pop anthem that is bound to make you fall in love.
The video clip for the song is particularly special, as Smith explains: "After the song was written we came up with the idea of getting the public involved. I sent a mass message out on social media for people to send me pictures of them in love. Whatever that meant to them. I received over 700 photos from all over the world. All ages and walks of life. It was not only an amazing response but a very emotional one... A lot of them came with the story behind their love. It was so emotional to see first hand. And I think in this time in our society really still proves that love is still all-around us. All walks of life, ages, races and sexes." A selection of these photos were then featured in the video and it's just so beautiful, aww! Watch it below!
Producers DNMO and Sub Urban have teamed up for their new anti-valentines single "Sick Of You". The vocals have a really fed-up tone to them giving the track a punky edge ontop of bass guitar and dancey electronic production. DNMO wrote on Facebook: "First song off my debut EP, so excited for you to hear. Thanks to my brother Sub Urban for being a part of this record".
After releasing his debut album "Galaxies Between Us" in 2015 on his own label Sexy Electric, Corey Baker aka LA-based DJ/producer Kill Paris has now released his second album "Galaxies Within Us" on Monstercat this Valentines Day with featured artists including Big Gigantic & Jimi Tents, The Iceman (Wim Hof), FATHERDUDE, Tim Moyo + KudaMusic. The album showcases great versatility mixing electronic and funk. Kill Paris is taking the album on the road starting tonight in Denver and said on Facebook for fans to: "expect lots of keytar, MIDI Sprout installations and meet & greets". You can see some of his keytar playing here. MIDI Sprout is a way to use the electrical signals of a living thing such as a plant or person to generate music - check out this video to see it in action! The second track from the album, "Magic", starts off softly with a catchy vocal melody and synth pads before building into a future bass drop. Listen to it below!
With gorgeous soft piano and breathy reverberant vocals, lose yourself in the emotion and trance of Lipless and Lucid Luv's single "Faded". As an early Christmas gift to fans, the song was made available to download for free - get it here. Wearing a slightly unnerving mask of lit up Xs, Lipless is an Aussie DJ/producer who released his debut EP in 2016 and has won a Grammy working alongside renowned producer Kaskade. Lucid Luv has also won a Grammy having been a producer in the EDM scene for a while but has now started his own project. He released his debut single "Goodbye" in November last year. Both are putting out fantastic releases and are on the rise, so keep an ear out for them!
Atlanta-based rapper Jerome's single "Global" celebrates how far he's come while not easing up on the throttle either. He also keeps it real and honest, admitting in the lyrics: "I was rapping about materials and shit so pathetic. I was talking like I'm better than the listener, thought that shit was good for me but it just kept me prisoner. Yeah I hope you understand that when you feelin' insecure, not a single person on this planet has your signature, not a single person on this planet has a story like yours, these haters gonna try and knock you but don't fall to the floors."
The song comes as he recently celebrated 188k monthly listeners on Spotify, saying on Twitter: "that is insane to me. I remember being at 10,000 and celebrating because I remembered what it was like to have 100. If you have ever streamed my music, thank you." The track has a potent lofi sound with a relentless urban beat thanks to production from Jacko.
Seattle-based indie pop duo Follies & Vices' latest single "Red Wine" is sure to get your foot tapping along with its boppin' bassline, groovy rhythm and fantastic indie guitars and vocals - including a cool fuzzed guitar solo. They've been playing local indie rock venues and have been together for a number of years but took a hiatus around 2015 to pursue other bands. They then reassembled in 2017 and released two singles in the lead up to their first "official" single "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" in July 2018. Here's to more great music to come from them!