Starting out with gorgeous smooth vocals from Owl Eyes over slowly morphing synth pads from friend and fellow Aussie artist LO'99, their new collaboration single "Sometime" works into a delicious chilled out house track. Producer LO'99 is on the rise, having seen support for both his remixes and originals globally on BBC Radio 1, 1xtra, triple j and the Beatport and ARIA Club charts. Owl Eyes has previously worked with Illy and Flight Facilities and late last year released her first solo music since 2013. The two work together on "Sometime" so well, we hope to hear more collaborations from them in the future!
Canadian artist Mike Evin's latest single "Recovering Romantic" is deceptively catchy. With its light but dancey acoustic instrumentation and his delightful vocals, it will have you falling in love. He wrote on Facebook: "What a journey it was to make this. It was the 4th song with the title 'Recovering Romantic' that I wrote in 2017. I was really chasing it, but also being patient at the same time - which is probably how most good things happen. It finally began to come together when I was living in New Orleans that Summer. And here it is!" He will be releasing his sixth album "Evin On Earth" later this year.
US-based producer duo Christian Ellison and Zack Morgan, known as Focus Fire, have teamed up with California-based producer Similar Outskirts for their new melodic dubstep single "Dimensions". Driven by its lead synth melody, the track has a wonderful build to a powerful chorus and feels like a trip to an unknown, digital dimension. Focus Fire's branding prominently features a robot known as "GAR-E" standing for "Giant Audio Relay Engine", whom they credit with inspiring their blend of aggressive bass music with melody-driven pop sensibility. Only time will tell how the story of GAR-E unfolds through their music.
US-based rapper Just Domo only hit the scene last year with his debut release "Thankful" but has been following up with fantastic tracks since and now an album "Pvnk Durag" too. His single "Doped Up" has a hazy hip hop vibe with a chilled out guitar riff. He's always been into music having played the cello from age nine and now after establishing himself with tracks like this we look forward to hearing more in 2019!
St. Louis Missouri-based chill electronic artist Ryan Noble aka RN has released his debut album "Blurred Reality". The fourth track "Stick By You" is a lovely reassurance to a partner that no matter what, he's sticking by their side. As the chorus lyrics say: "You don't have to worry baby, even through all you're facing, I will stick by you". The track has a warm, gentle sound and a really cool eastern instrumental lead in the chorus.
In November last year Brisbane-based singer/songwriter Graham the Grand released his debut album "I Don't Know Why I Feel the Way I Do", a deeply personal outpouring of his innermost feelings and struggles. The last track "Go" talks of a lover suspected of unfaithfulness and the lyrics cut straight through to the most painful parts of that situation. Though only a short track of 2 minutes, it pulls a lot of emotional weight, with Grand's intimate vocals sitting starkly above acoustic guitar and soft production. You can stream/download the album on all major outlets and you can also download it free here.
Toronto-based recording artist and songwriter Mackenta has released a fantastic new R&B track called "Hypersensitive" featuring her gorgeous, honest vocals over experimental electronic production. The track has a soundscape that twinkles like diamonds, an expertly crafted build towards the chorus, and striking lyrics like: "I'm a sapiosexual, emotionally intelligent, rough around the edges 'cause inside I'm pretty delicate, I know how I feel, that's why I'm so intense with it, had to keep it real, I must be hypersensitive." If you're wondering what a sapiosexual is, it's someone who finds intelligence sexually attractive or arousing. Mackenta wrote of the track: "I can't be superficial in my relationships. If you want to get close to me, you have to be willing to be vulnerable."
What happens when you combine synthwave with wall shaking midtempo dubstep and a cinematic paranoid thriller theme? San Francisco-based producers HIGHSOCIETY and BLKBRST have the answer for you in their new single "One Of Them", and it's epic! Since hitting the scene in 2016 and 2017 respectively, the two have each risen quickly, with this collaboration breaking 100k streams across platforms in just over a month.
Los Angeles based trio Wolves have released a wonderful, uniting anthem against inequality and injustice called "Shoulder to Shoulder". The track has a dancey and hopeful feel with strong vocals over energetic instrumentation and a driving beat. The band wrote of the song: "This single is dedicated to the life, work, and principals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." Their powerful message is, "one that says we must always be in this fight TOGETHER for equality. As long as there are those who stand against justice and equal rights for all of humanity, we must - and will always stand - shoulder to shoulder."
LA-based R&B/pop artist DYLN has released the first single "Happy" from her forthcoming 3-track project "Chapter 2: The Silver Lining". She wrote on Instagram: "i'm so excited about the message on this one... cause too many of us are waiting on being happier...i hope this song gives y'all love & contentment. right where u r." See her blog for more. The track has smooth production that makes way for her brilliant vocals and message to take the spotlight. Keep an ear out for the final two tracks "Lately" and "Play God" coming soon!