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Nick Harris Releases Flirty New Single “Sometimes”

A fun & flirty beat

Nick Harris returns to us with a new track called “Sometimes” produced by krs. This single has a hot beat and a reverb that echoes all around and reminds you that it’s summer. Harris has always had a talent for finding rhythm in the sounds he produces with others and in “Sometimes”, he rediscovers that art and brings it to the table to create this song.

The strange voices at the beginning and interspersed throughout the song is a well-constructed artistic decision on the rapper’s part that gives character to the song overall. This is Harris’ song of flirtatious beats and rhythms that keep you in his endless loops of intertwined confusion and desire.

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Back to when I last had the chance to write about this skillful producer, I mentioned how Harris is originally from Athens, Georgia. The musician now  lives in New York City as an NYU student studying Music Business. Harris is a man of many talents, not only being able to produce music electronically, but also able to play the guitar, upright bass, and percussion.

In this new single, he transforms his vocals over krs’s compositions, sounding more so like a hybrid of Aminé and Travis $cott.  Producing, mixing, and mastering his own music, you can tell how Harris is a master of his own art. The midtempo record engages you in a way that makes you want to make this your anthem for the long summer.

There is so much potential for this young rapper and I hope to continue hearing his growth as he continues to produce more material for his listeners to hear. And only to add to the talent, Harris is also a great personality, with a true passion for the music he makes, which only adds to the artistic credibility of his music.

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Ro Ransom is the Fairest of All with Release “Prettiest” ft. Jazz Cartier

Fairest of them all

Emerging artist, Ro Ransom, is back again with a new single that will be sure to take you on a trip. Ro Ransom drops his record “Prettiest” ft. Jazz Cartier and produced by Tim Suby.

With an eerie violin-beginning, Ransom guides you along his mysterious track of self-indulgence and mischief of the urban nightcrawler.

Let the unknown begin, let the darkness take you, and the let the vibes fill the space. With a Travis $cott feel, the artist epitomizes the sound of raw indifference and bold  grunge. Beat by beat, luring its way into your sultry day dreams, the hip-hopper sings “Take a model home, then I f**k her ’til she’s hideous”.

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The rapper originates from New York, and his dynamic musical stylings are what brought him success. This past year, he co-wrote the track “Let’s Go” for the latest buzz in R&B/pop, Khalid, as well as toured alongside the new pop songstress Dua Lipa. His own “See Me Fall” visual has received over 5M views alone, and his last release “Doppelganger” won its place in the esteemed Spotify playlist ‘Most Necessary’.

Along with all of these achievements comes an underlying plan that is no longer hidden from us! The forthcoming project, titled Momentum, is in the works, and Zane Lowe started us listeners off by kickstarting his new single. “Prettiest” was immediately reviewed by HighSnobiety, and gained high recognition for being associated with this rising artist.

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Suby, the mastermind behind the production (and who also produced Childish Gambino’s “Candler Road”), combines with Ransom’s chilling falsettos as Toronto-based Jazz Cartier, crushes the words that fire off his lips and into our ear drums. Together, this deadly trio build a composition of darkened, battered wonderland.

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Don Diablo Shows Heart in New Single & Music Video “Save a Little Love”

 

Save just a little love for him

Because Don Diablo is about to make your summer just a little sweeter with his new release “Save a Little Love”. The DJ comes out with this happy-go-lucky tune of love that takes you through a whirling EDM track. As you mess around with the rhythm you honestly can’t help but start dancing and that was exactly his intention. He genuinely gets you up and going, and though the lyrics may be cheesy and simple, the humble message it gets across is one that is worth listening to and keeping in mind.

The goofy, light-hearted nature of the music video makes it impossible not to smile. The dancing is wonderful, from the lead dancer to the group in synchronized happiness. We tend to forget in our busy lives how things can  take a turn from the expected and we just have to learn how to roll with the punches. So here’s your reminder. As an ambitious extraordinaire, he even released this single via his own HEXAGON label.

With already 2.5 million followers on Facebook, 853 million views on YouTube, and 3.9 million monthly listeners on Spotify overall, Don Diablo is pacing his own path to success through the art of dance music.

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Don Diablo recently had the honor of appearing on the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and has also remixed The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, Rihanna, DJ Snake, and Justin Bieber. In addition, he will be on the road for a summer full of festival adventures appearing at shows such as Tomorrowland, Lollapolooza, Ultra, South West Four, V Festival and Creamfields.

What should we expect from this artist? Tons and tons of potential to be the next big dance hits tycoon! “I premiered Save A Little Love on the main stage at ULTRA Miami and have been getting questions about it ever since. The song features vocals from the talented Swedish singer / songwriter duo Smith & Thell. I wanted to make a feel-good song with a positive message that will put smiles on people’s faces, while incorporating my trademark production style.” says the rhythm curator.

He continues to comment under the video, “this music video was shot in Washington, where I got together with the “Cutting Shapes” crew for a special reunion. Much love to Gabby J David, Ricki Huff and the rest of the crew. Keep dancin’ and keep smilin’, it makes the world a better place!” He will be super busy this summer, but don’t miss your chance to catch him when he reaches your city! He is a great addition to the EDM scene and we can all save a little love for him in our dancing hearts!

Listen to the song below!

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[Exclusive] Interview with Coast Modern on New Album & Fav LA Tacos

Take a dive into their chill, tropical sound waves

This dynamic duo, made up of Luke Atlas and Coleman Trapp, is up to something and that something is their forthcoming debut album which is to become the perfect set list of jams for you this summer! The expected release is to be July 28th, so be sure to mark your calendars for when this special day arrives.

A new track we have gotten a taste of is their recent release “Dive”, which is a single off the upcoming compilation. Billboard said “Here’s another certified jam to add to your summertime playlist, courtesy of Coast Modern.”

The best way to describe their music? I’d say it’s the sound of Weezer’s Island in the Sun meets the Beach Boys in a wistful indie dreamland of sorrow and bliss. When you hear their music, you are transported to a sort of middle world of dimensions where  you really have no cares at all and just let the music take you away in this endless stream of consciousness. I decided to take a dive with the guys and learn more about the makings of their sound and little more about them in general.

The guys are always known to be fun and cheeky, and so I thought it would be fun to ask a few unconventional interview questions to set the right scene.

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When I asked 1/2 of Coast Modern about their sound and the genre he perceived themselves as, he replied “It’s funny that before we signed our publishing deal our record deal, I didn’t even know that alternative was a genre, and that kind of surprised me when that was a thing.” He continued to explain the concept behind their recently released track: “when we wrote ‘Dive’ we were kind of trying to capture that nostalgic, youthful excitement. Maybe it’s like fresh love, maybe it’s like exploration. It’s also just very tropical vibes.”

Coast Modern quite literally tries to aim for their namesake, “modern”, in the sense that they are pushing the boundaries of their alternative pop peers and hoping to create a genre where they lead the way all the way through. In other words, their genre could be considered a misfit of alternative rock bands as their pop/electronic influences seep into their old school, beach house aura.

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Similarly, these boys are masterminds behind their brand, utilizing bold, colorful graphics behind their cover art and marketing to match their eclectic sound. Trapp, who writes and produces everything with Atlas as well as sings when they perform live, explained that “early on we knew we wanted something that was bold and had lots of colors. We dug through some artists that were great at that, and luckily the first choice we had, Dai Ruiz, knew exactly what we wanted. She was awesome and we’re glad that we’re still working with her up to this point.”

He stammered for a bit when I asked who were his favorite artists, and justifiably so. “Like I have a thousand answers,” he laughed in exasperation. “Like when I was younger discovering music, it was of course like Led Zeppelin, but I’ve been so inspired in the past couple years by so many artists. Errrr, I don’t even know where to begin. I’d say Dessert, they put out a single last year called “Eyes Wide Shut”, and it comes to my mind because of how fun it was. The most ill party vibes, and I call it “ill” because they played a 90’s hip-hop sample with this very underwhelming melody over it, and the juxtaposition is just very inspiring. There’s also a band called Mini Mansions that I liked and then this collaboration project called Soft Hair that did a song “Lying has to Stop”, and it’s like butter to your ears”, he says excitedly. You could just hear the passion in his voice as he named these artists.

Trapp went on to tell me that his soul song would have to be the classic “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. Why you ask? “Because I got this feeling when I was younger that there is something much deeper than what is sitting on the surface of the lyrics, and  it was the first time I ever got that feeling, so it really stuck with me. Like instead of talking about sitting  on a dock talking about watching time pass, when I heard it, I got this really deep sensation that it’s actually about like going through different lives and eternity, so it gave me this weird out of body experience and it stuck with me.”

I had to ask where their dream place would be if they could perform anywhere, to which he replied jokingly (but pretty seriously) “In space”. LOL. Then he followed that response by saying that he would also like to perform somewhere in Asia, like Japan.

The boys’ history goes way back, but for Colemann specifically, it started back when he was 18 producing for all kinds of rappers and singers, then inspiring to pursue his own music career. The LA scene was a great stepping stone for the boys to get their music out there.

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I asked him what would be his favorite taco place in LA if he had to give us advice. “I really like janky places, not trendy ones, so I would have to say King Taco, Taco King, …” If you couldn’t tell, he likes his regal tacos. “Really the jankier the place, the better it is haha!”

One thing Trapp can’t leave without is his spare guitar, which sits in the back of his truck for whenever inspiration strikes. The guys plan on having more releases and projects coming out down the line in the next 5-10 years, so fans will be on the look out.

After releasing their hit single, “Hollow Life”, the LA-based act has released numerous tracks to keep their musical mojo momentum going. And it only proved to be true as their were garnering air time from notable organizations like SiriusXM Alt Nation and KCRW. They received set time to perform  live at SXSW, and they were able to open on tour with BORNS, The Wombats, and Temper Trap! Quite the resume they have here. Blogs and fashion press would find them and only help build their name and publicity, and they continue to grow and become more well known as people begin to recognize their powerful and well-crafted sound.

I asked Trapp what they are on the verge of, to which he replied, “being a ‘meme’– we want to be a part of the internet. But as much as we want to be a meme, we’re also doing everything we can to like like make life more physical and to make our brand really something that you can touch…”

It was a pleasure speaking with Coast Modern and I look forward to hearing the full-length album!

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PLS&TY Unleashes a Killer Track that will Run You Wild

Let this song run you wild

If you’re looking for what cutting-edge means, you won’t need to use a dictionary for this one. Just press play above to hear PLS&TY’s recent release “Run Wild”. This single is an incredible banger that is sure to be a hit on the dance floor. It does not require any remixes to spice up the track, in fact PLS&TY has done that all on his own, making the track extremely riveting with its charismatic, high energy, song that is a battle cry of musical creation. The incantations are incredible, carrying the song throughout what the time frame will allow, and preparing you for the depths of life that march into the jungle and run for the great escape. The drums are haunting, like bones against the ground chiming to the sounds of a summer anthem. The synths then raise our hopes and spirits as the melody carries through a stream of our consciousness alongside the eerie chants of the song.

After the release of his hit single, “Good Vibes”, which landed a Universal Music licensing deal and re-release, and after having already been on tour for 4 months in the U.S., this artist decides that it is time to push his fans’ musical ears and challenge them to an abstract track such as this one, “Run Wild”.

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At a young age, PLS&TY is already noticed as a leader in the Future Bass world today (and all it took was one year)! He is known for remixing various genres like R&B and hip-hop and abstract house music which have all led him to over 30 millions plays on SoundCloud and a #1 spot on HypeMachine charts.

The DJ has also been recognized by some of the biggest in the EDM leagues including labels like OWSLA, Dim Mak, Disruptor Records/Sony Music Entertainment, Island Records, Wind-Up/Concord Music Group and more. This trippy, erotic, chill, wavy sound that this man fabricates is certainly a way to distinguish himself against the others.

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His music has already been featured on notable media platforms such as BBC Radio 1 and Diplo & Friends & Sirius XM, his remix of Genevieve’s “Colors” was used in a Hershey’s “Hello Happy” TV commercial; and many more accomplishments came along down the line.

PLS&TY is hitting the road and the studio and making a big bang with his musical prowess. We are all excited to see what is in store for this producer and he continues to run wild and take chances for his music.

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KEYON Releases an Amazing Jazzy Remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Outside”

Feeling it on the inside and outside

The producer has really decided to show off his true musical skills in this recent remix he released today for all to hear! KEYON, a young artist from Massachusetts, remixes the renown track originally created by Calvin Harris featuring the stunning vocals of Ellie Goulding, and turns it into a masterpiece of EDM jazz. Using the real, natural voices of his instruments, he captures an authenticity in his electronic music that only some artists, such as Lido, offer. KEYON himself noted that, “I think people could respect that I make all my own samples and sounds”, he continues, “and I’m telling you…jazz is making a revolutionary comeback”.

This artist really makes us appreciate the art of musical theory with his songs, something I think many of us seemed to have forgotten after all of these days of mainstream, artificial tunes blasting through the radio.

When this remix hits 2:15, the conflict rises and the best guitar interference you will ever hear takes you down a path of intense jam-worthy freedom. It’s funny that KEYON chooses to use the raw sound of electric guitars to create the drop rather than the synths and it works so perfectly!

The song ends with a little jazzy piano riff to ease us after the stunning sound storm. The drums help guide you to the beat and march you onward into the depths of the track. The risers are well-developed and the synths similarly riff into waterfalls of sound in a downward formation– pouring into your ear drums.

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The artist has a lot in store this summer as he ventures off into the music realms of his simple studio set up, and we are excited to hear what he’s got for us!

 

For more from KEYON, check him out on SoundCloud, Instagram, and Facebook!

Ones to Watch: Aquilo & Brika Perform at Live Nation Event and Stun

These are the Ones To Watch and the ones to listen to.

According to Live Nation, these two acts are worth keeping your eyes and ears open to, and that was proven to us when the two groups of breathtaking artists stole the attention of the crowd at Live Nation’s annual Ones To Watch event at its Beverly Hills headquarters in LA. With lots of smiles, drinks, and customized t-shirts and tanks with the artists’ names, we were all welcomed to the talents of these musicians.

Our first artist to perform was Aquilo, who is an electronic, downtempo indie band from across the pond that will swoon your soul with their beautiful productions that could serenade you to sleep. With dreamy lullabies intertwined into riveting, adventurous soundscapes, they have recaptured the emotions of nostalgic wastelands of the mind and memory in the form of stunning tunes.

Aquilo has also built recognition for themselves, noticed by big names. For example, it has been remixed by Marian Hill and has collaborated with artists such as Madeon and Betty Who! Aquilo also reached over 11 million streams on their single “Silhouette” alone!

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Her last release was back in April titled “Don’t Want Your Love”. Her music will remind you of the forces of Vérité, Tei Shi, and Sza. Crowds are excited to watch her music take off as she releases more tracks and allows people to truly hear her voice.

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Both sets were riveting and extremely well-performed, and worth noting as they work their ways into their musical career futures. Be on the lookout, they’re the ones to watch after all!

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Merk & Kremont Tell a “Sad Story (Out of Luck)” In this Summer Jam

 Out of luck, but full of heart.

Merk & Kremont are two DJ’s I was never aware of.  In fact, I had never heard of these Milan-bred producers before, until I heard their recent release “Sad Story (Out of Luck)”, which release today! If you are the type who loves electronic, downtempo music, but are looking for something new, then this is the track you should be listening to.

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A unique blend of pop and cultural tunes intertwined into a beautifully polished single, this song, released through Spinnin‘, captures what is means to feel broken from the ever-occurring series of unfortunate events of life.

This is honestly such a simple song, and yet, it is extremely catchy in the way the melody follows a tune you wouldn’t expect, like the way it incorporates the Spanish guitars that strum away at heart strings whilst we reminisce about the troubles we have. Notable publication, Your EDM, admits “[Merk & Kremont] show no signs of slowing down with their unique, explosive musical stamp.”

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From pop music to house, these guys change it up each time to fit their musical energy. They have released numerous singles on labels that include electronic tycoons such as Tiesto’s Musical Freedom, Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings, Steve Angello’s SIZE and also Spinnin. They have reached over 40,000,000 streams online! In addition, the two have performed at many highly recognized festivals and radio shows alongside acts such as Oliver Heldens, Don Diablo, Martin Garrix, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas, and Like Mike.

So, guessing this time, the boys lucked out after all!

Listen to the track below!

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