Only a few days ago, KSHMR released the full track of “Touch”, which features a collaboration with Felix Snow and vocals from Madi. Those of you who have yet to listen to the Californian producer, you should start to. Also known as Niles Hollowell-Dhar, he started his career with his friend David “Campa” Singer-Vine, the duo was formally known as The Cataracs. The former duo focused their producing on hip-hop and indie pop, which proved successful. KSHMR was created as Niles’ solo alias and has become the EDM sensation known today. His tracks have been topping Beatport charts and setting his name beside other well known producers. In 2015, KSHMR collaborated with Tiesto to create “Secrets” which held high positions on the charts. If you have yet to tune into KSHMR’s new track “Touch”, tune in:
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“Feel the Bern” has a whole new meaning (totally unrelated to progressive politics) with newcomer on the scene, SNBRN. The Ultra Records artist is in the midst of a North American tour, stopping at two hot spots on Prime Social turf this spring. Pack extra aloe, because this April’s gonna hurt so good.
Laguna Beach all grown up is what I consider the effortlessly electronic, SoCal sound of Kevin Chapman better known as SNBRN. He’s released several singles, all garnering attention for different reasons. “Raindrops” has nuances of nu disco folded into the melodic musings of singer Kerli on the track. SNBRN has branded this very sound as “Sunset House”, a kind of house music that is the pre-gaming soundtrack to a night out and perhaps set on the California Coast. Friends, music, sun setting in the background…it has picturesque appeal and is delightfully light and fun yet feels indulgent.
The Los Angeles native is also known for his playful remixes of “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye and “21 Questions” by 50 Cent. SNBRN’s twist on hip hop and r&b hits takes the gangsta edge off while adding mass playability (similar to drinkability, for all you Bud Light fans…but not quite as watered down). There’s a nostalgic quality to his classic house interpretations of these chart toppers that I think is refreshing and easy to listen to for hours on end. SNBRN’s most recent release, “Gangsta Walk”, is a salute to late 70s funk mixed with slow-burning builds and lyrics courtesy of Nate Dogg.
After making pit stops playing for giant crowds at Holy Ship and Ultra, SNBRN will ease his way to the Mid-West for shows on 3/5 in Madison [tickets here], 4/29 in Cincinnati [tickets here], and 4/30 in Columbus [tickets here]. With music perfect for sipping on all night at either venue, SNBRN and guest Speaker of the House are guaranteed to lay tracks that will do a significant amount of (sun) damage.
When I’m not drooling over DJ’s, my guilty pleasure of soulful and sexy country musicians comes out from the closet (along with a pair of denim cut-offs and my hometown southern drawl). Picture an atmosphere as energetic and free-wheeling as #FEST but add a little twang and you’ve got Country Night Lights. If I only learned one thing in my formative years living in a small West Virginia town, it’s country kids know how to have a damn good time.
With instant attention from Rolling Stone and Billboard online, #CNL2016 looks like it will send a shiver down your saddle and a shot of moonshine straight into your bloodstream (I highly recommend George Washington’s original recipe, only for sipping). Let’s keep it Country 101 with an introduction to headliner Brett Eldredge, a three-time chart topper who is more mainstream pop than Merle Haggard.
The 29-year-old Illinois born artist was recently nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music while also revealing a new unnamed single that will be out early next month. With so-catchy-it-kills melodies and chart topping tracks like “Lose My Mind” and “Mean To Me”, the Country Night Lights headliner and Atlantic Records artist seems to be having his best year ever. His brand is a blend of soulful sound with lyrics laced of a classic country POV and an Abercrombie & Fitch model appeal…like a polished Marlboro man. This is 21st-Century Country, and it’s highly contagious.
Preview what you’ll see in September with some of Brett’s bests below, then head over to www.countrynightlights.com for an array of ticket options (GA, VIP, camping, and RV passes).
Use the hashtag #CNL2016 to tweet @cntrynghtlghts who else you want to see on this year’s lineup!
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Jez Dior is a Los Angeles based artist whose dropping a new mixtape this summer. Having already released the the song and music video his previous single, “Who Drank My Whiskey”, this latest single could be his best yet.
“Old No. 7” is a grunge rap style of music that Jez Dior has been developing. Also, featuring G-Eazy, this song cohesively unites original elements of rock-n-roll and hip-hop. The cool acoustic guitar provides a delightful vibe from its introduction until its conclusion, where in between, Jez’s and G-Eazy’s lyrics about pouring down the classic Jack Daniels drink flourish. Take a listen to Jez Dior’s newest single “Old No. 7” and stay tuned for ‘untitled ep’ dropping soon. Enjoy!
iTunes: Jez Dior – Old No. 7
The homie Arya introduced me to Brahj‘s music a few months back. They are the University of Michigan producer duo, consisting of Max Tkacz and Jack Byrne, who also brought usThe Fifty Fades To Grey EP earlier this year and are back with new music. Released as an EP this sophomore project called, Diluvian Future Prophets is another enjoyable listening immersion from them where Brahj provides more of their raw and experimental vibes.
The two songs “Diluvian Future Prophets” and “Up In The Air” build on the foundations of their previous originals. They’re each tinged with an ambient, electronic style, where Brahj is successful in taking your mind on an unpredictable journey. Beginning with the EP-titled track that’s led by its obscure sounds and bass-heavy, dub-step rhythms, Brahj injected perfectly timed samples also on”Up In The Air”, which rounds out this release featuring a brighter and remarkably harmonic sound. Brahj’s Diluvian Future Prophets EP will sound irresistible after a few spins, take a listen and purchase it out now on Meze Records.
Beatport: Brahj – Diluvian Future Prophets EP
NASA may have cut the Shuttle program but dance music fans can still take a heady trip deep into space thanks to the intergalactic planetary collaboration between W&W and Blasterjaxx called “Rocket.” It blasts off today, April 21, on Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings.
W&W and Blasterjaxx both make music for the biggest stages on their own, so when they come together the result is simply madness. Rocket launches out of the gates with an arresting synth line that plunges into a downright sinister drop. One you’ll be experiencing at festivals all summer long.
“Rocket” comes on the heels of W&W’s smashing Ultra main stage performance and the release of their recent solo production, “BIGFOOT.” It’s all hits for W&W – ‘D# Fat’, their highly acclaimed collaboration with Armin van Buuren, the massive ‘Jumper’ with Hardwell, Beatport #1 smash ‘The Code’ with Ummet Ozcan (which became the most played track of Miami Music Week 2013), their chart topping remix of Armin van Buuren’s’This Is What It Feels Like’ feat. Trevor Guthrie and the official AMF (Amsterdam Music Festival) anthem ‘Thunder.’
Blasterjaxx (aka Thom Jongkind and Idir Makhlaf) are considered to be one of the fastest rising stars in dance music. Hot off their placement on the DJ Mag Top 100 list, only a mere three months after playing their first international DJ gig, Blasterjaxx, recently completed its debut headline tour of North America. On the production front Blasterjaxx kicked off 2014 with releases including #1 Beatport smash “Mystica,” “Titan” (with Bad Dimes), “Astronaut” (with Ibranovski), another Beatport #1 with Hardwell’sedit of “Fifteen” and most recently “Echo” on Protocol Recordings.
A symbol of lifestyle for many decades, shoe apparel company Converse continues to maintain a respectable level of relevancy with the release of CONS EP Vol. 1, the premier iteration of a seemingly ongoing series of curated, original music created by some of indie hip-hop’s most buzzing names. A cast consisting of Harry Fraud, Flatbush Zombies, RATKING, The Internet, Los Rakas and more together produce just under twenty minutes of quality music with variances in both production and vocality.
Stream CONS EP VOL. 1 below.
Out now on Big Beat Recordings is Cash Cash‘s newest EP, Lightning. The four song EP is the latest relase from them that’s official release and is also expected to help blow up Cash Cash’s name. This EP is a follow-up EP to their first one called, Overtime. And since the time around Halloween when the Overtime EP’ releases, Cash Cash has been growing with club banging, remixes of Hardwell’s “Dare You” and the Gazzo-assisted “Free” by Rudimental. Continuing to roll out some of the classiest music in EDM Cash Cash’s album titled track “Lightning” is the paramount single on their new EP. In the time leading up to this entire release, an early preview of “Lightning” show-cased its warm and harmonic sound. Heading into Miami Music week, Cash Cash definitely nailed it as this track is one of the freshest single into their quickly burgeoning music collection. Stream the song “Lightning” by Cash Cash below and purchase the single along with their entire ‘Lightning EP’ off iTunes. Enjoy!
iTunes: Cash Cash – Lightning EP
Starbright Records is proud to announce the Amorphous EP, the label’s fourth release and first ever EP. The Amorphous EP includes “Gunsmoke Eyes” and “Rage” – two melodic, anthemic tracks featuring the vocally-gifted Audrianna Cole. You’ll be taken for a ride with swelling chord progressions and perfectly executed builds laden with vocal performances that will fill you with emotion. Also included is the previously released Zashanell and Infitinee collaboration “Too Late,” which already has received widespread support the DJ community.
Case in point: Ken Loi’s Amorphous EP features an electric vibe that’s reminiscent of raw remixes by The Chainsmokers and Hyperbits‘s music. His style of house is swanky and very refreshing to listen due to it’s exciting builds and harmonious vocals. This project is very well done where Ken Loi could get spins from big djs in the nightclubs and at festivals. Take a listen to Ken Loi’s Amorphous EP, below and download his 4 undiscovered gems off beatport. Enjoy!
Beatport: Ken Loi – Amorphous EP
The song is the first to be released under his freshly cemented partnership with Casablanca Records and Republic Records, and it also gives audiences an initial taste of what’s to come from his fifth full-length album—due out later this year. “Red Lights” cruises ahead at full speed, merging kinetic house music energy and unforgettable pop prowess. It’s signature TIËSTO, but it also heralds the next phase for EDM.
iTunes: Tiësto – Red Lights