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PSG’s Top Songs and Albums of 2016

Every year, we like to take a look back at all the new music that came out throughout the year. We then go through and weed out the best of the best and compile it in one go-to spot. So what did we find this year?

Without a doubt, this was a huge year for hip-hop. New albums from top dogs Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, J. Cole, Frank Ocean, and Travis Scott definitely made a splash, but so did releases from newcomers like Lil Uzi Vert and Desiigner that took the US by storm. In electronic music, we also saw the rise of RÜFÜS DU SOL here in the states and the triumph of Flume‘s debut album, as well as the success story of our good friends The Chainsmokers as they have risen into one of the biggest artists in the world, regardless of genre.

We break down some of our staff’s top five albums and top five songs of 2016 below. After that, you can find Spotify playlists of all of these selections put together for your listening convenience! (Pro tip: Put the playlists on shuffle for your maximum listening pleasure)

 

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Listen to the Spotify playlists below!

PSG’s Top Albums Of 2016

PSG’s Top Songs Of 2016

LIFE at #FEST 2016

14FEST_poster_webWhen you hear the word “fest” you think of lights, music, friends and the backroad to a wonderful time. This year in Athens Ohio, its more than that. More of a way to connect with yourself and others with a weekend filled with a jouney you’ll never forget. If you’re like me, and you’ve never been to a festival, then you are sure to be mind blown as unique artists such as The Chainsmokers, Fetty Wap,  Lil Dickie, and many more roam the stage this April. Last year, over 15,000 people attended #fest and it has been growing continuously since 2004. A friend of mine will also be perfoming, James Caudle, also known as “DJ-Corrupt.” James has been a known artist in the Columbus area over the past few years and is constantly making a good name for himself. Playing along side artist’s such as Martin Garrix, Diplo, Laidback Luke, and many more was just the start to his career. His self released album “Resonate,” which was released in 2015 has his fan list growing by the day and has led him to massive bookings. If you decide to attend #fest this year be sure to bring plenty of water, closed toe shoes, and comfotable clothes.

My friends, my family, my co-workers, get ready to rage because this is a moment we shall never forget.

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The Jordan Belforts of College Rap: Wes Walker and Dyl

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Wes Walker is a 20 year old kid from Temple University in Philadelphia with a talent for rapping, production and entrepreneurship. First recognized nationally for his hit single “Jordan Belfort” with producer Dyl, these two are entertainers of all kinds. “Jordan Belfort”, inspired by The Wolf of Wall Street, now has over 14 million plays on SoundCloud and over 17 million plays on Spotify.

Wes started DJing in the only the 7th grade, and learning to produce original tracks on Reason and Ableton Live. His confidence and unique styles easily radiate through his music making him an artist to look out for. He is managed by Kevin Liles of KWL management, is signed to Atlantic records, and personally associates himself with College Weekly, an expression platform that’s all over YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information, check out Wes Walkers homepage www.weswalker.dj and Dyl’s homepage itslit.org.

See Wes Walker and Dyl tonight in Columbus, and tomorrow in Urbana.

Get your tickets for both shows here.

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Introducing Ohio State Raised #FEST Artist: Cal Scruby

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Ohio has a track record of producing great entertainers, from Katt Williams in comedy to Halle Berry on the big screen. Ohio doesn’t fall short when it comes to introducing new rappers to hip-hop either. Kid Cudi, King Chip (formerly Chip tha Ripper), Machine Gun Kelly and now Cal Scruby.

Cal Scruby is a 25-year-old producer and rapper from Cincinnati, OH who found his talent for rapping in early 2011. His first release, “Best Foot Forward”, was a track recorded and put out by Cal himself, using only Ohio State’s library as a makeshift ‘studio’. It now has over 87,000 plays on YouTube.

Soon after the release of “Best Foot Forward”, Cal began working on another project in September of 2012. The project was “Boy Genius”, with the help of Alexander Dreamer, a 22-year-old producer from Columbus, OH. The project’s first single “SCRUBBY” was featured on BBC Radio1 by Zane Lowe, drawing more attention to Cal and his music. The final project was released in October of 2013, featuring production from not only Alexander Dreamer, but also another Cincinnati native, Mac Niff. The project had a lot of variety and originality to it, and was praised for its cohesiveness. Making these achievements even more impressive is remembering that Cal was still a college student during these projects, doing all of his work alongside his coursework at The Ohio State University.

Finally in August 2014, Cal graduated from OSU and signed to Riveting Entertainment. He moved to Los Angeles to work on his first album House In The Hills which was released in September of 2015. It goes to show even if you manage to get signed by a big time record label and make it from Cincinnati to Los Angeles, things have a way of coming full circle as Cal finds himself performing 3 hours outside of his hometown for #FEST.

One of his best tracks is the Chris Brown supported “Ain’t Shit Change”. Inspiration for the track popped up as a recording session was winding down at 2 a.m. “The engineer and I played one last beat and came up with the hook,” recalls Scruby. “The next day we finished the record.”

“Ain’t Shit Change” is the third single from Scruby’s debut EP House in the Hills released by Riveting Entertainment. The EP bowed at No. 14 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart the week of Sept. 26, 2015. Along with earlier singles “Going Off” featuring Trevor Jackson and “Michael Bay,” the EP also includes guest Sevyn Streeter on the track “Submarine.”

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Lost In Candyland

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Colorful. Melodic. Inspiring. Bubbly. Flamboyant with a dark edge. Vividly wild.

These are the first words that come to surface when thinking about Candyland, otherwise known as Josie Martin. Out of Santa Barbara, CA, Josie began producing music in 2011 with her close friend, Ethan Davis and together they formed Candyland; which in its origin was a bubbly electro house duo that produced uplifting, melodic bass tracks that featured a hint of dubstep and trap.

Josie began her career in music mastering turntablism, scratching and beat juggling. With no particular genre in mind to master, it was through a classmate that she was introduced to Basshunter, which led her to discover Steve Aoki and DJ AM, ultimately sparking her interest in EDM. Short after, Josie and Ethan integrated themselves into the dance music scene and won back-to-back Beatport remix competitions with their remixes of Skrillex’s “Make it Bun Dem” and Bingo Players’ “Rattle”.   Listen here:

Skrillex “Make it Bun Dem”



Bingo Players’ “Rattle”

Together, Josie and Ethan produced and released their debut album, “Bring the Rain” in late January 2013. They went on tour playing at festivals and clubs all over the US and were asked to tour as the opening set for Krewella on their “Get Wet Live” tour.

“Bring the Rain”

As Candyland experienced greater success, Ethan began to distance himself. It was here in Ethan’s absence that Josie decided to pursue Candyland alone and Ethan went on to pursue other endeavors. Josie continued on as Candyland, steering the original colorful, bubbly melodic sound down a darker path. Redesigned, Candyland features a more aggressive jungle trap beat, with searing bass that compliments the original bubbly sound to create an exhilarating roller coaster ride of beats and drops that is sure to have fans raging.

Check out Candyland’s new sound here:

1. Rage in love

2. Murda


3. Speechless (most recent original // 10.30.15)

Continuing into 2016, Candyland will be headlining the Candy Clvb tour with Fight Clvb as the supporting act. Paired together, Candyland and Fight Clvb bring an intense jungle terror beat, working the crowd with massive builds and even more exhilarating drops. If you’re looking for a moombahton sound that features exotic bass, drums and quite literally jungle noises, then Candyland and Fight Clvb will not leave you disappointed. This tour is surely to be one of the most intense but highly intriguing, and it is not one you want to miss.

Prime Social will be hosting 3 stops on the tour, you can find event details, as well as tickets on the links below.

3/10/16 Columbus, OH @ Dahlia

3/11/16 Cincinnati, OH @ Mynt Cincinnati

3/12/16 Madison, WI @ Liquid

Should you be unable to attend one of the above three stops, here are the remaining tour dates, as of late. You stay updated with any additional shows by liking and following their social media accounts, linked below.

 

 

Connect with Candyland: Facebook // Soundcloud // Twitter

Connect with Fight Clvb: Facebook // Soundcloud // Twitter

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The Music Behind The Mask: marshmello

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The anonymous identity behind one of EDM’s newest producers has been the gossip of fans for months now. Debates intensify as new theories develop in regards to the man (or could it be a woman?) under the mask: is it Dotcom? Is it Martin Garrix? Is it a group of artists? The list of theories is progressively growing and all of them seem to make sense in their own ways.

Despite the identity argument, Marshmello has unified fans in a rare way, creating an atmosphere that focuses on the music, which by the way, is extremely unique in its own sense.  Marshmello’s songs consist of a hybrid trap production that feature a flare of future bass and house that humorously mimic his fluffy appearance. Each of his songs immediately put you in that feel-good state of being and are a perfect addition to any spring break playlist.

So, with spring break quickly approaching, and Marshmello on PSG’s Xtreme Spring Break lineup, here are 5 Marshmello songs to add to your playlist.

Buy your tickets to Xtreme Spring Break 2016 here

 

KnOw ME

BoUnCE

SuMmeR

KeEp IT MeLLo Ft. Omar LinX

ShOw YoU

BONUS TRACK: Diplo & Friends Guest Mix

Also, if you haven’t, check out Mello’s remix to Adele’s “Hello”. The full version is available for download through this SoundCloud link or on his website as a free download.

 

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Destructo’s Dance Music Domination

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As the winter season passes, so does another sold out Holy Ship! festival. The annual 4-day electronic music festival cruise departed from Miami on February 10th and not only boasted huge names such as RL Grime and Porter Robinson but also three sets featuring the festival founder himself, Gary Richards, aka Destructo.

Known for putting out massive electronic festivals such as HARD Summer, HARD Day of the Dead, HARD Red Rocks, and throwing the first ever Electric Daisy Carnival in 1991, just to name a few, it seems almost impossible that LA-based Destructo has time to produce consistent bangers of the G-House, Tech House, and Electro House variety. His newest single ‘4 Real” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and iLoveMakonnen dropped about a month ago and showcases his genre-bending style flawlessly.

This year on Holy Ship!, in addition to a solo DJ set, Destructo performed his trademark sermon set along with the sunrise during the wee hours of the morning as well as a b2b set with DIRTYBIRD’s Justin Martin. You can check out all three of the sets below and see Destructo himself live on the Xtreme Spring Break trip in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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NGHTMRE Releases “Get Back” On Mad Decent

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It seems that NGHTMRE just cannot be stopped, but then again, why would we ever want him to? Whether it be news of a tour, a new track, a new mix, or even more so, his highly anticipated EP, Tyler Marenyi, known better by his stage name, NGHTMRE, is keeping himself (and fans) busy in 2016.

Despite currently being on his LIGHTERS UP tour, NGHTMRE has hardly let that stop him from releasing new music. He most recently released his Triple J mix-up and two songs from his forthcoming EP, but NGHTMRE has once again provided fans with something new to enjoy. Today, finally, after several previews on his social media sites, NGHTMRE releases “Get Back” on Mad Decent. Check it out below.

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SNBRN’s SoCal Vibes Bring “Sunset House” To The Mid-West

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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.

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5 Vanic Songs You Need In Your Library

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On March 1st, Prime Social Group presents Vanic at Dahlia in Columbus. His Canadian shows featuring Adventure Club have been blowing up and the United States shows are expected to be just a great.

If you’re someone who is struggling pinpointing the exact kind of EDM you can get down to, check out some of Vanic’s remixes. The Vancouver native DJ is known for his smooth variety of remixes, collaboration with female vocalists and relatable, often quoted lyrics. Be sure to add some of Vanic’s hot remixes on SoundCloud after checking out our playlist below:

Vanic x K. Flay – Can’t Sleep is more upbeat. The instrumental compliments the lyrics perfectly. Great collaboration.
Vanic x Zella Day – Hypnotic is one of Vanic’s more in the closet remixes. Good for those who can get down to unique vibes; Zella kills it mid remix.
• Vanic – Skinny Love makes its way to everyones playlist. A very well-known, popular remix.
Vanic x Aquilo – Losing You is a personal favorite of mine. The original is frequently quoted and is overall a great song to help the throbbing of a broken heart.
• Vanic x Flay – The Cops is smooth. Always find myself swaying back and forth when listening to it. Great for those late night drives.

Doors open at 10 p.m., but be sure to get there with plenty of time to spare. With the show falling on a weekday, traffic shouldn’t be an issue. Tickets are starting out at $15 — Buy your tickets here.

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