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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Not much is known about the LuckyMe signed singer other than his Montreal roots and haunting as hell tracks “@cartier” and “Genevieve”. Littlebabyangel’s personna seems to align with that of a modern-day Marilyn Manson, if Manson took the electronic route for re-branding purposes. The artist’s Instagram page eerily emits the same mysterious vibe as his music while providing no actual information as to who, what, when, where, and why.
The self-titled “Dark Daddi” brings something totally different to the music scene, with rap-like lyrics ridden by a pulsating, aggressive bassline. The lo-fi, slightly static quality of his tracks and out-of-the-box sound bites are categorically experimental; however, the constant driving drum kick feels like you may have the spins…in a “let’s do this again” kind of way.
Littlebabyangel’s two-minute teasers are guaranteed to leave listeners craving more. The overall appeal is not just in his aggressive, impulsive, and slightly sexual sound..it’s also in what’s seen. His website is a live, layered art installation, a shock to all senses with components of video and audio atop of provocative tumblr images and accompanying prose. Watch here.
As a DJ who has won several world titles, only the most epic of performances can be expected of A-Trak, as his current tour makes a stop at Sway in Columbus next month. A-Trak’s reliable track list is full of methodic, building bass lines and highly-contagious melodies but also big sound club bangers worthy of a few ear-gasms like “We All Fall Down”.
His latest releases seem to blur the lines between electronic, dance, and pop with house influences marching masterfully to each clean chord progression. This should be no surprise by the guy who commonly speaks out against pigeonholing artists into genres. What matters is that his technique is on fleek- as the cool kids would say- and even the most mild EDM enthusiasts (hello Beliebers) will find something to latch on to.
A-Trak is slated to play Jan. 2 downtown at a newer space on the scene, Sway. The part tapas lounge, part nightclub has had a steady stream of reputable DJ’s spin including Eric Prydz and Sidney Sampson. Michael Mercer, Director of Operations and Marketing at Sway, said A-Trak has brought in the largest “day one” ticket sales since opening; impressive with everything going on around New Years Eve and that weekend.
For avid A-Trak listeners, myself included, here’s to hoping he brings his signature scratching to Ohio. Watch his YouTube channel original “Short Cuts” videos to get up to speed on the mind-blowing madness that is his undeniable skill set below. A personal favorite is Episode 8: Beat Steady where he rips apart “Beats Knockin” by Jack U then sews it back together with the agility and precision of a master tailor. That’s one bad ass seamstress. “Landline” is another scratch-heavy hit that only A-Trak can be accountable for, as his transitions are virtually seamless.
A-Trak as a whole is such an amalgam we may even hear a hint of trap or full-on hip hop to his set (he has, after all, work with Yeezus himself Kayne West). You never know with the DJ and yet you do know all at the same time…make sense? Expect songs you can sip on all night like a high-quality liquor of your choosing but also what I call “treadmill tracks” which you can take straight to the dance floor.
A-Trak in costume at Haunted Fest 2014
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
Cherub‘s anticipated EP Antipasto is out now on iTunes. The EP is a solid four songs including their hit track “Doses and Mimosas” plus a remix from The Knocks. The Nashville based group is going to make some noise with this project because it’s an original compilation of indie, funk, and disco music. Essentially, it’s music that sounds experimental but it’s cool enough that all fans of electronic music should enjoy. Take a listen to the full stream of Cherub’s Antipasto EP, below, and grab it off iTunes if you’re feeling it.
iTunes: Cherub – Antipasto EP
Fresh off the heels of a #1 HypeM hit, Santigold remix and a fresh summertime collaboration with fellow Hawaiian phenom Mr. Carmack, Jacuzzi‘s debut EP, Mizu, is out now. Mizu is a cinematic concoction of future bass, hip-hop, and popular bass music and original in its entirety. Jacuzzi produced this EP at Avex Studios in Hawaii (Kanye’s “Yeezus”) and Just Blaze’s StadiumRed in NYC and now, at just 18 years old he has everyone on notice. Stream the five track project in full, below, and also grab this must download project for FREE via their website. Even if you are unfamiliar with the name Jacuzzi, I urge you to check this out, because you will not be disappointed.
Download: Jacuzzi- Mizu EP
Rapper Problem has an EP, Understand Me, that will release this Tuesday. You can stream the eight song project in advance thanks to Myspace, below. The “Like Whaaaat” rapper has features some of his hottest tracks this year
with fellow west coast artists G Malone and Bad Lucc rounding out the guest spots. You can pre-order Problem’s ‘Understand Me’ EP now on iTunes.
Louis The Child‘s debut EP ‘Dimensions’ is out now on Prep School Recordings. The edm duo out of Chicago produced five original songs, including a hip-hop song “Feeling Of Life” featuring rapper Mina Knock. This project is entertaining from start to finish because of Louis The Child’s dynamic style of production. Their influences of dubstep, electro, and house are present on each song and when complemented with their classy synths and instrumentals this tape makes for a nice launching pad into what is hopefully a fruitful music career. Louis The Child’s ‘Dimensions’ EP is out now on iTunes, and you can listen to the free stream, below.
Download: Louis The Child – Dimensions EP
In the midst of a 30 city tour with Hoodie Allen, rapper D-WHY released his debut project entitled Young, Loved, Hated & Broke EP. After making the EP available on iTunes, D-WHY also put up a full stream of the eight-song mix tape, which is the norm these days.
D-WHY delivers bold lyrics over production that ranges from pop to slow jams to trap. Led by his single “One Day”, D-WHY raps about flirting with females, challenges he’s overcome, and him staying true to his rap hustle. What’s most interesting about this project is now that D-WHY’s songs are together he sounds authentic. Out of the EP’s previously un-released titles, “Peace, Love, Money”, “Legacy”, and “Devil’s Watching Me” are the standouts. For the rapper whose music was slow to gain traction in the rap game, this full compilation confirms D-WHY’s arrival as a respectable artist. Take a listen to D-WHY’s Young, Loved, Hated & Broke EP and buy it off iTunes if you are impressed.