How Do You Know It’s Love (ft Brianna) is a new single from Fission. It’s a bright, upbeat track with an elaborately melodic EDM beat. The complexity of the music and the way it shifts and alternates makes this song lively from start to finish. The lovely female vocals are softly passionate and emotionally expressive. How Do You Know It’s Love successfully balances sentimental lyrics with a high energy beat to create an action packed dance track. It’s really a pretty song that recaptures a bit of innocence in a bottle.
The Deep End is a new single from Northern California based artist, Obe In Space. It’s a hip hop jam, but the ethereal backing music and lightly processed vocals make this work just as well as an electronic dance track. It’s just very chill and melodic. The beat itself is minimalist low-key, but it’s enveloped by chimey and magical synths that create the ambiance. In fact, it has vaporwave style cover art. Had the song been released as an instumental, it could have easily fallen into that genre.
The delivery is interesting as the artist doesn’t simply bust rhymes. In addition he uses his vocals as kind of instrument. The result is a very unique and distinct sound which can help establish a memorable artistic brand. The Deep End is well titled because the song has a hypnotic, peaceful underwater atmosphere to it. It really is very relaxing to listen to. Take a dive into this track and hear for yourself.
I Am EmmanPelumi is a new album from hip hop artist Emman-Pelumi. Clocking in at over 1 hour, this album is long. It must have taken quite a while to compleye and Emman didn’t cut any corners or sacrifice for quality. The record opens strong with the upbeat, fresh and full track, All Day. Many of the songs feature sparkling, 80s style synth beats. I must say this artist has a certain talent for choosing really great backing music. The ethereal dance beats definitely enhance the experience. My favorite tracks on on here are Acercate Pt.1 and Pt.2. which boast some stellar female guest vocals. As an album I Am EmmanPelumi has everything: a plethora of guest artists, synthwave instrumental tracks, hip hop pop. Even with this much variety to spice things up, the sound remains cohesive and consistent. Nothing seems out of place. This release is definitely worth the price of admission.
The Mask is a new single from Oakland based singer/songwriter, Tess Posner. This is no ordinary indie track. The vocals were recorded at the iconic Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco, and Tess also worked with CA Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer Sal Oliveri. The Mask has a warm, analog-like sound with record crackle and tape hiss for avant garde effect. The music is darkly electrifying. The Mask is a synthpop jam which explores the struggle to find authenticity and inspires listeners to confront the fears and demons which function as obstacles to outwardly displaying our true selves. Tess’s voice is delightflully haunting. Her tone conveys an emotional depth we don’t often seen in this genre of music. This song is an example of how pop music can break out of the constraints of superficiality when it wants to.
WE is a new single from Stig Gustu Larsen, an artist from Norway most recently known for being a contestant in season 5 of the show, The Voice Norway. However, his career spans back much further than that, having released a plethora of albums and singles dating back over a decade. So, it pretty much goes without saying that this guy can sing. They don’t let people on those shows that can’t.
Stig displays his vocal prowess in WE, as his passionate and dynamic delivery drives the song. What’s notable about this track though are the tropical vibes. The music has a very late 80s/early 90s feel to it, bringing to mind The Beach Boys’ Kokomo as well as soundtracks to films like Captain Ron and Weekend at Bernie’s. The tone and lyrics are very uplifting. This is a summertime song for sure. Ultimately though it’s a song about fulfillment in finding one’s “home,” in finally reaching the destination where they are in their element, whether it be a physical location or an emotional state of inner peace (perhaps both.) In any case, this is a professional single that’s sure to resonate with adult contemporary audiences internationally.
Dark Mode 2: Suffocate is an album from hip hop artist “Tripple D” from Norway. Tripple D got into making music at the age of 10 and became prominent locally around the time he turned 15 years old. The album is massive, containing nearly 20 full tracks. The beats feature a lot of killer synth variations, though some incorporate a piano sound. The songs are very well produced, professional studio quality. While the backing beats are generally mellow and chill, the lyrics are often explicit and of the aggressive variety (as the title suggests.) Tripple D maintains his intensity throughout and has a charismatic vocal presence, but the awesome music and blended guest vocals help soften things up a bit to make these songs accessible as party jams as well.
My favorite track on the album is Atmosphere (Bloodline.) It opens with an intriguing sample and is brimming with dark and melodic ambiance throughout. Musically it’s just beautiful. As a whole this album contains a lot of variety and is rich with content. It is simply an epic endeavor. You’ll definitely get your money’s worth.
South Korean producer “glowcean” has teamed up with Music Dribble Entertainment, Mostacho Xprmnt and Cikadda for Clap With Me (a remix.) This song’s amazing. I haven’t heard anything quite like it from the EDM world. It’s a mellow blend of electronic music and neo-soul ambiance. The track reminds me of a futuristic version of those old-school noise collage tapes. The vibe is quietly ethereal with a hint of 1970s. If you took a Steely Dan record and put it through a giant EDM filter machine, I’m pretty sure something like this would come out. As I was listening to this track to review it, my girlfriend came in the room and was like “What is that song? I really like it,” something that almost never happens. This is a good song and a creatively satisfying remix. Check it out below.
Guns is a new music video from Beav, a Charleston, MO based hip hop artist. The video opens with a card game and titles like you’re watching a film or documentary, and that’s almost what it is. Guns blends hip hop with Beav’s social and political messaging. He raps about the issue of guns while “Cops” style footage is reenacted in the background through much of the vid. From a cinemtagraphy standpoint this just as much a short film as it is a music video. In ths song itself, Beav takes lyrical aim at almost everyone associated with this issue, from cops to thugs to a lot of people in between. Whatever one thinks of his opinions on these hot buttom issues, Beav is a charismatic rapper whose commanding presence drives the song. His hard hitting delivery style is slow, blunt and matter of fact. The song hits on a lot of talking points and is sure to resonate with audiences. Check it out below and see what you think.
Civilizado Como Los Animales is a new release from Catalan artist, Macaco. The title essentially means “Civilized Like Animals.” Dani Macaco’s musical fundamentals are very strong, as is the production. While containing elements of rumba and reggae, the songs are also very avant garde and experimental. Macaco is not afraid to go a little wild and push the envelope in terms of structure and predictability. There’s synth, slick beats and even some spoken word mixed in. No Nos Pararan is one of the more memorable jams for me. It has a catchy intro and some really cool synth sounds I’ve never even heard before. My other favorite track is De Serie which features numerous guest artists and collaborators. It has a Mediterranean quality to it. The album as a whole is a nice blend of traditional and experimental music that hits just the right balance.
Infiernos is a new album from Panteón Rococó, a very well known ska band from Mexico City. Production on this album is top notch, better than what you hear from most major labels. The songs remind me a lot of the ska bands I grew up listening to in the 90s, except that all the lyrics are in Spanish. I do speak a little bit of Spanish but not enough to seriously analyze the lyrical content. The songs on here are lively and brimming with energy. You can just picture everyone having a ball dancing to this. The tone is very upbeat and fun throughout. Botella is probably my favorite track on the album, with it’s catchy horn lines and elaborate interludes. Most importantly I want to mention that the musiciansmanship on here is phenomenal and expertly performed to meticulous detail. It doesn’t take much to figure out this is an excellent ska album from a seasoned group of professionals.