Posted by mimada on April 22, 2014
Between 4/20, Coachella, and any other holiday weekend festivities, you might have missed the highly anticipated release of the mysterious producer, Zhu’s freshman EP. This EP is ultra-satisfying not only for its content, but also because it marks the end of our suspense in seeing what this Zhu guy is all about. However, as far as who this Zhu guy actually is, well, we’ll get there.
In case you haven’t been following the steady rise of this artist, let me catch you up to speed. Back in February, music bloggers across the country (including FNT!) received emails from an anonymous source with the attachment later to be identified as Zhu’s first single, “Moves Like Ms. Jackson.” Following that, another even more addicting, and this time original track, “Superfriends” took the internet by storm. But it wasn’t long before fans made use of their Internet skills and uncovered the artist as Los Angeles based Stephen Zhu of No Ego Records. What was even more remarkable then the fine detective work provided by Joel McRae via Do Androids Dance was the evidence that Zhu had planted the seed for this EP and all its branding quite some time ago. And still, leading up to the release and even today, there remains an air of intrigue as to who the man behind the smoke is.
As for the music, it without a doubt lives up to the hype. Zhu has really established his own distinct sound: dark, seductive, bass heavy and overall sexy. The tracks released prior to the EP, like “Faded” and “Paradise Awaits” are among some of the more stand out ones, while “Stay Close” and “The One” offer a more subdued, deep house // UK garage feel.
Now that we can finally enjoy this artist’s work as a whole, I’m dying to know what his next move is. No doubt it’s been carefully calculated so he’ll leaving us hanging by a thread until the time is right. Until then, stream “Nightday” in full via Zhu’s website here or cop it from iTunes and test it out by driving fast on empty freeways late at night with a Russian model in your passenger seat and your hand on her thigh. Or something devious like that.
Posted by BIGLIFE on April 10, 2014
After a few weeks of building anticipation with singles, Jackson returns with a 2 part FREE EP. The project consists of jazzy sounds meet hip hop and pop, perfect for the start of Spring and going outside.
Posted by Grubeats on April 9, 2014
Another week, another Timeflies Cruiseday. This week Cal and Rez tackle Florida Georgia Line’s smash “Cruise”, adding their own pop treatment to the country hit. Debut LP, After Hours coming hot on 4.29.14!
Preorder on iTunes: Timeflies – After Hours [Album]
Posted by VMan on April 1, 2014
The Blancos from Brooklyn know how to make music, and that’s a fact, peep their record “Love’s Impossible,” some indie soul rock music to get you through this grey humid April afternoon. Obviously under the radar, my friend Scott hit me with 3 of their records, notably the one featured here, but make sure you check out “Lemon Garden,” and “Losing Sleep” both quality productions which explore the sample game, and capture that refreshing sound. I was also told that they have exciting news coming up, so keep an ear out for that. This is a must listen, and we’re still waiting on that download!
Posted by BIGLIFE on March 24, 2014
Hip hop has been struggling lately with new talent, but watch out, Toronto native Sean Leon is making a statement for 2014.
After releasing his project, “narcissus, THE DROWNING OF EGO”, he plans on releasing a slew of new music in 2014 and taking the industry by storm. I honestly feel bad for downloading this for free, it is that good.
Make sure you DL the project here and look out for Sean Leon:
Free Download: narcissus, THE DROWNING OF EGO
Posted by TwirlyHatMatt on March 4, 2014
The DMV has made quite a statement recently with new talent springing up right and left. The influx of new musicians to watch certainly doesn’t stop with Young Money Yawn. The 20 year old emcee takes on a more “street” side of Virginia, and speaks about his come up over a variety of different production styles.
Those who follow the DMV hip-hop scene closely might recognize the Board of Administration’s, Black Cobaine feature, amongst others. The tape is packed with eighteen original songs as well as a few bonus tracks, and aside from the speaking interludes getting a bit repetitive, the project is a very strong body of work. Stream and download in its entirety below!
Albums, Exclusive, Featured, Progressive House | FNT Premiere: Sgt Slick – Everyday (Dave Winnel Vicious21 Remix) From Vicious 21
Posted by Middy on March 3, 2014
Vicious Recordings is turning 21 this year and celebrate this momentous occasion, they have compiled 21 classics and 21 new remixes of songs that represent the storied history of the label. In a genre that has only been around for about 35 years, it is all to often we see labels, clubs and other institutions fade into obscurity after a short run on top. To remain one of the great labels, riding the highs and lows of the industry and remaining a consistent force at discovering new talent and promoting great music throughout the years. Based in Australia, just a few of the guys the label has helped break include Avicii, Dirty South, Peking Duk, Angger Dimas and many more.
With the compilation coming out tomorrow on Beatport, we are proud to premiere the Dave Winnel remix of Sgt Slick “Everyday”. Those of you who are fans of Kaskade’s compilation albums (raises hand), will recognize the piano-heavy remix by Digital Lab from Dance.Love, but now hometown kid, Dave Winnel takes over the reigns for a remix fit for 2014. The stunning vocal is left intact as Dave Winnel adds a bouncy bass line underneath a bed of synths that are a mix of a throwback to when this tune was originally released and to the sounds of today. Stream the tune below before it comes out tomorrow. Check out the teaser for the compilation below and see the full tracklist after the jump.