Albums | Aussie Producer re:abel drops new EP

Posted by on February 1, 2024

re:abel is a project from Melbourne newcomer Ryan Gasparini who is crafting a unique blend of Future/UK Garage electronica, which has a sound that can be likened to a mix between Overmono, Burial, and Joy Orbison.Over the last few months Ryan has given us two mesmerizing aural treats with ‘Carbonceramics’ and ‘Concentrate’, while also making promise of a three-track ep headed our way soon. That ep is titled “Otherside”,and it is being released this week alongside its previously unheard title-track, on which he says…“The title track introduces a gentler, more nuanced side to my production. Distant vocals and soft percs build under synth hits and lush pads, building to an eventual introduction of sub-bass, thumping kick and fluttering arpeggio sequences, with the chopped, reverb soaked vocals driving the track throughout.” ~ re:abel

When he began working on this ep, Ryan set himself the goal of creating three songs that represents a certain element that drives him to make music. He wanted each of them to have a different overall vibe and mood while at the same time making us feeling a variety of different emotions.

“‘With this latest EP, I tried to create three tracks that each represent an element of what drives me to write music. Each of the three songshas a slightly different mood, but still remain cohesive with each other and firmly planted in the emotional electronic / UK-influenceddance field -music that leaves you feeling a melting pot of different feelings -both wistfully melancholic, yet full of inspiration and hope.” ~ re:abel

Albums | Juuku Drops “Without U” ahead of new EP

Posted by on March 7, 2023

“Without U” is the 2nd drop off of L.A. based DJ and producer Juuku’s new project. The high energy release is one of the artists heavier songs to date, and I am thoroughly enjoying it’s vibe. Juuku is currently on the road with Steve Aoki, so if you get a chance to catch him on one of the last dates on this specific tour in NYC, be sure to do so. It also looks like he’ll be performing at Dim Mak’s Miami Music Week event later this month right around Ultra, so keep an eye out to see him live sooner or later! Check it out about now and keep an eye out for Juuku’s EP coming out soon on Dim Mak.

Albums | Ari Abdul Releases New EP ‘Fallen Angel’

Posted by on October 27, 2022

20-year-old singer & songwriter Ari Abdul dropped her new EP ‘Fallen Angel’ via Slumbo Labs/RCA Records. Tune in to the deeply personal project after the jump and check out a quote from her on her debut project! Keep a tab on Ari Abdul, she’s quickly growing across the board.

“You have like these nice, lovely, innocent sounding songs. And by the end of the EP, the songs get really distorted and heavier, and the lyrics get darker. Maybe there’ll be an emotion or a little something that happens in my life in a song, but the EP is completely storytelling. We keep pretty melodies, but still have production and lyrics that completely contradict those pretty melodies.”


Albums | Multi-instrumentalist Marvel Years concludes conceptual EP series with Voyage Ahead Pt. 2

Posted by on October 13, 2022

Shape-shifting producer and multi-instrumentalist Marvel Years has evolved into an evocative scene-builder. With a blues-inspired, bass-heavy sound, the New York-based, Vermont-born artist has cultivated a fervent fanbase and landed multiple performances at Red Rocks alongside the likes of ZHU, STS9, and Pretty Lights. Now, with years of experience under his belt, Marvel Years has begun to filter his genre-melding electronic soundscapes through a decidedly cinematic lens.

This impressionistic mode is the central thesis of the producer’s Voyage Ahead project, a two-part EP series that takes listeners on a thematic journey from the core basics of the Marvel Years’ brand into exciting new sonic ventures.

With August’s Voyage Ahead Pt. 1, Marvel Years introduced a new creative workflow stemming from the early stages of the pandemic. Frustrated by a lack of live performances, he went beyond studio beat-making and live guitar recordings; to capture the electric spirit of his live set, he played each instrumental element himself in places where he would have used samples. The result was the artist’s most innovative work yet and a showcase for the immense possibilities of what Marvel Years can be.

Now, Marvel Years unleashes Voyage Ahead Pt. 2, a four-track package that concludes the EP series in gritty fashion. Filled to the brim with sun-tinged imagery, Voyage Ahead Pt. 2 vibrantly mixes sweeping guitar solos and intricate electronic craftsmanship into an epic final chapter.

The EP kicks off with “Dive,” a swaggering tone-setter that builds slowly with a triumphant chord progression and futuristic synth sound design. The track then drops into its heavy, earth-shattering beat, blazing synth-leads, and twangy guitar riffs. Next is the EP’s lead single, “Shades On,” a circular embodiment of cool that evokes feelings and images of a Tarantino-style crime tale.

Voyage Ahead Pt. 2 is rounded out by “Looking At The Future,” which incorporates steaming organ chords and infectious vocal samples into the EPs general sonic palette; and “Lexington Ave,” a raucous, climatic, and guitar-laden song that brings the Voyage Ahead series to a thrilling close.
Fans can immerse themselves in the Voyage Ahead universe at Marvel Years’ forthcoming headlining show at Denver’s Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on Friday, October 7, 2022. The event will vaunt a unique, two-part performance: a solo Marvel Years set preceded by a Marvel Years Trio set featuring Jason Leech alongside Emancipator/Manic Focus drummer Colby Buckler. The solo set will spotlight Marvel Years’ eclectic skills as he bounces between guitar, synths, and the DJ board for a bass-heavy performance. The Marvel Years Trio set will then see the multi-instrumentalist flex his abilities as a bandleader, with the jamtronica sounds from Jason Leech’s keys and the powerful, versatile drumming from Colby Buckler coming together to complement Marvel Years’ more soulful, instrumental-driven sonics.

Marvel Years will also display his live performance prowess on his national Fall Tour, which includes stops in Chicago, Portland and Baltimore.

Albums | Acclaimed Producer Illangelo Expands Joy Odyssey Alias With Energy / Divine Perfection EP

Posted by on October 8, 2022

World-renowned multi-award-winning executive producer Carlo “Illangelo” Montagnese is best known for his collaborations with The Weeknd dating back to 2010 with ‘The Trilogy’ mixtapes, and contributing to Drake’s multi-platinum sophomore album ‘Take Care’.  Now stepping into his solo venture Joy Odyssey and taking it a bit more seriously, he has returned with his new two-track EP Energy / Divine Perfection. The eclectic project is a hybrid sound that fuses all types of influences, check it out above now!

“I’m looking to push electronic music forward, The songs on this EP represent a world-building vision manifested through positive energy. Sonically they grind, vibrate and pulse, flowing through sweeping movements like orchestral sonatas. These musical movements are contrasted with lyrics that drop like mantras — genuine and compassionate, they are a call to arms for a more perfect, efficacious and sublime reality.” 

Albums | Australian Talent 44 Ardent Releases “intothedeep”

Posted by on July 7, 2022

Rising Australian producer has a new EP on the way this August, and to help hold us over until that drops he has released the title track to the forthcoming project via this vibey new track “intothedeep”. If you’re a fan of unique sound design that is house infused (think Four Tet or Tourist), I am very confident you will enjoy the tune above. Check it out now!

intothedeep is probably my favourite song on the whole record. I was a bit self-indulgent with the synths and the sound design on this one and didn’t hold back! The song sort of sucks you right in with a wall of sound as soon as the drum fill hits and then it spits you back out for a little bit before a totally different wall of sound at the one-minute mark. I’ve mentioned previously that the EP is loosely themed around climate change. I suppose this is the “ocean” song. I can imagine it being played with a powerful stormy ocean in the background.” –44 Ardent

Albums | Watch the Raw and Reflective Music Video for “SEE ME” by Mulay

Posted by on June 25, 2022

Taken from her upcoming EP, IVORY, which comes out on October 7th via Groenland Records, Mulay’s new single and visual for “SEE ME” is hybrid and clean combination of alt r&b that reminded me by FKA Twigs prior videos, just on a tighter budget (understandably). The Berlin based singer-songwriter left me wanting more on this one, I’ve already replayed this one a handful of times. Hyped for the full EP this fall, and I’m sure you will be too after clicking play on the above video!

“We cannot hold on to love. We can only cherish and nourish it once it finds us and practice acceptance and gratitude for having experienced it, once it leaves. It will hurt. like hell. But you will live through it and get out on the other side. You will grow and it will bring you closer to yourself. Sometimes things need to end, so others can begin. Sometimes we have to let go, to say goodbye to what we know, to create space for change, so we can transform.”