Electronic | GhostDragon Drops His Highly Anticipated ‘Strangers Again’ EP

Posted by on June 11, 2021

After releasing smash hit singles including “On My Phone” and “Meaning To,” California-based star GhostDragn finally unveils his Strangers Again EP in full. Featuring 6 highly emotive tracks chronicling love lost and the process of moving on, Strangers Again is GhostDragon at his musical best.

On the EP, the creative says the following: “My extended EP of ‘Strangers Again’ is a collection of collaborations in which the vocalists and I have challenged ourselves to take on a reflective journey this past year. Each song represents a person, who we may know, wanting adoration expressed in different forms at various stages of a relationship. Throughout my songwriting & production process, I’ve been reminiscing the times I had with this special person in my life. It’s frustrating that I’m unable to win her back after many years of knowing this person for so long. The only thing I could do is to accept that we’ll just be unknown acquaintances again. I hope listeners could relate to this EP after a year of being ‘bottled up’ and ‘overthinking’ at home.”

Electronic | Lamorn Debuts on mau5trap with “Physical Layer”

Posted by on June 4, 2021

After releasing a slew of official remixes for deadmau5 & Kieza, Judah & The Lion, SHAED & Two Feet, and ATTLAS, an 18-year-old Lamorn excitedly debuts his inaugural mau5trap single. “Physical Layer” is out now via the deadmau5-run imprint, and comes after the boss man himself discovered Lamorn during one of his mau5trap Monday streams. The masked producer says “[Lamorn’s] song ‘Physical Layer’ was so strong I had to ask him to send his session files to make sure it was him. Since then he’s remixed my song with Kiesza ‘Bridged By A Lightwave.’ Excited to welcome him to the mau5trap family and looking forward to much more from him in the near future.”

Electronic | Hyper Fires his “Impact Weapon” on mau5trap

Posted by on May 28, 2021

A dance music visionary with worldwide scope, London-born creative Hyper scores some of the most defining moments in sound. Lending his unique musicianship to the likes of film including Blade Runner 2049, and to viral video game moments such as the Official 2018 E3 Trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, Hyper’s compositions chronicle some of media’s most impactful moments. Finding his rightful home at deadmau5’s highly technical mau5trap label, Hyper makes his long-awaited debut with “Impact Weapon,” the first single from his forthcoming Control EP. “Impact Weapon” is out now.

Inspired by social justice movements in his current home of Seattle, Washington, Hyper details a time of political and racial unrest in “Impact Weapon.” Sourcing actual audio from one of the Black Lives Matter protests in his town, Hyper’s mau5trap debut builds impactful tension, unfurling into a cacophony of industrial synth work. Utilizing foreboding instrumentation to masterfully convey feelings of both unrest and empowerment, Hyper’s “Impact Weapon” is both reflective and introspective, all the while coated in unique industrial dance flair. 

“Impact Weapon” is the first single from Hyper’s forthcoming Control EP, available on Friday, June 11.

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Dance, Electronic, Pop | Kenn Colt Chats About The Future, Making Music, Playing Tomorrowland, & More [Interview]

Posted by on May 26, 2021

Kenn Colt is a Belgian-born producer who knows how to wrap the world around his finger. From starting his own label, to touring the world, to more recently releasing, “Rest Of My Life,” on his own label, there’s an incredible spectrum of elements he’s made work to his advantage. The solo artist, who’s also a instrumentalist, utilizes his many talents in ways that is brilliantly optimal and fan-first. The results are telling, he’s landed nearly 25,000,000 plays to his name, played some of the world’s biggest stages including Tomorrowland Belgium, TomorrowWorld USA, Ultra Music Festival South Korea, Sunburn Festival in India, and many more.

“Rest Of My Life,” is the next notch on the belt for him, showcasing a dance-pop sound with a euphoric vocal lead. If you know Kenn Colt, you’ll recognize the familiarity this one has built in.

This single is climbing to the 400,000 plays mark and fast, meaning what this man has continues to resonate, maintaining his relevance if not advancing it. We recently chatted with Kenn Colt to get his take on the DIY lifestyle, how he makes music, future endeavors, and more.

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The artist taking back control of their own stuff (master and publishing) is a growing and positive trend for sure, what made you make the choice?

Answer: After my releases on Warner Music and Spinnin Records I sat with my team to rethink the way we put out my music and the ability to create a new platform around it. So other upcoming (or established) artists could be able to sign their music and give them the ability for exposure. From that point on FEELS LIKE HOME (records & publishing) rised. Started in 2018 and has a solid base in the Benelux with radioplay on the biggest radio stations and signed a handful of artists and have this crazy idea to launch popup events in the nearest future.

‘Rest Of My Life,’ has a great energy to it, how did the initial idea turn into a full blown reality ready to release on your label?

Answer: Since I left Belgium and moved to Valencia (Spain) I’ve been exposed to the mediteranian vibe here. It’s a relaxing atmosphere where people meet outside but they do love to party hard over here. After writing the melodies I’ve got in contact with the Canadian singer Kayleigh and this was an immediate hit, the topline she wrote with her team was perfect for “Rest Of My Life”. I was in love with that and found that this was the way to go for the future.

You seriously have some stacked highlights around your career, how did it feel to play Tomorrowland and TomorrowWorld?

Answer: As an artist it’s the best feeling in the world, to see all those smiling faces when you play and to meet new cultures while travelling the world. I’m so blessed that I had the chance to travel the world already with my music. I think a lot of people can agree that during this pandemic everyone looks so much forward to go out and be human again. As it looks with the current cases in Belgium, Tomorrowland 2021 will happen this year so I’m thrilled to play there again on the 28th of August and can’t wait to see other festivals & clubs reopen in the nearest future and meet my fans again!

Do you have a manager or do you do most everything DIY, what is the best way to balance maintaining control where it matters while outsourcing certain things to team members, whether temporary team members or permanent?

I don’t have a manager so it’s DIY. I’m a person who likes to plan upfront so I do have everything planned basically but it’s close to 14 hours for a working day. I’m working as a freelance system engineer during the daytime as well. I outsource things like my administration, videos, website (even though I’m an IT engineer) so I can have full focus on making music and not doing other things that take a lot of time. My team around me are contractors but I love to work with the same people on a long term. Once they know what you need, things get done more easily and faster.

Do you have a ‘system’ you rely on when it comes to starting, then thus finishing, the singles you work on?

That’s an interesting question, In most ways I receive a topline from writers where I build an instrumental around it. But for ‘Rest of My Life’ it was the other way around. In other ways it works as well, for example I’m currently doing a project for a “Don’t drink and Drive’ campaign for the Belgian government where they asked for a song in a typical Kenn Colt style, which from that point onwards I start building everything up to writing the lyrics for this project.

What are you most excited about for the future?

I have my debut album coming out this year with nearly 20 tracks on it including my golden record “Come Back To Me”, I’m very very excited about what you guys will think of all the new music that will come out in 2021 🙂

Alternative, Electro, Electronic | Dittomaster Drops new Single “Ghost”

Posted by on May 13, 2021

Michael Wilson, better known as Dittomaster, is an emerging artist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer, and songwriter based in Portland, Oregon. His latest drop is a tight single entitled “Ghost” packed with throaty strings, commanding vocals and atmospheric melodies. Explaining the meaning behind the track, Dittomaster said: “We have a 10 month old baby and as a result have had a lot of sleepless nights the past year. Because we haven’t been sleeping well – the song is about wanting to sleep in for just one day.” Tune in above now!

Electronic, Remix | Juuku Flips Porter Robinson

Posted by on May 13, 2021

Taking Porter Robinson’s track “Mother” and shape-shifting it into his own lane, Juuku returns on the scene with another powerful flip on the heels of releasing his successful debut EP through indie imprint, Moving Castle. When speaking on the track juuku noted that the song was dedicated to his Mom and how thankful he is for everything she’s done for him and this coming out days before Mother’s Day is just the icing on the cake. The production has his usual flair of emotion-evoking synths and bombtastic drums. Check out juuku’s flip of “Mother” by Porter Robinson above.

Bass, Chill, Electronic | Juuku Releases Debut EP

Posted by on April 25, 2021

Juuku dropped his first ever full project recently on Moving Castle, an indie imprint that was one of the main curators in the electronic realm of the Soundcloud era a few years back. The intro track, “Arrival”, opens the project for what is to be a strategically curated, emotionally-charged experience. The EP features “Just Lost”, a collaborative song with Manilla Killa (who started Moving Castle) that houses an infectious, bouncy drop that is sure to fill speakers in the coming months. Throughout the rest of the project, juuku further exemplifies his ability to transcend stylistic borders with experimental and compelling bass-driven tracks. This project truly lives up to all hopes and expectations listeners could have had, all coming to a close at 20 minutes and 23 seconds. Overall, the producer really shows off his skillset and solidifies himself as a frontrunner for best rising artist of the past year. Tune into his debut EP Warmth above now!