Albums, House | Hong Kong’s Very Own MJ Kuok Unveils Impressive New Album ‘Atlas’

Posted by on September 9, 2021

With large success already under his previous artist monikers JUN and MMXJ, Singaporean artist MJ Kuok is arguably one of the most exciting names currently coming up within the electronic music scene of Hong Kong. His long career started back in 2009 when he took the stage at Singapore Idol as a finalist, and later went on to DJ in major regional festivals such as ZoukOut and massive events such as Djakarta Warehouse. Over the past years, MJ Kuok has truly discovered his love for electronic music production, consistently sharing tunes that have landed on major YouTube outlets, received support from numerous editorial Spotify playlists and even been placed in Mediacorp’s broadcast of the 2016 Olympic Games

Now, following a lengthy and exciting rollout, MJ Kuok is finally ready to unveil his brand new album ‘Atlas’ in full, which front-to-back makes up for a truly exciting project. Driven by stunning melodies, subtle kicks and irresistible deep house energy, ‘Atlas’ is the culmination of years of experience, taking listeners on an auditory journey unlike any other. As the DJ and producer explains, this album represents his growth in self-discovery, as through its tracks he shares his first-hand life experiences in fulfilment, love, and even becoming an adult. 

I have dabbled in quite a number of aspects in the music industry from being a singer-songwriter to performing at major electronic festival circuits as a DJ to now, music production and ultimately rediscovering and finding a true sense of comfort in feel-good beats that I work on. Every song in ‘Atlas’ not only sheds light on a personal moment or experience but also captures an all-encompassing positive theme of hope and courage,” reveals the talented artist. 

Alongside the release of ‘Atlas,’ MJ Kuok has shared a collection of one-of-a-kind NFTs, that combine beautiful landscapes with modern stylizations, allowing viewers to be transported to an artistic paradise. MJ Kuok will also be taking part in this month’s TikTok Music Night #HouseParty edition on 17 September 2021, Thursday 7:30PM (GMT+8) via the @TikTokMusicNight account. There he will perform his music via livestream, representing Singapore alongside artists from the APAC and ANZA regions.  

House | Narayan And theajsound Join Forces On Impressive New Single “Crawling”

Posted by on August 16, 2021

Hailing from India, Narayan is arguably one of the freshest new talents within the scene, and a name we’ll be hearing a lot more from now on. At a very young age, he has already hit a number of massive milestones due to his immense production talents, among them being enlisted to work on sample packs for companies like CR2 Records and Audentity Records, record special mixes for promotional channels DeepTropical House and YUYU1162, and release on labels such as CR2 Records and Audentity Records. 

Now, following his immersive future bass gem with Harley Bird, “Show Me The Way,” that was released via Simplify Recordings, Narayan has returned with yet another gem, this time teaming up with veteran musician theajsound to share “Crawling.” Out via OXYTIME, “Crawling” perfectly showcases Narayan’s versatility as an artist, seeing him perfectly incorporate ethnic influences into an unapologetically modern club production, and we couldn’t be more excited to hear more from him. 

House | Thomas Xavier Goes All Out On 3rd Single From EP ‘Make That Kitty Purr (Feat. Erika Love)’

Posted by on August 14, 2021

Hot off the release of his 2nd single “Can’t Stop Me,” Thomas Xavier returns with “Make That Kitty Purr.” The single is his 3rd to date from the G-house based Pussy On A Pedestal EP. Since starting to release original music and go beyond live mixes, Thomas Xavier hasn’t had to self-release any of his music, getting signed to labels straight away on both EPs, the previous one being Go To Church EP via User Friendly and this one being signed to iamrecords.

It’s a strong, original sound that is causing demand to go up around this solo DJ/producer. He’s very precise to drop music that falls in certain barriers, but doesn’t narrow his viewpoint too thin where his music sounds repetitive.

“Make That Kitty Purr,” could be one of the top examples of this that he’s released to date. Featuring quirky samples and fun novelties, without sacrificing integrity or a feeling that the track is apart of a bigger picture.

The intelligence put into practice is paying off.  Claude Von Stroke, Volac, and BIJOU have had him open for them; some serious heavy hitters in the industry. Just a few weeks back, he played Tempo Ultra Lounge alongside black a.m. and he’s now topped over 125,000 streams across a mere 5 releases. Thomas Xavier has 1 more track off of this EP before moving on to the next chapter of sonic gems. Most likely set to drop in September if the pattern continues, his dependability with good music and rational direction will serve him well.

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Bass, House | longstoryshort Hits New High With ‘Never Come Close’ Single

Posted by on August 13, 2021

The project only being 2 years old, it’s impressive to see what solo DJ/producer longstoryshort has been able to accomplish since his inception. Millions of streams, plenty of support from blogs, artists, and the like, he’s achieving success in all the proper corners of the music industry to earn the title of a fast-growing artist. Continuing the momentum even more so, he’s released “Never Come Close.”

From the very first moments, a plethora of production elements come raging forward to make up the one-of-a-kind energy that’s within here. Tech house gives the track it’s groove, atmospheric echo-induced vocals gshare an eased nature, and the build up and drops provide confident energy that makes the experience time-testing. Highly technical and well detailed, longstoryshort has a talent for handling big challenges with complex components in his music, the result being a well-cultured song with undeniable personality and catchiness.

It could be that he’s well-practiced, talented, or both, but longstoryshort has the ‘it’ factor that so many desire – being able to not stray too far out of what he’s primed fans to with his past releases, but not coming off repetitive or rudimentary. The man is balanced and keeps bringing the fire.

House | Wasback Releases Dark-Dance Cover Of Taylor Swift’s ‘Fences’

Posted by on August 12, 2021

2021 has been a good year from Wasback. Singles like “Fences,” nailed the 1 million streams mark and signings to major labels like Warner Music Denmark have come his way. Now he’s back again with a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.” Within the single, gurgling basslines and tech-house drumwork set the stage for an exciting drops to come. Heavy deep house lays itself down suddenly as the vocal work acts a centerpiece of the song as a whole. The entire experience exudes energy and the basslines only increase in rhythmic nature as the mid-way point of the song begins to cross by.

At the age of 20 and Italian based, Wasback boasts serious potential for the future. One of his biggest tracks to date has been “Let It Go,” which gained the support of such names as Tiesto, Nicky Romero, Hardwell, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. The track even reached number 3 on Beatport’s Big Room chart – no easy feat to accomplish.

With more tracks sure to come down the pipeline, “Blank Space,” holds it’s own and fits in well to the catalog of Wasback.

Chill, House | Sam Feldt And Lateshift Get The Party Started In ‘The Riddle’

Posted by on July 31, 2021

Two outstanding talents have joined forces on the single, “The Riddle.” Sam Feldt and Lateshift are the names of focus on this one, putting together their multi-talented sensibilities on one track to create something that will stand the test of time. Colorful and friendly, “The Riddle,” is a track that will pull you out of a lull, instantly gripping with it chipper mood and positive vibes. Percussion that lands with a certain smoothness alongside a piano-house like vibe form the baseline of the vocal work. Lateshift leaves it all on the table with his toplines, helping equip, “The Riddle,” to have the ability to hook itself in deep and clearly make it known it’s here to be in your life for the long term.

Sam Feldt has had what seems to be a never ending flow of success in his life, “The Riddle,” being the next extension of the quality he’s able to regularly put out there. Feldt is a man of many hats, while doing the regular activities like putting out long-lasting hits, touring, and the like, he also runs his own charity, Heartfelt Foundation, which builds toward a more social and sustainable dance music industry. More recently, his involvement in entrepreneurial platform Fangage has led to receiving over 2.5 million dollars in it’s first round of investment.

“The Riddle” releases on Heartfeldt Records/Spinnin’ Records and is out on all major DSP’s.

Albums, Deep House, House | EQRIC Shares Impressive 3-Track EP “Dark Lies”

Posted by on July 10, 2021

Without a doubt one of the most exciting dance acts to watch right now, EQRIC is experiencing the strongest year in his career to date in 2021. Having just hit 1,5 million monthly listeners on Spotify, and being ranked among the Top 100 Canadian musicians, the young talent has seen his name on some of the platform’s most prestigious dance playlists, among them Mainstage, Dance Brandeu, Chillige Bässe and many more. He has also been featured on SLAM! Radio and numerous other radios around Europe, particularly in high rotation in Russia with his songs “Let Me Love You” and “Love You Like A Love Song,” which has also amassed 34k Shazams.

Marking one of his biggest releases to date, EQRIC has now just unveiled his brand new EP, coming to Nightblue Music & Deep Universe to share Dark Lies. Featuring infectious vocals from Britt Lari on two songs, and Joanna on “Can’t Handle My Love,” which was included in New Music Friday Russia, New Music Friday Ukraine, and Dance Brand New Russia, Dark Lies is the perfect showcase of EQRIC’s unmatched skills within the studio, seeing him bring together dark pop and deep house in a masterful way.

“‘Dark Lies’ encapsulates a meaningful stage in my life, sharing an original body of work using the artistic styles I’ve developed throughout my musical career. I worked closely with Britt Lari and Joanna to write this collection of original songs, and designed the album artwork myself, to create a unique and cohesive EP,” says EQRIC.