Albums | Bingo Players Returns To Perfect Havoc With ‘Phone A Friend’?

Posted by on September 10, 2022

Platinum certified producer, Bingo Players returns to UK leading independent label, Perfect Havoc, with the emotive, feelgood track ‘Phone A Friend (feat. Tia)’. Out today, 2nd September, the Dutch mega producer aka Maarten Hoogstraten only releases music to the highest standard and this latest commercial house cut neatly follows suit. Stream via all platforms here: https://perfecthavoc.lnk.to/phoneafriend 

Bingo Players needs little introduction. For over a decade, Maarten Hoogstraten has been dominating dancefloors and singles charts around the world with a style of dance music that has seen fans in their masses flock to sets at major festivals around the globe like Coachella, Tomorrowland, EDC Vegas and more. 

With his late DJ/production partner Paul Bäumer, Bingo Players had huge success with the Top 40 global anthem ‘Cry (Just A Little)’, and in 2013 with the UK No. 1 single ‘Get Up (Rattle)’ where they made history as the first Dutch act to hit the top spot in 25 years. AfterPaul’s passing, Maarten came back with ‘Knock You Out’, a tribute to his lifelong friend, which became their first No.1 on the US Billboard Dance Chart. With over 20 million streams, it catapulted Bingo Players further into the mainstream.

Today Bingo Players’ sound as fresh as ever. Maarten’s 2020 rework of ‘Devotion’ became a hit for the second time around on Musical Freedom some 11 years after its initial release on Spinnin’ Records. Subsequent success came with the US Billboard Top 4 single ‘Forever Love’ with Disco Fries, and the heavily supported collaboration with fellow Dutchmen, Oomloud on ‘Brighter Days’.

To the very present, this latest single follows Bingo Players’ debut on Perfect Havoc alongside Oomloud in 2021 with ‘Touch & Go’. ‘Phone A Friend’’s retro sound are enhanced by soft synths, 80s-style percussion and a BP signature bassline. Singer Tia comes in with her dreamy vocals, longing after a lover she can phone from the bed (we’ve all been there, right?).

‘Phone A Friend’ is another solid release for Perfect Havoc. Shortlisted for Best Independent Record Label at the 2022 Music Week Awards, Perfect Havoc has carved out its niche of commercial dance with a smattering of the more club-focused sounds. Now having generated over 5 billion streams and given rise to six UK Top 20 singles, including the No.1 single ‘Head & Heart’ by four-time Brit Award-nominated producer Joel Corry & MNEK, it’s one of the most consistently successful indies in recent years.

With a talent-packed schedule still to release in 2022 including cuts from Oliver Nelson and James Hurr, Ros T, Parx and many more, Perfect Havoc continues to serve up accessible and underground house sounds from both breaking and established talent.

Albums | ANTICALM Shares Ferocious Debut Single

Posted by on September 10, 2022

ANTICALM is a new rapper out of the UK with tons of high energy. On his first ever release and music video for “BOBS N BITS” he shows off his upbeat swagger and lyrical ability as a newcomer emcee on the British rap scene. ANTICALM is a great name due to how in-your-face and high energy this track sounds. Check out a quote from the up-and-comer on his debut drop below now and peep his visual for the single above now. Keep this kid on your radar, this one is a very impressive debut offering!

“I walked past a discount shop called bits n bobs when I was living in Manny! Walked home, flipped the chorus and recorded the track that day. Everyone talks about doing bits round here, me, I don’t do bits, I do bobs and bits. Simple!” – ANTICALM

Albums | Marvel Years kicks off ‘Voyage Ahead’ EP series with 5-track package

Posted by on September 9, 2022

Shape-shifting producer and multi-instrumentalist Marvel Years has dedicated his career to evolving his sound and redefining electronic music’s traditional genre boundaries.

Melding guitar instrumentation with studio beat-making, the Vermont-born, New York-based artist fuels his productions with soul and blues to create the raw, bass-heavy signature sound that’s landed him multiple performances at Red Rocks alongside ZHU, STS9, and Pretty Lights.  When the early days of the pandemic deprived Marvel Years of his refuge of live performance, the creative polymath decided to use lockdown to reinvigorate his love for studio songwriting and refine the Marvel Years sound. The result of this reflection was the concept for Voyage Ahead, a sprawling, thematic listening journey that takes fans into Marvel Years‘ exciting new sonic ventures.

That journey now begins with Voyage Ahead Pt.1, the first part of a two-part EP series and a collection of songs that emulates the jubilation of live performance in electronic music. On Voyage Ahead Pt. 1, Marvel Years goes beyond just live guitar recordings by playing each instrumental element himself in places where he would have used samples. This process results in a studio EP that recreates the Marvel Years live sound from a time when he couldn’t actually perform, thus bringing out the artist’s most innovative work yet and showcasing the immense possibilities of what Marvel Years can be. 

Last month, fans got their first taste of Voyage Ahead Pt.1 with the EP’s first single, “Come This Far” –  a collaboration with electronic music keyboardist Jason Leech (who’s opened for Galantis, GRiZ, and Big Gigantic) and vocalist Jess Lamb. The song kicks off with bluesy piano riffs and raw, hard-hitting bass lines that underline Lamb’s raspy, infectious vocals. It then transitions into deep, booming bass tones, futuristic synth melodies, and grand guitar solos, setting the tone for the cosmic, genre-blending listening experience of Voyage Ahead Pt. 1

Marvel Years continues to display this blues-inflected electronic style across the EP. On “Higher Up,” the producer infuses virtuosic guitar playing with high-level digital production technique, blending together catchy vocals, pounding drum beats, and detailed synth sound design for a lavish, shape-shifting banger. 

The EP is rounded out by its other kaleidoscopic masterworks, “Lean With It,” “Where The Bounce At,” and “Space March,” culminating in a five-track package designed to retain Marvel Years’ typical groove and swagger while also taking a glimpse into the future of the dynamic musical project. 

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 nationwide Fall Tour, including festivals such as Freaky Deaky and Greenway Music Festival. Tickets on sale now!

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Albums | Saxophone-playing bass maestro SoDown announces nationwide tour and debut album, unveiling first LP single “All Go Wrong (feat. Bailey Flores)”

Posted by on September 9, 2022

Denver-based bass purveyor SoDown has always thrived on an axis of dualities. As a saxophone-playing electronic musician, SoDown naturally balances organic instrumentation with digital production, lush melody with detailed sound design, and dynamic composition with grandiose beats and booming bass. It is through this original, genre-blending practice that SoDown has cultivated a fervent community and toured the nation to sold-out crowds. 

Following his recent Get Up EP and remix of Black Tiger Sex Machine, Hairitage, and Hyro The Hero’s dubstep single “Cheatcode,” SoDown has announced his debut album, Worlds Beyond, a gripping package that will release on Friday, November 4.

SoDown gave fans their first taste of Worlds Beyond today via the LP’s lead single “All Go Wrong,” an epic, impassioned collaboration featuring vocalist Bailey Flores. “All Go Wrong” Is SoDown’s second song with Flores, following their soulful banger “Cliffs,” featuring fellow Denver-based producer Manic Focus

With a vibrant mix of instrumental elements and emotive vocals and lyrics, “All Go Wrong” reflects the melancholy of facing a meaningless existence and subsequently finding solace in the chaos of life.

The track kicks off with propulsive drum patterns before transitioning into a somber piano chord progression that underlie Flores’ wistful vocals about regret and resilience. The song then builds with the repeated title phrase into a grand drop that contains bombastic, illuminating synth chords and a massive half-time beat – an all-encompassing soundscape that evokes the track’s poignant central message.

All Go Wrong” then adds acoustic guitar for its second verse before incorporating SoDown’s iconic saxophone playing in the final chorus and outro, thus retaining the producer’s characteristic genre and instrumental infusions while still exploring new tonal depths.

Following a sold-out Red Rocks show last spring supporting Boogie T, two sold-out nights at the iconic Colorado riverfront venue The Mishawaka, and his debut performance at the Shambhala Music Festival in British Columbia, SoDown has announced his 25+ date nationwide Worlds Beyond Tour. Tickets on sale now.
The tour will kick off next month with SoDown’s Lost Lands Festival debut, and will feature performances at festivals like Freaky Deaky and Ember Shores before concluding with a special hometown headlining show at Denver’s Mission Ballroom show on Friday, February 3, 2023. The Mission Ballroom event will feature supporting sets by kLL Bill, Jaenga, Evalution and Josh Teed. Tickets on sale now.

Electronic | Snyder & Michael Eakins Release Highly-Anticipated Deep House Dazzler ‘Underwater’

Posted by on September 4, 2022

It is safe to say that producer Snyder and singer-songwriter Michael Eakins have reached superstar status in the music industry. Residing in Wilmington, North Carolina, Eakins’ powerful voice has earned his spots on stage next to top-tier artists like Hunter Hayes, Matisyahu, Rusted Root, and Bob Marley’s The Original Wailers. His original songs differ from alternative, dance-pop, EDM, reggae, folk, and rock, catching the attention of music lovers from all over the world.

Snyder is no stranger to pleasing massive crowds as well. The 28-year-old musician has birthed timeless Dance Pop records that appeal to a wide spectrum of EDM enthusiasts. Not only has he been featured on prestigious news sources such as Earmilk, Dancing Astronaut, and EDM.com, but Snyder has also performed with the likes of Cheat Codes, RL Grime, Chris Lake, Gryffin, Diesel, and more. He has been shown lots of praise by his peers, critics, and the overall music community in regard to his unique sound. After Snyder dropped his debut album In The Dark in February of 2021, his fanbase excitedly waited for his return. Partnering up with Eakins, Snyder fulfills his followers’ desires with their new track “Underwater”.

Characterized by groovy basslines and hypnotic vocals, “Underwater” is a deep house gem and must-add to every summer playlist. The comforting aura of the song allows for it to be played in multiple environments, whether at the beach, chilling with friends, or dancing in the club. Starting with a relaxing series of low bass sounds, the track radiates euphoric vibes right up until the end. With “Underwater”, Snyder and Eakin put their creativity and masterpiece-making abilities on display.

Albums | Tony Phat Releases New Single, “Garden of Ego”

Posted by on September 2, 2022

Orlando based artist Tony Phat started off his music career as a rapper but has since pivoted to the indie rock space. Influenced by Joy Division and other alternative & emo influenced artists, he has dipped his toes into a new genre/ style but it’s a good fit for him. His new song “Garden of Ego” is an alt rock jam that is a great introduction to his new sound and vibe, so check it out above now!

Albums | Kimezaa Shares New Single “Young Boy”

Posted by on September 1, 2022

Kimezaa is a performer, producer, songwriter and poet coming all the way from Burundi by way of Montreal, Canada. His music is inspired by a legendary yet eclectic mix of artists such as Sade, The Weeknd, Bob Marley, Beach House and Kurt Cobain which you can tell on his latest single, “Young Boy”. While it is, genre wise, primarily an alt hip-hop / alt r&b song track it still dabbles into other soundscapes and spaces that make it more genre-less. Read a quote from Kimezaa on the new release below now and stream “Young Boy above!

“‘Young Boy’ is about the adolescent child with ambitions to be greater than their current circumstance. This song is for the people who will do anything to make their life better. It was inspired by events that have transpired in my life. Once I heard the instrumental, it brought me to a reflective place in which the hard times (like being homeless) began occupying my thoughts. This song is me at my most vulnerable state of being.” – Kimezaa