Electronic | Tobtok Showcases New Sound On “Satellite”

Posted by on May 18, 2022

Swedish dance sensation Tobtok is back with potent new single ‘Satellite’ featuring the mesmeric vocal topline of Danish singer/songwriter Arinn. Released on 13th May via Perfect Havoc, London’s chart-topping label, this new release captures an evolution in sound for the label’s talisman as he bridges the gap between commercial and underground.

Following the impressive ‘My Carousel’ featuring renowned dance vocalist Jem Cooke on Selected, Tobtok wastes no time in sharing another slice of his refined sonic palate. ‘Satellite’ effortlessly crosses over into tougher grooves and meatier melodies whilst retaining the chirpier elements of his past productions. The singleis an instantly gripping affair, kicking off with a catchy vocal hook before diving into firm drum work, pulsating sub-bass and a gritty synth lead that carry the track forwards and bring an undeniable danceability.
Tobtok aka Tobias Karlsson, is one of the most talented artists leading the new wave of Swedish electronic music DJ / producers. He has generated over 500 million streams globally across his original work, remixes and productions for Joel Corry, Robin Schulz and Karen Harding to name a few, on such illustrious labels as Ministry of Sound, Kitsuné and of course, his home at Perfect Havoc.

Tobtok’s highlight outings include the Australian double platinum record, ‘Fast Car’; flexing his DJ skills on Toolroom Records’ ‘Miami Poolside’ compilation; and the 2020 release ‘New Levels’ which as well as being made ‘Tune of the Week’ on BBC Radio 1, picked up key DJ support from Sam Feldt, Sigala, Tiësto and many more.

Arinn (aka. Astrid Ankjær) bridges her own gap between sweet ‘n’ sour and clean ‘n’ gritty. Her productions, lyrics and versatile vocal melt together in juicy soundscapes of ‘feels’ that somehow still relate to each-other. She most recently released ‘Regret’ with Astrality on esteemed label Selected, which has been streamed close to 5 million times.

Perfect Havoc – shortlisted for Best Independent Record Label at the 2022 Music Week Awards – is one of the most successful indie dance labels of recent years. Its trademark sound of commercial dance with a smattering of the more club-focused has generated the label over 3 billion streams. It’s given rise to six UK Top 20 singles including the No.1 single ‘Head & Heart’ by four-time Brit Award nominated producer, Joel Corry.

With a talent-packed schedule for 2022 that also features releases from Just Kiddin, PS1, Varski, Charlie Hedges, Oliver Nelson and many more, Perfect Havoc is guaranteed to serve up a ton of accessible and underground house sounds from both breaking and established talent.

Hip-Hop | Just Trey Drops New Single “Love To Give”

Posted by on May 4, 2022

Just Trey is the moniker of multi-talented songwriter, artist and producer Trey Jennings. The rising Seattle based artist makes a silky combination of hip-hop and R&B, which is highlighted on one of his latest releases, “Love To Give”. Just Trey definitely has a knack for creating melodically flowing hooks and beats, and an even stronger hand in songwriting. Stream the new track above now and read a quote from Just Trey on the song below!

Love To Give is written to describe the feelings of following your dreams and being ambitious while also having to commit your time to others. It is hard to balance being ambitious and working overtime to realize your dreams while also having to cater to the needs of the people you love.

Electronic | juuku Comes “Alive Again”

Posted by on April 26, 2022

Another emotional banger by the mysterious / anonymous DJ and producer, juuku. The new single “Alive Again” highlights his go-to production style that is hybrid sonically and emotionally. Taking elements of trap, electronica, and various other sub-genres, is a mixing pot of glorious sounds. Tune in to “Alive Again” above now and check out a quote from juuku on the release below the review!

“this song was the first song i made after going through crippling anxiety and depression late last year. i felt so numb to things and felt like a shell of myself during that time, but there was this one glimmer of hope that i could never describe pulling me back into who i felt i lost. awake again reminds me that no matter how long you think you’ve left something, there is a glimmer of hope deep inside – waiting to be awakened again” – juuku

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R&B | Pisceze Drops ‘Dodging Bullets’

Posted by on March 7, 2022

Combining contemporary 90’s R&B influences with a minor infusion of punk rock music, and some Pop vibes throughout, Pisceze is a rising dynamic artist who is all over the place in the best way possible. Her new single “Dodging Bullets” is alternative R&B at its best, smoothly blending various elements and sub-genres in to one soundscape. Tune into the new single above now and read a quote on the release below!

“Dodging bullets is about falling in love with the right person at the wrong time… and how it destructs your vision about a person because you’re trying to force it to be real. I wanted to dive into the punk/rock genre because I grew up with this music.”

Albums | Melodic Techno Artist Burko Unveils His Vocals In “Here Before”

Posted by on February 4, 2022

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Burko has taken over the SoCal scene by storm with his uniquely dark-yet-melodic style of house and techno. Today, he releases “Here Before” debuting his own sweet falsetto on the track.

Burko tells us: “When I wrote “Here Before” I was in my last bit of grad school, and had a lot of pressure from family to go into a more traditional line of work after graduation. I knew I needed to push myself and the Burko project harder if I was going to move into music full time after graduating, so I decided to do something with this song I had never done before, sing on my own track. Putting nerves aside of letting my singing voice be heard, I wrote these vocals around the theme of “staying the course.” The lyric in the song, “Don’t lose sight of why we’re here” is a reminder to myself not to lose sight of the dream of making music and touring after graduation, instead of a more traditional route. And the title, “Here Before,” refers to the place in my mind I sometimes end up at, when fear of the future sets in and I have to remind myself to stay the course.”

Beginning his production journey only a few years ago, Burko’s music has been picked up and played by many established DJ’s including Kyle Watson, Steve Darko, Wongo, Londonbridge and SNBRN. Key early support from heavy weights allowed for Burko to sail to the forefront of California’s burgeoning underground scene in a very short order. In 2021, Burko headlined the iconic Spin Nightclub, Bang Bang and played the Grand Artique Stage at Insomniac’s Beyond Wonderland Festival. 

2022 sees Burko rolling out his debut EP, titled Infrared — a 4-track tour de force highlighting the producer’s unequaled style of “Medieval House” music.

Hip-Hop | SUBSTANTIAL and KD FOXX team up for “Your Greatest Weapon”

Posted by on January 23, 2022

Maryland-born emcee, producer, and artist Substantial joins forces with KDFoxx for dope new collaboration called “Your Great Weapon.” If Legendary rapper/activist, Chuck D of Public Enemy refers to Substantial as “One of the great MCs of our time.” it’s clearly time for him to be on your radar as well if you’re not yet familiar with his music. Check out a quote from Substantial on the release below and stream his new single Your Great Weapon featuring KDFoxx avove!

Your Greatest Weapon is about self-empowerment and realizing that the most powerful weapon that we have is our voice.” Adding to Substantial’s quote, KDFoxx shares, “Music is the entity that forged angels. Sing a song only few will understand, and it shall be your greatest weapon.”

Hip-Hop | lil a-lik Releases Therapeutic Single, “Call Me”

Posted by on January 6, 2022

“I’d honestly say it’s about letting go, reminiscing on the past and ultimately deciding to end things because it just wasn’t good for you. “Messages turn green, remember they used to turn just blue” which is what I say in the hook refers to being blocked on iMessage. Basically the messages (blue) stop being instantly delivered and show up green instead. Signifying the end of a relationship and remembering a time before it all ended.” said lil a-lik on his single “Call Me” and it’s meaning. His vibe blends together the influential modern hip-hop style, alongside aspects of rock and emo intertwined, in what is a cutting edge, sonically diverse sound. It’s clear that lil-lik now has a creative vision and knows what he wants from his music, which is such a hard thing to find, but he brings it in spades in “Call Me”.  Tap in above now!