Exclusive | Jay Fresh – The Calm Before The Storm

Posted by on July 11, 2014


Dallas’s Jay Fresh has been quiet as of late, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been working. Today, Jay releases his highly anticipated “Calm Before The Storm”, a six track long EP that’s hip-hop goodness. Produced by Storm Watkins, “The Calm Before The Storm” paints a sonic landscape that’s full of sexy vibes coupled with eloquent wordplay. It’s the kind of project that makes you want to drive down the coast on the PCH with your windows down. If this is the calm before the storm, I can’t wait to see what cumulonimbus clouds Jay Fresh rides in on next. Jay Fresh. The Calm Before The Storm. Stay Gold.


Electro, Jersey Club, Trap | Lido – Money

Posted by on May 21, 2014

Death be to any sort of standard song structure or formula these days, am I right? The more I reject the cookie-cutter records coming out of the pop and progressive house genres, the more I find and fall in love with stand out tracks like this – Lido’s latest, “Money.” This jersey-club//trap//future-electronic love child is quite literally money. Unpredictable, original, bold, exciting, and absolutely addicting, to sum it up. Easily my favorite so far out of Lido’s growing repertoire, which is soon to grow even more with the release of his debut EP “I Love You” out on Pelican Fly June 9th (which I’ve obviously already pre-ordered, and you should too!)

Now, make it rain.


Chill, Electronic | Schoolboy Q – Studio (PromNite Edition)

Posted by on May 14, 2014

“Studio” was hands down my favorite track off Oxymoron, but then again I’m a real sucker for those R&B//rap ballads. I’m also a sucker for just about anything mystery producer PromNite puts out. But hear me out on this remix here – PromNite keeps the deep, smokey vibes first brought to us by Schoolboy and BJ The Chicago Kid and mixes it up with some electronic beats, drums, and a touch of piano to make an even more sultry track that you won’t be able to wait to get down to. Dope. 



Chill, Electronic | cln – Better Than

Posted by on May 14, 2014

After teasing us with a handful of remixes, Aussie producer cln finally treats us to the first *free* single off his upcoming EP. “Better Than” is perfectly chill for whatever mood you’re in today, be it up or down. For best results, put your headphones on loud and this track on loop and get lost.


Electronic, Trap | Ostra – Won’t Do // Zu-Zumba

Posted by on May 14, 2014

Over here at FNT we’re die hard DIEHIGH fans so it came as no surprise that I was instantly hooked by one of their latest releases showcasing LA-based newcomer Ostra. This EP is pretty interesting considering the two very different approaches taken with each track. The first, “Won’t Do” will cater perfectly for those Wave Racer fans out there meanwhile the second is a fascinating collage of latin guitar, Mr.Carmack-esque trap, and crowds chanting. Diggin’ the originality. Cop this EP and keep an eye out for future releases from this newbie.


Electronic, Trap | Alison Wonderland – I Want U (Prod. by Djemba Djemba)

Posted by on May 7, 2014

A little late on this one but in case you missed it last week, Aussie vixen Alison Wonderland dropped her latest track titled “I Want U,” produced by none other than Djemba Djemba. This track exhibits Alison’s sultry sound perfectly paired with DD’s basstastic flair. The visual pairing is, might I say considerably dark, and may throw you off at first but will eventually make you want to strobe the lights and behave erratically in your bedroom as well. Turn it up.


Albums, Deep House | ZHU – Nightday EP

Posted by on April 22, 2014

Between 4/20, Coachella, and any other holiday weekend festivities, you might have missed the highly anticipated release of the mysterious producer, Zhu’s freshman EP. This EP is ultra-satisfying not only for its content, but also because it marks the end of our suspense in seeing what this Zhu guy is all about. However, as far as who this Zhu guy actually is, well, we’ll get there.

In case you haven’t been following the steady rise of this artist, let me catch you up to speed. Back in February, music bloggers across the country (including FNT!) received emails from an anonymous source with the attachment later to be identified as Zhu’s first single, “Moves Like Ms. Jackson.” Following that, another even more addicting, and this time original track, “Superfriends” took the internet by storm. But it wasn’t long before fans made use of their Internet skills and uncovered the artist as Los Angeles based Stephen Zhu of No Ego Records. What was even more remarkable then the fine detective work provided by Joel McRae via Do Androids Dance was the evidence that Zhu had planted the seed for this EP and all its branding quite some time ago. And still, leading up to the release and even today, there remains an air of intrigue as to who the man behind the smoke is.

As for the music, it without a doubt lives up to the hype. Zhu has really established his own distinct sound: dark, seductive, bass heavy and overall sexy. The tracks released prior to the EP, like “Faded” and “Paradise Awaits” are among some of the more stand out ones, while “Stay Close” and “The One” offer a more subdued, deep house // UK garage feel.

Now that we can finally enjoy this artist’s work as a whole, I’m dying to know what his next move is. No doubt it’s been carefully calculated so he’ll leaving us hanging by a thread until the time is right. Until then, stream “Nightday” in full via Zhu’s website here or cop it from iTunes and test it out by driving fast on empty freeways late at night with a Russian model in your passenger seat and your hand on her thigh. Or something devious like that.