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MALIKA – Put It On Me

Taken from MALIKA’s debut EP, All You Never Knew, and produced by Snakehips and Maths Time Joy, “Put It On Me” fuses 90’s RnB with toned down future bass, for the ultimate feels. Influenced by the likes of R. Kelly, Mary J Blige, and Brandy, “Put It On Me” is modern soul, or future RnB, however you want to call it. Keep your eyes and ears out for the talented UK vocalist, with upcoming tracks by Sam Feldt, Bearcubs, Cadenza and more! Think Corinne Bailey Rae vocals layered over soulful electronic sounds, MALIKA is the truth. View More MALIKA – Put It On Me
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Grace – Dirty Harry (Oski Remix)

Just released as a free download is the tune “Dirty Harry”, originally from Grace, which has been reworked by Sydney based producer Oski. Everything this guy seems to touch right now blows up, and this tune is likely to be no exception. “Dirty Harry” is pushed into a smooth rolling D&B direction, and Oski is on hand to deliver some superb musical layering. With reverb-edged vocals settling over a roughly textured bass line, the track moves seamlessly through peaks and troughs thanks to Oski’s deft technical skills. View More Grace – Dirty Harry (Oski Remix)
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Chus and Ceballos and Adrian Hour – Twisted Comes

Just released as a free download is the tune “Dirty Harry”, originally from Grace, which has been reworked by Sydney based producer Oski. Everything this guy seems to touch right now blows up, and this tune is likely to be no exception. “Dirty Harry” is pushed into a smooth rolling D&B direction, and Oski is on hand to deliver some superb musical layering. With reverb-edged vocals settling over a roughly textured bass line, the track moves seamlessly through peaks and troughs thanks to Oski’s deft technical skills. View More Chus and Ceballos and Adrian Hour – Twisted Comes
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Omair Mirza feat Avari – Perfect Imperfection

When people think of cities to find Trance artists, Dallas and Minneapolis usually aren’t the first places that come to mind.  However, Omair Mirza alongside Avari are here to change that with their track “Perfect Imperfection”.  Omair Mirza brings in the almost nostalgic feeling chords, then dives straight into a hand-raising melody.  Pair that with Avari’s vocals, which casts a beautiful and unwinding spell upon your soul, and you have an instant sensation.  So amazing, that this track was recently supported by the one and only Markus Schulz in both his GDJB podcast and his Ultra ASOT set!  A perfect Imperfection indeed. View More Omair Mirza feat Avari – Perfect Imperfection
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Justin Jay Friends – Weatherman

“Weatherman” by Justin Jay is one of my favorite songs released in 2016. Justin Jay has revealed Fantastic Voyage (The Album!) with the release of its first track “Weatherman” via Black Butter Records. Justin Jay decided to take a different route in the rollout of his debut album, arranging a mix of singles and EPs to be released on different labels which will eventually come together in its entirety later on. The album itself represents a conduit of exploration, which is reflected in each track’s distinctive sound. View More Justin Jay Friends – Weatherman
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Lenno – Good Thing EP

If you remember the big release a few months back called “Fever” featuring the artist Benson, you will probably be interested to hear this EP. There are two fresh tracks on Lenno’s new Good Thing EP and the title track, “Good Thing” is a prefect spring time jam. Prepare for some awesome tunes and enjoy. View More Lenno – Good Thing EP

DVBBS and Shaun Frank – La La Land

DVBBS & Shaun Frank have come together to create a more eclectic future pop sound with their latest release titled ‘La La Land’. With this release both artists are introducing a new direction in their respective sound, making it clear that they want to conquer the charts and radio at the same time as the clubs and festivals. The dreamy new single is out now on Spinnin’ Records and features the vocals of singer/songwriter aney Jane. She is no stranger to Spinnin’ Records as she has been featured on the massive hit ‘Heaven’ with Shaun Frank & KSHMR. View More DVBBS and Shaun Frank – La La Land
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OMI – Midnight Serenade (Kungs Remix)

OMI’s been rolling out his ME 4 U remix album in the last few weeks, and I just finally had the chance to check out the entire thing. I’ve blogged about the Bergs and Boehm remixes already, but I just had a chance to check out Kungs’ take on “Midnight Serenade,” and he turns the uplifting dance-pop anthem into a midnight dance party for the ages. The original track is simplicity at its finest – smooth guitar melodies, infectiously catchy pop croons, and just the right touch of percussion – but Kungs takes this tune and turns it into a beautiful mix. View More OMI – Midnight Serenade (Kungs Remix)
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Rhodes – Wishes

Hitimpulse dropped a stellar remix of Rhodes’ ‘Wishes’ this week. The remix brings a chilled down drum and bass vibe to the original while keeping the integrity of the vocals. All in all it is a captivating, haunting beautiful track that deserves at the very least a listen. View More Rhodes – Wishes
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Otto Knows – Dying For You

Beyonce creating work that speaks to an audience like "Formation " that might not receive the sort of mainstream, visually and sonically-enticing wisdom that Bey has perfected. This reality has never been more evident than on “Formation,” her latest off-kilter, even downright weird trap track that dropped on Saturday afternoon. View More Otto Knows – Dying For You
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DIIV – Under the Sun

DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith describes "Under the Sun" as "a moment of levity amongst the heaviness" of much of his upcoming double LP, ;Is the Is Are. Most of the record's singles have been accompanied by statements of intent from Smith: a vivid description of substance abuse, an exploration of the "struggles along the path to clarity, sanity, and sobriety," and at least one blatant representation of the album's "darkness." "I really wanted people to be able to understand the words and connect with them," Smith has said, and his willingness to acknowledge the past while looking towards the future seems like a step in the right direction. "Under the Sun" is perhaps Smith at his most vulnerable. In a Tumblr post explaining that it's a love song to Sky Ferreira, Smith becomes markedly moved. ("I don’t think I would have made it out if it weren’t for love," he writes. "Not really sure what else to say.") The tone of the track itself is quickly euphoric, beginning with its chiming opening guitar. As each instrument joins, most notably the rather (ahem) sunny guitar that carries the song, Smith declares his constant devotion: "Yes I’ll come back to you/ No I won’t ask where you run/ Under the sun." It's poppy, positive, and pure, all of which add up to an exciting move from DIIV. View More DIIV – Under the Sun
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The Weeknd – Low Life

Future and the Weeknd went in very different, very well-documented directions in 2015. Eschewing pop fame, the Atlanta rapper immersed himself in codeine and the dense trap beats of his pre-Pluto ;days. The Toronto singer, on the other hand, largely shed the sparse sound of his famed ;Trilogy in favor of MJ-worshipping, ;Max Martin-heralded pop success. But the Weeknd did maintain his trademark destructive behavior. In this regard, he and Future are kindred souls. They're self-aware yet unapologetic, and operate best in the shadows. On "Low Life," Future drags the Weeknd back into the depths from which he had hardly receded. "I just took some molly, what else?" Future confesses from the onset, as if there's no alternative. The Weeknd simultaneously pulls some melody out of Future Hendrix, who never really starts or stops singing. Together, they find a middle ground of deadpan lyrics and palatable sonics. The Metro Boomin and Ben Billions-produced beat creates a similar contrast with echoey vocals or piano chords layered on top of drill snares. Nothing is surprising to Future and the Weeknd. No behavior is deplorable. They both sound natural and expressive on "Low Life," free to act and emote however they'd like. View More The Weeknd – Low Life
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Savages – Adore

This time of year glimmers with the promise of fresh starts and unlocking one’s full potential—ostensibly positive resolutions rooted in a culture that thrives on (women’s) self-loathing. It’s the perfect moment for Savages to release ” Adore ” The French/British four-p…

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Kanye West – Real Friends

Celebrity is a funhouse mirror. It amplifies certain characteristics of those who live within its frame. Kanye West became world-famous several times over during the last decade, and certain parts of his public persona seemed to swell in response. There was the ego, always there, but now ostensibly justified by success. There was the sensitivity, easily turned to bitterness and aggravated by those who didn’t like seeing a black man defend a black woman at the expense of a white woman. And there was his grief, for Donda West and perhaps for other relationships. These elements metastasized into a potent artistic combination that yielded three very different albums. In retrospect, the first of those albums, 808s and Heartbreaks, marked a farewell tour. No more, it seemed, were listeners to be granted access to Kanye's family business, at least not the business of those who weren’t fated to live (or actively living) beneath all of the lights. And his sound, once so warm, grew colder, culminating in the icy sweat of Yeezus. But in 2016, the gates have cracked open. The release of "Real Friends" (and a snippet of "No More Parties in LA") today has fans screaming that the old ‘Ye is back. In its subject matter, its sound, and most crucially its vulnerability, "Real Friends" does share many features with the music Kanye made before 808s. Pivoting off MF Doom's "Deep Fried Frenz," West airs his guilt over—what else?—his extended family and old friends, as well as his deep anger with certain relatives, an elaboration of the lament on the 808s track, "Welcome to Heartbreak." One story he shares, about having to buy back a computer stolen by a cousin, is a miniature study in anguish, as emotionally exhausting as "Only One" and far less effortful. But if this track evokes the artist that fans think of as old Kanye—an impression enhanced by its cover art—then it’s also one that makes enormous use of what he’s learned since Graduation. After six listens, the most memorable lines are those sung with Auto-Tune. (After a dozen, everything is of a piece.) And West's attitude has little in common with the buoyant outlook of his youth. "Real Friends" is heavy, grizzled, and sad. The track may be warm, with Kanye's own production enhanced by the beautiful looping influences of Madlib (who produced the snippet at the end) and Dilla, but it's the opposite of joyous. As it stands, the song is tagged on Soundcloud with its title, #realfriends. But when it first was posted, the "friends" was missing. The only word left to describe the song was the one that, fair or not, will feel the most fitting for those who are rejoicing to have this version of Kanye West back: Real. View More Kanye West – Real Friends
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Porches – Be Apart

As Porches, New York's Aaron Maine typically writes from the perspective of a sordid loner. Right on cue, the hook from "Be Apart," off his upcoming LP Pool, goes, "I want to be apart of it all." It's very much in character, and it subdues any speculation that his Domino debut might be a starmaking endeavor. Thematically, "Be Apart" seems to contradict its form—a synth pop song mixed by Chris Coady (Tobias Jesso Jr., Beach House, Future Islands) in L.A.—but it's still 2-D, nearly monophonic. This is a mockup of dance music made on Mario Paint for people whose dance moves have as much rhythm and range of motion as those of Toad. Context matters, though, and "Be Apart" is an unusually upbeat, innocent song for Porches. When he sings the hook, it comes across as: "I want to be a part of it all," echoing the city's definitive paean to personal reinvention. (Not surprisingly, it was inspired by Maine's move to the big city after growing up nearby in Westchester.) But Maine's handsome, hungover tenor and the deflated synth tones express that success is not a foregone conclusion. "Be Apart" appears less about the ecstasy of the dance floor than a more particular kind of excitement—one that comes with embracing the fear of the first step towards it. View More Porches – Be Apart