Atlanta’s HXV is making some big moves. With his EP, Separation, HXV sets the stage for the rest of his career. It’s a defining moment, one that is being marked with not just a simple single, but three packed into a meaningful project that takes things in a new direction. Each song has been released as a free download, in exchange for a Spotify follow which is nothing compared to what you get in return.
“This EP marks the first steps in a longer story I’m trying to tell. My goal is to define what HXV is and sounds like once and for all. I went back and pulled from my inspirations and been writing music that’s electronic in nature and rooted in trap elements but has textures of shoegaze, metal, and dark wave. This EP is about leaving what’s familiar and pushing off into the unknown, embracing the fear and the discomfort of trying new things.”
The EP starts out with “Where Do We Go From Here,” a dark, mystifying record that embodies the exact emotions HXV had before making the changes that he did. Next comes “Into Oblivion,” a sonic black hole that you can’t escape, but luckily, you don’t want to. It’s a one of a kind song that may be our favorite on the EP, however “Crossing The Threshold” rivals it. The last single takes things a different direction, showcasing a more calm sound that closes the Separation out perfectly.
“Those moments, those steps that you take into the unknown where you are finding yourself and where you fit into the world that’s the art. The music is the artifact, the ashes of the art itself. The art is the process. When all this is done and all the elements are out this will become the definitive guide for HXV.”
Arkade Records had a hot one come out this month from Oakland California’s Ken Loi. His single “Hollow” features the lovely Liv Miraldi whose performance will hook you in tight. Together these two made a future-filled jam that we can’t get out of our heads.
Ken Loi’s masterful blending of genres makes this song what it is. By himself it would be great track, but with the addition of Liv Miraldi this song goes from great to stupendous. It feels familiar, yet the style is fresh to the ears. Arkade has always put out great records, but this one is one of our favorites from both their camp and Ken’s. If you’d like a copy of “Hollow” you can swoop it from iTunes today.
Welcome to the dojo for another first listen with a premiere from Hood Rich. From our friends at Fool’s Gold Records comes an official remix by the Queensland producer of “Lover” originally by Tommy Trash and A-Trak with Jesse Boykins III. Although the track is due out on the Group Chat Remixes EP, we’ve come together to give you an early listen to this bumpin’ cut a day early.
Hood Rich gets deep and dirty with this fresh take on “Lover.” House and tech heads are in for a real treat with this one as it’s smooth grooves are just what clubs and festivals are desiring. The original single was a bit more upbeat, with an electro edge to it that Hood Rich trades for a darker tone. Overall it makes for a solid remix with a sound completely different than the original. Hood Rich made it his own while doing justice to the original tenfold.
Mat Hunsley’s “Do You Need Me Near” coincidentally came into my peripherals along with the changing seasons here in Denver and it already has me daydreaming about lazy summer nights, swinging in a hammock, heartfelt campfire conversations with only the closest of friends, and those unexpected weekend adventures in a pup-filled car, heading somewhere into the wilderness.
This emotive song is the first of the year for this Newcastle-based singer/songwriter, following up on a handful of stellar releases at the end of last year. Just like before, I’m finding myself in a lucid daze, complete with a content grin, digesting his thoughtful lyrics and calculated fingerpicking. With the addition of carefully-placed, fairy-like vocal hums, today’s offering is somehow even more alluring and encapsulating than expected.
This song is testament to my oldest and dearest friends. Like everyone else, I have had those friends whom I believed were essential to my happiness. I mistakenly thought that without their constant presence and participation in my life that I couldn’t possibly be as happy as I once was. Despite my worries and despite each of us having followed our differing paths, these friends have remained close to my heart. When reunited we slip effortlessly back into the old habits and patterns as if we’d never strayed away. These people don’t need me near them in order to get everything they need and deserve from life, but it’s comforting to know that our friendship will forever stay the same.
“Do You Need Me Near” was beautifully produced by Mick Ross (Lanterns On The Lake, Ajimal, The Lake Poets), and will be released on April 28th via Trellis Records. After you support the single, make sure to support Mat’s live show at the Evolution Emerging Festival in Newcastle this May.
One thing that a lot of people need to realize, is anything can be a drug. Whether it’s the gym, cheeseburgers, music, books or what have you, these things can have a profound effect on people. One person who – we would guess – agrees with that is JNTHN STEIN, whose single “Everything Is A Drug” is here today in the dojo.
The thoughtful, intriguing talent met up with us ninjas yet again after our enlightening interview with him to give you a first listen to his new song. “Everything Is A Drug” is a magical record that exemplifies a true mastery of music. JNTHN respects the creative process and that’s something you can hear in this cool record. It starts out quite chill but as things progress the production gets a bit more playful and energetic. It’s just a great song and we’re honored to have the pleasure of giving you the first listen to it today!
One word: OREDOROK. What is it? Well first, it’s the name of the new EP from Seoul producer Demicat and second it (basically) means forever in Korean. This five track project is going to be one of the best things you’ve listened to this week, if not the best.
Demicat gives us a taste of flavors from the East while dishing up a diverse array of sounds. He touches future bass, trap and beyond with his works on OREDOROK, a project that may truly live up to its name. All five singles are timeless and unique, showcasing the new heights that electronic music can reach if producers hone in. It’s CRAZY that this would be released as a free download, but it is, however if you want to do the right thing and support this project, you can do so through digital stores.
CJ Warren is back after the release of his EP with a brand new single. “Throw It Back” sees the Detroit emcee partnering up with the producer Delray for a cool hip-hop jam. If you were looking for a booty-bouncing beast of a record, then you’ve come to the right place, as you might have guessed from the album art.
“Throw It Back” sports a laidback beat that has some familiar samples that add a nice touch to the song. Although it’s only Wednesday, this single is perfect for your weekend gatherings, whether you are kicking back or getting the party started. CJ is honing into his own style and sound, one that can make him stand out among the underground rap game. “Throw It Back” will be available on digital stores soon and CJ has let us know that another project is on its way, so get ready.