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[Indie-Electronic] Whammyboy – Space Pop Vol.I EP

In the boundless cosmos of music, Noah Johansen, aka Whammyboy, is making waves with his debut EP Space Pop Vol. I, launched into the musical universe on September 22nd via GEMS / ADA / Warner. This introverted Norwegian talent crafts music that’s anything but shy, giving birth to a unique sound he’s coined as “Space Pop”. Imagine dance meeting indie pop in a celestial dance – that’s what Whammyboy is all about.

This EP, a compilation of five heart-felt songs, revolves around Whammyboy’s own experiences and emotions, with a special spotlight on love. Tracks like “Ocean” and “Enjoy the Feeling” offer a deep dive into the world of relationships. “Ocean” explores the longing to connect deeply with someone, while “Enjoy the Feeling” is all about savoring the joy of the present moment.

Whammyboy isn’t just a one-trick pony – he’s penned, produced, and mixed every track on the EP, showcasing his devotion to his art. And it seems the world is tuning in. Especially in the UK, where his tracks “Heart” and “Chop It” have made waves on Jack Saunders’ BBC Radio 1 Future Artists show. He even snagged the title of NEXT WAVE Artist on the program in July.

This guy’s music has been bouncing around from the UK to Norwegian radio stations like P3, P1, and P13, proving he’s got a sound that gets people moving. His live shows are an electrifying spectacle of lasers and guaranteed dance vibes, revealing the extroverted side of his musical soul. And even though he’s more of a stay-at-home kind of guy, Whammyboy is gearing up for a tour across Germany, Paris, and Norway, embracing the adventures and challenges on the road.

With Space Pop Vol. 2 in the works, this artist is aiming for the stars, ready to entertain not just international, but maybe even extraterrestrial fans.

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[House] black a.m. – 70W (Vaded)

In an ever-evolving world of electronic music, artists continuously look for innovative sounds that will break the mold. At the forefront of this movement is black a.m., an artist whose name echoes in the realm of house music with a fervor that demands attention.

Sinclair Wheeler, known to fans as black a.m., is not just another name in the mix. He adds a rock-infused twist to house, carving a niche for himself that blends traditional house elements with avant-garde intricacies. Since his debut in 2019, Wheeler’s been steadily on the rise, catching the eyes and ears of industry behemoths such as John Summit, NGHTMRE, JOYRYDE, Slander, and DJ Craze. Beyond the applause, tangible successes include the official release of his remix of NGHTMRE and Gunna’s “Cash Cow” by Ultra Music and accumulating over 600,000 streams across various platforms. His creation, iamrecords, is a testament to his distinct musical vision.

The strength of Wheeler’s presence isn’t limited to studios alone. His musical skill has been displayed on stages like the Insomniac’s Park N Rave series. And as MGK’s guitarist and a significant contributor to NGHTMRE’s “The Portal Tour”, his instrumentalist skills have been recognized on multiple platforms.

However, at the epicenter of black a.m.’s musical journey is his recent release, “70W (Vaded)”. This track stands out and showcases the mindset that this talent is currently in. This adrenaline-packed number seamlessly integrates powerful percussion and bass, painting a canvas of musical innovation. As the screeching elements echo, they emphasize black a.m.’s singular position in a vast musical realm. Don’t sleep on this guy and check out the single below.

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[Future Bass] Layto – Five4three2one (Egzod Remix)

Layto’s “Five4three2one” has already carved out a space in our cultural memory—a haunting, mellifluous track. But now, enter Egzod, the Portugal-born, France-raised, and US-based enigma, with a remix that transforms the familiar into the thrillingly uncanny. This isn’t a surprise, given Egzod’s staggering 600 million streams across platforms since 2017. Those aren’t mere numbers; they’re a testament, good-looking accolades that speak to a world enraptured by his vision.

The very name ‘Egzod,’ riffing on the French “Exodus,” encapsulates his promise: a musical journey to a world where technology doesn’t just coexist with nature—it communes with it. A world that’s beyond our grasp yet feels intimately familiar, like a long-forgotten dream. In this rendition of “Five4three2one,” the powerful bass pulsates, the future bass layers intertwine, and the melody, already powerful, now feels cosmic.

But this isn’t just about music—it’s about storytelling. Every Egzod production, imbued with spirituality and profound motifs, is a story of transcendence, an invitation. Not just to dance, but to imagine, to dream, to depart.

In a world that often feels devoid of mystery, Egzod, with this remix, offers us a portal. A chance to lose ourselves, to find ourselves, and to experience a song, not just as a mere tune, but as an odyssey.

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[Indie] David Frank – Nobody’s Hero

After some incredible dance collaborations, David Frank is back on his own grind with the emotionally-charged single “Nobody’s Hero.” The indie-inspired gem is another inspirational anthem from one of the finest talents out of Malibu.

Having relocated to LA David Frank has been crushing it for years with his band Little Dume, as well as his songwriting career and solo project that continues to flourish with his latest original. “Nobody’s Hero” is a chill, yet powerful display of David’s knack for deep sentiments and catchy lyrics. This is one of our favorites from David who will be closing out the year with numerous more releases. So stay tuned while you enjoy “Nobody’s Hero.”

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[Electronic] YMIR – The Wild Hunt

The vastly talented producer/vocalist YMIR has had a major career update. Not only has he just released his next original “The Wild Hunt” but he also has officially signed to the Montreal imprint Kannibalen Records. In doing so he joins the likes of Black Tiger Sex Machine, Apashe, Kai Wachi and Dabin.

With “The Wild Hunt” YMIR showcases both his production skills and his riveting vocals in full force. From the sound design to the mix of styles the mysterious creative manages to delight the senses and the soul with his unique concoction. It’s a bit on the experimental side, but it’s a load of fun. Make sure to check out his full catalog if you haven’t yet and if you’re in any cities he’s playing soon with Apashe – don’t miss the show!

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[Pop] Aliana Lohan – Armor

Aliana Lohan takes another step closer to her upcoming EP with the empowering original “Armor.” With her previous two singles the NYC songstress infused some strong dance pop influence while here she goes a bit more commercial while keeping things engaging and emotional.

Sorry fellas, but this one is mainly for the ladies although anyone and everyone can certainly get down to it. “Armor” despite its poppy attitude actually implores some depth of soul with Aliana’s powerful voice shifting dynamic between the various styles that make up this fresh record. If you haven’t checked out her other singles, make sure to do so too!

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[House] Kong the Dj – I Got U

Kong the Dj drops his much-anticipated track “I Got U” today, and it’s a slap in the face to anyone who says electronic music can’t be deeply emotional. I’ve been around the block with tunes from all genres, and let me tell you, this is something strong especially given it’s the first ever public production from the soloist.

Within the inner-workings of “I Got U,” Kong the Dj weaves a tapestry of camaraderie. The rhythmic percussion dances its own ballet, while the lyrics — minimalist yet profound — paint a picture of genuine trust, a feature sorely missed in many contemporary offerings.

There’s something undeniably human in this track, a showcasing of Kong the Dj’s skills over his craft.

This isn’t merely a track destined for club airplay, but something that will stand the test of time. With “I Got U,” Kong the Dj crafts an anthem that resonates with all of us, reminding us of the connections that music can forge. As the beat pumps forward, one thing becomes clear: in the world of dance and house, Kong the Dj is in the know.

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