[EP Review] NVDES – La Nvdité Vol. 2

This High
D.Y.T (Do Your Thing) feat. REMMI
Amsterdam In My Mind
Where Is Your Mind

As a much anticipated follow-up to Vol. 1 released this summer, music collective NVDES has released the sequel La Nvdité Vol. 2 today. De-facto frontman Josh Ocean enlists the help of his musically talented friends once again to produce yet another energy and emotion packed EP. NVDES continues to deliver on their mission of soul-baring creative expression.

Volume 2 takes a decidedly more experimental approach than pop-heavy Volume 1. There’s a bit of everything on this latest EP, but you begin to hear some new musical inspirations come through on this production.

On first track “This High”, the EP kicks off with the familiar post-punk, distorted guitar twangs you’ve come to associate with NVDES. If you keep listening, Ocean and crew lace in some ethereal, almost spiritual crooning. By the end of the song, you’re left with a trappy banger. Quite the musical journey on this track.

Another standout is lead single “D.Y.T.”, a fun, minimalistic dance tune that we featured previously here on TMN. NVDES draws on the help of talented vocalist Remmi for this tune. The following track, “Everyday”, shows a soulful side of NVDES that we haven’t quite seen before. Alongside a distinctly retro sampling/production style, this track introduces a new funky side to the lost love that Ocean so often enjoys writing songs about.

On the whole, Vol. 2 makes it evident that Ocean is delving deeper into certain aspects of his creative repertoire, going beyond the pop-punk electro sound that NVDES initially became known for. Leaning on heavier and darker beats, and lacing in funk and soul elements, NVDES makes an unexpected yet welcome musical pivot, while staying true to their roots of free-flowing, unstructured musical exploration. 

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Music Ninja Radio is a weekly podcast recorded and broadcast live on San Francisco’s BFF.fm  from 4-6PM PST every Friday. 

Music Ninja Radio
Episode #94: Hazy Jawnts & House Experiments

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This week’s selection is inspired by the music that accompanied some recent travels. The show kicks off with some laid back, soulful vibes but quickly kicks up into hip-hop and future beats. The majority of the lineup, though, is comprised of some trippy, experimental house tracks that have been in heavy rotation. I also shouted out BFF.fm’s end of year fundraiser and an upcoming benefit show in SF where I’ll be DJing. – ash.

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Disturbance dives into multiple soundscapes including trap, dubstep and electro, especially in regards to the niche of sounds like Gesaffelstein and Rezz. Her bass influence is prevalent throughout the EP, but she closes things out with a more vibey single to shake things up and express something different. JEANIE didn’t simply throw together tracks unknowingly, instead she delivered a calculated project to take the next step in her career. Want a copy? Get yours today.

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HISTRiONICS is the second EP from Shmuck and features his previously released single “Slipping.” The EP starts out with the Kiya Lacey collaboration on “Tempt” that exudes a dark, psychedelic sound. The rest of the project follows suit, but shifts Shmuck’s style through different avenues to add depth from start to finish. Overall it’s an EP that you’re going to want to jam through a few times at least!

’Shmuck the Loyal – Tempt ft. Kiya Lacey’
’Shmuck the Loyal – Slipping’
’Shmuck the Loyal – Adapt’
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Said The Sky & FRND

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“Faded” is one of those collaboration that brings the best of both worlds, playfully building off each other’s strengths instead of simply throwing each other’s sounds together carelessly. Beautiful, full of emotion and a respect for musicality, this single has all you could ask for. Said The Sky and FRND comes as a sweet surprise that may just be the track that makes our week. “Faded” just dropped today and is currently available on digital formats. You’re going to want this one.

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