Following the success of “Maze”, Italian producer FlyBoy keeps the ball rolling with the release of “Over You”. Teaming up with Norweigan singer/producer Dyrisk, FlyBoy combines the soulful vocals from Dyrisk with colorful production. The deep house arrangement brings out the infectious melody of the track, together with the synth progression that resembles the one in Petit Biscuit‘s “Sunset Lover”. The lyrics and guitar melodies offer a rather organic feel to the track, making this emotionally-driven tune the perfect track to get over hump day.
Out via Tipsy Records, “Over You” is just a sneak peek of what FlyBoy has in store for us. Stay tuned for more dance music from the young producer.
Ever since first cropping up on our Ninja radar back in 2014 with the underground sweeping single “Thinking About It”, Just Kiddin’, the British House duo comprised of Lewis Thompson and Laurie Revel, have held down a tender place within many of our writers’ hearts. Formed in 2010 and originating from the small town of Kettering, Northamptonshire, England, Just Kiddin’ have quickly become one of the hottest acts in all of Club-Land over the last few years, and for good reason. We had the chance to catch up with Lewis & Laurie not long after wrapping up their most recent North American tour & behind the release of their latest music video for “Fall For You” (see below to watch the entire piece); and as always the two brought a smile to our face while dropping some insight into what’s been going on with them as well. Read the transcript of our entire conversation below, and be on the lookout for more music from Just Kiddin’ very soon.
The Music Ninja: First off, thanks so much for taking the time to sit down and answer a few questions on behalf of TMN. We’ve been following you guys pretty closely since all the way back in August of 2014. So thanks again, we’re very excited to pick your brains. Let’s just get right after it! After a bit (read: a lot!) of background research on you guys, we came across some interesting arcs to the Just Kiddin’ saga. Lewis & Laurie, you both grew up in the same town of Kettering, and from what we understand, were near the same social circles, and both grew up with more traditional music backgrounds as well. With those rich musical histories, how did you both manage to fall in with each other in a musical capacity, and what led you both towards the world of club & electronic music; and also why did you decide to apply your talents in that direction?
Just Kiddin (Lewis): Good researching! Laurie & I have been friends since we were about 13, from a young age we got into electronic music together really, hence why our tastes are so similar. We tried to go down the band route originally, but got frustrated with organising band practise and how long things can take. I think this impatience made us grab copies of some music production software, and there’s been no looking back ever since!
The Music Ninja:You guys had early releases as Just Kiddin’ on Nurvous, HK & Exploited before becoming an Eton Messy staple. Obviously, Eton Messy has released and pushed some of your most notable tunes. How did you guys end up getting involved with the YouTube page turned club night, record label and electronic industry leaders? We assume you guys have a pretty solid relationship with the number of releases you’ve had under their banner.
Just Kiddin’: We love the guys at Eton Messy, they’re our good friends and we’ve had some wicked times together. We originally met them at a club night we played at in Bristol after they had been supporting our music on the channel, we hit it off and then decided to release “Thinking About It” with them.
The Music Ninja: Do you both consider Eton Messy to be a home of sorts for Just Kiddin’?
Just Kiddin’: Yes and no really. Like we said, we love the Eton Messy guys and really appreciate the help they’ve given us along the way. But we don’t want to state one place as our home and sounds & styles can change.
The Music Ninja:Your last release was the original record “Fall For You”, for which the official music video recently dropped as well (watch the whole thing above). It’s got quite the buoyant, summery feel to it. Do you think of Just Kiddin’ as maintaining a certain aesthetic and sound, or do you feel you both can go in any number of directions with the project?
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Memoryy is an artist who has consistently impressed with his stunning synth pop style. Although always paying homage to the 80’s this is an artist who’s not afraid to explore a sound of his own. His latest single “Turning The Page” showcases epic vocal range as he ruminates on a failed relationship. The track’s introduction sports gruff vocals accompanied by ever expanding synths that gradually build into an unstoppable chorus that demonstrates what this artist can really do.
Driving synths alongside vivacious vocals make for a track that I’m sure to keep coming back to. The tune is a taste of Memoryy’s upcoming Skeletons EP. Although there doesn’t yet seem to be a release date slated for the collection, judging by the music he’s released recently we’ve got our eyes pealed. Take a listen to “Turning The Page” and get to know Memoryy.
20 year old Swedish producer Kasbo is set to have a big second half of 2016. He’s just released his version of The Temper Trap’s “Fall Together” and is back at it with the official remix of “Monument” by MUTEMATH. Once again, the young producer has shown his abilities to re-create tracks from their core. Here he’s implanted lush, rolling melodies slowing down the original’s tempo while introducing reconstructed, glitchy vocals coming together for a gracefully produced drop.
His “World Away” single released on ODESZA’s Foreign Family label has millions of digital streams and is his biggest song to date since release last fall when he supported them on their US tour. I’ve had this tune stuck on repeat and shared with a lot of my friends. As we venture into the tail end of 2016 don’t take your eyes off this rising artist.
DUX has been someone that we have covered since the beginnings of the project. The funny thing is that DUX has only been around for a bit over a month, but has quickly garnered acclaim from much of the internet. A few singles have been released, with some of them pertaining to the EP, Remote-Controlled Hobbies, which is out now.
Musical talent oozes from DUX’s projects. Not only that, but DUX manages to create a song with his own unique imprint, while the next one is a masterful rendition of a style that has already been known and loved. Just take the single “Miss Atlantic” as an example. It’s nothing we haven’t heard before, but DUX and collaborator Stan Carrizosa take things into the stratosphere and leave listeners floored. The other tracks on Remote-Controlled Hobbies are just as memorable. Singles like “CTL” and “Future” were previous releases, but we get new material with songs like “Flower” and “Cold.” If DUX keeps up this inhuman pace of high quality records, then stardom is just around the corner.
When we caught up with Ella On The Run earlier this year, she had released her incredible EP ‘Undone’, featuring tracks such as ‘Walk Away’, and her unique version of ‘All that she wants’ by Ace of Base. Her sultry alt/ pop sound consists of infectious beats and melodies, and spacious, alluring lyrics, which have crowned her “queen of of the alt-pop block”, according to Wonderland.
Now, having been working with award winning video director Rafe Gibbon, (recently notable for Will Joseph Cook’s ‘Take Me Dancing’ video), Ella On The Run has released her mesmerising new music video ‘Walk Away’. Questioning forbidden love and temptation – “Could we be lovers, more than friends?”, she conveys a hypnotically intriguing story and image of colour and pattern, which combines perfectly with these complex beats and alternative synth sounds. The mirrored profile of Ella On The Run singing, cleverly interlinks with the harmonies within ‘Walk Away’, as if conveying two separate voices, questioning her internal desire and passion. This theme is carried through the verses and pre-chorus until the track throws us into an up-beat chorus of fervent synths, accentuated by distorted patterns and manipulated images.
Be sure to check out this video for ‘Walk away’ below, and to familiarise yourselves with her formidable EP!