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Katy Gunn is a one-woman musical army in “Hate,” bringing an enchanting soundscape comprised of nothing but sounds created from either her voice or her hands. Utilizing Ableton live, she recorded layers upon layers of different claps, hums, and lyrics, all of which come together in perfect harmony for this extremely inventive and rather quirky tune.
After gaining experience with acts like Teenage Love and one of our all-time favorite rappers, Method Man, this Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/producer is bringing a collection of her own music to the masses, with today’s premiere leading the way. The rest of her Whispering Voices EP promises to showcase more of this organic style, showcasing her acute artistic abilities.
If you found yourself grooving in your chair to this lovely little tune, make sure to follow her on SoundCloud. If you’re lucky enough to be in NYC on January 20th at 7:30PM, we highly recommend heading to Dixon Place to check out her live performance. The word on the street is – her show will be a dance performance co-choreographed with artist and performer Autumn Kioti, all of which is set to the EP and visuals by Sol Kjøk.
Fans of Vaski are in for a real treat. In fact, they are in for several treats as the Los Angeles resident is gearing up for the launch of his album entitled Night Sessions. The first single off the project, “Perculator,” has the producer going back in line with a dubstep style that captivated much of his early followers. Although it’s an homage to sounds of the past, he still manages to keep a certain freshness instilled in it to make it a big 2016 single.
Vaski has been playing this one out live for some time, with great reactions from the crowd, and soon they will be able to have it for themselves. It’s got the big basslines you look for in a dub track, partnered with the vicious percussion and spazzy blips that have seemingly drown out of popular dance music these days. Nest HQ got a hold of the premiere for this song, which is due out when the album drops. Fans and Vaski are excited as ever, as the producer states that he has finally found his own sound that he will be delivering to the world in this project. Stay tuned!
Being based in Colorado, we’ve always been in tune with acts that bring an intense live aspect to their shows, as we’ve had figurative front row seats for the substantial growth of acts like Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, and Sunsquabi. We’re not sure if it’s the thin air, the legal goods, or just the overall culture, but there is a distinct sound to the Centennial State. However, while today’s spotlight brings in a fusion of funk, rock, and electronica, your Mile High guess would be inaccurate. These cats are from Nashville, Tennessee, and they’re doing things right.
If you’re not hip to Zoogma quite yet, it won’t be long before you’re grooving to their funky live instrumentation. You needn’t look any further than this post to witness what Brock Bowling (Guitar, Live Sequencing), Matt Harris (Drums, Live Sequencing) Justin Hasting (Guitar, Synthesizer) and Ryan Nall (Bass, Synthesizer) have put together. Take a glance below at “New Era” being performed as they do in front of their adoring fans.
In addition to premiering this video and single, we’re also bringing you a quick Q&A in hopes that you’ll study up on this quickly rising electro-rock act. If you haven’t already, press play on the track or video and read through their responses to a few of our choice questions.
This is one track you don’t want to miss today. Gianni Kosta‘s wonderful remix of SNBRN‘s “Beat The Sunrise” will definitely put you in a good mood as you head into the final two days of your work week. As expected, the French producer dialed up his own spin with a melodic house styling complete with an uplifting organ synths and well-placed vocal samples. All in all, it truly does the original justice, while still maintaining Kosta’s signature style.
If you enjoyed the original, this track will be a welcomed change of pace, adding in a little extra spice. Think of it as the chilled out rendition of SNBRN’s “Sunset House” brand. After you’ve had a spin, be sure to check out Gianni’s page if you dig the track. He’s holding it down and creating a name for himself as an artist to watch in 2016.
We’ve been keen to both the sounds of producer wunderkind André Allen Anjos, known nearly worldwide as RAC; and Danish Producer & DJ, MORTEN for years now. So, when their unlikely paths came careening together via this darker than normal RAC remix of MORTEN’s “Beautiful Heartbeat”, we were quick to fall for its liquid groove. A bit more of a shot to the underground house clubs than the indie-dance floors RAC’s become synonymous with over the years. Anjos’ skill in regards to experimental pop studio work has always taken stage front and center, with that analog synthesizer and drum-machine sound more often than not bound to the rather expansive RAC library; but his latest remix is fueled by much larger sounds. A driving kick-drum takes front-and-center immediately after a hollow synth lead clears just enough room for Frida Sundemo‘s haunting vocal track to wonderfully punctuate each and every passing note. RAC’s always had a way of making dance music extremely palatable to most any level of listener, and on this revision of “Beautiful Heartbeats” he’s hit the nail on the head yet again. This one pairs oh so pefectly with a night drive to the city. Stream RAC’s “Beautiful Heartbeat” remix above.
October Glow finally returns after a short silence with a glimmering and emphatic new release. Since the week is halfway over, we all need a moment to catch our breath, and “New Casio” soothes with sweltering synths and otherworldly vocals that weave together in a sublime coalescence. There’s an overarching, but subtle sense of hope constructed in the tune as it builds a mighty crescendo into an ambient and mellow outro that deviates from the earlier structure in a seamless fashion. October Glow may have a short collection of songs at the moment, but this fresh new sound, along with the equally noteworthy “Cellar Door,” creates quite the case for more exploration into this intriguing producer. Show support where you can and keep you ears open for more October Glow in the near future.
If you’ve perused these pages for any significant amount of time, it’s highly likely you’ve come across Denver based house producer Option4 at least once or twice. A former TMN ‘Resident Artist of the Month’ back in April 2015, and half of burgeoning duo 909 Til Infinity, Option4 has found numerous way to work his constantly shifting and infectious house sound into our ears on a constant basis. With releases on some of dance music’s most notable underground labels including Fool’s Gold & Nervous, Option4’s latest release sees a welcome return to Australian imprint Sweat It Out! (also home to the likes of RÜFÜS and Motez), and their sub-label Club Sweat with the A/B side Activate EP. In just two breezy tunes, Option4 deftly shows off a clear range of sonic dance soundscapes, for what may be without a doubt one of our favorite releases ever from the shapeshifting producer.
While I swore to never use this term in music writing for 2016, A side “Activate” is a certified banger. An absolute monster on a proper system that we’ve had the pleasure of hearing tried and tested many times before its release, and a unique take on club music, “Activate” glides along on gigantic bass swells and a hooky vocal to result in one of the finest club weapons we’ve seen in the short span of 2016. “DOAUK” is the extended play’s darker, melodic counterpart. Gloomy melodies enhance “DOAUK”‘s classic-leaning, shuffling rhythm, while a set of high-reaching pads set the perfect backdrop for each one of the tune’s thumping aural components to land on. Quite simply, Option4 trots out into 2016 with an excellent new EP, setting the stage for a gigantic 2016 and one we’ll be on top of as it continues to rise. Stream Option4’s the Activate EP below, and be sure to snag yourself a copy on Beatport here.