[House] Marcus James x Danni Carra – Make Me Sad

Marcus James
Make Me Sad

Vancouver’s Marcus James has returned to Physical Presents with his original single “Make Me Sad.” Featuring Danni Carra, this emo-house hit is the first single off Marcus’ upcoming EP that will follow up from 2021’s “The Night We Nearly Threw It All Away.”

“Make Me Sad” pays homage to nostalgic sounds while Marcus adds in his own unique electronic flair. For fans of house music, especially vocal led records, this is just the right kind of song you’re looking to add to your playlists. It feels like a sad song, but at the same time there’s more to it – and with relationships there always is. These dynamic emotions are presented beautifully by both Marcus and Danni throughout the entire song. Give it a listen and give them a follow!

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[House] Matroda – Wasting Time


Matroda has long been one of house music’s best underground producers and his new single “Wasting Time” is just one of his many grooving records. Released on his own label Terminal Underground, “Wasting Time” is a funky original that is on the chiller side of the producer’s catalog.

“Wasting Time” is just the right kind of hit fans are looking for as we move into the warmer months into the Summer party season. Whether it’s a pool party, a festival or one of Matroda’s many current tour shows, this song has the versatility and energy for many occasions. If he’s in your area, make sure to grab a ticket to his tour!

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[Bedroom Pop] RUNN – How To Be Happy

Everyone knows RUNN from her heart-shattering collaborations with such producers as Illenium, Steve Aoki, Seven Lions, Dabin, Au5, Kai Wachi and so many more. She’s had several big records recently, but now she’s got what could be her biggest yet as “How To Be Happy” sees her return to solo releases!

“How To Be Happy” is one of those songs that is catchy in all the right ways. Her subtly playful tone portrays a web of emotions that are complex enough to strike the soul of any adult, while the melodic bedroom pop style as a whole is something someone of any age can vibe to. It’s always a special time when singers we recognize from some of our favorite producer hits release solo music and we hope you enjoy this one as much as we did. Definitely worth some real estate in your Spring playlists.

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[House] Rich Furniss – Game On


New York’s house maestro Rich Furniss has just came out swinging with his masterful original “Game On.” The disco inspired gem is just the right kind of song you need for your playlists as the weather starts to warm up.

Right from the start, you already know just how groovy things are going to get. Rich’s alluring production takes a minimal approach, but he manages to add a certain level of complexity with a plethora of sounds and samples dancing and weaving through the mix. If there was one record we’d deem to call this year, it’d be this one. With a couple of heaters out already this year, Rich is setting himself up nicely to make a major splash once this year is through. Make sure to add “Game On” to your playlists and stay tuned for more!

PS, if you’re still into downloads you can get this one free!

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[Soul/Gospel] Aliana Lohan – Without You

Singer, songwriter and actress Aliana Lohan is making her return to music with the soulful cinematic single “Without You.” This gospel inspired original sees her soar and re-establish her space within music after a public hiatus, although Aliana has been working her magic behind the scenes continuously writing.

“Without You” is powerful, yet chill with orchestral instrumentation that gives the song a larger than life feeling to it. Aliana’s performance is stunning, at first luring you in with a subtle verse that explodes into a hook that will leave you with goosebumps. As the weather starts to turn cold, this is just the right kind of song you want to cozy up with as you stay warm inside. Expect more from Aliana as we move into the new year as she has some other releases already locked in. On top of that, she’s also set to return to acting in an upcoming Christmas romantic comedy alongside her sister Lindsay. Big moves incoming!

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Petey Drops Instant Classic ‘Lean Into Life’ LP Amidst TikTok Fame

I haven’t written a blog review/write-up/article/whatever the hell you want to call it in what feels like… well, a long ass time. But Petey, otherwise recognized as PeteyUSA on TikTok, has ripped me out of my journalistic retirement with his twelve track debut album Lean Into Life released on Terrible Records. Even if only one person becomes a fan from this I’d feel accomplished, because this LP is just that good and Petey is just that type of honest talent that deserves everyone’s attention.

We’ve all been going through it this pandemic, and a lot of us have seen numerous changes in our lives that have really just beat us down. Whether we’re using humor, alcohol, food, games like 해외축구 or music to persevere, we’ve all got plenty of things to cope with and Petey offers up an extremely authentic expression that not only gives us a peak into his relatable life, but a vastly dynamic musical escape and an anthem that will give you a kick in the toosh to push back when life is feeling like the villain of your movie.

Lean Into Life as described by Petey himself is “of the indie-rock variety,” but it’s so much more than that. Sliding through styles with ease, Petey does follow a sonic centerline but infuses a lot of electronic instrumentation into the mix for a clean balance of the organic and synthetic.

What strikes me most about Petey’s music is his authenticity. That word is thrown around a lot but it’s not until you come across someone like Petey you realize what that actually means. We can describe it, we can repeat the definition, but the term’s true nature isn’t something that’s really quantifiable. Not to get too hippy dippy, but it’s truly felt and I can certainly feel it pulsating through from start to finish on this LP.

As someone who was born, left and returned to the Golden State, I can 100% live by Lean Into Life‘s first track whose chant “I’d rather be depressed in California” which has become my go-to answer for everyone who’s asked me about moving elsewhere.

Following up are a string of my other favorites including the quirky “Apple TV Remote,” the previously released hit “Pitch A Fit!” and the heartfelt love anthem “Don’t Tell The Boys” which has literally made me cry several times while listening and thinking about my own girlfriend.

But the song that sticks out to me the most as one of the most genuine, fun, funny, sad, awesome, and unique songs is the title track “Lean Into Life.” It’s a 5 and half minute journey that is structurally different from usual expectations and is the aforementioned masterpiece that has become a mantra for my own life. Petey does everything right on this one and gives us what I imagine is his most deeply personal song. It’s minimal, yet cathartic, it builds in all the right ways. Despite showing vulnerability, it feels like this song – and the full LP – were loads of fun to craft. I could go on and on forever, but I don’t want to bore you with my adoration as you can plainly see I believe Petey to be a special musician.

Petey wants to just be a guy making stuff, and that’s something I can get behind. With lifeless brands taking over, it’s nice to see a genuine creative take the stage and deliver something extraordinary, yet down-to-Earth. I hope Lean Into Life hits you as hard as it did me, and make sure to also check out PeteyUSA on TikTok if you’re into alt-comedy. I could do a whole other review about his hilarious antics as one of my favorite TikTokers, but let’s leave it to the music for now. Enjoy.

Stream/Download ‘Lean Into Life’

PS, Petey is going to be on tour!

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[Future Bass] KANA-BOON – Silhouette (Tokyo Machine Remix)

Sony Music Asia has a new endeavor that is proving to be quite the cultural powerhouse. Sakura Chill Beats is Sony’s new Youtube channel where they are highlighting talent from across the world by giving them the exclusive opportunity to officially remix some of anime’s biggest hit theme songs. Their latest is from Tokyo Machine, who took on KANA-BOON’s hit song “Silhouette” which is the theme for the internationally acclaimed Naruto.

Tokyo Machine delivers a smash hit of a remix that certainly lives up to the legendary status of the original song. We totally understand that music in another language can be hard for some to enjoy, but Tokyo Machine really did a number on this one and created something that sounds so fun that it’s hard not to enjoy. So go on ahead and drop this one into your gaming, driving, partying or whatever other kind of playlists that you got rolling.

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