[Electronic] matphilly & SUBshockers – AMP EP

Projects that are homages to loved ones lost always hit home harder. With matphilly‘s collaboration EP AMP, created alongside SUBshockers, that claim holds true. What began as one song to honor his brother who passed away suddenly in July of 2020, this matphilly EP grew into a five track seasonal release that culminated into the EP.

AMP starts with a cinematic introduction that sets the emotional tone for what’s to come. “All I’m Missing In This…it Makes Me Numb” follows suit, journeying from a heartfelt piano composition into a cathartic explosion of bass. From there matphilly and SUBshockers take you on a sonic adventure through different sounds, styles and emotions that showcase just how much matphilly’s brother meant to them, as he was also a great friend to SUBshockers. Overall, it’s a great project that does justice to its aim.

My brother was an important part of my life and losing him out of nowhere really changed the course of my life and mental health. So much so that I was going to quit music but I know he would want me to keep going, so to pay tribute to him, I chose my closest friends in SUBshockers. He knew my brother as well and we channeled our energy to pay tribute to his life and legacy. This is something I want the world to see who never met my brother and how important he was to so many people. He’s missed dearly and I hope we did him justice in this project.” – matphilly

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[Future Bass] Mike Martel – Pull You Under

Mexico’s Mike Martel has set forth down a new career venture with his debut single “Pull You Under.” Formerly known as DJ Migueleon, Mike is switching gears and showcasing his knack for melodic future bass – a sound that was teased under his previous act.

Featuring Drew Love, “Pull You Under” is a strong first step for Mike in this new direction. It’s catchy, inspiring and expresses Mike’s evolution with his creative talents that were already well established with his previous project. Give “Pull You Under” a listen and let it overtake you!

This song is about the twists and turns of life, about learning to let go of the people and things that hold us back, and about realizing that things don’t always go as planned.” – Mike Martel

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[Melodic Bass] Danny Olson x Synymata – Lose It All (feat. Casey Cook)

Two of bass music’s most impressive creators in Danny Olson and Synymata have returned to Lost In Dreams with the electrifying original “Lose It All.” Featuring Casey Cook on vocals, this hybrid anthem is an explosive expression of emotion that shifts its sound from start to finish for a uniquely potent record.

Danny Olson’s cinematic signature shines bright throughout the production which is further amplified by Synymata’s hard-hitting style. Together they’ve created one of the special underrated gems of 2023 that will have even more life as the next festival season comes around. It’s got memorable vocals for a sing along and multiple cathartic moments that make for a dance-floor shattering experience.

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[Melodic Bass] Worlds Apart – Take Me Away

The Washington DC trio Worlds Apart have recently dropped their new single “Take Me Away” featuring the vocalist Scarlett. Together these four creatives delivered an emotionally charged melodic bass record akin to works you’d find if you were a fan of Seven Lions and his label Ophelia.

“Take Me Away” walks the line between vibey and heavy with the group having implemented some unique sound design that certainly fills out the bass frequencies. Scarlett’s performance is stunning, adding a whole other dimension of feeling to an already strong song. Worlds Apart continue to grow and it shows with one of their best songs to date.

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[Electronic] Danny Olson – Firelight EP

Over the past couple of months the cinematic composer/producer Danny Olson has been unveiling his highly emotional EP Firelight. Newly released on Seeking Blue, this four track project is the culmination of a journey that started last year after the sudden passing of Danny’s father.

Since then, Danny has gone through a massive journey through a vast array of feelings that have been creatively boiled down into a stellar musical homage to the most important man in his life. Danny’s first singles “Waking Up” with Becca Krueger and “I Hope You Know” with RUNN were incredible and set the tone for the EP perfectly, while “Firelight” stuns as the most unique and important song on the entire project. It doesn’t really fit neatly into a specific genre which makes it all the more enticing.

Danny closes out the project with a certifiable anthem alongside Linney called “Once Again” that has one specific moment in it that is really going to be special in a live atmosphere. It’s like a firework or confetti moment – a big cathartic blast of emotion that is sure to give you goosebumps!

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Marton Talks New Single + Classical Background [TMN Interview]

The musical maestro Martron has independently released his latest original “The Feeling” and entered the dojo for a little chat. With Martron’s unique musical background, it was cool to get some insight on not only this new song, but also on his background and what’s upcoming with his project.

Before we get to the Q&A, we just want to touch on “The Feeling” as its a laidback gem that blurs the line between genres. With influence from R&B, future, hip-hop and even future bass, it’s a delicious musical treat that is a must have for all chill playlists. Martron did a hell of a job with it and we can’t wait to hear what else he has in store for the rest of this year.

TMN: Can you tell us about your classically trained background and how that informs your music today?

So my classical background consists of playing flute for 20 years, piano for 14 years and writing classical music for about 13 years. All 3 taught me how valuable things like patience, consistency and getting the basics down are. But a major thing for me was hearing the different approaches to playing and writing from different cultures and countries. For example the 2 countries I gravitated to most musically were France and Japan. Studying and listening to the different arrangements, scales and styles made me a better musician.

TMN: What were some of your biggest musical influences growing up? Who are you currently listening to too?

Growing up, some of my biggest influences were The Beatles, Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Steel Pulse, Tool and Daft Punk. When I started producing, Deadmau5, Skrillex, Feed Me, Alison Wonderland and Flume were at the top for me. And lately I’ve been listening to Madeon, Porter Robinson, Fred Again.., The Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald, Fleetwood Mac, Moore Kismet, So Dope and ISOxo.

TMN: Tell us a little about your new song “The Feeling” and how it came together.

The Feeling has many layers, but it’s about my best description of what being in love or being loved feels like. That connection you have with someone where you grow with them and experience life together. It’s something I’ve wanted to write about for a while, but anytime I tried, I wasn’t able to properly express that message. Then one night this year in late May/early June, I sat down to play piano and started improvising over this simple chord progression. I immediately recorded it and when I started putting together the vocal chops, that was it. That was what I was looking for and The Feeling was born.

TMN: What’s been your biggest career milestone so far, and what is your next big goal before the end of the year?

I’d say the biggest milestone of my career was playing a guest mix on Insomniac Radio last November, it’s definitely the coolest milestone of my career if I had a choice. My very talented friends Niiko x SWAE have a show on Insomniac called “NXS Radio” and they were kind enough to invite me on to play. I’ve followed Insomniac for as long as I’ve been producing, doing that was a dream come true and I can’t thank Niiko x SWAE enough for believing in me and giving me that opportunity.

TMN: Who are some artists you’d like to collaborate with?

There are way too many to limit it to just a few but here it goes: The first name that comes to mind is Chandler Leighton. Her voice and writing skills are simply unbelievable. Next is Alison Wonderland, she’s a virtuoso and the energy in her music is contagious. Moore Kismet would be so dope, they’re a great performer and their production skills are unreal. Same with Virtual Riot, his sound design skills are so good, he could probably make a growl by rubbing 2 sticks together. Last one I’ll mention is Madeon, I admire his musicianship and passion so much. To make something with any of these 5 artists would be an honor.

TMN: Have any tips for other producers out there?

Absolutely, here’s an important one: Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing, just focus on yourself. There’s no correct way to get where you wanna go with music and comparing yourself to others is certainly not the answer. Do your thing, put the work in, take your time and of course, have fun.

TMN: What else can we expect from Martron before the year closes out?

As of right now, you’re getting at least 2 more original tracks and a remix from me before the year ends. I’m excited for all 3 tracks to finally be out, especially the remix. There are a few more things in the works, like some collabs and projects that I can’t say too much about right now. I’m not sure if any of those will drop this year, but what I can say is there’s a lot new music on the way that I’m really psyched about.

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[Future Bass] Danny Olson x RUNN – I Hope You Know

Danny Olson returns with the next chapter of his emotionally charged EP journey. This time working alongside the ever talented RUNN for the inspiring single “I Hope You Know” released on Seeking Blue. As the follow up to “Waking Up” from the upcoming Firelight EP it takes listeners through another expedition through the emotions of losing a loved one.

Despite losing his dad at times Danny found some comfort and inspiration in the lasting impression and memories that still remain. This uplifting emotional crux lives at the heart of this impactful song that really captured the scope of such a feeling. RUNN is as masterful as ever, while Danny shifts his style for a pop-centric hit. If you’re not paying attention – it’s catchy; and if you are, then it hits deep. Don’t let your playlist miss out on this one.

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