Orlando-based duo RedRum, made up of Racks (emcee/producer) and Red Eye (emcee) share their sophomore project with us this week. The 12 track project entitled The Messiah Complex is the follow up to their debut, The Lucifer Effect, which dropped back in late 2020. If you’re a fan of hardcore, unadulterated hip-hop with hard-hitting cinematic production and unapologetic lyrics, you haven’t had to wait long for your second dose.
From the jump, the duo serves up nothing but pure raw hip-hop on the opening track. The “Intro” is as dark as midnight thanks to Nickel Plated‘s ominous production while the duo drops jaw-breaking street raps. The mission statement is already implanted in the listeners but on tracks like “God’s Watching” and “Chozen4War,” the pair draw us deep into the nether regions of their twisted minds. The wordplay and vividly detailed lyrics seamlessly blend with the grimy, speaker-busting productions. Speaking of production, the ominous sounds are provided by Deee, Da Supastarz, Nickel Plated, Tone Blare, and Racks himself. The layers of grit continue to gather as the album progresses from the soul-gripping textures of “Hunger (feat. Cheiz Heist),” the dark organ infused dusty drum breaks on “6 Feet (featuring vocalist D. Ville)”, to the snarling back-and-forth bars of “Gladiator Sport,” The Messiah Complex isn’t interested in wasting a second of your time.
Watch the video for the song “Mark Of Da Beast” below.
The new version of the classic unit introduces some retro tones
Friday, May 14, 2021 – 15:16
AKAI has announced a new version of their classic range – MPC One Retro. With the same functionality as the One announced last year the Retro features the same colour stylings and logo from the iconic MPC60 sampler, designed by Roger Linn. The cream case and red logo give it a retro feel while the multi-touch screen, controls and functionality on the MPC One remain.
Other features include totally standalone functionality, 16 RGB pads, 2GB RAM and onboard storage as well as 2GB of pre-installed content, four TRS CV/Gate ins and outs with eight total outputs. There’s an SD card slot too for storing and transferring samples and projects.
Multi-talented queer space pop artist Sean The Star Emperor just released his banging new single “Paradise” and it’s the ultimate booty shaking anthem for the summer. Known for his ability to make hair flip and feet shuffle, Sean is an innovative artist that brings a flavorful lighthearted vibe not only to the LGBTQ+ community by proudly showing off his queer experience, but with listeners from all walks of life through his empowering messages of strength, freedom, love, and acceptance.
“Paradise” is an unapologetic and playful high-energy anthem about how the Covid pandemic inhibited physical interaction and what we can do to change it. “Paradise” suggests: “Playtime can still be had with little to no expense needed. …Fun is what we make of the conditions.” Laced with saucy sexy vocals, clever wordplay, and dance floor ready electro beats, the track explodes with vibrance and gay pride, and just in time for Pride Month.
The accompanying video for “Paradise” is equally entertaining, where Sean commands attention with his uninhibited star power through use of his eccentric wardrobe, colorful wigs, and silly choreography on roller skates which is all tied into the underground Vogue scene. The visuals also features flirtatious, uber fun animation which adds another layer of dimension to this highly decorated story.
Australian vocalist VASSY is back with a pulsing new dance offering by the name of “Chase.” Produced by ARIA chart-topping electronic duo Bonka, the single stands out amongst VASSY’s discography as a more progressive-natured dance track. The mononymous “Secrets” singer ended up joining forces with Bonka while talking over the phone, reminiscing and missing Australia, she explained:
“I teamed up with the boys as I was feeling very homesick and really missing Australia. Not being able to go back home because of the pandemic and quarantine restrictions that the Australian government placed, we ended up wanting to work on this song together, which was so amazing. It felt really good to make this with my fellow Australians and I am so excited to release this in Australia, as well as the US.”
Now a certified member of the APRA AMCOS 1 billion stream club, thanks to her prizedcollaboration with David Guetta in 2014, VASSY launches “Chase” via Robbins Entertainment.
As he continues to gear up for the release of his sophomore album, Solomun has aligned himself with Jamie Foxx for a grooving house single, “Ocean.” The one-off invites listeners to “go deep-sea diving” as Foxx’s soulful vocals float over the track while horns create a steady contrast. “I’m a melody floating in the sea/ 20,000 feet, echoes in the deep/ Going down, down, down, down, down,” Foxx sings during the track’s chorus, horns swelling around his vocals.
“Ocean” is accompanied by a music video that features Foxx sauntering through dark alleyways as he sings, whales creeping through the puddles that flood the street. Foxx smiles as he sings, city lights twinkling behind him as he observes a school of fish weave their way around each other in a storefront window.
Solomun is slated to release his sophomore album Nobody Is Not Loved on May 14. The LP is led by “The Center Will Not Hold,” “Home,” “Kreatur Der Nacht,” “Tuk Tuk,” and “Ocean.” Nobody Is Not Loved comes nearly 12 years after the release of Solomun’s debut full-length release, 2009’s Dance Baby.
Ghastly has officially dispatched “Blackout,” a hard-hitting single that arrives ahead of the DJ’s forthcoming EP. The hypnotic dubstep cut drops on the heels of “The OG,” debuted during Ghastly’s Ubbi Dubbi Festival stint just after its release on April 20. After a successful string of shows in 2021, Ghastly seeks to maintain his momentum by reasserting his mainstage appeal. “Blackout” does just that, encapsulating the true essence of dubstep with heavy-hitting percussion and mesmerizing sample cuts.
Insomniac touts Ghastly as “politely abominable and casually destructive.” The Arizona-born producer will be sure to affirm his approachable yet domineering production style on his upcoming EP, to be released by Kannibalen Records.
Following Blanke‘s Jason Ross assist “One More Day” and earlier, his rapturous single “Like a Nightmare,” with singer-songwriter Luma comes his solo debut on Ophelia Records, “Spark” featuring Dia Frampton. The benchmark release unleashes a billowing production of uplifting synths and euphoric vocals, a formula that reigns triumphant for the Ophelia faithful. The standout single showcases the Los Angeles-based DJ’s dexterity, branching off from his signature mid-tempo and hard electro bass styles to display emotional elegance through stratified harmonies and Frampton’s dreamy vocals.
The Coronight Fever co-host first debuted his new VIP remix EP on Audius. Today, Very Important Music arrives formally via Mad Decent, on the heels of Francis’ recent remix of Dua Lipa’s “We’re Good.” Packed with five festival gems, the platinum-selling DJ’s melodic house offering is nothing short of a high-octane thrill ride. Beginning with a future house remix of Francis’ 2020 single “Touch,” featuring repeat collaborator BabyJake, Very Important Music skips the pregame and dives straight into the main event.
Francis’ latest is a wonderfully crafted token of nostalgia, incorporating remixes of 2017’s “Hello There” and 2018’s “White Boy.” Each of the five VIP remixes is a melodic powerhouse supported by vocal chops as crisp as McDonalds’ sprite. Perhaps the most exceptionally nostalgic addition is Francis’ drum ‘n’ bass rework of his 2015 hit, “Coming Over.” A fan favorite ID, the new VIP remix is a stunningly fresh interpretation of one of Francis’ bonafide classics.
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