You’ve got to believe in something. And Marten Hørger‘s status as one of the scene’s most explosive acts yet to hit his apex is one of them.
Making “You’ve got the believe in something” the robotic backbone of his latest—the aptly titled “Believe In Me”—Hørger can be found aligning his name with Donkong‘s in the credits for the second consecutive time this year, tacking “Believe In Me” on to May’s Donkong-co-driven “Ah Lord.” The Confession favorites assert their ability to play ever so well together, merging their bass-house synergies in a hammering fashion. Dastardly yet delightful, “Believe In Me” is a drilling addition to Hørger and Donkong’s collaborative catalog, which traces all the way back to “Feel” and “Waiting” in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Catch it below before it dynamites live settings in your city.
Nitti Gritti is giving listeners a lot to work with, thanks to his latest EP, The Loud / Losing Count. Teaming up with Blunts & Blondes for the project-opener, “The Loud,” Nitti and company draw on reggae influences. Shifting gears to go solo on “Losing Count,” the SIDEPIECE constituent channels a small piece of summer with a light melody juxtaposed with a heavy drop. Needless to say, The Loud / Losing Count gives Nitti Gritti two festival-fit cuts for forthcoming live performances, and fans hopefully won’t have to wait long to catch either of them live.
Louis The Child and Goth Babe are getting ready for a fun-filled summer soundtracked by “Encinitas.” The independently released indie-electronic track follows the Chicago duo’s genre-blending collaboration “Somewhere Else” with BabyJake, released in February, as well as their May album single, “So What” with A R I Z O N A, from their forthcoming Euphoria LP, due later this year.
“Encinitas” intertwines both dance and alternative as Louis The Child combine downtempo lo-fi rhythms with Goth Babe’s mellow vocals, achieving a feel-good summer anthem. The musical trio is set to share the stage at Louis The Child’s upcoming Euphoria tour this summer. Listen to “Encinitas” below.
After handling label-opening duties for Insomniac‘s Lost In Dreams (LID) with the Nevve-assisted “Whole Life” in late February, Kaivon has set forth a melodic new anthem via LID, “Dream.” In sync with LID’s February installation, Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella verbalized his vision for the imprint, expressing his hope that it would “open up a new world of future bass, melodic dubstep, and vocal-driven dance music.” Judging by “Whole Life” and its successor, LID has done just that, with Kaivon seamlessly fitting the label’s bill.
Despite only officially shelling out releases for less than one year, Excision’sSubsidia Records has quickly become a resounding pillar of bass music. After delivering Night Vol. 4this past May, the label has now unleashed the gruesome sounds of the fourth volume of its Dusk compilation.
This grimy rendition of the series features heavy hitters from bass music’s finest such as Pax Impera, ZEKE BEATS, and Blvk Sheep, to name a few. Doing what Subsidia does best, the label also touts the scene’s freshest up-and-comers like Xotix, bd hbt, and Snowhite, all of whom bass fans can surely expect to see much more of in the coming months. Hinging all three compilation mixes, Dusk, Night, and Dawn, upon expert production design and new, exciting sonics, Subsidia never fails to create a visceral atmosphere, catering to only the best in bass music.
Astro Arcade is where the intersection of esports, gaming, and music comes alive. Few things go better together than electronic music and this digital universe, so whether it is a game soundtrack by our favorite artists or a virtual in-game concert series, Astro Arcade is here to keep players and listeners alike informed as these worlds continue to collide.
In honor of Riot Games‘ one-year anniversary of its first-person shooter game, VALORANT, the publisher is teaming up with Crown Channel to host the digital festival wwFest: Unlocked YR1. The virtual event will feature five artists—Gryffin, Boombox Cartel, Aluna, Justin Oh—who will perform from five locations across the world. There will also be a special guest appearance by Dancing AstronautArtist to Watch in 2021Imanbek. Set locations include Los Angeles, South Korea, Dubai, Mexico, and Germany, which were picked to reflect the expansive world of VALORANT.
The digital festival follows wwFest: VALORANT, headlined by Madeon in January. wwFest: Unlocked YR1 will stream live on Crown’s Twitch channel at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT on June 25. Those looking for a taste of what’s in store can tune in to the event’s trailer below.
More than a quarter of all music consumed in the UK in 2020 was by artists from the independent music community, the BPI and AIM have reported this month.
The data, drawn from the BPI’s yearbook ‘All About The Music 2021′ and pieced together from Official Charts Company information, also showed that UK independent labels’ share of overall music consumption across streaming and physical formats rose for a third successive year in 2020, reaching just shy of 26%.
The sale of physical formats has particularly been key to allowing independent labels and artists to maintain a significant share of chart impact, the BPI’s information concludes. Independents’ highest format share in 2020 came on the sale of vinyl LPs, for which they accounted for 35% of sales, and this has continued to rise in the first three months of 2021, hitting just shy of 40%.
BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor said: “The Independent community lies at the heart of our vibrant music scene, consistently innovating to make the UK a dynamic and competitive incubator of diverse new talent. Indie labels and their artists are harnessing the global reach of streaming, introducing new models for artist/label partnerships, and are playing a key role in the revival of vinyl and resilience of CD. They help to ensure the music industry is teeming with creativity, and that fans and artists have more choice than ever.”
Paul Pacifico, CEO of AIM, said: “Independent music businesses are the home of innovation and experimentation in the UK music industry. Our community of creative entrepreneurs keeps music moving forwards. As streaming offers consumers ever more opportunity to discover and enjoy diverse and eclectic music, it is no wonder that independent market share continues to grow, even in the face of industry consolidation.”
On April 30, Circus made headlines across the world by hosting a 6,000 person rave with no masks or social distancing. Hosted in conjunction with the UK’s Events Research Programme (ERP), the two-day Liverpool event aptly titled The First Dance helped plan the roadmap to returning to live events across the country. At the event, Yorkshire house royalty Hot Since 82 crowd-tested a demo for the first time, which immediately caught the ear of Circus Recordings owner Yousef. Nearly three months later, that demo is finally released as Hot Since 82’s Circus debut “Heater.”
Tinged with Latin and Afro house flavors while staying true to the authentic house sound, “Heater” marks Hot Since 82’s first release of 2021, and consequently the first release since his debut studio album Recovery. The new material lacks the gravitas and emotion of Recovery, but it shows that 82 can still produce a pure club anthem with the best of them. With festival bookings in Blackpool, Leeds, and Bristol, expect “Heater” to burn up dance floors all summer long.
The album has been made for “that moment when the sun is bidding farewell to the sky”
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Arushi Jain is to release a new album, ‘Under The Lilac Sky, through LA label Leaving Records next month.
The album sees Jain combine modular synths and electronic music with traditional Indian classical music, taking in six pieces in total.
Speaking about the record, Jain said: “You know that moment when the sun is bidding farewell to the sky, and the colours turn into beautiful hues of purple and pink and everything in between? That is the moment that this album will shine the most.”
‘Under The Lilac Sky’ will be released on July 9th. Preview two tracks from the record, ‘Richer Than Blood’ and ‘My People Have Deep Roots’, below.
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Sydney-based future soul singer NGAIIRE caught our eyes with this expressive visual for her song “Closer,” which explores societal constructs around love, sex and femininity. The production is a mix of dark pop elements and soulful aesthetics with a retro twist. The production is rich and crisp with a throbbing bass synth, moody pads, and punchy grooves that set the perfect backdrop for NGAIIRE’s emotive performance and sultry melodic runs.
NGAIIRE teams up with director Adam Kiers who helps bring the artist’s vision to full view with an engaging dystopian set piece.From the dark moody settings, dark costumes and choreography that centres around a cult who must abstain from all forms of affection. Viewers follow the story of two lovers who are part of this cult and their tragic love tale in a society where being in love is a punishable offence. The landscape here is absolutely gorgeous and adds to the mystic of the theme as well as the expressive choreography that hep drive the story forward.
NGAIIRE has built quite a resume for herself from countless accolades such as four National Live Music Awards,an FBi Radio SMAC Award for best live act and has graced festivals such as Glastonbury and Splendour In The Grass ,just to name a few. She recently joined the Majestic Casual roster.
“Closer” is taken from her upcoming third album 3which is due for release on Friday, 27th August. Get “Closer” on all DSPs here.
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