Philanthropist, creator, designer, rapper, producer- these are a mere facet of the long list of terms one could call Mod Sun. A household name in dance music, hip hop, and R&B, Mod Sun shows no signs of slowing down. His latest release, “Burning Up,” released via Filthy Fangs is a robust r&b masterpiece. Founded Mod Sun’s girlfriend, former Disney star turned “it girl,” Filthy Fangs is the brain child of the eccentric Bella Thorne. Drawing influence from contemporary hip-hop and fusing it with a unique take on electro-pop this track is nothing short of dynamic. Both flamboyant and poetic, Mod Sun is unapologetically himself in “Burning Up.” The rapper/ producer also just announced his nation-wide fall tour, and you can get your tickets here. Stay tuned for more from Filthy Fangs, and this modern day renaissance man.
From the first 10 seconds of URCHN’s debut single “Composure” I was instantly hooked. Soft muted guitar plucks that drive with a sense of urgency. A nervous percussive shaker sound. A brief flutter that reminds me of a baby dinosaur. My early impression was that I was listening to something I hadn’t quite heard before, and it only gets better as the song continues. Making his debut via Casablanca Sunset, URCHN is the solo project of the Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and producer Max Greenhalgh. Max is also notably recognized for his work as the front man in the indie pop act Inspired & The Sleep amongst other projects and musical outlets. Cinematic in feel, with thought-provoking lyrics sung in a haunting half-falsetto, URCHN quickly weaves a web of contemplative discomfort on “Composure”. The thoughtful blend of organic and electronic sonic elements, syncopated rhythms, and vocal affectation come together to make this track one of the most compelling debuts of 2018 thus far.
Swathed in the sounds of gold, Thai songstress Pyra returns with her latest single, “Regret Me.” Combining ancient world sounds with modern dance music, the lyrical siren radiates a radical elegance. “Regret Me” boasts chopped production that skips atop a vibrant beat like a stone on water. Stitched together with a DNA of ominous glamour, Prya’s fluid, vocal strut can not be overstated. A labyrinth of digital production transforms into a mosaic colored by her seductive, stormy voice. Her coolness comes with a sense of wisdom, and ease. Lose yourself in this psychedelic crossover of temptation and rhythm.
Celebrating the echoing soundscapes of indie electronic music, Berkeley-based producer Emmit Fenn returns in an R&B-esque fashion with his latest drop, “Without You” featuring Drew Love. Defined by a slackened cadence and seductive lyricism, the duo showcases a deep sense of synchronicity. Revered not only for his mellow take on dance music, Emmit’s poetic vocals simultaneously stand as a pillar in his signature aesthetic. “Without You” is as tranquil as it is prolific. The silvery outline pays tribute to music that reaches far beyond the influence of everyday electronic production. The echoing lyricism coincides like a yin and yang with the production- giving rise to each other as they aesthetically interrelate. Polished and fluid, “Without You” stands at the apex of indie-R&B. Emmit, Drew, we're listening.
Swathed in allure, Belgium-based producer Alex Lustig returns with “Enough,” boasting the esoteric vocals of Melbourne’s own Akacia. Having produced for hip-hop legends by the likes of Young Thug, MGK, and Freddie Gibbs, Alex Lustig is redirecting his resonance into something softer, a sound defined by mysticism. “Enough” is built on meditative pillars, strong enough to carry his signature sound, and gentle enough to feed the soul. A smoked out beat lays the foundation for Akacia’s seductive lyricism to glow with bliss. This organic framework of sonorous sounds is saturated with a whispering mantra, proving his enchantment is set to be long-lasting. Join us on this cloud, as we lose ourselves in the trance-like labyrinth that is the prodigal mind of Alex Lustig.
Today, I'm in a mood. I've been having to deal with some pretty stupid nonsense and I'm kinda just over it! Good thing I can throw on my headphones and blast this new Gramatik & Kotek jam because it's giving me that energy to give everyone a double middle finger - both hands yo! "Vitalik Buterin" has a bouncy aggressive vibe mixed in with that jazz infused jam-tronica funk and almost industrial undertones ... as if to say I give zero fucks! It's refreshing and I want to twirl around the room while headbanging! It's only Tuesday ... but we'll make it through!
Dripping in a royal sashay, Nashville’s indie-pop songstress and self-proclaimed "hot mess," estef, returns swathed in a signature swagger with her latest joint, “Come Around.” A groovy beat illuminates the sensualities of her crystal clear vocals, building a framework of feminine energy and attitude. Combining the sounds of classic soul, indie-pop, and electro-r&b “Come Around” is stitched together with a DNA of glitz and sway. Colorful and saturated with a neon reverberation, estef’s energy is infectious and compelling. The jazzy, Motown inspired queen is solidifying her place on a rose gold throne at the pinnacle of electro-pop- watch this space.
"I am so excited to be releasing my new single “Come Around”! This song is about initial attraction and the feeling that comes with meeting someone that really excites you." -estef
A cosmic collision of dance music’s most prolific subgenres, electronic producer warner case teamed up with hip-hop MC Zak Downtown to unveil their groovy, collaborative single, “good time.” Hustling the streets of a concrete jungle, the NYC-based duo shares a rare sense of synchronicity, prompting a playful, cohesive framework. “good time” is a honeycomb of laudable, diverging resonance, boasting an intangible gravity that physically moves the body. The full bodied, disco-house joint flaunts aromas of hip-hop courtesy of Zak Downtown’s flirtatious flow. Swathed in a neon reverberation, “good time” is a staple for party goers, and go seers. Get down with the get down, and stay tuned for more from both warner case, and Zak Downtown
Bay Area super-babe, HEWAN drips gold in her latest single, “Dope,” the sophomore single from her forthcoming album Blossom. Likened to the iconic sounds of Lauryn Hill and Brandy, the genre blending siren takes femme-stitched, electro-R&B to new horizons. Her authenticity radiates soul and passion, bringing culture to American soul via her Ethiopian heritage. HEWAN is unfettered in “Dope,” illuminating her signature swagger and gallant attitude. Walking a delicate line between sensual and unyielding, “Dope” gives striking insight to the glory that will come to fruition as Blossom.