As female empowerment continues to sweep the globe, women from all walks of life are celebrating the cause. With three female rappers on this year’s XLL Freshman Class, feminine art is being honored in all of its mediums. In an ode to self-empowerment, super-babe and rising pop songstress Cuja delivers, “New Bitch, Who Dis?” This vibrant cut is ripe with soulful vocals that parade around the track’s righteous mantra. Anchored to an electrifying production style with hip-hop cadences , this spitfire single is reminiscent of Ariana Grande with Cuja’s signature tattooed throughout its entirety. Check into this space of girl power and self-love today.
Multi-platinum, Grammy-winning producer Steve James is no stranger to the limelight. He's reached the pinnacle of success in music at the tender age of 21 but it looks like he's not slowing down any time soon. With his debut solo EP dropping this summer on Casablanca, James is proud to release his new single "Missing You" feat. K-pop superstar Eric Nam. He claims that he wants everything to be “personal and authentic,” striving to connect with his fans by putting as much of himself into his music as possible. From pop to dance, Steve James has shown his incredible ability to adapt and make music that is unequivocally his own. "Missing You" meets the lofty standards that he has set throughout his glittery career, an ode to his desire to learn and expand his already considerable skillset.
Continuing his steadfast summit to the forefront of electronic music, Beautiful Buzzz favorite AJ Salvatore returns with “Easier,” an electro-pop victory. Featuring effervescent vocals from Daiyan Trisha, Salvatore’s latest is a bubbly summertime anthem. Saturated with optimism and a feel-good resonance, “Easier” is a refreshing future-house joint that effortlessly shines. A palpable, unapologetic groove dances around Trisha’s feminine vocals resulting in a confetti-like outline of zestful sounds. Further proving his dexterity is unmatched, AJ Salvatore reaffirms that his unique production skills continue to push the boundaries of contemporary dance music.
The always charming duo Papa Ya reemerges after a year-long hiatus to drop their latest single, “Yesterday.” Their innate charisma is apparent here, as the track boasts a witty production with effervescent vocals. An infectious rhythm glides seamlessly across a cinematic kick that anchors the single in a magnetic atmosphere. A breezy triumph, “Yesterday” is an easy listen, suitable for any listening experience. Its radiant nature is compelling and inspiring. There’s something unapologetic about this LA duo that is playfully seductive, and wildly enthralling. Check out the return of Papa Ya today.
Capitalizing on a slew of brilliant successes, AJ Salvatore, who continues to explode into a powerhouse act, returns with “Breathe” featuring Kristina Maria. A slew of electronic influences come together to create a single stunning outline. Sharp synths, lengthy chords, and soulful vocals dipped in honey re-define electronic-pop. Salvatore has been experimenting with new sounds and different styles on his recent releases, solidifying his place as one of the most versatile and dynamic young producers in the game right now. “Breathe” boasts an effortless glow, lighting up the senses through adventurous melodies and daring transitions. Tune in with us.
Milwaukee electro-pop powerhouse Crystal Knives returns with his glistening, collaborative single “When I’m Okay.” Boasting the crystal cool vocals of Sarah De Warren and the production help of world-renowned cellist Eru Matsumoto, this vibrant single is another obvious triumph from the rising electronic visionary. “When I’m Okay” showcases the magic that can happen when multiple talented minds bring their gifts together to create one incredible outline of music. Dripping with a formidable neon resonance, Crystal Knives heads a collaborative triumph with this distinguished unveiling.
Hauntingly glamorous, French-American pop songstress Ariane unveils her debut single, “Trust Fund Kids.” The melodramatic energy of the track is enticing, alluring, and dangerously playful. Her dashing vocal range syncs beautifully with the spacious synths that expand in the background of the track. Doused in a wicked, flirtatious allure “Trust Fund Kids” is pink drenched in black. The official music video for the cut boasts a retro feel, following three thrifty fashionistas stunt on a beachy boardwalk. Color-focused, the video stands as the perfect visual parallel to the moody audio. Likened to the sound of Billie Eilish, Ariane’s debut marks the beginning of a charming career for the singer- watch this space.
Laxcity is well on his way to becoming 2019’s best new electronic producer. At the heels of his wildly successful Catharsis LP, the acclaimed musician returns with “Just Try” with captivating vocalist EMIA. A glowing feat, “Just Try” stands at the apex of electro-pop while avoiding mainstream cliches. An r&b-esque vocal rhythm collides with meticulous sound design and lush electronic licks. Tried and true, Laxcity continues to leave listeners hungry for more of his innovative sound. Listen to “Just Try” now.
Making their shimmering debut into the electro-pop atmosphere, Malaysian ensemble MFMF. combines the musical efforts of KUIZZ, and Spuds. This trio comes together in a formidable fashion on their single, “Flashes.” Rising Maly vocalist Bil Musa blesses the optimistic production with crisp, feminine vocals that help define the track as a whole. This effervescent cut is ripe with neon resonance, awakening all of the senses. An element all its own, this collaboration is a stunning debut, leaving listeners eager for more from the three-piece visionaries. Watch this space.