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Lone • 2 is 8

In all the hustle and bustle, Lone’s 2 is 8 totally flew under the radar - unfathomable for anyone that knows about Lone and what he has to offer. This single release just shows what’s to come in the forthcoming Reality Testing out in June. Filled with happy go lucky orchestral brass melodies and a simple hip hop rhythm, what impressed me was the warm synth pads towards the end of the song that completed it full circle.



xx V.

Female • Twice Remix

Being a huge fan of Little Dragon, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Female’s rendition of Twice. Using WATERSTRIDER’s cover of the song, Female added elements from them and himself to create a masterpiece that I may like even more so than the original. Already carrying such an emotionally heavy tone, Female managed to magnify this even more so with pitched vocals and a tense build up to an explosion of acoustic drums that the original so badly needed.




xx V.

Candid Music Group • Drummer/Producer Project

From the Candid Music Group comes the very interesting Drummer/Producer Project. Through different musical backgrounds, “they took some of the best drummers they knew and recorded them to a click, at a tempo of their choosing. They then took those recorded stems and sent them to some of the best producers that they knew, and had them make a track around the drums. The products that came out were remarkable.” Featured on this collaboration are Penthouse Penthouse, Snorlax, Zubin Hensler, Ivan Jackson and JNTHN STEIN.



xx V.

Fifty Grand • I Don’t Know Why

After the release of Join You (The October Demos), Fifty Grand has stayed on the radar for artists to watch. With I Don’t Know Why, she explores a more acoustic approach to her songs with ukelele melodies and hauntingly harmonic vocals. While The People You Love is creepily repetitive with it’s dissonantly layered vocals, Angeles Crest Highway follows a more beautifully delicate tone, and Apollyon acts as a bridge before an instrumental version of Oh Well. To finish it off, I Don’t Know Why features a remix of The People You Love by GHXVLS - keeping true to the witch house I know and love. Grab the release for free here.



xx V.

Basic Tape

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Saturated in soulful rhythms and breezy melodies comes Basic Tape, a project by Paris. With two original tracks, Third Light and Blank, Basic Tape acts as a reminder for the summer days soon to come.




xx V.

MOODYGOOD • Fall In Love

Celebrating his album release date announcement, MOODYGOOD dropped his remix of Slum Village’s Fall In Love - a song that you would definitely fall in love with. Filled with nostalgic melodies and glitchy bass lines, Fall In Love brings together an interesting blend of hip hop and bass. Download it for free on soundcloud.




xx V.

THE STANDARD

Being a fan of Psymun for a while now, I was pleasantly surprised when he started collaborating with Lil Spook, and in their latest ventures, they’ve teamed up with Bobby Raps and Allan Kingdom to make THE STANDARD. Their first release doors features the familiar vocal runs of Lil Spook paired with the interesting lyrical rhythms of Allan Kingdom and Bobby Raps. What really gets me though is Psymun’s production - adding those settle harp samples and allowing a door squeak to become so much more than a cringe-worthy sound. 



xx V.

FREE ALEX

With catchy lyricism and flow comes FREE ALEX, moniker of Ryan Gordon. Collaborating with producing talents EASTGHOST, Miley Cyrus is an alluring combination of choral samples and contrasting rhythms. While Miley Cyrus goes more towards the trends of modern rap, Emerald Pools carries the nostalgias of old school 90’s rap that we all know and love.



xx V.

Losco • Soulection White Label : 007

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Soulection created their White Label series a while back which has featured such artists as Lakim, Mikos Da Gawd & more. The label has ingeniously created this series as they understand the overwhelming amount of amazing new music that comes out every single day. Having this series where each artist creates a small 2-4 track EP allows the listener to really get up close & personal with a new emerging artist. And the best part? Each EP is available for free download from their soundcloud page! For the 7th EP in their series, Soulection has put Belgian quartet on the map with this incredible White Label release. Losco consists of 4 members, Andy, Johnny, Massimo & Tom; and they all obviously bring something unique to the table as each track has so many different incredible sounds that are perfectly melded together. What’s great about this EP is that each track is entirely different. From mellow hip-hop instrumentals with beautifully incorporated vocal samples to more intense trap beats, the EP takes the listener on a fun rollercoaster ride of sound. Check it out for yourself:



xoxo S.

Figgy



Manhattan’s Figgy is just what I needed to on this dreary, rainy Vancouver day. He’s been making waves for a while now with remixes of Usher, Miguel, The Dream, Frank Ocean & Banks. You can usually tell a lot about a producer through the artists they choose to remix, and I’m a huge fan of everyone he’s chosen to remix; luckily he did not let me down. His older remixes have a purely house sound, which I love, but I really like the tropical house approach he has chosen to take in his newer remixes. He released his track, Do It Like Us, and it’s almost like you can feel the sun beating down on your skin. The song evokes the perfect amount of tropical flavour without overdoing it, which can be all to common for this genre. So if the weather is still getting you down (or even if it’s not actually) click play below & like his Facebook fan page for a free download!



xoxo S.