Mysterious production outfit WZA make their NUVOLVE debut with new single ‘The Secret’, out now.
Punctuated by skippy UKG beats and emotive vocal samples, ‘The Secret’conjures up a distinctly summery energy, a warm club jam evoking hazy memories and rose-tinted nostalgia of better days.
It follows releases from MPH, Sampladelic & The Phat Controlla, Smokey Bubblin’ B, Smasher and Tuff Culture as NUVOLVE continues its rapid ascent through the ranks of British dance music.
Born and raised in garage heaven, WZA represent everything good about contemporary dance music, already releasing a steady stream of club heaters and collaborating with the likes of Low Steppa, Lee Walker and Elliot Chapman.
Launched last year by DJ EZ and his long-term friend and manager Paul Marini, NUVOLVE kicked off its existence by releasing no fewer than six singles all at once – from UKG legends such as Todd Edwards and Club Asylum right through to up-and-coming future stars like SHOSH and Fabian Dubz. The label aims to truly encompass DJ EZ’s love for all forms of electronic music from garage to bass and everything in between.
NUVOLVE successfully ties down the enigmatic WZA and the results are typically explosive.
Alt-pop musician Psyrena (Madeleine Wise) returns with a luscious 2-step, UK garage themed remix of new track ‘Ring Ring Ring’ by Leeds DJ / producer Blak Habit, lifted from her forthcoming EP ‘Quarantella Rockefella’ due this summer.
Blak Habit says: “Having worked with Psyrena previously, I really like being able to craft bouncy, bubbly rhythms to compliment her voice. A great project to be part of.”
A deft animator and visual artist, Psyrena created and designed animated videos for singles ‘Jedi Master’ and ‘Rainbows and Unicorns’ released earlier this year. Drawing on a myriad of influences, she combines modern day synth-pop with soulful, emotive harmonies.
Psyrena’s recent single ‘Jedi Master’ reached the Top Ten in the CD Charts and gained support on Kiss, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Capital, Rinse FM, Ministry of Sound with DJs Blakk Habit and the almighty EZ. Recent press (Vice, Art Factory, iDJ etc.) has compared her eclectic music style of art-pop electronica and orchestral sounds to Robyn, Gorillaz, Massive Attack and James Bond Soundtracks. She has been recognised for her highly individual videos like ‘Rainbows and Unicorns’, in which she created her own animated world to escape the apathy of lockdown, going viral on YouTube and ‘Jedi Master’ featuring augmented reality masks in collaboration with the digital world’s finest AI creators.
Being a multi-instrumentalist herself, her writing and production work has already been featured on [adult swim] and Cartoon Network. Together with her creative partner Yak Bondy and Ivor Novello composer Hélène Muddiman she co-wrote and performed music for the Original Motion Picture ‘Bliss!’ (2016), conducted by Eimear Noone, the first ever female orchestra leader performing at the Oscars in 2020.
Hailing from India as a bedroom producer “Tansen” started writing the sort of music he wanted to hear, austere ensemble music with a certain sensitivity, one that prioritized grace and texture and which is inspired by nature.
Tansen solo work is concerned with finding and creating sounds that help to create and describe emotional realms, his ability to uniquely blend melodies with synths and everyday sounds mark him as an uncommon artist. influenced by producers like Finneas, Tansen is starting out as a lo-fi & indie bedroom producer.
‘Rum & Her’ is his second release and available on all major platforms. Its plucky and soaring melodies with soothing vocals bestow you a perfect chill vibe. Made in a bedroom studio, ‘Rum & Her’ is a song about how a person feels about his lover but is afraid to speak up about there love. Must listen to explore more.
UK drum & bass outfit Hybrid Minds remix Above & Beyond and Zoë Johnston’s ‘Love Is Not Enough’ from the acclaimed 2011 album,‘Group Therapy’.
Stars of the drum and bass scene, Hybrid Minds are Josh White and Matt Lowe. Through their own Hybrid Music imprint, they’ve released huge vocal anthems such as ‘Touch’, ‘Drowning In You’, ‘Higher Love’, and their 2020 release ‘Don’t Ever’ with DRS. Their latest release – a collaboration with Netsky, ‘Let Me Hold You’, was released on Hospital Records just last month and has already received over 2 million streams.
Currently hosting a weekly radio show on the national station KISSFM in the UK, Josh and Matt have been a prolific touring outfit in recent years, with festival performances at Outlook, Hideout, and El Dorado Festival and virtual performances for Glastonbury and SW4 for 2020. As well as an Ibiza residency scheduled and a forthcoming UK tour including a headline show at London’s Brixton Academy in 2021.
Sharing Above & Beyond’s love for orchestral arrangements and softly spoken lyrics, Hybrid Minds were a natural fit to rework a classic from the British trio, who celebrate 20 years of their label Anjunabeats this year.
A collaboration with Zoë Johnston, one of dance music’s truly iconic voices, ‘Love Is Not Enough’is a classic tale of two individuals growing apart.
Today, Perplex –Staring Down The Barrel EP, is available to purchase from all good download stores.
The title track of the EP Staring Down the Barrel, begins with a pitch bent synth within the intro, before intensifying to become the main focus and reveal the menacing intentions of this track. As the once prominent synth withdraws into the background, the lead vocal line then takes command for the build up to the drop. The spoken vocal adds suspense to the occasion as the build up progresses, before emerging as a dark rolling banger with a floor shaking bassline, coupled with aggressive punchy drums.
The Moods latest offering is a spectacular collaboration with Scottish Trad/Dance fusionists YokoPwno. A clear nod to those classic breakbeat anthems of the early 90’s rave scene is brought screaming into the present day with the modern production sensibilities that are becoming the moods calling card.
Heavy breaks, sub-bass and euphoric synths are taken to a new level with the sensational vocal hook of YokoPwno songstress LissaRobertson. Two rapid-fire rap verses sit in amongst this outstanding vocal performance giving a constant feeling of momentum to this potential future dance anthem.
The track itself will evoke memories of better times gone by. Of raving into the early hours without a care in the world. So until those nights return, push your furniture out the way, crank those speakers up and lose yourself in 3 minutes of rave nostalgia. We all need small distractions in the current climate and this track is a great antidote
Known for blending guitars with honest vocals in his genre-bending music, the artist and producer San Holo (real name Sander Van Dijck) is widely recognised as an innovator of electronic music. Today he shares an emotive new single‘bb u ok?’alongside the news of signing to Counter Records.
“‘bb u ok?’ is a question for you to ask yourself & the lovely people around you” explains Sander on the single, “Life is so fast paced these days, we often don’t take the time to answer this question genuinely. It’s so easy to fall out of touch with yourself and the people you love. We need genuine conversations and connections to keep going…So, reach out to someone close to you today with a simple ‘bb u ok?’”
Bringing people together is at the core of San’s music. His ‘stay vibrant’ philosophy, which encourages people to be in touch with their own thoughts and feelings, as well as with each other, has created a strong sense of community amongst his fans (over 1.5M followers across platforms). Most recently, he introduced the‘stay vibrant’collection, an “ever expanding music collection”, from which he shared a new beat or demo every week from March through May of 2020, culminating in seven songs featuring Luwten, Analogue Dear, and ILIVEHERE.
Recorded in LA’s Echo Park, ‘bb u ok?’ is San Holo’s first studio release since his acclaimed collaboration with Broods at the start of 2020, ‘Honest’. His debut album “album1”, released in 2018, received amazing support across the board, resulting in San being awarded the International Dance Music Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and the Edison Pop Award (Dutch equivalent of the GRAMMYs) for Best Dance Album. Press support came from outlets including Forbes, Grammy, Billboard (landing at #7 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart), Rolling Stone, Dancing Astronaut, This Song Is Sick, and Earmilk, who rated the album 9/10 and described it as “a rainbow of raw human emotions drenched in pastels and shimmering gold”.
His 2019 world tour for “album1” included 75 shows and sold over 100, 000 tickets across North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand & Australia, including sell out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and New York’s Terminal 5. Festival appearances included Coachella, EDC, Outside Lands, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza and more, plus during 2020 San has performed various virtual sets including Porter Robinson’s Secret Sky Festival.
Alongside his solo work San Holo has collaborated with a variety of artists including James Vincent McMorrow, Chet Porter and Lunice. He also founded his own label, bitbird, in 2014.
A welcome addition to the Counter Records roster, sitting comfortably alongside ODESZA, Kasbo and Big Gigantic to name a few, San Holo shares‘bb u ok?’with more new music set for 2021.
Machinecode the of duo Current Value and Dean Rodell, a pair of artists who have shaped a unique sound in bass music and techno throughout their careers. ‘Every Ones & Nothings’ is an exploratory body of work that is immediately identifiable with the Machinecode audio aesthetic, and that moves through genres with ease—from 130 bpm leftfield bass, to Dr.Octagon-inspired halftime, techno, ambient and experimental dnb.
It is layered with mystery and myth, exploring conspiracy, the stories that people tell each other, and the things that are whispered about in obscure corners of the Internet.
The album artwork is by Zeke Clough (of Skull Disco notoriety and more) and an accompanying video by animator Oskar Alvarado retells and reimagines the folklore behind the Mesoamerican serpent deity, Kukulkan.
A four-track release,‘Together In Sound’ commences with ‘Soon’ which sees the boys create a rich D&B soundscape, brimming with detail and dancefloor energy. Following suit, the aptly-named‘We Are Powerful’ is a maelstrom of soaring vocals and rapid-fire breaks. Next up,‘HadEnough’channels a similar vibe, albeit with more poignancy and emotion. Closing things out, the immersive, high-energy sounds of ‘Anything’, a finely crafted cut that sets the tone for the rest of the EP.
Formed in 2013, Northamptonshire duo Sublimit have garnered support from D&B favourites such as Noisia, Macky Gee and Ray Keith, also releasing regularly on the likes of Four Corners, Nu Venture Records and Lethal Impact Recordings. Phadix boasts a similarly prolific back catalogue, with releases on Random Concept Origins, Good4Nothing Records and Pick ‘n’ Mix. They have collaborated regularly throughout their career, most recently on five-track EP ‘Diligence’, out earlier this year.
Launching back in March under the Inperspective Music Group umbrella, Eloisa Records is ‘on a mission to surpass barriers in the D&B scene’ and instil some fresh energy into the scene. The label has since released music from Simon Splice, Duece, Bungle, pyxis and most recently the I Am Eloisa compilation LP.
Regular collaborators, Sublimit and Phadix ensure they bring their A-game for their Eloisa Records debut.
Image credit: ‘I Came I Saw I Conquered’ video (animator: @cyrusjameskhan)
Sydney-based futuristic artist, VNCCII returns with her bass-heavy single‘I Came I Saw I Conquered’released alongside gaming-style visuals, out via AWAL.
A self-described “21st Century Creative Futurist and Polymath”, VNCCII returns with her new self-produced dance odyssey ‘I Came I Saw I Conquered’ released alongside an immersive music video featuring her Superheroine A.I Cyborg 3D Avatar. Placed in an Unreal Engine virtual environment, the accompanying video showcases VNCCII’s Superheroine Avatar’s combat and ninja moves in order to liberate herself, break out of the game simulation with her ultimate mission to empower and “free the people ”.
The track opens with iconic trumpets and a brass ensemble heralding in a call to arms, and quickly accelerates into a relentless engine-induced roaring bass drop with bass sound design that awakens the senses. We are then stimulated with a raunchy electric guitar solo and then hurled into choppy Neuro Bass sequences before ascending into a euphoric drum & bass synth drop finale.
Speaking about the release, VNCCII says – “When I see my avatar kicking ass in the music video made in Unreal Game Engine, it empowers me to strive for my dreams and to stop at nothing. My spirit and soul are embedded into my digital avatar and the moral choices she makes. I want to show the world that we all have the magic and the inner Superhero within all of us. Empower yourself to empower others. Don’t let anyone hold you back and stop at nothing!”
An Ableton Live School alumni, VNCCII isn’t your typical genre-stricken electronic artist. Over the years, she has crafted a strong authentic vision and fresh sound palette, while striving to push forward both music and cultural boundaries across, blurring the lines between music, gaming, technology and virtual reality. Having received support from the likes of EDM.com, Music Tech, Magnetic Mag, Dancing Astronaut and EARMILK, the new single continues the theme of futuristic SuperHeroine which can also be seen in her singles ‘Dangerous Love’and ’Take You Higher’, released earlier this year.