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Bass hybrid music producer Hydraulix shares Imposter Syndrome album

Skrillex, Deadmau5, Hydraulix
Skrillex, Deadmau5, Hydraulix

Forward-thinking Australian DJ and producer Hydraulix is pleased to present his innovative debut album Imposter Syndrome, a versatile mélange of freeform bass hybrids, drum and bass, dubstep, rap, hip-hop, pop, and trap. The 20-track LP arrives after a string of highly-regarded lead singles: Waratah with Nitti Gritti, “Another Minute” ft. Muchi, “Concrete” ft. Jasiah, “Wish I’d Never Met You” with Veronica Bravo, and “Wrench with Doctor P. A product of lockdown-induced insecurity and feelings of self-doubt, Imposter Syndrome sees Hydraulix tackle his inner demons by creating his most sonically captivating body of work yet. Imposter Syndrome is available to stream now via WAKAAN.


Hydraulix is no stranger to WAKAAN, Liquid Stranger’s esteemed label. Following the release of his 2019 Space Cadet EP – his official label debut –  he became a fixture on the beloved imprint, churning out groundbreaking singles such as “Let Em Drip,” and landing top billing spots on numerous WAKAAN festival stage takeovers. In early 2020, he was riding the momentum of his debut U.S. tour before being stopped in his tracks by the onset of the global pandemic. Forced to return home to his native city of Melbourne and into a strict lockdown, the distraction and adrenaline that came from his fast-paced lifestyle quickly slipped into a slow-burning comedown. 

“One thing that I’ve always struggled with is the feeling of not knowing what I was doing most of the time or not deserving my success and accomplishments,” Hydraulix explains. With newfound time to reflect on his career, he was met with an emotional epiphany that doubled as the main inspiration behind his debut album. “When COVID hit last year, everything changed for me; my US tour got cut short and I go back home [to Australia] and straight into lockdown. After facing the reality of things, I realised I had been dealing with a case of ‘imposter syndrome’ for quite some time,” Hydraulix notes. “It was a tricky time and I wanted to push myself to create something that truly tested me and my production skills. The concept of ‘Imposter Syndrome’ really hit home for me, and I knew it would be a fitting title for the album.”

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UK garage music producer Drew Austin shares feel-good music video

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Disclosure, SBTRKT, Drew Austin

Record producer Drew Austin teams up with UK Garage legend MC Creed alongside soul singer Mellody King, bringing you this enticing new single ‘Be Mine’, with lyrics expressing their search to find love, combining emotions of lust and passion.

Opening with engaging piano chords which instantly grab your attention, accompanied by soulful vocal samples intertwined. Mellody King’s smooth voice blends flawlessly, filling the track with alluring vocals and mellow melodies, surrounded by an uptempo Garage infused electro-pop sound.

MC Creed’s distinctive vocals truly capture your attention as he delves into what it is to ‘Be Mine’. ‘Be Mine’ pushes the boundaries of music as it intertwines rhythmic piano chords and bouncy bass synths with a catchy chorus resulting in the perfect Summer track.

Not one to shy away from experimenting with his sound, Drew Austin is a genre diverse powerhouse, channeling different aspects of feeling and emotion, which is how he defines his sound. Having his previous single ‘We’ve Got Love’ generate regular spins on National Radio as well as being featured on Beatport’s TOP 30 Garage Chart, ‘Be Mine’ is now the perfect addition to this impressive repertoire.

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Maribou State music producer Shire T announces solo album

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George Fitzgerald, Jamie xx, Shire T, Maribou State, Dama Dama

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Shire T (AKA Chris Davids, one half of the band Maribou State) has  released the second single from his forthcoming debut solo album Tomorrow’s People, out 20th August on Dama Dama

Full Attention—with it’s driving synth-lead rhythms and vocals that, quite literally, demand your full attention—follows on from recent single Blue Kiss, with both tracks showing off the darker, more club-ready side of a record Davids describes as “a celebration of british dance music culture, pulled from all the experiences and memories I’ve had in that world over the years.”

Beginning life in 2017 as a way to create more club-ready tools for Maribou State’s DJ sets, Shire T soon became an important creative outlet for Davids, often seeing him carve out extra hours in the studio following Maribou recording sessions to work on the music. The project took on more significance as the pair began preparations for their fabric presents release, resulting in two tracks—”Hackney Birdwatch and “Gentlemens Whistle Club—used to tie together the dancier-end of the various styles and tempos exhibited on the mix, which included new music from fellow Dama Dama label-mate North Downs, as well as new track “Mother” from Maribou State themselves.

Having originally set out in early 2020 to work on new Maribou State music, the unfolding pandemic and abrupt change in circumstances led Davids to a renewed focus on his solo work. “I started feeling really nostalgic” he explains, “Sometimes you need a purpose to make music, something to work towards, but with this it was very much the opposite. It felt like the future had been erased and I ended up delving back into the past, into all the dance music that inspired me when I was growing up. It became a way to escape the madness that was going on at the time”

The album was recently Announced recently with ‘Blue Kiss—which received support from the likes of NMEZane Lowe at Apple Music, BBC Radio 1—with plays from Nick Grimshaw, Danny Howard and more—and 6 Music, where it was subsequently playlisted—with support from Lauren Laverne, Mary Anne Hobbs, Tom Ravenscroft and others.

Shire T will release Tomorrow’s Peopleon 20th August on Dama Dama. Artwork is by Alexander Brown.

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Alt-dance music producer Marcus James shares latest song with MNYS

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Canadian producer Marcus James has collaborated with Los Angeles based up and coming producer Nick Cozine, famously known by his stage name MNYS, on a vulnerable piece of work titled ‘The Night We Nearly Threw It All Away’ via Physical Presents. Fans can be treated to a bass-driven tantalising heartfelt experience, something that has become synonymous with recent Marcus James releases.

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Despite being a fan and loving the opportunity to collaborate with Marcus James, MNYS, known for his electronic pop-punk production has contributed much more than a featured name on the single. His doleful vocals and stirring lyrics complement the track in a way that it provides an honest, earnest conversation with the listener’s soul.

Adoring the effectiveness of his latest single, Marcus James adds: “There’s a certain time of the night, usually around 1-3am, if you find yourself unable to sleep the thoughts you’ve pushed aside all day come to the surface. This song reminds me of those moments spent wondering if something from your past could have gone differently, and wondering if someone else is out there thinking the same thing.”

The internationally acclaimed producer is very well supported and has an impressive play count of 8.4 million across streaming platforms. Be sure to check out ‘The Night We Nearly Threw It All Away’ on the 16th of July. Will you take up Marcus James’ advice of having the song talk to you after midnight? Let him know via his socials.

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Genre-busting Dnb act ThreeSixFive unveil song ‘Hold You Down’

Rudimental, Sigma, ThreeSixFive
Rudimental, Sigma, ThreeSixFive

With catchy hooks and powerful production, THREESIXFIVE has one foot in the pop department and the other one in a weird world of their own with flavors of rock, hip-hop and more experimental stuff.

They write, record and produce all their songs themselves. Drawing inspiration from a wide variety of artists ranging from Rudimental and Toro Y Moi to John Frusciante and Kanye West, they manage to create their own original brand of modern pop music with an experimental twist.

THREESIXFIVE started as a solo project of singer and primary songwriter, Sofus Bro around 2019. It has since evolved into a trio with the addition of Karl-Emil Hald and Christopher Bjørn Gjørup.

The upcoming debut single, ‘Hold You Down’, is essentially a pop song with a rock spirit. It features hard-hitting punches of drum and bass energy along with softer, more contemplative vibes. It’s the first of many singles to drop in the coming

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Music producer Axel Thesleff provides bass-driven remix for ShiShi

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There’s something instinctual about bass music: the raw, guttural melodies that drive you to the dancefloor and light a fire under your feet. Each step of the way while crafting ‘Sajani’, ShiShi has chosen musicians who are able to connect with fans and provide an emotional aspect with their music. First, he selected Ben Parag the Hindustani vocalist to convey the heartbreak he was feeling at the time. Next, he turned to Axel Thesleff, a producer known for his emotive bass music to reimagine the sound while still tastefully showcasing the traditional Indian elements. ‘Sajani 2.0 (feat. Ben Parag)’ which has been remixed by Axel Thesleff was officially released today.

Axel Thesleff is known for finding this balance between the Eastern and Western worlds of music as his single, ‘Bad Karma’ (which collected over one billion plays alone) also features Punjabi lyrics. The producer is born and based in Helsinki, Finland where he regularly explores different genres, embracing the experimental and even metal in his work. While Axel Thesleff has achieved great success over the years, in an underlying message beneath his work, encouraging fans to not allow corporate greed to consume them.  

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Speaking of the remix, Axel Thesleff tells us: “I teamed up with ShiShi to take his track Sajani (feat. Ben Parag) to the next level. Ben’s vocal performance is incredible and so powerful in this song, it was a real treat to create harmony underneath his Indian melodic sensibilities. I think the end result is really epic, but it also has that summery groove in the drops that gets your feet moving. It’s a contrasting dialogue between more dramatic parts and lighter, dancier parts.”

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Bass music producer Mazare releases debut EP Paracosm

Jauz, Nghtmre, Mazare, Monstercat
Jauz, Nghtmre, Mazare, Monstercat

Mazare has finally unveiled the full force of his debut EP ‘Paracosm.’ Calling on an extensive feature list including the likes of CloudNone, Bloodhounds, Keepsake, Saint Agnes, and more, Mazare blurs the line between rock and electronic in impressive fashion. Drawing on multiple subgenres from bass to trap to DnB, Mazare’s ‘Paracosm’ is available on all streaming platforms via Monstercat.


After nearly a decade of steady singles, Mazare’s massively anticipated debut EP showcases his immense experience, creativity, and sharp ear. Paracosmopens with lead single Wake Up with Bloodhounds, a heavy-hitting hard rock and trap crossover that announces Mazare’s arrival in style. Next, Mazare calls on Keepsake and Liel Kolet for another rock-inspired single Open Heart,’ this time taking a more emotional approach with a pop-punk riff and soaring vocals. From there, Mazare dives straight into drum ‘n’ bass territory on Scared,’ a high octane production marked by an abrasive synth line juxtaposed with duo Machine Age’s smooth performance. Light It Up subverts expectations once again thanks to the help of Saint Agnes.’ On the track, Mazare’s growling synth and punchy percussion mirror the style of a classic rock outfit, laying the groundwork for punk/metal group Saint Agnes to tear across the instrumental with flair. To close out ‘Paracosm,Mazare enlists CloudNone to end the EP on an emotive high. Known for their lush instrumentals with nearly cinematic qualities, CloudNone’s blissful production blends seamlessly with Mazare’s harder percussion. After the thunderous and electrifying feels of the first four tracks, Promisesoffers a bit of reprieve for listeners to leave the EP on a peaceful note.

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DJ Jerry Folk produces jungle infused song ‘Dotted Red’

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Music producer Jerry Folk and his side-project FENGSEL have been leaving us entranced with singles like ‘Everything’ and ‘On My Way’ featuring artist Bearson. Both tracks differ in genre angles, ‘Everything’ took a neo-soul approach and ‘On My Way’ went in the opposite direction with its indie-pop flow that was bursting feel-good energy. Today, this globally renowned music producer Jerry Folk has released his latest single ‘Dotted Red’ via Folkestad Recordings. Jerry Folk’s previous release ‘On My Way’ featuring noteworthy act Bearson previously featured on Muze FM.

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One may be thinking what genre quirks this future banger will have, and if you guessed right it would be highly jungle dominated. Didn’t see that one coming? Neither did we, but I guess that is what Jerry Folk side-project is all about – the element of surprise. The music producer previously mentioned that the FENGSEL project is highly experimental and his way of exercising his creativity.  We do not disagree with that at all. ‘Dotted Red’ is a somewhat laidback listening experience. It definitely has its warped and disorientated appeal that jungle has, but Folk brings peculiarly warmer energy to the genre as the tranquil synth notes mould the track into a not so typical jungle banger.

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DnB producer Perplex releases EP, Staring Down The Barrel

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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.

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DnB outfit Hybrid Minds remix Above & Beyond acclaimed song

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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 asTouch’, ‘Drowning In You’, ‘Higher Love’, and their 2020 releaseDon’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 KISS FM 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.

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