Numbsoul is a beat-maker with a great sense of melody, rhythm and flow in the music, blending just the right elements to make hip-hop beats with character and dimension that can serve a variety of purposes. His track “Spring ’17” proves exactly this through a relaxed and mellow steady beat that features also suitable changes in texture to distinguish sections and provide a coherent sense of development.
“Spring ’17” does not only showcase Numbsoul’s ability to create structure through texture but also showcases his ability to integrate melody and harmony within the beat. With delicate and soft melodic phrases shining within the texture throughout the beat also carries a sensitive character to it and it is also interesting to note how these melodies evolve and change within the diffferent sections. Having said all this, the most important part of any beat is the rhythm itself and in this case “Spring ’17” does not disappoint. With a cool, laid back and relaxed vibe the rhythm is not too fast and provides a solid foundation with hints of trap and also further changes between sections that add to the overall dynamic and character of the beat. Check it out and you’ll definitely feel the groove!
Hans Christian Anderson once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” No listeners know this better than the ones attending raves and filling dancefloors for the chance to share an energetic session of dancing and feeling without the need for greater cultural contexts or interpersonal discussions. CharLeon answers the call and his prepared with more than your average dance beat with his song Journey. This song attempts an expression of exuberance incarnate, and it may just make it happen once the speakers start pumping.
The introduction gives us the faintest hint of vocal samples and prepares the listener for a standard pop hit with tinges of electronica. But once the bright pianos are accompanied by thunderous kicks, we know we’re in store for much more. The colorful lead synth and razor sharp basslines command the scene and only allow interludes for playful and bluesy piano lines that help break things up before the next intense climax. It’s a familiar format but it’s used because it works. This isn’t looking to cross into new boundaries; it’s a celebration of where we are and a reminder to enjoy the moment. CharLeon certainly knows how to take the listener on a Journey.
JenJen is a singer, songwriter, producer and DJ with a truly unique sense of musical aesthetic. Fusing elements of world music with broken electronic beats, etherial mesmerising vocal melodies and haunting soundscapes, JenJen’s music is nothing like you’ve ever heard before. Her latest track “Start Over,” taken from her upcoming album Crystal Ocean is in fact a representation of all these elements and even more.
Starting off with low tones that gradually evolved into warped sounds, fragments of beats and spoken phrases, “Start Over” immediately has the ability to transport the listener on a journey. The entry of the middle eastern inspired vocal melody is perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of this song. Sliding between microtones and creating a luscious ambient soundscape together with the other elements of world music this song establishes a raw and natural earthy sound. With an underlying sense of abstract expression the sound remains mysterious and intriguing throughout. “Start Over” is truly a song that is one of a kind and only an exciting hint of what’s in the album which will be released on December 21st. This is definitely something to look forward to!
There is a strange juxtaposition taking place on Predator, the latest single from Benvolio. On the one hand it drives on a slick but laid back pop-soul vibe, on the other it also has a very dark heart. More than a dash of 80’s about it, electro beats, synth driven grooves and high end production and whilst that era is known for its musical throwaway vibrancy and bright musical colours, Predator does come from that place.
As the name might suggest it stalks a more edgy theme, one which explores power and privilege, one that is perfectly timed against current shocking revelations coming out of entertainment and politics at the moment. For all its Hall and Oates electro-pop image, this is a song which takes us down some grittier narratives and in doing so plays on a wonderful balance of the flippancy of the era which informs in musically and the more unspoken territory upon which it shines a light. Music should never be afraid to speak up and this song is both musically slick and wonderfully brave.
TyC is back with another exciting single and if All 2 Myself was a glorious slice of electro-rock, here we see him turn his sights onto more pop and R&B territory. Securing the services of Joselyn Rivera says something about the rising profile of this songwriter/producer and her sassy and modern vocals add wonderfully fresh and “of the moment” dimensions to the song. There is an intriguing staccato structure to the song, it trips and hops, bounces and bowls along but often does so in wonderfully strange time patterns yet never looses sight of its inherent groove whilst doing so.
And it is this combination of the conventional and the cutting edge that is really putting TyC on the musical map. Pop may come from a fairly obvious place, R&B is often predictable and electronic music is very often too “out there,” too left field in its quest to find a new sound. TyC has that rare ability to put them all in one place and find a beguiling, not to mention commercially viable, middle way. Neat!
In a world saturated with overly compressed mumblings passing as expression, it’s always a pleasure to hear a song with a dynamic beat and passionate artists pushing themselves to make something genuinely uplifting. No Stress is produced by the Warningz, who understand that even the simplest of melodies deserve rich harmonic content in order to resonate through a mix in a truly organic way. This song doesn’t feel like it was made at a desk in a studio. It feels like it’s a part of the world around you. You can breathe the summer air from the first snare.
Performed by Maine Gwap and Farees, No Stress is a song that can recognize struggle and confront it with confidence and pride. No Stress is a mission statement as much as a title, and if you bump this song when you’re at a low point, you just might be able to find the hope you need to move through. This song is moving both emotionally and physically. The beat is great and the humanity is greater. The Warningz definitely have more to come and with such talented collaborators, we’re certainly in for a treat.
There is nothing that screams summer like a good hook and a crisp beat. On “Glassheart”, MARK set out to showcase his vocal skills and his great approach to songwriting, with a song that feels catchy and creative. The tune has strong ties with modern EDM, with awesome side-chained synth bursts, deep beats, and punchy melodies.
I particularly love the edgy pitch-shifting effects, adding something unique to the textures of this driven track.
The lyrics to the song are romantic and introspective, yet MARK is able to truly bring some energy to the table. This is one of the tracks that begs to be listened to at loud volumes.
His vocal skills are truly spot on, not only because of his ability to reach a broad dynamic range with his lead vocals but also because of how he can complement his main vocal hooks with some truly great harmonies with an open feel.
Lauren L’aimant writes, sings and produces her own music.
Lauren draws influences from various types of music, but her true love lies in soulful, uplifting house music as a producer. With her ability to build an epic drop, combined with her pumping basslines and ambient, warm pad combinations, Lauren is set to take the House music genre by storm, and has already bagged remixes for Drumsound & Bassline Smith and Kieran Alleyne.
As a songwriter, Lauren is incredibly versatile, creating anything from pop music to soul ballads. Lauren started out writing popular music, and strives constantly to understand and adapt to the ever-changing trends of music.
As a singer, Lauren’s distinctive voice has undertones of Aretha Franklin, Eva Cassidy and Alicia Keys, with her own original spin. She has sung in cover bands and has featured on songs for R3WIRE (club MTV), Asian music superstar Shide Boss, Miami based EDM producers ‘Your Friends’, and is currently working with the likes of DJ S.K.T and TC4 (Sony).
This song is called ‘He Ain’t U’ which she single-handedly wrote, produced and recorded. Lauren says “The video is a time lapse of approximately 3.5 days of work. I wake up at 6am most days, (earlier if I’m working at the care home), head to the gym and then start work around 8am. Some days I work until 11 at night. Sometimes this work is repetitive and I get frustrated, but it’s a labour of love. I don’t get paid for this work (yet) but I will. ”
Harlem-based APSPDR+ (real name Anthony Brent) is a name well worth remembering, as he will undoubtedly sit atop the short list of in-demand producers in 2016. Formerly known as APSuperProducer, Brent’s shortened moniker of APSPDR+ is symbolic of the creative renaissance he underwent these past years. The shortening of the name is representative of his new, more left leaning style while the ‘+’ sign was added to portray his growth and artistic progression.
Featured in last year’s “10 Producers You Should Know (Right Now)” list, APSuperProducer (stylized as APSPDR+) has been on our radar for a while now and is back with the first single from his forthcoming EP, The Color of Sound. Today, the Harlem-native exclusively premieres “Bed (Reenacted)” featuring vocals from SZA, and frequent collaborators Nemo Achida and MoRuf on Myspace.
“The record is a perfect interpretation and representation of my ‘Dark Grey’ sound,” he explains, “giving you heavy drums, odd snares, light feels, and what I like to call evil bass.’ I hope the people appreciate the vengeful and lusty soundscape.”