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Pinch me, I feel nothing: Zazen drops remix for Benny Benassi’s ‘DayDream’ (Zazen Remix)

As you see the pinch but feel no sensation in the slightest, Zazen brings us a remix of the sizzling hit Benny Benassi track from April this year called ‘DayDream(Zazen Remix).

Zazen is a Washington DC Metro/Northern Virginia-based indie EDM artist. He is a skilled musician who is always looking for that extra bit of style, as he adds in a blend of exciting electronic music to wet all appetites.

He fell in love with the modern influence of electronic dance music and made the decision that he wanted to pursue music as a serious passion, specializing in original dance music, specifically, melodic dubstep and deep house.” ~ Zazen

There is such a catchy beat here mixed in with some sensual female vocals to get us in the mood to party – over a track all about moving in quick and getting all those feelings quickly swapped out – with a new lover who is actually right for you.

DayDream‘ (Zazen Remix) from Washington DC Metro/Northern Virginia-based indie EDM music producer Zazen, is a my-heart-will-be-somewhere-else moment, as the former relationship seems so far away now as you have moved on. Made with a confident style and after adding in his own spin to proceedings, this is a worthwhile remix to a hit track that so many had stuck in their heads for months earlier on in 2021.

Hear this new single on Soundcloud and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Haunting Edge: New Italian EDM artist Zed drops promising debut track ‘Prima’

With an ominously alluring start to proceedings that has you nodding your intrigued head and getting into the groove rather quickly, Zed is here with her dashing debut track that is full of excellence with ‘Prima‘.

Zed aka Francesca Michelis, is a highly creative Turin, Italy-based cinema and media engineering student, visual artist and indie experimental EDM music producer.

Zed is a project that I started during the 2020 lockdowns as a result of my great passion for audiovisuals.” ~ Zed

Featuring a tremendously illuminating beat that has you licking your lips and feeling content again – this is a new single to swim gloriously inside – as she takes us for a riveting ride that shall satisfy all of your hungry senses.

I attended the “LAC- Renato Cottini” artistic high school where I was able to deepen my passion for the visual arts.” ~

Prima‘ from the talented Turin, Italy-based indie electronic and visual artist Zed, is a track to turn up loud and let soak into your precious soul. She lathers our consciousness with a psychedelic experience that might have your body shaking excitedly at times, with her sensational skills and effective beat, that has you so entrenched into the moment. This is a new track to blend inside like a happy camper – as you get your dancing shoes laced up again – to get back into the zone which we have all surely missed.

Hear this new single on Soundcloud and see more on her IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Alien Al and the Juperoids welcome you to the future of dystopic pop with their standout single, Alice.

After a successful debut with their single, Probe, the electronic space rock outfit Alien Al and the Juperoids, fronted by actor and singer Alyx Nazir, have released their ground-breaking self-titled debut album.

The perfect introduction to their conceptual, expressionist style is the pop track, Alice, which starts with the same arresting atmosphere of existential sci-fi films that welcome you into cold dystopic futures. Through the eerie progressions, the single picks up some more archetypal pop tendencies along the way before a frenetic rock outro. In the strangest and most beautiful way, Alien Al and the Juperoids prove the value and warmth of music in our embittered world through Alice.

The debut album from Alien Al is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Alice Payne – Visions: The Ultimate Chillwave Playlist Staple

‘Visions’ is the latest dreamily psychotropic dance-pop release from the independent Australian artist and producer Alice Payne. After releasing her debut synth-pop track, Drive, earlier this year, the hype is steadily garnering around her emotionally charged, sonically cathartic style.

The reverb-swathed soundscape starts with an ethereal indie trip-hop prelude before the downtempo four-to-the-floor beat starts to kick in to create a solid structure for the ensnaring track to capture you within.

With the teasing progressions, aural curveballs and enigmatic sense of intrigue in Visions, you couldn’t ask for a better chillwave playlist staple.

Visions is now available to stream on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Get your euphoria fix with MAR1’s alt-electronica single, Someone Else

If it has been a while since you’ve encountered an uplifting track that does what it says on the tin, delve into MAR1’s hyper-pop dance track, Someone Else, which uses distorted vocals that find ubiquitous synergy with the beats.

Someone Else was never orchestrated to fall in line with contemporary trends or style. The Alexandria, Egypt-hailing producer and DJ thrives when his electronic craft knows no stylistic bounds. Experimental it may be, but by no means is MAR1’s evocative sound niche. The artist has counted plenty of successes in his career, including joining big-name acts at festivals such as Firefly Music Festival. Something tells us that MAR1 won’t stop there, considering that his potential leaves us with as much hype as his energetic sound itself.

For the sake of your serotonin levels, safe space on your radar.

Someone Else is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Mani Knox delivers high vibe ennui in his standout single, ‘F.M.L’

NYC born and raised alt-hip hop pioneer, Mani Knox, has dropped his sonically high-vibe EP, Demons Dilemma, featuring the standout single, F.M.L; if you are going to curse existence to any track, make it this one.

Since his 2019 debut album, Love is War, Knox has been a mental health advocate through his music. Not in the superficial, good vibes only, way more in the I’ve seen the dark and, now I’m going to show you the light way, that you can’t help getting absorbed by.

F.M.L reels you in lyrical hook, bassline and sinker. His productions are just as massive and robust as you will find from artists such as Labrinth, The Weeknd, and Tinie Tempah but it’s the intimacy of the single that uses a female protagonist to allude to the depths ennui can take you to that wins you over with F.M.L.

F.M.L is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Out Of The Dark: October Brigade move into the light to find the trembling truth on ‘Ashes to Ashes’

As the heat rises and the pain intensifies, October Brigade look for a way out of these dark days and gloomy nights of never ending carnage with a stunning performance on their latest track called ‘Ashes to Ashes‘.

October Brigade is a Chicago, Illinois-based EDM duo that was formed by the well-respected Eric McLear and Jerome Cunningham.

Writing, collaborating, and performing together in a variety of projects they bring their brand of musical stylings to life and share the results of that creative process.” ~ October Brigade

On a superb track that has your mind racing furiously and your heart beating uncontrollably, there is an air of rescue from a wonderfully-made new track full of movie-like soundscapes. The vocals are incredibly pure and the ominously beautiful beat takes you places into your own mind where you have escaped before, as you find the keys and get away from all the impending doom.

Ashes to Ashes‘ from the Chicago-based EDM duo October Brigade, is that true story about seeking a way out of that scary darkness so that you may find the true place for you to reside. With a breathtaking beat and sung with a stunningly body-shivering vocal ambiance, this is that get-me-out type of track to lift you up from the fiery fires of current times that need escaping from. We are interwoven crisply into a truly uplifting song here, which has been made with a haunting story that so many of us find ourselves in currently.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Crashing Waves: Nashville EDM artist Aleigha Kely finds her wondrous mental flow with ‘Moons’

As she looks up to see that beautiful sky that is guiding her to that self-enlightening world she so seeks, Aleigha Kely smoothly saunters through the smoke of the world to reach the ‘Moons‘.

Aleigha Kely is an exciting Nashville, Tennessee-based indie EDM artist. She has a stunning vocal ability that seems to float into your awaiting soul with much love attached.

Originally from Grand Rapids MI, she started writing music when she was fifteen and went on to study music performance at Millikin University.” ~ Aleigha Kely

This is the message of doing something about feeling so low with all the pressures of life bringing you down and depressed, as you seek a break from it all. Finding peace is the quest and looking after your body through the calming streams that can lift up your soul to higher levels of happiness, to put you in a much better place than before.

Sung with a real grace and a stunning confidence, there is so much to love here from a truly sensational artist who it feels like is at the peak of her powers. She has an electric style that seems to mesh so perfectly with the punchy beat – as she takes us for a sun-lit ride into the right path to take – in this rather confusion-filled world.

Moons‘ from the wonderfully promising Nashville, Tennessee-based indie EDM solo artist Aleigha Kely, is a supremely fascinating single packed full of dazzling vocals and mood-changing ambiance. This is a top track to close your eyes to so you can fully immerse yourself into the calming ocean, away from the sprawling city streets that can take away your valuable soul if you let it.

Finding peace in the healing salt water first, is the only way to be able to look upwards and feel totally free again.

Hear this fine new single on Spotify and see more news on her IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Zazen gave FAULHABER’s ‘Go Ahead Now’ a bass-drenched future house feel with his remix.

Washington DC hailing artist and producer Zazen made the basslines even deeper in his remix of the world-renowned Dutch DJ and EDM producer FAULHABER’s seminal single, Go Ahead Now. The original was a fine feat of Euro-dance; under Zazen’s production, the track became infinitely more captivating with the ominous layers of reverb over dark tones and the breaks that became infinitely more extreme.

Since 2012, the independent artist, Zazen, has become renowned for his dynamic style that fuses future house with hard kicks and clean bass lines. For anyone who likes their EDM on the filthier side, you’ll find plenty of playlist stapes in his collection of original tracks and remixes.

You can stream Zazen’s remix of Go Ahead Now via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Petrokinetic – Rollercoaster Ride (Charli XCX / Alice Deejay Mashup Cover).

Moscow-based artist and producer Petrokinetic took some time out from creating his chaotic original mixes to mashup iconic tracks by Charli XCX and Alice DJ in his latest release, Rollercoaster Ride. Brace yourselves; it is full-blown bash of aural insanity.

The boundary-breaking maximalist’s sonic style was never cultivated to be comfortable. Instead, the artist stays true to his moniker and aims to hectically overwhelm his fans with his experimental energy. You have to hand it to him; you will find few aural experiences on the airwaves as visceral as this.

Petrokinetic’s mashup is now available to stream on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast