After years of being a byword for throwaway singles and a form of music which relied more on your ability to be able to work out which lead fits in which socket than musical skill. Now, or more accurately in the recent past, a breed of dance music producers has emerged which goes some considerable distance to show that artistry, skill and emotion have a significant role to play in the genre.
Symptomatic is Luuk Lagrange’s “Invisible”, which takes a leaf out of Sigma’s book and combines drum n bass with a more thoughtful structure, incorporating far more melody than you might ordinarily associate with it. “Invisible” is commercial yet has a real musicality and dance music understanding that it could lead to much bigger things.
A call to anyone and everyone to be who you want to be, and be proud of it.
The new song ‘Gay’, by Hunter is making the rounds as a modern day voice of the people. With a powerful message underlining the unique melodies and eclectic instrumentation.
The song gravitates around the narrative of one man declaring his sexuality to another who is not 100% open to the idea. The song has a number of references to how Hunter feels towards discrimination, “I’m a Bigger man, Bigger man than you”.
However, Hunter has stated that this song is for everyone and anyone, as it is a call to accept who you really are and what you want to be.
Spreading the message one track at a time, Hunter seems to be on a roll, so be sure to check him out:
Making his way to the top is no easy task, however, DJ, Producer and performer Roman Zayats is making sure there will be a place for him secured among the greats.
Now based in Russia, where he is also currently recording and working. His passion for music has been creeping in and out throughout his life and now he sees the opportunity to take his music to new heights.
As well as being a entrepreneur involved in the electrical business, Roman has electrified his recent creation. Drawing inspiration from famous artists and DJ’s such as David Guetta, The Weeknd, Depeche Mode and Tears for fears, you could call his new creation somewhat of a Frankenstein of influences.
His recent single release ‘Cold’, will have people turning up the volume on their stereo systems. As well as this, Roman is aiming to surprise audiences with mystery guest singers, sure to be a treat for all music lovers.
Working on Mega Techno/Electro House tunes are second nature to American Musician Nej!Las, but this story has a different twist.
Nej!Las (her name is a semi-reversal of her given name of Jen Sal), a US based artist who founded a charity called Global Health Conscious, which has donated $2.5 million worth of medical aid to United Nation refugee camps across the Middle East, is now set to release a dark techno EP in November. Nej!Las has drawn from her experiences and past in which she had lived in two different countries, as well as eight different cities, while also having music already a prominent feature in her family with her father being a highly talented drummer, Nej!Las has broken into the Chicago Techno scene.
Jen has also been able to use her broad love for different musical composers, including Hans Zimmer, Boards of Canada and Deadmau5. This adds up to make a musically intriguing combination.
Confounding expectations, Modiwo have emerged from the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains to become one of the country’s breakout musical success stories, whilst also giving their time to support charity projects around the world. Initially forming in order to provide entertainment for local orphanages and retirement projects, demand for the band’s music grew to such a scale that they agreed to become a band in their own right.
Joining together musical forces from Romania, Ukraine, Moldova and Hungary, their unique anthemic dream-pop sound is embellished in their live shows with alpine horns, didgeridoos, and shakuhachi solos. Their latest track, “Never Give Up”, is an achingly blissful pillow of sunshine which brings to mind all the dreamiest elements of The Beloved.
Watch the video to Never Give Up here:
Their work for charities has also seen them charge entry fees to their gigs in donations of fruit instead of cash – all the proceeds going to local orphanages.
Promo for the charity event Fruit Fusion: https://youtu.be/U5R6-mFEqH4
Hailing from South Carolina, concept artist M3staken (M3) has ended his trilogy of albums with Rain. After the releases of Apex and Water Colors, which announced the eccentric style of M3 to the world, he has continued in much the same vein with the latest record.
Although Apex experimented with a hint of classical piano, juxtaposed with M3staken’s fracturing producer style, the second and third records focus on complicated beats and a haunting ambience.
Although M3staken takes inspiration from contemporary acts such as Joey Bada$$, Jamie XX and FKA Twigs, these influences are mere hints that the talented young producer draws upon when concocting his complex style of music.
As the last piece of M3’s trilogy, he notes that this is the album that has meant the most to him due to its conclusive nature that seems to summarise his style. M3 commented that Rain is ‘loosely connected to my two previous works and it is primarily a collection of my personal favourite songs’.
‘Sympathy For the Devil’ is the latest release from the debut EP of LA based production team, AT-ATs On The Beach (ATATOTB). With a world full of stereotyped electronic music, the group are trying to avoid this, taking their own distinct approaches to composing which they build on from their experience as film editors and producers.
The new EP features some original mixes from ATATOTB, as well as some remixes of huge artists like Elton John and The Eagles. In addition, ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ takes the Rolling Stones classic and morphs it into a cover like you’ve never heard before, in an entirely different genre- Guns’N’Roses eat your heart out.
The group are known for their previous work on films like Black Swan, The Thing and Wrath of the Titans, when they went under the name of InFiction. With edgy theatrical remixes and melodies crafted specifically for downtempo-chill communities, ATATOTB have tapped into a niche of electronic music which they have seemingly become the pioneers of.
With new styles of electronic music developing all the time, the group set themselves apart from the crowd with rhythmic beats, pulsating bass lines and experimental instrumentation.