We caught this track thanks to Austin-based producer Eric Dingus, who’s been notoriously scouted by OVO and a plethora of unsigned artists. That being said, Nick Nikon from Toronto is by far the best singer/rapper/producer we’ve heard collaborate with Eric. Keeping things ambient and ominous, the track starts with distorted samples over a distant star-studded synth line, and soft piano until reverberating claps cue Nick’s haunting yet euphoric vocals. The noise gated vocals create a trippy stutter-step effect, backed by a prominent bass line and multiple layers of intricate synth-pad workings. The unique R&B/EDM style is hard to explain, but give it a listen and I’m confident you’ll like what you hear. Show Nick some support via facebook and twitter, and be sure to keep an ear out for his forthcoming EP ‘UnderCovers’.
Austin’s very own David Lunson is still killing these back to back original releases, modulating his voice to provide the sort of Peter Frampton Talk-Box effect (for lack of a better comparison) that’s branded his EDM production style thus far. As always, the melody will put you in a euphoric trance as wave after wave of drops and buildups resonate around the tightly-wound music box progression. Having a seemingly more complex sound than his previous releases, the plethora of instruments, samples, and loops come together to create a prestigious mix for Stonewall to add to his repertoire. His eminence in production is young, but surely moving in the right direction, so be sure to keep up with Stonewall Klaxon via twitter, facebook, and soundcloud.
Love, sex, drugs, whatever your addiction may be, a Relapse can happen to the best of us. We know that it’s wrong and that we should probably stay away at all costs. But temptation is difficult to resist. You feel like you’ve never felt before; and yet, the feeling is all too familiar. I created this mix to describe the crazy spectrum of emotions involved in my Relapse. I’m still hiding behind the lyrics and music of others, but somehow, that feels safer to me than using my own voice. You’ll find new releases from Logic, Devon Baldwin, G-Eazy, Fei-Fei, and FKA Twigs, along with some throwbacks from Amtrac, Giraffage, and Rihanna. The lyrics meld together into a stream of consciousness about longing, indecision, sex, regret. Maybe you’ve never felt this way about anyone else. Maybe you’re not supposed to.
Nothing makes finals week more bearable than new free music from one of our favorite production duos. If you’re not familiar with The Two Friends you need to catch up, for the last year and a half we’ve been following the progression and development of their unique punk-electronic style. Guitar chords resonate off of Breach The Summit’s lucid vocals, which plays a part in constructing the smooth yet monumental drops into a sea of house-synth bliss. The song speaks for their distinct style perfectly, which I can only describe as Warped Tour meets Tomorrowland, yet the contrasts somehow flow together seamlessly. Give it a listen, and be sure to follow The Two Friends and Breach The Summit on twitter.
While G-Eazy has been releasing new tracks, headlining his own tour, and making big moves in hip-hop, his right-hand woman Devon Baldwin has definitely not been sleeping on her own music career. Blame, one of her first solo releases without G, allows Devon to share her own thoughts over a full-length track, rather than crooning choruses and hooks. It’s a future-bass ballad about loving someone who can’t be there for you the way that you want them to. When one person takes responsibility for a relationship between two people, someone will get blamed eventually for not keeping it all together. Devon’s voice is airy and angelic over 4e’s minimal production, but she delivers her words with confidence. And prepare to melt away when she starts vocalizing at 1:36. Overwhelmingly beautiful. Looking forward to more solo releases in the future from Ms. Baldwin. Keep tabs on her Soundcloud for more Bathtub Dream Pop tunes.
You may recognize Nilo G as 1/3 of rap trio Colossus who we’ve featured on the site. He and his buddy Holborn Circuit just dropped a flip of Who We Are by Golden Coast. The feel-good summer jam is transformed into a delicate, downtempo treat for your ears. You can definitely hear some Cashmere Cat and Lido influence up in there with those cuts and vocal edits. It’s got your reverb-heavy synths, RnB feels, and ambient chill vibes. Check out more of their pop edits on Soundcloud: Nilo G, Holborn Circuit.
Stonewall Klaxon never fails to impress, after the his reputation blossomed from the last two astronomical releases, we wondered how easily he’d be able to keep the momentum going. Mirrors can be your worst enemy when you’re on drugs, or if you’re a girl with low self-esteem, but I guarantee you this title discharges nothing but positive vibes. Stonewall’s signature vocal distortion engulfs the starry-chimes, distant percussion, and epic synth waves; from the heavenly strings to the jazzy up-beat piano solo, everything is arranged ideally. If you’re looking for something to cruise to, roll to, smoke to, or just nod your head to, Stonewall Klaxon has concocted a recipe that’s perfect for any occasion. Cop the free download, show him some love on twitter, follow him on soundcloud, but whatever you do, don’t sleep on this incredibly talented producer.
The Two Friends never cease to impress, since we started following them last year we’ve heard them develop their sound and release track after track of flawless yet unique house anthems. For the first time in awhile, the production duo decided to drop a remix, this time to Urban Cone’s strange, upbeat, and 80′s synth-heavy single Sadness Disease. The ambient atmosphere that envelops the first minute of the track is soon overcome by the subtle snare build up, until finally you’re thrown into an ocean of house synth. Although the remix doesn’t resemble the original in many aspects, they both reach the same ultimatum when answering the questions of how to cure sadness: insanely vibey music. As always, the download is on the friends, so just be sure to reciprocate the favor by following them on twitter and liking them on facebook.
Andrew Luce loves taking overplayed hip-hop tracks and bringing them back in a whole new light. Although we were really feeling his remix to Akon’s 2006 hit I Wanna Fuck You it took a minute for us to find another remix worthy of throwing on the site. Well today we’re blessed with his take on another early 2000′s gem; heavy build ups and drops keep you enticed from start to finish, wrapping their way around distorted Cudi samples. The beat goes from 0-100 constantly, chimes and snares change the pace over a knock-your-face-off bass line. Once again, another gem from Andrew to add to your party-playlist. Keep up with him on twitter and show some love via facebook if you still have one.
You may recognize Majid Jordan as the feature on Drake’s Hold On We’re Going Home. If you’re not familiar with his material, you should definitely check out his Soundcloud. And it’s safe to say stwo’s become a University Hype favorite. He’s been consistently dropping new material and remixes, each even more impressive than the next. Stwo’s edit of Her is way mellow, way chill, with some added reverb and a trap backbeat. Majid’s effortless vocals combined with stwo’s syrupy slow sexy production makes for straight baby-making music. I’m hoping this release will lead to a future collaboration from these two very talented artists.