I don’t know if you’ve heard of K. Flay before, but if this is the first time I highly recommend you go check out her Soundcloud page. Her voice has become very prominent in the electronic industry, and she’s collabed with big names like Louis The Child and Kaskade, but she doesn’t release much free material so we haven’t had the chance to share her music on here yet. However, her original song FML blew up and started being reworked by a ton of great producers, including SMLE.
SMLE, which is seemingly obviously a take on the word “smile” without the “i”, has been blowing up in his own respect. He mostly drops remixes of popular tracks, but his original work is equally impressive. His rendition of ‘FML’ has proven to be one of my favorites, and since it’s free to download I figured this would be a good time to introduce you to both artists. The chill, airy and synthy production combined with hard hitting drops into a hypnotic ambient sequence is a style that SMLE applies to the majority of his mixes, while the melancholy vocals and despondent but relateable lyrics are K. Flay’s signature sound.
Both artists are phenomenal and relatively undiscovered. Show some support by giving K. Flay and SMLE a follow on Soundcloud if you like what you hear.
I don’t post enough indie-electronic material on here, and hopefully this is the start of a new trend for me. NYC’s Wingtip is a great artist to start with; he’s not huge yet, and his music is extremely chill. The oldest song he posted is 10 months old, so hopefully he’s new to you too. After skimming through his feed, I can confidently say that this man makes nothing but beautiful, head-nod inducing jams.
Although Wingtip dabbles in remixes, this is 100% original, and it reminds me of something out of the movie Drive. The looping synth melody, the airy explosions, the ambient sound effects, and the panning percussion make up the majority of the song, and provide an elegant setting for the single lyric “Eventually” to be sung and repeated.
I’d be going on a tangent if I tried to tell you what I thought the meaning of this song was, but Wingtip wrote “And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter— they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long. For her, put your dancing shoes on.” Maybe it doesn’t need to have a deeper meaning, maybe this is just the kind of song that makes you want to dance with the girl you love and make her feel special.
It’s a great track, and if you’re just now discovering Wingtip like me you should throw him a follow on Soundcloud and Twitter.
ACADEMY has yet to announce their release date for this project, but with every song they drop I get more and more hyped. This collaboration/sample/mashup probably isn’t going to be on the project, but it’s definitely worth a listen. The tropical instrumental from Norway’s most beloved producer is a perfect fit for this LA duo and the first single from their forthcoming album Sweet Talk.
Personally, I think mashups are either hit or miss, there’s not really a gray area. This is one of those remixes/mashups that fall under the hit category. You’ve probably heard Kygo’s track Stole The Show, especially since it accrued over 100 million plays on YT alone in less than a year. Although the original version is much deeper, sentimental, and introspective, ACADEMY’s light-hearted vibe turns the instrumental into something entirely new. It’s happy, it’s vibey, and it’s much more energetic than their original acoustic jam.
This might be a great track, but if you haven’t heard ACADEMY’s other material yet you need to go check out some of our older posts. If you like what you find, be sure to throw the guys a follow on Soundcloud, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram to show some support.
In an era where record labels are suing everyone and their mom over copyright disputes, and many electronic artist’s are losing their social media accounts, followers, etc. due to reported material, it’s a bold move for Y2K to sample this entire song from Lil Wayne’s The Carter III. That being said, I love Y2K’s remixes, and when I saw that he had put his spin on this song AND released it for free, I had to put it on here for y’all.
The song starts with the familiar “A milli, a milli, a milli” loop that we were all bumping back in 2008, but when Lil Wayne starts his first verse the production starts to evolve. A menacing cymbal roll erupts into a sea of claps, a grumbling bass line, and an extraterrestrial synth lead until finally dropping off into an insane percussion sequence. Chopper-esque high-hats, something that sounds like a cowbell, and a booming baritone. The song gets progressively more ludicrous when Y2K applies a Megatron sounding filter to the hook, and inserts an oddly fitting SpongeBob sample into the last verse.
As far as I’m concerned, this song needed a face lift, and as long as it’s free online it’s free here. Cop it if you’re feeling it, and be sure to throw Y2k a follow on Soundcloud and Twitter too.
This isn’t the production we’re used to hearing underneath Jackson Breit‘s smooth summertime vocals, but the electronic symphony that Philadelphia composer Big Z created is absolutely marvelous. While I was hesitant at first, within the first ten seconds of listening to this new release I knew I had to share it with y’all.
An enticing piano chord progression is coated with airy synths, mystical sound effects, and hollow percussion as Jackson makes his entrance. The melody sounds like a jazzy pop jam, but the snare build-up at the one-minute mark transitions the song into a tropical house breakdown. The genre-blending ambiance is surprisingly amicable; Jackson Breit’s versatility allows him to go from New Orleans’ style funk-revivals to acoustic serenades to heavily produced electronic gems like this.
The song is easy-going, free spirited, and depicts a strong infatuation that’s pulls you out of your comfort zone. It’s a song to dance to, a song to party to, and a song you can download for free. Although this isn’t the sound we expect to hear from Jackson Breit all summer, it’s definitely worth checking out. If you like what you hear, be sure to show some love by giving Jackson a follow on Soundcloud, Twitter, and Instagram.
One of the hardest things about writing for UniversityHype is finding original EDM tracks. It seems that almost anyone can remix a song and call themselves an electronic artist, but very few are capable of making original content. When I search for new electronic music, my search results are always saturated with overworked remixes featuring copycat production styles.
Living out here in Arizona, I was fortunate enough to meet one of of the members of ObieCuz and after over two years of knowing him, I have heard multiple samples, unmixed tracks, and beats from this three man group. ‘Go Ahead’ is the first song that ObieCuz has officially released; with a catchy intro, a steady build-up throughout the song, Go Ahead will have you bumping’ at any party, in any situation.
We don’t give handouts to friends for this site; we care about the music we put up, and we know that you don’t have time to listen to anything that is even remotely sub-par. These guys made the cut, and they worked their asses off to get here, so give the song a listen. If you like what you hear be sure to follow ObieCuz on their SoundCloud, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
I didn’t really appreciate Future as a musician until he dropped his album ‘Honest’ in 2014, and one of the project’s best songs was his single Covered In Money. It’s still an iconic song, one that represents this artist’s sound and lifestyle through it’s grind-centered connotations and big-room ATL production from Sonny Digital. It’s a trap anthem, which might be a turn off for some of our less amicable followers, but Misogi’s remix helps bring the song’s melodic qualities to the forefront.
It’s true that trap music seems shallow on the surface, but if there’s one thing that Future has taught us as an artist, it’s that there’s pain and emotion hidden under these seemingly superficial lyrics. I don’t know if you heard the acoustic rendition he released of No Basic, but it’s a slightly slower piano-based version that’s soulful enough to make even his biggest haters applaud. That’s how I see remixes; they’re not necessarily “original”, but they help you see songs in a new light and make trap artists like Future palatable for all types of listeners. This remix of ‘Covered In Money’ incorporates the best of both artists; a simple piano progression, airy synths, and crisp percussion loops scattered with creative sampling put the world renowned lean-sipping rapper in an ethereal atmosphere — one that is surprisingly fitting.
Check it out, download if you like what you hear. Future shouldn’t be a new name for y’all, but if you aren’t following Misogi on Soundcloud and Twitter already you should definitely show him some love.
Stonewall Klaxon hasn’t dropped new material in a few months, but for his first release of 2016, this track is a monster. Whereas we’re used to precise, melodic, generally just “vibey” songs from Stonewall, this release features something a little something extra. ‘Limited Moon’ is the culmination of his years in the electronic industry, from Dubstep to Future, this is where the two collide.
He’s been perfecting his build ups and drops a long time ago, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this song’s climax is a blissful transcendence into an intense array of instruments. The other aspect of his music that Stonewall has been perfecting for awhile is his work with vocal distortions, and when the beat drops at 0:47 you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Transposed, chopped, and altered recordings stand as the centerpiece of his work, and are by far the most unique aspect of his music.
With that being said however, Stonewall has never really incorporated his former “dubstep” style with his new futuristic sound, so this may seem a little heavier than what you’re used to hearing from the ATX artist. Whether you’re partying, tripping, or putting in work, check this track out and show Stonewall some love on Soundcloud and Twitter.
Kev is an artist that we’ve been regrettably sleeping on for the last 8 months that he’s been releasing material, but today my eyes were opened. After going through and favorite-ing and reposting every single track I listened to, I decided that posting his most recent release would suffice for all the content we overlooked.
‘September’ is a tribute to Earth, Wind, and Fire — most famous for their song September — and the recent death of their front man Maurice White. Kev did the man justice with this release, creating a fresh, funky, sample-heavy remix of their hit single, and even throwing in a few rap verses that I couldn’t make out, other than the notorious sound of Busta Rhymes under a hefty electro-trap inspired beat.
It’s a short little remix, but still so full of soul and jubilation. Kev’s miraculous work on the keys, for his piano and his laptop, bring this classic anthem from the 80’s back to life with a modern twist. I know this might not be everyone’s favorite, but you definitely need to go check out Kev’s Soundcloud and listen to some of his original material as well. If you like what you hear throw him a follow on Twitter and Instagram too.
Andrew Luce’s material seems to be very contemplative over his last few releases. It started when he dropped Together on the 4th Daruma collective project in November, and continued into 2016 with the release of I Hate When We Fight and You Should Go. Whether he’s experiencing relationship troubles or just coming up with some heavy song titles is debatable, but one thing we can all agree on is that his production has been top notch lately.
‘Watch Her Leave’ is an original song, with the exception of a few Drake and Lil Wayne samples scattered throughout. Reverberating pads ease into an elegant grand piano progression, but the love ballad facade quickly divulges into an intense and intricate electronic breakdown. Explosive synths, expertly timed and placed drum rolls, and tranquil melodies build over the simple yet soothing chord sequence. The Weezy samples, which also contributed to the title of this track, come from a major throwback — Bed Rock — incase you were wondering where you’d heard it before.
Luce isn’t an artist you want to sleep on; he’s put out dozens of remixes, many of which have accrued over a million plays, and the music collective he founded is slowly but surely gaining momentum. Cop the free download and show the boy some love on Twitter and Soundcloud if you like what you hear.