Dutch producer Olaf Brand, better known as Fajro, released his first track towards the end of last year, which I discovered and covered here on The Music Elk. He has now released brand new original titled ‘Back Around’, with Denmark native Laurits Bak, on esteemed label spirited., a label on which you may have seen music from the likes of Virtual Riot, Egzod and WRLD.
The track combines subtle, soft melodies, soothing vocals and sultry chords to create a beautiful end product that will put a smile on your face and put you at ease. Check out these two young artists and make sure to watch out for them in the near future, enjoy…
Here we are again, with familiar face Fabian Mazur; the Danish producer and DJ has released his second track of 2019 after releasing the next instalment of his Vital Trap sample pack series on Splice.
Classic, signature processed vocals quickly lead into a tense buildup, and subsequently into a filthy drop which brings Fabian back to his more recognisable style, after Settle in January which was on the more gentle side of the spectrum. Brutal 808s and horrible bass-face-inducing synths, with recognisable elixir samples such as the ocean harps splattered round the track create a monster of a track, check out ‘Get Low’ below…
Folded Dragons, also known as Albert Pan, who is 20 years young and a sophomore studying Music Technology at New York University, returns to The Music Elk after his track with Amanda Yang last year, with a new original – his third track of 2019 already, titled ‘I Need You‘.
Beginning with a lovely orchestral blend of strings and piano, with vocals gliding overhead, drum hits sign-post a progression onto something powerful, as we plunge into an emotional drop of huge characterful synths and brass hits.
As well as producing the song, Pan wrote it, drawing inspiration from his own happenings in life, employing the wonderful voice of NYC-based vocalist YAEVIN, a vocal performance graduate from the world-famous Berklee College of Music, in order to manifest the allusions between the ‘feeling of need-based love and drowning underwater’.
Having garnered the support of MrSuicideSheep and racked up over 1 million streams in 2018, it’s clear that Folded Dragons is one to watch this year…
MKJ begins his 2019 campaign with new original ‘Ghost’, after a successful year that saw the release of ‘Don’t Flatter Yourself’ and ‘Half Life’. The producer now based in San Antonio, USA has worked hard to get where he is now, both in geographical and in musical status.
Having grown up in a tent on the Iran-Iraqi border to avoid conflict, MKJ spent years learning to create and imitate western music in order to be able to move to the United States aged 22. After launching into the public sphere a few years ago, his track “Time” (2017) went viral in Asia, racking up hundreds of millions of streams and attaining the #1 spot in the China Shazam charts for three weeks. MKJ is known for his fusion of different genres such as Hip Hop, Future Bass, Dance Hall, House, inspired by artists such as Daft Punk and Major Lazer, and Ghost doesn’t disappoint.
Merging acoustic and electronic vibes to create a tranquil, washed-out break, with vocals float above, MKJ leads us into a balmy, tropical drop which you’ll love.
Conor Ross, producer from Manchester, UK, has teamed up with vocalist Jodie Knight from Liverpool, to create new original entitled “Sincerity“, out on Friday as the first release on new record label based in the Netherlands, Triad.
Ross won a remix competition last year for David Guetta, Martin Garrix and Brooks’ track ‘Like I Do’ with Foxa, which is fast approaching a million streams on Spotify, had releases on Strange Fruits and put out lots of new music, pushing a new sound.
Sincerity starts off mellow and subdued, introducing Jodie’s voice, washed out and full of emotion leading into a drop with beautiful filtered chords combined with a warm electric guitar lead riff. Something about Jodie’s voice atop the soft chords is intensely moving, I implore you to have a listen to this one.
In December American record producer and songwriter Benny Blanco dropped huge collaboration “Roses“ with Juice WRLD, known for his original “Lucid Dreams” and Brendon Urie, Panic! At The Disco front man. Dutch producer Arcando continues his 2019 campaign with a huge remix of Roses, after a stellar 2018 which saw him garner millions of streams and first release last week.
Arcando’s interpretation utilises Juice WRLD’s vocals and Blanco’s original Trap beat, proceeding into suspenseful buildup where we start to hear his influence, dropping into a huge Future Bass & Trap hybrid chorus, with a hefty, gritty bass, vocal chops over the top and quick hats and percussion sprinkled throughout; but the drop leaves us craving more. In the latter stages, Arcando adds in arcade-reminiscent arps that sit beautifully over the second drop finishing off a track that kicks off the year perfectly.
Fabian Mazur is finally back, rounding out a stellar year in which he’s moved from strength to strength. Settle, his brand new original with singer Zac Poor. The Los Angeles based singer is perhaps more used to an acoustic setting, but this recontextualised setting seems a match made in heaven.
Settle is different to a lot of Fabians 2018 material, a more pop and future bass centred release compared to the likes of Level Up, which has just smashed a million streams on Spotify. With big plans for the year ahead you need to keep an eye out for this man…