The Beamish Boys are a brothers duo from Toowoomba, QLD (Australia), who sing and song-write, and have just released an acoustic version of their original track Don’t Flatter Yourself, released on Tipsy Records with American producer MKJ in June earlier this year.
In contrast to the electronic-pop setting of the original version, vocal harmonies and lead lines are set atop a relaxed acoustic guitar part and stripped-back drum beat, allowing their voices to shine through the mix and showcase their talent. The song describes a feeling of self-confidence and resistance against someone wanting to take advantage of you, a relatable sentiment for many.
“We had a run-in with a particularly unpleasant person in the music industry – who will of course remain nameless – and so writing this song was a very cathartic process for us. Nobody likes to be pushed around and too often artists are taken advantage of. ‘Don’t Flatter Yourself’ is kind of a unifying anthem for all creatives and artists who have ever felt mistreated.” – The Beamish Boys on the inspiration behind the song.
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You Must Disrupt burst onto the scene last weekend with a sizzling tech house recontextualisation of ‘My Milkshake Brings All The Boys To The Yard’ by Kelis. The vocal we all know and love, in a setting reminiscent of Australian powerhouse Fisher’s recent work is a match made in heaven. So too is the conjunction of London based DJ and producers Josh Kenny and Ellis Lawrie to form this brand new duo, perhaps more familiar to you as Kenny Benson and Ellis individually.
The calibre is undoubtable, manifested plain to see in their first release, one thats sure to receive airtime in clubs and shows in no time. With driving drum work and a banging bassline there is little to dislike in this one, get your hands on a free copy below…
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Today marks the return of producer/DJ Thomas Nan, from Amsterdam, to The Music Elk with a new original, titled Liar, which is consistent with his last release, both out on Strange Fruits, and of similar style.
An instant, gripping vocal takes us straight into this melodic track while the supporting emotional instrumental subtly leads into a powerful, jubilant drop. Familiar synth chords and a catchy main lead over the top create huge impact, with a compelling use of a ramping gated synth to fill in the gaps.
The Herman Brood Academy student is playing at Melkweg, Amsterdam again on the 14th January should you be in the neighbourhood, definitely keep an eye out for him and his progress!
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The trap lovers amongst you should have come across the name Lucchii at some point or rather, but if by some chance you haven’t, I will now introduce him for you. The producer and DJ also known as Lou Chip, who hails from Los Angeles, California, has been forging his path in the electronic music scene over the past couple of years and has cemented his status as a prolific creator and performer, with notable remixes of Skrillex & Habstrakt’s – Chicken Soup and Desiigner’s Panda, originals, shows all over America and features from the likes of Billboard.
Most recently Lucchii released Legacy, a new original track out on label Music High Court, featuring vocalist Stefan Crane. Stefan was born in Oxford, England, grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and is currently studying at the Los Angeles College of Music, in California. Perhaps more used to being in an acoustic environment this was a great venture into a different world for Stefan, and will have opened the eyes of many new fans to his talent.
The dark vibe of the track and Stefan’s smooth vocals coalesce to form a floor-filling festival banger with a deeper message about leaving the world in a better place than you found it, which is a concept we could all think about. It’s fair to say Lucchii is building on his legacy with this one, check it out…
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Robin Felici, artistically known as SHVRS, has returned to London-based record label Tuvali after his last release there entitled Breathe, featuring vocalist Seventh air, which currently sits at a huge 250,000 streams online approximately. His brand new electro-pop hybrid original called eclipse, gives Swiss singer Linnaea the vocal spotlight in a mix that will send shivers down your spine.
Felici is making a name for himself with his laid back experimental style, after seemingly taking a break from more commercial tracks with a collection of lo-fi beats (which can be found on his SoundCloud below) and a remix of Zayn’s Let Me, however he has returned to official releases with Tuvali (read my interview with Tuvali CEO Jake Huntley here), today, the 16th November.
Quirky percussion and FX combine with a magical arp and ethereal vocal top line and introduce subtle, innocuous chord over a bouncy funk-reminiscent bass which come together with the hook to create a highly memorable track perfect for chilling out to, check it out below!
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Paper Skies, a producer and graphic designer based in Toronto, Canada known for his melodic style, released his first track of 2018 Celestial 3 months ago after months of work behind the scenes. Follow up track Comet is out now, on Killabite Media, in collaboration with vocalist Slyleaf, who has many successful collaborations online and very recently an original out on electronic music behemoth Monstercat.
Air meets nature in an electronic setting to create this melodic dubstep original, started off during a Media Studies class and going onto become one of Paper Skies favourite tracks to date. He describes the track saying it was “everything I want to be known for as an artist. Keeping consistent with my melodic style, I focused on bringing back familiar elements of my music, while experimenting with new bass design and synthesis.”
Lovely quick chords and soft vocals eventually proceed into a drop rammed with emotions, with huge chords, bass rolls, punchy drums and a retro arp flowing beautifully over the top, this is a release you need to have a listen to!
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Joey Rumble, owner of Fated Records, is an Amsterdam based music producer and DJ known for his origins in future house and more recently bass house and other variations in the house scene. You may have seen his name in previous articles where we featured Fated releases Pamuya (by Our Psych) and the Ignite EP, but now he has got his own spot on The Music Elk with an official remix for Indonesian sensation Agnez Mo and American pop star Chris Brown’s new track Overdose.
Rumble has had many successful releases, several on Trap Nation’s Lowly House imprint, an original released on Armada Deep, and releases on his own label as well, and has also picked up support from YouTube giants xKito, Diversity and House Nation to name but a few, so the quality of this new remix is no surprise.
Joey has flipped the original into a quicker setting, using the recognisable house M1 organ sound in a more poppy, driven context to where you might be used to seeing it in Deep House, in order to create an uplifting dance track. It may be a marginally more commercial sound than what we are used to from the Dutch producer, but the appeal of the remix is still huge, check it out!
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