This week on our artist to watch series I have the pleasure of bringing LU2VYK to your attention. The French brothers Ludovic and Thomas are a self-taught electronic-music-producer-duo that base themselves in a chilled deep house environment creating laid back groovy tunes.

LU2VYK have released music with Scorpio Music, Radio FG ranked in the top dance charts in France on iTunes, have garnered the support of YouTube behemoth MrRevillz and have collected over 2 million streams online, so it’s safe to say they are making waves in the music sphere.

The duo are also regulars at Joïa Club in Aix-les-milles and at student party “IA” in Dock des Suds, Marseille, and play a lot in the South of France in general, so if you’re in that neck of the woods make sure to keep an eye out for their name on billboards.

Their latest release is a flip of Ultra Nate’s disco classic “Free”, with vocals from singer Jex, it is a modern revamp with more driving drums and a deep house bass added underneath the iconic guitar riff – make sure to have a listen.

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17-year-old bedroom producer Jared Rapoza, also known as CRVE U, has been making waves over the past few years in the online electronic music sphere. Going from producing his own music to running a collective, called Epicure, and now interning at streaming service Audiomack, he is going from strength to strength and is showing no signs of slowing down. Today I have the pleasure of writing about his latest release, a remix of A$AP Rocky & Skepta’s summer track “Praise The Lord”, in collaboration with Swedish producer duo SKUM

On working together, CRVE U remarked: “I dig SKUM’s style and felt this remix was a perfect opportunity to collaborate with the Stockholm based duo, which was a long time due. We can’t wait to see the reaction for our rendition of A$AP and Skepta’s catchy tune.”

I can say post-release that the remix has been received with great success, having racked up 50,000 plays on SoundCloud and 38,000 on Audiomack within a week, adding another bow to CRVE U’s quiver of quality remixes.

While allowing the recognisable parts of the original to shine through, the remix combines ethnic flute melodies with a quirky chord progression and flowing 808s to create an original fusion of the trap and melodic vibes we have come to know these producers for.

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Today I have the pleasure of showing you the chat I had with UK producer Malarkey, also known as Sam Butler, about life as a producer and DJ and his new track Heartburn. (Scroll down for the streaming link!)

First off, Sam, thanks for taking the time to speak to us, it’s great to get an insight into your life. I guess the first obvious thing to ask you about is your new track, what does Heartburn mean to you?

Heartburn is a track I’ve wanted to put out for ages actually, I started it in late 2016 and it’s been something I’ve been waiting to drop just at the right time. I’m super happy that it’s finally out for everyone to enjoy!

It’s been 7 months since you last released, what have you been working on in that time, apart from Heartburn?

I’ve been developing my sound and working on a different alias of mine too, which I’ll keep hidden… if you know you know… I’ve got a lot more Malarkey stuff planned though for the rest of the year, and this single is only the start of a lot of bigger plans I have!

Where do you take inspiration from?

I take a lot of inspiration from straight up House music, including sub genres like Deep and Future House. I’ve also really been getting into Jackin’ House recently, so expect that in quite a few of my upcoming shows! I try to incorporate these modern sounds and styles with the vibe and writing of Soul and Funk from the 80’s. There are some really great artists doing that style currently and there is something about it which is just so tantalising and fresh. Definitely something geared towards Spotify playlists and home listening, but I’ve been to some really great sets playing that type of music too!

You’ve been playing some shows recently, can you tell me about those and what you’ve enjoyed most about them?

Yes! I recently played at Motion in Bristol, which was voted one of the top 20 clubs in the world last year. It’s somewhere I realised I NEEDED to play when I first went there! I also played El Dorado Festival alongside acts such as Wilkinson, Blonde, Chris Lorenzo and more. The stage was on a pirate ship and on water which was pretty crazy, and a totally unforgettable experience to say the least! I’ve also been lucky enough to hold down a residency in Bath at a club called The Nest, which has been awesome. I’m going to be playing even more over the next coming months, going between Reading and Bath every Tuesday night for Toast Tuesdays, a really great student club night.

What’s the next step for Malarkey?

Expect more club orientated tracks from Malarkey in the next few months. I want to really push a combination of Jackin’ House and Future House, using more samples and having a lot of fun mainly. I really enjoy doing upbeat music, and certainly won’t be doing any Bass House soon (although I do enjoy it!). Expect a lot of Disco influences and a lot of groove, my main aim will be to give audiences and listeners a really bright and upbeat feeling, no matter where or when they’re listening. I’ve got some really great labels working on these tracks… but I’ll leave all that quiet for now until the samples are cleared and the tracks are ready to go!

What’s your main goal for the future?

My main goal is to be touring across the UK and the globe! I really want to DJ for as many audiences as possible and show my music off to as my people as possible. My main goal is to keep on pushing forward, always outdo myself and keep on striving for more.

Is there anything you’d like to announce to our readers?

I’d just like to say a massive thank you for everyone’s patience on this record and with my project. I’m so blessed to have so many amazing people in this community, and without them it wouldn’t be possible. It’s awesome to have signed the publishing for record of this track to Warner Chappell too! I’m truly grateful for everyone’s support, and I hope you enjoy Heartburn!

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21 year old Australian producer JYYE has produced a banging new remix for Rachel Costanzo’s track Comfortable.  The Melbourne based producer has gone from strength to strength over the past few years, releasing with the likes of Spinnin records, Ultra and Dim Mak, and garnering support from none other than Martin Garrix, Hardwell, David Guetta and Oliver Heldens just to name a few…

Out on Spotted Records, he starts off the remix with Costanzo’s vocals as the centrepiece, moving into a super vibey drop that I cannot get out of my head. The vocal chops and percussive chord hits mesh together in a summer fusion that will leave you playing it on repeat. The fact the remix has been supported by Selected on YouTube is testament to the fact you need to check this out right now…

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Eclectic New York City based producers Memba are back with a new single ‘Flash’. Out courtesy of Cloudkid, youtube promoter turned record label owner known for pushing upcoming talent, this one is sure to turn heads. “Flash” follows some incredible recent work like their remix of Kelis’ ‘Milkshake,’ which proved an instant hit. Elongated chord progressions and a faint pattering of drums give weight to ‘Flash’ as its vocal murmurs begin to take hold.

Having seen Memba play in Amsterdam last year at ADE 2017, I can attest to their flair and natural talent, and once again they do not disappoint. Flash starts naturally, with a vocal tune played over a repeating melody, the sound of birds tweeting and children playing in the background, then quickly moves into an awesome drop combining trap and future bass elements in a unique bundle of synth chords and accompanying distorted vocal lead; as usual Memba have lived up to their dynamic quirky reputation.

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It’s release time for future house icon Our Psych – Icelandic producer Ársæll Gabriel is back with new track ‘Pamuya’, out on Fated Records. The label, run by Joey Rumble, another esteemed producer in the future house scene, is known for releasing original, unique tracks within the electronic sphere, and this one is no different.

In keeping with Our Psych’s style, the chorus comprises of a bouncy bass melody and complementing top pluck, playfully combining into a drop. You definitely want to check out the resurgence of OP and Fated!

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The mysterious producer duo Unknown Brain we don’t know anything about – except their stellar catalogue of releases – are back, with new single ‘Like Home’. As they are regulars on a couple of the biggest independent labels in the industry, NCS and Lowly Palace, and are managed by Jake Huntley (read my interview with him here), it is a pleasure for me to be featuring their work.

‘Like Home’ came out yesterday on Trap Nation Records with singer/songwriter Trove, and is typical of Unknown Brain’s style and quality. A future bass drop with beautifully smooth synth chords, a bending bass pattern and vocal chops come out of a relatively low-key verse centred on Trove’s vocals. The second drop has a horn section added to add to the impact, and my favourite part is the automated filter section in the second half of each drop where the chords flutter, love it…

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