Swiss producer Jasmin Peterhans, known musically as Sensu, has released her latest track “Listen”, on Universal Music’s Quartz Records. The track is the first single from her upcoming album scheduled to release in September. The track features stunning vocals from Otis Junior, enhanced by silky smooth production by Sensu. “Listen” has a clear R&B influence, but elements of dance and alternative can also be seen. This fusion of genres is central to Sensu’s sound:
“The song ‘Listen’ perfectly represents the style of music I create. It’s a track with drum sounds that you could use in a hip-hop track and synthesizer sounds which could be used in a trance song, so it creates that electronic sound mixed with an organic feel to it” – Sensu
Sensu got her musical start as a classically trained pianist, which comes through the musical complexity of tracks like “Listen”. Her unique sound has allowed her to play at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals like Zurich Open Air, as well as recently sign a record deal with Universal. With multiple singles and an album releasing, 2019 is sure to be a huge year for Sensu.
“Early Night” is the latest track to come out of Chicago-based drummer and producer COFRESI. The track, which features New Jersey beatboxer-producer Flamingosis, is an energetic electronic tune with trap and electro influences. With deep bass hits and massive, thumping drums, the track is enjoyable to listen to from start to finish, but keeps its unique characteristics. COFRESI describes this style as a “chill banger”.
According to COFRESI, “Early Night” is a perfect mix between styles: “Early Night is a fresh interpretation of my style mixed with Flamingosis’. The verse sections ooze his signature beat oriented vibe while the drop sections showcase my approach to rhythmic, pounding & smooth sound design.”The track’s soaring melodies and energetic baselines are sure to draw listeners in.
Nashville based singer-producer Mokita has released his latest single “Til I Don’t”. Mokita says that the song is about “not being ready to move on from someone yet. When you go through a break-up, you and the other person don’t move on at the same rate.” This uncomfortable situation is relatable to many, and whilst having a sad subject matter, the song has a relatively happy mood. Mokita says he likes this contrast: “I think that dichotomy of sad/happy is always something in music that I’ve been drawn to.”
John-Luke Carter, known to his fans as “Mokita”, started his musical journey at a young age, playing piano from the age of six. Soon after, he picked up a guitar and started singing, eventually finding his way to the world of music production. With his musical background, he quickly turned up hit after hit, releasing music under his “Mokita” alias. Most recently, he’s released, “Til I Don’t” an energetic pop tune.
At just twenty-one years old, Canadian singer Adil C is starting his career off strong. Following the successful release of his debut singe, “Good Enough”, released in 2018, Adil C has dropped his latest track “Where Are You”. The song doesn’t shy away from difficult, sometimes emotional issues; “Where Are You” is about the singer’s deteriorating relationship with his partner: “Where are you? I need you here with me”, Adil C sings. This tough subject is something most listeners can relate to, setting the track up for success.
In addition to Adil C’s raw, emotional vocals, the instrumental side of the track is powerful. A deep, rich piano adds emotion to the track, enhanced by electronic vocal cuts and tight drums. “Where Are You” is a song fit for the radio, with soaring pop melodies and relatable lyrics.
Danish producer HAZE and German producer eedion have teamed up for their latest single “Waiting For You”, out on Killabite Media. The track has a tropical sound, taking cues from artists like Kygo and Sam Feldt. It has energetic drums and vibrant organic instruments in its chorus, but soft, simple pianos in its verses. This contrast is part of what makes “Waiting For You” a truly unique song; it’s able to stay energetic while still retaining its meaning.
The creators of the song describe “Waiting For You” as “a last-ditch love letter from the perspective of someone who lost it all due to their own insecurities and overthinking.” The song’s lyrics reflect this theme. Vocalist Joey Busse sings “I get scared when the shine wears off”, a line which the songwriters say is a “confession of guilt” on the part of the singer.
Los-Angeles based singer-songwriter Joey Busse’s vocals keep the track feeling fresh. His crisp vocals stand out from the crowd in a way others’ cannot. Busse’s releases have racked up a total of over five million streams and have been released on top-tier labels like Universal and Australia.
HAZE and Eedion’s production skills have made “Waiting For You” a memorable track, worthy of replaying. In their previous releases, both producers have seen success. HAZE, an industry new-comer, has already released on prestigious labels like Strange Fruits and NCU. Likewise, Eedion has released on Armada and Chill Planet, as well as been supported by top DJs like Martin Garrix and Fedde Le Grand. Most recently, the producers have teamed up to create “Waiting For You” with Joey Busse.
Breaking into the music industry is no easy feat because it’s so hard to set yourself apart from the myriad of other producers and songwriters out there. At the core of everything is the music itself, and George Gretton has gone the extra mile with his debut single, “Tread Water.” He’s proclaimed his style of music to be “art-pop” and we would definitely agree that this track would be hard to fit into any other existing genre. With a very loose structure and emphasis on timing and pauses, “Tread Water” excels at, to quote George’s own words, “vocal manipulation and using a contrast between organic and artificial sounds to tell different sides of the same situation.”
To compliment the track is an excellently produced music video that expertly captures some of the more complex lyrical content with its use of timing and visual metaphor. If you have the time to sit down and spend a few minutes, it’s definitely the best way to fully experience this unique piece of music.
We also got a glimpse into the creative process behind this video from its director, Imogen Harrison, and George Gretton which you can ready below.
“A couple of months ago, George sent me “Tread Water” and I immediately felt a pull to visually represent the anxiety and state of flux that you can hear in the track. George and I spoke a lot about those sleepless nights, where you’re left alone to contemplate your own thoughts. The video visualises the dark and intense mental state that comes with change and self-acceptance.” – Imogen Harrison
“There’s this nervous, insecure energy to the song that’s been captured really well. It’s sonically and lyrically frantic but Imogen’s recreated the emotion behind it in a pretty powerful way. We also got to shoot in some beautiful, atmospheric locations – a couple of which we were lucky enough to stumble across en route.” – George Gretton
Seeing the quality and level of dedication and effort put into his debut single, we’ll be waiting with bated breath to see where George’s creativity takes us next.
Finnish electronic artist Axel Thesleff has released the remix EP of his “Two Worlds” EP, released earlier this year. Featuring a remix of each of the original songs, each remixer brings something different to the table. Starting off strong, the EP opens with SickFlip’s remix of “Akasha”. The remix starts with a danceable tribal drum groove, but later transitions into a section with soothing chords and bells.
In contrast to SickFlip’s remix is Take Five’s heavy trap remix of “Salomon”, featuring heavy 808’s and tight drums. CloZee’s “Eco” remix comes next, utilizing organic elements like mallets and flutes to create a soothing vibe. Preceding CloZee’s remix is Alex Banks’. A remix of “Cascade”, Banks masterfully creates a fast baced, dark, cinematic mood. Wrapping up the EP is Tekvision glitchy trap remix of Dunya. It has a clear trap influence, with hip-hop drums and deep 808 bass-lines, however Tekvision retains the melodic nature of the original song.
The original creator of “Two Worlds”, Axel Thesleff, started his musical career in 2010 with the release of his concept album “Waste Land”, which later earned him the coveted “Soundclouder of The Day” award. He continued to release music regularly, dropping hits like “Bad Karma” and “Need You”. Over the years he’s gained an impressive following of over forty-thousand followers on Soundcloud. Most recently, he’s released the remix EP for “Two Worlds”. Each remix on the EP has something unique to offer.