The Landing

Welcome to The Landing, EDM Identity’s weekly post highlighting fresh tracks you may have missed!

Since the introduction of streaming sites like SoundCloud, YouTube, and Spotify, as well as release mediums like Bandcamp available for artists to release on, new music is hitting us faster than ever. The abundance of releases can almost be overwhelming, as the tools for production and releasing music are easily accessible for anyone around the world. We know that it is a difficult task to keep up with every release from every artist, so we’re here to assist you with some gems that “land” in our inboxes. In every edition of The Landing, we intend to highlight some tracks that you may have missed, or perhaps shine a light on new music for you to fall in love with.

This week’s edition of The Landing features fresh tracks from Buku, Oliver Heldens, Just A Gent, Thief, Andrew Bayer, Alison May, NGHTMRE, Quentyn, and Jaytech!

The Landing || September 24 – 30, 2017

Buku - Control
Buku releases another hit, “Control”, just in time for Lost Lands Music Festival this weekend!

Buku Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

Just in time for this weekend’s Lost Lands Music Festival, Buku has released another atmospheric bass hit ahead of his set. “Control” brings you to another world with its laser-like synth paired with its pounding bass.

The man can do it all when it comes to production and vocals, including knowing how to play the guitar, keyboard, drums, and bass. While Buku has formal training in music theory, there’s nothing formal in the way his tracks make me dance.

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Oliver Heldens spreads the electrified party vibes on “What The Funk”.

Oliver Heldens – Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

“What The Funk” jumps out of the gate with a funky fresh beat that explores a broad musical territory that blends pop, disco, and house, marrying the ‘70s with the ‘90s. The result is a track that will get you off the couch and onto the dance floor. I dare you not to move your feet to this one!

What’s even more exciting about this release is that the track was premiered in a mobile game called BeatFever, shining a light on Heldens’ strong relationship with the video game world, which many of his fans are already privy to as he has his very own channel on Twitch. The video for the track will be a user-generated piece featuring submissions sent in from his fans on social media. Pretty cool right? So get ready for a euphoric uplift full of playful flutes, disco guitars, and a groovy rhythm that oozes energy! Score one for Oliver Heldens!

Just A Gent releases “Hold” featuring Thief and it’s everything your ears need!

Just A Gent – Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud || Thief –  Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

It seems like all my favorite producers hail from Australia. The scene down under has been on a steady incline and is home to some of the world’s largest electronic artists like Flume, Rüfüs Dü Sol, and Dirty South. After seeing Just a Gent at Nocturnal Wonderland, I feel confident saying that you should keep this guy on your radar.

The 19-year-old producer from Newcastle has been releasing killer solo productions and remixes for over four years now. Some of my favorites are his remixes of Illenium’s “Fortress” and Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name Of”. Just A Gent’s most recent release, “Hold”, featuring fellow Aussie Thief showcases both artists unique style and sound that are the perfect complement to each other. The track will be getting its first play tonight on Good Nights on triple j with Luen Jacobs, but you’ll have it on repeat in no time.

Signs Of The Fall Art
Andrew Bayer releases “Signs Of The Fall” featuring Alison May after Above & Beyond debuted it at ABGT250!

Andrew Bayer – Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud || Alison May FacebookSoundcloud

Fresh off of a massive debut at the Gorge Amphitheater, Andrew Bayer’s newest club banger “Signs Of The Fall” was released on Anjunabeats last Friday. The track features the soothing voice of Alison May and tells the story of a once passionate love that is headed toward disaster.

The soft melody and vocals gradually build into an enormous, driving force that crescendos into a wall of electric sound before easing back into a more gentle feel to close out the track. Expect to hear it played frequently by the Anjuna Family as it is sure to move dance floors all over the world!

Join NGHTMRE as he goes “On The Run” with this new track!

NGHTMRE – Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

Following the release of his single “Embrace”, NGHTMRE is back with another banger. “On The Run” features a slow, melodic build-up that eventually turns into an explosion of funky sound. The diverse sampling elements used in the drop make for a unique sound that definitely sets this track apart from NGHTMRE’s past work. Of course, the song is still characteristically NGHTMRE by allowing its melody to ultimately drive the track the whole way through.

The song also features an electro-guitar riff that’s undoubtedly going to be stuck in my head on repeat. If “On The Run” is any indication of how his upcoming NGHTMRE Before Xmas tour is going to go, I highly suggest buying your tickets to see NGHTMRE live, now.

Quentyn Home Tonight
Quentyn impresses with second solo release, “Home Tonight”.

Quentyn – Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud 

As one half of Volt & State, Quentyn left the duo to explore genres beyond the progressive side of the electronic music scene while continuing to bring the melodies he truly loves. The second solo release by Quentyn, “Home Tonight” is a solid track that shows the diversity that this producer can bring with his music. While the track is a departure from his old style, it still brings with it the piano chords and uplifting house grooves that he became known for. Stream it below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Jaytech - Red Planet/Only Now
Jaytech showcases his multifaceted talent with “Red Planet” and “Only Now”.

Jaytech – Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

Jaytech has long been one of the most consistent artists in the Anjunabeats stable, producing lush sonic masterpieces that incorporate a vast array of sounds and melodies for an effect that can range from more ethereal tunes to heaters that will keep the dancefloor moving all night long. His newest releases, “Red Planet” and “Only Now”, split the difference and provide us two stellar tracks that we can hope to hear more of in the months ahead.

“Red Planet” features a driving, tribal-oriented groove that integrates an unconventional triplet rhythm with multiple synth layers. Combined with the repeated, almost hypnotic vocal line creates an almost meditative feeling in the midst of what is undoubtedly a peak hour trance banger of epic proportions.

“Only Now” shows off Jimbo’s more melodic side, overlaying a floaty, other-worldly vocal on top of a rocking synth until he cools it off at the breakdown. The middle is where this one really shines; deftly combining the emotive qualities of the voice with expressive, haunting piano and strings, he’s got the listener by the feels until he kicks back into it all over again.

Grant has been listening to electronic dance music since the early 2000s. Actively involved in the EDM community, Grant is an admin for the EDC & Coachella subreddits and their Facebook groups. Previously he has been part of several EDM startups and promotion companies such as Shamele55, Electric State of Mind and Q-Dance. Originally listening to trance artists such as ATB, Armin Van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold, Grant has expanded his listening experience to include a full set of genres ranging from hardstyle to deep house and has been regularly attending both festivals and club events since 2010.

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