Welcome to The Landing, EDM Identity’s weekly post highlighting fresh tracks you may have missed!
Since the introduction of streaming sites and mediums like Bandcamp available for artists to release on, new music is hitting us faster than ever and the abundance of releases can almost be overwhelming. We know that it is a difficult task to keep up with 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 Maor Levi, Brock Hewitt, Lucas V, Ryan Forever, Slynk, Psy Fi, LAVID, Tommy Trash, i_o, and Virtual Riot!
The Landing || December 17-23, 2017
Maor Levi returns to his roots with his newest single, “Aurora”.
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At long last, Maor Levi has returned to the world of trance with his latest single, “Aurora”, out now on Armada Trice. The new tune marks his debut on Armada Trice, as well as his first single release since his stint as part of DJ group Bad Royale, and it is a fitting return to the genre. The track begins with a heavenly uplifting chord progression before steadily building into a sparkling peak-hour stunner that will get any dance music fan up on their feet. Give it a listen!
In the spirit of peace, enjoy this Ambient holiday rendition of “The First Noël”.
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In all the hustle and bustle of this time of year – ripe with consumer purchasing and loads of travel – it is often easy to lose sight of the beauty that the holiday season can offer. Brock Hewitt pulled together this stunning rendition of “The First Noël” that enraptures open ears in calm bliss.
A soft bed of tension underlies the sublime piano that Brock uses to play the well-known melody of the old original. Directly behind the melody lies a spoken word piece that recalls the simple bliss of waking on Christmas morning and exchanging gifts. In the light of the holiday season, may you find peace in the small moments of time you share with others.
What happens when you mix the unexpected and pull it off well?
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Let me answer that for you: you find diamonds in the rough. Lucas V recently pushed his new collaboration with BliBli & Zaire titled “Reach” over on Majestic Casual Records, and it’s sure to turn some ears. It is a short downtempo production that blends in the scat singing of classic Jazz vocals with a swap to Hip Hop vocals halfway through. I don’t even want to write more because I don’t want to spoil the beauty of what’s happening here. Spin it for four minutes… trust!
Ryan Forever gets “Nasty” with the final Dirtybird banger of 2017.
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If you’re not yet familiar with Ryan Forever (also known as Ryan Farber), you’d best get with the program. The multi-talented producer also works as a music photographer and videographer, but he’s been making quite a name for himself most recently as a producer and DJ.
His latest track, “Nasty”, is no exception – in fact, if anything, it may be one of the most notable releases on Dirtybird Records in 2017. It first attracted the notice of aficionados when he dropped it to unanimous approval as part of the Family Set at Dirtybird’s West Coast Campout, and ever since then, fans have been eagerly awaiting its release. The track itself is deceptively simple, but that bass drop is really and truly, well… nasty. Give it a spin and you’ll have it on repeat – we guarantee it.
Genre bending, funk-laced producer Slynk drops two slick new tracks on Big Beat Records compilation.
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Slynk’s two new singles,“Baby Let’s Go” and “Don’t Flip”, are featured on Big Beat Records’ compilation album Big Beat Ignition: Denver. Big Beat Ignition is a regional compilation series that features sounds from different cities around the globe who are making an impact on the dance music scene.
Slynk is the only artist on the Denver edition with two featured tracks. They’re both old-style funk jams enhanced with punchy modern electronic percussion and full-bodied instrumental embellishments.
“Baby Let’s Go” brings some house vibes into the funk realm, with soulful vocal samples, brass instrumentals, bouncy synth sprites, and a crunchy dub breakdown for those half-time lovers.
“Don’t Flip” launches us into the throws of the old school. The sultry acoustic bassline beneath a funky psy-rock guitar, turntable scratches, and the smooth stylings of Illvis Freshly on vocals are hip-swaying musical magic.
Psy Fi’s remix of “Your Weather” is the adventure of a lifetime compressed into a single microcosmic experience that evolves with every listen.
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Psy Fi’s expertly crafted tracks launch his listeners on a cosmic journey through uncharted intergalactic realms. His complex style obscures the boundaries of genre, spanning the bass music spectrum bringing melodic bass to new psychedelic heights.
“Your Weather” is an infinitely intricate composition, rich with details that meld into one hypersonic soundscape. Its ominous intro beings soft and slow, concealing the underlying, imminent darkness. We suddenly plunge in the depths of a sinister, dystopian universe beneath a gnarly bass titan, eerie resonant vocals, and intricate rhythmic imagery.
“Your Weather” is dark, yet perversely uplifting, and keeps you helplessly enraptured from beginning to end.
LAVID and Moli tag team on infectious tune “Infinity”.
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If you’re looking for something truly fresh to jam out to this holiday season, then “Infinity” from LAVID and Moli is most definitely the track for you. Featuring a beat that will have you bumping along with it and pop-esque vocals from Moli that play in perfectly, this is a solid release that is perfect for anyone who loves the R&B side of electronic music. “Infinity” has been on repeat ever since it hit our inboxes, and for good reason too since it is just an absolutely infectious tune.
Coming out of Germany, LAVID already impressed with track “BURN” earlier this Fall, and is an artist you should definitely be keeping your ears tuned to in 2018. Check out “Infinity” below and let us know what you think about the track in the comments!
Tommy Trash Releases “Oxygen” with i_o and Daisy Guttridge.
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Out now on Spinnin’ Deep, Tommy Trash has collaborated with newcomer i_o to release “Oxygen” right before the year comes to a close. The track is definitely one that will get listeners grooving along with the beat, and has an almost heavenly feel to it.
Having already teamed up earlier this year with Daisy Guttridge on track “Sinners”, we were stoked to see her return on a new track with Tommy Trash. Her voice complements the tune in all the right ways, making this one of the must-listen-to tunes to close your year out right.
When asked about the track Tommy Trash said, “i_o is one of my favorite new producers. We’ve been sending music back and forth for a while now and when he sent me the original breakdown idea for “Oxygen” it felt really special and something I knew I HAD to work on. Once we nailed the production, I called Daisy Guttridge who I’ve been working a lot with and got her to record the vocal. After dozens of coffees and even more late nights, “Oxygen” was born!”
Virtual Riot brings some mythical filth to the headbanging world with new VIP edit, “Purple Dragons”.
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Coming in a year after the release of “Dragons”, Virtual Riot has unleashed a VIP edit of the tune for listeners around the world. Dubbed “Purple Dragons”, the track opens with a vocal of what sounds like ancient Japanese wisdom about how every death brings honor and with honor, redemption.
As the track continues you hear flutes and strings slowly build up into a filthy dubstep drop that makes you wonder what you’re listening to. Virtual Riot’s ability to blend melodic sounds into a wild hit is just another reason why he’s a dubstep artist to watch.