Kick-off your week with some of our favorite recent releases. We’ve got you covered with new music from Aziya, John Digweed, Ronnie Watts, and more.
AZIYA – SLIP [OSMO-SIS]
British Musician Aziya is just 21 years old, but her talent and wisdom are not indicative of her young years. Picking up a guitar aged 10 and beginning to write her own music shortly after, she spent the time since graduating from the BRIT school in 2018 honing her craft, learning to produce and becoming a force to be reckoned with – both vocally and on her instrument. Inspired by a set of strong-minded musical heroes including Patti Smith, Tame Impala, and Prince, she has all the preparation, personality, and power to make her own mark. In’ Slip‘, Aziya showcases her impeccable aptitude for guitar-shredding, song-writing, and co-producing.
GARETH EMERY – YOU’LL BE OK (CLOUDNONE REMIX) [CREATE MUSIC]
Joining genre mainstay, Andrew Rayel, Italian Trance pioneer, Giuseppe Ottaviani, and Dutch euphoric dance producer Jorn van Deynhoven on the ‘you’ll be ok’ remix package, CloudNone takes a decidedly different direction in his approach. Straddling a variety of electronic subgenres to create a wholly unique sound, CloudNone builds off of the tracks’ gorgeous Annabel feature, chopping the vocal and imposing a bouncy bassline. In a unique twist, the masked producer added some of his own vocals, creating fresh harmonies within the already stunning track.
CONTRA SCANDAL – FULL CIRCLE [GRAVITAS RECORDINGS]
As the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered producers into their home studios, Contra Scandal utilized quarantine to fully immerse himself in his music. For six months, he dedicated his full mental capacity to create a collection of work that steers you through a rollercoaster of emotion. In his debut album, Full Circle, Contra Scandal encourages listeners to elevate their minds and lose their fear. The enthralling universe of the LP is woven together as his signature violin tethers melodic elements to transport listeners to all corners of the globe.
JOHN DIGWEED – QUATTRO II [BEDROCK RECORDS]
QUATTRO II proves once again that one of Britain’s giants of electronic music isn’t going anywhere. Known for being the expert in the selector department, Digweed continued to deliver a bundle of fresh, new music via his weekly global radio show, TRANSITIONS, and his lockdown-prompted Bunker live streams during the past year. Despite the ongoing demand for the best unreleased music, he made sure to keep every single track on QUATTRO II under wraps to maximize anticipation for release day. Now, he’s ready to share his best-kept secret with the world in the form of over four hours of exclusive never before heard music from industry heavyweights such as Dino Lenny, EdOne, Guy Mantzur, Hannes Bieger, Josh Wink, Robert Babicz, and, of course, Digweed alongside long-term friend and production partner Nick Muir.
SAMUEL MANCINI – FEED THE FIRE
Recording artist and actor Samuel Mancini is fresh on the heels of releasing his debut mixtape, FEED THE FIRE. The R&B/pop record contains every element to put listeners in a musical trance. FEED THE FIRE embarks in Mancini’s musical journey with an ethereal, atmospheric, organic, and mesmerizing sound while being driven by raw vocals. Samuel delivers a transcending experience with every track off the record. Mancini maintains a fully charged arsenal of high-quality music that supports the fact that he is set to make a substantial impact on the music industry with his unique sound. FEED THE FIRE commands attention from the first note and leaves people wanting more as the message across the album parallels the vocal performance’s emotion.
TOBY ROMEO, FELIX JAEHN, FAULHABER – WHERE THE LIGHTS ARE LOW (MIKE WILLIAMS REMIX) [UNIVERSAL MUSIC]
Now known as a world-class DJ and producer, Mike Williams burst into the limelight in 2017 when he collaborated with Felix Jaehn on their smash single ‘Feel Good’, which recently surpassed 140 million streams via Spotify. Reunited once again, Williams’ remix of ‘Where The Lights Are Low’ has all the makings of another hit. The rework immediately opens with captivating vocals from Jordan Shaw before moving into an exhilarating riser. At the drop, Williams interpolates the original single’s melody with a powerful saw synth line highlighted with electro house hits and a speaker-rattling bass line.
RONNIE WATTS, JORLOV – WAKE UP [W!ZARD TALENT]
Pop newcomers Ronnie Watts and Jorlov join forces in their powerful single, “WAKE UP.” With elements of grunge, trap, and electro-pop, the track serves as a beacon for overcoming hardship, offering solace to those who feel alone. Addressing anxiety, hopelessness, and depression, the two find ways to connect with listeners and guide them out of the darkness. As harmonious as the two rising stars are together, each artist comes from opposite worlds. Ronnie, known for her soft-spoken emo-pop, is juxtaposed alongside Jorlov’s heavy-hitting trap-influenced beats. While seemingly from two different genres, Watts’ heart-wrenching lyrics combined with Jorlov’s commandeering flow melt seamlessly. “WAKE UP” shines in its ability to perfectly capture the talents of both artists in just over two minutes. The two friends’ formula proves to be a match made in heaven as this follows their previous collaboration “Dreams” featuring Brody Hale.
TESSA MEDINA – NO HATE
Newcomer Tessa Medina makes her debut with the release of her first-ever single, ‘No Hate’. The track reflects on one of Medina’s previous relationships and is an embodiment of a moment of catharsis for her. “I woke up one day and I was done with being angry or upset about things I couldn’t control. I quite literally had no hate left in me”. This bubbly, early 2000’s reminiscent song was written by Medina and produced by J. Chris Griffin.