We have a stacked NMR this week with picks from EdOne, Josh Pan, Bebi Monsuta, and more.
PENNYWILD – NIGHT PEOPLE EP [POPGANG RECORDS]
A fresh, new face on our radar, PENNYWILD is a multi-hyphenate living in Los Angeles by way of New York City, and has made a name for herself in the LA underground music scene with her captivating DJ sets. Now, the underground producer unleashes NIGHT PEOPLE, a five-track EP that serves as her love letter to underground nightlife. The EP pays homage to drag, rave, and club culture, with each song acting as a sonic vignette chronicling the vivacious hedonism of a night-out. The result is a stand-out EP that threads together bouncy dance tracks with compelling storytelling and personality to spare. And the cherry on top is that Freeform’s Good Trouble star SHERRY COLA makes multiple guest appearances across the EP. NIGHT PEOPLE fully embodies the beauty of the dancefloor and its wonderful inhabitants, making it a perfect ode to underground nightlife. It’s also a celebratory, theatrical project that further cements PENNYWILD as an elite, multi-faceted artist.
EDONE – UNCONTROLLED THOUGHTS EP [BEDROCK]
Spanish DJ/producer EdOne, stands as one of the most authentic rising talents on the underground circuit, championing his own uniquely measured strain of techno that proves both progressive and yet familiar. The three-track EP opens with ‘Relio,’ instantly captivating listeners with an irresistible soundscape. Rife with oscillating synths and a propelling rhythm, the cut delivers exhilarating energy like no other. Continuing the sensational atmosphere, ‘Filomena at 17’ takes the reins with rapturous sounds and textures, showcasing EdOne’s heavy-hitting prowess. Directly following, the EP closes with EdOne’s track with UOIO, ‘Kundalini’. The massive offering sees the pair reveal a hypnotic groove with flawless pitch-bending synths leading to the track’s peak. Escalating with pulsations and an energetically commanding rhythm throughout its run-time, ‘Kundalini’ pushes the boundaries of EdOne’s sound design. Altogether, the dance-inducing three-tracker takes listeners further into the world of EdOne’s prowess as he continues to take the techno scene by storm.
JOSH PAN – GO WITH FIRE (MUSIC VIDEO) [88RISING]
In his first release since his hit collaboration “Supersonic (My Existence)” with Skrillex, Josh Pan delivers “go with the fire” and its accompanying music video. Directed by Dante Marino, Pan’s “go with the fire” music video is available now via 88rising, and serves as the first installment of a 2-part short film. The music video follows its protagonist, a man draped in angel wings, and a woman, his intrepid sidekick. Chronicling various heists performed by the elusive pair, the video sees the man and woman stealing diamond-encrusted watches from a jewelry store to hot-wiring cars. Culminating in one adrenaline-packed final scene, the pair are seen breaking into a villa, where the angel wing-adorned protagonist finds a familiar angel bust. Upon picking up the angel figurine, the homeowner stumbles upon the pair, and chases the angel-winged man outside before the story’s fateful end. A producer, songwriter, vocalist, DJ and multi-instrumentalist, Josh Pan is a jack-of-all-trades. Never sticking to any singular genre or conventional style, Josh Pan constantly reinvents the wheel of what artistic breadth can and should be. His latest “go with the fire” reflects his ever-changing artistic pursuits, and is best described as a dive into the unknown, or as Pan puts it, “going with the fire.”
MOODSHIFT – WALK ON WATER [UNIVERSAL MUSIC]
Marking their fifth original release of the year, esteemed Stockholm-based trio Moodshift is back with their new single ‘Walk On Water’. The high-octane track immediately kicks off with emotive and infectious vocals paired with uplifting production sensibilities. The track erupts with a driving beat and hypnotizing melody, rife with propulsive bass drops and a captivating rhythm. The latest hit is perfect for listeners to let loose on the dancefloor and be enveloped in the tunes’ vivacious energy centered around flyckt’s spirited vocals. ‘Walk On Water’ makes for another massive addition to Moodshift’s highly-impressive discography.
ABOUT THAT – WHO LET THE DOGS OUT FT. EVALINA
We’re living in an age where the non-ironic tech-house remix reigns supreme. It was only a matter of time until the timeless Baha Men classic, “Who Let The Dogs Out,” would be flipped into a crowd-pleasing, floor-filling tech-house cut. What no one could ever see coming, however, was that Andrew Lloyed Webber (yes, Phantom Of The Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber) would be the one to break this remix into the mainstream. Up and coming DJ duo About That, whose identity still remains a mystery, remixed the 2001 record into a 2021 tech-house anthem with a brand new verse from singer/songwriter Evelina. Their take on the track caught the ear of Webber, who proudly debuted the ID at a block street party in NYC. If you haven’t heard the explosive remix yet, it’s safe to say that it’s bound to be an inescapable staple in DJ sets for months to come.
EDWIN – SUMMER HIGH
Honduran-American DJ and producer Edwin is back with a fresh, new single following his debut with ‘Day & Night’ in August. His latest, ‘Summer High’ once again sees him join forces with mentor, John Debo, who is known for his studio techniques and releases on Bedrock and Selador, as well as his work as an Assistant Professor at the established Berklee College of Music. ‘Summer High’ opens with growing instrumentals, directly followed by resonant vocals. With upbeat production, the track envelopes listeners’ eardrums and captivates Edwin’s musical prowess. The twinkling melody of ‘Summer High’ effortlessly showcases the track’s bouncy soundscape, setting it up as a perfect playlist addition. The playful offering serves as another look into Edwin’s masterful musical capabilities as his discography continues to grow.
KASABLANCA – KRONUS [MAU5TRAP]
After releasing their critically acclaimed 2020 debut EP Human Learning, mysterious techno outfit Kasablanca take to mau5trap for “Cronus.” Seamlessly combining elements of both progressive and melodic techno, Kasablanca’s “Cronus” is a powerful showcase from the pair. Traversing through tranquil breakdowns and blood-pumping build-ups, the duo stimulates the senses in overwhelming melodic abundance. A flurry of ripe analog synth work and crisp percussive elements, “Cronus” is the wondrous mau5trap debut from the mystifying pair.
BEBI MONSUTA – 11:11 EP [+1 RECORDS]
This week, Brazilian sister duo Bebi Monsuta graced our release radar with their debut EP, 11:11. The 6-tracker doubles as a sonic journey that showcases the band’s exploration of their unique ancestry and genre-blending discovery– fusing R&B, kawaii-hop, rock & Brazilian funk, over the girl’s emotion-driven vocals. EP opening track “808” is a vibrant, feel-good celebration of self-love. “RäkStär” is a bad-girl anthem that showcases their edgier side, the Monsuta of their name. “Onto You” is a sensual track about an ex-lover and wanting them back. “Deuses Falsos,” is Bebi Monsuta’s first bi-lingual record: a diss track to the haters while honoring their Portuguese-Brazilian heritage. The project closes with “Be Your Peace,” another self-assured and self-empowered track, a true testament to the girls and their message.
TASHI – SHUT UP [TOXIC TASHI]
Newcomer singer/songwriter Tashi makes her single debut with, “Shut Up,” a sensual power-girl anthem that boasts her flawless vocal range. While new on the scene, her first-ever release suggests that she’s been cranking out hits for years. With a breezy, effortless attitude pushed forward by catchy pop/R&B production, Tashi makes a strong introduction. With “Shut Up,” she rolls out the red carpet for herself, and we can’t wait to join her for the ride.