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It’s premiere time and we are stoked to see San Diego’s Sly Turner and Brazilian producer Nick Siarom join forces for their two-track When I Dance / Right Now EP. Turner is no stranger to the scene, with previous releases on labels like Audiophile XXL, Box of Cats, and support on releases by artists like Shiba San, Vanilla Ace, and Cut Snake. His return to the Psycho Disco imprint is undoubtedly a welcome one, as he and Nick Siarom combine for a duo of songs with strong bassline’s and bouncy, vibrant sound design. Punchy drums and a healthy dose of driving low end elements are prevalent throughout both A and B-sides of the EP, perfect to start your weekend off with.

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Building on the success of his last album, Kai Straw is back with his new LP, Gun. After being recapped in Spotify’s Best Fresh Finds and receiving support from the likes of Demi Lovato and K.Flay, Straw looks ready to take on the world, approaching this LP without any fear or hesitation. The 10-track Gun EP is a full body of work that will surprise, delight, and at times, confuse you. Art can be interpreted in many ways and it is without doubt that this man is looking to test and further the boundaries of indie pop music.

I wanted to make something that embodies aspiration; the ambition, the vulnerability, the arrogance, the isolation, the hope – the want for a partner that sees the road you see.  Ambition can be such a desperate thing; I see a gun in my mind when I think of the word. I wanted to make an album about that. The rattling in your soul when you’re grinding toward what you want from life.  Something that felt like – flicking the cylinder into place, pulling back the hammer and saying, “give me all you got.

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Culpriit, made up of Colin Dieden and Rob Ellmore, are a duo formed after being paired in the studio to write for a separate project. Their debut single “Driveway” recently surpassed 3 million streams but they aren’t stopping there. Out now via CONGO/Spinnin Records as their debut release of 2018, “Closer Still” is an addictive, radio-ready hit set to catapult this duo into stardom.

It’s a weird sensation to be able to hear the quality in music while simultaneously being bored by what you’re hearing. I’ve found that to be the case with lots of submissions as of late. But with his new release “Cold Feet,” Moha is successfully challenging the status quo. We’re lucky to have the premiere for the aforementioned release, a composition described as “…a cryptic story that carries on throughout.The listener could play the record from beginning to end, and put together all the pieces. If a song is skipped, then the story is not complete. It’s like a book.”  “Cold Feet” is the second single off the upcoming ‘FIT’ album and the 3rd episode (sequentially) of the 10 part story. Moha hones in on the precious emotions felt during his first love, from acknowledgement to execution. Watch the video below:

‘Saved By The Belle’ is a platform for artists to speak up. Tour announcements, chart toppers, sold-out shows… all we read about as fans is success, winning, and the picture-perfect life that artists supposedly live. The ‘Saved By The Belle’ interview series is about authenticity and transparency – It offers artists an opportunity to share their story, speak up about causes they’re passionate about, talk about interests outside of music, etc. There are no restrictions and the only requirement is being genuine.

It’s been a crazy end-of-year for us here at Discobelle and for our final Saved By The Belle interview of the year, we’re happy to have emerging producer Kamandi on deck. The New Zealand-based up and comer was first discovered by Red Bull Sound Select and is rapidly emerging as one of the go-to songwriters around the world. His diverse style ranges everywhere from trap to house, chill to rap, and when it comes to music, it’s apparent that his creativity knows no limits. Check out our exclusive interview and his newest single “Goldie,” dedicated to his daughter.

1. Hi Kamandi, thanks for joining us. Before we get into anything, let’s start with something a bit simple – who are you and what should we know about you?

I’m Kamandi, a music producer. If you haven’t heard my music you probably will soon.

2. Why do you make music?

Because I have to. I rely on music as an outlet, or an escape, or a way to talk to people. If i couldn’t make music I’d for sure go insane. I’ve been lucky to always have friends around me but I’ve also always felt like an outsider. I don’t always agree with or really care about how things are ‘supposed’ to be in the world. That for sure got me into trouble with the law a bit growing up but it also helps me now with music because i don’t pressure myself to sound like how people maybe expect music to sound. Music is really just my tool to try and communicate how i feel.

3. Tell us what it means to have a massive global brands like Red Bull and Trap Nation/Lowly Palace in your corner.

I mean it’s cool to know that big players want to be part of my vision. Having support from these places definitely helps with the career side of music. I guess if i can make a living off music then I am free to make music whenever I want, so that’s cool.

4. Do you think your versatility is moreso an asset or a curse and why?

That’s a cool question. I think about this a lot. I guess some people want to hear more of the same sound they liked, so when i think about that it could be a curse. Other people really appreciate change and evolution or whatever, and they seem to be the type of fans who really stick with me so in that sense it’s a definite asset. I’m gunna lock in ‘asset’.

5. What do you see as the biggest differences between your home country and the U.S. music market?

I guess the main difference is that the US market is so much bigger and more influential to the world than the New Zealand market. But New Zealand definitely has heaps of talent for a small place.

6. Tell us something about you outside of music; interests, hobbies, passion etc.

I genuinely love seeing my family and friends happy. I’m learning more to focus on being happy myself too rather than caring too much about all the politics of the music game.

7. What do you see as your biggest challenge moving forward as an artist and how do you plan on overcoming?

Probably myself. I think a lot of artists swing between full confidence and complete self doubt. I’m making efforts to only surround myself with driven people who believe in the vision. Having good people around keeps me going.

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Incredible work by Tyson Kraft and Tiff Fung, as they team up for “Haunt Me,” the newest single to be added to my personal favorites this week. Fung’s enchanting vocals are scintillating, with Kraft providing the harder, beat-driven elements necessary to balance this track out.

Stellar new grooves coming from Auckland producers Chores who have dropped their brand new single, ‘Losing You’. It’s got all the makings of a modern day hit, moody and edgy while pristine in production. The song is about desperately clutching onto someone who you believe to be becoming distant. It also explores how people can get caught up within their own emotions when they feel they are losing someone, when in reality, it might just be their own perceptions,” Chores said.

We’re pumped to be premiering pop singer-songwriter Bryan Stave‘s debut single, “Chasing Platinum.” Set for release tomorrow, “Chasing Platinum” is the first single and title track from the Nashville-based musician’s forthcoming EP, rumored to be dropping in Spring 2018. Mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominated producer Christian Davis, Stave’s first single is a bright pop tune that showcases both his natural gift in singing and a deft touch with songwriting. “Chasing Platinum” came about through an intricate process that involved his development and maturation as both an artist and fan of multiple genres. He says “though I fall under the pop “umbrella”, I’ve got songs (especially when still in acoustic form) that would fall into all different genres so when I get up and do reggae-rap or surf tune it’s usually a significant change of pace which is always fun.” Although he is just embarking on his new artistic venture, the future is looking bright.