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Riddim might not be my favorite genre but it’s interesting to see how “traditional” celebrities express their creativity through differing mediums. Dani Thorne’s DJ moniker is COM3T, a high-flying, explosive energy driven force that most recently stunned the masses at Lost Lands. Her new single “Metamorphosis” hits hard, both in sound and in the feels. Bass aplenty and a message of staying the course shine bright as COM3T continues her ascension into modern DJ lore.

Volt may be one of the hottest bass producers on the rise at the moment. His insane sound design sets him above the rest. He has given us an incredible visual compliment to his latest single “Cut Me.”

 

The man, the myth, the legend known as Teki Latex should be well known to everyone who’s into forward thinking club music. Since his involvement with acclaimed French rap group TTC, he’s emerged as one of the most prolific dj’s/producers out of Paris.

A while back he turned his focus to dj’ing with the purpose of giving every mixtape the same attention that a recording artist would give to an EP/album and hoping that people treat them, listen to them and react to them the same way as they would an album. His recent, mind-bending and boundary pushing “King Of Blends” mixtape trilogy focused on giving iconic pop tracks and classic underground tunes a new context by layering them with more modern and obscure tracks. The mixtape trilogy was lauded with praise.

His absolutely fantastic new mixtape “The Tardigrade’s Lament” is a simpler affair that doesn’t deal with a specific concept or being filled with spectacular blends but instead it’s designed to reflect the vibe of his recent dj sets and also the general melancholic vibe of the last days of summer ie “just a good mixtape to close your eyes and travel mentally to”.

“The tardigrade is a micro-animal found everywhere, from mountain tops to deep sea, from tropical rainforests to the Antartic. It is able to survive extreme temperatures, extreme pressures (both high and low), air deprivation, radiation, dehydration, and starvation. It can have sex in outer space. Under unfavourable conditions, it goes into a state of suspended animation in which it can survive for years or even decades, making the tardigrade virtually immortal. I’m not trying to say « I am like a tardigrade » or « this mixtape is a tardigrade », i’m just saying, tardigrades are really cool.”

Rising Amsterdam based artist Zanillya unveils her sophomore single “For You” and it’s a vibesfilled jam (think Sevdaliza meets Kelela) that she co-produced together with Humphrey Dennis (together they form production duo MariaDennis).

“The song is about knowing your worth, especially when others take you for granted. It speaks about finding the strength within yourself to walk away from toxic environments, and ultimately, sacrificing a harmful relationship to begin a journey of self-love.”

He is official among us, bass producer Volt just dropped a massive single “The Purge.” He has accompanied the release with a glitched out video.

 

Los Angeles producer/dj Shlohmo making sure we turn up and end this summer on a good note with this mix.

“It’s august 1997, the aroma of lighter fluid + carne asada fills the air. A lowered civic rolls through a distant stop sign, the muffled echoes of its alpine tape deck cut through the thick humid breeze.

For tha heatwave, for tha bbq, for tha trunk, for whatever. Real album on the way 2018…”

London based future soul artist Jodie Abacus has been described as Thundercat meets Stevie Wonder. His new single “You’re Crazy” receives the remix treatment from Rome based producer MadD3E (who has caused a stir as of late with his original tracks/remixes), he infuses the soulful track with a bumping bassline and a festival ready sound.