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Stockholm based producer Discrete has on 4 tracks alone amassed an incredible 55 million streams, his new single “Better Days” is the second track to be released from his upcoming EP. The electronic pop track centers around lost love while offering up a soothing vocal performance from fellow Swede Chris Collins.

“I met a fifteen-year-old Chris Collins five years ago, and we must have written hundreds of songs together since then. Other projects sent us in different directions, but we reunited in the studio last fall. I got to see how much he had grown as a songwriter when he and I sat down to write from scratch. We wrote ‘Better Days’ from start to finish in 17 hours straight.”

Aided by Danish artist Lydmor, Helsinki trio Aves release their new single “Doubt” (via Kieku Records) which pretty much highlights the present times that we’re in. The track itself is a glorious piece of electropop with a stumbling beat and addictive vocals.

“The song sends a message of hope, love, comfort, and letting go to those struggling with toxic relationships and the many other forms of addiction.”

2020 marks a decade of collaboration between Nottingham’s very own Chris Sylvester – perhaps better known as Inxec and Los Angeles based production/dj trio (also Culprit label bosses) – Droog. The successful creative relationship started back in 2010, at the infamous after-hours den & studio space, The Bunker and that very first session produced much of what still remains this collaboration’s signature release – the “Westbound” EP that was released on much-acclaimed label Crosstown Rebels. Over the past decade, stops have been made on labels such as Get Physical, Last Night on Earth, Supernature, My Favorite Robot, No. 19 and others as the quartet convened and reconvened for intense exchange of ideas, usually in Los Angeles and always shoulder-to-shoulder.

Now we get Inxec & Droog’s second release on Culprit, coming hot on the heels of last year’s release “Din.” The new single “Crenshaw” continues to explore the emotive soundscapes of the deeper strains of techno and house.

The B-side title track “Crenshaw” is on offer as a premiere right here on Discobelle – the 10-minute long track is named after the landmark boulevard traversing Los Angeles – and on it, we find a sound that manages to incorporate a subtle symphonic touch to the grooved out and highly hypnotizing track.

Swiss outfit Sirens Of Lesbos just released their amazingly funky sounding 70’s soul/disco smasher “Zeus”.

“The track is a musical interpretation of Greek philosopher Plato’s tale about the ‘Other Half’ and, thus, about gender diversity and the search for a soulmate. It was meant to be a traditional verse-chorus-verse song but turned into a three- act structure — funnily enough invented by Plato’s student Aristotle – during the recording process.” Cooing harmonies, potent drum fills and a general loose sense of live playing and a band having a lot of fun make this sophisticated cut one that you’ll want to play on repeat.”

Why is it so easy to feel so lost? This is the heavy question at the heart of the music that the songwriter Fredrik Eriksson has been making over the last few years as Mei River. After years producing off-kilter instrumentals for other artists, he decided to do something about the nagging feelings that have plagued him over the years, a dissatisfaction with the way life goes, a prevailing confusion about the state of things. For the first time, he decided to try to put his own voice into songs, and he ended up with something that reflected how he felt: lost, lonely, and heartsick. He sings often about not knowing what he’s doing, or where he’s going—a relatable sentiment for any young person afloat in the choppy waters of the post-millennial age.

Eriksson says that making these songs has been his way of “rehabilitating” from a period of intense stress and confusion. “I would say that during that time I was lost and so out of place that I didn’t think I would come out of it,” he says. Over time though he did, and even if there wasn’t clarity on the other side of that period, he’s found a way to talk about it. “I use music to say things I don’t dare to say in real life,” he says. “Instead of just saying, ‘I’m sad boohoo’ I try to build up that space of how I’m feeling and also channel how I felt, instead of saying it directly.”

Even though the words in Eriksson’s songs can be anxious and troubled, the music itself rarely is. His songs are sad, sure, but they’re colorful and vibrant, lush and lovely. There are shades of exotica and funk intertwined in with the blushing disposition and handmade qualities of contemporary bedroom pop. The songs shimmer and shine like every single one of them was recorded at peak golden hour. Drawing on his long history as a producer, he experiments wildly with prismatic vocal effects and ambitious arrangements—you wouldn’t necessarily guess, on first glance, that they bear such heavy themes.

It’s a subtle trick, but a useful one. The sweetness of his songs tempers the bitterness of the emotions contained in them. He says that this dual nature an especially Swedish disposition, but his approach mirrors a lot of musical greats from all around the world. His songs mirror the semisweet nostalgia of sophistipop greats Prefab Sprout, the stormy psychedelia of Tame Impala, the wheezy lo-fi of the Radio Dept., or even the wistful introverted electronic music of someone like Cashmere Cat. His songs are part of a long tradition, but his take is a powerful one. He sings of being overwhelmed by the world, but the beauty of the music runs in opposition to these feelings—it almost sounds like he’s learning in real time to be ok with being lost.

In a way, as unsettled as the lyrics can be, Eriksson’s music ultimately conveys a sort of hope and peace. In the beauty and complexity of the songs themselves, he presents a path out from under the burdens of the world. It may not be a roadmap for those lost in the wilderness, but it could be a comfort in a way. Even if you’re lost, there’s beauty to be found around you, you just have to look deeper.

Canadian producer Blond:ish presents perhaps one of the most exquisite festival gems of the year, her reworking of legendary pop single “I Want To Know What Love Is” by British-American rock group Foreigner turns the track into a goosebump invoking and epic sounding deep house anthem.

“Every year I try to make a special edit for my Burning Man sunrise sets. This moment is absolutely everything, there’s nothing like it. This particular year I had this burning desire to bring smiles to many faces at sunrise, just to invoke a little nostalgic happiness together. I couldn’t think of any more fitting track than Foreigner’s – ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’.”

Enigmatic dj/producer Claptone has linked up with Mylo for a new version of 2004 super hit “Drop The Pressure” – setting the tone for a long hot 2020 summer.

“I’ve always had a weak spot for music that has a real physical impact – when you put it on, it urges you to move. Dare I say that ‚Drop The Pressure’ is a perfect example of a house track that you simply can’t resist: too funky not to trigger a physical reaction.? I’m not only talking about the obvious workout or gym motivator – no, ‘Drop The Pressure’ is far more powerful than that. While in the library or at a funeral, I felt my blood swirling and my spine tingling – I must dance to this! The uncontrollable sensation! I know you know that feeling too”.

Emerging Iranian/American producer/dj Nick AM just premiered the video for his hypnotizing track “Take It Back”. The video features rare archival footage of pre-revolution Iran and marks a new sound for Nick — he bridges contemporary electronic influence and traditional Persian music to create anthems for a new wave of revolution. His “Utopia” EP is set for release on March 17th.

“Not too long ago in Iran, tradition and modernity were more balanced. ‘Take It Back’ is meant to instill pride, provide hope, and soundtrack the new wave of revolution in Iran and around the world. Take back your rights, your identity, your country.”