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Music producer Sleepy Tom creates disco hit

Chic, Purple Disco Machine, Sleepy Tom, Breakbot
Chic, Purple Disco Machine, Sleepy Tom, Breakbot

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Groove laden and the perfect track to get the party started, music producer Sleepy Tom has shared his latest single ‘Call My Name’ via MNRK. An avid collaborator in the music scene, predominantly electronic music, the platinum-certified producer pays homage to the iconic disco era with this latest single that will have you wishing there was a time portal that took one to the ‘70s.

Stream / Download: ‘Call My Name’

Cam Tatham a.k.a Sleepy Tom shares insight on how this vibrant retro-inspired track was conceptualized:“‘Call My Name’ started out last spring on a Zoom session with Parker Bossley–he helped me write this forthcoming EP. I had been wanting to make more uplifting music, and this song ended up being the framework for the sound I was after. We had a blast recording with the amazing [Vancouver-based] Dawn Pemberton, as well as the Vancouver Youth Choir, both of who really made this song come to life!”

‘Call My Name’ features on POP_GROUND.fm

When thinking of ‘70s and ‘80s fashion and films, one can cringe at some of the fashion statements that dominated pop culture at the time. One cannot deny that these looks are iconic, and are a topic of conversation when reminiscing about cult movies and old musical hits these days. Not heavy on the ear but still maintaining a danceable beat, Sleepy Tom creates a hit with a strong nostalgic element, but still keeps it refined and engrossing.

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EDM producer VNSSA shares EP via Diplo’s record label

Diplo, VNSSA, Hardwell
Diplo, VNSSA, Hardwell

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Los Angeles-based producer VNSSA has shared new EP called Music4TheMasses via Diplo’s esteemed Higher Ground imprint. Led by the potent mixture of gritty house touches and surreal vocal samples on the title track “Music4TheMasses,” VNSSA opts for an instant tech-house anthem with the subsequent “Rave Party.”

VNSSA explains: “I’m really excited to have this EP on Higher Ground. The idea behind these tracks was that I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and make something I wasn’t hearing in the clubs. I wanted to make something different and unexpected that still worked on the dancefloor and I’m through the roof that Higher Ground liked the EP and signed it because I think it’s a great label for showcasing the unexpected.”

VNSSA’s debut single was released in early 2018 and she has since released multiple singles and EPs on labels such as Dirtybird Records, Higher Ground, Techne, Rules Don’t Apply, Sweat It Out, Realm, and Trippy Ass Technologies, including a Beatport #1 with “Word” a single in collaboration with Walker & Royce on Black Book Records/HotBoi. Catching the platform’s attention, she was later named a Beatport “Next” artist, and received further support from tastemaker platforms like This Song Is Sick and Data Transmission.

Looking ahead beyond Music4TheMasses and Coachella, VNSSA will perform at some of the biggest festivals in North America in the coming months, including Hangout Festival, Lightning In A Bottle, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Shambhala, Splash House, Electric Zoo Festival and Firefly Festival.

VNSSA does not exist in the world of music because it is her choice, she exists in it because it is her calling. 

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Eclectic pop singer NAVA shares captivating song ‘Gaz’

Arca, Grimes, NAVA, MØ
Arca, Grimes, NAVA, MØ

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An eclectic blend of sound, singer NAVA’s new track ‘Gaz’ is a divine example of how you can let the music and mood guide you and create magic in the process. The singer incorporates future pop and avant-garde elements into this lively track. Speaking of lively, the singer is also known for her intricate live shows that are known to be visually stimulating like her performance. 

Stream / Download: ‘Gaz’

The musician previously shared her excitement for the release on socials, and also hints at a live video for ‘Gaz’ ?: “Welcome to NAVA world where we let magic roam. GAZ’s studio session had a special spark, We even ended up keeping the chorus I recorded then and there! Can’t wait for you to hear it!…”

An equally visually orientated artist, we have no doubts whatever NAVA is going to reveal next will match up with her freeform sound that is enticing and always captivating. An exciting act that is not afraid to channel her femininity and vulnerability into her sound, we are absorbed and moved by it. 

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DJ Syn Cole and singer Carla Monroe share club banger ‘Overdrive’

Tiesto, Syn Cole, Carla Monroe, David Guetta
Tiesto, Syn Cole, Carla Monroe, David Guetta

Rising DJ/producer Syn Cole has joined forces with acclaimed London singer/songwriter Carla Monroe to release ‘Overdrive’.

Fusing elements of italo disco inspired beats with synthwave keys, ‘Overdrive’ highlights Syn Coles’ sonic diversity. A cleverly crafted display of the hit maker’s signature sound, the feel-good club ready single is topped by the sultry vocals of UK singer/songwriter Carla Monroe and is destined to take the charts by storm.

Estonian DJ and producer Syn Cole has received a wealth of success in his career amassing over 700 million streams to date. With a plethora of infectious records under his belt including ‘Breathe’ and ‘Feels Like Love’. He’s previously remixed some of the biggest artists in the world including Aviici, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus and Ed Sheeran, and is well versed when it comes to reimagining huge anthems. Not stopping there, Syn Cole is a firm fixture on the club and festival circuit, having performed across some of the biggest festivals and events including Tomorrowland, Pacha, Ultra Music Festival, Ushuaia and Creamfields

First bursting onto the scene in 2017 with huge platinum hit ‘17’ alongside MK which reached #7 in the UK Official Charts, Carla Monroe has consistently proven that she’s an artist that delivers. Having previously worked with the likes of CamelPhat, NERVO, Oliver Heldens, Tiesto and Riton to name a few, Carla has carved a reputation as one of dance music’s most sought after singer/songwriters. Her most recent hit single ‘Still Sleepless’, alongside D.O.D has seen Carla enjoy huge success, with the track featuring across BBC Radio 1’s, Capital FM and Kiss FM’s A Lists, as well as remaining in the Top 10 Shazam charts for 15 consecutive weeks. 

With ‘Overdrive’ set to become a solid fixture in the charts, 2022 looks set to mark an exciting chapter in Syn Cole and Carla Monroe’s respective careers.

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Dive into MARIA Die RUHE’s glamourous avant-pop ‘Superrare’ world

MARIA Die RUHE, Robyn, Tove Lo and MØ

Now, you wouldn’t tell it based on most of our content, but we’ve got a soft spot for music that’s able to pair social commentary with a rhythmic beat. Which is why MARIA Die RUHE is hitting all the right notes with her latest single, ‘Superrare’ released today via Reduced To The Root. The singer recreates an over-glamorised world one gold bar at a time, as she uses humour to delve into the issue of plastic pretentiousness that can plague the world. 

Stream/Download: ‘Superrare’

MARIA Die RUHE forces us to ask ourselves the real questions, saying: “Are we really what we seem to be? Taking a glimpse at our over–optimised world that screams for success and individualization – do we all need to be super rare, super fancy, and super perfect? Doesn’t this just make us distanced and perfectly damaged? I created this song on the edge of capitalism and capitulation. Beneath the surface, there is always a human being and it might be worth taking a second look at who a person really is. Maybe this reality is even more interesting than a seemingly needed perfectionism.”

The artist has a talent for exploring new genres as her previously released single, Skin takes a completely different direction as it tackles body dysmorphia. A shout out should also go to AFTERHOUR in which a similar quirky style is explored. In the end, the artist says it best when she tells us, Art Is The Only Real Translation Of Living For Me. Either way, we’ll be keeping a close eye on her Youtube channel moving forward. Catch the video for ‘Superrare’, directed by Knut Holburg below 

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House music duo Cat Dealers remix Duke & Jones song ‘Vertigo’

Cat Dealers, Vintage Culture, David Guetta

Prog house titans the Cat Dealers have unveiled a remix of the latest Duke & Jones single ‘Vertigo’, out now.

A euphoric rework, the Cat Dealers remix of ‘Vertigo’ pairs shimmering synths with rousing breakdowns – while maintaining the infectious melodies that make the original so special.

The emotion-driven euphoric house sound of the original signified a shift in sonic direction for Duke & Jones, who started writing the track prior to the first COVID lockdown. A twelve-hour studio session with dance music icon Marshmello got the ball rolling during their first trip to LA, and the Manchester pairing then spent the next 14 months fine-tuning it to make it sound just right.

Duke & Jones are quickly establishing themselves as one of the most forward-thinking independent acts in the industry. Carving a reputation as ‘producer’s producers’ they continue to prove that true talent doesn’t need a record label or huge co-sign to make waves – instead, they let the music speak for itself. Their unique sound has helped them garner millions of global listeners – including a loyal TikTok following who are hooked to their hilarious autotune videos – and support from some of the biggest artists in the world.

Made up of Brazilian brothers Lugui and Pedrão, the Cat Dealers are one of the biggest names in the international electronic scene. Reaching #85 in the most recent DJ Mag ‘Top 100’,  featuring in Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list and amassing hundreds of millions of streams across their sprawling back-catalogue. The feline aficionados kicked off the new year with Just Wanna Be Loved, a collaborative single with newcomer Coldabank. They’ve previously reworked iconic artists such as Axwell, Gryffin, Loud Luxury + more.

The Cat Dealers prove why they are one of the most in-demand dance music duos on the planet with a memorable remix.

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Renowned DJ Vintage Culture announces Las Vegas Residency

Alok, Calvin Harris, Vintage Culture
Alok, Calvin Harris, Vintage Culture

Hot on the heels of Vintage Culture‘s sold-out international tour, multiple platinum releases, and chart-topping tracks comes the announcement of his first Las Vegas residency in conjunction with the world-famous Tao Group.

Beginning in March and continuing throughout the summer, Vintage Culture will electrify audiences in Las Vegas with his own unique brand of electronic music. Featuring a DJ set filled with hits such as “Slow Down,” “In The Dark,” “Free and his classic remix “Love Tonight, expect an adrenaline-infused rush from the stage straight into the audience. 

Regarding the announcement, Vintage Culture states: “Having a residency in Vegas was always a dream of mine, at this point in my career it is hard to distinguish between dreams and reality anymore. Moments like this make me realize how important it is to endure, persevere and stick to your vision. I feel so blessed by the support I’m receiving around the world.”

He adds, “Brazilian fans are known to be one of the most passionate crowds, but every time I discover a new place, I see the beauty that inspires me to go further. Vegas gives me the opportunity to reach new people and a new home to welcome them. I am so excited to begin this journey alongside so many other talented artists with the Tao Group”.

Rarely has a DJ/Music Producer captivated an international audience with the intensity of Vintage Culture. Already a household name in his homeland of Brazil, Lukas Ruiz, aka, Vintage Culture rose to international stardom and infatuated audiences worldwide through his songwriting, studio productions, and stage presence. Known for his irresistible melodies combined with driving instrumental rhythms, he has created a mesmerizing style and sound which is instantly recognizable.

Vintage Culture made his debut with the Tao Group in 2021, where he played at Hakkasan and Marquee during his two memorable EDC performances, closing the main stage on the occasion. He is returning to Marquee in March and following this, fans can check his monthly appearances throughout the year. We can count on 12 shows altogether, some of which will include Vintage Culture’s own debut label, scenography, and many other surprises along the way.

Tao Group integrates iconic clubs Hakkasan, Omnia, Wet Republic, Marquee in Las Vegas, plus the new Tao Beach Club with a brand new look and elevated experiences inspired by Bali. Not to mention the extensive list of locations on the other continents, like Europe, Asia, and Oceania.

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EDM duo Duke & Jones share club song ‘Vertigo’

Nicky Romero, Hardwell. Duke & Jones
Nicky Romero, Hardwell. Duke & Jones

Fast-rising British duo Duke & Jones kick off 2022 with new single ‘Vertigo’, out now.

Finding the perfect sweet spot between nostalgia and euphoria, ‘Vertigo’ is a jubilant, open-arm rave anthem that’s characterised by infectious chords, hypnotising vocals and the most spine-tingling of melodic drops.

The emotion-driven euphoric house cut signifies a shift in sonic direction for the Manchester pairing, who started writing the track prior to the first COVID lockdown. A twelve-hour studio session with dance music icon Marshmello got the ball rolling during their first trip to LA, and they then spent the next 14 months fine-tuning it to make it sound just right.

Duke & Jones are quickly establishing themselves as one of the most forward-thinking acts in the industry. Carving a reputation as ‘producer’s producers’ they continue to prove that true talent doesn’t need a record label or huge co-sign to make waves – instead, they let the music speak for itself. Their unique sound has helped them garner millions of global listeners – including a loyal TikTok following who are hooked to their hilarious autotune videos – and support from some of the biggest artists in the world.

‘Vertigo’ sees Duke & Jones commence the new year by shifting their sound into bold, exciting new territories.

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Keys N Krates share playful animated music video ‘Original Classic’

Kaytranada, Mura Masa,Flying Lotus, Keys N Krates
Kaytranada, Mura Masa,Flying Lotus, Keys N Krates

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Being named as one of the Best Dance Albums of 2021 by Billboard, Original Classic by electronic band Keys N Krates has received the recognition it deserves, and we couldn’t be more delighted. This 13 track masterpiece combines a Caribbean finish and more bassy electronic influence into one vibrant and dance-fuelled sound. The band has shared their latest video for the album’s title track. This video sums up the euphoria experienced when listening to this spirited track that compels the listener to tap their feet along with its catchy flow and beat variations.

WATCH: The Visual Album

Previously featured on Afrotrax (Read the full feature here), the magazine commented on the Original Classic album: “Innovative electronic trio Keys N Krates have left us in awe with their latest LP offering Original Classic. Released via the imprint Last Gang Records, this album is their most experimental work to date. They incorporate moombahton, footwork, and Caribbean textures into one eclectic and refreshing style. Street orientated but also genre-fluid, we are obsessed.

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Directed and animated by Bird Peterson , the video is lighthearted and nostalgic with its ‘60s infused landscape. The video is a clever play on the negative connotations around children eating sugary cereals and listening to hip-hop. An amusing watch, we are wrapped up in this animated world where children turn into hip-hop and sugar-hungry monsters. 

Original Classic’ features on the Spotify playlist AFRO_GROUND

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Dark club producer COUCOU CHLOE shares EP ONE

COUCOU CHLOE, Arca, Dorian Elektra

Dark glamour and twisted romance, high fashion and emotional voyeurism – welcome to the glittering, ever-surprising world of COUCHOU CHLOE, where slinky, supine beats sit side by side with wedding dresses and floral bouquets and forbidding, futuristic sounds are thrown off-kilter by moments of shocking lyrical intensity.

Her new EP “ONE” presents another quantum leap forward for the critically acclaimed artist and producer, a Sphinx-like game of sonic hide and seek that conceals as much as it reveals. Ping ponging from the pure exhilaration and release of “WIZZ” to the unbridled rage and frustration of “FREEZE”, it synthesizes Chloe’s diaristic lyrics into pounding club anthems. On “ZERO FIVE STARS” meanwhile, she goes even deeper, plumbing depths of doubt and self-hatred like never before – imagine an even more lacerating early PJ Harvey and you will be somewhat close.

From the high energy assault of her recent remix of Lady Gaga’s ‘Stupid Love’ for her Dawn of Chromatica project to the haunting, strung-out, spacious compositions of her early releases, COUCOU CHLOE’s repertoire lives at the dark heart of club music. Her chaotic live performances have seen her annihilate venues across three continents, most recently for Berlin’s infamous Herrensauna and in a special A/V capsule for Sonar Festival. A founding member of the influential NUXXE collective alongside Sega Bodega and Shygirl, COUCOU CHLOE’s work has been lauded by the press and fashion industry internationally, seeing her shot for magazines like Highsnobiety, i-D and the cover of L’Officiel Paris, and collaborate with design houses like Prada, Gucci and Lanvin.


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