After an October full of delectable and malevolent releases, Audius rings in November with remnants of the spooky season. Not only that, but deeply emotional tracks blow in with a chilly breeze - a sign of winter around the corner. Whether bundling up with hot chocolate or keeping the Halloween party going, Audius shares it all on this week’s Hot & New playlist.
As always, RL Grime maintains his title as the haunted king of trap with Halloween XI: Dead Space. Across the world, electronic fans wait in anticipation every year for his annual installment of this mix series. And, every year, RL Grime masterfully curates a tracklist full of the greatest and creepiest trap he can scavenge. Obviously, Sable Valley favorites such as Knock2 and ISOxo can be heard in the mix. Other Audius favorites including Saka secure a slot in Halloween XI: Dead Space. Additionally, RL Grime further boosted the popularity of drum and bass into the American EDM mainstream by showcasing msft’s remix of “Jungle” by Fred again… Without a doubt, this Halloween mix can be bumped year-round.
Jam band Umphrey’s McGee pays homage to the legendary Beck with their “National Loser Anthem.” However, they recreate the original track, “Loser,” with hypnotic psychedelia. During verses, a ghostly theremin sings on top of a steady bassline. Guitar notes breathe in and out of existence underneath Beck’s memorable lyrics. In the meantime, Umphrey’s McGee still nods to the incredible instrumentation of the 1990’s hit track by maintaining that oh-so-recognizable guitar lick. Toward the end of the track the band blends their take on “Loser” with the chorus of another age-old hit, “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Colins. Indeed, Umphrey’s McGee shows their love for two of their influences in “National Loser Anthem.”
Sublab and Azaleah team up to produce a beautifully opalescent track in their collaborative release, “Jade.” This instrumental track opens gently, like the sun just breaching the horizon. Then, the warm, pink rays of light illuminate the atmosphere as floral synths add in quiet energy to “Jade.” Meanwhile, underlying chords carry the melody and give “Jade” a calm and celestial vibe. Sublab and Azaleah capture the meditative yet energetic energy of a peaceful morning in this stunning beat.
Max Vangeli makes his Audius debut by unveiling his tech-house collaboration with Michael Grald, “Wish You Were Here.” Released on his own musical imprint, NoFace Records, this soulful track also comes as the first single off Max Vangeli’s upcoming album. “Wish You Were Here” evokes longing by combining throaty crooning with piano chords and synths that sound like plucking heartstrings. Throughout this track, Max Vangeli embodies the yearning for your loved one – especially during the cold winter nights.
From trap to techno to vintage rock, the latest releases on Audius cover the needs to all music lovers. In this Hot & New playlist update, the Halloween party continues for some, and for others the cozy chill of winter can be found. Dive in below and discover a fresh tune!