Hot & New, Week of 02/06/23

Hot & New, Week of 02/06/23
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As we step into February, an emotionally vibrant collection of new music greets us on this week’s Audius Hot & New playlist update. From carefree tech house to heartbroken bedroom pop, the perfect soundtrack for any mood resides in these latest drops.

James1stGen continues his hot streak of releases on Audius with “JIMMY’S INTRO,” a forlorn yet headstrong trap rap track. A steady bassline carries a sad, soulful synth melody. Meanwhile, James1stGen raps and intones about staying focused on himself, remaining on his path regardless of what others say or do. Although the message is headstrong, the tone implies a certain loneliness. Perhaps “JIMMY’S INTRO” begins telling a more complex tale for James1stGen?

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World famous DJ and producer Tom Budin returns to Audius for the release of “Flying Again,” a luscious tech house collaboration with vocalist and musician Tom Fublè. Both based in Sydney, Australia, Tom Budin shares that he “met Tom Fublè very randomly in a local store,” and the two agreed to begin working on a track together! The result? A nonchalant, smooth tech house beat from one Tom enhanced by the rich, honey-like singing of the other Tom. “Flying Again” would be delectable paired with a beachside rave and an ice cold margarita.

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Santangelo shares their shimmering, intricate imagination, this time sculpted in “Gold.” This track presents a different side of Santangelo’s Audius releases. “Gold” sounds fluid and just a touch distorted, as if being heard from underwater. Although it begins feeling dejected, sparkling synths like moonlight refract through the waves. Santangelo introduces energetic drums and driving rhythms, completely transforming “Gold” into a stunning technicolor soundscape. Both a producer and creator of the videogame Adworld, Santangelo showcases clear inspiration drawn from video games, PC music, and even IDM.

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bitbird once again shines on Audius this week, this time with their record release “don’t look” by Nikita, the Wicked. This kaleidoscopic track illuminates the world in metallic shades of rose and lavender, joyous tints of blue and yellow. Upbeat synths highlighting a spirited house beat, Nikita, the Wicked invites everyone to dance, and “don’t look” at your worries. His electrifying production washes away your problems and assures you that they will be overcome.

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GURF releases “HEARD!,” a delicately crafted future beats tune. Using an aggressive yet almost silly voice sampling saying Fuck what ya heard, GURF constructs a contrasting beat. Dashes of confidence and funk come together in “HEARD!” and compliment the vintage-tinged synthesizers. Not only that, but opulent sounds and a jazzy piano rhythm complete the lounging aesthetic created by GURF in this beat.

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A lot of emotions are high in music right now; exciting releases from artists from all genres, not to mention this year’s festival season prepares to kick into gear soon! Keep building your perfect playlist on Audius, and find your latest additions in this week’s Hot & New collection.

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