Hot & New, Week of 02/13/23

Hot & New, Week of 02/13/23
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Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day landing this week, and Audius wants to share our love of music with you! From danceable date night tracks to solemn solo anthems, our Hot & New playlist update caters to those preparing a romantic evening as well as those practicing self-love. Regardless, no one is alone with Audius’s selects by your side!

London-based trio JADED makes their Audius debut with “Show My Love,” an addictive and groovy house track. This new tune showcases the style that catapulted JADED into international popularity; rhythmically involved synths pulsate over a four-on-the-floor house beat, inspiring hips to gyrate and feet to move. Meanwhile, JADED adds in soulful elements, including a powerful singing vocal, and creates a sensual and passionate air to “Show My Love.” Pulling inspiration from their Iranian, Italian, and Jamaican roots, JADED once again presents a delectable dancefloor tune, perfect for a house playlist or driving to a hot date.

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Iration returns to Audius with  “New Style,” their first new release of the new year! Lead singer and guitarist of Iration, Micah Pueschel described “New Style” as “a song that displays the next progression in [their] sound: a return to [their] roots while showcasing the synergy that makes [Iration] live shows special.” Indeed, the ska band pays homage to the reggae rock sound that once dominated Southern California. A calm, upbeat rhythm and rich vocals invite listeners to slow down and join them on the beach, flowing like the ocean waves. A touch of psychedelia makes itself known with staccato guitar licks, encapsulating Iration’s “New Style.” And yet, they maintain the classic ska horns, although molding the high-energy instrument into their chilled-out oceanic song.

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Pouya raps about the difficulties of change and commitment in his latest release, “Hard to Break a Habit When You Fall in Love.” A driving trap rap hi-hat contrasts with sorrowful, singing synths, creating a vulnerable mood. Pouya bears his heart to his lover in this track, waxing poetically about wanting to be better for the person he cares for. However, he admits the challenges of changing himself for the sake of his relationship. “Hard to Break a Habit When You Fall in Love” illustrates the colloquial struggles that come with growing as a person in love; Pouya displays relatability in this song, expressing his desire to shake bad habits, to be a better version of himself, but also admitting to having a hard time on that journey.

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camoufly once again sets Audius aflame with their newest tune, “Earthbound.” This eclectic musician shows their ever-expanding prowess for production, and “Earthbound” is the latest example of their immaculate composition and sound design skills. camoufly creates a bouncy feel with his carefully calculated syncopation between the melody and baseline. Not only that, but the joyous, playful sound design infuses “Earthbound” with a sense of euphoria and wonder. This track comes as camoufly’s first release of 2023 after teasing their new music on Twitter is an emoji passcode-locked website, capturing attention from fans new and old as we all await what will come next from this explosive, intriguing artist.

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Reikko resurfaces on Audius with their fresh EP, no more feelings. This body of work contains “gone,” a hyperpop favorite on Audius from late 2022. Now, after giving listeners a taste of what was to come, Reikko finally satiates everyone by dropping no more feelings. As a result, “gone” is trending again on Audius, but the entire EP deserves its flowers, as well! A total of six songs, no more feelings handles a spectrum of emotions, telling a tumultuous love story, from rose-tinted infatuation to blue-tinged heartbreak. Reikko recruits elements of hyperpop and rock as canvases for them to paint their complex feelings.

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A variety of emotions flare around Valentine’s Day, and this week’s Audius releases certainly reflect that. Regardless of how you’re feeling, you can find a song that mimics or changes your mood on this week’s Hot & New playlist!

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