Hot & New, Week of 04/11/23

Hot & New, Week of 04/11/23
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This week brought a burst of energy to American electronic music scene: among the Hulaween and EDC lineup reveals, Pretty Lights and Moody Good made their long awaited returns! On this week’s Hot & New playlist update, Audius matches this electricity with a slew of invigorating new releases.

International star Soulja Boy drops “Battlefield” exclusively on Audius! This song comes in tandem with Soulja Boy’s recent dive into the cryptocurrency and NFT community as well as the release of season 2 of The Life of Draco, the docuseries sharing insight into his life. In spite of all his newer accolades - from NFT entrepreneur to former Old School RuneScape streamer - Soulja Boy proves he still holds his legendary flow and production prowess in “Battlefield.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New Soulja Boy out now, exclusively on Audius🎧🎶<br><br>👉<a href="https://t.co/lm7YtYbCML">https://t.co/lm7YtYbCML</a> <a href="https://t.co/5mLSPXRHjF">https://t.co/5mLSPXRHjF</a></p>&mdash; Audius 🎧 (@AudiusProject) <a href="https://twitter.com/AudiusProject/status/1644095593650995201?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 6, 2023</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Trap rap prodigy Matt OX makes an explosive debut on Audius with “BET!” Blending genres and generations, Matt OX finds the middle point between the late-millennial favorite emo rap and the Gen Z sensation hyperpop. “BET!” features a trap rap beat that includes lush synth flourishes, adding an air of pastel beauty to the track. Matt OX manipulates his voice, but his flow is reminiscent of the vocal deliveries in hyperpop.

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Jon Casey unveils his remix of “Trials” by NGHTMRE, infusing this track with his signature South African flare. Immediately, Jon Casey’s influence is felt; he creates a staggered bounce in the introduction, mixed with interjections of sharp, gritty samples. Then, this “Trials” remix drops into a relentless series of scratching taps and echoing clicks. Jon Casey further bends the beat to his will, maddening listeners with screeching bass articulated in an aggressive rhythm. Without a doubt, Jon Casey took the festival stage presentation of “Trials” and elevated it in this remix with his irreplaceable sound design, trap production, and swinging composition.

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At long last, BLOND:ISH presents her exciting environmental endeavor: a bacteria-based plastic free vinyl! The producer teamed up with Bye Bye Plastic, a foundation focused on moving away from single-use plastics in the music industry, and Evolution Music, a group of sustainability experts and music industry professionals, in order to produce PHA vinyl. PHA vinyl, which is a biodegradable plastic produced by certain bacteria, even appears to maintain the high sound quality that listeners expect from vinyl. Through her ABRACADABRA record label, BLOND:ISH offers curious fans a copy of her “Life Is” NFT that will unlock a copy of #PlasticFreeParty, a 14-track compilation printed on the first-ever plastic-free vinyl.

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Sable Valley never disappoints with their records, and “Menace” by JAWNS becomes another absolute weapon in their arsenal. In this heater, JAWNS combines trap intensity with the smooth, fiery energy of drum and bass. “Menace” eviscerates speakers with its unbelievable energy, utilizing the bass buoyancy of jersey club and JAWNS’ archetypal industrial trap sound design and composition. However, the drop combines the rolling effect of drum and bass with an unrelenting rhythm underlying an endless ricochet of delectable samples.

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Alongside such an enormous week for music, artists delivered fresh tracks that passionately matched the buzz in the scene. Celebrate this joyous moment in the scene with the freshest tracks on this week’s Hot & New playlist!
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