Hot & New, Week of 05/08/23

Hot & New, Week of 05/08/23
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What better way to kick off May than with the latest releases from some of our favorite artists? Indeed, this week’s Hot & New playlist update contains fresh tracks presented by a few of the biggest names in American dance music and jam rock, joined by names from the underground.

Eclectic vocalist and producer Louis Futon unveils “David Blaine,” a playful drum and bass-inspired song. The lyrics of this tune recreate the nonchalant mood that prevails through so much of Louis Futon’s production. However, the instrumentation on this tune shines in particular. The underlying drum and bass rhythm drives the song, but floral synths and an effervescent feel elevate this song to the unyielding peace felt during summertime. Weaving together these vocals and this lush production, Louis Futon pulls a “David Blaine” trick, doing the impossible and capturing sunshine in this newest track.

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House producer nala makes an incendiary entrance to Audius, uploading a massive portion of her discography to our streaming platform in a single day. This selection beautifully represents nala’s impressive breadth of talent for house production, from squelching, acidic tech house to fiery, maddening techno to chilled, psychedelic house. Not to mention, she boasts a wide variety of notable collaborations with Claude VonStroke, E.R.N.E.S.T.O., and Nikki Nair. Tracks like “Not About You” with Walker & Royce, “Growth,” and “The World Is Always Ending,” have already begin rippling excitedly across the platform. Listen through nala’s uploads - undoubtedly, there’s a track for every house head and mood-setting playlist.

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American jam band Umphrey’s McGee shares their latest luscious tune, “Staircase,” alongside the instrumental for this song. Laidback, this track lulls listeners into a vulnerable place of peace. The band twinkles underneath the sweet crooning of the vocalist. While maintaining the signature notes of psychedelia that typify music by Umphrey’s McGee, “Staircase” contains influence from modern genre-fusing rock bands such as A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. Indeed, Umphrey’s McGee wrote a song for the fans of jam bands and the fans of newer alternative rock.

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Based in Los Angeles, CA, artist felly uploaded “Nothing Lasts Forever,” the final of three songs from their latest EP, Nothing Lasts Forever. This new track combines felly’s affinity for hip-hop and rap with light-hearted instrumentation. Very staccato samples infuse “Nothing Lasts Forever” with an undeniable bounce and undefeatable attitude. However, the melancholy lyrics clash with the playful production as felly raps about the contraries in life and the fleeting moments of good in everyday life.

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Codaclef manufactures a synesthetic experience in their latest release, “Copypaste.” This tune feels curious, like the carefree exploration in a brightly-colored open-world game Well-crafted samples immerse listeners in the contended peace and nostalgia of a childhood video game. Yet, Codaclef captures these feelings in very modern sound design and rhythmicity. “Copypaste” is a truly delectable tune that will inspire gentle introspection or quiet joy at any time of day.

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A wide breadth of fresh releases on Audius this week, almost mimicking the vibrant colors bursting to life all around us this spring! This week’s Hot & New playlist update contains something for all your different sunshine moods.

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