Hot & New, Week of 05/22/23

Hot & New, Week of 05/22/23
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The first weekend of EDC has come and gone, leaving millions of people with FOMO, longing to return, or craving the liveestreamed sets. Don’t worry; Audius presents fresh releases as vibrant as the electric sky on this week’s Hot & New playlist update!

Michael Christmas unveils his rap/R&B hybrid latest single, “Solid As A Rock.” Brief but addictive, a jazz-inspired beat creates a sensual mood for the song, yet Michael Christmas contrasts this with his lyrics. He opens the song with vocal soundplay, bordering on scatting. With a flow reminiscent of J. Cole and Mac Miller, Michael Christmas’ playful personality comes through “Solid As A Rock.” Impressive wordplay constitutes his entire rap through this song. Not only that, but he closes out the song with a classic voicemail sample that also captures Michael Christmas’ boisterous attitude and approach to music.

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Audius once again features R&B artist Col3trane, celebrating “Simp,” the artist’s latest upload to our platform. The beat on “Simp” ricochets from gentle jersey club in the chorus to a longing minimal beat underlining Col3trane’s voice. All the while, this bouncy track mimics the universal feeling of simping - or, that unshakeable infatuation for that one special person. “Simp” is a rose-colored track that twinkles like the stars being gazed upon by two lovers, fitting perfectly on any date night playlist.

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Starkly transitioning to intense techno, Boyz Noize teams up with Russian protest band, Pussy Riot, and Canadian vocalist Alice Glass for “Chastity.” This massive international tune contains driving techno, crystalline vocals, and unabashed feminism. Boyz Noize composes sharp, pulsating synths and a classic four-on-the-floor bass and hi-hats. Meanwhile, both Pussy Riot and Alice Glass sing strongly and whisper angelically about how they believe chastity should be practiced: “Put it in a dick cage.

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Petit Biscuit continues uploading his discography to Audius; this time, his album Parachute blossoms onto the platform. This lush body of work contains the delicate “I Leave Again (ft. Shallou),” on of Parachute’s most popular songs that called for several different versions, including an acoustic, an instrumental and a remix from Japanese Wallpaper. “I Leave Again (ft. Shallou)” sonically represents a gentle breeze gracing a summer evening, the low tide oceal ripples flowing quietly across the beach.

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JumpmannTR, described in his Twitter bio as “the Lil Uzi Vert of Audius,” gathered signifcant traction with “Insatiable (pt. 1),” a hybrid trap and drum and bass tune produced by the mysterious DAVY’S ARCHIVES. The liquid drum and bass instrumental meshes with JumpmannTR’s autotuned rapping; when woven together, these elements create an emotionally complex tune that feels both mournful and introspective yet longing and celestial.

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From playful rap to feminist techno, a delectable spectrum of sounds are always available on Audius. This week’s Hot & New playlist update is just a small snapshot of all the amazing music that can be found on our platform!

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