Inspiration & Introspection: Gramatik, Anjelica, Icarus & More! Hot & New 8/28

Inspiration & Introspection: Gramatik, Anjelica, Icarus & More! Hot & New 8/28
9 min

The end of summer nears, encouraging us to look back on exciting adventures and fuel our unstoppable visions for the rest of the year. This week, Audius curated tunes on our Hot & New playlist for perfecting the environment you need to grow, whether it’s a creative aura, a moment of meditation, or a burst of energy.

Electrosoul legend Gramatik returns to Audius with his newest release, “Good Love.” With the resurfacing of Pretty Lights, electrofunk thrusts itself back into the spotlight; “Good Love” pulls heavily from the funk side of the genre, tapping into the sound that helped Gramatik ascend into stardom alongside other electrofunk and electrosoul producers. Steadily, a drum pattern propels “Good Love” forward while a syncopated bassline adds that necessary swing. Euphoric horns, guitars, and vocals bring together the jazz and disco elements that help define laidback electrofunk. Without a doubt, “Good Love” comes as a further celebration of electrofunk.

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Vocalist Anjelica debuts on Audius with her sensual R&B-inspired single, “Candy Flippin.” Immediately, this song wraps listeners in a soft, honeyed environment, creating a comfortable environment. Meanwhile, Anjelica sings about elated intoxication in her rich, silvery voice. “Candy Flippin” gives listeners the feeling of being underwater with golden beams of sunlight refracting through the surface; the minimal instrumental croons and warmly glows, capturing Anjelica in this peaceful head space.

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British duo Icarus present their new introspective garage beat, “Dominoes.” Released on their very own imprint, Fly Boy Records, “Dominoes” combines brooding introspection with danceable breaks. Over a classic UK garage drum pattern, a blinking synth creates a melody that sparks sharply while twinkling gently. Icarus envelopes listeners in a reflective space with glitching elements, adding an air of curiosity to the melancholy tune. This crossover between breakbeats and despondence stimulates the mind just enough to drop listeners deep within their own psychology.

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Flipping from languishing to laughing, Borgore surprised both fans and DJs with the unveiling of his Silly Goose Club Tools pack. This collection of speaker-shattering edits will undoubtedly get the crowd both giggling and headbanging. The Silly Good Club Tools pack features references to pop culture - a viral video as well as the office - that will shock the crowd. Meanwhile, sampling the popular nu metal band Slipknot will satisfy the hidden metalheads in the EDM crowd. Regardless of the sample, each edit unleashes into maddening dubstep.

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CRi once again drops a track on Anjunadeep, the deep house label from Above & Beyond. Dubbed “Something About,” this song gets its name from the alluring vocal sample overlaying the breath synths. Then, this song carefully drops into a gentle deep house tune, woven together with lush and velvety sounds. “Something About” reinforces the notion that a dancefloor track can still encourage a sense of peace - that the dancefloor can still be a space for growth and introspection.

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While shifting synths immerse some of us in an imaginative mood, energetic tracks propel others toward their goals. Whether lying down for a moment to think or standing up to get movin’, Audius guides the mood with the freshest installment of our Hot & New playlist!

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