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May 10, 2021 Chillwave music producer ford. Shared stripped-down piano performance video

Chillwave music producer ford. Shared stripped-down piano performance video

Grammy-nominated indie-electronic music producer ford. has unveiled a new ‘Bedroom Reprise’ version of his track ‘4:38am’, featuring Brooklyn based artist Barrie, out now.

Combining delicate piano chords with Barrie’s hushed vocals, the Bedroom Reprise’ version of ‘4:38am’ is a sparse, stripped-back take that further accentuates the track’s understated beauty. The touching accompanying video sees the pair performing the track in two separate locations in the confines of a warmly-lit studio and bedroom. First appearing on ford.’s acclaimed recent album The Color of Nothing, the original has already amassed more than 4 million Spotify streams.

‘4:38am’ (Bedroom Reprise) is the first release from ford.’s forthcoming companion package, The Color of Nothing (Reprise). Out May 18th, the new package includes five remixes, two new stripped-back versions and two brand-new tracks “thursday drive” and mid-day [Focus Piece]”.

“I’ve always found a sense of peace and solace when working late at night,” ford. explains. “It allows me to cultivate this state of constant motivation when writing music that only exists in those hours. I wanted to do an acoustic for 4:38am as a way to provide a different perspective on the song and strip it down to its bare essentials in the same way that working in those late hours strips back my inhibitions when writing music.

He continues: “I remember building out this version soon after the album dropped and sending it off to Barrie to see if she was interested in the idea. She sent back some new vocals that felt even more intimate and personal than the original. A couple months later I drove out to LA for a road trip and ended up filming the piano parts, while Barrie filmed her parts in NY.”

At just 21 years of age, ford. has caught the attention as one of the brightest crossover stars with major streaming hits such as “Bedford Falls” and “Craving.”  He’s also produced remixes for major acts including Bearson, Ashe and Kasbo – resulting in a colossal 55 million streams and over one million monthly listeners. The producer extraordinaire has been championed by major tastemakers including Billboard, Complex, Dancing Astronaut, UPROXX, FAULT,  and Acid Stag. He’s landed a coveted Coachella set and in-demand tours with some of the biggest names on the scene including Madeon, Jai Wolf and Maribou State. He also received a Grammy nomination for his remix of Mild Minds’ “SWIM”.

The first release from ford.’s forthcoming project, the ‘Bedroom Reprise’ version of ‘4:38am’ perfectly captures the beauty of the young artist’s music. This fall, ford. will have two co-headliner shows with Elderbrook in Vancouver and Seattle, along with a slot at Life Is Beautiful, and more US shows to be announced soon.

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February 3, 2021 Individualism celebrated in Russell Louder’s latest electro-pop single

Individualism celebrated in Russell Louder’s latest electro-pop single

Think of some of the strongest vocals you’ve heard – how have they impacted you as you’ve listened to them, kept them on repeat in your home throughout the years? Russell Louder presents the next single to add to your ever-expanding playlist – ‘HOME’.

Using gender-neutral pronouns (they/them), Russell Louder is at the forefront of the LGBTQ community, as they campaign for mutual respect. An avid supporter of the effort to end violence against sex workers as well as promoting the need for trans healthcare in their home town, the singer is constantly pushing for a better world. The artist draws on their experiences in life to create their startling unique sound – transforming difficult experiences into soaring pop laden melodies.

HOME’, premiered today and released tomorrow, is the foreshadowing of their upcoming EP – HUMOR which will be released on the 26th of February via Lisbon Lux Records. The EP will be available on all digital platforms but for the old-school fans such as ourselves, you’ll also be able to order it on both vinyl and CD. Aside from ‘HOME’, fans have been treated to the release of a few other singles from the album, one of our favourites being, ‘Light Of The Moon’. Catch the single below to get a fuller experience of Louder’s magical sound:

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December 1, 2020 Recap the year with obylx’s latest indie-pop album

Recap the year with obylx’s latest indie-pop album

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The final release from obylx has had us on the edge of seats for a while, with the knowledge that his latest album would contain an unseen track. Out Of The Woods, released today via Guise Records, contains the shimmering splendour of ‘Alright’, the final track of the year. Marking three years of blood, sweat and tears, the album is a sign that any young producer starting out can build a similar empire with enough work.

The well-known producer takes us through some of the tracks on the album and the significance they carry: “This year I have been exploring other areas in my life, be it the ending (‘Take Me’) and starting of relationships (‘Alright’), solitude (‘Day By Day’), conflict (‘The Leech’) and good times (‘Skin’). I have also started writing from other’s perspectives -‘Another Life’ being the clearest example. I feel like it has been a year that has concluded my wandering and has led me out of my metaphorical forest. I have learned how to deal with grief and turn it into a driving force. At the start of the project I deliberately left space so that I could grow into it. I have reached that place and now ready to ‘Walk On’ into next year.”

As the producer has been releasing singles throughout the year, Out Of The Woods can be seen as a form of a musical time-capsule, with each track reflecting a part of the dramatic year we’ve all had. The expression of emotions from obylx as he’s travelled the year has been captivating, as listeners have shared in both his joys and his sorrows. Tell us which song you connected with the most in the comment section below.

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November 20, 2020 Art-pop singer Kit Major releases introspective song

Art-pop singer Kit Major releases introspective song

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Los Angeles-based art-pop artist Kit Major shares “When the Drugs Don’t Work”, a more introspective stab at her signature dark, electropop sound, building on her single “Mind” from October. Under The Radar premiered the track a few days earlier, praising how the track “leans into a dark, electro pop feel. The chilly and introspective opening blooms into a driving dance beat and thumping synths, married to a percussive, hyperpop-influenced outro. Contrasting with the darker sound though, comes a tender and warm lyrical perspective.”

Taking inspiration from Charli XCX, Billie Eilish, and Charlotte Lawrence, “When the Drugs Don’t Work” dives into the overwhelming vulnerability and panic of failing to curb a depressive episode with medication. With this release, Kit Major furthers her efforts to be open and make light of her mental health struggles.

Speaking about “When the Drugs Don’t Work,Kit Major says: “It was cathartic to write, so visually I wanted it to be something light, fun and freeing. Life isn’t supposed to be this hard and sad, there should be joy and freedom too. Don’t take things too seriously or literally. I write about my depression to be able to dance about my depression. I first wrote this song because I had a major depressive episode in April from everything… COVID, the state of our world, the state of our nation, the fact I also deal with anxiety and depression… everything. I was taking my meds and it still made me feel as if I wasn’t on them, so I wrote down “what happens when your drugs don’t work?” I try, and am still learning, to be as open as possible about my mental state.

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