They're calling their sound future pop, which to me feels like a statement. To me, it feels like they're saying the future of the genre looks like sophisticated electronics merged with poetic lyrics and better-than-average vocals. I can only hope this is the future of pop, otherwise we're gonna need a lot more out of Kamikaze to hold us over until the next future-genre arrives.



There's a handful of amazing tracks on the effort, and the effort is built out of a particularly large handful of tracks. Just hit play, the first song, Half Vision, is probably the perfect album-opener. Other impressive single-worthy songs could include the title track, Strange Echoes, and Crestfallen.

I think it takes matured taste in music to really appreciate what the Swiss duo are offering here. We've got jazz musicians playing with synths and general electronics over the course of six songs and one great remix. During this time they'll play with your expectations in such a way that lures you into the EP while constantly refreshing your palette.

Find Kamikaze on Facebook and Twitter. If you're a big enough fan, see if you can catch them live.
London based singer-songwriter Connie Constance has been buzzing for more than just a few weeks now. With the recent release of her In the Grass EP, I decided to give her an honest chance, and while it was difficult to find, it was a worthy experience.

There's only one track available for public stream outside of Spotify (for the time being.) The lead single Stars is definitely the best of the three tracks that make the EP, but that's not saying much because Stars is a pretty exceptional track.



The lyrics are pretty excellent, the music fits perfectly into them, but it's all about the story and the production for me. Her voice is strong enough to carry a message without overwhelming you, and the production layers sounds with such finesse that it's easy to lose yourself in it if you pay the right kind of attention.

I wouldn't say the following two tracks are of equal quality, but it's up there. There's moments you can tell need some more definition, and some moments that seem very under-cooked, but I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that it's just three songs long.

http://www.d4am.net/2015/09/connie-constance-in-grass.html
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The EP is gonna be worth it for those of you who love the indie swing of a singer-songwriter, but also appreciate the finer aspects of digital production. I don't think indie-soul would be a far-fetched genre for what Connie has brought us.

If you do have Spotify, I definitely recommend the stream. Otherwise, let Stars be your guide. If you absolutely adore the single, you're probably really going to enjoy In the Grass. If you're unsure but you like her enough anyway, show some support by tagging along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
This has been my first Andy Mineo experience, so I was a little uncomfortable myself when I realized he was a legitimate Christian rapper. It's not that I'm opposed to it, it's just that he was presented to me as a rapper, and then I heard the title track. The thing about the title track is it actually shows off the entire direction of the album, musically and lyrically.



Some moments are a little too commercial for my tastes, but when talent calls, Andy brings and piles it together in ridiculous amounts. It was just as unexpected as the well defined Christian values, and probably as easy to hear for the common listener.

The refreshing part is it's Christian rap without being too direct or trying to convert anybody. Not all songs are about his higher power, they just all have those details and honorable mentions. It's written in a way that's meant for everybody. I find that very honorable.

http://www.d4am.net/2015/09/andy-mineo-uncomfortable.html
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I still don't know how I feel about the album as a whole, and I've been listening to it for a while already. So the lyrical content isn't always my cuppa, but the quality of the words are top notch. The produced music is often generic enough to hear echoed around the radio, but is also perfectly capable of swinging hard and leaving you speechless.

Needless to say, this is one of those albums that, if the above information wasn't enough to settle it for you, you're just gonna have to try out. The title track is really an accurate representation though. Otherwise, you can find it on Spotify.

If you end up loving it, show your support. Find Andy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
Brooklyn based duo Grumby let this one out about a week ago, I've been dissecting it. The beats are at the forefront, that's their comfort zone, but the jazz twists make the EP whole for me. A bit of a hip-hop background doesn't take anything away from the music, this is much more musical than lyrical.

The effort starts with a short ambient-ish jazz-y intro, Solitude, that sets the mood real early only to have it distort into something a little heavier. To show that side off, You, my favorite track, steps in and recreates that mood.



There's just something about Hollywood Anderson on that track that fits so very smoothly to me. From there you'll hear the lead single, Refuse, and the remaining three tracks feel like variations of what you've already heard. I kinda started drifting from the effort near the end, but the release is at the perfect length to let itself be enjoyed in full. You'll see.

If you like the way it sounds so far, consider buying it on iTunes.
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Grumby was one of D4AM's Top Picks of 2015 for this effort.
The first five seconds I heard Mazde and LissA I could have sworn I wasn't going to even mention them. Instantly, I felt a commercial push and a lack of originality, and honestly, I was judging the book by its first page. I was wrong. That doesn't mean they're not best suited for the masses, they are, but they do it right.



That first song is today's featured track, Pitch Black. Some of you might hear it, others might just slip right into it. The only thing that really matters is that by the end of it you're bopping your head and you're not feeling guilty about it.

Let's spell out what we're hearing here. Mazde, a 21 year old who's been trained in both classical and jazz composition from the age of six, made a three track EP with LissA's lovely vocals. They're not a duo here, they're simply showing off the future of musical collaborations. It's a wonderful sight for those of us who prefer to keep things fresh by witnessing artists in constant evolution.

If you're liking the single, you'll probably enjoy the album. Stream it on Soundcloud, it won't take much of your time and you'll more than likely enjoy the trajectory.

http://www.d4am.net/2015/09/mazde-x-lissa.html
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This effort is electronic elegance. It's not the best EP I've ever heard, it doesn't stand out enough to merit any form of ridiculous praise, but it's really well composed and it serves for more than just background music at a fancy party. This is great to drift away with, and they're not treating your ears as if your taste lacked sophistication.

You can follow Mazde on Facebook and Twitter. You can follow LissA on Facebook, and if you're curious enough you could catch her Soundcloud as well. Mazde will be touring a bit with Odesza this October, be sure to look into it if you're curious enough, I believe all of the very few dates are in Europe, but there's no harm in checking for an update, is there?
GoldLink just released this sweet little video in anticipation of his upcoming effort And After That We Didn't Talk, and his upcoming tour with Mac Miller who also just released his latest effort today. Give the video a quick look and see if it doesn't keep you glued.



The video is captivating, honestly. It gives a different spin on a very graphic track. My admiration comes when not only is the video tasteful, but the sex-driven lyrics are also about as classy as you can get with the nature of these lyrics. As much as I hate teasers, this single does an excellent job of hyping up the upcoming album. If the album's as good as we hope it to be, you'll see it right here on D4AM upon its release.

If it motivates you enough, I'm positive GoldLink's gonna be on the tour with Mac Miller from October 6th until November 13th. Mac's gonna be on tour before and after that, so check out the dates here and catch whatever you can.
River Tiber brings an amazing slowed down production over generally excellent talents, the five track EP is such a stunning display that my only real issue with it is the fact that they're calling it alternative blues. A melancholy state doesn't automatically mean blues, but I guess I kind of understand what they're referring to.

For the sake of me, let's just call it digitally slow-cooked soul. The brew seems simple but shows many hooks and details you won't notice on your first listen. Go ahead, give it a stream and take it all in, but realize there's more depth to it as you do.



There are moments on the EP that make me think of curiosity. Moments that feel like recorded chunks of experimentation gone right, and then allowed to flow. It more rarely sounds like the idea was achieved on purpose, but maybe that's the point. Maybe that more relaxed melodic sway is the reason the album is so addicting.

I've found all five tracks suit different moods best, which is great because they're also mixed well enough to mesh with each other just as easily. This being said, I'll understand if you're not entirely feeling the effort from start to finish. I think the opening track is a great introduction, but sometimes songs like Let You Go just work better the first time around.

http://www.d4am.net/2015/09/river-tiber-when-time-is-right.html
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I wouldn't call it juvenile, but the spirit of When the Time is Right is definitely youthful. It inspires curiosity over a relaxed state, so it's a very intriguing listen no matter how you try to hear it. I recommend the stream if you love that general down-tempo-y vibe, and I recommend it even more if you like indie-ish vocals over well produced electronics.

After you've decided you love the effort, after you've made it yours, you can continue showing your support by tagging along for future releases. Find River Tiber on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Angel Haze demonstrates steady evolution in her latest mixtape. She still hasn't perfected herself, but her rhyme flow has gotten a lot smoother, and her lyrical content keeps its originality. The only faults I can really hear involve the studio production and a possibly dated ideal. None of that matters because the album goes hard and gives us listeners what we want, plenty of quality.

Without getting past its title, Babe Ruthless is self-explanatory. This track's a thick display of talent, aimed at anyone and everyone. This is one of those tracks that feels like a 10 year old reboot, but that's part of the magic, part of her style. Frankly, I prefer it have some vintage shine than some of the cheap production a lot of rappers are resting on lately.



If there's one thing that's truly consistent, beyond everything else on the effort, it's rhyme flow. There are moments of conversation that are so well spoken you could confuse them for spoken word (or maybe it's vice versa.) The actual message isn't necessarily as impressive, or the purpose of it all, but she stuck it out, she does have something to say, and she puts it together in a way that makes you want to listen.

Let's not take anything away from the content either, I'm so happy she can bring even more to the table than she already has. There are few repeated ideas, even less generic ones. I fear she might be running out of things to say, not for lack of inspiration but by lack of experience.

http://www.d4am.net/2015/09/angel-haze-back-to-woods.html
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All I can ask is for her to gain experiences by the next album. Maybe exaggerate on the tours, maybe just adapt to a different life style, but I'm starting to see patterns and I know her talent is greater than what she's offering. If this one's any indication, I'm sure the next effort's gonna be twice as good. I'm just gonna sit here waiting.

You can stream Back to the Woods on Soundcloud. Keep up with Haze on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
I grew an intense admiration for Mike Love when I heard Permanent Holiday as a live HiSessions display, months ago. He was able to create the music from the very base of it, incorporate extremely well thought out lyrics, and present himself with enough charisma to seem as humble and deserving as you could be. It's several long months later, the release of his latest album is finally easily available for stream, and his core talents are alive and well in it.

What sold me wasn't just the quality of lyrics and music, it's also the reality of it. There's come a point where you've stopped expecting reggae music with classic Rasta values, and this is all original music about love and understanding in a variety of different ways. My surprise when I heard Rastafarian phrasing settled the matter, in my eyes.



I Love You shows just about everything I've been mentioning. It also shows some of the commercial principle on the album. It can get a lot more intense throughout it, but it's never really pop. Certain sounds, melodies, and ideas, were simply made to be heard by more people. It's a little unsettling for me, personally, because I can also say he's made the most commercial album I've been able to enjoy since my early teens.

I want it to be very clear, especially the second half of this album is very commercial. It goes from straight reggae to whatever you want to call it when a singer-songwriter makes music for VH1. Because of this, the entire album won't be for everybody. Some people will be open minded enough to try it, some will love the reggae, some will love the acoustic interpretations, but every song deserves to be heard so whatever you do end up enjoying, you're doing yourself good.

http://www.d4am.net/2015/09/mike-love-love-will-find-way.html
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You can stream the album in full on Soundcloud or Spotify. Test it out and see if it's for you. It's not every day you hear an album produced for the masses with so many eight-minute songs. If you like what you hear, share the love.

Keep up with Mike on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
All Peak Run is that kind of EP that starts itself off by intriguing your ears and finishes at a legitimate rave at some abandoned city in a giant watch tower with way too many drugs and flashing lights. This isn't to say you need drugs to get to the end of it, I just mean that's exactly what you'd expect. It's real electronica, real house, real experiments and ambient sounds.

My preference is the first half, just because it's easier for me to get to. That second half is best suited for a specific mood, a mood where your mind is ready to focus and when your body is ready to dance. That's just me though, if EDM is your thing you'll be loving every minute of this.


You can also stream it on Soundcloud

There's something about those first two tracks that feels like glory to me. It reminds me of the first times I heard glitch, or the moments when I truly started to appreciate well produced bass. It's the magic of the transitions and their energies, and the magic will be there to keep you until the end, regardless how different that ending is.

Don't shy away from the new experience, sink into it. Once you're done with it, keep it somewhere. Bookmark it for future reference, give it another try when your brain flips the switch and decides it wants something exactly like this. Once you love it, buy it, the support is gonna help propel Foreground Set to an even brighter future.

You can keep up with the Norwegian producer via his Facebook.
This EP caught my attention because of something further from how it actually sounds. It sounds great, the modern digital composition is exquisite, but the important detail is it was made with the producer's mind as a blueprint. To make an interesting but longer story short, the four tracks that make up this free EP are maps, guides, tunnels, of Dirty Chocolate's own thought process.

There is no better featured track than the effort in its entire glory. I kinda wish the first track were a little more intriguing, but it's good. The second song, Infinity, holds a better place in my ears, so skip to that if you're not feeling Hologram for whatever reason.



We're used to hearing the mass-friendly versions of emotion when we watch movies, TV shows, or when we hear the radio. In Holo I felt a stronger connection. This is the music to a very specific person's life, and you're not supposed to know exactly what each emotion means. I assume some of them, I assume I'm hearing epiphany at some point in Underwater Level, or surprise or satisfaction or eccentric behavior elsewhere, but I'll never be sure because this is as good as an emotive journal. Just because you get to listen doesn't mean it was meant for you.

Then again, maybe it's not so very personal. Maybe it's just a fun, near-fourteen minute EDM release that you can snag for free right on Soundcloud. If you do end up grabbing it, show DC some love. Find and keep up with the producer on Facebook and Twitter.
There's a special place in my heart for heavy metal. Unfortunately, I haven't felt like a metal fan due to the decline of the genre. The norm has become a talent-less repetition of mass-engulfing riffs, when really it's all about the emotion. Ramage Inc. are the kind of band that are capable of restoring the metal influence into something pure. You can be talented and not have to play some form of extreme progressive metal. You can pour your talent into something for the sake of kicking serious ass at it, and it's gonna sound way better than when someone else does it because it seems fit for the metal-loving public.

As with most good metal, the best songs on this album are longer than the trail of groupies they've got waiting for them backstage. We're talking about upwards of 6 minutes here, and that's with nothing but subtle melodic change and slight progressive twists. Basically, they pull it off with not much more than well defined emotion.



Dark is one of my personal favorites on the effort, but I think it shows a lot of the character I'm talking about, without being some of the best the album has to offer. Yeah, there's stuff on there that kicks more ass than Chuck Norris at a martial arts twerk-a-thon, but you're gonna have to take the album in and see for yourself. I'm not gonna spoil it for you.

Earth Shaker isn't the perfect album, though. In fact, if you're not constantly listening to the genre, it might drag a little. There can be moments that seem monotonous to the less acclimated listeners. A few more rounds will show you amazing creative audio design, but it takes practice on the listener's behalf. On the other hand, constant guitar solos and impressive percussion do this thing where they dance around each other and, though it might not be for everyone, it made the album for me.

http://www.d4am.net/2015/09/ramage-inc-earth-shaker.html
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 I want to be perfectly clear about this, I don't think the album surpasses or even equals the genre's classics. This is some of the better stuff out there today, and if you don't feel like flipping through your old Anthrax or Iron Maiden records, you might as well enjoy these guys. The stream is free, the music is extremely reasonably priced, and your ears will be grateful.

After you've given the stream a complete opportunity, after you've fallen for the effort, consider the purchase. These guys are getting some recognition, but every little bit counts on the climb to the top. Otherwise, tag along via Facebook or Twitter and keep up with the latest.
EDM is such a vague, and frankly misleading term for this kind of album, but I can't see what else to call it. The ever changing base of it is only consistent in digital production, everything else changes as frequently as the featured guests (a lot.) To me it felt oddly tropical, very dark, and usually vocally friendly. As far as the actual base, well, this effort was meant for the open mind.

Out of Sight (So Right) features Rodes and has a lot of that vague-genre magic. It's not quite as dark and powerful as some of the other songs might grow to be, but it's an honest representation of what's going on during the listen.



This is just the tip of the iceberg. There's so much more productive variety going into every other track on the album that it's hard to attempt to define something. It sounds like Branko wanted to have fun, and he just happened to publish something for the fans and likened minds while he was at it. The resulting content, the entirety of Atlas, is pretty much just the recorded remains of those creative juices.

I think I like the entire track list. Some songs strike me harder than others, that's to be expected, but they all have a certain level of quality to the production. Mixing and mastering is all excellent, as is chemistry and execution. Its only downfall is that it's not really a personal effort; you're never completely witnessing Branko.

http://www.d4am.net/2015/09/branko-atlas.html
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Repeated listens are hard to avoid, especially with those tracks that sink into you like an anchor through the ocean. Songs with that kind of magic seem to kind of reproduce on the album, creating a near-magical experience for the right kind of listener.

I highly recommend the stream if you liked today's track, you can find it real easy on Soundcloud but I'm sure it's easy to find elsewhere.
The sounds of classic reggae aren't so much lost in time as they are tucked away in a sacred little corner. Few try to stimulate that corner with sounds of the present, and less get away with it. The Frightnrs are among the handful that know how to get away with it, and it makes for a classic kind of listen.

I can't write about this EP without listening to it because for some reason, my mind switches to old classics like Dennis Brown's Deliverance Will Come. Maybe it's just me, because I can't quite pin down exactly where the similarities lie, but I can't help making the connection either.



Sharon, today's featured track, is probably my favorite on the album. It's quick to start, it's lyrically interesting, and it evolves just enough to contain itself for its duration. It also shows modern use of instruments and production, so it's harder to confuse the era while still very clearly showing off its roots.

As far as the rest of the album, you can expect that thick reggae sound for the first five songs. The fifth is a remix by Cadenza and Toddla T, it's real interesting and a decent track on its own, it's just a very different mood.

http://www.d4am.net/2015/08/the-frightnrs-inna-lovers-quarrel.html
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Inna Lovers Quarrel is the kind of album I'd love to have on vinyl. It's got that genius crisp and clean produced sound while leaning heavily on a very classic reggae vibes. Vocal play allows the songs to seem just as fresh as the last, but they've managed to keep their sound pretty consistent.

I recommend the listen, you can find the effort on Soundcloud. Keep up with 'em on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for the latest.
This EP has shown me exactly why it is I hate teasers before the album release date. The single being pushed (and for free) was Anhedoniac, a lively little track with better-than-decent bass and what I like to consider electronic soul. Let me make this clear, the EP is great, it's just not full of lively electronica.

I guess Anhedoniac is the best place to start though, this EP was meant to be heard all the way through. It won't take much of your time, but the transitions will make much better sense than if I tried to explain them.



Remembering the listen well, it wasn't until the title track that I realized I'd been duped. The second track, Ghosts, felt some ease of tension when compared to the introduction, but still maintained the general style in my mind. It wasn't until I heard Pale Blue that my reaction shifted entirely.

That first listen could have been so much better had I not expected anything of it. I would have embraced the calming aura, I would have followed the meditative lead, or understood the kind of experimental flow Andrei aimed for. It is a beautiful listen if you don't restrict it to your own thoughts, between the glitchy moments and transitioning cello, this is an effort for those who enjoy the wider variety of electronic music.

Enjoy the stream, take it all in, maybe give it another stream later. It's a name your price release so pay what you can for it, but grab it as soon as you know you like it. Keep up with Andrei Eremin on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for future releases.
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