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Cassie Marin – Lil 5i5

“The new single from "Cassie Marin" is super light and playful enough to stick in your ears from the first seconds. Mainly based on its lyrical part and vocals that captivate even the most selective listener. Press "play" and feel that difference!”

Los Angeles-based vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist Cassie Marin unveils the final single from her much-anticipated album, Lil 5i5, out August 12th.

“Lil 5i5,” the title track and final pre-album single, was the first song Cassie wrote for the project and the one that would inspire the trajectory of the rest of the album. The song is a perfect encapsulation of what's to come on the album, showcasing Cassie’s trademark saccharine vocals and infectious, glittery synth-pop production.

Cassie elaborates on the title track: “While writing ‘Lil 5i5’ I got to this place where I was more forgiving of my inherited and learned limiting beliefs. I was no longer beating myself up about them and I decided to have fun shedding all of this stuff that did not belong with my identity and values. I allowed myself to just let go and be honest, but also not take myself too seriously and have fun. I hope the listeners are able to feel that for themselves when they hear it.”

Constantly exploring new musical and visual dimensions, Cassie Marin has emerged as an avant-garde luminary in the left-of-center pop space. Her upcoming album, Lil 5i5, which will be out on August 12th, is a dynamic 19-track album that shows off Cassie ever-evolving musicality. Pairing the rhythms of dance music with emotive melodies and meaningful lyricism, Lil 5i5 sees Cassie at her strongest and most vulnerable yet. "I started pursuing music as a career because of what music did and still does for me; it saves me every day," she says. "I want my music to be there for anyone and everyone who needs it the way that music was there for me."

Listen to "Lil 5i5" on all streaming platforms:

Amateur Aztec Hour – Clandestination

“Find a taste of vintage Indie sound in a track that easily keeps you interested until its last second. Those vocals can calm down every anxious mind and give more life to the rhythmic parts. Cool, surprising and proffesional production.”

"Clandestination" is loosely based on the late '80s film, 'Mannequin.' It is a "carpe diem" fascination with mannequins that questions the perpetual use of these strange shells of humans that are forever upright and frozen in time.

Vol. 0 is the debut album from Amateur Aztec Hour, aka Daniel Ramirez, out of Austin, Texas. The "Amateur Aztec Hour" moniker comes from the experience of growing up Mexican American, and everything that comes with that in the central Texas region. The music addresses modernity, substance abuse, self deprecation, and existentialism with a poetic type of social critique. The underlying irony of this solo project is its attempt to combat both isolation and insulation.

Singer/songwriter and producer Daniel Ramirez plays keys, synth, SP-404, MPC, bass, and guitar. The solo project was started in the Spring of 2021. Amateur Aztec Hour is influenced by '70s Dub producers, early trip hop, and general psychedelia.

"The project grew from my the passing of my last living grandparent, Raul Ramirez," Daniel says. "He was nothing short of a mythical man. He dropped out of school well before high school, fought in world war 2 in the battle of the bulge, didn't visit a doctor until forced to after the war, fished with tires, was a super aztec athlete, and lived to 99 years old. He passed away with a beautiful full head of hair. He was born shortly after the Spanish flu ended in 1920 and left this earth a month before the first case of COVID hit San Antonio in 2020. Some say it was his passing that gave way to the virus' spread into Texas. His passing sparked an existential moment of clarity, and a need to further explore the two most important questions, "What the hell are we doing on this rock?" and "Who the hell are we?"(or who the hell do we think we are?)"

J Love x Theon Bower – Do What You Feel

“"J Love" and "Theon Bower" team up for a House dynamite and the result is quite clear. A track with own character and uplifting sound spirit is here to rise up your confidence. Adjust the volume level, hit "play" and free your mind for the next minutes.”

South London's Producer-DJ Theon Bower and genre-melding multi-instrumentalist J Love team up to bring you the third instalment on Swung Out Records in the form of a euphoric summer house anthem. Serving bass, keys and strings recorded live by J Love over a hypnotic sampled hook, the track draws on the roots of house as much as the disco that came before it, underpinned with a modern drum track that has been tried and tested in the clubs as well as well as this summer's festivals.

Steve Luck – Blue Dot

“Our planet may look big in our eyes, but in fact it's just a tiny dot floating in the vast universe. Steve Luck travels his listeners beyond the borders of existence with the most balanced piano melodies. A fragile piece that will make you realize how small you are and see life from a different perspective.”

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