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“Henry Blaesser teams up with CoastialDives for their new single -Ghost II- under No Problema Tapes.A slow progression of electronica minimal layering which tends to hypnotize you into its chill out feeling until the beats erupt and provide the right energy to keep on more groove and atmospheric, harmonies and sounds smartly placed under a solid mix. ”

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Columbus-based electronic artists CoastalDives and Henry Blaeser team up on Ghost II, a haunting and warm slice of electronica landing on Chile’s renowned No Problema Tapes imprint.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, CoastalDives made his musical debut with the original film score All Small Bodies, a project that explored minimalistic synth compositions contrasting harsh, brooding soundscapes. He has since released music ranging from highly evocative ambient and pulse-driven electronica to synth-heavy neo-classical. The dreamy quality of his music has attracted the attention of filmmakers, several of whom have used his work to soundtrack short films, one of which was made for Hulu and another which premiered at MOMA.

Also based in Columbus, Henry Blaeser is an eclectic record producer/vocalist, one half of experimental pop duo, .boy, and has worked with artists like La Poré, Ale Campillo & Mungbean.

After several independent releases since their split 7” vinyl release, Divey / I Stay via Terrible Cloud Records, CoastalDives and Henry Blaeser have now teamed up on Ghost II, another unpredictable twist in their catalogue, and first joint effort for vaporwave’s reputable No Problema Tapes.

Dense, dark and intricate, Ghost II merges Blaeser’s cold, skeletal rhythmic & textural architecture with CoastalDives’ all-encompassing, haunting synth-scapes.

“Erika Soteri through a jazzy cozy sound atmosphere with her new single -The American Dream- and her hookiest vocal performance qualities, offer as a soulful chill song full of sweet harmonies. ”

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The song is reminiscent to Hollywood's golden age. From the sound of the instrumentation to the texture of the vocals. From the style in which it was recorded in the studio, to the aesthetic of the cover art. The lyrics of the song shed a light on the corruption of the music industry and the sacrifices one must make in order to attain 'The American Dream'. It carries a melancholic tone, as it plays with the innocence of a child's dream versus the dark reality of trying to work towards achieving that dream. The track has a raw, authentic feel, in its lyrics, instrumentation and production that will speak to people's souls.

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Erika Soteri is a powerhouse performer and a jazzy, soulful singer-songwriter who was born in London, England and raised on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The up-and-coming artist recently gained exposure following her success on the talent show The Voice of Greece. All 4 judges instantly turned around and fought to have Erika join their team. After her decision to join Eurovision’s sweetheart, Helena Paparizou’s team, Erika made it through the semi-finals of the show.

Born into a family of musicians, Erika began dancing, acting, singing and playing the piano at the age of 3 and began writing music by the age of 10. Her musical influences consist of Jazz, Funk, Neo-Soul, Latin and RnB and include artists such as Sade, Amy Winehouse and band Hiatus Kaiyote. Erika’s rich tone and retro, sultry, silky vocals, as well as her lyrics make her seem wise beyond her years. Her style is classically elegant and refreshing; an artist that will in no-doubt be cutting through mainstream and introducing the industry to a sound that is timeless yet still thoroughly original.

“KAY JAM with NALU in their new song Hollow, invite us into an emotional diving, deep and entrancing harmonic journey through a fathomless choreography visual. ”

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-French-

« Un morceau qui parle du vide ressenti lorsque la distance s’immisce entre deux personnes. Un lien invisible difficile à délaisser ».

(Kay Jam)

En collaborant sur ce titre composé quelques mois plus tôt, Kay Jam (Julien Cambarau) mêle son univers habituellement plus rock à la sensibilité et à la voix réconfortante de Nalu (Noa Zalts). Cette rencontre artistique donne naissance à une ballade folk touchante, remplie de douceur et d’une tension habilement distillée. Le duo nous emmène délicatement et nous raconte une histoire. Celle d’une rupture entre deux individus qui tentent de suivre leur propre chemin en l’absence de l’autre.

-English-

« A song about the emptiness felt when two people are apart. An invisible connection remains and it makes it hard for them to move on ».

(Kay Jam)

By composing this track, Kay Jam (Julien Cambarau) melts his usually more rock universe with the sensitivity and the comforting voice of Nalu (Noa Zalts). This artistic collaboration gives birth to a touching folk ballad, full of softness and skilfully distilled tension. The duo delicately takes us along to tell us a story about a separation between two people who are trying to follow their own path, while missing each other.

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“We will not lie to you, the playful vocal intro of Ziearre was the one which stick us here initially, then the song moved into solid mixed beats and driving upbeat vocals, everything under a pleasant visualy videoclip. A soulful heartwarming track which tickles ears and eyes. Exactly like a cherry on top.”

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“Cherry on Top” is a creative unique hip hop tune. Ziearre is a Brooklyn born rapper who makes music to express a message to the world. The sounds are engaging, featuring an exciting mix of beat boxing, vocal samples, percussives, and synths. The melody is creative mix of contemporary rap, conscious rap, with some 90’s vibes coming through in the pre-chorus.

www.instagram.com/ziearre/

A New York boy, who grew up in Brooklyn was destine to become the young warrior of words and inspiration to youth. Ziearre expressed a love for music at the early age of 3. This sparked the beginning of Ziearre’s journey. As he matured and his gifts were revealed, he proved that he was not your typical entertainer, but a creator and a messenger. He explains, “I started to hear melodies and music in my head, and began to write songs. The musical ideas just came to me, and I couldn’t turn it off.”

www.ziearre.com/

“Mathien and Sam Hudgens with their new single -So (If I Can't Have Your Love)- under WURLITZER CROWLEY imprint invite us into a lush groove of funky beats and harmonies, with vocals performance been soulful and elegant, hitting in the right places both in music layering and heart. While it gives you a laid back listening experience, not misses parts that you will feel the energy inside you to move and groove. ”

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Sam had made this beat in 2017 and played it for me during a session in Evanston. He was staying with his mom for a week and didn't have anything but a guitar and his laptop when he made it, so the entire beat was dozens of layers of nylon strings over a drum machine loop. Even in its early sketches it was so good, I told him I wanted it but it seemed like he was writing to it. Fast forward to this September he stopped by my studio to record some ideas, and he ended up playing the beat for me again, it was exactly the same, "I've been stuck on this beat for years now" he said.

After he left I wrote "If I can't have your love" to it and sent him a demo of it that night, and he called me freaking out (happy). The next day he came back at 6:30 am to help finish it. we decided Sam would sing the first verse and I would do the second, but we're both on all 3 of the hooks. Then he played his Sax on it. I wrote a little instrumental bridge section to break up the loop a little, and added some additional synth and guitar/bass... I figured I'd send it over to Brooklyn so Devon Yesberger (Cory Wong, Lohaith, Caleb Hawley,Grace Kelly) could play piano on it. It came back and that piano part you hear that opens the track was actually at the end of what he sent but it was so striking I threw it on the front. Took 3 years but the track is finished.

www.instagram.com/mathien

“City Lights from Drist are the kind of tracks which quickly boil your blood in veins from the first seconds with their groove and harmonies, stepping into wonderful vocals and erupting to an amazing perfectly mixed groove to dance of. New single by United Music Hits, enjoy!”

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Polish dance sensation Drist is back with a brand-new single called ‘City Lights’. Setting the tone with uplifting synths that ignite a 90s nostalgia, Drist introduces an addictive vocal that tells an emotional story whilst remaining a key feature throughout. A rising energy slowly develops in the background before quickly dropping out to a short yet catchy violin-like melody to launch the drop into its full force.

‘City Lights’ is intricately detailed in its production with many layers presenting themselves with each listen. It’s also bursting with rhythm and all-round good vibes. Piano stabs make an appearance during the second verse adding yet another dimension to the release, shining a bright light on Drist’s signature style of blending progressive sounds with classical instruments. ‘City Lights’ has an unbeatable drive that keeps its fresh and interesting and having already generated thousands of streams already, this is set to be Drist’s biggest hit yet.

www.instagram.com/djdrist/

Drist has taken the scene by storm this year with releases such as ‘Not Enough’, ‘Go With Me’ and now ‘City Lights’. Having achieved top 100 Beatport positions and renowned Spotify playlisting on R3HAB’s ‘Night Playlist’. Drist has been catapulted into the spotlight for his unique productions that satisfy the ears and soul. You can expect to hear many more feel-good tracks like ‘City Lights’ from Drist as he looks to be one of the most promising talents to come out of Poland at the moment.

Drist has taken the scene by storm this year with releases such as ‘Not Enough’, ‘Go With Me’ and now ‘City Lights’. Having achieved top 100 Beatport positions and renowned Spotify playlisting on R3HAB’s ‘Night Playlist’. Drist has been catapulted into the spotlight for his unique productions that satisfy the ears and soul. You can expect to hear many more feel-good tracks like ‘City Lights’ from Drist as he looks to be one of the most promising talents to come out of Poland at the moment.

www.facebook.com/djdrist