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Artist: 
San Holo
Label: 
Sony Music Entertainment

Hailing from the Netherlands, Dutch EDM artist San Holo has been gaining traction with his music for the past several years. I was fortunate enough to see him perform his hit single "Light" that has over 100 million streams on music platforms, at the 2017 GoldRush Festival in Chandler, Arizona. He is hype, a great festival performer, and an overall fantastic artist. His new single "One Thing" can be described as light, airy, and fun. The vocals on this song were well chosen, the woman's voice is hypnotic and draws in the audience.

Sounds Like: 
Ganz
Sounds Like: 
Autolaser
Sounds Like: 
K-Flay
Name: 
Jaclyn Kelly
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2018
Artist: 
Flosstradamus ft. 24hrs
Label: 
Ultra Music

After listening to this prepare to have the lyrics, " Too much xans, too much molly, too much money, too much body, no i.d., blocked my call, I throw money, watch it fall," replay in your head because it's very catchy. The song starts off sort of slow, but not really, and then it goes right into its beat drop. Once that beat drops your head will be moving along to the beat and it's hard to resist. It has a strong electronic vibe to it, but it's very good. The rapping skills of 24hrs fits well with the vibe of the entire song.

Sounds Like: 
RL Grime
Sounds Like: 
Keys N Krates
Name: 
Sommer Yazzie
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Chrome Sparks
Label: 
Future Classic, Caroline Distribution

The beginning of this track begins high energy and sounds like the love child of soft 80's synth pop rock and the opening instrumentation of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy". The beat drops and Angelica Bess's vocals flood in, triggering an increase in tempo and a fresh inclusion of R&B vibes sonically; before an upbeat instrumental breakdown. The lyrics and brief, simple, and repetitive, but perfectly match the playfully melodic beat as well as Angelica's sweetly soulful voice.

Sounds Like: 
Angelica Bess
Sounds Like: 
XXYYXX
Name: 
Kiara Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Books
Label: 
XVI Records

This Album sounds like a disco tech. A germane nightclub, a head banger body shaker category of music is where it fits in. However It wasn’t my jam personally I can recommend it. It sounded like noise and by this I mean it sounded like something I’d listen to but with not a lot of distinction. For an EP it’s pretty good, for a new venture into electronic club music I think its pretty good. It however is not preferable for Free Styling over or any shenanigans to that degree. A good in between song while you are figuring your playlist or talking points.

Sounds Like: 
Hotmood
Sounds Like: 
BleachBirth
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
M-OCEAN Records
Label: 
M-OCEAN Records

The Making Wavs EP utilizes strong tunes of the Drum & Bass genre.  The tracks are so intense, they helped me cram for a last-minute assignment, solely by raising my adrenaline levels.  I enjoyed every song, however my only complaint is with "Fire Sound" by Opius.  This track seemed to lack the intensity of other tracks and it felt out of place.  With that being said, "Fire Sound" is definitely not a bad track, it just promotes more of a peaceful vibe!  The other three tracks have an opposite mood, with intense beats like that found

Sounds Like: 
Camo & Krooked
Sounds Like: 
Andy C
Sounds Like: 
Chase & Status
Sounds Like: 
Noisia
Name: 
Thomas Clarkin
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Virtual Self (aka Porter Robinson)
Label: 
Virtual Self

Virtual Self has tracks with satisfying beats and energetic sound.  This EP was produced by Porter Robinson, famous for tracks like “Shelter” and “Sad Machine”.  This time, he is switching it up again with the vibes of 90’s and early 2000’s EDM tracks.  It includes tracks that can help you chill, like “Ghost Voices” and tracks that should be in the soundtrack for inspirational movies like “EON BREAK”!

Sounds Like: 
Porter Robinson
Sounds Like: 
Jai Wolf
Sounds Like: 
LIONE
Sounds Like: 
Armin Van Buuren
Sounds Like: 
Jordan Suckley
Name: 
Thomas Clarkin
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Medasin
Label: 
UpRise Music

IRENE is Medasin's new mix that he refers to as his "pre ep ep." It is amazingggg. The ep is a mix of more chill beats with a couple very bass-heavy songs sprinkled throughout. "Conspiracy theory" is one of them, and it's ironically heavy but chill at the same time. The ep starts with "Intro", an ambient track that builds up anticipation and eventually drops a really smooth, catchy beat. "Melody X" is a track that appears twice, the original being a lighter, melodic tune.

Sounds Like: 
flume? (skin companions)
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
Artist: 
Project Paradis
Label: 
Self Released

I will be the first to say, I am absolutely clueless when it comes to EDM. I only listen to mainstream EDM that every person on the planet knows of. Project Paradis's Paradis EP may simply be something that my brain cannot comprehend enough to appreciate. The description of the EP is wild, just like the music, which you can check out on Project Paradis's SoundCloud.

Sounds Like: 
KRANE - trap with heavy drops and distorted sounds (like on his songs "PCP" and "Hollow")
Sounds Like: 
Virtual Riot - distorted, intense, and LOUD (ex: Datsik & Virtual Riot - "Nasty")
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
Artist: 
Johnny Jewel
Label: 
Italians Do It Better

Johnny Jewel’s third solo album, Digital Ra

Sounds Like: 
Blade Runner 2049
Sounds Like: 
Chromatics
Sounds Like: 
Glass Candy
Name: 
Taylor Griffith
Date Reviewed: 
02/16/2018
Artist: 
Medasin
Label: 
UpRise Music

The first thing that hit me about Medasin’s new EP “Irene” is the heavy use of old-school synth tones that just hit you, and keep on hitting you throughout the tracklist. I’m no stranger to the magic of synthetic music that technology has so graciously delivered unto us, but there are so many independent mixers, djs, and artists out there trying to integrate it into their music that they either over-use it, hit their mark (in this case), or just come across as trying to replicate what’s already done and come across as derivative.

Sounds Like: 
joji
Sounds Like: 
nujabes
Sounds Like: 
tommpabeats
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean (sorta?)
Name: 
Christopher Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
02/14/2018
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