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Producer CONFLUENCE excites with hypnotic new song

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CONFLUENCE, Tinlicker, RÜFÜS DU SOL, CamelPhat, and Ben Böhmer
CONFLUENCE, Tinlicker, RÜFÜS DU SOL, CamelPhat, and Ben Böhmer

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Some artists are able to seamlessly stitch synthetic sound design and organic instrumentation together and CONFLUENCE is one of them. His latest release ‘My Everything’, out via CNFLNC, embodies this ability. Vocals ease into an orchestral composition, drifting into a rushing stream of arpeggiated melodies and house music percussions. 

Steam / Download: Confluence – ‘My Everything’

Building from a dark undertone, the track swarms with bright hi-hats and memorable chord progressions that change from energetic to delicate with grace and harmony. The vocal sample strengthens the emotional intensity of the track, adopting the feeling of the underlying beat as it moves from anthem to club hit. 

It is easy to imagine the producer dropping this single at a festival or a smaller more intimate setting. Picture strobing lights or a populated outdoor dance venue. The artist constantly moves the song forward, driving it through phase after phase of evolution, growing it into the house animal that is ‘My Everything’.

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Q&A with refined disco producer Sleepy Tom

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Chic, Purple Disco Machine, Breakbot, Sleepy Tom
Chic, Purple Disco Machine, Breakbot, Sleepy Tom

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Attracted to the rhythm and uplifting mood of the disco era, Sleepy Tom has shared his feel-good dancefloor heater ‘Call My Name’. Released via MNRK, the producer is known for his noteworthy remixing and collaborating, but finds his niche with this retro-infused track and we are hooked on it. Cam Tatham a.k.a. Sleepy Tom, is in tune with the world around him and tries to keep things as simplistic and unified as possible as this interview suggests. Simple and refined, Sleepy Tom has cracked the code of light and danceable beats with “effortless” class and charisma.

Stream / Download: ‘Call My Name’

 ‘Call My Name’ was created with the desire to create more uplifting music. What made you decide to shift your sound with this idea?

I think I need to feel like the music I create has a purpose, so I can feel more of a responsibility to create it. I think the world could use a little uplifting, don’t you agree?

Which albums changed your perspective on the music you make?

We Will Always Love You by The Avalanches.

What is your go-to method for when you need to boost your creativity?

Breathwork and yoga.

Describe what makes your day a successful one.

Depends upon how well my espresso was poured.

Describe your studio space in three words

Less is more.

What do you think is the recipe for a great song?

Getting out of its way.

Did you always see yourself pursuing music as a career, or did you have other plans for the future?

Yes, I always wanted to make music since I was 10.

What advice can you give to artists that are struggling to make their name known?

Keep refining your craft and believe in yourself!

 Your latest single sees you dabble with disco beats. Do you think disco music will always remain a popular genre of music?

Absolutely! I loved it as a kid in the ‘90s, and still love it now. Music trends change, but disco will never die.

What are the biggest challenges you have discovered thus far as a musician/producer?

Navigating expectations vs. reality. Always trying to remain present.

What can we expect from you in the months to come?

More fun music!

Call My Name’ features on POP_GROUND.fm

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Q&A with retro-inspired music producer Spencer Ramsay

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Joel Corry , Spencer Ramsay, Regard
Joel Corry , Spencer Ramsay, Regard

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Releasing his latest single ‘Take It Easy’ via Polydor Records, EDM producer Spencer Ramsay has impressed us with his retro-infused flair. Only eighteen years of age, the music producer has an appreciation for the sounds of yesteryear and the iconic vocals of Aretha Franklin‘s hit sampled on this latest club track. Born in a small Scottish town called Pebbles, the young music producer is gaining momentum across Soundcloud with over 1 million streams accumulated on his Soundcloud profile over a span of 3 months with the release of his hit ‘What You Talkin’ About?’. We asked remarkable dance music talent Spencer Ramsay a few questions about his musical aspirations below.

Please describe your sound for us.

I would say my sound is pretty heavy, energetic, and has some soul to it.

How did it all start for you?

My family has always loved dance music and I remember making music on Garage Band when I was really young, and that’s when I fell in love with it.

Which three artists would you say made you want to create your own music?

I would say Daft Punk, Disclosure, and Kanye West.

What is your go-to gear/equipment when creating?

I have a really nice Arturia keyboard and a Roland drum machine. But honestly a lot of the time I end up just using my laptop speakers and keyboard because I have an idea on the fly, or can’t be bothered plugging everything in and setting it up in FL Studio.

What are some of your key influences in your music? Whether it be the sound created by others, imagery, films or any kind of art form.

My current project and sound are heavily influenced by ‘80s and ‘90s Chicago house, but I also take influence from films like Bladerunner in some of my other pieces of music.

What is one sub-genre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?

Bassline.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

My latest release ‘Take It Easy’ is the first track in my current project: The House Sound of Peebles. Which is an homage to The House Sound of Chicago series. Peebles is the small Scottish town I grew up in. I aim to bring some of the energy from ‘80s Chicago house into 2022 and expand on the sound!

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Jonas Blue shares high-energy club song ‘Siento’

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Kygo, Jonas Blue, Sam Feldt
Kygo, Jonas Blue, Sam Feldt

Jonas Blue continues his prolific start to 2022 with new club track Siento’, out now on D4 D4NCE.

A high-energy club jam, Siento’ combines euphoric breakdowns with an infectious acid bassline. Featuring a rousing Spanish vocal hook, it’s sure to capture the dance floor in perfect time for the incoming Ibiza season. Marking ten years since Jonas has been releasing music on D4 D4NCE, it follows his recent collaboration with powerhouse US producer Sevenn on Booka Shade-sampling single ‘Angles’. Both tracks showcase Jonas’ unwavering desire to continue making club-focused music.

Prior to that, Jonas teamed up with US band Why Don’t We on smash single ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’, the first release from his brand-new collaborative project Together. With a slew of further collabs in the pipeline, the project will centre around themes of togetherness, unity and positivity – a crucial message that’s needed in the world more than ever right now – and is synonymous with Jonas’ music and his hugely successful career to date.

Jonas Blue’s career has so far been astounding. Having been certified platinum over 130 times around the globe, he has amassed an army of instantly recognisable hit singles, such as ‘Fast Car’, ‘Perfect Strangers’, ‘Mama’ and ‘Polaroid’, his collaboration with Liam Payne. He also boasts production credits on smash hit global singles including Ava Max’s ‘My Head & My Heart’. With over 14 billion global streams and over 70 million single sales, Jonas Blue is a certified DJ and pop powerhouse.

Looking ahead, Jonas has a stacked touring schedule with a residency in Las Vegas and shows in San Diego, Austin, Mexico, across the UK and more. With upcoming festival sets at Pal Norte, Creamfields, Lollapalooza Stockholm, Fuji Rock and Balaton Sound to name a few, there is a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks and months.

Emblematic of the fruitful, enduring relationship between Jonas Blue and D4 D4NCE, ‘Siento’ is a track that’s simply made for the dancefloor.

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Musician MARIA Die RUHE addresses societal ills with ‘Superrare’ song

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Robyn, Tove Lo, MARIA Die RUHE,MØ
Robyn, Tove Lo, MARIA Die RUHE,MØ

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Neon lights, casual hangouts with your friends and undeniable swag all come together with finesse and a sultry rebellious attitude in MARIA Die RUHE’s latest video and single ‘Superrare’. Released today via Reduced To The Root, we dive deeper into the songstress’s world as she explores her femininity and points out the questionable standards in our society today, one song at a time. 

Stream/Download: ‘Superrare’

She shares daring lyrics that address wealth, status and the meaningless value of material possessions. One could easily sing along with its anthemic-like lyrics that rejects the idea of having more makes you a better or more successful human being. 

Listen to ‘Superrare’ on our Spotify playlist POP_GROUND.fm

MARIA Die RUHE maintains an honest and vulnerable approach to the lyrics she puts out into the world and we are not complaining. It is rare for musicians besides rappers and rockers to share their true feelings and thoughts about the world so openly like this firework. 

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Dance music producer James Hype shares song ‘Ferrari’

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Sigala, Jax Jones, James Hype
Sigala, Jax Jones, James Hype

James Hype and Miggy Dela Rosa have joined forces on new single Ferrari’, out now  on The Cross Records.

Finding the sweet spot between euphoric floor filler and soulful pop ballad, ‘Ferrari’ combines a driving bassline with Miggy’s pitch-perfect vocals and the smoothest Spanish guitars. It follows Hype’s remix of the Belters Only smash ‘Make Me Feel Good’. He also kicked off 2022 with ‘Say Yeah’, a single that has already amassed 1 million Spotify streams.

“I wrote this song with my mates almost 3 years ago, started testing it in my DJ sets in 2019, it’s been my most anticipated ID ever since, so I’m super excited that it’s finally out” – James Hype

One of the UK’s most successful artists, James Hype propelled onto the scene with platinum-selling, UK ‘Top 10’ debut single ‘More Than Friends’, racking up hundreds of millions of streams and later remixing tracks from chart-toppers Joel Corry, Clean Bandit, Mabel and many more global talents such as Meduza and Bruno Mars.

Hailing from North London, Miggy Dela Rosa’s first EP ‘Wilderness’ was released on his birthday in the summer of 2017. Showcasing his unique mix of pop and neo-soul, lead single ‘Flesh’ racked up over 10,000 Soundcloud plays, and he has since worked with a string of prominent artists, such as Sigala, Mika and Arrow Benjimin.

Less than three months into the year, James Hype is already proving why he is one of the most revered artists on the planet.

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Q&A with ‘On My Mind’ music producers Pearse Dunne & Jack Rose

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Martin Solveig, Sam Feldt, Pearse Dunne,Jack Rose
Martin Solveig, Sam Feldt, Pearse Dunne,Jack Rose

Worlds collide with music producer Pearse Dunne and singer Jack Rose’s new single ‘On My Mind’ released via DeeVu Records. Listening to this track, one can experience a burst of lively energy. A playful and colourful dance banger, this club track is ideal for anytime of the day. Pearse Dunne is an emerging dance music producer that has been supported by the likes of dance music lumineers like Martin Garrix, and MK who played Pearse’s tracks on his set at Creamfields and Hideout Festival. Jack Rose is a singer-songwriter as well as a charismatic television presenter. His honeyed and cheerful vocals, paired with Pearse Dunne’s upbeat but casual flow make this track a certified banger in our books. We chatted with the ‘On My Mind’ producers below.

Please describe your sound for us.

Pearse Dunne: I think it’s clear the piano is my favourite instrument as it features in almost all of my tracks. I make deep house and piano house music.

Jack Rose: My sound has changed so much over the years I’ve gone from pop, rap, RnB to house. I would say I’m versatile and can’t be pinned down to a specific sound.

How did it all start for you?

Pearse Dunne: I first began making music in 2014. I had been very interested in some other artists coming from Ireland around that time and had an obsession with house music. The only way forward was to explore music production myself.

Jack Rose: I was 13 years old and I entered a competition to sing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London which I won and was so happy about! I recorded a cover of ‘I Just Haven’t Met You Yet’ by Michael Buble and I really enjoyed the vibe of being in the studio. I started going more and eventually started writing and releasing my own music and 7 years later I couldn’t be happier !!

Which three artists would you say made you want to create your own music?

Pearse Dunne: MK, Gorgon City, RobbieG.

Jack Rose: I grew up listening to a lot of Eminem so I was inspired to rap like him but I loved Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran when I was younger. I would now say I’m influenced by people such as Joel Corry, 24k Goldn, and Post Malone.

What is your go-to gear/equipment when creating?

Pearse Dunne: Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro, Fl Studio 20, Presonus Eris 3.5BT.

Jack Rose: I love just singing into a microphone in the studio, it’s my favourite part, there is something so therapeutic about it.

What are some of your key influences in your music? Whether it be the sound created by others, imagery, films or any kind of art form.

Jack Rose: I try to write music from the heart and what I think is right. I also take experiences I have had in my life; I’ve written songs about break ups, relationships and just having a good time. I don’t wanna portray a different person from what I am in my music.

What is one sub-genre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?

Pearse Dunne: Piano House – my all time favourite genre.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

Pearse Dunne:  AK47, Ev Wilde, Robin Tayger.

Jack Rose: I listen to a lot of rap music and I recently came across an artist from Canada Called Dom Vallie whose most recent single ‘BEEN HIMMA’ is popping off. I also think we’ve got a lot of young artists coming through on the scene such as The Kid Laroi, Hazey, A1 X J1 giving it a youthful spin in the music industry.

What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a performer? As an attendee?

Pearse Dunne:  In 2019 I performed at BCM Planet Dance in Magaluf. I’ll never forget the feeling before going in, it’s one of the biggest nightclubs in the world and it was packed full of people. I had a rush for days after that gig, which has motivated me to keep going with my music career.

Jack Rose: I went to go see Bruno Mars at the O2 arena when I was younger and it was one of the most incredible live performances I have ever seen. He makes it look so flawless and effortless to be an incredible vocalist as well as an entertainer

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

Pearse Dunne:  I have been working on two very exciting projects with Swedish producer Robin Tayger. I’ve also got two or three singles ready to be signed which I am very excited to release.

Jack Rose: I can’t reveal too much of course but I have a few projects that I’m working on at the moment which should take up most of the year. I run a business as well as being a musician, and I’m working to expand out even further this year. I’m really trying to smash it out a lot more this year and get even further as we start moving out of the pandemic.

Famous last words?

Jack Rose: “I’m not really feeling this ”. As a young artist, I have missed out on so many opportunities over the years and missed huge chances due to my own stupidity.

On My Mind’ features on the Spotify playlist POP_GROUND.fm

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Klangkarussell subvert expectations with latest music video

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Klangkarussell, Elderbrook, Bob Moses, ZHU

The intangible nature of home can be summed up in one word: “love”. Within Klangkarussell’s latest single, we’re caught up in a world of the unexpected, understated and impulsive nature of a young couple finding their way in the world. The video for the latest single is directed by award-winning Rupert Höller who is responsible for the bizarre Leyya Wannabe video as well as the cinematic Taking On Water and takes us on a heart-stopping journey (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves).

Stream / Download: ‘Home’

On a more serious note, the video manages to cross several borders, including racial and traditional relationship expectations while keeping the concept simple. It’s videos like this that help take steps towards normalising what was once unusual and helping people create their own space when needed. The duo also appear to be on a mission to raise awareness about climate change, posting one stunning image after another with the same tag: “#savethenature. 

The pair further elaborate on ‘Home’: “Our latest single is about finding what you didn’t even know you were looking for. ‘We’ want to be out all the time, running it up, letting loose.. but we also half just want to find one precious person that we can give it all up for. This tune is all about that moment of realization.’”

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Singer Jazmine Flowers shares dance remix of ‘Not Like My Friends’

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Joel Corry, Jax Jones, Jazmine Flowers
Joel Corry, Jax Jones, Jazmine Flowers

​​Alt-R&B rising artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist, JAZMINE FLOWERS drops the remix for her single, ‘Not Like My Friends’ by DJ and producer, Karim Naas, who has racked up over 5 million streams, 1.2 million video views with his remixes and production credits for likes of Sean Paul, Kesha, M.I.A and Black Eyed Peas.

After discovering Jazmine Flowers on TikTok where she has built a big following over 122k followers and 1 million likes, Karim Naas decided to the remix the thought-provoking leftfield track to provides us with an up-tempo dance party version, a perfect anthem to kick off the New Year. 

Not Like My Friends’ which Jazmine produced herself is one of five eclectic tracks available to listen to on her debut EP ‘adulting’. Further tracks include her catchy single Darth Vader’, which is a chilled R&B song with a big hook chorus about not knowing her birth father co-written with Grammy Award winning songwriter Kimberly Kaydence Krysiuk, who won a Grammy for her co-write of Beyoncés ‘Black Parade’. Further production credits for the EP include Maths Time Joy (Gallant, Mahalia), Jimmy Harry (Madonna, Pink, Santana) and Craigie Dodds (One Eskimo, Amy Winehouse, Sugababes). 

Jazmine had a tremendous 2021 from dropping her debut single Awkward’ which gained over 300K streams and radio support from the likes of BBC Radio 1 Introducing, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Introducing Oxford and many more. Alongside critical acclaim from the likes of Guap magazine, Clash, Daily Mirror, Equate, Sistem Magazine. Plus, podcast opportunities on the likes of the award-winning Anthems podcast where she wrote her own monologue about what the word fluid means to her, as part of their LGBTQI+ Pride series and mental health podcast, Insane In The Fem Brain. Not to forget her moving acoustic session for her second single release ‘This Isn’t Happiness’ on Mahogany’s new session format, LAGOON.

With an impeccable talent of being able to move her listeners both on and offstage, Jazmine Flowers is set to have a bright future with lots more music to come in 2022.

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Singer POLINA shares Latin remix of song ‘FAENA’

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J Balvin, Camilla Cabello, POLINA
J Balvin, Camilla Cabello, POLINA

After releasing her international smash “FAENA” to much acclaim, along with its Yves V. Remix last year, POLINA shares its Latin-fueled “FAENA (feat. Llane)”.

 The new version brings a feature from Colombian singer Llane (former member of the group Piso 21), best known for his single Cuenta Conmigo,” which amassed over 55 million streams on Spotify alone.

The original track FAENA,” written by POLINA and produced by ORGAN, has been streamed well over three million times, with its accompanying epic video (shot at the Faena Hotel in South Beach) hitting over one million views on all platforms.

About POLINA:

POLINA is a Russian-born artist and songwriter living in Los Angeles. Born in Moscow into an artistic family (her mom is Russian 90’s pop singer ANKA, father is abstract painter Ruslan Gudiev) it was inevitable that Polina would find her way into an artistic medium, and songwriting became her passion. As a songwriter and vocalist, the musician’s credits include: “Legacy” from Eminem’s Grammy-winning album The Marshall Mathers LP (songwriter, guest vocalist), Sean Kingston’s Top 10 UK hit “Party All Night (Sleep All Day)” (co-penned with Stargate) featured in the movie “The Inbetweeners,” as well as vocal features on singles for EDM icons (Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Kaskade).

POLINA made a statement on the release of single “Book of Love” (certified Gold in Germany, #1 on the Airplay Chart four consecutive weeks). The chart-topping collaboration with Felix Jaehn amassed over 75 million streams on Spotify alone, following the breakout success of her song “Fade to Love” (certified Gold in Italy). Her music has taken her around the world, and performing is a passion for the artist who has frequented the stages of some of the world’s biggest festivals (Ultra, Tomorrowland, Electric Zoo) as a special guest artist on Felix Jaehn’s Bonfire Tour, and Steve Aoki’s Wonderland Tour.

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