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December 4, 2023 by SAIIDZ

I was beyond excited when I heard that Gary Dranow was releasing a remixed version of his classic song "Destiny Road" this week. Getting to hear a fresh take on such a meaningful song is like getting a special gift. When I found out Klim Apalkov was involved, I knew we were in for something special.

Klim kept all the soul and feeling I loved from the original, but amped up the guitar in a way that just tickles my inner rocker. There's an edgier grit to the licks now, without losing any of their melody. It's like getting to relive the first time I heard the song, but with a thrill that only comes from hearing something familiar in a brand new light. Klim also takes over vocal duties, delivering Gary's lyrics with a rasp that brings even more emotion to the forefront. His voice has an authentic vintage quality that fits the blues rock theme perfectly.

What's truly amazing is that despite all the additions and changes, Klim manages to stay true to the heart and soul of Gary's composition. All the key elements that made the original so powerful—the lyrical storytelling, emotional guitar carry, and anthemic chorus—remain intact. At the same time, Klim injects new energy that gives the song a fresh burst of re-listenability. It's the ideal revamp that will get both long-time fans and new fans hooked.

The remix is driving and kinetic from start to finish. Apalkov layers on dense layers of punchy percussion that keep the energy at a constant peak. The ticking beat provides the perfect backdrop to highlight the tasteful guitar work, now elevated to shining prominence in the mix.

The good news is this is just the beginning—Apalkov will be fully remixing Dranow's entire Destiny Road album, with new versions of many fan favorites slated to drop weekly starting in January. On top of that, Dranow and collaborator Chris Zoupa have launched an elating new EDM project called Astralix, dropping their debut single this month. If this remix of "Destiny Road" is any indication, we're in for a real treat as these visionary artists push the boundaries of blues, rock, and dance music. Go give Gary Dranow's remix of "Destiny Road" a listen - it's primed to be your new favorite anthem.

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December 4, 2023 by SAIIDZ

JPRIZM is back at it again with another deep dive into some signature '80s synth wave sounds, so let's use our imagination for a minute and transport you back to 1984. You just pop in a fresh cassette to your ride's deck and hit play. The opening notes of "Analog Dreams" by JPRIZM start flooding through those speakers of yours.

Where do I even start describing this gem? Right off the bat, those chunky drums and synthy bassline grab you by the collar and don't let go. It's got that perfect balance of being hard enough to get your head bobbing, but not so heavy that it overwhelms the other elements. And those keys soar overhead, carrying you on a wave of pure '80s euphoria. It's the musical equivalent of flying down the highway with the windows down on a sunny afternoon.

The melody is quintessential JPRIZM - bright and buoyant but with an edge of longing underneath. It sweeps you up and urges you onwards, always seeking something just out of reach in the shimmering digital horizons. The rich textures he crafts through his layered instrumentation feel transportive. I can close my eyes and visualize cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway as the sun dips below the ocean, windows rolled down, and fingers tapping on the steering wheel. It's an achingly brilliant evocation of restless dreams and restless souls. I know if I first heard this track way back in the 80s, it would've become a personal anthem.

That signature JPRIZM flair kept the track fresh through countless repeat listens, too. Little flourishes like the chirpy synths or crystallized strings midway ingeniously avoid monotony. Every revisit reveals new hidden textures in the dense yet pristine production. It's a true sonic feast that rewards close examination as much as carefree driving. Four and a half minutes pass in the blink of an eye as you're swept away by a river of synths.

So, if I could hop in a time machine and throw on any cassette to vibe out to, "Analog Dreams" would for sure be the pick. Its dreamy yet driving qualities are timeless. It's a classic that will be electrifying listeners for generations to come.

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December 1, 2023 by SAIIDZ

They say good things come in pairs, and for electronic artist Double Triangle, that prophecy rings doubly true. The enigmatic producer just dropped a surprise two-song release titled 'Haberdashery / Brenda,' offering listeners an immersive listening experience through two thoughtfully crafted tracks.

Let's dive into 'Haberdashery' first. As the intro swells open like curtains on a new world, you can feel yourself slip away into a softly lit magic shop. Sparkling chimes and shimmering pads take you beyond the mundane, floating us amongst floating rows of curiosities and curios. There's a new-world enchantment to the melodies that wraps around the soul like a fine cozy sweater.

Like browsing a haberdashery, your attention is piqued but never rushed. Samples flit by mysteriously, snippets of conversation or shop noises, beckoning further exploration. By the halfway point, the atmosphere had fully enveloped the senses. The textures glitter, busy patches weave intricate patterns, yet the calm is never broken.

Our expedition now continues with "Brenda," a tribute to the artist’s grandmother. Right away we are struck by the track's relaxed yet poignant melodics. Ethereal synths carry haunting vocal snippets across atmospheric swells, imbuing the piece with a tinge of wistful longing. The rhythmic framework provides a grounding presence amidst gorgeous synth washes. It's supremely mellow - the perfect accompaniment to gazing out a window on a rainy day, lost in memories both beautiful and bittersweet.

It's a potent emotional feeling that brings to mind feelings of remembrance, change, and impermanence. Where "Haberdashery" transports the mind, "Brenda" gently lifts the soul. It's a moving piece of introspective electronic pop that leaves a lasting emotional resonance.

This is the kind of journey best experienced from start to finish without interruption. Spend some unbothered minutes slipping in and out of these generous soundscapes, soaking in their tranquil headspaces. Double Triangle has made two precise productions that feel perfectly calibrated for this exact moment of anxious modernity - a respite without escape, presence without pressure. His music restores harmony where there is often only noise.

With this double release, Double Triangle displays meticulous arrangements, exotic textures, and a profound ability to set a pensive and impactful mood. As always, our expedition with Double Triangle has been one of wonder, introspection, and joyful discovery. Make sure to stream "Haberdashery" and "Brenda" for yourselves to journey alongside this visionary artist.

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TOP BEST HITSI Don’t Want to Fall in Love By KRISTOPHER

December 1, 2023 by SAIIDZ

Kristopher Houck, known as KRISTOPHER, has blessed us with an emotionally candid new single titled "I Don't Want to Fall in Love". In his signature emotive style, KRISTOPHER lays bare his heart on his sleeves over a lush arrangement of synthesizers, guitars, and drums.

The track sees KRISTOPHER wrestling with the uncertainties and risks of opening himself up to a new romantic connection. Through his vulnerable vocals and lush melodies, one can't help but feel empathy for his desire to take a leap of faith into love's unknown road.

"I Don't Want to Fall in Love" is an orbiting blend of pop and acoustic influences. Very light strings entwined with atmospheric synths form the ethereal musical bed for KRISTOPHER's confessional lyrics. Layer by intricate layer, additional elements are skillfully unveiled. From subtle keyboard flourishes enriching the harmony to sweeping string arrangements swelling the mix. Nuanced percussion keeps a steady rhythmic pulse underneath. This gradual unfolding retains the listener's focus through repeated play, exposing more of the song's intricacies each time.

Vulnerability to lyrical expression comes naturally to Kristopher, whose years of honest songwriting and sophisticated pop styling have won him a devoted fan base. Yet on this single, he proves once more why his talents surpass the saturated landscape. A raw quality exists in his direct delivery, as if sharing intimate thoughts just with the audience. Musicality and production expertise still achieve mass appeal blended with accessibility.

As KRISTOPHER continues cultivating his blossoming career, "I Don't Want to Fall in Love" proves he still eagerly evolves while staying faithful to his strengths. For many fans, it was worth the wait to receive such an exquisitely crafted pop gem that feels timeless. KRISTOPHER will continue to stop listeners in their tracks with his emotional acuity, flawless vocals, and ability to make each new song feel as close to a secret shared between trusted friends. Fans would be remiss not to hit play on "I Don't Want to Fall in Love" today and immerse themselves in its vulnerable yet hopeful sentiments. One can't help but fall for KRISTOPHER's artistry a little more with each new listen.

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December 1, 2023 by SAIIDZ

Luke Tangerine is raising the bar with his deeply rich take on Synthwave. His tracks take you on multidimensional journeys beyond any one era, tapping into that awe and wonder we feel gazing at distant stars. Luke’s latest single "Abandoned CyberWorld" represents another leap forward in his creative progression.

Good synth washes establish a dystopian, yet dreamlike backdrop as arpeggiated sequences probe the edges of this song. You feel alone yet curiously drawn into exploring the ruins of some future civilization left for antiquity. Subtle melodic fragments and shifting textures add layers of mystery as the journey unfolds. Some complain that synth-wave retreads retro ground. And while Tangerine clearly loves the glow of '80s synthesizers, he pushes their capabilities to new frontiers. His tunes feel futuristic rather than nostalgic, imagining where synth music could head if unfettered by expectations. There's an otherworldly quality that awakens my sense of endless possibilities in electronic sound design.

I get totally lost in the atmospheric sounds Luke creates. It's like he's transmitted me to an abandoned city on a distant planet. The textures and modulated tones sweep all around, painting such a vivid picture in my mind. At the same time, there's a real sense of exploration as the melodies evolve almost organically throughout the track. It really grabs me and won't let go. I can understand why some say synth-wave relies too much on retro vibes, but to me, Tangerine succeeds in taking things to another level altogether.

Maybe that's why Tangerine's music crosses genre lines to reach more adventurous listeners. It speaks to anyone curious about the uncharted territories between melodious trance and cinematic soundtracks. His tracks inspire tranquil trips of wonder while rhythmic undercurrents keep the voyage propulsive. Whether drifting amid celestial nebulae or soaring over alien terrain, you feel enveloped in a saga of exploration.

So if you've had your fill of standard synthwave fare, I can't recommend Luke Tangerine enough. Stream "Abandoned CyberWorld", and you may find yourself transported beyond nostalgia into imagined worlds of limitless oral discovery. Tangerine's immersive soundscapes reveal new frontiers in retro-infused electronic composition we never knew existed. His one-of-a-kind visions are reshaping how we experience cinematic synth music for both heart and mind.

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November 30, 2023 by SAIIDZ

Sam Feinstein's new song "Hamster Wheel" perfectly captures the frustration many feel being stuck in an unfulfilling job just to afford basic living expenses. With an uplifting 80s-inspired synth-pop beat, it's easy to find yourself subconsciously bopping along even as the lyrics speak to the challenges of modern life.

The pulsing synth bassline that underlies the whole song sets an unrelenting pace that evokes the daily grind and perpetual motion of life on the hamster wheel, meanwhile, sparkling arpeggiated synths flutter above like cartoon birds, keeping the tone light and lifting the spirits.

As the verses unfold, Feinstein’s smooth vocals float above the synths with a relaxed deliverance that belies the song’s social commentary. His honeyed vocals are coated in just the right amount of sweetness to sound nostalgically vintage while maintaining crystal clarity. The song’s topic of feeling trapped in a dead-end job with little hope of escape from the wheel is sugarcoated in his upbeat melodies and blithe lyrics. It’s a masterclass in using positivity and melody to disseminate an important social issue in an approachable, digestible manner.

The chorus is like a wall of shimmering synth chords burst like fireworks as Feinstein’s pristine vocals soar to new heights. Each subsequent verse builds complex textures and greater sonic texture around Feinstein’s vocals. Throughout, the song maintains an infectious pop giddiness that elevates its social commentary into feel-good anthem territory. Despite addressing the real struggles of insecurity, imbalance, and stagnation, Feinstein expertly packages the message in delightfully rhythmic sonic wrapping paper.

From start to finish, "Hamster Wheel" puts on a masterful dance party that slyly educates and inspires. The song soundtracks the daily grind with a tune that lifts spirits and leaves the listener feeling motivated, not defeated. A song this anthemic just might help kickstart that much-needed change. So if you find yourself in need of a mid-day pick me up, or if you just want a catchy song that's impossible not to dance to, I can't recommend 'Hamster Wheel' enough. Give it a spin and let Sam’s lyrics fuel your spirits. You'll be singing and dancing along in no time, and maybe even feel inspired to make some positive changes.

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November 29, 2023 by SAIIDZ

Daniel Young just dropped "Help Us Get Along", the lead single from his eagerly anticipated upcoming album Leave It Out To Dry. Those familiar with Young's incredible style won't be surprised by the masterful musicianship on display, but this may be his most ambitious work yet. With a release date of February 2, 2024, Leave It Out To Dry is poised to cement Daniel’s status as one of rock and soul's most vibrant new voices.

As the massive wall of guitar and brass announces itself at the beginning of the song, I was taken aback by the boldness and confidence of the arrangement. Lead lines weave in and out over the driving rhythm section, conjuring images of a spirited late-night jam session. Daniel is in top form, hitting great notes with grit and presence. Dense textures enrich the arrangement into a richly textured opus. No part feels unnecessary - each element plays an important role in building the atmosphere. The recording has a lived-in, retro analog flavor while maintaining pristine clarity across all frequencies. You can pick out each instrument in the full-bodied mix. It's an artist's work fully in control of their sound and vision.

With many years of experience under his belt across many well-received albums, Daniel Young is now hitting a creative peak on Leave It Out To Dry. This promises to be his most diverse and accomplished work to date, based on the staggering new single "Help Us Get Along". While his early work showed flashes of brilliance, you can hear him stretching into new territories of expression on "Help Us Get Along" regarding songwriting, vocal delivery, and sonic textures. The track is a tour de force that points to great things ahead for the full Leave It Out To Dry listening experience. Pre-orders are currently underway for vinyl and CD formats exclusively via Daniel Young's Bandcamp page, so be sure to head there to pre-order the full Leave It Out To Dry album released on February 2nd to receive it upon release. In the meantime, you can immediately get your first taste of the magic to come by streaming "Help Us Get Along" on major platforms like Spotify.

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November 28, 2023 by SAIIDZ

Americana outfit Trickshooter Social Club is here with a new EP that feels ripped straight from dusty roadside bars, grainy black-and-white photographs, and tall tales passed between travelers under sweltering suns. On their latest release, the 4-track "Truck Stop Dangerous," the band takes listeners to iconic American landscapes through gritty guitars, soulful vocals, and lively fiddle melodies.

Over just 14 minutes, Trickshooter Social Club traverses a sonic roadmap of spaces, characters, and legends that have come to define the American experience and pay homage to the King himself, Elvis Presley. The EP gets you rolling immediately with "Beautiful," a rowdy anthem that gets you instantly in the mood. Powerful barroom-ready guitars and fiddle lines drive an infectious melody as the frontman delivers twangy vocals and sets the ideal tone for the road trip.

The standout track "Clarksdale Serenade #2" gets the mood pumping with gorgeous guitar arrangements while the vocals drip with honey. It's a stunner of a tune that radiates with gritty soulfulness and gets you so swept up in the music. We continue with "Elvis Figurines," a rowdy piece of American rock Trickshooter does so well. The gritty vocals are a perfect match for the driving rhythm section and twangy lead lines. It's an instantly energizing tune that feels destined to soundtrack many an open-road adventure. The EP comes to a poignant close with the album exceptional "Lie To Me." Sweet fiddle and pedal steel intertwine over breathtaking accompaniment as the vocalist delivers his heartrending lyrics.

The dynamic instrumentation and vivid songwriting take listeners seamlessly between roadside bars, back alleys, and open highways. With "Truck Stop Dangerous," the band reminds us of music's power to spark the imagination and take us to faraway places, even as we're planted firmly at home. It's an instantly engaging collection of tunes that demands repeat listens to unravel all the rich details stitched into each song. Be sure to stream "Truck Stop Dangerous" in full on Spotify now to follow along on the band's evocative Americana journey. Whether you're cruising the interstate or stuck stationary, let Trickshooter Social Club be your soundtrack to the exploration of their energizing new release.

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November 28, 2023 by SAIIDZ

Wordplaii is delivering on his goal to "craft his first final releases" in 2023 with the fresh single "Change Locations." As an artist who took an extended hiatus, he wastes no time re-immersing listeners in his melodic style with this smooth new drop.

This track gently eases the listener in with atmospheric, easy instrumentation. Synth chords float above icy yet impactful percussion, creating a vibe that's the hip-hop equivalent of a balmy summer breeze. You can close your eyes and picture yourself comfortably planted in a beach chair as the track transports you somewhere far from worries or stress. Though the subject matter could stem from a period of instability, his delivery stays upbeat and present-focused rather than dwelling on the past. He seems to have emerged from his hiatus with a welcomed perspective and purpose.

On closer inspection, "Change Locations" unveils layers of intricacy within the variation. Its laidback rhythms paired with airy melodic tones make for extraordinarily easy listening, especially during these current months when slower tempos feel fitting. The percussion has an almost aquatic quality, like waves gently lapping at the shoreline. And while decidedly on the softer side volume-wise, the drums still pack low-end dynamism to keep the track moving. Wordplaii's protean delivery shape-shifts to mirror the elusive nature of change itself. In many ways, "Change Locations" feels like a breath of fresh air within Wordplaii's discography and today's hip-hop scene overall. Where many tracks in the genre rely on aggression, bravado, or heavily autotuned vocals, this single embraces a more mellow, soulful energy.

Wordplaii makes a resounding statement of re-emergence on "Change Locations." Promising diversity and evolution ahead, this auspicious sample whets appetites for more expansive musical journeys from a dexterous wordsmith operating on an expert level, perceptible yet unpredictable. Constantly shifting terrain keeps listeners raptly engaged, carried by cryptic currents that deepen with recurrent plays. All who appreciate artful exercises in quality delivered accessibly will find much to savor in Wordplaii's mystifying new journey of change. The musical evolution on display in Wordplaii's new track "Change Locations" makes it a must-stream on all platforms. I recommend checking it out on Spotify to fully appreciate its intricate layers and multifaceted complexity.

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November 27, 2023 by SAIIDZ

Sometimes it can feel impossible to slow down and find moments of stillness. I’ve been feeling the effects of non-stop busyness wearing down on me, and I know I’m not the only one. That's why I've been connecting with Super Saiyan Jay’s latest single, "Staying In." The mellow vibe of this track is the perfect soundtrack for pressing pause and recharging your batteries at home. I need time alone to recharge and be with my thoughts. Jay seems to be tapping into that same need for inner reflection and renewal with "Staying In."

His soulful vocals on this track are relieving. You can feel the sense of calm and Zen-like relaxation coming through in his singing. Just listening enchants me away from any stresses or to-dos weighing on my mind.

Something to appreciate most about "Staying In" is that despite celebrating solitude, it doesn’t come across as a depressing or sad song. Jay infuses it with an uplifting, easygoing vibe instead. The steady R&B beat provides a mellow foundation that puts me at ease. Jazz elements are woven throughout, adding welcome complexity, and lifting my mood even higher. It has a happy, lighthearted ambiance that makes solitude sound enjoyable rather than isolating. I can feel the tension melting away as I get lost in the rhythm.

This track has quickly become my go-to when I need some "me time." It perfectly captures the Zen-like bliss of retreating inward, even for a little while. When to-do lists start to overwhelm or stress creeps back in, "Staying In" is the first song I cue up. Listening delights me to my mental oasis where I can press pause on reality’s pressures. By the time it’s over, I feel refreshed and refocused, ready to dive back into daily life but on my terms.

Jay has a real gift for distilling complex emotions down to their essence and putting them into melodies. With "Staying In" he nails the feeling of seeking solace within to alleviate life’s pressures. Sometimes you've gotta press play on a song like this, shut the outside world out for a bit, and indulge in peaceful introspection. There’s no shame in that - in fact, it's probably just what busy souls need more of. This jam will be in regular rotation whenever I need to escape inwards. Treat yourself to the soothing soundtrack for staying in; put those headphones on and hit play!

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