For all you future bass trap fiends out there, I present to you your next fix: Boston based producer collective Zone Def has just dropped their premiere compilation EP, featuring a track from each rowdy member of their raucous crew. The end result is 26 solid minutes of twisting and turning, blooming and burning, and an F load of bass. Make sure you’ve had a good night’s sleep before putting this record on slap, cause you’re gonna need all of your energy to keep your ecstatic dance moves together on this one. Enjoy.
With her popularity steadily rising not only in the UK, but also here in the US, Marina Diamandis, also known as Marina and The Diamonds, dropped a new single in August entitled “Electra Heart”. Marina is recognized for her song “How To Be a Heartbreaker”, which has over 15 million views on YouTube, and she released an album in late 2012 entitled Electra Heart.
This video is the one that ends the era of this portion of Marina’s 11 part music video series. “Electra Heart” throws in clips from all the past videos. Seriously epic. If you’re a lover of dubsteppy electro pop, you’re in the right place.
Perera Elsewhere is the new solo project from Berlin-based British singer-songwriter/producer Sasha Perera. Although most known for her work as front-woman of the Bass music trio Jahcoozi, she also DJs under the moniker Mother Perera. With her debut release as Perera Elsewhere, she changes gears from her more previously heavy bass and electronic sound for a more minimal, acoustic, and abstract approach. Her single “Bizarre” takes a somber turn with some reflective social commentary on the bizarre state of current world affairs. Her vocals and production are simple and almost lackadaisical, yet no less spirited. Everlast is her recently debuted LP and her first with the Friends of Friends music label.
Check out R&B ‘s exciting new voice: Kelela Mizanekristos, shortened to Kelela, released her debut EP Cut 4 Me on Fade to Mind just a month ago. The EP juxtaposes Kelela’s strong, sexy, nuanced, and powerful voice with production sitting somewhere between ethereal and animal from producers like Girl Unit, Kingdom, Jam City, Nguzunguzu, Bok Bok, NA and more. Imagine R&B vocals over downtempo electronic music. Slightly trance-y, it feels like using cerebral tools to access sensations that only the body really understands.
The whole EP is great, but pay extra attention to “Enemy,” “Floor Show” “Bank Head” and the closer “Cherry Coffee.”
Currently based in L.A., Kelela’s career is only just getting started. Don’t sleep on this one. Check her artist page on Fade to Mind – it features her other releases, and Cut 4 Me is available for download after signing up for their newsletter.