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Hip-hop artist Like Mike releases anticipated debut album

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G-Easy, Russ, Like Mike
G-Easy, Russ, Like Mike

Like Mike recently surprised fans with the release announcement of his debut album, Pain, Love, & What Comes After. The album is a collection of songs that were written over the past decade, describing different chapters of Like Mike’s life as an internationally renowned artist touring the globe: the ups, the downs, and everything in between leading up to the moment the world shut down. 

Pain, Love, & What Comes After is a heavy hitting album with features like Smokepurpp, Blueface, Wifisfuneral, and rap superstar Lil Baby. The 15-track body of work flows cohesively between songs, with peaks and valleys that craft a pensive story of pain, love, and everything in between.

Following the release of three singles setting the stage for the album’s ultimate release, ‘One Night with Mr Eazi, ‘W Hotel with renowned rappers Smokepurpp and Blueface and finally ‘Lipstick with S3nsi Molly and Jodi Couture; Like Mike provided ample insight as to what listeners could expect from the album. Available now in-full, the balance of the 12 unreleased tracks see Lil Baby grace the dynamic delivery of ‘Silence’ alongside additional features from Yung Mavu & Chuki Beats on ‘Butterflies’.  

Like Mike’s foray into the hip-hop and rap space signifies a monumental shift in direction for the talented music producer and songwriter. Making a splash with this striking assortment of key collaborators, Like Mike embarks on this path with intention and poise.  “I’m not trying to control life anymore,” Mike explains. “I’m trying to experience it. I’m trying to be present. This album is me being present through so many ups and downs and creating through my experiences.

During a journey that spans over 15 years, Like Mike has achieved a staggering number of career highs and secured #1 singles in a multitude of countries. His 2016 single The Hum went platinum and a collaboration in 2017 with Ne-Yo on Higher Place secured the #1 Billboard Dance position.

This project grew from his need to dig deeper into the sounds of his early years and young adulthood, a blend of genres that were the soundtrack to his life. Like Mike’s younger years were in a period during which he was exploring his musical creativity. Singing and songwriting were the first steps into his musical career. “Music has always guided me through life,” he says. “Any moment can be intensified through music: moods can be changed, stories can be told, feelings become timeless, and memories can be solidified.

Tracklist

Like Mike – Pain, Love, & What Comes After

1. Gratitude 

2. No Service 

3. Silence (feat. Lil Baby)  

4. Not My Enemy 

5. You Lied 

6. Feeling a Vibe 

7. Lipstick (feat. S3nsi Molly & Jodi Couture)

8. W Hotel (feat. Smokepurpp & Blueface) 

9. You Say (feat. Wifisfuneral)

10. Down for Me (feat. Killertunes) 

11. One Night (feat. Mr Eazi)  

12. Butterflies (feat. Yung Mavu & Chuki Beats)

13. Air (feat. Ricky Hil)

14. Tokyo 

15. Wasted

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Musician Várvara shares mesmerizing beats with new music video

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Shakira, Fergie, Várvara
Shakira, Fergie, Várvara

Announced by national television with the words “2020   is her year”Várvara intends to step up more in  2021,  without forgetting her origins. As a living melting pot between the East and the West, it is a  personal concern of hers to portray the duality of these two cultures in her music and challenge the ideas that exist in today’s world. 

Since she would have loved to have someone to look up to as a child, she decided to be that person herself, and represent the people who come from where she comes from. Growing up in a  Balkan household among other artists, Várvara was exposed to a wide variety of musical styles from an early age. She has retained this openness to this day and has understood that she should not be narrowed down into genres either. 

When Várvara is not working on new songs in the studio, you can find her in front of the camera in roles that challenge her personally and allow her to grow. In  2020 she could be seen on the big screen in the lead role of the award-winning film APART. 

Várvara’s new single CHAMPIONS is about marginalized people who step into the ring, day after day, and relentlessly give their best to win, regardless of whether they choose it or not. Powerful dancehall beats give the energy one needs to be the champion they truly are. Even though inspired by the immigrant community, the song doesn’t exclude anyone – it’s aimed at everyone who needs a team, because without team spirit we won’t get very far. 

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Renowned game Far Cry® 6 receives Afro-Caribbean soundtrack

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Camila Cabello, Natti Natasha, ChocQuibTown , Ubisoft
Camila Cabello, Natti Natasha, ChocQuibTown , Ubisoft

The island of Yara will not be the same after a corrupt president takes unnecessary action against the residents who do not comply with his order in the new game Far Cry® 6 via Ubisoft. The game features the music of composer Pedro Bromfman which takes a neo-classical and Caribbean approach. The Music of Yara LP has been unveiled for this world-renowned game. This soundtrack takes a vibrant approach with reggae, salsa, and Afro-Caribbean notes.

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Ubisoft Music shared their excitement on socials: “New Far Cry music alert! Listen to our latin-themed playlist featuring the best tracks of the Island. Including exclusive tracks from Porfi Baloa  & Gabylonia  #FarCry6

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The LP consists of noteworthy Venezuelan musicians Porfi Baloa and Gabylonia who have both had their share of commercial success for their work. The Island of Yara is painted in one colourful picture with this latest offering, showing us the lively and electric atmosphere its inhabitants create when they are free to roam as they please. There is definitely a diverse palette needed for the game’s music, but we are not mad at it.

LP tracks ‘Camino Revolucionario’ & ‘Sueños de Libertad’ feature on the Spotify playlist POP_GROUND.fm

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PREMIERE: Dark electronic music producers sweeep & WTCHCRFT collaborate

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Holy Other, oOoOO,sweeep,WTCHCRFT
Holy Other, oOoOO,sweeep,WTCHCRFT

Image credits: Sweep by Eveline Schuyff / WTCHCRFT by Guarionex Rodriguez

Announcing their collaborative album burning the most beautiful thing I’ve got, set for release on the 8th of September, music producers sweeep and WTCHCRFT have created magic with their new track ‘overlooked’. The album was recorded between Worms studio in Rotterdam and Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm. We are delighted to see this unique collaboration of influences work together to deliver what we can only imagine being one dynamic forthcoming album release. We can confidently say this after listening to ‘overlooked’ for ourselves and being completely in awe at how mellow yet bass orientated this track is.  Today we are pleased to exclusively share this song with our 80h8 community today. sweeep is a Stockholm born music producer that blurs her sound between bass beats to the more ambient qualities of the electronic music sphere. WTCHCRFT has prior experience in producing hip-hop beats for names likes GBC and Bones, even though he now follows a more industrial sound today. Together this pair create electronic synergy in one sound. 

Enjoy ‘overlooked’ below:

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Musician Gozé shares snared up hip-hop beats

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J.Cole, Jay-Z,Gozé

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Gozé, is the alias of producer/artist Sebastian Fritze. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden and currently based in Venice, CA, Gozé is deeply inspired by the melodic hooks and beat-based poetry of 90’s Hip Hop. The project began with a simple concept in mind: to have a new featured artist on every track he releases, ultimately infusing each song with a fresh vibe and keeping the listener on their toes. Fritze is also a member of the acclaimed indie rock band Grizfolk.

His latest single “Wish U Well”, features New York rapper LoftBlue and Los Angeles artist Sakari. The 90s hip-hop inspired tune is rich in poetic production, emitting a cool, laid-back aura. Starting off with an icy intro, the smooth beat and deep bassy burn shifts into an alluring emporium of vocals from Sakari, giving off buckets of class and creating a cool, mellow atmosphere. Gozé divulges, “I get inspired by songs that take you on a journey. I wanted the listener to feel like they start somewhere and end up somewhere else and at that point say ‘wait, is this the same song?’ to then bring them back home again.”

With the intention to create music that brings an essence of nostalgia, whilst being fresh and new, Gozé delivers a surprise with each and every release. He confides, “I love hearing a track and being able to recognize instantly who produced it. The Neptunes, Timbaland, Dr. Dre had such unique sounds that their productions almost became the artist itself. My intentions are to create that with Gozé.”

Over the years, Fritze has performed to sold-out arenas, at venues including Red Rocks and Radio City Music Hall and on shows such as David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and many more. His previous release “Chasing Dreams” features rapper Old Man Saxon and trans activist Shea Diamond and is the official song for Hulu’s Original Documentary, “Changing The Game.”

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PREMIERE: Alternative hip-hop musician MAUVEY shares positive energy

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The Weeknd, Brent Faiyaz, MAUVEY
The Weeknd, Brent Faiyaz, MAUVEY

Radiating with positive vibes and spreading love through his music, musician and creative MAUVEY has announced a series of single releases for the rest of 2021, along with music video’s directed by MAUVEY himself. This Ghana-born music producer grew up in between the U.K. and Vancouver, Canada. Exposed to a diverse range of musical influences growing up, the artist crafted an eclectic sound fusion of alternative pop meets hip-hop. Definitely an artist to watch, MAUVEY has been supported by names like Huw Stephens and  BBC Music Introducing’s Gemma Bradley on Radio 1. We are thrilled to present MAUVEY’s new double single ‘Sunday Afternoon/ I GET IT ’ via 604 Records with the 8oh8 community today.

Pre-Save: ‘Sunday Afternoon’

MAUVEY shares: “‘Sunday Afternoon’ is not just about FOMO, it’s not just about the best night out ever, it’s not just about having so much fun that you come back home on Sunday Afternoon. It’s about being so obsessed with someone that only the biggest night out of all time will get your mind off them.” 

Enjoy’ ‘Sunday Afternoon/ I GET IT ’ below:

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Electronic music producer 박혜진 Park Hye Jin raps in her new single

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M.I.A, Peggy Gou, Park Hye Jin
M.I.A, Peggy Gou, Park Hye Jin

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박혜진 Park Hye Jin has released the second single from her highly anticipated debut album ‘Before I Die’. Following the wistful house of lead single Let’s Sing Let’s Dance’, ‘Whatchu Doin Latersees Hye Jin switching between the sung chorus and verses rapped in her native Korean and highlights another side to an album that encapsulates the electronic, rap/hip-hop and downtempo sensibilities of this multifaceted artist.

Before I Die—set for release on 10th September on Ninja Tune—is entirely written, produced and performed by the South Korean-born and now LA-based the producer, rapper, singer and DJ, and comes on the heels of a string of collaborations, working with the likes of Clams Casino & Take A Daytrip (“Y DON’T U”), Blood Orange (“CALL ME (Freestyle)”) and Nosaj Thing (“CLOUDS”), plus a remix from Galcher Lustwerk (“Can you”). 

It follows the release of her hugely successful How can IEP, with Hye Jin drawing widespread support from the likes of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Jezebel, FADER, DAZED, i-D, E!, Resident Advisor, Exclaim!, Hypebeast and many more. She was additionally featured in numerous ‘Best Of 2020’ lists from Billboard, The Guardian, NYLON and others, included in the NME 100 list of ‘Essential emerging artists for 2021’ & V Mag’sGeneration V’ series, and highlighted by British GQ and Stereogum as ‘One to Watch’. The EP’s lead single, ’Like this’—hailed by Mixmag as one of the “best tracks of 2020” and featured on the FIFA 2021 soundtrack—was supported across BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music (where it was playlisted for multiple weeks) with plays from Annie Mac, Clara Amfo, Lauren Laverne, Phil Taggart and many more. In the US the track was #1 of ‘Top Electronic’ in the NACC Charts (North American College and Community Radio), and in the ‘Top 200’ overall, with further support from KEXP, KCRW, SiriusXMU and more.

Before I Die is set for release on 10th September on Ninja Tune, with Hye Jin also heading out on a run of North American tour dates later this year which includes a co-headline show at Elsewhere with Shlohmo, III Points Festival in Miami and more. 

North American Tour Dates:

Sept 25 – San Diego, CA – CRSSD Festival 

Oct 7 – Toronto, ON – Coda

Oct 8 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere

Oct 15 – San Francisco, CA – 1015 Folsom 

Oct 22 – Miami, FL – III Points Festival

Oct 23 – New Orleans, LA – Buku Festival 

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Evocative singer ELUNIA shares electronic EP Deep End

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Halsey, Hayley Kiyoko, ELUNIA
Halsey, Hayley Kiyoko, ELUNIA

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When reality became too much, ELUNIA created an alternative existence. A singer-songwriter-producer executing all of her own visuals, the New Hampshire-based recording artist captures the endless meaning of human interaction as an immersive experience. Her music delves beneath the surface, with striking electronic textures, soaring melodies, and observant, probing lyrics.

Although trained in music from an early age, it was the discovery of transforming feelings into creative entities that inspired the emerging songsmith to chart a different path. The multi-instrumentalist began writing and producing incessantly, hiding away in school practice rooms as a coping mechanism for the isolation she faced in the world around her. Fragments of thought noted in the midst of heart-wrenching moments evolved into ethereal, liquid atmospheres. Co-producing with multi-million streamed producer JMAC (Haux, Luz), the result is a flood of wild self-expression channeled through cinematic soundscapes.

Her new five-track EP DEEP END is a fresh and fluid, deep-blue dive into ELUNIA’s waves of emotions narrating the motions of life as an outsider. Sonically, the EP has classical undertones under a mystical, oceanic bed of electro moments, all carrying dark currents with a glitter of hope. With gentle swirling synths and ELUNIA’s tender vocals, each single shows the progression of the young artist’s personal development through an observant lens of mental health, exploring the societal pressures of conformity vs. individuality. She explains, “The listener follows my path to finding a feeling of purpose, from the growing pains of bullying and exclusion to discovering people and experiences where I felt wholly accepted, and for the first time, at peace, with my own identity.”

Leading single “Pressure Points” speaks of idolizing someone through a struggle with mental health and the fear of losing them. ELUNIA describes, “It’s not like someone is outright saving you, but more that they’re just existing in the right places and the right ways, and it’s really subtle, but that makes it all the more powerful.” “Pressure Points” features cries of hazy guitar falls and atmospheric keys, all shimmering with authenticity. The mellow track includes original voice memos with birdsong floating in the background, resulting in a hypnotic and peaceful delivery and ultimately giving listeners a moment to breathe and appreciate our inner strength. 

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SONG PREMIERE: Bass-heavy electronic band Ultimate Fantastic announce new EP

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Marshmello, Far East Movement, Ultimate Fantastic
Marshmello, Far East Movement, Ultimate Fantastic

Looking for a rap-infused bass listening experience that features lyrics with integrity? We did as well and then we found it in the electronic bass outfit Ultimate Fantastic’s latest song ‘Who Now?’, which is set to feature on their next EP project Gadzooks via renowned bass record label Gravitas Recordings. The EP is slated for official release tomorrow and we are thrilled to present you with another track to feature on this release; ‘Keep Moving’. When listening to this track please ensure you have ample space around you, as listening to it will fire you up to a point that you may end up bouncing off the walls. The band formed after performing together at Burning Man and have been inseparable ever since. ‘Keep Moving’ is a vibrant bass track that is filled with a poised attitude, and that is what 8oh8 is all about. As we wait for the full EP to be unveiled, please enjoy ‘Keep Moving’ below.

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Music producer Poté releases debut album A Tenuous Tale of Her

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Sampha, Daniel Caeser, Poté
Sampha, Daniel Caeser, Poté

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On A Tenuous Tale of Her”, Poté (aka Sylvern Mathurin) marks the debut album release for Bonobo’s OUTLIER imprint. He shares emotive single from the album titled ‘Stare’, in which we see the Paris based artist reflect on his own experiences with mental health. “It’s a song about being in a vicious cycle with anxiety and paranoia” he explains, “where we feel there’s no escape, no space to breath”. 

‘Stare’ arrives shortly after the announcement of “A Tenuous Tale of Her” and lead single ‘Young Lies’ ft. Damon Albarn, which received widespread support from the likes of Pitchfork, NME, Line of Best Fit, Consequence of Sound, Stereogum, XLR8R and Mixmag who described the single as “an energetic cut that pulsates with vibrancy and life”. Poté has also received praise across a wide spectrum of supporters in the past, including Annie Mac, MistaJam, Phil Taggart, Nina Las Vegas, TEED, Pierre Kwenders, Jamz Supernova, Laurent Garnier, and Toddla T. He’s been featured in Bonobo’s 2019 ‘fabric presents’ mix, featured on 2019 Africa Express album “EGOLI”, produced remixes for Little Dragon and Gorillaz, and recently performed on Colors Berlin

Channelled through an imagined theatrical performance with a pre-apocalyptic setting, “A Tenuous Tale of Her” provides a record that’s tough, tender and grand all at once. The connections Poté has built along the way speaks to the variety of his influences: with connections from Lisbon’s kuduro-fused Enchufada label, to Benji B and Damon Albarn, he’s built a sound that’s packed with ideas and musical touchstones alike.

Poté’s music has always balanced contrasting impulses. On the one hand, there’s the rhythmic, celebratory music of his Caribbean upbringing, and on the other, there’s his interest in exploratory, emotive songwriting. On this record, he takes that approach in a bolder direction: immersive and atmospheric, it’s a platform for those two sides of his music to strike a fresh dialogue. It’s the latest chapter in his journey to find newer and bolder ways to express himself. On this record, more than any project he’s released so far, Poté undoubtedly opens up – both in his sound, and in the parts of himself that he reveals.

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