Having discovered music at a young age, MUNDU started rapping and writing his own lyrics at the age of nine, before joining his local church choir where he began to hone his singing and live performance abilities. He also attributes his childhood to his varied taste, recalling how his home was always filled with music of different genres from all corners of the world. It was through this journey of both nature and nurture that he discovered his passion for music and MUNDU was born.
Inspired by artists from Pink Floyd and Thundercat to SZA, Coldplay and Pharell, it’s no wonder that MUNDU’s sound is so unique. Seamlessly marrying various elements from his influences with his own individual style and creative vision, MUNDU creates music that you won’t find anywhere else. Now, with his newest single, MUNDU is determined to show off his growth as an artist.
‘Brag & Boast’ follows MUNDU’s previous releases; Hana, a five-track long EP released in 2019 and the single ‘On My Ones’, released the year prior. Between projects, MUNDU has kept both himself and his audience busy by regularly dropping new music on his Youtube Channel; from acapella renditions of his favourite songs to cross-genre mashups and original material, all of which have gained him a loyal and ever-growing fanbase.
“Brag and Boast originally started as a freestyle celebrating the wins that I have experienced this year in the midst of the global pandemic, as well as the goals I am currently working to hit. Having first heard the instrumental by Kaelin Ellis (Lupe Fiasco, Virgil Abloh, Kaytranada) through a video that he posted on social media, I instantly fell in love with it and began writing the first verse with the video on repeat. Following that, I downloaded the instrumental and recorded the freestyle as a response.
Two Can has just released his latest dance anthem, teaming up with singer/songwriter Kyan Palmer to craft a summer-ready release with ‘Under My Skin’. The two artists perfectly display their best qualities in the tune, combining stellar production with infectious toplines. ‘Under My Skin’ starts off with groovy basslines and soothing atmospheres before the buildup leads to a drop full of uplifting vibes, all under Kyan Palmer’s infectious vocal performance.
The new single represents both sides to his musical creativity. There’s plenty of reference to his electronic music heritage, with a catchy pop-hook thrown in for good measure. Speaking on the new single Two Can states:
“Under My Skin is an uplifting indie piece, with zesty hooks and positive analogue sauce, Under My Skin is a feel-good jam that will get anyone tapping their foot.”
The summer is finishing out strong for TheFatRat with his new single “Rule The World”, punctuated with a vocal feature from AleXa, possibly K-Pop’s most exciting breakout artist. After receiving one of the biggest musical Awards in Korea, Soribada Best K-Music Awards, AleXa has continued to raise expectations ever since her multilingual K-Pop debut song “Bomb” reaching #7 on Billboard’s “World Digital Song Sales” chart and receiving over 16 million views on YouTube.
TheFatRat and AleXa’s respective styles combine to form an alliance of epic proportions, showcasing the unification of their two cyber universes and musical atmospheres. “It was beyond amazing to work with a producer that shares a similar creative vision and to witness TheFatRat’s incredible tenacity and unique style first hand”, states AleXa.
“Rule The World” is a genre-breaking inclusion of three key musical styles: the explosive Melodic Glitch Hop TheFatRat pioneered, combined with the global grandeur of K-Pop, in addition to an ethereal and powerful musical presence that TheFatRat admits was influenced by the songs of ABBA. “I had been listening to ABBA a lot while I wrote “Rule the World” and their songwriting techniques definitely rubbed off onto the overall vibes of the track.”
The song immediately sweeps you into its triumphant tempo, crowded by AleXa’s “Rule The World” chants and a tenacious stomp-clap pulse, followed closely by a dynamic set of bass and snares that vitalize the feelings of achieving your goals. The synthesized sounds build with anticipation for the next drop, keeping listeners transfixed by the airy, yet fearless vocals of AleXa that carry the empowering lyrics of being able to overcome obstacles and make huge accomplishments in life when you have an encouraging partner by your side.
“I’m a firm believer that the right partner can make all the difference and bring out the best in you,” says TheFatRat. “Together you feel like you’re strong enough to conquer and rule the world.”
On his second single to date, Moxley Rey unites with Jeff Carl to invite you to the “Garden.”A salubrious mix of soothing indietronica, left-of-centre pop and euphoric EDM, Moxley Rey’s chameleonic production style perfectly propels Carl’s pensive and hopeful vocal lines. Rapturous strings build a soothing wall of sound, before the track switches gears towards the stratosphere. An unforgettable chopped vocal melody is hammered home by a stadium-sized drumline, with Carl’s honeyed tones floating high above.
GARDEN in their own words
Moxley Rey – I had written a song called “Garden” and wanted to just get a nice vocal demo of it, so I showed Drew Southwell, Josh’s brother, at the end of a session I had with him in LA, and he kindly recorded my vocals for it, and that was that. On to the proverbial hard drive it went. Months later, Drew circled back expressing interest in the song for this new producer project for his brother Josh, called Moxley Rey, and I loved the idea, and now here we are, in all our collaborative glory.
Jeff Carl – Basically, “Garden” is trying to capture the emotional juxtaposition of the moment in a dying relationship when you start to realize it’s over. On one hand, you’re happy to finally acknowledge what you’ve known for a while, that the ship’s going down, but on the other hand, you’re remembering your entire history with someone that you love. That’s why I was obsessed with the imagery of a garden, something that literally represents time, energy, and investment. You spend so much time toward the end of a relationship, as you should, fighting to make things work or trying anything possible to find hope for survival, but there’s this beautifully sad moment when I think the relationship officially dies when you stop trying. When you let go of your grip. I was imagining this scenario of, from a distance, seeing your partner flirting with someone inside of this garden, and instead of the usual feelings of betrayal, jealousy, possessiveness, or anger, you actually kind of secretly feel relieved, cause it means your partner is starting to let go too. You feel the weight of your history together, and it’s sad, but you also feel the first glimmer of light peeking through from the future, a future where you and your partner are happy again, just not with each other.
About Moxley Rey – Moxley Rey is an electronic-pop artist and producer based in Melbourne, Australia. Having completed a bachelors in sound production at JMC University in Brisbane and growing up learning guitar, drums and piano, Moxley Rey combines elements of organic instruments with modern electronic synths and tones to create dynamic atmospheres and beats. Moxley Rey’s first single ‘Better For It’ was released via YouTube giant Chill Nation and their subsidiary label, Lowly. Moxley Rey is a composer/producer for TV/Film on the side having written for networks such as E!, ITV and TBS. About Jeff Carl – Jeff Carl is an independent, Nashville-based alt-pop artist and songwriter. Since 2011, he’s released three EPs and more recently a couple of singles teasing a full-length record, Adventure Bible, that’s been three years in the making. The soon-to-be-released album chronicles his adolescent life as a gay kid leaving the church and the curveballs that followed. One of the singles, “Buried in New York”, enjoyed a Billboard music video premiere, a validating honour made sweeter by the fact the video was directed and shot by two of Jeff’s brothers, Ryan and John Carl. When he’s not working on his own music or selling his weight in tacos to pay for it, Jeff can be found writing for film and tv (Shameless, Siren, Siesta Key) and for other friends’ and artists’ projects (Trove, Jackie Castro, Tolan Shaw, Imaginary After), and when he’s not doing THAT, he’s watching Avatar, playing Animal Crossing, and spending too much quarantine money on smart bulbs.
Chicago-based bass producer Vermyllion is back with a new collaboration with Spades on April 1st. ‘Coalesce’ provides the perfect fusion of their respective styles and talents. The track builds slowly and steadily creating a supernatural aesthetic with hints of the heavy bass that lies ahead. The build feels like a spaceship blasting off before throwing listeners into hyperspace. The trip is wonky, weird and enthralling. An alien-inspired break makes the second drop hit even harder with a truly engulfing sound. Thick bass, wild sound design, and perfectly placed audio flourishes come together for an exceptional heater. Spades & Vermyllion’s collab is part of Spicy Bois’ latest compilation
HARINA is a German-born, London-based singer-songwriter who left behind her future as a dentist in 2016 to move to London, jumping into the deep end in pursuit of her dream to become a contemporary pop icon, and she’s well on her way. She navigated to a bachelors degree at BIMM London and her natural talent was soon spotted, signing to Universal sub-label Polydor with her duo project ‘Zazoo’, shortly after. The duo’s debut single “Spinnin’ Round” was released in November 2018 and generated over 300k plays across all platforms, with heavy support on various radio networks.
At the same time, HARINA has been working on her solo project and released her first teaser song late last year, “Last Christmas”, an energetic hip-pop Christmas song, that incidentally raises awareness of climate change risks. Her official first single is coming out on January 15th, a ferociously slick trap-pop anthem in Ariana style, addressing another universal issue that’s clear from get-go. Effortless catchy, filled with indelible melodies and crisp production, HARINA has a hit on her hands and is soon to become a household name in the pop world.
Speaking to the motivation behind Nothing, HARINA shares:
“In the past, other people’s expectations have led me into confusion and made me lose my Intuition when making important decisions. The wrong guidance has pulled me away from my initial plans and put me into a state of self-doubt. We live in a society and I work in an industry where Profit is everything. the Ultimate advantage is a hefty pocket. Hence people in powerful positions can make empty promises and sell faulty dreams in their boundless thirst for money by packaging them as the one-way ticket to success.The whole message behind “Nothing“ is the realisation that these promises are not always made in goodwill and might not lead you to a place you want to be in. I reached a point where I’m letting other people’s opinions go and seeking my own way to find fulfilment. Nothing, absolutely nothing will stop me from doing what I want.”
All we can say is 2020 has been kicked off with a bang! With a tail of amazing talent kicking off the new year with some special releases. Barren gates & Alter have done exactly that, with their strong composition of aggressive metallic synths and deep melodic vocals. King Of The Damned is a perfect example of the success of these two artists in 2019, with them both hitting over 100k monthly listeners and millions of streams between them both. It is also nice to see the hit Youtube channel Valiant teaming up with Killabite Media for this stunning release and their joint venture.
Giacomo & Stefano formally known as Italian duo The FifthGuys, created their bond through high school where they both had a strong passion for music. The two have been taking on the music industry for a few years now, combining over 300,000 monthly on spotify alone. With their track W.Y.L.I.G with Daivd Persson they have used a serenade of complex melodies and synths. Using something as simple as a triplet in the drop, this just makes such a great bouncy atmosphere.
Taking on a cover of the hit single Astronomia by Tony Igy.32stitches has teamed up with Italian producer Hoober with new single Astronomia, combining a euphoric complexion of intense sound design and moving melodies. They have combined both signature styles into an energetic stream of emotion and passion. Astonomia is set to be released on the 9th of December on Trap Nations imprint Lowly, this is not the first time Hoober has appeared on this label. With his debut single Do It Again, 32Stitches has had his fair share of label success. With his release Olympus on NCS (NoCopyrightSounds), he has accumulated half a million streams alone over the past months.
LA-based producer, DJ, singer, & multimedia artist Xie debuts “Jungle Juice,” the first single from her forthcoming freshman EP Art & Money, releasing independently with Create Music Group. Xie has created an atmosphere where you can just picture yourself at a house party, with the tribal like beat and aggressive pitched synths. Jungle Juice hits hard and we wouldn’t have it any other way, you can stream Jungle Juice below:
“I started Jungle Juice with the first four chords, it felt part emo but also uplifting. I thought about embracing the wild side, and how “crazy” spontaneous decisions in life can be good and healthy. The way you feel a few drinks in on that cocktail at the house party – when all the shit you put on yourself and things that tear you down don’t matter. – Xie on “Jungle Juice”