may 29th | America may have taken a long weekend for Memorial Day, but the music world never takes a break (and neither do I).
This week we have some incredible EP‘s from up-and-coming artists you need on your radar, as well as a few tracks from relatively unknown artists that you’re about to hear all over the festival circuit.
Check out our favorite new tracks from the past week, and stream the entire playlist below.
ALIGN – Embrace
“Embrace” is the third and final single from Chicago-based ALIGN’s debut EP Intertwine, and it’s a beautiful melancholic piece that sets the tone for the entire record.
“‘Embrace’ is the final single of my EP, and ironically, it’s the intro track of the entire EP. ‘Embrace’ sets the mood for Intertwine, and revolves around the idea of letting go. Exploring this idea, even though it seems hard, can lead to special experiences that we might not have gone through otherwise.” – ALIGN
Duke & Jones – Paradox EP
The Paradox EP is a change of pace for trap duo Duke & Jones, who scale back the BPMs for a trippy four track journey.
“We wanted to keep the minimal trap sound that we’re known for on this EP, but
mixed in with sci-fi environment sounds. The soundscapes from both Alien and Annihilation were a big inspiration.” – Duke & Jones
Kittrix – Mindreader EP
Mindreader is the debut EP from Kittrix, who just rocked EDC in the Pixel Forest. The young producer showcases the more melodious and dark side of house music in the EP, drawing inspiration from tech house and bass house, with her own emotive distorted vocals thrown in for good measure.
Taim – Dreaming Still EP
Bass House producer Taim makes his return to CONFESSION with Dreaming Still, a bold three-track EP filled with club-ready, instant classics. Taim says that this EP was “a breath of fresh air” and it gave him a chance to “show the world the different styles and variety in (his) music.”
Vorso x Opiuo – Photonics
This collaboration was born out of a brunch gathering, and it’s a match made in heaven. Vorso and Opiuo are both known for creating electronic soundscapes without boundaries, and “Photonics” is exactly that.
Vermyllion – Purple Pills
We all remember the D12 hit “Purple Pills” but you’ve never heard it like this before. Eminem’s vocals are processed through a vocoder to create a hauntingly trippy melody that provides the backbone for this psychedelic bass track.
BLVD. – Crowd Control
“Crowd Control” is the debut track from newcomer BLVD. and it has all the makings of a festival anthem. While you may have never heard his name or seen his face, the track has already started spreading, with artists such as Alison Wonderland, RL Grime, 4B, Nitti Gritti, and Ekali all dropping the dark, grimy house banger.
Feenixpawl x Rico & Miella – Play With Fire
Australian duo Feenixpawl are back with another progressive house anthem destined for the main stage.
“We’ve been fans of Rico and Miella’swork for a while now, and we were completely blown awaywhen they sent us the vocal. Making music truly isn’t difficult when you have such a strong starting point like this gorgeous vocal.” – Feenixpawl
These are just a few of the songs in the newest update to Freshly Picked Beats. Be sure to check out the Spotify playlist in its entirety below.
Featured Image: Kittrix