Music You Need
- New Releases | Music News | Music Reviews | Event Coverage | Artist Interviews | Exclusive Mix Series | Daily Articles | Event Promotions
We are a team with a passion for music, and we're here to share that passion with you! From house to dubstep, we cover and promote all types of electronic music, hip hop and more. We review new music, conduct artist interviews, event coverage, and write weekly posts. All of the music we review and all of our exclusive releases are reposted here! For music submissions, event coverage, or artist interviews, please feel free to contact us on Fluence!
- music writing, underground, music blogging, music interviews
- hip-hop, electronic, edm, startups, dubstep
- San Diego
"Saturday Afternoon" by S A Reyners opens with a jazzy and funky piano riff, plus a very swingable drum beat. Then we get some light and fun vocals from Mr. Reyners who sings of falling in love and living life. The guitar we get laid on us in the bridge brings the island vibes, wrapping this tune into an almost Beach Boys sound. Overall, it's an easy listen with a little bit of soul and and danceability. Thank you for sharing!
"Class is in Session" by Cliz opens with a grimy synth, hard hip hop beat, and quickly gets into the first verse. With student loans and education as the main topic, we are painted a picture of the current crisis in the USA. The flow is fresh and quick-witted, while the beat is futuristic and tight the whole way. Love this one. Thanks for sharing!
"Hero's Departure" is an incredible original piece by wonderfully talented pianist (and composer) GIULIO TACCON. Soaring, epic, uplifting chords strike the listener right in the heart of all that is beautiful. Crisp execution, and complete melody make this a glorious tune any day. Thank you for sharing!
"Divided We Stand" by the Vivians opens with a fun and exciting guitar riff that sounds like it could be in a Quentin Tarantino movie. The video is shot in clips of the band performing, the lead singer's lips, and an interesting jaunt through the city they are exploring. The vocals are on point, really pulling emotion out of the air and striking your heart strings. The guitar won't let you rest and is well executed. The drums are non-stop and move the beat right along. Really enjoy this poppy, punky, indie, alt rock sound that The Vivians have fused. Excellent work!
"Hollow" by The Romantic Era opens with some pretty piano melody and a wavy synth effect, and is quickly followed by powerful vocals and an epic progressive house-sounding build. The drop has a wonky electro sound, and is full of emotion. The second verse starts right after the drop has about 4 bars, into another build that soars with soulful lyrics from the female vocalist. The breakdown around 3 minutes is awesome, allowing some breath and quietly building tension up until the final drop.
"Indecisive" by Quez features some witty and yet meaningful lyrics, some great video acting, and a really intimate cinematography style that I enjoy. There's an interesting outro after the song where two friends talk about basketball for a minute and then the woman he has been singing about knocks on the door and he can't decide whether to let her in or not. The song tells us about the love/hate relationship we all develop with our partners, and the author's inability to decide which path to take. Great story. Loved it!
"The Bitter End" by Donny Radwell starts off with a beautiful acoustic guitar solo, followed by soft vocals in harmony, singing about the end of a painful relationship. The lyrics are powerful and haunting. When we get to the bridge, we hear a slightly different beat and tempo that seems more improvisational and jam-like. Back into the original riff, we get more amazing vocals that touch the heart and warm the soul. Love the tune, thanks for sharing!
"This is Home" by Adam Purski is a very raw look into the city Adam hails from. Scanning sprawling rooflines, riverside walkways, and the streets, this video takes you on a journey into Melbourne. The flows from Adam are heartfelt and smooth. I really enjoy the vocal layering and dual filming of him singing and rapping. Great song, sexy beats, and powerful message. Well done.
"The Infidelity of Language" by Steve Benjamins opens with a powerful guitar riff and is quickly followed by sultry and soulful vocals from Steve, backlit by a beautiful harmony and simple guitar strum. As the energy builds, we are introduced to the ballad belting from Steve that really shows off his range. The second verse is more drawn out and really strikes the heart chords of the listener. Powerful lyrics, impressive singing, and quality beat production all make this track worth a listen (or many). Thanks for sharing!
"Red" by EMII has a sweet bass line intro, followed quickly by female vocals, which build into a pretty wub-tastic drop at 30 seconds. Melodic dubstep meets pop in this one, giving the listener a fresh taste of bass music. The breakdown halfway through the track has awesome vocal samples and fat bass kicks. Overall, a fun and beautifully done track. Thanks for sharing!
"Wonder" by Martin Tillman is a beautifully orchestrated piece; opening up with strings and synths, we get a nice house bass kick about 30 seconds in, and shortly thereafter are introduced to a guitar riff. At a minute in, the bass line picks up and the beat takes you for a journey. At two minutes the song has transformed into a progressive house tune that is both mesmerizing and energetic. At 3 and a half minutes, we get a wonderful and eclectic breakdown that soothes the soul and carries the listener to another world. Great track overall, really enjoyed it!
This promo of "Spell" by Hollywood Principle is very pop-oriented in terms of vocals and beat, but the drop has a futuristic sound that keeps it relevant and fun for the listener. Wish I could have heard more; 60 seconds isn't enough!
"Feel Free" by Clast opens softly with synths and white noise which slowly transforms into beautiful vocal samples and a soundscape that brings you to outer space. At 45 seconds in, we get a vocal verse that is haunting and powerful, with heavy bass layered underneath. At 1:10, the beat comes in, and we hear this track for what it is: a wonderfully composed and soulfully recorded downtempo tune that is already timeless at first listen. Really like this one!
The verse is somewhat of a cacophony, but overall it is interesting to listen to. The lyrics are in the form of a poetic love rhyme. "Chill Pill" definitely lives up to its name; as it doesn't build too much energy and remains downtempo. I like it, especially the jazzy piece for the outro. I want more of that sound throughout this tune. Thank you for sharing!
"Homebody" by Max Green has a soulful vocal intro, followed up by a guitar riff and funky drum beat that reminds me of a cross between Ratatat, Thomas Jack, and Vampire Weekend. His voice is that same soft and fun tone, he brings the tropical vibes, and that guitar. Great track, definitely love it! Thanks for sharing <3
Umiaq is a new artist for us over at MYN, and we are pretty impressed thus far. "Watch Me Go" featuring incredible vocals from Mickey Shiloh, is some super fresh 'future-pop.' The beat implements sick elements from the purple and future bass movements we've heard on the West Coast and beyond, while the melody has an uplifting pop feel as do the vocals. Then the drop happens, and it takes you completely by surprise. Fusing trap and melodic dubstep, we get a nice taste of Umiaq's full sound. After the drop there's a house beat that takes over and ups the energy a bit. Overall, awesome track. Thanks for the share!
From the first note I was hooked. Deep bass thumps, piano riffs, beautiful and emotional vocals, a hip hop beat, and a dark synth growl underneath it all make "Blithe" by Tw*nkles a great listen. Excellent production, inspired lyrics, and an intense vibe show us that this new artist is serious about the game. Looking forward to more from her. :)
"Runaway" by DJ Who and Giandari is a fun and light electro/deep house tune with great vocals and a sweet funky beat. The intro is long and emotional, and after the first drop, the energy gets higher and the tune gets super groovy. Thank you for sharing!
Inspired and John DeMartini give us an inspirational message in this amazing video. Showing us beautiful feats and moments in human experience, we are uplifted and carried away to a place of gratitude and love. The words of "John's Song" tell us to love ourselves and to share that love with others. Be able to say "Wow" when you look in the mirror. I'm paraphrasing because the message is so touching. Please watch this video and pass it along. Thank you very much for sharing <3
"Rivers" by Amber Skye opens with a wonderful uplifting piano riff, followed quickly by sultry and emotional vocals from Amber, and a very mellow dubstep beat making this a good radio pick. This song crosses many bridges musically, and is a pleasure to listen to. Very well composed, powerful, and soaring. I can't give much feedback besides to keep this quality of work up! Thank you very much for sharing <3
"I Saw Momma" by Emii is a new take on the classic Jackson 5 Christmas tune that is emotional yet fun, and modernized for our time. The chorus has a gospel sound, the vocals are incredible, the instrumentation is well done, and the whole tune gets you up and moving. Lots of soul and love oozing out of this version. Love it.
"Inferno" by Calibrate opens up with a dark and eerie sample, a hip hop beat, and some spacey synths. A trap vibe comes in, with some big bass, a rising build, and then it is stretched out with a nice build effect into a fat drop. The tune gets super robot sounding, bringing us into the future realm. The bridge is well done yet short-lived and then we are brought to the second drop, which isn't much different from the first aside from a few laser stabs. I like how the track finishes up; storm samples, and a fade out on the synths. The beat stays constant throughout in a house-style mode. Good track overall.
BigPlayTae brings us a sexy, rnb meets hip hop tune in his new release "Honeys." We hear our main character spitting his game and then the chorus gets the vibes flowing. Really enjoy the beat and the uplifting melodies; the song was built well and is super catchy. Plus we get a quick Biggie sample throughout that is used quite well. Love it!
Eric Sharp & Tenova give us a super vibey tune with "Slow Me Down." Deep house sounds, a smooth bass kick, plus sensual vocals really add a completely new dimension to the track. The beat is groovy and the empty space during the drop almost makes this a big room song. After the first drop, we really start feeling the power of all the song elements blending together to form a truly unique and pure sound. Really love this one, will be sharing!
"Red Dust" by Rodello's Machine was a nice surprise and quite a change of pace from our regular submissions. A light acoustic indie rock sounding song, we get elements of country and bluegrass that is just real down home music. A beautiful violin melody floats on top of harmonizing acoustic guitars, and uplifting lyrics from the lead singer remind us of Dave Matthews. Thank you for this submission. Love it.
X-Change and Shayon TheHitman give us their take on Pharrell's "Freedom" and boy is it a doozie. Opening up with a little funky beat, we quickly hear electro synths that build the energy and get you in a spacey mood. The first build has a strong melodic electro sound, slowly bringing in a vocal clip from the track, which drops into a heavy progressive electro chorus. The bass kicks are huge, the synths are soaring, and the beat is fat. Overall the track is big room sounding, with great organization and quality production. Top notch!
This clip from "Firework" by Hollywood Principle has sultry vocals, a funky and futuristic bass beat, with a pop sound during the chorus, and an overall beautiful harmony and groovy vibe. Looking forward to hearing the whole track!
"Sunshine" by Tom Misch is absolutely breathtaking. It opens up with a melodic synth lead plus a click percussion sound. Then vocals come in and a little guitar riff harmony which turn it into a disco track with a touch of RnB. The bass starts kicking on the next phrase, and by now you have started dancing to this song. The lyrics are clever and a little sensual, with a John Legend-esque voice singing. Great track- super light and fun, perfect for summertime!
"Lovers" is a beautifully orchestrated piece by Rain Valley People. The guitar is a simple chord, there is some nice melody in the background, but the vocals are really what makes this song. The man's voice is full of emotion and a little rasp that almost reminds you of Chris Martin from Coldplay. Absolutely love it. The lyrics are soulful and poetic. Wouldn't change a thing, thanks for the share!
"Lost" by the Damnwells is an all black and white video filmed in the streets of LA and a high end music studio. Showing scenes of a woman who has left the singer, he wanders alone and we see flashbacks to the time they spent together. The lead singer sounds a bit like a country singer, with a little twang in his voice, plus he plays an acoustic guitar. The melody moves right along with the beat, as it's a very uplifting song despite the lyrics.
"Hold On" by Jes has beautiful vocals open up your eyes and get you into a dreamy state from the beginning. A melodic house song starts us, showing us that its a progressive tune with its beat, build, and then booming and harmonious drop. The bass kick makes it feel like an electro song, but it's right on the border, similar to what Zedd or Calvin Harris produces. High quality instrumentation, great timing, and some incredible singing by Jes make this song quite a lovely listen. Enjoy.
StereOdyssey gives us quite a treat in "Anomalies." A mellow, ambient and instrumental introduction wavers into the foreground as a calm bassline invades the scene, with accompaniment by a dirty synth. Then the hip hop beat comes in, giving the track some rhythm, shortly after a melody enters which consists of a bell sounding synth with a simple note sequence. Then finally the harmony, which sounds like electronic flutes chirping away; an almost Asian garden sound to the track. Another soaring melody comes in this time, adding depth to the song. A quiet vocal slide gives some attack to the percussion. And then the bridge. A beautifully written piece with high quality instrumental synth sounds that make the listener get lost in the music. The beat slowly comes back in, and the main harmony layers on top, perfectly rounding out the song. Really love this one from StereOdyssey and hope to hear more in the future!
"Cocoon" by Fletcher Beasley is a downtempo tune with some eclectic guitar samples garbled up, wind instruments sounding like chimes are put in, with a funky little drum beat, and a beautiful synth melody on top. The percussion is off-beat which gives the track a little swing and a hip hop feel. The bridge has a lovely piano piece to round out the track. Really like this one.
Some white noise to open up the track makes you feel like you're in a crowded train station. Piano keys come in, flooding your senses. A marvelous piece is unfolding, as Alan Watts is quoted speaking of free will and breathing. Then a chorus appears with a light percussive beat, next bar a melodic electric guitar starts shredding, balancing out the sound of the track. "Breathe Out" but the JJ Evanoff Experience is also a free download, so make sure you go listen and grab it soon. Excellent work.
Opening up with some funny vocals and a groovy little house beat, "You're Hysterical" gets into the first verse and reminds the listener of Bloodhound Gang back in the day with a modern twist. A sweet and smooth 80's sounding synth creates the melody with a jingling bell synth rounding out the sound. The lyrics are entertaining while still making the listener think. The beat keeps you moving throughout, and the scream samples are a nice touch. We really enjoy the hip hop meets house chemistry present in the song. Loved it.
Evan Tyler has another track for us titled "My girlfriend's laptop" which is a funny story about a man exploring his girlfriend's photos and web history. The lyrics entertain and leave you speechless as the flows keep coming and coming. His album "CAT RAPS" is coming out soon, and if these two tracks are representative of what we have in store, we look forward to more of this EDM meets hip hop style. The music is chilled out, futuristic, and yet brings us back to the days of 90's hip hop. The distinctive voice of Evan Tyler sounds too much like Bloodhound Gang, you gotta hear it to believe it.
Adam Foster opens up "True Romance" with a little nature sound recordings of the rain and wind, and then brings in a sweet little melody made with a marimba instrument plus a tropical house beat to make you feel like you are being transported to an island paradise. A woman's vocals tell us we are "So cool" and then the bass drops into a deep house sound. The vibe is chilled and sexy, getting us ready for summertime poolside parties. As an added bonus, Adam has made this a free download via his Soundcloud, so be sure to check it out. The bassline is dirty and groovy and we love it. The breakdown has a cool monologue about a summer day in the recent past.
"Skip the Day" by Digital Slumber Party opens with an eclectic and melodic synth track, which quickly leads into a mellow dubstep/hip hop beat. The song then brings in some beautiful harmony that will have the listener floating int he clouds. The beat drops out, leaving just melody, and then some fun wobs come in and the track gets super bass-y. The video is an endless stream of psychedelic images blended with amazing videography shots including time-lapse, slow-motion, and more. The track reminds us a little of Adventure Club but with a more psy-trance sound. Overall, great track and a fun listen. Enjoy!
HUGE banger from Cuzzins on his new remix of "Set You Free" by Scotty Boy. Massive energy from the get go, leading into a ridiculous build, and then the tension breaks with a super melodic bridge. The vocals from Nina Sung come in, and the synths used for the build come back in, layering over top of the beautiful melody. Some lasers start shooting off as the vocals are reverberated, then another electro synth is brought in, which drops into a big room trap style banger and short little electro stabs at the end of each four bars. The second build and drop gives the listener even more energy and gets you ready to jump. Intense and well done remix from Cuzzins. Check it out!
One of our all time favorite tracks, "Seven Nation Army" gets a fun jackin' house meets Melbourne bounce facelift that is sure to knock your socks off. A super fun and bouncy remake on the melody, excellent use of the vocals, and a killer synth line on top that sets the whole track off. The bass line is dirty and sick, just how we like, and the builds are well done. The second drop gets weird with the instrumentation, and is even heavier than the first. We love this one, and hope that you do too. Check it out!
New Zephland has a little preview of their new track "Tenderoni" that is pretty dope. In the style of Kanye, the vocals are spoken word, with a futuristic broken beat and classic hip hop melody, this one blends new and old flawlessly. Good track.
Axel Knox goes hard in "Mogass," his new original. With a smooth and melodic progressive house intro, beautiful vocals and a powerful build, you have to wait to hear any big bass until 90 seconds in. The drop catches you by surprise, with a super old school acid house vibe that reminds us of underground techno parties from the 90's. There's a second build, which gathers even more energy than the first and gets the listener losing themselves in anticipation of the second drop, which thumps on the subs and gets super weird in the instrumentation. Very fun and classic sounding track. Enjoy.
Bernie Journey is a new artist for MYN and someone we predict having a big future. "Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking" is an 80's synth pop sounding track that has super groovy guitar riffs, fun melodic vocals, and a funky beat. Really like this classic sound being revitalized. Enjoy.
Elijah Muhumuza brings us an intense and powerful video of him flowing while wearing soccer jerseys. His lyrics don't stop, while he speaks about making it through a struggle in life. He finds success during the song and shows his swag, all the while the beat hits hard and has an incredible guitar riff. It's refreshing to hear hip hop with truth and passion behind it, and see such high quality video production. Look out for more from this guy.
Reminiscent of Turntable.fm, this video shows little dancing figures whose faces turn into various animals. It's definitely a trip with some very cool animation effects. The song is an progressive house banger with amazing vocals and an eerie yet melodic synth that carries the whole tune. The drums and effects fit perfectly and help you lose yourself to the music. Great work from self.same.