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TOTAL MELTDOWN: 2016 STAND OUTS

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STAND OUT TRACKS OF 2016

So many artists were discovered and recognized for their talent in producing and making music throughout this year. To be honest, it was a pretty successful for 2016's music community in general. For this one hell of a long Total Meltdown playlist, here are tracks that stood out in 2016 for the Melting of Age Team! Enjoy!

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NEW PAPER CRANE COMPILATION

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PAPER CRANE: AURAGAMIWritten by: McTavish Jones
Auragami is the latest and greatest compilation from the powerhouse collective Paper Crane. Auragami is full of amazing songs from artists such as, Metsä, Madnap, Omniboi and many others. The first track we are greeted with is a collaboration by Tofuku and Naisu called “Individually”. This track begins the compilation a somber and melancholy feel, with spacey vocals from Tofuku and a smooth rhythm from Naisu’s rapping. One of the many tracks that stood out among the rest was Omniboi’s “Catching Up,” a smooth yet bouncy track. Paper Crane's Auragami is definitely worth the checkout!

Available for purchase here!

Also, catch Paper Crane's New York show on January 13th! Details here!

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NEW WVLF REMIX

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"BELISPEAK" - PURITY RING (WVLF REMIX)
New York producer, WVLF, surely did a fantastic remake of a signature Purity Ring track, "Belispeak." The original spinning in spirited synths and chimes, WVLF drove his version in another direction putting a heavier future trap spin on the track. Keeping the vocals vibrant and entangled in pitch manipulation, the remix is a standout for a pleasurable listen to put you in a jovial mood!
Below share and take a listen to WVLF's remix of "Belispeak"!

Also available for download here!

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NEW CRAPFACE EP

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BEACH RAVES
Yes, it's the middle of winter here in California, but with Crapface's new EP, it could feel otherwise like summertime! Every track on Beach Raves is a tribute to the festive moments we all enjoy during the sunny seasons by the poolside and beach fronts. It's an enjoyable listen filled with fizzy beats and animated samples and instrumentals. Tracks like "Hawaiian Punch," implicating a jazzy sax, and "Splash Fight with Beachday" embrace frivolous bouncy rhythms and vocal bits. You will just simply have a good time whilst listening to Beach Raves!

Below share and listen to Crapface's new EP, Beach Raves!

Also available for purchase here!

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ARTIST Q&A: BOHKEH'S NEW COLLAB

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"SKY" - BOHKEH FEAT. BAECHEL
Bohkeh is back again and this time he has a sweet thrilling track to share with us all. Featuring blissful vocals by Baechel, their new collab, "Sky," is a pop-y and bubbly tune that will cast a smile on your face. Full of textures and frothy synths, the two friends generated a combination of future classic and pop beats within the track. Just like the music video, the track's charming and colorful qualities is what makes it so unique. You might just catch yourself humming this bubbly anthem once you take a listen!

Below check out the Artist Q&A with Bohkeh talking all about his newest release with Baechel! Enjoy!

Also available for download here!

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1) Can you tell us about how this collab came to be? 

My good friend, Raychel Yu (Baechel) and I have been talking about collaborating and showcasing her voice for quite some time. After a while of just communicating a…

NEW GRINLESS BOOTLEG

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"WE RISE" - SAN HOLO (GRINLESS BOOTLEG)
It is always great to hear new versions of San Holo's music, especially when the turnout is solid. Grinless continues to surprise us with tracks that surpass expectations, to say the least. With his new bootleg, Grinless took a gambol spin on a classic San Holo track, "We Rise." Mixing the build up and drops of the track, Grinless made a song that brings out the qualities of how fun this song can get. Using various samples and patterned beats, the bootleg embodies several styles of music, which it all seems to fit together perfectly well. 

Below share and listen to Grinless's bootleg of "We Rise."

Also available for download here!

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NEW LONEMOON MIXTAPE

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APOLLO 18
Lonemoon inevitably brought it home with this new seven track mixtape! From the smooth "Intro (lambo smashin')" to the bumping old school vibe of, "Rollin" featuring beautiful vocals by Ivy Hollivanna, the entirety of Apollo 18 brings out some of my favorite elements in hip hop music. With lyrics of pursuit and vision, this innovating artist plays with jazzy soul instrumentals to deliver a track like "Brainless," produced by Glitch. From start to finish, he captivates your heart with music you can only describe as wittingly eccentric. This is one genuine rapper/producer who you do not want to pass up!

Below share and listen to Lonemoon's mixtape Apollo 18!

Also available for purchase here!

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POINT OF VIEW INTERVIEW #41

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PRODUCER/DJ: CELADON CITY

This producer has really grown to be one of my favorite artists as of recently. The sound of melodic instrumentals that carry your soul into other spaces of peaceful energy is what gravitates many listeners to his music. From Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Ethan Strange aka Celadon City uses mystical and lighthearted beats like soft piano and xylophone to perceive his mind of music. It only exhibits exceptional positivity yet heavy emotion. For example, his recent EP titled, Summeryoung, which was released via Secret Songs, is a pure and beautiful composition of tracks that can brighten anyone's day. Below check out the interview with the remarkable Celadon City! Enjoy!

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Question 1: What got you into making music? 

My first experience with music was when I was about six. I lived next door to my great grandmother, and she had this very old piano that I loved to play. I loved to play that piano every day I visited he…

NEW 2TONEDISCO RELEASE

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"U & ME" - 2TONEDISCO FT. BB TEETHWritten by: McTavish Jones “U & Me” is the latest track from the gods 2ToneDisco andBB Teeth. This song is amazing.. seriously. We begin with bouncy saw chords, then enlightened with BB teeth’s robotic and beautifully auto-tuned voice. The song then builds to a drop with rhythmic chords jumping back and forth and house drums carrying the rhythm, vocal chops of BB Teeth's vocals compliment well with bell melody in between chords at a few moments. After a gorgeous breakdown, we are greeted with a guitar-ish lead. This song is seriously a masterpiece. The good feeling this song irradiates definitely deserves a listen.
Also available for purchase on iTunes here!

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ARTIST Q&A: EHALLZ'S NEW REMIX ALBUM

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RESURGENCE: THE REMIXES
Ehallz is back and with this Resurgence remix project he has curated a list of creative producer friends who have transformed the already beautiful piece of work. First dropping Resurgenceback in May of this year, Ehallz made his debut album an extension of what his style in electronic music can offer. After listening to the original, it is great to see a list of diverse artists take their unique spin on certain tracks. Beginning with an intro that leads you into the world these creators have built for us, and the album also includes bonus tracks like "Radiance Pt.2" and "City Lights." With artists like Tombi, remixing "Sonar" into a spiraling dark bass trap track, and Send Off, beautifully reconstructing "Void", the entire remix album will fulfill that itch for something brilliant and new! To be honest, the list of artists on this album are all exceedingly talented, and no song is done without justice. Below dive into th…

POINT OF VIEW INTERVIEW #40

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PRODUCER/ DJ DUO: SKULLS
There's something about this California Bay based supergroup that always seems engage many ears and that's probably because of how intricate and solid their music is constructed and delivered. What caught my attention about the two producer team was the intense energy behind their music. Having multiple EP releases through Terrorhythm to dropping fire remixes, such as their new RIP release of Gud's "U Want Me," via Pilerats, SKULS attach ambient like trap and future beats, giving us something different and originally beautiful.
Below check out the interview with SKULS talking all about their start in their rising music career! Enjoy!

Also get SKULS's new remix of "U Want Me" for download here!

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Question 1: What got you guys into making music?

We both first met in middle school and started making beats and mashups. As time went on, we got better and better and created different …

POINT OF VIEW INTERVIEW #39

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PRODUCER/DJ: @HIKEII

Jersey club inspired producer, @hikeii, is making moves you don't want to miss. Based in Los Angeles, California, @hikeii has a unique style when it comes to producing jersey club music. Every track he delivers will always exhibit his personality and spontaneous way of incorporating samples and beats. Tracks like his Rich Chigga flip and his Galantis remix collab with Warpstr titled, "No Money," are just a few that can amp up any club or function. From being a member of the Paper Crane Collective to being a co-founder of the music label, CLUBJERSEY, @hikeii is not only a young incredible artist but one of the most hard working individuals out there at the moment. With over 5,000 avid listeners on SoundCloud, lately, he has been throwing down signature jersey sets all over the LA area. Below check out the inspiring interview with @hikeii to get a sense of the direction he plans on going! Enjoy! 
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Question 1:…

4NGLEFIRE REMIX

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"AN INFERNAL" - CELES7E (4NGELFIRE REMIX)
The dark and eerie original by CELES7E is an exploration of music that you don't hear that often but drags you in to discover more just like it. Along with releasing a mini EP, CELES7E had, new producer, 4NGLEFIRE, remix his fantastically grim "An Infernal." Riveting with buzzing bass and daggering synths, 4NGLEFIRE's take on the track provides you with a whole new upbeat. Easing you in with a haunting intro, the entire remix is captivating from start to finish. Released via #weirdkids, every artist on that label is one you should keep an ear out for!

Below share and listen to ANGLEFIRE's remix of "An Infernal"!

Also available for download here!

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POINT OF VIEW INTERVIEW #38

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PRODUCER/DJ: LEWIS CANCUT

From Melbourne, Australia, NLV Records artists, Lewis Cancut, brings a whole new style of electronic music. Colliding sounds of manipulated tones and vocals, the charismatic vibe in his music intrigues any ear and heart. His work such as his recent release, Indoor Rainforest EP and multiple collabs with artists like Swick, Tony Quattro, and more, show the kind of innovative mindset he has when it comes to delivering something original to the scene. Touring with Nina Las Vegas herself around Australia, Lewis Cancut is one you will need to catch this month. Below check out the interview with this unique producer as he talks all about the inspirations behind his music and rising career! Enjoy!

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Question 1: What got you into making music?

When I was a teenager, it was just before music was really on the internet. This was just before Napster happened and we lived in a small countr…

TOTAL MELTDOWN #4

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PLAYLIST SERIES: NOVEMBER W/ MAHOUDREAMS

Filled with a ton of sizzling and blissful tunes, Mahoudreams curated this month's Total Meltdown Playlist for you to discover new and exciting artists! Check it out and enjoy below!

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POINT OF VIEW INTERVIEW #37

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PRODUCER/DJ: MARK REDITO
From producing music to generating a crowd together through Likido, Los Angeles producer, Mark Redito, is making moves that are impacting the music community as a whole. Also known by the name of Spazzkid, his eclectic style not only tests the limits on his sleeve in producing music but also inspires others to push their own limits as a creative human being. Tracks like, "You'll Only Love Me When I'm Gone" to "Boba Date," and various eccentric remixes and EPs are projects that just skim the top of what his artist briefcase has to offer. Exposing the underground music scene, Redito's newly formed event series, Likido, is breaking the walls down to give light to artists who are within diverse/marginalized groups and communities. Hosting events in LA and New York City, Likido is slowly becoming one of the most unique and inspiring platforms in our generation. Having only great things to say, below check out the interview with the …

ARTIST Q&A: FOXFUL'S NEW ALBUM

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BAD DIMENSIONWritten by: McTavish Jones In Foxful’s LP, BAD DIMENSION,  we are greeted with a melancholy tone and vibrance. This album begins a new form of Foxful. A deep smooth melancholy sound. the snappy snares with warm basses create and solidify the rhythm while the bright synths jump on top. We have a lot to look forward to from Foxful and this is just the beginning of a new sound. Below share and listen to Foxful's new album, BAD DIMENSION!
Also available for purchase here!
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1) What other forms of entertainment or art inspired you to create this album?

While making the album I drew a lot of inspiration from cinematic work such as Stranger Things, Hannibal the television series, The Twilight Zone and defiantly the anime Steins;Gate as well. Video games like The Legend of Zelda and Skyrim also had some influence.

2) What was the creative process like when creating this album?

Well. I came up this the idea for this album almost …

NEW LEWIS CANCUT RELEASE

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"BODY QUERTY"
Being the second release from his upcoming EP, Indoor Rainforest, Lewis Cancut makes us all buzz with anticipation with "Body Querty." A sassy and peculiar tune, Lewis plays with squeaky and high pitched sounds and vocals that captures your attention, on what feels like, the first beat. With body moving drums, "Body Querty" has a magnetic and exotic charm. Already laying down the first couple tracks, via NLV Records, we are just beginning to taste what his EP will deliver.

Below share and listen to Lewis Cancut's "Body Querty."

Available for purchase here!

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NEW SAKIMA TRACK

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"ALL YOUR SECRETS"
It's always exciting to hear new music that is strongly cloaked in an artist's beautiful sentiment but even more so is when you too can also feel the vibrations of these feeling. Wrapped in hypnotic vocals and caressing soft bass, the new Sakima track will drift you away into musical waves. Lyrics of courage and lurking ambition, the UK producer warns us that only great things will derive from him. Released from the music label, Manifesto, "All Your Secrets" perfectly showcases his warm and tender voice and ability to produce music that touches the emotions of many.
Below share and listen to Sakima's "All Your Secrets"!

Available for download here!

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POINT OF VIEW INTERVIEW #36 + GUEST MIX

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PRODUCER/DJ: SLEEPYCATT

From Hamilton, Canada, Max Schramp, aka SLEEPYCATT, has a variety of styles when it comes to creating club music. From hip-hop trap tracks to slamming Jersey Club tunes, this Canadian producer has the heat you will definitely enjoy. Tracks like "Not What You Think" featuring Jay Portal and his recent release of a DBLCRSS remix are just a few examples of what his diverse music catalog offers. Member of the music collective, JiggyThvtMusiic, SLEEPYCATT's Jersey Club influenced style incorporates house and bass to give a flair of enthusiasm and playful energy to his creations.
For Point of View Interview #36, SLEEPYCATT blessed us with an exciting interview and an exclusive guest mix! Hope you enjoy!

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Question 1: What got you into making music? 

I’d like to say my interest in music was from playing clarinet or piano in middle school, but being ho…

NEW ASHIRO TRACK

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"PARADISE LOST"
Formerly known as Wild Calling, the Detroit-based producer, Ashiro, comes back again with a heavy hitter titled, "Paradise Lost." A track with a dreamy intro leading into vigorous musical momentum is not just a song but a journey. With soft piano ballads and destructive synths and bass, Ashiro experiments with the styles of dubstep and electro to enhance the range of music he has in store. Being the third strong release under his new moniker, Ashiro is one to keep an eye on.

Below share and listen to Ashiro's "Paradise Lost"!

Also available for download here!

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SKULS EP

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TERMINAL
This refreshing and captivating EP, SKULS released last month, is quite slept on in my opinion. Based in the golden state, California, the duo dropped a mystifying EP, via Terrorhythm Recordings, that will collect all your nerves and sensations with trap and tribal beats and vocals. From the rich and echoey intro, "1501" to the glass shattering track, "Lotusville," SKULS brought us a 4 track EP that displays fearless emotions and bold attitudes. Every dynamic song on Terminals is a facet of what SKULS believe in when it comes to generating genuine reflective music.

Below share and listen to SKULS's EP, Terminal!

Also available for download here!

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NEW OMNIBOI REMIX

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"SHELTER'D" (A SALUTE TO PORTER ROBINSON)
Omniboi delivered to us a precious gem that incorporates all of our favorite things about him as an artist. This devoted track compiles melodies of various Porter track's as well as his own giving us the perfect tribute to the Worlds creator. With characteristics of a large marching band to jazzy instrumentals, Omniboi has a talent in making music that touches the emotions of others in the brightest way. And with his signature piano melody merging within the song, I wouldn't blame you for shedding even the lightest tear.

Below check out Omniboi's "Shelter'd"!

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NEW STRIDER TRACK

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"JAGUAR"Written by: AREN STRIDER is the creator of HI-CHEW, which is a monthly radio show featured on Datafruits.fm. Strider makes some very unique beats, songs, and mixes. STRIDER's newest track “Jaguar” (released on November 2nd, 2016) brings a very mellow tone, but picks up pace making the song seem full of joy! The vibe that is created with the chirping of the birds, the sounds of someone walking on grass, and water dropping makes you feel as if are you in a magical forest. The combination of the beautiful beats and the ambience makes for an exceptionally amazing song that is enjoyable and serene.

Please be sure to listen to this excellent piece of work and tune into HI-CHEW on Datafruits.fm.

Also available for download here!

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NEW KAIVAAN TRACK

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"CHERRY KISSES" FEAT. AERIYSWritten by: McTavish Jones “Cherry Kisses,” by Kaivaan featuring vocals by Aeriys, begins as an airy and dreamy track beginning smooth with a deep sub bass and a vocal chopped melody. The vocalist then lays a thin but delightful rhythm to the song. The track then crashes into a loud drop with menacing sub basses with punchy kicks and a melody bouncing. This track changes moods and rhythm giving this song a unique listening experience.

Below share and listen to Kaivaan's "Cherry Kisses" feat. Aeriys!

Also available for download here!


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NEW OCULAR REMIX

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"SETTING FIRES" - THE CHAINSMOKERS FEAT. XYLØ (OCULAR REMIX)
From remixing Major Lazer's "Cold Water" to releasing songs off of Darum Direct, Ocular is unstoppable when it comes to music you are bound to fall in love with. This North Carolinian producer can literally set us on fire with his new remix of The Chainsmoker's "Setting Fires." Giving a lovely rich future bass vibe to the chill trap beat original, Ocular can always successfully turn any track into his own style. If you are ever feeling down, this is a remix you will want to listen to. It'll make your day feel even brighter!

Below share and take a listen to Ocular's remix of "Setting Fires"!

Also available for download here!

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NEW DIRTY CHOCOLATE AND ABBI PRESS COLLAB

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"WORST MOOD"
It's been a second since we were treated with a song by the lovely East Coast producer Dirty Chocolate. Collaborating with Abbi Press, this duo bring us a beautiful re-edition of The Weekend's "Starboy." Taking it to a slower realm of melody and giving you goosebumps with the smooth and tranquil voice of Abbi, this remix is as creamy as it gets. Dirty Chocolate playing with stretching and echo-y vocals, the track builds into an enticing upbeat conclusion, leaving us in a submerged pacific feeling.

Below, share and to Dirty Chocolate and Abbi Press's track, "Worst Mood"!

Also, available for download here!

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POINT OF VIEW INTERVIEW #35

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VISUAL ARTIST: KIKI MIURA

Creating art that enhances your visual appetite for unusual and remarkable art, graphic artist, Kiki Miura has just the skills to fulfill this need. From Honolulu, Hawaii, Miura can illustrate and produce 3D scenes and designs that show emotion and consistent personality in each one. The objects she chooses and the contrast colors incorporated, she really has an eye for combining pieces of unique character to give us stimulating art that works together cohesively and vibrantly. Her art is intriguing the eyes of many, from working on flyers for various nightclub events to eye-catching music cover art, Kiki Miura continues to express her creative self in the visual art she offers to the world. It is truly a pleasure and gift we get to see. Below, check out the interview I had with the amazing visual artist, Kiki Miura! Enjoy!

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Question 1: What got you into making graphic design/art?

Ever si…