GTA V isn’t the only thing worth talking about this week. Out now on Calvin Harris’ Fly Eye Records is Miami duo GTA’s newest single, “The Crowd.” Marking their first outing on the label, the tune encapsulates its underground mission statement, folding trap elements into a grungy electro framework. The tune is their first solo Beatport release since “Alerta” made a cameo on T & A Records’ Moombahton Forever compilation and shows a similar refusal to be quickly classified. Varying in rhythm, trading off between vocal sample and beat and introducing a vibe-changing break, “The Crowd” may in fact stand alone in an ever more homogenous scene.
This week the Firebeatz boys have revealed they have more in common with Calvin Harris than Miami flight snafus. Fresh off the success of “Gangster,” the Dutch duo announced their next track, “Yeahhhh,” will be released on Harris’ Fly Eye Records. Keeping the electro heavy and the intensity up, the preview showcases a downright devastating build that peaks with, of course, a “yeah!” Though only 82 seconds, the teaser leaves us sufficiently teased – the full track will be released April 15th.
London-based Jacob Plant has released a pulsing production with “Shakedown” via Calvin Harris’ Fly Eye Records. Starting the track off with a surging buildup, Plant delivers a dubstep-certified output with plunging bass and electro style. The talented producer transitions from escalating progressions to stabbing synths before unloading crashing sub bass — satisfying dubsteppers and electro enthusiasts alike. A relentless yet infectious offering, “Shakedown” is powerful start to Plant’s year and, with future releases in the works, hopefully only a precursor of what’s to come from the rising producer.
From the preview of their upcoming single, it looks as though Hard Rock Sofa is bringing the big room heat yet again. “Starlight” has a huge energy about it that is very reminiscent of Dirty South’s “Walking Alone.” It has already garnered strong support from Calvin Harris, Tiesto, and Nicky Romero among others, and as with most Hard Rock Sofa tracks, we expect to see that support grow. While definitely not on the same level as, “Here We Go,” ”Starlight” is another solid effort from two of Russia’s most exciting young producers. Look for this to drop early next week on Calvin Harris’ Fly Eye Records.
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