MISSIO

By Matt Collar, AllMusic

Austin, Texas’ MISSIO is an electronic-duo known for their dark, emotive pop. Formed in 2014, MISSIO features singer/songwriter Matthew Brue and producer/instrumentalist David Butler. Initially, the project began as an outlet for Brue’s solo material. However, after he invited Butler to collaborate on a few songs, they decided to move forward together. Recording in Butler’s converted garage/home studio, they began sculpting their brooding, anthemic sound; releasing such tracks as “I Don’t Even Care About You,” “I Run to You,” and “Can I Exist?” By the end of 2015, they had made their debut at SXSW and garnered support slots alongside acts like SAFIA, K. Flay, and others. In 2017, they delivered the single “Middle Fingers” and signed a recording contract with RCA Records.

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SAN HOLO

By Liam Martin, AllMusic

Dutch bass producer Sander van Dijck (aka San Holo) blurs the line between EDM genres in the pursuit of creative freedom. Originally, Holo had intended to be in a band, but the constant frustration of relying on others pushed him to explore a more solitary approach. Music production led him to Codarts University for the Arts in Rotterdam. After graduating, Holo worked as a ghost producer, and after some production success, he decided to strike out on his own. Holo began to build a significant following on SoundCloud, through which he launched his Don’t Touch the Classics remix series — featuring remixes of classic ’90s and 2000s hip-hop, such as Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” — substantially increasing his fan base in the process. In 2014 Holo released his debut EP, Cosmos, through Heroic Recordings. Around the same time, the Walt Disney Company was threatening legal action over his stage name, claiming it to be infringement on the popular Star Wars character. Fortunately, Heroic stood by Holo, defending his name as a tribute born out of a love for the franchise; eventually Disney backed off. The following year, Holo partnered with Monstercat for his second EP, Victory. A string of singles followed on various labels, including OWLSA and Spinnin. While the labels Holo chose to work with were all fairly open-minded and forward-thinking, they didn’t provide the level of creative freedom he craved, leading to the formation of his own his own label, Bitbird. His third EP, New Sky, was released on Monstercat in 2016, and he embarked on his first North American tour that year, including stops at Coachella and the Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

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MURA MASA

By Timothy Monger, AllMusic

Known by his stage name of Mura Masa, electronic producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Alex Crossan hails from the Channel Island of Guernsey located between England and France. A lifelong musician, Crossan began experimenting with beats and electronic production at the age of 15, and just two years later, his track “Lotus Eater” was picked up by a number of different BBC Radio 1 DJs, effectively launching his career. His 2014 Soundtrack to a Death mixtape was released by German indie Jakarta Records, and the following year he signed a distribution deal with Polydor to release his debut EP, Someday Somewhere. Arriving on his own imprint, Anchor Point Records, the EP featured vocal contributions from U.K. singers Nao, Denai Moore, and Jay Prince. His “Lovesick Fuck” single climbed to number one on viral charts and he followed up in late 2015 with the single “Love for That,” featuring Manchester singer Shura. A year later, Crossan collaborated with American rapper A$AP Rocky on a reworked version of “Lovesick Fuck,” breathing new life into the single now retitled “Love$ick.” He began 2017 with “1 Night,” a collaborative single with Charli XCX, in advance of his debut album. Mura Masa’s eponymous full-length effort arrived in the summer of that year via Interscope Records. Alongside Rocky and XCX, the release also featured guest appearances from multi-instrumentalist Damon Albarn, French singer/songwriter Christine & the Queens, and American rapper Desiigner.

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BRASSTRACKS

By Billboard

You may know them best for producing Chance the Rapper’s smash “No Problem,” but this New York duo also boasts production credits for the likes of Anderson .Paak (“Am I Wrong?”), plus co-signs from GRiZ and Lido. Expect Ivan Jackson (trumpet, production) and Conor Rayne (drums) to make some more funk-infused noise in 2017. – Matt Medved​

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PETIT BISCUIT

By Andy Kellman, AllMusic

One-half of an indie rock duo called Mount Dreams, Mehdi Benjelloun also produces lean and dreamlike dance music, inspired by the likes of Bonobo, Shlohmo, and Flume, as Petit Biscuit. Benjelloun, a native of Rouen, France, started making music on his synthesizer at the age of 12 and was a quick study. Within a couple years, the multi-instrumentalist — who can also play cello and guitar — was uploading early recordings to SoundCloud. In May 2016, at the age of 16, Benjelloun released a self-titled EP highlighted by the dazed “Sunset Lover” and the whimsical “Once Again.” Benjelloun made his first performances around the same time, including an appearance at Festival Panoramas.

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SPENCER LUDWIG GETS NEW ‘FEELS’ ON REMIX EP

By Bryan Kress, Billboard

If Spencer Ludwig’s refreshing blend of jazz, funk, and pop on the 2016 viral hit “Diggy” caught you by surprise, prepare for six more sides to the song on his new EP Diggy Feels, Pt. 1, out now via Warner Bros. Records. Including remixes by Grammy-winning electronic artist RAC, St. Lucia’s Nick Paul, and Jeffrey Brodsky, the new release gives fans a chance to see the developing dimensions of the prodigious trumpeter and singer.

“I put together this collection of remixes for two main reasons. The first is to be able to connect with all types of music lovers from all over the world,” Ludwig tells Billboard, in typical two-part fashion. “The other main reason… is to showcase the amazing talent within my inner circle. I am so proud to call all of these incredibly talented producers friends, and I am honored to be a platform for their discovery.”

While some selections came naturally from the studio, like the remix by “Diggy” writing partner Daniel Nigro, others were more personal — as is the case with the feature from middle-school collaborator Cary Singer and another from AHEE, who shares an alma mater with Ludwig.

“I’d like to think that ‘Diggy’ is a song for everyone,” Ludwig says. “Whether you’re into pop, EDM, deep house, tropical house, dubstep, nu disco, indie alternative… there will be a remix for you, and this will also hopefully turn into the beginning of our journey together.”

Part 1 will be followed by the second installment on June 16, that Ludwig says will be “full of whole new group productions and feels.” Check out the new EP on Spotify below, and be sure to catch Ludwig perform at Billboard’s Hot 100 Festival this August at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, NY.

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Source: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/7825658/spencer-ludwig-feels-remix-ep-listen

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SAM GELLAITRY

By Matt Collar, AllMusic

Scottish DJ/producer Sam Gellaitry makes forward-thinking genre-bending electronic music that is as evocative and experimental as it is club-ready. A native of Stirling, Gellaitry first began making music in his teens after his older brother introduced him to a computer-based production application. With his family’s blessing, Gellaitry left school at age 16 to focus on music. By the time he was 18, he had gained enough attention for electronic label and collective Soulection to release his Short Stories EP in 2015. That same year, he also released the Escapism EP, on XL Recordings. Two more EPs, Escapism II and Escapism III, dropped in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

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CHEAT CODES

By Neil Z. Yeung, AllMusic

Los Angeles-based electronic trio Cheat Codes debuted in 2015 with their single “Visions,” a floor-filling, radio-ready bite of house in a vein similar to Avicii and Swedish House Mafia. The three members of the group — Matthew Russell, Trevor Dahl, and Kevin Ford — each have deep roots in L.A., working on individual projects before joining forces for Cheat Codes (Dahl once performed as singer/songwriter Pluginstereo). Their different backgrounds helped inform Cheat Codes’ stylistically varied sound, which can range from warm pop to outright big house bangers. After the release of “Visions,” they quickly followed with the tropical-tinged “Don’t Say No” (featuring Dresses), “Senses” (featuring Lostboycrow), and “Adventure” (featuring Evan Wartner). As they gained exposure on social media and spins on streaming services, they joined the Chainsmokers on tour. Successive singles continued to drop in 2016, when they unveiled a pair of global hits, “Sex” (featuring Kris Kross Amsterdam) and “Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)” (with Dante Klein). The following year they released their biggest feature yet, “No Promises” with Demi Lovato on vocals, and embarked on the No Promises world tour (taking them to the U.S., Europe, and Australia).

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Source: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/cheat-codes-mn0003391646/biography

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ALAN WALKER

By Billboard

British-Norwegian EDM producer Alan Walker was a mere 18 years old when his track “Faded” became a massive European hit, topping the charts in ten countries and entering the Top Five in six more. Born August 24, 1997 in Northampton, England to a Norwegian mother and British father, Walker moved with his family to Bergen, Norway at the age of two. A true post-millennial child, Walker grew up surrounded by technology and became fascinated by computers. In 2012, inspired by EDM producers K-391 and Ahrix, whom he’d discovered on YouTube, and film composers Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer, he began to create his own music on his laptop. Working in the genre of “drumstep,” a kind of slowed-down drum’n’bass, he eventually uploaded the instrumental track “Fade,” which was soon picked up and re-released via the No Copyright Sounds (NCS) YouTube channel and free net label that promoted the two aforementioned EDM artists. “Fade” was a huge success, eventually garnering a staggering 65 million hits, and was followed by two more equally cinematic (if somewhat less popular) songs, “Spectre” and “Force.”
The majors soon sat up and took notice, and in 2015, Walker signed to Sony Music. His first single for the label was “Faded,” a reworked version of “Fade” featuring uncredited lead vocals by fey Oslo pop singer Iselin Solheim, who had herself burst onto the scene only a couple of years previously with her song “The Wizard of Us.” Driven by Solheim’s angelic, ethereal vocal, a melancholy yet catchy melody, and punchy, high-quality production — as well as a dark, dystopian music video shot in a number of crumbling post-industrial locations in Estonia — the song topped the charts in Sweden (where it went nine-times platinum), Germany, France, Italy, his native Norway, and elsewhere around the world. He later released a stripped-back acoustic “restrung” version with all the EDM elements taken out. Walker made his live debut at the X Games in Oslo in February 2016, and followed this up with a series of high-profile festival appearances. ~ John D. Buchanan, Rovi

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