TF Picks: Fresh Music Releases You Can’t Miss (#13)

With so much new music coming out everyday, we thought we’d help you pick up a few fresh music releases from the last week that you shouldn’t miss. We have compiled a list of music from various styles, genre no bar. Keep watching this space for your weekly dose of fresh music!

Yashraj, Karan Kanchan, Dropped Out – Raakh [Single]

An aggressive collaboration between Mumbai rapper Yashraj and producers Karan Kanchan and Dropped Out – ‘Raakh’ (ashes) – mixing hip-hop beats along with some ‘neck-wrecking’ dubstep rage and politically infused lyrics. Thematically, the song revolves around the specific suppression of those who protest and raise their voices against a faulty flawed system, and brainwashing people to believe that everything around them is all okay and we live a sweet little utopian world. Hidden behind the instrumental chaos is a sort of heavy breathing sound during the dubstep breakdown, which is symbolic of systemic strangulation of freedom of speech.

Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground Fire [Album]

Iconic innovative guitar player of Rage Against The Machine, Tom Morello released his latest solo album – ‘The Atlas Underground Fire’ – which has a stellar line-up of guests ranging from metal to country to hip-hop. The likes of Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Bring Me The Horizon, Phantogram, Chris Stapleton, Damian Marley, Mike Posner and more. What’s really smart about the song-writing is that it shapes to the comfort zone of the featuring artist, but you still know it’s Morello behind it all.

Demonstealer – The Holocene Termination (ft. Eugene Ryabchenko, Jeff Hughell & Nick Padovani) [Single]

Sticking to his own brand of extreme metal, India’s most persevering metalhead Sahil Makhija a.k.a. Demonstealer released ‘The Holocene Termination’, the title song from his upcoming EP which is slated for a 3rd December release. Known in the recent past for collaborating with some phenomenal metal musicians, he takes the same path and is joined by Eugene Ryabchenko of Fleshgod Apocalypse (drums), Jeff Hughell of Six Feet Under (bass guitar) and Nick Padovani of Equipoise (guitars). If you know Sahil, you know that he cannot do without blast beats and double bass runs in his life. High bpm blast beats, technical transitions, looming layered growled vocals along with some choral chants – this song has it all, a great display of what’s prospectively in store on the upcoming EP.

Cynefin Rush – Make It Happen [Single]

An easy-listening electro-pop single by Mumbai duo Cynefin Rush, revolving around the strife faced by musicians in the lockdown, ‘Make It Happen’, with its accompanying music video displays the spirit of incredible independent musicians who have persevered through tough times to continue to hone their skills, teach, play online gigs and continue the hustle to help each other as well as the general public in need through various initiatives, without any official or governmental support or recognition. It was hardly surprising that artists and the music business were deemed as non-essential, and even then, musicians showed extraordinary resilience to endure everything from diminishing savings, debt, insecurities and other mental health issues, to come out on top and ‘Make It Happen’ for the tight-knit indie music community.

Adele – Easy On Me [Single]

The first taste of the upcoming ‘30’, an album which she intends to narrate as a tale of her divorce to her young son, the smoky-voiced Brit diva Adele, in trademark fashion dropped the single ‘Easy On Me’, an emotional tearjerker themed more at forgiveness rather than fight. The song is a plea for understanding, encouraging empathy, following a breakup that has resulted in a lot of collateral damage for her, personally. It’s a mature approach to an adverse life situation by the well adored 33-year old pop sensation.

Varun Fernandes – Chaii [Single]

Varun Fernandes is one of the hottest Techno talents in the country. Starting his career in 2015 with Purr Music, Varun has taken his percussion-laden grooves to labels like Qilla Records, Zephyr Music, Soupherb Records, Balkan Connection and his releases have been championed by some of the biggest names in electronic music like Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, Luciano and many more. For his latest release on Spanish label Beatfreak Recordings, Varun Fernandes brings his love for raw and thumping bass lines to the fore with a full-frontal Techno roller called ‘Chaii’.

Rusko – Real Badman [Single]

Very few people knew that the man behind the seminal dubstep tune ‘Cockney Thug’ also had an inclination for Drum & Bass and he has made it very clear every time he has thrown a DNB tune at his fanbase. For his third Drum & bass release of the year, Rusko lands himself into the wobbly and bass-heavy lands of Souped Up Records for a power packed riddim that is charged with a funky bass line and rude-boy vocal samples.

Ivy Lab – Press Play [Single]

When Ivy Lab release music, what we are certain of, is that we have frisky coming our way and their latest banger ‘Press Play’ follows the same drill. Ivy Lab are not afraid to explore the depths of different sounds, both familiar and unknown to the scene and this tune explains why they are the figureheads in the Future Beats movement. Futuristic acid half step sounds presented on a BBQ beats platter.

Watch the Ride – Road Runner [Single]

When DJ Die, Dismantle, and Randall come together, the result is nothing short of spectacular. The guys teamed up in 2019 and since then, they have released ripsnorters one after the other and they don’t seem like they want stop any time soon. For their first release of the year, Watch The Ride have cranked up a flicker-y hybrid roller with their favourite bongo touches.

Ninja Exotic Machine ft. Yeho – Explore My Crack [Single]

Hailing from Italy, Ninja Exotic Machine is an experimental project of Matteo Coffetti and Kakofonico. Their sounds are defined by broken rhythms and percussions bundled with lush oriental melodies. Their brand-new exploits have come on Bergamo-based PHO BHO Records and it brings Israeli musician Yeho on vocals that are accompanied by crisp Mediterranean percussions bedded the over duo’s downtempo and tribal style of production.

Culture Beat – Der Erdbeermund (Reverso 68 Dub) [Single]

This will probably be the best piece of music you will hear all week. Pete Herbert is a London-based producer specialising in the Disco Balearic lands of electronic music. Reverso 68 is the virtuoso’s second studio project with Phil Mison aka Cantoma. As part of ‘Phil Herbert’s PH Reworks Volume Three’ compilation, Reverso 68 have flipped German Eurodance band Culture Beat’s classic Der Erdbeermund for an exotic poolside number.

Hyroglifics – If I Could [Single]

Hyroglifics only deals in the business of delivering skull piercing Drum & Bass music. While he has the knack of switching things and mellowing it down, the producer’s best output comes when he goes on a full rampage mode. Part of his Forlorn EP on Critical Music, Hyroglifics has come up with an intense low-end roller with compact bass grooves that maintain the deep web of tension throughout the tune.

We’ll be back next week with more interesting recommendations for you to listen to and/or groove to!




Image credits for Featured Image Collage –

Demonstealer – Nick Padovani clicked by Todd Farnham | Eugene Ryabchenko clicked by Guenther Floeck

Tom Morello – Still from YouTube video – Tom Morello | Fender Signature Sessions | Fender

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