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Mikky Ekko – Blood Diamonds – Time

Grammy nominated songwriter Mikky Ekko released his debut solo album Time this week. Included on many “Artists to Watch in 2015” lists including Spotify, New York Daily News, and Music Times, Ekko’s focus on an artist career began soon after the spotlight he received for being a songwriter on Rihanna’s hit “Stay.” Included on Time is the track “U” which was co-written and produced by Pulse client Blood Diamonds, and premiered last week on influential blog Pigeons & Planes

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Lupe Fiasco / Blood Diamonds – New Album

Dubbed by Complex as one of the “Most Anticipated Albums of the Year,” Lupe Fiasco’s fifth album release is titled Tetsuo And Youth. The track “They.Resurrect.Over.New” features Ab-Soul and Troi and was co-written and produced by Blood Diamonds. More than 3 years in the making, and nearly 2 years after the album title was announced, Tetsuo And Youth dropped today and it is the first collaboration between Blood Diamonds and Lupe Fiasco

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Wax Motif – Since I Left You

Over the past 6 months, Wax Motif has been a part of several collaborations including tracks by Destructo, Tommy Trash and Hunter Siegel, along with remixes he’s done for Deadmau5, Chromeo, Warren G, and Sammy Bananas. His first solo release in more than a year dropped today and is titled “Since I Left You.” The track features vocals from Brandy and spotlights Wax Motif’s unique ability to blend disco and electronic styles into one infectious track

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Harlan / Little Brutes – EP

Writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Harlan has focused the last couple of years on being a studio collaborator helping craft songs for Mayer Hawthorne, Madi Diaz and others. Following some time in the studio with singer/songwriter Rachael Cantu the two decided to start an artist project called Little Brutes and the pair released their second EP titled Desire today. In its review, Stereogum said “It felt like Haim’s freewheeling spirit had been downloaded into an XX song,” and that each track on the EP was “expertly assembled and soulfully executed.”

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David Guetta / Bloodshy

Listen is the sixth studio album from David Guetta and features a wide range of new and established artists from Pop, Rock, R&B, and EDM. His collaboration with Sia titled “Bang My Head” was co-written by Pulse client Bloodshy. In its review of the album, Time Magazine said “Guetta practically defined EDM for the mainstream. Now, he brings new meaning with Listen and this time it’s as much a treat for the ears as for the feet.” Bloodshy just wrapped up a tour with his group Galantis and is now back in the studio writing and producing with a number of headline artists

Listen is available on iTunes here
Preview “Bang My Head” (co-written by Bloodshy) on YouTube here

Deadmau5 / Wax Motif – 5 Years of Mau5

The deadmau5 double-album retrospective 5 Years of Mau5 includes a remix of his hit “Raise Your Weapon” by writer, producer, and dj Wax Motif. The first “disc” is a 10-song collection of deadmau5’s standout tracks since his first release in 2008, and along with Wax Motif’s remix, “disc 2” features remixes by Dillon Francis, Nero, Madeon, and others. Wax Motif also co-wrote and produced the new Destructo EP West Coast which was released this week, and he is prepping his own solo EP release on deadmau5’s Mau5trap Recordings in early 2015

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RY X – Sweat / Love Like This

Artist and producer RY X released a stunning new double a-side single “Sweat / Love Like This” today through his label Transmodern Records. The video was co-directed by RY X and Dugan O’Neal (Chromeo, Duck Sauce, The Acid) and is the latest of a long series of vines, music videos, and songs created by the pair, most of which has never seen the light of day. In conjunction with today’s release RY X announced a six-date European tour in February 2015

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Jez Dior – The Funeral EP

Jez Dior told Nylon Guys “I named this EP The Funeral because it is the death of what I was perceived as before.” It follows his 2013 release The Scarlett Sage Mixtape which brought to light the “grunge rap” sound that he now sits on the frontline to establish. Jez has given fans a few pieces of The Funeral over the past several months, posting music and video for songs like “Old No. 7,” “Clean Me Up,” and “Leather,” all which spent time on the Hype Machine chart

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One Direction / Pulse Clients

Already #1 in more than 100 countries, Four is the new studio album from multi-platinum act One Direction. Track #6 on the album “Fool’s Gold,” was produced by Pulse client Matt Rad and the songs “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” and “No Control” were co-written by Ruth-Anne Cunningham a/k/a ROOTY. Initial reviews of the album have pointed out a maturation of the group’s sound on Four with influential press like The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph drawing comparisons to Bruce Springsteen. This is ROOTY’s first collaboration with One Direction and the second for Matt Rad who co-produced “Best Song Ever,” on the band’s previous album Midnight Memories

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