While establishing her unique sound over the past few years, singer/songwriter Madi Diaz spent time in 4 different cities, landing ultimately in Los Angeles where she recorded her sophomore album Phantom. What she describes as “a collection of memories and moments, where some songs were written while I was walking through those memories and moments, and some were written in retrospect,” features three songs co-written and produced by Harlan including the album’s lead single “Stay Together.” Harlan has also recently worked in the studio with Matt Wertz and Jon Batiste
We were first introduced to Big Data’s “Dangerous feat. Joywave” last October with the release of the 1.0 EP. Since then, the track has been streamed millions of times on Soundcloud and YouTube, and been remixed by a number of up-and-coming artists. The second EP of remixes titled 1.6 features Oliver’s take on the track, which Less Than 3 describes as “a bold remix with bass-driven beats and groovy chord productions on space-age synths, which achieves a level only attainable by Oliver.” Having just celebrated the release of their Light Years Away EP, Oliver announced a series of Fall tour dates, and has hinted about dropping an unreleased song next month
Big Data’s “Dangerous” 1.6 Remix EP is available now on iTunes
Having watched the term “electropop” become to mean so many different things and be placed upon so many different artists since the release of her debut album in 2009, Lights aims to recapture some of that original sound in her new album Little Machines released on Warner Bros Records. Drew Pearson co-wrote and produced nearly 1/3 of the new album, including producing the lead single “Up We Go.” In addition to this collaboration with Lights, Drew has recently had co-writes and productions on releases by 2AM Club and Wrabel
After her debut ep Big Talk was released, Conway found herself on a nationwide tour with Ellie Goulding, her songs placed in film and television, and her single “Big Talk” included on the NOW! 50 compilation. She returns a year later with the release of a new ep titled Shut Up, which includes the title track that Conway says she wrote “for the 5 year old me” but that it’s “about some adult stuff as well.”
The first single from Fall Out Boy’s forthcoming sixth studio album is the anthemic track “Centuries,” which was co-written by Raja Kumari and produced by J.R. Rotem. In what bassist Pete Wentz calls a “David versus Goliath story,” the new single is already rising up to the top of the iTunes chart, and re-injects the iconic melody rock that Fall Out Boy is best known for. Raja Kumari also has a co-write on Iggy Azalea’s current chart topping album The New Classic and has cuts on forthcoming album releases by Twin Shadow and Dirty South
DJ Mustard’s debut studio album 10 Summers was released today on Roc Nation / Republic Records. Ely Rise co-wrote and provided additional production on the song “Tinashe Checks In (Interlude)” which features singer Tinashe. Called “the most important rap producer of 2014” by Stereogum, DJ Mustard has produced a string of hit singles by Tyga, 2 Chainz, YG, and Trey Songz, and has helped propel a sub genre of West Coast hip hop that he’s dubbed “ratchet music,” and his debut album features many of today’s top West Coast rappers. On top of this collaboration, Ely Rise has recently co-written and produced songs by Mike Posner and Smokey Jones
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DJ Kitty Cash made some noise with the first installment of her “Love The Free” mixtape at the end of 2013. She teamed up with another group of artists described by Okay Player as “left field funkateers” for volume 2 of “Love The Free,” including singer/songwriter SZA. The track titled “Moodring” was produced by Pulse client Felix Snow who also collaborated with SZA on her 2013 release, the S EP. “Love The Free II” is a 29-track, 100% free mixtape, available now on Soundcloud
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The follow up to Robin Thicke’s multi-platinum and multi-award-winning album Blurred Lines is titled Paula and was released today on Interscope Records. Having dominated the charts for the entire calendar year of 2013, Thicke returns with a new album that USA Today describes as “more texturally and emotionally varied and melody-focused than Blurred Lines, with arrangements that nod heavily to old-school soul.” Pulse’s Tony Maserati mixed 4 songs on Paula, and this marks the third straight album by Robin Thicke which the two have worked together on.
Singer/songwriter Wrabel released his debut ep Sideways today via Island Records. His recent collaboration with Afrojack, a dance version of his original song “Ten Feet Tall,” has had breakout success over the past six months with commercial syncs, and is now impacting Top 40 radio. The lyric video for “Ten Feet Tall” has been viewed over 15 million times, and streamed on Soundcloud more than 3 million times. Wrabel’s original version of “Ten Feet Tall” is featured on this new EP, and the track “Into the Wild” was co-written and produced by Pulse client Drew Pearson.
Aiming to bring a new sound to the EDM scene that he’s branding as G-House, Destructo has teamed up with YG on a track titled “Party Up” released on the new Insomniac Records imprint label through Interscope Records. This is the first single off the forthcoming West Coast EP due out later this year, and is the follow up to Destructo’s Higher EP which featured his most successful single to-date, the title track “Higher” which has received a combined 1 million plays between Soundcloud and YouTube. Destructo has also released remixes this year for tracks by YG and Henry Fong