Dylan Stark: Shelter

Portland producer Dylan Stark combed through thousands of samples—ranging from Pokemon to nature to choirs—to create his debut LP Heartland. The video for lead single “Shelter” pays homage to the eclectic sounds with tripped-out visuals juxtaposing macro and micro shots of glaciers, volcanoes, jellyfish and more. The sprawling track is equal parts relaxation and energy with a decidedly tropical vibe brought on by a driving …

Asante Phenix: Nameless

Five promising acts who performed (officially and unofficially) during CMJ week

Brooklyn’s own Asante Phenix stood out amid a slurry of new acts that this year’s CMJ brought into the city. The MC effortlessly blends witty yet heartfelt bars with buttery smooth vocals on his latest track “Nameless.” A downtempo beat puts Phenix’s vocal range at the forefront of the single, while kaleidoscopic sonic textures create a lush soundscape to get lost in. A must listen …

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Five promising acts who performed (officially and unofficially) during CMJ week

This week marked the annual CMJ Music Marathon in NYC—where seemingly every venue in the city is booked with bands from around the US and the world. Though the number of participants are in the thousands, we highlighted a few promising acts (who performed in both official and unofficial CMJ events) who make great diving off points for plunging into the internet black hole of …