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 …

Beatenberg: Rafael

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

Cape Town-based trio Beatenberg brought sunny, jazz-tinged vibes from their hometown to NYC for the first time this week. Debuting at CMJ’s South African Showcase, the outfit’s lead single “Rafael” embodies the band’s unique blend of Cape jazz and pop reminiscent of Paul Simon. The band is part of a growing scene of increasingly internationally recognized artists coming out of the Mother City. Beatenberg’s breezy …

Future Punx: Spike Train

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

In their single “Spike Train,” five-piece Brooklyn act Future Punx blends chanting vocals with sweet synth lines, funky live drums and guitars for an interesting contrast. Their overall fast-paced, energetic vibes make for a fun (and sweaty) live show—as their performances at Cake Shop, The Silent Barn and more showed this past week. They’ve got the rare power to convince attendees to loosen their death …