MAGIC BRONSON – “FINE LINE”

We here at Euphoric love the Los Angeles based electronic pop and rock act, Magic Bronson. They’ve played Santa Cruz on several occasions as a touring band and as part of the Santa Cruz Music Festival. Formed in 2012, Magic Bronson began as an electronic duo between producers Matthew Lieberman and Michael Nicastro. In 2014 they dropped their first LP, Wildlife which was named the 14th best Los Angeles record in 2014 by BuzzbandsLA. It has now garnered over 500 thousands plays on Spotify.

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This year saw quite a bit of change and growth for the Bronson. In April they released the Magic Bronson EP and picked up a third member, drummer Michael Brown.

Yesterday the boys posted a new–well, new to us–track on their Soundcloud, “Fine Line.” We say “new to us” because technically it is. As the graphic released with the song says, it’s part of the “Lost Songs 2012-2016” group. An older track for new times and it’s one many of us can relate to. The narrator describes his daily life of waking up “at the crack of noon,” checking texts, and hating the bright sunlight that’s always brighter “when you’re sober.” The chorus is something I know I’ve said many times, “Yeah, I’ve done some wrong/but oooh I’ve done some right/It’s a pretty fine line.” As always, Magic Bronson writes music their audience can identify themselves in but in a clever, upbeat way.

But this leads me to the next question, is this a one-off track they found? Are they releasing an entire album or EP called “The Lost Songs?” According to their Facebook, Magic Bronson is set to push a new album in 2017, but no word as to what it will contain. I’ll keep you posted, Euphorites.

 

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DENM – DREAMHOUSE EP

I’m holding you all responsible for not telling me about DENM when he dropped his debut EP, Dreamhouse in August. Ok, now that I’m late to the party I’m going to assume at least some of you out there are in the same boat I was just hours ago.

There’s not much press online about the Los Angeles DJ and producer, but his music speaks for itself. Songs like “The Feeling” and “I Like It” make me think this is the type of music Prince would be making if he was just emerging onto the music scene. The tracks are upbeat, catchy, dripping with sex and full of the untz we all love so well. And how can you go wrong with lyrics like, “blood stream in my veins/takes you right into my brain” or “you’re the smoke inside my lungs/take a hit of your crazy love”?

Something tells us this is one artist we’ll be talking about again in the very near future. Just make sure to tell your friends Euphoric introduced you to your new favorite artist.

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SoundSnobz – CTRL

Ok, I’m going to admit it. I’m not really what you would call an EDM fan. Born and raised in Rock ‘N Roll, I graduated to punk, jazz, soul, outlaw country and metal. Basically every damn thing I could get my hands onto besides electronic music.

Then, the gods that be decided to get a good chuckle and I scored a job writing for Euphoric.net. Now I’m nipple-deep in bass, trap, house, and other electronic music I’m actually starting to ENJOY the damn stuff. Oh irony, you tricky fox.

Recently, I was shown UK producer Troyboi, and discovered just how artistic this genre can be. I jumped on the chance to work the Euphoric Press Tent at Northern Nights this last July curious not only for the adventure, but to check out Troyboi’s set. And he did not disappoint. His electrifying energy and unique style shocked even the most critical parts of my brain into admitting I was witnessing something pure, original and new. But again, I’m late to the party.

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“CTRL” the latest release from SoundSnobz–Troyboi’s collaboration project with IceKream–was released yesterday on Elysian Records and fits nicely in the band’s discography. “CTRL” continues the duo’s innovative style while keeping the track firmly anchored with an infectious beat. While they aren’t reinventing the wheel with this one, it still ventures into experimental territory at times, keeping the song fresh and alive.

Is this this sign of more, new SoundSnobz tunes to come? Stay tuned!

TROYBOI – VOYAGER

Fresh off last month’s Northern Nights–and a few side gigs– TroyBoi continues his prolific career. This week the British producer and DJ dropped “Voyager,” a three minute experience into the mood of sound. The spaced-out intro and violin synth wrap the track in a warm blanket of comforting tunes unlike other artists producing an instrumental track.

Whether you’re looking for something introverted, existential, or just a damn good track to chill to, TroyBoi offers you his best. Even if it’s just something he created in a couple of minutes.

Then again, maybe that’s the point. Afterall, it’s called “Voyager.” Maybe instead of over-analyzing the subtle nuances, and diving into every aspect of the track, maybe it should be appreciated. Maybe, just maybe, it’s one of those songs you  need to hear at 3am with a glass of high class bourbon, a tightly rolled joint of Lemon Tree weed, and a good friend to share the times with.

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I dunno fam. Maybe, maybe not. However, I do know no matter what state of mind or reference I’m in, I enjoy these three minutes and have replayed them over and over again.

Take the Voyage with TroyBoi and make sure to catch him on his Pacific NorthWest Tour this Fall in San Francisco on October 8th 2016 at the Regency Ballroom in Arcata on October 9th.