Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of summertime is that it serves as an incredible opportunity to discover new music that will continue to push the genre forward. We’ve handpicked 8 artists ahead of the Baltimore-based Moonrise Festival this weekend which align with the ethos of NEST HQ. While the majority are emerging artists, each has been selected due their promise to originality and forward-thinking ideals.
Read on below for our selections, and be certain to arrive to the event early in the afternoon to not miss out on any of the action.
It’s been a breakthrough year for the Los Angeles-based duo ARMNHMR, composed of Joseph Chung & Joseph Abella. Their musical soundings are reflective of breath-taking interludes and high-emotion, heartfelt drops. While they tend to swap genres frequently, most centered in melodic dubstep and future bass, their signature energy is present in every production they’re cranking out. In the past two months they’ve released three brand new tracks, “WANT U,” “Oceans,” and my personal favorite “FAREWELL.” They’ve been featured in a number of mix series including Dancing Astronaut’s AXIS, Too Future’s Guest Mix, and Insomniac’s Metronome series. Their command of mesmerizing melody-driven production has pushed them to the forefront, as they continue to impress and show the world how much this project means to them.
In the early stages of her career, Elohim was regarded as a ‘mystery producer’ and shielded in a paper-thin layer of anonymity. Earlier this year, we featured the self-proclaimed ‘introverted extrovert’ in our Mid Year Report series highlighting her bold sense of integrity as her song-work explores deeply personal and vulnerable pieces of herself. In 2016, she released her debut self-titled EP with “Sensations” as the lead single into her forward-thinking brand of synth pop. Chicago-native Whethan provided a remix of the original later that summer, which has garnered over 3 million plays on Spotify and SoundCloud combined, putting both producers on the grid. Elohim will now be joining Alison Wonderland this fall as direct support on her North American tour for what will be an otherworldly emotional experience. She wants to make you feel something. Take the chance to find out what it is.
Ganja White Night
Belgian production duo Ganja White Night have routinely been selling out shows in the Washington D.C. area for the past year and for good reason. Their musical style centers on their self-proclaimed ‘bass wobbling’ which is reflected in more traditional dubstep framework with heavy-handed sub bass. Their recent productions remain within the realm of bass music but have been tinted with hip-hop and hybrid-electronic music elements launching the pair into a lane of their own. With multiple album releases under their belt, the group are veterans in their own right and are building a cohesive audio/visual world of their own singularity. Catch them this weekend, most likely in their signature matching red Adidas track jackets, for undoubtedly one of the heaviest sets to come.
Aussie-native GG Magree is often mentioned ‘as the girl that plays hard trap like the boys.’ It wasn’t too long ago she was crushing the Sydney club circuit every weekend; but after an impressive feature on Zeds Dead and NGHTMRE’s “Frontlines,” she’s quickly establishing herself as an incredibly promising in-demand international talent. After a standout performance at Australia’s inaugural HARDfest, she was tapped in to produce an official mixtape for its American counterpart HARD SUMMER which goes off. Last Friday, she shared her debut original “One By One” on Deadbeats and then went on to play a packed out crowd at Los Angeles’ HARD SUMMER. “One By One” is a strong introduction into her sound, with the production tenacity and sound design of the long-time professionals. Given a few years, I expect GG Magree to rise to the forefront of the new-age trap hierarchy.
French bass mastermind Habstrakt has attracted a lot of attention this year after the release of “Chicken Soup” alongside Skrillex on OWSLA’s house-focused compilation, HOWSLA. However, his production skills are much more versatile with releases on Never Say Die, Deadbeats, and most recently Tchami’s Confession in the past year. His signature blend of heavy-bass elements with animated, groove-driven house has created a sound which is often emulated but never recreated. It’s been years in the making but the young producer appears to have caught his stride. Be sure to catch Habstrakt to get a sense of his clever take on bass music and genuine sense of originality as his career continues to heat up.
SOUND THE ALARMS, we are CALLING ALL RYDRZ (C.A.R). You might remember London-native Joyryde who we featured last year in our Who To Watch series. At that time, we described him as ‘less of a singular artist and more of a broadly focused, multi-media project.’ He had released a number of particularly car-themed originals and was leading up to the debut of his signature 1969 Dodge Charger stage design at Webster Hall in New York City December 30th; with Webster Hall’s doors now closed, this performance feels even more iconic. In 2017, he’s continued to expand his all-encompassing automotive brand but has also broken into his own persona as an artist with releases like “I WARE HOUSE” and “NEW BREED.” He’s one of the artists I am genuinely most thrilled about in electronic music right now, and he’s nowhere near full speed yet.
The Niagara Falls-native and NEST alum REZZ has come a long way since the release of her debut Insurrection EP back in 2015. In the following year, she released not one but two highly successful EPs on mau5trap (see The Silence is Deafening, Something Wrong Here) and embarking on a number of collaborative and headlining tours. Last Friday, she shared with the world her debut album, Mass Manipulation, which is generally being perceived in high regards among both critics and fans. The 8-track release explores much grungier territories than her previous work, as well features three impressive collaborations with up-and-coming producers putting them on the map, much like Skrillex and Deadmau5 did for her. While her name might have previously been echoed among the likes of Gesaffelstein and Bassnectar, people are starting to go out and say ‘that sounds like REZZ.’ It’s still only the beginning; we ain’t seen nothing yet.
While you are most likely already familiar with Henry Steinway, professionally known as the Godfather of Trap RL Grime, he’s about to change everything. Steinway released his debut album, VOID, back in 2014 to critical acclaim alongside an innovative and highly praised North American tour of the same name. He’s been working quietly in the studio for the better part of two years on his sophomore release, and has finally begun to share that music with “Reins” and “Stay For It.” Steinway reveals details on the project in a self-released zine in which he calls this “journey” NOVA and “will define and encompass every part of the RL Grime project over the coming years. More than just an album, show, or a single narrative.” While no release date has been announced for the album yet, Steinway’s performance is not one to miss.