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[P@D] Frozen Night – Unsung | Epic Orchestral

Frozen Night’s abilities as a composer are practically second to none at this point in the fandom when it comes to big, powerful orchestral works. The fact that this one tells such a deep and complex story is especially impressive, working in unison with Lyra’s adventure throughout the Background Pony fanfiction. Each section is equally spellbinding in its own way, and is a journey that simply must be experienced. I dare say that being familiar with the underlying inspirational material would make it all the more powerful!

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[P@D] bank pain – Reflections (feat. PegasYs) | Melodic Dubstep

The production abilities of bank pain just keep getting better! Here he’s taken a bit of a detour from the dark deep neuro-style druym & bass tunes he’s often focused on to provide a powerful melodic dubstep track that nonetheless still carries plenty of his trademark style. Combined with some of PegasYs’ best vocals yet, it’s clear that a lot of work went into this tune. I especially adore the vocoded vocal section and the way it builds into the final drop so well, not to mention the clarity of the mix as a whole.

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[P@D] Skunked – Sky High | Dubstep

Skunked has been improving a lot lately, and this is definitely my favourite thing I’ve heard from him so far. Featuring a relentlessly upbeat and positive vibe throughout its chiptune-flavoured dubstep vibes, there’s some terrific energy supplied by the aggressive sound design, clever use of vocal samples and lovely FX inputs too. The way it just dives into the drops is especially fun to experience, even on repeated listens.

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[P@D] GrazySmash – Thunderbolt | Psytrance

This track just hits you in the face as soon as it starts, with no chill. Grazy is an up and coming artist who has released some excellent tracks lately, with this one providing one of the best examples of fandom psytrance I’ve heard. Absolutely evoking the feeling of being lost in amongst a thunderstorm, the classic psy bass design combines perfect with orcherstral and vocal hits alongside some terrific stormy atmosphere. Definitely an artist to watch if they keep up stuff like this!

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[P@D] Age Of Vinyl – Heroes of The Sky | Drum & Bass

Age of Vinyl’s drum & bass creations always impress me, and this is arguably one of his best yet. Creating a gorgeous emotion that pulls you in almost immediately, the drums are smooth and the vocal chops are the absolutely height of what I love about this sort of sound. Combined with the gentle bass and uplifting arpeggiation, it’s well worth a listen and certainly one of my favourite songs of this style to come out of the fandom!

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A State Of Sugar – Ice Cream | Compilation Album | Various Genres

NB: This was originally posted on Equestria Daily on 24 December 2018.

A State Of Sugar are back with their 4th compilation album, full of a heap of awesome music from a bunch of fantastic musicians! Predominantly sweet electronic tunes, there’s also some orchestral influence and a few rock/metal pieces as well. Check it out for free or a donation over on Bandcamp¬†here!

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[ASOS] eksoka – Little Journey | Trance

NB: This was originally posted on Equestria Daily on 27 July 2018

More trance from eksoka can only mean that good times are around the corner, and this time we’ve got a CMC-inspired piece from them about going on an adventure. There’s heaps of awesome classic trance-y vibes throughout the track with super cool use of vocal chops to add some atmosphere to the piece as it winds through some lovely melodies.

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[ASOS] Single Purpose – It’s Ok | Drum & Bass

NB: This was originally posted on Equestria Daily on 26 July 2018.

Single Purpose’s music seems to be pretty consistently cool, and this tune builds upon his initial releases on his channel in all the right ways. Melding together soft piano and strings with a consistent flow given through the percussion, there’s also a nice use of vocal samples to add some atmosphere.

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[ASOS] MEQA – Lunar Republic | Glitch Hop

NB: This was originally posted on Equestria Daily on 23 July 2018.

MEQA is a fairly new face on the scene, and this is their first solo pony tune after featuring on a track a few months ago with Quadrivia. It’s obvious right away that they know exactly what they’re doing though, with this awesome chilled out neuro-style glitch hop tune tribute to Luna – definitely an artist to keep an eye on.