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Acouste Wholenote – In the Meantime | Alternative Rock

It’s hard to believe this tune was just an outtake at one point! The underrated Acouste Wholenote really shines in this lovely song. The song contains some exquisitely catchy verses and a totally infectious hook, along with some impressive guitar work (the various tones used are excellent!). Perhaps a bit influenced by bands like the Counting Crows, the song calls back to many of the situations Fluttershy has found herself in and, if you haven’t already, will make anyone fall in love with Acouste’s heavenly vocals.

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FenPony – Flow Rhyme Till the End of Time | Hip Hop / Rap

FenPony returns with another fiery rap, this time over a self-produced flip of the season 7 opener’s tune! Fen delivers a frantic rap over the Amen Break-heavy beat, switching perspectives between each of the Mane Six and adjusting his cadence and content to signal the switches. Of course, Fen’s signature speed rap is present here and, as usual, he doesn’t miss a beat. Hip hop heads won’t wanna miss out on this one!

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Budzy – Marshmallow (Silva Hound Edit) | Future House

Some years after the release of Budzy’s excellent and bouncy Marshmallow (the tune that made me personally take notice of Budzy’s talent), the great Silva Hound’s edit of it has been released! The original is enhanced by Silva’s signature style of various synth and key arrangements, with some extra flavor from Dress Horse’s signature song, Becoming Poplar, being added to the mix. This one is definitely a great DJ tool, as well as a solid edit!

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MYCUTIEMARKISAGUN – The Pones We Play (Wootmaster x Pusha T) | Hip Hop / Mashup

Pretty incredible how great such a simple mashup can sound! Taking the instrumental from Pusha T’s The Games We Play off his stellar Daytona album and Wootmaster’s vocals from his Drake parody The Ride Ain’t OverMCMIAG shows off how well Woot’s flow (and slightly comical lyrics) complements the grittiness of the original beat. As a sucker for mashup, MCMIAG has been pumping out some pretty great ones recently and this is just one of many!

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JackleApp – Cawtion (StrachAttack Bootleg) | Drumstep

StrachAttack continues his genius streak of flipping fandom classics, this time bootlegging JackleApp’s banger from the first Balloon Party showcase, 100% No Feeble Cheering. In this extremely high-energy bootleg, Strach’s improved sound design especially shines, as does his clever incorporation of other Balloon Party samples. A wild upgrade of a classic tune with a slight trap edge to it, this is a gem from the new year of pony tunes!

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Enuna – Nightmare Moon Has a Speech Impediment | Gabber

It’s always a nice surprise seeing niche genres, especially from fresh artists, like this show up on Cider Party! Fresh off noise.horse’s Lunar New Year: Trash3D compilation, Enuna brings a schizophrenic mix of high-energy leads, hard-hitting distorted kicks, and an onslaught of chopped vocal samples, including several from the titular evil Night Queen!

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Rockin’Brony – Open Your Eyes (covering Aviators) | Soft Rock

The immensely talented Rockin’Brony comes through with an exceedingly well-done cover of Aviators’ fandom classic, Open Your Eyes! With some flourishes to enhance the cover, an increased electric guitar presence, and a subtle and ethereal synthesizer at the song’s climax, the cover is very much in the spirit of the original while adding Rockin’Brony’s flavor to make it his own.