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Various Artists – trīgintā [EP] | Electronic

“Trīgintā” is a word in Latin that means “Thirty”. This EP is a mix of old and new from Brilliant Venture and friends that reflects on the past thirty years of his life and this fandom, with optimism for what the future holds. Its a wonderful mixed bag of goods including an original piece, remix, and a mashup!

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PumpkinZ – Lakeside | Liquid Drum and Bass

Take a stroll with your favorite ponies! No, it doesn’t matter if it’s just the Twilight gang or Sunny’s gang. To a rhythm like this, courtesy of PumpkinZ, it’s the perfect evening to take a walk by the lake with a cold cider and one of your best friends under the dancing stars of Luna’s night. As you look up, the heartbeat of this track gives off this charming scene. The D&B with the sparking and enchanting allure to it set the mood of this track to a dreamy summer night. Oh, and the vocal chops; well, you and your friends are having a good time, as you should when hearing this. As always, This Qilin asks you to judge for yourself.

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[P@D] John Kenza & loophoof – Ask Me | House

The Ponies at Dawn: Zenith hype continues with a track from returning fandom favorites John Kenza and loophoof. With a combo like this collaborating on a house song, you know it’s going to be top tier, and “Ask Me” certainly doesn’t disappoint – it’s a vibe and a half! Jazzy electric keys and a driving, warm bassline support some funky vocal chops (as we can always expect from loophoof) with a groove that’ll get your head bobbing in no time!

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[P@D] Canvas & Evr! – Find Me (feat. Kleyna & Liefsong) | Melodic Dubstep

It’s that time again, pony folks – another Ponies at Dawn compilation is soon to be released, which means pre-releases are dropping in anticipation, and hiking up our anticipation in turn! The first to be released from Ponies at Dawn’s 25th compilation record, Zenith, is this sweet, atmospheric track from Canvas and Evr!. Perhaps the song is titled as it is because it’s all too easy to get lost in Kleyna and Liefsong’s soft, wistful vocals and the driving melodies of the drop. Crisp percussion and tasteful chops polish the track to perfection and only leave you wanting more!

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[P@D] Tw3Lv3 & Doodled – Peak Vibes | Drum & Bass/Hip Hop

Another exciting pre-release for the big Ponies at Dawn release for Zenith, Tw3Lv3 and Doodled went all-out combining their specialties! Peak Vibes combines the chaotic, fast-paced percussion of DnB while Doodled’s chilled vocals and flow provide a soothing atmosphere. The back-and-forth transitions range from wild and uptempo to relaxing on a hot afternoon – truly “Peak Vibes”!
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[P@D] TCB – Above (feat. Kozzy) | Color Bass/Hip Hop

TCB continues to amaze with his fun, wonky sound design and subtle melodies. His latest funky creation, “Above” is yet another awesome pre-release from Ponies at Dawn’s upcoming compilation album, “Zenith.”  Muted, yet powerfully delivered rap vocals from Kozzy are supported by a bouncy color bass beat, with some oriental-sounding instrumentation providing extra flavor throughout. With its stellar rap vocals and energetic sound design, this track will make you want to get up and dance!
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Daniel Ingram – Friendship Always Wins (JTH Remix) | House

If you thought “Friendship Always Wins” couldn’t feel any more uplifting, just wait until you hear JoinedTheHerd’s remix! Warm plucked chords lay the foundation for top-notch vocal chops and a synth lead melody full of heart, both of which are absolute earworms! If you’ve been looking for a positivity boost, look no further – crank up this tune and feel the magic blossom.

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Sprocket – Redemptio Lunae | Hybrid Orchestral

Inspired by their piece, “Luna’s Redemption” releasing nearly a decade ago as well as the journey that this fandom has taken Sprocket on through all the years since, “Redemptio Lunae” may bare little resemblance to the former track, but it compliments it very well!

Mournful yet hopeful, this piece makes very good use of tension and has an atmosphere with plenty of intriguing instrumentation that compliment each other wonderfully. From sustained strings to brass folly, emotional and complex piano runs and choir chants there are also some well utilized e-pianos and synth arpeggios that really add to the mood. And don’t get me started on the crisp, low harpsichord in the opening act that’s subtly hypnotic! At six minutes, there’s plenty to unpack with this song and each section has a distinct, yet subtle shift in tone which all flow together seamlessly. Have I mentioned this is their first MLP related track in five years? Its a welcome return and I am excited to see where we go from here!

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SpinScissor – Marshmallow Girl | Electro Pop

I’m far from the first person to say this sounds like Owl City, but it really does seem like a track off Ocean Eyes! Even though the upbeat and danceable instrumentation is fantastic in itself, it’s SpinScissor’s vocal performance that really shines through on this song. The dynamic range between the soft-spoken verses and shouted choruses, the tastefully tuned vocals, the little touches of call and response lyrics; it all comes together to make an excellent song!

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PSFMer – Pontextual | Techno

I’ve been reliably informed that this is actually techno, not just an outdated label for EDM! It feels close to a trancey beat, but there’s something about the way the arrangement slow progresses and how the bass repeats the same pattern that makes it feel very eerie and unnerving. The image used probably helps to convey that feeling too! Check it out for something a bit different to normal from PSFMer.