Canvas returns with his first track of the year, as well as this decade’s first release on Basshoof Records. Grow is a unique and melancholy piece that combines softer and heavier elements. Juxtaposed between the catchy drums and future bass synths are soft ambient noises such as a piano, bells, sampled vocal chops and even the sound of birds chirping. Hybrid songs such as this make for great opportunities to incur such feelings.
Have you ever wondered what a song would sound like if Illenium made music for the My Little Pony fandom? Well this is the answer to that question, The Empty Tomb’s Good Times VIP! It has everything an amazing future bass track should ever have, strong chords, heavy bass lines, an insane melody, and the perfect foley samples. I’m not kidding, when I was going through the submissions for my label’s first collab album Chaos Rising, Tomb’s was the very first submission. The title definitely peaked my interest so when I listened to the submission I was seriously blown away! I wasn’t expecting those insane sounding chords in the drop at all, I swear I was listening to a track that was played at Lost Lands.
Hey, listen! sleepy toaster’s contribution to Equinity 02: Catalyst is All Over Equestria, a unique electronic piece with various influences as well as the 8th track. Starting off slow with a soft staccato synth stab section before adding a quick buzzing synth that sounds like it came straight from the 2000s. What follows is a brilliant modern-sounding slow house jam with beautiful melodies and even a sample of Navi from Legend of Zelda. Such a wild combination of styles, but it all comes together nicely!
Ponies at Dawn: Echoes‘ 15th track will be sure to take your heart with this lovely future bass piece! Be My Heart is full of beautiful synths and pads along with some beautiful vocal chops that’d give you diabetes! There’s many different styles here; some of the synths sound like they come from the 80s and even 8-bit video games, making for a lovely crossover. Be sure to spin this one!
It seems like the sky has become a big source of inspiration for our fandom’s musicians, which makes sense as they’ve got nowhere to go but up! Track 14 from Equinity 02: Catalyst as well as one of two of Skelter’s contributions to the album, Airborne is a fantastic hybrid trap song that really makes you feel like you’re high in the sky. The melodies capture a triumphant mood with its mix of hard-hitting trap synths and drums with orchestral elements and the occasional Rainbow Dash sample, building up and climaxing with a powerful drop. Such a strong blend of genres! On a different note, welcome to 2020! Let’s see what amazing music will await us this year.
Heavy is the hoof that brings the noise. Hoofy’s latest tune is P!NK GVNG, an intense dubstep track that combines elements of trap, breakbeat, drum & bass and even metal at one point. Starting out with a trap beat, we’re then thrust into a big buildup before being bludgeoned with intense wubs and heavy drums. A couple of bars even feature the iconic Amen Break with powerful DnB bass behind it. This beastly banger will be sure to make a crowd go insane!
I’ve said it plenty of times but it bears repeating: these ponies’ voices were meant for electronic music. Twilit Remembrance is a smooth Future Bass track that utilises plenty of vocal chops of Twilight’s voice along with beautiful synth riffs and pads alongside a trap beat. A catchy reminder of the show that made all this possible!
Let the bass rock your speakers. Track 45 of Ponies at Dawn: Eternal sees the grand return of mikuma, their first feature on a P@D album since 2018’s Enigma. Being their first release since that year, they’ve come back with a banging hybrid trap tune that starts strong and stays strong. Along with mikuma is the iconic J. Free, who provides a tactical serving of rap flow towards the end of this slice of trap mastery. Welcome back to the fold, mikuma!
This one is unique. Pegasas was featured on Ponies At Dawn: Eternal for this track and I have to say its one of my favourites from the album. Taking a heavy influence from Hip hop and Trap production this track has a strong backing groove with a very nice flow in its lyrics. The highlight of course is when you come to the drops. They hit hard and heavy and bring with them a very syncopated style of percussive sound and words can only go so far. This one really is easier to hear for yourself and I love the creativity used in this one!
An unexpected collab definitely giving off Empress of Friendship vibes, The New Queen is the union of the creative musical visions of Nyancat380 and The Empty Tomb, bringing all the Cozy Glow madness along the sick drops! You can just feel her evil-ness with those wicked wubs reflecting her attacks so well. An amazing collab! One More!