Welcome to the Moon!
Dear Space Travellers, this has been a February full of surprises. We discovered many new artists and listened to new tracks of some artists we already introduced you in the past articles, which continue to deliver some nice bangers.
This Best Of The Moon, stays eclectic like the others, and every artist on this list has a particular and solid theme, which makes them all shine by their own light.
Today’s musicians are making your headbang or singalong to their tunes very easily, from electro-pop to indie, to EDM and electronica, we got you covered.
Here there are our favourite releases from February:
WAITWHAT – “SO HARD TO LOVE”
Wait…what? WAITWHAT are back with a new banger? We are incredibly stoked by this new release called “So Hard To Love”. If you’re not familiar with this dynamic duo, we already covered them in one of our past articles that you can find here.
We fell in love with this incredible Future Bass-inspired track quite easily. “So Hard To Love” features a stunning guitar line played by RySHi, and also the amazing vocals of ABBY SEV.
This is an emotional tune extremely well-produced, from the transitions and the sound design to the melodies and the structure of the song, reminding the style of Jason Ross and Illenium, this is a must-listen for all electronic music lovers. We’re already great fans of their work, and they started 2022 with the right foot, making this month worthwhile. Don’t miss this tune out!
BLAKE WISNER – “MOODLIGHTING”
Time to present an extremely fresh singer and songwriter, unique in his genre: BLAKE WISNER.
His latest release is called “Moodlighting”, it’s the second track since he started the project. The tune is in collaboration with HUBSTCY, which produced the track.
We understand the skills of these 2 artists from the very beginning of the song, where a synth pad plays some “jazzy/blues” chords and the amazing voice of Blake enters the tune in falsetto: we already know this is going to be sick.
After the first intense minute, the track brings in the groove with an incredible sound design and the fascinating vocals of Blake. Surreal tune, incredible production, must listen.
LAHIS – “COOL TEES”
LAHIS is an amazing artist, singer and songwriter from Tel Aviv, Israel. She has a massive experience, releasing her first project back in 2012.
She moved to Berlin later on, after touring around Europe Lahis teamed up with the producer ASSI SENDER, releasing their first single together in 2019. Their latest release is called “Cool Tees”: a melancholic production with incredibly groovy elements and ambient sounds.
This combination of sounds is something unique; Lahis’s voice will cradle your soul but won’t let you sleep, instead, will keep you awake with the amazing beat full of details. Get ready for a marvelous journey that you won’t forget.
OLIVIA CASTRIOTA – “NIGHTMARE”
Based in New York City, OLIVIA CASTRIOTA is a singer and songwriter with loads of experience, with more than 15 releases in these past few years.
Olivia is a pop vocalist that crafted her sound adding to her style a bit of soul, and mixing it with electronic music: the result is absolutely fantastic.
The latest release is called “Nightmare” produced by KITTYGUN. The tune is decisive, aggressive and curious. Olivia’s voice is extremely versatile, especially on this kind of beat where she combines strong and powerful vocal lines to very delicate and intimate ones, blending perfectly with the beat’s arrangement. Incredible talent!
KING KISMET – “MANIFEST”
As big fans of festivals, we felt obligated to include in this list a lit banger: we talking about KING KISMET, a young producer and DJ from Chandler, US.
This incredible lad just released his latest EP called “Manifest”, made of 2 dubstep tracks. This is some insane stuff that features an extremely curated sound design, with the attention to detail to a pro standard.
Manifest is also the name of one of the tracks, which is included in our Best Of The Moon playlist: a song with a strong energy that will literally tear you apart with its electric growls, sharp lazers and fxs. Extremely good to pump you up for the next festival!!
BTAV – “LOVE FOLLOWS”
Time to open the dance floor with another incredible artist: BTAV.
EDM producer from Baltimore, US, Brandon Tavernier brings up some real fresh vibes with his energic productions, now focusing on house music with this solo project.
His first track was released a couple of weeks ago, called “Love Follows”.
Bouncy groove, electric chords, and melodic plucks are combined together to give life to a melodic banger that we’d definitely like to hear on some big stages.. EDC Vegas maybe?
Incredible first release of BTAV, waiting for more banger tracks!
AM3R3 – “JADED”
Am3r3 is a music producer from Canada, Toronto. He’s a synthesizer affectionate after he found toy keyboards at a garage sale. This passion also comes after listening to the album Graduation by Kanye West.
Am3r3 is a solo project, with an extremely unique style: focus and detail on the sound design on chill beats and dreamy atmospheres.
His latest release is called “Jaded”, a tune that will guide you on a late-night trip, opening your mind to different realities and letting you think, and think, and think… Suddenly realize that you spent hours in loop mode: a must for our Best Of The Moon picks.
CALISTA DEL TORO – “ANOTHER”
YES!! We are indeed in Space, guessing from the cover art of the incredible single Another from singer-songwriter Calista Del Toro. This tune has an incredible production that creates a really peculiar sound and genre that stands between pop, rock, electronic, and freaking space.
Calista is already a rockstar, even though you didn’t know it. She played in the venues in Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Which it’s something me and you Space Traveller can only dream of. But she deserves it! Working with incredibly talented producers including a Grammy-winning one, Calista, even though she’s fairly young, is already establishing her presence in the scene with an incredible sound that’s already her own.
All the best to Calista, and we hope to see her live here in London very soon. And you shouldn’t miss it as well.
ALAN ELETTRONICO – “UPSTAIRS AT ANDREW’S”
Here’s the last single from Alan Elettronico called Upstairs at Andrew’s. His fictional surname Elettronico means Electric in Italian, and we can definitely perceive his electricity and vibrancy through this incredible Synthwave tune.
We listened multiple times to this incredibly well-produced electronic tune, and its only flaw is that it’s too short. I mean that’s probably a fair length, it’s just us that we are too greedy for Synthwave tunes. Since it is really hard to listen to a great instrumental Synthwave tune nowadays, we are so enthusiastic about this release.
The sound design, drum production and arrangement structure make this single incredibly good and a must-listen for Synthwave aficionados. We can definitely wait to hear more from Alan Elettriconico. We are indeed electrified by his music.
BRI FLETCHER – “ASTRONAUT”
Bri Fletcher knows how to craft a pop-country tune with ease, and she demonstrates this with her last single Astronaut. An incredibly catchy tune, that brings up our nostalgia for the 90s. As the music video shows, that’s indeed an anthem to youth, and we definitely felt that, finding ourselves in her shoes.
Bri is receiving a lot of love from Spotify and especially from Nashville and country-based playlists. With her clever arrangement, she merges elements of country, like the use of banjo, with pop melodies that get easily stuck in your head.
Bri has definitely a bright career in front of her, and we can easily picture her in a stadium in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
HUNTER REECE – “HOT GLUE”
Hunter Reece is a badass dude, and Hot Glue is a badass tune. his last single showcases his songwriting skills and ability to grab the best elements from different genres.
Hot Glue has an extremely catchy melody, which it’s sustained by a pop-punk style guitar that infuses a tight rhythm throughout the song. Hunter declares on his Spotify bio “i write songs that get stuck in your head.” and we agree with this. taking the catchiest elements from trap instrumentals and using the right fx at the right time, Hunter brings up a tune that is everything but mundane while keeping the quality of a pop song.
We wish Hunter all the best and we cannot wait to hear some new tunes from him, loving his songwriting so much.
MARS – “HOME”
Home is not just a physical place. It can be also a state of mind. That’s the simple concept where the first single from Mars starts. but from here, it doesn’t accompany you in a “Home Sweet Home” kind of state, but rather in an homesick journey where nothing is how it seems.
“Home” is a dark pop tune that shows Mars maturity and ability to write a compelling pop tune with profound lyrics. With this song, she’s searching for an audience that is not satisfied but just a good melody but rather liked to dive deep into human emotion and drown in nostalgia. We definitely loved swimming in this sea of melancholy, and we invite you to jump right in as well.
ENOKA – “MORE THAN FRIENDS”
Enoka, takes us back in time with her 80s inspired tune called More Than Friends. The Swedish pop Queen sings on this incredibly catchy tune with an extroversive RnB melody.
The sound design and solid production behind the track use different elements to bring that 80s atmosphere which blends perfectly with Enoka’s peculiar and distinct vocal style.
The lyrics and theme of “More Than Friends” are very relatable, and we can easily see ourselves in the same situation. I mean we’ve been there are as well, and so probably you, don’t deny it, and you will appreciate this tune even more.
MICHAEL BUTERA – “ON MY WAY”
Australian singer, Michael Butera, brought an incredibly uplifting tune called On My Way, which definitely cheered us up during this rainy February here in London.
This single is extremely catchy and will immediately change you mood and inspire you deeply, in doing things better and don’t be too hard on yourself.
We are all on the right path, that much is certain, and we absolutely need a great singer like Michael to remind us about how life can be discouraging but at the same time, it is all about just keeping going and keeping your head up high.