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N3FS shares electrifying album ‘Cardiac Arrest’

By Todd Anderson

Stone Mountain, Georgia artist N3FS has shared a new album called Cardiac Arrest. Across 13 tracks, the rapper showcases his forward-thinking, adrenaline-fuelled sound atop abrasive, raw productions that combine influences from trap, hip-hop, hyperpop, and more. Powerful, cathartic rhythm sections make up the majority of these beats, contrasting intriguingly with sparkling, electrifying synths and dynamic, fluid melodies from N3FS.

Across the project, the production is laced with interesting drum patterns that draw influence from electronic, garage, and rock as well as hip-hop. Driving drums make up the heart of the infectious grooves of tracks like “Bonnie n’ Clyde” and “BOMF!” He switches up the rhythms throughout, never letting the record get too comfortable in one sound or style. “Breakitoff!” brings in a heavy garage influence, which blends intriguingly with his sleek auto-tuned, trap inspired vocals. It’s a refreshing and idiosyncratic combination that showcases the creativity of N3FS.

Title track “Cardiac Arrest!” brings in an ethereal, expansive beat that includes elements on DnB, drill, and trap. Here, he delivers floating, addictive melodies that draw the listener into the song’s smoky atmosphere. “Enemies” provides an explosive yet graceful sound with hypnotic samples and deep, booming 808s. Album highlight “BOMF!” impresses with its imposing and fierce sound, as clattering percussion and abrasive synths meld together to create a foreboding backdrop for N3FS’ powerful melodic delivery. Lastly, the album closes out with the infectious “Earth!”, which provides heavy replay value through its usage of winding synths, and bouncy 808s locked in with slick percussion. A powerful and catchy offering that draws from cloud rap and trap, “Earth!” hooks the listener in from the get-go and draws them into the song’s atmospheric sound.

The latest from Georgia’s N3FS, Cardiac Arrest finds him delivering a diverse and energetic project that flirts with hip-hop, trap, garage, DnB, and more. Showcasing the wide-ranging creativity of the young artist, the track-list surprises pleasantly at every turn, as you never know what to expect from each track, which keeps things exciting throughout.

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Yalla the Melodica- “Are You the One?” review

By Robert Mack

Emerging artist out of Los Angeles, California Yalla The Melodica gives us a new single titled “Are You the One?”. This is only her second release, and I am thoroughly impressed with what I have heard.

With its beautifully assembled melodies , mix of 80s synth pop and modern R&B and old school-influenced drum sounds, when listening to this song, I get the visual image of a school vaporwave gif with a delorean riding off into the sunset. Doing more research on the vaporwave movement it began between 2011 and 2012 when young artists began creating remixes of songs from the 70’s  and 80’s, mixing them with smooth jazz and lounge music, creating a new and strange genre, resembling a kind of “sad elevator music” . We see a lot of the imagery from the vaporwave movement being incorporated into music videos, cover art and artists overall branding. Its impact is something that cannot be seen all across the entertainment industry and Yalla seems like a product of that influence. The track keeps you wanting to listen to it over and over again because of the concept of less being more. With Yalla`s airy vocals and beat selection she uses the beat ingeniously to help cultivate an experience for the listener. She extends the end of her vocals to help invoke that synth feeling that really gives the song that repeat effect. 

When listening to this track it reminds me of artists such as Kaytranada, The Internet , Amber Mark , Lou Phelps, Topaz Jones  and others within this space of bringing back the old and mixing it with the new. I would not be surprised to see her do a collaboration with Kaytranada sometime in the future just because of the different sounds she brings to the table. 

Studying spotify playlist for awhile i’ve noticed artists that have a sound similar to Yalla that like to fuse the old with the new tend to land on  spotify editorial playlist such as Outliers, Choice Edit, Fresh Finds R&B and others. I hope to see her go far and be able to land on this playlist and get consistent blog coverage. 

Listen to the track below: