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dltzk: A Life Before Teen Week

It has become abundantly clear that the next era of music will be defined by the idea of adolescence. Not just through the teens that are crafting and communicating these notions in the online music landscape, but the music industry as a whole in how teenage-centric it is slowly coming to be. The loudest and most creatively-sound voices in this artform are coming from – or, at the very least are inspired by – this age group and all of its contemporary signature facets. But in taking all of this in, a central question remains: what kinds of things define this adolescent archetype? Well, as far as an artist’s perspective is concerned, 17-year-old New Jersey prodigy dltzk seems to have all of the answers.  It’s a telling sense of self-awareness; it’s a high level of uncertainty; it’s a constant mental battle day in and day out; but maybe most of all, it’s impassioned creativity. These are all aspects of one’s modern teenage life that dltzk has given to us on nearly every single one of their past offerings. Vocally, lyrically, and instrumentally alike, this phenomenal talent has expertly communicated these sentiments in a wide-ranging and all-encompassing manner all by themself. …

McFly – [ICEDOUTOMNITRIX] x [Dirty Bird]

It should be pretty obvious how difficult it is for any given artist to bring back long-forgotten genres of the past. But it becomes that much more difficult when the genre that is attempting to be revived for this modern era has been repeatedly scrutinized since practically its inception.  That is exactly the all-too-ambitious task that both ICEDOUTOMNITRIX and Dirty Bird were faced with when they voluntarily decided to take up bringing back, of all things, tried and true disco. This genre has been at the wrong end of jokes from both fans and critics alike since its dawn in the 70s, yet with such approaches like modern plunderphonics and vaporwave shedding some contemporary positive light on it, perhaps no time was better than now to explore what modern possibilities exist with it.  And with a duo of talents that cannot be understated whatsoever, it is no surprise that this momentous endeavor went off without a hitch. These two recently joined up for a 6-track full-disco EP in “McFly” — and in knowing the type of chemistry that they exude so naturally, the resulting product was nothing short of brilliant.  Each track on this EP accomplishes exactly what our given …

Capone – [ICEDOUTOMNITRIX] x [Roxas]

There are seldom individuals who can lay claim to the same type of resounding influence that ICEDOUTOMNITRIX has over the modern music landscape today. Being a beacon for any and all modern eras in the world of hip-hop, he has convincingly taken the sounds of yesterday and infused them with a certain sense of relevance, prowess, and overall quality that has left those who follow in his light the clearest path towards reaching the already-monumental place that he stands in right now. Though this telling influence is entirely powerful and quite obvious once fully recognizing it, his status is rarely placed on the pedestal that it deserves — both in his effect on the music he makes alone, and also via his outstretching nature towards rising figures that look to take after him. But if there were to be a song that fully encapsulates both of those aforementioned aspects within his untapped artistry, it would certainly be his most recent offering “Capone” with once of music’s brightest young talents in Roxas. This track serves as the epitome for all that he represents as a wholly integral figure within contemporary music today, and it is by all means an all-too-outstanding single …

Malware – [Dirty Bird]

Whenever a certain genre and/or subgenre resurfaces after a long period of absence in the public consciousness, a corresponding “renaissance figure” will always arise with it and carry that sound into its new life. Sometimes this can certainly happen with a group of individuals too, thus creating a “scene” that comes with it; in the case of house music’s grand resurgence back into the public eye as far as this modern online landscape is concerned, there is only one person who can definitively lay claim to that title. You would have to look a mile past the obvious if Dirty Bird was not the answer to that fact. Continuing off of plenty of projects that further developed this telling mix of house stylistics that range from acid, lo-fi, and even tried and true jazz all the same, he had fully cemented this development with such landmark releases this year as Brainworks and d&db.nfo — the latter of the two being a collaboration with fellow house purveyor and Eldia Records mainstay Dazegxd, and the former being a solo masterpiece from him that has easily gone down as the year’s overall greatest house offering. Or else it would have, if not for …