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Get To Know Hip-Hop Lyricist ShoTunez & His Dope Album, ‘The Pif Trap’

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Hip-Hop and Trap crossover sounds seem to predominate in ShoTunez‘s dope album, ‘The Pif Trap’. He is part of the growing lists of artists who support lifting cannabis prohibition in the world. Indeed, he got popular thanks to the track, “i smoke weed”, released back in 2014. Influenced by Hempfest, a free speech event in Seattle that advocates the decriminalization of marijuana, ShoTunez isn’t afraid to use art to raise his voice in protest.

Nowadays, the Orlando-based Hip-Hop lyricist and producer returns to enhance once again the magic plant’s properties with a 10-track material. For sure, the great combination of dark electronic rhythms + clever rhymes generates laid-back yet easily danceable songs. Not to mention, the glitchy SFX work which surround this project sets the ideal tone for the mind-expanding process. Overall, a perfect balance between complex and simple sonic elements. Check this out!

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RayRay Releases Ethereal, Bass-Driven Debut Studio Album

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Powerhouse Taiwanese artist RayRay releases her first-ever studio album on Barong Family, a ten-track body of work titled ‘Unearthly World’ that serves as a stunning and diverse look into the female producer and singer’s psyche and childhood inspiration. The album touches on a myriad of genres, from Dubstep to Trap to melodic, house, and hardstyle, but is held together with a common thread of ethereality that is reminiscent of the folk tales and fairy stories that RayRay loved while growing up in Taiwan. The opening track, “Wide Awake,” sets a beautifully haunting tone with its emotive vocals and wistful bass, spreading its vein to other titles such as “Hide & Seek” with Nonsens and the lyrically empowering “Butterfly” with RayRay’s fellow Taiwanese JVNA. She then turns up the heat by heading into hardstyle territory with “404,” with rapid-fire basslines and serrating synths that are not for the weak of heart. Records like “Losing My Mind” with Dirty Audio and “Good Girls Gone Bad” with Dysomnia, featuring OGAQUAFINA, rock a four-on-the-floor house beat perfect for booty shaking on the dancefloor. The entire album is a testament to RayRay’s evolution as an artist as she seamlessly transitions between soundscapes. Read on for more on her inspiration behind “Unearthly World”:

“‘Unearthly’ can have a very vague meaning, but I wanted to highlight the fact that it’s a milestone release for me that sonically and aesthetically exists in the same dimension as my previous releases such as EPs – ‘Purple Alien,’ ‘Alien Invasion’ and ‘Alien Mutation,’ among others. With ‘Unearthly World,’ I want to give the listeners and my fans a diversified body of work that stimulates their imagination with a wide range of music genres and invites them to my own unearthly world of RayRay as a seasoned music producer and a singer.” — RayRay

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01. RayRay – Wide Awake
02. RayRay, Nonsens – Hide & Seek
03. RayRay, JVNA – Butterfly
04. RayRay – 404
05. RayRay – Full Speed ft. ØZI
06. RayRay – Just Like You ft. Patrick Brasca
07. RayRay, Dirty Audio – Losing My Mind
08. RayRay – Don’t Need It
09. RayRay, Dysomia – Good Girls Gone Bad ft. OGAQUAFINA
10. RayRay – Succubus

RayRay has landed loudly and exploded onto the international dance scene in the past few years. With gigs at major festivals like Glastonbury, ADE, Tomorrowland, Sonar, and Arcadia, and her purple hair as her signature look. She cemented her status in the scene as a Red Bull Thre3style competition winner and through a series of studio sessions with artists such as Skrillex, Yellow Claw, Steve Aoki, and Atmozfears. All that while honing and training her vocals with voice professionals. After being named on Beatport’s HOT 100 Future Bass/Trap Top 10 List in 2016, her work ethic and signature sound caught the ears of Yellow Claw, who brought RayRay on tour in 2019 and quickly signed her to a management deal and to the Barong Family where she released three EPs: “Purple Alien” and “Alien Invasion” and 2021’s Brand New EP “Alien Mutation.” RayRay’s new home on the Dutch imprint has gotten her name on feverish demand, and today she tours her signature sound all over the globe, creating seismic experiences for her newfound fans. With releases on Spinnin’ Records, Protocol Recordings, Dim Mak, as well as releases on Tiësto’s label Musical Freedom to follow. Despite the pandemic, 2020 and 2021 didn’t slow her down one bit. With the dance scene at a standstill, RayRay started her live streaming channel on Twitch in early 2020 and, within a year, became the top Twitch “Live Music” Streamer, according to IMS Business report. During the same period landing a residency on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom Sirius XM Radio show. 2021 saw her release EPs “Lasergun” with Yellow Claw, “Pump It Up” with Moksi, and “Where Are My Friends” with Sihk, to name a few. Needless to say, RayRay’s spaceship is rocketing across the stars and doesn’t seem to slow down anytime soon.

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Trap Music Artist XAVAGE Premieres Infectious Song “Don’t Stop”

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It’s just a matter of time before Trap music artist XAVAGE and his new single “Don’t Stop” blow the clubs around the world. Recently, he’s been keeping a strong profile dropping killer Bass tracks, and this one is no exception.

Be aware that urban vibes and complicated patterns at rapid-fire speed invite listeners to twerk. From the very beginning, this infectious release encompasses everything the modern genre has ever represented.

Moreover, groovy and bouncy elements prove lethal once again. Such a sonic force for twisted madness will surely raise the temperature on any dance floor!

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One way or another, “Don’t Stop” seems to be the perfect continuation of his last EP, ‘Stay XAVAGE 2.’ Also, if you look back at when he started his music career, you can tell his origins are rooted in Hip-Hop, and he keeps its influence to the present day.

It’s worth mentioning, this fresh track is a winning fusion of booming 808s plus the confident, commanding flow. The Los Angeles-based producer channels the free spirit of those partygoers who love dancing till the break of dawn.

Without further ado, keep an ear out for XAVAGE’s forthcoming bangers and more updates via his socials.

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RayRay & JVNA, Asian Stars Team Up On Bilingual Trap “Butterfly”

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RayRay teams up with JVNA for a stunning collaboration – “Butterfly” from RayRay’s upcoming debut album, making for a union of two killer females, originally hailing from Taiwan RayRay and US-born Taiwanese JVNA. The single showcases both artists’ talents perfectly, from JVNA’s and RayRay’s dreamy singing performances to both Future Bass and melodic Trap production prowess. Opening with sultry, breathy vocals and an ominous bassline, “Butterfly” starts with an ethereal feel and blossoms into a drop featuring serrating synths and deep bass undertones that give it an edge. The mixture of feminine emotiveness and unquestionable sonic confidentiality makes the track an unusual creation where the lyrics are sung in English and Mandarin. RayRay and JVNA’s collaboration is out now on Yellow Claw’s Barong Family imprint and will also be featured on RayRay’s forthcoming debut album “Unearthly World.” Read on what both artists have to say about their new release:

“One of my favorite songs on the album. It’s definitely a unique combination between me and JVNA. I’ve wanted to work with her for a very long time. She is such an inspiring person. It’s very interesting and fun to blend her airy music sound with my hard trap elements together. We started making this song in July 2021 last year and actually came up with the vocals first. Be strong and brave, and eventually, you will be like a butterfly emerging from the cocoon. This is also the experience we have been learning as artists. Life isn’t a bed of roses, and there are a lot of obstacles. However, as long as you pull it through, you will become a beautiful butterfly. It’s also a tribute to our friends and fans in Taiwan and Asia.” — RayRay

“I wrote ‘Butterfly’ with RayRay wanting to write a track that felt empowering to both of us. As female producers/DJs we’ve bonded over our experiences of being in a male-dominated industry and the feeling of needing to prove ourselves constantly. This song is about taking a leap of faith in pursuing our dreams, becoming the person we want to become, and succeeding in our goals. When RayRay and I initially met, we clicked instantly. She is one of the few friends I have in the industry to whom I can relate and talk about the similar struggles and experiences we have in our work field.” — JVNA

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RayRay has landed loudly and exploded onto the international dance scene in the past few years. With gigs at major festivals like Glastonbury, ADE, Tomorrowland, Sonar, and Arcadia, and her purple hair as her signature look. She cemented her status in the scene as a Red Bull Thre3style competition winner and through a series of studio sessions with artists such as Skrillex, Yellow Claw, Steve Aoki, and Atmozfears. All that while honing and training her vocals with voice professionals. After being named on Beatport’s HOT 100 Future Bass/Trap Top 10 List in 2016, her work ethic and signature sound caught the ears of Yellow Claw, who brought RayRay on tour in 2019 and quickly signed her to a management deal and to the Barong Family where she released three EPs: “Purple Alien” and “Alien Invasion” and 2021’s Brand New EP “Alien Mutation.” RayRay’s new home on the Dutch imprint has gotten her name on feverish demand, and today she tours her signature sound all over the globe, creating seismic experiences for her newfound fans. With releases on Spinnin’ Records, Protocol Recordings, Dim Mak, as well as releases on Tiësto’s label Musical Freedom to follow. Despite the pandemic, 2020 and 2021 didn’t slow her down one bit. With the dance scene at a standstill, RayRay started her live streaming channel on Twitch in early 2020 and, within a year, became the top Twitch “Live Music” Streamer, according to IMS Business report. During the same period landing a residency on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom Sirius XM Radio show. 2021 saw her release EPs “Lasergun” with Yellow Claw, “Pump It Up” with Moksi, and “Where Are My Friends” with Sihk, to name a few. Needless to say, RayRay’s spaceship is rocketing across the stars and doesn’t seem to slow down anytime soon.

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California-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist JVNA produces electronic music that plays at the dichotomy of light and dark, bass and melody, organic and synthetic. Raised by Taiwanese immigrants, JVNA studied classical piano from the age of 6 and started writing songs when she was 11. Her studies continued at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she learned to score films and video games. Initially, JVNA made fun edits and remixes of her favorite anime and video game soundtracks; her take on MapleStory’s “Login Theme” caught fire on the internet, earning half a million views in 24 hours. Her 2018 song “I’m With You,” inspired by her father’s death two years earlier, dared to dive deep into an emotional world. JVNA self-directed the song’s music video. The Follow-up single “Catch Me,” released in 2019, took JVNA on a sold-out tour across the United States. Due to the pandemic, it was canceled, and JVNA returned to the studio to focus on the album’s production. She pushed herself to incorporate more live keys, piano, and organic textures. In 2021 JVNA released her debut studio album – “Hope In Chaos,” which is a diverse collection of styles featuring JVNA’s voice like it’s never been heard before, opening up about so much more than the standard dance floor love songs.

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