Around The World with WEISS: Los Angeles, Ibiza, and Barbados

After emerging onto the scene in 2013, WEISS has ascended through the dance music ranks at an impressive rate, receiving support from a host of legends ranging from Armand van Helden, Eats Everything and Carl Cox to Elton John along the way. His 2018 hit single ‘Feel My Needs’ took the world by storm, reaching #1 in both the BBC Radio 1 Dance Chart and ARIA Club Chart (also being voted the #1 track for the year), and winning ‘Best Track’ at the DJ Mag ‘Best of British’ awards.

WEISS has circled the globe countless times to complete tours worldwide, in the latter part of 2019 he embarked on his biggest ever tours of North America and Oceania covering 30 dates across 7 weeks. It is this connection that brings WEISS and his experiences to CULTR. We present, WEISS’ Around The World.

Los Angeles

California

The mad thing is I wasn’t originally the biggest fan of LA but I’ve fallen in love with it more and more over the years. The restaurants are incredible and if you’re lucky & get an offer to party at someone’s house in the hills, then take it!! 

Ibiza

Spain

It’s always a No.1 go to place for me to party with my friends during the summer. Not only is the nightlife amazing but Old Town is a real mix of old & new with a chilled atmosphere and beautiful restaurants. 

Barbados

Carribbean

Barbados has a special place in my heart: I went there as a kid and love the beaches & crystal clear water. Waking up in the morning and finding yourself surrounded by red crabs and swiminning with the turtles is a memory I’ll never forget.

Exclusive: OTR Breaks Down Debut Album “Lost At Midnight” Track by Track

OTR has just embarked on his most fulfilling venture in his young career thus far. With the release of his debut album “Lost At Midnight” via Astralwerks, it is exciting to see the artist’s vision finally coming to fruition. Featuring artists like Panama, Shallou, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Au/Ra, and more, the 12-track LP serves as a digital embodiment of the talent rooted in the 26-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer.

The captivating project will throw you into a whirlwind of emotions as you are captured by the records alluring atmosphere. Offering enchanting soundscapes, melancholic chord progressions, and catchy toplines along the way, “Lost At Midnight” evidently reaches the peak of electro-pop. Pulling you by the heartstrings, OTR effortlessly transports the listener into a pit of vulnerability which is the very essence as to why the album is incredibly addictive to listen to in the first place. Finally showcasing his genius to the world, we can safely declare that this is OTR’s moment.

“Writing the album over the last two years was an incredible experience. Now that it’s out, I’m happy to see people empathize with the raw emotion I put into each track, signifying different points in my life.” – OTR

With all that being said, what better way to pinpoint the significance of this album than to hear it from the artist himself. Hear the story of how he put this all together in the track-by-track breakdown below.

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Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Senorita” Breaks Record On Spotify

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Shawn Mendes and Cuban born Camila Cabello released their joint single, “Señorita,” last week via Island Records. The song achieved instantaneous success worldwide rocketing to #1 on Spotify’s Global chart as the biggest single-day debut of a male/female duet ever. The video garnered 50 million YouTube streams in the first 48 hours of release while trending #1 around the globe. Other notable chart #1s include Spotify US Chart, iTunes, Apple Music Pop and Apple Music’s Top Videos.

GRAMMY nominated Toronto born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album in May 2018. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart as well as multiple additional worldwide markets, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Holland & more and shot to #1 on iTunes in more than 80 countries immediately upon release. The album became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018 and made Shawn the third youngest solo artist to ever have three consecutive #1 albums.

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Multi Grammy nominated Cuban born singer/songwriter Camila Cabello (Epic Records / SYCO) released her debut solo album, CAMILA in January 2018 to rave reviews. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart at the same time as her single “Havana” Reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Camila the first solo artist in nearly 15 years to reach the #1 spot on the Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Artist 100 charts in the same week. The RIAA platinum-certified album, CAMILA, launched its debut at #1 on 110 iTunes charts around the world, breaking the record for most #1 positions for a debut album in iTunes history. Camila also became the #1 artist on global Spotify.

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Ferry Corsten Releases The Latest UNITY Collaboration with BT on ‘1997’

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Ferry Corsten is back with his latest ‘Unity’ collaboration, after releasing the last one with Ilan Bluestone back in December – Ferry has teamed up with BT for a special collaboration in ‘1997‘.

Ferry Corsten has been busy with solo music in the first half of 2019, releasing ‘Freefall‘ – which feels like a more commercially viable release. He also returned to his Gouryella alias with ‘Surga‘.

Ferry Corsten has brought in another big name into the Unity project, with the legend that is BT. After remixing BT’s track ‘Suddenly’ in 2010, the pair are familiar with each other’s prowess in the studio, and that united vision is showcased in abundance. The team-up sees both artists strengths utilised to their best potential to create a track that is greater than the sum of its parts. As it should, the production leans heavily on the killer uplifting melody – which is a prominent throughout the entire track. The mix of each artist’s styles is present and concludes in an epic collaboration.

Ferry launched the UNITY project in 2018 with his collaboration alongside Paul Oakenfold titled ‘A Slice Of Heaven’, and continued working with artists within the Trance community throughout the year, such as DIM3NSION, Jordan Suckley, Saad Ayub and Ilan Bluestone, and after the success of 2018 has more releases in store after making his first donation to project partner, VH1’s Save The Music Foundation, an organisation launched to reinstate music programs in public schools, which to date has raised over $53 million and helped over 2,100 public schools.

You can learn more about the Unity project with our Ferry Corsten Interview.

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Ten Walls Drops ‘In My Eyes’ Featuring GØYA: An Epic Blend of Melodic and Deep House Elements

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Lithuanian music producer, composer, and DJ Marijus Adomaitis, aka Ten Walls, unveiled his latest offering, ‘In My Eyes,’ featuring singer GØYA via Spectrum Recordings. Marijus has shared the stage with luminaries such as Maceo Plex, Nina Kraviz, Jon Hopkins, Chemical Brothers, Tale of Us, Mind Against, James Blake, and Moderat. With a vast discography, his debut EP, ‘Gotham,’ and the follow-up “Requiem” established him on the electronic music map. However, it was his billboard-smashing single, ‘Walking With Elephants,’ that made Ten Walls a household name. Hits like ‘Sparta’ and his autobiographical double album, ‘Queen,’ followed. In 2016, he founded Runemark Records, through which he’s worked on multiple genre-bending projects, exciting remixes, and collaborations with Lithuania’s most progressive artists.

Marijus’ classically-trained roots shone in 2019 when Ten Walls collaborated with the Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra for the project ‘Symphony,’ performed by the full 75-piece National Lithuanian Orchestra at the historic Trakai Castle. This show represented Lithuania at the 2020 Dubai Expo. His sound, often compared to Maceo Plex, Mano Le Tough, David August, and Kölsch, continues to captivate fans globally.

‘In My Eyes’ is an atmospheric house track blending melodic, deep, and progressive house elements. A distinct rhythm with echoey organic textures and ethereal synths invites listeners to a faraway land, while GØYA’s powerful, clear voice rings upliftingly above the fray.

Night Tales Continues Their Hot Streak with ‘From Inside,’ Following Successful European D.W.Y.W. Tour

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Night Tales, the duo renowned for their evocative storytelling and live instrumentation within an electronic framework, continues their hot streak with “From Inside.”

Starting with enchanting vocals and crisp percussion, “From Inside” immediately draws in its audience. Layered with a melodic deep house bassline, this track takes listeners on an introspective journey, evoking powerful emotions while radiating a vibe-filled sonic atmosphere.

With a sound that transcends borders, Night Tales’ music, akin to artists like Elderbrook and Bob Moses, strikes a chord with a diverse range of listeners worldwide. Their debut album Proof, released via Ultra Records, has garnered over 50 million streams across all platforms. Their fan-favorite anthem, “Only If,” continues to rack up over 1.5 million streams each month.

In 2024, the pair has headlined Miami’s We Belong Here festival and played mainstage at EDC Mexico. They also ventured across Europe for their D.W.Y.W. tour, delivering high-energy sets at Spain’s Abroad Fest, London’s Colours, and Paris’s premier nightclub T7.

As they gear up for a statewide tour with Jerro and upcoming festival sets at Breakaway Minneapolis and Elements, Night Tales is guaranteed to win folks over. Embodying their mission to bridge the gap between urban culture and electronic music, their story is about creating a movement that resonates with fans across continents. “From Inside” represents the next exciting phase in this movement, with more to follow in the subsequent months.

Jaydon Lewis and Queen Millz Tantalize with “tempted”

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In the pulsating realm of contemporary music, South African artist Jaydon Lewis stands as a luminary, a trailblazer whose innovative approach has captured the attention of audiences worldwide. Often known for his Tiktok and DJ bootlegs, Lewis has carved out a distinct niche for himself, seamlessly intertwining international influences with the vibrant rhythms of Amapiano, Afrobeats, and House.

At the forefront of his latest sonic expedition is the tantalizing single “Tempted,” a collaboration with the formidable Queen Millz. Through this electrifying track, Lewis ventures into uncharted territories, deftly blending the intricate nuances of Amapiano, Deep House, and the pulsating beats of Brazilian-inspired percussion. The result is a hypnotic auditory journey that transcends borders, captivating listeners with its bold, seductive allure.

With a global perspective on Amapiano music, Jaydon crafts a sonic tapestry that transcends the conventional boundaries of the genre rooted in his native South Africa. Embracing a novel direction, he amalgamates elements into a dynamic sound that resonates seamlessly within club or festival settings, appealing not only to Amapiano purists but also to a broader spectrum of DJs and audiences. In “tempted,” this sonic journey reaches new heights with the captivating presence of MC and singer extraordinaire, Queen Millz. Her vocals delicately intertwine with the production, exuding an irresistible allure and a dash of audacious sensuality, akin to a mesmerizing siren beckoning sailors to their fate.

However, “Tempted” is merely the latest milestone in Lewis’s illustrious career. His earlier endeavors, including the viral sensation “GTAmapiano” and the bootleg remix of Rihanna’s “Kiss It Better”, plus the critically acclaimed remix for chart-topper like Mabel, have firmly established him as a force to be reckoned with in the global music scene. Garnering widespread acclaim and amassing millions of streams, Lewis’s music has resonated with audiences across continents, earning him accolades and opportunities that have propelled him to the forefront of the industry.

Central to Lewis’s meteoric rise is his unwavering commitment to innovation and collaboration. By forging alliances with artists from diverse backgrounds and genres, he has enriched his sound palette, infusing his music with a kaleidoscope of influences that reflect the rich tapestry of global culture. From London to Tokyo, Lewis’s music transcends boundaries, uniting disparate audiences under the banner of rhythm and melody.

Yet, amidst his skyrocketing success, Lewis remains grounded, cognizant of the significance of his cultural heritage and the role it plays in shaping his artistic identity. As he continues to ascend to new heights, he remains a proud ambassador for South Africa, a beacon of inspiration for aspiring musicians seeking to make their mark on the world stage.

Backed by Helix Records, Lewis’s trajectory shows no signs of slowing down. Armed with boundless creativity and an unwavering dedication to his craft, he is poised to conquer new frontiers and cement his legacy as a pioneer in the ever-evolving landscape of global music.

In an era defined by cultural exchange and artistic exploration, Jaydon Lewis stands as a testament to the transformative power of music, transcending boundaries and uniting hearts across the globe. As he continues to push the boundaries of sonic innovation, one thing remains abundantly clear: Jaydon Lewis is a visionary, a trailblazer whose influence will be felt for generations to come.

Vintage Culture Delivers Incredible Debut Album ‘Promised Land’

Vintage Culture has released his debut album Promised Land. The 16-track album is a beautiful overview of the Brazilian artists’ talents in the house world.

This isn’t just another album for Vintage Culture; it’s the realization of a lifelong dream. Promised Land is infused with the artist’s heart and soul. Vintage Culture explained: “I’ve poured my heart into this album, and I believe it is reflected in the music. Promised Land represents the essence of who I am as an artist.

From collaborations with The Temper Trap to Goodboys – the collaborations are incredible and make for some stellar vocal efforts. Vintage Culture ensures there is a good mix of underground house productions together with some more commercial leaning records.

Vintage Culture outdoes himself with the LP and if it’s anything like his recent sets, you’re in for an outstanding treat. Dive into the one hour of music today.

New Dance Sounds: Skrillex, Jason Ross & Kill The Noise, Louis The Child & Madeon + More

Dive in below to engross yourself in fresh new music that has been released today, you might even find your newest favourite!


Skrillex, Hamdi & TAICHU – Push [OWSLA]

Skrillex drops his highly anticipated collaboration with Hamdi and TAICHU ‘Push’. Using a catchy vocal, the track showcases Skrillex’s electronic production prowess with some super groovy drops. Everything Skrillex touches turns into unique gold and ‘Push’ is no different.


Jason Ross & Kill The Noise feat. Sarah de Warren – Under Pressure [Ophelia]

Jason Ross and Kill The Noise link once more, recruiting Sarah de Warren for vocals. ‘Under Pressure’ bring a house feel to the pair’s wonderful future bass production that always shines via Ophelia.


CHENDA & Lexi Scatena – Ruins [Proximity]

CHENDA makes his debut on Proximity with the incredible new collaboration with Lexi Scatena ‘Ruins’. The future bass record has a wonderful vocal with touching lyrics, that help build to some stunning drops full of complex and uplifting elements.


Louis The Child & Madeon – Believe It [Interscope]

Louis The Child and Madeon team up for ‘Believe It’. Both artists produce incredibly vibrant music and that continues with their latest. The vibes are immaculate with this fresh and fluffy house offering.


KRITIKAL – T.M.B. [CLUBWRK]

KRITIKAL is one of Australia’s fastest growing acts, and he showcases his unparalleled talent with his latest release T.M.B on CLUBWRK. This high octane drum and bass record stands out amongst the pack and illustrates a production talent far behind his years.


Hollywood Principle & Conro – Take Me Away [Monstercat]

Hollywood Principle and Conro collide for their vibrant new one ‘Take Me Away’. The production is a delicious one that has a stand-out vocal and energetic drops.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Is Official

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Activision has officially revealed the highly anticipated “Call of Duty: Black Ops 6,” set to bring new excitement to the franchise. Following the Xbox Games Showcase on June 9, fans will get a deeper look into the game, which promises to delve into a gripping conspiracy-themed storyline. Teasers on the Call of Duty website and Xbox’s social media have already generated buzz, featuring enigmatic imagery such as blindfolded presidents on Mount Rushmore, accompanied by the slogan “The Truth Lies.”

The marketing campaign hints at a complex narrative that will challenge players to uncover hidden truths. The promotional materials have been designed to spark curiosity and speculation among the fanbase, indicating that Black Ops 6 will continue the tradition of intertwining historical elements with fictional conspiracies. This approach has been a hallmark of the Black Ops series, known for its engaging and thought-provoking plots.

While the full details are yet to be unveiled, the anticipation surrounding Black Ops 6 is palpable. The series has consistently set high standards for first-person shooters, and this latest installment is expected to push the envelope further. As the release date approaches, excitement builds due to the potential of a day one inclusion within Xbox’s gamepass, which is yet to be confirmed.

Having worked on this game for four years, Treyarch have the potential to release one of the best Call of Duty’s in recent history.

Beyond the Beef: J. Cole’s Unique Path in Hip-Hop

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The contemporary hip-hop landscape is punctuated by a prominent feud between Drake and Kendrick Lamar, drawing significant media attention and fan discourse. Amidst this high-profile clash, J. Cole’s decision to remain uninvolved stands out as a reflection of his unique approach to the music industry and his personal values. Let’s delve into J. Cole’s journey, exploring how his choices have shaped his career and the broader music community.

J. Cole’s Background: From Fayetteville to Fame

Jermaine Cole, hailing from Fayetteville, North Carolina, embarked on a path that would lead him to become a pivotal figure in the rap industry. Growing up with a passion for storytelling and music, J. Cole’s influences ranged from Nas to Tupac, which shaped his lyrical style.

His journey from a hopeful rapper distributing mixtapes like “The Come Up” to achieving mainstream success with albums like “2014 Forest Hills Drive” highlights significant milestones, including his first platinum record without any guest features, a rare feat in today’s music scene.

Musical Achievements: Critical and Commercial Success

J. Cole’s discography is marked by both critical acclaim and commercial success. He has won two Grammy Awards from seventeen nominations, underlining his impact and recognition in the music industry. Unlike many of his contemporaries who often celebrate materialism and fame, J. Cole’s lyrics frequently explore deeper themes such as societal issues, personal growth, and the human experience, establishing him as a thoughtful voice in rap.

Dreamville Records: Building a Musical Empire

In his pursuit to influence the music industry beyond his own recordings, J. Cole founded Dreamville Records. This label has not only been a platform for his music but has also nurtured the careers of artists like Bas, J.I.D, and Ari Lennox.

Dreamville is known for its collaborative environment, fostering creativity among a diverse group of artists and producers, including Cedric Brown, Ron Gilmore, and Elite. The label emphasizes authentic connections with audiences through innovative sounds and storytelling.

J. Cole’s On-Court Ventures

Many rappers express their love for basketball through lyrics, but J. Cole took it a step further

by stepping onto the court.

In 2021, J. Cole made headlines by joining the Rwanda Patriots in the Basketball Africa League, which showcased that his love for the sport went beyond just metaphors in his songs. J. Cole averaged 1.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, and one assist in 45 total minutes over three games

(playing an average of 15 minutes per game).

Back then, a source told ESPN’s The Undefeated that he stopped playing because of a “family obligation.” J. Cole’s stats were modest but his time in the Basketball Africa League (BAL) was significant. He was one of the first major celebrities to play there, and his presence helped raise awareness of the league and basketball in Africa.

J. Cole’s foray into professional basketball exemplifies his multifaceted persona. This venture into sports highlights his dedication to pursuing diverse interests and challenges, reinforcing his identity not just as a musician but as a complete artist and athlete. His participation in the Rwandan Basketball League is a testament to his lifelong love for basketball and his commitment to following his passions beyond the music studio.

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Opting Out of the Beef: Choosing Positivity and Unity

J. Cole’s decision to steer clear of the ongoing feud between Drake and Kendrick Lamar aligns with his ethos of fostering unity and positivity within the hip-hop community. His public statements and lyrics often advocate for collaboration and respect among artists rather than conflict, reflecting his belief in the power of music to bring people together rather than divide them.

Impact and Influence: A Positive Force in Hip-Hop

J. Cole’s choices, both within and outside of music, have significantly influenced his fans and fellow artists. By opting out of rap beefs and focusing on constructive themes in his music and public persona, he has contributed to shaping a more positive and introspective narrative in hip-hop. His commitment to authenticity and positive values has enhanced his reputation as an artist who is not only successful but also a role model for integrity and respect in the industry.

A Multifaceted Influence

J. Cole’s career is a testament to his multifaceted role as an artist, athlete, and business leader in the music industry. His consistent choice to prioritize his values and broaden his impact beyond music reflects his deep commitment to his art and his audience. As J. Cole continues to navigate his career, he remains a significant figure in shaping the landscape of hip-hop with positivity and authenticity.

Introducing Lumi Athena: Yesterday’s Misfit Is Today’s Internet Star

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Many people try to make it by becoming content creators online nowadays. Online content creation is a billion-dollar industry, with many people consuming media for almost every waking moment, whether it’s music, podcasts, YouTube videos, short-form media such as TikTok, or any other online media outlet. Lumi Athena saw that they had the potential to be one of the most talented artists and content creators out there.

Lumi Athena emerged from the chaotic conditions caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. Their ability to seize chances in the face of hardship has allowed them to go on a revolutionary path in the music and content production industries. Driven by a restless soul and an unquenchable thirst to transform ideas into concrete manifestations, Lumi discovered comfort and direction in the virtual world.

Equipped with a basic configuration purchased from Facebook Marketplace, Lumi delved into the gaming world, especially connecting with the competitive Fortnite scene. However, the unexpected discovery of programs like FL Studio and AfterEffects opened the door to a newfound love. Soon after, experimenting became a fully realized creative project, which gave rise to the “KRUSH CLUB” sound—a blend of unusual melodies and beats that transcend genre conventions.

For Lumi, making music was more than simply making music; it was about developing a community, creating relationships, and establishing a unique identity in a crowded market. Inspired by artists such as Yeat and Tyler, the Creator, Lumi set out to build a universe exclusively their own, where creativity had no boundaries and authenticity was valued above all else.

There have been difficulties along the way. Lumi has confronted challenges head-on, defying the demands of conformity, from the self-doubt that comes with every release to the difficult work of negotiating the complexities of the music industry. Instead, they have persisted in their will to adhere to their goal regardless of the result.

Lumi’s rise to fame is interspersed with significant turning points, such as the popularity of songs like “SMOKE IT OFF” becoming viral, their signing with 25/7 Records, and their appearance on Billboard charts. However, Lumi believes that their real success is not determined by awards but rather by their actual effects on the community and the feelings of empowerment and belonging that their music inspires in others.Past the honors and accomplishments is a personal tale of perseverance forged in the furnace of misfortune. From their early years in Alabama to their life-changing experiences as a teenager in Mexico, Lumi’s path has been molded by changes in cultural norms, individual development, and profound epiphanies. Lumi never loses their sense of groundedness in the here and now, welcoming every moment with a feeling of infinite inventiveness and young energy. With their whole career in front of them and now gaining traction, Lumi Athena is ready to make a lasting impression on the music industry and beyond, one beat at a time.

The Good Neighbors’ ‘Moonlight Shoreside’ Delivers Thoughtful Lyrics and Infectious Melodies

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The Good Neighbors, a genre-blending collective from Buffalo, NY, have released their latest single, “Moonlight Shoreside”. Led by songwriters Connor Getz and Jacob Frasier, The Good Neighbors capture the human experience through a fusion of jazz, pop, and indie sounds.

“Moonlight Shoreside” is an indie-pop gem that highlights The Good Neighbors’ ability to create infectious melodies and thoughtful lyrics. Influenced by bands like Empire Of The Sun and Tame Impala, the track envelops listeners in a dreamy atmosphere with introspective themes.

Reflecting on the creation of the single, The Good Neighbors shared that the initial versions of the track began in 2019. After a break and extensive collaboration on edits, the song evolved to best convey its original emotional inspiration. The track focuses on the feelings of intimacy and the uncertainty of reciprocation.

Inspired by a night with a close friend along a beach, “Moonlight Shoreside” paints a vivid picture of playful flirtation under the moonlit sky. Amidst the beauty of the moment, there is a lingering fear of jeopardizing the friendship, a theme that resonates deeply throughout the song.

High Jump Releases Dreamy New Single ‘Avenue’ from Upcoming EP ‘001’

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London indietronica duo High Jump announce the release of their new EP, ‘001,’ and share the single ‘Avenue,’ now available via Tip Top Recordings. The duo, consisting of Harry Martin and Rick Holland, have garnered attention for their rich and atmospheric sound, receiving press support from outlets like Earmilk and Atwood Magazine, international radio play on KEXP and Amazing Radio, and placements on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist.

High Jump’s sound blends atmospheric synths, bright guitars, and hypnotic rhythms, creating a transportive musical experience. Mixed by Max Cooke, ‘Avenue’ showcases this unique style, offering a glimpse of what the upcoming EP holds. The track features a combination of muted electronic, jangly guitar lines, rhythmic bass, and ambient synth swells, providing a vibrant backdrop for the melodic lead vocals.

‘Avenue’ reflects the band’s creative yet accessible songwriting. The track evolves with a Prince-inspired guitar solo, drawing comparisons to Westerman and Yumi Zouma while maintaining its distinct character.

With continued support from Spotify and various tastemakers, High Jump is set to make an impact with their debut EP, and then some.