by Nicholas Lorenzo
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As the month of August comes to a close, Stage Hoppers’ Friday Picks, has the right fixes for your weekend adventures. Let’s take a glimpse at some of today’s newest music!

“Heatwave” – Kendoll feat. Clarity

Kendoll brings her unique blend of house music in groove inducing  “Heatwave,” featuring producer, DJ, and songwriter Clarity. Kendoll and Clarity bring the heat with bouncy bass house vibes accompanied by sultry vocals. The syncopated hi-hats drive the energy along with the crisp kick. Resonant synths and various distorted samples provide rhythmic interjections throughout the track. Definitely an artist to watch throughout her career as Kendoll delivers hyped up house vibes perfect for clubs and festivals.. Catch Kendoll and her track “Heatwave” live at Beyond Wonderland SoCal tonight!

“Sandman” – Phlegmatic Dogs

The Russian duo Phlegmatic Dogs is back with their latest release “Sandman” on Night Bass Records. “Sandman” becomes the duo’s second single of 2021, following “Need You” with Wax Motif, and their most recent release with Night Bass since 2019, following their “Russian Style” EP alongside Volac. Phlegmatic Dogs’s “Sandman” features aggressive bass house elements with compressed drums, distorted sirens, crushed samples, rapid low end bass lines, and chopped vocal lines. “Sandman” by Phlegamtic Dogs makes for a great addition to the bass house repertoire of Night Bass Records.

“Hot Air Balloon” – Don Diablo x AR/CO

Superstar artist Don Diablo teams up with artistic duo AR/CO for “Hot Air Ballon.” Don Diablo, as usual, has been churning out a relentless amount of music and “Hot Air Ballon” adds to his diverse discography. This indie dance track is a step outside of Don Diablo’s typical sound, however, we still get tastes of his impeccable production skills. A simple electric guitar introduces the main melodic motif that travels through various iterations via vocals and synth instruments. “Hot Air Ballon” creates a quirky yet contagious dance experience that will get audiences up and grooving.

“Love is Gone” – R3HAB Remix

The emotional and eclectic bass ballad “Love is Gone” by SLANDER and Dylan Matthew is set for a 2nd album of remixes from some incredible artists. First up on the release list is the Dutch/Moroccan multi-platinum DJ and producer R3HAB. In this particular remix, the tempo is brought up to 110 bpm for a slightly laidback electro house vibe while still highlighting the beautiful melancholic vocals of Dylan Matthew. The piano motif from the original track is passed through various electro synths while more house percussion elements are introduced to drive the energy. Throughout the coming weeks, look for more “Love is Gone” remixes from Kaskade, Armin Van Buuren, and Alok.

“Astro” – Justus

The rising Dutch producer and DJ Justus returns with latest 2021 single “Astro” via Spinnin’ Records. “Astro” features a slow burn intro led by a tension inducing snare build and filtered arpeggiated synth. The resolution comes in the form of focused low-end drop with gritty interjections and rapid hi-hats. The big room house vibes come in full force in the second drop and carry right to the end of the track. Justus continues to ride his wave of success at such a young age through 2021.

“MOSH” – NGHTMRE feat. Smokepurpp

NGHTMRE teams up with rapper Smokepurpp for latest single that will open up the “MOSH” pit at his next festival appearance. NGHTMRE adds to his diverse discography with this hard-hitting hip-hop inspired single. Smokepurpp’s “in-your-face” lyricism and energy soars over the backdrop of NGHTMRE’s trap production. “MOSH” follows NGTHMRE’s remix of “Heavenly Side” by Illenium, released at the beginning of August.

*As our favorite festivals and events come back remember to take care of the friends and community around you. Practice safe raving and make sure to have plenty of water and rest breaks.  To fight dehydration at your next festival, check out Raveraide, a great-tasting hydration stick made by ravers for ravers.*

*Producers, remember to submit your tracks under the Demo Submission tab to get your own music featured on our website and social media!*

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