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[Reviews:] [Bass House:] Taiki Nulight’s first full-length endeavor is an enjoyable mix of bass and dark house.


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TAIKI NULIGHT’S ‘MURKY MANOR’ IS A VOYAGE INTO DARKER HOUSE & BASS

Taiki Nulight

Taiki Nulight’s first full-length album, Murky Manor, is an interesting journey through dark house sounds and bass soundscapes.


When it comes to Brighton resident, Taiki Nulight, we see an artist with a history of putting his unique spin on UK Garage, bass, and house music. Furthermore, he has collaborated with big names such as Chris Lorenzo, Lo Steppa and Cause & Effect and remixed songs from even larger staple artists like Above & Beyond and Netsky. For Taiki’s new album Murky Manor, released under AC Slater’s Night Bass Records, he hones his experience in the industry to release a piece of work heavily influenced by bass house, UK Grime, and Garage, reflecting his personal sound that he has always wished to convey.

Take a listen to Taiki Nulight’s Murky Manor, download or stream it on your favorite platform, and join me as I explore some highlights from the album below!

Stream Taiki Nulight – Murky Manor on Spotify:

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Murky Manor marks the house DJ’s first foray into full-length LPs. Taiki Nulight calls it the culmination of his past six years DJing.

The opening track “Invite to Murky Manor” starts off slowly. Calm lounge overtones begin, then a bouncy house beat joins the mix, setting the tone for the whole LP. Dark overtones and heavy bass are the overall mood of the album. However, from track to track the sound changes quickly, and varies from subtle and nuanced, to more direct. The intro track builds with satisfying, gritty, grimy vibes. These, in turn, carry over to the title track, “Murky Manor“.

Taking on the album’s moniker, “Murky Manor” picks up with snazzy keyboard riffs adding in a steady house beat. As a result, it gives off an impression or feeling of hybrid lounge house music. Soft, yet riddled with bass and dark energy.

Most of Murky Manor straddles the line between dark and tranquil house music. It can quickly flip from calmly reassuring to highly energetic, in the best way possible.

Most of the album follows this trend, straddling the line between softer, dark house sounds and more energetic cuts that would be at home at an underground house club. This embodies the different moods Taiki Nulight has felt in his life and as a DJ. At times, the sounds are soft, subtle and funky. At others, they are much more powerful and heavy. Big bass, steady snares and foreshadowing rhythms, and synths build in the back-beat culminating in his overall vision of sound.

“THIS ALBUM IS A CULMINATION OF YEARS OF DJING AND COLLABORATING. MURKY MANOR IS THE SOUNDSCAPE OF MY LIFE. IT WAS SO IMPORTANT FOR ME AS AN ARTIST TO DO A FULL ALBUM THAT SHOWCASES THE FULL DEPTH AND BREADTH OF THE TAIKI NULIGHT SOUND, AND I COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED TO RELEASE IT WITH NIGHT BASS.”

– TAIKI NULIGHT

The much more charged “Night Bass Thing“, which receives treatment from Night Bass label head AC Slater and Atlanta rapper Dell Harris, is the first cut with vocals that aren’t samples. Harris raps / Girls in the club they movin’ movin’ / over dark synths and a quite dance-able BPM. AC Slater brings his unique sound to this track as well, certainly taking it up a notch. This one is perfect for house lounges and clubs that embrace the underground feel.

On the bass-house side, standout tracks like “Murky Labs,” “Primal”, and “Sinner” (with Chris Lorenzo) have side-step and shuffle ready flows.

The light keyboard present in the softer songs returns in a few of these, mixing well amid samples you’d expect to hear in something more G-House tinged. It’s in nice contrast with the shadowy, dark vibe present throughout the album. “Primal” is a bass-house club-ready track and one of the more upbeat numbers present. In addition to multiple layers of sound and waves of bass, a nice almost subtle drop creates a head-bobbing rhythm and is certainly one of the star tracks.

“”PRIMAL” IS A BASS-HOUSE CLUB READY TRACK…WAVES OF BASS, AN ALMOST SUBTLE DROP, CREATE A HEAD-BOBBING RHYTHM. A STAR TRACK.”

– TAIKI NULIGHT

In short, Taiki Nulight’s first LP is a captivating display of the depths of darker, more subdued house music.

Remaining true to its theme throughout, Murky Manor explores the depths of a unique blend of bass, house, and garage music. There are times when some of the tracks become indistinguishable from the next, but all fit the general vibe Taiki is trying to portray. In all honesty, it’s an easy listen all the way through and comes off as much more authentic. Murky Manor is a successful foray into the world of full-length albums for Taiki Nulight, made for underground house venues and bass-house and dark house connoisseurs alike.


Taiki Nulight – Murky Manor – Tracklist:

  1. Invite to Murky Manor
  2. Murky Manor
  3. The Business
  4. Night Bass Thing with AC Slater (feat. Dell Harris)
  5. Way I Feel
  6. Murky Labs
  7. Sinner with Chris Lorenzo
  8. Iconic with Dread MC
  9. Primal
  10. What You Gonna Do with Cause & Effect
  11. Villain Dub

Connect With Taiki Nulight on Social Media:

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[Dance:] David Guetta, Bebe Rexha, J Balvin – Say My Name


[Dance:] Say My Name – David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin

Latin flair meets dance music in hit “Say My Name”


Music powerhouses David GuettaBebe Rexha J Balvin are enjoying their time in the spotlight while trending all over the interwebs as “Say My Name” continues to blow up. With over 20 million views on Youtube (as of Nov. 29th) for the official music video, the song is a certified hit.

The song adopts a slower, more latin-influenced flair than what French DJ, Guetta is usually known for. The result of Bebe’s sultry vocals along with J Balvin’s Spanish crooning produces a mix that works incredibly well.

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Buzz Words: November 18th-24th


Trendy and buzzing topics for the week of Nov. 18th:

Music:

Taiki Nulight’s recent LP “Murky Manor”

The Club – Mix Cut – Reebs

Falls (TOKiMONSTA Remix) – ODESZA, Sasha Sloan

Satisfied (feat. MAX) – Armand Van Helden x Cruise Control Remix

Standout from A State of Trance 888 “Amsterdam”


Video Games:

Pokemon: Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee – Quick Impressions coming up!

Red Dead Redemption II –  Review coming soon.

(Upcoming) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – News coming soon.

[Dance House:] Galantis – Emoji


[Dance House:] Emoji – Galantis

Swedish EDM duo Galantis’ newest song “Emoji” is a very welcome affair to the EDM world. Beginning with very soft, yet sultry vocals reminiscent of ones oft used by fellow House DJ, Kaskade, the beat picks up into energetic, fun, light-hearted sound. A nice change of pace from the high energy drops so often the go to’s at modern EDM shows and festivals.

Oooohhhh weeee / Send me an emoji, lemme know how you feel croons the female vocalist. Accentuated by light piano chords and a light rhythm, the song certainly makes a perfect “wind-down” number for house DJs.

The music video, directed by Dano Cerny is a cute visualization of a member of the duo spending time alone at his house with an emoji/heart. The ending is really sweet and the video goes well with a fun little tune like this one.

Learn more about Galantis on their Facebook, and hear more music from them on Spotify.

[Big Room/House:] Showtek – Booyah (feat. We Are Loud & Sonny Wilson) [Breathe Carolina Remix]


[Big Room/High Energy House:] Booyah (ft. We Are Loud & Sonny Wilson) [Breathe Carolina Remix]

One of the most classic high energy EDM tunes “Booyah” gets a remix from Breathe Carolina. The Denver based electronic music duo has certainly been on the rise as of late releasing numerous singles and remixes. Their remix of “Booyah” leaves in the high energy bass and drops, combined with reggae vocals, but adds a little more feel-good energy and a breezy vibe reminiscent of enjoying shoreline waves on a beautiful beach.

The signature drop from the original was changed up a bit, but the remix as a whole is still very enjoyable and very much a club/festival banger. The outro has a very nice dance/house sound that will transition well into other similar BPM tracks.

Listen to more of Breathe Carolina on their Soundcloud.

[Dance/Bass-House:] BROHUG – In My Hand


[Dance/Bass-House:] In My Hand – BROHUG

BROHUG does it yet again with their latest track, “In My Hand,” a satisfying blend of Disco house like vocals with their signature bass house sound.

The DJ trio seems to almost come up with unique ways to present their tunes and even drops that sounds the same still come across completely different. Not an easy accomplishment. BROHUG songs always energize, are face-melting or just plain raw in the best possible ways.

Check out their YouTube page and label page for more.

[Chill House/Future Ambient:] Louis the Child – Better Not (feat. Wafia)


[Downtempo Dance House:] Better Not (feat. Wafia) – Louis the Child.

Just in time for the summer is a cut with plenty of cool, tropical vibes. With a repeating reggae tin drum in the backbeat helping to create the dreamy, calm atmosphere of “Better Not” Wafia‘s vocals fit right in.

Louis the Child creates an interesting flow with this one, which initially resembles a contemporary pop song.

Though that may be true, by the first hook the track intrigues as the synths pick up. Then by the first “drop” you’ll find yourself humming and swaying to the beat and echoing the chorus of “You better not…” This is a great song for the season and not to be missed.

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