- Where hyperpop meets trance and techno.
- Fast-paced bangers that blur the lines between happy hardcore, trance and pop-adjacent styles are, to put it mildly, all the rage right now. Proudly championing loud, brash sounds, this sonic phenomenon is rooted in carefree euphoria and early-’00s nostalgia. Madrid-based producer firstlin3, who also makes music as Concrete Fantasies, leans heavily into this style on his debut album for Amman-based label Drowned By Locals. Playing with glitched-out vocals, overdriven hardstyle kick drums and bleepy synth stabs, firstlin3 deals in elements that others might deem cheesy. It’s fun, irrestibly catchy and exactly the kind of thing you’d hear at DIY raves across the globe.
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