Published: January 17, 2013
By: Jordan Calvano
There are few producers in the industry who could match Candyland’s hot streak in 2012. The Santa Barbara duo (Ethan Davis & Josie Martin) won massive Beatport remix contests for their “Rattle” and “Make It Bun Dem” submissions, solidifying the group’s well-deserved presence in multiple genres.
Candyland’s most recent EP, Bring the Rain, rockets their unbeatable sound and playful styling to uncharted territories with a collection of dance-worthy anthems released through Spinnin’ Records (Jan 21).
After busting open with a trapped out collab featuring Big Chocolate, your undivided attention is shifted towards the EP’s title track. “Bring The Rain” combines visceral instrumentations with Lexi Forche’s emotive vocals, creating pure bliss from the first snare. The release also contains an unforgettable acoustic mix from Evan Duffy, instantly immersing any listener’s conscious with spellbinding piano chords and symphonic soundcsapes
“Beneath Myself” strikes up an impunitive balance between trap influenced drops and creatively pitch shifted vocals. This impeccable blend demonstrates Candyland’s ability to push the boundaries of bass music on an incomparable tune that screams passion.
“Castle Of Affair” flawlessly juxtaposes sporadic moombah tones with atmospheric synth sections, both carefully complimented by Peter Dawson’s awe-inspiring lyrics. Easily Candyland’s most ethereal track released thus far, and undoubtedly their most addicting.
“All You Gotta Do” contains venomous production from MakO, on a fast-paced banger full of unexpected transitions and full-throttle bass lines. Also present is Maksim’s jaw-dropping lyrical abilities, taking listeners on a rampant journey throughout.
Candyland kicks off 2013 with a full-forced wrecking ball on Bring The Rain, and it’s their best work to date. Your new favorite EP has finally arrived, so shut your lips and let them speakers do the talking.