ICARUS releases “Flowers” + New EP “In The Dark”

ICARUS releases “Flowers” + New EP “In The Dark”

Bristol-based duo, ICARUS, released their new single ‘Flowers,’ along with a 5-track narrative EP ‘In The Dark,’ which chronicles the ups and downs of a new relationship.

The EP opens with the upbeat disco synth tune, ‘Love Has Come Around,’ which captures the ecstasy of a budding relationship. As the EP progresses, the atmosphere darkens with tracks that explore vulnerability and distrust like ‘I Could Leave,’ and the closing track, ‘Flowers,’ which tells the tale of a relationship turned toxic.

“It’s talking about situations early in a relationship,” explains ICARUS’ Tom Griffiths. “Maybe it’s not right but you still want it to happen.”

‘In The Dark’ showcases the duo’s wide range of production skills while immersing the listener in colorful visuals and sounds. Though the theme of the EP remains consistent, ICARUS does not allow themselves to be constrained to a particular tempo or style.

‘Love Has Come Around’ has garnered plays from Pete Tong, Danny Howard, and Alice Levine with positive reviews from Earmilk, Clash, and The Times. ICARUS’ first live headline tour is set to begin this month, a clear indication that they will only continue to achieve musical excellence.

Check out the full ‘In The Dark’ EP below:

Soul Bandit – A Tribute To Dancing Queen

Soul Bandit – A Tribute To Dancing Queen


For those of you who actually get to hang out with me in real life, you might have heard me talk about an artist that I am helping out on the managment side of things. That artist goes by Soul Bandit and yesterday she dropped her fourth original track (which just like the title suggest) is a tribute to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.” Soul Bandit continues to grow with each new track that she puts out and I can’t wait to share more of her music with you soon.

About this track from Soul Bandit herself:

“Although I intended this release to be in alignment with my 3 previous releases, the idea behind making this one is a bit more personal. ABBA’s music has been part of my life since I was in the womb, so naturally they’re influences when it comes to me making my own music. Dancing Queen in particular is near and dear to both me and my mother’s hearts, and she is the one who ignited my passion for music the minute I was born. I probably wouldn’t be actively pursuing this career if it weren’t for her gifting me her love of music and encouraging me to take this journey. So this song was really written for her.”

The Best “Best of The Year” Lists For All Things Music (Songs, Albums, Videos & Beyond)

The Best “Best of The Year” Lists For All Things Music (Songs, Albums, Videos & Beyond)


Let’s face it, It’s kind of hard to be an original music blog in 2016. Considering the fact that a lot of the time people don’t event read your words, it can be frustrating to see quality work get skipped over for disposable click bait content that is only ruining our culture at a rapid pace. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good high school girl fight or collection of derpy cat gifs, but why can’t we have quality content from sources we can trust? Where did all the passion go? I know there is little to no money in “Blogging” and we are all far too old to do this shit for free shows, but what happened to people taking pride in what they do?

Well my goal for 2017 is to bring back that passion and to show people that there is a group of us out there that really care about this music, our culture, and the world around us. Our plan is to do this by just being authentic. You won’t find too many single features or BS e mail interviews on AlwaysHustle next year. What you will find are real words from people who care too much to just let this stuff go without being seen or heard.

Music is such an important part of our lives but the fans deserve something more than just the mindless dribble that most music blogs are putting out now. You will not be able to buy your way on to AlwaysHustle. If we like something or feel like it’s something that the world needs to know about, we will find a way to get it out there. I have been working in this business for over a decade now and it’s always been about making money, but now I see something bigger out there and a new hustle that we need to get on quick because things will not change with out action. When it comes down to it, I’d rather have a site with genuine value for the few people who read it then anything else at this point and if we can get people to change the way they think about music and life then it’s a huge win for me and this brand.

With all of this being said, I have not had the time in 2016 to really dedicate myself to the music I love. So rather then BS you with my fake ass picks of 2016, I have collected a list of lists that I think are worth checking out if you really want to get an idea of some of the better stuff that dropped this year.

Check out some of these picks below and get ready for a new year with new perspective from people who really care.

Finally I want to thank you all for riding with me over the years. I am nothing without the friends and fans that I have made from running this site and it’s only going to get better from here!

Enjoy all the music and have a happy holiday season.

– Ben de Ayora
Never Rest, Always Hustle

The Best Music Related End of the year lists:


Red Bull’s Top 50 Songs of 2016

I do a lot of business with Red Bull and no other brand in their space comes even close to the impact that they make on the music community every year. Working on Events like 30 Days in LA and Their Sound Select Shows is proof enough that these guys know music and they love it just as much as I do. Their list of top songs for the year is not perfect, but you can bet that everything you listen to is bump worthy for one reason or another.

Magnetic Magazine’s 25 Best House Tracks of 2016


I’m supposed to come up with some sort of “Best Hip Hop” chart for Magnetic as well but since I’ve been buried at work, for now I just want to give some shine to the very wise Danny Kaufman who came up with a solid list of House tracks from 2016. Hopefully I will have a bigger presence on Magnetic in 2017 as well but I feel like AlwayHustle needs me a bit more right now. We shall see I guess but for now get your grove one with this epic list.

Diplo’s Best of 2016


Diplo probably didn’t make this but whoever put it together for him did a great job of curating the best of 2016. While I know that AlwaysHustle has always been more of a hip hop website, I’d be a fool if I left out all of the great electronic music that came out this year. If 2016 told us anything it’s that these 2 genres work well together and we can expect to see even more crossover in 2017. Check out the best from Diplo and Friends (mostly his friends) here.

XLR8R’s Best of 2016: New Artists

While XLR8R has gone through quite a few changes over the last few years, you still can’t hate on this digital publication’s fine taste in music. They have consistently been an outlet I have kept tabs on through the years and their “Best New Artists” list for 2016 is full of both obvious stand outs and special gems that should keep you bust if you have been sleeping on the worlds of techno and REAL electronic music in 2016. You can read all about their picks right here.

Pigeons & Planes: Best Songs of 2016


P&P is another site that started around the same time as mine except the kid who started this blog struck a deal with complex at some point because Complex couldn’t figure out how to cover this indie/underground shit by themselves. It was a smart move because even now, Pigeons and Planes still comes up with a lot of great music that you just won’t find anywhere else. With that being said, they are infamous for posting quite a bit of noisy bullshit as well but not enough to keep them off of this list of lists. Check out their top tracks for 2016 by clicking right here.


HighSnobiety’s – Best Albums of 2016


No need for any BS here. I fucking love this website. Even though I can’t afford most of the shit they tell me I need to buy in order to stay cool, the fine folks who run HighSnobiety seem to have the exact same taste as I do when it comes to all things, fashion, art, culture and most of the time, music. They have put together a quality list of the tops albums of 2016 which is worth checking out which you can view here.

NPR – Top 100 Songs of 2016


Thank god for NPR. Besides sports talk radio I really have nothing else to listen to in my car except for KCRW and the rest of the brilliant programing that NPR provides. This list of their 100 top songs of 2016 is about as solid as you can get for a list this long. While the placements of some of the songs could be up for debate, they really missed nothing that I can see and even though I wasn’t around for most of these releases, NPR is a name you can trust when it comes to music curation. Dig in to this monster list here.

Pitchfork – The Best Music Videos of 2016


While normally I would tell the fine folks at Pitchfork to suck a D as far as what I think of their pretentious ability to curate and forecast a lot of the dope emerging music in our world, I actually believe they did a pretty good job with their list of the best music videos of 2016. Out of all of the other lists I tried to make my way through, they were the only ones that actually took the time to do it right and for that I will give them some shine (but not too much). There are some weird videos on this list as well but over all it gets the job done. You can check it out here.

Morgan Hyslop  – The Queens EP

Morgan Hyslop – The Queens EP

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I love it when my friends make dope music. I don’t even remember what year I met Morgan. We were on the streets of San Francisco after a show at Vessel and she was looking for a place to buy cigs with her friend. That area of downtown isn’t the best for two young ladies to be walking around so of course I had to step in and escort them to a 711 where we got to talking about music and life and travel and then that was it. They were gone and I didn’t think I’d hear from them again.

Luckily we have the internet and somehow I found Morgan on Facebook and we have loosely stayed in touch ever since. Since then, Morgan has become quite the producer and just the other day she released her very first ep entitled “The Queens” on Sunday Money Music. Morgan also manages the label and I am just blown away by the quality of these tracks. I knew she would be great at whatever she ended up doing after that first meeting but the vibes she is creating now with her music fit perfectly with that after hours / underground world that I have come to love and appreciate so much throughout my career in the music industry.

Morgan I am so proud of you and even though we haven’t talked in a while, I have always cherished that connection we made and I look forward to watching you grow with your music. Keep it up babe!

Follow Morgan Hyslop
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Lido & Santell – The Passion Project (EP)

Lido & Santell – The Passion Project (EP)

Lido has done it again. This project is incredibly fun and takes me back to the days I would stay up listening to the “Hot Love Jams” on Hot105 (104.7 fm) in Merced during my Jr. High years. This will be on repeat for a while. More info down below.

Lido & @Santell‘s The Passion Project

Out Now through @MadDecent & @PelicanFly
US EP: MadDecent.lnk.to/ThePassionProject
Int’l EP: po.st/TPPLidoSantell

#FutureFeels – 17

#FutureFeels – 17

This week’s edition of #FutureFeels is a little heavier on the hip hop side but still features some very solid production from the likes on graves, mayhem & antiserum, rare, akihabara, ZHU, and many more. Shout out to 4Real for liberating that unreleased Goldlink track. I’m sure he was probably pissed about that lol.



1 Ta-ku — American Girl ft. Wafia
2 ShaqIsDope — Stay Focused (Prod By. Pitt Tha Kid)
3 Brasstracks — GoldLink – Dance On Me (Brasstracks Remix)
4 jayprincemusic — AfroPhunk (Feat. SiR & Joyce Wrice)
5 GoldLink – Untitled (Produced By 4REAL)
6 oriJanus — Bryson Tiller – Been That Way (oriJanus Remix)
7 graves — graves & Jupe – VHS
8 future classic — Wafia – Heartburn
9 TastyTreat — Found Someone (ft. Tribes)
10 ZHU x Skrillex x THEY. – Working For It (Zane Lowe World Premiere)
11 Michael Christmas — Grab Her Hand ft. Mac Miller
12 Kirk Knight – “Knight Time” (Prod. by Kirk Knight)
13 Of Methodist — Deadweight (ft. rare)
14 rare — I’m In The Future 1
15 rare — Abyss
16 Von Alexander — W A V E S
17 akihabara! — e c s t a s y
18 BNJMN ~ Winter Girls (Ft. Scolla, Von Alexander & Maurice Moore)
19 Rook Milo — Vices (ft. No Will)
20 Mayhem — Mayhem x Antiserum – Shelter (Ft Bulletproof)