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Top 5 Releases From Northwest Artists This Year

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Treyis – ‘The Sixth Floor’

Released in the Spring of 2014, Treyis’ debut EP The Sixth Floor was the first in a series of big moves in what has turned out to be a great year for the Seattle-based producer and DJ. The three-track EP is available for free download and showcases Treyis ability to blend genres and produce high quality music. Sounding as if it were coming off of a major dubstep label, The Sixth Floor was the first in a series of major moves for the Washington State University alum this year.

Since the release of The Sixth Floor, Treyis, also known as Spencer Stumpf, has performed throughout the Northwest alongside the likes of KJ Sawka, Kill The Noise, and more. He’s even found time to release a handful of new tunes. Treyis teamed up with Los Angeles-based duo Them Lost Boys for a filthy original tune, entitled Hourglass, that has over 90k plays on Soundcloud. Treyis worked with friend and fellow Northwest producer Sixfour on a more fitting remix to Flosstradamus’ track Mosh Pit while recently dropping another new original tune, Home. He’ll cap off all of his hard work from 2014 in fitting fashion, performing at Resolution on New Year’s Eve at the WaMu Theater.

Eliminate – ‘Gravity’

Seattle’s Nathan Merrill, also known as Eliminate, released his three-track EP Gravity in April of this year and used it to propel him through a series of great releases throughout the rest of 2014. Eliminate showed that he can excel with a variety of genres and sounds, spanning trap, glitch hop, and a little bit of everything in Gravity. It caught on quick, shooting to the top spot in the Beatport Hip-Hop charts and setting the table for a breakout year.

He’s released several originals and remixes since Gravity, but none quite like his collab with legendary rapper & MC Armanni Reign. Reign has worked with the likes of Andy C, Zomboy, Dieselboy, and many more while touring the globe and working in the industry for over a decade. His work with Eliminate, entitled Karate Kid, was nothing short of extraordinary and is another sign that Eiminate will be continuing his upward trend in 2015.

Rubicon 7 – ‘Superhero’

Formerly Boise-based, but currently working out of Austin, Texas, duo Rubicon 7 set the standard for diversity with their debut EP Superhero. Rubicon 7, made up of Brandon Scott and Elizabeth Thompson, were able to fit together different styles and sounds in a great three-track EP that has us begging for more. They also each featured as vocalists on the EP, with Scott’s used for Wanting, and Thompson’s used for Superhero and Bring Me Down.

The duo saw immediate Beatport chart success and have since seen their weekly radio show ‘Under The Influence’ moved to the Mainstage of Digitally Imported radio. You’ll have your chance to catch one of our favorite acts, who we’ll always consider Northwest-based (in their hearts), when they return to Boise for a headlining show at the Knitting Factory on New Year’s Eve.

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