Ian’s Producer Picks of The Week: Vol. 5

Ian Hansen
"Leave The Club" (Feat. Lil Durk & Glorilla) – Don Toliver

Welcome to the fifth volume of my producer picks of the week, and this one was stacked. There were many incredible releases this week, and I wanted to highlight some producers who I feel deserve more credit. Here are my five producer picks below: 

Mu Lean: "Leave The Club" (Feat. Lil Durk & Glorilla) – Don Toliver

Leave The Club” is easily my favorite track of the week, and it is in large part because of the spacey and synthy production layered throughout. As a fellow producer with a similar sound, I have always loved Mu Lean’s samples. He is in his own creative lane with this sort of “Cactus Jack” synthy sound, and it is no surprise he finds himself on yet another Don Toliver project. He has also worked with the likes of Drake, Young Thug, and Travis Scott.  

dxnnyfxntom: "3am" (with Prentiss & Anthony Green) – Skrillex

I have been following dxnnyfxntom for awhile now and when I saw he was on Skrillex’s recent album, Don’t Get Too Close, I couldn’t help but be happy. To make it even better, he produced “3am” with Prentiss, who is also one of my favorite up and coming artists. dxnnyfxntom is one of the best rising guitarists right now and has worked with Toosii, Dro Kenji, and DC The Don to name a few. This is a huge step in his career, and I look forward to seeing what more he has in store.

Brandon Benjamin:  "Lottery" – Latto & LU KALA

I always love when artists step outside of their comfort zone, and that is exactly what Latto did on “Lottery,” with LU KALA. The chemistry between the two artists is undeniable, and the song screams Billboard Top 10 song. The rich bass line that plays throughout and the earworm synths that loop throughout bring the track together. Brandon Benjamin played a role in making this come together, and every song he works on seems to be concise and sonically remarkable. His work with Kid Cudi, 6ix9ine, and Mavi speaks for itself.

Jeff Hazin & Milord: "Hate" – ThxSoMch

ThxSoMch was one of the fastest growing artists toward the end of 2022 and he continues that pace with his recent song, “Hate.” The brash nature of the track and the visuals behind it make for one of the most unique records of the year. Jeff Hazin and Milord teamed up with this incredible post punk beat, which allows ThxSoMch to bring out his destructive vocals. Hazin has an impressive track record thanks to his work with Glaive, while Milord is getting his first big placement and a taste of the industry. 

Lucian:  "i need u" – Ken Carson

Opium’s Ken Carson looks to build on his breakout 2022 with his first single of the year, “i need u” and like most of his tracks, the production is meant for shows. Carson’s fans love to moshpit and the beefy 808s and airy synths are perfect for that. Lucian has been one of the innovators of this new wave sound, as he produced “Punk Monk'' by Playboi Carti, “Poland'' by Lil Yachty, and has also worked Yeat and Destroy Lonely. He continues to build on an already impressive catalog with this recent single, and I look forward to hearing more of his production in the near future.

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