ESSENTIALS: Feathers EP – esta

San Diego native esta dropped the Feathers EP, a free/name-your-price EP on his birthday yesterday. Esta belongs to the LA-based record label Soulection, which houses some electronic music’s under-the-radar stars Mr. CarmackSango, and Ta-ku. The same can be said about esta and his work; he racks up several hundred thousands of listens for his self-proclaimed “dancable, but sexy” orginals and remixes that often sample popular hip-hop/rap vocals on his Soundcloud.

The Feathers EP is is no different, but veers a little out of his comfort zone. In “All Night,” Justin Bieber’s vocals and original track were pitched down and turned from “dance-pop” hit to bass-heavy trap track, turning “What Do You Mean?” into something more like Travi$ Scott-produced and featured “No Sense”“Special Affair” brings out esta’s best Chromeo impression, taking The Internet‘s original in a different direction with an upbeat feel, funky basslines, and polished synths. The original off the EP, “Feathers,” shows off his hip-hop instrumental talent with some help from JBird on the keys, shining the spotlight on some much underappreciated jazz-piano.

Esta is due for his first official album release next year, so be on the look out for that if you’re feeling this new EP.

Check out more of esta’s work on his Soundcloud


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