In the world of EDM, the entities behind the beat have become more prominent than the beats they're dropping, allowing more mysterious figures to cause a stir just by keeping a cloak over their identity. Acts like Daft Punk and ZHU have used that mystery to perfection, and the latest act to catch listeners off guard with pulsating beats is Malaa, an outfit that many speculate is a side project from French EDM masters Tchami and DJ Snake.

Dropping his latest banger "Fade" on Tchami's Confession imprint only heightens the mystery, honestly, but if you push all of that "who the hell is this behind the music" aside, you end up with a pulsating, darker cut that borrows some lines from Kool G Rap and Nas' classic "Fast Life" with optimum effect. While smoother than your usual G-house flavor, "Fade" finds a way to blend an obvious appreciation for hip-hop with a club-shaking, anthemic number. It's also interesting to hear lines about "every where we go, people know who we are." You playing with our inquisitive emotions, Malaa?