Happy April 10th! The Festival Voice is back with our weekly roundup feature.
Association For Electronic Music (AFEM) Names Silvia Montello Chief Executive Officer
Silvia Montello has been named Chief Executive Officer of AFEM: Association For Electronic Music. Founded in 2013 by Graphite Media Director and International Music Summit co-founder Ben Turner and entertainment lawyer Kurosh Nasseri, AFEM serves as a pillar to connect and represent the common interests of companies and artists whose business is electronic music. The non-profit organization includes more than 250 members across 25 countries, representing all industry sectors within the electronic genre. Silvia Montello will be replacing Greg Marshall.
Swansea’s longest running and most influential festival is back with a bang on Saturday 20th August 2022. It returns to the easily accessible and open air Singleton Park with six spectacular stages featuring the likes of Sub Focus, Roger Sanchez, Friction, Hannah Wants, Eddie Halliwell, Judge Jules, Bru C, Hazard, Horse Meat Disco, Lovely Laura & Ben Santiago, Andy Whitby, Cally & Juice and many more.
Grammy-Winning RÜFÜS DU SOL Reveal Second Leg of 2022 North American ‘Surrender’ Tour
Grammy-winning live electronic trio RÜFÜS DU SOL today announced the second leg of their highly anticipated North American ‘Surrender’ Tour. The tour, produced by Live Nation, will bring their esteemed live show to an additional 12 US markets, for a total of 19 cities across North America and will feature Paraleven, WhoMadeWho, and Bora Uzer on select dates.
Sign up for the ‘Surrender’ Tour: https://www.rufusdusol.com/
GRiZ Announces Triple Rainbow Experience September 16th & 17th at Alpine Valley Music Theatre
GRiZ announced today his first-ever ‘Triple Rainbow’ at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin on September 16th and 17th.
A legendary rock-oriented venue, GRiZ is one of the only electronic shows to come to Alpine Valley this year. Alpine Valley in the past has hosted acts like the Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Rush, Phish, and two editions of Lollapalooza when the festival traveled to pop-up locations in the 90s. The debut festival from GRiZ, which will also include a limited camping options, will see over 40,000 attendees over the course of two days.
Along with two headlining performances by GRiZ, ‘Triple Rainbow’ will host experimental bass phenomenon LSDream, fellow “Color Of Your Soul” collaborator CloZee, and rising anonymous act Tripp St., along with Minnesota, EAZYBAKED, Chee, Noah B, and Tape B.
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Lost In A Moment
Motion Bristol builds on an action-packed start to 2022 with another irresistible run of events from April until June. Brands like Glitterbox, Yard, We Are FSTVL, ESO Presents, Cirque Du Soul, XXL, Critical Sound and more will host DJ innovators including Denis Sulta, Gerd Janson, Krystal Klear, Eclair Fifi, Dusky, Alan Fitzpatrick, Dense & Pika, Objekt, Re:ni, KiNK, Loefah, Reinier Zonneveld, Calibre, LTJ Bukem, Kasra and tens more across some vast Bank Holiday specials and regular returning favourites.
For tickets head to motion-bristol.com.
South African artist Muzi has announced his North American tour, kicking off May 28th at Lightning In A Bottle Festival, including stops in Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, Boston, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Miami, and more.
28 May: Lightning In A Bottle, Bakersfield
2 June: Crybaby, Oakland
3 June: The Virgil, Los Angeles
4 June: Barboza, Seattle
10 June: TBA, Austin
11 June: Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit
12 June: Sleeping Village, Chicago
13 June : House of Vans, Chicago
14 June: The Middle East, Boston
16 June: Baby’s All Right, Boston
17: TBA, Philadelphia
18 June: DC9, Washington, DC
23 June: The Drake, Toronto
24 June: TBA, Atlanta
25 June: TBA, Miami
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On The Pier Announces Line Up in Hastings
The On The Pier series brings world class acts from across the bass spectrum to Hastings’s iconic and 150 year old pleasure pier. It reaches out over the English Channel as the waves break below, the beach stretches out either side and the classic seaside town of Hastings acts as a beautiful backdrop. When soaked in summer sun there is no better place to party, and as afternoon turns to evening and that sun begins to set, it makes for a real shivers down your spine musical experience. The stage itself boasts immersive lights and lasers while the sound system is world class to ensure every kick drum hits like intended.
Shy FX, Bou, Chimpo, Randall, Clipz, Born On Road Takeover
Date: Saturday, 9th July, 2022
The Crystal Method
Destino Ibiza’s underground club Tox is about to become the most talked about party spot on the White Isle. With a brand new approach and diverse, cutting-edge programming seven nights a week by Denial Events, it runs from June 14 till September 30th and will showcase some of the best labels and brands across including the likes of Transmix by Transmission, Axtone, Revealed, as well as Coldharbour. On top of that expect more from underground house, trance and techno, to hippie nights that bring back the original hedonistic vibes of the seventies, Latin nights and amapiano showcases that mix up deep house, lounge and jazz. It is a bold new addition to the Ibiza landscape that offers discerning and sophisticated dancers something totally different than a typical super club experience.
Jon Gurd- Phoenix
Basement Floods Records
Holland Belle- Magnetism
Upstate New York-based folk artist Holland Belle is excited to present “Magnetism,” the latest song to be lifted from the Friday, May 13 release of her debut solo album, Bird Song (pre-save HERE). A track that centers on Bird Song’s sense of faith, Belle urges her heart to go other places on the easeful and mysterious single — to sit in silence and stillness among the chaos of the world. Gentle percussion pushes Belle forward as she discovers the tranquility and warmth that she has searched for in other people, was in fact always within her.
Ghettobabyjesus- Save Me
As a former tour DJ for Sean Kingston and a Swedish Battle DJ champ, this eclectic producer’s high energy mixing, sampling and scratching is a sight to behold. Releasing on Swiss artist Gil Glaze’s Breeze Records imprint, ’Save Me’ follows recent releases ‘Vaska Riddim’ and ‘Shivers’.
Dirtybird is taking a listen back to some of the finest, deep gems from across the label catalog with the release of ‘Deep Cutz’, the 14 track compilation out now.
Dirtybird Deep Cutz Tracklist
1. Claude VonStroke – ‘Aundy
2. Sacha Robotti – ‘Melato Nina’
3. Julio Bashmore – ‘World Peace’
4. Justin Jay – ‘Waves’
5. Tom Flynn and Amp Fidlar – ‘The Future’
6. Kill Frenzy – ‘XXX feat. Astrid’
7. GoldFFinch – ‘Sultry Steel’
8. Steve Darko – ‘Closure’
9. SPHQ – ‘State of Mind’
10. Pezzner – ‘The Hand That Feeds You’
11. Scavazza – ‘Shake Your Hearts’
12. Robot Love – ‘What I Lived For’
13. dernis – ‘a conversation’
14. Itzone – ‘Azul Magico’
Disciple Round Table
Samplifire- Ragnarok EP
WhoMadeWho- Silence & Secrets (Black Coffee Remix)
WhoMadeWho’s Silence & Secrets is the gift that just keeps on giving. Following the critically acclaimed release of the original record back in November, and a subsequent brace of star-studded remixes from Frank Wiedemann and Adriatique in January, the Danish three-man outfit now looks to further expand on the success of the third single from their forthcoming album, as they enlist Grammy Award-winning South African artist Black Coffee to provide another blockbuster rendition.
Factory 93 Records
Charles D- Heavy/So High
The NYC-bred techno producer has been quickly climbing up the ranks with a refreshing sound that works around progressive and hard-hitting elements. He started to gain significant traction after numerous singles that have earned support from the likes of Adam Beyer, Layton Giordani, Christoph, and Pryda, the latter of whom took him on tour during his recent North American run of dates.
Hayden James- Lifted
On Friday 8 April, triple-platinum Sydney-born producer Hayden James releases his sophomore album into the world, LIFTED, out via Future Classic.
Infusing the same emotion of his celebrated live shows into every moment on the project, Hayden’s euphoric masterpiece arrives at a moment when fans need it the most. LIFTED was fuelled by Hayden’s desire to create an energetic and uplifting collection that could help bring people together, and deliver a slice of joy to his fans after much time spent apart over the past few years. The record enlists a slew of special guests including Elderbrook, Boo Seeka, Jem Cooke, SIDEPIECE, Yaeger and Cassian, as Hayden expends rippling energy via lush production, vocal textures and consistently addictive dance cuts. Released just ahead of his debut appearance at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, LIFTED is an expansion of Hayden’s enduring legacy in dance music and promises to be his most heartfelt and authentic work to date.
Habstrakt & Nitepunk- Point
French powerhouse Habstrakt and boundary-pushing bass producer Nitepunk have carved out their own unique lanes in the dance music space, both of whom have enjoyed previous releases on HARD Recs. They are now ready to unite for their first-ever collab on HARD, a vicious bass house party-starter blending their respective styles uniquely over gritty low-end, fat reese bass, energetic rave stabs, suspenseful pads and hype vocal chops/samples.
DRAMA- 3AM feat. DJ Emmaculate
DRAMA dropped their Don’t Wait Up EP last month, which included the nightstalking cut 3AM, and today teamed up with fellow Chicagoan, and long-time studio partner, DJ Emmaculate to release an appropriately house focused Chicago edit.
HUGEL and Jude & Frank- Pra Nao Dizer
King Garbage- Monster Truck
Contemporary American soul band King Garbage have a lot to celebrate this week. Not only are they now GRAMMY® Award-winners for their work on Jon Batiste’s album We Are, but they also released their highly-acclaimed sophomore album, Heavy Metal Greasy Love on Ipecac Recordings (stream / order). The album, along with pre-release singles “Busy On A Saturday Night,” “Monster Truck” and “Peanut Butter Kisses,” caught the ears of Rolling Stone, KCRW, PopMatters, Guitar World, Bandcamp, and the band has beeen featured on tastemaker playlists including “Today’s Indie Rock” on Spotify.
Kill Rock Stars
Bitch- Pages Music Video
Legendary queer music icon Bitch is excited to present the official video for “Pages.” The track is the fifth single to be released from her poppy and poetic album Bitchcraft out now on Kill Rock Stars.
Spor- Let Me Be
Mind Of A Genius Records
Mindchatter- DREAM SOUP
Now, Mindchatter unveils his sophomore album, DREAM SOUP, a genre-bending, thirteen-track package that deals in heady themes while sliding between the scale of intricately produced electronic music and catchy indie pop songwriting. The album, which is written, produced, and sung entirely by Connolly, releases via taste-making label Mind Of A Genius Records (Gallant, ZHU, THEY.).
Bottled Up- Italo Love
Punctual- We Could Have It All
Beloved UK house duo Punctual made their second appearance on Monstercat today with the new moody single, “We Could Have It All.” Striking a balance between darker melodic layers and their signature pop-fueled finesse, the record is a distinct move toward edgier stylings crafted for the club space. Accompanying the release, Punctual announced their anticipated EP, ‘Maze’ will arrive on the label next month, just in time for summer festival season.
Martin Garrix- Reboot feat. Vluarr
Martin Garrix proves his club album announcement last week was no April Fools joke and is coming through with the third release in line for ‘Sentio’: ‘Reboot’, with Vluarr.
Teaming up with Vluarr for the first time, the pair prove to be an excellent combination. The bouncy track has an exciting and irresistible groove that makes you want to get up on your feet immediately. His recent Instagram post, which shows a video of him playing the track in Buenos Aires, is a testament to just that.
Martin Garrix & Brooks- Quantam
A reunion everybody has been waiting for: Martin Garrix and Brooks collaborate on Garrix’s second release of the week, ‘Quantum’. As one of the most requested IDs after his Ultra Music Festival Miami set, ‘Quantum’ quickly became a fan favorite after the first live spins. In true Garrix and Brooks fashion, the track is an outstanding banger with an infectious drop.
Julian Calor feat. TRØVES – Find My Way
Julian Calor is back on STMPD RCRDS with ‘Find My Way’ which sees him team up with TRØVES. Two years in the making, the vocals took some time to complete but the track surely was worth the wait. Melancholic video game music and life experiences are at the heart of this track, with boss label Martin Garrix already premiering the instrumental at Tomorrowland.
Aiobahn – set you free
Aiobahn is heading into a slightly different direction with this first STMPD release of 2022. Struggling to keep creating his 2021 mainstream sound, he’s launched a different approach while still keeping his signature sound at the core of it all. Inspired by the underground scene and garage music he got the positive energy he was looking for and today he’s proudly showing his brand new Aiobahn sound.
Text Me Records
Ex-Poets- Opus feat. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire
Text Me Records and Ex-poets are excited to to share “Opus” feat. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire” the latest single to be lifted from the band’s album Dust out this fall (stream). Opus” is song about finding your way through the unknowns of life, in particular during adulthood amidst this absurdist modern day age. The track features a sax solo from friend and neighbor Chris Speed (from the Bad Plus). Jordan says, “Chris was a guy I listened to as a huge fan in high school and college and I would go see him play whenever I could. Fast forward some years, I moved to LA, and it turns out he lives in my neighborhood and we started playing together and hanging out. What an amazing joy that was to get to work with a longtime idol of mine. Truly a brilliant improviser.”
AIR APPARENT- 100%
Rising San Francisco-based DJ and producer, AIR APPARENT, releases his bouncy new single and accompanying video, “100%” featuring ÊMIA today, out everywhere now. The single will be followed by the optimal poolside soundtrack–a collection of light and bright tracks, culminating in the 12-track LP, Chromatic featuring appearances from vocalists like Constance, Kcdeeya, GESS, Ellie Jones, and more, coming just in time for summer.
Night Tales- Thinking About You