Happy April 24th from The Festival Voice! We’re back with your latest in music news!
Events and News
Combining over-the-top production, innovative, groundbreaking themed décors and invitations, quirky hosts and the world’s top DJs, Avaland “A World at Night” returns to where it all started at House of Blues in Boston as it celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special event. Set for June 17, Avaland’s anniversary fete “Make America Gyrate Again” will feature sets from legendary DJ Danny Tenaglia and Mike Swells along with original Avaland residents Nailz and Manolo, décor from Avaland designer John Dellarocco, and over two dozen performers.
2022 will definitely be a new start for Family Piknik and it will begin on Sunday 31st July in the new avant-garde and unique decor of Lunel Arena, located only 20 minutes away from Grammont’s open park previously used as the festival’s playground. Central place in the city, close to the train station, Lunel’s Arena will start to dance with Family Piknik through a very attractive Opening event highlighting some of the best Deep-Progressive artists.
As the global mecca of dance music prepares for its biggest season in many years, HE.SHE.THEY’s curation and programming of global DJ talent both represent the darker side of electronic music and reflect the diversity and representation that were historically at the heart of the roots of house and techno.
Ben Klock – Chaos in the CBD – Cinthie – Derrick Carter – Effy – Floorplan – Freddy K – Gerd Janson – Hector Oaks – Horse Meat Disco – Jennifer Cardini – Juliana Huxtable – Kittin – LSDXOXO – Mall Grab – Maya Jane Coles – Maze & Masters – Mella Dee – Midland – Patrick Mason – Rebekah – Sita Abellan – SYREETA – Tiga – VTSS – Wax Wings – Willow
Michael Brun’s Bayo Returns To New York and Boston
This Spring, Michael Brun’s Bayo will return, with two shows, Boston’s House of Blues on May 20th and NYC’s Pier 17 on May 21, before Brun curates an afternoon for Afropunk in Miami. At each event Brun’s sonic vision and hand picked-guests will transport audiences to the streets of his homeland and showcase like minded peers from across the globe.
May 20 Boston – House of Blues
May 21 NYC – Pier 17
Anie Alerte, Baky, DJ Bullet, DJ Superduke, Dro X Yani, J Perry, Jeff Pierre, Kanis, Kes, Kolo, Mikaben, Shirazee, Troubleboy in Boston
Anie Alere, Baky, DJ Bullet, DJ Magic Kenny, J Perry, Jeff Pierre, Ir Sais, Kanis, Kes, Kolo, Lastmonday, Mikaben, Naïka, Paul Beaubrun, Shirazee, Troubleboy in NYC
The much anticipated second edition of MOGA Caparica returns to Portugal’s stunning Costa de Caparica from the 1st to 5th of June. Located just 20 minutes south of Lisbon and offering a sun kissed and escapist mix of sunset beach parties with yoga, surfing, brunches and boat parties, first wave headliners include From A to Z: AMINE K – AUDIOFLY – CARLITA – DAM SWINDLE – DAN SHAKE – DAOX – FOLAMOUR – KALABRESE – LAURENCE GUY – LOLA VILLA – MADD ROD – MAFALDA – MAGUPI – PARALLELLS – SHUGI – YOKOO & many more tba. The Blind tickets have sold out but first release festival passes at 140euros are available now for a limited time.
MVSON World Festival Is Coming To Cheshire
Northern Nights Music Festival Announces Initial Cannabis & Wellness Details for 2022 Edition at Cook’s Valley Campground in Piercy, CA
With their next major accomplishment, Northern Nights has announced that they will become the first music festival to have dispensaries located at stages and the first music festival to have multiple on-site dispensaries for their 2022 edition. This will include dispensaries located at various stages throughout the event featuring takeovers from top cannabis brands and allowing guests to easily purchase cannabis products while still enjoying the music they love.
There will also be the original dispensary located at The Tree Lounge, which in the past served as the sole on-site dispensary location. This area will now take on more of a farmer’s market vibe and provide a chill lounge experience for attendees to meet the Legacy Farmers and learn more about the stories that paved the way for legal cannabis in the US.
The Crystal Method NFT
MakersPlace, the premier marketplace for rare and authentic digital artworks, today announced that The Crystal Method, one of the most successful American electronic acts of all time, will be auctioning an NFT of their new lead single’s music video “Watch Me Now” on its platform on April 26, 2022 at 3:30PM PT.
- VIP Tickets and backstage passes to any TCM headline show of their choice (festival dates not available)
- Pre-paid room in the same hotel as the artist in that city
- Pre-show dinner with The Crystal Method
- Autographed vinyl LP of “The Trip Out”
- Tickets to a TCM headlining show of buyer’s choice with meet-n-greet (festival dates not available)
- Autographed vinyl LP of “The Trip Out”
- Buy all five and get an airdropped sixth NFT and autographed vinyl LP of “The Trip Out”
- Buy three and get a fourth NFT airdropped
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The Queer’s Platinum Jubilee
Unorthodox and Mandidextrous team up to bring ‘The Queer’s Platinum Jubilee’ on the jubilee itself! The night brings together queer acts from across the drum and bass scene. IMANU, bi-sexual DJ from the Netherlands, will headline the Village Underground date; the legendary John B joins the bill as well as award winning Scottish DJ, Mrs Magoo. Chickaboo, the first ever woman to MC over Drum and Bass, hosts the show alongside Plymouth’s Maddy V and electrifying drag MC, Bennitrate. Other Unorthodox residents join the line up, acting as glue to pull this ground-breaking, queer-focused, diverse line up together. On top of this immense line up, the full family of Unorthodox queens and performers will bring the show to life alongside an immersive production experience.
All Day I Dream
Fulltone- Far Away From This World
A longtime fan and like-minded-partner of All Day I Dream, Fulltone returns to Lee Burridge’s imprint with the 4-track Far From This World EP. The release finds magic for listeners on the dancefloor or to enjoy at home – and comes ahead of Fulltone’s performance at the first-ever All Day I Dream camping Festival in May.
Ben Böhmer- Slow Wave (The Blaze Remix)
Ben Böhmer & Anjunadeep announce the release of ‘Begin Again (Remixed)’, a collection of reworks from renowned and up & coming acts such as The Blaze, HAAi, Matador, MEUTE, niina, Rezident, and Barry Can’t Swim.
The ‘Begin Again (Remixed)’ campaign officially launches with French duo The Blaze, who debut on Anjunadeep with a stunning remix of Ben Böhmer and Gordi’s ’Slow Wave.’ On this new remix for Ben Böhmer, the duo showcases their emotional and captivating sound, with a warm and energetic production that perfectly complements Gordi’s unique and soft vocals.
Black Book Records
HoneyLuv- Thr33 6ix 5ive
House and techno producer/DJ HoneyLuv releases her new single ‘Thr33 6ix 5ive’ out now via Black Book Records ahead of her debut at Coachella’s Do Lab Stage on Friday, April 22.
HoneyLuv’s second release of the year following ‘Your Tongue,’ ‘Thr33 6ix 5ive’ is a refreshing four-on-the-floor house original filled with bouncy basslines and crisp percussion. Her playful nature shines through with catchy lyrics, “Think I need you by my side 365.” ‘Thr33 6ix 5ive’ arrives following HoneyLuv’s recent performances at Okeechobee, Beyond Wonderland, and Miami Music Week.
Flux Pavilion- Lore
The king is back! With a cinematic intro calling to mind fantasy epics and galactic sagas, the Flux Pavilion you know and love is kicking off 2022 with the thundering ‘Lore’! Showcasing the burning, innovative energy that helped the Circus Records founder pioneer an entire genre, it’s set to soundtrack the stages and festivals of the future.
Gentlemens Club- Policia
Marking their sophomore original production of the year, U.K.-based trio Gentlemens Club is back on the release radar with their new track ‘Policia’. The latest to come from the triad follows this month’s ‘Dat Funk’ and their 2021 single ‘1999’ featuring Dread MC and B Live. Known for their genre-blurring style and sound that explores all aspects of bass music, Gentlemens Club has solidified themselves as a force to be reckoned with in dance music. Out now via their very-own imprint Club Friendly, ‘Policia’ is available to stream across all platforms.
Satori- Dreamin’ Colours
An ethereal, swirling body of work, Dreamin’ Colours is rich in texture, colour and imagination. Satori stretches himself out through languorous, mystical explorations of both the digital and the analogue elements of music, the result a beautifully conspired collection of world music, steeped in electronic and Balkan roots, and straddling a multitude of genres from blues and indie electronic to opera, folk and beyond.
Blunts & Blondes- Story of a Stoner
Desert Hearts Black
Local Dialect x Erebus
Spencer Brown & Marieme
Spencer Brown launched his own record label, diviine, earlier this year to release whatever music type he wanted, when he wanted, without restrictions. The label’s debut double single ‘Forbidden Flow / 18 Min Loop’ featured a song that clocked in at, you guessed it, 18 minutes. While the initial release was geared towards the club, Spencer further demonstrates the zeitgeist of diviine with the follow-up up release ‘Stuck/Reflex,’ two beautiful songs that feature vocals from Senegalese-American singer-songwriter, Marieme.
Riot Ten & Crankdat- Own The Night
Riot Ten and Crankdat come together again for a destructive new collaboration “Own The Night.” The latest festival weapon is stacked with dynamic vocal chops and vigorous bass elements. The single comes after the two producers collaborated on the infectious remix of Afrojack and Steve Aoki’s “No Beef” earlier this year.
Kah-Lo- Drag Me Out Video
Nigerian born, New York based singer and Grammy nominated artist Kah-Lo today releases the video for new single ‘Drag Me Out’, the ultimate going out anthem out now via Epic Records.
Filmed in Kah-Lo’s home of Lagos, the video brings to life Kah-Lo’s ‘life of the party’ persona. Kah-Lo prides herself on being the last one standing after a long night out, and the track is her own recklessness anthem, here just in time for summer. ‘Drag Me Out’ skillfully blends groovy house basslines, punchy drum kicks, and infectious lyrics to deliver the pre-party soundtrack of 2022
Equal Vision Records
All Get Out- Sumter
Equal Vision Records and South Carolina-based indie folk quartet All Get Out are excited to announce the Friday, June 3 release of Kodak, the band’s first full-length offering since 2018’s No Bouquet. An album centered around the concept of small town living in America and how they — along with its people who stay behind — continue to remain frozen in time.
Feel Good Lost
Boku- Sleep EP
Burgeoning Irish talent Boku returns with his first release of 2022, the highly-anticipated 4-track ‘Sleep’ EP. The new offering directly follows up the talent’s critically acclaimed single ‘Epiphany’ from April of last year, and also serves as his sophomore EP after the release of his 3-track EP ‘Fortune’. In addition to new music, the first track ‘Lacuna’ has also been given the music video treatment courtesy of renowned director Locky. Out now via Feel Good Lost, ‘Sleep’ is available to listen to across all streaming platforms.
Freeman Street Records
Baglady- Kevin Sputnik
Conceived and cultivated in NYC, Baglady is the product of four musical creatures seeking to make noise and rock bodies in an aggressive and swaying way. Led by frontman Max Kagan on guitar and vocals, Baglady’s purpose is to get the audience to have as much fun as the band is having. Baglady consists of Max Kagan (guitar/vocals), Kesting Charney (guitar), Pat Ronayne (bass), and Matt Gaffney (drums). Other notable current and former projects they have been a part of include Bethlehem Steel (Pat), Dances (Matt), and Heeney (Max).
SLANDER- Walk on Water feat. Dylan Matthew & RØRY
juuku- Alive Again
Continuing to take the electronic music scene by storm and push the boundaries with every release, juuku has released yet another dreamy yet electric soundscape. The rising producer, singer, songwriter and live performer is back with a brand new single, titled, “Alive Again.” For the first minute, the track is a piece of ambient and minimalist electronica that blends the continuous combination of chimes and strings. Then as the song begins to progress we’re struck with a rapid drum build up and drop that hits us with an intense delivery of static synths and chimes. Throughout the song, we’re taken back and forth between a state of nostalgic reminiscence and controlled chaos.
Inside Job/MNRK Music Group
Cold Years- Goodbye To Misery
Inside Job/MNRK Music Group and Scottish punks Cold Years are excited to announce the release of the band’s brand new album, Goodbye To Misery, the ambitious follow-up to its acclaimed debut, Paradise (2020). Recorded by Neil Kennedy (Creeper, Boston Manor, Milk Teeth), Goodbye To Misery is 12 tracks born out of the want for a more positive future rather than the self-destruction and misery of its predecessor. “This record is us saying you can break away from those things that are bringing you down,” frontman Ross Gordon explains. “It’s about standing up for yourself and not letting anybody tell you what you should or shouldn’t be doing. It’s a defiant statement.”
Vintage Culture & Goodboys- This Feeling
Following on from his massive label debut with James Hype last year, “You Give Me a Feeling,” the Brazilian sensation Vintage Culture is joined by UK’s hit-making producer/vocal duo Goodboys on their new single together, “This Feeling.” It’s a euphoric house record powered by a riveting vocal hook that hits the soft spot amid thunderous proggy synths and shuffling drums, all of which work together to create a momentous crossover record.
I Speak Machine Records
I Speak Machine- WAR
I Speak Machine, the experimental music act and audio-visual project of musician Tara Busch, is excited to announce the release of their brand new full-length album, WAR. Created with filmmaker and collaborator Maf Lewis, co-produced with Dean Honer (Roísín Murphy, Add N To (X)), and out today, WAR is a collection of Busch’s most visceral, confrontational, and honest music yet.
rei brown- Could I Be Somebody
New York City-based Japanese producer and musician rei brown releases his ethereal first single today, “Could I Be Somebody” along with its mysterious, sci-fi-themed video set in a surreal dreamscape. At the center of the synth ballad lies rei’s effortless ability to capture nuanced emotion, this time, the timid whispers of a new crush and the exploration of queer love and identity.
Joël Fabrice- Losing My Mind
Entering a deep and rave-ready soundscape, Joël sets the tone with a thumping bassline and striking synths. Intertwining vocal pieces, this groove-inducing number lures listeners into a state of trance with its hypnotic presence. Moving across its engaging arrangement, ‘Losing My Mind’ will leave fans wanting more from this enticing producer, and have them playing it on repeat for many months to come.
Haunted Summer- Camera
Los Angeles-based, dream pop band Haunted Summer’s new album Whole arrives June 21 via LaunchLeft (pre-order). The band is now previewing a new single from the album along with a music video. The video for “Camera,” which was directed by Callie Bloem and Chris Ewing, debuted today at Flaunt and can also be shared at YouTube.
The North Country- Procrastinator
The band is pleased to share “Procrastinator” the first single to be lifted from Born at the Right Time (Exquisite Corpse). The song and official video, which was directed by The North Country’s guitarist Jon Harmon, debuted today at Music Mecca and can also be shared at YouTube.
GG Magree- Already Dead feat. Alexandra Shipp
Australian producer and singer-songwriter GG Magree returned to Monstercat today with her angsty anthem, “Already Dead.” Each new single from her highly-anticipated EP, ‘Dichotomy,’ sees GG lean further into her foundational rock influences and Courtney Love aesthetic. Her gritty vocals carry the guitar-driven hooks and punchy drums that conjure notes of nostalgia in their punk-fueled stylings. Beneath the power chords are stories of GG’s past, facing her inner demons and self-inflicted heartbreak.
Shingo Nakamura- Focus
Japan’s leading progressive house tastemaker Shingo Nakamura returned to Monstercat today with his soothing new single, “Focus.” Written to help mitigate feelings of anguish and sorrow, “Focus” is a testament to the distinguished producer’s ability to weave emotive narratives into his tracks. The dreamy chords, dark atmospheric pads, and deep basses transport listeners to an otherworldly soundscape, while the crisp percussion and bright arpeggiators create space for the intricate melodies to shine through the mix. Akin to his highly praised album ‘Glow,’ Shingo’s signature euphoric sound allows listeners to find solace in the warmth of “Focus.”
Yulia Niko & Sil Romero- Intuición
Berlin-based DJ & Producer Yulia Niko and Chilean vocalist, songwriter & composer Sil Romero release their new collaboration “Intuición” via Sony Latin imprint Orianna.
Kerri Chandler- Spaces and Places
Announced today, house music icon Kerri Chandler unveils the first details of his forthcoming new album, “Spaces and Places”
A global celebration of club and sound system culture, “Spaces and Places” has been meticulously created by the New Jersey producer/DJ over several years on location at twenty-four of the world’s most distinguished nightclubs; each track built on the space’s individual relationship with Kerri, often through decades of live shows or appearances and in the process capturing unique rhythmic and emotional nuances.
Martin Garrix & Julian Jordan- Funk
New week, a new output from Martin Garrix for his upcoming club album ‘Sentio’. Not losing sight of his continuous streak of dropping tracks, Garrix could not leave out one of his close friends and collaborators, Julian Jordan. The result is a perfect blend of their signature sounds that goes by the name of ‘Funk’.
Martin Garrix & Justin Mylo & Dewain Whitmore- Find You
Just a week away from the ‘Sentio’ album release, Martin Garrix is pulling out all the stops. A name that couldn’t be left out of the streak of releases is one of his close friends, Justin Mylo. Together with Mylo and Grammy-Award-winning singer Dewain Whitmore, he created ‘Find You’.
MALARKEY – Sunshine
UK-based house producer Malarkey is back with ‘Sunshine’. Preparing for a big summer full of shows with the STMPD RCRDS crew, he created a feel good, summer time ready house track. The gospel choir vocals about sunshine add that extra flavor to surely bring a smile to your face.
Beau Collins & Joe Jury – Follow
Beau Collins has teamed up with Joe Jory on ‘Follow’ for his comeback. Coming together through a Zoom session with Collins, Joe Jury and Bertie Scott, COllins perfected the production for another two weeks after.
Taillights Music Group
Parader- Something the Dreamers Dream
Today NYC-based pop-rock band Parader celebrates the release of their new EP Something the Dreamers Dream out now via Taillights Music Group, a new imprint of Takeover Records run by Ben Harper of Yellowcard (order / stream). The EP includes pre-release singles “Save My Place” which Closed Captioned raved, “The song is beautiful and its own sound” and “Whiskey And Water” which was released in late 2021.
Courtney Jaye- Part Three: The Death
Tropicali Records and acclaimed Kaua’i/Los Angeles-based songwriter Courtney Jaye are pleased to present Part Three: The Death, the third installment of Jaye’s highly anticipated short film and full-length album, Hymns and Hallelucinations, a body of work that she calls “an introspective, meditative, psychedelic exploration into the soul of a woman: her rage, her confusion, her sadness, her sexuality, her defiance, her darkness, her strength and her light.” The full film will be released in four segments over several weeks, revealing songs from the 10-track album that will be released in its entirety on Friday, May 20.
Young Art Records
Life On Planets- Atlantis
‘Atlantis’ builds further upon Life’s tendency to seek the otherworldly in his lyricism, using mythology and fantasy to draw out his narrative. While his previous single ‘Altitude’ offered listeners a more lifestyle focused track with a trip to the club and back, ‘Atlantis’ looks towards the future as Life experiments by partying with the gods. “Ground shakin it’s a party, Neptune told me get Bacardi” provides a catchy hook as Life effortlessly demonstrates his staple combination of low-slung deep house with classic hip-hop beats.
Giolì & Assia- Fire, Hell & Holy Water
Multi-talented musicians and Italian power couple Giolì & Assia have delivered their first offering of 2022 in the shape of ‘Fire, Hell & Holy Water’ – out now via Ultra Records.
Returning to the release radar in a huge way, the divine duo’s newest single marks the title track from their highly-anticipated debut album on Ultra Records. Offering a glimpse of what can be expected from the upcoming album, ‘Fire, Hell and Holy Water’ makes for a tantalising teaser featuring a brooding bassline, ethereal instrumentals, driven by Assia’s stunning vocals.
XTRA Mile Recordings
Bandaid Brigade- Hit The Buck
Xtra Mile Recordings is excited to announce the signing of Bandaid Brigade, the brand new outfit featuring musicians Zach Quinn (PEARS) and Brian Wahlstrom (Scorpios, Gods of Mount Olympus). Formed on one of Joey Cape’s (Lagwagon) One Week Records tours, the band has since evolved into a unique unit producing music with powerful choruses and soaring melodies, all injected with Eighties synths, plaintive punk guitars and self-deprecating but poignantly poetic lyrics. Serving as an outlet for all the music that both Quinn and Wahlstrom personally enjoy, Bandaid Brigade is a refreshing project for both musicians to experiment without the constraints of their affiliations.