Happy August 14th! The Festival Voice is BACK with our weekly roundup feature! Check back in with us next week.
Andrew Bayer – Duality CD1
Speaking on his brand new track and its origins, Bahjat wrote the following:
“I had the title ‘Aladdin’ in my head for years before finally writing it into this song. As an Arab artist with global ambitions, I always look for symbols that have had a global impact but are still of Arabic origins, to draw parallels and inspiration from. When I thought a bit more about Aladdin’s story, and the way it’s virtually the only Arab story to go mainstream, I found it to be interesting how it’s still a story of a big trouble-maker. Is that the first impression kids make about us Arabs? Does it deepen the already-negative stereotypes about us? As I pondered over those thoughts, I decided to take that narrative and focus it the ambition aspect of it. As a refugee, I had to lose everything before realizing that when you have nothing else to lose, you have everything to gain.
Beatport, the global leader of music for DJs, producers, and their fans, has announced the first slate of speakers for its inaugural ReConnect Summit in New York City taking place on September 21 and 22 at 74 Wythe (Superior Ingredients) in Brooklyn.
PIXELYNX co-founders deadmau5 and Richie Hawtin will offer the inside track on emerging technologies in Web3 within the music space. Other artist speakers include A-Trak, Coco & Breezy, Eris Drew, Giolì & Assia, Kerri Chandler, Natalia Clavier, Octo Octa, UNiiQU3, with more still to be announced.
Broken Bells have revealed that their long-awaited 3rd full-length album, INTO THE BLUE, will be released on October 7 via AWAL. With the news, they also share their latest single ‘Saturdays’. LISTEN HERE + PRE-ORDER INTO THE BLUE HERE.
Following the recent release of the “at once retro and futuristic” (Rolling Stone) first advance track ‘We’re Not In Orbit Yet…’ comes the release of the first official single entitled ‘Saturdays’. The song sees Burton and Mercer crafting a signature Broken Bells study in contrasts, as sweetly sung and melancholy lyrics float atop a backdrop of sun-drenched melodies that conjure a late summer weekend afternoon.
Captain’s orders: late last year Bedrock broke the mould and released four albums in one with Quattro Artists. Among LPs from the likes of Satoshi Fumi, Quivver, and Lopezhouse came Indigo Memories, a star-gazing odyssey from Parisian producer Captain Mustache.
Carlita Announces Senza Fine New York Fashion Week Party
Carlita has announced the complete lineup for the second edition of her multisensory high-fashion party concept, Senza Fine. Held at a secret warehouse location, Senza Fine will boast immersive installations and multi-genre sets from the biggest names in fashion and electronic music in the midst of NYFW.
Ascendant star daine drops highly anticipated fan favourite, the anthemic ‘boythots‘ out today. LISTEN HERE.
Naarm / Melbourne based emo-pop artist daine is an artist that, while growing in real-time, has delivered on every inch of hype bestowed on their diverse, emo-inspired creations so far. Singles such as ‘Cemetery Dreams’ and ‘Weekends’ have directly flown in the face of previous releases like the Dylan Brady of 100 gecs produced ‘Boys Wanna Txt’ and ‘Salt’, their collaboration with rock icon Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon, showcasing a more tender facet of their creativity while intriguing the listener as to where they may go next. After the shoegazed affected singles ‘Sleepwalking’ and ‘Dragging‘, today daine injects some relentless energy into their sound with ‘boythots’.
Dubdogz & Zerb – Round N Round
‘Round N Round’, the first official collaboration of Zerb and Dubdogz, is the result of a long term relationship and several successes from both artists mixed with good taste and great skills. With a Diana Ross sample and massive dance grooves, ‘Round N Round’ will surely get you moving. Closing his old school house chapter, Zerb chose to recreate a classic this time while teaming up with Dubdogz, who is making his STMPD debut with this track. This perfect summer tune already received spins during various shows including Tomorrowland and Ushuaia Ibiza and will continue to make waves throughout the rest of the festival season.
Hot on the heels of the indie-tinted original, a no-wifi Remix and the Markus Schulz collaboration – and two! official music videos, we’re closing off the ‘Into My Arms’ saga in style with two new experiences.
Ladies first – Ukrainian-native and today’s prog house darling Miss Monique delivers the coolest rendition by far. Weaving Emma’s vocals into hypnotic, pulsating beats and rhythms, Monique is taking things into a much deeper arena.
Ghost Light is thrilled to announce their sophomore album The Healing, due out Oct 7 via Royal Potato Family.
“The story is less the fallout as it is the recovery,” says Tom Hamilton. “Sticking with it. Staying the course in the face of adversity, uncomfortable conversations or situations. The path to health and healing is often not the path of least resistance but the path of perseverance and doing the work.”
Glass Petals- Cardio Music Video
Peddling the motto “club music only”, Glass Petals is the side project of veteran producer Felix Cartal and Johnny Jover. Joining forces with Riverdale star Drew Ray Tanner, the trio put forth a driving bass house romp, and now unveil its dance-floor ready music video. Taking its signature vocal lick “I’m just doing cardio/on the dance floor,” Glass Petals & Tanner hit the treadmill on the town, quite literally doing cardio on the dance floor. The lighthearted music video follows Cartal, Jover and Tanner through the club and outdoors as the trio train for early morning afterhours.
HAILENE- Reach Across The Sky
Acclaimed songstress HALIENE reveals her final single on August 12th, ‘Reach Across The Sky’ from her upcoming debut album, Heavenly. With A-list features and collaborations with dance music giants such as Armin Van Buuren, Excision, Seven Lions, and Gareth Emery to – most recently – ILLENIUM (on his GRAMMY-nominated, Billboard winning ‘Falling Embers’ album), she’s one of electronic music’s most entrusted singer-songwriters, now breaking ground as a solo artist herself.
Jason Moules- The Art of Pulling Pork
“The Art of Pulling Pork” is the first single from the debut solo album by Jason Moules.
A self taught musician from the old Yorkshire mining town of Castleford, Jason has spent his life obsessed by music. Listening to music, playing music absorbing as much as he can making him into the artist he is today.
Jeremy Olander- Murphy
Vivrant’s third release of 2022 brings the return of label founder Jeremy Olander and his first original release since July of last year. ‘Murphy’, his new single for the summer of 2022, has wreaked havoc at the Swede’s sold out spring and summer shows at prominent clubs and festivals including The Bow in Buenos Aires, Sound in Los Angeles, Cercle Festival in Paris and Watergate in Berlin.
Kah-Lo & Billen Ted- People Ain’t Dancing
A deep, groove-laden house jam, ‘People Ain’t Dancing’ combines club-ready beats with a deep bassline and Kah-Lo’s effortlessly cool vocals. The pair previously collaborated when Billen Ted remixed the Kah-Lo single ‘Drag Me Out’ earlier this year.
Kill The Noise – EMBRACE REANIMATED
‘EMBRACE REANIMATED’ is the star-studded remix album of bass music legend Kill The Noise‘s sophomore LP and first album in 6 years ‘EMBRACE’.
Out now on Seven Lions’ Ophelia Records, the remix pack features scene-paving tastemakers like Moore Kismet and Ray Volpe to bass head favorites Champagne Drip and Hairitage all the way to melodic dance acts Far Out and Xavi and to niche sound design experts Teddy Killerz and Automhate. These trance, drum & bass, trap, dubstep, and house versions of the originals ensure the album tunes hit all festival stages and corners of the dance scene.
Kunal Merchant- Anokha
NYC-based DJ and producer Kunal Merchant shares his debut original record, ‘Anokha,’ a captivating addition to his growing discography. The latest directly follows his April remix of Soof’s ‘Clipped Wings,’ as well as his January track with Soof and their partnership as MWB, ‘Monkey Bars’. Primarily known as an active local DJ within the circuit of NYC’s top clubs (Le Bain, Nebula, Superior Ingredients, Jupiter Disco, etc.), Merchant is ready to launch his production career as he joins Kahani’s growing imprint Indo Warehouse’s roster. Merchant’s rapturous cut ‘Anokha’ is out today across all streaming platforms.
Luigi Madonna- Contempo Vol. II
One of electronic music’s most celebrated figures, Luigi Madonna, has entered a new phase in his ongoing maturation as an artist, presenting a sound that nods to the origins of his native Napoli’s hard-hitting strain of techno. Launching his debut label and event initiative, Contempo, with the stunning 3-track “Contempo Vol. I” EP last month, Madonna now prepares to unveil the imprint’s second offering in its inaugural triptych with “Contempo Vol. II”. Out on August 12th, his latest 3-track opus presents as a momentous slice of underground techno that champions his newfound love affair with analog and modular synthesisers.
LVNDR.SOUND- Virtual One
Following their debut single “Nebula,” Colorado based electronic trio LVNDR.SOUND announces their latest single titled, “Virtual One” featuring Grammy award winning trumpet player Eric ‘Benny’ Bloom of famed group Lettuce. “Virtual One” is LVNDR.SOUND’s second single off of their forthcoming nine track album set to release later this year. “Virtual One” has a highly anticipated release date of Tuesday, August 2nd via Denver based record label Perception Records.
Madison Cunningham recently joined the new music lead Louis Cato and the Late Show Band for an off-air performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
MuMu- Wrapped Up Live
With the recent, abhorrent overturning of Roe v. Wade at the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, NYC singer-songwriter MuMu felt a responsibility to share a live session of her track “Wrapped Up,” a song that retells the challenges of unplanned pregnancy. It expresses the vitality of one’s right to choose, and the detrimental effects of those rights being taken away.
Just returning from his performance at DC’s Echostage and Moonrise Festival where he played alongside the likes of Zedd and Adventure Club, Virginia based DJ & Producer N3WPORT debuts his third EP titled, ‘Pleiades’ out on Friday, August 12th. Known for his melodic bass and trap music and boosting over 1M monthly listeners, N3WPORT’s ‘Pleiades’ is inspired by space exploration and the Universe. ‘Pleiades’ takes the listener on an epic sonic journey throughout time and space with lush melodies, entrancing lyrics, and soundscapes while it reflects the various unique aspects of the universe and outer space.
Neo Tokyo- Gasoline
On the heels of his July-released trance weapon ‘Up’, as well as the recent launch of his up-and-coming dance act NXNJAS, Andrew Chen – aka Shogun – debuts his third alias, Neo Tokyo, with “Gasoline.” His latest alias is an exclusive project with dance music legend Armin Van Buuren’s label Armada and will see the trance titan experiment with techno, trance, and future rave sounds. While Shogun itself focuses exclusively on trance and NXNJAS aims to crank out festival-primed anthems designed to set dancefloors ablaze, Neo Tokyo offers a fresh and unique sound to electronic music lovers across the world. ‘Gasoline’ is out today across all streaming platforms via Armada.
Nora En Pure- Gratitude EP
During her most prolific summer tour to-date, Nora En Pure reveals two original tracks in the shape of her Gratitude EP – out now on Enormous Tunes.
Following its majestic debut in her Purified 300 livestream from The Bahamas, in partnership with ocean conservation organisation Beneath The Waves, Forsaken Dream encapsulates the essence of her sound through poignant instrumentals, vibrant synths and a deep bassline. The EP’s title track enters a club-focused realm, juxtaposing rumbling bass with a euphoric main drop, which has been lighting up her sets across the globe with its uplifting presence.
Odd Mob- LEFT TO RIGHT
OSEES- A Foul Form
Iconic experimental garage rockers OSEES are sharing a brand new album, A Foul Form, on August 12 via Castle Face Records.
Pig&Dan- 20 Years: Sampler 1
‘20 Years: Pig&Dan’ – the immense, twenty-track, twentieth anniversary album project from industry legends Pig&Dan – will be released on October 7, 2022, via their long-standing record label ELEVATE.
Spartan Records and Tampa, FL’s POHGOH are excited to announce the Friday, November 4th release of the band’s third album titled du und ich – German for “you and I” (pre-order). This collection of 11 earnest, energetic, hook-laden tracks find the cult-beloved act at its most joyfully defiant. The album is an us-against-the-world sentiment those lucky enough to spend the last two-and-a-half years locked down with a loved one can easily take to heart.
The album’s first single, “Weeds,” which debuted today at Brooklyn Vegan, elaborates on POHGOH’S Susie Ulrey’s daily fears of living with Multiple Sclerosis, love and loss, and learning how to live through the uncertanity of a global pandemic.
Preziosio x Laurell – Havana
Italian stalwart Preziosio has an unrivalled discography of world-class hits to his name, dating back to the late 90’s. Embarking on his latest venture into the world of pop/dance crossovers, Prezioso teams up with esteemed producer and vocalist Laurell for their highly-anticipated summer anthem “Havana”. Set to follow in the footsteps of Prezioso’s massive collaboration with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and R3hab on “Shooting Darts” earlier this year, “Havana” is a radio-worthy record that will no doubt serve as a staple for summer playlists. “Havana” is out across all streaming platforms via Universal Music on 12th of August 2022.
Reckling- Human Nature
This summer, Los Angeles punk-leaning four-piece Reckling (led by Kelsey Reckling) is back a brand new EP entitled Human Nature (due August 12).
Released on 7” vinyl from independent label Wink and Spit Records, the digital release additionally includes a husky and raucous Bad Brains cover.
Renowned for his intricate sound designs and releases on some of the world’s most revered imprints, German producer Rezident makes his ethereal Purified Records debut with Hunter.
RÜFÜS DU SOL- Surrender
Grammy-winning live electronic trio James Hunt, Tyrone Lindqvist and Jon George aka RÜFÜS DU SOL have released their new curation project, “Surrender Remixes”. Released on their own Rose Ave/Reprise and Warner Records, the band have enlisted a heavyweight assembly of world-class production talent featuring friends and peers from across the spectrum of the electronic underground, to reimagine their landmark fourth studio album, “Surrender”.
Trick Candle, the new EP from rising LA-based singer/songwriter RYANN, is set for release on September 23. Predominately written by RYANN, the EP showcases her lofty range as an artist and creator while growing her already fiercely passionate fanbase.
SeatlabNFT Announces Hire of Paul Kelly
Secret Machines- The Fire Is Waiting
Secret Machines announce a digital reissue of their highly acclaimed self-titled record, remastered by Simon Scott (Slowdive) and
Slushii – Feels Like
“A Slushii Summer” continues with this week’s single, “Feels Like.” A true heartwarmer, Slushii couples a lively bassline with ethereal vocals to create the ultimate feel-good single. The track is especially noteworthy for featuring uncredited vocals from rising singer/songwriter Poppy Baskcomb who has previously collaborated with the likes of Joel Corry and Mabel, Sonny Fodera, Friction, Dimension, and Jess Bays, among others.
StayLoose – Return To Form EP
After teasing fans with his return to future bass on the single “Long Way Down” – StayLoose now offers up his whole Return to Form EP, out now on Dim Mak. The four-track EP takes listeners on a melodic, uplifting, and captivating journey through the refreshed, yet familiar, StayLoose sound.
Taleen Kali- Flower of Life
Hot off the heels of two EPs, Taleen Kali debuts the music video for “Flower of Life,” the title track from her debut full-length album out March 3, 2023 on Dum Dum Records. Produced by Jeff Schroeder of The Smashing Pumpkins and Josiah Mazzaschi (Bizou, Light FM), the album is loaded with sheets of fuzz and swirling guitars, with vocals that amass the range of femme punk to shoegaze siren.
That Kid- DRY2WET
That Kid is living up to his status as one of the premier singer-songwriters in hyperpop. Following years of delivering irresistibly catchy hooks over bombastic electronic production – and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the scene such as Ayesha Erotica, Slayyyter, underscores, and umru – That Kid has refined a brand of glossy, experimental y2k-inflected pop music.
The Joy Formidable- Into The Blue
Celebrated Welsh, alt-rock band The Joy Formidable are proud to announce the band’s Into The Blue Deluxe Edition (pre-order). Out digitally on September 14, the forthcoming release includes two new songs as well as new artwork to commemorate the release.
Thomas Jack – No Landing
Vantage – Sweet Spot EP
Vantage delivers a contemporary spin and feel on forthcoming EP ‘Sweet Spot’ that blends the French Touch sound with Vapourwave and House. ‘Sweet Spot’ arrives as a 4 track EP that features previously released singles, ‘50/50’, ‘I Found You’ ft Benjamin Ingrosso & ‘I Think I’m In Love’ Ft Todd Edwards.
Wilco Iceland Debut
After spending nearly 30 years showcasing their Grammy-winning brand of alternative rock across the globe, Wilco will make their Iceland debut from Thursday, April 6 to Saturday, April 8, 2023 at Reykjavik’s Eldborg Hall at Harpa.
A Pre-sale Registration lottery for reserved 3-Day passes is currently underway at www.wilcoiniceland.com and will run through Tuesday, August 16 at noon CST
Worakls – Pipeline
Yousef- Learn To Fly Feat. Afronaut Zu
Yousef releases new single Learn To Fly. Collaborating with vocalist Afronaut Zu who is known for his work with Rudimental, Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons and London hip-hop collective Orphgang, Learn To Fly is out now via Circus Recordings.
Zeds Dead x MKLA- Alive
“In My Head” is a reunion for Zeds Dead and MKLA, who originally collaborated on the 2021 smash hit, “Alive” (18 million streams on Spotify). The track also showcases the Deadbeats duo at their best — hosting massive melodies and moments over an amorphous blend of electronic pop and house production.
Liminal Spaces, the debut album from Los Angeles-based queer guitarist and songwriter zzzahara, is slated for release October 21 via Lex Records—pre-order/pre-save it here. Today, they share a new song, “lust” alongside a video—watch it here.