Hey! Happy August 24th! Hope you all are having a great week. I wasn’t able to get this post out Friday before I left for Summer Camp, so Tuesday it is! Next week, I’ll be attending Kosmic Kingdom Music Festival in Des Moines, Iowa so this post may be late again. Tune into The Festival Voice to keep up with the hottest tracks of the week!
Jake Bowen- Say Nothing feat. Abbi Press
Stephan Bodzin – Boavista (Innellea Remix)
To say Innellea has been on a prolific run of form over the past twelve months would be somewhat of an understatement. Laying claim to an abundance of internationally celebrated releases on the likes of Afterlife, Innervisions, Diynamic, and TAU to name a few, the boundary-pushing Munich-based producer has managed to carve out his own innovative sonic path since bursting onto the scene in 2016, and is rapidly making a name for himself as one of the most exciting, in-demand artists in electronic music.
Zeds Dead- Catching Z’s Remix Package
Back in March, Zeds Dead dropped a downtempo, chillout mixtape – Catching Z’s – a departure from their signature bass sound at a fitting time when no one could congregate together, on dancefloors or even socially. The project saw Zeds Dead expand their sound into sonic realms they were always interested in exploring, also serving as the first official release from their newly launched experimental-minded label: Altered States.
Above & Beyond & Justine Suissa- Almost Home
Above & Beyond and long-time collaborator Justine Suissa share their first joint effort in over four years, ‘Almost Home’.
‘Almost Home’ is Above & Beyond’s first club track of 2021, arriving just in time for their Group Therapy 450 milestone show at The Drumsheds in London this September. ABGT450 is their first headline show in over a year and will see the trio perform to an audience of more than 10,000 fans. Later in September, Above & Beyond embark on the Anjunafamily Reunion Tour, which visits major cities across the U.S.A. including sold-out stops at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Stanford’s Frost Amphitheater, and the world-famous Echostage in D.C.
Leaving Laurel- Leaving Laurel
Joe T Vannelli feat. Csilla- Play With the Voice (John Digweed & Nick Muir Remix)
After nearly thirty years since the iconic release of Joe T Vannelli’s track ‘Play With The Voice’ feat. Csilla, John Digweed and Nick Muir have picked up the original and transformed it into a driving progressive melody that allows the listener to experience the track in a completely reimagined way. Paying homage to Vannelli’s 1993 classic, the pair reworks the track to incorporate edgy instrumentals and distorted vocals for a club-ready weapon.
John Digweed & Nick Muir & The Pressure- Counting Down The Days
Shortly after being championed by Digweed for his Transitions radio show, The Pressure has united with Digweed and Muir to craft a hypnotizing and emotive progressive house cut. The production duo who’ve never worked apart regarding their productions meet at an apex with their accustomed style. The Pressure’s diverse nature and raw talent coupled with Digweed’s knack for club-ready productions blend together for a timeless record. ‘Counting Down The Days’ effortlessly encapsulates feelings of hope for better days ahead as the soaring melody captivates the listener with tangible energy.
Black Hole Records
Cosmic Gate- MOSAIIK
Cosmic Gate will release the first stage of their hotly anticipated new artist album. Trailed throughout the early parts of 2021 by vanguard single releases and stunning live streams, ‘MOSAIIK’ will platform nine sensational cuts from the GRAMMY-nominated duo.
Mirroring the same delivery system adopted by their 2017 ‘Materia’ albums, seasoned CG fans will already be familiar with ‘MOSAIIK’ release dynamic. Shared across two ‘Chapters’, ‘MOSAIIK’s ‘II’ styled title is a direct nod to the group’s eleventh artist long-player.
Blood Harmony Records
Dave Hause- Surfboard
Blood Harmony Records and acclaimed Philadelphia-bred singer-songwriter Dave Hause are excited to present “Surfboard,” the second track to be lifted from the Friday, October 22 release of Hause’s fifth solo album, Blood Harmony (pre-order). Leaning more into roots territory, “Surfboard” is a song that injects some rare, good-natured humor into the trials and tribulations of being working class—something that remains, as ever, an undercurrent here within the new album.
Mark Reeve- Breathe
Breathe – the stunning eight-track mini album from long-standing British techno artist Mark Reeve – is out now via Adam Beyer’s iconic Drumcode Records.
Following a slew of critically acclaimed single and EP releases on Drumcode over the course of his esteemed decade-long career – the last of which came in the form of his mammoth Distance EP back in February 2020 – Breathe marks Mark Reeve’s most extensive musical opus on the legendary Stockholm-based imprint, and goes a long way in showcasing the inexhaustible creativity of one of the most prolific and original artists in techno today.
Eden Prince-Down For You feat. Akua
UK house success story Eden Prince made his debut on Defected’s D4 D4NCE earlier this year with the crisp house cut ‘Love You Again’. He now returns to the label with pumping floor filler ‘Don’t Need U’ featuring regular collaborator Akua, who’s unapologetic, scorching vocal layers across the track. A flawless follow-up to Eden’s label debut, this release illustrates why his fresh take on house music is ready to erupt on dancefloors in 2021 and beyond.
Nikki Nair- More is Different
Dirtybird’s whitelabel series started with a mission: to defy expectations of the current sound and reclaim its ethos as a formidable tastemaker. Today, young upstart Nikki Nair joins the cause with ‘More Is Different.’ The EP delivers four eclectic slices of music, bound together by their complexity.
Green Matter- Speakers Knockin’
Green Matter, also known as Anita Rojo, has been taking the Colorado area by storm from supporting bass music heavy-weights like Bear Grillz, Zomboy, Riot Ten, Figure, Megalodon, and more. Now her sights are set for global domination with her forthcoming ‘Speakers Knockin’’ EP, a 3-track splendor of bass bangers and nostalgic sounds of classic dubstep that hooked many of us into the scene years ago.
Shiba San- Get High/ All the People
Shadient & fknsyd- Dancing Alone Again
Blending originals, edits and live mash-up’s through all tempos, Tetranauts is anything but conventional. Cultivating a unique experience through live instruments and experimental sounds and bringing you subsonic frequencies from other dimensions, there are no rules when it comes to musical expression. Hailing from the city of Techno, Tetranauts are ready to begin their bass invasion. Join us on this journey.
bad tuner- Self Care EP
bad tuner is back and preparing for the release of his debut EP ‘Self-Care’ on LG105, the new electronic division of Virgin UK that boasts releases from international tastemakers like Ross From Friends, Mall Grab, Fakear, and more.
Ministry of Sound Recordings
Secondcity X Raphaella- Up All Night
UK Born and Chicago bred DJ Secondcity collaborates with the rising pop dance voice of Raphaella on new release ‘Up All Night’ out today on Ministry Of Sound Recordings.
Bursting full of energy and pace, Secondcity and Raphaella ‘Up All Night’ is primed and ready for the national radio airwaves. UK House inspired, with a kicking back beat, drum rolls and euphoric breaks, the track is completed with classic piano chords and is everything you would expect from a Secondcity release. Rising talent, Raphaella provides vocals which further elevate the song to another level, completing its feel-good vibe.
GHEIST return with third album single, ‘Decourse’ out today. Taken from the forthcoming LP, ‘Zukunft’, the Berlin based trio follow on from singles ‘You’ and ‘We Are Not Alone’, all of which are released on their own Radau Music imprint.
Keeping true to form, the latest single ‘Decourse’ sees GHEIST pour emotion into their releases through the use of elevating and euphoric music techniques; giving a deeper look into what to expect from their 13-track album which is due this Autumn.
Frankie Knuckles pres. Dircetor’s Cut – ‘The Whistle Song’
Known and loved as ‘The Godfather Of House’, Frankie Knuckles’ pioneering sound inspired a movement of love across dancefloors of the Chicago warehouse and beyond. In retrospect of a career that spanned over 4 decades, there are moments that were pivotal to the movement of House Music and ultimately changed the course dance music forever. Frankie’s 1991 studio album ‘Beyond The Mix’ on Virgin Records, featured one particular moment that would remain in the hearts and minds of generations to come…
Pontifexx & Ueré Romano – I Can’t Lose This Time
One of Brazil’s leading electronic music artists, Pontifexx, has teamed up with Ueré Romano for their brand new track ‘I Can’t Lose This Time’. The track is the first collaboration between the artists, exploring EDM references in music that aims to work both as a party track as well as a good content soundtrack. ‘I Can’t Lose This Time’ is a song about youthful passions and their anxieties. The lyrics refer to the fluidity of lightning relationships, associated with a fun musical rhythm that refers to the youthful rhythm of uncommitted changes.
Rogerseventytwo – Go Back
After his STMPD debut in 2020, Rogerseventytwo is back with a new single ‘Go Back’. ‘Go Back’ is a fusion of Indie, Dance, House and Electro Pop with a pinch of the French Touch.
Shy Baboon & Maejor – All We Got
Shy Baboon might be a new name on the STMPD RCRDS roster, but the two musical geniuses behind it surely aren’t. Label frequenters Matisse & Sadko have teamed up with Maejor for the first release under their new moniker: ‘’All We Got’’.
Felix Jaehn & Robin Schulz- I Got A Feeling Feat. Georgia Ku
Following the success of their smash single ‘One More Time’ ft. Alida, Felix Jaehn and Robin Schulz have joined forces again to deliver another contagious new single that’s primed for the summertime. ‘I Got A Feeling’ features the vocal talent Georgia Ku, who has collaborated with the likes of Illenium, Martin Jensen, Party Favor and more. Joining together at an apex between their signature sounds, Felix Jaehn and Robin Schulz remind fans why they are an unstoppable force when collaborating. Out now via Universal Music, ‘I Got A Feeling’ is available to stream across platforms.
Hydraulix & Doctor P- Wrench
Wrapping up his album rollout with a bang, Hydraulix is pulling the curtain on his latest offering, a collaboration with bass music stalwart Doctor P, “Wrench.” His latest production elevates his sound to a high-octane dimension, fusing his and Doctor P’s respective styles to form a concoction of dub-filled extravaganza. “Wrench” marks the Australian DJ and producer’s fifth and final single ahead of unveiling his highly-anticipated debut LP, Imposter Syndrome (out September 7). “Wrench” is out now via WAKAAN.
Muzi feat. Sho Madjozi- Come Duze Video
Come Duze, baby’ is how MUZI, aka The Zulu Skywalker, opens the fourth single, Come Duze ft Sho Madjozi from his anticipated album set for release in October. A WE.THE,BUNDU / IDOL release, ‘Come Duze’ dropped worldwide on 12 August 2021 gaining love across major DSPs, Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer across their new music charts locally and abroad. The music video shows love to Limpopo, South Africa.