December 4th Weekly Roundup Feature
How the heck is it December 4th??? Anyway, we’re back with our weekly roundup feature! Check back in with us next week for the latest music news!
Alex Arias- Wasting My Time
Produced by guitarist Alex Arias and the band, Wasting My Time (out now via all DSPs) is a 3-song taste of what’s to come on Venice Beach-based indie-punk band Strawberry Fuzz’s first “proper” LP release. Building on the reaction to 2021’s collection of raw demos, Fuzztapes Vol.1, the band documents their experience in the dirty underside of LA life, from sniping at the scene kids on the east side of LA to calling out the elites of the Westside beach cities – as well as critiquing surf conditions. Strawberry Fuzz aren’t looking to reinvent the wheel, more to slash the tires and Wasting My Time is a perfect introduction to their misdemeanors.
Benny Benassi- One More Night
20 years after the seminal release of “Satisfaction,” global musical icon Benny Benassi proves his undying ability to churn out hit after hit with his new hands-in-the-air single, “One More Night.” Set for a December 2 release via Ultra Records, Benassi’s latest effort is the much-needed anthem for fans around the world who wish they could extend 2022’s momentous festival season just “One More Night.”
Better Strangers- Raincheck
Better Strangers — the Miami-based rock quartet featuring deCasa (Vocals), Joey Rodriguez (Guitars), Yang (Bass) and Nic Collins (Drums) — are pleased to present “Raincheck,” the band’s latest ripper written about a toxic relationship and one that sees the emerging outfit tap into the more progressive and aggressive side of their sound. Influenced by elements of hard rock, psych, hip-hop, metal, grunge, prog and shoegaze, “Raincheck” was written, recorded, engineered, produced and mixed entirely the band itself and is their third offering of 2022.
Camp Cope Tour
Camp Cope today announce their latest stream of tour dates, taking to Aotearoa / New Zealand this January 2023. Tickets are on sale now, BUY HERE.
CHEE- Act Like You Know
After only a few years of honing in his craft, South African producer CHEE erupted into the international bass and experimental music scene. Once his music began circulating, his sonic innovation and advanced production skills quickly earned him the attention of many top tier acts, gaining him support from names like Noisia, Culprate, Amon Tobin, Mat Zo, and G Jones. It is clear that there are no limits for this young artist, who uses his unique sound design to span across a variety of genres and labels. Now, he’s releasing Act Like You Know.
Corvair- I Believe in Christmas
Portland-based indie pop band, Corvair is pleased to share their new original Christmas single, “I Believe In Christmas.” The song debuted this week at Christmas A Go Go and is available now on Bandcamp and on YouTube. The song will be on Spotify and Apple Music on December 15 or any playlist shares.
Florius- Feel So High Remixes
Following on from the electrifying release of ‘Feel So High’, NYC vocalist and visual artist Fiorious collaborates with remixers Austin Ato and Martyn Bootyspoon. Both tracks arrive today, complimented by a director’s cut edition of the avant-garde music video via Fool’s Gold Records.
Franky Wah- This Is SHÈN
Joe Henry- All The Eyes Can See
In a career spanning more than 30 years, three-time Grammy winner Joe Henry has left an indelible and unique imprint on American popular music. Known for his exploration of the human experience, Henry is a hyper- literate storyteller, by turns dark, devastating, and hopeful.
Now, the artist announces the new album “All The Eye Can See” – his sixteenth in solo – set to be released on January 27th, 2023 on earMUSIC. The title track is out now!
Josh Teed- Recurring Dreams
Josh Teed returns to Gravitas Recordings on December 2nd with an album we have been waiting years for. This talented musician blurs the line between electronic and live music, using his strong musical talent in unique ways to create his signature sound. With live instrumentation blended with his heavy bass production, Josh has been making waves in the scene and offering something truly special.
Julia Wolf- Gothic Babe Tendencies feat. blackbear
Closing in on the end of the year, indie-pop newcomer Julia Wolf has released her tender, new single “Gothic Babe Tendencies” featuring platinum-certified soulful artist, blackbear.
Karma Fields, Associanu, Kah-Lo- It Girl
Dance music collective Associanu and their producer/collaborator Karma Fields today join forces with the forever fierce Kah-Lo for an instant classic in “It Girl,” out now via Sweat It Out.
Locked and loaded with a slick, bold bass line, this triple threat means business as they bring their ability to craft infectious records to the floor. Alongside Kah-Lo’s iconic vocal swag, Associanu and Karma Fields flaunt their production prowess with carefully orchestrated chords alongside tumbling bells. Alluring and intoxicating as ever, Kah-Lo mystifies anyone in reach with her velvet tones and attitude steeped in steez. A record that inspires a raw sense of confidence in everyone, there will be no option but to surrender to the groove and lose yourself on the dance floor.
As the follow-up to his 2022 mau5trap singles “Who We Are” and “Message,” multi-instrumentalist, electronic music producer & artist Lamorn returns today, December 2 with his last single release of the year with “Armed.”
LOUD HOUND- It’s Okay To Be Lonely Part #1
Philadelphia-based indie pop-rock artist LOUD HOUND is excited to announce the release of his anticipated debut EP It’s Okay To Be Lonely Part #1 out today via Pendant Music.
Loud Luxury & Hook N Sling- Afterparty
Loud Luxury and Hook N Sling have joined forces to release “Afterparty.” Both set of artists who also call each other good friends are no stranger to dancefloor anthems from Loud Luxury’s #1 dance radio chart topper & pop cross-over track “These Nights” and breakout smash “Body” to Hook N Sling’s collabs with Galantis “Love On Me” and “The Best” just to name a few. Together Loud Luxury and Hook N Sling now welcome you to the “Afterparty” with a speaker-rattler collaboration to keep the dancing and revelry going long after last call.
Martin Garrix & JBL Music Academy
The Martin Garrix & JBL Music Academy (powered by STMPD RCRDS & Studios) is launching today. The 3-day programme has been set up to offer upcoming talent a stage and support on their way to success.
JBL and STMPD RCRDS proudly present the Martin Garrix & JBL Music Academy: a unique opportunity for 40 talented musicians, songwriters, vocalists and producers from across the globe to learn from music industry experts. Designed to take aspiring artists to the next stage in their career, the global initiative will teach participants about music, branding and business: from writing, mixing and mastering the best records, to building your PR, socials and visual identity. The Academy will also provide insights into business aspects of the industry, such as managing bookings, distribution and legal affairs.
The Music Academy is open to all kinds of musicians regardless of experience. Emerging artists, producers, singers and songwriters can apply by submitting a motivational video and a maximum of three tracks, that they feel represent them. Registrations will open from December 1, 2022 to January 27, 2023, with successful applicants announced in February 2023. The Academy will take place from March 28 to March 31, 2023 in Amsterdam, and welcomes applicants from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, India, Brazil, Mexico and the United States. Registrations can be submitted here.
Marsh- Blue feat. Leo Word
Marshall Jefferson & Joe Killington- Go Down
Looking to keep the Thanksgiving good vibes going? Chicago house music legend Marshall Jefferson has released “Go Down,” a collaboration with UK-based singer-songwriter Joe Killington.
Mathame- So What
Italian-brother duo Mathame have released their latest single ‘So What’ via Astralwerks. The single serves as an exemplar of the dark and voluminous signature sound found at the roots of Mathame’s sonic core.
Mersiv & Kyral x Banko- Juggernaut
On December 2nd, Mersiv & Kyral x Banko are set to release one of the most anticipated festival ID’s in recent years, “Juggernaut.” This monstrous festival banger finds its release just following the announcement of his debut headline at Red Rocks and close of his Pretty Dark Loud national tour run.
Myd- Born A Loser
Myd has released the deluxe version of his debut album ‘Born A Loser’, out now via Ed Banger Records/Because Music. In addition to the 14-track album, this deluxe version features 10 additional tracks not found on the original LP, released in 2021.
MYNK are a London-based band who formed under the shackles of isolation. They quickly discovered their sound through the creation of remote demos before teaming up with frontman and producer Faris Badwan (The Horrors, Cat’s Eyes) and Max Heyes (Primal Scream, Massive Attack) to record their debut single “Boundaries,” out now via all DSPs. As shown via their first track, the band draw influence from a wide range of both audio and visual art, from minimalist pop to David Lynch, resulting in a visceral combination of pop-noir melancholia.
N3WPORT, Leila Pari- Lonely
Nate Brazier- Untold
Following a run of acclaimed club-ready tracks including ‘Feels’, ‘Patterns’ and ‘Inertia’, the South London-born Nate Brazier today releases his new single ‘Untold’.
Nero and RL Grime- Renegade
Two dance music icons, Nero and RL Grime come together to release their collaborative single “Renegade” out now via Sable Valley.
On ‘Renegade’, breathtaking vocals from NERO’s Alana Watson burst into a high energy drop that blends into the trio’s electropunk filled style with RL Grime’s signature haunting aesthetic. Originally teased in RL Grime’s Halloween XI mix, the track marks a highly-anticipated visible return for NERO, who recently performed their first live show as a trio in 5 years at Red Rocks opening for deadmau5 on his ‘We Are Friends’ tour.
Nitro Fun- Never Be The Same
Dim Mak welcomes exciting DJ/Producer Nitro Fun to the imprint with electro pop single “Never Be The Same,” featuring ethereal vocals from Paige Duché. The single provides a melodic soundscape, as Nitro Fun’s pop-infused dance sounds shine through alongside Paige Duché’s fun vocals.
Noah Cyrus- Set For Life
Following the release of her debut album The Hardest Part [Records/Columbia Records], and a SOLD-OUT North American headlining tour, GRAMMY® nominated, multi-platinum selling songwriter and musician Noah Cyrus has released a special deluxe edition of her critically acclaimed full-length. Produced by Mike Crossey, the album features a brand-new track titled ‘Set For Life,’ as well as alternative versions of ‘Noah (Stand Still)’ Ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, ‘Hardest Part,’ ‘Ready To Go,’ ‘Unfinished’ and ‘I Burned LA Down.’
Oliver Sim- Sensitive Child
Oliver Sim debuts the Soulwax remix of “Sensitive Child,” from his debut album Hideous Bastard, today. Listen here. The legendary duo’s rework follows previously released edits from Midland (“Romance With A Memory”), Jamie xx (“GMT”) and Wolfgang Tillmans & Marc Krether (“GMT”).
OVENS- Good Idea and Bad Day
Tony Molina has played in a LOT of bands – a rough estimate would put it at about 14 bands. But OVENS are the band where you can really hear Tony developing the sound / style that he would fully realize in his solo career, which started around 2009.
Perry Wayne- Wayne Tower
Prepare to enter Wayne Tower! This latest release from Perry Wayne features 6 high energy bass tracks, each unique and repeat-worthy. Join the Wayne Enterprises and listen today!
Plastic Harpoon- Modern World
Santa Barbara indie-rock outfit Plastic Harpoons share their brand new LP, Modern World, out now via Lolipop Records.
In times when people think the world is ending, Plastic Harpoons’ debut album Modern World demonstrates that the story is just getting interesting.
Precious Pepala- Voices
Rising star Precious Pepala today shares her brand-new single ‘Voices’. Continuing her track record of creating impeccable pop songs that showcase both Precious’ bold, mature lyricism and powerful voice, ‘Voices’ is another big statement of intent from the seventeen-year-old. Tackling another important topic – this time mental health – pop’s brightest new talent continues her winning streak.
Look for yourself in the Primavera Sound 2023 line-up… and find yourself. Because we assure you that you are there. After twenty editions, the festival is the mirror in which the community that will come from near and far to Barcelona and for the first time to Madrid next June looks at itself and recognises itself, but after everything it has experienced, this reflection goes in two directions, marking the richest musical itinerary we can think of: Primavera Sound also looks for and finds itself in its own audience. The learning is therefore twofold, just like the venues where a line-up will be deployed in which everything matters, full of surprises and at the same time familiar, recently revealed in an ad presented by Cupra. The Parc del Fòrum, from the 1st to the 3rd of June, and the Ciudad del Rock in Arganda del Rey, from the 8th to the 10th of June, will host the main days of Primavera Sound 2023 in two cities that will also mirror each other on two consecutive weekends. Wherever, however, I’ll be your mirror.
All tickets for Primavera Sound Barcelona 2023 and Primavera Sound Madrid 2023 will go on sale on Thursday 1st December at 12:00 noon CET at DICE: full festival tickets will be 325 € (+ booking fee), day-tickets will be 125 € (+ booking fee) and double full festival tickets (Primavera Sound Barcelona + Primavera Sound Madrid) will be 520 € (+ booking fee). The VIP full festival tickets and day tickets and full festival tickets in instalments for both festivals will also be available on DICE.
Ryan Hadlock- Grammy For Zach Bryan
Ryan Hadlock has become one of today’s most in demand artist-oriented producers/songwriter/mixers, and with his recent work producing and mixing Zach Bryan’s “Something In The Orange” he is again involved in a GRAMMY® nominated record. Bryan is up for the 2023 GRAMMY® for Best Country Solo Performance for the crossover hit. The song spent 10+ weeks as the #1 country song globally on Spotify, peaking at Spotify US #3 and captured the #12 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and has 300M streams to date and is showing no sign of slowing down.
Sara Noelle- I’ll Sleep ‘Til Christmas
Sara Noelle’s new single “I’ll Sleep ‘Til Christmas” beams in scenes from a December night, alternating between quiet, cozy darkness and a snow swirling melody to get lost in. The song is Noelle’s latest annual holiday original, following “Like Snow (Slowly Falling)” and “Christmas at Sea,” all produced by Dan Duszynski.
Secret Machines- You Want It Worse
Secret Machines recently announced their forthcoming LP, The Moth, The Lizard, and the Secret Machines (due February 17, 2023), a somewhat “lost” record and their first new release since 2020’s Awake in the Brain Chamber.
To continue the momentum kickstarting by lead single “There’s No Starting Over,” now, the band shares another new song off the record, “You Want It Worse.”
Seth Swirsky- Christmas Eve
Indie-rock singer-songwriter Seth Swirsky shares a brand new holiday single entitled “Christmas Eve,” alongside an accompanying video.
Speaking on the single and its origins, Seth wrote:
Sora makes his Heaven Sent debut with his latest track, Crystal. It lives up to its name delivering twinkling melodies which shine as bright as the title suggests, and a heavy final drop which cuts like shards. When asked what the main idea behind this track is, Sora said,
“The inspiration for this track came from the idea of combining my newer melodic and soft style with my older, heavier production. I wanted crystal to be a sort of ‘gradient’ and give myself the challenge of blending the two seamlessly.” The melancholic vocals paired with the emotional melodies in the first drop, give the listener a sense of longing for what once was. This feeling of longing is replaced at the end with one of angst and determination, which shines through thanks to Sora’s expertly crafted, heavy basses.
Slow Fiction- Top 10 Movie Scenes
Brooklyn’s Slow Fiction have gradually gained acclaim and local notoriety after releasing a slew of stellar singles this year (such as double A-side, “The Cut” / “Niagara,” and most recently, standalone track, “Nameless Harm“). In turn, the band has been found on bills all over the city, performing alongside acts such as Sports Team, Girl Skin (with whom they toured this spring), Native Sun, The Wants (mem. Bodega), Thus Love, Dead Tooth, and more, in addition to making an appearance at this year’s New Colossus Festival (view the Paste live session).
Now, Slow Fiction is finally ready to unveil a full-length project, their debut self-titled EP, Slow Fiction, due February 16, 2023. Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, The Drums, Snail Mail, Mannequin Pussy) mixed and mastered the EP. The first single is Top 10 Movie Scenes.
Sylo- Drop A Pin
Korean-Canadian alternative R&B virtuoso Sylo releases his next single “Drop A Pin.” Vocal-forward and driven by a gently plucked guitar, Sylo laments over the fleeting nature of perfect moments. Along with today’s release, he also announces the January 11 arrival of his highly anticipated EP blanket. Using this year to create at his own pace, Sylo is grateful for his fans’ patience as he perfected a deeply meaningful body of work that he is now ready to share.
Taleen Kali- Fine Line
“”Fine Line” kicks off side B of the record. I wanted to explore the ways we feel marked by love and pain. How much of an impact the smallest of impressions can make. And how they can feel when they fade. I wrote this song in the summer of 2018 right when the last album Soul Songs was coming out. The process of putting out my first solo record was so strange and cathartic that a handful of new songs just came spilling out during that time, and this was the first one. I really wanted there to be a demarcation for side B of Flower of Life so “Fine Line” is written in a minor key, setting the tone for the 2nd half of the album.” -Taleen Kali
Tearing Up- Said Something
Following the release of his debut EP Billy Is Dead (out now via all DSPs) earlier this fall, Tearing Up (the brand new project of musician Graham Caldwell) returns with the announcement of his debut LP, Heavy (out January 27, 2023).
Graham shares the record’s second single, “Said Something,” alongside an accompanying lyric video. The track is heavy with emotion, an expression of the thoughts and feelings one experiences after a great loss, and the questions that run through one’s mind when they think, ‘what if?’
The Lighthouse And The Whaler- O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Cleveland-born rock band The Lighthouse And The Whaler is prepping to celebrate the holidays and in advance, the’re sharing a brand new Christmas cover single of the classic holiday hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” The band’s version of the track — which is a folky, piano-driven rendition — is available now via all DSPs, just in time for the quickly approaching holiday season.
The Milk Carton Kids- When You’re Gone
Grammy nominated duo The Milk Carton Kids are premiering their newest single “When You’re Gone” which hails from the band’s forthcoming record, due in early 2023 (additional details to come shortly).
Listen to the track HERE and share it via YouTube HERE.
The Mortal Prophets- Soul of a Man, Pretty Girl in the Pines, Grinning in Your Face
NYC experimental rock outfit The Mortal Prophets (helmed by John Beckmann) recently announced the forthcoming release of their debut LP, Me and the Devil, due December 9. On the record, Beckmann joined forces with Irish musician and producer William Declan Lucey (Rubyhorse, Leftbank), with whom he developed the record’s atmospheric, noisy sound. Additionally, it features collaborations with Morphine’s Dana Colley, vocalist Aoibheann Carey-Philpott, and more.
Now, Beckmann and The Mortal Prophets have shared three more singles off their forthcoming record, “Soul Of A Man,” “Pretty Girl In The Pines,” and “Grinning In Your Face.” Each track takes inspiration from classic tracks that helped mold America’s musical landscape, described as “contemporary reinterpretations.”
The Natural Lines- First Five EP
Following their recent First Five EP The Natural Lines today announce the release of their self-titled debut album out March 24 via Bella Union and available to pre-order HERE. To accompany the announcement the band have shared an entertaining video for the first single and album opener “Monotony” featuring celebrated American comedian, actress and TV host Nikki Glaser playing a somewhat unconventional psychiatrist.
These New South Whales- Changes
These New South Whales today share their new video for ‘Changes’, the final single to come from the band’s explosive third album, TNSW, which was released on Nov 18 via Damaged Records and debuted at #9 across ARIA’s Australian Album Chart and #4 on the Vinyl Charts late last week. The ‘Changes’ video details the band across an intimate run of celebratory release weekend shows and record store signings across Brisbane/Meanjin, Sydney/Eora and Melbourne/Naarm at beloved local venues and stores including Felons Barrel Hall, Jet Black Cat Music, Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice and Record Paradise.
Tiffany has released her 11th studio album, Shadows, out now on DSPs and physical formats via Deko Entertainment.
Shadows — her first new release since 2018’s Piece Of Me — is described as a cathartic comeback LP on which Tiffany bares her soul and invites listeners to walk with her into the light. As Tiffany wrote: “Shadows is about the light and dark of my life, the heartbreak that nobody knows about, when you’re trying to be fabulous onstage. My life has never been perfect. But maybe all those things are meant to be. And what helps me more than anything is writing songs.”
verydeadly- World Without End (QRTR Remix)
One of the most unique and mysterious artists on the scene today, verydeadly (Atalaya Murphy) is an African American transfemme singer-songwriter from the central coast of California. Her otherworldly music recalls shades of 4AD Records and Radiohead. Here, her song is transformed by QRTR from a heartfelt slowcore masterpiece (stream the original here) into a darkly insinuating slice of ambient techno. The track was mastered by the Grammy-winning engineer Ryan Schwabe who has worked with Pussy Riot, Oneohtrix Point Never and Baauer.
WayOfLife- Insides Outed
Electronic music powerhouse Soul Clap Records, led by Eli Goldstein of the celebrated DJ and producer duo Soul Clap, is proud to announce the launch of an album recorded entirely from solitary confinement by WayOfLife (a.k.a. Russell Wardlow), resident #78756 of Nebraska State Penitentiary. The nine-track album entitled Insides Outed, out today, embodies the constraints that system-impacted individuals face, fusing Wardlow’s thought-provoking poetry from behind bars with Soul Clap’s digital prowess.
Zodiac & Stund- Upside Down
Making their return to the release radar, rising Canadian talent Stund links up with mystifying masked DJ and producer Zodiac for their latest sonic endeavor, ‘Upside Down’. The undeniably seductive offering serves as the pair’s release debut on BIJOU’s prolific imprint Do Not Duplicate Recordings (DND Recs). A longtime fan and heavily influenced by the G-House maestro’s original productions, ‘Upside Down’ marks another milestone in Zodiac’s musical career, an exciting feat that further solidifies the talent as a force to be reckoned with in the electronic dance space. Featuring a blend of each producer’s signature sound design, the track follows on the heels of their October-released productions, Zodiac’s captivating cut ‘Dark Moonlight’, which found a home on Nick Middleton of The Funk Hunters imprint Westwood Records, as well as, Stund’s intoxicating single ‘Lights Out’ on Uprise Music. Out now via Do Not Duplicate Recordings, ‘Upside Down’ is available to stream across all platforms.