Happy December 5th! I hope you’re getting into the holiday spirit! There are so many great winter holidays and whatever you celebrate, happy holidays! Man, this weekend has flown by for me. I actually moved to a new house this weekend so I’ve been busy, which is why this hasn’t been done yet! Anyway, keep it locked into The Festival Voice to keep up on all your music news!
“WAVEFORM” is a 1/1 song produced by 3LAU which will be auctioned as part of famed auction house Christie’s sale during this year’s Art Basel. The auction will be open for browsing from December 1st through 3rd and then the bidding starts on December 4th and ends on the 7th, all via NFT marketplace OpenSea which is working with Christie’s for the first time on this auction. This piece is powered by blockchain-based music investment platform Royal.
What makes “WAVEFORM” so unique and exciting is that 100% of the rights to this song are being transferred to the winning bidder. That is, the owner of “WAVEFORM” is granted full master recording & publishing rights, and is thus entitled to edit, remix, rename & release “WAVEFORM” in its current state or as later modified by the buyer.
Above & Beyond- Screwdriver
Eli & Fur- Come Back Around (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
Eli & Fur’s club mix sits alongside a dark and brooding interpretation of “Come Back Around” from long-time close friend and scene affiliate Maya Jane Coles. Fresh off the back of releasing her new album “Night Creature”, Maya has previously remixed for Gorillaz and Massive Attack. The machine-like precision of her drum programming chugs throughout the mix with a steampunk hiss, leading listeners down a hypnotic trail of industrial synths and ethereal vocal manipulation.
Luttrell- Music For My Memories
Alison Wonderland- F*** You Love You
Alison Wonderland, one of electronic music’s most adored producer/DJ’s, closes out 2021 with her new single “F*** U Love U.” The song a masterclass in tension and relief with a tough as nails hook and Alison’s stargazing, fragile vocals more ‘upfront’ than ever.
Blosso- Rose of Sharon
Few artists make such an impact in such a short time. Since his breakthrough releases, he has been taking the bass world by storm, turning heads, and blowing minds with a distinctive sound that blends colourful flourishes with razor-sharp electronics. Here at Circus, we had to jump on board the rollercoaster, tapping him up for the ‘Servant’ EP. Understandably, Barong Family, Welcome Records, Disciple, Rushdown, Kinphonic and many more have all got involved.
Ameli Paul- Mycelia EP
When Ameli and Paul’s paths crossed in 2016, they immediately felt the urge to fuse their approaches of making music – the succinct and intricate productions of Paul, with Ameli’s sentimental voice and inherent songlike musicality. Constantly honing and evolving their live performance and studio output ever since, the duo now stands for a stirring electronic sound that ranges from abstract cinematic excursions all the way through to more pop-leaning song structures.
Factory 93 Records
Stacey Pullen- Feel It/Circus Act
As a venerated torchbearer of second-wave Detroit techno, the Black Flag label-boss has been crafting sleek and soulful dance music since many of today’s clubbers were merely a twinkle in their parent’s eye. His ability to concoct pounding, infectious grooves is on full display with ‘Feel It / Circus Act,’ which finds him harkening back to ‘90s tradition of latching on a variety of mixes and VIPs onto a record.
Fantastic Voyage Compilation Disc 3
For the last five years, Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage has fostered a platform where artistry can flourish, boundaries can be broken, and musical communities bridged. Defined by feeling not genre, the label’s first half a decade around the sun has been marked by cosmic odysseys, technicolor sunsets, and friendships between a wide reaching cast of musical characters. In commemoration of this milestone, the imprint offers ‘Fantastic Voyage: 5 Year Compilation’, an eclectic and diverse three disc, 100 track journey into sonics bound together by a yearning for creative freedom at all costs. Listeners are treated to Disc 3 featuring longtime labelmates and newcomers alike.
KALLAGHAN & Walshy Fire- Ratchet
Hot on the heels of his single with acclaimed rapper Melii ‘How You Like That’, French producer Kallaghan returns with the minimalist party-starter ‘Ratchet’, a new collaboration with Walshy Fire (Major Lazer), dancehall star Popeye Caution and hip hop up and comer CXRD. Kallaghan and Walshy Fire will be premiering the song at the Higher Ground Art Basel party that Diplo is headlining on Friday, December 5 at Wynwood Studios in Miami.
DRAMA- Gallows on Vinyl
It’s been five years since DRAMA, the Chicago-based, multicultural duo of producer Na’el Shehade and vocalist Via Rosa, first stepped into the limelight, rewriting modern love songs and reshaping dancefloors for the love struck and brokenhearted with the release of their inaugural EP, Gallows in 2016. To date, the EP has amassed over 200 million streams across DSPs. To commemorate this celebratory milestone, today DRAMA announces the release of Gallows on vinyl for the first time ever, now available for pre-order
Miroor Maze feat. Sarah Woolley- Reflect
Mirror Maze (Isaac DiGiovanni) has been catching the attention of the experimental underground bass world with a myriad of dubplates in the arsenal of touring acts. After premiering an all-original audio-visual experience on Electric Hawk’s Harmony Virtual Festival, Mirror Maze has since impressed the likes of many fans, artists, and outlets like Electric Hawk to see what his next key move will be. Sitting on various collabs with the likes of VCTRE, Sumthin Sumthin, Saka, Player Dave, Vide, Abelation, and more, his forthcoming debut EP ‘Reflect’ only scratches the surface of what’s to come.
Yuichiro Kotani & Hiroyuki Kajino- Dance of the Wind
On Nov. 26th, in waves launched with its first release – Yuichiro Kotani & Hiroyuki Kajino’s two-track EP, Dance of the Wind. An electronic musician born and raised in Kyoto, Yuichiro debuted on All Day I Dream in 2019 via A Winter Sampler compilation (“Playground #1”). In the second half of 2020, he started to perform live with modular synthesizers and now organizes experimental dance music spaces that can only be experienced “here and now” through sessions with skilled musicians. Kajino is a revitalizing force in his own right, having provided constant inspiration and insight in Japan’s electronic scene since starting his DJ career in the 1980’s. The producer is globally renowned for his skills as selector – and is equally revered for his eclectic vinyl collection.
Last Night on Earth
Junkie XL- A Fluff Scam
It’s been nine years since Tom Holkenborg last released under his Junkie XL alias. In those years, Holkenborg has become one of Hollywood’s pre-eminent film composers, working on projects like Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool and Alita: Battle Angel, collaborating with directors like Robert Rodriguez, James Cameron, Zack Snyder, George Miller, Tim Miller and Peter Jackson.
deadmau5 & Portugal. The Man
Both deadmau5 and Portugal. The Man are pioneers when it comes to both blockchain technology as early adopters in the NFT space and as recording artists. This Thursday, December 2 at 8:00am EST, the two artists come together for a special release of a new collaboration single titled “this is fine.” via homestead label mau5trap. The song will be offered exclusively for sale as a single NFT, with a circulating supply of one million via Mintbase, a portion of which will be made available during Art Basel in Miami.
AK & Liam Thomas- Purple
German ambient tastemaker AK has teamed up again with rising Australian artist Liam Thomas for their synesthetic single, “Purple,” out today on Monstercat. Inspired by the beautiful sunsets and natural surroundings of Sydney, Australia, the producers create a serene soundscape with their poignant perspectives and rich sonic complexities.
Anamanaguchi & Flux Pavilion- Dreams
Just two weeks after their celebrated Monstercat debut, Anamanaguchi returns to the label with their second single for Psyonix’s new mobile game, Rocket League Sideswipe. In collaboration with influential UK producer Flux Pavilion, they bring fans and gamers alike a fitting anthemic mix of ethereal vocals and soaring synths in “Dreams.” The single sits alongside Anamanaguchi’s latest hyper-pop original, “Water Resistant (feat. 8485)” as part of the official Sideswipe Soundtrack, launching today with eight other Monstercat favorites, here.
Skyler Madison- Chasing Stars
After making her Monstercat debut last month, LA-based producer Skyler Madison returned to the label today with her beautiful new single, “Chasing Stars.” Drawing inspiration from her inner monologue, the personal lyrics serve as a reminder to herself to slow down, stay grounded in the present moment, and appreciate the beauty of what surrounds her. In “Chasing Stars,” the beauty lies within each melodic layer, and with a perfect mixdown, listeners can hear everything from the deep basses and pulsating chords to the trap-inspired hi-hats and subtle cymbal rides. It’s this meticulous attention to detail that fully showcases Skyler’s unique style and ever-evolving production skills.
Polyvinyl Record Co.
Laura Jane Grace- Day Old Coffee Video
Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!, The Devouring Mothers) is excited to announce the release of the music video for “Day Old Coffee” from her new seven-song EP, At War With The Silverfish. “This is the worst song I’ve ever written but the video turned out really good,” Grace says of the charming (and highly caffeinated) clip filmed by directors Chris Bauer and Richard Louis Ulrich.
Purified Chronicles 2021
Celebrating a prolific year of releases, Nora En Pure’s Purified Records immerses listeners into the depths of the label’s melodic and club-ready repertoire in its first ‘Best Of’ compilation. Highlighting some of the imprint’s stand out records, Purified Chronicles 2021 is out now.
Opening with the quintessential ‘Time Of Knowledge’ by Heard Right & OAI, the tracklist floats across deep and emotional cuts by Alex Breitling, Deviu, Dominik Gehringer, Garlington, Rylan Taggart, and more. Diving deep with fan favorites‘ Pulling Me Back’ by Eli Brown & Siege & Lovlee, Moonwalk’s ‘Rapture’ and Paradoks’ ‘Flying Particles’, the compilation also showcases enthralling cuts by Chris Luno, Sam Wolfe & JD Farrell, Kalmer, Return of the Jaded and the label’s monumental inaugural release ‘Tunnel Vision’ by Marius Drescher. Serving as an exclusive track, Thomas Schwartz & Fausto Fanizza deliver a scintillating remix of Serra 9 Feat. Phoebe Tsen’s ‘Rain’.
RCA/Sony Music Entertainment
Dolly Parton- Jolene (Destructo Remix) Video
For the “Jolene” remix video, which made its premiere via NYLON, DESTRUCTO (Gary Richards) traveled to rural Colorado for a night in one of its oldest honky tonks. There is no traditional line dance as DESTRUCTO DJs. Instead, we find Instagram dancing sensation Sam Steadman (@sammysteads) and friends getting down to the song.
D-Block & S-te-Fan- Enter You Mind
Pioneering hardstyle trailblazers D-Block & S-te-Fan return to the release radar with ‘Enter Your Mind’, a 16-track sonic journey featuring previously-released tracks from throughout the year, in addition to 8 remixes of some of the pair’s greatest hits. The endeavor directly follows up previous original 2021 productions like ‘Good Times’ and ‘Inside My Head’. Out now via Scantraxx Recordz, ‘Enter Your Mind’ is available to listen to across all streaming platforms.
AUGUSTE- Crystal Streams
Flaunting his musical maturity and production prowess, AUGUSTE crafts a hypnotic soundscape with dramatic percussion, alluring vocals and sporadic synths. Introducing African-inspired rhythms, edgy synth lines and a deep bassline, ‘Crystal Streams’ builds steadily across its duration, keeping the listener captivated through evolving sounds and textures. With every release, this young producer indicates his passion for music production, showcasing his innate talent and creative drive.
John Skyfield, Eros, Raïko- Neverland
Marrying Raïko’s soaring vocals with a bouncy bassline and uplifting melodies, ‘Neverland’ is a fusion of the producer’s signature sounds that will have listeners moving with its infectious energy. Achieving a perfect balance between light and deep elements, this hybrid cut will work its magic on audiences on dancefloors and radio stations all over the world.
Tough House Vol. 1
Tastemaking collective, record label, and event series Space Yacht has a long-standing reputation for identifying and championing sonic trends ahead of the curve. This curatorial brilliance rings true through the inaugural Tough House compilation, a newly-minted subgenre coined by Space Yacht’s founders to describe heavier house sounds.
1. Qlank – All Night
2. AMPRS&ND – Need Ur Love
3. Whenuknow – Where U Go
4. Schade – Back At It
5. Capozzi – Back N Forth
6. ON POINT – Nake Fews
7. CASHEW – Hell
8. Money Money – Foot Locker
9. DANNY TIME & ill.45 – The Understanding
10. Haelix – Dance 2 U
11. LOOZBONE – Fresh
12. Fox’d & Nolephant – Pull Up
13. Code Red – INDACLUB
14. Tough House Megamix – Produced by Qlank
The Underachievers- Harrison Ford Video
The music video for ‘Harrison Ford’ was created in collaboration with members of Spirit Bomb’s community. Spirit Bomb distributed remixable 3D assets via their Discord, and community members put their spin on the content. The result is a collectively produced collage piece, and will be the first of many Spirit Bomb community projects. As he grows, LV4’s fans will be able to continue to shape his future through creating and curating his music, and contributing to his narrative evolution. Those who contributed will each own a stake in the subsequent NFT drop, alongside the musical collaborators, which will take place on Foundation.
Florian Picasso – Héritage EP
Florian Picasso has released his brand new EP, Héritage, on STMPD RCRDS. Introducing the EP with a collaboration with label boss Martin Garrix’s alias GRX a couple of weeks ago, the EP can now be listened to in its entirety.
Pontifexx, Salutte, Ventura – When I Fall Into You
Touched by piano ever since he was a child, Pontifexx saw a great opportunity when Salutte and Ventura presented him a first demo of ‘When I Fall Into You’. The piano is truly a protagonist in the track, with a powerful build-up and drop led by piano sounds. Combining Pontifexx’ signature sound with Salutte and Ventura’s, two young and talented producers, ‘When I Fall Into You’ evolved into a memorable track.
KAIOS – Vespa
For their first ever original STMPD release, KAIOS have lined up ‘Vespa’, which sees them return to their deep, melodic techno roots. As a product of their fascination with the work of Stephan Bodzin, they wanted to create a track that evoked the same emotion through intricate synth work, both in and out of the box. ‘Vespa’ is an ode to KAIOS’ deep admiration for the world of melodic techno and artists such as Stephan Bodzin, Tale of Us and Mind Against.
Party Favor & MASN- Anxious
Over the last few months, electronic music producer Party Favor (Dylan Ragland) has been entertaining listeners with new music built around themes of mental health and personal awareness with songs like “Whenever You’re Around,” “Losing My Mind” featuring Elohim and “Save Me.” Today, December 3, Party Favor teams with MASN, a burgeoning artist known for his dreamy melting pot of lo-fi beatcraft, indie experimentation, hip-hop fluidity, and lush pop for his latest single “Anxious.”
The Crystal Method- Act Right
For nearly three decades, The Crystal Method has remained one of the most influential and well-respected acts in electronic music. The Crystal Method (who is Scott Kirkland) has released his latest single “Act Right” (Ultra Records) featuring Billy Dean Thomas and VAAAL, building upon the sound that pioneered the big beat genre, popularizing electronic music with mainstream audiences, and establishing America as a force in the widely European and British scene.