Happy February 4th everyone! Hope everyone is staying warm out there. I heard it snowed all over the country, even in places like Albuquerque, which never get snow! Surprisingly, it didn’t snow where I’m at which is odd because we always get tons of snow and there wasn’t much this year. Anyway, here’s our weekly roundup feature. Check out the hottest tracks and keep it tuned into The Festival Voice!
Carl Craig Presents All Black Digital- A Celebration of Black History Month in Support of Bridges For Music
All Black Digital Schedule:
Feb 10 at 5pm Berlin / 11am New York / 8am LA – Conversation #1 – Make Techno Black Again – Carl Craig in Conversation with DeForrest Brown Jr.
Feb 17 at 5pm Berlin / 11am New York / 8am LA – Conversation #2 – AfroFuturism – Carl Craig in Conversation with King Britt
Feb 24 at 5pm Berlin / 11am New York / 8am LA – Conversation #3 – Planet E 30 – Carl Craig in Conversation with DJ Holographic & DJ Minx
Feb 25 at 5pm Berlin / 11am New York / 8am LA – Conversation #4 – African Special – Carl Craig In Conversation with Guests TBA
Feb 25 – Live Stream Performances from South Africa’s Constitution Hill ft Carl Craig, Villosoul, DJ Zinhle, Da Capo, Shimza and DJ Buhle
Watch Conversation and Performances Live on Beatport
THE ‘FEMME HOUSE TAKEOVER TOUR’
Innellea- Distorted Life EP
There seems to be no halting the insurmountable creative force that drives Innellea. From his early beginnings in the blossoming scene of underground melodic techno to the apex of avant-garde electronica where he now resides, the globally renowned German producer, live act and pioneering visionary continues to push the envelop in each and every aspect of his flourishing career, maintaining an acute level of integrity and innovation across everything he does.
Above & Beyond- Almost Home The Remixes
Astralwerks / Record Makers
Kavinsky is sharing his new single, “Zenith.” Greatly inspired by cinema, the acclaimed French producer envisioned “Zenith” as the sequel to his breakthrough hit, “Nightcall.” Muted and futuristic, the new song reveals Kavinsky’s romantic side. Like “Nightcall,” it’s a duet between man and a woman. Yet with “Zenith,” he flips the script, featuring the female character, Prudence (formerly of the duo The Dø), on the verses while Morgan Phalen (who sang with Justice and is the vocalist of Diamond Nights) takes the choruses, playing the male lead. A soulful, sensuous saxophone adds a distinctive third voice as the song plays out.
Big Loud Rock
Blame My Youth- Dance With My Demons
After a trio of Danny Wimmer Presents festival appearances announcing their arrival as a band last fall, Los Angeles-based rock band Blame My Youth is kicking off 2022 with the release of its debut EP, Dance With My Demons, via Big Loud Rock. Out now, Dance With My Demons showcases a rebellious mix of frontman Sean Van Vleet’s complex emotional lyricism and unforgettable hooks, with each track further solidifying why many believe the two-year-old band is set to be one of 2022’s breakout artists.
Black Hole Recordings
The Private Language- Afterglow
Cyran- Figure You Out
Riot Ten & BERNZIKIAL- GAWT DAT
Disciple Round Table
Infekt- Breakout EP
Following his rowdy contribution of “Monkey Dance” on Disciple Records’ Alliance Vol. 7, Infekt is back full out in 2022 with his Breakout EP, out now on Disciple.
Alok – Side Effect feat. Au/Ra
A relatable “It’s a side effect of love to want it all…” builds the top line as an affecting ethos that is elevated through melodic electronica, house beats, UV lights, dancing and vocal sensuality. Taking an in-depth sonic and visual exploration that proves perfect for the dancefloor & airwaves alike, ‘Side Effect’ is set to continue the pair on their myriad of successes.
Cloverdale- Hit The Dancefloor
Hailing from Halifax, Canada, Cloverdale is best defined as high octane tech house. Known for blending pristine production with classic four-on-the-floor grooves, Cloverdale is bringing fresh new takes to the world of house music through each exciting release. The talented curator now takes to hau5trap for his “Hit The Dancefloor,” available on all platforms Friday, February 4.
I Speak Machine Records
I Speak Machine- The Metal of My Hell
I Speak Machine, the experimental music act and audio-visual project of musician Tara Busch, is excited to announce the Friday, April 22 release of their brand new full-length album, WAR (pre-order). Created with filmmaker and collaborator Maf Lewis and co-produced with Dean Honer (Roísín Murphy, Add N To (X)), WAR is a collection of Busch’s most visceral, confrontational and honest music yet.
Psycho Boys Club- Rolling Thunder
Composed of ferocious producers Juyen Sebulba and Stoltenhoff, Psycho Boys Club are the amalgamated ethos of “hi-tech” and “lo-life.” Taking to deadmau5′ iconic mau5trap label, Psycho Boys Club grows their repertoire with “Rolling Thunder,” available now on all platforms.
Conro- find u
After kicking the year off with his angsty, pop-punk-inspired single “find u.”, electronic-pop maestro Conro returned to Monstercat today with his meaningful new single, “feeling.” Arriving as the second chapter in his new sonic journey, the melancholic single speaks to his recent efforts to understand and accept his feelings. The live acoustic guitar perfectly complements Conro’s emotive vocals, culminating in a beautiful melody that spotlights his skills as a respected singer-songwriter. With its gentle, uplifting energy, “feeling” is an open invitation to the inner workings of Conro’s path towards self-acceptance.
MUZZ- Catharsis X & Children of Hell Remixes
Renowned drum and bass producer MUZZ made his highly anticipated return to Monstercat today, sharing impressive VIP reworks of his 2020 album single “Catharsis” with Koven, and his 2016 EP single, “Children of Hell.” This double release arrives ahead of a full album of reimagined favourites, launching on Monstercat later this year. Staying true to his signature hard-hitting sound, the VIPs feature resounding basses, cinematic drums, and energetic synths. The euphoric melodies and bright chord stabs in “Catharsis X” mix perfectly with Koven’s powerful vocals, transforming the original emotive soundscape into a high-octane adrenaline rush. Championing the next generation of drum and bass tastemakers, the reworks are a testament to the resounding impact artists like MUZZ and Koven have on the ever-evolving scene.
Eric Hilton- Artifact 22
Montserrat House and Eric Hilton, one-half of the pioneering electronic duo Thievery Corporation, are pleased to present his brand new digital single, “Artifact 22.” The first in a series of planned singles that cross different genres, tempos and sounds — “outlier” tracks that don’t exactly fit within Hilton’s typical album-based context — “Artifact 22” is a driving track that aligns itself with those classic and elegant Thievery albums of years past.
GRiZ & CloZee- Color of Your Soul
Today, multi-instrumentalist and producer GRiZ has teamed up with French producer CloZee on “Color of Your Soul,” the much anticipated collaboration between two long time friends, and fans, of one another.
After months of teasing the track out live at multiple shows, the track arrives via CloZee’s label imprint Odyzey Music. GRiZ describes the track best: “It’s lush, bangin, big, deep, colorful, victorious, and heart expanding.”
David Solomun- Heatwave feat. Robbie Jay
Jax Jones- Where Did You Go?
GRAMMY® and BRIT-nominated producer/DJ/multi-
Nurko x Crystal Skies- Lost Without You
Returning after the recent release of the cover art for his highly-anticipated ‘Arrival’ EP, established force NURKO continues to unveil what he has in store with emotive new single ‘Lost Without You’. The second single off the forthcoming EP sees NURKO collaborating with well-known duo Crystal Skies and singer/songwriter KnownAsNat. With NURKO’s upcoming ‘Arrival’ U.S.A. tour set to kick off on March 10th in Portland, Oregon, the new release keeps fans on their toes for his biggest year-to-date. ‘Lost Without You’ is now available to stream across all platforms via Proximity.
KAIOS – Zanzara
‘Zanzara’ is the second single release of KAIOS on STMPD RCRDS, following the duo’s official hit remix of ‘Fire’. Wanting to create a dark, fast-paced and highly emotional melodic techno track that would be perfect for festivals and big crowds, ‘Zanzara’ marks the return of KAIOS to their roots of true melodic techno with a powerful drum beat and highly emotive breakdowns. Written in Mexico in March 2021, the duo was greatly inspired by the work of artists such as Stephan Bodzin and Tale of Us, but also epic film scores such as Chariots of Fire.
Swami John Reis- Do You Still Want To Make Out?
Swami Records and punk veteran Swami John Reis are excited to announce the Friday, February 18 digital release of Ride The Wild Night, Reis’ long-awaited debut solo album. Ride The Wild Night is neither completely similar nor dissimilar to Reis’ previous bands (Hot Snakes, Night Marchers, The Sultans, Rocket From The Crypt, Drive Like Jehu), yet the sound is immediately familiar and assuring — like an old friend you lost touch with that comes back into your life only to ask to borrow money. The music is an amalgam of Sixties folk-punk, Seventies punk-punk and pre-Vietnam War rock ’n’ roll, filtered through Reis’ unregistered, trademark sensibilities.