Happy January 23rd everyone! The Festival Voice is back with our weekly roundup feature.
Black Hole Recordings
Cosmic Gate- We Got The Fire
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is the place for their next throw-down, where – on the impossibly picturesque Playa Del Caballo and its Casitas Maraika venue, Nic & Bossi will deliver another astonishing 2hr livestream.
Casting all winter chills aside, the set promises much in terms of ’22-hot material, not least of which will be their killer new single ‘We Got The Fire’. Following the new artistic path blazed by releases like ‘Blame’ and ‘Nothing To Hide’, CG has gone all-guns to create the first anthem of 2022. The track features the voice of Italian-English singer Olivia Sebastianelli, who Nic & Bossi first encountered whilst remixing Andrew Rayel’s ‘Everything Everything’. Olivia’s (per The Guardian newspaper) “rich, huskily emotive voice” lends ‘Fire’ a complex balance, that’s caught between regret and hope. Building that fire under it, Nic & Bossi construct a production that balances early smolder with later-stage flame. Turning that Cosmic Gate heats up again, ‘We Got The Fire’ is out Friday, Jan 21.
Cosmic Gate MOSAIIK North America Winter/Spring Tour Dates
Jan 21 Denver, CO, The Church
Jan 22 Las Vegas, NY The Portal At Area15
Jan 28 Los Angeles, CA Exchange
Jan 29 Vancouver, BC Harbour Convention Centre
Feb 04 Portland, OR 45 East
Feb 05 San Francisco, CA The Midway
Feb 11 Toronto, ON Rebel
Feb 12 Tempe, AZ Shady Park
Feb 25 Austin, TX Cedar Street Courtyard
Feb 26 Chicago, IL Sound Bar
Mar 04 Atlanta, GA District
Mar 05 Minneapolis, MN Rev Ultra Lounge
Mar 11 Orlando, FL The Vanguard
Mar 12 Brooklyn, NY Avant Gardner
Mar 18 Washington, DC Echostage
Mar 19 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
Apr 08 Seattle, WA Ora
Apr 23 Costa Mesa, CA Time
Apr 30 Calgary, AB The Palace Theatre
May 06 Houston, TX Stereo Live
May 07 Dallas, TX Stereo Live
May 12 Boston, MA The Grand
May 14 Montreal, QC New City Gas
Jimkata is ready to showcase Bonfires on an 8-date tour with stops in cities like Los Angeles, Denver, San Diego, and Boulder before landing in Tucson for their debut Gem & Jam Festival performance. With a sense of rejuvenation in the air, Jimkata fans can expect an uplifting and liberatory live show as the band celebrates the success of their new album and the unbounded joy of a comeback tour.
Grab tickets HERE.
Rybo- Survive EP
If there’s anyone who knows how to throw the dance floor into complete mayhem, it’s Los Angeles-based DJ, RYBO. The young, up-and-coming house prodigy has been a staple member of the Desert Hearts family for the past three years. For his latest endeavor, RYBO offers fans two new originals and a Remix from Lubelski on the Survive EP. This undeniable party mix brings left-field dance sensibilities to bare with straight-up funk.
Monolink & Zigan Aldi- Fidale (I Feel)
Riding a remarkable wave of success following a hugely prolific year in 2021 – a year which saw the critically lauded release of his sophomore album Under Darkening Skies and one of his biggest-selling world tours to date – celebrated German artist Monolink now looks to inaugurate the New Year in the same emphatic fashion with which he concluded the last, as he drops his latest musical offering Fidale (I Feel) (Vocal Version).
Equal Vision Records
Hot Water Music- Collect Your Things And Run Video
Equal Vision Records and acclaimed punk band Hot Water Music are excited to present the music video for “Collect Your Things And Run,” the newest single to be lifted from the Friday, March 18 release of the band’s brand new studio album, Feel The Void (pre-order HERE). Inspired by the band’s affinity for watching skate videos during their youth — along with the vibrant relationship between music and skating in general — “Collect Your Things And Run” was created with the help of Andrew Canon at Santa Cruz Skateboards. Canon, Joe Perrin, and Eric Palozzolo (also of Santa Cruz) enlisted pro skaters such as Steve “Salba” Alba, Emmanuel Guzman, Jereme Knibbs and Kevin Braun to lend footage to the entertaining clip alongside the members of Hot Water Music themselves skating, singing and having fun in their respective locales.
Factory 93 Records
Enamour- Blue Rose/Red Room
Within the last few years, the Washington DC-based producer has been winning over the hearts and minds of house and techno fans around the world through an impressive sound that has seen him flit between dreamy progressive house to dark, more nuanced techno. In his corner sits a whole host of tastemakers such as Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Lane 8, Sasha, Oliver Koletzki, Above & Beyond, and more. For his debut appearance on Factory 93, he crafts two elegant melodic techno offerings.
Get Dead Records
RIP Kenny- Letting Go
Intertwined in the sonic collision of metal, punk and dubstep/dance, RIP Kenny aims to be the soundtrack to your adventure. With ear catching guitar riffs, stellar vocal performance and a flowy, neuro-bass focused drop, “Letting Go” marks the first track of the rising artist’s debut LP, Escapism. “Letting Go” is available worldwide now.
Bingo Players- Nightshift feat. Tania Foster
Jason Leech- Derealization feat. MOONZz
In the past couple of years, Jason Leech has been working on collaborations and remixes that have helped him develop and pin-point his sound. In 2022 he’s surprising his fans with a new original song featuring MOONZz.
Marc Straight- Still HERE
Putting Pennsylvania further on the EDM map, Marc Straight is a melodic dubstep-focused producer who assembles elements of fan favorite genres like trance, hip-hop and even orchestra into his work. He hopes to reach out to fans of different music tastes by blending these elements and introducing them to the world of EDM song by song. Using his experience creating sounds for video games like Manifold Garden and shows like RoosterTeeth’s Deathbattle, he adds a layer of cinema to every performance.
nohidea- sweet dreams
Prolific producer nohidea returns after a two year hiatus with sweetdreams, a 24 minute album composition and visual accompaniment, that exists in the woozy state between waking and sleep.
sweetdreams is accompanied by visuals from SUS BOY (known for his work with Skrillex, Lil Peep, Boyz Noize, 21 Savage), nohidea’s creative director, who has created brilliant and mesmerizing visuals for each track on the album, taking listeners on both an audio and optical journey.
Wade- Shake & Bounce
Kicking off the year with inimitable style, Spain’s venerated house maestro Wade makes his debut appearance on Insomniac Records with “Shake & Bounce,” a ricocheting tech house record that’s designed to rip the club circuit up from its very foundation.
Francis Derelle- Shapes
Bass tastemaker Fransis Derelle returned to Monstercat today with his beautiful new single, “Shapes” featuring singer-songwriter, Saysha. Drawing inspiration from future bass and trance, the record is yet another example of Fransis’ sheer depth as a producer. The soft chords, warm atmospheric pads, and orchestral percussion mix perfectly with Saysha’s powerful vocals. As the track swells, the rich basses and bright arpeggiators inject vibrant and dynamic energy into the emotional lyricism. Synonymous to the meaning behind his moniker “Fransis,” the song embodies a hopeful message of being free and letting go.
Slushii- After Midnight feat. Mackenzie Sol
After unveiling the first chapter of his forthcoming project last year, world-renowned producer and DJ Slushii returned today with his exhilarating new record, “After Midnight” featuring viral TikTok star and singer-songwriter, Mackenzie Sol. The single arrives ahead of his anticipated next album, ‘Extinction Level Event’ due out on Monstercat in March 2022. Slushii’s powerful bass stylings accentuate the mature edge in Mackenzie’s polished pop vocals, reminiscent of the contrasting good and evil themes at play in the song’s conceptual design.
Rules Don’t Apply
Life on Planets- Nomad Lyfe EP
Inaya Day & Robin S – Right Now (A Director’s Cut Master)
In celebration of Frankie Knuckles’ birthday approaching on today, just one day after Inaya’s own birthday, ‘Right Now’ is released as SoSure Music continue their curation and legacy of the Director’s Cut project into 2022 and welcomes Inaya Day and Robin S. to their roster. The original ‘Director’s Cut Master’ is available on digital and streaming with remixes from artists including The Shapeshifters and a 12” vinyl release set for later in the year.
Julian Jordan – Sound Of The Bass
Julian Jordan is continuing his winning streak and is back with ‘Sound Of The Bass’, the sequel to his previous release ‘Thunder’. After being in lockdown for over 15 months and not being able to do any live shows, Jordan was able to get back on the stage and into the feeling of performing live since May last year. The energy everyone had saved up was enormous which inspired him to provide people with the right bangers to party to. While building on ‘Sound Of The Bass’, Jordan was able to test it live during various performances, getting an overwhelming amount of energy from the crowd everywhere he played it. Now that a lot of live shows are compromised again due to the pandemic, it felt like the right time to give his fans a track that takes them back to that live show feeling and better times. Inspired by longing for the good times before the pandemic even existed and letting yourself be sucked into the music, the vibe of ‘Sound Of The Bass’ makes you forget about today’s worries for a little while.
Vluarr & Crime Zcene – Go Down
After first meeting at ADE 2021, it was just a matter of time before Vluarr and Crime Zcene would team up to create the banger of a lifetime. The end result is ‘Go Down’, a hard hitting club track with atmospheric breaks. Vluarr started on the initial idea of the track and when he sent it to Crime Zcene he immediately got inspired to take it to the next level. Combining their talents in the best way possible, ‘Go Down’ was born.
Rony Seikaly- I’m Okay With Yesterday feat. Vossae
Rony Seikaly – who lives up to his nickname The Spin Doctor on both the NBA hardcourt and behind the DJ Booth – has now unleashed a new single: I’m OK With Yesterday feat. Vossae. This is the latest release from his forthcoming album Moonwalk, which is expected to drop in full in April on his label STRIDE.
PLOVIS- Broken Eyes
Swami Records and PLOSIVS — the brand new punk outfit featuring John Reis (Hot Snakes / Rocket From The Crypt / Drive Like Jehu), Rob Crow (Pinback), Atom Willard (Against Me!) and Jordan Clark (Mrs. Magician) — are excited to announce the Thursday, March 17 release of its 10-song self-titled debut album. Recorded in October 2020 at Singing Serpent Studios with engineer Ben Moore, PLOSIVS is a new sound created in the “distance rock” movement that was born during a year of canceled tours, postponed record releases and a vast horizon of unemployment. “I feel we started this group when we did to push back against an overwhelming sense of uncertainty, confusion, loss and sadness. The bummer needed an opposition,” said Reis. “For me, the antidote always begins with the electric guitar.”
Universal Music Germany
Showtek & VÉRITÉ – Pour It Down
Renowned DJ/production duo Showtek are back on the release radar with their first sonic endeavor of 2022, ‘Pour It Down’. Their latest original production directly follows up a slew of highly successful 2021 tunes such as last February’s ‘Pum Pum’, the 2-track ‘Mercy’ EP from the tail end of last March, and the May-released collaborative hit with Theresa Rex ‘What Is Love’. The new offering sees the pair linking up with VÉRITÉ for an enthralling musical journey, and is out now, available to listen to across all streaming platforms via Universal Music.
Via Whet Records
Fedde Le Grand & 22Bullets- Wouldn’t Be Me
22Bullets joins forces with Fedde Le Grand and JAMIE to release “Wouldn’t Be Me” on 21 Jan via WHET Records, Warner Music Asia’s pan-Asian dance imprint (Asia) and Spinnin’ Records (ex. Asia).
“Wouldn’t Be Me” carries a warm analogue ‘80s sounding synth sounds accompanied with the lyrics that capture and motivate listeners to believe in themselves.
Keanu Silva x Toby Romeo x SACHA- Hopeless Heart
Starting 2022 off on a high note, Keanu Silva joins forces with fast-rising talents Toby Romeo and SACHA for his first offering of the year. The dance music powerhouses fuse their signature sound in a deep house leaning soundscape as the smooth vocals entice the listener. ‘Hopeless Heart’ emotionally resonates with the listener as the uplifting melody subdues the audience on the dancefloor. Out now via Virgin Records, ‘Hopeless Heart’ is available to stream across platforms.
Young Art Records
Manu Dia- Tuesday Morning feat. Lizzy Land
Tuesday Morning was written during the pandemic, during a period of perilous writers’ block and stifled creativity as a result of staying home for months on end. Manu initially found it difficult to make music during such a dark and insular time, often finding himself searching for perfection and deeper meaning in everything he wrote. But his creative process evolved dramatically as the pandemic progressed and he credits writing Tuesday Morning as a breakthrough moment, allowing him to re-examine the process in which he creates music.