Hey hey! Changes for today- everything will be alphabetical, no longer by label! We are doing this so we can highlight some of our favorite tracks and artists at the top. Take a look at some of the best tracks on the list at the top! We’re taking special time to highlight up and coming artists! Check back in with The Festival Voice next week!
Akriza- Midas Touch
West Coast Bass producer Akriza will release his single Midas Touch on June 29th, 2022. Midas Touch is referring to a myth where everything King Midas touched turned to gold. In the myth this actually turns out to be a curse. The saying is a double entendre. Most people say that if someone has the midas touch that they are good at everything they do, but also the midas touch can be a curse. Think Icarus or Hamilton, never satisfied, always desiring more. This is the same fate that befalls some who are recognized by their talents but can’t ever be satisfied. I resonate with King Midas and Hamilton in the sense that I am never satisfied. This song then is my reminder to be grateful for what I have already accomplished so that I can remember to celebrate rather than always be searching for more.
Alan Fitzpatrick- Stronger / Chant
Alan Fitzpatrick delivers two massive cuts ‘Stronger / Chant’ as his debut release on Factory 93 Records.
Southampton’s underground champion has been on the forefront of the techno scene with a career that stretches back more than a decade. He’s been an endless source of dancefloor-defining tunes, pushing his raw and forward-thinking sound out on tastemaker labels from the likes of Drumcode, Anjunadeep, Rekids, Of Unsound Mind, as well as his own We Are The Brave.
Agender- Top Bottom Top Remix (JD Samson Remix)
LA-based post-punk four-piece Agender share the first track, a remix by Le Tigre’s JD Samson out now, from forthcoming four track EP, Top Bottom Top Remix due out August 5, with re-imagined versions of their queer disco-club soundtrack “Top Bottom Top.”
Andrew Bayer & Run Rivers- Chaos
Andrew Bayer releases the third single taken from his upcoming double album ‘Duality’, ‘Chaos’ with Run Rivers.
‘Chaos’ is the epitome of Andrew Bayer’s leftfield experimental side. Featuring UK singer-songwriter Run Rivers, who has previously worked with DJ Shadow and Tinlicker, ‘Chaos’ displays Andrew’s unique ability to craft entirely fresh-sounding music and continues where the previous single ‘Equal’ with Asbjørn left off.
Aspyer – Pegasus
Inspired by the French House direction and its bright representatives such as Daft Punk and Justice, Aspuyer is dropping ‘Pegasus’. The melody of the track is imbued with the vibe of France and sounds like a memory inspired by the legendary violins from the Joe Dassin song “Et si tu n’existais pas”.
Athena & smle- Moment
Team Envy’s leading Rocket League content creator and budding singer-songwriter Athena has joined forces yet again with Grammy-nominated producer duo smle for their powerful new single, “Moment.” Soundtracking this year’s Rocket League Championship Series Spring Major, the melodic bass tune appears in the event’s official Trailer and in-game for players everywhere today. Athena’s polished vocals and empowering lyricism are taking her career as an artist to new heights, while smle’s hard-hitting anthemic drops bring the adrenaline to the Copper Box Arena.
Beach Bums- IDGAF
Los Angeles punks Beach Bums have shared a brand new single entitled “IDGAF,” taken off their forthcoming album, Overcast, out August 16 via Lolipop Records.
Speaking on the single, the band wrote:
“‘IDGAF’ lyrically speaks on all the chaos, drugs, and experiences that we’ve had working in the music industry. It’s something you can’t fully understand unless you persevere through it yourself. While the lyrics speak on something deeper, the music video was made to be more lighthearted… just the 5 of us and Phobia Films going crazy in a basement.”
Beatport Launches its New Film Series, “Off The Record,” with Powerful Documentary on Ukrainian DJ and Label Owner, Nastia
The Beatport Group, the global leader in music for DJs, producers, and their fans, announced today the launch of their documentary film series, “Off The Record,” which provides unparalleled access into the lives and careers of some of the biggest names in electronic music. “Off The Record” provides a deeper understanding of industry luminaries at the forefront of the global DJ industry.
Check here to watch the Q&A discussion with Nastia and Ralph Moore (Mixmag/Acetate Management) from Beatport’s recent private screening of the documentary in London.
Bent Arcana – Misanthrope Gets Lunch
Bent Arcana is Ryan Sawyer, Peter Kerlin, Tom Dolas, Andrew Renteria, Joce Soubiran, and John Dwyer. Today, the group — who released their debut self-titled album on Castle Face Records last year — have announced a brand new live LP, Live Zebulon, recorded at Zebulon in Los Angeles and out on Castle Face Records on September 6.
Boy Deluxe- Left Behind
LA-based dark pop duo Boy Deluxe (Hope and True Murra) return with a brand new single entitled “Left Behind.” Pulling inspiration from a blend of pop, alternative rock, and electronic music, they’ve cultivated a sound that’s entirely their own.
Brooks feat. Isabèl Usher – Someday
Having earned his stripes in the industry over the past decade, one of the most exciting producers out there – Brooks – is here with a brand new release. ‘Someday’ is something quite new to the ears of his fans due to an experimental drop. Still containing his signature, energetic sound the track is perfect for the starting festival season. Bringing a new sound to the drop, the emotional vocals by Isabel Usher are the cherry on top.
BRUX & Pat Lok- BADBOI
BRUX invites us into her expansive world with the release of her new single “BADBOI” (w/ Pat Lok). The dynamite club track is anything but ordinary – “BADBOI” has an alluring vocal chop, analog synths and a gritty drumline, reminiscent of early Ed Banger productions. The intense track will undoubtedly stand out in your summer playlists.
Claptone – Calabria
Enigma of the electronic world, Claptone delivers one of summer 2022’s most in-demand remixes for his single debut on Defected. An unmistakable homage to one of the 2000s most iconic club records by Rune, a prominent rubbery bassline and brassy saxophone hook give this ‘Calabria’ remix its warm familiarity sure to enthrall dancefloors. Under his trademark Venetian guise, Claptone continues to be one of dance’s most majestic acts; fresh off the back of his lauded third studio album ‘Closer’ and with his spellbinding The Masquerade parties taking over iconic Ibiza club Pacha weekly all summer long, this Defected release continues to demonstrate an artist at the top of his game.
Los Angeles-based creative and singer-songwriter chae continues to tease her upcoming debut EP, Letters I’ll Never Write, with the fourth and final single ahead of its full release, “Neverland.” On “Neverland,” chae further showcases her aptitude for delivering sensual and hypnotic lyricality via poetic wordplay. Contrasting with its predecessor, “I Tried,” – an ode to ‘90s heartbreak jams – “Neverland” peels back the instrumental layers and lets her voice shine against a lo-fi backdrop. Unveiling her journey through love, heartbreak, and self-reflection, ‘Letters I’ll Never Write’, is due for release on 7/28. Giving fans a final glimpse of what to expect from the 6-track project, “Neverland” is out now across all platforms.
Damion- Come Alive
Bloomington, IN singer-songwriter Damion (Damion Schiralli) shares “Come Alive,” the next single off his forthcoming debut solo LP, Special Interest (out July 20 via Earth Libraries). The new track comes alongside an accompanying music video.
Eric Hilton- Lost Dialect
Montserrat House Music and Eric Hilton, one-half of the legendary downtempo electronic act Thievery Corporation, are excited to announce the release of Lost Dialect, Hilton’s brand new solo album he describes as “a classic, experimental trip-hop record.” On this stunning new LP, Hilton speaks in his mother tongue, the 12-bit vernacular of trip-hop, a genre he helped bring to life as a co-founder of Thievery. Across ten expansive tracks, the artist/producer uses old-school skills to craft new school chill in a genre that is currently enjoying a resurgence — but for Hilton at least, trip-hop never really went away.
Fresh off an entrancing set at Bonnaroo, flipturn today releases the official music video for “Whales.” The latest single from their upcoming debut album Shadowglow, “Whales” holds a magnifying glass over the effects of seemingly insurmountable pressure. After amassing over 50 million streams on Spotify alone from previous EPs and singles, the band’s debut album will be released in its entirety on August 19.
Golden Features- Touch
Acclaimed Australian electronic producer Golden Features today makes his highly anticipated return with his rousing new single ‘Touch’ featuring Rromarin out now via Foreign Family Collective / Warner Music Australia.
Guided By Voices- Tremblers And Goggles By Rank
On July 1, Guided By Voices share their second album of 2022, Tremblers And Goggles By Rank, out via GBV Inc. To celebrate, Aaron Dunkel has created “Lizard On The Red Brick Wall,” a kaleidoscopic video collage of chaos that accompanies the track, layered with prehistoric beasts and dazzling shots from iconic lizard-featuring flicks.
Hearts on Fire
HUGEL- Tamo Loco
HUGEL teams up with Lorna and Jenn Morel on his follow-up single “Tamo Loco” for Insomniac Records.
ILIRA- Another Heart
World-renowned Swiss/Albanian artist ILIRA is back and better than ever with her new single “Another Heart”. While ILIRA is no stranger to success, her latest song pushes all boundaries and allows her to challenge herself to question the confinements of the typical “heartbreak song” outline. Sometimes, when life gives you lemons, the best approach is to take it with a pinch of salt, and this is exactly the motto that ILIRA has embodied in her latest single. Out now via Universal Music, “Another Heart” is available to listen to across all streaming platforms.
Jason Ross- Ghost Town
Jason Ross just announced a massive 30-date North American tour to support his upcoming Atlas album, featuring shows in New York City, Washington, DC, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Seattle, Las Vegas, Dallas, and San Diego, among many others. Prior to the tour, on August 26, Jason will embark on his biggest headline show to date – a sure-to-be unforgettable night at the famed Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
In addition to the tour announcement, Jason Ross also shares a new single off Atlas. “Ghost Town” features vocals from David Frank, and the melody and power in the track is passionate, prolific and heartbreaking. Jason’s production growth shines bright in this release, as the song’s enamouring nature is undeniable.
Joe Pug- Hymn #35 Revisited
Nation of Heat Records and celebrated singer-songwriter Joe Pug are excited to present “Hymn #35 | Revisited,” the latest single to be lifted from the Friday, July 22 release of Nation of Heat | Revisited, a reimagined, full-band version of Pug’s acclaimed 2008 debut (pre-order). Originally inspired by Walt Whitman, “Hymn #35 | Revisited” is Pug’s self-proclaimed bastardized version “Song of Myself” from Leaves of Grass. Whitman was writing a kind of folk poetry, so Pug felt it made sense in the style of a folk song and went from there.
John Roberts- Take Me Dancin
Summer is in full tilt as nu-disco electronic artist John Roberts heads back to the dancefloor with his new single today, July 1, called “Take Me Dancin’.” Produced by long-time collaborator, NY house music legend Junior Sanchez, Roberts party track carries with a sizzling groove.
k?d- IF THIS IS A DREAM
Electronic artist k?d is releasing his next single “IF THIS IS A DREAM” on HARD Recs.
Pierre-Marie’s Kasztan sound profile serves as a grand apex between the world’s of electronica and techno, intertwined with textured cinematic sensibilities and the post-rock sonic experience. With two fully immersive EP’s, “Celeste” and “Rare Earth Elements”, already under his belt, Kasztan presents the third and final part of his inaugural triptych. Inspired by the hybrid projects of electronic music and his expansive music consumption, the latest 3-track “Unbleach” EP tells an exciting narrative—Kasztan’s transformation as a musician who fell in love with electronic music and integrates the richness and variety of the scene’s past and present into his work. Echoing the mix of analog and synthetic textures in the EP, the cover is a project of French artist Lionel Vivier, based on Isabel Urbina’s work as an underwater ecologist who captures coral colonies through photogrammetry. Continuing his already burgeoning discography, Kasztan’s “Unbleach” EP is out now across all streaming platforms.
KVSH & Pontifexx – In Your Dreams
After their B2B set on the STMPD stage at Ultra Miami, KVSH and Pontifexx decided to team up and combine their infectious sounds. A track as only they can create, ‘In Your Dreams’ fuses their Brazilian roots with both their signature sounds creating a true summer staple. Premiering the track on the STMPD Stage at Ultra Miami this year it proved to be very suited for the festival stages so we can surely expect to hear it in their sets this summer.
Kx5- Escape feat. Hayla (Subtronics Remix)
Following remixes from John Summit and Spencer Brown, Kx5 (deadmau5 and Kaskade) turn to Subtronics for the latest official remix of their debut single “Escape (feat. Hayla),” out now on mau5trap. For the remix, he brings his one-of-a-kind blend of cutting-edge sound design and hard-hitting bass to Kx5’s glowing track.
LOUIEJAYXX- Endgame EP
The time has come. LOUIEJAYXX’s Endgame EP is out now! This 6-track release is full of heavy, trashing drops made to annihilate listeners, with softer melodies sprinkled throughout. You’re going to want to turn your speakers way up for this one!
Michael Canitrot- Oracle
French electronic DJ and producer Michael Canitrot returns to the release radar with ‘Oracle’ – available now via Wagram International.
Highlighting his distinctive sound, with ‘Oracle’ Canitrot delivers another melodic techno masterwork. Kicking off with a driving beat, Canitrot creates contrast by weaving fluttering synths and tinkling notes in and out of a pulsating bass-driven heart, for an equally grand and imposing yet euphoric production.
Moon Walker- The Price of Life Itself
Brooklyn-based alt-rocker Moon Walker shares gritty single “The Price of Life Itself,” a track that beneath reverberated vocals and grainy electric guitar wrestles with the deeply flawed structures that lay at the foundation of American society. The sophomore album from Moon Walker, The Attack Of Mirrors, is due out October 21, 2022 and available for pre-order now, including a limited run on vinyl available for pre-order here.
Moullinex & GPU Panic – See Me Burn (Yulia Niko Remix)
Following a run of critically acclaimed releases on the likes of Watergate, Crosstown Rebels, Scenarios, 8Bit, Orianna and In The Mood, amongst others, boundary-pushing Ibiza-based DJ, producer and Mixmag cover star Yulia Niko now readies the latest weapon in her ever-expanding musical arsenal with the announcement of a huge new remix for Moullinex & GPU Panic’s immense house cut See Me Burn.
Near Bear- Dead Drummers
Los Angeles-based indie rock band Near Beer — Joey Siara (vocals, guitar), Brent Stranathan (drums), Jeremy Levy (bass, backup vocals) — have shared a brand new single entitled “Dead Drummers.” It comes off their self-titled album, due July 15, 2022 via Double Helix Records. The band describes their forthcoming album as a set of “mini-anthems about insomnia, drinking, and human connection. Sometimes cynical. Sometimes romantic. Always with loud guitars.”
NERVO Announces Summer Residency at Eden Ibiza
The iconic NERVO Nation brand is all set to shine at the newly renovated and globally renowned San Antonio club Eden every Wednesday for eight weeks between June 29 and August 17. Among the international guests are big room figures W&W, Quintino, Sander van Doorn, Martin Jensen and Third Party, house legends Roger Sanchez and Kryder and influential rappers including Example and Tinie Tempah.
Paul Kalkbrenner Announces 2022 North America Live Dates
Amidst a back to back European festival run, techno icon Paul Kalkbrenner today unveiled the dates for his stunning new live North American concert tour in October 2022.
2022 North America Tour Dates
Oct 7 Montreal, QC – MTELUS
Oct 8 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Oct 11 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
Oct 13 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Oct 15 San Francisco, CA – The Midway
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Pig&Dan- Destination Unknown II
Following the critically acclaimed release of their seminal Destination Unknown album in 2014, industry stalwarts Pig&Dan now return eight years later with their eagerly anticipated follow up long player, Destination Unknown II. A blissful, ten-track excursion, exploring an eclectic selection of trip-hop, dubbed-out electronica and sun-drenched, down-tempo sound palettes, Destination Unkown II is out now via Bedrock Records.
Power Pose- I’m Looking
Brooklyn-based rock duo Power Pose share their defiant debut full-length album, I’m Looking, out everywhere now. Celebrate the release with Power Pose’s official album release show at Bar Freda in NYC joined by The Rizzos and Freezing Cold.
LA-based DJ and producer Ravell is back with his first single of the year and second offering from his newly founded imprint, KAZAA. “Baila,” the latest from Ravell, follows his long-awaited return with the December release of his highly-lauded single “Siento,” a high-power, bass house track that reflects his rebranded sonic direction. Continuing to pay homage to his Latin roots through sound, “Baila” oozes with a high-spirited Latin-pop flair that emphasizes his freshly found signature production elements. “Baila” is due for release on July 1st via KAZAA.
Slushii & Pauline Herr- Pick Yourself Up
“A Slushii Summer” continues with this week’s single, a collaboration between Slushii and Pauline Herr entitled “Pick Yourself Up.” The song combines melodic Future Bass production with vulnerable yet optimistic lyrics sung by the artists themselves.
Newly signed to Dim Mak, the next three months will be all about the electrifying artist as the label presents “A Slushii Summer.” This unique campaign will feature a new Slushii original track released each Friday this summer, culminating with a 15-track album on September 23rd.
Starya returns to Popgang Records with her sophomore single “Manipulator.” The bloghouse-inspired, warehouse rave banger beckons listeners from the edge of their seats to the dancefloor, helmed by Starya’s hypnotic, commanding voice.
StayLoose- Long Way Down
Bringing it back to his StéLouse roots, StayLoose is back on his future bass game with “Long Way Down” – out now on Dim Mak. “Long Way Down” starts off with a haunting drum and bass inspired build up, before cascading into the bright future bass sound that he built his original project on.
Suburban Eyes- Uncomplicated Eyes
Suburban Eyes — a collaborative project between old friends and fellow travelers Eric Richter (Christie Front Drive, Antarctica), Jeremy Gomez (Mineral, The Gloria Record) and John Anderson (Boys Life) — are excited to present its debut song, “Uncomplicated Lives.” Originally written, demoed, and filed away many years ago by Richter, “Uncomplicated Lives” was brought back to life at the outset of this new project and is presented here in its final form with contributions from Chris Simpson (Mineral, Mountain Time) and Kerry McDonald (Christie Front Drive), with mixing by the GRAMMY-Award winning Peter Katis (The National, Frightened Rabbit).
SUMNI- 열이올라요 (Heart Burn) and 풋사랑 (Childhood)
K-pop megastar SUMNI has made a stunning comeback with two brand new singles, “열이올라요 (Heart Burn)” and “풋사랑 (Childhood).” Alongside the release, she has shared a music video for “Heart Burn,” a bubble-gum pop number decked out with synths and heart-pounding basslines. Throughout the visual, SUNMI travels through time, catching the eye of a new lover in each setting she enters. As it turns out, though, this eye-catching vixen has a deadly streak.
Swami John Reis- Do You Still Want to Make Out?
The Swami John Reis Band — consisting of Reis (Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, PLOSIVS, Sultans, Night Marchers) on vocals and guitar, Tommy Kitsos (Night Marchers, CPC Gangbangs) on bass and vocals, Joe Guevara (Jejune, Lee Rocker and Lady Dottie and the Diamonds) on keyboards and vocals, Mark Murino (Radio Wendy and Dirty Sweet) on lead guitar, and Richard “T-Bone” Larson (Bartender’s Bible, Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects) on drums and vocals — will be making their first-ever appearances on select California dates this August. Touring in support of Ride The Wild Night, Reis’ recently released debut solo album on Swami Records, the run will begin on Friday, August 5 in Sacramento, CA and culminate in an appearance at The Casbah in San Diego, CA on Tuesday, August 9. Tickets for all shows are on sale now, and a full listing of dates and supports can be found below.
05 — Sacramento, CA — Goldfield Trading Post (w/ Stella Crest)
06 — San Francisco, CA — Bottom of the Hill (w/ Thank You For Coming, Atom Age)
07 — Long Beach, CA — Alex’s Bar (w/ Golden Grease, Clown Sounds)
08 — Los Angeles, CA — The Moroccan Lounge (w/ Kate Clover)
09 — San Diego, CA — The Casbah (w/ The Nephews)
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The Paranoyds- Lizzie
LA-based garage rock band The Paranoyds announce their sophomore LP, Talk, Talk, Talk, available for pre-order now, and due out September 9 via Third Man Records. Along with the announcement, the band shares their gritty first single from the forthcoming project, “Lizzie,” with its accompanying video that turns back time to the 80’s.
The Rare Occasions- Seasick
“Seasick” is the latest single from The Rare Occasions, and the first new track from the band since their newfound virality with “Notion”. The song discusses the passage of time and the unrelenting forces of chaos and directionality that time wields over us all. Set to a teetering backdrop of surf rock tones and nautical imagery, “Seasick” reminds us to pause every so often amidst the tumultuous waves to see how far we’ve traveled.
Tiësto- Hot With It feat. Charli XCX
The GRAMMY® Award-winning, platinum-certified, international icon Tiësto releases his new single “Hot in It” with Charli XCX. The sound for “Hot in It” was teased early by Charli XCX on TikTok, and fans can hear the song everywhere today! This arrives alongside the announcement of Tiësto’s global summer live dates (see below).
Time- In Your Head
Jump Start Records and Philadelphia-based indie rock quintet Time are excited to present “In Your Head,” the latest single to be lifted from the Friday, July 22 release of the band’s debut album, Hydrangea (pre-order). ‘90s-inspired grunge-pop that presents the question, “how much damage do you have to inflict on yourself before you’re reminded you’re still alive?”, “In Your Head” is a self-deprecating song about our tendency to rely on vices or dependencies as excuses to avoid acceptance or accountability.
TWÏNS- The Human Jazz
TWÏNS (the musical project of Berlin-based artist Miro Denck) shares his long-awaited album, The Human Jazz, out today via Earth Libraries. The new record is a collection of home-produced, world-infused lo-fi soul/psychedelic pop tracks.
Up Is The Down Is The- Dawn
Boise, ID alt rock 4-piece Up Is The Down Is The announce their forthcoming album, Pulling The Wool, due August 12 via Earth Libraries. To kick off the album cycle, they have shared the record’s first single, “Dawn,” alongside an accompanying music video.
YUNGBLUD- Don’t Feel Like Feeling Sad Today
Internationally acclaimed, multiple-award winning British musician YUNGBLUD has released his energetic new single ‘Don’t Feel Like Feeling Sad Today.’ The high- octane track, written by Dominic Harrison (aka YUNGBLUD) and Matt Schwartz, exec produced by Chris Greatti, offers a taste of what’s to come from his highly anticipated third album ‘YUNGBLUD’, set for global release on September 2nd via LOCOMOTION/Geffen Records.
Zeds Dead- I Took A Ride
Nearly 13 Years into their careers, Zeds Dead continue to prove they are among the most innovative and influential artists in electronic music. Ahead of their return to Devner, CO for the 8th Deadrocks, an annual stint held down by appearances at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Deadbeats duo are treating fans to a brand new single.
This Friday, July 15th, Zeds Dead release, “I Took A Ride,” a house track that marries their wistful sentimentality with the amorphous musical direction they’ve helped pioneer in for today’s bass music scene.