Every time I write the date for this post, I’m shocked at the date. How did this happen? How is it June 11th?
Anyway, we’re coming at you with the hottest drops of the week! Tune into The Festival Voice for more hot tunes!
Wateva- Headlights Feat. Stefan
Headlights” was probably the hardest track to make on this album, as we had about 50+ revisions made of this one. ‘’In your silence’’, this talks about how you don’t wanna be alone during this mentally tough time we had during 2020 and 2021. You just want to be with someone even if it is in complete silence.” -WATEVA
Mansionair- Don’t Wait
Grammy-nominated Australian trio Mansionair share their newest track “Don’t Wait”, a perfect blend of ethereal and groove out now on Glassnote Records. The irresistibly silky tune premiered last night on SiriusXM/Alt Nation. Comfortably occupying the sonic intersection of indie songwriting and electronic edge, “Don’t Wait” is certain to propel Mansionair forward as they continue their upward trajectory as tastemakers on the international stage.
Lakou Mizik & Jospeh Ray-Lamizè Pa Dous
Few albums manage to evoke a time and place with such startling effect as the unlikely collaboration Leave the Bones (out August 6th), between the multi-generational Haitian band Lakou Mizik and Grammy-winning electronic music artist Joseph Ray. Announced via NPR World Cafe with first single ‘Ogou (Pran Ka Mwen), the album has already garnered support from BBC Radio 3, NPR, KCRW, KEXP, CRACK, and Songlines.
Blonde Maze & Attom – I Think About
Opening with a gargantuan, earth-shattering synth bass, ‘Ironcast’ is a dynamo of a production from UK producer Farius. His fourth single of 2021 is a stylish affair that showcases his effortless versatility as a producer as he explores darker, more heavy-hitting territory than on recent productions.
WhoMadeWho- Live from Denmark
Following their striking livestream for Lightening In A Bottle’s 24-hour digital festival just a couple of weeks ago, experimental Danish electronic pop trio WhoMadeWho now unveil the full 60-minute performance, free for fans to enjoy over on their official YouTube channel.
Luttrell- Music For My Memories Pt. II EP
San Francisco’s Luttrell shares his latest EP ‘Music For My Memories Pt. II’. The second in a trilogy of works to be shared throughout 2021, this next installment of the series follows on from the success of the lead single ‘Operation Midnight’, which saw support from Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1.
Taylor Torrence- If We Say Goodbye (Steve Brian Remix)
We’re delighted to bring you the Steve Brian remix of Taylor Torrence and Natalie Major’s ‘If We Say Goodbye’. Joining the previously released first-rate remix from Rodg, Steve Brian’s remix is hard-hitting and energizing, an impeccable take from the German producer who continues to impress with every release.
Ryan Tedder & David Solomon- Learn to Love Me
DJ/producer David Solomon has teamed up with 3x Grammy award-winning songwriter, producer, and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder for the new progressive house smash “Learn to Love Me.”
Self-empowering lyrics echo out from Ryan Tedder, while David Solomon’s production carries listeners on a fun and hopeful journey. The uplifting track comes just in time for summer, as friends will finally reunite in the warm days to come.
Christian Löffler- Ballet Music Video
Christian Löffler’s track Ballet
FuntCase- Flames featuring Dia Frampton
Small Isles- Life At One
The new instrumental project of guitarist Jim Fairchild (Grandaddy / Modest Mouse / All Smiles) and songwriter/composer Jacob Snider (named Best New Artist by NPR-affiliate WXPN-Philadelphia), Small Isles inhabits a rare hypnotic twilight between motion picture music and incandescent cosmic folk. At once a love letter to film soundtracks and a meditative balm for our troubled times, ‘The Valley, The Mountains, The Sea’ was recorded by Fairchild on a bare-bones mobile rig while on tour with Modest Mouse, in the cracks of time between soundchecks and performances, from city to city, in darkened hotel rooms and over-lit backstage dressing rooms, giving the album a sense of intimacy, of stolen time and weary after-show solitude.
Drove- Dawn EP
Following the success of their debut EP Dusk, Drove is ready to bless the world with a second EP today that goes by the name of ‘Dawn’. Dawn includes previous releases Intoxicated and Peace Of Mind, as well as another collaboration with Dillon Francis: ‘Together’.
Long drives are at the core of every Drove track. Every single track on the Dawn EP is inspired by scenic routes and the vibe that comes with it. Opening track ‘Peace of Mind’ represents the start of a new journey. Starting in chaos and madness, it portrays searching for peace and escaping from the madness while driving to the west coast. The second track ‘Together’, is a continuation of that journey, having just escaped from the chaos and madness and settling into peace while driving. ‘Intoxicated’ is the perfect closing track, finally reaching the destination where you’ve found the peace you were looking for.
Music hits differently while driving which is exactly the foundation of the Drove movement. So grab your car, turn on the Dawn EP and enjoy the ride.
Aspyer feat. Karin Park – The Rest Of Your Life
Multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ from St. Petersburg, Aspyer, is back on STMPD RCRDS with ‘The Rest Of Your Life’. The long period of self-isolation was emotionally draining and affected Aspyer’s creative process as well, which is why he decided to move to his hometown for a little while. Rebooting quickly enough, the inspiration came back and he came up with the harmony that meant the start of ‘The Rest Of Your Life’. He premiered the track during his 1001Tracklists set on the rooftop in St.Petersburg with a panoramic view of the city and received many positive reactions and support after. The only thing that was missing was vocals. Using the acapella of one of his favorite tracks ‘Tokyo By Night’, the quest began to find the perfect vocalist. After not being able to find a suitable vocal, Aspyer decided to reach out to Karin Park, the actual voice on ‘Tokyo By Night’. Aspyer: ‘’Hearing the first demo gave me goosebumps. It was very comfortable for me to work with Karin as we could openly discuss all ideas and Karin was up for any changes. I’m proud of this track and incredibly glad that the release took place.’’
CircoLoco Records-Monday Dreamin’ Green EP
On Friday June 11th, CircoLoco Records releases the Monday Dreamin’ Green EP featuring new tracks from Moodymann, tINI, Jamie Jones, DJ Tennis, and Mano Le Tough. The Green EP is the second EP in a four-part series leading up to the release of the full Monday Dreamin’ album compilation on July 9th.
The Monday Dreamin’ Green EP comes hot on the heels of the series’ Blue EP, which drew widespread industry attention, and from which, the lead single, Seth Troxler’s ‘Lumartes’, was named Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune this week. The remaining Violet and Black EPs will drop on June 18 and June 25 respectively.
Monolink- Under Darkening Skies
When we sense impending waves of change, it usually presents itself as a weariness towards the unknown, hope for the start of something new, and the possibility of personal and societal evolution – leaving us anxious and altogether unprepared. For Monolink, the tides are indeed turning, and he stands tall, welcoming change like an old friend. His musical journey has always been reflective, and his second LP Under Darkening Skies, released today on Embassy One, Ultra, and Sweat It Out Records, is another stepping stone towards the full manifestation of his artistic self.
Maceo Plex vs. Faithless- Insomnia 2021
Seminal electronic artist, DJ and producer Maceo Plex releases two new remixes of Faithless – Insomnia. The official remixes of the iconic ‘90s dance anthem are now available to stream and purchase via Ministry of Sound.
Originally released in 1995, Insomnia has become one of Faithless’ most successful and much-loved tracks, still finding its way into the record boxes of DJs across the globe today. Topping the UK Dance Chart and placing at number 3 in the UK Singles Chart following a re-release in ‘96, Insomnia also soared to the top of Charts in Finland, Norway, and Switzerland, as well as the American and Canadian Dance Charts. Maceo Plex adds a brooding and driving undertone across both the Epic Mix and Dub Mix, culminating in a powerful new direction to the original. Insomnia is Maceo Plex’s second official remix for Faithless, which follows his 2020 rework of Synthesizer (feat. Nathan Ball), taken from their long-awaited seventh studio album, All Blessed.
Claude VonStroke & Justin Jay- Oh Ep
‘Oh’ is a record ripe with complexities and grounded in a feeling of West Coast cool. It’s a coming together of styles, with influences from UK jungle, Detroit electro, Chicago juke, and the deconstructed hip hop that shaped much of the early Dirtybird sound. The tracks differ radically but are strung together with a sense of excitement embedded in their polyrhythmic drum patterns and dynamic arrangement.
Eli & Fur- Carbon
Dusty Kid- WIWY Michelle Sparks Remix
Following a swathe of critically acclaimed releases on the likes of Octopus Recordings, Press Play, Weekend Weapons and DNCTRX over the course of her illustrious musical career, prolific US techno maven Michelle Sparks has got the production credentials to rival some of the best in the business. Now, and as she looks to continue her inexhaustible run of first-rate studio output, Michelle adds to her already stellar career discography with an exquisite official remix for Dusty Kid & Marascia’s iconic 2009 cut, WIWY.
Out now via internationally lauded, LA-based imprint, Octopus Recordings – a label which she has come to call home over the past few years – Sparks pulls out all the stops for another landmark release, combining an expert amalgamation of luscious, rolling basslines, intricately layered drum patterns, and sweeping euphoric breakdowns, to deliver a melodic techno weapon of gargantuan proportions.
GRiZ- Tie-Dye Sky
Today, producer and multi-instrumentalist GRiZ delivers his newest release, ‘Tie-Dye Sky’. The track is reminiscent of dubstep’s golden age, honoring its roots while using GRiZ’s innovative production to push boundaries. ‘Tie-Dye Sky’ continues what has already been an explosive year for GRiZ, as he remains one of the most celebrated artists in his space.
Biicla- Getting High
Getting High comes with a DIY music video shot from Biicla’s apartment in his small hometown in Siberia. Filmed during a period of covid-related lockdowns in Russia, Biicla can be seen staying busy inside, fighting feelings of loneliness and addiction, while simultaneously trying to stay active and upbeat. It’s a familiar feeling we’ve all grown accustomed to over the past year, and Biicla brilliantly captures this ongoing feeling of stifled creativity and fatigue.
The infectious track embodies Wuh Oh’s signature experimentalist style, and laces disco synth sounds with glitch hop edits, creating a hyper modern clash of jubilant energy and off-kilter melodies. Today, also marks the release of the psychedelic official video directed by long-term collaborator Joe Crogan AKA ZONES Productions.
DRAGOS, FOOLS OF WISDOM, MATT DOE, MIKE DANGLEZ, & REMETI- Mirage
The strength and ingenuity of ‘Mirage’ lies in its multiplicity of stylistic choices and production skills brought by the diverse cast of artists. After a brief intro, the track’s first drop is a gritty dubstep headbanger that deploys a bouncy rhythm under devastating wobbles. From there, ‘Mirage’ immediately moves into another riser before a flurry of laser-esque synths ramp the instrumentals’ energy even higher. Finally, the productional quintet provides relief via a soothing melodic breakdown, only to build up to another frenetic bass drop with a swath of synth stabs and runs leading the way. On the fourth and final drop, the melodic elements are dropped once again as unrelenting walls of bass consume the track and leave the listener rattling. Expect for ‘Mirage’ to wreak havoc at DJ sets or at-home raves across the country all summer long.
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The Bots- See It
Big Indie Records and rock band The Bots are excited to announce the Friday, September 8 release of 2 Seater, the LA-based outfit’s first full-length offering in seven years. Produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Adrian Quesada of Black Pumas, 2 Seater is the brainchild of musician Mikaiah Lei and is a multi-style body of work that captures the struggles of his young adulthood. Each of the 10 tracks that make up 2 Seater were written between the ages of 19 and 22 when Lei was undergoing a rapid burst of self-growth. Now, as a 28-year-old, Lei has rewritten and recorded those songs to articulate themes he struggled to find words for back then: the ups and downs of young love, the need to nurture friendships, and the sentimental work of taking care of yourself each day. See It is out now!
Lauran Hibberd- Bleugh
Powering towards the emerging indie elite amidst an explosive slacker-pop ascent, UK artist Lauran Hibberd shares her ambitious new effort “Bleugh,” the latest reveal from the musician’s forthcoming Goober EP out Friday, July 30 (pre-order). Produced by Suzy Shinn (Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, YAK), “Bleugh” splices together English spoken word, Hibberd’s trademark vocal, and a Weezer-esque anthem that details the attempt to break a toxic cycle.