March 20th Weekly Roundup Feature
Hey hey! Happy March 20th! I got the pleasure of checking out Subtronics this weekend with support from the amazing Boogie T and Level Up. It was an EPIC show and I can’t wait for the next show. Check back in with The Festival Voice for more music news!
Above & Beyond- The Last Glaciers Soundtrack
Above & Beyond is once again breaking new ground with the release of their first cinematic film score for The Last Glaciers. The IMAX version of the ground-breaking documentary, IMAX presents The Last Glaciers is set for release in select theaters on March 22nd.
Femme House Takeover Tour
The FEMME HOUSE TAKEOVER TOUR with headliner LP Giobbi is presenting a unique experience with club shows by night and music workshops by day. As the tour pulls into Boston tomorrow (March 11), they are pleased to announce their collaboration with W Hotels for the workshop locations in Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Scottsdale, AZ, Seattle and San Francisco and due to popular demand are expanding the capacity of their in-person free workshop sizes.
Steve Adelman’s humorous and engaging memoir Nocturnal Admissions: Behind the Scenes at Tunnel, Limelight, Avalon, and Other Legendary Nightclubs (Santa Monica Press) reflects on his years as the director and owner of some of the world’s most popular nightclubs, including the Roxy, Limelight, Tunnel, and Palladium in the heyday of clubs in New York City during the 1980s and 1990s, followed by Avalon (Boston, Hollywood, NYC and Singapore locations), Spider Club and the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis in the 2000s. Set for release June 7, 2022, Nocturnal Admissions is a timely, unconventional look at one of pop culture’s most outwardly glamorous, yet misunderstood industries, bringing the reader backstage into the world of nightlife at its highest level.
Party Favor Reset Tour
Grammy-nominated producer Party Favor is pleased to announce his new sophomore studio album, ‘RESET,’ will be released June 17 on Ultra Music. The album’s release coincides with a groundbreaking full-production tour which commences June 3rd in San Francisco.
Live visual tour tickets Here
Amy Wiles & Matt Fax feat. Mirror Machine- Remind Me Why
Debuted in her Group Therapy 450 set, London’s Amy Wiles collaborates with Matt Fax and Mirror Machines on ‘Remind Me Why’.
Kasablanca- Immunity EP
Alan Fitzpatrick Machine Therapy Remixed
Arctic Lake- side by side we lie awake EP
The collection finds Arctic Lake at their most liberated. The sleek, 20-second opener kicks right into “Love You Like That,” a club-to-bedroom romp about infatuation at first sight. “Let me drive you mad,” vocalist Emma Foster teases, her soulful voice slinking around Holliman’s punchy snaps and synths. They crank up the heat even more on “Lonely”: “Damn, come in closer baby,” she sings, as Paul Holliman’s instrumental slithers underneath.
Jason Bajada- Snake
Montreal-based singer-songwriter Jason Bajada and Audiogram are pleased to present “Snake” the first single to be lifted from Jason’s album Crushed Grapes out September 23. The official video for the song directed by Chedly Bouzouaia, a close collaborator of Jason’s, it captures the way two lonely people collide, coexist, and ultimately collapse.
Basement Floods Records
Holland Belle- Arrow
Upstate New York-based folk artist Holland Belle is excited to announce the Friday, May 13 release of her debut solo album, Bird Song (pre-save HERE). Recorded at Basement Floods Records analog recording studio in Catskill, NY and produced by Dante Bardo, Bird Song is an album about building faith in something greater. Change, evolution and joy take real courage, and while some will be content to stay underwater, Bird Song sees Belle swim towards the surface. On the album, she finds her most natural voice, weaving a folk-tinged thread through a lens of self-reflection and spirituality. It’s here that Belle transforms uncertainty into songs of optimism and strength.
Big Loud Rock
HARDY- SOLD OUT
Big Loud Rock and acclaimed American singer-songwriter HARDY are excited to announce the release of his brand new rock single, “SOLD OUT.” Moving between the two sides of his artistry that have made him “your lovable, wiseass redneck cousin who hit the big time” (Rolling Stone), HARDY returns with a charged-up rock statement that reflects on his personal life in relation to his overwhelming success. Once again working with multi-platinum producer Joey Moi, HARDY walks the line between genres with confidence on the explicit track, declaring: “a lot of things changed, except one thing: me.” After releasing his cover of Puddle Of Mudd’s “Blurry,” HARDY continues to explore his rock influences with this new release, “I’m a huge rock ’n’ roll fan. That genre has so much to do with the way that I create music.”
ReauBeau is here and shooting for the stars with his debut LP, ‘Outerspace’! His biggest and boldest work to date, ‘Outerspace’ is bringing ReauBeau’s euphoric blend of trap and future bass to places unknown. In this album of galactic proportions,we’ll see new dimensions explored and legends made, like a message from a future just around the corner…
Create Music Group
Juuku x Farrah- Heart Strings
Juuku and Farrah. Two names that have quickly taken the EDM scene by storm with singles like “Hollow” and “Just Lost.” Together, the two have now teamed up to create their latest emotionally charged original, “heart strings.” Heart Strings showcases each creator’s unique ability to take their listeners on a journey through their undeniable production prowess and intense delivery methods. What makes this original so special is how the two artists were able to find a way to make each of their production styles beautifully clash together throughout the duration of the song. For the first minute, it’s a piece of Gregorian-like humming that slowly begins to blend the drums and piano into a fashion that leads into an unexpected metallic drop. Throughout the song, we’re taken back and forth on this journey between airy dreaminess and chaotic falling as the second drop brings even more beautiful disarray with an RL Grime-esque build up and drop.
A Wilhelm Scream- GIMMETHESHAKES
Massachusetts-based punk band A Wilhelm Scream are excited to present the music video for “GIMMETHESHAKES,” the latest song to be lifted from the Thursday, April 14 release of the band’s first full-length offering in nine years, Lose Your Delusion (pre-order). Another anthemic, fists-up ripper from the band’s forthcoming album, “GIMMETHESHAKES” is about the inconsiderate and self-centered people in modern society we are, unfortunately, forced to deal with daily.
Payfone- Day & Night
Production duo Payfone debut on Defected with ‘Day & Night’, demonstrating their strictly authentic sound that demands all elements of a record to be 100 percent original. Producers with a distinctive sonic aesthetic, an evocative top line, provided by regular collaborator Louis Howard Jones who featured on standout record ‘Paradise’, is offset with a bass-led groove and chunky snare to add a hint of moodiness to the vocal house cut. With just the right amount of 2010s deep house nostalgia to keep ‘Day & Night’ fresh for contemporary listeners, this winning formula has worked well so far for Phil Passera and Jimmy Day. Following releases on influential US imprint Golf Channel and a recent remix on Defected’s sub-label DFTD, ‘Day & Night’ continues to cement their reputation as one of electronic music’s most intriguing acts while exhibiting the trademark Payfone sound.
Brazilian producer, Simas, has re-released his track ‘Benja,’ out now via Dirtybird Records.
Dirtybird rarely licenses previously released music, but the track garnered such a big reaction when Claude VonStroke played it at his shows, Dirtybird felt compelled to re-release. The track, originally out on Kolombo’s “Otherwise” imprint in Brazil, has a fast-paced rhythm, big round bass and jazzy top line that speak for itself.
Ed Banger/Because Music
Breakbot & Irfane- Remedy
Embassy of Music
KIDSØ – Fir
Munich duo and live act KIDSØ play music that you want to hear and feel at the same time. It is what could perhaps best be described as danceable melancholy. Or, as Moritz Graßinger (analogue synths, piano, percussions) and Martin Schneider (drums, e-percussions, video installation), sometimes say with a smile: “electronic music for people who otherwise don’t listen to electronic music that often”. Both somehow hit the mark. And somehow also not, or only insufficiently. Because what the two of them produce as KIDSØ can hardly be squeezed into style pigeonholes or pinned down by euphonious adjectives. It is electronic music at its core, that’s for sure. But not the finger-in-the-air-let-us-rub-against-each-other-in-the-Berghain electronic, but rather what Jon Hopkins produces when he has eaten the right mushrooms. With the difference that KIDSØ record this sound predominantly analogue and organic.
Equal Vision Records
Hot Water Music
Equal Vision Records and celebrated punk band Hot Water Music are excited to announce the release of its acclaimed new album, Feel The Void. Featuring the return of producer Brian McTernan (Turnstile, Converge, Thrice), Feel The Void offers up a torrent of resilience that strives for light in the context of personal and global darkness across its 12 energetic and impassioned songs.
Zingara- Mind & Body EP
Mind and Body, out March 15th on Gravitas Recordings, is a true testament of Zingara’s sound. Gaining traction non stop between going on the road with SubDocta for his “Strictly No Business” tour, announcing support for Subtronics’ ‘Cyclops Rocks’, and continually going viral on TikTok, she is a quickly rising force in the underground bass scene. Inspired by her love of spirituality and witchcraft, she seamlessly makes waves from start to finish in her first ever EP.
High Vibe Records
West Coast World Bass producer Akriza will release his single Bloom on March 15th, 2022. Bloom was inspired by the transition from winter to spring. This release starts with an emotional build that starts with the spring sound of birds. Piano comes in and the song drops with beautiful vocal melodies. This song has the vibe of Akriza’s popular song 11:11 with bass wubs that come in for the breakdown.
Swerve- Ebbs and Flows Music Video
Los Angeles-based band Swerve have shared the official lyric video for “Ebbs And Flows” from the band’s critically-acclaimed debut full-length album Ruin Your Day out now (order). The new single edit of the song features backing vocals by Louie Schultz (Army Navy, Nightjacket) and was produced by Adam Lasus and mixed by Brandon Duncan.
SHÆLIN- Body (Samba De La Muerte Remix)
Following DJ Phantom’s soulful offering to the forthcoming extended version of their “Ana Hata” EP with his rework of “Ain’t No Matter”, neo-soul crew SHÆLIN invite French indie dance act Samba Da La Muerte to put his spin on one of the EP’s most successful cuts – “Body”. Due for release on April 1st, the full “Ana Hata Extended” EP welcomes an array of uniquely talented voices to reimagine the compositions through their own musical lens. Teasing this highly-anticipated release once more, Samba De La Muerte unveils his remix of “Body” – out now across all streaming platforms.
Strange Parade- The Watchers
Los Angeles-based Strange Parade pleased to share “The Watchers” the title track from their album out May 6 (pre-order). The single debuted today at Music Mecca along with an exclusive interview with Strange Parade’s Brian Cleary and the song will be on all streaming platforms this Friday for any playlist shares (pre-save). “The Watchers” is an acoustic guitar-driven rocker that builds off an early country-blues-style riff as shimmering guitars and lap steel ride hovercraft over a driving, rhythmic hook, culminating in an insane 3-minute multi-layered piano, synth, lap steel frenzy at the end.
Bleu Clair- Mistake
Fresh off his aptly titled ‘Prelude’ EP that dropped at the end of 2021, the Indonesian sensation continues to press ever forward with a new single that furthers his versatility as one of the most refreshing names in house music at the moment. “Mistakes” is his most elegant creation to date, with an earnest vocal hook gliding atop rubbery drums and silky, lofty strings that lend themselves to a classic house vibe.
Kill Rock Stars
Legendary queer music icon Bitch is excited to announce April and May tour dates supporting her new album Bitchcraft out now on Kill Rocks Stars (order / stream). The tour will begin on April 2 at Crystal Ballroom at the Somerville Theatre outside of Boston with support from Catie Curtis and Melissa Ferrick and will hit markets such as Philadelphia, New York City, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Minneapolis and more. The tour will also include a performance at SXSW at the Kill Rock Stars showcase on March 18 at Cheer Up Charlie’s. All upcoming shows are listed below and advance tickets can be purchased HERE.
Juheun- Instant Communication
Following slew of impressive career releases on the likes of Octopus Recordings and Set About over the past few years, iconic American-Korean techno producer Juheun now announces his long awaited debut on Simina Grigoriu’s Kuukou Records, with the unveiling of his remarkable new extended player, Instant Communication.
Haunted Summer- The Tree
Haunted Summer and LaunchLeft are pleased to share “The Tree,” the latest single to be lifted from the band’s album Whole out June 21 (pre-order). The dreamy video, which was directed and edited by Jack Gibson, debuted today at Under The Radar and the song, which is inspired by the importance of feeling loved.
FORMA- Power Book
Championing hypnotic modular soundscapes and avant-garde analogue experimentation, Juan Hansen, Pablo Bursztyn and Rocio Giorgi’s FORMA live project has served as a breath of fresh air within the world of vocal electronica. Releasing their critically acclaimed Hollow EP in July 2021 off the back of a spellbinding live performance for MUTEK Festival, the Argentinian three-piece outfit now returns to Berlin-based imprint MEIOSIS with the stunning new extended player, The Peak. Proving its cinematic worth prior to the official release, the EP title track was cherry picked for the new season of US TV series “Power Book” and has now become a hotly-tipped collaboration that’s already graced the ears of millions.
After an eight-year hiatus, renowned DJ duo Candyland have made their anticipated return to the music scene, reuniting for their new single “Nirvana” out today on Monstercat. Originally intended to be a remix, the multigenre single highlights Candyland’s refined production stylings as they effortlessly blend dark trap-inspired 808s with vibrant synths and warm chords. Ethan’s powerful range and personal lyricism add a layer of authenticity to the single, offering a taste of Candyland’s evolved sound. With a fresh perspective driving their next chapter, Candyland make the comeback we’ve all been waiting for with “Nirvana” proving they’re here to stay.
OddKidOut- Cinema feat. Marlhy
After making his celebrated Monstercat debut last month, renowned finger drummer and producer OddKidOut returned to the label today with his effortlessly chill new single, “CINEMA.” Featuring sultry vocals from singer-songwriter Marlhy, “CINEMA” traverses hip-hop beats and UK breaks, drawing attention to OddKidOut’s melting pot of influences. The warm synths, bright arpeggiators, and soft pads form a vibrant melody that offsets the dark drums and gritty 808s. Created in the backseat of a car using nothing more than a laptop and headphones, the single’s flawless mixdown is a testament to OddKidOut’s wunderkind production stylings as he continues to exceed expectations with each new record.
Mercy Union- Prussian Blue
New Jersey-based rock band Mercy Union are excited to announce the release of their first single in four years titled “Prussian Blue.” Recorded at Audio Pilot Studios, engineered by Rob Freeman and mixed by Kevin Dye (Gates), “Prussian Blue,” with its almost Cure-like intro and lush, stadium-sized chorus, follows the band’s well-received 2018 debut album, The Quarry, with a new found confidence. Experiencing a number of changes in the past few years, “Prussian Blue” serves as a new beginning and is the band’s headlamp guiding them through the uncertainty of these times.
The Martin Garrix Show Part 2
New month, a new episode of The Martin Garrix Show! This brand-new episode takes you on the road with Martin Garrix for the very first time after the pandemic. His shows at Electric Love in Austria and Creamfields in the United Kingdom marked the first shows after almost two years, and the energy can be felt through the screen.
Citadelle feat. Dan Soleil – Needed You Most
Citadelle teamed up with Dan Soleil for their brand new single ‘Needed You Most’. Written during lockdown, the track emphasizes the importance of staying together through hard times. The indie-pop vocals performed by Dan Soleil blend perfectly with the analog synths and deep basses of the track. ‘Needed Me’ serves as a follow-up for ‘Alive’ with a bigger focus on melodies, a powerful vocal (inspired by Matisse&Sadko’s tracks) and nice arps.
Matt Nash – Into The Light
After the success of Matt Nash’s debut album ‘Half Human’ that saw the light of day back in September 2021, he is back with the next chapter of his music. His new single ‘Into The Light’ explores a deeper side to his music, featuring amazing moody vocals from Nash himself. Wanting to delve into a deeper, moodier style for this release, Nash is gearing up for his set on the STMPD RCRDS stage at Ultra Miami where he might have a few surprises up his sleeves.
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 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 cancelled 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.”
Taillight Music Group
Parader- Save My Place Video
NYC-based pop-rock band Parader are pleased to share the official lyric video for “Save My Place” the latest single to be lifted from the band’s EP Something the Dreamers Dream out April 22 via Taillights Music Group, a new imprint of Takeover Records run by Ben Harper of Yellowcard.
Subjective- Breakout feat. Lameduza
Today production duo SUBJECTIVE, made up of legendary DJ and producer GOLDIE and revered engineer and producer JAMES DAVIDSON, release brand new album track ‘BREAKOUT feat. LAMEDUZA’ – listen now. The track is taken from their their upcoming brand new album ‘THE START OF NO REGRET’ which drops MAY 20TH on Three Six Zero Recordings/Sony Music.
KUNGS- Club Azur
Toby Romeo- Devils Cup
Marking his first solo single of the year, young DJ and producer Toby Romeo returns to the release trenches with heady new offering ‘Devils Cup’. The latest directly follows his January collaboration with Keanu Silva and SACHA on deep house hit ‘Hopeless Heart’, with over 2 million Spotify streams gained in just a little over a month. Gearing Romeo for his biggest year yet, ‘Devils Cup’ is now available to stream across all platforms via Virgin Records.