October 1st Weekly Roundup Feature
Hey everyone! It’s Spooky Month! super excited that it is October 1st. Are you doing anything fun for Halloween? I don’t have anything planned yet but need to! I’ll figure it out here soon. Anyway, keep it here with The Festival Voice for more music news! We’ve also got some NFTs for ya!
BT- Metaversal Blockchain
‘Metaversal’ follows the wildly successful release of BT’s groundbreaking landmark Genesis.Json which sold for 88.8 ETH on Superrare in May. ‘Metaversal’ is BT’s 14th studio album, designed from the ground up for the blockchain. Like Genesis.json It is built around a 200,000 line of code, one-of-one, NFT. Metaversal is both an audio-visual playback engine and software cipher. In the Metaversal engine, audio-reactive art is woven together with cryptographic riddles that fans can play to win 33 unique, super rare, secret, encrypted one-of-one NFT’s. Metaversal is a cryptographic treasure hunt.
Check it out HERE!
Dirtybird Fight Club NFT
DIRTYBIRD, the award winning and belovedly quirky California based record label, festival producer and collective, headed by Claude VonStroke, has hatched its plans for Dirtybird Flight Club, a unique generative NFT project.
Derived from the original DIRTYBIRD logo that VonStroke hand-sketched in middle school, Dirtybird Flight Club consists of 9090 bird NFTs generated from artwork by the acclaimed muralist and illustrator Birdcap. 9090 is a reference to one of VonStroke’s favorite drum machines, the Roland 909.
More than just digital art works, the Dirtybird Flight Club tokens have real world utility, with a community of holders able to access exclusive music from DIRTYBIRD artists, holders only merch drops, win tickets for DIRTYBIRD Campout, DIRTYBIRD CampINN and DIRTYBIRD BBQs, and participate in exclusive original events and meet-ups for members only. Upon sell-out of the mint DIRTYBIRD will also donate $25,000 to a charity chosen by community members. Additional utilities will be announced for token holders as the community matures.
Check it out HERE
Jake Bowen- The Daily Sun
Alan Fitzpatrick & High Contrast- Bourgeois Imagery
Qrion- I Hope It Lasts Forever
Written during the lockdown in San Francisco, ‘11-11’ combines Qrion’s characteristically dreamy atmospheres with a drum arrangement that alternates between gritty breakbeat and classic four-to-the-floor. A club anthem through and through, the track joins an acclaimed catalog supported by the likes of Danny Howard at BBC Radio 1 and Jason Bentley at KCRW, as well as prolific producers such as TSHA, Moon Boots, Lane 8, The Aston Shuffle, 3LAU, and Gorgon City.
Dot- Want to Say
Highly-respected, emerging producer Dot has made a name for herself as a champion for the unsung female producer and musician. The multi-faceted talent has paved the way for other female producers throughout her work, whether it be as part of Team Supreme, working on her own woman-focused imprint: Unspeakable Records, or writing music for film/TV and commercials with some of the biggest companies in the world including Nike, MTV, Laura Mercier, and more. Continuing her upward trajectory, Dot returns with her latest single “Want To Say”, out now across all platforms via bitbird.
Canadian producer Tails is back following the release of his successful ‘photos of the sun’ EP, released this past August. Once again partnering with bitbird, Tails reveals his newest single ‘CLOSE2ME’, marking his second appearance with the imprint. Continuing his upward trajectory, with 2021 being his strongest year yet, ‘CLOSE2ME’ is now available across all streaming platforms via bitbird.
Blood Harmony Recordings
Dave Hause- Gary
Blood Harmony Records and acclaimed Philadelphia-bred singer-songwriter Dave Hause are excited to present “Gary,” the latest track to be lifted from the Friday, October 22 release of Hause’s highly anticipated fifth solo album, Blood Harmony (pre-order).
Austin Millz- Midas EP
DJ Austin Millz has just delivered the release of his EP, Midas. The eclectic project features a heavy roster of collaborations which he started in 2019, from BJ The Chicago Kid to Aluna, Pell, Ori Rose, Teedra Moses, Dave B, and Abhi The Nomad. The sum of these works represents a creative milestone for Millz, who purposefully A&R’ed this project himself from start to finish, crafting with intention. Interconnected lyrical content takes the listener on an optimistic love story that adds songwriting to Millz’s already teeming resume.
Beatcore- Lunar Paradise
Beatcore is a man on a mission, and it’s one that we at Circus thoroughly approve of. He’s bursting to create bass music with as much melody, emotion, colour and energy as possible – it’s inspiring us with boundless joy and excitement so we had to lock him down for an EP! Listening to this body of work really is like a kaleidoscopic dream, transporting us though the bass music stratosphere to his ‘Lunar Paradise’.
Ivy Lab- Press Play
Highly sought-after London duo, Ivy Lab, today join the roster of DIRTYBIRD’s White Label with the release of their new EP, ‘Press Play’.
Following recent releases from Claude VonStroke and Justin Jay’s ‘Oh’ EP to Nikki Nair’s ‘More Is Different’, Dirtybird White Label series #3 goes even further outside the lines. The label set out a simple mission with their new arm: to defy expectations of the current sound and continue its ethos as a formidable tastemaker. Making their debut with DIRTYBIRD, Ivy Lab are perfect additions to the collection of more left-field releases, not afraid to explore a wide range of genres within one EP alone.
Frankyeffe- Asteroid/ Monkey
Frankyeffe is on a collision course with Factory 93 Records by way of ‘Asteroid / Monkey,’ an impactful two-pronged effort marking his debut for the burgeoning imprint.
Future Classic/Glassnote Records
Flight Facilities- Forever LP
This year they’ve dropped singles with the likes of Channel Tres and DRAMA, and they’re also preparing to head back to the stage with fellow Australian live electronic trio RÜFÜS DU SOL on their North American tour this November, the pair have once again seen the demand for their live capabilities. 70,000 tickets for the sold out Los Angeles Banc of California shows taking place on the eve of the Forever LP.
Said the Sky & The Maine- Go On Then, Love
Westend- Life of Sin
DJ Snake & Malaa- Pondicherry
Multi-platinum producer DJ Snake and masked French DJ/producer Malaa join forces again to create a new collaboration for the FIFA 22 Soundtrack “Pondicherry”. DJ snake joins fellow international superstars on this year’s groundbreaking soundtrack which features an unprecedented 122 songs representing 27 nations within the new game, which is available worldwide today. DJ Snake also has a cameo in the game’s welcome experience alongside retired professional football player David Beckham, Mbappe, Neymar and Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton, alongside many other worldwide football sensations. The cameo is a follow up to his character within VOLTA FOOTBALL in last year’s FIFA 21.
Crazy Donkey- Kick & Scream
Kick and Scream follows Crazy Donkey’s first official single, Morsmordre, which was released exclusively in China in December 2020. Clocking over 160 million streams in just nine months, the record has since gone viral on social media platform Douyin (TikTok in China), catapulting the youngster to significant renown across the territory.
deadmau5- When The Summer Ends Video
World renowned electronic artist deadmau5 has released his highly anticipated new music video for the hit single “When The Summer Dies” with musician, singer and songwriter Lights. Collaborating with Manticore, deadmau5 asked fans to build themed dystopian worlds on Core, the premier platform for user-created interactive experiences. He then announced the selections of the top worlds to use as the backdrop for the anthemic new song during a livestream, and his editing team assembled the final video for “When The Summer Dies” which dropped today here: https://youtu.be/c7QcMkP_gQc. To celebrate the launch of the music video, Core will be selecting a limited number of fans to participate in a VIP virtual Meet & Greet with deadmau5 in Core. For a chance to win, please view Official Rules and submit your entry at meetdeadmau5.coregames.com.
Techno mistress and mau5trap signee Lupa is set to release her debut EP Insatiable this Friday, October 1. A gripping spectacle of brooding soundscapes and sinister compositions, Insatiable is the genesis of Lupa’s life’s work. Inviting listeners on a journey into the darkest corners of the mind, Lupa’s 5-track EP is a debut for the ages. Find it below along with additional information on the 22-year-old Bay Area native (real name Elizabeth Small).
Au5- Awaken feat. NOHC
Melodic bass tastemaker and Monsteract vet Au5 returned to the label today with his genre-defying new single, “Awaken (feat. NOHC).” Drawing inspiration from trance, dubstep, and future bass, “Awaken” fuses his earliest electronic influences with his modern-day sound. Au5’s meticulous attention to detail is on full display as NOHC’s beautiful vocals sit perfectly in the mix, soaring above the vibrant chords, deep basses, and thumping drums. Having mastered an instantly recognizable sound that evokes emotion and impressive technicality, Au5 has played a formative role in shaping the melodic bass scene whilst paving the way for generations of producers. “Awaken” is a powerful reminder for listeners to look within themselves for inspiration and motivation to overcome the challenges life throws at them.
OBLVYN- Planet Eternium
Simina Grigoriu- Mission District EP
All things considered, it’s been a rather productive year for Simina Grigoriu. Following the hugely successful roll out of her Techno Monkey remix album (Volumes 1 & 2) and an impressive run of additional releases on the likes of Octopus Recordings, ELEVATE, Prospect Records and her very own Kuukou Records, the ever-prolific Berlin-based talent now continues her fine run of 2021 form with the announcement of her immense new Mission District EP.
Juheun- M87 EP
With an impressive and extensive catalogue of hard-hitting releases clocked on Octopus Recordings, Set About and numerous others over the course of his decade-long career, Phoenix-based techno artist and recent Mixmag cover star, Juheun, now returns to Set About with his incredible new M87 EP.
KVSH feat. Exotique – Bugs
While still celebrating the global, viral success of his STMPD single ‘Sicko Drop’, KVSH isn’t sitting still and has teamed up with Exotique on ‘Bugs’. With ‘Bugs’, KVSH wants to address a common problem in the electronic music scope, being the common misperception that being an electronic music artist doesn’t require hard work or can’t be considered a serious profession. Cause which DJ/producer has never heard: ‘’Apart from being a DJ, do you work?’’
This Never Happened
Jerro- Coming Home LP
Stirring anticipation amongst the dance music community for the past few months, Jerro’s impressive album rollout finally comes to a close with the release of his debut full-length LP. The collection features some of Jerro’s best work to date and includes collaborations with Panama, Fractures, and Tailor. The Belgian producer’s poignant melodic soundscapes have quickly gained attention from around the world as he reaches a pivotal milestone in his career. Out now via This Never Happened, the Coming Home LP is available to stream across all platforms.
Three Six Zero Recordings/Sony Music
Subjective- DASSAI MENACE/FATHOMS
The production duo, made up of legendary DJ and producer Goldie and revered engineer and producer James Davidson, releases two brand new tracks under the moniker SUBJECTIVE, to be released by Three Six Zero Recordings/Sony Music.
The back to back tracks span genres and themes, leading with drum & bass and techno and taking in dark influences along the way. Pulling in a unique club energy, the arrangements feel like they would be just as much at home in a darkened room full of people as much as they would be with a solo listener lost in their headphones.
Roger Sanchez- Release Yo’Self (SOLARDO Remix)
Widely considered as modern-day kings of the underground, Manchester, U.K.-based duo Solardo (James Eliot & Mark Richards, aka MRK1) have been tapped by Ultra Records for their incredible studio prowess to remix the track that started it all for the legendary label as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Released today, October 1 is Roger Sanchez’ “Release Yo’Self (SOLARDO Remix).”
Felix Jaehn- Breathe Album
Esteemed German producer Felix Jaehn finally returns with the release of his second studio album, Breathe. The 15-track LP follows a string of lead singles: ‘Close Your Eyes’ ft, Miss Li, ‘I Got A Feeling’ with Robin Schulz and Georgia Ku, ‘No Therapy’ ft. Bryn & Nea, ‘One More TIme’ with Robin Schulz and Alida, and more. Arriving after Felix Jaehn’s personal journey with transformation and self-discovery, Breathe delivers dance music with a message, with each song telling a unique story that builds on the other. Out now via Universal Music, Breathe is available across all streaming platforms.
‘There seem to be a lot of Black people on Mars’ is how Muzi, aka The Zulu Skywalker, opens his fourth full length record, INTERBLAKTIC. It’s a startling body of work that is joyful, optimistic, proud, self-reliant, full of love and fantastical. It’s a breakout album with a transcendent, escapist theme from one of South Africa’s most exciting artists.
XTRA Mile Recordings
Skinny Lister- A Matter of Life & Love
Beloved British folk-punk band Skinny Lister are excited to present the music video for “A Matter Of Life & Love,” the uplifting and jubilant title track from the Friday, October 22 release of the band’s fifth studio album (pre-order). Nodding to the works of Madness or The Specials at their ska/pop peaks, “A Matter Of Life & Love” pays loving homage to that classic sound with its cheerful, bar room pianos, walking basslines and woozy saxophones in abundance. Sung by the band’s Dan Heptinstall, it’s a track that encourages us to look on the bright side of life and treasure the trivial—a recurrent theme throughout their upcoming album.
XXIM Records – Sony Music Masterworks
Uèle Lamore – The First Tree feat. Gracy Hopkins
Franco-American composer, conductor and artist Uèle Lamore announces her forthcoming album LOOM, set for release in early 2022 on XXIM Records, the newest imprint from Sony Music Masterworks. Her first single The First Tree and accompanying video are available now. Combining with rapper and singer-songwriter Gracy Hopkins on The First Tree, Uèle Lamore launches here her debut album and leans on her fascination with musical textures and deep knowledge of intricate composition.