French Touch heir apparent UPPERMOST will release his latest EP “New Moon” via his UPPWIND imprint May 25th. Fans can pre-order the EP today and receive a remix of “Angels” by Norwegian electronic duo Lemaitre as a giveaway bonus track with EP.
Black Book praised the forthcoming “New Moon” EP as “intoxicating dance” before highlighting the remix as “a euphoric anthem reminiscent of Daft Punk in its symphonic prowess.”
The New Moon EP features six new tracks including a dazzling collaboration with UK artist Jacob Banks on the upcoming standout single “Blame It On Love”. The track is a warm and stunning production blending electronic music, hip-hop and soul and represents the cross-genre production style that makes Uppermost so unique. The new EP is the first new release from Uppermost since April 2014.
The classification-defying French electronic artist Uppermost (aka Behdad Nejatbakhshe) broke out into the scene in 2011 with his debut album Action and has since built a global cult following with his emotion-infused electro-house.
The production phenom has remained relatively under the radar with US media all while building an audience more than 70,000 strong on Facebook alone, ranking up more than 7-million combined YouTube views on past hits “Flashback” and “Beautiful Light +(+2 million more on Spotify), and selling more than 50,000 singles since 2013 on his own label UPPWIND. His underground status is set to change with the release of the brand new 6-track EP New Moon out May 25th.
Snarky Puppy is the inventive instrumental collective led by bassist, composer andproducer Michael League. Formed in Denton, Texas in 2004, Snarky Puppy’s 11-year “do-it-yourself” career is wildly impressive and admirable. The band scored a Grammy Award in 2014 for Best R&B Performance, and their last album We Like It Here debuted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz chart where it continues to linger a year after its release. Impulse!/Universal Music Classics are proud to partner with the band on their first major label release, Sylva, coming May 26. The ambitious album is a creative departure for the band, who have collaborated with the acclaimed Metropole Orkest (Elvis Costello, Tori Amos and John Scofield) from Holland, and was recorded live in its entirety. As an added bonus for fans, the album will be physically bundled with a DVD that features performances of all six songs with the Metropole Orkest in Dordrecht, Holland, as well as a 20-minute behind-the-scenes featurette.
Snarky Puppy has been driving their own home-grown, creative endeavors through independent releases, a tireless touring schedule and an army of impressive musicians devoted to authentic and passionate music-making. The band will tour on the heels of their album release in the U.S. (see schedule below) with exclusive scheduled concerts to perform Sylva live in Rotterdam on April 30 and May 1, and in Paris on May 7 with the Metropole Orkest. They are also doing a handful of special screenings of the concert film, including one in Denton this evening.
Sylva marks a different direction from previous Snarky Puppy projects in that it is the band’s first recording with a symphony orchestra, as well as the fact that the music was crafted specifically for the 63-piece ensemble from the beginning of the composition process. Metropole Orkest joins Snarky Puppy for this dreamlike cinema-concept-album dedicated to the forest.
Each of the six movements of this suite is about a different forest that League has encountered, from the mountain woods of Portugal to the towering Redwoods, to the gothic fairytale forests of children’s dreams. In keeping with this ‘organic’ theme, Snarky Puppy decided to record this project in front of a live audience over two nights in the Netherlands. In a room transformed into a forest landscape made of metal and wood sculpted by Dutch craftsmen, a 300-person audience sat scattered amongst the musicians, listening to Sylvathrough headphones. This incredible scenery was reflected in the cover art for Sylva, which is the creation of Miraphora Mina and Minalima Design, the graphic artist known for her work on the "Harry Potter" films. Her work beautifully compliments the layers and textures found in Sylva.
Besides performing in a traditional setting, Snarky Puppy is committed to music education, fitting in clinics with students in-between nearly 200 concerts per year worldwide. The band features a collective of nearly 40 musicians, referred to as "The Fam" on their recordings and tours. The musicians perform on a variety of instruments including guitars, pianos,keyboards, woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. Many of the current and former band members were once students at the University of North Texas in Denton, who have one of the finest music programs in the nation.
U.S. Tour Dates
4/23: Denton, TX @ Movie Tavern (Denton Center) *Screening*
4/24: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
4/25: Durham, NC @ Art of Cool Festival in Pinhook
4/26: Asheville, NC @ New Mountain Theatre
5/22: Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Jazz Festival
5/26: Denver, CO @ The Alamo Draft House And Theater *Screening*
6/10 – 6/13: San Francisco, CA @ SFJazz
6/14: Los Angeles, CA @ Playboy Jazz Festival
6/15: Washington, DC @ DC Jazz Fest at The Hamilton
6/16: Washington, DC @ DC Jazz Fest at The Hamilton
6/17: Roanoke, VA @ Jefferson Center
6/18: Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
6/19: Richmond, VA @ Friday Cheers at the Brown’s Island
6/20: Newport News, VA @ Ferguson Center for the Arts
6/21: Vancouver, BC @ Vancouver International Jazz Festival
6/22: Victoria, BC @ Victoria Jazz Festival
6/23: Chicago, IL @ City Winery
6/24: Chicago, IL @ City Winery
6/25: Chicago, IL @ Millennium Park Music Series in Millennium Park
6/28: Saratoga, NY @ Saratoga Jazz Fest
7/31: Newport, RI @ Newport Jazz Festival
8/1: New York, NY @ Watermark
9/18: Evergreen, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
9/20: Monterey, CA @ Monterey Jazz Festival
9/24: Los Angeles, CA @ Royce Hall (UCLA)
11/20: Cheney, WA @ Eastern Washington University Jazz Dialogue Festival
Ron Flieger will release his emotion-charged debut EP Feel Your Love, June 12. It features the renowned electronic producer on guitar and vocals.
Check out the lead single and title track premiering today via CLASH Mag in the UK http://www.clashmusic.com/news/premiere-ron-flieger-feel-your-love
Flieger debut track `All I Want` reached upwards of 40.000 streams in just a few short weeks. Radio stations like FluxFM (Winner Best Radio Station Worldwide 2014) & Sveriges Radio P3 added `All I Want` to their playlists. The Hype Machine blog Tonspion even named Ron `Dr. Beat` after reaching the No.1 top position as most downloaded track. All of this led to a brand-new deal with Universal Music Group in the year 2015.
Originally signed as a singer-songwriter to Warner Music at 22, Ron has most recently been making a name for himself as a remixer for buzz-worthy acts such as Crystal Fighters, Atlas Genius, The Ting Tings, Foster The People and Ladyhawke. The success of his remixes which found themselves with over 400,000 plays on Soundcloud, multiple Top 10 positions on the Hype Machine charts, features on BBC Radio, Indie Shuffle, Electronic Beats, Red Bull Music, has given Ron a household name as an established remixer and composer in his own right.
The Wooden Sky have announced their highly anticipated fourth album Lets Be Ready, out6/16 via Nevado Music. This release marks the start of new beginnings, as the tireless roots rockers conceived the album amidst a time of many changes while they parted ways with one of the groups founding members. In order to give each song a unique perspective and to encapsulate their raw live energy, the band, alongside producer Chris Stringer (Timbre Timbre, Ohbijou) decided to record the album across various studios throughout Toronto.
The album opens with the upbeat track “Saturday Night”, which combines shimmering guitar melodies over heart heavy lyrics. “Baby Hold On” offers up the bands stylistic dexterity as it shifts from folk to country and back again, while singer Gavin Gardiner’s soulful draw is supported by the bands gospel-like backing harmonies. “Shake For Me” starts off slowly and continues to build as it finally peaks with the last minute swirling into a wash of guitars and drums. The first single “Maybe It’s No Secret” showcases the band’s raw live energy while lyrically dealing with the hardships and nomadic lifestyle of being in a touring band.
The Wooden Sky draw on both thoughts of the past as well as what lies ahead as Lets Be Ready marks a step forward for the band. Be sure to catch them live in Southern California this May ahead of the album release, and stay tuned for more chances to experience the band’s most dynamic and confident album to date on a stage near you.
5/18: Los Angeles, CA @ School Night at Bardot
5/19: San Diego @ Seven Grand
5/20: Santa Ana @ Constellation Room w/ San Fermin
7/24-7/26: Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
w/ TV on The Radio, The Kills, Built To Spill & More
All Signs Point To Yes is the first solo release from Tokyo Police Club bandleader Dave Monks. Made up of six songs written after the completion of the band’s most recent album,Forcefield, the EP will be released on Tuesday, June 16 via Dine Alone Records and it will be available for pre-order on Tuesday, May 26. The first single is “Gasoline” which premiered today on Stereogum who described it as “a glimmering little folk-pop gem from one of indie rock’s great young minds.” The song is available to listen to and share on Soundcloud as well as to purchase on iTunes.
All Signs Point To Yes was written and completed over the latter half of 2013, while Monks was falling in love with a new person and a new place. Inspired by that romantic relationship and a move from Toronto to Brooklyn, Monks sought to hone in on the honesty in his songwriting, stripping away other sounds in order to focus the spotlight on his voice and acoustic guitar. The result is an EP of fully formed, earnest, and insightful songs that serve as both a natural evolution and familiar embrace of Monks’ music.
Removing the other instruments also revealed a creative freedom for Monks, inspiring a simplicity and directness to which all songwriters aspire. “As I was writing these songs I just thought, ‘What if this is the song, what if it just starts with me and I don’t have to add anything else and I can embrace all the things that come most naturally to me?’ There’s definitely less stuff to hide behind. I think I was learning some of that when we were making Forcefield,to be simple and direct, but it’s not always the best when you have three other guys ready to go. You can really strip it back and do that when there’s just one.” It’s worth noting that this project has been fully cheered on by Monks’ Tokyo bandmates, who helped guide him and, as he says, “keep it real.”
Settled in his new place in Bushwick, Monks embraced the collaborative spirit and structure of New York City, adding a new bass player and drummer to the project while sharing songs constantly with his girlfriend and other musician friends. “It’s definitely honest,” he says of his voice on the EP, which he recorded himself in his apartment before handing over to be mixed by Rob Schnapf. “It could be too honest for some people but I’m in a really good spot and wrote a bunch of sweet songs. I appreciate the connection that comes from sharing something that somebody might not have seen, that’s not visible to the naked eye. People do relate to it, and I find that super rewarding; that drives me in a lot of ways. I’m trying to understand what people really want to get out of music.”
Despite all its sincerity and intimacy, All Signs Points To Yes still manages to avoid being too wistful or overly serious while still giving us a very real look into the life of its singer. It is a small record with a big heart, a snapshot of a man in a new time and new place who is learning to expand his reach, all while stripping away the superfluous and concentrating on connecting through trust, humor, and sincerity.
All Signs Point To Yes Tracklisting
Tomorrow the #BNR10YR tour will come to New York and on Sunday it'll be in Detroit. The tour will feature the live world premiere of Handbraekes (Boys Noize + Mr. Oizo) at the NYC date and expect additional big guests shortly. Salva, SCNTST, Spank Rock & Lil Internet, Tiga, Skrillex, Destructo and more will also join the German producer DJ Alex Ridha on various live dates. See details and links to tickets below.
Today, Boys Noize reveals a new track "Overstayer" of his upcoming Strictly Raw Vol. 1 release HERE.
German electronic producer and DJ Boys Noize announces his new double vinyl EP Strictly Raw Vol. 1, which will come out on June 2nd on double vinyl and June 22nd on all digital platforms via his Boysnoize Records. Besides collaborations from Tiga, Johnny Sack, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Atom TM, Pilo and SCNTST, there are a couple of Boys Noize tracks as well. The track "Celebral" by Boys Noize & Pilo is revealed by This Song Is Sick HERE.
"The idea of the Strictly Raw Vol 1. release is to take 1 drumachine + 1 or 2 synths and make a track with it. Over the last years friends came in and out of my studio and sometimes we end up jaming on my machines. Since it’s #BNR10YR I wanted to collect the good ones and put them all together and there is some serious magic going on :) As a DJ you always look out for these timeless house or techno music and here are 8 tracks that go from breaks to techno to acid to classic house, all analog, all strictly raw !!" - Alex Ridha
The #BNR10YR anniversary kick-off date in Miami was intense, with Spank Rock, PILO, Escor Krist, Boys Noize, Cities Aviv, Peaches, Destructo, Lil Internet, A-Trak, Brodinski, Snakehole, Jubilee and Ryme playing to all the fans and friends who came out to dance! Different from his festival sets, Boys Noize’s label showcases have been described as intimate tributes to techno by Billboard Magazine HERE.
Don’t miss out on joining the #BNR10YR party. Help Boys Noize, the full BNR crew and special guests celebrate around the world. Tickets for all upcoming dates are on sale now! Exclusive BitTorrent bundle, "3650, "Brain Frequent" and "Dawnload", as well as over 5 additional hours of music plus album art by Paul Snowden can be previewed HERE.
Boys Noize pres. Strictly Raw Vol 1 track list:
iTunes & all digital platforms:
hi res art HERE
1. Boys Noize & Johnny Sack "Paranoid"
2. Boys Noize & Tiga "808 Iraq"
3. Boys Noize "Overstayer"
4. Boys Noize & Pilo "Celebral"
5. Boys Noize "The Fix"
6. Boys Noize & AtomTM "Openn"
7. Boys Noize & Totally Enormous Extict Dinosaurs "Spacer"
8. Boys Noize "Dawnload"
9. Boys Noize "Brain Frequent"
Upcoming #BNR10YR Live Dates:
^ Lineups and ticket links will be announced soon!
All dates & info: http://boysnoize.com/bnr10yr
hi-res flyers/artwork HERE
Sat-May-23 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall with Boys Noize, Mr. Oizo, the world premiere of Handbraekes (Boys Noize + Mr. Oizo), SALVA, Spank Rock & Lil Internet, Cities Aviv, PILO b2b SCNTST and special guests
Sun-May-24 - Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Basement with Boys Noize, Skrillex, Danny Brown, DESTRUCTO, PILO, Escor Krist and special guests
Jun-4 - Copenhagen, DK @ TBA^
Fri-Jun-5 - Oslo, Norway @ Vulkan Arena with Boys Noize, DJEDJOTRONIC, Housemeister and Kids Love Bass
Sat-Jun-6 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Slakthuset with Boys Noize, DJEDJOTRONIC, Housemeister, Physics, Bjarni Ben b2b JNB, Black Daniels ft. Alvarado, Mira Mark b2b Limbz, Shield b2b 2Stars, Andreas Andersson, Vincent Rydell and Jeff Cooper (DJ)
Fri-Jun-12 - Milan, Italy @ Circolo Magnolia with Boys Noize, DJEDJOTRONIC, SCNTST, Housemeister, BS1 and more tba
Jun-18 - Lisbon, PT @ Lux^
Fri-Jun-19 - Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz^
Fri-Jul-24 - San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine with Boys Noize, Salva, Spank Rock, SCNTST, Cities Aviv, Pilo, Escor Krist
Sat-Jul-25 - Mexico City, MX @ Sala Puebla^
Fri-Jul-31 - Denver, CO @ Beta^
Thu-Aug-13 - Shanghai, CN @ Arkham^
Sat-Aug-15 - Tokyo, JP @ Womb^
Sun-Aug-30 – Dresden, DE @ Showboxx with Boys Noize, MODESELEKTOR (DJ set) and SCNTST
Worriers will release their highly anticipated debut full-length effort Imaginary Life,August 7 via Don Giovanni Records. Produced by Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and recorded & mixed by Marc Jacob Hudson (Saves The Day, Against Me!), the new record reinforces the powerful punk prowess that fans have come to expect from Lauren Denitzio. Imaginary Life is a collection of fast and infectious guitars, anthemic lyrics, and unyielding vocals.
While Imaginary Life doesn’t stray too far from past Worriers’ releases, it resonates stronger than ever in both sound and message. In the resolute political ballad ”They / Them / Theirs” we are questioned regarding notions of the gender binary and the frustrations that come with it. Arguably the most alluring track of the collection, “Plans” bursts open into an uplifting call to arms. Driven by percussive guitar and biting formidable lyrics “Yes All Cops” emphasizes the fact that white silence = white violence, especially in the wake of recent murders by the police.
“They / Them / Theirs” premiered with SPIN
and we encourage you to post & share.
Their approach to expressing politics in music is the feminist line “the personal is political”, using experiences to reflect on more universal political issues. On Imaginary Life, Worriers is Lauren Denitzio accompanied by Rachel Rubino (Bridge and Tunnel) and John McLean (Dead Dog, Todd Killingz) on lead guitars, Audrey Zee Whitesides (Mal Blum) on bass, Mike Yannich (The Ergs) on drums, and Lou Hanman (Caves) on backing vocals. Be sure to catch the band live on their national tour, which kicks off May 28th at Silent Barn in NYC.
National Tour Dates w/ Caves
5/28: Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn
5/29: Pittsburgh, PA @ City Grows
5/30: Cincinnati, OH @ Tacocracy
5/31: Bloomington IN @ Kroger Castle
6/1: Chicago, IL @ Live Wire
6/2: Grand Rapids, MI @ The New Church
6/3: Milwaukee, WI @ Cocoon Room
6/4: Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon
6/5: Minot, ND @ Pangea House
6/6: Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Cocktail Lounge
6/7: Missoula, MT @ Ole Beck VFW
6/9: Seattle, WA @ Narwhal
6/10: Portland, OR @ Twilight Cafe
6/11: San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
6/12: Pomona, CA @ VLHS
6/13: San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar
6/14: Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
6/15: Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
6/16: Las Cruces, NM @ Haphazard Hall
6/18: Austin, TX @ Mohawk (inside)
6/19: Houston, TX @ WONKY POWER
6/20: New Orleans, LA @ Sisters in Christ Records (Gasa Gasa)
6/21: Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo's
6/22: Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
6/23: Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
6/24: Durham, NC @ Pinhook
6/25: Richmond, VA @ Gallery5
6/26: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom (iDobi Festival w/o Caves)
6/27: Baltimore, MD @ TBA
6/28: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
6/29: New Brunswick, NJ @ The West
Residing on the Southern California coast, young songwriter William Alexander infuses sound and culture and turns them into compact pop gems. For years he has been developing an extensive song catalogue as sun-streaked and sugary as his SoCal peers but with a relaxed modernity that is distinctly his own. Now with the help of east-coast indie upstart Yellow K Records, Alexander will finally share his recordings. His debut album, Strangest Things, will be released this November.
To kick things off, Yellow K has issued an introductory collection of covers and singles titled the Come Find Me EP. The first release is a cover of The Troggs’ “With a Girl Like You” premiering via Culture Collide. He tells Culture Collide, "It was another cold, lonely night. I had just finished watching the Katy Perry movie 'Part Of Me' and was inspired to pen a love song. I tried to come up with something original but just kept playing the chords to The Troggs 'With A Girl Like You' and said to myself, why mess with perfection. So I laid down the track that night and here it is. Call me Katy."
Beijing-based experimental psychedelic rock band Chui Wan (吹万) have dropped the stunning new video for song 'The Sound of Wilderness', on NPR.
The song itself is a journey, emotive and explosive within its diverse range of styles and sounds, but its the accompanying music video that is the focus here. Visually, the work is a masterpiece.
Shot over two days in Beijing and Harbin by underground Chinese director Zhang Jinglei(affectionately known to the band as 'Dummy'), the video is inspired by the director's personal experience when hearing the music for the first time. "When I first got this song and listened on the street, its 30 seconds long high frequency prelude just sounds like enlightenment to me. I felt my view was slowly taken over by pure white color," she says. The concept is about enlightenment within wilderness and, set to the epic sound of the Chinese four-piece, Jinglei's mesmerizing visuals and luscious landscapes serve as a representation of the band's hypnotic music.
Catch their stretched out melodies and musical intricacies, which help to create a spirited journey that leads to auditory enlightenment.
5/27: Seattle, WA @ Lo-Fi
5/28: Portland, OR @ Foggy Notion
5/29: Nevada City, CA @ Cooper's
5/30: Los Angeles, CA @ Cafe Nela
5/31: Los Angeles, CA @ Chinatown Human Resources Center
6/1: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
Psychic Reader is the debut LP from Minneapolis natives Bad Bad Hats, set for releaseJuly 17 via Afternoon Records (Yellow Ostrich, Haley Bonar). The album is comprised of experimental beats, growling guitars, and catchy pop melodies with vocals that are both dreamy and strikingly deep.
Album opener “Midway” is an undeniably infectious track that is broken up by a danceable, energetic pop chorus that tells a story of a relationship’s impending end. The trio effortlessly pivot to a grittier garage feel on “Shame,” which features an irresistible bass line, wailing guitar, and emotive vocals. The album’s namesake, “Psychic Reader,” is an epic cinematic track perfect for a warm summer drive with the windows rolled down. The beach-y “Fight Song” builds to an explosion of echoing howls, driving bass, and anthemic, empowering lyrics.
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Bad Bad Hats are Kerry Alexander (vocals, guitar, wisdom), Chris Hoge (drums, courage), and Noah Boswell (bass, power). Bolstered by experimental touches from producer Brett Bullion (Poliça, Bon Iver), the indie rock trio take a refreshingly rebellious approach with lyrics that challenge gender conventions. With Psychic Reader, the band has created an artistically honest and widely accessible work.