Gabrielle Current finds beauty through strife on “Sun Will Find You”

Gabrielle Current has one of those voices that will instantly brighten someone’s day. The Los Angeles native is still in the early stages of her musical career, but if her latest single “Sun Will Find You” is any indication, hers will be a journey worth watching. The new track is the first offering from Current’s forthcoming debut EP and shows off the vocalist’s warm, soulful style and penchant for catchy melodies.

With her delicate yet striking vocal style, Current reminds us not to lose sight of beauty all around us, especially during times of adversity and pessimism. In a statement about the track, she remarks that the lyrics describe “the pattern of feeling low and knowing that it’s not going to last forever.”

While Current’s airy vocal delivery will captivate listener’s attention throughout, what further sets “Sun Will Find You” apart is her backing band. The musicians deliver expert performances that will appeal to casual and discerning ears alike as they support the vocals with an organic sound palette full of inflections and fills that enhance its sense of humanity. The adventurous bass lines are particularly delectable.

The tasteful sensibilities and stellar talent displayed on “Sun Will Find You” make it clear that Gabrielle Current has musical maturity beyond her years, and her future in the industry looks undeniably bright.

“Sun Will Find You” is available to stream or download here.

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Electric Zoo postponed to 2021

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New York’s Electric Zoo (EZoo) music festival has formally postponed its annual Labor Day Weekend event to September 3 – 5, 2021. The news of EZoo’s 2020 cancellation follows a July 9 order from Mayor Bill de Blasio suspending all large events requiring a city permit through September 30.

Festival organizers announced EZoo’s postponement shortly after de Blasio’s order was issued, writing,

“Regrettably, we must stop all the preparations for 2020 Electric Zoo: Supernaturals and reschedule the festival for 2021. We’ve kept hope alive and continued planning and building Electric Zoo until today. While we are heartbroken, everyone’s safety is our #1 priority and we understand the Mayor’s decision.”

Ticket holders will have the option to either request a refund or roll over their passes for the 2021 installment. Those who keep their tickets will get a $50 credit on their 2021 wristbands to be used at the festival. Would-be attendees seeking a refund must submit their request here by July 24.

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Electric Zoo Family, On July 9th, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced all large events will be canceled ‪through September 30th.‬ Regrettably, we must stop all the preparations for 2020 Electric Zoo: Supernaturals and reschedule the festival for 2021. We’ve kept hope alive and continued planning and building Electric Zoo until today. While we are heartbroken, everyone’s safety is our #1 priority and we understand the Mayor’s decision. 💔 We are all New York tough, let’s be safe and get through these difficult times together. We will return Labor Day Weekend 2021 with the Supernaturals theme and with the biggest line-up in the history of Electric Zoo! If you are keeping your ticket, YOU’LL RECIEVE A $50 CREDIT ON YOUR 2021 WRISTBAND to use for food, drinks and merchandise! ($100 for VIP/Platinum) and YOU DON’T NEED TO DO ANYTHING! We will follow up with you in the coming months with your new ticket and how to receive your credit. For refunds please fill out the form on See Tickets – link in bio. *refund minus service and processing fees We love you all, and can’t wait to welcome you back ‪September 3 – 5 2021‬!

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Chris Varvaro continues progressive house tear with ‘Intoxicated’

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The 2020 festival season is but a passing mirage amid COVID-19 related cancellations, but self-taught instrumentalist, Chris Varvaro, is determined to preserve some of it. An extension of his progressive house proclivities, Varvaro’s latest output, anthemic single, “Intoxicated,” is his bid to capture and hold some of the elusive season, to bring the mainstage to listeners’ car and home speakers.

Written with the intent of composing a song that “thousands” could jump to, “Intoxicated” vigorously harnesses not only nostalgia for live events, where Varvaro’s record would serve as a crowd-galvanizing candidate for rotation, but also nostalgia for the heyday of progressive house. Varvaro keeps the heart of the genre beating in “Intoxicated,” which recalls his 2019 progressive showing, “Let Me Go.”

Majella Audio Implexus Analog Synthesizer (Sneak Preview)

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Majella Audio has announced the Implexus, a new synthesizer that they say combines so-called ‘West Coast’ and ‘East Coast’ synthesis approaches in a single device.

Here’s what they have to say about the Implexus synthesizer:

“The IMPLEXUS is a performance-oriented musical instrument which will inspire you to compose music and explore its unique soundscape. The IMPLEXUS has a carefully designed analogue signal path with many unique ways to create intriguing sounds. The many sound shaping methods and modulation possibilities help you to create west-coast style harmonically rich sounds as well as thick east-coast analog  sounds.

The IMPLEXUS has a powerful “one-knob-per-function” interface with graphical feedback, utilizing LED rings to indicate modulators. The drone mode, tap tempo and looping envelopes let you explore the IMPLEXUS as a standalone sound generator. The MIDI and Eurorack compatibility and clock synchronisation options make sure it can be played in every setting. The IMPLEXUS is built to last. It has metal shaft potentiometers, an aluminium casing with scratch and solvent resistant graphics and an internal power supply (no adapter!). The IMPLEXUS is a characteristic, unique and complete musical instrument.”

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability

Majella Audio says that they plan to fund production of the Implexus via a Kickstarter campaign, which they say is coming soon. See the company’s site for details.

New Software Synth, Knif Audio Knifonium, Emulates Sound Of 208 Vacuum Tube Polysynth

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Plugin Alliance has announced the availability of Knif Audio Knifonium — an enhanced emulation of the unique Knifonium vacuum tube synthesizer.

The hardware Knifonium features two tube-driven oscillators, a 4th order ladder filter, a ring modulator, and a  ‘steampunk’ aesthetic. Handcrafted in small batches by designer Jonte Knif, the original hardware unit offers countless possibilities for shaping and modulating sounds.

The plugin version is designed to be more accessible and easier to use than the original, and to add features that  aren’t feasible in the analog world.

With eight independent voices, Knif Audio Knifonium makes it possible to create pads that sound like they were produced by a total of 208 vacuum tubes. The software version also adds M/S (mid-side) and stereo Spread capabilities, a powerful Unison mode, as well as an FX section, including a vintage-style Phaser, plugin partner brand SPL’s EQ Ranger, Wavefolder, and more.

Brainworx Audio modeled the complete circuits of the original hardware — including all 26 tubes, and applied its patented TMT (Tolerance Modeling Technology) to recreate the natural variations in Envelope parameters, Pitch, LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) speed, and many more characteristics to make this recreation sound as realistically analog and natural as possible.

Here’s a playlist of videos that explore the new synth in depth:’

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Pricing and Availability

Knif Audio Knifonium is available now with an intro price of $199.99 USD through August 10, 2020 (normally $299.

Alt-pop duo CUTTS pay homage to lost experiences on new track “All My Life”

Brooklyn-based, alternative-pop duo CUTTS – consisting of Lillian Cutts and Peter Bonaventure – make music that’s simple on the surface yet deeply layered in the stories it explores. New single “All My Life”, is a soft, sweet ballad that is purely encompassed in love.

Known for exploring the darker sides of romance, this stripped-back love song is a sonic and lyrical departure from CUTTS’ usual offerings, inspired by the engagement of Lillian’s twin sister.  Written to serve as the song for her sister’s first dance, the track is a minimalistic slice of electro-pop which laments the experiences and memories lost to the current global situation through soulful melodies of layered emotion.

With wistful and introspective undertones, the poignant offering is rooted in the intoxicating allure of romance pulling you towards the person you love.

Their unique brand of baroque pop rings clear with the nuanced lyrical ability of a group far beyond their years. Delving into the melancholic loneliness of time spent away from love, the track combines poetic lyrics – “Green lights ,Fast cars/ Dives and the wine bars / All the times / All the nights / Spent drinking for two”– with a hazy, dream-like soundscape.

Speaking of the inspiration behind the warm and tender track,  writer/vocalist Lillian says : “ No one is closer to me than my sister, and when she told me they didn’t have a song for their first dance, we figured we would just write them their own. I wanted to give her something special to commemorate that moment. Like many other things, her wedding won’t happen this year. But  I like to think that down the road they will listen to it and be brought back to that first dance.In what has been one of the darkest times we have seen I hope this can be a light to her and anyone else who is missing a little peace.”

Producer/writer, Peter Bonaventure adds : “I think part of what makes love and marriage and all that so beautiful is how rare it is. I can personally attest to many nights spent on long drives or in dingy bars fantasizing about that feeling. It’s an unfortunate cliché, but who hasn’t done that? I feel like if you want to talk about how great something like love is, the best way to do that is to show how empty life can be without it.”

Since forming in 2017, CUTTS have gone on to gain a reputation for their pairing of ethereal electronic sounds and vivid lyrical imagery. Following their string of successful releases in 2019, “Be Bad,” “Waiting,” “Breathe” and “Honey,” CUTTS’ newest single builds on their established back catalogue to hone their craft even further.

Intimate and expansive all at once, “ All My Life”  is an earworm melody, with a heart-warming backstory and genuine purpose.

Connect with CUTTS: Instagram | Youtube | Facebook

The electronic music exhibition at London’s Design Museum is opening this month

A programmed exhibition about the history of electronic music is opening at London’s Design Museum on 31st July as art spaces begin to reopen.

The exhibition, titled ‘Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers’, was originally scheduled to take place from 1st April to 26th July, but was postponed in March as exhibition spaces closed their doors due to the spread of coronavirus. 

It will explore the “hypnotic world of electronic music” and “discover its global impact from underground movements to the mainstream,” and features appearances from the likes of Jeff Mills, Ellen Allien, Jean-Michel Jarre and more. It will also feature a 3-D experience surrounding electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, with the installation soundtracked by legendary DJ and producer, Laurent Garnier.

The Design Museum will have new safety measures in place, including reduced capacity, social distancing rules and the compulsory wearing of face masks. 

“We can’t wait to welcome everyone back,’ said Tim Marlow, the museum’s chief executive and director. ‘There couldn’t be a better exhibition to reopen with. A powerful statement about creative freedom across music, art, technology and design, which will be celebrating what many of us have missed the most during the lockdown.”

Learn more about ‘Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers’ here

Kaskade shares lead single from forthcoming compilation album, ‘Destinations: Living Room’

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After pushing the livestreaming game to its maximum potential with a set atop the Skywalk of The Grand Canyon, Kaskade is ready to indulge his more subtle side once again with “Parasite,” a chilled-out alternative dance tune produced alongside Lucid Luv.

Throughout his career, Kaskade has alternated between high-energy, mainstage house music and the restrained sound that he’s prolifically branded as Redux. This track takes Kaskade’s Redux aesthetic and morphs it, creating a distinctive identity that is completely separate from the four-on-the-floor beats that have long characterized his Redux efforts. Set atop a lush aural landscape decorated with plucked strings, the seething, fuzzy vocals of Luca Luv coast effortlessly on “Parasite.”

The prevailing desire to traverse different sonic territories influenced “Parasite,” the first single from the next compilation album in Kaskade’s Destinations series, Destinations: Living Room. The forthcoming LP will follow Arkade Destinations Iceland and Destinations: Tulum. Read Dancing Astronaut’s interview with Kaskade on his Destinations serieshere.

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Ludwig Göransson Scoring The Mandalorian

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The Star Wars YouTube channel released this video of composer Ludwig Göransson scoring The Mandalorian.

It is essentially a music video for the main theme from the popular TV series, but careful viewers will get some insight to the wide range of instruments used in the score, ranging from recorders to a Eurorack modular system. 

The video also showcases a projection system, aka ‘The Volume’, that allows the show to feature so many locations and environments, putting Göransson and his synths on a space station, a desolate planet and other places from the show.