Riggi & Piros’ third release of 2021, “Longshot” is full of dance-pop flair that specifically arises in its interplay of harmonized vocals, melody, progressive soundscapes, and an easy-going tempo. An opportune one-off to soundtrack the moments that will last a lifetime as memories, what with the summer season on the horizon, “Longshot” follows the duo’s nostalgic remix of Audien and M.BRONX’s “Leaving You,” also released on Armada Music.
With his first release of the year “Wisdom,” Haywyre makes his debut on Insomniac‘s Lost In Dreams. The imprint’s third issue, following one-offs from Kaivon and Crystal Skies, remained a work in progress for quite some time, the Indiana-based producer disclosed:
“A few years ago, I was inspired by the idea that we always have the chance to make the most of challenging situations by learning from them. This led me to eventually finishing ‘Wisdom,’ which plays around with the sentimental and empowering feelings that same thought process gave me.”
Following his first-ever Grammy Award nomination—”Best Remixed Recording,” “Young & Alive (Bazzi vs. Haywyre Remix)”—Haywyre circles back to the release ring to hypnotically intertwine hints of classical/Jazz with contemporary dance.
On the heels of their Catching Z‘s mixtape and Altered States label launch, Zeds Dead announced a 13-stop Deadbeats: The Revival Tour throughout the United States, set to begin this fall. The Canadian duo are one of the first acts to announce a full capacity tour after the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in live event shutdowns and postponements across the world.
The tour, Zeds Dead’s first in more than a year, will begin with a New York City performance at Electric Zoo, and will bring the artists to locations across the country including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and more. Featured Deadbeats acts will also be performing alongside the duo. Zeds Dead minted their new Altered States label in celebration of Deadbeat’s five year anniversary, and the pair have kept their output high as shows have been halted, meaning fans will be welcomed back to dancefloors with a host of new music from DC and Hooks.
GUMMiBEAR is on a mission. The anonymous producer emerged late last year with a handful of remixes, taking on cuts from Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber as a formal introduction to the new project. Most recently, GUMMiBEAR took on Shannon’s Grammy Award-winning 1983 smash “Let The Music Play,” though that remix has barely had time to cool down before the burgeoning house force returns with another new setlist gem.
GUMMiBEAR’s latest catalog addition is an original work with vocal work from Jae-Mi called “Till They Shut Us Down.” A buoyant, bouncy house cut that sizzles with anticipation for the return to dancefloors hopefully later this year, GUMMiBEAR’s latest is a strong reflection of the producer’s worth, landing as one of his strongest outings to date. Hear “Till They Shut Us Down” below.
“Connect The Dots” is an experimental hip-hop track by Parallel Action, a new musical project spearheaded by producer/composer Jude Greenaway. The new moniker allows Greenaway to explore a wide range of genres from trip-hop, rap with dark electronic elements, and on the track, he weaves quite an enthralling piece together. Joining him on the record is emerging Tottenham rapper WondRWomN whose fiery demeanor and visceral lyrics take center stage. She straddles different topics from social disposition, mystical references, and a heavy dose of bravado to wrap it all up. The production is pretty intense as well with its swirling textures, sparse drums that build into a frenzy on the chorus section, and overall brooding energy.
The video taps into the dark aura of the track and goes for a menacing aesthetic and offbeat mood. It’s rather straight to the point with its performance-focused arrangement and ’80s electronic effects. It can look zany at times but if you look closely you would get the gist. “Connect The Dots” is the second released from Parallel Action’s forthcoming album, out Summer 2021
Parallel Action’s Greenaway is not only a producer he is a multi-media creative/director, a member of The Light Surgeons, and more recently as part of the duo Greenaway & Greenaway (G&G) with his blood brother Jolyon.
RÜFÜS DU SOL have announced an upcoming performance at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles November 12, 2021. The concert will mark the trio’s biggest-ever show, and the first electronic music headlined concert at the venue. Fellow Australians Flight Facilities will join RÜFÜS DU SOL as openers for the historic night.
RÜFÜS DU SOL’s last performance from LA saw 20,500 fans pack in to LA State Historic Park, a tally which will be upped in November. In another recent milestone for the trio, RÜFÜS DU SOL recently shared their 10th Rose Ave Radio episode featuring two DJ sets from the trio and from Monolink. Tickets for RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Banc of California Stadium concert are available here.
Dabin has fired on all cylinders following his compulsory pause of 2020’s Wild Youth tour, dispersing a series of melodic bass anthems spanning “Holding On,” “Hope It Hurts,” and his Illenium and Lights-assisted collaboration, “Hearts On Fire.” This trend continues with “Drown,” a Mokita team-up that doubles as the debut single from Dabin’s impending third LP.
Softly marrying acoustic guitar chords to Mokita’s vocals, Dabin engages elements of both pop and electronic, providing a persuasive introduction to the sound of his next long-form outing. With the rollout-inaugurating single now accessible via streaming platforms, formally kickstarting the LP unveil process, it now seems a matter of when—not if—Dabin will uncover “When This Is Over” with Nurko and Donovan Woods. It’s possible that the sought-after meeting of the musical minds could surface as an incoming album single or even appear later on the album’s tracklist at the time of its release. For now, though, Dabin enthusiasts can stream “Drown” below.
Midnight Kids might look a little different aesthetically, but Kyle Girard never gave anyone a reason to doubt that the project’s output going forward would hold up to the same standard. After Dylan Jagger Lee broke the news that he would be “moving in a different musical direction,” effective immediately as of this past January, Girard was left to hold the reigns on the now-solo handle, reassuring everyone that its story was a long way from its final chapter. Now swapping out “are” for “is,” Girard is partnering with Yueku to self-release the first Midnight Kids original since The Lost Youth EP, “Out Of Time.”
“Out Of Time” is the full Midnight Kids package from end to end. Although the former duo spent the months that would follow the EP honing its remix craft, Girard moves into the driver’s seat to simultaneously revitalize Midnight Kids’ characteristic recipe for original material while effortlessly pushing the project’s into its next era. Connecting a nostalgic, 2000’s-esque build and Yueku’s reflective vocals, “Out Of Time” is a worthwhile first step into whatever the future may hold for Midnight Kids.
Watch the “Out Of Time” lyric video courtesy of Proximity below.
Free Music Friday: Ambient electronic artist Steve Roach has released his latest album, AS IT IS, as a ‘name your price’ digital download. The album is also available as a CD release.
Roach describes the album as “a simmering, churning, moving appointment with reality”, because it’s conceived as a sonic journey dealing with the reality of the global pandemic and what lies beyond.
Roach feels that, since many of our routine habits have been stripped away, we’re faced with seeing the reality of the world as it is – both harsh and beautiful.
“It’s where this music grew from,” explains Roach, “Sitting comfortably and uncomfortably in the realm of what has fallen away.”
“That unreachable place is something you hear within my music. I’m reaching towards something I’m never fully grasping,” notes Roach. “And in that state of not-fully-grasping-it there’s a recognition of knowing it AS IT IS.”
AS IT IS is available now on Bandcamp. You can preview the album below:
An unreleased Prince album is set to be released in July.
Following the reissue of Prince’s ‘The Versace Experience (PRELUDE 2 GOLD)’, ‘Chaos and Disorder’ and ‘Emancipation’ via Sony Legacy in 2019, and the release of his 1986 single ‘Cosmic Day’, the late artist’s estate have now announced that an unreleased Prince album, recorded in 2010, will be released via Legacy Recordings.
‘Welcome 2 America’, which is slated for the release on the 30th July, will be released as a 2xLP deluxe edition — including a 32-page book — and features a number of tracks previously played live by the Purple One. The deluxe edition also features a Blu-Ray of Prince’s full April 28th 2011 performance at the Forum, part of the Welcome 2 America Tour’s historic 21 Nite Stand in Los Angeles.
A description on the Prince website reads: “Recorded in the spring of 2010 and then mysteriously archived by Prince before its release, the statement album ‘Welcome 2 America’ documents Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice.
The album features some of Prince’s only studio collaborations with the bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, drummer Chris Coleman, and engineer Jason Agel, with additional contributions from New Power Generation singers Shelby J, Liv Warfield, and Elisa Fiorillo and keyboardist Morris Hayes, who Prince also recruited to co-produce the album.”