Thursday, 19 March 2020

DJ Felix Cartal and singer Sophie Simmons release song ‘Mine’

Felix Cartal has just released his new single ‘Mine’ with Sophie Simmons. The single was premiered by influential music Youtube channel Mr Suicide Sheep. Felix Cartal was included in the  Billboard list as one of 13 Dance Artists who Dominated in 2017, artists in that list include big-names like Odesza, Illenium, and Marshmello. The DJ has collaborated with artists like Kaskade and R3HAB, as well as doing official remixes for top artists like Selena Gomez, Zedd, Galantis, Dillon Francis, MØ, Ellie Goulding and Diplo. He has over 1.6 million monthly Spotify listeners, and 200 million Spotify plays collectively. Felix has performed on widely known stages like Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas.

His fellow collaborator on this song, Sophie Simmons debut single ‘Black Mirror’ was featured on the Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. The single ranked at number 43 on the list but not long after, the song peaked to number 20. She has been featured in world-acclaimed publications such as Vanity Fair, Billboard, YourEDM, and Cosmopolitan. Sophie has worked with record labels including Spinnin’ Records and Casablanca Records. The songstress has also collaborated with DJ duo Yellow Claw a number of times. Other support she has received includes Youtube channel features on  Ultra Music, Chill Nation, and Majestic Casual.

Speaking of the single, Felix Cartal tells us, “In ‘Mine’ each verse is about a different kind of love. In Verse 1 we have been sixteen and your childhood, Verse 2 a post-college adult and, The Bridge is a more mature adult looking back. We wanted it to be folk-ish in melody and in production to emphasize the focus on it being a narrative, really story-driven. Finally, the drop melody is Sophie singing a clean sweet melody and it being distorted kind of like what happens when one looks back on memories. We often remember them differently as time passes”

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Claptone & Mylo release a new song 'Drop The Pressure'

Enigmatic DJ and producer ​Claptone has linked up with ​Mylo to ​‘Drop The Pressure’​ - setting the tone for a long hot 2020 summer. ​‘Drop The Pressure' follows ​Claptone​’s hit remix of Michael Kiwanuka​’s ​‘You Ain’t The Problem’ ​in November and his remix of ​Mark Ronson’s ‘Don’t Leave Me Lonely’ ​the month before.

“I’ve always had a weak spot for music that has a real physical impact - when you put it on, it urges you to move,” Claptone explains. “Dare I say that ‘Drop The Pressure’ is a perfect example of a house track that you simply can’t resist: too funky not to trigger a physical reaction.”

The release of ‘Drop The Pressure’ follows the announcement of Claptone’s return to Pacha Ibiza this summer with his ‘The Masquerade’ residency on the coveted Saturday night slot.

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Music producer Nocturnal Sunshine releases a new remix LP “Possessed” feat. Peaches

Maya Jane Coles and her alter-ego Nocturnal Sunshine have accumulated a career path punctuated by critical acclaim. 2019's release of Nocturnal Sunshine's sophomore album “Full Circle” garnered support from all corners including Resident Advisor, Mixmag, Q Magazine, FADER, and Billboard, in additional to wide ration support from Rinse FN and BBC Radio 6 Music, which found Maya appearing on Nemone's  Essential Mix series as Nocturnal Sunshine; the first under this guise.

The “Full Circle” LP saw Coles team up with an eclectic range of talented musicians and vocalists, one of which draws similar prestige and critical acclaim, the rave influenced queer-alt-queen, Peaches. Teaming up on “Possessed”, the characteristic production of Nocturnal Sunshine arguably brings out a sense of emotional agility in Peaches’ vocal who provides the inflicting and hissing vocals to Coles' bubbling bass elements.

As two women explicitly uncompromising in their individual output and musical intentions, Nocturnal Sunshine's collaboration with another defiantly artistic creators brings the overarching themes of ongoing culture feuds yet again to the forefront.

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Friday, 6 March 2020

Bristol indie-pop musicians Firewoodisland release new song

‘Drop Everything’ was released last month by duo Firewoodisland. With a new album on the way, the band has been successful this year, having their first single of the year ‘Sprinter’ reaching A-Listing on BBC Radio Wales.  The past year has seen the duo being featured in publications such as Atwood Magazine, PopMatters, Clash Magazine, as well as having airplay from BBC 6 music's Tom Robinson. Their single ‘Storm’ has had an impressive stream rate of 1 million plays since March 2019.

Through the years, the band has had support from Earmilk, Q Magazine, The 405 and radio time from BBC Radio 6’s Radcliffe & Maconie, BBC Radio’s Introducing In The West, BBC Radio Devon, Introducing Music From Stoke, Amazing Radio and Norway’s NRK P3. Their music has had inclusion in  Spotify’s Most Beautiful Songs in the World, Fresh Folk, Lush and Atmospheric and Lost in the Woods playlists, and ‘One With The Mountain’ was added to Norway’s New Music Fridays playlist. They have been featured in influential Youtube channels like alexrainbirdMusic, BalconyTV, Indie Folk Central, IndieVibes, La Belle Musique and Wave of Good Noise. The duo’s music has also crossed over to mainstream television soundtracks including Netflix’s Shadowhunters and the Global TV’s Nurses.

The band talks about their new single,”‘Drop Everything’ is of similar ilk to ‘Ataraxic’ in it´s meaning. It is written to remind a friend that they have people around them, but sometimes they spend too much time struggling alone and not opening up. The line "draw breath with me" in the chorus is the idea of being in a close relationship with that person, as close as breath. They have nothing to feel fearful of, support and love are around them and not judgment. "I'll drop everything" in the chorus is a reminder that they are worth so much more than the other stuff we fill our lives with.”

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Thursday, 5 March 2020

DJ and music producer Yuksek has released his latest studio album “NOSSO RITMO”

French DJ and producer Yuksek has released his latest studio album “NOSSO RITMO”, out now via Sweat It Out / Partyfine.

The result of three years of experimentation and collaboration for no other purpose than shared pleasure, “NOSSO RITMO” marks a turning point in the story of Yuksek, that of independence and letting go.  Detailing how the album came together, Yuksek explains “after the release of my last record I thought I would never do an album again, but I re-discovered the pleasure of making dance music, to share the studio with super talented and lovely artists like Bertrand Burgalat, Fatnotronic, Polo & Pan, to make a track and simply release it on my own label as soon as we are happy with it.  And after more sessions with Breakbot, Zombie Zombie and all the amazing guests I have on the record, this album popped up by itself. I only wanted to make tracks with friends and I finally got an album, more easily than anything I did before. No headache, no plan, only music.”

Perhaps his most natural album to date, it’s a record that draws on myriad influences. Collaborations with Fatnotronic (Philippi & Rodrigo) and Processman, as well as his tribute to Hélio Matheus (‘Mais Kriola’), confirm his taste for the Latin sounds and the richness of its 70s and 80s disco scene. Other influences are also apparent in “NOSSO RITMO”, perhaps due to Yuksek’s uninhibited and more instinctive approach, from his direct filiation with artists such as Sylvester (on ‘Into The Light’ sung by Isaac Delusion) or tributes to 90s dirty house with ‘G.F.Y.’ (sung by Queen Rose), ‘This Feeling’ and ‘Gorgeous’ composed with Confidence Man.

Speaking on their collaboration with the French producer, Confidence Man share “Yuksek has soundtracked some of the best days of our clubbing careers. From those early days when anything seemed possible and drinks were half the price, to the modern clubs of Ibiza. We’ve been massive fans forever so when we finally got the chance to work with him we were pinching ourselves. The end result is nothing short of gorgeous.”

Yuksek’s taste for experimentation and destructured electronic pieces also shines through on the album, especially in his collaborations with Zombie Zombie and Polo & Pan, on ‘J’aime les Synthes’ as well as ‘Burning’, produced with his longtime studio companion Jean-Sylvain from Juveniles. A gentler side is shown in his collab with Breakbot & Irfane and in ‘Universal Love’, a low-tempo psychedelic mantra, alongside the first French-tough sound on ‘The Rollercoaster’.

Releasing music since 2002, Yuksek has since grown into one of the most respected artists in the French electronic scene, collaborating with high-profile figures such as JD Samson, Gorillaz, Phoenix, UGOD, Lana Del Rey, Boston Bun, Moby, Brodinski, The Magician and Alex Metric.

Last year released 'The Rollercoaster', and 'G.F.Y.' on Sweat It Out and his Partyfine imprint, while his hectic touring schedule saw him perform at the likes of Ministry of Sound, Hï Ibiza and Defected Croatia. Next up is a performance at East London’s Metropolis to coincide with the LP release.

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Boston Bun releases a new feelgood song ‘Forty Deuce’

Boston Bun wraps up a 2-year stretch of back to back dance floor smashers and marks his first release of the new decade with ‘Forty Deuce’, out now via Island Records.

Drawing on the classic ‘French Touch’ sound, ‘Forty Deuce’ is a light, airy disco-house track that’s destined to fill countless dancefloors this summer. Building up in clubs in the past month, the track is off to a flying start with support landing from Jamie Jones, The Black Madonna, TEED, Laurent Garnier, Purple Disco Machine, SG Lewis, Gorgon City, Groove Armada and Horse Meat Disco to name a few.

The release marks the France-born, London-based DJ and producer's first release with Island since last summer’s ‘Don’t Wanna Dance’, a carefree single that locked in his trademark house sound and hit the top 10 of the Billboard Dance Charts.

Recently supporting Dombresky in a sellout US tour, Boston is now preparing for his biggest year to date, with shows for Ed Banger, Toolroom, Boiler Room, Fools Gold, Miami Music Week and a new headline European and US ‘From Disco To House Music to Disco Again’ tour this spring.

Cutting his teeth in the industry whilst signed with the iconic Ed Banger Records, the French producer burst onto the scene with a flurry of releases including crowd favourite ‘Paris Groove’. Stepping away from the label in 2017, it was single ‘Missing You’, released on his new imprint, Circa 99 that saw Boston Bun make his first international breakthrough. Racking up over 10 million combined streams and receiving support from everyone from Diplo and Mark Ronson to BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Danny Howard, the track would be eclipsed the following year by crossover banger ‘Spread Love (Paddington)’ - a record that has amassed more than 20 million streams to date, securing playlists on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Capital FM, Kiss FM, Kiss Fresh, Kiss Ibiza, Kiss Dance and Beats 1.  Respected throughout the industry for his remix capabilities, Boston has reworked massive tracks for the likes of Cassius, Disciples and Mark Ronson, with Ronson inviting Boston to play at his famed Club Heartbreak in Paris and London.

Drawing on the sunkissed sound that Boston Bun has made his own, ‘Forty Deuce’ is another record with serious dancefloor appeal.

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