After touring in Texas, the Midwest, and along the East Coast, Money Chicha and Dos Santos will convene the 4th installment of the Chicha Summit, and this time they are heading across the Southwest and out to the West Coast. From El Paso to San Francisco, they’re hitting the road in direct support of their “Summit Sessions” 7″ vinyl split recently released through (((Sonorama Discos))).
The Chicha Summit began in 2013 and has been picking up considerable steam since. Building on that momentum, both Money Chicha and Dos Santos have been collectively pushing the limits of their cumbia-driven noir psychedelia into deeper vertigo-inducing sonic terrain. Their “Summit Sessions” 7″ vinyl split is a testament to this unique collaboration, which grew organically out of the Texas edition of the Chicha Summit, when they stepped into the studio to write and record together. Documentary filmmaker Joe Rocha was there to capture all the action—his short film gives an intimate glimpse into the fellowship between these musicians.
JOSHUA HYSLOP Shares New Album ‘Echos’
Canadian singer-songwriter Joshua Hyslop released his latest album Echos, this past Friday (February 23rd). The album is a career high, debuting #2 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart (Canada), and hit Top 30 (#28) on the iTunes Top 200 Albums chart (Canada). Heavily supported at Spotify, lead single “Fall” has accumulated over 1.3 million streams and is featured on playlists such as Folk & Friends, Your Coffee Break, Fresh Folk, Acoustic Chill and more!.
Revolver Magazine is now streaming “Thrive,” by Philadelphia-based metallic hardcore outfit HELL TO PAY. The track hails from the band’s impending debut LP, Bliss, in mid-March through GTR Records.
Meyhem Lauren and DJ Muggs dropped their collaborative hip-hop masterpiece album Gems From The Equinox on Soul Assassin’s Records / Kobalt Music Recordings last year to critical acclaim and have just dropped a new video for the standout track “Redrum” from the project. Shot in New York’s Lower East Side the evocative video is reminiscent of rap’s golden era clad with matching hoodies and Hennessey. The video was premiered by HipHopDX here.
Nobody is more surprised about having created a full ANMLPLNET album than the group itself: Slothrust leader Leah Wellbaum and drummer/singer Mickey Vershbow. The two met while they were both immersed in the Boston music scene, and then went on to pursue separate musical careers on opposite coasts. The project and debut LP truly displays their magnetic musical bond, even while withstanding physical distance and hectic schedules. The band was formed originally on four disparate rules:
Debuting today at VIBE, Chris Orrick announced his new album, Portraits. On the new single, Bottom Feeders, Chris is joined by west-coast hiphop luminaries Exile and Fashawn. Portraits is out everywhere on May 4th on Mello Music Group
Coming off of a successful run with Typhoon Matt Dorrien has released the newest track from his Mama Bird Recording Co. debut album, which is coming out on April 27th. Paste Magazine says “Underwear Blues” takes “the playful yet deeply intelligent spirit [of Leon Russell, Randy Newman and Paul McCartney] and makes lovely and thoughtful music as a response”. Dorrien’s first single, “Baby I’m So Lost”, premiered on NPR Music who said “like [Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman], Dorrien has a wry sense of humor, a solid grasp of songwriting fundamentals, and a deep love of melancholy, binge drinking, and rain.” This comes just ahead of a run of dates with label mate Courtney Marie Andrews starting March 19th in Nashville at the High Watt. Click HERE for hi-res press pics, bio and a more info on Matt Dorrien’s In the Key of Grey. Here you can find the private album stream and download.
Today, the band is following up on the successful release of their first single – the six minute-plus epic, “El Sol”, co-written and performed with guest guitarist Stephen Carpenter of Deftones. WILL HAVEN have dropped a second offering, “Winds of Change” – a track that showcases a more familiar side of the band without sacrificing their new stylistic direction. The four-piece wastes no time in conjuring a sonic maelstrom on “Winds of Change”, starting out in a frenzied fit of chaos and slowly cascading into a thumpy, droning, atmospheric down-spiral. Listen now via Metal Injection.
The follow-up to LEILA ABDUL-RAUF’s 2015 highly acclaimed Insomnia album, Diminution sees the Bay Area-based, multi-instrumentalist take a more stripped-down approach to her uniquely haunting and shadowy soundscapes. While retaining a firm grasp on the feeling of urban loneliness and early morning solitude, Diminution’s tracks are generally longer than previous works and feel more spacious and open, where sparse melodies and gentle textural flow meet ethereal choral vocals, distant trumpet, delicate guitar, and luminous, yet melancholy drones and warm tonal drift.
This Patch Of Sky have returned with an uplifting new visual for their single “Bella Muerte” centered around the theme of universal inclusion. The video, which premiered this morning with BandsinTown, was directed by groundbreaking choreographer John Mark. John Mark is best known for his choreography on Lizzo’s tour last year which was the first time ever that all plus-size models were used as background dancers. The concept centers around couples of various ethnicities, sexual orientations and genders embracing in a way that is intimate and emotive – especially against the beautiful soundspace “Bella Muerte” provides.
Don Q has “Diplomatic Immunity”
Don Q is back with another freestyle this week for #DonTalkWednesdays. Taking on Drake’s “Diplomatic Immunity” beat this time, Don continues to show and prove he’s one of the most adept young wordsmith’s to come out of NY in years. Check it out.
As San Diego-based CAVE BASTARD prepares to release their grinding debut LP The Bleak Shall Devour The Earth through Accident Prone Records in March, the track “Massacre Reaction” has been unveiled at No Clean Singing, and preorders for the album have been posted.
VERGE COLLECTION new video for ‘Feelin’ Old’
Perth’s favourite sons Verge Collection invite more friends to the party, introducing a healthy mix of supports to their national tour in support of debut album Flaneur, out March 30.
Premiered last night by Declan Byrne on triple j’s Home and Hosed is rising multi-talent G Elenil’s sweeping pop number ‘GoodTime’, the second single from her debut EP Kin. ‘GoodTime’ is available through all digital platforms now. Kin is set for independent release in May 2018, and is now available through media request for review only.
Raz Simone releases My Child, a track inspired by one of his biggest fans, Grant Watkins, who was senselessly murdered in 2016. This song has global reach, striking a cord in anyone who has ever felt the loss of a close friend or relative. The overarching tone of the song is positive, spreading a message of love, and encouraging the listener to not take life for granted.
Gabriel Vargas ‘Like Wolves’ OUT March 2
That Cherokee proverb means a lot to Gabriel Vargas. This introspective Native American influence weaves itself throughout his music and daily life and within his important new release, Like Wolves – a song that traverses the tenacity of old wounds and turning victimhood into empowerment, out March 2. With lush piano, a building, emotive drum beat combined with unique native American flute, the accompanying video captures the true, undeniable beauty in the way that humans are able to grow and move past traumatic events. Gabriel Vargas will be launching his stunning new offering at Melbourne’s Croxton Front Bar on March 17.
New York-based Peter Barr shares vibrant new single ‘More As We Go’
Peter Barr is a New York-based drummer and multi-percussionist that has been building momentum with his latest single ‘More As We Go’ from his upcoming EP ‘Singles’. Peter merges elements of reggae and rock and creates music that is both enriching and engaging.
Keyboardist David Garfield was nineteen when he got his start playing alongside influential bebop jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. But opportunities came quickly for him in contemporary jazz as well as in R&B and pop, which guided the direction of his now five-decade career away from his roots. Straight-ahead jazz has remained in his core and he’s longed to return “home” thus to launch his prolific multi-volume, multi-genre “Outside the Box” collection, Garfield will drop his first straight-ahead jazz album, “Jazz Outside the Box,” on March 23 via his Creatchy Records label.
Canadian death-pop quintet Sc Mira release new video along with single ‘Give It Up’, which just premiered over on Indie 88.
Grace Savage delivers first single of 2018, ‘Headlights’
With ongoing support from BBC Introducing and listed as one of ELLE’s ‘100 Most Inspiring Women’, young UK artist Grace Savage has unveiled her brand-new single, titled ‘Headlights’.
The Slow Readers Club announce new album ‘Build A Tower’ – out May 4th
Manchester four piece The Slow Readers Club have announced their new album, Build A Tower, which will be released on May 4th via Modern Sky. It’s available to pre-order now with instant grat tracks ‘Through The Shadows’ and ‘Lunatic’.
Mastersystem (Frightened Rabbit x Editors collab) release new video
Mastersytem will release their debut album on April 6th via Physical Education. Mastersystem are a project comprised of two musical siblings, a collaborative effort featuring Scott Hutchinson and Grant Hutchinson (Frightened Rabbit), Justin Lockey (Editors), James Lockey (Minor Victories).
UK via Australia moody pop chanteuse PARKER returns with her first offering of 2018, an ethereal alt-pop earworm entitled “High” (Killing Moon). Pairing up once again with Rupert Lyddon (Gabriel Bruce, Grand National) the track is a gorgeous display of PARKER at her finest; breathy and broody pop vocals, haunting melodies and deeply personal lyrics that mix together to create another dark pop gem.
FRENCH DUO AGAR AGAR REVEAL “FANGS OUT”
Paris-based duo Agar Agar — Clara Cappagli and Armand Bultheel — have revealed their new single “Fangs Out” today via French indie label Cracki Records. Last year, they shared debut singles “Prettiest Virgin” and “I’m That Guy.” The pair recently announced their first North American tour dates, set to kick off on March 7th with a sold out show in Montreal.
Trainor wrote ‘NO EXCUSES’ with songwriter JKash and Andrew Wells. The song is produced by Andrew Wells with additional production by the artist herself. The single tempers swaggering bass lines, bright guitars, and widescreen synths with an instantly infectious call-and-response. The boisterous production underscores a deeper message encoded in the hook, “Your mama raised you better than that.”
Liverpool’s synth meets shoegaze quartet Ladytron return with a new single, “The Animals,” which made its premiere exclusively via Flood Magazine. A remix by Vince Clarke drops Monday March 5. Both tracks are available exclusively through the band’s Pledge Music campaign for their forthcoming album. The campaign, which also launches today, will feature deluxe versions of the album and other exclusive items including a limited seven-inch vinyl of the two versions of “The Animals.”