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Zuvuya shares new EP Ft. Xander Greene, Michael Travis (The String Cheese Incident)
“Zuvuya” is a Mayan term for the universal wave of energy that surrounds us all. Understanding Zuvuya gives us an expanded awareness of who we are, connects us with higher levels of consciousness, and restores the memory of the infinite possibilities of our being. Creating this understanding is the purpose of the eclectic instrumental duo called Zuvuya. The collaboration began when Xander Greene and Michael Travis first met in Crested Butte, Colorado in 1999, and realized that they shared a very similar approach to creating music. Both self-taught musicians maintain an almost mystical relationship with improvisational music, using the spontaneous expression to subtly urge change and growth in both themselves and their listeners. Xander and Travis would play together only sporadically over the next few years, as Travis was often on the road with his main musical project, The String Cheese Incident. Today, SCI’s tour schedule lends more time for Travis to explore his many other musical inspirations, including EOTO & Zuvuya.
Ane Brun confirms two albums, ‘After The Great Storm’ on October 30 + ‘How Beauty Holds The Hand of Sorrow’ on November 27
Today, Norwegian artist and songwriter Ane Brun confirms she’ll be releasing two studio albums – After The Great Storm on October 30, and How Beauty Holds The Hand of Sorrow on November 27. Both will be released via her own imprint Balloon Ranger Records.
Originally intended to be a double album, Brun ultimately decided to separate the songs into two collections. “Both albums deal with the bigger questions in life,” Brun describes, “but in 2020 these questions have become even bigger…” More info below.
Dancing sensation Jordan Daniels, also known as Yvng Homie, from Bowling Green, Kentucky, has become the next big TikTok celebrity influencer and is partnering with some of the worlds largest brands. At only 17, Daniels has amassed 3.3 Million TikTok followers and 1.15 Million YouTube fans after starting his original hip-hop choreography and how-to channel in 2016. This virtual stage has given him the chance to collaborate with fellow viral dancer Lavado Arne Jr. and is becoming a hot marketing machine for brands like NBC Peacock TV, Doritos, Samsung, Xbox, and Post.
The Nude Party are set to return with their sophomore album, Midnight Manor, on October 2nd via New West Records. The 12-song set was recorded live-to-tape over six days at the Outlier Inn in upstate New York and mixed by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile). Midnight Manor is the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut which Rolling Stone heralded as “equal parts ‘I’m Waiting for the Man’ Velvet Underground and Exile on Main Street Stones.” Their debut found the band hitting stages across the globe, appearing at massive festivals like Lollapalooza, All Points East, Splendour In The Grass, Great Escape, Newport Folk Festival, and Bonnaroo where many publications named them one of the best of the festival. They also supported major artists like Jack White and the Arctic Monkeys—both of whom became full-blown fans and vocal supporters of the band.
INTRODUCING C’EST KARMA – “FIST FIGHT”
Alt-pop sorcerer C’est Karma invites you into her fantastical world with her new single “Fist Fight”. Based in Luxembourg, the singer, songwriter and producer Karma Catena performs as C’est Karma, a project through which she’s documenting her personal and musical evolution.
Lawn Share Animated Video for ‘Johnny’ LP Out This Friday via Community Records & Muscle Beach
Written mostly by Folger, it details growing up in a liberal Tennessee bubble and realizing you still have to take responsibility for the privilege into which you were born. “I grew up thinking I was right and a good person, because I came from a liberal background,” he explains. “I took that for granted growing up, and I realized that was bullshit. ‘Johnny’ is my grandfather’s name, and the song is directed at him.”
I listened to this album for the first time at the exact coordinates specified in the title: deep into the silent spring of 2020, at a midnight hour in New York lockdown, toasting the end of another day in stasis and anxiety. The first lyrics in “Gliding Through” seemed to be written on the spot, for that moment, coming out of the heavy-weather entrance – a circular, rolling thunder speared with serrated-harmony guitars – in a bracing vocal rush: “How you gonna see the light/When everything has gone awry?/Trust the dream that’s in your mind/I promise you we’ll be alright.”
‘Passing Me By’ – Samana
‘Passing Me By’ is Samana’s first release since their BBC 6Music, BBC Introducing and Radio X championed single ‘Harvest’. The Wales-based duo self-produced, recorded and mixed Passing Me By whilst holed-up in a remote part of France while the world was locked down earlier in the year.
Accompanied by a stunning video, also captured from the time spent in France, they explained that “Passing Me By was the product of a one off, improvised vocal and acoustic guitar take, laid to 1/4 inch tape. It is a response to the immediate present, guided by the subconscious; to the velocity of time passing in fragments of visions and feeling.”
The new track is out today and signals the first of a series of new releases from the band who have just received support from the Arts Council Of Wales.
LOYAL LOBOS Released “Everlasting” Album
Bogotá, Colombia-born, Los Angeles, California-based artist Loyal Lobos (aka Andrea Silva) debuted her album ‘Everlasting’ on August 7th. The album, executive produced by Teddy Geiger (Lizzo, Shawn Mendes, Leon Bridges) and produced by longtime collaborator Evan Voytas, has songs in both English and Spanish, drawing on every part of her history just as easily as she melds influences ranging from South American folk to Cocteau Twins, the psychedelic hip-hop of Flying Lotus to the dreamy side of Mazzy Star.
JORDAN SUASTE SHARES “BODY” OFFICIAL VIDEO
Today, Jordan Suaste premieres the official video for his debut single “Body.” The clip finds Suaste in a pristine gallery setting where four “statues” stand on pedestals. A placard accompanies each work of art yet instead of providing insight into the artwork’s creation, the captions detail hurtful comments, inspired by experiences shared by Suaste’s fans: “They say I’m too fat. They say I’m too thin. ‘You’ll never be good enough.’” After an intrusive photographer departs, they slowly come alive – ripping off the tape and netting that binds them. As Suaste’s performance reaches a crescendo, they exult in their freedom and find inspiration to create their own works of art.
EYES is made up by five young veterans from the Danish metal and hardcore scene, and the new album Underperformer reflects a combo that does not worry one bit about what fans, the scene, or people in general might think. One senses an artistic kinship with bands such as Daughters, Pissed Jeans, and Converge, all bands who started out with a particular sound and have changed and developed their musical vision significantly; something EYES aims for as well, and succeeds in.
Plants and Animals Release Video For New Song “Le Queens” From ‘The Jungle’ Out October 23
Today, Montreal’s Plants and Animals released a brand new single and video for “Le Queens” from their forthcoming album The Jungle out October 23 via Secret City Records. A French song featuring Adèle Trottier-Rivard on vocals, the song was inspired by an evening spent in Queens, NY. The new song and video premiered this morning via Consequence of Sound, alongside an Origins feature about the track.
Watch Shabazz Palaces’ official video for “Bad Bitch Walking (feat. Stas THEE Boss),” directed by Amhalise Morgan
Shabazz Palaces have delivered an official video for “Bad Bitch Walking (feat. Stas THEE Boss),” a standout from his acclaimed The Don of Diamond Dreams. The visual, which stars Ishmael Butler, Stas THEE Boss, model Shernita Anderson, and dancer-choreographer Tanisha Scott, was filmed in isolation in four cities across North America: Toronto, Seattle, Ontario, and Brooklyn.
Cheat Codes release new collab “Between Our Hearts” ft. CXLOE
Today, Cheat Codes are back with their newest single “Between Our Hearts” (listen HERE). The track is off of Part 1 of Cheat Codes debut album. With 3 legs leading into the album, each ‘part’ will personify the individual members of the trio and give you a deeper look at Trevor, Kevi and Matt. For this single, the electro-pop trio call upon Australian pop sensation CXLOE, who gives “Between our Hearts” a fresh pop sound that compliments Cheat Codes’ skilled production.
A magnificent, sprawling and string-laced duet, it’s a tender-hearted epic that offers incredible solace in the most chaotic of times. The song came about – along with the rest of the ten-track album – as a result of the band’s enforced lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic but started out as an idea lead singer Luke Spiller originally had on a tour bus last summer. It then took on a life of its own as a result of a chance encounter online.
Macka B & Ted Ganung Announce New Song/Video: “Stop It, Idiot Ting”
“Stop It, Hold on a minute, Idiot Thing, Let’s dun with the argument and let Jah love shine within.”
Nuff families, relationships and communities mash up over Idiot Tings, but Macka B reminds us we can Stop It through overstanding and creating space for mental clarity.
Macka B, one of Britain’s most influential Dancehall toasters has spent a career spreading conscious messages through music to inspire multiple generations of listeners worldwide.
CRO-MAGS ADDRESS PTSD WITH MUSIC VIDEO “BETWEEN WARS”
CRO-MAGS kingpin Harley Flanagan is back with “Between Wars,” the gripping new music video from their latest opus In The Beginning, available everywhere now on Mission Two Entertainment. The track lends its name to Between Wars, the independent film starring Flanagan and The Sopranos star Michael Imperioli, due out later this year.
THE PINEAPPLE THIEF SHARE NEW SINGLE/VIDEO “DRIVING LIKE MANIACS”
The Pineapple Thief have shared their new single, ‘Driving Like Maniacs’, which is the latest track to be taken from their upcoming album, Versions Of The Truth, which is out on September 4th via Kscope.
Osees Share Single “Scramble Suit II”
Today, Osees share “Scramble Suit II,” the third single from their upcoming album Protean Threat, due out September 18th via Castle Face Records. Louder Than War exclusively premiered the track, praising it as “a morphing and twisted garage number that jolts between straight out fuzz-drenched noise and jaunty synths.” On the track, John Dwywer says
Nashville Psychedelic Rock Band DE3RA Announce Inspiring New Single, “Old Scratch” via V13.net
In comparison to This Thing, which is their first album, “Old Scratch” is a much more cohesive piece of art as a whole. Each song has to do with soul crushing struggle and suffering, and how each of us deal with it, as human beings. In some cases, people can become resolute and rise to their specific challenges, but in other cases, folks will appeal to whatever darkness that they can find. “Old Scratch” was inspired by the idea that our minds can so frequently come to balance precipitously on the edge of the void that it is not preposterous to imagine them slipping away, into the darkness.
Brooklyn-based, critically acclaimed Indie Pop/Chillwave band Psychobuildings are back with their second single/video, “Mlia,” after 8 years of anticipation, and is from their next studio album, Blackout (out 10/16/2020). Frontman and central songwriter, Peter LaBier discusses the single: “I composed this song using words from the diary of Vaslav Nijinsky, the infamous ballet dancer of the Ballets Russes. Vaslav wrote his diary while he was suffering from mental breakdowns which would ultimately lead to his hospitalization. “Mlia” has a kind of warpy synth production, I wanted this song to get into a dreamy space— what it might feel like to float inside a mind that is unraveling, chaotic and ecstatic— but not in a gloomy way.)”