New Music From Panama

Credit: Mitch O’Neill

 

Panama’s brand new HOPE FOR SOMETHING EP is arguably singer-songwriter Jarrah McCleary’s richest and most moving work yet. A 5-track journey of confessional story-telling that navigates turmoil and peace; his latest work is warm, nostalgic, and rich. McCleary sings, writes, produces and plays on the record, beautifully blending live and electronic sounds that equip him with a musical palette to paint each and every element; from writing at the piano to the ultimate last touch in the studio.

Panama’s second single from the EP, “Undertow”, marks the passing of a loved one and the onerous feeling of trying to hold onto them despite them being gone. It’s a floating, dreamy journey underpinned by driving drums, clambering synths, and harmonious hooks that give it a stirring, anthemic quality.

“Undertow” follows the EP title track “Hope For Something”, a song about a battle with yourself, and proved therapeutic for McCleary. Unsurprisingly, since its release, the message has resonated far and wide. The track was premiered by Pigeons & Planes and Milk, and since release in late April has clocked over 1 million streams, hit #1 on Hype Machine and landed itself in Spotify Viral Charts across Australia, NZ, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, and Ireland.

Throughout the rest of the EP, McCleary touches on the complexities of relationships, communication and deeply missing the one you love, each song drawing from his personal stories.

The lyrics are real and the emotion can be thick, to the point where I struggled with some of the songs because of how naked they are to me. The positive tone of the EP seems to be the counter weight of the darker things I was experiencing when writing this project. I always draw upon personal experiences when I’m writing. It’s that fine line between truth and poetry. For the production this time around, I was able to work with Classixx and also Filip (Poolside), who were great to bounce ideas off in the studio.
 PANAMA’s Jarrah McCleary

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Newest Love: Juic3box + Alice France – “True Love”

“True Love” is the debut single from JUIC3BOX, an artist alias from singer, songwriter, and producer Sam Gray. With over 30 million streams on Spotify across 4 current single releases, Sam is ranking the charts with hits from Hardwell (“Creatures of the Night” – 5.6m), Julian Perretta (“Tied Up” – 4.5m), DJ Katch (“Lights Out” – 23.5m) and Manovski (“My Redemption Song” – 680k). While attending ADE in Amsterdam, he discovered Dutch singer Alice France and immediately invited her to record this outstanding new dance anthem. Alice France is a vibrant young artist and songwriter from the Netherlands. Her appreciation for singing and R&B started early on, inspired by legendary divas like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Aretha Franklin. Her classic, soulful vocals bring “True Love” to life, and leave every listener wanting more.

“True Love” has already been well received, with the Wide Boys Pool Party mix giving a great electro house boost to the already invigorating track. You can check out the original and the Wide Boys mix via SongSpace here.

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FINALLY!!!!!!!!!! The Debut Album From Night Drive Is Heeeeeeeere!

I can’t even tell you how LONG I’ve been waiting for this! It feels like YEARS! Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon make up the duo that is Night Drive.

Fun Facts:

Both of the guys started as frontmen for the bands MoTel Aviv and Glasnost (!!!YASS! I remember loving Glasnost).

They previously supported acts such as Yelle and Digitalism — again YASSSS!!!!

Night Drive is the type of music you would hear on a car stereo if Giorgio Moroder and Ray Bradbury were driving late at night through a buzzing metropolis. Inspired by the bygone era of glamour and excess, kaleidoscopic neon lights, Studio 54 and Tony Wilson’s Hacienda, the band pulls influence from acts such as Brian Eno, New Order, OMD, The Drums and LCD Soundsystem to name a few. Night Drive rides a nu-wave of fast-tempo, synth-based electronic sounds driven by rich guitar melodies and arresting vocal hooks.

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Check ‘Em Out: D’Opus & Roshambo – “Paradise”

D’Opus & Roshambo are pleased to share their brand new single “Paradise” for 2017. The song is a positive and uplifting anthem for the now – taking inspiration from feelings of escape whilst finding a place of inner paradise.

“The new single takes the cliché of finding escape from the pressures and stresses of the current chaos of the world, to signify that whilst it is good to “get away” from it all, sometimes finding that “paradise” is simply just being somewhere simple with people you love and finding the inner-peace and contentment within yourself.  To us, “Paradise” is finding, sharing and putting that positivity back out into the world to combat negativity, insensitivity, and misunderstanding,” says the duo on their thoughts behind the track.

“Paradise” features the talents of LA-based singer/songwriter Breana Marin who has worked with the likes of Keyshia Cole, Fifth Harmony, Darkchild, Red One and more.

The duo released third album Mayday in 2016, which premiered through themusic.com.au, and features the singles “Mayday”, “Brush You Off”, which received multiple spins on on Triple J, and “After Midnight”, which was added to rotation on Triple J Unearthed.

They’ve supported the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Xzibit, Blackalicious, Cut Chemist, The Bamboos, The Herd, Krafty Kuts, Remi and The Funkoars and performed at festivals such as Soundscape, Foreshore, and Corinbank.

“Paradise” is the first single in what looks to be a big year for D’Opus & Roshambo in 2017.

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Video: Fujiya & Miyagi – “Impossible Objects of Desire”

Check out the video for Fujiya & Miyagi’s track “Impossible Objects of Desire”. It is the 9th track off their recently released self-titled album. When talking about the video lead vocalist David Best said, “The song is a hymn to vinyl and the rush that music can provide,” offers vocalist David Best. “It loosely began as a homage to  Bowie’s ‘Be My Wife’ Video, but then morphed into something else. The song is also about the physical and chemical reaction music has on the mind and body.” You can order the self-titled LP here.

Many musical projects approaching almost two decades of existence begin to show signs of stagnation or perhaps start to crook their neck as looking over their shoulder becomes a more common stance than focusing on the horizon. However, for the Brighton-based, genre-hopping, Fujiya & Miyagi the opposite can be said as they see in 2017 by wrapping up a unique year-long musical project that represents one of their most adventurous to date.

Two EPs join a third to make up this album, a carefully staged project that sees the group traverse disco, electro, pop, and the now synonymous 1970s Germany-inspired groove they so seamlessly ooze. Whilst the EPs all contain a distinct personality and fluidity of their own, the new dynamically focused position of the tracks as a full album embodies a long-term plan. “From the beginning, I have always thought of this as an album rather than three separate records, ” Singer David Best says.The now melded album is a vast one stylistically with influences and references that span from Arthur Russell to JG Ballard, yet the undercurrent that connects it all into one universal groove is one of honesty and joy, a surging sense of euphoria and hope that attempts to cut through the foggy world that welcomes its release. “On this album, I have tried lyrically to find the positives and not rely on my factory setting of a general contempt for the world around me.” Best says.

The positivity and propulsive energy of the record is not only carried by its natural rhythm, lyrics, and sparkling melodies but is also a reaction. “The album is a really strong resistance to societies compulsion to suck the energy out of everything. It’s a really good thing to provide an antidote to all the scary stuff that is going on, even if it’s just for 5 minutes.” Best says although the album proves to be more than a five-minute distraction and more like a 45min escape.

Fujiya & Miyagi – S/T tracklist
01. Magnesium Flares
02. Serotonin Rushes
03. Solitaire
04. To The Last Beat of My Heart
05. Extended Dance Mix
06. Outstripping (The Speed of Light)
07. Swoon
08. Freudian Slips
09. Impossible Objects of Desire
10. Synthetic Symphonies
11. R.S.I.

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Obsessed: NVDES

Photo Credit: Neil Favila

I’ve been a huge fan of NVDES for almost a year and am super excited that today the Los Angeles-based creative collective returns with new single “Turning Heads”. Fronted by Josh Ocean, the track is brimming with his signature frenetic guitars and punk energy, and hones his prowess for crafting compulsive summery jams. “Turning Heads” is NVDES’ first release of 2017 and will be followed by an EP later this summer. About the track, Ocean comments:

“Turning Heads is a complete freestyle jam written and recorded in 40 minutes. Inspired by a telepathic visit to Alain Clark’s Amsterdam Apartment.”

Following the release of his glitchy, grooved-out 2016 debut EP Life With Lobsters, NVDES garnered over 10 million streams across platforms, charted on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart, and received acclaim from the likes of FADER, NYLON, and many more. The four-track collection spins through an array of kaleidoscopic sounds that are both levitating and melodic, yet wholly original.

As NVDES prepares for the release of a new EP later this summer, fans in Los Angeles can catch him live tomorrow, June 8th at The Roxy Theatre. Tickets are available here.

Check out some other gems from NVDES below:

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Sun City Music Festival Lineup

The highly-anticipated lineup for Sun City Music Festival, hosted by Disco Donnie Presents and SMG Events, is finally here. Festival-goers are sure to be fueled by the rhythms and beats of the performers featured at this year’s end-of-summer festival weekend in the sun-kissed landscape of El Paso, Texas.

This year, for the seventh annual celebration, DDP and SMG present another impressive collection of artists for the Labor Day Weekend event. Returning for a second consecutive year, Marshmello, will be joined by Above & Beyond, famous breakout duo Louis the Child, Borgore, international sensation Tchami, plus special guests Sasha & John Digweed and many other notable music makers.

Festival fanatics will not want to skip out on this musical oasis in the desert on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3. A weekend in this unparalleled atmosphere to close out the summer days is not something to be missed, but experienced to its full festival potential.

Tickets are available here: http://suncitymusicfestival.com/
$119.95 for 2-day general admission tickets
$189.95 for 2-day VIP tickets

To make sure this year’s festival experience is financially feasible for everyone both near and far, SCMF is offering festival goers affordable travel packages and payment plans.

Lineup:
Saturday, September 2 – MARSHMELLO
Sunday, September 3 – ABOVE & BEYOND

Plus In Alphabetical Order:
BORGORE
DIRTY SOUTH
DON DIABLO
DOSEM
DREZO
GETTER
G JONES
GUY J B2B GUY MANTZUR
HEROBUST
ILLENIUM
JOYRYDE
LOUIS THE CHILD
MALAA
NGHTMRE
NICOLE MOUDABER
LATMUN
OOKAY
REZZ
SAM PAGANINI
SAY MY NAME
SEVEN LIONS
SHAUN FRANK
SLUSHII
SNAILS
STEVE LAWLER
TCHAMI
TIMMY TRUMPET
WAX MOTIF

SPECIAL GUESTS: 

SASHA & JOHN DIGWEED

Also Performing:
BONNIE X CLYDE
BROHUG
BUKU
DIRTY AUDIO
DVJ KING ARTHUR
LOOSID
NO MANA
ZAXX

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New Track From Coast Modern – “Dive”

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The LA duo Coast Modern – comprised of Coleman Trapp and Luke Atlas – release their newest song, “Dive” – a certified summer jam that has all the elements that make for a perfect night, with lyrics that talk about sunrises, love, and of course – in the bands own words, the “pool of life.” Speaking of the track, the duo added; “The moment right before a first kiss, a sticky night by the beach bonfire, the endless summers of youth… we bottled some of these feelings and cast them into the churning waves for the world to receive. ‘Dive’ is a song about making the whole of existence your ocean to explore.”

The song comes from the duos debut record, which is set for release later this year via 300 Entertainment / +1 Records. Like a trip to Disneyland; with each song like a stop in another world, Coast Modern’s debut album is a rollercoaster ride through a musical spectrum that spans from introspective acoustic streams of consciousness to psychedelic jams to relaxed dancehall vibes. Coast Modern are capable of covering a large swath of musical territory, yet a strong, self-aware voice and a sense of groove tie them all together.

After releasing their debut single, “Hollow Life”, the duo have gone on to release a handful of tracks in their short tenure as a band – the anthemic “Animals,” summer-tinged “Guru” and jungle cruise jam; “The Way It Was” (all four of which sat at the top of the HypeMachine charts), and followed up with “Comb My Hair” and “Pockets Full of No” – tracks to kick you out of the most serious of funks. The band would later receive praise from across the blogosphere and fashion press. Their tracks would creep their way to the airwaves, garnering heavy rotation from the likes of SiriusXM Alt Nation and KCRW. Coast Modern made their live debut at SXSW, playing their first shows together as a band, and were subsequently scooped up to tour with BORNS, The Wombats and The Temper Trap respectively. The duo just wrapped up the Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour which saw them hit the road with Missio, 888 and Sundara Karma.

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Highly Anticipated: Sleepy Sun’s New Album

Photo Cred: Amy Harrity

Sleepy Sun have shared the video for their first single “Seaquest” on Relix. Prior to this video, Sleepy Sun also released the single “Crave”. Both tracks will be featured on the forthcoming album Private Tales out 6/9 via Dine Alone Records. In anticipation for the upcoming album, be sure to get in contact with Sleepy Sun and tell them your secrets… your stories… your private tales at +1 415-646-6705. The band also recently had their promo photos taken by Amy Harrity. You can watch a video montage below:

 

When talking about the video for “Seaquest,” Sleepy Sun guitarist Matt Holliman states:

‘Seaquest’ brought the band together with longtime media collaborator Brandon Moore. As with most of our videos, we pretty much give the director free reign and encourage their interpretation of the song. It was a bit of struggle to get the sailboat in the Bay, as bad weather canceled one date, and nearly threatened another. But we held out on the 2nd attempt, and Brandon was able to capture some incredible footage of the Golden Gate, with the Bay nearly completely clear of activity. Secondary shooting would find us nearly freezing to capture the underwater shots. Also: swimming with sunglasses takes a little practice.

Sleepy Sun Tour Dates:
5/25/2017 Santa Cruz, CA @The Catalyst
5/26/2017 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
5/27/2017 Los Angeles, CA @The Hi Hat
7/21/2017 – Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
7/22/2017 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse w/ Mr. Elevator
7/23/2017 – Tucson, AZ @ Congress
7/25/2017 – Dallas, TX @ Club DaDa
7/26/2017 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
7/27/2017 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow
7/28/2017 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar w/ Froth
7/30/2017 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
8/1/2017 – Boise, ID @ Nuerolux
8/2/2017 – Portland, OR @ Liquor Store
8/3/2017 – Vancouver, BC @ Cobalt
8/4/2017 – Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
8/5/2017 – Klamath Falls, OR @ Gino’s

If there’s one thing we can all agree on in these dark, deeply uncertain days, it’s humanity’s latent desire to unplug from it all—to put our smartphones down, survey our immediate surroundings, and let the sweeter things in life rise to the surface.

Sleepy Sun gets it. Now five albums and more than a decade into making their own elusive brand of bold rock music, the Bay Area band isn’t interested in flooding our synapses with far too many ideas on their new LP, Private Tales. They’d rather let a grander vision unfold over time, rewarding anyone with the willingness to wait it out, to actually listen.

“When I hear Private Tales,” says guitarist Evan Reiss, “I appreciate the spaciousness that is left for the listener. I like music that gives them an opportunity to breathe, as opposed to jamming ideas into someone’s ears at all times.”

That approach is clear from the very beginning, a sustained drone casting a spell of clean synth tones, monk-like melodies, muted flutes, and riffs that ring out in the distance. It’s as if Sleepy Sun’s core quartet (Reiss, fellow guitarist Matt Holliman, frontman Bret Constantino, and drummer Brian Tice) decided to apply the album’s brakes before they even got out of the driveway.

If only things were that simple. The glassy psych grooves of “Prodigal Vampire” eventually give way to the life aquatic licks of “Seaquest,” a song that actually sounds like it’s sailing straight towards the sun. Meanwhile, “When the Morning Comes” and “Crave” take the group down an entirely different path—one that’s lined with thorny hooks and chaotic thunderclaps, as influenced by Swans as it is by Thin Lizzy.

Confused yet? Good.

“I always, always loved how no one knew what to make of us,” says Tice.

“That means we’re doing our job!” adds Reiss.

Or as Constantino puts it, “Creating original work is the most difficult part of writing anything. Often during the process, you think, ‘Oh man, that sounds like The Stones,’ or ‘that lyric is way too literal or cliche’. I’ve found the less you pay attention to that critical voice and concentrate on what you’re hearing in your head, you end up subconsciously reinterpreting everything you’ve ever heard or seen.”

It helps to have a strong supporting cast, of course, including bassists Jack Allen and Owen Kelley, who held the low end down on this LP. The boys were also backed by two incredible singers throughout the album’s two recording sessions: the New Pornographers’ Kathryn Calder and Whitehorn Singers’ Hannah Moriah. Colin Stewart also reprised the producer/engineering role he played on Sleepy Sun’s breakthrough records, Embrace and Fever.

“Colin is our main man,” says Reiss. “He ate more than 20 burritos while we were recording Private Tales, and believed in us throughout this two-year process. I cannot thank him enough.”

“I am certain this record could not have been made without his support and sacrifices,” adds Constantino. “There were times where he was the only person who believed we had it in us. He has a wonderful ability to bring out the honest truth in the musicians he works with. There’s no one I’d rather record with.”

Well, no one except the rest of Sleepy Sun, a tight-knit crew that kept its creative process going despite Constantino’s decision to move to Texas during the making of Private Tales. (The band exchanged home recordings over email and fleshed songs out in the studio over the course of two trying years.)

“This is the longest relationship I’ve had outside of my family,” says Constantino. “We’ve grown an incredible amount individually over the last 10 years, as has the ‘Sleepy Sun sound’. This record, in particular, was the most difficult to make, by far, mainly for logistical reasons.”

“Playing music with this group is second nature to me,” adds Reiss. “Being in a band for more than a decade allows for an almost telepathic creative relationship. The hard part is finding the time to ‘get in and let go’.”

Mission = accomplished.

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Must Listen: Sunsquabi

Earlier this year, Colorado trio Sunsquabi revealed their now critically acclaimed sophomore EP ‘Deluxe.’ Released via GRiZ’s All Good Records, ‘Deluxe‘ saw Sunsquabi bring their electro-funk- meets-jam-band sound to new heights on the five track project that Earmilk describes as “a deep, dank, and funky surprise.”

Well, the ‘Deluxe’ surprises aren’t quite done yet. Today, the band is excited to unveil another piece of the ‘Deluxe’ puzzle with a brand new take on EP cut “Pygmy Up” from remix extraordinaire Cloudchord. The original, a collaboration with Russ Liquid, takes an uptempo turn at the hand of Cloudchord who accentuates the track’s percussive elements and transforms it into a bonafide festival anthem.

If unfamiliar with Sunsquabi before now, the act have become infamous as trendsetters in the electronic music circuit thanks to a sound This Song Is Sick describes as a “hybrid sound infusing irresistible and funky live instrumentation with electronic production elements in a unique way.” Prior to ‘Deluxe,’ Sunsquabi built their reputation with debut EP ‘Odyssey‘ that featured collaborations with Big Gigantic and GRiZ. On 2017’s ‘Deluxe,’ the band continued the heavy-hitting collabs- this time with Late Night Radio, Russ Liquid, and Nick Gerlach.

Catch the guys live this summer with performances lined up at music festivals Summer Camp and Werk It Out. As for what to expect from the live show, Sunsquabi have enlisted Tucker Wilde’s Stage Dynamics to build out a full-stage production. As we wait until Sunsquabi hit a stage near us, be sure to check out the brand new EP ‘Deluxe’ out now via All Good.

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