Crafting each sound from scratch with unapologetic, exacting precision, Holy Ghost!’s penchant for in-the-studio perfectionism has delivered hit after hit to the dancefloor. This analog approach to “electronic” music heavily informs the band’s third album Work coming June 21, 2019 on West End Records.
A return to the heady ethos that drove Holy Ghost!’s earliest releases, Work sees New York City natives Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser revisit the freedom from expectations that suffused their 2011 self-titled debut full-length. It was a situation that stemmed partly from circumstances: They dismantled their basement Brooklyn studio and moved to a small room that a few musician friends were renting above a doctor’s office (incidentally the same address where they mixed Holy Ghost!). Due to space limitations, they pared their extensive gear collection down to just two synths, a Yamaha CS80 and a Mini Moog. “Not necessarily the bare necessities, but what would make for the most interesting limited palette,” says Millhiser. “David Bowie didn’t have every fucking synthesizer on earth to make Low. He had two. And that’s one of my favorite synth records of all time.”
The 12-song collection features the buoyant but bittersweet, “Do This” which interweaves ambient chatter from a studio session with a Nile Rodgers-esque guitar, “Nicky Buckingham’s” Fleetwood Mac-inspired riffs and swelling strings are eerily danceable, whereas “Heaven Knows What” – the band’s slowest track to date – showcases an emotional depth and range only hinted at in past releases. Featuring the talents of musical peers including Sinkane’s Ahmed Gallab, Juan Maclean and LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang, Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Paul Simon, David Bowie) and Alex Epton (Neon Indian, David Byrne), Work transcends its physical constraints to capture a spectrum of vibes that remain true to Holy Ghost!’s reverence for the art and craft of dance music.
Epton on Broadway Part I
Epton on Broadway Part II
Heaven Knows What
One For Pete
My Happy House
Escape From Los Angeles
Upcoming Holy Ghost! Live Shows:
04-26 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
04-27 Los Angeles, CA – Globe Theatre
05-03 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
05-09 Guadalajara, México – Corona Capital at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
06-21 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (Album Release Show)
So, I’ve been a fan following White Panda for years now. He does some amazing mashups, check out some of it below:
Now, after years of working on his own writing skills, he’s released a debut track titled, “Hands On Me” and features fantastic vocals from Island Records’ emerging pop duo Loote. It’s fun, upbeat, feel-good, party-ready…everything one looks for in summer jams.
“Infectious and bursting with brazen energy” – Indie Shuffle
LA-based creative collective NVDES announce the Vol. 2 EP and share the 1st single “D.Y.T (Do Your Thing)” feat. REMMI.
On the heels of their La NVDITÉ, Vol. 1 EP released earlier this year, the Vol. 2 EP is the next sequence of their evolution. The 6-track collection is slated for release on December 8th and is highlighted by the work of de-facto frontman Josh Ocean. Brimming with his signature energy-packed influence, Vol. 2 is highlighted by pulsing electronics, hard-hitting beats, and ethereal vocals.
UK-based producer and composer Tourist has released his latest Wash EP, as well as the visuals for featured track “Sleepwalking” (feat. Swim Mountain & Esther Joy). Last month Tourist revealed a collection of “We Stayed Up All Night” remixes, including versions from Tom Demac and Matthew Dear on Beatport here, offering new takes on his EP’s lead single. Tourist recently wrapped a string of US tour dates supporting Bonobo and Bob Moses, his first shows in the states since his stellar Coachella performance earlier this year.
The GRAMMY-winning songwriter and electronic musician William Phillips aka Tourist had this to say:
With this new music I wanted to make something that was more reflective of who I am now and how my life has changed over the past year. I moved out of my windowless studio and started writing from home again. I think subconsciously I’ve started writing more joyous, colorful music and I’ve loved being more collaborative once again. These tracks are my favorite music I’ve produced so far, Tourist will always change with each release and I’ve loved pushing the sound into a new place.
Tourist makes yearning, bittersweet dance tracks. He’s considered an “artist’s artist”, with fans such as Flume and Porter Robinson supporting his releases. After the self-titled debut EP (2012), Tonight EP (2013), and Patterns EP (2014) featuring guest appearances by Lianne La Havas and Will Heard, as well as high-profile remixes for Chvrches, Haim, Christine and the Queens under his belt, Tourist went on to win the GRAMMY for co-writing the Sam Smith hit “Stay With Me”, and he released his debut album U (2016) to critical acclaim and support from outlets like Vice, Billboard and Rolling Stone Australia.
The single, “Run” landed with #1 spots on BBC Radio 1 dance charts and Hype Machine. This was soon followed by a string of sold-out shows as a live favorite across the United States, Europe and Australia, including major festival appearances at Glastonbury, Coachella (twice) and Bestival.
Tourist – Wash EP
01. We Stayed Up All Night (feat. Ardyn)
02. Apart (feat. JONES)
03. Sleepwalking (feat. Swim Mountain & Esther Joy)
Tue 11/21 – London, UK @ Corsica Studios
Wed 11/22 – London, UK @ Corsica Studios (SOLD OUT)
Thu 11/23 – London, UK @ Corsica Studios (SOLD OUT)
Sat 12/30 – NSW, Australia @ Lost Paradise
Sun 12/31 – Perth, Australia @ Origin NYE
Fri 1/05 – Auckland, NZ @ The Power Station (w Kaytranada)
Sat 1/06 – Brisbane, Australia @ FOMO Festival
Sun 1/07 – Adelaide, Australia @ FOMO Festival
Sat 1/13 – Sydney, Australia @ FOMO Festival
“Their unique style of house is apparent with a dance-driven approach making use of bouncing, deep basslines, jazzy and bright melodies with uplifting vocals while sax lines are thrown in perfectly.” – This Song Is Sick
Since locking themselves in their bedroom studio and emerging with debut album Caught In The Loop in 2006, GoldFish have gone from one of dance music’s best-kept secrets to luminaries both as producers and on the live front. Their can-do attitude and unique musical vision led them to countless sold-out performances and festival appearances, a top 10 in the iTunesDance chart in the United States, an MTV Africa award, a four-year residency at Pacha Ibizaand a list of support that runs from Robin Schulz and Klingande to Thomas Jack and Sam Feldt. A landmark in itself, their fifth album Late Night Peopleis bound to make the duo stand out further both in and beyond the world of dance music.
FollowingMTV Africa Award-winning album Three Second Memory, GoldFish is ecstatic in releasing their latest EP Late Night People, in addition to an International fall tour, sharing critically appraised live performances of the smashing new album.The uplifting twelve-track album radiates a sense of coming home, of discovering a piece of the world that has yet remained unclaimed and untainted. Between its funky and sexy title track, the upbeat “If I Could Find” and the ever-vibrant “Rising Sun” (with Pontifex and Grammy Winner, Gustavo Bertino), the album harbors Thirteen records that are as diverse as they are alike, coexisting peacefully.
Stream the album below!!!
Tour Dates for GoldFish Live:
SUN 10/8/17 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival SAT 10/14/17 San Diego, CA The Music Box SUN 10/15/17 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival WED 10/18/17 BRISTOL UK Cirque du Soul FRI 10/20/17 Amsterdam, Netherlands ADE at MELKWEG – Sold-Out SUN 10/22/17 PARIS, FR Nouveau Casino MON 10/23/17 NOTTINGHAM, UK Cirque du Soul WED 10/25/17 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero THU 10/26/17 New York, NY PlayStation Theater FRI 10/27/17 New York, NY Terminal 5 SAT 10/28/17 Boston, MA House of Blues SUN 10/29/17 Live Oak, FL Hulaween SAT 11/11/17 Sao Paulo, Brazil Music Motion Presents GoldFish SAT 11/11/17 Itu, Brazil Anzu Club WED 11/15/17 Praia Brava – Itajahi, Brazil Habbitat FRI 11/17/17 Haras Manoel Leão, Brazil TBA SAT 11/18/17 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Só Trak Boa SUN 12/10/17 Capetown, South Africa Submerged w/ GoldFish
Check out this debut track from vibrant German producer LYOD, “Run Away”.
The emotional summer single is characterized by driving beats, mesmerizing melodies, and refined effects. Vibrant synths and a tropical drum wrap around Lucas’ soaring lyrics. Despite this comforting sonic escape, British vocalist Alex Lucas croons a repeating sharp line:
wasted on a generation fighting for peace, but I’m just now wise enough to see the truth
The inspiration for these lines came from reflecting on society. Lucas croons his way through bold statements on how to deal while LYOD layers his warm and playful instrumentals. “Run Away” creates a getaway all on its own.
Simply known as James and Mabel, the pair’s eccentric, soulful sound is known to be inspired by their favorite places, friends, and films. This love for the latter led to a collaboration on the video with Jack Brown, a London-based animator and director whose credits include Rejjie Snow.Their artistic vision is to celebrate the vibrancy and energy of nighttime, and they achieve this by seamlessly mixing 2D hand drawn animation with digitally filmed environments in their forthcoming video. A strong aesthetic is vital to Gold Fir’s identity and positively reinforces the slick sonic production on “Night Walk”.
The name Gold Fir, as unique as the duo’s style, is symbolic of various ideas. According to the duo, “It can be fun, funky, sassy, serious, sad and amusing…It’s about trying to be bold and to enjoy the writing process as much as possible.” This focus on the sonic personality and the duo’s relative anonymity lets the spotlight fall wholeheartedly on the music’s soul.
Off the back of the soulful sound and forthcoming corresponding artistic visuals with the “Night Walk” video, Gold Fir look ahead to transposing their colorful palette of sounds into a live set to look out for in 2017.
“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 Franceand 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.
Sydney producer HOUNDED is back on the grid with a sunshine-filled track called “On My Side” and it arrives just in time to defrost us from all those winter chills.
Right from the first chime you’ll be grooving and your shoulders will be bopping while the fluttery voice of Brisbane artist Savoi makes this track all the more uplifting, and all you wanna do is dance and smile.
“I had a difficult time finding vocals that matched the energy of the song. I was fortunate enough to be in the studio with Savoi late last year and his voice just seems to fit perfectly with the instrumental. I find that Savoi’s voice really compliments my style and gives it that extra sense of movement and energy” – HOUNDED
Introducing your next obsession, LINES – a brand new Stockholm-based four-piece who are coming out swinging.
LINES debut song, “Weekends,” is the first taste of their beautifully twisted music, comprised of chaotic synths placed perfectly over pounding bass lines and melodies that rise but never seem to set. To kick things off, they’ve released the ultimate weekend anthem that channels an intensity that will bring dance parties to its knees.