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Newest Love: Freedom Fry

“A jewel of sparkling synth and melodies” – VICE/Noisey
“Freedom Fry are on the path to stardom” – Indie Shuffle
“indie pop-folk tracks with upbeat melodies, danceable rhythms” – Flaunt Magazine

In anticipation of their upcoming Strange Attraction EP set for release on September 7th, Los Angeles based alt-folk duo Freedom Fry share new single “Party Down” with VICE’s Noisey. Highlighted by pulsating electronic beats and dreamy, melodic vocals of Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll, the track stays true to the duo’s infectious feel-good sound.

“Party Down is a song about getting through the grind of your daily life and wanting to make the good times last longer – having the foresight when you’re in a good moment to realize that once it’s over you’re going to miss it,” Freedom Fry comments. “We were playing with synths as lead elements, which we haven’t done very much as a band. We wanted the beat to feel like a cross between Michael Jackson and the more danceable songs by The Clash. Once that was in place the rest of it just came together.”

“Party Down” follows the release of the first single and title track “Strange Attraction” released last month via BlackBook. Upon release of the EP, Freedom Fry will bring their kinetic live energy to Los Angeles on September 9th at Sunstock Solar Music Festival.

Freedom Fry has garnered over 50 million track streams and their music can be heard in over 50 films, shows, and commercials including Judd Apatow’s “Love” and Grey’s Anatomy. The band has appeared on The Hype Machine over 50 times, including three #1’s as they continue to turn heads on the international scale. They’ve performed in Europe and throughout the US with the likes of Stromae, Phantogram, X Ambassadors, and others.

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New Album From Theophilus London!

Theophilus London returns after a two-year hiatus (finally!) with his new album Vibes. To celebrate the release, Theophilus debuts his new video for “Tribe” which will be performed live for the first time tomorrow night on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Executive produced by Kanye West and adorned with cover art by Karl Lagerfeld, Vibes is a collage of “experimental pop, gallant R&B and ’80s new wave inflection[,] most striking in its mix of top-of-the-charts pop intuition, leftfield sensibility, and artful, giddy experimentation” (The FADER).   The title of the album is a reflection of the driftless spirit of collaboration that permeates the record. “The album is called Vibes because everything that happened creatively and spiritually just all vibed together,” explains London. “Everyone who worked on it with me did it on a family level. We all vibed together. You couldn’t even plan it. It was all vibes.”
Yesterday, the New York native stopped by HOT 97 to detail his work with Kanye West, his penchant for big hats, upcoming projects and more with Ebro and Peter Rosenberg.  Check out the interview below:

The 12-song LP took nearly two-years to create following Theophilus’ relocation to the deserts of Palm Springs to join his inspiration and Motown-legend Leon Ware to serve as creative producer on the album.  London had long admired the work of Ware — who has worked with the likes of The Isley Brothers, Ike and Tina, Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Minnie Riperton and Maxwell, as well as great moments in soul music such as Marvin Gaye’s classic “I Want You” and Michael Jackson’s first gold record “I Wanna Be Where You Are” — and had even reimagined the album cover of Ware’s eponymous 1982 album for his major label debut album, 2011’s Timez Are Weird These Days.

Theo

Tracklisting for Vibes is as follows:

1. Water Me (feat. Leon Ware)
2. Neu Law
3. Take And Look
4. Can’t Stop My Love (feat. Kanye West)
5. Get Me Right
6. Heartbreaker
7. Do Girls

8. Tribe (feat. Jesse Boykins III)

9. Smoke (Interlude) (feat. Soko)
10. Smoke Dancehall
11. Need Somebody (feat. Leon Ware)
12. Figure It Out (feat. Devonte Hynes)

Theophilus will be spreading the good vibes with his Soho House release party tour:

  • THU Nov 6th – New York, NY w/ Nianga
  • SAT Nov 15th – Chicago, IL w/ Flat White
  • SUN Nov 16th – Toronto, ONT w/ Theophilus London
  • FRI Nov 21st – Miami, FL w/ Juske

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Outasight – Tonight is the Night

Who’s next? Outasight is!

Outasight’s first official single, “Tonight is the Night,” was selected by Pepsi for their new “Music Icons” TV ad campaign which celebrates Pepsi’s rich music history and features superstars Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Ray Charles and Mariah Carey. “Music Icons” captures the essence of Pepsi and The X FACTOR‘S search for the next pop-music star.

“We chose the song “Tonight is the Night” because it perfectly captures the spirit of music today,” said Simon Lowden, Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Beverages Company. “This spot is about re-igniting the timeless connection between Pepsi and iconic pop music and also about celebrating our partnership with THE X FACTOR. Now we’re more excited than ever to ask the question: who’s next?” he continued. Outasight is excited about the opportunity. “This is a truly amazing campaign” Outasight aka Richard Andrew explains, “It’s a dream come true to work with a culturally relevant brand such as Pepsi and to be a part of such a rich history of artists is an honor.”

The “Music Icons” campaign will run nationally on FOX for the duration of THE X FACTOR. Hosted by Steve Jones, THE X FACTOR made its highly anticipated debut last night and continues its two-night series premiere event tonight (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. THE X FACTOR judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger begin their search for undiscovered talent 12 years old and over – both solo artists and vocal groups – who are worthy of the largest prize in television history: a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music and to be featured in a Pepsi Super Bowl commercial.

Yonkers, New York native Outasight is putting the finishing touches on his debut full length. “Tonight Is The Night” serves as the forthcoming album’s lead single. His recent Figure 8 EP is available for purchase on iTunes or available as a free download in exchange for an email address. The video for the title track, Figure 8, was shot in Brooklyn and can be seen here. XXL says it well – “Brief, bright and poppy, Figure 8 is an equally ideal listen for the new-age hip-hop fan as those with Top 40 tastes. The release will help to build momentum and bodes well for Outasight’s forthcoming major label debut.” Outasight will head out on tour with Gym Class Heroes and The Dirty Heads in October. A full list of confirmed dates is below.

Outasight On Tour With Gym Class Heroes and The Dirty Heads

10.09 Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
(w/The Dirty Heads only)

10.10 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
(w/The Dirty Heads only)

10.12 St. Petersburg, FL @
Jannus Live!

10.13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

10.14 Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues

10.16 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Park

10.18 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore

10.19 Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head

10.20 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

10.21 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

10.24 Boston, MA @ House Of Blues

10.25 Albany, NY @ Northern Lights

10.26 Long Island, NY @
Paramount Theater (w/The Dirty Heads only)

10.28 Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus

10.30 Pontiac, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater

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