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Brand New Music From The Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers are back!

Legendary electronic music pioneers The Chemical Brothers return with new single The Darkness That You Fear.  The six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning duo —Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons— release the brand-new song today via Republic Records, the first new music since 2019’s critically acclaimed No Geography.

A limited 12” of the single will be available for Record Store Day on RSD Weekend June 12, 2021 with artwork by the late Cornwall-based abstract artist Sir Terry Frost.

Built around two distinct and disparate vocal samples and a woozy swirl of psychedelic sound, The Darkness That You Fear is the sonic equivalent of light at the end of the tunnel – a rush of hope and a pointer towards a brighter, more open future.

About the new track, Tom Rowlands commented, “’The Darkness That You Fear is a hopeful piece of music. When we found the combination of the different voices worked set to the flow of the music, it made us feel optimistic—like it was something we wanted to share.”

A wildly hallucinogenic and beautifully evocative video for the track has been made by Ruffmercy, the Bristol based director who has previously worked with artists such as Thom Yorke, Run The Jewels and DJ Shadow. 

Ruffmercy comments, “When I first heard the song I immediately connected with the theme and the overall positive vibe. New government rules for relaxing lockdown had been announced and combined with the sun shining, it left me feeling positive about the forthcoming summer. It also triggered a strong sense of nostalgia that led to me going back to look for visual inspiration from the period in time when I first discovered The Chemical Brothers in the mid ’90’s. The video combines archive rave footage from the mid to late 90’s with hand painted Super 8 film textures and hand drawn animation. I love using colour to create chaos and evoke emotions and this was the perfect project to do that.”

Republic Record’s executive Glenn Mendlinger, who brought the duo to the label comments, “The Darkness You Fear marks the return of the mighty Chemical Brothers.  It is a classic Chemical Brothers opus that is psychedelic, lush and full of optimism.  Tom and Ed once again prove they are pioneers of the genre with this uplifting track that is perfectly timed as the world comes out of darkness into light and color.”

Gearing up to hit the stage later this year, The Chemical Brothers have also been confirmed as Friday night headliners at this year’s Creamfields festival in Daresbury, Cheshire (26th – 29th August – the event has already sold out) and Sunday night headliners at TRNSMT in Glasgow.

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GRiZ – “A New Day” (ft. Matisyahu)

Check out the next single “A New Day (feat. Matisyahu),” from GRiZ’s new upcoming album Ride Waves. The song was written days after last year’s tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL and aims to spread a message of peace, positivity, and love while sparking inspiration for change.

“Matisyahu’s voice speaks volumes to so many people. He has this unique ‘way’ of speaking and I am infinitely humbled that we were able to link up an idea that I think is very necessary today.” – GRiZ

“The song kind of wrote itself and came at a time when this was obviously what was going on around us and in our consciousness. When we walked into the studio we knew we wanted to make a meaningful song but we didn’t walk in there with this specific intention (addressing gun violence). But that’s what ended up coming out. When we came into that artistic place where we were like “let’s open up and figure out what is going on inside of us’, this is what rose to the top.” – Matisyahu

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Highly Anticipated: New Album From Magic Wands

Magic Wands are a dream pop duo from Los Angeles, California. They are known for their melodic, catchy songs “Black Magic” and “Teenage Love.” Chris and Dexy Valentine create music that centers on their main influence— the love of all things “magic” “love,” and “dreams”. They have recently expanded to a five-piece for live shows. Magic Wands Abracadabra Tour begins this fall in anticipation of their third album ABRAKADABRA due out early spring 2018. 

Check out their new single, from the upcoming new album, “Loveline”. 

Magic Wands have been remixed by The XX and Crystal Fighters (featured #1 in NME) as well as have toured and shared bills with The Horrors, The Black Keys, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Wombats and The Kills. In 2012 they released their debut album, Aloha Moon, & performed live on BBC1 Radio and XFM followed by Jupiter in 2016. 

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New Music From Typhoon

Check out the latest single “Rorschach” from Typhoon.

The video concept is a play on “the idea of being stuck inside your subconscious, fixated on one memory, while questioning it over and over again.”

“Rorschach” is the first single taken off of “Floodplains“, the opening 4-track movement (released last month) from Typhoon’s forthcoming LP, Offerings. Following the critically-acclaimed White LighterOfferings will be the band’s first full-length release in over four years and will be out on Jan 12, 2018.

The band have also just announced their upcoming North American and UK/EU tours for Winter 2018.
NORTH AMERICAN DATES
January 10: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
January 12: Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater
January 14: Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
January 17: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
January 18: Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
January 19: Chicago, IL @ Metro
January 20: Ann Arbor, MI @ El Cub
January 23: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
January 25: Boston, MA @ Paradise
January 26: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
January 27: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
January 31: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
February 1: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
February 2: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
February 3: Nashville, TN @ Exit In
February 6: Austin, TX @ Mohawk
February 8: Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent
February 10: San Diego, CA @ Music Box
February 11: Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
February 13: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
February 16: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
February 23: Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom
February 24: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre

UK/EU DATES
February 28: Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
March 1: Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
March 2: London, UK @ Lexington
March 7: Paris, FR @ Le Petits Bain
March 8: Brussels, BE @ Botanique
March 9: Amsterdam, NE @ Paradiso
March 10: Hamburg, DE @ Knust
March 13: Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
March 14: Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden
March 15: Vienna, AU @ Fluc
March 16: Wil, CH @ Gar De Lion
March 18: Baden, CH @ Royal
March 20: Cologne, DE @ Artheater

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Introducing CHIMNEY

Producer and musician Dan Molad is CHIMNEY, long-time drummer/producer for Lucius and producer (Pavo Pavo, San Fermin, Luke Temple, JD McPherson, Here We Go Magic). He self-recorded and produced this breakout solo effort. His penchant for sonically adventurous melodies and harmonically complex layers, combined with a stark pop sensibility shine through the breadth of the album.

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Must Listen: Foals – “Mountain At My Gates”

FOALS

Produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Florence + the Machine), “Mountain At My Gates” builds from the leftfield grooves and angular art-rock that characterized previous Foals’ anthems such as “My Number” and “Miami”. This time, however, the quintet subverts expectations by twisting the track into a frenzied finale with a cacophony of sound.

“I’d recorded the beginning riff on my phone ages ago,” explained vocalist/guitarist Yannis Philippakis in a track-by-track interview with NME.  “At the beginning it had a baggy feel, but became less so with more work. The central image – “I see a mountain at my gates” was from me getting more interested in seeing what would come out lyrically where there wasn’t a pre-conceived idea. Normally I write voraciously in books and journals, then harvest a lot of that for the record. This, though, came out instantaneously in the room.”

Foals’ thrillingly visceral return with title track ‘What Went Down’ earned a flurry of Radio 1 support (Hottest Record in the World, Tune of the Week and Track of the Day) as it accelerated past the million views mark at YouTube. The album is now available to pre-order on digital, CD, CD/DVD and vinyl formats, as well as a limited edition box set, which is available exclusively from Foals’ online store. Fans who pre-order the album will receive instant downloads of “Mountain At My Gates” and “What Went Down”.

As with the rest of the What Went Down album, Foals – completed by Jimmy Smith (guitar/keys), Walter Gervers (bass), Jack Bevan (drums) and Edwin Congreave (keys) – recorded “Mountain At My Gates” at the studio La Fabrique which is located in the same village in the south of France in which Van Gogh was hospitalised after savaging his own ear.

What Went Down is an album that grapples with questions that are a world away from the bland bleatings of homogenised pop: permanence and impermanence; life and death; solitude; vulnerability; intimacy; passion; rage; humanity – weighty issues that make demands of the people creating that music, and of all those who listen to it, too.

Sonically, it’s an album that precariously seesaws between primal aggression and naked vulnerability. It’s an approach that delivers a contrast of muscular shocks with the fiery central riff of “Snake Oil” and the menacing percussive march of “Albatross” set against some of the band’s most openly experimentally moments to date such as cocktail of afrobeat and drum machines that underpins “Night Swimmers” and the stripped-back, vocal-led “Give It All”.

The album closes on an astonishingly beautiful note with “A Knife in the Ocean”, akin to both the calm before the storm, but also the stillness and silence after it has passed.

Foals have released three top ten albums to date: Antidotes (2007, album chart no 3), Total Life Forever (2010, no 8) and Holy Fire (2013, no 2).  2013 was the year that Foals broke through (even though I’ve loved them since 2007). Appearing high up the bill at festivals around the world, Foals became festival headliners in the UK, headlining Bestival, Latitude and Parklife, drawing the biggest crowds of the weekends.  By the end of 2013 Foals had won another slew of awards:  Best Live Act at the Q awards, Best Live Act at The Sun Bizarre awards, Best Single (Inhaler) at the NME awards and a Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize nomination (the band’s second in a row).

 

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NEW Music! MS MR – “Painted”

From the band:

“‘Painted’ was actually the very first song we wrote for this next album. It was born in a hotel room in Manchester in 2013 and became a touchstone for everything else we created in its wake, so we’re pumped for it to be your first taste of the record. And there’s so much more to come!”

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

Apr 27 – Toronto, ON – Drake Hotel – Tickets
Apr 29 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade – Tickets
May 4 – San Diego, CA – Casbah – Tickets
May 5 – Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever – Tickets
May 7 – San Francisco, CA – Popscene/Rickshaw Stop – Tickets
Jun 3-5 – Mendig, DE – Rock Am Ring – Tickets
Jun 3-5 – Nuremberg, DE – Rom Im Park – Tickets
Jun 10 – London, UK – Victoria – Tickets
Jul 31 to Aug 2 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza – Sold Out
Jul 31 to Aug 2 – Montreal, Canada – Osheaga – Tickets
Sep 12 to 13 – Berlin, DE – Lollapalooza Berlin – Tickets

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New Music From The Offspring

Check out the latest video from The Offspring, “Coming For You”

Head to store.offspring.com to pick up a digital copy of the single. The song is also available via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and other digital services.
Catch the band on the road in the coming months and stay tuned for additional US tour dates.
April 4, 2015 Tempe Beach Park Tempe, AZ
April 25, 2015 Toyota Stadium Dallas, TX
April 28, 2015 War Memorial Auditorium Nashville, TN
May 3, 2015 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
June 6, 2015 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Chicago, IL
July 30, 2015 The Pacific Amphitheater Costa Mesa, CA
July 31, 2015 The Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, CA

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New Download From Dimond Saints

Push It

Listen/download: Dimond Saints – “Push It Down”

(Free download comes with a Facebook Like)

2014 was a huge first year for Oakland duo, Dimond Saints. Emerging as one of the most promising producers to hit the scene with several Hype Machine toppers and massive festival plays. Releasing over 24 songs to critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard and beyond. 2015 is sure to start with a uproar with their first release titled, “Push It Down”.

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Highly Anticipated: New Music From k-os

I’m a fan of k-os since back in 2009, when I heard their album, Yes!

I admit that I wasn’t that big on their 2013 album Black on Blonde, but NOW, they’re back and they’ve unveiled a new song from next year’s highly anticipated LP Can’t Fly Without Gravity.

“Turn Me Loose” is a hard-rocking, four-on-the-floor banger complete with wailing guitars, trippy synths and a message about going out and leaving every worry behind.

The video is set to the backdrop of familiar shots from k-os’ stomping ground, “Walkin’ down Yonge Street on a Friday”, in Toronto.

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