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Newest Love: Private Island

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“For a sound so contagious, I’d bet they’re impressive to see live.”
– What Youth

“So grab your sunglasses and sunscreen and hit the pool with this one on your loudspeakers.” — Earmilk

“L.A.-based Private Island has one foot in the retro-ism of smooth jazz and funk and the other in the gang’s-all-here musical collectivism of modern indie-pop.”
– Buzzbands.LA

After dominating the West Coast music scene and selling out headlining shows in LA, Private Island is heading on their first US Tour with Future Generations, prepared to bring their mix of funky California indie pop-rock to a venue near you. After making a splash on the internet with their Hype Machine approved hit “Drugs,” and over 3 million streams on Spotify, Private Island is excited to promote their third studio project, Night Drivewhich will mark a slight departure from their indie-rock past to a smoother R&B vibe.

The lead single, “Turbulence,” is Private Island’s first step into a world that breaks away from the shimmering indie-rock of their past releases. While maintaining their roots, the new music opens the door into a darker, more polished sound, where lead singer Christian Lum effortlessly denounces his loss of faith in love. The sonic development of the new single mixed with their signature bluesy-rock sound leaves listeners with a taste of the new album, due out fall 2017. The Southern California six-piece band, comprised of Christian Lum, Tommy Nickerson, Cameron Anderson, Michelle Guerrero, Tim Barbour and Roger Mawer, worked with producer Jacob Munk and mastering engineer Joe Lambert for Night Drive.

TOUR DATES

July 28th @ The High Watt in Nashville, TN

July 29th @ The EARL in Atlanta, GA

Aug 1st @ The Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC

Aug 2nd @ DC9 in Washington, DC

Aug 4th @ Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA

Aug 5th @ Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY

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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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Video: Night Drive – “Rise and Fall”

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Like a synesthesia-induced landscape found within the vivid worlds of films a la Tron or The Neon Demon, Austin + Houston duo Night Drive are back with scattered and lo-fi visuals for their track “Rise and Fall“. The group is also thrilled to announce their debut self-titled record, due June 16th via Roll Call Records.

The duo – comprised of Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon noted, “Rise and Fall is about unexpected change as two people find themselves going in different directions. A sudden and untimely break-up. We wanted the overall sound to be a bit dreamy and distant, which relates to that feeling of your life disintegrating and slipping through your hands like smoke, being unable to hold on to it. But we also wanted an energetic intensity to it, which relates more to the feeling of rushing headlong towards an inevitable tragedy and being unable to avert it, no matter what you do or where you turn.”

Inspired by sci-fi cinematic landscapes, the duo’s modern synth-pop seeks to explore the darker currents of abstract emotion. With infectious melodies wrapped in thoughtful lyrics, layered over pulsing dance beats, the group creates an ethereal electronic world drenched in noir aesthetics. With the handful of tracks and remixes they’ve released, the duo’s dreamy songs have already garnered attention from the likes of SPIN as well as causing a stir from tastemakers in the blogosphere, including myself — I LOVE them!

Night Drive’s self-titled debut album brings to mind the aesthetics of acts like Interpol or The Knife and is an effort best consumed in its entirety. From the John Carpenter-esque stylings of hazy album opener, “Hyperion” to the urgent synth of “Strange Telepathy” or the slow-burning and subtle “Ghost Craft,” from start to finish, the LP is a textured soundscape and surreal journey through sound.

Having recently toured with the likes of CHVRCHES, Austra, Yacht, Robert DeLong, and Miami Horror, Night Drive has several dates coming up in Houston, New York, and Austin.

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Listen/download: Night Drive – “Queen” (Perfume Genius Cover)

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“The psychedelic original is revamped into an electro-pop monster that recalls U2 as much as it does On An On‘s synthier side. Listen below.”  – All Things Go

It’s summer time again and Night Drive is releasing the second installment of their “Summer Covers Series”. Following last years dark disco Radiohead cover (“Where I End and You Begin”), they’ve now filtered the Perfume Genius track, “Queen” through a dancier electronic lens.

Listen: Night Drive – “Queen” (Perfume Genius Cover)

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Free Download: Night Drive – “Young Rivals” (Off Da Clock Remix)

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Listen/download: Night Drive – “Young Rivals” (Off Da Clock Remix)

“Off Da Clock puts a dancier spin on the original in the style of Bit Funk and Treasure Fingers.” – Discobelle
As 2014 comes to a close, freshly minted label, Sound Control Records, wraps up it’s release cycle for “Young Rivals,” the latest single from Austin/Houston based synth duo, Night Drive. The pair, Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon, reached new heights with their latest offering, securing premieres on Noisey, Idolator and tapping New York sweethearts, ASTR, for the official remix and teaming up with Austin’s Lobo Sucio Creative and Mark Roethke for a Kubrick 2001 meets Barbarella esque video.

Now, Night Drive and Sound Control Records are excited to present the latest remix of “Young Rivals” from burgeoning, Austin based producer, Off Da Clock. Taking steady aim at the club, Off Da Clock (nee` Chris Cortinas) injects some serious, pumping drums, jaunty guitar riffs and euphoric arpeggios to create a blissful rework poised to damage many a dance floor.

Listen to more Young Rivals
Night Drive – Young Rivals (Original Mix)
Night Drive – Young Rivals (ASTR Remix)
Night Drive – Young Rivals (Official Video)

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Listen: Goldroom ft. Mammals – “Till Sunrise” (Night Drive Remix)

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Listen: Goldroom ft. Mammals – “Till Sunrise” (Night Drive Remix)

Two new Night Drive remixes in one day!!! Hell yeah! That’s a great way to start of the weekend!

Last month we all took note when LA’s Goldroom released the stems for his latest single, Till Sunrise, for a series of premixes. You’ve seen plenty of premixes and remixes floating about over the past several weeks. Here’s one more, you do not want to miss.

Night Drive’s been busy in the studio producing their new album. When they heard the airy vocal stems, the two producers decided to make use of the studio time and put their own spin on the track. Adding live bass, guitars, and layered with silky electronic textures, Night Drive has created a unique track that stands all on its own. The remix picks up the pace with a soothing pulse of energy that glides along the top of a soft undercurrent to the end of summer.

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Listen: Elektromekanik – Are You Alright (Night Drive Remix)

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“Cascading melodies and layer upon layer of arppegiated synth lines usher in Night Drive’s signature sound in the best possible way, most definitely the heaviest dance-floor cut on the release.”  – Discobelle

Almost exactly a year ago, Night Drive joined forces with Elektromekanik to create the Night Drive – Sea of Light (Elektromekanik Remix). Since then, the two acts have stayed in touch, and Night Drive is excited to announce their latest collaboration with the Romanian producer, Victor Gunta, AKA Elektromekanik, with their remix of “Are You Alright”. Released on Media Blackout Records the EP is a synth heavy, Italo, disco influenced collection of dance tracks perfect for late night strolls through the city and flashy dance clubs.

Listen: Elektromekanik – Are You Alright (Night Drive Remix)

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Listen: Night Drive – Where I End And You Begin (Radiohead Cover)

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Listen: Night Drive – Where I End And You Begin (Radiohead Cover)

(Download the track free via the band’s Facebook and Soundcloud pages.)

Night Drive transforms Radiohead’s “Where I End and You Begin” into a pulsing, hypnotic, electro-pop track. The band embraces Radiohead’s moody and brooding vibe while bringing Night Drive’s style of dark, disco-pop fans have dubbed as “Future Wave.”

The cover came about completely by chance. While in the studio working on a new track, Night Drive realized the main groove happen to meld perfectly with a Radiohead track. Fascinated by this marriage, they couldn’t resist the opportunity.

Keep your eyes open. The band releases this cover to announce their new album, scheduled for an early 2015 release. First single, “Young Rivals” to be released this September with an official remix by ASTR and official music video by their ongoing visual collaborators, Lobo Sucio Creative.

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Listen: Night Drive – After Dark Remixes

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“Together they’ve produced some tracks that resonate with the glam that penetrated their ears.” –Prefix Magazine

“Almost as hypnotizing as a full moon, the song’s subtle vocals and vacillating beat take the night.” – MTV Iggy

After success of their stunning video for “After Dark,” Night Drive continues riding high on their musical journey. Night Drive and The Penelopes have been eager to work with one another for quite sometime and decided to do so via a remix swap. The french duo pulls no punches with this dark and sultry, disco reinterpretation. Keep your eyes open for Night Drive’s remix of The Penelopes, due out later this Spring.
 
Fellow Austin and Houston artists, Orthy and Bagheera, produced two excellent remixes of “After Dark”. Since Night Drive, Orthy and Bagheera are all part of the Red Bull Sound Select family, RBSS will be releasing the After Dark EP for free in select record stores. Look for that later this month.

For now, you can listen to the After Dark Remixes over at Prefix Mag — click here to check it out now!


 

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Download: Arcade Fire – “We Exist” (Night Drive Remix)

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Listen/download: Arcade Fire – We Exist (Night Drive Edit)

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