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New Music From Digitalism!

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Following a Hype Machine No.1 with first single “Utopia”, Pete Tong’s ‘Essential New Tune’ on BBC Radio 1, Digitalism unleash new track “Go Time”.

Saying that Hamburg hailing Digitalism’s third album Mirage stems from “the ecstasy” of “epic trips around the globe” is no overstatement. 10 years of touring, creating and scouting inspiration have cut a path for the duo that sits somewhere between nostalgia and futurism. This comes to a head in the second single off the album, “Go Time”, further proof of their ever-increasing appetite for adventure.

An indisputable pre-weekend anthem, it’s a huge track. Stemming from one simple loop, it evolved into “this huge stadium indie thing” as Jence and Isi put it. Leaving any stagnant competitors well behind them, Digitalism have tapped into that Thursday-night-feeling, yearning for a weekend yet to begin. This is the theme of the track: “Let’s get Friday out of the way”, chants a euphoric chorus, deliciously raw. Taking on this mantra, John Tejada and Mumbai Science have both delivered tasty remixes, with the latter creating an inescapably bouncy sound grounded in the youthful grit of “Go Time”.

Taking wistful electronica to new heights, expect a contemporary indie twist that keeps hold of a good dose of synth-mania. The old school finesse of hits like “Zdarlight” and “Pogo” are evident in both “Go Time” and first single “Utopia”, with a decade of knowledge gained over a career full to the brim with both live and studio magic.

“Go Time for us means ‘pressing the start button’ on your life and going for it” – and go for it they have. After a few years of doing everything from storming Coachella to a solid residency at London’s XOYO where they play live on April 28th, the album was whipped up in a cool 6 months, starting in February 2015. Its swift conception is clearly a reflection of their need to share this creative output with the world, and if “Go Time” is representative of the whole album, we should be just as eager to hear it as Digitalism were to make it.

Digitalism Live Tour Dates:
27 April – Paris, France – Badaboum
28 April – London, England – XOYO
6 May – Cologne, Germany – Gebäude 9
13 May – Berlin, Germany – Ritter Butzke
19 May – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
20 May – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
21 May – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
24 May – Chicago, IL – Double Door
25 May – Detroit, MI – Shelter
26 May – Toronto, ON – The Garrison
27 May – Montreal, QC – L’Astral
28 May – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
1 June – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
3 June – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
17 June – Arhus, Denmark – Northside
18 June – Eindhoven, Holland – We Are Electric
24 June – Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
25 June – Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
17 July – Berlin, Germany – !MELT Festival
10 Aug – Acquaviva (Siena), Italy – Live Rock festival

Digitalism Mirage – Release Date May 13th
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New Single: YACHT “Utopia”

YACHT have already released their apocalyptic-themed synth-pop anthem “Dystopia (The Earth is on Fire) and now that
the rapture hasn’t actually destroyed the earth the duo are ready to share its companion track “Utopia.”  Click HERE to give it a listen. Both songs will appear on YACHT’s forthcoming new album and second for DFA Records, Shangri-La (out June 21st).

“Utopia” is both thematically and sonically different from “Dystopia.”  The track is a frantic piece of arty disco funk.  YACHT’s Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans fuse their vocals to create appropriately celestial-sounding harmonies.  Multiple layers of keys, guitars, drums, and more pound away in varying rhythms while the two sing lines like “there’s nothing in the future / it’s up to us to make utopia.”

YACHT will be joining bands like Guided by Voices, Wavves, Atlas Sound, and more as part of Brooklyn’s Northside Festival.  YACHT’s show will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Midnight Magic, The Miracles Club, and DFA DJ’s on Sunday,  June 19th.

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New Download: YACHT “Dystopia”

Click image to listen/download YACHT's "Dystopia"

On Shangri-La, (the new album out June 21st) YACHT asserts that the future is a blank slate upon which anything can be imposed.
 
Shangri-La argues that “Paradise is kinetic potential, a latency within us that has been eaten alive by time.” In line with the existing emphasis on self-empowerment in the YACHT philosophy, YACHT’s idea of “Utopia” is personal. They believe that the only real sustainable paradise is in our minds, and hence creative output can be a tangible piece of the Utopia within each individual.
 
Shangri-La literally is YACHT’s Utopia, a place made of songs.

YACHT US Tour Dates:
 
04/13/11 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
04/15/11 Indio, CA – Coachella
04/17/11 Marfa, TX – Padre’s
04/19/11 Austin, TX – Emo’s
04/20/11 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
04/22/11 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
04/23/11 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
04/24/11 Richmond, VA – The National
04/25/11 Washington, DC – Black Cat
04/26/11 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
04/27/11 New York, NY – Webster Hall
04/29/11 Providence, RI – The Met Cafe
04/30/11 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
05/01/11 Montreal, QC – Cabaret Du Mile End
05/02/11 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
05/04/11 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
05/05/11 Chicago, IL – Metro
05/06/11 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
05/07/11 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
05/09/11 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
05/10/11 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
05/12/11 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
05/13/11 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
05/14/11 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
05/15/11 Astoria, OR – Fort George Brewery

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