Dan Vella delivers a serotonin fuelled summer anthem through Hell or High
Dan Vella has made his way back with ‘Hell or High Water’ the beach-side anthem for your summer season. His third release of the year, it’s with this track that we see the Melbourne musician dive further into crafting a nostalgic yet familiar sound that places him in a lane of his own.
Hell or High Water explores the lengths in which you would go to for those you share a deep connection with. “When a relationship is strong, there is no doubt you would go through hell for them knowing they’ve got your back”.
Drawing inspiration from the late 90s and early 00s, the track (produced by MSquared duo Michael Paynter & Michael Delorenzis) is laced with a bright pop energy. Vella’s warm vocals mixed in with bright guitars and a wavy beat, this track delivers surprises at every turn and pairs perfectly with road-trips, cold beer and a healthy dose of sunscreen. ‘Hell or High Water’ has arrived just in time for a long awaited Aussie summer.
Label: MDLBEAST Records Heavyweight producer Afrojack and talented newcomers Black V Neck join the ranks of MDLBEAST Records with “To The Floor,” a house remake of a hip-hop classic. If you ever went to a house party or club in the 2010s, chances are you heard Waka Flocka Flame and Roscoe Dash‘s “No Hands.” Fast forward a decade, and it’s been given a different type of dance-worthy twist; Afrojack and Black V Neck lean heavily into tech house sound with minimal, driving basslines and complementary kickdrums, making a recipe for the perfect late-night underground dancefloor killer. Afrojack recently released “My Sound” with SLVR and Chico Rose, while Black V Neck has just dropped “More” with KrazySucio on Claude VonStroke‘s infamous DIRTYBIRD. “To The Floor” is the latest in a hot streak for MDLBEAST, which has included Steve Aoki‘s “Aurora” (as his Ninja Attack project) in addition to Salvatore Ganacci‘s “Fight Dirty,” Cosmicat‘s “Toxic Romance,” Butch‘s “Testarossa” and R3HAB, Skytech & Fafaq‘s “Sorry I Missed Your Call.”
As one of the most innovative and sought-after artists, Grammy Award-winning producer and DJ Afrojack continues to shatter boundaries that push music in bold new directions. Since making his breakthrough with the multi-platinum-selling single “Take Over Control,” the Dutch-born musician has lent his production skills to tracks that bend genres and laid the foundation for major hits for artists such as Beyoncé, Pitbull, Will.i.am, and more. In the last few years, Afrojack was named one of the 50 Most Important People in EDM by Rolling Stone and placed on the Forbes “30 Under 30” music list. In 2010, he was one of the first DJs to secure a Las Vegas residency and continues to entertain global audiences as a headlining resident artist for the Hakkasan group. Afrojack travels the world performing at the biggest clubs/festivals while producing new music with his label Wall Recordings. His most recent worldwide hits such as “Anywhere With You” together with Lucas & Steve and DubVision, “We Got That Cool” with Yves V and Icona Pop, “1234” with Fedde Le Grand featuring MC Ambush add to an impressive repertoire spanning a decade as a global performer and multi-platinum selling artist. One milestone in 2021 was when “HERO” together with David Guetta reached number 1 on the US dance radio chart through amassing an impressive over 40M streams to date.
MDLBEAST is the Middle East‘s most influential brand that is rapidly evolving. MDLBEAST Records marks another milestone on the company’s journey that allows a further cultural exchange between local Middle Eastern artists, global superstars, and audiences around the world. MDLBEAST‘s game-changing festival in Riyadh – SOUNDSTORM, held its first edition in 2019 with acts such as David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, Afrojack, and R3HAB, to name only a few, which was just the beginning and more than an event. SOUNDSTORM was a cultural catalyst for Saudi youth, which will be back in action in December 2021 with a star-studded line-up. Until then, keep an eye out for further groundbreaking releases from this exciting imprint.
NZ punk-rockers Sit Down In Front have just dropped what is arguably the most Kiwi punk rock tune of all time, ‘Pixie Caramel‘ featuring the legendary Tiki Taane.
Named after an iconic Kiwi chocolate bar, ‘Pixie Caramel’ is another day in the lives of these teenage punks, a fast and upbeat punk rock anthem about going to the corner ‘dairy’ only to find out your favourite snack is sold out! The song follows their scorching slice of punk rock political commentary Don’t Drink Bleach, which had Blunt Magazine praising their ability to “turn lemons into lemonade” as “a superpower of sorts“.
One of New Zealand’s most well-known and diverse artists and producers, Tiki Taane (Shapeshifter/Salmonella Dub), stars in both the single and video, which was filmed at an old abandoned Jail. The video concept is based around the Kiwiana Pixie Caramel commercial from the late 1980s, with Tiki Taane delivering the comic “any last requests” line and not missing the opportunity to drop in some Aotearoa bass culture!
“I had such a blast recording vocals & being in the video for this song. It’s got wicked energy and I loved hanging with the boys.” – Tiki Taane.
‘Pixie Caramel’ is the second track to be taken from the band’s forthcoming EP, which is set for release in early 2022 via Best & Fairest.
“We strongly advise watching this space.” – Blunt Magazine
Melbourne Bass baddies BIG BOSS & Spe3d deliver a summer infused Trap and Moombahton hybrid. Way You Move is ruder than straight up asking someone to twerk. Yet the booty moving properties of this banger are as irresistible as an order from heaven. Fast becoming a veteran of the scene BIG BOSS is renowned, not just for his club thumping tunes but also as a mastering engineer and for his production advice on tiktok. Entering the scene in 2021, Spe3d showcases production chops in advance of his contemporaries with a stellar list of self releases that are impressive and innovative. A consistent stream of quality music has lined him up to be one to watch in 2022 and his work on ‘Way You Move’ is a testament to this.
To add extra icing on the rave cake, two solid remixes are included. First of all, bass music patron Space Prince chooses violence with his heavy as heck remixes that changes tempo, direction and grip on you like a champion wrestler. Crumpy (AKA Skrybe) pulls things back into line with a wonky bass house take that is itching to be slammed on the biggest PAs.
There’s an energy and impatience in this track that is chomping at the bit like a Melbourne raver. If you’re looking for a tune to get you gee’d up to dance again Way You Move will make all the sense.
SUPPORT FOR JUNO DISCO
“This is one of those songs that has me furiously stroking my moustache with excitement.”
Indie Shuffle (ZAF)
“Juno Disco are a duo to be excited about.”
“Sounding equally nostalgic as it does future focused, familiar yet exciting and fresh.”
Purple Sneakers (AUS)
“I’ve got my disco sequence glitter boots on and I’m ready for ANYTHING. Juno sound tracking my big dreams as always.” – 4.5/5 stars
Claire Mooney – triple j (AUS)
Previous singles added to Spotify playlists ‘New Music Friday (AU/NZ)’, ‘Indie Arrivals’ and ‘Permanent Vacation’
‘Dreamin’ added to rotation on triple j Unearthed
Melbourne-based synth-pop duo Juno Disco have today returned with their inventive new EP ‘House Of Juno’ – produced by the band themselves, mixed by Nick Bond and mastered by Joe Carra (Midlife, Pond).
Largely created at their home studios, ‘House Of Juno’ is six eclectic tracks that blend the sparkling elements of alternative pop, electronica and house. Arranged with warm synths and syrupy vocal harmonies, brimming with delicate and intricate innovation, the EP is a collective showcase of customary and established song writing.
“’House Of Juno’ was a lockdown baby, born of a deep longing for late nights and sweaty dancefloors,” the duo comments. “The beats hit heavier, the words are more sentimental, all in an effort to quench our thirst for the club. This record was actually produced in a unique way, in that a lot of it was produced via zoom due to lockdown. There were a lot of recording sessions specifically, where Albert would set up a mic and a camera in his studio and I (Nick) would be watching on from my studio, giving notes on each take and really building the songs from there.”
Opening track ‘Two Streets Over’ crescendos and bursts with multicoloured electronics and polyphonic subtleties, including the contributions of local talent Franko Gonzo, before the smooth second track ‘Left To Write’ stipulates a wash of synth pads and infectious hooks. ‘Neon Lights’ ridges the overall energy with the prosperous feature of vocalist Leon Nites, as modulated melodies and syncopated beats stimulate a sweltering, luminous environment.
Pulsing and filtered synth leads initiate the fourth track ‘Don’t Be Fooled’, an anthemic dance-floor encapsulation of phased vocals and radiating textures. ‘Waiting So Long’ sensibly crafts a regulated atmosphere with a serene tempo and judicious use of repetition throughout its five-minute duration, before the final track ‘Dreamin’ punctuates the EP as a nostalgic finale, creating a fusion of arpeggiated sequences, vivid percussion and buoyant dynamic melodies that consistently rise and fall prior to an abrupt ending.
Previous releases have been widely embraced by Spotify, MTV and Australian radio stations triple j, triple j Unearthed, Radio Adelaide, 2SER, 4ZZZ and JOY FM. They’ve also seen extensive support from tastemaker blogs Indie Shuffle (ZAF), Pilerats, Acid Stag, Surviving the Golden Age (USA), Purple Sneakers, Trouble Juice, Deafen County, AAA Backstage, Something You Said and Futuremag Music.
In the live arena, the duo has sold out multiple headline shows, supported LEISURE (NZ) and Luke Million, and played Australian festivals like Beyond The Valley and St Kilda Festival.
‘House Of Juno’ is available worldwide now
‘House Of Juno’ Track Listing:
1. Two Streets Over
2. Left To Write
3. Neon Lights (ft. Leon Nites)
4. Don’t Be Fooled
5. Waiting So Long
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Announces 2022 Tour including Three Stops In Canada
TORONTO, ON – Today, Toronto’s favourite, unconventional electronic rock band Holy Fuck released their new single “Lost Cool” via AWAL on all streaming platforms. The track features vocals from Madrid-based Electro-Pop artist Lucia Tacchetti, and sees the two artists exploring a retro-cool vibe that harks back to a dark eighties electro-pop aesthetic; shaped by Holy Fuck’s distinctive sound.
Holy Fuck explain; “In the spirit of online collaboration, we sent song ideas out to some incredibly talented artists to collaborate. Lucia Tacchetti brought her amazing voice and jittery synth parts from Spain, cementing the perfect danceable vibe for “Lost Cool.”
Lucia added; “It´s been an honour to collaborate with Holy Fuck and being able to be part of the process. We had the opportunity to do everything remotely and communication flowed perfectly. I worked from Argentina with some ideas and luckily we understood each other super-fast. I’m really happy with the result. Our universes coexist very well. I loved putting some words in Spanish. I am very grateful to the band for making me part of this track and super anxious for everyone to hear what we have been working on, I hope people dance to it everywhere!”
“Lost Cool” follows the release of Holy Fuck’s recent single “Airport Dreams” featuring Sarah Bonito from British Indie-Pop band Kero Kero Bonito. “Airport Dreams” showcases two of today’s most innovative recording acts, combining their talents for something bigger, even when greater forces like the pandemic are physically keeping people apart. You can watch the music video for “Lost Cool” here.
Sarah Bonito sent super catchy vocal parts that were initially intended for a different idea altogether, but further catalysed that which formed “Airport Dreams” in to a frenetic and energetic song that’s the antithesis of being held back or restricted.
The single debuted on Lauren Laverne’s breakfast show on BBC Radio 6 Music as the ‘While You Were Sleeping’ track, and tastemaker outlet Under The Radar called it “an unforeseen delight that brings together branching talents for something new and unexpected.” You can watch the music video for “Airport Dreams” here.
Additionally, Holy Fuck is excited to announce that they will be returning to the stage in February with their 2022 tour. The tour dates will cover the USA, Canada, Europe, and the UK, and are set to kick off on February 4th at the Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver, BC and wrap on May 7th at the Ideal Bar in Copenhagen, DK.
For additional information about the tour, and to purchase tickets visit here.
Holy Fuck, composed of Brian Borcherdt, Graham Walsh, Matt Schulz, and Matt “Punchy” McQuaid, have always been happy to plow a distinctly lone furrow.
Playing by their own rules for the past 15 years of their career and five albums, they have become one of the country’s finest, and most influential, exports, with their widescreen, technicolour, crescendo-heavy, and highly danceable sound often finding itself imitated, but never bettered.
Continuing to go against the grain and staying true to themselves, their signature sound has appeared on the soundtracks to Breaking Bad, Mr Robot, Snowpiercer, Chemical Hearts, Invincible, Good Girls, and Cheaters. The band has also toured extensively worldwide including North America dates alongside Hot Chip in 2019, NY’s Brooklyn Steel, and LA’s Shrine Expo Hall.
Holy Fuck – Tour Dates
February 4, 2022 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
February 5, 2022 – Victoria, BC – Capital Ballroom
February 6, 2022 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
February 7, 2022 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
February 8, 2022 – Portland, OR – Lola’s Room
February 9, 2022 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
February 10, 2022 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
February 11, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – Moroccan Lounge (Late Show)
February 13, 2022 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
February 14, 2022 – Pomona, CA – Glass House
February 15, 2022 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
February 16, 2022 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Atrium at Catalyst
February 17, 2022 – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
February 18, 2022 – Eugene, OR – Sessions
March 24, 2022 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
March 25, 2022 – Detroit, MI – Outer Limits
March 26, 2022 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
March 27, 2022 – Covington, KY – Madison Live
March 28, 2022 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
March 29, 2022 – Durham, NC – Pinhook
March 30, 2022 – Richmond, VA – Camel
March 31, 2022 – Washington, DC – DC9
April 1, 2022 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
April 3, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
April 4, 2022 – Boston, MA – Sonia
April 5, 2022 – Portland, ME – SPACE
April 6, 2022 – Burlington, VT – Showcase Lounge
April 8, 2022 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
April 19, 2022 – Leeds, EN – Headrow House
April 20, 2022 – Glasgow, SC – Broadcast
April 21, 2022 – Newcastle upon Tyne, EN – Cobalt Studios
April 22, 2022 – Nottingham, EN – The Bodega
April 23, 2022 – Manchester, EN – Yes (Pink Room)
April 24, 2022 – Birmingham, EN – Hare And Hounds
April 26, 2022 – London, EN – Village Underground
April 27, 2022 – Bristol, EN – Exchange
April 28, 2022 – Cardiff, WLS – Clwb Ifor Bach
April 29, 2022 – Brighton, EN – CHALK
April 30, 2022 – Luxembourg, LU – Out of The Crowd Festival
May 2, 2022 – Paris, FR – Point Ephemere
May 3, 2022 – Amsterdam, N; – Paradiso (Small Hall)
May 4, 2022 – Antwerp, BE – Trix
May 5, 2022 – Berlin, DE – Urban Spree
May 6, 2022 – Hamburg, DE – Headcrash
May 7, 2022 – Copenhagen, DK – Ideal Bar
28 October 2021: On 3 November 2021, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will re-open NGV International on St Kilda Road and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Fed Square.
On display upon re-opening, there will be the extended seasons of the world-premiere exhibitions Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories, Big Weather and Naomi Hobson’s newly acquired painting and photographic series at NGV Australia and Camille Henrot: Is Today Tomorrow and Reko Rennie’s newest work Initiation OA_RR at NGV International.
In November, visitors will soon be able to experience newly opened exhibitions, including:
In December, visitors will be able to visit three new exhibitions opening on the ground floor at NGV International and the NGV Architecture Commission in the NGV Garden:
Tony Ellwood AM, Director, NGV, said: ‘The NGV is pleased to welcome visitors back to our venues in line with the Victorian Government advice. We are grateful for the ongoing support we have received via our virtual programming throughout the recent closure and look forward reconnecting with our valued community on site.
‘The wellbeing of our staff and visitors remains our top priority. In accordance with Victorian Government guidelines, the NGV will implement the appropriate public health and physical distancing measures to ensure the safety of both our staff and visitors,’ he said.
At NGV Australia, Sampling the Future reveals some of the extraordinary ways that designers are imagining our near and distant futures – from 3D-printed coral to hand-knitted architecture, and ancient materials from a distant future. The exhibition showcases new work by leading experimental and speculative designers, including speculative architects Roland Snooks and Leanne Zilka, Alice Springs-based designer Elliat Rich, Sydney-based duo Kyoko Hashimoto and Guy Keulemans, and Melbourne duo Georgia Nowak and Eugene Perepletchikov, among others.
Found and Gathered: Rosalie Gascoigne | Lorraine Connelly-Northey brings attention to the shared materiality at the heart of the practices of Rosalie Gascoigne (1917–1999) and Lorraine Connelly-Northey (b. 1967). Both artists are known for their transformative use of found and discarded objects to create works of art that challenge our understanding of the landscape, and Country. Through a major display of more than 75 wall-based and freestanding sculptural works on the ground-floor of The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, the exhibition highlights each artist’s unique and significant place within Australian art and the sympathetic relationships between their works.
Also on display at NGV Australia are new works by Southern Kaantju/Umpila artist Naomi Hobson, acquired as part of the annual NGV x MECCA partnership. Known for her gestural paintings and intimate photographic works, a major new painting Deeper 2020 and series of photographic works January First 2021 explore Hobson’s cultural identity, connection to Country and love for her community.
At NGV International, Golden Shells and the Gentle Mastery of Japanese Lacquer will celebrate the Japanese historical ‘shell matching’ game, kai-awase, commissioned by Melbourne philanthropist and NGV donor, Pauline Gandel AC. Comprising two large lacquerware shell boxes and 360 matching pairs of gold-gilded and hand-painted shells featuring designs of flowers from Japan, the Asia Pacific region and Australia, this is the first kai-awase game to be produced in over 150 years and the first to be exhibited in Australia.
In an Australian-first survey of the French-born, Berlin-based contemporary artist, Camille Henrot: Is Today Tomorrow explores the artist’s playful and inventive approach to addressing life’s big questions. Working across diverse media including sculpture, drawing, video and installation, Henrot references self-help, online second-hand marketplaces, cultural anthropology, literature, psychoanalysis and social media to question what it means to be at once a private individual and a global subject.
Celebrated Melbourne artist Reko Rennie’s newest work, Initiation OA_RR, is currently on display at NGV International. Initially commissioned for RISING Festival, this video work is a follow up to his 2016 work OA_RR and will be on display on Level 3 until 30 January 2022. In the video Rennie cruises through Melbourne’s western suburbs in a hot pink 1973 Holden Monaro cope and performs a series of burnouts. Rennie uses a variety of visual cues to reference ‘Westie’ drag-racing culture, as well as First Peoples initiation practices in an urban context, and the traditional sand engraving motifs of the Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi people.
At NGV Australia Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories, the first retrospective of Melbourne-based artist and designer, Maree Clarke, who is a Yorta Yorta/Wamba Wamba/Mutti Mutti/Boonwurrung woman. Covering more than three decades of artistic output, the exhibition traverses Clarke’s multidisciplinary practice which often focusses on the reclamation of south-east Australian Aboriginal art and cultural practices, including elements of culture that were lost – or became dormant – as a consequence of colonisation.
Big Weather, also on display at NGV Australia, explores the sophisticated understanding of weather systems that exist within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge. The exhibition highlights the vital role Indigenous artists and designers play in sharing stories that ensure cultural knowledge is protected, celebrating an intimate understanding of the land, which has been handed down over generations and has been recorded through song, dance and art.
Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto is the first exhibition in Australia to exclusively focus on the significant contribution to twentieth-century fashion culture by the renowned French couturière Gabrielle Chanel (1883–1971). With more than 230 garments, accessories and jewellery pieces drawn from the rich holdings of the Palais Galliera and the Patrimoine de CHANEL in Paris, complemented by important loans from major public museums and private collections, Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto showcases the impressive breadth of Gabrielle Chanel’s output and her design codes.
The 2021 NGV Architecture Commission pond[er] is designed by a Melbourne-based team comprising architecture firm Taylor Knights in collaboration with artist James Carey, offering a space for visitors to cool off during the summer months and reflect on their relationship with the environment. Envisioned as a space that becomes part the NGV garden rather than a separate architectural object, pond[er] invites audiences to move through a series of interconnected walkways and accessible platforms. Visitors can immerse themselves within and explore the spaces of flora and water and can even step down and wade through the pink pond.
Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala is a major ground floor exhibition at NGV International that celebrates the NGV’s extraordinary collection of bark paintings and larrakitj (painted hollow poles) by women artists working out of the Yolngu-run art centre, Buku Larrngay Mulka Centre (Buku), situated in Northeast Arnhem Land. Before 1970, no Yolngu women painted sacred themes on bark or larrakitj in their own right; however, in recent decades, a number of women artists have taken to these media, becoming renowned both nationally and internationally for daring and inventive works that challenge tradition. The NGV has been acquiring important works on bark by artists from Buku for more than two decades, establishing one of the most significant collections of work by Yolngu women artists.
Coinciding with Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala, NGV Kids presents an all-ages exhibition, The Gecko and the Mermaid that celebrates the vibrant culture and community of the Yolngu people through the work of two artists and sisters, Ms N. Yunupiŋu and Eunice Djerrkngu Yunupiŋu. The interactive exhibition will introduce young visitors to the two sisters, their art works and Yolngu culture and community through a custom-designed space featuring hands-on and multimedia activities produced especially for this exhibition.
Upon arrival visitors will be asked to present proof of vaccination status if over the age of 16 and enter your contact details for contact tracing purposes. For further information on proof of vaccination please see our website for more details.
The National Gallery of Victoria will be open from 10am Wednesday 3 November 2021. Further information is available via the NGV website: NGV.MELBOURNE
Where are you currently based?
I’m currently based in the most isolated city in the world Perth Western Australia.
How did you first start playing music?
Lately I have been focusing on trying to take my sound to a different level and trynna to tap into different sounds that still have the same vibe that I usually go for as well as working on future releases with my team.
I really just used a lil story that one of my boys had told me that he had kinda gone through and fabricated the hell outta it. It was more of me trying to create a story that people may have gone through so they can relate to it.
I had bought the beat in June of a producer named prodbem and had it recorded & mixed at The Levels Studio then mastered at Sauna Studios.
My recording process is very simple but repetitive. Simple as in, I always make sure I come to the studio prepared with the whole song written down, mainly because I don’t like wasting time and money and would rather punch in as many songs as I can, so everything is pre-written and not made on the spot. When I say repetitive I feel as if my recording and sound engineer Sheldon can relate, when i’m in the booth recording if I feel as if i’m a second late or the pitch in my voice doesn’t sound right or the line I had just punched in didn’t sound the way I envisioned it to sound in terms of matching the way I felt emotionally within the line itself I would have to redo it.
Well the way it came about was they had been noticing me since I had dropped my track ‘Hmm’ featuring Trilla Venus back in May 2020. But they really tapped in when I did a lil preview of my song ‘Cheating’ and had released it on TikTok. Then one day Russ commented on the video and had shown love to it, was when they really looked more into me and reached out. Now since being signed we have been focusing on the release for ‘Cheating’ and future tracks that will be coming out.
At the moment my playlist is flooded with many different artists, lately I have been listening to the New wave of LA Music with artists such as Blxst, Bino Rideaux, Kalan FrFr, Mcm Raymond, Mozzy, Joe Maynor, Kyle Banks, Bluebucks Clan and many more.
I really just be chilling with my bros and just kicking it playing 2k or Fifa. We usually just hoop, play football, go to the pool table and all nothing really crazy. Apart from Music and being stuck at work there’s not really much time for me to do things I want out of that but when I get the chance I really just be doing what I’ve been doing living life.
One thing fasho is to be consistent with making bangers on bangers. But really sticking to the plan that we had and going harder after every release so by the time we are fully into 2022 we will have eyes on us.
I really don’t have a favourite food, but I have favourite combinations when it comes to picking food. So if i’m at a kebab shop my usual is the Chicken Meatbox with hot sauce, sweet chilli, with sour cream that combo never goes wrong. And my favourite place to hangout would probably be the basketball court.
Across 10 dynamic tracks, produced by Dean Tuza (The Rubens, Stella Donelly) and mixed by multi-Grammy winner Stu White (Beyonce, Jay Z), N2KY continues to explore the sentiment of a partnership having the potential to either nourish and support or constrict and threaten. In his embrace of electronic post-punk, the pop fundamentals from the Scandinavian set and the recent wave of emo trap artists, MOSSY captures the sensation of surrendering to a force – whether spiritual, sonic or both – and N2KY‘s sparseness belies its optimism and intimacy.
‘Unfazed’ follows the album’s lead single ‘Shade’, MOSSY’s first single in 4 years. The track was swiftly added to rotation at FBi Radio and saw adds to tastemaker playlists like Spotify’s Friday Cratediggers, The Local List and cellophane, Apple Music’s Future Sounds, Antidote and New In: Pop globally and Amazon Music’s Hyperpop. Last month MOSSY shared ‘Shade (kmoe remix)’, an energetic remix by 17-year-old Canadian Hyperpop artist kmoe. This remix was added to global Spotify playlists creamy (696k followers), hyperpop, Friday Cratediggers, cellophane and Apple Music’s Glitch, New In: Electronic, Future Sounds and Electronic Pop.
With ‘Unfazed’, MOSSY sets the scene for what is promising to be a stunning debut.
For Fans Of: Yung Lean | Charli XCX | Banoffee
MOSSY – ‘Unfazed’
Out now through I OH YOU
MOSSY – N2KY
Out Friday 18 March through I OH YOU
2. I Will Be the One Who Says Yes
3. Broke Again
4. Dim Rays of Hope
5. Where Does the Time Go?
7. Why Can’t You See?
8. A Few Minutes of Silent Staring
9. Special Attention
Metronomy today announce details of their seventh studio album Small World, out on 18th February 2022 via Because Music. The Joseph Mount fronted collective also share Small World’s lead single ‘It’s good to be back’, a spiky synth-laden return with a video, by directing duo Dreamjob, that finds all of Metronomy’s band members in an uncanny Truman show-esque universe, each of them trying to hold onto a chaotic kind of joy while existing in a Groundhog Day scenario of dying and then living the same thing over and over.
‘It’s good to be back’ gets its name because, Mount says, “Part of me was thinking, ‘what is the lamest platitude people are going to be saying coming out of the past two years?’, but at the same time, I was thinking how it will be true and how it might feel doing things again.
I’ve been remembering what it was like as a kid when I’d be sitting in the backseat of my parents’ car and they’d be playing their music and I’d think ‘this is awful’, but there’d be one or two songs I would like. I thought it would be fun to make that kind of album, and this is the song the kids might like. This is the ‘cool’ song,” he adds.
To celebrate the album announcement, Metronomy will play an exclusive show at London’s Colour Factory on Thursday 11 November which will also be live streamed via Doors. For more info please see here.
Metronomy’s new album Small World is a return to simple pleasures, nature, and an embracing in part of more pared down, songwriterly sonics, all while asking broader existential questions: which feels at least somewhat rooted in the period of time during which it was made – 2020. Finding appreciation in nature and our roots, while reappraising the things we value as we get older are all things that are part and parcel of the human experience: though it has all felt accelerated and emphasised in this past year or so. Through the tumultuous ebb and flow of the years, Metronomy continues to endure, and Joe Mount’s ability as a songwriter, arranger and producer shines through on Small World, evergreen.
Metronomy – Small World
Life and Death
Things will be fine
It’s good to be back
Loneliness on the run
I lost my mind
Right on time
Hold me tonight
I have seen enough
Photo: Karrku Reggae Band by Oliver Eclipse
Our new Select Sessions episode is now available to watch on YouTube! For our latest in-depth conversation presented by Ally, we were joined by Birdman Zoe, a central player at the heart of the Internet Money phenomenon, CEO of Timeless Music Entertainment and a recipient of Billboard’s 2020 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players Award. As an industry veteran, Zoe dropped countless gems on how independent producers, musicians and creatives can strategically build their careers operating as a small business. He detailed how to best connect with your audience, build lasting relationships with your collaborators and much more.