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Zola Jesus releases video for new track 'Exhumed'


Zola Jesus has paid homage to her longstanding relationship with Sacred Bones Records by announcing that her next record, Okavi, will be released through the label on September 8th.

Having released three EPs and five full-length albums, Nika Roza Danilova, aka Zola Jesus,  has been recording music for more than a decade. Her musical style has been associated with a wide variety of artists including Ian Curtis, Lydia Lunch, Diamanda Galás, Throbbing Gristle, Swans, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Lisa Gerrard  (Dead Can Dance) and Elizabeth Frazer (Cocteau Twins.) However, Zola Jesus has the innate ability to echo these artists while still maintaining her own idiosyncratic style.

The album is a deeply personal offering, written at a time of great conflict and personal tragedy in the artist’s life. Thus, it embodies a dark and experimental atmosphere, both cathartic and exploratory. The contributions of Danilova’s longtime live bandmate Alex DeGroot, producer/musician WIFE, cellist/noise-maker Shannon Kennedy from Pedestrian Deposit, and percussionist Ted Byrnes all aided in creating the textured soundscape of the album.

Speaking of the album she says: Okovi is a Slavic word for shackles. We’re all shackled to something—to life, to death, to bodies, to minds, to illness, to people, to birthright, to duty. Each of us born with a unique debt, and we have until we die to pay it back.  Without this cost, what gives us the right to live? And moreover, what gives us the right to die? Are we really even free to choose?

This album is a deeply personal snapshot of loss, reconciliation, and a sympathy for the chains that keep us all grounded to the unforgiving laws of nature. To bring it to life, I decided to enlist the help of Alex DeGroot, who has been the only constant in my live band and helped mix the Stridulum EP back in 2010. It will be released on Sacred Bones, the closest group of people I’ll ever have to blood-bound family.

Watch the video for ‘Exhumed’ below:



Tracklist
1. Doma
2. Exhumed
3. Soak
4. Ash to Bone
5. Witness
6. Siphon
7. Veka
8. Wiseblood
9. NMO
10. Remains
11. Half Life

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CHVRN shares 'Secrets' from upcoming EP


CHVRN is an electronic producer hailing from Russia. Deriving his name from Charn, the city in C. S Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, his musical endeavours have lead him on a path of discovery to Russia’s witch house scene.

An interesting movement with roots based in occult-themed dark electronica, witch house uses hip-hop drum machines, noise atmospherics, creepy samples, dark synthpop-influenced dense reverb, and heavily altered, distorted, and pitched down vocals to characterize the genre's sound. Visual elements include triangles, crosses and Unicode symbols used in artist names, and macabre aesthetics such as those from horror films.

CHVRN became interested in music when he acquired his first guitar ten years ago. In 2011 he started the 8bit/chiptune project “Reboot Me” and has since garnered over 6 million Youtube views, shared stages with the likes of Dita Redrum, Gnothi Seauton. He has shared the stage with the likes of  IC3PEAK and has collaborated with Polish wave producer MYSTXRIVL. His remixes include tracks for a string of USA, artists including Aesthetic Perfection and GenCAB.

His next conquest is Drowned, a six track EP which is set to drop on August 4th via Playground Records. Described as “a strong atmospheric sound, combined with spatterings of modern hip-hop and EDM rhythms” the EP  is inspired by a variety of genres: modern wave, post rock and witch house.

Listen to 'Secrets' from the upcoming EP Drowned:


EP Tracklist
01. Secrets
02. Mirror Fields
03. Tell Me
04. Melancholy
05. Lost
06. Still Yours

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Jordan Rakei's shares acoustic version of ‘Sorceress’ from upcoming album


Having recently signed to Ninja Tune, Jordan Rakei has followed his recent Majestic Casual session with the official release of an acoustic version of his current single 'Sorceress' which has been described as “underlining his stature as a truly exhilarating soul voice, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in total command of his sonic vision.”

Born in New Zealand and currently based in London, Rakei has played Pitchfork Avant-Garde Block Party, Annie Mac Presents, supported Jamie Woon and NAO, collaborated with Disclosure, Taku, FKJ, Tom Misch, Loyle Carner, Dave Okumu and Richard Spaven. He also released an EP of Dancefloor-focused tracks via Rhythm Section in 2016 under the moniker Dan Kye.

Of the track he says: "It’s about how the ego can fully control the way you act and perceive life.”

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Upcoming tour dates:
19 Aug Pop Festival 2017, Cologne, Germany
20 Aug MS Dockville, Hamburg, Germany
15 Sep Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY
16 Sep The Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
19 Sep Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA
20 Sep Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA
22 Sep Popscene, San Francisco, CA
11 Oct Birmingham Institute 3, Birmingham, UK
12 Oct Thekla, Bristol, UK
13 Oct Haunt, Brighton, UK
16 Oct Gorilla, Manchester, UK
17 Oct Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
18 Oct Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds, UK
20 Oct O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK
27 Oct Säälchen, Berlin, DE
28 Oct Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, DE
29 Oct Ideal Bar, Copenhagen, DK
31 Oct Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
01 Nov BIRD, Rotterdam, NL
02 Nov Vooruit Balzaal, Gent, BE
03 Nov Gebäude 9, Cologne, DE
05 Nov Ampere, Munich, DE
06 Nov Magnolia, Milan, IT
07 Nov Exil, Zurich, CH
09 Nov Badaboum, Paris, FR

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'Mother' is the latest single from MissinCat's Forces EP


Italian-born songstress MissinCat has shared ‘Mother,’ the latest single from her upcoming album Forces.

‘Mother’ is a collaboration with La Boum Fatale. The feisty five track EP features collaborations with five different artists: Hundreds, Me & My Drummer, Robot Koch, La Boum Fatale and Federico Albanese. The track has been described as “a sound that buries itself deep below the skin. The breadth of her musical tastes, as well as her idiosyncratic vocal abilities, are redolent of Bjork, yet completely untethered to the shackles of any single genre.”

Born in Milan but having lived in Berlin since she started her solo career, Caterina Barbier aka MissinCat has been writing and producing music for film scores: with Producer Martin Todsahrow she worked on the film score of Sönke Wortmann´s movie Schossgebete (2014) and on the Italian-German production Omamamia (2012) . She recently wrote and produced the music score for Italian short Film “Fragole” (2017), which is currently being screened at festivals. MissinCat’s two previous albums WOW (2011) and Wirewalker (2015) were well received by critics and fans alike, with her first single ‘Back On My Feet’ becoming a radio hit on Bayern 3, SWR 3, 1Live, Radioeins, Fritz, Sputnik, and reached #8 on Capusstations. The track was also chosen by Nintendo for its 2009 German television campaign.

Speaking of her early beginnings as a musician, MissinCat says: “Music was my passion, I loved singing and I began early writing music. I still remember my first trials of music production with 2 cassette tapes on my ghetto-blaster.”

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Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/catcatcate

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INTERVIEW // We catch up with FAUL & WAD



French duo FAUL & WAD are back with a wonderfully uplifting new slice of melodic house music.

Music has the power to unite, to inspire love, laughter and joy - new single ‘I Need You’ is one of those heartwarming cuts that taps into the universal power of music and will provide countless listeners with lifelong memories.


Produced with talented folk musician Avalanche City, from New Zealand, this hot new release is the second piece of original material from FAUL & WAD. It follows on from their debut track ‘Changes’, recorded with Australian pop group PNAU back in 2013, a huge hit which has picked up over 50 million views on YouTube.

FAUL & WAD will cement their growing reputation as purveyors of unforgettable tunes that have a positive outlook and tons of dance floor appeal. From the glorious strings to the euphoric keys, and the unashamedly optimistic atmosphere, everything about ‘I Need You’ screams happiness, and why not?




This is smile-inducing music from a formidable duo who understand the power of music and its ability to lift people. Look at any dance floor around the world and you will see all different people dancing side by side, united by the music and the good feeling it gives them.

We hooked up with them to chat about their music, inspirations and future endeavours. Take a look at what they had to say…


Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?
Hi there we are good! And today we are in our home studio finishing some instrumental for our upcoming song

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
Our sound is uplifting, summery and dancing


What are the 5 albums that have influenced you the most?
- Imprint Of Pleasure - Tube & Berger
- Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Justice - Justice
- Lucky girl EP - Dj Mehdi
- Bittersweet - Rodriguez Jr


Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
We are a lot into Sigala for his ridiculously uplifting vibes ! And we listen to a lot of folk artists too, we love the guitar riffs from Moriarty, Passenger, Asaf Avidan..


Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
In the Studio, our go to is the monitor speakers Adam A3X that we absolutely love


What would you say some of the challenges artists face today in the music industry?
The challenge is all about making good tracks :)


Where do you gather songwriting inspiration?
We gather  songwriting inspiration by living experiences and try new stuff, also doing sport


Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting your music together?  
There's no particular steps when writing music, it can start from a piece of vocals , drums, a piano, anything that we think has a good vibe


What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
Our best gigs ever take place in Paris because we feel very supported and people love us and we love them.. also because it's home


And the worst?
The worst gig we had was in a club in a lost place in Germany where the mixtable was doing crazy high pitch noises.

If you weren't a musician what would you be?
Maxime : I would be a teacher
Camil : I would be a drawer


Do you have any particular gigs or festivals that you dream about playing?
We would love to play on the Ultra Miami main stage


If you could perform alongside any other band or artist, living or dead, who would it be?
We would love to perform alongside big singers like Ellie Goulding , she has a angel voice


Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
All we can say is that we have great things coming up soon and it's still work in progress ;)



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'Touch The Sky' // Pressyes's Dreamy New Single

The video for Pressyes's ‘Touch The Sky’ recently premiered through Dork Magazine and is a beautifully dreamy piece of film, perfectly suited to the sparkly, psychedelic tune.


After touring with a few well known Austrian bands, and collecting countless memories on his travels backpacking through Asia and Europe,  René Mühlberger took a hiatus to focus on his new project, Pressyes.

Hidden away from the public’s eyes and ears, sheltered in his studio behind a stash of analog synthesisers and equipment, Mühlberger brought his tunes to life. The result is a sublime soundscape embodied with a reminiscence of the big pop days of the 70’s, while scattered with lush textures and psychedelia.

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Website: http://inkmusic.at/artist/pressyes/


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INTERVIEW // We Catch Up With ... VŌS


VŌS comprises of R’n’B entranced singer, Dawn Moss and Scandipop loving co-writer Palmer. Self-written and produced, the duo have brought their unlikely mix of ice and fire to a point with ‘Patience’, their first single - a proud unsigned release. The two met at a jam and fumbled through a Lianne La Havas track, a shared inspiration. One moment of reading lyrics and chords off an iPhone led to the past year, creating a collision of two sounds. Their blend of synthesis and stories of highs and lows is as familiar as the London streets that provide the song’s setting.

We chatted to them recently about their R&B Scandi Electro pop....

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?
Dawn: We’re great thank you. Just sat chatting about politics. Rock 'n' Roll!

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
Robin: A marriage of R’n’B and Scandi Electro Pop.

What are the 5 albums that have influenced you the most?
Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Ben Howard - Every Kingdom
Alina Baraz - Urban Flora
James Blake - Overgrown

Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
Dawn: Stormzy ‘cos his music rocks and he seems like a legend! Drake makes me want to get on the dance floor and Jorja smith who has an incredible voice and maturity for her age.
Robin: SOHN is forever bringing new sounds to the table, which I find super inspiring. I’m a big fan of how Sylvan Esso fuse rawness and synths and I really dig Banks for ever raising the creative bar in the world of Pop.

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
Robin: Old analogue synths are a big part of our music, as part of our live show we’re gigging with a Moog and a Prophet. We combine these with creating and messing with samples of a mix of voices and odd percussion instruments, doing as best as we can to make a new sound.

What would you say some of the challenges artists face today in the music industry?
Robin: Old analogue synths are a big part of our music, as part of our live show we’re gigging with a Moog and a Prophet. We combine these with creating and messing with samples of a mix of voices and odd percussion instruments, doing as best as we can to make a new sound.

Where do you gather songwriting inspiration?
Dawn: Generally from anything around me, whether it be something I’m reading in the news or personal experience.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting your music together?  
Robin: It changes from track to track - we’ve ranged from challenging ourselves to starting a brand new track every 30 minutes to one of us coming with a jam or with the skeleton of a song. More often than not we sit down and try a tonne of ideas out together and see where that gets us, but ultimately beyond a point the story of the song takes over the creative process.

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
Robin: Our first ever gig at the Alley Cat was awesome, so much energy from the audience.

And the worst?
Dawn: I’m sure that’s yet to come…

If you weren't a musician what would you be?
Dawn: I always wanted to be in MI5, but I probably shouldn’t tell you that.
Robin: I’m in MI5.

Do you have any particular gigs or festivals that you dream about playing?
Dawn: Glasto
Robin: I’m trying to get her in so we can play my mates stage, can anyone help…?!

If you could perform alongside any other band or artist, living or dead, who would it be?
Dawn: Depends if you’re talking classic or new. New for me would be Stormzy or Drake. Old would be Michael Jackson or Spice Girls. Haha!
Robin: Bon Iver’s latest live show setup blew me away, raw acoustic instruments with live electronics. Yes please.

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
We’re currently planning a live session at Abbey Road, which will be a big tick on the bucket list for both of us! And coming up on the 13th June we’re playing upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s!





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