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Singer Russell Louder’s music video captures a winter wonderland

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Opening with a shaky camera motion capturing blankets of snow-covered forest wonderland paired with weighted yet vibrant piano keys, the ‘HOME’ music video featuring singer Russell Louder will give one chills – literally and figuratively. The single featured on the singer’s debut album release HUMOR (released via Lisbon Lux Records) is a dramatic introduction to Louder’s colourful electro-pop world.

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With lyrics like: “Ooh- where does this road begin? / ‘Cause I’ve been wandering / Too far for far too long” matches ideally alongside the visuals of the singer travelling down the snowy paths in search of their new home to call their own. The video directed by Bobby Léon definitely plays with the words of Louder’s track and the result is a black and white winter wonderland visual experience that will have one singing along within seconds. Further goosebumps ensue as the video cuts between empty backgrounds that focus on the singer’s vocals, which are an undeniable distraction from the visuals as their vocals shine and fill the room instantly – leaving Russell’s chimney top vocals as a focal point. 

HUMOR Album Tracklisting

1. Home

2. Cost Of Living

3. Light Of The Moon

4. Vow

5. Outside

6. Hello Stranger

7. Know The Game

8. Lavender

9. Go Now

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Django Django share rave remix of song ‘Glowing In The Dark’

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Glowing in the Dark, the second single from Django Django’s new album of the same name has, to date, enjoyed two incredible remixes.  The first courtesy of one of dance music’s most exciting producers and DJ’s Dance System and the second from heavyweight electronic dance legends Hot Chip.  To complete the remix trilogy the band stay closer to home – on Django Django’s Iridescent remix the band utilise their own renowned remixing skills to deliver a euphoric, rave inspired delirious take on the original.  

Django Django’s Iridescent remix comes accompanied by a stunning original video from Mortis Studio.  Made during the first lockdown in a guerrilla style shoot in Portland USA, the video highlights an array of distinct characters each experiencing their own dizzying journey through the remix.

In the band’s own words:

This remix was done by Dave and Tommy during the first lock down and we decided to ask Mortis to do some visuals because we’re big fans of their work. What they came up with was perfect for the track. Hope you enjoy

Over the course of their extraordinarily accomplished discography to date, Django Django have constantly headed left where others have gone right. Described by The Guardian as “capable of making music that sounds close to perfection”, they are known for their genre defying eclectic sound and their new album “Glowing in the Dark” heralds, once again, the beginning of a thrilling new era for the band.

It’s a glorious move forward, infused with the kind of freshness and confidence that comes hand in hand with a newfound optimism.

Glowing in the Dark will be released via Because Music on 12 February 2021 on limited edition glow-in-the-dark vinyl, standard black vinyl, CD and digital download/streaming on all usual platforms.

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Renowned DJ Franky Wah teams up with top collaborator LOWES

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Franky Wah and LOWES team up on distinguished and alluring new single ‘Not In Love’, released via Ministry of Sound. The major dance music up-and-comer also announces a string of live headline dates for October. 

As Franky Wah continues to further plot his course within the realms of a deep sonic space, ‘Not In Love’ is the next chapter in his voyage, and one that has been blessed with the hypnotic vocals of LOWES. The singer provides the perfect accompaniment to Franky Wah’s raw but euphoric production, rendering the final product as one of pure refinement and quality. ‘Not In Love’ is a true manifestation of the quintessential dance sound that Franky Wah is rapidly growing to be associated with. On the record’s inspiration and processes, Franky mused:

“The making of this track has been a process that has taken nearly a year as I really believed that this was a special record and was quite selective about vocal styles.  Lowes hit me up with some amazing vocal ideas but they weren’t quite right for this one so we all spent some time going back and forth and a few weeks later I received the take that you’re hearing now. There was no tweaking, no amendments, it just had it all for me.”

LOWES have built a sterling reputation as one of the fastest rising vocal talents in electronic music, with 2020 seeing them work with names such as Camelphat, Sub Focus & High Contrast. With Franky Wah now to join her esteemed list of collaborators, the future continues to brighten for the burgeoning artist.

‘Not In Love’ follows a career-affirming 2020 for Franky, which included putting out a collaborative EP with dance music icon Sasha and dropping his debut mixtape The Revival Vol. 1, which included singles ‘You’re Not Alone’ and ‘Come Together’. The latter was nominated for Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record Of The Year’ and certified as her ‘Tune Of The Week’ and ‘Hottest Record In The World’ on BBC Radio 1, as well as garnering support from Pete Tong and MistaJam. With a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix now under his belt, he spent an impressive 10 weeks on the Radio 1 Playlist, 5 weeks of which were on the A-List. The producer also made waves featuring in the globally renowned GQ Magazine in 2020, with an extensive feature focusing on the rising talent’s expansive repertoire.

Throughout the month of October, Franky will take his club-ready sound across the UK in the form of a full live setup as part of a 6-date live tour stopping off in London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Sign up for pre-sale tickets via frankywah.com.

Once again Franky Wah delivers a profound composition with all the dancefloor potency you’d come to expect from Ministry of Sound, with the sophistication of a producer years his senior.

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Musical cocktail release for French-Touch producer CruSz

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French-Touch producer CruSz is set to release his latest EP, Okay Boomerz along with the video for the title track, on the 19th March via Enchanté Records. The up-tempo underground electro beats will keep you rocking as the EP was mastered by non-other than Alex Gopher. CruSz, having been on the underground Parisian club scene since 1998, his previous hit album, Whispering XXI, also mastered by Alex Gopher was an ultimate gift from above. In what could be described as a potential chart-topper, Okay Boomerz has an unconventional and in-your-face snarky humour that most definitely gets your juices flowing, as it carries you on a surreal journey of guaranteed music awesomeness. 

Despite the producer having lain low for a while, his latest offering has some essence of Daft Punk in it, adding a dash of Eurythmics, while adding a touch of Etienne de Crecy in order to make for a formidable cocktail of sounds that takes you on an incredible musical journey. Proving to be an earworm, the EP surely makes for a good summer throwdown, whilst having you dance your ass off. It calls to mind the party Island of Ibiza, where CruSz’s latest offering will surely go down well.  

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DJ duo Cat Dealers share dancefloor remix of Gryffin original song

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Brazilian electronic favourites Cat Dealers have remixed Gryffin and Two Feet’s collaborative smash I Want Love’

Characterised by euphoric sirens and a mammoth drop, the Cat Dealers remix of ‘I Want Love’ is a big room club weapon that loses none of the raw emotion that makes the original so special. A certified hit,I Want Love’ debuted at #198 on the ‘US Spotify Daily’ Chart and has racked up 4.5 million Spotify streams since its February release.

Gryffin made his breakthrough in 2016 with two singles showcasing his melodic take on dance music: ‘Heading Home’ ft. Josef Salvat (which shot to #1 on the Spotify US and Global Viral charts) and the Bipolar Sunshine collaboration ‘Whole Heart’. In addition, his 2017 smash single Feel Good’ — with Illenium and Daya — peaked at #18 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts. More recently he has collaborated with pop icon Carly Rae Jepsen on ‘OMG’ and young Swedish talent Maia Wright on 2019 smash Body Back’, both singles that featured on his acclaimed debut album Gravity

Hailing from Brooklyn, Two Feet shot to fame after single ‘Go Fuck Yourself’ became a viral hit on SoundCloud. His next single ‘I Feel Like I’m Drowning’ reached #1 on the US Alternative Songs chart and became platinum-certified, with Two Feet dropping two albums in the years since.

Made up of Brazilian brothers Lugui and Pedrão, Cat Dealers are one of the biggest names in the international electronic scene, reaching #48 in the 2018 DJ Mag ‘Top 100’ and amassing hundreds of millions of streams across their sprawling back catalogue. They kicked off the new year withScars, a collaborative single with newcomer HAVENN.

The Cat Dealers remix of ‘I Want Loveturns the anthemic track into even more of a dancefloor weapon. 

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DJ’s Mike Williams & Jonas Aden collaborate on euphoric dance song

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Dutch DJ and producer Mike Williams has joined forces with Norwegian artist Jonas Aden on new single ‘I Hope You Know’via Universal Music.

Announcing itself with fluttering guitar chords, ‘I Hope You Know’ is an emotion-drenched electronic dance ballad, combining soaring vocals, subtle piano keys and the most euphoric of drops. It follows ‘Face Up To The Sun’, a similarly collaborative single with Justin Mylo and Sara Sangfelt, released at the tail-end of last year.

Williams explains: “It was so much fun working with Jonas, he’s a funny and smart guy and an amazing talented producer. We’ve been both playing this track in our sets for a long time and finally it’s here! I hope you know we’re very excited for this one.”

Aden adds: “This record has been a long time coming as Mike and I have been friends for many years and always supported each other so I’m glad we finally made it happen. The idea for I Hope You Know was started over two years ago when Mike heard a basic idea I’d started and added his own ideas to it. He flipped it into the big, energetic record we have now. Really hoping we’ll be able to play it at some festivals later this year.”

Mike Williams’ breakthrough came in 2017 with hit ‘Feel Good’, a collab with none other than Felix Jaehn. He then released club bangers ‘Lullaby’ with R3HAB, ‘The Beat’ and ‘Wait Another Day’ with Mesto, also making it into the DJ Mag ‘Top 100’ on two occasions. On the gig front, he is a regular at internationally renowned festivals such as ULTRA, Tomorrowland, Parookaville and Mysteryland.

Born in Oslo, Jonas Aden has dropped tracks on some of the most recognisable labels in EDM, including Spinnin’ Records, Hexagon, STMPD RCRDS, Musical Freedom and Future House Music.

‘I Hope You Know’ is an emotional EDM jam with serious crossover appeal.

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Dope release for DJ Shaun Frank & singer Ryland James

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‘Save Me’ is the latest offering by the soulful and multi-platinum selling DJ and producer Shaun Frank. This time around, the musical genius has teamed-up with platinum artist Ryland James on the latest track to be released on the 19th of March via Physical Presents. The track opens up with a majorly melodic tune but what could be expected from Shaun Frank who had a previous single on the Billboard Dance/Mixshow Airplay Charts for five weeks.  The track features vocals from Toronto-based singer Ryland James, who has quickly become one of Canada’s rising stars. Having worked with music giants such as Steve Aoki, Oliver Heldens and DVBBS to name a few, his list of achievements appears to be never-ending as the beats and tunes continue to flow. 

Renowned for his positivity and talented production, Shaun Frank has produced a track with unforgettable lyrics whilst having a joyous melodic toe tapping beat to it. In finding faith through love, the lyrics of ‘Save Me’ is about finding salvation in another person when at your lowest epitomising the meaning of love and encapsulating its endless bounds. This track showcases impeccable music talent and simply sweeps you off your feet. Upbeat and funky mixes are Frank’s repertoire and this single certainly delivers with the vocal range of Ryland James and the sensational mix, it is definitely a song to look out for.

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Paul & Shark announces new 90’s rave releases via Free Time Discs record label

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Months of lockdown boredom and a lack of nightclubs, house parties and festivals, chemically reinforced togetherness and gurns, has resulted in a new 12” by Paul & Shark.

The first single from the record titled ‘Roxanna_Break_Stuff’ incorporates memories of acid bright neons, baggy trousers and bucket hats. Pumping drums, funky synth work and a standout vocal edit makes this one a unique and catchy piece of rave music culture.

The track comes accompanied with a remix by Japan’s rising UK garage producer Stones Taro, who’s been featured lately in several places with his on target vinyl releases and precise DJ mixes.

Previous Paul & Shark releases have been favourites by such names as Shadow Child, India Jordan, Black Girl White Girl, Violet, Asquith, Chrissy, Skatebard, Denham Audio, L Major, High Class Filter, etc. Vinyl is pressed and distributed by Lobster Records and digitals are available.

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Innovative music producer Clarian announces world’s first NFT album auction

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Enter the Whale Shark NFT Auction

Visionary artist Clarian announced the first NFT Music Album Auction ever, ahead of Kings of Leon, via The Golden Spoon on peer-to-peer marketplace OpenSea, March 4th, 2021. Issuing a challenge to the control that streaming giants such as Spotify have established, Clarian is betting he will sell his aptly titled new album Whale Shark for nothing less than 100 thousand dollars in Ethereum. On the album, listeners will find the noteworthy single ‘Strange Vibrations’. Up for auction is the one and only authentic copy of the album with the publishing rights included as an NFT. The auction ends March 20, 2021, at 4 AM GMT with the Electronic Music Community and Culture (EMC^2) room, on the Clubhouse messaging app, hosting the final album auction countdown.

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The exchange of this artifact sends a powerful message and empowers a music industry in need of technological liberation. This is the first of its kind as a purchase of a music content on Blockchain, adding a deeper value of significance and responsibility to the bearer. In purchasing the release you will own the publishing rights to the album.

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are a new type of digital asset. Recorded on a secure digital ledger known as “Blockchain” each NFT represents a unique collector’s item that can’t be duplicated and, therefore, extremely rare. Decentralized Blockchain and NFT technology will lead the way to a much needed music and art revolution and it’s already starting to happen. Clarian believes that the sale of this NFT can empower an entire generation by restoring life and freedom back to the music industry.

Over the years, Clarian has been featured and acclaimed in places such as Rolling Stone, Sonar Festival, The Guardian, CLASH Magazine, BBC Radio, for his unique electronic surrealism, and has worked in the shadows as an engineer and songwriter for underground heroes and Grammy nominated artists alike.

Whale Shark is a collection of dark, woozy, synth-pop tracks underpinned by solid songwriting. Each track offers a unique adventure into the cool, subaquatic world of Whale Shark accompanied by surreal vocals that bubble to the surface of the enchanting experimental production.

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Within Clarian’s lyrics for ‘Strange Vibrations’, we can find some unique insight to his mind: “I’m picking up strange vibrations ; She’s going through transformations ; I’m picking up strange vibrations ; In the forest light, change awaits ; I’m going through transformations ; In the forest light, change awaits”.

Whale Shark Tracklisting:

1. Strange Vibrations

2. Whale Shark

3. Dancing In The Shadows

4. Virtual Misery

5. Blue Blockers

6. Camera By The Sea

7. The Stranger

8. Ballad Of X

9. Frozen

10. Melting

11. Memories Change

12. Condo Generation

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Club music producer Alex Mills shares the seductive song, ‘Want You To Want Me’

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FFO: Sonny Fedora, Basement Jaxx, Alex Mills

Leeds-born, London-based artist Alex Mills kicks off 2021 with new single Want You To Want Me’.

Combining Mills’ seductive, pitch-perfect vocals with a rave-inducing bassline and subtle breakbeats, Want You To Want Me’ is a distinctly British flavoured house cut that finds the sweet spot between nostalgia and modernity. It follows Stamina’ and 2020’ with Seb Zito, singles released last year that were then remixed by Krystal Roxx and Huxley respectively. Stamina received over 575 UK radio plays and was supported in key shows from Radio 1 Dance Anthems to Kiss FM’s Majestic and more whilst keeping strong in the Kiss and Capital dance playlists for 11 weeks running. Support at Spotify was just as strong, featuring in flagship playlists such as Housewerk, Massive Dance Hits and UK House Music!

A singer, songwriter, DJ and producer, Alex Mills has collaborated with some of the biggest artists in dance music, including Basement Jaxx, Hot Since 82, Chris Lorenzo, Joey Negro, Sonny Fodera and countless others. Amassing millions of streams across her back catalogue, Mills’ prolific output led to her being dubbed the ‘producers choice’ of vocalist by global tastemakers Mixmag.

Crafted with the dancefloor in mind, ‘Want You To Want Me’ is destined to soundtrack countless post-lockdown club moments.

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