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Press Release Roundup: November 18

posted November 21, 2016, 12:16 am by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

The BPM Fest


The BPM Festival is proud to announce its Phase 1 lineup with over 100 artists for its 2017 tenth anniversary celebration in Playa del Carmen, Mexico from January 6-15, 2017. Featuring familiar faces from its first gathering in 2008 to new and recent names welcomed into the BPM familia, The BPM Festival 2017 will see living legends and underground icons like Art Department, Carl Cox, Dubfire, Jamie Jones, John Digweed, Lee Burridge, Marco Carola, Nicole Moudaber, Seth Troxler, Solomun, and The Martinez Brothers and hotly tipped artists like Hector, Lauren Lane, Richy Ahmed, wAFF and hundreds more, come together on the beaches and clubs of Playa del Carmen as they showcase the very best in underground electronic music.

With the Phase 1 lineup joining ten recently announced showcases for a total of twenty so far with many more to come, the excitement continues to build for The BPM Festival 2017. Joining the grand celebration this January, Romanian label [a:rpia:r] makes its long anticipated BPM debut, longtime BPM favorite Lee Burridge with All Day I Dream, Ibiza underground mainstay ANTS, French supergroup Apollonia with a very special extended set at Apollonia All Day Long, Solomun’s return with Diynamic in the Jungle, Spanish party starters elrow, Gorgon City and their new project Kingdom, Sian’s take on classic modern techno with Octopus Recordings, Chus & Ceballos’ Iberican Stereo Productions, Mixmag cover star Christian Smith together with Boris for Tronic vs. Transmit, and Mexico’s favorite son Hector with his Vatos Locos party.

To get tix, click HERE!

So What?! Music Fest


Third String Festivals recently announced the 10th Anniversary celebration of So What?! Music Festival taking place March 24th-26th. To celebrate this occasion in the biggest way possible, they will be taking over multiple venues in Deep Ellum on Friday, March 24th to kick off the weekend and then bring some of the best names in the scene to AirHogs Stadium (formerly known as QuikTrip Park) on Saturday and Sunday (March 25th and 26th). Expect lots of 10 year album celebrations as well as the best current popular bands in the scene! The Deep Ellum shows will feature intimate “secret shows” from some of the festivals headliners as well plenty of other bands!

Today So What?! Music Festival is proud to announce the first round of artists including: Mayday Parade, Every Time I Die, Dance Gavin Dance, We The Kings, Set Your Goals, Chon, Envy on The Coast, Four Year Strong, Forever The Sickest Kids, and The Friday Night Boys. Additional announcements with all new artists will be revealed soon, stay tuned!

To get tix, click HERE!

Sharon Jones


On November 18, Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings succumbed to her battle with pancreatic cancer in Cooperstown, NY. Read more about her untimely death HERE. RIP, Soul Queen.

30 Days in LA


Day 15- HAIM marked the halfway point of 30 Days in LA with an explosive show at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood last night. Fronted by sisters Danielle, Este and Alana Haim, the band performed songs from their critically acclaimed debut album Days Are Gone, and previewed new music from their upcoming sophomore effort. Red Bull Sound Select artists Charlotte Day Wilson and Steven A. Clark also took the stage


Day 16- Pusha T kicked off the second half of 30 Days in LA with an energetic performance at The Belasco Theatre last night. Performing some new music off an upcoming album ‘King Push’ which he mentioned would have collabos by frequent contributors Big Sean and Kanye West, the Bronx-born rapper performed hit tracks and local rapper Boogie and Red Bull Sound Select artist Tunji Ige also hit the stage. Those who arrived early received a custom ’30 Days in LA’ baseball tee and enjoyed some free grub from Free Range LA.


Day 18- Night 18 of 30 Days in LA saw Detroit-based rapper and singer Dej Loaf take over The Regent, performing her viral hit “Try Me” along with other tracks from her as-yet untitled debut album. She was joined by special guests Casey Veggies, Kid Ink and Silkk the Shocker. Red Bull Sound Select artists Sampa the Great and Namasenda also thrilled the crowd, and fans who arrived early enjoyed free pizza from Prufrock and received a free raffle ticket for a chance to win a Solé Bicycle.


Day 19-UK duo Snakehips brought their chill beats to The Wiltern last night along with a slew on special guests who made the evening into a truly memorable night of music. Playing to a sold out crowd, their amazing performance included the hit “All My Friends,” which features vocals from Tinashe and Chance the Rapper with the British electronic duo also inviting some friends to share the stage including D.R.A.M. who sang his current smash hit “Broccoli” as well as surprise cameos by Anderson.Paak, Raury, Sinead Harnett and Malika who joined them to perform their R&B gem “Falling”. Red Bull Sound Select brother/sister duo Tennyson was also on the bill, and trap/house act Masego and producer AbJo kept the crowd moving.

Photo Credit: Carlo Cruz / Red Bull Sound Select / Content Pool
Photo Credits: Drew Gurian / Red Bull Sound Select / Content Pool

Black Anvil

New York City’s BLACK ANVIL return with As Was, the staggering 50-minute follow-up to 2014’s Hail Death. Atmospheric and melodic without relenting on any of the ferocity BLACK ANVIL have always been known for, As Was seamlessly weaves through eight monumental passages of extreme metal art.

January 13th, 2017 will see the worldwide release of As Was via Relapse Records on CD/2xLP/Digital. Physical pre-orders and bundles are available HEREvia and digital downloads can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.

Bell X1


Irish band, Bell X1, undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most beloved bands will embark on a U.S. tour next year playing select dates across the country beginning February 22, 2017 at The Sinclair in Boston; they will also be playing New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The trio will round out their live show with their touring band which includes Rory Doyle on drums and Glenn Keating on keyboards.

Bell X1 recently released their seventh studio album, ARMS, on October 14, 2016. It entered the Ireland Albums Top 100 chart at #2 just behind Kings Of Leon and was the “Album of the Week” on RTÉ Radio 1. The Irish Times, in their 4-star review say the album is, “…another marvellous piece of work from a band that continues to gently, respectfully startle.” Hot Press boasts “As anybody who witnessed their rapturously received set on the main stage at this year’s Electric Picnic can attest, Bell X1 are indisputably one of Ireland’s greatest bands…Arms is the sound of master craftsmen at work…This is a great record.”


22 Feb – Boston – The Sinclair

23 Feb – New York – Bowery Ballroom

24 Feb – Philadelphia – Boot & Saddle

25 Feb – Chicago – Lincoln Hall

28 Feb – Los Angeles – Troubadour

29 Feb – San Francisco – The Chapel

Sonia Stein


The neon-noir inspired video for “One Of Those Things” was shot in Warsaw by director Aaron Bevan-Bailey, whom Stein describes as wanting to achieve “…a Tokyo meets Warsaw look but we quickly realised Warsaw is the least neon city in the world and the signs they did have all switched off at 7pm. Anyone with a keen eye who speaks Polish will recognise that I am actually dancing outside a bakery at one point but the sign fitted our colour palette perfectly so we went with it.”

Despite a fairly restless upbringing of traversing across continents (Berlin, Poland and America to name but a few), the music Sonia Stein creates is beautifully anchored. Quietly determined, she produces songs that are full of drama and emotional complexities, describing “One Of Those Things” as being about, “The stage of denial about the end of a relationship with someone or something. You hold onto it out of comfort and fear, hoping if you wait a little longer, some semblance of what you had in the first place will show up again.”



Asta returns with a new single ‘Shine’, a slice of up-tempo funk, courtesy of a new writing and production collaboration with wunderkind YEO. Plus news that a full EP and national tour are slated for the new year.

Asta says, “‘Shine’ is just about growing up! Awkwardly learning to trust my gut, savour the good, bouncing back from crap and ultimately just going my own way.”

The taster to a long-awaited debut EP, ‘Shine’ – which premiered on triple j’s Goodnights with Linda Marigliano – is a fresher progression from last year’s hit ‘Dynamite’ with Adelaide rapper Allday. Reaching #47 in triple j’s Hottest 100, Asta flanked ‘Dynamite’s success with notable performances at Splendour In The Grass, THIS THAT and Falls Festival, as well as performing a beautiful re-imagination of the Whitney Houston’s classic ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ for triple j’s Like a Version.

The Drip


Washington State quintet THE DRIP announce their debut full-length of merciless, grindcore ferocity entitled The Haunting Fear of Inevitability. Fusing together the rawest elements of crust, powerviolence, d-beat and grind, THE DRIP rip and ravage through thirteen frenzied tracks, chock-full of slaughterhouse riffage, lightning fast blastbeats and pulverizing breakdowns. Produced by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust and mastered by Brad Boatright (Skeletonwitch, Gatecreeper, Weekend Nachos), The Haunting Fear of Inevitability is a new declaration of intensity that is sure to set the underground ablaze!

Rachel Mason


Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records and artist-run cassette label Practical Records present Rachel Mason’s new album ‘Das Ram’ LP, which is premiering in Louder Than War. Comprised of eight tracks, this album conveys the stories of specific characters, who define and delight in their own realities and cosmologies, and individuals who create their own world views, their own religions, and fantasy lives.

‘Das Ram’ is an inversion of the name of renowned healer Ram Dass, and also a play on Mason’s own initials, Rachel Ann Mason. The tracks were produced by renowned Los Angeles based writer, artist and musician Jeff Hassay.

The latest single ‘Heart Explodes’ is premiering in The Big Takeover and was initially shown at a screening of new video works by women artists at Red Bull Studios NYC. This follows up the single ‘Tigers in the Dark’.

‘Heart Explodes’ is a metaphor for allowing oneself the freedom to destroy one’s old identity and to find a new paradigm from which to dream. ”Women are often offered a set of limitations from an early age, and these restrictions determine so much of one’s destiny. Yet, there can be great things that arise from limitation, but controlling one’s own set of rules, one’s own box, one’s own destiny is the key,” explains Rachel Mason.

Darling James


From opening tracks ‘Ultimatum Talk’ and ‘God’s Graffiti’, both of which received critical acclaim as singles, it’s clear Darling James’ debut EP Theory Of Mind – out today – is going to be a little different.

Theory of Mind is the sound of a person in motion. Its songs detail the process of rediscovering intrinsic aspects of yourself, while picking over the debris of the past and navigating a strange and exciting future. It’s a soundtrack to change, covering everything from the painful resentment of ‘Ultimatum Talk’, through to the manic clarity and vigilant reality check of ‘The Itch’. It’s the diverse culmination of Darling James’ self-recorded work from a two year period, distilled and perfected with the help of producers Robin Waters (Ella Hooper, Machine Translations) and John Castle (Dustin Tebbutt, GL).

Izi Phoenix


The five-track EP ‘Flowers Of Illusion’ out now via bandcamp is about the beginnings of love and friendship to their ultimate untimely ends. It’s the edge and affliction in Izi’s vocal contrasting with the sweet intertwining melodies which wraps you in both the pain and comforting truth, until there’s nothing left but just you and the song. A sound of self-expression, a vessel for the creative and truthful, a calling to those to find themselves through the hardships of this thing called life.

Izi’s live show is a mesmerizing and emotive stripped back affair where he has graced the stages of many a London venue uncluding Bedroom Bar and The Old Queen’s Head. Radio support has come from Hoxton Radio, Vibe and Cambs 105FM including their ‘Breakthrough artist’ title.

Hollow Coves


Introspective and understated, ‘Coastline’ wells with the kind of optimism that can only be found through surrounding oneself in nature. Tapping into a universal yearning for escape to a simpler, more beautiful life, the song was penned after Hollow Coves discovered their shared love of traveling along Australia’s coasts. ‘Coastline’ sprung forth from a mutual nostalgia and thirst to find themselves zipping past crystal-blue seas and scorching white sands once more.

Hollow Coves’ upcoming debut EP Wanderlust carries itself calmly and steadily, engulfing its listener like a gentle breeze that whispers softly the truths of the wayfaring nomad. Thematically, Hollow Coves see travel and the intrepid spirit as their muse for the entirety of their upcoming debut EP Wanderlust. With one in England and the other in Canada, the songs began to take shape. Ideas flew back and forth across the seas, their crude beginnings as “dodgy iPhone recordings played on hostel guitars” eventually maturing when Hollow Coves reunited in a little apartment in Toronto. The bare bones of Wanderlust were laid down at Montreal’s Indica Studios, then achieved a sort of full-circle closure, fleshing out in Hollow Coves’ home of Brisbane, Australia.

The History of Colour TV


Berlin-based trio The History of Colour TV is back with new music, presenting ‘Wreck’, the first single from their forthcoming third album ‘Something Like Eternity’. For this, the band traveled to France in the spring of 2016 to record with Peter Deimel (The Wedding Present, Shellac, The Ex) at the legendary Black Box Recording Studio. The result represents a departure from their hallmark sound by bringing a raw, minimalist aesthetic to the new release.

Stylistically, ‘Wreck’ is a dynamic and open live recording with minimal overdubs and, in this respect, represents a snapshot of the overall album. With an elongated structure and narrative theme, the song itself blends melodic sensibilities with ragged guitar textures. Building on melancholic arpeggio patterns, ‘Wreck’ unfolds in intensifying sequences, crescendoing in a raging wall-of-sound that engulfs the song in a billowing cloud of guitars.



Having cemented their place as one of the most exciting and diverse new acts to emerge on the London scene last year, GANA just released their first official single ‘Vitamin D’ through 25 Hour Convenience Store.

GANA’s playful blend of alt-rock and exhilarating live performances have already led the 4-piece to sell out a string of euphoric London dates, perform an exclusive session for Sofar Sounds, and perhaps most notably grab the ear of Libertine Gary Powell and his label, 25 Hour Convenience Store.

The new single ‘Vitamin D’ combines their lively and light-hearted side with a natural ear for infectious melody, and further showcases the band’s incessant desire to continually evolve and innovate within their music.

GANA (which means tribe) have also developed their own unique following under the mantra, ‘join our GANA’, and seen their already fervid fanbase swell after every triumphant show. With autumn tours already being readied, and a string of releases to follow across this year, it’s probably time for us all to ‘join their GANA’.

‘Vitamin D’ is out now through 25 Hour Convenience Store, and available from all good digital stores.

Louise Golbey


Louise Golbey was always destined to be a great musician. London born but raised in Bournemouth, her natural talent was encouraged from an early age, which prompted her to pursue her singing career after university. Her North West London roots bring that nice swagger raised on a diet of American soul R’n’B food whether she’s supporting the likes of yesterday’s divas En Vogue or featuring on tracks with UK’s new school like Example or Newham Generals.

In Louise’s own words on ‘Please Don’t’ she tells us, “Don’t break it, won’t shake it. Take care and we’ll Rihanna and Drake it”.

Her soothing airy vocals resemble the likes of modern day legends Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott, of whom she also covered, with her version of ‘He Loves Me’ reaching #1 on the Soul House Charts.

The songwriter recently penned her latest track ‘Please Don’t’ after the acclaimed release of her debut album ‘Novel’ which was produced by Mercury Music Prize nominee Drew ‘Beats’ Horley (De La Soul, Roots Manuva, Estelle) and Grammy award winning Aamir Yaqub (Rihanna) and has already given her airtime and real support at certain sectors of Radio 1, 1Xtra, 6 Music, Jazz FM, Capital XTRA among others.

‘Please Don’t’ expresses a feistier, more sassy side not seen on her previous work and it works a treat as she pleads for her lover not to make fool of their love. However, this is far from a gloomy track given the lyrical theme, as it pipes down a bass heavy simple organ and hook laden flavour with exotic beats and plenty of bite whilst maintaining a beautifully soulful melody

Sundara Karma


Today, UK four-piece Sundara Karma announced they will release a new EP Loveblood on November 4th, 2016 exclusively in America via Bee & El/Sony RAL before co-headlining the first ever BBC Music Presents US tour with Spring King and Izzy Bizu. See full tour routing below and PRESS HERE for tickets!

“It’s inspired by Oscar Wilde’s short story ‘Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime,'” lead singer Oscar Pollock said of the EP’s lead single “Loveblood,” which already has over 2.5 million streams on Spotify. “The story is a mystery about the unexplainable, and that theme has a huge inspiration in our music.”

Dealing in anthemic guitar music with soaring choruses, brooding romanticism and a sense of euphoric uplift, Sundara Karma have already established a feverishly dedicated cult fanbase, sold-out shows up and down the UK and opened the main stage at Reading Festival in 2016. Their powerful, panoramic songs have garnered praise from The Guardian, Huffington Post and NME and BBC Radio 1 support from Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and more.

Sundara Karma tour dates:

^in conjunction with Sirius and BBC Music

*not part of BBC Music Presents US tour

November 21 Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar*

November 22 Detroit, MI @ Shelter

November 23 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

December 5 Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot*

December 8 San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine*

(photo credit: Tom Oxley)

San Mei


San Mei aka Emily Hamilton returns, following her previous cut ‘Revel’ which gained triple j airplay and a critically acclaimed remix from Zaped. Her heady new alt-rock single ‘Rewind’, which had its first play on triple j last week, is set for release this Friday.

San Mei’s effortlessly potent vocals glide fluently over crunchy guitars in ‘Rewind’, with raw, understated production from Hamilton herself along with Konstantin Kersting (The Belligerents, Morning Harvey, WAAX), lending an unmistakeable frenzied tone. There’s a pervading sense of desperation, reflected masterfully in the fast-paced rush of the accompanying video. San Mei appears lost in urban landscapes and light-filled country surrounds, never reaching a destination. The pang of nostalgic longing is palpable – and so is the wisdom in preferring to have lost than never loved at all.

Coming from a background of classical piano training, the Gold Coast based artist and self taught multi-instrumentalist has in 2016 been steadily adding to what is already an impressive resume. In August, ‘Revel’ was released to plentiful industry praise; following this, San Mei supported international sensation Elliphant at her Brisbane show. Relentlessly dedicated to her craft, San Mei is gearing up for the release of her as-yet untitled debut EP in 2017.

‘Rewind’ was released Friday 18 November 2016.



After making waves with her singles ‘Paper Doll’ and ’12th Of July’, wild-at-heart globetrotter ILUKA releases her anthemic folk-pop single ‘Blue Jean Baby’, and today announces the impending release of her EP Blue My Soul on Friday February 17.

Youthful and wistful, ‘Blue Jean Baby’ aspires to a life beyond a small-town existence. Alternating between debonair bouyancy and vivacious urgency, the track sees ILUKA finding release in personal freedom and the open road. Produced by Jean-Paul Fung (Jinja Safari, Bluejuice, Last Dinosaurs), ‘Blue Jean Baby’ wears its heart stitched proudly to its sleeve, liberated by a future of unbridled wayfaring.

It’s only natural that this notion of emancipation through escape is the very heart of LUKA’s upcoming EP Blue My Soul. The songs it houses are borderless, having seeded in a Buddhist Monastery in South East Asia, sprouted in India, and then finally blossomed in the expansive plains of America like rare desert flowers. Each has its own purpose in absolution, conjuring vivid landscapes and beckoning to the bohemian nomad soul that exists within us all. Blue My Soul is almost entirely self-produced and was tracked to tape as a live band at Sydney’s Linear Recording Studios. The result is a release that is simultaneously personal and empathetic in its rawness, joie de vivre and an “it’s the journey, not the destination” philosophy.

The Georgia Flood


Releasing an album can be heartbreaking affair, especially when you have to choose a song to represent the entire work. Fortunately, “Whistle King” is an accurate representation of the dynamic, slick, and sometimes weird sounds that The Georgia Flood bring to their new album People Like Ourselves.

With influences like Modest Mouse and Young the Giant, “Whistle King” reaches into the realm of driving, fun mayhem and delivers a tune you can’t help but whistle along with. Momentarily bizarre and reasonable structured, the song takes detours through quirky lyrics and strange sounds. For The Georgia Flood, writing music is a low pressure situation and “Whistle King” exemplifies their lively and idiosyncratic style.

The Georgia Flood consists of two brothers, Brooks Mason and Lane Kelly. Barely into their 20’s the brothers have been playing music since they were pre-teens. The full People Like Ourselves EP, out December 2nd, consists of genre-bending alt-rock tunes that take influences from Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and Alabama Shakes.

The Great Escape


The Los Angeles-based three-piece just released a stunning new acoustic performance video to their current single “I Can’t Resist” – shot in the Mojave Desert. The sun is low, the set-up sparse, the vibe raw – and that voice is even more irresistible: Offering the gritty, minimalist acoustic recording of “I Can’t Resist” as a free download on their site, the band also announced to release additional songs recorded during the Mojave Desert acoustic sessions in the next months.

I Can't Resist (Acoustic Version) from The Great Escape on Vimeo.

Widely praised for their timeless and genre-smashing approach to song craft, The Great Escape is a trio comprised of Kristian Nord (drums, bass, production), Malte Hagemeister (guitars, production) – both originally from Hamburg, Germany –, and Cambridge-born singer Ingrid Andersson. Self-produced in their own studio, upcoming LP “Universe In Bloom” sees the trio joined by some of the best musicians and studio wizards in the industry to create a sound that’s both unique and strangely familiar, rough and infectious.


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