Albums | Joe Smooth presents ‘Hush Money’ with Irene Michaels

Posted by on September 20, 2022

Chicago’s house music icon Joe Smooth and Irene Michaels pair up for “Hush Money” out now on legendary house label Trax Records.

In the words of Joe Smooth ‘When Rachel Cain of Trax Records approached me to work with Irene Michaels of “I On The Scene” and one of Chicago’s first ladies, I was intrigued as to her plan for Irene.  In steps Arny Granat, Irene’s husband, top event promoter and theatrical producer, with the fun song “Hush Money” by The Heels. I thought, with Irene’s classic voice, style and the song’s rock vibe, I would give it a “Chicago House” treatment reminiscent of the underground classic “Black Betty” by Ramjet. Ramp up the dance vibe with a rock edge, add Irene’s classic vocals and it’s a party!!! Keep “House” Rockin’

Streams this soulful and propulsive funky house concoction below, written by buzzworthy Canadian country trio The Heels, and co-produced by Screamin Rachael, who was dubbed ‘the queen of house music’ by Billboard Magazine, this release also contains an alternate mix by acclaimed soundtrack composer Michael A. Levine

Albums | Boxteles return with their heaviest offering yet, in stinging rock single “Relevant”

Posted by on September 15, 2022

UK based 4-piece-band Boxteles hail specifically from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire and is comprised of Tom Bedford (vocals and guitar), Alex ‘Rex’ Richardson (bass), Ollie Harrison (guitar) and Oliver Perry (drums). Filled with a heavy and powerful vibe, the band returns with their first release of 2022 with arguably their heaviest track yet to date via “Relevant.” Immediately hitting you with rip-roaring guitars and a singalong chorus line that will surely be a fan favorite at live shows. “Relevant” is a great introduction track for new listeners, so check it out above now and keep Boxteles on your radar moving forward!

Albums | Check out “Sunshine” by Australian producer, Fonteray

Posted by on September 15, 2022

Fonteray is a bubbling new project out of Australia by rising artist, Drew McCarty. His sound is a hybrid concoction of sounds blending together psychedelic indie-dance and chill-wave music that can be likened to a mix between Toro Y Moi, Jungle and Washed Out. His new single “Fonteray” is a feel good track that is a great introduction to the up-and-coming project. Tune into the track above now and read a quote from the artist on his release below now!

“The rough idea of ‘Sunshine’ has actually been around for a while now. There’s a video on my Instagramof me improvising a variation of the bassline over the chords from 2018, which was long before Fonteray even existed. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I found a super early demo of it that I had completely forgotten about. I was vibing with the bassline of it and was sort of hit by this melody idea for the chorus. I immediately demo’d it out again and essentially wrote out the whole song in one sitting. Lyrically, I tend to lean on hazy, dreamlike imagery because that’s the vibe I want the song to evoke overall. Where I can, I like to leave it somewhat vague, to leave space for the listener to insert whoever comes to mind when they hear the song. Particularly with a song like Sunshine which is ultimately about a relationship that didn’t work out butcan still be reflected upon fondly.Although I had a complete demo when it came time to record the song, I opted to essentially start from scratch once in the studio. Working with long-time collaborator Michael Belsar (Hayden James, Hunting Grounds) in his Abbotsford studio, we wanted to make sure the song had freedom to grow naturally, and that we weren’t constraining it with pre-existing ideas of what it should sound like. Leaning into this ‘serve the song’ mentality, meant we added a bunch of things that we normally wouldn’t, like acoustic guitar, and live upright piano because of the character it added to thesong.For me this song feels like an evolution stylistically towards what I am trying to achieve sonically when I write music. A sound which marries vintage and modern sounds, something that is just as evocative as it is danceable. With tight grooves, a sprinkle of psychedelia and a slight nod to my funk/soul influences.” ~ Fonteray

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Albums | Ultra Worldwide unveils Asia Tour 2022 and announces return of ULTRA Beach Bali

Posted by on September 12, 2022

Celebrated for producing top-tier festivals on all six inhabited continents, Ultra Worldwide will return to Asia this month for a multi-country tour. 

The ULTRA Asia Tour 2022 will kick off with ULTRA Japan as the festival returns for its seventh edition at Odaiba Ultra Park II on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 . Festival headliners include Afrojack, KSHMR, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, Timmy Trumpet, and Zedd with support from a range of bubbling regional acts. Tickets are on sale now for ULTRA Japan at https://ultrajapan.com/

Ultra’s award-winning techno and house music concept RESISTANCE will once again take over Womb Tokyo for another impressive edition of RESISTANCE Tokyo on Saturday, September 17. The world-class, four-floor nightclub will host the world debut of ‘POPOF B2B Space 92 present: Turbulences, who will be co-headlining with Beatport chart-topping regular Julian Jeweil. Tickets are on-sale now for RESISTANCE Tokyo at https://resistancemusic.com/tokyo/

Following ULTRA Japan, ULTRA Korea will make its highly-anticipated return for the festival’s ninth edition at the iconic Olympic Stadium in Seoul. The event will span two days from Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25 across three stages including Main Stage, RESISTANCE, and UMF Radio. A bevy of headliners will be making their ULTRA Korea debuts, including Marshmello, Oliver Heldens and Timmy Trumpet. Returning fan-favorite Main Stage headliners include Martin Garrix, KSHMR, and Nicky Romero

RESISTANCE Seoul will feature the likes of Adam Beyer, Ilario Alicante, Lee Foss, Nicole Moudaber, Pan-Pot, Sasha, and the second performance of POPOFb2b Space 92 present: Turbulences. Tickets are on-sale now for ULTRA Korea at http://ultrakorea.com/tickets 

After nearly five years since the last edition, ULTRA Beach Bali will make its return on Thursday, September 29 – Friday, September 30 for the festival’s fourth edition. To mark this highly-anticipated comeback, the festival will take place at a brand new venue this year at the picturesque oceanfront Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel Kuta in Kuta, Bali,located on the Indian Ocean. Tickets are on-sale now for ULTRA Beach Bali at https://ultrabali.com/tickets/2022/ 

Since its inaugural event in 2015, ULTRA Beach Bali has presented some of the leading acts in electronic music, such as Skrillex, Kygo,Alesso, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Zedd, Afrojack, deadmau5 and Dubfire. The forthcoming ULTRA Beach Bali lineup promises to continue the tradition of welcoming distinguished artists from around the world. 

ULTRA Beach is an oceanfront boutique festival that has welcomed tens of thousands of fans to events in exotic coastal locations around the world, from Europe to Asia. Ahead of the Bali edition, ULTRA Beach hosted two widely-successful events in the Mediterranean on the Island of Hvar in Croatia and on Costa Del Sol in Spain earlier this summer. 

RESISTANCE will also return to Bali to deliver hard-hitting underground sounds for a closing party on Saturday, October 1 at Savaya Bali on Uluwatu Beach. Previous RESISTANCE Bali editions have welcomed prestigious underground stalwarts like Carl Cox, Joseph Capriati, Sasha & John Digweed, and Dubfire.  Stay tuned for lineup and ticketing announcements at https://resistancemusic.com/bali.

Asia Tour 2022 media applications can be found at https://umfworldwide.com/media-application/

Albums | Rising talent Belle Vex drops uplifting pop single, “Us”

Posted by on September 12, 2022

Upcoming singer/songwriter Belle Vex has released the new single “Us”, driven by acoustic guitars and his airy vocal lines touched by hazy beats to round it off. The empowering single has been worked on for 6 long years by Belle Vex, and the song’s message encourages his listeners to be your own biggest fan in both good times and bad. A powerful and feel-good message to all is exactly what I needed to kick off my Monday. Check it out above now!

 “Us is about being the support system when no one else would. This includes being there for yourself. My favorite song to date.” – Belle Vex

Albums | FUXWITHIT Presents Debut Compilation ‘Champions Of The Underground Vol. 1′?

Posted by on September 12, 2022

FUXWITHIT is a Canadian tastemaker blog and record label that is starting to turn some heads around the EDM scene thanks to its constantly dope output of raw tunes. They’re now back with their first compilation that is filled with heat. The thirteen-track project sees Golden Child, Haan808, L*o*J, dope, and sebjin making their return to the label while showcasing a wide range of fresh talents including KUREI, PRYZMS, Dropwizz, Lenny x SL!DE, Galazy x BAGG, Gurf, Borny, Hontis and Zodiaque. Tune in above now!

Albums | North Carolina upcomer Keith Heart returns via “Serial Heartbreaker”

Posted by on September 11, 2022

Raleigh, North Carolina-hailing singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Brady Keith Gearheart – better known by his stage name Keith Heart – is back with a catchy new single entitled “Serial Heartbreaker.” The hyper-pop infused single has elements of Pop, emo and alternative rock, and EDM music all blended together an incredibly groovy and dance-able track. The heavy bass infused production will keep you moving and tuned in throughout but lyrically is where this one will draw in the most listeners. Th e song paints a picture of a dance club where people have lost all sense of themselves, indulging in acts they’ve never tried before. The subtle foreboding implications reveal a predator-prey scenario where someone is taking advantage of the people in the crowd to do what he pleases with them. Check out the track above now and read a quote from Keith Heart on his latest drop below now!

“I want the audience to enjoy the track but also feel uncomfortable when listening to the lyrics; having the same feelings as the people I’m describing in the song itself. Something is unnatural about the scenario I’m painting, and that’s reflected in the production being very bare-bones without any traditional style dance production.”