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"While varied, their sound is never left floundering in the realms of mish-mash obscurity, instead finding a sense of direction balanced between indoor and dancefloor," - i-D Magazine
"With a combination of hip hop swagger and explosive bass music aesthetics, Australian duo Hermitude has become a force to be reckoned with" - DJ Times
"Their latest original, “Through the Roof” featuring Young Tapz, is simply jaw-dropping"
- Dancing Astronaut
Nettwerk Records is excited to announce the signing of Hermitude, the award-winning duo based in Sydney, Australia. In 2015, expect the duo to release Dark Night Sweet Light (via Nettwerk Records), the long awaited follow-up to HyperParadise, a beautifully inventive record of future beats and electronica. Their meticulous production, musicianship and passion for instrumental music demands attention.
Multi-instrumentalists, Luke Dubber (aka Luke Dubs) and Angus Stuart (aka El Gusto), have collaborated since they were 16 and 11, respectively. With the Platinum-selling HyperParadise, the band won Australia’s Music Prize, modeled after Britain’s Mercury Music Prize and Canada’s Polaris Prize, whose single goal is to identify and reward the most outstanding creative Australian album of the year. Hermitude beat a shortlist of talented artists, including Tame Impala, The Presets and friend/collaborator, electronic producer and instrumentalist Flume. The Flume remix of title track, “HyperParadise” has nearly 8 million Soundcloud streams and topped Hype Machine’s “Most Popular” at #1.
“SXSW New Favorite Band Alert” - KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic
“Newbies Who Impressed: Boxed In, essentially a vehicle for songwriter-producer-keyboardist Oli Bayston. The songs ranged from crushed ballads to bullet-train rockers with lead bass lines.” - Chicago Tribune
“U.K. rock–groove to enhance those late nights or early mornings in Austin.”
- Hitfix’s “SXSW 2015: Artists To Watch”
Praise From The UK:
“The debut album from Boxed In will enhance your life…Oli Bayston is an impressive songwriter and his piano-pinned dance-pop album carries zero duds.” - NME
“…a beauty, capturing Bayston’s housed-up, lo-fi appeal, which involves locked-in, Hot Chip recalling grooves, world-weary, Bernard Summer-like vocals and simple-as-pie melodies that worm their way into your soul and claim squatters rights. Stunning.”
- Sunday Times “Debut Of The Week”
"Boxed In…hits hard enough in places to get the party started and holds just enough back to make you want to return to it again and again.”
- The Line of Best Fit
“Bayston is a master craftsman. Boxed In is only the beginning.”
Official Video For “Mystery”:
“The song opens with a live drum loop before grand piano chords take the reins; Bayston also adds sparse bass guitar hits and atmospheric sweeps which swell and recede. The instrumentation is rich and the visuals are equally so.”
- Stereogum(Exclusive Video Premiere)
On May 12, William Fitzsimmons will release a mini-album titled Pittsburgh, a collection of seven songs about the city where he was born and raised. Fitzsimmons credits the gift of music to his mother, and consequently his grandmother. In October 2014, his grandmother passed away and during the three days spent putting her to rest, Pittsburgh was formed. The seven songs are in memoriam to her and in remembrance of the city they shared.
Yesterday, Fitzsimmons partnered with Guitar World's Acoustic Nation to premiere the official music video for the title track.
Watch (& Share) The “Pittsburgh” Official Video HERE:
Pittsburgh follows Fitzsimmons’ 2014 full-length Lions (produced by Chris Walla/Death Cab For Cutie), which debuted at #2 on the Top New Artist Albums’ chart, as well as Top 5 on the Folk Albums chart. Fitzsimmons’ music has also been licensed to a wide variety of networks including ABC, NBC, MTV, Lifetime and CW and he has been featured in Billboard, NPR, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal, Paste, Spin, NYLON Guys, Musikexpress, Uncut, Q Magazine and American Songwriter Magazine.
J-Pop star Kumi Koda released her twelfth studio album on March 18th entitled WALK OF MY LIFE (Avex Records).
Skyrocketing to the top of the Oricon Weekly Album Chart,Walk Of My Life sold 39,000 copies on the first day alone. NW1 writer/producer Fredro has three tracks featured on this release: “Like It” (second single on WOML), “You Can Keep Up With Me,” and “Introduction ~Walk of My Life~”.
Fredro is no stranger to J-Pop success, having written Namie Amuro's certified platinum hit “Hands on Me,” as well as several K-Pop smashes (Wonder Girls' certified 7x Platinum hit “G.N.O.” among them).
GRAMMY-nominated American producer/artist Morgan Page will bring his forthcoming album, DC to Light, to life on June 9, as he embarks on his North American tour under the same name. DC to Light is where organic sound meets technology, infused with the enchanting vocals of such artists as Angela McCluskey, Lissie and many more! Kicking off April 9 in Seattle, WA, Morgan will bring his original tracks into full frequency at some of the country’s most iconic and popular clubs and venues. Undoubtedly, fans will be engrossed in an out-of-this-world experience that only Morgan can create. Additionally, with every tour ticket purchased, fans will receive a digital copy of DC to Light.
Listen (& Share) “Open Heart” Feat. Lissie:
To purchase tour tickets along with DC to Light album pre-order, visit here.
DC to Light Tour dates: Thursday, April 9, 2015 Seattle, WA Foundation
Saturday, April 11, 2015 Portland, OR Whiskey Bar
Friday, April 17, 2015 Milwaukee, WI Oak Lounge
Saturday, April 18, 2015 Kansas City, MO Mosaic KC
Thursday, April 23, 2015 Denver, CO BETA
Friday, April 24, 2015 San Antonio, TX Rio
Saturday, April 25, 2015 Dallas, TX Lizard Lounge
Saturday, May 2, 2015 New York, NY Webster Hall
Friday, May 8, 2015 Pontiac, MI Elektricity
Saturday, May 9, 2015 Philadelphia, PA District N9NE
Friday, May 15, 2015 Park City, UT Park City Live
Saturday, May 16, 2015 Edmonton, AB / CAN Encore
Sunday, May 24, 2015 Orange County, CA Yost
Friday, May 29, 2015 Vancouver, BC / CAN Celebrities
Saturday, May 30, 2015 Houston, TX Stereo
Friday, June 5, 2015 Hollywood, CA Control @ Avalon
Saturday, June 6, 2015 Hollywood, CA Avalon
Friday, June 12, 2015 Austin, TX V Lounge
Friday, June 19, 2015 El Paso, TX Buchanan’s
Saturday, June 20, 2015 Orlando, FL Gilt
Friday, June 26, 2015 San Francisco, CA Temple SF
Friday, July 17, 2015 Columbus, OH Sway Night Club
Saturday, July 18, 2015 Cincinnati, OH Mynt Night Club
Passenger’s upcoming album Whispers II will be released via his own label, Black Crow Records, on April 20, 2015 and 100% of all profits raisedwill go towards Unicef UK’s groundbreaking initiative in Liberia.
Every year ten thousand children die of malnutrition in Liberia. Over the next five years, Unicef UK aims to reach every child under the age of five in the country, and protect them from the danger of malnutrition.
Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger): “It's so exciting to be able to work with Unicef on such an important campaign. Money raised from these sales will go directly towards food and supplements to help bring severely malnourished kids back to health, facility upgrades and maintenance, education and training for health workers in the region."
Canadian alt-pop duo Ash Koley share the official music video for “Criminal,” which entered both HOT AC & AC Top 20 radio charts this week. Co-written by Justin Grey (John Legend, Ryan Cabrera, Mariah Carey), “Criminal” is the debut single from their forthcoming album slated for release in 2015.
Singer Ash Koley and producer/songwriter Phil Deschambault began their musical collaboration in 2004, when the two self-proclaimed nerds from Winnipeg were introduced by a mutual acquaintance. Phil was looking for a singer who could relate to his sound, and Ash’s velvety voice did just that. Together, their sound is an amalgamation of diverse influences, from Abba to the Eurythmics, and from Peter Gabriel to Radiohead. The result is a band that is a full embodiment of what they each bring to the duo – quirky charm and upbeat classic pop music.
Nettwerk Records' Family Of The Year announces North American tour dates, starting May 13 with Lord Huron, followed by a run of dates with AWOLNATION. The band will also make an appearance at this year’s SXSW Music Festival. Full dates below.
As of today, the band has gained over 59 million Youtube & Spotify streams of “Hero” worldwide.
Watch The Official Music Video For “Hero” Here:
In the coming days, HBO’s Girls will feature an exclusive song from the band to air during the closing moments of the season’s finale. Other artists to record a song exclusively for the show, include St. Vincent, Grimes x Jack Antonoff of fun. and Bleachers.
Nettwerk will also be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a day party on Wednesday, March 18 from 12-5pm at Maggie Mae’s, in collaboration with Leo Burnett Artist In Residence. Attendees will be treated to live music from Family of the Year,Boxed In and Chadwick Stokes, along with free food and drinks and the option to download a customized Nettwerk digital sampler via our friends at DropKloud. RSVP here.
The third episode of Nettcast, Nettwerk's 30th anniversary podcast, features Dia Frampton of ARCHIS. Listen to Dia's hilarious South Park impersonations and a wild game of "what animal sound is this." The ARCHIS EP is out now. Watch the music video for "Bittersweet" here.
Hosted by Nettwerkers Raj Sharma & Penny Palmer, with special guest Nettwerker Rachel Cragg! Past episodes of Nettcast can be found on iTunes here.