Dutch-born musician, remixer and producer JUNKIE XL returns with a strikingly eclectic electronic dance music album Synthesized - out November 27 via Nettwerk Records. Leading up to his first album in four years and the sixth full-length LP in his 15-year career, he’ll release “Gloria,” a pulsating club track with tough, bass-heavy stylings featuring Fredrik of Datarock (Available October 22).
Synthesized sees Junkie XL chilling out with beautiful, lysergic lullabies such as "The Art of Luxurious Intergalactic Time Travel" and “Take Off On Molly’s E.” The album also features performances by Curt Smith (Tears for Fears) on “When Enough Is Not Enough,” Tommie Sunshine on “Love Machine” and Isis Salam (Chinese Flash Mob, Thunderheist) on “Off The Dancefloor,” as well as spoken word by Timothy Leary on “Leave Behind Your Ego,” with a rare excerpt from “The Psychedelic Experience: Going Out.” On each track you’ll not only find Junkie XL helming electronics, but playing bass, guitar and/or drums himself.
The Junkie XL moniker by Tom Holkenborg began with 1997's Saturday Teenage Kick. Unlike most producers swept up by the so-called “electronica craze,” not only did Junkie XL hang on, but flourish with a steady stream of solo efforts: 2000’s Big Sound Of The Drags and 2003’s Radio JXL: A Broadcast From The Computer Hell Cabin. Radio JXL included collaborations with Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, Gary Numan, The Cure’s Robert Smith and Public Enemy’s Chuck D. The U.S. release included the breakthrough remix of Elvis Presley’s 1968 single, “A Little Less Conversation,” marking the first time the Presley Estate ever granted permission to any producer to retouch any Elvis material. The track, originally created for a 2002 Nike World Cup Commercial, went on to be featured in several films, including Ocean’s Eleven. The song became a #1 hit in more than 20 countries worldwide.
The Be Good Tanyas caught up with Daytrotter when they were in San Francisco last month for the Outside Lands Festival. The session is live today and available here: http://tinyurl.com/9ou2gkk.
The Vancouver trio continues to tour in support of their latest release, A Collection (2000 - 2012), a 16-track career retrosection that features stand-out tracks and fan favorites from the band’s three critically-acclaimed full-length albums: Blue Horse (2001), Chinatown (2003) and Hello Love (2006). The album also features four previous unreleased tracks. September tour dates start in Eugene, OR on September 13, followed by two nights headlining the Aladdin Theatre in Portland on September 14 and 15. Keep reading for the full list of dates.
“Hyslop’s sound is a hushed and crystalline Americana folk wrapped in pillowy clouds” – Vancouver Sun “Hsylop is an instantly likeable singer-songwriter with a gift for intimacy and almost ghostly mood-making” - Straight
“Time Alone” is the latest single from Hyslop’s debut album, Where The Mountain Meets The Valley. Filmed at Mt. Lehman Winery, the clip highlights Hsylop's beautifully composed melodies and unforgettable vocal harmonies. Inspired by an array of artists - Damien Rice, Ryan Adams, Iron & Wine – Hyslop has developed his own kind of artfully-rendered Americana.
Passenger's new album, All The Little Lights, made its North American debut last week to critical acclaim. This week, the album lands on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #95. Passenger will celebrate the release of All The Little Lights with a solo show tonight (September 6) in Los Angeles at Hotel Cafe before joining his pal Ed Sheeran on the VH1 You Oughta Know Tour With Ed Sheeran, launching Saturday, September 9 in Orlando, FL. He'll also make a solo stop in New York City at The Living Room on Thursday, September 13.
What the media is saying about All The Little Lights:
"Rosenberg’s wordplay, clever rhymes and deadpan humor distinguish him from fellow musicians lumped into the expansive “singer/songwriter” category." -- Paste Magazine
"His style of story-telling through songwriting shoots straight to the heart of what we love about music – the raw and the vulnerable and the breathtakingly beautiful." -- TheOwlMag.com
"One of the year's best albums...Rosenberg's star is on the rise." -- The Daily News (PA)
Today, Victoria, B.C.'s Current Swell releases the single "Too Cold" from their new album Long Time Ago, which will make its stateside debut on October 16. "Too Cold" is available now in iTunes (here). Check out the music video for the track above, and stay tuned for tour news.
Chinese-born, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Wanting continues to take China by storm with her debut album Everything In The World, which is now Double Platinum in China and Platinum in Hong Kong. Today, the self-taught musician releases Everything In The World (Bonus Track Version), featuring three previously unreleasesd tracks sung by Wanting in her native tongue of Mandarin. Find it in iTunes HERE.
Listen to one of these bonus track, "快活-Thrilled," on SoundCloud below:
Vancouver's Hey Ocean! has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money to fulfill their dream of touring the world. Check out their video message above, and visit their Kickstarter page HERE.
Hey Ocean! will spend September touring their home country with fellow Nettwerk management (and label) artist Family of the Year. Tour dates are listed below.
Hey Ocean! supporting Family of the Year:
18-Sep Kamloops, BC @ Blue Grotto
19-Sep Calgary, AB @ Republik
20-Sep Edmonton, AB @ Pawnshop
21-Sep Regina, SK @ The Exchange
22-Sep Saskatoon, SK @ Louis Pub
24-Sep Sault Ste. Marie, ON @ Lop Lops
26-Sep North Bay, ON @ Capitol Centre
27-Sep Peterborough, ON @ Red Dog Tavern
28-Sep Ottawa, ON @ Ritual Nightclub
Today State Radio shares with fans the lyric video for “Take Cover," the latest single from their forthcoming studio album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion - out October 23 via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records. Track listing below.
Each song on Rabbit Inn Rebellion has a unique story and "Take Cover" is no different. "Take Cover" is a song about how some people are disconnected from war and their complacency in their ignorance; while touching on the personalized toll of war and how a wife does not recognize her husband's face (emotionally) despite him trying not to let war change him.
State Radio is heading back to Northampton, MA on October 26th and 27th for the Calling All Crows' 4th Annual Northampton Halloween Weekend. The weekend of music wouldn’t be complete without the CAC Northampton Halloween 5K. On October 27th, State Radio fans and Calling All Crows supporters take to the streets of downtown - in costume - for a fun walk/run to support CAC’s new marriage equality campaign. Proceeds from this year’s race will go to support Human Rights. Civil Rights. RIGHT NOW!
Recently announced, the band's North America tour will also be in support of Human Rights. Civil Rights. RIGHT NOW! See dates below.
Ola Klüft, the former frontman of Swedish indie rockers and former Nettwerk artist ThePerishers, has released a new album called Soon, Soon, Soon under the moniker A Lanky Swede. Check out the video for the single "For The Longest Time" above.
Dispatch & State Radio singer Chadwick Stokes presents Simerkane I and the Fall River Sybils, available now. The album is a re-release of the early State Radio EP Simmer Kane, with five additional tracks. The added tracks are a dedication to his wife Sybil, and a nod to the great Fall River. Some of the tracks ("Sybil I," "Sybil II" and "Sybil III" and "Indian Moon") were recorded in Fall River, MA. The final track, "FridaMae," is a new song written for their newborn daughter. To listen to the full album, see above.
1. Keep Sake
2. Heady Riser
3. The Waitress
4. Hopeless Tender
5. Sybil I
6. Sybil II
7. Sybil III
8. Indian Moon