There’s no doubt that we have been in the middle of an extended period of ‘80s synthpop worship for some time now with numerous groups peddling New Order riffs and such. Less acknowledged is the degree to which ‘70s disco has remained strong and keeps growing in our time. Alongside, the rich funk revival spearheaded by top notch producers like Dam-Funk, disco has appropriated elements from progressive house, such as the laid back trancey vibe, where progressive house originally drew from disco. out of this rich mix springs Los Angeles’ LUXXURY, also known as Blake Robin in real life, a producer devoted to deep disco sprinkled with a dash of gentle funk and a mellow late night chill vibe.
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Bermudian singer-songwriter Heather Nova has built a big fanbase on both sides of the Atlantic on the back of her nine albums and numerous musical appearances in both TV and film. Her career began back in the ‘90s in the Lilith Fair era, where her folky alternative rock sound was hugely popular and her second album, Oyster, sold over a million copies in the U.S. Nova has remained successful to the present day based on her great talent for melody and songwriting chops. Now, Nova is returning with her 10th record, The Way It Feels, which shows she hasn’t lost a step. The album releases March 25th and she’s back in North America for a tour in March and throughout April. “Girl on the Mountain” is the new single and we have her band new video for you today.
Defining itself as “a collective of musicians with backgrounds in contemporary classical, metal, jazz, and folk music, all who happen to play rock music [sic]”, Brooklyn outfit Emanuel and the Fear (led by Emanuel Ayvas) proved to be an incredibly eclectic, skillful, and striving troupe on its previous two LPs, Listen (2010) and The Janus Mirror (2013). Channeling the instrumental prowess and/or symphonic melodic grip of ELO, Frank Zappa, and the Dear Hunter (among many other diverse acts), the group always takes its listeners to unexpected places while also maintaining certain distinctive traits. Fortunately, both expectations are met on “Meredith”, the first single from their upcoming third studio album, Primitive Smile.
Colorado’s Elephant Revival spring from a state full of amazing string bands and they are among the very finest. Folk music is serious business around the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest and those areas are a veritable hotbed of forward-looking, traditionally rooted, string musicians who break boundaries between types of folk music, thereby creating new hybrids continually. Elephant Revival is one such group, a band of virtuosic musicians—you can’t really be anything else in bluegrass/folk as there’s nothing to hide behind—that are rooted in both Celtic and American folk, but bring in elements of African music, reggae. classic jazz and bluegrass.
Dublin producer Jack Colleran (a.k.a. MMOTHS) traveled to Los Angeles to spend some time composing and creating music on his laptop while he stayed with a friend. It was a fruitful period for the 22-year-old musician as he spent a month of 12-hour nights in the recording studio working on his debut release, Luneworks. One can hear the ethereal mists and moody cloud-filled landscapes of Ireland in MMOTHS’s dreamy, cinematic music. Colleran constructs giant walls of sounds with gentle colors, downtempo ambiance, and evocative visions to accompany a complete mind trip. Luneworks is simply gorgeous we highly recommend it.