Katy B has just shared a brand new track, taken from her forthcoming collaborative album ‘Honey’, called ‘I Wanna Be’, a collaboration with Birmingham house luminary Chris Lorenzo. It’s a yearning and transcendent Balearic house track anchored by an emotive falsetto hook and fit for an Ibiza sunset. Katy recently said of the track: “when I heard Chris’ beat, I felt quite euphoric… like it’d be in that moment when you’re with someone you like and end up kissing them. When you decide not to play it cool but just go for it”.
‘I Wanna Be’ follows ‘Who Am I’ with Major Lazer and Craig David, the KAYTRANADA-produced album title track, and ‘Calm Down’ with Four Tet and Floating Points, each showcasing a different facet of the stylistic palette found the album, and Katy’s ability to bring together wide ranging musical sources to a forward thinking whole. The project sees her teaming up with some of the hottest artists and producers around, running the gamut from the underground to the top of the charts, with further collaborations with J Hus, Wilkinson, Jamie Jones, Sasha Keable, Novelist, Hannah Wants, Mr. Mitch, D Double E, MssingNo and many others.
‘Honey’ is released April 29th via Rinse/Virgin EMI. Katy will be playing her biggest London show to date on May 14th, when she headlines Brixton Academy.
Massive Attack return with the ‘Ritual Spirit’ EP. Released today (Thursday 28th January) via Virgin/EMI, the EP features the return of Tricky (on ‘Take It There’) in addition to collaborations with Young Fathers (‘Voodoo In My Blood’), Roots Manuva (‘Dead Editors’) and newcomer Azekel (‘Ritual Spirit’).
The EP was written and produced by Massive Attack’s Robert del Naja and long-term studio collaborator Euan Dickinson. A second Massive Attack EP, written and co-produced by Daddy G, will be released in the spring, with an album to follow later in the year.
‘Ritual Spirit’ EP track list:
1. Dead Editors (Massive Attack & Roots Manuva)
2. Ritual Spirit (Massive Attack & Azekel)
3. Voodoo In My Blood (Massive Attack & Young Fathers)
4. Take It There (Massive Attack, Tricky & 3D)
To mark the EP release, Massive Attack have today premiered a brand new video for ‘Take It There’. Directed by Hiro Murai and starring Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes, the ‘Take It There’ video is available to view here:
The release of the ‘Ritual Spirit’ EP follows the launch of Massive Attack’s ‘Fantom’ app last week.
Meanwhile, Massive are currently touring the UK and Europe. The new live show is designed by Robert del Naja and long time visual collaborators United Visual Artists, with support coming from Young Fathers.
Here’s the new video from Duke Dumont for his new single. ‘Ocean Drive’ the lead single from Blasé Boys Club EP Part 1 which is coming out October 2nd on Virgin EMI, part one of a series of original material EPs that Duke will release under the name.
‘Blasé Boys Club Part 1’ EP contains four original tracks from the UK producer, serial chart topper, BRITs and two-time Grammy nominee including ‘Robert Talking’ which features Chicago house legend Robert Owens.
Duke plays a headline show on September 30th in KOKO in London before embarking on a string of US dates with a new live show and stage setup (full dates here – http://dukedumont.com/shows/)
Hayden James’ ‘Something About You’ has been signed to Virgin EMI from leading independent imprint, Future Classic. The first remix for ‘Something About You’ comes from UK star Ben Pearce, and is available to stream here:
James is already a hot ticket back home and in the US, with sold-out headline live shows in Australia, a 15 date headline North America tour (including his Coachella debut), and support slots with ODESZA. The 13 date European tour’s debut UK live performances have been snapped up by Reading and Leeds’ festivals on 28 and 29 August respectively (where he’ll appear on Radio 1’s dance stages), with his debut London live show set for Oslo in Hackney on 10 September. Tickets for all tour dates are on sale now.
Live onstage is where you’ll find the real magic in his (increasingly) French-touch inspired sound. The European tour crosses 9 countries and kicks off on 7 August at Austria’s Poolbar Festival, before travelling to Belgium (8), Sweden (15), Netherlands (21), France (22), Germany (23), Norway (27), UK (28 & 29), and Spain (4 Sept), before return visits to France (6 Sept), UK (10), and Germany (12).
Here’s the new video from Duke Dumont for his new single The Giver (Reprise). The video sees a wayward Jesus figure rolling through and causing mayhem in an unsuspecting Venice beach.
The Giver (Reprise) is a new, reworked version of Duke’s breakout track of the same name which became a word of mouth club hit in 2012 when it came out on Turbo Recordings and will appear on Duke’s debut album due later this year. It follows his two consecutive #1 singles Need U (100%) and I GOT U as well as Won’t Look Back which reached #2. The single will be released June 21st in the UK via Virgin EMI and Duke’s imprint Blase Boys Club, backed with several remixes that can be streamed below.
Duke is currently continuing his run of DJ dates in Europe and the US throughout the spring and summer. He’ll be performing his new live show which was unveiled at Coachella featuring tracks from the forthcoming album at Wireless Festival, T in The Park, V festival, Creamfields, and EDC Las Vegas among others.
Casino-style clubs and giant raves might seem the yardsticks de jour for electronic music artists in the US, but hearing your music on the radio while driving through America is a moment still enjoyed by a select few. It’s a club now joined by Australian artist Hayden James, though, when en route to Coachella his song ‘Something About You’ emerged from the car stereo.
Signed to Virgin EMI from Australia’s leading independent imprint, Future Classic, Hayden James’ ‘Something About You’ has so far notched up over 10 million online streams (with support from leading YouTube channel, The Sound You Need), hit high rotation on specialist and commercial radio across Australia, and made the leap to daytime US radio. A highlight of both Coachella weekends, and one of the anthems for the forthcoming Ibiza season, expect this to be one of the tunes of summer 2015.
Tipped as one of the Southern Hemisphere’s hottest talents, Hayden James’ growing list of achievements is impressive: sold-out headline live shows in Australia, a 15 date headline North America tour (plus his Coachella debut), Hype Machine No.1s, and support slots with ODESZA. But, grand stats aside, its on record and live onstage where you’ll find the real magic in his (increasingly) French-touch inspired sound.
Currently putting the finishing touches to his debut album, James is influenced by artists including Jamie xx, Caribou, Daft Punk, SBTRKT, James Blake, and Toro Y Moi. He grew up in Sydney and cut his teeth on the local club scene, where he quickly became known as one of the city’s rising stars.
The Balearic pop of his debut track, ‘Permission To Love’, helped him scale the busy heights of the booming Australian electronic scene and to the pinnacle of the Hype M chart. An EP and a slew of remixes (Dillon Francis, ODESZA, RÜFÜS) later, and James had further established himself as a mainstay on both the Australian and international touring circuits.
‘Something About You’ was written, composed and produced by James.
‘Bugatti’ is classic Tiga, combining on point production and the wit and personality that have earned him a reputation as one of electronic music’s most colourful characters. Co-written with Jori Hulkonnen (aka Zyntherius of ‘Sunglasses at Night’ fame) at Montreal’s famous Lost Star Studios.
Breakbeat pioneer Zed Bias brings his own take on ‘Bugatti’ to the table with a dub heavy offering featuring the inimitable Pusha T on vocal duties. As one would expect from a Zed Bias remix it’s a bass heavy, effects laden affair whilst at the same time not losing the anthemic, minimal sound of the original. The EP also features two remixes by Eats Everything and from Amine Edge & Dance.
‘Bugatti’, preceded by two previous Tiga vs Audion singles ‘Let’s Go Dancing’ and ‘Fever’, caps a fantastic year for Tiga. He returned to remix work with mixes for Tieks and Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora, and his summer shows included three sets at Glastonbury, as well as further festival performances at Melt, Exit, Tramlines, SW4, Hard, Osheaga and beyond, plus club shows across the globe.