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Ross From Friends US Tour + “Epiphany” Video

September 18th, 2019

Ross From Friends, AKA Felix Clary Weatherall, has a new hobby: woodworking. Judging by the sound of his new EP, this new hobby (or something else) puts him in a good mood—these are some of the cheeriest tracks he’s released. It also probably helps that Epiphany was inspired by Weatherall’s sister, who he says is “one of the most important role models I have.” Epiphany also features three of the most detailed house tracks in Weatherall’s catalogue, full of pinprick sounds that fill the spaces between streaks of melody. Best of all is the title track, where shakers move around the stereo field and synth zaps above the percussion. “The Revolution” is more reduced, hinged around a vocal chant and deep bassline. Weatherall has aimed Epiphany at the dance floor, which, when these tunes are playing, is a nice place to be. – Via RA

His US Tour starts this weekend! Dates below!

US TOUR DATES:
9/19 Boston – Brighton Music Hall
9/20 Chicago – Bottom Lounge
9/21 New York – Elsewhere
9/24 Austin – Empire Control Room
9/25 Portland – Doug Fir Lounge
9/26 Seattle – Neumos
9/27 San Francisco 1015.Folsom
9/28 San Diego CRSSD

Allen Stone Announces New Album + “Sunny Days”

September 18th, 2019

Soulful vanguard Allen Stone’s forthcoming record Building Balance will be released November 8th (ATO Records), taking his soul-stirring R&B and funk to the next artistic level. This week he releases new single “Sunny Days”. The song is an R&B ode to euphoric love that features slick rap verses alongside Allen’s smooth delivery in his stunningly transformative upper range. Allen continues to draw inspiration from ’70s funk and soul with current flexes, sitting amid D’Angelo in its sultrier moments, and Stevie Wonder at its most melodic. Also partially inspired by becoming a husband and father, the album features the most personal, lushly produced and gorgeously performed songs of Allen’s career.

Building Balance was largely written in a cabin in the woods of Washington state and partially recorded at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville with three producers: the acclaimed British artist/producer Jamie Lidell, Grammy-winning producer Nasri, and Jeremy Most (Emily King). The album is a textured amalgam of R&B and soul, a result of several personal co-writing sessions, collaborations with Emily King, Mike Posner & Theo Katzman / Joey Dosik of Vulfpeck, and lyrics by Allen.

Having just wrapped a summer tour with Train, Allen Stone will hit the road on October 23rd for a live 15-date karaoke tour of intimate rooms. He will perform songs from his catalog and classic karaoke staples with his fans, upfront and literally face-to-face. Watch this hilarious and heartwarming trailer for the tour HERE.

LISTEN – Common Holly “Measured” + US Tour

September 17th, 2019

“You unbuttoned your shirt, and I looked at your heart,” Brigitte Naggar intones at the start of her new Common Holly song, followed by a stunning silence that feels much longer than three seconds. When the music finally resumes, she continues: “Then you showed me your lungs, yeah you pulled them apart.” It’s a captivating introduction, and the mesmerizing quality extends throughout the song’s two minute runtime. “Measured” is a great title for this one.

This is the third advance single from When I say to you Black Lightning, Common Holly’s second album and first for Barsuk. (That’s her US label home; the album is actually coming out on five different labels across the Earth’s various regions. It’s a whole ordeal.) Previously Naggar shared “Central Booking” and “Joshua Snakes.”

READ MORE + Check out all her upcoming tour dates via Stereogum!

US Tour – Montreal Chiiild Brings You “Back To Life”

September 17th, 2019

Using their music to narrate shared experiences and chronicle important social narratives, Avant Garden-signed Chiiild continue to curate introspective, unconventional R&B melodies on their sophomore release “Back To Life”. Collaborating with Zimbabwean artist, poet and activist Shungudzo, their vocals melt together effortlessly across a dreamy soundboard of soft, soulful rhythms and scattered drum beats.

“Chiiild and I wrote ’Back To Life’ on the day we met,” she explains. “We really bonded over being African artists who want to use music to tell stories about diversity, ask questions about humanity, and unify people over shared personal experiences. All of these themes are embedded in the lyrics of our song, and Chiiild’s music really compliments it, being so uniquely genre-bending yet still somehow reminiscent of something you’ve heard, or felt, before.”

The new track from the Emotional Oranges tour-mates follows up this summer’s “Count Me Out”. The celestial string instrumentation is euphoric, soaring over the track like a restorative power as the artists defy the natural order with their creative collaborations. After all, as Shungudzo adds, the track is a fantasy that “life is just practice and somehow in the future, we can get a second shot at this”. –> Read More Via The Line Of Best Fit!

Metronomy “Wedding Bells”+ New Album Out Now!

September 16th, 2019

Metronomy have announced details of a brand new studio album, ‘Metronomy Forever’, and a new video and tour to go along with it. The band’s sixth record, Metronomy Forever, is out NOW via Because Music. The band is here in NYC at the end of the month at Rough Trade for a show, and then touring Extensively in Europe in Nov!

“When you’re making music and you enter a world where you have achieved some sort of celebrity no matter how large or small you start to think about yourself in terms of legacy and what you’re going to leave behind,” says Joe Mount.

DIY caught up with the frontman earlier in 2019, to talk about the surprise breakthrough and enduring influence of their 2008 record ‘Nights Out’. – READ MORE VIA DIY MAG

G & D “Peace Peace” + The New York Times & Pitchfork

September 15th, 2019

G & D’s new album Black Love and War is out now, and getting a TON of critical love! Check out the review of their new album on Pitchfork HERE, and via the New York Times Playlist where they feature the song “Peace Peace” below.

“Welcome to the world, son/Now run,” Dudley Perkins announces over a wobbly, clicketyclack beat produced by Georgia Anne Muldrow, the other half of G&D (and his life partner). “Police got a gun/A fight night after night, day after day.” It’s bleak at the outset, but by the end of the track a sense of hope and vision has prevailed, thanks to the wry realness of Perkins’s rapping and the sun-sprinkled buoyancy of Muldrow’s voice. “Peace Peace” comes from “Black Love & War,” G&D’s just-released second album. – Read More Via New York Times

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