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1. Party Favor ft. Elohim – ‘Losing My Mind’
As the follow-up to his latest single “Save Me” released this past August on Ultra Music, producer & DJ Party Favor (aka Dylan Ragland) teams with fellow Los Angeles artist Elohim for his next offering “Losing My Mind” out today, September 17.
Known for her candidness about her struggles with severe anxiety disorder, panic and dissociation, singer, songwriter, and producer Elohim lends her unique vocals to the track with a frenzied expression. Sinister pressurized synths and driving beats create the foundation for the fluster of Elohim singing about losing her mind. “I feel like I’m constantly losing my mind. Questioning what’s real?! Or if anything really is,” she says.
Tinted with static crunch, menacing synths and brought to life by an otherworldly performance from Elohim, “Losing Your Mind” demonstrates Party Favor’s keen attention to the concept less is more.
“It’s a perfect example of a song that on its head is very simple, right? It’s very driving and repetitive and energetic,” Party Favor explains. “But I want ‘Losing Your Mind’ to feel sonically as though you are driving through the apocalypse, like Mad Max.” Creative use of filters and heavy repitching contribute to this out-there effect, as this relentless electro banger sends listeners spiraling toward the deepest recesses of their overstimulated brains. Trust, you’ll scramble for something to latch onto the whole way down.
“Lyrically, ‘Losing Your Mind’ is a play on how dance music gets into our heads and creates this endless cycle,” Party Favor continues. Together, he and Elohim create a menacing dancefloor melter powered by collectively controlled chaos. It’s a mind-numbing hell ride built to leave eardrums buzzing, long after the final beat.
“Working with Party Favor is a treat because he is such a kind and complimentary, open-minded friend,” adds Elohim. “He wants me to be my most authentic self. There is nothing more you could ask for.”
With his new offerings, Party Favor evolves taking a more melodic and vocal-driven approach while still maintaining a high-level electronic production standard which will result in a new project to come.
2. Sugarstone – ‘Chasing Days’
Bubble-gum-blowing days of youth meet the brooding cool of 80s synth-pop as wired-in, Manchester four-piece, Sugarstone release their latest floor-filling single, Chasing Days. Nostalgia in thrilling overload, the ode to childhood set in pin-sharp pop and squidgy, retro beats is released by Tri-Tone on now.
A world of modular synths and the dour glamour of early Depeche Mode is a happy planet and Chasing Days is every listener’s passport to visit that magic place, courtesy of Sugarstone. Running a race of one, the band’s previous 2021 single, Angel Boy, hit on ‘new rave’ references to further establish their reputation as the attention-worthy students of the electro-pop canon. Now Chasing Days cements their position, building complex pop monoliths with wires, buttons and guitars.
For news from Sugarstone, including future release and live dates announcements, connect with the band online at: https://linktr.ee/sugarstoneband
3. Placebo – ‘Beautiful James’
Placebo are today announcing their first new single in five years.
Over the course of more than 25 years, and over 13 million album sales, Placebo have shown themselves to be masters at cataloguing the human condition. The band’s unique way of examining both its flaws and beauty has for a long time made them a refuge for those who felt that the trappings of tradition, and the mainstream, were exactly that – a trap. Placebo continue to shine a light on the aspects of our society that are all too often viewed by some with scepticism at best, and hatred at worst.
It is with some poignancy then that new single “Beautiful James” arrives, finding itself born into a world that is as divided as it has ever been. Against the backdrop of splintering global relations, unchallenged online abuse and widespread fear among the narrow-minded of what they cannot understand, “Beautiful James” brings with it a message of defiance that seeks to normalize and celebrate non-heteronormative relationships in song.
Brian Molko comments further about the release of “Beautiful James”:
“If the song serves to irritate the squares and the uptight, so gleefully be it. But it remains imperative for me that each listener discovers their own personal story within it – I really don’t want to tell you how to feel.”
4. Sharon Corr – ‘Running On The Rooftops’
Multi-instrumentalist, award-winning singer songwriter Sharon Corr has spent the past months releasing a steady stream of rich, textural and melodic tracks, all taken from her upcoming third studio album, The Fool & The Scorpion (pre-order the album here). Latest track ‘Running on Rooftops’, listen here, is a playfully nostalgic ode to momentous hangovers whilst on tour; those hangovers which offer no remorse and take no prisoners.
‘Running on Rooftops’ showcases another aspect of Sharon’s life she’s laid bare on this upcoming body of work, her most personal to date. Previous singles ‘The Fool & the Scorpion’ and ‘Freefall’ were brutally honest yet poetic and filled with interesting melodies and musicality, testament to Sharon’s songwriting prowess curated over 30 years in music.
Sharon’s third studio album, The Fool & The Scorpion, is due to be released on 24th September. The album is available for pre-order now. Fans pre-ordering vinyl or CD copy of the album via Amazon can also secure an exclusive signed print of Sharon – available here.
5. The Wombats – ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’
Indie heroes The Wombats have teamed up with German singer, songwriter and producer Roosevelt to release a funk-fuelled remix of their infectious new single ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’, out now via AWAL. The original, which premiered on BBC Radio 1 ‘Future Sounds’ with Yungblud last month, has already racked up more than 2M streams and counting on Spotify.
Roosevelt, who has also remixed the likes of CHVRCHES, Sundara Karma, Glass Animals and Charlotte Gainsbourg, adds his trademark emotional warmth to The Wombat’s ode to obsessive devotion, creating a disco-infused remix full of sprawling space age synths and groovy basslines.
“The Wombats have been teenage heroes of mine and it was a big honour being asked to re-work their new track. Brought back a lot of fond memories of my youth and I had a lot of fun working on this,” Roosevelt explains.
Fresh from their sets at Reading & Leeds Festival and Neighbourhood Weekender, The Wombats have just revealed plans for a headline European tour in May 2022.
6. Aaron Smith – ‘Nocturnal’
Opening with a delicate piano arrangement, ‘Nocturnal’ is an unguarded, personal track that sees Smith address both hopes and anxieties as he confesses, ‘Can’t look at myself now / because I’m on a raincloud/turning nocturnal’. Building into an emotive chorus that showcases Smith’s soaring signature vocals, the track’s subtle harmonies and electronic elements are provided by London-based pop duo, Oh Wonder.
Speaking about ‘Nocturnal’, Smith says:
“I basically wrote what was in my heart – I was sat at the piano, and these chords and melodies came out… the whole vision going forwards is one of positivity.”
7. Sleep Token – ‘Fall For Me’
Sleep Token have released “Fall For Me”, the brand-new single from their forthcoming album This Place Will Become Your Tomb. Watch the video for “Fall For Me” HERE.
“Fall For Me” arrives as a moment of pure emotional expression, the video a visual manifestation.
As fans are accustomed, the song and video will receive no explanation from Sleep Token.
Meanwhile, ST have announced an 8-date tour, taking in the UK & Ireland this November; support will be provided by A.A. Williams across all shows except Dublin.
Sleep Token November 2021 headline tour dates: –
12th – Foundry, Torquay
13th – Institute, Birmingham
14th – SWG3, Glasgow
15th – Leadmill, Sheffield
17th – Academy, Dublin
18th – Academy 2, Manchester
19th – Y Plas, Cardiff
20th – Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Tickets for London and Manchester are close to sold-out. For more information head to: www.sleep-token.com
8. Nightlapse ft Bambie – ‘Lightening Like This’
Right off the heels of their jam packed appearance at Creamfields, Liverpool duo Nightlapse have once again joined forces with London based singer-songwriter Bambie on new single ‘Lightning Like This’, out on Friday 17th September.
Driven by stirring synth melodies which are punctuated by Bambie’s impassioned vocals, ‘Lightning Like This’ is an emotional dancefloor jam that leaves a profound impression. This is Nightlapse’s second single release of 2021, following the euphoric ‘Sweet Love’ featuring the signature vocals of Yorkshire’s Hayley May and just prior to that was the release of their smash collab with Jodie Knight which featured remixes by their mate KC Lights. Meanwhile Nightlapse’s own remixes include ‘Underwater’ by Anabel Englund and MK and her biggest streaming record to date ‘So Hot’.
Speaking about the new single ‘Lightning Like This’ Nightlapse explain, “Written on a snowy wet December back in 2018 in a box room in Liverpool after toying with a synthesiser, we wanted to create something with meaning, something with emotion not just in the melody but lyrically too.”
9. Ofenbach and Ella Henderson – ‘Hurricane’
Parisian producer duo Ofenbach joins forces with UK chart-topper Ella Henderson on their collaborative new single ‘Hurricane’ – listen HERE! Combined, the breakthrough artists have racked up 2 billion streams, 400 million YouTube views, 3 multi-platinum singles and 15 million monthly listeners.
Ofenbach explain, “We absolutely adore Ella’s voice and we are thrilled that we finally got to work with her after being a fan of her music for so long. Her vocals are perfect for ‘Hurricane’ and we can’t wait to perform this song all over the world together.”
Not shy of collaborations, Ella is thrilled to be joining Ofenbach on this club-conquering release and says, “I’m so excited for this one – we’ve created an end of summer power anthem!! Working with Ofenbach has been so much fun… they’re super talented and it is a pleasure to be able to collaborate on this record together!”
Just when you thought summer was over for another year, ‘Hurricane’ comes crashing through as an undeniable smash to cause a storm on the dancefloor and party playlists alike. The track, which features unmistakable vocals from Ella Henderson, bears all the markings of a true Ofenbach classic with the trio creating euphoric dance- pop perfection.
10. Macca Wiles – ‘
MACCA WILES today releases the video for new single “too dead to save”. It arrives on the back of recent performances at Reading & Leeds and new London festival ALT LDN.
An infectious cut laced with dark lyrical undertones, “too dead to save” was co-produced alongside Mati Schwartz (Yungblud, Massive Attack, Halsey) and firmly establishes Macca Wiles as a versatile and incredibly exciting young artist.
The video for “too dead to save” provides an intimate, captivating insight into Macca’s life; via a lens of life on tour, recording studio footage, mixed with clips from lockdown and everything in between.
At just 22 years old, Macca has lived several lifetimes (across two continents) to arrive where he is today. Born in Essex and moving to Atlanta at 17, he is striving to be the figurehead for a generation that’s been messed up, messed around and are looking for a respite.
Speaking on new single “too dead to save” and its accompanying video he commented: “I wanted this video to be personal, a real look into my life and so that’s why I chose to use actual clips I’d taken from playing shows and just messing around…this is me and my crew having fun. We’ve all had a hard time over the last 12+ months but looking back it’s important to see there were some good times and laughs amongst all the bullshit. Hope this helps people to see the good times amongst the bad.”