We have 5 great albums released today, these are our top picks.
1. Marina – Ancient dreams in A Modern Land’
MARINA is proud to announce today’s release of her eagerly anticipated new album. Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land is available now via Neon Gold/Atlantic Records at all DSPs and streaming services; a variety of physical releases – including vinyl pre-orders, CDs, limited edition Fly Trap Clear Green, Marina Metallic Blue, and Ancient Dreams Gold cassettes, and a very special Marinazine CD package– are available exclusively via the official MARINA webstore HERE.
Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land includes the brand new single, “Venus Fly Trap,” available now at all digital platforms. “Whatever you give life/you will get back,” sings MARINA on the self-assured track, accompanied by a mesmerizing new official video which sees her surveying multiple eras of video vixens, streaming now via YouTube HERE. In addition, MARINA will celebrate “Venus Fly Trap” with a very special live performance on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, set for Monday, June 14th (check local listings).
MARINA has also unveiled plans for the Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land Tour, set to get underway February 2nd, 2022
You can read our review here https://www.totalntertainment.com/music/ancient-dreams-in-a-modern-land-album-review/
2. Maroon 5 release ‘Jordi’
Today, three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum band Maroon 5 release their hotly anticipated seventh studio album, JORDI.
JORDI is executive produced by J Kash and features a bevy of legendary guests and high-profile friends join Maroon 5. The first release off the album, “Beautiful Mistakes” features Megan Thee Stallion. blackbear joins the band on “Echo,” while the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Nicks teams up with the group for “Remedy.” Next up, Academy® Award winner H.E.R. guests on “Convince Me Otherwise,” and the late Juice WRLD makes a posthumous appearance on “Can’t Leave You Alone.” The album will also include the band’s triple-platinum “Memories” and a “Memories” remix featuring late legend Nipsey Hussle and superstar rapper YG. Up and coming Zimbabwean artist Bantu is also featured on “One Light.”
Frontman Adam Levine says “This album is named after our manager. We built this thing together. A piece of me will always be missing. The loss is tragic in ways I’m still learning how to cope with. All I can do is keep him with me and honor him in the best way I know how. I miss him every single day. And I’m proud to have etched his name into the history of this band that he helped build from the ground up…every step of the way. We love you Jordi. I’ll carry these torches for ya. That you know I’ll never drop.”
Review to follow.
3. ‘DEAR JOHN’ – War Child Live Album Out Today
To celebrate the release, performing artist and war child Sepp Osley who organised the charity recording has revealed an exclusive video of its closing highlight: “Instant Karma”. Performing the solo Lennon classic with his band Blurred Vision and special guest Mollie Marriott, you can tune into the performance below.
A special live concert to mark what would have been the 80th Birthday of John Lennon last year, the performance features an array of star guests including MAXI JAZZ (Faithless), KT TUNSTALL, JOHN ILLSLEY (Dire Straits), NICK VAN EEDE (Cutting Crew), GOWAN (Styx), GRAHAM GOULDMAN (10CC), and more.
Available to stream and download from today, all proceeds will go to the charity: War Child UK.
Speaking about organising the live concert in the midst of the pandemic, and its release as a live album today, Sepp Osley says:
“To have brought this show together in a year when so much seemed impossible, let alone a concert, was an exciting endeavour in itself. But when it all culminated into such a beautiful gathering of artists from around the world and a message of hope and unity at a time our world needed it most, we all knew something special was happening. I couldn’t be more thrilled to see that moment captured on this new album and initiative to continue to raise funds for War Child UK at such a critical time. As always, I want to thank Yoko Ono, whose tireless works and efforts to carry on the legacy of John Lennon continues to inspire us all. We’ll see you again in 2021 as we continue to strive for a future filled with peace and love for generations to come.”
4. KSHMR releases ‘Harmonica Andromeda Deluxe’
Electronic music tour-de-force KSHMR has released Harmonica Andromeda Deluxe, an extended, deluxe edition of his recent debut album Harmonica Andromeda, out June 11.
Featuring five new additional tracks, Harmonica Andromeda Deluxe is the largest body of work KSHMR has released to date. Amongst the new tracks is his most recent single ‘You Don’t Need To Ask’, a majestic electronic creation featuring Bay Area vocalist TZAR.
Also added is the downbeat, string-driven vibes of ‘Dusty Fairytale’, the graceful ‘Slow’, which features Turkish DJ and producer Mahmut Orhan and long-term KSHMR collaborator KARRA, the proto-Latino ‘Tupinambá’ and delicate, ethereal tones of ‘Come To Life’.
KSHMR explained “It was important to me that making a ‘Deluxe’ meant more than microwaving the leftovers. The additional five tracks are songs I absolutely love and actually made for the original release — but it felt right to spread the music out a bit and give each song its chance to shine”.
5. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real release ‘A Few Stars Apart’
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s highly anticipated new album, A Few Stars Apart, is out now on Fantasy Records. Stream/purchase HERE.
Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Dave Cobb, A Few Stars Apart is a testament to finding a human connection: between close family and friends, as well as one’s own heart. The album was inspired by the stillness Nelson found while riding out the beginning of the pandemic with his family in Texas and was recorded with the full band live on eight-track tape over three weeks at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A. Across the record’s eleven new songs, Nelson reveals what it means to come home again, to be still, and to find community—and yourself. In conjunction with the album, which is already receiving widespread praise, a special performance video for the title track is debuting today.
“I’m from what one might say is the ultimate road family—I’ve been on the road my entire life,” shares Nelson. “I’ve never been anywhere longer than three months, and suddenly here we are, the four of us together. And thank god we were together. I can’t remember the last time we had that much time together as a family. We had a lot of really important bonding that happened during that time. And I have to say, as terrible as the pandemic has been in so many ways, for my inner peace, I was able to take a lot of good from this time. I was able to pause and reflect.”
He continues, “It took me a really long time to come back to the home in my heart. In a physical sense, that’s Texas and Hawaii. But in a spiritual sense as well—I think I finally decided not to run from who I am and who I am destined to be. First and foremost, that’s a songwriter. That’s what this record means to me. There’s a story being told through the whole record. A story about connection and coming home.”