Coucheron – Ecstasy
Over the years, Coucheron has become one of the more in-demand producers on the electronic scene, gifting his production talents to the likes of Kehlani, Mayer Hawthorne, B.o.B, CeeLo Green, Charlie Puth, Nick Jonas, Pitbull, and Noonie Bao, as well as seeing his latest credit on Bearson & Lemaitre’s ‘It’s Not This’ added to the soundtrack for EA Sports computer game ‘Fifa 19’. Continuing into a bubble of raw energy charged with his own pitched vocals and delicate synths, the track gets a cool French vibe, reminding of the early works of Justice and Daft Punk.
Anna Smyrk – Alight
Indie-folk songsmith Anna Smyrk notes the power a small act of hope can bring on new single ‘Alight’. Stated Anna: “There was so much going on in world politics making me miserable, and in the Solomon Islands I was seeing first-hand what it looks like as the world starts to go underwater”. The song came out of a dark place despite being written during the two & half years Anna lived in the Solomon Islands. “I wanted to write a song that conveyed the feeling this book gave me” says Anna. “It talks about how hope can be an axe we can use to break down doors. Hopeful actions can seem meaningless against all the darkness and uncertainty, but the book shows how, historically, those small acts have added up to huge changes.” ‘Alight’ is the third single to be lifted from Anna Smyrk’s sophomore EP, Swim, out on Nov 1st 2019. The quiet love of Anna’s voice is comforting to the max. And when she sings, it’s like the best part of the Universe speaking to you, in encouragement and in candor – in contrast to whatever the subject. The bluegrass vibes of ‘Alight’, is a purity of song and emotion, with the pull of the sounds of nature and the naturally kind in all of us. Anna has toured widely across Australia over the last few years (including appearances at Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Queenscliff Music Festival), juggling her music with her work in international development. In January she toured the UK for the first time, playing to packed out folk clubs and earning herself invitations to return in 2020 for festival and headline appearances. See her next @ The Lost Ones in Ballarat, VIC on November 16th.
Cairo Liberation Front – Basha
Cairo Liberation Front (CLF) are back with a new volume of their Eurabia series, featuring their new vocalist Bagdaddy. Eurabia Vol. 2 introduces a unique collaborative approach to modern-day Middle-Eastern electronic dance music.Cairo Liberation Front (CLF) was started by Yannick Verhoeven and Joep Schmitz; two geeky, somewhat naïve Dutch devotees of Egyptian electro-cha3bi. This highly infectious music –originated in Cairo – prompted the duo to assemble tracks and create mixtapes. The goal: to promote electro-cha3bi to the rest of the world. There’s very little that needs to be stated about CLF. Their music says more than written words can. ‘Basha’ kicks butt in the best traditions with the mix of EDM, dance, punk, and everything that is electronically roots. It’s a dang good time in uniqueness.
Glenn Munson – Ode To My Ex
‘Ode to my Ex’ is the 1st release from Glenn Munson’s upcoming EP. Emotional conflicts, hazy moments, and painful realizations are the subject of ‘Ode To My Ex’. It’s a faithful portrayal of honesty and hope from the frontal exercise of defiance. The protagonist struggles with the memories of her, the glimpses of remaining gazes and feelings of love that existed – all but gone and pixelated from time’s degradations. A lesson in relationships, when the physical distance has grown, but the mind needs time to let it all go as it should. But doesn’t. At least for a long while. Glenn’s distinctive vocals, of folk tradition and rock eminence, casts a world of inquisitions upon the listening ear. Curiosity of where his lyrics will lead us next, is part of that lovely journey, and you can’t get enough. ‘Ode To My Ex’ encompasses more than Glenn’s own experiences. It encapsulates our own misgivings, in the reflection of caring and empathy. That story continues. Look out for his upcoming EP soon.
Motherfolk – Fine With It
‘Fine With It’ is the second single off of Motherfolk’s upcoming album Family Ghost (November 1). “Always conscious to put meaning into their lyricism, the album explores dealing with demons from the past that don’t ever leave us. From family issues we try to hide to failures we hope to forget, each single delves into how individuals and society at large process and cope with these obstacles in our lives.” The Cincinnati originating band, throws out the vestiges of the past, for the collective vibrance of that promising future. Their sense of re-visiting challenges, is to springboard toward that brightness of potentials, one step at a time. They want you to join them. On the road, they’ve supported such acts as Brandi Carlile, Magic Giant, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Lydia, Blues Traveler, and The Classic Crime. In the studio, they’ve been fortunate to collaborate with amazing producers, from Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, Vance Joy) to Tony Hoffer (Beck, Chromeo, M83, Foster The People). See them next @ Paris Theatre in Portland, Oregon on October 29th.