Shining bright with sparkly synths and urgent rhythms, Runaway is the first solo release from George Reid, the iconoclastic studio savant behind the million selling electronic sci-fi R&B duo AlunaGeorge who gave us the international smash “You Know You Like It” and the huge Disclosure collaboration “White Noise.” In his own words, George says: “I wanted to make something that musically looped like a French Touch record but had a UKG swing.” Indeed, on this EP the talented multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer explores the spaces in-between house, techno, garage, trance and hyper-pop. The first single “Feelings” is instant ear candy, a warm electronic hug for the dancefoor. The title track “Runaway” brings the tempo even faster, manipulating a trance vocal over a relentlessly chugging track. We take a lighthearted turn on the closer “Voyeur”, a raver weapon that bends synth stabs into oblivion. Listen now.
The second offering from FRANK LEONE’s rich, soulful album FISH is the tender, dare we say sultry song Morning Dew. Co-produced by BADBADNOTGOOD’s Chester Hansen, with its skittering ride cymbals and smoky ambiance, the song transports us into a disillusioned lover’s lounge. “She never loved me in the morning,” sings LEONE. Morning Dew takes a dramatic turn when Danish singer Coco O (Quadron, Tyler the Creator) comes in to lend her beautiful vocals. The depth and sincerity of this number surely piques curiosity for the upcoming album FISH. Listen now.
An autobiographical collection detailing Muzi’s universe and how it came to be, uMUZI sees the “Zulu Skywalker” return to Earth, grounded by his memories and the desire to reconnect with his late parents. Where his previous album, INTERBLAKTIC, focused on Muzi’s journey as an artist, uMUZI serves as his origin story, chronicling the moments that have truly made Muzi who he is – from describing his parents’ first date with ‘eMtunzini’ and his first crush with ‘Queen’, to his introspective approach to his period of homelessness on ‘Problems’ and his tumultuous relationship with his father on ‘Timer’. Muzi has a way of intertwining his deepest, most personal vulnerabilities into his music. His authenticity and way of inducing listeners with virtuous stories through insightful lyricism has made Muzi a transcendent storyteller. He’s long dedicated his bodies of work to his family with his 2020 MAMA EP, a memorandum honoring his late mother and 2019 ZENO, an album written for his daughter. His latest project uMUZI follows suit, analyzing his relationship with his late father and own experience with fatherhood. For Muzi, this album is about introspection and growth; the ability to reflect on one’s history and use those lessons as motivation towards a brighter future. Listen now.
An homage to the legendary Da Mongaloids – a collective comprising Armand Van Helden, Daft Punk, DJ Sneak, Basement Jaxx, Les Rhythmes Digitales, Todd Terry and more – founding member and New Jersey house veteran, Junior Sanchez, teams up with British producer, Dance System, to present, Freqazoids. Following their first single – a high-energy, latin house banger, called Fiesta – the duo is back with another banger. “Calypso” does exactly what you want it to do: it feels like a Crydamoure track but sonically fits right in with modern club sets. No frills. Listen now.
Four minutes of sparkling electronic excitement melting into a warm hug, ‘Feelings’ is the first solo single from George Reid, the iconoclastic studio savant behind the million selling electronic sci fi r&b duo AlunaGeorge, who gave us the international smash ‘You Know You Like It’ and the huge Disclosure collaboration ‘White Noise’. Following on from this year’s compulsively addictive collaboration with Space Jump ’Don’t Stop’, George releases the emotional future trance of Feelings on Fools Gold on September 29th with an EP following in October. A talented multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, George is exploring the spaces in-between house, techno, garage, trance and hyperpop, while still writing and producing left field modern classic pop masterpieces for artists including Space Jump, Inji, Kenya Grace, Master Peace, Will Watt and Aitch. Listen now.
Offering a glimpse into the dynamic, genre-fluid sounds of his upcoming project, ‘Milk & Honey’ and ‘Light’ are a compelling pairing. ‘Milk & Honey’ is soft and earthy, blending The Last Skeptik’s minimalist hip-hop approach with Muzi’s magnetic production. Surrounded by warm synths and muted trumpet melodies, Muzi and The Last Skeptik share their holistic message: “In a world of excess, in the land of milk and honey, I choose less. I choose my introverted nature. I choose myself,” says Muzi.
Its companion, ‘Light’, flaunts Muzi’s spirited house inclinations. Rolling percussion, shiny synths and groovy basslines lay a charismatic backdrop for Muzi’s soulful vocals as he smoothly transitions between English and Zulu. A beautiful dedication to his late mother, ‘Light’ is about commemorates the familial values that have remained with Muzi as he’s transitioned into parenthood. Muzi explains, “‘Light’ is an ode to my mother. Keeping me sane through the darkest times. My light.” Listen now.
Legendary link up! Freqazoids is a new project that connects New Jersey house veteran Junior Sanchez with British buzzing producer Dance System. Their first offering, Fiesta, goes straight to the conga line: a high-energy latin house banger complete with vibraphones and horn hits that will send the whole family to the dancefloor. Listen now.
There is an eerie familiarity to “DEAD RIGHT,” apparent from the first seconds that you hear it. The psych guitars and dusty breakbeats lure you into a zone, until you realize you’re in a whole new place hearing a novel voice. Frank Leone is a self-produced multidisciplinary artist from the woods South of Chicago. A bedroom prodigy who is just as confirmable programming beats, singing, rapping, as he is writing screenplays and creating animated TV shows. And while he has collaborated with artists as far-ranging as Gary Wilson and Sudan Archives, this new album reveals his face (literally) and places him front and center for the first time. Fans of Foushee and The Internet will undoubtedly be drawn into Frank’s supernatural meanderings into nature and love. Listen now.
Ring the alarm, we’ve got a bomb over here. An absolute party starter. German DJ duo Mat.Joe connect with New York selector Thando1988 for an irresistible disco-house earworm. Built around a familiar falsetto vocal that recalls a certain Pharrell & Snoop song, this is one of those tracks that will never leave your crate. Listen now.
The first single from Muzi’s upcoming album uMUZI is beaming with warmth. This is the South African artist’s first project with Fool’s Gold, and it’s apparent that he’s been honing his production chops and vocal abilities for many years now. Nicknamed “The Zulu Skywalker”, Muzi has already been championed by Damon Albarn, Black Coffee, Chris Martin (yes, THAT Chris Martin) and of course A-Trak himself. “eMtunzini” is a vibrant dancefloor jam with lush, layered vocals that invite you (in both English and Zulu!) on a sun soaked car ride down the coast near Muzi’s hometown. An instant daydream. Listen now.