When it comes to friends, New York-based electro dance pop outfit Sofi Tukker are about to get a whole lot more, thanks to their latest release being featured on a well known phone advert.
The twosome have teamed up with NERVO, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno on ‘Best Friend’, which celebrates their relationship,
“This song is a celebration of our favorite thing ever: friendship. It’s about the kind of friendship where you can talk forever without anything in particular to talk about. Old friends, new friends, all friends! In the spirit of friendship, we just wanted to have some of our friends hop on a verse! We’ve been lucky enough to travel the world this past year and the best part of the journey is the friendships we have made and the friendships we have been lucky enough to revisit along the way. We (Soph and Tuck) have also become each other’s best friend over the past few years, and we are so grateful to each other!
Our friendship with the Knocks is what gave us the confidence to pursue a career in music, thank you Broc and Jpatt! Nervo, newer friends, inspire us and motivate us to push ourselves and be relentlessly positive, thank you Mim and Liv! Alisa is a brand new friend who we share a ton of mutual friends with and we are also building a new friendship with Japan. We are so looking forward to going back! This track is especially fun because now we have an excuse to perform together, shoot a music video together and generally share the joy of music with some of our favorite people.
To the friends we have had long before SOFI TUKKER, the friends we have met along the way, and the friends we have not even met yet, you all make our lives so much better: this song is dedicated to all of you!”
SO much love!
SOFI TUKKER Tour Dates*:
Sep 23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life Is Beautiful
Sep 30 – Paris, France @ Badaboum
Oct 1 – London, UK @ Oslo
Oct 3 – Berlin, Germany @ Musik & Frieden
Oct 4 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Bar Brooklyn at Debaser
Oct 19 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center*
Oct 20 – Los Angeles @ Staples Center*
Oct 24 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl*
Oct 26 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre*
Oct 27 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre*
Oct 28 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre*
Oct 31 – Sacramento, CA @ Papa Murphy’s Park Cal Expo*
Nov 2 – Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum*
Nov 3 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum*
Nov 4 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum*
Nov 6 – Calgary, AB @ BMO Centre*
Nov 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Myth*
Nov 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Myth*
Nov 10 – Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center*
Nov 11 – Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion*
Nov 13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live*
Nov 14 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple*
Nov 17 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis*
Nov 18 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis*
Nov 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory*
Nov 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory*
Nov 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory*
Nov 24 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem*
Dec 11 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues*
Dec 12 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues*
Dec 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center*
It turns out Secret Weapons have been keeping a few things from us, the unfortunate news of lead singer Gerry Lange being ill. Whilst touring with bands like Weezer and Panic! at the Disco, the band kept Gerry’s health struggles quiet and as Danny Rocco says “strangely, the album became about making the album.”
Their latest single ‘My Blue Heaven’ embodies that very struggle.
Sounds like: Future Islands, The 1975, Lionel Richie, The Levity, The Island Club, Ghost Beach, Backstreet Boys, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The Knocks, Dagny
A collaborative album sounds exciting to us, especially when it’s written and produced by rising singer/songwriter/producer NOVAA and UK bedroom producer LO.
‘Go There’ is the third single from their ‘LIGHTS’ album, and “is about empty promises and letting go of someone that doesn’t really want you. It’s the moment you realize that you’re put on hold and that it’s not a romance but a game. The bubble you lived in pops and you find yourself playing a role and being someone that you don’t want to be.”
The album is out now on 29 September via Majestic Casual.
German-based Satin Jackets teams up with British singer, David Harks on ‘Northern Lights’.
As with all of Satin Jackets’ music, ‘Northern Lights’ has a distinct cosmic vibe, which is to be expected with the title of the song. Add to the mix, nostalgic vocal tones and reflective melodies, to create a breathtaking listening experience.
It’s out today on Eskimo Recordings.
Sounds like: Empire Of The Sun, Goldroom, RAC, Hot Chip, Cut Copy, Du Tonc, Future Islands, Phoenix
Love songs don’t have to be all about the doom and gloom of a relationship, they can be about the music you adore. Brooklyn locals, Secret Weapons do just this with uplifting new single, ‘Comeback Season’.
The twosome deliver a positive message about overcoming the odds (specifically the struggles they encountered whilst writing their album), which is further highlighted by the delightful addition of a gospel choir!
It’s out now via Epic.
Sounds like: Youngr, The 1975, Lionel Richie, The Levity, The Island Club, Ghost Beach, Backstreet Boys, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The Knocks
Having already produced and mixed for artists like MGMT and The Knocks, VioletSands are gearing up to release their album, ‘Hotel’.
The third track taken from the album is called ‘Unusual’, which frontwoman Deidre Muro describes as “riding the enchanted waves of discovering something or someone new. There’s a lot of magic in that first spark of curiosity – it’s like waking up from a lifelong dream to a completely new heightened reality. This song is that moment in extreme slow motion, reveling in all the emotions, uncertainties, and intrigue.”
‘Unusual’ is out now on YouTooCanWoo. Their album launch party will be on 30 June at Rough Trade in Brooklyn.
Sounds like: Monogem, Cocteau Twins, French Horn Rebellion
Noisy New York electronic dance duo and remix gurus, The Knocks, have shared their summery track ‘Trouble’, featuring Absofacto.
Of the track, The Knocks say,
“We originally wrote “Trouble” with Abso in NYC at our studio as a slow, piano ballad, at 90 bpm. The idea was to write something that felt melancholy and classic. After we laid down the original idea, he left and we started experimenting with it – treating it like a sample – totally chopping it up and flipping it. This is the same way we approach some of our earlier songs like “Dancing With The DJ” and “Make it Better” so it was cool to go back to that formula while making a sound that was new and fresh.”
‘Trouble’ is out on BigBeat/NeonGold and is the first single from their forthcoming EP ‘TESTIFY’, released on 3 February.
They play Oslo in Hackney on 27th October, so get yourself down there.
What else is to say? The Duffy brothers are back!
Sounds like: Bag Raiders, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Friendly Fires,The Whitest Boy Alive, Delphic, The Chain Gang of 1974, The Naked and Famous, H A R T E B E E S T, The Jezabels, The Knocks, NONONO, Duologue, Tourist, Bastille
Brooklyn based, 80’s promoters, Secret Weapons have just shared self-titled their EP. But to top that off, they have also put together a playlist of epic proportions for our lovely readers.
Pasion Pit – Take a Walk Sonically passion pit stood out from the rest. Buzz saw synths and joyful chord progressions with contradictory lyrics.
Jack Ü – To Ü (feat. Aluna George) This track ushered in an era of production and a million imitates.
Fleetwood Mac – The Chain This song is simply thrilling to us. A slow burn filled with so much dramatic tension. It does so much with so little, and builds to final climax like a masterpiece.
Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love This song redefined corky to us. It’s got such a killer groove and the most playful melodies.
Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime Pure emotion. Soul and personality spew from every singe vocal line and instrument.
Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends An incredible reimagination of this song. you could bring it around a million times and it keeps feeling better and better. the choir harmonies and live energy give us chills.
Selena Gomez – Hands To Myself Simple pop bliss, haunting guitars.
The Killers – I Can’t Stay A simple sentiment goes such a long way on this one. Also part of a larger album that we admire greatly.
Shamir – On The Regular The dopest beat and the dopest visuals. You can’t imagine any other music video for this song.
Coldplay – Lovers In Japan A beautiful love story, and some of the most heart-racing melodic beauty you can achieve.
The Strokes – You Only Live Once The crunch of these guitars has influences us heavily. a solid strokes classic from a classic strokes album.
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg – still d.r.e Hip hop classic, pure and simple.
Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real All around an incredible song.
Fifth Harmony – Sledgehammer Every girl in the group is showcased beautifully here. The perfect girl group.
Queen – Another One Bites The Dust Pure classic. We admire queen greatly for stepping into so many different genres. it’s hard to pick a favorite Queen song, but my god this is certainly Danny’s. This is also Danny’s favorite song of all time.
Secret Weapons be on tour this month across the U.S with Weezer, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco, and ending the tour with a date at Lollapalooza on Saturday night.
Sounds like: The 1975, Lionel Richie, The Levity, The Island Club, Ghost Beach, Backstreet Boys, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The Knocks, Dagny