Song of the Day: Party Dozen – Macca The Mutt (feat. Nick Cave)

Party Dozen are a duo from Sydney made up of Kirsty Tickle (saxophone) and Jonathan Boulet (percussion and sampler). Since forming in 2017, they have become renowned in Australia for their incendiary live shows, touring and playing with acts such as LIARS, Tropical Fuck Storm and Viagra Boys. Exactly what Party Dozen are is completely up to the listener. Doom. Jazz. Hardcore. Psychedelic. No-wave. Industrial. Although largely instrumental, their sets are punctuated by Kirsty’s unique “singing” style, screaming into the bell of her saxophone which itself goes through a bevy of effects pedals. Intensely independent in everything they do, the duo write, perform and record everything themselves and have released two acclaimed albums on their own label, GRUPO: The Living Man (2017) and Pray For Party Dozen (2020).

2022 sees the return of Party Dozen, first in April with the 7” release Fat Hans Gone Mad for the Sub Pop Singles Club, and then in July with their third album, The Real Work. Enjoy Macca The Mutt, with the voice of his Majesty Nick Cave!

Song of the Day: Patrick Holland – Nice Try

Patrick Holland is no stranger to ghosts. In the last several years, the Montreal-based musician/producer has become accustomed to odd noises, electronics breaking, misplaced items, and, on a recent occasion, a glass shattering spontaneously next to him. Annoying, to be sure, but he’s made peace with it; the unknown, after all, is only frightening if we allow it to be. This attitude is at the heart of Holland’s new album – addressed in part to an unnamed, pseudo-paranormal “other,” You’re The Boss is his first foray into guitar-driven indie pop, full of upbeat reflections on relinquishing control.

Like most touring musicians, 2020 found Holland at a crossroads. Known primarily for his electronic releases under aliases such as Project Pablo and Jump Source, he’d spent the last several years traveling the world playing DJ sets and festivals. Behind the scenes, he was also working as a mixing engineer, producer and remixer, lending his technical prowess to TOPS, Cut Copy, Jacques Greene, Homeshake, and more. In the standstill of the early pandemic, uncertainty manifested itself in the “ghost” – an amalgamation of Holland’s personal anxieties, the open-endedness of the future, and other unexplained phenomena. Rather than succumb to this doubt, however, Holland befriended it.“You’re the boss” became a sort of mantra in this effort, a reminder to surrender control as he dove into unfamiliar terrain. Over a period of several months, Holland wrote and recorded the album in tandem, playing most of the instruments himself as well as writing and singing lyrics for the first time in his recorded work. Enjoy Nice Try!

Song of the Day: Son Little – Deeper

Son Little announces his new album, Like Neptune, out September 9th via ANTI-, and in conjunction shares two lead singles, “deeper” and “stoned love.” Continuing to revolutionize the modern understanding and expectation of R&B, Son Little delivers an unadulterated transmission of Black American music performed in its praying and pleading mother tongue. Conceived in a cabin overlooking the Delaware River in upstate New York, Like Neptune is an open and vulnerable portrayal of unbridled joy and self-acceptance. In this verdant space of freedom, Son Little transmutes the chronic pain of self-doubt into a beautiful opus about overcoming generational trauma, decorating the altar of the primordial blues and elevating the labor of healing to high art.
 
In the beginning of lockdown, I went into a closet full of junk and found a couple of boxes full of my old writing books,” Livingston explained. “There turned out to be 72 books in there. The oldest book I got as a Christmas present when I was 9. In it, I wrote letters to myself about what was happening in my life. One page refers to a neighbor in Queens who abused me sexually around age 5. It was the first and only time I’d ever acknowledge this fact until after my 19th birthday, when I told my mother what had happened. She begged me to go to therapy. I went under protest. My attempt wasn’t sincere. I wasn’t ready. I thought I could just power through it.
 
Years of anxiety, depression, panic attacks and existential dread ensued, often dulled or numbed by the effects of alcohol, drugs, or sex. A frightening car crash and arrest finally led him back into therapy in 2017. Aggressively employing progressive methods like EMDR and somatic healing, Livingston, with the help of a trusted therapist, began identifying the roots of his trauma, and where it lives in the body. But the biggest breakthrough came from Internal Family Systems, a methodology that recognizes responses to trauma triggers as distinct entities or ‘parts’ within the person, and requires the patient essentially have conversations with the different traumatized personalities within them. Here’s Deeper, Enjoy it!

Song of the Day: Rina Sawayama – Catch Me In The Air

Rina Sawayama says about the creation of this new song: “‘Catch Me In The Air’ was written in between lockdowns with Oscar Scheller and Gracey. I wanted the whole song to sound like it was on an Irish coastline, like a Corrs video. We put in a key change to go into the chorus, at the end of the pre-chorus to make it lift and soar like a bird. I then worked on it more with Clarence before taking it to Stuart Price. This was the first song that Stuart and I worked on together, and it was the most incredible experience. I’m such a huge fan of his work with Madonna and Kylie so it was a dream come true. We would send each other stock images of coastlines, people doing yoga on a pier, meditating in the middle of a field, hay bales, etc. to get inspired sonically.”
 
Rina’s forthcoming album, Hold The Girl, will also feature the lead single, “This Hell,” a joyous and roaring slice of pop-meets-country. The single is paired with a glamorous Ali Kurr-directed video and debuted with a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Hold The Girl follows Rina’s critically acclaimed debut SAWAYAMA and will see Rina once again juxtapose intimate storytelling with arena-sized songs creating another ambitious and original album to excite fans and critics alike. Written and recorded over the last ​​year and a half, Rina teamed up with long-term collaborators Clarence Clarity and Lauren Aquilina as well as enlisting help from the likes of the legendary Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence & the Machine), Stuart Price (Dua Lipa, The Killers, Madonna) and Marcus Andersson (Demi Lovato, Ashnikko) for their magic touch. The product of Rina and these collective minds coming together is an album that melds influences from across the pop spectrum and is a bold and honest statement of Rina’s personal evolution; coming to terms with her own past and the jubilation of turning to the future.

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Song of the Day: Foals – The Sound

Foals take a fresh, thrilling new direction on with their latest album Life Is Yours. Life Is Yours is the follow-up to the triumphant, two-part Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, which proved to be a pivotal pinnacle in the band’s story. Not only did it result in the band’s first ever UK #1 album, but the ambitious scale of the Mercury-nominated album saw Foals win their first BRIT Award for Best Group.

Life Is Yours feels like a natural evolution for Foals, its disco-tinged guitars, tight syncopated rhythms and punchy, insistent hooks echoing their roots as purveyors of rambunctious house party chaos. Thematically, it’s escapist, transportive and in rapture at life’s endless possibilities. It’s a record that’s perfectly in tune with the prevailing atmosphere of this moment in time – a life-affirming celebration as the world is reunited.

‘Life Is Yours’ immediately establishes its tone with the bright beam of optimism provided by its title track, its ambience and exuberance showing no sign of slowing down as it is followed by the two recent singles. There’s a unity to the sound, whether Foals are bouncing into the Balearic beats of ‘Looking High’, experimenting with West African guitar grooves on ‘Flutter’, or simply savouring the prospect of playing live together again within the dance dynamics of ‘The Sound’.

It’s also a consistently transportive experience, at times conjuring images of the Pacific Northwest or St. Lucia, at others directly set in the peppy nostalgia of the recent past. It all comes full circle with ‘Wild Green’, which simultaneously celebrates the rebirth of summer with an existential tinge that all beautiful moments are inevitably fleeting. Enjoy the brilliant The Sound from their latest album!

Song of the Day: The Lovelines – Steadily

Nice to talk again about this great duo. The Lovelines come back with Steadily and here’s how we introduced them the first time we shared a song of them: The Lovelines are a brother-sister band from Orlando, Florida. The Lovelines released their debut single Strange Kind Of Love. Tessa D’ is the band’s singer; her half-brother Todd Goings is the band’s songwriter. The band records their music in the brother’s DIY home Studio in Orlando, FL parterning with Matt Bishop and Wilderfox Studio for the mixing/mastering process. The Lovelines have a full The Lovelines EP written and recorded, and will release it single-to-single over the course of 2022-2023. Enjoy Steadily!

Song of the Day: Marco and Kelvo – Villa

New single from Marco and Kelvo, here’s how they introduce it: “We combine smooth melodies with playful bars to create a catchy song made for any summer playlist. To capture this feel good summer vibe the music video was shot in a Moroccan villa located in Marrakech. We’re continuously developing our craft and Villa is the latest result of that.” Enjoy the tune!

Song of the Day: George Barnett – Nothing on the Line

Known for his flamboyant, electric performances and his big melodies, George recently released his song ‘Lovestruck’ and is now preparing for his song ‘Nothing On The Line’ – an upbeat, indie-rock track featuring George’s signature, smooth vocals. Here’s how the act introduces himself on Spotify bio: “⁃ I need to do a spotify bio ⁃ OK ⁃ i think maybe it should feel personal. no? ⁃ OK sounds good ⁃ stuff about growing up in the countryside, how i never went to school ⁃ Yes ⁃ playing all the instruments?? ⁃ Yeah great ⁃ although does anyone care ⁃ What ⁃ does anyone care about me not going to school etc ⁃ Well don’t put it in ⁃ it’s my story ⁃ True ⁃ and instruments?? ⁃ Definitely mention you play the instruments ⁃ ok. shall i include the writing and producing.. or not ⁃ I think so George. And maybe mention AntiFragile and why you signed with them ⁃ that’s label stuff tho isn’t it ⁃ ? ⁃ like, is it too boring for people ⁃ I think it’s relevant ⁃ why ⁃ Because signing with AntiFragile says a lot about you as an artist ⁃ bit shit i think ⁃ It’s not shit. They’re a forward thinking NY label who have your back ⁃ what would you say if it was you?” Enjoy the tune!

Song of the Day: Róisín O – Night Stretches Through

Since her debut Róisín has shared the stage with a host of internationally renowned artists, including Lionel Richie, Bryan Ferry, Brad Paisley, Hozier and Colin Hay as well as headlining her own tours in Ireland, Germany, The US and Australia. In 2016 Róisín was invited to perform at JJ Abram’s Oscar Wilde Awards in LA where she shared the bill with Snow Patrol to play for Stephen Spielberg, James Corden, and many more. Later that year she won the coveted Tatler Woman of The Year Award for Music.
Following on from her debut album ‘The Secret Life of Blue’ O has gone on to release a number of hugely successful singles including hits ‘Give It Up’ and ‘Warn Me of Silence’, as well as her version of Sia’s ‘Chandelier,’ which received over a million views online.
After three years working with band Thanks Brother, 2020 lockdown brought O back to her roots, using the timeout from the constant touring and recording to reset. After receiving a huge response to her cover of Selena Gomez’ ‘Lose You to Love me’, as well as her involvement in the No.1 single ‘Dreams’ with Irish Women in Harmony, Róisín’s resolve to return to her solo career was cemented and she released ‘Heart + Bones’ in January 2021.
Written with Danny O’Reilly (The Coronas) while in isolation in Dingle, and produced by Philip Magee (The Script, Kodaline, JC Stuart) the songs powerful lyrics, combined with Roisin’s undeniable strength as a vocalist makes it her most remarkable single to date. Enjoy Night Stretches Through!