Grammy Award-winning and chart-topping artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers have joined forces with ILLENIUM & Carlie Hanson on their new collaboration, “See You Again,” out today via RCA Records.
The song arrives alongside an official video directed by That One Blond Kid, which was filmed in part when all the artists came together for a performance at Denver’s Mile High Stadium in front of 50,000 people, and also on a drive throughout the streets of Los Angeles with Carlie.
“See You Again” follows The Chainsmokers and ILLENIUM’s previous collaboration, 2019’s Platinum single “Takeaway” featuring Lennon Stella, which has over half a Billion streams to date.
The Chainsmokers continue to play shows and festivals around the world, including the biggest show of their career at LA Historic Park in California on August 19th, and two upcoming special shows at Red Rocks in Colorado on September 2nd and 3rd.
Irish singer, songwriter, and producerRóisín Murphy returns today with a brand new single, ‘Fader’, the third to be taken from her highly anticipated upcoming album ‘Hit Parade’ which is set for release via Ninja Tune. The bountiful 13-track album eloquently blurs genre and pushes sonic boundaries across its vivid and captivating runtime. “Fader” comes accompanied by a self-directed video and in a full circle moment is set against the backdrop of Murphy’s hometown of Arklow, County Wicklow.
Presented in striking black and white – influenced by classic Hip-Hop videos of the early 90s – and also conceptualized by Murphy, the “Fader” visual enlists the help of 150 Arklow locals, with the roads of Murphy’s hometown being closed off to recreate a street parade bursting with verve and life.
Murphy delves into the inspirations and process in her own words – “This idea came to me partly in reaction to making such surreal and ‘other’ imagery for the album artwork, and partly in response to the track itself. I felt I needed a totally authentic space in which to perform Fader. The song is about life & death & music and so I went home to where it all started for me. Just as in the music there’s a huge HipHop influence on the video and for me to have the sheer front for that, it needed to ring true and so my home town, Arklow was in fact, the only option. It was a huge task to take on, connecting with local government counsellors because we had to close the high street and then, with local groups of all kinds, musicians, dancers, scouts, majorettes, farmers etc and much of my family… doing something like this is a massive responsibility and it threatened to overwhelm me at times. But on the day we had Hollywood sunshine and just an incredible sense of goodwill. The people of Arklow made me so proud. It truly turned out to be one of best days of life…”
A polymath in every sense of the word, Murphy gives each release an entirely fresh and distinct visual identity, and beguiling “Hit Parade” is no different. Overseen by Murphy, the artwork features herself, photo-montaged into an AI generated image from artist Beth Frey, graphic design by Bráulio Amado and commissioned by creative studio Object & Animal (who have previously worked with the likes of FKA Twigs, Caroline Polachek and Shygirl). “Fader” possesses a Daisy Age sampladelic hip-hop verve that practically transports the listener to another plane of sound entirely. The steady shuffle and swing of breakbeat drumwork rattles beneath Murphy’s prophetic lyricism – “off to meet my maker, when I’m good ready”. Lucid instrumentation and warping vocal effects are deployed by DJ Koze throughout the track with grandiose effect, providing a luscious environment for Murphy’s existential playfulness to thrive.
Violinist and yMusic co-founder Rob Mooses shared “I Bend but Never Break” (feat, Brittany Howard), the lead single from his upcoming Inflorescence EP due for release in August. The exciting project will also include further features from Bon Iver, Phoebe Bridgers, Sara Bareilles, and Emily King.
Moose shared a statement about his new collaboration with Brittany Howard: “I wrote ‘I Bend but Never Break’ during a trying time where I felt like all I could do was ask for strength externally,”
Brittany Howard remarked in a statement. “I felt tapped out. The world can feel out of control sometimes and terrifying. I wanted to imagine the song as a lifeline to what goodness and positivity exists during those feelings of overwhelm.”
“I’ve only worked on a handful of songs with Brittany, but she’s made an outsize impact on my artistry,” Moose added. “When the opportunity arose to make my own artist project, I knew Brittany had to be a part of it.”
Watch director Maxwell Addae’s “I Bend But Never Break” video below.
TRACKLIST: 01 “I Bend But Never Break” (Feat. Brittany Howard) 02 “Can Only Be Love” (Feat. Emily King) 03 “Marvel Room” (Feat. Bon Iver) 04 “Wasted” (Feat. Phoebe Bridgers) 05 “Extract” (Feat. Sara Bareilles)
On November 25th, PRIESTESS, the alt-pop artist hailing from London, releases her three-track debut EP Landscapes. The EP includes previous releases‘Landscapes’ and ‘Holy Flesh’, alongside brand-new single ‘Hooks’. A music video for ‘Hooks’ lands the same day, co-directed with the artist Ana Lemos. The video concept was to centre the visuals around a choreographed performance by Kate to create visuals that reflect the primal feelings within the track.
The ‘Landscapes’ EP pieces together an emotive narrative. PRIESTESS’ haunting, crystalline vocal wraps around swirling electronica and plunging basslines to describe silent rages, against harassment, toxic relationships and the environmental damage we are inflicting on our planet. The artistry and power behind each track is reinforced by three evocative music videos which beautifully express the energy and passion of the music.
Kate said about the ‘Landscapes’ EP “This debut EP came from many different spaces and angles emotionally. The name of the title track became an embodiment for the Landscapes of feeling that it was written within. Stitching together a mix of moments in time, whilst I was going through different experiences. It is also representative of how my work has an intrinsic connection to nature and the mirroring of ourselves within its cycles of death and rebirth.”
She continued to talk about the Lead single ‘Hooks’ “This track was written about my experience within an abusive relationship and the relatability I felt about people that go back to their partners even when they know it’s unhealthy and bad for them. This experience was one that was very hard for me to extricate myself from and I felt it was like an intoxicating monster that had its hooks in me making it very hard to leave.”
PRIESTESS was formed in London by Kate Fleur Young. Priestess conjures up images of Nature’s ancient esoteric energy fused into an Alt-Pop world. Kate – at the creative helm and heart teams with producers James Mottershead and Oli Kilpatrick. Haunting melodies, sibylline harmonies and visceral lyrics are woven together by threads of hope. Illuminating them against a backdrop of dark beats, bass and lush electronic landscapes. Celebrating transformation and self-expression through the ritual of music their collective sound has influences such as FKA Twigs, Fever Ray, Massive Attack and Little Dragon. The result is an arresting electronic sound filled with deep sensuality and intuition.
Support for PRIESTESS continues to gather pace. With plaudits coming in from the likes of Wonderland, CLASH, CMU, Get In Her Ears and M Magazine to name but a few, it’s clear that PRIESTESS is ready to stake her claim on the music scene with her powerful representation of dark electronic pop.