Press Releases From June 2020: Here Are The Artists
An eclectic list featuring a new Spanish track from The Mavericks, a French-speaking Malian songwriter Afel Bocoum, and a new album by the Black Eyed Peas among these press releases from June.
The Mavericks – ‘Poder Vivir’: The beloved band crossed the border with a pure Mexican-roots track including accordion and glorious horns, and coming from their new and first-ever Spanish language/Latin music album, ‘En Espanol’. Despite the band’s Cuban-American roots, ‘Poder Vivir’ sound like a track of Los Lobos’ 1988 Spanish album (‘La Pistola y el Corazon’), showing that the band came in a full circle to mesh their uplifting eclecticism, and demonstrating they can effortlessly go from rock & roll to Americana or Tex-Mex. ‘This is the record I’ve been wanting the Mavericks to make for a very long time,’ declared lead singer Raul Malo. ‘I’m a first-generation Cuban-American, and some of these songs are songs my family would play and sing on weekends at family parties and get-togethers. But it’s not all nostalgia either. There are plenty of new original songs that put this record squarely in the moment for us.’
Love Again – ‘86’: A straightforward song delivered in your face with plenty of soaring harmonies by the San Antonio emo/indie band Love Again. ‘86’ comes ahead of the band’s debut EP out later this year, and we can only admire Love Again’s ongoing efforts to support equality as they have joined the #ArtistsForChange program and are donating a percentage of their digital royalties from the song to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Distant Cousins – ‘Angelina’: With stunning harmonies over delicate acoustic guitar and uplifting keys, the song has a nostalgic vibe of the West Coast folk music, while the intimacy of the performance is real. ‘Angelina’, which was originally recorded 2 years ago, was released during a live performance (video here) for The Bluegrass Situation, and this new acoustic revision has drawn comparisons to folk-pop peers The Lumineers and The Avett Brothers. The band’s ‘Here & Now’ features stripped-down, acoustic renditions of previous releases – ‘Distant Cousins’ EP and the full-length debut ‘Next of Kin’ – as well as the new original songs ‘The Day’ and ‘Here & Now’ featuring Lindsey Ray. There is also a guest appearance from The Songbirds featuring Gaby Moreno on the song ‘Mighty Love.’
Afel Bocoum –‘Avion’: A very uplifting and playful track from celebrated Malian songwriter and guitarist Afel Bocoum, bringing a typical African ray of sunshine and an invitation to travel and dance at the sound of traditional Congolese soukous and choir-like vocals. ‘Avion’ (plane in French) is the first single off his upcoming album ‘Lindé’ due September 4 via World Circuit Records with the support of executive producers Damon Albarn and World Circuit artistic director Nick Gold. The album, which was recorded in Mali’s capital Bamako, brings together the age-old music of the Niger bend with styles from across the globe, boasting performances from a number of eminent Malian musicians including Madou Kouyaté, the late ‘Hama’ Sankaré and Madou Sidiki Diabaté, along with the drums of recently-departed Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen, the trombone of Vin Gordon (Bob Marley, Skatalites) and the violin of Joan as Police Woman.
Autosuggest – ‘My Signal’: A fuzzy dark buzz starts this lugubrious song which experiments with morose delivery, pop aesthetics, electronic soundscapes, and buried female vocals. The track comes from electronic rock trio Autosuggest, whose frontman, Alec Mallia, had this to say about the new song: ‘For this ‘season’ of the band, lot of the work is based upon exiting a toxic relationship, finding all the wrong ways to cope with the mess and learning to deal with it.’ While the Australian band has tried to push boundaries, they incorporate nods to classic new-wave and post-punk bands such as INXS and The Strokes with their signature electronic rock sound.
Lionel Boy – ‘Lately’: A pool-lounge track soaking by smoggy sunshine, habited by a languid sax and the sexy vocals of Hawaii-born, Long Beach-based songwriter Lionel Boy. As the newest signing for LA’s Innovative Leisure, he had this to say about the song: ‘Last year (2019), we had a week of rain in Long Beach. It was then that I wrote ‘Lately.’ I have just begun learning how to incorporate samples into my songwriting, and ‘Lately’ was the first project I was able to complete doing so. There was gloom, smoke, and a feeling of monotony in the air— I think that comes through in the music. I can’t really put my finger on it, but I was feeling some type of way.’
Tom Walker – ‘Wait for You’: A new single from the UK singer-songwriter, recorded during the lockdown. A sense of urgency surfaces above Walker’s passionate and strong vocals soaring above an electro-pop soundscape. ‘This song is about a mate of mine who went through a life changing event as a teenager,” Tom explains. “It took a long time for him to heal and aspects of what happened have taken a toll on his life. Fast forward to now and he’s one of the most outgoing, positive people you could ever meet. It got me thinking that we can all go through tough times; it’s what you chose to do after that is important. If something positive can come out of it, that’s a really special thing.’ The Award-winning artist is currently working on a new album.
Young T & Bugsey, Dababy – ‘Don’t Rush’: A UK/US hip hop duo/dialogue effortlessly flowing while you are desperately trying to follow what they are saying! But that’s why there is a lyrics video for the song. This is actually another remix to their global hit, this time featuring superstar North Carolina rapper DaBaby, who comes through with his unique and playful rap flow and a solid verse, to compliment this amazing track. ‘Getting DaBaby on the remix was proper sick. It was good to know his team were fans of the song from even before he jumped on it. He done his verse super quick and it was hard! Can’t wait for everyone to hear it now,’ said Young T & Bugsey.
Black Eyed Peas, El Alfa – ‘NO MANANA’: A playful and percussive single ahead of their highly anticipated eighth full-length album and debut for Epic Records, ‘TRANSLATION’, on June 19, 2020. The track integrates plenty of styles from hip-hop, pop, dance, reggaeton, and trap, while propulsive beat twists and turns past an instant hook — ‘Party like no mañana’—before Dominican Latin trap phenomenon El Alfa ignites a rapid-fire cameo. The new album will also feature plenty of guests, from Shakira on the sexy and seductive ‘GIRL LIKE ME,’ to Tyga and Nicky Jam during ‘VIDA LOCA,’ Becky G on ‘DURO HARD,’ and French Montana and his fiery flow on ‘MABUTI.’
GUM – ‘Airwalkin’’: A groovy funky psychedelic work building a very buoyant atmosphere for this new track from GUM aka Jay Watson (Tame Impala, Pond). The song comes with a video, projecting the acidic synthetic vibe of this curious track from his fifth studio album, ‘Out In The World,’ now available via Spinning Top Records. Speaking on the origins of ‘Airwalkin,’ Watson had the following to say: ‘This song is trying to capture the feeling of walking around my rural town with my Discman as a teenager, completely self-conscious about the way I look but completely feeling myself at the same time. 3 and a half minutes of Boombox Rock inspired by Stevie Wonder, Dilla and Beck.’