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Premiere: Woofax & Willdabeast are “Spinnin’ Up” Their Groovy New Track!

Today, we debut Woofax and Willdabeast’s collaborative new single, “Spinnin’ Up,” from their new EP ‘Watching The World Go By’ (Gravitas Recordings).

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Willdabeast & Woofax

In their own right, Woofax and Willdabeast are extraordinary artists, so it’s not much of a surprise that when you combine them together, marvellous things are going to happen.

We have the evidence today with the premiere of the duo’s new collaborative single, “Spinnin’ Up,” from their new EP Watching The World Go By, which will be formally released on May 12th via Gravitas Recordings.

As you’ll hear on this single, the basis of this EP is the grooves, mixed with the bass-heavy melodies that combine together so seamlessly.

Contextualizing the EP for us, Willdabeast says:

Watching The World Go By, to me, is a play on words, because so often, I feel that what we’re subject to do, follow, repeat. But is that always a necessity? There are certainly laws, rules and protocols everyone should adhere to, sure. However, I have found, it is important to often challenge and question our own path including the principles set in place by ourselves and others.

“So this album is an auditory offering of what happens if we change that narrative. Are we merely players in the machine? Cogs if the system? Are we too, able to apply our voices into the sea of crashing ambition? Or perhaps, in a parallel night we find ourselves, gettin’ busy watching the world go by, really, it’s our choice what we find time to do.”

Woofax mentions:

“‘Spinnin Up’ started as more of a hip hop inspired idea but when Willdabeast put horns over some of the parts, I think we realized how it felt more funky. We tore away a lot of the synths that conflicted with the horns and added the vocal chops to complement the horn parts better. It underwent a tempo speed up at that point as well.”

Watching The World Go By is a fusion of live music and advanced electronic engineering. It’s always obvious when great artists are able to collaborate well together, and that’s exactly what has taken place on this release. Willdabeast is a veteran of the scene, having worked with Griz, Defunk, Late Night Radio, Wax Future, Kaptain, and many others over the last several years. Woofax is a creative force like no other, the sparkplug behind electronic acts like Terravita and Hot Pink DeLorean. He too is responsible for contributing to many hit electronic tracks released over the years.

Woofax & Willdabeast ‘Watching The World Go By’ album artwork

Woofax & Willdabeast ‘Watching The World Go By’ album artwork

Discussing how his partnership with Woofax (aka Matt Simmers) began and developed, and how the EP came together, Willdabeast adds:

“I met Matt initially as an online interaction like so many during COVID just as an admirer of his work over the years. Internet friends. He’s a monster of production and constantly cranking out incredible originals and so I reached out. He thought the world of us too apparently as well, and so we instantly formed a connection and soon after started working together sending ideas back and forth until some things clicked. Once we found some common ground these tracks honestly just fell into place. It wasn’t more than a few attempts and back and fourths until we were both happy with the parts, it was just fine tuning from there.

“It was one of our goals to try and link up with a like-minded label to help us finish off the creative process, that would also have a good sense of our sound and general vibe of the whole album. Our good intentions wouldn’t end here. When we signed this on with Gravitas Recordings it was a match made in heaven. It’s like all of our worlds combined into one harmonious creation. We couldn’t be more excited to release these incredibly diverse, funky gems out into the world. We are so proud of them.”

Both hugely compelling on their own, sometimes, two heads are just better than one, and there are no doubts about that with this stellar collaboration.

Dance/Electronic

Chali 2na & DJ Shub Join Forces for Debut Canadian Tour

Chali 2na, will hit the road with none other than the Godfather of PowWow Step and JUNO Award winner, DJ Shub.

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Chali 2na, photo by Jorge Sevilla
Chali 2na, photo by Jorge Sevilla

For the first time, one of the most iconic voices in hip-hop, the verbal Herman Munster, Chali 2na, will hit the road with the Godfather of PowWow Step and JUNO Award winner, DJ Shub. Together, they’ll embark on their first-ever Canadian tour, performing in nine cities across three provinces, marking a historic collaboration between the artists.

On the decks, DJ Shub will provide a dynamic backdrop for Chali’s unmistakable baritone voice as he delivers an electrifying performance of his solo hits and beloved Jurassic 5 classics. Individually, these two artists boast incredible resumes – having performed at some of the most iconic venues and festivals across North America (Coachella, Outside Lands, Osheaga). Now, the two of them are teaming up to deliver one of this summer’s most sought-after events.

DJ Shub, a two-time DMC World DJ champion and Red Bull Thre3style champion, expressed his excitement about the tour:

“For me, backing up Chali 2na on tour is mind-blowing considering I’ve been a long-time fan. Magic happens when legends join forces.”

Fans have been dreaming of this collaboration since 2017, when the two artists first performed together at a workshop at the Winnipeg Folk Festival – offering a glimpse of what could be. Now, the wait is finally over, as they embark on a tour that promises to mesmerize audiences and provide a captivating blend of old-school hip-hop and DJ prowess.

Tickets for this must-see tour go on sale on February 22. Fans are encouraged to act quickly to secure their spot at what promises to be an unforgettable series of performances.

Chali 2na & DJ Shub Tour Dates:

May 2 – Calgary, AB – Modern Love
May 3 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
May 4 – Saskatoon, SK – Capitol Music Club
May 5 – Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
May 6 – Banff, AB – Melissa’s MisSteak
May 8 – Fernie, BC – The Northern
May 9 – Golden, BC – Rockwater Grill & Bar
May 10 – Vernon, BC – Status Nightclub
May 11 – Kelowna, BC – Red Bird Brewing

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Lovataraxx Release “Tilda Vaast” from Upcoming ‘Sophomore’ Record

French synth group Lovataraxx has released the music video for their new single “Tilda Vaast” from their new album ‘Sophomore.’

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Lovataraxx, photo by Tanguy Quézo
Lovataraxx, photo by Tanguy Quézo

“Tilda Vaast” is the first single off Sophomore, the new album by French cold wave and minimal synth duo Lovataraxx, to be released on April 5th, 2024, via German label Cold Transmission.

Julien Hoes states:

“The song was created a couple of years ago, while I was thinking about my grandmother, after her death. My grandmother, Mathilde, was deeply romantic, she was all the time reading soapy Harlequin romances. Sometimes, when she was very old, she didn’t remember that she already read one of those novels so she started over. Sometimes she also pretended that she was reading, in order to be left alone, because she didn’t want to talk. And I noticed, ‘Gran, you’re holding your book upside down! What are you thinking about?

“And we were all laughing, but she never told us what was on her mind. Mathilde left Algeria before she was 40 years old, and settled with the whole family in a grey and industrial town. I guess it was really hard at the beginning. But I feel like, in her thoughts, year after year, she was still over there, a young and free lady walking on the seaside.

“When she was looking at me, I had the impression that her eyes were deep and vast like the Mediterranean Sea. I proposed once or two times to go all together back in Algeria, but she wouldn’t go. She spent her old age locked away indoors. Whereas, when she was young, she was always outside. Once, after her death, I grabbed a couple of pictures of her, back to the time when she was living abroad, by the sea. And I realized that I hardly knew anything about that person in the pictures. So I gathered a couple of elements in my mind, and this is the story of Tilda Vaast.”

Lovataraxx “Tilda Vaast” single artwork

Lovataraxx “Tilda Vaast” single artwork

The single is accompanied by a music video directed and produced by Ramataupia featuring actress Ayris Taban.

After their critically acclaimed album Hébéphrénie which was released in 2020, Sophomore is a new step on the band’s trajectory, influenced by synthetic music, 1980s or 1990s horror, and SF movie soundtracks. A resolutely fairy, modern and personal record that can be pre-ordered now.

Lovataraxx ‘Sophomore’ album artwork

Lovataraxx ‘Sophomore’ album artwork

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OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival Returns with Powerhouse 2024 Lineup

OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week.

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OSHEAGA 2024

The OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from August 2nd to 4th, at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Saint-Hélène, close to downtown Montréal. Headliners include SZA, Green Day, and Noah Kahan setting the tone for a diverse exhibition that is sure to appeal to the masses.

Representation is present for all genres at this year’s fest. Rock is covered by old-school legends Rancid, LA rockers The Linda Lindas, ’90s indie favourites Sleater-Kinney, and grunge icons The Smashing Pumpkins. R&B will be backed by hip-hop pioneer T-Pain, as well as Tyla, Ayra Starr, and Michaël Brun. Pop is represented by Mean Girls powerhouse Reneé Rapp, Euphoria star Dominic Fike, and alt-pop phenom Melanie Martinez. Indie will be covered by Irish musician Hozier and this generation’s Elvis, Stephen Sanchez. EDM will be showcased with sets by world-class producers like Martin Garrix and Labrinth.

If you’re someone who enjoys all types of music, this year’s OSHEAGA is a can’t-miss event. The lineup easily competes for the best of 2024. Tickets are on sale 2/21 for 3-day passes and 2/23 for single-day passes. Prices are as follows:

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $165 CAD
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / 3-DAY: starting at $395 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $320 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $745 CAD

PLATINUM TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $685 CAD
PLATINUM TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $1,620 CAD

Get your tickets while they last!

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