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KRANKk x Ragga Twins – “THINK” [Song Review]

KRANKk teams up with the Ragga Twins on their new single, “THINK,” a song probing societal venality and the plague of war.

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KRANKk x Ragga Twins “THINK” single artwork
KRANKk x Ragga Twins “THINK” single artwork

Belgian drum and bass trio KRANKk teams up with the Ragga Twins on their new single, “THINK,” a song probing societal venality and the plague of war.

“THINK” provides listeners with a foretaste of KRANKk’s upcoming second album, Late Nights In Antwerp, featuring collaborations with artists like Selah Sue, Yann Gaudeuille, A-F-R-O, Splurgeboys, Logan_olm, and the Ragga Twins.

Made up of Aram Abgaryan (keyboards), Thomas Geysen (drums), and Willem Heylen (guitar), KRANKk came out of the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp. Their sound merges elements of electronic music doused in drum and bass, dubstep, and UK garage. It’s a sound conjuring up suggestions of Burial and Noisia.

Since the early ’90s, the Ragga Twins, aka the Destouche brothers, aka Flinty Badman and Deman Rocker, have released significant singles such as “Ragga Trip,” “Hooligan 69,” and “Spliffhead,” fierce blends of reggae, dancehall, hip-hop, and breakbeats.

KRANKk

KRANKk

Drenched in flavors of reggae fused with drum and bass, “THINK” rolls out on a powerful, pulsating rhythm featuring deep basslines topped by a gleaming topline of synthesized effects. Rasping, rapid-fire, rapping vocals imbue the lyrics with an urgent message to “think before you do.”

“THINK” plunges and snakes between heady savors of hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, EDM, and controlled rap production.

Run Time: 3:21
Release Date: January 12, 2023
Record Label: cloudshaper

Dance/Electronic

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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Gianfranco Pescetti – ‘DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL’ [Album Review]

Gianfranco Pescetti delivers a series of ambient/dance bangers, coalescing a nexus of complexity and intoxicating extracts on ‘DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL.’

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Gianfranco Pescetti ‘DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL’ album artwork
Gianfranco Pescetti ‘DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL’ album artwork

Composer and producer Gianfranco Pescetti recently unveiled his latest album, DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL, his first new album in almost a decade.

Speaking about the album, Pescetti says, “DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL is my attempt to explore the depth of emotions and create a profoundly personal and evocative sound without conforming to the rigid specifications of a particular genre, all while keeping an eye to the dance floor.”

Originally from the Tuscan Island of Capraia, he previously lived in France for a few years before moving to the United States to continue his music career. He currently lives on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.

Influenced by an eclectic range of music, including modern chillwave, Depeche Mode, and The Cure, Pescetti’s sound incorporates instrumental atmospheric electronica with dance vibes and elements of modern indie rock.

Comprising ten tracks, DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL starts with “Clownspunk.” Flickering tones shape a rising intro that evolves into a shimmering, ambient-flavored dance melody. As the melody progresses, a psychedelic-lite dance vivacity slowly takes over, pushing the ambient surfaces into the background.

High points include the changing emotional sensations of “Obsidian,” which utilizes amiable layers of shifting colors riding a galloping rhythm to fashion a warm, sparkling melody punctuated by glistening, chiming textures.

Gianfranco Pescetti, photo courtesy of Gianfranco Pescetti

Gianfranco Pescetti, photo courtesy of Gianfranco Pescetti

Sundog” places darker rhythmic pulses against the illumination of drifting, humming, twinkling blushes, thus giving the melody a lingering, hypnotic intensity, at once exotic and full of lavish refinement. “Be My Ghost” swings away from the ambient and pushes into the more muscular momentum of EDM, employing a driving kick drum and elusive tints of disco.

Capraia,” a blend of industrial and heavy, atmospheric dance components, molds a mechanistic mood, simultaneously shadowy and foreboding. “The Wake,” eerily haunting on one level, pours like a waterfall on another level, giving the tune dual interpretations: either a progressive lament or a celebration of natural beauty.

The album concludes with “Stopless,” traveling on a propelling rhythm topped by intertwining layers of scintillating, aerated percolations, heady with impetuousness. For some reason, the melody conjures up the impression of EDM gingered with hints of Ennio Morricone-like Spaghetti Western.

Gianfranco Pescetti delivers a series of ambient/dance bangers, coalescing a nexus of complexity and intoxicating extracts.

DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL Track Listing:

1. Clownspunk
2. Macchia, I’ll See You…
3. Obsidian
4. Sundog
5. Nostalgia Aime Le Rouge
6. Be My Ghost
7. Capraia
8. The Wake
9. Fogbound
10. Stopless

Run Time: 35:47
Release Date: January 25, 2024
Record Label: Independent

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