Today, the Los Angeles-based grunge ensemble Ramonda Hammer share “All For What,” their first track of 2021 alongside a video directed by Kelly Reed. “All For What” was produced by Sarah Tudzin (aka illuminati hotties), who has an incredibly innovative and quirky sensibility for songwriting and production. “Working with Ramonda Hammer is non-stop fun!” Says Tudzin. “They always roll up to the studio with energy, a powerful song, and lots of snacks 🙂 In the case of ‘All For What,’ Andy & Devin had a killer riff based around big major7 chords that made this song particularly unique, it lives in the liminal space in which we all get stuck when we’re too deep in the phone zone.”
“All For What” takes Ramonda Hammer’s signature sassy/sad style of guitar-heavy, 90’s style alt-rock to new heights with the inclusion of additional electronic elements floating against the moody soundscapes shaped by Davis, guitarist Justin Geter, bassist Andy Hengl, and drummer Mark Edwards.
“‘All For What’ is a reflection on social media and the frustrations, mental health struggles, and sometimes sheer confusion that come along with it,” says Davis. “It’s not meant to be a critique on others and their use of it, it’s simply my sigh of acceptance and surrender as I think to myself ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.’” @ramondahammer
Today, the Belgian pop star Angèle (born Angèle Van Laeken) returns with a new single “Bruxelles je t’aime”, an homage to her hometown. This is the first solo release after collaborating with the international pop star Dua Lipa on the infectious track “Fever” and their London-shot music video late last year. “Bruxelles, je t’aime”’s accompanying music video shows the young artist in a train traveling from her current Paris home back, and back in time, to her birthplace.
Angèle says: “Bruxelles je t’aime” came to me during the first lockdown. I had already composed the melody and started the production, but it’s only when I realized I was going to stay away from my city for a while that this declaration of love was born. I love the idea of talking to my city as if it was a lover, like in a relationship, we love, leave, miss each other, but we never forget about each other. And Brussels is a lover in whom I can see my past and my future. I know her flaws and I accepted them. I spent a few years away from her and I always missed her so much, then when I get back to her, I’m reassured. I think that’s what it feels like when you come home. That’s why this song is a celebration. I dreamt of dancing with my friends in Brussels, and today it’s finally possible.” @angele_vl
The never-not-moving Dawn Richard has announced her first shows in NYC, LA, Chicago, London, and Paris since the release of April’s critically lauded Second Line. Tickets for all shows, including the rescheduled Purity Ring tour for summer 2022, are on sale now.
Today, Richard unleashes a new remix of Second Line’s “Boomerang” by East Coast–bred, Miami-based producer/songwriter Suzi Analogue.
Suzi Analogue on her remix:
Dawn Richard is a true legend and I’ve always looked up to her fearless, iconic journey as an independent artist, so it was a dream when I was asked to remix “Boomerang”—a track I really connected with from Second Line. Produced in my studio in Miami, I wanted to infuse a super vibed-out global club twist with a blend of electronic polyrhythms to switch up the original house sound of “Boomerang,” and build a new world around her beautiful electro-filled vocal performance so listeners can really go on a worldwide journey with the track. I pictured the track becoming a whole scene being played out of soundsystems into the late night as I made it.
Dawn Richard on tour:
Dec 02 Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
Dec 03 San Francisco, CA – Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop
Dec 04 Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
Jan 20 Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
Jan 21 Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
Jan 22 Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village (Tomorrow Never Knows)
Australian musician Alex Lahey returns with new single, “Spike the Punch,” out today on Liberation Records. An explosive power pop track, propelled by Lahey’s knack for indisputable hooks and fiery, confessional lyrics, “Spike the Punch” marks Lahey’s first release since writing and recording “On My Way,” the theme song for Sony Picture Animation’s The Mitchells vs The Machines, now Netflix’s biggest animated release of all time.
Lahey produced “Spike the Punch” alongside John Castle, with Grammy Award winner Carlos de la Garza (Paramore/Hayley Williams, Cherry Glazerr, Best Coast) lending his mixing skills to the track.
“‘Spike The Punch’ is a song about the fun that comes with self-sabotage and reckless abandon. It’s big, it’s loud, it’s fun, it’s its own beast,” says Lahey. “There are some super sinister tones in there rubbing up against really bright anime style guitar harmonies (guitarmonies, anyone?..) and shout choruses. Spike feels like a raucous bookend to navigating these cruelly unpredictable times. Touch wood.”
The video for “Spike The Punch” was directed by Matt Sav and features a performance by Matthew Pope. Of the video, Lahey says, “The ‘Spike The Punch’ video is perhaps my favourite video I’ve ever been a part of. I’m incredibly grateful to Matt Sav and his team for pulling this together while I’ve been locked down in Melbourne. Matt and I spoke about how we wanted to capture a sense of freedom, fluidity and fun in this video along with hurtling forward momentum. Matt Pope, the brilliant performer who stars in the video, completely harnesses the direction and puts on a hell of a show. It gives me chills every time I press play.” @alex_lahey