MOON KING SHARES NEW SINGLE “ORDINARY LOVER”

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HAMMTRAMCK ‘16 OUT AUGUST 4 VIA ARBUTUS RECORDS

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES START AUG 11

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“...Benjamin’s take on disco is a lovingly crafted homage to the genre.” - PITCHFORK

“...a perfect distillation of the pop and underground dance vibes…” - SELF-TITLED MAG

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Today, Moon King (Daniel Benjamin) returns with second dance single "Ordinary Lover", following the animated visual for lead-single "In & Out". Both taken from his forthcoming tape Hamtramck '16, out August 4 on Arbutus Records. On "Ordinary Lover" Benjamin says, "it's me forgetting about any other music I've made .....hearing house music like it was the first time and making up a hook on the spot."

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Moon King is the alias of producer, singer and songwriter Daniel Benjamin. Born in Toronto, the musician spent 2016 in Detroit, where the musically fertile and offbeat neighborhood of Hamtramck became both his home and the inspiration for a new set of recordings. Hamtramck '16 documents his arrival into a new and unfamiliar environment combined with a growing obsession for underground dance music, a sound and spirit that has always felt right at home in Detroit.

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Collaborating with local artists and musicians, and having the freedom to stretch out after several years of constant touring, Daniel put together a completely new band with a sound drawing from dance music's early days, from synthpop, disco and house music up through the more pop-oriented songcraft of the Bee Gees or Prince. Daniel's attention to detail in production, and willingness to break the mold of what he sees as his own potential, have made him an interesting figure to watch. With Hamtramck '16 he has created a lo-fi pop gem that will leave listeners eager to hear what comes next.

LIVE DATES
08/11 - Baby G - TORONTO, ON
08/12 - PN, MONTRÉAL, QC
08/18 - El Club, DETROIT, MI
09/02 - Schubas, CHICAGO, IL
09/03 - The Bishop, BLOOMINGTON, ID
09/04 - MOTR, CINCINNATI, OH
09/05 - Double Happiness, COLUMBUS, OH
09/06 - Sound Hole, PHILADELPHIA, PA
09/07 - Charlies American Cafe, NORFOLK, VA
09/08 - Silent Barn, BROOKLYN, NY
09/11 - One Caroline, SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
09/12 - Bard College, ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY
09/13 - House Of Targ, OTTAWA, ON
09/14 - Le Cercle, QUEBEC, QC
 

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HAMTRAMCK ‘16 TRACKLIST
01 Come Around
02 In & Out
03 Just A Minute
04 Jasmine
05 Hit It
06 Ordinary Lover

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COLD SPECKS ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, SHARES TITLE TRACK

FOOL’S PARADISE OUT SEPTEMBER 22 VIA ARTS & CRAFTS

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NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES BEGIN NOVEMBER 2

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Today, Ladan Hussein, known on stage as Cold Specks, announced her highly anticipated new album Fool’s Paradise, set to release on September 22 via Arts & Crafts.

The new single “Fool’s Paradise” shows Hussein singing in Somali for the first time, calling out to a semi-mythical Somali queen of female empowerment named Araweelo, who was rumoured to castrate male prisoners. Like Cold Specks, Araweelo is a polarizing dream, always dangling between varying abstracts. Within the track is a Somali idiom, “kala garo naftaada iyo laftaada,” which translates in English to “understand the difference between your bones and your soul.”

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“Fool’s Paradise” arrives on the heels of the recent single “Wild Card”. Quickly receiving accolades from The New York Times, Indie Shuffle, Consequence of Sound and more, both tracks were produced and mixed by long-time collaborator Jim Anderson at Easy Life Studio in Toronto, with Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire performing bass.

Intimately exploring her identity as a Somali-Canadian woman, Fool’s Paradise is Hussein’s most personal work yet. The album encapsulates the naturalness of existing during difficult times. Hussein recently learned about her family’s former life in Somalia - including her father’s musical legacy. During her 2015 Neuroplasticity tour in Australia, Ladan discovered that her father helped form a famous band in the 1970s called Iftin. During the writing process, she dug deep into grainy VHS recordings found online of Iftin, and of many other Somali musicians, songs and videos that had survived war. “My parents never talked much about life in Mogadishu growing up,” Hussein explains, “the war split up my family, scattered them around the world, left many missing, and those that made it were forever changed.” Saling her way to shore after grueling trial, error, and musical acclaim - Fool’s Paradise is the sound of finding home, identity, and self-love.

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This fall, Cold Specks will set off an extensive World Tour with recently announced North American dates beginning on November 2 including throughout Canada. Full dates can be found below.

In 2015, Hussein followed her critically acclaimed debut LP, I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, with the release of Neuroplasticity, both of which were nominated for the Polaris Music Prize with the former also earning a JUNO Award nomination for Breakthrough Artist Of The Year. Between albums, when Cold Specks wasn’t writing or touring, Hussein was pinballing between asks from an enviable roll call of collaborators. She was asked to work on Moby’s album Innocents and was invited to play with Joni Mitchell at the singer’s 70th birthday alongside the likes of Herbie Hancock. She contributed to Ambrose Akinmusire's 2014 record for Blue Note and Swans’ 2014 album To Be Kind. These last two partnerships left a significant impression on Neuroplasticity resulting in the indomitable Swans founder Michael Gira and Akinmusire to both appear on the album. Most recently, she has worked with Massive Attack on the track “Dead Editors” featuring Roots Manuva from their 2016 Ritual Spirit EP.

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FOOL’S PARADISE TRACKLISTING
1 Fool's Paradise
2 Wild Card
3 Solid
4 Ancient Habits
5 Rupture
6 Void
7 New Moon
8 Two Worlds
9 Witness
10 Exile


FOOL’S PARADISE WORLD TOUR 2017

European Dates
9/30: Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny (TICKETS)
10/1: Leeds, UK @ Lending Room (TICKETS)
10/02: Glasgow, UK @ King Tut's (TICKETS)
10/03: Manchester, UK @ Night & Day (TICKETS)
10/04: Bristol, UK @ Cube (TICKETS)
10/05: London, UK @ Omeara (TICKETS)
10/06: Paris, FR @ Supersonic (FREE)
10/07: Brussels, BL @ Witloof Bar  (TICKETS)
10/09: Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet (TICKETS)
10/10: Cologne, DE @ Yuca (TICKETS)
10/11: Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher (TICKETS)
10/12: Aarhus, DK (TICKETS)
10/13: Copenhagen, DK @ Vega (TICKETS)
10/14: Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden (TICKETS)
10/15: Frankfurt, DE @ Brotfabrik (TICKETS)
10/16: Munich, DE @ Milla (TICKETS)
10/18: Vienna, AT @ Arena (TICKETS)
10/19: Zurich, CH @ Theatre Gessneralle @ Stall 6 (TICKETS)
10/20: Geneva, CH @ La Graviere (TICKETS)
10/21: Rome, IT @ Quirinetta (TICKETS)

North American Dates
11/2: Somerville, MA @ ONCE Somerville
11/3: Washington, DC @ Black Cat
11/4: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
11/5: Richmond, VA @ Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
11/7: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Purgatory
11/8: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
11/9: St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
11/10: Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
11/11: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
11/13: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
11/15: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
11/16: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
11/17: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
11/18: Seattle, WA @ Barboza
11/20: Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
11/22: Calgary, CA @ Commonwealth Bar & Stage
11/23: Edmonton, CA @ The Needle Vinyl Tavern
11/24: Regina, CA @ The Exchange
11/25: Winnipeg, CA @ The Good Will Social Club
11/27: Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
11/28: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
11/29: Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
11/30: Toronto, CA @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club
12/1: Montreal, CA @ Phi Center
12/6: Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Art Space
12/7: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right

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(SANDY) ALEX G ANNOUNCES TWO NIGHTS AT MASSEY HALL

ON TOUR THIS SUMMER WITH FLEET FOXES, (SANDY) ALEX G WILL PERFORM AT TORONTO’S MASSEY HALL AUGUST 4 AND 5

ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM ROCKET OUT NOW VIA DOMINO RECORDS

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“On his latest record…Giannascoli pivots yet again, combining Americana flourishes, noise collages, and breathless hardcore stylings.” - NEW YORKER

“one of the year’s most endlessly generous records.” – PITCHFORK

“Rocket is one of the year’s most idiosyncratic – and phenomenal – indie-rock
records yet.”  – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY


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Earlier this month, (Sandy) Alex G concluded a five-week long North American tour with a spectacular sold-out performance in his hometown of Philadelphia, marking his biggest headline show to date. Raring to get back on the road, (Sandy) Alex G has today announced a run of seven dates supporting Fleet Foxes with two stops at Toronto’s Massey Hall on August 4 and 5. Full tour details below and tickets on sale Friday, July 21.

Since concluding the previous tour, Alex has kept busy - this past Friday, Alex joined Frank Ocean onstage at Lovebox Festival in London for his headline performance, playing guitar in Ocean’s band.

In May, (Sandy) Alex G released his 8th full-length album Rocket. Hailed by many as his most accomplished work to date, Rocket features standout singles “Bobby”, “Proud”, and “Sportstar” which you can listen to below. Additionally, watch (Sandy) Alex G perform live for The New York Times HERE.

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Rocket is the Philadelphia-based artist’s eighth full-length release—an assured statement that follows a slate of humble masterpieces, many of them self-recorded and self-released, stretching from 2010’s RACE to his 2015 Domino debut, Beach Music. Rocket’s sessions began shortly after Beach Music’s ended, with Alex tracking songs at home, by himself and with friends, in the gaps between a hectic 2015 and 2016 touring schedule. Rocket was mixed by Jacob Portrait (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bass Drum of Death), who also lent his hand to Beach Music, giving the album a fine-tuning that retains the homespun personality of earlier efforts.

Rocket is available now on LP, CD, cassette and digital download.

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LISTEN AND SHARE “PROUD” HERE
LISTEN AND SHARE “SPORTSTAR” HERE

(SANDY) ALEX G NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
07/27 Portland, ME – Thompson’s Point *
08/01 Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park Bandshell *
08/02 Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park Bandshell *
08/04 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall *
08/05 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall *

08/06 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre *
08/08 Kansas City, MO – The Midland *
09/03 Philadelphia, PA – Made In America Festival
09/09 San Bernardino, CA – High & Low Festival
09/26 Pittsburgh, PA – The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls ^
09/27 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop ^
09/28 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon ^
09/30 Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Calling
10/01 Iowa City, IA – Gabes ^
10/02 St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway ^
10/04 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th St – OKC ^
10/06 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
10/09 Nashville, TN – Third Man Records ^
10/10 Birmingham, AL – Saturn ^
10/11 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa ^
10/13 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits

* w/ Fleet Foxes
^ w/ Hovvdy, Crumb

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