PIANIST JEAN-MICHEL BLAIS ANNOUNCES REMIX EP

FEATURING REWORKS BY CFCF, KID KOALA, CRi, AND FOXTROTT

LISTEN TO DANS MA MAIN (REMIXES) EP ON THE FADER HERE

DANS MA MAIN (REMIXES) EP AVAILABLE ON STREAMING PLATFORMS AUG 23

CANADIAN TOUR DATES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 27

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Following the global success of Jean-Michel Blais’ sophomore classical-electronic crossover album, Dans ma main, and accompanying stripped-down EP, eviction sessions, Blais has announced Dans ma main (remixes): a collection of his enchanting compositions reimagined by four of Montreal’s most innovative electronic producers: Grammy Award-nominated electronic producer CFCF, legendary turntablist Kid Koala, dance music upstart CRi, and electro-pop artist FOXTROTT.

LISTEN TO DANS MA MAIN (REMIXES) EP ON THE FADER HERE

“While writing Dans ma main, I remember tracing a line between modern classical and electronic music, wishing to leave those loose ends to remixers... and here we are!” explains Blais. “I asked four Montrealers, friends of mine, to come with their own vision of their favourite song, giving birth to CRi’s uplifting, major, dance-y version of 'blind', FOXTROTT’s groovy, complex, subtle take of 'dans ma main', CFCF's mystic, surreal, intricated rework of 'roses', or Kid Koala’s textured, processed, meditative perception of the same song. How humbling it is asking other artists to take control over one’s creation - I hope you’ll enjoy it, too.”

LISTEN TO DANS MAN MAIN (DELUXE LP) HERE

Dans ma main was recently awarded Best Classical Album at the American Association of Independent Music’s Libera Awards, this followed the album’s shortlist designation at the 2018 Polaris Music Prize where Blais performed the title track

Blais recently expanded his repertoire into film providing the score for Matthias & Maxime, the latest film from acclaimed Québécois director Xavier Dolan. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where Blais received a special mention during Cannes Soundtrack Award ceremony, earning him a golden record award.

Dans ma main (remixes) will be available on all digital retailers on August 23rd.

TOUR DATES
Sep 27: Domaine Forget - Saint-irénée, Canada  
Sep 28: Théâtre Banque Nationale - Saguenay, Canada  
Oct 5: Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault - Saint-jérôme, Canada  
Oct 6: Théâtre du Marais - Val-morin, Canada  
Oct 11: Theatre Granada - Sherbrooke, Canada  
Nov 12: Centquatre - Paris, France  
Nov 16: Auditorio del Conservatorio de Música Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga - Bilbao, Spain  
Nov 20: Auditório Camões - Lisboa, Portugal 
Nov 22: CCCB, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain  
Nov 24: Círculo de Bellas Artes - Madrid, Spain  
Nov 25: King’s Place - London, United Kingdom  
Nov 29: Brandbau - Erpeldange-les-wiltz, Luxembourg  
Nov 30: 30cc/Ticketbalie - Leuven, Belgium  
Dec 1: Tivolivredenburg - Utrecht, Netherlands  
Dec 3: Cultuurcentrum Hasselt - Hasselt, Belgium  
Dec 4: de Spil - Roeselare, Belgium  
Dec 5: Silent Green Kulturquartier - Berlin, Germany  
Dec 8: Gnessin Russian Academy of Music - Moskva, Russia  
Dec 10: National Library of Russia - Sanktpeterburg, Russia

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TRACKLIST
1 blind (CRi remix)
2 dans ma main (FOXTROTT remix)
3 roses (CFCF remix)
4 roses (Kid Koala remix)

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LITTLE SCREAM HITS A GROOVE ON LATEST SINGLE FROM SPEED QUEEN, “STILL LIFE”

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SPEED QUEEN OUT OCTOBER 25 VIA DINE ALONE RECORDS

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Speed Queen is the title of Little Scream’s new album, set to arrive on October 25. It’s a record that Little Scream (a.k.a. Laurel Sprengelmeyer) says is about observing the slow entropy of the US, ruminating on her own low-income upbringing in a flyover state, and, as she says, “taking it all in from the privileged position of being a new Canadian.”

Today, Little Scream shares a slice of escapism from the record, the gently grooving “Still Life”, which paints a picture of “complicated chaos” and “a sophisticated daydream.”

Little Scream on the song and finding personal catharsis:

“Much of my new record Speed Queen touches on class, poverty, and politics. But there are a few exceptions, and all of these exceptions have one thing in common—they all reference painting. I guess painting is my “happy place,” and the thing that gave me a break from the other heavy subject matter. ‘Still Life’ is a song that grew out of a fragment Mike Feuerstack had started and shared with me. I had just been discussing that Manet painting Un bar aux Folies Bergère, and I finished writing the song with the unrequited longing that painting has always inspired in me.

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“Still Life” follows Speed Queen’s first single “Dear Leader” and its powerful, star-studded lyric video featuring cameos from The National, Arcade Fire, Superchunk, Holly Miranda, Leif Vollebekk, Mélissa Laveaux, and more. Speed Queen is available to pre-order today from Dine Alone Records on CD and Vinyl.


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On her third album, Little Scream offers us a reflection on class and poverty in America. Speed Queen began as bits of prose written while touring her last album across North America. The title, which alludes to the opiate crisis, actually refers to a washing machine. Little Scream says, “When you’re struggling, nothing says you’ve made it more than getting your own washing machine. Speed Queen is about the dream of making it, and feeling desperately close but missing it.”

The album is gently accusatory. She doesn’t let herself or any of her listeners off the hook. In “Privileged Child”, she reminds wealthy people who like to adopt the style of the poor and working class that “poverty’s a feeling money just can’t buy.” On “Dear Leader,” she reminds those opposing migration that “when the waters rise, it’s gonna be you, Miami,” warning them that when they’re needing help, “…you will ask your God, but he’ll be busy getting risen, and the rich will be too busy buying stock in private prisons—that’s where they’ll send you for talking about socialism.” The biting commentary served with a sense of humor softens its presentation but doesn’t detract from its power. This is a theme throughout Speed Queen, where humor and warm heartedness prevail despite some of the darker subjects touched upon. 

Montreal-based songwriter and guitarist Laurel Sprengelmeyer has been playing music under the moniker Little Scream since 2008. In 2011, she released The Golden Record, which Pitchfork dubbed “a stellar debut” and NPR called “an absolutely captivating record.” It was included in NPR’s Best Albums of 2011 list, and the New York Times evoked its “hints of the divine,” including Little Scream as one of the best new acts to follow at SXSW. Her second album Cult Following, which features guests including Sufjan Stevens, Mary Margaret O’Hara, and Sharon Van Etten, earned Little Scream new band of the week status from The Guardian and received five stars from Bust Magazine. Cult Following included the catchy Prince-inspired single “Love As A Weapon” which, according to the liner notes, she and her sister hoped would buy their mom, a cleaning woman in Illinois, “unlimited gift certificates to the Red Lobster.”

Since the release of Cult Following, Little Scream has stayed busy as a member of Richard Reed Parry’s Quiet River of Dust, touring with and co-writing songs from the albums Vol. 1: This Side of the River and Vol. 2: That Side of the River. A natural collaborator, she has appeared as a vocalist and/or guitarist on recordings for The National, The Barr Brothers, Will Butler, and Saltland, among others. She has appeared on two Red Hot compilations as well as charity singles to benefit the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Standing Rock. 

Speed Queen release shows will be announced shortly. 

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SPEED QUEEN TRACKLIST
01 Dear Leader
02 One Lost Time
03 Switchblade
04 Disco Ball
05 Still Life
06 Forces Of Spring
07 No More Saturday Night
08 Speed Queen
09 Don’t Wait For It
10 Privileged Child

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RIVER TIBER EMBRACES THE UNKNOWN IN NEW SINGLE, “NEVADA”

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"Narrowing the gap in the soul spectrum between Jodeci and Flying Lotus." – RBMA

“Sultry alt-R&B that falls somewhere between Jeff Buckley and Justin Timberlake.” - COMPLEX

“Toronto’s most valuable collaborator.” - FADER

“One of the best representations of a regional vernacular that keeps getting more and more interesting.” - PITCHFORK

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Today, River Tiber, the Toronto vocalist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist also known as Tommy Paxton-Beesley, shares the new single “Nevada”, a song about “embracing the unknown, leaning into the feeling of being lost, finding love in the most unlikely of places,” says River Tiber. “The chords and melody came to me suddenly. I was listening to a lot of Marvin Gaye like always.”

LISTEN AND SHARE “NEVADA” HERE

“Nevada” follows the release of “Taurus”, arguably River Tiber’s most serene work yet, and last year’s subdued but tension-laden single “Deep End”, both acting as mile markers on the road toward his sophomore full length, anticipated later this year.

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Like “Taurus”, “Nevada” continues River Tiber’s tradition of crafting nearly every element of the music himself - writing, recording, producing, as well as performing vocals, guitar, bass, synth, piano, and violin. His range of talents has kept him at the core of a group of collaborators that includes Daniel Caesar, BADBADNOTGOOD, Charlotte Day Wilson and producer Frank Dukes. Through extensive work with Dukes and others, River Tiber has appeared via feature or sample on releases by Travis Scott, SZA, Mac Miller, Usher, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Post Malone, Jhene Aiko, Ty Dolla $ign, Kaytranada, BadBadNotGood, and many more. 

BUY / STREAM “DEEP END” HERE

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