Llorca announces new album ‘The Garden’ + video for new single ‘You’

The ‘French Touch’ excited listeners in the late Nineties and early Noughties. Combining influences from Soul, Jazz, Latin and African music with chic electronics, artists such as St. Germain, Laurent Garnier, Daft Punk and Llorca delivered deep sounding delights to discerning audiences in clubs and at parties all over the world.

Llorca (christened Lludovic Llorca and also known as Art of Tones) is now stepping back into the scene with a new album entitled ‘The Garden’ and a decidedly different sound. Excellent songwriting and production is underpinned with gritty grooves displaying mature Funk overtones, topped off with guest appearances from a host of superb singers. Some are well known, including Georg Levin of Berlin based Sonar Kollektiv, Parisian Soul queen Laetitia Dana, plus the New York pairing of Drum’n’Bass/House vocalist Frank H. Carter III and R&B/Soul artist Halley Hiatt, while a host of newcomers include Mawogani Wood, Stefan Frank, Sapele and Michael Barthelemy. Each help to seed ‘The Garden’ and make it a melodic treasure trove that grows with each listen, blooming from great songs into future classics – this is surely Llorca’s best music to date.

Having made his home in the deep south of France, close to the Spanish border and far away from the hustle and bustle of Paris, Llorca has directed his artistic career according to the paths he has taken in his personal life. The internationally renowned DJ, producer and songwriter built a studio in Perpignan that has become his sacred place to make music the way he always wanted to – a soundscape incorporating his many musical passions from Soul to Funk to Electronica to Deep House. Following the success of ‘Newcomer’ in 2001 (released on the legendary F Communications label (Mr.Oizo, Laurent Garnier, Saint-Germain, etc), he embarked on four years of touring with his band, which included playing some of the biggest music festivals in the world.

Taking a step back from the limelight and into the clubs with his Electro alter-ego Art of Tones, this self-taught lover of Disco and Soul music of the 70’s who at 14 was making his first foray into music on a Commodore 64, dedicated an incredible fifteen years to making this second album. A record to simultaneously move the feet and engage the mind, the ten songs that made it onto ‘The Garden’ certainly show off the artistic maturity and relevance of the musical mastermind behind them.

Leaving the world of lounge Jazz and sensory House music of his first album behind, ‘The Garden’ dazzles the listener with the purity of its songwriting, the deep thought behind its lyrics, the elegance of its string arrangements and the Funk mastery of its basslines. The album also charms via the ease with which each guest singer becomes one with the music, becoming increasingly addictive with each listen and revealing a wide range of emotions – from the joyful ‘You’ and ‘All We Ever Have’ to the sensuous ‘Addiction Days’, ‘Wonder Why’, ‘All Right’ and beyond. The whole is most certainly larger than the sum of its parts, intertwining and combining into one mindblowing, breathtaking suite. Welcome to Chapter 2 of Llorca’s musical story….welcome to ‘The Garden’.

LLORCA – BIOGRAPHY
Ludovic Llorca is a musician who spent his youth in the north of France, learning how to make music with computers (Commodore 64 and Amiga). After releasing a couple of techno / house 12 inch singles on small labels, he signed an artist contract (as Llorca) in 1997 with the domestic record company F Communications, releasing three EP’s followed by the album ‘Newcomer’. Released in 2001, it sold 200,000 copies and its huge success led to him touring the world for the next four years with his band and guest singers, performing in prestigious venues and at well known festivals such Montreux, Nice, Vienne, Den Haag and Les Vieilles Charrues.

After releasing a multi-genre mix compilation (‘My Playlist’) for Wagram Records in 2005, Ludovic began focusing on remix work for labels such as 2020Vision, Freerange, Compost Black, Brique Rouge, Music Man and Chez Records. His efforts were rewarded with critical acclaim and appearances on noteworthy compilations (eg. Fabric 33). Contacted by French DJ and producer Claude Monnet to join his Back To Fundamentals compilation stable, Ludovic released the track ‘Insatiable’ (featuring singer Tanya Michelle) under the pseudonym Miamik. He also began composing for TV commercials and websites, working with brands such as Chanel, Guerlain, Hennessy, Boucheron and Yves Saint-Laurent.

Ludovic’s most electronic and edgy project Art Of Tones ignited in 2006 with a series of EP’s for 2020Vision. Thanks to ‘Praise’ and ‘Call The Shots (featuring Jaw)’, AOT received immediate positive feedback from big-name DJ’s and license requests for a plethora of prestige compilations (Xpress 2 for NRK’s ‘Coast 2 Coast’, Francois K for Ministry Of Sound’s ‘Masterpiece’ series, the ‘Renaissance : The Masters’ series, and more). A little later, ‘The World As I Live It’ EP for the Hamburg-based label Room With A View received praise from DJ’s such as Atjazz and Jimpster, while the ensuing ‘Too Much’ was ranked among Resident Advisor’s ‘Most Played Tracks’ of 2011.

Further releases on the respected Local Talk and We Play House Recordings labels topped dance charts for months, while a new collaboration with Tanya Michelle was released on DFTD (a subsidiary of Defected) and AOT’s ‘Elephants’ and ‘Unstopped’ EP were issued on Fred Everything’s Lazy Days label. In 2015, AOT’s ‘The Rainbow Song’ was a massive House hit; with multiple playlists and club chart placings, it was Local Talk’s best selling title to date.

2016 saw Ludovic make a new EP for The House Of Disco Records label entitled ‘Devil The Difference’ (following the vinyl-only ‘Unlimited Love’), while he also remixed Mona Lazette for Toytonic.

The spring of 2017 will see the long awaited release of a second Llorca album on Membran Records. Entitled ‘The Garden’, it will be preceded by the singles ‘Waiting’ and ‘You’.

L.A.Ros announces ‘Sonada’

L.A.RoS a.k.a. Alain Crostelli is new to Jango Music. The guys behind the label are notorious for finding untapped talent from around the world, and Crostelli is certainly a special discovery.

Hailing from Rome, the Italian House producer released ‘What I Feel Above Me’ last year which reached the Top 40 on Beatport’s House charts. Alongside this production, he has also released ‘Bring the Funk Back’ in collaboration with fellow producer Leandro Da Silva. For a new producer on the House scene, he is already making big movements and establishing himself on the global scene. Entering the Beatport charts with one of your first releases would be a good achievement for anyone, but Crostelli continued working and garnered attention from Italy’s massively popular Cube Guys.

Alongside this continuing rise to fame, he has also maintained with his regular radio show Fatality Code, showcasing some of his favourite current music and featuring guest mixes from some of the worlds most talented up-and-coming DJs.

‘Sonada’ shows everything L.A.RoS is capable of. He effortlessly flows between evocative synth work and straight up dancefloor dirtiness. The production quality is beyond crisp, and there is an exciting feel to the entire song, almost indicative of what Crostelli’s future may look like. The addictive lead synth transcends the normal expectations of a House track and is positively brilliant.

Jango Music, the label behind this release have yet again chosen a great, forward thinking artist to represent. The label has a history of finding some high-quality production maestros and Crostelli could prove to be the pick of the bunch. The Soundcloud clip of the new single has already racked up thousands of streams and looks likely to present Crostelli with his second charting Beatport release to send him in to the summer festivals.

‘Sonada’ will be released on the 24th March 2017 so make sure you pencil the date into your diary!

Hot Chip take on Katy Perry’s ‘Chained To The Rhythm’

Gramatik feat. Kennedy Jones – Satoshi Nakamoto (Original Mix)

Flosstradamus & Mayhem – Back Again ft Waka Flocka Flame

k?d – Lose Myself feat. Phil Good

KSHMR turned Nero’s ‘Two Minds’ into a big room festival track

Sun City share music video for ‘Castaway (ft. Yeo)’ + release new five-track ‘Daytona EP’ 

Just last week, Australian summer-house duo Sun City revealed their brand new and very cool ‘Daytona EP’, and the boys are backing that up today with a Brett Hamilton directed music video for the ep’s very first single ‘Castaway’, which features the voice of Melbourne artist Yeo, and tells a tale of rebellion and of following dreams.
“The video was shot all the way over in London by our good friend Brett Hamilton who was also the mastermind behind our video clip for ‘High’ (Australian Independent Music Video of the Year 2013) – the original script was called ‘The Sushi Master’s Son’ and tells the story of our track ‘Castaway’ perfectly, as a story of rebellion and of following dreams.” – Sun City

Over the last few months, Perth duo Sun City have pleasured our ears with tracks off their upcoming ‘Daytona EP’, and this week we get the full body of work in all of it’s gloriousness.

You’ll have noticed this EP is the first album release from Sun City in a while, but Tobias John and Daniel Mackey have allowed this record to be a vessel to share what’s been happening while they’ve been in hibernation.

“We wrote this record on the verandah of a little inner-city weatherboard cottage, in between conversations between two best mates, sharing stories about some pretty challenging and equally awesome experiences that we’ve had so far.

The stories on this record talk about the subtle tectonic shifts that have happened in our lives moving from our mid 20’s to our late 20’s. All of a sudden, our decisions became influenced and often corrupted, by the pressures of life and the world outside.” – Sun City

We’ve already been treated to their previously released tracks ‘Castaway’ (featuring Melbourne artist Yeo), ‘Wake Up’ and ‘In My Skin Again’, but now we get to treat our ears with two all new unheard gems, ‘Daytona’ and ‘Always’.

The title track leads the charge with some wavy productions and catchy tropicana beats. It seems sufficient enough to think that becoming one’s Daytona Girl conjures up nostalgic imagery of the Timezone racing car game, but in this case, it really is about that one girl who completely entrances you.

The final track from the record ’Always’ is one of those brooding tracks about the ups and downs of a long-distance relationship that really allow the lyrics to shine through.

“The track is pretty chilled and driven by the bass line in the verses. We really tried to control the vocals and use them as emotively as possible, something we’ve never experimented with before. In the choruses, the synths really open up and drive the energy of the track, which kind of takes us back to our roots a little.” – Sun City

This EP is a mature evolution of the same upbeat, sunshine-ridden, costal-vibe electronica that Sun City has always made. Really, it is just in time for the end of summer.

The ‘Daytona EP’ is now available via Spotify & iTunes, plus Sydney & Perth fans will get to see the boys doing their thing live in early April as they hit the road for the ‘Daytona EP Tour’.

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ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 TO STREAM LIVE ON YOUTUBE VIA UMFTV

[Miami, Florida – March 20, 2017] ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL, the world’s premier electronic music event, reveals its ULTRA LIVE broadcast for this year, presented by UMFTV and sponsored by Paramount Pictures’ and DreamWorks Pictures’ ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and Guitar Center. ULTRA LIVE will live stream for a total of 26 hours on YouTube via UMFTV across 4 different stages from March 24-26. Catch the official trailer starring Afrojack below, and head to youtube.com/umftv and ultramusicfestival.com each day to watch the live stream.

With over 650 million live stream and recorded set views from Ultra Music Festival Miami since 2013, last year’s Ultra broadcast attracted millions of viewers from 152 countries around the globe, proving a landmark in electronic music broadcasting history. This year, UMFTV expects to surpass last year’s reach, with an array of planned celebrity guest DJ hosts, special guest surprises, in-studio features and streaming from the UMF Radio stage for very first time. Certain performances will also be made available to watch on YouTube at a subsequent date.

From 3pm to Midnight throughout the festival, ULTRA LIVE will once again broadcast from a studio at the heart of the festival grounds, encouraging fans at the festival to interact with host Andrea Helfrich along with new host, Will Best who’ll be joined by special guest presenters throughout the weekend.

Watch ULTRA LIVE at:
youtube.com/umftv
ultramusicfestival.com

Friday, March 24: 3pm – 12am
Saturday, March 25: 3pm – 12am
Sunday, March 26: 3pm – 11pm

In a revolutionary move for live electronic music broadcasting, Dutch superstar Hardwell‘s set will be live streamed in 360° for the first time ever. This will allow viewers around the world to fully immerse themselves in the Ultra experience, adding an ability to scroll panoramically around the stage, giving each viewer a unique and interactive experience.

The RESISTANCE Arcadia SPIDER Stage broadcast, powered by BE-AT.TV, will also be live streamed via YouTube at youtube.com/BeAtTvChannel and ultramusicfestival.com, with live sets confirmed from the best underground talent on the scene.

The Final Lineup for Ultra Music Festival is out now. Fans can see the lineup and set times by downloading the Official Ultra App on their phones, available for iOS and Android at www.ultramusicfestival.com/mobile-app

Ultra Music Festival takes place on March 24, 25 and 26, 2017, during Miami Music Week and is an 18+ event.

General Admission tickets have now SOLD OUT.

For further details and ticket information, head to ultramusicfestival.com

About ULTRA Worldwide™

ULTRA WORLDWIDE™ IS THE GLOBAL EDITION OF THE WORLD’S PREMIER ELECTRONIC MUSIC EVENT, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL®.

The ULTRA brand in relation to live events was founded in 1997 in Miami by Executive Producer, President & CEO, Russell Faibisch, who began by producing electronic music events which led to the inaugural Ultra Music Festival® in 1999 on the sands of Miami Beach.

The internationally renowned festival, which has taken place every March since its inception, celebrated its eighteenth anniversary on March 18-20, 2016 by bringing over 165,000 music enthusiasts to the sold out waterfront event in the heart of the City of Miami. Ultra Music Festival®, recently voted the world’s #1 Festival by DJ Mag, returns to Bayfront Park for its nineteenth annual edition on March 24-26, 2017.

Choosing to follow a unique and creative vision and a wholly organic growth focused on its true love for music, artists and fans alike, the ULTRA and ULTRA Worldwide™ brands represent not only the world’s biggest and most successful remaining INDEPENDENT electronic music festival brand, but also the most international festival brand in the world. Event organizers continue to transport the unrivaled experience from the Miami flagship festival to an ever-growing number of destinations and Ultranauts all over the globe.

Over the past eighteen years, thousands of the world’s most iconic DJs, producers and live acts have mesmerized audiences with awe-inspiring sets at ULTRA festivals in ARGENTINA, BALI, BRASIL, CHILE, CROATIA, IBIZA, JAPAN, KOREA, SOUTH AFRICA and of course MIAMI, as well as ROAD TO ULTRA® events in BOLIVIA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, JAPAN, KOREA, MACAU, PARAGUAY, PERU, THE PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO, SINGAPORE, TAIWAN, THAILAND and the USA. Each new global edition has been founded on the same successful recipe that has been perfected over eighteen years in Miami, combining the most diverse electronic talent with the most technologically advanced, large-scale festival productions in the world.

The ULTRA brands have pioneered the live stream experience with ‘ULTRA LIVE’ (bringing the festival online to over 20 million unique viewers globally) and the audio broadcasting platform ‘UMF RADIO’ (syndicated to FM Radio in over 62 countries and reaching more than 22 million listeners weekly). Also UMF FILMS’ collaboration with FINAL KID has seen some of the most visually breathtaking festival aftermovies in the music space, including a feature-length documentary exploring the explosion of dance music, entitled CAN U FEEL IT™, which was premiered on the red carpet at the Klipsch Amphitheater in Miami in 2012 and was exhibited in over 500 theaters across the Unites States.

2016 saw the ULTRA and ULTRA WORLDWIDE™ brands continue to push the boundaries even further, bringing an unparalleled combination of cutting edge productions and the world’s best electronic acts back to previous strongholds and new frontiers across the globe. With the SOLD-OUT edition of ULTRA Brasil® Rio de Janeiro on October 14-15, ULTRA Singapore™ having become a full scale two-day festival on September 10-11, RESISTANCE’s standalone South America Tour and ROAD TOULTRA®’s Hong Kong debut, the ULTRA brand has now united TWENTY COUNTRIES across FIVE CONTINENTS worldwide. In 2016 alone ULTRA WORLDWIDE™ produced TWENTY-SIX events spanning SEVENTEEN countries and FIVE continents.

Opus Concert Series presents BLACK ANGELS at House of Yes

House of Yes and Ensemble LPR invite guests to experience a performance of ‘Black Angels’ curated by Ricardo Romaneiro featuring electric string quartet, harp, clarinet and percussion paired with film, visuals and theatrics. With this performance, House of Yes launches their new immersive classical event series called Opus Concert Series in partnership with renowned composer Ricardo Romaneiro (artistic curator) and sound engineer Leo Leite (technical director). For Opus 1, the series breathes new life into George Crumb’s ‘Black Angels’ composition as the centering work performed by Ensemble LPR. ‘Black Angels’ draws from an arsenal of sounds including shouting, chanting, whistling, whispering, gongs, maracas, and crystal glasses. The composition takes the spectator on a haunting and mesmerizing voyage of the soul from ‘Departure’ (fall from grace), ‘Absence’ (spiritual annihilation) to ‘Return’ (redemption), accompanied with film noir projections by CHNNLS of Little Cinema.

The evening’s program pairs chants from Hildegard Von Bingen (‘Fauvis Distillans’) channeled by vocalist Daisy Press, and electro-acoustic art songs by Ricardo Romaneiro (‘Nocturnal Suite’) with words and vocals by Hannah Sumner featuring visuals by Christian Hannon alongside a performance by Vasko Dukovski. Closing the concert is a collaboration between composer Ricardo Romaneiro and sound engineer Leo Leite called ‘12 Volt Ghost’ featuring vocal angelic soundscapes to powerful syncopated rhythms and dissonant harmonies orchestrated for full ensemble. Special theatrical and stunning aerial performances produced and performed by House of Yes aerialists will accompany the evening’s musical offerings throughout the night.

Brazilian born Ricardo Romaneiro is a highly respected New York based composer with a Masters of Composition from The Juilliard School who seamlessly blends classical and electronic music intertwined with percussive South American beats. Aside from the LPR Ensemble, his music has also been commissioned and performed by the Museum of Modern Art’s Summergarden Series, Metropolis Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble, Colorado Ballet, the Sacramento Ballet, and more which has earned him the attention of The New York Times, Esquire Magazine and a live broadcast on NPR from the Prospect Park Bandshell as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn! summer concerts.

Performance Program:
• George Crumb’s ‘Black Angels’
• Hildegard Von Bingen ‘Chants for Saint Ursula’ (featuring Daisy Press)
• Ricardo Romaneiro Nocturnal Suite (featuring Hannah Sumner)
• Vasko Dukovski ‘Fall of Light’
• Ricardo Romaneiro and Leo Leite ‘12 Volt Ghost’

Wednesday April 12
Opus Concert Series presents BLACK ANGELS
Ensemble LPR
CHNNLS
Hildegard Von Bingen
Daisy Press
Ricardo Romaneiro
Leo Leite
Hannah Sumner
Vasko Dukovski

Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Tickets on Eventbrite | 21+
www.houseofyes.org