One man band/electronic live act/freak of nature Running Touch steps foot for the first time in North America this March; a month that will see him hit the road for several dates in Austin for SXSW, NYC and Los Angeles in support of his first US-single “Lovely” & EP ‘A Body Slow’ release via Casablanca/Republic (UMG).
Dubbed by Triple J as “RUFUS x DISCLOSURE x ZHU x CHET FAKERs talented and quirky love child” – Running Touch is the mysterious artist from Melbourne has grown to become one of the most esteemed new acts to hit the Australian – and now global – dance music circuit in recent times. An ‘artist’ in every sense of the word, more than just a producer alone, Running Touch curates his own music, art, video, lyrics and everything in between – having the ability to master every instrument he picks up as well as designing concepts surrounding each song. Listening to his songs you’ll notice the depth in his lyrics that stems from a long history of writing poems, stories and songs – every Running Touch song plays a respective part in a novel being created by the artist himself.
To recap a phenomenal 2016 – with his debut releases and unparalleled live show winning the hearts of people around the world – Running Touch has released a self-curated mini-documentary, encapsulating his life as not only a musician, but as an artist in every sense of the word. Featuring the debut of his forthcoming single, “Lovely,” the film, created, curated, narrated and produced by Running Touch himself falls as just another project that proves as testament to the 22 year old’s incredible artistic abilities, in addition to acting as a studio member for one of Australia’s top hardcore bands ‘Ocean Grove’, writing his own music and lyrics, designing his own artwork, producing and directing his own music videos and developing a hoard of intricate stories and deeper meanings to every single little thing he projects into to the world.
Having only been on the scene for just under two years, Running Touch has gained the praise and support of some of the industry’s most notable names for being one of the most innovative and talented acts – selling out multiple headline shows across Australia, being booked on main stages for nearly every major festival in the country and being personally asked to support artists such as ZHU, SAFIA and Miami Horror to name a few.
To add to his long list of achievements, Running Touch has been named as the artist to watch for 2016 [inthemix], came in as one of the 50 most played acts on Triple J (receiving praise for all releases and 5 stars for his tune ‘This Is Just To Say’), dubbed as ‘The Best Kept Secret in Australian Dance Music’ by Buzzfeed and had his breakout track ‘What’s Best For You’ listed as one of the Top 100 Tracks of 2015 by inthemix. At the end of the past year Running Touch was voted by industry as Runner Up ‘Best Emerging Act’ at 2016 inthemix awards in December.
With upcoming shows in North America and a brand new single and EP to come – this may be the first, but certainly not the last time you hear about Running Touch. be on the lookout for North American live dates
Enter “Hell Motel” if you dare. Black Tiger Sex Machine construct a savage labyrinth of gritty basses and dark atmospheres in this alarming anthem. The trio’s thrilling apocalyptic identity has never been more refinely expressed than with “Hell Motel.” It’s more than a song, it’s the tale of a place where the creatures of the night converge to rage away.
Black Tiger Sex Machine are currently on tour with label mates Dabin & Kai Wachi. Fans who are looking to rage with the KanniFam still have their chance for the remaining of the Music Is Our Religion Tour.
With support flooding in from A-List tastemakers including Tiesto and Ummet Ozcan, and releases on legendary imprints including Sony BMG, it is safe to say that high-flying Italian Mr. Saccardo has quickly become one of his native country’s most exciting and promising new artists – in such a short space of time he has already reached heights that takes many others years to accomplish.
After the success of his previous releases ‘Put Your Hands Up’ and ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, a collaboration with House music legend Yuga aka TradeLove, on Kaisen Records, Mr. Saccardo returns to the label for his latest instalment named ‘Pretty Fly’, a banging House take on The Offspring’s hit. Full of driving beats, groovy basslines and energetic vibes, ‘Pretty Fly’ is out now via Kaisen Records and is set to see Mr. Saccardo’s rise to the top of the Dance music ladder continue at rapid pace.
London via Berlin alternative electronic post-punk duo, Lea Porcelain, unleash a new video for their forthcoming single, ‘Bones’. “We’ve tried to create a surreal world, somewhat paradise and somehow afterlife, wherein loneliness creates a desire for a different world,” Lea Porcelain explain. “The mirror symbolizes communication between the two worlds that don’t need no language nor words but rather signs of light that symbolize hope and a familiar feeling in a world that seems a bit lost and so otherworldly sometimes.”
The band also mark their return with details of a new track ‘Bones’ and a series of residency shows across London, Berlin, Paris and Hamburg.
Summer 2016; Julien Bracht and Markus Nikolaus unleash their genre bending debut EP, ‘Out Is In’, bringing them to the attention of more than a handful of parties, securing numerous track of the week accolades along the way. The band’s brooding single ‘Warsaw’ had Stereogum hailing Lea Porcelain as “quixotic as a lucid dream”.
No less ambitious than it’s predecessor, ‘Bones’ rolls in at four and a half minutes, unmasking a post-punk lineage conversing head on with more recent like-minded musical contemporaries. The band explain, “This song is a human confession facing the fact that we cant shake off who we are, who our family is (‘Bones’) or denying where we come from, where we go to and who we fall in love with. No matter if healthy or destructive, no one is born or falls in love by choice.”
Written in Berlin, the band now base themselves in the FUNKHAUS, a Berlin broadcasting house created under Soviet supervision that now houses the world’s biggest recording studio – even bigger than Abbey Road’s Studio 1. “Julien recorded drums in Frankfurt and travelled all the way to Berlin where I was staying,” Markus recalls. “Recording it was very intense but a lot of fun. We just imagined a big crowd of people standing in front of us that we would sing to. We wrote two songs that night and I was a bit out of my mind and we couldn’t quite realise what we had just created.” He goes on to add, “I was about to lose my home and my girlfriend that night but it was worth it in the end as this became one of our strongest and most loved tracks of the record.”
‘Bones’, a fervent salvo of stark, euphoric greatness that sees Lea Porcelain continue their foray forwards heralding the arrival of their debut album in the summer of 2017.
‘Bones’ will be available digitally via all reputable outlets through Lea Porcelain Recordings.
Live shows (more to be confirmed):
Feb. 12th – Berlin – Auster Club
Feb. 14th – Hamburg – Übel & Gefährlich
Feb. 15th – London – Electrowerkz
Feb. 17th – Paris – Maison Sage