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ODESZA

ODESZA began their meteoric journey in 2012 when Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight met and began making music together at Western Washington University.  Those early collaborations would evolve to become ‘Summer’s Gone’, an album they completed near the end of their tenure at Western.

It was followed by 2014’s ‘In Return’, which debuted at the top of Billboard’s Dance/Electronic charts and featured platinum single “Say My Name.” ‘A Moment Apart’, released in 2017, received two Grammy nominations, and more importantly, marked the next step in the evolution of the production duo.

In the course of that five-year span, they’ve gone from ground zero to selling out large arenas, all without the benefit of mainstream press or radio airplay. They’ve built their appeal through word of mouth and streaming, plus a unique live presentation featuring an 11-piece ensemble that includes a horn section and a marching-band drumline.

‘A Moment Apart’ moves into expanded sonic and psychic territory, seamlessly balancing organic and layered synthetic sounds, creating a dreamy, often stirring hybrid that owes as much to Motown and ’60s surf music as it does to electronic forebears such as Four Tet, M83, Gorillaz and Bonobo.

But it’s not just the duo’s uncanny technical acumen at manipulating sounds that has landed ODESZA in the upper stratum of electronic music. Their immense impact stems from the emotions they elicit from their captured and constructed sounds: the powerful synths, the dynamic chord progressions that open into sweeping cinematic soundscapes and shimmering sonics, punctuated by ecstatic, thumping percussion.

Mills and Knight have always been leaders in the revolution of indie electronic music, encompassing a wider, more melodic musical palette and incorporating their own instrumental expertise – Harrison and Clay play piano, and Clay also plays guitar. On ‘A Moment Apart’ they take their eclecticism one step further, using a stellar range of singers, including Regina Spektor, Leon Bridges, and RY X.

Also prominent is the exquisite symmetry they’re able to fashion through an unexpected harmony of diverse parts.

“I think our greatest strength is in blending genres,” says Mills, “be it soul, folk, film scores or electronic…I also think we’re really good at finding sounds that shouldn’t work together and making them fit. I like taking a voice or maybe an instrument, chopping them up into small pieces until they’re almost unrecognizable, and mostly incoherent, and then layering them over each other to create a unique tone and sound. It allows us to take pieces from many different styles of music and meld them together to create something that is our own.”

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RÜFÜS DU SOL

RÜFÜS DU SOL have emerged as one of the world’s preeminent live electronic acts. The
Australian three-piece, comprised of members Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt, have released two platinum-certified albums, ATLAS and Bloom, with their newly unveiled third album Solace ushering in a new chapter for the trio.

Accompanying the album, the trio have created a brand new live show which will push their
on-stage abilities to new levels. Bringing a host of new analog gear into the fold, as well as a
revamped visual setup, the new live show will bring the magical spontaneity of the group’s
studio process to the stage in unprecedented format.

RÜFÜS DU SOL’s ‘Solace’ tour begins in North America on October 24, culminating with a
three-night run in New York City from November 23-25.

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RL GRIME

RL Grime is a distinct voice in a sea of monotony. He has found a way to conquer the electronic space without compromising his identity, and therefor evokes an unrelenting independence in a world where independence is the utmost rarity. His live show has been celebrated as “an unparalleled force” and has graced the biggest festival stages across the world (Coachella – LA, Lollapalooza – Buenos Aires, STORM – Shanghai etc).

With only 1 album out, over 100 million plays on his songs, rave reviews and magazine covers, he has quickly become the darling of the dance world. And at 25 years old, with his next LP on the way, he is on the verge of becoming a household name.

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ALISON WONDERLAND

Rise and shine, Alison Wonderland is back with her brand new album, Awake. A mix of digital-pop and incendiary beats, her second album sees the Sydney-born, L.A.-based singer, producer and DJ blaze new territory -sonically, vocally, emotionally. Honed by years of playing headline shows and festival slots (Coachella, EDC, Lollapalooza), it comes as both a natural evolution from her 2015 debut Run and an exhilarating step forward.

As a classically trained cellist in the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Alison made her transition into the dance world in 2009. Learning to DJ and produce, she gained popularity for her night club sets and remixes in the Australian dance scene. In 2015, Alison Wonderland released her debut album, Run, which went gold in Australia and launched her international career along with her U.S. live debut at Coachella. 2017 saw Alison crowned ‘Best New Artist’ at the inaugural Electronic Music Awards and her remix of Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” went #1 on the Billboard Dance charts. 2018 aims to be her biggest yet, as she returns to Coachella the highest billed female DJ in the history of the festival and releases her anticipated sophomore album, Awake.

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BOB MOSES

Bob Moses, the Vancouver-bred duo consisting of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance, came to life in the Brooklyn underground scene in 2012.  Early single releases on taste-making electronic label Scissor & Thread led to signing with Domino and the late 2015 release of their debut album Days Gone By.

Meshing guitar licks, a moody smolder and a dash of dance-floor ambience with lyrical depth and classic songwriting, the duo created a sound that appeals equally to club goers and rock music fans.  Translating their sound seamlessly to the live performance realm, years of nonstop global touring – including appearances at every major festival from Glastonbury and Coachella, to EDC, Lollapalooza and beyond – cemented the duo’s reputation as a must see live act.  A standout performance on The Ellen Show, a pair of nominations at both the Junos and the Grammys (and a Grammy win), and a top 15 US Alternative radio hit with “Tearing Me Up,” have further sealed the band’s burgeoning mainstream success.

May 2018 saw the announcement of a headline US tour and the release of track “Heaven Only Knows,” which was quickly followed by news of the duo’s second full length album Battle Lines and first single “Back Down.”

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JAI WOLF

Sajeeb Saha, aka Jai Wolf, is a New York based Indie-Eletronica artist who rose to prominence in late 2014 when Skrillex signed a bootleg remix of his song “Ease My Mind” and released it through his OWSLA record label.

Shortly after, Saha released his first original track, Indian Summer, with ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective. The song would receive global acclaim and was used in campaigns for companies such as Google, GoPro, IZZE and more, along with being certified Gold in Australia.

In 2016, Jai Wolf signed to indie record label Mom + Pop and released his debut EP, Kindred Spirits, which went #1 on iTunes Electronic Charts. He followed with his Kindred Spirits Headlining North America Tour, which went on to sell over 30,000 tickets in the following two years.

His next single “Starlight” would become a sleeper hit – being licensed by Marvel, Hulu and Netflix, as well as topping international iTunes Charts and gaining over 25 million streams across all services.

“Lost” released in August 2018, starting a new chapter for Jai Wolf, with more music and exciting news on the way soon.

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TOKiMONSTA

As TOKiMONSTA, California producer Jennifer Lee’s charted a fascinating career over the past seven years, and Lune Rouge is her exhilarating next step. The third proper long-player from TOKiMONSTA is both a logical progression of her sound and a surprising left turn from an artist that rarely ceases to surprise. A smoky, patient, and altogether lovely collection, Lune Rouge mixes modern sensibilities with old-school sounds to make for a heady brew of moonlit music.

Lune Rouge is the culmination of all the experiences I’ve encountered so far,” Lee explains the album’s genesis, which she started work on in late 2015 before being diagnosed with a rare neurovascular condition called Moyamoya.
A year later, after two major brain surgeries and extensive rehabilitation, Lune Rouge was finished. “During its creation, I faced some of the most difficult and uplifting moments of my life. Seeing myself at the edge of my own mortality and how I chose to move past is a story told in this album.”

Lee’s work as TOKiMONSTA gained widespread recognition from the very start: her 2010 debut album, Midnight Menu, saw release on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint and cemented her reputation as a formidable presence of the then-emerging West Coast beat scene. 2011’s Brainfeeder release Creature Dreams EP expanded on Midnight Menu’s palette with successful forays into vocal-led cuts thanks to the presence of regular collaborator Gavin Turek; the 2013 LP and Ultra Music debut Half Shadows found Lee exploring darker shades of her sound with guests such as Kool Keith and MNDR in tow.

Following Half Shadows’ release, Lee collaborated with artists like Jessie Ware, Anderson .Paak, and Kelly Rowland, while also putting out several records on her own Young Art Records imprint that served as practical blueprints for the dusky environs of Lune Rouge. Mini-albums Desiderium from 2014 and last year’s FOVERE elegantly deployed
pitch-shifted vocal samples to add new textures to the TOKiMONSTA sound, and in 2015 she added her capable touch to Turek’s own mini-album, You’re Invited. All these roads lead to Lune Rouge, a lush work that stands as the summation of what she’s been cooking up since Half Shadows.

TOKiMONSTA’s sound has always kept one foot in the pop stratosphere, but Lune Rouge finds her diving in with glee. Her effervescent beats serve as the perfect framework for these gorgeous songs: Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna weaves in and out of water-droplet tones and a stuttering chipmunk’d sample on lead single “Don’t Call Me.”
“I’m super grateful to have created a song with Yuna,” Lee gushes. “I was a fan of hers for a while, so I have to shout out the world wide web for allowing two people on different continents the ability to create together. The message of the track is really more than unwanted phone calls, but the idea of people deciding to show up only when they need
you.”
Elsewhere, the MNDR-featuring “We Love” serves up perfect summer vibes with aquatic synth stabs and an instantly infectious chorus. Featuring a searing vocal take from Selah Sue, “I Wish I Could” fuses the clean-sounding classicism of contemporaries like Rhye with a buzzing throb that embodies the modern cool of contemporary R&B—and “No Way,” with features from Isaiah Rashad, Joey Purrp, and Ambre, sounds lovingly ripped from the dusty glory days of 90s hip-hop. “I chose the title Lune Rouge, which translates to ‘red moon’, because I think people perceive it to hold ominous weight,” Lee explains her thinking behind the album’s title. “However, a red moon is rare and pretty awesome event from a scientific perspective and, to me, means significant change.” And Lune Rouge is the latest change in her prismatic career—a testament to the healing powers of art in the face of insurmountable difficulty.

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MOUNT KIMBIE (DJ SET)

Love What Survives is the third studio album from Mount Kimbie. As the title suggests the record is the product of three years of intense creative development, continually honed by the duo writing and rewriting their ideas to form something wholly idiosyncratic and personal. It brings together the voices of their close friends and collaborators James Blake, Micachu and King Krule, within the immersive atmosphere of a Mount Kimbie album. When performing live the band have added Andrea Balancy on vocals and keys and Marc Pell of Micachu & The Shapes on drums, creating a bigger, fuller live experience than ever before.

Their continual forward motion has positioned them as one of the UK’s most progressive and respected artists. Their central role in the birthing of the so-called “post-dubstep” sound initially inspired a generation of electronic producers around the turn of the decade and has more recently crossed over to some of the biggest US artists. Their Crooks & Lovers standout ‘Adriatic’ found new life in Chance the Rapper and Justin Bieber’s 2016 song ‘Juke Jam’, while Dom worked with James Blake on production for multiple tracks on JAY-Z’s latest album, and Blake’s recently released ‘If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead.’

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KASBO

When Carl Garsbo landed in Gothenburg at the tail end of 2015, the Swedish producer (better known as Kasbo) couldn’t sit still. “I felt inspired beyond words,” says Garsbo, riding high from a recent trek with his Counter Records labelmates ODESZA and the promising one-two punch of the wildly expressive Umbrella Club EP and tear duct-tapping “World Away” track, he didn’t waste any time. He got right back in the studio.  

Garsbo fired up a few remixes first, including The Temper Trap (“Fall Together”), Big Gigantic (“Little Things”), and Mutemath (“Monument”). Once those palate cleansers set the scene for the next Kasbo record, a series of digital singles began to slip out, including the synth-laced balladry of “Found You,” the neon-lit high notes of “Lay It On Me,” and the steady build of “Bleed It Out” rounded out by the robust singer/songwriter skills of Linnea Södahl.

Out now through ODESZA’s own Foreign Family Collective and Counter Records, “Places We Don’t Know” is the debut LP Garsbo’s merely hinted at for the past four years. From its minimalist cover to its flurry of endorphin-flooding melodies, the record is a widescreen example of how buoyant house beats can make you dance and cry. “Places We Don’t Know” has already garnered more than 40 million collective streams and has seen tremendous support from Spotify and Apple Music. His album records have received 38 inclusions to Spotify New Music Friday playlists and 170+ additions to Best of the Week on Apple Music. Kasbo has been featured as the cover of massive playlists such as mint & Chill Tracks, and was recently included in Billboard Dance’s One to Watch.

Garsbo isn’t letting the story end with these songs, either. The producer has been applying his vision to an ambitious live show, including packed performances at Coachella and Hangout Music Festival that delivered on the promise of Kasbo’s previous appearances (Okeechobee, Snowglobe, CRSSD). Kasbo embarked on first headline tour in North America in the spring, selling out every show. Kasbo supported labelmates ODESZA for a string of dates and now joins them for a sold out night at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Kasbo is confirmed for major festival appearances including Electric Forest Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival, and Splendour in the Grass and heading out on his largest tour to date in the fall hitting 24 cities around America.

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GOLDEN FEATURES

Sydney dance music producer Tom Stell chose the artist name Golden Features in 2014, around the same time he started to DJ and play live sets wearing a gilded mask.
For Stell, anonymity was a means of deflecting attention from himself and having his art appreciated for art’s sake, values that were instilled in him as a teenage graffiti artist.
Ironically, the mask has only attracted more interest in the mystery man behind it, but there’s no doubt that Stell’s music has spoken for itself, and loudly.

His self-titled EP in 2014 landed him extensive airplay on youth radio kingpin Triple J; his follow up EPs XXIV and Wolfie/Funeral, in 2015 and 2016 respectively, saw him sell out his Australian headline tour in 2015 and rack up appearances at Falls Festival, Splendour In The Grass and Field Day. His long-awaited debut LP, SECT, delivers on the promise of his earlier releases. It’s the work of a perfectionist, who took a year off touring to concentrate on the album. “I was in that same space, a 3-metre by 3-metre studio, every day,” says Stell. “I had a hard time switching off at family functions and stuff. I’m always thinking about music.”

A former underground hip-hop head, he was introduced to electronic music at a Future Music Festival headlined by Chemical Brothers and Boys Noize. “It set the whole thing in motion and I got hooked,” says Stell. He bought some equipment and dabbled in “hyper-aggressive dubstep” and big-room EDM, but a visit to Miami left him disillusioned with the scene that had initially seduced him.

He turned instead to some of the biggest names in electronic music of the past twenty years – Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers and Justice, to name a few –to take notes from the masters, influences that inform his rich, assured work as Golden Features, with his own modern, distinctive flourishes.

While making SECT, Stell was listening to everything from Joy Division and New Order to Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana and “a lot of that 2007 era Ed Banger stuff”. His travels inspired him too, particularly a trip to The Louvre museum in Paris, where “a lot of the art is really extravagant and over the top,” he says. “I like the idea of going too far with melody or sound or arrangements.”

A sect describes a group of people with radically different beliefs to those of wider society. It makes sense that Stell, who says he’s always felt “detached and alienated a bit”, would choose SECT as the name for his album.
“I’ve always liked the idea of people being able to come together under the grounds of feeling alienated elsewhere,” he says.

As Stell launches the album with his biggest national headline tour to date, expect his growing sect of followers is set to reach great new heights. One of Australia’s most exciting young talents has just delivered his best work yet– and he’s just getting started.

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EVAN GIIA

Brooklyn based artist, EVAN GIIA has established herself as one of the Ones to Watch, entering into music as a classically trained opera singer her voice adds a unique touch to her alt-pop sound. Amassing millions of streams and BBC Radio 1 single of the week with her first release, “Heat of the Moment” followed by #1 on HypeMachine with, “WESTWORLD” released by ODESZA’S Foreign Family Collective.  EVAN GIIA is pushing boundaries, as an independent artist who creatively has self-directed her music videos including her latest single, “I DON’T LIKE UR FRIENDS.” EVAN GIIA is set to tour this fall as support for ODESZA: 2018 A Moment Apart arena tour with new music to come, as she continues to rejuvenate pop with her relatable hooks.

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PLUKO

With merely 2 years of activity, pluko has gone from bedroom producer to main stage act. Hailing from the small town of Hollidaysburg, PA, Sam Martinsen has racked up over 50 million plays across platforms while securing slots doing live sets at major festivals throughout North America. His bass-filled tracks and intricate weaving of each and every record provide a sound you would hear from veterans of the industry, not typically from a 17-year-old. Producing from his home studio, pluko is bringing about a whole new and exciting vibe to the ever-growing electronic scene. Influenced by the likes of ODESZA, Porter Robinson, and Tourist, it is without a doubt that pluko is the next name up in the industry.

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