This coming Saturday, October 10 marks the District’s second annual Fall Classic hosted by All Things Go and they’ve got one fine lineup. Thus in lieu of our usual weekend Remix Roundup, we thought to do a preview of some of the notable artists that will be playing at the all-day festival at Union Market. The inaugural festival brought together the talents of Future Islands, Haerts, Tove Lo, and Young Summer and this year ATG has assembled another electric lineup with eminent producer Kygo headlining.
Listen to a remix from the Norwegian producer, along with some cuts from featured artists Chelsea Lankes, Penguin Prison, The Knocks, and Vampire Weekend‘s Baio below. Additional talents you’ll find at the fest are Powers, Tigertown, and DC’s own The Walking Sticks. The fest will also curate some of the city’s top culinary talents so round up your friends and get your tickets today, as they’ll go up 25% in price the day of the show.
For those unfamiliar, Communion is a label founded by artists — Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons fame, Kevin Jones from Bear’s Den, and producer Ian Grimble. One of the unique platforms they offer for new artists is called Communion Residency, in which they host a monthly, multi-genre showcase of local, national and international emerging talent. This September they’re expanding to 11 US markets, including a stop at DC’s Jammin Java. The lineup for the September 11 show includes Conrad Sewell, Freedom Fry and Clara-Nova. To encourage everyone in the area (or one of the other host cities) to support this innovative medium for music discovery, we’ve provided a mini-preview of what these respective artists have to offer below.
Conrad Sewell is a 25-year-old singer-songwriter and new talent who hails from Australia. Fans of music producer Kygo will recognize him as the voice of his single “Firestone,” co-written by Sewell. Check it out below.
Another talent currently making a name for themselves is French/American duo Freedom Fry, who were ranked in the “100 Emerging Artists from SXSW” list on Spotify and had a #1 single on The Hype Machine this past year. For a sample of their sound, stream “Break Into a Musical” below. According to bandmates Bruce and Marie, the track is about “someone looking back on a failed relationship and remembering how they used to sing silly songs together, and now that memory is fading out. It’s actually a sad song with a happy sounding chorus.” Nonetheless, most of their songs are fairly upbeat so don’t be too disheartened.
Last but not least, the artist we’re probably most excited about sharing from the lineup is CLARA-NOVA. The name and concept for LA songstress Sydney Wayser sprung from her subconscious, in the form of a dream. Clara-Nova is essentially a distillation of all the qualities Wayser wished to possess: “She’s the newer version of myself. She’s a hybrid between Athena, Joan of Arc and Aphrodite. She’s a power woman, but still really feminine.”
Wayser’s debut single, “An Island” is a sprightly treasure of a tune with a backing track that keeps you guessing. She also has an EP in the works which was produced in part by Shawn Everett (known for his work with Alabama Shakes, Weezer and Julian Casablancas). Drawing inspiration from a diverse array of sources such as deep sea dance parties, ancient Egyptian ritual and Martian folklore, the new EP is sure to be one to watch out for. Better yet, go see her perform the tracks live before her stardom usurps her stage persona.
Really excited to share the new single from Say Lou Lou in this week’s edition of Remix Roundup. The Swedish/Australian sister duo paired up with Norwegian producer Lindstrøm to create the nu-disco smash, “Games For Girls.” This addictive piece of electropop is the perfect way to get your night started and onto the dance floor. Look out for the single to be released October 13, as well as featured on Say Lou Lou’s debut album Lucid Dreaming, due out next year.
Next is the fresh Cut Copy edit from TJANI, an emerging producer from NYC who just signed to Sotto Voce records. TJANI takes the CC track “Meet Me In A House Of Love” and adds a deep house groove that will keep you movin’ through the night. Snag a free download of this one over on SoundCloud.
Lastly, take a listen to the Kygo remix of Kyla La Grange‘s “Cut Your Teeth.” The young Norwegian producer proves his worth with his shimmering tropical take of the toned down original. Stream the summery track below.