Featured Artist: Current Joys

Current Joys is the enigmatic solo project of Henderson, Nevada born songwriter Nicholas Rattigan. In addition to his two-piece band with Jacob Rubeck, Surf Curse, Rattigan has been releasing a prolific catalog of heart-wrenching no wave ballads via Bandcamp under a handful of names (including The Nicholas Project and Tele/visions), eventually choosing Current Joys as the permanent moniker, based on a song by folk-artist Liam the Younger of the same name.

In his most recent offering, Voyager, there’s plenty of easter eggs for the astute listener, but the sonic cinematic parallels are louder than the film references in these tracks. Songs that sound like the soundtrack to a film you’ve never seen, maybe because Rattigan’s lyricism makes you feel like the protagonist backed by sweeping strings. At other moments, the album is more raw and exposed, Rattigan’s delivery compellingly harried in the vein of Taking Back Sunday, with dynamic drums reminiscent of The National taking center stage on tracks like “Dancer in The Dark” and the quick-footed and anxious “Naked.”

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New Signings

Soundway Records: Soundway Records is a British-based independent record label founded and run by English DJ and music producer Miles Cleret. It started in 2002 with the release of a compilation of Ghanaian music from the 1970s: ''Ghana Sounds: Afrobeat, Funk & Fusion in '70s Ghana''. Since then the label has released a series of critically acclaimed compilation albums and re-issues of African, Caribbean, Latin and Asian music from the 1950s - 1980s. These include the best-selling compilation "Doing It In Lagos" (2016) and others such as Nigeria Special, Ghana Special & Kenya Special compilation albums that Cleret spent years bringing together. With these compilations alongside a string of highly sought-after rare reissue albums, the label has also began in 2012 to develop a series of original contemporary releases. These include releases from acts such as Batida, Ibibio Sound Machine, Debruit & Alsarah, Ondatropica, The Meridian Brothers, Bomba Estereo, Family Atlantica, Dexter Story, The Heliocentrics, Lord Echo and The Mauskovic Dance Band.
Amen Dunes: It’s safe to say that Damon McMahon, the singer/songwriter who records under the moniker Amen Dunes, had a breakout year in 2018. His critically acclaimed LP Freedom might have been four years in the making, but it obviously paid off. After years of releasing lo-fi albums to cult success, McMahon finally reached a broader audience and used his new album to connect emotionally, and spiritually, to the many new listeners. It seems odd to single out an album for its humanity—presumably that should be central to any album—but Freedom is a much more human record than most. 

Though the lyrics on his previous records contained an improvisational beauty, McMahon evolved into more of a raconteur on Freedom. It centers on the relinquishing of the self as he delivers cathartic personal stories about schoolboys, religion, toxic masculinity and his complicated relationship with his parents. Straddling between the abstract and autobiographical, McMahon doesn’t present himself as an earnest narrator or embark on aimless, metaphysical tangents. He wields stories with great care—holding his own feet to the fire and respecting the journeys of each of the characters. This album cycle saw McMahon gain notoriety—being profiled by publications like GQ, Spin and Stereogum, and receiving broad critical acclaim. Freedom is also his most sonically accessible album so far. His last LP—2014’s Love—has a warm, mythic beauty to its songs that was a
happy medium between his darker, earlier records like 2011’s Through Donkey Jaw and 2009’s DIA.
Surf Curse: Surf curse is Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck. They started the project back in 2012 in their basement in Reno, NV. Since then, the band has earned a cult following through the Los Angeles DIY scene and online forums. Their music expresses themes of young and romantic love through a cinematic lens of 80s and arthouse movies. Surf Curse could be the band that is playing your prom, if the prom queen was covered in pigs blood and killing every one inside. Nothing yet marks the bands first release in over 3 years and a return to form as an older and more mature group.
Current Joys: Current Joys is the enigmatic solo project of Henderson, Nevada born songwriter Nicholas Rattigan. In addition to his two-piece band with Jacob Rubeck, Surf Curse, Rattigan has been releasing a prolific catalog of heart-wrenching no wave ballads via Bandcamp under a handful of names (including The Nicholas Project and Tele/visions), eventually choosing Current Joys as the permanent moniker, based on a song by folk-artist Liam the Younger of the same name.

In his most recent offering, Voyager, there’s plenty of easter eggs for the astute listener, but the sonic cinematic parallels are louder than the film references in these tracks. Songs that sound like the soundtrack to a film you’ve never seen, maybe because Rattigan’s lyricism makes you feel like the protagonist backed by sweeping strings. At other moments, the album is more raw and exposed, Rattigan’s delivery compellingly harried in the vein of Taking Back Sunday, with dynamic drums reminiscent of The National taking center stage on tracks like “Dancer in The Dark” and the quick-footed and anxious “Naked.”
LP Giobbi: LP Giobbi is a producer-DJ-music director-synth warrior goddess born in Oregon and based in LA. When she’s not collaborating or touring with the likes of Sofi Tukker, Jax Jones, Hotel Garuda or Autograf, she’s co-founding burgeoning publishing companies and touring parties (Animal Talk Collective), heading up a thriving non-profit organization to address the lack of representation and equity in electronic music (FEMMEHOUSE), acting as North American Music Director for W Hotels, and running her namesake apparel business (GIOBBI).
Angelica Garcia: With Mexican and Salvadoran roots in the San Gabriel Valley, East of Los Angeles, Angelica Garcia has spent the last few years creating a new, second family for herself within the welcoming community of Richmond, VA. The bond is christened with the announcement of Garcia’s signing to Spacebomb Records and the release of her first two singles for the preeminent Richmond label: “It Don’t Hinder Me,” an anthem celebrating her roots that blends Wall of Sound pop and Southern rock, and “Karma The Knife,” a Reaggeaton-meets-dancehall earworm. “It Don’t Hinder Me” arrives alongside a new Spencer Ford-directed video filmed in the surrounding neighborhoods of Garcia’s family’s home in El Monte, California, featuring family photos and shots at local favorites like Tyler Market & Tacos El Arco.

Garcia explains, “‘It Don’t Hinder Me’ is a song about being proud of where I come from. I went to a magnet school that united different sectors of Los Angeles county, everything from Pasadena to West LA to El Monte & more inland. The school mixed kids from different backgrounds. Back then I often saw myself as not being cool like the kids of screenwriters and stars. This song rebukes the idea that you have to come from glamour or money to be cool. My ‘beautiful’ & ‘cool’ version of LA is the immigrant household of my grandparents.” Dig in here.
The Glitch Mob: The Glitch Mob – the Los Angeles-based trio comprising Justin Boreta, Ed Ma, and Joshua Mayer – continues their forward movement into 2019. Boreta, edIT, and Ooah came together around 2006, passing through various members until settling on this core trio of musicians. Together, they combined their different skills and aesthetics into the compellingly collaged whole that has become one of the most beloved live electronic acts, and distinctive recording artists, working today.
Fire Records: The turn of the millennium has seen Fire Records rise, phoenix like, under the watchful eyes and ears of A&R supremo James Nicholls and through a series of acclaimed reissues and new releases, revitalising the careers of indie royalty along the way, the label has a raft of new releases from the outer reaches of the sonic spectrum, combining the cosmic pop of Jane Weaver, Virginia Wing, Islet and Pictish Trail with the haunting ambience of Death And Vanilla and the uncategorizable mind-melting Vanishing Twin to become the industries leading Psychedelic Pop label.
POND: POND was formed in the midst of a 2010 Western Australia music boom fueled by a sudden uptick in government arts funding. The spread of wealth and good fortune, consciously or not, manifested itself locally by way of sunshine-psych. Fronted by Nick Allbrook with Jay Watson and Joe Ryan. Their rhythm section at any time was fairly ad-hoc; Kevin Parker was their drummer for a bit, while he launched his own project, known as Tame Impala. POND only went genuinely public with 2012’s ‘Beard. Wives. Denim’ - a pulsating psych-rock epic. Fast forward to their most recent album, Tasmania is the sister missive to their 2017 opus The Weather, released in early 2019. Tasmania is Pond’s dejected meditation on planetary discord, water, machismo, shame, blame and responsibility, love, blood and empire, all wrapped in luxurious, funky prog-pop, produced and mixed by Kevin Parker, and another essential installment in the always expanding Pond canon.
Beverly Glenn-Copeland: The diverse work of legendary singer, composer and transgender activist Beverly Glenn-Copeland has been gathering momentum in recent years thanks to a reissue of the extraordinary folk-jazz explorations of his debut self-titled album (1970) and the widespread discovery of his acclaimed masterpiece Keyboard Fantasies (1986); an ahead-of-it’s-time synth exploration which somehow combines the essence of new-age minimalism, early Detroit techno and the warmth of traditional songwriting. Throughout a fifty year recording career, Beverly Glenn-Copeland's music has defied categorization and genre, its only consistency being the extraordinary fusion of vision, technology, spirituality and place. After many years of absence from the concert stage, Glenn-Copeland has resumed performing with his new band, Indigo Rising, in Canada and Europe. With great joy and appreciation Glenn-Copeland acknowledges his deep connection with the younger generations that are now so enthusiastically embracing his music!
Scissor Sisters: A genre- and gender-defying mix of rock, pop, and dance inspired by burlesque, drag queens, and glam rock, New York's Scissor Sisters made a splash in late 2003/early 2004 with their neon-bright reimagining of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," the B-side to the band's first single, "Electrobix." The song made quite a name for the band, which featured singers Jake Shears and Ana Matronic, keyboardist/bassist Babydaddy, guitarists Del Marquis and Derek G, and drummer Paddy Boom. Scissor Sisters (whose name is slang for a lesbian sex act) came from the cutting edge of New York's nightlife and gay culture, incorporating elements of burlesque and drag shows, as well as performance art, into their theatrical live shows. After proving themselves one of the city's most dynamic live acts, Scissor Sisters won over British and European audiences on a tour early in 2004 that coincided with the release of their self-titled debut album. Fast forward to now, Scissor Sisters has put out 4 albums, working with artists by the likes of Pharrell Williams, Calvin Harris, and Elton John and earning themselves 10 accolades from 28 nominations in various awards ceremonies.
Carlos Niño: Carlos Gabriel Niño is an internationally celebrated producer, arranger, composer, musician, radio host, DJ, music consultant, writer, poet, and event organizer from Woodland Hills, California. Niño has been an important force in the contemporary independent music scene since 1995. A prolific artist, Niño has been involved in the production of more than 100 records and has toured with various bands and as a DJ throughout Europe, Japan and the United States.
Cross Record: Cross Record is the vehicle for the delicate, doomy compositions of songwriter and visual artist Emily Cross. Her recordings, including the 2016 full-length Wabi Sabi, generally feature minimal yet subtly experimental instrumentation, incorporating tape manipulation, woodwinds, and guitars along with Cross' wispy vocals, but at times they can erupt with distorted drums and swarming horns. As abstract as some of her arrangements may seem, there's a directness to her lyrics, and her songs are gently (and sometimes intensely) hypnotic.
Tommy Stinson: Bassist of The Replacements, front man/guitarist of Bash & Pop, and longtime member of Guns N’ Roses, Tommy Stinson is a definitive figure in rock that is still very much active to this day.
TR/ST: The dark electronic pop project of Toronto's Robert Alfons, TR/ST began in 2010 with immediate comparisons to the likes of Depeche Mode and Joy Division. Now based in LA, TR/ST's mix of sinuous synth pop and deep vocals highlights industrial and dream pop influences.
Beatrice: Beatrice is an artist that carries you deep into the textured soundscapes of her cinematic bass music. A vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and electronic producer from Melbourne, she has an artistic bipolarity and sophistication that weaves itself through every beat, bar and polyrhythm. Also acting as a co-founder of pop project Haiku Hands, Beatrice has supported acts such as Mark Pritchard, Lapalux, Jon Hopkins, and Eprom, and is the DJ for Australian rapper Joelistics.
Haiku Hands: Haiku Hands, the elusive crew of artists who’s in influence can be felt across live performance, visual art and production have exploded onto the scene with their irresistibly danceable single “Not About You”. The unapologetic Australian trio have quickly earned a fierce reputation for themselves from their formidable and rambunctious live performances that lead audience after audience into utter pandemonium.

Haiku Hands curate, perform and collaborate to form genre bending songs with influences from hip hop, pop, electronic, dance and disco; A tongue in cheek, rave-inspired introduction to the some of the country’s coolest creatives.
Betta Lemme: Betta Lemme is a Montreal-bred artist who dreams up personality-filled pop with opulent sense of melody, hook, and quirk. Betta first introduced the world to her outrageously magnetic breed of pop with “Bambola”—a three-song EP whose title track landed in heavy rotation after its release in Europe in late 2017, its video amassing over 46 million YouTube views. A trilingual artist of Italian descent, Betta Lemme sings in Italian, French, and English, often threading her vocals through a lavishly textured sound that echoes her eclectic obsessions: orchestral pop from the ’60s, dance music from the ’90s, David Bowie, Missy Elliott, Burt Bacharach.
Pottery: Hailing from across Canada and the UK, Montreal’s Pottery consists of core writers Austin Boylan and Jacob Shepansky, along with Peter Baylis, Paul Jacobs, and Tom Gould. Initially bonding over artists such as Orange Juice, Josef K and Devo, the band creates a sound that combines eclectic traces of post-punk, pop, and dance music, forming an unusual atmosphere that envelopes audiences. While often shrill and jarring, Pottery’s songs simultaneously engage listeners into a hypnotic state. It’s this dualism that binds them together, uncovering harmony within discord.
Broods: Vocalist Georgia Nott and her older multi-instrumentalist brother Caleb Nott are Broods, a cleverly and descriptively named electronic pop duo from Auckland, New Zealand.
Ocie Elliott: Ocie Elliott is musical duo Jon Middleton and Sierra Lundy from Victoria, B.C., Canada. The two met playing music at a festival on the small, wind-swept Salt Spring Island, where their love of music and the chemistry of their voices fostered an instant connection. Their unique blend of contemporary and indie folk music is influenced by artists such as Gillian Welch, Simon & Garfunkel and Angus and Julia Stone, and born of the natural landscape of Canada’s wild west coast.
Helena Deland: Helena Deland's sincere pop is poetic and undeniably magnetic. Melodically driven, Deland is equipped with clever word play, lush rock instrumentation, and a myriad of influences spanning anywhere from '60s Parisian pop to fuzz rock.
Cults: Cults made their name in black and white. A pair of film school dropouts who burst onto the New York scene with a perfect single and a darkly retro sound, the band’s first two albums play like noirish documentaries on a lost girl group. Four years after 'Static', Cults returned with 'Offering', an exciting collection of songs bursting with heart, confidence, shimmering melody and buzzing life. The time off has given the band new energy and new ideas–Cults are working in Technicolor now. Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, both 28, still live in New York. They still finish each other’s thoughts and still share a love black humor (this is a band that sampled cult leader Jim Jones on their first hit). But the pair have put some blood on the tracks since their breakout debut: they’ve toured the world, built a devoted audience, survived a breakup, grown up in green rooms, parted ways with their old label and made a home of their new one.
Lost Under Heaven: Lost Under Heaven is Ellery Roberts and Ebony Hoorn, the lovers of the title. Ellery's name might be familiar as the frontman of WU LYF, the incendiary Manchester four-piece whose rhetoric, imagery and solitary album described a new model for the untamed fury of youth. Ebony and Ellery met in the band's dying days in 2013. Ellery returned to Manchester from touring and met Ebony (visiting from Amsterdam) in the derelict squat that a group of Manchester based musicians shared. Invoking the primal and forceful; Ellery's raw, distinctive voice, untamed since his teenage days in WU LYF, is counterbalanced by Ebony's cool restraint. Meanwhile, the instrumentation ranges from lush grandeur to jarring stylization.
Ryan Hemsworth: Over the last five years, Ryan Hemsworth has established himself as a versatile figure in music. In the time between Elsewhere and Hemsworth's last solo release, 2014's Alone for the First Time, the 27-year-old artist has kept plenty busy, from putting out the Taking Flight EP along with the second volume in his Ryanpack mixtape series in 2015 to continuing to maintain his Secret Songs label. Hemsworth also hit the road last summer with R&B phenom Tinashe for her Joyride World Tour, and during a week off he took a detour to Atlanta in the interest of scheduling a few recording

The growth is more than evident. Featuring a coterie of guests—from up-and-coming Atlanta artists like YL Stunna and Yakki to rap heavyweights like 21 Savage and Bay Area legend, he's gained a reputation as an adept tastemaker with a golden ear for talent, and an inventive producer capable of switching styles at the drop of a record player needle. Those facets of his E-40— TKTK possesses an impressive level of polish while still retaining the unique melodicism and musicality that Hemsworth's come to be known for. From the blocky percussion and plucked strings of the sunny B La B and Kamo-featuring "Beep Beep," to the gorgeous descending tones running throughout the hard-hitting G Perico collaboration "Don't Fall in Love," Elsewhere is a perfect representation of an artist pushing themselves to new heights while still retaining their core sound.

Above all, Hemsworth wanted to use Elsewhere —which was initially conceived as a mixtape before Last Gang offered to release it as a proper album—as a way to put on some of the brightest new talents in hip-hop, once again embracing his uncanny A&R abilities. One thing's for sure: after Elsewhere hits, plenty of listeners will be more than caught up—further cementing Hemsworth's ability to be constantly ahead of the musical curve, both in choosing the artists he works with and the forward-thinking music he puts to tape along with them.
King Tuff: King Tuff is the neo-garage alter ego of multifaceted musician Kyle Thomas. Adopting the moniker in his teens as a play on his initials and the name King Tut, Thomas wouldn't begin playing as Tuff until 2006, when he self-released an album via CD-R between playing with freaky folk revivalists Feathers and J. Mascis' stoner metal band Witch. His full-length debut, Was Dead, arrived in October 2008 for the Colonel label, introducing his anthemic lo-fi sonics to the masses. Touring with Hunx & His Punx and Witch, and releasing an album with his off-kilter power pop band Happy Birthday, put the Tuff project on the back burner until 2011, when a split single with Hex Dispensers arrived. A year later, he teased his follow-up album with the Wild Desire single for Suicide Squeeze before offering the full monty, simply called King Tuff, which made the jump to the revered Sub Pop label and found Tuff expanding the musical palette to show his yen for retro-pop melodies. He returned in 2014 with third album Black Moon Spell, a fuzzy eruption of glam rock and funky garage pop produced by the Go's Bobby Harlow.
JR JR: With an ear for Brian Wilson-esque harmony, JR JR swirl indie pop, folk, and electronic elements into one breezy package. Originally named Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. with typical irreverence, the duo of Joshua Epstein (also of the Silent Years) and Daniel Zott came together in Detroit in 2009. Working out of a basement studio, the pair worked to create a sound that was danceable without sacrificing anything in the songwriting department, merging intricate and airy melodies with solid programmed beats and synth atmospherics.
Eli Keszler: Eli Keszler is a composer and percussionist based in New York City. Keszler has released eight studio albums to date and will release his first album with LuckyMe later this year. Most recently, Keszler contributed to Daniel Lopatin's original score for Josh and Benny Safdie's Uncut Gems. Keszler’s music, installations, and visual work have appeared at the Whitney Museum, Lincoln Center, MIT List Center, 67 Ludlow, Victoria & Albert museum, Sculpture Center, The Kitchen, South London Gallery, Hessel Museum, Harvard's Carpenter Center for theVisual Arts, Luma-Foundation, Barbican-St. Lukes, Walker Art Center, LAX art, and MoMA PS1. Keszler's commissions include: The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, ICE Ensemble, Brooklyn String Orchestra and So Percussion.
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