Music Monday: Marcus James, The Brig, GANZ, TWO FRIENDS, Jessica Audiffred, and Zander Hawley

Marcus James’s brand new, euphonious, pop punk-inspired release – “Over U” ft. RYYZN, is available now from the startup Canadian artist from Vancouver.

By combining elements of house with alternative rock and pop punk, he’s created his own niche sound he’s called  “emo house.”  For the new meaningful “Over U” he teamed up with RYYZN – comprising two male electro pop vocalists, and the story of Marcus and RYYZN working together clearly shows, that music can bring people together and “Over U” is the best example for it.

 

Producer, pioneer, and pirate The Brig is making his Circus Records debut with “Mind Changer” out now. The Russian-born inventor of “Piratestep” is plying his craft for the first time on the label, bringing his rum soaked rhythms and captivating hooks along for the ride.

Providing official remixes for artists such as Fox Stevenson and MYLK as well as a slew of massive collaborations with the likes of Trinergy, Rob Gasser, Michael White, and many more have shown the universal demand for someone of The Brig’s creativity and ingenuity. ‘Mind Changer’ is melodically striking and mocks any attempt to pigeon hole the artist in question to a single style or genre.

 

Heavy percussion and bright synths travel effortlessly throughout GANZ‘s masterclass in sound design “Carry Me.” Featuring vocals from Jantine, the euphoric single layers shimmering future bass melodies over beautiful soundscapes.

“Carry Me” follows recent PLS&TY collaboration “Motives” and last year’s stunning Dim Mak EP, Skin In The Game, which earned accolades from Complex, Mixmag and several others.

 

In support of the new track, TWO FRIENDS can be found this spring and summer appearing at various clubs around the country including Liquid in Madison, Echostage in Washington D.C. and Shrine Nightclub in Mashantucket as well as many key festivals including Hangout Festival, Spring Awakening, Paradiso and Milwaukee Summerfest.  In the fall, they will join Big Gigantic’s Rowdytown for their first appearance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. All dates follow below.

Earlier this year, TWO FRIENDS completed the “With My Homies Tour,” their own national headlining tour which included two sold-out shows at NYC’s legendary Irving Plaza. Other sold-out shows were Concord Music Hall in Chicago, the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles and the Gothic Theater in Denver.

 

Jessica Audiffred is back on Circus Records with “Like What The F.” Another bouncy bass boosted banger for your ears, the queen of electronics is staking her claim as the bass music matriarch.

This follows her sick tune “Wasted” which came out this year and had support from Excision, Crizzly, Dirtyphonics, Run DMT, DJ BL3ND, P0gman and many more. Clearly, a fan favorite you can catch playing at numerous stops on the Circus 10 Years tour where we’ll definitely be dropping “Like What The F” as well as many other heaters.

 

Singer-songwriter, Zander Hawley is thrilled to release his new single “Forest Fire.” Zander began his career with the band Honeywater, and the band’s eponymous EP (which he wrote, co-produced, and performed) hit number 7 on the iTunes Folk chart and was reviewed by Mic.com as “four tracks of folk gold.”

His first single as a solo artist, “Hid in the Little Things,” was featured on the Fox television show The Following and his debut EP “I Wish I Was” received praise for its “mature sound…heartfelt lyrical delivery….and production” (AU Review). Following the release of his EP, Zander was hailed as one of the “best young voices in Nashville” by Cause A Scene. His debut LP, “When I Get Blue” released May 12, 2017, and was reviewed as “an avalanche of feeling” (Atwood Magazine) and “acutely self-aware” (Noisey). In 2018, his single “When You See My Heart” premiered on Ones To Watch and he went on tour supporting The Naked and Famous. He likes dancing and the X-Men.

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