Music Monday: Jody Wisternoff, Nude Shoes, Franky Nuts, Chief State, James Vickery, and Moon Boots

A legend of Bristol’s dance music scene, Jody Wisternoff’s brand new twelve-track LP ‘Nightwhisper’, is his first solo album in eight years. ‘Nightwhisper’ follows Wisternoff’s 2012 debut LP ‘Trails We Blaze’, and comes alongside the release of the singles ‘Nightwhisper,’ ‘Emochine,’ ‘Blue Space,’ ‘Story of Light” and ‘For Those We Knew.’

The fifth and final album single, ‘For Those We Knew,’ is a touching homage to Jody’s father. Inspired by the contrasting emotions felt during a difficult time, the track was written to be “something ultimately uplifting, but a piece that still portrayed the feeling of impending loss”.

 

Nude Shoes (the Asbury Park, NJ based project of musician Andy Katz) has released a new single titled “Billy’s Here, Love, I’ve Got to Go.”

Katz says, “The song is about losing someone close to you so suddenly. It is dedicated to a dear friend of the band that passed away very suddenly last year. We miss and love her very much.”

 

Franky Nuts is back on Circus Records with “Stay.” This time featuring vocalist Katie Sky, the talent behind the huge track “Monsters” on Lab Recs, which featured in Marvel’s Endgame. Having already cemented his place in the genre with his unique brand of melodic dubstep, this release continues his current hot streak.

 

Vancouver pop-punk five-piece Chief State released their new LP ‘Tough Love’ on March 27 via Mutant League Records.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the band’s album release shows have been canceled. Instead, they live-streamed an acoustic performance the day after their LP’s release via the Mutant League Records Youtube channel.

 

South London’s James Vickery is the new face of UK R&B. With his hugely popular COLORS session amassing 17 million views, James caught the attention of many admirers internationally, subsequently leading to the London-born songwriter inking record and publishing deals with LA-based TH3RD BRAIN and Roc Nation respectively despite being born deaf in his left ear.

Vickery released ‘Overture’, his first body of work since becoming a signed artist. The six-track EP features collaborations with Kenny Beats (Dominic Fike), SG Lewis (Clairo), Pomo (Anderson .Paak), Sad Money (Sabrina Claudio), and Maths Time Joy (Mahalia). The project showcases the full spectrum of Vickery’s R&B capabilities from sultry bedroom slow jams to uptempo electronic hits.

 

Moon Boots’ acclaimed LP ‘Bimini Road’ revealed the Brooklyn-based artist in peak form. A showcase of his soulful house music stylings, the 2019 album gained praise from DJ Mag & Mixmag, and was named in KCRW’s ‘Top 10 Albums of 2019’. Following a pair of ‘Tied Up’ reworks from Kenny Dope and Mat Zo, Anjunadeep debutants Wookie, and Garrett David now gives ‘Clear’ the remix treatment.

One of the most influential founding fathers of UK Garage, and with a string of A-list remixes under his belt for the likes of Disclosure, Haim and Faithless, Wookie now turns his attention to Moon Boots; offering up in a signature rework, layering Nic Hanson’s soulful vocal over a bumpin’ bassline and broken percussive beats.

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