Music Monday: Cody Lovaas, River Kittens, Lakou Mizik, Felix Cartal, and Thomas Newson x Tim van Werd

Cody Lovaas is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from California. He grounds his simple and confessional lyrics in soulful vocals, melodic acoustic performances, and smooth pop production. Cody’s latest release, “Rocket”, is the second in a succession of songs that will be released on a monthly basis through the rest of 2021.

The St. Louis roots, rock and ‘grass duo River Kittens have shared their new song “Trouble” that’s featured on their debut EP Soaking Wet via Create Records.  The River Kittens have been on tour with The Allman Betts Band as direct support for several weeks already this year, and are gearing up to head back out later this month.  “Trouble” follows the release of “Illinois Boy” earlier this spring, as well as a bluegrass makeover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” which was released earlier this year.

Few albums manage to evoke a time and place with such startling effect as the unlikely collaboration Leave the Bones (out August 6th), between the multi-generational Haitian band Lakou Mizik and Grammy-winning electronic music artist Joseph Ray. “Haiti” is a word that conjures up a lot of images -it is a country judged by many, most of whom have never set foot on its shores. But its history is rich, its people proud and defiant, and nowhere is that more evident than in its music. Culture is what defines the country – its drums and Vaksins (horns) are symbols of freedom and pride, liberty and struggle, and the joy of dancing. 

Felix Cartal’s “My Last Song” is from the forthcoming album “Expensive Sounds For Nice People,” scheduled for a release on June 25. For this one, Felix teamed up with Norwegian singer/songwriter Hanne Mjøen, known for her “Sounds Good To Me” breakthrough single from 2018. He’s officially remixed the likes of Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Galantis, ZEDD, Dillon Francis, ALMA, Wafia, Illenium, Anne-Marie, Doja Cat, Cash Cash, and more.

Thomas Newson & Tim van Werd dropped a new single which was released on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings. “Ocean Deep” showcases their love for deeper forms of progressive house. It’s a fun track with pretty chill visuals.

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