This week’s edition of What’s Going On features the new single from Canadian duo Death From Above 1979 as well as the latest releases from Chad VanGaalen, IBALI, Lucky Daye, and Puma Blue. As always, if you dig what you’re hearing, be sure to stream and follow these artists.
Death From Above 1979 – Rejoice! Death From Above 1979 are back with “One + One”, their new single. If you were around during the dance-punk and blog house days, you know how much of a big deal that is. If you weren’t, you’re in for a treat. “One + One” delivers all the noise rock dance floor-filling goodness that we’ve come to expect from the Canadian duo consisting of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler. On the story behind “One +One”, Grainger says: “‘One + One’ is a love song. It’s the karmic sequel to “Romantic Rights.” My wife, Eva [Michon] became pregnant not long after we started working on the song and after hearing an early version she said, ‘I wish this song was dancier’. So I went back into the studio and re-worked the drums. As the record was taking shape, every time I would come home from the studio the baby would start dancing in Eva’s belly. Even before I walked in the room the party would start. One plus one is three, that’s magic!” DFA also announced their fourth album Is 4 Lovers, which will be out on March 26.
Listen to Death From Above 1979’s new single “One + One” below.
Lucky Daye – Grammy-nominated R&B superstar Lucky Daye won’t leave you “On Read” with his new single featuring East London rising star Tiana Major9. The new single is all about the feelings when a lover opens but doesn’t immediately answer a text message and the uneasy anticipation of their response. The New Orleans native sounds in top form over the sultry production, proving why he’s one of the best vocalists currently on the R&B scene. “On Read” is the first taste of what’s to come from Lucky Daye’s new EP Table For Two which will be out on February 12, just in time to keep the romantic vibes going for Valentine’s Day. Table For Two also features duets with artists such as YEBBA, Ari Lennox, Mahalia, Joyce Wrice, and Queen Naija.
Listen to Lucky Daye’s new single “On Read” ft. Tiana Major9 below.
Puma Blue – Singer-songwriter Puma Blue has dropped his new single “Already Falling”, which is part of his highly-anticipated debut album In Praise of Shadows that was released on February 5. Smooth, sensual, and sophisticated, Puma Blue’s seductive vocals on “Already Falling” will have you falling for him. The guitars, strings, and hypnotic beat add to the bedroom ambiance. On what “Already Falling” means, Puma Blue states: “‘Already Falling’ was written about the intoxication of waking up with someone special. You want to fall down the rabbit hole with them forever, but you’re also trying not to get too ahead of yourself. There’s a realisation that it’s too late for that, but it’s okay to give into those feelings when you trust yourself.”
Listen to Puma Blue’s new single “Already Falling” below.
IBALI – Cameroonian artist IBALI is aiming to bring people together with “Revelation”, the third single from his debut album Prophetic. The upbeat track is a siren-call urging people across Africa to come together, empower the youth and shine a light on how they’ve been let down by the local government. “Revelation” specifically calls out the poor infrastructure, health care, education, and bad governance across the continent but still manages to paint a vibrant picture of how much better things could be if everyone came together. On what he hopes to accomplish with “Revelation”, IBALI states: “This is a trumpet call for the youth of Africa to rise up and stand for their right to define their future.”
Listen to IBALI’s new single “Revelation” below.
Chad VanGaalen – Canadian musician, illustrator, and avid gardener Chad VanGaalen is out now with “Samurai Sword”, the first single from his upcoming album World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener which drops March 19thWhat’ via Sub Pop worldwide and on Flemish Eye in Canada. Fancy a psychedelic jaunt to take your mind off the world’s troubles? If you said yes, that’s exactly what “Samurai Sword” is. The Calgary singer-songwriter also created a fun music video for the track that perfectly illustrates the trip that the song takes you on. On what inspired “Samurai Sword”, VanGaalen says: “I had just ripped a bunch of old leaking copper pipe out of my basement in a reno job that I jumped into willy nilly. Realizing how magical the pipes sounded, I put them on some dirty styrofoam and banged out the janky beat that introduces the song! Garbage is life.”
Listen to Chad VanGaalen’s new single “Samurai Sword” below.