On the shelves now! – Pop/Rock
Francis of Delirium | Real Love
Single release: 20 July | Dalliance Recordings | Producer: Catharine Marks
With her new track “Real Love”, Jana Bahrich aka Francis Of Delirium expands the darker, grunge influenced sound of earlier releases into a softer, more fragile scenery. The song is about being in love with your best friend for years without finding the right timing and suddenly it worked out. Asked about the song writing process, Jana says: “After writing our last EP ‘The Funhouse’ which was all about darkness and the feeling of being engulfed by the chaos of the world, I just couldn’t write anything super dark and heavy at the time, it just wouldn’t come out. My body and brain were just guiding me to writing lighter, more open music. If there’s a motto to the song, it’s about finding the nerve to be honest, even if circumstances don’t always seem to be in your favour”.
Englbrt | Odes to Everything
EP release: July 14 | Listen Records
ENGLBRT is the collaborative duo of Georges Goerens and Niels Engel. The astonishing partnership sounds effortless thanks to the chemistry between two of Luxembourg’s most prolific and respected musicians. Like a well-adjusted science experience, they carefully draw from a vast field of source materials to achieve genre-defying results. After being active in acclaimed projects within the Luxembourgish music scene, both musicians retreated into renowned culture hub Kulturfabrik to eventually come up with ENGLBRT’s distinctive sonic palette, laying the groundwork of future recordings with their first EP ‘Odes to Everything’.
Josh Island | In My Head
Album release: September 15 | Josh Island
Josh Island’s debut album ‘In My Head’, produced by Portugal-based producer Nelson Canoa, will be released on September 15th. The first four singles, ‘Make It’, ‘Pennies From Heaven’, ‘Rewind’ and ‘Patio Blues’, are teasers of an album showcasing Josh’s love for catchy earworm melodies, guitar-based grooves and intimate ballads that pull on your heartstrings. Josh is this year’s recipient of 2023 Glonal Project Grant which he wants to use to promote the album – including a European tour in fall 2023.
ROME | Gates of Europe
Album release: August 25 | Trisol Music Group
“Gates of Europe” starts off with a burst – a haunting collage of the sounds of February 24th, 2022, the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine – and proceeds almost chronologically through the first year of war via meticulously crafted songs. The album blends traditional song writing craftsmanship with more radical arrangements, carefully combined with intricate and obscure poetry. The 14 songs are captivating glimpses into the inner life of a country that is facing the storm with resolve and courage. With more than 50 official releases, including circa 20 albums, live sessions and various other official releases, ROME has managed to create a world of its own entirely and built a strong and devoted following in Europe and the world.
Seed to Tree | A Little Life
Album release: September 8 | popup-records
On their upcoming album “A Little Life” Seed to Tree returns with a welcome change-up, as they move away from their trademark indie sound, experiment with electronics and write from a more mature perspective. On the single releases “Overhyped”, “Major Lydian” and the title track “A Little life”, Seed to Tree is taking a new turn on their musical journey, walking down the memory lane of new wave and dream pop, loaded with pop-cultural references hinting at David Bowie, The Talking Heads or 90s cult movie Trainspotting. But besides being an homage to all the influences that have been part of the band’s history, the album is mainly a realisation that the band Seed to Tree has become more than the sum of all their inspirations. After playing music together for more than a decade, the four musicians are finding their comfort of a home town in creating songs together that have an identity on their own. The record release concert will take place a den Atelier on September 16th.
Scarlet Anger | Hunger
Single release: June 4 | Scarlet Anger
“Hunger” is the second single of Scarlet Anger’s upcoming album “MARTYR” that will be released at the end of this year. The Thrash Metal band was founded in 2007 by vocalist Joe Block and guitarist Fred Molitor who explain the song’s content like this: “The song title refers to the central theme of the song, which is the insatiable greed and inner hunger that drives us. The term ‘Hunger’ symbolises the intense longing and desire for more, whether it be material or immaterial.” Their previous albums “Freak Show” (2016) and “Dark Reign” (2012) earned lots of respect and appreciation among critics and fans in the Metal scene.
Iceleak | Name
Single release: June 2 | Soave Dusk
The latest single “Name” of the Italian-Luxembourgish DJ and producer Filippo Gorla aka Iceleak, adds another notable track to his release list that reached more than 10 million streams on Spotify. Iceleak’s songs have received support from the biggest names of house music, like Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Lost Frequencies, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Oliver Heldens, Mike Williams, Sam Feldt, Lucas & Steve, Morgan Page, Breathe Carolina, Borgeous, ARTY, Swanky Tunes, Yves V, LVNDSCAPE, Leandro Da Silva, Provenzano and many more.
NOSI | Home
Single release: July 27 | Beast Records, distributed by ADA Benelux, part of Warner Music Benelux
DJ and producer NOSI has gone from playing small venues in Luxembourg to performing at the biggest clubs abroad in a short period of time, and releasing several singles that all achieved chart success including a number one in the Luxembourg national charts. NOSI has made a name for himself receiving international recognition for his DJ sets but now his focus is more as a producer with his own songs and varying music styles. “Home” is just another step on this journey and he’s currently working on a lot of new music to be released in the near future.
Fusion Bomb | Fusion Bomb
EP release: June 30 | Fusion Bomb
Fusion Bomb’s new EP acts as a bridge, connecting the raw intensity of their critically acclaimed debut album, “Concrete Jungle”, to their upcoming second album, scheduled for release still in 2024. The four tracks “Personality?”, “Confessions”, “Consolidate” and “Fifty One Fifity” from the EP got “all the thrash and groovy shit ’Concrete Jungle’ have and a crossover attitude that welcomes many other influences”, so Luc and Scott from Fusion Bomb about their EP.
EDSUN | Live at the Rockhal
Release & video release: August 18 | Beast Records, distributed by ADA Benelux, part of Warner Music Benelux
EDSUN is a multidimensional force combining contemporary dance and R&B to create bold and uplifting art. His abundant creativity and artistic direction are best expressed in his live shows and visuals. His inspiration comes from energy sources like SZA, Janelle Monàe and Beyoncé. EDSUN strives to be remembered as a performer that stood up for something, a badass risk taker incorporating social issues deeply into his art, effectively creating a discourse around those subjects. The three live tracks are taken from EDSUN’s legendary live show at the Rockhal least year and arranged by none other than Sergio Manique Jr.
Ryvage| Les Nuits I
EP release: July 28 | Independent Little Lies
Initially composed for a geo-localized nocturnal soundwalk project combining voices, sound-layers and electronic compositions to be listened to while walking around post-industrial sites in southern Luxembourg, the three tracks on the “Les Nuits I” EP are the brainchild of a collaborative effort by electronic musician Ryvage, actress Elsa Rauchs, whose voice can be heard on two of the three tracks, and a team of sound technicians. “We approached the tracks and lyrics as if they were the soundtrack to an imaginary film, each piece corresponding to the musical setting of one or more scenes from a fictional story describing the inner monologue and nocturnal wanderings of a young woman in the near future,” explains Ryvage. He adds: “In 2020, we began surveying working and idle steelworks sites in southern Luxembourg and capturing the industrial sounds and noises of the town of Esch-sur-Alzette. These samples served as starting points for the compositions and as raw material for some of the sounds”. The “Les Nuits I” EP thus invites us into the inner world of a young woman who has decided to accept her condition as an insomniac, defying the daytime laws of the society she inhabits. We’re not in 2023, but in a near future, from which we learn little beyond a few fragmented textual indications. It’s a dark journey through time, marked by a sometimes melancholic, sometimes oppressive atmosphere, and interspersed with moments of light and driving energy.