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Saturday, August 21, 2021

Santana, The Joy Formidable, Millie Manders, Beach Riot and Vistas land in the New Music bin

Santana and Rob Thomas: Move

Photo: Libby Fabro
The amazing career of Carlos Santana continues with his upcoming Blessing and Miracles LP, on which he collaborates with a wide variety of artists, writers and producers, including Steve Winwood, Chick Corea, Rick Rubin and many more. This first single is a reunion with Rob Thomas, 22 years after the Matchbox 20 singer and Santana had a monster hit with "Smooth." New York band American Authors provides additional vocals. "The song is about awakening your molecules," Santana says. "Ignite and activate yourself – you know, move. When Rob and I work together, we have a sound that’s splendiferous.”

The Joy Formidable: Interval

We've been spinning the title track from Into the Blue, and another single, "Chimes." Now that the full album is out, we're picking this track for our New Music bin. "Rhydian Dafydd’s bouncing bass line gives the rock song a danceable pop quality," writes Glide Magazine, which calls the collection "a multifaceted album of contrasts that melds pop hooks, rock guitars, and beautiful melodies in a way that crosses genres and tones and rewards careful listening."

Millie Manders & The Shutup: Broken Record

This London band's sound is described as cross-genre punk rock, and one critic called it the UK's answer to LA's The Interrupters. Frontwoman Millie Manders' powerful vocals are backed by grinding guitars and slamming drums, with horns adding a bit of punk-ska flavor. Manders says of this song: "So, you’ve been unceremoniously dumped ...  but you can’t stop thinking about them, dreaming about them, playing out every last moment in your head. It’s like a broken record.”

Beach Riot: Wraith

From London, we ride Southern Railway to Brighton and pick up the latest single from this "fuzz pop quartet" that we previously featured with last year's single "Wrong Impression." Their debut album, Subatomic Party Cool, is due next month. The band members - Cami Menditeguy and Rory O’Connor on guitars and vocals, Jim Faulkner on bass and drummer Jonny Ross - say that on this number "Jonny hits the hi hats so fast that his hands are actually playing 5 seconds in the future compared to the rest of his body. Also it’s a song about your life force being slowly drained away in a fading relationship and there’s nothing you can do about it but watch and brace yourself."

Vistas: Stuck In Your Head

We're catching up with this Edinburgh trio as they release their sophomore album, What Were You Hoping To Find. Music mag Dork writes that it picks up where their debut release left off: "The same big pop hooks, the same festival-ready vibes, the same wrestling with anxieties and doubts." Says frontman Prentice Robertson: “On our debut, we focused on the transition from our teenage years into adulthood, and on this album we asked the question: ‘Now that you’re here, what it is that you want?’ All the tracks on this record look at something where uncertainty plays a large role." 

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