Mar 18, 2022
New Era: Everything Has Changed
Today is the day that World News unleash their sophomore EP, ‘New Era’ [SS116] upon the planet. New Era is four tracks of pure electronic bedlam.
In a carefully crafted press statement, Bill Cutbill had this to say ~
“After we play live, people often ask me how on earth we make this type of music. We’ve always focussed on being able to perform what we make live in the room - we effectively control the machines… we’re shaping and moving them but they are playing themselves on the whole.
“These four tracks are everything new we created in 2019. It’s a painstaking process learning to work with the machines in a way where you can bring them to life, sculpt the songs, but also to give them room to breath without it feeling like one big boring memory test. If you let it get to that point you might as well have a DJ play the music... we allow the songs take life in a different way each time we perform them, which is great but it takes a long time to get there!
“When we came to release our debut EP, 'The Chosen' in April 2020, everything got scuppered. These things happen, and luckily just a month or two before we had headed to The Oscillitarium to lay down our new work with Tobin Hopwood whilst it was fresh. Thank the lord we did.
“Since then we’ve taken our time to craft this in a way that feels meaningful and fully realised. Myself and Tye have been a big fan of Josh Korody’s work, so it was brilliant to have him mix New Era and really give it some oomph. Asher Gould-Murtagh mastered the tracks. We really hope you enjoy them!"
Mar 10, 2022
It's a New Era
When World News finalised the music for 'New Era' ahead of the recording session on February 22nd 2020, they were blissfully unaware that an imminent pandemic was going to rock the entire world.
The session went ahead as planned, with the hardware electronic duo laying down four fresh tracks in a single day at The Oscillitarium with engineer and guitar virtuoso, Tobin Hopwood (Possum).
Following those sessions, and the subsequent cancellation of the tour to support their debut EP, 'The Chosen', the duo took time to reevaluate the project.
The name 'New Era' took on new meaning in the months and years that passed, and in the summer of 2021 World News revisited the material with renewed focus. After completing preliminary mixes, they engaged Toronto's Josh Korody at Candle Recording Studios to mix it.
With the EP slated for release worldwide on Friday 18th March, we pieced together a short 'Making Of New Era' from the recording session, which feels like decades ago now. We hope you enjoy it.
Mark your calendars, this is World News' best sounding material to date.
World News - New Era [SS116]
2. Weather Weather Weather
3. Up Against the Wall
4. A Message for the Kids
Mar 02, 2022
Set Your Alarms - Nailbiter Modular Techno Set Live from the Safe Sounds Bank Vault!
Shucks, it's been a while since our last Safe Sounds bank vault session! Then boom, as if from nowhere, who should appear but techno pioneer, producer and all round Toronto heavy-hitter, Josh Korody.
Yes, Nailbiter will be performing a very special live modular techno set and it's gonna get you puuuuuuuumped. It'll premiere exclusively on the SS YouTube Channel at 7pm EST on Friday 11th March (which is midnight for those of you listening in London or across the UK).
We've coordinated the stream so y'all can get ready for your Friday night in style ~ that's right, we're broadcasting oven an hour of pure modular techno so you can decide what to wear, throw your makeup on, have a quick shower, or simply sit back and get pre-drinking (if that's your thing) before your big night out.
Because life is back, baby! Yes, this set is certain to get your Friday amped up and started in style.
At over an hour long, it'll be the longest live set that we've ever done, and potentially the longest that we will ever do. That is unless Paul McCartney is ever able to stop by to perform his live version of Hey Jude, in which case we'll make an exception ~ "Hey Judie Judie Judie Judie..." etc. In all seriousness though, this slams from start to finish.
Nailbiter has material out both on Josh Korody's own label, Nodding Heads, and with Toronto faves Hand Drawn Dracula. In addition to techno, you'll likely know Korody from his recent solo project Breeze, showcasing a different side to the producer where he collaborated with a whole host of peeps such as Cadence Weapon.
Korody also worked with World News on their up-coming EP, New Era, which arrives worldwide via Safe Sounds on Friday 18th March. World News went to his studio (Candle) to mix New Era, and Josh's killer ear was instrumental in giving the tracks some extra punch. We can't wait to share that one with you all too.
Anyway, I digress, head to our YouTube channel now to set a notification/alarm if you're the forgetful type and we'll see you at 7pm EST on Friday 11th March for Nailbiter live from the Safe Sounds bank vault.
Feb 22, 2022
Idious Carrie's 9 Lives In Technicolor
9 Lives is an energetic missile of a track, taken from Idious Carrie's debut double-a release "O". This heavy rock ballad marks the start of Carrie's solo journey, who is well known in the Toronto music scene as a leading voice in psychedelic rock powerhouse Kali Horse.
The music video for 9 Lives is a work of art by The Oscillitarium and stars Idious amid a mass of colours that fizz and whirl in every direction. The lush organic tones of the music have been paired perfectly courtesy of the movie magic of Sarah Bassakyros, Sophia Bassakyros and Tobin Hopwood. The set was designed with help from Unfazed Floral's incredible flower arrangements.
Check out the video above or head over to Ultra Tube now! We love it and we're sure you will too.
Feb 03, 2022
Artist Spotlight - World News Remix EP
Community is everything. We're so excited to be able to feature remixes from International artists... some fresh and some familiar faces... as part of our most recent release for World News' A Message for the Kids!
Find out more about each contributor below and listen along on your preferred platform now or via bandcamp ~
MMBris is an Anishinaabe musician, composer and writer residing in Treaty three territory. She loves to venture into the unknown while making music and draws inspiration from the land.
rryrry (Harry Perry) is an eclectic British composer and academic working in a variety of audible mediums. His acoustic ensemble music has been selected for workshops by BBC NOW, Ensemble Cymru and the Allegri String Quartet; his electroacoustic music has been diffused by ElectroacousticWALES and his popular work (both solo and in collaboration) has received continued support and regular airplay by Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music.
Harry's work largely focuses on the interoperability of cultural practice and attempts to redefine our long held concepts of genre, culture and artistic purpose. He is currently reading for a PhD in Composition at Bangor University.
Assassin Bug produces and spins a range of obscure, bass-heavy styles ranging from uk garage to drum n bass, dubstep to footwork, intertwined with moments of sparkly electronica. With the ability to seamlessly blend a multitude of underground sounds, experimental beats, ethereal dreamscapes, and synthetic sound design, she guides the room on a journey throughout her fast paced, driven, dark yet uplifting sets.
Her work is driven by the belief that sound, music, and dance are all essential to human nature and expression.
A producer and multi-instrumentalist first; Assassin Bug knows what her audience seeks on the dancefloor, shaking the room up and keeping everybody on their toes. Harnessing her experience hosting shows, producing for a variety of different musicians and doing studio session work, Assassin Bug dedicates her life to music and is always seeking new challenges and experiences.
Asher Gould-Murtagh is a Montreal, QC based producer, musician and sound engineer. Former Touring member of Zones and multi-instrumentalist and singer of Mr. Joy. He has produced, mixed, and mastered numerous albums & EPs for artists such as Born Ruffians, Beliefs, Doc Dunn, Mother Tongues and many more...
2021 saw several releases for Gould-Murtagh, including a collaborative EP titled "And Friends", Mr. Joy's EP "Yes Yes Yes!" and the collaborative split LP "Dr. Joy" with Mr. Joy and Doc Dunn.
He currently works as a freelance producer/engineer, based out of his home studio in Montreal.
Theo Vandenhoff is a Canadian synth-pop musician who sees visions.
Taking inspiration from classic post-punk, Theo combines hard synth and drum machine lines with a strong deep voice and polished production on the debut EP Heartache Is An Empty Room.
Despite the somewhat grim context of HIAER, there is an overbearing sense of optimism that seeps throughout it and a calmness which exudes through the harsher textures within the music. It's built to be catchy, danceable, and at points triumphant!
Listen to World News' A Message for the Kids in full now.