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New Music Friday: Public Enemy, Calva Louise, & Human Love

Jun 26, 2020

By Bella Carles

Public Enemy is back with a new song and video, “State of the Union (STFU),” a fiery return to the frontlines as they take on Donald Trump and his fascist regime. PE is giving away the track to fans for free at www.publicenemy.com starting today. It is also available to stream on all major DSPs worldwide. “State of the Union (STFU)” was produced by DJ Premier.

An unflinching statement about the destruction the current administration has unleashed on the country and its people, “State of the Union (STFU)” speaks truth to power while urging people to fight against racism, injustice and oppression with their vote.

Photo By Eitan Miskevich

It’s the latest in a string of powerful messages about Trump from PE frontman Chuck D, who has addressed Trump’s policies and rhetoric for the past several years through his work with Prophets of Rage and as a solo artist. “Our collective voices keep getting louder. The rest of the planet is on our side. But it’s not enough to talk about change. You have to show up and demand change,” says Chuck D. “Folks gotta vote like their lives depend on it, ‘cause it does.” “Public Enemy tells it like it is,” added Flavor Flav. “It’s time for him to GO.”

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Calva Louise have announced the release of their forthcoming EP and most ambitious work to date POPURRÍ, due the 31st of July. As a taster of what to expect, the band recently unveiled their new single POP in the form of a mesmerising video showcasing artwork from vocalist Jess Allanic. The track features lyrics in both Spanish and English, and is a celebration of the band’s roots in Venezuela, France and New Zealand.

Jess elaborates, “It’s often a bit of a challenge to explain our identity as a whole – we are a medley of cultures that can bring out the best in each other, creating something different. That’s what ‘Pop(urrí)’ is all about, the acceptance of our identity and that it is alright to feel different, we don’t need to belong somewhere to be somebody.”.

Crossing paths in London during 2016, Calva Louise hit the ground running, immersing themselves in the UK live circuit and honing their craft. With one EP and a debut album to their name, their music encompasses a sound as eclectic as their nationalities. From clanging indie, to dark pop, to hypnotic electronica, to frenzied punk. It’s a molotov cocktail that really works, with plaudits from BBC Radio 1, Clash, The Line Of Best Fit, Radio X, alongside high profile fans such as Albert Hammond Jr (The Strokes).

Photo By Chris Driver

Calva Louise’s mission statement has always been to keep fans on their toes whilst staying true to their identity. Forthcoming EP POPURRÍ takes this blueprint to the next level, with new electronic elements and experimentation adding a new dimension to their soundscape.

Live is home for Calva Louise. Over the past couple of years they’ve whittled an impressive set of notches on the touring post, selling out countless headline shows alongside supporting the likes of Razorlight and The Blinders. The trio spent much of early 2020 on tour with Highly Suspect, with further dates rescheduled for August.

w/ Highly Suspect
27 Aug – Birmingham O2 Institute (UK)
28 Aug – Manchester Academy 2 (UK)
31 Aug – London Electric Ballroom (UK)

w/ Strange Bones
2 Nov – Manchester Deaf Institute (UK)

Headline
11 Nov – Bordeaux L’Astrodome (FR)

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With its graceful collision of complex rhythms and beautifully strange textures, the new four-song EP from Human Love out July 17th titled Black Void merges a sweeping, cinematic approach with a psychedelic, pulsating energy.

The band is made up of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Emile Mosseri, vocalist/bassist David Baldwin, synth/keyboard player Erick Eiser, and drummer Mark Demiglio. Mosseri is also making serious waves right now for his work as a composer for his original scores for ‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’ as well as upcoming releases ‘Homecoming’ (Janelle Monae) and Miranda July’s ‘Kajillionaire’. Monae recently said “I think the sign of a great score is when you wish you had done it and honestly I’m like, I wish that was my album, that’s how good that music is.”

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Today the band have released their second single “Lemon Dove”. FLOOD Magazine premiered the new single, calling it “appropriate for impulsive summer afternoons.”

“The process of making Lemon Dove was spontaneous. All of the ideas came out fluidly without music second guessing. It’s really exciting to work on music when spontaneity reigns over deliberation. The harmonies and music in the first section of the song were inspired and adapted from a Debussy Prelude and there’s a spirit to the music that connects with the name of the band as a lyric that we found really special. It’s about love. It’s about summer.” – Erick Eiser

The debut project from Human Love, Black Void is the product of four longtime collaborators redefining the limits of their sonic identity. Black Void came to life not long after the four musicians relocated from New York City to L.A. in 2019—a move that sparked a period of transformation as the band members pursued their own distinct projects including Mosseri who established himself as a film score composer. Working separately proved to have a unifying effect on the musicians, ultimately emboldening them to take entirely new risks in their shared output.

The band co-produced the EP with Sonny DiPerri who helped them redefine their sound and move into new sonic territory from their previous project The Dig. “In the past, one person would bring in an idea and we’d build everything from there, but now the process is so much more collaborative, with everyone bringing in their specific perspective to everything we make,” says Baldwin. “I think there’s something beautiful about us going in different directions and then coming back together like this,” Mosseri adds. “We’re taking what we’d explored on our own and feeding it back into this music, and pushing everything forward to create something completely new.”

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