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One Liners: Khalid, Au/Ra, William Orbit, more

By | Published on Thursday 2 December 2021



Artist management company YM&U has promoted Steve Aoki’s manager Matt Colon to Global Music President. “I am delighted that Matt has agreed to lead YM&U’s music business globally”, says CEO Mary Bekhait. “He has a history of being at the forefront of emerging cultural and tech trends, is a strategic and astute leader and possesses great taste”.

Warner Chappell has promoted Natascha Augustin to Vice President of its German division. She was previously Senior Creative Director. “I’m honoured to be taking on this wider role at Warner Chappell Music”, she says. “It’s an exciting time to be at Chappell as we open our new creative hub in Berlin and continue to sign and work with culture-shifting songwriters”.



Khalid has released the video for recent single ‘Present’, ahead of his new mixtape, ‘Scenic Drive’, which is out this Friday.

Au/Ra has released festive new single ‘Frozen Halos’. “I’ve been dreaming of releasing Christmas music for a while so to be able to do this was so fulfilling”, she says.

William Orbit has put out his first solo release for seven years, an EP called ‘Starbeam’.

Zeal & Ardor have released new single ‘Golden Liar’. “Unlike singles released previously from the new album, it’s a slow burn”, says frontman Manuel Gagneux. “Rather than using harsh tones to convey heaviness, it uses lyrics and atmosphere to convey weight. It’s both smoke and fire”.

Cult Of Luna has released new single ‘Cold Burn’, the video for which introduces a new video game that will accompany the band’s upcoming new album ‘The Long Road North’. “With the brief we got from the band, we saw an attractive creative opportunity to explore what we believe will be the future of music video creation – combining music with real-time technology and interactive storytelling”, says Linus Johansson of developer North Kingdom Greenhouse.

Former Yeasayer guitarist Anand Wilder has released new solo single ‘I Don’t Want Our Love To Become Routine’. “I wanted to write a love song that’s post-Disney happy ending about the realities of long-term relationships, chronicling some of the tedium of parenting, and recognising relationship dynamics that I was trying to avoid”, he says.

Rival Consoles has released the video for recent single ‘Monster’, ahead of new album ‘Overflow’ tomorrow.

Sevdaliza has released new single ‘The Great Hope Design’, taken from new EP ‘Raving Dahlia’, which is out on 25 Feb. It’s “a conceptual song about the feasibility of everything in our existence, which can be from the perception of your own truth to appearance, to AI – in this song I question the truth and play with a futuristic universe”, she says.

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