New Music Friday 2.15.19: Czarface, Betty Who, Frankie Knuckles, Chaka Khan and more


February 15, 2019

React Presents - News Flash

What’s that smell? Is it leftover love in the air, discounted Valentine’s Day candy, or some hot and smokey new tracks to listen to over the weekend? We like to think it’s the latter. Check out the new and noteworthy tracks we’ve compiled for you below.

Just – Amtrac
After recently playing in Chicago with Juan Maclean, Caleb Cornett, known far and wide as Amtrac, has released another ethereal single. “Just” is one a handful of songs to be released on Amtrac’s own label, Openers. Oscillating tones and a tinge of ambience pair nicely with the electronic beats on this track. Rooted in house music, the strong pulse and matter of fact vocals will have you in a dedicated groove all night.

Baby Wants to Ride – Frankie Knuckles Presents Director’s Cut feat. Jamie Principle
Eric Kupper and Hector Romero are currently working with London based label SoSure Music and The Frankie Knuckles Foundation to bring you new and unreleased tracks from the legendary Chicago DJ. “Baby Wants to Ride” is reworked and retouched by Kupper, allowing for modernity and a sleek new repackaging of an already quality product. Listen to the newly released track below.


Hello Happiness – Chaka Khan

After 12 years, Chaka Khan is gracing us with a new album titled “Hello Happiness.” Expect 7 tracks chock full of classic funk, and modernity. Check out the music video for “Hello Happiness” directed by Sam Pilling below for drama, love, lust, and a great dance track.

Czarface meets Ghostface – Czarface & Ghostface Killah
Gritty and esoteric is really the only way to describe this newly released project between Czarface and the larger than life figure Wu-Tang Ghostface Killah. The album is a follow up to a similar collaboration with MF Doom, released last year. Listen to the album, that will more than likely become a cult classic in no time, below.

SWMRS – Berkeley’s On Fire
The alternative, indie-rock outfit SWMRS are back with a new album, “Berkley’s on Fire.” The title track taps into classic alternative rock guitar riffs with upbeat, jumping vocals offering expressing distaste with the current socio-political climate. “Trashbag Baby” hovers somewhere in between a throwback to Two Door Cinema Club guitar parts and The Kooks-esque vocals with a more boyish tone. As a whole, they may sound familiar but the electricity of the group’s energy is fresh and fun.

Betty – Betty Who
“Betty” is the third studio album, comprised of thirteen tracks, to come from Australian electro-pop artist, Betty Who. After parting ways with RCA record in 2017, Betty Who is taking a new direction with this project. Releasing “Betty” independently has given her the freedom and room to grow as an artist and it shows. Betty Who will play The Vic Theatre on May 19th. Grab tickets to the show here and listen to the new album below,

Methyl Ethel – Triage
Methyl Ethel is amongst the hoards of great indie, psych-rock groups coming out of Australia at the moment. Tinged with some dream pop elements and synthesizers, their tracks edge on the vibe of MGMT circa 2010 or the inceptions of Alt J. Ambitious in their sound and reach, what comes next will be something to look forward to. Listen to “Triage” below to get the big picture.


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