“NVDES is a world I created,” says Josh Ocean of his multi-genre indie collective. As producer and de-facto frontman, Ocean ignites controlled chaos by, he says, “building songs around random moments.” This has yielde dLa Nvdité, Vol. 1(out August 11 on Maison Nvdité/Kobalt), an intriguing introduction to NVDES’ levitating, melodiclaptop-punk.“La Nvdité”—the group’s creative process—isset into motion when Ocean invites different musicians into his Los Angeles living room to jam. They record whatever music or lyrics transpire, which he pieces together into songs. Ocean prefers the thrill of uncertainty over perfectionism, and this has made NVDES quite prolific. “I have a ton of unreleased material. Maybe 60 songs,” he says, explaining that NVDES is less of a band and more of an ongoing art project. “There isn’t a songwriting process. It’s really like splattering paint and just seeing what happens.”

argonaut&wasp is a dance-rock duo based out of Brooklyn, NY. The duo, comprised of songwriter-producers Theo Klein & Trey Schibli, blends an innovative mix of house, funk, and rock n’ roll to create the distinct sound that is a&w. argonaut&wasp has played alongside international acts such as: The Knocks, Louis The Child, AlunaGeorge, Griz, RAC, Rubblebucket, and Lemaitre.

It’s the group’s unique approach to songwriting that sets them apart. A balancing act between dancefloor torque and footloose songwriting chops, the group’s funk renaissance blends the soulful feel of live instrumentation with the dance-ability of electronic production. From slick guitar solos to soulful falsettos, anything and everything is fair game for argonaut&wasp.



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