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Divus Julius presents: Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaning are a 4-piece from South London channeling post-punk and new wave pop with a side order of low slung Americana. They have announced their full-length debut, New Long Leg, out via 4AD on April 2nd.

Last spring, Dry Cleaning capitalized on the buzz generated by their brilliantly offbeat 2019 EPs Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks and Sweet Princess with a tour of U.S. clubs that was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic. Afterward, they went home to the U.K. and got to work on their first full album, with longtime PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish in the producer’s chair.

Divus Julius presents: Sea Power

British Sea Power have confirmed plans for a name change and a new album. The rock band formerly known as British Sea Power have excised ‘British’ from their moniker, following years of the word being appropriated by the Hard Right.

Now known simply as Sea Power, their new album ‘Everything Was Forever’ is set to be released on February 11th next year.

Divus Julius presents: Stromae

Paul Van Haver (better known by his stage name Stromae) is a Belgian singer-songwriter-composer born in 1985 in Brussels to a Belgian mother and a Rwandan father.

Stromae created Mosaert, a label of his own which was a part of Universal Music France, and he brought out two singles: “Alors on danse” and “Up Saw Liz”. On 21 June 2010, Stromae brought out his first album, “Cheese”. The success of this album was astonishing and Stromae‘s music went international. This was the true beginning of the Stromae phenomenon.

Stromae has announced the release of his long-awaited third album, ‘Multitude’, marking his first full-length offering in almost a decade since his  last album 2013’s ‘Racine Carrée’,

Divus Julius presents: Beach House

When it comes to dream-pop, no one does it like Beach House. Along with Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective, Beach House helped define the indie aesthetic of the 2010s with their intoxicating blend of guitar, keyboard, and ethereal vocals.

Beach House have announced their new album and a 2022 tour. Once Twice Melody is being released in four distinct “chapters.” The first four songs of the 18-track album arrived on November 10, followed by drops on December 8, January 19, and, finally, the full album release on February 18. 

Divus Julius presents: Tai Verdes

Three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Tai Verdes was an essential worker with a 9-to-5 job at an LA Verizon Wireless store. Now he has one of the biggest viral hits in the US, hailed by The New York Times as one of the “Best Songs of 2020.”

After posting a series of TikTok videos, Tai’s breakout single “Stuck In The Middle” took flight hitting #1 on Spotify’s US viral chart (and 22 International Charts) and has since amassed more than 80 million streams and over 2.6 million TikTok creations, which have been viewed over 3 billion times since the songs release in late May 2020.

Tai’s newest single “A-O-K” is on track to follow the same path, having notched more than 40 million views of the teaser and nearly 100,000 pre-saves before the feel good anthem’s release earlier this month. The 25-year-old may have won the TikTok lottery, but he’s playing the long game. And he’s playing for keeps.

Divus Julius presents: Bloc Party

East London art punkers Bloc Party mixed angular sonics with pop structures and helped shape the sound of British indie rock throughout the 2000s. Tense post-punk rhythms and dissonant guitar hooks took their cues from Gang of Four and Joy Division on the band’s 2005 debut Silent Alarm

Bloc Party haven’t released an LP since Hymns way back at the beginning of 2016, but they’re set to change that in 2022. The band will release their sixth album Alpha Games in April.