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Joy (Anonymous) Album ‘Cult Classics’ Out November 3

By RawKeith

September 29, 2023

Joy Anonymous

UK dancefloor icons in the making Joy (Anonymous) have announced their forthcoming new album Cult Classics, set for release November 3 via Astralwerks. Pre-order HERE. Cult Classics is a vital collection that pushes the group into bold new territories: a seamless fusion of house, disco, soul, and beautiful songwriting. The duo will be touring the new album in North America starting this November. Tickets available HERE and full itinerary below.

Cult Classics is indicative of a group surging with confidence and taking their place as one of the leaders in a UK dance music scene that is going from strength to strength. It is an album that traces how far they have come from their beginnings during the pandemic, when they began hosting their legendary pop-up parties, to touring the world, collaborating, and performing with Jyoty, Skrillex and more. Cult Classics moves between beautiful euphoria, “Breathe Into Me” & “Head To The Sky,” late night bangers “(JOY) 404,” as well as more contemplative moments including “Weight Wings” and “Sea Bird.” 

The album follows the beat of a night out, from frenetic, sweaty movement to the gentler winding down as the dawn breaks. At times it is euphoric, celebratory and pure, whirling fun, at others it seeks the joy in the darker emotions that life throws our way.

“Cult Classics is the soundtrack of Joy Anonymous meetings over the past two years. It began in Imogen Heap’s house in Romford. where we spent two weeks working with various friends and new collaborators to form the skeletons of what was to become the album you hear today. Then we took these sounds on tour and tested them out in meetings around the world, honing and developing the sound on the move. Joy Anonymous is a movement where people feel included and feel safe to share expression and emotion. We have tried to capture that in the sound, process and delivery of this album,” says Joy (Anonymous).

To coincide with the announcement Joy have released “I Did You Wrong,” a track that foregrounds Henry Counsell’s soulful vocals over a beat that recalls the bittersweet tones of The Avalanches. Listen HERE and watch the visualizer HERE. The track is the perfect end of summer closer: a bridge between the organic and the electronic and a song that showcases Joy’s abilities to write perfect melodies.

“’I Did You Wrong’ is a song written about a personal journey on discovering joy and the wrong turns taken, to find that joy is just embracing all feelings, not just putting a smile on,” says Joy (Anonymous).

Joy (Anonymous) are coming straight off the back of a run of sold-out shows and their huge surprise B2B2B2B with Skrillex, Romy, Mike Skinner & Fred again.. at a totally sold-out Alexandra Palace, as well as performing at Boomtown, Glastonbury, Boardmasters and more over the summer. Earlier this week, Joy (Anonymous) announced their upcoming North American Headline Tour which includes performances at The Roxy in Los Angeles and Knockdown Centre in New York. Tickets are available for purchase HERE. In additional to their headline U.S. dates, Joy will be opening for Fred again.. at his Forest Hills Stadium shows in October. Additionally, they are performing in the UK in November supporting The Streets throughout their tour. See below for full routing and stay tuned for more news. 

Cult Classics – Tracklist

1. (JOY) Beezley’s Poem

2. (JOY) 404

3. (JOY) In Me All The Time 

4. (JOY) Party Up The Street

5. (JOY) A Place I Belong 

6. (JOY) How We End Up Here 

7. (JOY) Head To The Sky 

8. (JOY) Make Some Noise 

9. (JOY) I Did You Wrong 

10. (JOY) Sea Bird 

11. (JOY) Breathe Into Me 

12. (JOY) Weight Wings 

13. (JOY) Now That It’s Over 

14. (JOY) You’re In Or You’re Out 


Joy (Anonymous) Tour Dates

12 October - Forest Hills Stadium – Forest Hills, NY (supporting Fred again..)

13 October - Forest Hills Stadium – Forest Hills, NY (supporting Fred again..)

14 October - Forest Hills Stadium – Forest Hills, NY (supporting Fred again..)

27 October - Victoria Warehouse - Manchester, UK (supporting The Streets)

28 October - O2 Academy - Sheffield, UK (supporting The Streets)

04 November - O2 Academy - Leeds, UK (supporting The Streets)

09 November - Liverpool Uni Mountford Hall - Liverpool, UK (supporting The Streets)

10 November - O2 Academy - Birmingham, UK (supporting The Streets)

11 November - O2 Academy - Birmingham, UK (supporting The Streets)

16 November - Alexandra Palace - London, UK (supporting The Streets)

19 November - Strawberry Fields Festival - Tocumwal, AU

21 November - Corner Hotel - Melbourne, AU 

22 November - Oxford Art Factory - Sydney, AU

24 November - San Fran - Wellington, NZ 

25 November - Studio - Auckland, NZ 

30 November - The Independent - San Francisco, USA 

01 December - Larimer Lounge - Denver, USA 

02 December - The Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles, USA 

07 December - Neumos - Seattle, USA 

08 December - Village Studios - Vancouver, Canada 

09 December - The Get Down - Portland, USA 

14 December - Velvet Underground - Toronto, Canada

15 December - Knockdown Centre - New York City, USA 

16 December - Chop Shop - Chicago, US

 

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