Francois van Coke. Picture by Allister Christie

Music News Highlights: A collection of music news from the last week, featuring everyone from Siphs to Goodluck to Depeche Mode, stopping by Stoker, Karen Zoid, Rubber Duc, Majozi, Francois van Coke, Lush, The Temper Trap, Ryki, Shortstraw, and Richard Stirton. Believe it or not.

“Influential, beloved and best-selling”. Depeche Mode released their first music in four years, in the form of the first single from their upcoming album, Spirit. The track, called Where’s the Revolution, can be streamed below.

“We are exceptionally proud of Spirit, and we look forward to sharing it with everyone. With James Ford and the rest of the production team, we’ve made an album that I believe is truly powerful, both in its sound and its message.” – Depeche Mode Frontman, Dave Gahan.

Pre-order Spirit here (to be released 17 March).

Shortstraw released Boo and an accompanying music video, as part of their Those Meddling Kids project. Boo is Shortstraw‘s first all-out love song,

“Al came up with the opening lines for Boo one night in 2015 when he was at home waiting for his girlfriend. They have a tradition of pointing out how badly most extras act in the background while watching movies, as well as obvious plot holes which come with the bad acting. The rest of the song he wrote after they had a stupid fight as a way of apologising to her, describing how their favourite thing to do is just to hang out and be goofy together.”

The music video for Boo was directed by Sam Nell. Get the song here.

Ryki released a brand new single and music video entitled Throw You Down. Her self-titled debut EP is scheduled for release on 3 March.

“a whole new brand for me; the production is closer to the vibe I would like to work towards and this song is closer to my heart than any of my previous offerings. We’ve all been hurt and we have all hurt someone in our lives. Throw You Down is about the selfish person in a relationship, a role that we’ve all played at some point. For the video, fans can look forward to the extraordinary fashion and fantastic quality of the video.” – Ryki

Pre-order Ryki‘s debut EP on iTunes.

Lush festival announced another bunch of artists that’ll expand their line-up for this year’s event (14-16 April). This year’s festival is the second annual one, and will take place in Clarens over the Easter Weekend. Australian rock band The Temper Trap have already been announced as the headline act, with the likes of Jeremy Loops, Francois van Coke and Karen Zoid also appearing.

Early Bird ticket sales end at midnight on Tuesday 14 February – get them here now.

Rubber Duc are excited to announce a very special Valentine’s show with Majozi, called Cupid Klapped MeMajozi and Rubber Duc have put together a beautiful event to entertain all romantics on Tuesday 14 February at Primi Piatti, Lifestyle Garden Centre, in Randpark Ridge. Get tickets for the event here.

Rubber Duc also announces the release of their next single Feet taken from their debut album The Secret SunriseFeet will hit the radio from Tuesday 7 February, launching on the 947 Breakfast Express together with its music video. A music video teaser can be viewed here.

Francois van Coke‘s second solo album, Hierdie Is Die Lewe, was released on Thursday, accompanied by the third music video from the album, Dit Raak Beter. The album is available in stores nationwide, on iTunes, Google Play, at launch tour shows and on vinyl from Permanent Record.

Karen Zoid will be performing at Bellville High School, Cape Town in aid of Stikland Mental Hospital. All profits from the show will go towards the hospital, and used purely to better the service for patients and to ensure that more people can be treated at the hospital.

“Karen is so popular and her music is loved by all. She has played a huge role in the South African music scene and is active in social awareness. So naturally we chose her to be the performer for the fundraiser and we are privileged to have her as a part of the event.” – Johann Vos, Chairman of Stikland Hospital Facility Board

There will be food and drink stalls at the event, as well as safe and secure parking at Bellville High School. Tickets are available for purchase at Bellville High School. See all details here.

Stoker released the first music from their self-titled debut album: Forever Drive.

“The song’s plot deals with my inner dialogue, the arguments and statements going back and forth. The look of the video accentuates this by giving the video an eerie feel, even though the melodies and vibe isn’t necessarily dark,” – Chris Bornman, Stoker lead vocalist/guitarist

Goodluck released a music for their collaboration track with German duo YOUNOTUS, The Open Sea. See it here:

Joburg-born Siphs released her debut single, We’ll Go Far (listen below).

We’ll Go Far is an anthem and a song for any moment in life. It’s an encouragement for not only myself but for anyone who believes they’ll go far in all they do in life. It’s also a song about love and appreciation for any relationship a person could be pursuing. Going far is something we all dream of doing in what we love and this year for me going far is the dream!” – Siphs

Get Siphs’ We’ll Go Far on iTunes.

We spoke to Richard Stirton in October when he launched his debut album, Middle Ground, but now he is kicking off an album launch tour.

“These have been the most surreal last few months and I cannot believe I finally have the opportunity to start releasing original music. I am feeling very blessed and I hope that everybody enjoys the music I have to share.” – Richard Stirton

Richard is also about to release his 3rd single, Call It Luck, in February.