"Midnight Driver", the new single from London-based soft-rock, disco, and funk specialist Joel Sarakula is a driving soft-rock fantasy where the narrator laments his partner's nocturnal habits by pleading 'When she's coming up it gets me down'. The Californian sun-kissed guitars, smooth vocal stylings, and Latin percussion all help to set a cinematic mood which unsurprisingly also makes it a great driving song. On the flip side is 'I'm Still Winning', a 70s disco-inspired track where Sarakula fully immerses himself in the shady world of casinos and high-stakes gambling. Sounding like a defiant riposte from the title character of The Eagles' 'Desperado', Sarakula sings 'like a junky when he gets his fix, an old dog with some brand new tricks, playing cards is how I get my fix and I'm still winning' with a vocal channeling 70s icons Boz Scaggs and Ned Doheny.
-Joel Sarakula is a regular fixture on the festival and club circuit having performed at SXSW, Primavera Sound, Glastonbury, Reeperbahn Festival, and Imaginafunk.
-Shows planned for California, Austin, and NYC dates in Feb/March 2024.
-This 7" release will be followed by a full digital release of the LP "Companionship" in November 2023 which includes the tracks from this 7".
-Available on black vinyl and on limited edition blood orange clear vinyl.
I'm Still Winning