Thursday, 7 December 2017

Nhoah releases µ-Ziq and 808 State remixes of ‘Abstellgleis’

Berlin-based electronic artist NHOAH is set to release ‘zu Remixen’ on 1st December via R.O.T respectortolerate Records. The package features breathtaking remixes by UK acid-house architects 808 State and London-based IDM pioneer µ-Ziq. 808 State boasts a long history of commercial success, with a discography spanning nearly 30 years. Their 1988 breakthrough album Newbuild saw a 2005 re-release via electronic mastermind Aphex Twin’s notorious imprint Rephlex Records. Experimental-techno giants Autechre have also cited 808 State as a major influence on their work. Collaborating with the likes of David Bowie, Björk, Quincy Jones and Brian Eno amongst others, 808 State’s music successfully charted with singles ‘Pacific State’ and ‘In Yer Face’ reaching #9 and #10 in the UK, as well as being hailed by NME as the band that “revolutionised a whole genre of music in the late-80s, inspiring Underworld, Orbital and the Chemical Brothers in the process”. “zu Remixen” has been received support from Resident Advisor, PopMatters, BBC Radio 6 Music’s Nemone as well as being included in The Quietus’ Albums Of The Month: Music We've Loved in November.

The 808 State remix will be released as part of a package alongside the astounding rework of the same track by acclaimed English producer µ-Ziq. Planet Mu’s µ-Ziq has crafted an astounding rework: NHOAH’s ‘Abstellgleis’ (µ-Ziq Remix). With a discography spanning over twenty years, µ-Ziq is considered a pioneer of IDM electronic music. The famed producer has collaborated with Aphex Twin and released on his label Rephlex Records, as well as collaborating with  Speedy J, and touring alongside Bjork. His own notorious label, Planet Mu needs no introduction and hosts the likes of Floating Points, Ceephax, Venetian Snares, Capitol K, Datach'i, Machinedrum, Kuedo, Jlin and Luke Vibert. His critically acclaimed 1997 album, Lunatic Harness, is hailed as defining the drill 'n' bass sub-genre and was nominated as Album Of The Week in both NME and Melody Maker.

NHOAH, a skilled producer, engineer and drummer in his own right, boasts a back catalogue which includes work alongside the producers of The Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, and Bronski Beat’s Larry Steinbachek. His previous album Tangowerk was nominated for the German Record Critics' Award Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. His extensive list of achievements includes work with Jayne County and Romy Haag, arranging and composing for David Hasselhoff, as well as contributing to material by contemporary French rock-star M. His own band Peacock Palace, whose song ‘Like A Snake’ sold more than 2 million copies, was the first German band to have their video on heavy rotation on MTV London. Alongside this, his work writing and producing for German pop-rock band MIA, earned him several Gold awards.

The original track is lifted from NHOAH’s dazzling LP West-Berlin. The album saw NHOAH reducing his instruments to only a modular synthesizer system, a few controllers, and a computer - exploring new developments in software and technology.

‘Abstellgleis’ has been effectively remixed by the legendary 808 State, crafting NHOAH’s original ideas into their own brand of electronica-fueled acid-house-bliss. London’s µ-Ziq has remixed NHOAH’s latest hypnotic single titled ‘Abstellgleis’, creating an unfathomable atmosphere around the original; upbeat overtones masked with ambient techno-esque mesmer, floating and fluttering synthesizer arpeggios, bright electronics disguised as acoustic complete with billowing bass swells to create the perfect aura.

808 State’s Graham had this to say about the remix; “We were happy to remix veteran Berlin producer NHOAH, I feel we share the longer timelines in electronic music, both drawing from a broader Well, while attempting to keep the chrome shining.”

As µ-Ziq explains about his input when putting his remix together, “Basically I tried to emulate the arpeggios and key changes but add a bit of my own melodic spice to it!”.

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Snatch! Records celebrates landmark 100th release

 On 17th November 2017 House music’s acclaimed imprint Snatch! Records celebrated its landmark 100th release, seeing the label’s esteemed head honcho Riva Starr team up with Chicago’s most unconventional House hero Green Velvet to deliver an EP well worthy of its billing.

This monumental two-track offering follows yet another year, for the label, at the forefront of credible House music and comprises of two exclusive dancefloor-ready cuts, in the form of the EP’s stomping title-track ‘Keep Pushin’ (Harder)’ and the strings-infused Techno groover ‘I Feel Good’, which both benefit from Velvet’s signature spoken vocal lines.   

Since its 2010 conception, Snatch! has prided itself on releasing music from a diverse array of talented artists, boasting releases from the likes of; Carl Cox, Groove Armada, Matthias Tanzmann, Skream, Andrea Oliva, Davide Squillace, Santos, Romanthony, Dennis Cruz, wAFF, Richy Ahmed, Darius Syrossian, Francisco Allendes, Adam Port, &ME, Butch and Paolo Martini among others plus Riva Starr himself.

“How mad is it that we’ve reached our 100th release? Snatch! has been a lab to test our mad ideas and I feel happy that we’ve helped break a lot of young producers too. It’s been a crazy ride so far but it’s just the start. There’s plenty more music to come, stay tuned!” Riva Starr
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Niro Perrone releases ‘Outlaw Trax 2009-2017’

As one half of Easy To Remember alongside brother Elia Perrone, Niro Perrone co-founded Unclear Records off the back of their events in Arezzo, Italy at Klang Club. Niro also launched his solo imprint PADS in 2016 and recently released an EP on Fred P’s BOARDS label, picking up support along the way from the likes of Roman Fluegel, Leftfield, DJ Deep and Frtis Wentink and more.

Here we see Niro look back through his productions over the years for some unreleased gems, collated together to become the ‘Outlaw Trax’ compilation, a collection of very personal tracks to him which explores his roots in Techno, all produced with the club in mind and approached with a live on the fly feel to truly capture the moments and a pure aesthetic.

As is often the way with Niro’s output we’re treated to raw rhythms, energetic synth work and hooky processed vocals, from the bumpy drums of ‘WTF Jumpin Dicks’, choppy synths of ‘Bunchy’ and the gritty ‘Drink, Fight and F’ through to more hypnotic, deeper offerings like the acid-tinged ‘Don’t Play With Cactus’, ‘In Trouble Every Single Day’ and ‘Gay Radar’, Niro always delivers emotive, understated and dance floor ready cuts.

Niro Perrone’s ‘Outlaw Trax 2009-2017’ is out on Unclear Records.

WTF Jumpin Dicks
Don’t Don’t
Drink, Fight and F
Don’t Play With Cactus
You’ll Never Take Me Alive
I Don’t Worry About Nothing
Gay Radar
Dop€ Money
In Trouble Every Single Day

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Friday, 29 September 2017

Uppermost shares emotive new track 'Make A Change'

Uppermost has just shared his new single 'Make a Change.' The French producer already has a long list of hit tracks. 'Flashback' and 'Beautiful Light' have generated more than 27 million combined streams, whilst his single 'Disco Kids' was selected to be featured in Mercedes-Benz’ Formula One campaign and his track 'Flashback' was featured on Vivelle Dop’s TV.

One can't help but be swept up in Uppermost's sound. As a "musical craftsman" he  approaches  production  with the will to bring instinctive emotion into the spotlight and is heavily influenced by the emotional side of music. His recent release of a 23-track career-spanning collection titled “Origins” (2011-2016) was a showcase of his french-wave touch, liquid disco grooves, and penchant for molten guitar funk.

His inspiration (as is apparent in his music) comes from a a wide variety of sources. Raised on Persian music, he also cites artists such as Daft Punk, Burial, Apparat, Phoenix and Pogo,  as influences. Thus, he is able to transform his affinity for these acts into a sound that pays homage to their influence, while at the same time resonating with his own distinctive style.

As the name suggests, ‘Make A Change’ is characterized by a weighted atmosphere and rich sonic textures. As the track increases in intensity, the listener is taken on  a journey through loaded structures and powerful compositions.

Speaking of the single UPPERMOST says: "Music can be a great way to escape from reality when it becomes too heavy and complicated to deal with, more than a shelter it's also a powerful key to action, a key to making changes for a better life.”

If 'Make A Change' is anything to go by, we will be hearing alot more from Uppermost in the future. Watch this space to stay in the loop and follow him on social media for updates.


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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Lee Gamble releases album 'Mnestic Pressure' from new label Hyperdub

Although it’s Gamble’s first release since 2014, Mnestic Pressure is his fifth LP and first release with new label Hyperdub.  He has been Dj-ing since he was a teenager and his style and approach to music has been mostly experimental.  In 2012 he released two albums Diversions 1994-1996 and Dutch Tvashar Plumes via PAN Records.

Released on 15 September, Mnestic Pressure builds on his recent experiments with each track taking you to a new space. The album was described as “a reset that sees a noticeable change in his sound and the concepts that feed into his music.”

The shift is deliberate as the London-based producer explains; "From Diversions 1994-1996 through to Koch - my music felt like I was dealing with signals from elsewhere - signals from the unconscious, sub-aqua, hallucinated, dreamed. Mnestic Pressure feels like their decoded offspring, a terra interpretation."

Lee’s thinking about how our memory is pressured both individually and collectively,  he adds;  "We live in these strobing, visual times, like a constant subliminal advertisement but, also over the last few years the world seems to have become more and more dreamlike, alien, and parodic itself and there was this part of me that wanted to drag my music back from this Shangri-La, but fully drenched and infected by its ghosts."

Listen to the first single ‘Istian’ below:

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Evil Needle hits another successful collab with 'Loud feat. Naji'

French producer Evil Needle has released another single, 'Loud feat Naji' from his upcoming album Abyssal off HW&W Recordings.

He has put himself on the map with support from Red Bull, BBC Radio 1, BBC 1xtra's Jamz Supernova, DJ Target and BBC Radio 3's Late Junction, and  his signature sounds have lit up venues such as Jazzcafe and Camden Assembly in London, Nuits Fauves in Paris, Razzmatazz in Spain and Cakeshop in Korea.

As evidence of his mulitalented approach to music,  he performed the background instrumentals in Doja Cat's  ‘So High,’ the video of which  has reached over 11 million plays, as well as over 1 million views in support from one of the most influential Youtube channels, Majestic Casual.

Drawing his influences from 90’s Hip-Hop, Evil Needle has crafted over the past few years his own and unique crystal-clear universe by blending lyrical and soulful synthesizer sections with powerful drums he has a flair for.  When asked in a recent interview with The Playground where he finds inspiration, he answered:  "Listening to other artists music (especially the up and coming), doing remixes or recreating songs for fun, or just simply trying out some different genres."

'Loud feat Naji' is yet another testament to his versatility as a producer and musician. Naji's smooth, low vocals and quick precise delivery are the perfect companion to Evil Needle's soundscape. On ‘Abyssal’, you’ll find beats that insist on atmospheric snare claps and borderline dance synths, delivering to everyone’s tastes.

Listen to 'Loud feat Naji' below:

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Bicep flex their musical muscles with their latest LP

The Belfast-based electro duo Bicep has just released their newest self-titled LP via Ninja Tune. Available since September 1st, this is the pair’s first album release in their 10-year career. The duo consists of Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson whose music started appearing in 2010. They started their blog ‘Feel my Bicep’ in 2008 and it has grown exponentially as to include a label of the same name.

Their music has featured on labels such as Throne of Blood, Traveller Records and Mystery Meat. Bicep received the 'Best of British Breakthrough DJ' award for Dj Mag in 2012.  Between 2012 and 2014 they have had 6 of their singles hit number one in the Juno Charts.
According to a press release, the album is a reflection of their passion for classic house, techno, and electro. They gave insight into the album; "We think the album itself is more on the home-listening side, but there are some tracks which will work in clubs as well," they say. "We also focused on really making sure that the mix-down was suited to headphones and home listening."

You can listen to ‘Vale’ here:

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

HVNNIBVL's 'On & On Remixes' still gaining momentum

Based in Buffalo, NY,  20-year-old artist Hvnnibvl has over 37 thousand Youtube plays, as well as a string of collaborations to boast. His single 'On & On' garnered support from the likes of The Vibe Guide and Clash Magazine, and he has worked with the likes of  Oliver Chang and Evan James, and has provided vocals for the Djakarta Warehouse Project’s festival anthem produced by Gianni Marino & Devarra.

His latest offering is 'On & On Remixes', features a host of producers spinning their take on his single. Vanillaz, Need No Sleep, Evix and Gummyb3ars all step up to the remix duties, resulting in a multi-genre collection."This song, though more classified as pop, stems as does most pop music right now, from EDM. We chose a few incredibly talented producers that span across the various sub genres in Dance music to do this round of official remixes" he said.

While the remixers offer their own unique soundscapes to the track, 'On & On'  uniquely Hvnnibvl. The young artist is becoming renowned for his idiosyncratic sound, and recently shared the stage with New Politics, Lil Uzi Vert, Black Bear and Roy Woods at the annual UB Student Association's Fallfest, a move in  parallel with what looks set to be his upward trajectory.


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Get ready to experience Kauf’s “Regrowth”

Ronald Kaufman otherwise known as Kauf, has announced the release of his next album Regrowth. The LA based singer-songwriter and composer has said that the album is set to be released in October. His distinctive electronic sound has developed through his strong musical background; he was part of an international choir, plays piano, and is a self-taught guitarist. A large portion of his work has been licensed for television, film and games – with an original track featuring in Grand Theft Auto V.

He has been working on the album for over two years and had the following to say in an interview with XLR8R: “The overarching theme is relationships breaking down—all kinds, not only romantic ones—and then recovery.  I don't necessarily want the songs to directly tell a story, but instead just present provocative bits and pieces like some worn, tattered treasure map.  Electronic production appeals to me because of the amount of innovation going on in the genre, and dance music brings people together in a very primal, physical way, so the goal was to mix it with lyrics and ideas that go a little deeper.”

Listen to 'Limestone' here:

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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Luca Lush drops original single “A BOY BRUSHED BLUE LIVING IN BLACK AND WHITE” while on tour in the US.

Luca Lush, the producer known for sporting signature blue locks, released ‘A Boy Brushed In Blue Living In Black and White’  on August 2017 after wrapping up the Australian leg of his international tour.

With half of his shows sold out, he managed to finish and release the track after an 8 month period. On his Soundcloud page he mentions that a failed relationship sparked the motivation to finish the track. He had previously shown a demo of the song to a few friends but described it as not being up to “snuff” at the time.
Deviating from his usual head-banger tracks, ‘A Boy Brushed In Blue Living In Black and White’ shows a softer side to Luca. Made up of a bouncy melody with choppy vocals and ending off with a sax solo, fans have called it his ‘best release to date.’ He promises to release more headbanging sounds in future and is currently working on his next EP.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Synthposium - Moscows New City Festival

Synthposium, the annual Moscow-based festival explores interdisciplinary cultures formed at the junction of electronic music and technology. This major urban event will provide a unique interactive platform for demonstrating engineering thought, digital design, business projects and the results of creative inquiry across different subjects. A series of talks, documentaries and art exhibitions will take place during both the day and evening, with three after parties at popular clubbing venues in Moscow including performances by a string of major artists.

Partnering up with British Council, with the support of 20 additional brands, the festival will showcase London-based three-man collective London Modular Alliance,  NTS Radio presenter and Ninja Tune’s Throwing Shade, audio visual artist Max Cooper and BBC broadcaster Matthew Sweet.

In addition, the festival will host artists such as Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Richard Devine, Ulrich Schnauss, Richard Fearless(Death in Vegas), Frank Muller aka Beroshima, Todd Sines, Baseck, Jacek Sienkiewicz, Rhizome aka Nikita Zabelin, Thomas P. Heckmann, Morphology, Pinkshinyultrablast, Opuswerk, Interchain, Interval and PTU and many more.

Facilitating workshops in their specialised fields, creative podiums will take place throughout the festival. Dmitry Morozov shares insight into technological art through the design of experimental sound instruments and modular synthesizers. Korg’s chief engineer, Tatsuya Takahashi, will speak about his role in designing affordable synths such as Monotron and Volca lines, and cinematic sound artist will premiere of Deckard's Dream, designed in Japan by Roman Filippov.

Visual artists include Alexey Rudenko aka arhew0, Anastasya Alekhina, Andrey Guryanov , Formic Acid , Galina Leonova, Misak Samokatyan, Pasha Seldemirov, Stain and Vahram Akimyan.

Daytime Events
Winzavod Contemporary School of Arts
Main Program – expo, music performances,lectures, public talks, interactive art, food & fun
Thursday, August 24th — 18:00-23:00
Friday, August 25th — 18:00-23:00
Saturday, August 26th — 12:00-23:00
Sunday, August 27th — 12:00-23:00

Moscow Film School
Lectures, workshops, public talks, various educational events
Thursday, August 24th — 12:00-20:00
Friday, August 25th — 12:00-20:00

Evening Events
Pluton (Friday 25/08)
Rodnya (Saturday 26/08)

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

// Interview // Catching up with µ-Ziq

We chat to Planet Mu’s record label owner and producer Mike Paradinis about the diversity of artists on his roster, creating an authentic voice and creating original content.

Q.Your record label Planet Mu plays host to a diverse range of artists that take your body and mind into astral activity, spirited fantasies, nostalgic ambience and twitching rhythms. Can you tell us about the process of pooling together such an eclectic mix of artists to represent.

A.Well it’s been a twenty plus year process. Each year we put out several records by new artists and it all accumulates into the roster we have today. As the years pass, my tastes develop and I’m always seeking new, relevant and exciting sounds.

Q.You’ve been creating musical narratives for the better half of three decades. How has the journey progressed since your starting point.

A. I’ve just got older and have less time. The music industry has certainly changed a lot in that time, and so has the nature of my job as both a musician and label boss, for obvious reasons.

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Thursday, 27 July 2017

// Interview // Catching up with Faul & Wad

French duo  FAUL & WAD are back with a wonderfully uplifting new slice of melodic house music.

Music has the power to unite, to inspire love, laughter and joy - new single ‘I Need You’ is one of those heartwarming cuts that taps into the universal power of music and will provide countless listeners with lifelong memories.

Produced with talented folk musician Avalanche City, from New Zealand, this hot new release is the second piece of original material from FAUL & WAD. It follows on from their debut track ‘Changes’, recorded with Australian pop group PNAU back in 2013, a huge hit which has picked up over 50 million views on YouTube.

FAUL & WAD will cement their growing reputation as purveyors of unforgettable tunes that have a positive outlook and tons of dance floor appeal. From the glorious strings to the euphoric keys, and the unashamedly optimistic atmosphere, everything about ‘I Need You’ screams happiness, and why not?

This is smile-inducing music from a formidable duo who understand the power of music and its ability to lift people. Look at any dance floor around the world and you will see all different people dancing side by side, united by the music and the good feeling it gives them.

We hooked up with them to chat about their music, inspirations and future endeavours. Take a look at what they had to say…

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today? 
Hi there we are good! And today we are in our home studio finishing some instrumental for our upcoming song

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
Our sound is uplifting, summery and dancing

What are the 5 albums that have influenced you the most?
- Imprint Of Pleasure - Tube & Berger
- Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Justice - Justice
- Lucky girl EP - Dj Mehdi
- Bittersweet - Rodriguez Jr

Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
We are a lot into Sigala for his ridiculously uplifting vibes ! And we listen to a lot of folk artists too, we love the guitar riffs from Moriarty, Passenger, Asaf Avidan..

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
In the Studio, our go to is the monitor speakers Adam A3X that we absolutely love

What would you say some of the challenges artists face today in the music industry?
The challenge is all about making good tracks :)

Where do you gather songwriting inspiration? 
We gather  songwriting inspiration by living experiences and try new stuff, also doing sport

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting your music together?
There's no particular steps when writing music, it can start from a piece of vocals , drums, a piano, anything that we think has a good vibe

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
Our best gigs ever take place in Paris because we feel very supported and people love us and we love them.. also because it's home

And the worst?
The worst gig we had was in a club in a lost place in Germany where the mixtable was doing crazy high pitch noises.

If you weren't a musician what would you be? 
Maxime : I would be a teacher
Camil : I would be a drawer

Do you have any particular gigs or festivals that you dream about playing?
We would love to play on the Ultra Miami main stage

If you could perform alongside any other band or artist, living or dead, who would it be?
We would love to perform alongside big singers like Ellie Goulding , she has a angel voice

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
All we can say is that we have great things coming up soon and it's still work in progress ;)

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Highly anticipated EP "Seaflow" released by SEAPORA.

“Seaflow” will be released on 27th April via Chillage Records by stunning songtress SEAPORA whose sultry vocals have made her a favourite following her previous released singles example, “Traveling” that was premiered by Earmilk whilst its remix by Spoken Bird has seen support from The Untz, The Accidental Poet and QRD Music and her most recent single, “Per Angel” premiered via CLASH Mag. The album was produced by Peter Farr (Urple Eeple), Ian Anderson (Somatik) and Jeff Harris (Thattix). SEAPORA has gone on to receive impressive support from YourEDM, having reached #1 on EDM Africa chart, and she has worked alongside Jay Wiltzen & Alex Blue (BLU J), Alex Gonzalez (Spoken Bird) and  Will Bauer (Elevated Mind) for previous album ‘Seapop’. SEAPORA gained support from the likes of Magnetic Magazine, Insomniac, Amazing Radio and Keep It Underground and played at Lucidity Festival and Treefort Music Festival.

The electronic musicans production can be stylistically compared to Burial, as her vocals are reminiscent of Beth Gibbons (Portishead), Björk or Lamb. SEAPORA’s sound has become “synonymous with ethereal soundscapes and soulful vocal leads. Moved by the power of the auditory sense, SEAPORA uses her music to experience and capture mood, and through musical composition she connects with the world.” Citing her influences to be amongst artists Bjork, Robotaki, Tycho, Enya, Deep Forest, and Goldfrapp, she made her first piano composition at the age of 12.

"Following her previous release ‘Seapop’ the new album "Seaflow" is the second album in a trilogy, and the first single to be taken from the album, ‘Traveling’ consists of “dreamy vocals between flowing, ambient soundscapes, the track is an aural distillation of emotion, music that offers everything, but demands nothing.”

Speaking of “Seaflow,” SEAPORA says: "The lyrical content in "Seaflow" takes the listener on a journey through the self and deals with existential themes surrounding life and death. In "Seaflow" we get a glimpse of what it means to be truly alive and experience our own truth. The multifaceted nature of life inspired this album, as well as the awe-inspiring beauty of our planet." 

Listen/Stream "Seaflow"

"Seaflow" Tracklist:

1. Distant Vision Pt. 1
2. Royale - Eternal
3. Per Angel
4. Distant Vision Pt. 2
5. Traveling
6. Saturday Morning
7. Don't Speak Demon
8. Glide
9. Distant Vision Pt. 3
10. Traveling (Spoken Bird Remix)
11. Traveling (Urple Eeple Remix)
12. Royale - Eternal (MKLY Remix)

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

// Interview // Catching up with Sebastian Chenut

bORDEL Records has recently released Sebastien Chenut’s M.O.L.R.M.X (inc Sutra Gutierrez remix)

L.A based, Sebastien Chenut is half of French electronic duo Scratch Massive and has been making music for 15 years plus. As both a vocalist and a beat maker he produces gorgeous synth pop and electro that is effortlessly breezy. Here he gets a little darker and more experimental with a moody cut of fizzing electronics.

C.A.R. is Chloé Raunet, a half-French, Canadian born, London based artist who was signed to Kill The DJ, co-hosts a show on NTS and makes music on the weirder-end of electronic spectrum that mixes up pop, synth, post punk and kraut into her own beguiling forms. She was also the vocalist for the band Battant. First up is her live take version of ‘Motor Of Love’ and it’s a slowly unfolding track with shadowy drones and curious synth chords all building to a crescendo. Swirling pads add scale and foreboding vocals bring a sense of menace to this eerie arrangement.

Next comes a remix from Sutja Gutierrez, a Spaniard who is an artist, musician, member of the band The Fruhstucks as well as a host of the radio show Rational Anthem at His scintillating version is a blizzard of electronic and guitar riffs, whirring machine sounds and stormy atmospheres all underpinned by jumbled drums. It is one to get your whole body on edge and is a potent and powerful brew.
The excellent original version of ‘Motor of Love’ is a freeform synth jam with lines that gurgle and bubble about, changing shape and pattern before your very ears. The soft rubber drums progressively sweep you up and a distant mix of watery sounds, whispery vocals and dark acid slowly come to the fore so things end up in a very different place from where they start.

We chatted to him about the release, his inspirations and his songwriting process

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?
I’m very good thanks, it’s very sunny as usual in LA and I’m going to the studio

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
Dark Electronic Techno Music

What are the 5 albums that have influenced you the most?
1 - Altern 8 - Full On Mass Hysteria
2 - Soft Cell -  Tainted Love
3 - Aphex Twin - The Selected Ambient Works 85 / 92
4 - Madonna - Blue
5 - LFO - LFO

Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
Poor Grrrl, Maxwell Sterling, Johnny Jewel, Big Thief, Maud Geffray, Mark Pritchard, Turbotito, Sutja Gutierrez..
Those guys seems bringing me a right definition of modern music..

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
We used for a long time with Scratch Massive plug ins etc..selling all our vintage equipment. But since 5 years we are back with full analog environment and inside this family back in the studio, the Sequential Circuit Pro One and Roland JP6 are the ones made our sound the sound we want, period!

What would you say some of the challenges artists face today in the music industry?
Too many artists!

Where do you gather songwriting inspiration?
I moved from Paris to LA and it changed a lot of things in music and the one we do with Maud Geffray for Scratch Massive. My inspiration comes now from the big space, the large infinity, the mountains surrounding on of the largest city of the world, you can see far, high and this do change our perception of making music, giving more time and space in it..

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting your music together?
Not really, it comes how it comes, I make the sequencers rolling together and try to find a melody or mood from them to start to build something with it..But there is no special order to get to this point.

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
I think it is the Gay Pride stage for the finale at Place de La Republique in Paris in 2015 after all the terrorism attacks, the place was full of 20000 people and it was incredibly touching to see all of them were strong and full of dignity with no fear, just pure joy!

And the worst?
Kyoto in Japan, small club, too much fog from humidity, all the people drunked as they could t stand on their feet, man walking on a girl in the toilet, the girl so drunk couldn t say a word, dancefloor with no vision, bad ambience,  I like trash but that was beyond trash, it was boring apocalyptic ...

If you weren't a musician what would you be?
Movie director or wine maker

Where do you see the future of recorded music heading? Into more and more collaborative artistic spaces, mixing sounds and visuals, etc? In your eyes, what does the music industry NEED most of all?
I mean we are already much in further place that I could excepted 10 years ago. Technology is going so fast that you have crazy gears for everyone, the music communications between old synth and modern environment is not anymore a trouble, we have every possible we could need with us. So to be honest I don t what else we could get too anymore. It is also like for everything else so much new stuff coming it is hard to keep following.. saying that, today everybody can record and have a super studio for nothing and have a huge sound.
Then it opens a lot of new windows for artists, we can mix video and music, we can color grade ourselves, mixing music, we are so much surrounded by technology that things became more easier, we can now produce a record from A to Z, including in house music videos, artwork, design etc…
I see a lot of music producers recently directing their own videos, I think Its great because you can really developing your art with all the angles possible you wanted to reach.

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
We will release in the next 6 months on our label bORDEL a new ep of Turbotito called " Different" with remixes of Kasper Bjorke & Gemini Brothers, our first compilation called "moRtel" with only LA based artists, new single of Scratch Massive, Turbotito first solo album and more to come....

Finally, how are you feeling about 2017? How do you think musicians have been affected by the uncertainty and upheaval the world is experiencing right now? 
We are living in a strange mode of life, its been very hard in Europe, and in particular my own country France. Its not easy, it does put tension between people.
I'm living n LA, the mood is very chill and its very a big contrast when I go back to Europe now and I understand totally, I have been there when severals attacks happened..
Music always been a refuge for escaping and protesting in the same time, it what we do and we always do!

1.    Motor Of Love - C.A.R.'s Asleep At The Wheel (Live Take)
2.    Motor Of Love (Sutja Gutierrez remix)
3.    Motor Of Love

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Friday, 23 June 2017

// Interview // Catching up with ASJOCKERS

Tom Neevo and Joris Barston formed the duo Asjockers, and started producing tracks in 2013. Thanks to varied productions and shows based on stage presence and public participation, the Jockers have emerged from the crowd.

Now supported by big names (such as Maeve Carter and Mercer), these 20-year-old Dj's are already marking the spirits of the clubs they visit with awesome graphics, constant new musical discoveries, amazing shows, and good humor.

Thanks to their universe, the nation of Jockers never stops growing and fans never miss a single one of their appointments.

We hooked up with Asjockers and had a chat about music, production and the bright looking future ahead.

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today? 
We’re fine, just preparing our tour with the team!

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
Actually, we just produce that’s what makes us happy and groove, but we can play many different styles during a live set, so our sound is... Bass, Groove, and Bass!!!

What are the 5 albums that have influenced you the most?
Maybe not a full albums but some tracks of a few artists like Madeon, Dj Snake, Damien N-drix, Brohug & Loge21

Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
Malaa, because his bass comes from another world. Damien N-drix again, because he's from France and he can conquer the world with his tracks! Bruno Mars, because he can make you cry and dance in one track! Future, because hip hop and trap is in all of our tracks... At the moment we’re just into "global music"!

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
A sound card, good monitorings, a keyboard (optional if you're a genius) and HUGE inspiration! That's the secret!

What would you say some of the challenges artists face today in the music industry?
Never forget how you got here!

Where do you gather songwriting inspiration? 
The bedroom, when the chill is maximum!!

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting your music together?
I sing a melody inside my head, and when I have the perfect beat, or rhythm, or just a track (for me), I run into the studio and give life to them!

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
InterBDE Festival! We had the chance to meet Chocolate Puma, Bassjackers, Tom Tyger and just the crowd.... Wow, that was the craziest festival!

And the worst?
We never had a really "bad gig", but at Le Chat Noir (Dijon), it wasn’t about the club (the club and the staff were really, really great), but we played just after the terrorist attack in France. So we had a bad feeling during the set,and the crowd too. So, not the worst, but the saddest, and trying to have a party when the country is crying... that is really difficult.

 If you weren't a musician what would you be?
A sketch artist, or chef, or athlete... I don't know! There are so many things I would love to be!

Do you have any particular gigs or festivals that you dream about playing?
Tomorrowland is the biggest electronic music festival so, that will be the best! But we love to play in clubs, because you don’t have this huge distance between you and the crowd, and you're not alone in your DJ booth! You can interact directly with people, so we would love play in Hï ibiza for that.

If you could perform alongside any other band or artist, living or dead, who would it be?
Linkin Park!

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
We’ve just finished a remix of Migos - Bad & Boujee which will be in free download very soon. We’re also preparing to go on a world tour starting on June 24th in Croatia!

But if you want to know more, just follow us on social media!
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Sunday, 4 June 2017

// INTERVIEW // Catching up with Fvck Divmonds

Hailing from Atlanta Georgia FVCKDIVMONDS has been creating a serious wave in the world of dance music.

His productions blur the lines between modern house music & southern rap making for a deadly combination. He has garnered attention from some of the biggest artists in the realm of EDM including Diplo, Mayhem, HXV, Loudpvck, Krewella, Tommie Sunshine, Wuki, Ookay, Sikdope, Diskord, Joyryde, Autoerotique, Downlink, Unlike Pluto & many more. If you’re looking to enter the world of loud, aggressive house & garage music a FVCKDIVMONDS show is a perfect place to get your fix.

We caught up with FVCKDIVMONDS...

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today? 
Yo guys, thanks for reaching out today I'm headed to go do a guest mix/interview about my upcoming EP.

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
Urban house music, wubs and gun shots lol.

What are the 5 albums that have influenced you the most?
I don't have 5 albums per se, but I'm really influenced by southern rap music, old hardcore music, and today's modern bass house sound.

Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
Joyryde & Jvst say yes are my absolute favorites right now, those dudes are absolutely crushing it. Also been really into these dudes Brohug, they have a super gritty sound but everything is still so groovy. I always have my ear to the streets for new rappers as well so I've been listening to a lot of Lil Pump, XXXtentacion and dudes like that.

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
Massive & serum are big factors, I also love wowfilter you can really do some wild stuff with that.

What would you say some of the challenges artists face today in the music industry?
Getting the recognition you deserve is sometimes a challenge, but I think in the long run as long as you make good music people will find you and fuck with your sound. There's something for everyone.

Where do you gather songwriting inspiration? 
Like I said previously I listen to A LOT of rap music, but I also fuck with old D.C. Hardcore bands like minor threat, black flag. Classic rock also plays a big part, my pops raised me on Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Doors, all that lol.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting your music together?
Usually I like to get a solid drum pattern down then I build everything around that. Drums are the most important part of dance music so they should always be the main focus.

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
I've been blessed to have travelled to a bunch of different cities as well as playing here in Atlanta, every gig to me is the best gig. I love playing live.

And the worst?

If you weren't a musician what would you be? 
Shit, I don't even know, lol.  I love music too much I can't see myself anywhere else. Maybe a NASCAR driver.

Do you have any particular gigs or festivals that you dream about playing?
I'd love to play EDC, it's like the showcase of the all stars.

If you could perform alongside any other band or artist, living or dead, who would it be?
Probably just all my homies, doing stuff with your friends is always the best.

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
Sometime in June I will be releasing my debut EP & I’m extremely excited about that. It encompasses everything I love in music into a complete body of work. As for shows, we've been working on a few dates for summer which will be fun. Big thanks to y'all for reaching out for the interview!

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Sónar Welcomes Back Resident Advisor to 2017 SonarLab Stage

Resident Advisor will make an immensely popular return to Sónar this year, co-curating the Saturday night programme at the massive Barcelona music festival, which runs from 15-17 June.

This will be the second time that Resident Advisor have hosted a SonarLab evening, and fans can expect to see bold, adventurous acts such as Carl Craig, Francesco Tristano, Daphni, Hunee, Marcel Dettmann, Dr. Rubinstein, Beautiful Swimmers and t q d, to name but a few.

To get a taste of what to expect, check out some footage from Kerri Chandler’s set from last year’s event, which was streamed live to Facebook.

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Mogwai Fans Brace Themselves For Ticket Rush

Although still a long way away, Mogwai fans will rise bright and early on Friday morning to secure their tickets for the band’s year-end hometown show, to be held at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on the 16th of December.

The post-rock band has recently finished recording a new record, their 9th studio album and the first with producer David Fridmann since 2001’s Rock Action.

Tickets for Mogwai’s hometown show are available from Ticketmaster, with pre-sales beginning on Wednesday, January 25th at 9am.
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East London ‘Hub-Club’ Secures Lease Deal

Shoreditch ‘hub-club’ Village Underground has announced a new 15-year lease deal with the Hackney council. The contract will be signed "in the coming days," the venue’s founder, Auro Foxcroft, announced yesterday.

In addition to being a popular venue, Village Underground also provides studio space for around 30 artists and new businesses, and  Foxcroft says they are looking forward to being able to make “sustainable plans for the future” in the wake of the news of the lease extension.

This is timely news for UK music fans, who have seen various venues closed down over the last 24 months in both London and Manchester. Foxcroft is optimistic that this tide may finally be turning: “This has been the first time in almost a decade that we've ended the year with the same number of grassroots venues as we started. The decline has stopped, the tide is turning and this is the beginning of good news and progress for London's venues, clubs and incredible nightlife."

Hackney mayor Philip Glanville was in similarly bullish spirits about the lease agreement, declaring, “This is a great example of a local authority working with and supporting a thriving and well-respected local independent venue... We are sending out a strong message about the value of our arts and music venues for the community and local economy, and how as a council, we will do everything we can to protect them."

Check out Village Underground’s 10th Birthday celebration video below.

Antal Contributes All-Japanese Mixtape for Altered Soul Experiment Series

Rush Hour co-founder Antal Heitlager has become the seventh contributor to Altered Soul Experiment’s mixtape series.

Officially called ASE07-CASS, the label has indicated that the mixtape will encompass ambient and classical Japanese sounds, “rare jazz fusion”, contemporary eletronica and various “synth oddities” from the island nation.

Dutch DJ Antal has the following to say about the mix: "I had December and snowflakes in Japan on my mind… I used to love Takeshi Kitano's movies, for instance, but also the soundtracks... I have a weak spot for Japanese nostalgia."

Altered Soul Experiment Vol. 7 will officially be released on February 5th, but you can preview the interesting, eclectic mixtape below.

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Field Day Line-Up Hots Up

London’s Field Day Festival today added another scorching set of names to its already giddying line-up. The one-day event, to be held at Victoria Park on June 3rd this year, promises to be one of the absolute highlights on London’s 2017 gig calendar.

Incomparable hip hop duo Run the Jewels,   me (who will play live), Dekmantel Soundsystem and ABRA now join a bill that already includes the likes of Aphex Twin, Nicolas Jaar, Nina Kraviz and Jon Hopkins.

In its 11th year in 2017, this year’s Field Day Festival promises to be, in the words of its organisers, an “unmissable spectacle.”
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// Interview // Catching up with Royale

Oakland-based duo Royale is an exciting new musical collaboration between Peter Farr and Annie Jacobsen. Following in the footsteps of acts such as Burial, Ghostek and XXYYXX, the band offsets rich, lush melodic phrases against edgy, industrial beats.

We spoke to Royale about Future Garage music, spiritualism in the process of composition, and the art of making rhythms that sound “sultry and gritty” all at the same time...

1. You describe your sound as "Future Garage" music. Can you unpack this term a little? What do you want listeners to get from your music?

Annie: What I love about the “Future Garage” sound is the melodic architecture that often contains deep hand-crafted synth work. Artists developing this style of music also tend to incorporate elements of playful vocal work and creative rhythmic patterns that are sultry and gritty at the same time.

Peter: Future Garage is a relatively recent style of music that incorporates influences from UK garage and 2-step.  Dark atmospheric sounds, pads, field recordings, pitched vocals and vinyl crackle are all common to the genre, as well as the borrowed 2-step and garage rhythms.  There’s a certain vibe to it that’s very enticing, and there’s a certain meeting that it invites with the cold urban landscape that feels ripe for the story of our modern times.

2. Where's the best place to listen to Royale's music?

Annie: I feel like Royale’s music can be listened to just about anywhere, but we have found that it is widely appreciated on road trips and when one is contemplating and chilling out alone or with a small group. There are a lot of intellectual musical layers that tend to unfold in one’s own space. If listened to in a group, it would be best in an underground conscious scene.

Peter: Perhaps the most ideal place doesn’t exist yet, a post-apocalyptic landscape where humanity hangs on by a sliver, and your last remnant of hope is a stranger, your future soul mate, walking towards you across the desolate landscape.

3. What is it about each other, as musicians or as people, that made you excited to collaborate together?

Annie: Peter is one of the most innovative producers I know, and I love his approach to musical composition and beat structure. It is completely different than my own, which tends to be more four on the floor and house-forward in structure. I believe that the ‘opposites attract’ approach is what makes our compositions come together in a unique way. Peter brings out the best vocals in me, and has a way of modulating and modifying them to where they can become unique instruments. He takes his time developing melodic patterns that are original and layered, which I love. Peter’s understanding of music theory and sound placement refines our sound while keeping it pure and authentic in nature.

Peter:  Annie has always been an incredibly talented singer and I’ve always admired her skill on the microphone and also her melodic tendencies.  She’s a fantastic pianist and understands how to tell and compose a story.  Working with her is a treat to say the least, as we can fuse the best of our talents together to create music that is completely different from what either of us would make on our own.  It’s not a ‘mixing’, but more like a metamorphosis where the result is always pleasing and surprising.

4. How does your collaborative process work? Is each song co-written, or does one of you take the lead from track to track?

Annie: Each track is different, but for our latest release “Eternal” Peter took the lead with a lot of the beat structuring and crafting of the bass. He used the Moog to create original synth sounds and I played in the lead melody. The vocal work and lyric writing was done by myself and Peter manipulated my voice in the beginning of the track to make it more of a background instrument. All of the mixing and mastering was done by Peter.

Peter:  It’s hard to definitively say how any collaborative process works.  I have a few collaborative projects on the go and I think even for collab projects that have gone on for years, every single project is completely different.  The creative ebb and flow is unpredictable between artists, and their contributions vary greatly from song to song.

5. "Eternal" is a beautiful song, that seems to have a spiritual dimension to both the lyrics and to the sounds you've employed in the track. What are some of the strongest themes running through your music?

Annie: Music is how I connect to the world and to others, and Royale’s music is all about the deeper ways in which we can all connect. “Eternal”, specifically, is about the eternal search for truth, which also relates to the eternal search to be re-united with the divine and ultimately to our own internal selves.

Peter: “Eternal” was a very spiritual song and actually all of the songs we’ve written together have taken a spiritual tone. “Sojourn”, which I wrote for Annie’s Seapop release, was a song about rebirth using symbolism derived from the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The song told a story about a journey through space to the center of the sun, where one would be reborn.  “Eternal” was somewhat about a similar idea, an eternal search for truth, and the eternal journey back to who we really are - the self that exists when ego dies - and so both of these songs approach this endless journey home in unique ways.  I don’t know if this will be our continuing inspiration in future songs, but I do think that music has the power to reach deep into the heart of humanity, and Royale certainly is a project that always intends to reach deep.

6. What's on the horizon for 2017? What can fans expect?

Annie: We have some tracks in the works and are looking forward to releasing an EP later this year.

Peter: We are working on an EP, although it isn’t complete yet, so we don’t have a launch date set just yet. It will be definitely be very special to share with our fans, though, when it’s done.
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