Archive for May, 2012
Digitalism has lovingly created a mix for !K7’s legendary DJ-Kicks series. For these two young Germans, Jens Moelle and İsmail Tüfekçi, joining the ranks of contributors to the series was nothing short of a dream come true. Twelve years ago, the duo met as two record store workers in Hamburg, admiringly selling the DJ-Kicks series to their customers, and appreciating the dexterity of the mixes and range of artists who assembled each mix. Their favourite contributions include Tiga’s mix (“his mix was the essence of edgy and cold electro-techno.”), the Playgroup mix (“more really playful stuff.)” and Erlend Oye’s mix (“cause he sung over a lot of stuff and had some favorites like Jürgen Paape, the collaboration with Morgan Geist and Avenue D (2D2F) on it.”).
Summer 2012 is Digitalism’s time; a statement for which the mix they have created is as compelling an argument as any. Impetuous, full of attitude, and just a bit cocky, the sounds shift challengingly between electro rock and synth-pop, new wave and trance, techno and disco punk and pop glamour. The backbone of the mix is a healthy portion of new exclusive Digitalism material, fleshed out with choice tracks by Optimo, Alex Gopher, WhoMadeWho, Vitalic, The Rapture, and many more.
Moelle and Tüfekçi wanted to represent their history as DJs, their “sonic universe” as they call it, and thereby the journey they’ve travelled over the last years along with friends like Justice, 2Many DJ´s, Soulwax, Erol Alkan, Boys Noize and Pedro Winter. The goal was to unite new Digitalism music and “timeless pieces that describe us and our sound. It shouldn’t be just another contemporary (see, there’s the word “temporary”) DJ mix.”
Many of the group’s favourite DJ-Kicks mixes feature exclusive tracks, remixes, etc. from the contributing artist. Digitalism kept this in mind as inspiration, and decided to go a step further and include quite a lot of new material – in the final mix we find six new tracks as well as a treasure trove of brand new edits and remixes custom made by Moelle and Tüfekçi.
“Whenever we do something for too long (in our eyes), we tend to do the opposite next. We did the full concert thing (including live drums etc) last year, and our last album was very song-based, so it was natural for us to make a few new dancier tracks. There was no concept behind the new songs, we just jammed around. Once they were done, we loved them so much that there was no way around putting them on the next possible release. People out there shouldn’t have to wait too long.” To top their generosity concerning new material the duo also decided to give public birth to two custom “club weapons” (“Simply Dead” and “The Pictures”) which have appeared in their sets for ages but have yet to see an official release.
Much of the other music on the mix comes courtesy of friendly associated labels and producers, cleverly mixed up with tracks by models of the past. The resulting mix is perfect for “a sundowner drink” as they say themselves. “We can imagine this running around late afternoon/sundown. By the time it gets dark, you can dive deeper into the music.”
Fans won’t have to wait long to hear the new material in its proper state: blasting from stage sound systems worldwide. Moelle and Tüfekçi have firmly established their new live incarnation as THE BAND DIGITALISM, which they built up step by step from the early bedroom-producer-set-up. Accordingly, seeing Digitalism live in 2012 is be more akin to a rock concert than a regular club gig: a sweaty, rock-lusture experience, where distortion meets discomania.
The band is confirmed for performances at festivals like Sonne Mond Sterne, Berlin Festival, Balaton Sound, Terraneo… and, without want to betray too much of their surprises, rumour has it that a new live show was conceived during their California writing and producing exile. Recent reports from audiences in Italy, France and Australia, where the new live show debuted, have suggested the experience as nothing short of “mindblowing.”
01. AXEL LE BARON & KURBATOV – MENACE (ORIGINAL MIX)
02. SURRENDER ! – TRAVELLERS (SHAROOZ REMIX)
03. HEY TODAY! – 83
04. ALEX GOPHER – BRAIN LEECH
05. TWR72 – SUMMER
06. DIGITALISM – FALLING *
07. GAI BARONE – ALICUDI (DIGITALISM ELECTRO CLASH EDIT) *
08. DIGITALISM – SIMPLY DEAD *
09. WHOMADEWHO – THE SUN
10. KÖLSCH – LORELEY
11. GRAUZONE – RAUM (ATA’S EXTENDED MIX)
12. TOMAS BARFOD – CAME TO PARTY
13. DIGITALISM – A NEW DRUG *
14. DIGITALISM – SILENZ *
15. HIROKI ESASHIKA – KAZANE
16. VITALIC – SECOND LIVES
17. DIGITALISM – SO TOTALLY GOOD *
18. HOUSEMEISTER – SOMMER
19. THE RAPTURE – SAIL AWAY (DIGITALISM REMIX) *
20. THE SNEEKERS – TEDDY (ORIGINAL MIX)
21. AUTOTUNE – KEEP IT WRONG
22. DIGITALISM – THE PICTURES
* = DJ-Kicks exclusive
A1. DIGITALISM – FALLING
A2. GAI BARONE – ALICUDI (DIGITALISM ELECTRO CLASH EDIT)
B1. DIGITALISM – SIMPLY DEAD
B2. DIGITALISM – A NEW DRUG
C1. DIGITALISM – SO TOTALLY GOOD
C2. DIGITALISM – SILENZ
D1. THE RAPTURE – SAIL AWAY (DIGITALISM REMIX)
D2. DIGITALISM – THE PICTURES
2012 marks the 27th anniversary of !K7 Records. The label will be celebrating with a series of live events, releases, and special projects incorporating music and artists from past, present and future of the label, and the DJ-Kicks series.
Download Rudimental’s FADER Mix
Babara Jean English, “Im Living a Lie”
Coat of Arms, “Living Together”
Paper Crows, “Happier (Rudimental Remix)”
Rudimental, “Feel The Love (Rudimental’s VIP Remix)”
Justin Martin, “Don’t Go”
Mosca, “Getting me Down”
Disclosure, “Boiling f. Sinead Harnett”
Rudimental f. MNEK and Syron, “Spoons”
The Milk, “Broke up the Family (Hostage Vs RackNRuin Remix)”
Brother to Brother, “In the Bottle”
Benny Banks, “Bada Bing (Rudimental Remix)”
Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Got to Have it”
Rudimental f. MC Shantie, “Deep in the Valley”
Kidnap Kid, “Vehl”
Labrinth, “Express Yourself (Rudimental Remix)”
Mount Kimbie, “Carbonated”
Jay-Z, “Friend or Foe”
Portico Quartet, “Steepless (Grey Remix)”
Rudimental f. Iman, “Runaway”
Rotate, “Blue Forest Grotto (Original Mix)”
Wretch 32 f. Ed Sheeran, “Hush Little Baby (Rudimental Remix)”
Fugees, “The Mask”
Andrew Beyer f. Kerry Leva Calyx, “In and Out of Phase (TeeBee Remix)”
The Ganja Kru, “Super Sharp Shooter”
Rudimental f. John Newman, “Feel The Love”
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Imugem Orihasam is one of Japan’s most exciting and driven electronic music composers. With a slew of releases on the likes of Ilian Tape, Sistrum and New Kanada, to name but a few, he is clearly a man on a mission. He started out making hip hop beats in 1997 but by 2000 exposure to Jeff Mills by a close friend ignited a fire that burns deep and blue.
artist: Imugem Orihasam
Vinyl: 30th July 2012
digital: 30th July 2012
A1: 10 minutes ago
B1: 1 PM
Upon listening to these four tracks two things becomes clear, Imugem’s unique vision as well as his immaculate sound design and production sensibility. The tracks are deep but propulsive, futuristic yet filled with emotion. Dive in.
If 3 is, indeed, the magic number, then there’s something very special going on here. Those initials will immediately give the game away to anyone who is a fan of exciting, forward-thinking electronic dance music, as 3 of its most talented exponents have ganged up for a studio session and cast a musical spell that is nothing short of extraordinary.
Fresh from his exceptional remix of the classic Circulation track “Turquoise” (Mesmeric), and brand new track “Genesis” coming on Sven Vath’s Cocoon later in June, who else but the melodic maestro – Guy J – could be the perfect creative studio partner for John Digweed and Nick Muir, producers of the finest electronic dance music, who have been involved in many pivotal moments in the world of club music over the years and have in many ways helped to define genres & push the boundaries ever further forward?
As with all their releases, “TREZZZ” shows that no one is resting on past laurels but always developing their sound in an exciting direction. Those with fingers firmly on the pulse of innovative electronic music will have noted “TREZZZ” as being a major highlight on John Digweed’s latest “Live In Cordoba” (Bedrock) mix album. Now it’s time for this collaborative stroke of genius to shine in its full spine-tingling glory.
2 versions. 2 masterpieces. Proves 3 is, indeed the magic number!
(Bedrock Digital) BEDDIGI22
Out of the gate, MalLabel Music resident artist Taso’s first album, Galactic Booty Call, is nothing short of game changing – if not for the entire world of music, at bare minimum it will be a most amazing and humbling look for his budding career. There have been so many times each of us has read reviews of electronic dance albums to be released in the near future that are supposed to do amazing wonders for an artist or artists’ careers. And it’s all hype. However, in the case of Taso, there is 100% definitive, actual, factual, amazing, functionally precise and amazing breaks and bass wall to wall on this EP.
The term ‘dualism’ was originally coined to denote co-eternal binary opposition, a meaning that is preserved in metaphysical and philosophical duality discourse but has been diluted in general or common usages.
Dualism can refer to moral dualism, (e.g. the conflict between good and evil), mind-body or mind-matter dualism (e.g. Cartesian Dualism), physical dualism (e.g. the Chinese Yin and Yang) or house music dualism (e.g making and releasing several opposing mixes of one track idea in the same release-package).
Further, dualism refers to mediums with properties that can be associated with the mechanics of two different phenomena. Because these two phenomena’s mechanics are mutually exclusive, both are needed in order to describe the possible behaviors. All matter, for example, has wave-particle duality.
Release date: May 30 2012
Matthew Dear Announces Details for Upcoming Album, Beams;
Offers Lead Track “Her Fantasy”
Released on 27th August (Ghostly International)
Matthew Dear, the relentless songwriter, producer and collaborator, offered an early taste of what to expect from Beams with the well-received EP, Headcage, in January of this year. The highlights were working with other producers (Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid) and vocalists (Johnny from The Drums) which lent Headcage an openness and poise.
Recorded in Dear’s home studio and mixed at Nicolas Vernhes’ Rare Book Room studios in Brooklyn, Beams evokes a day-lit dreamworld at once strange and familiar. While the album’s dancefloor-ready tempos, major keys, and sun-warmed synths signal Beams as the lighter, brighter response to its predecessor, closer inspection reveals a squirming mass of oddball details. Dear’s latest productions creak and groan like anxious organisms, with slivers of guitar, electric bass, and drum kit darting in and out among the synths and samples.
Early on in Matthew Dear’s Beams— the New York-based artist’s fourth full-length, his first since 2010’s shadowy masterpiece Black City— something strange happens. A thick-fingered electric bass gallops in atop a driving backbeat as Dear sneers, “It’s alright to be someone else sometimes.” It may be odd to hear former techno-wunderkind Matthew Dear playing rock music, but the manic punk pulse of “Earthforms” is just one facet of Beams’ kaleidoscopic journey. Shot through with equal parts optimism and uneasiness, Beams is the latest transmission from one of pop music’s most fascinating creative minds.
Beams’ lyrics, meanwhile, are deeply personal, expressing vulnerability and confusion in startlingly immediate ways. “Do I feel love like all of the others or is this feeling only mine?” Dear sings on the strutting lead-off single “Her Fantasy“, later wondering “Am I one heartbeat away from receiving a damaging shock to my life?” Dear has grown into his songwriting voice, and he wears his current lyrical perspective—that of a man with something to lose—with an impressive grace.
When all is said and done, the central tension in Matthew Dear’s Beams— musical mischief vs. lyrical maturity—may not be a tension at all. After all, growing up involves learning to integrate all of one’s disparate selves. “I’m about 4 to 5 different people at any given time,” Dear says. “By allowing all of those different personalities to exist… the most pure and direct self can come through in the music. [The songs] may still be cryptic, and full of contradictions—but in my opinion, that is pure, unadulterated thought in musical form. They are direct lines to the center.”
In other words, Beams. Beams is slated for an August 27th (EU/UK) & 28th (North America) release date.
Today, Matthew offers “Her Fantasy”—the celebratory lead single from said album. If Beams is the sound of Matthew Dear waking up after the long, dark night of Black City, then “Her Fantasy” is the sun’s first rays, peaking over the horizon. Opening with a head-turning whistle-and-cowbell rhythm, “Her Fantasy” signals Beams’ queasy optimism in classic Matthew Dear avant-pop form—that is, without verses and choruses per se, but by hustling through a series of wickedly catchy sections whose twisted internal logic becomes clear as the song progresses. The track builds to an ecstatic climax, in which Dear’s exhortation to “Sit where you stand / hand on your heart / hand on your man” is gradually engulfed in a cloud of treble-tickling distortion.
01. Her Fantasy
04. Fighting Is Futile
05. Up & Out
07. Get The Rhyme Right
08. Ahead of Myself
09. Do The Right Thing
10. Shake Me