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Digitalism share ‘So Totally Good’ from their Forthcoming DJ Kicks Album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2012 by E.N.

Digitalism
DJ-KiCKS
(UK & ROW 25.06.12 / US 10.07.12)
!K7

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.”

CD Tracklist:

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

LP Tracklist:

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.

Brand New Video For Don Rimini – “Whatever”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2010 by E.N.

BSTV Premiere: Don Rimini / “Whatever”
Track pulled from Don Rimini’s newest EP “Nlarge Your Parties”

DON RIMINI
“NLARGE YOUR PARTIES”
Mental Groove
Out now digitally and on 12” vinyl
TRACKLISTING
01. “Nlarge Your Intro”
02. “Whatever”
03. “G.O.O.D.”
04. “All About”
05. “Riminology”
06. “Nlarge Your Outro – Takes Out

Free Download – Alex Gopher’s remix of ‘Echoes In My Head’

Posted in Electro, Electronic, EMN Promo, House, Promotions with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2010 by E.N.


Alex Gopher has been having a very busy Spring season. On top of releasing his double CD album this week titled “My New Remixes,” which features a compilation of all of Alex’s best remixes from the past 2 years, he will be releasing a new EP on Go 4 Music (his own label) in early April.

To coincide with the release we have a free track to download from the forthcoming EP, Alex’s rework of
Pablo Decoder & Tim Healey “Echoes In My Head”

About Alex Gopher
Over the course of his career, which began with fellow French cohorts Air at age 15, Gopher has been one of France’s most in-demand remixers, DJs and producers, releasing albums and EPs on his own labels, Solid and Go 4 Music, as well as on Kitsune and BTK, while collaborating with the likes of Jamiroquai, Vanessa Paradis, Mr Oizo, Nightmares On Wax, Roy Davis Jr, Sly & Robbie, Zazie, Bob Sinclar, and Bootsy Collins.

His mischievous house production work with Etienne de Crecy as Super Discount, led to one of the French Touch movement’s cornerstone releases, the ‘Super Discount’ LP in 1996. Gopher’s subsequent solo LP “You, My Baby and I”, released in 1997, also became a key album in the French Touch and was followed by Gopher’s anthem ‘The Child’ in 1999.

Gopher was recruited by designer Yves Saint Laurent in 2000 to produce tracks for his upcoming runway show in Paris. Gopher delivered ten tracks for the runway, before working with French underground artist Demon to reshape the tracks for an album they dubbed ‘Wuz’. A critical hit in France and beyond, this darker atmospheric album shows Gopher’s more brooding sensibilities.

Gopher and de Crecy reformed Super Discount 2 in 2004, touring the world and performing live at the biggest electro, rock and dance music festivals and clubs, while their track “Someone Like You”, featuring Camille on vocals, became an international hit.

Gopher is an exceptional instrumentalist, and Air recruited him to play bass on their debut album ‘Premier Symptomes’. He further demonstrated his talents in this realm on his 2007 self titled LP, which combined New Wave accents and electro influences and featured Gopher on vocals, as well as playing guitar, drums and piano.

Fortune’s “Gimme EP” + FREE M83 Remix + FREE …

Posted in Electronic, Indie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2010 by E.N.

Hot Paris band Fortune unveils “Gimme EP”

Cut from the forthcoming debut album Staring At The Ice Melt. Produced by Pierrick Devin (Adam Kesher, Alex Gopher, Cassius and Cut Copy) and mixed by Stéphane “Alf” Briat (Phoenix, Air and Sebastien Tellier)

The way they arrange music is like a candy shop, everything is very sweet, the whole thing is very fresh. It’s a mix between classical music and modern pop music. Yeah, it’s a recent thing that people should know about for sure.” – Thomas Mars – Phoenix
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Friends, we’ve got something really cool for you! It’s the “Gimme” EP from Thomas Mars (Phoenix) favorite new band, Fortune! To celebrate the release of this new EP and the forthcoming debut album Staring At The Ice Melt (both released March 23), Fortune is giving away all sorts of free goodies! See above for links to download remixes of Fortune tracks from Blackjoy and M83 and Fortune’s own Remix Collection CD including reworks of tracks from Phoenix, Pony Pony Run Run, My Tiger My Timing and more.

Free download of “The Remix Collection” CD featuring remixes of tracks from
Phoenix, Pony Pony Run Run, Rubin Steiner, My Tiger My Timing and Axe Riverboy

Fortune “Mission (M83 Remix)

Fortune “Gimme (Blackjoy Edit)”

Fortune is comprised of members from various other music projects including Lionel Pierres (Abstrackt Keal Agram), Pierre Lucas (The Big Knife, DJ for Abstrackt Keal Agram, keyboards for Alain, Chamfort), Hervé Loos (Y front, Rodolphe Burger’s Meteor Band) and François de Miomandre (The Yolks). At the End of 2007, Fortune released their first EP, an intense delivery of four Synth Pop-Rock bangers brightly crafted to simultaneously create uproar in the crowd as well as stir emotions.

As for the influences, whereas most bands now labelled as ‘post-punk’ are clearly heir to one or more mythical acts (take your pick from Joy Division, Talking Heads, Gang of Four, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Human League, New Order etc), Fortune goes against the flow : if you can spot, here and there, a few familiar sounds from those artists in the band’s music, the references put forward by the front man range from 60s Pop Rock bands such as the Zombies, The Troggs or Love, to basic Disco for its rhythm, or even the “King of Pop” himself Michael Jackson. Grandaddy, Doppler Effekt, Lo-Fi-Fnk and Vampire Weekend are quoted amongst the more recent bands having come to light in the last decade.

The chemistry could not have stuck together had it not been for an overwhelming production effort. Pierrick Devin, also regarded as the band’s fifth member, was given this task, as he had been before by Adam Kesher, Alex Gopher, Cassius or even Cut Copy. The mixing, vital to find the adequate balance of elements described above, was put in the trusted hands of Stéphane “Alf” Briat, also producer and mixer for such artists as Phoenix (“United”), Air (“Premiers symptoms”, “Moon Safari”, “The Virgin Suicides”), Sebastien Tellier (“Sessions”) etc. Finally, three additional artists also contributed to “Staring At The Ice Melt’s” musical richness: Arnaud Roulin from Poni Hoax (bass guitar and clavinet), Jean Thévenin (percussions, who also played with Soko, Toyfight, Hopper, Tahiti Bob & The Palmtree Family) and Melody Prochet (aka My Bee’s Garden) adding vocal harmonies.

“Gimme EP” and Staring At The Ice Melt LP released March 23 on Disquiet Records

FORTUNE TRACKLISTINGS

Bully EP
1/Bully original
2/Bully remix DJ Sega
3/Mission remix M83
4/Celebrate

Highway EP
1/Highway original
2/Highway remix James Pants
3/Highway DJ ELI Remix

Gimme EP
1/Gimme original
2/Gimme Blackjoy Edit

Staring At The Ice Melt LP
1/Under the Sun
2/Gimme
3/Bully
4/At Night
5/Since you’re gone
6/Highway Part 1
7/Highway
8/Nothin
9/Celebrate
10/Venus
11/Fancy Role
12/Poison

Fortune Line-up:
Lionel Pierres (Abstrackt Keal Agram): Vocals, guitar, bass guitar and keyboards.
Pierre Lucas (The Big Knife, Dj for Abstrackt Keal Agram, keyboards for Alain, Chamfort): Keyboards, bass guitar, background vocals.
Hervé Loos (Y front, Rodolphe Burger’s Meteor Band): Drums
François de Miomandre (The Yolks): Guitars, bass guitar

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