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Alex Smoke presents his new album as Wraetlic

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2012 by E.N.

alex smoke wraetlicAlex Smoke presents Wraetlic.

The old saying goes:‘love hurts’. But more and more we find that life hurts more.
Standing in dynamic tension at the centre of these two abstract forces we rediscover Alex Smoke.
Eight years after he emerged as one of the most sophisticated, deft and musical producers operating in techno he’s returned from an agonized hiatus with his darkest, most complex and haunted work to date.
Adopting the spectral nom-de-guerre of Wraetlic (meaning “Wraith-like” in Anglo Saxon) Smoke has condensed all his pain of existence, the heartache of failed relationships with the hollow and mundane modern pressure to find ‘success’ in order to infiltrate our thoughts with music from another place.

The eponymously titled ‘Wraetlic’ is a descent. Obsessively processed percussion mingles with paranoid and dehumanized drones. It’s warped and claustrophobic; almost subterranean, fighting for air but refusing to break cover.And through the darkness we begin to hear him sing once more, a reminder of the melancholic majesty evident on classics such as ‘I Never Want To See You Again’ – yet here the listeners are plunged into an introspection that traverses frustration, sadness and anger to inhabit a carcass like structure where he is alone with the raw emotions that drive him.
He’s a man that thrives upon this melancholia, as he probes: “I’m fascinated by the sense of separation between ourselves and society,’ explains the usually furtive producer ‘and a sense that it doesn’t represent us … there’s also a more personal strand to do with my own relationships.”

Tracks such as ‘Refrain’ seethe with frustration at our inability as a society to improve collectively, despite elevating levels of education. It even ironically samples G.W. Bush’s words that called for peace as the US attached Iraq on March 20th, 2003:“I’m looking around and we have everything’ he sighs ‘just so much. But we’re lacking some basic things in our modern society which means we’re never going to be satisfied no matter how high our standard of living is. Money is the only thing our culture puts much value on. “

Artist Alex Smoke
Title Wraetlic
Label Convex Industries
Cat.No CONVEXLP002
Release Date 04-Feb-2013
Format CD
Release Date 10inch 17-Dec-2012
Cat No CONVEX005

Tracklist Album
1.Anothering
2.Scunner
3.PintleGrist
4.There Without
5.Refrain
6.Skinflint
7.Hymn To The Departed
8.The Dearth
9.Better The Devil
10.Rats
11.The Watchful Eye
12.Scunner [Jon Convex's Deconstructed Mix]
13.Better The Devil [DBridge's Advocate Mix]
14.Rats [SCB Edit]

And whilst he rages at the riches in society,‘Wraetlic’ is a record that was defined by absence.Aside from the three albums (Incommunicado, Paranolia and Lux) there was the relentless remixing for Steve Reich, Depeche Mode, Junior Boys, Funk D’Void and Jay Haze as well as a global audience to sate. On top of this he’d pushed on to score classical pieces for The Scottish Ensemble including a dark rendition of ‘Faust’.

But in delivering all this work Smoke paid a heavy physical price that would bizarrely inform this new work: “The last couple of years have been annoyingly marred by health issues’ he confesses ‘I couldn’t work nearly as much as I’d normally like. I had composed Faust but had then had a long time not being able to write much, so when I could work again I suddenly felt a new lease of life, a feeling which I hadn’t had since my early days. I think the time away from working probably did me good in hindsight.”

Now we are confronted with Alex Smoke’s most deviant, uncompromising and raw expression yet. Listen to ‘Dearth’ and hear him challenge the listener to confront who they truly are. Or travel through ‘Scunner’ and ‘Anothering’ to find a narrative about escape and the pent up realities of relationships.“Wraetlic’ is Smoke’s most fleshy, seething and livid work ever. Its life served on an uncomfortable bed that screams nocturnal pathways, yet has its eyes angled at the far off stars.
Listen hard; you may hear your own neurotic murmurs and twitches closer than you think.

Body Language Vol 11 mixed by Nôze

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2012 by E.N.

Between earthy livesets and albums rich in influences and musicality (as Dring, their fourth album, came to remind us of that last year), we would have almost forgotten that Nôze(Nicolas Sfintescu and Ezéchiel Pailhes) could also give to the feverish mix. Well-judged then from M.A.N.D.Y., Get Physicalbosses and Body Languagecompilation investigators, who asked Nico, the DJ from the duo, to take a close look at the eleventh opus of this cult series which already hosted some very gifted artists.

After Dj T., Jesse Rose, Dixon, Château Flight, Junior Boys, Matthew Dear, Modeselektor, Dj Hell and M.A.N.D.Y. twice, it is now the turn of the co-creator of the appealing ‘When Tiger Smoked’ and ‘Kitchen’ (and co-founder of Parisian label Circus Company) to make our eager bodies sweat. The result: an almost 75 minute eclectic love declaration where most of the musical obsessions of the French duo are gathered.

Label: Get Physical

Cat no: GPMCD049
Web: www.physical-music.com 
Distribution: Rough Trade
Released: Friday May 18th, 2012

Tracklist

  1. Hemingway / HMG 2
  2. Ian Simmonds / The Esel (Dave Aju Rmx)
  3. JC Freaks / Dub Praise (The Revenge Rmx)
  4. Oliver Koletzki & Fran / Arrow And Bow (Marek Hemann Rmx)
  5. Alejandro Mosso / Pampa
  6. Nicolas Jaar / Russian Dolls
  7. Zanini / Tu Veux Ou Tu Veux Pas
  8. Dennis Ferrer & Jerome Sydenham / A Drumstick And A Light Future (original mix)
  9. Alex Niggemann / Black Rose
  10. Ruede Hagelstein / Embezzle Me (Tiefschwarz Remix)
  11. Makossa & Megablast feat. Hubert Tubbs / Coming Home
  12. Dixie Yure / By defection
  13. Lump / Feeling
  14. Nico from Nôze / Amor Do Olinda
  15. Dop / No More Daddy (Ame Rmx)
  16. Siopis / Really Love You
  17. Ornette / Crazy (Noze Rmx)

TOUR DATES
Mar. 8 : Tel Aviv (IL) : Nôze, The Block
Mar. 9 : Kharkov (UA) : Nôze, Opium party bar
Mar. 10 : Chamonix (FR) : Nôze, L´Amnesia
Mar. 17 : Corato (IT) : Nôze, Public
Mar. 23 : Munich (DE) : Nôze, Rote Sonne
Mar. 24 : Ingolstadt (DE) : Nôze, Batterie94
Mar. 31 : Basel (CH) : Nôze, Das Schiff
Apr. 7 : Lecce (IT) : Nôze, Ciak
Apr. 13 : Geneva (CH) : Nôze, L´Usine
Apr. 30 : Berlin (DE) : Nôze, Katerholzig
May. 12 : Hamburg (DE) : Nôze, Docks
May. 26 : Cisternino (IT) : Nôze, Mavù
May. 27 : Amsterdam (NL) : Nôze, Amsterdam Open Air
Jun. 10 : Aigues-Mortes (FR) : Nôze, La Churascaïa
Jun. 14 : Vienna (AT) : Nôze, Pratersauna
Jul. 31 : Basel (CH) : Nôze, Hinterhof
Sep. 22 : Erfurt (DE) : Nôze, Cosmopolar
Apr. 14: Bratislava (SLO): Nico From Nôze Dj Set @ Nu Spirit
Apr. 20 : Belgrade (SER) : Nico From Nôze Dj Set @ Club Plastic

Junior Boys – You’ll Improve Me (Caribou Remix)(STREAM)

Posted in News with tags , , on November 23, 2011 by E.N.


Junior Boys – Banana Ripple (preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on April 26, 2011 by E.N.

 The first single from the forthcoming Junior Boys album ‘It’s All True’ out on Domino Records June 13th in UK & Europe & 14th in the US.

The track is called “Banana Ripple” and in its 9+ minutes of dance hit glory, Junior Boys bask in a multitude of cultural, geographic, and gastronomic touchstones: namely Orson Welles, Howard Hughes, China, in particular Shanghai, Japan (the band, not the country) Banana Ripple ice cream, Carl Craig and analogue synths.

“Banana Ripple” will also be available on 12″ backed with a remix by The Field, available exclusively on Domino Mart from May 31st: http://www.dominorecordco.com/mart/

Junior Boys will be hitting the road beginning June 9th and zig zagging across the country for the month:

Jun 09 Toronto ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Jun 10 Ottawa ON – Mavericks
Jun 11 Montreal QC – La Salla Rossa
Jun 12 Cambridge MA – Middle East
Jun 14 New York NY – Webster Hall
Jun 16 Washington DC – Black Cat
Jun 17 Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Jun 18 Charlottesville VA – Jefferson Theater
Jun 20 Atlanta GA – The Earl
Jun 21 Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge
Jun 22 Louisville KY – Headliners
Jun 24 Chicago IL – Metro
Jun 25 Pontiac MI – The Pike Room at the Crofoot
Jun 30 UK London – XOYO
Jul 02 France Paris - Cabaret Sauvage  
Jul 09 Holland Amsterdam – Pitch
Jul 14 Sweden Hultsfred – Hultsfred Festival  
Jul 15 Germany Hamburg – Uebel & Gefährlich  
Jul 16 Germany Gräfenhainichen – MELT Festival  
Jul 17 Belgium – Dour Dour Festival  
Aug 04 Austria Vienna – Fluc
Aug 05 Poland Katowice – OFF Festival



Caribou – Swim Remixes (incl.Ikonika,Gold Panda, Motor City Drum Ensemble…)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2010 by E.N.

Psychedelic pop maestro Caribou has announced details for a full-length remix collection, due for release at the end of this month.

Swim Remixes will be the Canadian artist’s third full-length this year, following his breakthrough album Swim and the recently announced live LP Caribou Vibration Ensemble featuring Marshall Allen. A diverse cast of artists appear on the collection, ranging from indie acts like Junior Boys to experimental outfits like Fuck Buttons. Some European club sounds make it in as well, thanks to DJ Koze and UK bass purveyor Ikonika. The album will be available as a stand-alone release as of October 26th, and an abridged 11-track version will now be packaged with copies of the original album. Head over to Pitchfork for a free download of Motor City Drum Ensemble’s remix of “Leave House.”

Tracklist
01. Odessa (Junior Boys Mix)
02. Leave House (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix)
03. Sun (Altrice’s “Only What You Gave Me” Remix)
04. Jamelia (Gold Panda Remix)
05. Bowls (Holden Remix)
06. Kaili (Fuck Buttons Remix)
07. Leave House (Ikonika Remix)
08. Found Out (DJ Koze Remix)
09. Jamelia (DJ Koze’s Alarmclock)
10. Bowls (Gavin Russom’s Rework)
11. Sun (patten Remix)
12. Odessa (David Wrench’s Drumapella)
13. Odessa (Nite Jewel Remix)
14. Kaili (Walls Remix)
15. Odessa (DJ Koze’s Campfire)

City Slang will release Swim Remixes in the UK on October 26th and November 1st in the rest of Europe. Merge will release the album in the US on November 2nd.

(RA report)

Sally Shapiro -My Guilty Pleasure – Remixes

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2010 by E.N.

Later this month, Permanent Vacation will release a collection of remixes of My Guilty Pleasure, the second album by Swedish disco pixie Sally Shapiro.

The record was met with considerable praise upon its release last summer, earning accolades from Vice, Popjustice and Resident Advisor. “How could anyone not like Sally Shapiro?” asked XLR8R. “That would be like not liking puppies or sunny days.” The new compilation features reworks by disco artists like Bottin, Lovelock and Low Motion Disco, as well as indie favorites Junior Boys. Five of the tracks are previously unreleased, while others appeared on the the single extractions from My Guilty Pleasure.
Tracklist
01. Save Your Love (Lovelock Remix)
02. Looking At The Stars (FM Attack Remix)
03. Love In July (CFCF Remix)
04. Miracle (Bogdan Irkük Remix)
05. My Fantasy (Bottin Remix)
06. Jackie Jackie (Junior Boys Vocal Remix)
07. Love In July (Bostro Pesopeo Remix)
08. Swimming Through The Blue Lagoon (Boat Club Remix)
09. Let It Show (Low Motion Disco Remix)

Permanent Vacation will release My Guilty Pleasure – Remixes on April 16th, 2010.(RA)

Here’s a 10-minute Promo Megamix


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