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After an incredible 2013 Sam Smith prepares to release his debut single through Capitol Records, ‘Money On My Mind’ is a Two Inch Punch produced smash laced with Sam’s melancholic lyrics and unforgettable vocal due for release on 16th February.
Sam came to the fore featuring on Disclosure’s big breakout hit last autumn ‘Latch’ and went on to work withNaughty Boy on the MOBO winning, No.1 hit single ‘La La La’ to date amassing a mammoth 190 million views. Live has seen him on tour with Disclosure playing at some of the biggest events in the music calendar from Glastonburyto Coachella and the Warehouse Project, culminating in a huge TV performance with Naughty Boy at the MOBOs.
Stepping from the stage into the studio, Sam has also been concentrating on his own material with long-term writing partner Jimmy Napes. Earlier this year Sam posted a raw acoustic video for his aching grief ballad ‘Lay Me Down’reaching over a million views and gaining a further army of followers. This was followed by his debut EP ‘Nirvana’released through PMR which was embraced by critics and fans alike. His live solo show has also spread its wings and with sold out dates at London’s Islington Assembly Hall, The Mercury Lounge in New York, two sell out dates at The Troubadour in LA and a recently announced 2014 tour, which has seen Shepherds Bush already sell out and a further London date announced at the Roundhouse.
This side of Christmas fans got a taste of South Beach sunshine when courtesy of an afternoon in the studio collectively Sam, Jimmy, Disclosure and the legendary Nile Rodgers decided to release ‘Together’ accompanied by a video from acclaimed illustrator and designer Kate Moross.
With the release of ‘Money On My Mind’ in February, his UK tour, the debut album due in the Spring and a freshly inked deal with Capitol Records in the US - now making him a global signing and a making it into the shortlist for the coveted BBC Sound Poll, 2014 is shaping up to be a big year for Sam.
Capitol Records Release ‘Money On My Mind’ on 16th February 2014.
Neon Daze EP Out Now Via OWSLA/Bitclap
Etnik, born in 1992, is known as the Wunderkind of the new German techno scene; it only took him several gigs in Hamburg’s Baalsaal to land him a record deal. But the most fascinating and refreshing thing about Etnik isn’t his young age, it’s his uncompromising and incredibly individual style.
Etnik (incidentally also his real name) grew up in Hamburg to Albanian parents who supported him greatly on his road to musical discovery. Whilst his classmates were out grinding to r’n'b and hip-hop, Etnik stayed in and experimented with beats and bleeps to create his very own definitiv sound. His aim: to invent an new, elegant form of techno.
Instead of piling his music with layers and layers of synths and noises, Etnik does away with surplus sounds and concentrates on the core. His music is to the point and avoids gimmicks so often employed by his contemporaries. He dresses dapper in suits to perform. Simple and stylish. Shaken, not stirred. Musically he found inspiration in the songs of modern artists such as Boys Noize, Tiga, D.I.M. and Kraftwerk, but also in the compositions of classical composers like Johann Sebastian Bach. Maybe that’s how a few bars of violon solo found it’s way into one of his tracks?
Etnik surprises with a collection of concentrated beats and home-made sawtooth synths; no matter how hard they get, the tracks maintain a charming analogue fragility and most importantly, soul. Etnik’s trademarks are his huge drops, which often come by surprise and sweep you off your feet. Etnik is a perfectionist – he worked on his tracks for two years before he judged them worthy enough to upload to Soundcloud.
Quality matters more than quantity. And this quality brought him immediate acclaim from Zombie Nation and TWR72 to name but a few. He became friends with SCNTST from Boyz Noize Records and together they released a few tracks on a New York label.
Etnik doesn’t just impress as a produce, but also as a DJ. He, however, doesn’t classify himself as either, rather as an entertainer with a concept. And by the way, the backwards N in his logo is actually a piece of a visualised version of a sawtooth-wave, just like the ones he uses in his music.
Love Jones / Marvin available December 2nd on Aesop.
12″ pre-order: http://aesoplabel.com/store/wayward/love-jones
Vancouver Sleep Clinic as a name in itself conjures up imagery of long cold winters, of isolation and remoteness and the sometimes self-imposed reclusiveness in all of us as the days get shorter and we move into the bitter months ahead. The adopted moniker of 17 year-old Tim Bettinson perfectly hones in on this visuality and with new track ‘Collapse’ taken from his forthcoming debut EP, the influences of those dark corners inside ourselves interweave throughout his sound.
As we draw closer into the winter here in the Western hemisphere, VSC feels like it was designed to be delivered just in time for the onslaught of the colder weather. Taking into consideration that Tim lives in Australia, he set about writing songs for VSC during his winter but what was in fact our Summer – timing can be everything.
After months of assembling lyrics and instrumentation from various math’s books, notes, whiteboards and bedroom walls, humbly working with scattered cheap microphones, an old laptop and an outdated keyboard – Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s debut EP was born, a combination of soaring falsetto vocals built upon progressive synthetic instrumentation to create an ambient base for a vessel of emotional connections to be made.
Bearing messages of sorrow, humility and hope above all else – songs are written from the heart alone. Together, let’s create something beautiful.
A relatively discreet voice of the Parisian electro scene, Anna first began to seep into our consciousness when she collaborated with Bot’Ox on their hypnotic single “Blue Steel”. More recently she has worked with Jackson and His Computerband, and is featured on two tracks from his latest album, Glow (Warp). She is also the vocalist on Jerôme Echenoz’s “Le Chrome et le Cotton (Lafayette remix)”, and is rumored to have released a lovely folk album with the band Domingo.
Juniore brings Anna Jean center stage. “Christine” and “Dans Le Noir” are the first 2 tracks to surface from this exciting new project, to be released this month as a 7” this month: The first, a nod to old John Carpenter movies, the latter an ode to killing time while waiting for the night to come. With Cat(power)-like grace, Anna sings of being sleep deprived, restless or falling out of love. Seemingly caught in a time warp suspended somewhere between a world of scopitones, two-stroke engines and voyages to the Moon, and a more gritty,Tarantino-esque cityscape laced with cars and girls, her mysterious voice, reminiscent of 60s muses (Nico meets Françoise Hardy) is at once haunting and rhythmic, propelled by sensual, reverb-drenched melodies, and misleadingly upbeat harmonies.
Download:Juniore – Dans Le Noir
Produced by Samy Osta (La Femme), Juniore will be released by the Entreprise Records, the label at the epicenter of an exciting new wave of Parisian indie-pop that includes Moodoid (which Kevin Parker from Tame Impala has a hand in) and Blind Digital Citizen.
Juniore will release a new album in 2014,
and are currently putting together plans to tour the US.
Check out the brand new video for Fatima’s forthcoming single ‘Family’Taken from the double A Side release ‘Family/La Neta’ out December 2nd.
The video was directed and produced by the super talented Husky. Set between her home of East London and birthplace Stockholm, Sweden. The track also features on her debut album, due early 2014.
Uk garage and bassline superhero from Manchester Krissi B 1st release on french label Kiosk is the result of many years of experience both in the studio booth producing big tunes or around uk and abroad destroying dancefloors.A perfectly balanced mix of the entire spectrum of modern club sound infused with Krissi’s trademark bass heavy sound.
The E.P also features a sick remix from Bassline 4×4 sensation EJ and last but not least a deliciously refreshing uk garage / 2step remix from Krissi himself reminding the best of the genre that used to rinse out the raves in the early 2000s.
Catalog Number : KIOSK032
Release Date : 02 December 2013
Label : Kiosk Records
Artist : KRISSI B ft. LAURA LOU
A1 ORIGINAL 12” MIX
A2 RADIO EDIT
B1 EJ’DA FARDA’ REMIX
B2 KRISSI’S 2 STEP MIX