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Martyn —The Air Between Words on Ninja Tune, June 16th

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2014 by E.N.

Martyn —The Air Between WordsThree years after his last album – Ghost People – Martyn joins the Ninja Tune family to present his third long player. Universally respected for his ever-evolving, but inimitable sound, the Dutch-born, Washington DC-based producer brings an entirely new sonic direction with The Air Between Words. This is an exploration of the essence of all of Martyn’s music: a rugged four-to-the-floor groove, intelligently sculpted and artfully composed.

Where Great Lengths – his 2009 debut – was a body of work that explored Martyn’s uncategorizable versatility, and 2011’s Ghost People (via Brainfeeder) was a focused effort on writing an album with a specific sound, The Air Between Words came from a different realm altogether. Martyn had no parameters, and in fact no plan at all. He fell into a back-to-basics mentality where simple experimentation with purely analogue sounds and equipment inadvertently turned to melodic sketches, and without warning the album revealed itself.

Every album signifies a period in your life, and finishing one shows you something about yourself,” says Martyn about the experience. “Without the music being introspective, this is my most natural sounding album.

The Air Between Words opens coyly with the panoramic sonics of “Forgiveness Step 1” – a beatless but nonetheless authoritative statement of intent – before pitching headlong into pure dancefloor territory. Lean, raw, powerful productions predominate – gloriously brash, occasionally beautiful, but always vigorously hypnotic, sensitively swung and utterly irresistible.

Martyn joins forces with Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet for “Glassbeadgames”, a powerhouse of a track that finds the perfect amalgamation of both producers’ fortés. Heavy kicks, UKG-esque percussion and swirling subs dictate the groove, whilst the melodic progressions are simultaneously melancholic and anthemic, and further enhanced by a Hebden trademark thumb piano motif.MARTYN « THE AIR BETWEEN WORDS »

Another collaboration – “Love of Pleasure” - finds Martyn partnering with his good friend copeland (formerly known as Inga Copeland, or one half of art pop duo Hype Williams). Her fragile vocal cuts through distorted piano riffs and swathes of broken synths, a fitting centerpiece for the album before it returns to its essence via “Forgiveness Step 2″, “Like That” and “Two Leads and a Computer”, which distinctly draw from a 90s Warp heritage (Sweet Exorcist, LFO and Autechre) but bizarrely sound like they’ve been beamed from the future. After the Afro-tinged elegance of “Lullaby”, the final piece word belongs to “Fashion Skater”: a dark, earthy, almost Zen-like exercise in house music in its purest form.

Martyn —The Air Between Words
Released 16/06/2014

01. Forgiveness Step 1
02. Glassbeadgames (with Four Tet)
03. Empty Mind
04. Drones
05. Love Of Pleasure (with copeland)
06. Two Leads And A Computer
07. Forgiveness Step 2
08. Like That
09. Lullaby
10. Fashion Skater

Download:Cell Broco Spring Mix

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on June 26, 2013 by E.N.

Cell Broco Spring MixBig Dada are very pleased to announce the signing of Cell Broco. A 22 year old singer and producer from Manchester, Cell Broco has come up through the roots of bassline and funky and now makes his way into the city’s unique house scene, producing nostalgic and futuristic 4/4 house like it should be – sparse, low-slung and full of funk.

If you were lucky enough to make it to Sala BeCool in Barcelona at Sonar you will have caught Cell Broco’s debut appearance for the label alongside Machinedrum, Letherette, Illum Sphere, Martyn and Lapalux. If not, then check out this new mix he’s dropped for a taste of what’s in store from Big Dada’s fresh new talent.

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Various artists ‘Dovercourt EP’ 3024(Preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2013 by E.N.

Dovercourt EP
Over the last year I’ve traveled to Canada frequently for gigs and got to know the small but healthy electronic music scene there. Cities like Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto have brought forth many established artists over the past few years, such as Egyptrixx, Azari & III, Basic Soul Unit, Jacques Greene, Lunice and Sixtoo, but 2012 has seen a new breed of no-nonsense house and techno producers come up via labels like Turbo Recordings and Naked Lunch.
This “Dovercourt EP” features four very talented producers: Kevin McPhee, Nautiluss, Gingy and fresh face Bruce Trail. Their tracks are a dedication to their hometown of Toronto. Being removed from the house/techno epicentres of Berlin and London, these four are much less interested in what’s fashionable or trendy, and more in bringing us straight to the point, no frails jacking house music. I’ve been playing these four extensively in my DJ sets, and I hope you will too. So out to Toronto, this one’s for you! Enjoy.
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Martyn “Red Dancers” (MONKEYTOWN027) Out June 29

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

taken from the forthcoming Modeselektion Vol. 02

Alex D££mnds – Credentials EP (Switched On Records)(preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2012 by E.N.

Artist: Alex D££mnds
Title: Credentials EP
Label: Switched On Records
Release Date: 30th April 2012
Format: Digital
Catalogue No: SOR001

Tracklisting:

1. Credentials
2. Pressure (D££mnds Olympus Mix)
3. Baidin’

The credentials EP sees new beginnings for both the artist and label involved. Switched On Records is a new project from S.E.F, formerly one half of Deep Teknologi Records, who has set his sights firmly on the Housier ends of things and introduces the relatively unknown London-based producer Alex D££mnds.

D££mnds pulls no punches with his first offering and lead track ‘Credentials’ is a dancefloor burner that has already been garnering support from MartynSinden, Scratcha DVA, Altered Natives and Rinse FM’s MA1. In what can only be described as Deep house with urgency the title track is propelled by intertwining synths that are set to hypnotise the dancefloor and enthrall the DJ. Ebbing and flowing through a see of filters and and intermittent percussion the track is a boisterous take on House and the mammoth drop halfway through gives the track an extra dimension.

‘Pressure’ is an effort that is full of tension with is dark overtones and eerie melody is a definite grower with its subtle hi-hat arrangement that gives the track an abundance of swing and groove. The EP concludes with the most laid back effort of the three, ‘Baidin’. Fusing quirky key stabs with an almost muffled drum loop the track slowly unravels into a spaced out lullaby that floats into dreamy territory with extensive use of delay. Whilst it’s melancholic natures is what appeals the most it still manages to refrain from being too polite or conservative and is a warming end to the EP.

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Martyn – Hello Darkness (Radio Edit)(Stream)

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

With his sophomore album ‘Ghost People’ appearing on 2010‘s end of the year charts for the likes of Mixmag (# 6), Clash Magazine (#9), DJ Magazine (#9), Data Transmission (‘Album of the Year’), Martyn returns to Brainfeeder to release a follow-up 12” this March.

The 12” leads with ‘Hello Darkness,’ previously unreleased and exclusive to the 12”, Martyn shuffles through a rhythmic bassline and feeling of, indeed, darkness from the very first beat. In typical Martyn fashion, the track skips its way through genre conventions, landing in a flux between 2-step, driving techno and old rave (the latter specifically heard in his ethereal and scaling upper melodies). ‘Hello Darkness’ could lend itself to the rawest, grittiest warehouse, yet simultaneously breeds a subtle feeling of elation and release, and keeps the listener guessing with a variety of quirky sound collages.

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Hello Darkness
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1. Hello Darkness
2. Bauplan (L-Vis 1990 & Bok Bok Remix)
3. We Are You In The Future (Redshape Remix)
4. Hello Darkness (Radio Edit)

Release Date: 03/19/12

Lone “Galaxy Garden” on R&S Records,May 7th

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2012 by E.N.

Over the past couple of years, Manchester-based producer Lone (a.k.a. Matt Cutler) has become a fully fledged reinvention of his former self. Leaving behind the hip-hop seasoned abstraction and hazy beatscapes of his notable Ecstasy & Friends and Lemurian albums for a quicker-paced sound that draws on a much heavier Chicago house / Detroit Techno and early 90′s London rave/hardcore sound. With his last album proper Emerald Fantasy Tracks & last year’s R&S debut Coreshine Voodoo, we saw a honing of these styles. Continuing his ethereal journey through space and time where these previous two outings left off, new album Galaxy Garden – that you will hopefully have in your ears right now – is without doubt his most complete body of work to date.

Artist: Lone
Title: Galaxy Garden
Label: R&S Records
Release: 07.05.2012

Tracklist
01 New Colour
02 The Animal Pattern
03 As A Child (With Machinedrum)
04 Lying In The Reeds
05 Dragon Blue Eyes
06 Crystal Caverns 1991
07 Raindance
08 Dream Girl / Sky Surfer
09 Earth’s Lungs
10 Cthulhu (With Machinedrum)
11 Stands Tidal Waves
12 Spirals (With Anneka)

The varied excursions on display unearth new corners to the wunderkind, whilst maintaining his signature sound and cinematic overtones. Opener New Colour lays down the album’s mandate with layers of symbiotic sound-scapes. On into The Animal Pattern, a rolling 8-bit bastardisation where visions of Out Run’s Splash Wave come flooding back again. Nomrex label head machine drum makes an appearance on two tracks adding his hazy vocals to As A Child & Cthulhu. The latter evolving into a mid tempo broken roller with key stabs which wouldn’t sound out of place on a Japan record.

Thing of beauty, Lying in the Reeds finds Cutler in one of his more melodic, melancholic and reflective moods. This gives way to the ambient drone of Dragon Blue Eyes and through to Crystal Caverns 91; revival stabs, hardcore remnants, a frenetic cadence and we’re already half way through the album. Two uptempo, blissed out stuttered motion bangers – proceed in the form of Raindance & Dream & Girl/Sky Surfer. It’s Raindance and the incredible Earth’s Lungs where he wears his love of Aphex Twin and Warp most prominently, all the time maintaining a very Lone take on it. The album closes this Lone chapter with vocalist Anneka – who’s worked with the likes of Falty DL, Starkey, Ital Tek, Vex’d - and the track Spirals, which is the closest you’ll get to Cutler writing a pop song.

A rollercoaster ride of playful nods to a plethora of scenes and influences past, present and future, a residency at Manchester hot-spot Hoya:Hoya, upcoming shows all over the place, support for his tracks from the likes of Caribou, Diplo, Kode 9, Dark Sky, Rustie, James Holden, Martyn, Joy Orbison – to name just a few – remixes for Radiohead, Tensnake & Underworld already under his belt; it’s going to be quite a year for Lone. Cutler ended 2010 with his tracks Pineapple Crush and Once In A While featured in every respectable ‘Best of 2010’ roundup (Resident Advisor, Phonica, Juno & Fact Magazine). This an album to be treasured and one that will no doubt, end up in even more polls come the end of twenty twelve.

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