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Marc Antona releases his ‘Rules Of Madness’ album on Dissonant

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2011 by dk

Producing and releasing his explorative and unique electronic music on labels such as Mobilee, Highgrade, Freak N’Chic or Micro- Fibres for years, it was in 2010 that Marc Antona felt the time was right to embark on the entirely independent project Dissonant. Over the year that followed, not only did Marc put out three highly praised EPs on his label, he also built and nurtured its concept to what is now the home of his first full length album ‘Rules Of Madness.’

Exposing the hidden grooves within the beats and kicks,“Rules Of Madness” features ten tracks of organic music full of hidden melodies and underlying emotional ambience whilst keeping the pumping vibe experienced in his dj-live sessions.Thru his first album on Dissonant, Marc shows his own creative vision of what he wants to be sexy underground music.
“Rules Of Madness” opens with “Guru,” the album’s sense of shy mystery and intrigue revealed with muffled demeanour and secretive rhythm. Just afterwards, “All Against The Law” introduces the next main thread: analogue field recordings that celebrate the fascinating and often unheard soundtrack of everyday life.These recordings, coupled with the poetic sampled vocals on “Illegal” and the humorous and charming “Hammock Spider Story,” serve to create a beautiful and honest thread to Marc’s tracks. Marc Antona’s Iberian influence is laid bare throughout: the ten tracks coming from his studio on the white island of which he fondly says has “so much contrast between the peaceful nature and the amazing clubbing scene, with so much energy that ideas are plentiful when it’s time to make music .” Weaved with exactly that contrast, tracks like “Prohibition Circus” and “Crush To Pulp” play with raw organic hand claps, groovy feelings and the sprinkling bells of ambience.What makes them so compelling though is the atmosphere that they ricochet within; crunching machinery combine with bounding bass and beats to fuel the dance floor.

Throughout his journey and discoveries as a musician, Marc’s passion for “creating musical trips, taking people into his world and making them enjoy the changes of moods from happiness to melancholy, from energy-pumping moments to relaxing deep waves” has developed and is now clearly on point with an album that fully delivers.Whether it is through “Home Rebels” adult maturity or the thunderous energy of “Fast Track,” racing like a stampede of dancing bulls through the album’s core, there are discoveries and new dimensions found within each track and at every new listening.

For the mind and spirit, but also for the dance floor and everything in between,“Rules Of Madness” is built like a multi-experience journey, as a musical story that twists and turns and can be listened to and felt from beginning to end.An initial sampler with three album tracks,“Rules Of Madness – Part 1” is already out on vinyl.The remainder of the album will be released at the end of August and into September 2011 on three vinyl cuts as well as a mixed CD. ‘’Rules Of Madness” follows a constantly layering structure, an ever-changing direction and Marc’s plethora of inspiration projected from within. Marc Antona’s “Rules of Madness” is the best proof that techno can be sensual.

This summer, Marc will be performing every Sunday at Ibiza’s hottest spot of the year, the renowned open air club Ushuaia. From July till end of summer season, his party called ‘Dissonant Live Sessions presented by Cadenza’ at Ushuaïa will be the place where he will show on the beach club his personal vision of mixing , where DJ-sets turn to a real live-act and wher a party becomes a musical journey.

artist: Marc Antona
title: Rules of Madness
label: Dissonant (Distributed by WordandSound)
format: CD+3×12”Singles
date: 05.09.2011

TRACKLIST

1. Guru
2. All Against The Law
3. Spring Break
4. The Hammock Spider Story
5. FastTrack
6. Prohibition Circus
7. Home Rebels
8. CrushToPulp
9. Illegal
10. LastTaboo
The parties will take place every Sunday from 7pm to 12pm directly on the beach at Ushuaia Club in Ibiza.

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Four Tet – FabricLive 59

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2011 by dk

Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) adds something special to the FABRICLIVE series, with this the 59th compilation. The mix has a distinct narrative to it and unearths music that hasn’t previously had a great deal of exposure. This project for Kieran has become more than just the mix itself; it’s been an adventure into the past as he sought out not only classics, but searched for rarer tracks he may have missed at the time when he was immersed in the original 90s 2 step garage scene. The music is important, but the experience of finding so many forgotten records and producers became an intrinsic part of the story – meeting specialist record dealers, months of email exchanges with old friends and acquaintances, twittering, nights on discogs, dead ends and confusing leads. In the mix, forgotten gems reside next to current tracks that are dear to him and a number of his own tracks made specially for the CD – something he’s been doing for his DJ sets for many years. He’s also explored the idea of the club itself, sending his audio engineer friend Sasha Lewis to make field recordings from Fabric, which feature as a highlight and pause, breaking the mix into different parts – as if you’re moving within the clubs space to hear different DJs. In fact, the mix is somewhat topsy turvey, starting out fast and then slowing down.

The music ranges from experimental electronics, like Michel Redolfi’s ‘Immersion Partielle’ on INA-GRM that Kieran feels “isn’t the type of techno you get on a mix CD” to the wonderfully titled Crazy Bald Heads’ ‘First Born’ a great lost 2 step/ garage record. “It still sounds so fresh that if it came out next week everyone would flip out. I bought it from Sounds of the Universe in the 90s, it was sold into the shop direct from the producers. A label in London was trying to sign them at the time and got me to do a remix for a possible single. Everything fell apart though and the team of producers never did the deal and didn’t put out more records together as far as I know… so the remix never got released. Gilles Peterson had an acetate of it that he played on his radio show at the time”, and this unreleased Four Tet remix features later in the mix. Tracks like Persian’s ‘Feel the Vibe’ are preciously rare, a brilliant track that only came out on white label. “I don’t have a copy of this record and can’t find one anywhere. Persian wasn’t even able to sort me out with a vinyl rip or WAV of the track! In the end I found a guy on discogs called DaWreck who has a copy and he very generously ripped the vinyl for me so it could be used on the comp.” Classic grime came with its own set of problems, with Kieran buying up every copy he could find of Music Mob ‘Pulse X’ to find one clean enough to use for the compilation.

Favourite producers of the moment like Floating Points, Burial and Ricardo Villalobos sit next to UK funky classics like Apple’s ‘Mr Bean’, bought from a record dealer called Julien who specialises in UK garage, grime, funky, jungle… “He got me a nice mint copy of this. Apple then turned out to be really difficult to find to clear the track. We had loads of DJs and producers trying to find me contact details, the 4th email address finally worked, so thanks to Brackles and Funk Butcher for sorting it.” ‘Webers’ is an old Dan Snaith (Caribou) production, originally released under his Manitoba guise, “I remember us both being into tracks like Sticky – Triplets and So Solid Crew – Dilemma at the time and this track he did then that had a similar sound.” Making space between the music is Four Tet ‘Fabric’ “a collage of field recordings of sounds from in and around the club”. Going back to the 70s, ‘The Continuing Story Of Counterpoint, Part Nine’ is by early moog user David Borden, a man ahead of his time. C++ ‘Angie’s Fucked’ was a recommendation from “Trevor Jackson (one of my favourite DJs) at a club called Love in NYC a few years ago. Trevor released all my early records on his label, he was the first DJ I went to see play in a club and a big influence on me as a DJ.” Others like Active Minds ‘Hobson’s Choice (Tune For Da Man Dem)’ he heard on youtube and then tracked down the producer Jess Jackson, who’s now living in the USA as a successful hip-hop producer, but “I think the sound of this track is like a blueprint for so much music that’s around now… the way the bass and vocals are used.” The final tune is Four Tet’s own beautiful ‘Locked’, typical of his deep melodic sound and the perfect way to send us out into the bright morning light of EC1, or where ever you may find yourself listening.

Interestingly, the entire mix is constructed on computer, more in the way you would create a film score than a DJ mix. Yet every track is vinyl, with Kieran cutting acetates of all his own music for the mix, to ensure that the sound quality and vibe is consistent. It’s then mastered with no cleaning or leveling, to retain the hiss, pop and crackle of the wax. It’s these slightly obsessive details that highlight why we have this Four Tet mix. For Kieran, to do anything in these days of overload – especially of DJ mixes, there must be a purpose, something unique to offer, and it’s these details that are so crucial to him. We hope that you delve deep into the music and take as much pleasure from this trip as we do.

This mix is not about my DJing. It’s about London and Fabric and nights out and my take on all that. The memories and the influences. I used old and new music, I used recordings of Fabric, and I made new tracks of my own for it. I hope people play it fucking loud and lose their minds in it and remember or imagine what it’s all about.”
– Four Tet

artist: Four Tet
title: FABRICLIVE 59.
label: Fabric Records, UK.
date: 19.09.11 (18.10.11 USA)

TRACKLISTING

01 Intro
02 Michel Redolfi – Immersion Partielle [INA-GRM]
03 Crazy Bald Heads – First Born [On-Tick]
04 Persian – Feel Da Vibe [Same People]
05 KH – 101112 [unreleased]
06 Youngstar (Musical Mob) – Pulse X [Inspired Sounds]
07 Crazy Bald Heads – First Born (Four Tet Remix) [unreleased]
08 Floating Points – Sais (Dub) [Eglo]
09 Apple – Mr Bean [Appsolute]
10 Manitoba (Caribou) – Webers [Leaf]
11 Big Bird – Flav (Urban Myths Remix) [Nice n Ripe]
12 Genius – Waiting [Kronik]
13 Four Tet – Fabric [unreleased]
14 David Borden – The Continuing Story Of Counterpoint, Part Nine [David Borden]
15 STL – Dark Energy [Something]
16 Percussions – Percussions One [unreleased]
17 C++ – Angie’s Fucked [Music For Freaks]
18 Burial – Street Halo [Hyperdub]
19 KMA – Cape Fear [KMA]
20 WK7 – Higher Power [Power House]
21 Ricardo Villalobos – Sieso [Cadenza]
22 Four Tet – Pyramid [Text]
23 Red Rack’em – How I Program [Bergerac]
24 Active Minds – Hobson’s Choice (Tune For Da Man Dem) [white]
25 Armando Gallop & Steve Poindexter – Blackholes [Muzique]
26 Outro
27 Four Tet – Locked [Text]

Slove -‘Le Danse’ October 3rd

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2011 by dk

Be warned, Slove are highly addictive. This bold French band mold the flamboyance of indie pop music into the sophistication of today’s electronica. Their debut album ‘Le Danse’ expresses a genuine diversity and intrinsic understanding of the desires of the next generation.

‘Le Danse’ sounds like a new age Sonic Youth or Sebastian Tellier’s take on Primal Scream. At times fierce and others seductive, Slove always approach their music with an expert level of production and are inventing a new strain of hedonistic pop music that is both fast and slow.

Their backbone lies in the late 80s and early 90s as well as the Hacienda Manchester period and traces of their indie dance idols My Bloody Valentine, The Smiths, Pale Saints, Slowdive can often be heard in ‘Le Danse’. Slove’s two founding members: Léo Hellden & Julien Barthe are involved in several of the most exciting projects shaking up todayʼs French scene (Aswefall, Tristesse Contemporaine for Léo, Plaisir de France and Sweetlight / Abusator for Julien).

Label: Pschent
Cat no: 3247962
Web: www.pschent.com
Distribution: Wagram
Released: Monday October 3rd, 2011

Tracklist

  1. Le Danse
  2. Do We Need?
  3. The Brightest
  4. Flash
  5. Noisy Neige
  6. DMGM
  7. My Pop
  8. Carte Postale
  9. Find Out
  10. If Only I Had

Le Danse’ starts in a laidback demeanor as Slove embody the textures of a psychedelic Stone Roses on their title track. Strung-out guitars are interlaced with light snares and hi-hats while the murmured male vocals of Maik (Earthling/Telepopmusik etc) anchor the electronics as they soar.

‘Do We Need’ pursues a hastier path and electro-rock attitude. Slove’s characteristic purring bass guitar is charged with string synths and the fervent vocals from Olivier Rocabois growl with intensity. A pop composer and singer, Rocabois is the leader of the French band All If and has a voice sweet with notoriety. The ensuing ‘The Brightest’ revisits the vocals of Maik as Slove start to playfully flaunt their adventurous and dissonant style.

An instant classic, ‘Flash’ is a lightning bolt of pure decadent pop. The sensual vocals of Mississippi born Sarah Krebs elevate ‘Flash’ to dizzying heights, its trembling keys sending sparks from its anthemic core. Krebs likes to sing, smoke, play poker, walk barefoot in the woods and watch the sunrise over the Mexico Gulf. She rasps at high voltage in the feverish ‘Noisy Neige’, a pool of surplus energy that invites the listener to dive between waves of cavernous guitar. Her tender female cries are the focus of the compelling and Intriguing, ‘DMGM´. A slow and fragile ballad amidst the anarchy, this is a picture postcard in a box of expressionism. Its brief ninety seconds highlight her ethereal vocals as they harmonise with delicate piano chords potent with desire. Wholly eccentric and flawlessly dreamy, these three hypnotic songs kindle at the heart of Slove’s message. 

Slove reignite their electronic spirit for ‘My Pop’, a fluid yet discordant creation that bubbles with effervescent strings. The mischievious ‘Carte Postale’ is propelled by the pulse of Anne Laure’s vocal as the Parisien counts relentlessly; “Une, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, seize, sept, huit…,” her passionate voice lingering on the words. ‘Find Out’ sees Laure return in a more delirious manner, her weightless vocals guiding a softly strung approach as ‘Le Danse’ concludes as it began, returning to subdued guitar tones and a relaxed tempo. A tranquil end, ‘If Only I Had’ resonates with harmonious bass and tickled guitar strings as Rocabois’ meditative voice moves the mood back to bitter sweet.

Slove features a small army of talented vocalists for ‘Le Danse’ and their live shows have begun to enrapture audiences. Released on Pschent, the label that brought us the Hotel Costes series and this year’s smash Discodeine (featuring Jarvis Cocker), Slove are pushing musical boundaries from within their homeland. They are a leap away from France’s traditional dance music heroes such as Justice and his Ed Banger crew and heavyweights Daft Punk. More in line with current British and US bands the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Everything Everything, Slove’s interpretation is sexier and more refined and their cult indie outfit are managing to conquer both fashion and music circles.

Slove build new bridges between the colliding worlds of indie and electronica in ‘Le Danse’, an intoxicating and endlessly appealing album that is a true testament to their versatility. 

For more info on Slove visit www.plaisirdefrance.net/artistes/slove

Fabric 59: Jamie Jones

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2011 by dk

Jamie Jones has become a household name and created an accessible brand for a new generation of dance music fans with his Hot Natured guise and Hot Creations label. His fabric compilation episode comes as he rides the crest of a tidal wave of popularity for him and his Crosstown Rebels and Visionquest crew that are forming a new cluster of stars. Original and addictive, his timeless journey is typically charged with energetic loopy grooves, defining his personal influences and showcasing exclusive material from his army of talent. 

“I went to fabric first in 1999. It had been open two weeks and I’d just moved to London so I went with my best friend. We got there and there was a huge queue all the way round the corner. Coming from Wales we just had shirts on and no jackets in November so we went to the front of the guestlist queue and I managed to catch a glimpse of the list and saw Chris C + 1. So we got in free VIP first time at fabric at 18. It was brilliant. I think we saw Dave Angel, stood in room 2 going crazy, I was a lot more innocent back then.”

The mix starts with Hot Natured ‘Time Intro’, giving a nod to the recent Hot Natured smash single ‘Forward Motion’ and offering a hint of Jamie’s future projects with Ali Love and Kenny Glasgow of Art Department fame, before diving headfirst into a funk electro remix of the classic Sebastian TellierLa Ritournelle’ reworked by pop’s newest heroes Metronomy. There’s not much room to exhale from there forward with Jamie’s own special reedits of Coat Of Arms and Karen Pollock, as well as some defining staples from his heart-winning DJ sets such as Cajmere featuring Jamie Principle ‘God Sent’ and Felix Da Housecat ‘Madame Hollywood’, an essential track from the early moments of his career. What sets this mix apart is an acute attention to the energy in the ride. Jamie Jones tackles dance music as a rock or pop star would, making it accessible and playing with the frequencies to continually keep it enjoyable. 

“I think I am very conscious of always moving forward especially when I’m playing in clubs. There’s something quite natural in me to keep myself stimulated, as I get bored of things quickly. I’m always trying to challenge myself. I could easily make the house tracks that I’m known for doing for a good few years but where’s the challenge in that? I want to do something different. I don’t just listen to dance music at home but all sorts. When I go out to listen to bands like Little Dragon or Metronomy, it’s inspiring and makes me want to do something like that but obviously with my take on it. A lot of these bands are doing similar things, Little Dragon is like a DJ set but on a new level. That’s what we’re going for with Hot Natured.”

With a new album coming up on Crosstown Rebels (Jamie’s ‘The Lows’ gives a taste on the fabric mix) as well as a Hot Natured album with Lee Foss and Ali Love to come on his own Hot Creations label, it’s clear Jamie finds it hard to stay still. Constantly evolving, he is surrounded by a growing team of exciting new artists, for whom he has naturally become a role model. His visionary style and concepts are effortlessly shaping the current era of electronic music and will no doubt continue to for many years to come.

“It’s important to have something people can identify with. Someone said to me recently the good thing about mine, and the whole Hot Natured style is it appears to a wide age range, because the music is never too hard. It’s about having fun with music and never serious. We’re about enjoying quality music, having fun with your friends and living and breathing the party and the music together.“

Label: Fabric
Cat no: fabric117
Web: www.fabriclondon.com
Distribution:
Released: Monday September 12th, 2011

Tracklist

  1. Hot Natured feat. Ali Love & Kenny Glasgow – Time Intro [Hot Creations]
  2. Sebastien Tellier – La Ritournelle (Metronomy Mix) [Record Makers / Lucky Number]
  3. James Teej – Don’t Appear (Redux) [My Favorite Robot]
  4. Coat Of Arms – Is This Something (Jones Fly Edit) [Futureboogie]
  5. White Lions – DePalma [My Favorite Robot]
  6. Karen Pollack – You Can’t Touch Me (Murk Remix – Jones Fly Edit) [Slip N Slide]
  7. Cajmere feat. Jamie Principle – God Sent (’10) [Cajual]
  8. Felix Da Housecat – Madame Hollywood [Rude Photo]
  9. Waifs & Strays – Body Shiver [Hot Creations]
  10. jennygoesdirty – Amoureux Solitaires [Kill The DJ]
  11. Hot Natured feat. Ali Love & Kenny Glasgow – Assimilation [Hot Creations]
  12. Crazy P – Open For Service [2020Vision]
  13. Panthers – Goblin City (Holy Ghost Mix) [Warner]
  14. Oppenheimer Analysis – The Devil’s Dancers [Minimal Wave]
  15. Jamie Jones – The Lows [Crosstown Rebels]
  16. soho808 – Get Up Disco [Dikso]
  17. Footprintz – Fear Of Numbers [Visionquest]

Jamie Jones fabric album launch: 24th September 2011