Archive for June 26, 2012

Le Le – Partytime

Posted in News with tags , on June 26, 2012 by dk

Dutch based electro unit Le Le unleash their much awaited sophomore LP ‘Party Time’ in the UK this summer, through Magnetron Music.

Sounding like the quad-lingual love child of a clandestine Chromeo and Ed Banger Records affair, the LP is a cohesive collage of dreamy synths, biting snares, throbbing bass and silver-tongued wit – ‘Party Time’ feels as though it rolled off the fingertips and tongues of three shades-wearing, Gauloises-smoking, and laid back polymaths.

Expertly weaving multiple influences from all reaches of sensual European electronic dance music, from French filter-house to Italo-disco, Le Le pay tribute to many of their intercontinental neighbours both musically and lyrically – rapping and singing in several different languages on the album.

Formed in 2007, Le Le consists of vocalist Faberyayo, a rapper, writer and TV personality in the Netherlands, world renowned graphic & fashion designer/beatsmith Parra, and ex-Comtron and Kraftwerk muse Rimer London. Three successful musicians in their own right, they came together through, as they say, ‘messing around’. The combination of Faberyayo’s lyrical witticism, Rimer London’s impulsive electrofunk beats and Parra’s inventive sampling culminates in a dancefloor demon that oozes European cool.

The album follows the 2008 debut full-length, ‘Flage’, penned “sexy, slinky ‘70s porno-disco” by Data Transmission. ‘Flage’ was a resounding success and the lead single ‘Breakfast’ was named one of the key tracks of the 2008 Miami Winter Music Conference – which lead to the group taking their funk swagger to every major international music festival that year.

Melding multiple tongues, influences and humour to create a cohesive dancefloor filler, ‘Party Time’ is the perfect follow up for this multi-talented supergroup.

Release date: Aug 30, 2012


Blue Daisy x Unknown Shapes-Bedtime Stories EP

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Following in the cascade of hype caused by their free mixtape EPs, Blue Daisy and his collective understudies Unknown Shapes return home for their first EP proper. Bedtime Stories is an immersive nocturnal soundtrack. Here Unknown Shapes beam fractalized neon synth-lines like jagged streams of colour through Blue Daisy’s monochromatic soundscape. The drums come chopped and screwed, heavy and slow enough to carry the purple clouds of sound through your brain. Psychedelic Hip Hop freak out!

Artist: Blue Daisy x Unknown Shapes
Title: Bedtime Stories EP
Cat: Acre036
Format: 12” & Digital
Label: Black Acre
Release: 06 August 2012

A1 Insomniac Love
A2 Bedtime Stories
A3 All Night Long
B1 Wet Dreams
B2 Beautiful Nightmare
B3 Pillow Talk
This record is only available on orange coloured vinyl. Limited to 300.

Teengirl Fantasy announces new album ‘Tracer’ out August 20th on R&S Records

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While students at Oberlin College, Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi connected over a shared love of classic house and techno records that prompted them to make, “some kind of dance music that wasn’t just emulating what we were hearing.” The duo formed their music organically, improvising over loops that eventually materialized into full-fledged compositions. Rather than relying on triggering loops, or quantization, Teengirl Fantasy’s music has always been performed and composed live, resulting in a form of discourse between the band and their instruments. The result is a-typical for electronic dance music – colorful, maximalist textures and tones that move along with a driving rhythm yet still retain a distinctly human and emotional core.
Artist: Teengirl Fantasy
Title: Tracer
Label: R&S Records
Release: 20.08.2012

01. Orbit
02. EFX (feat. Kelela)
03. Eternal
04. Pyjama (feat. Panda Bear)
05. Mist of Time (feat. Laurel Halo)
06. End
07. Vector Spray
08. Inca
09. Do It (feat. Romanthony)
10. Timeline

In the fall of 2010, True Panther Sounds and Merok released Teengirl Fantasy’s debut LP, 7AM. Titled after the, “confused, dreamy, half-awake, half-asleep state that one experiences after staying up all night partying”, 7AM was critically praised for its creative use of samples and experimentation. The album made numerous year-end lists including FACT, Pitchfork, XLR8R and established the pair as electronic visionaries.

On their sophomore LP, Tracer, Teengirl Fantasy cuts through some of the haze of their earlier recordings to create their most compositionally sophisticated work yet. “It’s more focused, far-reaching and it takes more risks”. Unlike 7AM, Tracer is completely sample-free and features an array of vocalists including Panda Bear, Romanthony (of Daft Punk’s “One More Time” fame), Laurel Halo, and newcomer Kelela. For the songs with vocalists, their approach is, “a wacked version of the pop format”. The album is sonically maximal and symphonic, with heavily layered songs containing multiple elements. “The editing is more painstaking- there’s more crafting to the songs”, says the duo. Although Tracer touches on an array of genres such as techno, pop, R&B, and house, it simulates a cohesive journey.

‘Tracer’ will be released August 20th on R&S Records,
Teengirl Fantasy Shows:
07/07 – T in the Park Festival – Slam Stage – Scotland
12/07 – Dour Festival – R&S Stage – Belgium
13/07 – Exit Festival – R&S showcase @ HAPPYNOVISAD Stage – Serbia

Album artwork by Kari Altmann

Deepchord -Sommer

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on June 26, 2012 by dk

Following on from the dark intensity of Hash Bar Loops, Deepchord has continued to innovate and diversify his output. Traces of the previous album remain on this record but here, there is a lighter more ethereal feel.

Deepchord’s characteristic manipulation of space and time is still intact and is an integral part of Sommer’s soundscape. Modulating textures, sliding tempos, shifting rhythmic elements, and electroacoustics create a constantly evolving, vaporous sonic-tapestry.
Artist: Deepchord
Title: Sommer
Catalog#: SOMACD099
Label: Soma Quality Recordings
Format: CD/ Digital

1. Glow
2. Aquatic
3. Cruising Towards Dawn
4. The Universe as a Hologram
5. Beneteau
6. Fourier
7. Aeronautics
8. Flow-Induced Vibrations
9. Spring Mist
10. Amber
11. Alfama
12. Gliding
13. Wind Farm

Rich field recordings and proprietary processing methods (developed over 20 years of making such recordings) provide an impactful, living, organic element with flecks of percussion and bass pulsing from the soundfield. Atmospheric warmth and engrossing layers are expertly woven, many of the source-recordings were made on a beach near the artist’s home. Wind chimes, circulating air, and a marine sounds give this album a distinct identity rarely experienced in the sphere of digital music. A rare amalgamation of deep organic-atmospherics and dance music. A living breathing organism, quite unlike anything else. Light and aquatic feeling, with a few darker introspective moments later in the album, but it never gets foreboding or overly heavy. The overall mood here is evocative of warm summer evenings, and is equally effective on a PA with a crowd, as it is on the beachside with headphones alone.

An August release date coincides perfectly with the album’s themes and will be a powerful addition when played out over the summer and on into the autumn as part of Deepchord’s thoughtful, expansive sets, which should be plentiful in the coming months.

‘Mala in Cuba’on Brownswood Recordings on 10th September

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In May 2011 Mala (Digital Mystikz) travelled to Havana, Cuba with Gilles Peterson to record and collaborate with local musicians as part of the ongoing Havana Cultura project. The results are documented on his album ‘Mala in Cuba’ – scheduled for release on Brownswood Recordings on 10th September 2012. The album will be preceded by a 12” featuring ‘Cuba Electronic’ and ‘Calle F’ released on 6th August 2012.

A devotee of Jamaican sound system culture, Mala led from the front as the first waves of so-called “dubstep” filtered out from Croydon’s Big Apple Records, battering bassbins across South London in 2002/03 alongside the likes of Skream, Benga, Coki and Loefah. Fiercely independent, he co-founded the label and legendary club night DMZ (with Coki and Loefah) and has produced some of the scene’s most vital and acclaimed tracks as Digital Mystikz. He also established his own imprint – Deep Medi Musik – in 2006 as an outlet for his own sonic experimentations alongside those of his favourite producers. Mala is universally respected as an innovator and leader not only within the global dubstep movement but also within the broader electronic realm.

The results of a true culture clash, ‘Mala in Cuba’ marries the intricate rhythms and deep, spiritual roots of Cuba with Mala’s own roots in South London and his dedication to bass culture. Travelling to Havana with DJ / broadcaster / record collector Gilles Peterson and fellow producer Simbad in 2011 – where they were recording sessions for Gilles’s ‘Havana Cultura: The Search Continues’ album at Abdala Studios – Mala installed himself in a small studio across the corridor from the main hub. With a constant stream of gifted local musicians and vocalists passing through, from diva Danay Suarez to the legendary percussionist Changuito and acclaimed pianist Roberto Fonseca, this was a true journey of discovery for everyone concerned.

Returning home with a laptop crammed with inspiration, Mala began to stitch the story of his Cuban adventure together. The space, depth and weight of the sound is vintage Mala, but the melodies, licks, chord progressions, rhythms and chattering percussion are uniquely Cuban. For Brownswood Recordings boss Gilles Peterson, who famously curated excursions in the spaces between jazz and electronic music whilst at Talkin’ Loud (namely Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez’s and “Little” Louie Vega’s Nuyorican Soul project in 1996 and Roni Size Reprazent’s ‘New Forms’ the following year) this is a record that he has dreamed of making: “This is the record that reevaluates and realigns the dubstep movement within sound system culture.”

Como Como feat. Dreiser & Sexto Sentido
Cuba Electronic
The Tunnel
The Tourist
Calle F
Noches Sueños feat. Danay Suarez

Deadbeat announces his album lucky number ‘Eight’ on his own BLKRTZ label

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Of all of the personalities to emerge from the Mutek affiliated Montreal electronic music scene which exploded onto the global stage at the turn of the millennium Scott Monteith, better known to audiences worldwide as Deadbeat, has unquestionably shown himself to be its most prolific and restless spirit. Through a steady stream of critically acclaimed singles and 7 studio albums for labels such as ~Scape, Echocord, Wagon Repair and most recently his own BLKRTZ imprint, and his genre defining Radio Rothko mix, which drew comparisons to some of the greatest mix CDs of all time (Richie Hawtin’s Decks, EFX & 909 : Jeff Mills’s Live at the Liquid Room), Monteith has established himself as perhaps Dub Techno’s greatest champion. Yet anyone intimately familiar with said catalog could rightly accuse even that lofty title of being an over simplification. In a genre dominated by stoic reverence to the creative framework laid down by Mark Ernestus and Mortiz Von Oswald’s Basic Channel and related projects of the mid 90s, Monteith has consistently charted his own course over the last 13 years, tearing up and re-writing the rule book several times over. Having burrowed to the very deepest depths of echo and dread of the Jamaican variety with last year’s hypnotic Drawn and Quartered album, Deadbeat once again sets sail into uncharted waters with his latest hour long salvo, humbly entitled Eight.
artist Deadbeat
title Eight
label BLKRTZ
date 10 September
cat. BLKRTZ 004
format CD/LP

Tracklist –

1. The Elephant in the Pool
2. Lazy Jane (Steppers Dub) w/ Danuel tate
3. Alamut
4. Wolves and Angels w/ Mathew Jonson
5. Punta de Chorros
6. My Rotten Roots
7. Yard
8. Horns of Jericho w/ Dandy Jack

Eight will be available on September 10th 2012 via BLKRTZ in CD, digital, and deluxe 3×12 vinyl editions, with worldwide distribution via Kompakt.

DFRNT releases his album ‘Fading’ on Echodub this September

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DFRNT is proud to present his second album “Fading”. Taking the deep dubstep-tinged sounds of his first album (2009s “Metafiction”) and expanding them in to house, techno, dub and ambient terrirories this is certainly a development of the DFRNT sound.

Following his first album, DFRNT had a string of EP releases, allowing him to explore styles from deep house to drum & bass, from techno to ambient and beyond. “Fading” is a conscious step forward in the Scotsman’s career and marks his move from dubstep towards primarily more deep house and dub-techno based sounds.

Clocking in at almost an hour and twenty minutes, DFRNT has opted to provide a strong selection of tracks here. Always conscious of his presentation, “Fading” will be available as a 6-panel digipak, with beautiful illustration from Alex himself.

To go alongside the album, DFRNT is also releasing a limited edition 12” picture-disk EP taking “El Spirito” from the album plus an additional two non-album tracks.

artist DFRNT
title Fading
label Echodub
date 3.9.2012
format CD/LP

01. Silent Witness
02. El Spirito
03. Everyone Is Moving
04. That’s Interesting
05. Deep Into It
06. Prism
07. Cruise
08. Incubus
09. In You Go
10. Our Little Secret
11. Suspended In The Deep