Henrik Schwarz Instruments album out on Sony April 13th

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2015 by E.N.

Henrik_Schwarz_Instruments_artwork-600x_What’s left of my music if I have it played by Classical musicians and omit the most important element, the beats?”​ This question was the starting point for I​NSTRUMENTS, t​he new H​enrik Schwarz​ album.

Four years have passed now since the Berlin musician and producer was first invited to have a selection of his House tracks played by an orchestra. Now the T​okyo Secret Orchestra​ has recorded seven pieces arranged for chamber orchestra that are reminiscent of the minimalism of Steve Reich and Michael Nyman not least in their poetry and magnetic pull.

The last ten years have seen quite a few Classical performances of electronic club music. But many of these were in the “classic rock” tradition of the 1970’s, when symphony orchestras played the big pop hits of the day. “I​n most cases, electronic beats were then mixed into the orchestral arrangements, but I always found that a bit half­hearted”, ​says Schwarz. He wasn’t interested in so ­called Crossover; what interested him was what happens when club music is transferred to a body of Classical instruments. “​I wanted to see whether this music still means anything when you take away all the synthetic sounds and the beats.”​This prompted Henrik Schwarz to experiment with the scores, working together with arranger J​ohannes Brecht ​and various ensembles, without any computer sounds or acoustic percussion instruments that supply a rhythm in 4/4 time.

The recordings made in Japan supplied the source material for the album I​NSTRUMENTS. ​Seven pieces are rearranged here for Classical instruments, from Henrik Schwarz’s club hit “W​alk Music” ​(which he used in the new arrangement as an opener for his live sets for a long time) through “W​amims”​, the version of a 2006 remix, to the only piece on the record that is new and previously unreleased: “​In Björndal”.

All the pieces have been arranged for strings (violins, violas, cellos and double bass) joined by low woodwind (bass flute, bass clarinet and bassoon) that not only supply individual timbres, but they are also a source of rhythm. In this context, the focus is on the magic and the magnetic power of minimalism, something that American composer Steve Reich used to influence the pop and techno scene with his cleverly interlocking rhythmic chains.

Right at the outset of “W​alk Music”​, we are offered a magical combination of single, lyrical notes from the strings and mysterious vibraphone figures in the background. And the following track, “M​arvin”​, literally sprouts from a single note that is constantly repeated. The piece “​In Björndal”​ radiates a curious and seductive melancholy magic and time and time again, production techniques from electronic music such as loops or low­cuts are transformed into orchestral arrangements.

The result is a new kind of music played on Classical instruments. a music that doesn’t deny its roots in the club world and could only be created on the computer; a music that manages to transport the energy of electronic dance music to the Classical concert hall – with the bass drum only present in the listener’s head.

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Snakehips-Forever Pt.II (Feat. Kaleem Taylor) (Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2015 by E.N.

snakehips2014 saw production duo Snakehips release their latest single ‘Days With You’ feat Sinead Harnett alongside them regularly hitting the top spot on the hype-machine with their faultless remixes (Banks, Raury, The Weeknd, Wild Belle, Bondax). All of which aided the impressive growth of the London based act and resulted in them being one of the most in demand teams to seek out for remixes and DJ shows – here and in the US.

2015 however is focused on their own productions – kicking off with the brilliant ‘Forever (Part II)’ EP coming this spring on Hoffman West. A run of UK & EU dates have also been announced.
Recorded both here and in the US, the 4 track EP is inspired by golden-era hip-hop and R&B and demonstrates Oliver Lee & James Carter’s uplifting production and killer songwriting skills once again. True to form, the EP also showcases a stand-out roster of featured vocalists. London born R&B singer Kaleem Taylor who recently featured on Tchami’s chart topping single ‘Promesses’, now lends his silky, soulful sound to the first single ‘Forever (Pt. II)’. Snakehips mix up the original with the welcome addition of Kaleem’s tenacious lyrics combined with upbeat and playful percussion.

Next on the EP is the sensual ‘Gone’, which features Odd Future vocalist and The Internet member Syd on vocals. The singer’s sultry vocals are drenched with soul and are matched with warped, layered beats. ‘Overtime’ channels classic 90’s R&B with loose-limbed, freeing vocals from UK singer-songwriter Sasha Keable. The final offering on the EP ‘Poison’ is a sexy, melodic finale featuring a smooth and charming vocal performance from Daniella T.A.O.L which crescendos with arpeggiated, seducing synths.
With championing radio support to date from key players Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Nick Grimshaw and Mistajam, the release of this new EP in advance of a debut album later in the year, 2015 already looks set to be all about the very talented Snakehips.

‘Forever (Part II)’ Tracklist:
1 Forever (Pt.II) ft Kaleem Taylor
2 Gone ft Odd Future
3 Overtime ft Sasha Keable
4 Poison ft Daniella T.A.O.L
Snakehips are hitting the road in March with a series of DJ shows in London, Bristol, Brighton, Manchester and Dublin.
Tour Dates:
13/3 – The Laundry, London
20/3 – Marble Factory, Bristol
21/3 – Gorilla, Manchester
27/3 – Komedia, Brighton
28/3 – Opium Rooms, Dublin

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Mumford & Sons – Believe (Official Audio)

Posted in News with tags , , , on March 10, 2015 by E.N.

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Mumford & Sons new song “Believe,” the first single from their forthcoming third album, Wilder Mind.

Wilder Mind will be released in North America through Gentlemen of the Road / Glassnote Records on May 4. It is produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine). It features twelve new tracks, written collaboratively by the band in London, Brooklyn, and Texas. A number of the new songs were written and demoed at Aaron Dessner’s (The National) garage studios in Brooklyn. The band also returned to Eastcote Studios in London, where they recorded Sigh No More, for further writing and demo sessions. The album was recorded at AIR studios in London.
Wilder Mind Tracklisting:
1. Tompkins Square Park
2. Believe
3. The Wolf
4. Wilder Mind
5. Just Smoke
6. Monster
7. Snake Eyes
8. Broad-Shouldered Beasts
9. Cold Arms
10. Ditmas
11. Only Love
12. Hot Gates

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Lapalux – Lustmore April 7th, 2015 on Brainfeeder

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2015 by E.N.

LAPALUX LUSTMORELapalux knew where and how his sound should change with a second album. As a result, Lustmore feels like a record as compulsively inspired and meticulously crafted as you’re likely to hear in 2015.

Lustmore is loosely based on the idea of hypnogogia, a kind of limbo of consciousness between being awake and asleep. Listeners familiar with his 2011 debut, Nostalchic, will know that Stuart Howard’s woozy, infectious rhythms, enveloping textures and unfamiliarly familiar melodies conjure that territory perfectly.

Lustmore sees the young producer take another stride forward. Opener “U Never Know,” which features another masterful vocal turn by Andreya Triana, sets the tone for the album. “The line ‘I don’t think you’ll know’ describes the mysterious limbo-like state between waking life and sleep,” Howard says.

The sleazy, yearning throb of “Puzzle (ft. Andreya Triana)” is unmistakably sexualized. “It’s a lovelessness,” Howard says, “searching for something more lustful and fleeting. It’s a very visual song for me. It’s about a sort of seedy, underground desire, like an old bar that used to have class, getting slowly seedier, to keep up with the demand for exploitation and filth. I think it sums up the whole feel and mood of the record,” Howard says. “That kind of sultry, seedy undertone and the pieces of the puzzle not fitting together properly, as if in a state of limbo where you don’t know where you are, but there’s something strangely comforting about it.” Those words could well be a credo for Lapalux’s wider musical vision.

The sound palette used in making the album was carefully crafted to sound retro futuristic and otherworldly, having sounds in there that could accompany a Bladerunner or 2001: A Space Odyssey. “Whenever I think about the album I think about the bar scene in The Shining,” Howard says. “There’s something about that strange, hallucinatory psychological madness that relates to the music, both in the making of the actual record and the way it sounds.”

Studying old film soundtracks was a hugely important process for the making of the album. “I really focused on making this album an imaginary visual experience. You can almost see these imaginary movies play in your head when you listen,” he says. “That’s something that I really started to work into my music – the idea of creating imagery and characters, storyline, and emotion.” It’s a process that has certainly worked: Lustmore is imbued with an emotional narrative that never loosens its grip on the ear.

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Lustmore Tracklisting
(April 7th, 2015 | Brainfeeder)

1. U Never Know (feat. Andreya Triana)
2. Sum Body
3. Closure (feat. Szjerdene)
4. Midnight Peelers
5. Push N’ Spun
6. We Lost
7. Autumn (Tape Interlude)
8. Puzzle (feat. Andreya Triana)
9. Bud
10. Don’t Mean A Thing
11. 1004
12. Make Money
13. Funny Games

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The Prodigy – Nasty (Zinc Remix)(Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , on January 24, 2015 by E.N.

The Prodigy Unveil Official Remix of 'Nasty'
The Prodigy have unveiled the first official remix from their forthcoming album The Day Is My Enemy. Zinc has the honor of remixing lead single “Nasty” and he doesn’t disappoint.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015+a Xmas gift for you

Posted in News with tags , , on December 24, 2014 by E.N.

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Bipolar Sunshine announces brand new single ‘Daydreamer'(Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2014 by E.N.

Bipolar Sunshine announces brand new single 'Daydreamer'Bipolar Sunshine will kick off 2015 with the release of a new single ‘Daydreamer’ released on 25th January followed by a UK headline tour in March and April.

Bipolar Sunshine is the Manchester raised alternative pop sound of Adio Marchant. With an eclectic new-age ambient soundscape and melancholy soulful lyrics, he conjures up the romance of escapism, drawing inspiration from life’s wonders and imperfections.

He has built an avid following through the release of two EPs and a collection of singles, most recently with ‘Deckchairs on the Moon’ and ‘Future (Part 1)’ ft. Goldlink, and with live shows, including support dates with the likes of A$AP Mob, London Grammar, Rudimental and Bastille, along with his own packed out headline shows and festival appearances.

New single ‘Daydreamer’ incorporates everything Bipolar Sunshine has become so known and so loved for. An atypical pop track, which blends both the despondent and the upbeat with intelligent and unique lyrics and a vast, all-encompassing chorus. The song is a collaboration with SBTRKT and was produced by Fraser T Smith (Adele, Lily Allen, Sam Smith)


Currently finishing work on his debut album, set to be released next summer, Bipolar Sunshine is heading out on his biggest UK headline tour to date in March and April next year. The headline tour will kick off on 26th March in Dublin and will include a show at London’s Heaven before a final night hometown show on 17th April at Manchester’s The Ritz. Full live dates are as follows:
March:

Thu 26th Dublin Whelans

Fri 27th Belfast Limelight

Sat 28th Edinburgh Electric Circus

Sun 29th Glasgow Oran Mor

Tues 31st Newcastle Think Tank at Riverside

April:

Wed 1st Leeds Belgrave Music Hall

Thu 2nd Liverpool Kazimier

Fri 3rd Nottingham Rescue Rooms

Tues 7th Leicester The Scholar

Wed 8th Birmingham The Library at The Institute

Thu 9th Oxford O2 Academy 2

Fri 10th Cambridge The Junction

Sun 12th Bristol Thekla

Mon 13th Brighton The Haunt

Tues 14th Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

Thur 16th London Heaven

Fri 17th Manchester The Ritz

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