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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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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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LÅPSLEY announces debut EP on XL Recordings / Listen to first single “Falling Short”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2014 by E.N.

LÅPSLEY announces debut EP on XL Recordings | Listen to first single "Falling Short"
LÅPSLEY
ANNOUNCES DEBUT EP ON XL RECORDINGS
‘UNDERSTUDY’ EP WILL BE RELEASED ON JANUARY 5 2015

Over the course of 2014, fast-emerging singer, songwriter and producer Holly ‘Låpsley’ Fletcher has become one of the most hotly tipped new UK artists around. Through beautifully crafted songs such as “Station” and “Painter (Valentine)”, the 18-year old, Southport, England-raised artist has created a unique sonic identity, mixing sparse, minimal electronic production with gorgeous, emotive songwriting.
Now, following a deal with XL Recordings, Låpsley will release her debut Understudy EP on January 5th, 2015. Lead track “Falling Short” – which has received close to a quarter of a million Souncloud plays in less than a month – is available to purchase from October 24th as part of the Anne Mac Presents 2014 album. It will then get a full, standalone release on the Understudy EP, which will be available on 12” vinyl and download and will feature three further brand new tracks.

The full Understudy EP track list is:
1. Falling Short
2. Brownlow
3. 8896
4. Dancing

Bondax & Friends: The Mix Album – Tracklist Revealed

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2014 by E.N.

Bondax & Friends The Mix Album - Tracklist Revealed

Having teased fans with their latest single ‘All I See’, Bondax’s first Long Player comes in the form of ‘Bondax & Friends: The Mix Album’ released 24th November via Relentless.

Saturated in soul and party vibes, ‘Bondax & Friends: The Mix Album’ encapsulates exactly what Lancaster’s finest friends Adam Kaye and George Townsend have to offer. Featuring their sensational singles such as‘Giving It All’ and ‘All I See’ plus brand new edits and tracks alongside collaborations with Bo Saris, Speelburg, Karma Kid and Ayah Marar, the album distinguishes itself from just any mix with a quality benchmark that Bondax always set to sky-high.

TRACKLIST – BONDAX & FRIENDS: THE MIX ALBUM

Bondax: Intro
Bondax: Let Me Be (ft Bo Saris)
Stwo: Quiet Life
Karma Kid: Who Knows
Shagabond: Coral Soup
DJ Cam Quartet: Rebirth Of Cool
Olsen: Together
Alina Baraz: Art Of Persuasion (esta remix)
Bo Saris: Little Bit More (Bodhi Remix)
Bondax: Something Good
Reva Devito: Kisses
iamnobodi: Monarch
Bondax: All I see
Kartell: Lights
Darius: Hot Hands
Ali Jameson: Four Thirty (5eya Remix)
Bondax: Giving It All (Chill VIP)
Kahwe: Sit Back
Karma Kid: Bird Of Prey
Düererstuben: Gscheids Planet
Jerome LOL: Always (Bondax remix)
Bondax: Dusk Funk
Camo & Krooked: Lovin U (Bondax Edit) – Recorded
French Kiwi Juice: Carelessness
Duke Dumont: I Got U (Bondax Remix)

 

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Jaust – We Need a New Life feat remixes from Alex Banks, Xinobi & more

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

Jaust - We Need A New Life feat James Dean Wells LOW-RES
Artist: Jaust
Title: We Need a New Life feat James Dean Wells
Label: human label
Catalog: HUM-08
Format: Digital
Date: 11.24.14

Following his lorded debut single Feel the Smoke Rise, enigmatic producer Jaust takes the next steps towards his album Definites. Wearing an entirely different set of colours, We Need a New Life sees Jaust channel his passion for indie and 80’s synth pop. Featuring the vocal talents of James Dean Wells from he Gay Blades, this track will no doubt be finding itself fans in many corners.

Heading up the remixes, Monkeytown Records multi-instrumentalist Alex Banks rewires We Need a New Life in his own unmistakeable style. Taking influence from kaleidoscopic electronica and the LA beats movement in equal parts, his remix sits in no genre camp and is all the better for it.

Portuguese producer Xinobi runs with the remix baton for a 4/4 makeover. As the lead vocals take front and centre, hooking in from the get go before an infectious bass synth jumps into play. This one will take the doors off a disconcerting disco.

Mainlining noise and electro, Shengi makes We Need a New Life her own. Constructing a remix that retains the heart of the original, but opens the curtain to new landscape.

Completing the journey, pushing the limits as he did with Feel the Smoke Rise, Jaust himself grapples We Need a New Life. A cut up style that owes as much to Soulwax as it does to Aphex Twin, try putting this in a box and you will be hard pressed. Jaust is a producer writing his own rules.

Tracklist

1) Jaust – We Need A New Life feat James Dean Wells
2) Jaust – We Need A New Life feat James Dean Wells (Alex Banks Remix)
3) Jaust – We Need A New Life feat James Dean Wells (Xinobi Remix)
4) Jaust – We Need A New Life feat James Dean Wells (Shengi Remix)
5) Jaust – We Need A New Life feat James Dean Wells (Jaust Remix)

Pre-order link: http://amzn.to/1s375Kq
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Various Artists – ‘The Green Collection'(Eskimo Recordings)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2014 by E.N.

The Green Collection'(Eskimo Recordings)Blending a harmonious coexistence between somewhat off­kilter, understated yet captivating sonic landscapes, Eskimo Recordings brings you The Green Collection. It’s the follow­up to the Pink and Blue Collection, throwing a spotlight on their cosmopolitan European roster and electronic pop framework.

A hotbed for new talent, Eskimo has nurtured some of disco’s most infamous faces and veterans such asIvan Smagghe, Lindstrom & Prins Thomas, Rub N Tug and Aeroplane. Featuring twelve new and exclusive tracks from the acclaimed Ghent based imprint, The Green Collection is an enchanted journey through indie dance, nu disco and electronica that allows the discovery of exciting new talents Man Power, Mees Dierdorp, Alexander Skancke, Knight One and Horixon as well as indulgence in exclusive material from established artists such as Satin Jackets, Blende, Vinny Villbass, NTEIBINTand Kraak & Smaak.

Label: Eskimo Recordings
Cat no: 541416506768
Web: www.eskimorecordings.com/
Released: Monday November 3rd, 2014

Tracklist

  1. Shimmer [Knight One]
  2. Found My Place [Alexander Skancke feat. HEwrote]
  3. Great Things [Horixon feat. Jacques Teal]
  4. Lust For Wrong [Vinny Villbass feat. Ost]
  5. Aviar Alom [Mees Dierdorp]
  6. Baby [NTEIBINT]
  7. Ghostnote [Kraak & Smaak]
  8. Beeech [Duncan Gray]
  9. Sparkle [Blende]
  10. Me To You [Trulz & Robin feat. Camilla Luna]
  11. Skattejag [Man Power]
  12. Fall Apart [Satin Jackets feat. Patrick Baker]
  13. The Green Collection (Bonus Mix)
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