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A-side “Keep On Talking” is a tingling and infectious cut, defined by a tropical bassline and lush wandering synths that hark back to an era gone by, while B-side “Walk On” takes a darker, more minimalist tone with slinky, staggered house beats. Building to a crescendo of strings amidst a flurry of synths full of compacted energy, this is a record that sees Niemerski return to the sound that birthed the iconic record “Coma Cat.”
2014 was a huge year for Tensnake, seeing him record two shows for BBC Radio 1’s Residency series alongside long term friend and fellow artist Gerd Janson. From Panorama Bar to A Club Called Rhonda, Niemerski’s touring schedule also took him to some of the most respected and diverse clubbing spaces on the globe. Fresh for 2015, Keep On Talking / Walk On now sees him delve deep and explore the sound that first solidified him as one of dance music’s most celebrated artists.
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.
(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)
10. Don’t Mean A Thing
12. Make Money
13. Funny Games
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
New Rustie Single “Attak” Featuring Danny Brown
Green Language Out August 26
Currently On Tour In The US
Rustie’s sophomore full length Green Language sees its release next month on August 26. Until then, he is sharing another track from the record titled “Attak” which marries his trademark ear for beat, melody and punch with a frenzied vocal from Detroit rapper Danny Brown. Their collaboration efforts were first heard on Brown’s 2013 LP Old on which Rustie produced several tracks.
Nearly three years ago Rustie released his game changing debut record Glass Swords pushing to the forefront the “maximalist” sound in electronic music while helping to put Glasgow on the map as one of the centers of forward thinking electronic music. Green Language is him continuing to push what people expect.
Green Language Tracklist:
02. A Glimpse
04. Paradise Stone
05. Up Down ft. D Double E
06. Attak ft. Danny Brown
08. He Hate Me ft. Gorgeous Children
10. Lost ft. Redinho
11. Dream On
12. Lets Spiral
13. Green Language
North American Tour Dates
Thurs July 24 @ Terminal West (King Plow Art Center) – Atlanta, GA
Fri July 25 @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
Sat July 26 @ Le Belmont – Montreal, QC
Wed July 30 @ U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
Thurs July 31 @ The Independent – San Francisco, CA
Fri Aug 1 @ The 1up-Colfax – Denver, CO
Sat Aug 2 @ Hard Fest – South El Monte, CA
Groundbreaking British drum’n’bass pioneer, Roni Size, has announced a new album and EP due for release later this summer. Both projects will be released on his new label, Mansion Sounds. Size has also revealed that Reprazent will return later this year, with a new album set for release in early 2015.
Entitled ‘Take Kontrol’, the solo album will be released on 25th August and will be the first from Size for over a decade. The album and the 6 track EP, ‘Size Matters’ (released 18th August), will focus purely on “dancefloor cuts for the heads”, with Size reprising his role as a producer/DJ away from the live environment he’s explored with Reprazent. ‘Take Kontrol’ will be released as an iTunes deluxe album, featuring 25 tracks and an exclusive DJ mix from Roni. The standard CD/digital album will feature 16 tracks.
Stream the first track from the ‘Size Matters EP’, ‘Made In Korea’