Video: Metronomy – 16 Beat

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With a blend of reflective lyricism and forward-thinking sonics, the return of
Metronomy with the Summer 08 album has inspired fans and critics alike. This highly creative spell in the Metronomy story continues with the launch of a special new La Blogothèque session video for album track and new single ’16 Beat.’

Watch video for ’16 Beat’ HERE:

Directed by Colin Solal Cardo (whose previous credits include videos with a similar aesthetic style for Benjamin Clementine, Phoenix and Lianne La Havas) and in collaboration with Paris Aeroports, the video captures a stripped-back Metronomy consisting of Joe Mount (vocals/synths/percussion) and Anna Prior (drums) performing the track in the unlikely setting of a baggage reclaim area within Terminal 2E in Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport on July 4th of this year. Mount explains, “I love one-take videos and I love aeroplanes… and airports. I also love it when you start something with modest expectations and they are exceeded. I’ve always quite fancied doing a live music video and this was never really meant to be that, but it kind of is now.”

Their performance is matched by the visual spectacle of four dancers who were choreographed by I COULD NEVER BE A DANCER to create one of the most striking session performances of recent years. Consisting of Carine Charaire and Olivier Casamayou, I COULD NEVER BE A DANCER are an unusual and polymorphous artistic duo using dance as one element in a visual whole that is both conceptual and pop. The duo are choreographers, film directors and artistic directors, and sometimes all three at once.

In addition, next week will also see the release of a new ’16 Beat’ remix courtesy of influential French electro duo Cassius. Metronomy’s original track is a paean to Mount’s favorite drum machine which is rich with language that befits a more conventional love song. Cassius’s interpretation focuses upon Mount’s vocals which are chopped into a swirling hypnotic groove before the track is deconstructed with doomy synths, distorted vocals and skittering percussion.

Both artists are fans of each other, and Metronomy recently remixed Cassius’s track ‘The Missing’ – the original of which features on their brand new and long-awaited album Ibifornia.

Entirely written, played and produced by Mount himself, Summer 08 finds the multi-instrumentalist reflecting on his experiences around the time that Metronomy first landed a major breakthrough with the Nights Out album – the guilt at spending key moments in loved ones’ lives in the back of a tour bus, and the confused mania of finding himself a critical darling.

Romare – Love Songs: Part Two LP

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A taster to celebrate the forthcoming amorous excursions which make up his second album Love Songs: Part Two, Romare presents the single Who Loves You?. Combining a punk-funk b-line, a disco rhythm, a dubbed-out vocal sample and a hundred-and-one subtle elements you’ll barely notice, ‘Who Loves You?’ is that rare thing – a dancefloor filler with real intelligence and a genuine, low-slung sexiness.

Developing and expanding upon the brilliance of his debut Projections (voted LP of year in DJ Mag and supported by likes of Bonobo, Annie Mac and Four Tet), Love Songs: Part Two cements Romare’s reputation as one of the most exciting, confident and distinctive producers in electronic music. His sample sources have changed a little too, moving from the jazz and blues which distinguished Projections to disco and psychedelic. His parents love of Irish traditional folk music, which Romare grew up with have also influenced the sounds on this album.

“I’ve tried to cover different areas,” Fairhurst explains, “from sexual urges to tender first encounters, from affairs to the questioning of one’s love.” Whatever Romare does, though, it’s held together by his own unique aesthetic, a sonic signature which stamps everything he does as his and his alone. An original reaching the height of his game, it’s time to listen… and fall in love.

TRACKLIST
1 Who To Love?
2 All Night
3 Je T’aime
4 Honey
5 Come Close To Me
6 Don’t Stop
7 Who Loves You?
8 L.U.V
9 New Love
10 My Last Affair

12” TRACKLIST (OUT 28TH OCT)
A Who Loves You?
B Together (vinyl exclusive)

Video: DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak

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DJ Shadow has unveiled the music video for the song “Nobody Speak” featuring Run The Jewels, a standout track from his latest album ‘The Mountain Will Fall,’ out now on Mass Appeal Records. The video depicts a meeting of leaders that quickly descends into chaos, a scene not unlike what is unfolding in governments around the globe. It also features appearances by DJ Shadow and Run The Jewels.

Says DJ Shadow: “We wanted to make a positive, life-affirming video that captures politicians at their election-year best. We got this instead.”

Says Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike: “It’s such a dope video. It’s what I really wish Trump and Hillary would just do and get it over with…And even in that fight I think Hillary would win – and that’s not an endorsement.”

The video was directed by Sam Pilling and produced by Pulse Films, stars Igor Tsyshkevych and Ian Bailey, and was shot in NYC, London and Ukraine.

Video: Chromatics – Dear Tommy

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At last, here’s the video for “Dear Tommy”, the title track of Chromatics new album on Italians Do It Better. Filmed & Edited By Chromatics.

Dear Tommy tracklist:
01. Fresh Blood
02. In Films
03. Time Rider
04. I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around
05. Cherry
06. She Says
07. Just Like You
08. 4 A.M.
09. Teacher
10. Camera
11. Dear Tommy
12. Touch Blue
13. After Hours
14. Shadow
15. In Silence
16. Colorblind

The Americanos – Set Me Free feat. Nile Rodgers

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On the heels of their critically acclaimed single featuring Ty Dolla $ign, French Montana and Lil Yachty, “In My Foreign”, Los Angeles-based music collective The Americanos (Louie Rubio, Alexander Shultz and James Corrine) are very excited to share their new single for one of streaming television’s most hotly anticipated shows to date – The Get Down. Co-produced by Baz Luhrmann and Nas, The Americanos’ new production “Set Me Free” (ft. Nile Rodgers) with Herizen Guardiola as Mylene Cruz on the show, is featured in the series trailer, and lands digitally today. Highlighted by Herizen Guardiola’s rich vocal stylings and and Nile Rodgers on guitar, the track builds to a genre-bending soundscape that illustrates a very personal sentiment. The group comments:

When Baz Lurhman came to us to work on one of the most important hit songs in ‘The Get Down’ we were honored. He needed a huge dance anthem that could seamlessly combine Gospel, Afro-Latin, Disco, and Hip Hop, and so “Set Me Free” was created. Baz loved the track so much he ended up extending certain parts of the song so he could use it as much as possible in the show. We’re a DJ group with a crazy vinyl collection but we’re also multi-instrumentalists and big Baz fans so this was a perfect fit for us.”

Baz Luhrmann, director of Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby, Romeo + Juliet and Strictly Ballroom, says of the project: “This is living history. The forefathers of it are actually living… There have been times when I haven’t known if I could do this. I haven’t had a break of any kind in two years. It is constant and relentless.”

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In addition to The Americanos, The Get Down features original music and onscreen appearances by the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Jaden Smith, Christina Aguilera, Donna Summer, Nile Rodgers, Teddy Pendergrass, Leon Bridges, Janelle Monáe and up-and-coming young actors Herizen Guardiola, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen. The series is the debut TV effort of Baz Luhrmann, and highlights the era of disco, hip-hop and soul set in South Bronx in the late ‘70s.”The Get Down” is set to debut as a Netflix Original TV Series via the online streaming service on August 12, 2016.

Tune into the trailer for The Get Down, where “Set Me Free” appears at the 1:26 mark, right HERE:

Abstraxion – She Thought She Would Last Forever LP

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After his stunning debut LP ‘Break of Lights’ on HAKT Recordings at the end of 2013, and releases on Nicolas Jaar’s ‘Other People’ label, Harold Boué – better known as Abstraxion – is set to launch his second LP ‘She Thought She Would Last Forever’ in October this year. Abstraxion’s career has already seen many highlights, two of which have been the label he runs with Belgian producer DC Salas reaching its ten year anniversary this year and playing in some of the best clubs in the world.With his obvious talent and ability to create a pensive beauty in his productions, there is no doubt Abstraxion’s career will continue to reach new heights.

Full of reveries and hybrid explorations, Harold’s second full length ’She Thought She Would Last Forever’ evokes images of landscapes and forests. A stretching dark and dystopian atmosphere pervades the album, but he still manages to mesh the melancholy with an overarching and swelling euphoria. Contrasting themes of melancholia and exploring the tensions between expectation and reality.

The explorative nature of the album is articulated clearly through Abstraxion’s use of minor chords and organic sounds

She Thought She Would Last Forever begins with ‘An Error Occurred’, a convivial albeit mysterious and energetic primer that then dives into the tight percussion and pensive vocals of ‘Just What I’ve Always Wanted’. Title track ‘She Thought She Would Last Forever’ is a dramatic cut which transcends slickly into the rasping synth, and recoiling bass of ‘Needed You’ accompanied by the entrancing vocals of Loic Fleury from Isaac Delusion. ‘Spazieren’ is a 10-minute leisurely passage through dystopia that has been crafted with finesse.‘Blackout’ is a minor key track whose lead synth is focused around an arpeggiator to create suspense. ‘Seascape’, a melancholic ambient track which shifts into the more energetic percussion of ‘Not Far Away From You’, picking up pace once again. ‘Rinjani’ is a melodic and menacing march with pulsing synth lines, leading expertly to the final track. ‘Dystopia’ blends otherworldly sounds from the distant future with percussion and reverb, creating space in the musical landscape and bringing Abstraxion’s second album to an expansive and poignant close.

Mixed by Francis Harris in his NewYork studio. Abstraxion’s She Thought She Would Last Forever is out October 10th on Biologic Records.

Tracklist:
01 An Error Occured
02 Just What I’ve Always Wanted
03 She Thought She Would Last Forever
04 Needed You
05 Spazieren
06 Blackout
07 Seascape
08 Not Far Away From You
09 Rinjani
10 Dystopia

Video: The Avalanches – Subways

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The Avalanches have revealed the video for “Subways,” the new single from their acclaimed sophomore album, Wildflower (Astralwerks). The Australian band teamed up with subversive French illustrators Mrzyk & Moriceau, who created a rainbow rail 2D animated trip through New York City’s subway system. Produced by Parisian production company Division, Mrzyk & Moriceau’s vision of “Subways” follows a hand drawn cast of colorful outcasts as they walk, skate, dance and sing a surreal tale on their ordinarily mundane commute. Mrzyk & Moriceau’s work has been seen in galleries worldwide, in public installations and in children’s books. They have also made music videos for such artists as Air, Sebastien Tellier and Jackson & His Computer Band.

WATCH THE “SUBWAYS” VIDEO HERE:

Sampling the teenage funk-punk of Chandra’s “Subways” and Graham Bonnet’s version of The Bee Gees’ late period classic, “Warm Ride,” “Subways” is a lucid dreamscape, a glimpse into a dazzling psychedelic summertime which will take listeners back to the classic grooves of The Avalanches’ 2000 debut Since I Left You. Rolling Stone praised the song’s “grooving bassline and richly textured sonic layer.” SPIN noted, “the track is easily the closest to the Avs’ classic sound, with sweeping strings, ecstatic vocals, and finely chopped samples.” The FADER hailed it as “a danceable return to classic form.”

THE ALBUM LEAF – Between Waves LP

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THE ALBUM LEAF haмуs been making their mark as soft-spoken innovators steadily and surely since 1999. One year after forming the influential San Diego instrumental group Tristeza, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle founded THE ALBUM LEAF, a solo studio project turned full-fledged live band. The diversity of THE ALBUM LEAF’s music is second only to the diversity of the music that has inspired LaValle through the years – the artist has named everything from German Ambient/Pysch bands like Can, Cluster and Harmonia to traditional mariachi music, electronic music and Brian Eno as some of his primary influences – and it’s clear that THE ALBUM LEAF are unafraid of thinking outside the box, both as an individual band & within the larger scope of modern music.’

Over time, THE ALBUM LEAF (now based in Los Angeles) has grown from a side endeavor to LaValle’s main focus. The project’s first releases, An Orchestrated Rise To Fall (1999) and One Day I’ll Be On Time (2001), intertwined field recordings, Rhodes piano, and a nuanced treatment of texture with mature songwriting and dense, evocative atmospheres. Following these records, which put THE ALBUM LEAF on the map for critics and fans worldwide, Icelandic band Sigur Rós discovered LaValle and took THE ALBUM LEAF on tour with them in the US, garnering the band wide exposure and recognition.

Following a European and a second US tour with Sigur Rós, LaValle left Tristeza to devote his full attention to THE ALBUM LEAF, and soon produced the highly acclaimed releases Seal Beach (2003, Acuarela discos) and In A Safe Place (2004, Sub Pop / City Slang). Since then, THE ALBUM LEAF’s influence has continued to grow. LaValle has released two more well-received full-lengths as well as tens of other releases ranging from soundtracks to collaborations with artists such as Bright Eyes & Mark Kozelek, further establishing THE ALBUM LEAF as a household name in the world of modern rock music and beyond. THE ALBUM LEAF have toured extensively across the globe, and many of the band’s songs have appeared on TV shows including Scandal, Sons of Anarchy, Suits, and more. In 2016, the band partnered with renowned label Relapse Records for the release of the group’s sixth studio album and first since 2010’s A Chorus Of Storytellers (Sub Pop).

Secret Knowledge – Sugar Daddy (John Digweed & Nick Muir Remix)

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The 5th instalment of John Digweed’s globetrotting ‘Live In…’ legendary mix series, recorded at Vagabond Nightclub in Downtown Miami during Miami Music Week 2014, featured 37 tracks notching up nearly four hours of music, spanning more than two decades, and included the classic ‘Sugar Daddy’, one of the most seminal dance tracks from 1992. Once heard, this inspirational track, created by Kris Needs and Wonder in their Secret Knowledge guise, can most certainly never be forgotten, and the rush of excitement and adulation that the revived classic received set the wheels in motion for John Digweed and Nick Muir to remix the track for a summer 2016 full single release on Bedrock, along with two of the re-mastered original versions.

Initiating proceedings with their trademark, super-solid percussive backbone, John Digweed and Nick Muir have had untold fun re-arranging, twisting and tweaking a plethora of spellbinding parts from the original to create their own distinctive updated vision of the original classic. Wonder’s gloriously breathy, seductive vocal, married with a selection of irresistibly hypnotic Moroder-esque hooks is a perfect combination for the duo to create one of the most stunningly distinctive reworks of 2016.

To anyone who was clubbing back in the early 90’s that “Whoo….” from the Original Mix still sends shivers down the spine today. Add to the equation a thunderstorm; bluesy finger snaps; Wonder’s unbelievably erotic vocals; a body pummelling kick drum; Kris Needs’ homage to the mighty Giorgio Moroder via a merciless, throbbing groove; top it all off subtle, euphoric pads; utilise the unrivalled engineering and mixing skills of Jagz Kooner and Gary Burns; and what you have is the perfect recipe that led to the creation of one of the best, ecstatic electronic club tracks from an era when anything was possible and genre restrictive rules were yet to be written. Now, re-mastered for a summer 2016 release on Bedrock, a new generation of clubbers can discover the delights of Secret Knowledge and their ‘Sugar Daddy’.

The respectful package is completed with the re-mastered original Out Of Our Brains on The 5.15 Mix (a remix created with the involvement of David Holmes after he witnessed the unbelievable emotional crowd reaction when Andrew Weatherall dropped the original mix at a club in Brighton, along with Ashley Beedle, Jagz Kooner and Gary Burns). But that’s only a small part of an amazing story… If you want to join the dots and discover more about all the players involved in the creation of this landmark record you might want to spend a little time reading Andrew Whitehurst’s excellent interview with Kris Needs for DJ Mag, from a few years ago: https://djmag.com/content/game-changers-secret-knowledge-sugar-daddy

Michael Mayer, Agoria – Blackbird Has Spoken

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Michael Mayer is one of the leading tastemakers in dance music and his DJ sets have influenced a generation (or two) of musicians and fans. As an artist, Mayer remains tirelessly motivated behind the DJ decks, in the studio or behind his desk at KOMPAKT, the label he co-owns. His recording career spans four albums, 23 EP’s, nearly 170 remixes and the legendary DJ mixes for fabric and Immer. His own productions are always passionate and personal, while speaking as broadly as his DJ sets – embracing his genre-busting love for music, rhythm and atmosphere – and the dancefloor in front of him.

Agoria one of the leading French electronic producers and DJs. Co-founder of InFiné and Les Nuits Sonores Festival. In recent years, alongside his DJing in clubs and high profile events like the Cannes Film Festival, he’s also written scores for film and is working on his 5th studio album.

For those who like to read song titles as a part of a bigger story then “Blackbird Has Spoken” is the perfect reflection to that. Agoria and Mayer team up for a track is about taking all the time on the world. It’s a track with that fills the room with a distinctive pop ambient flavoured twist on modern club music. It’s a track intended to go on forever.

Agoria writes “Michael was one of the first artists I asked to remix one of my songs (“Sky is clear”) when I began making music.We are on the same boat, sharing miles and smiles all over the world since years, I’m so happy we finally managed to sit down together making our first common piece of music: Une eau de Cologne de Paris”.

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