Tricky feat. Mina Rose – Mixed by Vol. 2

Tricky has recruited heavyweight Italian producer and fellow !K7 artist DJ Tennis to remix ‘Running Wild feat. Mina Rose’, the third single to be taken from his universally acclaimed 13th studio album, ‘Ununiform’. Drawing on more than two decades of experience, DJ Tennis AKA Manfredi Romano has built up his reputation as an eclectic DJ and versatile producer.

The Life and Death label head twists Tricky’s hypnotic original with haunting electronics and brooding synths for an absorbing reinterpretation that is certain to entertain fans of Tricky and DJ Tennis alike.

Inspired by the emotive elements of the original, electro duo LA Riots infused their own adept house artistry to bring the single to newer heights. Keeping all the essential heart-rendering tonalities of the track, the pair turn ‘Running Wild’ into a sizable, four-on-the-floor thriller, enlivened by a fusion of deep drum patterns, full-bodied synths, and skillfully placed vocal chops.

‘Ununiform’ is the first album made since Tricky moved to Berlin, three years ago. While many people move to the clubbing capital of Europe to party, this was a clean break in every sense of the word. “I like it here because I don’t know anybody. I eat good food, I go for walks, I’ve got a bike. I’m trying to look after myself. I don’t drink here. Some people call it boring, but I wake at 9am and I’m asleep by 11 o’clock at night. I’m looking after myself.”

Tricky also credits much of the freedom of ‘Ununiform’ to something more grounded: “This album now is the first album I’ve made (in years) which isn’t going to pay off some kind of debt. So it’s more relaxed!” Referring to his previous albums, False Idols, Adrian Thaws, and the Skilled Mechanics project, he says “I was doing these records thinking ‘the quicker I do this album, the quicker I pay off the tax people.’ So ‘Ununiform’ has been very chilled out. Now, I own the label, I pay for everything myself. I’m a truly independent artist. Now I do what I want. Freedom is a beautiful thing.”

Tricky will also be touring throughout the last two months of 2017 and will be hitting the following dates:

20th November – Warsaw, Poland – SOLD OUT
21st November – Poznan, Poland – SOLD OUT
22nd November – Krakow, Poland – SOLD OUT
23rd November – Wroclaw, Poland
28th November – Berlin, Germany
29th November – Hamburg, Germany
30th November – Cologne, Germany
1st December – Amsterdam, Netherlands
13th December – London, England
15th December – Paris, France
16th December – Strasbourg, France
19th December – Leuven, Belgium
20th December – Liège, Belgium – SOLD OUT

Polychrome – Don’t Be A Stranger (Stranger Things Theme Cover)

Polychrome release their lyrical cover version of the Stranger Things theme, ‘Don’t Be A Stranger’ on exciting new indie label Hilo Lohi on 10th November 2017, with accompanying original song ‘The Call’ released on 29th December.

This is probably your first shoe-ward gaze at East London’s Polychrome. Unless you’ve come across their nostalgic, sega-tronic dream-pop track Final Kiss which featured on fashion brand La Mania’s campaign across Europe, and lead to further syncs with Vogue and Audi, giving the band an underground following in Europe.

The group is a coming together of the musical minds of Victoria Harrison from Victoria and Jacob, Oliver Price from Bronze Medallists, and long-time Lamb and Lou Rhodes collaborator/guitarist William Burnett. They met in the achingly hip Dalston where the beards are thick and the electro-shoe gaze is, well, way better than Foster the People…

As fans of the Synthwave soundtrack of Drive, Polychrome were naturally enthralled to hear the theme music for the Netflix original series Stranger Things. After binge watching the series in-between recording sessions, on one particularly stormy night whilst mixing the album, they got offered some down-time in the studio, and recorded their own lyrical adaptation of the Stranger Things Theme, in homage to the original.

The track combines dusty analogue synths with Victoria’s breathy, airy vocals and Oliver’s vocoded voice. Spookily, after they finished tracking the last vocal, a mysterious power failure shut down the studio! Luckily iCloud is immune to the upside-down and saved the day.

Forthcoming original track, The Call is a washed-out explosion of euphoria that showcases Polychrome’s depth of artistry. It fizzes along with some of their trademark pitched vocal hooks, recorded using a purple 1950’s harmonica microphone found in a car boot sale in Salem!

A remix by Simon Loulourgas, which exposes the song’s darker side, completes the cluster of releases, and precedes their self titled debut album which they are currently mastering and is slated for release on Hilo Lohi in the new year. For more bleached–out synths and soaring melodies, watch this shoe!

Catch Polychrome live on 6th December @ The Old Queens Head, London and look out for more dates in the new year!

Niklas Paschburg – Spark

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Following his first EP ‘Tuur Mang Welten,’ 23 year-old Niklas Paschburg is poised to release his debut album  ‘Oceanic ’ on 7K! on 9 February 2018: a moving trip full of both melancholy and energy; twelve instrumental songs between neo-classical, ambient and electronic music, inspired by nature.

To compose and record of the album Paschburg decamped to the Baltic Sea. The story is intriguing: he spent as much time as possible on the coast throughout the past year, taking in the mood, breathing in the sea breeze, listening to the constant flow of the waves and transposing it all into music.

This period was a defining experience for the young German composer, grown up as a pianist and then attracted by the so-called “neo-classical scene”, listening to Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, Hauschka and other peers. Yet he comments, “for my first record I really wanted to make something different, something between piano, classical and electronic music, but also with some pop flavours incorporated – not in harmonies, but in the songs’ structure”.

Swayzak – Lost Tapes LP

Swayzak presents a retrospective of works from the past 20 years. ‘Lost Tapes’ accompanies the then British duo of David Brown and James Taylor through both the familiar, and the unheard moments of their illustrious career perfecting a distinctly underground sound. Also presented in this package is a brand new single to kick start a string of releases due in 2018.

Soon after meeting in 1993, the two friends dedicated themselves to the pursuit of innovative music, guided by their passion for the DIY spirit of the time. Before the emergence of online information sharing, they used faxes, pagers, photocopiers and answering machines to spread the word. This organic approach continued to inform their position as live performers, DJs and musicians, and remains a core tenet of the project since the duo amicably split in 2011.
After parting ways, James moved his efforts away from the music industry, leaving David at the helm of the project. Today, he continues to champion the rogue sensibility that united the duo over 20 years ago.

Swayzak built a diverse discography over the years with releases on labels including Fabric, M_Nus, Curle Recordings, Ellum Audio and !K7. As such, ‘Lost Tapes’ spans an impressive range of genres, drawing from the fields of dub, acid, deep house and minimal with the unmistakable touch of devoted audiophiles.

Featured in the compilation is ‘Sunshine’, a brand new single with Richard Davis channeling broken beats and electro glitches. Other highlights include ‘Smile And Receive’ remixes by Apparat and Davis & Brown, a Mathew Jonson remix of ‘Another Way’ and a number of late 90s/early 00s cuts, some of which are unreleased until now.

To coincide with the release of ‘Lost Tapes’, the entire Swayzak back catalogue will become available online for the first time, including B sides, demos, unreleased tracks and live versions, all presented in deluxe double ‘digital’ disc editions.

“Lost Tapes as the title says I guess is inspired by a CAN box set I saw in my local store. I was getting more and more requests to re-issue certain tracks I set about gathering our recordings from boxes of old DATS, CDs, digital files and even cassettes from the last 20 years. I chose the rarer stuff I felt sounded sonically superior, mixes that were never released, tracks that had been shelved, remixes that never saw the light of day and originals that were quite rare 12”s only.

I’ve been working on a lot of new releases for next year and the time felt right to draw a line under the old material and re-issue the whole catalogue in full alongside the more cohesive ‘Lost Tapes’ compilation, get everything in one place on the 240 Volts label and hopefully introduce them to a new audience” – David Brown

08 December 2017 / 240 Volts

Babis Kotsanis – Sunday Mornings

Babis Kotsanis is a Greek producer, vocalist and guitar & bass player who joined forces with Society 3.0 on a further exciting melodic deep house release. Babis is a musician & producer living in Athens, Greece. He started listening to rock music at the age of 6 so in 1998 a close friend taught him playing the electric guitar opening for him the door to discover the music world. After years at the age of 15 Babis was impressed about listening to Techno & House music for first time ever… that’s the way today he is an electronic music producer trying to make his dream completely come true & spread his music all over the world.

Released November 3, 2017 on Society 3.0 Recordings

Video: Kauf – Limestone

Kauf – Limestone (Official Video) from debut album ‘Regrowth’ out now.

Stream / Download: http://smarturl.it/OH010

BAILE Remix:

PROJECTIONS – Distortions (YUKSEK Remix)

“From the minute we first head new Parisian duo Projections single ‘Distortions‘ we fell in love. Equal parts cinematic post-rock, atmospheric electronica and psychedelic ambition it’s a truly heady mix that fans of bands like AIR should pay close attention to. So with that in mind when we found out one of our favourite producers Yuksek was remixing it we had to get involved, dragging the track straight on to the dancefloor, he’s focused on the percussive heart of the track, slowly building it into an unstoppable groove machine.”

 

Safetalk – Mimic (Edit)

Having considered cosmos consciousness with their debut ‘Universal’ and the extent of human potential with ‘Gold of the Highest’, Anglo-French trio Safetalk return to earth with third single ’Mimic’ released this November on new Paris based label Splinter. A psychic call to arms against the forces that seek to limit and contain us, ‘Mimic’ takes aim at those who seek to build walls around both our hearts and minds and our physical selves. Built around a call and response between the song’s lyrics and its powerful instrumentation, its rallying cry to speak up and demand change is carried along by the metronomic beat and borne aloft by the towering waves of crystalline synths and pulsating bass.

If that all sounds like neither your average protest or pop song then that’s because Safetalk have already shown themselves to be far from your average band in their brief existence. Tipped by the likes of Thump and Vice’s Creators platform in the US and Clash and the Ransom Note in the UK, the band’s fusion of psychedelic soul and captivating electronica along with a refined pop sensibility earning them comparisons to the likes of Future Islands, Tame Impala and even Simple Minds.

“The perfect introduction to their intergalactic pop realm” – CLASH

Video: Essaie pas – Futur parlé

Montreal-based electronic duo Essaie pas today release a new single, “Futur parlé,” via DFA Records.

“We’re excited to share our new single ‘Futur parlé’ with you,” say Essaie pas’ Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau. “We decided to conceptualize this one based on Philip K Dick’s work, by paying tribute to his classic novel ‘A Scanner Darkly.’ You will hear Marie’s tripped-out pseudo-scientific verbiage in the spirit of the book’s bleak but humorous dialogs, over hypnotic pads of strings, punctuated by dramatic stabs and sensual rhythmic patterns.”

Directed by Christopher Royal King, the video for ‘Futur parlé’ (premiering today on Clash Magazine) brings this modern interpretation of ‘A Scanner Darkly’ to life, merging rushes of surveillance and drone cameras, abstract digital landscapes, and facial recognition software.

“The realization of ‘post-truth’ in modern times has ultimately blurred the lines of reality and the perception of what is ‘real,'” says King. “The domino effect has created this frenetic, almost post-apocalyptic landscape and I wanted to attempt to create a narrative and world that attempts to capture the paranoia of trying to function and survive in such an environment.”

DAWN PEOPLE – The Star Is Your Future LP

Dawn People’s The Star Is Your Future is a studio collaboration between New York musicians Nick Forte and Peter Negroponte. The pair’s mutual disregard for musical categorization results in a genre-bending ride on the nine-track LP, which portrays their diverse backgrounds while maintaining a sense of accessibility, continuity, and purpose.

Both veterans of the underground experimental scene, the duo entered into the project preparing to make a serious racket. In time, their mutual appreciation for breezy 70’s jazz fusion, kraut rock, and library funk became apparent, setting the course for the sessions. In the summer of 2016, they started tracking live jams with drums and electronics at the Outlier Inn studio in upstate New York with engineer Josh Druckman. As the tracks took shape, Forte and Druckman arranged the material and Negroponte overdubbed guitar, synthesizer, bass, and percussion. Finally, the tracks were handed to Abe Seiferth for mixing and post production.

Dawn People’s dense, funky, and psychedelic music is the result of the wide range of musical influences of the collaborators. Nick Forte’s resume spans influential hardcore punk band Rorschach, post-punk outfit Beautiful Skin, and recent underground sensation Raspberry Bulbs. With Dawn People, Forte digs deep into his own childhood nostalgia: making mixtapes from the early NYC hip hop show “Rap Attack”, watching Christian Marclay experiment with vinyl on the TV show “Night Flight”, and his first musical instrument, the Casio SK1 sampler keyboard.

Peter Negroponte is a virtuosic drummer and guitarist whose influences are rooted in rock & roll, jazz, funk, fusion, and free improvisation. In reaction to his brief stint at the New England Conservatory, Negroponte sought to transcend what he felt to be an esoteric approach to making “experimental” music by forming the psychedelic-art-rock-noise-funk band Guerilla Toss. He has worked with an array of contemporary DIY labels such as Feeding Tube, NNA Tapes, Digitalis, and John Zorn’s Tzadik.

The sound of this LP harkens back to a time not too long ago, in the early – mid 90’s, with groups like Air, Cornelius, Stereolab, Tortoise, and Cibo Matto. All these artists combined a love of Krautrock & David Axelrod records into a lushly produced jigsaw puzzle of live instrumentation, editing, sampling, and immaculate production. It is a genre that Pitchfork’s Eric Harvey recently described as “recombinant pop”, which is applied to “adventurous, sample-driven and style-copping music”.

The Star Is Your Future shifts aesthetically and dramatically between sections and phrases, woozy in the best way and never unfocused. Together, Forte and Negroponte have cobbled together a dazzling scope of sonic elements to create something cohesive and mesmerizing – put on the record and get lost in the haze.

Tracklist:
01 Be Cool Tonight
02 Get Life
03 Inner Refuge
04 Never Be Afraid
05 Eurybath
06 Wishing Ring
07 Dawn People Rising
08 Chew On Air
09 The Star Is Your Future