Christopher Port – Everything in Quotes “DARK” EP

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Christopher Port today shares his Everything In Quotes “DARK” EP, out via Future Classic x Pieater. A sound that’s best described as a refreshing take on UKG, the EP includes two additional tracks, ‘Uppers’ and ‘Raver VIP’ as well as previously released single ‘Nobody Chose You’ and most recent track ‘Baby It’s Not My Will’. Dark, brooding and subdued, Everything In Quotes “DARK” is marked as a highly impressive contribution to the electronic music landscape.

Speaking on the EP, Christopher Port says:
“The name “Everything in Quotes” is taken from a lecture by fashion designer, Virgil Abloh, in which he talks about architecture, creativity and fashion amongst other things. One of the most important things for me as an artist is being able to have a direct line to the listener. I want you to hear my music exactly how I made it, yet still be able to perceive it in your own way. To me “Everything in Quotes” personifies this. You are hearing my music in the exact form I created it, similar to a direct quote. I believe this makes the connection between the artist and the listener much stronger. I’ve always been drawn to the darker side of art. I love music that has a sense of foreboding, melancholy and unease. This comes in so many different forms and shades, much more than I have presented on these tracks.”

With the EP, also comes Christopher Port’s a special visualizer which doubles as its own unique rolling look-book video showcasing the producer’s fashion debut with his own brand of hand-sewn unisex shirts available for sale as a limited, one-off item.

Christopher Port says of the line, “These tops are the tangible affirmation of the music from my EP “Dark”. This video for me is a process film that shows the creation of the prototypes that informed the finished pieces with four distinct sections that are based off the four EP tracks. The video also works as a visual response to the music by my long-term collaborator and incredible director/editor Hamish Mitchell.”. Check out the design here and watch the video for ‘Baby It’s Not My Will’ below:

This November, Christopher Port will embark on a AUS tour. 2018 will see the release of his second instalment of Everything In Quotes, with a follow-up EP “LIGHT”, along with its corresponding fashion line. Stay tuned for more on this soon.

‘EVERYTHING IN QUOTES “DARK”’ IS OUT NOW.

Video: Fever Ray – To The Moon And Back

Director: Martin Falck

The Juan Maclean – The Brighter The Light (DJ Tennis Remix)

Juan Maclean is a Brooklyn-based DJ and producer who has been a mainstay of the New York club scene, as well as maintaining a rigorous international touring schedule, since the release of his first records on DFA in 2002. After putting out an extensive catalogue of 12” singles and LPs for the label with vocalist Nancy Whang (most recently, 2014’s In A Dream LP, and this year’s 12” single ‘Can You Ever Really Know Somebody’), he returns to the label with ‘The Brighter The Light,’ a deep piano-based club track, augmented by three equally DJ-friendly remixes.

“The Brighter The Light” emerged while Juan waits (somewhat) patiently in Brooklyn for Nancy Whang to return from touring with her ‘side gig,’ LCD Soundsystem. Taking the tiniest splice of a demo vocal and sprinkling it throughout, Juan spun off the work being done for the next LP and created a new piece altogether, offering the smallest glimpse of what is to come, but ending up with something with a completely different purpose: his DJ set.

The remixes are a truly euphoric bunch of tracks, coming from Australia’s Len Liese (yes his remix is Balearic AF), DJ Tennis, (fresh from his fantastic DJ Kicks released in July) and Octo Octa, who contributes her second remix for The Juan Maclean (look up her remix of ‘Here I Am’ from 2014, it’s brilliant).

There are already two more singles being planned (with a similar club-driven purpose) to tide over fans and DJ sets while Juan and Nancy finish work on their fourth LP, to be released in 2018.

Video: UnknownArtist – Supermarket

Stream/Buy “Ena Album Gia Na me Skeftesai” http://smarturl.it/ua_eagnms.

Synkro – Hand In Hand EP

Following the release of Synkro AKA Joe McBride collection of his formative early works earlier this year, Apollo Recordings is proud to present a brand new EP that draws on the rich heritage of library music.

Despite having come up during the dubstep era McBride’s music has always resisted easy classification – ‘Hand In Hand’ sees him shift his musical focus in a yet more cinematic direction.

McBride explains : “The record was inspired and influenced by my love of electronic 80’s UK library records like the Chappell AV series, Bruton, Soundstage & De Wolfe Music library. Theres a lot of synth work that carries on from my album using my trusted Juno-6 / SH101 / JX8P combo with the addition of drum samples via an old akai S2800 I purchased recently. Most sounds I’ve made from scratch on hardware based on sounds used in the library records i mentioned above along with a few cheeky samples.”

Synkro’s signature expansive atmospherics are still very much present, but now they have been burnished by soaring synth pads and pulsing drum tracks that call to mind the haunted melancholy of John Carpenter or contemporary such as Legowelt or Andy Stott.   Rhythmically ‘Hand In Hand’ sees McBride moving somewhat away from his usual off kilter programming inspired by 2-step and garage, embracing the steady pulse of 4:4 which turns out to be an effortless fit.

10 November 2017 / Apollo Recordings
01. Vanishing Point
02. Hand In Hand
03. Automatic Response
04. Red Sky

Max Cooper – World Passing By EP

‘…as with many of my projects, the natural world and its structures supply all the art and inspiration needed’

Max Cooper returns with another release exploring the intersection of science, music and art. The ‘World Passing By’ EP features 4 new tracks accompanied by a visual representation of his conceptually driven work.

For this project, Max was influenced by varying interpretations of time. On the inspiration behind the EP he says:

‘I wondered if our experience of time could be explained…where time is just a physical dimension into which things grow, with us experiencing now as the cusp of the inflation’

The visual and musical ideas both stemmed from train journeys, and were then run through studio hardware to form each track, and a collaboration with Kevin McGloughlin to create a video representation of his work that will feature in Max’s live show.

The opening track ‘Veil Of Time’ uses ambient chord progressions as a commentary on the dampening inescapability of time, whilst ‘Resynthesis’ opts for a more rhythmic exploration using classic retro synthesis sound design. ‘Stacked Moments’ addresses the notion of the present as the surface of a growing structure, with a textural chord sound providing the basis for new elements to wander. Finally, ‘Corporeal’ is a collaboration with Rob Clouth heard previously on Max’s Essential Mix in which a synth is run through a radio transmitter, creating distortion and flecks to alter the main chord sequence.

Find out more about Max’s current tour here.

24 November 2017 / Mesh
01. Veil Of Time
02. Resynthesis
03. Stacked Moments
04. Corporeal

Video: MGMT – Little Dark Age

Directed by Nathaniel Axel & David MacNutt.

May Roosevelt – PA

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So far, May Roosevelt is best known as a thereminist. She has already performed in cities such as Barcelona, Berlin, London, Istanbul, and she has collaborated with artists ranging from Tijuana groovy band Los Macuanos to Tel Aviv multi-talented artist Kutiman. Despite his collaborations, May has got three releases to his name so far, including 2011’s self released Haunted, eight musical compositions included the zeibekiko dance rhythm in “The Unicorn Died”, which was composed and presented for the first time in London at the Red Bull Music Academy in February 2010.

May Roosevelt marks her return in 2017 with her new album titled “Junea”, coming out on October 23th via Inner Ear. It’s her first release for the label.
Junea is a heroine of the modern digital world, where reality meets fiction through bridges made of electronic sounds and pixels. Musically, it could be said that she is an alter ego of May Roosevelt, adding new qualities to the artist’s existing musical identity.

In the world of Junea synthesizers rule, creating a multi-layered sound environment of crystal sounds and rhythmic beats. Ethereal vocals and encrypted lyrics lead to a parallel dreamy, three-dimensional universe that mirrors the artist’s exploration into new musical coordinates.

Stream the first single,”Pa”.

May Roosevelt – “Junea”
[Inner Ear Records]
Release date: 23 October
pre-order: Inner Ear’s website

Tracklist:
01. Air
02. Pa
03. Flowers
04. Be
05. Let’s
06. In Your Eyes
07. Ta
08. Tides

Nic Fanciulli – Saying feat. Damon Albarn

Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Nic Fanciulli is gearing up for the release of his debut album this week. Ahead of release date he has dropped his new collaborative track with Blur’s lead singer and Gorillaz co-founder Damon Albarn, OBE. The track follows on from Nic’s remix of Gorillaz track ‘Ascension’ featuring Vince Staples.

The latest collaboration with Damon Albarn sees Nic Fanciulli delve into new and experimental soundscapes. Entering the realm of mainstream success, ‘Saying’ shows a downtempo side to Nic’s production as the track features soothing fluttering synths and Damon’s soft vocal stylings, creating beautiful atmospheric electronica.

Video: Fischerspooner – Togetherness feat. Caroline Polachek

FISCHERSPOONER announce new album “Sir”, out February 16, 2018 via Ultra Records, and share new single “TOGETHERNESS” featuring CHAIRLIFT’S CAROLINE POLACHEK.

Entirely produced by Michael Stipe, SIR also features production by BOOTS (Beyonce & Run The Jewels) and mixing by Stuart White (Beyonce’s Lemonade) and Andy LeMaster.