After her first single, Virginyah, in collaboration with composer and producer RSN, makes her first debut with “Therapy Sessions” EP which is out now on Timewarp Music.
The music of the album draws from the 90’s soul/funk style with trip hop, hip hop and R&B elements and it includes 5 songs. It is the outcome of a maiden voyage in pursuit of real self, a course towards consciousness and acceptance, something that is revealed in Virginyah’s self-referential lyrics and her soft-hearted performance.
Composition and production is signed by RSN, widely known for his distinctive sound, his music for films and documentaries, as well as his participation in productions of international musicians. Great musical contribution by Greek-born, Grammy winner and Grammy nominated bass player Panagiotis Andreou who belongs to a dynamic group of New York-based creative musicians redefining the contemporary music scene. Other musicians performing in the song “Do That Thing” are Dionysis Morfis on guitar riff, Kyriakos Kouvelas on solo guitar and Maya Siozou on rap vocals.
Virginyah has a rich musical background with classical and modern vocal studies. She was a member of the polyphonic female vocal group Fonés and has performed in festivals all over the world. She has collaborated so far with acclaimed Greek musicians. She also performs on music stages in Athens with the dance polyphonic quartet Dreamy Whispers.
The vibraphonist and composer, Pascal Schumacher made a name for himself in a variety of collaborative endeavours from quartets to symphonic orchestras before discovering the liberation and wisdom of going solo with his 2020 release SOL, “I found out so much about myself alone, more than I ever would have imagined,” he says. The album captured Schumacher’s newfound passion for solitude in all its magnetism and exposed the depth of his relationship with the vibraphone through 14 tracks of breathtaking tenderness. Almost a year on from the album, Schumacher invites four other solo musicians to reinterpret tracks from SOL. Re: SOL is an intimate and focused experiment on colliding solitudes.
Viktor Orri Árnason, who worked with post-classical visionaries such as Jóhann Jóhannsson or Hildur Guðnadóttir chose to deconstruct Schumacher’s track Tropismes. With his signature unconventional, and oftentimes idiosyncratic, approach to arrangement he rebuilds Tropismes as an abstract and increasingly moving landscape that comes together and peaks at the very end. “I felt the piece offered a lot of possibilities where my creative input would also have space and be noticed. The original piece is minimalistic and small in terms of instrumentation and I thought it would be fun to make it bigger and yet hold on to the minimalistic feel of the track,” says Viktor Orri Árnason, “for me it was the most fun to manipulate the vibration of the vibraphone itself, and let that inspire the rest of the rework.”
Kit Kido (real name: Katerina Kozadinou) is a contemporary torch singer and “Sharp Blade” is her debut release, the first of a series of singles to be released in 2021. Noir synth sounds, uptempo beats and soulful melodic lines create a balance between electro-pop nostalgia and dance euphoria.
With a background in jazz studies, drawing inspiration from popular music and with distinct 90’s influences, Kit Kido blends with ease lyrical storytelling in a digital soundscape. Somewhere between the present and the future, she surrounds her dystopian love stories with guitars, loops and synthesizers, in that thin line where fantasy meets reality.
Formed in 2017, MARVA VON THEO are two classically trained musicians Marva Voulgari and Theo Foinidis based in Athens.
Their self-released debut long-player ‘Dream Within A Dream’ came out in 2018 and while there was promise in its dark introspective concept, it was not fully realised. Introducing some more uptempo rhythm structures, MARVA VON THEO have taken more time to produce the follow-up album ‘Afterglow’to express those darker bittersweet feelings that often come after the end of something beautiful, a situation that is wholly relatable with current world events.
‘Somewhere Safe’ is smothered in agitation; utilising screaming vocals and a growling synthbass sequence, it provides a dramatic setting for another album highlight.
Marva Von Theo – Afterglow out now via Wave Records.
Following the release of their new album ‘All The Unknown’ on City Slang in January, Grandbrothers have given their track “Organism” to Scotland’s legendary chart-topping band Mogwai for a propulsive, atmospheric remix.
Of the remix Mogwai’s Barry Burns comments: “I was listening to Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears a couple of days before starting the remix and thought I’d channel the guitar part from that into this remix. Seemed to fit nicely. Love the boys’ drum parts and just mangled them a little bit, replayed some piano lines on synths and a bit of my singing over the top of it all.”
Acclaimed U.S live electronic band Chromatics announce remix package for their classic single, Shadow. Featuring remixes from Maceo Plex, Dean Hurley, Melawati, Acorne and two new edits of the original version, Chromatics – Shadow (Remixes) is out now via Italians Do It Better.
A collection of remixes which takes the much-loved original in a new direction from the dancefloor to cinematic-sounding reworks, Shadow was originally released in 2015 and swiftly became one of the standout entries in Chromatics’ impressive discography. Picking up early and key industry support from the likes of Pitchfork, Shadow rose to fame in late 2016 when Chromatics performed the track in David Lynch’s cult tv series, Twin Peaks (Season 3). The band took to the stage at fictional venue, The Roadhouse and in turn catapulted the track to mainstream success.
Leading the remixes, Maceo Plex transforms Shadow into a euphoric dance floor production. One of the many avenues of his vast musical skill set, Maceo Plex is the figurehead behind the seminal underground label, Ellum Audio, and has released four studio albums, mix compilations for London’s fabric and !K7’s DJ-Kicks series, along with productions under his Mariel Ito and Maetrik aliases. Also curating several BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix’s and gracing the cover of many a magazine from Mixmag to DJ Mag, Maceo Plex has provided official remixes for artists including Coldcut, Röyksopp, GusGus, DJ T, Maribou State, Perry Farrell, Faithless, New Order and more.
With the release of today’s new remixes, Chromatics pay tribute and honour the death of Twin Peaks’ fictional character, Laura Palmer who was originally portrayed by Sherly Lee. Laura Palmer was found murdered at the age of seventeen, on the morning of February 24, 1989. An event that shook the small town of Twin Peaks to its core and prompted an investigation by protagonist and FBI agent, Dale Cooper.
The release of Shadow (Remixes) marks Chromatics’ entrance in 2021 with the full EP now available to purchase here.
Shadow (Maceo Plex Remix)
Saturday (Dean Hurley Remix)
Shadow (Melawati Remix)
Shadow (Michel’s Runway Edit)
Shadow (Last Dance Of The Night Club Edit)
Windswept (Acorne Remix)
Chromatics – Shadow (Remixes) – Out now via Italians Do It Better
Japanese Television have teamed up with James Lavelle (UNKLE) for a ‘reconstruction’ of single ‘Falling Spikes’, out now on Tip Top Recordings.
“During lockdown we thought it would be cool to create a remix project with artists we admire. We love collaborating. It’s exciting to have them reimagine our tracks” say Japanese Television – Al Brown, Ian Thorn, Tim David Jones – formed with a shared vision of creating a modern psych space-surf soundscape.
Japanese Television’s EP III (Remixed) out March 19th
AONIAN brings his new single ‘Ascent’, fusing melodic, trippy electronica with Mediterranean soundscapes.
The first glimpse to Aonian’s world as the first single of his upcoming debut album, it showcases a blend of contemporary electronic synths and swirling melodies, colliding with dreamy traditional and ethnic soundscapes.
With references to traditional and folk elements from his home country, the Greek born and London based producer successfully pays homage to our past and present whilst remaining loyal to an ever-changing cultural identity.
“Ascent was inspired by conversations I had with friend, storyteller, and ethnomusicologist Anastasis Sarakatsanos (@nomadmusicamsterdam) back in the summer of 2017, conversations surrounding history, migration, and cultural identity, and how that part of history (and present) kept fuelling folklore stories and traditional music, as well as modern art in the Balkans, and the Mediterranean cultures. His performance on the Qanun instrument is featured throughout the track and made me overcome my initial doubts in including soundscapes from my motherland in my productions.
It’s the first track of my debut album, and the entrance to my Aonian world.” – Alkis Livathinos
Having already established a trusted reputation in composition across media and brands (including Louis Vuitton and Glossier), AONIAN emerges from five-years of conceptual and instrumental experimentation, delivering a refreshing sound, listeners need.
His recent remix for the Glastonbury brothers – Speakman Sound – has been supported and played by DJ John Digweed in a Bunker Sessions set and his upcoming debut album has attracted interest from the likes of London start-up Remixology HQ and the recently awarded music blog Give it a Spin.
Ascent is out now, as the first single of his upcoming self-titled debut album.