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Canadian quartet BadBadNotGood take on creating the ultimate “late night” selection of tracks from their record collections, set for release on 28th July 2017.
The original trio of Matthew Tavares, Alex Sowinski and Chester Hansen formed while studying music at Toronto’s Humber College (they’ve recently added Leland Whitty to the line-up). A shared appreciation of hip hop and instrumental covers of Gucci Mane and Earl Sweatshirt suggested a worldly outlook and reciprocated love from Tyler The Creator and Ghostface Killah, which whom they made 2015’s Sour Soul.
Their last album, the critically-acclaimed IV, turned heads and their collaborators continue to multiply: Snoop Dogg, Kaytranada and Kendrick Lamar among them. You can even hear little bits of BadBadNotGood through this mix, as though they are transmitting parts of themselves through the music they select. Perhaps the keys on Admas’ hilariously expensive ‘Anchi Bale Game’, maybe, or the arrangements on Delegation’s mighty Britsoul tune ‘Oh Honey’ or the groove from ‘Vida Antiga’, Erasmo Carlos’ Brazilian classic. As Janis almost sang, take another little piece of my art.
This is an international effort: Velly Joonas’ Estonian version of ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’, Kiki Gyan, Admas and Francis Bebey representing Africa (Ghana, Ethiopia and Cameroon respectively), Les Prospection from France, Scots’ Boards Of Canada and fellow Canucks River Tiber and Charlotte Day Wilson.
Finally, there’s the no-small- matter of the Late Night Tales cover version, in which BadBadNotGood take on Andy Shauf’s ‘To You’ is turned into a mournful delight. while the Queen Of Siam herself, Lydia Lunch, delivers a sexual sermon involving only you, her and Jim Beam.
Badbad, indeed: so good they said it twice.
Release Date: 28/07/2017, Label: Late Night Tales
Boards Of Canada, “Olson”
Erasmo Carlos, “Vida Antiga”
Gene Williams, “Don’t Let Your Love Fade Away”
The Chosen Few, “People Make The World Go Round”
Esther Phillips, “Home Is Where the Hatred Is”
Delegation, “Oh Honey”
Velly Joonas, “Käes on aeg”
Stereolab, “The Flower Called Nowhere”
Kiki Gyan, “Disco Dancer”
Admas, “Anchi Bale Game”
Francis Bebey, “Sanza Nocturne”
Thundercat, “For Love I Come”
River Tiber, “West” [ft. Daniel Caesar]
Charlotte Day Wilson, “Work”
The Beach Boys, “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)”
Donnie & Joe Emerson, “Baby”
Les Prospection, “Lido”
Grady Tate, “And I Love Her”
BadBadNotGood, “To You” (Andy Shauf cover)
Steve Kuhn, “The Meaning Of Love”
Lydia Lunch: “You, Me and Jim Beam”
The next release on Man Power’s Me Me Me features two emotive leftfield house cuts from DSC, the newly minted production alias of Desert Sound Colony, aka Liam Wachs, the man behind the newly launched Holding Hands record Label.
Wake up, is a sweetly melodic track of pulsing house, with Coming Round providing a pumping and muscular leftfield techno counterpoint.
On remix duties Man Power invites north east upstart Elliot Adamson to remix Wake Up, before his full length EP coming up next on the label. Hotly tipped by everyone from Jackmaster to Jamie Jones, Elliot is a superstar in the making, and relishes the opportunity to flex his more esoteric muscles with a slice of deconstructed electro that hints at the startling musical breadth, which the young producer is only beginning to reveal.
Coming Round is remixed by none other the legendary Rex The Dog, who is not only an artist who Man Power has huge admiration for, but also someone he is pleased to call a good friend. The trust between the two artists shines through, as “Rex” provides possibly one of the most unfettered dancefloor tracks of his career.
Release Date: 23/06/2017, Label: Me Me Me
Following monumental releases on both Rebellion and Crosstown Rebels, Serge Devant is back onboard the label to deliver one of his best to date. The immensely sensual Thinking Of You sees him team up once again with Damiano and Camille Safiya with invigorating remixes from heavy-weights Reboot and Art Department.
Serge Devant has been turning heads since the seminal Fearing Love feat. Camille Safiya dropped in 2015 on Emerald City, picking up the Best Music Video award at the 2016 Hollywood Independent Reel Film Festival. Serge reveals “it was so nice to have the same company back in the studio to work on more magic!” Thinking Of You breaths the air of summer with its blissfully smooth chords and deep hypnotic tones. He explains “this record took some time to finish; we recorded so many good vocal bits, it made it difficult to choose what to keep.” Serge also provides an electrifying Floor Cut for those later hours.
Frankfurt’s Reboot brings his flavour to the release with intricate percussion and deep underlying pads. Growing up in Sven Vath’s Omen Club, the talented musician now spearheads the ‘new sound of Frankfurt’ and has released on a wealth of labels like Conaisseur, Supplement Facts, Combi Int, Moon Harbour, Cadenza and Get Physical.
Welcomed back onto Crosstown Rebels, No.19 boss Jonny White aka Art Department delivers a raw, techno cut in his Modular Perspective remix, complemented by his Jaded Perspective mix which packs more swing but holds onto techno energy for the dancefloor. Jonny has seen almost unparalleled success in the world of dance music and continues to be at the forefront of the industry with a huge focus on his record labels and his in-demand label showcases that take the name of his vinyl only label, Social Experiment.
Release Date: 23/06/2017, Label: Crosstown Rebels
Two time Grammy nominated Felix Da Housecat kickstarts his new label with three original tracks showcasing his timeless production. Founders Of Filth Volume One features the legendary Jamie Principle, who found fame as Frankie Knuckles vocalist and more recently starring in the 2017 Gorillaz album. Montreal DJ and producer Clarian also features on the debut release, concluding the stellar line-up.
A career spanning over thirty years, Felix dreams of going back to basics with his new label, “an imprint where no rules apply.. you can be as creative as you want to be, as a community. I just got so tired of fighting labels and for my people to shine, it went on deaf ears”. Born in Detroit, raised in Chicago, Felix has also been inspired by the dance scene that is emerging in Montreal, “I was very impressed by how people are truly into their art.. it’s about your love for the craft not for the money”.
The Guardian – “The flamboyant Chicago house doyen”
The Fader – “A House Pioneer…”
Setting the tone for the EP, In Thee Now exposes a true master at work, demonstrating Felix’s passion for the dancefloor. Transforming into his alias for Know Thyself, Aphrohead and Clarian deliver a warm and playful classic. Taking no prisoners, It’s Your World brings in the powerful vocals of Jamie Principle, layered over an immensely catchy rhythm and concluding the EP with a dazzling production.
Felix has reached dizzying heights over his career, releasing on Global Cuts, Defected, Crosstown Rebels among others. Remixing artists including; Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna and Gwen Stefani. Felix has also previously collaborated with Diddy, James Murphy, and Miss Kittin.
Release Date: 23/06/2017, Label: Founders Of Filth
Almost a year since Phil Kieran released Blinded By The Sun, and following on from Roman Flügel and Andrew Weatherall remixes, Hot Creations return with a second remix package. Mano Le Tough, Matthew Herbert and David Holmes join forces to create a set of flawless cuts.
Revered by his peers, Kieran has been producing music for over a decade, building on his solid reputation and forever pushing boundaries with his music. When selecting the second group of remixers, Kieran chose “people who have influenced me and still currently do, in some way I guess they have a connection to the record already. I made a wish list of who I wanted and to my surprise it all seemed to come together very quickly”.
Both heralding from Ireland, Mano Le Tough aka Niall Mannion was an obvious choice for Kieran due to the shared dedication of their craft, and leaves a deeply emotional imprint on Solar Storm. In 2013 Mannion released his debut album Changing Days on Permanent Vacation, soon followed by Resident Advisor ranking him #8 in their Top 100 DJs Poll.
Similarly to Kieran, English musician and producer Matthew Herbert regularly ignores the restraints associated with dance music, instead choosing a path of innovation. Taking Realities Forgotten into the early morning hours, Herbert punctures a swinging rhythm with electronic glitches.
David Holmes under his Unloved alias concludes the package with a cinematic remix of Think Too Much, overflowing with emotion, it makes the perfect conclusion to a stellar release. Also from Belfast, Holmes has been composing music for over two decades, winning his second Ivor Novello award in 2016.
Release Date: 23/06/2017, Label: Hot Creations
Following three singles released between 2014 and 2015 on Drone, storied and shapeshifting auteur Richard Fearless returns with a new record set for release this June. The super, lush, ‘Sweet Venus’ is the first release under Drone’s vinyl only series. On the other side Fearless unleashes ‘Rex’; dripping, metallic acid.
Preview and pre-order here: http://www.kompakt.fm/releases/sweet_venus
Outblack is the new solo project from french artist Frédéric Rivière, aka Anoraak, featuring collaborations with a selection of other artists. Not confined by any specific genre, the aesthetic is clearly a combination of electronic and modern worlds; uncluttered and based on black and white visuals, his work outlines sonic landscapes, heavily influenced by the work of painter Pierre Soulages.
Rooted in avant-garde electropop, reminiscent of Junior Boys, Outblack’s cinematic productions embrace today’s electronic music standards, using both synthesizers and organically recorded sounds, resulting in a perfect balance between human emotion and machine-like strictness.
After piquing the interest of underground tastemakers with his first track “How Hard It Is (feat. Lenparrot)”, his debut EP will be released in May of 2017, featuring Brothertiger and Moona.
Oυтвlacĸ feat. Brothertiger – Lost in the Void video:
Today Lapalux shares a new track from his forthcoming third album for Brainfeeder – “Ruinism”. ’Flickering’ features vocals by Icelandic singer Jófríður Ákadóttir (JFDR) of the bands Gangly, Pascal Pinon and Samaris.
“Stu [Lapalux] and I got together in London when I had just run out the door in Iceland with my laptop and passport – and literally nothing else – so I was in a perfect state of chaos, freedom and exhaustion,” says Jófríður. “The tune came together quite quickly, the only rule I got from Stu was that it couldn’t be about ‘love’. I really like the result, it has a perfect balance of that melancholia-but-you-still-keep-on-going feeling.”
“Ruinism” is released worldwide on 30th June. Amongst the formats is a stunning deluxe blue vinyl 2LP package printed by the high end Parisian atelier Imprimerie du Marais. Listen back to Lapalux onWorldwide FM celebrating Synth Day (in honour of Bob Moog’s birthday) yesterday here.
Stream / pre-order: https://lapalux.lnk.to/flickering
Mikael Delta returns to his dub techno roots with his sophisticated and atmospheric Album “Circuit Theory” on Bandcamp. Moody Rhythms and Analogue warm Chords create this proper Techno musical experience which paints the deepest emotions on an extraordinary life canvas.
From the immersive melodies and minimalism of the synths to the dubby beats the journey is long and the images and feelings change as the sounds become obsessed and cinematic.
“Circuit Theory”, consists of 10 instrumental tracks composed, arranged and produced by Mikael Delta.
Released May 24, 2017
”Pill Sessions” is a Various Artists compilation, the first on NW records. One might rephrase it as ”encapsulated diversity”. This easily digestive format includes tracks from different styles/artists/people of club/electronic culture.
A pill for the mind and body.
Released May 25, 2017. All tracks mastered by Nikolas The Mute (Nikos Haldoupis).
Limited Edition 16 Gb USB Drive includes WAV, FLAC, mp3 (320 kbps), artists’ bio / HD photos and comes with Nutty Wombat Records logo sticker in black and white.