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Underworld & Iggy Pop – Trapped

From the EP: Teatime Dub Encounters

The Ambientist – 4

Rising Sun Project – Goodbye

BOBBY NOURMAND – The Sun feat. Adam Engle

Following the debut of his brand new imprint DITN (Deep in the Night) Records, Bobby Nourmand is quickly returning with another sidewinding underground track that will find its way into sunrise sets across the globe.

“The Sun” is a transcendental journey through a deep and menacing soundscape, complete with vocals from Adam Engle of U.K.’s dj duo Blonde. Dropping this Summer as a part of an EP, The Sun will include the original track, a dub, and Instrumental version. There are rumors of a Music Video, Remix and a Depeche Mode bootleg to follow.

“Press. Politics. Consumerism. Driving people insane. Find solace in your passion. Mine is creation.”
-Bobby Nourmand

Delhia de France – MOIRAI EP

Collaborator, producer, songwriter and visual performer – Delhia de France presents her soulful and dark electronica debut EP Moirai, out now via Robot Koch’s own label Trees and Cyborgs.

Mijo & Local Suicide – Edo Kai Tora / Ganz Falsch EP

Mexican Dj & producer Mijo and Berlin duo Local Suicide collide in a wonderfully fresh and inventive collaboration on their latest EP ‘Edo Kai Tora/Ganz Falsch‘. Local Suicide, comprised of couple Brax Moody (Munich) and Vamparela (Thessaloniki), weaves in their signature blend of Post-Disco, New Wave, Jacking Acid, and Slow Dark Techno while Mijo injects his own stylings of the Latin Techno that he helped to define and create.

The result is a spacious, energetic, and stunning product from start to finish. As the latest installment from San Francisco-based label Roam Recordings, which specializes in Dark Disco, Post Techno, EBM, and Acid, ‘Edo Kai Tora/Ganz Falsch‘ is an impressive sonic feat that will leave you dancing all night.The EP opens with the original ‘Edo Kai Tora‘, an infectious uptempo track with hypnotic, oscillating synths and an undeniable groove. Greek Vamparela of Local Suicide brings her voice to the track. The result is a sultry, spoken vocal that repeats the resounding phrase ‘Edo Kai Tora‘, which in Greek translates into ‘Here And Now’. The words themselves couldn’t be more fitting to the overall feel of the project, which has an extremely ‘in the moment’ sensibility to it.

In ‘Ganz Falsch‘, Mijo and Local Suicide revitalize the electronic boogie, keeping things light and fun with a warbling bass hook juxtaposed with a playful, spitting rhythmic vocal.Supporting the EP, Berlin-based DJ/Producer Sascha Funke along with Moscow Duo Simple Symmetry lend their talents to create standout reinterpretations of both title tracks. Where Sascha Funke fleshes out the darker, cosmic undertones of ‘Edo Kai Tora‘, Simple Symmetry mix in an extra kick of pop and funk sensibilities to the project by layering rhythmic, post-punk garage style guitars into ‘Ganz Falsch‘, bringing to mind the underground indie rock scene of Southern California. The project comes to a delightful close with an additional digital bonus track – an energetic dance version of ‘Ganz Falsch‘.

As a whole, the EP is an electric, collaborative accomplishment of unique sonic character, versatile and exemplifying the best of each producers creative talents. ‘Edo Kai Tora/Ganz Falsch‘ is out now under Roam Recordings.

Video: Ross From Friends – Pale Blue Dot

In 1990, when Felix (aka Ross From Friends) was just a twinkle in his father’s eye, his dad – having built up a sound system in the 1980s while playing at various squat parties around London (including the then derelict Roundhouse) – decided that he wanted to get out of the capital and see some of Europe. He got his hands on a bus and started putting word out through a network of like-minded friends and acquaintances. At the time just a friend of a friend, the trip caught the attention of Felix’s (future) mum, who offered to document the whole thing in return for a seat, and in 1990 they loaded up the sound system and hit the road. They travelled through France, Belgium, West and East Germany (though returning through a unified one) and beyond, setting up in towns to share their passion for the sounds of hi-NRG dance, Italo disco and proto-Techno through spontaneous parties in whatever venue they could find.

Ross From Friends will release his debut album “Family Portrait” next Friday 27 July via Brainfeeder. Watch the video of ‘Pale Blue Dot’ – a new track lifted from the album.

Video: Hybrid – Light Up

“Light Up” is the debut single from the upcoming “Light Of The Fearless”, Hybrid’s fifth artist album. This brings together UK-based, Mike and Charlotte’s passion for combining emotionally powered cinematic pieces with astute, intricate and intelligent electronic production. “Light Up” is an immensely positive song about believing and having faith in yourself, realizing that you create light in other people’s lives and to have confidence in your own voice. “You light up the world with your song”.

We open up the five track single package with the powerful and driving video edit of the album version; which is a slightly condensed and harder hitting version going for maximum impact. Next the album version, which really gets going half way through when the D&B beats kick in. As is often the case with Hybrid things tend to get cinematic fairly quickly and the sweeping Prague Philharmonic Orchestra adding new sonic dimensions really powers this track over the top.

On the remix front Bristol based Drum and Bass duo Loadstar (RAM Records) take proceedings on a high energy workout both with their vocal and instrumental versions. LA based Matt Lange (Anjunabeats and Mau5trap Recordings) delivers his version to close off the EP. Big sweeping synths, breakbeats and a future-wave prog-techno gloss.

The fifth Hybrid artist album “Light Of The Fearless” is out on Distinctive Records on 27th July 2018.

Video: The Prodigy – Need Some1

From the forthcoming album ‘No Tourists’. Stream and pre-order here: https://TheProdigy.lnk.to/NoTouristsID

My Favorite Robot – Barricade (DJ Tennis Remix)

My Favorite Robot’s next release is a very special remix by DJ Tennis. It initially comes as a 10” vinyl and will then be available digitally in autumn.

MFR’s ‘Barricade’ was first released on DJ Tennis’s Life And Death label back in 2012. It was a huge house track that resonates to this day, so it makes sense the taste- making Italian steps up to remix it. He is someone with a cultured take on brooding house and techno, as evidenced by the music he A&Rs for his label as well as things like his own standout DJ-kicks mix from last year.

His new remix is a masterfully melancholic one that starts with a delicate ambient synth line hanging in mid air. Breathy vocals eventually arrive to send shivers down the spine and finally, deep, rolling, mid tempo kicks bring a groove that carries you away into a reverie. It’s made all the more mournful and poignant thanks to some broad synth chords and swirling pads later on and is sure to provide a real centre point of any seriously emotional set.

This is a stunning and absorbing single and another high point for My Favorite Robot Records.