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Today Ross From Friends (Felix Clary Weatherall) shares the official video for ‘Love Divide’ directed by Scottish filmmaker Bryan M. Ferguson, celebrated for his ability to juxtapose the uncanny and the surreal. ‘Love Divide’–from the British artist’s new album “Tread”–bears all the hallmarks of a future Ross From Friends classic: brilliantly refracting and subverting big room euphoria and remodelling it in his singular production style. The result is a sleek four-to-the-floor bullet that is already a fan favourite judging by the reactions from recent live sets.
“The first time I heard the track it really made me feel nostalgic for a time when I’d been a teenager hopping the music channels in the early hours. It evoked that insomniac, after hours vibe for me – which lends itself to warranting a strange visual component,” explains Bryan. “The song has this sound that’s completely dream-like and fun but at times forlorn, so with the video I wanted to try and capture that same feeling by making something that doesn’t take itself too seriously and blends melancholy with surrealism.”
Filmed in Otford and includes the pub once owned by the parents of Paul and Phil Hartnoll. Vocals by Grant Fulton. Post to celebrate the 30 Something ORBITAL celebrations.
The new album “Send Return” is out now: https://keinemusik.fanlink.to/SendReturn
“Egos: Reflections (Of The Soul)” is an experimental musical film, produced in collaboration with the Berlin electronic trio GHEIST, featuring the title track from their debut album ‘Zukunft’. Concept: In his constant battle within, a man comes to terms with himself upon reflection. Idea: The film is an abstract exploration of the battle within oneself – using movement as a form of expression to journey towards self realization, accompanied by the healing power of music.
The full LP is out now via their own imprint Radau Music.
Kavinsky returns with “Renegade” – his first new music since 2013. The track, which features vocals from Cautious Clay, is from the acclaimed French producer’s forthcoming album, Reborn. Combining a dark mood with a thunderous groove, Kavinsky reinvents his trademark sound and offers an update of the French Touch movement on “Renegade.” Released today via Astralwerks, “Renegade” is available for download / streaming HERE.
Greatly inspired by cinema, Kavinsky has always intertwined music and storytelling. His breakthrough hit “Nightcall” soundtracked the opening moments of the film Drive, so it’s only fitting that the official video for “Renegade” unfurls like a condensed feature film. After three criminals send him flying through the windows of a skyscraper, Kavinsky emerges with superpowers and exacts his revenge. View below.
Alexandre Courtès (Daft Punk, U2, Jamiroquai), who directed the video, explains, “I wanted to include Kavinsky in a real movie where he is the hero. With all the love and references he and I share, we pay homage to the film craft we cherish. Kavinsky is back with a bang !…. wait, no actually it’s three bangs.”
Kavinsky produced “Renegade” at Paris’ legendary Motorbass studio in collaboration with Victor Le Masne and Gaspard Augé (half of the group Justice). The three producers wrote the song with Cautious Clay.
Musician, producer and DJ Bonobo (aka Simon Green) has today shared another new preview of his forthcoming album ‘Fragments’ (January 14th). Listen to ‘Otomo’ featuring O’Flynn here.
‘Otomo’ is a dynamic single and builds to one of the hardest and most hip-shaking grooves that Green has ever put on tape. It was created by Green in his Los Angeles studio as the US was opening up from lockdown and captures that “light at the end of the tunnel” sense of return. O’Flynn co-produced the single, turning Green’s sample of a Bulgarian choir – called 100 Kaba-Gaidi – into a dramatic breakdown and beat drop. The process of the song coming together also helped to remind Green of the sense of dancefloor abandon and surging crowds that he had so crucially missed.
Green said on the release:
“‘Otomo’ began with a sample of a Bulgarian choir. Melodically it was working well but needed a dynamic shift. I asked my friend O’Fllynn for input. He sent it back with a dance floor ready drum section. It’s one of my favorites from the album. I’ve been playing it all year in my dj sets, there’s already a huge response and a feeling of immediate familiarity”
O’Flynn said of the release:
“Simon messaged me last year with a track he was working on and asked for some feedback. I took a punt and asked for the stems to try some ideas on. The tune had this big choir sample and chords in – I went to work trying to contrast that choir with something much harder to try and change the context, using the choir and chords as this kind of relief to this big percussive 808 drop. Luckily Simon liked what I did and we developed the tune from there.
To be approached by Simon for feedback in the first place caught me off guard. He has delivered some of my favourite music over the years and was one of my main influences growing up – but I just had to immediately push that to one side and get to work. I knew it was one thing to be asked for feedback, but to be part of the track would just be very special. So I had this driving force and pressure to come up with something that could take the idea in a new direction and hit the high bar Simon sets with all his productions.”
“Fragments” also features Joji, Kadhja Bonet, Jordan Rakei and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Born first out of fragments of ideas and experimentation, the album ultimately was fused together in a burst of creativity fuelled by both collaboration and Green’s escape into the wild.
Bonobo’s set to embark on a world tour in 2022, headlining three nights at Royal Albert Hall on top of other UK dates in May.
In 29th October, the Nottingham-raised and highly-praised musician/DJ/producer Matt Cutler, AKA Lone, presents his 8th album – and first in 5 years – ‘Always Inside Your Head’. It marks two major changes, with both a new label and new approach – featuring vocalists for the first time.
This deeply textural and ethereal artwork is situated high above the clouds, amidst the heavens, occupying a stratospheric state where swathes of synthesized vapour and azure rays sound like a literal breath of fresh air.
A varied selection of music influenced the record, but two main influences were Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine. “I wanted to approach a range of different styles, but attack them from their angle in a way, so for example on ‘Inlove2’ I tried to imagine what a Balearic / acid house tune might sound like if it were produced by Kevin Shields”, comments Lone. The ‘InLove2’ video is an analogue juxtaposition of colours and movements, where ghostly, distorted entities are melted into a psychedelic dream.
Following the release of her debut album Burnheart last year, acclaimed German musician Johanna Burnheart has announced Burnheart Remixed: a new collection of reimagined album tracks from four singularly talented electronic producers.
Dropping alongside the announcement of the EP is a stunning music video for Acid Pauli’s remix of Sisyphos. The video stars Leonie Benesch (The Crown, Babylon Berlin) and is the directorial debut of Sorcha Kennedy: a reimagining of the Greek myth of Sisyphos, who was condemned to repeat the same task, day after day.
British electronic producer Holy Other returns with his first new music since 2012 and announces his new album ‘Lieve‘ is set for release Nov 19th via his own imprint. Now the first single & title-track from the record is streaming online.
The title track single Lieve breaks almost a decade of silence, finding the language to articulate painful feelings, exhaling, and moving forward.
Emerging from an extended stay at Bidston Observatory on the Wirral, Lieve was recorded throughout 2020 in the North West of England.Using the acoustics of the observatory — the cavernous basement and the geometrically-perfect wooden domes — Holy Other recorded and resampled material that would become the bedrock of Lieve.
A marker in the sand as his first output since 2012’s critically acclaimed debut LP Held, these recordings — including the voice of NYX’s Sian O’Gorman, violin from Simmy Singh and saxophone from Daniel Thorne — were cut, manipulated and pieced together to form Lieve.
“How do you break up with a place?”
Have you ever tried to leave your problems behind? No matter how hard you try to reshape yourself, your past remains. This is an album about L(i)eaving, coming to terms with the past, and trying to live in the present.
Much like his past work, Holy Other leaves the listener to draw their own semantic conclusions from the record. The lyrics are ambiguous — ghostly voices, whispers and stutters interwoven with his signature sound palette.
Still, the expressive mood from prior releases remains intact, even if these intimate textures and deft rhythms pick up more mature questions about false starts and failed escapes.
Lieve will be released on 19th November 2021 on Holy Other’s own imprint, and available as CD / 12” / download and streaming formats. A limited Dinked Edition 12” will also be pressed. Pre-orders of all formats are available now via ffm.bio/holyother.
Lieve track list:
1. Dirt Under Your Nails
5. Up Heave
6. Whatever You Are You’re Not Mine
10. Bough Down