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Video: Chromatics – Time Rider

“…Lonely Hearts Club Left Behind…”

In “Time Rider”, Chromatics employs the metaphor of a motorcycle as a sort of inter dimensional vehicle between the future and the past. In this dream, the motorcyclist mirrors myths of the grim reaper as Ruth Radelet eerily asks “Can I take your hand? I want to ride with you into the storm.” Life after death. Future past.

Produced & Mixed By Johnny Jewel. Out now on Italians Do It Better.

Underworld – Brussels (#Drift, Ep 2, Pt. 4)

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HÆLOS – Boy / Girl

HÆLOS – the London-based band comprised of Lotti Benardout, Arthur Delaney, Dom Goldsmith, and Daniel Vildósola – share “Boy / Girl” from their sophomore album Any Random Kindness, out May 10th via Infectious. Following the previously released ‘Kyoto’ and “percussive, house-inflicted” (FADER) ‘Buried in the Sand’, ‘Boy / Girl’ is a brooding examination of technology’s role in modern relationships, featuring undulated beats and dark synths. “Boy / Girl was one of the first songs we finished writing for Any Random Kindness. It’s about the breakdown of a relationship in the digital age and a retreat into the comforts of technology. A conversation between a boy and a girl filled with all the feelings of sadness and frustration at their inability to connect.”

The follow up to 2016’s trip hop-influenced Full Circle, Any Random Kindness examines the search for connection in an increasingly fractured world. Throughout, HÆLOS refer to different facets that affect the modern world, combining organic instrumentation with modular electronica to reflect the colliding nature of technology and humanity, the looming climate change, and corrupt politics.

The album was recorded at Baltic Studios in East London and at their home studio, and was produced by Dom Goldsmith. For Any Random Kindness, HÆLOS reassessed their creative approach, conducting songwriting experiments and returning to previous interests – Delaney wrote on acoustic guitar and Goldsmith retreated into his love of Perlon inluenced minimal techno. Even though the latter part of creating the record was especially intense, a newly developed HÆLOS emerged, one with optimistic perceptions of each other and a fresh, dance-floor oriented sound. “We pushed each other to a far more vulnerable and exposed place on this record,” says Benardout. “By making space for individual voices we were able to explore an intimacy and closeness that we hadn’t found before.”

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Double Mixte – Romance Noire EP

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French duo Double Mixte bring their digital thunderstorm of neon lit noire to the Italians Do It Better family on their debut EP, out now. Mixed & produced by label head Johnny Jewel, ‘Romance Noire’ opens the door to a new wave of Italians Do It Better artists coming in 2019. Fresh Blood. New Tears.

Double Mixte formed when Clara Apolit & Thomas Maan met in Paris, and there was an immediate pull to create music together. They pooled their combined interest in powerful narrative and dark 70’s French film music to write lyrically vivid songs. In 2017, Thomas reached out to Johnny Jewel for what soon became a collaboration that expanded their vision into a haunting debut EP.

The title track arpeggiates & boils as waves of bass flow beneath. Rhythms are carried to the ceiling by a searing cascade of disintegrating color. A heavy backbeat anchors Thomas Maan and Clara Apolit’s poetry, ready to wear for a night in the face of oblivion. The cinematic “Arlette” is a call for discovery through a darkness lit only by the glare of headlights in digital rain. Through all of this, Thomas Maan’s incantations search for the lonely, lost in the void of electronic fog. “November” finds in Clara an Anglophonic chanteuse, meditating on the cycles of time. A blend of suspended sound & an uncertain melody contracts & expands before dissolving. ‘Romance Noire’ is art that both contemplates and transcends time’s firm grip. It’s a filmic journey inducing a vague sense of future nostalgia.

Listen to lead single ‘Romance Noire’ here:

Listen to EP on full in Spotify here

‘Romance Noire’ track listing:
Side A
1. Romance Noire
2. Arlette
3. November
Side B
1. Arlette (Instrumental)
2. Romance Noire (On Film)
3. November (Instrumental)
4. Romance Noire (Instrumental)

Jessie Ware – Adore You

Jessie Ware begins the year as she unveils new track “Adore You,” co-written and produced by Joseph Mount (Metronomy) and mixed by James Ford. The song is available now via PMR Records / Friends Keep Secrets / Interscope Records. Ware’s latest offering was lauded yesterday on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show as “Hottest Record In The World.” Listen to “Adore You” HERE.

“Adore You” is a continuous reminder of Ware’s ability to transcend the British clubbing scene in sophisticated fashion. Boasting an ethereal core and sophisticated vocals all round, “Adore You” is a fresh cut of classic UK house and dance music from the soul powerhouse. The tracks funk-infused and rhythmic production, thanks to Metronomy’s Joseph Mount, harmonises Jessie’s captivating sound, exciting a subtle essence of nostalgia to keep the spirit of clubbing music alive.

Speaking of the track, Jessie said, “I’ve wanted to work with Joe for such a long time and this is the first thing we did in the studio together. This is ‘Adore You.’ It’s just a little something to tie you over with until my next release. It feels fitting to put this out when I’m about to become a new mum again and feel the most confident I’ve ever felt about my music. Happy Valentines, I adore you all.”

It’s been a transformative period for Jessie that has seen her reconnect with her roots. Jessie has been in the studio working on her next album and has released “Adore You” as a taster record for what’s to come.

Keep Shelly in Athens – California Tears

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The Cinematic Orchestra – A Promise (feat. Heidi Vogel) (Edit)

The Cinematic Orchestra release the second single ‘A Promise’ (premiered today via XLR8R) from their forthcoming album “To Believe” (out 15th March on Ninja Tune). If “To Believe” represents their most complete artist statement to date ‘A Promise’ is the apogee of their inimitable sound – intimacy without sentimentality, intensity without hyperbole, gravitas without self-importance. Long time collaborator Heidi Vogel’s lustrous voice graces plunging piano chords and shimmering electronics building into Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s swelling strings that hand off to drummer Luke Flowers’ pulsating drums in the sort of crescendo that distills the energy and emotion for which they are known.

On “To Believe” founding member Jason Swinscoe and longtime partner Dominic Smith have enlisted album contributions from collaborators old and new: Moses Sumney, Roots Manuva, Heidi Vogel, Grey Reverend (vocalist on Bonobo’s ‘First Fires’), Dorian Concept and Tawiah (Mark Ronson band, Kindness). Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Flying Lotus, Anderson .Paak, Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote) features on strings, Dennis Hamm (Flying Lotus, Thundercat) on keys and photographer and visual artist Brian “B+” Cross collaborated with Swinscoe and Smith on the album’s concept. The record was mixed by multiple Grammy winner Tom Elmhirst (David Bowie, Frank Ocean, Adele) in Jimi Hendrix’s legendary Electric Lady Studios. The album artwork comes courtesy of The Designers Republic™ (Aphex Twin).

“To Believe” explores a timeless question of vital importance in 2019 – what to believe? The question of belief is one that has long simmered in the minds of Swinscoe and Smith. This album is a meditation on belief, an attempt to examine the shaky foundations which underpin it, while also emphasising its importance to our lives. “The prerequisite of everything in life is belief both good and bad” Smith says. “So what should we believe in…or what can we believe in and also importantly why do we believe in something”.

Although this album marks a return to the studio, the band have also never really gone away, consistently performing to larger and larger audiences and selling out the likes of London’s Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Coachella, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Montreux and Sonar have all played host to the band’s much loved live performances. Beyond the obvious they have also appeared at the Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards for Stanley Kubrick and they curated a series of events at London’s prestigious Barbican Centre featuring commissions from the prodigiously talented Austin Peralta (RIP) and have seen the likes of Dorian Concept, Thundercat, Moses Sumney and Gilles Peterson support them on stage over the years. They scored Disney’s feature length nature documentary “The Crimson Wing” including the track ‘Arrival of the Birds’ which featured in the closing scene of the Oscar Winning Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything”. They also released a Late Night Tales compilation featuring music from Flying Lotus, Burial and Björk.

Since “Motion” (1999), The Cinematic Orchestra have sold hundreds of thousands of albums, generated almost half a billion streams and enjoyed critical support from the likes of Pitchfork (8.6 for second album “Every Day” which featured two collaborations with legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago singer Fontella Bass), The Guardian, New York Times, Le Monde, Resident Advisor, Fader, Mixmag, NME, Crack (whose Simple Things festival the band headlined in 2016), Rolling Stone, Gilles Peterson, Benji B, Jason Bentley, Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Lauren Laverne, KCRW and Mary Anne Hobbs. ‘To Build A Home’ has been synced to dozens of films and TV shows including the Orange Is The New Black finale and This Is Us and adverts including Burberry, Armani, Nike and Apple. The ‘To Build a Home’ short film was directed by Andrew Griffin and stars Peter Mullan (Trainspotting, Harry Potter).

In 2019 it is easy to see the band’s influence, jazz is all around us, London and LA have recently produced scenes more prolific than anyone expected; Kamasi Washington has been nominated for both Grammy and Brit Awards, Sons Of Kemet a Mercury Prize, BADBADNOTGOOD provide jazz soundtracks to high fashion shows and Kendrick Lamar has put the jazz palette at the top of the charts. When The Cinematic Orchestra released their critically acclaimed debut album “Motion” it helped pave the way for this moment, incorporating as it did an interpretation that had been lacking in the oeuvre and encouraging a new generation of musicians to break rules. “To Believe” doesn’t shy away from this ethos – its articulation of the band’s unique sonic language, encompassing not only jazz but the sort of transcendental orchestration combined with the elegant electronics of artists like Ólafur Arnalds and Floating Points, artists they have helped forge a path for, has never been more cohesive and compelling.

Video: Christian Löffler – Like Water feat. Mohna

Today, German electronic producer and visual artist Christian Löffler shares the sublime animated video for “Like Water (feat Mohna)” via Complex, the first single off the LP “Graal (Prologue)” out 4/5 on Ki-Records.

“Like Water (feat. Mohna) is chilling and spectral electronica. As the main character gazes at the ocean and the waves’ movements, cathartic and peaceful emotions emerge. Christian’s music takes us into the comfort of solitary metaphysical wandering. The video was directed by Magnus Lenneskog and Tezo Kyungdon Lee – the founders of the award-winning Tjoff Koong Studios who’ve led the animation on Wes Anderson’s film “Isle of Dogs” and are behind numerous Gorillaz videos.

Christian’s new LP “Graal (Prologue)”, out 4/5, oscillates between melancholic ambient minimal, euphoric neo-classical techno and downtempo psychedelic, and is a reflection of Christian’s frustration of not having the mental space at the time to create music, solely focusing on visual art instead – painting, drawing. Therefore the music unfolds like a painting. Drawing from his art gave him the freedom to create without restraints, and to “turn off my brain a bit, especially thoughts about what is possible or not”, he explains

“Graal (Prologue)” follows two well-received LP’s, “Mare” (2016) and “A Forest” (2012), both released on Ki-Records.

More US tour dates to be announced.

“Graal (Prologue)” Tracklist:
1. Ry
2. Running (feat Josephine Philip)
3. Bird
4. Like Water (feat Mohna)
5. Refu
6. Graal

Modeselektor – Who Else

Here comes more essential Modeselektor accompanying the duo’s new album. Rarely has a pair of tracks been more representative of their creators. „Who“ underscores their reputation as pioneers of boundary-pushing popular electronic music, keeping it real while keeping it fresh, appealing and inclusive. Featuring Estonian rapper Tommy Cash on vocals, „Who“ is a frantic and melodic tune, showing a love for the spectacular and no fear of of pop. „Else“ is the perfect atmospheric flip side, picking up similar sounds but going for subtle sonic experimentation over an emotionally charged broken beat. It’s Modeselektor’s universe in a nutshell. Always familiar, never the same.

Samm Henshaw feat. EarthGang – Church (Paul Woolford Remix)

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Legendary UK producer Paul Woolford has worked his remix magic on Samm Henshaw’s feel-good hit ‘Church’. Transforming the record with a range of retro-sounding 90’s synths, and early Balearic tones, Paul’s spacious effects are perfectly layered below Samm’s captivating vocals.

The original ‘Church’ track is a rhythmic release packed with strong gospel elements and a vibrant melody, which showcases Samm’s penchant for the upbeat, fusing soul-led hooks with his highly personable characteristics.

Adding a slick dancefloor feel via his vintage chord patterns, Paul Woolford’s remix of ‘Church’ is out now!