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Christian Löffler – Refu (Dominik Eulberg Remix)

A veteran in the world of minimal techno, Dominik Eulberg offers this upbeat and heady retake of Loffler’s track Refu.

Refu is a track from Löffler’s recently released and much anticipated album, Graal (Prologue). Both Löffler and Eulberg come from similar environments; two nature lovers who work secluded in the forests of Germany and who draw inspiration for their productions from the natural world.

Buy/Stream here: https://33r.pm/Gert

Max Cooper – Yearning For The Infinite LP

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Yearning for the Infinite is Max Cooper’s most expansive project to date – an audio/visual rendering of our obsession with the unobtainable. Presented as both an album scored to a visual story and a mind-blowing immersive audio/visual live show, Yearning for the Infinite was borne out of a commission from the Barbican, the arts and learning centre dedicated to pushing boundaries.

Using vast new visualisations of the infinite drawn from the history of its appearances in the arts and sciences, he explores the link between human nature and the unbounded. Our evolving desires set just out of reach, as an unshakable source of meaning in our lives.

We are rats in the wheel, imprisoned by our nature to endlessly pursue. But the view of the essence of this process as a whole, is a beautiful thing.” – Max Cooper

Sonically, the album merges Max’s affinity for rich harmony and spatial manipulation with sweeping acoustics and subtly evolving motifs. Vast textures are offset against microscopic drum patterns whilst floating through endless caverns and limitless skies.

Yearning for the Infinite is an album which provides both a strikingly original listen and a rare insight into Max’s creative process. Tasked with translating such an immense concept to a live performance, each track on the album is carefully mapped out to support the narrative, but never loses sight of Max’s characteristic love for experimentation and immersive harmony. As such, it is equally effective as a stand-alone work.

Visually, the live project documents forms of the infinite set against their role in the human condition. Abstract visualisations are presented amongst human stories of yearning and endless pursuit. As always with Max’s work, the tension between the abstract, scientific and computational worlds of electronic music and visualisation work alongside an inherent thread of human emotion.

Yearning For The Infinite is a generous listen, addressing a collective sense of uncertainty by exploring the pleasures of the infinite. It’s also one of Max’s most sonically diverse releases to date.

Max Cooper:
It was a really interesting challenge to take on, the commission for the project came from the Barbican, and they wanted a new audiovisual show built around their emergent technologies theme for the year, ‘Life Rewired’. I wanted to take the whole idea of human progress, growth in technology and the data explosion etc, and boil it down to its essence, our seemingly endless desire to move forwards somehow, as individuals and as a species. Our yearning for the infinite as a system for creating goals that can never be
reached, as a means for creating an endless source of meaning in our lives, because what would you do if you had nothing left to do!?

That human idea was complemented with some beautiful and intense audio/visual options for presenting the infinite more technically – the bright white light of Kabbalah, the development of parallax in the arts, the madness of Cantor’s nested infinities, the processes of growth and division, the seemingly endless space of the multiverse, aperiodic tiling and non-repeating systems, the infinitude of irrational numbers and the circle, it was a rich grounds for content!

Initially I set about writing up all the ideas and chatting to visual artists about how to turn them into a reality. Then I started on the music, scoring each piece to a particular visual story. I wanted to bring ideas of the infinite into the production process too, so I approached the music in a new way, relying heavily on live improvisation sessions and going a bit mad on the infinite layering, and feedback systems. It all got quite out of hand with more than 200 layers of audio and much generative chaos on some pieces, which
was a massive headache to work with, but a good challenge to take on to try and deliver the idea.”

Chris Sharp, Barbican Contemporary Music Programmer:
When you commission a new piece of work you never quite know what you’re going to get – but the music that Max has created for Yearning for the Infinite has outstripped all my expectations. He’s assembled a vast array of perfectly-machined components into a single, grand, architectural sweep – structurally rigorous but shot through with emotion and imagination. I can’t wait to hear it live.”

Label: Mesh
Release date: 07 November 2019

Tracklist
01. Let There Be
02. Repetition
03. Parting Ways
04. Perpetual Motion
05. Circular
06. Aleph2
07. Scalar (feat. Alison Moyet)
08. Nanotech (feat. Wilderthorn)
09. Penrose Tiling
10. Transcendental Tree Map
11. Morphosis
12. Void
13. A Fleeting Life (feat. James Yorkston)
14. In Pursuit of Ghosts

Video: Fejká – Svanur feat. Rökkurró

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Fejká Announces New Album REUNION. The first single, Svanur, is out today, July 26th. Watch the beautiful accompanying video below, shot in Iceland. Fejká will also be joining German deep house producer Christian Löffler on an European tour in November.

Creating an album is a journey of self-knowledge through hindsight; putting together the tracks that will compose the oeuvre much like putting together a photo album. It involves looking back and undoubtedly reflecting over the memorable times that inspired each composition. That is definitely the case for Fejká, who released this year his album, Reunion. “The tracks on this album started to emerge from all different moments, feelings and mental states of my life during the last two years. They all have the same origin and purpose, to be fragments of my journey to find myself. Each song is a part of me,” says the German electronic music producer and visual artist.

Like with everything that involves hindsight, there is a great deal of nostalgia in the album – and it is the nature of nostalgia to be fluid. It can be at once sweet or melancholic, agitated or mellow, airy or heavy, but it nonetheless invokes in all its forms a sentimental longing for something. In Reunion, nostalgia is primarily given shape in dreamlike soundscapes, soft atmospheres that nonetheless evoke strong contemplative feelings. This longing is carefully unfolded in the album’s track Youth where a simple melody plays out over the sound of seagulls and develops effortlessly into a joyful tune. The track, informed by its title, invokes the candor and naivety of childhood, “The song is not trying to be cool, dreamy, dancy or anything, it’s just this carefree and lighthearted atmosphere.”

But to describe Fejká’s music only by its more delicate side would only be painting a part of the picture. Since his EP Twilight, the producer has been exploring sounds that are at once ethereal and dynamic, celestial but also very much grounded on the dancefloor. In a seamless way, Fejká crafts music that is equally suitable for introspective moods and wonders as it is for a club. But while ‘Twilight’ explored this duality between dreamlike atmospheres and dance music, Reunion seems to delve into a much vaster range of emotions and approaches, cementing the young producer’s eclecticism, “I think that I realized that life is too diverse to be only portrayed by one sound style,” explains Fejká,“It’s a collection of my life and the sum of all the ups and downs.”

Take the track Untold for instance, perhaps the most fast-tempo title of the album with it’s punctuated beats and repetitive melodies. Rather than it being just a dance tune, it is also a highly emotive and contemplative song which plays out like a riddle, provoking feelings of quest and curiosity, “It catches a mysterious atmosphere and plays with the power of the unknown. I really love music causing emotions which seem too complex to understand,” says Fejká. The track couldn’t be more different than the album’s opening title, Reunion, which moves slowly and carries an ethereal melody of melancholy and insight. Both songs nonetheless are equally compelling in conveying a feeling instantly and potently.

Another tool used on Reunion that hits hard on an emotional level, is the use of the voice, “It conveys a certain authenticity and truth, and builds a bridge in terms of emotionality for the listener. Experiencing an emotional medium through human voice triggers some deeply rooted evolutionary feelings,” explains Fejká. The strongest example of this sentimentality comes in the track Reunion for which friend and musician Marie Angerer contributed with haunting vocals, “For me, a female fragile voice is very special and outstanding in the universe of musical elements,” he says.

Putting together the album might have been a journey of self-knowledge, but creating its ten tracks was purely intuitive for Fejká, “While doing a song, I think you should just do it and not think about anything else,” he explains. “After finishing, you will start to realize what you have just created and try to find personal meaning.” Having a visceral creative process means that inspiration could hit at any time, anywhere. Drafting sketches became an important way in which Fejká would capture those revelations, “Sometimes I have ideas for melodies and lyrics, so I end up humming the melody awkwardly into my phone.” From then, Fejká would develop these sketches in his laptop – a basic setup which nonetheless permitted him to take his ideas far, “I only expand my set up when I really feel that I can’t produce what I want with my current equipment, otherwise, it will just overstress my mind and wallet.”

It is fair to say that Reunion is much more about feelings than it is about any technical element or craft. The strength of the album’s tracks is deeply tied to their ability to capture a mood, and convey it to the listener. Fejká has successfully been honing this ability since his last EP. In Reunion, the young producer moves the listener through his own personal emotive journey, through his own experiences, and at every track the listener feels closer and more at home with Fejká himself.

Pre-order Reunion here. Releases September 20, 2019 via Christian Loffler’s Ki Records.

Album Tracklist:
1. Dawn
2. Reunion (feat. Marie Angerer)
3. Youth
4. Svanur (feat. Rökurró)
5. Olson
6. Untold
7. Incision
8. Skye (feat. Marie Angerer)
9. Collapse
10. Glow

Lee Burridge & Lost Desert – Melt

Global house music icon Lee Burridge and Belgian studio impresario Lost Desert have just released their collaborative album, Melt, on All Day I Dream. The album acts as Lee’s first complete body of work, fusing his history of entrancing dancefloors around the world with the production know-all that has made Lost Desert one of melodic house’s most expressive characters.

Underpinned by intricate, layered, melodies and understated grooves, the 10-track LP captures the feel of Burridge’s fabled All Day I Dream parties and features collaborations with contemporaries Simon Vuarambon and vocalist, Junior.

Melt aims to take its listeners on a journey through the ethos and creative wonder of its authors. It begins on a trek through ambient plains with its title opener, followed by “Sailing Without A Compass,” which offers a pensive space with melancholic woodwinds and sweeping cinematic string sections. Euphoria ensues in pieces like the sparkling “Float On” and buoyant vocal number “Mibale” with Junior, while the wistful “Christina, Daydreaming” closes out Melt on a nostalgic note.

The LP offers an enigmatic pull to explorers looking to find one another through the magic of music and the timeless storytelling of emotional songwriting. In the making of the record, Lee and Lost Desert have drawn upon feelings of love and connection that they’ve experienced in their lives:

“Melt hopes to create a connection. With it. With others. We both feel that musical music evokes a special kind of magic that instills itself deep in your soul. If you truly connect with it, it stays with you forever. It marks a moment or moments that you shared with it and with others on your journey through life. This was one of our motivations when we wrote each track and the album as a full storytelling experience.” – Lee Burridge

Those who have experienced the All Day I Dream phenomenon will have felt the themes of this sprawling work first hand. Whether it has been on the beaches of Mykonos, the cliff tops of Ibiza, or amongst the urban backdrop of one’s hometown, the events attract a nomadic community of Dreamers through their geniality and sense of belonging. Hundreds of thousands have joined this global movement, enamored by the magic that unfolds within ADID’s delicately decorated spaces and ethereal, emotive soundtracking. The event series’ World Tour will continue to touch down at iconic venues throughout the year as the perfect setting to experience the new album. View tour dates HERE.

Stream Melthttps://smarturl.it/ADIDA002

Kraak & Smaak – Sweet Time feat. Izo FitzRoy

Kraak & Smaak are back with a brand-new single ‘Sweet Time’; an emotive vocal dancefloor track by the legendary Dutch crew on their very own Boogie Angst imprint.

The second single to be taken from the forthcoming studio album expected later this year, is a glorious fusion of breakbeats and funk with pop sensibilities written and performed by the production trio of Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug who hail from the town of Leiden, Netherlands.

‘Sweet Time’s” warm and uplifting production, consistent with the live electronic sound that has fuelled Kraak & Smaak’s career so far provides the perfect backdrop for the almighty vocal of gospel-blues singer Izo FitzRoy who powers through the topline with her impressive signature tones.

Izo’s star has been rising fast since she burst of the scene with the stunning album ‘Skyline’, winning support across the world from the likes of the BBC, KCRW, and FIP to name a few. This collaboration comes straight off the back of a Mixmag ‘Tune Of The Month’ award for her last single – ‘I Want Magic’ which she worked on with disco extraordinaire Dimitri From Paris.

‘Sweet Time (feat. Izo FitzRoy)’ is available now on digital formats via Boogie Angst.

The Juan Maclean – Get Down (With My Love) [HNNY Remix]

“Get Down (With My Love)” is the first single from The Juan Maclean’s upcoming new album, The Brighter The Light. Swedish producer HNNY remixes the track.

Preorder here: smarturl.it/TBTL-LP

Salute – Feel The Same

salute throws back to the euphoria of UK garage with ‘Feel the Same’

Austrian electronic producer salute announces the culmination of his ‘Condition’ trilogy into a mixtape, alongside the euphoric new single ‘Feel the Same’.

‘Feel the Same’ is available on all online platforms from 22nd July. ‘Condition’ mixtape is available 16th August.

Video: Electric Youth – ARAWA

Toronto duo Electric Youth—vocalist Bronwyn Griffin and multi-instrumentalist Austin Garrick— shared a new video for their single “ARAWA,” the second off their forthcoming album, Memory Emotion. Watch it now above.

Memory Emotion, Electric Youth’s first new album in four years, will be released August 9th, 2019 via Watts Arcade Inc./Last Gang Records.

Kompakt pres. Total 19

TOTAL 19 will be released on September 27, 2019.

Music: Sascha Funke “Aus Der Lameng”. Order: https://KompaktRecords.lnk.to/Total19YP

DJ Shadow feat. De La Soul – Rocket Fuel

New DJ Shadow single “Rocket Fuel” featuring De La Soul out today, July 24th.
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