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There’s a first time for everything. Recently, Janus Rasmussen, one half of the acclaimed music duo KIASMOS, decided to go on his own with his first solo album, Vín. Now, only three months later, the electronic music producer from the Faroe Islands is releasing two remix EPs with tracks from Vín reinterpreted by six electronic music artists.
The material is divided into two EPs, the first containing remixes of three tracks by collaborators Delhia de France, Aparde, Joseph Ashworth and Aleksandir, and the second containing remixes of Rasmussen’s track ‘14’ by collaborators Ryan Davis, and Olaf Stuut. “What I love about these artists is that they are all very expressive. They all make very deep and emotional music themselves, so it’s a perfect fit for them to remix my music with all its weirdness and nuances,” says Rasmussen.
Although Rasmussen didn’t know the collaborators personally, he had been following all six of them closely. Berlin-based producer Aparde is part of Christian Löfﬂer’s Ki Records, the label which has also released Rasmussen’s solo debut, Vín. “You can really hear that he’s drummer, his rhythms are always so interesting and endearing,” says Rasmussen of Aparde, “His sound design is huge as well.” Janus already collaborated with Delhia de France, German singer, songwriter, producer and visual artist on her previous track: „I was really pleasantly surprised by the great production and the enchanting vocal performances. This type of music is just up my alley. Moody and dark sounds are deep in my Nordic DNA.“ Ryan Davis has become a household name in clubs worldwide with his melodic techno, and Rasmussen had been playing Davis’ tunes in his live sets for a long time, “He’s super intricate with his remixes and you can really hear how much work and soul he put into these pieces,” says Rasmussen.
The resulting EPs see Rasmussen’s tracks be taken into all sorts of directions, some more down-tempo and others thumping, some amplify elements of Rasmussen’s original track to extremes while others have the original melody running nearly imper-ceptible at the background. “It’s such a huge honour getting artists that you really respect to remix your material, it’s so fascinating to hear in which way they take the music,” says Rasmussen, “Sometimes it’s a completely new song and sometimes it’s just expanded or made better.” Despite these differences, all five collaborations are an astounding testament that Rasmussen’s inaugu-ration in the world of remixes definitely flowed, “It was a surprisingly easy process. I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
Release Dates: 19.07.2019 (EP 1), 23.08.2019 (EP 2)
Janus Rasmussen – March (Delhia de France Remix)
Janus Rasmussen – Green Wine (Aparde Remix)
Janus Rasmussen – Hue (Joseph Ashworth Remix)
Janus Rasmussen – Orange (Aleksandir Remix)
Janus Rasmussen – 14 (Olaf Stuut Remix)
Janus Rasmussen – 14 (Ryan Davis Remix)
Summer is here and a new name joins the All Day I Dream family. DSF, hailing from Greece, creates magical house music in his studio and these tracks are an amazing introduction. Expect to see his name everywhere soon.
Get it here: https://smarturl.it/ADID047
‘Simple Things’ from Aparde’s new album ‘Hands Rest’ :: https://33r.pm/amkt
“Teenage Birdsong” filmed at Alexandra Palace, London – May 9, 2019
Amour Records brings together the crème-de-la-crème of Greek producers, singers, songwriters, and musicians in a brand new portfolio: Grecospectiva.
Starting off with the beloved 90s, 14 artists join forces in this compilation, the very first of the series, transforming songs that influenced them the most.
Keep Shelly in Athens’ RΠЯ remixes ‘California Tears’. Get it here.
Having produced the standout Tot EP for the imprints sub-label, Rebellion, Alex Dimou makes a welcome debut on Crosstown Rebels with What Keeps You There.
“I met Vili, the singer on What Keeps You There, during a theatre play we were both a part of. During the rehearsals, I heard her singing and that was it! She helped with the lyrics and since then we have been working on several projects together! The inspiration behind Let it be Known was a computer game I was playing at the time, which featured monsters with deep voices. Having that in mind, I tried to make a track with these aspects!”. Alex Dimou.
The EP begins with the enchanting nature of What Keeps You There. A prominent piano roll opens proceedings, with Vili’s moving vocals soon introduced over a chugging bassline. Cevin Fisher’s remix of the title track comes next. A more minimal take on the lead record, subtle kicks converge on rustling percussion, before Vili’s emotive vocals once again form a poignantly heartfelt production. Avidus provide a dance floor-ready rework of the original, that features a mechanical sounding synth and an echoing, electric breakdown, before the EP is rounded off with Let It Be Known, a four-to-the-floor, pumping house cut made up of strong kicks and driving pads.
Alex Dimou is a producer, DJ and remixer whose career has seen him perform all around the global circuit. As a remixer, he has collaborated with the likes of Maya Jane Coles and M.A.N.D.Y, whilst his own releases have found a home on Jamie Jones’ Hottrax as well as renowned Berlin imprint Get Physical Music. Legendary American producer Cevin Fisher has been releasing standout records since 1995, achieving five entries in the UK singles chart between 1998 and 2001. German duo Avidus are regulars on Crosstown Rebels, and continue to run their own imprint Empore Music, which was launched in 2015.