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Aparde’s new album, Alliance sees the German musician retreat from his recent experimentations with avant garde pop music back into the world of deep, and oftentimes dark, electronica. For his previous album, Hands Rest, Aparde ventured outside Berlin’s club scene through the use of his voice, which gave his music a softer and more intimate edge. Alliance is no less intimate, except this time the musician’s vulnerability seeps through the cracks rather than taking center stage.
As impressive sonically as it is technically, Aparde used a mixture of electronic sounds, analogue equipment and his own voice either as a sound element or lyrical component to explore this duality of sound. “This album was about focusing on something that calmed me down and brought me away from reality,” says Aparde. When the musician says ‘away from reality’, he doesn’t mean into dreamy, ethereal soundscapes, but rather a deep dive into dystopian atmospheres of drone sounds and chewed-up drum machines. Alliance’s second track, Allies has a dire beginning and one might even be tempted in skipping it if it weren’t for Aparde’s hushed voice shining through the shadows, melancholic yes, but also warm. Despite the album’s focus on electronic gear the music isn’t exactly dance-able, tracks have a ruminative pace, brooding even, “I wanted to make the tracks with more breathing space between the atmosphere and silence. There are fewer elements but more impact, I think,” says Aparde.
Things change gears toward the middle of Alliance, with both Lined and The Shift representing the colder, club-ier tracks of the album. For both of these tunes, any emotionality gets converted into a dense and thumping energy that is released in a cathartic fashion. It is, as Aparde describes, music “for you to move to when you have a good moment or a mental crisis”. But Aparde doesn’t leave it at that frequency; he closes off the album courageously by letting listeners in, once again, to his own world and emotions. While still a driving electronic track, Hole is framed around melancholic piano keys that bring the mood down, and prepare listeners for Know you, the album’s most intimate, and vulnerable piece. “I never felt alright,” Aparde admits open-heartedly on the track.
With Alliance, Aparde brings listeners deep into his soul, a soul that is at times conflicted and agitated and at times low-key and solemn. And as he does so, the listener’s own mood is muted and lifted in a journey of quest, dance and healing.
UK’s GVN makes his first appearance on Anjunabeats. With recent support from BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard, a collaboration with Third Party and a release on Martin Garrix STMPD label under his belt, ‘I Don’t’ marries trance with breakbeat. Expect much more from GVN on Anjunabeats in 2021.
Anjunabeats Rising Volume 1 is out now.
Dir Jehova’ a J.S. Bach rework by Christian Löffler, from the album ‘Parallels’. Video directed by Matías Montecinos.
Get ‘Parallels’: https://DG.lnk.to/parallels
Maxim Helincks and Pieter De Meester, members of Belgian electronic outfit Stavroz, have unveiled ‘Your Skin’, their next release as SHADY. The EP contains their brand new single, and 3 remixes, courtesy of Dreems, and Beat & Path masterminds Uone and Out Of Sorts.
The presentation for ‘Your Skin’ is accompanied by its own music video, in which we can see both Helincks and De Meester having fun and going wild as backdrops change, thanks to some green screen magic and visual effects.
‘Our music is electronic with guitar, bass, and vocals. Think Soulwax, Nicolas Jaar, Connan Mockasin, Magnus, Mickael Jackson, and sure you will hear some Stavroz in there, but the most important ingredient is “not taking yourself seriously’”, say Maxim and Pieter about their SHADY project.
SHADY’s ‘Your Skin’ will be out on February 26th, via Beat & Path.
Taken from Grandbrothers’ new album ‘All The Unknown’ out January 15 2021 on City Slang.
After recently signing to Italians Do It Better, Glüme is sharing her new single & video “Get Low”, which is taken from her upcoming debut album ‘The Internet’, due later this year.
“‘Get Low’ is about the high of falling for someone & how it effects your brain chemistry & nervous system. With autonomic dysfunction & a heart condition, it makes the love ride feel like a roller coaster. I get down even trying to let myself fall for someone. So I try not to… But, I’m not very good… So baby get low.” – Glüme
Watch & listen to “Get Low” above. Listen via other streaming services here: https://idib.ffm.to/getlow
Today Greek dreampop artist Keep Shelly In Athens launches a new era for the project, which will feature primary member / producer RPR collaborating with different guest vocalists from around the world. The first single in this new series is “You” featuring LA-based vocalist Georgia Hurd. RPR discovered her music via Instagram and they quickly decided to start recording together, remotely. The track stays true to the KSIA aesthetic with a bit more upbeat electro-pop vibe, with Hurd’s vocals perfectly complimenting RPR’s production.
Desire are sharing a video for their single “Zeros“, which is out now via Italians Do It Better.
Shot in the desert in Palm Springs, the video for “Zeros” was directed by Kirill Nong and stars Megan Louise of Desire and model Soo Joo Park burying their past. Park also plays keyboard on the track and will feature more on upcoming Desire releases.
“As the calendar pages fly by, we are all reaching for a new normal on what sometimes feels like an endless loop. The cyclical music echoes flashback sequences of a recurring dream, chanting “Falling like a feather…Never touch the floor”. We sampled the incessant strike of a grandfather clock, stopwatches, & digital alarm clocks to keep the time. From sunrise to sunset, every single is day adding up…” – Desire
Mighty Athenian duo Ice_Eyes (Anastasios Tatsis and Spiros Alfa) have previously released their edgy club mutations on labels such as Seagrave, Genot Centre, ANBA, TAR and Ernest D. Tapes. They have now assembled an action- packed six-track EP for Hypermedium, making fine use of their futuristic mechanics and ultra-fine sonic weaponry.
Ice_Eyes’s approach on ‘Vicious Circles’ simulates a plethora of dark materials mixed together, sculpted with a laser light cutter, as reflected on the self-titled track. This nexus ushers the listeners to throw themselves to an eerie storm of outstanding grime-leaning kinetics like ‘HYDRO’ or to the claustrophobic space of ‘Folded’. The gabber-ish breakcore rhythmology of ‘BH Agony’ creates an urge to frantically gasp for air, while the elegiac euphoria of ‘Crystalbody’ is the centrepiece of its full rave energy. This eumorphic projection of pseudo cylindrical body phenomena is always present and changes the mood effectively. ‘Endless Clicks’ outro gives away that different twist of mood shifts by formulating hazy vocal phrases and circling stuttering crunchy layered beats arrangements. All in all, ‘Vicious Circles’ creates an idiosyncratic portrait of club cult ecstasy mood shifts.
Releases February 19, 2021 on Hypermedium, a label aiming to showcase contemporary directions in electronic music, from mutated club music and electronic de-composition to advanced computer music synthesis and researches in rhythmic idiosyncrasies.