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Video: UnknownArtist – Supermarket

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Synkro – Hand In Hand EP

Following the release of Synkro AKA Joe McBride collection of his formative early works earlier this year, Apollo Recordings is proud to present a brand new EP that draws on the rich heritage of library music.

Despite having come up during the dubstep era McBride’s music has always resisted easy classification – ‘Hand In Hand’ sees him shift his musical focus in a yet more cinematic direction.

McBride explains : “The record was inspired and influenced by my love of electronic 80’s UK library records like the Chappell AV series, Bruton, Soundstage & De Wolfe Music library. Theres a lot of synth work that carries on from my album using my trusted Juno-6 / SH101 / JX8P combo with the addition of drum samples via an old akai S2800 I purchased recently. Most sounds I’ve made from scratch on hardware based on sounds used in the library records i mentioned above along with a few cheeky samples.”

Synkro’s signature expansive atmospherics are still very much present, but now they have been burnished by soaring synth pads and pulsing drum tracks that call to mind the haunted melancholy of John Carpenter or contemporary such as Legowelt or Andy Stott.   Rhythmically ‘Hand In Hand’ sees McBride moving somewhat away from his usual off kilter programming inspired by 2-step and garage, embracing the steady pulse of 4:4 which turns out to be an effortless fit.

10 November 2017 / Apollo Recordings
01. Vanishing Point
02. Hand In Hand
03. Automatic Response
04. Red Sky

Max Cooper – World Passing By EP

‘…as with many of my projects, the natural world and its structures supply all the art and inspiration needed’

Max Cooper returns with another release exploring the intersection of science, music and art. The ‘World Passing By’ EP features 4 new tracks accompanied by a visual representation of his conceptually driven work.

For this project, Max was influenced by varying interpretations of time. On the inspiration behind the EP he says:

‘I wondered if our experience of time could be explained…where time is just a physical dimension into which things grow, with us experiencing now as the cusp of the inflation’

The visual and musical ideas both stemmed from train journeys, and were then run through studio hardware to form each track, and a collaboration with Kevin McGloughlin to create a video representation of his work that will feature in Max’s live show.

The opening track ‘Veil Of Time’ uses ambient chord progressions as a commentary on the dampening inescapability of time, whilst ‘Resynthesis’ opts for a more rhythmic exploration using classic retro synthesis sound design. ‘Stacked Moments’ addresses the notion of the present as the surface of a growing structure, with a textural chord sound providing the basis for new elements to wander. Finally, ‘Corporeal’ is a collaboration with Rob Clouth heard previously on Max’s Essential Mix in which a synth is run through a radio transmitter, creating distortion and flecks to alter the main chord sequence.

Find out more about Max’s current tour here.

24 November 2017 / Mesh
01. Veil Of Time
02. Resynthesis
03. Stacked Moments
04. Corporeal

Video: MGMT – Little Dark Age

Directed by Nathaniel Axel & David MacNutt.

May Roosevelt – PA

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So far, May Roosevelt is best known as a thereminist. She has already performed in cities such as Barcelona, Berlin, London, Istanbul, and she has collaborated with artists ranging from Tijuana groovy band Los Macuanos to Tel Aviv multi-talented artist Kutiman. Despite his collaborations, May has got three releases to his name so far, including 2011’s self released Haunted, eight musical compositions included the zeibekiko dance rhythm in “The Unicorn Died”, which was composed and presented for the first time in London at the Red Bull Music Academy in February 2010.

May Roosevelt marks her return in 2017 with her new album titled “Junea”, coming out on October 23th via Inner Ear. It’s her first release for the label.
Junea is a heroine of the modern digital world, where reality meets fiction through bridges made of electronic sounds and pixels. Musically, it could be said that she is an alter ego of May Roosevelt, adding new qualities to the artist’s existing musical identity.

In the world of Junea synthesizers rule, creating a multi-layered sound environment of crystal sounds and rhythmic beats. Ethereal vocals and encrypted lyrics lead to a parallel dreamy, three-dimensional universe that mirrors the artist’s exploration into new musical coordinates.

Stream the first single,”Pa”.

May Roosevelt – “Junea”
[Inner Ear Records]
Release date: 23 October
pre-order: Inner Ear’s website

Tracklist:
01. Air
02. Pa
03. Flowers
04. Be
05. Let’s
06. In Your Eyes
07. Ta
08. Tides

Nic Fanciulli – Saying feat. Damon Albarn

Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Nic Fanciulli is gearing up for the release of his debut album this week. Ahead of release date he has dropped his new collaborative track with Blur’s lead singer and Gorillaz co-founder Damon Albarn, OBE. The track follows on from Nic’s remix of Gorillaz track ‘Ascension’ featuring Vince Staples.

The latest collaboration with Damon Albarn sees Nic Fanciulli delve into new and experimental soundscapes. Entering the realm of mainstream success, ‘Saying’ shows a downtempo side to Nic’s production as the track features soothing fluttering synths and Damon’s soft vocal stylings, creating beautiful atmospheric electronica.

Video: Fischerspooner – Togetherness feat. Caroline Polachek

FISCHERSPOONER announce new album “Sir”, out February 16, 2018 via Ultra Records, and share new single “TOGETHERNESS” featuring CHAIRLIFT’S CAROLINE POLACHEK.

Entirely produced by Michael Stipe, SIR also features production by BOOTS (Beyonce & Run The Jewels) and mixing by Stuart White (Beyonce’s Lemonade) and Andy LeMaster.

Video: Null + Void – Where I Wait feat. Dave Gahan

‘Where I Wait’ is the third single taken from Null + Void’s upcoming album ‘Cryosleep’ featuring Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan.

Dave’s singular voice brings a classic edge to a stunning song about hope and uncertainty. “I wrote it with Dave in mind,” says Null + Void aka Kurt Uenala about his frequent collaborator. “He wrote the melody & lyrics shortly after recovering from Cancer treatment which I think influenced the reflective tone.” The song, which also features Sharin Foo of The Raveonettes, shines among Cryosleep’s unforgettable synthetic auditory excursions.

‘Cryosleep’ will be released on the 3rd November through HFN Music.

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Hundreds – Un-Unify (Mano le Tough Remix)

“Un-Unify (Mano le Tough) Remix” is available 16 October on Embassy of Music