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Video: Heaven – It’s Not Enough

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“It’s Not Enough” is the first track from the Heaven’s debut EP, out next month via Italians Do It Better. Produced by Johnny Jewel.

Video Directed & Filmed By Rene & Radka. Edited By Chromatics. Starring Hana Vagnerova.

Goldie – Inner City Life (Burial Remix)

Fresh for Record Store Day, here is Burial’s remix of Inner City Life alongside Goldie’s own 2017 rebuild. Pre-order Goldie’s ‘The Journey Man’ album here: https://goldie.lnk.to/TYMFP

Video: Nite Jewel – Real High

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Nite Jewel shares the video for new  single “Real High” – the title track from her forthcoming album Real High, set for release May 5th via Gloriette Records. Starring producer and artist Cole M.G.N. (Nite Jewel’s husband), the video for “Real High” is directed by Jose Wolff and was shot in Tijuana and East Los Angeles.

In addition, Italians Do It Better will be releasing Obsession, a 12-inch companion EP to Nite Jewel’s new album featuring alternate mixes and B-sides from the Real High recording sessions. More information here: http://italiansdoitbetter.bigcartel.com/product/nite-jewel

Real High is available to pre-order in Digital, Standard CD, and Limited Edition LP formats. Digital pre-orders will receive an instant download of “2 Good 2 Be True” and “The Answer”.

DJ Shadow – Systematic feat. Nas

DJ Shadow and Nas unveil their first-ever collaboration with “Systematic”, which will also feature on the Season 4 premiere of HBO’s Silicon Valley April 23. The song finds Shadow and Nas joining forces over a deeply funky, boom-bap beat. Shadow’s deft touch of old-school turntablism and scratching sets the scene for a fiery, scathing performance from Nas. “Systematic” is the first track to be released from Mass Appeal Records’ forthcoming ‘Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack’ out on June 16.

Video: Laurel Halo – Jelly

Laurel Halo’s Jelly is taken from the forthcoming Dust LP out 23/6/17 on Hyperdub. Featuring vocals by Klein and Lafawndah. Video by Bureau Borsche.

Rodriguez Jr. – Baobab LP

Rodriguez Jr. returns to Mobilee with his evocative album Baobab. Resident Advisor named the French artist in their Best Live Acts of 2016, and in between his famed live shows, he has created a ten track masterpiece that elicits powerful emotions through music.

“Baobab is about roots. It has mainly been written whilst travelling and I needed to re-connect to my roots: the music I used to listen to as a teenager from South Of France, my first parties, this fantastic sense of freshness, enthusiasm and innocence. This is why I decided to call it Baobab: a big tree proud to grow up in a lush surrounding, with it’s roots deep in the floor”.

Rodriguez Jr. understands the importance of empty spaces. The purposeful silences in-between each track enable reflection on what you have just heard. Skillfully using sounds and effects, he creates a masterclass in emotive music.

Collaborating with Liset Alea, the singer and composer from Nouvelle Vague, whose vocals shine through on three of the tracks of Baobab as well as Rodriguez Jr ‘s own vocals on Heal Me, a track touching on the complexities of being human. Speaking about his collaboration with Liset, Olivier says, “the singer is a key part of this album as her voice is a link between different phases. The interaction in the studio has been extremely spontaneous and emotional”.

An Evidence Of Time opens the album with a heartbeat and steps into the intricacies of Olivier’s mind. “Wake me, shake me, in the middle of the night, surprise me out of a dream” Liset Alea sings with a vulnerability on Waste Tomorrow, a track that is like an awakening, ending as abruptly as it begins. Liset returns in Take A Walk, it’s prolonged introduction heavy in mood and punctured with piano keys.

Radian floats away with a range of cosmic sounds brimming with atmosphere and the enchanting Monticello ramps up the intensity. Liset makes her final appearance in The Heart Is A Woman, bringing richness and depth before the album concludes with the elaborate Ellipsism, and the anthemic Tomorrow Never Comes.

Growing up in the South of France, Olivier mastered his craft developing musical skills on the piano, before eventually making the move to Paris as a young adult. Olivier was able to immerse himself in a flourishing scene, with peers including Agoria, and soon after formed the electro group The Youngsters. Signed by Laurent Garnier to F Communications, the duo released two albums and a string of successful singles.

Focusing on a different alias, Rodriguez Jr. gave Olivier the freedom to run with his creativity, spending hours a day with his equipment and channeling his visions into the acclaimed live shows. He debuted the Visualise live show in 2016, and in May 2017 Olivier will perform at the Barbican alongside Sasha, on his quest to develop the relationship between crowd and performance.

Release pre-order – https://mobilee.lnk.to/Baobab

TOUR DATES
8th April – Industria – Porto, Portugal
14th April – Watergate – Berlin, Germany
15th April – Andy Live Music – Milan, Italy
16th April – Uebel & Gefährlich – Hamburg, Germany
21st April – Kvartali @ Hippodrome Park – Tbilisi, Georgia
22nd April – Relevance Festival 2017 – Copenhagen, Denmark
28th April – Summer House Cafe – New Delhi, India
29th April – Kitty Su – Mumbai, India

Tracklist:
Rodriguez Jr. – An Evidence Of Time
Rodriguez Jr. – Heal Me
Rodriguez Jr. – Baobab
Rodriguez Jr. feat. Liset Alea – Waste Tomorrow
Rodriguez Jr. feat. Liset Alea – Take A Walk
Rodriguez Jr. – Radian
Rodriguez Jr. – Monticello
Rodriguez Jr. feat. Liset Alea – The Heart Is A Woman
Rodriguez Jr. – Ellipsism
Rodriguez Jr. – Tomorrow Never Comes

Nemea – Back To Me feat. Lilly

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Here is “Back To Me” featuring Lylli, taken from Viena-based half-Greek artist Nemea‘s new EP.

The EP chronicles two lovers separated across the ocean and their journey back to one another. Six tracks follow the stages of their relationship from departure to arrival through music combined with visual art and poetry to tell their story.

“Back to Me“ is out now on Good Life Music. Get it here.

Ixotopia – Ixotopia LP

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ΗΧΟΤΟΠΙΑ is an audiovisual project from Athens that redefines the noir atmosphere of past decades with electronic music.

Technoir atmospheres and metronomic rhythms transform the noir atmosphere of the 60’s.

The xx – A Violent Noise (Four Tet Remix)

Michael Mayer: DJ-Kicks

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Following last year’s full-length LP, ‘&’, which saw him extensively collaborate with an impressive host of contemporaries and friends, including Joe Goddard, Prins Thomas and Agoria, Michael Mayer is set to contribute to the legendary DJ Kicks series. Spanning sixteen tracks, the mix finds Mayer is just as generous of a mood, composing a musical journey that spans his ever-expanding record collection, and above all, his defining instinct to share the beauty of music with others.

“On an abstract level, the approach was basically the same for both projects”, observes Mayer. “For & I put together a group of people that are close to my heart. For Kicks it was a group of records that are like friends to me. All of the tracks I used went through heaven and hell with me. They’ve become true companions. Circling in on and bringing together these friends was the only criterion for the making of this mix. I wanted it to be as personal as possible.”

Perhaps unnervingly to some, fifteen years have passed since the debut edition to Mayer’s breathtaking, scene defining mix trilogy, Immer. Not that it’s legacy – Resident Advisor’s #1 Mix of the 00s, one of Rolling Stone’s 30 Greatest EDM Albums Of All Time – has disturbed Mayer’s formidable workload. A catalogue of no less than 23 EPs, 4 albums and 170 remixes informs a near constant level of international touring. Exhausting as this can be, even after all these years, it’s a ritual that informs the delicate construction of Mayer’s contribution to the DJ Kicks series.

“Kicks has turned out to be a pretty international affair, especially if you compare it with Immer 1 or Fabric 13, which consisted almost 100% of German productions”, highlights Mayer. “At that time, there were such incredible things happening in my direct neighborhood and all over Germany. In the meantime, that spark has traveled a lot since then. The sound I’ve been pushing is often falsely described as “minimal”. Minimal used to be a thing in the pre-Kompakt days, mid 90s. After that I took much more interest in an eclectic way of playing music.”

Alongside this consistent, all-embracing attitude to music, ‘Emotive’ is still perhaps the term best associated with Mayer’s leanings as a DJ, and as the man himself once observed, “there is room on the dancefloor for emotions other than euphoria.” Certainly, DJ Kicks delivers on this expectation, balancing wistful passages with frequent bursts of high energy aimed squarely at the dancefloor.

Mayer’s own reliable talent and golden touch for remixing the likes of Kasper Bjørke, Dreems and CSS provides much of the mix’s atmospheric backbone, supported by dispatches from the contemporary underground from the likes of Jon Hopkins, SAVE! and Boreal. Resolutely a forward thinking affair, the Cologne master nonetheless takes a trip to revisit his timeless love of Throbbing Gristle, slides back over a decade for the electro euphoria of Mekon and Royksopp, as well as his good friend Roman Flugel’s Alter Ego persona.

“I’m constantly scanning my record collection for older tracks that could make new sense in a contemporary context”, reveals Mayer. “There’s no system behind it. My record collection is too chaotic for a systematic approach. As much as it annoys me having to search for a particular record and often not finding it – during the search I’d always find 10 other records that deserve to be revisited.”

Pre-order here and find all Michael’s DJ Kicks tour dates here.

19 May 2017 / !K7

01. Peter Zummo – The Tape Is Chill
02. Michael Mayer – The Horn Conspiracy (DJ-Kicks)
03. Bvoice,Anrilov, Danilov – Papas Groove (dOP & Masomenos Remix)
04. SAVE! – The Darkness (I:Cube Remix)
05. Justus Köhncke – Feuerland
06. CSS – Honey (Michael Mayer Remix)
07. Alter Ego – Gary
08. Kasper Bjørke – Apart feat. Sísý Ey (Michael Mayer Remix)
09. Lionheart Brothers – The Drift (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
10. Mekon feat. Marc Almond – Please Stay (Röyksopp Remix)
11. Dreems – Mirages (Michael Mayer Remix)
12. Boreal – Canopy Target
13. Throbbing Gristle – Hot On The Heels Of Love (Ratcliffe Remix)
14. Death In Vegas – Consequences Of Love (Chris & Cosey Remix)
15. Idioma – Landscapes
16. Jon Hopkins – Abandon Window (Moderat Remix)