Following on from his recent album ‘Polyester Skin’ and from the success of the single ‘Untouchable’, Jacob Bellens is yet to present his newest work – right in time for the summer.
‘Whenever we get together
there’s a feeling in the air
causing changes in the weather
I can feel it everywhere’
…it goes and is certainly Jacob’s poppiest moment to date.
Based on a lush disco-groove, mellow chords and shimmering synthie stabs this will be your perfect summer-love-song with that special Jacob Bellens twist.
A video, which captures the summerly vibe of the music in motion pictures, is already in the making.
Out 04.08.2017. More info here: http://hfn-music.com/releases/jacob-bellens/whenever
02. Whenever (Instrumental)
03. Whenever (Radio Edit)
Eric Copeland (Black Dice) returns to DFA with a brand-new set of hyper & hectic leftfield club music. Goofballs places its emphasis on playful melodies, ear worm hooks & vocals mixed with trademark machine funk rhythms that hit hard and land offbalance. Any other way would be too obvious for an artist like Eric. Perhaps he even invented a new dance genre: ‘Goofstep’. We’ll see if that one sticks…
Eric explained the creation of this new LP to us via email from his home on an island in lovely Balearic Palma Spain:
I made it here in Palma at my studio, this is the first full record I’ve made entirely here since moving. Some of this material was road tested September 2016 on tour supporting Animal Collective. This album was the result of real isolation here, countless hours, focused only on this.
The whole recording & writing was a fast process. I focused most on the bass groove. I had a very minimal gear setup: 90’s drum machine, cheap bass machine and a sampler. But most important was a homemade ‘drum brain’ that Barry’s London custom made for me. Barry was in the Van Pelt Soldiers of Fortune & Oneida. That piece of gear was a big part of this record and informed the direction it took the most.
Eric Copeland is a founding member of Black Dice as well as a prolific solo artist. Besides DFA, he has released albums on L.I.E.S., Post Present Medium & Paw Tracks.
Goofballs was mixed by Rusty Santos (who has mixed everyone from DJ Rashad to Panda Bear to Owen Pallett) and mastered by Joe Lambert. It is Eric’s third solo album for DFA Records.
Revered UK label, tastemaker and authority Renaissance, the label that has not only been at the forefront of the electronic DJ scene but documented its navigation into popular culture have honored a landmark 25 years by inviting Hamburg based DJ and super producer Solomun to rework a timeless classic – one of a number of tracks that shaped the labels early years.
A constant innovator, Solomun; whom himself has played an equally major role in redefining European house music spoke of the challenge when faced with the prestigious role of reworking one of the most influential tracks in electronic music, for a new generation.
“Its a big challenge to remix such an iconic trance classic, because the Jam & Spoon remix was so good”
He continued detailing both the influence and accessibility of a track that in 1990 established the early sound of trance, captured not least with its inclusion in the hugely successful film based on the UK club scene, Human Traffic.
”Age of Love is one of the very few tracks from that era that I actually play occasionally in my sets, so it was already a timeless piece of music for me. That’s why I said yes to the remix!
“For the remix, I wanted to keep the essence of the track but with another groove. It’s like a trip, until the salvation at the very end.”
Solomun’s enormous and poignant remix has already been a key track for selected DJ’s over the last few months including Tale of Us, Dubfire, Maceo Plex, Sasha and Pete Tong whom made it last weeks coveted Essential New Tune.
‘Renaissance The ReMix Collection’. Is a concept focused on introducing new ears to seminal tracks that have remained significant and iconic to Renaissance for over two decades. True to form Renaissance highly collectable vinyl products will be beautifully packaged and presented in box set form and available as limited editions.
The series celebrates Renaissance’s musical legacy and firmly establishes its future place in the electronic music landscape.
Age of Love – ‘The Age of Love’ (Solomun Renaissance Remix) will be released through Renaissance July 21st.
Vinyl also includes “Jam & Spoon Watch Out For Stella Mix” as the B-side.
On the 11th August The Invisible will release a special remix EP featuring reworked tracks from their critically acclaimed album “Patience”. Released via Ninja Tune, “Patience” saw the Mercury Prize nominees demonstrate their more uplifting side, giving the listener a sense of the band’s “joy and gratitude” for being alive, with features from Anna Calvi, Sam Shepherd (Floating Points), Connan Mockasin and Rosie Lowe.
This new EP shows 4 tracks from the LP in a different light. ‘Love Me Again’ featuring Anna Calvi is remixed twice, first by London based, Rhythm Section member, Chaos in the CBD and second by fellow Rhythm Section associate, FYI Chris. Warp records duo Darkstar provide a hypnotic remix of ‘So Well’ and finally Milionhands Music label boss, Tee Mango steps up for his “Summer Daze Revision” of ‘K ‘Town Sunset’ featuring Connan Mockasin.
The Invisible – “Patience Remixes” EP is out 11st August 2017 via Ninja Tune.
A. Deep Summer
B. Deep Summer – Burial Remix
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Tricky returns with his 13th album, ununiform. It’s a delicate, storming, intricate album that sees Tricky take perhaps his most radical step yet – a journey into happiness and contentment. It’s a record that shows the legendary British producer confront his legacy, history, family – even death itself. And in all of this, he finds the strangest, least familiar thing – peace. Ununiform was conceived in Moscow and completed in Berlin, where Tricky has been living for the past three years – not lavishly, but instead leading a clean, reflective and positive life: “I don’t know anybody. I eat good food. I go for walks”.
Pre-order ununiform here: https://k7.lnk.to/ununiform
Testament to Tricky’s dynamism, ununiform sees him further work with new, up and coming singers as well as collaborators of the past. ‘When We Die’, premiering today via http://www.trickysite.com, features Martina Topley-Bird, who first made an appearance on Tricky’s debut 1995 album, Maxinquaye – released a month before the pair’s daughter was born. They haven’t collaborated on one another’s output in almost fifteen years.
Eerie, haunting yet enveloped by a sense of peace and acceptance, ‘When We Die’ sees Tricky take hold of a new zest for life he has come to possess: “If you don’t accept death you don’t really accept life” says Tricky.
Highlighting Tricky’s typical genre-expansive sound, ununiform features a string of collaborators old and new. These include some of Russia’s most famous rappers such as Scriptonite, who features on ‘Blood Of My Blood’ & ‘Same As It Ever Was’, plus Vasily Vakulenko (Basta) who helped produce single standout ‘The Only Way’, and Smokey Mo also makes an appearance on ‘Bang Boogie’. Tricky confesses of a 20 year long love affair with Russian hip-hop, to which he has paid homage through recording these tracks in Moscow.
Ununiform also sees Tricky rekindle working relationships with the likes of Francesca Belmonte and Asia Argento, and flip expectations further with a cover of Hole’s 1994 single ‘Doll Parts’ performed by another bright emerging talent, Avalon Lurks. Meanwhile album highlight Running Wild features vocals from Mina Rose, who will also be joining Tricky’s touring party this year.
Interestingly, the effect of his new-found outlook, freedom and lifestyle has led to Tricky turning back to his classic sound – perhaps the final frontier for such an inveterate experimentalist. “I’ve got nothing to prove now, and I’m comfortable with referencing myself.” Indeed, he’s since described last month’s single ‘The Only Way’ as “Hell is Round The Corner, Part 2”. This sensation is perhaps a response to a wave of artists referencing Tricky’s ‘90s records and his approach, from The xx to boundary-pushing London rappers Gaika and CASisDEAD, the latter of which Tricky recently collaborated with. “I’ve got a really wide audience. So I’ve got nothing to prove. I feel like sometimes it’s OK to do it again.”
The first album that Tricky has released as a truly independent artist free from the pressure of debt and destruction, ununiform is a glorious, beautiful and intensely personal attempt to answer the simple question “What does Tricky sound like?”
1. Obia Intro
2. Same As It Ever Was (feat. Scriptonite)
3. New Stole (feat. Francesca Belmonte)
4. Wait For Signal (feat. Asia Argento)
5. It’s Your Day (feat. Scriptonite)
6. Blood Of My Blood (feat. Scriptonite)
7. Dark Days (feat. Mina Rose)
8. The Only Way
9. Armor (feat. Terra Lopez)
10. Doll (feat. Avalon Lurks)
11. Bang Boogie (feat. Smoky Mo)
12. Running Wild (feat. Mina Rose)
13. When We Die (feat. Martina Topley-Bird)