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No. 20: Abstraxion – She Thought She Would Last Forever

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Full of reveries and hybrid explorations, Harold’s second full length ’She Thought She Would Last Forever’ evokes images of landscapes and forests. A stretching dark and dystopian atmosphere pervades the album, but he still manages to mesh the melancholy with an overarching and swelling euphoria. Contrasting themes of melancholia and exploring the tensions between expectation and reality.

Video: Abstraxion – Spazieren

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After his stunning debut LP ‘Break of Lights’ on HAKT Recordings at the end of 2013, and releases on Nicolas Jaar’s ‘Other People’ label, Harold Boué – better known as Abstraxion – is set to launch his second LP ‘She Thought She Would Last Forever’ on October 10.

Preceding the album was the release of its lead track, “Spazieren,” which arrived on September 12 on Abstraxion’s own Biologic Records. To accompany the track, Abstraxion enlisted The Bow to create its visuals.

Abstraxion – She Thought She Would Last Forever LP

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After his stunning debut LP ‘Break of Lights’ on HAKT Recordings at the end of 2013, and releases on Nicolas Jaar’s ‘Other People’ label, Harold Boué – better known as Abstraxion – is set to launch his second LP ‘She Thought She Would Last Forever’ in October this year. Abstraxion’s career has already seen many highlights, two of which have been the label he runs with Belgian producer DC Salas reaching its ten year anniversary this year and playing in some of the best clubs in the world.With his obvious talent and ability to create a pensive beauty in his productions, there is no doubt Abstraxion’s career will continue to reach new heights.

Full of reveries and hybrid explorations, Harold’s second full length ’She Thought She Would Last Forever’ evokes images of landscapes and forests. A stretching dark and dystopian atmosphere pervades the album, but he still manages to mesh the melancholy with an overarching and swelling euphoria. Contrasting themes of melancholia and exploring the tensions between expectation and reality.

The explorative nature of the album is articulated clearly through Abstraxion’s use of minor chords and organic sounds

She Thought She Would Last Forever begins with ‘An Error Occurred’, a convivial albeit mysterious and energetic primer that then dives into the tight percussion and pensive vocals of ‘Just What I’ve Always Wanted’. Title track ‘She Thought She Would Last Forever’ is a dramatic cut which transcends slickly into the rasping synth, and recoiling bass of ‘Needed You’ accompanied by the entrancing vocals of Loic Fleury from Isaac Delusion. ‘Spazieren’ is a 10-minute leisurely passage through dystopia that has been crafted with finesse.‘Blackout’ is a minor key track whose lead synth is focused around an arpeggiator to create suspense. ‘Seascape’, a melancholic ambient track which shifts into the more energetic percussion of ‘Not Far Away From You’, picking up pace once again. ‘Rinjani’ is a melodic and menacing march with pulsing synth lines, leading expertly to the final track. ‘Dystopia’ blends otherworldly sounds from the distant future with percussion and reverb, creating space in the musical landscape and bringing Abstraxion’s second album to an expansive and poignant close.

Mixed by Francis Harris in his NewYork studio. Abstraxion’s She Thought She Would Last Forever is out October 10th on Biologic Records.

Tracklist:
01 An Error Occured
02 Just What I’ve Always Wanted
03 She Thought She Would Last Forever
04 Needed You
05 Spazieren
06 Blackout
07 Seascape
08 Not Far Away From You
09 Rinjani
10 Dystopia

Abstraxion – Resonance EP

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After a series of releases on HAKT Recordings, Nicolas Jaar’s Other People and a collab with Kasper Bjørke, Abstraxion returns to his own Biologic Records which he co-manages with DC Salas.

Not only is this his first solo EP on the label since a few years, it’s also the second release to celebrate Biologic’s 10th anniversary year.

Resonance comprises of two original cuts and three remixes. Going from a peak time techno track by Matrixxman to a house rework by Fort Romeau and a disco infused version by Massimiliano Pagliara, the EP not only represents the label’s diverse sound but also Abstraxion’s own productions and ever evolving style.

Out on March 7th.

Tracklist:
01. Resonance
02. Drosophila (Digital Exclusive)
03. Resonance (Matrixxman Remix)
04. Resonance (Fort Romeau Remix)
05. Resonance (Massimiliano Pagliara Remix)

Video: Abstraxion – I Can’t

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Here’s the official video for “I Can’t” from London-based French producer Harold Boué aka Abstraxion. The track is the title track of his 2014 released four-track EP on HAKT Recordings. Directed by Video Marsh.

Abstraxion – Never Thought

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London-based French producer Harold Boué aka Abstraxion gives away for free “Never Thought”, a hypnotic track from his recent four-track “I Can’t” EP for HAKT Recording. You can also watch a video of Abstraxion performing “Never Thought” live at Cabaret Aléatoire, Marseille, below. Buy the EP here. Download the track here for the price of an email.

Abstraxion – I Can’t EP

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Following his excellent 2013 debut LP “Break Of Lights” on HAKT Recordings, London-based French producer Harold Boué aka Abstraxion, returns with “I Can’t” EP, which features two new original tracks and two remixes by the likes of Fairmont and My Favorite Robot. Stream the whole thing below and buy your copy here.

Fairmont – Lie to Me Remixes EP

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A year after Fairmont dropped his highly impressive Lie To Me EP, Canadian outfit My Favorite Robot carefully curate a selection of remixes of tracks from this standout release. As well as one from the label’s eponymous production trio, the likes of Chloe, Abstraxion, Mattheis and John Digweed and Nick Muir all step up with their own great interpretations.

French producer Chloe you will know from releasing killer cuts on MFRR, Live at Robert Johnson, Throne of Blood & BPitch Control as well as serving up hot DJ sets and mix compilations at clubs like Rex in Paris and for labels like Kill The DJ. Her remix of ‘Boa’ is a sparse but moody house affair, with deep groaning bass and an atmosphere akin to a deserted late night street. It’s a tense, broody track that will make for lots of dramatic moments on the floor.

Next up, Harold Boué aka Abstraxion is a 29 years old French producer based in London and Marseille. He has released on Marketing, Biologic and Nicolas Jaar’s label Other People. His remix of ‘Abysm’ is an invitingly hurried, heavyweight bit of electronic house funk with tons of great synth lines, interesting pads and weird sounds that make you want to move.

Dutchman Mattheis of labels like Nous’klaer then goes for a much more blissed out, slow burning and ambient affair. He layers in lots of twinkling pads and rippled synth lines to his version of ‘The Most Beautiful Eyes in the World’ and it’s a stunning, widescreen bit of work that really sweeps you off your feet.

MFR themselves tackle ‘Lie to Me’ flipping it into a brooding bit of slivery, reflective and synth heavy tech that rises and falls in beautiful ways, with gorgeous pads and feathery hi hats making for a super inviting rhythm.

Finally the Bedrock boss and Renaissance legend that is John Digweed and his studio partner Nick Muir rework the same track with a sensitive heart and conjure up a warm, smooth and serene prog track that is riddled with great synths and really works you into a state of hypnosis.

These carefully chosen remixers all manage to get fantastic results here, and as a result the whole package excels. Out on November 24th 2014 on My Favorite Robot.

Tracklist:
1. Fairmont – Boa (Chloe Remix)
2. Fairmont – Abysm (Abstraxion Remix)
3. Fairmont – The Most Beautiful Eyes in the World (Mattheis Remix)
4. Fairmont – Lie To Me (MFR Remix)
5. Fairmont – Lie To Me (John Digweed and Nick Muir Remix)