Taken from upcoming LMG – EP out 11/12/2019
Whilst the original brings together a swell of angsty textures, mellow grooves and channels of slow-burning rhythms in the vein of James Blake and Thom Yorke, DSTNCE (comprised of classically trained drummer/producer Clinton Van Arnam and LA singer/keyboardist Melanie deJesus) transform the track with swirls of deep bass and ambient, melodic overtones inspired by their love of Nicolas Jaar and Beach House.
Following the reveal of their first EP cut, ‘Clone‘, here’s the bewitching ‘Ionosphere’ from L.A artist Alek Fin and Moscow-based producer Galun.
Bringing together a swell of angsty textures, mellow grooves and channels of slow-burning rhythms in the vein of Radiohead and James Blake, the track is taken from their forthcoming collaborative ‘Strannik’ EP, set for release on 27th May, and is about “the polarizing dynamics in relationships, seeing the best and worst parts of the one you love and the pursuit to embrace them all“.
Although the pair have never actually met, their music tells a very different story: with its flawless dovetailing of their respective styles, it represents the power and reach of art in the digital age.
Following the success of their previous collaboration ‘Golden, Blinding’, Californian singer Alek Fin and Moscow-based producer Galun have teamed up once again to deliver their beguiling new ‘Strannik’ EP, set to drop 27th May 2016.
Bolstered by a quilt of seductive tones and subdued production, the duo’s collaboration is a spellbinding blend of electronica and chillwave: finding a place on the axis between the house and jazz-fused production styles of Bonobo and James Blake, and the electro-pop musings of artists like Future Trends and Deco Child.
The project is an enticing testament to the digital age; where strangers from across the globe can come together to create music while remaining continents apart. Although the pair have never actually met, their music tells a very different story. Innately rhythmic and gorgeously produced, tracks like ‘Clone’ and ‘Omens’ are polished off by spectral vocals and throbbing bass lines, flawlessly dovetailing their respective styles. Two features from Moscow-based producer and keyboard arranger YJMB, who is also a member of Galun’s live electronic band Amur Tiger Arkestra, buoy the release, with ‘Faces’ echoing Radiohead and ‘Cold’ – to which he contributed the backbone of synths and arpeggiators – raising the tempo with its heady percussive layers. Whilst ‘Fall’ oozes swirling, ominous production punctuated by punchy beats, it is lead single ‘Ionosphere’ which arguably best exemplifies the EP. Bringing together a swell of angsty textures, mellow grooves and channels of slow-burning rhythms, it forms electronic pop at its melodic and eerie best.
No strangers to collaboration, Alek Fin (real name Adam Finkel), who has previously worked with Robot Koch and produces for a number of local L.A. artists, and Galun (Sergei Galunenko) – who first crafted a career collaborating with a range of Russian artists as a talented beatboxer – first crossed paths when both were included on the same blog’s “Top 100 Tracks of 2013”. From the offset, geographical distance seemed no issue: in Galun’s words, “I found him, and I knew I wanted to work with him. I thought we could really add something to each other’s music, despite us living over 6000 miles apart”, whilst Fin was equally impressed with the Russian producer’s “manipulation of vocal percussion and inspiring melodies”.
Melding Fin’s hallmark basement rhythms and ghostly textures, which saw his 2015 ‘Án Mynda’ EP win him fans including Hillydilly, PopMatters and XLR8R, with Galun’s DIY take on beatboxing, which has seen him praised by no less than the Guardian, ‘Strannik’ not only represents a successful musical collaboration, but also the power and reach of art in the digital age.
Beautifully balanced by the subtle poise of chillwave and the dynamic rhythms of electro-pop, ‘Strannik’ is an intrinsically atmospheric and truly masterful EP which portrays a creative shared imagining between two artists in their element.
Californian electronic producer Alek Fin has shared the official video for “Lift Up” featuring LA/Germany-based producer Robot Koch. The single is taken from his excellent Án Mynda EP. Directed by Anthony Ciannamea.
“This is the first official music video for one of my tracks and it’s been a long time coming. I was really excited to work with Anthony (aka Effixx) on it. His visual translation of the music and concept was everything I hoped it would be and more.”
Californian electronic producer Adam Finkel aka Alek Fin is set to release his new 5-track EP, Án Mynda, on October 9th. Below you can stream the title track of the release along with Golden, Blinding (feat. Galun). Pre-order here.
“THIS RELEASE IS CALLED “ÁN MYNDA”, WHICH IS THE ICELANDIC TRANSLATION OF “WITHOUT FORM” OR “WITHOUT GENERATION”. THE CONCEPT EXPLORES THE PROCESS THAT TAKES PLACE BETWEEN THE BEGINNING OF A NEW LIFE EXPERIENCE AND THE OUTCOME ONCE IT HAS PASSED.
IT IS THE MOMENT RIGHT BEFORE FALLING IN LOVE, WEIGHING YOUR CONSCIENCE, LIFE AND DEATH, SUCCESS AND FAILURE. THAT SPACE BETWEEN YOUR THOUGHTS AND EXPRESSIONS, YOUR APPREHENSION AND SPONTANEITY.
IT IS THAT INSTANCE THAT OCCURS JUST BEFORE YOUR MORAL IDEAS TAKE SHAPE AND BECOME YOUR CHARACTER.
IN THESE MOMENTS, WE ARE WITHOUT FORM. WE DRAW FROM OUR EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THESE CHANGES IN OUR LIVES. WE ARE OUR MOST VULNERABLE AND ALSO OUR MOST CONFIDENT. WE ARE EVERYTHING AND NOTHING AT THE SAME TIME.
I BELIEVE WE LIVE LIFE MOST DURING THESE PROCESSES AND WANTED TO EXPLORE THAT THROUGH THESE TRACKS.” Adam
Imagine the old mystic character “Pan”, which represents nature, animalism and freedom, in a contemporary and realistic setting; becoming a modern vagabond, a drifter, living in the woods and roaming the lands, always accompanied by his friend, the dog. As his path leads him into the city of modern society, he is quickly confronted with its harsh reality – The conflict between living in an urban space and wanting to be at piece in a remote place in nature. Can we consider ourselves animals or have we already evolved into something too distanced from its natural enviroment and essence?
A1 Unpaved Ft. Alek Fin
A2 Sugar Owl
A3 Poder Del Perro
B1 Calle Tierra
B2 Moving Objects Ft. Alek Fin
B3 Digital Dwnld: Unpaved Film A Short Film By Lukas Feigelfeld