Following their 2016 critically acclaimed debut LP Brainsugar, Cubicolor proudly present their sophomore album Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night.
Composed of Amsterdam-based producers Ariaan Olieroock and Peter Kriek, and British singer-songwriter Tim Digby-Bell, Cubicolor are a band that deftly tread the line of electronica and organic instrumentation. Propagating evocative songwriting, their productions and live shows draw parallels to acts such as Floating Points, Bonobo, Four Tet, and Moderat.
Their newest LP Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night comes four years after Brainsugar, a powerful debut that solidified Cubicolor as a formative force in underground electronica, accruing over 40 million streams, press from Mixmag, RA, and DJ Mag, and overwhelming support from the likes of Dixon, Ame, Tale Of Us, Joris Voorn, and Kölsch.
Thematically and visually inspired by impermanence and the cyclical nature of time, Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night can be seen as a culmination of seminal moments in the bands’ past few years. One significant moment being the completion and subsequent scrapping of their proposed second album in early 2018, as Digby-Bell recalls:
“We got home and listened to it, then got on the phone with each other and decided to drop the whole thing. The next week we went back into the studio and started again. We didn’t keep anything, we shut ourselves on the boat in Amsterdam where we work and didn’t stop until we made the record we wanted to make.”
This unwavering dedication to sincerity is reflected in the emotions and sound of Cubicolor’s final record. Poignant lead single ‘Points Beyond’ reflects on the loss of Digby-Bell’s close friend, whilst second single ‘Wake Me Up’ explores our transient sense of identity. Instrumentals such as ‘Prelude’ and ‘Pale Blue Dot’ are imbued with these powerful themes in their arrangements, particularly evoking the sense of uncertainty that the band felt during the album writing process:
“There were a lot of moments when we weren’t sure we’d ever find what it was we were looking for. On the way we lost friends, lost loves, battled health issues, lost an album, lost each other and came back together again. Looking back now it was pretty crazy but the world keeps spinning and I guess we just didn’t want to put out anything that wasn’t true to ourselves as a band, and the very best we can do as musicians, no matter how long it took.”
Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night tells the story of Cubicolor, painting a provocative but relatable picture of their evolution as a band.
The band will celebrate the album release with a listening event in London in February 2020, before taking their live show to festivals around the world in the summer.
The album is available to pre-order now, digitally, on CD and on limited edition 2×12” mirror board gatefold vinyl: anjunadeep.lnk.to/CHADHANpr
After delivering his breakout mini-LP ‘Static’ through Anjunadeep in April of last year, Swedish producer Bård Ericson (aka boerd) returns with ’It Fades Away’, lifted from his next EP, ‘Misplaced I’.
A regular member of the Royal Swedish Opera, Swedish Radio Symphony, and Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ericson has also proven himself as an accomplished bass player for numerous ensembles around the world. Touring Tokyo, Stockholm, and New York, the producer performed in the Philip Glass opera ‘Satyagraha’ earlier this year (including four sold out shows in Brooklyn’s illustrious Harvey Theatre), he also recently contributed as a member of Andrea Bocelli’s orchestra throughout his Scandinavian tour. This deep immersion in the classical world of opera and orchestra is masterfully exhibited in boerd’s otherworldly sound.
With influences that range from Bibio, Burial and Aphex Twin, his latest single ‘It Fades Away’ looks to expand on the experimental path he forged with ‘Static’. Blending short and sparse electronics over an atmospheric and haunting backdrop, boerd’s sound feels assured, distinct and aesthetically refreshed for 2019.
Speaking about his return, the producer added, “I wrote this song at a time when I was pretty confused about some personal stuff, and the music seems to reflect that. I feel pretty confused all the time to be honest; I think most people do.”
“‘It Fades Away’ features my own vocals, some guitars, and an acoustic piano processed beyond recognition for the introduction. I also recorded a bunch of unusual foley sounds that I resampled and used as percussion.”
boerd released his new single ‘It Fades Away’ on the 14th May via Anjunadeep. His forthcoming four-track EP ‘Misplaced I’ is arriving on the 31st May. EP Pre-order: https://Anjunadeep.lnk.to/BMPpr
Brooklyn-based producer Reed Kackley (aka BAILE) makes his full Anjunadeep introduction with the Painting Out EP. As heard on Anjunadeep 10, ‘Soft Light’ is a thoughtfully constructed journey through BAILE’s visceral production style, whilst LA electronic outfit Kauf provide a compelling vocal feature on the title track. London’s Anii closes out the EP with a tribal-infused club rework to transform ‘Painting Out’ from idyllic downtempo into a tech-heavy club edit.
Release Date: 19th October 2018
British/Dutch trio Cubicolor have shared a brand new single ‘No Dancers’.
Once again, the trio’s capacity for inimitable, sincere songwriting is exemplified in this new release; front man Tim Digby-Bell’s melancholic lyrics are enveloped in a rich arrangement of arpeggiated synthesisers and cascading keys, creating a dreamlike soundscape that is at once foreboding and promising. On the track, Tim explains:
“It’s an intimate song, but one that we wanted to work just as well in clubs as on your headphones or in your bedroom. The song is a searching; for something to believe in, something real, and always treading that balance between a desire to lead, and a desire to follow.”
Lane 8 is famed for his magic touch with remixes, highlighted in his iconic takes of Odesza’s ‘Bloom’, Deadmau5’s ’Strobe’, Eric Prydz’s ‘Liberate’ and Maribou State’s ‘Wallflower’ to name a few. Returning to Anjunadeep, the label he initially broke with, e Daniel Goldstein aka Lane 8 returns with two further stellar reworks of George FitzGerald’s 2017 anthem ‘Burns’
Lane 8’s ‘Morning Mix’ is an ode to the lush atmosphere of the original, a highlight from George’s sophomore album ‘All That Must Be’ released earlier this year on Domino. An instant hit, it was debuted in Lane 8’s Radio 1 Essential Mix and recently supported by Pete Tong, among others.
The ‘Club Mix’ is a showcase of Lane 8’s trademark peaktime sound and amps up the original’s energy in his unique style.
Released on Anjunadeep.
A staple in his recent festival sets, it is likely to feature across his forthcoming Little By Little Phase 2 Tour.