Matthew Dear lands on Hot Creations under his Audion moniker. The electrifying Starfucker is remixed by house music veteran Ian Pooley and the notorious young NYC duo The Martinez Brothers.
“Special songs deserve special releases.’ Dear explains. ‘’Starfucker’ and ‘Need Your Loving’ were two new tracks from a recent studio jam session that leaned more toward house music than previous Audion tracks and I immediately thought of Hot Creations.”
In true Audion style, Starfucker takes a series of unexpected turns and the groove propelled track is made to shake up big rooms. Audion’s second original Need Your Loving is equally intoxicating, with subtle vocals and driving drums. Matthew Dear as Audion is responsible for hit releases such as Suckfish and Mouth To Mouth. At the top of his game for over a decade, the talented artist has also released successful albums under his original name and performed with a live band opening arenas for Depeche Mode, Interpol and more. He also recently released the latest installment of the DJ Kicks compilation and an acclaimed Audion artist album.
Over twenty years into his career and Ian Pooley is still releasing on the biggest and cutting edge labels, with recent appearances on Innervisions, Ovum and Tsuba. He packs the swing into his remix and adds his signature style with a touch of class.
The Martinez Brothers remix is bursting with energy and demonstrates the duo’s understanding for how to work the big stage. An unstoppable force, the two have been taking the world by storm with their energetic DJ sets, consistent output of music and running of their labels Cuttin’ Headz and Tuskegee.
Accomplished DJ, producer, vocalist and instrumentalist Matthew Dear kicks off 2017 with his DJ Kicks episode out on 27th January. But before then we are treated to ‘Brines’, a track from the mix produced under his Audion guise.
Thump magazine said ‘Brines’ is a “creaking thing of dark beauty” while Matthew Dear himself said it is perhaps the best he has ever made – “Brines is one the best techno songs I’ve ever made. The whole thing was done live, on my modular equipment and captures a raucous session in it’s purest form. In a perfect world, this one would be remembered as my ‘Spastik’ or ‘Windowlicker’.”
A man of many musical hats, Texas born, Detroit raised Dear has a wide reaching discography that takes in face melting techno as Jabberjaw, dark avant-pop under his own name and intricate minimal as Audion. Often with a gothic slant and full of curiousness, his pensive but playful music is an intoxicating distillation of many different influences, often with his own stylised vocals at the centre.
As co-founder of both Ghostly International and Spectral Sound, Dear has also been responsible for some of the underground scene’s most exciting new music, plenty of which appears here. Now more than 15 years, five albums and 20 EPs into his esteemed and always evolving career, Dear is exactly the sort of fascinating character that makes the very personal DJ-Kicks series so special.
Matthew Dear’s Audion project stands proudly at the intersection between art and hedonism, realised over a decade long dedication to powerful and relevant dance music. Growing out of the vibrant DIY Detroit underground,Audion and his contemporaries were free to feed off the energy reverberating from UK and European dancefloors, but singular in their desire to create their own sound and spirit. An Audion release is techno in it’s purest sense – whether it’s pushing the bombastic limits, spinning the dancefloor out of control or elegantly toying with just a few sonic elements.
‘Alpha’ is Audion’s first artist album in 10 years and comes at the end of a period of fevered activity. The collective body of work standing as a marker in time and a defining moment in the life of the artist. Drowning out the noise of the outside world,‘Alpha’ was a puzzle pieced together sonically in the shadows and wildly brought to life in a matter of weeks.The artwork for ‘Alpha’ has again been realised by Will Calcutt, Dear’s long time collaborator, who has a visual plan for the music that matches the sonic vision, completing the final critical piece of the puzzle.
‘Alpha’ is a fully coherent album of pulverising metallic synths, machine driven 4/4 drums, unforgettable hooks and a masters touch elegantly mixing the brash and sophisticated. Opening with the hypnotic ‘Dem’,‘There was a button’ marks out it’s territory of dark acid emulations and ‘Gut Man Cometh’ toys with eerie vocal distortions and playful psychedelics.The energy increases with ‘Traanc’ but still retains a melancholic air, space is explored in ‘Celestial Antibody’ leading in to the mind bending ‘Destroyer’ with it’s tenacious bass and distorted synth for a full bodied floor filler that’s typical of Audion’s sonically serrated side.The chirpy ‘Suppa’ plays into the infectiously beefy ‘Napkin’ and ‘Bob the Builder’ bubbles and twists playfully around the ear. ‘Sucker’ is a straight up melodic dancefloor jam while ‘Timewarp’ builds with relentless layers of sophisticated percussion, chimes and distortion. Moving to the closers,‘Zunk Synth’ displays the power created by Dears light touch, leaving the pulsing, spacey, mind bend of ‘Sicko’ to close out this visceral ode to the vibrancy of our global dance culture.
Stream ‘Destroyer’ in full via Boiler Room below. Listen to his recent Essential Mix, during which he highlights songs that have inspired the Audion sound here.
Out on June 10th on !K7 Records.
02_A2 There Was A Button
03_A3 Gut Man Commeth
05_B2 Celestial Antibody
09_C2 Bob The Builder
12_D2 Zunk Synth
Bristol-baased house producer Dan Pearce, aka Eats Everything, has shared the video for his track “Dancing (Again!)”, featuring Tiga and Matthew Dear under his Audion moniker. Directed by Wayne Lennox.
With his self-titled debut LP it is arguable that Ghost Culture, aka 24 year-old Londoner James Greenwood, has released one of the best and most compelling electronic albums of the year. Critically hailed upon release by everyone from Q to the Observer and The Quietus, Greenwood has slyly, stealthily built up a musical landscape of haunting and beautiful unease, wrapping itself around pop songs that are mesmeric as they are propulsive – probably not a surprise, coming from a key collaborator on Daniel Avery’s lauded Drone Logic album.
‘Lucky’, the third single from Ghost Culture, is a distinct slice of haunting vocal performance and psychedelic electronica. Co-produced by Erol Alkan, it is also perhaps the strongest showcase yet of Ghost Culture’s burgeoning prowess as not only a natural studio experimentalist but also as a confident and compelling songwriter, creating music that’s both instantly memorable and yet always intriguing.
Complimenting the original recording of Lucky is a remix from the pioneering Matthew Dear in his Audion guise, whose celebrated talent for bridging esoteric elements of techno, pop and dub lends itself perfectly to exploring the detailed and subtle layers of Ghost Culture’s unique vision. The remix drops on vinyl and via digital stores in mid September, just head of Greenwood’s hotly anticipated next London headline show at Corsica Studios on the 23rd. Don’t miss it.
Rising Anjunadeep star Lane 8 announced the release of his debut album in style recently, with the brilliant new single ‘Ghost feat. Patrick Baker‘. On remix duties are a diverse trio of talented producers; techno innovator Audion, Aus Music prodigy Bwana and blogger’s favourite Luvian.
After collaborating with Lane 8 on a track on the upcoming album, Matthew Dear took his notorious Audion guise to remix ‘Ghost’, following remixes for legendary acts like Leftfield, Four Tet, Dubfire and Seth Troxler. Completely twisting the mood of the original, cutting the vocal over a frenetic groove he delivers a gnarly late-night techno cut.
Bwana has marked himself out as one to watch with his excellent EPs on Will Saul’s Aus Music, and his epic take on ‘Ghost’ is another winner, playing off the subtle melodies of the original with a huge bass hook, and Patrick Baker’s evocative lyrics.
UK based Luvian has been bubbling away for a while, with his early tracks picking up millions of plays on YouTube and Soundcloud. He takes his remix away from the club, instead opting for a gorgeous poolside version, stripping back almost entirely to sparse percussion, sensual melodic textures and warped vocals.
An emotional 10-track journey across beautiful melodic instrumentals, leftfield pop moments and quirky electronica, the confident debut album ‘Rise’ (out 17th July on Anjunadeep) represents a bold, bright coming of age for an act who burst onto the scene with a flurry of Hype Machine #1s and stand-out remixes of diverse dance titans like ODESZA, Eric Prydz and Above & Beyond.
Featuring vocal turns from Solomon Grey, Ghostly International’s Matthew Dear and Patrick Baker among others, ‘Rise’ also features standout instrumentals such as the romantic techno vibes of the title track and the Joris Voorn-inspired ‘Klara’ – touching on the DJ sound that has won him so many fans on recent tours.
Ghostly’s Matthew Dear returns to his Audion moniker with a great new single “Dem Howl” for Cologne’s Kompakt label. The track features vocals from Danish singer/musician Troels Abrahamsen and is backed with an instrumental version as well as a remix from label co-founder Michael Mayer. Out on November 3rd 2014; pre-order your 12” here.