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Video: Tempelhof x Gigi Masin – Tuvalu

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Tempelhof (aka Luciano Ermondi and Paolo Mazzacani) are known in minimal producer circles for their spacious and expressive downtempo tracks. They’ve previously released one solo album (Frozen Dancers) and another collaborative LP with Gigi Masin (Hoshi) and are much respected at home in Milan and throughout niche producer circles.

Gigi Masin has played a role in his country’s music community since the 1970s via radio, television and in theatre via his directorial work, and his music has previously been sampled by Bjork and To Rococo Rot among others. Recently, his full-length Talk To The Sea is regarded as a benchmark ambient LP, while album Lifted 1, released April of this year, created with Maxmillion Dunbar and Co La under the name Lifted, is still gathering praise.

Their second album together is an ambient exploration with nods to minimal Japanese electronic music, drawing from both classically informed and contemporary soundscapes, with some tracks floating and beatless and others driven by dustings of distant percussion, punctuated with bright pianos, meditative synths and wispy electronics.

The video for the first track to be released from the project is out now, ahead of full details on the album following early next year. Tuvalu is a gently ambient and melodic electronic track captured in the form of a disorienting visual travelogue, through a patchwork of Super 8 footage shot in the seventies by an anonymous Italian video maker, unfolding in classic documentary style over different cultures and terrains. Out soon on Cascine.

Video: Yumi Zouma – Second Wave

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Yumi Zouma unveiled their dreamy new video for “Second Wave”, filmed in Christchurch, New Zealand, by Julian Vares. Their latest release, EP Collection, is out now on Cascine.

Morly – And Sooner Than We Know It… (Blue Hawaii Remix)

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Here’s a new remix by Montreal electronic duo Blue Hawaii of producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Morly. “And Sooner Than We Know It…(Blue Hawaii Remix)” brings the song’s delicate crystalline guitar together with a densely evolving rhythmic backdrop while retaining the autumnal, choral atmosphere of the original.

Morly recently released her debut EP ‘In Defense Of My Muse’ in August on Cascine. She makes textured and meditative tracks over minimal electronic beats with a kind of choral quality to them, using her voice predominantly as an added texture and alternating between traditional and electronic instrumentation. She first emerged last year with the tracks Seraphese and Maelstrom (which was released as part of Ryan Hemsworth’s Secret Songs series).

Morly – In Defense Of My Muse EP

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Morly is a producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Minnesota who makes beautifully textured and dreamy tracks over minimal electronic rhythms with a kind of choral quality to them, using her voice predominantly as an added texture for a mood of both a kind of winterish melancholy and introspective joyfulness, alternating between shades of dark and light and traditional and electronic instrumentation. She first emerged last year with the tracks Seraphese and Maelstrom (which was released as part of Ryan Hemsworth’s Secret Songs series).

Her debut four-track EP ‘In Defense Of My Muse’ is out now on Cascine. Stream it below. Moves from sparse piano notes into a lush bed of bittersweet synth melody, propelled by evolving, upbeat percussion and enveloped by a swelling choir.

Video: Korallreven – Limitless

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Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder, aka Swedish electronic pop duo Korallreven, have shared video for their latest single “Limitless”, one of the standout tracks from their 2014 album “Second Comin’” on Cascine. Directed by André Jofré, who says: “It’s a dark story about having too much fun. The story also really depends on the viewer, something I really like. Aesthetically, we’ve essentially taken Drive and swapped out Gosling with Willy Wonka.”

Cuushe – Night Lines EP

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Cuushe now returns with the Night Lines EP, her fourth proper release. Night Lines is presented as a noir storybook, unfolding along four tracks to expose a haunting Japanese soundscape, complete with bad guys, funeral processions and skyscraper-sized floral arrangements. The lyrics were penned by Cuushe with underlying productions composed by aus. Many sounds were sourced from films, animations and field recordings, with designs of obscuring timelines and the perception of reality.

Night Lines is set for release on April 7 on 10” vinyl and CD as a collaboration between Cascine and flau. North American tour dates are currently being routed. Photo credit by Repeat Pattern.

Video: Yumi Zouma – Alena

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New Zealand dream-poppers Yumi Zouma unveiled the video for “Alena”, taken from their EP II, out now on Cascine.

Cuushe – Tie

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Tokyo siren Cuushe returns with “Night Lines,” her first release for Cascine and fourth for Japan’s flau label. Night Lines is presented as a noir storybook, unfolding along four tracks to expose a haunting soundscape, complete with bad guys, funeral processions and skyscraper-sized floral arrangements. The lyrics were penned by Cuushe with underlying productions composed by aus. Many sounds were sourced from films, animations and field recordings, with designs of obscuring timelines and the perception of reality.

Stream “Tie” below. Night Lines is out on April 7th 2015 on limited 10″, with 100 copies coming in exclusive translucent sleeves.

Yumi Zouma – Song For Zoe & Gwen

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New Zealand’s Yumi Zouma returns with their anticipated second EP, bookending their era of intimate and restrained short-form releases. The new tracks are just as effortless and engaging as expected, but they also tell the story of a band evolving. Lush, electronic productions buoy key tracks and the vocal deliveries are increasingly sophisticated. Yumi Zouma will be at SXSW this March. International tour dates are currently being routed.

Stream “Song For Zoe & Gwen” below. The EP is out on March 10th 2015 on Cascine.

Video: Yumi Zouma – Catastrophe

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New Zealand trio Yumi Zouma return with their new single “Catastrophe”, taken from their upcoming second EP “II”, which will drop on March 10th 2015 via Cascine. The five-track EP also features their recent single “Alena”. Watch the video for “Catastrophe”, the first of a two-part film, below. Directed by Allie Avital Tsypin.

Pre-order the limited colored 10″ viny of Yumi Zouma’s “II” here.