Chrome Sparks (aka Jeremy Malvin) returns with new EP ‘Be On Fire’, released via Counter Records (a Ninja Tune imprint), the follow-up to his self-titled debut album released earlier in 2018. He takes the same all-inclusive, dreamily-realised approach, lacing together a patchwork of wide-reaching influences. On ‘June Lion’, an ecstatic arsenal of synths are layered over a half-time trap beat, building skywards to an overclocked conclusion. An ‘80s boogie groove is the bedrock of ‘Be On Fire’, voice-box vocals and lush keys adding to the smooth, downtempo feel. ‘Ultraviolet Rainbow’ sounds how you’d expect: rainbow-beam synths and bright-sparkling arpeggios, combined with a turbocharged hip-hop bounce. In comparison, ‘I Could Be The Voice Inside Your Head’ is woozy and relaxed, notes bending elastically in and out of shape, tinged with an air of melancholy.
Lead single ‘In2 Your Love’ is a sandblast of synths, heavy-hitting drums and lo-fi 80s soul, inspired by the idiosyncratic demos of George Smallwood, whose music he’s become obsessed with since a friend recently introduced it to him, and whose sampled vocal served as the starting point for the track. Malvin’s hip-hop-indebted, energy-drenched style lights up his source material, paying homage to Smallwood’s freewheeling spirit, while turning it into something new. “The result is a track that I feel pays homage to an under appreciated musical gem and surrounds it with a breath of new spirit,” Malvin says.
Chrome Sparks announces debut album out 13th April via Counter Records and shares new single ‘STILL THINK’.
Chrome Sparks (aka Jeremy Malvin) re-emerges with new single, ‘What’s It Gonna Take’, released via Counter Records (a Ninja Tune imprint). His distinct approach to pop, interwoven with cherry-picked sounds from hip-hop and club music touchpoints, continues to shine through. It’s the Brooklyn-based producer’s third outing for Counter, and it continues in the same trajectory as previous singles ‘Wake’ and ‘All Or Nothing’. Fizzing with vitality, it sees steady-bouncing, trap-tilted drums interplay with bright, melancholy-hued melodies and swells of atmospheric pads. Angelica Bess (part of Body Language, and has previously collaborated with Machinedrum), who featured on 2016’s ‘All Or Nothing’ (supported by Jason Bentley on KCRW and Annie Mac on Radio 1), returns to add a silky, magnetic shine to the track.
Explaining the themes behind the track, Malvin says, “We’re all passengers on the emotional tilt-a-whirl of a budding romance at some point. It can be thrilling and exhausting and maddening and inspiring and so hard to pin down. ‘What’s It Gonna Take’ is Angie’s and my take on that ephemeral unrest you feel when getting to know somebody intimately.” The single precedes more new music to come soon on Counter, as well as a co-headline North American tour with Machinedrum in 2018.
Chrome Sparks is excited to share a new single “All Or Nothing”, which is out now. The single features Body Language’s Angelica Bess. Chrome Sparks is currently touring the US (tour dates here), having just finished select dates as the support for Flume. Chrome Sparks recently announced his signing to Counter Records (a Ninja Tune imprint) and has spent the past several months working on his debut album in a cabin in upstate New York.
The Brooklyn-based artist, born Jeremy Malvin, grew up in Pittsburgh and spent formative time in Ann Arbor before settling east and converting a legion of supporters to his deftly hybridized sound, including Pitchfork, Dancing Astronaut, Indie Shuffle, and FADER. Chrome Sparks first burst into electronic music consciousness in 2012 with “Marijuana”, a Bandcamp compilation track turned Internet phenomenon (organically rocketing to #1 on HypeMachine and racking up over 18 million cumulative streams to date). Since then he’s released three EPs via Future Classic (including subsequent breakthrough track “Moonraker”), remixed Chet Faker, Porter Robinson, Fred Falke and Blackbird Blackbird among others, and played sold out shows throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Most recently Malvin and his friend Charlie Brand of Miniature Tigers released an EP under the band name Promises LTD.
Brooklyn-based electronic musician Jeremy Malvin, a.k.a. Chrome Sparks, recently released his excellent six-track debut EP Sparks on Future Classic. You can now doownload for free the EPs opening track, “Your Planet”. Keep an eye out for Chrome Sparks’ new EP, which is set to arrive early next year. Buy your 12” here.