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Video: Grandbrothers – From A Distance

Ahead of their European Tour, Grandbrothers have shared an atmospheric and visually striking new video for “From a Distance”, taken from the group’s latest album Open, which was released on October 20th via City Slang.

Speaking about the video, director Dan Medhurst said: “The film is a loose adaptation of the ancient Greek myth of Sisyphus who struggled to push a large rock up a mountain only for it to roll back down and for him to start again each day. It tells a tail of eternal struggle for our lead character (played by Mark Wingett) who appears to be locked in a convoluted journey for victory, but ultimately ends up back where he started. It also plays with the concept of eternal recurrence; That the universe and all existence has already occurred and will continue to reoccur infinitely. I chose to shoot in the Brecon Beacons at night to emphasize a feeling of total isolation. We used a high powered custom built LED attached to a drone to light our character and shot on 50 year old, Russian anamorphic lenses to create haunting, unusual visuals which play with the idea of distance and anonymity.”

Watch the video for “From a Distance” here:

Grandbrothers – Bloodflow (Lone remix)

Grandbrothers recently announced details of their second album, ‘Open’ (due Oct 20th on City Slang) along with the enchanting track “Bloodflow”. Today they share a new version of the track, remixed by Lone, and announce more live dates including a string of shows with Bonobo this Autumn.

Grandbrothers are the sum of unique parts: progressive Swiss engineer/mechanic/sofware designer Vogel and German-Turkish pianist Sarp. Their second album ‘Open’ twins Sarp’s piano skills with Vogel’s talent for both building the formidably intricate mechanics with which he exploits his partner’s instrument and also designing its software. Sarp works at his ivory keyboard while, from behind his own computer keys, Vogel live-samples his partner’s notes, triggering further effects with the aid of homemade apparatus that physically manipulate the piano’s strings and body. “There are hammers I control,” he explains, “which hit different parts to make beats and percussive patterns. In the beginning, I just used an open circuit board I’d constructed without a proper case. It was very fragile and often didn’t work. We always had a soldering-iron when we played live.”

Video: Grandbrothers – Bloodflow

Düsseldorf duo Grandbrothers have signed to City Slang for the release of their second album, ‘Open’, which is to be released on October 20th 2017, and have confirmed live dates including a London headline show. Now, they share a first taste of the new record with enchanting track “Bloodflow” and an accompanying video.

Pre-Order: https://grandbrothers.lnk.to/openYD

Roosevelt – Moving On (Joe Goddard Remix)

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Marius Lauber AKA Roosevelt released his self-titled debut album via City Slang last fall to much acclaim, with Entertainment Weekly proclaiming Roosevelt is “Breaking Big,” Last Call With Carson Daly interviewing him in a Snap Shot feature, and wide praise from The Guardian, Pitchfork, NPR Music, The Wall Street Journal, Stereogum, Paste, Clash, DJ Mag, The Independent, Dummy, and more. Today, Roosevelt announced the Remixed 2 EP, out May 12th, 2017 on City Slang, sharing the Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) remix of album single “Moving On.” Lauber says, “Feels good to finally have a retouch by the guy who signed me on his record label 4 years ago.” Listen here:

Along with the Greco-Roman label co-founder Joe Goddard,the new EPfeatures remixes by German legend and inspiration Justus Kohncke, fellow Cologne dance stars Andhim, US re-edit king Brennan Green, and personal friends Moscoman and Cleveland. Tracklist below.

Roosevelt – who sold-out multiple dates, including 2 NYC shows, on his first ever headlining U.S. tour last fall – returns stateside for a brief run before playing Governors Ball and crossing the pond again for festival season. A full itinerary is listed below. Roosevelt also recently shared the Hector Prats-directed video for “Moving On”: https://youtu.be/-4FWJmHfLC0

Written, recorded and produced by Lauber over a period of two years, Roosevelt the album is a pillow-soft hallucinatory dreamscape of nocturnal reveries and a lilting sense of melancholia, where sounds build and swell like waves. From a pinch of French electro pop, a smattering of LA yacht rock, the hypnotic repetition of German pioneers like Ash Ra Tempel/Manuel Göttsching, and Neu!, to classic floor-friendly 80s pop from Chic, Talk Talk, and New Order, even Todd Terje and Metro Area are all weaved into his own unique sonic tapestry.

Remixed 2 EP tracklist:
1. Moving On (Joe Goddard Remix)
2. Moving On (Andhim Remix)
3. Wait Up (Moscoman)
4. Fever (Justus Kohncke Remix)
5. Heart (Cleveland Remix)
6. Belong (Brennan Green Remix)

Video: Gold Panda – Your Good Times Are Just Beginning

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After the release of his third album ‘Good Luck And Do Your Best’ in May, followed by a year of worldwide live shows, a surprise EP release (June’s ‘Kingdom’ EP) and the release of a photography book in collaboration with London-based photographer Laura Lewis, Gold Panda ends 2016 with a new EP and a headline show at London’s Oval Space on December 6th.

The EP, ‘Your Good Times Are Just Beginning’, comes out this Friday November 18th via City Slang and features remixes by Fort Romeau, John Roberts & Daisuke Tanabe – more information below.

To accompany the EP announcement, Gold Panda has shared a new video for title-track ‘Your Good Times Are Just Beginning’. Filmed in Norwich Arts Centre by Robbie Knox, the video was edited by and features imagery from Gold Panda’s touring visual artist Dan Tombs, who has also worked with the likes of East India Youth, Jon Hopkins and Blanck Mass and has spent the majority of this year touring with and developing the Gold Panda live show.

Watch ‘Your Good Times Are Just Beginning’ here:

The ‘Your Good Times Are Just Beginning’ EP will be available as a 6 track collection both digitally and on CD and also as a limited edition 3 track 12″ featuring the key remixes. The digital and CD six-track collection is led by the elegiac, hopeful final track from his album ‘Your Good Times Are Just Beginning’, an emotional masterpiece pieced together from heart-tugging piano stabs and soulful trumpets. The song is backed up with a re-imagining of album highlight ‘Chiba Nights’ that is flipped into ‘Chiba Days’, plus three remixes of music taken from his latest LP by a talented and varied cast.

Having previously re-worked the Panda track ‘Community’, Berlin-resident Fort Romeau once again takes the reigns with a gorgeous, nine-minute pulsing, percussion driven recreation of the track ‘Time Eater’ complete with ghostly synth motifs that twirl around Japanese instrumentation culminating in a frenetic release. US producer John Roberts, who himself released one of the best deep house records of the year, remixes ‘Chiba Nights’, transforming it into a thumping, acid-tinged affair that mixes space and warped electronics beautifully.

Finally, the contemplative ‘Song For A Dead Friend’ is taken on by Japanese musician Daisuke Tanabe, whose wide ranging musical influences of electronica, folk and jazz all come to bear on this track. Radically different to the two that run prior to it on the 12”, it’s more akin to the likes of Boards of Canada and Plaid, as it slowly ebbs to a wistful conclusion over three different musical phases. The final track on the ‘Your Good Times Are Just Beginning ’EP is a cover of ‘Time Eater’ by the Korean-based duo Sssigghborggg that also features the talents of Luna who performing the traditional Korean stringed instrument, gayageum on the track. The gorgeous, slightly eerie take on the original is rooted in post rock but has a unique beauty all to itself, as it unfurls to a dense, math-rock psychedelic jam.

As well as this, Gold Panda has also recently released a photography book with London-based photographer Laura Lewis entitled ‘Good Look And Do Your Best’, which is the counterpart to his highly acclaimed recent album of the same name. The pair set out to capture the rich sounds, moods and colours of suburban Japan that they had fallen so in love with during a trip in 2014, which became a catalyst for the record. It is available at selected shops and online via Bandcamp.

See Gold Panda live:
Nov 26th – Neon Lights Festival, Singapore SI
Dec 6th – Oval Space, London UK

Roosevelt – Colours (Tyler Pope Remix)

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Marius Lauber AKA Roosevelt recently released his self-titled debut album to worldwide critical acclaim, including praise from Pitchfork, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Independent, NPR Music, among many others, and just kicked off a North American tour with sold-out shows at LA’s The Echo and San Francisco’s The Chapel. Other upcoming dates include Seattle, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, a sold-out show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge (9/27) and a soon-to-sell-out show at Rough Trade (9/28), and more- see below for a full schedule.

Today, Roosevelt shares a new remix of the single “Colours” by Tyler Pope of LCD Soundsystem. Pope says: “I really liked the melodic sensibility of the original track so it was easy for me to remix. I imagined my remix to be a combination of the pop disco that was already there mixed with techno.” Listen here:

Gold Panda – Chiba Nights (John Roberts Remix)

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Following the release of new album ‘Good Luck And Do Your Best’ earlier this year via City Slang, Gold Panda is sharing a new remix of his album standout track ‘Chiba Nights’, reworked by US producer John Roberts.

Speaking about the remix, Gold Panda, aka, Derwin went on to say “I’m a big fan of John Roberts’ work and I have nearly all of his releases so I was very flattered to hear he liked GLADYB and agreed to do a remix. The remix uses a similar sound palette to his new album “Plum” which was just released on his own label Brunette Editions and I highly recommend. It was nice to chat to him and find out that we share a fondness for Japan and the Akai MPC2000.

Listen to ‘Chiba Nights (John Roberts Remix) here:

‘Good Luck and Do Your Best’ is Gold Panda at his most relaxed & confident. Doused in a chalky Japanese-inspired haze and underpinned with a positivity & strength of conviction founded in being created amongst familiar settings & routines, it’s a record that is explorative and expansive, yet hearteningly warm & familiar. ‘Good Luck and Do Your Best’ is out now via City Slang worldwide and is available at https://goldpanda.lnk.to/gladyb and http://smarturl.it/GoldPandaLabel.

Roosevelt – Colours (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)

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On August 19th Marius Lauber AKA Roosevelt releases his stunning, self-titled debut album via Greco-Roman / City Slang records. Now, the official remix of single ‘Colours’ by Norwegian maestro Prins Thomas takes Roosevelt’s already uplifting original and works it into a deep, piano laden hypno-euphoric dancefloor masterpiece, which is primed for maximum festival and dancefloor madness this Summer. As well as this original remix, Prins Thomas will be providing an instrumental version and Roosevelt will be releasing his own dub take on the single.

“The Oslo disco scene has always been a big influence on my own productions, so it’s a big honour for me to have Prins Thomas remix one of my tracks.” Lauber tells us, “I would often play his remixes in my own DJ sets, because his way of creating club-friendly tracks – that still include a Krautrock and effortless 70’s vibe – is really unique. I saw Prins Thomas play one of his 5 hour sets and was blown away by his ability to build a sonic landscape with so much patience, educating the crowd with his selection and creating tension over a few hours, rather than feeling the urge to please them every 2 minutes”

Written, recorded and produced by Lauber over a period of two years. ‘Roosevelt’ the album is a pillow-soft hallucinatory dreamscape of nocturnal reveries and a lilting sense of melancholia, where sounds build and swell like waves.

Roosevelt’s signature hazy sound which ascends ever skywards is still present and correct – but this time it’s honed, crafted and less loop based. ‘Roosevelt’ showcases Lauber as a fully developed recording artist, with an instinctive synthesis of different soundscapes. This is a record with a deep affinity to the dance music world unified with sophisticated, classic song structures.

Roosevelt’s growth was catalyzed by an early DJ residency at Kompakt’s Total Confusion party alongside Superpitcher & Michael Mayer, with the label also releasing an early remix of his for COMA. These experiences helped Lauber realize how dance music connects to its audience in a different way to what he’d experienced from earlier days spent performing in bands. “What I really enjoyed about DJing was that you could see the results immediately – there was feedback and interaction from the crowd”, he explains.

Following this nightclubbing baptism, his career as an electronic artist gathered momentum. With praise from a selection of taskemaker media, mixes for Boiler Room, Electronic Beats and i-D, support tours with Hot Chip and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and a litany of high-profile festival slots around the world, Lauber steadily built up a dedicated following.

Photo by Brian Vu.

Tracklist
‘Colours’ (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
‘Colours’ (Roosevelt Dub)
‘Colours’ (Prins Thomas Diskomiks Instrumental)

Video: Roosevelt – Colours / Moving On

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On August 19th Marius Lauber AKA Roosevelt releases his stunning, self-titled debut album via Greco-Roman / City Slang records.

To mark its launch Roosevelt unveils this video, which features two tracks from the album – ‘Colours’ and ‘Moving On’. This double-bill approach gives more insight into the album than the usual standard one song video format, but the intention was creative as much as it was practical.

With a surreal sensitivity akin to his previous videos, ‘Colours’ stars Roosevelt alongside various characters in an abstract exploration of the five senses (touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing). The segue into ‘Moving On’ then follows the protagonists’ walk from their dream-like state into an everyday street scene, where they find themselves lost in the sensory overload of real world modern life.

Roosevelt’s signature hazy sound which ascends ever skywards is still present and correct on the album – but this time it’s honed, crafted and less loop based. ‘Roosevelt’ showcases Lauber as a fully developed recording artist, with an instinctive synthesis of different soundscapes. This is a record with a deep affinity to the dance music world unified with sophisticated, classic song structures.

The glistening and gently undulating disco of ‘Night Moves’ features uplifting layers of delicately constructed guitars atop propulsive beats and expanding acid synths lines, whilst ‘Moving On’ utilizes Balearic slo-mo percussive grooves to mesmerising effect. The Tangerine Dream-esque ’Belong’ is pure euphoria, ‘Heart’ is a bright and breezy airborn anthem, and the stunning sunrise instrumental hypnosis of ‘Daytona’ blends seamlessly into the sublime, cooly life-affirming ‘Fever’.

Influences span continents and decades – from a pinch of French electro pop, a smattering of LA yacht rock, the hypnotic repetition of German pioneers like Ash Ra Tempel/Manuel Göttsching and Neu!, to classic floor-friendly 80s pop from Chic, Talk Talk and New Order. Nu school figureheads like Floating Points, Todd Terje and Metro Area are also partially audible – all weaved into his own unique sonic tapestry.

Roosevelt’s growth was catalyzed by an early DJ residency at Kompakt’s Total Confusion party alongside Superpitcher & Michael Mayer, with the label also releasing an early remix of his for COMA. These experiences helped Lauber realize how dance music connects to its audience in a different way to what he’d experienced from earlier days spent performing in bands. “What I really enjoyed about DJing was that you could see the results immediately – there was feedback and interaction from the crowd”, he explains.

The darkness hinted at in the title of ’Night Moves’ is also a nod to the energy you can get from a well-timed crowd climax. “It’s about the situation at night in a club when the energy is created as the night comes to an end,” he says. “The later the night gets there’s this peak of energy and people are having the illusion that there’s no end to it, and that power is incredibly strong.”

Following this nightclubbing baptism, his career as an electronic artist gathered momentum. With praise from a selection of taskemaker media, mixes for Boiler Room, Electronic Beats and i-D, support tours with Hot Chip and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and a litany of high-profile festival slots around the world, Lauber steadily built up a dedicated following.

Written, recorded and produced by Lauber over a period of two years. ‘Roosevelt’ the album is a pillow-soft hallucinatory dreamscape of nocturnal reveries and a lilting sense of melancholia, where sounds build and swell like waves.

Tracklisting:

1. ‘Intro’
2. ‘Wait Up’
3. ‘Night Moves’
4. ‘Belong’
5. ‘Moving On’
6. ‘Heart’
7. ‘Colours’
8. ‘Sea’
9. ‘Daytona’
10. ‘Fever’
11. ‘Hold On’
12. ‘Close’

Pre-order the album here.

Video: Gold Panda – Pink & Green

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Gold Panda is set to release his new album ‘Good Luck And Do Your Best’ on May 27th via City Slang. Today he’s sharing new track and video ‘Pink & Green’ from the forthcoming record. Gold Panda is also set to tour Europe later this year, including a show at London’s Tufnell Park Dome on May 30th.

Filmed in Japan, the ‘Pink & Green’ video shares footage of the experiences and inspirations that led to Gold Panda’s forthcoming album. Director Laura Lewis explains “Derwin (Gold Panda) and I travelled to Japan twice in 2014 to collate photography for what would become the cover art for Derwin’s third album, ‘Good Luck and Do Your Best’, elements of Derwin’s live visuals, and a photography book (also named ‘Good Luck and Do Your Best).

It was my first time in Japan and I was keen to capture as much as humanly possible, so whilst I was shooting stills, I also filmed as many of our travels and adventures as possible. ‘Pink & Green’ is therefore a mini documentary / behind the scenes glimpse of what happened along the way. It features some of the wonderful people we met, inspiring places we visited, and beautiful friends in Japan who helped make the trips so memorable.”

Watch the ‘Pink & Green’ video:

Gold Panda has also announced a series of live shows, including a London album release show in May plus UK and European summer festival appearances including London’s Field Day. ‘Good Luck and Do Your Best’ is to be released on May 27th via City Slang worldwide and is available for pre-order at https://goldpanda.lnk.to/gladyb and http://smarturl.it/GoldPandaLabel.