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Conner Youngblood and Nylo – Everyday

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After a 2016 that saw him partner with Ninja Tune imprint Counter Records, release “The Generation of Lift EP” to retailers for the first time and share one-off single “Sulphur Springs” via Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, Nashville-by-way-of-Dallas artist Conner Youngblood is back to share his first piece of new music in 2017. The song titled “Everyday” is a collaborative effort with Nas-endorsed vocalist Nylo and finds Conner showcasing the breadth of his musical knowledge playing a charango, a 6-string ukulele and a cuatro, among other instruments. it was premiered via i-D today

Nylo explains the origins of the collaboration: “I actually met Conner by hearing his music echoing out of an office in Epic Records. I ran in overwhelmed with joy that there was music without a dance, four-on-the-floor style kick pattern for once!

Conner goes on to describe how the song came together: “The whole thing came about pretty naturally and patiently. We wrote the music one night together in LA, and didn’t finish writing lyrics or recording vocals until the next time we could get together in Dallas maybe four or five months later. It was an attempt at making an upbeat song, just to kind of step away from the usual moody and quiet vibes Nylo and I typically write“.

Conner is in the studio recording his debut album. He already boasts 7 songs with 1 million+ streams on Spotify. Stay tuned for more information about forthcoming releases and listen to “Everyday” now.

Read a recent interview with Conner in Noctis here
Watch a live session with Red Bull Music here

HOWLING – Phases

Howling return with “Phases” (supported via RA), the first new music from their forthcoming full-length. Released digitally on 8th March 2017 on Counter Records alongside a club version of the original, the single will be followed by remixes from Alex.Do (Dystopian) and Toto Chiavetta (Innervisions) which will see a vinyl and digital release via Innervisions.

“We began this track with a few synths and some obscure vinyl samples when we had some time together in California in an old wood and stone house looking down over the sea… everything was recorded there with all the beautiful scratch and hiss of a lounge room with windows open to the world… we shaped it further playing it live, learnt how it needed to flow and gently coerced it when we could in Berlin and Ibiza and anywhere we found ourselves in between… it found its way to its many forms and carries all those places and moments with it now..”

Consisting of Frank Wiedemann of  Âme and singer RY X of The Acid, Howling released their debut album “Sacred Ground” in 2014 to widespread acclaim. Described as “Flawlessly stunning production… A tranquil masterclass in downtempo electronics” by Mixmag, the record solidified their previous breakout success with the viral track ‘Howling’, and was complimented with a set of stunning remixes from the likes of Midland,Rødhåd and Radioslave.

Frank and RY X also took their collaboration out on the road, translating the album into a mesmerising live show and playing a string of sold out shows and festivals in the UK and across the world. They return to play live at Village Underground in London on the 15th April. 

Tour Dates:
15/04: Village Underground, London, UK (tickets)
16/04: DGTL, Amsterdam, Netherlands (tickets)

David August – A Golden Rush w/ Nelia Kit

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Listen to David August’s ‘A Golden Rush’, released now as part of “The Spell / A Golden Rush” EP, his second for Counter Records (a Ninja Tune imprint). Representing David August’s first officially released co-written song alongside hitherto unknown singer-songwriter Nelia Kit, the track utilises her vocals to full effect. On working with the fellow Berlin-based artist, David says:

Nelia and I have been friends for a while. She was telling me about her songwriting, so one day she came over to my studio and brought these lyrics with her. We jammed on the guitar to it and recorded it right away.

Both tracks find David August displaying the same dynamism and classical-meets-cutting-edge sensibilities that have seen him combine performing an original composition with the 50-piece Berlin Symphonie-Orchester for three sold out nights in partnership with Boiler Room, headlining his own live show at London’s KOKO which sold out in a week, playing festival dates all over Europe including Roskilde and a rapturous set at Sonar and curating his own 15 date DJ tour with guests including Leon Vynehall, Axel Boman and Gerd Janson all in the space of six months, performing in front of over 100,000 people this year alone.

The release of the follow-up EP to “J.B.Y. / Ouvert“ on Counter Records rounds off a chapter and marks a turning point in David August’s work. “The Spell / A Golden Rush’ to me personally closes a musical chapter and sets an end to a certain way I have been approaching production and writing music in general…What the future holds will be of a different nature. One I have come to embrace, but have not fully explored yet.

The Spell / A Golden Rush EP is out now: https://DavidAugust.lnk.to/spell

David August – The Spell / A Golden Rush EP

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Having performed in front of over 100,000 people this year alone, David August is set to finish 2016 in typically trailblazing fashion. His forthcoming “The Spell / A Golden Rush” EP is the second for Counter Records (a Ninja Tune imprint) and has just been premiered via XLR8R. Lending weight to the announcement is news of August sharing the bill with electronic supergroup Moderat in Brussels (30/9) and Amsterdam (1/10) this weekend.

The 12” partners August’s previous release “J.B.Y. / Ouvert” and feels like a natural progression from where it left off. Boasting the same craftsmanship he lends to all of his productions, ‘The Spell’ track unites propulsive breakbeats and soaring pads over a lush sound-carpet of delicately arranged noise and field recordings before taking a sudden turn, a woman’s voice intruding to bind “The Spell” in words.

‘A Golden Rush’ also utilizes vocals, representing David August’s first officially released co-written song alongside hitherto unknown singer-songwriter Nelia Kit. On working with the fellow Berlin-based artist, David says:

“Nelia and I have been friends for a while. She was telling me about her songwriting, so one day she came over to my studio and brought these lyrics with her. We jammed on the guitar to it and recorded it right away.”

Both tracks find David August displaying the same dynamism and classical-meets-cutting-edge sensibilities that have seen him combine performing an original composition with the 50-piece Berlin Symphonie-Orchester for three sold out nights in partnership with Boiler Room (where he also has a DJ set with over 3.5million views), headlining his own live show at London’s KOKO which sold out in a week, playing festival dates all over Europe including Roskilde and a rapturous set at Sonar and curating his own 15 date DJ tour with guests including Leon Vynehall, Axel Boman and Gerd Janson all in the space of six months.

The release of the follow-up EP to “J.B.Y. / Ouvert” rounds off a chapter and marks a turning point in David August’s work, “The Spell / A Golden Rush’ to me personally closes a musical chapter and sets an end to a certain way I have been approaching production and writing music in general… What the future holds will be of a different nature. One i have come to embrace, but have not fully explored yet.“ says August.

Having operated in the same sonic landscape as fellow celebrated experimenters Nils Frahm, Nicolas Jaar and Jon Hopkins for a while now, David August is poised to have a big 2017.

Chrome Sparks – All Or Nothing feat. Angelica Bess

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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.

Pional – The Way That You Like feat. Empress Of

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Pional’s latest EP, and his first for Counter Records (a Ninja Tune imprint), marks something of a breakthrough for the young Spanish producer. It’s been a productive few years which have seen him release music via Young Turks, Hivern Discs and Permanent Vacation; play an integral part in frequent production collaborator John Talabot’s celebrated live show, with the performance featuring prominently in Resident Advisor’s “Top 20 Live Acts”; tour the US & Europe with musical like-minds The xx and even pen a song for the Divina Pastora Marathon in Valencia, Spain. When Love Hurts arrives as not only his most personal work to date, but his best. Inspired by love and loss, this four track collection sees Pional finding the confidence to add pop melodies and his own vocals to his deep, compulsive electronics. ‘Casualty’, ‘Of My Mind’ and ‘As Time Was Passing By’, all vocalled by the young Madrid musician, play out as the anatomy of a breakup. ‘The Way You Like’ closes out the collection, Empress Of’s featuring vocal providing a startling epilogue to this brilliant EP.

Stream ‘The Way That You Like feat. Empress Of’:

Stream previous single ‘Casualty’ here.

“A year ago I started working on this record, its been a long journey and I can´t believe that it’s coming out. So far, this is the most personal music I´ve ever made. Here is “Casualty”, my first single from “When Love Hurts” and I feel it’s reflective of the story behind the EP. The full release will be out 30th September on Counter Records. Hope you enjoy it and THANKS for your support!” – Pional

Tracklist:
1. Casualty
2. Of My Mind
3. As Time Was Passing By
4. The Way You Like feat. Empress Of

Pre-order links: https://pional.lnk.to/wlh

Tour dates: http://www.songkick.com/artists/4427843-pional

Pional – Casualty

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Pional announces new EP When Love Hurts, shares track ‘Casualty’.

Pional’s latest EP, and his first for Counter Records (a Ninja Tune imprint), marks something of a breakthrough for the young Spanish producer. It’s been a productive few years which have seen him release music via Young Turks, Hivern Discs and Permanent Vacation; play an integral part in frequent production collaborator John Talabot’s celebrated live show, with the performance featuring prominently in Resident Advisor’s “Top 20 Live Acts”; tour the US & Europe with musical like-minds The xx and even pen a song for the Divina Pastora Marathon in Valencia, Spain. When Love Hurts arrives as not only his most personal work to date, but his best. Inspired by love and loss, this four track collection sees Pional finding the confidence to add pop melodies and his own vocals to his deep, compulsive electronics. ‘Casualty’, ‘Of My Mind’ and ‘As Time Was Passing By’, all vocalled by the young Madrid musician, play out as the anatomy of a breakup. ‘The Way You Like’ closes out the collection, Empress Of’s featuring vocal providing a startling epilogue to this brilliant EP.

A year ago I started working on this record, its been a long journey and I can´t believe that it’s coming out. So far, this is the most personal music I´ve ever made. Here is “Casualty”, my first single from “When Love Hurts” and I feel it’s reflective of the story behind the EP. The full release will be out 30th September on Counter Records. Hope you enjoy it and THANKS for your support!” – Pional

Tracklist:
1. Casualty
2. Of My Mind
3. As Time Was Passing By
4. The Way You Like feat. Empress Of

Pre-order links: https://pional.lnk.to/wlh

Tour dates: http://www.songkick.com/artists/4427843-pional

David August – J.B.Y.

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Half way through ‘J.B.Y.’ – the lead track from David August’s new release – the spiralling arpeggios, treated vocal refrain and tumbling syncopation fall away, breaking down to a swirl of freeform ambience and splintered piano, as the sounds take shape the vocal returns coupled by drums – the ear anticipates “the drop”. But this isn’t house music, this isn’t the clubs, this isn’t the places August has been hitherto. ‘J.B.Y.’ resolves not with an explosive “moment” but with delicately beautiful Erased Tapes-esque piano introspection and the evocation of tape-hiss drenched ambience.

Through this subtle act of the sort of sonic defiance noticeably absent in an increasingly conservative and by-the-rules electronic music scene, August not only marks his debut on Counter Records (the Ninja Tune imprint) but signals another new chapter in a musical journey that, at just 25 years, has continually refused to conform. Born in Hamburg, David now lives in Europe’s capital city of forward-thinking dance music Berlin. He has released music on labels spanning underground hothouse Innervisions and Diynamic; remixed the likes of Max Cooper and The Acid; won 4th place in Resident Advisor’s best live acts of 2014 and 2015; embarked on a PHD in sound design; worked on politically charged music with Greek harpist and singer Sissi Rada; and performed a Boiler Room live set that has been watched by over 2.5 million people.

Excelling in the live realm, David played a string of live band shows in 2015 including sold out dates at Amsterdam’s Melkweg and a stripped-back performance at Hamburg’s Planetarium. August also recently performed with the 50-piece Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin for 3 consecutive sold out nights. It is clear he is part of a vanguard of artists expanding the ambition of electronic music. Experimenting with form, and writing songs with real emotive depth, August’s music has something in common with fellow innovators Nils Frahm, Caribou and Jon Hopkins.

David August will headline London’s KOKO on 29th June with his acclaimed live show, tickets on sale Friday 4th March.

‘J.B.Y.’ is released 4th March, ‘Ouvert’ will follow at a later date, with a vinyl release due May 2016.

Live dates
16 June – Barcelona – Sonar Festival
29 June – Headline live set, KOKO London
1 July – Amsterdam – Pitch
16 July – Dour – Dour Festival
29 July – Diepholz -Appletree Garden Festival
30 July – Stuttgart – Stuttgart Festival
19 August – Hamburg – Dockville Festival

Buy-links: Counter | iTunes | Apple Music | Spotify | Google Play | Bandcamp 

Submotion Orchestra – Needs feat. Andrew Ashong

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‘Colour Theory’ is a new benchmark for Submotion Orchestra – an expansion of their cinematic, highly textured electronica to shape a record of immense poise and epic scope. The band draw on a stellar cast of collaborators including Andrew Ashong (Sound Signature / Which Way) for the track ‘Needs’, which Gilles Peterson premiered on his BBC 6 Music show this week. ‘Colour Theory’ LP is out February  19th.

Pre-order: Counter Records | BandcampiTunesAmazon

Tour Dates – Info/Tickets
Mar 04 – The Bullingdon, Oxford
Mar 05 – Epic, Norwich
Mar 11 – Electric Brixton, London
Mar 12 – Concorde 2, Brighton
Mar 18 – Bird, Rotterdam (NLD)
Mar 19 – Het Depot, Leuven (BEL)
Mar 24 – Gorilla, Manchester
Mar 25 –  Motion, Bristol
Mar 26 – 02 Academy, Leicester
Apr 15 – TBA
Apr 16 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Apr 28 – Globe, Cardiff
Apr 29 – 24 Street Kitchen, Liverpool
Apr 30 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

Autograf – Metaphysical (Eau Claire Remix)

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Autograf’s latest single “Metaphycial” has already seen several remixes over the last few weeks from artists including Daktyl, Kilter, Fehrplay, Exmag, and Vijay & Sofia. Ninja Tune imprint Counter Records welcomes the newest addition to the remix collection from Washington DC based producer and DJ Eau Claire who’s had quite an impressive year with releases on major labels including Warner Brothers Records and Elektra. With over 2 million streams on her Soundcloud page and several #1 charting remixes on Hype Machine, it’s almost expected now that she can transform any track into a masterpiece.

Eau Claire shares, “At first listen, the marimba melody really stood out to me so I worked it into what would be the bassline of my remix and created a new synth lead that would give the tune my own flavor but still be reminiscent of the original track which I think is really important when remixing. I like to keep most vocals intact in my work which I did here but additionally added pitched vocal cuts that balanced out the track.”

Available soon on iTunes & Spotify (Date TBA).