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Maribou State – Nervous Tics feat. Holly Walker (Maceo Plex Remix)

Maribou State announce the first in a series of remixes and reworks of their forthcoming album “Kingdoms In Colour”, out today, September 7th on Counter Records.

Released now, Maceo Plex takes on recent single “Nervous Tics” featuring Holly Walker on vocals. The remix – perfected in between road testing on dancefloors in London, Dekmantel Festival and beyond – sees the veteran producer draw on the electro influences that have inspired much of his prolific – nearly two decade long –  career. “When I got sent the parts I instantly could hear the vocal over a cool breaks track. Soon as I laid it over the breakbeat it pretty much wrote itself.”

Keep an eye out for Maribou State North American shows to be announced in the near future.

 

Maribou State – Nervous Tics feat. Holly Walker

Maribou State’s ‘Nervous Tics’ encapsulates the panoramic nature of the band’s second full-length. Written over a number of writing and recording sessions in Berlin, Beijing, Hertfordshire, The Cotswolds and London, it features a field recording running throughout the track of Chris and Liam in a music store in Beijing playing the Guzheng – a traditional Chinese stringed instrument. “It’s always felt like the Frankenstein moment of the album due to all the unorthodox parts that were glued together during the process” they explain,

Having nearly been overlooked from the final album cut, the last minute addition of new vocals from longtime collaborator Holly Walker – vocalist on fan favourites ‘Midas’ and ‘Steal’ – reinvigorated the band’s love for the track. “Nervous Tics is about the low-lying panic of modern life” explains Holly, “we’re all on our phones getting terrible news headlines and hyperreal Instagram images livestreamed into our brains, and it’s making us jumpy. This song is the realisation that no amount of mindful breathing or downward dog can replace some good old fashioned human contact and emotion.”

With ‘Nervous Tics’ remixes forthcoming from Maceo Plex and DJ Tennis, the single follows on from their recent collaboration with Khruangbin on ‘Feel Good’ – currently receiving plenty of love on the 6 Music A-List – and comes alongside the news that their headline live show at London’s Roundhouse on 18th October – which will feature additional strings and production – has sold-out in just 3 weeks. Expanding to a 5-piece band, Maribou State head out on a UK & EU tour this autumn, including further sold-out stops in Leeds and Amsterdam. This follows a run of summer festival shows – including a headline slot at Sonar By Day – Roskilde, Pukkelpop, Nova Batida and All Points East – where they DJ’d after Flying Lotus.

Maribou State – Feel Good feat. Khruangbin

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Maribou State announce their new album “Kingdoms In Colour”, released 7 September via Ninja Tune’s Counter Records imprint, their first full-length since 2015’s breakthrough debut album “Portraits”. The record features new single ‘Feel Good’ – a collaboration born of their friendship with Houston-based trio Khruangbin and a shared love of breakbeats, vintage surf riffs and a common desire to explore worldwide music cultures. “Sometimes a chance meeting plants the seed for something bigger,” say Khruangbin. “Such was the case when we met Maribou State at KOKO a couple of years ago. We are very happy to be involved in this project. And we ‘feel good’ already.”

The band continue their long standing relationship with Holly Walker who has previously vocalled fan favourites such as ‘Midas’, ‘Steal’ and ‘Tongue’. Also featured on the record is recent single ‘Turnmills’ – named after the legendary London club which closed its doors in 2008 – the release was accompanied by a sold-out ‘all-night’ DJ set at Corsica Studios raising money and awareness for the The Night Time Industries Association’s #SaveNightlife campaign to protect the UK’s most vulnerable music venues from closure.

They also announce a new headline UK tour this autumn. Returning with a 5-piece band, they play at London’s iconic Roundhouse on the 18th October. Ahead of this they will also embark on a string of European festival dates which include a headline show at Sonar By Day, Parklife Festival, Roskilde, Pukkelpop Festival and Nova Batida, having recently DJ’d after Flying Lotus at All Points East festival in London.

Maribou State – Turnmills

Today Maribou State release their first new music since 2015’s breakthrough album “Portraits”. The British duo – Liam Ivory and Chris Davids – are fresh from an extended studio hibernation and will take their new live show to a string of summer festivals including a headline set at Sonar 2018, Parklife, Roskilde, Farr Festival, Standon Calling, Pukkelpop, MS Dockville, Nova Batida and El Dorado. They will also DJ after Flying Lotus at London’s eagerly anticipated All Points East Festival.

New single ‘Turnmills’ is a stunning track and a momentous statement of intent, revolving around a magnetically addictive arpeggiated bassline with expansive strings and choral vocals. The track is dedicated to the legendary London nightclub of the same name that closed in 2008 – one of a string of closures during the past 15 years that struck at the heart of the UK capital’s vibrant and globally renowned underground music culture.

Chrome Sparks – Still Think

Chrome Sparks announces debut album out 13th April via Counter Records and shares new single ‘STILL THINK’.

Chrome Sparks – What’s It Gonna Take feat. Angelica Bess

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.

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.