Following their 2016 critically acclaimed debut LP Brainsugar, Cubicolor proudly present their sophomore album Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night.
Composed of Amsterdam-based producers Ariaan Olieroock and Peter Kriek, and British singer-songwriter Tim Digby-Bell, Cubicolor are a band that deftly tread the line of electronica and organic instrumentation. Propagating evocative songwriting, their productions and live shows draw parallels to acts such as Floating Points, Bonobo, Four Tet, and Moderat.
Their newest LP Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night comes four years after Brainsugar, a powerful debut that solidified Cubicolor as a formative force in underground electronica, accruing over 40 million streams, press from Mixmag, RA, and DJ Mag, and overwhelming support from the likes of Dixon, Ame, Tale Of Us, Joris Voorn, and Kölsch.
Thematically and visually inspired by impermanence and the cyclical nature of time, Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night can be seen as a culmination of seminal moments in the bands’ past few years. One significant moment being the completion and subsequent scrapping of their proposed second album in early 2018, as Digby-Bell recalls:
“We got home and listened to it, then got on the phone with each other and decided to drop the whole thing. The next week we went back into the studio and started again. We didn’t keep anything, we shut ourselves on the boat in Amsterdam where we work and didn’t stop until we made the record we wanted to make.”
This unwavering dedication to sincerity is reflected in the emotions and sound of Cubicolor’s final record. Poignant lead single ‘Points Beyond’ reflects on the loss of Digby-Bell’s close friend, whilst second single ‘Wake Me Up’ explores our transient sense of identity. Instrumentals such as ‘Prelude’ and ‘Pale Blue Dot’ are imbued with these powerful themes in their arrangements, particularly evoking the sense of uncertainty that the band felt during the album writing process:
“There were a lot of moments when we weren’t sure we’d ever find what it was we were looking for. On the way we lost friends, lost loves, battled health issues, lost an album, lost each other and came back together again. Looking back now it was pretty crazy but the world keeps spinning and I guess we just didn’t want to put out anything that wasn’t true to ourselves as a band, and the very best we can do as musicians, no matter how long it took.”
Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night tells the story of Cubicolor, painting a provocative but relatable picture of their evolution as a band.
The band will celebrate the album release with a listening event in London in February 2020, before taking their live show to festivals around the world in the summer.
The album is available to pre-order now, digitally, on CD and on limited edition 2×12” mirror board gatefold vinyl: anjunadeep.lnk.to/CHADHANpr
British/Dutch trio Cubicolor have shared a brand new single ‘No Dancers’.
Once again, the trio’s capacity for inimitable, sincere songwriting is exemplified in this new release; front man Tim Digby-Bell’s melancholic lyrics are enveloped in a rich arrangement of arpeggiated synthesisers and cascading keys, creating a dreamlike soundscape that is at once foreboding and promising. On the track, Tim explains:
“It’s an intimate song, but one that we wanted to work just as well in clubs as on your headphones or in your bedroom. The song is a searching; for something to believe in, something real, and always treading that balance between a desire to lead, and a desire to follow.”
Cubicolor share new single ‘Boxed Out’, encapsulating their trademark sound, with a wall of layered synths surging beneath Tim’s soaring vocal refrain – “nobody told me nothing.” On the single, Tim explains:
“‘Boxed Out’ channels the struggle we feel between our constant need to be ‘online’ and connected versus our the need for real human interactions. Technology can move so fast these days you can barely catch a breath; ‘Boxed Out’ came from a sense of how isolating that can feel. While recording, I switched my phone to only display black and white and have kept it this way since. It’s keeps the brain from getting a rush of dopamine from the insane amount of visual input we stare at every day.”
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Alongside the new single, Cubicolor announce their debut European live tour this October, taking in London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris.
On ‘Brainsugar’ we hear an evolution in Cubicolor’s sound across a host of diverse and infectious tracks, combining beautiful songwriting with brilliantly cohesive clarity, echoing their influences; Radiohead, Massive Attack and Moderat to name a few. Tim’s lyrical depth and haunting vocal style shine throughout the album, which features 8 vocal tracks and 4 instrumentals.
Following the release of their acclaimed debut LP ‘Brainsugar’, Cubicolor return with a remix of ‘Fictionalise’ from iconic Norwegian duo Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas.
The pioneering pair have achieved notoriety over the past 13 years since first working together, with a remarkable back catalogue of influential work including much-loved solo albums, a collaborative LP, and joint remixes for the likes of The Chemical Brothers and Roxy Music. The duo join forces again for the first time since 2012 on a melancholic, disco-tinged remix, following a fruitful few years of solo releases which have been acclaimed by the likes of Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, BBC 6Music and NPR.
‘Brainsugar’ is out now on on Anjunadeep (“One of the hottest electronic labels in the world” – Hype Machine).
Cubicolor present their debut album – ‘BRAINSUGAR’ – out now on Anjunadeep (“One of the hottest electronic labels in the world” – Hype Machine). Below you can stream the “bewitchingly beautiful” ‘Fictionalise’.
Having launched in 2014 with two members, Dutch producers Ariaan Olieroock and Peter Kriek, Cubicolor now welcome British vocalist , and former Duologue front-man Tim Digby-Bell into the band as their third member, following much loved collaborations on ‘Falling’ and ‘Mirror Play’ over the past 12 months. In his time with Duologue, Tim produced, co-wrote and sang on two records.
On ‘Fictionalise’ we hear an evolution in Cubicolor’s sound across a host of diverse and infectious tracks, combining beautiful songwriting with brilliantly cohesive clarity, echoing their influences; Radiohead, Massive Attack and Moderat to name a few. Tim’s lyrical depth and haunting vocal style shine throughout the album, which features 8 vocal tracks and 4 instrumentals.
The LP’s first single ‘Falling’ is a cascading piece of melancholic house music, which has amassed over 4 million plays on Spotify, topped Beatport’s Electronica chart, and been featured on global specialist radio.
Throughout September Cubicolor bring their well-honed electronic sound to venues large and small across North America for a DJ tour, including a string of underground club shows and notable festival performances at Electric Zoo and Nocturnal Wonderland where they perform on Anjunadeep label stages alongside the likes of Âme, George Fitzgerald, Lane 8, HVOB, Henrik Schwarz and Yotto. Cubicolor are currently developing a full live show to be launched later this year.
‘Brainsugar’ is set to be the seventh artist album to be released on Anjunadeep, an A&R hotbed celebrated for the release of debut LPs from Dusky and Lane 8.
2. Mirror Play
3. Dead End Thrills
7. Nights In Bloom
8. Machine Keys
9. Black Vines
12. One False Step
Pre-order the album here.
Breakthrough electronic act Cubicolor launched in June 2014 with their ‘Next Planet EP’, released through tastemaker electronic label Anjunadeep. Followed by their ‘Got This Feeling EP’, both EPs, via their deep warm organic sounds gathered acclaim across the board.
Their 4th EP for Anjunadeep, titled ‘Down The Wall’, was recently followed by a remix of the amazing ‘X Machina’ record from Howling, on Monkeytown/Counter Records.
Ahead of their debut album in early 2016, Cubicolor arrive on Edu Imbernon’s breakthrough label Fayer, with their single, ‘Falling’.
Fayer is fast becoming the go to label for song based indie-influenced electronic music, on the back of releases from David August, Maya Jane Coles, Adriatique, and Agoria. Their 5th release marks Cubicolor’s first foray into a vocal collaboration — ‘Falling’ features London based Tim Digby-Bell, one of the founding members of the experimental-indie band Duologue. The single will be available in complete form on January 25th.
Unrelenting in their pace and calibre of releases this year, unlikely duo Howling (Ry X + Frank Wiedemann of Ame/Innervisions) commission another spectacular remix.
Cubicolor deliver Ry and Frank’s “favourite remix of a Howling track” this time of album highlight “X Machina”. Cubicolor are an emerging act hailing from the Netherlands and have rightly earned plaudits and early support. On remix duties here, they demonstrate their emotionality on which they’ve built their name; the fuzzy bounce of the original is retained while upping the warmth and depth and streamlining it all into seven minutes of bliss. Find you in the flashing lights.
The X Machina (Cubicolor Remix), alongside two Short Line remixes from Monkeytown label mate Alex Banks, will form the new Howling Remixes EP out 20th November. Pre-order now: http://found.ee/remixes-it