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Amirali – Odyssey EP

Dark Matters label head Amirali returns with the expertly crafted Odyssey EP, employing his vital understanding of space and texture to construct a highly emotive release featuring a remix from Fort Romeau. The three track package is out digitally on May 14th followed by the vinyl release a few weeks later.

Leading on from his critically acclaimed discography and curatorial work with the inimitable Dark Matters imprint, Amirali enters 2018 with grand plans for the future. He is currently conceptualising a live stage show whilst continuing to provide a platform for all manner of weird and wonderful music.

‘Odyssey’ is a striking example of Amirali’s penchant for songwriting, as well as a testament to his sonic identity, merging memorable harmonies with heartfelt vocals and complex soundscapes. ‘Hidden Past’ veers more towards the dancefloor, brandishing vast sonic explorations and levitating pads amongst detailed drum patterns.

For the ‘Hidden Past’ remix, Fort Romeau mutates the delicacy of the original into a spaced out dose of peak time house, gradually building rich harmonies around a fierce rhythmic motif.

On the creation of this forthcoming EP, Amirali states:

“Nothing is more important than my craft which is the main reason I’m here. There’s no better satisfaction than to create an amazing piece of music, that’s my happiest point in life. I don’t want my work to just be good or ok and that takes a lot of effort and sacrifice in life. I got to a point where I said to myself I have to go and disappear for a while, go be normal and do normal things. Instead of being on the road all the time, stay home, create an environment I like to write music.

There have been many experimentations involved in my upcoming material. I wanted to try and push myself to the limit and I believe I’ve succeeded. For me, it’s all about evolving and exploring areas I haven’t touched. That’s why sometimes it takes a bit longer than expected, I don’t just want to meet people’s expectations, sometimes I want to blow them away. There is so much music coming out week in and week out, the music is evidently becoming more disposable and I would like to stay out of that chaos.

When you stay true to your heart and try to do something different you put yourself in an uncomfortable situation, that’s when you grow as an artist and also as a person, but the satisfaction you get when you finish a work cannot be put into words.”

Amirali Odyssey EP
14 May 2018 / Dark Matters
01 Odyssey
02 Hidden Past
03 Hidden Past (Fort Romeau Remix)

Amirali – Chromatic Dreams EP

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Dark Matters is proud to announce it’s fourth release, Chromatic Dreams, courtesy of label boss Amirali. With his avant-garde concoction of electronica, techno and house, the EP is constructed of two original tracks and one remix; courtesy of Midnight Operator, the duo made up of Mathew Jonson and his brother, Nathan. This is Amirali’s first sonic exercise on the label since the debut release, Fearful Stay.

The first track on the compilation “Chromatic Dreams” is skilfully executed, keeping the dark and psychedelic vibe that Dark Matters is becoming known for. It has dreamy vocals that echo with 80’s synth and a drum pattern that is reminiscent of techno. The breakdown creates a whirlpool of different associations, the depth of the bass and stutter of the overlaying synths is a mesmerising mixture. Watch the official video below.

“Maladaptive Lover” is built on synth melodies that give the track a spacey vibe. David Bowie played a big part in Amirali’s creative inspiration, this track is an eccentric ode to the space man, a modern and dark underground pop interpretation of Bowies influence’s, the eccentric, the dreamy and the avant-garde.

Midnight Operator’s remix of “Maladaptive Lover” reinvents the track, the most dance-floor ready cut of the EP. The dreamy energy, although maintained in the synth patterns is now much more intense. The melody drives forward and doesn’t linger in self contemplation as Amirali’s original tracks do. The vocals soar through the machine bleeps and faltering high end, tumbling into a crescendo.

The Dark Matters imprint is a cohesive experience where the weird and unusual is encouraged, aiming to push people to the edge of their comfort zones and keep them there. Aiming to stand out, this EP fits perfectly into the evolving compilation of releases from Dark Matters.

Stream: Paul Valentin – Inner Harm EP

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Dark Matters, the eclectic imprint founded by Amirali unveiled its third release, Paul Valentin ‘Inner Harm’ out now on vinyl and digital.

‘Inner Harm’ is made up of three original tracks and a remix courtesy of Locked Groove. Inner Harm feat. Search Yiu on vocals is perhaps the most aurally textured on the EP, combining crunching percussion the track builds slowly into a swelling composition. Locked Groove’s remix contains the same swell, looping the vocal and introducing a punching kick drum turning ‘Inner Harm’ into a hypnotic and intense techno cut.

‘Nested Circles’ composition is based around the guitar, Valentin layers sounds, building the track into a sweeping crescendo before settling into an even rhythm.

‘Zugunruhe’ on the other hand, the first track that caught Amirali’s attention, uses piano as its main component. It is the most melancholic on the EP shifting into a broken beat, rich with field recordings and drawn out notes.

Both tracks maintain the use of percussion that enhances the depth of the emotionally charged and complex EP. Maintaining the intelligent output on the label, ‘Inner Harm’ sits perfectly amongst the previous two releases.

Stream in full below. Get it here.

Paul Valentin – Inner Harm EP

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Dark Matters, the eclectic imprint founded by Amirali is proud to announce its third release, Paul Valentin ‘Inner Harm’ due for release late January 2016 on vinyl and mid February on digital.

Growing up in a small village in southern Germany, Valentin was influenced by his musical family. Studying classical guitar himself, he combines acoustic, electronic and field recordings in his music creating cinematic compositions. Valentin’s music feels intensely personal, he cites coincidence as playing a major part in his process, happening upon magical moments in his self-recorded audio data which develop into broader features of the tracks.

‘Inner Harm’ is made up of three original tracks and a remix courtesy of Locked Groove.
Inner Harm feat. Search Yiu on vocals is perhaps the most aurally textured on the EP, combining crunching percussion the track builds slowly into a swelling composition. Locked Groove’s remix contains the same swell, looping the vocal and introducing a punching kick drum turning ‘Inner Harm’ into a hypnotic and intense techno cut.

‘Nested Circles’ composition is based around the guitar, Valentin layers sounds, building the track into a sweeping crescendo before settling into an even rhythm.

‘Zugunruhe’ on the other hand, the first track that caught Amirali’s attention, uses piano as its main component. It is the most melancholic on the EP shifting into a broken beat, rich with field recordings and drawn out notes.

Both tracks maintain the use of percussion that enhances the depth of the emotionally charged and complex EP. Maintaining the intelligent output on the label, ‘Inner Harm’ sits perfectly amongst the previous two releases.

Paul Valentin’s Inner Harm is out on February 15th on Dark Matters. Until then, you can download for free his reinterpretation of ‘Aurore’ that he crafted in order to play it at Wilde Möhre Festival.

Tracklist:
01. Inner Harm feat. Search Yiu (Original Mix)
02. Inner Harm (Locked Groove Remix)
03. Nested Circles (Original Mix)
04. Zugunruhe (Original Mix)