Nicolas Jaar’s Other People subscription label is marking its first birthday with a brand-new compilation entitled “Work”. The first taste of that forthcoming record is “A Pixel” from Visuals, the electronic pop project from Berlin-via-New York producer Andrew Fox. The track was produced by Nicolas Jaar featuring his Darkside partner David Harrington on guitar.
The 11-track compilation “Work” will drop on September 28th 2014 via Other People. Pre-order here.
Renowned for their sublime, lyrical take on dance music, DC/Berlin based duo Benoit & Sergio return to their spiritual home of Visionquest with some freshly crafted groove ridden thrills. More set in the smoke and heat of the club than their vocalised bittersweet visions, the ‘Your Darkness’ EP showcases the duo at their dancefloor focused playful best whilst incorporating infectious vocal samples, searing melodies and pulsing rhythms. Opener ‘Splash’ is at once murky and tropical as the bassline grinds underneath light footed percussion whilst title track ‘Your Darkness’ is a deep and moody groover with signature rich synth work. Closing track ‘Beat Macho’ is a wayward beast with a darker edge and satisfyingly complex chugging framework that makes for a heady trip into the depths of the night.
This year the duo is working on completing their long anticipated debut album co-produced with DARKSIDE aka Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, and set to be released on the magically diverse Other People imprint. A single will be dropped as a teaser in the not too distant future.
Your Darkness EP is out on July 14th 2014 (vinyl) and July 28th 2014 (digitally) on Visionquest. Stream the title track below.
until now (spotify playlist):
05. Bonobo – The North Borders
06. David August – Times
07. Mano Le Tough – Changing Days
08. Jon Hopkins – Immunity
09. Volor Flex – Sabo
10. Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back
11. Keep Shelly In Athens – Home
12. The Field – Cupid’s Head
13. Maya Jane Coles – Comfort
14. Larry Gus – Years Not Living
15. Blue Hawaii – Untogether
16. James Blake – Overgrown
17. Trentemøller – Lost
18. Ikonika – Aerotropolis
19. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
20. TOKiMONSTA – Half Shadows
We’ve already posted VISUALS‘ Solve For X (No Result), taken from NYC born and Berlin based songwriter and producer Andrew Fox’ self titled debut EP. The EP was co-produced by Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington and is out on Nicolas Jaar‘s Other People imprint via streaming and download via subscription. Below, you can stream and download for free another cut from the EP, Space Oddity, a cover of David Bowie’s 1969 hit single.
Nicolas Jaar & Dave Harrington (DARKSIDE) are giving us an amazing performance from an intimate rooftop session in New York.
Last week Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington released "Psychic", their debut album as DARKSIDE. "Paper Trails" is the record’s dazzling midpoint. In the first RA Sessions film, recorded at RA’s London HQ, Jaar and Harrington sank a couple of whiskies and subtly teased the track out to twice its original length.
VISUALS release Solve For X on soundcloud following their support slots at DARKSIDE‘s sell out shows across Europe this week. The track was also produced by Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington and VISUALS debut four-song EP arrives October 27th on Nicolas Jaar‘s Other People imprint via streaming and download via subscription.
VISUALS is the project of NYC born and Berlin based songwriter and producer Andrew Fox, choosing the name as a dual reference to the cinematic in his music and an ocular disorder he suffered as a child, which left him with partial 2D vision. A long time friend and collaborator of Harrington’s, Fox recorded the EP solo in Brooklyn until handing it off first to Harrington and then to Jaar, adding adding layers of sly sonic abstraction and thump.
Over the course of its all-too-brief runtime, VISUALS’ EP pits the soulful against the inhuman, evoking everything from Broadcast’s eerie, hermetic pop experimentation to Prince’s minimalist sex funk. Filled with bottom-heavy love songs to an uncertain future, Fox’s cracked, weather-beaten drawl through a a gauntlet of rubber-band basslines, bone-dry drum machines and deft sample manipulation, the result is a four-song collection of rusty electronics with a beating heart.
VISUALS Part 1 is out October 27 and Part 2 is out November 3 on Other People.