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Deniz Kurtel – The Fifth House EP

Leading lady and artistic talent Deniz Kurtel returns to Crosstown Rebels to explore new production sounds, venturing deeper into the realms of dub and beyond with The Fifth House. It’s also with huge honour that the release includes a stunning melodic remix from highly sophisticated producer Trevino following his recent passing.

“Over the last few years, I’ve been cultivating The Fifth House both as a physical space and a state of mind, where I have joined my various artistic projects under one banner. Conceived from the astrological concept that life emanates from twelve terrains of experience, the Fifth House is the house of pleasure associated with creative expression and true love. This release is one part of a continuous journey where I explore new sounds and creative territories, which I developed simultaneously with an art and music space of the same name in Brooklyn. I am honored to have met Trevino through his remix of The Fifth House, and deeply saddened by his recent passing. Massive respect for this beautiful talent.” – Deniz Kurtel

Since her first album Music Watching Over Me was released on Crosstown Rebels back in 2011, Deniz Kurtel has continued to push boundaries creatively through her art and music. Focusing on LED light installation, Deniz has travelled the world with her stunning live show which incorporates both of her talents. Her second album The Way We Live dropped on Wolf + Lamb in 2012 which received high acclaim. More recent releases have also appeared on Rumors and No.19.

Marcus Julian Kaye is better known by his drum and bass stage name Marcus Intalex, and also his house and techno pseudonym Trevino. He founded the record labels Soul:R, Revolve:R and Birdie which served as a platform for his music with notable recent releases also on the likes Hotflush, The Nothing Special, Aus Music and Klockworks. Such a highly respected figure in the industry, many have been shaken by Marcus’ passing and in his honor all profits from his remix will be donated to the charity of his family’s choice.

Guy Gerber & Deniz Kurtel – Here Comes The Rain

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Ahead of its release on the 27th January, Guy Gerber has revealed the full stream of ‘Here Comes The Rain’. The A side from the forthcoming two track EP of the same name, it will be out on Guy’s own label RUMORS at the end of this week.

A collaboration with Deniz Kurtel, the EP combines the best of the pair’s shared ear for darkly atmospheric late night melodies. Title track ‘Here Comes The Rain’ is a highly-anticipated release, after having appeared in a number of mixes from Guy. Muted piano chords build up to a layers of echoing synths and subtle vocal samples for an evocative lead track.

Meanwhile, B-side ‘An Army Of Stalkers’, as its name suggests, is a slightly faster-paced affair with twinkling arpeggios and a subtle rolling bassline.

Guy Gerber and Deniz Kurtel have previously worked together, with Guy remixing her 2011 release ‘The L Word’. They’ve also performed alongside each other at a number of events, including Guy’s first Ibiza residency the Wisdom of the Glove.

The EP is Guy’s fifth release on the RUMORS label, which he launched back in 2014. It follows an incredible year for the DJ and producer; 2016 saw the RUMORS event series go from strength to strength, with the Ibiza residency gaining a glowing reputation and expanding internationally, taking in parties across Europe and the US. Following a critically acclaimed first solo EP on the label, ‘Secret Encounters’, Guy went on to sell out London’s iconic Koko Camden with the promise of an all night set. The release of ‘Here Comes The Rain’ sets the tone for further successes in 2017.

Video: Martina Topley-Bird feat. Mark Lanegan – Crystalised (The xx Cover)

Here’s a downtempo excellence from No. 19 Music‘s next release, Art Department presents Martina Topley-Bird featuring Mark Lanegan & Warpaint in ‘Crystalised’. The track is a complete re-imagining of The xx’s modern classic of the same name. Here though, it is masterfully re-built from the bottom up with Warpaint’s instrumentation and vocals from Martina Topley Bird and celebrated American singer-songwriter Mark Lanegan. To accompany the release, there is a fantastic video (produced by Los Angeles’s 1/60 STUDIO, directed by Javier Badet) that pairs the singing-heads of Lanegan and Topley Bird with hi-budget animation and suitably overcast imagery. The release will also include a series of remixes, including one by Directors Cut (a.k.a. Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper), plus ones by Agoria, Deniz Kurtel, and Tone of Arc. Check out the tracklist below the video and preview here.

Tracklist:
01 Crystalised
02 Crystalised [Directors Cut Signature Mix]
03 Crystalised [Directors Cut Unmarked Dub]
04 Crystalised [Agoria Remix]
05 Crystalised [Deniz Kurtel Remix]
06 Crystalised [Tone of Arc Remix]