Different Recordings is pleased to welcome back Sweden’s electronic ’noir-pop’ trio DNKL for their new single ‘Draft’. The release follows on from the success of their first outing on the label “Otherside”, which Dummy Magazine described as “beautiful textures, syncopated beats and noir-drama” whilst The Line of Best Fit called it a “sultry dancefloor beast”.
Once again showing how the band craft a unique atmosphere with their ethereal vocals and esoteric textures, ‘Draft’ masterfully twists through it’s emotive lyrical sections before opening up into a propulsive, instrumental electronic groove.
Originally written as an 8-minute instrumental track ahead of an Asian tour, it quickly became a live favourite. Talking of the process of then committing the track to tape, DNKL said “When we got back home we brought it to the studio and started experimenting with vocals and structure, challenging our ways of songwriting and production, but at the same time trying to keep a dark vibe to it. This is probably the most up-tempo track we’ve done so far but also a song where we’ve brought in the darkest lyrics yet written. Somewhat of a paradox that makes the song even more personal.”
Draft is the band’s second release for re-launched UK indie Different Recordings (Claptone, Anna Of The North, Vessels), and sees DNKL leave aside the smokey, cinematic feel of their earlier outings for a more propulsive, if equally atmospheric, sound.
The band emerged a couple of years back with their incredible debut EP ‘Wolfhour’ praised by everyone from The Guardian to The Fader, Noisey and The Line of Best Fit. With appearances at some of Europe’s leading festivals under their belt, DNKL have every reason to feel confident in their sound and their long awaited return is sure to win them new fans around the world.
One of Sweden’s most hotly tipped new acts, electronic ’noir-pop’ trio DNKL, follow up their acclaimed debut with new single ‘Otherside’. The band’s first release for re-launched UK indie Different Recordings (Claptone, Shadow Child), ‘Otherside’ sees DNKL leave aside the smokey, cinematic feel of their debut EP for a more propulsive, if equally atmospheric, sound.
“We started to work on Otherside last summer, actually under quite some pressure,” explains the band. “We were set to perform at Roskilde and at the time of the booking, our first ever in fact, we only had one track out on Soundcloud. We simply had to sit down together and create music that was needed for the show. It turned out to be quite an exciting challenge.”
“It was the first time we had experimented with adding dancier elements to our music,” they add. “Lyrically though it’s still very DNKL though, it’s a song about vanity and the heart burning desire to always get a piece of what we don’t have. The constant gazing at the other side.”
Reworked and honed on tour, and now a fan favourite at the band’s live shows, ‘Otherside’ marks a remarkably assured return for a band only on their second release. Still with their debut EP ‘Wolfhour’ praised by everyone from The Guardian to The Fader, Noisey, The Line of Best Fit and many more plus appearances at some of Europe’s leading festivals under their belt, DNKL have every reason to feel confident in their sound and their long awaited return is sure to win them new fans around the world. Out via Different Recordings/PIAS.
Having won fans around the world in 2014 with their acclaimed live A/V show and remixes for the likes of Bon Iver, Arsenal and School Is Cool, Flemish trio VUURWERK have signed to UK independent Lo Recordings and in February release the G.R.I.P. EP, featuring the vocals of Climb X.
With previous releases on labels such as US indie Mush under the name Jealov, and a critically acclaimed EP on Belgian label Dandelion Lotus that saw the band pick up a Breakthrough Artist award at the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards, the shadowy collective have spent much of the past twelve months working on their debut album, refining their sound whilst working with a wide range of new vocalists.
Opening with the ominous ‘Black Aerial’, VUURWERK introduce us to their new work via a soundscape of claustrophobic Industrial Hip-Hop beats, rattling Techno percussion before the track bursts into life taking its cue as much from the Chicago Footwork scene as it does from the Post-Dubstep Electronica the band have mined on previous releases.
If ‘Black Aerial’ bridged the old and new then ‘G.R.I.P.’ itself is a clear indication of what is to come. Minor key pop that is stained with tears of regret, the music’s late night smudged and bleary textures are contrasted with a beat that tips its hat to the syncopated rhythms of UK Garage providing a fitting setting for Belgian singer Climb X’s weary, lovelorn vocals to bury themselves in.
Providing alternative mixes are hotly tipped Swedish trio DNKL, whose epic cinematic reinterpretation transports the track from a Brussels bedsit to the wide open and majestic Scandinavian fjords and Houndstooth recording artist House of Black Lanterns, who injects more than a hint of his hometown Berlin into the track with a dark and claustrophobic, sludge filled techno rework.
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Below you can stream two brand new remixes by Flemish electronica trio VUURWERK.
First up we have their mix of ‘Warm Dark Night’ taken from Swedish indie/post-rock/electronica act DNKL’s critically acclaimed debut EP ‘Wolfhour‘. The remix is available for free below.
The other remix is of Psych pioneer Nick Nicely’s new single, ‘Rrainbow’ (released next Monday). VUURWERK have just signed to nick’s UK Label Lo Recordings and this was them getting settled in. They’ve basically rebuilt the track from scratch and created something that sits nicely between the extremes of sepulchral ambience and industrial noise.
Following its hugely successful release at the tail end of last year, Swedish trio DNKL have today released a 12″ version of their debut EP, ‘Wolfhour‘. To mark the occasion they have also just made public a suitably epic video directed by Eric Ivar Persson and announced a new series of live dates including gigs in Berlin, Sweden, Norway and their first show in the UK on March 5th, hosted by The Line of Best Fit and Parallel Lines (full dates below).
“For this project I wanted to make a film about struggle and despair, distance and connection – aspects of the human life that everybody in some way shares. I wanted to create something very cinematic and visually interesting that still had some levels of depth and surrealism behind it. It was shot over just two days with a very small crew, covering a lot of locations along the swedish west coast, from the city of Gothenburg down to the rocky shoreline in Kullaberg in Skåne, constantly battling to keep up with our shooting on schedule.” – Eric Ivar Persson
”We are very happy Eric wanted to make this film for our track, and must say that we are really impressed by his work. We joined him during the two days of shooting to help out and assist him, and despite the cold december rain and extremely tight schedule we enjoyed being part of it. Eric more or less had free hands in the making of the video and we think his interpretation of the song is a captivating story that we are proud to use as a music video.” – DNKL
DNKL LIVE 2015
12.02.15 Ja Ja Ja – Berlin, Germany
13.02.15 Sonar Festival, Stockholm, Sweden
14.02.15 Where’s the Music, Norrköping, Sweden
05.03.15 Lexington, London, UK
06.03.15 By:Larm, Oslo, Norway
Tickets for all shows
DNKL have just released their excellent debut official release, the “Wolfhour” EP on US label Sugarcane Recordings. We’ve already heard “Battles”, “Hunt”, “Warm Dark Night” and the Seekae remix of “Battles”, now you can also stream the remaining tracks. Check out the beautiful rework of “Hunt” by Keep Shelly in Athens below.
Swedish trio DNKL have shared the Seekae remix of ‘Battles’, and a brand new original tune from the Swedish trio, ‘Warm Dark Night’, which is now nestled comfortably on their Soundcloud page alongside previous internet hits, ‘Hunt’ and ‘Battles’.
All these modern day classics are taken from the band’s debut EP ‘Wolfhour‘, released next Monday on Sugarcane Recordings.
It’s been exciting twelve months for Swedish trio DNKL. Emerging from their Gothenburg basement studio at the end of 2013, the band have featured on some of the most influential music websites around, played at some of Europe’s biggest festivals and won over a legion of fans around the world with their mesmerizing, dark electronic pop.
Their debut song “Hunt“, hailed as a “bleary eyed, 4am triumph”by DIY, would go on to feature everywhere from The Guardian to influential blogs such as Discobelle and Indie Shuffle and would eventually find itself at #35 in The Line Of Best Fit’s ‘Fifty Best Tracks of 2013’.
Its follow-up “Battles”would meet with similar praise, THE FADER describing it as the “best-of-both-worlds bridging M83’s earlier synth work and later rock styling” and Notion Magazine as “pop done right”.
Since then the band have gone onto perform at the world famous Roskilde Festival, open the Way Out West festival with a live performance on the Boiler Room stage, play at Berlin Music Week and support Com Truise on his European tour.
Now DNKL are set to release their debut official release, the “Wolfhour” EP on US label Sugarcane Recordings (Gazelle Twin, John Foxx, Jori Hulkonnen). A 7 track EP featuring “Battles” and “Hunt” alongside two stunning new tracks and live favourites, “Wolfhour” and “Warm Dark Night”, that shows just how far the band have come in the past twelve months, plus remixes from Keep Shelly in Athens, Seekae and Sun Glitters.
Release on November 17th 2014 via SUGARCANE RECORDINGS.
“The last year has been amazing for us. It is an incredible feeling when the music we have been putting our hearts into finally surfaces and people outside of our tiny basement studio get to hear our songs. For us the release of this EP, and these 4 tracks, represents the end of the first chapter for DNKL and the start of something even more exciting.” – DNKL
3. Warm Dark Night
5. Hunt (Keep Shelly in Athens Remix)
6. Battles (Seekae Remix)
7. Wolfhour (Sun Glitters Remix)
Now the band has unveiled a brand new video for their second song, “Battles”, directed by Gothenburg native Tim Winter and starring the band’s friends Sarah von Reis & Jesper Blomberg. “Battles” and the band’s debut song “Hunt” are both available to download for free from the band’s Soundcloud page.
Just over 2 weeks ago unsigned Swedish trio DNKL shared their debut song ‘Hunt’, a sparse and haunting electronic lament. And now the band have unveiled the video for ‘Hunt’. Created by Jan David Günther & Bassi Lichtenberg, produced by Blackbloom and starring Nis Alps, their atmospheric short perfectly captures the song’s otherworldly nature.