Emotive melodic electronic artist Edu Imbernon returns for his third remix of The xx, a feat only matched by the one and only Four Tet. The new re-work of the song “Lips” is taken from the band’s third and multi-nominated album, “I See You”, on Young Turks.
This follows on from his 2010 hit remix of “Crystalised“- which hit Beatport no 1 and 3.5m Spotify streams, and his follow up in 2013 of “Reunion“; but not forgetting his reworks of Tiga, Metronomy, Hot Natured, WhoMadeWho and Maya Jane Coles during this period.
In Edu’s own words: “This is now my third remix of maybe my favourite band of the current times, the xx. Back in 2010 I was honoured to remix “Crystalised” from their first album, and working on that changed my perspective on making music. I’m super happy to reimagine their music once again, with a different take on their song “Lips”.
The trans-Atlantic collaboration had its start at Culprit’s in-house studio in Los Angeles and came to fruition in Edu’s Valencia recording space, yielding two originals rooted in melody and strong dancefloor sensibility. The title track is a slow but purposeful burn, with layers of swelling melody and subtle distortion that culminates in the patented Imbernon breakdown. ‘Smokefalls’ is the more menacing and propulsive counterpart, with a nod to the mid 90’s era prog.
Six years after the Culprit saga began with its first release, the label’s originators, Droog, finally make their full label debut. To prove themselves as producers, the Los Angeles collective have made a point of earning their stripes away from the label of their creation. The path has taken them to Crosstown Rebels, Supernature, Get Physical and Last Night on Earth, among others. Now, they have come home.
Edu Imbernon has become one of the trio’s designated star men to lead Culprit into the bright future, with ‘Spectral’ being his third round of original music for the label. The 26-year-old is both talented and tireless, finding time to deliver big releases for Suara, Culprit, his own two labels – Fayer & Eklektisch – and remix the likes of The XX and Hot Natured.
o+ The pair of remixers represent two of the label’s most significant recent coups. Ruede Hagelstein has long been near the top of Culprit’s wish list. The German producer is coming off his debut album on Watergate Records and here delivers a tightly constructed electronic/tribal workout that expertly builds tension. wAFF is part of Hot Creation’s English inner circle and on his remix manages to strike a great balance between his peaktime style and Culprit’s love for deep melody.
Spectral (Ruede Hagelstein’s Remix)
Spectral (wAFF Remix)
The sophomore release from Edu Imbernon’s new project Fayer comes in the shape of one of the most respected bands of the last 5 years, Metronomy. On the back of their forth studio album, “Love Letters” comes two stellar remixes from the label boss himself, and French electronic music producer, composer and DJ, Agoria.
Edu’s remix of “I’m Aquarius” starts in relaxed fashion, echoing the vibe of his recent remix of Qtier’s “Set Me On”. Synth layers build slowly, the instantly recognisable vocals of Joseph Mount teasing in, before the track erupts, refusing to let go until things break down again before another eruption at the 5 minute mark.
Agoria comes with something a little different on his “Love Letters” remix. Stripping out all vocals from the original, instead digging out a previously unused vocal, Agoria creates an off kilter, uneasy, loop driven yet epic monster that has already seen early support from Dixon, Joris Voorn and Gesaffelstein.
“Metronomy – I’m Aquarius / Love Letters (Remixes)” is released 8th December 2014 via Fayer.
“The concept around the Fayer label is to bridge the song based sounds of indie and electronica and the more club friendly sounds of house and techno. As such I looked to retain Metronomy’s more indie leaning sounds while making something more electronic and club friendly – whilst trying to make a remix that will surprise the listener, full of energy and eclecticism.” Edu Imbernon
Edu Imbernon America Tour:
21st Nov – Jimmy Woo, Mexico City, Mexico
22nd Nov – Toika, Toronto, Canada
23rd Nov – Audio, San Francisco, US
24th Nov – Sound, LA, US
28th Nov – Baum, Bogota, Colombia
29th Nov – Lost Beach Club, Montanita, Ecuador
Barcelona-based, Argentinian producer Nicolas Abalos aka Shall Ocin returns for his second helping of Culprit, almost exactly a year after his label debut, ‘Crash into My Love’. The first EP set the inventive and musically adventurous template for Shall and was supported by the likes of Damian Lazarus, Ivan Smagghe and Miguel Campbell, among others. The artist continues to explore the psychedelia-tinged, heavy electronic groove territory with the three sparkling originals on the ‘Conception EP’ plus a remix from Valencia talent, Edu Imbernon. Each song is brimming with musically sophisticated ideas: Shall’s own effected vocals, at times immediate and emotionally charged, at others – disembodied and spooky; his love of a catchy electric guitar riff; tight and precise basslines; off-kilter synth melodies, touches of jazz fusion and shimmering ambient textures.
Shall Ocin is a young producer clearly developing a sonic palette all his own. While influenced by the sound design of his friend and mentor Maceo Plex, Shall is a singular talent in the ascendancy, bursting with originality. Shall is focusing his already formidable production talents on output for just two labels – Culprit and Leftroom. Refreshingly loyal, the young Argentinian is certain to continue his rise, defining the sound of these two imprints.
For the remix, Culprit keep it in the family, as they tend to do. A friend of Shall Ocin’s from their days in Valencia, Edu Imbernon is a production juggernaut. He’s been responsible for a string of big releases in the past couple of years, including a massive remix of The XX and one of Culprit’s anthems of this past year, ‘Fayer’ (with Los Suruba). Here, Edu delivers one of his patented dance-floor smashing electronic grooves that meld the choice parts of the original and his own flair for drama.