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Video: UNKLE – Ar.Mour feat. Elliott Power & Miink

New video for ‘Ar.Mour’ directed by Dorcia Studio, featuring artworks by John Stark. Taken from the new album ‘The Road: Part II / Lost Highway’, available to pre-order now: https://ffm.to/theroadptii

UNKLE feat. YSÉE, Mïnk and Elliott Power – Cowboys or Indians

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Speaking to Clash about the new track, Lavelle said: “Right back since the beginning I’ve always wanted to make a record that comes from a soul background. For some reason it never happened, so I’ve gone right back to the beginning, like Massive Attack’s ‘Blue Lines’ or Smith & Mighty, and I wanted to give sound system records a modern twist. It’s a nod to my childhood.”

“‘Cowboys ir Indians’ was recorded in Berlin, London and Somerset,” he continues. “London is incredibly important to me. I wanted to make a record that is an ode to the past with a foot in modern London. This track comes from more of my hip-hop roots than my most recent records, going back to a similar process to ‘Psyence Fiction’. It’s a love letter to London and the music it’s influenced by.”

“The track looks back to the way I grew up with records as a teenager. When I grew up I was exposed to sound systems, hip-hop, post punk, and acid house. I’ve tried to combine these influences in a modern way, working with young artists such as Elliott Power, YSÉE and Mïnk. Their inspirations have made this record more contemporary. Elliott Power is very English; he’s not a rapper that’s trying to be American. He brings that British multi-cultural feel to the music.”

Get it here.

Video: Elliott Power – Once Smitten

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Elliott Power unveils the video for new single “Once Smitten” which you can watch below. Shot by acclaimed director Alex Hulsey, it’s the perfect accompaniment to the track, with Hulsey describing how he wanted to create something, “abstract with dark visuals to match the production”. Along with a skilled production designer, Rob South, and DoP, David Proctor, Hulsey has created a truly stunning, monochromatic visual, “achieving all in-camera effects… without the use of CGI.” Experimenting with ferrofluids, the result is a twisted manipulation that mirrors the inspirations behind Elliott’s stunning album title track.

Power has been steadily gaining a foothold in the world of electronic music with a smattering of tracks over the past couple of years and now “Once Smitten” is the perfect vehicle to represent his abilities as one of the best and brightest new talents on the musical landscape. Working in collaboration with James Lavelle’s revered label Mo’Wax (responsible for seminal acts such as DJ Shadow and UNKLE), Power drinks deep from the well of British electronic music to create something which respects the past while also creating something defiantly, refreshingly modern. You can listen to recently launched track “Sword Souls” here and watch the incredible, Toby Dye directed video for “Murmur” here, both of which present different sides of his impeccable debut.

Debut album “Once Smitten” is out February 26th on Marathon Artists / Mo’Wax.

ELLIOTT POWER – Once Smitten

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Everyone thinks being smitten is head over heels, but to smite is actually to strike or destroy, so there’s that element of destruction in there, that something so pleasant can be so horrible,” says London newcomer Elliott Power of his debut album “Once Smitten”. Nowhere is this more prominent than on the title track which has just been unveiled. Its trip hop inflected, blue eyed soul at its most potent and features vocals from Chalin Barton, formerly of Juce. Produced by Dorian Lutz, lynchpin of the rapidly ascendant NuBrain crew, it’s a perfect showcase for Power’s highly anticipated debut album, released via Mo’Wax & Marathon Artists Feb 26th.

Power has been steadily gaining a foothold in the world of electronic music with a smattering of tracks over the past couple of years and now “Once Smitten” is the perfect vehicle to represent his abilities as one of the best and brightest new talents on the musical landscape. Working in collaboration with James Lavelle’s revered label Mo’Wax (responsible for seminal acts such as DJ Shadow and UNKLE), Power drinks deep from the well of British electronic music to create something which respects the past while also creating something defiantly, refreshingly modern. You can listen to recently launched track “Sword Souls” here and watch the incredible, Toby Dye directed video for “Murmur” here, both of which present different sides of his impeccable debut.

Debut album “Once Smitten” is out Feb 26th on Marathon Artists / Mo’Wax.

Power debuts his live show at a specially curated evening at the Ace Hotel on January 21st in partnership with Dummy, alongside DJ sets from James Lavelle, Formation, Acyde and more. It will be an unmissable opportunity to catch “Once Smitten” in an intimate setting ahead of release, RSVP now:

https://www.acehotel.com/calendar/london/dummy-mo-wax

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Elliott Power – Sword Souls (Formation Remix)

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Marathon Artists’ enigmatic new signing Elliott Power has been steadily gaining a foothold in the world of electronic music this past year, and now is ready to drop his deep and dramatic debut album “Once Smitten”, which brilliantly showcases his abilities as one of the best and brightest new talents on the musical landscape at present.

Below you can stream the FORMATION remix of “Sword Souls”. “Once Smitten” is out Feb 26th on Marathon Artists / Mo’Wax.

ELLIOTT POWER – Once Smitten LP

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What have lost Samurais, early Bjork, The Streets and Lord Kitchener have in common? It sounds like the punchline to a particularly surreal riddle, but the answer is that they are the wellsprings of the musical intensity which flows through Marathon Artists’ enigmatic new signing Elliott Power. Power has been steadily gaining a foothold in the world of electronic music this past year, and now is ready to drop his deep and dramatic debut album “Once Smitten”, which brilliantly showcases his abilities as one of the best and brightest new talents on the musical landscape at present.

Working in collaboration with James Lavelle’s seminal label Mo’Wax, Power drinks deep from the well of British electronic music to create something which genuflects towards the past while also creating something defiantly, refreshingly modern. His first single “Murmur” set the tone – a swaggering track with a beautifully sensual, cinematic atmosphere about the need to break away and escape from societal norms. It is this staggering confidence which runs through “Once Smitten” – listen to the way the dark, dystopian beats of “Built on Greed” conjures up a world of slowly simmering anger and frustration, or how “Unfortunate” hits a liturgical tone, almost a hymnal yearning filling the song as a cloud of crackles and clicks rise up around it. The percussion heavy “Surveillance”, meanwhile, bristles with sexual energy as Power reflects on voyeurism in this modern age, and “Sword Souls” uses the metaphor of a samurai seeking peace by avenging his master’s death as a meditation on his own goals and unquenchable drive to succeed.

Tracks like “Black End” and “On a Windrush” hum and throb with dancefloor beats, riding along on hyper syncopated UK garage rhythms, but texturally and emotionally these fit perfectly as part of a greater whole with the tracks that drift and bloom more gradually. “Once Smitten” is an album which could work for demanding and hedonistic dance crowds, yet this is also an album for headphone reveries.

Listen to “Sword Souls” here:

Watch the Toby Dye directed video for “Murmur” here or below:

Tracklisting:
Murmur
Once Smitten
Sink / Swim
Built On Greed
Unfortunate
Surveillance
Who’s Who
Move Dust
Black End
Sword Souls
On The Windrush

ELLIOTT POWER’s debut album “Once Smitten” is out Feb 26th on Marathon Artists / Mo’Wax.

Video: Elliott Power – Murmur

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With his entrancing new single “Murmur”, London newcomer Elliott Power takes listeners on a beguiling, cinematic excursion through his native city, one which is as sleek as it is unsettling, mysterious even as it is instantly memorable.

“Murmur” is the first fruit borne of a collaboration between the newly reactivated James Lavelle’s Mo’ Wax label (responsible for seminal acts such as DJ Shadow and UNKLE) and Marathon Artists, and, as far as star-crossed alignments go, they could not be any more perfect, with the single splitting the difference between intoxicating, blue eyed soul and woozily leftfield hip hop beats to dazzling, miasmic effect.

Appropriately, the accompanying video enhances and heightens the song’s sense of urban disorientation and displacement. Directed by award winning filmmaker Toby Dye and using over 25 hours of documentary style footage, it is a strange, stylish trip through nocturnal London which sees Power joined by his producer Dorian Lutz, lynchpin of rapidly ascendant art movement NuBrain. The pair lounge in the back of a car as it speeds through the darkly glittering city with all manner of goings on outside, some mundane some troubling, and some utterly surreal. Through Power’s and Dye’s eyes, London has never looked more eerie, more enigmatic or beautiful.

Quote from Elliot Power:
The Murmur video is a vessel that shows modern London by night. Myself, James Lavelle & Toby Dye wanted to make something, firstly British (no Mary Poppins, Tom Bowler hats or Breakfast Tea in sight) and secondly cinematic.
James played Toby the song and kept repeating “It’s London, It’s raw and it’s cinematic” Toby had a quizzical look on his face. As he described the song as both “foreign and familiar” with a “nod to the past and a hint of the future”
The video is made up of 25+ Hours of documentary style footage, as it was important to make the video feel authentic as possible. A lot of the shots are by chance, simply being in the right place at the right time.Our loose reference points were a handful of great British music video’s from the 90’s, Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Michael Mann’s Collateral.
Toby wanted a nonchalant performance to contrast the fast moving pace of a Dystopian London.