Faded is taken off ‘The Nightday’ EP, LA artist, producer and vocalist ZHU’s debut release. The EP consists of six original tracks showcasing ZHU’s deft production, bringing together bouncy liquid synths, propulsive beats and slinky vocal hooks, drawing from dance music genres ranging from house to disco to futuristic garage-soul to synth-pop which are coupled with ZHU’s pristine vocals.
Berlin-based Klas Sasse Lindblad teams up once more with Athens’ Stelios Vassiloudis to drop some more pure pressure for Audiomatique – subsequent to their 2013 release ‘Options & Futures’. Sasse has been making house for the best part of 20 years, both for his own Moodmusic label and many other imprints. Stelios Vassiloudis has also carved out his own niche, not least via his debut album on John Digweed’s Bedrock label.
Play with caution – things may get messy. Johannes Brecht’s remix takes things even further down the rabbit hole – strange bleeps and blips tear through the track, which has been streamlined into a slick tech workout. Beatport customers also get access to the killer dub version, which somehow manages to tame the wild bassline but turns up the heat on the groove. Out on May 19.
Following the beautiful cover of Lucio Battisti’s 1976 classic “Ancora Tu”, the first cut from her Italian-inspired new EP “Mi Senti”, dance-pop queen Róisín Murphy returns with “In Sintesi” (which means ‘In Synthesis’), the EPs only original song.
“In Sintesi came together very quickly and I think we all enjoyed the freedom of creating from scratch our own thing, after the weeks of work involved in getting the cover versions close to something we could be proud of. Knowing one’s own recorded version has to stand up against the great music you are covering is a pressure you don’t have when you write.”
Out on May 28 via The Vinyl Factory. Pre-order your copy here.
Up first is a brand new version of the track, reworked by the band’s own Gabe Gurnsey with new percussion and a new mix. It is followed by a remix by Bookworms (L.I.E.S. / Confused House), which marks his return to DFA following an anxious remix of The Night Patrols by Larry Gus in 2013. It reinforces the deep and dark acidic sounds he has become so well known for, taking this hypnotic single and tweaking it out for maximum impact.
The package is completed with a faithful reinterpretation from Helena Hauff, who released her debut 12” single on Werkdiscs last year and quickly followed it up a new single under the alias Black Sites.
Purchase high quality digital music at DFA Direct. Stream Bookworms’ edit above.