Having previously featured on Eskimo Recordings’ 2018 compilation ‘The Purple Collection’ as one half of Languages, Franz Matthews returns to the label alongside fellow Berliners Local Suicide with the ‘Meditation’.
Despite living on the same street for 4 years Franz Matthews and Brax Moody and Vamparela from Local Suicide only met recently through their common friend Sam Berdah (Days of Being Wild, Club Bizarre). Making up for lost time, the trio soon found themselves bonding in the studio, digging into their love of both the esoteric and travelling, and together channelled those passions into 2 spiritually infused numbers.
‘Meditation’was the first result of this inspired partnership, appropriately recorded at the same time that Matthews was also recording music for a meditation app, and features a freeform stream of consciousness from Vamparela over a suitably hypnotic backing of wistful guitars and breezy rhythms.
Between his production studio MOWD, his duo Languages, and his solo electronic project, Franz Matthews keeps himself busy. Making Berlin his hometown for the past 5 years, the Franco-German producer and DJ has always kept one hand in the Indie Dance world, while the other wanders in more Psychedelic Pop realms, a winning combination that’s seen him release music on imprints such as Eskimo Recordings, Days of Being Wild, Rockets & Ponies.
Local Suicide, aka DJs and producers Brax Moody and Vamparela, meanwhile have made a name for themselves putting on some of the most infamous underground parties Berlin has to offer, running their acclaimed blog and still finding time to make waves with their productions, a wild fusion of new wave, acid, slow techno and post-disco that has seen them work with the likes of Rodion, Mijo and Curses in recent years.
With his second album, ‘Solar Nights‘, set for release this April German nu-disco star Tim Bernhardt, AKA Satin Jackets, kicks off 2019 in fine style teaming up with Sydney based singer-songwriter Panama for new single ‘Automatic’. Fans of both acts are sure to find lots to love as the pair bring out the best in each other, Satin Jackets’ smooth disco sounds proving to be the perfect accompaniment to Panama‘s softly seductive vocals.
“It was super cool working with Tim,” explains Panama. “I remember the first time I heard ‘Feel Good’ via a friend at Future Classic and immediately fell in love with the vibe of it so I was stoked when the chance came up to write this track together. As soon as Tim played me the bass line, straight away I was hooked, it just really grabbed me and we quickly built the song from there!” They make it sound so simple but the resulting track is sure to earn a pride of place in both artists’ catalogues.
Whether producing modern Balearic house anthems such as ‘You Make Me Feel Good‘, seductively soulful tracks like ‘Through The Night’or genuine poolside classics like ‘For Days’, Tim has established himself as one of the biggest names in the modern disco scene clocking up more than 35 million streams of the debut Satin Jackets album, ‘Panorama Pacifico‘, on Spotify alone.
Panama meanwhile is the musical moniker of Sydney based singer-songwriter Jarrah McCleary. Making his name with acclaimed releases on some of the most exciting labels around including Future Classic and Roche Music, Jarrah’s blend of live and electronic sounds and raw emotional songwriting has firmly established himself as one of Australia’s hottest musical exports.
Single Released January 25 on Eskimo Recordings.
‘Athena’ is the latest single from nu-disco star Tim Bernhardt, aka Satin Jackets, and sees the German producer team up with American soul singer Anduze. The resulting collaboration is classic Satin Jackets, the track’s warm melodies, light, breezy guitars, delicate piano and driving rhythm creating the perfect backdrop for Anduze’s stunning vocals and emotional lyricism.
Talking about the track Anduze explains “Athens, Greece has always lured me in with her warmth, charm, and overall ancient beauty. After visiting each year for a decade, I was inspired to write about the city I now live in.”
“Once I’d finished the lyrics, the musical landscape I thought would compliment it best was a vintage and melodic electro vibe. I’ve always loved Satin Jackets’ style and production, so I thought to reach out to Tim, and I feel so fortunate that we could collaborate. The result is just what I’d pictured it to be… Athena.”
Whether producing modern Balearic house anthems such as ‘You Make Me Feel Good’, seductively soulful tracks like ‘Through The Night’ or genuine poolside classics like ‘For Days’, Tim has established himself as one of the biggest names in the modern disco scene clocking up more than 30 million streams of the debut Satin Jacketsalbum, ‘Panorama Pacifico’, on Spotify alone.
Released September 21 on Eskimo Recordings.
Keeping things nice and sleazy Parisian producer Simon Says makes his debut on Eskimo Recordings covering English synth-pop band Blancmange’s 1982 album track ‘Feel Me’.
Transforming the song into the kind of outrageously funky slice new wave disco that could have sat proudly on an old Ze Records compilation its low slung groove is now sure to soundtrack as many illicit ‘Cinq a Sept’ assignations as it is sweaty dancefloor moments.
Upping the tempo French remixer extraordinaire Yuksek turns the track into a streamlined, sci-fi disco number complete with vocodered FX, bubbling cosmic arpeggios and synth stabs that spin off into space and builds to a suitably uplifting climax.
Meanwhile Greek producer and Eskimo veteran NTEIBINT strips the track down to its bare skin and puts the focus on its percussive elements and rubbery bass line, the result a chugging floor filler that shows exactly why Eskimo keep his number on speed dial.
Finally disco historian Bill Brewster returns to Eskimo a year on from his acclaimed ‘Tribal Rites’ compilation with an extended re-edit that once again proves that he’s as handy with razor and tape as he is behind the decks.
Having featured on Eskimo Recordings’ last two compilations Russian producer Antenna now steps up for his first full release for the label with the 5 track ‘From Kazan With Love’ EP.
Hailing from the Tatarstan Republic where temperatures frequently drop below -15°C, Antenna shares more than just an appreciation of good thermal underwear with his Nordic contemporaries and his music, all glacial cosmic vibes, warm arpeggios and melodies that wear their heart on their sleeve, stands up alongside the best Nordic disco around.
Opening with his two contributions to Eskimo’s colour series of compilations, the gentle and optimistic caress ‘Sparks’and the breezy slo-mo Balearic gem ‘Love 66’, Antenna really reaches for the skies with the EP’s third track ‘Astra’, the kind of euphoric Trance-Disco that’s sure to cause more than a few outbreaks of emotion on the dance floor.
If ‘Astra’sounds like a one-way ticket to the cosmos then it’s just as well Antenna follows that back with ‘Take Me Home’. Dialling down the BPMs and up the groove, Antenna finds the unlikely sweet spot somewhere between P-Funk and Prog Rock to produce some out of this world, languid space-funk.
Closing the EP, ‘Waiting’reveals another side to this enigmatic producer, ditching the disco beats for something more experimental whilst incorporating stately strings and elegiac piano into the proceedings to create an unexpected, if wholly welcome, coda to the release.
Having made a name for himself with releases on Correspondant and Magic Feet, Swedish producer Ivan Berggren, aka Paresse, makes his debut on Belgium’s Eskimo Recordings with the ‘Sloth Machine’ EP. Featuring 4 tracks of horizontally inclined cosmic disco, balearic house and elegant, emotional electronica it sees Paresse comfortably take his place on the storied label’s back catalogue alongside the likes of Lindstrøm, Prins Thomas, Aeroplane and Satin Jackets.
Kicking things off with the EP’s title track, a stately mix of chugging synths, bubbling melodies and the kind of beatific pads that normally function as a short hand for a host of angels descending from the heavens. Having tended to the well being of our souls track 2, ’Being Vain’, offers something for both body and mind, a driving 4/4 kick drum over laid with looping, hypnotic bleeps will keep you locked on the dancefloor whilst the stirring, grandiose strings lift you up.
If that all sounds a little spiritual for you then the next track, ‘Temple’, adds just the right amount of sleaze to the proceedings. The track’s throbbing bass line and dramatic synths, reminiscent of classic Italo-Disco by the likes of Tantra, could have provided the perfect soundtrack for bad behaviour in the nightclubs of Milan in the late 70s and early 80s and indeed parties around the world today.
Finally ending the EP on a blissful note is the sublime ‘Quiet Light’, the kind of sun kissed instrumental track that crate diggers would re-discover tucked away on the b-side of an 80’s pop single and would, decades later, go on to enjoy a golden second life on the beaches of the Adriatic coastline.
Timeless, beautiful music it’s easy to see why Paresse’s releases have already found favour with DJs from across the musical spectrum from The Hacker to DJ History’s Bill Brewster and onto the likes of Ewan Pearson and this new EP is sure to build on the Swedish producer’s fast growing reputation.
Having previously collaborated back in 2015 Eskimo artists Horixon (Monarchy’s Andrew Armstrong and Joe Ashworth) and Else Born have again teamed up to deliver the beautiful, heartfelt pop lament, ‘Hello’. With the British duo providing the perfect setting, a quiet storm of numinous pads, sparse piano chords and an almost 2-step beat, Else Born (aka Philco Fiction’s Turid Alida Solberg) has never sounded better, her vocals bursting with a subtle, fragile intensity that brings the song to vivid life.
“It’s late at night. It’s too late and the stars are out,” Turid explains. “You’re stuck in a never-ending fight with your lover. You really don’t feel like fighting, you try to get out of it and you try to stop his crying. You look for a spaceship to lift you up up up and away. And… suddenly you’re under the stars – no more. For a couple of seconds. Till you fall back into the familiar.”
On remix duties we have reworkings from Eskimo veteran NTEIBINT and Aleph Music’s Aera. Tapping into the long, proud history of heartbreaking disco ballads, Greek producer NTEIBINT’s remix will ensure there’s tears on the dance floor as its insistent, and remarkably, funky bass-line and stirring strings create a gorgeous counterpoint to Turid’s delicate vocals.
Finally fresh from releasing critically acclaimed records on labels like Innervisions and Hivern Discs Berlin based Aera provides a ‘Dub’ mix that wrings every ounce of emotion out of its entrancing bleeps and beeps. Inspired by a recent gig in New York the track subtly builds to a disorientating climax before deconstructing itself once more, till just the ghost of the track remains like an echo of a lost love. It must have been quite a gig.
It’s no secret that Scandinavia has become the go-to destination for those who like their electronic music to come with a distinctly ‘cosmic’ flavour. Whether it’s the intergalactic disco of Prins Thomas and Lindstrøm or the otherworldly electronica of Röyksopp, it’s clear the long nights and wide-open starry skies have been a huge inspiration for many. The latest in this distinguished line of sonic-cosmonauts are Norwegian duo Atella whose new single, ‘Anyone Out There?’ ft. fellow Norwegian Cal on vocals, is a wonderful slice of optimistic Cosmo-Pop backed by the further out-there instrumental ‘In The Days of the Green’.
Whilst the pair grew up almost 1500 km apart, Magnus north of the Arctic Circle and Johannes in the south of the country, they shared a passion for both music and outer space. Now both based in Bergen, the cultural capital of Norway, the duo have married those twin obsessions to craft a number of critically acclaimed singles for Belgium’s Eskimo Recordings. For ‘Anyone Out There?’ the duo have teamed up with ‘Cal’, the alias of singer and songwriter Frida Amundsen who at just 24 already has two studio albums, several hit singles and years of song writing experience under her belt and whose stunning vocals lift the track into high-orbit.
“It’s easy to end up feeling lost in this world, even though it should feel like home,” explain Atella. “Seeing a shining future from afar doesn’t mean that this is what we are dreaming of. As we are closing in, things might get clearer. If we then suddenly realize we chose a wrong path, should we turn back and go to start, or should we keep on going, in a new direction? «Anyone Out There?» Picks up signals from the past and shoots them into the future. While wondering what can be out there, the most peculiar things are happening just outside our own planet. What might look like a colourful sensation in the sky might just, if you look close enough, be a rocky traveller passing us by.”
Glad we cleared that up.
ATELLA – ANYONE OUT THERE? / IN THE DAYS OF THE GREEN (45P MIX)
ESKIMO RECORDINGS – RELEASED JUNE 16
A highlight of Eskimo Recordings’ critically acclaimed compilation ‘The Red Collection’ Gemini Brothers’ hypnotic ‘Travel Inside’ now gets a full single release, complete with a brand new track ‘Nights With Lorelai’ and a remix from Lossless label bosses SBTH. Classic late night house music the suitably titled ‘Travel Inside’ takes us deep on a trip as its soft vocals, echoing synths, chugging beats and discombobulated bleeps provide a space for you to lose yourself on the dance floor.
No less trippy is ’Nights With Lorelai’, another heady mix of elusive melodies, acidic squelches, luminous textures and wordless chants that wouldn’t sound out of place on an album like Orbital’s classic ‘Brown’ album. Completing the package German duo SBTH (Mathias Schober (aka SHOW-B) and Thomas Herb) pull the tracks individual elements apart and put the drums front and centre for their dubbed out remix.
Gemini Brothers are Bucharest based Ionut and Razvan Chiron. With releases on labels such as Skint, Night Noise, Nein Records and now Eskimo Recordings the pair’s unique take on house music has seen them become firm favourites of everyone from Andrew Weatherall to Tiga, Psychemagik to John Talabot.
“None of that bouncy banana boat nonsense, it’s more real like this.”
London based Swedish producer, song writer and DJ Blende returns to Eskimo Recordings with ‘Back To Summertime’, an outrageously funky slice of disco house featuring the stunning vocals of former The Rapture vocalist Mattie Safer.
“The song came about from one of those demos you sometimes sit with that never seem to lead to anything,” explains Blende. “I was about ready to give up on it when Mattie recorded this brilliant vocal that probably would make even George Benson envious, and after that it was a smooth ride. I must admit I wasn’t paying too much attention to the lyrics at first and even though the title is hinting at the opposite it’s really quite a sad song. But I like that aspect; you book a resort holiday and then it rains for two weeks. None of that bouncy banana boat nonsense, it’s more real like this.”
“I loved the track that Johan delivered and it reminded me of summer festivals and parties on the beach,” recalls Mattie Safer. “The song is a story, two lovers who have let the complications and burdens of everyday life get in the way of their romance. The idea is to back to the innocence and simplicity of a carefree summer fling, just enjoying each other and life. You can run away from love but you can’t hide forever. It comes back around.”
Upping the synth-funk pressure Norwegian producer Cavego follows up his triumphant remix of Satin Jackets (one of Beatport’s biggest sellers in 2016) with not one but two, smooth as satin sheets remixes, sure to cause a population spike later this year. Finally completing the package Australian born, Munich based, producer TSM aka This Soft Machine delivers a remix that instantly recalls the strings, keys and heartbreak of classic Paradise Garage era disco.