After nearly half a decade since their monumental ‘Make It Good’, DJ Tennis and Fink re-collide on !K7. The Certain Angles 12”, to be released on 13 October, includes an exclusive club mix by DJ Tennis.
Inspired, recent studio sessions have bore two breathing, sonic landscapes, entitled ‘Certain Angles’. Glimmering pianos, droning machines and captivating song writing take form, wrapping the Berlin-based singer’s voice in subtle melancholy. Both humbly understated, yet party-ready, ‘Certain Angles’ perfectly summarises the Life and Death founder’s recent etching in the DJ-Kicks stone.
DJ Tennis has also called on four of his most trusted allies to reinterpret the single, with four digital-only remixes: The/Das deliver a pensive moment of bubbling body music; Francesco Leali appears with a timeless, genre-bending re-perception as OPUS 3000; Lee Jones salutes the faithful dancers, while Mentrix’ unclassifiable excursion challenges the towering borders of Techno. The ‘Certain Angles (Remixes)’ digital EP will be released on 27 October.
The trio known as Fink (Fin Greenall, Tim Thornton, Guy Whittaker) spent much of the winter and spring riding lasting acclaim for 2014’s Hard Believer whilst touring the USA and pretty much everywhere with a venue in Europe. This May, they return with a collection of re-works on ‘Horizontalism’, casting a shadowy electronic filter over the the original LP’s edgily dulcet tones.
Now they present single ‘Fall Into The Light’, a glitchy, echo-laden gem from ‘Horizontalism’ released alongside three remixes that each lend a decidedly different flavour. Berlin’s Prequel Tapes stretches notes to new, metallic lengths in a constantly evolving and unfolding ten-minute re-work. Panorama Bar resident and Perlon artist Margaret Dygas reduces the track to its most hollow, but steadily beating core, delivering pure art as a result. Deadbeat adds elements of Jamaican dub to lighten the step but not detract from the mood.
Watch the videos for Margaret Dygas and Prequel Tapes remix below. Buy the EP now exclusively on Beatport.
Following the success of last year’s Hard Believer album—which saw the trio known as Fink melding Fin Greenall’s ruggedly lush vocals with a slow-burning and steady-thumping array of string plucking (Guy Whittaker) and cymbal smashing (Tim Thornton)—they ring in 2015 with Horizontalism, due for release via R’COUP’D on 18 May 2015.
Presented as a collection of dubs from Hard Believer, the re-worked material takes on a decidedly more mysterious turn: vocals dangle and loop precariously over raw edges of murky sound, lasers oscillate and waves crash, percussion click-clacks somewhere far away, and the listener somehow draws nearer to the core from which Fink draws the sonic intimacy for which they’re so well-known.
Inspired by Greenall’s new home in Berlin and his resurgent interest in electronic production, his series of mixes may stand in stark contrast to the bands musical output of the past years but the listener finds themselves at the same intersection of impassioned storytelling, manifest emotion and darkly beautiful ambience that Fink fans have come to expect.
Watch the video for Fall into the Light below. Download for free here.