Fur Coat return to their own imprint Oddity with ‘The Sequel’ EP, backed by a huge remix from Rekids’ Radio Slave.
Venezuelan and now Barcelona-based duo Fur Coat have been steadily carving our their own brand of melodious Techno over the past few years. Initially rising up the ranks via releases on Crosstown Rebels, BPitch, and Last Night On Earth the duo have recently turning their focus to their own imprint Oddity, amongst output on Berlin institution Watergate and Joseph Capriati’s label Redimension.
‘Stargazing’ leads the package with entrancing, rising arpeggios, choppy bass hits and murky bass textures all dynamically unfolding around a weighty drum groove. ‘Orbital’ follows, stripping things back to a more refined, atmospheric feel via soft synth flutters, swirling echoes and eerie, unfolding bass licks.
Radio Slave’s ‘9118 Remix’ of ‘Plaid’ follows next, employing a robust amen break driven rhythm, glitched out synth lines and underlying strings steadily building tension throughout. The original mix of ‘Plaid’ continues the EP, dropping the tempo and laying focus on old school IDM tropes via multi-layered pads, bass and off-kilter drums. ‘Quantum’ then closes the package, a digital only bonus cut featuring brooding bass, dubby synth swells and a gritty 4/4 rhythmic drive.
Fur Coat ‘The Sequel’ is out on Oddity 14th December 2018.
This July will see Fur Coat launch their new Oddity imprint aimed towards a darker, tripped-out Techno sound with their ‘Genesis’ EP, accompanied by a remix from electronic music pioneer’s Slam.
Venezuelans Sergio Munoz & Israel Sunshine aka Fur Coat have carved out an impressive career over the past six years via releases for Watergate, Crosstown Rebels, BPitch Control and Balance, making them highly in demand DJ’s across both Europe and the US. Having graced the decks at key clubs across the globe including Berlin’s Watergate, Stereo Montreal, D-Edge Brazil, London’s fabric and Space Miami to name just a few, the duo are now set to debut their new imprint Oddity which has already garnered early support from the likes of Tale Of Us, Mind Against and Slam, who contribute the first remix on the label with a production contrived from the reaction and energy experienced from dance floors worldwide when playing the original version of ‘Sustain’.
“Starting our own label is something that we’ve had in mind for a long time. It´s a platform for us to express ourselves and have 100% the control on the art concept we want to put on each vinyl, the music we want to show from ourselves, and the artists we share passion for, giving us the ability to invite them onto the label.
The meaning of Oddity is having something rare, odd in a good way, something really special. This whole project has been cooking for almost a year, piecing things together. We can say we are giving all our efforts to put out there the music we like with a special touch on every physical copy, with an artwork made from some pretty cool Colombian artists and designers based in Barcelona (Lina Bassiouny and Maria Paula Quiva).” – Fur Coat
Up first on the package is ‘Pulse Width’ which sets the tone with robust analogue rhythms, fluttering arpeggio leads and elongated bass drones to create a dynamic and subtly unfolding opening track. The digital only cut ‘Parallel Dimensions’ follows and lays focus on weight sub bass tones, modulating percussion and snaking synth grooves to once again create something hypnotic and intricately crafted.
The vinyl only original mix of ‘Sustain’ then opens up the flip side, tipping things into darker realms with a heady, unfurling square wave bass, tension building atmospherics and a pervasive rhythmic drive before Scottish duo Slam round out the package with their take on ‘Sustain’, offering a predominantly drum-led interpretation whilst elements of the original subtly ebb and flow throughout the composition.
Fur Coat’s ‘Genesis’ EP is out on Oddity 14th July 2017.
Parallel Dimensions (Digital Only)
Sustain (Vinyl Only)
Sustain (Slam Remix)
Fur Coat return to Crosstown Rebels – the label that launched and empowered them to grow into the major techno force we know today, with their ’Numbers EP, featuring a remix from US native Vin Sol. This is music that keeps you guessing. Initially it appears dark and forceful, and suddenly a sound appears that results in a smile, a warm feeling that only the highest level of production can deliver.
“We are more than happy to release our numbers EP on Crosstown Rebels. We feel it’s a pretty complete release, that has a dancefloor oriented track (Twenty Eight), a more melodic and trippier side (Twenty Six) and an amazing Techno Rework of (Twenty Eight) by Vin Sol!” Fur Coat
Fur Coat’s schedule is unrelenting. The last couple of months involving a standout set at DGTL Festival, releasing on Watergate Records, remixing Nicole Moudaber & Skin on Mood Records, combined with numerous festival appearances over the Summer. Resident of the popular night Club Lonely in San Francisco, Vin Sol, founded an imprint with the same title earlier this year. A self confessed lover of the drum machine and regularly collaborating with Matrixxman, Sol has previously released on Soo Wavey, Clone Jack for Daze and Delft among others.
Ever since Norwegian mystery man Gundelach debuted in late 2015 with his single ‘Spiders’, he has quietly been making waves. In the Nordics it was a radio hit and landed him festival slots on some of this coming summer’s biggest stages like Øya, Roskilde and more. Internationally, it was #1 on Hype Machine, picked by Pharrell for his Beats1 show and garnered millions of streams.
After a recent performance at Sentrum Scene in Oslo, playing to 1700 people, and his London debut as a headliner for Ja Ja Ja, his new single ‘Fjernsynet’ (Norwegian for “television set”) is poised to lift him to new heights with its cooly delivered falsetto over a driving rhythm, accentuated by beautiful analog-electronic production. It is a broody, melancholic and catchy anthem for driving late at night and is at the centre piece of his forthcoming debut EP “Spiders”, which is scheduled for release this Friday, 13th May via Cosmos (Say Lou Lou, Naomi Pilgrim).
And now the single comes with new remixes, raising the bar even higher, with UK production duo Formation injecting their fresh upbeat sound into the original and Barcelona based Fur Coat taking it into deep, melodic house territory.
The EP is co-produced by Joel Ford (of Ford & Lopatin and Young Ejecta, who has also produced the likes of Autre Ne Veut, Oneohtrix Point Never and featured on Cyril Hahn and Com Truise tracks). It is mixed by Al Carson (who has worked with Ariel Pink, Tim Hecker, etc).
‘Spiders’ EP will be released this Friday 13th May. You can pre-order here.
Gundelach forthcoming live dates as follows:
21/05 – The Hope and Ruin @ The Great Escape, Brighton
25-27/06 – Roskilde Festival, Roskilde
09-13/08 – Øya Festival, Oslo
Following on from their second release by Russian producer and DJ, Tripmastaz, YAKAZI Records, the fledgling Barcelona based label drops another blistering EP, this time saturated in acidic 303 lines and crisp 808 percussion by German trio, Daniel Varga, Michael Kuebler, and Sascha Hedgehog, aka REWORK.
Having released on Visionquest, Playhouse, Items&Things, Meant, Loveyeah and more, the group continue to reinvent their fresh and funky reimaginings of new wave disco and delve further into sonic explorations.
Formed in 2000, REWORK released their first EP ‘Anyway I Know You’ on Playhouse Records. Several years later, Sascha Hedgehog formerly of French Beat-Punk band Les Quitriche, joined the team. Not long after, their first album ‘Fall Right Now’ followed and club hits including ‘You’re So Just Just’ and ‘Love Love Love Yeah’ helped pave the way for them further. Their second LP ‘Pleasure Is Pretty’ was released in 2007 and remix projects with Alter Ego, Chloe, Magda, Losoul, Jackmate, Trentemoller and others followed.
Their musical aesthetic has changed over the years from, in their own words, ‘cabaret-independent-house,’ to forging a distinct sound that combines icy minimal structures with catchy euro-girl vocals, Anglo-French funk antics and a dash of dancefloor melancholy.
With ‘Acid Control’, the trio see themselves in even darker territory than before, making things much more intense.
The release is topped off with an Aphex-esque remix from Venezuelan duo Sergio Muñoz and Israel Sunshine aka Fur Coat, which pairs deep, dark driving beats and a rolling groove that will capture both the mind and the soul. Unearthed by Crosstown Rebels boss, Damian Lazarus, in 2010, they were promptly signed up for their debut EP however it wasn’t until they released ‘You and I’ that put the name Fur Coat on the tongue of weekend warriors across the universe. Throughout the past few years they have provided remixes for labels such as Culprit, Get Physical and My Favourite Robot, and played at some of the finest venues across the world including Warehouse Project (Manchester), DC-10 (Ibiza), Day Zero (Mexico), Verboten (New York) plus many more.
However you choose to describe riveting Venezuelan-born, Barcelona-based duo Fur Coat’s style, there’s no denying that theirs is very much the sound of now. Fusing bold, dramatic synth lines with heady atmospherics and rhythms that seamlessly blend the organic and electronic, they have won fans far and wide with their releases on Crosstown Rebels, Hot Creations, Culprit, Get Physical, My Favorite Robot and BPitch Control. Debuting at #66 in Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJs Poll last year, they are an ever-growing force to be reckoned with.
Their mix for Balance is their first official compilation. “We had a very clear idea of what we wanted to do”, they say of their game plan. “We wanted a timeless mix that you can put in your car, listen at home, or any place that you want, having a story being told in an hour or so. It’s that kind of music that has no expiry date. We mixed the compilation live in Barcelona, at Israel’s house, with TRAKTOR and an Allen and Heath mixer. We really wanted to have that DJ feeling, the actual feeling of it being mixed; not just dropping the tracks on Ableton and mapping automations.”
We begin in deep and mysterious fashion with the throbbing beats of Mathew Jonson and The Mole and the spooky afro-tech of Masomenos, before Patlac’s soaring riffs deliver the first inklings of what’s to come. Âme’s classic Akabu remix sends the mix into spine-tingling overdrive, with Chardronnet & Afrilounge in hot pursuit, injecting deep techno rhythms and textures into the proceedings. Francesca Lombardo’s Perseidi plunges us into a more hypnotic place, teeing up Radio Slave’s incessant Tokyo Black Star remix with the more introspective, subtle material from Cesare vs Disorder and Luke Slater.
Efdemin’s remix of Simon Flower Phosphenes continues this delve into the deepest reaches of Fur Coat’s record box – all throbbing low end and mind-bending slivers of sound. Fur Coat’s exclusive ‘Monday’ – made especially for this compilation – brings the mix out of its depths next with bold lead lines, twinkling arps and plump bass toms. Agoria’s haunting Metronomy remix increases the tension, segueing into the mesmerising melodies of Fur Coat’s now-classic U Turn.
The grunting synths of Roman Flügel’s OTH provide some relief from the tense feel, before Malandra Jr’s Infinity brings back the brooding feel. DJ Koze’s Mariposa provides the perfect foil to its predecessor, maintaining a sense of majesty while bringing the energy down to a simmering level. Barnt’s tough-edged, industrious remix of Michael Mayer’s Voigt Kampff Test brings the mix to a rousing close with eerie melody and swathes of fizzing white noise.
“We hope that people looks back as one of their favourite Balance mixes”, say the duo. “Something they want to still keep on playing, no matter when the music is from. Just one of those mixes it’s always great to play.” They have truly succeeded in their goal, creating a very cohesive listen that at once manages to sound both contemporary and classic.
1) Tobias – If (Mathew Jonson & The Mole remix)
2) Masomenos – Post Communism in Casablanca
3) Embassy of Joy – Addiction (Patlac Remix)
4) Akabu – Phuture Bound (Âme Remix)
5) Chardronnet vs Afrilounge – Morning Poem ft. Phetote The Poet
6) Francesca Lombardo – Perseidi ***
7) Tokyo Black Star – Caballero (Radio Slave´s Innervision Remix)
8) Cesare vs Disorder – Monasterio
9) Slam – Visual Capture (Luke Slater Remix)
10) Simon Flower – Phosphenes (Efdemin Remix)
11) Fur Coat – Monday ***
12) Metronomy – Love Letters (Agoria Remix) ***
13) Fur Coat – U Turn
14) Roman Flügel – O.T.H.
15) Malandra Jr – Infinity
16) DJ Koze – Mariposa
17) Michael Mayer- Voigt Kampff Test (Barnt Remix)
***Exclusive to compilation
Here’s the official video for Joy Wellboy‘s (a.k.a. Joy Adegoke and Wim Janssens) Mickey Remedy, taken from the Brussels couple’s excellent debut album Yorokobi’s Mantra", out now on BPitch Control. The single is backed with remixes by The Mermaid and Fur Coat (available for streaming below). In case you missed it, check out the video for "Lay Down Your Blade" here.