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Video: Moiré – Jupiter

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Ahead of his new album release Moiré has shared a video for his new single ‘Jupiter’.

When Moiré decided to call his second album No Future, he wasn’t trying to make a political statement so much as state the obvious: If humanity keeps heading down the hateful path outlined by certain right-wing political figures and recent political events, we might as well hit the nearest self-destruct button.

“It’s not just about the West, either,” explains the London-based producer. “It’s the way the whole world thinks. It’s almost like we’re in this mad cycle. In a way, we have no choice—we either adapt to the situation or we’re dead. That’s it.”

Today’s musicians are faced with a similar now-or-never situation: they can either experiment and evolve or get brushed aside by the Next Big Thing in an industry that’s as flippant and fickle as it’s ever been. Moiré welcomes this challenge with a record that’s avant-garde and accessible, possessing a punk spirit without stealing its sound wholesale. No Future builds its story on the back of halogen-lit hooks and left-field dance loops instead, leaving a trail of breadcrumb-y beats for guest vocalists like MC DRS (a longtime collaborator of LTJ Bukem) and post-grime poet James Massiah. They both tackled the album’s loose themes without being told about them beforehand. They simply got it. Immediately.

“For me, the idea of techno has always been new music,” says Moiré. “Not reinventing the wheel necessarily, because everything’s been done before. I just want to make and hear something new.”

Modeling his machine funk melodies after the sci-fi stories of Philip K. Dick is certainly a nice start, as it leads to songs that feel both futuristic and strangely human. Or as Moiré—a former architect with a deep interest in design—puts it, “His books are like paintings of what’s going to happen; they’re always rooted in reality and current issues. No Future is about where we are as a society right now, too. It makes me think of four words: fear, hypocrisy, inequality, and lies.”

No Future also captures a fading sense of what makes our cities so special—a celebration of art itself, something that’s been threatened by the rising cost of real estate and the steady closure of major clubs like Fabric and Plastic People. That explains why a smoke-clearing song like “Lost You” is about more than just a mere relationship. It alludes to a complete lack of communication and the loss of, well, everything—our societies, our countries, our families, and our friends.

“It’s weird,” says Moiré. “It feels like everything is disappearing in front of us, almost like someone is pulling the carpet from beneath our feet, and we can’t do anything about it. Things are changing so fast; I’m not sure we’ll be able to catch up. In that way, the title of the album is very appropriate. I don’t need to push it even. I mean, just look around.”

Watch the video here:

Tycho – Division (Remixes)

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Today, Tycho shares two new remixes of their first single ‘Division’ from the recent album Epoch, which is set for physical release on Jan 20th via Ghostly International.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith — fresh from her Pitchfork Best New Music-rated collaboration album with Suzanne Ciani, Sunergy — delivers a melting ambient epic while Heathered Pearls, a Ghostly staple, bolsters the dance elements of the original. In addition to the two remixes Tycho is also sharing a video for ‘Division’ that was filmed lived at their Red Rocks Amphitheatre performance on September 17 featuring official audio from the album.

Stream ‘Division (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix)’ & ‘Division (Heathered Pearls Remix)’:

Watch ‘Division’ live at Red Rocks (ft. official audio):

Epoch is the final album in the trilogy beginning with 2011’s Dive, then 2014’s Awake and culminating with this year’s Epoch (Ghostly International). This period between Dive and Epoch marks a significant maturation for Scott Hansen’s continually expanding project, one that has taken him from a solo performer to fronting a live 4-piece band on large stages across the world. Epoch hones the sonic aesthetic of Dive while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake, it explores darker themes and new musical territory. Epoch is available digitally now and for physical pre-order now due out January 20.

This January, Tycho will embark on a world tour. The tour will begin on Jan 7 in Oakland, CA at the Fox Theater. From there Tycho will travel across four continents including Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For a full list of tour dates, tickets, and more information, please visit http://tychomusic.com/.

Kllo – Bolide (LONE Remix)

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Having released their hugely anticipated sophomore EP Well Worn back in August, today Kllo share LONE’s rework of the lead single ‘Bolide’. When thinking up remix targets, the R&S Records mainstay was right at the top of Kllo’s wish list. As big fans of the UK producer’s textured, eclectic productions, they weren’t disappointed, with LONE offering up a typically lysergic take on the track.

The remix coincides with the duo’s first ever world tour which currently has them in Europe with RÜFÜS DU SOL. They will then turn their attention to supporting NAO on her European run before heading to North America with RÜFÜS DU SOL once again (as well as playing a run of stand alone shows). Kllo will also play a special London show on November 3rd as part of the[PIAS] Nites series at Omera with fellow [PIAS] Different Recordings artists, Vessels andGroves. To cap off a busy year, they’ll make their New York City live debut at Baby’s All Right onDecember 8th. A full list of dates can be found here.

Well Worn is out now on Ghostly International (North America), Different Recordings/PIAS(UK/Europe/Japan) and Good Manners Records (AU/NZ/ROW).

Recondite – Corvus EP

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After spending the past three years cutting acclaimed records for such esteemed imprints as Innervisions, Hotflush, and Acid Test, Recondite has rejoined the Ghostly International fold with an EP that builds on the robust field recordings and pale, moonlit melodies of the Berlin producer’s breakthrough LP Hinterland. Named after the foreboding family of birds that includes ravens and crows, Corvus is a chilling listen bookended by two very different versions of a spellbound new track called “Capable.” While the original version is aimed squarely at shadow-drenched dancefloors, Ricardo Donoso’s remix mutes Recondite’s skeletal drums and restless rhythms in favor of richly woven strings, ghostly ambient grooves, and frost-bitten samples. It’s as if we’re drifting without a dance loop to light the way—caught in the web of a complex sound bank that’s cinematic yet strangely subdued.

The middle section of Corvus is mesmerising as well, as “Kauz” shuffles and shimmers in front of a star-splashed skyline, “Huibu” casts wooden sticks against poison-tipped synth parts, and the EP’s title track melds the harsh cries of Bavarian birds with a tense beat. And while Recondite admits his new material is “a bit more serious” than his last couple 12-inches—it was loosely inspired by everything from The Revenant’s Ryuichi Sakamoto soundtrack to Max Frisch’s heady novel Homo Faber, after all—the Rottal-Inn native insists there’s a light at the end of this particular tunnel. Or as he puts it, “Melancholic doesn’t necessarily mean dark. Music can be happy and moody.”

Out on November 11 / Ghostly International
Tracklist:
01. Capable
02. Kauz
03. Corvus
04. Huibu
05. Capable (Ricardo Donoso Clemency Version)

Tycho – Epoch LP

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Tycho releases their brand new album Epoch. This is the final album in the trilogy beginning with 2011’s Dive, then 2014’s Awakeand culminating with this year’s Epoch (Ghostly International). This period between Dive and Epoch marks a significant maturation for Scott Hansen’s continually expanding project, one that has taken him from a solo performer to fronting a live 4-piece band on large stages across the world.

Epoch hones the sonic aesthetic of Dive while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake, it explores darker themes and new musical territory. Earlier this summer Tycho released their first single ‘Division‘ and just last week released their second single and title track, ‘Epoch.‘ The surprise album is available digitally and for physical pre-order now.

Listen to ‘Epoch’ in full here:

When discussing the surprise element of this release Hansen said, “I’ve never been fond of handing in an album then waiting 4 months for it to be released. I wanted to be more connected to the people consuming the music. There is a kind of visceral fulfillment you get from sharing something that you’ve just created with other people. That’s a very satisfying feeling as an artist” Hansen continues, “All art is in some way shaped by the current state of the world around the person creating it so there’s a element of zeitgeist built into any album. We just finished mastering the album so it will be a month old when people hear it. I’m hoping people get a sense that this music is directly connected to the time they are experiencing it in.”

Epoch was produced and recorded by Hansen predominantly in his home studio in Berkeley, CA. The album was arranged alongside long time collaborator and partner in the project, Zac Brown. Brown contributed bass and guitar parts to the songwriting process. Rory O’Connor performed drums on the album.

Hansen sees Epoch as a multi-dimensional artistic vision at the confluence of his graphic design work via ISO50 and music with Tycho. The graphic presentation of album artwork is as important as the music itself. The keystone is the central image of Epoch and the colors scheme red and black. This is a stark contrast to the almost rainbow palette of Awake. Album art is above and full track listing below.

Epoch tracklisting:

1. Glider
2. Horizon
3. Slack
4. Receiver
5. Epoch
6. Division
7. Source
8. Local
9. Rings
10. Continuum
11. Field

Download/Stream Epoch: https://Ghostly.lnk.to/tycho-epoch
Purchase Epoch at ISO5O: http://shop.iso50.com/epoch
Purchase Epoch at The Ghostly Store: http://www.theghostlystore.com/products/tycho-epoch-lp

Tycho – Epoch

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Tycho has revealed ‘Epoch, the latest single from Scott Hansen’s continually expanding project and the keystone of the forthcoming album. The new album is at once a departure and an evolution for Tycho; honing the sonic aesthetic of Dive while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake, it explores darker themes and new musical territory.

The release of ‘Epoch’ comes two months after the release of the song ‘Division.’ These two songs are the first new material from Tycho since the acclaimed 2014 release, Awake. Around the release of Awake Tycho performed in over 30 countries worldwide including major festival appearances at Coachella, Outside Lands, and Bonnaroo in the U.S., as well as Falls Festival in Australia, and Latitude in the UK. This fall Tycho is on tour playing several U.S. cities as well as a performance at Treasure Island festival in October.

Video: Kllo – Sense

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Kllo today share the official video for their single, ‘Sense’, the third taken from their recently released EP, Well Worn. ‘Sense’ was recorded on the piano in Kllo’s lounge room, leading to the distinct feeling of nostalgia that is evident. Filming the video on Super 8, they went along with a good friend, James Robinson, to a number of locations that are close to the duo’s hearts; the suburb they grew up in, the studio where they wrote a lot of the music, and the parts of Melbourne where they spend their time off. According to the duo, ‘It was important to us that we captured the honest aspects of our life at the moment, as unrefined as the music.’

The video coincides with news that they’ve announced their first ever world tour which will take them across Europe with RÜFÜS DU SOL and NAO and North America with RÜFÜS DU SOL again (as well as playing a run of stand alone shows). Kllo will also play a special London show on November 3rd as part of the [PIAS] Nites series at Omera with fellow [PIAS] Different Recordings artists, Vessels and Groves. To cap off a busy year, they’ll make their New York City live debut at Baby’s All Right on December 8th.

Well Worn is out now on Ghostly International (North America), Different Recordings/PIAS (UK/Europe/Japan) and Good Manners Records (AU/NZ/ROW).

Kllo – Walls To Build

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‘Walls to Build’ is the follow up to lead single ‘Bolide‘, which set Kllo storming out of the gates. Within days of its release, ‘Bolide’ had been added to rotation on multiple Australian radio stations and received spins on BBC Radio 1 & KCRW, as well as receiving upwards of 2 million plays on Spotify to date. As Hypemachine’s ‘most blogged artist’ the new single was one of the most talked about tracks in the world as tastemakers (such as Stereogum, the Guardian, xlr8r & more) once again scrambled to champion this exciting, fresh project.

Things happen so fast these days that Kllo barely had a Facebook page or a proper song before a wave of interest began to build around their breakthrough EP. What a telling record title; in the year since its release, cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul have played sold-out shows and festival slots throughout Australia (Dark Mofo, Splendour in the Grass & Melbourne Music Week among many others) and overseas (the Great Escape, Primavera Sound), racked up millions of plays on Spotify, and landed on several Artists to Watch lists. They also recently announced their signing to Ghostly International(North America), Different Recordings/PIAS (UK/Europe/Japan) and Good Manners Records (AU/NZ/Rest of the World).

Now they’re about to chase steely pop singles like ‘False Calls’ and ‘Make Me Wonder’ with the next logical step: Well Worn, an EP that enhances Kllo’s high-gloss hooks even further. Well Worn is out August 5th on Ghostly International (North America), Different Recordings // PIAS(UK/Europe/Japan) and Good Manners Records (AU/NZ/ROW).

Video: Kllo – Bolide

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Melbourne duo Kllo (formerly Klo) recently showcased themselves as a powerhouse in waiting with their stunning new single ‘Bolide’ (the first track off their new EP Well Worn), and today are excited to share their visual imagining of the track. Premiering on Complex, the video was filmed with past collaborators Hamish Mitchell and David Mckinnar, and plays as a perfect backdrop to the blistering new single.

Within days of its release, ‘Bolide’ had been added to rotation on Australian radio (Triple J, RTR, FBi) and received spins on BBC Radio 1 & KCRW, as well as receiving upwards of 1 million plays on Spotify to date. As Hypemachine’s ‘most blogged artist’ the new single was one of the most talked about tracks in the world as tastemakers once again scrambled to champion this exciting, fresh project.

Things happen so fast these days that Kllo barely had a Facebook page or a proper song before a wave of interest began to build around their breakthrough EP. What a telling record title; in the year since its release, cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul have played sold-out shows and festival slots throughout Australia (Dark Mofo, Beyond the Valley & Melbourne Music Week among many others) and overseas (the Great Escape, Primavera Sound), racked up millions of plays on Spotify, and landed on several Artists to Watch lists. They also recently announced their signing to Ghostly International (North America) and Different Recordings/PIAS (UK/Europe/Japan).

Now they’re about to chase steely pop singles like ‘False Calls’ and ‘Make Me Wonder’ with the next logical step: Well Worn, an EP that enhances Kllo’s high-gloss hooks even further. Guided by the ghosts of UK garage and like-minded strains of underground dance music, lead single “Bolide” sets a skittish beat against a clipped chorus. Catchy, yes, but also a compelling track of substance and subtlety that’ll leave listeners longing for the pair’s EP.

Well Worn is out August 5th on Ghostly International (North America), Different Recordings // PIAS (UK/Europe/Japan) and Good Manners Records (AU/NZ/ROW). To celebrate the release of ‘Bolide’, Kllo will be heading off on an East Coast tour of Australia this week. They’ve also been announced as part of the huge Splendour in the Grass lineup (July 22-24).

Kllo – Well Worn EP

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Ascendant Melbourne duo Kllo have announced Well Worn, their exciting debut EP for Ghostly International (USA) and Different Recordings (UK). To align with the announcement, they’ve shared the first taste of new music in the form of lead single ‘Bolide’.

Things happen so fast these days that Kllo barely had a Facebook page or a proper song before a wave of interest began to build around their breakthrough EP Cusp. What a telling record title; in the year since its release, cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul have played sold-out shows and festival slots throughout Australia, racked up millions of plays on Spotify, and landed on several Artists to Watch lists.

Now they’re about to chase steely pop singles like ‘False Calls’ and ‘Make Me Wonder’ with the next logical step: Well Worn, an EP that enhances Kllo’s high-gloss hooks even further. Guided by the ghosts of UK garage and like-minded strains of underground dance music, lead single ‘Bolide’ sets a skittish beat against a clipped chorus. Catchy, yes, but also compelling enough to leave us all longing for the pair’s inevitable LP.

Well Worn is out August 5th on Ghostly International (USA) and Different Recordings UK) and available for pre-order now via http://caroline.lnk.to/Bolide

WELL WORN TRACKLIST:
1. Walls To Build
2. Bolide
3. Sense
4. On My Name
5. Don’t Be The One