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Pollux Rose – Daisy LP

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“Daisy” is the first full length album from “Pollux Rose”. Greek talented musician ‘Nikolaos Mouchalempis’ attempts a melodic journey through astral automations. Polyrhythmic electronic pads meet stackable drum programming on a highly dance-like background. Basslines show off the analog character of the album which intersects with abstract techno and early 90’s synth elements. The main feature is the piano harmonies that unite all the above features and, at the same time, gives a more emotional IDM aura.

About Pollux Rose:

Nikolaos Mouchalempis, an artist with a multi-faceted approach on music, is the guy behind Nicola Regulus & Pollux Rose. At 18 years of age Nikolaos’ music was discovered by GummiHz and was released by his label, Claap Records as Nicola Regulus. His dj sets include mixing a wide spectrum of music genres depending on the circumstances ranging from jazz, disco, funk to house, breaks, electronica, IDM and techno.

Nikos is currently living in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece, where he is also studying at university for a degree in Pharmacy! He is also a highly trained
pianist which he incorporates in his live performances, more recently with his “Pollux Rose” alias. This project includes a more ambient and experimental character combined with various electronic styles. Pollux Rose’s debut album “Daisy” is out now via Numb Capsule (February 2018).

Ηe has started to get a steady flow of dj and live performances as Nicola Regulus and Pollux Rose, while he had performed a dj set and a live set at Thessaloniki’s infamous Reworks festival 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Releases February 7, 2018 via Numb Capsule.

A Bar Called Shipwreck (Zaq Remixes)

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This is the second release from Athens Isigude Records and features 2 fresh, respectful mixes of the track ‘Bar Reckless’. The lyrics recall a dialogue between her and a monk whom she met at the bar and asked “What are you doing here old man This is no place for a saint to be”. On remixing duties we have rising Greek producer Zaq who takes the Greek folk epirotic rhythm deep into a truly Aegean balearic beat on the A-side while on the flip side he brings some dubby acidic beats.

Tendts – You Are Me

Greek electronica duo (two brothers makin’ music that you can dance to, or not) Tendts are ‘zooo’ happy to let us know they have a new EP coming out on February via Logarithm entitled ‘You Are Me’. Above is the title track!

Bonnie & Klein – Ithaca LP

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Music For Dreams has recently released the debut album by Bonnie & Klein, entitled ‘Ithaca’ on Friday 8th December 2017.

The Copenhagen-based Music For Dreams label continues to be at the vanguard of the ambient revival as well as being at the forefront of the Balearic, chill, and space disco movement. MFD has generated an excellent string of releases in 2017 from some of the most eclectic and inspired artists. Artists making waves for the label include Jan Schulte, Ruf Dug, Be Svendsen, Copenema, Nordsø and Theill Apiento, Jose Manuel, The Swan & The Lake, Ambala, Oscar Bandersen, DJ Pippi, Leo Mas, Visti & Meyland, Mackrory & Collier, and label boss Kenneth Bager.

Greek producers Bonnie & Klein established themselves in 2015 with tracks such as ‘Beautiful City’ and ‘Total Blue’ on Music For Dreams, both well on the way to becoming new Balearic classics. Embracing and flaunting Mediterranean influences, the duo have created their own distinctive sound – soft electronic rhythms blend with horizontal textures to create a fragile balance of space for the listener’s mind while delivering beats for the beaches.

Tracks like ‘Ithaca’ and ‘Magnolia’ and others reveal a 90s influence of Cafe Del Mar, featuring slow percussion with cinematic strings on a relaxed beat receiving maximum support from the likes of Leo Mas, Moonboots, Jon Sa Trinxa, Kenneth Bager, and of course Balearic originator Jose Padilla. Percussively lilting ‘Coral’ and tango-inspired, xylophone & flute embellished ‘Aguavivas’ fully explore the Balearic beach and poolside soundtrack.

Born and raised in Greece, Bonnie & Klein are the aliases of George Fountzoulas and Thanasis Skouzis, two Balearica devotees who stick their musically beloved heads together to create soul moving music. They have also enjoyed releases on Seamless, Timewarp, Uber and Leng labels.

In the time-honoured tradition of Balearic producers, Bonnie & Klein confirm their authentic sound has been ‘inspired by the sea, forest, sunset, joy and pleasure’.

Tracklist:
1. Bonnie & Klein – Ithaca
2. Bonnie & Klein – Coral
3. Bonnie & Klein – Aguavivas
4. Bonnie & Klein – Vrohero Oneiro (Feat. Marie Makropoulou)
5. Bonnie & Klein – Beautiful City
6. Bonnie & Klein – Oneiric
7. Bonnie & Klein – Total Blue
8. Bonnie & Klein – Demode
9. Bonnie & Klein – Magnolia
10. Bonnie & Klein – Someone Who Loves You

Monophonics – Mirrors EP

Monophonics are back with a six-song EP that fuses the complimentary and explosive soul, rock and funk influences, proving themselves to be the rightful inheritors of the Bay Area’s impressive psychedelic soul sound. Mirrors is comprised entirely of cover tunes, except that I doubt you’ve ever heard of half the deeply funky and soulful originals that inspired these soulful, tastefully produced, and timeless Monophonics treatments. “We wanted to do a couple songs that were more familiar to people and then shine some light on groups we’re big into,” lead singer, keyboardist and co-producer Kelly Finnigan explains. It takes a lot of guts to cover your favorite songs, your van jams, that song you play as a shot of inspiration to break-up a marathon studio session. “Not only are these great songs, but these are artists that we listen to and are influenced by.”

“It’s not about making records that sound old, it’s about making records that sound cool,” Kelly says. Not that he and the other five members of Monophonics mind if you confuse their albums for classic-era recordings. Even musician friends regularly mistake a sweaty and greasy Monophonics original for an unheard Bar-Kays’ side, or a deep soul cover tune might pass for an original to a novice ear, except that Kelly makes sure to give credit where credit is due, which is what they do explicitly on this EP, Mirrors.

Even the familiar tunes, iconic, better said, receive a fresh treatment as instrumentals, despite their ubiquity as vocal songs. The EP opens with a ‘tip of the cap’ to The Main Ingredient’s version of “Summer Breeze” before the band unfolds a hazy, mellow-funk opus worthy of inclusion on a Bob James CTI album. The next four songs, all featuring vocals, range from the lowrider soul ballad, a cover of the The Invicibles’ “My Heart Cries” (video: https://youtu.be/PG107nMMCeo0) with a pleading and plaintive vocal by Nicole Smith, to the psychedelic blues stomp, “Lying,” originally by the archetypical psychedelic soul band nearly signed to Motown, Black Merda. Add in Kelly’s monster vocal take on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Northern Soul classic, “Beggin” (to be released as a 7” single with an instrumental version on the b-side), and the deep-funk pop-soul of Nu People’s “I’d be Nowhere Without You” with back-up vocals by Jeanine Jones and Veronica Johnson, and you have a highly-entertaining, toe-tapping, backbone-slipping, masterclass in deep funk and soul.

The final tune is the band’s singular take on the Mamas and the Papas hippie standard, “California Dreaming,” as an explicit and heartfelt tribute to their fans in Greece. The discerning music lovers of Greece fell in love with Monophonics after their 2012 hit “Bang Bang” resulting in multiple tours of the Mediterranean, where these native Californians imbibed on the fine ouzo, good vibes, and Grecian hospitality. Gifted a prized bouzouki (a traditional Greek guitar) by a local fan, Monophonics’ guitarist Ian McDonald and band infused this classic pop song with a soulful cinematic air and Mediterranean flavor, evoking a tune from an imagined Fellini film with a soundtrack by David Axelrod.

Catch the band on the road this Spring to hear some of these songs, favorites and new tunes from their forthcoming LP.

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Babis Kotsanis – Sunday Mornings

Babis Kotsanis is a Greek producer, vocalist and guitar & bass player who joined forces with Society 3.0 on a further exciting melodic deep house release. Babis is a musician & producer living in Athens, Greece. He started listening to rock music at the age of 6 so in 1998 a close friend taught him playing the electric guitar opening for him the door to discover the music world. After years at the age of 15 Babis was impressed about listening to Techno & House music for first time ever… that’s the way today he is an electronic music producer trying to make his dream completely come true & spread his music all over the world.

Released November 3, 2017 on Society 3.0 Recordings

Menta – Poly

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Menta is an alternative band based in Athens, Greece. “Poly” is the first single from Menta’s forthcoming album entitled “Polyend”.

“Polyend” a sequel to (2015’s) “Telepherique” moves on the band’s instrumental pursuit through the sounds of old analog synthesizers. The album contains eight tracks and is planned to be released on the 26th of Feb 2018.

Video: UnknownArtist – Supermarket

Stream/Buy “Ena Album Gia Na me Skeftesai” http://smarturl.it/ua_eagnms.