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Ο Νίκος Διαμαντόπουλος διεγνώστη πρόσφατα με νευρίνωμα (καλοήθης όγκος στον εγκέφαλο), όμως το εξαιρετικά δύσκολο χειρουργείο του πρέπει να γίνει στο Αννόβερο της Γερμανίας. Σχεδόν όλοι οι Dj’s της Ελλάδας λοιπόν θα συμμετέχουμε (προφανέστατα αφιλοκερδώς) για την οικονομική του ενίσχυση με σκοπό να καταφέρουμε να καλύψουμε τα έξοδα της επέμβασης. Νομίζω πως είναι αχρείαστο να αναφέρω το τι σημαίνει το όνομα “Νίκος Διαμαντόπουλος” και για την σκηνή μας, αλλά και για μένα προσωπικά. Όλοι ξέρουμε!
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Plastic Flowers – How Can I

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Absent Forever is the newest album from London-based producer Plastic Flowers – his third full-length LP and the second for The Native Sound after Heavenly. Plastic Flowers formed vaguely around 2011 in Thessaloniki, Greece and play a noisy version of Dream Pop filed under Shoegaze, Ambient and Indie. Much like his previous releases on labels such as Crash Symbols, Inner Ear Records or Bad Panda, this new album artfully slips intelligence and experimentation into a dying art form.

Pre-order at bit.ly/absentforever

Keep Shelly in Athens – Dark Light

Horixon feat. Else Born – Hello EP

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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.

Alex Dimou – Tot EP

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Almost one year on from his last release on the label, Athens based Alex Dimou releases a stellar EP for Rebellion showcasing his wide musical range over three tracks.

The ultra depths of piano driven lead track Tot, the wobbly, twisted rhythms of Define and the tech-house slam poetry of Constellation all showcase the many sides of Alex Dimou. His debut release for the label, This Time, featured Namibian singer Black Soda, which inspired a new collaboration. Constellation was the outcome, which features South African slam poet Lazarusman, well known for his work with Stimming, DJ.T and Djuma Soundsystem.

“I’ve been working on this EP for the past year. ‘Tot’ is one of my favourite tracks, where I’ve tried to blend my routes with newest influences. ‘Constellation’ came together almost a year ago, it’s a collaboration with Lazarusman, an artist I’ve always admired. ‘Define’ was made in Paris. During my live performance in a club, I realised that I needed a track with a vocoder vocal so I started working on it as soon as I went back to the hotel.” – Alex Dimou

Anyone who has heard Alex Dimou’s impressive live-set will recognise these tracks that will now finally be released on on Rebellion. Other releases can be found on the likes of Get Physical, Audiomatique Recordings and Kindisch.

Rodion & Local Suicide – Abu Dhabi EP

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My Favorite Robot welcome the collaborative outfit of Rodion & Local Suicide for their next EP, which comes boosted by remixes from Los Mekanikos, Moscoman and Fairmont, as well as artwork that is made up 3D prints of the act.

Rodion is an Italian classical piano player and acclaimed producer whose albums and EPs for the likes of Gomma, Nein & Nang have helped to reshape modern disco. Also one half of Alien Alien and boss of the Roccodisco label, he is a real studio visionary who for ten years has mixed up classical, trance and psychedelic sounds. He makes everything from chamber music to computer game soundtracks, has remixed Giorgio Moroder and counts the likes of Tim Sweeney, Erol Alkan and DJ Hell as fans. Berlin-based duo/couple Brax Moody and Vamparela aka Local Suicide have been collaborating together since 2007, either as a DJ duo, in bands, or as remixers and producers. They have played all over the world and are in favour with the likes of XLR8R, Thump and Mixmag for their fusions of slow techno, post disco and acid.

These original analog tracks were recorded between 2014 and 2016 in Rodion’s vintage studio in Berlin. They came about when they all met following one of his gigs just after he moved there, and after being in touch online for a while. During one of the nights, Rodion brought friend, producer and singer Ali Bey (part of the Belgrade DJ collective Beyond House and a famous record digger) to contribute.

Impressive opener ‘Abu Dhabi’ includes samples from field recordings from all over the world. The most prominent is the recording from an airport in Bangkok—where Brax Moody and Vamparela were waiting to catch their plane to Saigon—and it ended up being the main vocal hook. The alluring track is a wonky feeling number with gurgling synth lines and gentle releases of white noise lulling you into the groove. A searching synth line and distant siren add urgency and the whole thing feels urban and futuristic.

Comprised of Mexico City producers Max Jones and Eddie Mercury, Los Mekanikos combine raw hypno-rhythm tracks with pumping grooves that pay homage to Chicago, Detroit and Berlin. Their special remix is another late night and unhinged number that encourages you to freak out amongst the panning and paranoid synth patterns and robotic grooves.

Then comes the brilliant ‘True Love Floats’ with Ali Beys singing and Vamparela’s vocoded vocals. The interplay between the two is tense and alien and makes for a perfectly inhuman groove with popping bell sounds, undulating pads and spooky deep space ambiance.

Remixing this one is Berlin via Tel Aviv artist of the moment and Disco Halal label head Moscoman, whose raw machine grooves have impressed on labels like ESP Institute, Correspondant and I’m a Cliche. His slow and purposeful version is deep and psychedelic with disorientating vocals and blistered synths wallowing in a menacing urban landscape. Buy it digitally and you will also get a fine remix from label regular and Canadian Fairmont. He is a partner in the fine Beachcoma label, has worked with cult outlet Border Community over the years and mixes up dark disco and goth into his own fresh sounds. His remix here is more direct and driven, with powerful drums and well sculpted synths making it another great rework.

This is a unique sounding package featuring plenty of heavyweight names and marks another cultured outing from the always considered My Favorite Robot label.

Keep Shelly in Athens – Game Over (Daniel’s Scene)

Stream Keep Shelly in Athens’ third single ‘Game Over (Daniel’s Scene)’ taken from their new album ‘Philokalia’.

PRE-ORDER ‘Philokalia here: http://www.keepshellyinathens.com/philokalia.html

RΠЯ – Felt

Here’s the latest single of Keep Shelly in Athens’ RΠЯ for Athenian Aura Recordings.

Video: Tendts – Who Are The Pleiadians

Taken from our new EP ‘It’s Everywhere’, out now on Lower Parts Records.

Order the EP: https://lowerparts.bandcamp.com/album/its-everywhere

‘It’s Everywhere’ is a concept EP soundtracking Tendts’ intergalatic encounter with The Pleiadians (dimension traversing Nordic aliens to the unenlightened ) at the far edge of the universe. Upon their journey home they brought with them not only costumes, masks and relics of extraterrestrial civilizations, they brought with them the spirits of two great celestial beings, Momongo and Floflolo. Fotis and Christos were the reincarnation of these two and the main purpose of their return was to enlighten the people of Earth about the beginning of the era of the Cosmic Swimmer.

Lena Platonos – Hoping By Shopping (Kim Ann Foxman Remix)

Greek electronic pioneer Lena Platonos’ “Sun Masks” Remixes EP, which includes four finely crafted remixes by Kim Ann Foxman, Avalon Emerson, Lena Willikens and Borusiade, is out now on Dark Entries. Buy it here.

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