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Video: Mechanimal – Red Mirror

After a three-year wait, last week Greece’s “drone’n’roll” act Mechanimal (Giannis Papaioanou, Freddie Faulkenberry) returned with the new song “Easy Dead,” the A-side of their new EP, “White Flag Single”, due out June 21st. Now Athenian’s scene pioneers, Mechanimal are sharing a new clip for their new EP’s B-side “Red Mirror”.

Giannis P. – “The video for “Red Mirror” was shot and directed by John Karabelas. We all admire the way images and video can be bitcrushed and pixelated and kinetic, so they turn more to some abstract painting than encoding errors. We love this kind of glitched-out aestheticism that actually has roots in net art movement of the early aughts. It’s all about hacking, cloning and copying our own stuff, when questions about rights and authenticity really become issues.”

Freddie F. – “Red Mirror is a hymn to reconstruction, rebirth, and all that comes hand in hand with that, destruction, erasing and rebuilding. It’s about decline, but not necessarily with a negative outcome.”

Release Date: 21 June 2019 – Purchase on: BandCampInnerEar

Video: Theo Komp – 40 Palikaria

Video: K. Bhta – Kokkino Fos

Κ.ΒΗΤΑ – Κόκκινο Φως
Taken from Periergi Ora EP (Περίεργη Ώρα). Video made by Aris L.

LAGASTA 10 years anniversary compilation

Last Gas Station, aka La.Ga.Sta, turns 10 this year, and celebrates its tunefully inspirational road trips through all these years in a very special way!

“We invited some of our favourite artists and producers, who have been part of La.Ga.Sta.’s family all these years, to choose a best-loved song of theirs, and make a cover version of it for a new anniversary compilation. The outcome is an exceptional 15 track compilation that brings the most deserving music to the surface, from George Michael to Siouxsie and the Banshees and from Sade to Blood Orange. It’s a fusion of different decades and music styles.”

Artwork by one of the most exciting graphic designers today, Portugal-born, NYC-based Bráulio Amado.

Released May 6, 2019

Anatolian Weapons feat. Seirios Savvaidis – Ofiodaimon

Hior – Neukölln

Greek producer Hior (aka Hior Chronik) is back with a new EP, Neukölln, featuring 3 beautiful piano-based instrumental tracks. Out today on Ki Records. Stream in full below:

Dervisis – Laundry Room / Yelde

A year after his debut EP, Dervisis returns with a new 12’’ from Trial&Error Records to add a clubbier side to his already diverse and genre-blending sound. Dervisis’ music sits somewhere between leftfield club and bedroom pop with polyrhythms influenced by the shared culture of the Balkans and Middle East.

The EP is packed with two original cuts and two remixes. “Laundry Room”, the release’s opener, is a sungazing abstract house pop anthem, while “Yelde” is a chiftetelli-influenced percussive slow burner with chopped vocal hooks and a Burial-esque drone bass.

Gramrcy’s rowdy banger “Fidget Mix” of “Laundry Room” and BFTT’s atmospheric “Gliding Slug” take on “Yelde” conclude the EP.

Released: 2019-05-10 / Trial&Error Records

Tracklist
01. Laundry Room
02. Yelde
03. Laundry Room (Gramrcy’s Fidget Mix)
04. Yelde (BFTT’s Gliding Slug Remix)

Video: Sarah P. – Maenads

Sarah P. releases the music video for Maenads, the title track of her latest EP, which is inspired by the ancient Greek female followers of god Dionysus, who were known for their superhuman strength, sticking together, and fighting for their beliefs.

Maenads EP garnered love from critics and fans and has been streamed more than 1 million times across platforms since its release in December.

Maenads is a disco-inspired song about those nights that are empty of feelings. The video’s visuals are a fast-forward to Sarah’s life in Berlin – rather secluded, away from distractions. “This isolation-by-choice gave me time to process life events that had shaped me.”

The song’s video features Sarah and Sabina Smith-Moreland cast as a bird that symbolizes mental illness. The video shows the importance of coming to terms with own struggles while not letting them overtake one’s life. “I’ve been struggling with depression and anxiety for a long time, but I’m convinced that it’s possible to control one’s mental health, rather than living a life controlled by mental illness,” Sarah shares.

“Mental illness never truly goes away, but learning more about it can help understand what’s going on inside your body and mind and therefore, control it better.”

Franz Matthews & Local Suicide – Meditation

Having previously featured on Eskimo Recordings’ 2018 compilation ‘The Purple Collection’ as one half of Languages, Franz Matthews returns to the label alongside fellow Berliners Local Suicide with the ‘Meditation’.

Despite living on the same street for 4 years Franz Matthews and Brax Moody and Vamparela from Local Suicide only met recently through their common friend Sam Berdah (Days of Being Wild, Club Bizarre). Making up for lost time, the trio soon found themselves bonding in the studio, digging into their love of both the esoteric and travelling, and together channelled those passions into 2 spiritually infused numbers.

‘Meditation’was the first result of this inspired partnership, appropriately recorded at the same time that Matthews was also recording music for a meditation app, and features a freeform stream of consciousness from Vamparela over a suitably hypnotic backing of wistful guitars and breezy rhythms.

Between his production studio MOWD, his duo Languages, and his solo electronic project, Franz Matthews keeps himself busy. Making Berlin his hometown for the past 5 years, the Franco-German producer and DJ has always kept one hand in the Indie Dance world, while the other wanders in more Psychedelic Pop realms, a winning combination that’s seen him release music on imprints such as Eskimo Recordings, Days of Being Wild, Rockets & Ponies.

Local Suicide, aka DJs and producers Brax Moody and Vamparela, meanwhile have made a name for themselves putting on some of the most infamous underground parties Berlin has to offer, running their acclaimed blog and still finding time to make waves with their productions, a wild fusion of new wave, acid, slow techno and post-disco that has seen them work with the likes of Rodion, Mijo and Curses in recent years.