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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.

 

Video: Ioanna Gika – Out of Focus

Ioanna Gika is set to release her debut solo album ‘Thalassa’ on April 5th via Sargent House. ‘Thalassa’ takes its name from the primeval spirit of the sea, a nod to the singer’s Greek heritage and a thematic touchstone for the self-produced 10 song set.

The album announcement is accompanied by a self-directed music video for new album track “Out Of Focus,” featuring world surf champion Jake Caster as the Greek god Pan, cutting waves in a surreal indoor wave barrel as Gika performs the song beside him.

Written in Greece during a period of familial grief and romantic dissolution, ‘Thalassa’ documents an unanchored soul facing nature at its most unforgiving. Gika’s unique voice is laid bare, a beacon above the black water of dense, looming production that lies beneath. Her lyrics (recently quoted by Booker Prize winning author Arundhati Roy in her best-selling book The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness) sung in Greek as well as English, chart a path through her own mourning while luring the ear like a siren’s call.

“A series of deaths drew me home to Greece. The city of childhood memories was in disrepair. I drove past painted swastikas towards burial sites. I said goodbyes and grieved for those I didn’t get to say goodbye to. ‘Thalassa’ is about going through change that is unwanted yet unstoppable. It is a document of the dread, the adrenaline, and the surrender in the moments when you realise the only way to survive the wave, is to brace yourself and go through.”

The theme of change is represented not only in the album’s lyrics, but also in Gika’s production: from expansive opener Roseate,” shared online late last year, to the stark loneliness of album closer “Drifting,” she channels the helplessness of being plunged into the depths of ‘Thalassa’‘s great waves, along with the adrenaline of not knowing if she will come up for air.

Gika, who formerly toured the world as a member of IO Echo, recently completed a US run of live dates supportingDeafheaven and DIIV. She also wrote and performed the song “Estrange” with Tokimonsta on the latter’s Grammy nominated album Lune Rouge. She will support Garbage across the US in May as part of a Spring tour around the release of Thalassa. European dates to follow soon.

‘Thalassa’ is available to pre-order here: http://smarturl.it/IoannaGika

Keep Shelly in Athens – California Tears

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Roni Iron – Antalya EP (incl. Harri Agnel Remix)

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Greek producer and DJ Michaleas Panagiotis, aka Roni Iron, has just released his new EP via Hotworx Recordings. “Antalya EP” includes two new tracks and a remix from Harri Agnel. Atmospherical and dance sounds on downtempo rhythms combining vocals from East and the beloved to all Armenian Duduk.

Another beautiful fusion from different worlds and traditions that only music can offer with such strong feelings! Get it here.

Roni Iron was born in Athens in 1981 and today he lives permanently in Nafplio. After 20 years in the industry, he is now considered one of the leading music producers in the Electronica / Lounge / Uptempo / House scene. To date, Roni Iron has worked with great names such as James Lavelle, Deep Dish, Infected Mushroom and others.

Hotworx was created in 2017 and based in Heraklion in Crete, Greece. Purpose of the label and its future releases is exclusively and only electronic music with ethnic features.

Christos Papadogias – Sunday EP

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For this 62th release Famille Electro Records welcomes Christos Papadogias. His favourite sounds are Tech and Afro House rythms. Indeed, he has always loved his live performances in this kind of music . So he produces 2 tracks on that way for a pumping EP. “Sunday” is fresh, groovy with catchy base lines and atmospheric synthline. A high-energy track with an engaging vocal aspect. Code 4 is a Fast- paced, shuffled rhythm meets a fabulous huge pulsating sub-bass and hypnotics vocals for a punchy, uptempo end product.

To make the Ep even more robust joshua Puerta offers a stunning remix of Sunday. A rolling, tribal-infused track with an emphasis on its delightful percussive components with a focus on the big low-end frequencies and use of a hooky vocal line that adds an element of hypnotism to the track.

RELEASE DATE: 24/02/2019 – SPOTIFY RELEASE DATE 10/03/2019

Paul Anthonee – Soldier’s Heart EP

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Antonis Pavlidis is the man behind Paul Anthonee moniker; born in Nicosia, Cyprus and located in Greece, Paul Anthonee quickly established his name in the local scene regarding his quality & skills as a DJ, Radio & Music Producer!

As a DJ, he’s been a main feature in line ups of major festivals & main events such as REWORKS, Reborn Festival, Gathering Mountain Fest, ao.. as well as in top inhouse venues around Greece & Cyprus. Besides that, Paul Antonee has established a great rep as a radio producer as part of Extreme Radio (Gr) and airplays on Ibiza Global Radio, and other stations around Europe, while currently he’s been announced as a proud member of the premiere electronic music radio of his city-base, Fly 104 (Thessaloniki) being on air Mon-Fri 5-7pm!

After last releases on famous Suara by Ivan Ramos Coyu Paul return on Be Free Recordings with an ep full of energy that will overwhelm you at first listening.

To make even more beautiful the whole ep thinks Coeus already known for his tracks played by Tale Of Us, Black Coffee, Trikk, Petar Dundov and Pete Tong

Stevie R – Melt LP

Greek musician and producer Stevie R makes a welcome return to Chapter 24 Records with Melt. Above you can stream “Gkii”. The track introduces first the Egyptian and then the Greek melodies as a sort of cross-cultural dialogue, before fusing the two in a beautiful Greco-Egyptian harmony as the track unfolds. Featuring on the track is CERPINTXT, a young female Egyptian artist who was one of Stevie’s students at Point Blank.

Melt showcases Stevie’s desire to bring back ‘rebetiko’ – the little known, underground ‘blues’ music of his native Greece, music that was often outlawed due to its anti-establishment themes. His approach to making music is much like making art and his masterful ability to tell a story is omnipresent in all of his work. Infusing a modern electronic beat with the traditional sounds of his home country, Melt proved to be a cathartic process for Stevie.

In 2018 alone he played alongside artists including; John Talabot and Fitz Kalkbrenner. His live shows, which he’s taken to Sisyphos, ADE and Ministry Of Sound, are a multi-sensory journey. In his productions, Stevie incorporates a broad spectrum of instruments such as traditional Greek tzouras and baglamas, a variety of guitars, acoustic and electric violins, field recordings and modular synthesisers.

Stevie R ‘Melt’, released 15th March on Chapter 24 Records.

“Melt is the story of 13 animals trying to go to space. Each animal is a figure in the artist’s life, accompanying the others on the difficult journey. Nobody knows where space is, what it looks or feels like. To me, space is where our fears disappear, our loved ones stand beside us, and the fights in our mind cease. Nevertheless, there is a different journey for each and every one of us, our Universe is unique and the animals always look different; in this journey, we travel alone.” – Stevie R

Tracklisting:
01. Stépa
02. Delias feat. Djanan Turan & Master Dani
03. Asprúla
04. Gkii feat. CERPINTXT
05. Gunii
06. Bótsa Bótsa feat. Djanan Turan 7. Madilo feat. CERPINTXT
08. Red Lemon feat. CERPINTXT
09. Acid Tri feat. Djanan Turan
10. Tsari feat. CERPINTXT
11. Misirlu