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Lena Platonos – Balancers LP

Greek electronic music legend Lena Platonos returns to Dark Entries with Balancers, an LP of previously unreleased material recorded between 1982-1985. Athens-based Platonos has worked with the label previously to reissue her three solo LPs – Gallop, Sun Masks, and Lepidoptera – as well as to release three accompanying 12” EPs featuring modern remixes of her work. She is renowned for her forays into cutting-edge electronic experimentation as well as her striking, impressionistic poetry and lyrics, always recited in Greek. 

The twelve tracks on Balancers reveal a murkier side of Lena, one draped in tenebrous washes and oneiric utterances. Ragged analog rhythms feature on several tracks, even breaking into a brooding electro groove on “A Cat in the Corner”, but the predominant tone is sparse and somber. Mournful instrumental “Phaethon” swells to mythological proportions, while “In September” feels small enough to fit in your pocket. Lena’s poetry sits amidst lush pads and Radiophonic Workshop-esque squiggles, her voice setting an intimate tone in the shifting electronic sea. Inspiration is drawn from Greek mythology and architecture, and lyrics evoke a soft sorrow, an ambivalence towards love, life, and the passage of time. Although the material here spans 3 years and features a range of recording fidelities and synthesis techniques, the collection possesses the heft of a singular artist’s vision.

Balancers was remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios. Eloise Leigh designed the sleeve, which features a doubled Lena in washed-out burgundy hues, channeling the femininity and mystery of the album. Also included is an insert with lyrics in both Greek and English.

Sissi Rada – Maps feat. Lena Platonos

On November 19th Gomma records’ new offshoot imprint Kryptox presents ‘Nanodiamond’ – the enchanting album by Athenian harpist, singer, electronic alchemist and star-in-waiting Sissi Rada. It features co-production by Brian Eno and Andi Toma of Mouse on Mars, with guest vocals from cult Greek heroine Lena Platonos.

Abstract and experimental but not difficult, instead the record is a friendly good trip, like a strage but pleasant dream, or an endorphin-fuelled flight through the cosmos. This treasure trove of glowing Aegean beauty entices listeners to luxuriate in its balmy georgeousness, where rich vocals reverberate inside sparkling, jewel-encrusted grottos of sound. 

Although standout and singular, Rada’s unclassifiable leftfield songs bring to mind the likes of Kate Bush, Van Dyke Parks, ‘Kid A’ era Radiohead, Katie Gately and Georgia’s ‘All Kind Music’.  Atmospherically, there’s a kinship with Coil, Karen Gwyer and Deux Filles, whilst her magical harp draws contemporary links to Mary Lattimore and Brandee Younger, plus historical nods to Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane.  

In addition to making weird-and-wonderful works such as this, Sissi is also one of the best classical harpists in Europe. She is a member of the New York Times endorsed Teodor Currentzis’ musicAeterna orchestra, and frequently collaborates with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Sissi combines skills in writing that only musicians with huge knowledge and compositional ability have, with an intuitive approach to electronics that’s creative, but not technically advanced. She incorporates lo-fi, noisy textures, random samples and raw sound design, which, when combined with her voice and instrument, merge and become sumptuous.

The melodic, harmonic and sonic concepts of ‘Nanodiamond’ are routed in an impressionistic heritage which is a favorite of her’s (and many of the great Russian classical composers too). Like impressionist paintings, this is based on eschewing exactitude, and instead using unconventional techniques to capture a feeling.

Rada met Brian Eno while both were working in Paris for the world premiere of Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s ambitious film / installation project, ‘DAU’. They ended up performing together at a late-night impromptu show, involving Eno and members of Orchestra MusicAeterna, at Théâtre de la Ville. He liked what Sissi did and invited her to his studio. Their collaboration on album track ‘81948 (2000 OM69)’ “just happened”, when she began improvising on one of his keyboards.

Sissi was born in Athens, studied in Amsterdam and Berlin (at Universität der Künste), and has since lived in Berlin, where she met Andi Thoma in the city’s fertile underground scene. 

Tracklist:  

A1) ‘Karaburun Peninsula’ A2) ‘Athena’ A3) ‘Nanodiamond’A4) ‘Maps’ featuring Lena Platonos (produced by Andi Toma) A5) ‘Ichthys’ A6) ‘Pyrametron’ A7) ‘Debris’B1) ‘Too La’ B2) ‘Φ ‘B3) ‘81948 (2000 OM69)’ (produced by Brian Eno) B4) ‘Blueblack Tomb’ (produced by Andi Toma) B5) ‘Sorrow’ B6) ‘Elegierig’

Pet Shop Boys – Home And Dry (Utimono Remix)

“Home and dry” was never a massive hit for Pet Shop Boys. It’s a “misunderstood” love ballad with beautiful chords and a chorus that will stick in your head and will sing it in the shower. Well… here’s my trance remix to add a bit of club sexiness sound to it. Enjoy it as much as I did creating it 🙂

Utimono

Free download : https://hypeddit.com/track/ka6dso

Video: Olga Kouklaki – Haze

HAZE is the first single from Olga Kouklaki’s forthcoming album DUSTY DIAMOND ; coming out the 21st of September 2021. Find HAZE here 👉 https://bit.ly/2TzfbWg

Pan Pan – Χτύπα με σαν ρεύμα στην πίστα feat. Melentini

Get it here: https://panpanathens.bandcamp.com/

Virginyah feat. Rsn – Therapy Sessions EP

After her first single, Virginyah, in collaboration with composer and producer RSN, makes her first debut with “Therapy Sessions” EP which is out now on Timewarp Music.

The music of the album draws from the 90’s soul/funk style with trip hop, hip hop and R&B elements and it includes 5 songs. It is the outcome of a maiden voyage in pursuit of real self, a course towards consciousness and acceptance, something that is revealed in Virginyah’s self-referential lyrics and her soft-hearted performance.

Composition and production is signed by RSN, widely known for his distinctive sound, his music for films and documentaries, as well as his participation in productions of international musicians. Great musical contribution by Greek-born, Grammy winner and Grammy nominated bass player Panagiotis Andreou who belongs to a dynamic group of New York-based creative musicians redefining the contemporary music scene. Other musicians performing in the song “Do That Thing” are Dionysis Morfis on guitar riff, Kyriakos Kouvelas on solo guitar and Maya Siozou on rap vocals.

Virginyah has a rich musical background with classical and modern vocal studies. She was a member of the polyphonic female vocal group Fonés and has performed in festivals all over the world. She has collaborated so far with acclaimed Greek musicians. She also performs on music stages in Athens with the dance polyphonic quartet Dreamy Whispers.

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KIT KIDO – Sharp Blade

Kit Kido (real name: Katerina Kozadinou) is a contemporary torch singer and “Sharp Blade” is her debut release, the first of a series of singles to be released in 2021. Noir synth sounds, uptempo beats and soulful melodic lines create a balance between electro-pop nostalgia and dance euphoria.

With a background in jazz studies, drawing inspiration from popular music and with distinct 90’s influences, Kit Kido blends with ease lyrical storytelling in a digital soundscape. Somewhere between the present and the future, she surrounds her dystopian love stories with guitars, loops and synthesizers, in that thin line where fantasy meets reality.

Marva Von Theo – Somewhere Safe

Formed in 2017, MARVA VON THEO are two classically trained musicians Marva Voulgari and Theo Foinidis based in Athens.

Their self-released debut long-player ‘Dream Within A Dream’ came out in 2018 and while there was promise in its dark introspective concept, it was not fully realised. Introducing some more uptempo rhythm structures, MARVA VON THEO have taken more time to produce the follow-up album Afterglow’to express those darker bittersweet feelings that often come after the end of something beautiful, a situation that is wholly relatable with current world events.

‘Somewhere Safe’ is smothered in agitation; utilising screaming vocals and a growling synthbass sequence, it provides a dramatic setting for another album highlight.

Marva Von Theo  Afterglow  out now via Wave Records.

Skymap – Scorpius

Greek producer Skymap releases chill-out gem “Scorpius”. Get it here.

Aonian – Ascent

AONIAN brings his new single ‘Ascent’, fusing melodic, trippy electronica with Mediterranean soundscapes.

The first glimpse to Aonian’s world as the first single of his upcoming debut album, it showcases a blend of contemporary electronic synths and swirling melodies, colliding with dreamy traditional and ethnic soundscapes.

With references to traditional and folk elements from his home country, the Greek born and London based producer successfully pays homage to our past and present whilst remaining loyal to an ever-changing cultural identity.

Ascent was inspired by conversations I had with friend, storyteller, and ethnomusicologist Anastasis Sarakatsanos (@nomadmusicamsterdam) back in the summer of 2017, conversations surrounding history, migration, and cultural identity, and how that part of history (and present) kept fuelling folklore stories and traditional music, as well as modern art in the Balkans, and the Mediterranean cultures. His performance on the Qanun instrument is featured throughout the track and made me overcome my initial doubts in including soundscapes from my motherland in my productions.

It’s the first track of my debut album, and the entrance to my Aonian world.” – Alkis Livathinos

Having already established a trusted reputation in composition across media and brands (including Louis Vuitton and Glossier), AONIAN emerges from five-years of conceptual and instrumental experimentation, delivering a refreshing sound, listeners need.

His recent remix for the Glastonbury brothers – Speakman Sound – has been supported and played by DJ John Digweed in a Bunker Sessions set and his upcoming debut album has attracted interest from the likes of London start-up Remixology HQ and the recently awarded music blog Give it a Spin.

Ascent is out now, as the first single of his upcoming self-titled debut album.