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Video: Hxotopia – Ayrio Tha Fygw

ΗΧΟΤΟΠΙA – Αύριο Θα Φύγω. Από το album “Χωρίς Ταχύτητα”.
Pre-order: https://smarturl.it/u2mmuc

Hior Chronik – One Eternity at a Time

Seductive drone and post cinematic soundscapes between ambient, indie-neoclassical music. These are the best words to describe the vibes of the new album by the Greek/Berliner composer Hior Chronik, entitled “Blind Heaven” out on November 8th via 7K!.

The first single “One Eternity at a time” featuring Francesco Donadello is out today. Available to stream or buy: https://7k.lnk.to/blindheaven

Franz Matthews & Local Suicide – Remixes

Making their debut on Eskimo Recordings this March, Berlin producers Franz Matthews& Local Suicide’s ‘Meditation / Tutan Jamon’ was a heady brew of psychedelic disco that joined the dots between the German capital and the sun soaked souks of North Africa.

Hailed as “propulsive and zen” by Resident Advisor and championed by DJs including Dj T, Red Axes, Perel & Acid Washed, the tracks have now been giving a fresh rub, with Eskimo going one better even than the genie from the Arabian Nights and fulfilling 4 wishes summoning up remixes from Manfredas, Chaim, NTEIBINT and The Oddness.

First out of the trap is Lithuanian producer Manfredas. Having made a name for himself with releases on labels like Les Disques de la Mort, Multi Culti and I’m A Cliché, Manfredas turns in a head spinning remix of Tutan Jamon, teasing out and extending the track in a masterclass of delayed gratification that eventually dissolves into acidic bleeps and drones.

Tel Aviv’s Chaim remix of Tutan Jamonmeanwhile sees the sometime Bpitch Control and Disco Halal producer up the tempo whilst losing none of the original’s exotic vibe. In his hands the track becomes a propulsive nu-disco number perfect for late summer parties under the stars.

Eskimo stalwart NTEIBINT is up next with his reinterpretation of Meditation. Once again the Greek producer goes to show just why the label has him on speed dial, delivering a stunning remix with Vamparela’s vocals and a hypnotic bass line combining to mesmerising effect.

Finally fresh from remixing Satin Jackets Australian rising star The Oddness returns to Eskimo with his own spaced out take on Meditation. Keeping the tempo slow and low the Melbourne producer unravels the track, pulling apart its constituent parts and allowing them all to float free.

Larry Gus – Subservient LP

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Photo credit: Kostantia Manthou

Larry Gus (real name Panagiotis Melidis) returns to DFA with Subservient, his fourth release for the label. More pop-oriented than his previous albums, Subservient is a lush combination of “crisis funk pop and trad Mediterranean grooves.” Lyrics sung in Greek and English address Larry’s overwhelming struggles with being a father, husband, artist, and human in 2019. In the artist’s own words, this album is about “trying to understand empathy and act with it on everyday life,” as well as “the imperative of empathy above everything else.”

Listen to the first single, “Taped Hands Here”:

Subservient is sample-free, a first for Larry, who plays every instrument himself: a drum kit, an SM57 microphone, a guitar, a bass, a TE OP-1 synthesizer, and a Roland JV-1010 synth module. This is fourth-world power pop, as if Alex Chilton was produced by Eno and Hassell. The thoughtful, upbeat arrangements and gentle vocals are spacious and warm, and tend to offset whatever darker tone the lyrics might imply. Larry confronts more acute tensions, such as being a father in Greece during the crisis, and the parallels of a child’s sicknesses and adult ailments, as well as larger, more existential pressures – the grasp of nostalgia, the weight and meaning of making decisions, and the desire to move from hermeticism towards sociability.

The record graciously explores the nuance that can be found within delineated lines: pop and folk music, rooted in Greek tradition; internal anxieties and empathy expressed outward; the tightrope struggle of living in the present and wallowing in the past.

Larry will also be releasing a 7-inch single alongside the album, which features two A-sides, “Kerkis (Judas-Tree)” and “Foreign Steps,” from the same recording sessions as Subservient. The lyrics to “Kerkis (Judas-Tree)” were written by Efthimis Filippou, an award-winning screenwriter known for his work with director Yorgos Lanthimos on films like DogtoothThe Lobster, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. The 7-inch precedes an upcoming audio play, written by Efthimis and scored by Larry, to be produced with the Onassis Stegi (AKA Cultural Center) sometime next year. The audio play will be released on DFA in 2020.

Preorder the record here.

Tracklist:
01. Total Diseases (Subservience)
02. A Likely Projection
03. Text of Intent
04. Taped Hands Here
05. In This Position
06. Ayler the Pilot
07. The Sun Sections
08. Readers & Authors
09. Classifying a Disease

Ilton – Good & Gone

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Ilton has released his debut EP, Good & Gone. Incorporating pulsing synths and elusive guitar riffs wrapped in introspective moody vocals, Ilton delivers an evocative EP that takes into account the avenues of self discovery and the struggles of releasing the past.

Good & Gone presents Ilton’s musical journey in exploring who he is not only as an artist, but as an individual. The title track, “Good & Gone” highlights the struggles of breaking away from the past while maintaining one’s own self integrity. The track blends electronic pop rhythms with mesmerizing synths to captivate his listeners and serves as a complex anthem. The second track, “Closer”, defines one urgent desire to reach self success despite feeling any sense of doubts and fear. This track displays uplifting beats and electronic balance to keep the listener engaged throughout. The EP is lined with hypnotic elements and entrances the listener into Ilton’s world.

Ilton and his family immigrated to the U.S. from Greece at a young age to seek opportunities and growth in a new home. Now Brooklyn based Ilton cites inspiration from New York’s local community of artists and finds solace in the support given between creatives outside of the music industry. Ilton started writing and producing for others in 2012, but it wasn’t until 2018 that he joined forces with Unisex Records that Ilton decided to take a step in his own light and create solo pieces. His debut single, “Going Up” began his underground following that allowed him to perform at multiple venues throughout New York City.

With two upcoming music videos on the horizon, be sure to keep an eye out for this blooming artist.

DSF – Kyklades

Summer is here and a new name joins the All Day I Dream family. DSF, hailing from Greece, creates magical house music in his studio and these tracks are an amazing introduction. Expect to see his name everywhere soon.

Get it here: https://smarturl.it/ADID047

Gadless – Would I Lie To You

Amour Records brings together the crème-de-la-crème of Greek producers, singers, songwriters, and musicians in a brand new portfolio: Grecospectiva.
Starting off with the beloved 90s, 14 artists join forces in this compilation, the very first of the series, transforming songs that influenced them the most.

Get it here: https://www.amour-records.com/product-page/various-artists-grecospectiva-90s

Keep Shelly in Athens – California Tears (RΠЯ Remix)

Keep Shelly in Athens’ RΠЯ remixes ‘California Tears’. Get it here.

Alex Dimou – What Keeps You There EP

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Having produced the standout Tot EP for the imprints sub-label, Rebellion, Alex Dimou makes a welcome debut on Crosstown Rebels with What Keeps You There.

“I met Vili, the singer on What Keeps You There, during a theatre play we were both a part of. During the rehearsals, I heard her singing and that was it! She helped with the lyrics and since then we have been working on several projects together! The inspiration behind Let it be Known was a computer game I was playing at the time, which featured monsters with deep voices. Having that in mind, I tried to make a track with these aspects!”. Alex Dimou.

The EP begins with the enchanting nature of What Keeps You There. A prominent piano roll opens proceedings, with Vili’s moving vocals soon introduced over a chugging bassline. Cevin Fisher’s remix of the title track comes next. A more minimal take on the lead record, subtle kicks converge on rustling percussion, before Vili’s emotive vocals once again form a poignantly heartfelt production. Avidus provide a dance floor-ready rework of the original, that features a mechanical sounding synth and an echoing, electric breakdown, before the EP is rounded off with Let It Be Known, a four-to-the-floor, pumping house cut made up of strong kicks and driving pads.

Alex Dimou is a producer, DJ and remixer whose career has seen him perform all around the global circuit. As a remixer, he has collaborated with the likes of Maya Jane Coles and M.A.N.D.Y, whilst his own releases have found a home on Jamie Jones’ Hottrax as well as renowned Berlin imprint Get Physical Music. Legendary American producer Cevin Fisher has been releasing standout records since 1995, achieving five entries in the UK singles chart between 1998 and 2001. German duo Avidus are regulars on Crosstown Rebels, and continue to run their own imprint Empore Music, which was launched in 2015.

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