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KU – Ganja LP

Dimitris Papadatos is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who just released his sophomore album “Ganja” as KU. His songwriting practice is mainly based on improvisational techniques and oblique strategies and the lyrics are based on his – yet unpublished, poetry.

Since KU’s 2013 debut “Feathers”, many things have changed. Proxima-b was discovered, the socio-economical state in Greece started falling apart, a snowstorm brought a hurricane, the seas became tombs, watching a concert became life threatening and his other projects Jay Glass Dubs and The Hydra started taking off, gaining international acclaim. Inside this turmoil and with an aftermath of changes in his personal life taking the lead, he decided it was time for all the material laying dormant in his demos to take shape into a second album.

Spiraling from the throbbing force of “A Happening” to the shuttered melancholy of “Cypriol”, “Ganja” is an album of departures and arrivals, a faint signature of a life past and the decision for a new one. The album’s lyrics are the main objective. Holding strong position on matters such as power, love, ambition and depression, it underlines the addiction that may come to all of the above separately and simultaneously. The words are to make “Ganja” a severe read-through of the artist’s psyche transformed in its duration in front of the listener’s own ears.

Like the plant that gave the album its name, the music in “Ganja” is a beneficial parasite, a strong symbiotic and a deja-vu of emotions, smells, melodies and orchestrations, indefinable yet so specific. The instrumentation is deliberately as elemental as possible, emphasizing on the essence of sound. Space guitars, Battiato-ian moogs, persuasive percussion and hummed protoelectronics juxtaposed with acoustic fragility, choral grandiose and white reggae moods reveal a process that is never militant towards one direction.
Recorded live in its larger amount, with the talent, musicianship and knowledge of his long time collaborators Baby Guru in their Marginalia Studio and produced by the band’s Prins Obi and King Elephant as well as KU himself, in Mondays between May and June 2015, “Ganja” is a personal story sung and played between friends who fight, love, decide and forget each other but never unknow what brings them together. That sacramental moment when everything is in sync and the words and sounds float freely and fill up the room like smoke from a dried out herb.

Music and lyrics by KU. Additional music by Baby Guru. Produced by King Elephant, Prins Obi and KU.

Tracklist:
01 A Happening
02 Hyacinth
03 Turque
04 Dry Dates
05 Spring Elevator
06 Olympic Complex
07 Oolong “SoundCloud Radio edit”
08 Cypriol

Video: Sundayman – Dandelion

From the album “Scene Missing”.
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Σtella – Works For You LP

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Just when you got used to new albums arriving on a Friday, Greek indie pop singer, songwriter Σtella has bucked the trend, gone rogue and decided to release her stunning 2nd album ‘Works For You’ today (Monday). Which is great because it’s an amazing record and the sooner people can listen to it the sooner they can get some temporary relief from this crazy world.

Written and arranged by Σtella (with the exception of two tracks -“Nest” and “Walk Like I Taught You” – co-written with Velissarios Prassas), the album was recorded in Athens in 2016 and produced by artist and producer Nteibint and Σtella.

“Works For You” tells stories – its eleven pop songs talk about love and friendship, and celebrate introspection. With this album, Σtella has taken her music two steps forward, further refining her sound and continuing with her ambitious blends of pop and singer-songwriter influences to create her tightest and most mature work yet.

To mark release day Σtella has also uploaded a live video of her performing ‘I’ll Never Be’ live at Sonic Playground in Athens. You can also now stream the album in full on Spotify and Bandcamp (where you can also pick up the coloured vinyl) and purchase from iTunes and the like.

Order now: http://smarturl.it/83n8q3

Someone Who Isn’t Me featuring Σtella – Stop & Remember

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S.W.I.M. (Someone Who Isn’t Me) debut 7inch is out February 1st via Inner Ear. A new music project by three women in Athens: Marilena Orfanou (synths, composer – Berlin Brides, DJ Loo) Maria Hatzakou (drums – film producer at Haos Film) Gina Dimakopoulou (guitar – Katrin the Thrill). They love analogue sounds and toy synths, chaotic guitars, fake strings, female vocals and off-beat rhythms.

S.W.I.M.’s first appearance was a live ciné concert at the 16th Festival du Film Francophone de Grèce in 2015, where they performed their original soundtrack for the silent 1929 film Astero.

S.W.I.M.’s first single “Never Find It” featuring Natasha Giannaraki was written specially for the closing credits of Athina Rachel Tsangari’s 2015 feature film “Chevalier”, which won Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival.

Their first official release on Inner Ear is a 7″ vinyl single including the tracks Stop & Remember (A Side) and “Leap Of Faith” (B Side), featuring Coti K. and Σtella.

S.W.I.M. and Σtella will represent Greece in SXSW 2017.

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“”Stop and Remember” was originally written for a movie about six men playing power, funny games, stuck in a boat in the middle of the sea. It all started with an obsessive ride cymbal rhythm that reminded us of the waves. It’s a pop song within a “soundtrack” filled with strings and toy synths, that will definitely make you look up! We are happy to have the track included in Inner Ear’s 7inch project “A Distant Victory Singles Club”.”

“Stop & Remember” – Music by Marilena Orfanou & Σtella, Lyrics & Vocals by Σtella Produced by Someone Who Isn’t Me & Σtella Mixed & Additional Production by NTEIBINT.

Baby Guru – IV LP

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Athens, Greece psych-pop four-piece Baby Guru have announced their new album “IV”, follows the group’s 2015 mini-album “Sunshine Special” and is out on April 7th via Inner Ear. Below, hear the first track from the album, “Tell Me What You’re Made Of,” and check out the cover artwork and full tracklist.

After releasing their third full-length LP “Marginalia” in 2014, the members of Baby Guru spent the last years focusing on their individual careers. Singer Prins Obi and drummer King Elephant both released solo efforts and bassist Sir Kosmiche joined the psych-rock outfit “Chickn” and produced the debut album of Molimo (an African duo from Congo, performing live in the streets of Athens).

This year, Baby Guru’s fourth proper LP finds the band as a quartet and willing to push the boundaries once again, delivering their richest set of songs to date, both musically and lyrically.

They remain open to new directions without forgetting their roots and trademark sound and they seem mature enough to convey their feelings and thoughts on everyday struggle, (cosmic) unfulfilled romances, the illusions of fame, half-forgotten dreams, imaginary folk bands and disco freaks. “IV” is a hymn to group life and the work of four childhood friends who are seeking genuine forms of expression in a cold-hearted world.

Baby Guru are: Prins Obi (vocals,keys), King Elephant (drums), Sir Kosmiche (bass) and Kon Kon (guitar).

Baby Guru
IV
[Inner Ear Records]
Format: Lp, Cd, Digital
Release Date: April 7
Pre-order via Inner Ear , BandCamp

Tracklist:
1. Tell Me What You’re Made of
2. Bluebird Picnic
3. Oaxaca (The Calvino Song)
4. Before Sundown
5. Motel Rwanda
6. Palace in the Sun
7. Nothing Really Bothers Me
8. Amarousion

Σtella – Way To Go

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Greek singer/songwriter Stella Chronopoulou, better known by her stage name Σtella, has just shared another new track “Way To Go”. Taken from her forthcoming second album ‘Works For You’ (released on February 13 on Inner Ear Records), it reveals yet another side to this multi-faceted artist. The album is available for pre-order now with ‘Way To Go’, ‘I’ll Never Be’ and the album’s title track ‘Works For You’ all available to download immediately (all 3 are also streaming on Soundcloud now).

Σtella – I’ll Never Be

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Greek pop singer-songwriter and painter Stella Chronopoulou, aka Σtella, has shared a new track from her forthcoming second album ‘Works For You’ (released next February on Inner Ear Records). “I’ll Never Be” is a beautiful moment of melancholy pop and in her own words a “song about absence. The distance from things we were never close to, or never will be. Relationships we failed to have and experiences we’ll never be a part of.”

Sissi Rada – Pragma LP

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Berlin based Greek singer-songwriter and harpist Sissi Rada just released her adventurous album debut Pragma, on November 25th via Inner Ear Records. Maybe you know her from David August’s single Patria. Also, she has performed with David in Electronic Beats Festival Cologne 2015 and XJazz Festival Berlin 2015. The album produced by Max Trieder (The Hirsch Effekt).

Stream the entire album:

It took two years to compose and produce “Pragma”, which is the answer to her self released split EP “Personae”, released in 2013. The recordings took place in Berlin and Athens with her permanent collaborator and producer, Max Trieder. The album features guest appearances from artists who have contributed in many ways to the identity of SIssi Rada: Camerata Athens Quartet, Sergiu Nastaza (solo violin), Niklas Lutterbach (soundscape) and Florian Bitzer, Sebastian Meyer and Constanze Trieder (wind instruments).
This thematic album is an attempt to highlight the sensitivity of the things that surround us. It deals with the universal word “pragma” and its various uses and delves into the psychic bond of modern man with symbols, symbolism and referentiality. Bilingual lyrics underline the multi-culture of the times and the common words our unisexual root. Music-wise, it is hard to describe the sound of Sissi Rada for the reason that pop, electronic and classical elements blend in a unique way to create an equally unique genre that she calls coquettish-classical-electro-d oom pop.

Sissi Rada began studying the harp at the age of 11 and completed her post-graduate studies in Europe in 2016 (Bachelor in Music/ Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Master in solistic music/ Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Master in Orchestra/ Universität der Künste Berlin). Since 2012 she collaborates with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, Matthias Pintscher, the Athens State Orchestra and the Greek National Opera. In 2013 she released her first ΕΡ of electronic music, entitled “Personae” and she began her collaborations with various artists such as David August, Kadebostany, Lena Platonos and Foivos Delivorias. In 2015 she was the supporting act for Deerhoof.

Sundayman – Scene Missing LP

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Greek composer and producer Sundayman is back with his third solo album, entitled “Scene Missing“.

Following the very successful release of “Retronome”, Sundayman and George Manoloudis (lyrics, vocals, additional composing and artwork) joined forces once again and the creative process and exchange of ideas between the two friends resulted in “Scene Missing’. The album was recorded in Sundayman’s studio from February 2013 until December 2015 and was produced by the artist himself.

“Scene Missing” is not easily classified in a genre, because while it is basically an electronic pop synth record, based on the use of analogue vintage synthesizers with influences from the timbres of the 70’s and 90’s, one can listen in this certain psychedelic elements and an atmosphere of film music. In other words, “Scene Missing” could be the soundtrack of all the outtakes of a film that has never been filmed, but only existed in the minds of its creators.

Born in Athens, Greece, Kyriakos Moustakas (aka Sundayman) has been acquainted to music from an early age – at 6 he started piano lessons and music theory, by 15 he was already incorporating electronic sounds and synthesizers in his first compositions-. His passion for music and the pursuit of his artistic development led him on a dedicated path towards production and sound engineering.

In 1998 he joined the Los Angeles-based recording company, M-beat, as their lead producer. From then on, he has constantly participated in many compilations in Greece and the US.

Under the name Sundayman, he has released two solo albums: “Outerland” (2009) and “Retronome” (2012). He is also member of the ambient duet Yellow Slots, counting one release already and getting ready for the next one.

In 2001, he founded Inhousemusic and he is also co-founder of Rabbeats Music. Both companies are specializing in the creation and production of bespoke music for television, radio spots and film soundtracks. Through Inhousemusic he has worked with almost every advertising agency in Greece, composing and producing music for more than 400 TV spots.

Sundayman – Scene Missing
[Inner Ear Records]
Format: Lp, Cd, Digital
Release Date: November 7
pre-order it here

Tracklist:
1. Jupiter
2. All Is You
3. Sun King
4. Parts Of You
5. Dandelion
6. Smooth
7. Lovers
8. Not Me
9. Alive
10. The Big Old Why

Chickn – Aleppo/Jam

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“MEN ARE DEAD, MEN ARE GONE, BUT SOME CHICKN CARRIED ON”

Chinkn’s Aleppo sounds like a lost Aphrodite Child demo dipped in classic rock fanaticism.

Chickn is a modular music group formed during the Christmas holidays of 2012 in Athens, Greece. They recorded their first demo in the summer of 2013, when they obtained their current form. Chickn are Angelos Krallis (vocals, guitars, lute, ,tsambouna, udu), Evangelos Aslanides (drums, percussion, djembe, darbuka, bendir) and Pantelis Karasevdas (drums, percussion, congas, djembe).

Chicken’s debut, self-titled, LP will be out 10/10/16 on Inner Ear Records. This is a radio zapping on a 68-minute car drive. This is a field unfolding in front of your very eyes and at the same time a call of wandering. This is an attempt of some people to invent themselves through playing. This is Jetztzeit rock. A sound conceived as jump in the free sky of history.

The album was composed by the Athens-based trio in Athens and Valencia from fragments of many years during the period 2014-2015. It was recorded from July to October 2015 in Sonic Playground Studio and in Iraklis Vlachakis’ home in Athens. The album was produced by Chickn and Nikos Triantafyllou and it was mastered by Alan Douches in West West Side Studios in New York.

Out via Inner Ear Records. Release Date: October 10
Pre-order: Inner Ear / Bandcamp