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RIVRS – Friend Lover (Jimmy Edgar Remix)

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Following the release of their debut single ‘Friend Lover’ on Charli XCX’s Vroom Vroom Recordings imprint – a subsidiary of Atlantic Records UK, Charlotte Mallory (vocalist) and Fin Munro (multi-instrumentalist/keys) aka RIVRS have shared an electrifying rework from Detroit via Berlin producer Jimmy Edgar.

RIVRS are set to invade the airwaves over coming months with their elevating synths, seductive vocals and glistening pop. The duo’s sound draws inspiration from an array of artists such as Saint Etienne, Everything But The Girl as well as ‘80s indie pioneers, The Cure. Their nocturnal debut track ‘Friend/Lover’, which is one of the first songs they wrote, explores a personal relationship with its synth leanings and euphoric production, marking the very beginning of RIVRS assured rise (listen here). RIVRS commented – “Friend Lover’ is a song about unrequited love. We worked on the video with director Hannah Marshall, and it focuses on the idea of feeling trapped and unsure as to whether you should let your feelings for a friend be known.” You can watch the beautiful, accompanying video to ‘Friend/Lover’ below, produced by Hannah Marshall. At the end of last year, the duo unveiled their track ‘Last Love’, which launched on the New Faces II compilation from influential French label, Kitsuné Records and premiered on Billboard.com. They also played a sold-out show at London’s Camden Barfly. RIVRS are currently working on their debut album with Mark Ralph (Hot Chip, Years & Years).

JETS – The Chants

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Jimmy Edgar & Machinedrum return as JETS with forthcoming 4-Track EP.

JETS sophomore official release, their highly anticipated debut on ULTRAMAJIC see’s the two artists display an approach to production that deals in the paradoxes and ambiguities of both studio songwriting and raw live performance; a somewhat soothing amalgamation of disproportion, But also weirdly right, evident that despite Edgar and Stewart’s careers sharing striking parallels, they have know each other for…well forever.

The 4-track EP reassembles a long-scattered sketchbook of songwriting confidence that the pair have filled with drawings of cosmic rhythms, experimental sounds and other analogue obsessions.

“Our first record was more of us finding out space and creating a new environment of sound to work with. This release was much more about exploring the building of our creation”

“U-N-I’s’” colour and pallor coming as much from the soulful palette of Jamie Liddell’s vocal performance as the dirty turps the pair washed their synthetic brushes in.

JETS production finesse, awash with a delicate nocturnal mood as analogue drums meet colorful chords against a nightscape of glossy darkness.

“We spent a lot of time on the sounds, which were mostly from digital hardware sources. We also focused on the recording process more than ever, as we mixed the record on mastering equipment and experimented with bouncing parts onto tape”

The sounds that often many attribute to Jimmy or Travis as solo artists are slowly transpiring to be the opposite, their respective contrasting styles not only behaving with vibrant influence over one another but in turn establishing an exciting benchmark in electronic music songwriting.

Tracklist:
A1) “The Chants”
A2) “U-N-I”
B1) “Pyrite Blue”
B2) “Pink Beat

Tour Dates:
– 5/25 – Movement Festival / Detroit, MI
– 5/30 – We Love Green Festival / Paris, FR
– 6/6 – Parklife Festival / Manchester, UK
– 6/18 – Sonar Festival / Barcelona, ES
+ MORE TBC

JETS releases ‘The Chants” through ULTRAMAJIC on May 11th.

The Neon Judgement – TV Treated (Jimmy Edgar / DJ Hell Remixes)

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If the saying goes that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it can certainly be said that remixing may be the sincerest form of musical respect. More than thirty years after The Neon Judgement first released “TV Treated”, the song has reached a truly legendary status. Sadly, one might add, its message is more relevant than ever today: you don’t even need to be a conspiracy theorist to see that the shining eye is inherently evil.

Small wonder, then, that illustrious DJ’s like Helmut Josef Geier aka DJ Hell, the Berlin-based electroclash pioneer, and the multi-talented Jimmy Edgar from Detroit, stateside’s techno capital, were only too happy to add their names to the long list of artists who had previously created remixes of a track that has stood the test of time in defiance of every rule of commerciality. As such, it’s a fitting introduction to what will follow… Keep your eyes and ears peeled!

‘TV Treated – The Remixes’ will be out March 30th 2015, with the ‘Time Capsule’ boxset following on April 18th.

Jimmy Edgar – Who’s Watchin / Burn

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Saline is the third installment in a series of records from Ultramajic boss Jimmy Edgar. While the first part, Hot Inside, represented the element of fire, and its follow-up release, Mercurio, symbolized water, Saline is aligned with earth. It’s no accident that the name refers specifically to the earthly compound salt, as desalination is an integral metaphysical process that helps to hone the third eye.

The EP rises from the ashes of Hot Inside and Mercurio with “Burn,” a blazing acid-tinged banger that boats dry drums and a strangled wail. The reference to fire in the title suggests the evolution of Edgar’s series of singles, while the name of the track “Decalcify” invokes a process closely related to desalination, as both play a role in making the body more attuned to supernatural experiences. Ultramajic’s Chicago house influence enticed legendary footwork producer DJ Rashad, who’s voice can be heard in the sampled squawk on metallic tune “Walk Show.” The final track “Who’s Watchin,” features Jimmy’s own vocal, coy bleep-bloop instrumentation and hissing hi-hats. Taken as a whole, Saline and the other releases in Jimmy’s series of dance singles are designed to instigate the processes they allude to and aid in the path of spiritual development.

Watch the official video for “Who’s Watchin” and stream “Burn” below. Video directed by Brandon Tay.

JETS feat. Jamie Lidell – Midas Touch (Machinedrum Version)

JETS, a.k.a. the collaborative project of Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum, will drop its next effort on January 27th in the form of a two-track 12" featuring two cover versions of Midnight Star’s mid-’80s classic "Midas Touch." The single features Warp’s resident soulman Jamie Lidell on vocals and is backe with Machinedrum’s own solo version of the tune on the flip. Out via Berlin’s Leisure System imprint. Stream "Midas Touch (Machinedrum Version)" in full below.

Video: Py – Polyethers (+ Jimmy Edgar Remix)

Jade Pybus a.k.a. Py has shared the official video for her own debut single ‘Polyethers’, produced by Math Times Joy. The video was shot by Stephanie Sian Smith and edited by Tia Dunn. The single is out on June 30, backed with a Jimmy Edgar remix.

Video: Jimmy Edgar – Hot Inside

With his new Ultramajic imprint, Berlin-via-Detroit producer Jimmy Edgar is “on a mission to manifest dance culture on a level deeper than any bass can drop,” using his just-released Hot Inside EP as the latest step in that direction. Below, you can watch the official super-sick animated video for the record’s title track, directed by Brez.