Marie Davidson’s new album turns the mirror on herself. “Working Class Woman” – released on 5th October on Ninja Tune – is the Montreal-based producer’s fourth and most self-reflective record: it’s a document of her state of mind, of operating within the spheres of dance music and club culture. Drawing on those experiences, as well as an array of writers, thinkers and filmmakers who’ve influenced her, Davidson’s response to such difficult moments is to explore her own reaction to them and poke fun. “It comes from my brain, through my own experiences: the suffering and the humour, the fun and the darkness to be Marie Davidson.” It’s an honest document of where she currently stands. As she puts it,“It’s an egotistical album – and I’m okay with that.”
The sound of “Working Class Woman” is more direct than any of her previous outings. She still mines the same influences, from Italo Disco, to proto-industrial and electro, but leadens them with a gut-punching weight, making for a record that’s more visceral than any she’s released before. Industrial heaviness is balanced by Davidson’s spoken text – rather than spoken word, which she sees as a distinct tradition – dark, textured soundscapes are counterweighted by statements that carry a more darkly humourous edge than before, making observations on both aspects of club culture as well as more oblique critiques of the modern world. It’s something that’s encapsulated in the driving momentum of lead single ‘So Right’, released alongside a remix from John Talabot: it matches pared back lyrics with a melodic bassline and bright synths, her words sketching out a euphoric feeling that chimes with the music.
Taken from ‘The Night Land Remixed’, out May 18 on R&S Records.
Taken from “The Night Land’
Out now – https://randsrecords.lnk.to/the-night-land
Directed – Axel Petersén
Safe Changes is the first track Axel Boman and John Talabot shared from their Talaboman next LP. The Night Land will be out March 3rd on R&S Records. Pre-order here : randsrecords.lnk.to/the-night-land
John Talabot and Axel Boman AKA Talaboman, are ready to release their album, The Night Land, out March 3rd on R&S. Stream a preview of “Loser’s Hymn” off the LP, below. As they say, the record is “an attempt to reach our subconscious and to document our dreams. We want to ignite hope and push imagination. Close your eyes and open your mind.” Pre-order here.
2. Safe Changes
4. Six Million Ways
5. Loser’s Hymn
6. Brutal Chugga-Chugga
7. The Ghosts Hood
8. Dins El Llit
John Talabot and Marc Piñol are ready to release a collaborative EP as Quentin on Hivern Discs. Due out October 21st, the release features “Mirage” which can be streamed below, backed with “Rain.”
Jami Bassols has been a close member of Hivern since its beginnings as one half of Aster. Now, following the release of Noche/ Templo, his two acclaimed edits for NVH, he returns to the label with his solo debut as JMII.
In Thrills, the Barcelonian producer displays a sound that’s equally raw and lively, with a very personal sense of quirkiness. The title track is JMII’s most expansive production to date. An uplifting house number built around an elastic bassline and sprinkled with a bubbly arpeggiated melody, echoed vocal snips and ravey pads. Bailar is a sort of lunatic take on chi-house, with a crude bassline, psychotic organ chords and feverish percussion coming together to form an ultra-infectious groove.
Tightbrass follows a similar path, but conducted by frenzied synthetic horns that bring to mind a marching band of manic robots. In his remix, Comeme’s Christian S. brings the track to a darker territory, reducing it to it’s core elements and focusing in a nasty bassline that will for sure cause serious damage in the dancefloors in the upcoming months.
The 12” comes wrapped in a sleeve designed by Christian Schafer aka Graphic and Sound.
The digital version of “Thrills” also includes a rework of the EPs title track by Ξohn Talabot.Check it out below: