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Josin – Company (Kiasmos Remix)

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Josin – the project from German composer and producer Arabella Rauch – has premiered a new remix of ‘Company’ from Kiasmos, the electronic duo made up of BAFTA-winning Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds, and the Faroe Islands’ Janus Rasmussen, known as the mastermind of the electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup.

Kiasmos’ take on ‘Company’ maintains the raw beauty of the original vocal and combines it perfectly with a distinctly Kiasmos style, creating affecting and emotional soundscapes from a minimal electronic approach. “It feels a bit unreal to be honest to have a Kiasmos remix of one of my songs” explains Josin. “I love their work and their approach to electronical music. While waiting to hear a first mix I was excited about how the two worlds would sound combined: From the first notes I heard, it made complete sense. Very Kiasmos, very Josin. They used the right essentials from the original and added their deepness and emotional colour in an amazing way. The way they kept the vocal part completely unfiltered and raw is exactly how I see the vocals in that track. For me, the remix raises the song to a new level and inspires me back for my own work.”

The original track was written last summer during a campervan trip in Norway on a ridiculously small, battery-powered keyboard. “It was fun because I was able to work on the melodies basically everywhere: On a kayak in the middle of the ocean, while hiking, while waiting for ferries” explains Josin. “Sometimes writing on the go and with less gear makes one focus on the essentials more. Company is about trying to become one with something but not succeeding. It´s a solitary, careful declaration of love.”

Last year Josin released her debut acclaimed EP ‘Epilogue’ via Swedish independent label Dumont Dumont (Ry X, José González). The EP sees a dynamic blend of electronic jolts, enhanced by keyboards and haunting poetic vocals that draw on a variety of traditions, from classical to electronic. As a self-taught producer, Josin is always experimenting, incorporating the electronical world into her writing as well as composing string arrangements.

Josin will be performing at this year’s Great Escape Festival in Brighton on May 18th at 8.30pm at the Unitarian Church.

Video: Kiasmos & Högni – Zebra

Taken from the Erased Tapes tenth anniversary box set 1+1=X, released on June 29. Order the Ltd. Edition 3LP or pre-order the 2CD/DL version: http://phonofile.link/1-1-X

Late Night Tales: Ólafur Arnalds

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Standing at the intersection where techno meets classical music, Ólafur Arnalds directs the newest Late Night Tales, set for release on 24th June 2016.

After releasing the breakthrough album ‘And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness’, in 2014 he was awarded a BAFTA for best original music for the TV series Broadchurch. Arnalds’ music has a quietude that seems perfectly apposite and that’s evident here as each song drifts like an autumn wind towards the next.

Arnalds has enlisted the help of a few of his countrymen for the journey out west – electronic bands Samaris and Hjaltalín – and just as his records manage to combine the experimentalism and adventure of electronic music with a classical sensibility, here he weaves them perfectly, using tracks like Koreless’ brilliant post-dubstep ‘Last Remnants’ alongside the enigmatic brilliance of Jai Paul. It’s a perfect musical landscape that is eerie yet beautiful, as on Odesza’s ‘How Did I Get Here’.

As if Ólafur wasn’t spoiling us enough, he offers up three exclusives: his own ‘Kinesthesia I’ and ‘RGB’ and ‘Orgoned’ by his techno side project Kiasmos. Alongside that we have the obligatory cover version (Destiny’s Child’s ‘Say My Name’) and also a Late Night Tales debut for David Tennant, reading a story by Anam Sufi, with whom Ólafur worked on Broadchurch.

When I was asked to do the next installation of the Late Night Tales series I thought “This will be fun and easy, only a couple of days work. No problem!”. Six months later, I was still pulling my hair out in some kind of quest to make the perfect mix. As someone who has never really done mixes before, I learned a lot of things along the way and the whole experience was very inspiring. I decided to approach the mix in a similar way as I would one of my scores. This is the soundtrack of my life. I included songs from many of my friends and collaborators and tried to deliver a mix that represents who I am as an artist and where my influences are coming from – both personally and musically.” – Ólafur Arnalds, March 2016

Tracklist:
Hjálmar Lárusson and Jónbjörn Gíslason – Jómsvíkingarímur – Ýta Eigi Feldi Rór
Julianna Barwick – Forever
Koreless – Last Remnants
Odesza – How Did I Get Here (Instrumental) (Late Night Tales Exclusive)
Anois – A Noise
Samaris – Góða Tungl
Ólafur Arnalds – RGB (Late Night Tales Exclusive)
Rival Consoles – Pre
Four Tet – Lion (Jamie xx Remix)
Jai Paul – Jasmine
James Blake – Our Love Comes Back
Spooky Black – Pull
Ólafur Arnalds ft. Arnór Dan – Say My Name (Exclusive Cover Version)
Sarah Neufeld & Colin Stetson – And still they move
Kiasmos – Orgoned (Late Night Tales Exclusive)
Ólafur Arnalds – Kinesthesia I (Late Night Tales Exclusive)
Hjaltalín – Etheral
David Tennant – Undone (Exclusive Spoken Word)

Kiasmos – Live on KEXP

KEXP.ORG presents Kiasmos performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded December 11, 2015.

Songs:
Gaunt
Swept
Bent

Kiasmos – Swept (Tale Of Us Remix)

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Following on from their Record Store Day ‘Looped EP’ release, which featured remixes by Dauwd and Lubomyr Melnyk, Kiasmos – made up of Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen – return with three new tracks and a remix by Tale Of Us.

Recorded in various locations including Reykjavík and Berlin, the EP opens with ‘Drawn’, a four-minute percussion fuelled track with gentle piano motifs. ‘Gaunt’ features the addition of ambient synths and a drum loop, underpinned by slow-moving chords. Title track ‘Swept’ which the duo offered to fans as a surprise gift in form of a free download card at previous show dates, showcases a more club-oriented beat structure alongside Kiasmos’ signature emotive instrumentation.

Closing the EP is a remix from Berlin-based duo Tale of Us who met Kiasmos in London and twist the original downbeat title track into their distinctively dark aesthetic. Pulsating hats and a driving bass loop add pace as the track builds toward an epic breakdown.

The ‘Swept EP’ will be released on 12”/DL via Erased Tapes on November 20th, 2015.

Pre-order the ‘Swept EP’ on 12″/DL: www.erasedtapes.com/store/index/ERATP078 or via iTunes: snip.ftpromo.net/sweptep

Kiasmos – Held (Dauwd Remix)

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Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen release exclusive 12” for Record Store Day 2015 featuring remixes by Dauwd and Lubomyr Melnyk.

After releasing their debut album of unique Nordic electronic sounds in late 2014, Kiasmos – made up of Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen – return with a special 3-track EP featuring album highlight ‘Looped’ and remixes of album tracks ‘Held’ and ‘Burnt’.

Made in Ólafur’s newly build studio in Reykjavík, Iceland, the title track ‘Looped’ was recorded using acoustic instruments next to a variety of synthesizers, drum machines and tape delays. It also features Ólafur performing on the grand piano, producing an ambient, textured sound, which makes it a perfect home listen and equally danceable tune.

UK electronic producer Dauwd (Kompakt/Ghostly), who Kiasmos specially selected to perform at their sold out London album release show as well as remix their track, has crafted a chilled club version of ‘Held’. Whilst Ukrainian pianist and fellow Erased Tapes artist Lubomyr Melnyk has created a unique re-interpretation of ‘Burnt’ in his signature “Continuous Music” mode, performed on two pianos.

It was an honour to be asked to remix an artist for Erased Tapes. Both the label and the artists I admire. And it was such a pleasure to work with the source material from Kiasmos. The parts had so much texture and warmth that working with them in my own space was quite inspiring. I tried to respond impulsively to the parts and allow anything to happen. I think I achieved something with a balance of the original vibe and looking in another direction.” – Dauwd

I really enjoy the music of Ólafur and Janus. And this was a wonderful opportunity to take their theme for ‘Burnt’ and turn it into some Continuous Piano. A tiny new cadence crept into the piece. And that this is on vinyl with 24-bit sound is all the better!” – Lubomyr Melnyk

We were very excited to get two of our favourite active musicians to do these remixes for us. Lubomyr providing a very special and unique rework with his double piano recording and Dauwd with a great dance centered remix. Both musicians brought out very interesting things in the originals that we had even missed ourselves.” – Kiasmos

The ‘Looped EP’ will be released by Erased Tapes on April 18th as a Ltd. Edition 12” – exclusively for Record Store Day 2015