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Video: Robot Koch – Dark Waves feat. Delhia de France

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Below you can watch the official video for “Dark Waves” from German producer/electronic musician Robot Koch. The song appears on his album HYPERMOMENT out now on Monkeytown Records (Modeselektor’s label).

Filmed entirely on an iPhone6s plus (following a trend for videos ie Kanye West’s “Only One” and Kate Nash’s “She Rules”), “Dark Waves” director Sven Dreesback takes Koch’s atmospheric tune to video of surfers Ryan Gast, Elija Bustos and Michael Ralla in open water.

Moderat – III

The trio of Apparat (Sascha Ring) and Modeselektor (Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary) akka Moderat, are ready to release their third and final album, III, on April 1st, following 2013’s II and 2009’s Moderat. The record is being co-released by Mute Records and Monkeytown Records.

Moderat will also tour all over Europe and North America in support of their upcoming album. For visual direction and their impressive live shows the trio teamed up with renowned artist collective Pfadfinderei.

For further details & tickets visit: http://moderat.fm/. Watch a trailer for the tour below. ‘III’ is ready for pre-order now!

Video: Robot Koch – Care feat. Julien Marchal

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German electronic musician, singer and songwriter ROBOT KOCH will be releasing his new album HYPERMOMENT on Modeselektor’s Monkeytown Records November 6 and is now offering the song “Care” as an instant grat along with its gorgeous video created by freelance filmmaker and audio technology researcher Mickael Le Goff. His creation is a stunning compliment to KOCH’s melancholy production featuring Julien Marchal.

Le Goff’s work focuses on a strong interaction between sound and images, using traditional video techniques as well as stop motion, light painting animation, 3D, VFX or generative coding. For the release of ROBOT KOCH’s new album, he created a hypnotic and organic world of visuals traveling from space to small crystals formation. Creating the images for “Care,” small droplets of ink were placed in a drop of oil in suspension. When releasing in the water, the slowly evolving mixture of oil and colored ink created interestingorganic structures. The process has been repeated with some inertia in the water and these structures started to somehow dance, fitting nicely with the music flow. All the images have been filmed with macro lenses and a glass of water. (More about Le Goff can be found at http://mlegoff.tumblr.com/ or https://vimeo.com/mickaellegoff)

HYPERMOMENT, while retaining ROBOT’S much loved hallmarks, is a true evolution of his sound and style. Driving deeper into more intimate territory with swathes of warm, saturated, analog sounds, real world field recording, and lush pianosand soundscapes, this is the first of any of ROBOT’S works to feature his own voice (as can be heard on “Care,” “Serenade” and “Fernwood”). The field recordings were captured along ROBOT’S nomadic writing trips to New York, Berlin and the inspiring Joshua Tree in California, as well as his new home base of Silver Lake in Los Angeles, where he was constantly writing and re-writing the tracks to fit in with the basis and ethos of the album.

Video: Howling – Stole The Night

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After exploding onto the scene with an accidental hit, ‘Howling,’ the unexpected duo of Australian singer/producer/cult folk artist Ry X (of The Acid) and Berlin’s 4/4 innovator Frank Wiedemann (of Âme and Innervisions) are now on the heels of an equally surprising debut album, Sacred Ground. Set for release in 4th May 2015 as a collaboration between MODESELEKTOR’s Monkeytown Records and Ninja Tune imprint Counter Records, Howling’s lush LP unfolds as subtly and instinctively as their artistic process.

Often recorded on-the-fly between rehearsals and while on the road for their European tour, their acoustic/electronic compositions incorporate delicate instrumentation, warm strings and organs, driving analogue sounds, gentle field recordings, and of course Ry X’s unmistakable voice. Although there are distinct traces of both artists present throughout all 10 tracks, as a duo they’ve created a sound that veers away from anything expected. ‘Signs’ – the album’s first single – is a hypnotic capturing of their unique new sound, with Ry’s ethereal vocals floating through a divine minimalistic landscape.

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Watch the powerful Ry X & Dugan O’Neal directed video for “Stole The Night” below. Listen to the Âme mix here & Midland mix here.

Some words on the video:
Dugan and I always set out to capture the emotional essence of imagery in connection to music. In this ‘Stole the Night’ video we wanted to hold an open conversation about a few things… one was the concept of being ‘tamed’ by our current society… that we are all inherently wild and of the earth but are kept into belonging by the structures of our imposed ‘world’. Concrete and cereal, K-Mart and aesthetic importance of self. What if some of us better suit the wild. The earth. Belong more there, than within walls.

And the second thing we explored was the fragility of human psyche. My sister is quite heavily ‘schizophrenic’ by medical world standards and has struggled, as has our family, with it for more than 15 years. Though I have reason of heart to believe ‘Mental Illness’ can change with our perceptions of it. It is shown in many indigenous cultures that when someone the western world might label as ‘mentally ill’ is instead supported by the community and given purpose and love, the ‘imbalances’ soften and there is connection to human spirit and heart. Holding the mind in a more stable place.

When a great meditation teacher I know was asked about mental illness he said (paraphrased from memory) “We are all mentally ill. We can only see the degrees of how much we are by how much we hurt one another”. So the video touches on a lot… but perhaps more than it needs to tell the exact story by narrative, it is the emotion of the struggle of what frees us, and what keeps us grounded. Of how relationship can serve and hinder. Of how our journey is not only of the realm in which we spend most of our time… in shopping malls and work places, but that also of nature, and even more so, that of the heart and mind.