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No. 16: Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman

Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman
Label: Ninja Tune ‎– ZEN250
Released: 05 Oct 2018
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: House, Techno, Synth-pop

No. 18: Leon Vynehall – Nothing Is Still

Leon Vynehall ‎– Nothing Is Still
Label: Ninja Tune ‎- ZEN249
Released: 15 Jun 2018
Genre: Electronic
Style: Ambient, Downtempo, Deep House

Marie Davidson, Lamusa II – La Ecstase

MARIE DAVIDSON ANNOUNCES “SO RIGHT EP” OUT ON 30TH NOV ON NINJA TUNE.

Listen to ‘La Ecstase’ a collaboration with Italian producer and fellow RBMA alumni Lamusa II, which is released now alongside a remix from Silent Servant (L.I.E.S / Cititrax / Hospital Productions).

On ‘La Ecstase’ the lyrics – spoken in French and Italian – take in the sights, sounds and emotions of an early morning dance floor, Marie’s spoken-text observations riding out over a sluggish electro baseline. For his remix, Silent Servant ramps up the sense of dread to take the listener on a more angst ridden trip.

Making up the EP are the previously released ‘So Right’ extended club version and a remix by John Talabot – with all tracks available physically for the first time on 30th November.

“So Right EP” follows the recent release of Marie Davidson’s album “Working Class Woman” on Ninja Tune.

Maribou State – Kingdom feat. North Downs (Adesse Versions Remix)

Following a steady stream of remixes from the likes of Maceo Plex and DJ Tennis, Maribou State today release “Kingdom (feat. North Downs) (Adesse Versions Remix)”.

Having previously released on labels such as Numbers, Delusions Of Grandeur and Ostgut Ton (under his own name), he delivers a subtle re-work, drawing out the vocals of long-time Maribou State collaborator Jack Sibley AKA North Downs over a lean reconstruction of the original’s percussive, hand-clapped rhythms. “The original has fantastic drums, melodies and vocals, but with room for me to give it a little more energy” he explains. “This was one of the most enjoyable remixes I’ve worked on for a long time”.

The release follows the incredible sold-out performance at the Roundhouse, where Jack joined the band to perform the song live on stage against a backdrop of brand new live visuals and an expanded string quartet in addition to the 5-piece band. Their recently announced 5k capacity Brixton Academy show – on March 7th 2019 – has sold-out in a matter of weeks, charting the phenomenal success of the band since the release of their breakthrough debut album “Portraits” in 2015.

Marie Davidson – So Right (Original + John Talabot Remix)

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.

Maribou State – Feel Good feat. Khruangbin

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Maribou State announce their new album “Kingdoms In Colour”, released 7 September via Ninja Tune’s Counter Records imprint, their first full-length since 2015’s breakthrough debut album “Portraits”. The record features new single ‘Feel Good’ – a collaboration born of their friendship with Houston-based trio Khruangbin and a shared love of breakbeats, vintage surf riffs and a common desire to explore worldwide music cultures. “Sometimes a chance meeting plants the seed for something bigger,” say Khruangbin. “Such was the case when we met Maribou State at KOKO a couple of years ago. We are very happy to be involved in this project. And we ‘feel good’ already.”

The band continue their long standing relationship with Holly Walker who has previously vocalled fan favourites such as ‘Midas’, ‘Steal’ and ‘Tongue’. Also featured on the record is recent single ‘Turnmills’ – named after the legendary London club which closed its doors in 2008 – the release was accompanied by a sold-out ‘all-night’ DJ set at Corsica Studios raising money and awareness for the The Night Time Industries Association’s #SaveNightlife campaign to protect the UK’s most vulnerable music venues from closure.

They also announce a new headline UK tour this autumn. Returning with a 5-piece band, they play at London’s iconic Roundhouse on the 18th October. Ahead of this they will also embark on a string of European festival dates which include a headline show at Sonar By Day, Parklife Festival, Roskilde, Pukkelpop Festival and Nova Batida, having recently DJ’d after Flying Lotus at All Points East festival in London.

Modeselektor – Kalif Storch

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Modeselektor will release their new “Modeselektion Vol. 04” compilation on 1st June 2018 via Monkeytown Records x Ninja Tune. It features 17 exclusive tracks including the first new Modeselektor production since 2015 – a wild acid techno track ‘Kalif Storch’ – named after the nightclub of the same name in Erfurt, Germany.

From exciting upstarts such as Skee Mask, rRoxymore, Solid Blake and Sarah Farina to exalted visionaries Peder Mannerfelt, Vatican Shadow and Actress, “Modeselektion Vol. 04” is a direct reflection of Modeselektor’s genre-defying DJ sets which, at their heart, celebrate invention, innovation and hybridity combined with a hearty commitment to moving dancefloors. Indeed, this has been the ethos from the inaugural release in the Modeselektion series in 2010.

Maribou State – Turnmills

Today Maribou State release their first new music since 2015’s breakthrough album “Portraits”. The British duo – Liam Ivory and Chris Davids – are fresh from an extended studio hibernation and will take their new live show to a string of summer festivals including a headline set at Sonar 2018, Parklife, Roskilde, Farr Festival, Standon Calling, Pukkelpop, MS Dockville, Nova Batida and El Dorado. They will also DJ after Flying Lotus at London’s eagerly anticipated All Points East Festival.

New single ‘Turnmills’ is a stunning track and a momentous statement of intent, revolving around a magnetically addictive arpeggiated bassline with expansive strings and choral vocals. The track is dedicated to the legendary London nightclub of the same name that closed in 2008 – one of a string of closures during the past 15 years that struck at the heart of the UK capital’s vibrant and globally renowned underground music culture.

Video: Bicep – Rain

Bicep’s Rain EP is out now on Ninja Tune.

LEON VYNEHALL – Envelopes (Chapter VI)

Taken from the debut album ‘Nothing Is Still’ released 15th June 2018 via Ninja Tune.
Pre-order now: leonvynehall.lnk.to/nisSo