Just when you got used to new albums arriving on a Friday, Greek indie pop singer, songwriter Σtella has bucked the trend, gone rogue and decided to release her stunning 2nd album ‘Works For You’ today (Monday). Which is great because it’s an amazing record and the sooner people can listen to it the sooner they can get some temporary relief from this crazy world.
Written and arranged by Σtella (with the exception of two tracks -“Nest” and “Walk Like I Taught You” – co-written with Velissarios Prassas), the album was recorded in Athens in 2016 and produced by artist and producer Nteibint and Σtella.
“Works For You” tells stories – its eleven pop songs talk about love and friendship, and celebrate introspection. With this album, Σtella has taken her music two steps forward, further refining her sound and continuing with her ambitious blends of pop and singer-songwriter influences to create her tightest and most mature work yet.
To mark release day Σtella has also uploaded a live video of her performing ‘I’ll Never Be’ live at Sonic Playground in Athens. You can also now stream the album in full on Spotify and Bandcamp (where you can also pick up the coloured vinyl) and purchase from iTunes and the like.
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Three months after the release of their debut album “Blakk Metall” Gioumourtzina share 5 tracks of the album, remixed by Greek electronic artists. The digital EP includes remixes from ION, Larry Gus, NTEIBINT, Pan Pan and Vercetti Technicolor.
Following on from ‘The Owner’ released last year, NTEIBINT and Stella join forces once again to bring their elegant sound to Eskimo Recordings with ‘Hide In’. Industry veteran Ewan Pearson is in to remix inducing an acid flare and Mexican duo Zombies In Miami also provide a stellar remix.
NTEIBINT reveals that “originally ‘Hide In’ was a slow and melancholic ballad, with pompous synths supporting Stella’s beautiful vocals. I revisited the original recordings and started deconstructing and rebuilding the song using a live bass as the foundation of the track. ‘Hide In’ is essentially a love song you can dance to!”
NTEIBINT is the musical alter ego of Greek producer George Bakalakos. The gifted producer is known for lush, sonic soundscapes that are masterfully constructed taking the listener to new dimensions. George Bakalakos is also the host of a daily radio show on the Athenian radio station En Lefko 87.7.
Stella (née Stella Chronopoulou) is a pop singer-songwriter and musician also based in Greece. Her debut album was released in February 2015 on Inner Ear. Acclaimed by listeners and critics alike, it became one of the most successful Greek indie albums of 2015.
Ewan Pearson is a man whose talents cover all corners of the industry, from being a DJ and engineer to a published academic and magazine columnist. Over the years he’s worked with huge names including The Rapture, Tracey Thorn, M83, Delphic and currently with Jagwar Ma. Also featuring with an original track on ‘The Yellow Collection’, Zombies In Miami have been building a wealth of support with releases on labels such as Correspondant, Cómeme, Love on The Rocks and Kompakt. Their original live show infuses techno with rock influences for a wholly unique experience.
NTEIBINT feat. Stella – Hide In
NTEIBINT feat. Stella – Hide In (Ewan Pearson Remix)
NTEIBINT feat. Stella – Hide In (Ewan Pearson Instrumental Mix)
NTEIBINT feat. Stella – Hide In (Zombies In Miami Remix)
Undoubtedly the darlings of electro-pop, Satin Jackets finally unveil their debut artist album, ‘Panorama Pacifico’ featuring a string of cameos from vocalists familiar and exotic, jetting in from LA, Berlin, London, Belgium and Australia.
Scaling the heights of the Hype machine from their first release to the latest, and clocking up almost ten million plays on spotify, Satin Jacket’s original brand of diva funk and smooth disco has whetted the tastebuds of the likes of Majestic Casual and i-D mag who said the duo’s “super sexy, infectious house music is filled with the vibe of summertime.” Their smash single, ‘You Make Me Feel Good’ has accumulated close to three million plays on soundcloud and youtube concurrently.
“The idea came from our character, Mr. Satin Jackets, who’s been travelling the world quite a bit the past two years,’ explained Tim Bernhardt, the founder of the duo. ‘Four continents, about twenty countries [in], he’s on the West Coast and takes a break. He watches the ocean to put his mind at ease and [out pours] Panorama Pacifico.”
This idyllic perspective is launched by the vocals of Scavenger Hunt, the Los Angeles-based electro-pop 4-piece, charted by Billboard and featured by the likes of Nylon mag. They explain about their contribution, “Feel Good’ feels like jumping into a cool pool on a hot summer day- refreshing, exhilarating and sexy.” Nigerian born and Birmingham based UoB’s Got Talent winner, IsaacO contributes to ‘Keep Moving On’. He explains it’s, “a song about having a nonchalant attitude towards life regardless of what it throws at you. Best listened to on a nighttime drive on the highway.”
The album also takes a peek into the past successes of Satin Jackets, with last year’s smash single, ‘Shine On You’ featuring UK born and Berlin based talent Esser, dubbed by Clash magazine as “an exploratory glimpse into the mind-expanding side of Satin Jackets’ electronics,” and recent single ‘We Can Talk’ featuring vocals from Emma Brammer.
Further new collaborations include Ghent-based collective I will, I swear, Melbourne’s Kids At Midnight and diamond in the rough of Belgian pop Marble Sounds. Fellow Eskimo artist and Greek producer NTEIBINT and KLP from Australia also feature. Each plots a similar narrative about the struggles of love. “’Say You’ is about being afraid of being happy,’ explains Jane Elizabeth Hanley AKA Kids At Midnight; ‘Coast To Coast’ is “a sweet love song that could also work on the dancefloor,” says George Bakalakos AKA NTEIBINT; and Emma Brammer explores the concept of, “the exciting and painful first love – maybe it’s not so good for you but it feels historical.”
Pieter Van Dessel of Marble Sounds digs further on ‘Find Out’. “The lyrics ‘Shut your eyes, and you’ll find out’ started as a reference to childhood memories: as kids we often had to close eyes when somebody wanted to surprise us with a gift. But it can also mean that you could learn more about reality when you disconnect and close your eyes, instead of gathering (too) much information.”
Three quarters of the tracks are fresh and introduce exciting guest vocalists and producers. These are complemented by the much-loved staples from the duo, ‘Girl, Forever’ and ‘You Make Me Feel Good’. Tim of Satin Jackets explains, “We’re ending the journey of this album with ‘You Make Me Feel Good’, [a] great story of a song. It still gives people all kinds of happy feelings. The more people it can reach, the better.”
German music producer, Tim Bernhardt and lead performer Den Ishu are Satin Jackets. Their eponymous live show has relentlessly toured the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe, opening their fluid pop appeal and accessible four-to-the-floor groove up to the world at large. Their debut album, ‘Panorama Pacifico’ is set for release on 8th April on their home label, Eskimo Recordings. The Belgian imprint has been a purveyor of disco, house and everything in between for over fifteen years.
Satin Jackets feat. Scavenger Hunt - Feel Good
Satin Jackets feat. Emma Brammer - We Can Talk
Satin Jackets feat. Esser - Shine On You
Satin Jackets feat. IsaacO - Keep Moving On
Satin Jackets feat. I will, I swear - So I Heard
Satin Jackets - Cala Banana
Satin Jackets feat. Kids At Midnight - Say You
Satin Jackets feat. Marble Sounds - Find Out
Satin Jackets feat. NTEIBINT - Coast To Coast
Satin Jackets feat. KLP - For Days
Satin Jackets - Girl, Forever
Satin Jackets - You Make Me Feel Good
Just a year after her successful self-titled debut album, Greek pop singer Stella Chronopoulou, aka Σtella returns with new single “Works For You” – the first single from her forthcoming sophomore LP. Produced by NTEIBINT & ΣTELLA.
Stella Chronopoulou, better known by her stage name Σtella, is a pop singer-songwriter and painter. Born and raised in Athens, Greece she completed her studies in the Athens School of Fine Arts, whereas at the same time she started writing music.
In 2010, Σtella participated on the album “Happend Before” of the avant-pop group My Wet Calvin. At the beginning of the same year she joined the art-rock band Expert Medicine, where she paired with the guitar player and producer Alex Zabaras. In 2011, Σtella and Alex formed the band Fever Kids. Their first single “Holding Grass” was released in January 2014 via Inner Ear, which garnered them critical acclaim. In 2012, Σtella self-released the Ep, entitled “Keep Μe Naked”, through her soundcloud account. Besides her solo work, she has collaborated with several Greek bands such as Sillyboy, Coti K, NTEiBINT, Sad Disco and formed the band Chest with Babis Theocharis. Her first solo full album was released in early 2015 via Inner Ear Records and became one of the best selling Greek albums of the year.
Up next on Eskimo Recordings is NTEIBINT feat. Rush Midnight with ‘By Your Side’. Following on from his huge Summer hit ‘The Owner‘, Greek born NTEIBINT returns with an equally smooth piece of electro pop.
“Some things are meant to happen, that’s how I feel about this collaboration with Rush. The initial demo was done a couple of months ago and I felt that Rush would be perfect. ‘By Your Side’ is a groovy love song, with sad moments. The hidden gem of the release is ‘A Baby For My Bass’, layers and layers of ideas contributing to a simple yet effective groove, build upon a spiral of synths lines with a simple vocal hook”. NTEIBINT
First up is the deliciously mellow and disco tinged track ‘By Your Side’, which features the former Twin Shadow bassist Rush Midnight (aka Russ Manning). Brooklyn-born Rush Midnight has been writing and producing for a number of years, and has been supported by the likes of Stereogum, Vogue, Consequence of Sound and Pitchfork. He has performed alongside artists including Cashmere Cat, Miami Horror and Blood Orange.
NTEIBINT closes the release with ‘A Baby For My Bass’ reinforcing his reputation for creating timeless and indelible music. George Bakalakos aka NTEIBINT has been at the forefront of the Greek electronic music scene for a number of years, and currently has a daily radio show on Greek station En Lefko.
As we already posted here, Greek producer/DJ George Bakalakos aka NTEIBINT, will drop his EP “The Owner” on Eskimo Recordings on June 15th, featuring vocals from frequent collaborator Σtella. The producer offers now for a free download his summer-ish disco rework of “Fooling Around” originally by Spike Wolters. Stream and download below.
“Here’s an edit i did a while ago, when the always slick Golf Channel Recordings released a compilation of tracks by Spike Wolters (an epic release). Hope you enjoy this version, done with love and respect!
Also, “The Orange Collection” by Eskimo Recordings is out now and an other track of mine, “Riptide“, is included! It’s the latest installment in a new compilation series on Eskimo based around colours, check it out online and grab a copy: iTunes bit.ly/iEskimoOrange” – Nteibint
“A feel good love song that’s going to stick with you. Listen to it, like you own it.” – NTEIBINT
Having worked together to deliver the highly successful ‘Never Without You’ on Eskimo last year, NTEIBINT and Stella keep standards sky high with another electrifying slice of electronic pop in ‘The Owner’. Also appearing on Eskimo’s ‘The Orange Collection’, French artist Anoraak offers an elevating remix with radiant piano keys. Justin Faust injects a sense of warmth into his remix with blissful, smooth synths. The release is completed with a beautiful ‘Beatless Version’ and ‘Extended Mix’.
o+ George Bakalakos aka NTEIBINT is a Greek DJ and producer whose productions and remixes can be found on the likes of Warp, Bang Gang, Kitsuné and of course Eskimo. He also runs a successful radio show in Athens. Also from Greece, Stella Chronopoulou is the founding member of two bands: Fever Kids and CHEST. In the summer of 2013 she was signed by Inner Ear Records as a solo artist and her debut album dropped in February this year.
o+o+ Anoraak is the musical brainchild of Frédéric Rivière. He has remixed acts like We Have Band, Neon Indian and Metronomy and has made quite a name for himself in the synth-pop, italo and indie-dance genres. Justin Faust has quickly emerged at the vanguard of Europe’s nu-disco-electro-dance sound which has taken over dancefloors. Although based in Munich, he is an integral member of Portugal’s DISCOTEXAS label.
Σtella is already known as the most characteristic female voice in the Greek electro-pop scene. After many collaborations and guest appearances (My Wet Calvin, Sillyboy, Coti K., Expert Medicine, Nteibint, Sad Disco) and two side projects (Fever Kids, Chest) it’s time for her debut self-titled album.
The world of “Σtella” unfolds in 10 tracks where love for the 80’s is present, synths are bolstered by funky guitar and dynamic bass and disco beats and colorful pop textures embrace the unique vocals of Σtella. The album was recorded in 2014, Σtella has written music and lyrics and has played most of the instruments, while it was produced by Σtella and Nteibint. “Picking Words” are already favored by Greek radio producers.
1. Picking Words
2. The Map
5. Wait on Me
6. Made to Attack
7. Wet Cigarette
8. Last Minute Boy
9. Something Real