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The xx – Lips (Edu Imbernon Remix)

Emotive melodic electronic artist Edu Imbernon returns for his third remix of The xx, a feat only matched by the one and only Four Tet. The new re-work of the song “Lips” is taken from the band’s third and multi-nominated album, “I See You”, on Young Turks.

This follows on from his 2010 hit remix of “Crystalised“- which hit Beatport no 1 and 3.5m Spotify streams, and his follow up in 2013 of “Reunion“; but not forgetting his reworks of Tiga, Metronomy, Hot Natured, WhoMadeWho and Maya Jane Coles during this period.

In Edu’s own words: “This is now my third remix of maybe my favourite band of the current times, the xx. Back in 2010 I was honoured to remix “Crystalised” from their first album, and working on that changed my perspective on making music. I’m super happy to reimagine their music once again, with a different take on their song “Lips”.

Tricky feat. Mina Rose – Mixed by Vol. 2

Tricky has recruited heavyweight Italian producer and fellow !K7 artist DJ Tennis to remix ‘Running Wild feat. Mina Rose’, the third single to be taken from his universally acclaimed 13th studio album, ‘Ununiform’. Drawing on more than two decades of experience, DJ Tennis AKA Manfredi Romano has built up his reputation as an eclectic DJ and versatile producer.

The Life and Death label head twists Tricky’s hypnotic original with haunting electronics and brooding synths for an absorbing reinterpretation that is certain to entertain fans of Tricky and DJ Tennis alike.

Inspired by the emotive elements of the original, electro duo LA Riots infused their own adept house artistry to bring the single to newer heights. Keeping all the essential heart-rendering tonalities of the track, the pair turn ‘Running Wild’ into a sizable, four-on-the-floor thriller, enlivened by a fusion of deep drum patterns, full-bodied synths, and skillfully placed vocal chops.

‘Ununiform’ is the first album made since Tricky moved to Berlin, three years ago. While many people move to the clubbing capital of Europe to party, this was a clean break in every sense of the word. “I like it here because I don’t know anybody. I eat good food, I go for walks, I’ve got a bike. I’m trying to look after myself. I don’t drink here. Some people call it boring, but I wake at 9am and I’m asleep by 11 o’clock at night. I’m looking after myself.”

Tricky also credits much of the freedom of ‘Ununiform’ to something more grounded: “This album now is the first album I’ve made (in years) which isn’t going to pay off some kind of debt. So it’s more relaxed!” Referring to his previous albums, False Idols, Adrian Thaws, and the Skilled Mechanics project, he says “I was doing these records thinking ‘the quicker I do this album, the quicker I pay off the tax people.’ So ‘Ununiform’ has been very chilled out. Now, I own the label, I pay for everything myself. I’m a truly independent artist. Now I do what I want. Freedom is a beautiful thing.”

Tricky will also be touring throughout the last two months of 2017 and will be hitting the following dates:

20th November – Warsaw, Poland – SOLD OUT
21st November – Poznan, Poland – SOLD OUT
22nd November – Krakow, Poland – SOLD OUT
23rd November – Wroclaw, Poland
28th November – Berlin, Germany
29th November – Hamburg, Germany
30th November – Cologne, Germany
1st December – Amsterdam, Netherlands
13th December – London, England
15th December – Paris, France
16th December – Strasbourg, France
19th December – Leuven, Belgium
20th December – Liège, Belgium – SOLD OUT

Polychrome – Don’t Be A Stranger (Stranger Things Theme Cover)

Polychrome release their lyrical cover version of the Stranger Things theme, ‘Don’t Be A Stranger’ on exciting new indie label Hilo Lohi on 10th November 2017, with accompanying original song ‘The Call’ released on 29th December.

This is probably your first shoe-ward gaze at East London’s Polychrome. Unless you’ve come across their nostalgic, sega-tronic dream-pop track Final Kiss which featured on fashion brand La Mania’s campaign across Europe, and lead to further syncs with Vogue and Audi, giving the band an underground following in Europe.

The group is a coming together of the musical minds of Victoria Harrison from Victoria and Jacob, Oliver Price from Bronze Medallists, and long-time Lamb and Lou Rhodes collaborator/guitarist William Burnett. They met in the achingly hip Dalston where the beards are thick and the electro-shoe gaze is, well, way better than Foster the People…

As fans of the Synthwave soundtrack of Drive, Polychrome were naturally enthralled to hear the theme music for the Netflix original series Stranger Things. After binge watching the series in-between recording sessions, on one particularly stormy night whilst mixing the album, they got offered some down-time in the studio, and recorded their own lyrical adaptation of the Stranger Things Theme, in homage to the original.

The track combines dusty analogue synths with Victoria’s breathy, airy vocals and Oliver’s vocoded voice. Spookily, after they finished tracking the last vocal, a mysterious power failure shut down the studio! Luckily iCloud is immune to the upside-down and saved the day.

Forthcoming original track, The Call is a washed-out explosion of euphoria that showcases Polychrome’s depth of artistry. It fizzes along with some of their trademark pitched vocal hooks, recorded using a purple 1950’s harmonica microphone found in a car boot sale in Salem!

A remix by Simon Loulourgas, which exposes the song’s darker side, completes the cluster of releases, and precedes their self titled debut album which they are currently mastering and is slated for release on Hilo Lohi in the new year. For more bleached–out synths and soaring melodies, watch this shoe!

Catch Polychrome live on 6th December @ The Old Queens Head, London and look out for more dates in the new year!

Video: Kauf – Limestone

Kauf – Limestone (Official Video) from debut album ‘Regrowth’ out now.

Stream / Download: http://smarturl.it/OH010

BAILE Remix:

PROJECTIONS – Distortions (YUKSEK Remix)

“From the minute we first head new Parisian duo Projections single ‘Distortions‘ we fell in love. Equal parts cinematic post-rock, atmospheric electronica and psychedelic ambition it’s a truly heady mix that fans of bands like AIR should pay close attention to. So with that in mind when we found out one of our favourite producers Yuksek was remixing it we had to get involved, dragging the track straight on to the dancefloor, he’s focused on the percussive heart of the track, slowly building it into an unstoppable groove machine.”

 

The Magician – Slow Motion (Remixes)

Charismatic Belgian DJ and producer Stephen Fasano (AKA The Magician) has unveiled the dynamic remix package for his single ‘Slow Motion’; a collaboration with UK producer TCTS, featuring the vocals of Sam Sure.

Featuring reworkings from both Boston Bun and Punctual, the two acts opt for varied styles on their productions. Boston Bun kicks off his remix with a down-tempo dreamy melody led by emotive keys, and pitched up vocals. The track soon thunders into a bassline-heavy drop, with the melancholic strings at the tail end of the piece perfectly mirroring the wistful lyrics of the production. Labelled by Busy P as the “future of Ed Banger records,” the French producer has become a prominent figure in the Paris music scene.

Next up is Bristol duo Will Lansley and John Morgan, aka Punctual, who adopt a more vibrant house approach with upbeat piano chords,

The original production’s trademark catchy refrain has been gaining attention as a staple part of The Magician’s live sets and Magic Tape series, having been a highlight hands in the air moment at his recent ADE showcase.

The ‘Slow Motion’ remix package is out now.

Ellen Allien – Nost Remixes 2

Following the triumphant release of Ellen Allien’s seventh studio album ‘Nost’, BPitch Control proudly unveil the second wave of remixes from the LP. Bringing together four more underground heroes to reinterpret Ellen’s original works, this new batch of music is diverse and brings a whole new dimension to the album project.

This time around Truncate, Gerd Janson, FaltyDL and Kyoka are the cohorts who have been brought in to inject their style into three tracks from ‘Nost’.

Truncate is renowned for his remix work, hired by some of the most respected labels in the business to put his own deadly twist on a variety of productions. The LA-based powerhouse is also adept at creating his own solo cuts, carving out a sterling rep across the industry for his deep take on techno.

Gerd Janson is the man who always seems to have a smile on his face, his enjoyment of music is reflected in his killer DJ sets and stellar releases. Asowner of Running BackRecords he is also responsible for A&Ring impeccable music – a man of exquisite tastes he is a welcome addition to the ‘Nost’ remix team.

FaltyDL comes at music with a soulful intent, bringing sultry vibes and authentic eclecticism to his work. There’s emotion, mystery and inventiveness with each new creation from this accomplished Ninja Tune affiliate.

Last up, Kyoka the Japanese experimental producer whose spine-tingling compositions suck you into their sparse vortex and keep you locked in. Her innate talent makes her one of the most exciting artists in her field and it’s a pleasure to have her on board.

The remixes part II kicks off with Truncate’s version of ‘Innocence’, a stripped back, fidgeting interpretation that operates at a high BPM with plenty of low end.
Truncate lets the beats roll out, gradually adding new elements to enhance the potency of the percussion, meanwhile the original vocal floats in and out of the background adding an air of mystery.
Next up is Gerd Janson’s take on ‘Call Me’, summoning breaks and dirty synth stabs from the early nineties it’s a rambunctious affair which completely deconstructs the original. This is one conjures up images of a sweat-fuelled warehouse rave with strobes lighting up a packed dancefloor.
Gerd’s all-out rave remix is counterposed with FaltyDL’s contemplative reconstruction of ‘Erdmond’ which works from a two-step beat, with a deep meditative atmosphere. The overall feel is that of early dubstep, the kind of measured,sub bass powered music that was prevalent in the UK circa 2005.
Lastly, Kyoka demonstrates her prowess with a luscious, twisted incarnation of ‘Call Me’. The vocals are warped and indecipherable, the bass is menacing and the beats woozy and lethargic.

A special end to a very special EP that showcases the breadth of techno and its influences, while paying homage to Ellen’s stunning album.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – I Will Make Room For You (Four Tet Remix)

Four Tet has remixed a song off Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s new album The Kid.

Maya Jane Coles – Darkside feat. Chelou (MJC V2 Mix)

Maya Jane Coles releases a club mix of ‘Darkside’, the third EP to be taken from the independent artist’s highly praised new double LP ‘Take Flight’ – called by DJ Mag her “landmark album”. The package sees Maya add her own dancefloor-ready twist to the melancholic original that features London folk-electronica artist and regular collaborator Chelou.

‘Darkside’ is one in a string of releases to surface from the celebrated ‘Take Flight’ album and the latest to receive the remix treatment. This fresh new club edit is a testament to Maya’s unbreakable work ethic and prolific nature. Previous EPs such as ‘Won’t Let You Down’ and ‘Weak/Werk’ received global acclaim from FADER, Wonderland, Mixmag, Complex, as well as support from Pete Tong.

Maya’s ‘MJC V2 MIX’ prepares the dark and dubby original into a club ready weapon complete with earth-shattering kick drums which jostle through jittering percussion and shimmering, eerie vocals provided by Chelou.

S U R V I V E – RR7387 EP

Austin-based experimental synth quartet S U R V I V E have just shared a remix by esteemed heavy music legend Justin Broadrick aka JK Flesh (of Godflesh, Jesu, Techno Animal, etc.) ahead of the release of RR7387, a four song EP of remixes and reinterpretations.

RR7387 is out November 3 on Relapse Records. Previously the group shared this remix by Lena Willikens:

The EP can be pre-ordered here.

RR7387 track listing
1. Cutthroat (Lena Willikens Remix)
2. High Rise (Not Waving Remix)
3. Wardenclyffe (Sam Haar Remix)
4. Other (Justin K Broadrick as JK FLESH Remix)