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Video: Armin van Buuren & AVIRA vs Chicane – Offshore

Off the back of turning heads with their three-track ‘Hollow Mask Illusion’ EP and their recent reimagination of The Alan Parsons Project’s ‘Sirius’, Armin van Buuren and AVIRA link up with none other than Ibiza Trance legend Chicane to reimagine one of his most revered classics. Retaining the Balearic essence of the 1996 original, this equally timeless interpretation of ‘Offshore’ pays tribute to the legacy of the genre whilst illustrating to perfection that its future has never been brighter.

Yeah But No – The Shadow Self II (with Terr and Echonomist Remixes)

Berlin pairing Yeah But No return to Distant Echos with The Shadow Self II. Terr and Echonomist feature as remixers on this installment and the release marks the second addition of The Shadow Self series, fresh from the success of part one in October.

The pair described what each track represents, stating: “Going Down is a political statement towards everybody out there that sees his / her rights of self-determination. We take up the cudgels for all the people fighting for their elementary rights. Veneer symbolises a close friend, who I watched spiral downwards into the dark black. It is incredibly difficult to watch someone slip further and further, until you no longer recognise them.”

Going Down starts with stirringly-beautiful vocals, opening neatly into gentle key chimes that leave us feeling euphoric and pensive in one. Terr soon raises the tempo, curating six minutes of pumping electronica before Veneer takes us to a place of serenity. Chords unfurl into a poignant lyrical offering, as Echonomist’s remix soon arrives with melodic undertones and whirring synth combos.

Originally consisting of Douglas Greed and Fabian Kuss, Yeah But No is now the collaborative project of Fabian Kuss alongside AEON founder Alex Niggemann. Influenced by hypnotic techno and great pop music, the duo are carving out a haunting sound that is perfectly evidenced in their latest production series: The Shadow Self. From their eponymous debut album in 2017, to the success of their second LP two years later, Demons, this new series sets them up for a highlight 2021 that has seen the likes of Dixon, Mind Against and Adriatique support part one already this year.

Video: Orbital – Belfast/Wasted (Wasted Vocal Mix)

Filmed in Otford and includes the pub once owned by the parents of Paul and Phil Hartnoll. Vocals by Grant Fulton. Post to celebrate the 30 Something ORBITAL celebrations.

Video: Johanna Burnheart – Sisyphos (Acid Pauli Remix)

Following the release of her debut album Burnheart last year, acclaimed German musician Johanna Burnheart has announced Burnheart Remixed: a new collection of reimagined album tracks from four singularly talented electronic producers.

Dropping alongside the announcement of the EP is a stunning music video for Acid Pauli’s remix of Sisyphos. The video stars Leonie Benesch (The Crown, Babylon Berlin) and is the directorial debut of Sorcha Kennedy: a reimagining of the Greek myth of Sisyphos, who was condemned to repeat the same task, day after day.

Pet Shop Boys – Home And Dry (Utimono Remix)

“Home and dry” was never a massive hit for Pet Shop Boys. It’s a “misunderstood” love ballad with beautiful chords and a chorus that will stick in your head and will sing it in the shower. Well… here’s my trance remix to add a bit of club sexiness sound to it. Enjoy it as much as I did creating it 🙂

Utimono

Free download : https://hypeddit.com/track/ka6dso

ITALIANS DO IT BETTER release 20 track Madonna covers album

ITALIANS DO IT BETTER
– Release 20 track Madonna covers album
– Executive produced by Johnny Jewel featuring 19 artists incl. Desire, Glüme, Jorja Chalmers, Sally Shapiro, JOON & more

Since 2006, listeners have been curious about the origin of our label name Italians Do It Better. Some say it’s an homage to Italo Disco, others guess it’s related to ancestry, but in fact it’s a nod to the iconic T-shirt Madonna wears in the “Papa Don’t Preach” video circa 1986.

Fast forward to a world pandemic last year… To encourage creativity & lift spirits, Italians Do It Better President, Megan Louise asked every artist “If you could cover your favorite Madonna song…What would it be?”

As a tribute to their label muse & the impact Madonna’s music has had on the world around us, Italians Do It Better are sharing a compilation of covers simply titled “Italians Do It Better” on Madonna’s birthday, August 16, 2021. One of the tracks (“Lucky Star” by Club Intl) is even produced by Max Kamins, the son of Mark Kamins, the New York DJ who helped break Madonna in the early 1980’s. From the experience he says “Dance music was the soundtrack of my early childhood. Working on “Lucky Star” reconnected me not only to my father, but also reminded me that a good song is timeless”.
 
Executive produced by Johnny Jewel, the compilation is a passport to 20 covers from the bedrooms of 19 artists across 10 different countries. 

Get into the groove…

Listen here on Spotify:

Listen via other streaming services here:https://idib.ffm.to/italians-do-it-better

Track list:
1. Joon – Papa Don’t Preach
2. Desire – Angel
3. Sally Shapiro – Holiday 
4. Dlina Volny – Hollywood
5. Farah – Gang Bang
6. MOTHERMARY – Like A Virgin
7. Club Intl – Lucky Star
8. Love Object – Frozen
9. Orion – Into The Groove
10. Number One Popstar – Hung Up
11. Double Mixte – La Isla Bonita
12. Juno Francis – Beautiful Stranger 
13. Glüme – Material Girl
14. In Mirrors – Addicted To Your Love
15. Causeway – Crazy For You
16. Jorja Chalmers – Justify My Love
17. MOTHERMARY – Like A Prayer
18. Pink Gloves – What It Feels Like For A Girl
19. Lou Rebecca – Burning Up 
20. Bark Bark Disco – Borderline 

Krust – Hegel Dialect (UNKLE Reconstruction)

Out now on Crosstown Rebels: lnk.to/CRM257

Agnes Obel – Can’t Be (Rone Remix)

Agnes Obel’s ‘Can’t Be’ taken from her album ‘Myopia’. Remixed by Rone. Stream here: https://agnesobel.ffm.to/cantberemix.oyd

Video: GoGo Penguin – Kora (Cornelius Remix)

Taken from the remix album “GGP/RMX”. Album out May 7th 2021 : http://GoGoPenguin.lnk.to/RMX​

Pascal Schumacher – Re: Amarcord (Fejká’s Daydream Version)


PASCAL SCHUMACHER ANNOUNCES “RE: SOL” AND RELEASES FEJKÁ REWORK ‘AMARCORD (DAYDREAM VERSION)’ –
OUT APRIL 13th

The vibraphonist and composer, Pascal Schumacher made a name for himself in a variety of collaborative endeavours from quartets to symphonic orchestras before discovering the liberation and wisdom of going solo with his 2020 release SOL, “I found out so much about myself alone, more than I ever would have imagined,” he says. The album captured Schumacher’s newfound passion for solitude in all its magnetism and exposed the depth of his relationship with the vibraphone through 14 tracks of breathtaking tenderness.  Almost a year on from the album, Schumacher invites four other solo musicians to reinterpret tracks from SOL. Re: SOL is an intimate and focused experiment on colliding solitudes. 

Pascal Schumacher has invited Fejká, an electronic music producer from Germany to join his project. Torn between the dreamy, soft atmosphere of ambient music and the hard punchy vibe of techno, Fejká’s style has varied influences with the producer knowing just how to harness the best of two contrasting genres. 

In Fejká’s rework of Amarcord, which sees the producer take the tune into his terrain of atmospheric electronic music, there’s an overwhelming sense that sounds were crafted with utmost care. Downtempo rhythmic beats and elegant synth samples take center-stage, all the while the vibraphone makes discreet appearances lightening what could otherwise be a much darker mood. “I was looking for a specific part that’s easy to loop because my music is quite atmospheric but also repetitive and evolving. With ‘Amarcord’ I immediately felt that the percussive bell sounding loop created an atmosphere in my head which I wanted to continue working on,” says Fejká, “The drums and synths, and other leads followed suit and the whole sound was already created in a really short time.”