Earlier in 2018, leftfield electronic DJ / producer Henri debuted on Anjuna Deep with her single “Hiding,” followed by the release of her melodic deep house single “Last Dance,” feat. Imogen Rose. Sofi Tukker’s remix of “Last Dance” came out just before Christmas and so it seems fitting that they should end 2018 with this brooding, cinematic take on Sofi Tukker’s “Benadryl,” the final remix package from their Grammy-nominated album “Treehouse.”
Using snippets of Sophie’s ethereal vocal to punctuate the track, Henri’s remix is driven by a huge brassy bassline, deep melodies and a dark, atmospheric intro, tantalizing its listeners so that by the time all the components culminate and the crescendoing string arrangement comes sweeping in, the remix delivers everything you could possibly hope for.
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.
Upcoming live duo UNDERHER are further proving their production talent with a new EP, ‘Dark Souls’. Due for release on their own imprint IAMHER, the package includes two original productions, two remixes of the title track from dörfler and Strinner, and a remix of second track ‘Strained Are WE’ from Koa.
Title track ‘Dark Souls’ is already a favourite of UNDERHER’s burgeoning fan base since it became a staple in their live performances. The track showcases the best of the duo’s talents; Jessica’s sensual vocals elevating Kalden’s electronic production outside of the club realm into cinematic anthem territory. Second track ‘Strained Are We’ is darker and deeper, with lyrics inspired by injustice, the absence of control, and the lack of a voice. Finally, upcoming production talents dörfler, Strinner, and Koa each add a fresh perspective on the title and second tracks respectively in their separate remixes.
With this distinctive sound it’s no surprise that UNDERHER have already caught the attention of tastemakers across Europe; both ‘Dark Souls’ and ‘Strained Are We’ have already featured in the popular Netflix series, ‘Elite’. The pair have also turned in official remixes for music royalty Moby, U2 and Booka Shade – who liked their production so much they’re now collaborating with them for a future release. UNDERHER’s incredible live performances – with Jessica on vocals and Kalden on a full electronic setup – have seen them support the likes of HVOB and SOHN, and play festivals and club shows internationally such as Stereo Montreal, Piknic Électronik, Uberhaus Beirut, Sisyphos and Katerblau Berlin, and Blue Marlin Dubai. With their profile growing, UNDERHER finally released their debut EP ‘Inside’, in October 2018, and are planning an album as we go into the new year.
UNDERHER are Kalden Bess and Jessica Abruzzese.
Off the back of a highly successful year, ‘lo-fi house’ linchpin DJ Seinfeld proves his adaptability as a producer, ditching the hallmark granular and bouncing production for a much more ambient palette on the remix of James Heather’s ‘MHope’, taken from the album ‘Stories From Far Away On Piano’. The track features Heather’s piano underpinned by luscious, delicate padded synth layers that elevate the original drama and beauty of the track whilst adding subtle inflections of positivity and vitality.
Heather says of the remix; “I’ve long been an admirer of DJ Seinfeld’s work – one of the things I love about it is his treatment of the piano and pulling off the fine line in conveying melancholy, but also a sense of hope and energy through the instrument. I am honoured he has done a version of ‘MHope’. I feel DJ Seinfeld has really captured a feeling that feels true to my intentions on the track, without being briefed a narrative in anyway.”
Taken from the album ‘Reworks’, released 7 December 2018 on Ahead Of Our Time: https://jamesheather.lnk.to/reworksYo
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.
With the release of 6 limited edition vinyl re-issues coming up on 30th November, London Records have this week dropped Ewan Pearson remix of Bananarama’s debut single Aie A Mwana.
The original Aie A Mwana single was the band’s cover of the classic 80s Italo-Disco track by Jean Kluger and Daniel Vangarde (father of Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter). Ewan Pearson gives Bananarama’s version a dark disco re-rub with all the bubbling tension of a late night dancefloor, available on Youtube now.
Soulfooled returns from its hiatus, refreshed, reinvigorated and set to unveil more wonderful sonic innovation. Since its launch in 2010, Alex Niggemann’s lovingly curated label has steadily established itself as a crucial platform for the finest talented artists. Always focused on searching out exceptional musical gems, it is this quality over quantity approach that has enabled the careful development of Soulfooled’s own distinctive style.
This next instalment presents the stunning coming together of Dave Seaman (one of the legends of electronic house music for the past 30 years) and Flowers & Sea Creatures. Having been launched in the electronic scene’s consciousness via their debut album on Ben Watt’s seminal Buzzin’ Fly label back in 2011, the decidedly un-egotistical Canadian outfit Flowers & Sea Creatures have stealthily maintained their impeccable underground credentials with a drip feed of releases on the likes of Compost, My Favourite Robot, Innervisions, Strange Town, Natura Sonoris and Dave Seaman’s Selador Recordings. In fact, it was an unused vocal track by the trio’s Graham Baxter, originally commissioned by Dave for another studio session that proved to be inspirational in the creation of ‘Attention Deficit’.
Opening with ‘Dave Seaman’s ADHD Mix’, a sparse percussive intro, steadily builds into a deeply engaging hypnotic whirlpool of vocalised anticipation. Mixing euphoric flourishes with tense atmospheres is the mark of a truly distinctive artist, and Dave Seaman’s extensive musical knowledge shines brightly throughout, blending a wide variety of elements to create a style very much his own. The ‘Flowers & Sea Creatures Mix’ sees the Canadian trio up the energy levels, add their own twist to the vocal arrangement and liberally sprinkle their distinctive magic dust over proceedings to create a spine-tingling, pulsating alternative version. Completing the package, Sweden’s ever-innovative Zoo Brazil blends a deliciously linear percussive backbone with his rarified blend of uplifting melodic motifs, resulting in a decidedly dynamic remix finale.
With the talents of Dave Seaman, Flowers & Sea Creatures, and Zoo Brazil joining an ever-growing family of superb artists, Soulfooled continues to grow into one of the finest labels around.