The darkest and smartest corners of club culture seem to have a way of spitting out the best electronic-pop duos, and so it is in 2015 with AKASE.
The brainchild of Harry Agius (aka producer Midland) and songwriter/vocalist collaborator Robbie Redway who met at Leeds Uni, it exists in the innovative cracks between genre boundaries. As much influenced by the rugged sound-system culture of nights like Leeds’ Subdub as it is by François K’s work with Depeche Mode or the widescreen electronica of Jon Hopkins.
‘Murmur’ is the second single taken from the forthcoming album ‘Graspers’ which is due out in 2016 on !K7. It was engineered in Berlin by production maestro and Kompakt staple Ewan Pearson, whose previous work with M83 and Ben Watt has earned him a revered reputation as an engineer and producer par excellence.
The single plugs into the creeping sense of disquiet of ‘Violator’-era Depeche Mode with a sound palette that nods back to a two-step skip and ultra-modern synth grain of Midland’s releases on Aus Music.
‘There is a feeling of uncertainty and tension on our album. It’s a weird time to be young, you’ve got so many options but you’re being fed everything. It’s quite a melancholy record’ explains Harry. ‘But we find melancholy music quite uplifting’ finishes Robbie.
The EP is out on October 16th 2015 on !K7.
Following last week’s signing to !K7, AKASE, the new collaborative project between Harry Agius (better know as Midland) and reveal their first piece of music.
Formed in Leeds, written in London and finished in Berlin under the influence of Ewan Pearson, ‘Rust’ is the debut single from their forthcoming collaborative album.
Harry Agius has built a reputation for releasing delicately brilliant bass driven house and techno, and over the course of his various releases he has hinted at a desire to explore sounds away from the dancefloor. Coupled with the songwriting talents and vocals of Robbie Redway, ‘Rust’ is the first taste of that exploration.
Speaking about the single, Harry and Robbie say; “having been writing for about 6 months on and off, ‘Rust’ was the first track that truly clicked for us, it was the catalyst by which the album started to take shape and the AKASE sound started to form.”
Will Saul, Aus Music boss and their A&R at !K7 says “AKASE is steeped in the lush, intricate and textured sound of Midland (an artist I’ve worked with for his entire career – so fitting its my first singing to !K7) but Robbie Redway brings a whole other dimension to this project with his thought provoking songs and rich vocals.”
Fans of state of the art, electronic soul music look out for full album details to come. “Rust”, backed with a Midland remix, is out 29th June 2015 on !K7.