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Video: Talaboman – Safe Changes

Taken from “The Night Land’
Out now – https://randsrecords.lnk.to/the-night-land
Directed – Axel Petersén

Space Dimension Controller – EXOSTACK EP

R&S welcomes back Space Dimension Controller’s Jack Hamill for an EP of his trademark future-funk, his first for the label since 2013. The EXOSTACK EP marks a welcome return from Hamill to the kind of astro-boogie that made him a unifying favourite in any discerning DJ’s record box.

“Returning to R&S after a long hiatus is a beautiful thing. Always had respect for the past and the label embellishes some great moments in dance music. Also Renaat is the the most amazingly crazy person I know so it’s always fun.” – SDC

The title track is a masterclass in wide-eyed astral disco – cycling euphoric arpeggios underpinned by dubbed out bass riffs and swooning pads. Unfurling over a sizeable 8 minutes, Hamill justifies every second with a beguiling arrangement that takes the listener on a groove excursion of epic proportions. On the flip, red hot Swede Kornel Kovacs delivers a tuff rerub that jacks up the drums, and cools out the chords, twisting the original into a classic house roller. SDC original ‘BIOPAN’ finds Hamill in more contemplative mood – pulsing drums, a subdued bass figure and woozy synth melodies combine to haunting effect.

As a digital bonus, Minimal Violence supplies a thunderous tribal take, stripping back the original, while adding pounding percussion and intense string pads for peak time mayhem.

Tracklist:
A – EXOSTACK
B1 – EXOSTACK (Kornel Kovacs remix)
B2 – BIOPAN
Digital – EXOSTACK (Minimal Violence remix)

Talaboman – Safe Changes

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Safe Changes is the first track Axel Boman and John Talabot shared from their Talaboman next LP. The Night Land will be out March 3rd on R&S Records. Pre-order here : randsrecords.lnk.to/the-night-land

Mr. YT – Brand New Day LP

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Apollo / R&S are proud to present a compilation album of a series of classic EPs of timeless vibes and lush percussive excursions from overlooked Japanese innovator Mr. YT AKA Yuji Takenouchi.

The ‘Brand New Day’, ‘Southern Paradise’ and ‘Parfum’ Eps were originally release between 1997 – 1998 on Apollo Records and R&S sub-labels Generations and Global Cuts.

Over the intervening years, the EPs’ heady blend of atmospheric pressure, balmy pads and deep grooves has percolated, gathering fans across the globe, to the point where original copies are in high demand on the secondhand market.

Created in the late 90s on a hardware set up of Roland Super Jupiter, Roland JV1080, Roland D550, Yamaha TX81Z and Akai S1100, Takenouchi was burning with inspiration from the sounds of Ron Trent and Chez Damier, Basic Channel, House of 909, Ian Pooley and Carl Craig.

A video game musician by profession, Takenouchi was used to producing music for specific scenes / sequences – starting from scratch had him baffled. Deciding to set a theme or concept for each EP proved to be the breakthrough he needed, a day of new environment for ‘Brand New Day’, yin and yang for ‘Southern Paradise’ and imaginary fragrances for ‘Parfum’. Looking at pictures related to each of these themes helped to fuel his creativity while producing.

From the sun dappled balearic haze of opener ‘Morning’ to the blissed out bump of ‘Afternoon’, the gauzy euphoria of ‘Ocean In Heaven’ to the cosmic funk pulse of ‘Regard’, the music contained in the ‘Brand New Day’ compilation remains as timely and relevant as the day it was released and should see Mr. YT appreciated alongside the likes of the US and European producers who first inspired him.

Out on 10th March 2017

Tracklist:
1. Morning
2. Reve
3. Souvenir
4. Afternoon
5. Pacific Jazz
6. Evening
7. Nite
8. Ocean In Heaven
9. Regard

Talaboman – The Night Land LP

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John Talabot and Axel Boman AKA Talaboman, are ready to release their album, The Night Land, out March 3rd on R&S. Stream a preview of “Loser’s Hymn” off the LP, below. As they say, the record is “an attempt to reach our subconscious and to document our dreams. We want to ignite hope and push imagination. Close your eyes and open your mind.” Pre-order here.

Tracklist:
1. Midnattssol
2. Safe Changes
3. Samsa
4. Six Million Ways
5. Loser’s Hymn
6. Brutal Chugga-Chugga
7. The Ghosts Hood
8. Dins El Llit

Sporting Life – Court Vision feat. Evy Jane (Actress Remix)

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After recently sharing the video for his new track “Court Vision”, featuring Vancouver singer-songwriter Evy Jane, Sporting Life is back today to share infamous UK producer Actress’ remix of the song. The release of Actress’ remix comes in conjunction with Slam Dunk Vol. II being available everywhere today via Letter Racer and R&S Records.

Video: Sporting Life – Court Vision feat. Evy Jane

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Following the recent announcement of his Slam Dunk EP series on Letter Racer and R&S Records, New York electronic artist Sporting Life releases a video for new track “Court Vision”, featuring Vancouver singer-songwriter Evy Jane. Its release comes in conjunction with BitTorrent offering Slam Dunk Vol. II exclusively via its site today.

Slam Dunk Vol. II features three new original tracks and a mesmerizing eight and half minute remix of “Court Vision” by Actress. The collaboration came about following a show hosted by Actress and Sporting Life at Lot Radio in New York and a joint live show in Brooklyn’s Trans Pecos in May, meeting for the first time after an ongoing correspondence exchanging tracks.

The first release working with BitTorrent’s Discovery Fund for supporting original independent creators, the three volume project sees Sporting Life marrying his love of basketball, manga and music into a seamless and fascinating blend encompassing instrumentals, remixes, video, and original apparel.

Inspired by Takehiko Inoue’s seminal basketball-themed manga series of the same name, the project features contributions from Dev Hynes, Novelist fellow RATKING member Wiki, as well as remixes from Actress and Galcher Lustwerk.

Slam Dunk EP Vol II is available now exclusively through BitTorrent and will be released on all platforms on September 30th via Letter Racer and R&S Records.

Alex Smoke – Love Over Will Remixes

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Love Over Will was the fifth album from Alex Smoke. A suite of perfectly crafted electronica brimming with layers and texture that further explored the melding of his voice with intricate electronics and discordant melody.

The album’s palette of otherworldly strings, distortion, clicks and synths acts as a bed for Menzies’ voice, at times confessional, others loudly declamatory – ‘Love Over Will’  was unquestionably Menzie’s finest work to date.

It now returns as a compilation of remixes and Alex’s own dub versions. On remix duties are Lakker, Tale Of Us, Tessela, CW/A and Alleged Witches – each twisting the source material via their distinct sound palettes. Alex also supplies six instrumental dub versions previously only available from his own website.

Out August 19th on R&S Records.

Tracklist:
1. Alex Smoke – Dire Need (Lakker Remix)
2. Alex Smoke – Manacles (Alleged Witches Divination Version)
3. Alex Smoke – Dire Need (Tale Of Us Remix)
4. Alex Smoke – All My Atoms (CW/A Remix)
5. Alex Smoke – Dust (Tessela Remix)
6. Alex Smoke – Dire Need (Tale Of Us Instrumental Remix)
7. Alex Smoke – Manacles (Alex Smoke Dub)
8. Alex Smoke – Dire Need (Alex Smoke Dub)
9. Alex Smoke – Fall Out (Alex Smoke Dub)
10. Alex Smoke – LossGain (Alex Smoke Dub)
11. Alex Smoke – Astar Mara (Alex Smoke Dub)

Video: Lone – Backtail Was Heavy

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After recently announcing his sixth album Levitate via R&S Records, Lone returns today with a visual for his fervent, hardcore track “Backtail Was Heavy.” The Hugo Jenkins-directed video channels old school British kitchen sink realism as a young protagonist, played by British actor Connor Chapman, navigates through school, pubs, strip clubs, and crime.

Speaking on the video, Jenkins said, “Even though the track feels dark, raw and full of energy it’s also ethereal and reflective. I tried to create a world and a situation that mirrored these two conflicting moods. When I first heard the tune it instantly conjured up lots of gritty, real, British looking imagery in my head. I tried to stay close to this letting it inspire the subject matter, locations and cast.” Jenkins deliberately shot the video in ambiguous locations to leave the meaning open to interpretation – he explains, “for me it was more about creating and entering the world the kid is in. We’re not sure whether he’s dreaming or it’s happening for real.”

Check out the “Backtail Was Heavy” video below to decide for yourself. Lone’s Levitate LP will drop on May 27th on R&S Records.

Lone – Vapour Trail

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photo by Jade Matthew

After sharing his first singe “Backtail Was Heavy” via a UK landline last month, Lone aka Matt Cutler is back today to announce his sixth album Levitate – which marks a point of departure from the inviting warmth of Reality Testing’s blend of hip and house and finds Cutler at his most energetic peak delivering a record that feels both vital and contemporary. The 9 track LP, a breakneck psychedelic journey through hardcore, jungle, and ambient, clocks in at a fat-free 34 minutes.

Check out “Vapour Trail” and see below for all Levitate info.

More on Levitate:
Following the success of previous album Reality Testing, Cutler was left at somewhat of a musical impasse – a six month dry period with no new inspiration that was showing no signs on abating. The ‘epiphany’ moment came, during an enforced short break from touring in New York. Bed ridden and feverish for days Cutler started to hallucinate.

Speaking on the album Cutler said, “It was pretty terrifying – I’d try to go to sleep and I’d be hearing these mad rave tunes form in my head. When I recovered I was left with all these ideas for fast, feverish tunes. Following that we went to LA and hung out with friends, driving round all day in the baking sun playing these jungle and hardcore edits – all the best bits from rare jungle tunes, spliced together…there was something that really seemed to fit hearing these ridiculously energetic tracks whilst speeding around LA under perfect blue skies, that was amazingly similar to the music I’d been dreaming up whilst in New York. I couldn’t wait to get home and start putting this together – I had a new theme. After making a record as mellow as Reality Testing it was important to me to not repeat myself – I wanted it to be an intense blast“.