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Dauwd – Glass Jelly

‘Glass Jelly’, the second single taken from Dauwd’s forthcoming LP “Theory of Colours”, is out now on Ninja Tune imprint Technicolour. Not unlike the rest of the album, whose sonic themes were constructed under the notion of restriction and the freedom found through establishing intentional limits, ‘Glass Jelly’, with its tight, barely-there baseline and consistent breaks sprinkled throughout, is intentionally minimal yet strikingly loose. Nearly shimmering at moments, the track subtly builds on itself; its pingy synths ricochet like remnants in the background and its distorted melody recalls both hazy early 90’s Chicago basements and the tubey, lo-fi house sound that’s broken through as of late. At its core, ‘Glass Jelly’ easily transcends both and instead embodies the title itself — a fluidly sharp and discerning tune that sticks out among a collection of already stellar tracks featured on “Theory of Colours”.

Album Tracklist:
1. Macadam Therapy
2. Leitmotiv
3. Murmure
4. Glass Jelly
5. Analogische Memories
6. Unconscious
7. Theory of Colours

Get it here: http://dauwd.lnk.to/toc

DAUWD – Theory of Colours LP

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These days, to leave even the briefest of imprints on the ever-increasingly saturated orbit of dance music can be considered a feat in itself. To make a lasting mark, however, one that manages to cut through the onslaught of new music and artist profiles on spotlight each day, is another accomplishment entirely. Cue Dauwd, the US-born, Wales-raised artist who’s been releasing music for nearly 6 years on such noted labels as Ghostly International and Kompakt, and whose debut album “Theory of Colours” will be released via Ninja Tune imprint Technicolour on June 2nd 2017.

An integral member of the Berlin night and radio show African Acid Is The Future, Dauwd Al Hilali’s releases have been met with as much expectation as they have intrigue. Spending the last few years out of the limelight and in his Berlin studio, Dauwd’s music has continued to ripple through clubs as his singular, sometimes thrillingly uncertain process of experimentation has continued. Pulling inspiration from electronic music legends like Terry Riley, Raymond Scott, and the seminal Radiophonic Workshop period in the late 50’s and 60’s, “Theory of Colours” draws a unique line between influences as disparate as hazy Detroit house and early German Krautrock.

A skilled musical engineer, Dauwd’s ability to balance between such sprawling genres is, paradoxically, an exercise in restriction, finding creative freedom in limiting his own gear. It’s clear he’s no stranger to focus; sonically, “Theory of Colours” runs tightly wound, its loops intentional and layers meticulously built. Spanning a succinct forty minutes across seven tracks, Dauwd’s fondness for delays and love for vintage synthesizers characterize much of the album, which was recorded over the course of a year primarily in the Utrecht based Sonar Traffic studio that houses one of the largest collections of vintage synths and other modular equipment in all of Europe. The result is an intricate, scintillating journey that hovers between familiar and strange. For many artists, that enigmatic gap is one that’s anxiously avoided — the fear of misidentity as a musician more important than the music itself. Throughout “Theory of Colours”, it’s a space Dauwd comfortably renders as his own.

Tracklist:
1. Macadam Therapy
2. Leitmotiv
3. Murmure
4. Glass Jelly
5. Analogische Memories
6. Unconscious
7. Theory of Colours

Pre-order: http://dauwd.lnk.to/toc

Tour Dates: http://www.songkick.com/artists/1466731-dauwd

Florian Kupfer – Elle

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Florian Kupfer streams ‘Elle’ from forthcoming Unfinished EP. He will release his sixth solo EP (and his second for Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint) on 22nd July 2016. The digital format will follow on 12th August 2016.

He has released via Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S. and offshoot Russian Torrent Versions in addition to Willie Burns’ W.T. Records, Rush Hour and not forgetting that white label Sade bootleg. Unfinished EP finds the the 28 year old Berlin resident in electric form, assembling three smouldering club tracks and one stunning beatless piece built on the foundations of his inimitable improvised hardware jams.

Ninja Tune set up Technicolour as a singles label. Their output to date includes 12″s by Hieroglyphic Being, Legowelt, Nathan Melja, NY*AK, Kutmah, BNJMN, U, and the first long players on the label by Levantis and the aforementioned Hieroglyphic Being.

Tracklist
1. Elle
2. Erika
3. Being Me
4. Unfinished

Florian Kupfer – Erika

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Florian Kupfer will release his sixth solo EP (and his second for Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint) on 22nd July 2016.

He has released via Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S. and offshoot Russian Torrent Versions in addition to Willie Burns’ W.T. Records, Rush Hour and not forgetting that white label Sade bootleg. Unfinished EP finds the the 28 year old Berlin resident in electric form, assembling three smouldering club tracks and one stunning beatless piece built on the foundations of his inimitable improvised hardware jams.

Ninja Tune set up Technicolour as a singles label. Their output to date includes 12″s by Hieroglyphic Being, Legowelt, Nathan Melja, NY*AK, Kutmah, BNJMN, U, and the first long players on the label by Levantis and the aforementioned Hieroglyphic Being.

Florian Kupfer – Headpiece

Florian Kupfer in Thessaloniki, Greece

Florian Kupfer in Thessaloniki, Greece

Florian Kupfer first burst into dance music consciousness with 2013’s insta-classic Lifetrax, filling much of the subsequent two years with a flurry of singles (more on L.I.E.S., an anonymous but hotly picked-up white label edit of Sade, plus efforts for Rush Hour’s No ‘Label’ and W.T. Records) and DJ gigs across Europe, Australia, the USA and Russia.

He surfaces once again for Technicolour — Ninja Tune’s singles label—with Explora, a four-track EP, brimming with punchy percussion, swatches of low-end menace, mechanical grind at a steady build, and a deep unidentifiable rumble. There is a certain darkness which pervades his body of work and Explora is no stranger to it, submerging the listener deep in the void somewhere between the crazed collectivity of the dancefloor and the inescapable solitude of the home that awaits. Inspired in equal parts by the solace of Berlin winter, dormant emotions following the 9/11 attacks and psychedelic experimentation, Kupfer proves once again that much magic can be made on a one-take hardware jam in his bedroom.

Buy/ Pre-order links: Ninjashop // Bandcamp // iTunes 

Tracklist
A1. Explora (Slave)
A2. Headpiece
B1. Brute Force
B2. Shpel

U – We Decide Who Comes In EP

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At a time when social media seems like a warm tide of sluice running from industry foul-mouths prone to oversharing, it comes as a strangely welcome tonic when a producer is Google-proof. Not even because there’s a worry they might fall foul to an errant late-night Tweet – it’s more of the pinch of mystery in the unexplained; an effusive shadow cast across their work that seems to heighten it to stranger territory.

It’s this same murky intrigue that follows U – the retiring Londoner who George Fitzgerald once met on holiday in Greece and commissioned a handful of 12″s from him immediately. He’s left little mark on the internet other than a string of striking debuts on Fitzgerald’s ManMakeMusic and Alkan’s Phantasy – and now without much ado, he’s back.

This time, he finds a fitting home in Fotomachine’s Technicolour with a new EP cut of similar cloth – agile, arresting and idiosyncratic house music, frayed and crackled with mechanical distortions and whirring tape-throb. ‘Easy Prayer’ is our pick of the litter – a warm and glowing piece of oddball club grub, snarled up with choppy drums and strung out on plangent synths. File next to Actress or Huerco S. and cop the full ‘We Decide Who Comes In’ EP here on June 29.

BNJMN – Ark

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UK producer BNJMN is set to release his next three-track EP later this month via London outpost Technicolour. Simply titled IV, this forthcoming EP finds BNJMN “continuing to craft material on the dreamy outskirts of techno, with rich pads and crystalline textures serving as the base of his detailed productions“. Below, you can stream the EP track “Arc”. Out on June 23rd 2014.