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The Cinematic Orchestra – Lessons (Live)

The Cinematic Orchestra have shared a new live video for “Lessons” taken from their new album “To Believe”. Filmed by acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Brian “B+” Cross (Mochilla) whilst the band were in Joshua Tree, USA earlier this year.

B+ said of the video, “The desert has been an important reference for Jason and Dominic during the creation of this project. We took photos out there three years back in the beginning of the publicity for the campaign. It was wonderful to go back out to Joshua Tree and hear the music performed live by the full band. It was an honour to capture the energy in the room over six takes and then intercut it with some observational shots we created using a pretty sophisticated drone. Drone technology was created in Southern California and all the stark beauty it can capture underwritten by the military industrial narratives we live with here is present in the work. Thinking about these deeper themes is central to this new Cinematic project and it was a privilege to be part of these conversations.”

On the instrumental ‘Lessons’, a melodic, melancholic meditation is built around Luke Flowers’ drums, driving the track’s ebbs and flows of energy. Whilst the saxophonist is the ever present band member Tom Chant, who in many ways embodies the evolving symbiosis of the band: a friend-of-a-friend turned studio partner turned bedrock of the band’s live formation over two decades.

The Cinematic Orchestra (founded by Jason Swinscoe and now joined long-time collaborator and friend Dominic Smith), have always defied category and convention. Neither an orchestra nor a band, not a pure jazz act but full of its influence, not electronic but originally rooted in a London based electronic scene. Musical trends come and go but they have assuredly and defiantly stuck to their principles. A refusal to compromise, to bend to classification, to follow convention.

“To Believe” was released on 15th March on Ninja Tune to widespread acclaim

Video: Hot Chip – Hungry Child

Hot Chip – “Hungry Child”, from the new album ‘A Bath Full of Ecstasy’, out 21st June 2019 on Domino Record Co.

Video: RÜFÜS DU SOL – Treat You Better

Globally renowned live-electronic band RÜFÜS DU SOL have released a music video for their break-out track ‘Treat You Better’ off their ‘SOLACE’ LP out now via their own Rose Avenue imprint and Reprise Records. This follows the announcement of their headline show at London’s Alexandra Palace later this year.

The video welcomes fans into the emotive world in which the album was written – one defined by honesty and introspection. ‘Treat You Better’ leads the melancholy, yet dance driven LP as a euphoric ode to both the band’s loved-ones and themselves, a calling out for heartfelt self-improvement.

Shot in Mexico City, the new music video features intimate scenes of subjects lost in their own emotions, subsequently reaching within and outwardly to find solace in that which brings them joy. Viewers are left with a sense of yearning for passionate support and self-care that continues to define the band’s personal and sonic development.

The authenticity of the record has been felt far and wide in the live space as RÜFÜS have tantalized packed crowds around the globe on their SOLACE World Tour. The album run has already seen them dominate sold out performances at London’s Printworks, LA’s Shrine and New York City’s Terminal 5 three nights in a row, and is now heading towards their top billing return at this year’s Coachella Festival.

RÜFÜS DU SOL will play at Alexandra Palace, London on 25th October 2019

Christian Löffler – Ry

Electronic music producer and visual artist Christian Löffler premieres the video for new single “Ry” via ThisSongIsSick from his upcoming LP “Graal (Prologue),” out April 5th via Ki-Records. It follows the gorgeous animated video for “Like Water (feat Mohna)” out 2/13.

“Ry” follows a mysterious protagonist, running across a wide array of beautiful and uncanny places and landscapes across the globe; it’s a voyage of sight and sound. “Ry” begins with pulsating and pounding bass building to a mesmeric techno clap with sweeping reverb; it’s all about getting it higher and dropping it, adding soothing piano lines and arriving slowly to elation. While there are two sides to the track — one more immediate, one more “romantic” — Christian builds an alternative beat that makes it stick to the bones and that’s perfectly enhanced by the gorgeous visuals. By the end of it, the overlapping beat becomes a whisper as he adds irresistible strings that give it its transcendent emotional resonance and the runner arrives to the beach.

A visual artist and painter, Christian drew sketches for each song on “Graal (Prologue)”: the dry minimal techno for “Ry,” the floral and piercing “Bird,” the eerie “Like Water,” the romantic solitude on “Running,” the spectral and damp “Refu,” the sharp warp on “Graal”. He feeds his music with his art, drawings and paintings that help him express his creativity.

“Bird’ and ‘Refu’”have a nocturnal feel, perfect for eyes-closed introspection, and it’s no surprise to learn that two of them were conceived during late-night jam sessions in gardens underneath starry skies. Two tracks feature vocalists, both of which Löffler describes as happy accidents. “Like Water,”,featuring Mohna, was initially an instrumental piano piece, but was transformed by some vocal improvisations during a soundcheck for the Elbphilharmonie performance into atmospheric, spectral electro. Josephine Phillip, whose haunting Nordic voice warms the poignant “Running” was someone that Löffler had always hoped to record with and when their schedules finally aligned, he took full advantage.

Apparat – LP5 (official visual)

Listen to LP5, the brand new album from Apparat http://smarturl.it/Apparat-LP5. Tour Dates: https://bnds.us/q1efym

Video: Pinty – Nightcrawler

City Limits – Pinty’s debut EP – Out Now – Listen To / Purchase Here: https://rhythmsection.lnk.to/Pinty

This was Filmed over 24 hours around South London on a cold January Night .

Video: Sarah P. – Maenads

Sarah P. releases the music video for Maenads, the title track of her latest EP, which is inspired by the ancient Greek female followers of god Dionysus, who were known for their superhuman strength, sticking together, and fighting for their beliefs.

Maenads EP garnered love from critics and fans and has been streamed more than 1 million times across platforms since its release in December.

Maenads is a disco-inspired song about those nights that are empty of feelings. The video’s visuals are a fast-forward to Sarah’s life in Berlin – rather secluded, away from distractions. “This isolation-by-choice gave me time to process life events that had shaped me.”

The song’s video features Sarah and Sabina Smith-Moreland cast as a bird that symbolizes mental illness. The video shows the importance of coming to terms with own struggles while not letting them overtake one’s life. “I’ve been struggling with depression and anxiety for a long time, but I’m convinced that it’s possible to control one’s mental health, rather than living a life controlled by mental illness,” Sarah shares.

“Mental illness never truly goes away, but learning more about it can help understand what’s going on inside your body and mind and therefore, control it better.”

Video: Ioanna Gika – Out of Focus

Ioanna Gika is set to release her debut solo album ‘Thalassa’ on April 5th via Sargent House. ‘Thalassa’ takes its name from the primeval spirit of the sea, a nod to the singer’s Greek heritage and a thematic touchstone for the self-produced 10 song set.

The album announcement is accompanied by a self-directed music video for new album track “Out Of Focus,” featuring world surf champion Jake Caster as the Greek god Pan, cutting waves in a surreal indoor wave barrel as Gika performs the song beside him.

Written in Greece during a period of familial grief and romantic dissolution, ‘Thalassa’ documents an unanchored soul facing nature at its most unforgiving. Gika’s unique voice is laid bare, a beacon above the black water of dense, looming production that lies beneath. Her lyrics (recently quoted by Booker Prize winning author Arundhati Roy in her best-selling book The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness) sung in Greek as well as English, chart a path through her own mourning while luring the ear like a siren’s call.

“A series of deaths drew me home to Greece. The city of childhood memories was in disrepair. I drove past painted swastikas towards burial sites. I said goodbyes and grieved for those I didn’t get to say goodbye to. ‘Thalassa’ is about going through change that is unwanted yet unstoppable. It is a document of the dread, the adrenaline, and the surrender in the moments when you realise the only way to survive the wave, is to brace yourself and go through.”

The theme of change is represented not only in the album’s lyrics, but also in Gika’s production: from expansive opener Roseate,” shared online late last year, to the stark loneliness of album closer “Drifting,” she channels the helplessness of being plunged into the depths of ‘Thalassa’‘s great waves, along with the adrenaline of not knowing if she will come up for air.

Gika, who formerly toured the world as a member of IO Echo, recently completed a US run of live dates supportingDeafheaven and DIIV. She also wrote and performed the song “Estrange” with Tokimonsta on the latter’s Grammy nominated album Lune Rouge. She will support Garbage across the US in May as part of a Spring tour around the release of Thalassa. European dates to follow soon.

‘Thalassa’ is available to pre-order here: http://smarturl.it/IoannaGika

Video: Chromatics – Time Rider

“…Lonely Hearts Club Left Behind…”

In “Time Rider”, Chromatics employs the metaphor of a motorcycle as a sort of inter dimensional vehicle between the future and the past. In this dream, the motorcyclist mirrors myths of the grim reaper as Ruth Radelet eerily asks “Can I take your hand? I want to ride with you into the storm.” Life after death. Future past.

Produced & Mixed By Johnny Jewel. Out now on Italians Do It Better.

Underworld – Brussels (#Drift, Ep 2, Pt. 4)

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