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Felix Da Housecat – Founders Of Filth Vol. One

Two time Grammy nominated Felix Da Housecat kickstarts his new label with three original tracks showcasing his timeless production. Founders Of Filth Volume One features the legendary Jamie Principle, who found fame as Frankie Knuckles vocalist and more recently starring in the 2017 Gorillaz album. Montreal DJ and producer Clarian also features on the debut release, concluding the stellar line-up. 

A career spanning over thirty years, Felix dreams of going back to basics with his new label, “an imprint where no rules apply.. you can be as creative as you want to be, as a community. I just got so tired of fighting labels and for my people to shine, it went on deaf ears”. Born in Detroit, raised in Chicago, Felix has also been inspired by the dance scene that is emerging in Montreal, “I was very impressed by how people are truly into their art.. it’s about your love for the craft not for the money”.

The Guardian – “The flamboyant Chicago house doyen”

The Fader – “A House Pioneer…”

Setting the tone for the EP, In Thee Now exposes a true master at work, demonstrating Felix’s passion for the dancefloor. Transforming into his alias for Know Thyself, Aphrohead and Clarian deliver a warm and playful classic. Taking no prisoners, It’s Your World brings in the powerful vocals of Jamie Principle, layered over an immensely catchy rhythm and concluding the EP with a dazzling production.

Felix has reached dizzying heights over his career, releasing on Global Cuts, Defected, Crosstown Rebels among others. Remixing artists including; Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna and Gwen Stefani. Felix has also previously collaborated with Diddy, James Murphy, and Miss Kittin.

Release Date: 23/06/2017, Label: Founders Of Filth

Oυтвlacĸ – Void EP

Outblack is the new solo project from french artist Frédéric Rivière, aka Anoraak, featuring collaborations with a selection of other artists. Not confined by any specific genre, the aesthetic is clearly a combination of electronic and modern worlds; uncluttered and based on black and white visuals, his work outlines sonic landscapes, heavily influenced by the work of painter Pierre Soulages.

Rooted in avant-garde electropop, reminiscent of Junior Boys, Outblack’s cinematic productions embrace today’s electronic music standards, using both synthesizers and organically recorded sounds, resulting in a perfect balance between human emotion and machine-like strictness.

After piquing the interest of underground tastemakers with his first track “How Hard It Is (feat. Lenparrot)”, his debut EP will be released in May of 2017, featuring Brothertiger and Moona.

Oυтвlacĸ feat. Brothertiger – Lost in the Void video:

Lapalux – Flickering feat. JFDR

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Today Lapalux shares a new track from his forthcoming third album for Brainfeeder – “Ruinism”. ’Flickering’ features vocals by Icelandic singer Jófríður Ákadóttir (JFDR) of the bands Gangly, Pascal Pinon and Samaris.

“Stu [Lapalux] and I got together in London when I had just run out the door in Iceland with my laptop and passport – and literally nothing else – so I was in a perfect state of chaos, freedom and exhaustion,” says Jófríður. “The tune came together quite quickly, the only rule I got from Stu was that it couldn’t be about ‘love’. I really like the result, it has a perfect balance of that melancholia-but-you-still-keep-on-going feeling.”

“Ruinism” is released worldwide on 30th June. Amongst the formats is a stunning deluxe blue vinyl 2LP package printed by the high end Parisian atelier Imprimerie du Marais.  Listen back to Lapalux onWorldwide FM celebrating Synth Day (in honour of Bob Moog’s birthday) yesterday here.

Stream / pre-order: https://lapalux.lnk.to/flickering

Video: Almeeva – Some Revelation

Here’s Almeeva new video for the single “Some Revelation”, from his latest ‘Unset‘ EP on InFiné Music. It’s an hommage to liberation through dancing. Directed by Gregory Hoepffner.

I want to be free.
I don’t know how to dance, and it’s ok.
The world is violent and absurd, but life is full of joy.
I’m looking for unity, harmony and letting go.
My honesty will allow me to connect with the others.
I have faith in mankind.
I want to be free.

Almeeva aka Gregory Hoepffner is a multi-instrumentalist and video maker. He is a member of several rock and hardcore band like Kid North, Radius System, Painting By Numbers, Dawnshape or Time to Burn. He signed a first remix for ‘Machins Choses’ by Bachar Mar Khalifé before collaborating with Bernard Szajner on his live ‘Evolution’. His first two EPs released on InFiné, Anamorphic and Oblite, oscillate between indietronica and emotional clubbing, and were supported by varied medias such as Les Inrockuptibles or XLR8R. His previous EP included a cover of The Smiths. This 3rd maxi highlight is an emblematic track of the early 90’s Eurodance scene.

Video: CHROMATICS – Shadow

Chromatics Pay Tribute To David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” & The Legendary Julee Cruise. Directed By Rene & Radka. Filmed In Los Angeles February 14 2016. Edited By Chromatics.

Video: Kelly Lee Owens – Throwing Lines

London-based producer Kelly Lee Owens is announcing her first ever North American tour in support of her self-titled, debut album, released this past March via Smalltown Supersound. On stage as on record, Kelly blurs the line between throbbing techno and pop vocal performances.

Additionally, Kelly now presents the video for “Throwing Lines.” As Kelly describes it, “This is one of the poppiest tracks on my record and it could have had a showy video to match, but it feels good to take the piss instead – out of myself and that world.”

Kelly Lee Owens bridges the gaps between cavernous techno, spectral pop, and Krautrock’s mechanical pulse, It brims with exploratory wonder and delves into a variety of moods – sadness, anxiety, and darkly shaded ecstasy – with a trippy-eyed clarity and confidence. Since announcing her debut album, Kelly has quickly become regarded as one of the most exciting new artists to watch from the likes of Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and way beyond.

Watch Kelly Lee Owens’ “Throwing Lines” Video:

Sarah P. – Who Am I LP

Sarah P.‘s solo debut album Who Am I is out now! Who Am I is a pop record that is different, an ode to the humanly deep need of security and love and a piece of art that reads pages from Sarah P.’s diaries. It’s an album about fears, hopes, memories, dreams – and love. Inspired by Berlin, her Greek roots & personal struggles, Sarah asks “Who Am I? Who are we?”

Buy: iTunes  | Amazon | GooglePlay

Video: Σtella – Way To Go

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Having won praise from the likes of Paste MagazineI-DThe Line of Best Fit and Clash for her new album ‘Works For You’, Greek indie/pop artist Σtella has shared the final video made to accompany the LP. Made for the track ‘Way To Go’ it was directed by Evi Kalogiropoulou and Byron Kalomamas, shot in California and perfectly catches the track’s breezy nature.

Following on from her debut US shows at SXSW Σtellahas also revealed that she will be performing at the Release Festival in Athens on June 17th alongside the likes of Jamiroquai and Michale Kiwanuka, more details of that here.

Σtella – Works For You
Inner Ear Records
Released LP, CD and digital – Out Now!
Order now: http://smarturl.it/83n8q3

MOGWAI – Every Country’s Sun LP

Long-running Scottish art-rock institution Mogwai have announced a new album, Every Country’s Sun, set for release September 1st on Temporary Residence Ltd. The new album takes two decades of the band’s signature, contrasting sounds – towering intensity, pastoral introspection, synth-rock minimalism, DNA-detonating volume – and distills it, beautifully, into 56 concise minutes of gracious elegance, hymnal trance-rock, and transcendental euphoria. Produced by psych-rock luminary Dave Fridmann, it’s a structural soundscape built from stark foundations; from a gentle, twinkling, synth-rock spectre to a solid, blown-out, skyward-thrusting obelisk. There’s percussive, dream-state electronics (“Coolverine”), church organs as chariots of existential fire (“Brain Sweeties”), tremulous, foreboding bleeping – possibly from a dying android (“aka 47”). Their most transportive album yet, it also hosts their most fully realized art-pop sing-along of their storied history, “Party In The Dark,” a head-spinning disco-dream double-helix echoing New Order and The Flaming Lips, featuring guitarist Stuart Braithwaite’s seldom-heard melodic vocals declaring he’s “directionless and innocent, searching for another piece of mind”.

“What’s going on in the world politically and socially has to affect you,” muses Braithwaite. “It was very much on our minds, especially in America. We were vaguely getting over the Scottish referendum, then the death of David Bowie, along comes Brexit, and then Trump. The album was written in a very turbulent, intense period so I think it maybe feels like some kind of shield from that? That’s maybe just my take. Because it literally was for me.”

Work on the album began in the tumultuous year of 2016, the band submerged in individual demos, working for the first time without John Cummings (who left in late 2015); Stuart Braithwaite (guitar, vocals), Barry Burns (keyboards, computer, guitar), Dominic Aitchison (bass) and Martin Bulloch (drums) all pooling ideas via Dropbox. In October 2016 they took their glimmering bounty to Dave Fridmann – collaborator and friend since producing the band’s sophomore album, Come On Die Young (1999) and follow-up, Rock Action (2001) – and his Tarbox Road Studios in Chautauqua County, New York State, surrounded by little more than woods, wild hounds and marauding deer hunters. Home to myriad recording greats over the past two decades – including The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, and Low – our Caledonian heroes were soon followed by Californians, Haim, to whom they bequeathed “a lot of beer”. Full immersion ensued, “in a bubble,” notes Braithwaite, emerging into the new world order in January 2017. Every Country’s Sun became, subconsciously, a musical salve, a transportation sanctuary while the divisive bedlam of the wider world continued at ever-accelerating pace. This is music as a keep-out chrysalis, protective audio armor through exalting organs and portentous, dissonant guitar fuzz warping at the edges, bending the world inside-out into a reality in which you’d much rather live.

EVERY COUNTRY’S SUN TRACK LISTING

1. Coolverine
2. Party In The Dark
3. Brain Sweeties
4. Crossing The Road Material
5. aka 47
6. 20 Size
7. 1000 Foot Face
8. Don’t Believe The Fife
9. Battered At The Scramble
10. Old Poisons
11. Every Country’s Sun

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK – The Punishment of Luxury LP

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Synth-pop pioneers OMD return with their dazzling 13th studio album ‘The Punishment of Luxury’ which sees them combine the wistful nostalgia and idealized romance of their previous work while stepping out of their comfort zone. The LP is out September 1st on White Noise Records.

The follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘English Electric’ (released in 2013) ‘The Punishment Of Luxury’ is a daring collection of stylish synth pop and masterful songwriting which will certainly rank alongside their very best.

Written, recorded, produced and mixed by OMD – Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys – the album is the sound of a band in their prime. ‘On this album we have managed to make beautiful things out of noises and repetitive patterns’, explains Andy. ‘The trouble is, we just cant help but write a catchy melody!’

The album takes its name from an 1891 painting by the Italian Giovani Segantini and contains everything from the Kraftwerkian ‘Isotype’ and ‘Robot Man’ to the blue eyed soul ballads of ‘One More Time’ and ‘The View From Here’ as well as more traditional OMD songs like ‘Kiss Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang’ and the synth heavy title track.

Described by The Quietus as “not just one of the best synth bands ever – they are one of the best bands ever”, OMD’s influence has become ubiquitous. The xx, the Killers and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy have cited OMD as an inspiration, and the likes of Future Islands and Chvrches show traces of OMD’s DNA.

View the beautiful animated video of the track ‘La Mitrailleuse’

Pre-order the album HERE!

‘Punishment Of Luxury’ – Tracklisting
1. The Punishment of Luxury
2. Isotype
3. Robot Man
4. What Have We Done
5. Precision & Decay
6. As We Open, So We Close
7. Art Eats Art
8. Kiss Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang
9. One More Time
10. La Mitrailleuse
11. Ghost Star
12.The View From Here