In 1990, when Felix (aka Ross From Friends) was just a twinkle in his father’s eye, his dad – having built up a sound system in the 1980s while playing at various squat parties around London (including the then derelict Roundhouse) – decided that he wanted to get out of the capital and see some of Europe. He got his hands on a bus and started putting word out through a network of like-minded friends and acquaintances. At the time just a friend of a friend, the trip caught the attention of Felix’s (future) mum, who offered to document the whole thing in return for a seat, and in 1990 they loaded up the sound system and hit the road. They travelled through France, Belgium, West and East Germany (though returning through a unified one) and beyond, setting up in towns to share their passion for the sounds of hi-NRG dance, Italo disco and proto-Techno through spontaneous parties in whatever venue they could find.
Ross From Friends will release his debut album “Family Portrait” next Friday 27 July via Brainfeeder. Watch the video of ‘Pale Blue Dot’ – a new track lifted from the album.
“Light Up” is the debut single from the upcoming “Light Of The Fearless”, Hybrid’s fifth artist album. This brings together UK-based, Mike and Charlotte’s passion for combining emotionally powered cinematic pieces with astute, intricate and intelligent electronic production. “Light Up” is an immensely positive song about believing and having faith in yourself, realizing that you create light in other people’s lives and to have confidence in your own voice. “You light up the world with your song”.
We open up the five track single package with the powerful and driving video edit of the album version; which is a slightly condensed and harder hitting version going for maximum impact. Next the album version, which really gets going half way through when the D&B beats kick in. As is often the case with Hybrid things tend to get cinematic fairly quickly and the sweeping Prague Philharmonic Orchestra adding new sonic dimensions really powers this track over the top.
On the remix front Bristol based Drum and Bass duo Loadstar (RAM Records) take proceedings on a high energy workout both with their vocal and instrumental versions. LA based Matt Lange (Anjunabeats and Mau5trap Recordings) delivers his version to close off the EP. Big sweeping synths, breakbeats and a future-wave prog-techno gloss.
The fifth Hybrid artist album “Light Of The Fearless” is out on Distinctive Records on 27th July 2018.
From the forthcoming album ‘No Tourists’. Stream and pre-order here: https://TheProdigy.lnk.to/NoTouristsID
Legendary dance outfit Orbital have made a hard-hitting new video about the current situation in Britain today to accompany their hypnotic new single “P.H.U.K.” The video features searing images such as scenes of police brutality, poverty and the shell of the Grenfell Tower, juxtaposed with the latest billionaire flats at the Battersea Power Station development in London.
One half of the revered techno duo Paul Hartnoll said of the video: “It’s a snapshot of the state of Britain today, where opulence and poverty rub shoulders amidst the chaos, a disparity that can be transposed to many other nations. But as Leonard Cohen once said, light shines through the cracks, so it’s not all bad! Please Help UK? You decide…”
Video director Felix Green was inspired by the cyclical, mesmerising and relentless techno melody: “The track lends itself to highlighting some of the ironies, dissonances and juxtapositions present in UK politics and culture. It may look like we’re all totally P.H.U.K.’d but it’s actually not all doom and gloom…. we do have dancing policemen.”
‘P.H.U.K.’ drops today, June 29 – the same day Orbital headline a home town show at Brighton Racecourse. This is the second single from their forthcoming album, ‘Monsters Exist,’ which is due for release on September 14 via ACP Recordings.The songs contained on ‘Monsters Exist’ demonstrate why Orbital have remained Britain’s giants of electronic music.
Johnny Jewel has released a surprise LP Themes For Television online. The LP is set for physical release on June 29th (UK) via Italians Do It Better. You can stream the album in full here & also watch a new video for album track “Red Door”.
Watch “Red Door” here:
Listen to ‘Themes For Televison’ in full:
Today Portland-based four piece Chromatics, made up of Ruth Radelet, Johnny Jewel, Adam Miller & Nat Walker, share new track & video “Black Walls” and confirm their fifth studio album, ‘Dear Tommy’, is due out in autumn 2018 via Italians Do It Better. More information to come soon.
Watch “Black Walls” above.