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Video: Cannons – Fire for You

Listen to ‘Shadows’ featuring “Fire For You” by Cannons now: https://Cannons.lnk.to/SHDWSID

Video: GLÜME – Don’t @ Me

Out now on Italians Do It Better. Get it here: https://italiansdoitbetter.com/product/after-dark-3-3xlp/

Video: Mothermary – Resurrection

CLUB INTL – Crush (After Dark 3 Premiere Performance)

Watch Club Intl perform “Crush” for the After Dark 3 Premiere From the Amazon Music Twitch Party (October 21st 2020).

Video: WhoMadeWho & Robag Wruhme – If You Leave

Now Exclusive Download https://kompakt.fm/releases/if_you_leave

Fly into the clouds with “If You Leave”, a highlight single from WhoMadeWho’s collaboration album “Synchronicity” out on Kompakt Written across the miles during lockdown, Robag Wruhme re-worked the band remotely. The result is a soothing dance floor lullaby soundtracking a message of hope through these difficult times.

THYLACINE – Satie II (Duo Live Session)

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Video: Grandbrothers – All the Unknown

shot by Toby Coulson

Today Grandbrothers have shared a cinematic new video for “All The Unknown,” the title track from their third album which is set for January 15th release on City Slang.

The visually striking, surreal clip explores and maximises the dramatic builds and crescendos within Grandbrothers’ expressive music. Speaking on the video, the band comment: “We worked closely with our good friends and filmmakers Manfred Borsch and Malte Thuilot, because they had us hooked with their ideas and vision for this project. We felt that they could perfectly put into pictures, what we only can express with music.“

The video’s director, Manfred Borsch adds: “The brilliant and deeply touching work of Grandbrothers offers an unbelievable visual playground and creates pictures in the mind of each individual. We are enormously grateful that we were allowed to bring our own visual feelings to this project.”

Watch the video for “All The Unknown” here: 

On the leafy cover Grandbrothers invite the spectator to peer through the thick foliage of a hawthorn bush, seemingly powered by a similar sense of curiosity that informed this exploratory new record. Ditching the restrictions of their former setup, with their new record the Turkish-German/Swiss duo took a leap into the dense unknown—and landed on their feet.

The album maps out a wide-open soundworld of compositional possibilities for pianist Erol Sarp and producer / electronic engineer Lukas Vogel, who have been putting their modern and unique electronic spin on prepared piano since first forming in 2012. Forgoing the need to play every single note live, this new album sees the pair juxtapose the old and new once again, venturing further into the electronic cosmos armed with a grand piano, self-built computer-controlled mechanics, and a new sense of latitude.

Listen closely to this latest album and you can hear an old-school hip-hop beat enmeshed in melodic piano, or feel the cold rush of techno fly past at lightning speed. “We wanted to leave the lovely romantic piano music behind,” explains Sarp, whose affinity with dance music has always been an influence on his writing process. Motifs of club music creep subtly into ‘All The Unknown’’s impeccably textured palette, which nonetheless uses sounds found exclusively within the piano. These sounds and samples are triggered and collected using mechanics built by Vogel and placed inside the piano, then extracted, processed and shaped beyond their original identity to create alien beeps, beats and tones. Melding these with the organic piano sounds is what fuels Grandbrothers’ creativity.

‘All The Unknown’ will be released on January 15th 2021 via City Slang. Pre-order and streaming options can be found here: https://grandbrothers.lnk.to/AllTheUnknown

‘All The Unknown’ track list:
 1. Howth
2. What We See
3. Umeboshi
4. All the Unknown
5. The Goat Paradox
6. Four Rivers
7. Shorelines
8. Auberge
9. Organism
10. Silver
11. Black Frost
12. Unrest
13. Mourning Express

Max Cooper – Earth EP

Max Cooper returns to the core of his art with Earth – a four track EP including latest singles, ‘Reflect’ and ‘Swarm’.

Earth is a collection of beautiful, intricately scored electronic pieces accompanied with short films visualising epic scale earthly processes, human growth, storm surges, evolving ice formations and ballooning cityscapes.

Full of humanity, playfulness and powerful emerging intensity, the tracklist features layer after layer of otherworldly synthesis, harmony, clicks, fuzz and micro-rhythm. It’s music for those seeking emotional connection, as much as audiophiles and late night dark rooms, full of 3-dimensional binaural sound whizzing past your ears and around your head as constant low end harmonies wrap you inside a warm audio bath.

Max said of the latest single, ‘Reflect’:

“I began working on this new piece of music at the start of the lockdown period when everything was brought under inspection for all of us. And as often is the case, my writing process became a sort of balance against a troubled time. There’s something about focusing on a simple chord progression and the feeling it contains which often puts things into perspective for me.”

The video for ‘Reflect’ is a story of ice and reflections in collaboration with the visual artist Jip Mus. It ties the personal reflections of the music and the environmental themes of the EP to those of ice and its role in reflecting light from the sun – an idea conceived by Jip Mus, drawing on his visits to Svalbard, Norway, and imagery of ice crystal formations from Wenting Zhu’s research lab. A fusion of micro and macro, and a story of small things with large effects.

Following from recent contemporary classical album ‘Glassforms’ of reinterpreting Philip Glass scores with acclaimed pianist Bruce Brubaker, and his drum and bass remix of Henry Green, this EP exhibits the breadth of Cooper’s musical range.

For the first time in his career, Max has pushed the boundaries of his DIY-approach to making and releasing his work by creating the artwork for this EP, which features high-definition photographs of complex leaf vein structures. This series of images adorn the vinyl package, and are available as a series of limited edition giclée prints, printed on 300gsm minuet cotton rag using archival inks.

Video: The Ghost Of Helags – Night Summer Waiting

THE GHOST OF HELAGS have released a new video for: ‘Night Summer Waiting’. 

Shot in one-take, the video captures the duo on a late night drive through their home city of Berlin. Streaming on all platforms now – the single is the latest to emerge from a new album planned for early on in 2021. 

Driven by its crisp electronic percussion, ‘Night Summer Waiting’ recalls the majestic dream-pop masterworks of Still Corners or Chromatics. The song was written earlier in 2020, at a small Italian hilltop town under the fading Summer sun.

“Watching the world with restless eyes… keep up, don’t fall behind” sings Teresa Woischiski, lyrics defiant with notions of escapism, yet tinted with a world-wary melancholy. “Night Summer Waiting, what you keep within, you can do without”, she lulls, her crystalline vocal rising through layers of dreamy atmospheric synthesisers and elegiac piano motifs.

The Ghost of Helags are singer-songwriter and producer duo Teresa Woischiski and John Alexander Ericson. Hailing from Sweden and now located in Berlin, the pairing combine the dream pop sounds of their Scandinavian roots with the electronic nuances inspired by their newfound home and beyond. ‘Night Summer Waiting’ is the latest in a string of innovative and exploratory tracks by the duo and follows recent 2020 singles including the Chemical Brothers-inspired ‘Parallel’ and the seductive Lynchian-inspired synth-pop of recent single ‘Chemistry’. Other highlights of their continually expanding repertoire include the New Music Friday playlisted debut single ‘I Carry Your Heart’, ‘Autobahn Lullaby’ (a tribute to their Berlin home) and 2019’s hymnal ‘The Santa Rosa Song’.

A track that sees The Ghost Of Helags finding perfect harmony in their sound, ‘Night Summer Waiting’ is streaming on all platforms now. 

LISTEN ON: SOUNDCLOUD || SPOTIFY || APPLE

Standby for further details on their upcoming album imminently…

Video: The Bug feat. Dis Fig – You

Taken from the album ‘In Blue’ Released on Hyperdub Nov 2020. Preorder here: https://smarturl.it/In_Blue