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Video: Chromatics – Shadow (Maceo Plex Remix)

Acclaimed U.S live electronic band Chromatics announce remix package for their classic single, Shadow. Featuring remixes from Maceo PlexDean Hurley, MelawatiAcorne and two new edits of the original version, Chromatics – Shadow (Remixes) is out now via Italians Do It Better.
 
A collection of remixes which takes the much-loved original in a new direction from the dancefloor to cinematic-sounding reworks, Shadow was originally released in 2015 and swiftly became one of the standout entries in Chromatics’ impressive discography. Picking up early and key industry support from the likes of PitchforkShadow rose to fame in late 2016 when Chromatics performed the track in David Lynch’s cult tv series, Twin Peaks (Season 3). The band took to the stage at fictional venue, The Roadhouse and in turn catapulted the track to mainstream success. 

Leading the remixes, Maceo Plex transforms Shadow into a euphoric dance floor production. One of the many avenues of his vast musical skill set, Maceo Plex is the figurehead behind the seminal underground label, Ellum Audio, and has released four studio albums, mix compilations for London’s fabric and !K7’s DJ-Kicks series, along with productions under his Mariel Ito and Maetrik aliases. Also curating several BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix’s and gracing the cover of many a magazine from Mixmag to DJ Mag, Maceo Plex has provided official remixes for artists including Coldcut, Röyksopp, GusGus, DJ T, Maribou State, Perry Farrell, Faithless, New Order and more.
 
With the release of today’s new remixes, Chromatics pay tribute and honour the death of Twin Peaks’ fictional character, Laura Palmer who was originally portrayed by Sherly LeeLaura Palmer was found murdered at the age of seventeen, on the morning of February 24, 1989. An event that shook the small town of Twin Peaks to its core and prompted an investigation by protagonist and FBI agent, Dale Cooper.  
 
The release of Shadow (Remixes) marks Chromatics’ entrance in 2021 with the full EP now available to purchase here.
 
Tracklist:

Shadow (Maceo Plex Remix)

Saturday (Dean Hurley Remix)

Shadow (Melawati Remix)

Shadow (Michel’s Runway Edit)

Shadow (Last Dance Of The Night Club Edit)

Windswept (Acorne Remix)

 Chromatics – Shadow (Remixes) – Out now via Italians Do It Better

Daft Punk – Epilogue

ANIMA – Eternal Return

The ”Eternal Return” is a debut single by ANIMA, aka Greek based musician / drummer / producer Giorgos Kosteletos. It’s a house -techno track inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept (also known as eternal recurrence). According this concept the universe and all existence and energy has been recurring, and will continue to recur, in a self-similar form an infinite number of times across infinite time or space.

Video: Aparde – Know You

‘Know You’ is the first Single from Aparde’s upcoming Album ‘Alliance’ out on May 28th

Aparde’s new album, Alliance sees the German musician retreat from his recent experimentations with avant garde pop music back into the world of deep, and oftentimes dark, electronica. For his previous album, Hands Rest, Aparde ventured outside Berlin’s club scene through the use of his voice, which gave his music a softer and more intimate edge. Alliance is no less intimate, except this time the musician’s vulnerability seeps through the cracks rather than taking center stage. 

As impressive sonically as it is technically, Aparde used a mixture of electronic sounds, analogue equipment and his own voice either as a sound element or lyrical component to explore this duality of sound. “This album was about focusing on something that calmed me down and brought me away from reality,” says Aparde. When the musician says ‘away from reality’, he doesn’t mean into dreamy, ethereal soundscapes, but rather a deep dive into dystopian atmospheres of drone sounds and chewed-up drum machines. Alliance’s second track, Allies has a dire beginning and one might even be tempted in skipping it if it weren’t for Aparde’s hushed voice shining through the shadows, melancholic yes, but also warm. Despite the album’s focus on electronic gear the music isn’t exactly dance-able, tracks have a ruminative pace, brooding even, “I wanted to make the tracks with more breathing space between the atmosphere and silence. There are fewer elements but more impact, I think,” says Aparde. 

Things change gears toward the middle of Alliance, with both Lined and The Shift representing the colder, club-ier tracks of the album. For both of these tunes, any emotionality gets converted into a dense and thumping energy that is released in a cathartic fashion. It is, as Aparde describes, music “for you to move to when you have a good moment or a mental crisis”. But Aparde doesn’t leave it at that frequency; he closes off the album courageously by letting listeners in, once again, to his own world and emotions. While still a driving electronic track, Hole is framed around melancholic piano keys that bring the mood down, and prepare listeners for Know you, the album’s most intimate, and vulnerable piece. “I never felt alright,” Aparde admits open-heartedly on the track.

With Alliance, Aparde brings listeners deep into his soul, a soul that is at times conflicted and agitated and at times low-key and solemn. And as he does so, the listener’s own mood is muted and lifted in a journey of quest, dance and healing.

Pre-order: https://aparde.33r.pm/alliance

Video: Christian Löffler – Dir Jehova

Dir Jehova’ a J.S. Bach rework by Christian Löffler, from the album ‘Parallels’. Video directed by Matías Montecinos.

Get ‘Parallels’: https://DG.lnk.to/parallels

Video: Shady – Your Skin

Maxim Helincks and Pieter De Meester, members of Belgian electronic outfit Stavroz, have unveiled ‘Your Skin’, their next release as SHADY. The EP contains their brand new single, and 3 remixes, courtesy of Dreems, and Beat & Path masterminds Uone and Out Of Sorts.

The presentation for ‘Your Skin’ is accompanied by its own music video, in which we can see both Helincks and De Meester having fun and going wild as backdrops change, thanks to some green screen magic and visual effects.

Our music is electronic with guitar, bass, and vocals. Think Soulwax, Nicolas Jaar, Connan Mockasin, Magnus, Mickael Jackson, and sure you will hear some Stavroz in there, but the most important ingredient is “not taking yourself seriously’”, say Maxim and Pieter about their SHADY project.

SHADY’s ‘Your Skin’ will be out on February 26th, via Beat & Path. 

Video: Grandbrothers – Black Frost

Taken from Grandbrothers’ new album ‘All The Unknown’ out January 15 2021 on City Slang.

Video: Glüme – Get Low

After recently signing to Italians Do It Better, Glüme is sharing her new single & video Get Low, which is taken from her upcoming debut album ‘The Internet’, due later this year. 

“‘Get Low’ is about the high of falling for someone & how it effects your brain chemistry & nervous system. With autonomic dysfunction & a heart condition, it makes the love ride feel like a roller coaster. I get down even trying to let myself fall for someone. So I try not to… But, I’m not very good… So baby get low.” – Glüme

Watch & listen to “Get Low” above. Listen via other streaming services here: https://idib.ffm.to/getlow

Video: Desire – Zeros

Desire are sharing a video for their single “Zeros“, which is out now via Italians Do It Better. 

Shot in the desert in Palm Springs, the video for “Zeros” was directed by Kirill Nong and stars Megan Louise of Desire and model Soo Joo Park burying their past. Park also plays keyboard on the track and will feature more on upcoming Desire releases. 

“As the calendar pages fly by, we are all reaching for a new normal on what sometimes feels like an endless loop. The cyclical music echoes flashback sequences of a recurring dream, chanting “Falling like a feather…Never touch the floor”. We sampled the incessant strike of a grandfather clock, stopwatches, & digital alarm clocks to keep the time. From sunrise to sunset, every single is day adding up…” – Desire

Video: Paul Kalkbrenner – Graf Zahl

Visual concept by Valentin Hansen: https://www.valentinhansen.eu