Electronic pioneers Rick Smith and Karl Hyde announce the conclusion of their groundbreaking fifty-two week DRIFT series: a new double A side single, a new album and their biggest ever live headline shows.
To be released on October 25th 2019, Underworld’s new album DRIFT SONGS marks the conclusion of their hugely ambitious 52-week DRIFT Series. During that period, music, film and text pieces are created and published every Thursday as part of the band’s on-going, very public recording process; a unique and visionary space Rick Smith and Karl Hyde have created for themselves to exist within. By the end of the DRIFT series, more new music and film will have been released by Underworld in its one-year duration than in the last fifteen years.
DRIFT SONGS expands and enhances a selection of the recordings the duo have released since they began their audio/visual experiment in November 2018. The album will be released as a single CD, double vinyl and crucially an all-encompassing box-set featuring the music, visuals and text pieces that were released throughout the entire 52-week duration of DRIFT.
Today, Underworld release Listen To Their No – the first track from DRIFT Episode 4. Previous DRIFT tracks have featured collaborations with producer Ø [Phase] and Australian experimental trio The Necks.
Earlier this week, Underworld released Soniamode (Aditya Game Version) – which is online everywhere now and is an extended and reframed version of a track originally released as part of DRIFT Episode 2: ATOM. This new version features additional lyrics from UK writer Aditya Chakrabortty – read about the making of and the ideas behind that track here.
DRIFT SONGS is Underworld’s first album release since 2016’s Grammy nominated LP Barbara, Barbara we face a shining future (“an album full of heart, soul and brilliant noise” The Observer) and the first physically released music since 2018’s Q award winning collaboration with Iggy Pop, Teatime Dub Encounters (“Born of the friction from a restless need to create… others of their standing may choose the wallowing legacy of safety. These guys do not.” NME).
Acclaimed electronic music producer Robot Koch releases his new EP “Sphere Outtakes” – the follow-up to “Sphere” out 10/5 last year – via his own label Trees and Cyborgs on April 26. Designed as the soundtrack to an audio visual live show and conceived in collaboration with the artist Mickael Le Goff, the project is a musical exploration of space and will be exhibited in planetariums and full dome venues across Europe and North America starting at MUTEK San Francisco on May 2nd.
“I wanted to do something entirely new and different, move out of my comfort zone. I‘ve been playing in clubs for more than ten years and the idea of doing something in a planetarium has been in my head for a while. I just loved the idea of it being totally immersive; it lies somewhere between a 3D movie and a concert,” Koch explains.
With “Sphere Outtakes”, Koch delves into dark pockets that separate stars, sounds, and ultimately feelings: “The space around things, the nothingness of space, fascinates me and I seek that space in my work too, the right amount of reverb around a sound, making it small and intimate or epic and far away is something I play with a lot.” he adds.
Building sound from a neoclassical sphere, he rapidly switches to more immediate and experimental outbursts, threading the line between drony, twisted and skeletal German minimal to spectral, transcendental techno. It’s a visual and sonic bath inspired by sci-fi, Robert being a massive fan of Blade Runner and Alien and intrigued by space and the possibility of a life above the stars. Tracks such as Another World and Data Religion showcase dark pulsations and clanks that channel a post-human dystopia. BBC’s Bobby Friction described it perfectly; “it sounds like artificial intelligence discovering religion.”
Canadian band In Mirrors share new single and video “Human” on Italians Do It Better. The song was produced by label head Johnny Jewel and features their hypnotic brand of minimal wave, krautrock, and post punk. The video was filmed and directed by Johnny Jewel in Los Angeles.
In Mirrors is the sound of reflection. A collage of cinematic synthscapes, ambient noise experimentations, catchy melodies. The slow-burning grooves represent the essence of what we wear on the outside and what’s etched deep inside – pure and tainted, sacred and profane, light and dark. Dissonant but sincere vocals and glistening guitars combined with electronic palettes help us experience the true, visceral gravity of our moments.
From Vancouver, B.C., In Mirrors (comprised of Jesse Taylor, japanese Takashi Inoue and Bill Batt) will hit the road to open the nights for label mates Chromatics & Desire.
Worakls has launched the intriguing official video for ‘Nikki’, the second single from his acclaimed debut album Orchestra.
Taken from the 2017 short film ‘Nikki Marianne’ by Guillaume Caramelle, for which Worakls composed the soundtrack, the video tells the tale of a modern romance and the multitude of conflicting emotions that comes with it. Set at a high school party, protagonist Peter watches on with confusion and horror as crush Nikki is seduced by an older man.
The second single released from the ten-track LP, ‘Nikki’ weaves together electronic and orchestral elements to create a powerful cinematic composition that increasingly ups the tension. With all the music featured on the album composed to be specifically played with an orchestra, the record was released in conjunction with a tour of the most prestigious venues in Europe, where Worakls performed alongside a 20-piece orchestra. He kicked off the ten-date sold out tour in Paris on 15th February, before rounding things off in France and Belgium on 25th and 26th April respectively.
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
Hot Chip – “Hungry Child”, from the new album ‘A Bath Full of Ecstasy’, out 21st June 2019 on Domino Record Co.
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
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.