Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Sofi Tukker shares a new version of 'Swing' feat. Allday

Sofi Tukker is kicking off 2020 by sharing a new version of their single ‘Swing’ from their “Dancing On the People” EP which features Australian rapper Allday. The MC, who has had a string of three top ten albums in his native Australia, brings an escalating flow on the verge of combusting over the song’s dramatic strings and ominous chant adapted from Brazilian poet Chacal.

The group says of the collaboration, “You never know when you release a song where it will connect. Australia really embraced our song ‘Swing’, which we never would have expected from a song sung entirely in Portuguese. So we wanted to make a special version of the song with one of the favourite Australian artists, Allday. We got to perform this version of the song together in LA and it felt soooo good. We are SO EXCITED that it’s finally out in the world!”. Allday adds, "I heard this song at a festival and was like “wow, what is this?” then a couple of weeks later I met Sophie and Tucker and they asked me to rap on it. I said “yes please.”

Sofi Tukker is devastated by the fires in Australia and urge everyone to help in whatever way they can. They are making donations to the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Australian Red Cross and encourage others to consider doing the same.

Sofi Tukker will appear on the soundtrack to the forthcoming Warner Brothers film Birds of Prey. The group has contributed an as-yet-unreleased song ‘Feeling Good’. The soundtrack also features Normani, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat and Halsey. Birds of Prey is in theatres February 7th.

Sofi Tukker ended 2019 by sharing the video for ‘Purple Hat’. The single is exemplary of what made the world fall in love with the duo and is a joyous paean to community and letting your freak flag fly complete with a monster riff and playfully adventurous production. ‘Purple Hat’ was born out of Sofi Tukker's Animal Talk parties, so it only made sense to go back to where things started for the music video.

The clip was directed by Charles Todd, who also filmed the videos for ‘Fantasy’ and ‘Swing’, ‘Purple Hat’ is for the fans and of the fans. Filmed at Sofi Tukker's sold-out New York City homecoming show at Avant Gardner last fall, the clip shows concert attendees arriving in their best cheetah print and purple hat gear, intermixed with performance and crowd shots. The music video gives full-bodied meaning to ‘Purple Hat's’ repeating line (and Sofi Tukker's EP name) "dancing on the people" as we see the camera pan over a sea of fans getting loose.

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Experimental music producer Andrea Laudante announces new album “Banat Banat Ban Jai”

“Banat Banat Ban Jai” is a diary of a journey through sound and listening, as a form of meditation. Listening carefully to every kind of sound in different places and with several methods gave Andrea Laudante a new perception of the world around and inside him. In this work, these two worlds melt into each other and become one.

The only subject is sound and its origin, in all its forms. The focus of the research is looking for common ground between concrete and instrumental music.

“There is no difference between the sound that comes from a guitar and the sound that comes from the wind blowing through the leaves if we know how to listen.” says Laudante.

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Das Mörtal releases new song ‘The Void’ in celebration of Imbolc

Cristobal Cortes, better known as Das Mörtal is a Canadian synthwave musician. He gained popularity with his album Hotline Miami ll which has been streamed over eight million times.

While staying and working in Berlin for two years, the artist produced horror film scores for films such as Naissance d’un Zombie and Deadcon. His work on these projects led to more Shazam searches on the artist.

Cristobal released his latest single ‘The Void’ on 31 January 2020 to toast the Pagan celebration Imbolc. His music is inspired by German techno, horror and sci-fi soundtracks. ‘The Void’ features Cristobal’s pulsating and malevolent soundscapes which leave chills down your spine, as well as you ending up on the dance floor spellbound.

The artist elaborates "The Void" is a call back to 90's techno, taking inspiration from goth culture and the cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft.”

He has toured with Perturbator and is set to tour with Dance With The Dead and Magic Sword. His Europe tour begins in the middle of this month, February 2020. He is booked for 13 shows, thereafter he is headed to North America for 25 shows.

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Australian electronic experimental band Big Yawn shares a new song ‘Skin Rat’

Melbourne, Australia electronic experimental quartet Big Yawn are pleased to announce that they will release their debut album “No!” on 6th March 2020 via Australian independent record label Research Records (Damo Suzuki Network, Mildlife, Swazi Gold).

Lead single ‘Skin Rat’ is out now and available to stream via all good digital service providers, accompanied by an official animated video directed by Benjamin Portis.

The group’s freshest effort captures the band performing live in the studio, and it's typical Big Yawn: fat and punchy low-end bass, drums and live drum processing, delay FX samples, and thick syrupy synths—'Skin Rat' is a hyperbolically dubbed-out, tongue-in-cheek, magnetic blend of UK garage, footwork and breaks.

Commenting on their approach to making music together, the band say: “It’s 4 guys in a room toying with instruments, trying to make music that causes our heads to bob up and down, to perspire. ‘No!’ is a term frequently employed in the studio the louder, the looser, the more laconic it’s said, the bigger a laugh it gets. The joke is that NO actually means a yes it’s a breaking ball Type B expression of camaraderie, a refusal to take shit super serious like.”

Primarily rooted in a live performance approach, the Melbourne quartet embraces sonic curios from far-flung corners of the globe and display them with pride. Affectations for vintage krautrock, esoteric percussion, and experiments in steady dance grooves merge with heavy low-end frequencies to ‘explore and exploit’ those in-between spaces.

Championing a hybrid vision of cross-genre harmony, their music manages to capture the sweaty spirit of DIY basement shows as much as it works on record. Encompassing disorientating dub FX, off-kilter synth squelches and live re-sampling, their stoned meanderings mix with grinding propulsion.

The band’s multiple facets fluctuate neatly across forthcoming debut full length “No!”, as the band explain of its creation: “ “No!” is the sum of its parts—it was two years of writing, recording, jamming, mixing and playing shows. It’s our own spin on the genres and styles that have parented and companioned our outside work downtime. It was many more years of just being friends and informal collaborators, sharing music and how-to’s.”

Acting as a gateway to their sound, subtle dub techno delays combine with live drums on opener ‘Attaboi’ to formally introduce their clear affectation for the motorik sounds of 70s Deutschland. Lead single ‘Skin Rat’ curiously references off-rhythms and vocal cut-ups a la late naughties UK bass music, while abstract jams such as ‘For Whomst’ channel the adventurous live-and-direct sound of Golden Teacher and kindred experimentalist Inga Copeland.

Heavy low-end bass frequencies and twitches of dub FX permeate the LP, with shades of post-punk and loopy minimal wave ‘Doodle Damage’ contrasting with the more jagged dance-orientated moments. In opting to close “No!” with their most expansive recording to date in the form of ‘Body Double’, Big Yawn delve deeper into tense and ritualistic atmospheres that prior tracks only hint at.

The effect seems akin to a snapshot into their lengthy freestyle practice sessions—a process honed and refined here for the LP format. Until their next outing, the relentless groove of ‘Anthem X’ will keep hips swaying during those sweaty early morning club hours.

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Sorena releases an electric new song, ‘You Lose’

Emerging Canadian/Iranian producer Sorena delivers a bouncy electro release ‘You Lose’, for his debut single on Central Station Records. The track brings together a pulsating bassline with playful synths and an infectious vocal. Lyrically, the new single focuses on how it is important not to get hung up on the small issues in life - life is too short.

Sorena discusses the moment that inspired the record; “I wrote ‘You Lose’ late on a Friday night. My ex had just recently left me and I was reflecting on my life and everything I’ve gone through over the last few years. It was a stream of consciousness type of moment, but the message I wanted to convey came out clear as day: Life is too short, and it can end at any moment. Don’t waste it being hung up on anyone or anything other than yourself.”

Producing music in the background for many years, it was not until Sorena experienced a near-fatal motorcycle accident, that he decided to start releasing his own music into the world - following his life-long dream. Working with Canadian up and comer CJ Flemings in his formative years, Sorena, is now fully focussed on his solo project with ‘You Lose’ being his fourth original release to date. Creating French-inspired house music with futuristic energy, Sorena has garnered over 600k streams as well as receiving support from global tastemaker outlet Complex, premiering his debut single 'Janö'. Having worked with various producers over the years, Sorena began making beats with fellow Canadian producer DRTWRK - one of which was used by Travis Scott and Lil’ Wayne for their 2018 hit single ‘Let It Fly’, amassing over 100 million streams across platforms.

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Thursday, 16 January 2020

We Dream Aloud EP is the retro wave to carry you through 2020

There are few names known more on the synthwave scene than New Retro Wave. A company that has its fingers in a tastemaker youtube channel while simultaneously running a successful webzine. The man behind the company is non-other than DJ Ten, a retro synthwave producer in his own right.

DJ Ten has released his new EP, We Dream Aloud via TenStars. The EP takes spacey synths paired with magnetic percussion and launches its listeners back into the ’80s. Featuring popular artists such as Immortal Girlfriend, Jessie Frye, By An Ion and Lost Nights, the EP marks itself as one for the (music) history books.

Sharing a little about the EP, DJ Ten tells us, “Our bodies may grow old, but our spirit does not. We Dream Aloud and Live Forever. We Dream Aloud is a retrowave EP that focuses on the nostalgia and uplifting feeling of remembering our childhoods.”

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International Art Collective IMMINENT’s ARCADIA music festival is coming in March, 2020

Independent record label and ever-growing international art collective IMMINENT are gearing up for their ARCADIA 2020 festival in Russia - what will definitely be one of the most exciting showcases of experimental electronic and wave music talent to come together under one roof.

The collective has already dropped a teaser trailer for the event featuring the names of such heavy-hitters as Skeler, Vacant, Barnacle Boi, Lorn, Kamandi, Shlomo, Azaleh, Juche, Sibewest, Klimeks, WEVLTH, KOSIKK and CHVRN, to name but a few.

March 6th will see the event kick-off in Saint Petersburg, while Moscow will host the 2nd leg on the 7th of March.

“A new decade is coming, and with it a new page in the history of mankind. The era of neon, the violet flame, the rhythmic synergy of technology and art is being reborn. The era of Arcadia begins.

Only for one night will you fully discover the aesthetics of sensual and progressive cyberpunk. Become part of an event similar to the birth of a supernova. Arcadia will shine with all its colors only for those who manage to find themselves in the epicenter.”

It is sure to be nothing short of mind-blowing...

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Monday, 13 January 2020

Los Angeles duo More Ephemerol releases a new song ‘Obituary Templates’

Los Angeles synth act More Ephemerol consists of members of Sea Fjerstad and Tamara Sky. Though the project has one previously released LP, "Fractal Bath", featuring an array of experimental compositions by Sea, the new material ditches all digital instruments and adds the voice and presence of Sky to the equation, establishing More Ephemerol as a strictly analogue synth duo. The fresh approach delivers a newly focused sound inspired by the likes of proto-new wave/minimal wave favourites such as Experimental Products, The Modern Mannequins, Turquoise Days, Oppenheimer Analysis, and early Human League.

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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Droid Bishop reworks Gidon Schocken's 'Show Me The Way' with neon tones and retro vibes

Synthwave producer Droid Bishop has given Gidon Schocken's 'Show Me The Way' a neon overhaul, washing the track in 80's nostalgia.

Bishop has been making waves with his retro inspired sounds and aesthetics, and is a regular on tastemaker channels such as New Retro Wave, Neon Nights, LuigiDonatello, and Quantum Dream.

The remix pays homage to the original track, keeping it's kinetic beat in tact, while layering in the  retro synths.

“Droids remake of the track instantly transported me to a neon highway in space, his use of the orchestral elements, sounds and vocals create a lush new dreamy atmosphere. The ability to tell a story through music is magical, and with his rendition I felt like I was taken on a journey through a futuristic tale.” says Schocken

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Friday, 29 November 2019

Music producer Sea Change shares new song ‘Flown’

After recently announcing her new album 'INSIDE' is set for release Nov 15th, Norwegian electronic artist Sea Change is sharing new single "FLOWN" from the record.

Speaking about the track, Sea Change said: "The song is about identity and transformation, the need to break free from the limitations others put on you and the limitations we also often put on ourselves."

2015’s Breakage LP, the debut album from Norway’s Sea Change, felt drenched in Nordic atmosphere, that somewhat implacable magic found in so much of the region’s music. Veining its way through the record in ways both bold and beautiful, it produced shimmering pop soundscapes that felt full of natural life and adventure. INSIDE, Sea Change’s brand new album, set to be released in November, is an altogether different beast.

Just as the landscape that surrounded her debut album had such a profound effect on the finished piece, so to does it do so here, only this time the environment is significantly altered. Gone are the bright and wide-open spaces of its predecessor, swapped for the dark, mysterious, often claustrophobic realms of the city and the underground spaces that offer dark illumination for the abstract fringes of society.

Written during a time of significant change, INSIDE found Ellen Sunde breaking free from her constraints. Having relocated to Berlin, that singular city of hedonism and unrest, she also spent significant time amid the bright lights of LA, where the arts district is less-pronounced but just as stimulating. Partly a document of the culture she embraced through this time in the form of techno's mesmerizing club scene & the sexual freedom these clubs provide, the album is also about working through loneliness, discarding inhibitions to carve out a new way of making music, fully challenging herself in the process.

Through its seven tracks, INSIDE bristles with both stark intimacy and a powerful sense of freedom, channeling the energy and state-of-mind of the club scene into something minimal and true to her own work. “When I made this record I tried to channel the same state of mind I have when I go clubbing,” Ellen says. "Not overthinking everything, like I usually do, but instead embracing my impulses; working intuitively, almost anti-intellectual. I learned that that's where I am able to get to the core of what I need to express and that I just had to trust those decisions."

For all of its personal exploration, INSIDE is also testament to the strength of collaboration, with Ellen taking her seeds of ideas to co-producer and mixer Andrew Murray who helped flesh out her sketches, fine-tuning the drum machines, analog synths and pitch-shifted vocals Sunde was embracing for the first time, and completing the new sound with modular textures and club-inspired beats to produce something both focused and mesmerizing. The throbbing electronica of “SCRATCH THAT ITCH” is perhaps the record’s boldest moment, offering a radiant joining of tension and temperature. Written as a direct response to the aforementioned nightlife of LA and Berlin, it’s an ode to the spaces that had such a profound on Ellen.

The voice and lyrics found on INSIDE also play a key role in the record’s pattern, but they too are immersed by the overriding atmosphere, unrolling as a stream of consciousness, swirling and unraveling, led by instinct and impulses and often lost to the surrounding noise.

In an essay for Somesuch Stories, writer Amy Liptrott describes her time in Berghain - Berlin’s most notorious club haven - as being underwater; a disorientating force of throbbing tides and flailing limbs, of the push and the pull, of things lost to the darkest depths. INSIDE often mirrors that same sense of submergence, the pulsing rhythms softened by the dense surroundings, sometimes lost to the waves above and below. Throughout INSIDE there are flashes of colors amid its silvery sheen, occasional sparks of life we don’t always recognize, but appear as fascinating indicators of our new environment. Reminders, also, that we too are animals, living somewhere else entirely for a moment, just long enough to remember who we really are- or perhaps to just lose ourselves entirely.

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

Interview with music producer DJ TEN

New York-based music producer DJ TEN had gained prominence in early 2000. He is best known for his 80's inspired album entitled, "Retrological 2.0" and also for his 80's sci- themed "Zioneon EP" which were both released independently and attained notable success worldwide.

The "DJ Ten" sound is influenced by many musical genres that span from UK Garage, Sub-Low, 80's Synthpop, 80's Freestyle/ breakbeat and Hip-Hop. DJ Ten is known as Slimbtz Da King in the Hip-Hop community.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

I started appreciating music heavily once I heard several power ballads on Magic FM (UK) at 12 yers old. It took me into another place and I was mesmerized by the power in the chords and in the overall sound. I fell in love with the sound and the feeling I got from hearing such sounds. This pushed me to get a keyboard and start learning about music.

What inspired you to start making the electronic music that you are now?

It was a long journey. I first started making UK Garage and Grime when I was in the UK. Then I went into HipHop when I moved to the US. This slowly became more electronic as I started fusing my grime roots with HipHop. A few years after this I then stumbled across a magical 80s synth sound in YouTube. This is where my sound got the biggest inspiration of all, coming back to the feeling I got with the 80's Ballads. I then started adding 80s synth sounds to my compositions which has led me to my music today.

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?

Logic X is my go-to DAW. Solid software. I have so many VST's and I like to use a lost of vast sounds! lol. I would say Omnisphere is my go-to one though.

Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?

Not really. I have just continuously added more vst's and drum kits to my arsenal.

Which three albums or artists would you say have influenced your sound in a big way?

Journey - Greatest Hits, Kanye West - my beautiful dark twisted fantasy,  Expose - Exposure. Very different sounds, I know. lol

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

There are a few! I won't reveal them yet! lol. I will be working with them on my next album in 2020.

What inspires you outside of music?

Nostalgia, Beautiful landscapes, love and paintings/ art.

What do you want to accomplish with your music?

I want to inspire and be able to change peoples lives in a positive way with my music. Inspiration is such a powerful thing and it has the power to heal!

What, in your opinion would be the perfect genre fusion?

Hip-Hop, 80s Synth and 90s house!

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or releases in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

I am in music mode again and I am working on my 4th album release for 2020. Will be full of 80s synths, but a lot more experimentation sonically. Really excited to shake things up.

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