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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Monday, 25 November 2019

Float along with ambient music producer Koresma as he shares his latest song

Imagine floating on your back in a pool of water. The warm night’s sky is slowly passing by above you as you gently float along. There’s a slight breeze in the air that prevents you from getting out of the water but even without it, you’re considering staying in for another few minutes - just long enough to let your fingers prune a little bit more.

‘Snow Globe’ (feat Axel Mansoor) by Koresma is the soundtrack to this calm evening. Released just last week, the single heralds his upcoming EP inviting listeners to eagerly await its release. The EP, North will be the third in a four part series based around the points of a compass.

“‘Snow Globe’ mimics a snow globe in the way things are slowly moving and suspended in time with sequenced synthesizers, warm acoustic guitars, and organic percussion. The song takes you a meditative space where you can feel the warmth.”

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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Interview with music producer Datura

19-year-old Belgium-based producer Datura had begun making his own music since he was 8 years old. He played on the synthesizers at home. In 2014 Datura only really started creating full tracks and uploading them to the internet.

Datura had experimented and had created many different genres of music, for example, Datura had mostly created EDM Music until he found his passion for wave music,  the one which is where he feels most at home.

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

My dad used to make music himself. He started teaching me when I was only 8 years old. I used to play on the synthesizers at home with him and a couple years later I started to experiment in FL Studio trying to make my own music but it was all still very basic. It wasn't until 2014 that I really started to make full tracks and upload them to the internet.

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

I was mostly making basic EDM before I discovered the wave scene. I came across it on YouTube and I immediately fell in love with the genre and wanted to make music like that myself. So here I am!

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

I use FL Studio and a couple of VSTs such as Serum, Omnisphere, Spire, Sylenth1, Massive, etc. I also have a couple of real synths such as my Juno 106 and Roland SH-201. I also have my Alesis v61 midi controller for controlling an recording all my VSTs and a set of Pioneer monitors as well as my Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro for mixing

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

A little bit. I had all the real synths already from my dad and I used to make stuff on a cheap laptop but I upgraded to a powerful desktop PC now. We used to have this 'studio' in the attic but it's now my bedroom and I have my own little set up there now.

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

Øfdream, Burial, and FORXST have been really big influences for me from the very start.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

Keep an eye out for my boy Blanku! He's been in the game for a while but he's not getting the attention he deserves. His music is so good though!

What inspires you outside of music?

Emotions. I process a lot if not all my emotions through music and It's super obvious to me how much easier it is for me to make music when I get my heart broken or go through other heavy stuff in life.

What do you want to accomplish with your music?

I don't really have a goal set to be honest. It's super nice to have people listen to your stuff from different places in the world and if it can help people with certain things in their lives than I would probably consider that as an accomplishment. Other than that I guess I just want it to be my legacy later. I put a lot of emotions in my tracks and in a way the music is always a piece of me. So I hope to keep on living through my music when it's my time to go.

What, in your opinion would be the perfect genre fusion?
Wave combined with witch house has always been my favorite fusion!

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?

There might be an EP coming soon. I've been sitting on a couple of unreleased tracks for a while and I might just put them together and release it as an EP. Who knows.

Famous last words?

"lost in a world that doesn't exist."

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Music duo Tan released a new song ‘Pharmacy’

Lately, our love for the 90’s dance scene has increased. “PHARMACY” – the first single from our upcoming debut album – is a track for the raver; escapism in the middle of reality.

“PHARMACY” leans forward with its pushing beat, building up around consistent and explosive synths that are thematically inspired by warfare. Fittingly, we shot the official video in an old air military hanger outside of Berlin, which has been turned into this big, artificial tropical dream – or nightmare?

We produce everything ourselves. This year has been spent recording our entire album outside of Copenhagen in an old caravan that we made into our studio, eventually finding ourselves in Taiwan where the vocals for “PHARMACY” were recorded. Our setup is really small – synths, guitar, and computers. It gives us the flexibility and freedom to be creative wherever and whenever we want.

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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Live Electronic Producers KIDSØ Share Latest Gem ‘Sparkle (The Mountain Howl Remix)’

Munich’s KIDSØ announced new release, ‘Sparkle (The Mountain Howl Remix).’ The track debuted on the 11th of October via Springstoff alongside its original. The Slow-burn techno act, The Mountain Howl, remixed the track.

KIDSØ are friends, Moritz Grassinger and Martin Schneider, the pair said that they have both been playing around with electronic and percussion elements since they were kids, They have been said to constantly push boundaries of possibility with old-dashioned 90’s electronics. Data Transmission describe KIDSØ “...minimal yet powerful crisp beats and warm waves of synth.”

Their live shows are legendary, using both live instruments and laptops, enabling KIDSØ to improvise and experiment on stage, leaving each performance idiosyncratic and completely unlike any performance before. The Mountain Howl’s remix of ‘Sparkle’ honours the essence of the original through a slower minimalistic approach. The Mountain Howl explained, “For the remix, I wanted to find some hidden textures and odd rhythms and celebrate them. Martin and Moritz have been good friends for a while now, and I’m always in awe of the tonality in their music. I wanted to really hone in on a few elements and see how I could evolve the track, from start to end with only a few ingredients.”

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Monday, 14 October 2019

Interview with Singer/Songwriter Nikita Zabroskov

Russian-based music producer Nikita Zabroskov creates a hop, Nu-Disco, Dubstep, Deep House, House, Electro House, Electro, Drum & Bass style of music. Nikita has been writing music for about five years now and has tried various different genres of music and still discovering something new.

Nikita Zabroskov likes old music and dark atmosphere in music. One of his music discoveries in life was the music of The Prodigy and he still listens to them and inspired by them. Nikita had solder the musical instruments himself and had designed covers and logos.

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

Earlier, I wrote the music no different from the other ordinary performers of the garage scene, not very high quality. It wasn’t until the beginning of 2019 then I began to quietly grow and discover the sound of which I dreamt.

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

Music from musicians: Burial, Volor Flex, Irrelevant, AtsuBox.

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

I write music in Fl Studio 12.05,  I also have not expensive but good quality headphones "Phillips SHP2500", Mixer Freeboss Pro-fx8 (For recordings microphones and my synths), Synth Korg Monologue, Sampler Yamaha-su200, Rack effects processor Proel Zetaverb, Children Synth Casio (I only use his with my effects processor).

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

Yes, I'm starting to write music on a very small and slow laptop (he made me very nervous), but in 2018 I start to build a computer and now all is okay.

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

Burial - ‘Burial’ (2006), Boards Of Canada - ‘Music Has Right To Children’ and The Prodigy - ‘The Fat Of The Land’.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

I have collabs with my friends, but now I want to make music in style jungle-90s, and to write his first album in the style of jungle.

What inspires you outside of music?

Neon lights on the street at night, walking with my current girlfriend, sounds of real-world, black & white atmosphere photo.

What do you want to accomplish with your music?

Now I want to achieve the eldest of sounding rave culture 90s in their tracks, start doing real jungle music 90s, revive all of this and show current youth what such realistically is good music.

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

Oldschool sounds with dark tones, jungle rhythms, acid synths, more atmospherics sounds, and more live sounds.

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 have no special plans, just one goal. Achieve a steep and the right jungle 90s.

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Friday, 4 October 2019

Music producer Lapalux released a new album ‘Amnioverse’

Lapalux (aka Stuart Howard) returns to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder for his fourth album. “Amnioverse”—“a sort of portmanteau of the amniotic sac and the universe,” he explains—revolves around notions of fluidity; that birth, life, death, and rebirth is a never-ending continuum.

He channels these ethereal ideas through a new and ever-expanding modular synth set-up, injecting human emotion, and layering recordings of weather, wind, rain, and fire, lending an elemental, celestial feel to the composition. While 2017’s “Ruinism” was about sonic wreckage and deconstruction, with “Amnioverse”, Howard took a different approach, basing each track around a snippet of spoken word from “friends, lovers, and ex-partners”, and building the music around it. He also reconnects with Icelandic vocalist JFDR (Jófríður Ákadóttir) who returns for two tracks on ’Thin Air’ and ‘The Lux Quadrant’, as well as vocalist Lilia on ‘Limb To Limb’, ‘Voltaic Acid’ and ‘Momentine’. “For me the real focus was that the whole record flowed,” he says. ”I worked on each song sequentially and wouldn’t stop working on a session until they fitted together and told the story that I wanted to tell.”

Initial inspiration for the album came from a photograph of James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace installation in Texas. “I looked at it every day for three years whilst making this record.” explains Howard, “People are sitting in what looks like a waiting room lit in a purple hue, looking up at the dark night sky through a rectangular hole in the ceiling. The image has so much depth and means so much to me.... it seems like we are all in that waiting room, waiting to be somewhere or go somewhere. That’s what I tried to encapsulate in this record.”

Turrell's influence extends to the album cover too, itself an homage to the artist’s groundbreaking work with light, shadow, and perspective. Conceived by Creative Director and photographer Dan Medhurst and Owen Gildersleeve—an expert in hand-crafted illustration and set design—the build stemmed from a vision that Howard imagined: “I initially had an idea of a person, or group of people, in an impossibly large room set in a fog of pink looking into a void symbolic of a womb or amniotic sac,” he says. “We then ran with the idea of making a structure that had a deeper perspective, the ever-decreasing octagon shape that suggests a sort of birth canal into the unknown.”

Support for Lapalux has come from the likes of Pitchfork, Mixmag, FADER, FACT, Dazed, SPIN, The Wire, A.V. Club and many more. With Benji B, Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne, Mary-Anne Hobbs and many others championing his music across radio.

Capping off last year with two standout performances at the Brainfeeder X showcase at Brixton Academy, and alongside Jacques Greene at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere, Lapalux is set to return with a new live-AV show—driven and delivered by his modular gear set-up—to present a cohesive light, projection and sound performance.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

European electronic music producer Da Vosk Docta announces new album ‘Prototype’

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Da Vosk Docta is a music producer born in 1991 in Wrocław. Bored with the creation of classic sampled bits, he began experiments with electronic music. Over the years, DVD has created a number of songs that made a big impact among listeners, reaching a total of millions of views and attracting crowds of fans to clubs and festivals.

In 2017, the first warmly received album “Even If You Didn’t Expect It” was released, on which the producer tried to present himself to listeners from a completely different side than before. A year later, at the end of the summer of 2018, the second album titled 303K - where the producer reached for a holiday, but at the same time nostalgic atmosphere, trying to draw the recipient into a bitter climate of summertime sadness.

Initially, the DVDs were a mixture of trap bits and heavy, witch-house synthesizers. Over time, his style began to become more melodic and light, while retaining "something" that distinguished him from other music producers. The main assumption, however, has always been to evoke emotions in the listener, sometimes sad and nostalgic, other times cheerful and edifying.

Currently, the DVD is working on new projects, focusing on both composing new songs and improving the skills of sound production, mix and mastering of recordings. In 2019 he released his 3rd album “Prototype”.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

NEW MUSIC // Verasect's 'Awakenings Remix EP' is dark joy

Verasect has released his Awakenings Remix EP with remixes by the late Øfdream, Kareful, Dobie and Blood Wolf via Terminal Blue Records.

The EP has been highly anticipated, with an eclectic collection of remixers making for an interesting sonic palette, each bringing their own individual style to the table. Although the EP walks on the dark side, there's plenty to enjoy here, proving that Verasect's choice in collaborators remains considered and well suited.

The producer explains: “Verasect is an amalgam of a handful of darker genres of music that I love. It dances between them from song to song but never fully commits to any single direction. Awakenings was envisioned as a way to explore those paths in-depth with the masters of those genres. Dobie providing an ethereal trip-hop rendition, Bloodwolf an aggressive witch house punch, and Kareful and the late Ofdream crafting dreamy synth-laden wave tracks.” 

Awakenings Remix EP Tracklist:

01 Tragedy (Kareful Remix)

02 Catch Your Breath (Dobie Remix)

03 Aeon (Blood Wolf Remix)

04 Catch Your Breath (Øfdream Remix)

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Friday, 13 September 2019

Oscuro gives the music world a gift with his latest remix song 'Sitting on my Own'

Oscuro emerged in 2014 after winning a Beatport Play contest for Tears For Fears and a subsequent release on Universal - "Pale Shelter" and a subsequent release on Universal. His debut album Can't Stop Now followed in 2015 with singles featured on The Line Of Best Fit, THUMP and EDM.com's chill imprint.

The follow up to Can't Stop Now was 2016's All In My Mind with singles premiered on EARMILK, CLASH, DISCOBELLE & The Line Of Best Fit. The eponymous single ‘All In My Mind’ was playlisted by Spotify's "Fresh Finds" and “Fresh Finds Basement” and has amassed over 100,000 plays on Spotify.

So far in 2019 Oscuro has released tracks that have found their way onto audiovisual blogs such as Fae Child and features on blogs such as comeherefloyd as well as a slot on the new café del mar chillwave 3 compilation.

‘Sitting on my own’ has an incredibly soothing beat and melodic vocals that will transport you to another stratosphere. The song has been masterfully produced and Oscuro has created a beautiful synergy between the vocals and the beat that can’t be matched.

Oscuro had this to say about his latest remix, "... I wanted to remix my latest track 'Sitting On My Own', the original is an end of summer tune that is uplifting but has hints of sadness. I wanted to take the remix in a direction more in line with my general style, more atmospheric with chillstep influences..."

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Progressive wave music producer Ka Fu returns from the grey with latest release

It’s release day for Ka Fu as he shares his latest single, ‘Good & Grey’ along with a B-side release of ‘Frozen’. We previously featured him as he released ‘Empty Days’. You can read that piece here as we compared his two singles, ‘Where Everything’s Ours’ along with ‘Empty Days’.

All three of these tracks come from the electronic producer’s upcoming LP, Encoding: Master. You can find the tracklist for this upcoming album below. For this particular track, Ka Fu has focussed on bringing progressive wave to light as the concept behind the track is to ‘keep moving forward’. You can hear this in the driving force of the basslines as they come through the speakers.

As Ka Fu says on his Soundcloud page, “From time to time in my life there is a freaking out point - a balance between doing super great and super shit. Basically, it’s like a pause when nothing really disturbs you, yet you know that it could be much better. So this is just “Good & Grey.” “Good & Grey” could be anything: people, places, food, drinks. The point is not to get stuck in “Good & Grey” because then you trade your soul off for comfort. So I use this phrase to kick myself to take the next step.”

Encoding: Master tracklist
01 Hypnotised
02 Opposites ft. Roubs
03 Frozen
04 Empty Days
05 Where Everything’s Ours
06 Opening Window With Sal
07 Good And Grey
08 Jim’s Annihilation
09 Meet You There
10 Being Normal
11 After All

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