[Premiere] Bell Towers: “Juicy Blend (Jaakko Eino Kalevi Remix)”

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December 4th, 2019
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In his eight years as an artist/producer — an output he self-describes as “file under 12”, intentionally laconic — Berlin-by-way-of-Melbourne Bell Towers has wriggled on various shades of house, 80s- influence pop and sample disco. No two of his 8 singles sound the same, but there’s a long-play LP on the way that’ll make these styles stick like your entry stamp to your wrist on a Monday morning.

Following up a stream of EPs for Public Possession, plus a host of remixes and collaborations, Bell Towers makes a welcome return with the first of a new batch of music, beginning with the irreverent single “Juicy Blend” – we’ve already featured the video here. The single is packaged as an EP featuring remixes by Bullion and Jaakko Eino Kalevi, plus an extended groove mix.

Today, we’re delighted to premiere a superb remix of the EPs title track from our beloved Finnish electronic musician Jaakko Eino Kalevi. Once again, Jaakko Eino Kalevi does an excellent job with his remix of “Juicy Blend, adding his signature touch. This is something special. Give it a spin above, exclusively on La.Ga.Sta.

The “Juicy Blen” EP drops on December 4th on Cascine and Public Possession, with the vinyl edition to follow on December 6th. Pre-order it here.

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[Premiere] Red Axes: “Prblems”

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December 3rd, 2019
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Words: Elice

One of the most important things in music is personality. It’s that magical moment when you listen to a track and you know who the creator is; you sense who’s behind all these sounds. And that is among others Red Axes’ distinctive characteristic. And we couldn’t possibly expect less from our favorite label Dark Entries that crosses the finishing line of 2019 with a sublime release. A 4-track EP called “Voom” by the mighty Red Axes is on its way and we are more than excited. Straight from Tel Aviv the prolific production duo of Dori Sadovnik and Niv Arzi are loyal to their signature sound, whilst breathing –their one of a kind – fresh air to the electronic music scene. We all admire their weird sonic artefacts mixing post-punk, new-wave, Italo-disco, acid, EBM, which lead you directly to the dance floor. Their music is a fantastic blend of inspired moods.

Today, we’re psyched to premiere the EP’s last track, the 10-minute ecstatic anthem “Prblems”. The tune shouts out “Red Axes are here”. The track “Prblems” is tireless and it grows darker and more powerful as the minutes pass by. Militant drums, battered electronics and lovingly drowned traditional instruments hypnotically pulse and reverberate. It’s the perfect late-night or early-morning DJ’s selection that creates one of the most memorable moments of your time out. You close your eyes cause you feel to, you sense the tracks’ bewitching vibe and rhythm and you have a majestic stellar ride. Blast it above!

The “Voom” EP drops on December 6th via Dark Entries. Pre-order here.

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Kapote: 1977 Mixtape

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November 22nd, 2019
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Berlin-based producer and vinyl collector Kapote, co-leader of the ever-excellent Toy Tonics label, is next in line to contribute a mix to La.Ga.Sta’s ongoing series of mixtapes based on our co-drivers favourite year in music. The producer and DJ “drives through” his favourite year, 1977, and delivers a great 60-minute mixtape that’s perfect for your next ride. Play it loud, and ride with us.

Tracklist:
Choccolate Milk: Grand Theft (RCA 1977)
Chico Hamilton: The Baron (Mercury 1977)
James Mason: Sweet Power (Lucifer 1977)
Black Sugar 2: Valdez in the Country (Lazarus 1977)
Walter Bishop Jr: Soul Turnaround (Muse 1977)
Herbie Hancock Group: Hang up your hang ups (Colombia 1977)
Ivan “Boogaloo Joe” Jones: Sweetback (Joka 1977)
Cal Tjader: I Showed Them (Fantasy  1977)
Eddie Harris: Get down with it (Atlantic 1977)
Stanton Davis: Brider days (Outrageaus 1977)

Related:
Curses: 1988 Mixtape
Yuksek: 1977 Mixtape
Rollover DJs: 1982 Mixtape
Kiwi: 1988 Mixtape
Chad Valley: 1986 Mixtape
Luxxury: 1980 Mixtape
In Flagranti: 1974 Mixtape
Daniel T.: 1983 Mixtape

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Róisín Murphy: “Narcissus” Video

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November 22nd, 2019
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Irish dance-pop queen Róisín Murphy has blessed us with another incredible, self-directed video. For her brand new, string-drenched, hard-driven disco epic “Narcissus”, Murphy channels the mood at the very height of Disco, filtered through the lens of late seventies primetime Italian Television, taking particular inspiration from the Italian ‘Queen of TV’ Rafaella Carrrà. Indeed, over the course of 6 brilliantly eye strobing minutes, Róisín gets the details of the legendary Italian icon just right but gives it her own typically off-kilter spin. A “colourgasm” and “joyfully vulgar” according to Murphy.

The single “Narcissus” is out now. Get it here.

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Bell Towers “Juicy Blend” Video

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November 22nd, 2019
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Following a string of EPs for German dance label Public Possession, plus a host of remixes and collaborations, Melbourne-born, Berlin-based DJ and producer Bell Towers has returned with the first of a new batch of music, beginning with the irreverent single “Juicy Blend.” Having dabbled with his own voice in the past, “Juicy Blend” foregrounds his ebullient vocals with a cheeky wink, providing the ultimate cherry on top of a juicy house jammer. Bell Towers shares the track “Juicy Blend”, alongside a new video featuring the man himself slinking around Munich in a sportcoat and a vintage DeLorean. Watch it above.

The “Juicy Blen” EP, which comes complete with three remixes by the likes of Bullion and Jaakko Eino Kalevi, plus an extended groove mix, drops on December 4th on Cascine and Public Possession, with the vinyl edition to follow on December 6th. Pre-order it here.

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[Premiere] Franz Matthews: “All I Wanted”

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November 20th, 2019
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Words: Elice

What do you need to have a special ride? Fuel, lots of fuel! And our beloved friends over at Days Of Being Wild offer us some of their magical fuel as they celebrate the 10 years of their prolific existence in the electronic music scene by releasing a terrific compilation. Franz Kirmann and Samuel Berdah have managed through all these years to establish the London based label worldwide by releasing music from artists as varied as Fairmont, Kiwi, Justin Robertson, Nhar, Offset, or Middle Sky Boom while commissioning remixes from the likes of It’s A Fine Line, Chloé, Marcus Marr or more recently Ewan Pearson, V and Fabrizio Mammarella. You can already sense the variety in the label’s taste and the kinds of music they admire and tend to release. And all this qualitative and rich diversity is reflected in the brand new “Ten Years Of Being Wild” compilation. You will love it; it’s inevitable!

Today, we’ re psyched to premiere Franz Matthews’ “All I Wanted”, which is one of our favorites. The Berlin-based, French DJ and producer weaves a serene and dreamy sound carpet. A from-the-very-first-second capturing laid-back track with an atmospheric breeze of skewed samba air, a light swing rhythm beat, ethereal vocals, airy synth riffs and a variety of melodic sounds that transfer you to an idyllic landscape where you simply forget all your worries. And that fantastic heavenly glockenspiel! It’s a beautiful trip, and so is the whole compilation! Enjoy the ride!

The “Ten Years OF Being Wild” compilation arrives on December 9th via Days Of Being Wild. Pre-order it here.

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Marie Davidson: “So Right (John Talabot’s 14′ Remix)”

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November 20th, 2019
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Take a ride with this previously unreleased epic remix from Spanish producer John Talabot. His 14′ remix of Marie Davidson’s “So Right”, a track lifted from last year’s “Working Class Woman” LP on Ninja Tune, will be a vinyl-only release via Hivern Discs—hand-stamped, white-label with a generic white sleeve.

Pick up your 12” here.

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[Premiere] Any Gram: “Open Bar”

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November 18th, 2019
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We’re pretty sure that this is the first time that you hear about Any Gram. But we know that you already love him, as we do. UK disco specialist Ray Mang is back with a new eight-track LP, called “Dis Go In Ya Pipe”, presenting his fresh alias Any Gram;an anagram of his name. That’s the first release of Ray’s pop up imprint Keeps Going. As he says, “eight nuggets lovingly re-touched, tweaked, tucked and tailored for the floor”. It’s an intercontinental genre spanning ride through the tempos. We are “dealing” with an LP of edit excellence and Ray greatly breathes new life into moldy oldies, re-editing forgotten gems and loved classics from the disco era, developing his sound constantly. Gospel disco, SA boogie, kwaito, Balearic, dub and Fleetwood Mac, all together lead into a musical discovery and a new world opens up for the listeners (this is you riders). No need to say to talk about the exceptional quality of Ray’s releases.

Today, we’re psyched to premiere the record’s powerful opener “Open Bar”, a sublime seven-minute rework of a Betty Griffin’s track. It’s disco gospel at its best, full of energy and dancy vibes. Funk tasty guitars lead the way while the “sneaky” bass tickles you non stop. Betty’s both impressive and sweet vocals add much to the track’s awesomeness. It can’t get any groovier! Close your eyes when you listen and feel yourself magically whisked away to late 80’s. Blast the track above and enjoy the ride! A house party on a platter!

Any Gram’s “Dis Go In Ya Pipe” arrives on November 19th via Keeps Going.
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Extra Credit: “Emotional Make​-​Up”

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November 18th, 2019
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Extra Credit is a new project brimming with the expertise and musical chops of Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, London-based producer Marcus Marr, and New Yorker Justin Strauss. Their debut single, an infectious track called “Emotional Make​-​Up”, lands on Ali Tillet’s Warm imprint, bringing with it the last rays of summer, as they jam out a feel good, end of the night, future house classic.

The single comes complete with a remix and dub mix of the track by Australian hot property, Loods. The sensational artwork for the release comes courtesy of Bráulio Amado, the NYC based graphic designer who has produced stunning visuals in the past for artists such as Beck, Róisín Murphy, Frank Ocean and Robyn.

The “Emotional Make​-​Up” EP is out now on Warm. Get it here.

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C.Y.M. (Baio & Fort Romeau)

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November 18th, 2019
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Say hello to C.Y.M., an exciting new collaborative project between British producer and DJ Mike Greene, otherwise known as Fort Romeau and LA-based American musician Chris Baio, who releases music as Baio in addition to playing bass in the acclaimed band Vampire Weekend. Their debut, self-titled EP, just dropped on Phantasy as an elegant pean to the infinite possibilities of kosmische music, driven by a motorik strain of psychedelia. The foundations of a wider project, C.Y.M. speaks not for analogue nostalgia, but a subtle and modern update on imagined futures that are still open to interpretation.

The opening track “Capra” immediately establishes the duo’s masterful if unsurprising grip on rhythm, a man-machine stomp that persists as the track takes myriad turns, from post-punk guitar licks and processed vocals, through bubbling modular synthesis and culminating in a soaring, cathartic melody. On “Far Gone” C.Y.M. turn their studio inward for a more brooding and intimate interpretation of their sound, a balearic amalgam of intriguing vocals, feedback soaked riffs and no-wave inspired movement. The bliss beneath the waves of noise that crash across C.Y.M’s music emerges fully on the driving conclusion, “Super-Cannes”. A hypnotic tempo and blistering drums intertwine with whirling organs, and shimmering keys, providing a wistful and warm finale. Stream the whole thing avobe.

The “C.Y.M.” EP is out now on Phantasy. Get it here.

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