[Premiere] Violet: “Half Crazy”

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August 15th, 2019
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Dear riders, we have something special for you. An album that you may have heard rumors about being released, an album that you surely have been waiting, an album that is amazing. Well, the rumors are true and our truly beloved Violet releases her debut album “Bed of Roses” on Dark Entries; one of our favorite labels as well.

We have introduced both Violet and Dark Entries in the past, but there is always something to share when it comes to great, innovative and inspiring artists and labels. Violet, the alias of Inês Borges Coutinho, was born and raised as a DJ in magical Lisbon and it was in 2012 when she began producing her own music. She is the producer boss of the successful Naive records, co-founder of Rádio Quântica, and mina resident, a collectively run queer party. Inês loves all kinds of music, she is honest in everything she does, and despite all her accomplishments, she is really humble and we admire her both for her personality and her powerful music.

The one port city has thankfully met another one, and San Francisco’s Dark Entries, which celebrates its ten-year history, gets Violet on board. Josh Cheon, a vinyl-focused DJ, keen collector and our respected friend, is the founder of the label which has been characterized as the one that “is shedding light on forgotten masterpieces”, rereleasing rare or hard to find ‘80s-centric music – which includes EBM, new wave, Italo, Hi-NRG, proto-house, synth pop, post punk and more, and we can surely add, the one that releases new great music, influenced from the 80’s and the one that has developed a level of trust few labels manage to accomplish on such a wide scale in under a decade.

Coming back to Violet’s album, “Bed of Roses” contains 10 songs made as a sort of childhood-teenage memories diary, a return to things Inês liked then and also the difficult things she’s been through. And yes, the title comes from the Bon Jovi song that Inês loved as a 9-year old. Inês says, “I wrote this music as a healing device that I hope can somehow help heal others too.” All songs have been mastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios. The jacket features an original design by Eloise Leigh that incorporates themes of self-inspection and hope mixing a teen bedroom girly vintage scrapbook aesthetic with contemporary 3D mapping techniques.

Today, finally, we’re really excited to premiere the album’s 4th track, the incredible “Half Crazy”. Its title kinda speaks the truth. Your senses wake up with 80’s synth sounds, alongside a magnetic breakbeat rhythm and in the middle of the track a “crazy”, playful, wanna-move melody shows up and you can’t get enough of this ride! The repeat button is on. Blast the track above!

Violet’s “Bed of Roses” drops on September 20th via Dark Entries. Pre-order it here.

p.s. Each LP contains a postcard featuring a childhood photo of Inês with notes.

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Lovefingers / Various Artists – Fingertracks : Vol 1

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August 2nd, 2019
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This ride is a special one. It’s both the beginning of an excellent sonic trip and the collection of musical treasures of the past.

Our beloved Andrew Hogge, aka Lovefingers, presents his first “Fingertracks vol. 1” compilation. It was back in 2006, when you had to discover music on your own and the musical landscape was completely different than now, that Andrew created the Lovefingers.org series, where he uploaded one song every day for almost five years; the end came on New Year’s Day 2010. Among the countless music sites – at least for the ones who used to “dig” the digital world of that time without the “help” of today’s social media and the storm of ads and notifications – Andrew’s site was an oasis in the desert, a truly open-minded, democratic and educated selection of music for our secret, late-night right click and ‘save link as’ pleasure. As he says “I never considered Lovefingers.org a ‘blog. There was no writing or opinions, the music always spoke for itself. It was more of a giant mix that grew very slowly—a living chronicle.”

This excitement of hunting and discovering music and Andrew’s contribution to the records’ galaxy will be imprinted on ten volumes of the Fingertracks compilations and now we both feel lucky and excited to fuel our ears with the first one, including the sounds of Lifetones, Nuno Canavarro, Electronic System, Eddie Callahan and more. The compilation has been described as “a snapshot of the aural delights that were on offer to those of a ‘leftfield’ persuasion who found the site and dutifully tuned in for the daily shot of sonics proper. A finely and carefully crafted, lovingly curated handful of records that Andrew has revisited in order to tell the story of his most influential and essential modern musical resource”.

Let this exciting tale begin and enjoy its first volume!

“Fingertracks vol. 1” is out via Hogge’s much loved label ESP Institute. Get it here.

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Wolfram: “My Love Is For Real (feat. Haddaway)” [Larse Remix]

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August 1st, 2019
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Viennese producer Wolfram makes a welcome return with his new “Amadeus” LP, a nine-track record featuring collaborations with the likes of Peaches, Haddaway, Egyptian Lover, Yung Hurn, and more. Before it drops on September 13th, we’e treated to a four-track remix EP of the record’s lead single “My Love Is For Real”, featuring Haddaway. Here, we have for you a great remix of “My Love Is For Real” from the prolific producer Larse, who turns the track into a proper late-night house heater. Blast it above.

“My Love Is For Real” EP, which also features remixes from Lipelis, and Moscoman, drops on August 2, a co-release between DFA Records, Public Possession/ Live From Earth Klub.

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[Premiere] Curses: “Puttanesca”

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July 30th, 2019
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“They say an end can be a start” is what best describes today’s magnifique premiere. We welcome Motordiscs, a various artists record series created by Daniel Weil, the man behind former Parisian club Garage; the club was shut down on summer 2018. It was alive and lively for two years in the French capital, putting artists together and promoting an independent and alternative approach to electronic music parties. Motordiscs is its continuity, carrying Garage’s spirit and energy within it, and offering what the club used to offer; great vibes and great collectives.

The “Motordisc 1” EP is on its way and we are so excited to premiere A side’s first track “Puttanesca” by New Yorker/Berlin based artist Curses, who is known for blending Rock & Roll with the darker side of Disco, incorporating his ghostly vocals and guitar with flashes of EBM, New Wave, Post-punk, and psychedelic synth vibes.

The seven-minute track “Puttanesca” is all about it. It’s the track you feel the need to know what it is and who is responsible for this bouquet of surprises. A fantastic multi-dimensional tune with a steady beat, a melancholic and capturing guitar riff and as it develops the arpeggiator synth effects turn this ride into a melodic trip. Blast it above!

The “Motordisc 1” EP will drop on both digital and vinyl formats on September 6th. It also features tracks from the likes of Kasper Bjørke, Khidja and Zombies in Miami.

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Poolside: “Can’t Stop Your Lovin’ (feat. Panama)” Video

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July 29th, 2019
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LA’s Poolside are back after 18 months touring with a super band comprised of drummer Vito Roccoforte (The Rapture), bassist-singer Mattie Safer (The Rapture), percussionist Brijean Murphy (Toro Y Moi, U.S. Girls) and saxophonist-keyboardist/multi Casey Butler (Pharaohs).

Their new single “Can’t Stop Your Lovin’” is a sun-kissed collaboration with Australian R&B singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Panama. It’s just yet another fine example of Poolside’s signature daytime disco sound. As Jeffrey Paradise says: “This represents the new high-water mark for Poolside as it combines all the special elements that make up a classic Poolside jam with a well-developed vocal courtesy of Panama,” and he continues:“‘Can’t Stop Your Lovin’’ is the most fully realized vision of Poolside yet and I hope that it finds a place in the soundtrack to your life.” Great vibes all round!

The single “Can’t Stop Your Lovin'” is out now on Pacific Standard Records. Buy it here.

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The Juan Maclean: “Get Down (With My Love) (HNNY Remix)”

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July 19th, 2019
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The Juan Maclean return to DFA with a new album, entitled “The Brighter The Light”, a compilation LP of 12-inch singles they’ve amassed over the past six years – re-edited, re-mastered, and ready for fans who may have missed the tracks the first time around. From the dub house sway of 2013’s “You Are My Destiny” to the high-energy stomp of this May’s “Zone Non Linear,” and featuring two never-before-released tracks, “Quiet Magician” and “Pressure Danger,” The Juan Maclean once again justify their longevity as a musical force that is more than capable of repurposing club tracks for every setting.

Now, the record’s first single “Get Down (With My Love)” gets a remix treatment from Swedish producer HNNY, who has previously released on labels like Studio Barnhus and Let’s Play House as well as Puss, which he co-founded with Kornél Kovács. In his capable hands, the original track is transformed into something special. Blast it above.

The Juan Maclean’s “The Brighter The Light” LP arrives on September 20th via DFA Records. Get yourself a copy of HNNY’s remix here.

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[Premiere] STATUE: “Solidify” Video

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July 19th, 2019
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Melbourne’s STATUE, the live percussion-based dance project erected by Tom Gould, has returned with a new EP, entitled “Solidify”, for Germany’s Le Temps Perdu label. The five-track EP delves further into the hypnotic percussive groove of STATUE. With its feet firmly fixed on the dancefloor “Solidify” manages to cover a lot of ground. With left of center remixes by Zombies in Miami and Christian S, this EP redefines the space, which STATUE occupies.

Today, we’re psyched to premiere the epic video for the EPs title track, a beautifully shot nine-minute clip, featuring dancer Jonathan Homsey, which was directed by Alex Badham. Stream the whole thing here, and make sure to check out the digital-only Concrete mix of “Solidify” below. Buy it here.

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Roy Blues: “Pyramid” EP

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July 18th, 2019
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Dear riders it’s time to fuel your ears with some Australian vibes. The “Pyramid” EP is the first release and the intro to Roy Blues’ musical world. Roy Blues is the alias of Ryan D’Sylva, an emerging electronic producer from Melbourne, Australia. As a skilled drummer, he takes part in a number of Australian acts, including fellow producers Roland Tings and LucianBlomkamp, but it was the Roland Juno 60 in a LA studio that stole his heart and the reason for the Roy Blues moniker birth. As D’ Sylva says: “I became addicted to that tangible feeling of manipulating sound waves”. And here we are with a dreamy three-track EP.

The EPs material was drafted sporadically throughout his daily life. The three tracks are the result of the artist’s experimentation with a range of instruments and synths — The Juno 60, Roland RE-201 Space Echo and a Moog. “The music on this release flowed pretty naturally whenever I was sat in front of these instruments” he says. And you can really sense this as you listen to D’Sylva sound waves.

“Pyramid” is the absolute atmospheric, and uplifting at the same time, ride; multi-dimensional pulsating melodies drift in and out of focus, buoyed with an air of house, and grounded with an undercurrent of textural rhythm. The track totally stands out and it’s simply amazing.

“Lotus” is lighter on its feet, as tiny vapors of organic sounds give way to a steady building synth cut. You feel both hypnotized and excited by its progressive house atmosphere.

The record’s closer “Fin”, which “…was written whilst I was flying through the Australian sky, amid the most pristine clouds”, says D’Sylva, slows the pace to driftier territory, closing with a beatless meditation, woozy and introspective.

Blast all tracks above!

Recorded and mixed in D’Sylva’s modest but beloved home studio in Melbourne, D’Sylva’s material eventually reached the ears of Cascine, who released the EP on their singles imprint CSCN.

Roy Blues’s Pyramid EP is out. Get it here.

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[Premiere] PYRAME: “Where Are We Now? (Omer Remix)”

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July 3rd, 2019
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Words: Elice

It’s premiere time! PYRAME is the brainchild of David Naville, a traveler and cosmic poet living in Berlin who makes his debut for HIFI/LOFI Records. The “A Fine Life Remix” EP sees PYRAME invite four exciting artists to remix this galvanizing, cosmic package, including Italian artist Rodion, who has releases on Gomma and Les Disques De La Mort, London’s Days Of Being Wild, French electronic masters Acid Washed, fronted by Andrew Claristidge, and Love On The Rocks’ artist Omer, one of La.Ga.Sta’s favorite guests last year.

Today, we’re excited to premiere one of the EP’s remixes, Omer’s “Where Are We Now?”. The remix is a cosmic trip to wherever you wish to go. You can both jump in your car and have an ecstatic sonic ride enjoying the magical melodies or you can land straight on the dance floor and move your body to these vibrant percussions. The flattering synth arpeggios, which are simply massive, are spinning you all the way round while the bassline movement holds the track together. Dear riders blast the track above and enjoy this fabulous ride!

You can grab PYRAME’s “A Fine Life Remix” EP via HIFI/LOFI Records here. The Remixes will be released digitally every two weeks, starting with Omer’s remix “Where Are We Now?” which will drop on July 10th.

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[Premiere] Marcello Giordani: “Non Me Lo So Spiegare”

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June 26th, 2019
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Words: Elice

Well summer is here and the temperature is already high. But it gets higher with Marcello Giordani’s new EP “Riflessi” for MM Discos label. Marcello Giordani is what we call the epitome of Italo Disco music. He is a DJ, a producer, a fanatic collector of rare Italo-Disco vinyl and the founder of the disco-flavored and really successful “Italo Deviance” blog, through which he has been exploring the disco movement in Europe. He’s also known as one half of our beloved Marvin & Guy. The three-track “Riflessi” EP is the result of all his journeys and influences he’s had all these years.

Today, we’re delightes to premiere the record’s A-side cut, “Non Me Lo So Spiegare”. The track is a rhythmic ride to early 80’s disco space sounds that do feel so fresh and mind-blowing! Since we are dealing with the best Italo Disco vibes, vocoders play an important role both in the track and the EP. Classic melodic synthesizers and arpeggiators of that era are being reincarnated in an electro-boogie dancefloor tune. Fill it up!

The “Riflessi” 12’’ arrives on June 30th via MM Discos. Pre-order it here.

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