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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Poolside: “And The Sea (Baio’s 305 Vibes Version)”

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August 2nd, 2018
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Take a ride with this sublime remix of LA’s Poolside track “And The Sea” from Baio, aka Vampire Weekend’s bassist Chris Baio, taken from our first “Last Gas Station” compilation. On his “305 Vibes Version” of “And The Sea”, Baio delivers a sunshine-filled slice of daytime disco. Great vibes all round!

La.Ga.Sta’s first “Last Gas Station” compilation includes 12 new tracks and aims to showcase artists that the site has followed for many years, as well as promising talents to keep an eye on. It also features Italian duo Marvin & Guy, Brooklyn’s duo Vito & Druzzi, Adelaide-based producer James Curd and Turbotito, California Balearic duo Woolfy Vs Projections, Disco Halal’s Moscoman, Mexico’s finest Zombies in Miami, NY unstoppable disco funkers Midnight Magic, DFA’s Greek mastermind Larry Gus, Crew Love’s David Marston, and – last but certainly not least – Peaking Lights Acid Test.

The “Last Gas Station” compilation is out now on LAGASTA Records. Get it here.

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LAST GAS STATION a compilation by LAGASTA

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March 20th, 2018
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New label, new compilation, new adventures…

Excting news! After reaching volume 7, LAGASTA’s “Late Summer” compilation series has now become a trademark for the ending of summer. Featuring some of the finest tracks of the year, the compilation is packed with sun-kissed, groove-filled tunes that provide you with a never-ending summer feeling. Fueling many blissful joyrides at no cost and free download as always.

Now, LAGASTA is proud to present something new and special in the form of a double-vinyl album. A tangible compilation series, entitled “Last Gas Station”, which is compiled with only exclusive tracks. The first “Last Gas Station” compilation features 12 new tracks and aims to showcase artists that the site has followed for many years, as well as promising talents to keep an eye on. It also marks the launch of our exciting new label, LAGASTA Records.

The collection’s opening track is a sunshine-filled slice of daytime disco from LA’s duo Poolside recent album “Heat”, which is remix by Baio, aka Vampire Weekend’s bassist Chris Baio. Next one is Crew Love’s David Marston, who teams up with Dan Izco for a blissful ride. Mexico’s finest Zombies in Miami deliver a dancefloor odyssey in the form of “Temple of Love”, while Italian duo Marvin & Guy drop an epic slow-burner called “Asbek”.

DFA’s Greek mastermind Larry Gus never ceases to amaze us with yet another example of what he does best, followed by “Charlie Rose”, a classy, club-ready track from Brooklyn’s duo Vito & Druzzi, aka Vito Roccoforte and Gabriel “Druzzi” Andruzzi, best known for being the drummer and multi-instrumentalist of DFA’s The Rapture. Next up, Adelaide-based producer James Curd and Turbotito, aka Los Angeles producer Filip Nikolic of Poolside, have joined forces once again for a new collaborative tune “Lost” filled with warm grooves and melancholic synths, followed by our favorite NY unstoppable disco funkers Midnight Magic with their infectious track “Through The Motions” of pure disco glory.

Woolfy Vs Projections, the duo of California-based musicians Simon “Woolfy” James and Dan Hastie, keep the summer vibes going with their track “Your Past Behind”, a quality example of the signature sound. Disco Halal’s Moscoman teams up with MoRayon for an extra dose of lush vibes on “Play No Game”. LA’s Daniel T. takes us for a ride with “Moonlight Bounce”, a perfectly crafted tune full of melodic soundscapes, while Peaking Lights Acid Test, the live instrumental disco project of APC (Aaron Coyes of Peaking Lights) closes the compilation in the best way possible with a gorgeous slice of synth rhythm heaven.

LAST GAS STATION
Tracklisting

Side A
Poolside – And The Sea (Baio’s 305 Vibes Version)
David Marston & Dan Izco – In My Eyes (feat. Novelty Daughter)
Zombies in Miami – Temple Of Love

Side B
Marvin & Guy – Asbek
Larry Gus – 4 Fran Ten
Vito & Druzzi – Octavia Butler

Side C
Turbotito & James Curd – Lost
Midnight Magic – Through The Motions
Woolfy VS Projectios – Your Past Behind

Side D
Moscoman – Play No Game (feat. Mo Rayon)
Daniel T. – Moonlight Bounce
PLSD Peaking Lights Acid Test – Jungle Dancing

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Baio: “PHILOSOPHY! (Crazy P Remix)”

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November 1st, 2017
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It’s remix time! Our beloved Baio, aka Vampire Weekend’s bassist Chris Baio, is back with a new remix EP, entitled “Grooves Of The World”, featuring reworks of tracks from his recent sophomore album “Man Of The World” on Glassnote. The EP includes some fine remixes by the likes of Crazy P, Make Love and Little Cub. Here, we have for you the superb groove-filled remix of “PHILOSOPHY!” by London disco stalwarts Crazy P. In their capable hands, the oringal track is transformed into an eight-minute ride of disco brilliance. Blast it above.

The “Grooves Of The World” EP drops on November 3. Pre-order it here.

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Video: Baio – PHILOSOPHY!

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Baio: “PHILOSOPHY!” Video

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June 20th, 2017
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Baio, aka Vampire Weekend’s bassist Chris Baio, has shared a fun video for his latest single “PHILOSOPHY!”, an infectious groovy track from his upcoming second album “Man Of The World”. The follow-up to 2015’s debut LP “The Names” will drop on June 30th on Glassnote. Pre-order it here.

Directed by Daniel Navetta.

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Baio: “DANGEROUE ANAMAL”

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Baio: “DANGEROUE ANAMAL”

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June 16th, 2017
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On June 30th, Baio, aka Vampire Weekend’s bassist Chris Baio, will drop his second solo album “Man Of The World” on Glassnote, which follows 2015’s debut LP “The Names”. According to the man himself, the new album is “partially about being trapped in my own head, obsessing about things it was too late to change, feeling afraid and guilty and alone. It’s also my attempt to document a certain sense of loss that felt both intensely personal and like part of a larger collective experience many were going through at once.” Here’s “DANGEROUE ANAMAL”, another new track from the record. It’s a slow-burn beauty.

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Baio: “PHILOSOPHY!”

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Baio: “PHILOSOPHY!”

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May 12th, 2017
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Almost two years after dropping his much-loved debut album “The Names”, Baio, aka Vampire Weekend’s bassist Chris Baio, returns with a new album called “Man Of The World”. Set to drop on June 30th on Glassnote, the new 11-track record is “an album about my experience as an American living in London this past year, traveling two continents, and never being fully of either place,” according to the man himself. Today, we’re treated to the album’s first single “PHILOSOPHY!”, a finely crafted tune that finds him in fine form.

Pre-order the album “Man Of The World” here.

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Baio: “The Names”

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Mumford & Sons: “Fool You’ve Landed (Baio Remix)”

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September 7th, 2016
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It always feels so good when something new from our beloved Baio, aka Vampire Weekend’s bassist Chris Baio, comes our way. Feast your ears on his brilliant remix of “Fool You’ve Landed” by Mumford & Sons. In true Baio fashion, the remix is a glorious, sun-drenched beauty. The original track is taken from “Johannesburg”, a South Africa-inspired collaborative EP with Senegalese legend Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg.

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Baio: “Don’t Fight Fate”

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Baio: “Don’t Fight Fate”

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May 5th, 2016
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Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio is back with his superb new track “Don’t Fight Fate” under his eponymous DJ name Baio. Filled with sun-kissed vibes and a feeling of longing, the track “Don’t Fight Fate” brings us closer to summer. As he says, “‘Don’t Fight Fate’ is my attempt at a late-summer love song. The chorus melody, which I wrote a few years ago, always evoked that time of year for me.” It’s taken from Amazon Music’s new “Songs of Summer” compilation, which drops on June 3rd.

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Baio: “The Names”

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La.Ga.Sta. Top 10 February 2016

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March 7th, 2016
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Here we go again. Here’s our monthly list of the most downloaded tracks on La.Ga.Sta., featuring Aeroplane under his Flush moniker, Vampire Weekend’s Baio, COMA, Du Tonc, Klaves, Cassian, Loframes, and more. Check out the full list below, and relive the magic of February’s most popular mpFrees. As always, this is your Top 10 chart. Fill it up!

Top 10 February 2016:

01. Timmy Thomas: “Why Can’t We Live Together” [Flush Edit]
02. Baio x COMA: Remixes
03. Annie Lennox: “Little Bird” [Du Tonc Rework]
04. Klaves: “My Mind”
05. Cassian: “Need U Now”
06. Keep Shelly in Athens: “Now I’m Ready” [Loframes Remix]
07. Kisses: “A Groove” [Sage Caswell Remix]
08. Gaye Su Akyol: “Cehennem Meyhanesi” [Red Axes feat O. Behr Edit]
09. Kauf: “Through The Yard”
10. Betonkust & Palmbomen II: “24×33”

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La.Ga.Sta. Top 10 January 2016

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