DATE: November 19th, 2014
For the past few weeks, Italians Do It Better’s mastermind Johnny Jewel has shared a ton of rarities and unreleased cuts from his vault and the goodies keep on coming with this eight-track version of Chromatics’ “Shadow”. Twin Peaks vibes. It’s now yours for free! Update: Download another unreleased track from Chromatics called “White Light” below.
DATE: November 10th, 2014
Italians Do It Better’s boss Johnny Jewel was in a generous mood last week, as he gave away a ton of previously unreleased tracks, covers and rarities through his Soundcloud account, including this beautiful eight-track version of “At Your Door”, taken from 2012′s LP “Kill For Love”, and a cover of “Blue Moon”. Grab both tracks for free below, and drive slow.
DATE: October 23rd, 2013
CATEGORIES: mpFree, News
Johnny Jewel’s Symmetry project finally sees a proper release of its long out-of-print and highly sought-after LP, “The Messenger”. The 13-track record, which had originally been pressed as a promo LP all the way back in 2011, is now available on ultra clear vinyl on Italians Do It Better.
To mark the occasion, Johnny Jewel has offered up a free download of the album’s closing track, the dark and cinematic “The Hunt”, which comes hand-in-hand with a collage video, directed by Alberto Rossini.
DATE: July 12th, 2013
The Chromatics/Glass Candy mastermind and co-founder of the Italians Do It Better label Johnny Jewel gives us another reason to drive with this great instrumental version of Chromatics’ epic track “These Streets Will Never Look The Same”, from last year’s excellent LP, “Kill For Love”. It’s yours for free.
Grab your keys, it’s time to take a long ride. Fill it up!
DATE: May 15th, 2013
After a long wait, Italians Do It Better’s second compilation “After Dark 2″ finally drops this Friday. Until then, here’s another track from the release, Mirage’s nine-plus-minute late-night jam “Let’s Kiss”. Grab it for free below, and take a ride.
DATE: December 3rd, 2012
Here’s a superb new mixtape for autumn from Chromatics’ Johnny Jewel of Italians Do It Better. It also includes Chromatics and Glass Candy covering New Order’s “Ceremony”. “It’s the end of Autumn, & all of the Reds, Greens, & Yellows have disintegrated into Black & White. Everything is buried by the snow…Perfect weather for locking yourself in the studio with a synthesizer & your favorite records…I put together a collage of songs that, for one reason or another…always remind me of Autumn”, he says. You can grab it below.
01. Zazou Bikaye Cy1 – Lamuka (Johnny Jewel Edit)
02. Symmetry – The Fading Faces
03. Xeno & Oaklander – Nuit
04. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth – The President Is Gone
05. Desire – Dans Mes Reves (Test Pressing)
06. Twisted Wires – One Night At The Raw Deal 12″
07. Chromatics feat. Ida No On Lead Guitar – Ceremony (16 Track Demo)
08. Glass Candy – Stars and Houses (Feeling Without Touching 12″)
09. Kraftwerk – It’s More Fun yo Compute (Symmetry Edit)
10. His Name Is Alive – Home Is In Your Head
11. Bill Conti – Alone in the Ring
12. His Name Is Alive – As We Could Ever
13. Blonde Redhead – Boy Girl
14. Nico – Afraid
DATE: November 5th, 2012
CATEGORIES: mpFree, News
Johnny Jewel has put together a great mixtape, entitled “Running From The Sun”, with unreleased material from the sessions for Chromatics’ recent EP “Kill For Love”. In his own words: “Recorded November 2009 through December 2011, these songs were all mixed between 4 & 6 a.m. After hours of tracking at the studio in Montreal, we’d clear the channels on the mixer, open a bottle of wine, & feel around in the dark…working our way through the atmospheric elements & peeling back layers of rhythm…throwing the songs into the abstract pile & playing them while driving home in the snow.” This is a lullaby for you…
1. Dreaming In Color
2. Red Car
3. Kill For Love
4. Last Wish
5. Running From The Sun
7. These Streets Will Never Look The Same
8. Blue Moon
DATE: October 10th, 2012
CATEGORIES: mpFree, News
“After Dark 2″ is “finally right around the corner”. Ahead of its upcoming release on the ever-excellent Italians Do It Better, Johnny Jewel is giving away a remastered version of the original 2007 compilation, containing “77 minutes of analog electronic music mutating through Italo Disco, Krautrock, Electro, Giallo Cinema, & Pop”. Download the fully remastered version of the first “After Dark” below. Timeless.
Glass Candy / Rolling Down The Hills (3:32)
Chromatics / Hands In The Dark (4:48)
Mirage / Last Nite A Dj Saved My Life (6:42)
Mirage / Lady Operator (5:37)
Glass Candy / Computer Love (5:37)
Professor Genius / La Grotta (6:33)
Chromatics / Killing Spree (1:19)
Farah / Law Of Life (7:28)
Chromatics / In The City (7:09)
Glass Candy / Miss Broadway (6:46)
Featuring Nat Walker / Saxophone & Eyvind Kang / Strings
Mirage / Lake Of Dreams (9:26)
Farah / Dancing Girls (5:36)
Glass Candy / The Chameleon (4:55)
Professor Genius / Pegaso (2:44)
DATE: September 24th, 2012
“Let’s Kiss”, a Sunday morning mix from Italians Do It Better’s boss Johnny Jewel, which sounds perfect for any time of the week. You can now download a non interview version of the mix with six additional tracks below. It also features an unreleased cover of Sonic Youth’s “Shadow Of A Doubt” from Johnny Jewel’s side project, Farah. Excellent stuff!
01. Tangerine Dream – Love On A Real Train
02. Symmetry – Over The Edge
03. Tim Thaler – Das Boot
04. Nico – My Funny Valentine
05. Symmetry – Jackie’s Eyes
06. Trisomie 21 – Coming From Darkness
07. Farah – Shadow Of A Doubt (Sonic Youth cover)
08. Symmetry – Bloodsport
09. Krzysztof Komeda – Rosemary’s Baby (Piano Theme)
10. Patty Waters – Moon, Don’t Come Up Tonight
11. Sylvester Music Company – Waterfalls
12. Moods – Tropical Birds
13. Telemusiques – No.37
14. Twilight Singers – Don’t Call (Desire Cover)
15. Handel – Sarabande Suite No. 11
DATE: January 16th, 2012
Directed by Alberto Rossini, here’s a nice driving video for “Over The Edge”. This track is taken from Johnny Jewel’s and Nat Walker’s (of Chromatics and Desire) “Symmetry – Themes For An Imaginary Film” project. It features 37-tracks of “claustrophobic cinematic bliss” and it was released back in December via Italians Do It Better. “Symmetry” isn’t Jewel’s score for Nicolas Refn’s latest film “Drive”. In case you haven’t heard it yet, stream the entire release here and drive through the night. Excellent release.
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