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Introducing…Balue

Balue

Balue

Aztec, New Mexico’s one-man-bedroom-pop-machine Balue is back with another feel good song full of sunny guitars, hand claps, and woozy electronic loops. His latest release is Grow Up.

Quiet Dreamer, due out June 24 (right after the first day of Summer) on cassette/digital formats via Fleeting Youth Records, is wrapped in a bright and carefree surf aesthetic that’s sunburned by warm guitars, wafts of psych-pop vocals and a thick tremolo haze. Grow Up finds Balue reflecting on his Peter Pan Syndrome as he weaves layers of synths and electronic loops in and out of hand claps, shimmering guitars and bongos.

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Billy Fox Releases New Single, Mystery

Fresh from his debut festival performance at Big Pineapple Festival on the weekend, Sydney based electro enigma Billy Fox is proud to announce his new single, aptly titled Mystery.

Fox, the sole producer, musican and writer, introduced himself in late 2013 with his soulful debut release in single Monuments. Fast forward to 2014 and Fox is implementing his game plan, running off simplicity and gut instinct, with Mystery being the first single from his ambitious mini-album, set for release later this year. The track was released on May 17 through Inertia Music and was premiered by international taste makers, The Line of Best Fit.

The steady a smooth production of Mystery relaxes without sedating and has already drawn comparisons to seasoned music makers like James Blake and Sam Smith. With curiosity mounting for this new kid on the electro block, Mystery is another piece of the puzzle that will leave both taste makers and audiences eager to learn more about Billy Fox.

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Röyksopp And Robyn To Release Mini Album, Do It Again

Röyksopp and Robyn announce the release of the Do It Again mini album which will be released on Cherrytree Records/InterscopeMay 26 2014. Do It Again is the first single and is available now digitally via digital download stores and streaming via subscription services. The single serves as an introduction to a new Röyksopp album to be released later this month.

The highly anticipated Do It Again tour with Röyksopp and Robyn kicks off this summer in Spain at the Sonar Festival on June 13 and hits the US with stops including The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on June 29 and at Pier 97 in NYC on August 20.

Röyksopp and Robyn have also unveiled a clip from Monument, the first track on the mini album. Monument’s grandeur and grace is as distinctive as it is moving and was the first song where they wrote lyrics together. A defining moment on the mini album in the shape of a near ten-minute long anthem which was inspired by a sculpture from artist Juliana Cerqueira Leite which gave Robyn a “…physical experience of what it’s like to define yourself or stand for something or figure out who you are.”

Röyksopp said: “This five track mini-album is the accumulation and embodiment of the synergy between Robyn and ourselves. We’ve intended this to be a diverse yet cohesive and thought through musical venture; it’s meant to be an expression where pop and art reign side by side.”

Röyksopp and Robyn were inspired by each other’s company and compelled to create something they had never done before, building on the brief moments when they had come together in the past. Having worked together on The Girl and the Robot, which appeared on Röyksopp’s Junior album in 2009 and None Of Dem on Robyn’s Body Talk Pt. 1 in 2010, the Do It Again mini album sees the two artists doing just that.

Röyksopp added:“This doesn’t sound like Röyksopp featuring Robyn or Robyn produced by Röyksopp, it’s just something else entirely. The word ‘collaboration’ has never before been more justified in the world of music.

Robyn said: “Svein and Torbjörn and I started working on new music in the beginning of 2013. I’ve been going back and forth to Bergen to record and write with the boys up until recently. Collaborating with Svein and Torbjörn is something I enjoy very much. In the beginning we just knew we wanted to do something together and then it started to feel more like a band thing than songs for a Röyksopp or Robyn album so we’re releasing this music together as a band you could say.”

The Do It Again mini album represents the perfect coming together of three of the most original musical minds in the world.

Do It Again is the first single taken from the mini album and is an “accidental pop song” written after a night out together in Bergen. The effervescent, effortlessly uplifting electro-pop tune started out as a rave-inspired throwback.

Elsewhere, the Do It Again mini album covers big thumping house with the club-ready Sayit which features a near duet between Robyn and what sounds like an aroused robot. On the other end of the spectrum there is the closing Inside The Idle Hour Club which utilises Robyn’s vocal discreetly to create a pensive, slowly evolving soundscape that’s worth diving into headlong.

Do It Again is compelling not just for its personality but also because it is simply not what you expect.

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Son Lux Releases New EP, Alternate Worlds, Featuring Lorde

Introducing Alternate Worlds, the new EP from producer/composer Son Lux. The EP reimagines four songs from his recent album Lanterns and includes a collaboration with Lorde. These exquisite reinventions traverse unfamiliar terrain within remembered landscapes. Their world is both alien and familiar.

Alternate Worlds is currently available digitally with a vinyl release date of May 26. All vinyl pre-orders include an instant download of every song. The EP will be released in three distinct vinyl editions, each pressed on 12″, 45rpm (loud-cut) vinyl:

Alternate World (Alternate Age) is a dark, haunting song. It suits the ‘Alternate World’ title completely; it’s disorientating and random. There is a slightly dub-step style to it but not so much so as to ruin this track.

Previous single releases, Lost It To Trying (Mouths Only Lying) and Easy (Switch Screens) feat. Lorde, both appear on the EP reinvented, of course. Easy is a song that never gets boring.

Build A Pyre (Begin Again) has fast tempo synths blended with the long, exasperated vocals makes for an interesting yet odd listen. There is a chorus of voices which also compliment the rest of the haunting, unusual sounds heard on this track; they sound distant leading this song to be unnerving. It’s a completely ‘out there’ track and is unlike anything else. It’s daring and atmospheric. It’s all these things yet the music has been kept simple, comprising of only a few distinct elements (synths/vocals choruses/harmonies/bass drum/).

Physical copies of Son Lux’s new EP, Alternate Worlds, will be available from May 26.

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Moon Gangs Stream New EP In Full Online

To mark the release at the beginning of lastweek, emerging London-based producer Moon Gangs is streaming his debut self-titled EP in it’s entirety online. Moon Gangs EP is available now via Sexbeat Records (White Lung, Eagulls, GAPS).

The Moon Gangs EP is made up of three tracks, I, II and III that were recorded over a three month period in late 2013. The songs were edited down from ten hours of improvised synth recordings made entirely using looped Eurorack modular synths. The result is three intense movements, each just shy of ten minutes long, which take you on adventure into the futuristic world of Moon Gangs.

Moon Gangs

Moon Gangs

The debut EP from Moon Gangs was inspired by the likes of John Carpenter and Tangerine Dreamsoundtracks plus synth driven Krautrock like Ashra Tempel and Popol Vuh. Contextually it stands somewhere in between modern day electronic outsiders such as The Haxan Cloak and Blanck Mass. With a DIY thesis behind it, Young reigned in the help of his friends to help make the final product. The record was mixed mixed by Matt J of Hookworms/Suburban Studios and Linda Jarvis of Echo Lake designed the artwork for the sleeve and record. All three of the tracks were mastered by East London producer and engineer Rory Attwell whose worthy credits include work for Palma Violets, Big Deal and Veronica Falls among many others.

Moon Gangs self-titled EP is out on now as a digital download and a limited edition one sided 12″ vinyl.  The record sleeve and the blank side of the vinyl have been screen printed onto, for this limited edition release.

You can catch Moon Gangs live on the following dates:
20-21 June – Camden Crawl, LONDON

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