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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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Introducing…Moon Gangs

Sexbeat Records (White Lung, Eagulls, GAPS) have taken on the electronic sounds of Moon Gangs, the musical alias of London-based Will Young. Moon Gangs’ debut EP is set for release on May 5 and the first two tracks from the upcoming record I and II are available to stream online now.

As always, when becoming acquainted with a new artist, there is an air of mystery to be expected and Moon Gangs is of no exception. I opens with slow eerie drones, followed by subtle drum-beats and triumphant arcs of sound. As soon as you think you’re safe, the tempo switches completely, leaving you perplexed, intrigued and eager to hear more. II starts off slow with dark cinematic tones and finishes with futuristic sounds giving the listener a real glimpse of what to expect from the forthcoming record.

Moon Gangs

Moon Gangs

Moon Gangs’ EP was inspired by the likes of John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream soundtracks, 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 by Matt J ofHookworms/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 & Veronica Falls among many others.

The forthcoming record is made up of three tracks, I, II and III that were recorded over a three month period in late 2013. They were edited down from ten hours of improvised synth recordings, which were made entirely using looped Eurorack modular synths, into three intense movements, each just shy of ten minutes long.

Moon Gangs puts on a fascinating live show. With a variety of different set ups, Young sometimes performs solo and sometimes performs with one, two or three drummers. All the shows are performed fully improvised with no computers, samples or backing tracks.

In a world, where technology is advancing at a pace faster than most can keep up with, it seems logical that we begin to make music that questions, excites and makes the listener think and it seems Moon Gangs has achieved just that with his debut EP.

Moon Gangs self-titled EP is out on May 5 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.

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Introducing…VTCN Radio

VTCN Radio (pronounced Vatican Radio) is a Parisian duo of experimental electronic music inspired by the romantic music, CAN and Kubrick movies.

VTCN Radio

VTCN Radio

Using analog synthesisers, recorded sounds and machines amateurs, they drench you in a unique and intimate atmosphere emancipated from genres and influences where each track has its own story.

VTCN Radio have just released their debut single Riddle Song. Riddle Song combines soulful, indecipherable vocals with Bonobo style beats. It’s a relaxing number with slow, comforting grooves.

 

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Tycho – Awake Album Review

For nearly a decade, Tycho has been known as the musical alias of Scott Hansen but with Awake, his second LP for Ghostly International, the solo project has evolved into a three-piece band that reaches an entirely new realm of sonic possibilities. Also known for his design work as ISO50, Hansen’s visual and musical efforts have dovetailed throughout the course of his career with the new LP detailing how the two can truly compliment each other. Previous Tycho releases came to fruition from Hansen’s delicate solo approach to constructing a song, tweaking each peak and valley but Awake is three like-minded people coming together where music becomes the sole purpose and true expression becomes the result.

The title track starts this album with its soothing, gliding melodies. The track itself is repetitive but it’s not boring. The tones send you into a trance-like state where you can totally switch off after one listen to this song. Awake takes you to a far away, dream like place.

Montana is a track that has been previously revealed. Montana sees Tycho move away from the electronic techniques and more towards the indie genre with its pleasant and peaceful guitar riff. This song steadily builds with the repetitive guitar riff taking the lead. Tycho knows how to build safety in familiarity while at the same time, ensuring a song remains fresh. He slowly adds in layers removing the repetitiveness and introducing a chance of development. The familiar guitar riff always returns though acting like a chorus for the song.

L is a complete chill out track that could easily appear on one of those ‘chill out’ compilation records. It’s simple in comparison to the previous tracks. The tempo is slower, the beats last longer and the notes feel a little more prolonged too. There are dance influences heard in this song but not negatively. There’s a good balance here which sees this track edge away from the rave genre and sit snugly in to the electro-dance genre instead.

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Tycho Awake album artwork

The next track, Dye, starts off with a dreamy melody and then the dance beat comes in to play. It’s atmospheric and calming. There’s a lovely acoustic guitar riff which can be heard at the start of this song which is complimented by an electric guitar with reverb. Dye is an ever expanding track with each layer and instrument being introduced from the background to the forefront in a very subtle way – so much so that you don’t even realise the song has expanded as much as it has.

See starts with clapping and an interesting bass riff before the electronics take over. There are break downs in this song as if Tycho want to lose layers in order for them to increase them again later on. See takes a lot of influences from the dance genre with the stylised drum beat. The bass line in this song is immense and is what carries it.

Apogee features much more stripped back electronics allowing the guitar riff and drums to feature as the dominant instruments which is quite different from the rest of the songs on the record. Apogee’s tempo dramatically builds and reduces, builds and reduces allowing this song to sound like a mixture of more than one song. It does sound at times like a trance track as the drum beat becomes powerful almost overpowering and then it reduces to take the track back to the indie/electronic/pop genres.

The penultimate track, Spectre, has also been previously revealed. It has a brilliant, uplifting guitar riff to start things off and there are certainly mesmerising qualities to this track, despite the crashing drums and soaring melodies.

The last song on Awake is Plains which suits the end of the album perfectly. It’s a completely calming song to finish on. There are guitar riffs that overlap each other perfectly creating a sense of ambience and atmosphere. Surprisingly, Plains leaves you calm, collected and thankful you’ve heard this album.

Awake will be released on 18 March via Ghostly International. It can be pre-ordered at iTunesThe Ghostly Store and ISO50. NPR have also streamed the album in full on their NPR First Listen section.

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Edapollo – Shallow Swell EP Review

New Bristol based electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist Edapollo emerged with his first public productions in late 2013, causing a stir on the underground electronic, ambient and surrounding music scenes with demos of his first original tracks entitled Tisno and Sundancer.

These tracks were picked up by a number of blogs and online sources allowing this young producer to catch the eye of many for his unique and atmospheric soundscapes and sonic artistry.

His debut EP entitled Shallow Swell was released on Bad Panda Records on February 3 and the four tracks highlight his diverse artistic capabilities in song writing, instrumentation, melodic progression and technical production.

Edapollo Shallow Swell

Edapollo Shallow Swell EP artwork

Track one, Breathing, introduces the sound of this EP. It’s calming, ambient, atmospheric but also punchy and energetic. The faint vocals add an angelic melody as they sing, “I sleep/I sleep…” while the guitar riffs, bass notes and drum beat keep this song very much within the electronic genre.

Sundancer is a summery, upbeat number with some R&B influences seeping through. The vocals are once again distant, swooping in and out of the instrumentation, complimenting it where they can.

Tisno introduces a more male dominated sound to this otherwise flowery EP. The vocals heard on this track, although limited, appear to be male. It’s slightly deeper and darker in its tone and has a faster tempo. It just feels more masculine.

Marcelo is the last song on Shallow Swell. It takes the record back to its chilled out ambient side. An acoustic guitar can be heard clearly in this song at the start against the bass notes and drums lending it to sound romantic. It has a seductive quality to it. There’s a sense of relaxation and peace when you listen to this song. It’s a fabulous way to end the EP.

Shallow Swell is a wonderful debut EP which shows the full capabilities of Edapollo. He crafts lustful, seductive and ambient songs full of peaceful and catchy melodies that run through your body long after the track has ended. Edapollo is a producer to keep a close eye on in 2014.

Shallow Swell is out now.

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