Moderat are Modeselektor and Apparat, two electronic music heavyweights who have brought IDM from Berlin to the farthest flung corners of the world for the past 10 years. Released last April, III is the third and final installment in their trilogy of dystopian albums. One standout track from the album came as the song “Running,” which has since been making its rounds in the remix world.
The song’s sonic palette spans intricate percussions, cascading synths, a driving kick drum and a wealth of feel-good vibes. This is a highly emotive kind of pop, built for dancing, but never simple. As described by Sascha Ring (aka Apparat), “Running is about being part of a mass. A mass that constantly needs to move to function, but one that’s not deciding directions by itself.”
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Tourist is the moniker of London-based songwriter and producer William Phillips. The classically trained musician has released three EP’s between labels Make Mine, Disclosure’s Method Records and his own Monday Records. His brand of bittersweet electronica has evolved along the years from sun-kissed chillwave to darker garage-inspired house music with cut-up vocal samples and bouncy synths. Tourist has also produced high-profile remixes for Years and Years, Haim and CHVRCHES and co-written Låpsley‘s single “Hurt Me”.
With his highly anticipated debut album U, Tourist makes a big statement and takes the listener on a fantastic journey filled with experimental beats, deep grooves and blissful melodies. Thematically it reflects on a failed relationship that ended abruptly after four years. But don’t expect sad ballads here as the album is a mostly wordless affair that will let you fill in the blanks guided only by the emotional content of theses ten tracks.
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In 2015, UK electro artist Ambassadeurs (aka Mark Dobson) kept very busy with a slew of EPs and the release of his debut album Patterns on his own Lost Tribe Records imprint. Now back in the studio recording his second album, he is dropping the Halos EP in the interim to keep fans of his sound happy. The EP was written during an escape in the autumn from the city to the countryside.
The change of scenery from concrete to wilderness is reflected in the more organic sounds on this 4 tracker, which was written with the bare minimum of equipment to hand, even sampling some old cassettes that were left behind in the cottage where he was staying. The EP explores a more 4/4 sound than his debut album while still retaining the signature aesthetic of Ambassadeurs productions.
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Bones is the fourth studio album released by American musician Son Lux (a.k.a. Ryan Lott), who first came to public knowledge in 2008 with his breathtaking debut, At War With Walls and Mazes. Released in June via Glassnote Records, following the single “Change Is Everything”, this new record is his first album as a full 3-piece band.
Guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang originally joined Lott on his Lanterns tour and the trio quite naturally decided to record new songs together, giving birth to Bones. The Son Lux touch is not lost though: multi-layered arrangements, raspy vocals and lush strings are the pillars of this new album. The songs come across as a clever mix of sharp hip-hop beats and soulful electronica.
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Blue Hawaii is a recording, DJ and live project from Montreal, Quebec. Created by Alex Agor Cowan and Raphaelle Standell (one third of art rock band BRAIDS), this electronic music duo released their first EP, Blooming Summer, in 2010 and debut album, Untogether, in 2013 both via Arbutus Records. They toured Europe, Asia, and North America numerous times in 2013-14. As a result of the live shows, they became deeply interested in dance music – their performance being known for transitioning into a DJ style set with improvised material including live vocal loops and lines.
In late 2014, the duo released new single “Get Happy” and a mixtape featuring edits of old songs and new song “All of My Heart”. While Standell releases and tours with BRAIDS in 2015, Cowan continues Blue Hawaii by DJing worldwide and producing new material and remixes (including one for Tei Shi).
Blue Hawaii - All of My Heart
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