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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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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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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LA-based genre-bending artist Son Lux (Ryan Lott) has been churning out unique, wildly creative compositions since the late noughties. Taken off his 2013 LP Lanterns (Joyful Noise Recordings), “Easy” is a slow jam which starts with a single repeated note and gradually introduces more elements (claps, horns), with a slow build up and simmering tension under its apparently calm surface.
“Easy” comes with a brand new video directed, filmed and edited by David Terry Fine. Watch below!
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Born in October last year, Zola Blood is a London-based 4-piece featuring Matt on vocals/guitar, Ed on synth, Sam on drums and Rob on guitar. The band announced their arrival this July with the release of hugely ambitious single “Grace”, which hit #16 on the Hype Machine and made them the 4th most blogged about artist. Having drawn early comparisons to SOHN and Rhye with “Grace”, Zola Blood are now aiming to build upon this breakthrough success with their debut EP Meridian.
Developed over a year in a windowless studio, Zola Blood’s debut EP showcases their minimal and textured sound, intricate arrangements and meticulous attention to detail. It serves up waves of ambient electronica and bubbling synths, interspersed with reverberating guitars and delicate vocals. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Arthur Russell, Portishead or Trentmøller, the band’s distinctive sound displays both a fervent appreciation of the subtleties of electronic music and a loyal bond to melody and songwriting.
Zola Blood are set to release the Meridian EP in October, with their first live show at London’s Shacklewell Arms on the 9th October. Both physical and digital releases will be available on Pond Life. In the meantime here’s a little remix of “Grace” available as a free download…
Zola Blood - Grace (Fyrd Remix)
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