MAGIC MIX

synth-pop . alt-R&B . cold wave . industrial

WEEK STARTING 19 Oct

Genre pick of the week Cover of Sea Of Sand by Peaking Lights.
Piccadilly-approved synth-dub-psych-popsters Peaking Lights drop their first release of 2018, joining the ever expanding ranks of the Dekmantel family. As long terms fans of the Californian duo might expect, it’s a kaleidoscopic melting-pot of dainty dub, experimental and leftfield beats, with wondrous sunny soundscapes that blend together the unconventional home-fashioned electronics, and windswept vocals that have defined Peaking Lights to date. 'Sea of Sand' is the band’s first record in three years not released on their own imprint. With six tracks, exceeding 30 minutes in total, the extended EP is a prelude to a forthcoming LP. With a DIY aesthetic and approach to analogue instrumentalism, Peaking Lights retro-digital sound is one that sits perfectly with Dekmantel.
The record kicks off with the quirky, upbeat pop track 'Blind Corner', followed by slower Italo-like 'Hypnotized'. There’s a wavey-krautrock sound on 'Shift Your Mind'; a glowing romanticism on 'Read your mind'; and a celestial ambience embedded through 'Noise of Life. The record concludes with the sonically divine harmonic piano track 'Sea of Sand', perfectly setting the template for the EP. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: It's been a little while since we heard from Peaking Lights, and it seems they've spent their downtime refining their take on hallucinogenic synthery. Dubby, dreamy and superbly psychedelic, "Sea Of Sand" is another analogue delight from our favourite synth duo.

Focusing on low-slung IDM, Acid and atmospheric Electro with nods to Krautrock & Ambient sounds, Steve Hyland’s ATTRAKTTA project gets an extended outing on the FILM label. Across eight beautifully produced tracks, Hyland - one of the founding members of AI Records and subsequently Concrete Plastic, explores vibrant synthesis and intricate drum programming, with the music arriving at a sweet spot between home listening material & club-ready workouts for more intelligent dance floors.

Eschewing straightforward synth sequences in favour of blissed out - almost disharmonious sonics, Hyland transmits a curious psychedelia on his debut LP. Sounds pitch and warp organically, buoyed up by saturated low end and punchy drum machine percussion. There remains a decidedly accomplished precision to the work, though - with the music bearing all the hallmarks of an artist of some considerable experience - testament to the British producer & label head’s 19 years working in the industry.

A colourful, exquisitely composed LP that riffs on a timeless production aesthetic with considerable style, Echo Principle is a fantastic entry into the FILM Records discography.


FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd LP Info: 140g vinyl, matt uv varnish.

Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

David August

D'Angelo

    Fusing laidback pop sensibility with moody cinematographic soundscapes, David’s newest album D’ANGELO is the sound of a young artist getting in touch with their roots, exploring new landscapes and freeing inhibitions. Where he channelled this journey into ambience on DCXXXIX A.C. – his debut on his own label, 99CHANTS - D’ANGELO has David deconstructing pop atmospheres while in search of his past and reforming them into something deeply moving.

    He admits that while his strongest emotions have their roots in his formative years, growing up in the picturesque mountain town of Palestrina outside Rome, he never used those emotions creatively, keeping them private until now. “I had never tried to have a dialogue with myself within the music that I was making,” he explains. “Suddenly there were all these questions about identity, my childhood, and an obsession with truth. Although I was scared to confront these questions – when in your life could you fully answer them? – I had to at least approach them to keep creating.”

    D’ANGELO’s spiritual inspiration is rooted in Italy’s rich and complex artistic history, and how certain artists broke boundaries, such as Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, who mastered the art of polyphonic and counterpointed composition during the Renaissance. “I looked at the Italian culture I grew up with, that has always been present since I was a kid.” He says. “I had to start with a deeper study of these artists, composers, and writers who formed the cultural and emotional bonds I feel towards Italy.”

    Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio painted the realities of the streets over the ideals of the heavens, taking those who blended into the background of the streets and painting them as saints, as figures of ideation. “Caravaggio was a leading inspiration throughout this process. He was someone I looked up to all the time and had so much respect for; someone who was always trying to picture the implacable reality, and not compromising. Having his paintings on one screen – and my DAW on the other – was one part of the process. It was an attempt to soundtrack his art – his reality – in real time.”

    D’ANGELO is an impassioned, melancholic album that exists in a space that is not easy to translate into words…but do the words always matter?

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    After remixing Lord Echo’s track “The Sweetest Meditation” for Soundway Records in 2017, New Zealand’s Julien Dyne returns to the label with the full album “Teal”, a synth-heavy sonic palette of future-soul and percussive afro-house. Julien Dyne is a multi-instrumentalist with a long and impressive history of collaborative, live and solo musicianship. Best known for his solo work with BBE and having worked with the likes of Theo Parrish, Steve Spacek and Andreya Triana as well as having remixed Marcel Vogel, Ghostwave and Leroy Burgess (alongside Frank Booker) and more - Dyne has also accumulated a number of accolades over the course of a 10-year career including but not exclusive to being hotly tipped by both Moodymann and Gilles Peterson. Dyne’s new project for 2018 is an 11-track LP on Miles Cleret’s extolled Soundway label. Demonstrating a shift in gears and movement toward a more uptempo, Afro-inspired sound “Teal” melds instrumental flair with astute production and a persistent grain of impassioned, effortless soul. Including collaborations with the likes of long term band-mate Ladi6, Fat Freddy’s Drop’s trumpeter Toby Laing, vocalist and Lord Echo collaborator Mara Tk, Australian vocalist Tim Guy plus jazz luminaries Jonathan Crayford and Jon Bell - this is a body of work for the listener and the dancer alike with a mood as fitting for headphones as it is for the floor.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLP Info: Cut loud at DJ-friendly 45RPM.

    Farao

    Pure-O

      Pure-O, the new LP by Berlin-via-Norway musician Farao, is a prog-pop exposition on the curious dichotomy between beauty and destructiveness in sex and relationships. Where so much modern pop attempts to tug similar thematic threads only to succumb to naiveté and euphemism, Farao grabs these subjects and dives headlong into a neon pool of synthesizer, zither, drums, and soaring vocals without sacrificing maturity, complexity, or artistry. Musically, she references 90’s R&B, and the untapped goldmine of Soviet disco. But the most important pillar of Pure-O – its living, breathing, biological quality-- is entirely Farao’s own. To be sure, all of the electronic ingredients are in the exact right places on Pure-O.

      Soviet-made synth tones ripple out fr om an undefined center lik e a Frank Stella painting, with sharply angled lines of color buzzing with concentric, hand-painted ecstasy. Rolling vocal melodies carry descriptive turns of phrase to gratifying heights, echoing in listeners’ minds long after their ears. In the spaces between all this electricity, there are shimmering microcosms of Alice Coltrane-esque acoustics that provide the album with an unmistakably rich, tactile marrow. Perhaps, then, we’re hearing Farao’s early youth in Norway finding perfect equilibrium with her adulthood in Berlin on Pure-O.

      She says of the time she spent recording, “I was in the process of learning how to conduct myself while not getting sucked in to the whirlpool that is Berlin party culture,” and of her childhood “It wasn’t a place I felt stimulated creatively, and felt quite lonely there growing up, which made me turn to music as a language for a set of emotions I didn’t know how to release otherwise.” It’s precisely this relationship between quiet reflection and overstimulation that makes the album unlike anything of its genre. In an age when non-electronic pop seems like an outlier, Farao constructs a bridge of humanity from the organic to the inorganic, rounding out the hard edges and sharpening the soft ones, thereby transplanting a healthy, beating heart into modern synth-pop. 

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Limited transparent vinyl.

      Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Compilation of the works by MJ Lallo, weird harmonizing mantras layered with drummachine rhythms.. Very psychedelic compositions where she uses her voice to create all kinds of sound(scapes)

      Take Me With You is a revelatory voyage through the captivating universe of voice artist and poet MJ Lallo. The works on this 2LP compilation were all recorded in her home studio between 1982 and 1997, primarily using drum computer, synth and her own voice processed through a Yamaha SPX 90 digital effects unit. They range from wordless harmonizer mantras and primitive drum computer meditations, to psychedelic latin dance-floor anthems and synth-drenched end-of-the-nighters. Lallo has created her own inimitable galaxy of sound where the human voice, liberated from the constraints of language and abstracted using digital technology, is able to explore the outer realms of human expression, like Joan La Barbara with an Eventide and a new-age sensibility. Although Lallo’s flight path is distinctly her own, her journey converges with other travellers as diverse as Jon Hassell, Laraaji, Stereolab, William Aura, Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk, Gertrude Stein and even Terry Gilliam (whose film Brazil was a big influence on Lallo). Like something beamed in from another planet, Lallo’s work is both fascinatingly strange and strangely familiar, and will leave a lasting impression for lightyears to come. Double gatefold LP, remastered DDM pressing.

      Cliff Martinez teams up once more with the producers of ‘Drive’ for the first time since collaborating on the now-classic soundtrack. Reminiscent of his work on ‘Drive’, Cliff Martinez’s score to ‘Hotel Artemis’ is a tense, dark synth masterpiece. The soundtrack also features brand new song ‘Gilded Cage’ by Father John Misty written exclusively for the film, plus music by The Mamas & The Papas, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Elyse Weinberg. ‘Hotel Artemis’ follows a nurse (played by Jodie Foster) who runs a secret hospital to treat criminals’ injuries. The feature debut of director Drew Pearce, the movie also stars Jeff Goldblum, Sterling K. Brown, Charlie Day, Sofia Boutella and Zachary Quinto.

      MØ's New LP 'Forever Neverland' drops on October 19th, another stellar statement from the Nordic pop megastar. She explains: “Diplo and I are long time collaborators now. One of the many reasons I love working with him is because I always feel like it's a free and creative process and I always like the end product. We both loved ‘Sun In Our Eyes’ from the beginning and what makes it special to me is that It's a combination of the two ingredients I'm always craving in music: uplifting and melancholy vibes.”“It's the lead single for my new album 'Forever Neverland' and it's about imaginary love and living in a bubble which are also subjects on the album. This song feels like both a coming together of everything Wes and I have done so far but also a new beginning which is fitting with a new album.” 

      “Amir” was produced by PJ Maertens and Jo Francken, and recorded at Maertens’ house in Belgium and at Audiworkx Studios in Holland. Of Belgian, Egyptian and Lebanese heritage the 21-year-old musician has written and shaped an album of startling, visceral, sit-up-and-listen power. “Amir” features a handful of tracks from his debut EP, “Habibi” including "Indigo Night" which features Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood on bass guitar. Although the majority of the playing heard on “Amir” is Tamino himself, he is joined by a collective of Arabic musicians based in Brussels called Nagham Zikrayat.

      The Firka (orchestra) is predominantly made up of professional musicians from the Middle East, most of which have refugee status having predominantly fled from Iraq and Syria. Over the course of “Amir”, Tamino captures a range of emotions from romance to desolation, and almost everything in between. It’s mood music, painted in a number of different shades. Tamino: 'Some of the songs on “Amir” are more on the romantic side, whilst others are more on the apathetic side. In my own life, I can look at the world and at life in both ways depending on my state of being. The conflict creates an imbalance. “Amir” is about balance'

      'A tantalising introduction to a fierce new talent' - Sunday Times Culture

      'An astonishing vocal range...Breath-taking' - The Independent. 


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xColoured LP Info: Indies Exclusive - Silver coloured vinyl.

      Brand-new track "Reach Out" by Gerd Janson and Philipp Lauer enjoys a Permanent Vacation here and is joined for some fun in the sun by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard. Erol Alkan and Osborne show up half way through the trip and everyone's happy!

      In original form, "Reach Out" is anthemic and very now. A pop-house framework supporting catchy synth riffs and bright chord progression. It's destined for as much radio play as club play and is the perfect backing for Goddard's distinctive vocal delivery which he aptly adds on top.

      Superstar DJ Erol Alkan transforms the track into a gurgling, spitting acid burner that should enjoy extended plays at Homoelectric the next time he's in town while Oborne's interpretation is a decidedly skippier and lighter affair, Joe's vocal taking centre stage as another pop-house aesthetic eventually envelops the track. Full fidelity and hi-def this is a rich and emotive crowd pleasure that's destined for big things right across the world. 


      Joe Oxley is the self-styled one-man electro / psych machine behind TVAM - arguably producing the biggest dancefloor action Wigan has seen since the legendary Casino closed its doors in the 1970’s . As 6Music’s Lauren Laverne observed “It’s like someone took Spiritualized to the club!!”

      Hypnotic tracks which straddle an impressive spectrum of influence; with Boards of Canada’s irresistible nostalgia, Suicide’s deconstructed rock ’n’ roll and My Bloody Valentine's infinite noise all becoming touching points in Oxley’s musical output.

      TVAM gigs blur the boundary between art and performance; via a large television sat on an 80’s secondary school-style podium, a VHS video recorder projects long-forgotten Mondo movies alongside vintage footage often sourced from hours spent poring through charity shop shelves – “What started as a passing interest became an obsession. I found so many seemingly random videos, each with its own individual meaning, now estranged from their owners. Did these people ever take up calisthenics? Did they install a model railway in their spare bedroom? Did they learn to communicate more effectively with their teenage children? Did they find something in those high-speed rally crash videos unseen by us today..?

      I love the process of chopping things up and splicing back together; creating new meaning out of thin air. Combining this with the music I was making, I knew the performance had to fit. Somewhere between Adam Curtis and BBC Schools… somewhere between ‘Threads' and ‘Words & Pictures’.”

      Self-produced and home-recorded, the album was mixed by the steady hands of Dean Honer (Moonlandingz, I Monster, Add (N) To X) - “It was great working with Dean. I’m a massive Add N To (X) fan and, after hearing what he was doing with Moonlandingz, I knew he’d get where I was coming from. Though having seen his collection of synths I now need to up my game.”

      TVAM has remixed Amber Arcades, The KVB, TOY, FEWS and is currently putting fin-ishing touches to a remix for Tunng (who are returning the favour, watch this space…)

      Crafting a world which touches on our memories but toys with our fears, a world in which information seeps under your door and pools by your feet, a world in which he seeks to define everything from abandoned meanings to subconscious desires, Psychic Data invites us to experience the psychodrama first hand.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Throbbing psychedelic riffage, phased vocal harmonies rolling along with the hazy atmospherics, TVAM have managed to mix their latent gloomy post-punk aethetic with a more driven dancefloor orientated style to great effect.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive orange vinyl.

      Switched-On Eugene documents the Eugene Electronic Music Collective and some of the many synthed-out gures in and around Oregon’s iconic hippie stronghold during the 1980s. Whether connected by membership, geography, or the tape trading scene, the artists in and around the EEMC shared compelling visions of the future we now inhabit, vividly captured on home-recorded tapes and distributed via zines, classi eds, and local radio. Switched-On Eugene is a deep dive into a heretofore forgotten sonic microcosm unlike any other. 

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: A brilliant and enthralling document of the all-encompassing electronic maelstrom of the 1980's, from outsider synth grooves, more percussive outsider electronics and shuddering industrial shadows. Brilliantly varied and thoroughly worthwhile. Another Numero stormer.


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