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Grandamme

Holy Mountain

    Grandamme's debut album 'Holy Mountain' takes cues from filmic, dystopian retromania and a distorted yet romantic aesthetic of fading glamour. Effortlessly interconnected, the duo is formed of Claudia Kane's timeless songwriting and soulfully affecting voice, wholly complimented by Bastien Keb’s dream-like production of dolorous orchestrated instrumentation warmly rubbing up against 80s sci-fi synthesisers and lo-fi beats. Their combined vision of haunting dream-pop blends vintage and future aspects likea classic black & white movie being experienced anew in a virtual reality world. Reoccurring themes of escapism, love, sensuality, vulnerability, melancholy and introspection permeate the lyrics.

    Movie references commonly intertwine with song themes: Thelma and Louise in 'BigEscape' ("It’s about finding that one person who completely understands you"), Palm Springs in 'Poolside', while the lyrics of ‘Holy Mountain’ take inspiration from the avant-garde 70's movie of the same title as well as theories by psychotherapist Esther Perel. Claudia explains, “I like to write music with a strong visual scene ormoment playing out in my head like something from a film”. Soundtracking Claudia's lyrical musings on life both real and fantastical, Bastien Kebbrings production inspired by luminaries as far reaching as David Axlerod, Kate Bush, Roy Orbison, Madlib and The Delfonics.

    In his music you can hear snippets of wistful do-wop ballads, eerie psychedelic folk and Western soundtracks; all while playing guitar, trumpet, bass, drums, piano, flute and more. On his formative musical influences Keb says "I generally got lost in movies and music as a teenager, which is where all my influences come from". When asked how he wants people to feel when listening to Grandamme, Keb replies “Ideally, I want them to cry. Whilst dancing.”A self-soothing recall of intensely personal thoughts, dreams and stories; 'HolyMountain' is the sound of two creative souls finding inspiration and support in ashared cinematic fantasy world.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Poolside
    2. Big Escape
    3. Nirvana
    4. Deep Dark Sky
    5. 8 AM
    6. Honeymoon
    7. Holy Mountain
    8. Wild Time
    9. Forever
    10. Love Hurts
    11. I Won't Fail You

    Pan Amsterdam

    Eat

      EAT is the brand new album from your favourite rapper trumpeter, Pan Amsterdam. Made with fans of both food and hip hop in mind, the LP opens up a new pocket in the Pan Am dimension: the rapper-producer album. The whole thing’s a collaboration with underground legend and Def Pressé family Damu The Fudgemunk.

      EAT lands in the wake of the success of Pan Am’s second album, HA Chu. Food, of course, was a vital component in the culture of that work, with GUTS-produced single Carrot Cake receiving plaudits from the likes of BBC 6 Music, and interludes taking place over Chinese food. HA Chu was named his ‘hostile industry diss record’ by Bandcamp and ‘a jazz musician’s vision of what hip-hop can be’ by The Times.

      Whereas HA Chu was conceptualised while Pan Am’s real life alter ego Leron Thomas was on tour as Iggy Pop’s bandleader (Iggy had loved Pan Am’s debut LP, The Pocket Watch, leading to him asking him to write and produce his 2019 album Free), and saw guests such as Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson and Doves’ Jimmy Goodwin in his El Diablo guise, EAT’s genesis was slightly different.

      About to fly on tour in Europe last year, Pan Am was in need of a DJ. Up steps Damu The Fudgemunk, fresh from creating his KPM library-sampling opus Conversation Peace (on Def Pressé Editions). Tour life led to a mutual musical respect, Damu creating soundscapes in his head as he got to know Pan Am’s intricacies whilst performing together.

      ‘We had some good hangs and talks,’ recalls Pan Am. ‘In those hangs and talks, it seems Damu was taking musical notes because the music he would give me was fitting like a glove. It reminded me that artists be observant and it pays off in the end. Damn fun making this project.’

      Perceiving the world in terms of taste, EAT is musically wistfully joyous and lyrically playful, a full menu with Pan Am your maître d' and Damu the chef du cuisine. Damu’s beats are deep, warm, melodic and progressive, a perfect playground for the duality of Pan Am’s beat poetry and Leron’s caressing trumpet, which as always is a persona in itself.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1 Rigatoni
      A2 Mogwai
      A3 BLT
      A4 Duck Wok
      A5 Hungry Hippo
      A6 Fish Tacos
      A7 Besh
      A8 H-Bar
      B1 Blue Agave
      B2 Stick Around
      B3 EAT
      B4 Da Da Dim Sum
      B5 Shimmy
      B6 All Purpose Sauce


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