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Mr Tophat Feat. DJ Tennis Remix

Time Lapse

Life and Death’s standout release schedule continues with a special new single from Swedish innovator Mr. Tophat that comes from his album Dusk to Dawn, while label boss DJ Tennis also steps up to add his own spin.

Mr. Tophat always makes a big splash, whether crafting epic, disco-licked house adventures, putting out strictly limited vinyl on his own Junk Yard Connections or collaborating with pop sensation Robyn. Next to an EP with the Swedish star, he also co-wrote and produced two songs on her latest album Honey. His taste and style straddles various musical worlds and means you can never predict his next move. A true original, this year alone he’s put out a magnificent three-part album of house, ambient and leftfield electronics and now aims for the dance floor on this latest massive.

At over 12 minutes long ‘Time Lapse’ is another Mr. Tophat masterclass in musical tension and narrative that is embellished with smart filter tweaks, dreamy vocals sounds and pixelated melodic rain. It is driven along by rubbery and propulsive kick that form an inviting bed from which you can gaze at the cosmic and sinewy chords that constantly shape-shift towards the heavens. This is a track that will have you lost in space and time and utterly enchanted by the majesty of it all.
DJ Tennis then steps up with a remix and is himself having a busy year that sees him release the Redrago album with Red Axes. Here he ups the dance floor clout with crisp percussion and more upright drums. Gorgeous arps will have people reaching for the skies and utterly lost in amongst the stars.
These are two terrific journeys that make for moments of magical dance.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Time Lapse
B1. Time Lapse (DJ Tennis Remix)

Redrago

Redrago (Club Version) / Il Veliero

Life And Death’s next album project finds label boss DJ Tennis connecting with Israeli duo Red Axes to express themselves with total freedom and explore the similarities and differences between their respective sounds. Entitled Redrago and due for release as a 2 x 12” on October 11th, the adventurous and subversive full length is preceded by this two track single release. DJ Tennis was introduced to the Red Axes duo by The Pachanga Boys at a festival in Corsica. “Their faces, their expressions and their attitude—gentle, smart, loving and funny—impressed me at first sight“ remembers Tennis. That was many years ago, and since then they have deepened their personal and musical connections, but “always by chance” says Tennis. Around a year ago, they were having a discussions and decided they should attempt to combine their “love of psy and mediterranean influences” and scheduled a week of recording sessions together. After making at 9am and having a proper Israeli breakfast, the artists went to a studio on top of a decadent old shopping mall in the Centre of Tel Aviv. Each of them then set up in one corner of the studio with their own instrument (including Tennis’s Pearl Syncussion, a small modular setup, a Juno and bunch of guitar pedals, while Niv and Dori “used their usual weird cheap instruments including bass and guitars”) and they began playing, experimenting and jamming, recording everything they did then swapping stations and repeating the process. “It was a friendly and loving experience” say Red Axes, who add that they then took all the recordings into various editing sessions and finalised the adventurous, multi-genre exploration that is Redrago. “The aim was to find a kind of Italian-Israeli connection in our musical approach,“

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Whacked out electro disco from DJ Tennis and Red Axes here, who combine roving hardware basslines with Indian konnakol scatting on the A-side, while the flip reminds me of Lindstrom & Prins Thomas' "Run".

TRACK LISTING

A. Redrago (Club Version)
B. Il Veliero (Club Version)


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