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Hess Is More, Kenneth Bager & Iboja Wandall-Holm

Iboja's Sange

At the centre of the project "Iboja's Songs" sings 99-year-old Iboja Wandall-Holm who unfolds her unrivalled inventory of childhood memories and unique treasures of songs. Iboja has collected these and brought them from her childhood in Eastern Europe. She later translated them into Danish.

The album appears as a musical encounter. An encounter where Iboja's memories and songs are put in a new light by danish musician Mikkel Hess and other members of the band Hess Is More, in collaboration with co-producer Kenneth Bager.

Even at her advanced age, Iboja sings with a beautiful timbre that miraculously encapsulates intimacy and the sense of travelling through history. Iboja has had a career as a journalist and writer. One therefore immediately senses her storytelling abilities both as a singer, but especially also as a writer. Iboja is in more than one sense the voice of the century. The singles "Jeg Er Blevet Gammel" and "Solen Går Ned Over Land" were the first two releases from this project's musical journey. They laid the groundwork for the release of '"Iboja's Songs" to flourish.

TRACK LISTING

A1 Jeg Er Blevet Gammel
A2 Hvor Musikken Kommer Fra
B1 Solen Går Ned Over Land
B2 Bag De Høje Toppe
B3 Væk I Tide
B4 Blæs Vind

Troels Hammer

An Introduction

    Danish Artist Troels Hammer has released 5 albums to date, with his sixth House of Memories due out later this year. As yet there has only been a sampler 12” on vinyl. Therefore ‘An introduction’ LP is a compilation of tracks exclusive to Vinyl for fans and new listeners to enjoy.

    Troels was discovered by the Danish producer Kenneth Bager in 2012 and has already gained great recognition for his music on both the Danish and the international scene

    The style is instrumental and moving in the area between nu-classical, lounge, dance, ambience and electronica. When Troels Hammer sits down at the piano, the music flows through him and brings the audience in a mood that is both relaxed and intense. He himself says that he creates music you can go in and out of –and get carried away by.

    Intermediation has been the centre of Troels Hammer’s entire professional life and also musically he is driven to set the tone for stories and touch elements recognizable to the audience. He can be experienced on stage alone, plays brilliantly with others and shares gladly stories about the music as a part of his performance.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1 Diário De Silêncio
    A2 Cold Hawaii
    A3 Fly Salmon Fly
    A4 Bogotá
    A5 Infinita Feat. Clara Valente
    A6 View Of Wisdom
    B1 Azur
    B2 Unika 4 Feat. Rodrigo Sha
    B3 Theme Frm Ngong Hills
    B4 Run King - Piano Forte
    B5 Father Sky
    B6 Letters From Uhuru 

    The latest bounty from the Danish label’s long and fruitful relationship with the White Isle, Follow Your Dreams is a twelve plate tapas packed with the assorted styles and flavours of the Balearic sound - a complex blend delivered with a warmth, feeling and tone which bring it all together as a whole.

    Collaborating on and off over the past fifteen years, with resulting singles gracing the likes of Compost, Leng and Archipelago, DJ Pippi and Willie Graff posses a unique combination of Balearic heritage; one an Italian export who helped originate the sound and style of the genre through his legendary DJ sets at the likes of Pacha and KU in the eighties, the other a trailblazing talent born on the island, who started his residency at Pacha in summer 2000 at the tender age of 17. Their intergenerational entente speaks to Pippi’s unyielding passion for sonic progression and the musical maturity of Graff, as well as a shared love of the soulful side of the musical spectrum. Now, along with a host of friends, collaborators and fellow members of the Music For Dreams family, the Ibizan duo deliver their finest work to date.

    Their debut LP kicks off with the titular “Follow Your Dreams”, which hits the road with no jack, moving to a mellow Mediterranean swing as lithe flute and warm brass dance around the arch vocal. The effortlessly funky “Stimulation Dub” follows, the duo working with Paul Powell to establish an unhurried Compass Point groove before spacious keys send the track soaring skywards towards el cielo. The collaborations continue with MFD All Stars Charlotte Caluwaerts (Rheinzand) and Jacob Gurevitsch lending their talents to the sensual single “Piel A Piel”, while Reinhard Vanbergen (Rheinzand) brings a psychedelic touch to the arabesque “Bridge To Oran”, a beautiful journey from Es Canar to Algeria. Spaced out from the hash of the hippie market, the duo enter the astral plane on “Twilight”, reconnecting with Scottish singer Clarita De Quiroz, whose wordless vocals sit perfectly beside cosmic chord progressions and tender guitar to create a mystic mood.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: A truly Balearic flavoured offering here from these two ex-house heads. Embracing a decidedly heavy scented coastal vibe throughout, you can almost smell the calamari grilling on the grooves! Sophisticated, warm, radiant; effortless! It's got all the hallmarks of a classic. Reminds me a little of Jose Padilla's "True Colours" (2015).

    TRACK LISTING

    A1 Follow Your Dreams (Feat. Chilani)
    A2 Stimulation Dub (feat. Paul Powell)
    A3 Piel Piel (Feat. Charlotte Caluwarts & Jacob Gurevitsch)
    B1 Bridge To Oran (Feat. Reinhard Vanbergen)
    B2 Twilight (Feat, Clarita De Quiroz)
    B3 Sueños (Padilla's Tribute)
    C1 Art Of Sax (Feat. Bruno Soares)
    C2 Jaleo (Feat. Rodrigo Sha)
    C3 Space Cruiser (Feat. Roberto Lodola)
    D1 Mudo (Feat. Rodrigo Sha)
    D2 Turn The Tide (Into Love) (Feat. Chilani)
    D3 Volver (Feat. Paco Fernandez)

    Turkish trio Islandman have been busy of late with festival and club gigs around the globe. Now they are setting off on a cross cultural sound journey with their second album “Kaybola” (which means to get lost to find a new way in Turkish). The record is chock full of ethno-cultural material from Japan to Bulgaria, including field recordings of Tuva, Central Asia throat singers. Shamanic rhythms were introduced to nomadic guitars, combining with compact electronic structures, finally transforming jazz elements into dance movements of a tribe that no one knew and emerged as "Kaybola".

    The album has been 2 years in the making and the result will no doubt gain a whole new fanbase. An intoxicating mix of experimental electronics punctuated by distinctly Turkish instrumentation. The album features the single "Lamani" a hypnotically psychedelic hip-swiveler of a track. It also features their latest single "Dimitro" which is their superb re-work of a traditional Bulgarian wedding song using 808 drum machine & bass to work it into a slow-mo dance track whilst retaining the raw vocals and ritualistic feeling. Tolga found the original record whilst digging in a world music record store in Istanbul and immediately fell in love with the vocals.Other highlights on the record include sunset, chill fave "Khepre", the dancefloor chugger "Shu" & the superbly catchy trumpet banger "Sahara", and Pink Floyd vibes on the hippie synth based "Hold Your Breath".

    This special edition double vinyl release includes 5 tracks that are not on the digital album each with their own unique style and includes collaborations with Ibiza legend DJ Pippi on Sem Voce and the jazz journey of Lumiere, produced in Denmark with label mates The Swan & The Lake & Langkilde. Altogether a wonderful new album by Islandman who has taken another musical leap forward from his critically acclaimed debut album "Rest in Space".


    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Dimitro
    A2. Kaybola
    A3. Zebra
    A4. Hold Your Breath
    B1. Sahara 
    B2. Lumiere Et Penombre Feat, The Swan & The Lake & Langkilde 
    B3. Marakesh
    B4. Jambo Maro 
    C1. Sem Voce Feat. Copenema & DJ Pippi 
    C2. Khepre
    C3. Shu
    D1. Lamani
    D2. Island Dub 
    D3. Rama
    D4. Sumeru 

    Rheinzand

    Atlantis Atlantis

      Rheinzand are back with their electrifying new album 'Atlantis Atlantis'. Upon turning on 'Atlantis Atlantis', the oh so welcome spectre of recently departed Maria Mendola - the airy chanteuse of the beloved Bacchara - seems to appear. Charlotte Caluwaerts, a voice of similar purity proffers the message: “We’ll be alright” on their first single, offering a salve to the troubles the world has faced in recent years.

      As with their previous work, melody is key. Rich arrangements abound, with Reinhard Vanbergen’s light and funky crevices detailing a home that feels cozy, inviting the listener into the best, most unexpected club around; the one in their living room with all their closest friends. The “Max Berlin” of the group, Mo Disko, is no stranger to bringing this kind of intimacy to his events and freewheeling DJ sets for decades in Gent, Belgium. Once again his spirit pushes the record into that inviting place where inhibition dissolves, (aka you can really freak out).

      Much of Reinhard Vanbergen’s recent output for Music for Dreams has expertly traversed the forgotten worlds of virtuoso led experimental records; full lengths with tracks that maestros like DJ Harvey undoubtedly treasure. There are glimpses of these danceable instrumental improvisational landscapes such as ”Orange Bun”.

      One thing about Rheinzand is that they are musicians driven to make dance music that harkens back to a moment when real players appeared on dance music records. These were musicians devoted to their instruments, the kind who made love to them on stage, unafraid of modulations, bombast, histrionics even (cue Elefantasi). Slower subdued numbers reiterate the “journey to Atlantis” we are on, such as the a cover of “Love Games” an honest low slung boogie take on the track.

      One of the biggest takeaways from 'Atlantis Atlantis' is the excavation of the real fun that was had in dance music before the advent of loop based technology. Epic chord progressions, singing songs in multiple languages - these are musicians exploring the colour palette of the entire Pantone spectrum, not only shades of grey and black. Are you up to see the world in colour, brave enough for a journey to Atlantis? Welcome aboard, Rheinzand are here to invite you to do so.

      TRACK LISTING

      A 1 Better
      A 2 Orange Bun
      A 3 La Nuit
      A 4 We Love You But You Are Late Again (Single Edit)
      B 1 We'll Be All Right
      B 2 Atlantis Atlantis
      B 3 Electrify Me
      C 1 The Gift Of Love
      C 2 Love Games
      C 3 Facciamo L'Amore
      D 1 Elefantasi (Original Version)
      D 2 Hotel Carthago
      D 3 Dudo

      Jacob Gurevitsch

      Yellow Spaceship

        At the heart of Jacob Gurevitsch's latest album is a desire for collaboration, and with Spanish Grammy nominated singer Buika, and Danish chanteuse Alice Carreiri at the helm, the Danish guitarist delivers, with his third album Yellow Spaceship.

        Rich in cross cultural flows, dipping into flamenco and bolero, jazz and with flourishes of Italian and French soundtrack motifs, Jacob has laced together 10 sublime tracks whilst unleashing his impressive Spanish guitar skills, a craft which begun in his late twenties, complimenting his soul, jazz and funk grounding, instilled as a young, gigging guitarist.

        Phenomenally, Jacob has built a mammoth fanbase online with his streaming track counter reading at over 100 million in part due to the roaring success of his previous long player, Lovers in Paris, also released on Danish label, Music for Dreams. It was back in 2014 when his title track from said album was remixed without permission and gained large traction on the radio dials in Ibiza that kickstarted an association with the vibe of Ibiza and chill out music whilst picking up a legion of DJ fans like the legendary Ibizan DJ Alfredo. His second album In Search of Lost Time came out in September 2019, further stripped back and acoustic than his prior and that paved the way for Yellow Spaceship.

        Residing in Copenhagen, Jacob has a litany of cultural paths that have led him back to Denmark, having travelled plenty and spent much time living and learning in both Buenos Aires and Rio De Janeiro. The bulk of the recordings on Yellow Spaceship took place in Denmark but Jacob's creative hideout in Palma, Mallorca has been integral to his songwriting process. And it is Majorca where Buika, the flamenco singer with attitude who takes the vocal reins in Melancolía, originally comes from. The song drips with emotion, an exploration of love and beauty and a recourse for painful times. Danes are known for their tendency towards melancholy, although here, the grey Nordic despondency makes way for a kind of poetic wallowing that compliments the Spanish guitar and singing. The song also represents a massive turning point in Jacob’s life after a great friend passed, a movement in which appreciation of people and things became the key to life. It was at the funeral of his friend he heard a perfectly poetic make-believe about how his beloved pal had taken off into the sky in a 'Yellow Spaceship' with an errand to spread his charisma.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Yellow Spaceship
        A2. Melancolía
        A3. Elevation In Minor
        A4. Gamla Stan
        A5. La Ville
        B1. Song For Sol
        B2. A Walk To Remember
        B3. Breathe
        B4. La Maison Verte
        B5. Finu

        Islandman are a musical trio from Istanbul and "Godless Ceremony" is their third album, released via our much treasured friends at Music For Dreams. Alligance with the label is bound to signify a degree of horizontal leaning, and across the double album Islandman explore slow-mo Balearic chug, eastern melodies, downtempo house, expansive horizons and sun scorched air. An incendiary, uplifting and psychedelic slew of music drawn from a world of make-believe, rooted in Anatolia and rich with exotic beauty.

        These 13 tracks are awash with acid drenched electronic motifs and stuttering electronic drum machine syncopations. The group effortlessly sail the globe, dropping into the tropics of Ecuador ("Amarnos Ahora"), to Mali visiting North African desert blues masters Tamikrest ("Tarhamanine Assinegh") and North India ("Drums Of Colca") whilst never forgetting the music and poetry from the band's spiritual home, Anatolia ("Kara Toprak"). In "Godless Ceremony" we are withdrawn from time and place, delivered to a fantasy zone, dreamt up in the sea, gazing at the stars. It's a musical storyboard, that whilst conceived in Istanbul by producer, singer and multi instrumentalist Tolga Böyük, journeys to far off places, real and imagined. Hindustani tablas, Tibetan flutes, flamenco guitars, Anatolian Saz and Balinese (Bhasa) vocals all mesh within a concept (and coping mechanism) that contemplates daily routine as beautiful and meditative and as Tolga has appreciated over a testing two years i

        The core members of Islandman are multi-instrumentalist & producer, Tolga Böyük and Eralp Güven (percussion) and Erdem Başer (guitars). Islandman have become known for their live performances, as anyone who has witnessed their live streams from Istanbul for the London Jazz Festival and Boiler Room can attest to.

        Islandman simply avoids boundaries and "Godless Ceremony" is ultimately their most open-minded work to date. The subtleties and deft electronic touches bewilder and their clear appreciation of music on a global level is an education for us all.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Godless Ceremony sits perfectly in-between the dancefloor and the beach, with tropical rhythms and airy ambience beautifully twisting around a solid core of deep-house percussion and euphoric vocal melodies. Perfectly measured and beautifully rich.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1 Kara Toprak
        A2 Sattva
        A3 Aku Membawa - Radio Edit
        A4 Sad Walk
        B1 Tarhamanine Assinegh Feat. Tamikreast
        B2 Drums Of Colca
        B3 Istanbul Lockdown
        C1 Amarnos Ahora
        C2 Godless Ceremony
        C3 Eros Dosco Bossa
        D1 Dere Boyu Kavaklar
        D2 Self Hypnosis
        D3 Gaze Into An Abyss

        The duo consisting of Danish Morten Schantz (synth + vocals) and Swedish-Norwegian Anton Eger (drums) are well-known names on the jazz and fusion scenes of Europe. For a while now, both have been pushing the envelope, applying jazz logic in all sorts of unconventional shapes and places, seeking out the new and unheard.

        With the release of the self-titled single ‘RKDIA’ earlier this year the duo gave a taste test of the blazingly frenetic, techno-chromatic, jolting and stirring world of RKDIA. A world you would have wished you had heard about a lot earlier. With their tribute single to the notorious Roger Federer: ‘Federer Happier’ they deliver a *hands in the air* tune leaving one breathless but comforted all at once. Not to mention the third single ‘Iris’ which represents the most pop sound from RKDIA on the album. It's a song that showcases Morten and Anton’s love of a good pop melody. With Anton’s unpredictable and truly inspiring, almost melodic drums and glitchy percussion, it lets ‘Iris’ arise into the unsudden, accompanied by Morten’s, foremost, bleepy arpeggiated chords supplemented by his vocals with a twist of the vocoder. Honorable mentions amongst the numerous original tracks within the album are firstly ‘Lucid Dreamer’. An unconstrained, four minute instrumental that feels like an extended snap- shot of a single moment in time, the melodies un- packing and re-packing themselves over and over. Secondly is yet another pumping, uplifting, and driving track ‘Shelter’ which is infiltrated by a jazzy trum- pet solo that furthermore accompanies the synth chord progression. Take yourself on a journey ‘Into’ and ‘Out Of’ the world of RKDIA, through an album filled to the rim with originals.

        If you are into M83, Nils Frahm, Radiohead, DeadMau5, Tycho, Brad Mehldau, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk and Genesis then godspeed into RKDIA.

        Morten Schantz and Anton Eger have received world wide critical acclaim with artists such as JazzKamikaze, Phronesis, Marius Neset as well as their own solo projects.


        TRACK LISTING

        A1 INTO
        A2 RKDIA I
        A3 Frames
        A4 Iris
        A5 Shelter
        B1 Federer Happier
        B2 Lucid Dreamer
        B3 A Beat
        B4 RKDIA II
        B5 Out Of 

        Released in 2020, Rheinzand’s self-titled debut LP heralded an authentic vibe of retro-futuristic disco-pop, distinguishing themselves in the current climate of dance music. The album was met with acclaim, picked by Piccadilly Records as their nr. 1 album of the year. Since, the material on that album have proven fertile ground for practitioners in the art of the remix. On this EP, we release a selection of those efforts.

        On the first slot, we have Running Back label owner and longstanding DJ heavyweight Gerd Janson polishing off his house music fluency with a gleaming take on ‘Blind’. The swerving vocals of Charlotte Caluwaerts’ reverberate through space ray arpeggiators and burnished drum gates.
        Belgian compatriot Blitzzega, the neon-drenched moniker of composer Bjorn Eriksson, features with a dizzyingly switched-on version of ‘Mi Mundo’, sporting gnawing synths and hijacked funk licks.

        Next, dub-pop wizards Peaking Lights serve up a heady brew of plugged-up melodies braided around Reinhard and Charlotte’s shuffling vocals. This remix blends the magenta glow of synthwave with the deep grooves of maybe late Theo Parrish. We round off the EP with a treat form Dennis ‘Citizen’ Kane, the iconic dance music figure who emerged in mid-90s NYC downtown scene. A veteran DJ and disco-head, Kane applies a luminous hand to Rheinzand’s ’14 Again’, deepening the vibe of kittenish mystery through carefully layered work of phasing drones, wandering synths, and mushrooming rhythm section (think T-Connection). 


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Mine says: After the success of the first remix EP we'll again be stocking an exclusive 12" by our album of the year winners Rheinzand, this time featuring remixes by Running Back mastermind Gerd Janson and shop favourites Peaking Lights. LUSH!

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Blind (Gerd Janson Dance Mix)
        A2. Mi Mundo (Blitzzega Mix)
        B1. Synti (Peaking Lights Disco Dub Mix)
        B2. 14 Again (Dennis Kane Remix)

        Lips Lips Lips

        In All Eternity / Lifetime Girl

        As the world starts to wake up again and soak up the sun, Copenhagen's Music For Dreams deliver a delicious limited edition 7" from LIPS LIPS LIPS, boasting two tracks from his forthcoming album ‘Life Is Pretty Surreal’ (Co-Produced by Peaking Lights’ Aaron Coyles). The man behid the moniker is Danish musician, electronic producer and songwriter Søren Løkke Juul (previously Indians and Søren Juul, both on 4AD).

        The A Side, "In All Eternity", was written in 2015 on piano. It’s a love song that seems arrested in a state of estranged wonder or bittersweet bliss. Piano stabs rise in a towering, stadium-leaning riff while the metronomic beat float beneath and strings swirl in supporting arcs. Meanwhile on the flipside, ‘Lifetime Girl’ is a more electronic indie dream pop love song reminiscent of early Air meets Beck in a Nordic forest.

        With the debut album, LIPS LIPS LIPS launches an ambitious project of lush and melodic electronic structures layered around hypnotic vocals. The music is yearning and melancholic yet warm and hopeful. Rarefied yet expansive. Cerebral yet wired with pop charm.

        An essential difference from Juul’s previous work here has been the sense of ease and spontaneity with which the creative processes have flowed. According to Juul, this new sort of feet-on-the-ground freedom has helped develop a more physical side to his music.

        While he hasn’t totally jettisoned the ethereal or spiritual qualities of earlier days, LIPS LIPS LIPS represents a much more pronounced rhythmic vision, materialized at the hands of Aaron Coyes (Peaking Lights), whose well- accomplished dub-engineering is layered deep into the texture of the album.

        All recording on the album was carried out during a week-long refuge in co-producer Frederik Nordsø’s cabin in Sweden. The team included Juul, Nordsø, Coyes and label head and co-producer Kenneth Bager.


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: You're always assured of a great listen when Music For Dreams put a record out, and this time we get the neon synths and marching percussives of Lips Lips Lips. Beautifully rich electronic atmospheres and gorgeous string accompaniment all topped with a silken vocal line. It's heady and euphoric, and a great sign of things to come.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. In All Eternity
        B1. Lifetime Girl

        After immersive and emotive contributions from Jan Schulte and Moonboots, Music For Dreams' collectors series continues to delight with this playful and profound selection from Growing Bin curator Basso.

        A longtime friend of the legendary Copenhagen label, Basso is a 5th dan black belt in the ancient art of digging, a fearless selector and adroit editor who knows more about records than anyone you know. On its journey from blog to shop to label, the Growing Bin has become the perfect embodiment of its creator - smarter than the average bear, eagle-eared and very very funny - the kind of cat who's just as comfortable serving cocktails by the pool as taking an esoteric road-trip. So sit back, let the falanghina chill and load up on sonic sunscreen.

        Armed with birdsong, backbeat and Spanish guitar, Hans Hasse says hello via the sumptuous Austrian Balea-rock of 'Welche Farbe Hat Der Wind', an AOR albatross which soars high above the cliff tops, chills on the jet-stream then dives deep into scat silliness. This impactful opener gives way to cucumber cool 'The Dawn', a forgotten jazz break from stoner heroes DJ Food built entirely from tender tabla, horizontal synthlines and positive energy - strictly high grade folks...

        How do you follow such a downbeat delight? With something from Golden Pudel resident and acid-techno warlock RVDS of course! But before you raid your medicine cabinet, remember that beauty can be found everywhere, and nestled away in Richard von der Schulenburg's 2016 outing "Shadows" was ketamine bossa lullaby 'Minuet de Vampire'. As the clean bass tones and simple rhythm stroll through the shadows, a haunting harp line tugs at your heartstrings, pulling you into the light and holding you tight. The harp-healing continues on Horizont's 'Light Of Darkness', an esoteric odyssey with the greatest key change you'll ever hear, and a dreamy segue into Xiame's sedate jazz-pop pearl 'Nosso Destino'.

        Basso brings the first disc to a close with an all time Growing Bin favourite, Mico Layczak. Here the NDW queen is in more restrained mode, conjuring an avant pop paradise with the atmospheric 'Im Garten' - a dead cert for any fans of MFD alumni 55 Canri E.

        At the top of the C-side, Massimo Stella's 'C'è Una Donna Sola' explores another Growing Bin speciality - acceptable fusion. This sweet Mediterranean shuffler makes a delightful defence of jazz's most maligned sub-genre before the esoteric, organic and new age flavours intensify on Trimolo's 'Tempo 100', a subtle groover topped by breezy flute and clipped guitar licks. Moving from woodland to wave, Basso introduces a man who definitely wore his sunglasses at night, unsung synth popper Diedel. Eerie and emotional, 'Wo Seid Ihr' is the sound of Don Johnson driving that white Spyder down the autobahn at night.

        Taking a turn towards the dance floor, Basso serves up Mikey D's 'I Need You', an exceptionally rare German streetsoul bomb in dubform, complete with sampled vox and high school prom vocals before flexing his scalpel skills via an expert extension of German rockers' Wolfsmond's groovy 'Fühl Dich Frei', a serious secret weapon for any Balearic DJ.

        The tempo drops to a cinematic stroll with Ghia's 'You Won't Sleep On My Pillow', a sweet synth pop serenade which cuts straight to the heart of the break up, keeps its cool and soundtracks your slow dance at the end of the night. And to finish, how about the most moving electronic jam ever, Jean-Philippe Rykiel's "Fair Light", a shimmering, shining jazz-rock opus played entirely on synth.

        So there you have it, a selection of rare cuts, Plattenrille discoveries, organic excursions and electric lullabies, all perfectly at home in the Growing Bin. Whether you're coping some rays, watering the plants or tackling the tax return, 'Proper Sunburn' will ensure you keep your cool and stay smiling. Copenhagen's Music For Dreams has done it again with this release for the proper connoisseurs.


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: On active digging duty since his pre-teen trips to the flohmarkt, Basso knows a thing or two about records. From mixing ‘The House Sound Of Chicago’ compilation for classmates at his 11th birthday party, through encyclopaedic retention of vintage rap verses and German jazz sessionists, to cross continental road-trips with contemporaries Tako and Chee, the Hamburg man has dedicated his life to discs. And while some vinyl obsessives share a passion for stinginess and exclusion, Basso has always enjoyed music best with friends. If you pay a visit to his blog or online boutique, you’ll discover a wealth of information on Black Forest jazz, organic wonders and killer European pop songs, saved from the pound bin and served by the pool. So race to the sun lounger, lay down a towel and leave your worries behind, this is Balearic with a twist, served with emotion, humour and honesty in classic Growing Bin style.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Hans Hass - Welche Farbe Hat Der Wind 04.29
        A2. DJ Food - The Dawn 04.55
        A3. RVDS - Minuet De Vampire 05.42
        B1. Horizont - Light Of Darkness 05.29
        B2. Xiame - Nosso Destino 04.50
        B3. Miko - Im Garten 03.10
        C1. Massimo Stella - C'e Una Donna Sola 04.08
        C2. Trimolo - Tempo 100 04.53
        C3. Diedel - Wo Seid Lhr 03.52
        C4. Mikey D - I Need You (dub) 05.59
        D1. Wolfsmond - Fühl Dich Frei (Basso Maxi Version) 05.59
        D2. Ghia - You Won't Sleep On My Pillow 03.48
        D3. Jean Phillipe Rykeil - Fairlight 04.21

        After a string of succesful singles, "Deixa Musica A Tocar", "So Vejo Voce", "E A Felicidade" and the DJ Harvey supported "Te Faz Bem" and "Serei Seu", The Danish / Brazilian quartet constellation Copenema (Copenhagen / Ipanema = Copenema) release their debut album "Deixa Musica a Tocar".

        The album mixes European electronica influences with Brazilian songwriting style. The sound becomes unique and some would say Balearic.The albums leading single "Te Faz Bem", a funky downtempo track with live saxophone, flute and rhythm guitars and a bassline to die for has become somewhat a national Ibiza Balearic anthem over the past years and spread worldwide especially due to the massive support from DJs incl from Harvey to DJ Pippi to Pete Tong.

        "Serei Seu" the second single is another Ibiza fave is a funky party track that sounds like a modern Jorge Ben. The single “So Vejo Voce” is Stan Getz meets the beach vibes, “Festa De Relaxamento” an Alfredo fave is jazzy Brazilian funk vibes with heavy live drums and a bass line that wants you to move.

        "Lullaby For Impanema" is sunset material. The band's first recording the 12 min beautiful jazzy cosmic downtempo Pat Metheny influenced and Leo Mas supported "Some Di Some Day" is pure bliss and a sunset fave amongst the Balearic community.

        The album has three added bonus tracks - "Can’t Sleep" and "Nada Mais" both recorded in a Music For Dreams writers camp recently and the 12 minute journey of Serei Seu by Danilo Braca.


        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Te Faz Bem
        A2. Deixa Música Tocar
        A3. So Vejo Voce
        A4. Nada Mais
        B1. Can't Sleep (Album Version)
        B2. é Bom Amar (Poema)
        B3. Je Ta Falei
        B4. Lullabye For Ipanema
        C1. Serei Seu
        C2. E A Felicidade
        C3. Some Di Some Day
        D1. Festa De La Relaxamento
        D2. Serei Seu (Danilo Braca Revision)

        Various Artists

        Music For Dreams: Summer Sessions For Record Store Day 2019

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          A special limited edition sample, comprising of 6 tracks by different artists. All tracks have never been released on vinyl, and 3 of the tracks are unreleased exclusive tracks. It will be a double vinyl LP on heavyweight 180g black vinyl. A collector's edition for the Balearic/Downtempo/Sunset DJ's & Collectors. Tracklist (**unreleased exclusive tracks) A1. The Swan & The Lake - Plastic Pacific Ocean ** A2. Troels Hammer - Infinita A3. Nordsø & Theill - Castanos Azules - 06:17 ** B1. Mike Salta - Hey Moloko - 08:13 B2. Ambala - Morning Lights - 05:20 B3. Dj Pippi - Hierba Buena - 05:51 **

          Russian born and very gifted musician Aleceo is a new addition to the ongoing rooster of Copenhagen’s prolific Music For Dreams label - Aleceo came to attention of label boss Kenneth Bager with the brilliant first Ep ‘Clouds’ – (all tracks included here.). Aleceo has his own musical voice, he produces and composes music that is rich in harmonies and melodies - he sits somewhere between Balearic and Deep House - combining the past and moving forward and this double vinyl ‘Teletrip’ is an excellent taster of his many talents and a real body of work.

          ’Liebe Tanzen’ is a sunny mood full of vintage Roland vocoders, imagine yourself in a Zeppelin watching the earth from the skies and hearing handclaps, acidic noodling and beautiful rhodes combined with a high pitched soulful voice repeating ‘Take My Love’ and you have the mood of a modern soul track supported by the balearic brigade. ‘Dipping Into You’ is a deep house mood featuring the beautiful voice of Jelila- sounding like a late 80 ties Boy’s Own track played in a barn just when the Sunrise appears.

          One of the outstanding killer tunes and a real grower on the debut album by Aleceo is the single ’Whisper To the Wind’ a track recorded with Canadian singer Wulf SoulFire - ten minutes of powerful Roland 909 drums, talking verses and a sublime chorus.
          ‘Nevesomost’ - a cinematic, melancholic acidic journey that was inspired by the old USSR SciFi movie ‘Moscow Cassiopeya’ where a group of children was sent to Mars. ‘Monotone’ recorded in Bali and sung by guest singer Masha Verymaryland - a french song about a girl who loves to dance and sing with arpeggios, Xylophones that sets the mood for a dreamy French Riviera. ‘Clouds’ is first class ambience feat the Siberian multi instrumentalist Sergi Kampanella playing the Mandolla. The title track ‘Teletrip’ is tv samples mixed with 80 ties new wave drum machines. ‘Priceless’ is a downtempo documentary live recording Aleceo did with his American native friend Kita. ‘Dome’ full of accordions, balalaika, handclaps and melancholic keys tells the story of Dome Of God - the place of peace and happiness and makes you wanna sit by the seaside. ‘Know Him’ is inspired by gospel from the Mississippi church. ‘Mzi’ wouldn’t sound out of place in a Leo Mas warm up tape from Amnesia in Ibiza - middle 80ties with its obscure breakdown full of 30/ 40ties voices. Bonus is the inclusion of Kenneth Bagers reprise of ‘Dome’.

          The album ‘Teletrip’ by Aleceo feels like a forgotten balearic album with a modern twist suddenly washed upon the shores on the White Isle.


          TRACK LISTING

          A1 Liebe Tanzen
          A2 Take My Love
          A3 Dome
          A4 Know Him
          B1 Dipping Into You
          B2 Teletrip
          B3 Monotone
          C1 Nevesomost
          C2 Priceless
          C3 Clouds
          D1 Whisper To The Wind
          D2 Mzi
          D3 Dome (Kenneth Bager Reprise)

          As a delightful taster for his upcoming debut album called “Between A Smile And A Tear” on Music For Dreams, Danish artist Be Svendsen launches his new vocal driven - the weird and wonderful deep disco single ‘Drop The Gun’ World premiered by Pete Tong on BBC1, and already harnessing great momentum in Ibiza and the summer festivals, this crossover track is very likely to stick in your head. Produced, arranged, mixed, played and sung by Be Svendsen.


          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Drop The Gun (Extended Mix) - 06.23
          B1. Drop The Gun (Extended Instrumental) - 06.22
          B2. Accapella - 04.27

          Dub Disco label head and Berlin DJ Aussteiger switches to the long form with a killer debut LP for Copenhagen's Music For Dreams. 
          Once upon a time a golden boy came back from the shadows. Rumors were told that he once left the big city in a time where the music scene and clubs were dominated by cold music and average beats. He left behind civilisation, living withdrawn in the woody mountains of a covert place. From there on people talked about him as Aussteiger. Connected to the nature and deeply rooted in the harmonic essence, Aussteiger became a part of the great whole. In a full moon illuminated clear night while experimenting with various unique herbs he accidentally found a recipe to create warm and ravishing music. He firmly believes that music is his infinite source to gather strength and positive energy.
          After years of strengthening himself and shaping vibrant sounds Aussteiger decided to share his delightful music with the world. He returned from his retreat in order to enchant the music lovers all over the world with his feel good approach and supernatural sounds. Coming back to the city, he also co-founded the awesome Dub Disco Label with his buddy Serj Nosé.


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: Just ahead of the new season, Music For Dreams unveil their new German sensation Aussteeiger with his debut LP "Zusammenkunft". The Dub Disco boss fuses exotic samples, airy pads and a pristine rhythm section to create the kind of gliding grooves which sit right in the middle of disco, house and Balearic, cocktail in hand.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Zusammenkunft
          A2. Aguaha
          A3. Ara
          B1. Francis Boogie
          B2. Hoggar
          B3. Bejaia
          C1. Egyrypth
          C2. Power
          C3. Atura
          D1. JK
          D2. Karma 

          Two Music For Dreams releases in two weeks? The Balearic gods are smiling our way. Somehow sunnier than last week's luxurious Dalholt and Langkilde LP, this lush Latin wax winds its hips between house, Balearic and bossa, garnering support from DJ Harvey, Pete Tong, Ruf Dug, Alfredo and Mison in the process. Our beach party opens with "Te Faz Bem", the most played Balearic beauty of Harvey's Mercury Rising residency at Pikes last summer, which flexes its feathers here in true 'Coma Club' fashion thanks to MFD main man Kenny Bager. Solid Balearic beat percussion nods along nicely in support of the swaying bassline before Latin guitar, echo drenched vocals and eventual bursts of brass kick up the warm smell of colitas. Add in flamenco hand claps, opulent Rhodes chords and a mercurial flute solo and you'll find me sharing a cigar with Maitê Proença and Zico in the corner of an exotic beach bar. Italian DJ don Riccio ups the tempo on the A2, injecting those South American elements with a shuffling carnival house beat and buzzing synth lines while dubbing out the vocal for a deeper version that's a dream to mix. Over on the flip we roll shoulders and shimmy along to the Balearic disco delights of "Deixa Música Tocar" (Let The Music Play), a hypnotic offering alive with incessant bass, scatted vocals and extended trumpet solos. Finally K-Bag takes the controls again for an alternate mix of "Deixa Música Tocar" which tweaks the arrangement into something playful, punchy and percussive, like Tony Allen on a South American vacation.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: Another sweet summery treat from the good ship MFD here as the Harvey approved "Te Fez Bem" from Copenema gets a vinyl release. Featuring top reworks from Kenneth Bager and Riccio this is a caliente cut folks. Scorchio!

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Te Faz Bem (Kenneth Bager’s Coma Club Remix)
          A2. Te Faz Bem (Riccio Remix)
          B1. Deixa Música Tocar (Album Mix)
          B2. Deixa Música Tocar (Kenneth Bager’s Alt Remix)

          Mikkel Nordsø and Ole Thiell are no newcomers. Influential key players both on Copenhagen’s jazz scene and on the international circuit since the late 1970s, they have recorded and performed with such greats as Santana, L. Subramaniam, Jan Akkerman and George Duke to name but a few. Their numerous local projects include the much revered Bombay Hotel trio featuring Kenneth Knudsen. On their first record from 1989, they bridged the gaps between fusion jazz, new age and traditional Asian folk music into ethereal expressions that stand out even today. With this new album for Music For Dreams, the duo delves deeper into that soundscape with an even more profound knowledge of their instruments. With Nordsø on the flute and guitar and Thiell on various percussion instruments, they form a musical language together that reaches high spiritual levels while carefully blending electronic instrumentation to complete the experience. Guest vocalist Caroline Francesca steps in on the opener "Good Morning" and the closer "Sun Fo Ni" - the first being a sun-drowsy Brazilian-inspired jam, while "Sun Fo Ni" leans further towards crisp English folk. The inclusion of Francesca comes naturally, as she is the daughter of percussionist and long-time collaborator Jacob Andersen (who also releases on Music For Dreams as Bongo Entp.) making this quite a family affair. Named after a harbour town in Morocco, the track "Essaouira" weaves field recordings of children playing in the sun together with brooding oriental folk and a discrete drum machine beat. For "Japtal" the flute takes centre stage, leading us on a serene journey that unfolds into improvised passages along a chugging heavy groove, escalating and releasing in tempo much like the breathing techniques of yoga. "Velvet Sky" sees the duo at their most relaxed, letting it ride on feather light ambient chords and noodling out into a wigged out prog rock ballad. "B Phrygian" takes us into ancient Anatolian territory, again showcasing the duo’s vibrant live instrumentation with Thiell hurling an army's worth of percussion layers onto the dusty beaten path laid out by Nordsø's stone-faced psychedelic assaults. This album is a classic in the making already getting strong support from Mison and egg-fan Moonboots, who declared it "the best record I have heard in the last 10 Years!" Don’t miss...

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: The pick of this weeks MFD bunch, 'Nordsø & Theill' is frankly sublime. A gorgeous fusion of jazz musicianship, asiatic melodies and esoteric instrumentation, this LP rightly has Moonboots in a spin. A Balearic masterpiece and certain future classic!

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Good Morning
          A2. Essaouira
          A3. B Phrygian
          B1. Japtal
          B2. Velvet Sky
          B3. Sun Fo Ni

          Copenhagen’s Music For Dreams comes with yet another strong release - a double album of personal favourites compiled by Jan Schulte. According to all maps and witness accounts, Germany does not officially have any tropical forests. This is of no concern to Schulte however, who has unearthed many stunning examples of tropical drum music recorded there. Perhaps the number of botanical gardens and palm houses in Germany confused musicians into mistaking the climate, or maybe it was just a happy blend of escapism and multi-cultural integration within musical scenes that spawned such a curious output of undefinable tribal folk jazz. Most of the tracks picked by Schulte were released on small labels in the late 80's. The musicians involved were mainly traditionally schooled, born and raised in Germany. At that time to be interested in foreign folk music might have seemed a gimmick to some, what with the emerging "world music boom" already snowballing into the mainstream. But these songs, while they may be based on musical traditions from foreign lands, deal much more with introspection than exploitation. Schulte himself points to his "general fascination for music that describes places where the artists have never been. Songs about the jungle or the rainforest made by people that know the rainforest only from television and books. Somehow I think you can hear their mythical imagination and fantasy in those tracks," he explains. We certainly hear it in the extensive use of wildlife samples on both "Tagtraum Eines Elefanten" by Argile and on "Wuhan Wuchang" by Total Art Of Percussion. Or on the repetitive and trace-inducing drum circle re-enactments of Ralf Nowys "Akili Mali" and Bob Moses’ & Billy Martin’s "Boat Song Part II". And while Austrian band Sanza stands out with their interpretation of the traditional folk song "Sounouh", many of the inclusions take an avantgarde stance towards their visions of the tropics. The works of Om Buschmann and Trimopen seem to convey the stark and feverish nature of the jungle and its dangers, without relying on clichés. And while there is certainly a European approach in the production techniques on many of these recordings, the artists created something beyond all templates. In fusing folk music traditions from various corners of the world with avant-garde jazz improvisation and a distinctly European sound, they carved out a path of their own. Düsseldorf-based Jan Schulte has been following this path with his own productions in the past years. During the present resurgence of tribal influences in underground dance music, his recordings under the alias Wolf Müller and Bufiman have stood out as the most interesting, funky and mindblowing within this niche. With the compilation "Tropical Drums Of Deutschland" for Music For Dreams, Jan Schulte re-traces this path to its origins. With the inclusion of two exclusive edits he also engages and re-examines these tracks and incorporates his own musical expression into the mix.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: Clad head to toe in safari attire, Jan takes us into the imaginary jungles of Europe's heartland with this collection of esoteric and exotic tribal jazz. Essential listening for fans of Jan, Marco and Basso.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Om Buschman - Klang Fa"ngt An
          A2. Total Art Of Percussion - Wuhan Wuchang
          A3. Argile - Tagtraum Eines Elefanten
          A4. Rüdiger Oppermann's Harp Attack - Troubadix In Afrika
          B1. Argile - Kleine Rosa Wolk
          B2. Sanza - Sounouh
          B3. Om Buschman - Prima Kalimba
          C1. Drumming Birds (Bob Moses & Billy Martin) - Boat Song Part II
          C2. Ralf Nowy - Akili Mali
          C3. Trimopen - Wagagroove
          C4. Om Buschman - Hey Tata Gorem
          D1. Om Buschman - Hey Tata Gorem (Wolf Müller Edit)
          D2. TCP - At The Water-Hole (Wolf Müller Edit)

          Doctr

          Tropique - Inc. Kenneth Bager Edit

          Every once in a while a record comes along that defies any sort of conventional explanation and transcends today’s numbed-out consensus beats - “Tropique”, the latest offering on Copenhagen’s Music For Dreams is one of them. Cosmic disco, neo-Balearic, retro-Italo-futurism – get as creative as you like trying to peg it but one thing is for sure, Doctr’s “Tropique” is undoubtedly an excellently crafted tune, an irresistible crowd-pleaser. As if magically appearing from the untouched realms of electronic music, the soundtrack to some quirky, exotic floating party at the centre of the Bermuda Triangle, “Tropique” is a simple concept, a seemingly innocent loop which rolls along and sneakily picks up more effects with each rotation. The production is near faultless, perfectly structured and fine-tuned to draw the maximum drama out of its infectious bass and tasty keyboard hook. Its creator? Well, little is documented about the producer who simply goes by the name of Doctr, but it’s clear that he operates to the beat of his own drum and knows how to rock a party with rollicking flair judging by the dubby yet joyous vibes he brings to this eclectic and high-sprited offering. “Tropique” sounds like its gestation was characterised by years of crate-digging and wild, balmy nights. Having played only a handful of acclaimed shows so far, it appears Doctr is that rare find; a crowd-pleasing DJ whose musical skills trump his proven ability to move bums.
          ‘Tropique” is the tune this summer’s been craving and will no doubt become virtually inescapable throughout 2016 and for years to come - a future classic for sure.


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Music For Dreams take a house excursion with this piano driven terrace tonker from Doctr. Hedonistic shizzle which comes backed by a Compass Point styled rework from Mr Bager himself.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Tropique
          B1. Tropique (Kenneth Bager Edit)


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