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Shield

    The Austrian producer has created a dynamic back catalogue, moving through RnB, dubstep, dance, hip-hop, even jazz and gospel. New EP "Shield" brings a once again elevated sound.

    The EP is a cocktail of UK dance and electro-pop featuring Filipino born, London based artist No Rome, and the pensive yet euphoric closer “Feels Like My Hands Are On Fire”, with salute’s own vocals featuring on the track, co-produced by George Daniel of The 1975.

    Recommended if you like… DJ Seinfeld, Interplanetary Criminal, Logic1000, TSHA, Sammy Virji, Daphni

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Feel good, high energy luminosity from Manchester-based, rising star salute. Pop sensibilities with high gloss, futuristic production. A future classic one feels...

    TRACK LISTING

    SIDE A
    1. Run Away With You
    2. Peach

    SIDE B
    1. Wait For It
    2. Feels Like My Hands Are On Fire

    Weval

    Remember

      Weval (Harm Coolen and Merijn Scholte Albers) are an Amsterdam-based duo who have established a solid reputation across the globe for crafting highly textured and sophisticated electronic music. Pitchfork were quick to praise the talent of the duo, highlighting that the “fully-formed nature of their songwriting, sublime pacing and monolithically tasteful atmosphere is remarkable” in their 8.0 review for Weval’s self-titled debut album in 2016. Since they first released their “Half Age” EP in 2014 on Michael Mayer’s legendary Cologne-based Kompakt label, Weval have strived to test and improve their songwriting abilities by incorporating their own vocals and live instrumentation into their recordings, adding an extra dimension to their already impressive sound and in 2019 they released their second album The Weight to critical acclaim. Remember is their third album, and will be released on Ninja Tune imprint Technicolour. The first single from the album, “Never Stay For Love”, features Dutch singer/songwriter, Eefje de Visser.

      Recommended if you like: Howling, Max Cooper, Modeselektor, Apparat, David August, John Talabot, Dark Sky


      TRACK LISTING

      SIDE A
      1. Remember
      2. Everything Went Well

      SIDE B
      1. Losing Days
      2. Where It All Leads
      3. Don’t Lose Time

      SIDE C
      1. Never Stay For Love
      2. Day After Day
      3. Changed For The Better

      SIDE D
      1. I Saw You
      2. Is That How You Feel It
      3. Forever

      O’Flynn and Frazer Ray - two much-celebrated UK producers and DJs - release their collaborative album, "Shimmer", on Ninja Tune imprint, Technicolour. The album arrives as a result of the duo’s love for the UK dance music scene, from garage to breaks, trance and hardcore. Frazer and O’Flynn’s vast knowledge and respect for underground cultures and genres shine through as a direct influence.

      Smothered in a very crisp, very glossy, very now patina; high fidelity throughout and stylishly showing off what modern soundsystems are capable of. It's one of those albums that'll play right through on long, nocturnal night drives or soundtrack your afters whilst still in the spirit of the night before. Half the tracks can also be cherry picked by DJs to smash apart dancefloors as we transition into 2023. A highly functionally, dare-I-say accessible album which still pushes boundaries in terms of production and arrangements.

      For fans of Overmono, Soundbwoy Killah, Ross From Friends,HAAi.. Two Shell etc. 


      TRACK LISTING

      Luna Bay
      Call For Noise
      Love Fading
      Troopa
      Holsten
      Kolfax
      Satyr
      Rosetta Feat. Byulah And Ekhe
      Tando
      Katara
      Light It Out
      You Need Me

      Folly Group

      Human And Kind

        Second EP from emerging East London-based band, Folly Group. Once again they deliver their distinctive, electronic infused post-punk sound full of clattering percussion and angular guitars, which along with their furiously brilliant live shows landed coveted slots at Pitchfork Music Festival, in NME’s “100 Artists On The Rise” and a co-sign from IDLES’ singer Joe Talbot (speaking during a BBC 6 Music takeover - “Pound for pound, them and Wet Leg, every track is so good. They haven’t released anything that isn’t amazing... my favourite song of the year, Sand Fight”).

        Cast from the tumultuous melting-pot of the London musical circuit, three of the Folly Group quartet moved in together (the house would eventually become their studio too). Sean Harper (Drums/Vocals), Louis Milburn (Guitar/Vocals) and Tom Doherty (Bass) inevitably found themselves experimenting. The addition of close friend Kai Akinde- Hummel (Drums/Percussion/Sampler), proved to be the missing piece of the puzzle.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Laura says: Another killer from one of my favourite bands at the moment. Went to see them at Manchester Psych Fest on the strength of their debut EP and was blown away by their tight, percussive post-punk energy.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Faint Of Hearts
        2. I Raise You (The Price Of Your Head)
        3. Paying The Price
        4. The Tooth Of February
        5. Human And Kind

        Elkka

        Harmonic Frequencies

          London-based multi-faceted producer, label boss and DJ, Elkka returns to Technicolour with a new EP titled ‘Harmonic Frequencies’, a fitting follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘Euphoric Melodies’ released earlier this year. 

          Elkka has garnered a wealth of great radio and tastemaker support from the likes of Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Jamz Supernova, Mary Anne Hobbs, Four Tet, Caribou, Floating Points, Ben UFO and George Fitzgerald to name a few. Critical press acclaim across two EPs with coverage from The Guardian, Crack, Billboard, NME, DJ Mag, Mixmag, Resident Advisor and many more. 

          Written at a time of uncertainty during the last few months of 2020, ‘Harmonic Frequencies’ sees Elkka process the emotions she was feeling at the time, “the journey from being deprived of all those things back to feeling fulfilled once more.”

          Elkka is also making waves within the electronic scene for founding record label femme culture - which stands for inclusivity amongst all genders, backgrounds and beliefs, and strives to champion voices of LGBTQI+ talent.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Harmonic Frequencies
          2. Music To Heal To
          3. Voices
          4. Escapism

          Elkka

          Euphoric Melodies

            London-based multi-faceted producer, label boss and DJ, Elkka will release her EP “Euphoric Melodies” on Ninja Tune’s Technicolor imprint in May 2021. Elkka has garnered a wealth of great industry/tastemakers support from the likes of Annie Mac, Spotify (picked as 1 of 4 “Rising Electronic Artists of 2020”), CRACK, RA, Four Tet, Floating Points, Caribou, Moxie, and George Fitzgerald and her recent lockdown inspired hit ‘I. Miss.Raving.’ was praised in a Resident Advisor review:

            “Effervescent and rich with feeling, this is pop-focused house at its finest”.

            She has gained further press coverage from Mixmag, FACT mag, Clash, Earmilk, Mixmag, DJ Mag, Sentric,This is Pop,Tsugi (FR), CMU and championed at radio for her last EP “Everybody Is Welcome”, picked as BBC 1Xtra’s #1 EP in the World in November 2019. Her forthcoming release “Euphoric Melodies” hones in on her effervescent, deep melodic sound and is a warm, nostalgic and euphoric exploration of what Elkka values most - the ability and freedom to believe in oneself.

            Elkka is also making waves within the electronic scene for founding record label ‘femme culture’ - which stands for inclusivity amongst all genders, backgrounds and beliefs, and strives to champion voices of LGBTQI+ talent.

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Burnt Orange
            A2. Euphoric Melodies
            A3. Flowers
            B1. Alexandra
            B2. Morning Fuzz 

            Sofia Kourtesis

            Fresia Magdalena

              Berlin based, Peruvian artist Sofia Kourtesis drops her new EP "Fresia Magdalena" via Ninja Tune imprint Technicolour. Following her breakout EP Sarita Colonia - which saw her tipped as a 'One To Watch' by The Observer, feature on Emerging Artist lists from DJ and Mixmag as well as being named #4 in Gorilla Vs. Bear's 'EPs and Mixtapes of 2020' and appearing in this years NME 100 - the EP continues to hone her singular sound, using astutely selected samples and a joyful sense of personality and place to make something utterly infectious. Today she has also shared lead single ‘La Perla’, a track that is at once energising and meditative.

              Utilising her own singing voice for the first time, ‘La Perla’ clears the head in an uplifting wave before getting the body moving. Speaking of the track she says: "Although I’ve sampled my own voice before, this is the first time I’ve really sung on a track. My dream is to develop a live show and I created ‘La Perla’ with that in mind. ‘La Perla’ is about staring at the sea, It's the first thing I’ll do when I return to Peru. My dad used to say staring at the sea is like meditation, it clears your head. This song is for him. It's hard for me to listen to La Perla as it wrote it during a time I lost my dad to leukaemia. This song is for him, descansa en paz papa" Though undeniably present in all her work, Fresia Magdalena is more rooted in Kourtesis’ native Peru than ever. On one of her regular extended trips home, the process of making the EP began with the collection of field recordings around the city of Lima where Kourtesis' family currently live and specifically Magdalena, their district..

              "I look at songs like a collage" she says, "I put all the samples at the forefront and create music around them". Then finished between Peru and Berlin, the result finds both aspects of her life bleeding effortlessly into her music and weaving around themes and a broad range of styles that remain universal. From the gritty and pulsating rumble of ‘Dakotas’ to the twinkling groove of ‘By Your Side’ and the exhilaration of ‘La Perla’, Kourtesis’ ability to naturally flow from one style to the next, though always with an eye on the return to the dancefloor, is everapparent here. Thematically though, her message is simple and direct. "Fresia Magdalena is about activism" she says, "It's about making positive changes, whoever and wherever you are". A passionately vocal voice for the wellbeing of the community herself, Kourtesis here attributes this message to the person who inspires her most.

              "Fresia is my mother’s name" she says, "her whole life she’s fought hard for the people of Magdalena, Peru. This is my tribute to her and the other activists around the world working hard to better the lives of others. We as musicians have a responsibility to help our communities to have their voices heard, changes are needed". A nod to another significant figure both to Kourtesis and to any unheard voices, the artwork for the EP draws an elegant line between previous EP Sarita Colonia and this one. "Housed within one of Lima’s biggest favelas, The Cementerio Baquijano del Callao contains a beautiful tribute to Sarita Colonia, the Patron of the Poor" Kourtesis recalls, "she’s an icon within Peru and the voice of the underrepresented. Gaining access to this cemetery is challenging as not everyone can just walk into a favela but after some negotiations we managed to gain access". Much like the music itself these images were then collaged to create something striking and new. Fresia Magdalena loses none of its impact when taken at its surface level – a collection of vibrant dance music that gets under the skin and lifts the mood with distinctive and addictive flourishes separating it from the pack. What really makes it unique though is the life bubbling under the surface of the collection as a whole. The influences, passions and relationships of Kourtesis as a person are behind every moment - a fierce call to action softened and presented with the warmth of family and home.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Patrick says: Falling somewhere between the heart-aching melancholy of early Nicolas Jaar, the techy Balearic of The Field and that euphoric electronica Kompakt seemed to dish up every week in the mid noughties comes Berlin-based Peruvian Sofia Kourtesis. If you dug on Koze's 'Pick Up', you should check out 'By Your Side'.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. La Perla
              2. By Your Side
              3. Nicolas
              4. Dakotas
              5. Juntos

              Umfang

              Symbolic Use Of Light

                Umfang makes her debut on Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint with the album "Symbolic Use Of Light". Highly rated for her analogue-based rhythmic excursions previously released via videogamemusic, 1080p, Phinery and Allergy Season; the New Yorker is a co-founder of Brooklyn’s colossal Discwoman crew and resident at Bossa Nova Civic Club’s Technofeminism monthly. Here we get a collection of reduced analogue hypnopompic  excursions - drifting between the lucid and hallucinatory.




                TRACK LISTING

                Full 1
                Weight
                Symbolic Use Of Light
                Where Is She
                Path
                Pop
                Sweep
                Wingless Victory
                Full 2

                Hieroglyphic Being

                The Disco's Of Imhotep

                  Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being releases his definitive solo album of 2016 'The Disco’s Of Imhotep' via the Technicolour imprint.

                  He has built a sterling reputation both as a producer and live performer of deep, mesmeric experimental electronics and free jazz rooted in his native Chicago and his relationship with the city’s fertile underground club scene. Inspired by the likes of Ron Trent, DJ Rush (residents at The Reactor where he danced week in week out) and Ron Hardy, Moss was mentored by visionary producers Steve Pointdexter and Adonis, who showed him the drum machines that were the backbone of the Movement and whom encouraged his early forays into music production.

                  Releasing prolifically on his own Mathematics Recordings imprint and a clutch of other imprints including RVNG Intl. and Soul Jazz / SOTU; collaborating with Marshall Allen of Sun Ra’s Arkestra and Noleian Reusse (as Africans With Mainframes) – Moss has cemented his stature as a unique creative force. He balances his ancient heritage and musical DNA with a passion to experiment, create and channel music as a healing force, which has resulted in his art being tagged “Afrofuturist”. Moss, however, prefers to describe his output as Synth Expressionism / Rhythmic Cubism and would rather be viewed simply as a promoter of Nubian Rights.

                  Describing The Disco’s Of Imhotep he says:

                  “'The Disco's Of Imhotep' is about creating Frequencies and Vibrations for the Listener that are conducive for him or her to Heal The Mind and Body and Enrich the Soul by creating Hemi-Synced Harmonies and music that contains embedded Binaural Beats.

                  We have been made to believe that electronic sounds are just for Movement, Enlightenment, Primal Afflictions and Entertainment purposes, but it's much more… It's Sound Healing, but the ancestors would call it Frequency Medicine. Medicine is Healing and this project is dedicated to one of Earth's first Healers: High Priest Imhotep.

                  The One who comes in Peace, is with Peace."

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Philippa says: Easing off on the distortion and amping up the spiritual techno vibes Jamal Moss comes up with his most accessible Hieroglyphic Being album yet. Jazzy, driving, intense and uplifting.

                  Levantis

                  Romantic Psychology 1

                    Darren Cunningham (better known as Actress) arrives at Ninja Tune's singles offshoot Technicolour with the first new material under his Levantis moniker since 2013's "Believe EP" on Trilogy Tapes. Not only is this the first long player released under this alias, but it's also the first album in the Technicolour catalogue. Reportedly "about Nigredo and possession of the shadow", "Romantic Psychology 1" finds Cunningham in typically experimental form, dragging serrated metallic synths over distorted drums and hazy field recordings. Gloomy, dark and sludgey, the eleven compostitions on the LP see the prodcer drop deeper into the mordant melancholy of his "Hazyville" LP, reminding us why he's one of the most groundbreaking artists around. 

                    The black 180g vinyl LP is housed in an Inspira deep black sleeve with spot varnish type and includes an artwork insert by Eve Ackroyd printed on uncoated 300gsm art card. MP3 download code also enclosed.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Exploding Boxes
                    2. Red Blocks
                    3. Yogurt
                    4. Pieris Rapae
                    5. Undr
                    6. Stained Glass
                    7. Altered Anthem
                    8. Colour
                    9. Whispering Sky
                    10. Jamaican Greek Style
                    11. Slow Electronic Beat With Colour


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