Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Music producer Verasect releases latest remix EP and one song already shines out

Electronic producer Verasect has released an ‘Awakenings’ EP Terminal Blue Records which features the tracks from his previous EP, ‘Sleep Stories’ remixed via various artists. These artists include Kareful, Dobie, Blood Wolf and the late Øfdream. You can read our previous feature on the Catch Your Breath (Dobie Remix) here.

So far, the ‘Tragedy’ remix from Kareful has done very well, receiving a fair amount  of recognition. However, by far the most popular of the remixes is the final one of the EP, ‘Catch Your Breath (Øfdream Remix)’. One can quickly see why as they sit down to listen to it, with the simplicity of the synth-wave driven track.

The remix received a strong start, pairing the notorious Øfdream’s work with a premier from Youtube channel the_accidental_poet. However, these two elements cannot be contributed as the sole reason for the track hitting over 67 thousand plays on Soundcloud.  We see a synth-wave track paired with a thrumming bassline which comes together to create the epitome of what electronic music aims for today.

“Verasect is an amalgam of a handful of darker genres of music that I love. It dances between them from song to song but never fully commits to any single direction. Awakenings was envisioned as a way to explore those paths in-depth with the masters of those genres. Dobie providing an ethereal trip-hop rendition, Bloodwolf an aggressive witch house punch, and Kareful and the late Ofdream crafting dreamy synth-laden wave tracks.” - Verasect comments on the amalgamation of music genres seen within the EP.

However, as they say, music is subjective. What is your favourite remix of the EP? Take a listen below to make your own decision.

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Interview // Getting to know music producer Manamiz

Bass music producer, Manamiz aims to get his listeners to question everything they find in everyday life. He wants them to discover their own path, “through the successes and failures of others while incorporating [their] essence into this journey”. With this concept, he still wants his fans to be comfortable with himself as a musician, urging them to see him as a friend rather than an idol and ultimately hoping that anyone who may find themselves at one of his shows will find an aspect to enjoy.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production? 

As a kid, I was heavily influenced by numerous styles of music ranging from Metal to Hip-Hop. Some of my biggest inspirations at the time we're A7X, Metallica, Lincoln Park + Tom Petty.

For music production: I started this journey when I was about 15 years old making simple beats on FL Studio (like everyone else) - It hit me all at once about 2 years down the line that I truly could not see me doing anything else besides producing music from the heart. Following that realization, I began taking courses to bring my sound to the next level so I could not only compete but make music I was proud of. A large amount of my production techniques have been self-taught throughout the years but I have to give a MAJOR shoutout to Justin & Zack at Cosmic Academy for helping me grow my brand in ways I never would have thought of on my own. The whole Cosmic Academy family is truly unlike anything I've come across before.

Give us a sense of the music scene where you are based.

The bass music scene in NYC definitely took a major hit after Webster Hall initially closed down. I have to give a HUGE shoutout to guys like Wade Appleton (Dubday-NYC), Chris Limoli (Sub:Merge), Conor Doyle & Joe Gulmi (LowFreak) and so many more for immediately taking the initiative to begin to rebuild the scene here. The NYC scene is definitely thriving once again.

What key pieces of software/gear are you using to define your sound? 

I'm primarily on Ableton 10. I use a lot of Ableton stock plugins as I feel it gives the cleanest sound but I'm a big fan of Operator, Glitch Machines, Fab-Filter Plugins. I don't want to give any secrets away at the moment but I definitely spend a substantial amount of time crafting my low-end and working my way up on the bass side of things!

What are some of your key musical influences? 

In the electronic scene some of my biggest influences at the moment are: Ganja White Night, Stickybuds, Kursa, Seppa, GVO + most of the guys on the SubCarbon Records team.

What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you? 

To me, success in music is not overly complicated. A simple goal which I think too many musicians & artists lose sight of: I just want my art to be heard & touch the souls of as many people around the world as possible. Wherever that takes me is just a bonus!

What has been a memorable highlight of your career so far?

I just signed a track to SubCarbon Records (GWN's Label) which is by far one of my favorite platforms in the game!

If you could work with, or perform alongside any artist of your choice, who would it be? 

Definitely Ganja White Night or Stickybuds!

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about? 

I can't get into any specifics but I will say I have a VERY special EP coming out soon that will take things to the next level! ALSO our label 'Obskure Collective' has an absolutely incredible compilation coming out shortly!

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Monday, 9 September 2019

Romare announces new track ‘Gone’

In the two years since the release of his critically acclaimed album “Love Songs: Part Two”, Romare—real name Archie Fairhurst—has spent his time almost solely on the road. Playing over 150 shows across the world, including stops at Berghain/Panorama Bar, Primavera Sound, All Points East,Dimensions, III Points, Printworks and The Warehouse Project. He joined both Bonobo andNightmares On Wax on their US tours, playing iconic venues like Terminal 5 and Output in New York and Smart Bar in Chicago, has played shows across India and Australia, and held two sold-out London residences, first at Phonox and most recently at the Jazz Cafe.

Recorded over the same period—in which he also acquired an electric organ and built a new recording studio—the two tracks on “Gone” represent his most intentional and direct nod to the dancefloor to date. The titular A-side, with its menacing bassline and soaring piano stabs was named after a vocal snippet since removed from the track. “I kept the title because I think there is a sense of journey and “moving on” in the song.” explains Fairhurst. The B-side ‘Danger’ was imagined as an alternative to ‘Gone’, with both tracks being recorded “whilst watching the seasons change from winter to summer in the new studio set up in the garden”.

Previous support for Romare’s music has come from the likes of NPR who described his debut album “Projections” as being like a “wave of delirious energy”, with The Guardian hailing 2016’s follow up “Love Songs: Part Two” as ”Experimental psychedelic love songs bound together by gelatinous alien synths and a low-key jazz melody”. Additional support came from Pitchfork, Dazed, Mixmag, Metro, the Evening Standard and many more. His tracks have also been championed across the radio spectrum by Annie Mac, Benji B, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart at BBC Radio 1; Gilles Peterson,Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, Mary Anne Hobbs and Nemone at BBC 6 Music; In the US byZane Lowe at Beats 1, and DJs from KCRW, NTS, Triple J and many more.

Romare returns to the US this October with live shows in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and Miami. You can also see him DJing across the UK this autumn with stops to be announced in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Bristol and more.

“Gone” 12” is out on vinyl/digital on 27th September on Ninja Tune.

Tour Dates 2019:
13 Sept - Solo Live - Dali, Cork
14 Sept - DJ - Lakota, Bristol
20 Sept - Solo Live - 1720, Los Angeles US
21 Sept - Solo Live - August Hall, San Francisco
28 Sept - DJ - The Vaults, Cardiff
03 Oct - Solo Live - U Street Music Hall, Washington
04 Oct - Solo Live - Elsewhere, Brooklyn
05 Oct - Solo Live - Floyd, Miami
18 Oct - DJ All Night - Sacre, Paris

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Friday, 6 September 2019

Adam Beyer confirms A-Sides Vol.8

A testament to the growth of Adam Beyer’s scene-leading label, Drumcode’s annual A-Sides Vol. 8 is the brand’s biggest yet.

The 25-track strong compilation features standout cuts Beyer has received over the last 12 months, but been unable to find room for in Drumcode’s regular release schedule, such is the volume and high standard of music that’s submitted.

The highlight-rich compilation includes Jamie Jones & Darius Syrossian’s buzzy Drumcode debut ‘Eyes Of The Night’, Nicole Moudaber’s first DC release in 5 years with the mesmerizing ‘This Is Us’, Will Clarke’s bass-drenched re-work of Adam Beyer & Bart Skils ‘Your Mind’ and Joey Beltram’s first Drumcode release in 11 years with the retro-tinged ‘Can You Feel It’.

The beloved Alan Fitzpatrick returns to the fold with the searing ‘Heiße Rakete’, alongside label mainstays Layton Giordani, who drops the stirring chord-driven ‘Chrome’ and Wehbba with ‘Mantra’, combining techno classicism with future-focused groove.

There’s a troupe of debutants donning the Drumcode jersey for the first time, including BEC, Shelley Johannson, Anthony Castaldo, Avision, Zimmz, Woo York, SAMA (in a terrific collaboration with Secret Cinema) and Ilija Djokovic, who delivers a shimmering highlight with ‘Aura’, a particular favourite of Beyer’s over the last year. Raxon also debuts on the label after a couple of quality additions to the Truesoul back catalogue.

Exciting young guns Weska and Juliet Fox bring heat to the compilation, while Veerus and Timmo follow up strong DC releases with a repeat dose. Elsewhere faithful contributors Ramon Tapia, Jay Lumen, Luca Agnelli, Marco Bailey and Mark Reeve craft powerful dancefloor weapons.

Various Artists ― Drumcode A-Sides Vol. 8

Layton Giordani - Chrome
Luca Agnelli - Apollo
Raxon - Dream Space
Juliet Fox - Was Beautiful
Adam Beyer & Bart Skils - Your Mind (Will Clarke Remix)
Secret Cinema & SAMA - Diviner
Veerus - Prophecy
Mark Reeve - Get It
Wehbba - Mantra
Nicole Moudaber - This Is Us
Ilija Djokovic - Aura
Joey Beltram - Can You Feel It
Shelley Johannson - Raze
Timmo - Acid Circus
Jay Lumen - Razor
Weska - Alpha Rhythm
Woo York - Rainforest Mystery
BEC - Hypersphere
Alan Fitzpatrick - Heiße Rakete
Jamie Jones & Darius Syrossian - Eyes Of The Night
Ramon Tapia - Sonic Therapy
Anthony Castaldo - Express Yourself
Zimmz - Console
Avision - Break
Marco Bailey - Haku

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Monday, 26 August 2019

Wave music producer Verasect meets renowned hip-hop remixer Dobie in ‘Catch Your Breath’ remix

This weekend, Verasect celebrated the release of the latest remix of his work; the ‘Catch Your Breath (Dobie Remix)’. Dobie is perhaps best known for some of his remixes for big names such as Björk, DJ Premier, Massive Attack, and Tricky. The original wave single meets with gritty drums, clashing in your ears to start but as they adjust, the precision and rhythm comes through with purpose.

The track is the third of a series of remixes that Verasect has released of his own work. However, he reveals that it was his collaboration with Dobie that began the trend. “‘Catch Your Breath’ is at its heart a breakup song and Dobie retained the sadness of the original but took it in a more musical direction with big organic drums and beautiful melancholy piano chords. The second half kicks it up with an unexpected crunchy distorted guitar riff as it descends into a chaotic low-fi dreamscape. I was so happy with the result that it inspired me to seek out more remixers and release this upcoming EP.”

Following this, we will be treated to him sharing the ‘Awakenings Remixes’ EP. The  EP will display the remixes that were sparked by the Verasect/Dobie alliance and allow their fans to get a complete idea of the enormous potential of the wave genre as it meets other influences.

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

LICK releases his new album ‘Dark Vibe Order’ and its out of this world

Dark Vibe Order is the kind of electronic dance album capable of netting the genre new fans. This is a mysterious and brooding piece that, at times, echoes with shades of evil; each sludgy electronic beat tied to murky, unsettling depths. LICK’s debut is at times overly streamlined, but it comes with the territory of Bass Music – and the unique beats he concocts make it feel like a hellish rave. 

The first several songs on Dark Vibe Order manage to successfully establish an atmosphere that is both ominous and fun. The industrial vibes on ‘Dawnless’ are gloomy and relentless, interrupted occasionally by sprawling synth passages that lend the whole experience a rather disquieting air. ‘Poison’ features Tori Letzler’s creepily sung verses amid a foggy, downtempo electronic sphere that evolves into something entirely unexpected by the end of its runtime. ‘No Way’ is driven by thumping bass lines and heavily textures synths, and feels simultaneously more expansive and approachable. ‘Disappear’ – which features Sara Skinner’s all-out pop chorus and blasting dance beats, sounds like it could be a radio breakthrough for LICK. 

Dark Vibe Order sees an apparent shift towards lighter and more accessible tones as it makes its way into the second half of the tracklist, which comes in both appealing and unappealing forms. ‘Say’ is an example of the latter, where the soul-ballad vocal style feels almost comically misplaced. ‘Drop Draws’ is another misstep, featuring a plethora of low-pitched, autotuned vocal interrupts that do little to propel an otherwise forgettable tune. Despite this, LICK still manages to keep a pretty firm grip on his overarching mission statement, with songs like ‘Body’ (featuring Luna Aura) carrying on the eerie vibe of the record’s opening half albeit in a much more lighthearted/approachable fashion. ‘Runaway’, again featuring Letzler, is presented to us in its full-bodied form as well as an even better stripped down version which feels more natural. The record isn’t as consistently strong as one might hope after hearing tracks like ‘Dawnless’ and ‘Poison’ break down the door, but it’s about as unique as anything you’ll hear in modern mainstream Bass Music.

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Friday, 19 July 2019

5 Minutes with Goldray

Psychedelic rockers Goldray

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?

Really good thanks, Leah and I are engrossed in the creative process at the moment, writing album number 2. Thought we'd better get as much as we can done before things get busy with album number 1!

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?

I suppose its female fronted Psych/Rock with a bluesy feel. We're inspired by bands such as Jefferson Airplane, Hendrix, Kate Bush, Doors. We're not totally retro but that era has effected us most.

What are the 5 albums and artists that have influenced you the most?

Between me and Leah it would have to be ... Jimi Hendrix. Electric Ladyland, Kate Bush, The Kick Inside, The Doors, LA woman. Led Zeppelin, Patti Smith, Easter.

What other bands/artists do you really like at the moment and why?

To be honest that's a difficult question to answer as there's a lot of good bands, so it's hard to just choose a few. ...I know they've been around for a while but I still love Tame Impala. We like Hookworm as they have a great sound that's kinda Psych with a bit of an early 90's vibe as well. Melody's Echo Chamber, nice atmosphere and sounds. Goat, we love the punk/Psych combo. The Wands are cool, could go on!

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?

I get inspiration from being alive and having a guitar in my hands a lot. Ideas just seem to accumulate and flow to us both very easily... Usually the music comes first but not always.... We play and work and mould until it lives up to our original vision. Jamming together until the magic happens!

You played at a number of festivals last year, including Download and Camden Rocks. Which one was your favourite?

I think Download was the best. It was an amazing day and really great festival to play.....We also managed to play the way we wanted to that day... The onstage sound was cool too!

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?

With Goldray it would be our support of Motorpsycho at the Jazz Cafe last year ... our last show at the Hoxton bar and kitchen felt really good too.

What’s the worst gig you have ever done and why?

I won't mention recent stuff as I don't want to diss the venue. However with my old band (Reef) I remember doing a gig in Corby, right at the beginning of our career. where the guy who's night it was gave a running commentary over the PA between , and sometimes during our songs!!! I kid you not... It was the weirdest experience.

If you weren’t musicians, what would you be?Let's not go there.

Finally, we know you’ve been busy the past few months finishing off your debut album, which we are itching to hear. When can we expect it to be released?

Well that's a tough one. We have some labels interested in us at the mo, so it all down to that really... We're ready to go but it really is depending on who we go with and what plan together we all think is best.

Thank you very much for taking the time to chat with us Kenwyn!
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