Joe Clegg – Pyramids
As a Musical Director, Joe Clegg has worked with many of the UK’s leading pop artists including Clean Bandit, Sigrid, and Mumford & Sons (as Live Music Producer for the recent “Delta” World Tour), and for over a decade with Ellie Goulding as her Musical Director and touring drummer. Well established in the live world, Joe applies his skills to studio production with the release of his first solo instrumental project, with EP ‘Phoenix’ (November 22nd). Analogue, saturation, tone, vitality – questions in of themselves, Joe takes that to one step further to try and quench his own curiosities and thirst for knowledge. The EP’s five tracks feature friends that Joe has met through his time on the road, including Tom Crouch (Liminal, Jonas Brothers), Simon Francis (The Pierces, Kylie, Ellie Goulding), Carlos Garcia (John Newman), Ty Bailie and Adam Marcello (Katy Perry), Nick Etwell (Mumford & Sons), Maxwell Cooke (Goodbooks, Clean Bandit, Ellie Goulding) and Roo Walker. The EP was mixed by Matt Wiggins (James Bay, U2, The Stone Roses, Lorde) and mastered by Alex Gordon (CHVRCHES, The Kooks, Sigrid) at Abbey Road Studios. Quite a gather, you can say. And quite a single, as well.
Thoma – Dusking
Downtempo electronic production duo Thoma return with the dark and haunting new single ‘Dusking’ – the second to be taken from their upcoming Ep ‘Salt Spring’. Tristan de Liège and Ben Hill (aka Askanse) and Thoma is a collaborative project between two producers. Young, delicate, forward thinking, incisive, and never pandering, the relatively young project of the burgeoning producers, quickly acclaim your emotions with dynamic shivers and notable ambiguities. In line with life’s remaining uncertainties and personal innuendoes towards them, Thoma delivers with impactful chasms of feelings, wrapped in wholesome tensions in infinity. Look for the completed EP ‘Salt Spring’ soon this year.
Yeah But No – I Still Keep Love For You
Symbolic dance and directive altruism, contrast the notions of what Yea But No, is. ‘I Still Keep Love For You’ is off of their recently released full album ‘Demons’. The project of Berlin based musicians Douglas Greed and Fabian Kuss, that has grown into a band, tracks down the heaviness of breach and ending in rainy Electronica. It celebrates the energy within every change and the beauty of a new start. With smart compositions the duo airily maps the melancholy hidden in synths and drum machines. Even with vocals included in many of their songs, each vowel and consonant form a barrier in keeping the heat of electronica and that interpretive ‘dance’ that they are known for. A perfection in art, song, vibes, exclamations – the summation of facts and rumors, clash with turbulent beauty through Yea But No’s fingers.
Jonny Faith x Mohamed Camara – Fana
Jonny’s particular knack for sneaking cosmic melodies into cutting edge beats drawing on hip hop, jungle, footwork and dub has won him support fromClash, Stereofox, Gilles Peterson, Don Letts, Lauren Laverne, Radio Nova, KCRW, DJ Mag, Triple J and even Martin Garrix. The first single from his forthcoming ‘Night Lights’ EP, ‘Fana’ stands on its own in instrumental form, with chiming melodics and arpeggiated synths building over crisp uptempo drums and deep bass tones. With Melbourne-based Guinean artist Mohamed Camara on vocals, ‘Fana’ takes on another dimension of shimmer and gusto, as the Afro-beat drive collapses and is re-born from bar to bar. Jonny Faith’s journey in music has taken him from Edinburgh, through London and Sydney, to his adopted hometown of Melbourne. ‘Fana’ is the the first single from his upcoming EP, ‘Night Lights’.
Machines Always Win – Runner
‘Runner’ is the first single and video from the upcoming album of the same name by Lance Ferguson as Machines Always Win. Said Lance: “The project combines vintage synths and live drums to create an enveloping world of Ambient Beats, Downtempo Electronica, Lo-Fi Hip Hop and Dream Pop that will appeal to fans of Boards Of Canada, Tycho, DJ Shadow, Four Tet and Air. Ferguson wrote and produced the album and played almost all the instruments himself, alongside his longtime studio cohort John Castle.” The coaxing viscosity of ‘Runner’ is a testament and an example of what music could always be. A sumptuous explanation of sounds made of moving pictures from the mind, explored in waves of distance; then expressed in senses of the artistic heart – driving the listener mad with envy in kindness and appreciation. A sharing of that kind of good vibes makes ‘Runner’ a fabulous addition to the Universe.