Notable Hungarian indie/electronic band Žagar is currently in the process of recording their next studio album, a full-length that will showcase the psychedelic side of their musical personality. Unafraid of burning the creative candle at both ends, they’ve simultaneously put together Anniversary Remix Edition, a selection of interpretations of previously issued tracks reimagined by the likes of Terry Lee Brown Jr, Vakula, Clandestino and others.
Balázs Zságer (keyboardist/producer of Žagar) and András Genser (Add2Basket) reworked “Parachute to Eternity” under their Changing Grey alias, and we’re pleased to world premiere the elegant music video directed by Dániel Kajcsa boasting impressive motion graphics.
Get a first look at the clip below and pick up the remix album on April 27.
NYC-based DJ/producer Alex Gimeno has been delighting dance floors under the auspices of his Ursula 1000 project since the late ’90s. With a discography that includes nine albums and a spate of EPs, the ever-evolving Gimeno recently began exploring synthier soundscapes. The result of his expedition is Pretty Pretty Pegasus, a side project where he crafts spacey ambient vibes.
We’re thrilled to world premiere “Paradise Twins” from PPP’s self-titled debut album out on April 30 via Insect Queen Music. Listen closely to the majestic cut’s arpeggiated synth lines and you’ll hear echoes of Tangerine Dream and John Carpenter.
“I’ve always loved synthesized soundtracks especially stuff stemming from the late ’70s and ’80s like the classic Blade Runner music by Vangelis to Tangerine Dream’s music for Thief and Risky Business,” says Gomeno. “In the ’90s, I really got into a lot of that ambient chill electronica like Global Communication, The Orb, the e:mit label, etc. This sound has always been with me, but I’ve never had the chance to explore it as a producer — until now. It didn’t really fit with my Ursula 1000 work. That’s where Pretty Pretty Pegasus started forming. Hearing the amazing score to Stranger Things plus newer artists like 2814 got my wheels in motion to finally see this fully realized.”
Netflix has given the green light to an upcoming original half-hour show Big Shot readers will surely be interested in. Famed UK TV/film/theater actor Idris Elba, who is known for his roles in The Wire and Luther, will play a failed DJ in Turn Up Charlie, a scripted comedy series about a jock trying to relaunch his career while working as a nanny for his superstar best friend’s 11-year-old daughter.
In addition to starring in the show, Elba serves as co-executive producer on the show.
Elba should bring authenticity to the role in lieu of his vast experience as a DJ (see video below), playing festivals such as Snowbombing, Glastonbury, Creamfields to clubs such as Output and Pacha. He also co-runs the East London-based 7Wallace label, which just dropped Brett Gould’s Get Down EP, and is said to be announcing a special residency in Ibiza for the upcoming season.
Filming for Turn Up Charlie begins in May in the UK. Netflix says the show will stream in 2019.
Veteran electronic duo Arms and Sleepers — Mirza Ramic and Max Lewis — have carefully fine-tuned their woozy, meditative downtempo soundscapes during their 11-year history.
The twosome are about to release their new album, Find the Right Place. It’s sonic comfort for those of us who enjoy getting lost in emotive, atmospheric tracks. Factor in several fiery MC-fronted tracks and you’ve got your not-so-typical chill album. It’ll excite fans of Bonobo and DJ Shadow alike.
Listen to the album in its glorious entirety below. Be sure to pick it up when it’s released tomorrow via Berlin-based Pelagic Records.