The two members of UK-based newcomers San Eco hail from different music circles. Morris Cowan (a.k.a. Adam Taylor) has dabbled in house, techno, dub, minimal classical and post-rock. His varied musical predilections have culminated in releases on the Nottingham-based Wigflex imprint and German label Zaubernuss. Taylor proudly wore his influences on his sleeve on his 2011 Circa full-length.
Conversely, cohort Tom Edney is a storyteller ensconced in the alt-rock world. Several years ago while he was recording The Manchester Underground EP, Edney met Taylor at a studio. They struck up a rapport, and five years later their San Eco project is set to release its self-titled debut album on August 2 via Manchester-based Beatphreak.
Ahead of the LP’s release the duo connected with London-based director Alexandra Boanta to film an enthralling video for lead track “Pretty Curtains.” In the clip, which we’re pleased to world premiere, an expressionless woman meanders around a town as busy people go about their day, almost oblivious to her presence.
Here’s what they had to say about the premise of the video: “When your life is so mundane and monotonous the trek home from your place of work just seems the same as every other day. You finally arrive and close yourself off from the world outside and all you have to view for the rest of the evening is your flowered patterned pretty curtains.”
Emerging Bristol DJ/producer JAQ, who is half of the production duo Ekcle, made quite a bit of noise last year when he dropped his debut house jam “Blue Treacle” (Rank & File). The tune (which also featured a righteous remix by Leeds’ Jey Kurmis) won the favor of some of the biggest jocks on the planet. Not bad for a young gun, right?
The track’s success inspired the one-named Bristolian to keep plugging away at his chosen mission to rock dance floors around the world.
After recently dropping his fiery follow-up single entitled “Machine” featuring vocalist Jordan Lisle (which was remixed by German twosome Raumakustik), JAQ returns with a smashing music video directed by Jon Smith.
Hit the play button below on the world premiere, and keep an eye on this talented up-and-comer.
Weened on a steady diet of soul music, R&B, disco and funk, French Touch producer Ludovic Llorca (a.k.a. Art of Tones) made a name for himself in the late ’90s, producing a string of EPs for the mighty F Communications label. It set the stage for his full-length debut, New Comer, which sold over 200,000 units.
A lifetime of musical experiences later Llorca is about to release his new album, The Garden (Membran Group). Set for release on April 7 the LP features collaborations with Georg Levin of Berlin-based Sonar Kollektiv, Parisian soul artist Laetitia Dana, and a slew of newcomers.
We’re excited to world premiere the music video for “You,” a gorgeous soul jam featuring NYC-based vocalist Frank H. Carter III. In the clip cosmic cats are rocking out over keyboards and shooting lasers at people from their eyes, transforming people into animals from the neck up.
You want catitude? Well, you’ve come to the right video.
We first encountered gifted producer/live performer and product designer at Native Instruments Michael Klein in 2015 when he released his standout three-track Drawing EP on Pan-Pot’s Second State label. The Berliner continues to push the musical envelope by refining his dark techy sound with each release.
Last year Klein launched his BLK DRP label — where did he find the time? — and unveiled his #1 EP, featuring remixes by Amelie Lens and Raíz. Now he’s put together a striking music video for the sinewy track “In Focus,” and we’re extremely pleased to world premiere it.
The protagonist of the video is Berlin model Sara Mey. Framed in an austere triptych complemented by bursts of light and other visual accoutrements, the three panels eventually succumb to a single frame. Not long after rapid-fire cuts deliver a visual experience reminiscent of being on a crowded dance floor with strobe lights blazing. It’s truly a sight to behold.
Like Klein’s music, the video is mesmerizing and mysterious.
Kuwaiti musician Zahed Sultan, a recipient of the Exceptional Talent visa by the Arts Council of England, is a multimedia artist whose work extends across many platforms. He’s presented shows at London’s famed Barbican Centre and serves as a curator for Red Bull. Beyond that, he’s remixed the likes of Sasha and has honed a sound that spans indie rock and electronic music. We’re extremely pleased to world premiere Sultan’s brand new music video, “Cake & Butter,” a slow burning, laid-back song which encapsulates the essence of his musical POV. Be sure to check him out when he kicks off his UK tour on April 17 at The Green Door Store in Brighton.
Things aren’t always as they seem. That’s the learning we took away after watching the offbeat music video for rising Madrid producer Carreno is LB’s “Aesthetic Reflection.” The retro clip focuses on a suburban home where everything on the surface appears to be in order but isn’t. The kitchen cabinets don’t open properly, Stepford Wives robotically roam about and visions of a smoldering fire randomly appear. Watch the world premiere of the video below directed by Jason Poranski and explore Carreno is LB’s emotive Preface EP out now on hafendisko.