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.
When Arnd Reichow (Drumcomplex) met Misstress Barabra in Australia at the beginning of 2016, the seeds of a musical collaboration were sown between the two techno heavyweights. While Arnd was finalizing tracks for his Perfection Is In Imperfection full-length out October 7 on Complexed Records — the album is inspired by the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, meaning an appreciation and acceptance of our imperfect world — he sent Barbara a track that eventually became “If You Can’t Be Mine” and asked if she’d like to lend her voice to it. “There was no special inspiration when I started working on that track,” says Arnd, who has released tracks on Intec, Bush Records, MB Electronics and KMS. “I was playing with the synth and created that hookline. I added only a few elements and reduced it to a more minimal set up at that time.” Barbara picks up the story: “I immediately thought it was something that needed to be simple and mostly worked with effects and chops of vocals. I wrote simple lyrics that still have a strong meaning, If you can’t be mine, why would I be yours? and played around with both sentences in the track. I had a lot of fun! We are both happy with the result and I enjoy playing this track a lot when I tour.”
We’re extremely pleased to world premiere the music video for the bristling take-no-prisoners cut starring Arnd and Barbara. It boasts eye-catching digital effects and geometric shapes that’ll make those of a certain age recall the classic video game Asteroids. “Barbara and me are really happy with the result and looking forward to the release,” beams Arnd. Catch Drumcomplex, along with Misstress Barbara, Kevin De Vries and Tiger Stripes, on October 8 at the record release party in Berlin at Magdalena Club.
Kyle Norton, who goes by the musical nom de plumbe Norty (formerly Nortroniks), is a rising genre-bluring electronic artist on the sample/groove-driven tip straight outta Grand Rapids, Michigan. After debuting in 2013 with Greater Colors on Detroit label Young Heavy Souls, the up-and-coming beatmaker has shared bills with the likes of Ratatat and Mux Mool and performed at festivals including Electric Forest. We’re pleased to world premiere the video for “We Were Nearly There” — the title track of Norty’s new EP — directed and edited by Orange Cap, a clip which finds Norton exploring a surreal kaleidoscope world dressed in a space suit.