Premiere: Brynjolfur – Error Man

Brynjolfur

Copenhagen-based dance floor demon Brynjolfur has been involved in the Scandinavian electronic music scene since the ’90s. During his tenure behind the decks and mixing board he’s cultivated a sound that embraces house, techno, disco and beyond.

With a discography that includes releasing tracks on top labels like Eskimo Recordings and Natura Sonoris, Brynjolfur returns to hafendisko for his fifth release titled the Error Man EP.

We’re thrilled to world premiere the pulsating ’80s-inspired title track from Brynjolfur’s excellent three-tracker out May 17. It’s dark, sleazy and sounds just the way we like it.

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Video Premiere: FABRIK – Tesseract (NO SKIN Remix)

FABRIK

Birmingham, England-based four-piece FABRIKs sound is a sultry mélange of trip-hop and rock. In 2017 they released their self-recorded debut album, City Islands, and received plenty of critical claim. In fact, the LP was nominated for Best Album at the 2018 Birmingham Music Awards.

The foursome are back with Other Islands, a four-track remix EP out on May 16. We’re thrilled to world premiere the eye-catching self-directed music video for “Tesseract” remixed by NO SKIN, an underground California producer who they met on Bandcamp, off the release.

Amid a backdrop of stunning, borrowed slo-mo visuals, NO SKIN’s woozy, hypnotic remix boasting cut-up vocals and head-nodding beats soars into the cosmos.

Says the band of the clip, “The video is taken from a beautiful scene in an underground ‘70s punk film called Jubilee. The idea of a ballet dancer on wasteland seemed to visually echo NO SKIN’s juxtaposition of the ethereal vocal against a tough beat.”

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Video Premiere: Suns of Arqa – Gavati

Suns of Arqa

Suns of Arqa, a world music outfit founded by Michael Wadada 40 years ago, boasts a sound that’s informed by dub, electronic music, and Indian classical. To date, more than 200 collaborators – everyone from Youth to John Leckie – have worked with the group.

SoA take a much deserved victory lap with the release of Heart of the Suns 1979-2019 (Interchill), a 13-track retrospective, out May 17.

We’re pleased to world premiere the video for the album’s opening track called “Gavati.”

Here’s director Brian Hyphen told us about the video:

“Often when you first hear a tune, it conjures up a vivid image that stays with you every other time you listen back to the same tune. I first heard ‘Gavati’ by Suns of Arqa in the early 1990s and was struck immediately by the sarangi intro, which instantly made me feel the warmth that you feel when sitting by a fireside staring into the fire, or sitting on a mountain watching a sunset. The bass and drums add a smoothness which I felt was best represented in black and white to contrast the vivid imagery of fire and the Sun. ‘Gavati’ remains one of my favorite Suns of Arqa works.”

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Basti Grub 5 Tracks of the Moment

Basti Grub

Whenever a fresh Basti Grub promo hits into my inbox, I take note. The prolific German minimal tech-house phenom never fails to impress.

After collaborating with Timo Maas and Eric Volta on the standout 2018 track “We Were Riding High” released on mobilee, his musical output in 2019 has exceeded expectations. And we aren’t even halfway done with the year.

In March, Mr. Grub unleashed the funky-ass jam “Darling” feat. Crase Johnson on Jamie Jones’ Hot Creations; the Plarsch EP on Dubfire’s SCI+TEC label, a moody three-tracker full of spacey vibes and airy synths; and a remix of Ezikiel’s “Infinity Race.”

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In the queue he’s got the Would Be An Angel EP, a sinewy and mesmerizing two-tracker featuring a collab with fellow Frankfurt mixmaster DJ Slowhand, out via Stripped Down out on May 24.

As he looks to complete his fourth full-length album, we connected with Grub and asked him to share his five tracks of the moment. Continue Reading