Electronic music legends Toby Marks (a.k.a. Banco de Gaia) and Andrew Heathembarked on a musical pilgrimage across England and Wales in 2018. During their trek they made field recordings. Later on, they integrated those founds sounds into meditative ambient tracks featuring piano, guitars and electronics.
The byproduct of their experimentation is Motion, a transformative collaborative full-length album that stands as a wondrous sonic document of their journey.
Today we’re thrilled to world premiere the music video for the album’s lead track, “For Stone (West), Pt. 1,” which was directed by Marks. The track was inspired by a trip to Wales, where the pair journeyed to The Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth and then plunged deep into Llechhwedd Slate Caverns.
Marks says of the video, “A key element of the track was the sound of the mine lift at an old slate mine in North Wales. The opening shot is the approach to the lift entrance then the rest is the descending track into the mine. The original footage was provided by the mine plus some other footage sourced by us.”
Toronto-based DJ/producer Nathan Barato’s sound straddles the border between house and techno. Over the span of standout releases on Hot Creations, Hottrax, Relief and Saved Records, as well as regular gigs at hotspots all over the world, Barato continues to push his sound forward.
After making his debut on Ferris Wheel with “Hood Damage” in February, Barato just released a milestone effort by way of his Past Forward album for Hot Creations. The full-length features top collaborations with Wayne Tennant, Djeuhdjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson, Lost BOUL. & NB76, Room 303, Kid Enigma and Mikey V.
This month Barato will drop his “Ghetto Drums” collab with fellow Torontonian and frequent musical cohort Carlo Lio on their Rawthentic label. And if that wasn’t enough, King Street will unleash a remix set of Barato’s 2018 stormer “It’s My Turn” featuring a re-rub by Spanish DJ/producer Piem and Ecuadorian tech-house demon Andre Salmon.
We caught up with Barato and asked him to share his five top tracks of the moment. Continue Reading →
Seven releases into their career, Chat Noir approach their third effort for London-based RareNoise Records with their trademark sense of musical curiosity.
In keeping with their boundless artistic ethos — a captivating melange of melodic electronica, downtempo, jazz and ambient soundscapes — their latest release, Hyperuranion, finds them elevating their sound to an even headier plateau. It should be noted that for this long-player they are joined on four songs by famed Norwegian jazz trumpeter/composer/producer Nils Petter Molvaer.
Today we’re pleased to world premiere the artful, visually stunning music video for Hyperuranion‘s opening track, “Blisters,” which was directed by the incredibly talented Lorenzo Musiu.
Here’s what the group had to say about the video:
“The design, shooting and editing of Chat Noir’s video ‘Blisters’ was inspired and influenced by a number of notions, chief among which the importance and centrality of women in our present reality, the ever growing interconnected nature of life and perception in the digital age and humanity’s aspiration towards a more holistic communion. All actresses in the video are connected to each other with wires — they commune, as if in prayer, to a God that may be seen as the feminine sum-total of their being there. The representation itself is in the form of a portrait, somewhere between Caravaggio and La Chapelle.”
After a busy 2018 rising Dutch techno upstarts Dave Mech and duo RUR teamed up to release their hard-hitting Control Modify Alter EP on March 25 via Natural Behave Records, an imprint run by RUR member Karel Eggerding.
Now that the EP has been released they’ve tapped the talented visual artist VJ Beeldruis to produce a video for the mesmerizing cut “Alter,” which we are extremely pleased to world premiere. The clip is a voyeuristic look of factory works busily toiling away amid a backdrop of pinkish duotone colors that eventually steer into an all-out arty pastiche of colors.
The guys had this to say about the track: “‘Alter” is heavily influenced by experimental electronica, broken beats and machinery. The idea was to create a type of hypnotic groove that operates on the edges of techno.”
Get a first look at the video below, and be sure to check out the full Control Modify Alter EP.