Episode 16 - Mazdâ Withdrawl

Tracklist

  • 01. Alaskan Tapes - Withdrawl
  • 02. Phoria - Undone
  • 03. Memoryloop x Eva Bowan - Dawn Warmth (Sapphire Helix Edit)
  • 04. Odd Beholder - Landscape Escape
  • 05. Empress Of - Woman Is a Word
  • 06. ODESZA - Always This Late
  • 07. Exploded View - Orlando
  • 08. Local Natives - Villainy
  • 09. Faces on TV - Traveling Blind
  • 10. Flowers - Ego Loss
  • 11. Amber Arcades - Fading Lines
  • 12. FEWS - Drinking Games
  • 13. God Is an Astronaut - Frozen Twilight
  • 14. Ef - Bells Bleed & Bloom
  • 15. Aïsha Devi - Mazdâ

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Alaskan Tapes

Alaskan Tapes Formerly known as OSLO.

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Phoria

'....super-smart and endearingly pieced together from a breathtaking blend of whisper-like vocals and euphoric electronics .' - NME

'If this track is anything to go by, Phoria's upcoming EP, Display, is set to be one of the defining releases of the year.' - Indie Shuffle

'Even as “Emanate” makes its ascent into a huge, warm wall of synth melody, this remains a deeply felt and achingly human composition.' - The Line Of Best Fit

'If a conventional pop song was disassembled to its absolute, minute parts, jumbled up and given a new space, it might sound like this.' - Fake DIY

Brighton five piece alternative, electronic band Phoria return this spring with their second official EP release. The ‘Display’ EP is due for release via X Novo Records in June.

The Lauren Laverne endorsed lead track 'Emanate' raced to No.6 in the Hypem Chart and received over 100,000 plays in its first week and over 120,000 views on Youtube. 'Emanate' has also been BBC6 music's Track of the week and Lauren Laverne's 'Recommends track', it has also received support from Phil Taggart at Radio 1, XFM, BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio. The single is available to buy digitally, along with a preorder of the EP in full. A run of 250 limited edition 10" vinyl’s will accompany the release.

They have also supported Little Dragon, James Vincent McMorrow, Active Child, 65daysofstatic, Efterklang and Ultraista, project of legendary Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.

In support of the 'Display' EP they will be playing headline shows at St. Pancras Old Church on June 16th and The Haunt, Brighton, June 21st.

The Band's live show was listed as a Great Escape Festival highlight by The Line of Best Fit, and Gigwise.

The ‘Display’ EP is set to be the first release from brand new London based singles label X Novo. The name is Latin for ‘built from scratch’.

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Memoryloop x Eva Bowan

Elaborate ways of saying absolutely nothing at all.

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Odd Beholder

Odd Beholder is a pop music duo that’s based in Zurich. If there is a dream in their pop, then we should rather call it a lucid dream.

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Empress Of

25/f/NY

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ODESZA

In 2012, a striking new voice emerged from the wider surge of electronic music in the U.S. ODESZA’s Summer’s Gone stood out from the crowd; it was a collection of songs, not just beats; and its irresistible, startling dreaminess, addictive drums and fathoms-deep bass set it apart from the by-the-numbers brutality of EDM’s also-rans. In an age of manufactured internet buzz and carefully plotted hype, ODESZA’s story was refreshingly authentic: A brilliant new duo unveiled their music on the internet, and the world paid attention.
Harrison Mills (aka CatacombKid) and Clayton Knight (aka BeachesBeaches) began recording together after meeting at Western Washington University. There was instant chemistry, and the pair worked prolifically, quickly carving out a distinctive, heady sound: glitched-out vocals, soaring, visceral melody and ear-gripping drums. Two songs from Summer’s Gone – “How Did I Get Here” and “iPlayYouListen” – instantly leapt to #1 on the Hype Machine Popular Chart. ODESZA began to make evangelical fans, with word of their music setting the world – both real and virtual – alight.
2013 saw the release of the My Friends Never Die EP, with three of the five tracks hitting #1 on Hype Machine. Relentless touring followed, including dates with Emancipator and numerous festival performances including Sasquatch Music Festival and Lightning In A Bottle. Thrown in at the deep end, ODESZA quickly honed a live craft to match that of their recordings.
The duo was playing to larger and larger crowds when Pretty Lights asked them to be the support act on his fall tour, and to remix “One Day They’ll Know,” which also hit #1 on Hype Machine and #8 on the iTunes Electronic Chart. Later in 2013, ODESZA selected their favorite producers for a follow up remix EP, My Friends Never Die Remixes, and launched the ambitious, ongoing mixtape and eventual party series NO.SLEEP. February 2014 brought the release of the ODESZA single “Sun Models (feat. Madelyn Grant)”, taken from the duo’s forthcoming second album. This song continued the trend they’d set previously, and it too hit #1 on Hype Machine. In March 2014 ODESZA’s remix of Pretty Lights’ “Lost And Found” was released on the DIVERGENT movie soundtrack, and (you guessed it!) hit #1 on Hype Machine.
Harrison and Clayton headed back into the studio, putting the finishes touches to their forthcoming second album, before setting out on a sold out North American tour in Spring 2014, culminating in a performance at Coachella. Not wanting to leave their growing legion of fans wanting, the duo’s remix of ZHU’s hit “Faded” was released, taking their #1s on the Hype Machine chart straight into double figures.
Summer 2014 saw ODESZA visit Australia to play a series of live dates, before heading back to North America for festivals, and to polish up and master their now hotly anticipated sophomore album.

Released September 9th 2014, In Return has more than just delivered on the promise of ODESZA’s previous work. A record with a precocious maturity and coherence, it’s a start-to-finish stunner of pop-infused, electronic wonder, littered with infectious hooks and potent atmosphere. Vocal performances from Zyra, Py and Shy Girls accompany that of Madelyn Grant on “Sun Models,” expertly worked into ODESZA’s trademark, mood-altering uplift.

ODESZA developed a new live performance to accompany In Return, ensuring that the shows do full justice to the album. Their work ethic and constant evolution has resulted in sold out headline tours of North America last fall, Australia this winter and North America again this spring with every show selling out in advance in the biggest venues they’ve headlined to date. Never ones to settle, ODESZA’s ambitious live production continues to expand in time for performances at every major music festival this summer including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Hangout, Sasquatch, Governors Ball, Firefly, Melt and more.

One of the stunning aspects of ODESZA is the speed with which they’ve created a large, devoted fanbase – testament to just how refreshing, immediate and exciting their music is. To date, ODESZA has earned 21 Hype Machine #1s, amassed over 66 million SoundCloud streams, over 29 million Spotify plays in the last 90 days, over 34.5 million Pandora plays in the last 30 days, been licensed by Adidas, Target, GoPro, Royal Caribbean, The North Face, Piz Buin and many more, and collaborated with powerhouses such as Buzzfeed and Tumblr. In Return debuted at #1 on the Billboard Electronic chart with 13 weeks in the Top 10, #42 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, # 1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart where it spent 15 days in a row, cracked the iTunes Electronic Chart Top 10 in 7 other countries outside the U.S., and reached #20 on the iTunes Overall Albums chart. Their breakout single, “Say My Name (feat. Zyra),” reached #1 on the Hype Machine popular chart twice, #1 on the Spotify US Viral Chart, #2 on the Spotify Global Chart, was named iTunes Single of the Week in many countries around the globe, and is currently the #1 most played song on 8Tracks. The “Say My Name” video was named a Vimeo staff pick and saw airplay on MTV Hits, MTVU and Fuse. ODESZA has also been commissioned to make remixes for Sia, Charli XCX, RAC, Angus & Julia Stone, Slow Magic, Ki:Theory and many more to come.

In addition to their explosive growth online and in the electronic space, ODESZA is making waves in the mainstream with strong radio play around the globe at stations such as KCRW, KEXP, The Current, Triple J, BBC Radio 1 and Sirius AltNation where they’ve cracked the Alt18. The duo has also been highlighted in the national press, from The New York Times and NPR Music, to TIME and Entertainment Weekly. Poised to become one of electronic music’s biggest breakout stories of 2014/2015, ODESZA will surely become one of music’s biggest prime movers in years to come. They’ve already capitalized on the success of their NO.SLEEP mix and party series by launching Foreign Family Collective, an outlet for musicians and visual artists alike curated by ODESZA themselves. Foreign Family Collective’s debut release was the huge R&B/electronic pop banger, “Fiend,” from Troy Samuela & Monsoonsiren with forthcoming releases and projects from Big Wild and more exciting, cutting edge producers and graphic artists. The sky is the limit for these young turks.

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Exploded View

Exploded View is a new collaborative project helmed by the UK-born, Berlin-based political- journalist-turned-musician Anika (Invada Records / Stones Throw). The project is newly signed to Sacred Bones Records, who will release a single in March and a full-length later this year.

After playing a string of 2014 solo shows in Mexico with a backing lineup composed of local producers Martin Thulin (Crocodiles producer) synth-head Hugo Quezada (Robota) and Riotboy sweetheart Hector Melgarejo (Jessy Bulbo / Nos llamamos), Anika and her new bandmates discovered a chemistry that they simply had to capture on tape.

The dexterity of the band comes from a collective lifetime in music. Anika’s résumé alone is incredible -a successful solo artist produced by Portishead/ Beak> founder Geoff Barrow, a DJ, radio host, and a live collaborator with the likes of Michael Rother (Neu!), Jandek, and Pete Swanson. Thulin is the producer for Crocodiles and an accomplished solo artist and producer whose career in music at present is over a decade long, and everyone else involved in the project has worked in music in Mexico City for many years. Exploded View emphasizes the talents of Anika and her collaborators in a new way, one that cuts through its improvisational roots with laser-focus and intent.

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Local Natives

Taylor Rice
Kelcey Ayer
Ryan Hahn
Matt Frazier
Nik Ewing

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Faces on TV

Faces On TV is youngest project of Jasper Maekelberg. As an incredibly talented and charismatic leading vocalist he is also part of Yuko and Amongster, has worked as an engineer/producer for artists such as Gabriel Rios, Mintzkov, Nordmann and Soldier’s Heart, but is a gifted singer/songwriter to start with. His untainted, styled and groovy songs, which can be said to have common grounds with Beck, Eels and Gorillaz are a proof of vision and a personal musical identity.

In 2014 the band reached the finals of De Nieuwe Lichting 2014 thanks to a selection by Jef Neve. Early 2015 they released their first single “Run Against The Stream”, which was played by Studio Brussels, Radio 1 and FM Brussel. Max Colombie called the song one of his top Belgian tracks, and Humo described it as an outstanding debut single, like driving on full speed with the handbrake up. The track peaked the list of most popular songs on 22Tracks for weeks.

In the meantime Faces On TV played some of Belgium’s finest stages including AB, Vooruit, Trix, Muziekodroom en Boomtown and supported Balthazar, Team William and Douglas Fir. They are now fully focussing on their debut album, to be released with the power of WasteMyRecords!

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Flowers

sometimes noisy, indiepop

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Amber Arcades

Amber Arcades is the moniker of Dutch musician Annelotte de Graaf. Having written and recorded songs in a solo setting for some time, she flew out to New York in 2015 and teamed up with producer Ben Greenberg to record her debut album. The album sees de Graaf exploring a new set of influences, presenting floating pop melodies over mantric guitar lines and is set for release in Spring 2016.

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FEWS

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God Is an Astronaut

God is an Astronaut are a 4 piece band who hail from Glen of the Downs, Ireland. Currently one of the worlds biggest instrumental bands they took their name from a line in Clive Barker’s film ‘Nightbreed’. The band was formed by twin brothers Niels and Torsten Kinsella in 2002. After recording their first demo’s and with numerous labels offering deals (yet looking for the band to add vocals to their music) they instead decided to set up their own label ‘Revive Records’ to release their debut album ‘The End of the Beginning’ in 2002. This crucially allowed the band to remain in complete creative control. Speaking on their debut, which was originally intended as the bands farewell to the music industry, the band say “we just wanted to finish on a release we were really proud of, we had no expectations at all.” Over the next couple of years after the album’s low key release, the band started to pick up interest mainly through word of mouth on-line with rave reviews on blogs. Both video singles from the album “The End of the Beginning” and “From Dust to the Beyond” received airplay across Europe on MTV. This was when the world was first exposed to the bands strong usage of visuals to enhance their music.

To this point God Is An Astronaut was purely a studio project. With word spreading, the band wanted to get out and to start playing the material live and so enlisted Lloyd Hanney (who was trained by the late jazz drumming legend Johnny Wadham) to join on drums. When first out on the road their tours included visuals that were added to the live show with the purpose to enhance the emotion and structure of the songs. Initially the band picked up a wave of publicity from this, often due to the shocking images that featured on the visuals, however as their confidence grew as live performers, they put the emphasis back on their music and released their breakthrough album “All is Violent, All is Bright” in early 2005.

In 2006 they released their first E.P. "A Moment of Stillness" (2012 version upgraded to full length album). This 5 track E.P. saw a much more ambient approach than before. In mid 2006 a licensing deal with U.K. label Rocket Girl (Vinita Joshi) saw both their E.P. and second album "All Is Violent, All Is Bright" being re-released and made available worldwide in both online stores and record stores through Pinnacle distribution (Darla USA).

"Far From Refuge" their third album was released in April 2007. This 9 track album was recorded between September 2006 - March 2007 and seen a more live band approach. An 11 track version was also released in Japan. In October that year the band embarked on their first long tour in Europe. Quickly they were considered one of the most intense live acts ever to come from Ireland due to their visual and sonic barrage.

In early 2008 they finally made it to the USA for their first tour. Although the tour was a success all their equipment was stolen after their last show in New York. But the band proved to be resilient and released their 4th "self titled" album "God Is An Astronaut" in late 2008. The album itself had a big rock production and a much heavier sound than before and was supported by a hectic touring schedule with 130 + shows in 20 different countries. Their last two European tours in 2009 completely sold out which helped further cement them as one of the big 3 post-rock instrumental bands in the world, even finishing in the top 90 worldwide bands on Last FM.

2010 seen the release of the band’s 6th album ‘Age Of The Fifth Sun’ and the band go from a 3 piece to a 4 piece with keyboard/piano player Jamie Dean joining the band. The band received rave reviews and the best ever reactions to their concerts due to the explosive energy of the new lineup. 2012 seen the re-release of their entire back catalogue, all the albums have been re-mastered by Tim Young @ Metropolis Mastering whose credits include Massive Attack, The Beatles etc...

God is an Astronaut’s 7th full-length album, Origins was released on September 16th 2013. Comprising a dozen tracks, Origins fluctuates from controlled ferment (‘Calistoga’) to plaintive, piano-led reverie (‘Autumn Song’) to rhapsodic, unapologetically melodic fever (‘Signal Rays’) while never losing its focus. Touring in support of the album brought the band to new territories like China and Brazil including over 100+ shows worldwide.

As with all the bands music to date, they describe the record as “a photograph or a snapshot of who we are in that moment of time”. Despite being 8 albums in, the band’s outlook and ethos still remains the same as it did on their debut – the sole priority being on releasing and performing music they love.

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Ef

It all started in Gothenburg, Sweden back in 2003. After various incarnations the band we’ve now come to know as EF hit their stride by opening up their heavy distorted guitar palet to a much richer, textural approach with haunting melodies and harmonies. The band started touring and built up a dedicated fanbase throughout the years. The experience and confidence gained from these 16 odd tours have taken them all over Europe, Russia and Asia. It has shaped them to become the explosive, energetic and cathartic live band they are now today.

As it goes with age and experience also comes growth. Although the sound of the band has evolved away from the hardcore infused post-rock of their early days, EF have always kept their hardcore d.i.y. ethics alive. By running their own record label, And the Sound Records, and setting up their own worldwide distribution they sold thousands of records along the way. Their last full length album “Mourning golden morning“ (2010 ATS Records/Cargo) being the one that finally gave the band the critical acclaim and a wider audience.

2013 marks the 10 year celebration of the band’s existence. They are still aiming high. What better way is there than to celebrate this with the release of their 4th studio album! We’re happy and proud to announce that “Ceremonies“ will be released in September. In autumn of 2012 the band released a glimpse of their ever evolving sound on the 10“ vinyl EP “Delusions of grandeur“, to rave reviews in both the alternative press and the metal media – the sound of that EP hinted at a new beginning; a potential infatuation with pop-ish song efforts? This is one of EF’s greatest strenghts. They appeal to both bearded indie rockers, horn throwing metal heads and intensely staring post-rockers at the same time. They can be heavy and fragile simultaneously, and they are not affraid to push their own boundaries “Ceremonies“ is once again an expedition through the landscape of sound that EF conjures up with great efficacy. Their love of melody and harmony alive, carried by heavy rythms, only to be dispersed into a sonic aurora borealis; with improved vocal and orchestral arrangements including more strings, horns, piano and even the use of synthesizers. And, once again given the carefully sculpted mix production by Magnus Lindberg (Cult Of Luna).

Growth. Experiment. Focus. These are the 3 key words for one of Europe’s hardest working and continuously promising acts who look forward to another 10 years of making music together.

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Aïsha Devi

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