Episode 24 - Caramel Heart
- 01. Hydrogen Sea - Beating Heart
- 02. Yndi Halda - Together Those Leaves
- 03. Blue States - Restless Spheres
- 04. John Wizards - Muizenberg
- 05. Hysee - Circular Dispute [Visceral Vibrations]
- 06. Amatorski - Peaceful (DopplAr Rework)
- 07. Rival Consoles - Johannesburg
- 08. Kollektiv Turmstrasse - Sorry I Am Late (Summer 2016 Version)
- 09. ZHU - In the Morning (Tom Glass Remix)
- 10. Junk Son - Picture (Ghost Culture remix)
- 11. NUAGE - Message
- 12. Konx-Om-Pax - Caramel
Hydrogen Sea is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist PJ Seaux and singer Birsen Uçar. PJ handles the guitar, triggers the wavy synths and controls the dark beats. Birsen complements their distinctive sound with soft-voiced, dreamy lyrics.
Hydrogen Sea is a delicate blend of dark electronics and an ethereal voice.
Yndi Halda (pronounced YIN-dee hal-DAR and stylised "yndi halda" in lower case) is a post-rock band from Canterbury, England. 'Yndi Halda' is Old Norse for "Enjoy Eternal Bliss", also the name of their self-titled debut. The band's music is characterized by expansive, cinematic pieces that have seen them compared to post rock and modern classical genres.
Blue States accidentally established themselves at the forefront of the burgeoning wave of downtempo acts way back in 1998. Their debut album 'Nothing Changes Under the Sun' was released on Memphis Industries in September 2000, stunning critics and punters alike with its glorious retro-futurism.
In 2002 the second album "Man Mountain" was released on XL Recordings, which saw Blue States up the anti somewhat with the addition of vocalist Ty Bulmer. Including a string quartet, horn section and a kids choir "Man Mountain" was an all together grander affair, the standout track being 'Season Song' which ended up on the 28 Days Later soundtrack.
Never one to try and replicate his past endeavours, the third album "The Soundings" released in 2004. With Chris Carr taking on lyrical and vocal duties The Soundings saw Blue States once again morph into something new. The layers of strings and brass were stripped back to reveal something darker and more personal.
September 2007 saw the release of the fourth album 'First Steps Into..' on Memphis Industries. For this album Andy did a Michael Palin and went full circle, returning to the ethos of Nothing Changes and becoming a one man band again. "Allies' became the standout track, with its mix of otherworldly vocals and dense strings, all wrapped up in electronic sensibility. A solely written and produced album it sonically borrows from all three previous albums.
'Sum Of The Parts' was released in 2009, an Itunes only album comprising of b-sides from all of their releases from 1998 to 2007. A new album is being concocted at the moment with a new EP to see the light of day in 2012.
It goes without saying that the Belgian band Amatorski is unique in its kind. Combining an enormous versatility with a consistent and captivating sound is their trademark.
In 2010 the Belgian audience fell in love with their debut EP 'Same Stars We Shared', including the radio hit 'Come Home'. A year later, the Benelux release of their atmospheric album 'tbc' exceeded already high expectations.
In 2013 Amatorski was signed to Crammed Discs for a worldwide release of the 'tbc'/'Same Stars We Shared' combo. The band toured extensively, from Germany to France, from Spain to the UK, from Switzerland to Slovakia, Austria and Hungary.
In the meantime they created soundtracks for television and for a Dutch movie, and their acclaimed interactive multimedia project 'Deleting Borders' explored crossovers between music, internet and video art.
In 2014 they released their second full album ‘From Clay to Figures’ and wrote the title track to BBC show ‘The Missing’. Album III is in the making with single Hear Me released spring 2016.
I play many instruments and have done for many years. I started composing around 12 years old, and continue to do so now more than ever.
I'm drawn to electronic music because the patterns your hands learn as a musician sometimes dictate too much in the creating process, with electronic music you don't have the same muscle memory.
There are few artists operating in the house/techno milieu who offer much beyond functionality in their music. Those who bring more than this to the table always stand out from the crowd. Hamburg/Berlin duo Kollektiv Turmstrasse (Christian Hilscher and Nico Plagemann) are one of those rare acts whose music caters for both body and soul.
Already performing in clubs with their own solo endeavours - Nico as a live act, Christian as a DJ - the pair met back in 1998 at a party they were both booked for, and immediately struck up a rapport. “There weren't many music nerds in the region” they recall. “It was almost inevitable for us to become friends.” Their musical bond deepened swiftly through regular record store pilgrimages and late nights in clubs and at festivals. Swapping music and throwing parties together, they soon made their first joint studio venture in 2000 “without really heading into a specific direction. It all began in our first shared apartment in a street called Turmstrasse.” It was their record dealer who proved to be the catalyst for their production career, urging them to bring their music to the world and releasing the track Turmstrasse on his Electronic Parliament imprint in 2001. “Without him we wouldn't be where we are today. He believed in us and enabled us a lot.”
Their cinematic take on 4/4 electronica has won praise from all quarters via releases on Diynamic, Connaisseur and their own Musik Gewinnt Freunde imprint. Debut album Rebellion der Träumer (‘The Dreamer’s Rebellion’) demonstrated a prowess beyond the realms of the dancefloor, laden with frosty electronic melody, downtempo rhythm and classy vocals. A busy remix schedule has seen them grace the likes of Cocoon, Get Physical, Soma, Poker Flat, Defected, Systematic and Traum, reworking multifarious acts including Trentemøller, Hot Chip and Terry Lee Brown Jnr. along the way.
Their sense of emotion - informed by their upbringing on Germany’s visually arresting Baltic Sea coast - lends their productions a human warmth, allowing them to slot effortlessly into both club and home listening scenarios. “Wide; open; top-heavy; all-consuming; shifted; simple; these are the words we use to describe our sound. We use both digital and analog. First and foremost we produce music for ourselves. We don't predetermine whether it’s suited for home or club environment.” This lack of contrition serves them well. Electronic music is an art for them; not a science.
Watching their live show reveals how their music connects with crowds on an emotional level, and how its melodic and textural depth works in such synergy with its rhythmic backbone. “We play live with two MacBooks running Ableton Live with over a thousand clips, which gives us a lot of space to improvise. The whole thing is controlled with one iPad each which allows us to work very fast and intuitively.” Their show has been finding them in high demand across the globe, and has helped them to strengthen their relationship with Solomun’s Diynamic label - playing at their international parties while releasing music with them on a regular basis. “They have been friends of ours for over ten years” says Solomun. “It was a mere matter of time for them to join in. Mutual friends, interests and in general a similar perception of music and life brought us together.” While the label’s sound has evolved in recent years, there has always been a place for Kollektiv Turmstrasse within their fabric. “One thing that we all have in common is a certain melancholy and harmony in our productions.” For a duo who don’t like to be pigeonholed, it’s a perfect fit.
“The journey has alway been more important to us than the reward” Christian and Nico say on their future with music. “There is a lot to discover along the way and it might just be that the detour is the more scenic route to the next goal.” With such an organic pulse running through their productions, it should come as no surprise that they hope their career progresses in similarly unforced fashion.
Hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, Dimitry Kuzmin aka Nuage is no newcomer to the producing world. Kuzmin began producing under the musical alias of Nuage six years ago with his early releases deeply rooted in drum and bass. His first solo release ‘Missing You’ was included in the Medschool ‘New Blood Compilation’.
His more recent productions have shifted in sound to encompass a wider range of influences and styles, in his own words “to express a broader spectrum of emotions”. Nuage’s first full length release, the incredibly vibrant and deep ‘Music Of Branches’ paid homage to the stylings of Garage, Deep House and 170BPM Eletronica, dropping on Dublin-based Absys Records. With a second LP ‘Print Of You’ released on American Translation Records, Nuage saw further records released on labels such as French imprint Roche Musique, Food Music and Blu Mar Ten.
Nuage continues to create emotionally charged, elevating music, channeling his love of various contrasting genres into his compositions, the end result of which is always a mutiformity of sonic brilliance.