Pre-Order: Scrase – Heart / Another [Love Love Records]

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Scrase – Heart

Formats: 12″ / Digital

Label: Love Love Records

Release Date: 11th August 2014

Providing a state-of-the-art rejuvenation of 90s ambient house, the ‘Heart‘ EP (the first in a 2-part set of records) serves as a fluent example of the lighter side of Greg Scrase‘s previously little-known, but masterfully honed craft – here paying homage to the past greats of electronica, drawing together different threads of influence and applying them to his own colourful sonic palette. The 12” contains 3 exquisite original tracks that bubble and grow with a vibrant analogue charm, imbued with Scrase’s house-ier tendencies and melodic capabilities – backed-up by a very special remix of ‘Flyover’ from like-minded acid aficionado Dave Monolith (under the moniker MNLTH).

The title track, ‘Heart‘, opens the EP with timeless melodies that organically intertwine, drawing back the curtain to reveal a plethora of intricately coalescing layers. With a unique balance of rough and clean a delicate sense of faltering euphoria is created, as augmented vocal swells washed in reverb swim among sparkling synths and broken pianos, driven firmly along by robust kicks and claps. The track moves through shifting sonic pastures, littered with resonant waves and ripples, culminating in a peak that can only be described as epic, before the A-side closes with the palette-cleansing ambient revolutions of ‘Ice Exploration Party‘.

On the B-side ‘Flyover‘ picks up where ‘Heart’ left off, stylistically similar to the title track in its essence, whilst possessing a more majestic feeling – the harmonies confident and the form cohesive. Commencing with a solid beat underpinned by a repeating fog horn-like pulse, streams of soaring voices reach out to trace dreamy outlines of billowing structures, tying together the elements of the track with a blissful simplicity. Monolith’s remix of ‘Flyover’ sees him build upon the euphoric elements of the original, re-interpreting the track as a lush electronic pop classic in his trademark style – blending slick acid and catchy melodies with a subtle poignancy.

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Scrase – Another

Formats: 12″ / Digital

Label: Love Love Records

Release Date: 11th August 2014

In contrast to his ‘Heart‘ release, Scrase’s ‘Another‘ EP provides a dark and twisted journey down more alien avenues – the streaming melodies & warm atmospheres of the previous EP supplanted by arcane wooden rhythms and mechanised bass movements. A small collection of club-engineered tracks displaying a wider range of styles sit amongst intricately constructed percussive tracks, topped off with a brooding remix of the title track by the ever consistent Irish techno duo Lakker. Whilst ‘Another’ delivers a slab of crawling, warehouse-weight with an Eastern flavour, ‘Movon’ provides a minimal take on UK bass music fine-tuned to devastating effect. The three percussive tracks littered throughout the release explore a very different angle, combining dusty wooden rhythms with dread-filled tones and complex manipulations, lending the diverse collection of tracks a strong ritualistic feeling.

The first of three percussive tracks, ‘Perc 12‘ opens the EP on an eerie tone utilising primal patterns and tribal timbres; providing an organic, intricately carved backdrop to the rest of the release. Each with their own nuances, all three percussive tracks give a deeper insight into Scrase’s output through complex polyrhythmic arrangements. The title track ‘Another‘ layers similarly rhythmic wooden percussion into a more regimented structure, bolstered with bone-rattling thuds and topped with warm tropical tumbles. The track’s dance-friendly framework is offset by Scrase’s impulsive twist on the traditional techno blueprint, craftily playing with the listener’s expectations. The Lakker remix of ‘Another’ heightens the hypnotic nature of the original, slicing the percussive elements into grainy syncopated rhythms bristling with a feral industrial edge. ‘Movon‘, the first track on the B-side, instantly leaps into action, with huge 808 kicks and tight percussion providing the backdrop to a razor sharp, shapeshifting bassline. Using stripped down, barebone elements, Scrase create’s a truly original hybridisation of styles, a hallmark which is consistent throughout his work.

The state51 Conspiracy are handling physical distribution for Heart / AnotherIf you are a record store and would like to place an order, please get in touch with us at: support@state51.com

Trwbador – Several Wolves

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Trwbador – Several Wolves

LP / CD / Digital

Label: Owlet Music

Release Date: 11th August 2014

TRWBADOR follow on from their Welsh Music Prize nominated self-titled debut with the forthcoming release of a new album ‘Several Wolves‘, released by Owlet Music on 11th August 2014. Featuring guest appearances from Richard James (previously a member of Gorky’z Zygotic Mynci) and London rapper ESSA.

The state51 Conspiracy are handling physical distribution for Several WolvesIf you are a record store and would like to place an order, please e-mail us: support@state51.com

Click below to hear the album sampler mix on YouTube.

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“Beautiful. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!” - Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“Powerful but beautiful” - The Music Ninja

“Enchanting electronics” - The Sun

“Love this” - Rob Da Bank, BBC Radio 1

“Be sure that this is on your radar” - **** Buzz Magazine

”An understated giant” - 10/10 Shout 4 Music

“Bloody wonderful” - Phil & Alice, BBC Radio 1

“Blissful production” - Clash Magazine

Russ Chimes – Sula

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Russ Chimes – Sula

Release Date: 14th July 2014

Label: Uno Mas Records

Format: Digital Download

After the huge success and consequent UK charting of his single ‘Turn Me Out’ late last summer, Russ Chimes has resisted bashing out a follow up in a similar vein to his admitted “Track for DJ sets that ended up on the radio”.  Instead, after a long run of shows, he decided to head back into the studio and hit reset, working on a new batch of music that spoke more about him as an artist. Following on from a surprise free track ‘Motions’ a few months back, Russ, through is own imprint Uno Mas Records, now adds the latest section to this foundation with the release of ‘Sula’ EP.

The first track sees Russ dive into areas no one would quite expect after ‘Turn Me Out’. A bold move and statement ‘We Need Nothing to Collide’ is a slow, brooding piece of slow-mo dance music. Ultra cinematic, it borrows flavours from some of Russ’s recent film soundtracking work – working with Director Alex Nicholson (See – Mr X), and shows there is much more to his musical personality than his last hit would suggest.

Twinkling syncopated pianos weave in and out of heartbreaking pads and thunderous 808 kicks, punctuated with ethereal vocal samples techno stabs and snare cracks, leading up to a stirring string section. It’s moving, reflective ‘staring into the distance’ music at it’s very best, and a brave move to release something so left, but perfectly illustrates the width of Russ’s musical world and the parameters in which he is on a mission to explore and push on his journey.

Following closely is ‘Your Love’, a riff led house track from much more of a familiar place. A trademark piano line and retro flavoured bassline set the foundation for Russ’s own vocals to flow in and out of bittersweet strings set to a crunching disco tinged house groove. It’s not a peak time weapon in anyway, but is restrained and elegant, evocative and warm.

Sula‘ finishes the release and gives it it’s name. An altogether more uncompromising disco cut, it kicks off with a groove which builds and builds to thunderous bassline which slams in off the first break. It’s a track that would be as happy at a summer festival as it would in a sweaty club or blasting out of a car. Big bold bass riffs and fat, chunky beats are in full effect here, combining cowbells grooves with progressive stabs, techy pulses, and elegant vocal cuts.

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Steven James Adams – House Music [Now Pre-Ordering]

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Steven James Adams - House Music

Release Date: 1st September 2014

Label: The state51 Conspiracy

Formats: CD / Digital

House Music is Steven’s first ‘solo’ album. You may know him as frontman and principal songwriter in the much-lauded The Broken Family Band – who released seven albums over the course of eight years – and more recently as the leader of Singing Adams, who released two albums on the frustratingly titled Records Records Records.

With musical contributions from Vancouver ‘s JUNO award-winning Dan Mangan, rising stars John Smith and Emily Barker, Justin Young of The Vaccines and Scottish musical luminaries Martin Green (from three-time BBC Folk Award winners Lau) and Inge Thomson and more, the resulting record is ambitious, beautifully conceived and graceful.

All purchases of the CD receive a free digital download.

The first 100 pre-orders receive a signed copy.

PRE-ORDER THE CD NOW

SLVA – Tycho [Released on Sonskrif]

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Sonskrif (a label dedicated towards the providing of fresh new bass music and spoken word) reach release number four of a four-part series of singles from South London producer SLVA.

The most recent of these, Malika takes a step towards nostalgia, with the inclusion of distant piano segments, which drift in and out over the top of a complex, underlying rhythmic structure.

Earlier this year, we saw the release of NumbersTycho & Six of Swords - every one of these singles contain something of their own quality whilst keeping to SLVA’s signature bass-driven sound. Certainly worth a listen to those with a soft spot for pounding subs, dance inducing percussion and dynamic, empathetic atmosphere.

You can listen to each of the singles from the SLVA four-part series on YouTube, via the playlist embedded below.

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Brazil World Cup Fever [Out now on Far Out Recordings]

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Far Out Recordings present ‘Brazil World Cup Fever‘ – a compilation dedicated to the uplifting sounds of Brazil and the centrality of football to Brazilian life and culture.

Brazilian football conjures up an essence of mystery, of creativity, of rhythm, of pure joy and freedom. This image of Brazil – with Football so deeply interwoven into the cultural tapestry – is instantly recognisable across the globe; this is partly because Brazilian football and Brazilian music share an intrinsic identity of mystery, magic and creative flair.

From the funky swing of Sabrina Malheiros to the celebratory samba rhythms of the Friends From Rio, every track on this compilation emanates the Brazilian outlook. Numerous references to football, like ‘Umbabaraumba’, Grupo Batuque’s cover of Jorge Ben’s reference to a Brazilian football chant, amplify the international World Cup buzz.

This compilation sums it all up, making it the perfect way to get you in the mood for Rio 2014!

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Anja McCloskey – Too Many Words

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Anja McCloskey – Too Many Words

Format: Digital

Label: Sotones Records

Release Date: 8th June 2014

Acclaimed German/American artist and accordionist extraordinaire, Anja McCloskey returns with her stunning new single, ‘Too Many Words’.

Taken from her forthcoming second album, the enigmatically titled ‘Quincy Who Waits,’ due out this summer, ‘Too Many Words’ is Anja’s first new solo material since her 2012 debut album ‘An Estimation’.

It’s about an intricate friendship and leaving things behind,“ says Anja, who wrote this song on tour in the Mid-West in the States. With her trademark accordion in tow, ‘Too Many Words’ is equal parts joyous and mysterious – a return to form that embodies the elements of folk and traditional music that made her debut album so hard to pigeonhole.

Back on board to help are label mates Mikey Kenney (Ottersgear), Fredrik Kinbom, Campbell Austin (Moneytree, TS Idiot), Joseph Kelly (Etao Shin) and Dan Whitehouse.

And don’t miss the B-side ‘Fifteen’ - a beautiful instrumental composed for four accordions and recorded live with accordion trio Handregal, which features Anja’s own accordion teacher as well as two members from the orchestra she played in as a teenager.

‘Not everyone might get it, but for those that do, this is a transporting album’
– The Arts Desk

‘Impossible to pigeonhole, folky, sweet and smart’ 
– This is Fake DIY

‘Simply magnificent’
– Daily Express

‘Sultry folk, like a Romany gypsy cabaret show’
– Q

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