London Grammar – Hey Now (Bonobo Remix)

Bobobo’s North Borders album is probably my favourite album from last year and it is great to see him finding time to put gems like this out during a crazy world tour.

GREEN: There’s nobody there telling me when to stop, so often, I end up adding a bunch more elements to the track after I originally thought it was done. I often have an idea and it starts splintering off into a whole lot of directions; I’m interested in exploring every single one of them. So sometimes I end up building two tracks from an initial idea instead of trying to stick them both together.

Source: Interview Magazine

Max Cooper / Tom Hodge – Fragments of Self

Really well made video by Nick Cobby to go with Max Cooper’s and Tom Hodge’s (piano) track. It even got selected as a staff pick on Vimeo.

Download at: smarturl.it/FragmentsOne

Words by Max Cooper:

This track and video are about emergence from the combination of polar opposites. Fragments of self from very different places, but part of the same whole.

Combining classical and computational elements is something I’ve been experimenting with for some years, but this attempt to combine the extreme opposites of each was spurred on by some chance DJing experiments, a fortuitous collaboration opportunity, and the amazing work of my friends Olafur Arnalds and Vaetxh (Rob Clouth). I found that I could mix the most beautiful and delicate piano solo of Olafur, with the most hyper-edited and jarring glitch of Vaetxh, and that the result actually worked, well, for me anyway, even if half the people in the club stood confused about how to dance. So when the opportunity arose to work with the pianist and composer Tom Hodge, I wanted to try and create this form of merger of extremes for a release, rather than it being confined to my DJ toolbox (also on the classical meets glitch history from a slightly different angle, check out “Rossz Csillag Alatt Született” from Venetian Snares 2005!).

After some discussion of ideas and approach with Tom, he sat and played and made some recordings for me, which I then chopped and build chords and structure around, sent them back to him to play over the top of again, and then back to me to edit and glitch the playing along with the nasty noises. My detailing process was that of finding some interesting sound sources (binaural recordings, drum hit samples, clangs and slams etc) and using some Max for live randomisation chains to generate lots of partially random complexity which I could then edit as audio before repeating the process with additional layers, eventually bringing the recorded piano audio in to the editing too.

At completion of the audio I was really happy to find out that Nick Cobby, one of my favourite video artists and long standing collaborator, was available and interested in working on the visual side of the project. He took the combination of seemingly incompatible opposites, and applied it visually with his beautiful generative forms, smooth and organic for the melodic sections, and jagged and abrasive for the percussive sections – big thanks to Nick for his amazing work as always!

So, that’s probably enough ranting about this track from me, aside from why it is like it is, I hope it’s something that you can enjoy irrespective of the conceptual faff.

Video: Nick Cobby

nickcobby.com



Audio: Max Cooper & Tom Hodge

maxcooper.net

tomhodge.com

Navar feat. Nick Beman – Long Lost Friend

A really strong EP from Navar, all tracks have their own style and are all well produced. I had to pick out my favourite though which is the 5th and last track of the EP and probably the most laid back. I think it has a bit more to offer than the others with nice melodies and a lovely vocal by Nick Beman. Guy J has been supporting this whole EP within his latest sets and he has signed it to his label lost and found. Out now.

Child – Interplanetary

This has got to be one of my favourite tracks of the year so far. It has a pretty laid back melodic feel to it but the way all the layers come together and progress is amazing. The track originally came out in January on Funk D’Void’s label “Outpost” but I felt I had to share it. The preview below is pretty short but you get the idea.

Eelke Kleijn – Rampestamper (Guy J remix)

Eelke Keijn’s new track Rampestamper has been doing the rounds recently and I must admit I think the original mix is ok but nothing great. The Guy J remix however is brimming with quality but the soundcloud player below doesn’t do it much justice. It must be hard for labels and producers to put out samples of their work as they can’t always give the full picture. The various synth stabs and melodic layers haven’t come out too well on soundcloud and three minutes of a seven minute track that progresses really well from beginning to end you would think this track is pretty bland when it is not. It is definitely worth hearing a high quality full version so buy it and stick it on a decent set up.

Label
It’s time to welcome Rotterdam’s super-talented Eelke Kleijn to the Lost & Found family with a highly anticipated, exceptional debut release – “Rampestamper”. From the brooding, hypnotic intro onwards, this beauty flows smoothly into an ever blossoming, rising, euphoric journey. Restrained and subtle, yet intensely emotional and supremely accomplished, there can be no doubt that Eelke is a master of his craft, a true modern day composer.

The mix compilation of the summer for many people has undoubtedly been Guy J’s debut “Balance” (EQ) album, a truly uplifting and original listening experience that has gained critical praise of the highest order around world.

But, never one to rest on his laurels, Guy’s exceptional productions and remixes keep on coming. His recent “Seven”/”Milestone” (LF009) release has been a fixture at the top end of Beatport Techno Chart and his dynamic remix of “Rampestamper” is sure to follow suit. Guy J’s work is always touched with a magic that few can rival and this remix gradually turns up the pressure until, yet again, emotion is literally pouring out of the speakers.

Lost & Found is steadily building a catalogue of releases that are uniquely joyous, uplifting, intelligent and beautiful. Guy J and the artists he features alongside his own productions, are exploring the psyche of electronic dance music, asking questions and tasting possibilities, forging ahead into the future. This is a label that everyone should, most definitely, always keep on their music radar.

Nils Frahm – For & Peter – Max Cooper remix’s



So two greats have teamed up to provide a couple of free downloads. The first track “For” has a beautiful piano loop which Max has complimented really well with all kinds of strange spacey sounds in the background with his trademark hit-hats and kick.
The second track “Peter” has a more edgy feel to it, it reminds me more of Max’s recent works. Nils synth kicks in instantly while Max gives the track substance with a few more dark layers and possibly his own little piano loop too. It’s really great that the artists and label decided to provide them as fee downloads, hopefully the two of them can get a bit more publicity because of it.

Max Cooper…
Nils Frahm is one of the best artists out there in my opinion, with pretty much the best live show I’ve ever seen. But aside from all that, this was just a really enjoyable remix to work on because the original is such a great piece of music, and seemingly so well suited to what I wanted to do with it – which was to try and turn Nils’ instrumental jam on his Juno, into something house/techno/club/44 compatible, but still carrying the class and feeling of the original. It was one of those remixes that just seemed to fit and flow easily, with minimum strain and maximum enjoyment on my part – usually a good sign for a remix (the one’s that have to be forced never seem to quite get there).

Not only is this one of the best remix projects I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with, it’s also available totally free for you to download and share as you like, courtesy of Erased Tapes and Decibel festival where myself and Nils played last weekend, as well as XLR8R, who were good enough to first feature it at at http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2013/10/download-max-coopers-new-remix-n

And of course, it’s also a thank you to YOU for listening an supporting my work over the years….thank you and I hope you like the track!….

ps if you’re in London on the 18th, Nils is playing an Erased Tapes showcase at Village Underground.

Applescal & Ryan Davis – Creatures – Atomnation

Ryan Davis is one of my favourite artists of recent times and to see him team up with another great artist Applescal who produced “Spring and Life“, I knew this track would be beautiful. Its dark layers and subtle melodies go well together in this really well worked deep progressive track which wouldn’t be too slow for the majority of tech/prog sets. And if you think you could do this track justice by providing a remix then go over to the Atomnation label website where you can download all the samples for free. The full EP is worth a look, there is a lovely ambient re-work in there too.

Jemmy – Waterloo Blues

I was torn between posting the original mix or the Yousef circus rework. In the end I had to post both. The original is just a perfect summers day track the kind of track you would expect to hear on a terrace in Ibiza when the sun is going down. While the Yousef rework would sound more at home in a club with punchy beats and more emphasised melody. A great EP from Bedrock.

Omid 16B – On the Outside (Club Mix)

I could easily fit this one in my sets as it has a great progressive feel about it along with a beautiful catching melody. Definitely one for the dance floor.

Label spiel
The “On & Off EP” by Omid 16B is the next installment in a series of releases and parties from the master DJ/producer during the summer of 2013 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his highly respected Alola record label.

Omid is an artist who isn’t just a DJ/producer, but also a songwriter and musician, who has played a range of musical instruments from an early age and has spent most of his life involved in music. He has been immersed in music as a life force for so long, that his whole ethos for creating music often seems to be otherworldly, exploring the realms of unfathomable alchemy.

“On The Outside” is yet another gloriously creative example of his intricately woven house music, created with love and patience, that embodies everything that is exciting and supremely danceable about pure, timeless electronic genius. Constantly evolving and growing, with a groove to die for, this is music that will still make perfect sense many years from now.

Talking of pure creativity, the 16m16s of “On & Off” is a space within the universe where all distractions melt away, as layer upon layer of melodic musical experimentation are fused onto a hypnotic minimalistic groove that defies mere simplistic generic classification. This is something that Omid 16B does so well – that laid-back aesthetic – perfect ammunition for summer terraces and sun-soaked parties worldwide, yet equally suited to being an utterly enthralling headphone listening experience at home.

As a respected artist of high calibre for many years, Omid 16B has released several notable albums to critical acclaim and released an astonishing number of amazing singles and remixes over the years. “The On & Off EP” is another example of his highly distinctive style and unique expression that constantly inspires and evolves. As head of the Alola, Disclosure and SexOnWax labels, Omid is, quite rightly, seen as a key tastemaker across the electronic music scene.

To get the bigger picture, you can listen to this intimate hour with Omid on the decks, featuring some new cuts coming up soon on Alola:

Omid is currently putting the finishing touches to a new 16B album that will emerge later this year. This will be preceded by his mix compilation in the “Sounds Like Alola” series, giving people a glimpse into the label’s historic brilliance.

Check www.alola.co.uk for further information about all Alola releases.

Edu Imbernon & Triumph – Veranoski (Henry Saiz Remix)

Edu Imbernon recently put his remix skills towards one of Henry Saiz’s new tracks and now it’s Henry’s turn to repay the favour for Imbernon and Triumphs new track “Veranoski”. The original is pretty outstanding but Saiz’s signature sound is something I always enjoy hearing. All in all two great tracks and a remix by these guys who consistently produce great quality music. Signed to Bedrock.

Label spiel
“This is the only way that people will remember your music, trying to make them feel something special and making them dance.” – Edu Imbernon
Having remixed Jozif’s “Twilight” for John Digweed’s “Live In London” opus and played at the Bedrock anniversary party where the live recording was made, Spain’s Edu Imbernon has already demonstrated a brilliant ear for pulsating house music. Now, he returns, having teamed up with fellow Spaniard Triumph, with “Veranoski” – another haunting masterclass in dancefloor dynamics.
Edu Imbernon is a great example of how a young artist can quickly make their mark on the electronic scene, his worldwide hit – “El Baile Alemán” (produced with his friend Coyu), was lauded as “Best Underground Track of the Year” by Beatport in 2009. Since then, he has continued his steady ascent up the ladder towards house music stardom, with quality remixes for the likes of The XX and Maya Jane Coles, amongst others. His productions have featured on notable labels like Get Physical, Noir Music, Trapez, Great Stuff, Diynamic, alongside his own Eklektisch label. He’s also resident for Kehakuma at Space, Ibiza.
The superb remix of “Veranoski” comes from another of Spain’s finest – Henry Saiz – whose outings on Bedrock are always exceptional. Henry’s critically acclaimed “Balance 019” album, released in 2011, was the catalyst for his star potential explode around the globe. His superb collaboration with Guy J (“Meridian”) and his solo track (“La Marea”) for the landmark Bedrock 100 release, were of the highest level of quality and his “Cryptozoologist EP” (BEDDIGI27) was one of 2012’s highlights. Here, his remix of “Veranoski” once again proves Henry Saiz is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinarily talented young producers around.