• HNNY Details Upcoming EP for Pets, Streams “Yogalates”
• Ry-X & Ame Announce Howling LP for Ninja Tune + New video
• Scuba Announces Fourth Full Length Artist Album Claustrophobia
HNNY Details Upcoming EP for Pets, Streams “Yogalates”
Stockholm’s Johan Cederberg (a.k.a. HNNY) has shared a stream of “Yogalates” from his forthcoming Carefree EP before the record drops next week. The highly active Swedish producer has released a slew of 10″s and 12″s for labels like Let’s Play House, Local Talk, and Puss in recent years (not to mention a split on Studio Barnhus), but this latest effort marks his first appearance on Pets, the label headed by Catz ‘n Dogz. Each of the EP’s five tracks are said to fall under the umbrella of off-kilter, colorful house, with closing cut “Yogalates”—available to hear below in an XLR8R premiere—featuring “big xylophones, joyous piano chords, rubbery kicks, and a generally disarming sense of playfulness.”
Carefree arrives on February 23, and the EP’s complete tracklist has also been posted below.
01 Happy Happy House House
02 Brasilian Sound
03 Fresh Laundry
Ry-X & Ame Announce Howling LP for Ninja Tune + New video
Howling’s album Sacred Ground stands for many things at once: collaboration, improvisation, simplicity, unexpected happenstance. The original track ‘Howling’ exploded virally in early 2012 (via Dixon’s Boiler Room set), though hardly past demo stage at the time, and proceeded to climb charts and win awards throughout electronic music. The track’s two humble collaborators – singer/producer/folk-electronic artist Ry X and Âme producer/Innervisions leader Frank Wiedemann – never saw it coming.
Nor did they expect that a few years later, despite being from two different sonic universes and living on two different sides of the world, their debut album would be pressed in Berlin. Sacred Ground will be released in May 2015 as a collaboration between Modeselektor’s archetypal Berlin label Monkeytown and Counter, an imprint of Ninja Tune.
Raised in a remote town in Australia, and now based in LA, Ry Cuming met Karlsruhe-born, Berlin-based Frank Wiedemann on Skype through a mutual friend. Ry had risen to underground-folk fame with his breakthrough hit ‘Berlin’ and band The Acid, while Wiedemann had long sat as royalty in the 4/4 scene.
After their ‘Howling’ track took off unintentionally, the pair met in Berlin for two shows, and two songs were made very quickly and intuitively in their two days of rehearsal. Session/rehearsal recordings flowed naturally from there, with songs sprouting up in very different atmospheres: a ceremony space in Topanga, CA surrounded by deep forest (hence their lush track ‘Forest’); amongst the WMC madness in Miami; in rehearsals in Zurich (indeed, where their ‘Zurich’ track was magically captured); even on Frank’s farm in South Germany at Lake Constance.
First single ‘Signs’ is a shining representative of Howling’s album, ‘Sacred Ground’. A wondrous synergy of both artists, with tangible elements of Frank’s characteristic sound (deep, layered, amalgamative) creeping in ever so slightly amongst the profound freeness of Ry’s vocals and production. But the project takes both artists to someplace new altogether: beautiful, hypnotic soundscapes that somehow hold a sense of abandon and a sense of being found.
“Our process was very, very organic. For both of us, it’s just about the creation. Each song has a little journey of its own. The vision’s beautiful between us because there’s a lot of trust. It’s a very intuitive process where we fall in love with one element of the song or one element of a thought, and we follow that until both of those ideas have been met.” – Ry X, Howling
‘Signs’ will come fully equipped not only with a stunning video directed by Ry X and Constantin Demner, but an arsenal of remixes from Kalabrese, Rødhåd and Radioslave (who also turn in a mix from their other guise Matom) to be released on white label early March.
In 2015, the collective Children of the Light from Holland will be building a live tour with Howling, creating a bespoke, interactive light setup.
18th May – Strom, Munich, DE
21st May – Button Factory, Dublin, IE
22nd May – Oval Space, London, UK
24th May – Sub Club, Glasgow, UK
27th May – Übel und Gefährlich, Hamburg, DE
28th May – Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
2. Stole The Night
3. Interlude I
4. X Machina
7. Short Line
9. Interlude II
Scuba Announces Fourth Full Length Artist Album Claustrophobia
Scuba’s musical biography has been a story of constant change. Over the past eleven years, his music has zigzagged through bass, techno and house, at times dark and contemplative, at others bright and anthemic. A look at his discography bears out this creative restlessness: from the shadowy rhythms of A Mutual Antipathy and Triangulation, through the soaring melodies of Personality and the cardinal “Adrenalin” EP.
Claustrophobia is more than just the next phase in this development—it’s a culmination of everything that’s come so far. As its name implies, the record is tense and inward-looking, but it’s also rich and dynamic, nimbly moving through a panorama of moods and styles. Rhythms expand and contract from one song to the next, textural passages give way to shimmering strands of melody, found sounds and field recordings breathe life into ambient sketches. The album is modern and understated throughout, but also touched with something unrestrained: the exhilarating energy of classic rave.
The album comes at a pivotal moment for Scuba. In the past few years, he’s gigged heavily, playing countless festivals and clubs around the world. The hugely influential Hotflush Recordings, run by Scuba, has expanded rapidly, with upwards of a dozen releases each year, including widely loved titles from the likes of Joy Orbison, Mount Kimbie and Paul Woolford. But Claustrophobia was written in a period of relative calm. Scuba began the album last summer as he prepared for his set at Labyrinth, the intimate techno festival in the mountains of Japan.
On that autumnal afternoon, given four hours on the world’s best Funktion One, he traced the full arc of his current sound, from sonorous Rhythm & Sound-style dub to full-on warpath techno.
Claustrophobia, which he finished in the months following Labyrinth, has the same bold and comprehensive quality as that performance. We only occasionally get a 4/4 thud—most tracks are built on lurching, angular rhythms, sometimes subtle (“Drift,” “All I Think About Is Death”) sometimes monolithic (“Television,” “Needle Phobia”). A few tracks, like “Levitation” and “Transience,” are essentially beat-free, but are not mere interludes—with vivid tones and striking depth of field, they have as much gravitas as their thumping companions (“PCP,” “Why You Feel So Low” or “Black On Black”). Sleek, versatile and aurally lush, Claustrophobia is Scuba at his most immersive.
Release date: March 23rd 2015
Why You Feel So Low
All I Think About Is Death
Black on Black