Premiere: Ovend – Nuits Fauves

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France has a vibrant electronic scene, known for its pioneering artists that have breathed fresh life into techno, electro, and house. That said, hearing of softer, more melodic sounds rising out of the country is rarer, and often over-looked.

Enter Ovend, a promising new talent who’s already been tapped by Tale Of Us for a collaboration as of his third release. His abilities in track production speak for themselves, as do his influences in classic trance and contemporary techno, with each of his tracks thus far leading the listener on an immersive journey.

His latest “Nuits Fauves” lands once more on Afterlife, this time on the latest Realm Of Consciousness compilation. It’s hauntingly captivating, caressing the listener with contrasting elements of stark melodies and warm instrumentation. A trancey breakdown ties the piece together, bearing resemblance to earlier days of the genre while promoting a soaring sentiment before the track reassembles itself for a nuanced second half.


Pre-order a copy of ‘Realm Of Consciousness Pt. III’ here

Adriatique – Ray [EP Review]

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Ray is an embodiment of Adriatique‘s aural personality across two tracks. The first, “Voices Of The Dawn,” takes conjures gloomy imagery as cunningly-arranged analog synth progressions bounce around the ears. Tribal-inspired drum patterns accent these melodies in an oddly satisfying way, topped off by strategically-placed roars and growls that add to the overall darkness from the finished product.

The EP’s namesake production moves Ray into the light — as its name suggests. Even more melodic than “Voices Of The Dawn,” “Ray” captures a pleasant sentimentality that feels sunny while listening. Warm chords in harmony with one another create a calm atmosphere. That said, on the dancefloor it will surely cause collective hand-raising.

 

 

Ray is currently out on Afterlife. Purchase a copy here

Tale of Us release Fabric 97 mix

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Tale of Us Fabric 97 Mix

Italian techno stalwarts Tale of Us — Armine Conte and Matteo Milleri — officially released their long anticipated mix for London’s seminal Fabric Nightclub. With duo’s roots in Fabric dating back to the most nascent stage of their career, they were an obvious act to chart for the mix series.

“Our techno sound has a certain amount of melody and melancholy” explain the group. “The music we produce and play will always have this. We just like a bit of drama.”

The aforementioned drama has garnered Tale of Us the praise of techno critics and fanatics alike and, at a point of culmination in their storied career as artists, the mix at hand serves as a finale of sorts. The moody, theatric compilation features the expansive soundscapes of Patrice Bäumel, DJ Koze, Fur CoatAdriatique, and Tale of Us themselves, only to name a few.

Tale of Us will be celebrating the launch at a daytime party on Sunday 25th February, with an extended, all-day-long set.

The official mix is available to buy here.

Tracklist:
1.          Tom Flynn – Cup Of Joe [Mix Exclusive]
2.          Recondite – Saudade [Afterlife]
3.          Trikk – Metala [Mix Exclusive]
4.          Agents Of Time – Ness [Mix Exclusive]
5.          Mind Against & Aether – Covenant [Mix Exclusive]
6.          Pisetzky – Bakwas [Mix Exclusive]
7.          Efdemin – There Will Be Singing (DJ Koze Remix) [Dial]
8.          Reference – Ghetto Nebula [200 Records]
9.          Marino Canal – Faint Light [Mix Exclusive]
10.       Fideles – Resonant [Mix Exclusive]
11.       Patrice Bäumel – The Hatchet [Afterlife]
12.       Mathame – Lifetime [Mix Exclusive]
13.       Denis Horvat – 4th Wall [Mix Exclusive]
14.       Brian Cid – Plot Thickens [Mix Exclusive]
15.       Fur Coat – Squared Minds [Mix Exclusive]
16.       Adana Twins – Sequence 01 [Afterlife]
17.       Soulholic & 7Options – Memorial Day [MoBlack]
18.       Kevin De Vries – Path To Immortality [Mix Exclusive]
19.       Tale Of Us – Error Error [Mix Exclusive]
20.       Adriatique – Ray [Afterlife]

Tale Of Us release new track ‘Error Error’ ahead of fabric 97 mix

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Tale Of Us has revealed their rousing new track “Error Error,” ahead of its official release on the duo’s fabric 97 compilation. An ace representation of the duo’s paradigmatic marriage of melody and melancholy, “Error Error” cements the pensive virtuosos’ stirring brand of techno, in both harrowing synths and an awakening baseline.

fabric 97 will see that the Italian vanguards continue to build on their mushrooming reputation in its 13 exclusive tracks. Both Afterlife label regulars and up-and-coming acts will be featured in the promising showcase that Tale Of Us will bring on the compilation.

fabric 97 is out Feb. 16. Pre-order it here.

Stephan Bodzin releases a breathtaking ‘Strand’ on Afterlife

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German synth wizard Stephan Bodzin has been quite the busy character. Since the release of his critically-acclaimed Powers Of Ten LP, immense hunger for his whimsical, yet driving productions has led to him undergoing an expansive and heavy tour schedule. The result has been an plethora of opportunities to see him live; however, this comes at the sacrifice of new music.

Luckily, 2017 didn’t go by in complete silence for Bodzin fans. He released a poignant re-work of Tale Of Us & Vaal’s “Monument” over the summer season on Afterlife. Now, he returns to the label once more for his first original work since Powers Of Ten as the year comes to a close.

Strand contains two highly sought-after tunes from the veteran composer, which have been objects of heavy praise on the underground circuit. The EP opens with its title track, which creates a sense of comforting bliss with warm, sentimental analog melodies and arpeggios that are accompanied by appealing white noise accents. Then, the Strand takes a turn for the shadows with “Catamaran,” whose airy percussion gives way into equally powerful synth accents that are ethereal as they are haunting. Like a catamaran, the EP’s closer sails through foggy channels of emotion and mysticism.

 

 

Order ‘Strand’ here

 

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Premiere: Fideles sign onto Afterlife & show off creative restraint with ‘Hadar’

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Italy is having an unprecedented musical moment within the underground. The Southern European nation — led by Tale Of Us, DJ Tennis and others — has become a hub for avant-garde, melodic house & techno, with the rest of the world ravenously consuming the sounds born from the region.

Fideles are yet another Italian outfit on the rise, and they’ve already begun carving out their niche within the melodic tech sphere. Inching their way into it in 2010, they’ve since had the pleasure of releasing on Josh Wink’s Ovum, Innervisions, and other reputable imprints. Their next milestone comes in the form of a release on fellow Italian imprint Afterlife, where bosses Tale Of Us have recognized their skill through signing a five-track Impressum EP.

“Hadar” is the second piece on the record’s A-side, and it does well in showing off Fideles’ nuanced approach to impactful song production. While lacking in over-the-top elements, “Hadar” unfolds in a positively entrancing way, easing the listener into its flow with haunting, windy samples in the background that line subdued kicks and an arpeggiated hook that creates a sense of unease in the mind. In forging such a brooding, hypnotizing composition, they fit themselves seamlessly into the Afterlife aesthetic while also showing off their own artistic chops as a duo.

The aforementioned record has already been well-received on the club circuit.  They sent it to Tale Of Us in hopes of it being played out to in their sets, then, according to them, “After 2 weeks we saw a video of the guys playing ‘Hadar’ and crowd going crazy in return.” It was so well-received by fans, who “increasingly commented asking for the ‘Track ID,’” that their entire EP was soon signed onto Afterlife as its eighth output.

Impressum will be available on digital and vinyl shelves beginning on October 27.

 

 

Pre-order the ‘Impressum’ EP here

 

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Tale Of Us & Vaal – The Hangar (Original Mix)

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It seems preposterous – almost unbelievable, even – that hardly more than a year has passed since Tale Of Us launched their Afterlife record label. Over the course of a mere 14 months, Carmine Conte and Matteo Milleri have built an imprint which seems on track to rival the impact of giants like Diynamic and Drumcode, thanks to their apparent “quality over quantity” approach.

To ring in August, the Italian duo have put forth a particularly momentous piece with “The Hangar,” a track produced with frequent collaborator Vaal. The single, which pairs the artists’ propensities for mystifying techno with harder-edged industrial leads, is astonishingly only the sixth release in the Afterlife canon. “The Hangar” also hits two label milestones, acting as its inaugural standalone single and marking the first time that Tale Of Us have released their own music on the imprint outside of compilations.

Ultimately, this new single shows off a more energetic side to the refined producers involved and breeds further excitement for what’s to come from Afterlife in the coming months.

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Premiere: Denis Horvat debuts on Afterlife with ‘Bruto’

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Denis Horvat’s breakthrough into the industry has been nothing short of astronomical. Though he’s been active for quite some time, his Cedevita EP in 2015 quickly caught the attention of quite a few prolific DJs, a few of which were Âme and Dixon who secured his rise by signing him onto their Innervisions imprint in 2016. Now, the producer has found his way onto another powerhouse label: Afterlife.

“Bruto” is the official title of Horvat’s Afterlife debut, a dark and brooding piece lined with intricate, arpeggiated synth undertones and cloudy melodies. Even more drama is added to the piece by way of subtle layers of samples that bounce around the soundspace, maintaining a firm grasp on the listener through its various peaks, valleys, and breaks. “Bruto” is quite a brilliant work coming out of Horvat’s burgeoning repertoire, just the quality one would expect to be chosen by Tale Of Us as an Afterlife release.

“Bruto” becomes available digitally through Afterlife’s Realm of Consciousness, Part II EP on June 16.

The track and compilation are available for preorder in digital and vinyl formats.

 

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