Autograf deliver first EP in three years, ‘Love & Retrograde’

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In March, Autograf announced that they would end their hiatus from EP production with the forthcoming release of their first EP since 2016’s Future Soup, Love & Retrograde.

“We know we’ve been quiet lately, but it’s almost time to drop out first EP in 3 years,” Autograf then wrote in an Instagram post that explained the effort’s conceptual basis. “We’ve faced personal hardships since our Future Soul EP was released…These misfortunes helped us grow as a group and reignited our love and passion for music. The songs we created in this dusk have brought so much joy and love into our lives. This creative catalyst has propelled us to construct our Love & Retrograde EP.”

Autograf offered listeners a glimpse of the sound that would follow in full on Love & Retrograde via the project’s debut single, the irrefutably groovy John Splithoff-assisted “Hold Me Back.” Autograf followed “Hold Me Back” with “Casual Love,” a collaboration with The Griswolds. Now, listeners can experience Love & Retrograde in its entirety. The six-cut EP opens with “Test the Waters,” produced alongside WYNNE. Two additional previously unreleased tracks—the namesake “Retrograde”and “Night Drive”—round out Love & Retrograde. Dancing Astronaut talked the production of Love & Retrograde with Autograf in the time leading up to the EP’s release. Read the interview here.

Lunar Lunes: Autograf share ‘Casual Love,’ FANGS thrills on ‘Money,’ Grabbitz flips Dog Blood + more

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

Autograf preview their forthcoming EP with the release of their new single, “Casual Love,” with The Griswolds, and FANGS debuts on Big Beat Records with a fiery new single, “Money.” Grabbitz ups the intensity of Dog Blood‘s “Turn Off the Lights” in his new flip, and Matroda teams up with Dances With White Girls for “Bang.” Grant returns to Monstercat with “Color,” and Luis da Silva releases a formidable remix of 13’s “Uppercut.” Jarvis‘ new EP, The Bro Code, is out now via Firepower Records, as is um..‘s on Deadbeats, featuring tracks like “what?” Rootkit teams up with Bryan Finlay for “Feel Your Love,” and Dombresky takes a “Simple Hit” in his new single. Chime reveals his take on Dodge & Fuski, PhaseOne, and The Arcturians‘ “Mistakes,” and Dutch producer NWYR unleashes a dreamy new single, “Artificial Intelligence.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Autograf taps The Griswolds for second single from upcoing EP, ‘Casual Love’

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Three years out from their debut EP Future Soup, Autograf will look to bring their artistry full circle in summer 19′ by delivering their second multi-track project Love & Retrograde. However, the DJ/producer outfit won’t spill the whole lot just yet, giving fans a small taste on the upcoming EP’s second single “Casual Love.”

With “Hold Me Back,” the Chicago-natives put forth some vibrant thematics on the EP’s first single. Following suit, “Casual Love” looks to continue those feels with its upbeat bass-line and vast array of instrumental layers. On the new single, Autograf enlist Australian rock band The Griswolds for catchy versework over scaling xylophones, deep vocals, and added tribal arrangements, making for a indie/alternative-inspired piece that blends both group’s aesthetics in a complementary way.

Recently, Autograf sat down with Dancing Astronaut to delve into the EP’s deeply personal meaning. The group is also primed for a 20-date U.S. tour of the same name, which includes stops in Honolulu, LA’s Sound Nightclub, Elsewhere NYC, and more. Listen to “Casual Move” below.

Art of experience: Autograf talk the deeply personal process of crafting forthcoming EP, ‘Love And Retrograde’ [Interview]

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Despite the backward motion denotative of the word “retrograde,” Autograf‘s forthcoming EP, Love And Retrograde, is very much a collective step forward for the indie-electronic trio comprised of Mikul Wing, Louis Kha, and Jake Carpenter. Autograf made several successive outings in the 2018 dance release ring, like SNBRN collaboration, “Move All Night,” and fellow joint project with Family of the Year, “Hold Me Down;” however, until now, the group limited the format of their prior releases to standalone singles. With their last EP Future Soup now three-years in the rearview, Autograf prepare to release the project that will end their hiatus from the release of longform productions: Love And Retrograde EP. Love And Retrograde is led by “Hold Me Back.”

A lot can occur and a lot can change in three year’s time: personal and artistic strides are made, creative maturity ensues, and a more adept sense of how to not only confront, but process one’s emotions surfaces as a positive byproduct of personal strife. Autograf members Louis and Mikul can attest to it. When the outfit collaboratively announced the impending release of Love and Retrograde, the group attributed their sonic quietude to the respective “personal hardships” they faced in the three-year expanse from 2016-2019. “We’ve faced personal hardships since our Future Soul EP was released. These misfortunes helped us to grow as a group and reignited our passion for music,” Autograf wrote in an Instagram post. “The songs we created in this dusk have brought so much joy and love into our lives. This creative catalyst has propelled us to construct our Love And Retrograde EP.”

Dancing Astronaut dove into the “dusk” with Louis and Mikul to talk at greater depth about the impetus for Love and Retrograde, the intersection of mental health and self-love, and how the intensely personal–and intensely trying–can translate to music.

DA: Could you speak a bit about your three-year hiatus from EP production? i.e. did you find that taking a break from the production of extended projects allowed you to explore new sound constructions/styles?
Louis: That’s just kind of how it happened. We were touring around, living life and making music. And the music was released as singles. Singles are like mini stories in your life. Whereas a body of work like an EP is a bigger story. It took something more heavy and serious to happen in our lives to make another EP.

DA: You mentioned that you’ve each faced “personal hardships” in your recent Instagram post that announced the impending arrival of your new EP, Love and Retrograde. Being that these hardships served as the “creative catalyst” for Love and Retrograde, would you elaborate a bit on the “personal hardships,” and how they influenced the creative process behind the new EP?
Mikul: It was a really tough year full of loss and heartbreak. My father passed away and my relationship of 6 years ended as well. It left me in a really dark place. 

Louis:At the same time, Jake was dealing with mental health issues that took him off the road and ultimately led him to step away from the project to focus on his health. For me, it felt like we hit rock bottom over Thanksgiving. It’s funny because it’s the low moments that really motivate you to do something about it.  You can either wallow in defeat or pick yourself up and do something about it. Right after Thanksgiving I locked myself in the studio everyday for 15+ hours a day often not even stopping to eat or sleep. I did this for the rest of the winter up until today. It was really bad for my health but it was the most productive I’ve ever been.

Mikul:For me, all the personal hardships left me really unhappy and confused about what I wanted in life. But eventually it made me realize with Autograf I had a creative outlet to express myself through art and music, and I’m super grateful for that now. It’s what really lifted me out of that hole.

Louis: It definitely gave me a newfound love and passion for music, more than at any other time in my life. And I’m really thankful for it.

DA: You mentioned that this forthcoming EP touches on the aforementioned hardships, and how you “navigated” them. From a technical standpoint, how did you strive to embody this component of personal experience in the sound of the new EP? 
Louis: It was pretty simple, Love And Retrograde is the art we made during this difficult time. All the emotions we were feeling at the time are apart of the music. From a technical standpoint, it’s not like we sat there and said let’s write a happier sounding melody or use a more organic sounding piano because that conveys overcoming hardships better. Instead, things just turned out the way they turned out because that’s how we were feeling at the time. It was all pretty natural. That’s music.

DA:How does Love and Retrograde differ from your previous EP, Future Soup? (2016)
Louis: Future Soup was the first creation we made as Autograf both as an art sculpture and body of music. And Love and Retrograde is a rediscovery of our love and passion for music and art.

DA: What is your favorite track on Love and Retrograde, and why?

Louis: For me it’s “Real” or “Be Myself” because I started both of those songs when we were at a really low point but then came back and finished them later when we were riding high again. So there’s a sense of triumph for me in both of those songs. If we would’ve finished them all during that low point, it would’ve turned out completely different.

DA: Could you share a piece of advice for any of your listeners who might be struggling with their own personal hardships right now?
Mikul: You have to figure out what works for you and not force yourself into anything. Too often in society these ideas of hardship are glorified and even marketed to us in a way that becomes detrimental to our health. Think about your own well being and don’t look at movies or social media that puts things on a pedestal because that is not reality. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help or tell someone you don’t want to push forward. Try to surround yourself with people that are uplifting and don’t fall into a self deprecating cycle where you begin to feed off false realities. 

Louis:Positivity, gratitude exercises, meditation, physical activity and exercise have all really helped me a lot in life. Every time I’m down, I tell myself “you know what? this is an opportunity to grow, become strong and overcome a challenge. These opportunities don’t come often so here’s my chance to learn perseverance.” It’s ironic because I only developed these habits during the low moments in my life so be grateful of both the highs and lows! Life is an amazing journey.

Autograf release debut single from forthcoming album, ‘Hold Me Back’ featuring John Splithoff

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Autograf have released the debut single from their forthcoming Love and Retrograde EP, which is due to be released in full this summer. It is the group’s first EP release in three years, and the debut track is titled “Hold Me Back,” featuring stunning vocals by John Splithoff. The group has been teasing the track for quite some time now, and the track proves to be well worth the wait.

“Hold Me Back” is a groovy song exudes warmth, making it a perfect tune to carry listeners out of the cold winter into spring. Splithoff’s soulful vocals build the release into a mixture of eclectic and vintage synths paired with an upbeat drop. The track is out now on ALT:VISION.

NMF Roundup: Habstrakt fires up ‘All Night,’ GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa team up, Autograf deliver ‘Hold Me Back’ + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

DJ Snake and Plastic Toy have kick off New Music Friday with  a sleek new single, “Try Me,” on Snake’s Premiere Classe Records. Habstrakt makes a return with a forceful new single, “All Night,” and Tiësto, Dzeko, and Lena Leon team up for weekend-ready tune, “Halfway There.” Netsky‘s released a set of remixes for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” including a “Powerlines Mix” of his own. GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa bring an easygoing atmosphere to their new single, “Find My Own Way,” and Autograf break their silence with a new groovy single, “Hold Me Back” with John Splithoff. After a many-month hiatus, Goldroom delivers a fresh new original, “Cocaine Girl,” and Jai Wolf taps into listeners’ nostalgia with “This Song Reminds Me Of You.” Duke & Jones have put their own twist on Louis the Child‘s “Breaking News,” and Shadient brings elements of intensity in “Numbers Station.” Diplo, Sia and Labrinth‘s LSD project has put out a new original, “No New Friends,” and Cedric Gervais crafts two versions of a new tune, “Good Things.” The Aston Shuffle realize it’s “Now Or Never” in their new single, and Headhunterz brings his classic hardstyle sound to the emotive “Oxygen.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Autograf to close three-year release gap with new EP, ‘Love And Retrograde’

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Autograf‘s period of sonic quietude will soon come to an end. The electronic trio, comprised of Jake Carpenter, Mikul Wing, and Louis Kha, have remained silent on the EP release front since 2016’s deeply innovative Future Soup. Autograf’s hiatus from EP production will cease with the impending arrival of the group’s next offering, Love And Retrograde.

“We know we’ve been quiet lately, but it’s almost time to drop out first EP in 3 years,” Autograf wrote in an Instagram post. “We’ve faced personal hardships since our Future Soul EP was released…These misfortunes helped us grow as a group and reignited our love and passion for music. The songs we created in this dusk have brought so much joy and love into our lives. This creative catalyst has propelled us to construct our Love And Retrograde EP.”

Although Autograf have yet to declare a formal release date for Love And Retrograde, listeners will get a glimpse of the EP’s conceptual vision via debut single, “Hold Me Back.” “Hold Me Back” features John Splithoff, and will drop on March 15. Streamers can pre-save the song, here.

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We know we’ve been quiet lately, but it’s almost time to drop our first EP in 3 years. We’ve faced personal hardships since our Future Soup EP was released, but it’s time we put together a project for you. These misfortunes helped us grow as a group and reignited our love and passion for music. The songs we created in this dusk have brought so much joy and love into our lives. This creative catalyst has propelled us to construct our Love And Retrograde EP. The EP touches on our hardships and how we navigated through it. Our fans mean the world to us and we can’t wait to share our vision with you. The first single “Hold Me Back” ft. @johnsplithoff will be out this Friday with the rest of the EP being released over the next few months. Pre save link for “Hold Me Back” in our bio. Until then we hope to see your smiling faces out on the dancefloor. With love, Autograf 💙

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Origins festival brings the underground to light in Arizona

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Relentless Beats is back again with a brand new adventure into the underbelly of dance music. Called Origins, the event is founder Thomas Turner’s homage to the sounds of electronica from where he draws his roots. The gathering will touch down in Rawhide Western Town on November 17 to help bring the underground to light.

The inaugural lineup sees This Never Happened owner Lane 8 headlining, along the live-infused sounds of Justin Jay, and quite a few other power players like Autograf, Nora En Pure, Duke Dumont, and more. Tickets are now on sale for as low as as $39 for GA, and $89 for VIP.

“The response we have received from the RBDeep brand is reflective of the growth in interest of deeper music, which made this the right time to take it to the next level. This is just the beginning for Origins, and I cant wait to see it evolve in the years to come,” stated Turner of Origins’ birth.

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Surprising Collab From SNBRN & Autograf Will Make You “Move All Night”

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I was hoping that the surprising collaboration from SNBRN and Autograf would blow up. Little did I know that the fire from “Move All Night”, featuring Kole, would engulf the iTunes charts only days after its release. The emotional verses from Kole layered over what I assume to be Autograf’s sensational melody pairs exceptionally well

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SNBRN and Autograf’s collaboration is sonic brilliance

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An Autograf and SNBRN collaboration has finally arrived. “Move All Night,” out now on Ultra Music, captivates from the beginning with its soothing introduction, framed by ethereal vocals and building piano notes. Right when the listener is about to fall into a calming sonic oblivion,  synth accents fall into a groovy and unexpected house melody.

SNBRN discussed the collaboration, noting,”Well it’s about damn time. After many years of touring and being homies I finally sat down and got in the studio with Autograf. Our vocalist on the track, KOLE, was amazing to work with and brought such another level to our concept.”

“Move All Night” blends the best of both SNBRN and Autograf, and it’s the perfect track to accompany the leaves turning and the weather cooling after festival season.