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sitsThe tides are turning for Mike Shannon and Takeshi Nishimoto, back with their second collaborative effort as Blue Fields. A project that debuted under Shannon’s own Haunt Music in 2012 with Ghost Story, their second album, Swimming in the Shadows is a deeper, more experimental piece that focuses on change, memory, and movement.  
Completed over the course of four years, Swimming in the Shadows was written and recorded in Berlin, with Shannon behind production and sound design, and Nishimoto on guitar. Influenced by the turning of leaves and life’s inevitable transformations, Swimming in the Shadows swelters with feelings of deep unrest and sounds heavy with emotion.  
Opening numbers “Paper Cuts” and “Falling in Deep” set the pace with dreamy, looping melodies and Parisian singer Ilhem Khodja’s hazy vocals. The momentum builds with darker, driving grooves and mutating synths — Cobblestone Jazz’s Danuel Tate, on the Rhodes, Vocoder and Moog Bass, features on the album’s stand out “I Felt That It Was True.” The album moves into more melancholy territory with “The Breeze Through The Floor” and the closing piece “Paper Ghost” as moments of distortion and deranged off-key tones melt back into the duo’s familiar pretty, underwater-like sounds. 

capa2017Capa returns with EP1 release here in early 2017 on Lemongrass Music. The Capa journey continues – staying true to his musical message Vidar has created another outstanding, contemporary, sometimes edgy 5 tracks music album. Compared with his earlier releases Capa has worked with vocals in a more traditional way. Three of the tracks are quite verse-chorus based songs with an approach to combine his unique Capa style with pop music. This is also reflected in the lyrics evolving around the existential foundation in life.

 


capa remixedCapa is producer Vidar Nord from Norway having released 3 albums during the years 2012-2015. Now he comes up with a remix album derived from all 3 albums.

He had his babies raised by new parents like Eskadet and Charly’n Black from France, Lemograss, Five Seasons and Houie D. from Germany and some others.

The outcome is a very spacy journey through the orbit and back – full of wideness and futuristic elements.
Fasten your seat-belts, lean back…. ignition ! 


capaCAPA is Norwegian producer Vidar Nord, now presenting his third album "Epiphany“. Compared to the predecessors this new album has a more electronic feel to it. Vidar has loved experimenting with deep electric percussive elements and evolving pad&voice-structures. Still the sound is in the good old CAPA spirit - with an analog feel and twisted vocals. Still striving to give soul and a good portion of diversity to synthetic music.
The album takes us from the unceremonious "Bird; fly" to the core of CAPA’s "People&Places" and then to the experimental "One Bird" and "Untroubled". Each track creates an entire universe around...
With the beautiful voices from Futureanalysis the track "Epiphany" took form in a new melodic direction, a track combining both classic and electronic feel. Vidar acknowledges that the prossess of making this album has been real fun and inspiring to him. It has opened further dimensions in his music-making. And he is eagerly looking forward to the continuation of this process.

AMyn 1AMyn AKA Niels Blondeel delivers a 7 track bumper collection of his singular song craft - combining
aching melodies with lush, expansive production and sound design.
Self taught with a heavy emphasis on sound design and atmospherics, Blondeel’s acclaimed initial
dancefloor explorations soon found a more natural fit in the introspective tracks herein, and a perfect
compliment on the Apollo roster, nestling alongside the likes of Synkro. The fruits of his labour are now
richly delivered on the ‘Best Heard..’ EP.
Combining a cinematic sensibility with melancholic harmonics is AMyn’s true gift - witness the slow burn
percussive pulse of the opener and title track - winsome vox cruise over the richly woven blanket of
synth chords, and gently clanking sound design perc building to a fluttering climax. Other highlights include the desiccated minimal funk of ‘Side Of Golden You’ - soul-burning chords and hazy vocal tones bounce atop the bumping rhythm track, and majestic collab ‘Youniverse’ featuring the dulcet vocals of
Alex Nelos, set against AMyn’s shimmering soundscape of synths and percussion. Closing track ‘Turn’ is perhaps the thematic core of the record - an epic electronic torch song, all yearning vocals and skying prophet chords that manages to conjure grandstanding emotion without resorting to needless bombast.
Blondeel is always refining his sound - his only goal to evoke emotions through musical storytelling, it’s clear that on that level the ‘Best Heard In Shadows’ EP is a resounding success.

firasBased in the beautiful city of Melbourne, Australia, Trance & Chillout producer Firas Tarhini makes his debut on Sine Music with a diverse & expressive four-track chillout EP. "Faded" will be released on the 3rd of February 2017 and will be available at all well-known download stores.
Each one of the four tracks on this EP paints a different picture. Elysian reflects a warm uplifting & positive vibe, suitable for those sunny & bright summer days. A deeper & more lounge-focused vibe is heard in Faded, a track that is packed with many melodic & experimental patterns creating a cool overall vibe.
More on the emotional side, Dreamworks is packed with mellow & smooth elements giving off a soft dreamy vibe.
Last but certainly not least, is a smooth vocal dubstep track titled Same Sky, which is the result of a collaboration between Firas Tarhini and the talented upcoming Australian singer/vocalist Daisy Spratt. All in all this EP is an uplifting highlight that will surely make your day.

 

mir highlanguageHigh thoughts require high language

Music, movement, nature and from the writer’s perspective, the nature of music itself. This is another centered collection from song writer/producer Steven Connolly. Featuring new voices and musicians from Europe and the Americas. We’ve come to expect a collection of varying styles throughout from this Irish artist. Not being so prolific in output, MAN IN A ROOM has never believed in churning out productions. Not until a concept is visualized and an idea is fully formed. Reinvention is the motivating factor each and every time. The EP embraces deep down-tempo beats, unusual spoken word, soaring vocals and lighter laid-back vibes. A vivid piece of work with deep electronic sounds that are entwined with acoustic instrumentation. Strong, introspective lyrical themes are nestled alongside freeing and outward looking instrumentals. A very worthy excursion into a very suggestive side of Chillout music.

 

maninaroom"Pursuits" is MAN IN A ROOM's new 5 track EP and the return of Song Writer/Producer Steven Connolly after his debut LP "The Alchemist's Apprentice" which was released on Lemongrassmusic in 2012.  
As we've come to expect from Steven, the narrative is all important in his works.  Lyrically, these themes are chasing undefined targets.  This is in order to reflect the unspecified interests, longing and desires of someone.  Indeed, anyone who may be in pursuit of an experience or achievement which will never quite be fulfilled.  More aptly described as "Sehnsucht" (German).  An unsatisfied desire that is itself more desirable that any other satisfaction…
This is "Pursuits" intention and is yet another shift toward this new ground.  Expect Cinematic Funk, Trip-Hop, Lounge and World Music.  As ever, MIAR has managed to switch gears throughout.  With a rich array of sound, instrumentation and superb performances from its guest vocalists and musicians.  This EP has enough to offer the most eclectically minded of listeners.
And so the pursuits continue...

 


"Hard times for a Dreamer" was inspired by a search for something bigger and beyond the mundanity of daily life.  Steven has worked with a number of Vocalist's for this EP {Jett (Bridget Insinna), Mc Fava (Philip Warthmann) and Lee Redmond} who have helped him to realize its concept.  It marks a change in style and philosophy of the Artist and a sign of things to come...

Man in a Room is producer Steven Connolly from Dublin, Ireland.  He started his love of electronic music in the late 80's.  While emersed in the headonistic times of the "club" scene he began early productions using software trackers and minimal equipment. 

With numerous releases in the club genre and working with various labels, Steven was also part of the duo C-Quence.  A very popular live dance act in the 90's.  He has supported many a national and international act over the years.
Steven decided to quit the live scene and concentrate on his production.  At the best of times, this is a black art and so, spent the next couple of years learning the craft.  Hours a day inside his room inspired the name "Man in a Room".  Listening to all and everything has given him a broad range of influences.  From DnB to Jazz to Classical, its all there.

Man in a Room is now producing many different genres of music. He aims to be as eclectic as possible.  As he says himself "I love trying new styles and hope it's something I'll always do. It's about experimenting, listening, learning and trying to become wiser from the experience".

 


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