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afterlife shikasta largeThe most featured artist on Café del Mar and this year’s UMTV release “Café Mambo 20 years of Ibiza Chill” delivers his 7th album of lush cutting edge Balearic beats with fine vocals from the people’s favourite Rachel Lloyd and Ella May (Nightmares on Wax). With so many amazing tracks and remixes, (Dirty Vegas - Setting Sun) (Lana del Rey - National Anthem), it is no surprise that the new artist album, Shikasta has the potential to be one of the best chillout albums for 2014. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

afterlifeSteve Miller is Afterlife. The top UK Downtempo producer. The most played artist in Ibiza, at least at the beach bars and anywhere into lush, lilting, chilled and totally saturated sounds of impeccable taste. He is the sunset phenomenon, purveyor of deep and soulful music. Steve has worked with K - Klass, Jose Padilla, Chris Coco, Lenny Ibizarre, Cathy Battistessa, Matt Black and others too numerous to mention. He comes from a latin jazz/reggae/house background cutting his engineering and production techniques with the legendary Karl Pitterson who produced Handsworth Revolution by Steel Pulse and engineered the Exodus album for Bob Marley.

 

The first ever Afterlife gig was played at The Glade in Glastonbury Festival 2000 to a very surprised audience - they were not expecting chillout but loved it all the same. Other gigs in Ibiza during july that year including the exquisite Dreamdaze at Kumharas, Pacha Playa, Base Bar and rounding off by headlining at Cafe Del Mar 20th anniversary along with A Man Called Adam, Mandalay, Levitation and Trumpetman. The gig was televised by MTV. During 2002 Steve played the sunset at Cafe Mambo before going on to chill the crowds at The Roof Terrace at Pacha, Ibiza every week complementing Roger Sanchez in the main room on his Release Yourself nights. His blissful remix of Another Chance was the only remix to be included on the the UK Number 1 hit single. He co-compiled Cafe Mambo with Pete Gooding and the new Osmoz series with ex Cafe del Mar resident Bruno.

 

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Emancipator’s first album, “Soon It Will Be Cold Enough,” a collection of melodious, headnodic beats produced in clean detail, dropped in December of 2006. His only marketing effort was to post a note on MySpace asking fans to check out the album, adding, “If you are a record label, then please sign me.”

Within weeks, he’d been signed by Japanese superproducer Nujabes. “Soon It Will Be Cold Enough” sold more than 5,000 copies in Japan in the first six months. Puma sponsored an Emancipator tour in Japan, where Emancipator gave his first press interview ever – to the editor of Rolling Stone.

“‘Soon It Will Be Cold Enough’ beautifully mixes hip-hop beats with guitar feedback and a delicate piano melody,” says Rolling Stone. “You can feel his energy when he performs.”  Emancipator continues to reap accolades from digital music tastemakers. “Shook,” a mashup that perfectly mixes Mobb Deep’s mighty raps with a haunting track from the Icelandic band Sigur Ros, was the highest-rated song on Hype Machine’s “Best 50 Songs of 2007,” and reappeared on Hype Machine as the #2 most popular song in April 2009.

The album can be purchase at Emancipator Music

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Internationally acclaimed recording artist, songwriter and producer Shaheen Sheik is one of the most promising young artists on the World Music scene today. Her global notoriety spans from the United States to India.Based in Los Angeles, California, Shaheen Sheik has recorded two full-length studio albums: the first titled “Rock Candy” and her newest release, “REVOLUTION”.

While “Rock Candy” highlighted Shaheen’s singer/songwriter skills, “REVOLUTION” is a bold departure that reflects her unique cultural perspectives, rich global instrumentation and contemporary, stylized vocals.  The result is a brilliant mix of dance, urban, electronica and lounge tracks. “I wanted to create this disc on my own terms in order to tell the world who I am,” explains Shaheen.

“REVOLUTION” features an array of diverse guest artists, including female rocker Jungli, multi-instrumentalist and composer Shane O’Madden of Govinda, and acclaimed dhol player Teginder S. Dhanoa. Shaheen states that “being able to share a creative moment with these friends and talented artists was a thrill for me.”

“I first learned music through my body,” explains Shaheen. “Dance has played a huge role in my music because it has taught me the subtleties and complexities of rhythm and how they can impact you emotionally. I experimented a bit with beats on Rock Candy, but with REVOLUTION, I became obsessed with them.”

Shaheen also appears on the latest compilation, "Chillbar Volume 1" out on Sine Music.  This is a new series from the Sine Music group that includes a great collection of chilled grooves including cuts by Sine, Ensoul and Polished Chrome.  The Chillbar - wunderbar

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Above photo of Shaheen Sheik by ryan Goodrich

Frontpage photo of Shaheen Sheik by Ryan Goodrich. Hair/Makeup by Yayoi H. Jewelry by Heather Benjamin.

sideshowFin Greenall would describe himself as the engine of Sideshow, backed up by the band he has been touring with as legendary London label “Ninja Tune” first and foremost singer-songwriter, Fink.  During the bands downtime in between touring Europe and the USA, and writing his critically acclaimed soul-blues-dub, they came together in his 7Dials studio in Brighton to bring us some more trademark dub infused goodness…

“Admit One” is the new album from Sideshow, is a particular labour of love.  "Most of the tracks are live versions, sometimes the 8th or 9th take of tracks...because that's real. Some of the tracks on this album are just straight up tracks, others are covers or versions of tracks I love.  Yeah, there are a few samples in there, yeah that bassline is the bassline from that old record – sometimes dub and the nature of dub is about paying tribute, not stealing ideas...  This fine line runs throughout the history of dub and reggae, and runs through this record. When I first starting producing stuff back in the early nineties it was old dub records that acted like a text book on how to do it… –The dub producer masters would often record stuff live and some would make mistakes, and when they did you could pick up little things like ‘oh right, the bassline and kick are on the same channel’, or ‘right’! the FX have their own channels, and the snare has its own too…  kinda thing...  Dub to me is about space, vibe, texture, it's about not thinking too hard, but feeling.  Dub is like the church of music to me – a simple innocence with immense power, I hope you feel that in the album Admit One", comments Sideshow.

'Admit One' has brought together many musicians. Guy Whittaker (bass), Tim Thornton (drums) and Ellie Wyatt (strings), whilst a number of talented vocalists have also collaborated including Tina Grace (Nitin Sawhney, Moby, Terry Callier); Cortney Tidwell whose sublime debut album 'Don’t Let The Stars Keep Us Tangled Up' introduced her incredible voice and song writing talent to the public, while her live shows have won her fans across Europe and the USA and Paul St. Hilaire (previously known as Tikiman) a dub vocalist and live performer of considerable power. Also worth a mention are Fin's Quadraverb GT and Boss SE50 FX units both are crucial in achieving the Sideshow sound and made it through the recording process with a lot a love and the help of some masking tape.

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The track “Television with Cortney Tidwell” is featured on the ‘All Night Long’ release by Will Saul’s label AUS Music.

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Photo Cortney Tidwell

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AUS Music Release: All Night Long

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Sunsphere is the new music project by Mario Ziegler. The album Summerbreeze is a musical journey to the sunny island.

No matter where and when you hear this album, you instantly forget the hectic life and finds himself in a sunny beach of Las Salinas and Cala Jondal again. The CD comes with a fine selection of tracks on it such as "Feel the Sunshine."

Music for relaxation and relaxed groovy songs round out this first-Chill Out album from which you never to be missed.

Wellness for body and soul. Each of the sophisticated, multi-compositions speaks through its distinctive character to another, delightful ways. The roughly one-, arrangement, the harmonious matching of melody, harmony, leadership and nature sounds, are extremely beneficial to your entire physical-emotional-being!

Music provides a wonderful opportunity, individual perception and universal laws that must be reconciled. On the wings of emotion and with the pulse of the heart together we exceed our limits and are an inner journey into new worlds of experience.

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