Julian Lennon Picks

julian new1"If I was gonna write again I had to live again I had to look deep inside myself and start again." So says Julian Lennon of his decision to return to the music industry after an absence of seven years.  Music - Photography - Documentary

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lustralWhen British producers Ricky Simmonds and Steve Jones joined together to form Lustral, they started a partnership that would last for over fifteen years. Banking on genuine musicality and inspired concepts, the duo saw club and chart success with their very first record: ‘Everytime’ featuring Tracy Ackerman. That was in 1997, and the duo have made waves under a handful of influential aliases since their inception.

After a string of exceptional releases, Lustral return once again in 2014 for the release of their latest album: ‘Empathy’. Coming four years after their last creation, ‘Empathy’ reflects the time, care, and dedication needed to produce a record of substance. This is the kind of record you can look back on and be proud of, decades down the road.

tomikaTomika is a Hungarian DJ and producer. Debuting in 2009, releasing his first EP, 'Del Cielo EP' which has already been playing by big international DJ's like Reboot, Nick Curly, Ilario Alicante etc. With such a great springboard for his career with 'Del Cielo', more & more labels are looking after Tomika because of this, and get him gigs all over.. Peoples say that there's no one in this world, who doesn't like Del Cielo. In 2010 Tomika got an invitation, for one Remix EP from Del Cielo. This is released on the legend big Deutsche label Supdub, with 3 amazing remixes, and a one new version from T o mika. After this he's released more great EP's and remixes on many other labels. 2011 was an amazing year for Tomika, in Januar he's released 'La Lluvia Le Limpia EP' on 12" Vinyl. This EP was 1'st on the sales chart in few day! This EP on Elevation Limited is currently riding high on Decks, regularly played by top worldwide djs like Luciano, Karotte, Andrew Grant, 2000 And One, Sebo K, Davide Squillace, Paco Osuna, Dubfire, Carlo Lio and many more.. Planning future releases on more great labels, on 12" and digital too, and unique remixes from himself! As well coming EP's together with great big artists. Also he is received many invitations for gigs, like Tel-Aviv, Bari, London.. Tomika's sounds is very specially, and everyone falls inlove with his style. Nowadays he is working on many new project, working on his first artist album, new label, cooperation with big international artist and great new talents.

lindaoerhacsLinda Perhacs’ Parallelograms was created in the heart of hippy country, LA’s Topanga Canyon, by a dental hygienist who was inspired by nature and by the cultural revolution going on around her. When Parallelograms was finished, it sounded like a masterpiece, but the label had pressed it so poorly, sales were non-existent. Obscurity beckoned.

But in the internet age obscurity can be discreetly transformed into a kind of niche immortality. By 2003, Parallelograms had become a cult album.

Slowly, Perhacs began making music again. In 2010, she connected with a new generation of LA musicians attuned to her vision, including Fernando Perdomo and Chris Price, both accomplished musicians and producers in their own right. The trio began recording the eclipse song, “River Of God”, and what became a new album’s title track, The Soul Of All Natural Things.

The Soul Of All Natural Things, for all its apparent serenity, is also a subtly polemical album, full of exhortations to take a step out of our frantic everyday lives. “We get too far out of balance and we must find a way to get back to our polestar,” Perhacs says. “I have a deeper purpose. My soul is giving itself to the people; I want them to be helped, I want them to be lifted.”

orcasFor "Yearling" ORCAS members Benoit Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri (The Sight Below) teamed up with Martyn Heyne (of Efterklang) on guitar and piano, and Michael Lerner (Telekinesis) on drums to built upon the subdued ambience of their self-titled debut, adding a huge dose of analog warmth to their hazy pop leanings. Whereas many songs on ORCAS' first album were built from guitar improvisations and impromptu vocal sessions, most of "Yearling" was constructed from short pieces Pioulard wrote and developed while staying in Germany during the summer of 2012. Working together at Heyne's Lichte Studio in Berlin and Irisarri's own Black Knoll Studio back in Seattle, they brought the album into full form over the course of the following year. Whether it's the soaring guitars of "Infinite Stillness", the Lynchian otherworldliness of "Filament", the echoes of Spirit of Eden-era Talk Talk on "Capillaries" or the slow-building tape loops of "Tell", Yearling subsists on variation while holding a lyrical center. Pioulard muses on absence, presence, dedication and distance; there's an ode to geography ("Selah") and a lamentation of discord ("An Absolute").

fensterFenster's second record The Pink Caves is a dark fairy tale brimming with layers of tremolo guitars, tactile percussion, soft analog synths and moon-dusted vocal melodies. The tracks take you on a slow-motion free fall through the rabbit hole into an ethereal world of spectral soundscapes, lush pop opulence and minimalism drawing inspiration from science fiction, french 70s film scores and Lynchian mysticism.
Work began on The Pink Caves in early 2013. A home studio was set up in a cabin in East Germany and the whole house was wired so every room contained different elements, set up in such a way that they were able to record live altogether. As a result The Pink Caves radiates with an intuitive and spontaneous approach to noise experimentation. The band reputedly used the house they recorded in as an instrument in itself, using slamming doors, clanging the metal oven, the ticking of clocks, the animals in the yard, the water in the well, candlesticks, coat hangers and matches...whatever happened to be within reach. All of this was captured by producer Tadklimp, whose idiosyncratic and inimitable production skills unravel the complexities and textures of the album.
The new album plumbs the depths with broken and cracked bits. Weihl's vocals roseate through the gusty opening track Better Days and into Fenster’s trademark ghostly guitar on Sunday Owls. The third track In The Walls sends you on a slow elevator ride to outer space with Letournelle's pulsing analog synthesizers leading the way. The album waltzes, meanders, lilts and laments towards an introspective and haunting middle, reaching its peak with The Light, which channels the voice of an hypnotic cult leader. The most energetic burst comes right before the end with Hit&Run and 1982, culminating in the cloud-soaked lullaby Creatures.
With its subtle and surreal lyrics, The Pink Caves often feels like it is conversing with an imaginary spectre, at times longing for the purity of nature, and occasionally lamenting the futility of it all. Themes of dystopian love, attachment, estrangement and alienation permeate, describing invisible things to a backdrop of a subterranean dreamworld where bad dreams are ultimately rendered ‘good’ in the grand scheme of things. With Fireflies Jarzyna channels a 17th Century balladeer in ensconcing the listener in the dark recesses of the childhood forest, whilst the morbidity of True love is at once life-affirming yet echoes Camus’ plea to abandon all hope in order to be truly free.
With this record, Fenster ventures into new spaces, exploring different techniques, instrumentation and song structures. The album's title and aesthetic derive from the concept of a make-belief heaven, a place you go when you die that only exists in your mind. Welcome to The Pink Caves!

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