Break Through Artists

jamesblakeJames Blake has released only one single ("Air & Lack Thereof" / "Sparing the Horses"), a few stray tracks on podcasts, and this remix, but his sound is already instantly recognizable. His synth lines squeal and convulse, his beats-- dubstep in DNA-- lurch like they're coming through quicksand, and his tension-and-release chord progressions are lifted from gospel and soul. There's a violence in Blake's productions, almost like the music-- the massive, detuned synths; the mottled gospel samples-- is trying to break out of the body that holds it.

Blake is associated with the emerging post-dubstep world of Mount Kimbie (who he sometimes plays keyboards in) and labels like Hemlock (whose output so far has been uniformly worthwhile). This one's a remix in name only-- if you A/B it with the original (also terrific, but not as immediate), the only carryover is a bassline and some vaguely biological sound effects (Untold is deft with vaguely biological sound effects).

"An intern on the other side of the office just popped in to say that she wasn't sure if she loved or hated it," said one of my editors. "But she was intrigued; me too." Personally, I'd rather be annoyed than bored. When I hear Blake's productions, I hear something futuristic and alternative-- I hear something new. (Pitchfork Magazine 2009)

glam_sam_discoGlam Sam and his Combo is the brain child of Mats Samuelsson, a Stockholm-based writer and music lover.

Yes, springtime will be groovy time! Sweden's Glam Sam and His Combo is getting ready to bring his new album to the world, less than a year after the release of the critically beloved debut album "Groovy!" last summer.  After catching Below Zero's ear with the Julian Lennon pick off the release, "Groovy" Glam Sam is back and has teamed up with Biker Boy to bring us "The Last Days Of Disco“ on Lemongrass Music.

Now, Lemongrassmusic is proud to present an exclusive taster, the 3-track ep "The Last Days Of Disco", starring not only Glam Sam and His Combo but also Swedish pop man Biker Boy, singing in his unique and very cool style.

This wonderfully catchy disco tune is both intense and smooth, with strings from heaven, a driving disco guitar backed by a pumping bass, and with a drummer boy that must be dreaming about the good old days at Studio 54.

The singer is telling a story about a disco dancing experience gone wrong - but maybe story has a happy ending. The lyrics pay attention to great creators like The Trammps and Giorgio Moroder, and the message is clear: "May the disco days with the hustle and the bump come back!"

Yes, disco was too great and too much fun to be gone forever! So stay cool, dig this new gem from Mr Glam Sam!

 

joyorbisonJoy Orbison's brand of garage-house has been celebrated for finding a sound that marries elements of house, two-step, jungle, techno and dubstep. Alongside the release of the gargantuan "Hyph Mngo" (released on Hot Flush in late 2009 and has since received support from everyone from Skream to Sasha) and material on his own imprint, Doldrums, notorious mixes for Radio 1 and Ministry of Sound have only served to cement Joy Orbison's renown.

artemis3The alternative down-tempo Oakland soft edge returns with an amazing release, "Auralei".  Artemis came to us from the East Coast, a place where integrity and intelligence are essential to survival. Balance this out with her creative fire, fed by the fuel of the great poets - Rilke, Pablo Naruda, and Walt Whitman, and the powerful artistic legacy of countless musical sages, and we begin to see a picture of Artemis.

Artemis' vocal style is at once dynamically emotional and serenely tender, but always evocative. She gives one the feeling that her search is not a selfish one. She's trying to mine the depths of her self in order to help us all understand the multifaceted nature of being human.

Like a force of nature, or a celestial body, Artemis radiates a magnetism which inevitably draws other like-minded individuals to her. Her label, RTFM is a great metaphor for this. Artemis, along with Keith Crusher and their cohorts, has helped create the foundation for a vision larger than themselves - a vision that, without her boundless and unique charisma, would not be what it is today.

Through three releases - Gravity, Undone and Orbits - she has shown just a bare glimpse of what's underneath.  “We usually describe it as lush symphonic electro retro-pop,” says Artemis, adding “We like to blend organic real-world sounds and mix it with electronic effects.”
Artemis works with the RTFM collective, which includes the polymathic likes of Daniel Berkman (multi-instrumentalist and wizard of the kora, a twelve-string harp-lute used extensively in West African music), Cliff Tune (the drummer, who adds to orthodox skin-pounding masses of programmed beats layered for pallidly funky effect) and Keith Crusher (producer, programmer and sonic theoretician) lowering the ambient temperature to dry-ice.

 


About the new ‘Auralei’ EP:

“Grown-up electro-pop, trip-hop that doesn’t sound like 1993”

– Steve Lawson

The Auralei EP is an 8-song glimpse of future and past, including 3 tracks from the upcoming full-length release Body of Glass, 3 remixes of songs from Gravity, and 2 additional new tracks. Featuring collaborations with fellow RTFM artists Bobby Cochran (Hands Upon Black Earth), Daniel Berkman (Colfax), and Michel Jordan (Mijo / Sensor II), the EP explores new territory for Artemis. "Auralei" and "Ella" are rich with washy guitars, live drums and dreamy production. "Easy" forays into downtempo dub laced with sparkly guitar licks, and the Colfax remix of "Here and Now" is a spacious analog dance mix pulsing with intricate, layered vocals. "Seven" is a darker, syncopated tribal rock piece featuring a call and response between spoken word and Eastern European-style soaring melodies. Artemis drummer Cliff Tune and Sensor II contribute a thumping breaks mix of "Lagoon" graced with alien-pitched vocals. The Klangperle remix of "Hypno" is a beautiful late-night tech/house version of this deep and driving song. Jimmy 2 Sticks (aka Daniel Durrett) glitchy ambient remix of "Subterranean" is a sneak peak at upcoming collaborations between Artemis and this talented newcomer to the RTFM gang.

The cover artwork was created by Second Life art giant AM Radio, using an image from an antique piece of fabric handed down from Artemis' grandmother, layered over his own handpainted tile. Future image and video collaborations are in the works...

 

artemis3The alternative down-tempo Oakland soft edge returns with an amazing release, "Auralei".  Artemis came to us from the East Coast, a place where integrity and intelligence are essential to survival. Balance this out with her creative fire, fed by the fuel of the great poets - Rilke, Pablo Naruda, and Walt Whitman, and the powerful artistic legacy of countless musical sages, and we begin to see a picture of Artemis.

Artemis' vocal style is at once dynamically emotional and serenely tender, but always evocative. She gives one the feeling that her search is not a selfish one. She's trying to mine the depths of her self in order to help us all understand the multifaceted nature of being human.

Like a force of nature, or a celestial body, Artemis radiates a magnetism which inevitably draws other like-minded individuals to her. Her label, RTFM is a great metaphor for this. Artemis, along with Keith Crusher and their cohorts, has helped create the foundation for a vision larger than themselves - a vision that, without her boundless and unique charisma, would not be what it is today.

Through three releases - Gravity, Undone and Orbits - she has shown just a bare glimpse of what's underneath.  “We usually describe it as lush symphonic electro retro-pop,” says Artemis, adding “We like to blend organic real-world sounds and mix it with electronic effects.”
Artemis works with the RTFM collective, which includes the polymathic likes of Daniel Berkman (multi-instrumentalist and wizard of the kora, a twelve-string harp-lute used extensively in West African music), Cliff Tune (the drummer, who adds to orthodox skin-pounding masses of programmed beats layered for pallidly funky effect) and Keith Crusher (producer, programmer and sonic theoretician) lowering the ambient temperature to dry-ice.

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