Graeme S of Hsüan Records and Lakerama has been playing this remix of “darkwave duchess” Abra out lately in his DJ sets and he decided he wanted to share it with the world.
“I’m a huge fan of R’n’B and for the last few years I’ve tried to incorporate this into my productions, whether it’s my own productions on the label (Hsüan Records) or with Lakerama.
I’m trying to push a different aesthetic forward, a new perspective, like blurring r’n’b with drum and bass or in this case, old rave and Baltimore club music. I don’t want to reinterpret the past and cling to nostalgia.
I have a new EP coming out in early 2017 it’s been a huge effort, particularly in trying to merge these components into a coherent set of tracks, but I’m really happy with the outcome and lucky to be working with some amazingly talented singers and rappers in Ireland.”
Kelsey Lu is a North Carolinian cellist and singer/songwriter who has just released an EP (Church) of orchestrally-arranged ambient folk music on True Panther.
Comparisons to Alice Coltrane and Bat For Lashes, Lu’s music leans into the avant-garde spectrum yet she has collaborated with artists in the field of pop and R&B like Blood Orange, Kelela and Wet.
Church was recorded in one take at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with Kelsey singing, playing cello and utilising a loop pedal.
‘Dreams’, from the EP is a highlight from the EP and a spectacular intro to Kelsey Lu. The Alix Brown-directed desert video heightens the song’s unique daydream quality and marks Lu out as a visual artist too.
Abra – Crybaby’
Rising artist on True Panther.
Once you get past the Irish fast food connection in the name (Irish reference only), there’s much to enjoy in the music of Atlanta’s “Darkwave Duchess.” ‘Crybaby’ is her most instant track – a meld of 808s with ’80s synth and basslines with the voice fluttering above. It’s from her Princess EP out now also on True Panther and Awful Records.
Michael Sembello – ‘Gravity’ (Psychemagik remix)
Michael Sembello is the guy behind ‘Maniac’ from the Flashdance soundtrack so we have him to thank for Irish club cringey classic ‘Maniac 2000’.
‘Hallucinate’ isn’t far behind in the slinky stakes.
Florian Kupfer – ‘Elle’
New electronica on a Ninja tune imprint
Berlin producer Florian Kupfer has released EPs via Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S., Willie Burns’ W.T. Records and Rush Hour. For his sixth EP, he’s releasing via Ninja Tune’s singles label Technicolour.
‘Elle’ is the opening EP track, featuring an expressive cascading synth line dancing around a lo-fi drum machine beat that is more effective as ambient backdrop than it seems. The 12″ is out today and the digital version arrives August 5th.
Francis Lung – ‘Dance 4 Sorrow’
Yet another Wu Lyf alumni.
Along with LUH and Dream Lovers, Tom McClung is another former Wu Lyfer who has picked up a new baton and sound. ‘Dance 4 Sorrow’, from the Mother’s Son EP, takes solace in sparking taut guitar pop.