CEM – Kissing in the name

April 21st, 2017 (Berlin, Germany) — Berlin-based music producer CEM has released his first official EP through Sariton Records: “Kissing in the name“. The worldwide digital release takes place on April 21st, 2017 and is supported by the aggregator Feiyr. CEM’s message is as simple as it is important: Heartfelt music connects and conciliates people. This message is especially precious in times of global tension, hatred and post-factual news.

“I can’t do big politics, but I feel like I have to“, says Cem bluntly. He suggests: “Kissing in the name of unity is way better than killing in the name of religion and economic interests.” As a Turkish immigrant Cem is especially moved by the recent anti-democratic developments in his homeland Turkey.

Cem is an accomplished producer of EDM styles like Ambient, Electronica and Deep House, but has also a deep love for handmade music with guitar, bass and drums. Arno Raffeiner, editor-in-chief of influential German Spex Mag, wrote about Cem’s approach to making music: “A very charming mixture of guitar-influenced music and electronic sounds and patterns. The joy of playing and singing is felt in every track.” The title track is – of course – inspired by the political and timeless guitar classic from RATM: “Killing in the name“.
Kissing in the name contains four genuine and fresh tracks of electronic dance music, soulfully mixed with eclectic styles. In addition to the title track Digitally Yours, Wake Me Up If It Is Friday and Comatose are presented on the EP.

About CEM
CEM [d???m] is a Berlin-based music producer and a dedicated family man. “Kissing in the name“ is his first official and worldwide digital release. Cem was born in Istanbul, Turkey. At the age of 15 he started singing and playing drums, guitar and bass. He got in fast with the fascinating music scene of the Turkish metropolis. Cem is completely self-taught and is a multi-instrumentalist. In 1997 he migrated to Berlin to study computer linguistics and media design. For many years he has played and toured with the multicultural band “Everkeen” and contributed rough vocal energy and sing-along tunes.

Apart from writing and producing music, Cem is working at the Berlin Club SO36. This club has often been compared to New York’s CBGB. Cem lives and breathes the creative spirit of the club, which has always envisioned itself as a crossover between music, sub culture and visual art. Consequently Cem also produces his own music videos to generate a coherent artistic vision of political consciousness and honest music.

New Music: Californian singer-songwriter Ed Prosek releases “Tear It All Down”, first single from upcoming EP

Californian singer-songwriter Ed Prosek releases “Tear It All Down”, the first taste of his upcoming EP Flesh & Blood (due out May). Recorded in Berlin, the artist has flipped the perspective from his previous work, with his new output yielding a much darker, heavier sound. Prosek brings together his singer songwriter roots and a more complex exploration of raw sound, instrumentation and arrangement.

Inspired, in part, by post-apocalyptic 2009 film, The Road, Tear It All Down tells a story of perseverance, but ultimately hopelessness. Borne out through both the lyrical themes and the music itself, it’s as if the very weight of the sound of the chorus is the burden of uncertainty carried by us all, and the emptiness of the verses, the stark and brutal void of the calm before the storm. The fear of the unknown is a palpable presence within the song.

Prosek’s evolution from acoustic singer songwriter to this new direction has been a natural progression through both his personal growth as an artist, and a reflection of a less certain world.

Australian alt-rock / indie-folk act Husky release new single “GHOST”, announce June 2nd album release for PUNCHBUZZ

After a year-long absence from Australian shores, Melbourne band Husky return with a swag of stories. “Ghost” the second taste of their album after their 2016 single “Late Night Store’, further solidifies the band as one to watch, for their effortlessly assured, folk-influenced brand of alternative rock.

The Australian duo have announced the reclease of their 3rd Studio album “Punchbuzz”, available worldwide from June 2nd.
Husky tell Clash: “‘Ghost’ is about a process of coming to terms with this half asleep, half awake, somewhere between the haunted past and the sunlit possibility of tomorrow, mid-air, mid-dream state. Put simply, I was searching for a way to get free. Free of the past. Free of the future. Free of myself. Whatever that means.”

PUNCHBUZZ IS OUT FRIDAY JUNE 2, 2017 VIA Embassy of Music

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Three albums into their unique career, Husky are about to unveil a thrilling reinvention of themselves with Punchbuzz. The Melbourne band’s long-awaited return swaps their signature folk sound for streamlined indie rock that lopes ahead with widescreen atmosphere, dark lyrics, and newly muscled melodies.

The product of both an influential year based in Berlin and a welcome return to Australia, Punchbuzz announces a bold stylistic turn while bolstering the robust song craft that won singer/guitarist Husky Gawenda the top prize in 2014’s Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition. These 10 new songs came together fast and hit hard, and Gawenda and keyboardist/collaborator Gideon Preiss jumped right on them to preserve that urgency. That approach yielded a set of tight-knit, experiential songs that were shaped by their nocturnal origins.

“I tend to do a lot of my writing at night,” admits Gawenda. “That’s my rhythm. I’m up until 3 or 4 in the morning; I need those hours after midnight.” While he and Preiss spent a year in Berlin – using it as a base for much international touring – they took full advantage of their view from a 13th floor apartment overlooking the city, with its bewitching sunsets and teeming nightlife. “I would sit there into the nights and write,” Gawenda recalls. “There’s something about the night time, something happens when the sun goes down. Reason and logic depart, magic and mystery arrive.”

You can hear that after-hours ripeness in the title track, while lead single ‘Late Night Store’ includes the telling line “I’m looking for something risky.” It’s there too in the Springsteen meets War On Drugs horizon-chasing of album opener ‘Ghost’, on which Gawenda ominously intones, “The vampires here among us, it’s their thirst I fear the most.” These are the most immediate, yet most evocative, songs he’s ever written.

Set for overseas release through Embassy of Music (Bjork, Robyn, Asgeir) in the UK and Europe, and through fellow indie Nevado Music in the US, Punchbuzz follows last year’s sold-out national tour for ‘Late Night Store’. The first single from the album has already clocked up over two million streams on Spotify.

Upon the band’s return to Melbourne, Gawenda set up shop with a couple of friends at a shared house come artist’s collective he calls the Hotel as a “a rambling old mansion with high ceilings and overgrown gardens. The doors are always open, people always coming and going, it’s an oasis, an escape from the madness or into the madness, I’m not sure which.” He began rifling through the poetry and song ideas he’d written in Berlin and on the road, feeling the influence of both his year away and his new surrounds. Then came the return of his teenaged passion for surfing, heading down to the Mornington Peninsula between intense bouts of songwriting.

After their time away, it was important for the duo to make their third album locally. The whole thing was done in Melbourne, with local producer/mixer Matt Redlich (Holy Holy, Ball Park Music) opening the band up to new possibilities at every turn. “His philosophy was: ‘If something sounds good, follow it. Take it all the way.’ That really freed us up. In the past we would have held back, played it safe instead of taking the leap, the risk. Matt gave us the confidence to be free, to follow the songs wherever they chose to lead us,” says Gawenda.

So they embraced a turn towards the layered yet driving rock that inspired them in their youth as well as today, from Fleetwood Mac to The National. There’s still a loving folk edge to the low-lit, soul-searching ballad ‘Cut the Air’, but Husky happily contrast that with the gripping propulsion of ‘Shark Fin’ and the lush mood shifts of ‘Walking in Your Sleep’. Cut with the returning rhythm section of bassist Jules Pascoe and drummer Arron Light, these new songs relish the common thread of a rubbery, full-band pulse.

“In the past, when songs were coming out a bit faster and punchier, we shied away from that,” says Gawenda. “We were a folk band. There was always this feeling that we had to stay true to the folk thing, to our heroes, to this set of principles we devised on our first record, which made sense then. Whereas this time, we didn’t want to limit ourselves.”

And they certainly didn’t. Punchbuzz may be the work of the same band that became overnight sensations thanks to their 2011 debut Forever So and continued that hot streak with 2014’s Ruckers Hill, but they’re now tapping into something that hadn’t previously come to the fore. Sharp, lean, and driving, the album more than lives up to the dynamic imperative of its title.

“It came to me in the darkness, late one night whilst lying in bed, trying to sleep,” says Gawenda, who likens the dreamy term to “that point between power and tranquillity” that he felt when surfing again. “It didn’t matter that it wasn’t a real word – the same way dreams don’t have to make sense. It captured something about the record. It just felt right.”

Peter Pavlov, Ornery and JP Lantieri unleash their mammoth collaboration ‘Awakening’

Techno heavyweights Peter Pavlov, Ornery and JP Lantieri have joined forces to create what can only be described as the ‘ultimate’ collaboration track. ‘Awakening’ is a beautifully brooding, yet constantly evolving 8-minute masterpiece of Techno, which will have you hypnotised from start to finish.

An idea, which was first formed by Peter Pavlov, quickly became a collaborative effort thanks to producers Ornery and Flemcy Music label founder JP Lantieri. After 3 studio session, countless days of tweaking and mixing, the trio had created something which was uniquely mesmerising, carrying you on a journey through an epic, deep but mostly certainly inspiring piece of music.

With remixes also coming from the hotly tipped Berlin based producers Kossov and Leondro, they have put their own stamp of flavours and textures onto the track. After the monumental hype that ‘Awakening’ has already created, we certainly hope that there are more collaborative projects in the pipeline between these three very talented artists. ’Awakening’ is out now exclusively on Beatport so make sure you grab your copy now before it flies off the shelves.

Lion Sphere release “Silk Mountain” remix by Moglii, announced as Mighty Oaks European tour support

Wunderkind producer and Majestic Casual Records signee Moglii has sprinkled electronic magic over “Silk Mountain” by Berlin based four-piece Lion Sphere. The joining of two of the most exciting German newcomers of 2017 melds the indie-rock-infused, future soul sounds of Lion Sphere with the swelling synths we have come to recognise from Moglii. “Silk Mountain” was taken from Lion Sphere’s 2016 debut EP The Infinite You.

The band will be touring Europe in April with Mighty Oaks, playing 19 shows in 11 countries for the entire month of April. More details below

The Story So Far

Lion Sphere blend thumping electronic fragments with heavy hip hop grooves, spacious guitar licks and raw vocals. The Berlin four-piece create a mesmerizing fusion of dreamy and soulful sounds, through meticulously airy synths, jazz infused drums and heavy bass. Their modern and unexpected song structures are strung together by hooky melodies that range from delicate falsettos to smoky powerful vocals.

Moglii is the solo project of 24-year-old producer, singer and jazz pianist Simon Ebener-Holscher. The musician spends his time creating unique productions of warm beats, analogue synthesizers and soulful vocal samples.

💥BUTCH’S ‘DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE PARTY’ WITH SETH TROXLER AT WATERGATE BERLIN💥

TUESDAY 11th APRIL:

BUTCH & SETH TROXLER

Taking inspiration from the trippy world of Alice in Wonderland, BUTCH announces the return of DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE. Bringing long time friend and fellow genre leading artist SETH TROXLER to Watergate on 11th April 2017

Continuing to blur the boundaries between music and art Butch launched high concept residency Down The Rabbit Hole during summer 2016 at world class underground music venue, Watergate, Berlin. Pulling together some of the underground’s leading artists, Down The Rabbit Hole instantly became Berlin’s hottest midweek party and left a lasting impact on the city’s progressive underground music scene.

Having since continued his momentous muical evolution, Butch returns with fellow genre defining artist Seth Troxler for a one off date at the Berlin institution.

Attendees can expect more of the weird production and big party vibes that defined last year’s events, along with a wide musical soundscape taking ravers on a journey through disco, house, techno and beyond…. All the way to wonderland.

EVENT INFO

Date:
11th APRIL: BUTCH & SETH TROXLER
Venue: Watergate, Berlin
Times: from 22:00
TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

Lea Porcelain share video for Springsteen cover of ‘Streets of Philadelphia’

London via Berlin alternative electronic post-punk duo, Lea Porcelain, fresh from the acclaim for their latest single ‘Bones’, unleash a brooding, alternative take on Springsteen’s classic, ‘Streets of Philadelphia’.

Recorded as a Christmas present for friends and family, the band have taken the emotive factor of the song and turned it into their own imitable style that fully represents Lea Porcelain. “During the last recording-sessions for the album, we went for weeks on end sleeping through days and working through nights in the Funkhaus,” recall the band, “We hardly saw any family during that time and Christmas was fast approaching and we had no presents to give.”

They go on to add, “We remembered that for some reason we would always blast this song through our stereo at home and it was kind of a homecoming song during our recording period. One day before we drove down to the family for Christmas, we spent a night covering this song and in various versions, this is the version that we came up with that sounds fully like us and we would give this song to everyone of our family and friends to listen to and to thank them for their support, their understanding and their love.”

The band mark their return in March with a series of residency shows across London, Berlin, Darmstadt and Paris.

Lea Porcelain unveil Springsteen cover of ‘Streets of Philadelphia’ + new March residency shows

London via Berlin alternative electronic post-punk duo, Lea Porcelain, fresh from the acclaim for their latest single ‘Bones’, unleash a brooding, alternative take on Springsteen’s classic, ‘Streets of Philadelphia’.

Recorded as a Christmas present for friends and family, the band have taken the emotive factor of the song and turned it into their own imitable style that fully represents Lea Porcelain. “During the last recording-sessions for the album, we went for weeks on end sleeping through days and working through nights in the Funkhaus,” recall the band, “We hardly saw any family during that time and Christmas was fast approaching and we had no presents to give.”

They go on to add, “We remembered that for some reason we would always blast this song through our stereo at home and it was kind of a homecoming song during our recording period. One day before we drove down to the family for Christmas, we spent a night covering this song and in various versions, this is the version that we came up with that sounds fully like us and we would give this song to everyone of our family and friends to listen to and to thank them for their support, their understanding and their love.”

The band mark their return in March with a series of residency shows across London, Berlin, Darmstadt and Paris.

Formed in 2014, Lea Porcelain continue their foray forwards heralding the arrival of their debut album in the summer of 2017.

Live shows:
Friday March 24th
Darmstadt, Germany – das Blumen

Monday March 27th
Paris, France – Supersonic

Wednesday March 29th
London, UK – Electrowerkz

Saturday April 1st
Berlin, Germany – INTRO 25 Year Anniversary Party

Also playing PACT Spring Festival in Essen, Germany on March 31st.

Buy – smarturl.it/LeaPorcelainStreets

Kayligs rubber stamps his mark on the scene with his debut release ‘Berlin’

Forthcoming on Jango’s Tech House imprint Jango X, is the humungous ‘Berlin’ from French DJ/Producer Kayligs.

‘Berlin’ is newcomer Kayligs’ first ever release, and what a debut. This Tech House stomper is expected to get a huge amount of support from DJs all across the globe, with eerie synths, harsh kick drums and a deep thumping bassline this track is sure to reap havoc on dancefloors for months to come.

Following in the footsteps of artists such as Capo & Comes on the parent label Jango Music, it will come as no surprise that we’re going to hear a lot more of Kayligs in the near future. Keep your eyes and ears peeled.

‘Berlin’ is out now via Jango X so grab your copy quick!

Kayligs stamps his mark on the scene with his debut release ‘Berlin’

Forthcoming on Jango’s Tech House imprint Jango X, is the humungous ‘Berlin’ from French DJ/Producer Kayligs.

‘Berlin’ is newcomer Kayligs’ first ever release, and what a debut. This Tech House stomper is expected to get a huge amount of support from DJs all across the globe, with eerie synths, harsh kick drums and a deep thumping bassline this track is sure to reap havoc on dancefloors for months to come.

Following in the footsteps of artists such as Capo & Comes on the parent label Jango Music, it will come as no surprise that we’re going to hear a lot more of Kayligs in the near future. Keep your eyes and ears peeled.

‘Berlin’ is out via Jango X 3rd March 2017 so grab your copy then!