elkkle – Don’t Look Down [for fans of Nicolas Jaar and Arca]

Melbourne producer elkkle, aka Callum Baker, shares his latest single, ‘Don’t Look Down’, a sophisticated cut of experimental electronica inspired by the freedom that is given when one trusts themselves.

“During the time around writing ‘Don’t Look Down’ I became very self-aware that I was fearful of a lot of things. I was about to finish University, I was in a relationship, I was living independently – and with all this came a cloud of uncertainty between myself and my future. Sometimes the ground beneath you might seem so far away that looking down can only hold you back from climbing higher” – elkkle

Inspired by the experimental designs of Nicolas Jaar and Arca, elkkle embarks on a personal pilgrimage to create a sound that explores space and movement unapologetically. The crisply-dispatched beats and elegiac synths create a tone of ascent and fearlessness; of moving forward.

“‘Don’t Look Down’ kind of became my mantra. It reminds me to breath, trust myself and continue onward.” – elkkle

elkkle – Don’t Look Down [stunning new single from Australian producer] 

Melbourne producer elkkle, aka Callum Baker, shares his latest single, ‘Don’t Look Down’, a sophisticated cut of experimental electronica inspired by the freedom that is given when one trusts themselves.

“During the time around writing ‘Don’t Look Down’ I became very self-aware that I was fearful of a lot of things. I was about to finish University, I was in a relationship, I was living independently – and with all this came a cloud of uncertainty between myself and my future. Sometimes the ground beneath you might seem so far away that looking down can only hold you back from climbing higher” – elkkle

Inspired by the experimental designs of Nicolas Jaar and Arca, elkkle embarks on a personal pilgrimage to create a sound that explores space and movement unapologetically. The crisply-dispatched beats and elegiac synths create a tone of ascent and fearlessness; of moving forward.

“‘Don’t Look Down’ kind of became my mantra. It reminds me to breath, trust myself and continue onward.” – elkkle

Nicolas Jaar ‘Sirens’

Sei A – Space In Your Mind (DJ Tennis Miami Dub)

Roman Flügel – 9 Years (DJ Koze Remix)

Life and Death at Art Basel Miami: Tale of Us, Special Guest Richie Hawtin, Mind Against, Thugfucker – December 3

Iconic label Life and Death returns to Miami to kick off Art Basel with its annual showcase on Thursday, December 3 at Mana Wynwood. Now in its fourth year and a staple in the unofficial calendar of Art Basel weekend festivities, the lineup features Life and Death’s top artists, including sonic visionaries and #2 in Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJ chart Tale of Us, purveyors of psychedelic dancefloor anthems Mind Against and New York house duo Thugfucker, regrouping after a unforgettable summer-long Ibiza residency, joined in a surprise announcement by techno legend Richie Hawtin, bringing an added dimension to a party not to be missed.

This year, to further enhance the experience for attendees, event promoter PL0T has announced teaming up with III Points Presents as the event expands and moves to Mana, a state-of-art venue in the heart of the thriving Wynwood Art District, where an unseen production design will transport attendees to an otherworldly, immersive environment against the unmatched sounds of Life and Death. For more than 8 years, PL0T has been a major contributor to the underground dance music scene in Miami promoting events in the cities best venues and presenting a number of international acts to the area, including Seth Troxler, Nicolas Jaar, DJ Tennis and Bob Moses to name a few.

III Points Presents is a concert production company committed to pairing vanguard talent, nontraditional venues and artist installations into the overall consumer experience challenging the conventional way of seeing live music with a roster of highly curated events ranging from intimate shows to their signature music art and technology festival in October.

Art Basel Miami is North America’s most comprehensive international contemporary art fair, with 267 galleries from 31 countries showcasing works by over 4000 artists in 2014, and has become widely considered as the most important and exciting time of year in Miami, attracting people from all over the globe.

Get tickets here via ResidentAdvisor.net before they sell out. For VIP table service reservations call (305) 988 8524.

Lulacruza’s Full-Length Album Orcas

Along with the Do LaB, Lightning in a Bottle, and other music festivals, The Confluence works with many musical artists, fashion, and lifestyle clients. I would love to be able to share with you any client news that we think may be a good fit for you and your readers!

This week I’m excited to announce the official release for electronic folk duo Lulacruza’s new full length studio album Orcas on April 14.

Orcas was recorded, mixed and mastered by sound engineer Vance Galloway, noted for his work with Nicolas Jaar. The album blends warm, electronic sounds, and South American indigenous instruments, with soothing vocals. If you’re a fan of Sigur Ros, you’ll love Lulacruza!

Stream a New Different Sleep Track Featuring Kid Sister and Lil Chris + FoF Announces 5 Yr. Anniversary Compilation

5 years ago Friends of Friends was brought together by the desire to put out experimental, creative and progressive electronic music. Now, on the eve of FoF’s 5 year anniversary, we are thrilled to announce the 5oFoF (5 Years of Friends of Friends) 2-disc compilation. The comp. will feature music from FoF collaborators past and present, including Shlohmo, Nicolas Jaar, Salva, Shigeto, Jerome LOL and Different Sleep.

In celebration of the 5oFoF announcement, Friends of Friends is now streaming a new single from Different Sleep. The track, entitled Hurt You, features established Chicago MC Kid Sister alongside rising Chi ‘bop’ artist Lil Chris. Listen to the full track here and keep an eye out for the full comp. available via FoF on November 4. LA residents can catch a good portion of the FoF crew at RBMA’s ‘City Belongs To Me’ event this Saturday September 6.

Benoit & Sergio New ‘Your Darkness’ EP on Visionquest, Performing Live At Verboten – July 4th

Renowned for their sublime, lyrical take on dance music, DC / Berlin based duo Benoit & Sergio return to Brooklyn for a special live performance for their debut at Verboten nightclub to celebrate Independence Day on Friday, July 4th.

Their new ‘Your Darkness’ EP marks a return to their spiritual home of Visionquest with some freshly crafted groove ridden thrills. More set in the smoke and heat of the club than their vocalised bittersweet visions, the ‘Your Darkness’ EP showcases the duo at their dancefloor focused playful best whilst incorporating infectious vocal samples, searing melodies and pulsing rhythms. Opener “Splash” is at once murky and tropical as the bassline grinds underneath light footed percussion whilst title track “Your Darkness” is a deep and moody groover with signature rich synth work. Closing track “Beat Macho” is a wayward beast with a darker edge and satisfyingly complex chugging framework that makes for a heady trip into the depths of the night.

Leaving an indelible mark on a selection of pioneering labels since 2009 – Spectral Sound, DFA, Hot Creations, Culprit and of course Visionquest have all fallen prey to Benoit & Sergio’s unique brand of sensuous electronics. The duo first appeared on Visionquest for the imprints’ inaugural release in 2011 ‘Where The Freaks Have No Name’ featuring the ubiquitous “Walk And Talk” – a quintessential slice of romantic techno. Then in late 2012 the ‘New Ships EP’ further demonstrated the duo’s ability to mix visceral energy with the emotional.

Gaining the title of breakthrough electronic artists of the year in 2011 and featuring in RA’s best live act poll in 2011 and 2012, they also had the tracks “Everybody”, “Principles”, “Let Me Count The Ways”, and “Walk and Talk” variously charted in top 20 year-end polls for Resident Advisor, Mixmag and DJ Mag. The duo have since been enlisted to remix heavyweights such as Matthew Dear, Metronomy, Hot Natured and covered Daft Punk.

This year the duo is working on completing their long anticipated debut album co-produced with DARKSIDE aka Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, and set to be released on the magically diverse Other People imprint. A single will be dropped as a teaser in the not too distant future.