Avalon Emerson – Narcissus In Retrograde (2016)

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Avalon Emerson’s latest EP, Narcissus In Retrograde, explores four different styles that shape her distinct voice as a producer and songwriter, from symphonic showstoppers to broken acid. Opener “Natural Impasse” ferries massive melodic themes through a network of emotive capillaries that’s underpinned by charging drums, while “Dystopian Daddy” dons a theatrical flare with costume-changing arpeggiators and digital brass beef that command attention like a stage-hogging space alien diva lip-syncing for new wig money. The B-side takes a more menacing turn with “Why Does It Hurt,” the outright techno achievement of the record, and the snarling closer “Groundwater.” Ethereal vocals on the former punctuate kicks and growls that sound like they were pulled from a pedal monster’s electric guitar, and on “Groundwater,” a crucible of fucked breaks and acid cut a ravine through a bed of off-staccato hats and a sample swamp.

PYUR – The Field (2016)

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Hotflush are proud to introduce an exciting young artist, PYUR, along with her singular debut LP Epoch Sinus. Despite her relative newness, PYUR meets the world with fully formed and unique signatures in both visual and sonic work, revealing a deep artistry that transcends medium.

Growing up in Munich, in and amongst the same fecund scene that spawned artists like the Zenker Brothers and Skee Mask, PYUR cut her teeth from a young age as a guitarist and singer before becoming spellbound by the electronic world’s endless scope for sound design. Endowed with innately strong synaesthesia and reared in a shamanic household, she tells how music “played the biggest role in my growth. It alone had the purpose to help me dissolve boundaries, discover the beauty of life’s mechanisms, create freely. It talked. Soon I felt like the music was making me, not the other way round.”

“When I take my demons by the hand
they drag me down into their pride
when I take my angels by the hand
they lift me up into their light
and in between those worlds there is
the will to ever be and become
a water drop and an ocean of life”

Epoch Sinus is a seamless and heartfelt whole, a life-like being unto itself, describing the disintegration of barriers between the self and the all. Here PYUR offers an intimate and personal statement, combining knowledge of universal harmony with electronic music. She states: “I’m mainly influenced by my inner visions and nature itself, yet also a lot from club culture, which is undoubtedly an important space of connection and freedom for so many people”. The record dances playfully between supposedly incompatible qualities: moments of brutality turn to softness, new life embraces decomposition, while explosive rhythmic and melodic structures are tempered with gentle and subtle percussion.

The album is accompanied by a video piece for each track, translating the sonic messages into a visual body. Her goal was to show as accurately as possible what she felt during the making process of Epoch Sinus, to put the music into context and make it more accessible for the public. Light, water, reflections and colors of nature all feature strongly in these distinctive visions.

“Music showed me that, in the sweet spot between nothingness and existence, one is empowered to fully understand energetic connections and able to initiate extraordinary transformations through all grids and layers of self. Especially now at this time music has the enormous potential and responsibility to become a transformative entity, providing truthfulness and support.”

Nathan Fake – DEGREELESSNESS (2016)

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Debut 12″ on Ninja Tune from Nathan Fake – the British electronic ace who has previously released on James Holden’s Border Community label, Traum and most recently his own Cambria Instruments imprint. ‘DEGREELESSNESS’, the first music to be released from his forthcoming new album, is a collaboration with NYC resident Prurient aka Vatican Shadow (founder of the excellent Hospital Productions label) that truly lives up to the weight of expectation that a clash between these two heavyweights int…

Automat – Fabrik der Welt (2016)

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From AUTOMAT’s new album “OstWest” out on Bureau B on November 11, 2016.
From Detroit techno and hip-hop’s early sampling experiments to Terre Thaemlitz, electronic music has long proven its political potential, even in instrumental form.
With OstWest, Berlin-based electronic-kraut-dub trio Automat complete their LP trilogy with a deep and entrancing take on the failures of neoliberalism.

Scratch Massive – No Way Out / A New Deal

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With their extraordinarily epic and artful musical poetry, Maud Geffray and Sébastien Chenut – the two sonic warheads who make up the electronic music group Scratch Massive – have always been able to enrich sensory experience in a way that brings together the fringe and the extremes, the here and there, the past and the future, with a never-disappointing desire to express the blues of the soul and the blues of the world.
The Parisian DJ/producer duo has made its mark with icy grooves and epic productions, a perfectly-executed musical path that has led it to become one of the driving forces of French electronic music of the last 20 years.
After the dark and melancholic convulsions of its studio album Nuit de rêve, Scratch Massive invites us to intimately explore new heights through the sublime images and existential travels presented in Day Out of Days – the new film by director Zoe Cassavetes.
This intense musical duo has undertaken a veritable revolution, giving body and soul to their latest project. Recorded under the Los Angeles sun at Atwater Studios, Day Out of Days is a troubling and enraptured vision of The California Dream – the one that always seems to slip away at the last moment from under the feet of Mia, the film’s disappointed heroine. On this album, Scratch Massive trades in (temporarily?) its somber ways and the dark beauty of its electronic odes for a new pop sensibility nourished by the grand air of the Pacific Ocean and the frenetic rhythm of a city that never sleeps.
From the wide-eyed pop song “Turn Away” that opens the album, the new wave mirages that inspire the superb “Frolic Spleen” and “A New Deal” and the infectious magic of “Paris” (an electro-pop hit carried by the irresistible voice of Daniel Agust, former lead singer from Icelandic cult band GusGus), Day Out of Days brings together an elegant, out-of-control bacchanal evoking dreams snuffed out by the stark realism of the daily grind, shady sunsets reflecting undetectable fears too heavy to bear. Could this be the sound of California Dreamin’ under modernity’s magnifying glass?
Quite simply, with Day Out of Days, Scratch Massive has made a modern electronic album, perfectly at ease with the influence of pop, as a way to revisit and reexamine its clichés, its stylistic effects, and the hungry nostalgia for the 1980s.

Markus Guentner – Crystal Castle (2016)

…”this is ambient music at its purest.”

Markus Guentner (Regensburg, Germany) is a Producer/Sound-Designer/DJ known and loved for his countless releases on labels like Sending Orbs, Kompakt, Ware, 4AD and many more.

„Crystal Castle”, Guentner’s first full-length album on Affin includes seven pieces of layered soundwaves, modulated in a very subtile way.
Just the best music to stop the world, stop thinking on a time-/deadline, this just gets you into a continous state of awareness.
With his already sixth album Guentner underlines that the “inventor of pop ambient” is expanding another time on a large scale.