Vispa’s ‘Cosmic Force’

We find a lot of artists these days who take inspiration from bygone eras, particularly the 80s, but Iranian artist, Vispa, has gone full hog in empowering that retro sound in his music.

As an electronic artist, synthesizers are big part of his work and as we all know, the synth was synonymous the 80s period.

‘Cosmic Force’ employs a heavy dance beat with spacey synths and choral-like drones that could have been made 30 thirty years ago. However, this isn’t to say that Vispa’s music is out dated, by any means. He has reignited the flame of this electronic style and there’s sure to be many electronic music lovers who will be pleased to hear it make a comeback.

Since there are no lyrics in ‘Cosmic Force’, there is a definite filmic nature to the track: you can truly imagine it accompanying an action film, or even as a TV theme.

At the age of 19, Vispa decided to attend a music class where he learnt his trade, working primarily with synthesizers and keyboards. As he learnt more, Vispa began experimenting with his own melodies and beats, often just playing things by ear, how he wanted them to sound.

Supposedly, ‘Cosmic Force’ was inspired by Vispa’s daydreams on space and the world beyond, which can be clearly seen when listening to the track.

Check out more on Vispa and his music here:

Links

https://www.facebook.com/Vispamusic/

https://twitter.com/Vispamusic

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWmghhgeg1p6gBxIgyF3hFg

https://www.instagram.com/vispamusic/ 

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‘Contour Lines’ debut album from Shield Patterns

Shield Patterns

 

Track ‘Dust Hung Heavy’ features on new album ‘Contour Lines’, the debut album from Manchester based duo, Shield Patterns. 

Only two years on from their first meeting, Claire Brentnall and Richard Knox’s, the pair that make Shield Patterns, release their first album. Creating an alternative mix of dark elctro pop combined with the wonderfully haunting vocals that Brenthall delivers.

Check out one of tracks from the new album here:

Following on from critically lauded lead single ‘Dust Hung Heavy’, Contour Lines carries the listener deeper into their world. Each track is laden with the kind of dark atmospherics most groups take years to unearth. Here, the fragility of Brentnall’s early demos remains, but finds itself imbued with a richness of sound that can only come from studious soul searching and a cathartic creative process. The vulnerability of her intensely personal lyrics is tempered with highly processed strings, subby bass-lines, and ambient passages that brood as much as they shimmer. Lines between aesthetic and content are blurred, so that singer and song are intertwined.

Shield Patterns are set to tour the UK this November.

Find tour dates and venues here http://www.shieldpatterns.com/tour.html

 

Links:

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/ShieldPatterns

Twitter –  https://twitter.com/shieldpatterns

Soundcloud – http://www.soundcloud.com/shieldpatterns

ITALIAN DUO M+A STREAM ‘WHEN’ EP + ANNOUNCE HEADLINE LONDON SHOW ON AUGUST 28TH

FOLLOWING THEIR PACKED OUT SHOW AT BEDROOM BAR IN SHOREDITCH RECENTLY, THE GLASTONBURY EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCE THEIR HEADLINE  SHOW AT HOXTON BAR & KITCHEN

 

 Video for ‘When’: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y96Qv41tuj8

 

Hotly tipped duo M+A were handpicked by Michael and Emily Eavis to make their Glasto debut on the West Holts Stage last month alongside M.I.A, Goldfrapp and Disclosure. They also played a secret set backstage right after Bryan Ferry and The Rabbit Hole on the Sunday to round off a trio of performances at Worthy Farm.

 

Their album ’These Days’ was released last September, cleverly combining sunny, European dance-pop and laid back electronic vibes with a unique soulful twist. Think of a young Beck channeling Phoenix at a Brazilian Rave organised by Friendly Fires! 

 

 

Upcoming London Show

 Thursday 28th August

Hoxton Bar & Kitchen

2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU

Doors: 8pm

 

Support by Lisbon Kid

Jugurtha album ‘Orientation’ aims to bring Arabic culture into the spotlight

Out early April, ambitious new LP looks to bridge cultural gaps to the West

Integrating Arabic and Oriental music styles with Western dance music tropes, Jugurtha’s new album has lofty aims to bridge both artistic and political gaps between Arabic culture and the Western world.  ‘Jugurtha’ was the name given to the king of Numidia who fought to free his North African kingdom from Roman Rule.

By mixing traditional Arabic music with a heavy influence of Western house, they hope to keep those traditions alive and thriving in the modern world, showing just how when two different genres combine, they can create something which is versatile yet alluring. Jugurtha’s aim is to deconstruct what they call the ‘derogatory image’ of the Arab world, whilst allowing a new generation to maintain their cultural heritage in an industry that is increasingly dominated by the mainstream pop music. By throwing the spotlight on the Arabic music traditions whilst combining a domineering heavy house beat, the target is to attract new Western audiences as well as keeping the next generation of Arabic musicians interested in musical traditions.

It’s a laudably ambitious aim, backed up by the decision to fund the project completely from scratch – with no outside funding or interference, Jugurtha has had the artistic freedom to produce their own style of dance music. A great example for young people, who they fear will fall into the trap of ‘hyper-consumerism’ and materialism, there is a real independent spirit to the album. It’s no surprise then to learn that the group immersed themselves in anti-establishment culture to inform their work throughout the writing process.

The album’s lead track ‘Arab Lovers’ can be heard below, alongside the oddly compelling video – a collection of Arabic film clips showing the titular ‘Arab Lovers’ from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.

Video ‘Arab Lovers’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsPFlH5K-XI

Further Links:

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/jugurthamusic

SoundCloud : http://www.soundcloud.com/jugurtha-music

Jordan Crisp v Nana D: African rhythms meet mainstream dance with new single ‘Ngoma’

In one of the most intriguing collaborations in recent memory, superstar producer Jordan Crisp is set to team up with independent Ghanaian artist Nana D for new track ‘Ngoma’.

The track, released December 2nd, sees Crisp’s electronic dance sensibilities married to traditional African drum beats and a hook sung by Nana D, creating a rhythmic, energetic track which has the potential to hit the club charts hard.

The accompanying video, directed by Nana D himself, continues the theme, combining contemporary animation techniques to a traditional African setting. You can check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRwMhIyK-wg

JordancrispJordan Crisp, signed to EMI at age 18 on the strength of self-produced music that got picked up as soundtrack by MTV for the likes of Cribs and My Super Sweet 16, has most recently been developing his reputation in the world of film. His soundtrack for number 1 UK box office hit ‘Streetdance 3D’ saw him win his first Gold LP, and subsequent work on the sequel and the Horrid Henry movie has been well received.

Nana Rolling stoneGrowing up in Ghana, West Africa, Nana D was surrounded by the traditional music of his homeland as well as the Motown, disco and funk in his father’s record collection. A subsequent move to the UK in the 1980’s introduced the young music enthusiast to the hip-hop of NWA and EPMD, and later the UK jungle and garage scenes. This varied musical education saw Nana D form a successful hip-hop act who were among the first UK rap groups to have their video played on MTV Base. He also forged a career in film production, a skill which he now utilises in his most recent music projects with Jordan Crisp and producer Picasso.

Links:

Jordan Crisp –

https://www.facebook.com/officialjcuk / https://soundcloud.com/jordancrisp

https://twitter.com/officialjcmusic

Nana D –

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nana-D/11165757729/ / https://twitter.com/mynameisnanad