Musique Pour La Danse is proud to release Collected: Ambient Grooves1993 ~ 2001, an anthology of music created by Osamu Sato, the Kyoto-born, Tokyo-based digital artist, photographer, and composer whose career began in the early 80s. In 1983, he released a cassette accompanied by silkscreen prints on Kaoru Sato’s (EP-4, Vanity Records) sought-after Skating Pears label. He gained worldwide notoriety after creating cult video games Eastern Mind for Mac OS and LSD Dream Emulator for Sony Playstation, and composing groundbreaking soundtracks for both. This latter game, quite unlike anything before or after is often praised as a masterpiece that started a new era in the gaming community.” Osamu Sato remains one of the most sought-after and intriguing personalities in the world of cult gaming, a spirit that haunts those who hunt the surreal and those who clamor for more like he produced in the past” as VICE once put it.
The previously unreleased and exclusive music gathered on this release explores the interzone between ambiance and a certain sense of groove and motion. Emotional melodies, deep and mystical moods, psychedelic progressions, along with electronic and organic instruments with Eastern influences are masterfully used by the composer to create tracks where the listener is always offered with a variety of layers to admire or get lost in. Some tracks fit more in the ambient category, while others are of a groovier persuasion but in reality, each track displays in its specific way a meticulous balance between both.
A timeless collection of artful music that exists in a genre of its own, with cover and design created by Osamu Sato himself, this is a total work of art created by the artist who celebrates his 60th birthday in 2020, find details here.
Musique Pour La Danse will release Collected: Ambient Grooves 1993 ~ 2001 on May 24th, 2020
Avondlicht to release his debut album on his own Formosa record label.
Avondlicht is the stage name for Matthias Dziwak, a young Antwerp-based producer who uses dark, abstract rhythms and glowing, evolving synthesizers to weave his musical stories. After an earlier release on the London label Fent Plates (2014), he co-produced the very well received Amalgamation EP for Fog Mountain Records, together with his lifelong friend oaktree. As a live act, they had a long string of dates following the release, supporting the likes of Max Cooper, Portico, Eskmo, Squarepusher and Darkstar.
After years of searching for the elusive sensation of heart-rending beauty, Avondlicht releases his debut album on 5 May, 2020. Hyperromance is the culmination of an emotional and geographical journey, as Belgian producer Matthias Dziwak sought to find and examine idealised moments of true romance within the less-than-romantic reality of existence.
With visceral life experiences woven into the fabric of the record, Hyperromance is expressive on the most intimate level. It’s a record that dazzles with searing bright wonderment and casts creeping shadows as the time passes – a journey as nuanced as life itself, elevated by romance and grounded by reality. Below, you can hear Avondlicht’s album in full.
Formosa will release Hyperromance on May 15th, 2020
The rise of Amelie Lens‘s career has been extraordinary. Within only a few years she has developed into one of the top techno DJs worldwide. With her passion for techno, her penchant for perfectionism and her uncompromising sound, she has risen from being a raver to a techno superstar – and there is no end in sight. Telekom Electronic Beats TV visited Amelie in her hometown of Antwerp and accompanied her to her own event, “Exhale”.
Comprised of unearthed recordings from 2008, Luz Azul sees Homler using a variety of squeaky objects, greeting cards, tiny metals and motors, and a potato slicer, while Fernande provides a backdrop of shamanistic percussion.
Visual artist and composer Tom Recchion provides suitably surreal liner notes: “on a trip to the Moon in a Gumby adventure Luz Azul takes off. … Clipping along into cosmic sludge they short circuit the landscape. Trees turn to metal and continue to grow with steel branches scraping and flicking against each other.”
Cortizona will release Luz Azul on March 20th, 2020
Over the course of a career spanning two decades, the Parisian pop genius Sébastien Tellier has forged his own unique journey. His eclectic strand of pop-electronica has been sampled by The Weeknd, he has collaborated with everyone from Jean-Michel Jarre to Daft Punk and Sofia Coppola, gatecrashed the Eurovision Song Contest in a golf cart and has seen his masterpiece La Ritournelle described by NME as “basically Unfinished Sympathy part two”.
Recent years have seen Tellier apply his synth-focused sonics to other projects: two soundtracks and the writing ofDita Von Teese’s debut album.
Now he shares brand new single A Balletas he prepares to unveil more material later this year.
With A Ballet, Tellier captures the keen melodies of classic pop songwriting and combines with the flair of the dreamy French electronica that he’s renowned for. His vocodered vocals deliver lyrics which feel part romantic and part cryptic, while a hazy sax and laidback beats echo the yacht rock era. The song’s title is a pun which plays on artistry and domesticity. A ballet sounds much like the French word balai – a broom.
Every Dog Has Its Day Vol. 5 lands January 31st on his Axis Records label.
This New Year, Jeff Mills is inviting us to look inward in the form of his Every Dog Has Its Day series. It is due for a double vinyl set (12”x 2) and digital release on January 31st on his own Axis Records. The last time we had an installment came 17 years ago, just enough time for a periodical cicada to emerge from the ground, finished with its former life as a nymph. The series itself has acted as a barometer of the times, and Mills feels after a long lay off it’s time to rehash his Millsart persona and gauge the here and now, and where we fit in. The record itself will be the fifth chapter. It’s donned in a specific colour, taking heed from its predecessors. The first four were gold, silver, pearl, and sky blue. Now it’s time for red: the first of the series to be a primary colour, it was chosen for its connotation. Red, being very emotive, stirs different feelings in us all; lust, love, rage, power, energy, desire, passion. This music is a tool for us to see the world as is, and be able to reflect inwards to see what we are. It’s not your stereotypical electronic dance track or DJ tool. Each of the eight cuts has a story behind it and invites the listener to get lost in it and curate their opinions about it or themselves. Stripped and left in a way for true music listeners, those with unconditional love and appreciation for a master at their craft.
Mills himself has said, “You never figure out life, you just get used to it.” Reflected in this record is that sentiment, that life doesn’t present to you the answers because there are none. What is right and just for you, may not be for me, so how can I share with you any secrets. Electronic music can act as a guide, a catalyst of your headspace; it is not the map. The sixth edition of this series is soon to follow in spring dressed in brown, continuing to deliver a spiritual and emotional raft for you to see that Every Dog Has Its Day.
Axis Records will release Every Dog Has Its Day Vol. 5 on January 31st, 2020.