The Remix we have ALL been waiting for…90’s Techno Legend Returns to the Scene to Re-Claim the Throne

Dance, Disco/Techno

Paul Hazel (pictured above) was dubbed the ‘Future of British Techno’ by Melody Maker. Producers from around the world would be working day and night to produce remixes of the Post-Detroit phenomenon that was Test Pattern.

What has inspired his return?

Whilst Paul was on his sabbatical, he took a turn at a job in education, where he taught Music at a University. During his tenure as a lecturer, his students would urge him onto start producing again. Without the encouragement from his students, Paul wouldn’t have had the confidence to revisit his solo project, as he realised it had never lived up to it’s billing.

What does is sound like?

Whether you’re a fan of Techno or not, you have to appreciate the amount of quality that this track emits. The leads created by the software instruments are as authentic as a 1970’s Moog synthesiser, and only enhance the track’s ability to make you want to get up and dance.

The overall mix of this track gives a classic feel with a modern twist. The twist being that the majority of 90’s techno music had a very ‘analog’ sound, which was warm and lacked clarity. Although this to some may contradict my previous comment regarding the ‘authentic’ sound, this does not hinder the track one bit. In-fact, the clarity within the mix gives a fresh take on techno, one that only reinforces Melody Maker’s comments about Paul Hazel.

Along with the single, Paul has released a remix of Test Pattern Redux but with a 2018 renovation, created by talented Croatian producer Kornelije Duras aka Ray Saul. The remix is one that could easily make the UK Top Charts, which slows the tempo down around 30 bpm to ultimately transform the techno classic into modern deep house vibe.

Both the remix and the redux of the original (let’s not try and confuse things here) are fantastic, and to have Paul back in the music industry is a breath of fresh air.

 

Author – @DJJAMESCANE

 Paul Hazel will launch ‘Test Pattern Redux’ at Swansea International Festival Fringe on October 5.

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Jonny Morello channels 90’s rave with new banger ‘Why Can’t We See’

Dance

Ready to be taken back to the 90’s? No, we haven’t figured out time travel (yet..) but Jonny Morello’s new track Why Can’t We See is a real blast from the past. With it’s melodic piano and retro breakbeats, you can feel the inner 90’s raver crawling it’s way out of you, as it begins to take control of your body.  The breakbeats cannot be ignored, and are a pivotal part in making this track sound so impressive. The beat emulates that of Chase & Status, and even has reminiscences of their track Count On Me from their 2013 album Brand New Machine. Although some may call it ‘advantageous’ to compare the two, we have no doubt that Jonny has all the potential to make it as big as them.

Initially, Jonny’s inspiration to become an artist derived from his first live show experience, which was a Jay-Z concert. It was clear that from then on, Jonny was inspired to be like him, and to have the ability to change a crowds mood from track to track, which can be heard within his new single. Jonny was originally self-taught in music production, which is becoming ever more simple as years go by due to Youtube Tutorials. Soon after, he signed up for Music Courses, which opened up a world of opportunity and careers in Sound Design and Production.

There is no doubt in mind that Jonny worked day and night to complete this track. The mix is incredibly impressive, and the vocals sit perfectly on-top of the mix, which when done correctly sounds professional, so to pull this off at this stage in his career is one huge statement!

Jonny Morello’s new single can be listened to on the link below, but make sure that you’re wearing your best and most colourful tracksuit and bucket hat! But remember kids, say NO to drugs!

Words: James Cane | @DJJAMESCANE

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Fergus Mckay and Nothing Concrete are defying laws with their Multi-Linguistic Troop of Talented Musicians

Folk

Yes, we’ve finally done it, we as human-beings have finally reached the pinnacle of musical obscurity. That is no disrespect to the wonderful stylistics of Fergus Mckay and The Nothing Concrete, but there is something definitely concrete about their music!

The acoustic-led combination of folk, 30’s swing jazz and a bluesy country cabaret polka, is not quite like anything you’ve heard before, but is a fresh reminder of just how good the history of music really is. The band consists of a plethora of nationalities such as a Scot, an Italian, a Frenchman, multiple sax players (one of them Belgian) and a Jewish percussionist. This band and their wonderful love for cramming into tight spaces (see the image below for example) have really hit the ground running with this innovative take on historical music ideology.

How does this all come about?

‘Old Black Crow’ was written about ten years ago and was part of Fergus’ busking set all over Europe. Having travelled extensively over the years all around Europe, Fergus has soaked up the lives of many who he has observed and has woven so many of them into his songs. It is clear that the influence of travel has played a part in the culture that is endeavoured into the sound of this band. Overall, their sound clearly reflects their lifestyle, shunning technology like a modern day Amish without a trace of technology within a 100 mile radius.

Old Black Crow

The track in question ‘Old Black Crow’ is everything mentioned in the above text. It’s different, it’s new, it’s old, IT IS GREAT.  The overall mix of the track is fairly well balanced. The saxophones give a nice lining, whilst the other instruments sit nicely within their placement in the stereo mix. The vocals, at first, are fairly drowned out by the extravagant sounds of the bluesy overtones. But once you hear that vocal punch through, you get a real sense of living life ‘through the ages’ as it tells the story of the song.

The big question on the minds of many, would be ‘where do they take this next?’ Well, with Fergus Mckay’s extravagant life of travelling (god they must love airports…) we have no doubt that their future tracks will be even more bluesier than the last.

@DJJAMESCANE – Author

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/fergus-mckay

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3TpvO9BbsFcP0MOJAO0Cwg

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urs0Moqiq-s

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nothingconcrete1      

Twitter: @bandolinofergus

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Website: http://www.nothing-concrete.com 

Harp Samuels channels grief into intimate celestial sounds

Acoustic, Electronica, Folk

In 2017, midway through promoting his debut album ‘Wanting’, Harp Samuels received the news that his father had passed away. Returning home to Melbourne (he has dual citizenship of Australia and New Zealand), be began to channel his grief and confusion into his art. Initially planning to produce a short film and the accompanying soundtrack for it, as work progressed the soundtrack gradually blossomed in scope and importance to the point of eventually overshadowing the film it had been conceived to accompany.

It was this soundtrack that evolved into Samuels’ upcoming album ‘Breathe’, to be released on the 14th of September. The seismic rupture with the past of his father’s death was mirrored in a striking left turn musically—drifting away from the sparse folk of ‘Wanting’, ‘Breathe’ incorporates influences from ambient and electronic music, with vocoder and synthesiser beginning to seep into the sound. The results are often homespun choral music, the celestial tones paralleling the churchyards and funeral parlours death forces one into, and the incorporation of distorted sounds expressing “the tension involved with grief and change”, in Samuels’ own words.

Mixed with analogue gear in Melbourne’s Sing Studios, the album nonetheless journeys away from the tangibility of acoustic instruments into more opaque and ambiguous musical and moral territory. This push and pull of the intimate and the infinite is captured in “Closure in C”, a song recorded on the piano owned by Samuels’ father, before it was sold. In time hopefully Samuels will find this closure, but for now he has a desolate and emotionally rich album to offer. 

Words: Callum Oliver

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/harpsamuels

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Website: www.harpsamuels.com

 

Alice’s Night Circus gives The Greatest Showman a run for his money

Experimental, Pop

In December last year, cinema’s worldwide released sing-a-long smash hit ‘The Greatest Showman’, but ringmaster Julia Scott has got a new circus that isn’t for the faint-hearted. Eccentric singer Julia Scott (pictured above) provides a entire new world of symphonic sounds with her new theatrical single ‘Stand Up’ under the alias Alice’s Night Circus. The track exudes emotion and Julia is able to portray this with her powerful vocals which cut clean through the middle of the track, leaving you encapsulated by her voice.

Behind the curtains (yes, that was ANOTHER circus pun) Julia was brought up in Sheffield, UK, and has been classically trained in the vocal department from an early age, which absolutely clarifies why her voice is outstandingly powerful. The plethora of knowledge she has gained from her musical training has allowed her to be influenced by several genres such as opera, musicals, jazz and symphonic metal.

You may be thinking, where does the influence come from? Was it Hugh Jackman’s incredibly apt portrayal of P T Barnum? Or does she just really love the Circus? Julia explains that her love for Steampunk inspired the look and name of her project. The lust for a sub-genre of Science Fiction is something that cannot be ignored, as similar things have been married up in the past i.e multi-award-winning rock gods, Muse, and their love for outer-space.

She actually made her debut live appearance under the Alice pseudonym at the world’s largest and longest running Steampunk festival called The Asylum in Lincoln. It was there she met fine art photographer Gary Nicholls, who went on to feature her in his photography book The Imaginarium which is centered around steampunks.

So, we’ve stated the obvious, her vocals are out of this world, but what is it that makes Alice’s Night Circus so bloody brilliant? Of course, it’s the originality of it all. There is no doubt that this project has the potential to go far, and we think that Julia still has a few more tricks up her sleeve before the night is over.

 

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnyOy98XOqXty8L8y49otwA

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Twitter:  https://twitter.com/alicencircus

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/curiousbyalice/

Website:  www.alicesnightcircus.com

 

Words: James Cane | @DJJAMESCANE 

 

Uno Prism stakes her claim as the next great experimentalist of nu-jazz

Jazz

Uno Prism aka Emma Welsby is a young up and coming vibrant nu jazz artist, who originates from Scotland, but is now based in Manchester, England. The young Scot looks set on following the footsteps of some of the great jazz musicians before her with new single ‘Into Place’. This track contains a stylish mix of nu-jazz-inflected electronica that combines Emma’s vibes and expertise with bone-rattling bass rhythms, sweeping cinematic strings, gossamer-like vocals and electronic thrums.

‘Into Place’ is a chilled and relaxing tune. It’s a song that takes you away from the stress of everyday life, and drifts you into a land of calm thinking. It’s a brilliant tune to listen to if you want to relax or concentrate. For example, if you are doing an essay, just put some earphones on and let this song keep you from any external distractions going on around you.

‘Into Place’ is a very catchy tune, which you will definitely have on repeat. As it says in the song, this really is “the best” song Uno Prism has released to date, and really gives off exciting vibes from what’s to come from this rising star.

If this song is anything to go by, then Uno Prism is the one to watch for the near future. She has the right musical knowledge and training, along with natural talent that propels this young jazz artist into having a bright future ahead within the music industry.

Words: Thomas Larkins | @TomLarko

Make sure you keep up do date with Uno Prism by clicking the links below…

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Steele unveils cathartic new cut ‘Looking For You’

Synth-Pop

For lovers of midnight-drenched atmospherics and languid, mid-tempo soundscapes, Steele will be releasing her debut full length, Paroxysms, on June 13th. On her last release, 2016’s Hiraeth, the Stockholm-born singer-songwriter imbued her music with the feel of a late night alight with broken neon signs on a rain-drenched street. Keyboards breathe in and out on each track in-between palpitations of sparse, spartan drum beats, while the singer projects feelings of loss and longing into the dark corners of each listener.

While, her most recent output, 2018’s ‘Know Her‘ and ‘Temporary Love‘ continue the trend; ‘Know Her‘ is an upbeat track that swings with a swagger that shows a point in evolution and progression for the artist, while ‘Temporary Love‘ regresses into familiar territory of half-awake synths and wispy instrumentation.


The theme of sentimentality established on these previous tracks continues as ‘Looking For You‘ tackles a panoply of emotions. Speaking of the track, Steele told Billboard:

Looking For You’ is an embodiment of that feeling of being happy, devious and a little bit moonstruck at the same time, much like when you’re determined for a mission – or just dancing senselessly at home alone.

 

If all this is anything to go by, then her debut full length, Paroxysms is sure to be a success with fans of dark, gothic dream pop and moody make-out music. So light those candles, turn on your salt lamp and ready your decanter, because Paroxysms will be sure to set the mood for you on June 13th.

Paroxysm tracklist
1. Machine
2. Animal
3. Know Her
4. Opium
5. Temporary Love
6. Waiting
7. Knots
8. Deep Water
9. 8AM
10. Follow
11. Looking for You
12. Fade

Words: Ethan Schrupp | @ethanschrupp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly9ZECyR5NU

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/i_am_steele

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