out now: Daniel Avery + Alessandro Cortini – Illusion Of Time [Phantasy / Mute]

 

Artist:
Daniel Avery + Alessandro Cortini

 

Title:
Illusion Of Time

 

Label:
Phantasy / Mute

 

Cat#:
PHLP12 / tba

 

Release Date:
27th March 2020

 

Format:
CD, LP & digital

 

Tracks:
01.
Sun

02.
Illusion Of Time

03.
CC Pad

04.
Space Channel

05.
Inside The Ruins

06.
At First Sight

07.
Interrupted By The Cloud Of Light

08.
Enter Exit

09.
Water

10.
Stills

 

Press Info:
The debut full-length collaboration between UK techno specialist Daniel Avery and acclaimed experimental musician Alessandro Cortini, ‘Illusion Of Time’ is a beguiling and unexpected collusion of two sounds. Beginning as a collaborative experiment before the pair had even met, Avery and Cortini then worked remotely and free of concept or deadline over several years. The result, finally completed when both artists were touring with Nine Inch Nails in 2018, is a quietly powerful album rooted in trust, process and experimentation.

Gently challenging the hypnotic ideals of ambience that already united the work of both artists, ‘Illusion of Time’ is in equal parts cryptic and inviting. Wistful and even memorable chords are boldly buried beneath blankets of soothing noise, as if asking listeners to lean in further. In other moments, Avery and Cortini achieve catharsis when working through bristling electronics more indebted to their heavier influences. More frequently, the soothing analogue textures that drive the album are allowed to linger alone, stripped back in order to conjure the moments of suspended bliss that give the album its title.

“It was very much a shared process”, notes Avery. “I would like to credit Alessandro with his belief that music has a life of its own, as well as the importance he places on the first take… That even something that may be considered out-of-step by some should be respected. Some of the tracks were borne simply out of a tiny synth part, or a bit of tape hiss that we had recorded. And that approach taught me a lot. It’s a record that’s been worked on hard, but not laboured over.”

“I was a big fan of Daniel’s, and his work always spoke to me in a certain way,” explains Cortini. “Then, when we started working together, it just clicked. It’s very hard to explain, but I can always hear the love in his work, and that is true on this record. After our first collaboration, we just kept sending each other music and maintaining that dialogue. Next thing you know, we’re sitting in a hotel room in New York and had finished the record in three hours.”

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Video:
“Illusion Of Time”

 

Specials:
Daniel Avery – “Junction 2”

Alessandro Cortini – “NE155”

 

Recommendations:
Alessandro Cortini’s “Volume Massimo” on Mute
Daniel Avery’s album “Song For Alpha” on Phantasy / Mute
Avery’s album “Song For Alpha (B-Sides & Remixes)” on Phantasy / Mute
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Websites:
Daniel Avery
Alessandro Cortini
Phantasy
Mute

 

© Photos By Steve Gullick & Emilie Elizabeth

out now: HAAi – Systems Up, Windows Down EP [Mute]

 

Artist:
HAAi

 

Title:
Systems Up, Windows Down EP

 

Label:
Mute

 

Cat#:
MUTE608

 

Release Date:
14th November 2019 (digital)
14th February 2020 (vinyl)

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Don’t Flatter Yourself Love

A2.
Stop Looking At Me Swan

A3.
6666

B1.
CHONKIBOI

B1.
It’s Something We Can All Learn From

B1.
Systems Up, Windows Down

 

Press Info:
A need for experimentation, exploring new sounds and new ways of making music – the inspiration driving Mute’s newest signing HAAi, the Australian-born London-based DJ who continues an incredible couple of years by announcing her first EP on the prestigious label.

Inspired by a chance trip to Berghain, HAAi started DJing by digging into a wealth of music on the psychedelic spectrum from around the globe. Her Coconut Beats parties in Dalston led to shows on Rinse FM and Worldwide FM, and eventually to a prestigious residency at the London club Phonox where Throssell played Saturday nights for two years. As her residency came to end, BBC Radio 1 broadcast her Essential Mix which went on to win the accolade of the Best Essential Mix of the year, alumni of which include Helena Hauff, Caribou, Nicolas Jaar and Ben Klock. HAAi was then granted a monthly Radio 1 slot, which continues into 2020.

Over the last year, HAAi has won over crowds at renowned events such as Sonar Festival and Glastonbury, been responsible for an incredibly memorable Boiler Room and found an ever-increasing fanbase internationally who have bought into her eclectic selections.

The new EP, Systems Up, Windows Down feels like an evolution from the previous releases on her own label. With a more mature, dancefloor focused sound, full of heavy basslines, breaks and crisp percussive electronics, she has experiment more and pushed the boundaries of her production.

The opening track includes the revving of her step dad’s sixties Mustang engine, on ‘It’s Something We Can All Learn From’ she uses an almost forgotten artefact from a trip to Marrakech and ‘CHONKIBOI’ is grounded in an earwormy ritualistic vocal. ‘6666’, was initially composed for the Genesis stage at Glastonbury and has since grown to be a monster of a tune, adding a tougher element to the EP. The closing track (which names the EP) is a ten-minute burner which has been garnering love over the summer festivals.

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Special:
“BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix”

 

Recommendations:
Alessandro Cortini’s album “Volume Massimo” on Mute
Apparat’s “LP5” on Mute
Nitzer Ebb’s “Body Of Work” on Mute
Chris Carter’s “Chemistry Lessons Volume 1” on Mute
Chris Liebing’s “Burn Slow” on Mute
Nicolas Bougaïeff’s “On The Grid EP” on NovaMute
Terence Fixmer’s EP “The Swarm” on NovaMute
Fidelity Kastrow’s “Daughter Of Darkness EP” on NovaMute

 

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Booking:
Earth Agency

 

Websites:
HAAi
Mute

 

© Photo By Imogene Barron

out now: Chris Liebing – Novembergrey [Mute]

 

Artist:
Chris Liebing

 

Title:
Novembergrey

 

Label:
Mute

 

Cat#:
IMUTE571

 

Release Date:
05th April 2018

 

Format:
digital

 

Tracks:
01.
Novembergrey

 

Press Info (German):
Chris Liebing und Mute sind erfreut bekanntzugeben, dass Liebing bei Mute unterschrieben hat und veröffentlichen mit „Novembergrey“ gleich einen ersten Track, ein Vorgeschmack auf all das, was in Zukunft noch kommen wird

Seine Beziehung zum Label beschreibt Liebing so: “Without realising, a lot of the music I was into came from just one label, Mute. I vividly remember dancing around to songs by Depeche Mode and Yazoo and banging my head in dark basements to the likes of DAF, Laibach and Nitzer Ebb. Things came full circle when I found myself in the Mute office and I’m delighted to be working with Daniel Miller, someone I’ve known for years and Mute, a label I have known for longer still.”

Daniel Miller ergänzt: “After meeting up with Chris at numerous techno events, exchanging music and discussing ideas for many years, it was great to hear new music by him again and we’re delighted that he’s part of the Mute family.”

Chris Liebing hat zudem eine Reihe an Club Nights angekündigt – weitere Infos dazu auf chrisliebing.com

Weltbekannt für seine einzigartigen DJ-Sets, gehört Chris Liebing zur Speerspitze des deutschen Techno in Performance, Produktion, Distribution und Aufführung. Seine Sets wurden an anderer Stelle als sonische Reisen zwischen Dunkelheit und Licht beschrieben, immer weit abseits des musikalischen Mainstreams. „Novembergrey”, koproduziert von Ralf Hildenbeutel, zeigt eine neue, dynamische Facette seines Sounds.

 

Press Info (English):
Chris Liebing and Mute are delighted to announce his signing to the label and the release of a brand new track, ‘Novembergrey’.

Listen to ‘Novembergrey’, Liebing’s debut release on Mute and a taste of what to expect from future releases.

Liebing explains his relationship with the label: “Without realising, a lot of the music I was into came from just one label, Mute. I vividly remember dancing around to songs by Depeche Mode and Yazoo and banging my head in dark basements to the likes of DAF, Laibach and Nitzer Ebb. Things came full circle when I found myself in the Mute office and I’m delighted to be working with Daniel Miller, someone I’ve known for years and Mute, a label I have known for longer still.”

Daniel Miller, talking about the new signing, said: “After meeting up with Chris at numerous techno events, exchanging music and discussing ideas for many years, it was great to hear new music by him again and we’re delighted that he’s part of the Mute family.”

In addition, Chris Liebing has announced a series of very special club nights throughout May. For the latest information on dates & tickets, go to chrisliebing.com

Renowned worldwide for his unique DJ sets, Chris Liebing is a leading light in German techno and devoted to the performance, production, distribution and broadcasting of music on a global level. His DJ sets are sonic journeys between darkness and light, always far from the beaten tracks of the musical mainstream. ‘Novembergrey’, co-produced by Ralf Hildenbeutel, marks a new facet of Liebing’s dynamic sound, one that will certainly continue his own journey as an inspiration to DJs, artists, producers and music lovers worldwide.

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Special:
“am/fm | 161”

 

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Websites:
Chris Liebing
Mute Deutschland @ Facebook
Mute @ Facebook
Mute

 

© Photo By David Paul Larson

out now: Daniel Avery – Song For Alpha [Phantasy / Mute]

 

Artist:
Daniel Avery

 

Title:
Song For Alpha

 

Label:
Phantasy / Mute

 

Cat#:
PHLP09 / tba

 

Release Date:
06th April 2018

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracks:
01.
First Light

02.
Stereo L

03.
Projector

04.
TBW17

05.
Sensation

06.
Citizen / Nowhere

07.
Clear

08.
Diminuendo

09.
Days From Now

10.
Embers

11.
Slow Fade

12.
Glitter

13.
Endnote

14.
Quick Eternity

 

Press Info:
Five years after his critically acclaimed debut Drone Logic, London-based producer Daniel Avery has announced the release of his highly anticipated second album Song For Alpha, set for release on 6th April 2018, via Phantasy.

In the years since his debut, Avery has helmed a DJ-Kicks mix CD, resided over a monthly radio show for NTS Live, curated an extensive remix compilation and collaborated on a series of side-projects including a recent release with Nine Inch Nails synth specialist Alessandro Cortini; he has toured relentlessly, cementing a reputation as one of the defining techno DJs of the decade. He has also worked studiously on what he wanted to say next as a producer.

Song For Alpha is Avery’s exploration of the space in which home listening and club music intersect, in no small part inspired by his transient life spent between nightclubs, flights, the passenger seats of cars and hotel rooms. He confirms, “Drone Logic’s spiritual home was the dancefloor. This record’s is definitely the road. Those late nights and hazy mornings, finding inspiration beyond the fog.”

With newfound energy and time to develop, Avery’s sonic vocabulary has expanded. Here, the booming sound of the big room is brilliantly countered by the music of the small hours. Where celestial ambient lullabies ‘First Light’ and ‘Days From Now’ sit perfectly next to the mesmeric techno assault of ‘Diminuendo’ and ‘Sensation’; where both ‘Projector’ and ‘Clear’ evoke early rave records, only ones engulfed by waves of beautiful cyclonic distortion. Much like his recent excursions with Cortini, Song For Alpha sees Avery take his signature psychedelic-electronic sound to new dimensions, a sound that plays to the head as much as the body.

“I’ve become increasingly interested in those moments in a club when the outside world becomes little more than an inconsequential thought at the back of your head. Eyes closed as opposed to hands in the air. A light emerging from the darkness – this is the idea I repeatedly returned to in the studio. The more time you spend with it the deeper you fall. Close your eyes, press repeat.”

 

Listen:
@ Deejay

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Slow Fade”

 

Videos:
“Slow Fade”

“Projector”

 

Video Special:
“Song For Alpha” (Full Album stream with visuals)

 

Special:
“Essential Mix”

 

Related Releases:
EP “Slow Fade”
Remix EP “Slow Fade (Remixes)”
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Phantasy Shop
Juno
Decks
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Phantasy Shop
Juno
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Decks
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Websites:
Daniel Avery
Phantasy
Mute