out now: Various – Mark Reeder / Five Point One [Kennen]

 

Artist:
Various – Remixed by Mark Reeder

 

Title:
Five Point One

 

Label:
Kennen

 

Cat#:
tba

 

Release Date:
16th December 2011, pre-orders shipped 7th December (CD)
29th June 2012 (digital)

 

Format:
2xCD+DVD-Package & digital (?)

 

Tracklist:
CD1-01)
John Foxx
Underpass
(Mark Reeder’s Sinister Subway Remix)

CD1-02)
Bad Lieutenant
Twist Of Fate
(Mark Reeder’s Led’s Twist Again Remix)

CD1-03)
Noblesse Oblige
Duel
(Mark Reeder’s Shot At The Crack Of Dawn Remix)

CD1-04)
Marsheaux
So Far
(Mark Reeder’s So Close Remix)

CD1-05)
Depeche Mode
Sweetest Perfection
(Mark Reeder’s Sweetest Conception Remix)

CD1-06)
Echoes
Ice Cold
(Mark Reeder’s Cold As Ice Remix)

CD1-07)
Sam Taylor-Wood with The Pet Shop Boys
I’m In Love With A German Film Star
(Mark Reeder’s Stuck In The 80s Mix)

CD1-08)
Spartak
Let’s Go Get ’em
(Mark Reeder’s No Pain, No Gain Remix)

CD1-09)
Fidelity Kastrow
21st Century Girl
(Mark Reeder’s Strident Remix)

CD1-10)
Bad Lieutenant
Sink Or Swim
(Mark Reeder’s Rettungsring Radio Remix)

CD1-11)
May68
The Prisoner
(Mark Reeder’s Runaway Remix)

CD1-12)
Die Toten Hosen
Disco
(Mark Reeder’s Lange Hosen Remix)

CD1-13)
Anne Clark
If…
(Mark Reeder’s Seemingly Forever Remix)

CD2-01)
John Foxx
Underpass
(Mark Reeder’s Dark, Long & Sinister Remix)

CD2-02)
Blank & Jones, Mark Reeder featuring Vanessa Daou
Heart Of Wax
(Heart Of Crystal Mix)

CD2-03)
Sam Taylor-Wood with The Pet Shop Boys
I’m In Love With A German Film Star
(Mark Reeder’s RIAS Remix)

CD2-04)
Echoes
Ice Cold
(Mark Reeder’s Colder Than Ice Remix)

CD2-05)
Parralox
Sharper Than A Knife
(Mark Reeder’s Cutting Edge Remix)

CD2-06)
Bad Lieutenant
Sink Or Swim
(Mark Reeder’s Waterwing Remix)

CD2-07)
Vanessa Daou
Black & White
(Mark Reeder’s Monochrome Mix)

CD2-08)
Anne Clark
Full Moon
(Mark Reeder’s Stairway To The Stars Remix)

CD2-09)
Fidelity Kastrow
21st century girl
(Mark Reeder’s Strident Remix Edit)

CD2-10)
Electrobelle
Falling
(Mark Reeder’s In Your Heart Remix)

CD2-11)
Bad Lieutenant
Twist Of Fate
(Mark Reeder’s Synth Of Fate Remix)

CD2-12)
Die Toten Hosen
Disco
(Mark Reeder’s Kurze Hosen Remix)

DVD-01)
John Foxx
Underpass
(Mark Reeder’s Sinister Subway Remix Edit)

DVD-02)
Bad Lieutenant
Twist Of Fate
(Mark Reeder’s Led’s Twist Again Remix)

DVD-03)
Noblesse Oblige
Duel
(Mark Reeder’s Shot At The Crack Of Dawn Remix)

DVD-04)
Marsheaux
So Far
(Mark Reeder’s So Close Remix)

DVD-05)
Depeche Mode
Sweetest Perfection
(Mark Reeder’s Sweetest Conception Remix)

DVD-06)
Echoes
Ice Cold
(Mark Reeder’s Cold As Ice Remix)

DVD-07)
Blank & Jones, Mark Reeder featuring Vanessa Daou
Heart Of Wax
(Heart Of Crystal Mix)

DVD-08)
Anne Clark
Full Moon
(Mark Reeder’s Stairway To The Stars Remix)

DVD-09)
Vanessa Daou
Black & White
(Mark Reeder’s Monochrome Mix)

DVD-10)
Sam Taylor-Wood with The Pet Shop Boys
I’m In Love With A German Film Star
(Mark Reeder’s RIAS Remix)

DVD-11)
Spartak
Let’s Go Get ’em
(Mark Reeder’s No pain, No gain Remix Edit)

DVD-12)
Electrobelle
Falling
(Mark Reeder’s In Your Arms Remix Edit)

DVD-13)
Fidelity Kastrow
21st century girl
(Mark Reeder’s Strident Remix Edit)

DVD-14)
May68
The Prisoner
(Mark Reeder’s Runaway Remix)

DVD-15)
Parralox
Sharper Than A Knife
(Mark Reeder’s Cutting Edge Remix Edit)

DVD-16)
Bad Lieutenant
Sink Or Swim
(Mark Reeder’s Rettungsring Remix Edit)

DVD-17)
Die Toten Hosen
Disco
(Mark Reeder’s Lange Hosen Remix)

DVD-18)
Anne Clark
If…
(Mark Reeder’s Seemingly Forever Remix)

 

Info:
British label chief, producer and musician Mark Reeder is a product of what many regard as the Golden Age of science fiction. He grew up in an England dominated by security forces of the future with outsize heads jiggling on strings to save the world from intergalactic menaces in hit after hit from the Gerry Anderson stable. He saw Doctor Who take his first tentative steps into the past and the future on carboard sets populated by jumble sale aliens. In cinema there was the constant threat of Communist stealth attacks always from Mars or the psychadelic trip that was Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was fascinated by the electronic pulsations of the Forbidden Planet soundtrack and devoured fan magazines like Century 21. Wobbly spaceships, cardboard robots, ray guns and bug-eyed monsters; as a child he was drawn to this sometimes quaint, sometimes ominously correct visions of the future.

It should come as no surprise then that Five Point One, his debut compilation of Remix work, should concern itself as much with modern technology as it does with music.

Five Point One presents a hand-picked selection of some of Reeder’s Remixes remastered and re-mixed in crystal clear true 5.1. surround sound. Present is work for legendary heavyweights such as The Pet Shop Boys, John Foxx, Anne Clark, Die Toten Hosen, former New Order as Bad Lieutenant, Blank&Jones, Vanessa Daou, plus an exclusive Remix for Depeche Mode, while Reeder also puts his particular retro synth-pop spin on tracks from up-and-coming artists such as Fidelity Kastrow, Electrobelle, May68, Echoes or Noblesse Oblige.

Five Point One is a deluxe collection of some of the best of Reeder’s recent work, a double CD/DCVD package gloriously Remixed and remastered in true 5.1 surround sound creating a listening experience which enhances the depth and radiance of the original stereo mixes – which are also included for a traditional 2.0 stereo too.

Five Point One is an album of many layers and facets, a rich listening experience which allows you to dive in and go on a multi-dimensional Fantastic Voyage back into the future. The DVD also contains the original 80s classic John Foxx Underpass video, the artistically acclaimed videopicture by Sam Taylor-Wood for German Film Star, as well as a couple of specially produced videos, such as the scary sci-fi puppet video for Twist of Fate, the innovative video for 21st Century Girl or the mystical and dreamy videos for Black & White and Ice Cold.

And as Doctor Who himself might say, to understand the future, you have to look to the past. Mark Reeder was born in Manchester in 1958. A fan of radical new music from an early age he cut his teeth working in Manchester’s flagship Virgin records store while at the same time playing in the punk band Frantic Elevators with a pre-Simply Red Mick Hucknall. After re-locating to Berlin where he worked as Factory Records Germany rep he formed the darkwave trio Die Unbekannten, co-managed dour all-girl line up Malaria! and sound mixed for bands Einstürzende Neubauten and Die Toten Hosen. As the 80s progressed, the dark, Unbekannten were repackaged as the more accessible Shark Vegas and they toured Europe with New Order. In the dying days of Eastern Bloc communism, Mark produced the last ever indie pop album in East Germany, Torture by Die Vision, becoming the only Westerner ever to produce a band in the German Democratic Republic. As the tide turned towards the radical sounds of techno, Mark formed the first ever electronic dance label in East Germany, MFS, discovering Cosmic Baby and Paul van Dyk along the way and was largely responsible for the development of the trance genre. In recent years, Reeder has established a reputation for himself as a much sought-after Remixer for bands both established and new, looking for that particular retro-modern synth-pop sound which has become the hallmark of his work.

Five Point One is undoubtably a must have album for anyone interested in synth-pop or a fan of any of the artists featured. You will need it!

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Interviews:
skrufff.com
electricity-club.co.uk
NovaFuture-Blog.com

 

Video:
Marsheau – “So Far (Mark Reeder’s So Close Mix)”

 

Buy:
Five Point One page (CD)
PopOnaut (CD)
Amazon GER (CD)
Amazon GER (digital)
Amazon UK (CD)
Amazon UK (digital)
JPC (CD)
HMV (CD)
InfraRot (CD)
indietective (CD)
7Digital (digital)
MusicLoad (digital)
iTunes (digital)
JunoDownload (digital)
FNAC (digital)
Nokia (digital)
mondadorishop.it (digital)
beezik.com (digital)
more soon

 

Commercial Streaming Services:
Rdio
Spotify
Simfy
more soon

 

Websites:
Mark Reeder
Five Point One page
Kennen

 

Full streaming of “Marsheaux – So Far (Mark Reeder’s So Close Remix)”

Listen (Album snippets):

John Foxx – “Underpass (Sinister Subway Remix Edit)”

Bad Lieutenant – “Twist Of Fate (Led’s Twist Again Remix)”

Noblesse Oblige – “Duel (Shot At The Crack Of Dawn Remix)”

Marsheaux – “So Far (So Close Remix)”

Depeche Mode – “Sweetest Perfection (Sweetest Conception Remix)”

Echoes – “Ice Cold (Cold As Ice Remix)”

Sam Taylor-Wood w/ PSB – “I’m In Love With A German Film Star (Stuck In The 80s Mix)”

Spartak – “Let’s Go Get ’em (No Pain, No Gain Remix)”

Fidelity Kastrow – “21st Century Girl (Strident Remix)”

Bad Lieutenant – “Sink Or Swim (Rettungsring Radio Remix)”

May68 – “The Prisoner (Runaway Remix)”

Die Toten Hosen – “Disco (Lange Hosen Remix)”

Anne Clark – “If… (Seemingly Forever Remix)”

out now: Washed Out – Within And Without [Domino]

 

Artist:
Washed Out

 

Title:
Within And Without

 

Label:
Weird World (Domino Records)

 

Cat#:
WEIRD003

 

Release Date:
8th July 2011

 

Format:
CD, vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Eyes Be Closed

02)
Echoes

03)
Amor Fati

04)
Soft

05)
Far Away

06)
Before

07)
You And I

08)
Within And Without

09)
A Dedication

 

Info :
Within and Without is the debut album by 28 year old Atlanta based songwriter and producer Ernest Greene, AKA Washed Out. Long adored and critically lauded in the blog world, Greene first came to prominence in the summer of 2009 after posting a handful of bedroom recorded tracks to his Myspace page unassumingly from his family home in the seclusion of the tiny rural city of Perry, Georgia. “I’d been writing music on my own for three or four years to that previously”, Greene explains, “mostly as a way to experiment with songwriting processes. Those were just the first I ever shared.”

Despite such modest intentions however, those first songs (many of which would appear on the acclaimed Life of Leisure EP of later that year) were about as complete an opening statement from an artist as imaginable. A heady, psychedelic concoction of what Pitchfork’s Mark Hogan termed “romantic nostalgia and homespun textures”, songs such as “Belong” and “Feel It All Around” – Greene’s biggest hit to date – artfully matched the glossy melody of ‘80s synth pop, the widescreen scope of early ‘90s Balearic dance music and the slowed, heavy bounce of southern Hip Hop production to gorgeously wistful vocals with results as undeniably idiosyncratic and original as they were deeply accessible.
A remarkably impressive feat of songwriting and production given Greene’s means at the time (essentially little more than a laptop, sample bank and microphone), the songs of Life of Leisure saw him, alongside friend Chaz Bundick, AKA Toro y Moi, and the more established likes of Ariel Pink and Panda Bear etc. designated leader of a newly emerging DIY movement identified by David Keenan of The Wire magazine as “hypnagogic pop” for its romantic, retro-futurist re-imagining of pop music past.
“Hypnagogic pop is music that reaches beyond its performers’ abilities. It refashions 80s chart pop-rock into hazy, psychedelic drone”, wrote Keenan at the time, although as Within and Without proves it was merely Greene’s simplistic working processes and not any lack of ability that lent Life of Leisure its slightly lo-fi tone and that whilst all the dubious new genre tags attached to Greene (“hypnagogic pop”, “glo-fi”, “chillwave” etc) serve to illustrate his importance as a genuine leader they should not be allowed to distract from his primary talent as a great pop songwriter in the purest sense.

The rest of 2009 and early 2010 saw Greene taking Life of Leisure on tour in North America and Europe; working through various set ups (initially solo with laptop and then joined by contemporaries Small Black as backing band) with increasing success – inspiring a legion of devoted supporters, followers and imitators along the way before seemingly wilfully slipping back into obscurity again – just as the Washed Out project was beginning to leave the internet ghetto behind in favour of bonafide real world success.
It’s fair to say, then, that Within and Without arrives with a great deal of expectation in tow. Rather than capitalise on the momentum of Life of Leisure immediately by rushing another record out, Greene consciously took a step back from the label scrum surrounding him and considered how best to move the project on. “The sound of those early songs was an aesthetic choice, but also a practical one”, as Greene puts it, “it allowed me to merge and blend a variety of samples and sourced work I was incorporating into my songs at the time. With “Within and Without”, however, I wanted the songs to develop from a more live, organic place and so some things necessarily changed.”
These changes, however, were not simply the results of a bolstered budget and heaps of studio polish – Greene self-funded the record and actually returned to the perfect isolation of the idyllic lakeside Georgian settings where the Washed Out project began in order to get to work. Instead, he set about adjusting his working methods, “re-learning traditional ways of writing”, as he puts it.

Whereas before Greene pieced his gauzy, looping pop songs from obscure samples and segments of re-constructed found-sound plucked from an intimidatingly vast record collection, the widescreen, ecstatic melodies of “Within and Without” are all of his own composition and Washed Out no longer just a bedroom production project but a real band (now playing live as a five piece that includes Greene’s wife Blair.) “A lot of the focus whilst writing the new songs was on how they’d sound live”, says Greene, “that’s something that never quite translated how I wanted to with the earlier stuff.” Not quite flying entirely solo, however, the services of esteemed producer and fellow Georgian Ben Allen were enlisted for co-production duties – Allen adding a certain poise and conciseness to proceedings in much the same way he harnessed Animal Collective’s psychedelic sprawl into pop gold without sacrificing any of their inventiveness on the group’s breakthrough LP Merriweather Post Pavilion.

The result of this perhaps more considered approach to composition and enhanced production is a record that retains the jubilant, sun-kissed energy that lit up the imaginations of so many the first time around but also refines it – conjuring a far more nuanced and balanced sense of emotion from a more organic pallet of sounds and textures – at times almost orchestral in its arrangements and consistently, achingly beautiful in its effortless, longing melody. Whereas much of the talk around “Life of Leisure” was focused on its lingering sense of nostalgia, of halcyon summers spent loafing in the sun, “Within And Without” exists very much in the present, encompassing all the excitement and turmoil which that entails; for all its romance there is a deep yearning – across its nine songs it feels equally sad and triumphant, anxious and blissed-out, often all at once.
Released on July 11th/12th (through Weird World in the UK/EU and Sub Pop in North America respectively), “Within and Without” is a summer record to span the seasons; a collection of songs as comfortable sound tracking moments of peaceful relaxation as they are lighting up a party and a strikingly mature next step from a uniquely focused, sincere artist.

 

Listen:
@7Digital

 

Free downloads taken from this album:
here

 

Buy:
Domino Records (CD)
Domino Records (vinyl)
Domino Records (digital)
Rough Trade (CD)
Amazon GER (CD)
Amazon GER (vinyl)
Amazon GER (digital)
Amazon UK (CD)
Amazon UK (vinyl)
Amazon UK (digital)
7Digital (digital)
more soon

 

Websites:
Washed Out
Domino Records