out now: Alpha Tracks – Contract Labour EP [Blue Hour]

 

Artist:
Alpha Tracks

 

Title:
Contract Labour EP

 

Label:
Blue Hour

 

Cat#:
BLUEHOUR012

 

Release Date:
01st May 2019

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Freedive

A2.
Hyperreality

B1.
Golden Shot

B2.
Arise

 

Press Info:
Alpha Tracks debuts on Blue Hour Music.

Native Austrian Felix Benedikt will release the four-track EP Contract Labour May 1st on Luke Standing’s Blue Hour Music outlet. Benedikt, who began his musical education under the tutelage of Erdem Tunakan at Cheap Records in Vienna, before moving on to TONGUES in the same city – the store where the Alpha Tracks project first began to take shape courtesy of studio located above the shop, sits neatly within the realm of Blue Hour Music’s aesthetic concerns. Of late, Standing has been developing the label’s roster with a keen ear – refining the sound & building a solid and versatile group of producers & live performers around him. Alpha Tracks, with his largely retro-futuristic, but decidedly fresh approach to high energy proto-Trance makes for a glowing addition to Standing’s stable. The music draws from a well-worn palette but feels wholly zeitgeisty in the current climate – pushed 909 drums provide the backbone of the work, with rich, emotive melodies working in tandem with the heady 303 leads – the accomplished, effective finish on the recordings bearing the hallmarks of a seasoned ear – all making for a fantastically satisfying dance floor package. Regarding his approach to production, Benedikt is keen to state that much of his work relies on improvisation – on an organic, real-time recording process that draws its energy from the actual physicality and technical limitations associated with working predominantly with analog hardware. No doubt this is where the magic comes from on Contract Labour, a centered and powerful addition to the Blue Hour Music discography.

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

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All releases on Blue Hour

 

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out now: Dold – Express Route [Blue Hour]

 

Artist:
Dold

 

Title:
Express Route

 

Label:
Blue Hour

 

Cat#:
BLUEHOUR011

 

Release Date:
05th November 2018

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Horizon

A2.
Express Route

B1.
Memories

B2.
Colliding Worlds

 

Press Info:
Dold arrives on Blue Hour Music

The Swedish producer, real name Patrik Eriksson, will debut on Luke Standing’s Blue Hour Music outlet in mid October this year – the first new artist to be invited onto the growing platform.

In recent years, Standing has carefully expanded his label to include not only a vast catalogue of original music, but a high profile remix series – and more recently collaborative work as Tracing Xircles.

Dold’s arrival marks the 11th release from the label, and the young Swedish talent – who runs his own imprint Arsenik alongside fellow producer Kuf, offers up a stunning collection of dance floor recordings that zero in perfectly on the label’s raison d’être.

Express Route is the result of several weeks of close dialogue between artist & label – with the end product finalised alongside Standing in his Berlin studio. A captivating, Breakbeat driven exploration of retro-futuristic dance music, the recordings fit neatly into the label’s well defined aesthetic – paying homage to the rich lineage of pan-European dance music, whilst maintaining a sharp, contemporary edge.

Opener Horizons sets the tone for the work, with emotive synth strings set amongst rolling sequences and high-energy drum programming, whilst Express Route is a perfect example of fast-forward loop Techno. Memories taps neatly into the producer’s penchant for Hardcore – riffing on vintage Rave stabs with a decidedly modern bent. Colliding Worlds ties up the EP, a glorious up-tempo nod to classic IDM & Electro.

Mature and excellently produced, Dold’s arrival on Blue Hour Music marks a considerable step forward in the label’s development, a fine example of form & function that looks forward within the genre – whilst maintaining that particular approach to production that has bound the label’s discography so well thus far.

 

Listen:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Express Route”

“Colliding Worlds”

“Memories”

 

Special:
“Parabel Podcast #38”

 

Recommendations:
Dold’s “Gryning EP” on Intimate Silence
Dold’s “Version EP” on Interstate Records
All releases on Blue Hour

 

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out now: Blue Hour – Remixed 03 [Blue Hour]

 

Artist:
Blue Hour

 

Title:
Remixed 03

 

Label:
Blue Hour

 

Cat#:
BLUEHOURMX003

 

Release Date:
27th August 2018

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Flow State
(Ben Sims Remix)

A2.
Introspective III
(Operator Remix)

B1.
Unearthed
(Ctrls Remix)

B2.
Merdian
(Truncate Remix)

 

Press Info:
Blue Hour files the latest instalment in his Remixed series with new versions from Ben Sims, Truncate, Ctrls & Operator. The release sees the carefully selected guests draw from right across Standing’s growing discography to provide their takes on his powerful, modern reinterpretation of classic, high-energy dance-floor Techno.

Theory label head Ben Sims looks back to the inaugural Blue Hour 12”, taking on Flow State & transforming the chord driven drum track original into a stunning, peak time roller, while 2015’s Introspective III receives the Operator treatment – opening up the parts and adding considerable width & atmosphere to the more melancholic original. Token-affiliate Ctrls heads up the B1 handing in a sleek, compact reimagining of Unearthed lifted from BLUEHOUR007. Finally Truncate closes out the package with a perfectly tuned loop-Techno redux of Meridian – effortlessly sculpting his well documented effective dance floor focused techno, testament to his reputation.

As Standing’s Blue Hour project continues to gather steam in 2018, RMX003 further cements the imprint as a reliable outlet for some of the very best work in the realm of contemporary, dance-floor Techno and becomes a welcome addition to the British producer’s enviable discography

 

Listen:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Introspective III (Operator Remix)”

 

Video:
“Flow State (Ben Sims Remix)”

Video made by the29nov films

 

Special:
“The ‘Monday Is Okay’ Mix”

 

Recommendations:
all stuff on Blue Hour label
EP “Berghain 07 | Part 1” with Blue Hour track
compilation “Facticity” w/ Blue Hour track on Infrastructure

 

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out now: Blue Hour – Beyond The Void [Blue Hour]

 

Artist:
Blue Hour

 

Title:
Beyond The Void

 

Label:
Blue Hour

 

Cat#:
BH010

 

Release Date:
25th June 2018

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Beyond The Void

02.
Shimmer (Dreamscape)

03.
Radiance/Limelight

 

Press Info:
Over the past few years, Luke Standing – the British producer behind the Blue Hour project, has been developing his self-titled imprint as a go-to outlet for high-energy, retro-futuristic Techno. On BLUEHOUR010 the British producer draws from his trademark palette, offering a brace of perfectly executed, functional dance floor work outs. Opener Beyond The Void launches immediately into peak time territory, marrying fearsome drum programming with low-sunk synth work – bringing a classic compositional structure up to date. A2 Shimmer (Dreamscape) showcases the more introspective, heads-down side to Standing’s work – a psychedelic, question-answer drum track that finds it’s energy in powerful, low-end groove and a dynamic, shifting arrangement. On closure Radiance/Limelight, Blue Hour continues to explore a kind of peak time energy, but with a wholly different bent – owing more to the hypnotic concerns of classic Trance, all the while maintaining the rich tone & careful execution.

Working careful reference to past sonics in with more complex, contemporary sampling techniques -born out of years of experience as both a producer & a DJ, has seen Blue Hour develop an enviable discography in a comparatively short space of time. BLUEHOUR010 is as similarly streamlined & effective as its predecessors, but at the same time represents a powerful move forward for both the producer himself & the imprint – honing in expertly on that arcane euphoria that continues to characterise the very best of the genre.

 

Listen:

 

Special:
“Smoke Machine Podcast 125”

 

Recommendations:
EP “Berghain 07 | Part 1” with Blue Hour track
EP “Introspective”
EP “Miramar”
EP “Remixed 01” by Blue Hour w/ remixes by ACR, Steffi & Marcelus
EP “Remixed 02” by Blue Hour w/ remixes by Mark Broom, Substance, Pangaea etc.
EP “Miramar”
compilation “Facticity” w/ Blue Hour track on Infrastructure

 

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Blue Hour

 

out now: Blue Hour – Remixed 02 [Blue Hour]

 

Artist:
Blue Hour

 

Title:
Remixed 02

 

Label:
Blue Hour

 

Cat#:
BLUEHOURMX002

 

Release Date:
05th June 2017

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Common Ground
(Mark Broom Remix)

02.
Untitled
(Substance Remix)

03.
Falling Lines
(Pangaea Remix)

04.
Introspective III
(VC-118A Remix)

 

Press Info:

 

Full Track Streaming:
@ deejay.de

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Videos:
“Untitled (Substance Remix)”

“Falling Lines (Pangea Remix)”

Videos created by the29nov films.

 

Special:
“Secret Thirteen Mix 199”

 

Recommendations:
EP “The Midnight Sun”
EP “Berghain 07 | Part 1” with Blue Hour track
EP “Introspective”
EP “Miramar”
EP “Remixed 01” by Blue Hour w/ remixes by ACR, Steffi & Marcelus
compilation “Facticity” w/ Blue Hour track on Infrastructure

 

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Blue Hour @ Bandcamp
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HHV
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Websites:
Blue Hour