Earlier this year, avant-garde jazz titan Kamasi Washington premiered Harmony of Difference, an original six-movement suite, as part of this year’s Whitney Biennial. The EP is the first new music from Washington since his universally acclaimed 2015 debut album The Epic. Harmony of Difference explores the philosophical possibilities of the musical technique known as “counterpoint,” which Washington defines as “the art of balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies.” Washington’s suite includes visual elements married to the musical works and draws voraciously on jazz for its foundation. Each of the first five movements is its own unique composition. “Truth,” the sixth movement, fuses all five compositions into one simultaneous performance. Beyond the artistic impulse to expand the possibilities within counterpoint, Washington wanted to create something that opened people’s minds to the gift of diversity. In his own words, “my hope is that witnessing the beautiful harmony created by merging different musical melodies will help people realize the beauty in our own differences.” “Against a backdrop of “fake news,” chemical warfare and presidential missteps, Washington’s 13-minute opus thrives with gospel-infused power, resting alongside his previous work while occupying new sonic space…. The huge scale makes his music feel like a sacred offering in bleak times” - Pitchfork Best New Track “a liberation theology for fearsome times” - New York Times “We can count on the man Kamasi Washington to deliver peace in the form of jazz” - The Fader “an expansive, winding new song...’Truth’ unfurls with breezy piano chords, soulful electric guitar counter-melodies, wordless choral chants and washes of the bandleader’s smoldering saxophone.” - Rolling Stone
Phantom Brickworks is a project that Bibio has been working on for a while, inspired by places with an industrial history - the title referring to the ghosts of this activity living on in the landscape today. This completely instrumental output presents itself with the weight of a cinematic score, the ambient and drone arrangements looping to draw listeners into this emotionally affecting world of sound. Deviating from the more pop-eschewing songwriting of his recent releases, this album showcases Bibios immense talents as a musician. Appealing to diehard Bibio fans eager to see him stretch his artistic muscles, as well as fans of artists like Grouper, Olafur Arnalds, Basinski, Nils Frahm, Max Richter, and Johann Johannsson.
Can you recall how happy you felt when your all-time favorite Trance tune filled the air around you at a massive Trance event? Does the prospect of an all-classics live set fill your heart with joy? What if we said that you can get that feeling anytime you want, wherever you are? With 'A State Of Trance Classics Vol. 12', you've got the history of Trance music within arm's reach. Stacked full of timeless productions from the likes of Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, ATB, Chicane, Cosmic Gate, Gareth Emery, Markus Schulz, Paul van Dyk, Signum, Super8 & Tab and more, this monumental twelfth edition in the 'A State Of Trance Classics' series can turn any moment into a trip down memory lane. A must-have for all who look back on the early years of Trance with a smile brighter than the sun, 'A State Of Trance Classics Vol. 12' is here to stir the embers of ancient hits and fuel the fire that is your love for Trance music.
The Bloody Beetroots and Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo’s discography features a string of successful EPs and two full length albums (2009’s Roborama and 2013’s Hide)—including collaborations with Sir Paul McCartney, Tommy Lee, Steve Aoki, Peter Frampton and many more. Clubs, theaters and festivals around the world have thrilled to different incarnations of The Bloody Beetroots’ incendiary live show. Form Coachella to Lollapalooza to Governor’s Ball to Big Day Out, The Bloody Beetroots Live have entertained millions across 6 continents. But he doesn’t just want to entertain audiences; he strives to engage and challenge them, emotionally and intellectually. And he’s increasing articulate in his pursuit of that goal. For his new album, The Bloody Beetroots is working closely with myriad artists, including Perry Farrell of Janes Addiction, Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons, Wade McNeil from Gallows, San Diego Cholo Goth duo Prayers, Deap Valley, Australian singer Nic Cester and Jet, and many more. The audience has been hearing Bob’s music in campaigns by BMW, Fiat, YSL, Lancome and media like CSI, Vice, Star Trek, Entourage, Teen Wolf, Hawaii Five-O, Need for Speed, Moto GP and many others.
Pioneers, philosophers, trailblazers, in short: prophets always have to assemble their flocks abroad before they find due recognition in their homelands. This also applies to the German art form KMFDM. Whether in the US, Japan, Australia or elsewhere - for over a quarter of a century they are the epitome and synonym for a musical style of the harder variety: Industrial Rock.
Now KMFDM are preparing to release their first new studio album in over 3 years entitled "HELL YEAH" on August 18th via earMUSIC. An EP, "YEAH!" was released earlier to whet fans appetite and features some great remixes. Lead single HELL YEAH is an instant KMFDM classic with its ultra-heavy beat and Sascha Konietzko s trademark cynical lyrics. The album ranges from songs that are sometimes political "FAKE NEWS", "TOTAL STATE MACHINE" to more techno/dance tracks "MURDER MY HEART" and "Rx 4 THE DAMNED" diverse like the band itself, the songs are sometimes political, sometimes with ironic lyrics and an underlying humorous edge but 100% KMFDM.
With its cover artwork having been created by Aidan Hughes aka BRUTE!, HELL YEAH will be available on 1CD Digipak, 2LP Gatefold (180 Gram/45 RPM) and Digital.
With the release of their third albun ''|º_º|'' in 2015, Caravan Palace's profile has exploded in the USA, selling over 200,000 albums with stream equivalent. The french band's back catalog, however, has been available only on import on CD, and the LP's were fetching up to $300 on discogs. Le Plan Recordings is proud to present the 2 cult albums that started a phenomenon, including, for the first time in 8 years, the elusive LP versions of both albums.
Cut Copy return with their first studio album in 4 years, Haiku From Zero. In the past decade, the GRAMMY Nominated band has become an international act, headlining massive sold-out tours and festivals including Coachella, Ultra, Lollapalooza, Primavera, Pitchfork and more. Their high-energy live show is matched by the beautiful complexity of their songs with nods to many genres cleverly combined to create indelible pop songs. The new album showcases a band in full command of their powers to move people both emotionally and physically.
Synth-pop pioneers OMD return with their dazzling 13th studio album, ''The Punishment of Luxury,'' which sees them combine the wistful nostalgia and idealised romance of their previous work while stepping out of their comfort zone. The LP is out September 1st on White Noise. This is the follow up to the critically acclaimed ''English Electric'' (released in 2013). ''The Punishment Of Luxury'' is a daring collection of stylish synth pop and masterful songwriting, which will certainly rank alongside their very best. Written, recorded, produced and mixed by OMD--Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys--the album is the sound of a band in their prime. ''On this album we have managed to make beautiful things out of noises and repetitive patterns,'' explains Andy. ''The trouble is, we just can't help but write a catchy melody!'' Described by The Quietus as ''not just one of the best synth bands ever, they are one of the best bands ever,'' OMD's influence has become ubiquitous. The XX, the Killers and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy have cited Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark as an inspiration, and the likes of Future Islands and Chvrches show traces of OMD's DNA.
Ibiza is a wondrous island, overflowing with a vibrant club culture and more dance music flavors than you can possibly count. It is the reason why so many Trance fans travel to the island when summer arrives, not only to see Armin van Buuren perform at Hï Ibiza, but also to dive headfirst into all of the music the White Isle has to offer. With 'A State Of Trance 2017 Ibiza', those that breathe Trance music get exactly what they're looking for. Coming in two parts ('On The Beach' and 'In the Club') and with a surreal amount of exclusive records, this 2 disc compilation packs forty belting productions from Trance's finest, including new tracks from Alpha 9 ('Blossom'), Armin van Buuren vs Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano ('You Are'), BT ('LSTM'), Estiva ('Little Planet' and 'Raket'), Gaia ('Crossfire'), KhoMha ('Labirinto'), Ørjan Nilsen ('Hi There Radio' and 'Swoosh'), Super8 & Tab ('Quest') and more. For the fourth year in a row, 'A State Of Trance Ibiza' delivers a compilation that will go down in history as an essential addition to any Trance fan's collection. This is where it all goes down like never before. After all, we live for that energy.
A wise man once said that it's not about the destination. It's about the journey that gets you there, about the progress you make while trying to push your limits. When Armin van Buuren started off with his first Armin Only show in 2005, nobody knew it would become as big as it is today. But he embraced the experience and let it inspire him. That journey is what makes Armin van Buuren the artist he is today. That journey is what makes 'The Best Of Armin Only' a phenomenal new chapter in his career. The 'The Best Of Armin Only' Special Box is what captures the essence of all of Armin van Buuren's Armin Only shows. Packing four photo cards, one sticker, one custom-made shoutbox and two CDs brimming with the highlights of his previous Armin Only shows as well as the new music that will fill out 'The Best Of Armin Only' shows in May 2017, this Special Box embodies Armin van Buuren's life-long dedication to his craft and the paths he has taken. 'The Best Of Armin Only' is not where the journey ends. It's merely another exciting new bend in the long and winding road that we hope will go on forever.