British producer Ross From Friends, aka Felix Clary Weatherall, is the newest signing to Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder family. The 24 year old has a fistful of releases under his belt, the distillation of myriad influences from hip-hop cut ’n’ paste culture, 80s Eurobeat, Hi-NRG and Italo into lithe, irresistible, raw dancefloor trax. He made his debut on Breaker Breaker in 2015, followed by outings on Lobster Theremin and sister imprint Distant Hawaii, Lone’s Magicwire and recently: Molten Jets.
“It’s honestly an absolute rush to sign to Brainfeeder,” he explains. “It has always been pushing such a forward thinking sound, one that constantly grabs my attention with every release. I put these 4 tracks together with Brainfeeder in mind; I wanted to explore the music that I’ve been developing over the past 7 years as Ross From Friends whilst trying to explore the explosive sound that the label is best known for.”
Up first, John Cage encapsulates both his desire to experiment but also maintain a sense of fun. “It originally began life as a tune for this goofy hip-hop project that me and my pal Guy from back home always do when he’s in London,” explains Felix. “I’d be making the beat and he raps. It’s always a refreshing approach making tracks in that atmosphere because we’re both always on such a spontaneous tip. When I’m making music alone, I’m obsessive and everything takes hours, whereas with Guy, we’d try and get as many tracks finished as possible in like a few hours. That’s him freestyling a relaxation tape in the intro.”
Ross From Friends’ Aphelion EP is released digitally on April 6 via Brainfeeder. A limited 12” follows a week later on April 13. Pre-order it here.
Leon Bridges’ forthcoming new album Good Thing is coming this May on Columbia Records.
Ryan Lee West, aka Rival Consoles, releases his new album Persona on April 13 via Erased Tapes.
The title Persona was inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same name, specifically a shot in the opening credits of a child reaching out to touch a woman’s face on a screen, which is shifting between one face and another. This powerful image struck Ryan and it inspired the album’s main theme – an exploration of the persona, the difference between how we see ourselves and how others see us, the spaces in between; between states, people, light and dark, the inner persona and the outer persona.
Today, West shares the otherworldly music video for Untravel, directed by Misha Shyukin, a video which accentuate the feelings and themes of in-between states present throughout Persona.
Shyukin had this to share on “Untravel”,
“The Untravel video was greatly inspired by the music itself and Ryans idea behind it. We were exploring ways of visualizing the feeling of being lost and ennui, experimenting with various techniques of distorting the footage in order to intensify the experience of a disoriented feeling in a strange and unknown landscape, yet maintaining a constant forward motion while examining the desolate world”.
Berlin-based producer Perel, the moniker of Annegret Fiedler, will release her new LP Hermetica on April 20 via DFA Records. This week Perel reveals Alles, the second single from Hermetica and the album’s most personal song.
Shrouded in mystery, the Hermetica are a series of Egyptian-Greek didactic texts, meant to help the willing student better understand the cosmos, divinity, and nature. On her debut LP for DFA Records, German producer Perel takes the listener into deep space and explains it all. Over the course of nine tracks, she shares a striking amalgamation of house, new wave, and kraut motifs that crystallize to form a unique sound.
Born in Saxony, Annegret Fiedler ventured into the realm of songwriting at the age of eight, composing her first songs on her grandmother’s piano while listening to Eurythmics and 2 Unlimited cassettes in her spare time. Moving to the East German city of Halle to study in the mid-aughts, she was heavily influenced by the multifaceted alternative music scene there, and the parties people threw in post-Berlin Wall abandoned buildings. Fiedler went on to develop her craft as a formally trained singer, co-producer, and multi-instrumentalist in several bands, covering a broad palette of styles ranging from punk rock to electro pop and honing her performance skills. A move to Berlin (and the city’s club landscape) inspired her to start recording solo productions under the moniker Perel.
A Winged Victory For The Sullen share their breathtakingly beautiful contribution to the forthcoming Erased Tapes collaborative album 1+1=X, which is due on April 21.
Canadian producer Project Pablo releases his forthcoming There’s Always More At The Store EP on April 6 via Ninja Tune‘s Technicolour imprint.
Patrick Holland has built an impressive discography in recent years with a stream of quality releases via labels such as Clone’s Royal Oak imprint, Spring Theory, Lone’s Magicwire and most recently his Hope You’re Well EP on Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint.
Following recent excursions channeling the big room sound, he returns with a sleeker, more refined EP. “For this record I pushed myself to keep things more minimal than usual, in a relative sense.” he explains. “Focusing on repetition in melody, rhythm and harmony, putting a lot of trust in my initial ideas and letting them play out. It was harder to stop than to add more.”
The resulting five tracks span upbeat opener ‘Napoletana’ – “a rough and ready duet between a MFB 522 drum machine and Juno 106”; through the swirling improvised piano loops of ‘Last Day’ – recorded in an hour just before he packed up his gear at the studio of fellow Montreal residents Braids and moved it all home; to the bumpy 2-step of ‘Less and Less’.
There’s Always More At The Store will be released on 12”/Digital on April 6 via Technicolour. Pre-order here.
Following the release of his Slow Fade EP last month, Daniel Avery presents a collection of remixes from Surgeon, Actress, and Inga Mauer. The remix EP is out now digitally and on 12” vinyl.
Werkdiscs head Actress delivers a pared back and introspective rework of Slow Fade, shrouding the synth refrain in hypnotic, distorted production. This is Actress’s first remix following the release of his critically acclaimed 2017 album AZD.
Song For Alpha is Avery’s exploration of the space in which home listening and club music intersect. William Basinski, Warp’s Artificial Intelligence, Brian Eno plus his own excursions with Alessandro Cortini all serve as touchstones for a record that sees him take his signature psychedelic-electronic sound to new dimensions, a sound that plays to the head as much as the body.
Daniel Avery’s new album Song For Alpha is out April 6 on Phantasy. Pre-order it here.
Madeaux drops his explosive remix of SOPHIE‘s recent single Faceshopping.
Vince Staples drops Get the Fuck Off My Dick, his first new track since the release of his 2017 LP, Big Fish Theory.