John Barera & Will Martin – Berlin By Candlelight

John Barera & Will Martin‘s forthcoming Proceed To The Root is a tough collection of Techno & House styles that collide with Soulful electronics, touches of Dub and Jungle. The album is finely crafted, sculptural, storytelling, no-nonsense club music and drops next Friday, September 22 on 2MR.

The recording process for Proceed to the Root started almost immediately after their first album Graceless came out. That was when they wrote the track ‘Golden Hour’. There was a lot of momentum after the release of the debut album and buoyed by it’s reception, they knew they wanted to do another album together and started writing for the next one right away. Although they’ve released a couple EPs since the album, all of those records had been recorded before it came out. So Proceed to the Root is really the beginning of the next chapter for them and their music.

There was a lot of transition in their lives going on during the writing of the record: chiefly being Martin moved to New York and got married, so they weren’t just writing music casually after work together anymore, and they were never going to be roommates again. Each session was very deliberate, or was happening where they could fit it in. This included doing edits at Gatwick airport, writing synth pads on a night train to Germany and spending a blackout day in Berlin producing by candlelight. Thus, each track on Proceed to the Root was born under a different sign, bottling moments across the course of many years and settings, yet the pair manage to combine it all into a cohesive whole.

Alice Boman – Dreams

Malmö, Sweden’s Alice Boman returns after a “self-imposed exile” with Dreams, the first single from her forthcoming debut record.

“I wrote ‘Dreams’ more than two years ago and I can’t recall exactly what was in my mind at the time,” says Boman. “But I do remember being in the studio later on recording the song. I had just gotten a disappointing text message and I was sad and upset, and then I had to record vocals. And I remember that it hit me, when singing the song, that although I wrote it at another time it captured just how I felt in that moment too. And it comforted me somehow, that that’s how it is. Everything is constantly changing. But some things always feels the same. Heartache is never easy. And in those moments it’s important to find something to hold on to. To keep on dreaming”

Dreams is out now via Platoon. You can order the limited edition 7″ here.

Julia Jacklin – Cold Caller

Cold Caller is the second track from Julia Jacklin’s exceptional Eastwick/Cold Caller AA-side single which drops digitally today and on limited edition vinyl tomorrow on Transgressive Records.

Following the release of the video for Eastwick, Cold Caller is a beautiful ode to Jacklin’s sister. Jacklin explains how Cold Caller and the 7” came to be:

“I started writing this song when my older sister told me she was pregnant. I know people get pregnant all the time but this was different, this was my sister. The one who explained tampons to me, told me what kissing felt like, convinced mum to let me shave my legs, sung ”Boys of Summer” acapella at the school talent quest.

“I went to New Zealand to record this 7 inch and on the first day she went into labour, I was checking my phone every 10 mins but managed to write the second part of the song. That night I had all these crazy nightmares, where she kept disappearing into the dark and every time I caught up to her she’d slip out of my hands again. Woke up in an absolute state to the news that she had given birth to a healthy baby boy. I went into the studio and recorded this song. So this is for her, my wonderful sister Emma.”