«Hôtel Costes presents…» is a collection of exclusive music recorded at Studio HC, the hotel studio. The second maxi, STUDIO HC #02 by Midiminuit is a modern trip where classical and jazz music meet modular synths. Four tracks as a teaser of their upcoming album. MidiMinuit is a collaborative project between pianist Julien Quentin, bass player Yonatan Levi and electronic musicians Cesar Merveille & Adrien de Maublanc.
Four experts in their respective fields are harmoniously combining their music creating a new entity. From the very first recording sessions in a ephemeral studio in Berlin, a set of rules has been made, the first one being working from 12pm to 12am, which gave birth to the name ‘MidiMinuit’, meaning “midday midnight”. The result of this unique and unusual formation is an elegant and minimalistic constellation where space is given to let the music breathe. All the tracks on this first album were improvised, catching the essence and the fragility of the original jams.
This June marks the beginning of a series of albums and EP’s recorded at the studio in the confines of the lauded Parisian Hotel Costes, inaugurating the scheduled releases is ’12 Days A Week’, a new album from the duo behind the project, Masomenos.
‘’After more than fifteen volumes of the Hôtel Costes’ infamous compilation series, selected and mixed by Stephane Pompougnac, there remained a huge demand to deliver new releases. The hotel chose instead to grow its musical presence over streaming platforms, accepting an invitation to become a curator for Apple music, where they release monthly playlists curated by the Studio HC team in collaboration with Watch Your Music.
During this time and a planned expansion of the hotel, a music production studio was introduced, hidden in the maze of the soon to be bigger Costes. STUDIO HC is run by the Masomenos team who have a long history of collaboration with the hotel in various forms and over the past two years have invited and worked with both classical and jazz musicians at, Masomenos merged into different entities to become merely a conductor, unearthing a wide array of different bands, and creating an intriguing yet warm, acoustic and electronic, downtempo/ambient sound for STUDIO HC. As a result the label is due to present seven albums and eight EPS to be released across the next two years from those involved in this endeavor.’’
Here ’12 Days A Week’ sees Masomenos, composed of Joan Costes and Adrien De Maublanc, deliver a modern tribute to the downtempo aesthetic of the revered compilation series, delivering a wide array of ethereal moods, textured atmospherics, organic drum grooves and avant garde jazz influences.
The duo have a long history of collaboration with the Hotel, having headed up a previous series focusing on a more minimal oriented sound with releases from Glacial, Seuil and themselves with their ‘Costes presents Bon Voyage’ project.
Here though ’12 Days A Week’ definitely marks a new era in the Masomenos Sound and the beginning of an exciting few years worth of music to come…
Molly (Rex Club): Beautiful !
Varoslav (Rue De Plaisance): nice! perfect music for my monthly show on rinse france. good vibes!
Alejandro Mosso (Hivern Discs, Meander, Third Ear): beautiful music!!! Congrats
Demi (Deeper Substance): full support…thank you for these and cannot wait for the rest to follow
Ryan Crosson (Visionquest): LOOOOOOVE!
Julietta (Sushitech / Harry Klein Records): Lovely!
Peter Kruder (Kruder & Dorfmeister / K7): Great sounds ! Thanks !
Reboot (Cadenza, Cocoon): Superb music! love it
Stillhead (Traum, Med School, Here & Now): Some wonderful sound design in here!
Michael Serafini (WNUR, Gramophone Records Chicago): Beautiful Album! Reminds me slightly of Aqua Bassino or Saint Germain. Great work