We totally get it if you associate Portugal mainly with stunning nature, an incredible coastline and its warmhearted residents. Yet we would like to add another very worthwile aspect to your list: The Casino Royal. Familiar to many of our listeners already since we are proud to have released three albums of the Portuguese Band so far, The Casino Royal returns with a best of that sums up 10 years full of music and a unique sense of life. As the name implies James Bond fans will feel at home. Seductive and dreamy themes meet bold brass and an endless stream of groove and swing carries the audience. Always on board: Patricia Roque whose singing offers everything from awe-inspiring goosebumps to exulting emotions.But there’s more: Confirmed Bossa Nova fans will get their money’s worth just as all Lounge and hand-made music maniacs. Thrown from one mood into another by jumping from song to song this musical collection promises its listeners an unforgettable journey rich in variety and simply on point.
«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
Stripped Down Records continues with munimuni & Seelenwald and featuring stellar remixes from label founder Claudio Ricci as well as Sasse, Tiefschwarz and Kollektiv Turmstrasse. The excellent original is ‘Missing Link’, a strikingly emotional track with slow, lurching drums and a menacing bassline. These are five fantastically expressive and emotive tracks that bring a whole new world of feelings to the dance floor.
The Lushlife Project – Budepest Eskimos (New Line Edition) (Mole Listening Pearls)
Dubphone – Fiul Risipitor EP (Serialism)
Alex Dolby – 5 Years Affekt Recordings
In 1992, under the pseudonym JayDee he released the hit “Plastic Dreams“, which reached number-one on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The song, an instrumental, featured a prominent Hammond organ-style synthesizer melody, played in a jazzy, improvised manner. “Plastic Dreams” continues to be remixed and re-released today, mostly on unsolicited white labels. The track made the UK Singles Chart on two occasions; firstly in September 1997 when it reached number 18, and again in January 2004, when it reached number 35. He now releases a great down-tempo track.
Just in time to warm up your winter, Hell Yeah revisit the peerless recent Tsuki album from ambient and Balearic masters Tempelhof & Gigi Masin. Trancendental and dreamy drums characterise the new age ‘Corner Song’, which is the sound of laying back on a boat and bobbing up and down on gentle seas at sunrise. It’s organic and soothing to the max. The other original is ‘Flying Man’, a suspensory film that feels like floating amongst the clouds on a humid afternoon. Wordless vocals add a heavenly feel to the lush and all encompassing chords and pads and nothing sounds sweeter than being lost in this one. It is Corner Song that gets remixed by Good Timin’ and Running Back man Jex Opolis. Famous for his disco infused synth pop sound he is a master of his own musical world. His version is eight minutes of laid-back tropicalia. Slowly churning drums and knotted funk-bass prop it up as an eco-system of pops, clicks and hits add to the steamy and sensuous groove.
The Berlin-based duo NAOMI is back with its sixth album Swim. The creative pause has generated space for fresh ideas and the record sounds calmer, more reduced and more optimistic while maintaining a melancholy note. Electro, alternative pop – Nico Tobias and Bernd Lechler don’t care much for genre definitions. Their focus is on great melodies, from the casual and mysterious opener Almost Talking via the almost sacral Melt The Key, the vocoder road movie Life Or Death or the nicely cheerful Get Up, Get Out Into The Rain to the final synthesizer riffs of the title track. You can excellently let yourself sink into these eleven songs, or, as required, laugh, cry, dance and spill beer, or just waste the day.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote about Naomi’s last album The Big Shapes (2010) that the band, “in a fair world, would have to scramble with Lady Gaga for the top positions in the summer charts”; and also Rolling Stone and FAZ are already convinced. With its elegant and mature sound, Swim is a true enrichment for Germany’s pop landscape.
Solemnoire‘s “The Black Sea Workbook” is an intimate experience of distance and longing. Inspired by a magic summer in Varna, it conjures up the vision of a primordial world, an imagined Black Sea as it might have been millions of years ago. Ten tracks pull you into a kaleidoscopic daydream of ancient continents overgrown with tropical green and the deep body of an ocean pregnant with life. A sense of personal revelation fills you as you travel through moments of majesty, melancholy and wonder. It is your world and your discovery. You who gazes toward distant shorelines, walks under a disapproving sun, imagines the dance of marine lifeforms, and trembles at the traces of prehuman activity. You who is permeated by a sense of longing, for the comfort of a remote world unmoved by human concerns.