Until now, Lunch Money Life have been spending their time playing in the backrooms of Polish Delhi's and sketchy clubs across London, honing their strand of warped jazz which takes on the work of Don Cherry, Aphex Twin and the twisted rhythms of Equinoxx [who remixed their first single].
This time around the remix is in the hands of King Knut who first came to attention out of the mid 2000's beat scene alongside artists like Dimlite, Fulgeance, Hudson Mohawke and Dorian Concept. His musical roots lie in hip hop focused material, inspired by people like J Dilla and Madlib but also 90s hip hop producers like Lord Finesse, Prince Paul and RZA. Add to that an obsession with Italian library music, private press new age releases and avant-garde electronic music and you have the bulk of his musical stimuli.
Until now, Lunch Money Life have been spending their time playing in the backrooms of Polish Delhi's and sketchy clubs across London, honing their strand of warped jazz which takes on the work of Don Cherry, Aphex Twin and the twisted rhythms of Equinoxx [who remixed their first single] and morphing it into new sonic territory.
Their next single 'Unlimited Ice Cream Palace' comes out on Kaya Kaya and it's a typically warped piece of dairy-heavy electronic funk. The accompanying video is made up of projected images that the band blasted guerilla style across the skyscrapers and financial district of London [transported around in a 'rickety cyborg whip'] before contorting it through software.
Critically acclaimed new London alternative pop band Jockstrap have today released Lost My Key In The ❤️ Club ❤️, a fully reworked version of their 2018 debut mini-album Love Is the Key to the City - which was lauded by the likes of The Guardian, The FADER, Loud And Quiet, Dazed, Noisey, DIY, Mary Anne Hobbs and Tom Ravenscroft at BBC Radio 6 Music and Huw Stephens at Radio 1.
The original mini-album has been afforded a beautifully disorientating twist by the band’s principal songwriters 21 year-olds Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye with ‘I Want Another Affair’ [premiered Monday via Wonderland], ‘Charlotte’ [premiered Thursday via The Quietus], ‘Joy’ and ‘Hayley’ each remixed alongside surreal, gorgeous, often hilarious videos courtesy of the band and their friends. One visual and remix dropped every day this week - with the full rework now available on Kaya Kaya Records HERE.
Ellery explained: “Lost My Key in the ❤️ Club ❤️ is the sister EP to Love Is the Key to the City. With the material on the mini-album being quite musically dense and organised, the second version is relaxed: Taylor has teased out another side to the tracks and taken them where they want to go. It’s definitely more than a remix EP.”
Indeed, the tracks take on a totally new tone with Skye’s glowering remix work and Ellery’s abstract filming. Take ‘Charlotte’, for example, with its euphoric looping pianos skewered by pumping zumba imagery; while ‘Hayley’ thrills, full of killer 808s chopped up with Georgia's soft vocals and footage of the Louis Theroux documentary that inspired the original version. The video for ‘I Want Another Affair’, described by Ellery as “Blurred Lines meets night out in Dalston Superstore,” zings with it's one-take rap sign-off. And finally 'Joy', the most sunkissed and tropical of the videos - filmed inside a sunbed - but conflicting marvellously with Skye's flute driven ambience and waves of distortion.
New London alternative pop band Jockstrap released their debut mini-album 'Love Is the Key to the City' on 2 November via Kaya Kaya Records. The mini-album announcement came following their acclaimed debut single ‘Hayley’ in September which received support from The FADER, Dazed, BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 1.
Led by Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye - the 20-year-old driving forces behind the band - Jockstrap met and formed at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama last year.
The sound is all elegant composition - full of luscious Hollywood strings, soft vocals and jazz-tinged melodies - cut jarringly and precisely with sharp bright synths, metallic beats and electronic noise. Yet, the instrumentation of their music ranges from those spiky synths and dreamy vocals recorded in their bedroom to the other end of the spectrum - a 21-piece classical string orchestra which came together through Guildhall. Think PC Music meets Paul Simon and Johnny Mandel.
They are joined live by friends and fellow students Melchior Giedroyc, Michael Dunlop and Lewis Evans. And after playing Pitchfork Paris and Iceland Airwaves, featured alongside A$AP Rocky and Mica Levi on Hackney auteur Dean Blunt’s latest EP release Soul On Fire, and being tipped for big things by Q Magazine, The Guardian and Huw Stephens to name a few, Jockstrap have established themselves as one of the hottest new bands in the U.K.
New EP Orbit Variations released 15 June 2018 on Kaya Kaya/Solina
Featuring remixes by Reckonwrong, Lung Dart, Luke Eargoggle and Ali Renault, plus new Man Duo track 'Alkuräjähdys'.
“Man Duo create vistas of romantic yearning and beautiful melancholy” – Uncut “Miasmic, trippy electro-pop, heavy krautrock and sinuous digital funk” – Mojo “Abstract pop with international influences and shimmering, dream-esque hypnotism.” – Ransom Note
Man Duo – the pairing of Finnish producers Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Long-Sam – follow their acclaimed album Orbit with a new EP of remixes and interpretations. For Orbit Variations, Jaakko and Sami invited like-minded artists to rework tracks from the album.
Lung Dart, cult composers behind the avant-pop classic As I Lay Drying album, give What If It Falls a glossy deep-tissue massage with their Hydration Treatment remix. Last year Man Duo remixed Lung Dart’s Totem for their 12 Edits compilation and here they return the favour. This track is accompanied by a beautiful video directed by Karolina Paczkowska which was shot during a three-day midsummer party in the Swedish countryside.
Reckonwrong, the unorthodox star of the Whities label, caresses The Middle into a gentle psychedelic lullaby, using Sean Nicholas Savage’s vocal as a stepping stone to bliss.
For their searing remix of Vanessa, Gothenburg electro heavyweights Luke Eargoggle and Kan3da take the track to the dancefloor in a firm but friendly manner. This slinky mix has been a secret weapon in Eargoggle’s sets all year.
Tottenham disco titan Ali Renault reworks What if It Falls into a muscular late-night prowler – available for the first time on streaming platforms.
On her version of Vanessa, the English singer and guitarist Vanessa Anne Redd offers a stripped-back companion piece to the Man Duo original. Every home should have a copy of her debut solo album Behind the Wall, out on the Sharp Attack label.
The title of the new Man Duo song Alkuräjähdys means big bang in Finnish and this live studio recording finds the pair meditating on the nature of things, appropriately enough, while synthesisers build and a pastoral melody attempts to defuse the tension. ”
Two men. One vision. Man Duo is the second coming of Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Long-Sam: cherished producers and good friends from Helsinki whose 2012 debut Amateurs de Vérité refracted outsider electronics through the prism of psychedelic folk. Now the pair are back with a new name and an enchanting new album, Orbit, that takes the exotic pop we’ve come to associate with both artists far beyond the dancefloor and out into the cosmos. “Man Duo sounds more like a band instead of just two individuals,” says Sami Toroi, aka Long-Sam. “We used to go by the name Jaakko Eino Kalevi & Long-Sam – now it’s easier to see this as a unit of its own without confusing it with our solo careers.”
‘Luck of the Draw’, is the debut single and accompanying video from Common Body, the latest project to come from Cherish Kaya and Georgia Lee. Having played together in various guises over the years, the pair found themselves increasingly inspired by 70’s avant-funk and new wave – and how it could be updated for the present day. The result is ‘Luck of the Draw’ a forward thinking pop production that crafts a sound that is equally confrontational, playful and seductive.
TOMAGA channel various forms of multi-instrumentalism into music that moves by turns through industrial, jazz, psychedelia and minimalism, on it's way to somewhere wholly other. Devoted to musical exploration, this London based duo - Valentina Magaletti and Tom Relleen - obsessively deconstruct familiar tropes, looking for the tension that lies between improvisation and form. Following the release of their second album "The Shape Of The Dance" September 2016, TOMAGA will release a new four track EP 'Greetings from The Bitter End' which features two new songs and reworkings from good pals Shit and Shine and Cavern Of Anti-Matter. The impetus for the new EP came when the pair returned from recording the last album in Tuscany and acquired a marimba on arrival back in London, this unleashed a "tuned percussion journey" resulting in the mantra like 'Liberating Mania'. The title track is a more ambient and atmospheric affair - a textured build up of percussive parts and features Rick Tomlinson on hornet.
Widely respected for his interesting and experimental side projects, The Horrors synthesist Tom Furse has today released an album of instrumentals, recorded entirely on the Teenage Engineering OP-1 synthesiser - only the second album of its kind in existence. Created in just one week, Tom Furse's 'Interludes' is a fun snapshot of his exploration of this technology, capturing the results how and when they happened, and presented in the order they were made. 'Interludes' began as an experiment in producing short pieces of music for use on his NTS radio show, but Tom soon realised he'd inadvertently crafted an album's worth of work. Created between 9th-16th July 2016, the 16 track album was recorded in the order of the final tracklisting, with each piece informing the next. It is intended to be enjoyed as a whole, a reaction against the idea of the 'dying album'.
GEoRGiA is the moniker of London-based producer and multi-instrumentalist, Georgia Barnes. Her debut EP 'Come In' - written and recorded entirely by herself in her home studio - is set for release physically on 12" vinyl and digitally through Kaya Kaya. GEoRGiA cut her teeth drumming with Kwes and can also be found playing with Kate Tempest and Micachu and the Shapes.
Muscle was the first new recorded material from Gwilym Gold since the release of the ground-breaking TENDER METAL project in 2012. A pioneering musical piece available exclusively in BRONZE - the generative-music format created by Gwilym Gold with producer Lexxx - which reinterprets songs in real time, manipulating all aspects of the sound to open up a world of unprecedented musical possibilities. As an idea, it remains truly ahead of its time. Muscle is available digitally through Kaya Kaya, and on 12" vinyl and limited edition formats as the first release on HYMN, a new record label founded by artist Eddie Peake in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory. All versions come backed with a remix of Muscle by Beam.
Beat Culture is the moniker of producer and instrumentalist Sunik Kim, whose exposure to a variety of cities has informed his eclectic sound, which often seems to be on the verge of unraveling, chaotic, and abrasive as much as it is streamlined and pop-minded.
Rejjie Snow is anything but your ordinary hip hop artist. This talented young rapper is being touted as the next star to shoot out of the Emerald Isle. He's already gaining a following in the UK and spreading his rhymes across the European continent.
It had been over a year since their mysterious and now highly sought after debut white label 12" appeared in only a handful of the UK's independent record stores. The information-less, hand-stamped record gave nothing away but the music itself, which in turn created a wave of interest from all over the world. Stubborn Heart make compelling electronic soul music from the heart. They are Luca Santucci and Ben Fitzgerald.