|➲ Subzar “Pico” // Self-released // Released 16 December 2013 // Artwork: Marie Boucomont.|
“There are those who go in search of questions, but don’t seek answers. Some focus on destination, others departure.
And so they wander, away from their home…
Modern compositional acoustic quartet, subzar, present a new work that takes up the theme of flight from the close of 2012’s ‘i am not yet here’. ‘pico’ conveys a migratory journey by a flock of birds, and is a deviation from the first EP’s story. Its four distinct movements chronicle the triumphs and travails of the birds’ journey, from the liberation of take-off through the serenity above the clouds to the terror of an oncoming storm.”
|➲ Kae Uh “Keep Forgetting EP” // Soigne Tes Oreilles // Rel. 31 Mar. 2014 // Art: Theo Petroni.|
“Kae Uh, our rookie from Los Angeles, has created an EP that nicely represents his new American style. His music is a mixture of trap with rap vocals, intricate hi-hats and constantly evolving Garage rhythms. It’s like riding along an ocean of rhythms in a convertible. Ozaka got into the convertible to deliver his own remix, accelerating the speed as his atmospheric tune carries us away. Ryuei Kotoge envelops us in a soundscape, ready for another trip, taking you through a mesmerizing, energetic, Japanese cityscape.”
A Short Story by Dave Eggers • Directed by Richard Hickey.
The story of “Francis” came about interestingly from famed radio show “This American Life”. Broadcaster Ira Glass asked 6 American writers to create a short story about Adventure.
One ofthese stories written by novelist & screenwriter Dave Eggars, it was read on the show to much acclaim and praise. Richard Hickey worked with producer Kevin Batten & a team to turn the words into this short. He worked on the film tirelessly & had 40 people work on all elements of the animation. The film has been shown at Cannes Film Festival and Raindance.
“Hiroshi Watanabe has been releasing records since 1996, with styles ranging from deep house to his more recognized ambient/electronica works on Kompakt under the guise of Kaito. A stalwart for the label for the past twelve years, Hiroshi has clocked up no less than eight albums and recently released the rather brilliant “Less Time Until The End”.
His passion for introspective electronic music is clearly visible in his latest release and his Kaito moniker is seemingly dedicated to this emotional side. Named after his son and translating as “the one that is able to explain the universe”, Kaito’s music is warm, analogue and immersive electronica, riddled with a million stories. Hiroshi’s a big believer in communicating through his music and opens up to the many ways a track can be perceived- he’s a storyteller, a painter of the night sky and the magician behind the soundtrack which accompanies them.
Hiroshi’s isolatedmix stems from this approach and takes us on a night-flight through some of his inspirations that span the spectrum of the ambient electronic genre – a perfect introduction to the newbie or an expertly curated accompaniment for the veteran. Hiroshi will be the guide, but you’ll make your own way there…”
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This story is about a robot who is an ice cream seller committed to his job. In order to survive in a severe reality he recreates an imaginary world where he lives every day, like he did during the best time of his life.
Written, directed & produced by Anton Chistiakov & Mikhail Dmitriev • Music: Alex Tulupov.
Compositing & Color Grading: Alex Ambalov • Sound Design: Marya Believskaya.
|➲ Autumna “Man-Made Concepts EP” // Label: Summer Karma // Released 31 March 2014.|
“Summer Karma is proud to announce it’s fourth EP release: Autumna – Man-Made Concepts. A collection of five post-sound ambient pieces, complemented by eight impressive remixes. Sangam, Davwuh, Global Helena, Misc. Friend, RefraQ, Riful, Thinking Fish and Virtual Proximity offer their interpretation of the EP title track. Expect a headphone trip through a blend of atmospheres and styles, sometimes dark; brooding and suffocating, then surprisingly bright and warm. Enjoy!”