mardi 16 janvier 2018

Pale Blue - You Stopped Dying (CRM194)

Pale Blue, the duo of Elizabeth Wight and Mike Simonetti, released their debut album too much critical acclaim back in 2015. They come together once again with their latest EP 'You Stopped Dying' due to drop on Crosstown Rebels in February.

"The 'You Stopped Dying' EP takes influence from shoegaze groups like Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine and moves it to the dance floor...The result is a strange hybrid that some have called "technogaze"...This would never work if Liz wasn't such a strong vocalist. Her amazing vocal range makes it easy." Mike Simonetti.

Pale Blue is a hypnotic affair, the driving bass sitting perfectly under Wight's powerful yet ethereal vocals. 'Daughter Of Babylon' takes the record into heavier techno territory with its thudding bass and Wight's breathy vocals delicately layered over the top. On the flip side, 'Love' is an unapologetically industrial number with screeching synths that echo around Wight's vocals.

Simonetti and Wight have each earned their musical stripes in their own rights. Simonetti founded the hugely popular Italians Do It Better as well as his own successful record label 2MR. He has released a slew of records on highly regarded imprints such as Me Me Me, Correspondant and Public Release, and enjoys a fruitful career as a touring DJ, which shows no sign of abating. Wight has previously lent her exhilarating vocals to the West Coast band, Silver Hands of which she was once one half.

1. You Stopped Dying
2. Daughter Of Babylon
3. Love
4. Love (Dub)

Released: 16/02/2018
Cat#: CRM194
Distribution: Above Board

Joeski - I Want You (CRM193)

Following on from a hectic summer touring across the globe, NY producer Joeski returns to the studio to create his next release, due on Crosstown Rebels in 2018.

The release unfolds with the original version of 'I Want You', a fierce, driving beat is juxtaposed alongside the sensual and smoldering vocal as the bassline rumbles on. Pure 4am, fist pumping pleasure. The flip side introduces the disco mix of the title track. But don't let the 'disco' lull you into a false sense of security. The track is fuelled by intense industrial sounding smashes and an abundance of layers that creep ever closer.

A founding member of NYC's The Chocolate Factory DJ Collective, Joeski has been a staple in the underground scene in New York since 1991, holding down a residency at the city's famed nightclub - Roxy. He has played alongside the likes of Danny Tenaglia, Louie Vega and Roger Sanchez. His career has seen him release on Electrik Soul, Siesta Records, Chez Music and Camouflage Recordings as well as launching his own imprint Maya in 2001. This year, the prolific producer has juggled a jam-packed touring schedule taking in Australia, New Zealand, South America and Europe, as well as Ibiza for Do Not Sleep and Misfits.

1. I Want You (Original Acid Mix)
2. I Want You (Disco Mix)

Released: 02/02/2018
Cat#: CRM193
Distribution: Above Board