January 22rd saw the release of Alex Smoke’s much-anticipated LP ‘Love Over Will’ representing his third collaboration with the R&S crew, which further exploring the vocal territory of his earlier side-project, Wraetlic. Along with the album, Alex debuts an all-new live show at London’s Pickle Factory, which took place on January 28th, leaving the dance floor context of his usual sets, and embarking on an intriguing performance featuring live animations by Florence To.
Listen to the new single above, and watch the preview for the A/V show below.
“Frankly, we fear for Alex Smoke’s sanity, but we salute the brilliance of this record.” Mix Mag
“A cohesive and melancholic work that is both robust yet fragile, heavy yet inviting.” DJ Mag
Stauner EP out now on Optimo Trax.
A1) Remembered II A2) Pax AA1) Stauner AA2) Divination
Following the release of his releases on R&S this year, Alex Smoke has been called in by the British Council to provide a mix for their audio series ‘The Selector’. Listen and download below.
Following his critically acclaimed debut for the label, entitled ‘Dust’, Alex Smoke returns to form with an EP of progressive dance floor artillery. Listen to the EP below before its release on May 19th, 2014.
Following the release of his LP for Convex Industries as Wraetlic, Alex Smoke returns to the fold with a new single on R&S entitled ‘Dust’, with more material for the label planned for release in 2014. After releasing for the best part of a decade on labels such as Soma, Vakant and Hum+Haw, Alex’ productions have constantly evolved in line with his sets, both as Wraetlic (his vocal orientated A/V show) and his Alex Smoke live & DJ shows.
SELECTED RECENT DISCOGRAPHY
Alex Smoke – Dust – R&S
Release Date: September 2013
Wraetlic – Wraetlic – Convex Industries
Release Date: January 2013
Alex Smoke – Mu – Vakant
Release Date: November 2012
SELECTED RECENT PRESS
Inverted Audio – I/A Mix 106 – Live mix from Krake Festival
The Fader – ‘Dust‘ – Stream of Dust
Resident Advisor – ‘Dust’ – Review
XLR8R – Wraetlic – Review
SELECTED RECENT SHOWS
March 2013 – Australian Tour
12/04/2013 – Berlin @ Berghain
09/05/2013 – Geneva @ Mapping Festival
26/07/2013 – Plock @ Audioriver festival
03/08/2013 – London @ Fabric
12/10/2013 – Moscow @ Arma17
29/11/2013 – Utrecht @ Le Guess Who Festival
14/12/2013 – Kiev @ Closer Club
Seminal imprint R&S Records will celebrate its thirty year milestone this weekend with two parties at Village Underground in London and Stattbad in Berlin. LittleBig artists Alex Smoke and Paula Temple will both appear at the London leg, with Paula Temple representing on the second night in Berlin too. Click the flyer images below to get more event information via RA.
Another cold and dark winter in Berlin comes to an end, and a city in hibernation is awoken to the sound of lazer guns and bass drums.. Its the 18th edition of Leisure System in the Berghain mothership!
After his much discussed visit for LS.13 back in 2011, we’re welcoming the return of Intergalactic Ambassador for Funk and Rhythm, aka Space Dimension Controller, aka Mr 8040, who’s sensational album ”Welcome to Microsector-50“ is about to drop on R&S Records. Teleporting directly into Panorama Bar, armed with 808, vocoder, and lazer beams, prepare yourself for one of the sexiest live shows in the Solar System.
With a string of highly respected techno releases under his belt, Alex Smoke is nevertheless an artist that allows himself freedom across a wider, if not all encompassing sonic galaxy. We’re pleased to present his latest audio-visual project Wraetlic, working with shorter song structures and placing his contorted vocals at the forefront of his tactful production, whilst still maintaining the driving energy of his previous work. His exceptional self-titled album just dropped on Convex Industries to a glowing reception, don’t miss the Berlin debut for this very special AV show.
At the intersection between garage, house, bass music and techno, you can hear the names 2562 and A Made Up Sound whispered in hushed tones… Whether releasing on his own label, or on the likes Tectonic, Clone, 50Weapons or Delsin, David Huismans delivers futuristic gems every time. Through his productions and as a DJ, Huismans constantly challenges his audience, pushing boundaries on the dancefloor whilst always managing to deliver the essential kick up the butt. How does he do it? We can only conclude that Dave is in fact an alien.
Our resident kick drum administrator Sam Barker has been on the road with nd_baumecker non-stop since they released ‘Transsektoral’ together as Barker & Baumecker last year, and we’ve been lucky to steal a date to bring them back to their natural home. The stunning debut made RA’s top #10, ranked #6 in XLR8R’s albums of the year, and caught the attention of techno and electronica aficionado’s around the globe. The live set is full on analogue workout, pouring sweat while they wrestle with a pile of machines, wires, and flashing lights. Berlin appearances for the duo are kept suitably rare, so this is not to be missed!
If that’s not enough, Greco Roman‘s newest signing Millennium (a collaboration between Finnish architect Ville Haimala and Norman Palm, one half of Renaissance Man) will be setting the scene in Berghain, along with our resident Disk Jockey and spirit guide N>E>D.
Closing proceedings we have the mighty Objekt, one of our favourite DJ’s, resident and worthy ambassador for Leisure System events around the universe… His latest split with Cosmin TRG for Bleep’s super-limited series of green 12′s adds another killer slice of dance futurism to his flawless discography.
Panorama Bar is presented by our friends at Finest Friday, who have brought some serious talent to the table too. Beloved German duo Âme will be blasting off with their Detroit-influenced take on deep-house. Stepping up next are two youngsters on the tips of many tongues, Waze & Odyssey who made sizable waves lately with various releases on Sccucci Manucci, Body Work, Pet Food, Southern Fried, Wolf Music and MadTech Records. Finally, US house veteran and Underground Quality label boss DJ Jus-Ed will provide enough vibes to keep the whole room buzzing till sunrise and beyond.
Debuting and documented at MUTEK 2012, this year see’s the arrival of Alex Smoke’s ‘Wraetlic’ project- combining disembodied vocals, concrete electronics and a full reactive visual show hand coded by Japans ‘Arch Project’. Alex Menzies new direction stays true to the combinative style of his work as Alex Smoke; retaining the cold melancholia and arresting atmospheres found within the boundary points of classical, techno and experimental electronica.The debut album comes via Convex Industries in February 2013, featuring edits from D:Bridge, Jon Convex and SCB.
Straight off the back of his recent EP on ‘Vakant’, Alex Smoke unveils the next stage of his ‘Wraetlic’ AV project in the form of announcing its debut album on Convex Industries, due for release on February 4th. Check out the music video for the initial single ‘Rats’ below.
Alex Smoke returns to ‘Vakant’ for a 4-track EP entitled ‘Mu’, highlighting the eclectic palettes and melodic integrity which he has long established since his first release on the label in 2004. With early support from Resident Advisor, Data Transmission & Soundwall, ‘Mu’ dropped on November 26, ahead of Alex’s ‘Wraetlic’ project announced earlier this year. Listen to the previews below: