Nathan Fake will release a brand new 4-track 12”/Digital EP “Sunder” via Ninja Tune on 23rd February 2018. The title track is available to stream/download now. Methodologically and sonically very different to his 2016 album “Providence” which was characterised by crisp, widescreen sonics and meticulous arrangements, “Sunder” is rougher, more urgent and raw and definitively more beat-oriented, but retains the same warmth and emotive character.
“These four tracks are like snapshots captured in a single moment. They were all recorded on an old Marantz tape deck, Jupiter 6, broken Akai drum machine and a Yamaha Reface DX,” explains Nathan. “Basically just hitting record and seeing what happened, not worrying about making mistakes etc. There are no post-edits – they are left completely as they were recorded – so they’re quite messy but I love that energy.”
Nathan Fake Live:
20/01 Festival Electropolis 2018 at BPS22, Charleroi BE
09/02 Génériq Festival 2018 at La Vapeur, Dijon FR
15/02 Goa, Rome IT
22/02 Róisín Dubh, Galway IE
23/02 Cyprus Avenue, Cork IE
24/02 Button Factory, Dublin IE
23/03 Gretchen, Berlin DE
01/04 DGTL Festival 2018 at NDSM Docklands, Amsterdam NL
Nathan Fake is back with the second instalment in his “Providence: Reworks” series, on this occasion celebrating the talents of Olga Wojciechowska – a Polish composer and multi-instrumentalist whose work drifts between modern classical, experimental and electronic music – and Konx-Om-Pax who recently released his new album “Caramel” on the excellent Planet Mu label.
“I first became aware of Olga’s music from hearing one of her tracks on a The Wire magazine covermount CD,” explains Nathan. “It really stopped me in my tracks and hit me quite emotionally so I bought her album.” The two became friends around the time that Nathan was finishing his album “Providence” and he shared it with Olga. “I can honestly admit that it awoke me from the creative block which I had been experiencing at that time,” she says. ”‘HoursDaysMonthsSeasons’ was imprinted on my memory from the first tones.”
Additionally, Konx-Om-Pax contributes a powerful ambient rework of ‘DEGREELESSNESS’ that highlights both the beauty and sense of foreboding inherent to its revolving arpeggio. Rounding off the EP are two stellar reworks of ‘feelings 1’ and ‘REMAIN’ by Nathan himself that evolved from the liquid state in which these tracks exist in his live sets – both tougher and resolutely dancefloor-facing, but still delightfully warped in Nathan’s inimitable style.
Actress, aka Darren Cunningham, returns with a new album, now on Ninja Tune and a new music system called AZD (pronounced “Azid”), a chrome aspect journey into a parallel world. The album in few days has reached #3 in UK Electronic iTunes Album Chart and #5 in the US one. The album reviews, until now, leave no doubts: AZD is a masterpiece.
“Actress’ sixth LP reaches deep into both Cunningham’s clubbiest and most avant-garde impulses, exploring language and Afrofuturism while maintaining a musicality that holds the listener close”. (Pitchfork)
“It feels unfussy and workmanlike. Which isn’t to do it down: now that he’s back to just getting on with it, Cunningham can once again produce mirage-like moments of beauty like nobody else”. (Resident Advisor)
“AZD is an album you have to digest in full rather than dipping in and out. If you put in the effort this is one of the most rewarding albums of the year so far” (Drowned in the Sound)
Actress debuted his new live show at a sold out Village Underground on March 24th, and the tour has just started.
14 April Shelter – Amsterdam (DJ)
29 April North Atlantic Flux – Hull (DJ)
05 May Donau Festival – Krems (Live)
06 May Arts School – Glasgow (Live)
20 May Wetware – Beijing (Live)
26 May Nuits Fauves – Paris (Live)
27 May Nuits Sonores – Lyon (Live)
23 June Marsatac Festival – Marseille (Live)
01 July Pitch Festival – Amsterdam (Live)
14 July Lattexplus Festival – Florence (DJ)
29 July Farm Fest – Bruton, Sommerset (DJ)
Nathan Fake will release his fourth album “Providence” – his most personal and profoundly emotional work to date – via Ninja Tune on 10th March 2017. Crafted in the wake of a crippling two year spell of writer’s block during which he was unable to compose any music at all, the esteemed British producer describes the record “as a massive step up both in my career and in my life in general… it felt like I’d come alive again”.
“Providence” sees the British producer collaborate with vocalists for the first time, joining forces with Prurient (aka Vatican Shadow / founder of Hospital Productions) and Raphaelle Standell-Preston from Braids. Both arose from chance meetings in Geneva and Osaka as their tour schedules crossed. Prurient contributed the heavily distorted vocal to ’DEGREELESSNESS’ – “I was a huge fan of Dominic’s [Prurient] music before we met and I love the way he situates his vocals in his productions. I really like how you can’t make out what he’s saying at all…” – whilst Raphaelle, who lends her voice to ‘RVK’, was introduced to Nathan by their mutual friend Jon Hopkins. “I deliberately kept the first half of the track instrumental and I love the way her vocal lands,” he says. “It’s quite unexpected when she starts singing.”
“It’s the quickest album I’ve written and because of that it’s got a close thread running throughout,” says Nathan of his creative process. It also has a distinct sonic signature as a result of the producer refreshing his set-up. “I was feeling nostalgic and bought a cheap Korg Prophecy on a whim and it ended up being the backbone of the album,” he explains. “I remember reading an article in Sound On Sound back in 1995-96 and I didn’t really know much about music production then, but I remember thinking that it must be AMAZING. As it turns out, it’s actually quite crap really… It’s very hard to program, looks unimpressive, doesn’t sound great [laughs], but I recorded it through loads of different pre-amps and tape and mixers and roughed it up. I’m always intrigued by low-end gear, I like the challenge and the limitations it poses.”
Norfolk born and bred, Nathan’s first encounters with electronic music came via the radio (hearing the likes of Aphex Twin and Orbital) and reading about the equipment that they used in magazines. This was the stimulus for him to buy some gear and begin his own sonic experiments and, linking with James Holden in 2003, Nathan’s early output came via his fledgling Border Community label. His debut album “Drowning In A Sea Of Love” (2006) was a triumphant record, drawing a rapturous reception from the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian and Mixmag (who hailed it among the best of the year). Recording two further albums for Border Community, “Hard Islands” (2009) and “Steam Days” (2012), Nathan found himself in frantic touring mode for two years and, in this nomadic state, found it impossible to write any new music. On his return, events in his personal life intertwined with, and exacerbated, this creative block. “I didn’t write any music at all for about two years,” Nathan explains. “Overall there was roughly a three year break from writing.”
Emerging from this extended period of inactivity with renewed vigour and lust for life, “Providence” was recorded during the first six months of 2016 in Nathan’s home studio / living room. The meaning behind the title is two-pronged: on the one hand it’s a nod to the aforementioned Korg Prophecy synth that features so heavily on the record. But on a deeper level it means “guidance or divine guidance” – not necessarily in a religious sense but more to be guided by a higher power – or more specifically to Nathan, music as therapy and a path out of a dark period in his life.
Nathan steps out on tour taking in Australia, Europe and Japan through March and April 2017 with a brand new solo live show featuring visuals by the esteemed Matt Bateman (Flat e) who has previously worked with Jon Hopkins and LFO. The London album launch is 7th April at ICA.
Debut 12″ on Ninja Tune from Nathan Fake – the British electronic ace who has previously released on James Holden’s Border Community label, Traum and most recently his own Cambria Instruments imprint.
‘DEGREELESSNESS’, the first music to be released from his forthcoming new album, is a collaboration with NYC resident Prurient aka Vatican Shadow (founder of the excellent Hospital Productions label) that truly lives up to the weight of expectation that a clash between these two heavyweights intimate.
Nathan met Prurient in Brooklyn where the seed for a collaboration was sown. “Although our music probably seems pretty different from each others on the surface, I felt there was a strong link from a rhythmic and melodic standpoint, and I admired his vocal performances in his Prurient material which were both charismatic and masculine but not tiresomely so”.
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Letherette release their first new music since 2013’s self-titled debut album on Ninja Tune. Returning from an extended studio interlude, the ‘Refresh’ EP wastes no time getting down to business, collating four songs aimed squarely at the dancefloor.
EP opener “Rayon” channels the same raw and instinctively danceable energy of classic Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez, Armand Van Helden and DJ Sneak tracks on NY imprint Henry Street in the early 90s.
Emika will release her 2nd album, DVA, on 10 June 2013 – all info and a FREE download of album track and Chris Isaak cover “Wicked Game” here.
DVA, is a return to the music of her roots, a triumph of keenly felt and brilliantly expressed reflections of oppression and freedom, be it political, sexual or artistic.
DVA is an exploration of self-expression and sound, taking dark dub pop, sound design inspirations and melding them with classical music of her upbringing, taking Emika’s production a giant step forward.
ANNOUNCED LIVE SHOWS
Sat 1 June – Montreal, CA @ Mutek (TICKETS)
Fri 7 June – Prague, CZ @ Meetfactory (TICKETS)
Sat 8 June – Brussels, BE @ Beursschouwburg (TICKETS)
Tue 11 June – London, UK @ Birthdays (TICKETS)
Fri 21 June – Paris, FR @ La Machine (TICKETS)
Fri 5th July – Berlin, DE @ Haus der Berliner Festpiele (TICKETS)
For their third EP Featurette, shadowy Wolverhampton duo Letherette sign to Ninja Tune ahead of a debut album in 2013.
Drawing on Bangalter-inflected house but giving it a rumble and wing, Letherette make infectious, beat-driven music which is as fun and un-self-conscious as it is clever and technically cutting edge. From the exuberant cut-up boogie of ‘Warstones‘, through moments of ethereal beauty on the four-to-the-floor stomper ‘Ettewards‘, on into the delicate, poised ‘Surface‘ (featuring vocals from Jed + Lucia) and finally the spaced hip hop of ‘Wecko‘, the childhood friends use the Featurette EP to show their range and diversity as well as their technical nous.
After two releases on the excellent Ho Tep Records, an appearance on Brownswood Electric, a couple of stunning remixes (for Machinedrum and Bibio) and a fantastic DJ mix for BTS Radio, plus support from the likes of Benji B, Gilles Peterson and Brackles, gigs and festival appearances across Europe this summer, and now a trio of fantastic EPs – Letherette are ready to make the musical leap to the big time.