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  • Visionist album – ‘Safe’ out on PAN now

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    Having recently partnered with Bill Kouligas to relaunch his Lost Codes imprint as Codes, Visionist takes a defining step forward with the release of his PAN debut album, ‘Safe’.

    The South London artist born Louis Carnell broke during a period of experimentation in UK music when, with the disintegration of the dubstep scene, emerging producers began looking to juke and Chicago house for inspiration. A pair of EPs on Lit City Trax (and a collaboration with Fatima Al Qadiri) in 2013 and ’14 introduced Visionist’s minimalist take on fractured R&B and liquid grime, establishing him as a leading voice in new-wave UK soundsystem culture.

    On ‘Safe’, Visionist sculpts and extends that signature into new terrain and makes his most personal statement yet. Distilling his influences down to a sparse palette of manipulated folk, pop and R&B acapellas, icy synths, and metallic drum samples, he plays off ever-present anxiety and his own battle not to let it overwhelm him. “Comfort, protection, salvation—this is what we search for,” he says. “We are taught that a life of no worries is better for us, and therefore we try to create one that is ‘Safe.’”

    But while safe as a musical concept implies conformity, ‘Safe’ as an artistic statement is anything but. At a moment when the UK scene, once known for innovation, has settled into rehashing old tropes, Visionist continues to propel his sound into more experimental territory. The album traces the arc of an anxiety attack, from its onset through to recovery. Following the stately discord of brief opener “You Stayed,” the grimy, ballistic assault of “Victim” sends its targets diving into mirrored corners. “I’ve Said” is a brutal, almost militant advance, its sound cutting in and out as though transmitted via shortwave radio. “Too Careful To Care” trades in skittering paranoia, with the soporific “Sleep Luxury” closing out affairs.

    Since 2012, Visionist has toured extensively throughout Europe, Unites States and Asia, appearing at industry standard clubs and festivals like Fabric, Berghain, Sonar and Unsound and as well as various underground venues. He has scored music for Kenzo, Liam Hodges and Roxanne Farahmand in the world of fashion, and remixed Kelis, Ghost Poet and Glasser. In 2014, he supported FKA Twigs on her first-ever UK tour.

    The LP was mastered by Jeremy Cox and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, and pressed on 140g LP and CD. It features photography & artwork by Daniel Sannwald and layout by Bill Kouligas.

    http://p-a-n.org/product/visionist-safe-pan67/

  • Visionist announces debut album ‘Safe’ on PAN

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    Having recently partnered with Bill Kouligas to relaunch his Lost Codes imprint as Codes, Visionist takes a defining step forward with the release of his PAN debut album, ‘Safe’.
    The South London artist born Louis Carnell broke during a period of experimentation in UK music when, with the disintegration of the dubstep scene, emerging producers began looking to juke and Chicago house for inspiration. A pair of EPs on Lit City Trax (and a collaboration with Fatima Al Qadiri) in 2013 and ’14 introduced Visionist’s minimalist take on fractured R&B and liquid grime, establishing him as a leading voice in new-wave UK soundsystem culture.
    On ‘Safe’, Visionist sculpts and extends that signature into new terrain and makes his most personal statement yet. Distilling his influences down to a sparse palette of manipulated folk, pop and R&B acapellas, icy synths, and metallic drum samples, he plays off ever-present anxiety and his own battle not to let it overwhelm him. “Comfort, protection, salvation—this is what we search for,” he says. “We are taught that a life of no worries is better for us, and therefore we try to create one that is ‘Safe.'”
    But while safe as a musical concept implies conformity, ‘Safe’ as an artistic statement is anything but. At a moment when the UK scene, once known for innovation, has settled into rehashing old tropes, Visionist continues to propel his sound into more experimental territory. The album traces the arc of an anxiety attack, from its onset through to recovery. Following the stately discord of brief opener “You Stayed,” the grimy, ballistic assault of “Victim” sends its targets diving into mirrored corners. “I’ve Said” is a brutal, almost militant advance, its sound cutting in and out as though transmitted via shortwave radio. “Too Careful To Care” trades in skittering paranoia, with the soporific “Sleep Luxury” closing out affairs.
    Since 2012, Visionist has toured extensively throughout Europe, Unites States and Asia, appearing at industry standard clubs and festivals like Fabric, Berghain, Sonar and Unsound and as well as various underground venues. He has scored music for Kenzo, Liam Hodges and Roxanne Farahmand in the world of fashion, and remixed Kelis, Ghost Poet and Glasser. In 2014, he supported FKA Twigs on her first-ever UK tour.
    The LP was mastered by Jeremy Cox and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, and pressed on 140g LP and CD. It features photography & artwork by Daniel Sannwald and layout by Bill Kouligas.

    Safe is released on October 9. You can stream the first single, ‘Victim’, below.
    Taking bookings now!

    Tracklist:

    01. You Stayed
    02. Victim
    03. 1 Guarda
    04. I’ve Said
    05. Vffected
    06. Sin-cere
    07. Safe
    08. Let Me In
    09. Too Careful To Care
    10. Tired Tears, Awake Fears
    11. Constraint
    12. Sleep Luxury

  • Littlebig acts score high in the critics 2013 lists

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    After another great year for our acts in 2013 we’re looking forward to continuing to grow and strengthen for 2014. The end of year lists contained a very strong showing from our acts, including No.1s from Jon Hopkins, Oneohtrix Point Never, and many many more. Below is an edited selection of the cream of the crop, get in touch now for festival bookings and tour dates!

    Email us at: info@littlebig.org.uk

    65daysofstatic : ‘Wild Light’ [Superball Music]
    No. 3 in Sam Law’s (Kerrang) ‘Albums of 2013’
    No. 3 in Muzik Discovery’s ‘Top 50 Albums of 2013′
    No. 4 in Thrash Hits’ ‘Albums of 2013’
    No. 19 in Drowned In Sound’s ‘Albums of 2013’
    No. 19 in Prog Magazine’s ‘Albums of 2013’
    No. 19 in Music OMH’s ‘Albums of 2013’
    No. 23 in Rocksound Magazine’s ‘Albums of 2013’
    No. 35 in Gigwise’s ‘Albums of 2013’
    No. 78 in Louder Than War’s ‘Albums of 2013′
    also…
    Included in Gigwise’s ’32 most underrated albums of 2013′ & ’30 most beautiful covers of 2013’

    Autechre : ‘Exai’ [Warp Records]
    No. 2 in Bleep’s ‘Artists of The Year’
    No. 12 in Bleep’s ‘Best Albums’
    No. 46 in FACT’s ‘The 50 Best Albums’

    DJ Rashad [Hyperdub]
    No. 3 in Dummy’s ‘The 10 best EPs’ for ‘Rollin”
    No. 8 in Rolling Stone’s ‘20 Best Dance Albums’ for ‘Let it go’
    No. 14 in Dummy’s ‘The 20 Best Albums’ for ‘Double Cup’

    Dopplereffekt [Leisure System]
    No. 17 in Resident Advisor’s ‘Top 50 tracks’ for ’Gene Slicing’
    No. 30 in Boomkat’s ‘Top 100 Singles’ for Tetrahymena

    Fuck Buttons : ‘Slow Focus’ [ATP Recordings]
    No. 1 in The Skinny’s ‘The Albums of 2013’
    No. 3 in RollingStone’s ‘20 Best Dance Albums’
    No. 9 in Bleep’s ‘Best Albums’
    No. 34 in Rough Trade’s ‘Albums of 2013’
    No. 40 in NME’s ‘50 Best Albums’

    Jon Hopkins : ‘Immunity’ [Domino]
    No. 1 in XLR8R’s ‘Best Releases of 2013’
    No. 1 in Musicexpress ‘Record Of The Year’ (Germany)
    No. 1 in The Evening Standard’s ‘Best 10 Albums’
    No. 1 on Triple J ‘Electronic album of the year’ (Australia)
    No. 3 in Tsugi (France)
    No. 3 in NME’s ‘The Best Albums’ voted by readers.
    No. 4 in Rolling Stone’s ‘20 Best Dance Albums’
    No. 4 in Mixmag
    No. 6 in Rough Trade’s ‘Albums of 2013’
    No. 7 in Time Out
    No. 8 in Mondo Sonoro (Spain
    No. 11 in NME’s ‘50 Best Albums of 2013’
    No. 11 in The Sunday Times
    No. 13 in Groove (Germany)
    No. 14 in DJ Mag
    No. 16 in Intro (Germany)
    No. 17 in The Quietus’ ‘Albums Of 2013’
    No. 18 in Resident Advisor
    No. 24 in XLR8R’s ‘Best Tracks of 2013’
    No. 28 in NME’s ‘Best tracks of 2013’
    No. 29 in Mojo
    No. 32 in Clash
    No. 37 in The Guardian
    No. 37 on Pitchfork
    also…
    No. 16 in Resident Advisor’s ‘Top 20 Live Acts’

    Laurel Halo : ‘Chance of Rain’ [Hyperdub]
    No. 2 in Juno’s ‘Best of 2013: Top 25 Albums’
    No. 2 in The Wire’s ‘Top 50 Releases of 2013’
    No. 15 in Dummy’s ‘The 20 Best Albums of 2013’
    No. 21 in The Quietus’ ‘Albums Of 2013’
    No. 22 in Bleep’s ‘Best Albums of 2013’
    No. 36 in FACT’s ‘The 50 Best Albums’
    also…
    ‘Behind the Green Door EP’ [Hyperdub]

    No. 4 in Juno’s ‘Top 100 Tracks, EPs, and Singles’
    No. 8 in Dummy’s ‘The 10 best EPs’
    No. 15 in XLR8R’s ‘Best Releases’
    No. 46 in Resident Advisor’s ‘Top 50 tracks’ for ‘Throw’

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    No. 20 in Resident Advisor’s ‘Top 20 Labels of 2013’

    Machinedrum [Ninja Tune]
    No. 6 in Bleep’s ‘Artists of The Year’
    No. 16 in Bleep’s ‘Best Albums’ for ‘Vapor City’
    No. 20 in XLR8R’s ‘Best Tracks’ for ‘Eyesdontlie’

    Micachu & Tirzah : ‘I’m Not Dancing’ [Greco-Roman]
    No. 1 in Dummy’s ‘The 10 best EPs’

    Objekt : ‘Agnes Demise’ [Objekt]
    No. 27 in Resident Advisor’s ‘Top 50 Tracks’
    No. 41 in XLR8R’s ‘Best Tracks’

    Oneohtrix Point Never : ‘R Plus Seven’ [Warp Records]
    No. 1 in Bleep’s ‘Best Albums of 2013’
    No. 1 in Ele-King ‘Album of the Year’ (Japan)
    No. 3 in XLR8R’s ‘Best Releases of 2013’
    No. 3 in SPIN’s ‘20 Best Albums of 2013’
    No. 5 in Juno’s ‘Best of 2013:Top 25 Albums’
    No. 6 The Wire’s ‘Top 50 Releases’
    No. 18 in The Quietus’ ‘Albums Of The Year’
    No. 34 in FACT’s ‘The 50 Best Albums’
    No. 51 in ‘Boomkat’s Top 100 Albums’
    No. 89 in Rough Trade’s ‘Albums of 2013’
    also…
    No. 3 in Bleep’s ‘Artists of The Year’

    Stellar OM Source : ‘Joy One Mile’ [RVNG Intl]
    No. 1 in Juno’s ‘Top 25 Albums’

    The Field : ‘Cupid’s Head’ [Kompakt]
    No. 7 in Rolling Stone’s ‘20 Best Dance Albums’

    Visionist [Leisure System / Lit City Trax]
    No. 5 in Dazed & Confused ‘Best Tracks’ for ‘Pain’
    No. 6 in Dummy’s ‘The 10 best EPs’ for ‘I’m Fine’
    No. 8 in White Noise ‘Best EPs’ for ‘Shakes EP’
    No. 15 in DJ Broadcast’s ‘Best Tracks’ for ‘Shakebite’
    No. 19 in Boomkat’s ‘Top 100 Singles’ for ‘M/Secrets’

  • New XLR8R mix from Visionist

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    It was early 2012 when XLR8R first profiled Visionist (a.k.a. Louis Carnell) in their ongoing Bubblin’ Up series, and even then, the London-based producer seemed like an incredibly busy guy. Over the past two years or so, he basically hasn’t stopped working; the latter half of 2013 proved to be a particularly fruitful period, as Visionist records popped up on Leisure System, RAMP, and Lit City Trax, solidifying the young producer’s position as one of the leading figures in the resurgent grime scene. Of course, what makes Visionist’s music so interesting is the fact that he’s not a classicist; grime may be at the center of his artistic vision, but his tracks often bare traces of hip-hop, R&B, footwork, and other urban sounds from across the Atlantic. Now that the calendar has flipped to 2014, he appears poised to properly stake his claim, not just as a grime producer, but as one of the UK’s most intriguing beatmakers. As such, we figured that there would be no better time to enlist his services for the XLR8R podcast series.

    While official grime releases are gradually becoming more commonplace (thanks in part to the success of artists like Visionist), much of the scene continues to unfold online, with producers often tossing new tracks up on SoundCloud at a blistering pace. Given that reality, it’s little surprise that this exclusive mix contains so many unreleased and self-released tracks. Still, what the mix lacks in familiarity, it more than makes up for with the quality of the music on offer; moving through 25 selections in less than 45 minutes, Visionist demonstrates just how vast the grime landscape has become, as he’s as comfortable dealing in ambient-flavored abstraction as he is dropping bass-loaded bangers and rapid-fire snare rolls. With such a diverse palette of sounds to explore, grime is potentially more fascinating than ever, and it’s hard to think of a better guide than Visionist to lay out exactly what’s going on.

    01 Oneohtrix Point Never “He She” (Warp)
    02 Visionist “The Regret”
    03 Acre “Dek U”
    04 Estilence “Monastery”
    05 Gho$tman “The 25th Hour”
    06 Paul Marmota “Colapso” (N.A.A.F.I.)
    07 Acre “Switchblade/Ridcage”
    08 Road to Shaanxi “Who Am I” (True Panther)
    09 Sudanim “Midrift” (Her)
    10 Visionist “Solace”
    11 Filter Dread “Speaker Plank”
    12 Visionist “Your Eyes Were Green”
    13 Future Brown (feat. Rapid, Dirty Danger & Roachee) “World’s Mine”
    14 Dot Rotten “Voices” (Rotten)
    15 Saga “Trails”
    16 Da Gee “Gasp”
    17 SD Laika “Triple Nine Volt”
    18 Dot Rotten “There’s Only 1” (Rotten)
    19 Mikey Dollaz “On My Mama”
    20 Suicideyear “Birdie”
    21 Island “Sony”
    22 SD Laika “Sketch 2”
    23 Suicideyear “Gleetchie”
    24 SD Laika “Two Tracks”
    25 Visionist “Something Old Something” (Lit City Trax)

  • Visionist releases new 12″ on RAMP

    Continuing his relentless schedule of releases with ep’s already out on Leisure System and Lit City this year, the turn now comes to the esteemed RAMP recordings.

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    New 12″ out now!

    https://boomkat.com/downloads/860684-visionist-m-secrets

    Boomkat writes:

    “One of 2013’s most exciting producers follows exemplary issues for Leisure System , Lit City Trax and his Lost Codes label with two uniquely ductile riddims for Ramp. They’re both ghostly, mesmerising things, siphoning from and augmenting essential traces of grime, dubstep and that vapourous sound with reductionist efficiency. On ‘M’ he meditates in cool, glassy cyberspace with flitting synth voices suspended above plunging, precisely punchy subs and razor-cut hi-hats synched with exquisite swagger, whereas ‘Secrets’ feels like everything’s dragged down an octave with the sensation of rolling aqueous bass accentuated by the patter of rainfall and icy AFXian melody, all sounding like it’s heard reverberating outside the rave, sheltered in an archway. It’s surely Ramp’s finest release since their early Zombys.”

     

  • Visionist FACT mix

    New FACT mix by Visionist!

    Visionist’s FACT mix fits between the UK and the US. Stateside acts like Future Brown and Young Scooter share space with Elgato, Moleskin and Kowton, though the emphasis is pretty firmly on the sounds that appeal to Visionist – heavy, sparse bass sounds and haunting topline. Watch out for an unheard Evian Christ edit of ‘The Call’ towards the end, too.

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    Tracklist:
    Visionist – Another Day
    Visionist – M
    Massacooramaan – Exu Drumz
    Kowton – H-Street
    Lighter – Skanker
    Switch & Andrea Martin – I Still Love You
    MikeQ and Brenmar – Beads
    Elgato – Tonight
    Twwth – Naomi xx
    Filter Dread – Dream V.I.P
    Visionist – Patience
    Zomby – VI-XI
    Visionist – I Don’t Care
    Acre – Meridian
    Young Scooter ft Gucci Mane – Work
    Zomby – Horrid
    Boothroyd – Untitled 3
    Neana – Bow Kat
    Future Brown ft Tink – Wanna Party
    Ignant x SB Pable Zulu – Gang
    Dark0 – Chaos
    Visionist – Pain
    Acre & Filter Dread – Flash Speed
    Moleskin – Pulskimo
    Total Freedom – Resolute Hoe
    SD Laika – Human Mask
    Visionist – Posion
    Delerious – Crying Voices
    DJ NA – Flute Gasp
    Deliah – Never Be Another (Zebra Katz & Jepordise Remix)
    Young Dot – Over & Over
    Low Deep – Down Like That
    Bad Dreamz – Diesel
    Kid D – Backoff
    Dot Rotten – Next Level
    SD Laika – Acid Rain
    SD Laika – What Day
    Young Dot – If I Died
    Visionist & Fatima Al Qadiri – The Call (Evian Christ Edit)
    Dot Rotten ft Ice Kid, Mr Daz – The Roads Are Cold
    Unknown – Sketch 5
    Haleek Maul – Inebriated

     

     

  • Visionist keeping busy

    Visionist is having an amazing year both in and out of the studio.

    After being featured on Kode9’s Rinse 22 compilation

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    Visionist released his first self released “Crying Angeles” ep in June.

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    Followed by his brand new ep on Leisure System that came out July 22nd.

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    and upcoming ep on Lit City Trax in September feat. a collaboration track with Fatima Al Qadiri

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    Look out for upcoming mixes on FACT and RA!

    Outside the studio he’s been busy playing shows with Zebra Katz and Mykki Blanco plus just came back from his first highly successful tour of Asia. He was invited onto Japan’s premier live streaming studio Dommune were 16’000 people logged in to see his set.

    Also recently did a recorded session for Just Jam:

    Back in europe now and featured in the fashion hip Because London , we’re taking bookings now!

    Contact: peter@littlebig.org.uk

  • Dopplereffekt to release EP on Leisure System + Tim Exile, Visionist & more

    We are very proud to announce that our brothers over at the Leisure System Records will release the first Dopplereffekt music for 6 years.

    Our main man Ned Beckett gave an interview to FACTMAG revealing the release plan for 2013 which will see EP releases from Visionist, Tim Exile, Kommune 1, Hubie Davison and of course the mighty Dopplereffekt. You can read the interview over on the FACT site HERE.

    LS resident Puzzle provides a killer mix showcasing alot of this new material :: [tracklisting below]

    FACT also ran more news regarding the Dopplereffekt in these two pieces >

    Gerald Donald’s Dopplereffekt to release first record since 2007

    A Beginner’s Guide to…Gerald Donald, lynchpin of Drexciya, Dopplereffekt and more

     

    The new Dopplereffekt Live AV show is confirmed to appear at these shows :

    20/06/2013 Innsbruck @ Heart Of Noise
    13/07/2013 Novi Sad, Serbia @ Exit Festival
    10/08/2013 Berlin @ Suicide Circus
    06/09/2013 Pula, Croatia @ Dimensions Festival
    12/10/2013 Bristol @ Simple Things
    08/11/2013 Moscow @ Solyanka
    09/11/2013 St Petersburg @ Kuryokhin

     

    Puzzle Upstairs / Downstairs summer LS mix:

    Visionist – Cant Forget
    Teeth – Naomi XX
    Kowton – TFB
    D Maliice vs Kowton – Gabryellisous
    Kommune 1 – Kronos (Leisure System)
    Paula Temple – Colonized (R&S)
    Jimmy Edgar – Hot Inside (UltraMajic)
    Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal (Domino)
    Tim Exile – Harmuni (Leisure System)
    MachineDrum – Clissold VIP (Astrophonica)
    Teeth – Black Thigh Shakes VIP
    Visionist – Snakes (Leisure System)
    Visionist – Poison (Leisure System)
    Rustie – Triadzz (Numbers)
    Jackson – Vista / Hudson Mohawke remix (Warp)
    Cakes Da Killa – Goodie Goodies
    Angel Haze – Werkin Girls (Republic records)
    Kuedo – Work, Live & Sleep In Collapsing Space (Planet Mu)
    Hubie Davison – Yeh Sai 13 (Leisure System)
    SZA – Euphraxia

  • Leisure System returns to London with JETS and more

    After two successful events, Leisure System finally returns to London for a mind-blowing megablaster at XOYO. New talents and familiar faces will rock both dancefloors, and wait… did we mention the  JETS debut UK live show?

    On Friday the 8th of February, Leisure System and XOYO will present JETS. After 12 years of friendship and career parallels, Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar’s pairing was inevitable. As they now both take up full-time residencies in Berlin their collaboration has reached a forceful head. Taking recognisable elements of electronic dance music and transforming them into something altogether new, the result is more than the sum of its parts reflecting the duo’s eccentric and distinctive personalities.

    Alongside the majestic duo, Letherette, Akkord, Dawn Day Night, Visionist, Kommune1, Hubie Davidson,  and Discipline of the Leisure System family will make the night an unforgettable one.

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    Leisure System: Jets [Machinedrum x Jimmy Edgar] at XOYO

    Be sure to grab your tickets before they are gone!

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