Dysfunctional Combinations & Collaborations Vol.2 sees Slovenian based British producer Yila continue his return to dance-floor territory after a fruitful Vol.1, this time diving into the process of the 90s. On ‘I’m the Future’ he teams up with Berlin based vocalist / producer / DJ Maya Schenck and Montreal based drummer / percussionist Max Sansalone. The pulsating bassline, throbbing hi hat and Sansalone’s effects laden tribal polyrhythmic percussion apparitions combine with Schenck’s broken down poetry to result in a haunting earworm and an instant alt-club weapon. ‘Hipslop’ pays homage to the 90s jungle / drum and bass process of sampling old jazz records. Yila distances himself from the past as he dips into his own purpose-made composition played by a 5 piece jazz outfit, cutting and splicing their highly syncopated basslines, atmospheric piano chords and deconstructed intricate drum solos. The accompanying pitch bent recordings of a Tawny Owls mating call adds to the 90s rave / post hardcore references and the homage is complete.
Single Artwork: Emily Evans
‘I’m the future’ - Vocals, Maya Schenk - Acoustic drums / percussion, Max Sansalone - Additional arrangement, Christian Kroupa
Video Animation from Maya Schenk Visuals from 5237 aka Stella Ivsek
‘Hipslop’ - Piano - Rok Zalokar, Sax - Bostjan Simmons, Drums - Max Sansalone, Bass - Rob Mullarky, Rhodes - Eddie Stevens.
Script - Steven Camden, Puppeteer - Dennis Katman,n DOP - Adam Mulalic, Editor / VFX - Remigijus Klimovas, Grading - J G Harding
Recorded and mixed at Nature Scene Studios, Mixed by YILA, Produced by YILA, Mastered by Guy Davies at Electrical Audio
The fifth solo album from Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts, Dirtmusic, Distance, Light & Sky) is a deep dive into the vagaries of these extraordinary times. Eckman’s luminous songwriting navigates loss, disorientation, redemption and the search for home. Recorded raw and direct with a small ensemble, the record is framed by expansive sonic textures: treated strings, analogue synth drones and ambient guitars. Where the Spirit Rests was co-produced with British electronic composer Alastair McNeill (Roísín Murphy, Yila) and includes an inspired cast of collaborators: pedal steel maverick Chuck Johnson, avant-garde violinist Catherine Graindorge and Dream Syndicate/Green on Red keyboardist Chris Cacavas.Recording / Mix / Production
Stereo Sound - 12 Inch LP + Digital
Yila, an ex-Londoner based in Ljubljana, collaborates with 2 Dj’s; French Londoner Giom and Slovenian Christian Kroupa AKA Alleged Witches.
Unable to conceptually engage with the current political and social situation, Yila wanted to use a musical form that was political in its nature. Inspired by watching acid house and techno documentaries such as 'Everybody in The Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992' - Jeremy Deller, he realised this genre of music could be a finger to the establishment without the need for heavy concepts. Here the music purely functions, it compels people to dance and exists in a subculture that could elicit change.....hopefully. The personal combinations were the focus; each collaborating artist bringing their own unique style, this natural melding deciding the genre without confines. Sprinklings of nostalgia meet a future thinking fusion of dance music. With a focus on slick production, mix, and 3D spatialisation techniques, there is a subject matter; not expressed through the contrived mind but through subconscious sonic delivery. “I am so far removed from the club scene that the ideal sonic experience only exists in my imagination” - Yila This is one of Yila’s most commercially accessible dance releases.
Stereo sound 12” vinyl distributed by Juno + digital release
'Kreda' are an Anglo-Slovene musical trio, a collaboration between Mina Spiler, vocalist (part of avant-garde group Laibach), producer YILA, contemporary composer Matevž Kolenc and visual artist Atej Tutta. Devoted to experimental left-field pop, atmospherics and virtually spatialised sound-scapes through the use of ambisonics and binaural techniques the group attempt to sonically mirror natural landscapes and everyday social dramas; trying to push what a song can represent and convey. Their first single ‘Emotional tides’ is a journey through Venetian canals, an intimate daydream, a timeless story that represents greatness in normality and the acceptance of the historical burden as a metaphor for emotion in personal relationships. Working directly from Atej’s visuals, the group used his video to compose a sonic journey using song form adding binaural and ambisonic techniques to carry the listener.
Stereo Sound - Writing, Mix and Production
Yila collaborated with Mina Spiler, lead singer in cult art-rock band Laibach. The EP contains remixes from Dave DK (Mina Records), Rose Tinted & Anna Be (Detone Records) and finally Christian Kroupa (Alleged Witches). Mastered by Mandy Parnell
Stereo Sound. Digital release. Writing, producing and mix.
A piece of musical theatre performed by Yila's 8 piece band behind / with projected image. The show is centered around a box of potential memories and stories. Using music, sonic art, video, projection, animation, found sound, spoken word, text and written stories by Steven Camden. The work tried to put social, physical & emotional concepts in perspective. Produced by Alastair McNeill, Jvan Morandi And Steven Camden.
"for a brief period of time, in one of the few venues in London which seems to genuinely engender a sense of community, Souvenir makes sure that no one feels alone" - The Monitors
Stereo Sound, Dual large scale Projection, CRT Screens.
Kolenc - Musical artist, best known for his work with the groups Melodrom and Laibach. He Scores numerous theatre pieces, performances and films. In recent years, he has focused on the manipulation of the listener’s perception of music, the connections between emotional responses and the perception of the spatial image. Using musical and realistic sounds to achieve that, his compositions often cross the line between sound design and music.
Mix, Pre Master and spatialisation's
Stereo Sound + Binaural.
HK119 released ‘Imaginature’ on One Little Indian
Musical Director, synths, backing vocals and Ukelele
Eight outstanding artists from three countries joined together in a project by British artists Eddie Stevens and Alastair McNeill. Experimental audio-visual performance "IDÚ" was based on the opening track of album Moruša: CÌŒierna by slovak artist Jana Kirschner. The live audio-visual performance took place in Multimedia Space for Contemporary Culture Nástupište 1-12 / Platform 1-12 in Topolcanky, Slovakia.
Art direction: Eddie Stevens & Alastair McNeill
14.2 Speaker array and custom performance system.
Jackamo Brown's Debut album released on Scroobius Pip's Speech Development records.
Recorded entirely live in a Hackney Church. Additional field recordings by Jackamo Brown.
Stereo Sound. CD and Digital release. Recording and Mix.
Scroobius Pip broke ranks from his beat-making sparring partner Dan Le Sac to release his solo album 'Distraction Pieces' via Strange Famous Records in US/Canada and Speech Development in the UK
"Here's an album-of-the-year contender - the height of this thing represents a steep and difficult climb for anyone else to reach." - Buzzinemusic
The album features collaborations with fellow SFR crew Sage Francis and B. Dolan, as well as P.O.S. of Doomtree, plus extra production from Richard Russell of XL Recordings, Radio 1's Zane Lowe, Aupheus, Worgie, Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails / A Perfect Circle) and Steve Mason. Yila served as the project's executive producer and mix engineer. Mastered by Mandy Parnell.
Executive Producer, producer, Mix, guitars, synth, Backing Vocals.
Stereo Sound, Videos, Vinyl, CD and Digital release.
Experimental indie-pop fourtet Aloosh have announced details of their debut album 'Ceramic', released on their own Nature Scene Records label. Featuring eights tracks ranging from the sweet pop vocals and Complex rhythms of 'Time' to the pulsating synth and angular guitar of 'Kid Gloves', Ceramic is released on heavyweight LTD edition 12" and will be accompanied by a two part short film directed by J G Harding.
Critically bashed but highly successful album from Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip launching both their careers and spawning the hit 'Thou shalt always kill'
Production and mix.