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M83 – You And The Night


French indietronica legend M83, aka Anthony Gonzalezhas been taking a break from the traditional output of produced albums and singles, instead choosing to soundtrack various films. An advocate of emotive visuals to complement music, M83 has just revealed a new track entitled ‘Ali & Matthias’ off the upcoming soundtrack for Film You and the Night.

M83 states that “The soundtrack pays tribute to French soundtracks from the 70′s and is much more intimate than ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ and the ‘Oblivion’ Soundtrack. This score is really for lovers and ghosts.”

You and the Night, is Gonzalez’s brother Yann’s debut feature-length film, about a young couple who, along with their transvestite maid, prepare for an orgy. It will be digitally available on November 19th, and you can watch the trailer here M83 created the soundtrack alongside Morgan Kibby of White Sea.

M83 also created the soundtrack to the sci-fi thriller Oblivion which you can listen to here.

As we wait longingly for the next full studio release by M83 since highly acclaimed ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ in 2011 (recently made platinum via MUTE Records)his soundtrack work will certainly suffice.

Sounds like; Washed Out, The Naked and Famous, Thomas Azier
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Apparat – Black Water



Apparat (aka Sascha Ring) is an electronic producer from Germany, who is now based in Berlin. He is also co-owner of electronic German Record label, Shitkatapult Records.

Apparat has collaborated with a series of artists such as BPitch founder and fellow electronic producer, Ellen Allien, in 2003 on the album ‘Berlinette’, and again in 2006 on the album ‘Orchestra of Bubbles’. He also hooked up with one half of Modeselektor to form the electronic supergroup Moderat.

In 2011, he signed with Mute Records, where he released ‘The Devil’s Walk’, named after a political poem by romantic English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Despite a number of his tracks being featured in various TV shows and films, Apparat is still reasonably unknown in the mainstream music scene, although it is likely a lot of people have come across his music without realising it.

We may be 2 years late, but we still absolutely adore the track ‘Black Water’. The track is as epic as something M83 would produce and a far cry from Apparat’s techno roots. Who would have thought it would be so mesmerising watching sturdy assembles of items being filmed in a candlelit setting. The smoking items are likely to tip at any point, but every dusty relic neatly has its place.

The IDM composer has since taken a more orchestral and ambient approach with his latest album, ‘Kreig Und Frieden (Music For Theatre)’, which is now out via Mute Records. The album is made up of tracks composed for a German theatre production of Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’.

Whether this new direction is ephemeral remains unknown, but that is one of qualities we love about Apparat.

In September this year, he was unfortunately injured in a motorcycle accident with his girlfriend in Berlin, suffering a multiple leg fracture and postponing his tour with Moderat until January 2014. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Sounds like: Moderat, Ellen Allien, Jon Hopkins, M83

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Maps – A.M.A


James Chapman, aka Maps, is from Northampton, UK, and released his last album four years ago. He has since been working hard to create something wonderful, something perfect and something sure to be well-received; and he has certainly achieved this with third album, ‘Vicissitude’, released July 5th 2013 on Mute, and available to purchase here. ‘Vicissitude’ was recorded at Chapman’s home studio with production input from M83 collaborator Ken Thomas.

Lead track ‘A.M.A’ has a simple but dynamic drum loop, with sophisticated and intricate synth lines. The captivating melody progresses to an uplifting chorus and there are moments of solitude at times, progressing to determined elevation. Maps’ trademark shoegaze-synth sound and whispery vocals are certainly is still here showing throughout on ‘Vicissitude’, but A.M.A is a more refined, neater track from the LP. Listen below;

Sounds like;  Carousel, School of Seven Bells, Pet Shop Boys, Washed Out
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Goldfrapp – Drew


London-based electronic duo Goldfrapp have just revealed lead song ‘Drew’ from their highly anticipated album ‘Tales of Us’ due out 9th September 2013 on Mute, available for preorder here . ‘Drew’ is a wonderfully cinematic folktronica track with a hint of jazz / swing, and a beautiful black and white short film depicting what appears to be a heart-wrenching memory of past love ending in a contrary love affair within the confined walls of a huge, peaceful, country house. The film is a taster from filmmaker Lisa Gunning’s feature film creation due out later this year to accompany the Goldfrapp new album.

Goldfrapp are Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory; veterans of the genre indietronica having formed back in 1999 during the tail end of the Trip Hop era.

Sounds like: Air, Lana Del Rey, Marina & the Diamonds
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