The band say they “fell in love” with Iceland during the recording of their latest album, I See You. Since that record’s release, they’ve toured the world and hosted a seven-night residency at London’s Brixton Academy. Read our review of the second Brixton show.
DJ Robert Miles, best known for his trance hit Children, has died at the age of 47 after a short illness.
The Italian musician topped the charts in 12 countries with the track, which was first released in 1995 and reached number two in the UK in 1996.
He also won the Brit Award for best international breakthrough act in 1997. Pete Tong led the tributes to the DJ, who died in Ibiza, tweeting: “Sad to hear Robert Miles passing. RIP, thanks for the music.”
Singer Boy George wrote: “R.I.P Robert Miles. Very sad news!”
The news was broken by producer and longtime friend Joe T Vannelli, who said: “The tragic news of the death of a very talented artist of our time makes me incredulous and upset.
“I will miss the fights, brawls, criticism, judgements but especially your talent in finding sounds and melodies unparalleled.”
His statement continued: “I remember 1997 Brit Awards Ceremony very well. Robert Miles was the best international newcomer award, introduced by Gary Barlow. Miles was the only one Italian artist winner in BA history. “Children is an instrumental and dance anthem, one of the most ever loved tracks. With Robert Miles a part of my life dies with him.”
Miles was born Roberto Concina in Switzerland on 3 November 1969 to Italian parents.
‘Thanks for the inspiration’
After finding mainstream success with Children, he had two further UK top 10 singles – Fable and One & One – and went on to release five albums. He also launched a Balearic radio station called Open Lab, which played experimental music.
Other figures in the dance music community to pay tribute included Darude, who tweeted: “RIP Robert Miles. Thank you for the inspiration, direction & courage!”
Armin van Buuren said: “Really in shock to hear the news of the passing of Robert Miles,” while Chicane wrote: “I only played ‘Children’ 2 weeks ago on Sun:sets…. I wished I had written it.”
With four tracks spread over two vinyl discs, Empirical House will be [a:rpia:r]’s first release in over a year. (It follows the December 2015 release of Parcul Cosmos, the first album from Romania’s Dan Andrei.) Empirical House, which is listed as an album on the ourown distribution website, sees Villalobos in a laid-back and atmospheric mode, delivering four percussive cuts that may sound familiar to anyone who has caught [a:rpia:r]’s founders behind the decks in recent years.
Empirical House is Villalobos’s first solo release on [a:rpia:r], following remixes of DJ Sneak in 2010 and Raresh in 2014. Stream samples at ourown.
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[a:rpia:r] will release Empirical House on May 5th, 2017.
He made it “to test out the Poly CV feature” on the Cirklon sequencer.
A new track by Aphex Twin appears in a promotional video for the gear manufacturer Sequentix.
“4xAtlantis take1” plays in the background of a clip that Sequentix uploaded today to YouTube (watch that below). Richard D. James “made it to test out the Poly CV feature on the Cirklon sequencer,” a company representative told Pitchfork today. The track also makes use of Atlantis synthesizer modules—thus the title. It’s the first new Aphex Twin material since last year’s Cheetah EP, which also contains two tracks named after the Cirklon.
Hear “4xAtlantis take1” in Sequentix’s promotional video.
First up is is an EP from Bill Converse’s new project, Tide Eman, then a Patricia album co-released with Spectral Sound.
Patricia is preparing to launch his own label, Active Cultures.
The Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based producer has put out solo records on Opal Tapes and Spectral Sound, and worked alongside Matt Morandi (AKA Jahiliyya Fields) as Inhalants, as well as Cloudface as DSR.MR, among other collaborations. Active Cultures, which will release on vinyl and digital formats, “has been slowly brewing for about a year,” he told RA. “The aim is to use the label as a platform to not only give myself more freedom to release my own musical output, but also provide an outlet to friends whose music I want to support.”
A new alias from Bill Converse, Tide Eman, is behind the label’s first record, a five-track EP called Animate Objects that’s due out in May. Next up will be a triple-LP Patricia album co-released with Spectral Sound (details for which are still TBA). Active Cultures’ plans for future releases include archival early ’90s productions from Todd Sines, along with material from a new Morandi project.
Stream samples of Tide Eman’s Animate Objects EP at Clone.
Anoosh Raki and Arash Shadram, who DJ as Blade & Beard, said they were “devastated and disappointed” by the decision. “Anoosh’s visa was refused by the UK embassy in Geneva,” say Unleash, who were promoting the event. A spokesperson for the event says Arash, meanwhile, “was not sent a refusal or acceptance letter” meaning he was also unable to enter the UK. They say Arash’s application was submitted with a fast-track service in mid-March, which usually guarantees a response within five working days.
The film they were supposed to be in town to promote, Raving Iran, is a documentary by German filmmaker Susanne Regina Meures about the persecution Anoosh and Arash faced in their home country. A press release calls the film “a chilling insight into the lives of two young men defying the Iranian regime with their love for music.”
“We were so hopeful and extremely excited to visit the United Kingdom and to play for Unleash at Village Underground in London,” Anoosh and Arash said. “We left Iran in the hopes to follow our path as artists, and to finally freely play around the globe. It’s a shame that politics get in the way of art, and freedom, even in such a liberal and democratic country as Great Britain. We would like to apologise for our absence and that we cannot share the passion we have fought for with you this evening, but we will continue following our dreams and hope that one day, in the near future we can visit the UK and showcase our music in such a diverse and wonderful city.” This is the first time the pair had applied for a UK visa.
Unleash shone further light on the situation: “Despite submitting all the necessary documents and adhering to all visa application requirements, Anoosh received a letter from the UK Visas & Immigration team stating that his visa was refused because the authorities were ‘not satisfied that you [Anoosh] are a genuine visitor and will leave the UK at the end of your visit.’ Arash did not receive any response from the embassy; despite our numerous attempts to contact the embassy via telephone, email and post, we still have not received an official rejection letter nor an explanation. We express our sincere condolences to Anoosh and Arash and apologise to all of you that were as excited as we were to welcome them for their UK debut.”
Commune, which is hosting a screening of the film on June 3rd at Rio Cinema in Dalston, released the following statement: “All of us at Commune are gutted about the news of the visa issues for Anoosh and Arash and that they won’t be making their big London debut at Village Underground. Continuing to promote the film in the UK is incredibly important, not only to spread their incredible story, but to help alter the perspective we’re fed in the West of Middle Eastern youth culture—there are lots of young people passionate about dance music in Iran. Hopefully this film can help to weaken the repressive regime they have to suffer.”
Last night’s event still took place, with Amirali stepping in for Blade & Beard.
The 11-track LP, out in June, will be the first release on the US artist’s new label, Lone Romantic.
Maceo Plex has a new album on the way called Solar.
News of the record broke late last year when the US artist, real name Eric Estornel, releasedJourney To Solar, an LP of club-focussed material written during the same period as Solar. The new album is more varied, spanning electronica, dub, breakbeat and techno. Estornel, who named Solar after his son, says it chronicles his fatherhood, from “the ups and downs in the first few years” to “its effects on life, marriage and more.” It’ll come out on June 16th via Lone Romantic, a new label from Estornel for more leftfield electronic music.
Listen to “Lucid Dreamer.”
01. Sparks Of Life
02. Polygon Pulse
04. The Separation
05. Eternal 808
06. Kepler’s Journey
07. Solar Wind
08. Wash Away My Tears
09. The Tesseract
10. Lucid Dreamer
11. Swan Dive