“Cocoon” is a brand new sneak peek from Silk Wolf teasing his forthcoming ambient album / film score project. The final release will be available digitally and in a limited edition art bundle package exclusively released in conjunction with us here at CLOAKS X CANDLES.
Keluar (2014) successfully straddles a special place somewhere between Synth Wave, Cold Wave, 80s Goth, Witch House and retro EBM in way that I’ve heard very few other modern bands pull off. The Berlin based duo Zoè Zanias and Sid Lamar maintain a very focused and raw signature sound through the use of sticking to their choice synthesizers and drum programming, which seems to be a struggle with most modern electronic musicians at the moment. The resistance to incorporate every cool synth, virtual instrument plugin and effect on the market is an important one and this is an album that is exemplary of that point for me personally. They stick to their weapons of choice through the entire album and it really pays off. Check out the album from start to finish, but if nothing else pay close attention to the opening track “Cleo”, “Eremus” which would work well sliding it in to a stompy Industrial dancefloor set, (Hmm.. maybe we’ll do a special edit of it..), the downtempo approach of “Threads”, the Grimes-like instrumentation of “Coralline” and the bonus remixes at the end of the album. From start to finish, I really like the flow of energy. If you like them, be sure to also familiarize yourself with Figure Study and Linea Aspera included below in the bonus tracks.
In bonus because if you made it this far, you deserve for me to tell you a secret from my record crate. A year after their self titled album, Keluar released the 2015 Panguna EP (which is incredible), that featured a remix by one of my all time favorite producers: The Hacker. Check the remix he did of Keluar’s “Panguna” featured below.
It would nearly be impossible to have a decent conversation about modern couture fashion (hell, or any sort of modern fashion for that matter) without mentioning Alexander McQueen and Nick Knight. Each is a legend in their own standing and their collaborations changed the fashion industry forever with mind blowing shoots such as the infamous Blade of Light. Whether you are familiar with it or this is something new to you, I’m excited to share one of my personal favorite behind the scene looks at the creative process behind this piece. Nick Knight has always had an obsession for capturing not just a finished product, but all of the process from start to finish. This segment brought to us from SHOWstudio (Knight’s own founded and directed website) sheds light on not only the subjects, but on the artists as they think outside of the box and work together in producing the surreal finished result.
Consider what happens when we take pride in not only the finished work, but all of the problem solving, brainstorming and execution of our choices along the way, pausing from time to time to take a step back, enjoy the moment, and then dive back in to the process.
A new day, a fresh start and a theme song to go with it. The first time I heard this track by Kyoto born Mayuko Hitotsuyanagi, I did an instant double take. Under the name ‘cuushe‘ this deam pop artist perfects the balance of a sunrise dance track that you want to keep on loop until you’re dozing off to sleep.
Mayuko reflects on her home recording experience: “The walls are really thin in Japan, and if you sing loudly you’re going to annoy your neighbors. Plus I do a lot of recording at night.” I suppose we can partially thank thin walls for her soft vocals and beautifully reserved tracks, and I admire when artists like this have elements to overcome that prove to shape their signature sound.
I highly recommend checking out her other music when you get a chance. Her artwork is appropriately stitched with anime and dreamy visual elements. Personally, there’s a nostalgic element to her music that reminds me of when I first fell in love with DJ Koze, Gui Boratto, Ada and many other artist related to the seminal German based label KOMPAKT records back around 2007.
Here’s a very very special bonus DJ mix that cuushe did for FADER starting off the list directly below.
While cuushe is actually on Flau and Cascine records, it feels relevant enough to share a few KOMPAKT related bonus tracks ranging over the past 10 years or so.