«Hôtel Costes presents…» is a collection of exclusive music recorded at Studio HC, the hotel studio. The second maxi, STUDIO HC #02 by Midiminuit is a modern trip where classical and jazz music meet modular synths. Four tracks as a teaser of their upcoming album. MidiMinuit is a collaborative project between pianist Julien Quentin, bass player Yonatan Levi and electronic musicians Cesar Merveille & Adrien de Maublanc.
Four experts in their respective fields are harmoniously combining their music creating a new entity. From the very first recording sessions in a ephemeral studio in Berlin, a set of rules has been made, the first one being working from 12pm to 12am, which gave birth to the name ‘MidiMinuit’, meaning “midday midnight”. The result of this unique and unusual formation is an elegant and minimalistic constellation where space is given to let the music breathe. All the tracks on this first album were improvised, catching the essence and the fragility of the original jams.
The Lushlife Project – Budepest Eskimos (New Line Edition) (Mole Listening Pearls)
Dubphone – Fiul Risipitor EP (Serialism)
Alex Dolby – 5 Years Affekt Recordings
Next up on Hell Yeah is another fine transmission from Russia in the form of a Uninc & Kolomensky EP. There must be something in the water over there right now because the country is producing plenty of red hot sounds and this new four tracker is no different. Up first is Bastard, a loose but body popping tune with 80s electro claps, prickly bass and all sorts of sirens, vocal samples and lasers adding detail to the prowling groove. Doormos is more smooth and balearic, with drifting trumpets bringing a beach vibe to the classic vocal samples while Into the Thing is a fantastic brew of synths, claps, 909 drums, boogie chords and general wonkiness that will liven up any set. Lastly, Svadba is a full on and busy party tune with stomping drums, wild xylophones and tribal chanting getting you up on your toes with your hands in the air. These are four tracks that are packed to the brim with crazy sounds, effects, samples and colour, and they are a lot of fun.
Solemnoire‘s “The Black Sea Workbook” is an intimate experience of distance and longing. Inspired by a magic summer in Varna, it conjures up the vision of a primordial world, an imagined Black Sea as it might have been millions of years ago. Ten tracks pull you into a kaleidoscopic daydream of ancient continents overgrown with tropical green and the deep body of an ocean pregnant with life. A sense of personal revelation fills you as you travel through moments of majesty, melancholy and wonder. It is your world and your discovery. You who gazes toward distant shorelines, walks under a disapproving sun, imagines the dance of marine lifeforms, and trembles at the traces of prehuman activity. You who is permeated by a sense of longing, for the comfort of a remote world unmoved by human concerns.
Matthew Daniel is a self-taught musician and improviser who studied Music Journalism to help him gain an understanding of the Music Business. In 2010 he collaborated with Trizonna McClendon, an independent, jazz, Soul & R&B singer on his 2-minute jazz composition which he wrote the lyrics for: ‘Lose Your Smile’. It is track 10 on the album, Matthew teamed up with unique world artists with a soulful vocal to offer on each song. The first entry is a gospel feel song ‘Attempt Again’ – an unusual story of trial and tribulation. ‘Joy’, ‘Joy (Alternative Version)’ and ‘What Goes Around’ features multi Grammy award winning artist, singer, songwriter Lina Loi. ‘Blank Page’ features Jevon Reynolds, a gifted soul singer in the independent soul music scene in America. Then the British Collaboration between Matthew Daniel and Linda Muriel (known from the band “Incognito”) who he co-produced with ‘Soul Personified’. “The Collaborations” is Matthew’s debut on Lemongrassmusic.
DJ Nartak’s eighth Nightflight compilation is a symphony for very special moments. Bursting with finest electro-acoustic soundscapes, lovingly selected and framed in 2 mixes with much attention to detail. Based on latest Downtempo and Ambient gems, it’s astonishing to witness the weightless intersection with elements of Modern Classical, Jazz, Alternative, World Music and Folk, all merging into the Nightflight Sound. A subtle, soulful flow enfolds in an inspiring way, full of hope and understated beauty. Enchanting delicate sounds lead into the depth of the night, once in a while freshened up with some cool loungy grooves, underlining DJ Nartak’s gentle art of balance. Being on air at Klassik Radio for more than 11 years, DJ Nartak is a well respected musical pioneer, dedicated to quality productions. For all those, who seek relaxation with style and spirit, step on board for another deep-blue Nightflight voyage.
Noticed a seductive, beguiling fragrance in the air? That’s Weathertunes’s new album release. A “parfum” which conquers your senses, and spreads an instant well-being feeling for sure. Tempting lounge grooves, spiced with heartwarming positivity, flood the room with sunlight. The Lemongrassmusic brothers Roland and Daniel Voss wrote and performed everything on the album. No guest appearances this time, which impressively underlines the qualities of the project. Their passion for the French lifestyle and culture had a formative influence on the album’s spirit. With sweet melancholy, songs like “Dimanche Matin” or “Anis Nous Explique” tell about the irresistible scent of the Cote d`Azur. The selected technical and compositional pathway is set with class and in regard to the songs mood, turning “Parfum” into a lovely companion along life’s way. A feel-good album in its best sense. While listening, even the sun seems to shine a little brighter.
Welcome to the Future Jazz Cafe! Lemongrassmusic present Volume 7 of their outstanding compilation series – modern Electronic Jazz tunes sometimes with a slightly extraordinary feel. This compilation sets the right mood for a good time in a bar, a cafe or a stylish restaurant. Enjoy yourselves, get a drink and feel the Jazz vibes!
In 1974 Marcus Schmahl, also known by its chill out, downbeat & electronica Projects Guardner and Rauschfaktor, was born in Mainz, Germany. He began with the age of 14 as a “computer and electronic freak” to use his computer hardware as a musical instrument and to produce first electronic tracks with it – in addition to his classical guitar training. Marcus has developed his own way to write music and to perform it live or as a DJ. Thus the foundation was laid to form his own production company, which also was influenced by video production activity and photography. With his albums for the project Guardner he led the German chill out charts for months and he was hired as a remixer for major music projects. Today his music catalog is regularly used by TV producers / directors. In 2000, Marcus produced his first film score for a TV series of the ARD (Germany) with a team.
Berkstroem was founded in 2008 because the new music layouts didn’t fit to Marcus’ other projects. The project will approach a greater audience and is also a musical evolution of Marcus Schmahl. He will work with many guest musicians and producers on the forthcoming Berkstroem album to have as many musical styles and working methods combined to a musical production.