26. August 2011Comments (5)

Berlin producer Robot Koch is back for his third full length release, “The Other Side”.

Although Robot Koch has an international reputation as being “One of Europe`s finest producers of the beat generation“ (Low End Theory), he is much more than just a beatmaker… “(Post)-dubstep infused Electronic Hip Hop“ is far too constrained a label to understand what this producer is all about. Instead of following the sound of his previous albums “Death Star Droid” (“Essential listening” – Bobby Friction BBC) and “Songs For Trees and Cyborgs“ (“Music for a modern age that has rarely sounded so good” – Boomkat), Koch takes the genre defying ingredients from these previous records to another level. There still are some of those “Galactic ten ton beats and space age melodies“ (Dazed and Confused) that made the previous albums staple drops in the playlists of Mary Anne Hobbes, Starkey, Daedelus and Gas Lamp Killer to name a few, but there is a new dimension to Koch`s production and songwriting that didn’t show on his previous records.

The cinematic vibe of tracks like “Nitesky”, the quirky and moody feel of “Bugs” and the electricity of “Tapedeck” show how Koch more than ever manages to create intimate and timeless pieces of music that are soulful, deep, mysterious and that will appeal to fans of cutting edge Electronica and modern pop music alike. This is the most personal record of robot koch to date. Instead of going for big name features Koch teamed up with lesser know artists like Kansas based vocal talent John LaMonica, long time friend and theatre composer Nielson and mexican singer/songwriter Graciela Maria to find the right voices for his compositions. John LaMonica infuses his whimsical and heartfelt melodies that breathe an air of darkness and nostalgia with Koch`s fresh and forward thinking instrumentals to create something that fans of Radiohead, The XX and Jamie Lidell should not sleep on.

I`m glad John contacted me, we were thinking of collaborating on one song for my album but it ended up being five songs, they were all fantastic and helped me find the right direction for ‘The Other Side’.

After the release of the John Robinson collaboration album (“Robot Robinson” – Project Mooncircle) earlier this year, it seems surprising how extensive Robert’s output is, but don’t be mistaken, this album is a longer term project than just releasing the songs Koch made in the last year. Some of the songs found on “The Other Side” were made seven years ago.

I didn’t know what to do with songs like ‘Bugs’ back then. Now it felt like the time has come to release them, they just made sense with of the most recent stuff I’ve been making and it all fell into place. But it was not an easy album for me to make. The previous albums just came together rather quick but this one was a real mission, something I’ve been trying to do for years and I could never really get it together until now.

Legendary John Peel (BBC) knew in 2003 already when he said about Koch`s productions “Wonderful and strange, pop music from the future“.

Release date: October, 7th.

You can pre order the vinyl version at hhv.de | Rush Hour | Access HipHop | Cargo UK | Diskunion | Jet Set Records | Crosstalk | Jet Set Records | Juno | Boomkat and more.

Digital download at Itunes | Juno | Zero Inch | Beatport | Amazon | Bandcamp | Musicload | Beatport | Boomkat and more.


Excerpts of press or air play outcomes:
BBC1 June 29, 2011 by Gilles Peterson with the song Midnight On The MoonLISTEN. GeorgeFM – Ear Shot Sunday – September 4, 2011 by Cian with the song GlassdropsLISTEN. XFM Saturday, September 17th, 2011 Mary Anne Hobbs with the song HealLISTEN. UP FM, 107.5fm Auckland Monday, September 27th, 2011 Propa Radio Show with the song HealLISTEN. Play.FM Sunday, September 18th, 2011 Bogaloo Radio Show with the song HealLISTEN. Play.FM Monday, September 16th, 2011 Basic Soul Radio Show with the song LightsLISTEN. KISS FM Monday, September 16th, 2011 Eine Stunde mit Visa Vie InterviewLISTEN. FLUX FM November 3rd, 2011 Electronic Beats Interview / MixLISTEN.

DJ / Artist Comments:
Really feeling this, especially Lights and Heal. (Dj No Names – Foregin Beggars/Various – UK)
This man or machine sould i say,..kills it,..love,.. Robot Koch pure heavy dancomatic vibes. (Guy Carlos – The Bees/Gorillaz Soundsystem – UK)
This is AWESOME! Loving Heal, Tapedeck, Feel, all 6 tracks are great in fact but those 3 are my top picks. Respect to Project Mooncircle – it appears I have become a fan and need to check out more of the back catalogue… (Dj Flight – Metalheadz/Rinse Fm/Wax Jambu/Various – UK)
Really really dope, subtle n space out as well as bangin, feeling this!!! Mr Koch is a badman. (Kidkanevil – First Word/RBMA/Various – UK)
ll sounds lovely to me – especially like that fact that his voice doesn’t overdo the whole mournful (blubstep?) thing – just sounds true to itself. (Palmskin – MoWax/Various – UK)
I really like this album, can be played in clubs, radio and at home. (Ahu – Brownswood/RBMA/Dinamo Fm – Turkey)
This is great, I will be playing ‘Heal’ on the show. (Mary Anne HobbsXFM/Planet Mu/Sonar/Various – UK)

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OUT NOW: PMC087 - KRTS "HOLD ON" (EP/12 Inch/Digital)

23. August 2011Comments (15)

Last year, Brooklyn’s Krts released Remixes for Beards and Flannels, a mix-tape of top shelf classics from hip-hop’s ‘80s and ‘90s heyday. This September, he’ll follow this with his newest and first-ever proper EP release, Hold On, on the Berlin label Project Mooncircle.

With sounds ranging from the eclectic side of Hip-Hop, Broken Beat, Downtempo, soulful Dubstep, Indie Rock, and Fusion Jazz, Krts crafts a soundtrack to an ever-changing NYC landscape, fraught with struggles and flashbacks of what-was, all while letting go of ideals in favor of a new, raw, and heartfelt future. The album’s title track, “Hold On”, concerns the battle of a fleeting love – electronic and psychedelic sounds lead to a heavy, mid-range looped chorus and a deep, rumbling dubstep-style bassline. A taste of struggle is represented in “Whatever”, with it’s 808 kicks, layered snare, eerie and rattling samples, sweeping syths, and improvised piano… all as an ode to the cluttered market of Brooklyn’s indie art scene.

23 minutes in 5 tracks, with a bonus remix of “Hold On” by Afro-House/2-Step artist Glenn Astro. Beat culture thumbed and molded into one emotive EP.

Release date: September, 23rd.

Artwork by Bioniq. Ideas & concept by Gordon Gieseking & Bioniq. Design by Natalia Borkowska. A&R: Gordon Gieseking. Mastering by Sven Friederichs.

You can pre order the vinyl version at hhv.de | Rush Hour | Access HipHop | Cargo UK | Diskunion | Jet Set Records | Crosstalk | Jet Set Records | Juno and more.

Digital download at Itunes | Juno | Zero Inch | Beatport | Amazon | Bandcamp | Musicload | Beatport and more.

Excerpts of press or air play outcomes:
BLN.FM Sunday, August 10, 2011 Frischfleisch with the song RooftopLISTEN. RINSE FM Friday, August 19, 2011 Dj Flight of Metalheadz with the song Hold OnLISTEN. eFM/Radio Sarajevo / Sunhole Friday, August 19, 2011 Ear Conditioning Radio Show by Dave Watts with the song Hold On / Hold On (Glenn Astro Remix)LISTEN. XFM Saturday, August 20 + 27th, 2011 Mary Anne Hobbs with the song Hold OnLISTEN. Soulection Radio Thursday, August 18, 2011 Show #45 by Joe Kay with the song RooftopLISTEN. XFM Saturday, August 20, 2011 Mary Anne Hobbs with the song Hold OnLISTEN. DONKY PITCH x Hivemind Vol 11 Monday, August 15, 2011 by Slugabed with the song Hold OnLISTEN. PLAY.FM / Samurai.FM Sunday, July 31, 2011 Bogaloo Radioshow with the song Hold OnLISTEN. BBC Radio 1Xtra Monday, August 22, 2011 hosted by MistaJam with the song Hold OnLISTEN. BBC Radio 6 Music Friday, August 19, 2011 hosted by Tom Ravenscroft with the song GhostsLISTEN. Groove Merchants Radioshow Friday, August 19, 2011 hosted by Majestic Mood with the song Hold On / RooftopsLISTEN. Spin South West Saturday, August 27, 2011 hosted by Peter Curtin with the song WhateverLISTEN. Boiler Room Monday, October 24, 2011 streamed the song Hold OnLISTEN

DJ / Artist Comments:
Yeah love the depth and textures, like an art soundtrack Hold On grabbed me most musically. (Rob ‘Stereo Mc’s’ Birch – Various – Worldwide)
This is VERY good! (Slugabed – Ninja Tune/Various – UK)
Nice vibes on this and very delicate and sensitive production, thanks for sending! (Kelpe – DC Recordings/Various – UK)
Superbly wonky and soooo fucking moody, full radio support. (Laurent GarnierPBB Radio/Various – France)
Lovely EP – smooth vibe, wicked bass, interesting. Made my journey to and from work yesterday seem relatively painless. Played Hold On as my 1st tune on Rinse last night… (Dj Flight – Metalheadz/Play Musik/Rinse Fm – UK)
Feeling this, super soulful but nice n bugged out too, dope. (Kidkanevil – First Word/Various – UK)

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OUT NOW: PMC081 - LONG ARM "ORGANIC" EP/DIGITAL with Krts, Graciela Maria, Tivanie & Daisuke Tanabe

20. August 2011Comments (9)

I would never fallen in love with the spring, if I wouldn’t know the autumn. I would never leave my home, if I wouldn’t feel how dear it is to me. The world is full of contrasts. Every day is full of conflicting emotions and events. And all of these leaves an imprint, and leads to the world formation in my mind. World – where dreams meet reality, and where the white can’t exist without the black.“ – Long Arm

Recorded, mixed and arranged by Long Arm | Georgy Kotunov in Orenburg, RUSSIA. Remix versions by Krts, Daisuke Tanabe, FiJi, Eugenia Peters. Vocals by Graciela Maria, Teknical Development & Tinavie.
Mastering by Sven Friederichs. Artwork by Bioniq / design by Gordon Gieseking. A&R: Gordon Gieseking & Jinna Morocha.

Release date: September, 30th.

You can pre order the vinyl version at hhv.de | Rush Hour | Access HipHop | Cargo UK | Diskunion | Jet Set Records | Crosstalk | Jet Set Records | Juno | Boomkat and more.

Digital download at Itunes | Juno | Zero Inch | Beatport | Amazon | Bandcamp | Musicload | Boomkat and more.

Excerpts of press or air play outcomes:
XFM Saturday, September 3, 2011. Mary Anne Hobbs with the song OrganicLISTEN. Dubmission – WYEP Pittsburgh Sunday, September 4, 2011. Hosted by Kerem Gokmen with the song When We Fall (Daisuke Tanabe Remix)LISTEN. Further In Fusion Wednesday, September 7, 2011. Hosted by Mark with the song When We Fall feat. Graciela MariaLISTEN.

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Joe Kickass ft. O.S.T.R. "Copycats" Official Video (Prod. by Killing Skills & O.S.T.R.) - Project: Mooncircle / Asfalt Records, 2011

15. August 2011Comments (6)

After much anticipation it’s finally here. Project: Mooncircle‘s Joe Kickass joins forces with another ill skill emcee/producer. Poland’s finest to be exact; O.S.T.R. (Asfalt Records).

This collaboration came into being after the two did a show together and instantly grew a mutual respect. The result is this smooth operator called “Copycats“ that they immediately started working on the day after the gig. With Killing Skills joining O.S.T.R. on the production and Egopep behind the film reels of steel, this video is certain to extend your summer throughout the colder days to come.

Click to download the track for free as mp3!

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Dday One “Loop Extensions” Deluxe (CNT1014 – Content (L)abel, 2011)

12. August 2011Comments (6)

Beautifully presented Deluxe Edition of Dday One’s debut album “Loop Extensions” featuring digitally remastered versions of the original tracks plus an alternate take, original demo and remixes. Newly reworked productions from 2tall / Om Unit (All City Records), Glen Porter (Project Mooncircle), 2econd Class Citizen (Equinox), David Vangel (Equinox) , Long Arm (Project Mooncircle) and Inner Science (Soup-Disk).

Double 180 gram vinyl, limited to 500 copies worldwide. Cover-art features an alternate photo from the original photo shoot by Dday One.


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04. August 2011Comments (8)

The Finest Ego United Kingdom and Ireland compilation is the latest installment in a global series shining a light on new and established production talent. Following from editions covering Japan, Russia and Australia and New Zealand, this new installment brings forward 25 producers from every corner of the British and Irish isles.

On one side you have established talents like Mr Beatnick, Eliott Yorke (of Royalty and Foreign Beggars fame), Kelpe, Jay Scarlett (of Beat Dimensions fame), Om Unit, Sound Species and Ean (formerly Various Production) who have each been working in and around the UK scene for close to a decade now. And on the other side you’ve got upcoming – sometimes under new names – talents: Danny Drive Thru from Manchester, S Type and Soosh from Scotland, Darkhouse Family, Monky and Mr Healan from Wales, Bobby Tank and fLako from London, Lapalux from Essex, Huess from Bath, Benjamin One from Bristol, Sert One from Northern Ireland and Eomac, T-Woc, Naive Ted, Mikey Fingers & Vince Mack Mongrul and Melodica Deathship from Ireland. All these producers have been slowly but surely establishing their names in hip hop and electronic circles over the last few years.

Finest Ego United Kingdom and Ireland compilation represents many of the best talent around these isles today. It is by no means a definitive document though it is one of the strongest and most relevant ones you’ll find today. From straight up hip hop styles to downtempo, ambient electronica via boogie, dub and techno interpretations, Finest Ego UK and Ireland represents a snapshot of some of the best established and upcoming producers in these countries at the beginning of the ’10s.

Design by LGB5 x Alexander Brade. A&R: Laurent Fintoni & Jinna Morocha. Mixed & Mastered by Sven Friederichs.
Release date: August, 5th.




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