South London pop-soul singer Jessie Ware releases the video for her fourth single, Sweet Talk, from her debut album Devotion, released under PMR Records in 2011. Directed by Joel Wilson, the video is an aptly sweet representation of Ware as a young girl, performing alongside tiny versions of longtime Ware collaborator and producer, Julio Bashmore, and PMR labelheads, brothers Ben and Daniel Parmar; a playful complement to the track’s pop-infused, post R&B sound.
After the successful release of her 2012 single, Wildest Moments, Ware earned early notoriety for her collaborations with post-dubstep producer SBTRKT, and her long-standing partnership with house producer Julio Bashmore on singles like Running and 110% from her Mercury Prize nominated-album, Devotion.
Polish-born Brooklyn-based producer Jakub Alexander, better known by his stage name, Heathered Pearls' ambient mix of progressive, steady rhythms and hypnotic basslines opens with a synth-driven offering from the Hyperdub-signed new wave project, Darkstar, before articulating smoother soundscapes, kickless beats and ethereal vocals from the likes of CircleSquare, Tropic of Cancer and Planetary Assault Systems. Swedish producer Mokira's experimental single, Time Track remixed by Silent Servant filters in a contemporary take on ambient electronic filled with hazy static followed by tracks from fellow Ghostly International-signed duo Lusine + Wingo.
After years spent DJing alongside industry leaders Matthew Dear and Ryan Elliott in Michigan, Jakub Alexander launched his own left-field electronic label, Moodgadget, with friend Adam Hunt in 2004, signing artists like Teeel, Faux Pas, André Obin and Mogi Grumbles. His full-length LP, Polite Isle, which he produced as Jakub Alexander, was released on Dear's label, Ghostly International in 2011, before he made his debut working creatively as Heathered Pearls. His first album, Loyal, drops this week on Ghostly International.
Darkstar Nowhere #1
CircleSquare 7 Minutes
Kangding Ray A Protest Song
Tropic of Cancer More Alone
The Soft Moon Parallels
Planetary Assault Systems Railer (Further Exploration)
Byetone Capture This (Part II)
Shed The Praetorian (LP Mix)
Mokira Time Track (Silent Servant Remix)
Terrence Dixon Emergency
Fort Romeau Nights Bridge
Blanck Mass Chernobyl
Lusine + David Wingo Locks
Drifter Drifter's Stone
Billow Observatory Bilocation part 2
Montreal-based electronic producer and vocalist Mekele offers an exclusive stream of his new EP, Nocturne, that encapsulates a playful experimentation with contemporary pop and post-R&B. Drawing upon his childhood influences of Aaliyah, Peter Gabriel and the Cocteau Twins, Mekele constructs a dreamy yet textural five-track EP, with stand-out offering, Chemistry featuring dynamic vocals and signature piano riffs that build an atmospheric, pop soundscape. Nocturne’s title track revels in dense, reverb-heavy vocals layered atop buzzing static and an echoing, dynamic bassline.
Favoring a self-proclaimed 'hybrid” arrangement of synthesizers, piano and organic materials, the Montreal-native has been deftly developing his sound, digitally releasing a slew of remixes and covers including Rihanna’s Where Have You Been and Kratwerk’s MFW20 Thomas. After working with fellow Montrealer, designer Rad Hourani, on his Spring 13 runway soundtrack in September, Mekele released his first music video for Chemistry, directed by Melissa Matos of TRUSST, a creative studio who have recently collaborated with the likes of Jacques Greene and newly-appointed Versus designer J.W. Anderson.