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Brighton’s DJ Eone shares ‘Swift Blades’ from his “Digital Vision” EP set to drop this Friday via SYNES


Brighton DJ and producer Eone, aka Simon Mitchell, has just dropped 'Swift Blades' the first track from his upcoming EP Digital Vision, set to be released on August 30th via exciting London label SYNES. The Digital Vision EP features 3 tracks, including a remix from Australian wave heavyweight Ytho. Premiering today, 28 August, with The Playground, ‘Swift Blades’ has a notably textured, droning bassline at its foundation over which dynamic percussion and scintillating synth lines ebb and flow.

"This was made coming back on the train from Bristol,” said Mitchell on the inspiration behind the tracks production. “It was my first time at The Black Swan, a quaint little venue full of affable patrons, high on life and love. The energy I felt that weekend went straight into DAW.”

And the title? Well, here’s a priceless anecdote from Eone on the inspiration behind it:

“The title of the track, however, is in homage to a friend's tall tale of how he once pissed in a Dyson Airblade, doused himself in his own urine and then made a swift exit. I don't want people thinking I advocate knives, I advocate idiots in toilets."

On that note, please enjoy ‘Swift Blades’.

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Ambient musician Alaskan Tapes returns with 'Views From Sixteen Stories'



After the successful release of his 'Times Are Tired', Canadian producer Brady Kendall, aka Alaskan Tapes has returned with 'View From Sixteen Stories', the title track from his upcoming album.

The track was inspired by a scene in Chuck Palahniuk's novel Survivor, where two people are dancing on a sinking ship. 'View From Sixteen Stories' was Kendall's way of exploring the emotions that would go with an experience like this.

Kendall has a knack for exploring emotion through sound, and his ambient textures and low drones bring forward a range of feelings. Sometimes slight unease, sometimes comfort.

He gives some technical insight into the track: "Views From Sixteen Stories was one of the last tracks I made for the album, and one of my personal favourites. It was mostly made up of multiple extra studio recordings, the drums were from the 'The Times Are Tired' Session, the horns were from the first french horn session, and the guitars, and extra elements were added in afterwards. It's often that I use this tactic for songwriting since by the end of the writing process I'm so familiar with the recordings, I know how I want them to sound, and know what elements can go with what. This track also went through multiple forms, originally the drone at the end was supposed to be at the start with a different guitar melody as it slowly built up to the drums, but I ended up shortening it, and putting a shorter version of the drone at the end. The remains of that version are found on the last track of the album."





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INTERVIEW // We Catch Up With music producer SkullandHeadphones



Based out of New Jersey, producer Tiro Rivera crafts effortlessly danceable house music that’s inspired by disco and ‘80s R&B. His latest release, a four-track self-titled EP, brings together soaring melodies, bumping bass-lines and feel-good vibes to produce his most accomplished release to date, a technicolour collection of melodic, instrumental house tracks.

Tiro Rivera has been fully immersed in the music world since he first heard R&B and disco coming out of his radio in the early ‘80s: “I loved it and I knew that I needed to be in music. It was the one thing that really moved me.” Working as a talent buyer for prestigious NY venue Webster Hall, he moved among high-profile artists while running his own production company and record label, Insane Productionz.

Now turning his talents to dance music, he’s working under the alias SkullandHeadphones to produce solo music that brings together the neon-lit melodicism of New Wave and disco with the dynamic energy of and spiritual uplift of house music.

Listen to 'The Red Zone' and get to know SkullandHeadphones below!




Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

In terms of music appreciation I can think of a couple of sources of inspiration. Firstly, there was a radio host called Paco who used to play on WKTU92 in New York City, and he was instrumental in pushing 70s disco and 80s RnB. I remember I used to sit next to the radio waiting for the next song to come on and trying to record it onto cassette tape! Another one that not many people really talk about was a DJ called DJ Tony who used to play at a high school party called Odyssey in Union City, New Jersey. He had a record store in Union City, and he decided he wanted to put a dance music party on for the neighbourhood kids. That party birthed such Subliminal Records legends as Erick Morillo and Jose Nuñez. DJ Tony inspired us all, I’d like to do a documentary about him someday.

As for music production, in about 2000 I moved into the Subliminal Records headquarters in New Jersey. All my friends, Erick and everyone else, were all involved in dance music and I wanted to get involved. I started going to the Subliminal Sessions parties, and around that time myself and my friend Benji Candelario went into the Cutting Records studio and did an India Arie bootleg, which was my first track. Back then Downtown Records was THE distribution company in NYC, and we managed to get a deal with them! From there I got into running events and eventually working as a Talent Buyer at Webster Hall in Manhattan for a few years. Once I left Webster I decided I wanted to start producing properly, so I bought myself some equipment and got into the studio and started making music.

What inspired you to start making the electronic music that you are now?

Disco, and everything that I grew up with. One of the things I always appreciated about dance music was the happiness. One of the first concerts I went to was a hardcore gig, and everyone was angry and looked pretty dangerous! I loved that the crowd at dance music events was always open, accepting, and positive.

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?

My piece of gear I’m most passionate about is my big modular rig, but I don’t actually really use that when I’m recording, I prefer to just jam out with my, making crazy sounds out of nothing. When I’m recording my main DAW I use is Reason and my main synth is the Dave Smith Prophet 12. I prefer using hardware in general as it’s much more of an immediate and tactile creative experience than clicking on a piece of software.

Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?

Definitely. I started off just with a computer and Reason in the beginning, which I was drawn to as it functions a lot like a modular synth in many respects. From there I started building up my modular rig, which took a couple of years as modular gear is quite expensive. I’ve now got a nice collection of hardware which works well for my creative process.

Which three albums or artists would you say have influenced your sound in a big way?

First of all, Sylvester with that voice of his. Don Ray was a big artist I loved, he did a few big 80s RnB tunes, and Gino Soccio! A lot of people talk about Giorgio Moroder when referencing that era, but Gino was just as bad as Moroder or anyone else.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

Yes! I really like looking for new upcoming artists who are hungry, I love an underdog. Some newer artists who I’m into right now are: Yuna, Tuxedo, Electric Youth, Hot Flash Heat Wave, Drab Majesty, and The Regrettes.

What inspires you outside of music?

Everything that inspires me is pretty much within music, whether it’s doing events, making music, or whatever, that’s what gets me excited in life.

What do you want to accomplish with your music?

Hopefully it’s heard, hopefully people enjoy it, and hopefully it affords me an opportunity to live a good life and pass something on to my next of kin.

What, in your opinion would be the perfect genre fusion?

Definitely starting with disco or house music, and then mixed with Dominican merengue. I have Dominican heritage so that would work nicely for me. I also know a kid who’s a badass blues guitarist so maybe we could get him on a house track.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or releases in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

Right now I’m promoting this SkullandHeadphones release that just came out, and I’m going to be putting together a party with Tina Paul bringing the vibe of The Paradise Garage and Studio54 to Miami which is really exciting! She’s a really accomplished photographer and probably covered more of NY in the 80s than anyone else, so she’s the perfect person to run this party with.

Famous last words?

Just dance, baby


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Two musicians come together to create perfect electronic symphony in ‘Tragedy (Kareful Remix)’


London-based producer Kareful has remixed Darkwave electronic producer Verasect’s track ‘Tragedy’ which has been released on the 2nd August via Terminal Blue Records.

While the track was only released a few days ago, it has recieved a positive response so far. This is unsurprising as the two artists come together like day and night, creating a warm dusk glow with their combined strengths shinning through. The result of the collaboration is a symphony of sound as darkwave meets light, female vocals. The two artists balance each other out like ying and yang, complementing each other perfectly.

‘Tragedy (Kareful Remix)’ is the first single to be lifted from Verasect’s upcoming EP, Awakenings which will include remixes from several big artists.

“I was very inspired by the vocals on ‘Tragedy’ and decided I’d focus on trying to add my own spin on them. The beat came together once I layered a few ethereal melodies, I was unsure where to take the track next. I’ve been producing mostly ‘club’ tracks for a while so was tempted to create another banger, but after a while, the track ended up writing itself, it turned into more of a song! Once I showed it to a couple of friends, and got some great feedback, I knew it was finished.” - Kareful on his inspiration for the remix


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Polish Musician Raidho releases new EP, recieves remixes on tracks

Last week, Polish musician Simon Mattson, also known as Raidho, released his new EP, ‘Rain Drops’ on Sol Selectas. The EP will also feature remixes from Timboletti and Kermesse. So far the EP has done well, already climbing the Top 100 Charts on Beatport.

When discussing the inspiration behind the alias, Mattson said, “RAIDHO is one of the twenty-four runes that comprise the oldest form of the runic alphabets. It represent important changes and personal development in all spheres of life. Raidho is a manifestation of rhythm and cosmic equilibrium, determined by the cyclical movement of sunrise and sunset and the changing seasons. It supports and surrounds the protection of dreams, it also helps in their proper sense.”

The artwork for the EP is by Helia Jamali and depicts a doorway to the world of “Rain Drops”, where infinity dragons are playing with drops of life.

Rain Drops Tracklist
1. Rain Drops feat Peter Gundry
2. Mulinea
3. Rain Drops feat Peter Gundry (Kermesse Remix)
4. Mulinea (Timboletti Sunset mix )
5. Mulinea (Timboletti Sunrise mix )


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