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listen: Ash Koosha, “Mudafossil”

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While his debuts album from Olde English Spelling Bee GUUD was a great discovery for those who listened, Iran-born, London based producer Ash Koosha is prepared to wow the world once again with I AKA I, his first release from Ninja Tune on April 1 (pray it’s not a fool’s joke!). You can now stream the new single, “Mudafossil”. Make sure you check out the interview we did with Ash Koosha here.

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Exclusive download: Solar Bears, “Endings are Beginnings Mix”

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Irish electronic duo Solar Bears amazed us with their last album, Supermigration with Sci-Fi infused psychedelic electronica. Once again the band is about to wow the listeners with their new album Advancement which will be out March 18 from Sunday Best, a home to their hero David Lynch. Absorbing a various musical elements such as Krautrock, Library music and cinema soundtrack, John Kowalski and Rian Trench build up their unique wall of sound by exploring lights, abstract imageries and textures, as if to take us on a journey to an epic experimental film.

In advance of the album’s release, Lights + Music was given an opportunity to present Solar Bear’s original mixtape Endings are Beginning Mix. Mixing the sounds of lost cinema soundtracks and psychedelic electronica, the band gives hints of what’s to come with this mesmerizing 30 min mix.

Check out the Bears latest single “Man Plus” here. Also read the interview with the band we did in 2012, here.

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Tracks:
Dave Sarky – Canadian Colours Theme 4
Aleph – Love Memories
Luis De Pablo – El Espiritu De Colmena
Hudson Mohawke – Kettles
Polish Radio Orchestra – Why Do You Say Goodbye
Eugen Thomass – Regenbogen (Rainbow)
Piero Piccioni – Magic Carillon
Ravi Shankar – Prahjubee
Munju – Moon You II
Hype Williams – Break4love
Francois De Roubauix – Chamonix (Reversed)
Marie Laforet – Pour Celui Qui Viendra
Beaver and Krause – Sanctuary
Mahavishnu Orchestra – Hope

Artwork by Michael Robinson

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Interview: Port St. Willow

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A multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Principe’s solo project Port St. Willow is following up Brian Eno approved masterpiece Holiday from Tokyo’s flau  (cuushe, Noah) and People Teeth this month. Inspired by the idea to capture the moments just after an idea is found, his new LP Syncope is build heavily on improvisation. By leaving everything unedited from the recording sessions, it enabled him to capture the unique tension and pure existence of sounds. Closer and closer you listen, you will be sure to discover little things breathing quietly from far away.

Lights and Music spoke to Principe to find out more about the album’s concept, reasons why he was drawn to improvisation and thoughts behind the album title. Make sure to check out the soundcloud widget that contains standout tracks from Syncope.

Interview: Port St. Willow
By Satoru ‘Teshi’ Teshima, January 29, 2016

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listen: Her Magic Wand, “Draw a Line”

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Paris-based producer Her Magic Wand is putting out his newest LP Everything at Once from Inpartment (JAPAN) and Modulor (Europe) in February. Mixed by Stephane Briat (Phoenix, Air), this album is a collection of crisp, uplifting synth-pop tunes. Despite of the album’s dark themes, it’s full of optimistic melodies and hope. Listen to one of the standouts, “Draw a Line” below.

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listen: Morly, “The Choir”

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A multi-instrumentalist Morly released a daydreaming and romantic single from Cascine (Cuushe, Yumi Zouma) titled “The Choir”. It’s minimal and sensual, making all fall in love.

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listen: Haty Haty, “Run – Stop – Non – Stop – Belly ­ Flop”

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While the aftertaste of 2014’s Moon Observation still in ours ears, Netherland’s electronic producer David Douglas is releasing his new album as Haty Haty, which is a collaboration with a singer Blauzun, called High as The Sun. Their second single from the album, “Run – Stop – Non – Stop – Belly ­ Flop” is a perfect marriage between House and Pop. Douglas’ dub processed beats are both uplifting and euphoric, more so as Blauzun’ tops the track with charming swagger, inviting audiences on the floor to dance their asses off.

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listen: Leiik, “Words Over Yours”

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UK’s trackmaker Bunki and a singer Amy Spencer teams up as Leiik and they are releasing their self-titled EP Leiik via Squareglass on February 5. In “Words Over Yours, Bunki’s attention to detail shines and rings through sensitive and crystalline sound making, on which Amy dances, as if to control time and space.

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