After his time in the spotlight producing for the likes of Banks and Kwabs, SOHN returns to his solo efforts with Artifice. The London-via-Vienna producer delivers his most accessible track to date with a rhythm that dabbles in pop - production-wise he layered up his game, with those stargazing synths of him being backed up by faux drums and perfectly tweaked bleeps. Artifice appears on Tremors, the debut full-length from SOHN, out on April 7 via 4AD, and comes with an equally stunning slo-mo video directed by Thom Glunt.
Even if the video for SOHN's latest single Lessons was just feet running like the first 20 seconds of the actual thing, it would have fit the hypnotic vibe of the song. Instead it shows the life of a young man, struggling to find a place on this world. We’re not sure if he’s running from or towards the beautiful blonde, but we’re definitely tagging along the trip.
Whilst the TEED-produced Warm Water saw Banks singing about the joys of love and the warmth of it (with you I’m in warm water swimming down), her new SOHN-produced single Waiting Game is something entirely different. It’s dark and brooding, slightly depressing, with her asking herself “what if it only gets colder?” The only spark in the song is her bright voice, the last spark of hope in this depressed thing of beauty. With a voice that seems to match any kind of production, we’re eager to see where Banks goes next.
Fresh from signing to 4AD, S O H N has unveiled a video for his latest output Bloodflows featuring a woman standing in a series of very different locations (going from beautiful forest too snowy mountains), with gradually more smoke and fireworks surrounding her as the song becomes more layered.
When two of the most innovating producers around gather on a remix, delicateness is the keyword. S O H N has remixed Rhye's beautiful Open (which still makes us cry every single time we hear it) and made the song blossom into a slightly industrial, but never heavy on the beats gem.
Beatsmith S O H N follows up his stellar The Wheel EP with a new track Bloodflows, a track in which he basically challenges you to find beauty in the chaos - it shouldn’t be that hard, as his soothing voice shines through the semi-techno beats. So proud to have S O H N billed for our SXSW party Dark Paradise.
Beyond proud to present you an (unofficial) SXSW day party along with our friends from Crack In The Road in the form of Dark Paradise, an afternoon showcase featuring acts we strongly believe in with the help from Mailchimp.
It all takes place on March 13 at B D Riley’s, the entire thing is free and no wristband or badge is required. We expect the venue to be packed in no time though considering the - even if we say so ourselves - ace line-up, so come early and stay late. Besides, this line-up is definitely worth you spending the entire afternoon there.
GEMS - 12-12:30
NO - 12:45-1:15
Mozart’s Sister - 1:30-2
Young Dreams - 2:15-2:45
Pacific Air - 3-3:30
Eddi Front - 3:45-4:15
S O H N - 4:30-5
D E N A - dj
Today we take a closer look at The Boys. We admit we’re more easily attracted to girls musically, but 2013 might become the Year of the Boys if you take a look at the five acts we’ve featured below.
Mikky Ekko is definitely most promising and exciting new singer-songwriter that crossed our path in 2012, his Pull Me Down might have something to do with that. This Louisina-born young man spent the last months recording his debut record with a handful of big producers (Paul Epworth, John Hill, Dave Sitek, Clams Casino, etc) and one of our favorite new songwriters Justin Parker (Lana Del Rey’s partner in crime, Laura by Bat For Lashes) - it would be a true shock if this album doesn’t fulfill our wishes.
Ofei is a “London Soul” singer that bathes in mystery; he’s got nothing but one track out, the stunning London, but that one song makes us gasp for breath. His voice reminds us of Ellery Roberts’ (WU LYF) over-the-top voice, as it almost sounds as if he’s singing his lungs out. London represents the true sound of the city of London: with it’s many layers and unexpected directions it represents the chaos and vibrant atmosphere of the city; on the other hand, London is a highly charismatic and soulful tune because after all, living in London is basically kind of living in a dream.
S O H N
Vienna-via-London producer S O H N is probably the most intriguing producers around right now, with a sound that’s so organically electronic you can hardly call him a producer. With his well-structured and highly original tunes, S O H N received worldwide praise - we are sure he is capable of a lot more.
Deptford Goth doesn’t mess around and goes straight for your heart - it’s very easy to love him though. Lyrically and musically, this London singer creates a safe harbour for all hopeless romantics and lonely hearts out there. Perfectly crafted indie-oriented pop; we just can’t wait to have his record soundtrack those quiet evenings.
Oh boy, we sure do love Mykki Blanco. His whole persona-game are what attracted us to him/her in the first place, but Ms. Blanco is one of the most exciting rappers out there in our humble opinion. Surrounding yourself with talented producers, directors and photographers sure has it benefits, but the idea of combining a certain macho aggressivity with a sexy female bitch-vibe was all her’s.
The first visual treatment for a S O H N song is for his lush The Wheel and features found footage in which “the interplay between industry and nature” is being explored. The 12” is out now via Aesop, hopefully the first of many releases as we are big fans of S O H N’s unique sound.
Everyone’s favorite new producer S O H N (I’m sure you’ve heard the Vienna-via-London story by now) has unveiled the second track of his forthcoming debut 12”, the very rich but somehow very lush Red Lines. Clicky beats backed with a choir-like vocal are what make this another masterpiece. The Wheel 12” is out on November 5 via Aesop.