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The best musical mavericks never sit still for long. They mutate and morph into new shapes, refusing to be boxed in. Floating Points has so many guises that itís not easy to pin him down.
Floating Pointsí first album in four years, Crush, twists whatever you think you know about him on its head. Itís the producer at his most ďunhinged,Ē he says, a tempestuous blast of electronic experimentalism whose title alludes to the pressure-cooker of the current environment we find ourselves in. Itís the sound of the many sides of Floating Points finally fusing together: the carefree selector, the considered composer and the passionate label curator. But itís also a sound that, while itís born out of despair and frustration with the overwhelmingly dark forces around us, manages to provide some hope for compassion. Crush on that.†
Machinedrum releases his fourth album on Ninja Tune. A View of U is available on silver, white, and black marbled LP and CD. Machinedrum (Travis Stewart) returns with his definitive new album 'A View of U' featuring an incredible cast of collaborators including Sub Focus, Chrome Sparks, Father (Awful Records), Freddie Gibbs, Mono/Poly (Brainfeeder), Tigran Hamasyan, Jesse Boykins III, Rochelle Jordan and Tanere'lle. The use of 'U' in the title 'A View of U' represents the Universe aka the Infinite. The central theme of the album is the concept of having an out of body experience (OOBE). 'The feeling of being out of your body feels infinite. It feels like time has stopped. It feels like the birth of creation,' explains Travis. Machinedrum has previously been featured in Billboard, Mixmag, Dazed, VICE, Time Out, Stereogum, The Quietus, Drowned in Sound, Narc Magazine, Clash, Earmilk and more. Travis has also contributed to guest mixes for major stations around the world including NPR, BBC Radio 1 (including an Essential Mix in 2013), BBC 1Xtra and KEXP, plus local tastemaker stations such as The Lot Radio, Red Light Radio and NTS. Machinedrum is also one half of JETS (Innovative Leisure) with Jimmy Edgar, one half of Sepalcure (Hot Flush) with Praveen and one half of Dream Continuum with Om Unit. His solo work has garnered over 50 million streams worldwide. He has additionally collaborated with the likes of DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, D'WN, Lone, Azealia Banks, Roots Manuva, Boards of Canada, and more.
Marie Davidson is back with a new album, a new band, and a bold new sound. Arriving under the banner of Marie Davidson & L'Oeil nu, a trio formed of three old-time friends and long-term collaborators with shared roots in Montreal's DIY scene: Marie, Pierre Guerineau and Asae'l R. Robitaille (the former two are also husband and wife, and partners in the group Essaie pas). Renegade Breakdown is a reaction to years in which she spent most of her life on the road, navigating the club and festival lifestyle -- while also a forward-facing, innovative pop record that builds on the classic tenets of Marie's music to create something that strikes out towards a broader audience. With dark humour and interpolated musical influences'from Fleetwood Mac to Kraftwerk, and jazz classics such as Billie Holiday and Chet Baker'they spin each of its entries in wildly imaginative directions. Renegade Breakdown follows her breakout 2018 album Working Class Woman, which was lauded by Pitchfork, The Guardian, The New York Times, Resident Advisor, as well as being ranked highly in end-of-year (and decade) lists by Mixmag, The Quietus, Bandcamp and many more. Meanwhile, the track 'Work It' garnered worldwide dance-floor anthem status, helped by a Soulwax remix, the iconic duo's re-work garnering a GRAMMY nomination.
Producer Darren Cunningham aka Actress, joined by the London Contemporary Orchestra, premiere new material as well as expanded arrangements of their dark and brooding electronica. Showcased last year at The Barbican Centre London and Strelka Institute Moscow and in conjunction with Boiler Room this 12" release named simply Audio Track 5 serves as an introduction to a larger body which will be released on Ninja Tune and Boiler Room TV as both a Long Player and performance piece in Autumn 2017. Over a decade of releases Cunningham has built a reputation as a fine creator of cerebral abstract techno, or R&B concrete, crafting pulsing kickdrums, jittering percussion and chopped sample loops into churning, rumbling tracks soaked in static. But he has also been on record saying he wants to make classical stuff for a modern generation. In this new collaboration, commissioned and curated by Boiler Room and the London Contemporary Orchestra with support from Arts Council England, the London Contemporary Orchestra bring a new dimension to Cunningham's choice of sounds. With the producer in effect using them as a new instrument, matching his electronic loops with precise manipulation of their acoustic instruments, together they form a heightened kind of chamber music.