|Ciel’s Why Me? released today|
Now streaming worldwide
|“The Toronto artist’s music and febrile presence oscillates between the hard and soft, light and dark, IRL and URL.” – DJ Mag: Recognise mix + interview|
“This is topically honed dance music, lost in its own freedom and inspired by its own confines.” – Exclaim
Under the alias Ciel, Xi’an-born/Toronto-based producer, pianist, DJ, and Discwoman affiliate Cindy Li embodies the social conscience of progressive electronic music. She is at once a local and global artist, having flourished at the fringe of cutting-edge club culture since 2015, firmly rooted in her adopted city while reaching increasingly outward, her sets echoing from Berlin’s Berghain to Chicago’s Smartbar to Lisbon’s Lux Fragil. Back in Toronto, she co-runs the label Parallel Minds and event initiative Work In Progress, an extension of her radio show in both name and M.O. to improve female representation in the scene. She’s helped write safe space policies, hosted DJ workshops, and applied activist pressure on promoters through varying methods with a single-minded resolve. Those efforts have evoked responses, which Li has spent time reckoning with over the past two years. Now, manifesting as a self-guided reaction to her experiences as an artist and activist is Ciel’s Spectral Sound debut, Why Me?, a deeply personal and physical work.
Stream Why Me? EP via Linkfire
Download Why Me? EP (MP3) here
Order Why Me? white label 12″ here
Ciel’s stylistic pocket as a producer remains that of “soft-touch slammers,” but fans will note the material on Why Me? hits harder. “I wanted to write something that was heavy,” she says of the title track, the result of processing the noise leveled at her specifically after she amassed a database of female and nonbinary talents to highlight the lack of bookings amongst a subset of clubs in the community. “I was dealing with a lot… anger, despair, paranoia, feeling unjustly targeted.” She channeled these antiphons into her art. The cut’s namesake is sourced from the foregrounded sample, a snippet of dialogue from an old film about a man who believes he’s been abducted by aliens. Pulsing metallic drum patterns steer through the hypnotic passage; permeating beneath the beats are lush pads, washing the rattled urgency with unease.
Hardware-built tracks “Go Fish” and “Uri’s Song” came together over studio time with friend and occasional collaborator Colin Sims aka Wiretapping. Ciel brought her sampler to the sessions, with Sims contributing additional drums, which she’d arrange further at home, adding synth parts and basslines and effects, distilling it all down to its most potent core. The latter track — an effervescent minimal techno exercise both tender and tough — expresses Li’s reflections on today’s cyclical conditions for activism, dissension, and, ultimately, optimism. “These are harsher sounds but they also have elements that are really beautiful about them. I wanted to communicate that nothing is permanent, that there’s always hope for understanding and resolution.”
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|Cyclic Law is launching a new label named Aesthetical and this is the first release.|
FRANCK VIGROUX “Totem” 2LP / CD / DL (AES001)
New full-length album by France’s most singular contemporary composer. Reflecting on ancient culture’s use and reverence for emblematic monuments which most often represent myths and stories, the album’s narrative has been infused with such symbolic and depicts an envisioned mythology, unfolding through it’s 10 aural pieces. Franck Vigroux‘s music is unique and comprised of tectonic tension, pulsating rhythms and abrasive analog textures like few can produce. Applying his own calculated personal signature in his sonic explorations his distinctiveness comes not only by his unique approach to sound but also by his incorporation of new media practices and performing arts into his A/V work.
Mastering by Denis Blackham.
Double Vinyl Edition of 500 copies in matt laminated Gatefold Sleeve.
Running Time 55:10.
CD Edition of 500 copies in matt laminated 4 panel Digipak.
Running Time 55:10
Release Date: May 24 2019
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SWEDISH ELECTRO SCENE presents the new compilation ‘Swedish electro vol 6 the remixes’
Swedish Electro Scene has unleashed the 6th volume for the Swedish electro series on May 25, this time with remixed tracks only.
The compilation is available for free download and contains 42 tracks in total.
Featuring artists such as Cryo, Seadrake, Us, Machinista, Vogon Poetry, Saft, Uncreated, Agent Side Grinder, Johan Baeckstrom, Moist, Train To Spain, Croona, The Livelong June and remixers such as Daniel Myer, Neuroticfish, We The North, Future Trail, Patrik Hansson (Vanguard), Tobias Ersson (Lowe, Rezonance), Oren Amram, Tolchock.
You can download the compilation at:
band EMPATHY TEST is pleased to announce the release of their limited
edition EP, EMPTY-HANDED
Availble on limited edition digipack
CD, 7" vinyl and digital formats June 20!
Following the success
of double A-side single, "Holy Rivers / Incubation Song", which has
racked up over 150,000 streams on Spotify since its October release
and was praised by Clash Music for its “shimmering synths, glacial
electronics, and heartrending vocals”, London Synthpop group EMPATHY
TEST returns with a second, tantalising taste of their upcoming third
album, in the form of new single "Empty-Handed."
2. A River Loves a Stone
Empty-handed (TRAAPS Remix)
4. A River Loves a Stone (Ari Mason
Empty-Handed presents another sonic leap forward for a
band that has never been one to tread water when it comes to their
sound, presenting a harder, darker style whilst simultaneously tipping
their proverbial hat to the Synthwave scene that helped launch their
career back in 2014. An arpeggiated synthesiser provides a relentless
momentum from the get-go, while the deceptively simple composition
gradually builds to its epic conclusion.
Opening line, “My
heart is an empty vessel / Drifting out to sea” sets the tone both
lyrically and emotionally. It’s about being unable to give a partner
the emotional support or commitment they need and the feeling of
emptiness that comes with that. As always, Empathy Test delivers a
perfect marriage of music and emotion, the sudden flourishes of
strings and synthesisers rushing past like spirits in the
There’s a sense of urgency here that has not been
present previously, as well as an innate confidence that suggests the
third album, which comes after the simultaneous release of two debut
albums Losing Touch (Remastered) and Safe From Harm in November 2017
and is slated for release in early September, might just be the
band’s most accomplished to date.
UK tour with
June 20, 2019 – Trillians – Newcastle
June 21, 2019 –
Voodoo Rooms – Edinburgh
June 22, 2019 – Ivory Blacks –
June 23, 2019 – FAC251 – Manchester
June 26, 2019 – Maze
June 27, 2019 – Esquires – Bedford
June 28, 2019 –
Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton
June 29, 2019 – O2 Academy Islington –
June 30, 2019 – Exchange –
June 09, 2019 Wave Gotik Treffen,
Aug 11, 2019 Mera Luna, Germany
Aug 15, 2019 W-Festival,
North American tour with Aesthetic
Sept 06, 2019 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
07, 2019 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ
Sept 08, 2019 – Rock House – El
Sept 12, 2019 – Amp Room – San Antonio, TX
2019 – Elysium – Austin, TX
Sept 14, 2019 – Warehouse Live –
Sept 15, 2019 – The Church – Dallas, TX
2019 – The Goat – New Orleans, LA
Sept 18, 2019 – Drunken Unicorn –
Sept 19, 2019 – The 926 Bar – Tallahassee, FL
20, 2019 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
Sept 21, 2019 – Will’s –
Sept 24, 2019 – The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
25, 2019 – Fallout – Richmond, VA
Sept 26, 2019 – Dangerous Pies –
Sept 27, 2019 – Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia,
Sept 28, 2019 – The Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
2019 – ONCE Ballroom – Boston, MA
Sept 30, 2019 – Mohawk Place –
Oct 01, 2019 – Coalition – Toronto, ON
Oct 02, 2019
– Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 03, 2019 – The Event Center –
Oct 04, 2019 – Small’s – Detroit, MI
2019 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
Oct 06, 2019 – Club Anything –
Oct 07, 2019 – Warehouse – LaCrosse, WI
2019 – Red Sea Lounge – Minneapolis, MN
Oct 09, 2019 – Riot Room –
Kansas City, MO
Oct 11, 2019 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
12, 2019 – Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 14, 2019 – Pub 340 –
Oct 15, 2019 – Highline – Seattle, WA
Oct 16, 2019
– Paris Theater – Portland, OR
Oct 18, 2019 – Brick and Mortar –
San Francisco, CA
Oct 19, 2019 – Lodge Room – Los Angeles,
Since Empathy Test’s conception in January
2013, the independent London electronic pop duo has produced two
stunning, four-track EPs and a steady stream of memorable singles
which have won them both critical acclaim and a legion of dedicated
fans worldwide. Their unique brand of cinematic synth pop has been
featured by the likes of Vice, Netflix, HBO, MTV, XFM, KCRW, BBC
Introducing, Clash, Idolator, Earmilk, PopMatters and many
In 2017, the band began a crowd funding campaign to fund
the self-release of two debut albums, ‘Losing Touch’ and ‘Safe
From Harm’. The PledgeMusic campaign was 661% funded and the band
raised over £26K to release the two albums via digital, CD and vinyl
formats. To date, Empathy test has sold nearly 1,500 copies of each
album on CD and 300 on vinyl.
After touring extensively in
Europe and beyond, Empathy Test released the first taste of their
forthcoming third album (set for release in September 2019) in October
2018, , in the form of a new double a-side single Holy Rivers /
Incubation Song. Clash Music wrote that the new material, featuring
"shimmering synths, glacial electronics, and heartrending vocals",
illuminated the band's "potent creativity".
Empathy Test are
childhood friends Isaac Howlett (vocals) and Adam Relf (production).
Isaac performs their songs live with the help of Christina Lopez
(drums) and Samuel Winter-Quick (keyboards).
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