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Update: Hieroglyphic Being & Demdike Stare



Resident Adviser just interviewed Hieroglyphic Being on their weekly "Exchange" podcast. If your interested check it out here.


"Hieroglyphic Being sounds like no one else. While the Chicago DJ/producer often cites the mentorship of Adonis and the memory of seeing Ron Hardy DJ as key influences on his career, the abstract, noisy dance music that he makes is quite clearly his own. Since 2008, the artist born Jamal Moss has released under the Hieroglyphic Being name in earnest and he's racked up an enormous discography in the process, one that has largely come through his own record label, Mathematics. Moss uses the imprint as a platform to also showcase largely unknown artists to the world. Its aim is to give young producers a leg up without taking a cut from publishing, a rarity in the music business. I spoke to Moss in Poland last month at the Unsound Festival as he prepared for his debut performance with Ital as part of RA's Live Exchange series. We talked about his music, his label and his record bag, which, believe it or not, features the likes of Simply Red."



Additionally last weeks Exchange podcast featured another Surefire artist, Demdike Stare. Both podcasts are pretty great, you can listen to the interview Demdike Stare here

"Demdike Stare don't have a love affair with the occult, but you'd be hard-pressed to tell that by listening to their music. Their dark, droning music has often been likened to the sort of thing you'd hear soundtracking a cult horror movie. But despite the sinister nature of the project, Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker, the duo behind Demdike Stare, are just about the nicest boys from Manchester you could ever hope to talk to. Meet them in person, and you'll soon realize that they're simply cratediggers obsessed with those aforementioned soundtracks. We talked to the duo in Poland at this year's Unsound Festival as part of our RA Live Exchange series and, among other things, found out how they almost bankrupted their record label, Modern Love, a few years ago."




New Addition :: PAN



We are pleased to announce that Surefire will now be representing PAN.
Lee Gamble, NHK'koyxen & Helm will join the roster ~ but we're also taking booking requests for PAN label showcases and would like to hear your interest in any artists which have released on the label.

NHK'koyxen will be touring Japan in January / February, Europe in March / April / May & the rest of the world from June onwards. Other PAN artists are available on request.

RBMA RADIO - PAN label special

FACT label of 2012


Slugabed Presents :: Activia Benz ::



We are excited to announce that Slugabed has set up his very own label, Activia Benz. With their first release, by Belarusian Deech, set for next month we expect plenty of smashing tunes to come our way soon. You can check out some snippets from the forthcoming release on Soundcloud. Slugabed wanted us to mention that "All our records have jokes on the back!" Sounds fun.

In other news Peverelist just uploaded an absolute scorcher of a jungle mix from 199-something.

Update: Illum Sphere on Ninja Tune!


Big news this week as the awesome Ninja Tune label announced they have signed our very own Illum Sphere. To celebrate the pair have released an exclusive track 'Fat Ballet' which you can grab for free from Ninja Tune here.

Update: Andy Stott




Andy Stott's long awaited album ‘Luxury Problems’ is out now on Modern Love. It received fantastic reviews from NPR, grabbed October Album of the Month from Debug, and was declared ‘Best New Music’ by Pitchfork. You can purchase yourself a copy of 'Luxury Problems' on Boomkat.

Press Roundup: Andy Stott, Chrissy Murderbot, Eprom and more...




XLR8R takes a look inside Andy Stott's studio.

Click here to peep Chrissy Murderbot's November chart for Resident Advisor.

Om Unit has been featured in FACT Magazine's 15 Greatest Remixers Working Today! 

Shout out to Resident Advisor for putting together a great feature/interview with EPROM!

And finally

If you missed it check out our available artists in North America for November/December 2012 here

Update: Illum Sphere



"Man of the moment" Illum Sphere recently dropped a stunning 60 minute mix in the Boiler Room. You can check out a video of the event here or grab a stream of the mix from the Red Bull Music Academy website. Stay tuned big news from Illum Sphere coming soon.


Update: Addison Groove Launches Record Label

That's right, the fresh news today is that everyone's talking about Addison Groove's new record label, Lost in Translation. Check out what Resident Advisor has to say about it, and as always FACT wants to chip in too.


Update: More Jon Convex


Our man Jon Convex is on everyone's lips at the moment. Take a look at his interview with Mixmag over here, which focuses on his work as the head of his own label Convex Industries. Plus there's also an exclusive selection of tracks to stream. When you're done with that, here's a conversation with Ibiza Voice to check out which is full of unexpected insights. We spoil you, we really do.



Update: Modern Love, Benjamin Damage and Hyetal




Modern Love Showcase
For those of you who didn't catch Tuesday night's Boiler Room session, you missed out on a brilliant Modern Love showcase featuring the inimitable Demdike Stare, G.H.,  as well as main man Andy Stott. Check  out a recording here if you're a member, or grab a direct soundcloud stream over here.

Benjamin Damage
Also be sure to keep an eye for the forthcoming Benjamin Damage EP, to be released on the brilliant 50Weapons.

Hyetal
Brooklyn group Lemonade have called upon Bristolian Hyetal for remix duties on their latest single, 'Softkiss'. Have a listen.



Jon Convex: Idoru Available to Stream Now

The new Jon Convex album, Idoru, is now available to stream on FACT magazine for one week only.

From FACT: "Idoru finds Convex in sterling form, touching on Basic Channel dub-techno, pillow-talk electro and warped, rattling underground house, all bound together by allusions to a faded female subject in the album’s track titles – think the kind of unspoken narrative that exists in an album like Dopplereffekt’s Gesamtkunstwerk." 

Read an in-depth interview with the man himself while you preview the album. 



Surefire: Summer 2012: Update


JON CONVEX - debut album 'Idoru' out now : Asia, NZ + Australia availability


Never one to rest on his laurels, Jon Convex has been working hard on his long-awaited solo full-length, "Idoru", released on his own Convex Industries label on July 30th. The man is a master of eclecticism, as proved in a celebratory XLR8R mix, so "Idoru" is certainly worth the wait.

He is currently based in Sydney until October, so available for DJ sets in Australia and Asia until October, then back to the UK.

DEADBEAT - new album 'Eight' announced





Deadbeat by name but not by nature, Scott Monteith has been playing a slew of dates in his adopted hometown of Berlin. Following the success of last year's "Drawn and Quartered" album, we now have the succinctly titled "Eight" to look forward to - eight tracks of dub techno perfection set for release on September 10th...get ready.

Available for LIVE shows and DJ sets. Limited CD promos of album on request.

ADDISON GROOVE - new EP for 50 Weapons


Just what the doctor ordered, a new Addison Groove release. Fans who have been gratified with Groove's latest festival sets have been salivating for "Adventures in Rainbow Country", his forthcoming EP for 50 Weapons. To get you frothing at the mouth check out a preview of the track 'Button Moon'. Tasty!

Available for LIVE 808 shows and DJ sets throughout the year.

KANGDING RAY - new RA interview and EP released





Following the magnificent "Or" LP released on the Raster-Noton label last year, Kangding Ray has been asked to take part in Stroboscopic Artefact's Monad project,a series of releases which will showcase the brilliant creativity which electronic music is capable of. With works inspired by the four elements, the natural world and geometry, this is definitely a release to get excited about. Check out his recent interview with Resident Advisor to learn more...

Available for LIVE solo sets and with band throughout the year.

SLUGABED - new single out now on Ninja Tune



Mr. Greg Feldwick is a man whose generosity knows no bounds. Having bequeathed an excellent Darude remix to a musical landscape in which high and low culture are mixed to excellent effect, he has also unleashed a brilliant new single from the acclaimed "Time Team" album. Titled 'Mountains Come Out of the Sky', it features a vocal sample from prog-rockers Yes and remixes from
Lapalux, Kutmah and ARP101.

Available for LIVE and DJ sets throughout the year.

KUEDO - new live AV show with visuals from MFO





Following lavis praise for his 'Severant' album, Kuedo has had crowds across Europe desperate to watch him make musical magic, and releases like latest single  Work, Live & Sleep in Collapsing Space', it's no wonder. Showcasing a brand new collaboration with visual artists MFO, his new live A/V show is an immersive experience sure to delight fans of 'Severant'.

Available for LIVE A/V sets (with visuals from MFO) throughout the year.

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Kuedo's Work, Live & Sleep in Collapsing Space arrives

























Kuedo's latest single has arrived on Planet Mu today.

"'Work, Live & Sleep In Collapsing Space' starts with huge symphonic synths, half-speed kicks, trap style hi-hats rushes and flammed 808 snares, slowly building up with giant whooshes of gaseous noise before breaking out into an intense trancey moroderesque synth that totally fills the track, making it sound absolutely vast and a little bit frightening, running it through effects to give it an aggressive, spacey rush that takes your breath away."

Remixes are also included by Laurel Halo and Claude Speed featuring. Jivraj Singh

Get the full info and tracks here.

XI - Joy/Fear out NOW!!


























The new "Joy/Fear EP" from XI on New Kanada was released today

From Boomkat:

"Certified canuck, XI complements New Kanada's diverse roster with three tracks of swinging, shuffling, stepping House/Bass. With 'Joy/Fear' he's on a mad one full of pitch-bent synthlines and samples swerving between 4/4 House, loping dubstep and junglist tussles in unique style. The melodies and scuffed groove of 'Nightlif' are much friendlier and a smart departure from his ravier gear, and then there's the bubbling, aquatic skip and swing of 'Antikythera'."

The EP is available exclusively on Beatport for 2 weeks! Grab your copy here!. Vinyl to follow shortly.

Ital Tek mix for Solid Steel Radio





















The latest installment of Ninja Tune's Solid Steel Radio featured a mix by Ital Tek.

"Ital Tek supplies the guest mix this week and he's crafted a cyber-sonic creation of Footwork inspired selections and mutant bass workouts with tracks from the likes of Machinedrum, Evian Christ, ASAP Rocky and Lone, plus plenty of released and unreleased productions from the man himself. "

Slugabed live on Boiler Room


























Hotly tipped Surefire artist Slugabed recently brought his sound live to the coveted Boiler Room stage.

You can check out the set here.

May 18th at Fabric: Pinch, XI, Distal + more


























On 18th May 2012 Fabric hosts Simian Mobile Disco, Tectonic, and Sonic Router featuring surefire artists XI, Distal, Pinch, Tunnidge and Objekt across all three rooms.

Full event details can be found here


Tickets can be purchased here

Illum Sphere exclusive mix for Dazed Digital























Illum Sphere dropped an exclusive mix for Dazed Digital

"With the likes of De La Soul, Ghostpoet, Eglo's Funkineven, Teebs, Plaid, Kwes, Submotion Orchestra, Kidkanevil, and Kutmah all set for the Croatian coast, Soundwave Festival will be throwing one of the biggest parties from 19-23 July in Tisno. Showcasing the finest Electronica, Hip Hop, Funk & Soul acts, this year will see the likes of label Eglo's Alexander Nut, Fatima & Olivier DaySoul perform, as well as night/label Hoya Hoya featuring Jonny Dub, Strategy, Jon K and head honcho Illum Sphere - who we speak to about their release policy and future direction alongside an exclusive mix for us featuring Burial, Untold, & Gucci Mane... "

Read the full article and get the mix here

Slugabed Berlin LP release party











































Slugabed will be celebrating the release of his album "Time Team" at Berlin's Horst nightclub alongside Blue Daisy and Om Unit.

The show is presented by Ninja Tune & Bodywerk!

Full show details can be found here

Shackleton discusses forthcoming album
























Our friends over at FACT Mag spoke with Shackleton about his upcoming album.

"As previously reported, Shackleton has a new release on the way, a box set featuring two separate long-form works, Music For The Quiet Hour and The Drawbar Organs EPs.

The box, due out imminently on the artist’s own Woe To The Septic Heart label, features incredible exterior and booklet illustrations by his longtime visual collaborator, Zeke Clough. Within it can be found a CD containing Music For The Quiet Hour, and three 12″ records comprising The Drawbar Organs EPs. The following statement from Shackleton explains the project’s origins and why it’s taken the form it has."


Full article here

Slugabed : New Single 'Sex' + Video + Album Launch Party in London this Friday!!














Slugabed has a lot to shout about at the moment. Not only has his new single 'SEX' been released to rave reviews and radio play but there is also a fantastic new video for it which you can check here

As if that's not enough, he'll also be celebrating the forthcoming release of his debut LP on Ninja Tune with a great line-up in London this Friday. More info on the event here (Resident Advisor) and here (Facebook)

You can buy the single SEX here and pre-order the album here

New mixes from Rustie, Kuedo + Addison Groove
















Here are 3 great new mixes from some of our most talented artists, in case you missed them:
ADDISON GROOVE on Boiler Room : http://boilerroom.tv/addison-groove-70-min-mix/
RUSTIE Essential Mix : http://soundcloud.com/surefire/rustie-essential-mix
KUEDO on Boiler Room : http://boilerroom.tv/kuedo-60-min-mix/

Slugabed's 'Sex' free download on Mixmag





















"Combining a love of funk, prog and odd-house, 22 year old Slugabed presents the "soundtrack to your nights of digital pleasure-seeking", 'Sex', out on Ninja Tune April 9."

Download 'Sex' and read the full article here.

XI's new project Ambalance






















Surefire artist XI collaborates with Skeleton Bone on a new project entitled Ambalance, their debut EP "Cokewave" was released this week on Bandcamp as PWYC.

"From the depths of Toronto's underground music culture comes Ambalance, a decidedly left-field endeavor from bass music far-seer XI and Underdog Toronto nightlife royalty Skeleton Bone. Combining beautiful synth scoring, with brain-dance throwback rhythm programming and ample doses of melancholy. Ambalance is an experience in and of itself."



Ambalance Facebook
Ambalance Soundcloud

Slugabed 'Time Team' + Free Download






















Slugabed's 'Time Team' is a concise documentation of Greg Feldwick's computational experiments analysing the directionality of hexagonal crystals. Released on Ninja Tune on 7 May (15 May in N.America), Slugabed's music is suffused with a unique mix of humour, next level production, dancefloor smarts and melancholic emotion.

Asked to explain 'Time Team', Feldwick responds that "it's to do with deep feelings about mostly inexpressible things". It is indeed an album full of feeling, warmth and humour, a remarkable feat for a record composed mainly on synthesisers and drum machines.

Single 'SEX' precedes the album on 9 April and features remixes from Ninja labelmate Daedelus and Groundislava
- get a free download of the Daedelus remix on the Ninja Tune site

FACT’s Alternative Brit Awards
























FACT Mag has put together their own alternative Brit Awards with Surefire Artists featured include...

Objekt: Beat British Breakthrough

Rustie: Best British Album

Andy Stott: Best British Male

Congratulations to everyone who was featured.

Livity Sound Live @ Take 5


Live performance by the combined for forces of Peverelist, Kotwon and Asusu

Video featured over at Tape Echo

Surefire at SXSW 2012






























On March 15th & 16th Surefire takes over Barcelona at SXSW in Austin, TX.

March 15th

Machinedrum
Slugabed
Mux Mool
Noah D
Robot Koch
Shigeto

March 16th

XXXY
Lando Kal
!!!DJs
Braille
Clicks & Whistles
Comma

Barcelona
209 East 6th St.
Austin, TX

Slugabed mix for Ninja Tune's Solid Steel Radio



























Slugabed dropped a mix alongside Coldcut for Ninja Tune's Solid Steel Radio



PART 3 - Coldcut

Eric B & Rakim _ Eric B Is President _ 4th & Broadway
El Michels Affair _ Detroit Twice _ Daptone
Beat Nation feat. Ben Jammin _ Ask Me No Question _ HiTop Records
krs 1 _ return of the boom bap _ Jive
Ward 21 _ Total Pandemonium Riddim inst _ Unknown
An-ten-nae _ Tripping On Banana Peels Dub Mix _ Muti Music
Wiley _ Scar _ Big Dada
PH Fat _ Fat Disco Biscuit _ Muti Music
Naughty By Nature _ OPP _ Tommy boy
Flying Lotus _ Gng Bng _ Warp

PART 4 - Slugabed

Slugabed _ It's When The Future Falls Plop On Your Head _ Ninja Tune
Dirg Gerner _ My Queen _ Eglo
AD Bourke _ Solar Commuter _ Citinite
DELS _ Trumpalump _ Big Dada
Slugabed _ All This Time _ Ninja Tune
Napolian _ Olympia _ Beer On The Rug
Alphabet's Heaven _ Deartentotnine _ Unknown
ANGO _ Follow Me _ LuckyMe
Busta Rhymes _ Dangerous (Slugabed Remix) _ White
Cameo _ Attack Me With Your Love _ Atlanta Artists
Clause Four _ Be The One _ Modern Soul
Zodiac _ Zodiac _ Melodiya
Slugabed _ Unicorn Suplex _ Ninja Tune

Illum Sphere mix on Mary Anne Hobbs' XFM






















Illum Sphere will be dropping an exclusive mix for Mary Anne Hobbs' XFM show this Saturday at 7PM GMT

XI Podcast for Frite Nite + Massive Tour Announcement


















Feature and US tour dates over at Frite Nite

"Simply put, XI is a personal favorite of ours here at Frite Nite. 2011 brought a bounty of fruitful endeavors for the Toronto native also known as Christian Anderson. Prior to his recent relocation to the brimming music scene that is Berlin, XI shared a number of releases that covered the classiest sides of damn near every style and tempo we hold dear. From his “Gamma Rain / Medicate” 12″ on Orca, to his spot-on remix of Sepalcure’s timeless “Love Pressure” on Hotflush, all the way back to the stand-out track “Whiteout” on our own Surreal Estate compilation, the young man stays busy. The hot streak continues in 2012, with his third 12″ for Orca (his full-time label home) entitled “Squeeze / Immunity”, which has already become a staple in a few of our crates. Needless to say, we are thrilled to have him as our distinguished guest for the 17th edition of the FTNT podcast series."

Read the article and download the mix here

Tracklist:

Ambalance – Aspirator
XI – Chariots
Quam – No Doubt
XI – I’m The Mayne
Om Unit – Vibrations (Machine Drum remix)
Ambalance – Zero Seconds Remaining
XI – Glythe
Ambalance – Lawn Gong
XI – Sympho
Bwana – It Ain’t Done Til’ It’s Over (XI remix)
XI – Immunity
Falty DL – Atlantis
XI – Antikythera
XI – Squeeze
XI – Nightlif
Cosmin TRG – Fizic
George FitzGerald – Shackled
Lazer Sword – Sounds Sane
Blackwax – Surface
Pariah – Left Unsaid
Blackwax – Offkey
▽nkown ShΔpes – Used To Give A Fk

Rustie's 'Glass Swords' First Album Award

























"If Russell "Rustie" Whyte was anything like his music, interviewing him would be a tough gig. He'd be bouncing off the walls, screaming his answers in your face and having to take Ritalin to calm down whenever you asked a question. Then, when you were done, he'd swallow your dictaphone and regurgitate it across the desk.

Rustie's debut album Glass Swords, you see, is a playful riot of a record, a neon tapestry of sonic thrills that incorporates 80s pop, happy hardcore, the Seinfeld theme, soft rock and hip-hop – often all at the same time. It refuses to sit still for more than a nanosecond and has been hailed by several critics as being at the vanguard of a new wave of "maximalism" in electronic music..."


We're extremely proud to say that Rustie has won the Guardian's 'First Album Award' for his stunning debut LP 'Glass Swords'. Voted for by critics including Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire and Gold Panda. Check the full story and interview here in today's Guardian.

Africa Hitech interview





















"This year saw the collaboration of two luminaries in the electronic and dance music world. Mark Pritchard has a long history in a wealth of projects, from Global Communication and Troubleman to his recent Harmonic 313 guise for Warp Records. Steve Spacek formed the trio Spacek with Ed Spacek and Morgan Spacek (now Morgan Zarate on Hyperdub) before moving on to solo releases under his own name such as Spaceshift, which featured J Dilla on one song. After both relocated to Australia and found themselves living near each other, they embarked on an exploration of shared themes and beats. The result was Africa Hitech and 2011′s 93 Million Miles, featuring the breakout “Out In The Streets” single. While touring the U.S. they found time to chat with LWE about their history, influences, working together, and what the future holds."

Full interview over at Little White Earbuds

Demdike Stare video interview



Demdike Stare have put together this video interview over at The Drone

Monolake (live) with support from Peverelist

























"On the first evening of March, Robert Henke will be bringing his Ghosts in Surround Tour to Room One as part of a multi dimensional, immersive audio and visual experience. The tour comes as Henke releases ‘Ghosts’, the 9th studio album to be released under the Monolake moniker, which is set for release on 27th February through his own Imbalance Computer Music label. The entirety of the album was composed in Ableton Live, a digital audio workstation that Henke, a true advocate of the possibilities of technology, himself helped develop.

The Bristol based Punch Drunk Records boss, Peverelist, has been called upon to provide DJ support - his broken blend of sounds echo the expanse of Monolake’s own production palette - alongside our resident Craig Richards, who’s a much charted lover of Henke’s level of inventiveness and progression through his regular Nothing Special pursuits. This event will allow Richards to explore the more experimental side of his record collection, as he ably segues from performance to dancefloor and vice versa."

More information and tickets can be acquired here

Hotflush takeover Fabric Room 2





















"Hotflush Records takes to Room Two with label boss, Scuba who recently announced the release of his third LP ‘Personality’ to join London techno producer/ DJ, Sigha, ManMakeMusic/ Hotflush regular, George Fitzgerald and Brooklyn- based duo Sepalcure in a highly anticipated live show."

Check out Scuba's RBMA lecture here

Check out George FitzGerald's Sonic Router mix here

More information and tickets can be acquired here

Doc Daneeka and Benjamin Damage Album of the Month



















Feature over at KMag

"Benjamin Damage and Doc Daneeka team up for a long player on Modeselektor's boutique Fifty Weapons imprint. All recorded during a two month visit to Modeselektor's Berlin studio, the outcome is the brilliant They! Live. Featuring a number of tracks that people will no doubt be familiar with, the albums blends the sounds of UK and Berlin in equal measure, re-emerging as a deep exploration of house and techno tied together by the UK's bass heritage. The metallic pulse and melancholic vocal tones of opener No One featuring Abigail Wayles, set the tone for the album nicely, with Wayles also reappearing to lend her beautiful vocals to the infinite haze of Battleships and the delicate poignancy of Halo. The album edit of Creeper loses none of its impact with those detuned sharp synth tones and symbiotic drum shuffle. Deaf Siren, Juggernaut and Elipsis Torment show similar mastery of the dance floor, while other softer moments come with the swelling synths and whispering vocals on Charlottenburg and the fluid melodic tones and easy swing of album closer Bleach & Penicillin. Here Benjamin Damage and Doc Daneeka prove that they are capable of much more than just moving a dance floor, delivering a full and compelling listen."

Check out the previews here



















Hotflush newcomer Locked Groove also came in at #6 on the single charts with his Rooted EP

"Hotflush start the year with a label debut from newcomer Locked Groove. The three-track Rooted EP acts as a powerful opening statement from him exploring his raw and rugged take on house. The eponymous lead track opens on a bed of pale hues and soft melodies that slowly locks itself into an easy groove around the building drum line. Confidently layering percussion and melodic trails through the track it unfurls into a much harder, darker entity half way through as the drums open themselves up and a squirming acid synths erode their way through the track. You may well recognise Drowning already, a track which has had people going mad ever since its inclusion in Scuba's DJ-Kicks mix. Taking things deeper and darker still driven by its cavernous thump and subterranean filtering, this is pure dance floor energy. Change rounds off the EP nicely with its solid groove and deft fluidity."

Check out the EP here