IVIYH Interview and exclusive mix
We recently did an interview with music blog, I Vacation in Your Hell. Here is an exerpt of the interview. To read the rest of it and to listen to our exclusive mix, click here.
Can you tell me a bit about your “Tide Out” release on AS, what are some of the influencing factors that inspired it?
TIDE OUT began exclusively as a remix project of tracks from our debut release but due to the number of artists involved it took a while in the making. Whilst those involved were working their magic, we came up with some songs that we were happy with and felt fitted in well with the overall feel of what we wanted to achieve. Since the remixes are so eclectic, the original tracks help give the album a bit of direction and allowed us to stamp our own sound onto it.
With Dougie living in London and Tom having recently moved back to Berlin, the new songs were heavily influenced by the cities we call home and how they’ve changed us. Even the record’s imperfections are a direct result of the environment in which it was made, with the final mixing and mastering being done in a sparsely furnished Berlin bedroom with a high ceiling and wooden floorboards. Natural images have always been very prominent in our artwork as we feel they juxtapose with our sound nicely and help emphasise its inherently unnatural qualities. Almost every song we have written within this project has been conceived within the box, the result of digital experimentation, and lyrics usually draw inspiration from life in an urban supercollider. As for musical influences, it was great to have some of our favourite and most influential artists on the release. Everyone we asked to be involved in the project has affected us greatly in some way and we were delighted with how receptive they were for this project.
Can you tell me a little bit about recording it as well?
I suppose the most unusual thing about our recording process is that we never actually record anything together. All communication is done via Skype and projects are shared via Dropbox. We have both collaborated with many musicians, but ultimately work best when alone and able to experiment with sounds without anyone to laugh at you if it sounds ridiculous. We had one recording session face to face a year or so ago but ended up recording a theremin for most of it. We usually work entirely within Ableton and a standard songwriting process involves Tom coming up with an initial idea before sending it over to Dougie to chop and skew as he feels fit. It’s then sent back and forth a few more times and the end result normally sounds nothing like the original track. On the EP, Where’s Your Love? was born out of recording and sequencing random percussion sounds and building the track up from there. Some songs took ages to finish and were difficult to stop working on, whilst others – such as Golden Armour – were written, recorded and mixed within a matter of days.
Exclusive mix for Long Clothing
Our friend and great supporter, Pe† Ceme†ery, included two of our tracks in a recent exclusive mixtape for cult London fashion label Long Clothing. The mix highlights some of the emerging new talent from the Aural Sects clique, as well as featuring a few golden oldies.
SMD vs VS//YC
And for our latest trick, we did a bootleg remix of Simian Mobile Disco’s I Waited For You, to keep you company whilst your walking home from the club, along cold, deserted streets. Download this for free from our Facebook.
We’re extremely proud to present our second release, TIDE OUT. It features three new tracks and six remixes from some of our favourite artists of songs from our four-track debut, WAVES.
Massive thanks go out to all those involved with the project - we literally couldn’t have done this without you!
Lossless format (AIFF & WAV) is available over at the Aural Sects’ Bandcamp.
1. FOOTNOTE (Koda Remix)
3. WAVES (Daterape Remix)
4. Golden Armour
5. INFINITY (FUNERALS Remix)
6. Where’s Your Love?
7. WAVES (Pe† Ceme†ery Remix)
8. INFINITY (kkoee Remix)
9. HEARTS (∆AIMON Remix)
10245 GETS A FACELIFT!
This fresh version of 10245 will feature on our forthcoming release on Aural Sects, which will include remixes from Koda, FUNERALS, kkoee, Daterape, ∆AIMON and Pet Cemetery, as well as a couple of new original tracks by us. We’ll have more information about a specific release date by next week!
ISSUE #5: SAY MY NAME
We like to celebrate each little victory that comes our way. So, to mark our 350th Facebook fan, we have uploaded the latest instalment of our thirty minute mixtapes. Download for free for a limited time period from our Soundcloud page.
In order to make room for upcoming new material, we have deleted some of the older mixes from our Soundcloud profile and published them over on our new Mixcloud site. For some reason, you can’t enable downloading of mixes though, so get it while you still can!
The other day we dropped our new remix of Belispeak by Purity Ring. It has already garnered some praise from several music blogs and entered the top 20 most popular remixes on Hype Machine (help us better that by supporting it here). We have also received some really positive feedback on Soundcloud - thanks everyone! It can be downloaded for free from Facebook by following this link.
Blog love for this remix:
[The above image is from an incredible collection of hyperreal paintings by Tim O’Brien. Check them out here if you have a chance.]
INFINITY (kkoee remix)
Here is an 8:08 long rework of INFINITY by the extremely underrated and immensely talented Berlin producer, kkoee. This remix will feature on our next release, which is set to be made available in mid-August and will comprise of a selection of remixes by some of our favourite artists and a few other new original tracks. More details TBA soon.