Graham Bertie is the artist known to many as Nautiluss. Toronto born and bred- Nautiluss has constructed a reputation for murky, deep synths that subtly draw attention. If you’re looking for something dark, a touch cold, and an artist who threatens to be creepy; Nautiluss’ “Alpha” is well worth an investment of your time.
“Rush to The Capsule” is the attention grabber track, with its pop inspired layout and its light drum beat. The intermixing of male and female vocals works with formidable success; giving “Rush To The Capsule” that authentic eighties electrical edge.
The Renaissance Man Project is all about smarter experimental sounds…
Words: Ryan Webb
Renaissance Man’s new album “The Renaissance Man Project”, the latest work being released of Tiga’s Turbo Recordings, which has been integral in the success of acts like Chromeo, Proxy, and most recently, Azari & III. Hoping to build on their reputation of smarter sounds with an experimental mix and as the cover art suggests, Renaissance man has gone all out to keep this reputation intact.
And a smarter sound is everything that “What Do You Do When You Do What You Do” is about. A minimum opening gives way to the haunting voice of “What Do You Do When You Do What You Do” slowly constructing to the sharpen phrasing of “What Do You Do”. The synth overtones and the bass gives both an uplifting, dark and non-traditional opening, “The Renaissance Man Project” has a strange and unclear narrative sound throughout. This actually makes it exciting and the mostly instrumental tracks never sound dull or monotone.
Renaissance Man – “What Do You Do When You Do What You Do”
“Vancouver” with its ambient synths, flutes and steel-string acoustic guitar mixed with the tribal drum beat is a personal favourite, a methodical light beat that’s the valium after a euphoric night. “Nikolai Kopeloi” bass intro is the foundation for a harder sound that gets the dance juices going with a mix of bottom-heavy beats. The electro sound mixed with keyboard overtones doesn’t grate whatsoever, due to the subtle changes. “Urban Nomad” jumpy, shifty electric hit briefly disturbs the developing sound from “Nikolai Kopeloi” only for equilibrium to be restored with the “Natty Jussi”, which has a cultured, lighter touch blending well to create a warm groove. “S.O.S” closes the proceedings with atmospheric electro roar that sounds like it’s escaped from a grand hall.
The Guerilla Sounds Top Ten mix, “GS Select” gets some special treatment from our good Steve Travell aka Travski. Steve Travell has been on the music scene for around three decades, DJing and Producing both his own music as well as other peoples. Some will know him better as one half of ‘Bump’ with the vocal infused “House Stomping” that was featured on Sasha & Digweed’s renowned 3CD Renaissance Mix.
So it’s an absolute pleasure for us to have Steve Travell whip us up the GS Select 11.08 mix, which features some impressive tracks from labels such as Bigger Deer, Falk, Electric Sheep and Diynamic.
Steve Travell has provided us with a mix that truly reflects that Guerilla Sounds style.
01. Mr Cenzo – Moving Clouds /// Electric Sheep
02. Solomon & DJ Phono – Ice Cream & Bonus Miles /// Diynamic
03. Overcast Sound – Lackadaisical (Chord Remix) /// Falk
04. Lewis Ryder – Grown Up Slumber Party (Sonal Full Remix) /// Bigger Deer
05. H.O.S.H. & Stimming – My Shadow /// Diynamic
06. Joe Europe – This Love /// Falk
07. Azari & III – Manic (Maceo Plex Remix) /// Turbo
08. Simon Baker – Grey Area (Burnski & Robert James Mix) /// 2020 Vision
09. Lee Waxman – Love Albatross /// Electric Sheep
10. Overcast Sound – Templehof (Nadia Popoff Remix) /// Falk
Murphy Jax is next in line to release on Turbo Recordings who follows that creative path that Turbo seems to be boasting at the moment…
Murphy Jax has created an impressive album of emotion packed music drawing from some very inspirational sounds and styles from the past with a modern edge. He’s one who seems to be carrying on the Chicago and Disco vibe with his softly grooving analogue sound and elements of 80′s electro stands predominant, especially on “We Dance”, which resembles a modern version of something you might hear in Beverly Hills Cop. At statement, that for some would dampen the credibility, but be assured this is definitely one not to be overlooked. Its infectious old school sound married up with the soft vocal adds real emotion to the track. But if you’re not quite into the soft meaningful material, then there are a couple of remixes being released that offer a darker side of “We Dance” with the Freak Seven Remix as well as a quirkier funked up electro Populette Remix.
Murphy Jax – We Dance
Murphy Jax also incorporates some fine acid into “It’s Time To Bump”, which demonstrates his ability to add his own modern edge to some much loved, old sounds. Blending the acid nicely into a euphoric atmosphere of strings, which is joined by a welcoming electro broken beat. The Matt Walsh & Zhao Remix to It’s Time To Bump is a remarkable stripped back, deep and dirty remix.
Murphy Jax – It’s Time To Bump
Suburban Path on the other hand differs from the others as it has that sound of being a massive tune with a simple kick and its big open spaced synth that drops into a more powerful version of itself with subtleties of distortion. This tune is simple but effective.
Murphy Jax – Suburban Path
Murphy Jax’s music is due for release on 27th June.