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Berlin based Still Parade release penultimate single in Art is Hard’s Hand Cut Record Club



2015 has been a great year for Art is Hard. They’ve released a slew of killer singles, EP’s and albums, most recently Shunkan’s the Pink Noise, and the Hand Cut Record Club fastly became a reason to look forward to Friday’s, as well as, you know it being Friday. The honour of penultimate release belongs to Berlin based Still Parade. For those of you who don’t know about Still Parade, firstly what have you been doing since 2013?, and secondly their brand of dreamy indie pop sounds like the most luxurious and airily decadent desert you’ve ever had. The music is exquisite and washes over you while Niklas Kramer’s vocals melt in your ears.



07:41, sadly not the length of the song, is about the alienation of society, but there is an upbeat, almost optimistic twist to it, but don’t take my word for it, here’s what Kramer has to say about it “07:41″ is about this weird feeling when you’re new somewhere. You feel like a stranger and no one really seems to care about you. But there’s also the chance to build up something new. It’s the point when you just don’t know what’s going to happen. Can be quite scary and exciting at the same time.”



Still Parade are a band that you can get lost in and so far they haven’t released a duffer. 2016 looks set to be the year when they fulfil their potential and hype. The talk around the campfire is that Still Parade will release their debut album next year, but until then at least we have their gracefully elegant singles Actos, Fields, Hunter and Concrete vision to tide us over.









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German dreampop merchants Still Parade deliver the goods again with latest single



The world appears to slow down as cool waves of melodic indie wash over you, everything starts to look somewhere between sepia and Kodachrome and at the edges of your vision things get blurred as you listen to Still Parade’s latest offering Concrete Vision.



Concrete Vision immediately feels welcoming but new, like when you go home for Christmas and put clothes that you used to wear before you moved away. You remember the sensation of wearing them, but due to not seeing them for a while you get the impression that they are either someone else’s or new. Concrete Vision feels like this. You know the melodies and rhythm, somehow, but there is also a feeling of the unknown to it. As it meanders this way and that through lackadaisical guitars and drumming, you feel like you’ve always known and cherished this song, but as it was only released this year you know that can’t be true.



While still at the early staged of their career, Still Parade are showing all the signs of being the real deal. What we, the fans, really need is an album to show that our support has been worthwhile. Rumour has it this will be coming next year, and keep any eye out near the end of the year, as something special is in the pipeline…









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Digital collaboration by Oregon maverick and Berlin resident man of the moment shows the beauty of the dark



What do you get is you cross abstract soundscapes and minimal techno? De/Re-Constructions. This isn’t some kind of Lynchain riddle, it is in fact the new album by Portland maverick Best Available Technology and Berlin based BNJMN.



De/Re-Constructions may only contain thirty three minutes, but those thirty three minutes were culled from a year’s worth of file sharing and emails. The album is a true collaboration, in the best meaning of the word. It’s almost impossible to know exactly where one artist starts and the other ends. The album’s manipulated samples, loops and beats were merge together to create a perfect soundtrack for either late night existentialism, tube journeys or those early morning teas after a night out.



Opening track Wired start off sounding like Pong, then slowly a glitch menace descends and it sounds like a John Carpenter film in the 1980’s. The tension builds until it ends like it started, with an 8-bit loop. Ghosting is where the album really starts to pick up. Repetitive beats, minimal bass, with a soundscape that sounds like it was made sleepwalking. 022 is the mission statement for the whole album. Through clever arrangement it slowly builds up peaks and troughs until an intense maelstrom is reached. Then it slowly winds down the tension, but not the intensity.



After the success of last year’s IV EP and Coil BNJMN has cemented his reputation as being one the brightest up and coming producers in dance music today. With the announcement of his new relase and new label BNJMN is definitely one to be watching as the year progresses.