Helena Hauff – Sworn to Secrecy Part II

Looks like the summer holidays are near, the time of the year when hardly any music is coming out. So, today Werk Discs announced the release of Helena Hauff‘s debut album “
Discreet Desires”, and it will be released in early September. I don’t know, the word early doesn’t change the fact that September is far in the future. Anyway, above you can listen to a first track from that very album, and hopefully more will be revealed in the next two months. If you can’t wait, you can pre-order the album on Helena’s Bandcamp store today!

Actress scores short film for Tate

There’s yet another collaboration between visionary producer Actress and the Tate Modern. Following his stunning contribution to the DJ-Kicks series last month, the Werk Discs founder has scored a short film about American painter Agnes Martin, a glimpse of which you can hear in the trailer above. If I’m not mistaken, the film was shown at the exhibition‘s opening last week, not sure possible about re-runs.

(via FACT)

Actress – Ghettoville

Actress - Ghettoville

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Actress’ Ghettoville has been expected for quite some time now, avid fans will remember the announcement about a release in autumn. Autumn 2012 that is. After all it was as unbelievable as it sounded back then, it would have been his second album released within a year, following the excellent R.I.P. There’s still little news about the record, the artwork has been released, accompanied by a cryptic note, the tracklist and a release date (January 27, 2014!)01. Forgiven
02. Street Corp.
03. Corner
04. Rims
05. Contagious
06. Birdcage
07. Our
08. Time
09. Towers
10. Gaze
11. Skyline
12. Image
13. Don’t
14. Rap
15. Frontline
16. Rule
You might not like the idea of pre-ordering a copy of an album,  you haven’t heard yet. But I feel obligated to recommend a look at your options, specifically the deluxe edition of the album which will be accompanied by the first-ever vinyl pressing Hazyville, his 2008 debut album. Exclamation mark. According to the NinjaShop that will be exclusive to the box-set.

Lastly, if you missed them before, Actress shared three tracks back in October: Wee Bey, treF and jumpyju.

Helena Hauff – Reaktion

If you had a close eye on recent Werk Discs doings, this mixtape is old news for you. As for myself, I haven’t been so lucky and I’m thankful that Ninja Tune, a close partner to the label, notified me of its existence. I did hear about Helena Hauff being signed to the label and I’m eager to hear her debut EP in full. Besides producing music that excites the likes of Actress, she also works as resident DJ at Hamburg’s renowned Golden Pudel. That said, it should’t surprise you she chose a mixtape to get you excited about her EP. No tracklist or download, but a fine treat for lovers of raw techno music. Enough talking, just listen!

Actress – Voodoo Posse Chronic Illusion

What better news to start the year than with a new release from Actress? His label Werk Discs and Ninja Tune have teamed up once again to release a new 12-inch sporting three new tracks. Above you can watch a video for one of its tracks, made by Nick Hamilton using “digitised, re-purposed and time-warped memory” of Tokyo’s skyline.

You can pre-order the 12-inch directly from Ninja Tune (says “sold out” though) or from Boomkat.

(via Colectivo Futuro)

Actress – Parallel World

A year after releasing the groundbreaking Splazsh, London’s Actress is currently resurfacing with a couple of new productions. His last record came out on Nonplus, and this week saw the release of his remix for Panda Bear.

He also posted the track above on Twitter yesterday, so if you like it grab it here or there. And never misspell parallel.

Update Also check out the new tracks Metal Tiger and My Weeds Strong Blud!

Lukid – Brainfeeder Mix

Werk Discs’ very own Lukid has put together this mixtape for Brainfeeder and it’s a good one. It’s one of the better mixes I heard in a while and it features a lot of his own productions and music from his peers.01. Lukid – Spiller
02. Process – E1
03. Nochexxx – Ritalin Love
04. Actress – San Siro
05. Lukid – Just Like Havana
06. Lukid – Untitled
07. Lukid – Veto
08. Infinitirock – Drumhead
09. Actress – Credit Da Edit
10. Newworldaquarium – Star Power
11. Topaz Rags – Dead Horses
12. Martin Dupont – Your Passion
13. James Pants – Mass
14. Bullion – Crazy Over You
15. Loops Haunt – Dusk Mechanics (Samoyed Remix)
16. Anthony Shake Shakir – One Beat (Just Won’t Do)
17. Lukid – Untitled
18. Millie And Andrea – Ever Since You Came Down
19. Lukid – Hair Of The Dog

I hope this means his new album Chords is just around the corner. Until then, go and download the mix!

Lukid – Chord

Lukid - Chord

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With music from Zomby, Lone, or his own Actress moniker, Darren J. Cunningham’s Werk Discs imprint has continously released some highly acclaimed albums in the last couple of years. What most of you will agree on, is that we would have loved to see those albums released on proper vinyl.

Of course vinyl has become a luxury not many labels can afford, but I’m most delighted to see Lukid’s Chords will be pressed on three discs. Among the tracks is not only new material, but also a couple of tracks from last year’s Foma album.A1. Chord
B1. Veto
B2. Rags
C1. Hair Of The Dog
C2. Child Of The Jago
D1. Saddlebags
D2. Through Gritted Teeth
E1. Lego
E2. Spiller
F1. Stripes
F2. Makes

Chord is dedicated to Davin Gormley, visual artist and designer, close friend of Lukid and longtime collaborator with Werk Discs. Davin sadly passed away in December last year.

No release date yet, will keep you updated on that!

(via Gimme5)

Oct 14, 2010 Boomkat now has copies in stock, Juno on pre-order

Lukid – !@£$%^&*()_+

About a year ago, Lukid released his second longplayer Foma on Werk Discs. It has been one of my personal favourites in 2009, but I always had the feeling it’s also on of the most overlooked ones.

If he isn’t playing records on Ustream (every Monday!), he’s still working on great new music. Such as this new upload to his SoundCloud page.

I also want to mention that Lukid is featured on The Ghostly Remixes, a 12-inch limited to only 300 copies.

Weekly Bits 45/2009

Let’s start this post with these video interviews with Mayer Hawthorne and SA-RA. The second is already a bit older but gives some insights on the creative partners.

The anticipated new album from Trus’me will be in stores on December 7, you can listen to snippets from every track on his SoundCloud page.

Another new album comes from my good friend Bruno Morais, who turned his back on his previous electronic productions to produce a very traditional recording of Brazilian music. You can watch his first music video on YouTube.

Detroit based Zo! is giving away his new EP …just visiting too, a collection of cover versions of artists like Minnie Riperton, The Jones Girls or The Isley Brothers.

Here’s one more on Mayer Hawthorne, his label Stones Throw has posted a live-recording of his song The Ills for you to download.

Two years after the release of his album Underwater Dancehall, dubstep producer Pinch is releasing remixes of the track “Get Up”. The track features Bugz in the Attic live vocalist Yolanda, who also lent her voice to Massive Attack before. Here’s a video for the track.

Brainfeeder’s Teebs has designed 100 unique 7-inch sleeves for the new Primary1 single. The artwork is currently exhibited at London’s Rough Trade store, where it is also being sold exclusively.

And lastly, go and visit Werk Discs‘ new website, home to artists like Lukid and Zomby.

Lukid – Foma

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Just when I reported about Luke Blair’s mixtape, I found out that he got his new album out on Werk Discs. The follow-up to 2007’s Onandon is Foma, and it proves Lukid is the first artist of the year you can’t afford to sleep on.

If trip-hop had further evolved since the nineties, or if it still had some relevance in contemporary underground music, this is what it would sound like! It all comes from a kid heavily influenced by Autechre and Boards of Canada, but who produces tracks with the freshness of Flying Lotus or Rustie, Appleblim or Dabrye, Theo Parrish and the late J Dilla.

Foma is a deep dark journey through dubstep, hip hop and IDM, with a consistent mood lurking beneath all tracks. Beautifully wrapped into a design by Davin and Paul Camo, a first masterpiece in 2009!01. Ice Nine
02. Raise High The Roof Beam
03. Veto
04. Slow Hand Slap
05. Saddlebags
06. Chord
07. Foma
08. Fall Apart
09. Laughin’
10. Ski Fly
11. Time Doing So Mean
The album is currently available on CD and as digital download, you can buy a copy at Juno (currently the download only!), Boomkat, iTunes or even Amazon.

While writing this article, I stumbled upon this video on the TrebleO website and this worthwile review on Resident Advisor.