French electronic artist and producer Uppermost has been busy preparing for the release of his new album Origins (2011-2016) coming February 2017. In anticipation, he has already released two brand new tracks – “Thousand Colors” and “Constellation”. Today, he releases a never-before-seen live video of his cult single “Reminder” and announces his career-defining track “Beautiful Light” will be available as an immediate download with album pre-order.
In-line with the important conversation that’s taking place currently in the electronic music scene about live performance, the video gives viewers some insight into the various instruments and technologies that are part of making some of our favorite jams come to life.
Uppermost says of the video:
“The live video was shot in the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace, located in Paris-Le Bourget airport – a beautiful and inspiring place for space lovers like myself. The guitar player is Mathias Di Gusto. I really love his instinctive creativity when it comes to efficient funky riffs. He’s also the player of famous french rapper Maitre Gims, playing on France’s biggest stages such as Paris Bercy. The bass player is Klem Aubert, a very talented slap bass monster and member of the awesome band Minuit.
The idea of a live performance grew in my mind after I started to feel constrained by the limitations I’d meet in my DJ sets. I wanted to be able to change the structure of my tracks on the fly, to create a beautiful interaction between every part in my mix.
So I’ve decided to build the live performance in a way that I can rearrange my tracks live but most importantly sample, loop and apply effects on what the guitar and bass players are doing at any moment. It took a lot of time to build the right workflow, and a lot of repetitions with the players in order to set up specific effects racks on each instruments according to which section of the track I trigger on the midi controller. For example, the guitar player instantly knows that whenever I trigger an atmospheric section of the track, his guitar will be going through a huge reverb and delay. The creative possibilities are really endless and that’s what makes the performance so exciting!”
The sick track is played using various instruments and controllers, including electronic music tools such as a Behringer BCR-2000 and iRig Keys 37Pro, as well as some more traditional instruments including a Fender Precision bass and a Gibson SG guitar.
“Reminder” will be featured on the new LP along with “Beautiful Light”, available as an instant download with pre-order today, and “Mistakes”. Combined, these songs have over 30 million streams. Also featured will be Uppermost’s recently released singles “Thousand Colors” and “Constellation”.
“Your Wish” opens with a hypnotic guitar loop, and is found on Talisco’s 2014 EP My Home (Spotify). On the EP, Talisco seamlessly weaves mesmerizing mid-tempos, before letting the chords, beats and the vocals explode when the city lights finally prevail. Talisco’s music brings together elements of Americana with nuances of subtle, electro-folk. Armed with a Fender Telecaster, vintage reverb and his angelic voice, the Parisian artists’ music is an amalgam of his experiences, illustrating the unavoidable urge to get away.
“Your Wish” is also the first song featured in a worldwide ad for Google Cast that went live this week, marking the first time Talisco’s music has crossed the ocean for US listeners!
Adan Jodorowsky had led the kind of charmed life that will leave you shaking your head in wonder. As a youngster, he was given his first dance lesson by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. He got his first guitar lesson from none other than George Harrison. And he was the star of a feature film Santa Sangre, (directed by his father, famed surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky) by the age of 10.
These days, he is a bona fide rock star in his native France and throughout South America, able to sell out the 10,000-seat National Auditorium in Mexico City and to perform alongside Foo Fighters and MGMT as part of 2012’s Lollapalooza Chile.
Add all that experience and excellence up, and it is long past time for folks in the U.S. and beyond to take notice of this singular talent. And he has just the album to help get the rest of the world to shine the spotlight in his direction.
Recording under the stage name Adanowsky, he has taken a sharp left turn away from the lush folk pop of his 2011 U.S. debut Amador, an album that found him collaborating with Devendra Banhart and exploring the deepest romantic desires and heartbreaks of the titular character (the name translates to “The Lover”).
With his latest full-length ADA, he has put aside the emotion and is purely concentrating on physical pleasures. “I wanted something sweaty and gross,” Adanowsky says. “I wanted to feel the drugs on this album. I’m not a drug addict at all but I wanted people to feel that same kind of high in the music.”
Recorded at Polysound Studios in the suburbs of Paris backed by Vincent and Xavier Polycarpe of the French pop group Gush, ADA is a sexy throwback to the early work of icons like Prince and Michael Jackson replete with shimmy-shake disco rhythms, vintage ’80s R&B pulsations, and a whole lot of glammy attitude.
To aid in their role of creating a record that sounds as luscious as possible, Adanowsky and the Polycarpe brothers played everything live in the studio using equipment made before 1975. That also meant spending a long time poring over mixes with engineer Jack Lahana (Air, Phoenix) to capture that perfect Controversy/Off The Wall spirit.
But as ADA ‘s collection of slinky, party starters proves, all that effort was more than worth it. Just check out the carefree, summery pulse of “Dancing To The Radio,” or the metaphor-free throb of “Sexual Feeling.” These are songs that cut right to the point: shake off your daily frustrations, toss on a favorite frock, and have some fun.
“I want to give hope with this record,” Adanowsky explains. “I want people to have fun listening to it. I want you to wake up in the morning and put this record on, or put it on in their car, and dance and feel the power!”