LISTEN & BUY # 1000NAMES – THE MACHINE CITY EP [SVET007]

18 11 2011


Holy Holy S***
Ya know the deal with Svetlana, you never disappointed
and always get a free seat 1st Class to your brain limit
So take the trip with me, i’m about to board

Svetlana Industries’ connection with Bulgarian duo 1000names goes back to maybe 2006, and they are one of the reasons we set the label up in the first place. So we’re delighted to finally drop their first full official release with us, and we can say that it’s been worth the wait. Following on from their acclaimed Illuminated Man album on Black Acre, Machine City is in our opinion easily their best work to date.

The five track EP is Svetlana’s format of choice: a concise but unified statement of where the artist is at a moment in time. 1000names have used to Machine City to showcase a new direction, retaining their signature touches – blissful synth melodies, abstract vocal samples – but moving away from the LA style beats sound towards a sound that Sonic Router described as a “slowed up house sound that’s firmly rooted in hip hop production”.

To us there’s a strong hint of Moroder and late 70s/early 80s new wave in there as well. This is the territory between disco, house, electropop, and hip hop, also being explored by artists like Dam Funk, Funkineven, and Om Unit – danceable but different.

Conceptually the record is a vision of the future. Equal parts Fritz Lang, Steve Jobs and Philip K Dick, it’s neither utopian or dystopian, it is simply machine – but a machine absolutely saturated with emotion. Propulsive, unstoppable, the humanity hidden in snatches of masked speech, occasional glitches in the sound. La Boheme is a miniature disco anthem. Zelda a cloud of Technicolor fog. Planet Video the delirious joy of the mechanised workplace. Machine City is the threat, surveillance, control. The very Teebs like First Postcard from Tokyo is a euphoric ascent through the clouds to a holiday destination in the sky.

We’re very proud of this record. We hope you like it.

We Don’t Like It…….We….LOVE it !!

Buy the 12″ Vynil limited edition via Svetlana Bandcamp below
or wait for November 28th 2011 for the full Digital version
(If i were you…i’ll go for the waxxxxxx)

>> FORTHCOMING ON SVETLANA <<

SVET008: PARALLEL CONCEPT 6 track EP

SVET009: BREY 4 track EP

SVET010: DEM HUNGER/CUPP CAVE split EP


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