LA trip-hop crew Tremble releases debut EP ‘In the Chaos’

The dusky electronica trio from Los Angeles known as Tremble have released their long-awaited debut EP, “In the Chaos.” Like their previous singles, it is being proudly published as an independent release outside the influence of the corporate music industry. Sleek, sexy, dark and danceable, “In the Chaos” by Tremble is single-handedly igniting the LA trip-hop scene all over again.

Tremble’s timing couldn’t be better. 2016 has seen the surprise return of Massive Attack, complete with vocalist Tricky, a North American tour by Thievery Corporation, and the promise of a new LP from DJ Shadow. But none of this is happening on the West Coast, where trip-hop service has always been more spotty than in locales like England, France, or even just New York City.

Enter Tremble, a classy-as-hell band of audiophiles with that brooding, silky sound that makes you want to put on your best clothes and stroll around the city at night with your headphones on, preferably during a light drizzle. Their “In the Chaos” album contains five tracks for a listening time approaching half an hour, making it closer to a full-length than just a couple singles bundled together and dubbed an EP.

These songs make excellent additions to playlists including work by Massive Attack, Portishead, Sneaker Pimps, Garbage, Florence and the Machine, Radiohead, Banks, Lorde, etc. But make no mistake, Tremble doesn’t just “fit in” with such excellent company. Their patient, groovy, pensive sound stands out as their own – and where the Tremble sound goes, heads turn.

A fine example of this is Tremble’s cover of Jason Derulo’s “Want to Want Me” pop track which they sneaked out in January with only a nudge to their loyal Facebook and SoundCloud following. Made over in their signature electronica elegance and garbed in whispery trills and heartbeat bass thumps, the track quietly launched into the stratosphere with over a million online plays in less than three weeks. How’s that for turning heads?

And they’re not sitting on their hands, either. Plans for a second EP and their debut full-length have also been announced. At least one official video is already in the can. All of this, Tremble says, should come to pass before 2017. But for now “In the Chaos” is thrilling enough for trip-hop lovers everywhere.

“We are so excited to finally put out our first EP,” write Tremble. “We encourage people to listen to it loud on their systems or on phones, hopefully good quality audio, as we took great care with the production. And listen from start to finish as it works as a whole and takes the listener on a journey.”

Themes on their powerful first collection include addictive love, facing depression, and the all-too-fast pace of life. They describe the impetus behind “Illumination” as, “the glory of when you finally wake up, the opening of your eyes in the same situation you were previously half-awake in.” They describe “The Grand Design” as being about: “The process of creation. The sacred dance between masculine and feminine. The forming of the earth … a kind of scientific abstract expression of all kinds of creation, relating relationship to the forming of the universe.”

Naturally, Tremble aren’t being ignored by their hometown of Hollywood. Already two of the tracks on “In the Chaos” have been licensed for television. “Lost in that Feeling,” is featured on a new MTV program called Suspect which airs March 2nd. The aforementioned single, “Illumination,” made its debut on the soundtrack for the hit drama, Finding Carter.

“We love when our music gets used in film and TV and helps tell a story,” says Tremble.

“In the Chaos” from Tremble is available online worldwide beginning early March, 2016. Get in very, very early, fans of great music. This one’s easy.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

In the Chaos from Tremble –

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-the-chaos-ep/id1088662086
Website –

http://trembleofficial.com/

UK electronica crew H2SO4 releases new LP ‘Under Control’

The masterminds of electronic dance music known as H2SO4 have released their new full-length album, “Under Control.” The record contains 11 original songs straight from the UK’s digital dance music underground for a blend of electronica, techno and rock that explodes from subwoofers with a power that hasn’t been heard since the industrial music scene. It has been released on the S16 independent music label. With elements of rock, punk, house, and much, much more, “Under Control” from H2SO4 has aggression, verve and soul in spades.

H2SO4 have been called “a band for the new dystopia,” their sound “post-apocalyptic.” A favorite rumor among fans once circulated that the trio met at a secret meeting for TNWOR, the New World Order Resistance. An old official bio from the band closes with the descriptive declaration: “In times of mass unemployment, ineffective policing and MPs’ deciding to give themselves pay rises, H2SO4 aren’t here to simply distract or entertain; they’re here to take over.”

If this sounds severe, the truth is that the H2SO4’s music sounds precisely so, but their revolution is much more danceable than one might detect from the above mission statement. Loaded with socially conscientious lyrics yet speaking often tongue-in-cheek, the group originally from Kent make it amusingly difficult to know when they’re being facetious.

One description of their sound reads, “If there were ever an underground party taking place in the sewers of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, H2SO4 would be the headliners – kicking off a musical rebellion while Winston Smith were having a not-so-nice time upstairs, peppered with sounds of totalitarian sirens and alarms.”

This is essentially the H2SO4 experience in a word, and the experience is good. H2SO4 being the chemical formula for sulfuric acid (historically known as oil of vitriol and as a chemical symbol of creativity) the band’s music has been elsewhere described as “burning you so smoothly you may not be aware it’s happening.”

True veterans of the UK underground, H2SO4 released their first official single in spring of 1998 when the European electronica scene was whirring at breakneck speeds. The track, “Little Soul,” was an instant radio favorite and by the year 2000 had broached international television. The limited release of the song led to its becoming a much sought after collector’s item.

The debut album of H2SO4, “Machine-Turned Blues,” hit shelves in 1999 on the Recon music label. Its “Imitation Leather Jacket” single burned through DJ playlists all over England and received more than a thousand plays on American radio. The Gavin Alternative Juke Box Jury awarded it their No.1 position. This was followed by their sophomore record, the year 2000’s “Glamtronica.” Numerous live performances commenced at home including a steady spot at Glastonbury, as well as in faraway locales like Chicago, Canada, and many more.

“Under Control” by H2SO4 is available online worldwide. Electronica fans should get in early on this one. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

Link to Music –
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/under-control/id1059907309

Howard Maple releases new album ‘The Lucid Dreamer’

The producer of digital music known as Howard Maple has released his latest full-length record album, “The Lucid Dreamer.” The LP is composed of 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 45 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the support or influence of the corporate music industry. Sleek, sexy, classy and full of rhythm and bass, “The Lucid Dreamer” is Howard Maple’s most futuristic and imaginative album to date, and a dazzling introduction to his sound for audiophiles not yet acquainted.

In addition to the considerable songwriting and production talents of Howard Maple, “The Lucid Dreamer” also boasts strong, elegant vocals by Pernille Cortado, Marlene “Marla” Hansen, and Mhyst.

A true music aficionado, himself, Howard Maple’s songs bespeak an unfailing good taste that comes from his deep passion for listening. Speaking of these roots, he writes, “I listened a lot to Future Sound Of London, the ORB, the Beastie Boys, Herbert, Burial, and the Bristol trip-hop bands back in the day (Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky, Morcheeba…).”

An enthusiastic fan of the sound, he goes on to name some favorite labels, as well: “… Labels like Ninja Tune, with artists like Amon Tobin, the Bug, Coldcut, DJ Vadim, Funki Porcini, Mr. Scruff. Warp Records artists like Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin, Hudson Mohawke, Squarepusher, Nightmare on Wax, Black Dog …”

Longtime fans of legendary digital music mixers such as these will recognize the thread of high, high quality running throughout. Beside them on that top shelf, Howard Maple’s repertoire fits right in.

A polished, surgically precise album with melodies that hook and beats that drive, “The Lucid Dreamer” has elements of trance, house, ambient, and other popular postmodern music genres, but in terms of songwriting, warmth, and tone, it is all electronica, through and through. This particular brand of electronica from Howard Maple is a brilliant blend of contemporary digital styles laid down over a razor-sharp and rock-solid old-school structure. The balance of new and old makes for an infectiously enjoyable record that can easily be listened to on repeat for hours.

Howard Maple has been making digital music since he began purchasing synths and sequencers at the age of 14. His first productions were programmed in MIDI and CV/Gate. After moving to the Norwegian capital of Oslo at 19, he hooked up with some of the underground’s most influential electronica artists, including Päronsode, Folk og Røvere (Flunk), Sternklang, Perculator, Palace of pleasure, Prince Thomas, DJ Strangefruit (Mungolian Jet Set), Jaga Jazzist and many more. Since that time he has played in venues across Norway in music-loving cities such as Oslo, Arendal, Kristiansand, Stavanger, and Trondheim.

Howard Maple’s new “The Lucid Dreamer” is preceded by his “0313 Perspectives” LP, which appeared in 2013, his “Mapleism” full-length, published on the Beatservice Records label in 2003, and his “Inside” debut LP from C+C Records in 2001. All of these remarkable albums remain available from the artist’s official website (link provided below).

“The Lucid Dreamer” by Howard Maple is available online worldwide beginning 14 December 2015. Get in early, trip hop fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“The Lucid Dreamer” by Howard Maple –
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CKT8GO
Website –

http://www.howardmaple.com

Los Angeles electronica band Tremble release debut single ‘Illumination’

The L.A.-based electronica trio called Tremble have released their much talked-about debut single, “Illumination.” The track is expected to drop on 31 October (Halloween). It is being published as an independent release without the influence of the corporate music industry. Sultry, stylish, sleek and writhing with groove, “Illumination” proves that Tremble is a modern music project to watch closely.

The sound of “Illumination” is shadowy, pulsing, ultra-cool and more than a little beautiful. It’s classy nightclub music, music to enjoy behind wraparound shades. It’s music to hack computers to. It’s sexy music, with a subtle undercurrent of masculine verve beneath the crystalline, silky singing of front-woman Kelly Sweet. Tremble’s female and male traits blend rather than contrast, not unlike the electronica of Depeche Mode or Bowie’s “Earthling” collaboration with Trent Reznor.

“We are inspired by old and new,” writes Tremble. “We particularly love the ’90s trip-hop sound of artists like Massive Attack, Portishead and bands that combine real instruments and electronics from that era, like Garbage. We also love electro-pop artists of today, like James Blake, and Banks.”

This live-instrument aspect is chief to the feel of Tremble’s music. Every sound is played by a musician, not an iProgram. That’s a real Fender Rhodes you’re hearing. That’s a guitar with a pedal effect on it. Those are live drums. The natural acoustics of the music coalesce in ways the most sophisticated software can’t emulate. In this way Tremble are closer to Slowdive than they are to Sneaker Pimps.

Behind Kelly Sweet are instrumentalists Haywire and Ajax. Each of the three are originally from Massachusetts but have lived in Los Angeles for some time now, writing, playing and producing both together and in numerous side projects, a number of which have received widespread radio circulation. Each has been playing music virtually from birth. Each is startlingly skilled in balancing excellent performance with just the right amount of restraint.

The result is that Tremble’s songs exhibit good taste in every respect: lyrics, creativity, execution, studio production – name it, they got it right. Passion without melodrama, solid beats without monotony, exceptional singing without ostentation, “Illumination” from Tremble is music you can hear on repeat many, many times and continue to find new perspectives from which to thrill.

BreatheHeavy.com calls Tremble “like quickly taking a shot of neon blue hypnotic hard liquor. In slow motion.” Yeah. It’s like that.

For fans of great songwriting, too, Kelly Sweet’s talent is refreshing in a modern era that has all but tossed out poetry in music altogether.

“’Illumination’ is about escaping from a bad relationship,” Sweet writes. “You realize that your partner is not whom he says he is. You have that sense of clarity, that moment of ‘illumination’ where you are finally living your truth, being free.”

Her lyrics, like her singing, are natural and intuitive. Each phrase belongs where it is, exactly so, and the chanteuse brings them to life with tones that are sensuous and warm, yet delivered with a scalpel’s precision that implies an unwavering power. The music fan gets the impression Sweet could belt out an Ave Maria that would call angels if she wanted to – but that would be far too obvious.

Neither Sweet nor Tremble are in the spectacle business. They’re not a towering wave. They’re the undertow.

“Illumination” by Tremble is available online worldwide 31 October 2015. Get in early, music fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com
Website –

WWW.TREMBLEOFFICIAL.COM

Dark Paradise Records releases mammoth new compilation ‘F1 – Philosopher’s Stone’

The Taiwanese music label known as Dark Paradise Records has released their new flagship compilation album, “F1 – Philosopher’s Stone.” The album is a gigantic collaboration which brings together the work of no fewer than 21 different artists to make one of the most remarkable electronica records ever produced in Asia or anywhere else in the world.

It has been proudly published on the Dark Paradise Records independent music label based in the capital city of Taipei. Kaleidoscopic, futuristic and innovative, in turns both soft and upbeat, shadowy and brightly colored, “F1 – Philosopher’s Stone” from Dark Paradise Records is likely to be remembered as the premier electronica release of 2015.

With “F1 – Philosopher’s Stone,” Dark Paradise Records aimed higher than perhaps any purveyor of electronica music has attempted to do in over a decade. Their new LP compilation contains nearly 90 minutes of music, each track as excellent as the last. Its production value couldn’t be higher, with performances uniformly shining and flawless, its studio engineering more expertly dialed-in than many of the most popular mainstream tracks available to listeners today. It serves as an arresting introduction to over 20 marvelous artists and a shocking wake-up call to music fans not yet aware of this powerhouse record company from the Far East.

“F1 – Philosopher’s Stone” from Dark Paradise includes music from the following artists (in order of appearance): Fish in the Sky, Conehead, Sonic Deadhorse, Dipper Chen, Lupa, KbN, Pro. Found, Lazybody, Iron House, Neoteny, Partimer, Yellow Morning, Jade Eyes, Inn, Jill Stark, ATW Girl, Orientone, Fragrance Liang, and Meng-Ting Hsieh, and also features appearances by Aristophanes and Zack Kao.

Asked to comment on their premier, new release, Dark Paradise Records writes, “This is Taiwan’s electronic/indie electronica music compliation CD by Dark Paradise Records. We hope to introduce different electronic musicians to the audience … [and also to give] people an insight into the depth and breadth of Taiwan’s electronic music.”

Their new “F1 – Philosopher’s Stone” compilation has an innumerable array of qualities. These include sparkling facets of controllerism, glitch-step, fusions of traditional Oriental and Western electronic styles, electronic rock, downtempo, ethereal vocals, psychedelia, synth-pop, fragmented time signatures, ambient composition, experimental hip hop, environmental recording and sampling, bass-driven sound design, tribal atmospherics, electro/acoustic composition, modern alternative techno, and much, much more.

That this album has something for every fan of electronica and digital music is obvious. That Dark Paradise have made so much goodness available in a single record is astounding. That true audiophiles owe it to themselves to hear this staggering achievement of a album is absolutely clear.

“F1 – Philosopher’s Stone” by Dark Paradise Records is available online worldwide beginning 21 July 2015. Get in early, music fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“F1 – Philosopher’s Stone” by Dark Paradise Records –
http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Paradise-Records-F1-Philosophers/dp/B0116CERMM/
Website –

http://darkparadiserecords.com/

DJ Latrama releases new electronica EP ‘Qì’

The DJ from Madrid known as Latrama has released his latest EP album, “Qì.” The record comprises six original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 25 minutes, making for a comprehensive treatment of Latrama’s current material. It has been proudly published on the Chandra Sound Records independent music label as the company’s official debut release. Elegant, spellbinding, and bringing an exotic mix of traditional eastern music and cutting-edge electronica, Latrama’s “Qì” is a soothing and intriguing listen from start to finish for fans of any music genre.

Latrama cites as main artistic influences several legends of the Asian-underground subgenre, including Talvin Singh, State of Bengal, Karsh Kale, Bandish Projekt, and Nitin Sawhney, as well as more western-minded DJs like Hint, Diesler, and Malente. The combination of these various inspirations results in the spectacularly multicultural, international flavors of “Qì,” distinguishing the EP as something far more sophisticated than just a common electronica record.

The album has been described as “a fine-tuned mix of Indian, global and classical sounds together with electronic breaks to transport your mind to other horizons, from your daily commute to the camp rave festival.”

Latrama is a multi-instrumentalist, music producer and renowned DJ of world music sounds set to rhythmic electronic breaks. A veteran of the electronic music scene, Latrama’s career has found him performing as a resident DJ for many venues, countless live shows, radio appearances, spots in TV ads and reels, music conferences, intimate club gigs, giant music festivals, and also in collaborations playing Indian tabla and as a remixer. Latrama has performed at locales around the world like Madrid, Berlin, Mumbai, London, Barcelona, Lisbon, Beijing, San Francisco, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, and a great many others.

Live music by Latrama has been described as a “perfectly upbeat and balanced mix of broken beats, fat bass lines and global root sounds which always surprise and engage fans on the dance floor.”

Qì” by Latrama is available online worldwide. Get in early, electronica fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

Qì” by Latrama –

http://www.amazon.com/Q%C3%AC-EP-Latrama/dp/B00XIX70YA/
Website –

www.latrama.com