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Matthias Zimmermann “LIA” EP out now!

March 27th, 2017
by Emile Shahidi

Here’s our first release of 2017, courtesy of Matthias Zimmermann.
Revisiting our German friend’s collaboration with Jay-Jay Johanson with 2 foot-stomping reworks and a musique de chambre gem.

Download it here: http://snd.pe/lia

Matthias Zimmermann momentarily pokes his head out of the fantastic and mysterious world he created for himself to holler at us mortals and present us 3 new versions of tracks taken from his precious self-titled album released last summer on Sound Pellegrino:

“Lia” sees Zimmermann team up with another pop hero who exists out of time and out of current trends: the legendary Jay-Jay Johanson. His ethereal presence combined with Matthias’s organic yet alien production result in the eerie 3D ballad that is “Lia”.

The song was completely reworked by chamber music modernists Kaiser Quartett (the notorious acolytes of Chilly Gonzales on his 2015 album “Chambers”) for a tear-jerking acoustic version which pushes the enchantment even further if that was even possible.

Boyfriend‘s remix gently takes the song in the direction of today’s reggaeton-infused pop world, turning it into a sensual banger while maintaining the song’s waviness and romanticism.

Chambray’s (Ultramajic) take on Matthias’ track “Jordan”—originally a bouncy playful house number—transforms it into pure dancefloor banger territory with his trademark simple effectiveness.

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BLACK LIVES MATTER

July 11th, 2016
by Emile Shahidi

Over the last few weeks, many in the artistic community have called out all people and organizations whose passion and activities have deep connections and owe an indisputable debt to Black American culture upon which modern music has built itself, going all the way back to the Blues.

Sound Pellegrino, a label founded by former members of a rap group to explore currents and subgenres derived from Hip Hop, Techno and House is without a doubt one such organization.

This cultural bond reminds us that even at our small scale, it’s our human duty to voice our concern and sorrow from Paris, and join other artistic organizations who have spoke up before us against the constant, unjustifiable and unpunished acts of violence against American black citizens from agents and employees of the establishment.

None of this is happening in a vacuum. No one should live nor die in a bubble. Distance justifies no detachment, no silence.

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Matthias Zimmermann’s debut album is here.

June 9th, 2016
by Emile Shahidi

Exactly 5 years ago—on June 10th 2011—Matthias sent us four tracks on the e-mail address we had set up to receive demos from artists :

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Those four tracks “KARL”, “LUTHER”, “FEZ” and “OLGA” (later arranged in such an order to spell K.L.F and L.F.O) weren’t demos, they were four perfect tracks we offered to release without suggesting a single change, and that’s how the “ISLA DUB” EP was born. These were the foundations of Matthias’ universe.

Then one month later, Zimmermann had a bigger idea:

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Since the beginning his plan was to create a virtual world inhabited by characters with different personalities and each track of his would bear the name of one of those characters. All these avatars would become inhabitants of an island he imagined, and which would constitute the body of the album. We didn’t want to go into details about all of this until now, because convoluted narratives should never get in the way of great music and people needed to see Matthias as a composer of excellent tracks before they saw him as a creator of concepts.

Still, exactly 5 years later, we are sticking to the plan: the Island is here, the Second Life / Miiverse – like ecosystem that exists in Matthias’ mind now has some sort of atlas, some sort of history book in the form of an eponymous album and it sounds glorious. The inhabitants of the album/ island have common traits, their sonic design is similar, as if Matthias had dressed them by choosing elements from a restricted sound palette defined by him. But they also have different personalities and convey different emotions. Matthias explores different styles while maintaining coherence just as he creates avatars from a common mold, living in the same community but with sometimes divergent, sometimes complementary characteristics as well as different functions.

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In the 5 years it took for the album to exist some of these tracks had the time to grow and have a life of their own. For example it’s impressive to witness how Luther, already present in Matthias’s first EP, hasn’t aged, and how he has given birth to several generations of musical children and grandchildren, some of which found their way on the album. “EUGENE” is related to “FEZ”, “ANDEO” could be a cousin of “VINCENTE”… “BASTIAN” gave birth to “LIA”, giving her vocals by Jay-Jay Johanson in the process. “MARTIN” also evolved into a vocal track featuring Olivia Merilahti from The Dø, whilst keeping his musical code intact.

Only someone like Matthias Zimmermann, an artist from Wiesbaden, a relatively small city in Germany away from the two big musical poles of attraction that are Berlin and Paris, could imagine an island where human-shaped tracks flourish in an almost botanical way, evolving like ivy as they react to their surroundings using some sort of artificial intelligence programmed by the artist himself.
Track listing:

  1. Curtis
  2. Eugene
  3. Martin (feat. Olivia Merilahti)
  4. Jordan
  5. Donoma (with SCNTST)
  6. Elbo (feat. DVNO)
  7. Una
  8. Neil
  9. Cassy
  10. Andeo
  11. Lia
  12. David
  13. Luther
  14. Rose
  15. Lucienne (feat. Sara Schiralli)
  16. Daiki
  17. Bonus track: Jason (only on the vinyl edition)

Matthias Zimmermann’s album, track-by-track:

CURTIS be like: “I’m a saxophone-melodica duet trying to play in the middle of a synthetic tempest, , the perfect way to suggest the multitude of things to come, i’m a great intro.”

EUGENE be like: “I’m a slow-paced boogie number with a weird futuristic musak solo in the middle, building towards a gentle siren announcing some sweet jungle party vibes.”

MARTIN be like: “I’m a sweet banger built for lascive dancefloor action around the sublime voice of Olivia from The Dø. A sugar rush for summer crepuscules which starts cynical and ends optimistic.”

JORDAN be like: “I’m a bouncy house tune with warm textures and chopped-up bits and bobs. A musical slinky climbing up some stairs that are in fact a giant xylophone.”

DONOMA be like: “I’m a tropical techno rain shower in the morning, co-created by SCNTST. I’m also perfect for nocturnal car rides around the city when the little lights issuing from the buildings seem to form a symphony.”

ELBO be like: “I’m a quasi-funk song sang by human bird of paradise
DVNO, full of percussions and whistles, putting the act of dancing back in the center of the conversation.”

UNA be like: “I’m a piece of uplifting cosmic disco created with notions of togetherness and collectivity in mind, rolling towards a cosy form of euphoria.”

NEIL be like: “I’m a steady grainy lo-fi techno build up made to enhance every DJ’s warm up (or cool down) set by 500%. Outside of the club context i’m also a great melodic meditation piece.”

CASSY be like: “I feature Montreal’s dreamiest secret Marouann on the vocals! I’m a grown and sexy r&b tune with an electronic boogie twist. I’m a whisper in your ear inviting you to dance while you sip on a Martini.”

ANDEO be like: “I’m an overly emotional party on the beach with lots of crabs and starfishes dancing while wondering what their future will look like.”

LIA be like: “Absolute Scandinavian pop legend Jay-Jay Johanson sings me. I’m an aquatic ballad about love games, drowned in gentle light and playful synths.”

DAVID be like: “I’m like a short, sweet prequel to Luther meant to introduce it.”

LUTHER be like: “I’m the O.G of all OG Matthias Zimmerman tracks, which was present on his first EP and which alternates between pachydermous drums, buzzing insect noises and infectious uplifting melodies”

ROSE be like: “I’m a beautiful ambient piece gorged with reverb like an infinity of mirrors distorting reality until it becomes abstract”

LUCIENNE be like: “I’m a deliciously weird drone- infused pop song featuring Sara Schiralli on the vocals. I’m a dream of a mysterious silhouette wearing a yellow swimsuit, whose wet footprints vanish instantly on the wood of a pontoon.”

DAIKI be like: “I’m a late night early morning techno grand finale carried by implacable slow-burning hands-in-the-air synth waves. Say goodbye to me now… you are forever in my heart.”

Artwork by Atelier Malinowsky, with Sebastien Michelini.

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Atelier Malinowsky presents DA DA DA (The baby song)

February 7th, 2016
by Emile Shahidi

DA DA DA is a new audiovisual piece by Nicolas Malinowsky. It was created with the sounds and images of his son, a 10-month old baby boy, playing freely with toys and musical instruments.

Nicolas Malinowsky is both an artist and a musician. He works as a designer and AD at Atelier Malinowsky, the Paris-based design studio he runs with his wife Sarah.

When Atelier Malinowsky set to produce their first video clip, it was a no brainer that Nicolas would be both the director of the video and the composer of the track.

Music wise, Malinowsky is inspired by the Musique Concrete movement. He composes audiovisual pieces by using both the audio and the visual recordings of sounds and activities he finds interesting. Using this creative premise, he previously released the Skateboarder track on Sound Pellegrino (which used skateboarding sounds), and created a custom soundtrack for Fendi (which used the sounds of the hardware and materials of a Fendi handbag).

This time, Malinowsky was inspired by the beauty of free, uninterrupted, child play, as well as the natural way in which children approach sounds and music.

The video was directed and produced by Atelier Malinowsky, with the support of the Dailymotion Studio.

Follow them on Instagram @atelier_malinowsky & @nicolasmalinowsky

www.atelier-malinowsky.com

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Happy New Year! SND.PE VOL.05 is here!

December 25th, 2015
by Emile Shahidi

The SND.PE series returns with our biggest release ever!
Our first mix-CD SND.PE VOL.05 features 20 new and exclusive tracks selected and mixed by Teki Latex & Orgasmic!

World wide release date: 8 January 2016
Japan release date: 27 January 2016

WHERE TO BUY SND.PE VOL.05? 

FRANCE
Pre-order the mix-CD (includes download code for all 20 individual tracks) :
AMAZON • FNAC

JAPAN
Pre-order the mix-CD, released January 27 2016 on Rambling Records:
AMAZON

ITUNES (incl. the DJ mix by Teki Latex & Orgasmic + all 20 individual tracks)
Australia • Belgique • Deutschland • España • France • Ireland • Italia • Mexico • Nederland • Portugal • Suisse • Suomi • Sverige • UK • US • Россия
Canada: link coming soon!

MORE DIGITAL VERSIONS (inclu. the DJ mix by Teki Latex & Orgasmic + all 20 individual tracks)
Bleephttps://bleep.com/release/68241
Boomkathttps://boomkat.com/products/sound-pellegrino-presents-snd-pe-vol-5-mixed-by-teki-latex-orgasmic

Juno Download: coming soon!

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Teki Latex:

DJ Orgasmic and I’s vision for this mix CD was always to create a coherent piece made of incoherent pieces that would fit together like Tetris. We record mixes every week for our Rinse France radio shows, for one-off shows on other stations, for my TV show Overdrive Infinity and various other occasions. Some are thematic, some aren’t, some mostly contain new tracks, some reflect our influences and all of them pay homage to this very simple, basic and almost too obvious, yet fascinating rule of DJing as a “construction game”: take track A and blend it with track B in order to create track C. What if—for once—we had the power to ask some artists we love to create tracks tailor-made with that notion of construction in mind?

We love artists from so many different scenes with so many different sounds and when we mix tracks from these talented people we always end up “making it work” (at least we try!) but what if this time we commissioned tracks so that it worked instantly? What if we could ask the most talented drum-tool producers we know to make what they do best and our favorite melody specialists to compose drum-less melodies to stick on top of those drum tracks?

The result is this mix made entirely of original, tailor-made Sound Pellegrino material. An edifice built by DJ Orgasmic and I with each brick created by a different artisan in a different place with different tools and a different context, but the edifice stands tall and proud on solid foundations.

On one side we have drum-less melodic tracks inspired by deconstructed trance, “weightless” grime—or Devil Mixes for those in the know—and ambient, such as Martel Ferdan’s “Weir Skimmer”Loom’s “Boy Racer” and Murlo’s “Low Pressure”.

On the other side we have percussive drum tracks, made to build up the tension and to provide a rhythmic backbone to the compilation, such as Helix‘ self-explanatory “Drum Beat for Teki”, Doline’s “Levee Dancers”, Fraxinus’ “Temperance” and Vogue scene legend Vjuan Allure‘s “I am Delivert”.
There are also more straight up techno tracks like Truncate’s “51”, Cardopusher’s “Possession” , Matthias Zimmermann’s “Bill”, and some bass tracks on the grimier end of the spectrum with Le Dom’s “Bayern”Gage’s “Healthpack” and Orgasmic’s “Bercy”.

And finally a few hybrids that stand in between all of these things, bringing unexpected twists and turns to the mix in typical Sound Pellegrino fashion: the gently abrasive “Gurgle 101″ by Koyote & Too Smooth Christ, the Coupé Décalé-inspired “DJ Quik’s Hair” by Feadz & DousterRatchett Traxxx ’s dancehall-tech banger “Warrior”, the melodic bubbly half time “Fusilli” by Joe HoweTroy Gunner‘s beautifully weird & syncopated almost-garagey “Sucker Punch”Track ID‘s stroboscopic yet dreamy “8U88LE” and Air Max 97‘s mystical, elemental “Storm Water”.

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Out now: Matthias Zimmermann “Momentum Series, pt.II” EP

November 17th, 2015
by Emile Shahidi

Dear friends, the German maestro is back with a very elegant Techno 2-parter.

Buy Matthias Zimmermann “Momentum Series, pt.II” on iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1046335724

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“Momentum Series, pt.II” is the second entry in Matthias Zimmermann’s alternative canon with the A-side “Neil” also serving as a street single for his forthcoming debut album, while B-side “Sven” is exclusive to the EP!

It also displays gorgeous visual announcing our artworks for this season, designed by Atelier Malinowsky!
Read all about it here: http://snd.pe/catalog/snp047

Une édition vinyle limitée est également disponible sur notre store Sound Pellegrino Materiale.
100 exemplaires pressés sur vinyle jaune avec code de téléchargement inclus pour les masters au format WAV.
Commandez le vinyle ici : http://snd.pe/047V

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Matthias Zimmermann “NEIL” official music video

November 5th, 2015
by Emile Shahidi

We’re very excited to share the official music video for Matthias Zimmermann’s new track “NEIL”:

(Here’s a Dailymotion link for our German friends: http://dai.ly/x3ce8rk)

Video directed by Edouard Granero.

Teki Latex: The romanticism of the slow-burning collective euphoria-inducing aerial techno build up gets VERY REAL in “NEIL”. Ever since Matthias sent the demo for it Neil has become an essential part of my techno sets, with a clear purpose: making the whole club suddenly start to dance with their hands in the air. And all of that while remaining quite subtle, stylish, gritty, neither polished nor obvious. It works in early sets and in late night sets. If i wasn’t the guy from the label who is releasing this single, I’d probably say “this is the Matthias Zimmermann track that every DJ is gonna wanna play”. Also, it is the first taste of Matthias’ soon-coming album.

“NEIL” is taken from Matthias Zimmermann’s “MOMENTUM SERIES, PT.II” EP out 13 Nov!

You can order the vinyl edition here : http://snd.pe/047V
100 copies on Yellow vinyl, including free code to download WAV masters.

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