francis harris exceptional run of releases for his own labels scissors & thread and kingdoms now extends to this perfectly formed ep for hafendisko, which sees him rework some of hfn musics finest moments of the last two years. harris, the brooklynite whose feel for subtlety and space seems to infuse all his work, takes on three of the hamburg labels cannon - kicked off with kasper bjorkes cloud 9, featuring urdur. here harris deconstructs the original and reforms it into a some quite removed from its origins - shuffling drum machines bring about a kraftwerkesque feel, before beautiful tones and atmospheres reveal themselves. the track seems to develop along two paths simultaneously, somehow creating a truly affecting piece of leftfield electronica. null + voids huge dave gahan-featuring-track where i wait has been heavily remixed over the past months, but also gets the harris treatment. completely flipped form the original, this is a haunting remix with tough and funky underbelly, utilizing gahans vocals only sparingly. danish alt-pop trio ticktock have their single hatefuck refixed also, and harris zones in on the glitchy vibe and adds layers of claustrophobic depth to the production.
scissor and thread is proud to present leland the debut album by francis harris. this long anticipated lp is a requiem to the artists father, released to coincide with the second anniversary of his passing. the album, harris most expansive work to date, features danish vocalist gry on three tracks including lostfound, the first single and video which was remixed by mathew herbert and debuted on pitchfork. also featured throughout are emil abramyan, whose poignant performance on cello evokes comparison to arthur russell, and greg paulus (no regular play/matthew dear band), whose improvisational free jazz inspired trumpet accents converse thoughtfully with harris own tonal melodies performed on piano and guitar. determined to produce electronic music with warmth and true dynamic range, harris recorded and mixed leland at jsm studios on an analog ssl and then enlisted legendary engineer joe lambert to master the project. leland has been featured on pitchfork, magnet, ghetto blaster, aol spinner, urb, mixmag, yourstru.ly, and the village voice, amongst many others. leland will be available in a limited edition triple lp set with free mp3 download!
MINUTES OF SLEEP (2018 REISSUE)(2LP, GATEFOLD+MP3)
2x12" Vinyl +mp3 UK15.06.18
2018 reissue of the classic, now in hq gatefold sleeve! original cover art, carefully remastered 2lp from original tapes + bonus download! following in the wake of *leland* (2012), the critically acclaimed full length debut by label founder francis harris, scissor and thread is proud to announce the release of his anticipated sophomore lp, *minutes of sleep*. the album is a further foray into harris signature blend of house, modern classical, shoe-gaze and noise which is the artists most ambitious and accomplished work to date.
the latest release on francis harris scissor & thread label out of brooklyn is another exercise in deep and meditative atmospheres. the label, comprised of a tight knit collective of multi-faceted composers, vocalists and instrumentalists, always strives to develop new projects based on a shared aesthetic, and this five track ep is both boundary pushing and fully synchronized with the labels approach. with melquiades blue caves melbourne based composer and sound designer alexander albrecht presents his solo debut ep following on from the tidal river album he released as part of the albrecht la’brooy duo. the title track blue caves is a skittering, weightless exploration of space, seemingly built around lush field recordings and fragments of melody developing out of the ether. avlemonas flows from a similar source, but crystallizes around an off kilter rhythm and occasional subby bass, balanced against swooping pads and piano motifs. morning breeze seems to revel in the evocative nature of its title, with hand played percussion backing more wistful, emotive piano sketches and wandering bass notes, before the track settles into a hypnotic groove. label head francis harris provides another take on the track for his re-form version, a more dancefloor aimed excursion that draws deeply from the classic deep house of the new york and detroit masters. ending the relases is patio, which drifts back towards the ambient territories of the opening tracks, with exquisite, understated instrumentation and a melancholic yet elated vibe.
francis harris is a founding member of the scissor & thread label a brooklyn-based imprint established 2011 as an outlet for deeper, more personal sounds, as well as music from a range of associated artists including black light smoke, bob moses, frank & tony, dj aakmael, desert sound colony and aris kindt, to name a few. harris own output has gone from tightly wound tech house cuts as adultnapper in the early days, sublime deep house as frank & tony, intricate and expressive musical journeys as evident in his two solo-albums ‘leland and ‘minutes of sleep, and ambient shoegaze with two aris kindt albums, co-produced with gabe hedrick. most recently harris branched out with a new label kingdoms a home for his love of a more adventurous sound. now we are proud to present his new solo single, the first since the release of ‘minutes of sleep, ‘minor formswhich includes two remarkable remixes by valentino mora. more we cannot do is a perfect example of harris feel for depth and dynamics a track that feels submerged in a warm amniotic fluid cocooning the listener in a thick subby bassline, providing much of the groove, with skittering percussion on top and intricate fragments of melody throughout leading to a wonderful moment with live vibraphone provided by new york player will shore. minor forms, the eps title track is cut from similar cloth emerging from a subtly distant place to inhabit a melancholic, beautifully evocative space somewhere between ambient, jazz and the dancefloor. joining harris is greg paulus on trumpet, a long time friend and collaborator adding his signature touch to an already moving piece.
limited repress without cover artwork.
the second single from francis harris debut full length, leland contains three remixes of pharoah in the morning,one of the highlight tracks on the album featuring the phenomenal vocal talents of danish singer gry who performs here in here native tongue. two entirely distinctive remixes come courtesy of labelmate black light smoke and the other is by nsi., who should need no introduction. pharoah in the morning remixes will be out on limited edition vinyl from scissor and thread soon. look for leland in february 2012.
the new single portends the mood of the ensuing album, a further foray into harris signature blend of house, modern classical, shoe-gaze and noise which is the artists most ambitious and accomplished work to date. as the sole dance floor moment on the lp, *you can always leave* picks up where harris cult hit *lostfound* left off, with vocals once again from danish vocalist gry bagien and the heartbreakingly august trumpet of no regular plays greg paulus. the remarkable terre thaemlitz delivers an epic 12 minute remix on the flip under his dj sprinkles guise which is sure to make this 12inch a sought after piece for house music s analog enthusiasts.
PHAROAH IN THE MORNING REMIXES (LTD VINYL + ARTWORK)
12" Vinyl D11.01.12
the second single from francis harris debut full length, leland contains three remixes of pharoah in the morning,one of the highlight tracks on the album featuring the phenomenal vocal talents of danish singer gry who performs here in here native tongue. two entirely distinctive remixes come courtesy of labelmate black light smoke and the other is by nsi.,who should need no introduction.pharoah in the morning remixes will be out on limited edition vinyl from scissor and thread soon.look for leland in february 2012.
following the radio and chart smash >bounce< feat. kelis, calvin harris releases his storming new single >feel so close<. whilst >bounce< featured vocals from superstar kelis, >feel so close< features vocals by calvin himself. the single is indie meets dance and whilst having the usual catchy hit factor of a calvin harris single, it has an anthemic euphoria in its feel good chorus and echoing guitars and drums. already premiered on pete tongs radio1 show last week, it is most definitely set to make crowds ecstatic from the dancefloors of ibiza to the festival crowds of creamfields and big chill and is sure to be one of the anthems of the summer.
the latest release on francis harris scissor & thread is another exercise in subtlety and restraint, brought to us by the emerging talents of nadia khan. with little known about the artist, this release lets the sublime music do the talking. title track ‘in gleam is a beautifully evocative drift into ambient textures - rising pads and occasion bass tones combine to set an exquisite scene. ‘local visit is a collaboration with label boss francis harris, and features some of the trademark submerged rhythm and textures the label has become known for, unfolding its deep structures over the course of the track. ‘restless sees label regular alex albrecht aka melquíades (whose previous ep on s&t was received warmly) provide the last bells remix - again muted tones and rhythmic complexity glide under ethereal piano fragments and slowly evolving pad washes. ‘sorting through finds its groove early, a deadened kick unfolds into an urgent percussion creating a thick atmosphere of melancholia. ‘sunburnt rounds out the physical release - ending how it started - with dreamy, smudged tones, and warm pads.
building on the already incredible collection of music so far released on francis harris’ kingdoms imprint, emil abramyan returns with the stunning ‘movement’ album. abramyan is a brooklyn based composer, musician, and producer, whose work traverses various styles and disciplines. in this release emil shares his unique perspective by bringing together his conservatory training as a cellist and his love of electronic music and sound design. the vinyl release includes a download code.
celebrating 1 year of other people with unreleased music by ancient astronaut, jelinek, powell, darkside, francis harris, visuals and dave harrington. comes as double vinyl lp in gatefold sleeve with silver hotfoil spine.
ministry of sound präsentiert mit running trax 2015 die neueste ausgabe der beliebten serie. auf drei cds serviert uns das in london ansässige compilation-label die 60 angesagtesten tracks und remixes von calvin harris, avicii, swedish house mafia, sam smith, kiesza, disclosure, armin van buuren, london grammar und vielen mehr. go for running trax 2015!
nearing its first birthday, other people is celebrating the only way it knows how: work. the label has put out new material every sunday since it launched with last years trust compilation, and the culminating work comp doesnt break that streak-consisting almost entirely of new material from other peoples artist roster, and a few remixes from some special guests. work is not, however, an uncooked mash of music.
die mehrfach prämierte enter.ibiza experience findet jeden donnerstag im sommer im legendären nachtclub space / ibiza statt. dabei verwandelt das enter. team jeden raum in verschiedene themenbereiche, musikalisch sowie visuell und präsentiert uns die vielfalt an djs und künstlern der heutigen elektronischen musik. -enter.ibiza 2014- ist eine sammlung dieser verschiedenen sounds und stimmungen, der vier verschiedenen musikalischen bereiche von enter.ibiza, und das hörerlebnis ist vergleichbar mit einer reise durch eine ganze enter.ibiza-nacht, von anfang bis ende. beginnend mit der pre-party im enter.sake liefert bella sarris eine gekonnte mischung aus den etwas subtileren bereichen elektronischer musik. apollonia führt uns dann im nächsten schritt auf die enter.terrace und liefert ein grooviges house-set ab. dann ist es zeit für enter.main und die pulsierende intensität des mainfloor im space mit minus künstler & enter.ibiza resident matador. matador liefert eine hohe schlagzahl und besticht mit einem famosen techno peak-time set. enter.mind rundet die nacht ab, indem uns matthew hawtin mit einer entspannten auswahl an ambient und electronica langsam wieder runterbringt und einen ausgleich zur langen partynacht schafft.