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Balloon Pop Winter 2020

We had a blast in September 2019 at the first Balloon Pop Events weekend in San Francisco, Denver, and Austin. In early 2020, Balloon Pop returns to Denver and Austin with a new lineup. We are happy to be involved in curating the event as usual, this time teaming up with our friends at Loci Records. Loci will be taking over the MainStage for a label showcase featuring Emancipator, Frameworks, Tor, and Thoma. Stage 2 will feature Blackbird Blackbird, Plantrae, and il:lo. Overall, its going to be an amazing event, make sure you come join is if you can.

TICKETS AND INFO: http://balloonpopevents.com

In the meantime, check out the video recap of the September event in Denver:

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Starkey remixes ‘ISV’ by CNJR

Internationally renowned producer Starkey offers his take on CNJR’s ‘ISV’. Known for being a leader of “Street Bass”, which combines elements of hip-hop, grime and dubstep, Starkey is widely considered a true inventor of sound. ‘ISV’ was originally released on March 1, 2019 by Future Archive Recordings, and was the lead single off of the debut full length by CNJR. One of the founders of Future Archive, CNJR explores the cross sections of dark synth, retro, sci-fi soundtracks, and experimental electronic. Focused on taking listeners on a journey, CNJR offers an introspective sonic palette that is unique and complex.  The original version of ‘ISV’ features an overdriven, distorted, rhythm section married to overlapping synth arpeggios. Starkey’s take strips down the original pieces and reassembles the song into a darker and heavier experience, focused on bass and reinterpreted glitchy glimpses of the original arpeggios.  BUY / STREAM NOW: http://ffm.to/cnjr-starkey-isv  
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‘Alma’ – new single from il:lo OUT NOW

‘Alma’ is the 2nd single taken from ‘Sloh’, the upcoming new EP from the French electronic music duo il:lo. Out December 6, 2019 on Future Archive Recordings.

LISTEN / BUY ‘ALMA”: http://ffm.to/illo-alma

LP + DIGITAL PRE-ORDERS:
futurearchiverecordings.com/illo-sloh
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‘Sloh’ is il:lo’s fourth EP. Keeping in tune with their previous EP, their sound is a meeting of acoustic and synthetic instruments. Thereby mallets and brass converse with moogs and Junos. In ‘Sloh’, the production is designed as more electronic but still organic.

The symbiosis between heavy basses notes and atmospheric pads reminds the one between the body and the soul. The building heading into the sky of the cover illustrates this idea. In songs such as ‘Niyati’ the deep bass fixes the feet to the ground while the heady melody rises the soul.

‘Sloh’ is a new road on which il:lo wants to invite the listener. A journey to feel new emotions. Some parts of this road are peaceful (‘Alma’) while others have to be climbed to reach the top and discover new places (‘a.me’, ‘Sloh’) and let go. At the end of the journey the listener is invited to walk alongside the Austrian river of ‘Ybbs’, and to conclude the trip with a last (progressive) ascent (‘Cami’).

LP + DIGITAL PRE-ORDERS:
futurearchiverecordings.com/illo-sloh

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Pre-Order ‘Sunset In The Deep End’ by Yppah

SUNSET IN THE DEEP END is the new full-length from Yppah, out Feb 7th, 2020 via Future Archive Recordings. The first full-length since 2015!

Future Archive Recordings is excited to bring this long anticipated follow up to 2015’s Tiny Pause. Having just returned home after a successful European tour with fellow Future Archive Recordings’ artists Blockhead and Arms and Sleepers, Joe Corrales Jr – aka Yppah – is straight back to it with the brand-new single Shot Into The Sun and the announcement of a brand new album Sunset in the Deep End. Yppah’s ever growing penchant for fusing alternative, shoegaze and indie guitar textures to crisp hip-hop beats has seen his work used in high profile TV syncs such as CSI and House as well as video games such as Alone In The Dark.

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Blockhead ‘Bubble Bath’ OUT NOW

The wait is over. The new full length album from Blockhead is out now. Available on VINYL / CD / CASSETTE / & DIGITAL, head to our webstore to LISTEN/BUY now. 

The internationally renowned NYC producer has released 10 albums over the past 15 years, including four acclaimed records for Ninja Tune and numerous production jobs including notable works with Aesop Rock. He is regarded as one of the modern masters of instrumental hip-hop, and the new album sees him return to record-label-released music with the bold and exciting roster at Future Archive Recordings (co-founded by artists Arms and Sleepers, Sun Glitters, Little People and CNJR, and also co-run by Mark McGlinchey).

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Arms and Sleepers announce ‘Safe Area Earth’

SAFE AREA EARTH is the new full-length album from Arms and Sleepers, out Jan 17th, 2020 via Future Archive Recordings

Available on Vinyl, CD, Cassette, Digital, Merch, + Bundles.

There are few acts that can glide so seamlessly across genres as Arms and Sleepers. For well over a decade, the American music duo Max Lewis and Mirza Ramic have explored trip-hop, electronica, ambient, hip-hop and subtle pop with deftness and grace. So it makes sense that a group so familiar with exploring multiple sounds and styles will kick off 2020 with their most ambitious and multifaceted project to date.

The pair’s ninth studio album, SAFE AREA EARTH, will be the first of a six-part music series to be released throughout the year. This series will include 3 full-length albums and 3 EPs. Ramic explains it as “a highly conceptual project based in part on my childhood and teenage years of traveling the globe as a Bosnian refugee.” The project is also “an attempt to explore the growing personal anxiety about the meaning of one’s own existence and the impending, fast-approaching end-date to that existence. Each upcoming release will be thematically focused on a facet of human life.”

The first installment, SAFE AREA EARTH, possesses a magical quality to it that feels emblematic of the beginning of a journey — one that sonically represents both possibilities but also uncertainties. There are heady and immersive atmospheres that wash over the listeners via waves of glistening electronics, there are gently cracking and snapping beats that allow melody to glide in and out of them, and vocals that at times resemble choral music with their deeply textured nature. “In many ways this is a return to the melancholic early days of Arms and Sleepers,” Ramic says. “It’s a slow record with our more heavily ambient leanings of the past, but the focus is more on the overall mood and experience. It offers a different feel both musically and emotionally — perhaps a darker, more pessimistic overall tone.”

Whilst the album is still capable of pulling the listener into a blissful state, the darker tones that brood from it make sense because the narrative of the record is one born from a place of trauma and terror, as Ramic explains. “The Earth is a place that could—and should—be safe for all, but depending on the pure chance of one’s place of birth, the personal relationship with the planet alters dramatically. During The Bosnian War in the 1990s, there were “safe areas” — UN-designated protected zones meant to offer safety for civilians. Instead, these “safe areas” became scenes of some of the worst human atrocities on European soil since World War II. The idea that a very small geographical location on planet earth had to be designated as “safe” for human existence is absurd enough; the fact that it turned out to be not safe at all is even more absurd.”

It’s this juxtaposed position that kicks off the 2020 music series for the duo; a year-long creative voyage that “attempts to explore the human existence and psyche from a variety of different angles.” The result is an album that despite being vast—17 tracks—manages to feel like a complete and coherent statement. Something to get lost in, as a whirlwind of chaos continues to unfurl in the outside world. Finding this balance between solace and disorder has ultimately been at the heart of this project for Ramic. “Much of this record was influenced by the personal anxiety of assessing my own existence, its high and low points thus far, and the limitation of my time left on planet earth. I needed to pour out all these feelings into music.”

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Debut release from CLD.RĀN out now!

CLD.RĀN is Victor Ferreira’s new adventure that steers toward all things glitchy. Ferreira’s new realms are based on digitally degraded, click n’ cut groove textures and artfully granular melody experimentation. It is a fresh outlook and a bit of fantasy for Ferreira‘s mind, taking a breather from his usual occupation as the head honcho of Sun Glitters.

It seems that compartmentalizing this new material away from Sun Glitters has allowed Ferreira the chance to get back to the glorious sketchbook days of starting a new project. CLD.RĀN is free of the connotations and pressures that existing projects and tasks have attached to them. Lead single /ˈtʌɪmləs/ exists on an almost psychedelic plain, floating in a micro-beat dream state, gloriously warm pads pushed through woozy tremolos, finished with dainty arpeggios breaking up to the sound of light digital distortion. This is late night music for heads, but it’s also peaceful early morning coffee at sunrise. The intimate production and melting granular melodies flash and crack gently throughout the EP, and the results are sublime.

Ferreira, when questioned, keeps coming back to the idea of “trying something new” time and time again, using CLD.RĀN almost as a vehicle for alleviating stress. With different studio setups and DAWs – allowing his fingers to wander across keyboards, see what comes out and how, and freeing samples and melodies to cluster purely through vibe – structure and form seem to follow naturally and perhaps subconsciously as mood and texture reign across the EP.

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il:lo Returns with New Release, titled ‘Sloh’

SLOH is il:lo’s fourth EP. Keeping in tune with their previous EP, their sound is a meeting of acoustic and synthetic instruments. Thereby mallets and brass converse with moogs and Junos. In SLOH, the production is designed as more electronic but still organic.

The symbiosis between heavy bass notes and atmospheric pads reminds the listener of one between the body and the soul. The building heading into the sky of the cover illustrates this idea. In songs such as the first single Niyati, the deep bass fixes the feet to the ground while the heady melody arouses the soul.

SLOH is a new musical road where il:lo wants to invite the listener . A journey to feel new emotions. Some parts of this road are peaceful (Alma) while others have to be climbed to reach the top and discover new places (a.me, Sloh) and let go. At the end of the journey the listener is invited to walk alongside the Austrian river of Ybbs, and to conclude the trip with a last (progressive) ascent (Cami).

PRE-ORDER TODAY:
http://ffm.to/illo-sloh

STREAM THE SINGLE ‘NIYATI’:
http://ffm.to/illo-niyati

il:lo was born from the meeting of Dejan Dejado and Andreas Schütz in Prague in 2010. These two producers, aged 30 and 31, shared common interests and they decided to collaborate in 2012. After six months of to-ing and fro-ing between the two musicians, they released their first EP, Distances. Coming together in Paris, they released Jaro in 2014. Both titles fell into the trip hop/world genre.

The French duo takes their inspiration from their travels and takes the names of their tracks from the towns they have visited. il:lo’s sound is a blend of acoustic and synthetic melodies. It could well be perceived as heavy as it is light, with its sombre bass lines as well as floaty brass tones. Usually categorised as downtempo music, it takes place among Bonobo, Tycho or Catching flies’ universe.