Produced by Kieran Hebden between 1997 and 2001
Download: Four Tet – 0181
Also available on vinyl LP soon.
Stubborn Heart – aka Luca Santucci & Ben Fitzgerald – set ears buzzing last year with a (then unidentified) white label 12” and followed it up earlier this summer with the ‘Need Someone’ EP (on Kaya Kaya records, an imprint of XL Recordings). Now signed to One Little Indian, their full length eponymous debut, Stubborn Heart (out in the US on March 5th) reveals a stunning and surprisingly poignant electronic soul record.
Hailing from London & Oxford respectively, the duo’s debut emotes heartbreak over broken beats and dark, atmospheric space. The clean, ghostly production coalesces with Luca’s mournful vocal to positively ooze a bruised melancholy.
Click HERE to download the track, “Need Someone,” filled with stuttering, caffeinated beats and bell-like synth.
Equally inspired by 80’s and 90’s electronic music and 60’s and 70’s soul music (the album includes a cover of Reuben Bell & The Casanovas rare soul 45 It’s Not That Easy), Stubborn Heart never lose their passion for good pop music – everything from Hall & Oates to Timbaland. Recent comparisons have been drawn with the XX, Sbtrkt, James Blake & Four Tet.
Keep a look out for more from Stubborn Heart coming your way.
The thought-provoking first lady of techno Miss Kittin returns with the single “Life Is My Teacher” which will be made available as a free download on www.misskittin.com (soundcloud below)starting December 10, 2012. The song offers up a glimpse of Kittin’s third album, the self-produced double-CD “Calling From The Stars”, to be released on wSphere Records on April 22, 2013.
“Life Is My Teacher” offers up all of the elements that have made Miss Kittin one of the most popular names in electronic music: simple yet evocative lyrics set to an undeniable electro-flavored techno beat. It also showcases a new side of the notoriously enigmatic Kittin, that of an artist unafraid to reveal her inner emotions and beliefs. The perfect primer for the evolved techno-pop sound that makes up disc one of the album.
Eager fans will also be treated to three more new tracks on the “Life Is My Teacher” EP, including exclusive cut “I.L.A.N.E.N.O.” and “Tamarin Bay”, both of which reflect the album’s second disc of ’90s-inspired ambient techno. DJs, meanwhile, will flock to the dark narcotic remix of “Life Is My Teacher” from Spanish hit-making duo Borderline. The EP will be available on all digital platforms on December 10, 2012.
Download:Starkey – The Beast