Matthew Dear is a longtime HUGO Tracks favorite, so we were super excited to hear that he’s got a new album coming out on August 28. (It’s called Beams, and it’s being released by Ghostly International.) The lead single from the LP is called “Her Fantasy,” and it’s amazing. Leaning slightly toward the tropical sounds that seem to be omni-present in synthier electronic music today, it still maintains a distinct Matthew Dear sound – especially when his trademark raspy vocals come in.
Hello boys and girls,
I’m still a bit high on life from this sensational day, so I’ll keep things brief: On July 5th the big day had finally arrived where I got to sit in the front row of the HUGO Fashion Show at Berlin Fashion Week. I had goose bumps all over me from the very beginning and when I, at last, saw the models float down the runway to the special HUGO version of my song “For You” (which is still available for free download here, wink wink), my heart surely missed more than one beat! Sooo exciting! But you may see for yourselves: here’s a little video recap!
Johnny Jewel can do no wrong in my book. Slowly the genius producer and mastermind behind projects like Symmetry, Glass Candy, Desire and Chromatics has built his label, Italians Do it Better, into being one of the most interesting outputs for electronic indie music – with that signature Italo disco twist. The Chromatics latest album, Kill For Love, is easily the best so far in 2012.
I have had the pleasure of playing DJ sets before a couple of their live shows over the years, the latest one having been at the beginning of their current European tour, at Distortion Festival in Copenhagen. They are indeed as great on stage as on record. The setting in a majestic glass building right on the Copenhagen harbour didn’t make it any less of a great experience. The track “These Streets Will Never Look The Same” is one of my favorite songs off the album. If you didn’t buy it yet, hurry up – and try to catch them on the road as well.
Once again live from sunny Copenhagen, heeeeeere’s Kasper! Our dear friend Kasper Bjørke has been rather pampering us with his nordic generosity lately, in terms of frequently posting his favorite tracks du jour on our pretty blog. Avid followers will notice that it’s about time for our monthly podcast again and we figured, well, having a man of such great taste and sophistication at hand (who, to top it all off, hosts his own weekly radio show called 4/4 on National Danish Radio DR P6 Beat): Why shouldn’t two great things come together? So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, please go right ahead and enjoy this month’s HUGO Tracks podcast curated, compiled and hosted by the one and only Kasper Bjørke, featuring handpicked releases by such amazing artists as The Rapture, Trentemøller, Chromatics, Hot Chip, Raptile Youth and many many more…You can download the podcast directly here and of course on iTunes. So don’t you dare touch that dial!
As you probably know already, our two HUGO Artists Nina Kraviz and Kasper Bjørke were in Berlin for Fashion Week to enjoy the HUGO Fashion Show. Being the busy bees they are – of course – they couldn’t stay inactive for too long and were kind enough to take us around the city and bring us to some of their favorite places in Germany’s vibrant capital! Since our beloved readers couldn’t be present physically, we’ll have some great footage headed your way in the days to come: Nina Kraviz and Kasper Bjørke will take you to exhibits, restaurants, partys, interviews, the HUGO Fashion Show and so on and so on… Check this little preview teaser and make sure to tune back in for their Berlin adventures!
Sweden-based producer/DJ Martin Brodin runs his own imprint, MB Disco, where he has released in the past Giorgio Moroder classics along with new cosmic disco stuff from the Scandinavian scene. He’s about to release his own solo album as well, including remixes by Headman and myself. I asked Martin to deliver an exclusive remix of my latest single “Deep Is The Breath” (feat. Jacob Bellens and Emma Acs) for the HUGO Blog – and here is the great result, entitled Martin Brodin & Copycat Dub Mix. Be quick… the first 100 get a free download!
Locussolus is a project consisting of my long time hero, Harvey, along with Sam Fox and Tara Selleck, ably assisted by Josh Marcy. They record their music in Venice Beach – and you can sense the Californian sun in the vibe somehow. Their first album was acclaimed and lauded as well as being included in many of 2011′s ‘Best Of’ lists. Now they are back to give you more with a great twelve-inch, two-track single. ‘Berghain’ is an anthem track to play out as a DJ – named after the legendary Berlin nightclub – and ‘Telephone’ is more of a disco boogie FM radio-hit-style track, the other side of Harvey that I really enjoy as well. If you ever have the chance to catch Harvey playing as a DJ, you are in for a treat. He is known across the globe for selecting and blending eclectic music in a way like no one else.
There have been numerous signs that this was on the way, but now it’s here: the soundtrack for the HUGO Fashion Show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin for your free downloading pleasure! Kasper and Nina cooked up some really special treats and this post is all about Nina’s track. It’s great! It’s hot! It’s exclusive! It’s done for the HUGO Fashion Show only! And to top it all off: it’s available as an unlimited free download! Think we’re playing around? Well, see for and enjoy it yourself!
The HUGO Fashion Show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin was just stunning and the soundtrack simply delicate. And for everyone who’s still humming the melodies in their heads (and to everyone who missed it), we provide a super special treat: Kasper created an exclusive HUGO Catwalk Dub of his Track “Hummingbirds” and everyone at the show loved it, we love it and you shouldn’t stand in the dark any longer and grab yourself a free download of the track right here! It´s limited to 1.000 – so be quick! Chin-chin!
it’s Nina broadcasting live from Berlin Fashion Week! As if Berlin wasn’t magnificent and lively enough by itself, throughout Fashion Week with all its shows and notorious parties, it’s even more worth a trip and a guaranteed thrill. Speaking of shows, I can’t wait to see all the exquisite pieces HUGO will have on the menu at their show on Thursday! And speaking of HUGO, guess who was lucky enough to be invited to a fitting at the HUGO Store here in Berlin? Bingo! And of course, little old me couldn’t resist but to immediately fall in love with basically ALL the amazingly beautiful shoes I was shown at the store! Truly lost my heart to more than one pair, but you know, pretty shoes are always worth a sin… Anyway, can’t wait till Thursday’s here and I will get back to you from Berlin’s fashion frenzy!