This HUGO Tracks edition, featuring Terranova, Jori Hulkkonen and Portable Sunsets, is full of contradictions. Paris vs. Berlin, north vs. south, vintage vs. modern, clubby vs. ambient and dubstep vs. lounge sounds – all of these contrasts are combined in three distinguished HUGO Tracks, which are, as usual, available for free download here on hugotracks.com. However, time is of the essence as there is only a limited number of downloads available. Now let us lean back and enjoy the sound!
Terranova “Tell Me Why (Feat. Stereo MCs)”
The open band project, featuring DJs and producers Fetisch and &me, Terranova, provide the first title in this HUGO Tracks edition. The Berlin-Paris-based band released their latest album, “Restless”, earlier this year on Kompakt. Their unique style, which lies somewhere between punk rock, electronic, hip-hop and house, can be heard within this release, complemented by a certain vintage-synth flair coming from the banged-up old laptops they used for the production. An example of this is “Tell Me Why (Feat. Stereo MCs)”, a slightly clubby yet ambient track that cuts to the chase right at the beginning with precise rhythms and a simple but tangible bass. All of this is accentuated by the characteristic vocals of Stereo MCs’ Rob Birch. Get your free download below.
Jori Hulkkonen “Last Cut Is The Deepest”
Regular readers of HUGO Tracks should be familiar with Jori Hulkkonen. Back in 2013, we featured his collaboration with John Foxx, and even earlier than that we introduced his “Vile Talk (Feat. JiiHoo (Kasper Bjørke Remix))”. This time, the Finnish producer surprises us with his new “Oh But I Am” LP on My Favorite Robot Records, which is actually his second album of the year after the release of “Nuclear Winter Garden” back in March. This time Hulkkonen returns to a more clubby and dance sound, somewhat influenced by Italo disco, early 80s synth-pop and classic house. Have a listen yourself and enjoy the rather calm, dark track “Last Cut Is The Deepest”, available for free limited-edition download.
Portable Sunsets “Pearl”
Our last track for today is from Brooklyn-based Peter Segerstrom aka Portable Sunsets. He has released his second full-length album with “Bless”, this time on the Atomnation imprint, after his “Rental” EP came out in March. Portable Sunsets attempts a more clubby approach on this release but equally explores the smooth, ambient realm of classic house music, with club-ready drums on top, as you can hear in the track “Pearl”. One of the more up-tempo songs on the album, “Pearl” has a well-punctuated driving beat and diverse synth-lines. Even though the beginning reminds the listener of early dubstep experiments, the track evolves into a more lounge-like and atmospheric tune. Enjoy your free download below on hugotracks.com.