Afterlife and Tale Of Us are proud to announce ‘Realm Of Consciousness’, a 10-piece compilation expanding the Afterlife totality into a label. The label and events will complement each other with one aim; to bring the crowd into another dimension of music perception with enthralling production to that ignite the senses.
The ‘Realm Of Consciousness’ voyage commences with Tale Of Us’ Lies – a fitting introduction with quivering keys and restrained percussion that engenders an ominous suspense ahead of Monoloc’s enigmatic industrial techno crunch, Phoenix. Shifting through the haunting chords of Recondite’s dynamic Murphy’s Law, to the brooding synth of Poseidon by Ukrainian duo Woo York, the realisation of Afterlife utopia is upon us. The repetitive, mesmerising synth and effective reverb that Somne creates with Triangle is an odyssey within itself. From there, John Hester’s expertly woven ‘Logan’ is a feverish techno stab that transverses through the emotional senses, transitioning to Locked Groove’s adroitly crafted Emeralds, to Ryan James Ford’s ambient, albeit percussive, techno cut Toree Bahrstad. Die Wiederkehr is the outcome of Obscure Shape & SHDW’s collaboration, which incorporates facets of techno and trance that have been shaped with real guile and finesse. Mind Against round off the compilation with Gravity – a mystifying ambience and a fitting title as we touch back down to planet earth.
The next installment on Afterlife comes from Vaal with remixes by Locked Groove and Baikal. ’Wander To Hell’ is a three track EP, with three versions of the same track that each encapsulate the spirit of Afterlife in their own individual way.
Heralding from a rock n’roll and jazz background Vaal is unperturbed by the strict rules that define & guard electronic music. ‘Wander To Hell’ is stripped back and gentle, highlighting the emotive side of the label. The combination of alluring vocals and beautiful reverberating chords along with the ebb and flow of distortion makes it a composition that grips the listener from start to finish.
Belgian talent Locked Groove seeks the dancefloor with his remix. He brings back a little familiarity, the vocal remains, but is now present amongst an assortment of synths and percussion, pushing through to darker, heavier depths.
Baikal makes multi layered electronic music simultaneously for the heart, mind and feet. His version of ‘Wander To Hell’ is truly spellbinding, featuring a hypnotic groove that glides seamlessly through a continuum of time and space.
Filled with contrasts in light and shadow and all the shades in between, Afterlife is thrilled to announce a collaborative release of Mind Against and Aether. ‘Solaris’ is a melancholic listen in the form of a three track EP that brings in the light, dives in the dark and finally grounds you.
The title track ‘Solaris’ starts off with a poised, hypnotic groove that surges into arpeggiated chords, lighting the way. ‘Eclipse’ drifts off into a svelte bassline working with a darker, driven composition of synths. ‘Event Horizon’ finishes with an immaculately hewn journey, with focus on harmonic developments and whirring polymetrics.
B2. Event Horizon
Patrice Bäumel debuts on Afterlife with two striking and successfully road-tested tracks, to be released on May 12.
‘Glutes’ is peak-time material without being overly fast or chaotic, the energy instead coming from the transportive arrangement and emotive melodic content. The same can be said for Bäumel’s ‘Surge’ on Kompakt, an anthem in the sets of Tale Of Us last year which led to this release.
The title track rises and falls, surging with wide-sweeping synth notes and a steady rhythm to anchor the waves. An infectious refrain pulls you further in and, right on cue, the kick drum continues to beat the sweet spot. ‘Engage’ is filled with similarly subtle details, uplifting arpeggios and atmospheric reverb. Half-way through the melody bursts into life, shining brightly through the haze and creating one of those moments of release that make the Afterlife sound work so well on a dancefloor.
In the most comprehensive display of the Afterlife sound so far, Tale Of Us compile 12 of the tracks they’ve been playing to great effect over recent months into an impressive and truly singular statement of their sound.
As well is possible from recorded music, these tracks bottle the spirit of the Afterlife events. A mixture of richly accomplished artists and new talents provide a focused and consistently high-quality collection. Label heads Tale Of Us collaborate with Ovend on the mesmerizing ‘Red Sky’, setting the bar for their guests. Acclaimed acts such as Hunter/Game, Mathew Jonson, Recondite and Woo York are amongst a wealth of ability in the likes of Ae:ther, Denis Horvat, Keith Carnal, Per:sona, Black Peters, Darse and Mathame. A body and brain dance through the realm of consciousness.
Tale Of Us present a new collaboration with Vaal for the sixth release on their Afterlife label. Three years after they teamed up for ‘Concur’ and began to tour together, the trio return with their most anthemic offering yet. Vaal’s hauntingly-beautiful and instantly-recognisable vocals are the centre-piece on ‘Monument’, building on the style of her Wander To Hell EP (AL002). The drums and shimmering synth lines are moody and uplifting in the way Tale Of Us have made their own, arranged perfectly for the psychedelic breakthrough.
On the flip side, ‘The Hangar’ takes a different approach to equally devastating effect. It pumps with added urgency and a thunderous, steely bassline lunges out from the low-end. Designed for large soundsystems and big rooms, ‘The Hangar’ finds Tale Of Us and Vaal at their most direct and it’s something to behold.
Barnt and Stephan Bodzin, two artists whose stand-out performances at recent Afterlife events have made them firm favourites with the crowds, are tapped for the remixes of Tale Of Us & Vaal’s latest single ‘Monument’ (AL006). They both take on the title track, Barnt opting for a rolling, percussive direction and Bodzin more ethereal and transportive. For the digital-only third contribution, Adriatique (the Swiss duo of Adrian Schweizer and Adrian Shala) give the drums some extra punch and cloak the vocal in spacy reverb.
With recent releases for some of the scene’s leading labels, Fideles (aka Daniele Aprile and Mario Roberti) are an Italian duo on the rise. Their spellbinding ‘Impressum’ EP is both a fine example of the Fideles sound and exactly in keeping with the direction Tale Of Us are steering their Afterlife label. Inspired by the Ionian sea in Southern Italy, low-pitched basslines and soaring synths give the tracks just the right amount of drama, whilst the rich sound-design allows them to make the most of a big system; something Tale Of Us have put to great use in their sets this year. Take the emotionally-charged title track, the rolling, mechanical drums of ‘Kalotypse’ or the more restrained ‘Hadar’. Across all five tracks Fideles’ character shines through the adventurous melodies and distinctive touch, creating an inspiring next episode of the Afterlife catalogue.
Stephan Bodzin: a classically trained musician, vastly experienced producer and master of melody. He has built a reputation through countless releases under many aliases, and through his dramatic and dynamic live set capturing the hearts of fans worldwide. For Afterlife, Bodzin bottles the infectious energy of these shows into two epic, colourful landscapes of sound, “Strand” and “Catamaran”.
Following his first contribution to the label in September – a mesmerising remix of Tale Of Us & Vaal’s ‘Monument’ – “Strand” elevates this fitting relationship to the next level. The release contains a true anthem from Bodzin’s and Tale Of Us’ sets in ‘Strand’ and a more restrained effort in ‘Catamaran’. Both dream-like compositions are unmistakably Bodzin, taking the listener on a journey and brimming with the synth wizardry he is best known for.
‘Days Gone’ is the highly-anticipated return of core Afterlife act and fans favourite, Mind Against. A year after their ‘Solaris’ EP (AL002), the duo of Alex and Federico Fognini show once again why their moving, supremely-produced tracks are held in such esteem.
The title track takes you to another dimension, with a synth line spiralling into cosmic space and drums beating into oblivion. ‘Cloud Nine’, a classy, comparatively-understated cut for the early hours brings the energy back down. Stepping up to remix ‘Cloud Nine’ is Dystopian talent Alex.Do, who strips the sound back and distills the original’s graceful flourishes, completing a high-quality chapter in the Afterlife story.
The exceptionally talented, Copenhagen-based Denis Horvat signs his first own release to Afterlife Recordings in ‘Modelo’, a three-track EP charged with spritely synth lines and charisma. The title track’s nine-and-a-half minute run time makes for a spellbinding journey, as the layers weave seamlessly into a vivid canvas of sound. ‘The Bender’ is more direct, lending itself to peak hours in the club with a buoyant bassline, sharp claps and melody of sirens. Ending the record is ‘Natural Causes’, an entrancing trip through dreamy arpeggios that grooves up-and-down, taking the dancers with it. These three cuts have proven vital in the sets of label owners Tale Of Us and and now see the light of day to continue the theme.
Adrian Shala and Adrian Schweizer, the Swiss duo recording and performing as Adriatique, sign the third Afterlife release of 2018, ‘Ray’. The two-track single follows their remix of Tale Of Us & Vaal’s ‘Monument’ in 2017, and marks the beginning of Adriatique’s own journey with Afterlife Recordings.
We first heard of ‘Ray’ in Tale Of Us’ sublime fabric 97 CD, where its soaring melody ended the mix on a euphoric high. It stands out as a scintillating dancefloor composition, whose lead synth line will no-doubt create many memorable dancefloor moments. ‘Voices From The Dawn’ takes a more subtle approach to the same thrilling effect. Driven by the rolling beats, it reveals itself sporadically in spirited surges of life.
These two tracks not only show the range of Adriatique’s production focus, but show them to be highly-accomplished whether making hypnotic, peak-time grooves or epic songs for the end of the night.
Patrice Bäumel returns to Afterlife with two instantly-recognizable, cosmic excursions arranged for big room impact. Building on the far-and-wide success of ‘Glutes’ last year, Bäumel delivers another singular take on the Afterlife sound.
‘The Hatchet’, which shone on the Tale Of Us fabric 97 CD, has Bäumel’s signature, tempered drums, slithering FX and masterfully-executed bursts of white noise. With a similar modus operandi, ‘Serpent’ glides through bright arpeggios, snowballing towards the brilliant climax. A journey through time and space, into the Afterlife.
Ukrainian duo Woo York deliver a powerful, driving, dark-yet-sophisticated sound on their upcoming ‘Chasing The Dream’ LP, set to drop on May 4 as the first artist album on Afterlife.
Opening with the brooding and thought-provoking cosmic stabs of the aptly titled ‘Inception’, Woo York guide you through a fluid-like path across ‘Chasing the Dream’, offering fluttering synths on ‘Walk Along The Rainbow’ and a rattling percussive core to ‘There Is A Light.’ Their signature 303 magic hints at acid on ‘Through Peaks and Valleys’, and there is ice-cold ambience to finish in ‘Rise’ and an alternate mix of the title track. A landmark within the Realm Of Consciousness.
Recondite signs his first full record to the Afterlife label, following two tracks on the Realm Of Consciousness compilations and many revered performances under the iconic man.
‘Rainmaker’ is a six-track, double-vinyl EP crafted from the delicate-yet-powerful ingredients that are Recondite’s signature. Free-falling from the tense opener ‘Valvate’ through various shades of his sound, you’re at once enchanted by the alluring melodies and moved to dance. ‘Rufus’ provides euphoria, ‘Step Back’ is trippy and minimal, ‘Arcane’ a haunting, atmospheric finish.
The third Realm Of Consciousness compilation on Tale Of Us’ Afterlife Recordings is the label’s most complete statement so far.
The four-vinyl opus opens with Tale Of Us’ now anthemic ‘Nova’, a high-impact and well-loved staple of their sets this year. Agents Of Time continue with the percussive rattle of ‘Paradigm’, before the first released collaboration between luminaries Recondite and Henrik Schwarz shines with understated melody.
Amongst Mind Against’s eerie masterpiece ‘Portal’ and impressive first appearances on Afterlife from Scuba (as SCB) and Steve Rachmad (as Sterac) are ethereal contributions from Fideles, Ovend and Øostil. UK techno veteran Edit Select channels the darker, hypnotic spirit of Afterlife with ‘Phase In’, setting up the sprawling, 14-minute epic from Luigi Tozzi and Antonio Ruscito.
To begin the compilation’s fourth disc, Konstantin Sibold & Kosme’s ‘Cyclone’ lifts the tone, leading into a more introspective sound from Hunter/Game on ‘Changing Weather’. Upcoming German talent Kevin De Vries follows with his infectious cut ‘Mágoa’ and Tone Depth ends the odyssey in mesmerising style with ‘Ibn Sina’.
The full spectrum of Tale Of Us’ Afterlife label is on display here, as they continue to push the envelope with a high-quality and diverse selection of artists.
Afterlife Recordings continues its focus on emerging talent with the first solo EP of Ae:ther, following his collaboration with Mind Against on ‘Solaris’ and a track on the Realm Of Consciousness compilation.
From the textured atmospherics, harmonies and innovative sound design, it’s clear Ae:ther has found his voice already. Balanced between the powerful, emotive techno Afterlife is known for and more introspective experimentation, the three tracks share a tonal richness and patient headspace, lending themselves to the dreamy hours on the dancefloor.
The richly talented duo Mathame featured on the second Realm Of Consciousness compilation and have since been regulars in the sets of Tale Of Us with some sought-after, unreleased tracks. Their distinctive treatment of vocals marks their tracks out instantly, nowhere more so than on ‘Nothing Around Us’, with the cyber voice of the young Italian artist Lyke. The top quality production and original sound continue with the more understated ‘22’ and end with another prime example of Mathame’s vocal work, ‘Fade Into You’. This EP is a bold statement that crystallises the well-deserved excitement around Mathame.
Kevin De Vries delivers big room drama on his ‘Aratak’ EP for Afterlife Recordings.
Spirited synth lines, drum rolls, gripping moments of silence and weighty kick drums make the title track of De Vries’ Afterlife debut formidable club gear. ‘Sciamachy’ is more subtle, centred around a euphoric arpeggio which spirals to its apex. Konstantin Sibold contributes a fine remix, toning down certain elements of ‘Sciamachy’ to let others shine. It completes an EP that brims with energy and dancefloor dynamism, a hugely exciting first full record for De Vries on Afterlife.
Afterlife Recordings proudly presents ‘Nude’, the debut album of Swiss duo Adriatique. It’s Adrian Shala and Adrian Schweizer’s most personal artistic statement yet, a collection of songs, capturing their feelings and memories.
The two Adrians’ close friendship and complementary skill sets have helped develop Adriatique into one of the most esteemed acts on the house and techno circuit. Their releases since 2011 have come through leading labels such as Diynamic, Cityfox and their own imprint, Siamese. They signed to Afterlife early in 2018 with the club-ready single ‘Ray’. It followed a remix of Tale Of Us & Vaal’s anthemic ‘Monument’ and announced Adriatique as a core artist both on Afterlife Recordings and at their events in Ibiza as well as worldwide.
‘Nude’ is the most diverse and adventurous record in the catalogs of both artist and label. It switches between slick, downtempo electronica and driving club fare without breaking stride. Afforded the freedom that comes with a full-length album, we hear another side of Adriatique. They prove themselves to be as adept at creating beautiful, melodic songs as they are driving club beats; the two worlds merging on this refined and truly singular album.
Afterlife Recordings ends 2018 with an impressive statement from German duo Innellea.
The ‘Vigilans’ EP combines wide-ranging elements – a heavy, guitar riff on the title track, unhinged drumming, zippy synth melodies and distinctive sounds – to stamp the Innellea identity on a bold and high-energy record. They push limits and refuse convention in fine style, making for a standout entry in the Afterlife catalogue.
Afterlife Recordings welcomes back the Fideles duo for a new EP, ‘Endless Sacrifice’.
The opener ‘Heading North’ pairs the heavenly vocals of Flu with a subtle, acid bassline and radiant melody, setting the scene for the eerie and transcendental sounds of ‘Harmed’ and the title track ‘Endless Sacrifice’. ‘Tynos’ is a more hard-hitting take on the theme, primed for a night’s peak hours. Fideles express a full spectrum of dancefloors moods and kick off the year in style.
Mathame refine their singular sound on ‘Skywalking’ and a collaboration with Tale Of Us, ‘Departure’.
Following 2018’s ‘Nothing Around Us’ single, Mathame show no sign of slowing down. Their Afterlife Recordings follow up is a dancefloor single of epic proportions, taking the duo further into a realm of their own. Tension hangs off the sliding chords and spacious arrangements. In the case of ‘Skywalking’ it reaches an uplifting, euphoric crescendo, in Tale Of Us’ intro edit of ‘Departure’ the theme goes darker and off-kilter. Bona fide anthems in the sets of Mathame and Tale Of Us.
ROD is a new artist for Afterlife Recordings and ‘Brighten Up Bunny’ is another high-quality entry in Benny Rodrigues’ acclaimed discography.
The EP’s title track opens the record with bright, uplifting synth notes and a weighty kick drum – Rodrigues’ fresh take on the Afterlife sound. Getting deeper and darker with ‘Welcome Back Mama’, ROD fuses razor-sharp claps and a punchy bassline to dazzling effect. ‘Melodi’ takes an eerie turn, burying the drums under metallic shimmers and disorientating reverberations. On the remix, FJAAK treat ‘Welcome Back Mama’ with a warehouse-ready pulse and sharpen its edges.
With the fourth Realm Of Consciousness compilation, Tale Of Us shine a light on the artists whose work has shaped their sets in recent times.
There are contributions from Afterlife’s longtime regulars like Recondite, Adriatique, Mind Against, Woo York and Vaal. From those who have come through the label in more recent times: Ae:ther, Mathame, Agents Of Time, Innellea, Fideles and Kevin De Vries. And, as always with the compilation, there are new faces: Colyn, Blausch, ANNA, ARTBAT, Coeus, Lyke, Murat Uncuoglu, Lehar & Aldebaran and ENØS.
The sound encompasses everything Afterlife represents: introspective electronica, euphoric peak-time cuts and more subtle rollers. Twenty inspired interpretations of the sound Tale Of Us have developed.
Various – Realm Of Consciousness Pt.IV (AL027)
A1 Recondite – Savaaq
A2 Adriatique – Hound
B1 Adamant – Last Promises
B2 Mind Against & Blausch – Trust My Eyes feat. Running Pine
C1 Colyn – Amor
C2 Woo York – Discovery
D1 Ae:ther – Arteon
D2 ANNA – Spectral
E1 ARTBAT – Element
E2 Mathame – Farewell
F1 Agents Of Time – Superia
F2 Vaal – Weakness Pays
G1 Innellea – Lost In Fades feat. Ameli
G2 Fideles – The Last Glow
H1 Kevin de Vries – Phoenix
H2 Coeus – Eden
Digital Only: Lyke – Lem
Digital Only: Murat Uncuoglu – Abetone
Digital Only: Lehar & Aldebaran – Da Levante
Digital Only: ENØS – Neptune
Maceo Plex joins Afterlife Recordings with ‘Lonely Tribe’.
Eric Estornel, alias Maceo Plex, has become a key artist for Afterlife in recent times, playing a number shows at Afterlife Ibiza and worldwide. The collaboration now goes one step further with the release of this distinctive single. ‘Lonely Tribe’ is a festival-ready hit of epic proportions. It snakes through passages of woodwind melody and vocal samples, driven forward by typically powerful and crisp percussion. On the B-side, Fango is tapped for a remix, stripping back the original over a lean, sliding groove.
Following Colyn’s standout track on the Realm Of Consciousness Pt.IV compilation, we see the full breadth of his scope as a producer on his first EP for the label.
The soaring synth lines and vocal of title track ‘Resolve’ are a bold statement, worthy of the most epic moments in a DJ set. ‘Eriador’ is comparatively restrained, with gently rolling drums and unusual flourishes. ‘Exchange’ and ‘Gravity’ distil euphoric elements into deeply moving techno cuts to fit the Afterlife mould.
A year after the release of Adriatique’s debut LP, ‘Nude’, Afterlife presents a seven-track remix package to breathe new life into the originals.
The album found Adriatique, the duo of Adrian Shala and Adrian Schweizer, explore a more downtempo, contemplative sound than they were known for. Its profound musicality makes rich source material for a set of dancefloor interpretations, which Tale Of Us have curated together with Adriatique for the label’s 30th release.
Adriatique – Nude Remixes (AL030)
A1 Mystery ft. Jono McCleery (Tale Of Us & Mathame Remix)
A2 Nude (Solomun Remix)
B1 Tachykardia ft. Delhia de France (Kobosil Remix)
B2 Nude (Rampa Remix)
Digital only: Buchla’s Dreaming (Agents Of Time Remix)
Digital only: Ray Reincarnation (Johannes Brecht Remix)
Digital only: Mystery (Isoleé Remix)
Available on 12” vinyl and digital
Innellea return to Afterlife with another EP of unique dancefloor creations.
The duo first appeared on Afterlife late in 2018 with the striking sounds of Vigilans. They’re now back with four more tracks brimming with their signature, organic percussion and ever-original touch.
‘The White Blanket’ is hauntingly beautiful, with an eerie vocal and piercing synth line at its core. The title track is equally epic, balancing dark and bright, uplifting elements to a euphoric effect. ‘Visionquest’ and ‘We Thrive’ continue the theme with two singular and inspired takes on the Afterlife sound.
Kas:st release the anthemic ‘Hold Me To The Light’ on Afterlife with a Tale Of Us remix.
The French duo Kas:st are behind the highly-anticipated vocal track that has been creating special moments in recent sets. The original is arranged to journey through downtempo, piano and vocoder sections as well as a powerful peak. Tale Of Us’ remix extends its climax into a true dancefloor epic. The vocal breakdown, subtle progressions and monumental sound design is the perfect complement to Kas:st’s own masterpiece.
On the record’s B-side, ‘The Hymn Of Fallen Dreams’ switches the title-track’s lyrics for a more understated, ghostly lead line whilst retaining its extended form. Closing track ‘Be Yourself’ is the most direct of the four with a groove and deep pulse primed for the peak-hours.
Patrice Bäumel is back for his third release on Afterlife, ‘Transmission’.
The two slick, hyper-detailed rollers have all the markings of Bäumel’s best work: patient progression, dubby chords and moments of slow-release euphoria. Both ‘Sender’ and ‘Receiver’ deal in the refined dancefloor power that made ‘Glutes’ (AL004) and ‘The Hatchet’ (AL013) stand out. They add new flourishes and elements of Bäumel’s sound, making ‘Transmission’ a distinctive and exceptionally well-executed entry in the Afterlife catalogue.
The emotionally stirring sound of Mathame is back on Afterlife.
Their signature, processed vocals shine on the infectious and entrancing ‘For Every Forever’. It’s a sound they have developed over their releases for Afterlife and is now truly their own. A Dub Mix of the title track offers a slightly more pared down alternative. ‘Stairway 3000’ completes the record, an eyes-down roller with a bassline to shake any room to its core.
Mind Against are back on Afterlife with two emotive, dancefloor masterpieces. ‘Walking Away’, featuring the deeply-affecting vocals of Port St. Willow, centers around uplifting harmonic elements and a resonant drum pattern. It strikes that special balance of light and dark which makes Mind Against’s tracks uniquely cathartic. ‘Bloom’ is more a melancholy, downtempo interpretation of their vision. The percussion is restrained and sits deep below atmospheric pads and piano chords, eventually arriving at a gradual and subtle peak. Mind Against reach euphoric heights once again, though this time by a patient and reflective path.
A special entry in the Afterlife catalogue by Lyke.
‘Nothing Around Us’, a 2018 collaboration between Mathame and Lyke, is given new meaning by this piano interpretation. The original track’s melodic heart shines through the shimmering keys alone. A tribute from Lyke to his father, a beautiful moment of solace.
Out of darkness can only come light. ‘Unity’ is a 31-track opus, a symbol of togetherness curated by Tale Of Us, including artists already on Afterlife and some new names to the label. Accompanied by a continuous journey through this new music, mixed by Tale Of Us, we hope this compilation brings some escape at a challenging time.
It is more important than ever that we stand together and do what we can to help our loved ones, our communities and humanity as a whole. All profits from ‘Unity’ will be donated to the Coronavirus medical relief fund of the most heavily-affected region so far, Lombardy in Italy. It is a cause particularly close to the hearts of us all at Afterlife.
Tale Of Us cover the full spectrum of Afterlife sounds, from stirring, sunrise epics and eyes-down techno to more inward-looking moments, individually expressing a collective vision. Crystalline melodies and emotive oscillations connect each work and form the strands which Tale Of Us weave into a momentous Voyage. From the opening tones of the label founders’ own track ‘Alone’, every turn flows further into the Realm Of Consciousness, an unbounded dimension which ends in light.
Woo York follow up their ‘Chasing The Dream’ album with an EP of timeless, acid compositions.
‘Echoes From Beyond’ houses four of the Ukrainian duo’s signature productions. The infectious melody of the title track opens the release in show-stopping style before ‘Dancing With Sirens’ and ‘Minimalism’ take you deeper with triplet pulses, dense basslines and a cosmic atmosphere. ‘Epilogue’ is an eyes-closed epic to end the release on a high.
Stephan Jolk distils his musical universe into the transcendent sounds of ‘Analogy’.
Following Stephan’s highly-anticipated track ‘Doubts’, released by Afterlife on the recent ‘Unity’ compilation, comes an eight-track story like no other. The title track ‘Analogy’ is another long-awaited gem that has shone in the sets of Tale Of Us. It begins the ascent through a musical journey where distinct elements collide and emotive reactions fill the spaces behind. Each chapter shows Stephan to be a master of melody and cinematic sound design, whether in peak time mode (‘Esplora’) or with more subdued atmospheres (‘Enlighted’). ‘Analogy’ stands out as a bold statement of Stephan Jolk’s vision and what is to come.
The singular sounds of Coeus’ ‘Beyond Dreaming’ make an indelible mark on Afterlife Recordings.
Coeus appeared on Realm Of Consciousness Pt.IV with ‘Eden’ and now displays the full range of his talents in four distinctive and captivating compositions. This is melodic techno with flair, where each track is brimming with ideas and adventurous execution. Imagine the title track ringing out at sunset or ‘Lucent’ taking you deeper into the journey of a night. Coeus evokes strong feelings with all his music, nowhere more so than on this new EP.
An inspired collaboration which delivers more than the sum of its parts.
Innellea and Kevin De Vries have both broken through in the past couple of years, pushing distinctive, high-energy sounds for the floor. On the ‘Hoffnungsschimmer’ EP, the colourful tones of Innellea’s synth work and Kevin’s hard-hitting drama are a perfect match, resulting in three diverse and unique creations. ‘Das Licht’ and ‘Mondfinsternis’ are both euphoric, peak-time efforts full of stirring elements and forward motion. The title track’s more downtempo atmosphere and breakbeats balance the EP into a rounded whole.
Colyn develops his unique sound with a second EP for Afterlife.
On ‘Patterns’, he weaves the emotive vocals of his brother Maurits Colijn around a downbeat rhythm and dreamy, synth melody. It sets the tone for a euphoric set of creations which draw from diverse influences and a rich sonic palette. The following tracks dial up the intensity, showing the more club-focused edge to Colyn’s talents. They are radiant and uplifting; delicately balanced on the border of styles, it’s a space Colyn can call his own.