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Electricity EP

electricityA new EP is coming. “Electricity EP” will feature remixes of the new tracks included on Endtroducing 04:14 and two previously unavailable songs.

“Electricity EP” page in Discography

Pre-order “Electricity EP” on Bandcamp

“Electricity” and “Professor Murder” were recorded as part of 8080 Sessions back in 2007. “Electricity” was briefly available on Soundcloud but none of the tracks have seen a full release. The three remixes are brand new. The Bandcamp release features an additional exclusive remix of “Secrets”.

The EP will drop in May via iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and other digital stores.

Endtroducing 04::14 Digital Release

endtroducing_itunesOn Friday, 28th November my album Endtroducing 04::14 is receiving a deluxe re-release through all digital retailers including iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music and Rdio (plus all other better or worse known players in the industry).

I have read this article on Spotify and it convinced me of a few things, one of which being that there is no point resisting the digital revolution. People who used to download music illegally now moved on to Spotify, and if something isn’t there, they go back to illegal downloads. Therefore I may as well release my music via iTunes and Spotify and hope for a few sales — at least enough to cover the cost of releasing the record. Also, when you enter “Ray Grant” in Spotify search bar, you get a few of my remixes and only one song, “Saferoads”. I feel it would be good to change that.

The new version is different from original Bandcamp release. I decided to drop the chronological order and make the songs flow better. Two of the singles are gone, replaced by the latest release — “Entrance”, additional b-sides “Chaotic Guerilla” and “Louder” and three of my best album tracks. The 24-track compilation truly represents what I feel is my best output between 2004 and 2014 and clears path for new music coming in 2015.

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The full tracklisting available here.

“Coming Down” video

Spare footage + spare song = new video

Buy “Coming Down” (or the entire album) from Bandcamp:

“Entrance” video

My first video since “Phantom” in 2011 is now online and available for your watching pleasure.

Video directed and edited by Pussy Galore. Visual footage by Jeffrey Broll at www.beachfrontbroll.com.

Pre-order “Entrance” here.

“Entrance” out on November 3

In July I released my latest album, Afterglow.

I started working on music for the album already in 2007, inspired by how I felt after my yoga classes. You know all that new-age crap about how yoga makes you feel all relaxed, calm and serene? Well truth is: it totally does. I would go through an hour’s class of pain, feeling terribly inadequate due to my lack of flexibility, trying to remember which leg is left and not to fall on the floor when I was told to wrap random body parts around random body parts (I believe that one was called “tree pose” or something similar)… then emerge feeling, uh, relaxed, calm and serene. I would cycle home feeling peaceful and honestly a bit high in the most amazing way. Then I would get home, eat something and fire up the music software to work on tracks.

I never finished the album because I discovered that simultaneously training bodybuilding and yoga was counterproductive. The more muscular I became, the less flexible I got, and it was very disconcerting. So I was left with about 30 minutes of music that never saw the light of day… until in June 2014 I re-discovered the tracks and I thought, damn, there’s some good stuff hiding here.

One of my favourites was the first track I wrote. Originally called “Opening Sequence”, it became “Entrance”. All I had to do to make it release-able was extend it a bit. It was a bit Mike Oldfield, a bit Laserdance and a bit… yoga. I had plans at the time to film a yoga class for the video, but since I stopped going, it never happened. Which didn’t make “Entrance” any less appealing. And so I finally decided to give it a go, finish the album and throw it on Bandcamp without any promotion. Until I came up with the idea — AndySetGo (the artist previously known as Andy Is Not Here) has proven to me countless times that he was able to take on my songs and drastically improve on them with his remixes. So I gave him a task: remix an instrumental track with no actual hook. Which he did, providing me with a beautiful remix, and then at my request a 7″ edit as well.

“Entrance” is out now. If you buy the EP as a pre-order, it will set you back 2 Euro and give you an immediate download of Andy’s 7″ edit. Once the EP is out, price will rise to 3 Euro (which will of course not affect the people who preordered it). The tracklisting consists of both AndySetGo remixes, original album version and a b-side — non-ambient mix of “N=N”, originally recorded with Technologic as “Nothing Equals Nothing” and never finished because we couldn’t get it to sound right. It is now finished and the ambient version appears on the album Afterglow; the full-on version with drums intact will be the b-side to “Entrance”.

New album: Afterglow

A few years ago I used to attend yoga classes. I always thought yoga was boring, static and easy. I was proven wrong very quickly. It transpired my gym skills weren’t much use in the yoga studio. I had to learn to use my body in a completely different way. And I had to learn something that until then has been entirely strange to me: patience. I wasn’t very good at it. When others seemed to be in a lovely relaxed state, breathing in and out like professional yoga breathers, I found it extremely hard to focus on things that were not work, groceries, broken dishwashers, going out and traffic. In other words, I put the axe in relaxing.

Despite that after the first class I cycled home feeling… oddly stoned. I felt blissful, calm and most definitely high in a strange, new way. Colours were brighter and sounds were louder. I came home and started composing music with a goal of putting those feelings into music. After a few classes I came up with the perfect title: Afterglow.

Now comes the shameful bit: I gave up on yoga. I discovered my fascination with bodybuilding went against my fascination with yoga. The bigger I became the harder it was to stretch into required poses. At the end I chose bodybuilding. And so the music languished for a few years. I would listen to it every now and then and decide, again and again, that it was too late or too early to release it.

Years have passed and I put out two more albums until I finally decided it made no sense whatsoever to keep music I was found of in the “vaults”. I had a few more short compositions that fit the overall mood — the opener, “Coming Down”, was over 10 years old for instance. “N=N” was originally called “Nothing Equals Nothing” and was a collaboration with Martina Mars of Technologic that we never released years before because we couldn’t mix it in a way we would find satisfying. Now the situation has changed (and my abilities improved) and I made not just one but two versions of the song — a full-on Technologic version and an ambient version that fit Afterglow.

This is not to say it’s an ambient album. You’ll find all the feelings that attempted to break my concentration here: anger, frustration, disillusion. Same as yoga isn’t just about sitting with your legs crossed and chanting “ommmm” or doing the sun salutations, my record isn’t just about being relaxed and filled with new-age goodness.

Listen to Afterglow with the player above and — hopefully — hit the Buy button. And even if you don’t, namaste, listeners.