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Door #5 INTRODUCING : APSLEY & Free DL of “Home”

This is J Apsley. An incredible musician in my book.

I met this guy, during a turbulent time in my history when my then-company was doing another IT based test project instead of focussing on a set, defined goal. I liked the conversations with Jacob a lot, since he is one of the “good guys” and an artist, musician through and through. Sometimes it’s easier to tell from a distance, and he might not even realize it himself. We released a couple of songs, when his life was changing and the set goals he had weren’t fundamentally changing but rather taking shape. And that’s just an evolutionary step that is normal but it shows and reflects in his older music. Nothing to ever be ashamed of, other blogs have compared some of his songs to the 1975 and whatnot.. but the new material is sooooo much better and we are just 2 songs in.

But  writing about J would be unfair to his wife R – because Apsley, which was originally a solo artist, is now the two of them, and rightfully so, not only since they share the same last name, but bc they compliment each other musically/vocally so well that it is just a human ASMR like pleasurable experience for any urgent sonic remedies.

So this here was the last tune that was done with the old state of mind, but it is already the both of them and you can just hear why the two of them are meant for each other, not only in music but also in life. Grab your Free Dl of Home, a chill hip hop instrumental with a soul sample and the incredible soothing vocals of J + R Apsley. There is much more to come from Apsley – which now 2 not 1 anymore! Pls remember ;)

Even if this track is still lacking in plays on Spotnik until now, this is the kind of quality that i can ‘feel’ shining through. Happy to be working with the both of them… and somehow we became friends w/o ever meeting each other. Life is strange sometimes but there is a higher love at work,  at all times.

Door #4: SO MUCH THIS Free DL – Reece Lemonius “Love Me” (Cupidon Edit)

Without having introduced Reece himself, and we will save that for Door#5 and a few other doors, bc the fella is amazing, here is a re-edit of Reece’s first official release. The two Beatsmiths Golo & Leo at it again. Another phenomenal yet simple groovy beat break rendering they are offering here. Officially released a few weeks earlier, it mostly was swept under the rug unnoticed, but i think if you are into the sounds of the modern day beatsmiths you can def hear what these two musicians/Djs are cooking. echoua.com. Ps Leo is one of our own – homegrown at the YUM YUM parties in cologne and around and i just wish i had more time to talk to Golo and get him more involved. The sweetest guys ever and their productions are superb. Enjoy this soulful late night gem by Mr Reece Lemonius & Cupidon.

AND in case you missed it. The two fellas had another impeccable release last year, which you can check out here. Go grab the Free DL djs kids, beatmsiths and chillhop enthusiasts.

Door #3 : Free Download of “PFOS” by Mat McHugh

Nr 3 on our X-mas Advent Calendar holds a Free Download of one of our favourite releases on our brand new Chrome Music Label. It just came out and still has room and time to grow and shine. The story behind this tune is that the original, which is one of the most beautiful acoustic songs in my collection, has been a long time favourite on our side of life. Remixing or rather re-imagining this tune proved to be tougher than originally anticipated. How would you change anything to the better, if you already think it’s perfect? So i took a diff approach and got inspired by a movie called “the Red Turtle” and took on its dark, menacing but still loving and humane touch. And this is where the animation comes from in the video.

I am really happy with the way PFOS turned out and it’s definitely a track for our monthly Top Tunes selection. Time to bring those back I’d say ;)
Listen to PFOS on Spotify and/or for the Djs & Collectors : Grab the free download below.

Door #2: narou – Prophecy (feat. Hannah Jenkins)

“Vienna-born, Berlin-based producer and artist narou uses his electro-soul palette and R&B sensibility, combined with the soothing, soulful vocals of New York-born vocalist Hannah Jenkins, for his latest cut “Prophecy” as he continues to work on his upcoming EP. Jenkins takes control of the track before narou finishes strongly with vocals of his own, creating sumptuous harmonies that take the song up another extra level.” Aaron Bishop (@amb1sh) for COMPLEX UK.

“Prophecy” is the first single of narou to be released under CHROME and the first of a beautiful series of collaborations with his creative friends. We’re more than happy to have this beautiful talent on board after his strong release with Temple Haze a few weeks back. Great things to follow and welcome to the family narou <3.

narou on Instagram ::: Spotify ::: Facebook

3 Nights by Dominic Fike

Good buddy, music philosopher Sigi showed me this little gem while we were out, having a drank last week (still owe u 10 bucks man! ). A nice young artist who they (Columbia Rec) rightfully signed as a new international act. And it seems like they are giving this kid time to breathe and unfold artistically. Kudos to that policy.

Phenomenal young, 22 y old, kid who is destined for big things. You can hear his hip hop upbringing and artistic background w/o him ever overdoing it, the more the song unravels. Came out a month ago, but considering how long it takes for an unknown artist or song to break through the general awareness threshold in 2018, it still is pondering as a new tune imho.

Happy little gem that just crept on top of my playlist in no time at all. No attitude or anything braggadocious about it – just a nice little tune that you will be whistling along to, in no time at all. Give it a go —> Link Farm

Temple Haze x narou – If I Could Be Yours (Premiere)

If I Could Be Yours‘ is a ballad, conceptualised as an equivocal and psychedelic narrative into the different ways love can be perceived. The song is a tribute to the idea of love; how we can see and feel love as this transformative entity.
‘With this track I felt a calling to channel my mothers energy into the songs essence, as she inspired me to be authentic to myself ‘, Temple Haze says.
Temple started his journey into music on the road, hitchhiking through America and Europe, working on organic farms, living an off-the-grid lifestyle, busking on the streets and finding his way as a vagabond. After nearly 4 years on the road He moved to Berlin to settle into the vibrant artistic community. Since then the Washington, DC native has been making waves in Berlin’s underground music scene. He is best known for his collaborations as a singer and co-composer of Bakery, featured vocalist with Sam Shure, and currently in collaboration with the producer narou. Temple’s live repertoire includes solo acoustic shows, full band shows, downbeat ableton live sets, mystical DJ sets, and ambient soundscapes. All in all, Temple has played at over 200 shows around the world, as support act for Crystal Fighters (with Bakery) and Rising Appalachia (Solo). He released his debut solo EP “Anotherside” on February 2018. His musical journey now starting with ‘If I Could Be Yours’ is much influenced by the vibe of James Blake, the honest and raw songwritings by Frank Ocean, Jordan Rakei, Moses Sumney and Daniel Caesar.
‘If I Could Be Yours’ is based in Gospel. Influenced and motivated by his mother who’s a gospel and choir singer, Temple Haze is named with artists like Daniel Caesar, Moses Sumney, Frank Ocean, Jordan Rakei, Sampha. The production by the Berlin based producer narou who is well known for the production of James Hersey since 2014, reminds a lot of Nick Hakim.
This masterpiece is only the 1st Single of their team up – 3 more tracks will follow this year and 2019. With thanks to our distributor we managed to set up a pre save link so you’ll be always informed about the release and touring schedule of this project. Follow these two talented artists on their musical journey.

PRE SAVE LINK on Spotify

We are very proud to get to work with such inspiring and vibrant musicians – only two weeks from now narou is gonna release another Single and the video of ‘If I Could Be Yours’ is just in the super final production and ready to go live very soon….

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Temple Haze ::: Facebook ::: Spotify
narou ::: Facebook ::: Spotify ::: Soundcloud