The KDMS, the duo made up of London singer/songwriter Kathy Diamond and Silesian producer Max Skiba, return with a brilliant sophomore album of club anthems and torch songs, synthetic beats and live instruments. “The New Old Normal”, out 9th December, follows their debut album “Kinky Dramas & Magic Stories” on Gomma.
On “The New Old Normal” Max Skiba (who follows last year’s massive “Shanghouse” on Prins Thomas’ Internasjonal imprint) presents his most mature and developed tunes, whist UK artist Kathy Diamond’s vocals (known for her work with Maurice Fulton on Permanent Vacation records) reference the late 70s disco icon, adding charm and emotion throughout.
Despite the album’s overall pop sensibility, this is a set of eleven intricate tracks, touching upon multiple genres and quite often blending them all together: from breezy yacht rock, Paisley Park funk, Hall & Oates’ blue-eyed soul to Kompakt-style house music. It’s T-Rex glam and disco glitter, complemented with a techno cover of Kate Bush’ “Babooshka”.
On “The New Old Normal”, The KDMS are accompanied by several high-profile guests, including the unmistakable Kurt Maloo of Double. Cover art comes courtesy of Filip Pagowski, the international graphic designer known for his work with Comme Des Garçons and most recently for his artwork for Drake.
Combining hypnotic rhythms with addictive pop melodies that carry clever lyrics – “The New Old Normal” is a rare achievement in today's formulaic world of club-inspired pop music.
"Top Album - 10/10" (Mixmag, Germany)
Published by Highscore Publishing.
Nov 21 2016
Label boss Shir Khan’s excellent A&R skills proceed him by this point, but taking stock of just a fraction of what he’s signed along the way in these 30 tracks really drives his reputation home. From breaking Claptone as an unknown artist to helping him become one of the biggest-selling names in dance music to introducing the world to other major players like Adana Twins, Doctor Dru and Joyce Muniz, he has unearthed a staggering amount of talent in such a short space of time.
Dancing & Romancing showcases some of the label’s high points from the last half decade, attempting to provide a summary of what Exploited is all about. It’s a compilation that reminds us that dance music is no longer simply the preserve of the clubs but something bigger and further-reaching than it’s ever been.
Nov 11 2016
Four years after their highly acclaimed debut album on Gomma, The KDMS is back with their first single "Terminal One" with the gentle voice of Kathy Diamond, produced by Maximilian Skiba.
The new The KDMS album 'The New Old Terminal' is out December 5th and we can't wait to hear more of these beloved gems.
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May 28 2016
Watch the brand new video for Daniel Haaksman's upcoming single "Akabongi" ft. Spoek Mathambo!
Jan 22 2016
Did you ever wondered how a Steve Reich minimalist kalimba composition could sound in combination with a heavy sub bass and a two step influenced rhythm? Well, Daniel Haaksman serves the answer: His new single “Rename The Streets” perfectly combines the best of classic minimalism with the bass love of today, the kalimba is rooting the track somewhere in Africa, the sound the bass connects it with Europe.
The great thing about this beautiful track: You can dance to it, at the same time it raises political awareness. The music video to “Rename The Streets” is adressing the demand for street name changes in Berlin´s colonial quarter, the so called “Afrikanisches Viertel”. In the video, two pole-dancers transform street signs bearing the names of questionable colonial figueres with their moves. Yes, call “Rename The Streets” funky postcolonialism!.
The single comes with a DJ friendly extended mix and two remixes. The first remix is by Lisbon´s Kuduro whizkid and Afro don of the hour Dotorado, whose “African Scream” track was considered by many DJs one of the major club tracks of 2015. The second remix by South Africa´s DJ Spoko – the inventor of “Bacardi House”, which laid the foundation to the global success to DJ Mujava´s “Township Funk”. The artwork is by German artist and Venice Biennale 2009 golden lion winner Tobias Rehberger.
“Rename The Streets” is the first single from the upcoming Daniel Haaksman “African Fabrics” album which is scheduled for a late February 2016 release.
July 20 2015
Published by Edition Exploited / Highscore Publishing.
May 18 2015
Brazilian-born Joyce Muniz immersed herself in the
world of electronic music after moving to Austria at the age of 12. By the age of 16, she purchased her first 1212s and became one of Vienna’s youngest DJs. When the raw and pulsating sounds of
Brazilian dance music baile funk infiltrated European house and techno, Muniz connected with her origins by providing vocals for Viennese producer Stereotyp.
Solidifying her stance as a multitalented artist and MC, Jocye Muniz satisfied her craving to produce by diving deep into house music, carving out her own niche through a smooth-yet-funky sound often complimented by sultry vocals and thumping basslines.
’An early coup for Exploited was 2011's 'Morning Love', Muniz's collaboration with Louie Austen. An old school Viennese crooner who'd worked alongside the rat pack in Las Vegas, he'd risen to prominence again after the turn of the millennium, alongside the likes of Peaches and Gonzalez, on the crest of electroclash. With his lived-in vocals riding a spacey house groove punctuated by snippets of breakbeats, Austen was so impressed with Muniz that he asked her to produce his next album.
This mutual respect was to arise again in the shape of Maya Jane Coles, who helped get Muniz's music into the hands of 20:20 Vision, so far resulting in two EP's. Then Richie Hawtin got hold of
an unreleased track and played it on his Ibiza Boiler Room. “I really was wondering how Richie Hawtin got it!” Joyce said. Still, got it he had, leaving just the clearance of its Kraftwerk sample
from 'It's More Fun to Compute' and the addition of a vocal by ex-Jungle Brother Bam, for the modern day hip-house of 'Back in the Days' to
become a hit for Exploited last year.’ (DJMag)
Not to forget her collaboration track ’Warriors’ with Bpitch longstay Kiki or her recent remix of Traffic Signs aka Steve Bug and Jake the Rapper’s ’Cookie Jar’.
Published by Edition Exploited / Highscore Publishing.
Apr 30 2015
«New Age Disco» act Sirens Of Lesbos made their debut with the summer ode «Long Days, Hot Nights». An instant summer Ibiza champion featuring the poetic and catchy lyric
«You are the summer of my life», the song has been favoured by radio stations and DJs all around the globe. Bearing a mystical, sun-drenched video – directed by Camilla and Marc (Pet Shop Boys, Battles, El Guincho) and featuring the gender-bending
top-model Tamy Glauser (Givenchy, Kenzo) – to further support the track’s message, «Long Days, Hot Nights» was an absolute must listen in 2014 and still is about to unfold it’s mainstream
Now the Aegean super group delivers their follow-up single: «Ecstasy». And no, it’s not an homage to the infamous 90s drug. The song that, according to Sirens Of Lesbos, sounds like a «rainbow coloured waterfall in the forested mountains of Tahiti», reminds us of those rare moments, where we feel one with the universe and tells us, where to find Shangri-La.
The release comes with a "b-side" containing a slow mo'ish caricature of an 80s pop anthem that never existed. It goes by the title of «Flowers».
About Sirens Of Lesbos:
The six piece collective claims to have its Kibbutz somewhere in the Aegean Sea. Sirens Of Lesbos aka SOL (Sun in Spanish) have a serious, noble goal: They want to spread mantras – musically uplifting and spiritually meaningful songs that inspire you to embrace life in all its forms; that make you dance in your fantasy or in the real world. Buy on Beatport here
Co-Published by Edition Exploited / Highscore Publishing and Sony/ATV EMI Music.
Apr 13 2015
As a regular spinner in Rome best parties, Luminodisco knows how to work a dancefloor in style and does so again with the tracks here, which will appeal to fans of everything from house to disco to feel good beats. He's also half of Studio22 with Francisco (Jolly Music) releases on Edizioni Mondo and generally always impresses with his unhinged sense of sound.
This album has many tricks up its sleeve but always manages to sound like nothing else as well as making you feel good in its presence. It’s moving both physically and emotionally and really takes you on a unique trip.
Published by Expanded Music / Highscore Publishing.