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Alex Banks – All You Could Do


Label: Monkeytown Germany
Catalog#: MTR041
Release date: 14-05-2014
Source: WEB
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps
Size: 50 mb
Genre: Electronic
Style: Bass

1. “All You Could Do” (feat Elizabeth Bernholz)
2. “Phosphorus”
3. “All You Could Do” (Phon O remix)
4. “All You Could Do” (alternate version)

Ahead of his debut album dropping on Monkeytown, Alex Banks gives the world a sneak peek at the sound he has been conjuring up by way of this single. The title track features the haunting vocal tones of Elizabeth Bernholz, whose siren song peals out over a frenetic mash of electronic beat mangling that calls to mind earlier strains of Clark. “Phosphorus” also gets busy in the edit, as infinitesimal sonic details bounce off of each other with the swagger of 2-step and some emotive synth work. Phon O reworks “All You Could Do” with a taut, stepping techno rhythm and a hopeful synth lilt, while Banks himself offers up an alternative version that moves in a slower, more spacious manner compared to the original.

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07.06.2014 Bass MusicARTIST:, Read more

Alex Banks – Illuminate


Artist: Alex Banks
Title Of Album: Illuminate
Year Of Release: 23 may 2014
Label: Monkeytown / monkeytown43CD
Genre: Bass, UK Garage, House
Quality: MP3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 00:59:48
Total Size: 135 mb

1. Silent Embrace (feat Elizabeth Bernholz) (06:00)
2. Solar (06:30)
3. All You Could Do (feat Elizabeth Bernholz) (04:16)
4. Initiate (07:38)
5. Lights (04:14)
6. Phosphorus (05:56)
7. A Matter Of Time (feat Elizabeth Bernholz) (07:06)
8. Sheya (05:35)
9. Hush (04:21)
10. Unknown (07:58)

This record is very special to the Monkeytown office.

Label head Gernot Bronsert stated recently: „It is very seldom that we receive a demo from a nearly unknown artist, that we sign right away for a 3 album deal.“

And indeed this is very seldom, maybe it is even a very first for the label and shows how strongly we believe in Alex Banks’ vision.His soundscapes are very emotional, but at the same time energetic and driving. Their intricate sound design and delicate layering make them seem new every time you play them.

The studied musician and multi-instrumentalist knows very well how to combine the complex and the pleasing, like his musical peers Nicolas Jaar, Jon Hopkins, Moderat or Bonobo. His well trained ear and his countless nights out as an enthusiastic clubgoer, make this album a feast for music lovers and dancefloor steppers alike.

In the making of “Illuminate” Alex has used his enormous synth library, stuffed with such mythical instruments as a Moog voyager, a SH 101 and an MS 10 (just to name a few), to its extent. The outcome is a beautiful album that might even be able to unite techno and dubstep lovers in their ever ongoing 4/4 versus breakbeat debate. But it would be very one sided to lean on the technical expertise that has led to “Illuminate”, there is also the unique vocal talent of Elizabeth Bernholz. Her voice lends the fragility of a Beth Gibbons paired with Björk´s otherworldly phrasing to the album´s first single „All You Could Do“ as well as to the album opener „Silent Embrace“ and the more balladeske shuffle of „ A Matter Of Time“. These songs have the potential to cross over into radio land without sounding “mainstream” in any way.

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23.05.2014 Album  Bass Music  HouseARTIST:, Read more

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