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SYNESTHESIA #1 FT ROSSI B & LUCA/THE PHANTOM/VENICE CALYPSO

 

First of the birthday releases from Senseless, read more about the project below.

014: Synesthesia #1 Rossi B & Luca/The Phantom/Venice Calypso by Senseless Records

Support from: Oneman, Martelo, Doc Daneeka, Slackk, Om Unit, Murderbot, Akira Kiteshi, Cardopusher, Kanji Kinetic, Ikonika, Hackman, Optimum, Kid606+++

XLR8R – “Next Level Club Music”

 

Oneman (Rinse/FWD) “Love the dub of Arctic”
Slackk (Numbers): ‘”ARCTIC DEVIL MIX IS FUCKING AMAZING’
Murderbot (Planet Mu): “The Venice Calypso Tunguska track is fucking PHENOMENAL”

Ltd Edition of 250 Vinyl with hand screen printed sleeve and art print insert and digital.

The first release ties together three tracks all at around 130BPM which look to the past while sounding like the future. Shades of classic electro, grime and rave in the oven and it smells good.

A. Venice Calypso – Drifting
Futuristic electro bass blaster, as featured by Brenmar in The Fader. An incredible debut release from this London based Polish producer.
AA. Rossi B & Luca – Turbo Island
London grime legends (Planet Mu/ARMY/Havy Artillery) who have been producing certified grime hits for over a decade drop it down low to 130BPM for this energetic new school meets old school workout.
AAA The Phantom – Arctic (Devil Mix)
The Phantom follws last year’s smash EP with his debut vinyl release pays tribute to Wiley’s beatless Devil mixes from grime’s golden age but updates it with cinematic tropical flair.

Digital Exclusives

The Phantom – Arctic (Vocal) The original with full beats and vocal samples.
Venice Calypso – Tunguska The perfect soundtrack to an electronic tribal ceremony.

Artwork by:
Song (olfacoception // smell)
Currently residing in Australia, UK born Graffiti artist Gloom has spent many years travelling the globe painting trains, walls and anything else that he can make his canvas. His vibrant, colourful style makes his graffiti stand out amongst the rest.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gremlindogs/4426857184/in/photostream/

Project Info: Synesthesia = Five Years // Five Senses

Celebrating five years of international bass exploration Senseless Records presents Synesthesia: a vivid spectrum of colours, shapes and textures drawn together into two pallets, one sonic and one visual to create five very special releases; a series of strictly ltd. Edition (of 250) 12″ records with hand screen printed sleeves and an art print insert created by an exciting collection of international visual artists, each offering their take on one of the five senses. Cutting edge bass on each release from Senseless artists, new discoveries and legendary producers who have inspired the label. Confirmed contributors include Poirier, Rossi B & Luca, Oris J, Stereotyp, Cardopusher, Pacheko, DJ Eastwood, Phantom and JTRP but we’ll announce the full line up for each record only as each is released.

Summer 2011 marks five years of Senseless Records, five years since the soundsystem culture of Leeds, UK inspired Sarantis to press up his first white label grime EP. In that time we’ve searched the UK and far beyond for international heat reaching out from Warsaw to Caracas. We’ve released almost twenty EPs and two albums of technicolour bass music from an extended family of artists including vocalists like Max Romeo, Warrior Queen, Badness, Foreign Beggars and YT and producers like Jack Sparrow, Starkey, Ghosttown, Phantom, Kanji Kinetic, Brackles, MRK1, Pocz & Pacheko and many more.

DeVille in NYC this Sunday @ Alteration, The Delancey

Touching down in the Lower East side this Sunday, all kinds of bass music. More info up on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=214630595226399

Max Romeo x Pacheko: The Video

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/24840381[/vimeo]

Remember Pacheko’s top notch space dub funky remix of Max Romeo at the end of last year? If not then refresh your memory and watch a beautifully surreal, psychdelically animated video created by Venzuelan artist Igor Bastidas.

XLR8R had some kind words for us with their premiere last week:

http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2011/06/video-premiere-max-romeo-protest

 

Synesthesia: Screen printing the sleeves

We’ve been hard at work in the studio screen printing all 250 of the vinyl sleeves by hand, painstaking but satisfying work. There’s a sneak preview of how they look with a bit of the process in the gallery below:

Read more about Synesthesia HERE and HERE and don’t forget you can but the super ltd launch prints from HERE

 

Synesthesia: Prints for Sale & Launch Photos @ Cafe1001 Brick Lane


The launch at Cafe 1001 last week went better than we could have hoped, thanks to everyone that came down and everyone who made it happen. All the artists were there signing the LTD edition prints, we had tropical fire from Murlo on the wheels and an amazing all analogue live set from Headcleaner. The prints on textured archive paper at A1 size looked incredible, the colours were popping out of the frames. They are still up for a few more days if you would like to go and check them out at Cafe 1001, Brick Lane (opposite Rough Trade East).

We have a couple of each of the limited edition signed, first run A3 prints for sale in our shop HERE

Here’s the gallery:

 

Pachanga! Warehouse rave photos are here

Pachanga was amazing, 2500 people and anyone there will tell you it was one of the best London warehouse raves in recent memory, pure vibes. Thanks to all the DJs who played, you smashed it. To High Pressure, Siren and Everyone Sound and everyone else who worked so hard to make it happen. Amazing photos are here courtesy of Bartek Szadura. (His Portfolio)

 

Senseless presents Synesthesia

 

The celebrations for our fifth birthday started properly on Saturday with the epic 2000 person rave, pics and videos from that coming later in the week. All the information about the Synesthesia is here, the launch is this Thursday, Cafe 1001, Brick Lane. 6pm-Late. Very LTD signed Giclee prints will be on sale of each work and this is the only chance to see them before each gets released, so come on down.

 

Summer 2011 marks five years of Senseless Records, five years since the soundsystem culture of Leeds, UK inspired Sarantis to press up his first white label grime EP. In that time we’ve searched the UK and far beyond for international heat reaching out from Warsaw to Caracas. We’ve released almost twenty EPs and two albums of technicolour bass music from an extended family of artists including vocalists like Max Romeo, Warrior Queen, Badness, Foreign Beggars and YT and producers like Jack Sparrow, Starkey, Ghosttown, Phantom, Kanji Kinetic, Brackles, MRK1, Pocz & Pacheko and many more.

 

To celebrate five years we proudly present Synesthesia: five limited edition of 250 vinyl EPs, each with hand screen printed sleeve art from rising UK star Chris Pell. The releases are themed around the five senses and features a high quality art print insert from specially commissioned international artists representing each sense. Every 12″ includes three tracks from a selection made up of existing Senseless artists, some very exciting debut releases and a selection of legendary names who have inspired the label over the years. Confirmed contributors include Poirier, Rossi B & Luca, Oris J, Stereotyp, DJ Eastwood, Distal, Phantom and JTRP but we’ll announce the full line up for each record only as each is released.

 

The series will launch with an exhibition in London in May with all the original artworks on display, very limited signed numbered prints for sale. Music will be an all analogue experimental live performance from Headcleaner who has released on many labels including Aphex Twin’s Rephlex. We will also play all the music from the series with label DJs.

 

Visual Artists:

 

Vesna Parchet

German artist based in London; works vary from paintings, illustrations, sculpture, printmaking and murals. Recent exhibitions in Hong Kong and Tokyo alongside Dface, Swoon, Jeff Soto and Cyclops. Vesna works around the body and an obsession with the human (trans)form is very evident in her pieces. Her blend of realism and abstract, beauty and ugliness is mesmerising.

http://www.adaptagallery.com/Artists/vparchet.html http://www.flickr.com/photos/vesnaparchet/

 

Dirty Antilogic

Barcelona based painter and graffiti artist; specialises in screenprinting and organiser of numerous interactive live-painting events in autonomous spaces across Europe. Works in progress include mixes of speaker design and sculpture. Dirty is a catalyst and very active part of the artistic scene in Barcelona and Berlin.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=G94qmxBb-04

http://www.myspace.com/dirtyantilogic

 

Song

Currently residing in Australia, UK born Graffiti artist Song has spent many years travelling the globe painting trains, walls and anything else that he can make his canvas. Whilst living in the UK he painted with artists such as sweet toof and 10foot. His colourful style makes his graffiti stand out amongst the rest.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gremlindogs/4426857184/in/photostream/

 

Miss Phybis

Leeds based artist Hazel Potter currently works as a tattoo artist in her own studio. Holding exhibitions around the vibrant art scene in the North of the UK she also works alongside fashion designers mixing her striking, feminine style with clothing design. Works in progress include her own set of Tarot cards to be displayed in a Romany caravan around the UK. Bittersweet and twisted, her work perfectly displays the beauty and chaos in the human mind.

 

Katie Scott

Katieʼs arresting and varied work is intricate and detailed, balancing technical ability with a wild creative streak. She is a recent graduate of the The University of Brighton but has already created commissioned work for an impressive list of clients including BBC Radio 4, and BBC 2 on TV, Platform Magazine, Design Week. Expect to hear a lot more from Katie in the near future.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/katiekatiescottscott/

 

Overall Series Artist:

Chris Pell

Chris Pell’s instantly striking work is inspired by a collection of disparate influences ranging from alchemy and mysticism to soca and sparse marshlands. Out of these he creates another dimension that we’ve been lucky enough to step in to through his work for the label. Chris has created two pieces for us, the most recent will be screen printed on to all the sleeves of the birthday releases. He’s exhibited in the UK and USA and had illustration commissions for Moshi Moshi Records, bands including Metronomy and Dillinger Escape Plan and recently the global clothing brand ASOS.

http://www.chrispell.co.uk/home/

 

Pachanga! Huge Warehouse Rave :: London :: May 21st

We’re extremely pleased to present a Warehouse party of epic proportions, Saturday May 21st 2011 in a secret London location. Part of the ongoing celebrations for the Senseless Records fifth birthday this is a four room rave with huge systems, an indoor skate jam, graffiti from the best of London and beyond and much more. You do not want to missthis, summer starts here.

Call these numbers on the night:

07950321105 // 07950321106

Room One:

Senseless Records 5th Birthday Special

Kanji Kinetic (Senseless/Mutant Bass/Rag & Bone)

Mutant bass madness.

Hanuman (Steakhouse)

Tropical destruction from the Steakhouse boss and half of Monkeysteak.

Sarantis ft Parly B & Dialect (Senseless)

Grime vs juke set from Sarantis previewing all new material including a live first listen to his forthcoming EP ft Parly B.

Daddy Nature (Urban Nerds)

Across the board bass business from the Nerds general.

Your Niece (Secret Garden Party)

Party starting crunkhopglitchstep tearup, bring sizzurp.

Ronin (Hedfuk)

Dark electronic bass missiles from the free party legend.

DeVille & Sasquatch (Senseless)

Technicolour international bass music.

Room 2:

High Pressure

The mighty High Pressure system in full travelling down from Leeds. Dub, Reggae, Bashment and Jungle from the Pressure selectors and MCs on one of the country’s best dub systems.

Rooms 3&4

Line Ups TBC

MAGA BO 'RANSOM EP'

 

Maga Bo – “Gondar feat. Eritbu ‘Solomon’ Agegnehu and Entenesh Wassié” from Maga Bo on Vimeo.

Maga Bo Ransom by Senseless Records

The full info:

“Loving the release, played Timeblind Mix on the radio” Sinden (Grizzly/Kiss)
“Seriously AMAZING release” Kid Kameleon
“Playlisted on my BBC Asian Network show” Bobby Friction (BBC)

DJ Support: Sinden, Rob Smith (RSD), Distal, Kid Kameleon, Bun Zero, Masala Blog
Radio: Sinden (Kiss FM) Bobby Friction (BBC), James Barrie (BBE), Simon Harrison (Basic Soul)

We’re welcoming in the 5th birthday year (see below) for Senseless with an incredible release that mixes cutting edge bass music with traditional Ethiopian instruments and folklore. Combined with the artwork, a ‘making of’ video and backed by a truly international set of remixes, it is a project that has been a year in the making. The man responsible is international bass nomad Maga Bo, a producer and DJ who literally embodies the global spirit of Senseless as a label. You might know him from an extensive discography including is work with the Dutty Artz collective in NYC (DJ Rupture/Matt Shadetek/Uproot Andy etc), or on labels like Shockout, Tru Thoughts, African Dope or Soot Records. For those unfamiliar with his work he lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a place where he draws plenty of inspiration from, musical and otherwise, as he explains,

 

“Brazil is a massive inspiration… I’m very interested in afro-brazilian rhythms, of which there are many. samba, coco, baião, sambareggae, jongo are all present in my new productions for example”.
There’s another level to his experience in Brazil too, one that informs his work on a deeper level:
“I’m a permanent resident in Brazil, but this has been a very difficult and stressful journey and has really opened my eyes to the experiences of immigrants around the world. I am a migrant musician, as most musicians are, historically, to some degree. Migration and immigration are powerful forces influencing and affecting culture and art. The music that I compose, produce, play and research is a product of migration – my own journeys and the journeys of others.”

 

That very much sums up Bo’s existence and why we’re so excited to be working with him: a relentless thirst for travel, discovery and collaboration driven by music. This EP came about from a trip to Ethiopia where he met Indriss Hassan who plays the distinctive single-stringed masinqo on title track Ransom. The track was inspired by the infamous hyenas which are fed raw meat outside the gates of Harar, birthplace of Ras Tafari. As Bo explains,
“The way they way move is unlike any animal I’ve ever seen: very powerful. It was their particular way of moving – with caution, but also with desire (to feed) and power – that inspired this track.”

Ransom evolves out of a haze of field recordings driven forward by handclaps with the distinctive masinqo loop rising up out of the atmosphere before a deep sub bass rolls in to underpin it. It’s at once hypnotic and psychedelic, evoking the intensity and energy of a vibrant city like Addis Ababa after dark. The other original track, Gondar, is a traditional Azmari song from Ethiopia, rewired with a dancehall-like riddim and elastic synth bass and more masinqo, this time played by Eritbu “Solomon” Agegnehu.

 

The remixes come from a truly international line-up all hand picked by Maga Bo himself. First up with a dancehall/dubstep hybrid is the legendary Timeblind of NYC via Berlin, whose varied career has seen everything from techno releases on Hawtin’s Plus-8 to digital dancehall on Kid606’s Shockout. Teleseen (Percepts Recordings), another NYC native atomises the parts and reassembles them in a gloriously schizophrenic electro/acoustic showdown. South Africa’s Fletcher (African Dope) takes the track in a dub direction adding space and FX to the mix. Filastine (Soot/Jarring Effect/Uberlingua/PWI), from Barcelona, comes through with a time-bending groove and ratty, resonant subbass. Last up, Senseless family Pacheko from Venezuela offers up a dub orientated bass-weight monster aimed at deeper dancefloors, something a little different from his recent 4×4 work.

 

Finally, a special mention for the artwork, a collaboration between local photographer Michael Tsegaye and Venezuelan designer Mad Kick, part of the Abstractor collective with Pacheko. A video clip shot by Maga Bo during the recording of “Gondar” completes the picture.

DeVille Guest Mix on Pollinate & Steak House Radio

Little update for audio, much fun had in the studio:

DeVille guest mix on Steakhouse/Pollinate Radio by Senseless Records


Tune in tonight for some warm music on a cold day, like they say i’m bringing my technicolour bass machine…

Back on the webwaves this Wednesday, Rob (Pollinate) and Jon (Hanuman) present their monthly Hivemind.fm show. This month special guest Deville of Senseless Records joins the party bringing with him his technicolour bass machine to select some sunny delights, LIVE!

8PM WEDNESDAY 9TH MARCH 2011 – WWW.HIVEMIND.FM TUNE IN!

 

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