It’s been a crazy couple of weeks…After Paris & Amsterdam…Chromatics flew from London to Australia for two weeks of festivals…Then Natty & I hopped on a plane from Brisbane…to Singapore…to Abu Dhabi…landing in Berlin 30 hours later in time to have breakfast with Ida…Symmetry played our first show that night opening up for Glass Candy in Berlin at Karl Lagerfeld’s book release party…Patron with Oko…then Night Flight to Quebec…Brazil in the morning…Glass Candy throws a party in Sao Paulo for Bazaar’s birthday. After looping the globe twice…We’re finally back in Montreal for one of my favorite times of year. It’s the end of Autumn, & all of the Reds, Greens, & Yellows have disintegrated into Black & White. Everything is buried by the snow…Perfect weather for locking yourself in the studio with a synthesizer & your favorite records…I put together a collage of songs that, for one reason or another…always remind me of Autumn.
In other news…The last couple of mixes for After Dark 2 are finally done. Five years in the making…Wow! It seems like a blurry dream. I just got the fully remastered test pressings for “BEATBOX” & the first “AFTER DARK” today via Canada Post. We’re doing limited runs on Crystal Clear Vinyl with foil covers. We are also adding two new beautiful Chromatics T Shirts & a hot new “After Dark 2″ T Shirt into the store in a few days…XS,S,M,L,XL…and if you live in the southeast…Make sure you catch our last party of the year. Chromatics in Miami For Art Basel next week.
Enjoy the music!
Tag: Johnny Jewel
Via Johnny Jewel:
Jet lagged & buzzing from Friday’s show in Paris, I couldn’t sleep…so I stayed up all night with Oko talking about color based dreams while blending these tracks together. Since the album came out, a lot of people on the road have been telling us they are curious to hear some of the unreleased music from the Kill For Love sessions…Recorded November 2009 through December 2011, these songs were all mixed between 4 & 6 a.m. After hours of tracking at the studio in Montreal, we’d clear the channels on the mixer, open a bottle of wine, & feel around in the dark…working our way through the atmospheric elements & peeling back layers of rhythm…throwing the songs into the abstract pile & playing them while driving home in the snow. In Amsterdam right now trying to upload it from the hotel. Fingers crossed…
This is a lullaby for you…
Download Running From the Sun below, alongside its complete tracklisting…
Much like they did for the latest Chromatics LP, Italians Do It Better has continued to leak videos in the weeks leading up to their long-awaited After Dark 2 compilation. This one’s from Desire, a personal favorite of ours that’d be as big as the label’s other two marquee acts—Glass Candy and Chromatics—if they were able to tour more…
Over 5 years ago we released a slow-burning label sampler at midnight on my birthday. The original pressing was a demo CDR that Ida No colored with markers & glued cutouts of my hand spraypainting our names on the world. It was supposed to be a limited edition of 237 copies meant for the merch tables of Texas & California. It exploded overnight. 77 minutes of analog electronic music mutating through Italo Disco, Krautrock, Electro, Giallo Cinema, & Pop. By now, After Dark seems like it’s in its thousandth pressing…(we lost track a long time ago). And as we prepare for the release of After Dark 2, we wanted to share with you where it all began. The last 5 years seem like a beautiful blurry dream. Since the October 15th release date was announced back in July, everyone has grown increasingly anxious for the hard copy. At that time, we didn’t know Karl Lagerfeld was going to commission Chromatics to choreograph 27 minutes of music for the Chanel runway. We also couldn’t have known that Symmetry was going to be asked to score a top-secret motion picture for 2013. There is so much music we can’t wait for you to hear. For the diehard fans, we’re going to start leaking tracks next week. After slowly chiseling away at it since the spring of 2008, After Dark 2 is finally right around the corner. Thanks to everyone for being so enthusiastic & patient. I promise it’s worth the wait. In the meantime, download the fully remastered version of the first After Dark from my soundcloud. I blended it together at 5 am this morning. Enjoy!
Via Johnny Jewel:
A lot of people have been asking us for a non interview version of the FYF mix from three weeks ago in Los Angeles. I didn’t bother to record the mix…so i put it back together this morning at home with a space echo & holy grail for you while having breakfast.
I ran out of time in L.A. , so i didn’t quite get to all the tracks that i intended on sharing…so there’s a few extra songs at the end.
The Artist/Album: Chromatics, Night Drive (Italians Do It Better, 2010)
Our Review: A rough mix of Chromatics’ third album was cut as a tour CD-R to promote the band’s new sound, circa 2007—a black-lit blend of Italo-infused pop music, as fronted by the phantasmagoric melodies of Ruth Radelet and stylized by producer/multi-instrumenalist Johnny Jewel. Its cult status caught on quickly, however, leaving the band to meet a growing demand with a revolving stack of swiftly burned discs.
An expanded remaster of the entire record was eventually released in 2010, tacking on five new tracks and a pulse quickening coda that should have sealed the deal on Jewel’s scrapped Drive score. Considering how well this album holds together as an imaginary soundtrack—presented in “Gemini Stereo” and “Featuring the Hit Singles ‘Running Up That Hill’ & ‘I Want Your Love’”—it’s pretty clear who got the last laugh in this case.
Stream ‘Night Drive’ in full via Spotify below…
As if the nearly 90-minute roll time of Chromatics’ Kill For Love record isn’t enough to digest, Johnny Jewel has uploaded a drum-less version of the record for mass consumption. Here’s how he explained the alternate cut at Pitchfork:
It’s 11 tracks, because some of the tracks don’t have drums to begin with. It’s all the pop songs without drums… I think people will have a lot of fun with it because everyone keeps remixing ‘Birds of Paradise’ because there were no drums on it… I also mastered an instrumental version of the entire album. I always master multiple versions in case I want to collage or edit them later. I was really liking the way the vocal mixes sounded with no drums and I think that the drums on the album are so heavy, that it’s interesting to hear the record as this almost-empty, almost-a cappella kind of thing.
Photos by Vinna Laudico
Interview by Andrew Parks
Read the first part of our extensive Johnny Jewel interview in the magazine excerpt below—an early look at the issue we’ll be officially releasing later today—right alongside the rest and lots of audio from throughout the producer’s career…