The release of the Reprogram project by Fremdtunes was celebrated at WORM Rotterdam. We played a show there that night. Besides Wouter Jaftoran (drums), who usually joins me on stage; the band was expanded with Tom Verbruggen on electric bass and Frank van der Kooij on electric clarinet and soprano sax. Photo: Mr Adam.
Reprogram involves 16 tracks that were previously released through Fremdtunes and are remixed and published online as a string of free downloads. One by one these tracks will be shared through various platforms in a period of a few weeks. Every song will get brand new artwork made by a renowned graphic designer. The whole album will be available via Bandcamp on November 23rd. All remixes are mastered by Collin Visser (Takumi Audio). Graphic design is curated by Mister Adam/Mashville. The original tracks involved with Reprogram are produced by Julian Edwardes, Jay Hats, Coco Bryce, DJ Grazzhoppa, DJ Optimus ft Prince Po, Emufucka, Kelpe, OptiMace, Pierce Warnecke, Fremdkunst, Kid Sundance, Planes, Big Mister Doom and FilthyBroke. All originals can be heard on soundcloud.com/fremdtunes/sets/reprogram-originals. The reworks are done by Pierce Warnecke, Planes, Moods, Coco Bryce, Jay Hats, Julian Edwardes, DJ Optimus, Grazzhoppa, Big Mister Doom, DJ Mace, FilthyBroke, Baron Retif & Concepcion Perez, Emufucka and Deformer. The graphic artists joining Reprogram are Jasper Andries, Graphic Surgery, Gijs Weijer, Henk Loorbach (Superelectric), Francesco Castellani, Erosie, Steve Alexander (Rinzen), Mister Adam, Spielerei, Zedz, Bas Koopmans (Baster), Cless, Hedof, Freshco, Raymond Lemstra and Monkey.
Fremdtunes, a Dutch electronic label, has a new project in the works titled Reprogram, on which 16 previously released tracks by label artists like Coco Bryce and Kelpe will receive the remix treatment. And each of the new remixes will initially debut as a free download with unique artwork, culminating in an official Bandcamp release of the complete album. Today, we have the pleasure of premiering Julian Edwardes' rich, melodic revision of "Orbit Unlimited," a slice of bright, bass-focused sounds from Tokyo's Emufucka. Edwardes massages the original production into a moodier, funky cut filled with warbling synths that intermittently sputter and overload, like a genteel take on new dubstep tropes. But the radiant synth layers eventually win out, shining the original melody through a symphonic prism.
One of my electronic works called 'Kraft' is featured on the latest Lomechanik compilation 'Lo Pack'.
Zerotwentyfour: the area code of Nijmegen, the Dutch city in which the adventurous label Lomechanik has its roots. 024 is also the catalogue number for the new compilation on this label: the twentyfourth release already on Lomechanik. This release is the third compilation in its sort on the label – after the succesful compilations ‘Zonnebrand’ and ‘Ondergrond’, now Lomechanik drops ‘Lo Pack’. Lomechanik has built up a big network within the Dutch electronic music scene, which the composition of this compilation shows. On Lo Pack new sounds by artists which released before on Lomechanik, like Julien Mier, Julian Edwardes, Terugklap, Raadsel and Know VA. Besides those some new talents are showcased, with intruiging names like Asterisms, Kadugodi, Kalima, MSNTHRPX, Tablow Adnt, en vd Waal.
The music meanders smoothly between the upbeat, melodic tracks like ‘Bamboo Bracelets’ by Julien Mier, the wonky broken madness by Terugklap in ‘It’s My Thing’ and the more introverted track ‘GAAP’ (which translates as ‘YAWN’) by Raadsel. Within the period of the eighty minutes the compilation lasts you’ll be transported on this cinematic stream of inspired sound. A sound which, despite its broadness, is clearly recognizable as a Lomechanik sound: underground, deep, exciting, broken and full. A sound which goes to show that the future of Dutch electronic music is bright.
Last summer Omi EKP scored a theatre project named ‘Moeland’ which kicked up a fair amount of dust. Now there’s the Moeland Remixes, with 9 very capable producers each presenting their take on one of the original pieces.
Styles on the Moeland Remixes vary from drone (B van Heerden), heavy electronics (Julian Edwardes, GBoah, Eigenheimer), instrumental hiphop (Frietboer) , to the tropical sounds of the Bomb Diggy Crew, the very danceable, hipster friendly breakbeats of Coco Bryce and Motëm and possibly even more danceable four-to-the-floor expeditions by Esolar and Stavaro Blowfeldt.
Dutch label Shipwrec and Fremdtunes cast off for uncharted waters, setting sail to proudly introduce the fresh new release ‘The Grinder’ by Julian Edwardes! Julian Edwardes is a Dutch artist that bends the limitations of hiphop and bass music, his first outing on vinyl takes elements of these sounds and twists them into a new form. The title track (previously released digitally on ‘PARAGON‘) judders and shakes into life with a controlled tempo adding gravity to the mix. Sombre notes drop to create a melancholic muscular beast. The flip sees E.R.P. aka Gerard Hanson aka Convextion flying in from Texas on remix duty. The rougher edges of the original are cleaned by reverberating arpeggios before a terse broken beat lands. Hanson weaves his magic, a lush melody of IDM depth descends to elevate this remix into something sublime. Something special from Shipwrec and Fremdtunes…
Vinyl (10-INCH!) only with amazing artwork by Graphic Surgery!
Paragon is the new EP by Dutch musician Julian Edwardes. Inspired by artists like Flying Lotus and Mouse on Mars, Edwardes re-samples, chops and screws sounds coming from ancient synths and 21st century machines and arranges them in his eccentric musical constructions.
With the co-production of Jay Hats and the energetic drum-play of Wouter Jaftoran, portaltrack Strawberry Shake and titletrack Paragon represent what this EP's about: well-arranged and percussive, yet juicy, improvised and dynamic electronic music. Crooks is perhaps the most adventurous ride on the EP with it's provocative construction and labyrinth of sonic sensations. The Grinder is all about kicks, snares and synths. It's Julian's most basic work to date. In its simpleness it touches down and gets you up off your feet directly. Ben Butler & Mousepad 'grind' The Grinder with a fresh cadence and a touch of that good old skweee-ish funk. More polishing is done by UK-duo Big Mister Doom with a dreamy and refined remix of Mudslide. Running it down, the Paragon EP is a perfect introduction to Julian Edwardes' vibrant cosmos. As Edwardes proclaims: 'enjoy and have a nice ride!'.
released 25 February 2013
Produced, performed and written by Julian Edwardes
Drums on 'Strawberry Shake' & 'Paragon' Wouter Jaftoran
Additional electric bass on 'Paragon' Wouter Jaftoran
Drums recorded and mixed by Jay Hats, Eindhoven November 2012
'Mudslide' remix by Big Mister Doom
'The Grinder' remix by Ben Butler & Mousepad
Mastered by Budy Mokoginta for Mokosound
Artwork by Mister Adam
Released by Fremdtunes, FR2013-02
A fine Mess is a free EP released on the dutch label Fremdtunes. The overall character of the music carries weakness, troubling thoughts, chaos, sleepless nights and lost days. But also hope, love, inner-peace. And somehow each track re-assures in it's own way. As cliche as it sounds; there is no beauty without ugliness, success doesn't come without failure and peace can only be achieved if one has experienced chaos. In the end, 'A fine mess' is dedicated to loved ones, hoping to provide them with the energy needed and to not only help look ahead, but certainly look at the present.
credits released 10 May 2012.
Produced & written by Julian Edwardes
Artwork by Julian Edwardes
Mastered by Julian Edwardes
Published by Fremdtunes
Two of my tracks 'Shortcuts' and 'Autumn Bleeds' are featured on the Lomechanik compilation 'Ondergrond'.
The title ‘Ondergrond’ stands for rooting in fertile soil, uncovering earth layers and moving forward into depths. ‘Ondergrond’ tells a narrative through exciting electronic music. Sultry like spring, that’s ‘Ondergrond’. Presenting some new names, as well as artists that are already known through their previous releases on Lomechanik.
Music inspires designers. Images inspire musicians. The project SEE-A-SOUND, initiated by Fremdtunes and Mashville, shows you what music looks like according to designers and let’s you hear what images sound like according to musicians. One discipline provides inspiration for the other. This album contains the 10 tracks that resulted from the collaborations for SEE-A-SOUND in 2011, coming from Coco Bryce, DJ Grazzhoppa, DJ Mace/Fremdkunst, DJ Optimus, Jameszoo, Julian Edwardes, Kelpe, R&R Grooove Xpress, Solo Moderna and Soosh. They were inspired by the works of Attak, Boris Tellegen, Graphic Surgery, Jeroen Erosie, Loulou & Tummie, Michiel Schuurman, Mister Adam, Staynice, Studio Boot and Supernova.