Here’s an old song of mine that I don’t think will ever officially come out. Enjoy.
I’m very pleased to announce that my next 4-song EP entitled Habitat will be released November 5th on Turbo Recordings! Since it’s still 2 weeks away, I will update this entry as stuff comes in. This will be my last dark record for a while.
- XLR8R gives the exclusive first preview of the record. They use adjectives such as ‘formidable’ and ‘massive’. Check it here.
I’m extemely happy to announce that my debut original release is finally available!
Ultraviolet ft. Lord Skywave / Bleu Monday is available as a limited edition 12″ (500 copies) or digital from all fine retailers. It has received national airplay by Gilles Petersen (BBC R1), Mary-Anne Hobbs (XFM), Mistajam (1xtra) and Sinden (Kiss FM). The support from DJ/producers has been outstanding with names like Mark Pritchard (Warp), Ben UFO (Hessle), Ben Westbeech, FaltyDL (Ninja Tune), Spencer Calum (Numbers/Warp) and Brodinski all giving it full marks.
Here’s a description by Drowned in Sound which just gave us “single of the week”:
Naturally, when a person is faced with two dudes sassy enough to call themselves Nautiluss and Lord Skywave, one has certain – rather fixed and high – hopes. And while I have been in trouble all my life, with my foolish and old-fashioned propensity for romantic over-expectation, thankfully ‘Ultraviolet’ is as assured and brilliant as the names of its creators suggest. It is a glitchy, twitchy-snared dub-ballad with slow, elongated vocals that can’t quite dissipate the air of spooky threat; those Twilight Zone synths in the background are definitely up to something. You know, the roller disco at Bracknell sports centre in 1988 was never going to be the rainbow-lit arena of neon legwarmers I imagined. But that sort of dashed disappointment is precisely why I found music – just like what is happening here – because it makes it all better. B-side and Nautiluss instrumental ‘Bleu Monday’ is, happily, just as big on portent as the lead track. And as gleefully modern as a thing could be.
- Wendy Roby (Drowned in Sound)
Last but not least… This record couldn’t have happened without a few people so I need to mention them:
Simon Lord, who hit me up in spring of 2010 looking for music with Ultraviolet being the result of that request, and so I am forever indebted to him.
Jack and Andy at Hemlock for believing in the music and giving me the opportunity to be a part of the Hemlock family. I couldn’t be in better company!
Thanks to everyone that gave it early support and shared it with their friends and fans and moms and dads. The road of an artist is fraught with peril but I feel stronger when I know I have support from my peers and friends. Thank you thank you thank youuuu!
Here’s a mix I made for Electronicbeats.net. A combination of new and not so new which I have been listening to alot lately.
01. Nautiluss – Bleu Monday [Hemlock Recordings]
02. Virgo Four – It’s a Crime (Caribou Remix) [Rush Hour Recordings]
03. XI – Squeeze [Orca Recordings]
04. Falty DL – Atlantis [Ninja Tune]
05. Martyn – Masks [Brainfeeder]
06. Edu K – Flutesnoot (Nautiluss 2011 VIP mix) [Man Recordings]
07. Classixx – Into the valley (Julio Bashmore Remix)
08. Nautiluss – Running [CDR]
09. Auburn – Ultramodern Verandah (Jokers of the Scene Remix)
Ultraviolet / Bleu Monday
Nautiluss X Lord Skywave
Limited Edition white label exclusive to the official Hemlock store.
Hemlock Recordings announce details of latest signing and release
Nautiluss x Lord Skywave ‘Ultraviolet/Bleu Monday’ – released 26th September
The latest 12″ to drop on Hemlock comes from the unlikely pairing of Canadian producer ‘Nautiluss’ – Graham Douglas Bertie, previously of Thunderheist (Big Dada) and UK singer/songwriter Simon Lord (Simian / Black Ghosts) under his Lord Skywave alter-ego.
The pair became friends after a boozy, Malt Liquor sponsored tour of North America. The first result of their collaboration comes in the form of ‘Ultraviolet’; A pitch perfect piece of dark, melancholic late- night club music, backed with the brand new Nautiluss instrumental ‘Bleu Monday’.
Already with national airplay support from Mistajam, Giles Peterson, Mary Anne Hobbs, John Kennedy and Sinden, the 12″ is due for release in late September and will be accompanied by a short film.
Co-founded in 2008 by Jack Dunning (Untold) and Andy Spencer, Hemlock have built a reputation for unearthing bold, uncompromising and game-changing music, with signings going on to become internationally revered artists. Mercury nominated James Blake was introduced to the world by Hemlock and Fantastic Mr Fox, Ramadanman, LV, TRG, Untold and Breton (currently recording their major label debut in Sigor Ros’ studio in Iceland) all make for a solid back catalogue.
Vist – www.hemlockrecordings.co.uk
Nautiluss (Graham Douglas Bertie)
Graham Douglas Bertie is a producer / composer / songwriter from Montreal, Canada now residing in T oronto.
Previously of Thunderheist, a duet consisting of himself as producer and vocalist Isis. The group garnered significant and justified hype, seeing a release on Big Dada and giving them a chance to tour internationally off the strength of the underground dance hit ‘Jerk It’.
Thunderheist parted ways in 2010, giving Graham a chance to explore new avenues, most notably with a collaborative EP released in 2010 with Brooklyn-based Nighshifters artist Jubilee entitled Bassanovva which released their debut on Sinden’s Grizzly Records.
Lord Skywave (Simon Lord)
Simon Lord is a singer / songwriter / producer based in London.
His career began as part of Simian who released 2 critically acclaimed albums in the early 00’s. His vocal refrain of ‘We Are Your Friends’ from the Simian song ‘Never Be Alone’ became ubiquitous the world over when it was remixed by Justice.
After Simian disbanded Simon went on to collaborate with Theo Keating (The Wiseguys, Fake Blood) the pair forming The Black Ghosts (Southern Fried records). Their first album has become a cult classic. Simon has new collaborations underway with Rafter Roberts from San Diego as Roberts & Lord and with Lukid from North London as Arclight. He sometimes crops up as guest vocalist, the most notable appearance being with his old band mates Simian Mobile Disco for their track ‘I Believe’.
Simon fills up any spare time with working on solo projects. The first was ‘Garden’ which evoked pastoral electronica, acoustic fingerpicking, a baroque wind trio and krautrock inspired rhythms. Next came Lord Skywave which mixed new London electronic influences with his grandmothers impressionist compositions (!?) and most recently ‘One’ which is a back-to-basics album of acoustic songs recorded entirely on vintage analogue equipment.