Astral

by RVLVR

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RVLVR’s ‘Astral’ is the second release from NOREMIXES. RVLVR is the new moniker from Philadelphia-based producer James Sauppe. James studied percussion at the prestigious University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a member of the Actual Records and New Low crews.

‘Astral’ and ‘Earth-Bound’, the two original tracks, showcase James’ songwriting with strong harmonic content which has been a highlight of some of the more beat-centric RVLVR output thus far. Piano and cello are surrounded with swirling effects in the title track, ‘Astral’; but the atmosphere is abruptly interrupted by a 4x4 909, pitched tom, drum machine workout. In ‘Earth-Bound’ a raw piano performance lay underneath a chopped and stutter-effected vocal melody. It is the first release to feature James’ original vocals: which echo a lost George Harrison record.

‘Astral’ also gets a re-working from The Starkville Symphony (aka NOREMIXES owner, Starkey) flipping the harmonic progression but maintaining the original’s strong melody. This epic builder could have been plucked straight from a film score and evokes slow-motion imagery and a darkened concert hall.

Limited Edition Clear 12" Vinyl available through Ninja Tune's Beat Delete -> bit.ly/nore002_bd

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released January 26, 2015

Tracks 1 & 3 produced by James Sauppe. Track 2 produced by Starkey. All tracks written by James Sauppe, published by Starkville Symphony (ASCAP).

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NOREMIXES Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NOREMIXES was founded in 2014 by Paul J. Geissinger, aka Starkey, to release music that fits between the genres. The label is an outlet for composers, artists and producers with a focus on synth music, electro-acoustic, ambient and modern classical styles. Paul is also co-owner of the Seclusiasis and Slit Jockey Record labels. ... more

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