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Music To Die For Recordings showcases future stars on ‘Artists To Die For’ label compilation concept
Music To Die For Recordings’ new compilation album concept ‘Artists To Die For’ showcases the label’s exciting new talent in three different ways. Catering to today’s range of fans and their music consumption preferences, the three-part album features DJ-friendly club versions, tighter edits for fast-paced appreciation and innovative remixes ignited by unconstrained creative imagination.
The annual trifecta launched with ‘Music To Die For Presents:Artists To Die For v1’ in September. A selection of 12 outstanding dancefloor cuts that traversed from lush, dreamy electronica and organic house, through melodic techno and tech-house to dancefloor destroying acid, it underscored the eclectic, genre-defying attitude of the label. The ‘Edits’ version soon followed and now, completing the hat-trick, comes the final definitive version spanning three discs and titled ‘Artists To Die For Expanded & Remixed’.
Adding a unique twist to the release, all the featured artists selected a label mate’s track from the album to remix for this special edition. A showcase of future-facing sounds and ideas, these new interpretations – the debut official remix outing for several of the artists – bring a fresh sonic palette and perspective to the dynamic package.
Championing collaboration is central to label boss Johnny Hudson’s vision to cultivate an authentic artist community at Music To Die For, where producers can really grow as artists, find the confidence to experiment and genuinely flourish. “This community approach provides a shared support network for our like-minded artists, promotes collaboration and encourages the free flow of new creative ideas,” said Hudson. “It strengthens connection, growth and artistic evolution within the label family.”
The compilation album certainly features a constellation of future stars, with industry tastemakers lauding their fresh sounds. On the remix front, LA-based artist Eyal F’s widescreen trance-inducing take on Stuart King’s ‘Aloe Vera’ is seeing support from Soundgarden legend Nick Warren and Warm Up boss Aiden Doherty, while Fauxplay’s dark and menacing toughened up version of Eyal F’s ‘The Boat’ is evoking waves of praise from DJs like Tommie Sunshine, Diskjokke, Sister Bliss and Danny Tenaglia.
Two teens really standout – magic.made.by.r and the.CHAIN, who are both only 19-years-old. Ukrainian artist magic.made.by.r goes unconventional with her adventurous and twisted dancefloor rework of Mallinder’s ‘Heavy Rotation’, while the.CHAIN elevates magic.made.by.r’s beautifully melancholic ‘Eternity’ – a favourite with John Digweed and James Zabiela – to new heights of euphoria, add his own vocals to the instrumental original.
Label boss Hudson appears too. He adds a serious heads down groove, emotive club-ready synth keys, and a clever vocal twist to Speakman x French For Rabbits collaboration ‘High’ – a standout Dave Seaman, Eelke Kleijn, Joris Voorn, Joseph Capriati and many more topflight names. And that’s just scratching the surface. The album also features amazing output from GIVE LOVE, Speakman, Indie Elephant, and Ryan Martyn.
“The level of imagination, originality and creative thinking that all the artists display across the album is outstanding,” said Hudson. “They’re not afraid to rip up the rulebook and the result is forward-thinking music that’ll impact listening experiences and dancefloors worldwide.”
February 24, 2024
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