There is a certain kind of mystique & spark that never dims along the foggy & sleepy coast of the Monterey peninsula. Beyond the lore of the Jazz Festival, Monterey Pop & histories that date back to the founding of California; one of their many great local icons Jimmy Turturici has been busy working on a wealth of material, readying the release of his new EP ‘Celestial Tabernacle’ available November 25 via his imprint Natural Satelite, presenting the premiere of “Cold Star”. Jimmy’s latest single takes audiences to the iciest dance floors of the cosmos, following his recent ambient work Beyond Dissolving, his extensive compilations The Past & The Future recently showcased the soundscapes previously embarked upon with a compass pointed to influential & exciting new directions from the elusive artist. His lauded Noumenal Loom single “Dancing By The Radio” & it’s follow-up “Aurora” were rumored to have partially informed & inspired aspects of the audio aesthetic Molly Nilsson’s Zenith where anachronisms of the digital & brass ages collide together in the synthesis of the audio ore created now in the current & common era.
The making of ‘Celestial Tabernacle’ saw Turturici employing Ben Herod once again on both tenor & baritone saxophone, and Harvey Birrell on mastering duty while commissioning Giant Claw/Orange Milk sound & visual art-maestro Keith Rankin to make one of his Salvador Dalí of the thirty-first-century album cover art pieces. The result is a three-dimensional rendering of a statue bust of a cartoon-like figure staring forward & skyward amid a backdrop with a deep blue, yellow, magenta, pink & silver color palette that resembles cross-sections of the stratosphere seen through psychotropic lenses that reveal the layers & levels in all things. Jimmy tunes the controls to mirror & mimic the brightest & most brilliant moons & satellites seen from observatory stations & high-powered telescopes beamed toward the keenest constellations & cosmic coordinates. But don’t let all the outer space allusions & motifs get it twisted, “Cold Star” is one of the biggest dance singles the Sicily by Monterey artist has ever made. Having been part of countless groups & projects over the years with an amassed solo arsenal that continues to grow with time; Jimmy Turturici’s “Cold Star” provides a ballroom blitz of tested patience where a stoic & fashionable dance party breaks out amid a rumble of rhythms & kinetic beat coordinates that pilots some of the most jagged & frenetic work built around paranormal synth hooks that will stay with you. Join us following the debut listen for an exclusive interview.
1 – First tell us what the fall to winter passage has been like for you in Monterey?
It’s been kind of surreal to be honest; a lingering feeling of uncertainty has been building up. The weather is great though, as a member I visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium often to daydream; finding moments of happiness only after orchestrating my version of a synth opera. Definitely been more contemplative of late; the sadness in the passing of David Bowie has definitely crept into my music. Hence my recent release of Beyond Dissolving was pretty much a result of that.
2 – Tell us about how your singles “Dancing By The Radio” & “Aurora” have brought about this evocative four track cycle with ‘Celestial Tabernacle’ EP.
Almost immediately after completing “Dancing by the Radio” and “Aurora” I had began working on ‘Celestial Tabernacle.’ In fact, I came up with the EP name on my way back home form my short European tour in 2015. Working with such a perceptive and amazingly talented musician like Ben Herod—who plays the saxophone—helped me to set the creative bar a little higher this time around. I was definitely more prepared and had a clear vision of what I wanted when recording ‘Celestial Tabernacle.’ Any artist will tell you, being able to hum or simulate an instrument and then hearing it played back to you exactly the way you heard it in your head is an inspiring experience and one I only found when working with Ben…therefore it only made sense to incorporate more of his talents when creating ‘Celestial Tabernacle.’ I’m definitely looking forward to incorporating more of the talented brethren in the local Monterey jazz scene.
3 – What sorts of discoveries did you find along your path during the making of ‘Celestial Tabernacle’?
Solitude facilitates creativity and when feeling down or overwhelmed meditation can be used like a candle lighting your way out of a dark tunnel—metaphorically speaking. Also it’s best to record music on an empty stomach.
4 – As someone who always has multiple burners going so to speak, what are you currently developing in the studio?
I’m currently working on a minimalistic [sic] electro synth-pop set with a good friend local singer & songwriter Kristen Gradwohl (of local Monterey County band Valley Soul,) her amazing voice and warm positive personality enabled a great working relationship, kindly helping me sift through while taking notes on most of my music form the past two years finding over 40 potential songs and ideas to work but the work always continues, even if I wanted to I’m unable to stop.
5 – Hopes for 2017?
That its better then 2016, man… it’s been a very sad year for so many people on this pale blue dot.
6 – Ways that people can have a voice in today’s weird times?
Take chances, be willing to step out of your comfort zone.
Jimmy Turturici’s ‘Celestial Tabernacle’ EP is now available through his label Natural Satelite.
This New Album Features Electronic Background Music For Videos!
Creative minds don’t cease in their efforts to find electronic background music for videos. The good news is that Shizo van de Sunflower shares his anniversary album which will be of great benefit to your projects!
Whether you’re uploading clips on YouTube or TikTok, here’s a 14-track material entitled ‘Works 2006-2016’ that will truly enhance your visuals. Despite the upbeat nature of most of these tunes, there are also a few ones showcasing a delightfully laid-back touch.
As a matter of fact, the low quality of royalty-free music was the motivation behind Shizo van de Sunflower’s wanting to help video creators. So, back in the 2000s, he went to Creative Commons and marketed the tracks on Jamendo.
In subsequent years, the evolution of his production techniques meant a dope flow while channeling his emotions into sophisticated melodies and rich instrumental tones. Consequently, he remastered his gems and decided to move his productions to popular streaming platforms.
Shizo van de Sunflower is still making a name for himself after his recent success with the previous album ‘Drone 1.’
To the surprise of many, he has surpassed over 20k streams on Spotify. Not to mention, his DnB single “Changes” is currently the best song in his catalog.
Well, from now on, if electronic background music for videos is exactly what you need, whatever first comes into your head should be his timeless body of work. At the end of the day, inspiring and encouraging others to visualize something with his sounds must be a rewarding experience for him.
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MerlinMoFo Unleashes Impressive Electronica, “Adagio For Soul”
MerlinMoFo offers a captivating dose of electronic music that leaves a lasting impression. Through his new single “Adagio For Soul,” you can take a sonic journey where instrumentals speak more than words!
So intense and at the same time so relaxing, there’s a rich atmospheric soundscape that gives you goosebumps straight away… Just close your eyes, clear your mind, and reconnect with your heart thanks to the contrasting textures, the floating beats, and the bassy nature of the whole tune.
It magically builds to an uplifting crescendo in the middle of mysterious harmonies and whimsical energy.
With this release, the UK-based producer, soul coach, medium, and influencer shares a preamble for his upcoming 11-track album similarly titled ‘Adagio For Soul.’
Make sure to mark your calendars as it will be released via streaming platforms on November 25th.
And please allow me to reveal that listening to his work is quite a spiritual experience. Indeed, the outspoken and authentic artist promises a wide range of synthesized melodies inspired by the stages of soul evolution.
“The music will keep coming in all shapes, guises, and genres. The new album release covers all tempos, slow, fast and rolling bass… euphoric and deep.” — Ben Rosenberg aka MerlinMoFo
On a side note, he has announced a 2-hour masterclass to learn the truth of your reality. This mind-expanding event is called Soul & Mind – Change Your Life Now! and everything sums up in tools to release mental and emotional blocks.
If music is his passion and the awakening of consciousness his forte, you can conclude MerlinMoFo is still full of surprises, so let’s see what’s next on his socials below.
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NASAYA’s ‘RÊVES’ EP Is A Love Letter For The Rave
Quickly emerging as a dynamic talent within the Indie Electronic music scene, NASAYA has become a force to be reckoned with. Staggering to new heights, the Los Angeles-based artist and producer joins ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective for his Electronica EP, ‘RÊVES.’
Following his latest successful single “RUMMELSBURG” and after recently supporting ODESZA on their Last Goodbye tour, ‘RÊVES’ brings a refreshing and immersive new perspective to the dance floor scene in this musical masterpiece. Including four experimental tracks with pulsating beats and rich tones, the EP is sophisticated, yet romantic at the same time. Across the EP, fans can expect a consistent flow of mesmerizing and immersive bursts of energy. Fit for dancefloors from the UK, Berlin, and beyond, the featured tracks include “CIEL,” “REVES,” RUMMELSBURG,” and “TES YEUX” all personalized and best described as a love letter for the rave.
“When I was living in Paris, the change of scenery drew me to start writing some solo music. It felt very liberating for me to write songs on my own. The EP is definitely ‘darker’ and more visceral than songs I’ve previously released. I’ve always wanted to release a project like this because I feel like it’s the only way for me to channel certain emotions – and I feel like this sound is a big part of what I wanted my project to sound like when I originally started it.
I don’t think it’s about anything in particular but it does reflect this state of introspection/dreaminess that I experienced when I first moved to Europe. That’s why I named it ‘REVES’ – it means ‘dreams’ in french.” — NASAYA
With every release, NASAYA simultaneously paves the way for a new and invigorating era for the genre landscape. Combining nimble breakbeats, chopped vocal samples, and complex polyrhythms, NASAYA’s work is more than music but a spectrum of art. Making a name for himself and his eccentric productions, NASAYA has the capacity to show current fans a refreshing sound sure to leave a mark on the rave industry.