Danish musician Taragana Pyjarama will release Nothing Hype through Wyrd Records next month.
Whilst boutique record labels are almost a natural extension of mp3 blogs these days, first wave French blog Fluokids were typically ahead of the curve when they launched Fool House back in 2008. Launching with the highly talented French producer and heavy metal enthusiast Mondkopf, subsequent releases have straddled the brash electro stylistics of New Yorkers 33hz (it was 2009 after all), impossibly bright synth pop from Catalonia courtesy of Delorean and stripped down techno rattles from Qoso.
A universal outlook pervades the Fool House A&R then, something that is demonstrated perfectly on their fifth release. The label has turned to Scandinavia to further advance the idiosyncratic sounds of Taragana Pyjarama, a young Danish producer who expertly blends house rhythms with organic hypnotic melodies. Whilst the name – inspired by a Roxy Music track – might be a mouthful, the music is a delight.
Those of you whose bookmarks are filled with mp3 blogs will recognise “Girls”, which first surfaced on the more discerning hypem huggers last summer, and newly remastered here sounds just as beautiful. Sitting somewhere between the techno brilliance of DJ Koze and the Border Community stable and the woozy narcosis of acts like Blondes, “Girls” retains a certain timeless quality, with warmth that always grabs you fully.
Ricardo Tobar of the aforementioned Border Community imprint remixes the track and stamps it with a glistening dancefloor sensibility whilst retaining the qualities that make the original so appealing. Elsewhere the young producer – previously known for Hivern Discs output as Eim Ick – includes two further original tracks which demonstrate “Girls” was no fluke, with the skipping rhythms that drive the Crydamoure-esque sounds of “Ocean” flushed with the kind of glistening melodic washes that make themselves quite comfortable in your cerebral cortex. This track is endowed with a remix from Merok duo Teengirl Fantasy who do a stunning job in transforming “Ocean” into three hundred and sixty six seconds of luscious headphone jam material.
We live in a crazy age of musical over consumption where the Cycle Of Internet Hype ensures the vast majority of new music you are exposed to from perusing online music magazine and mp3 blogs is just the first step in a well calculated PR campaign with a considerable budget behind it. Occasionally, however, someone breaks through without this forced momentum thanks to obvious talent.
A case in point would be Taragana Pyjarama, otherwise known as an unassuming young music enthusiast from Copenhagen called Nick Ericksen. Already familiar in some circles for his work under the now retired Eim Ick alias on cult Spanish label Hivern Discs – home to John Talabot and Pional – Nick invited the world into the sumptuously psychedelic electronic world of Taragana Pyjarama last August via his debut production “Girls”. The track, produced in conjunction with his girlfriend, subsequently found its way onto several of the more discerning corners of the blogosphere, and in a neat twist of fate the Fool House label borne out of iconic Parisian tastemaker blog Fluokids promptly snapped Taragana Pyjarama up for an EP release.
Fast forward several months and Fool House will be releasing his eponymous EP early next month, filled with a newly dusted down and polished version of “Girls” along with further original Taragana Pyjarama material and remixes from Border Community’s Ricardo Tobar and Merok duo Teengirl Fantasy. If you’re yet to sample the sounds of Taragana Pyjarama then a clue can be found in this aforementioned choice of remixers as his music sits somewhere between the studied techno brilliance of the Border Communities of this world and the dreamlike, synthesized, throbbing, hypnotic narcosis of Teengirl Fantasy at their best.
After making contact with the elusive Nick – naturally via Twitter – we subsequently exchanged a series of emails broaching how the distinctive name came about, his influences, plans for the future and much more why we consider him one to watch.