V/A – Apparel Music B-Day 10


Artist: V/A – Apparel Music B-Day 10
Title: (w/ Kisk, Robert Ownes, Tuccillo, Fred P
Label: Apparel Music
Format: 2LP
Release Date: 03.07.2020

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A1. Kisk – Your Face ft. Robert Ownes
A2. Tuccillo – Hearme
B1. Fred P – From the Other
B2. Ivano Tetelepta & Euge`ne Latumeten – Where Have You Been?
C1. Salary Boy – Piano House
C2. Chevals – All I Wanna Do Is Love You
D1. Art Of Tones – Never Sleep
D2. Marcel Vogel & Tim Jules – Take Me Back

In the special occasion of our 10th birthday, we felt that we had to create something memorable, bringing together in two vinyl some of the most influential artists who took part in the making of our history and some new ones, yet prominent and successful. All of them had a fascinating mission to accomplish honouring the concept of ‘Jazzy’ which is the notion and approach set ten years ago as the fundament of Apparel Music and we can plainly say that they’ve won the challenge, brightly. They produced eight stunning tracks which represent an ideal declination of the requirements you need to enter the AM family. The roster of artists behind this record perfectly represents the international soul of the label and very much speaks for itself, from our head honcho Kisk to ‘The Voice’ Robert Owens, our longtime family members Ivano Tetelepta & Euge`ne Latumeten, the Swedish Salary Boy, the great Tuccillo with his recognisable style, the American Fred P who’s music is the best introduction of his abilities and needs no further presentation, to the youngster Chevals with his bright talent.

The final side then is the debut’s side with the iconic Art of Tones whose career as a pioneer of dance music speaks for itself and finally the marvellous duo Marcel Vogel & Tim Jules, also new to the AM family, who’s baptism fulfils our high expectations. A list of virtuosos worth an All-Star Game! The opening track is ‘Your Face’ by Kisk & the supreme and unrivalled voice of Robert Owens, with a bunch of great musicians who took part in the creative process: the Cuban Gendrickson Mena (trumpet, Saxhorn), Max Lagana` (Bass) and Nate Lotz who recorded some grooves on the drums. In A1 resides the concept of Jazzy; the dialogue between man and machine which is still, in the modern era, the perfect equation to produce music. Starting from some old, dusty samples here’s surely one for the records, fully embodying Kisk’s approach to music production. A2 is ‘Hearme’ by Tuccillo. The Neapolitan born but Spanish adopted is a veteran of the Apparel Music’s family, that’s why we’re so happy to have him leaving his mark once again on a special occasion like this Bday. His track perfectly epitomises his sensuality, profoundness, and sensitivity as a producer, being capable of expressing through his music some of the distinctive characteristics that AM aims to communicate. The Deep soul of Fred P comes out in all its strength in his track ‘From the Other’ kicking off B-side.

We’re delighted to have the American producer on board as his first appearance on AM leaves no doubt about his huge talent as a music maker, while B2 is an Ivano Tetelepta & Eugen`e Latumeten’s affair with ‘Where Have You Been?’ and we’re overjoyed to greet again the pair who’s back on the label with a special production. The dreamy pads and the punchy rhythm section helped by the smooth vocals are yet again the logotype of the Dutch duo. The second vinyl begins with Salary Boy and his ‘Piano House’. The London based Swede’s production is the perfect way to start the C side with its classic yet modern touch. Another gem to add to the collection. Chevals then takes over in C2 with ‘All I Wanna Do Is Love You’ and we’re so happy to see a skilled guy like him being recognised in the music business, as sometimes a label’s purpose is just to be the perfect filter of someone else’s visions. His track is another tangible example of his qualities.

Then, to kick off the D side we got Art of Tones with ‘Never Sleep’, a fabulous funky groove with a compulsive rhythmical attitude where the Parisian House icon displays his musical genius in a track genuinely crafted to fit the mood of the Apparel 10th birthday. We’re proud to have a guy like Ludovic on board for this project as he’s been eager to join our gang since day one and that’s the perfect occasion. Is up to Marcel Vogel & Tim Jules to complete the masterpiece with the last brushstroke which is an experimental and modern tribal beat with masterly arranged keys and superb percussions. The sound research of this track is quite astonishing and, in its whole, is what may be the loop you’d play repeatedly to open or close a mesmerising DJ set! Finally, a very special and important mention for the artist and friend of the AM’s clan Marco Fantini, a true visionary who blessed us with the chance of choosing amongst some of his stunning artworks for the covers of the record. Each production, indeed, has a different and dedicated piece that reflects its mood. Thanks, Marco, for having such an important role in this creative process! The record will be out in July so brace yourselves for what is evidently the highlight of our year and… let’s blow thee 10 candles together, as always, as a family, spreading love for good music!