UTD6032: Johannes Huppertz – Floating & Beyond Blue

UTD6032: Johannes Huppertz - Floating & Beyond Blue

Next up on United we are pleased to welcome prolific Cologne born producer Johannes Huppertz to the label. Johannes channels the musical zeitgeist, the aural landscape and his personal emotions into the music. Here at United we are pleased to be recipients of two fine pieces of music. It must have been a relaxing day when he came up with these two.

First up is “Floating”. The music describes the feeling perfectly. Lazy guitar, dreamy percussion and synthwashes melt all worries away. “Beyond Blue” is next. This melancholic wanderer leads with a slow groove guitar bassline overlaid with dreamy chords and keys. Pensive and thoughtful but with positivity shining through.

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UTD6031: Max’s One – Alone

UTD6031: Max's One - Alone

Maxs One is the downtempo alias for Moscow based produced Nikita Dolgushin. With his latest EP on United Nikita produces a pensive and dare we say it forlorn musical excursion. Its deep, slow and thoughtful. The EP opens up with “Alone” which is driven along with slow double bass, Rhodes and a series of aching sax solos. “Its Time For Chill” is next up. It is driven by a choppy guitar and drum machine. Mellow keyboard lines and layered guitar provide the slow and broody night time melody.

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UTD6029: Mission Brown – Only Human EP

UTD6029: Mission Brown - Only Human EP

Mission Brown is the snazzy moniker for Melbourne based chill-out and electronic producer Stephen Brown. We are pleased to welcome this talented Australian onto United. His varied and skilled debut 3 track EP for us is fine slice of contemplative, chill-downtempo-jazz groove.

Things open up with the title touch “Only Human”. A slice of Balearic, laid back electronic soundscape. The smooth instrumentation cleverly weaves brooding pads, thoughtful relaxing piano keys and some atmospheric acoustic guitar. Next “Nightfall” keeps the mood pensive, as the producer effortlessly weaves lo-fi drum samples with a sweeping grand piano. The piece is backed up by layers of swirling speculative pads and trumpet stabs.

The EP closes with a “Rusted”. Featuring capricious but still uplifting vocal line. The slick production again mixes in grand piano, with brooding keyboard lines and a slow synth jazz vibe

A fine three track EP from a producer to keep an eye out for.

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UTD6030: Carlos Cervilla – Revival & Warm Nights

UTD6030: Carlos Cervilla - Revival & Warm Nights

Carlos Cervilla is a composer and producer from Madrid. His music brings to mind the magic and the hedonism of the days of sun and sand on the island of Ibiza, portraying the eternal sunsets and long party filled evenings.

Here at United we are pleased to welcome Carlos to the family. His two tracker is a slice of pure Balearic summer. The release opens up with “The Revival” a shimmering meld of smooth rolling bass synths, lazy brass synths, laid back grooves, smooth guitar riffs all tied together with his distinctive Mediterranean touch.

“Warm Nights” follows on. It is a laid back slice of balearica driven by smooth Spanish guitar. The subtle keys, slick vocals and snappy drums tie the track together in one sun-filled treat.

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UTD6028: Daminika – Wind of Change

UTD6028: Daminika - Wind of Change

Next on United we take a short detour to Belarus to interface our circuits with him smooth chill out vibes.
The two track release opens with “Summer Rain”. It is a slow and relaxing start a soft voyage to heaven with piano, smooth guitar and atmospheric breaks. A track that definitely has the music following from its title. Next, “Wind Of Change” has those mystic vibes and emotional chords that create a relaxed moment that only Daminika knows the secret of.

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UTD6020: Audio Affair – Triumph And Paradox

UTD6020: Audio Affair - Triumph And Paradox

Audio Affair are three friends, sound designers & musicians who work together Milan’s “Bips Studio”. They are Tony Carrasco, who takes care of the sound direction, programming and keyboards, Maurizio Giannotti who plays guitar and keyboards and Saxophonist and knob twiddler Nicola Calgary. Tony Carrasco is also known as the one half of Klein and MBO (he is Klein), the duo which created the top 100 of all time dance anthem “Dirty Talk”. Nicola Calgary used to be Eros Ramazotti’s (Italian International Pop Artist) live tour sax player. Maurizio Giannotti (AKA McMaw), a talented Milan based recording engineer and musician.

The music of Audio Affair is a melting pot of cosmo techy rhythms, filmic soundscapes, mellow aural landscapes all produced with a hint of sunshine. Their debut album “Triumph And Paradox” brings all these influences into a ten song epic. The album is named after the long and varied journey the group embarked on for its creation.

And so onto the music; Things open up with “Primavera”, a beat driving, dreamy downtempo cut driven by a smooth sax line and vocal samples. Recent single “Chasma Boreale” may be named after a canyon on Mars but the music is a pure Asian / Balearic cross over bliss fest. The tune features as its centre point a Rhodes based keyboard riff. On top of this the trio have added a, pensive string pads, vocal chants, Asian percussive shakers and beats and tabla. “Spectro Exploration” drives the album with its solid grooves, native American chants and haunting keyboard lines.

“Meriem” sets the balearic boat a sail, hand drums, guitar stabs and warm, lush pads, delivering a small slice of permanent summer sun. “Living the Lie” cranks up the smooth jazz quotient a notch and features the smooth vocals and subtle rap, all on top of slick grooves and a blissful groove. “Voyage Lover” quirks things up a bit with its sleezy sax riff, slick beats and samples all underpinned by a slightly wonky acoustic bass. “Oxidise Sisters” drives along with funky chopped guitar and early evening groove

“Stargazing Opus” is a slow 80s synth led groover taken to the max with a plucky synth and overdriven lead guitar lines. Think a mellow Top Gun Theme. “Electrogunnz” features stabby strings, a locked on groove, smooth classical guitar and a clever use of samples. “AcidPhazer” notches up the dance groove with its acid lines, stabby bright keys and on point attitude.

Over all the album is a real treat. A mixture of sounds, genres and styles all uniquely slick and uniquely Audio Affair.

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UTD6026: Zetandel – Listen To The Rain & Clean

UTD6026: Zetandel - Listen To The Rain & Clean

Next up on United we take a trip to the downtempo world of Ukrainian producer Zetandel. We are pleased to feature a vocal, downtempo, synth, micro-epic two tracker.

First up Zetandel works with Ange on “Listen To The Rain”. It is a broody, piano-led, chilled song which manages to convey a mixture of hope, angst and drama all into its haunting vocal. For the second track “Clean” plucky synth riffs and gated-pads paint a perfect synthwashed backdrop to the forlorn vocal from Eva Kade.

Two thoughtful numbers for those more pensive moments.

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UTD6027: Sunner Soul – Walking To The Sun EP

UTD6027: Sunner Soul - Walking To The Sun EP

So how can you come from Siberia and make some of the warmest, sunset-blissed and relaxing music around?
Well lets ask Siberian based Sunner Soul… Because the 30 year old producer has just delivered a fine two track to us here at United.

“Walking To The Sun” opens up the EP and the title exactly describes the music. Its truly is an aural soundtrack to a walk into the sun in warm Mediterranean evening. Lazy drums, darting synths, mellow keys and a laid back groove that oozes sunset.

The EP is completed with the pensive “That Is Not Organic”. Quirky pads, cool FX, stutter edits, jazz sensibilities and an ever present jazz ride symbol mean this is one fine track mood setter. Set dials to “chill out” and relax.

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UTD6025: Ivan Boyarkin – Sometimes

UTD6025: Ivan Boyarkin - Sometimes

Next up on United Recordings we take a smooth, saxy ride with our Moscow based host Ivan Boyarkin. He sets the stylistic dials to 1980 with his ever so smooth “Sometimes”.

Ivan is a Russian composer, producer, saxophonist, keyboard player. He has a music college degree in saxophone and has been playing music since he was six.

“Sometimes” features a virtuoso sax performance with a memorable and emotional melody. The smooth jazz backing acts as a perfect accompaniment and adds just enough body to the track. To back the main version up however we also feature the stripped back “acoustic” performance which brings the saxophone to the fore.

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UTD6024: Audio Affair – Chasma Boreale

UTD6024: Audio Affair - Chasma Boreale

Up next on United we are pleased to feature the 3rd single from the Italian collective, Audio Affair. Audio Affair are three friends, sound designers & musicians who work together in a famous recording studio in Milan called “Bips Studio”. They are Tony Carrasco (of Klein and MBO fame), who takes care of the sound direction, programming and keyboards, Maurizio Giannotti who plays guitar and keyboards and Saxophonist and knob twiddler Nicola Calgary. The trio meet up in their studio to create smooth, accessible and interesting downtempo and Balearic music.

Audio Affair return to United Recordings, with their third single ahead of a forthcoming album. “Chasma Boreale” may be named after a canyon on Mars but the music is a pure Asian / Balearic cross over bliss fest. The tune features as its centre point a Rhodes based keyboard riff. On top of this the trio have added a, pensive string pads, vocal chants, Asian percussive shakers and beats and tabla. While it may not work on paper is all works on the record and aurally it is a real treat.

For the remix Macedonian based Marga Sol strips things back into a chilled groove. She adds on lazy-summer guitar, smoldering trumpet and lethargic rhythms. All the while keeping the catchy keyboard riff and vocal chants at the forefront of the track.

Stay tuned for the upcoming Audio Affair album on United Recordings.

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UTD6023: Rubberlips – Hold On

UTD6023: Rubberlips - Hold On

Next on United we head off to the jazzier climes of West Yorkshire in England. Robert Burbidge has quietly and successfully carving out a name for himself in the downtempo jazz and chill space with his cunningly named Rubberlips project. Here with Jess Smethurst on super smooth vocals we are lucky to be releasing his downtempo stomper “Hold On”.

“Hold On” features subtle slap bass, handclaps, jazzy Rhodes and teasing brass all wrapped up in chill house groove. Its Jess’s voice however that steals the day with its super slick sexy tone. A fine tune. Keeping things in the UK for the remix we head off to the West of England for Situation who keep things on a jazzy downtempo vibe but take things further into the jazz club 2am territory. Things round off with the instrumental.

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Audio Affair

Audio Affair are three friends, sound designers & musicians who work together in a famous recording studio in Milan called “Bips Studio”. They are Tony Carrasco, who takes care of the sound direction, programming and keyboards, Maurizio Giannotti who plays guitar and keyboards and Saxophonist and knobb twiddler Nicola Calgary.

Audio Affair is a musical project of 3 close friends who used to run, record, write and engineer for many Italian and international recording artist around the world in a recording studio based in Milan, Italy, back in the day mid 80s.

In 1982 Tony Carrasco met Nick Calgary who owned this studio called Bips Studio, Tony Carrasco rented out the studio with Nick, where they engineered and remixed the hugely successful Italodance hit called ‘Maraciabo’ performed by Luisa Lu Colombo which was released on Moon Records, after the remix success they signed to EMI Italy. A friendship developed up to today with Nick Calgary, Tony Carrasco decided to work fulltime at Bips Studio writing, producing and remixing many recordings, if you look at Carrasco’s releases you will see credited “Recorded,Mixed & Engineered at Bips Studio Milan Italy. In 1990, as the studio becomes highly successful, Nick hires fulltime as in-house engineer at Bips Studio Maurizio Giannotti, a talented recording engineer and musician, and so it was that the Audio Affair triumvirate (Tony Carrasco,Maurizio Giannotti,Nick Calgary) was born.

Bips Studio today is a mastering and post-production setup with 2 studios, one in milan italy and the second studio in ticino switzerland, both studios are where Audio Affair tracks are recorded and produced. The Audio Affair music is a blueprint of cosmo techy rhythms with soundtrackish landscapes all produced with a hint of sunshine.

Tony Carrasco lives and constantly travels around Milan, Ticino (Switzerland) and Europe where he usually spends 7 months per year whereas the remaining months he likes to spend them in the sunny Miami Florida, recording, writing music & djing. Nick Calgary lives in Ticino (Switzerland) and Maurizio Giannotti lives in Milan, they also travel back and forth between both cities when we have to write and record music or perform live gigs.

The Audio Affair soundscapes are produced in 3 places Milan, Ticino and Miami. The writing and recording stages begins with Tony Carrasco and Maurizio Giannotti programming and recording music atmospheres, once this stage is over the various recording sessions with Nick Calgary’s sensual sax, melodic signatures and riffs begin.

Tony Carrasco is also know as the one half of Klein and MBO (he is Klein), the duo which created the top 100 of all time dance anthem “Dirty Talk”. Nick Calgary used to be Eros Ramazotti’s (Italian International Pop Artist) live tour sax player.

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UTD6022: Audio Affair – Meriem

UTD6022: Audio Affair - Meriem

Audio Affair return to United Recordings, with their second single ahead of a forthcoming album.

We don’t know about you, but the winter has really kicked in over here, so when Audio Affair told us they had a new single ready we were over the moon.

‘Meriem’ set’s the balearic boat a sail, hand drums, guitar stabs and warm, lush pads, delivering a small slice of summer sun for those of you, like us, sorely missing it and a big warm smile for the rest of you.

Domestic Technology turn in a more housey retouch, twisting the vibe of the original and setting it up for a late night jam session a la Café Del Mar.

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UTD6018: Audio Affair – Primavera

UTD6018: Audio Affair - Primavera

Up next on United we have the début release from Audio Affair. An Italian 3 piece comprising of Tony Carrasco, Maurizio Giannotti and Nicola Calgari.

The original is a dreamy downtempo cut, perfect for those late summer nights on the beach. Ilya Santana turns in a trademark nu-disco roller. Audio Affair & Klein & MBO’s own Tony Carrasco, delivers two slices of chilled, blissful ambience to round us off.

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UTD6021: Situation – Here Comes The Sun

UTD6021: Situation - Here Comes The Sun

Situation are a collective of Disco DJs, producers, editors and musicians hailing from the The Five Valleys in the UK. Here at United we are pleased to welcome their smooth, cool brand of downtempo chill-house back onto the roster.
“Here Comes The Sun” is one part laid-back and smooth, one part a jazzy groover and one part lounge house. All wrapped up with the pure vibe of summer. Perfect for the time of the season.

The track comes in three perfectly formed flavors. The original mix is first up. Jazzy Rhodes, mellow bass and poolside groove all form the perfect back drop to the sultry vocal from Lauren Rimell. The “Pool Side Remix” strips things back by flipping back on the grooves and upping the synthwashes, smooth guitar and mellow Rhodes keys. Perfect for the early evening warm up. To round off the package collective member “Mr Mulatto” chips in his “Rise Mix” which is a groovy houser. It adds in vibey drum machine grooves and elaborates on Laurens soulful vocal for the perfect 10pm slot.

Enjoy the summer. United

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UTD6017: Electric Zeus – Breathe The Ocean

UTD6017: Electric Zeus - Breathe The OceanElectric Zeus are from Australia (where we are sure they get out to Breathe The Ocean all the time). The duo is made up of Steve Peacock and Shane Barnes. The pair make high quality, chilled out, blissful, downtempo house music. Music for the sunsets, yachts and good times.

“Breathe The Ocean” is their debut track for United and it fits right in with our downtempo remit. Perfect for summertime.

The package comes in three flavors. The original version with slick beats, the “Chill pill” version from the duo themselves who stretch things out to “really laidback”. The remix comes from Norfolk UK based Headpocket who takes things on more experimental and electronic excursion, while keeping the flavors of the mellow orginal.

See you at the beachside bar, the United crew.

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UTD6016: Kim And Buran – Teleskope

UTD6016: Kim And Buran - TeleskopeKim & Buran don their balearic hats with ‘Teleskope’, a slice of Summer to brush away those Wintry blues we all seem to have been hit with! On the flip Ilya Santana delivers a trademark slo-mo-disco mix.

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UTD6015: Almunia – The Shiny River

UTD6015: Almunia - The Shiny RiverAlmunia is a new signing to us here at United and we couldn’t be happier to have the duo on board! With some fantastic releases on No Static Recordings and Claremont 56 we were very excited to see what would be delivered to the United Recordings HQ.

Easing you in to the single, the duo have started off with ‘The Shiny River’, this elegant, soft hearted track compiles energetic synth lines over back seated drum patterns. The whistful vocal contrasts the melodic over tones with slightly warped edges, all gently culminating together for this blissed out introduction.

Next up is ‘Feel Love’ which drifts out into the open with a down tempo groove, the mood enhances with some pokey disco synths that have a full embodiment of style. Guitar riffs dart around the back of the mix and create a masterful texture split.

Rounding off the single is ‘The Meaning Of Time’ which combines the softer sides of acoustic flare with the easy listening of relaxed disco rhythms. The progression builds into a sublime break down, introducing the vocals which carry you through to a suitably relaxed round off of the single.

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