Release Date: 02 June 2014
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|Alex Banks Illuminate Limited Vinyl 2LP Set
Having received wide critical acclaim for his remixes of Bonobo and Andreya Triana, and award winning DJ Mix for Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel series, he spent two years in the studio working his latest album ‘Illuminate’. After meeting 50WEAPONS’ Phon.o when they played together in Zurich in 2013, the link to Monkeytown was made. “When Alex Banks sent us his demo we were stoked! We were so enthusiastic that we did not hesitate to meet and immediately sign him to Monkeytown for the next three albums. It’s really rare to find an artist who has never released something before and who comes up with such a great album! We wish the world big fun with it!!” (Gernot Bronsert / 50% of Modeselektor) Its ten tracks explode with vitality, flecked with subtlety and depth, at once utterly contemporary but tinged with all the genres and flavours he’s ever dipped into. The single, ‘All You Could Do’, for instance, replete with a Phon.o remix, comes on like a pin sharp glitch-hop Esben & the Witch, but elsewhere ‘Sheya’ throbs like Art Department’s deep house at a dubstep convention, opener ‘Silent Embrace’ is a silky match for the likes of London Grammar and Jesse Ware, and the bouncing ‘Initiate’ is pitched midway between what Maceo Plex and James Holden are up to.
1. Silent Embrace feat. Elizabeth Bernholz
3. All You Could Do feat. Elizabeth Bernholz
7. A Matter of Time feat. Elizabeth Bernholz