*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Capitol Music Group*
|REBORN, KAVINSKY’S FIRST ALBUM IN NINE YEARS, IS OUT TODAY ON ASTRALWERKS / RECORD MAKERS |
Official Video For “Cameo” Premieres – View HERE
|“everyone’s favorite late-night dance super hero is back. Kavinsky is the neo-noir French touch master who gave the world the 2010 classic ‘Nightcall,’ and he’s back …with a slew of sensual sounds.” – Billboard |
Kavinsky returns with Reborn – his first album in nine years – and the official video for the entrancing track “Cameo” featuring Kareen Lomax on vocals. With its bubbling, infectious vibe, the track is irresistible, just like its subject – the ex-lover who “always makes a cameo.” Lomax – the singer-songwriter known for songs like “Melatonin” and “Hard Feelings” and her feature on the Diplo/Paul Woolford hit “Looking For Me” – wrote the lyrics with Feli Ferraro. Kavinsky wrote the music and produced alongside Victor Le Masne. The official video for “Cameo,” directed by Filip Nilsson (Major Lazer, Justice, Röyksopp), offers an imaginative twist on cinematic cameos. Music video production was done by Henry.tv. View HERE.
Nilsson recalls being inspired by a clip he had seen of stuntpersons. “It was like a dance, so well-choreographed. I thought, ‘what if everyone was Kavinsky and beating the shit out of themselves?’” he explains. “Cameos, lasers, stunts, an abandoned horse racing arena and insane FPV drone footage – it felt like a good mix, and it resonates really well with the Kavinsky legacy and with this track. The challenge on a shoot like this was to make sure no one got hurt. The drone flying among a crowd and chasing people jumping from tall buildings was tricky. It was also a strong moment seeing my friend Gaspard Auge from Justice do a cameo, swinging his ancient weapon.”
|Released by Astralwerks / Record Makers, Reborn is the follow-up to Kavinsky’s 2013 full-length debut, Outrun, which included the singles “Nightcall,” “Roadgame” and “Odd Look.” Featured in the opening scene of Nicolas Winding Refn’s classic 2010 movie Drive and produced by Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, “Nightcall” made Kavinsky an electro pop legend and went on to amass more than 500 million streams. Download / stream Reborn HERE and see below for track listing. |
“After the sudden success of ‘Nightcall,’ I didn’t really want to record again,” recalls Kavinsky. “I took two steps back and started to imagine what I was going to record after that, at my own pace. The break allowed people to forget about me for a little bit, so that when I felt ready to return, I could perhaps try new things.”
While still infused with his trademark theatrical synth pop landscapes and just as visually evocative as Outrun, Reborn is sonically larger. Outrun was an album of its time, fast and furious, produced in full throttle / full compression mode. On Reborn, Kavinsky wanted to record something more timeless and more musical by taking the time to experiment with gear, instruments and his collaborators, which include Victor Le Masne and Gaspard Augé (half of the group Justice). Kavinsky speaks candidly with MixMag about his extended break and the approach he took to recording Reborn in this feature.
The two tracks he shared in the lead-up to the album’s release instantly captured the attention of critics, with Pitchfork, Stereogum, NME, The Line of Best Fit and others quick to spread the word that Kavinsky was back. Dancing Astronaut said, “‘Renegade’ picks up precisely where Kavinsky left off…bringing his unmistakable synthwave savvy into the newest decade…[and] tapping Cautious Clay for a smooth vocal backing.” Celebrating his “grand return,” EDM.com hailed “Renegade” as “another Kavinsky classic…[a] dazzling retro-inspired song.” The track quickly racked up over two million combined global streams. View the official video, which was shot in Kyiv, HERE.
NME praised “Zenith” feat. Prudence & Morgan Phalen as a “romantic slow burner” and spoke with Kavinsky about the new album in this feature. Hailing it as “the spiritual successor to ‘Nightcall,’” Billboard said, “the new synth work is electric, with sultry vocals tinged with just enough robotic hue to give your spine the shivers.” Brooklyn Vegan observed, “’Zenith’ is like 1979 condensed into one gleaming slow strut.” Phalen, who sang with Justice and is the vocalist of Diamond Nights, is also the featured vocalist on “Plasma” and “Vigilante.”
Recorded in the late Philippe Zdar’s Motorbass studio in Paris, Reborn is a clear-cut and carefully crafted tribute to the history of pop culture put together by a very special artist with a unique ability to cite masterpieces from many fields, time and space while painting a precise and personal vision of the future.
Reborn Track Listing
Reborn feat. Romuald
Renegade feat. Cautious Clay
Goodbye feat. Sebastien Tellier
Plasma feat. Morgan Phalen
Cameo feat. Kareen Lomax
Zenith feat. Prudence & Morgan Phalen
Vigilante feat. Morgan Phalen
Photo Credit: André Chemetoff
Established in New York City and now finding its new home in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, Astralwerks was the brainchild of staffers at Caroline Records who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the emerging electronic and ambient scene. Having reached a milestone of 25 years, Astralwerks has quickly become a modern, artist-first label with a true focus on nurturing talent across the electronic genre and beyond. Acting with a scalable, independent and global thinking mentality with the capability to tap into the resources of a major label, has allowed Astralwerks to retain and sign up-and-coming artists such as Illenium, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, Sigma and Axwell /\ Ingrosso. As a testament to this pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY® nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many more.
ABOUT RECORD MAKERS:
Founded in 2000, Record Makers brings together a community of like-minded people, convinced that eclectic music with a strong French touch can reach international impact. Independent since day one, the label encompasses a large variety of styles: the dark, brooding electro of Kavinsky, the rich compositions of the goldsmith Sebastien Tellier, the electro-pop mish mash of Hypnolove, the seminal soundtracks of Drive (by Nicolas Winding Refn), Assault On Precinct 13 (by John Carpenter), or Air’s Virgin Suicides (by Sofia Coppola, the first release of the label), the roaring disco of Californian songwriter Cola Boyy, Dita Von Teese’s sparkling musical adventures, Tristesse Contemporaine’s new-wave or Turzi’s rock disciplinaire. All these different styles are all united by hazy romanticism, handmade craftsmanship and one credo: music and images are one and the same.