Sunday, March 15, 2009

Circlesquare - Hey You Guys


Circlesquare is a brilliant three person group from Berlin, Germany. We were recently sent a couple of treats from the group to share with you. We've got two free songs and a music video, as well as some info about the band.

The latest Circlesquare single - 'Hey You Guys' is coming out on April 7th. It is currently available @ Beatport as a pre-release.

From the press release:

Circlesquare's new album, Songs About Dancing And Drugs is a veritable box of surprises, and the stunners just keep coming. Hot on the heels of lead single 'Dancers', which featured remixes from Konrad Black and Lowfish, Circlesquare return with 'Hey You Guys', backed by remixes from DFA artist The Juan MacLean and Ed Banger's Mickey Moonlight. Taken as a whole, the four-track EP spans a range of moods from the morose to the manic, making an unexpected keystone in the arc from rock to dance music.

'Hey You Guys' is the opening track off Songs About Dancing And Drugs, and it is the perfect introduction to Circlesquare's contemplative and conflicted world. Bathed in cathedral-sized reverb, the song's nimble guitar lines, martial drums, and cavernous ambiance reference an unusual array of musical touchstones—blissed-out shoegaze, Seefeel's electronic dub, Fugazi at their most precise. Shaw's lyrics, meanwhile, paint an ambivalent picture of club culture's turn-ons and drop-outs—a litany of regrets wrapped up with the invigorating chorus, "This is it/ This is ours/ Here we go."

The Juan MacLean has clearly taken the latter sentiment to heart, turning in a slow-burning powerhouse amped up on acid oscillations and overdriven drums. If Songs About Dancing And Drugs is a look back at the wild life, the remix is a snapshot of dance-floor mayhem in full flame. The Juan MacLean is no stranger to the groove—his cuts like "Give Me Every Little Thing" and "Happy House," plus remixes for the likes of Daft Punk, Matthew Dear, and Roy Davis, Jr., have become club staples for the way that they bridge the worlds of disco, house, and rock. This time out, he turns up the tension with a peak-hour stormer that creeps along at a death-disco BPM. Circlesquare's music has never been stranger to the pleasures of the slow and low, but MacLean sheds the languor in favor of a methodical, machine-fueled grind that's lubed with sweat. Both versions of the remix, vocal and instrumental, are simply mammoth.

Rising star Mickey Moonlight (aka disco mystic Midnight Mike) switches up the mood considerably, kitting out "Hey You Guys" in dreamy synthesizers, bells, and kalimba; where The Juan MacLean's rework is charred and blackened, Mickey Moonlight's version is moonlight-dappled, splashed with watercolors, and rubbed down with bee pollen. Lush and psychedelic, in other words, not what you might expect from an artist affiliated with the Ed Banger camp, but Mickey's catalogue so far (including remixes for Franz Ferdinand, Natacha Atlas, and D.C. Recordings' Higamos Hogamos) is ample proof he's not your average blog-rocker. No wonder The Guardian's Tony Naylor dubbed Mickey's debut single "the thinking fan's pop moment of 2008." With its loping groove and careful balance between live play and programmed beats, the Mickey Moonlight mix pulls you in and holds you close, drawing an unexpected innocence out of a song that's all about disillusionment. More than a parlor trick, it's positively magical.

{Circlesquare album art}

Track listing for the 'Hey You Guys' single

A1 Hey You Guys (The Juan MacLean Remix)
A2 Hey You Guys (Mickey Moonlight Remix)

B1 Hey You Guys (The Juan MacLean Instrumental)
B2 Hey You Guys (Original Version)

Here are the free tracks we spoke of:

Circlesquare - Hey You Guys (The Juan MacLean remix)(edit) [click to download]

Circlesquare - Dancers (radio edit) [click to download]

Enjoy the video for Dancers:

Visit Circlesquare on MySpace

Visit the home of !k7 - the label that Circlesquare is on

Visit the official site for the Songs About Dancing and Drugs album

Follow Circlesquare on Twitter

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