Thought I'd spend a few minutes telling you about the release of the ‘Rain’ EP from Paris-born London resident Tim Paris out on influential cult label My Favorite Robot Records. Tim is best known currently as one half of It’s a Fine Line with Ivan Smagghe, and as a respected underground figure with releases on leading labels including Young Turks, Kompakt, Moshi Moshi, PIAS, Items&Things, Soma, F Communications, Souvenir and Eskimo.
Opening with the original mix of ‘Rain’ which features the sultry vocal tones of Coco Solid and captures quintessential vintage indie melancholy. It’s merged with subtly modern electronica, occupying a sonic space akin to M83 and I Break Horses.
1 Rain feat. Coco Solid (Original mix)
2 Rain feat. Coco Solid (Pilooski remix)
3 Rain feat. Coco Solid (Ivan Smagghe dub edit)
4 Rain feat. Coco Solid (Tim Paris’ Liquid mix)
The EP comes complete with an inspired selection of remixes; Pilooski’s captivating remix is dark, heady and bass-heavy, Ivan Smagghe delivers a haunting dub edit, and the EP closes with Tim Paris’ own entrancing Liquid mix of the same track.
‘Rain’ also features on Tim Paris’ debut album ‘Dancers’ which was released on My Favorite Robot Records on 24th March.
Yet more impressive facts come in the shape of Paris’ other killer remixes (that he’s done either solo or with Smagghe) for The XX, Femi Kuti, Battant, Au Revoire Simone, Ewan Pearson and Tiga, plus his long list of DJ fans that includes James Holden, Trevor Jackson, Maceo Plex, Jamie Jones, Soul Clap, Ewan Pearson, Michael Mayer, Magda, Laurent Garnier, Tiefschwarz, Catz n' Dogz, James Priestley, Mandy and Joakim.
Following an illustrious career as a DJ, producer, musician and owner of highly-regarded label Marketing Music, Paris’ skill is more than simply the manufacturer of nightclub fodder. His new album is populated by fully-developed songs that effortlessly merge synth pop, proper indie, new wave, post punk, disco, house and electronica into a shimmering and seductive whole.
My Favorite Robot Records is a Canadian based label that has received much praise for recently released full length albums from the likes of Jori Hulkkonen, Fairmont, & Sid Le Rock and has been a home for Tim's releases and remixes in recent years.
The multi-talented Coco Solid is musician, writer and artist Jessica Lee Hansell hailing from Aotearoa, New Zealand. Acclaimed on her home-turf and abroad, the outspoken Maori-Samoan-German Aucklander is an eclectic artist that’s part of Parallel Dance Ensemble(Permanent Vacation Records) and electro punk noize quartet Badd Energy.