released 20 April 2015
AM444 is very proud to present their brand new EP “Dark Show”. On this release, producer Jay.Soul is moving towards a more electronic sound that is equal parts futuristic and retro – full of warped 808 drums, floating arpeggiated synths and addictive analog basslines. Singer ChaCha meanwhile dives deeper lyrically into the darker sides of human behaviour, singing about mass confusion, sexual desires and selling one’s soul to the devil. The warmth of ChaCha’s voice and the lyrical fluidity she manages to give to Mandarin Chinese remains one of AM444’s main attractions - with her vocal arrangements becoming ever more ingenious.
Together, this uncompromising Chinese/Dutch duo effortlessly takes you from foreboding minimalistic space funk (“Huo”) and moody post-r&b (“Lian”), to the old school house vibes and sexual lyrics of “Not What It Seems” and the gradually evolving, dragging synth groove and hypnotic vocals of “Dark Show”.
As a bonus, the EP concludes with a fresh, jazzy and uber laidback remix of the EP's title track by Singapore production duo Forrane (soundcloud.com/forrane
The music video of the EP’s eponymous first single “Dark Show”, has been directed by American director Eric Ransdell who also was responsible for their eye-catching “Eye Wonder” video in 2011.
A second video, for “Lian” is slated for a June release and is produced in collaboration with creative platform and agency NeochaEDGE.
As with AM444’s previous releases, the provocative cover art for the “Dark Show” EP is handmade once again by Shanghai based visual artist Nini Sum of screenprint collective Idlebeats.com
AM444 will promote this new release by touring in China (June) and Europe (July/August).
Little Dragon, FKA Twigs, Erykah Badu, Bjork, Grace Jones, SOHN, Banks, Massive Attack, Portishead, Kaytranada, J Dilla, Phantogram
Track 1/2/3/4 written by C. Yehaiyahan, J. van Olffen
Track 5 written by C. Yehaiyahan, J. van Olffen, Fabian Faasse, Adil Ansari
Lyrics, melodies & all vocals by ChaCha
Music, all instruments, production and mix by Jay.Soul, except track 5 by Forrane
Mastered by Jay.Soul at King Otis Studios
Artwork by Nini Sum (idlebeats.com
Press photos by Benoit Florençon (bureau36.com