___ Red Bull Music Academy:
“Excellent, unsettling stuff from Jay.Soul
and RBMA alumna ChaCha on their new EP as AM444”
___ TimeOut Shanghai:
“Outstanding Shanghai trip-hop duo AM444’s new record maintains the band's reputation for making some of the best music coming out of this city.”
___Louder Than War:
"..haunting, sprawling, experimental electronica which is completely fascinating. Dark Show is hypnotic and entirely fabulous. Lian gyrates like a circus trapeze artist in slo-mo."
On Dark Show: “(ChaCha’s) alluring vocals make you surprisingly comfortable with the idea of being tied up on her chain leash. But the vocals are only half of the goodness, cause that instrumental- mannnnn! Jay.Soul
, where does your inspiration come from?!”
On Not What It Seems: “The weather’s warm, the sun is out, and I just got hit with the new AM444- can today get any better?? Not What It Seems is from AM444’s upcoming EP.. and God is it sexy. Dark, sinister and sensual, it’s the perfect track for those late night fun times.”
___ Phil Horneman (Wicked Jazz Sounds, Red Light Radio, NL):
“What a dope video! I’ll play the single on the show.”
___ Kerem Gokmen (Dubmission Radio, USA)
“My favorite tracks are Dark Show (original & remix) & Not What It Seems, ___ Ennio Styles (Stylin', 3RRR-FM, AUS)
"“It all works really well for me on Lian, very hypnotic track.”
___ Zoë Baxter (Lucky Cat, Resonance FM, UK):
“Dark Show is an EP full of atmosphere; the darker side of life in the metropolis of Shanghai, a futuristic noir, a Blade Runner for the ears!”
released April 20, 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