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November 1st 2016

I'm thrilled to announce a new album by Floex, released as double 12"LP, CD and digitally today! Floex once again teamed up with the creators of Amanita Design games and following the release of the soundtracks to the Samorost 2 and Machinarium games, went on to record the soundtrack to the third installment of the logical point-and-click game, Samorost. It is also the first of the whole series with full HD graphics and since market launch on March 24, has received well-deserved global attention and a positive response. Preparation took almost five years to complete and for most of the time Floex (he claims to have spent at least two-and-a-half years on this project) gradually created the sound design, sounds and expressions of the characters, the environment (the story takes place across seven different planets) as well as the musical dramaturgy. The vanguard edition of the soundtrack was an EP titled Samorost 3 Pre-remixes EP published last year with remixes and alternative versions of a few songs from the full version that in the final count contains some twenty-seven compositions.

Tomáš Dvořák has fully absorbed his previous experience from creating the musical background for the Samorost 2 and Machinarium games, and fully expanded his sense of imagination, the narrative and a variety of differing shades and moods. In this regard, the music for Samorost 3 is probably the most diverse, yet it holds legible handwriting, integrity and for Dvořák, a typical approach to the elementary detail of melodic structure and a playful mosaic of individual ideas and ideals. As he was not limited by time, he could penetrate deeper into the mysteries, nooks and pitfalls of the game itself as well as play with several versions and explore where the soundtrack could move to. Floex’s favourite and leading instrument – the clarinet – appears, as does the flitting between genres – experimental levels that easily sail into the ambient or downtempo. The pre-recorded bustle sequences and loops have an equally important function. Dvořák is accompanied by Tomáš Jamník’s cello, viola da Gamba and erhu; vocals are by Barbora Kratochvílová (DVA) and Miloš Dvořáček. The final mastering was traditionally taken care of by Matouš Godík at ZKA4T Studio in Prague.

2LP [180 gram LP on transparent green] can be purchased in the online store now.
2LP [180 gram LP on black vinyl] can be purchased in the online store now.
CD in digipak can be purchased in the online store now.

Digital sales of this album are provided by iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer and other outlets.

September 25th 2015

Minority Records releases two new album for Autumn 2015, both are released and available starting today. The first one is Sylvain Chauveau's third album Un Autre Décembre, originally released in 2003 on FatCat Records imprint 130701 on CD, now making it available for the very first time on vinyl. This first edition comes on transparent 180 gram vinyl and is limited to 250 hand-numbered copies. The latter album is Post Office's The Marylebone Greenwave 2LP/CD/DOWNLOAD. Post Office features ex Moloko, Zero 7 and Freakpower member Eddie Stevens.

[MIN35] SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU - Un Autre Décembre LP
The Un Autre Décembre album is quiet, modest, and reflects every recorded idea. The coexistence of sound and simple melodies is uniquely lucid and fits into a peaceful night. Inspiration for the recording of this album and the title itself came from the lyrics of the Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel, entitled 'Jaurés', that opens his thirteenth and last album 'Les Marquises' (1977). It looks at and discusses our grandparent's generation, who worked hard in the mines and Jacques's lyrics go as follows: 'Les Douze mois s'appelaient décembre - we've called the last twelve months December' and Sylvain himself adds: 'Un autre décembre - Another December - this is my response, which means that comfort and health will not prevent our generation from sadness and discontent, and that we also experience the winter period, although a little warmer due to the current climate.'

LP [180 gram LP on transparent vinyl] can be purchased in the online store now.

Furthermore on Sylvain Chauveau's release schedule this year:
How To Live In Small Spaces Sylvain Chauveau's new instrumental album, out on Brocoli Records on October 2nd 2015.
Down To The Bone Sylvain Chauveau's acoustic tribute album to Depeche Mode reissue on vinyl for the first time,
was reissued on Ici, D'Ailleurs on August 28th 2015.

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[MIN32] POST OFFICE - The Marylebone Greenwave 2LP/CD/DOWNLOAD
Post Office named their debut album after the Marylebone Greenwave myth in London, where taxi drivers try to drive through King's Cross to the Marylebone flyover in one attempt, without stopping at any red traffic lights. Although possible and actually confirmed by the police, no one has yet managed to accomplish this feat and various attempts are usually the result of frequent bets. The album is a concept album dedicated to the life cycle and includes important moments from birth through to the final episode in the form of death. The story begins with the fascinating birth of new human life, through youthful indiscretion, crazed puberty and the breaking point, where adulthood is entered. The subsequent phase is about wandering through the monotony of everyday life, the feeling of helplessness, unfulfilled dreams and ambitions or failed relationships abruptly stopped by that red light. "Mr Trebus" is inspired by the true story of a man who fought for the right to horde rubbish and old junk in his house, an eccentricity that contrasts with the approach of old age. This composition is a precursor to the last chapter, symbolically delivered with death.

Some fairly unexpected guests appear on the album. For example, guitarist and vocalist Dedi Madden appears on the song "Rest", where he is also the co-author. The composition "Pin Out My Eyes" by Sia Furler will most likely grab the most attention. This is because of Sia's highly successful 2014 album "1000 Forms of Fear" and the accompanying singles, "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart", which were also released as videos that are still hugely popular. Her novel self-promotion is also a bonus; last year the name Sia Furler was most searched for name on the world's search engines. Further collaborators on "The Marylebone Greenwave" recording were Dave de Rose (drums), Rob Mullarkey (bass), Tom Chant (saxophone), Barnaby Dickenson (trombone), Trevor Mires (trombone), Neil Yates (trumpet, flugelhorn), Martin Shaw (trumpet, flugelhorn), Guy Barker (trumpet, flugelhorn), Graeme Flowers (trumpet, flugelhorn), Clare Moss (French horn) a Dave Lee (French horn).

Eddie Stevens is well-known keyboard player here and an experimenter, composer and arranger. His collaborations include not only live performances with bands such as Freakpower (a project by Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim), Moloko and Zero 7, but he has also contributed to material by Róisín Murphy in the early days of her solo career, produced her latest "Hairless Toys" album and he put his signature to the sound of the album "Some People Have Real Problems" by Sia.

2LP [180 gram LP on transparent vinyl] can be purchased in the online store now.
2LP [180 gram LP on black vinyl] can be purchased in the online store now.
CD can be purchased in the online store now.
DOWNLOAD [FLAC, ALAC, MP3] can be purchased in the online store now.

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