April 14th 2017
At the beginning of this year, Khoiba returned after a long break. To be precise, it was 14 January when they published an updated status on their Facebook page, showing a new group photo along with the announcement of a new single in the pipeline. The single, called Stoke The Fire, premiered today, courtesy of the Deezer streaming service, Spotify and the iTunes and Google Play online platforms. Consequently, we should wait for the release of their long-awaited third album through Minority Records, which is scheduled for next year.
“The best way I can put it is that we have missed the stage. For myself, I can say that I have tried musical collaborations with all kinds of people, but I feel most at home when it comes to the music we make together with Filip. Honestly, on my part, the music includes the power of nostalgia. I have set Khoiba in the previous era into a very intense period of my life, and judging by the responses to our comeback, I believe I am not alone," said Ema Brabcová smiling in reaction to the comeback, before adding: “Basically, it somehow shaped our lives. I have associated Khoiba with by far my most favourite place in the world — my parents’ cottage in Brdy. This is where the core of Khoiba´s music has been created. Maybe there is no need for any explanation; it simply makes sense to me without giving it too much thought!”
Khoiba were unexpectedly plunged into silence after the release of their second album Mellow Drama when the paths of the two main members — Ema Brabcová and Filip Míšek — parted. The first (although indirect) hint of a comeback was the new remix of the single Ohio (Asymmetric Rework) by techno producer Inigo Kennedy, which was released in a limited edition on a twelve-inch single on the Belgian label Token. The single quickly sold out and the remix went on to become a club hit in Benelux last year. The duo have now returned to working in the studio and aim to build on the initial phase of their collaboration while incorporating the new musical knowledge gained from their previous projects. Stoke The Fire is ,therefore a new starting point for a future album. Stoke The Fire is based on the sound of Khoiba. Ema´s ethereal voice has not lost any of its attraction and urgency over time and is boosted by equally ingenious, slightly mysterious lyrics that allow for reflection and reminiscences of personal feelings. In the meantime, Filip also gained new experiences, especially as Dikolson, so Stoke The Fire is interlaced with much more intense experimental electronics which he uses with ease. The single gradually culminates and tightens the atmospheric noose. Khoiba´s core fans were therefore suddenly given an unexpected taster for the new album and it will be fascinating to see how the finished version will sound.
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.