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Melbourne’s Darcy Baylis, aka NAMINÉ, is the latest addition to our label roster.
Since the independent release of two digital EPs and a 7” through Sydney’s Life Aquatic Records in 2011, Baylis has worked tirelessly to complete his debut LP: Celestial Love - a brooding pop record that perfectly captures the raw confusion of mid-pubescent sexual drama without ever seeming self-aggrindizing and silly.
Along with his work as Naminé, Baylis regularly collaborates with rappers such as North Carolina’s Deniro Farrar, Squadda B & MondreMAN (of Main Attrakionz) and Pepperboy through his production outfit KIRA. No mean feat for someone who just graduated high school.
Naysayer & Gilsun have just been announced as support for Jamie xx’s Melbourne show this Friday the 6th. Though tickets are completely sold out, it looks as though the good people at REMOTE CONTROL are giving away a double pass over here.
Meet Darcy Baylis, aka Naminé: the latest addition to the Bossman family. Having had the privilege of working with Baylis for some time now, it comes with immense pride that we welcome him to the label.
Before we knew him personally, we knew his work as Naminé and remained constantly awe-struck at the idea that someone so young could be producing such well-rounded, meticulously constructed material.
Through his releases and live shows, Baylis has established a kind of maturity in his songwriting and production that should not, by usual standards, be expected of someone still in high school - somehow perfectly capturing the raw confusion of mid-pubescent sexual drama without ever seeming self-aggrindizing and silly.
Enough from us, though. We’ll let Baylis (now a fresh-faced graduate) speak for himself.
Who are you and where do you come from?
My name is Darcy Baylis and I live in Melbourne.
What were the records that turned you from a listener into a musician?
I think I first wanted to make music when I was 12 years old and listening to The Used, AFI and My Chemical Romance. That’s what made me pick up a guitar. More specifically though, there were a few albums that spawned my interest in making electronic music. Burial’s Untrue and The Knife’s Silent Shout are two albums that changed the way I listen to and make music, in a pretty big way. I’m probably one of a thousand people to say that, but there’s a good reason for that. They are perfect albums.
Talk us through a few of the projects you started out with, and where you’re at now.
My introduction to songwriting was playing guitar in terrible metal bands at a young age. Then I tried going for some sort of pseudo-folk acoustic singer/songwriter shit. But I’ve been making this electronic pop stuff as Naminé for about 2 years now. It’s the one project I’ve stuck with the longest.
How did this Namine record begin? We hear there’s quite a story about its conception and subsequent loss…
Yeah this record has been in existence for a very, very long time now. The first version of it was completed in late 2011, and then accidentally deleted a few weeks after. The second version of it was completed early 2012, but the files for that were lost as well. The record you will hear is actually the third version, which was finally completed in late 2012. The whole process of losing material was devastating, but in a way I’m glad it happened. Each subsequent version of the album was better and closer to the sound I wanted. The final version also includes two songs that weren’t going to be on the album originally, so I’m glad it turned out the way it did. With that said, I don’t think I’d enjoy recording the same album three times ever again.
Who are the artists driving you to do different things musically now?
My listening habits don’t really reflect the music I have been making, so it’s a pretty interesting place to be. I’ve been trying to absorb a lot of music that isn’t really in the immediate family of artists I listen to. I’ve been listening to a lot of Vocal Trance, Hardstyle, Breaks, Jungle. Lots of Italo Disco too. I have no idea how that will affect my own work, but it’s fun trying to incorporate elements of those styles.
Catch Naminé playing alongside CLIENT LIASON, POST/PERCY and ROMY at Melbourne’s The Toff this Sunday. Tickets available here.
Stream Naminé’s mix for Bossman Radio right here.
Our good friend, stellar DJ and blog-runner Polat has compiled a tape called BOSPHORUS LIMITED - a meticulously selected, double-sided journey through his current sonic influences and obsessions.
With the inclusion unreleased material from Machinedrum, Eprom and Grup Ses Beats, as well as Polat’s handmade mixtape packaging (!!!), BOSPHORUS is a treasure.
To get your hands on a copy email info at bossmanrecords dot com.
Debruit - Mezde
Kim Ki O - Gene Oldu
Tandy Love - Yağmur
The Gaslamp Killer - Critic
Polat - Mimar 2012
Digi G’Alessio - Briouats & Kefta
Grup Ses Beats - Analog Şeytan*
Quakers - The Turk
Ethnique Punch - Kanat
Danny Brown - Shouldn’t Of
Action Bronson - Eastern Promises
Free The Robots - Snake Charmer
Crookers - Belladog
Machinedrum - Neujack*
Eprom - Beasts Of Babylon*
* - unreleased
In the wake of another brilliant Sugar Mountain Festival, its organisers have teed up a number of exciting satellite events.
One of the many highlights is a party in Melbourne hosted by and streamed live on the one-and-only Boiler Room, featuring this label’s own Naysayer & Gilsun.
Tickets are cheap and the lineup is tight as hell! Details here.
PS - Everyone should be grabbing a cab to the Australia Day BBQ ft. Thee Oh Sees, Dick Diver, Hunx and Scotdrakula come day-break.
The track perfectly bridges the temporal gap between the producer’s previous offerings - straddling the divide between the minimal, half-time majesty displayed on his three-track demo released earlier in 2012 (available here) and the his Edits EP (available on this here label), which placed greater focus on a more UK-centric house sound.
Take it from us: it’s a must-listen.
Full details at the Bossman Store.
Following on from the recent release of his debut original demo tracks, Flight Tonight continues to diversify, with a collection of futuristic house edits, out now on Bossman Records. The edits are a nod to his inspirations and love of club music; simple A and B-sides, driven by R&B vocals over 808’s and post-garage beats.
Stay Up is a slow-fast club track that winds its way between house and hip hop, with salacious R&B vocals and a ripping synth line that is sure to immediately encapsulate the listener.
B-sider Love Me No More channels the futuristic, UK-centric house music that Flight Tonight digs. Chopped-up, emotive R&B over buzzing neon synths and simple melodies are teamed with booming bass drops to carve out a steady, driving pace.
The edits give a glimpse of the direction that Flight Tonight’s sound and original production will take in early 2013.
Download the entire EP right here.