Our latest release comes from Melbourne-based producer Balvinder Singh, aka Shūnya. Having been awarded a fellowship by the Australian Arts Council, Singh traveled through Malaysia and India over a number of years to train classically with various highly-regarded teachers, and is now focusing his virtuosic composition and instrumental talents on producing his own work.
While drenched in technical and compositional tradition, Shūnya has continued to build on his obsession with electronic and experimental music - drawing upon a range of diverse influences including Talvin Singh, Flying Lotus and Sigur Ros. After relocating to Melbourne from Perth upon completing his studies, Singh began to focus on this project exclusively, leading to the incarnation of a esoteric and deeply individual sound.
Having already received support from Australian institutions like Triple J, Mess & Noise and Triple R for the EP’s debut single, Akashic Record Store, Shūnya then continued to attract acclaim for its follow-up, Painted Hearts, which IndieShuffle called “an understated, dreamy concoction of breathy vocals, Middle Eastern instruments, beats reminiscent of luminaries like Baths and Shigeto, and attention to detail in every area possible… certainly one of the most beautiful, intricate tracks [we’ve] heard in a long time.”
To celebrate the forthcoming release of the All That Good Work/Blue EP, late-night curators Naysayer & Gilsun will be taking their visceral live show throughout Australia in September and October.
07 SEPT – GOODGOD, SYDNEY(DJ SET)
(w/ wordlife & Club Mod DJs) (tix through moshtix)
08 SEPT – CARRIAGEWORKS, SYDNEY (NGTV)
(w/ The Presets, Seekae, Worlds End Press & more)
21 SEPT – ALHAMBRA LOUNGE, BRISBANE (DJ SET)
27 SEPT – HI FI, MELBOURNE (NGTV)
(w/ Otologic & Two Bright Lakes DJs) (tix through Oztix)
04 OCT – MONDO, PERTH (DJ SET)
05 OCT – FAMILY, NORTHBRIDGE (DJ SET)
06 OCT – RHINO ROOM, ADELAIDE (DJ SET)
We’re very proud to share our latest signing: Melbourne producer Balvinder Singh (aka Shūnya) - an enormously talented composer and producer.
Born into a musical family, it was Singh’s father - a professional tabla player and percussionist - that initiated his love for music, first through a steady stream of Indian classical records then, later, by putting his hands onto the tabla. Singh eventually travelled to Malaysia and India to study the more esoteric aspects of Indian classical music, studying the sitar with internationally renowned musician Samuel Dass and then, after being awarded a fellowship by the Australian Arts Council, working with India’s top sarangi player and living legend, Ustad Sabri Khan.
While being drenched in this ancient musical tradition, he has continued an obsession with electronic and experimental music, drawing upon a range of diverse influences including Talvin Singh, Flying Lotus and Sigur Ros. After relocating to Melbourne from Perth upon completing his studies, Singh began to focus on his own composition and production, leading to the incarnation of a neoteric and deeply individual sound.
On his debut EP, 0, Shūnya has collaborated with a highly diverse range of musicians, including renowned Melbourne/L.A. MC Elf Transporter, Indian Bansuri-player Vinod Prasanna and vocalists Aarti Jadu, Nisha and Holly Megan.
Shūnya’s 0 EP will be released by Bossman Records in August, 2013.
Listen to the EP’s first single, Akashic Record Store, on Mess & Noise now.
Naminé will also be appearing in Sydney on July 25th for SAD CLUB at Red Rattler (alongside Golden Blonde) and in Adelaide on July 27th with Cyst Impaled. Details here.
We’re extremely excited to present, at long last, Naminé's debut LP: Celestial Love. For an album that’s been re-recorded three times since its conception and filled with songs we’ve heard live in the years since, it’s remarkable how original and candid it remains. Pure, anxious pop. Enjoy.
We’re doing this again. Last time around was just too special.
Expect no restraint and accept no alternatives.
$5 before midnight. $10 after. RSVP here.
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.