March 17, 2014

Shingo Nakamura - The Four / Sapporo (Remixes) [Silk Royal]



Shingo Nakamura - The Four / Sapporo (Remixes)
Release : 14/03/17
Label: Silk Royal

1 Shingo Nakamura - The Four (Sundriver Remix)
2 Shingo Nakamura - Sapporo (Talamanca Remix)

Release Info:
Globally acclaimed talent Shingo Nakamura recently released his "Only Silk 02" compilation on parent label Silk Digital, featuring his original track "The Four". On Silk Royal's latest single, we're thrilled to present a new remix of this cut by Sundriver, another of our imprint's most decorated veterans. He has been writing euphoric, often Balearic-tinged progressive for the better part of a decade and looks forward to an exciting 2014, with several standout remixes arriving in the new few months alone. For the second track in the release, we've invited fellow progressive trance craftsman Talamanca, a first-time contributor to Silk, to remix Shingo's classic "Sapporo". Talamanca, like Sundriver, has enjoyed wonderful radio support in his career on some of the world's leading trance-centered radio shows.

Sundriver's remix of "The Four" asserts itself right out of the gate, with a driving rhythm, while uplifting pads and arps begin to infiltrate the mid-range. By the quarter turn, a symphony of melodic elements has conspired to overpower the listener with a lush and emotive soundscape. Yet, the track highlight does not occur until the break, when we are truly swept away by a light breakbeat, coupled with a mellifluous, Ibiza-influenced guitar riff. The stunning drop to follow features all of the melodic layers in harmonic unison.

Dutch talent Talamanca also starts his remix of "Sapporo" in driving fashion. We are soon met by several of the original's most memorable themes. Talamanca succeeds in making this interpretation his own by contributing numerous new variations on the lead motifs, all of which are truly breath-taking. In the main break, a powerful, trance-influenced lead is introduced, giving his take a bit of extra muscle for the dancefloor.

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March 05, 2014

Shingo Nakamura - Days (Artist Album) [Otographic Music]


Cover Art [CD (通常盤/Standard Edition) & Digital Download ]


Cover Art [CD (初回限定盤/Limited Edition)]

"Days" special website

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Shingo Nakamura - Days (Artist Album) 
Release : 2014/03/05(CD) / 2014/03/19 (Digital Download)
Label: Otographic Music
01. Fauna
02. Abyss feat. Masanori Yasuda
03. Depict
04. Travelog feat. Kyohei Akagawa
05. Morning Sun
06. Side Trip
07. Orphic
08. Wonder feat. KaNa
09. 1247 feat. Nhato
10. Days
11. Small Image

Release Info:
Shingo Nakamuraの自身2作目となるアルバム「Days」は「都市の表情」をテーマに­しており、モダンなサウンドスケープに色彩豊かなメロディを融和させることで、人工物­の洗練された美しさと合間に見え隠れする自然の風景の移ろい、そしてその中で生きる人­々の力強さを巧みに表現することに成功している。

各トラックでは柔らかいピアノが繊細なシンセに溶け込みながら奏でられ、グルーヴ感や­音の濃淡を絶妙にコントロールしながらアルバムはクライマックスへと向かって行く。ま­た、Masanori Yasuda、Kyohei Akagawa、KaNa、Nhatoといった日本人アーティストとも積極的にコラボ­レーションし、これまでの自身の枠を押し広げたサウンドを作り出した。ダンスフロアで­機能する音楽でありながらもうっとりとするような深い感動を聴き手に与える、プログレ­ッシヴハウスに対する独自の解釈を見事に提示した一作を是非体感して欲しい。

Shingo Nakamura's new album "Days" is essentially an "expression of the city," as expressed by Nakamura. By composing soothing melodies that are rich in color with modern soundscapes, he paints natural landscapes that change between the refined beauty of the city and expressing the strength of people living in it.

Soft pianos are complimented with delicate synths in this album, which builds up towards the climax, while maintaining exquisite control with the light and shade of the sounds chosen within the groove of each track. In addition, Japanese artists such as Masanori Yasuda, Kyohei Akagawa, KaNa, and Nhato, are also active collaborators on this project - wherein Nakamura says that he has created a sound that has pushed the boundaries of these producers' own styles so far. 

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February 25, 2014

Shingo Nakamura - Only Silk 02 [Silk Digital]


(includes *mixed* versions of all 14 tracks)

Shingo Nakamura - Only Silk 02
Release : 14/02/25
Label: Silk Digital

1 Shingo Nakamura - Only Silk 02 (Continuous DJ Mix)
2 Toby Hedges - Images (Dan Sieg 'Dark Images' Remix)
3 Asten - Ancient Future (Original Mix)
4 SNR & Rikkaz feat. Jan Johnston - Beautiful Change (Arthur Deep Vocal Remix)
5 Mango - Citylanes Airplanes (KIWAMU vs. Tokyo Bay Cruise Remix)
6 Lessov - Bleyban (Shingo Nakamura Remix)
7 Stendahl & Shingo Nakamura - Tribute (Original Mix)
8 Nigel Good feat. Sarah Clark - This Is You (Blood Groove & Kikis Remix)
9 Mango feat. Richard J Aarden - Pillow Fights (Stendahl Remix)
10 Shingo Nakamura - The Four (Original Mix)
11 LTN & Apsara - Fly Me Home (Matt Fax Remix)
12 Gal Abutbul feat. Sivan - Siderea (Original Mix)
13 Shingo Nakamura - Sapporo (Talamanca Remix)
14 Outlook - Dynjandi (Original Mix)
15 Puremusic - Sunray Kiss (Original Mix)

Release Info:
It is our great joy to present Shingo Nakamura's "Only Silk 02", the second edition in the annual compilation series, inspired by the acclaimed Frisky Radio show of the same name. A continuous mix of fourteen progressive and deep house cuts, written by a variety of celebrated international artists, "Only Silk 02" showcases the "classic" progressive house style of Silk Digital, as well as the signature deep house vibe of affiliate division Silk Textures.

Japanese sensation Shingo Nakamura is one of progressive's most beloved talents and an artist who has contributed more tracks to Silk over the last 6 years than any other. With an artist album and countless top-charting singles to his name, not to mention consistent radio support by many of the world's leading house, progressive, and trance DJ's over the last few years, Shingo continues to find inspiration as an artist, never failing to captivate audiences with his exceedingly emotive and visionary compositions. Leading, as usual, by example, Shingo features three brand new cuts of his own on Only Silk 02, as well as a previously unreleased remix by Talamanca of one of his most famous compositions, "Sapporo". Inspiring new productions by Arthur Deep, Dan Sieg (of Dan & Sam), Gal Abutbul, Outlook, Asten & Stendahl also grace this year's edition.

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February 17, 2014

Shingo Nakamura - The Four (Original Mix) [Silk Royal]



Only Silk 02 :: Royal Selections
Release : 14/02/17
Label: Silk Royal

1 Shingo Nakamura - The Four (Original Mix)
2 Outlook - Dynjandi (Original Mix)
3 Mango feat. Richard J Aarden - Pillow Fights (Stendahl Remix)

Release Info:
Three previously unreleased tracks from Shingo Nakamura's forthcoming "Only Silk 02" compilation are featured in the latest edition of "Royal Selections" on our imprint. The tracks in this package represent the more up-tempo sounds that Shingo is known to play at the end of his radio mixes and live sets.

First out of the pack is Shingo's own "The Four", a naturalistic and slightly melancholy progressive gem that showcases all of Shingo's great gifts as a musician. More specifically, a deep, pad-centered bass gives the track a powerful low-end weight, while crystalline arps and delicate piano themes gently float overhead. In the mean break, the central piano riff is given the full spotlight; it's truly one of most poignant themes Shingo has written to date.

Next up is British talent Outlook, a prolific progressive house artist who is responsible for a stellar oeuvre since 2011. His stormy progressive trance contribution, "Dynjandi", begins with a punchy kick and driving rhythm section, coupled with a high-octane bassline. A hypnotic, one-word vocal sample slowly emerges; the sample is extended into an ethereal full phrase in both breakdowns. Meanwhile, the groove continues to crescendo, in full, peak-hour glory, while lovely side piano melodies fill out the soundscape.

Last but not least, we are pleased to welcome Russian newcomer Stendahl with a fresh take on Mango feat. Richard J Aarden's "Pillow Fights". A buoyant groove and chord-based lead, very much in the Mango tradition, give the track an uplifting, floating-on-air quality, while Richard J Aarden's plaintive vocal offers an emotional counterpoint. The breakdown is a true highlight, as Aarden's vocal gets a fitting solo, followed by a very creative breakbeat interlude.

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February 11, 2014

Lessov - Bleyban (Shingo Nakamura Remix) [Silk Digital]



Only Silk 02 :: Digital Selections
Release : 14/02/11
Label: Silk Digital

1 Toby Hedges - Images (Dan Sieg 'Dark Images' Remix)
2 Lessov - Bleyban (Shingo Nakamura Remix)
3 SNR & Rikkaz feat. Jan Johnston - Beautiful Change (Arthur Deep Vocal Remix)
4 Asten - Ancient Future (Original Mix)

Release Info:
An artist whose sound has come to define our imprint, Japanese phenom Shingo Nakmaura presents 4 new dynamic cuts, extracted from his forthcoming Only Silk 02 compilation. The tracks featured here, including his own remix of Lessov's classic "Bleyban", showcase the deeper side of Shingo's versatile artistic style as both a producer and DJ. In addition, previously unreleased tracks by Arthur Deep, Dan Sieg, and Asten are amongst the "Selections" that made the final cut. 

The compilation kicks off with a moody and exceedingly emotive new interpretation of "Images" by American talent Dan Sieg (of Dan & Sam). The Original Mix, a peak-hour cut by British star Toby Hedges, proved to be a widely supported single on Silk Royal. An ominous and richly cinematic soundscape is crafted early on in Dan's rendering, with an extended 2-minute intro. A cavernous bassline enters the affair at the quarter turn, which slowly begins to crescendo (only enhancing the foreboding textures). Meanwhile, the poignant themes of the original add further mystery and intrigue to the evocative atmosphere.

Shingo offers a stunning new interpretation of Lessov's "Bleyban", originally a standout track on our deep-prog division Silk Textures (supported on radio by Armin van Buuren). The atmosphere is similarly ominous early on, as hypnotic arps sit atop a floaty, pad-centered atmosphere. A classically beautiful Shingo Nakamura piano riff is introduced, as a stormy, yet deep bassline gives the track a hefty, low-end drive. These elements patiently gather steam as the track progresses and prove to inhabit the listener's soul by the end. 

Arthur Deep, one of Silk's founding artists, triumphantly returns to our imprint with a gorgeous vocal take on SNR & Rikkaz feat. Jan Johnston's very memorable "Beautiful Change" release. Over the years, Arthur's taste has shifted to a deeper style; the soothing, sophisticated, and heartfelt character of his work has remained a constant. There is a floaty, uplifting quality to this particular remix that will make you want to share a glass of champagne with a loved one, as Jan Johnston's incomparable voice and lyrics add to the romance.

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