Escapism is a theme that runs through the very heart of music. We listen to be transported, removing ourselves from our immediate surroundings as our senses relax and the sonic experience washes over us. During times of hardship, such a sensation is naturally magnified. Music gifts us a way out from our challenges, allowing us to choose how we feel in response to the sounds we hear. This theme has been explored meticulously by Audiojack over the past four years, resulting in the release of their second album, Surface Tension, on Crosstown Rebels this April.

The journey sets off with Subterranea, a futuristic breaks-inspired cut that features shimmering female vocals throughout. It feels both euphoric and spacious, taking us to a world far removed from ours. The first collaborative effort comes next in the form of Under Your Skin. Released as the album’s lead single in February, Kevin Knapp’s weighty lyrical offering takes no prisoners, paving the way for the track’s punchy, percussion-heavy backbone.

925 Shift ups the pace, pairing resonant kick-hat combos against a myriad of robot-like synths whilst gentle keys chime softly in the background. Surreal yet familiar in one, it opens smoothly into Easy Rider, a groove-led, minimal-laced dance number that transports us to brighter days with upbeat piano rolls and dream-like chords.

Psychoactive pt. 1 continues the warming theme, delving further into tropical realms. Ethereal pads blend into pulses of acid to form an immersive auditory piece. Psychoactive pt. 2 resumes proceedings, this time featuring Scottish poet William Letford. Beginning with weighty snare patterns, the track’s soundscape soon changes with the advent of William’s delicate vocals. It builds to a poignant crescendo, as changing piano tones marry up next to emotive violin strings to pull deeply on our heartstrings.

After teaming up with label-head Damian Lazarus on Into The Sun last year, established singer-songwriter Jem Cooke collaborates with the pair on Feels Good. The UK-vocalist is no stranger to Crosstown Rebels, having had her and Made By Pete’s So Long remixed by Audiojack in 2018. It’s a real peak-time number that melds prominent clap combos with Jem’s touching lyrical contribution before First Dawn brings things to a tender close. The whispering voice of The Silver Reserve amplifies the track’s profound nature, captivating us in a haze of starry-eyed reflection. We are left to meditate on our own musical voyage, leaving us in a state of quiet contemplation.

Through Surface Tension, Audiojack paints an auditory picture that connects us to the deeper themes of the album. Utilising sensory samples throughout creates a feeling of immersion, helping us to feel a part of the cinematic experience.

UK-duo Audiojack have remained at the forefront of electronic music for over a decade. First rising to prominence on 20:20 Vision in the mid-2000s, the pair have continually developed during their career, launching their own label Gruuv in 2010 before debuting on Crosstown Rebels in 2016 with Turya. This natural evolution helped drive the album’s early formation in 2017, whilst the events of last year inspired the Isolation Tapes series, a selection of releases that delved into the feelings created by lockdown and seclusion. Providing an escape from the anxiety and uncertainty of these environments, the likes of Eli & Fur, Polarbear and Lady Vale appeared on the series as vocalists, bringing together a community of artists and listeners alike.

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Q: What does Surface Tension mean to you?

Surface Tension is a rebellion against short attention spans and a metaphor for escaping addiction to technology and the grip of societal oppression. It’s an immersive experience best enjoyed with a good pair of headphones, your eyes closed and your imagination open.

Q: What was the process of making the album like?

It was very exciting to create this fictional world brick by brick (metaphorically), spending hours searching for the sounds of traffic, chatter, doors opening and the sounds of machines. We went out making field recordings around the world while we were on tour, in the streets, on subways, on the back of motorcycles, in the forest or at the beach. Musically it was a breath of fresh air to step away from the dance floor focused four four music that had dominated our creative output over the last decade.

Q: How do you find the process of writing long-distance?

The internet makes things like this pretty straight forward, it took a little time getting used to but ultimately, we’re in a good state of flow with it now.

It’s been 12 years since your last album. You’ve been incredibly prolific in this time, but how come you’ve waited so long to put together another LP?

At the time of our first album, the move from CDs and vinyl to digital music meant that people stopped buying dance music albums and just cherry picked the tunes they liked to download, which made electronic LP’s a waste of time for the artist. We stuck to making EPs instead which worked out better for us for a long time but the urge to make something more deep and meaningful was always there. When streaming took over as the main way the public were consuming music, electronic albums became relevant again so we decided it was time.

Q: Do you approach song writing differently when you’re working towards an album as opposed to a single?

Absolutely, we’re writing songs as a small part of a bigger piece of work so that always drives the creative process. It’s like building a DJ set, the music needs to work one track after another and then all amount to a cohesive piece of work that makes sense as a whole. Putting it all together into one long form story was stepping into different territory from the typical modality of writing singles for DJs and ravers as well. Hopefully people will share our vision, take the time to shut out the outside world and immerse themselves in this experience for an hour.

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Surface Tension

Audiojack

Crosstown Rebels
Catalogue#: CRMLP046

Release Date
April 30, 2021

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2 x 12" Vinyl + Download

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Audiojack feat. Kevin Knapp

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Audiojack & Kevin Knapp

Surface Tension

Audiojack

Crosstown Rebels
Catalogue#: CRMLP046
Release Date : April 30, 2021

Buy & Listen

PHYSICAL

2 x 12" Vinyl + Download

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Escapism is a theme that runs through the very heart of music. We listen to be transported, removing ourselves from our immediate surroundings as our senses relax and the sonic experience washes over us. During times of hardship, such a sensation is naturally magnified. Music gifts us a way out from our challenges, allowing us to choose how we feel in response to the sounds we hear. This theme has been explored meticulously by Audiojack over the past four years, resulting in the release of their second album, Surface Tension, on Crosstown Rebels this April.

The journey sets off with Subterranea, a futuristic breaks-inspired cut that features shimmering female vocals throughout. It feels both euphoric and spacious, taking us to a world far removed from ours. The first collaborative effort comes next in the form of Under Your Skin. Released as the album’s lead single in February, Kevin Knapp’s weighty lyrical offering takes no prisoners, paving the way for the track’s punchy, percussion-heavy backbone.

925 Shift ups the pace, pairing resonant kick-hat combos against a myriad of robot-like synths whilst gentle keys chime softly in the background. Surreal yet familiar in one, it opens smoothly into Easy Rider, a groove-led, minimal-laced dance number that transports us to brighter days with upbeat piano rolls and dream-like chords.

Psychoactive pt. 1 continues the warming theme, delving further into tropical realms. Ethereal pads blend into pulses of acid to form an immersive auditory piece. Psychoactive pt. 2 resumes proceedings, this time featuring Scottish poet William Letford. Beginning with weighty snare patterns, the track’s soundscape soon changes with the advent of William’s delicate vocals. It builds to a poignant crescendo, as changing piano tones marry up next to emotive violin strings to pull deeply on our heartstrings.

After teaming up with label-head Damian Lazarus on Into The Sun last year, established singer-songwriter Jem Cooke collaborates with the pair on Feels Good. The UK-vocalist is no stranger to Crosstown Rebels, having had her and Made By Pete’s So Long remixed by Audiojack in 2018. It’s a real peak-time number that melds prominent clap combos with Jem’s touching lyrical contribution before First Dawn brings things to a tender close. The whispering voice of The Silver Reserve amplifies the track’s profound nature, captivating us in a haze of starry-eyed reflection. We are left to meditate on our own musical voyage, leaving us in a state of quiet contemplation.

Through Surface Tension, Audiojack paints an auditory picture that connects us to the deeper themes of the album. Utilising sensory samples throughout creates a feeling of immersion, helping us to feel a part of the cinematic experience.

UK-duo Audiojack have remained at the forefront of electronic music for over a decade. First rising to prominence on 20:20 Vision in the mid-2000s, the pair have continually developed during their career, launching their own label Gruuv in 2010 before debuting on Crosstown Rebels in 2016 with Turya. This natural evolution helped drive the album’s early formation in 2017, whilst the events of last year inspired the Isolation Tapes series, a selection of releases that delved into the feelings created by lockdown and seclusion. Providing an escape from the anxiety and uncertainty of these environments, the likes of Eli & Fur, Polarbear and Lady Vale appeared on the series as vocalists, bringing together a community of artists and listeners alike.

Read more

Catalogue

Audiojack

Turya

Q: What does Surface Tension mean to you?

Surface Tension is a rebellion against short attention spans and a metaphor for escaping addiction to technology and the grip of societal oppression. It’s an immersive experience best enjoyed with a good pair of headphones, your eyes closed and your imagination open.

Q: What was the process of making the album like?

It was very exciting to create this fictional world brick by brick (metaphorically), spending hours searching for the sounds of traffic, chatter, doors opening and the sounds of machines. We went out making field recordings around the world while we were on tour, in the streets, on subways, on the back of motorcycles, in the forest or at the beach. Musically it was a breath of fresh air to step away from the dance floor focused four four music that had dominated our creative output over the last decade.

Q: How do you find the process of writing long-distance?

The internet makes things like this pretty straight forward, it took a little time getting used to but ultimately, we’re in a good state of flow with it now.

It’s been 12 years since your last album. You’ve been incredibly prolific in this time, but how come you’ve waited so long to put together another LP?

At the time of our first album, the move from CDs and vinyl to digital music meant that people stopped buying dance music albums and just cherry picked the tunes they liked to download, which made electronic LP’s a waste of time for the artist. We stuck to making EPs instead which worked out better for us for a long time but the urge to make something more deep and meaningful was always there. When streaming took over as the main way the public were consuming music, electronic albums became relevant again so we decided it was time.

Q: Do you approach song writing differently when you’re working towards an album as opposed to a single?

Absolutely, we’re writing songs as a small part of a bigger piece of work so that always drives the creative process. It’s like building a DJ set, the music needs to work one track after another and then all amount to a cohesive piece of work that makes sense as a whole. Putting it all together into one long form story was stepping into different territory from the typical modality of writing singles for DJs and ravers as well. Hopefully people will share our vision, take the time to shut out the outside world and immerse themselves in this experience for an hour.

Follow Audiojack