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New Zealand based drum and bass producer Eavesdrop is no stranger to our ears. He is building up a growing list of impressive releases including the recent “Matter of Time” single (EMPD019). Moving on from that successful outing, Empathy is proud to bring you “Air on Fire” a new 4 track EP featuring Benson and Willie C.

The title track “Air on Fire” brims with energy as Willie C leads a Shapeshifter-esque call to arms that is bound to get the floor moving. ‘Solitary Confinement’ with Benson and Willie C is a soulfully reflective chill-out perfect for after the party or one of those lazy autumn evenings heading our way. ‘Eastern Wind’ and ‘Secret Soul’ close out the release incorporating elements of Good Looking style jazz fusion with a calculated dance floor sensibility – equally at home in front of the crowd or on your stereo.

This release will be available Friday 25 March from: beatport.com, itunes, amazon mp3, addictech.com, junodownload.com, trackitdown.net and all good digital stores. Search Keyword: Empathy Digital.

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EMPD021: Eavesdrop – Air on Fire by Empathy Recordings

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04.Mar.2011 EMPD023: Operation Restore

Empathy Recordings with the support of Junodownload are proud to announce the forthcoming release of EMPD023: Operation Restore.

In light of the recent earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand, Empathy has teamed up exclusively with Junodownload to offer dance music lovers an effective way to contribute and support the recovery of Christchurch and its people.

We’ve decided the best way we can contribute is to support the Red Cross with our music so we’ve assembled a team of musicians who share our dream. Junodownload has stepped up to help Empathy with the release – meaning we will be donating 100% of the return for this release to the Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Fund.

Many artists on this release have been personally affected by the earthquake and ALL have been struck by the magnitude of the disaster. Operation Restore will be featuring a host of New Zealand’s finest electronic  artists including: Cern, Nanotek, Minuit, Funk ‘n’ Slo Cuts, Timmy Schumacher, Kyla, Greg Churchill, Borderline, Ollie Bassweight, Johnny Hooves, Black Planet, and many more. We’ll also be seeing international support in the form of William Breakspear (UK) and Kid Digital (Russia). We’d like to thank all the artists who have donated their time and effort to make this release possible.

This release is available to buy exclusively from Junodownload and features a specially reduced price.

Previews are available via our soundcloud below:
Operation Restore by Empathy Recordings

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01.Feb.2011 EMPD020: William Breakspear – Skydive

Raised by wolves in the depths of English woodland, Breakspear soon came to love the natural rhythms of the forest. Thrust into the city as a pup he foraged for beats in the urban sprawl, occasionally finding a kick or bass slide which reminded him of the forest. Now he has mastered his biomechanic arms and digital brain he can finally return to the trees with added vigour and become complete with the beat.

William has a reputation for creating the most primal sounding high tech music you will ever hear. Analogue samples, 8 bit fuzziness and old school booming basslines can all be heard in any one of William’s multi genre workouts.

Backing up William, Empathy has assembled a team of unrivalled breakbeat expertise…

K+Lab is no stranger to Empathy. In 2010 he gave us “The Whole World’s Ill” which featured on glitch and breakbeat charts across the world. His blend of dirty basslines, 80′s hip hop breaks and electro freshness is a perfect complement to the Breakspear sound. Their two collaborations on this release will undoubtedly find a welcome home in any good breakbeat collection.

Throughout the years Timmy has proven you don’t need to think inside one genre to keep people on the dance floor. Playing across the board with breaks, house, techno, garage, drum ‘n’ bass, electro, booty bass, hip hop and downbeat, Timmy has kept the dance floors heaving for 20 years. 20 years of undying service, smashing clubs, festivals and radio transmitters apart with his fearsome mixing skills and secret artillery of hot tunes. With releases on labels like Passenger,
Cut La Roc’s Rocstar Records and DJ Icey’s label Zone, Timmy has made his mark on breakbeat world wide. Moving into 2011, he explores the 4/4 bassline genre with some crisp biscuits due for release soon, including a remix of DJ Love due out on Ali B’s AIR imprint.

Greg Churchill completes the release with his Aural Trash remix – Putting together parties and radio shows since 1984. Known for his strong commitment to the electronic music scene and upcoming talent, Greg Churchill is undoubtedly a legend within the NZ dance world. He has a long list of production credits on labels such as Underwater Records, Gung Ho, Craft, Azul, Data and Cosmonote Blue. His collaboration with William Breakspear features his trademark electro clash sound with a razor like glitchy edge.

The Skydive EP is out on Feb 14 and comes complete with 6 tracks of glitch breakbeat derangement… you’d be a fool to miss out.

Available through the usual outlets: http://www.junodownload.com, http://www.addictech.com, http://www.trackitdown.net as well as new stores http://www.itunes.com, http://www.amazon.com, http://www.beatport.com and more.

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[EMPD020] SKYDIVE feat. William Breakspear, Timmy Schumacher, K+Lab & Aural Trash by Empathy Recordings

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