Single: “Miniature World”
Label: Salt Records
Vertrieb: Salt Records
Robert Miles weiß mit seinem einzigartigen Trance-Stil zu verzaubern.
Mitte der neunziger Jahre schuf er mit “Children” sozusagen ein neues Genre den sog. „Dreamhouse”. Die Single Children stand gleichzeitig in 18 Ländern an der Spitze der Charts und seine weltweiten Kollaborationen mit Künstlern wie Trilok Gurtu, Robert Fripp, Bill Laswell und Nitin Sawnhey machten ihn weltberühmt. Wie man von einem Künstler mit als 14 Millionen verkauften Tonträgern erwarten kann, blickt Robert auf etliche Auszeichnungen wie den Brit Award und den World Music Award als Best-International Newcomer zurück. Eine Zeit lange wurde es ruhiger um den Schweizer da er in der letzten Zeit haupstächlich als Produzent tätig war. Und jetzt meldet sich Robert Miles mit seinem Studioalbum „Thirteen“ zurück, dass am 7.Feburar 2011 auf seinem eigenen Label Salt Records erschienen ist.
Robert Miles is one of those rare things: a musician constantly progressing, striving to rework and restructure his sound, adventuring in search of new aural frontiers untouched by others. After selling over fourteen million records worldwide, playing around the globe and working with a host of instrumental collaborators, Thirteen – his new album to be released on his own S:alt Records – looks set to continue the producer’s stellar journey ever further. A rich mix of progressive and jazz influenced compositions, Thirteen is Miles’s improvising in mood, discovering definition in short cinematic movements. With rhythm as the key, Miles’s incessantly mines layers of synthesised sound, exploring the outer limits of alternative and electronic music. A sonic leap forward from the airy experimentations of critically acclaimed previous albums Organik and Miles_Gurtu, Thirteen weaves keyboard atmospherics and percussive polyrhythm’s into a full length guaranteed to rub shoulders with the ambient considerations of past greats like Vangelis, Pink Floyd and Aphrodite’s Child.
The story of Robert Miles, born Roberto Concina, starts in the Swiss town of Fleurier in 1969, and from there a move to Italy whilst still a young boy, where a youth spent in the company of the family’s grand piano and turntables begot a passion for music that refuses to cease. It wasn’t until Miles turned seventeen though – after forming a pirate radio station and beginning to DJ live – that he realised making music was something that he could do full time: “when I realised that my feelings had been conveyed through my music, my life changed” he says, and that change was further enhanced by a deal with BMG and the release of debut Dreamland, an album that racked up 16 platinum and 12 gold discs in 21 countries around the world. With success came exposure, however, and Miles quickly became uneasy with the trappings of fame, feeling it detracted from the music, so much so that he requested to be represented on his releases as a black silhouette only, “to suggest the insignificance of image – music above everything else”. Not one to sell out then, Miles’s subsequent careers found him gradually redefining his artistic freedom, travelling the globe working with like minded artists – including early influence Bill Laswell, as well as contemporary composers such as Nitin Sawhney, Trilok Gurtu and Robert Fripp – winning a Brit award and a World Music Award, having videos banned from MTV for been ’potentially disturbing’, sculpting sounds for over 100 TV and Film pieces as well as releasing a further three albums.
Thirteen, then, is the logical conclusion to Miles’s prior experience, a relentless combination of his unerring attitude to work and constantly progressive output. “I have been working hard since 1996 to define my sound, and learnt a great deal about life, music and the World. . . Now I feel ready to move to a new phase of my creative life” he says, and that phase coalesces on Thirteen into an album that evokes Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew, Squarepusher’s skits and John Carpenter’s lucid dreams, but, like any Miles release, rarely sounds exactly like anything else. Never one to shy away from taking chances, Miles’s latest one looks set to be his most rewarding one yet.
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