Reform Radio: Remote Rhythm Lab - A Worldwide Virtual Music Collaboration

Jäger x Reform partners 4 Manc artists with 4 artists from around the world...

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 19 June 2020

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Reform Radio, the multi award-winning online radio station, partners with Jägermeister and Arts Council England to present Remote Rhythm Lab – the latest project for release on its label, Rhythm Lab Records.

Remote Rhythm Lab sees Jäger x Reform, #jagerreform, partnering four Manchester based artists with four artists from around the world, challenging them to explore virtual methods of collaborating and creating music.

The four tracks will be released on Friday 19th June 2020 on Bandcamp – 100% of all Bandcamp and Rhythm Lab’s share of sales on the day will be donated to NAACP Legal Defence Fund in support of the BLM movement.

It’s already evident post-lockdown businesses and individuals alike will be utilising the power of technology to overcome the challenges of returning to normality with the necessary safety precautions.

The future of music production will inevitably be reshaped by this, and Jäger x Reform are ahead of the curve, already eager to embrace technology as a means to connect international artists and enable more sustainable and less costly music production practices.

Artists involved in the project include, Chicago based composer, clarinettist, pianist and vocalist Angel Bat Dawid paired with vocalist and producer Berry Blacc who infuses hip-hop with jazz.

Berlin based experimental club music producer and DJ Ani Klang, partnered with producer and DJ, Daniel Ruane – one of the most striking artists to emerge from the landscape of leftfield electronic music.

Contours – whose sound explores the spaces, rhythms and textures that sit between House, Jazz, Afro, Latin, broken-beat and Hip Hop – will collaborate with KMRU, a field and sound artist, producer based in Nairobi renowned for his evocative electronic music.

Italian native, now Manchester based music producer Imaginary Part, who explores leftfield techno, ambient sound, IDM and broken beat, is partnered with PLASTICA, a producer, musician and DJ from Milan, whose futuristic electronic sound is informed by her musical background in piano and bass guitar.

Each of the artists involved have documented their experience, offering an insight into how music production can transcend borders. Split into a series of four, one episode will be released each week on Reform Radio’s Facebook page, commencing Friday 26th June.

On the collaboration, Director of Reform Radio Sam Oliveira said, “We’ve used this time in lockdown to really explore how we as a station can develop and help artists create new music when social interactions aren’t an option. I think the artists have done an incredible job in collaborating virtually, it just proves it can be done and done well.”

Tom Carson, Music Manager at Jägermeister added, “Supporting and nurturing emerging talent is at the core of what the Jägermeister and Reform Radio partnership is all about. Giving opportunities to incredible talent while they can’t get out there physically to create and perform is vital and there’s been an amazing outcome.”

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