Featured Artists: Fairmont
My Favorite Robot Records team up with Canadian electronic music heavyweight Fairmont for a stunning new album of vocal driven techno that blurs the lines between indie & electronica..
Roving Canadian troubadour Jake Fairley aka Fairmont has built up a loyal worldwide following throughout the course of his ten year long musical career. Albums and singles for leading global labels such as Border Community and Traum Schallplatten have established Fairley as a key player in the world of electronic music, whilst his perpetual travels across land and sea, bringing his live sets to the masses, have bonded him with music lovers on the four corners of the planet.
The past few years have seen Fairmont spreading his musical wings, with the his techno killer ‘All Dreams Are Nightmares’ on Areal and the disco tinged ‘Emax/Bercy’ on Beachcoma, but it is perhaps with his recent gothic/indie inspired releases on Border Community and Traum that he has given the clearest insight to where his future sound lies.
That future has seen Jake Fairley join forces with one of Canada’s hottest exports of recent times, the ever- excellent My Favorite Robot Records. The Robot crew have been a long time followers of Fairmont’s career and when the opportunity came up to sign him for MFRR, they jumped at the chance: one listen to Fairmont’s latest LP and it’s abundantly clear that this was a very wise move. ‘Automaton’ is a perfect fit for the Toronto imprint with his dark & melancholic yet heart warming mix of richly produced electronica and vocal led songs.
From the up tempo and stirring opener ‘Creatures of Night’ it’s clear that Fairley will be pulling no punches; robustly mixed and taut with atmosphere, his vocals carve a channel through the deeply hypnotic electro influenced backing, whilst the live guitar parts give the record a distinctly ‘indie’ edge. This indie sound in fact runs throughout the album, from the soaring melodics of ‘Waiting’ to the quirky shuffle of ‘Last Dance’ and on to the gothic eighties inflected ‘Tiny Diamonds’.
‘Automaton’ is an album that deftly marries influences from across the decades, fusing 70s and 80s synth sounds with electro elements and themes from modern techno, electronica and indie pop. It is a darkly melodic record that highlights the broad musical talents of Fairmont and his ability to bend genres at will and is a wonderful insight into the world of this ever-evolving artist.
In line with the release there will be a full album tour showcasing, a new incarnation of the Fairmont live show, highlighting Fairley’s unique ability to perform what is simultaneously a rocking stage show and a killer dance-floor set.
Laurent Garnier – “This Fairmont album is great”
Matt Walsh (Clouded Vision/Turbo) – “My favorite album of the year so far, long live the 80s”
Andrew Grant – (Circoloco/MFR) – “One of the best albums for 2012,13,14,15, 16……☺”
Brett Johnson – “Wow this is great, hard to pick a favorite”
Jody Wisternoff – “Amazing stuff guys!!! Max support on this, big thanks ☺”
Amirali – “Very nice album. ‘Last Dance stood out the most for me, but great work overall!”
Jeremy P Caulfield – “Really excited about this! Some top notch stuff from one of the most important artists in techno. It’s been a long time coming for this album but well worth the wait”
Justin Robertson – “What a refreshing and fascinating release this is! Love it!”
Three – “wow… what a coup for the label! the Fairmont album on Border Community succeeded in so many ways dance music albums usually fail… not least of which because its is put together like an album rather than a collection of full-length tracks (saving the 12″ mixes for….. the 12′s) and of course the fact it really plays end-to-end like an album! i have not had a chance to hear Automation end-to-end yet but the tracks are resonating with me…. and i can’t wait to get Old Ways and Last Dance into my sets. much thanks…”
Avatism – “Wow, sounds amazing… I’m a big fan of Jake. Requires a good old download for a proper listen! Thank you so much, good work Jake! ”
Ewan Pearson – “Wow – a proper album, with oodles of melody and it’s influences and its heart on its sleeve. Always hard to take it all in on streaming (in an airport!) but on first listen faves are Last Dance, Sara, Tiny Diamonds and Creatures of Night.”
Anthony Collins – “BIG album! 4/5”
Kasper Bjorke – “Really great productions here. Nice!”
Tim Paris (Marketing/MFR) – “Record of 2012!”
Nhar – “HUGE!”
Chris (Arto Mwambe) – “Last Dance for me, too”
Djuma Soundsystem – “Great long player – cool cover too ☺”
Lee Curtiss – “Awesome work!”
Jennifer Cardini – “Fantastic album!”
Nitin (No19) – “Boooya! Dope album!”
Ivan Smagghe – “No comment!!!!!!!! Too good”
Stefan Z (Rhombus) – “Every fucking track on here is unreal. No way to pick a favourite. Will def get a ton of plays in my living room as well as the dancefloor. Might be the best collection of tracks I’ve heard all year….production and engineering is stunning as well.”
Betoko – “Awesomeness again from MFR!!! Wooooohooooo”
Blond:ish – “stand out album for fairmont!!! ! last dance, sara and creatures of the night are ace. excited to play these! tx. didn’t know he was canadian. double, triple, quadruple ace.”
Remain (Meant) – “I’ve always been an unconditional fan of jake’s. And as expected, once again, while listening to the 1st bars of the 1st track, i’ve instantly been taken into his hands with no other possibility than listening to the whole album in a row. Album of the year so far without the slightest piece of hesitation. Thank you Jake for this amazing record.”