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April 23, 2012

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"The Way We Live" Deniz Kurtel
Format: Artist Album
Label: Wolf + Lamb
Catalog No: WLCD003
Release date: July 23rd, 2012
1. I Knew This Would Happen with Tanner Ross feat. PillowTalk
2. You Know It's True with Gadi Mizrahi
3. Love Triangle (Instrumental) with Wolf + Lamb
4. The Way We Live with Gadi Mizrahi
5. Hypocrite with Gadi Mizrahi
6. Right On with Gadi Mizrahi feat. Michael Franti
7. Don't Wanna Be with Kenny Glasgow
8. Safe Word with Soul Clap feat. Navid Izadi
9. Wake Me Up with PillowTalk & Thugfucker
10. Blackness with PillowTalk & Thugfucker
11. Thunder Clap with Voices of Black
12. The Beat Drops with Tanner Ross feat. Jules Born
Deniz Kurtel is often mistaken for a man - perhaps because she has the balls to once again buck the trend in current underground dance music. Effortlessly weaving entirely new sub-genres, while daring to convey its fragility and combining it with visual art. In fact, she spends her time with men tirelessly touring nightclubs within a culture dominated by them, but this petite girl from Turkey goes beyond where men dare to go on her second album, ‘The Way We Live’, on her home label, Wolf + Lamb.

One year after her debut appeared on leading label Crosstown Rebels, and less than three since she tried production for the first time, Deniz Kurtel creates another project that's stylistically novel to her last. As on her debut, ‘Music Watching Over Me’, she isn’t afraid to be powerful but in ‘The Way We Live’ she masters a new dexterity, conquering stillness and rich rhythms and becoming yet more fascinating. When discussing her debut album Kurtel says that she wants to “constantly grow and evolve, and make music that excites her, hoping it excites others too.” Kurtel turns house on its head with a sultry unhurried approach more in line with a hip hop pacing that enriches the sound of tomorrow, bringing attitude back to electronic music.

As a trained artist, she can't stop creating and her creativity spawns an endless spiral of activity. For ‘The Way We Live’ she has again created a bewitching live tour entitled ‘Double Exposure’ to accompany the installation featuring her new LED sculpture ‘The Introspectacular’. This is the second time Kurtel has paired a piece of LED art directly with her music, but marks the first time where the audience will be able to affect the experience. ‘The Introspectacular’, establishes an isolated space where the infinite reflections and layers of depth, achieved through her use of mirrors and LEDs, create a stimulus for inner-reflection and introspection. Housed in a 6x12 enclosed trailer, participants can control some of the LED lights via the keys of a midi controller, which simultaneously produces sounds, creating a visual mapping of what the participant is hearing and vice-versa.

“With the ability to generate a sound and a light with the same key, I wanted to facilitate a deeper connection with the basic senses of the participants while also engaging their sense of creativity,” said Kurtel of The Introspectacular. The piece will be exhibited in twelve cities across America at outside galleries and public spaces alongside her club tour.

A 3D sculptor born to parents that were also heavily involved with art, she moved from her home in Izmir Turkey to study in New York. There she met the Wolf + Lamb duo, quickly moving into the infamous Marcy Hotel and immersing herself into the colourful creative worlds of music and art. Her light installations have been featured at destinations as diverse as Lily Allen’s Lucy in Disguise vintage clothing store in London, cult art festivals in her homeland of Turkey and have taken her on many pilgrimages to the vast deserts of Nevada for Burning Man. In fact Zev (the Wolf of the duo) bought her the first set of LEDs for the festival. An installation is also a permanent fixture at the Marcy.

For her second album she assembles the Marcy All Stars, a loose collective term that encompasses her male muses, friends, partners and co-conspirers. The term comes from the aforementioned Marcy hotel in Williamsburg New York – a residence-come-nightclub-come-creative-space that gave Nicolas Jaar his first gig, inspired a multitude of collaborations and reshaped the sound of house music as we know it.

This approach of collaboration is typical of the Wolf + Lamb label. A close knit yet loosely woven family collective much akin to the Wild Bunch (the early Massive Attack) or Soul II Soul, their visions are explored and shaped through a fluid, dynamic and supportive experience. ‘The Way We Live’ features one half of cult dance outfit Art Department’s Kenny Glasgow, whose melancholic ‘Don’t Wanna Be’ is a heart warming highlight. The title track was produced together with Gadi Mizrahi (the lamb of the duo). Appearances from America’s newest house music heroes Soul Clap feature alongside underground hotly tipped producers such as Tanner Ross, San Francisco’s Pillow Talk and the young Brown university graduates, Voices of Black on the Prince like funk of ‘Thunder Clap’. Thus ‘The Way We Live’ forms a colourful dot to dot sketch of the evolving Wolf + lamb family.