Exclusive Premiere: Rasmus Faber feat. Maia Hirasawa – Shut Down (Farplane Records)

Artist: Rasmus Faber feat. Maia Hirasawa
Title: Shut Down
Label: Farplane Records
Release Date: 7th June 2019 | Beatport Pre-Order
Genre: Piano / House

‘Shut Down’ is the first single taken from Rasmus Faber’s 3rd artist album (‘Two Left Feet’ released July 19th 2019) and features the vocal talent of Swedish/Japanese artist Maia Hirasawa. This single is indicative of Rasmus’s ever-evolving production style, which for this collection of songs sees him eschewing all digital and midi production techniques in favour of organic, live, analogue instrumentation that has been performed by himself (marimba and piano) and a selection of hand-picked musicians he has worked with over his 20 years of music production.

Despite being born and raised in Stockholm, both Maia Hirasawa and Rasmus Faber have seen their careers flourish in Japan and Asia and it was this joint history of (flight) paths crossing with regular touring of the far east that led them to finally make music together in Rasmus’s basement studio in the south Stockholm suburbs.

The end result is a beautifully warm, stripped back, acoustic house track that showcases Rasmus’s less is more production approach that sits perfectly with Maia’s enthralling, neck hair raising close vocal harmonies. In Rasmus’s words…

“The making of the album ‘Two Left Feet’ for me was a culmination of insights. I realized that there’s a way for creativity to flow for me, like a river. Not in furious bursts, with alternating stagnations of angst and doubt, but a deep, strong yet gentle stream. It has been about the process, more than the goal, keeping my eye focused on the art and not the prize. I’m returning to my house roots in a way, and I think this album is more organic than anything I’ve done.” – Rasmus Faber.

Boasting a 20+ year successful music career with over 100 releases (incl. collab’s with Kaskade, Deadmau5, Pete Tong, Axwell and more) to his name, multi-talented Swedish producer Rasmus Faber reveals his most breathtaking body of work to date with his 3rd artist album, ‘Two Left Feet’. A musical work of art, ‘Two Left Feet’ is made with bold and delicate brushstrokes of real stories with raw emotion, coloured with a mixture of melancholy hues and beautiful splashes that connect across an organic spectrum of House, Afro, Folk and acoustic inspired grooves. All recorded with live instruments, the album showcases the maturity, class and talent of a true artist who really knows his craft and yet still continues to push boundaries and surprise his fans.

“The making of ‘Two Left Feet’ for me was a culmination of insights. I realized that there’s a way for creativity to flow for me, like a river. Not in furious bursts, with alternating stagnations of angst and doubt, but a deep, strong yet gentle stream. It has been about the process, more than the goal, keeping my eye focused on the art and not the prize. I’m returning to my house roots in a way, and I think this album is more organic than anything I’ve done. On most songs, the kick drum is the only thing that is programmed, all the other sounds are recorded live. The singers present on this album all have my deepest gratitude for their appearance, I loved working on every song. I hope you will enjoy it!”. – Rasmus Faber

Rasmus has enlisted an array of hugely talented singer/songwriters on the project. Opening up with the heartfelt song, ‘Animal’, is Denver’s Magic Woman (aka Arielle Vakni); half Swedish-half Japanese pop artist Maia Hirasawa lends her charismatic tones to the beautiful piano-led outing ’Shut Down’; musical chameleon and regular cohort Renae Rain, tells the powerful story of ‘Do My Best’ and also performs on the thought-provoking ‘We Don’t Waste The Time’. Stockholm songbird Sara Steele’s sweet, comforting vocals glide over a soundtrack of emotive cinematic strings and woody afro vibes on ‘Good Morning June’; Japanese singer Marter’s breathy tones light up the acoustic stunner ‘Diary.’ German star Alexandra Prince’s candied performance simply mesmerises on the cheerful woody outing ‘Daisy’; and bringing the magic to the album’s earthy title track is Swedish indie pop and country singer Frida Öhrn (Oh Laura, Öhrn). There are also 2 wonderful instrumental pieces from Rasmus – the Afrocentric currents of ‘Son Of A Marimba Maker’ and the enchanting perpetual motion of the piano and bass driven ‘On The Train For Ise’.

Swedish producer, pianist, DJ, all-around multi-talented, hardworking nice guy Rasmus Faber sits comfortably alongside electronic dance music’s royalty. His releases have been topping airplay and dance charts around the world, while much of his legacy of music including albums ‘Where We Belong’ and ‘Indian Summer’, alongside singles ‘Get Over Here’ and ‘Ever After’ on his own Farplane label have all attained classic status. The trademark DJ and piano combo performance is the mainstay of the Rasmus live experience and keeps him playing to tens of thousands around the globe. Rasmus is also largely known for his musical diversification, from gigging with his ten-piece Rafa Orchestra to delving successfully into the Jazz world with Platina Jazz. With the release of his highly anticipated ‘Two Left Feet’ album, new projects including movie soundtracks, solo piano material and numerous collaborations in the pipeline, 2019 looks set to be very exciting for the gifted Swede!

Album Track Listing:
1 Animal feat. Magic Woman
2 Shut Down feat. Maia Hirasawa
3 Do My Best feat. Renae Rain
4 Good Morning June feat. Sara Steele
5 Son Of A Marimba Maker
6 Diary feat. Marter
7 Daisy feat. Alexandra Prince
8 We Don’t Waste The Time feat. Renae Rain
9 On The Train For Ise
10 Two Left Feet feat. Frida Öhrn

Extended Mixes:
11 Animal feat. Magic Woman (Extended Mix)
12 Shut Down feat. Maia Hirasawa (Extended Mix)
13 Do My Best feat. Renae Rain (Extended Mix)
14 Son Of A Marimba Maker (Extended Mix)
15 Daisy feat. Alexandra Prince (Extended Mix)
16 We Don’t Waste The Time feat. Renae Rain (Extended Mix)


Ian French
About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.