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Friday, Mar 27 2015 | 06:31
Image: 1596282 After releasing a string of driving, dancefloor-oriented singles on European labels Rush Hour and Hotflush, Brooklyn’s own Praveen Sharma aka Braille is keying up to release his debut LP, Mute Swan, on Friends of Friends this Spring.

Tracklist:
1. Weight
2. The Cat’s Gone Nuts (ft. Seafloor)
3. Better Than Nothing (ft. Angelica Bess)
4. Insider Out
5. Ports (ft. Angelica Bess)
6. Ended Up In NY
7. It’s All Right (ft. Angelica Bess)
8. I Assume (ft. Jesse Boykins III & Throwing Snow)
9. Stop Drop & Roll
10. Everyone’s Crazy
11. Shhh

After releasing a string of driving, dancefloor-oriented singles on European labels Rush Hour and Hotflush, Brooklyn’s own Praveen Sharma aka Braille is keying up to release his debut LP, Mute Swan, on Friends of Friends this Spring. With an ear for sentimental melodies and an unprecedented step into the vocal arena, Braille’s first full-length is rife with narrative appeal and rich songwriting, collapsing dozens of genre signifiers into a cauldron of pathos.
Sharma’s own vocal experiments are aided by Jessie Boykins III on “I Assume” and Angelica Bess on “Ports” and “Better Than Nothing”, as well as additional production from Throwing Snow and Seafloor, a symphony of voices feeding into the cohesive vision he has established, one as much influenced by internal struggle as it is by his current environ in Brooklyn. The Seafloor-assisted “The Cat’s Gone Nuts” epitomizes the aforementioned spirit, drawing on classic soul as well as hip hop, R&B and UK garage. Cerebrally affecting, Braille’s compositions take the listener on a walk through the artist’s past and present, a collage of emotions ranging from melancholic joy to the deepest of sorrows. All in all, it’s a pleasure to bring Braille into the Friends of Friends family, a fit that looks just as good on paper as it is in reality!
Key Points:
Debut solo LP from Braille who also records music as 1/2 of wildly successful Sepalcure duo (with Machinedrum)
‘Everyone’s Crazy’ EP supported by Mixmag, Resident Advisor, Exclaim, FACT Mag, Fader, XLR8R, Hypetrak and more
Radio support from George Fitzgerald (BBC), Sohn (BBC), Rob Da Bank (BBC), Plastician (Rinse) and more
Forthcoming guest mixes for i-D Magazine and Solid Steel Radio

Press Quotes:
“A full-length whose vitality may well spill into the lifeblood of whatever’s two generations on.” – Derek Miller, Resident Advisor on Sepalcure
“Fresh, swinging and juicy is how Braille likes his tunes.” – Mixmag on “Small Downs” (Everyone’s Crazy EP)
“The Brooklyn resident returns with his latest slate of lush, bass-heavy beats.” – FACT Mag on Everyone’s Crazy EP
“That Sepalcure is so balanced and organized can be attributed to the experience and seeming calm of its principals, that it sounds so lively and inviting is the greater achievement.” – Pitchfork on Sepalcure Available from 01.05.2015
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