PHILLIPI & RODRIGO
RELEASED 22 FEBRUARY
NEW SINGLE ‘RETROGRADO’ STREAM/BUY: https://awal.lnk.to/Retrogrado
‘RETROGRADO’ VIDEO FEAT. BRAZILIAN ARTIST AND TRANSGENDER ACTIVIST, PEPITA:
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The latest album release from DEEWEE, the record label run by Soulwax/2manydjs’ David and Stephen Dewaele, comes from Phillipi & Rodrigo. ‘Paciencia’ is the Brazilian duo’s 9-track debut album, recorded, produced and mixed at Studio DEEWEE in Gent (previously featured by Wallpaper). Boasting songs about the cosmos, relationships, nostalgia and signs of the Zodiac, ‘Paciencia’ will be available from 22 February on all formats.
The longplayer announcement coincides with the release of the band’s new single ‘Retrogrado’ (out now), which is accompanied by a video promo featuring Brazilian transgender activist and artist, Pepita. The track has had early support from Paco Osuna, Auntie Flo, Sean Johnston, and more.
‘Retrogrado’ follows Phillipi & Rodrigo’s recent single ‘Paciencia’, which was backed with a DEEWEEDUB. The release picked up plaudits from Lauren Laverne on BBC6 Music, Dazed & Confused, Mixmag, DJ Mag, Rinse France, Acid Stag, and a host of DJs including Âme, Mano Le Tough, Disclosure, Applescal, Elliot Adamson, nd_baumecker, Tiga, Joe Goddard, Citizenn, DJ T., Black Coffee, Carl Craig, and more. All vinyl copies sold out within 2 weeks.
Both Phillipi & Rodrigo have noted backgrounds (including producing Brazil’s pop sensation Pabllo Vittar) and have had their fair share of hits (and parts to play in them), but the pair began this project so they could explore different sounds. Influences range from The KLF’s book, ‘The Manual’, The Residents’ ‘Commercial’ album, Joao Donato’s ‘Quem é Quem’ and other Brazilian music. And, while they’re not part of any discernable scene, they cite friends such as Balako and Joutro Mundo as being on a similar vibe.
Described by David and Stephen as sounding “like Stereolab in 2019 singing in Portuguese while a Batucada band performs at a Brazilian beach techno party”, ‘Paciencia’ (album) begins with ‘Magnetico’, a languid, dubby start, that opens proceedings before the upbeat, organ-heavy psychedelic pop of ‘Retrogrado’ (the new single). The melancholic ‘Minas’ (complete with beautiful piano, strings, and birdsong), is the first straight dance cut on the album, a torch song, sung, like the rest of the album, in Portuguese.
Previous singles, ‘Mantra’, (their second release alongside ’New Beach’ on DEEWEE017), and the equally acclaimed ‘Karma’ (released with ’Gueto De Gent’ as DEEWEE010) are also included. ‘Barberella’ and ‘Rotina’ show the depth and width to Phillipi & Rodrigo’s sound, before the album shifts gear with the slow techno groove of ‘Face’, and ‘Paciencia’ (single) closes the album with 5 minutes of hypnotic brilliance.
- MANTRA (digital bonus)
Art Direction: Ill-Studio, Paris http://www.ill-studio.com/
After conquering nightclubs, festivals, and radio stations across the world with Soulwax and 2manydjs, brothers David and Stephen Dewaele launched their latest venture, Deewee, in 2015.
Deewee is a lot of things. It’s a record label, putting out diverse releases from Klanken’s metal-bashing club tracks to Emmanuele’s multilingual disco pop. It’s a studio, where artists can come together to make music in a free and open creative environment. It’s a publishing house, producing books, posters, artwork, and films about esoteric topics in the world of electronic music. And it’s going to be a lot more things in the future, too. But first and foremost, Deewee is a building.
The Deewee headquarters is a stone-black building located off an unassuming side street in the Dewaele brothers’ hometown of Ghent, Belgium. The only rule for a release on Deewee is that it must travel through this building at some stage of its production. Each record is either written, recorded, or mixed by David and Stephen at their on-site studio: “Always at the same mixing desk, always at the same position, always with the four hands, Dave and me,” as Steph puts it.
While the presence of the Dewaele brothers on each record means there is some shared DNA from release to release, there’s no defined Deewee ‘sound’. You can’t really compare the intimate pop of Belgian-Caribbean artist Charlotte Adigéry’s “1,618” to the slow club grooves of Asa Moto’s “Stay Awake”, for example, nor can you accuse a label who put out a 7” flexi-disc made up of interviews about 1980s Ibiza of being too predictable. David and Stephen started Deewee in order to get away from the sometimes limiting confines of DJ culture, to make music without the pressure of what necessarily ‘works’ on a dance floor. (Although, ironically, Sworn Virgins’ “Fifty Dollar Bills” has since become a summer club hit on its own terms).
In some ways, Deewee extends the philosophy of record labels like Decca and Stax, who had their own studio and their own crew of people to work on each record. Or maybe you could see similarities to Island Records and ZTT, who put out music from a range of genres while still maintaining a unified creative identity from release-to-release. Then there’s Factory Records, who, like Deewee, assigned a catalogue number to each of its projects, whether they’re musical or not. The bespoke record sleeves of Deewee’s releases are designed in collaboration collaboration with Paris-based art directors Ill Studio, giving the label an aesthetic consistency that recalls classic library music releases, or the ECM catalogue.
Deewee is increasingly making its presence felt in physical spaces, too. In October 2015, they hosted Untold Eivissa, an exhibition at Paris’s Scope Gallery which shone a light on Ibiza’s pre-acid house clubbing scene of the 1970s and 80s, based on the Dewaele brothers’ personal collection of paraphernalia from the white island. They’ve also hosted Deewee clubnights in cities from Ghent to Milan to Barcelona; these are strictly invite-only affairs, where the invite comes on a Deewee t-shirt. Expect the Deewee sound system to come to a city near you in the future.
In addition to Phillipi & Rodrigo, the label is planning a solo project from Laima Leyton, a member of both Mixhell and Soulwax’s live band, and more releases from Ghent-based Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul. Among other top secret projects, there will also be a new record from the Dewaele brothers made entirely on one ultra rare modular synthesiser.
“The mechanics of a normal label don’t really appeal to us,” says Dave. “For us, it was important to have something that had very little pressure. When you’re at a certain level, there are a lot of expectations placed upon you. Deewee is the ideal way to be rid of that.”