Piem combines with Mønölitio on ‘Bmine’ on Moon Harbour
Influential Spanish artist Piem links with Dutch singer, DJ and producer Mønölitio for the essential new track ‘Bmine’ on Moon Harbour.
Catalonian Piem is a regular Moon Harbour artist who last appeared with Jay De Lys on the vital ‘Intentions.’ Aside from also producing in Relief and Knee Deep In Sound, he is a driving force on his local scene as a resident at plenty of key venues. For this one, he works with Mønölitio, the Amsterdam artist with a European house sound that has taken him to the likes of Mobilee and My Favorite Robot Records.
What the pair cook up here is a razor-sharp tech-house track in ‘Bmine.’ It teases to start with – silvery metallic loops and vocal chops build tension before the long, leggy bass and robust kick drums arrive. They immediately drive the tune forwards and are sure to blow up the club.
Ahead of the release, we chatted to Piem & Pablo aka Mønölitio below.
Hey guys, nice to have you.
Since when do you know each other?
Pablo: “-Piem and I started writing music together in 2020 and we cooked some bangers since then. I am a big fan of Alvaro´s music and the musical chemistry and talent was there.“
Piem: It happened very naturally, when he contacted me we were speaking but we didn’t actually work on something until I dropped him a project and it felt right. We´ve been working together ever since.
Since when are you producing electronic music?
Pablo: I have been producing electronic music since 2004, after being in bands and live projects for years I started messing with synths and drum machines. Later I formed THE DEATH KIT with Tim from Coburn and released under other monikers such as Pablo Decoder or Lili Et Klaus.
Piem: Wow it must have been about 8 years ago as a hobby to make my own stuff. I realised it was something I liked and was good at so I kept working and learning with it. It has been a meaningful evolution to my music career aside from DJing.
What is your connection to Moon Harbour?
Piem: I´ve been a fan of Moon Harbour for many years, I like the music they put out. I released for the first time a couple of months with them with a track called Intentions and after this, I realised it would be cool to have a follow-up. I appreciate that this label has good exposure and really really push their artists.
You’re having your new track releases on Moon Harbour. How did you produce the track?
Pablo: -Piem and I wrote and mixed this track Bmine in less than a month. We started writing the tune in Bogota (Colombia) where I am travelling and living for the next months, I had this brilliant vocal idea singing in my head for days that matched the groove we had. I recorded the vocals with a regular ear microphone which stayed in the record since it had a special texture, I didn’t re-record it as it had its vibe which sometimes works better than if you record it many times.
You lose the momentum. I usually try to improvise my vocal ideas first and record a lot of them then chose the best parts and try to write lyrics before recording those vocals. Sometimes like in this case I wrote Bmine vocals and lyrics as I was improvising so it all happened quite fast and the groove was there already so only needed to fix the arrangement, mix and some noises around the track.
Piem: Yeah we sent projects back and forth and when he sent back this one with that vocal… It was something that felt right and caught my attention. With that vocal, I was excited to work on it.
Where did you produce the track?
Pablo: Since I am living abroad at the moment I use a pretty basic set up to record and produce incuding SSL 2 audio interface, Rhode NTK mic and a macbook. I also have my new Elektron mk2 drum machine and Arturia MicroFreak synth with me.
Piem: Between my home studio and the Sound Suite at W Barcelona.
Anything else you’d like us to know:
Pablo: Piem and I have more material coming out this year you must pay attention to! Enjoy our single Bmine!
Piem: What he said!
We premiere ‘Bmine’ on Data Transmission, check it out here and grab it here.