ASTRALWERKS AND BLUE NOTE BRING THE HOLIDAY CHEER WITH THEIR NEW CHRISTMAS-THEMED LO-FI COMPILATION BLUEWERKS VOL. 5: WARM UP
12 November 2021 (TORONTO, ON) - Astralwerks and Blue Note Records/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company, bring the holiday cheer with the fifth installment of Bluewerks, the iconic labels’ collaborative Lo-Fi series where downtempo electronica meets jazz-infused sounds. Bluewerks Vol. 5: Warm Up is a Christmas-themed collection that was entirely produced by Sebastian Kamae, a Bluewerks alumnus who was featured on Bluewerks, Vol. 1: Up Down Left Right. Each of the tracks on the new EP are an ode to the winter months with titles like “Warm Up,” “Reunion,” “December,” and “Ice Skating.”
Listen to Bluewerks Vol. 5: Warm Up HERE
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In the time since the first EP’s release earlier this year, Bluewerks has become a runaway success in the Lo-Fi genre, garnering over 25 million streams across platforms and prominent placements on tastemaking playlists like Spotify’s “Lo-Fi Beats,” Apple Music’s “Beatstrumental,” and YouTube’s “Lo-Fi Loft.” Bluewerks Vol. 3: Heat Wave hit #1 on the NACC Electronic college radio chart, making it the second Bluewerks EP to reach the top spot. In April, a Bluewerks-themed Hong Kong pop-up shop in partnership with FabCafe provided an immersive experience to fans of the music and coffee alike, presenting a Bluewerks-inspired menu and decor. The event was so successful that a second Hong Kong pop-up was launched with openground cafe. The two labels have also launched Bluewerks Radio, a 24/7 streaming station HERE.
ABOUT SEBASTIAN KAMAE:
Sebastian Kamae is a Dutch artist and producer whose music blends jazzy melodies, groovy beats, and dusty sounds to conjure the perfect vibe. Born in Kloetinge in The Netherlands in 1997, Kame started his musical journey at only 5 years old when he had his first music lessons. Quickly, he discovered his love for the piano and in high school he started producing, making beats, and played in several bands. He decided to study MediaMusic at ArtEZ and graduated as a Bachelor of Arts in 2018. In the fall of 2017, he got an internship at SoundScape Studios in Chicago, where he got the chance to work and connect with artists like Kweku Collins, Femdot, Khary, Ajani Jones, Melo Makes Music & many more. Kamae has released several Eps and two full-length albums—2018’s Waves and 2019’s Enjoy the Ride.
Established in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks was the brainchild of Caroline Records staffers who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the nascent electronic and ambient scene. Now based at the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, Astralwerks has emerged as a modern, artist-first label and the #1 market share leader for dance/electronic music in the U.S. Combining a scalable, independent and global-thinking ethos with the ability to tap into the resources of a major label has enabled Astralwerks to sign such artists as ILLENIUM, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, ZHU and Alesso. As a testament to its pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY® nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many others. The label has also released such massive singles as the 6x Platinum “Happier” by Marshmello + Bastille and FISHER’s “Losing It.”
ABOUT BLUE NOTE RECORDS:
Blue Note Records was founded when a German Jewish immigrant named Alfred Lion produced his first recording session on January 6, 1939 in New York City. Blue Note has gone on to represent The Finest In Jazz, tracing the entire history of the music from Early Jazz through Bebop, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Avant-Garde, and Fusion, and into Jazz’s numerous modern day incarnations. Blue Note’s legendary catalog includes the titans of Jazz: Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman, Charles Lloyd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and many more. The most respected and longest running Jazz label in the world, Blue Note remains home to some of the most prominent stars and cutting-edge innovators in Jazz today while at the same time broadening its horizons to include quality music in many genres. Under the leadership of current President Don Was, Blue Note has renewed its dedication to Lion’s original vision that “any particular style of playing which represents an authentic way of musical feeling is genuine expression.”
Astralwerks and Blue Note Records are two of the flagship labels of the Capitol Music Group and Universal Music Group.