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Jaffer Debuts on Marginalia with ‘Near & Far’ EP

Due for worldwide release on January 26, the three-part package includes an official remix from Israeli producer Accent.

Established by label boss Elif in September 2023, Barcelona-based record label Marginalia has been making considerable waves on the international circuit over the past few months.

Following a run of four hugely successful releases from some of the most talented up-and-coming producers in the industry since its launch, the flourishing imprint now looks to inaugurate the New Year in the same prolific fashion as it concluded the last, as it announces its first release of 2024. Warmly welcoming featuring Turkish artist, Jaffer, and Tel-Aviv based remixer, Accent, this is the ‘Near & Far’ EP.

Crowned Miller SoundClash World Champion back in 2016, DJ, producer and mentor, Jaffer, has since become founder of INNDROOM – a DJ and music production academy based out of Istanbul. Having dropped a number of well-received releases on ISOLATE and Harabe Black, the rising Turkish talent now lands on Marginalia for the first time with ‘Near & Far’ EP – a three-track package featuring two of his own original productions and an official remix from Israeli artist Accent.

First up, is Jaffer’s title track ‘Near & Far’. A sophisticated and emotionally charged production, characterized by eerie synth structures, lingering female vocals, and a heady concoction of pulsating four-four beats, Jaffer’s trademark composite of deep, trippy, and tenacious club music shines front and center, as he pulls out all the stops with a powerful dancefloor weapon.

Discussing his Marginalia debut, Jaffer commented:

“I’ve known Elif for many years and have been admiring her work. When I saw that she founded Marginalia, I knew I’d thoroughly enjoy being a part of it. I immediately shared ‘Floora’ and ‘Near & Far’ with her. In my compositions, I generally love blending unique sounds. ‘Floora’ is a bit dark and groovy, while ‘Near & Far’ received positive feedback from listeners, especially for its emotional vocals. And with the powerful remix by my dear friend Accent, it gained even more meaning. I’m eagerly anticipating the day to share these with the audience”.

The middle order sees the introduction of Israeli producer, Accent, who captivates with a remarkable remix of Jaffer’s opener. Also making his debut on Marginalia following a run of standout releases on the likes of Kinetika Music, 01FRBL and Bunny Tiger, Accent’s remix of ‘Near & Far’ gradually builds in intensity, as it pulls the listener deeper into its mesmerizing embrace. Echoes of distant voices and industrial samples add an air of unease, leaving space for personal interpretation and introspective connection.

Completing the package is Jaffer’s second and final original production, ‘Floora’. An imposing, mechanic juggernaut replete with frenetic synth work, undulating motifs and complex rhythmic patterns, Jaffers’s nuanced treatment of dissonance and abstract textures converge in perfect accord to conclude yet another extraordinary release on Marginalia.

01. Jaffer – Near & Far (Original Mix)
02. Jaffer – Near & Far (Accent Remix)
03. Jaffer – Floora (Original Mix)

Illustrations: Emel Ozkul
Artwork Design: Skywaterr Art Direction: Ozge Ates

About Marginalia:
The conceptual brainchild of Turkish-born, Barcelona-based DJ and producer, Elif, Marginalia is a new home for undiscovered electronic artists to express their unbridled creativity within a framework of absolute sonic freedom.

Established as a platform to support, nurture and develop the incredible output of the unknown producers whose music forms the backbone of Elif’s DJ sets worldwide, Marginalia represents a forward-thinking community that looks to bolster the profiles of the hardest working – often least rewarded – individuals in the music industry; individuals without whom the scene’s ecosystem would collapse entirely.

The etymology of the name itself dates back to the 11th Century and references the wildly inventive notes, markings, doodles and sketches made in the margins of medieval books and scriptures — a place where the human imagination was free to run wild. Spurring uninhibited creativity, avant-garde thinking and a safe place of expression for largely undiscovered talent, Elif now looks to translate this age-old tradition into a twenty-first-century paradigm and give back to the incredible pool of artists to whom she owes so much.

Unwavering in her mission, Elif’s commitment to showcasing the very finest electronic music whilst supporting burgeoning talent stems from her resolute pledge to the positive evolution of our beloved scene. Expounding this mission with a clear artistic vision running through all aspects of the label’s output and sound design, Marginalia now looks set to contribute to the on- going development of underground electronic music in both a refreshing and sustainable new way.

Release date: January 26th, 2024.


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