30 August 2012
Difficult to believe this three-track album of pulsating drones and irrational synth lines dates back more than 40 years. Certainly not a dance record, it just provides the insight into the vision and abilities of the masters of analog equipment.
The album was reissued in 1980 under the name "Cluster '71" and recent years have seen a number of the group's re-releases. Also solo projects of the Cluster members have resurfaced, many of them on the excellent Bureau B label. So before getting too hyped about contemporary drone & experimental artists, look into the history books to see where the innovation lies.
28 August 2012
|Release date is in September 2012|
A1 Zealots (Kareem Interpretation) 1-2
B1 Dämmerung der Parhelia (Ancient Methods Interpretation) 1-2
23 August 2012
On the flip “Squatter’s Dog”, a purebred Cerberus, is baring the teeth, irritated by a bleepy and monotone arrangement with distorted bass.
Compared to the MPIA3's debut, which still feels a bit like a test ride, Avian 005 is a real captivating floorkiller for anybody missing harder edge in today’s techno, in Acid Planet and Drop Bass Network vein. This is hardcore, fellas.
22 August 2012
21 August 2012
Combining traditional sounds from the land of dreadlocks with urban bass and abstract effects, the group underscores its ambition to abstain from an ordinary dub album. And it's easy to become addicted to the nine tracks: One can feel both the warmth of genuine roots'n'kulcha and the chill of metropolitan concrete jungle.
Starting with dub-coated techno chords perceived in deeper spheres of the rebellious opener "TouchRiddim" we see fro the other side a delicately swaying "DropletsRiddim", which is like a slow-motion take of Burial Mix series. Closer to vigorous dancehall action are endlessly looping rub-a-dub cut “Stop Motion” and “Large It Up”, a 74-second call to a wicked soundsystem night. After spiritual vibe in "InVoiceDub" and “HumbleWe” the selector is in charge in minimalistic “PlungedLightRiddim” with hiss and decelerated dubs.
While not slipping to the territory of often so-predictable dub techno, SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL is embracing the elements of IDM to enrich the post-Rhythm & Sound era in dub-influenced electronic music. Using all caps is well justified for this essential piece of ambient dub.
16 August 2012
Powell - Body Music EP [Previews]
14 August 2012
Chxfx's territory is filled with wrenched sound explorations, characterized by rhythm disorder and noisy lo-fi mess all over the place. With his sketchy approach Chxfx leaves an impression of random tests with gear, ready for surprises. It contains early electronics oscillations (“Ecocide”), sickening cacophony (“Condor Drive”) or click & glitch ambient (“Format Migration”). But we also face “Palace Underseas”, eight thoughtful minutes with piano elements.
Although remaining in the path of abstractions, Plkzfx is more fond of clean-cut rhythm structures and some tracks might work on the floor, for instance distorted drum exercise “Metaflukz” and its twin brother “Metaflux II”, both reminding of Pan Sonic's soulless mechano-funk. Beat arrangements are in the main role also in “Henshin Cyborg” and “North Super Jam II” while “Horikawa Scout” dives into bubbling loops.
With its sound convulsions "Exoferric / Latent Acid" is an exciting addition to the catalog of Further Records. Also the choice of format is obvious for this kind of music - a two-cassette battlepack, which was in such a high demand that label had to report own out-of-stock status shortly after the release.
13 August 2012
Bronze Age is a new act by Kris Lapke, so far hiding behind the names Alberich and Louder Than Life, in addition contributing to nerve damages at Hospital Productions.
His "Antiquated Futurism", a three-tracker on 45 RPM, gets a jump start with grinding synth lines and restless drum patterns in "Surviving Cultural Impedance", to make it a petition against mediocrity. "Coupling Symbols" would be played at the reunion of EBM veterans carrying Front 242 badges and watching the thunder emerging from the distance. Although fluffy first bars create a false impression of facing a reincarnation of Robert Miles, "Modal Ingenuity" grows into a thrilling mindcontroller with prominent chords and stomping 4/4 bass while not hiding its trancy side. It's the closest track to standard techno, but dwarfs similar attempts seeking chart mercy.
I will not second to Boomkat's references to PCP/Acardipane or Woody McBride - the similarities are only vague - but still it's a slamming EP and those liking FRAK, Pete Swanson or Container would find satisfaction here. The past is the present is the future.
11 August 2012
|Release date is 26 August 2012|
Planet EP [SSV03] // Ltd 12" EP preview
10 August 2012
08 August 2012
With 34 tracks and more than two hours of playtime it’s a sizable package and offers many interesting finds. In fact, it was a great listening experience and gives faith in the present and future of Estonian alternative music.
The first, red disc, is for brighter and dance-oriented tracks, starting with glittering synth song “Wally Bishop” by White Sparks. Laton recording artist Andres Lõo drops wave-minded workout “Radiant Child”, Laulan Sinule pays electropop tribute to machines in “Masina Sees” and Tallinn Daggers ignites electroclash riot. Punane Magneet-Lõvi does Funkervogt-style catchy industrial song in “Üliinimene”, paired with black power in “End Of Time” by Error: Success. Clumsily titled “Technodancing (Dub Mix)” by Future Brain takes to a simple but efficient goa-infected trip and arpeggios are parading in “Don’t Belong Here” by Tamhiis. The beauty of female vocals is enjoyed in the tunes by Micaramia, Undra and Kroma, while “Clockworkbird” by Possimiste is like an excerpt from fantasy musical and Multiphonic Rodent’s “Väike kosmoselaev” dreams about interplanetary meadows.
Musically more challenging is the black disc, although “Elektricity” by Systeam with guitars and electro house grooves is a rather mild start. Drone/shoegaze faction is made up by Several Symptoms, Deserts, while Voog, with a nine-minute power demonstration in “I”, and Kannabinõid come from the land of stoner. A few tracks rely on sampled Russian: “Roheline järv” by Tont and “malenkov7” by talented abstractionist Misha Mishajashvili. EDASI and doom are inseparable, here spilling black ooze in “Forever Fullmoon”. Cosmos Laguna’s “Ghostpower” is in a good company with wild staccato by Aamen and distorted stomper by Killerkat. “Nucleic Acid” is beatless haunting ambient by Coscyl and Autharktos deconstructs trip hop loops in “Borealic Roar”. “Sounds From Hell Dub” by an unknown artist is a vibrating conclusion of the compilation.
Tracklists and comments to the release (in Estonian) are here. For more information about the artists, just google.
Wally Bishop by White Sparks
Punane Magneet-Lõvi by Üliinimene
Sügis by micaramia
Poehali by Misha Mishajashvili
06 August 2012
|Release date is 10 August 2012|
Although the peak of sounds fostered by Giorgio Gigli, Abdulla Rashim, Obtane, et al is slowly passing, Paar’s two original tracks are vigorous tools for after-midnight tripping. Bass goes in your face along usual ingredients like hiss, echoes and shredded dubs, especially making impact in my favorite „Prisma“.
Remixing duties are entrusted to Italians to extract some milder elements from the aggressive opener „Cilindro“ : The Noisemaker's swaying dub-embraced interpretation wins over Ness's linear Hypno Rework of the same tune.
Paar AKA Jorge Castillo has his roots in punk rock: Having lived in Miami in the early 1980's he played bass guitar for an underground punk rock outfit named "Social Decay", but since 1999 he has being involved in playing and creating techno sounds in Montevideo.
04 August 2012
The debut release of Modular Cowboy reanimates Ahern's another project, Cheap And Deep, with reworks of hypnotic monster "Words, Breaths And Pauses" by Berlin's own Norman Nodge and by Swedish kontra musicians Jonsson & Alter. A special mention goes to "Beautiful", acid-infected mind blast with female declamation. It's not limited to that, because "Mesa Sequences", a gigantic 25-minute live jam with Morgan Packard recorded in New Mexico, is due on vinyl and digital around September this year.
PS: Initial title of this post was "Jay Ahern rides again", but after finding out the Spin mag had used the same, decided to change it. Still it's a perfect description of what Ahern is doing.
Cheap And Deep "Beautiful"