Friday, May 20, 2022

Randi Pontoppidan & Povl Kristian - Life In Life [Chant Records]

Released via Chant Records on May 6th, 2k22 is "Life In Life", the new collaborational longplay effort conceived by pianist x composer Povl Kristian and renowned vocalist x improviser x performer Randi Pontoppidan which share a distinct sonic vision over the course of eight new pieces and a total runtime of roughly 36 minutes. Based on a sparse, yet touching and powerful, in parts even noir'esque piano foundation laid down by Kristian Pontoppidan's voice unfolds in a remarkable and well exceptional fashion, exploring highest tonal heights in moments of crystal clear, floating and classically trained soprano performances whilst more Spoken Word-leaning non-vocalisms tend to reach for a more abstract approach, partly accompanied by electronic sweeps and multi-bleeps of probably modular origin whereas, yet in very rare outbursts, we see Randi Pontoppidan's voice explode in a raging and ravaging fashion, bringing forth guttural tones way beyond what one would expect the human voice being capable of. An album that defies any proper classification yet would probably sit well with lovers of classical Opera as well as fans and followers of anything Modern x Contemporary Classical these days.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Martin Weinreich - Points Of Entry: 1989 - 1995 [Hauch Records 025]

Put out on the circuit via Düsseldorf-based imprint Hauch Records in March, 2k22 is "Points Of Entry: 1989 - 1995", the fifteen tracks and 37 minutes spanning longplay solo debut by Martin Weinreich. Produced and recorded in Cologne the limited to 100 hand-numbered copies CD edition comes with an extended, slightly oversized 40 pages booklet featuring both black and white photos as well as a variety of quotes and fragmented memories certainly related to moments and things in the artists past as well as his musical influences of which quite a few are cited as so-called 'enablers' in the albums booklet, including bands like Eisenvater, Gunshot, Nitzer Ebb, Cypress Hill, Throbbing Gristle, Tricky, Readykill and others. With these influences in mind the music of "Points Of Entry: 1989 - 1995" falls into place immediately, a bleak and vantablack stream of sounds meandering in between dark'ish tectonic low end shifts and harsh Industrial Ambient / Rhythm Industrial, spanning from raw, lost and desolate post-tribal drumming to abrasive echoes of early Industrial music, dark electronics creeping up from hidden subsurface vaults as well as eerie takes on outerdimensional Dark Ambient scores seeping through from The Backrooms and other most monolithic sonic events which will turn your worst nightmares into extended journeys into the horrors hidden deep within. Highly recommended, yet not - we repeat: NOT - suitable for the faint hearted by any means.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Martin Taxt - Second Room [Sofa Music]

Scheduled for release on May 27th, 2k22 via the longtime established Norwegian staple that is Sofa Music is "Second Room", the new album conceived by composer x artist Martin Taxt and the second one in a series of conceptual albums inspired by the works of Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto and his perception of architectural spaces. Like its 2k20 predecessor "First Room" based on the sounds and explorations of microtonal tuba playing Taxt - alongside a handful of contributing musicians on hand bells, double bass, organ, alto sax and modular synthesizer - provides a warm, contemplative, yet relatively dramatic take on (Dark)Ambient-infused Deep Listening Music from the very beginning of the opener "Cave vs Nest" onwards which caters both klaxon'esque drone sequences as well as quick, distinct harmonic shifts within the same piece whereas the subsequent "Swelling Forms Of Domes" indulges deeply in longing, minimalist and somewhat maritime dronings and, once again, evokes memories of acts like Kallabris for those who've been into this field for a while before dissolving into wafts of icy, yet beautiful sonic crystals after a swirling climax of sorts. Furthermore "Paving Seen From Above" builds its structure off of modified hand bell pulses and carefully executed atmospheric layerings and sinewave sweeps which slowly transform into more dark'ish, contemplative widescreen panoramas whilst the concluding cut named "Disruption, Disjunction, Deconstruction" ends on a predominantly non-disruptive note in comparison to the rest of the albums tracks, yet might provide both the darkest, most brooding tectonic low end shiftings as well as the brightest, or at least most recognizable and majestic melodic features on "Second Room" which bring to mind classic landscape paintings by renowned artists like Caspar David Friedrich and others of his era, especially those incorporating mountain ranges, forests and deer to cross over into another realm of fine arts for a reason. Go check.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Instruments Of Happiness - Slow, Quiet Music In Search Of Electric Happiness [Redshift Records]

Released via Canadian label Redshift Records on April 22nd, 2k22 is "Slow, Quiet Music In Search Of Electric Happiness", the third official full length album by the Montreal-based guitar ensemble known as Instruments Of Happiness in which the group comprised of Tim Brady, Jonathan Barriault, Simon Duschene and Francis Brunet Turcotte interprets a total of four pieces specifically commissioned for this album, each with an approximate playtime of roughly 14 minutes in total. These pieces, written by the likes of Louise Campbell, Rose Bolton, Andrew Noseworthy and Andrew Staniland were recorded live in Montreal on February 15, 2k20 under all necessary measures and precautions applied on the artists due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and provide a sonic ark spanning from the eerie, almost stage play suitable / score'esque, slightly twangy and nocturnal Desert Post-PostRock of the spine-tingling opening piece that is "Sideways" which slowly works its way towards heavy, multilayered and slightly Psychedelia-infused DesertRock to the subsequent "Nine Kinds Of Joy" which weighs in a sonic stream of a soft and droning, almost ethereal Ambient quality which makes one easily forget that these sounds are the result of an actual live performance and not electronically generated even though a slow progression towards a folksy, naturalistic variation of what might be called PopAmbient by fans and followers of Cologne's Kompakt Records label occurs later down the line. Furthermore "Traps, Taboos, Tradition" dives deep into the realm of stripped down, spatial and resonating electric guitar tones, providing us with a calm, all embracing and thought provoking deep listening approach before "Notre-Dame Is Burning" drifts off into a dream state of tempered feedbacks, large scale panoramas and distinct, masterfully executed solos which bring to mind a plethora of Cosmic-leaning releases which somewhat provided a sonic tapestry for many a trip-induced journey of the human mind throughout the 70s. If that's a thing you can relate to in some way or another " Slow, Quiet Music In Search Of Electric Happiness" might turn out to be a well valuable addition to your album collection for a reason. Check.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

19.05.2022 baze.djunkiii presents Nu Body Movements Volume 1 @ Radio Flouka / Paris (2200 GMT+1)

Welcome to the dancefloor. Welcome to excess. Hamburg-based Radio Flouka-resident baze.djunkiii, still a dedicated raver at heart, is cooking up an uplifting soundtrack for your personal escapism with this hour long blended selection. The ingredients: large scale vocal anthems, bigroom bang0rz, a foundation of intense Techno, bubbling Acid, obvious EBM-influences as well as hints of ElectroHouse and a ton of vinyl records. That's all it needs for maximum action. So go and... move your ass!

decks: baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings / El Caballo Semental]

file under: Techno / Acid / ElectroHouse / EBM

transmission time: 22oo - 23oo GMT+1

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Lagowski - Danger! Robots And Melting [lagowski.com]

Coming in from long time standing UK-based artist and producer Andrew Lagowski a.k.a. Lagowski is his latest self-released album, the seven tracks and roughly 54 minutes spanning "Danger! Robots And Melting". Put out on the circuit as a limited, hand-numbered collectible CD-r edition of only 50 pieces worldwide  Lagowski's most recent longplay outing is not only a strong contender for one of the best album titles of all time ever but also provides another excellent example of the British artists unique and highly recognizable vision of sci-fi-infused electronic music, from the swinging Breakbeat Dubstep rhythms paired with playful IDM melodies in the albums opener "Kawaii Fractant" to the deep, hypnotic TechnoTrance vibes of the subsequent cut that is "Scatter 6" as well as the driving, yet atmospheric and uplifting Broken Techno sequences to be found in "Kill Devil Hills Mix 3" with its catchy synth melodies and distinct battle bleeps. Furthermore "Fact *Robovox Rework" weighs in ethereal, slowly building Ambient x Deep Listening Music for dedicated fans of Lagowski's S.E.T.I. project with somewhat of a dry, Phonk- / Electronica-leaning twist, the "Bubble Mixture" astoundingly gives off an dark and abstract Instrumental Grime vibe for those who love producers like East Man or Basic Rhythm and would be interesting to be seen being tackled by a plethora of spitting MC's whereas "1331" weighs in swinging ElectroPhonk for late night dancefloor vibeouts before "Purple 8" rounds things off on a hypnotic, spine-tingling and expertly layered RoboTech tip which could do some real damage in the hands of capable and highly adventurous DJ's out there, especially with the well unexpected drop of Balearic pads and guitars way deep into the tunes total runtime of roughly 5 minutes. Recommended for a reason, this.

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The D3VI7 - The B Master [Urbangroove Records 047 Promo]

Put out on the digital circuit via Italian label Urbangroove Records as their cat.no. 047 on March 31st, 2k22 is "The B Master", another fresh single release produced by no-one less than The D3VI7 himself. Opening with the original version of "The B Master" the hell'ish creator brings forth a stripped down, subaquatic vision of highly functional, ominous and almost 'troity Techno paying homage to originators like Robert Hood and the likes of whilst the second variation, a remix crafted by Flensburg / Germany based DJ Nightnoise approaches a realm of dark, modernistic and most reverberating SloMo Techno accompanied by eerie atmospheric warpings and an extended mid-track breakdown catering to the most goth of all HipsterGoth Techno floors to be found below the streets of Berlin. We're in for the original, though.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Kristine Scholz - Plays Otte And Cage [Thanatosis Produktion 009]

Put out on the circuit via Swedish label Thanatosis Produktion as their cat.no. 009 is Kristine Scholz' "Plays Otte And Cage" which sees the 1944-born pianist providing her take on pieces by highly influential composers Hans Otte and John Cage, accompanied by an extended set of liner notes in the albums booklet. With the first half of this 41.41 minutes spanning release covering Hans Otte's "Das Buch Der Klänge IV / II / IX / XII" with pieces being played in this particular order Scholz provides a set of expressions ranging from sparse and almost noir'esque to playful and frolicking cascades of repetetive, yet ever changing nature before John Cage's "Music For Piano 4-19", an extended composition of 19+ minutes total duration, brings forward a deeply nocturnal solo piano experience, being an astoundingly accessible, yet monolithic, abstract and mininimalist body of work transcending regular structures of space and time which hovers slightly beyond and above our known universe and therefore is our favorite cut on this longplay piece. Recommended to all fans of Contemporary Classical music and deep listening piano exercises, this.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Eldritch Priest - Omphaloskepsis [Halocline Trance 026]

Released via Toronto-based and Egyptrixx-run imprint Halocline Trance on March 4th, 2k22 is "Omphaloskepsis", the most wondrous one take album debut by Vancouver's composer x writer x performer Eldritch Priest who caters a strangely meandering, 54 minutes spanning body of work based on and built around an ever changing, twangy and introspective, somewhat Jazz-infused guitar line of seemingly improvisational nature which never reaches a point of resolution or coming full cycle over its entire runtime whilst being accompanied by musically parallel piano sequences, random distortions and electric guitar riffing as well as additional electronic processings which, despite being calm and mostly stripped down in nature, make this one a listening experience hard to tackle for anyone looking for a traceable, comprehensible musical structure for their personal enjoyment. This is way up in the realm of the avantgarde and probably one of the best sonic depictions of how life with ADHD must feel like, a plethora of possibilities and options of which none are really pursued or meant to come to full fruition, even if "Omphaloskepsis" probably was never intended to function in this specific way. A conceptual music beyond any genre, with Contemporary Jazz probably being the closest or most suitable drawer to put this one in.

Knarz Maschine - Acid Knarz EP [Psychocandies 099 Promo]

Next up on the ever busy digital imprint that is known as Psychocandies is the "Acid Knarz EP", the latest three track single by the somewhat mysterious producer named Knarz Maschine. Opening with "Acid Knarz 3" we see Knarz Maschine on a slightly psychedelic, tripped out Techno tip accompanied by weird, creepy soundscapes seeping through from the offset otherworld whereas the subsequent "Acid Knarz 2" pulls off a somewhat warped and wobbling, eerily shifting variation of Broken Techno both reminiscent of psycho horror and a hyperdark variation of early Knarz tracks brought forward by the (sub)genres inventor Thomas P. Heckmann before the final cut aptly named "Acid Knarz 1" brings on hounded, relentless and well whipping uptempo Techno for rave floors lit by strobes on maximum speed, sending punters to a new dimension with the addition of a whirling, ever spiralling PsychoAcid sequence which introduces the next level of intensity at its first appearance around mid-track and therefore turns this final one into our favorite cut out of the three featured on this single.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

RG Rough - 70 [Bam Balam Records 089]

Put out on the circuit via Bordeaux' ever active Bam Balam Records label on April 23rd. 2k22 is "70", the fifth full length album cooked up by Robert G. Rough a.k.a. RG Rough for the imprint within a little more than three years since his first appearance on Bam Balam Records in 2k19. Split in two parts aptly named "70 71 72 73 74" and "75 76 77 78 79" respectively which are covering a playtime of roughly 44 minutes in total we're following RG Rough on an extended trip into most krautsy territories over the course of this album, drifting away into a new state of trance whilst listening to fever'ish, repetetive, yet slowly evolving rhythm signatures accompanied by evermore densely growing layers of instruments, eerie, otherworldly dronings and truly (Neo)Cosmic workouts, psychedelic Ambient x PostRock amalgamations, somewhat retrofuturistic sequences, deep, emotional synth dreamscapes, avantgarde cut-up episodes leading into tense SpaceRock instrumentals and other goodness made to please fans of classic KrautRock as well as more contemporary sounds provided by acts like Zombie Zombie, A Gang Of Crows, Padded Cell and the likes of. This is a trip.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Jens Mueller - Marudi EP [Psychocandies 098 Promo]

Put out on the digital circuit via Psychocandies only recently as the imprints cat.no. 098 is Jens Mueller's "Marudi EP" which features the original version straight from the studio of the German producer as well as two additional remixes. The original "Marudi" sees the head honcho of the Sound Kleckse Radio Show on a deep, ethereal TechTrance tip for an intro sequence before spiralling synths lead the way for a pumping, highly functional Techno workout whilst the subsequent relick by P.T.B.S weighs in dark'ish, almost threatening atmospheres alongside a relentless, ever marching drum foundation only knowing one way - forward! - to provide fodder for all peak time dancefloors whereas the closing variation a.k.a. the "Marudi *Afflicted Remix" dives head over heels into classic, bubbling AcidTrance territories to provide a sweet hypnotic variation for all oldskool ravers dearly missing thick fog, flashing laser lights and epic mid-tune breakdowns for a reason. Yet, Afflicted have got you covered.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Linnea Talp - Arch Of Motion [Thanatosis Produktion]

Another fresh one on the rapidly expanding Swedish avantgarde imprint that is Thanatosis Produktion is "Arch Of Motion", the first full on solo album by composer x organist Linnea Talp. Put out on the circuit on April 29th, 2k22 the 31 minutes spanning album covers a total of eight pieces which see Linnea Talp on pipe organ and modular synth accompanied by a set of contributing guest artists providing additional layers of vocals, flute, grand piano, guitar and more, with everything falling into place in an almost Ambient'esque fashion, providing sustained yet textured tones and chords, revealing more and more hidden detail with each and every tonal change, a comforting, almost microtonal journey resulting in washed out, klaxon'esque pieces like the longing "Going Nowhere" or the subsequent "Mending (Light Pressure)" which both sound like one would picture an extended walk through the more industrial, container-loading environment of a modern harbour on a random, yet brutally fogged out November Sunday afternoon to look like - somewhat bleak, yet most beautiful - whilst "Rasunda Kyrka (Exhale)" almost borders on Minimal and x or Dark Ambient in a certain way just to pick a few outstanding pieces here. If those strolls in lost industrial spaces are a part of your regular routine anyway this album should be your future soundtrack for activities like this. Go check.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Monday, May 09, 2022

Kaja Draksler - In Otherness Oneself [Unsounds 073]

Released via the more than two decades of continuous output strong Unsounds label on April 5th, 2k22 is "In Otherness Oneself", the latest longplay outing by Slovenian pianist x composer Kaja Draksler. Taking inspiration off of her ability to speak and understand multiple languages Draksler approached this album with a rough outline of an idea to develop a variety of different languages for her instrument of choice which finally ended up influencing one another at certain moments similar to how everyday languages and dialects are in a constant state of flux, exchange and dialogue, ending up with an end result that can be described as a deep and oftentimes stripped down take on Contemporary Classical music. Opening with an excerpt of a vintage recitation of a 1962-written poem followed by thoughtful, slightly romantic piano etudes Draksler sets the tone for all things to come, be it detailed and dramatic waves of sound, faint echoes of somewhat classical vocal performances to more Avantgarde-leaning, somewhat retrofuturist, agitated and computational pieces like "Prst, Roka, Laket" or even, if yet abstract, references to Jazz as well as experimental scores from a now long gone, monochromatic era of cinematography which are especially prevalent in bits like the second to last cut that is "Startonuti". One to check out for fans of modern solo piano performances and other variations of Modern Classical composition.

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Sunday, May 08, 2022

Red Green Blue - The End And The Beginning [Astral Spirits Records]

Set for release on June 3rd, 2k22 via Austin, Texas-based label Astral Spirits Records is "The End And The Beginning" which marks the first ever longplay release for the American triplet of artists known as Red Green Blue who are joined by composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ben La Mar Gay for the second cut of this extended two track album. Spanning a total of roughly 44 minutes "The Beginning" incorporates the first half of this release, fusing acoustic instruments and electronic sounds in a tender, slowly evolving fashion which amalgamates a comforting sense of ambience with both what could be described as Minimal Krautrock and a deep, slightly washed out Dark Jazz / Future Jazz approach, continuously drifting beyond the limitations of space and time whereas the aptly named piece "The End" provides a similar, yet somewhat lighter take on tender minimalisms whilst incorporating a few additional sequences of classic, free-floating to growingly intense Jazz improvisations with actual brass instruments and a certain sense of nocturnal melancholia present which probably makes this one more accessible to genre connaisseurs that haven't explored much at the fringes of what Jazz can be... yet. Deep.

The D3VI7 - The Source [Pulsewave Records 0097 Promo]

And he's back. The D3VI7 brings forth another digital one track single on the Japanese Pulsewave Records label, this time the imprints cat.no. 0097 which has been released on May 1st, 2k22. Exploring functional, slightly muffled and ultra bass heavy TechHouse / HardHouse territories The D3VI7 combines highly seductive underground grooves with a banging, ever repeating oldskool stab motif and a bubbly, slowly building Acid synth line to bring on heat in the hours after extended after hours. Music to be played on dancefloors when it's getting dark again after a night out. You know the score.

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Heldon - Antelast [Bam Balam Records 091]

Put out on the circuit via Bordeaux-based label Bam Balam Records on April 23rd, 2k22 is "Antelast", the latest album outing by long standing French Experimental / Avantgarde Rock outfit Heldon. With their first longplay release going way back to 1974 the project founded by Richard Pinhas presents a five part session with its individual pieces, all of them recorded live at the Lieu Unique venue in Nantes in 2k19, aptly titled "Antelast One - Five" subsequently. The trio comprised of founder Richard Pinhas alongside Arthur Nancy and Florian Tatard starts off with a combination of droning guitar feedbacks and electronic atmospheres in a truly (Neo)Cosmic fashion soon met with a loose, yet thundering continuous build up of ever more complex drum layers slowly falling into place over the course of minutes, partly bringing to mind a picture of an occult and twisted version of Magma existing somewhere in a parallel dimension seamlessly transferring into fever'ish, animalistic drum excesses of ever growing intensity, endless rides through heavy Psychedelic and Progressive Rock realms as well as slightly krautsy variations which are especially prevalent in the almost militant "Antelast Four" before the concluding feedback madness of "Antelast Five" comes to an abrupt and somewhat unsatisfying halt and leaves the listener on cliffhanger without a proper denouement. Defo a heavy listening experience, this, which probably needs more than one dedicated session to fully unfold.

Friday, May 06, 2022

Robert Takahashi Crouch - Ritual Variations [Room40 Promo]

Actually released on May 6th, 2k22 via the Australian Room40 label is "Ritual Variations", the latest album by L.A.'s Robert Takahashi Crouch - or better: an extended remix ode to "Ritual", the opening tune of his last full length piece "Jubilee" which was put out on the circuit back in 2k21. With the original two hours of recorded source material at hand which used to make up the foundation from which "Ritual" was derived we see a total of eight artists, Crouch himself included, bringing this source material to life again - and into a new form. Over the course of 72+ minutes the reworks provided by the likes of Room40 head honcho Lawrence English, Yann Novak, Christina Giannone and others cover a sonic spectrum ranging from icy and glistening Ambient structures to a tender stream of slowly evolving Deep Listening Music, extremely eerie, otherworldly minimalism paired with overwhelming low end pulses and faint echoes of (Neo)Cosmic to be found in Faith Coloccia's "Voice VI Compression Ratio" as well as stripped down athmospheric drone textures, brittle, trembling ambience, tectonic shifts accompanied by spatial crackles and beyond just to lay out a rough idea of what is to be found on this one. If you're a dedicated Ambient collector and x or fan of the Room40 outft in general this one might be a well suitable addition to your collection.

Hanzzo - Resonanzz [Orks 008 Promo]

Released on the digital circuit via Orks as the labels cat.no. 008 on March 20th, 2k22 is "Resonanzz", the latest single by German underground producer Hanzzo. With his original version of "Resonanzz" Hanzzo explores a realm of hefty, reverberating Bigroom Techno with a muffled, tool-oriented attitude whilst the subsequent rework by Mr. Wox brings on a cleaner, more stomping and compressed approach, focusing on functional filter works, echoes of eerie vocal samples and overall dark'ish atmospheres. Furthermore "Resonanzz *P.T.B.S Remix" approaches Hanzzo's original work from a well different angle, transforming the initial cut into a twisted variation of rhythmically complex Broken Techno hyperbrutalism before the final rework on this release sees The D3VI7 on studio duties, speeding things up on the fast lane for all contemporary HardTechno ravers out on strobe lit dancefloors these days. Overall a properly executed release from a technical point of view, yet a little too functional and nondescript to actually really stick out or impress.

Thursday, May 05, 2022

The D3VI7 - Trip to The Moon [Pulsewave Records 0096 Promo]

Released via the Japanese imprint Pulsewave Records as a digital one track single on February 26, 2k22 is "Trip To The Moon", another fresh one produced by noone less than The D3VI7 himself. Weighing in a surprisingly trippy, twisted and psychedelic take on late night dancefloor sounds the German underground producer pairs gooey, swampy and ever meandering midrange synths with uplifting Trance progressions, dubbed out bass pulses and sharp, widely unprocessed hi-hat works for those oldskool ravers who still remember and appreciate the raw, almost demo'esque quality of productions of the early to mid-90s in comparison to today's super polished studio standards.

Jana Irmert - What Happens At Night [Fabrique Records 097]

Put out on the circuit via Vienna's Fabrique Records on April 29th, 2k22 is "What Happens At Night", the latest four tracks and 28 spanning EP / mini album by Berlin-based composer x sound artist Jana Irmert who first appeared on the label with her 2016 debut "End Of Absence". Opening with "Particles" Jana Irmert presents a vast and spatial realm of ambience defined by echoing, slightly psychedelic Field Recordings alongside calm, meditative rhythm signatures as well as extended, comforting droning and tectonic low end movements followed by the subsequent "Ashes", an exercise in classic, yet well nocturnal Ambient minimalism. Furthermore "Dust Is The Rust Of Time" brings forth an amalgamation of swelling low end drones and subdued, stripped down Electronica textures reminiscent of deepest Deep Listening Music once brought forward by now defunct labels like Isolate before the concluding "Stratum" pairs echoes of DarkAmbient with humungous tectonic shifts, cavernous rhythms and drowning, yet glistening melodic fragments shimmering through form underneath the vast and vantablack embankments of sound which make up the very foundation of this closing piece. Good stuff, this.

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

El Khat - Albat Alawi Op. 99 [Glitterbeat 121 Promo]

Put out on the circuit via Glitterbeat on March 25th, 2k22 is "Albat Alawi Op.99", the sophomore album by Tel Aviv-based four piece band El Khat led by Yemen-born singer / musical mastermind Eyal El Wahab. With the production halted, hindered and hold up for many a month due to the strict Israeli lockdown policy the album is partly a reflection of this time, once again realized on a plethora of self-built, self-invented instruments with a diy-ethos that turns other peoples scrap into something useful and creative with the result being a melange of traditional Arab rhythms and influences, slightly infused by Psychedelia as well as dark'ish Jazz with a Morricone'esque twist and 70s SingerSongwriter / Hippie Folk ("La Sama") whilst stripped down, yet captivating dance tunes like "Ala Al Ma" are able to set dancefloors on fire well beyond the Arab world whereas the concluding title cut "Albat Alawi Op. 99" provides an intense, experimental fusion of real life droning and muffled drum signature for a closing just to name few. Well intredasting and probably a contemporary starting point for those daring to dive deeper into the world of multinational Arab music.

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Too Tall To Sing - New Dance Moves [Shhpuma 070]

Released via the Portuguese label Shhpuma only recently is "New Dance Moves", the latest collaborational album effort conceived by Flin Van Hemmen and Jozef Dumoulin under their shared moniker that is Too Tall To Sing. Created via sending digital files back and forth between New York and Paris respectively the nine tracks and 47 minutes spanning album, which is their first dedicated conjunctional duo effort, is based on a process of sampling, re-sampling and oftentimes radically reprocessing a foundation laid down by a combination of piano, percussion, vocals, e-drums and keyboards, all meshed and melted down into a washed out, psychedelic dreamstate of hyperabstract FutureJazz meets Electronica textures in the opener "Allerlei" whereas the subsequent "Little Bird Of Bad Omen (Ty-Yt)", the first piece of their recording session which laid out the path for all things to come thereafter, covers tender and dreamy Piano Ambient grounds, the stripped down piece that is "Familie" seems to be exclusively derived from Field Recordings of clanging and grinding metal pieces, some of them of large scale, later accompanied by minimal rhythm programming hidden deep with the background of the overall mix and the ingeniously titled "We're Not Doing Much Socializing" opens with a surreal, almost movie'esque conversation about wearing masks accompanied by haunting piano noir improvisations before drifting off into deep misty Ambient / Deep Listening Music territories just to name a few. A well interesting and diverse album which exceed the realm of Jazz the two musicians invlvd are at home at by many a mile. Go check.

Album artwork on Instagram!

The D3VI7 - Nuke Vol. 13 [Nuke The Planet 013 Promo]

Another fresh one put out on the digital circuit is the latest release of the somewhat mysterious imprint named Nuke The Planet which brings forth The D3VI7's "Nuke Vol. 13", the next in a continuous series of one track singles produced by a variety of artists over the past years. This being said we see The D3VI7 on a well brutalist tip with this one, catering a highly compressed and therefore slightly distorted HardTechno x Hardcore fusion featuring distinct, braincell-wrenching filter works, grinding Industrial sounds as well as a toxic, modulated and twisted, yet non-acidic high frequency motif which functions as a deadly precursor of the sonic apocalypse to come. Violence!

Monday, May 02, 2022

Robert Haigh - Human Remains [Unseen Worlds 043]

Put out on the circuit via Unseen Worlds in CD format on March 18th, 2k22 with a full vinyl release to approximately follow up in November this year is "Human Remains", presumably the final new album ever to be released by long standing British producer Robert Haigh who's planning to focus on painting and other creative outputs after being invlvd with music for roughly four decades now. Spanning a total of thirteen new compositions and a total of approx. 40 minutes runtime Haigh's parting journey provides a tender, almost romantic and melancholia-inducing take on a variety of inward looking, for the most part unprocessed solo piano exercises which, in their purist beauty and floating, crystalline form, might speak to an audience well different to what the Unseen Worlds usually covers and will probably crossover into the realm of (Neo)Classical x Contemporary Classical apart from finding its home in the crates of dedicated Piano Ambient collectors as well. File under: timeless and unscathed music to be experienced alongside a loved one. Also: beware of the highly dramatic "Baroque Atom" which finally breaks the cycle of solo piano performance towards the very end of the longplayer, presenting layers of agitated strings and intense bassline pressure for a sudden and well surprising change of the overall course.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Replica Ghost - An American Movie [self-released]

Coming in via mail from the former capital of Western Germany, Bonn, only recently is "An American Movie", the latest and self-released album by Turkish producer Ergün Aktürk a.k.a. Replica Ghost who realized this roughly 58 minutes spanning longplay outing with the help of long-standing Cologne-based producer Robert Feuchtl a.k.a. Bob Humid. Put out on the circuit on March 18th, 2k22 the twelve tracks, or better: songs, featured on "An American Movie" are covering a musical ark ranging from heavy Rock x BigBeat fusion bits for fans of massive riffs, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or even Björk's raw alltime classic "Army Of Me", electronically fused Grunge x Metal crossovers, vocals informed by dramatically bored 90s Alternative x Leftfield Pop singers, wall-of-sound production techniques and still unmatched muscial phenomena like Pop Will Eat Itself whereas singular tunes like "Blue Me Blue You" are fusing Bob Humid's Drum'n'Bass / Breakbeat history with lighter, slightly psychedelic vintage aesthetics once employed by the likes of Towa Tei, Cornelius or Pizzicato Five. Furthermore we do find hints of smoked out SynthPop with a Marlene Dietrich'esque twist, 4-2-the-floor based IndieDance / NuRave efforts as well as surprisingly tender and dreamy Indietronica / PostRock ballads ("Flora & Fauna"), well seductive late night Pop ("Raw Chocolate"), tripped out Madchester Rave variations and more which make "An American Movie" an interesting and well diverse yet also hard to grasp body of work due its sheer sonic variety and versatility with multiple dedicated listening sessions needed to unlock all its level.

Sunday, May 01, 2022

baze.djunkiii Charts 05/2k22

01. Jensen Interceptor & DJ Fuckoff - Club Angels EP [Dancetrax 036]
What a massive release this is. Jensen Interceptor & DJ Fuckoff bring on massive Ghettobass / Booty Electro / Electro Bass heat with this four track 12" vinyl release on the Unknown To The Unknown offspring known as Dance Trax and therefore provide another worthwhile contribution to the genres most recent resurgence. Get down and dirty and NSFW and prepare for some serious highspeed action brought on by the B1 cut named "Drop Your Pants" which also dabbles with banging Chicago Basement-influences for peak time abuse. 100% dancefloor destruction guaranteed.

02. Mark Vernon - Time Deferred [Gagarin Records]
See review for details...

03. No More - Suicide Commando [El Caballo Semental 002]
See announcement post for details...

04. Jana Rush - Painful Enlightenment [Planet Mu 428]
Chicago's finest Juke / Footwork export Jana Rush dropped her first solo album for Mike Paradinas' seminal Planet Mu label last year and despite being a little late to the party in terms of purchasing it this one defo needs to be mentioned and highlighted for its brooding, sparse and unique take on the genre, from the Jazz-infused opener "Moanin'" to the most abstract, yet hard hitting follow up that is "Suicidal Ideation" as well as the Disco-citing high energy peak time effort that is "Disturbed", the robo-mechanical sci-fi warfare soundtrack piece aptly named "Intergalactic Battle" and the vantablack late night bang0r that is "Just A Taste" - with both tunes last mentioned created by Jana Rush alongside DJ Paypal just to name a few. An album that exceeds way beyond the realm of Juke / Footwork and elevates the genre to a whole new level. Recommended. Get.

05. Anschein. - Uberkomplexx. [Anschein 001]
See review for details...

06. Xposed 4heads - Planet A' Go-Go [Internal Combustion 004]
See review for details...

07. King Pepe - Acapulco / Hei Mond [DGM 1302]
Something for collectors of the obscure and more leftfield. The Swiss-based singer x songwriter King Pepe brings on cheesy, nocturnal lo-fi Easy Listening as well as Drum'n'Bass meets Pizzicato Five-reminiscing vibes paired with Swiss German lyrics on primitive art printed whitelabel 7" vinyl which makes this one an interesting addition to the collection for all lovers of Leftfield Pop and beyond.

08. Beam Up & Bukkha - Double Trouble / One Shot [45Seven 022]
Leipzig's long-standing 45Seven imprint strikes again with a 7" double feature produced by Beam Up & Bukkha which marks their third appearance on the label since 2k15, once again presenting a quality take on contemporary, yet Roots-informed Jungle Dub music for deepest dancefloor sessions, weighing in everything from warped basslines, echo'ing vocal bits as well as filtered horn offbeats to classic melodica / synth lines for those in the know.

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The D3VI7 - Back On You EP [Fresscode Records 010 Promo]

Another fresh one put out on the digital circuit most recently is The D3VI7's "Back On You", released as latest three track EP and cat.no. 010 of the German underground label that is Fresscode Records. Opening with "Back To House" we're staring into a surprisingly not so hell'ish vortex created from elastic, pumping and slightly Progressive leaning TechHouse backed by a bassline sequence slightly reminiscent of a Josh Wink classic of yore whereas "On You" provides a twisted, slow motion Tech vs anti-groove vision atop a brooding, well fascinating bassline to be loved by those who've danced their ass off to tunes like Thomas Schumacher's "Schall" in the 90s before the final cut that is "Bum Bum Bum" weighs in rolling, Tribal-infused ToolTechno goodness as a foundation for a sparse, yet sparkling and ever so slightly changing synth motif that screams futurism still, even though sequences like this have been used and abused by masters of 'troity minimalism for 25+ years now. Mark "Bum Bum Bum" as our personal favorite here.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Sirom - The Liquified Throne Of Simplicity [Glitterbeat / Tak:til Promo]

Put out on the circuit via the Glitterbeat Records offspring known as Tak:til on April 8th, 2k22 is "The Liquified Throne Of Simplicity", the fourth ever full length album conceived by the Slovenenian trio Sirom and their third longplayer for the label since their first appearance in 2k17. Comprised of the artistic triple of Ana Kravanja, Iztok Koren and Samo Kution Sirom once again are diving deep into a realm described as 'imaginery Folk' in the accompanying press release, presenting a total of five vastly extended pieces stretched out over the course of 77+ minutes, drawing inspiration from the rich history of their Slovenian motherland as well as echoes of echoes of traditional music native to Southeastern Europe and the Balkan region to create a dreamlike voyage through seemingly endless sonic realms of natural beauty, formed by dense layers of krautsy rhythms, sustained drones created by both wind and string instruments, a certain fever'ish un-reality and slightly blurred or washed out textures, a stream of tender and beautiful Folk meets (Neo)Classical fusion works with almost Asian implementations when it comes to "Gazes, Wrinkles, Drifts Into Sleep" as well as spaced out minimal Desert PostRock of somewhat haunting quality ("A Bluish Flickering"), frolicking, folksy and somewhat even trance-inducing Desert Blues / Abstract Americana vibes and other goodness which makes "The Liquified Throne Of Simplicity" probably one of the most interesting releases on Tak:til so far. Check.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Johan Berthling - Björnhorn [Thanatosis Produktion 012]

Put out on the circuit via Stockholm-based Avantgarde-imprint Thanatosis Produktion on April 20th, 2k22 is "Björnhorn", the full length album debut by Swedish bass player Johan Berthling who's taking us on a seven tracks and roughly 37 minutes spanning sonic journey on this hand-numbered CD release which is limited to a total of 100 copies worldwide. Fully focusing on the double bass as his instrument of choice and with all but one track being named "Björnhorn" Johan Berthling provides a quite far out and partially off-kilter vision of a contemporary double bass performance, going from raw, powerful and untamed bow treatments to tenderly plugged strings of a dark'ish, minimalist, yet spatial and atmospheric quality ("Björnhorn II") via brooding and scraping DarkJazz / DarkAmbient-leaning experimentalisms ("Björnhorn III") as well as sustained, unsettling Desert Drone ("Björnhorn IV") and things way beyond, including Desert Blues references in ("Björnhorn V") which will surely appear to a probably limited, yet well dedicated Avantgarde audience for a reason. If this is you - go and check this one out.

Album artwork on Instagram!

The D3VI7 - Hooker [Dizzy Tunes Promo]

Put out on the digital circuit via the renowned Dizzy Tunes imprint on April 1st, 2k22 is "Hooker" - a new digital six track single forged and bent by noone less than The D3VI7 himself. Opening with "Monopoly" the count of darkness provides a muscular and well pumping take on Acid-infused hyperfunctional HardHouse whereas the follow up "It's All about Acid" sticks to its guns and dissolves every punters braincells with raw and untamed take on hounded, fast paced MonoAcid whilst the title cut that is "Hooker" pairs stomping Chicago Techno / Chicago Basement and screaming, toxic Acid modulations for fans of Green Velvet, DJ Rush and the likes of. Furthermore the "Law" kills punters on the spot with its distorted approach towards spiralling, bubbly and hyperbrutal MonoAcid, "Changes" brings forth a variation of clattering Acid Downbeat and cut up R'n'B vocal bits for a change as well as for lovers of early Fauna Flash productions whereas the final cut that is "Kalibrator" explores a realm of muffled, deeply twisted, yet somewhat positive ElectroPhonk for a closing, vibewise well similar to Kerosene's seminal "Songs From The Wood" released on Chrome back in 1996 before the label went full on Drum'n'Bass. Good stuff, this.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Afflicted - Dreamland EP [Dancefloor Socialism 012 Promo]

Put out on the digital circuit via Dancefloor Socialism as the labels cat.no. 012 is the "Dreamland EP", the latest two track single produced by the German underground duo that is Afflicted. Opening with the title cut "Dreamland" the joint venture project enters a realm of deep and pumping Intelligent Techno paired with decent bubbling Acid synths and most beautiful ProtoTrance string arrangements for a late night trip into the outer realms of the human consciousness whereas the subsequent "Newavnbass" weighs in a massive surprise with its rattling, clattering and slighty oldskool'ish Drum'n'Bass vibe, bringing forth nothing but raw explosive energy, ethereal strings and a destructive monster bass which surely sets out to kill punters straight at the heart of the dancefloor. Tunage!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Dr. NoiseM - Studio Works 33 [Dr. NoiseM Tapes Promo]

Yes, he's back. Dr. NoiseM, one of the most elusive and secretive underground Noize x Cold Ambient producers within the already very niche scene, provides us with a new longplay outing, the thirty-third volume of his ongoing 'Studio Works' series. Opening with "xxxx2" the long standing sound bender dives deep into calm, nocturnal and hyperminimal Ambient accompanied by earth shaking low end rumbles on the brink of the audible spectrum before the follow up that is "Bold System" provides the exact opposite with a grinding, yet strangely harmonic and comforting wall of digital feedback Noize that stretches over the course of 18+ minutes whereas "My Bold" picks up on a similar, yet more brutalist approach in its attempt to slowly grind your soul to bits and "Batmans Cave", once again, harks back to the artists trademark use of haunting respiratory sounds, this time in combination with angelic, glistening and outerworldly non-vocalisms as well as icy swaths of vantablack darkness blown over from afar. Furthermore "Burn In Hell" tells tales of unseen sonic horrors and well bent, off-kilter midrange modulations of obviously interdimensional origin appealing only to the headstrong, "Die Annäherung Des Mutterschiffes" is more of a buzzing and electric affair which is surely applicable to provide a sense of imminent danger and hostility in a sci-fi score context, "HNW" re-introduces the icy, spatial and somewhat angelic, solemn minimalism oftentimes present in Dr. NoiseM's work ever since the artist first emerged on the the scene before the final piece "Post Mortem" weighs in a short take on eerie, hyperminimalist textures for a closing. You know the score.

Lydian Dunbar - Blue Sleep [Room40 Promo]

Scheduled for release on April 29th, 2k22 via the Room40 label is "Blue Sleep", the latest solo album effort created by Australian artist x composer Lydian Dunbar, also known and recognized for his work with the group / project Tralala Blip. Inspired by a day of surfing and chilling at the Byron Bay area Dunbar set out to captivate his state of mind experienced in this eight tracks and roughly 41 minutes spanning album, taking us on a journey into a realm of slowly, yet continuously evolving sonic textures from the rather brooding and DarkAmbient leaning drones of the opener "Dust Motor Reduction" onwards, followed by the comforting, slightly washed out harmonics of the title track as well as the rather intense and enormous tectonic shifts of "A Whale Is Dreaming Me" to the glistening, slightly off-kilter and yet calming, angelic Ambient vibe of "Beach Shelter". Furthermore Dunbar's well minimalist "Sky Hum" provides a feeling of undisturbed peace like the sound of a small plane crossing clear blue skies somewhere in a far distance, "Dust Motor Full" provides a more unsettling (Un)Ambient vibe set by granular distortion and a maelstrom of icy, ever twisted and tormented synth harmonies to be found hidden deep within the mix whilst the "Soft Fingers Of The Monster" weigh in the most harmonic and melodic approach towards what could almost be described as slightly washed out Ambient before the closing cut that is "Ballina Breakwall" fully immerses itself in a sustained widescreen variation of Deep Listening Music for a well comforting finish. One for all the die-hard Ambient headz out there.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

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Monday, April 25, 2022

baze.djunkiii Chart Haul 04/2k22

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Ilitch - PTM Works 2 [Trace Label 057]

Scheduled for release via the French Trace Label imprint on May 3rd, 2k22 is "PTM Works 2", the new album outing by the long standing group / project named Ilitch which has shrunken down to being a duo effort by Patrick and Thierry Müller these days despite providing a home for a variety of artists since its first longplay inception in 1978. Within a total of 14 compositions the two brothers tackle the reality of their ordinary childhood which is falsely depicted as happy in the family pictures the two shared on the 7" triple gatefold cover over the course of roughly 74 minutes. Yet, diving into their shared work as Ilitch we see the two brothers indulging in a world of (Neo)Cosmic gloom from the opening sequence of "Robert & Robert" onwards, a piece perfectly matching the eerie, uneasy vibe of the albums back cover in its ominous movements akin to highly abstract, microscopic Progressive x Psychedelic Rock even which finds its darker, more PostRock- / Doom-leaning continuation in the subsequent "La Faculte Du Sombre" whereas "Reve Et Reality" provides a glimpse of hope with its slightly naive, fluttering and fragmented, ever evolving synth motif before "Le Cauchemars De Nois Choix" pairs thrilling, ever buzzing electronic movements with an emotional piano line for a change. Furthermore "Vos Desibs Sont Nos Angoisses" acts as a blueprint of Dark Ambient within a score'esque sci-fi setting, "Reminiscence" applies a similar vibe within a Rhythm Industrial context whilst adding longing, yet somewhat desolate electric guitar layers to the mix, "Le Syndrome De Stendhal" once again harks back to modular, nocturnal Dark Ambient / Deep Listening Music textures whereas "Il N'a Que Le Casino Qui Cagne" amalgamates deep outerworldly dub FX and a simple, lo-fi keyboard melody to a fascinating effect whilst "Dresse Sur Les Eaux De L'Ennui" takes minimal, Blues-infused PostRock to a new atmospheric level just to name a few. Defo a well thrilling and highly recommended affair, this. Get.

Mads Emil Nielsen & Chromacolor - Constellation [Arbitrary 012 Promo]

Scheduled for release via Arbitrary on April 29th, 2k22 is "Constellation", the first in a series of remix collaborations to come from Scandinavian producer x composer Mads Emil Nielsen and Hanno Leichtmann's Chromacolor project. Whilst the A-side features Nielsen's original cut of "Constellation", a spatial take on deep and stripped down IDM / Electronica generated by granular synthesis which presents a slightly 90s-leaning vibe for those who've been following early atmospheric works of acts like The Future Sound Of London back in this highly inspiring and formative era, we see Leichtmann, operating under the guise of Chromacolor, bring forward more of a floating, structured and surely Ambient focused variation, adding huge, all embracing bass pulses for a steady rhythmic foundation as well as layers of dreamlike harmonies and a friendly, meandering main motif to his rework on this limited to 300 copies 10" vinyl release. Recommended.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Anschein. - Uberkomplexx. [Anschein 001]

Put out on the circuit on April 13th, 2k22 is "Uberkomplexx.", the self-released vinyl debut album by Frankfurt / Germany-based producer and live act Anschein., who - like many other probably also like-minded artists - ventured off into the studio over the course of several pandemic-induced lockdowns and other nightlife affecting restrictions over the course of the past two years. The result is a limited to 300 copies, seven track spanning longplay effort which starts on a score'esque and atmospheric Dubstep / Trap tip with "4:20", a tune accompanied by surprisingly Metal-leaning vocals courtesy of Chinoba, whereas the subsequent "Some More" featuring SMI on well dreamy, emotional microphone duty is building a sparse, yet complex bridge between techy, Bristol-infused Dubstep and 160 / Juke x Footwork before "Harbor's Breath" gravitates towards a sonic realm shared with the likes of Pole and especially Deadbeat, pairing Broken Beats with minimalistic, dubbed out stabs, various layers of percussion of ever growing density, a heavy low end and tender, atmospheric pads whilst the "Antisocial Teenager" drives peaktime crowds to new heights with its fast, yet still Dub-infused Footwork Jungle approach, looped vocal samples and clattering percussion madness. Furthermore "Manchester" weighs in a surprisingly Funk-infused take on electroid Breaks for late night dancefloors with its busy and bubbling synths alongside spaced out Electro vibes probably influenced by the likes of Clatterbox or labels like Frustrated Funk or Frantic Flowers etc., "Don't Be Scared" once again sees SMI on vocals, this time aiming for mainfloor attention with elastic sample (ab)use, Rave-infused vocals and more of a classic Dubstep vibe which makes this our favorite cut in this album whilst the concluding cut that is ":In" unfortunately ends on a low for a closing in its attempt to go full on chromatic Pop in a tender, atmospheric and vocal-driven PostGarage x Future R'n'B x Future Garage crossover fashion which already didn't do much for us when acts like James Blake et al. rose to new heights more than a decade ago. A super solid debut, this. Forget about ":In", though.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Friday, April 22, 2022

Jörg Zemmler - Piano Bar [self-released]

It is always a great thing when artists decide to take it upon themselves to release their own music instead of relying on labels and their infrastructure and this is exactly what Italo Austrian piano player Jörg Zemmler did, once again, with his new album "Piano Bar". Put out on the circuit on April 16th, 2k22 the ten tracks and roughly 38 minutes spanning longplayer sees the 1975-born artist take on an analogue wall piano supported by digital live loops and sustain without additional editing or processing in the studio, providing an improvised, yet well structured and surely Modern Classical- x Contemporary Classical-informed approach towards what could be, in a most praising and endorsing manner, described as most valuable and perfectly executed Easy Listening music with its melodic swells, partial melancholia, stripped down, inward looking romanticisms ("Blinzeln"), varied and slightly meandering repetitions of one singular motif accompanied by glistening background atmospheres for rainy Sunday afternoon sessions ("Verschanzt"), hypnotic, yet also dramatically cascading moments found in "Hinterrücks" and proper (Neo)Classical exercises in fast finger movements manifesting in "mc2" for a change just to name a few. If the sound of an - almost natural - solo piano is your jam this is one album to make you feel well at home.

NO MORE - Suicide Commando [El Caballo Semental 002 / STUTE002-purple]

Format: 7“, third pressing, purple vinyl, additional stamp on label. limited to 1000 copies

Label: El Caballo Semental
Cat.No.: STUTE002-purple

Tracklist
A1: Suicide Commando
B1: In A White Room

File under: PostPunk / Wave

The year is 1981. The Kiel-based PostPunk / Wave underground outfit NO MORE releases their second ever single „Suicide Commando“ and their world changes forever. Well, not only their world – THE world.

What began as an independently published 7“ single became a cult classic, a genre defining – and defying – song, an all-time dancefloor favorite of many, a timeless signature piece that escaped its original realm of PostPunk x Wave x Indie x Alternative to also become engrained in the DNA of modern electronic dancefloor culture most prominently in the beloved late 90s permutation presented by DJ Hell which became a classic in its own right.

Now the year is 2021. Four decades have passed and NO MORE's „Suicide Commando“ is back once again - well... the song actually never left! -, this time harking back to the very beginning, the original vibe and the original format.

Remastered and re-released with the original tracklisting and paying homage to the original artwork „Suicide Commando“ will be available in 7“ format for the first time since 1981.

And staying true to the underground blueprint this 40th anniversary re-release edition once again is put out on the circuit through a small independent label: the Intrauterin Recordings offspring El Caballo Semental which also released NO MORE's „123456789 *baze.djunkiii & Herr Brandt Dream A NuDream Remix“ as a limited to 200 copies one-sided, colored whitelabel 7“ edition in 2019.

RELEASE DATE: April 22nd, 2k22

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Egil Kalman - Kingdom Of Bells: Emil Kalman Plays The Synthi 100 [Ideal Recordings Promo]

Scheduled for release via the Swedish imprint Ideal Recordings on May 1st, 2k22 is "Kingdom Of Bells: Emil Kalman Plays The Synthi 100", the forthcoming ten track album outing by Swedish artist x composer Emil Kalman. Recorded over the course of his 2019 artist residency spent at the Contemporary Music Research Center in Athens, Greece the 38 minutes spanning longplayer solely focuses on the sound of the rare, and well famed, modular synthesizer known as Synthi 100 recorded in stereo with no additional overdubs or reprocessing which, given that the highly complex instrument was mainly developed and first built in the early 70s, immediately invokes a massive sonic flashback within the listener with pieces like the opener "Cloudless Daybreak", the super soft and tender repetitions of "Lyra" alongside the frolicking "Yellowhammer Pt. 2" evoking memories of somewhat naive and unscathed Krautrock futurisms whereas bits like the almost naturalistic, Field Recording-mimicking "Yellowhammer Pt. 1" as well as the somewhat swampy and elastic minimalism in "Iannis" bring sound research labs like the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to mind which, most fittingly, got their, albeit modified, EMS Synthi 100 as an early delivery back in 1970. File under: beautifully retrofuturist soundscapes for those in the know.