Sunday, April 19, 2015

DiZE 7 - Unabridged [Psychocandies 035 Promo]

Recently released via the Acid-focused Psychocandies-imprint is DiZE 7's new single "Unabridged", sporting four variations of the "Acid Scheme (1 - 4)" plus an additional "Acid Scheme 1" rework crafted by Sascha Müller. With "Acid Scheme 1" DiZE 7 is exploring elastic, gummy and well-hypnotic variations of Acid to a very repetetive and slightly trance-inducing effect,  "Acid Scheme 2" serves short, spiralling MonoAcid loop action whilst "Acid Scheme 3" is on a more ecstatic tip, working its modulations and signature percussions well towards a climax never to come. Finally "Acid Scheme 4" is short trip to la-la-land where glitzy Disco stabs accompany frolicking 303's before Sascha Müller's rework of serves a dark'ish fusion of distorted ChemicalBeats, heavy Broken Industrial-attitude and a shrieking Acid line well-appealing to all those appreciating ultimate primetime madness - imagine an amalgamation of Wink's "Higher State Of Consciousness" and Rob Acid's "Schokodreck" and you're  almost there.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Slow Steve - Steps [Morr Music 134 Promo]

Finally scheduled for May 15th via Morr Music is "Small Steps", the six-track debut EP by Berlin-based Indie/ Indietronica artist Slow Steve who is reaching out to his fans to be with a nice, yet sunny but introvert fusion of blurry melancholia, unedited, lo-fi vocal recordings and immanent, dreamy Pop flavours for late summer nights. Sometimes leaning more towards electronic structures and a straight 4/4 bassdrum like in the playful "Sun Moon", on the other hand creating deep, string-loaden and atmospheric Pop-hits from outer space from just two lines of lyrics that seem to be on repeat over and over again without getting old or boring  - see: "Prince De Combat" - whilst the super kitschy "Vostok" even seems to touch Easy Listening- and Soft Porn Score-spheres but manages to avoid the cliche through the use of vocodered vox. With the instrumental cut "Break My Soul" Slow Steve explores the beauty of tender melodies and heavy distortion, before the final - and quite seductive -  "Aquabed" puts the listener to sleep, provoking pretty erotic dreams due to its narrative baritone vocals. A debut quite diverse - to be loved by Slow Steve's female audience for sure.

Sascha Müller [Supersix Records Extra 031]

It's been a  few  weeks since Sascha Müller's 31st album in his ongoing Supersix Records Extra-series appeared on the circuit but as the Uelsen-based producer serves quality as usual it's still one to go through in detail. Getting things off with the mechanical Techno of "Elektrotherapie" and its Kraftwerk-reminiscing melody the opener is a tune that purists will love for a reason whilst "Freak Show", being a solid Techno tool, keeps the floor nicely in motion just shortly before the prime time floor gets really busy. Blowing "Freaky Horns" surprisingly results in jumpy, rubber-like Acid lines here which are accompanied by pretty funky brass signals, "Gentech" creates functional MonoAcid for tool-loving jocks, the epicly named "In My House" explores deep Techno realms garnished with soft, floating, trance-inducing chords and decent high frequency strings before the German-titled "Kontrolliere" sports dry, hollow drums, vocoder vox and thin, modulated sawtooth synths that provide a more oldskool'ish, sketch'esque feel to the track like a long lost and rediscovered demo. Asian and slightly meditational vibes are served in the early stages of the 13+ minutes "Studio Live Session" which turns into a little clumsy piece of atmospheric Ethno Drum'n'Bass / Breakbeat later unfortunately lacking both a proper groove and bassline but brightens each ravers day with a huge piano break bringing back memories of the 1991 / 1992 era for a reason. More deep Techno vibes are brought to us by "Maga Tekken" which might be considered by some as a sweet closing tune at the end of a long night although the emerging Acid line possibly suggests there's another hour to go on and the precise, stripped down "MonoTone" nicely provides the right amount of fuel for floors to climb up the climax ladder a little further in terms of superfunctional Acid. "More Than" just a little bit of energy is provided by the heavily stomping title of the same name with its thrilling shakers and rolling basslines alongside razor-sharp hi-hats and shrieking big room Techno attitude sending ravers to heaven whilst the bouncy, strangely shuffled "Mystical" tune closes the albums after approx. 70  minutes with masterly crafted strings and a floating melody that's surely about to please all lovers of the sound of Trance ca. 1994. Sweet.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Smurf Beatz - R1

Next level Paranoia Grime - tense as fuck.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Various Artists - Presseschau Austria [Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse 010]

Another fresh one and the first two digit release for the Munich-based tape imprint Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse is the April 1st-released compilation "Presseschau Austria" featuring a bunch of fourteen super sick tracks by Venderstrooik, 480billion, Fabio Crivellaro, Grindmaster Flesh, Cyperkid, Ratte Panaso as well as Jacky Hamels feat. Käse Knös, all providing one or more LoFi ***core tracks to the album with each and every tune named after a (head)line seemingly found in the Austrian yellow press. A concept well-obscure and so it's no wonder that the musical side of things is fully living up to this obscurity - think tracker aesthetics, cassette mastering, bleepy Nintendo Techno, 4bit Drum'n'Wave, mangy Break- / DistortionCore, distorted ElectronicaHop, DarkJungle on hyperspeed and quirky Noize experiments. Limited to only 40 copies worldwide "Presseschau Austria" caters all the muscial needs of those loving the way leftfield in electronic music as well as a proper DIY underground attitude.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Melt Unit - Get Melted *Dubpzgnit RMX [Cockrockdisco]

Rave is back. For real. Where's the whistle crew?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Reinhold Friedl - Golden Quinces, Earthed For Spatialised Neo-Bechstein [Bocian Records Promo]

And now to something not (neo)classical although the general set-up of the recently released "Golden Quinces, Earthed For Spatialised Neo-Bechstein" - 1967-born Piano-player Reinhold Friedl performs on one of the last remaining of 150 ever produced  Neo-Bechstein amplified Grand Pianos - might have called for a an epic , approx. 57 minutes journey into this field. But Zeitkratzer-founder Reinhold Friedl wouldn't be Reinhold Friedl if things went on easy and predictable, so instead and according to his special uniques recording techniques he sets out to explore a lot of possibilities of what the slightly enhanced instrument can sound like other than a Grand Piano which - speaking in terms of tiny hammers hitting strings - does not happen very often throughout this composition and if so, only as hypernervous, regularly dissonant background layer appearing within the actual piece. So what's to expect from this Bocian Records release? One track, sporting a runtime mentioned. This basically equals no distractions and a demand for focus in terms of attention which is a challenge in these days so busy but a rewarding one as one can completely get lost in this piece, especially when - approx. halfway through  "Golden Quinces, Earthed For Spatialised Neo-Bechstein" - we experience a slow but still essential change in temper and timbre from busy, buzzing and slightly chaotic, elusory (non)structures meandering around the upper part of the sonic spectrum towards calmer, more bass-focused droning and Dark Ambient, interrupted by metallic, intense alien tones reverberating to a crescendo of like a ripping Metropolis, a humongous machine falling into pieces with the last whizzing echoes of apocalyptic turmoil fading into sweet nothingness, smoldering vagueness and plangent silence over the final eight or ten minutes. Intense as intense can get and way too complex to review in all its rich detail after one or two listening sessions.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ulcerium - Soundtrack To Your Suicide [Peace Off Digit 027 Preview]

Most unfortunately these great Breakcore tunes will be only available digitally and not released on vinyl. Which is sad for a reason.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Pitch - Frozen Orchestra (Amsterdam) [Sofa Music Promo]

Coming in from Norway and due for release via Sofa Music on April 24th, 2015 is "Frozen Orchestra (Amsterdam)", the forthcoming album effort of the conceptual core quartet named The Pitch, consisting of Boris Beltschun, Koen Nutters, Morten J. Olsen and Michael Thieke, which has been enhanced by six additional musicians including the well-remarkable Okkyung Lee on Cello for the live recording of this two track longplay piece at the Sonic Acts Festival on February 26th, 2012. And yes, talking two tracks - or better: compositions - does mean that both exceed the 20 minutes landmark in terms of playtime here, serving excellent organic and lived-played droning with pretty intense, sometime vibrating, sometimes eerie and threating bass temper all coming to live through electric pump organ - wtf ever this might be  -, bass, vibraphone , clarinet, bass clarinet, cello and revox. Around minute 7.30+ in the first part entitled "Side A" you'll even find an idea of romanticism like the one described by Wolfgang Voigt and his GAS project referring to the special, dampened feel that's related to and associated with the dark German forrests. This feel turns into a more alarming one in the second section, replacing the calmer, romantic sonic vision with a more strident vibe that seems to calm down a little after the first three or four minutes have passed but seems to rise again like a steady swell which is interestingly accompanied by some background noises produced by either the audience or the musicians involved in staging as The Pitch themselves, little coughs and other stuff here and there keeping the listeners attention wide awake whilst being immersed in this highly enjoyable sonic piece that seems to be way shorter than 40 and a bit minutes due to its intriguing nature. Recommended.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Various Artists - Bundesliedermacherwettbewerb Des Gesundheitsministeriums In Hessen 2013 "Ein Blumenstrauß Voller Möglichkeiten" [Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse 009 Promo]

Released on April 1st, 2015 as 009 of the louche imprint Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse is their new Various Artists compilation "Bundesliedermacherwettbewerb Des Gesundheitsministeriums In Hessen 2013 "Ein Blumenstrauß Voller Möglichkeiten"" which, speaking in terms of Psychedelia and total weirdness, absolutely lives up to its very release date. This super obscure tape release of approx. 30 minutes runtime features a bunch of fourteen songs by artists as unknown as made up like Hans-Joachim Hündgen, Denise Fenker, Feehold Weykens and other non-Ingenious Dillettantes bringing in mostly instrumental lower-fi servings of musical creativity in styles likes tripping Psychedelia with a late 60s touch, German (No)Wave meets Psychobilly Fusion, Piano freestyle, warped wannabe horror flic scores - see especially Stephanie Lara Voss' "Der Unangenehme Geist Aus Hathenfurth An Der Loh" for this description -, elaborate electric organ freestyles on preset rhythms, quirky but tender Post-Industrial meets Easy Listening-Romanticisms, thundering Synth freestyles and even Cartoon-style SchweineRock mixed with unbearably awful sounding 4/4  nobass-drums. Furthermore we'll find clunky CosmoPhonk with loads of reverb action as well as Rave-stabs and Loonie Tunes tripping on... whatever when it comes to Denise Fenker's "Männer Sind Wie Kokusnuss Knackt Man Sie Kommt Milch". There's no way that these artists are legit. Nor is this the result of song contest sponsored by any institution associated with the German government. But it's funny as hell.

Slimzos Sessions 002 – Slimzee b2b Spooky w/ Novelist & Faultsz (NTS 8/5/14)

Essential recommendation for every true Grimeist out there. 115 minutes of devastation.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

AAAA - Shiva Watts (Official Video)

AAAA - Shiva Watts from Hard Science on Vimeo.

A pretty heavy backflash in terms of early 1990s MTV Partyzone aesthetics. This is how we like our Techno videos best.

3cloneB - Sreottrzeuvtree EP [Psychocandies 034]

Finally there's new stuff to come from the Psychocandies-camp here with this new - and pretty much unpronounceable - three track single produced by 3cloneB. As one would expect from the labels prior releases the main theme to be dealt with here is obviously Acid - served in a stripped down and hypnotic manner by the spiralling, oldskool reminiscing opener "Vega Runner", going down the dark, ultracompressed to distortion, clap heavy alley of minimalism in "Sreottrze" whilst the title track even increases distortion levels to a certain extent, creating an alternative, yet tripping and well-psyched out variation of its predecessor. This is Acid  from hell.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Marsen Jules - The Empire Of Silence [Oktaf 010]

On the circuit since March 10th and released via his very own Oktaf-imprint is Marsen Jules newest album effort named "The Empire Of Silence", a glacial and beautiful eight track Ambient affair with each track named after a certain expression for 'snow' in the Inuit language - including such poetical meanings as 'the idea of snow' or 'forgotten snow' which perfectly compliment the beatless, floating and timeless pulchritude spread out over approx. 55 minutes of runtime. Clearly to be classified as Ambient but - especially with a track like "Skriniya" or "Katiyana" - crossing over into the realms of NeoClassical and / or score-suitable, cinematic sound "The Empire Of Silence" seems to sonically depict the gracious, slow motion movements of glaciers over time, the unseen freeze up of lakes secluded or the accumulation of icey crystals, each unique and never to be seen twice, on metal surfaces throughout the first frosty night of a late fall or early winter, all phenomena seen a thousand times before, yet fascinating still each and every time they appear anew in all their fragile clarity. And so is this album in terms richness of details and carefully layered strings - not new to the conversant Ambient head at all but still a wonderful journey through sonic spheres of ultratranquility.

More Social Media Channels...

As one might guess from 16k+ posts within a little more than five years that Twitter is the preferred medium of choice in terms of social media (ab)use for baze.djunkiii the times they are all changing and so - due to more recent events - it was well about time to embrace additional channels in terms of social media so there's three more platforms to expect some activities from in the future as listed below.

baze.djunkiii @ Facebook - was created due to the fact that I took over admin-duties for several pages more recently and, for that reason, needed a page of my own for this. Still I'm not madly in love with the platform itself so this was more set up to channel and repost FB mentions of mine and other stuff instead of being an active channel with original content for the time being.

baze.djunkiii @ Tumblr - subtitled "Random Bits And Pieces" this is exactly what this site is about. Visual content, also related to the Poemes Electroniques project I became part of, the occasional oldskool Rave or Techno track as well as photos from trips or - possibly, at some point - the raving past.

baze.djunkiii @ Youtube - it's there, although there's not much of content to be found yet. That might change in a bit as I'm still figuring out what's the best concept for this platform.

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Saturday, April 04, 2015

baze.djunkiii Charts 04/2015

01. Paula Temple - Deathvox [R&S Records 1412]
What a fucking monster of a 12" that serves a view on Techno one would've expected from the R&S Records camp around ca. 1993 / 1995. The title track "Deathvox" is one of the darkest, most energetic Tribal Techno tunes we've come across in ages, sporting short distorted synth signals and conjuring, shamanic basslines to fire up ecstatic ravers, leading them to an ultimate climax whilst "Monstro" revives century-old demons and monsters with its dark, distortion-heavy Industrial approach towards Broken SloMo Techno  ultraviolence. On the flip we'll find "Ful" which fuses enormous warehouse Techno drums with fever'ish Tribal vibes and Trance-inducing, slowly evolving string arrangements perfectly complimenting the pure sonic force of the beats. Huge one.

02. Various Artists - Strategies Against The Body: A Contemporary Survey [DKA Records 011]
Being a vinyl collector and always curious for new stuff I picked this compilation up blindfolded as staff recommendation from the people at the Wax n' Facts recordstore located in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta on my recent one weeks trip to the US working on and performing with the audiovisual art project Poemes Electroniques - some pics and impressions of this trip can be found  on Tumblr and Facebook. Over there I had little time for digging the crates, so I just jumped in for a quick shot, asking for some local electronic music  I probably couldn't find back in Germany and gave it a go which - in terms of this seven tracks compilation - was a great choice. With tunes by acts like High-Functioning Flesh, Tannhäuser Gate, Twins, Xander Harris, Redredred and Tifaret "Strategies Against The Body: A Contemporary Survey" meanders somewhat in between classic Industrial, NuBeat and EBM as well as serving a little dash of SynthWave for those who know. Recommended.

03. Fieberflug - Partikelflug [Flop Beat Disk 0006]
Limited to 150 copies this already hard to find marbled-grey vinyl pressing delivers a six track blueprint of how threatening and deadly Dark / Death Ambient can be. Deep, alarming drones and unsettling, metallic noises accompanied by other more alienating sounds of  unknown origin  perfectly fall into place, creating a gloomy soundtrack for horrific slo-mo nightmares. Be prepared.

04. Wiley - Snakes & Ladders [Big Dada Recordings]
Sometimes I wonder about my relationship to Wiley's more recent releases and talking his new album "Snakes & Ladders" it feels like a deja-vu from his 2012 Big Dada longplay piece "Evolve Or Be Extinct". Briefly skipping through both albums in the record store resulted in a judgement equivalent to 'not necessarily above average' / 'i don't need this to sit in my personal collection' but listening to it more closely and most importantly in one undisturbed session made them grow on me immensely. Speaking in terms of "Snakes & Ladders" it's especially tunes like "Badman", "On A Level", "Step 21", "Lonely ft.JR Writer, Problem,Gudda Gudda & Cam'Ron", "BMO Field" and "Flying *Zdot Remix Feat. Chip" alongside many others that finally got me hooked and do prove that Wiley is still on top of the game, although his hits and bangers seem to be more subtle than ever. Get.

05. DJ Peabird & Da Dancehall Massive present Dancehall Toolz [Breakz R Uz 019]
The man DJ Peabird joins Da Dancehall Massive again to cater another set of great DJ tools to all vinyl spinning and sample savvy mixmasters out there. A ton of classic sounds and vocal snippets on this one known and loved from Dancehall, Reggae and HipHop scenes but more importantly essential in shaping the sonic fingerprint of Jungle, early Drum'n'Bass, BigBeat and UK Garage. If you're spinning vinyl you can't even consider not to own this one.

06. PS Stamps Back vs. Anal Fissi - Homefucking Is Killing Prostitution [Minor Label 032]
Almost ten years have passed since "Homefucking Is Killing Prostitution" has been released as CDr via the Greek label 1000+1 TiLt. Now picked up by Leipzig's Minor Label for a limited to 200 pressings vinyl re-issue with a slightly changed track order these nine tracks on this album, walking the line in between Minimal Electronica, Dark Ambient, Deep Broken Techno and Clicks'n'Cuts , do prove that quality electronic music never grows old.

07. Kammerflimmer Kollektief - Dessaroi [Staubgold 136]
See review for details... 

08. Klaus Apfel / Les Clochards Du Monde - Killed By Jazz [Major Label / Matatu Records Promo]
See review for details... 

09. The Traxxmen - Nothing's Stopping [Muzique Records 111]
Another re-release from the thrilling nineties that's about to please all collectors cravings. Originally put on the circuit via Armando's Chicago-based Muzique Records back in 1994 we see The Traxxmen a.k.a. Eric Martin, Gant-man, Paul Johnson and Robert Woods exploring the realms of pumping, stripped down and pretty track'ish House music, serving massive hits like the uplifting and stab-heavy "Here We Go Again", the super anthemic, hormone-driven "In Yo Mouf"  and the massive wildpitch jam "Emergency". Raw, oldskool and still essential.

10. Wardrobe Memories - Life After Suicide [Feline/Feral 001 Promo]
See review for details...

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Wavemultiplier - 4040 [Clang 023 Promo]

Put on the circuit on March 23rd via the well experimental and adventurous Clang imprint is "4040", the new album by Swedish artist Marcus Wrangö released under his production alias Wavemultiplier. As one already was able to guess from a little teaser video that announced the release by serving some excellent 96 seconds of BrokenTechno, the album's seven tracks focus exactly on this kind of sound - darkish, dry and defo referring to the magic of technoid primetime dancefloors but with a more complex twist, stripped down, stumbling grooves and a feel of compression going a little too far, causing frequency flutters and crackling, decaying textures uncommon for this kind of Techno music.  Imagine the mesmerizing feel of Traversable Wormhole-productions amalgamated with the clean, uberly compressed Industrial aesthetics of Pan Sonic ca. 1999 / 2000 and you'll find what "4040" is all about - pure latenight dancefloor devastation. Get.

Dasha Rush - Sleepstep: Sonar Poems For My Sleepless Friends [Raster Noton 158 Promo]

Released in early March via the great Raster-Noton imprint is "Sleepstep: Sonar Poems For My Sleepless Friends", a sixteen track piece dedicated to those suffering from insomnia already announced on these pages earlier this year that's revealing a new, previously unheard of side in Dasha Rush's work. Better known for her Techno productions that've moved dancefloor crowds over the past decade "Sleepstep" sees the Russian producer explore deeper realms of dark'ish Ambient tones, ominous Electronica, threatening Advanced Electro and more dreamy, kinda subaquaticly floating beauty to be found in tracks like the sweet Deep Listening experience "Sleep Ballade", a rhythmic yet beatless lullaby for ambient ravers and musical connaisseurs. With "Antares" electronic music starts to float like an endless ocean of dreams, "Abandoned Beauties And Beasts" brings in dangerously buzzing Death Electro with a nervous twist, "Lumiere Avant Midi" serves calm, ever repetetive and - in a positive sense - sleep-inducing beauty and so does the droney, string-heavy (Neo)Classical Ambient approach of "Sail Away To Her" which touches the borders of abstract opera in terms of the use of angelic vocals that, in parts, evoke memories of Cosmic Baby's legendary Techno Opera "Futura". "Lucy In The Sky, Lost Diamonds" combines swinging, elastic Electronica grooves with Dasha Rush's distant, blurred vocals, an uberly seductive abuse of bass and a melodic main motif, "Fog, Dogma And Bread" brings Drone thunder and brooding atmospheres whilst machine-generated sounds are wandering through abandoned  Post-Industrial factory sites and "A Minute After The War" perfectly depicts the heavenly relief after a devastating conflict of nations has come to an end using calm Piano Ambient tones before "100 Hearts" serves a pretty abstract, yet super thrilling view on technoid beat structures for late night sets in large warehouse parties - possibly the most remarkable track featured on the great effort that "Sleepstep: Sonar Poems For My Sleepless Friends" is. More melodic ambience is to be found in the shimmering "Micro Universe"and the closing tune outer space finally revives the subaquatic Ambient flow for Drexciyans and other deep space creatures. Nice one.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lisa Morgenstern - Bury Me: Live Session @ Tonbrauerei Berlin

Finally - a new video from Lisa Morgenstern. We have been waiting for this.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Jesse Malin - New York Before The War [Velvet Elk Records / One Little Indian Promo]

Scheduled for March 30th, 2015 via Velvet Elk Records / One Little Indian is Jesse Malin's new album "New York Before The War", a longplay piece inspired by a graffiti simply stating 'The War' which suddenly popped up in front of Malin's apartment window back in December 2013 and led to a close examination of his career and beliefs throughout the forthcoming months of songwriting and recording. The outcome of this reflective and well productive period is something a little different then one would usually expect to be reviewed on these pages - a proper, rock solid longplay piece of classic Rock'n'Roll music including great bits like the oil and dirt breathing rebellious youth anthem "Turn Up The Mains", the intimate, slightly R.E.M.-reminiscing "She's So Dangerous" and sometimes even more trivial, Don McLean'esque radio songs like "The Years That I Was Born". With "Freeway" Jesse Malin serves what could be referred to as the second, slightly more anthemic bit on this album that's finally about to last and possibly deeply impact some adventurous teens life for a reason, a bit of a PostPunk-y twist turning Indie comes in with the bass funky "Deathstar" and the final "Bar Life" turns out to be a sweet, piano'esque ballad for more romantic hours. Recommended for all those loving their Classic Rock right.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

P Money - Never Left (Lewi B Version)

A dark force this tune is. Dang!

Friday, March 20, 2015

24.03.2015 Poemes Electroniques - Live at WREK Atlanta 91.1 FM

Things are buzzing here just a few days before leaving to the United States and updates on our schedule are coming in fast.

Today's news had it that our Poemes Electroniques project will be performing live on WREK Atlanta 91.1 FM on tuesday evening as guests on their Live At WREK program. Really excited about this one as I've been hosting radio both terrestrial and online here in Germany for years.

Tune in at 10 PM Atlanta time to catch the full bunch of us - Mr. Fleury, Christoph Veillon, Uli Sigg and baze.djunkiii - on air.

WREK Atlanta 91.1 FM
Live At WREK
10oo - 11oo PM
Tuesday, March 24th

Online live stream here.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jim Haynes - Scarlet [Helen Scarsdale Agency 030 Promo]

Ok, that's what we call an interesting mixture of things - an artists active in the fields of sculpture, photography, installation and sound dedicates all his work to the concept of decay and is represented by an agency that, apart from things that agencies do usually, also functions as publishing house for his musical works. We're talking the Helen Scarsdale Agency here which have have been putting out Jim Haynes latest cassette album "Scarlet" in late January, an intense body of work consisting of approx. 49 minutes of Death Ambient drones built from static noise, Rhythm Industrial patterns, haunting Deep Listening scores and decomposing electro magnetic fields leaving inhabitable wastelands torn and poisoned for years after brutal bursts of destruction. Dark, intense tunes like "Racine To Vermillion" seem to built from tilting Geiger-Mueller tubes and the perturbing electric buzz of radio silence before fragile drones and morse code transmission slowly are making their way into the listeners conception, not breaking the feel of fear and imminence though. "Acrid" adds like a screeching, braincell melting background sinewave layer to a full-on Noize transmission and "Kazanl K" even fuses the hyper digital Clicks'n'Cuts genre with eardrum tearing sounds that seem to be generated from a mixture of approaching fighter jets and screaming buzz saws that dominate the track prior to its further evolution into the realms of faraway, subaquatic droning and echoes of distant storms. With ""Pfennig M." Jim Haynes even adds found or illegally obtained radiotraffic to his work that finally explodes into a distressing crescendo of Harsh Noize - a well-chosen end piece for an album that's defo gonna frighten the weak-heartened and soft spoken. This one's clearly coming from the dark side.

Stormzy - Know Me From (Produced By Zdot)

Stormzy's murking things with this super tense street anthem. We still feel the Grime happening out there. Large up!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Klaus Apfel / Les Clochards Du Monde - Killed By Jazz [Major Label 077 / Matatu Records 021 Promo]

The Jena-based Major Label is back with a new release in their so-called Split Single Club-series, this time put on the circuit in collaboration with Matatu Records which are - after a prior eight years time out - finally ceasing their business with this 21st release in their catalogue, a limited to 250 copies 7"-pressing split into 200 black and 50 hand-numbered blue vinyl copies. On the A-side we see the Cologne-based Matatu stalwarts Klaus Apfel rocking the spot with two raw, straight forward and pretty street cred PunkRock tunes with surprisingly thoughtful lyrics not necessarily typical for German Punk. On the flip Major Label's Le Clochards Du Monde are balancing the line between dark Indie and a more PostPunk- / Wave-influenced attitude with their "Killed By Jazz" which combines inward-looking melancholia with huge, reverb-heavy crescendos for all the dark souls roving around on foggy dancefloors and batcave-like venues. Nice one.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Kammerflimmer Kollektief - Desarroi [Staubgold 136 Promo]

Oh what teaser it was when the experimental music stalwarts of Kammerflimmer Kollektief revealed their cover of S.Y.P.H.'s legendary "Zurück Zum Beton" prior to the release of their latest album "Desarroi" which has been put on the circuit via Staubgold in late February - a Dub-induced vision of PostRock Pop that transferred the intransigent lyrics of the German underground classic into thrilling new spheres. With expectations fired up like this their new album is, at least at the first listening session, a bit of a tricky one as "Zurück Zum Beton" is their only excursion into more accessible and vocal driven fields, although the deep Downtempo-influenced, atmospheric and somehow, quite strangely Scottish Medieval Folk reminiscing "Desarroi #2: Grundstürzend" might be regarded as well-accessible by some. But other than that the musical outfit sets out to explore more abstract realms, all Future Jazz / Electronic FreeJazz-related but of varying temper. We see slap bass freestyles teaming up with eerie, space strings and tripping synth freestyles like in "Free Form Freak-Out", fluffed out Ambient guitars accompanying vocal romanticisms - "Evol Jam (Edit)" -, harmonica-bound Dub acoustics with an all embracing, super-peaceful flow of sheer pulchritude as well as the dark, droning Hell Jazz excess brought to us by the mysterious, untitled CD bonus track that starts out on a minute of totally flattening silence before the ritual madness begins. Challenging, but defo worthwhile to take on the challenge.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Wardrobe Memories - Life After Suicide [Feline/Feral 001 Promo]

Fans of classic Ambient and Deep Listening Music will be pleased to learn that Turgut Kocer's Wardrobe Memories project is making a vinyl comeback these days on the new Voluntary Whores offspring named Feline / Feral. The new album entitled "Life After Suicide", a name that seems to go well alongside Kocer's undoubtedly present  fascination for thing dark, macabre or sacred, is released as a hand-numbered edition of 200 copies, half of them printed on black, the other half on coloured vinyl and serves a dozen tracks which can be referred to as an obvious progression in the Wardrobe Memories sound that started out in more droney realms, took a turn into danceable rhythm structures with the 2011-released "The Lodge" and is now to be described as dwelling on endearing romanticism, tender piano play and deep, unpretentious musical beauty that just is, and does exist beyond any further implications or preconceptions. This said, one wouldn't be surprised if this approach to pretty flawless elegancy and sonic romance is about to provoke some criticism about being too smooth and kitschy by those who're missing the slightly edgier, grittier tone that used to resonate within Wardrobe Memories' earlier works but hazarding a guess that the project might be en route towards (neo)classical shores in future times "Life After Suicide" is a quite accomplished transitional longplay effort that'll be well appreciated by Ambient purists and sonic aesthetes.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Somewhere Underwater - Spring Kills My Energy [AdP Records Promo]

This is a sweet debut for our friends from the Kulmbach-based label AdP Records which, for the first time ever, have just been embracing the 7" vinyl format for the latest release of one of their recent signings - Somewhere Underwater. As this also is the bands first ever release one might say they've been striking a double here, serving a nice snow white plate of vinyl that'll both appeal to an Indie audience more withdrawn as well as to all those longing for their Pop music to explore more off-path places, floating around dreamier and slightly more 80s-influenced waters than your usual daytime radio provides them with these days. Think a little The Cure, think a little R.E.M., think a little Shoegaze and defo think a lot of Wave- / Synth-garnishment and you'll surely get what the french boy Julien Agot and his new project is all about - if you don't just have look at the deep and defo retro'sque video that has been reworked and edited by Gui Astoria from the short-movie Skaterdater and might trigger some teenage melancholia in some folks watching.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Klangwart - Transit [Staubgold 133 Promo]

A little delayed due to late arrival this review is, covering the sixth studio album in the career of the notorious Klangwart duo which was put on the circuit via Staubgold in January 2015 under the name of "Transit" - a 35 minutes journey through a set of nine tracks in which Markus Detmer and Timo Reuber continue their exploration of Drone, Ambient and Deep Listening Music for those in the know. Especially the intense, ritual,trance-inducing and pretty percussive "Express" is sticking out here, serving a melange of off-kilter filters, aboriginal transcendence and elements of progressive KrautRock before making a surprising turn towards graval, inward-looking medidational vibes. This calm, innocent feel is picked up by the follow-up "Station" as well which is wandering the paths of so-called PopAmbient whilst the albums title track fuses ethereal Ambient with more tribalistic percussions and sees Klangwart entering dancefloors at a very rare occasion. Furthermore the vibrant tribal, yet also psychedelic and slightly hippie'esque feel continues in "Passage II", a track that also'd well fit into a balearic Morning Trance context and so would the meandering pianos and peaceful underwater melodies of "Exile" before the unsettling "Rendezvous" pays homage to the roaring synthesizer thunder of Tangerine Dream's legendary score for "Sorcerer", one of the most fascinating musical works for film created in the 1970's. Defo a good one although a little surprising for us as we haven't been following Klangwart's musical pathways closely since their split 7" with Tarkatak named "Töa / Amöbenruh" released via Klangstelle / Trümmer Kassetten back in 1998 on which their musical focus was clearly more Drone related than today.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Eskmo - Sol [Apollo Promo]

Brendan Angelides has come a long way. Better known as Eskmo to followers of mostly bass-focused electronic music he progressed from the NuSkoolBreaks to be found in his early releases to one of the purveyors of Future Grime to finally arrive in epic, cinematic spheres with his new album "Sol" that is put on the circuit via the R&S Records offspring Apollo these days. Fusing orchestral bits with huge, (neo)kosmische sawtooth synths and cute melodic pieces in tunes like "Combustion", plunging into romantic and tender PostPop oceans with the ballad'esque "Blue And Grey" that surely is about to appeal both to fans and followers of James Blake as well as inward-looking BritPop and setting dancefloors in motion with catchy pieces like "Mind Of War" it seems that "Sol" as an album unravels Eskmo's formerly hidden talents in - instrumental - songwriting and creation of touching, in-depth atmospheres corresponding with the inner core of the human being, possibly best showcased in the albums title track itself which seems to evoke the same kind of hypnotic, fever'ish and all embracing tribal hum as the ceremonial didgeridoo does in aboriginal rituals and celebrations. This hum seamlessly blends into the follow-up "The Light Of One Thousand Furnaces", an eerie and at the same time angelic work of free floating sound art with great impact on advanced sunrise or terrace dance floors albeit its beats seem like distant turmoil at one point or the other. More levitating, beatless - and kitsch dripping - Pop is to be found in "Feed Fire", possibly the only tune that's taking things over the top here and would rather fit into the score of some, well, Disney or Pixar movie for a reason whilst the off-kilter progression of "The Sun Is A Drum" leads to a big climax whenever hammered through a well-adjusted P.A. system. Surprisingly "Can't Taste", the albums closing tune, even brings in caressing, unprocessed piano play and tenderly longing vocals for lovers and their loved ones, adding another recently discovered aspect to Eskmo's work. Check. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

28.03.2015 The Museum Of Contemporary Art Of Georgia & Atlanta Francophonie Festival present Poemes Electroniques After Party @ The Music Room / Atlanta, USA

line up:

baze.djunkiii [Hamburg / Germany - all vinyl set]
Bobi Stevkovski [Atlanta / USA]


Uli Sigg [Cologne / Germany]

The Music Room
327 Edgewood Ave SE
GA 30312

Monday, March 09, 2015

Aloa Input - Mars Etc. [Morr Music 136 Promo]

It's been about 18 months ago since Aloa Input released their album debut "Anysome" via Morr Music, their very first exploration of twisted IndieFolk realms and playful experimentalism. Now Aloa Input are back with their sophomore longplay piece named "Mars Etc." which is leaving the Folk-part alone musically, replacing it with Indietronica, a spiralling, vintage psychedelia vibe and a more raw and edgy orientation although the vocals remain intimate and tender, even in songs like the pretty harsh, distorted ElectroBilly affair "Oh Brother" which, due to its contrasting interplay of musical mayhem and pillowy chorus, is one of the most remarkable tunes on "Mars Etc.". More caressing vibes are to be found in "The Door" which features some funny bleeps sounding like R2D2 in love whilst the "21st Century Tale" nice combines high speed vintage SynthWave and dreamy, happy-go-lucky campfire vocalisms that, when one listens closely, aren't that happy-go-lucky at all. With "Hold On" Aloa Input are even exploring deep Viennese Future Jazz melancholia musically, the "Blabla Theory" mixes up heavy Garage Rock drumming and a confusing razzmatazz of quirky vintage sounds to a great effect and the next to last super dope, singalong song "Mad As Hell" turns out to be a little hit for advanced Indie floors and other places populated by music lovers before the ballad'esque "Ruth The Communist" is waving goodbye to all Aloa Input fans with delicate harmonies. A pretty coherent follow-up this is, and defo one to be well appreciated by the bands followers for sure.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Huntsville - Pond [Hubro Music Promo]

Is this DarkJazz or JazzKraut or even sth. in between? Sporting four tracks only, all exceeding the 10 minutes mark, "Pond", the new album by Norwegian trio Huntsville will be released via Hubro Music on March 13th and surely is about to please all listeners appreciating a combination of free floating, ever evolving organic structures and repetitive grooves accompanied by decent electronics and effects. With the opening track named "(ER)" we're going from a dance-triggering 4/4 into deep Ambient listening whilst "(ING)" introduces eerie strings, deep jazzy bass, abstract rhythms built from very concrete and possibly field recorded sounds alongside some off kilter glitches in terms of harmonic tuning that keep the listeners senses alert throughout this very spaced out and, speaking of sax and steel guitar use here, partly super dreamy composition that also might apply to lovers of Einstürzende Neubauten ca. "Silence Is Sexy" minus Blixa Bargeld's vocals. Later "(AGE)" provides some Progressive Rock-influenced, feedback heavy improvisation for electric guitar and deep relaxation which is again disturbed by the de-tuned rhythmic counterparts in "(OK)", patterns of weird, metallic percussions fighting against cruel guitar feedback eruptions before tense strings noir, opium den drums and caned post-balearic guitars do provide a proper score-like thrill especially recommended for consumption in cold winter or at least late fall nights. Check. 

Saturday, March 07, 2015

baze.djunkiii Charts 03/2015

01. Champion & Mele - Get Down EP [Formula Records 009]
Killer fusion of raw, chopped, stripped down  UK Garage and a bass heavy, LFO-filtered vision of the long time missed Sublow sound for those who like their groove slightly more leftfield and like hammered through a huge, earthquake simulating P.A. system. Both tracks are meant to devastate dancefloors within seconds but yet might be appreciated ingredients in advanced South London Fusion / Broken House sessions as well. Large!

02. DJ Haus - Helta Skelta [Clone Jack For Daze 024]
Quite a big one that's been released only recently through Clone's Jack For Daze-series."Acid Bleep" on A1 fully lives up to its name being a jacking monster with a thrilling, ever modulating 303-line and heavy snare attacks whilst "Metronomy" on A2 takes things to the next level of abstraction with a foundation of electroid Broken Techno, sweet bleeps and seductive samples taken from Trio's 80s anthem "Da Da Da". On the flip the title track "Helta Skelta" turns out as a stomping, slightly oldskool'ish Techno piece for those who love their energy level high before the final "Bak 2 Tha Future" pays homage to the super dry, raw Chitown days in (Acid)House. Get.

03. Umwelt - Guts Of The City / Drvg Cvltvre - Horned Be The Hunter [Rave Or Die 003]
Rave Or Die is a pretty clear statement when it comes to label names and after listening to the first seconds of Drvg Cvltvre's  "Horned Be The Hunter" it's pretty obvious that these tracks are about to kill punters anyway if they dare to stop moving as especially this tune seems to be one of the darkest, most brain wrecking Acid tracks we've heard in a while - filled with spooky noises and a simple, top drawer modulation of the classic 303 that's about to disintegrate braincells by thousands per second. On the flip we see Umwelt fusing more dark, spiralling and well bouncyAcid with heavy Electro structures sporting huge claps and haunting synth atmospheres for those who worship evil forces. Fancy to play this one? Better be prepared for a dancefloor massacre and the rise of the dead.

04. Larry Levan's Paradise Garage: The Legend Of Dance Music Vol. 2 [Salsoul Records]
To be  referred to as pioneer and legend of any kind is a heavyweight legacy to deal with but if one man ever invented, pioneered and created dance music and took it to a new level it has to be Larry Levan's name that's mentioned. Many stories revolve around him and his all nighters at the Paradise Garage and this compilation gathers ten of the most essential tracks that shaped the sound of these nights for a reason - including First Choice's possibly most-sampled tune "Let No Man Put Asunder" alongside their blazin' "Love Thang" , Skyy's steamy and seductive "First Time Around", Loleatta Holloway's highly dramatic "Catch Me On The Rebound", Kebekelektrik's marching "War Dance" and other gems that shall not be missed by any Disco loving individual. Check!

05. Der Meisenknödel Brennt / Als Die Letzte Maus In Barmbek Starb [Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse 008 Promo]
See review for details...

06. Grauhandversteinerung - Wir Pfeiffen Auf Den Gurkenkönig[Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse 007 Promo]
See review for details... 

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Friday, March 06, 2015

27. / 28.03.2015 Poemes Electroniques - The Bird's Eye View @ Museum Of Contemporary Art Of Georgia / Atlanta, USA

POÈMES ÉLECTRONIQUES is an audiovisual performance inspired by “Poème Électronique,” a piece by Le Corbusier, E. Varèse, and Xenakis that was presented in the Philips Pavilion at the 1958 World Fair in Brussels. It was globally recognized as one of the first multimedia installations.

Like the original, POÈMES ÉLECTRONIQUES takes us into a space where dreams and reality merge and the limits of the possible expand. Le Corbusier’s “Aircraft,” which traces the evolution of aviation and its development during the war, offers a perfect allegory: “The bird’s eye view”

POÈMES ÉLECTRONIQUES gives an overview of over a century and a half of writings influenced by war.Nineteenth-century poets Rimbaud and Victor Hugo cross paths with French and German Dadaists and Surrealists. We also hear voices from Africa and North America with the letters of World War II soldiers, an interview with a former drone operator, and the contemporary poetry of Gulf War vet Seth Brady Tucker. Through these multiple perspectives, the French and English languages echo each other, shedding light on the evolution of the representation of the soldier and war over the past three centuries.

This live audiovisual performance is an hour-long fusion of voice, sound, and images. During the course of the performance, video stills compose and recompose the space and environment in real time, much like a live painting taking shape and bringing to life the walls that surround the audience. Images evolve and transform to the rhythm of the crackling vinyl records, the sound of electronic machines, and the reverberation of an actor’s voice, oscillating between experimental chaos and operatic virtuosity.

This immersive electronic live performance aims to awaken the senses, offering a singular opportunity to discover, hear, or hear again the words of these authors whose voices resonate so strongly still today.

Director: Christof Veillon
Conception: Mr Fleury & Christof Veillon
Sound Architecture / Design: Mr Fleury
Performer: Christof Veillon
Vinyl Dj/Sound Design: baze.djunkiii
Visual Design: Uli Sigg Stage
Manager: Anna Richardson
Production Coordinator / Press Contact: Alina Opreanu

75 Bennett Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

Suggested Donation $15
Complimentary Drinks at 7pm
Show starts at 8pm
Courtesy Valet Parking
Presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Atlanta Francophonie Festival, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Dasha Rush - Sleepstep (Official Video)

Things are getting deep and intense on Raster-Noton in 2015. Watch out!