Tuesday, June 28, 2016

James Batty - Sanctuary (Overtones And Deviations) [Frozen Lights 041 Promo]

Put out on the circuit in early May via the Russian imprint Frozen Light is "Sanctuary (Overtones And Deviations)", the debut album by London-based pianist and composer James Batty who, kinda bored out by the limitations of the western 12 tone scales, decided to enhance his natural instrument to explore and develop new scales and tonal structures which are - as the title suggests - influenced by overtones found in natural harmonies. Released as a limited edition of 300 copies worldwide the young composer covers a musical range from repetetive (Neo)Classical figures like the ones found in the opening tune "Fantasia" to short Ambient / Drone resembling passages in "Frontier" and even score'esque melancholia for rainy winter days served by the pretty much inward looking, minimalistic post-romanticism of "Reflexion" which has a kinda theatrical quality to it musically. In "Giants" we experience solemn late night vibes which meet experiments in modular synthesis soundwise, creating an atmosphere well suitable for late 60s black and white science-fiction or futurism-themed movies due to its tense, slightly brooding vibrato, "Microcosm" could well accompany educational slow motion recordings of cell division or viral replication, emphasizing on the fascination of as well as inherent danger lying within the process whilst "Below The Edge" comes across as fragile miniature dealing with nothing but the crystalline beauty of piano sound. The off-kilter tones of "Tree Rings" and their modulation in speed raise one's attention in a kind of alarming way, triggering instincts and announcing possible dangers, "Hexes" serves a more tentative exploration in sound which is, as most of the tracks featured on "Sanctuary (Overtones And Deviations)", not too far off from the natural piano although the slight alterations become more obvious in the tunes dramatic sequences, and "Monarchy" amalgamates buzzing Drone intensity and playful, elfish flute and violin harmonies fluttering through a deep and thick forest before "Deviations" sees a comeback of more theatrical composition and narrative techniques to conclude the album after roughly 40 minutes. As a bonus track owners of the CD version will find the additional "Balustrade" which starts off on a slightly percussive, alien ritual vibe before trailing off into knob twisting experimentalisms, theremin-resemblances and uneasy Deep Listening Music with a, again, score'esque and maybe even Radiophonic Workshop-influenced twist. Interesting stuff!

Album artwork on Instagram!

Pierce Warnecke - Remnants Remembered (Official Music Video)

Remnants Remembered from Pierce Warnecke on Vimeo.

Electrical buzzing, low frequency Drone and mysterious objects flickering in high definition - this is the art of New Minimalism defined Pierce Warnecke in this video, taken from his newest album "Memory Fragments".

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ozmotic - Liquid Times (Official Music Video)

Liquid Times from OZmotic on Vimeo.

Sound and soundwaves perfectly visualized in the most science-referencing way one could ever think of. Welcome to "Liquid Times" !

Sascha Müller [Supersix Records Extra 045]

To be unleashed via his very own imprint Supersix Records Extra on June 30th, 2k16 is Sascha Müller's 45th untitled album in an ongoing series of releases which brings us another dozen tracks from his studio vaults catering what we'd refer to as quality electronic, dancefloor focused music. Starting into this album with a quite familiar sounding, yet seemingly alternative version of his originally 2003-released killer cut "Atomic Mack" we're entering straight up Electro realms here and are as pleased as all breakers will be doing their robots and body pops as soon as this tune is on. Following up is "Ghost Chaser", a classic, timeless piece of quality fastlane Techno that's working crowds for now and ever, the ironically titled "Hühnerficken" weighs in dry stomping technoid minimalisms, heavy claps, alarming synth motifs and 'troity qualities, "Inverse Control" mixes razor sharp hi-hats and infectious synth works to an absolute prime time suitable, slighty ravey effect and "Juice" is keeping energy levels high with a more percussive approach and pretty juicy 303 workouts for all real Acid headz out there. Furthermore we see "Kinetik Robots" dancing to more muscular Techno variations, "Kondensator" switches musical themes and takes on a direction that would've been labelled genrewise as HardHouse around ca. 1994/5 whilst taking over dancefloors by storm due to a simple, yet uplifting main motif and a frolicking Acid feel, "Less Motion" is not that static as the name might suggest and comes across with a raw, unprocessed vibe and "Loose" finally starts with a super phonky Breakbeat loop soon joined by a reverberating foundation of massive bass drums as well as funny sweeps and random harmonies scattered all over the place for great late night results. The "Magnetic Killer" kills braincells and heaving rave audiences with a spiralling Acid Trance overdose, "Mangaro" is another Phonk driven bass monster bringing us a lot of raw drum machine sounds and strange bassdrums from the deepest underground accompanied by Wildpitch referencing modulations before the final cut "Mark 4" goes back to a more minimalist level and rocks crowds with a simple two-tone bleep signal and a few additional layers of sound. Lovely stuff!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Francisco Meirino - Surrender, Render, End

A first and well intense glimpse on Francisco Meirino's new album "Surrender, Render, End" which has been released by The Helen Scarsdale Agency on June 24th, 2k16 - modular synthesis, Noize and Musique Concrete certainly not for the masses!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Protein - The Secret Garden [Schamoni Musik / Alien Transistor Promo]

Just put on the circuit as a collaborational joint between Schamoni Musik and Alien Transistor is Protein's new 12" EP "The Secret Garden", a four track piece which actually happens to be the soundtrack for Nana Dix' short film of the same title. This short film is also included here on a bonus DVD - which unfortunately didn't work with our laptop's drive - and so is an additional art booklet featuring stills of the movie and adding a visual layer to this release put on the circuit as a limited edition print run of 100 hand-numbered copies only. Referencing both legendary Krautrock outfit Harmonia and Electronica Dub pioneer Vladislav Delay on the hype sticker listening to the four tracks entitled "Black", "Blue", "Green" and "Purple" makes it pretty obvious where these references are coming from. Somewhat meandering in between organic, Dub-infused Electronica and warm Indietronics all four tracks provide a floating, yet lively vibe matching both highly advanced late night dancefloors as well as sophisticated Ambient / Chill Out floors in combining a steadily pulse and widespread, levitating harmonies provided by guitars and their echo modifications as well as by an all embracing sub foundation and the occasional additional found sound whilst avoiding pure repetition and sterile, loop-based production. Instead, we're witnessing a constant evolutionary flow that might be influenced by genres like PostRock or Instrumental Desert Blues in a tune like "Blue" whilst "Green" brings in a ruminant campfire feel with its syncopated, slightly off-kilter off beats and backward played elements before "Purple" even incorporates MicroHouse-infused balearisms for more club-orientated folks out there. Sweet one!

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project - I Sky And The Little Eyes

Wonderful tectonic, experimental Ambient textures taken from the recent Fossil Aerosol Mining Project album to be released on June 25th, 2k16 via Afterdays Media.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Samuel - Killr (prod. by Kwes & Okzharp)

Future Soul on Big Dada Recordings? Well, that's a new one. But defo a well interesting take on urban soul music. Nice.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

NO MORE - The Man Outside (Official Music Video)

The Kiel-based NO MORE are back with a new video for a track taken from their 2k15-released album "Silence & Revolt". Check!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Dr. NoiseM - The CDr A-B-C: L [Dr. NoiseM Tapes]

To be released on June 23rd, 2k16 via Dr. NoiseM Tapes is "L" , the newest sequel to Dr. NoiseM's twenty-six episode album series "The CDr A-B-C" and it might be the darkest, most threatening instalment so far. Starting out with a heavy, highly defined and hardly modulating bass drone immediately inducing the feel of tension, fear and lurking evil accompanied by the series' trademark respiratory sounds which are slowed down for a even more haunting, phantasmal effect  the development of the 63 minutes track remains pretty static throughout its first quarter and only slowly evolves after that with background layers of apocalyptic choirs and slightly distorted waves of strings corresponding with the Death / Dark Ambient genre appearing, fading and reappearing like deadly sirens' silhouettes shimmering through thickest fog banks, guiding captains, crews and their ships into everlasting perdition. Over the further course of the longplay piece, especially around minute 30 ff. , the sonic threat and tension level slowly intensifies like severe weather looming in a few miles distance, keeping one's senses and primitive instincts highly alert, providing and keeping one away from the horrors that might found in places where those unearthly creatures of twilight reside. Intense to the max.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Oiseaux-Tempete - Unworks & Rarities [Sub Rosa 424 Promo]

After we've already announced the forthcoming arrival of Oiseaux-Tempete's album "Unworks & Rarities" in early May it's now about time to review the full longplay piece which has been put on the circuit via Sub Rosa lately. Compiling six formerly unreleased bits created by Frederic D. Oberland and Stephane Pigneul, the men behind the Oiseaux-Tempete project, the opener "Eclipse & Sirocco" caters ruminant Ambient romanticisms evoking memories of Modern Contemporary or even (Neo)Classical music whilst one is channeling unspoiled, virgin glades and fairies, "Quai de l'Exil" caters a heavily Blues-ridden instrumental take on Desert Rock pleasing all broken and desparate souls with its immanent raw beauty and smokey atmosphere whilst "No Go(l)d No Master" fuses possibly field recorded protest chants, Spoken Words taken from some kind of documentary and a thrillingly calm interpretation of Post-PostRock with additional bits of what seems to be a theremin. Furthermore "Black As Midnight On A Moonless Night" takes us back into the isolation of desert where it's only us, our disturbed thoughts and a bottle of bourbon, "The Strangest Creature On Earth" is defo one fond of nightly, heart-felt melancholia and poetry and the final cut "Nec Mergitur" brings in an atmosphere as dark as the name might suggest whilst incorporating elements of both FreeJazz and Heavy Rock as well Prog-driven, highly distorted guitar solos before, without any warning, leaving us puzzled and surprised in dead silence. Defo a great and well-diverse piece for followers of electronic as well as more guitar-infused music. Check!

Promo cover on Instagram!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Stefan Fraunberger - Quellgeister #2 'Wurmloch' [Interstellar Records 039 Promo]

Put on the circuit via the Austrian imprint Interstellar Records is Stefan Fraunberger's new album entitled "Quellgeister #2 'Wurmloch'", a name referring to the origin of his recordings in the Transylvanian village of Valea Viilor which essentially translates to 'wormhole' - 'Wurmloch' in German. Within two tracks, each exceeding the 18 minutes mark, Fraunberger resurrects the sounds of century-old organs he found in abandoned churches of the region in a well experimental manner, exploring their sonic range in a way including both melancholia-inducing Dark Ambient sequences as well as intense, near screeching and highly dramatic passages of score'esque qualities, talking either oldskool body horror or classic lo-fi, black and white science fiction flics this is. Throughout "Zustandshorizont", the second tune on this album, we're even taken into the world of highly dissonant madness bordering the realms of pure Noize in some sections of the composition which, due to this, evokes a sense of danger and imminent manifestations of dark spirits or lurking entities populating an intersecting parallel universe, hunting for prey. Defo an interesting and very special take, not only on composition but also on the preservation of the sound of time-worn instruments that are bound to full on disintegration taking place in future times.   

Album artwork on Instagram!

Lars From Mars - Persect [Clang 043 Promo]

Scheduled for release via Clang as the label's cat.no. 043 on June 17th, 2k16 is "Persect", the latest four track EP outing created by Lars Graugaard under his casual production alias Lars From Mars, aiming to fuse Minimal Techno and mathematical functions - sic !!! - over the course of 33 minutes playtime. And although this combination of numbers science and dancefloor functional structures might sound a little odd at first things seem to be falling in place for some reason, even though tracks like the opening tune "Felipe" are constantly shifting and changing from bar to bar, proving that constant repetition and slow variation is not a necessity for club functional music - at least not when we're talking hyped late night crowds and an implied supply of special k. Interestingly, the opener also caused a weird feeling of motion sickness and light nausea when consumed on headphones, similar to some specific LFO filters. With "Conflated" we're getting closer to a straight Minimal Techno feel which, due to its level of abstraction and constant mutation, could also be pigeonholed as TechnoJazz and will surely be well appreciated by fans and followers of producers like Matthew  Herbert as well. "Next Junction" focuses on ever shifting low frequencies and a seemingly improvised synth melody jam accompanied by chirping, high frequency laser beams and the final cut "Quick Turn" comes across as a lovely and masterly crafted mutation of a dry'n'raw Minimal Techno vs. piano jam that's also well-relatable to lovers of deep and pumping House music.Techno not Techno, much?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tiara Goonie - OfF ThEm PaKs

Original Chicago Footwork from a psychedelic dream world. Wicked!

Jonathan Uliel Saldanha - Tunnel Vision [Silo Rumor Promo]

After making some waves with the intense teaser video for his new album "Tunnel Vision" the new longplay album by Portoguese artist and producer Jonathan Uliel Saldanha has been finally put out on the circuit via Solo Rumor in late May 2k16. Originally deriving from the, now re-edited, score of the experimental science fiction movie of the same name "Tunnel Vision" creates a tense, heavily condensed atmosphere of darkness over the course of 40 minutes, using and abusing resonant underground spaces like tunnels and caverns, a steady stream of surface noise, experimental brass eruptions, drones and, of course, samples and recordings directly taken and extracted from the movies dialogue sequences itself. The amalgamation of these elements results in a feel of lurking evil and imminent danger, massive tension and fear-inducing, horror'esque echoes of unknown and alienating origin and an overall atmosphere similar to the Illbient-classic which is the intro tune of Patric Catani & Paul PM's "Discovering Steve Hive EP" released via the legendary NYC-based imprint Black Hoodz back in the year 2000. But that's just a little side note on what is defo one of the best Illbient-referencing releases of 2016 so far, a heavy take on eternal blackness and the existence of dark, disembodied entities unspoken of by the majority of folks on a daily basis. Defo a worthwhile addition to the archives of both soundtrack / score collectors as well as twisted Illbient or Dark Ambient headz alike. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Asher Levitas - Lit Harness [Planet µ 379 Promo]

Released today via the longterm active Planet µ-imprint is "Lit Harness", the first ever solo album by Asher Levitas which might be better known to some as part of the London-based project Old Apparatus. After the album teaser video has been around for some time the full longplay piece offers a bunch of eight tracks which, over the course of the full run time of approx. 33 minutes, unfold in a quite tense and nightmare'ish manner whilst exploring a musical field somewhat in between Industrial Electronica and Uneasy Listening. Providing a general feel of anxiety due to heavy, yet detailed Noize eruptions, bits of highly distorted female vocals and layers of Death Ambient drones "Lit Harness" is not an album for the faint hearted looking for something to put them at ease. Rather it reflects the state and condition of sleep paralysis Asher Levitas has been suffering from throughout the majority of his life, inducing and triggering subconscious fears buried deep within the human brain. Only tunes like "Waiting By An Open Door" or "Strongest Bonds" provide a little bit of hope with their off-kilter take on classical Ambient structures whilst bits like the closing tune "Anticipating Violence" trigger our overwhelmed braincells with heavy synth filter sweeps and an overall alarming atmosphere. Intense stuff.

Marc Fleury - Pe Warp [OD Ex Trip 003]

Released in late February via the Berlin-based OD Ex-imprint, a subdivision of Odrex Music, is the debut album of Atlanta, Georgia based artist Marc Fleury which provides quite a fascinating ride into the realms of Drone and Dark Ambient with this one. Entitled "Pe Warp" and being based on excursions and experiments in modular synthesis the longplay piece provides a run through eight original pieces, plus a 21+ minutes mix of all tunes created by label co-founder Moolsaasa, seemingly based on the same foundation of basic parameters at first - an assumption derived from a similar set of crackling patterns appearing on tunes over and over again - but soon developing and branching out into different directions including soft and calm droning, more angelic and ruminant bits as well as thunderous and threatening variations accompanied by scientific pulses and beautiful, slightly oscillating harmonies which sometimes, due to the mostly short nature of the tracks, end a little too soon and surprisingly at a point where the listener is just starting to immerge in the harmonic structure instead of developing the ideas and modulations over a larger timescale. This said, we could especially imagine a, yet non-existing, 12+ minutes version of "Pe Warp 10 + 11" being used as a soundtrack for an epic, but tense and danger-implying outer space scene in a classic black and white sci-fi flic as it perfectly depicts the absence of light in zero gravity. But despite the fact that we would've voted for longer versions of each track this defo is a recommended listen for all those loving their music dark, experimental and minimalistic. Therefore check!

Thursday, June 09, 2016

baze.djunkiii Chart Haul 06/2016

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Various Artists - Disco 2.0: Fever's Risin' Again [Wewantsounds Promo]

Scheduled for release on June 10th, 2k16 via the Wewantsounds-imprint is "Disco 2.0: The Fever's Risin' Again", a new eleven track compilation featuring ten contemporary so-called Disco / NuDisco tunes as well as a 1976-released West End Records instrumental cut by Sounds Of The Inner City. And although one might wonder what exactly sparked the imprints interest in this specific genre only now as re-issues, compilations, edits and Disco-influenced productions have been on the rise for a minimum of five years or so, one cannot deny that "Disco 2.0" features quite a few interesting tunes for lovers of Disco old and contemporary alike. L'Imperatrice's "La Lune" pays homage to what also could be described as (Neo)Cosmic soundwise whilst the Bon Voyage Organisation explores retrofuturistic Space Disco on "Shenzhen V" and Juan MacLean delivers a tense re-edit of  Monika's "Secret In The Dark" that's about to please dancefloors of all kind due to its hypnotic, yet funky nature. Further highlights to be picked are No Zu's well-psychedelic "Ui Yia Uia" which meanders somewhat between late DC Recordings-releases and P-Funk stylewise, "Acid Disco" by LeonxLeon which - as one might guess - amalgamates classic Disco aesthetics and decent, yet functional 303 modulations or the super functional FunkDisco-vibe of Bufiman's "Running (The Chase)" which all together provide a nice sweet retrodelic overview of today's (Nu)Disco scene.

Stein Urheim - Strandebarm [Hubro Music Promo]

Scheduled for international release on July 1st, 2k16 via Hubro Music is Stein Urheim's third ever solo album named "Strandebarm" - named after a small rural village the Norwegian string specialist used to spend certain amounts of time in throughout recent years. Taking advantage of his extensive knowledge of the string instrument section he is going on a full on frenzy using well-known bits like guitar, banjo and mandolin as well es more obscure, rarely heard and uncommon bits like langeleik, turkish tanbur, fretless bouzuki as well as other - string and non-string - instruments alongside loops and percussion to create a rural, panoramic soundscape whilst producer Jørgen Træen provides additional layers of effects and modular synthesis on numerous pieces. Together, the pairing creates a calm and peaceful atmosphere which is truly resembling the overall feel of the title providing village Stein Urheim describes in the albums liner notes, partly in a more scenic, Ambient-related way, partly more influenced by classic Folk and kinda folksy guitar dabbling of mostly instrumental nature with the exception of the mysterious and medieval "Water - Part 2" and the more accessible "Oh So Nice" which isn't leaning towards mainstream shores at all but, due to its Pop related structure, might become the most popular or at least mostly recognized song of the album. With "Fjellbekken" loops seem to be slightly out of tune for a specific, yet very hypnotizing reason before the tune's getting lost in more droning spheres, "Dragene Over Tempelhof" even provides a Drone Ambient vibe paired with mechanical, clanging noises to a tense, slightly Industrial effect and the final "Berlin Blues" concludes the longplay outing in a truly oldskool'ish manner that might provide an ideal additional soundtrack for old and crackly silent movies of a certain era. Defo one album bit that follows the outlines of the Hubro Music outfit for sure despite being one of their less experimental bits so far.  

Album artwork on Instagram!

Monday, June 06, 2016

Dam-Funk - DJ-Kicks [!K7 Promo]

If there's any compilation series out there in the world that is to be called a staple by definition it has to be !K7's DJ-Kicks without any doubt. Running for a solid two decades now one might not get a thrill out of each and every instalment or sequel but still might keep an eye out for every new one as one might learn some interesting bits and bops about artists one doesn't necessarily follow on a regular as their productions might not match one's personal taste for a reason. For us, this is what's happening with the latest, late-May released edition of DJ-Kicks which has been picked, curated and mixed by Dam-Funk. Called and defined by many as master of so-called Modern Funk his productions never really touched our sweet spot but still we cannot deny that it all makes sense now after listening to his nineteen tracks mix that incorporates quite a sweet selection of tunes meandering in between Funk, Boogie, Disco, Philly Soul and Electro, providing not only a nicely blended mix and classy flashback to the past but also quite a few killer tunes like Vertical Lines' "Theme From Beach Boy", Take Three's "Tonite's The Night (All Right)" or Uncle Jams Army's "Dial-A-Freak" which we can perfectly imagine to incorporate in our own DJ-sets of the future at some point. And this kind of educational aspect is defo a thing that's to like and appreciate about this compilation series for a reason. Therefore, check!

Album artwork on Instagram! 

Yannis Kyriakides / Silbersee & Slagwerk Den Haag - Lunch Music [Unsounds Promo]

Put on the circuit via the Amsterdam-based experimental imprint Unsounds is "Lunch Music", a collaborational album effort by label co-founder Yannis Kyriakides, the Dutch percussionists Slagwerk Den Haag and contemporary vocal specialists Silbersee. Influenced by the polyphony of voices present in William S. Burrough's "Naked Lunch" - hence the title - the artists provide quite a demanding stream of well-abstract cut-up vocalisms and multivoice layers, incorporating both singing in a classical choir manner repeating an array of most used words extracted from each chapter of the inspiring novel, snippets taken off original Boroughs's interviews, altered parts of 50s Pop songs, Field Recordings as well as a foundation of seemingly unformatted and chaotic, yet meta-structural percussions and looped surface noises which, all combined, aren't necessarily the ultima ratio or salvation of experimental music we've all been waiting for but surely cater a unique conceptual approach and therefore an interesting listening experience for quite a leftfield audience well familiar with male vocal harmonies and the meaning of the term Plunderphonics. If that's you - check this out.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Marsen Jules - Shadows In Time [Oktaf Promo]

Recently released via his very own Oktaf imprint is Marsen Jules' new conceptual album piece entitled "Shadows In Time", a piece of so-called generative music that has been in released as static CD pressing - which is actually the version we're dealing with today -, in numerous variations on limited vinyl pressings and in 300 unique USB stick formats which include different, self-generated alterations of the original composition. Which is, when coming down to the static CD format, an ongoing stream of Ambient and Deep Listening textures spanning over a total runtime of approx. 49 minutes, ever, yet slowly evolving and floating, creating an all embracing musical comfort zone that quickly dissolves any perception of time and submerges the listener in a sonic womb of pure spiritual zen in which one is becoming one with the flow and repeatedly hitting the repeat button over and over again to indulge further in a state of pure being. Ambient as Ambient can get. Nice.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Beehoover - Primitive Powers [Unundeux]

Sitting in our P.O. box only recently was "Primitive Powers", the February released album of the Esslingen am Neckar-based band outfit Beehoover which was officially put in the circuit via the German label Unundeux. And after the band's 2007-released album "The Sun Behind The Dustbin" has been reviewed on these pages in late 2006 we're glad to see that the guys are still around a decade later and that their musical output is still as captivating and thrilling from the very first minute of their new longplay effort - which belongs to their song "Pissant Wings" - as it used to be. This said Beehoover  are still meandering somewhat in between Skatemetal - yes, we've referenced Mucky Pub in the past and this still might not be untrue for the actual album - with a dark'ish, glooming twist, raw powerful riffing, seductive vocals and a good portion of Stoner- and Desert Rock influences which especially come into play in the heavily life-weary ballad named "Millwheels Of Being" and in the tense, more ritualistic and doomy Rock cut "Light My Pyre" whilst the post-apocalyptic, droning and feedback-heavy industrial-campfire tale "Tickling The Dragon's Tail" tells a story of uncompromising internal darkness. But these are only a few outstanding tracks picked from a highly recommended album that should be on heavy rotation on everyone's headphones throughout 2k16.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Thursday, June 02, 2016

baze.djunkiii Charts 06/2016

01. Various Artists - Artists In Action #1 [Artists In Action 001]
Bass heavy Techno, melodic TechHouse including balearic guitars as well as scampering, super fast paced Techno and epic Rave  - this is what we get from the likes of Crystal Distortion, Seve & Sleeping Water, Suburbass and Mat Weasel on this four track featuring 12" single, but to be honest it's Mat Weasel's massive anthem "Don't Leave 180 G" that makes this vinyl an ultimate must have. Incorporating bits of Hardcore and / or spiralling Tribe Tekno, cheesy Rave melodies and epic R'n'B vocal samples pitched to the max is why this tune is defo sticking out in a way that cannot be defeated by any means. Killer!

02. DJ Haus - Space Jamz Vol.2  [Unknown To The Unknown 047]
DJ Haus is a genious. A master of emulating the beloved past in present times, a wizzard of evoking the same kind of raw, untamed and overwhelming emotions with his recent productions that the vast majority of us felt when being first confronted with tracks like LFO's "LFO", Tricky Disco's "House Fly" or even Moby's "Go". Take elements of Rave, Bleeps'n'Clonks, Tekno and even early Trance as well as a bit of UK Funky, put them in the mix and squeeze the very essence of these genres out of decade old machines in a hidden studio basement - it's likely you'll get a record like this. Pure ecstasy!

03. Kein Zweiter - Teilstück Für Totalen Schwung [90% Wasser Archive Release 001 Promo]
See review for details...

04. Various Artists - An Anthology Of Turkish Experimental Music 1961 - 2014 [Sub Rosa 390 Promo]
See review for details... 

05. Various Artists - This Is Kologo Power: A Bolgatanga Ghana Compilation [Makkum Records Promo]
See review for details... 

06. The Jazzfakers - Hallucinations [Alrealon Musique 064 Promo]
See review for details... 

07. Peter Farrar - Avocado [Splitrec 026 Promo]

See review for details... 

08. Erlend Apneseth Trio - Det Andre Rommet [Hubro Music Promo]
See review for details... 

09. Mozarfucker - Saturaction EP [Controverse Rec 000]
Going back to the year 2005 with this release which kinda re-appeared on the circuit when the French label Controverse Records was revived digitally after a ten years period of silence following their first two vinyl releases. Musically meandering somewhat between Unformatted Breakcore sporting Industrial influences, complex DarkJungle and other hard, yet free floating structures this one is a blast from the past that's well able to cold floor crowds within seconds.

10. Ran Slavin - Bittersweet Melodies [Cronica Electronica 109 Promo]
See review for details...

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Vic Santoro - All The Way Up Freestyle

That's exactly the kind of Street HipHop we're into - freestyle skillz to the max and a dope ass oldskool beat. Props!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Rinse FM Podcast - Slew Dem Mafia (28th May 2016)

You'll rarely ever see a DJ set / live radio session featured on these pages but the recent Slew Dem Mafia Rinse FM podcast takeover is nothing but pure microphone ultraviolence and therefore worth an exception from the norm. Kraze, Top Dolla and all the crew are srsly murking on this hardcore Grime spit fest. Huge!

Kein Zweiter - Teilstück Für Totalen Schwung [90% Wasser Archive Release #1]

It's been ten years since Gort Klüth and Klaus-Helene Ramp stepped on the scene with the debut album of their collaborational project Kein Zweiter , released via Column One's 90% Wasser imprint in 2006 and it took them quite a while to accomplish their sophomore longplay piece which is now out on the circuit in stamped whitelabel LP format which includes an additional art card as well as a stamped DVD-r featuring the stunning video for "Eine Richtung, Eine Saat" which has already been featured on these pages earlier this month. Blessed with the will to explore raw, free floating experimentalism that we missed since the Ingenious Dilettantes era as well as a feel for super digital, yet also distorted production techniques which are regularly found on more recent releases of labels like Raster Noton Kein Zweiter effortlessly combines these ostensible antagonisms to form a unique take on experimental Industrial Wave with a slightly sexual or at least seductively erotic overall connotation that surely - not only vocalwise - is influenced by legendary acts like DAF without attempting a simple emulation of well-working formulas, crosses over into dark'ish Rhythm Industrial realms in "Tanzlied" and even incorporates religious themes and overtones in the albums unsettling conclusion "Der Wagenmann". This defo is an album able to dispense daylight within a few bars - even in these bright summer days.   

Album artwork on Instagram!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Sunburst - Ave Africa: The Kitoto Sound Of East Africa 1973 - 1976 [Strut 128 Promo]

Soon to come on the always inspiring Strut imprint is "Ave Africa - The Kitoto Sound Of East Africa 1973 - 1976", a retrospective album covering the named musical era and output of Tanzania's well-famed, yet short lived band Sunburst which indeed did split up right at the point where the outfits debut album "Ave Africa" was released in 1976. But nonetheless, this one album is the legacy of this six piece outfit and it's a big one for sure. Influenced by Soul, Funk, Blues and original R'n'B of the 60s we see Sunburst emulate these styles in a very unique way, emphasizing the drum aspect of the music in weaving in traditional tribalisms as well as Calypso elements and call-and-response passages taken from or at least reminiscent of age-old African chants. Mixing these elements up with a hint of Psychedelia intrinsic to music of this era this is what makes "Ave Africa" an album worthwhile of being re-introduced to a broader public, especially for tunes like the fascinatingly touching slow jam "Ani Uni", the killer Psychedelic Funk of "Alhamdullilah" or the more uplifting multi-layered vocalist piece "Wakulu Wa Kuno". Furthermore CD2 of this journey into the African past musicwise caters a collection of ten 45rpm single tracks recorded for the Kenya-based Moto Moto label as well as for the government owned Tanzania Film Corporation / TFC which nicely showcases how the bands sound evolved and refined over the course of three years, as it features both raw and untamed bits like "Simba Anguruma", slightly Caribbean influenced, sometimes a little kitsch-covered pieces like "Kipato Sina", Afrobeat-reminiscing tunes like "Enzi Za Utumwami" or the highly seductive and well-sexy Soul Funk of "Vijana". But what makes this album a real go to for all Sunburst fans and lovers of African music in general are the last seven tunes on CD2 which are recordings of a radio session recorded at Radio Tanzania back in 1973, all of them previously unreleased, only heard on this station and unearthed from the bands scattered archives. Defo one to check out, this is.

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I Have A Tribe - Beneath A Yellow Moon [Groenland Promo]

Just released a few days prior to this review on Herbert Grönemeyer's very own Groenland-imprint is "Beneath A Yellow Moon", the debut album of the Irish songwriter Patrick O'Laoghaire, better known under the musical alias I Have A Tribe. Following up to two singles put on the circuit in 2k15 the eleven songs on this longplay piece serve a very direct, spontaneous, yet intimate approach towards the well blurry genre widely recognized and referred to as Singer/Songwriter, come across as beautifully unpolished and raw, mainly relying on guitar, piano and - of course - vocals as main ingredients but still tends to gravitate towards a variety of styles. To go into further details the opener "Passage" is surely influenced by Blues with a slightly psychedelic edge, "La Neige" brings in heartfelt, widescreen drama and "After The Meet" is the kind of heartbroken Piano ballad one wants to immerse oneself in on a rainy sunday afternoon. With "Cold Fact" we get a great example of how simple yet amazing non-electronic Pop music can be, the "Battle Hardened Pacifist" starts out fragile but rises towards dramatic, climaxing moments and - for us - is the most spine-tingling and fascinating song on "Beneath A Yellow Moon" whilst "Casablanca"'s ruminant atmosphere reflects the thoughts of a broken man and "Buddy Holly" brings in a sweet and sanguine early morning feel for all those who need to feel that there's hope somewhere. With "Kamala" Mr. O'Laoghaire reflects about free floating artistic minds in his very own specific style, "Tango" deals with a well-broken relationship before "Scandinavia" goes down the alley of total fragility and intimacy and "Cuckoo" concludes the album with a sweet, acoustic campfire feel and a little funny studio-sequence at the very beginning of the song for all the hardcore geeks out there. Sweet one. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Jim Denley / Cor Fuhler - Truancy [Splitrec. 024 Promo]

Another release that came in from Australia recently is "Truancy", the 2014-released split album of Australia's Jim Denley and the Dutch musician Cor Fuhler which was recorded shortly after Mr. Fuhler moved to down under back in 2012. Together, the two artists created two long experimental tracks both exceeding the 17 minutes mark for this album which are based exclusively on prepared and therefore heavily reprocessed alto saxophone and acoustic piano - a combination of instruments that is not necessarily obvious or easily recognizable when listening to these tunes. Rather, one might feel these being closer to experimental modular synthesis / electroacoustics mixed up with high frequency sinewaves, short Field Recordings and only partly incorporating acoustic instruments with an improvisational approach as their tonality and allover feel are more often than not highly altered to an extent of irrecognizability. This said, and knowing about what kinda of instruments provide the source frequencies for this interesting, ever changing journey into sound, we hope that listeners from all over the globe have and still do appreciate the massive amount of work and sonic shortcuts that went into the creation of "Truancy" as this is defo a timeless, unique and fascinating piece of audio art that many readers of these pages might not have heard of before.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Dr. NoiseM - The CDr A-B-C: K [Dr. NoiseM Tapes]

Released in mid-May 2k16 is "K", the next episode in Dr. NoiseM's ongoing album series "The CDr A-B-C" which brings us a new one track album per month over the course of 26 consecutive months. And with this new edition lurking evil takes over from the very first minute as we see deep and bad ass bass warps which sound like lost and slowed down remainders of the Virus era in Drum'n'Bass accompany the waves of fierce hissing and respiration that is, in a less threatening way, also used throughout other episodes of the series, but taken to another - and surely lightless - level here. And although calm and peaceful string arrangements are emerging from minute 9 onwards and are even layered by altered, reprocessed female voices which are evoking memories of more experimental compositions of bands like Eyeless In Gaza the overall feel of danger and tension is present, even when the harmonic, soft spoken elements seem to take over and become more present in the overall mix, causing the ambient'ish layers to have a soothing effect that still is nicely contrasted by what's going on in the sub regions of the sonic spectrum. So this might be described as Ambient for die-hard junglists, although there's no beat at all.

Oneirogen - Rupture

Quite an epic and well cinematic piece of mainly synth driven electronic music that's taken from the forthcoming Oneirogen album "Convivium", due for release on June 3rd, 2k16 via Denovali.

Friday, May 27, 2016

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Suckas Boylan X Jana

Mad dope collabo track that amalgamates old- and nuskool vibes to a great effect. We're in for vocoders and ravey signals!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cristian Vogel - Classics Remastered 1993 - 1998 [Sub Rosa 388]

Another blast from the electronic music past comes from the Belgium-based Sub Rosa-imprint who have recently released Cristian Vogel's "Classics Remastered 1993 - 1998" album, a completely crowdfunded project which includes a selection of 23 tunes from legendary releases like "Beginning To Understand", "Absolute Time", "All Music Has Come To An End", "Bodymapping", "Specific Momentific", "Busca Invisibles" and the "Conscious Arrays EP". These tracks, all of them remastered from original tape sources, perfectly showcase why his early productions were quickly picked up by labels like Mille Plateaux, Sativae, Mosquito, Force Inc. Music Works or Tresor as their prototypical Broken Techno-attitude was sth. new and fresh in these days and incorporated elements of Electro as well as deep melancholic strings like in the 1993-released "Machine", wonky bleeps like in "Beginning To Understand" or superfunctional dancefloor weapons like "Time" or "Absolute". With "What" we even see a proper dancefloor anthem unfold, tunes like "Absence Of Fear" weigh in quite a heavy bit of electroid sci-fi modulations, "Plastered Cracks" enables crowds to jump around and bang their heads without anything holding them back and Jamie Lidell's remix of "Don't Take More" brings back the original, distorted vibe of the rawest Chicago Basement tracks ever created whilst "You And I" fuses Intelligent Techno and subaquatic Electro vibes to a fascinating effect. And although we've never been huge fans of Cristian Vogel's special and unique sound aesthetics due to the fact that he never fully emphasized the sub-bass aspect of his productions which more than once were put in the drawer labelled as Wonky Techno but used to stay on the dry side of thing soundwise we cannot deny that he has left a large scale legacy musically, especially with his early works. So this compilation is essential for fans new or old not only for its enhanced sound quality but also for featuring a previously unreleased version of 1995s "Around".

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Mondaine X Jamfransisco - You Say You Love Me

Another heavy banger for all the Juke fanatics out there.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A. Dyjecinski - The Valley Of Yessiree [Sideways Saloon Promo]

After we've already introduced A. Dyjecinski's song "I'm The Woods" on these pages in late April we're now taking a closer look at his debut album entitled "The Valley Of Yessiree" which has been put on the circuit via Sideways Saloon only recently. Basically the result of failing to find full-on solitude as well as being an offspring of an unfulfilled attempt to maintain a totally remote lifestyle even in very off the beaten path areas of the world the album lives and breathes the longing for a natural, rural place to stay, represented by its calm, partly inward looking late summer feel and a very basic, down to earth approach towards what Rock music on the edge of Folk and Singer / Songwriter can sound like when an artist decides to handle and reel-to-reel record each and every instrument on an album all by himself, even though he might not be the most elaborate player on some of them. But sometimes - and this defo goes for this album as well - this kind of honesty  and diy-attitude is the best and only way to create what can only be described as personal magic and intimacy that exactly depicts one's inner state of being, a unique mindset that possibly does not reinvent or revolutionize a genre but adds a few bits here and there falling together in a way that makes an album a beloved future companion, a musical friend and partner in crime for thoughtful - and maybe bourbon fueled - hours. Therefore recommended.   

Sascha Müller [Supersix Records Extra 044]

Scheduled for May 26th, 2k16 is Sascha Müller's latest full length album effort on his very own Supersix Records Extra which is another eleven tracks journey into mostly 4/4-based underground electronic music. The highly detailed opening track "Welten" seems to fuse Minimal House and Intelligent Techno whilst bringing in slices of Dub, "Frequenzgang" caters super dry Tribalisms accompanied by elastic Acid lines for hard trippin' ecstasy before "Blist" serves this special kind of uptempo ClubTechno DJs like Steve Mason or Colin Dale would've loved in the mid-90s - precise, spaced out and uplifting stuff for the raving massive. Following up is "Cap", a tune in which positive, bubbling Acid modulations and metallic clangs take over, "Contrast" pleases the needs of every Chicago House lover with a raw, yet happy and slightly playful approach, "Das Muster" speeds up things for a reason and defo aims at energetic primetime crowds longing for their next ecstatic fix and so does "Der Bassläufer", introducing distortion big time and stimulating brain cells with tripping background flanges as well as aggressive, hard hitting hi-hat attacks before developing a kind of abstract Broken Techno attitude throughout the last 90 seconds. For "Diamonds & Pearls Part II" Sascha Müller creates brillant stab works on a stripped down ClubTechno foundation whilst "Electrotherapy" is on a darker, more psychotic Techno tip well fitting for illegal warehouse parties that surely are about to go crazy when the crystalline, Kraftwerk-reminiscing breakdown hits and "Flightrecorder" defines tribal'esque minimalisms over the course of exactly 500 seconds. Finally at the end of this album we're entering the "Future" through a psychedelic portal built of pounding drums and spiralling TechTrance vibes on which we're floating along strings and twists of the universal spacetime continuum. Sweet.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Jana Rush - Amateur Sex RMX

When Juke meets Jazz this is what you get. A rough sketch from the Chitown underground.

The Jazzfakers - Hallucinations [Alrealon Musique 064 Promo]

Forthcoming on the Alrealon Musique-imprint in late June 2k16 is the fourth full-length album by the NYC-based quartet The Jazzfakers which is not only entitled "Hallucinations" but is, maybe due to being inspired by Oliver Sack's book of the same name, quite a trip into unknown sonic - and well hallucinogenic - territories conducted by David Tamura, Raphael Zwyer, Robert L. Pepper and Matt Luczak to name all musicians involved. And one might only guess if the information that this album was recorded under the influence - a different substance for every member of the group to be more precise - might have played a role in the construction of this exceptional, yet outerworldly and completely unique album which links up more than a simple review could explain or even try to describe. Imagine improvisations and the ultimate essence of hypercomplex FreeJazz amalgamated with the most jamming, psychedelia-induced moments of The Doors, Frank Zappa or Jimi Hendrix, blended with amounts of chaos, Noize and 60s sci-fi sounds, accompanied by free floating, meandering rhythm signatures, interrupted and layered by most beautiful Jazz Noir or Bar Jazz moments which are mixed up with heavy, cut up feedback guitars to built the most confusing, yet captivating psephite-like mashup you might've come across - ever. A fascinating mixture of slightly overwhelming, ever changing sonic events that one simply cannot fully embrace throughout one, two or ten listening sessions and therefore provides a different experience whenever one has a go at it. And btw - unexperienced listeners might give up after a few minutes as well.  We don't.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Jürgen Eckloff - Angeflantschte Fugenstücke [90% Wasser Promo]

Put on the circuit via the 90% Wasser imprint only recently is Jürgen Eckloff's latest longplay piece entitled "Angeflantschte Fugenstücke" which contains his 2004-recorded, 20 minutes spanning piece "Bei Wanzen Geld Zurück" as well as six shorter, and probably more recent, efforts. Starting out with the mentioned, extended piece we're thrown into an empty space made of concrete or even solid rock whilst being confronted with highly unappetizing and uncivilized slurping and smacking sounds which are quite hard to bear, especially if one has eaten shortly before listening to this piece. Alongside these animalistic soundscapes which are seemingly wandering through the stereo field we hear slamming doors and heavy stuff being moved, distant, metallic clonks and clanging and more quite intimidating sonic events which provide, taken out of context, reduced to and thrown back to their purest audible self without any hints of what might be happening, quite a hard and well psyched out listening experience. On the flipside it's especially the trilogy "Mörtel I - IV" that sticks out, the first trilogy that - at least according to the info sheet - is comprised of four parts. Sounds nonsensical but, somehow, makes perfect sense when listening to these four short bits of Field Recordings and Musique Concrete that, especially talking "Mörtel I" here, evoke memories of a non-talkative breakfast being recorded - including cracking egg shells! - but also incorporate heavy mechanical layers, squealing drones and hammer-on-rock scenarios, clanging metal, ripping cloth and more, providing a highly detailed feel for spatial conditions and multi-dimensional, re-arranged soundwaves that we all do hear but ignore throughout our daily musings. Thrilling.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Alte Sau - To Be As Livin' [Major Label 096 Promo]

Scheduled for release on June 3rd, 2k16 via Major Label is "To Be As Livin'", the sophomore album outing of Alte Sau which is yet another band project led by legendary Punk poet Jens Rachut, who is accompanied by Rebecca Oehms and Raoul Dore as well as a choir named Sibirische Falten which is - again - taking care of backing vocal duties. Stickin' to their approved foundation based on drums and vintage organs which provide a slightly Wave-orientated, dramatic and horror'esque feel - think here: The Munsters - the group's second output is, especially in comparison to their debut, on a deeper and more atmospheric tip musically, maybe even mellowed in their abstract social criticism and unfortunately not that intoxicating and awing as their same titled firstling although they'll surely please their most dedicated and die-hard fans throughout this 37 minutes journey. But no matter what, especially a well-absurd song like "Zackenbarsch" provides quality and so does the fast-paced, ecstatic "Maschinen" which is defo one to set your local Post Goth dancefloor on fire for a reason. And maybe it's just the often cited curse of a groups second album which comes into play here, particularly with bars and expectations raised mountain high like they were after Alte Sau's 2014's killer outing. This doesn't necessarily imply that "To Be As Livin'" isn't a proper album at all, it's just not that energetic and powerful as we hoped it would be.  

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Various Artists - This Is Kologo Power! A Bolgatanga Ghana Compilation [Makkum Records 016 / Red Wig Records 020 Promo]

The great Amsterdam-based imprint Makkum Records is back on the circuit with another highly thrilling take on African music, especially of the music hailing from the North East regions of Ghana. This music, named Kologo after the two string instrument it's based on, was introduced to us via Prince Buju's fascinating album "We Are In The War" also released via Makkum Records, about a year ago and hasn't lost any of its inherent fascination ever since. With this highly recommendable compilation album which has been released on April 10th, 2k16 we see Makkum-mastermind Arnold De Boer document a fraction of the thriving Kologo scene of Bolgatanga, the capital of the countries North Eastern area, through a collection of ten tracks created, written and played by the likes of Ayuune Sule, Atimbili, Prince Buju, Asaa Naho, King Ayisoba - the only artist featured three times on here with the albums opening and closing song as well as a feature appearance - and many more which enable the listener to really distinguish how differently each individual artist approaches Kologo stylewise, putting his personal stamp on and interpretation to the music although they're starting from the same point, a plain dogma for this album that turns out to be sth. like 100% pure traditionalism with no computer-generated beats involved. But still, the outcome is varied - King Ayisoba's "Africa" is living by lively drums as well as call and response chants, Ayuune Sule "Who Knows Tomorrow" brings rhythmic, fast-paced Kologo play and a powerful, emotional voice whilst Prince Buju's "Afashee", taken from his 2015-released album, is introducing a raw, angry and feverish vibe. With Atimbila's "I Have Something To Say" we see a little uplifting, kinda caribbean vibe taking over leaning somewhat towards summery Pop and a bit of cheesiness, Atamina feat. King Ayisoba and their "African Problems" come across as a conscious, yet political tune addressing common knowledge in a subtle way before Amoru uses the instrument in a very sparse, partly even experimental way in "Yabaa" and might represent the leftfield, but not less intense spectrum of what this Ghanaan music is able to deliver in terms of diversity. With Barnasko's "Nsoh Yaaba" we meet a cliche of what many westerners might probably expect to be the music of African herdsmen as this tune feels like the sun's going down over a vast and wide savannah, Asaa Naho's "Home Witches" rely on call and response again before King Ayisoba's "Nerba" gets down to get dancefloors going for a reason. This is great stuff!

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