Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stephan Meidell - Metrics [Hubro Music]

Fresh from the Norwegian label Hubro Music comes "Metrics", the second full length solo album released by guitarist Stephan Meidell who is dealing with a totally different musical level on this one, piling up a variety of metric and tonal layers to create a unique musical language that sometimes seems chaotic but provides a thrill to those on the outlook for the unexpected. Based on a foundation of guitars, drum machine, no-input mixer, tape machine and synths and the help of fellow musicians like Magda Mays, Erlend Apneseth or Stefan Lindvall and others providing assistance on Hardanger fiddle, baroque violin, prepared piano and more tracks like the opening "Baroque I" are bridging between clearly recognizable early noughties Electronica and a more mystic, medieval atmopshere whilst the successing "Baroque II" fuses ritualistic, percussion-resembling aspects with heavy subs and a feel of nature-bound peace and calm. The three subsequent takes "State I / II / III" take us from sci-fi robo dancefloors and hyperprecise Industrial Electronica to a more scenic, blurred and multilayered middle part before things get surprisingly organic in a deep, stripped down and beautiful take on PostRock and Indietronics. With "Biotop" the 12+ minutes spanning main track of "Metrics" starts out on a Clicks'n'Cuts resembling tip with an arrangement of individually and digitally shaped percussive bits, later accompanied by lonely guitar strikes and a slow, clockwork-like 4/4 bassdrum as well as dithering clarinets to alter our perception of space and time and totally dissolve the n-dimensioned reality our senses usually provide whilst "Tauchgang", the final cut on this album, combines a brooding, slo-mo beat structure, short distorted Noize-eruptions and a score'esque eerieness that surely is able to provide nightmares for the mentally instable. Nice one.

Album artwork on Instagram!

alt-J - 3WW (Official Short Film Video)

Dark Americana and tense cinematography for a hot Saturday afternoon. We're in for this.

Sascha Müller [Supersix Records Extra 054]

Another fresh release by the production force that  is Meppen's Sascha Müller is his fiftyfourth consecutively untitled album on his self-owned and -run Supersix Records Extra-imprint. Once again weighing in twelve brand new tracks we start into the albums journey with "All Fucked Up", a heavily distorted HardTechno tune for the darkest hours of underground raving whilst "Bianca" takes on a more stripped down, subquatic approach towards Techno and presents some soft morphing scuba stabs in combination with a slightly clumsy antigroove for audiences lost in the realms of electronic sound creation. The "Caterpillar" brings forth a Techno vision which is dry, funky and ultrafunctional like the best late 90s productions by Cisco Ferreira a.k.a. The Advent, "Chain Reaction" continues on this path whilst catering a busy main motif to the tool-loving  jocks out there, "Come Get It" gets deep into muscular Tribal- / LatinHouse territories for high octane-fueled nightclubs in NYC and the "Crackle Box I" introduces psyched out distortion waves to dry Techno minimalisms... and well weird mechanical hihat programming on top of a clean, futuristic overall feel. Furthermore "Der Schieber" is a hard banging and merciless peak time Techno affair for the headstrong, "Droid 01" introduces straight up RoboTech from a dystopian future, "Energetic" redefines MinimalTrance and super sweet 8bit melodies for 2k17 and our  "First Contact" takes our mind into a state of hypnotic, grinding MonoAcid ecstasy. Towards the end of this album "Freedom" caters a hyperseductive late night groove that touches the borders of DubTechno before "Funky Fresh" provides more of a relaxed, laid back Downbeat vibe with a muscular touch for all those liking their shit dope as fuck. Good stuff.

Friday, May 26, 2017

DJ Marky - Influences Vol. 2: A Selection Of Drum'n'Bass, House, Brazilian And Disco [BBE Records]

It's been nine years since the Brazilian DJ and national icon DJ Marky who was - and still is - internationally recognized for his massive Drum'n'Bass smash "LK" taking the UK Top 20 Single Charts by storm released the first episode of his "Influences"-series back in 2008 and now he's back with a second take, once again providing proof that he and his wide-ranged musical taste is so much more than what he's best known for a.k.a. setting Drum'n'Bass raves on fire. Coming in on 2CD format including an eclectic eighteen tracks DJ mix and a twelve track unmixed CD his selection starts out on a Soul tip with Wiliam Devaughn's "Blood Is Thicker Than Water" to go into Funk and Acid Jazz with The Pasito Allstars' "Cosa Nostra", early 90s Hacienda House when we see the master Joey Negro remixing The Brand New Heavies feat. N'Dea Davenport and catering the Disco headz amongs us with the sweet vibes of "Switch (Instrumental Version)" by Benelux & Nancy Dee. From more discoid vibes his master mix soon progresses into anthemic HipHouse / PianoHouse with Phortune's "String  Free", a remix version of Maurice's all time favorite "This Is Acid" and Hardhouse's "Check This Out" before introducing one of Detroit great influential musical disguises known as Galaxy 2 Galaxy with "Timeline", getting back into Brazilian vibes later on only return to the anthems with the signature melody of "Found Love" provided by Double Dee feat. Dany. Making a surprising yet seductive transition into uptempo Brazil and Manfredo Fest's "Jungle Kitten" from there DJ Marky paves the way for the closing Drum'n'Bass section of this selection starting with Skanna's "Find Me" and another alltime classic that is Origin Unknown's "Truly One (Remix Pt. 1)" whilst providing some true hardsteppin Bristol flavor with so called 'DJ Die Gnarly Mix' of the Reprazent uberhit "Watching Windows" only to conclude the journey with the uplifting, soulfull feel of Influx Datum's "Meant Love". As additional bonus quite a bunch of these tracks are featured as full-length versions on the second part of this album pack like the superdope Soul of Esther Williams' "Last Night Changed It All", the sweet Freestyle Funk of The Armed Gang asking "Are You Ready" and of course the dry ChicagoAcid approach of "Clap Me" by Jack Frost And The Circle Jerks. More exclusive goodness is served with the stripped down, yet pumping House groove of Cultural Vibes "Ma Foom Bey" whilst Laurentius' "Karate Samba" provides pleasure for those knee deep into Latin / Brazilian-flavored House music before Dave Angel's seminal "Rotation", btw the very first release of his very own label of the same name back in 1993, proves how timelessness and a will to experiment can go hand in hand and are still well valid after nearly 25 years. A well eclectic and at the same time well thought out compilation that oozes with DJ Marky's deep knowledge and understanding of the (electronic) music scene as a whole that should standout as a great example for all young and aspiring DJ's and producers starting out these days. Excellent.

THDN - Force Feed Happiness

The new Hamburg masters of Chemical Beats are back with a new demo track and they surely are on fire with this one.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

baze.djunkiii Chart Haul 05/2017

03.06.2017 baze.djunkiii @ Bahnhof Kötzting / Bad Kötzting

baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings / Liquid Sky Berlin]

file under: House / DeepHouse / TechHouse

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Bahnhof Kötzting
Bahnhofstrasse 19
93444 Bad Kötzting

Zeitkratzer - performs songs from the albums "Kraftwerk" and "Kraftwerk 2" [Zeitkratzer Productions]

This is news! The ever active ensemble named Zeitkratzer, conducted, directed and founded by Reinhold Friedl is continuing their re-interpretations of classic albums with a special take on songs taken of the pair of very first, and never repressed, Kraftwerk albums "Kraftwerk" and "Kraftwerk 2" which showcased the krautsiest work ever provided by the band about to become praised Electro pioneers later on. And this time we see the ensemble, that's btw celebrating its amazing twentieth anniversary this year, provide interpretations pretty close to the original as the opening tune "Ruckzuck" immediately weighs in its seductive groove and very special, yet kinda klumsy Funk that brings all of us music nerds back to an era in which the development of a new musical language was an absolute necessity whilst "Spule 4" caters a kind of ProtoAmbient meets Score meets fascinating Future Jazz vibe that's both spine-tingling and masterly crafted. With "Strom" we're introduced to mysterious, yet unsettling scraping sounds and muscular, repetetive trombones slowly shifting towards an easier, more jazzy feel before being interrupted by dreamy at first, than ever climaxing guitars of a ruminant intensity, "Atem" a.k.a. 'breath' brings us an array of ColdAmbient antedating respiratory sounds before "KlingKlang", the 17+ minutes spanning main tune, is in for a spiritual meditation about everything good that has ever happened Krautrock-wise, especially when it comes to easy feel good grooves, meandering tempos and a sort of a Bossa'esque swing. Finally we're down with the "Megaherz", entering a hellish, agitated vortex of brooding tension and imminent danger soon making way for a more relaxed, natural and calming atmosphere providing a sweet conclusion to a highly recommended assortment of re-interpretations.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jakaszek - Kwiaty [Ghostly International]

Released in mid-March via the lomg time running Ghostly International is "Kwiaty", the latest longplay effort created by Michal Jacaszek a.k.a. Jakaszek, a Polish composer who had been inspired by an English anthology of metaphysical poetry from the 17th century for this album. Drawing inspiration both from the formal as well as the obviously beautiful simplicity of the poems featured in this book Jakaszek merged those with sketches, ideas and half-finished tracks sitting on his harddisk waiting for a final polish, further processing or even release to create a highly consistent body of work consisting of eleven tracks, catering a most mysterious, sometimes even mystical atmosphere through their brittle, oftentimes slightly distorted vocal nature spread over a backdrop of blurred hisses, gentle beats, fragile guitar loops paired with bits of PostFolk and echoes of echoes of Singer / Songwriter'esque Pop, sometimes well melancholic and sometimes a little bit more uplifting and dancey like in songs like "Soft Music" or "To Meadows", with the last one being a little more thunderous and shattered like trapped radio transmissions from a long forgotten past whilst the dreamy "Eternity" weighs in loads of captivating, ethereal fascination for a reason. Defo a proper compagnon for rainy autumn days, this album is.       

DJ Skull Vomit - Dead Sea

When your days are doomed you need to wake up to a brutal mixture of Breakcore and Metal to get into the right mood for everyday warfare.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

02.06.2017 baze.djunkiii @ Unter Deck / Munich

baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings / Jahmoni Music]
D.FL8 (a.k.a. BELP) [Jahmoni Music]

file under: House / DeepHouse / TechHouse

free admission

Unter Deck
Oberanger 26
80331 Munich

Repeat Eater - VVestAciid *Stazma Origamix

This one goes out to all the IDM and Drill'n'Bass heads out there. Appreciate the madness!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Thomas Wynn And The Believers - Wade Waist Deep [Mascot Record Promo]

Put on  the circuit via Mascot Records last week is "Wade Waist Deep", the latest full length album effort created by Thomas Wynn And The Believers. Starting into this twelve song affair, which btw is their third longplay piece overall, with the muscular and captivating Desert Rock affair "Man Out Of Time" the band gives away their strongest tune straight away before going into timeless, yet a little dusted and 70s flavored RockPop for daytime radio play that we've heard a thousand times before with the albums title track, goes down the ballad'esque "Heartbreak Alley" with a glass of bourbon their hand and admits that "My Eyes Won't Be Open" in a quite pathetic, formulaic way that'll well fit into the soundtrack of any imaginery  80s road or teenage rebel movie for a reason. The story about some kind of "Thin Love" is a swinging, more upbeat affair touched by Country, kitsch and some twanging guitars which are built around an Indie'esque chorus, "I Don't  Regret" gets overly dramatic in terms of Rock'n'Roll ballads, "You Can't Hurt Me" finally grabs our attention again whilst picking up on a path the album left after the opening tune, providing some heavy solos and quite a rough, whiskey-soaked attitude and walking through the "Mountain Fog", listening to mysterious background choirs  reveals more of a folksy surprise paired with super solid Rock to which we can fully relate. Letting the listener "Burn As One" we're catered with quite a bunch of proper 80s cliches which totally work, unearthing memories of 'Mad Max' and the smell of cheap gasoline, "Feel The Good" is frolicking in the meadows, bringing back the kitsch aspect again, "We Could All Die Screaming" would make up for a great Rock'n'Roll soundtrack for an adventurous roadtrip into the desert (... or war ?) and the final song "Turn It Into Gold" leaves us thinking about our life decisions whilst sitting on a dusty road, dirty and watching the sun go down in the most epic way before providing  a grand HardRock finale that takes everyone by surprise. Quite a mixed bag of an album, this one, which probably would've turned out better if it had been cut down to a proper six track EP for a reason.      

Album artwork on Instagram!

Sascha Müller - Acid Monster (Floppy Totaal Special) [Supersix Records]

Keeping up with Sascha Müller's special floppy disk releases that were only available at Rotterdam's Floppy Totaal v3.0 Festival in early April we're now taking a closer look at "Acid Monster (Floppy Totaal Special)" a three single that's, guess what, focusing on Low Bit Acid from the dark side of the spectrum. The opening tune named "Acid Constructor" operates straight on the border to wildstyle Hardcore and weighs in hard banging drums on hyperspeed as well brain-melting MonoAcid modulations, "Work My 303" is more on a deep, spiralling and Trance-inducing tip and the final "Untitled" cut evokes memories of deep, highly spaced out AcidTrance for those who've been deep into this style throughout the mid 90s. Recommended fodder for all them acidheadz out there.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Anthene - Orchid [Sound In Silence 036]

Incoming from the Greece-based imprint Sound In Silence is "Orchid", the newest album effort by Athene, a solo moniker of Toronto's Brad Deschamps who has been active under this name since 2015 and released music on various imprints including his very own Polar Seas Recordings. For his second, limited to 150 hand-numbered copies album on Sound In Silence Mr. Deschamps unearthes a bunch of seven unreleased tracks from his studio vaults, opening with a sweet fusion of scientific bleeps from the airwaves, similar to what Kraftwerk caters in the intro sequence of "Radio-Activity", and overwhelmingly soft Ambient structures in "Fauna", continues on a similar, yet a little darker path in "Reflected Light" whereas "Flora" keeps things as Ambient as Ambient can be, moving slowly and elegantly like a glacier in the late evening sun, representing the beauty of the genre in the best possible way. Following a beatless "Frozen Path" melodies and pads become more fragile and crystalline, the title track "Orchid" caters 582 seconds of meandering strings and calm, blurred atmospheres for ultimate, autumnal relaxation whilst  "The Laughing Heart" is more of a lecture in heartfelt melancholia garnished with (neo)classical elements than a study in uplifting soundscapes. Finally "Trace" is waving goodbye in a more solemn and grave manner, rounding off an album nicely that's surely meant to please all die-hard Ambient lovers for a reason.

Manga Saint Hilare x Lewi B - Outbursts From The Outskirts

That's some darn good Grime stuff in here. Shit's on definite fire.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Strotter Inst.- Miszellen [Hallow Ground Promo]

Put on the circuit in late March via the ever busy Hallow Ground-label is "Miszellen" , the latest album by Strotter Inst. who has drawn in attention due to his physical approach to remixing which does not include any work in like DAW's but relies more on both extracting parts and pieces from the original tracks, mostly cut on dubplate and then being manipulated, destroyed, cut, scratched and retreated in a non-linear, partly even chaotic way only to be re-assembled by Christoph Hess a.k.a.Strotter Inst. later onwards. Following this basic principle and work ethics we see Strotter Inst. take care of twelve different tracks of twelve different artists on this longplayer, covering a field inluding acts like Asmus Tietchens, Dälek, Foetus, Beequeen, Nurse With Wound or P16D4. As the nature of his work suggests these  reworks or re-arrangements mostly result in repetetive, hypnotizing and partly Industrial-reminiscing musical structures but can as well become surprisingly ravey like in Aceeh Imnsssttu - yes, that's the letters in 'Asmus Tietchens' arranged in alphabetical order - "Artigst Nach Gutem Changiert" whilst also touching borders of cinematic neoclassical melancholia, or even be harsh and aggressive like in his approach to Beeenqu (Beequeen) "Snijdende Tests".  With Dehin Nor Stuuww (Nurse With Wound) "105 Humorous Print Diseases" the work of Strotter Inst. even becomes slightly ritualistic in a very tense and spine-tingling way. In Giillmss U (Sigillium S) "Juli Enteist Jute" we see score noir'esque piano miniatures crossing paths with darkest Industrial Noize, heavy feedbacks, overall evil as well as captivating slow rhythmic pulses, Efostu (Foetus) "Acid Hang" even crosses over into oriental soundspheres and Ädekl (Dälek) "Seismic Sofa Gang" takes the original Mutant HipHop sound of the group to a new and well-epic level. Interesting stuff, this and defo recommended to those dwelling knee deep in experimental music.

The Sweet Release Of Death - Kitty Swim Club (Official Video)

A brutal force like an inverted supernova. We're down with The Sweet Release Of Death.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Herva - Hyper Flux [Planet Mu Records 385]

Here we go with a slightly delayed take on one of February's releases from the Planet Mu camp - "Hyper Flux" crafted by the Italian artist and producer Herva who's catering a 53 minutes long twelve track ride with this one. Opening with some kind of "Esotic Energy" the first track takes us straight into the musicians playful yet erratic and unpredictable soundsphere sporting calmly plucked strings, deep Electronica vibes and more of a Plunderphonic-related attitude in parts, "Jitter" follows up with a dancier Braindance vibe combined with cocktail'esque pads perfectly matching the 'everything goes' feel oftentimes associated with releases on the legendary Rephlex-imprint around the late 90s / early 00s and a "Nasty MF" taps into lo-fi, more 4/4 orientated dance beats accompanied by Future Bass-synths and what seem to be Asian percussion elements. Furthermore Herva sets out to "Rule The Sun" by implementing blurry, spaced out melodies and busy Drill'n'Bass-remeniscing beats, inspecting the "Multicone" reveals interesting layers of warm organic Ambient soundscapes and defo one of the albums musical highlights, "Lly Spirals" weigh in a creepy kind of dark'ish PostStep rave feel for all true bass heads and "Solar Xub" provides another deep take on outer space club music from a future past. Riding a "Meta Wave" takes us into a sonic universe of digital distortion, clicks, crackles and cuts as well as kinda blues-y background guitars, "Cops Twerk" to Acid-infused Lo-Fi Rave sounds with a heavily glitched twist and "Peach" serves backwards-running beats and more blurred, fuzzy Ambient structures for tripped out minds. Finally "Dedicated ft. Mar G", the only collaborational effort on "Hyper Flux", once again relies on beats in reverse, this time accompanied by piano romanticisms, Downtempo vibes and beautiful female vocals whilst the final cut "Zykmed" caters pure melancholia on a beatless level, masterly crafted and fused with highly scientific electric buzzes from a sci-fi lab of your choice. Good stuff!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tube & Berger - ICMF (Official Video)

A nice artistic as well as political music video is coming from TechHouse producers Tube & Berger these days as a first teaser of their forthcoming album effort "We Are All Stars".

Wolvon - Dust (Official Video)

Rock'n'Roll, (No)Wave and a whole lot of desperation - this is defo what we are up for these days.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Knob, The Finger & The It - Don't Snoozle While Hot (Official Video)

Super lovely playful and krautsy Electronica and a mindboggling video one cannot unsee. This might be our favorite music video of the year!

Monday, May 15, 2017

S S S S - Just Dead Stars For Dead Eyes [Hallow Ground Promo]

Put on the circuit via the Switzerland-based Hallow Ground imprint earlier this year is "Just Dead Stars For Dead Eyes" which is the latest longplay album effort by Samuel Savenberg under his artistic alias S S S S, containing two long tracks created throughout a two weeks artist residency at a place called Südpol in the Swiss town Lucerne. Built from Field Recordings made on location as well as using several sound sources found in and around the building "Just Dead Stars For Dead Eyes, Part I" caters a nice, ethereal and well balanced contrast between digital Noize and floating Ambient harmonies garnished with reprocessed, distorted vocal bits of an unsettling kind and futuristic barrage sequences as well as rhythmic pulses through the tracks' second half whilst "Just Dead Stars For Dead Eyes, Part II" weighs in more of a hyperdark approach to grinding Industrial Illbient in hyper slow motion, evoking pictures of worlds falling into pieces before bits of strings and harmonies provide relief after a little more than four minutes, shining like a sonic sun over what's left after the ultimate apocalypse which is even more Noize, metallic clanging and lonely piano melancholia. Intensely beautiful!

Reliq - Life Prismic [Noble Label]

Released on April 15th, 2k17 via the Japanese Noble Label is "Life Prismic", the third full-length artist album by Reliq since this side project of the producer otherwise known as Serph came to life back in 2011. Catering a menu of thirteen highly chromatic, colourful tunes we see Reliq present quite a diverse array of compositional efforts starting with the most playful opener "Glass'n'Beads" with its interplay of calm as well as buzzingly speedy sequences and uplifting, PostRave focused pianos whilst "Ceramic Samba" even weighs in extremely pitched vocals on top of a multilayered, polyrhythmic foundation and "Laputan" gravitates towards an electronic variation of Easy Listening / Exotica which comes across on a kind of novelty tip here. The story continues with more oriental flute vibes, pianos and electronics combined with Drill'n'Bass-references in "Morocco Drive", further into the album "Rain No More" provides a secret late night hit for advanced dancefloors, the "Cold Shuffle" is perfect fodder for all the IDM / Future Garage ravers out there and the "Voynich Soundscript" is as rich, complex and encrypted as its real life blueprint. And there we've come to a point that makes "Life Prismic" a tricky one because as fascinating, rich and well-produced its single tunes might be, listening to them in one session as an hour spanning body of work seems a little too overwhelming and therefore in parts even tiring to us as there's simply too much musical information going on to process, even for trained ears like ours. Which is a pity, kind of.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

AlgoRythmiK - Obsession

Heavy Industrial influenced beats and epic basslines in here. One surely made to destroy dancefloors within seconds.

Jo Berger Myhre & Ólafur Björn Ólafsson - 1000%

Dark and score'esque soundscapes from the forthcoming longplay piece "The Third Script" which is scheduled for June 16th, 2k17 on the Hubro Music imprint. Wonderful tension in here!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Biggabush - Melody & Electronics EP [Jahmoni Music]

Soon to come on Munich's finest Jahmoni Music imprint is the label debut of no-one less than Glyn 'Bigga' Bush a.k.a. Biggabush, legendary bass master and founding member of (Neo)Dub staples Rockers Hi Fi who is now setting out to rock the scene with four sparse, well thought out tunes crossing over between classic Dub structures and modern bass music. Opening with "Mangrove Monkey" we're immediately drawn into a deep jungle feel with a lot of atmospheric samples accompanying the bouncy halftime beat and beautifully crafted synth motif as well as an all embracing wave of sub frequencies which makes all original bass headz bop for a reason whilst "Sounds & Blues" goes up a similar alley but presents itself in a more fever'ish, brooding manner and on a little more uptempo tip that will surely resonate with all those following the classic route of Dubstep for a reason. Furthermore there is "Dash Way Com", another deep Dubstep-related affair sporting complex, Electronica-informed beat structures, a beauteous out-of-this-world melody, vintage'esque chords and loads of original Dub FX whereas the final cut named "Footsie Index" explores minimalistic, slowly morphing Intelligent Techno realms for those rather into following a straight 4/4 bassdrum whilst drifting off into a pure, untouched universe of sonic singularity.  

Mensimonis - Clone Fever [Opa Loka Records]

Released only recently via Opa Loka Records is "Clone Fever", the first ever longplay effort put on the circuit by Mensimonis, a collaborational project by experimental musicians Radboud Mens and Lukas Simonis who ended up improvising together when they were doing recording and improv workshops for secondary schools a few years ago - a well obscure starting point for a joint venture but sometimes things take off from the weirdest occasions. With four tracks whose titles are as epicly long as their playtimes between 15 and 22 minutes the pair of producers brings us their very own vision of conjunctional experimentalism, following the simple rule of Mr. Radboud Mens taking care of all the sub stuff whilst Lukas Simonis takes over the higher frequencies, mostly based on looped guitars and their evolution as well as manipulation. This said, we see the first track "The Individual Is Handicapped By Coming Face-To-Face With A Conspiracy So Monstrous He Cannot Believe It Exists" - talking long track titles.... - starting out on slightly off kilter improvisations somewhat in between Post-PostRock and Psychedelia later accompanied by continuous feedback loops and droning, Ambient-resembling structures partly evoking memories of Aosuke's legendary "Monotone Spirit" album released back in 2006. With the conspiracy kindling "Few Believe Me When I Tell Them That The Rulers Of This Planet Are Of Reptilian Bloodlines" opens straight on a psychedelic - and possibly Asia- / India-influenced - tip guitarwise whilst a slowly moving low frequency drone and crackling surface noise provide a steady foundation to what evolves into an array of polyrhythmic layers from a single loop, causing brain functions to tilt as it's slightly impossible to process simultaneity of calming drones and scattered chaotic loops. Furthermore there's "Give The Clone A Soul, God Is Watching Over Your Shoulder", a trip into Guitar-based Ambient meditations slowly drifting into a combination of drones and twisted analogue signals like the ones we were once used to when fax machines and cable modems were still in fashion before taking a turn mid-track and catering all fans of electronic experimentalisms with a maelstrom of dizzying frequency modulations and hypnotic loop repetitions. Finally "All Rumours Being Investigated" weighs in a little bit of a lonely, desperate desert feel throughout its intro sequence which leads into an ever growing aggression and intensity in terms of guitar handling, building up to a point not distinguishing between anger and ultimate madness anymore whilst a wall-of-sound adds an additional, pretty much unsettling momentum to the tunes' overall feel until an unexpected climax reveals a huge feedback orgy of sorts that one would rather expect at the very end of a Psychedelic Rock show. Straight up great, this one is! 

Album artwork on Instagram!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Jeffrey Roden - As We Rise Up

A beautifully dark, melancholia inducing (Neo)Classical composition taken from Jeffrey Roden's forthcoming album "Threads Of A Prayer Volume 2" which is due for release on May 15th, 2k17 via Solaire Records.

Krumble - Coco Milk

A heavy Dubstep ting, dis! Amalgamating Reggae-infused vocals with futuristic darkness is the way to go with this one.

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

Released in late April via Dr. NoiseM Tapes is the "V" sequel of Dr. NoiseM's slowly concluding album series "The CDr A-B-C" which seems to take a quite surprising turn with this album as the long and stretched out intro section of this 77 minutes spanning one track wonder is as fragile and Ambient-orientated as nothing in this series ever has been before. Based on delicate structures of high frequency movements, sometimes accompanied by what seem to be warped but heavenly flutes we're taken into realms of absolute beauty before trails of darkness appear in the form of well known respiratory sounds which provide an unsettling contrast to the brittle melodic fragments which have formed up to this point, transforming into a slow musical sunrise at a later point throughout the longplayers course. But no matter how bright the sonic sun may shine in this very moment, there'll always come a time when the night and the shadows take over and haunting wraiths leave their hideaways to promote their ill-minded spirits. And following this eternal rule we see darkness creeping up closer with every minute, tentatively tackling the overall euphony, lurking and preparing for the final action but still not ready to attack, keeping the eerie tension up until the very last minute. Defo a nice variation in "The CDr A-B-C"-series for sure.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Duality Micro & Peter Hedderley - 8bit Meets Classic []

And another one from the deepest floppy disk underground has been coming in recently, this time courtesy of the man known as Manfred Reckers to his friends and parents whilst those deep into electronic music - and readers of these pages - will be well familiar with his musical moniker Duality Micro. Teaming up with Peter Hedderley for this collaborational release we see Duality Micro provide a short, experimental static Noize cut named "Working Floppy" which will be well appealing to all those listening to what comes to live at the very end of the FM dial whilst the artists conjunctional effort "8bit Meets Classic" fuses a masterly crafted dreamy piano line with bits and pieces of classic Electronica structures to a soothing, yet fascinating effect that is highly recommended to all floppy headz that have been following IDM / Electronica from day dot. Check!

Sascha Müller feat. Nora W. - With Love (Floppy Totaal Special) [Sascha Müller Music]

Another one of Sascha Müller's super limited floppy disk releases exclusively available at the Floppy Totaal v3.0 Festival in Rotterdam is this three track single, bringing us tunes in an astonishing quality of 9kbps datawise. Starting out with the 'Original Mix' of "Deine Liebe" we've got a well kitschy take on Piano-driven DeepHouse which could be well featured on German daytime radio due to the use of German Pop vocals - a mixture that sounds pretty hilarious in an extremely reduced bit rate whilst the so-called 'Drum N Bass Mix' of "Feel My Love" is a rolling, Jungle-referencing sub bass affair for true oldskool headz with a heart for a metallic, underwater sound and sweet, atmospheric string arrangements. Finally "I Give You (Original Mix)" brings in some playful and uplifting ClubHouse vibes that could well originate from way back in the 90s... like the format it's been released on. Great fun, good stuff!

1982 - Chromola [Hubro Music]

Released on the ever busy Hubro Music imprint in late March is "Chromola", the fifth album of the trio named 1982 in their ten years spanning career. Consisting of Nils Økland, Sigbjørn Apeland and Øyvind Skarbø the trio uses instruments like violin or Hardanger fiddle, harmonium and drums to create their compositions and even includes classic pipe organs on this one as there were two available when they recorded their album at the Sandviken church in Bergen / Norway. Naturally and given the set of instruments used the music of 1982 meanders beautifully between soundtracks for enchanted glades, (Neo)Classical and medieval-/campfire-referencing atmospheres, bits and pieces of Field Recordings as well as hints of Prog and an inward looking, autumnal overall feel that makes this album a sweet companion for the cold and dark season. If you need to indulge in melancholia and dark red wine on a regular this one's made for you!

Album artwork on Instagram!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Cassar - Battle

A tight, minimalistic riddim for all the Grime headz out there. Check!

Norman Westberg - Jasper Sits Out [Room 40 Promo]

Released in early March via the Australian Room 40-imprint is Norman Westberg's album "Jasper Sits Out" which has quite a bit of a twisted history behind it. Originally self-released by the Swans guitar player as a two track CDr in 2014, then re-released in its original form via the Swiss imprint Hallow Ground as a limited to 100 copies vinyl edition in 2015 it is now available on CD again with an additional bonus track for the 2017 audience interested in guitar-based Ambient / Post-PostRock. The title track "Japser Sits Out" spans an epic 23+ minutes in which Mr. Westberg spreads out a soft, loop-based labyrinth of intricate layers and interweaving melodic aspects to a well soothing and hypnotic effect whilst "Homeset Trunc", the second tune also included on the albums first versions has more of an intense, slightly even fever'ish and ritualistic feel as its melodic, delay-heavy layers are accompanied by a steady, machine-like rhythm evoking memories of heavy duty industrial production lines or steam-run trains later disappearing into a sonic blur whilst carefully picked guitar fragments with a balearic feel shine through meandering delays like the winter sun breaking through thick, grey snow-filled clouds.  Finally the new and previously unreleased tune named "A Particular Tuesday" is more of a calming affair recommended to those following PopAmbient acts like Klimek or the Cologne-based compilation series of the same name and therefore complements the previous original album tunes well as a sweet closing tune. If you're deep into Ambient structures, this one's for you.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Sascha Müller [Super Six Records Extra 053]

Just released via Super Six Records Extra is Sascha Müller's most recent untitled album which brinngs us another  twelve tracks showcasing the unstoppable, vastly creative stream of tunes churned out by the Meppen-based producer on a regular. Going into this offering with "Traumschwingungen" we're floating along deep Ambient / ChillOut vibes before "tRIGGER" activates our club mode without further notice, setting our bodies in motion with hard stomping beats on the fast lane as well as a repetetive, tripped out synth responsible for a proper brainfuck. With "Trippi" the mood changes completely, going back to bass heavy Minimal Funk mixed up with hard hitting Breakbeats and echoes of uplifting Rave stabs, the "UFO" touches down from a planet of DeepHouse densely populated with beautiful, atmospheric chords and the occasional haunting effect whilst "Week Days" are weighing a very special take of IDM vs. playful and friendly analogue bass tones somehow evoking memories of a Plaid vs. Mike Paradinas crossover collaboration that never happened. Starting the "Computer" we're entering a virtual simulation of mid-90s Detroit and its more tool-orientated approach towards Techno brought to perfection by the likes of DBX, "Endspurt" takes the tool'ish, cold and mechanic vibe to highspeed levels and "50000 Motherfuckers" dance their ass off to a mysterious, Acid-infused, Trance-emulating groove and warm, organic melodies that make this tune stand out as the most fascinating, most creative work on this longplay piece for a reason. "A Night In Bankok" obviously means to go a hard to a soundtrack of thrilling Rave-orientated ClubTechno with additional layers of beautiful panorama strings and the "Acid Machine" sets our senses to a high alert mode before an apocalyptic Rave hell breaks loose for all those loving their early Hardcore and Belgium Techno to the max. Furthermore there's "Active", a stripped down and well-hypnotizing Intelligent Techno tool for advanced DJs and the final cut "Afrika Rocks" which is fusing original tribal drums with hard banging HardTechno drums to more of a tongue-in-cheek novelty effect. Interesting stuff, this.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Conrank - Watch What I Do

Is Grime-influenced bass brutalism a thing these days? We're in for this!

Friday, May 05, 2017

Phil & RP Boo - N'Such / Walk The Walk / Flight 1235!

He walks the walk and talks the talk. More Juke goodness in here from the originators.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Earl Jeffers - Mysteries

An excellent DeepHouse cut to be released via Ten Thousand Yen later this month. Wicked!

Traxman - Lifeeeee Is Forever *Durban Remix

More goodness coming from the Teklife-came these days. Juke going deep!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Schlachthofbronx - Haul & Pull Up EP 3 (Full Preview)

One for the bass music posse! Good stuff, this.

baze.djunkiii Charts 05/2017

01. Dr. NoiseM / baze.djunkiii - BassFlop [Dr. NoiseM Tapes]
Listen to the preview here...

02. Schlachthofbronx - Haul & Pull Up EP1 [Rave And Romance Promo]
See review for details...

03. Concrescence - Diaphragma [Anna Macht Urlaub]
See review for details...

04. Selffish - He She Them Us [Serein 011 Promo]
See review for details...

05. Philippe Lauzier - A Pond In My Living Room [Sofa Music Promo]
See review for details...

06. Egidija Medeksaite - Textile | Tekstile [Music Information Centre Lithuania Promo]
See review for details...

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Jana Rush - Singularity

Juke for massive warehouse raves! We're into this for a reason.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Repeat Eater - 116.2 BPM - 1st_May Take 1 (Edit)

Sweet and playful Phonk is all we need today. What an excellent live jam this is!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Philippe Lauzier - A Pond In My Living Room [Sofa Music]

Released in early April, 2k17 via the Norwegian imprint Sofa Music is "A Pond In My Living Room", the newest body of work created by the Montreal-based sound artist / composer Philippe Lauzier in which he uses multiple, oftentimes reprocessed bass clarinet recordings to create a four tracks exploration of deep, experimental music. The 15 minutes opening tune "Bleu Penombre" starts out with a slightly distorted hiss only to evolve and branch out into rich fields of slowly meandering Ambient created from obviously pitched down clarinet tones to an autumnal, inward looking effect whilst "Water Sprinkling" caters more of an Oval'esque approach towards Ambient vs. Clicks'n'Cuts if one takes into account Markus Popp's work in albums like "Systemisch" etc. . "On The Window Side" we see more of a contemplative, slightly even ritualistic vibe going on based on a single, ever repeating percussive sound, mesmerizingly interwoven harmonies and eerie noises resembling steam releasing valves before "Napping In A Neglected Garden" induces a psychedelic and dreamlike state due to its hypnotic, microchanging nature and blurred out arrangement of overtones. Lovely!

Album artwork on Instagram!

Little Hurricane - Same Sun Same Moon [Mascot Records Promo]

After we've already announced the forthcoming arrival of the new Little Hurricane album "Same Sun Same Moon" in early March it's about time to have a detailed look on the third longplay piece served by the Californian couple who've been making waves since even before their first ever body of work arrived in 2011. Starting off with the title track "Same Sun Same Moon" the duo delivers a kinda funky little number somehow evoking memories of Beck and an era in which College Rock used to be good, "Bad Business" stays on a similar track with a more bluesy, down-to-earth attitude and makes us think about drinking beer in a lonely desert valley, "OTL" is as good and captivating as a love song ever can get and "Isn't It Great" obviously takes Reggae- / Ska-influenced offbeat guitars and occasional FrenchHouse filters and amalgamates these elements with bits and bops of classic, positive Rock to provide a perfect tune for good days and roadtrips taking  you down the highway for hours on end. More melancholia strikes in "Take It Slow", the first tune on this album featuring the vocals of both Celest 'CC' Spina and Anthony 'Tone' Catalano, "Lake Tahoe Eyes" is another excellent Blues-infused effort with Tarantino'esque qualities, the "March Of The Living" is,well..., lively as fuck and caters a thrilling instrumental take on Rock'n'Roll for spy flics and movie scores whilst "Mt. Senorita" makes your head nod and your ass bump to its killer groove and "For Life" aims to please a more Pop driven audience looking for more of a romantic ballad and therefore doesn't meet our tastes for a reason. Going further into the last tunes on "Same Sun Same Moon" we see "You Remind Me" bringing back a laid-back, Reggae-infused vibe for daytime radio, "Slingshot" picks up on the quality College Rock-train again and the closing tune "Moon's Gone Cold" even touches ground on folksy, maybe even Country-informed territories for those who like their sound a little more contemplating and chary. Defo a nice one this.  

Album artwork on Instagram!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Baobinga & ID - Machine *Aquasky Remix - 18th August VIP Ambient Intro

A lost gem from the Aquasky archives just popped up on Soundcloud. Tunes like this are why we're missing the NuskoolBreaks era!

Sascha Müller - The House Bomb (Floppy Totaal Special) [Super Six Records]

Driven by his love for obscure vintage technologies and the aesthetic approach of the Low Bit scene the man known as Sascha Müller put out a series of 3,5" floppy disk releases recently which were exclusively available at the "Floppy Totaal v3.0" festival which took place in Rotterdam in early April 2k17. One of these is "The House Bomb (Floppy Totaal Special)" including three heavily compressed House tracks for all the Low Bit lovers out there. The Opener "Yo Body (Ibizia Summer Mix 2016)" brings us a sweet, hollow sounding DiscoHouse vibe with a metallic touch and dreamy pianos, "Head Out" weighs in more of a jackin' Chicago House approach and mixes raw dancefloor functionality with some tender DeepHouse pads whilst our trip to the "Boogie Bar" takes us straight to Chicago again when things peak on the floor and people lose their shit to classic short-cut vocal samples and Acid reminiscing modulations. Good stuff in here.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Kings Of Edelgran - Kings Of Edelgran [self-released]

Coming in from Belgium a few weeks ago was this, obviously self-titled and self-released, album by a band outfit going by the name of Kings Of Edelgran which have been active on the local circuit since 2013 and seemingly seem to put their music into a drawer labelled with Polar Indie Rock. Curious what the heck this might be coming down to we're starting the approx. 47 minutes a.k.a. ten tracks journey with a tune named "Volcano", opening with soft pads, a syncopated downtempo beat and blurry, yet ethereal vocals to pave the way for things to come, finding its continuation in "Tephra", a soft, yet drumroll-driven excursion into the bands very own sonic realm surely evoking memories of if not the arctic at least Scandinavia for several reasons. "Fire And Gold" brings in a livelier vibe for what one might be describe as advanced Indie dancefloors, "Walking, WI" is more of a Blues-informed, near acoustic affair with an inward looking twist and surprising change of focus throughout its second half, "The Gate" gives us more of the bands trademark multi-layered vocal style and the nice contrast of contemplative atmosphere, slightly distorted guitars and a hard hitting drum foundation "Up North" turns out to be best accompanied by a glass of smokey bourbon or rye whiskey. Furthermore "Fillan" presents an epic, even cinematic take on Indie music and surely is the secret hidden gem of this album with its fragile intro sequence and well muscular, electronic sounding beats, "Kor Isen" weighs in a little more than two minutes of pure instrumental beauty for  romantic dreamers, "Askja" stays on a romantic tip although gravitating towards an overwhelming, masterly produced wall of sound attitude on top of uptempo drums and  the final cut "Lone (Barbeit)" closes the longplay piece on a a cosy and calm, all embracing vibe. So let me know - why aren't these guys signed to a label yet?

Album artwork on Instagram!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

baze.djunkiii Chart Haul 04/2017

Egidija Medeksaite - Tekstile | Textile [Music Information Centre Lithuania]

Recently released via the Music Information Centre Lithuania-imprint is "Tekstile | Textile", the first ever album output by Lithuanian composer Egidija Medeksaite who's dedicated her compositional work to translating geometric textile patterns into sound art. Based on the process of mapping those patterns onto musical parameters of a determined kind and following up with several other composition techniques Egidija Medeksaite intends to write her pieces for various arrangements, e.g. the albums title track "Textile" for two pianos as a beautiful, neoclassical suite which is ear-pleasing yet ever changing at the same time. Following up is "Oscillum", a twelve minutes piece for cello which presents itself dark and growling like a threat from ancient times slowly moving and grunting miles below the earths surface whilst "Akasha" touches the borders of eerie Dark Ambient and Drone with additional bits of a haunted orchestra shining through here and there. Furthermore we've got "Pratiksha", a piece of serial qualities performed by a well recognizable, yet well out of tune string section and piano to a nerve-wrecking effect, "Textile 2" is more of a solemn affair written for multi-layered choir and "Sandhi Prakash" tells tales of imminent danger in a world of post-apocalyptic ruins whilst the final cut "Scintilla" pleases all those loving their classical,slightly kitsch-heavy Ambient music to the max. Defo a recommended and well-varied debut album, this.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Frog Bitch - Frog Bitch EP [Psychocandies 053]

Scheduled for April 27th, 2k17 is the first release of the new and still mysterious Psychocandies-signing going by the name of Frog Bitch who's coming up with a digital three track release here. The title track "Frog Bitch" opens with a heavy, hypnotic Rave sequence and hypercompressed, hard-hitting drum set to crush a bunch of skulls before a distorted wildpitch-reminiscing Acid sequence causes havoc on every warehouse dancefloor. Following up is "Gamble 303", a tune riding on a similar wave but weighing in additional strings for a deeper, darker and slightly psyched out Trance-inducing atmosphere whilst the final cut named "Las Vegas" presents a rather minimalistic, technoid approach with its steadily filtered drum foundation and warped, 'troity main motif in full on repetition mode. This is good stuff.

Mr. Mitch - Devout [Planet Mu 381 Promo]

Released on April 21st, 2k17 via the infamous Planet Mu imprint is "Devout", the second official full length album by Miles Mitchell a.k.a. Mr. Mitch who has come a long way to present us with another alternative take on Grime-influenced music, stepping away from the genres angry roots and channeling things a little differently. Whilst the short intro sequence even includes the vocals of Mitchell's young son Oscar we see "Priority", the second tune on this album, feature one of Grime's most potent forces - P Money - who intensely spits over a foundation more reminiscent of deep, dreamy Electronica than of Grime. Following up is "Lost Touch", a collaboration with Duval Timothy on the playful and positive side of Electronica, "Fate" featuring Denai Moore comes across as a dramatic, beautiful take on Future Soul, "If I Wanted" goes even deeper and presents a slow, 4/4-based take on Ambient / ChillOut whilst "VPN" gets a little livelier and presents an R'n'B / Bashment informed vision of late night urban music that works ladies booties nicely in more intimate situations. With "My Life" Mr. Mitch goes deeper into electronic romanticisms with a twisted, mediterrenean touch, "Pleasure" featuring Py amalgamates minimalistic, yet harmonic structures and catchy, soulful and captivating vocals to a great effect, the "Honor Oak" turns out to be another tender affair gravitating towards Ambient sounds slightly evoking memories of Fatima Al Qadiri's "Asiatisch" album and "Our Love" gets back into late night Bashment again, sporting Mr. Mitch's very own vocals. Finally "Black Tide" rocks advanced dancefloors with a fusion of uplifting melodies and epic bass synths before the closing tune "Oscar"crosses over between lean-infused autotune R'n'B and echoes of CloudRap for a reason. Urban modernism, this is.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sascha Müller - BDRS / Raidjahh [Sascha Müller Music 100020]

To be released on his own Sascha Müller Music imprint on April 26th, 2k17 is Sascha Müller's newest digital singles featuring the two tracks "BDRS" and "Raidjahhh". Whilst the first mentioned tune starts out on an epic, Trance-reminiscing string arrangement and gravitates towards raw, stomping, Acid-infused oldskool Techno with a floating twist throughout the course of its 344 seconds runtime we see the second production effort fully entering Trance realms, predominantly pleasing all those who discovered the genre back in the years 1993 / 1994 before the cheesy, commercial attitude in Trance took over. If you've been a raver from day dot, this one's for you!