Friday, August 14, 2020

Sparkle Division - To Feel Embraced [Temporary Residence Ltd. Promo]

Scheduled for physical release on September 18th, 2k20 via Temporary Residence Ltd. is "To Feel Embraced, the album debut by Sparkle Division - a collaboration between renowned composer William Basinski and his studio assistant Preston Wendel which also sees the pair of artists teaming up with several vocalists and instrumentalists contributing to the 41 minutes spanning thirteen track journey. And the result is quite spectacular, a well dramatic take on loop-based Leftfield Pop from the very first bars of the opener "You Go Girl!" which surely is informed by most dramatic score music and large scale drama, incorporating brooding crime scene vibes and Dope Beats in the subsequently following "You Ain't Takin' My Man", even drifting into blurred out advanced Easy Listening with "Oh Henry!", exploring deep Future Jazz with "Oh No You Did Not!", entering raw, loopy Beatmaker dreamscapes in "Mmmmkayy I'm Goin' Out Now I Don't Want Any Trouble From You!" and even ventures off into late night DubJazz with the closing cut "No Exit" which becomes an immediate favorite for us just to name a few. Beautifully intriguing, this.

Igor - Umf [Lamour Records 078]

Set for release via Swedish label Lamour Records on August 28th, 2k20 is "Umf", the forthcoming 4x7" box release by longtime composer Mikael Strömberg a.k.a. Igor who supposedly pays homage to German KrautRock heroes Cluster as well as dada-artist Hugo Ball with this release - at least according to the accompanying info sheet. Feeding the listener with onomatopoetic, yet meaningless track titles like "Umf", "Olobo", "Blung", "Wulla" etc. for each of the eight cuts featured on the album but no additional context or information the listening experience is an adventurous one, taking the listener from mysterious bass grooves to trippy, highly fascinating Future Tribal outings with a somewhat Dub infused twist, from ethereal Downbeats with Synth influences to experimental modular abuse and beyond. Unique and well interesting. Plus: additional bonus points for the format. Get.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Ramon Moro Quartet - Blue Horizon [Aut Records 068]

Another one album in the pipe to be released via Aut Records on September 7th, 2k20 as an addition to the labels ever growing catalogue is "Blue Horizon", the new longplay outing by the Ramon Moro-led Ramon Moro Quartet. Inspired by the 1979 written "Folk Song For Rosie" by the Paul Motian Trio the trumpet player and composer set out to create his own musical vision for this project which slowly unfolds with the tender, emotional and dreamlike opener "White Dragon", a yearning, autumnal piece of Deep Jazz followed by the beauteous, story-telling late night grooves of "Love's Uncertainty" which in itself would make a perfect soundtrack for a love story short film shot in black and white whilst "Untie Me" fuses cascading, classy piano lines with free, complex drumming and a deeply romantic vibe before "Albedo" fully loses itself in score'esque, slightly kitsch-driven piano meets trumpet romanticisims. Furthermore the title cut "Blue Horizon" follows the path of its predecessor into even deeper, inward-looking Jazz pianos for rainy Sunday afternoons and so do the crystal clear, spatial piano minimalisms of "Too Late" before "Nocturne For Loly" caters most beautiful Late Night Jazz and the final piece dubbed "Wrong Stop. It's So Cool" weighs in 157 seconds of classy, intimate grooves for a closing. Top tier.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Eugene Ughetti - Agglomeration Of Measurement [Room40 Promo]

Released via Australian label Room40 on July 31st, 2k20 is "Agglomeration Of Measurement" , the latest six track album outing created by percussionist Eugene Ughetti in cooperation with composers Anthony Pateras, Liza Lim, Robin Fox alongside others to further explore the hypnotic possibilities of solo percussion performance, starting with the calm and crystalline, outerworldly and multi-layered "Twin Resistance" which rather resembles a floating, chiming electronic composition than a pure percussion piece whereas the subsequent "March Static" combines tense, mourning, post-apocalyptic atmospheres, probably created from warped and warbled vocal choirs with lamenting strings turning hopeful and war drums blown over from afar. "Transducer (Finale)" sees Eugene Ughetti on a droning, minimalistic Ambient tip, "Tremolo" follows on a similar, yet more solemn path with its tender Ambient movements and brittle, time dissolving sonic waves building up and slowly fading out into near or total silence  whereas "An Elemental Thing" deeply indulges in minimalist scrapings and fast, processed percussive micromovents and finds its one on one continuation in "Hypnagogics" which adds only a few morphed and scattered elements to the formula of stripped down scraping and stressed material sounds before harling back to the crystalline chiming of the original opening tune. Deep.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Charles Hayward - Crossfade Estate [Klanggalerie]

Another fresh album released via the buzzing Austrian Klanggalerie imprint on June 10th, 2k20 is Charles Hayward's "Crossfade Estate", a collage project harking back to its beginnings in late 2005 and an 18 months completion period following to the initial recording process before being shelved and sitting dormant for more than a decade. Featuring a gazillion of artists from the Jazz world whose contributions are layered, cut-up, paired with FX and even minidisks involved - see: old technology! vintage! - the album provides a beautifully gelled 18 tracks and 55 minutes spanning ride through what was once dubbed Future Jazz - an organic, yet electronically recreated take on the genre, in this case occasionally paired with intimate quasi-Future Folk cuts like the stripped down "The Space Between Me And You", relaxed and laid back late summer night pieces like "Tilling Time", retrofuturist Space Electronics in "Flashback" as well as dramatic ballads like "The Borrowers" and yearning Americana / TexMex influenced tunes like "Rose Window" or even deep, dubbed out affairs like the "Penultimate Tango" which evokes memories of the legendary "Showroom Recording Series #1" for those in the know. If you do have a thing for artists like Jimi Tenor you're well likely to love this one as well.

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Frett - The World As A Hologram [Gusstaff Records Promo]

Scheduled for release via Poland-based label Gusstaff Records on September 4th, 2k20 is "The World As A Hologram" which sees Maciej Frett of Job Karma-fame going solo in an electronic manner employing the solo alias Frett on this eight tracks and roughly 40 minutes spanning album. Pairing dark, full on Industrial vocals with a fascinating take on Future Pop somewhat evoking memories of Atari Teenage Riot's  late 2014 album "Reset" in cuts like "Dreams" whilst going deep, sci-fi, atmospheric and almost Tron'esque in the epic, spacetime defying "Two Cups" whereas the subsequent "Trust" perfectly embraces ElectroTech-dancefloors with its clean, minimal approach and masterly sculpted string works and"Flag" weighs in thundering drums of the apocalypse alongside desperate, distorted vocals in good old Future Industrial fashion. Furthermore "The Light" brings in a silver lining at the dystopian horizon not unlike Cosmic Baby a.k.a. Cosmic Inc. did in his 1994 classic "Futura" vibewise, "Isolation" weighs in pure percussion anger, deeply hypnotic, yet well unsettling female vocals as well as gooey retrofuturist synth melodies and signals of doom and destruction, the "Judge" indulges deeply in a cyber reality of sorts and finally being "Holy" comes down to listening to ethereal spheres and solemn vocal spread out like a sheet over a masterly sculpted electronic rhythm foundation. Excellent. Top drawer.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Bluering Improvisers - Materia [Aut Records 066]

Released via Berlin-based label Aut Records on June 29th, 2k20 is "Materia", the new and well massive 22 track, 2CD and 100+ minutes spanning album outing by the large scale supergroup known as Bluering Improvisers, a collective aiming to cross boarders - both personally and sonically - and enter previously unexplored musical terrain throughout extensive research and practice. Drawing influences from Alberto Burri's work and methodological approach the album's journey starts on a dark and brooding, somewhat tense and droning tip with the scores'que (Neo)Classical piece "Preludio", drifts off into minimal DarkJazz hypermelancholia with the subsequent "Jula E Colore: Tre Evocazioni (Part 1)" only to evolve further towards a masterfully executed amalgamation of Contemporary Classical / Modern Classical and stripped down, oftentimes subdued yet expressive and complex (Free)Jazz / Improv over the course of the first album which even includes excessive, thundering electric guitar abuse in "Grande Sacco" as well as ghostly, danger heralding movements in pieces like "Ferro (Part 2)". With the additional second CD dubbed "Cretti" we get an additional glimpse into experimental solo exercises of each instrument involved in the production of this album, once again approaching borders of what's sonically possible and exploring beyond uncharted territories for the most part before catering a large scale crescendo in the 14+ minutes closing cut named "Cretto" before returning to deeper vibes with all elements and instruments falling together in one single place. If you're in for the long form, this is an album for you.

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Thomas DeLio - Selected Compositions III (1986 - 2017) [Neuma Records]

With the final in a series of reviews covering the work of American composer Thomas DeLio it's about time to further examine the compilation album "Selected Compositions III (1986 - 2017)", released via Neuma Records in 2019 and covering mainly electroacoustic works as well as a few percussion pieces. Opening with a combined triple of compositions dubbed "Trois Visages" DeLio fuses short expressive percussion bursts with actual, non-modified yet shouted or whispered male vocals and his trademark approach to minimalism, leaving enough room for silence to breathe whilst Modern Classical string-based passages unfold whereas the six parts of the "Limn"-series scattered over the album rely mainly on cut up layers, often of one word or even sub-syllable size, of various voices in combination with metallic electro-acoustic tones whilst the 1984/1985 created two piece "Against The Silence..." closes the album with approx. 20 minutes of stripped down, scientific sinewave signals and crystalline retrofuturist computational noises alongside ghostly, scattered percussion movements. If you're familiar with Minimal Music and / or academia-informed contemporary this compilation album defo has things to offer for you and might be the most accessible amongst Neuma Records attempts to fully cover the works of Thomas DeLio within the labels catalogue.

Sunday, August 09, 2020

[.que] - And Inside [Sound In Silence 074]

Put on the circuit via the Greece-based label Sound In Silence on July 1st, 2k20 is "And Inside", the new album outing created by Japanese artist Nao Kakimoto a.k.a. [.que]. Spanning ten tracks and roughly 34 minutes playtime his second longplayer for the imprint sees Kakimoto diving deep into a twangy fusion of soft and easy electronic textures paired with oftentimes twangy real life instruments, exploring the blurry, dreamlike areas touched by both Ambient and Easy Listening, yet also crossing over into Electronica, RomanticHouse and (Neo)Trance with tunes likes the crystalline and surprisingly dancefloor friendly "Haze" which is defo a new feat for the label and so is the airy, delightful PostRock / Indietronica fusion named "Sepia" whereas the innocent, naturalistic repetitions in "Film" or the tender emotionally floating "Said" perfectly correspond with the well appreciated Sound In Silence label sound.

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Sascha Müller - Traxxx Vol. 27 [SM Traxxx 50-2020]

Scheduled for release on August 20th, 2k20 via the SM Traxxx label is Sascha Müller's new digital two track single "Traxxx Vol. 27". Opening with "Track 53" the ever active producer explores spiralling, gallopping and well gooey MonoAcid to a great effect whilst the subsequent "Track 54" weighs in a more tool'ish approach with its stripped down, filtered and ever pounding greyscale Techno style which unfolds its magic and fascination best in the context of a banging, relentless peaktime DJ set played in a massive concrete underground bunker venue. Think: Tresor. The old and classic one.

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Todd Anderson-Kunert - Past Walls And Windows [Room40 Promo]

Released via the ever active Australian label Room40 in July 24th, 2k20 is "Past Walls And Windows", the latest longplay outing created by minimalist composer Todd Anderson-Kunert whose most recent exercise spans six brand new tracks spread out over roughly 38 minutes runtime. Tackling some deep and somewhat nebulous concepts we're not about to embrace in this review the music Kunert presents ranges from brittle but beautiful, yet hardly ever evolving Ambient dronings and harmonies in the tender opener "A Single Remark" to raw vintage low end pulses and computational machine communication sequences as well as ethereal minimalist floatations in the subsequent "Left  Hanging" whereas "A Sense Of Place" presents the most stripped down take on cold, futuristic, score'esque, sci-fi leaning and danger inducing soundscapes one could ever think of. Furthermore "4 Better Left" brings forth a sequence of spine-tingling bass pulses alongside crystalline overtone layers and huge drums blown over from beyond afar, "For Those That Need" goes in deep with single note movements alongside heavenly, time defying-atmospheres before the final cut that is "An Echo" follows down a similar, yet slightly warmer and more organic path. Is this 38 minutes only or a comforting eternity spent in cryostasis? Hard to tell.

Zeitkratzer & Mariam Wallentin - The Shape Of Jazz To Come [Zeitkratzer Productions 025]

Put on the circuit via their very own imprint Zeitkratzer Productions on June 19th, 2k20 is "The Shape Of  Jazz To Come" - an album which sees the legendary, long standing ensemble that is known as Zeitkratzer team up with vocalist Mariam Wallentin to tackle Jazz in its own specific way and with seven live recorded cuts originally written by the likes of Geri Allen, Richard Muhal Abrams, Lil Hardin Armstrong and others including Arthur Hamilton's "Cry Me A River" which, in its original version, has become a staple not only in Jazz but in Pop culture in general. The result of this approach to the subject is mainly molded by and built around the im- and expressive vocal performance and expansive range of the Swedish singer, giving her enough room shine with quasi-solos whilst the ensemble does what Zeitkratzer always does and does best - bending, warping and re-shaping the borders of the genre with an expertly sculpted display of multi-layered dissonance, complex ghostly structures oftentimes only fully accessible by those schooled by and experienced in Contemporay Avantgarde Music, bringing forth dynamic leaps from calm and quiet to mad, improvised crescendoes and sudden, brutal, multi-layered eruptions of chaos at times, staying surprisingly close to classic Dixieland structures in other cuts whilst going classy deep and smoke-infused with our instant favorite that is the dramatic, piano-led late night ballad "Strange Fruit" which is one tune that makes the purchase of this entire longplayer worthwhile in itself. If you like your Jazz on the edge or even pushed over, this one is for you.

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Friday, August 07, 2020

Aniyo Kore - Muscle Memory (Official Youtube Audio)

One of the most intense songs taken from Aniyo Kore's most recent album named "432".

Uz Jsme Doma & Randy - Moravian Meeting [Klanggalerie 328]

Another one released recently by the Austrian label Klanggalerie is "Moravian Meeting" - an album showcasing an exhibition, live show and performance honoring the legacy of the band / art collective The Residents which took place in Olomouc / Czech Republic back in 2010. With the Prague-based Progressive Rock band Uz Jsme Doma joined on stage by original The Residents vocalist Randy for the opening show the roughly hour long concert sees 13 songs performed in a new fashion, taking into account the 30+ years spanning history of Uz Jsme Doma which started out before the iron curtain came down in a time in which Rock music, especially influenced by Western bands like The Residents, Uriah Heep and Pere Ubu, really meant subversion and (political) counter culture, whereas Randy's presence presented a connection to the visionary band honoured and worshipped on this special occasion - a tense and intense combination which results in great moments like the epic interpretation of the golden classic "This Is A Man's Man's Man's World", the dramatic, whirling, high-octane dancefloor filler "Constantinople", an emotionally touching DesertBlues take on "Six More Miles", a hounded, most exciting evalution of the "Santa Dog" whereas the variation of "My Window" presents a captivating take on TexMex / Americana and "Smelly Tongues" drift off into pure post-apocalyptic fever and PunkRock-resembling madness whilst the final song "Teddy" even touches base with echoes of Grunge for a closing just to name a few. A well recommended exercise - not only for fans of The Residents.

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Thursday, August 06, 2020

Eternell - Imagined Distances [Sound In Silence 075]

Put out on the circuit as 075 of the Greek label Sound In Silence is "Imagined Distances", the second album crafted by Ludvig Cimbrelius a.k.a. Eternell for the ever active label. Weighing in a total runtime of 75+ minutes stretched over the course of six tracks with two of them - "Singularity" and the title cut "Imagined Distances" - reaching or even exceeding the magical 20 minutes mark the Swedish composer of many aliases - think: Purl, Rust, Surr, Ziyal, Alveol, Illuvia and a few more... - once again presents an organic, all comforting vision of beautiful, slightly blurred out Ambient with a well scenic, oftentimes even majestic twist built from carefully layered pads, levitating timelessness and a few, soft and scattered background guitar tones and chords every now and then. Classic Ambient music is classic. Period.

Decent Damage - Swaggin'

The epitomy of Sci-Fi Bass brought to us by Off Me Nut Records. Subs are deadly

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Baiguera / Papetti / Maniscalco - Preludes [Aut Records 067]

Released via the buzzing, ever expanding Berlin-based imprint Aut Records on July 16th, 2k20 is "Preludes", the new collaborational album effort created by the artistic tripler of Francesco Baiguera, Giacomo Papetti and Emanuele Maniscalco who aim to diverge from the labels highly advanced Jazz leaning framework within eight cuts and roughly 42 minutes playtime to embark on what the accompanying press sheet describes as a PostRock-infused journey. And well, despite the instrumental line up with electric guitar, double bass and drums clearly points towards PostRock as a genre "Preludes" is by no means a radical breakaway from a beaten path a.k.a. the labels previous catalogue, yet rather a fusion of tender, ontrovert and invert looking PostRock structures with warm and expertly crafted Late Night Jazz skills, informed by so-called NuJazz - think Bugge Wesseltoft's "New Conceptions Of Jazz" minus the electronic backing here - as well as the warm and peaceful vibes of Balearic terrace sunsets  - with the latter especially prevalent in the deep and aptly named minimalism of "He Seems So Quiet" which is a well suitable soundtrack for intimate hours spent in comforting silence for sure and so is the closing piece "Moods". Check.

Hainbach - Light Splitting

Our old mate Hainbach has teamed up with Frankfurt-based imprint Seil Records again for his third ever album released on the label and once again he's in for a vast array of rich, beautiful textures that exceed the Ambient genre by far. And of course, there's loads of rhythmic pulses and strange quirky tones generated from his ever growing wall of highly obscure laboratory test equipment as well alongside a surprisingly solemn and quasi-spiritual outing in the ethereal Piano Ambient piece that is "Forgive". Lovely.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Death In Paradise - Nuke Vol. 11 [Nuke The Planet]

Scheduled for release via Nuke The Planet on August 25th, 2k20 is "Nuke Vol. 11", the digital one-track debut single for Death In Paradise on the label. Coming at us and all our broken down braincells with hammering, highly distorted Industrial Tekno / Breakcore structures and random, arhythmic, highly compressed anti-grooves as well as a total lack of melodic elements this one is a most brutal, over the top musical outing that's only to be appreciated on most underground FreeTekno dancefloors for a reason. Harsh.

Pascal Comelade & Marc Hurtado - Larme Secrete [Klanggalerie]

Released via the long time standing Austrian label Klanggalerie on May 22nd, 2k20 is "Larme Secrete", the first time ever collaboration between two musical pioneers who've both been in the game for over 40 years respectively. On this album Pascal Comelade and Marc Hurtado churn out a total of eight cuts which defy any genre drawer, hauntingly meandering somewhat in between PostPunk, ghostly (No)Wave, elements of PostPunk, Industrial, Alternative- and ElectroRock with intense, hypnotizing cuts like the time-dissolving ten minutes spiral of "Infini", the dramatically trippin "Ete" evoking memories of Tangerine Dream's intense soundtrack works for "The Sorcerer" plus dark'ish, longing vocals whilst taking us by surprise with the highly emotional and touching, ever floating avantgarde piano outing "Or" whilst "Lamre" even goes down a more Psychedelia leaning lane just to name a few. If you do love band outfits like Tristesse Contemporaine or even the way more minimalist PostPunk-outings of Prinzhorn Dance School this album is a must have for sure. Not for the weak heartened or severely depressed, though.

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Monday, August 03, 2020

Berangere Maximin - Land Of Waves [Karlrecords 078 Promo]

Put on the circuit via the ever active Karlrecords label on June 26th, 2k20 is Berangere Maximin's "Land Of Waves", the sixth full length album release created by the French composer who, once again, further explores her very personal electroacoustic sonic vision over the course of ten tracks and more than 70 minutes total runtime. Inspired by recordings she did in city parks as well as abandoned spaces all over Europe Berangere Maximin's opening track "Day 41" paves the way for all things to come with a beautiful, peaceful take on ever floating, time-dissolving Ambient with a darker twist, presenting ever morphing, brooding textures and gooey, somewhat  swamp like movements alongside deep tribalistic rhythm signatures evoking memories of ChillOut greats like TV Victor - see especially his 1989-released album "Moondance" which was recently re-issued via Tresor Berlin - whilst the subsequent "Kalimba, Rough" travels to deep and hollow spaces with its minimalist, yet tender approach before "The Broken Shoe" harks back to the days of early electronic music research with its twisted, warped retro-futurist echoes and subaquatic overall feel. The subsequent "A Kind Of Night Ritual" is a take on crackling surface noise and hefty athmospheric tonal shifts surprisingly closed out by a one-off vocal appearance, "Full Jungle" weighs in an offering of various sci-fi leaning technological buzzes resembling the score of an exoterrestrial lab facility whereas "Off The Page" fuses the sounds of a nightly walk with eerie percussive eruptions and well unsettling scrapes and scratches accompanied by a dense, danger heralding atmosphere. Furthermore "L'Echappee" caters nearly 20 minutes of frosty Ambient building up towards multiple climaxing crescendoes as the albums main piece, "Walking Barefoot, Imaginary Quintet" goes back to classic - and classy - 90s Electronica / ChillOut vibes whilst evoking memories of influential acts like Future Sound Of London in their heydays, "Des Tigres Multicolores" presents brittle, cut up ethereal melodies for a change and the final cut "The Thread" comes at us with wooden tones turned and transformed into calm and peaceful water droplets for a closing. Recommended.

Thomas DeLio - Selected Compositions II (1972 - 2015) [Neuma Records]

Stepping deeper into the musical legacy of American artist, writer and music theorist Thomas DeLio whose entire back catalogue is about to be released via Neuma Records as a part of the Neuma Composer Series we're now exploring "Selected Composition II (1972 - 2015)" which covers a much wider time range than its predecessor and is going back to the very beginning of the long time composers career. Once again filled to the brim with a total of 18 pieces of mostly sparse, minimalistic and undoubtedly academia-focused works comprised of large sonic voids, punctual eruptions of warped vocal snippets and a cold, otherworldly and metallic aesthetic characteristic for DeLio's musical approach it is especially older pieces like 1990's "Anti-Paysage" for flute, piano, percussion and tape, even the tender stripped down piano romanticisms of 1983's "Text", the partly thundering Contemporary Classical outing "Serenade" from 1974 or, for a more contemporary exercise, 2004s " - en / L'espace De..." involving both soprano vocals as well as the Prague Radio Symphony orchestra which document and capture the evolution of DeLio's sound from minimal, yet warm and to some extent even mystical or naturalistic towards his sound of today. Further recommendations on this album include the crunched fragmentary vocal reworks at the very start of "Inents (Version 2)", the sparkling piano excercise of Transparent Wave II" as well as the 1972 five part composition "A Draft Of Shadow" which might the closest to classical Stage / Screen / Score work we've heard from the catalogue of Thomas DeLio so far.

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Sunday, August 02, 2020

baze.djunkiii Charts 08/2k20

01. Foul Play - Origins [Sneaker Social Club]
100% essential UK Hardcore artist compilation album. All lovers of early 90s Breakbeat will be familiar with the essential contribution of Foul Play to the scene yet shelling out close to or even three digit prices for original pressings of cuts like "Finest Illusion", "Ricochet *Remix" or the massive anthem that is "Dubbing You" might be a little far fetched for many DJs out there. So Sneaker Social Club decided to have our backs and put all of these plus a few more out  on 2x12" vinyl for 2k20. Don't miss out  on this.

02. Jamie XX - Idontknow [Young Turks]
This is a yes. And a no. Jamie XX pulls off the stunt of releasing a super fascinating and unique piece of Future Tribal meets Bass Music meets Future Soul sporting captivating non-voccalisms on one-sided 12" whitelabel vinyl which is able to tear advanced dancefloors apart as soon as the main beat sets in after the stuttering slo-mo intro is over but ruins the fun for DJ's with its way too tight and way too sticky plastic sleeve which hardly ever releases the record from its grip without a fight. Why, though?

03. Tuff Tunes - Volume 1 [Tuff Tunes Records]

Darkside is back. The two cuts on this 12" are exploring the darker side of UK Hardcore / Breakbeat from a contemporary angle and bring forth all the sample madness, scratches and rave signals we loved about this style in the first place - a.k.a. the early 90s when the so-called 'ardcore continuum emerged from the thriving electronic music scene of those days. We're in.

04. Subtle Houzze - Controversy EP [Running Back Double Copy 005]

Back to 1992 with this one when the unlikely pairing of House hero Boris Dlugosch and later HardTrance legend to be Gerald Malke a.k.a. Gary D. joined forces under their conjunctional moniker Subtle Houzze. Now re-released via Running Back Double Copy with the first repress run on green vinyl the four cuts on this one are still as uplifting as they used to be, fusing positive and playful House vibes with elements of ProtoTrance to a great effect and result. Classic.

05. Sidewider Business [Newham Wax 002]

Quite a mysterious one-sided 12" whitelabel which pairs original stepping mid-90s Jungle vibes with soundsystem sirens and deep atmospheres as well as vocal samples seemingly taken from either original rave or pirate radio tapes. One contemporay release for all them original junglists out there.

06. Butch - Joe Le Taxi [PUSS 20202]

Quite an adventurous bootleg, this. Renowned electronic music producer Butch rolls out a pumping, floor moving take on lively, ever evolving peak time Acid for heaving crowds and infuses the whole thing with the innocent vocals of Vanessa Paradis' 1987 smash "Joe Le Taxi" for a change. What might sound quite cringy and obscure in the first moment turns out to be a highly functional fusion and a massive club banger that comes at us on stamped 10" whitelabel vinyl.

07. Anthony Rother - Machine [Omnidisc 023]

Anthony Rother is Anthony Rother is Anthony Rother. The master of quality, stripped down Electro is back with three more tense and spine-tingling cuts which once again define timelessness within this genre for 2k20. Plus - there's an excellent brooding, low end heavy 4/4 based Techno cut on here as well.

08. Abdul - Falkenburg [Ace Tone Records 001]

Dub business is 7" business and therefore it is a well logical conclusion for the Ace Tone Records crew to launch their new label with a limited to 100 copies 7" single, bringing forth a well seductive approach to forward thinking Dub music which is especially prevalent in the title cut "Falkenburg" its captivating sweet little main motif whereas the two cuts on the flipside are in for a darker, heavier and more experimental Dub vibe slightly reminiscent of the works of Adrian Sherwood and the likes of.

09. Various Artists - 3 Feet Deep 002 [3 Feet Deep Records 002]

The second 12" released by the relatively fresh 3 Feet Deep Records imprint weighs in tracks produced by Pepe Elle, Main Phase, Ollie Rant and ZeroFG, all representing a new wave of UK Garage with a dark side swing. Stripped down, complex, low end heavy and only one small step away from Dark Garage and Sublow for those who know. Especially watch out for ZeroFG's "Heavy Rain" with it's spine-thrilling little main motif that could be taken from a classic 80s horror flic for a reason.

10. 2121 - Vol.7 [2121-07]

See review for details...

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Marina Rosenfeld and Ben Vida - Vertice [Fridman Gallery 001 Promo]

Put on the circuit via the recently launched Fridman Gallery imprint run by the NYC-based art space of the same name is "Vertice" - a vinyl album presenting two recorded improvisational performances by interdisciplinary artists Marina Rosenfeld and Ben Vida in January 2016 and May 2019 which have been dug up from the archives of the Downtown Manhattan venue. With both "Any Landscape" on the A-side and "Branches" on the flip we see the two artists explore a sonic landscape built on a background foundation of crackling surface noises paired with psychedelic - and probably psycho-active - wanderings through the stereo field, ethereal non-vocalisms, multi-layered, yet stripped down electronics and percussive eruptions, presenting a vast, ever changing chain of acoustic events furthermore including twisted pianos, what seem to be morphed Field Recordings and cold, outerworldly, yet nonetheless fascinating tonal shifts as well as movements alongside minimalist sequences which directly catapult the listener into a surreal deep dream state of sorts which presents loads of wondrous experiences to even the experienced connaisseur of advanced electronic music.

Sascha Müller - Mars Rover EP [Dancefloor Socialism 002]

In for the second shot of the fresh Dancefloor Socialism imprint is the man Sascha Müller who pays homage to space exploration ventures with his "Mars Rover EP". The opening title track "Mars Rover" presents itself as a dark and ever rolling piece of Miami Bigroom Techno garnished with loads of heavily cut up and filtered 90s Belgium Techno rave signals for a change whereas "Monday Morning" weighs in 8+ minutes of pounding ProtoTrance vs. Techno with interesting percussive shuffles and a soft, all embracing melody which takes us straight back to Trance-floors of approx. 1994 and turns into an instant alltime classic within the first two minutes. Killer.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Federico Calcagno - Liquid Identities [Aut Records 064]

Put out on the album circuit via Berlin's Aut Records imprint as the labels 064 on June 1st, 2k20 is this eight tracks spanning debut album by Federico Calcagno's Amsterdam-based quintet Liquid Identities which is comprised of its musical mastermind performing alongside fellow musicians Jose Soares, Adrian Moncada, Pau Sola Masafrets and Nick Thessalonikefs. Drawing inspiration from Jazz and Improv as well Contemporary Classical and South Indian Carnatic Music the group opens the doors into their sonic world with "Modernity", a swinging, uplifting, well lively and - sic! - modern take on Contemporary Jazz whilst the follow up "Road To Koog" seems to be on a deeper, classy and crooning late night tip for those who know before slowly moving on with crystal clear piano and sax improvisations over decent, yet ever complex background drums. Defined by these two anchor cuts the Liquid Identities quintet caters more classy deepness paired with seductive and sample-worthy grooves in tunes like "Melting Nostalgia", playful, smokey late night vibes with our favorite cut "Disruptive Innovations" which is touching base with JazzNoir at times whilst providing an intense mixture of experimental Contemporary Classical composition and erupting, ever thundering FreeJazz / Improv with the closing tune "There Was A Rhythm" just to name a few. Check.

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THE D3VI7 - Alante [Bang Le Dex 035 Promo]

Soon to be released via Bang Le Dex as the labels 035 is "Alante", the next forthcoming digital single crafted by THE D3VI7 himself. Opening with the nearly 11 minutes spanning "Alante" the mysterious producer on the rise caters a deep, somewhat anti-groove leaning take on desolate Techno paired with ethereally floating non-vocalisms and an overall greyscale attitude whereas the subsequent cut "Barada" weighs in a totally opposite attitude in terms of providing proper uplifting ElectroTechno with super sharp hi-hats as well as sweet, lively background synth movements and a simple, yet highly functional main motif for all those who've been loving the sound of labels like International Deejay Gigolo Records in the early 2000s.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Psychogeografia - Random Roots [Gusstaff Records Promo]

Scheduled for release via Polish imprint Gusstaff Records on September 4th, 2k20 is "Random Roots", the first ever full length album by Psychogeografia - a duo that came to be about a year ago. Employing an arsenal of prepared upright piano, synthesizers and a wide variety of wind instruments the two artists cater a menu of eight compositions rolled out over the course of approx. 41 minutes whilst creating a unique novelty soundscape from the very first seconds of the opener "Yara-Ma-Yha-Who" onwards, a soundsphere meandering in between echoes of Jazz and ancient, fever'ish rituals, remainders of ancient tribal rhythm signatures paired with the sound of hot arabian nights, a hypnotic, ever changing trance fest of sorts which is as captivating as hard to fathom like a gazillion of dancing dervishes, enriched with several raw, sometimes retrofuturist electronic textures and a feel for hypnotic, ever so slightly changing repetition. A brooding, spiritual experience of sorts for those who're not fond of spiritualism at all. Check.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Matt Elliott - Farewell To All We Know [Ici D'Ailleurs]

Put on the circuit via the Nancy / France-based label Ici D'Ailleurs on March 27th, 2k20 is "Farewell To All We Know", the ninth full length solo album created by Bristol-born artist and Third Eye Foundation mastermind Matt Elliott under his real name. Presenting a total of ten songs rolled out over the course of 43 minutes Matt Elliott employs a tender, intimate approach here, amalgamating misty, blurred and washed out electronic background textures with mostly acoustic Folk guitar and occasional sparkling piano tones or solemn strings as a foundation for his deep, sonorous and pretty much distinct signature vocal timbre which makes this album a proper companion for cold and fogged out autumn or winter nights in front of an open fire - in solemn, inward looking isolation. Deep.

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Sascha Müller [Supersix Records Extra 099]

Coming in with another fresh and untitled album on his very own Supersix Records Extra-imprint is the man Sascha Müller himself, who's catering a menu of 15 previously unreleased tracks on this one. Opening with "Transfiguration" we're drawn into a realm of raw, brutally stomping bassdrum power paired with bubbly, yet braincell melting MonoAcid modulations whereas "Track 06" caters haunting, otherworldy and ever shifting Noize movements creeping up from the surface like Lovecraftian horrors followed by enormous pulses of grinding, yet somewhat harmonic HarshNoize in "Track 20" before "Track 21" weighs in more of the same in a darker, more Industrial leaning horror fashion. Going for a more dancefloor-focused approach powered by a decent Munich Disco-bassline and dubbed out pads as well as minimal space warps is "Dry Faster" whereas "Future City" weighs in 10+ minutes of stripped down, masterly crafted DubTechno minimalism with a warm, slightly DeepHouse-reminiscing twist and the "Motherfukkin House Dancer *Sascha Müller Remixed Sascha Müller" version caters, well..., the most uplifting Acid-infused HappyHouse we've heard in ages. With "No4_A23" the Uelsen-based producer brings forth a bouncy, fast-paced minimal fusion of tripping Acid and ClubTechno, "No6_A10" goes down a similar, yet more muscular and flogging alley, "No6_A12" enters fast paced, metallic, high quality TechnoJazz territories and "No8_A15" drives crowds mad with its precisely sculpted ToolTechno attitude and haunting signals before "No10_A11" starts to drill down on punters braincells with a hammering, buzzing foundation of raw, distorted bassdrums and haunting, ever building layers of subaquatic white noise warps. For a closing the series of tracks named "Orion Rising Part I / II / III" sees Sascha Müller on a brutal, ever spiralling Rave vs. Acid tip bordering 90s Hardcore before Hardcore Techno even became a thing. Three killer cuts in a row, there.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Frank Bretschneider - abtasten_halten C

Deep, spatial and percussive minimalism taken from Frank Bretschneider's forthcoming album "abtasten_halten" which is about to be released via the Faitiche imprint on September 18th, 2k20.

Christian Wallumrød Ensemble - Many [Hubro Music]

Has it been four years already since the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble released their latest album on Hubro Music ? Time seems to fly these days but now the group is back with a new muscial outing, the seven tracks and 40 minutes spanning "Many" - a new excursion into a sonic dreamworld of undeniably Nordic origin with the opening tune "Oh Gorge" fusing an array of crystalline percussions and plucked guitars with most beautiful strings to create a womb-like, comforting and time dissolving realm whilst the subsequent "50/80" indulges in romantic, tender, Piano-led JazzNoir with a late summer sunset feel of sorts and "Danszaal" employs a lively, yet stumbling, repetition-based and ever uplifting take on what could be an ancient, traditional formal dance infused with cascading brass and piano motifs for a modernist twist. Furthermore "Abysm" indulges deeply in score'esque, panoramic Ambient melancholia, "Staccotta" presents 104 seconds of hammering pianos and warped tones whereas the albums main piece "El Johnton" manages to maintain a classic Yacht / AOR resembling piano vibe over the course of roughly four minutes before setting course for full on experimental, minimalistic and probably improvised territories for an extended, well unexpected break but manages to return to its original vibe after an additional six minutes whilst the final "Dialect" presents Jazz pulses following the rhythm of a telephone line for a high class closing. Nice.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Listen Again: baze.djunkiii In The Mix @ Radio Flouka / Paris, France (16.07.2k20)

Makoto Kawabata & RG Rough - s/t [Bam Balam Records 074 Promo]

Originally planned as an exclusive release for the French edition of this years Record Store Day which, like many others, probably did not happen on June 20th, 2k20 due to the ongoing COVID-19 craze is the self-titled collaboration album created by Acid Mothers Temple leader Makoto Kawabata and multi-instrumentalist RG Rough. Put on the circuit via Bam Balam Records the album is split in two parts, with both the A-side "Running Underwater" as well as the flipside "Washed Up On The Shore"  presenting a tense, brooding and ever droning intro sequence before drifting off into a fever'ish, not surprisingly well psychedelic and partly feedback driven sonic maelstrom characterized by intense percussions, Field Recording sequences and oftentimes repetetive guitar motifs, tender, yet dark vocals and an overall meandering attitude which sees both musicians floating, sometimes randomly, through time, space and whatever lies beyond, approaching a multiple of - unrelated - ideas within each track, deeply elaborating on some whilst just touching base with others to guide, or drag, the listener through a well twisted, sometimes ominous dream state in which the individual subconsciousness is allowed to explore dark and hidden caverns without any real life consequences. As psychedelic as a Psychedelic Rock vs. electronics fusion can get.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Mint Huus - Sport EP [Cheezy Crust Records]

Put on the circuit via the Hamburg-based imprint Cheezy Crust Records as a limited to 20 copies physical cassette tape edition is the "Sport EP", the second appearance by underground artist Mint Huus on the label. Taking DJ-friendly club music into account for a cassette EP release is quite a bold and unheard of move, yet results in a well collectible soon to be sought after item amongst Electro purists as cuts like the opening title track "Sport" provide a timeless, expertly crafted excursion into the sonic realm of the named genre whereas "Uuser" seems to employ a lighter, somewhat TechTrance-infused approach garnished with heavy claps, intricate, entangled synth motifs and tender, most beautiful athmospheric pads before "Ph303" weighs in a deep take on more, even deeper pad business in conjunction with gooey acidic modulations and complex electroid antigrooves. Furthermore "Luftüberlegenheit", the first track on the B-side caters top drawer, slightly dubbed out ClubTechno for floating primetime sessions whereas "Bxbx" takes fast paced Electro / IDM  to an ever cascading, almost Plaid'esque level and therefore is our favorite cut on this sweet little EP release for a reason. Do not miss out on this.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

P.T.B.S. & THE D3VI7 - Submersion [Lets Techno Records Promo]

Recently put out on the circuit via the digital imprint Lets Techno Records is "Submersion", the news conjunctional two track single effort crafted by P.T.B.S. and THE D3VI7. Opening with 6+ minutes of "Analog Cream" the two producers cater a hard banging Techno cut defined by its razor sharp  hi-hats and ever filtered midrange percussion motif which evokes echoes of old, early 90s Plastikman-releases whereas the icy, floating atmosphere and trance-inducing harmonies provide more of a contemporary feel. Furthermore the title track "Submersion" stretched out over more than 11 minutes weighs in another portion of sharp, flogging hats yet gravitates towards being a contemporary take on and update to quality Trance music in 2k20 whilst catering to all punters needs with a growling low end and a maelstrom of spiralling, well siren'esque and unsettling midrange movements leading into an ultimate psychedelic climax of sorts.

Taylor Swift - Cardigan (Official Music Video)

Now this does come as a surprise. Taylor Swift can full on ballad? Seemingly she can and pulls off a timeless instant Pop classic with this one. Beautiful.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Kim Myhr & Australian Art Orchestra - Vesper [Hubro Music]

Released via the Norwegian Hubro Music imprint earlier this year is "Vesper", the new collaborational album created by the labels staple Kim Myhr in conjunction with the Australian Art Orchestra which results in a three part journey stretched out over the course of 56 minutes in total. Taking on a psychedelic path meandering in between Ambient, Balearic, (Neo)Cosmic and Contemporary Classical composition techniques, large scale score works and a soft, somewhat blurred and misty, surely retrofuturist dream state we see the musicians invlvd creating a sonic realm that is unique even within the wide ranged spectrum of the Hubro Music label, yet amazingly chill and comforting and probably a perfect companion for hot late summer evenings spent outside. On a deckchair. With one's eyes closed for a moment of contemplation. And even though "Part Two: We Seemed To Grow More And More Pensive, But In Fact We Were Less And Less" interrupts the inward looking train of thought with a massive, ever intensifying crescendo followed by most calming, intertwined guitar layers for fans of PopAmbient and Post-PostRock. Check.

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S.E.T.I. - Decisions (Official Youtube Audio)

A deep and beautiful excursion in Ambient produced by Andrew Lagowski.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Gintas K - Amnesia [GK Rec. 003]

Coming in straight from Lithuania these days is "Amnesia", the new longplay outing released by the ever active experimental composer Gintas Kraptavicius a.k.a. Gintas K as 003 of his very own label GK Rec.. Put on the circuit on July 14th, 2k20 as a limited edition run of 300 copies worldwide the 44 minutes spanning one track album sees the artist exploring the most hyperdigital realm within experimental electronic music composition, fusing an ever buzzing array of greyscale Noize eruptions, unsettling low-end rumblings alongside constantly morphing, well nervous - and for some: nerve-wrecking - glitches with soft, ethereal background harmonies as well as ground up, broken down remainders of melodic events, pure HarshNoize / DigiNoize sequences, space bleeps, uncanny rhythm signatures and a general feel of a total sonic information overload. If genres like Clicks'n'Cuts and creative programming environments like Max/MSP are close to your heart, this album might appeal to your tastes even though providing a well demanding and challenging experience even for deeply schooled listeners of advanced electronic music.

Bomis Prendin - Clear Memory [Mental Experience 030 Promo]

Reissued via the Catalonian imprint Mental Experience as their 030 in May, 2k20 is "Clear Memory", the first ever official vinyl and CD version of Bomis Prendin's 1984 tape album which was only ever released as a limited run of 50 copies by the 1978-founded experimental band outfit. With a total of 15 tracks plus the additional CD-bonus "Endocircumventual" rolled out over the course of approximately 43 minutes we're diving straight into a beautiful, yet well psychedelic and dreamy world of (Neo)Cosmic synth harmonies accompanied by various layers of singing birds in the opening tune "First Light" which paves the way for things to come like the twisted, spaced out paranormal P-Funk / lo-fi Blues fusion "French Passport", the raw, distorted Minimal Wave dancefloor killer "Respect The Road", the intense, brooding soundtrack for a hell'ish post-apocalypse presented in the aptly named "Hell's Little Ransom" which surely will appeal to fans of Tangerine Dream's "The Sorcerer" soundtrack album, the lo-fi drum machine vs. Feedback Noize excess of "Jumpstart" or even the alarming, siren'esque interlude that is "Busy" just to name a few.  Highly experimental, yet highly enjyoable for leftfield underground music aficionados. Check.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Listen Again: baze.djunkiii presents Technovision @ CuttersChoiceRadio / London (19.07.2020)

File under: Hard banging experimental Techno.

Dipace / Massaria / Gallo / Farao - Collera City [Aut Records 061]

Put out on the circuit via Berlin's Aut Records imprint is "Collera City", the first full length album collaboration by the quadruple of musicians consisting of Alberto Dipace, Andrea Massaria, Danilo Gallo and Ferdinando Farao. Recorded spontaneously and in an improvisational manner as a mourning over and tribute to the passed Cecil Taylor on April 8th, 2k18 the quartet dissected one of the musicians quotes - 'You practice so you can invent. Discipline? No. The joy of practicing leads you to to the celebration of of creation.' - into seven track titles with adding an additional "Thanks Cecil" in the end whilst instantly diving deep into a deep sonic realm defined by a touching, tender and emotional amalgamation of Space Jazz, DarkJazz and FutureJazz of varying tempos and intensity - with the lively, hypercomplex "So You Can Event" turning into an instant favorite within seconds -, yet always driven and coated by a certain class and raw latenight feel of air heavy with smoke and bourbon-infused aerosols, dark, wooden interior and a top drawer selection of quality drinks served which is even present in the albums wildest, most furious moments. We're in.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

THE D3VI7 - Dragon Lady EP [Dancefloor Socialism 001 Promo]

Upcoming, pretty much anonymous Techno sensation THE D3VI7 is back with a new digital single release which also happens to be the very first outing of the freshly launched imprint named Dancefloor Socialism. Opening with the title track "Dragon Lady" THE D3VI7 explores a deep and floating, certainly DubTechno infused state of Trance with this one whilst the second cut that is "Clear" presents more of brooding, sci-fi leaning attitude touching base with both DubTechno and Intelligent  /  Armchair Techno alike accompanied by beautiful hovering, crystalline Piano melodies for an hyperharmonic trip into heavenly dreamscapes. File under: DreamTrance.

Fuse Box City - Shipwreckers [Weeping Prophet Records Promo]

Lined up for release via Weeping Prophet Records on July 31st, 2k20 is "Shipwreckers", the debut album by freshly formed London-based band outfit Fuse Box City who're lining out their sonic vision within five song tracks rolled out over the course of roughly 35 minutes. Following the idea of turning an entire House into a recording studio with each individual member placed in a room seperate from the others and recorded with the help of Eddie Stevens the five piece band presents a well unique, dark'ish and somewhat Dada-infused musical language surely influenced by post-apocalyptic science-fiction, electronics and heavily distorted guitar layers as well as a certain funkiness, all mixed up with ethereal vocals and atmospheres, cut-ups, noisey feedbacks, Industrial / (No)Wave and echoes of echoes of certain early 90s Alternative Rock bands - yet in a partly lo-fi and certainly more Avantgarde-leaning manner. Imagine the catalogue of labels like Dhyana Records with bands like Onq or Deep being invlvd in a sonic orgy with Garbage, Babylon Zoo, Yello, Everything But The Girl and Superorganism to produce a lovechild whilst both AfroFunk, German New Wave and the Ingenious Dilettantes movements are providing highly eclectic rhythm signatures as a backing. Sounds weird? Well... this is what it is. And drugs.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Mylan Hoezen - Operating Manual For Floating In Space [Futura Resistenza 005]

Coming in from the offices of Rotterdam-based imprint Futura Resistenza is the labels 005, Mylan Hoezen's "Operating Manual For Floating In Space" - a nine track vinyl album which, according to slightly cryptic descriptive text written by Clementine Slime featured on the album inlay, seems to fuse a somewhat space-infused attitude with what might be some kind of performance art on stage, at least performed once at Roodkapje / Rotterdam in September 2019. Musically, the album lives up to expectations evoked by the description mentioned, yet being more on the performance art side of things than out in space with its ever morphing, calmly flowing synthesizer movements of probably modular origin partly accompanied by non-vocalisms uttered by several performers / actors as well stomping feet and / or clapping hands, all seamlessly sewn together as one ongoing stream of music only interrupted when one is forced to flip the vinyl for a continued listening experience. Someone on Discogs has put this album within the categories 'abstract' as well as 'stage & screen' which defo is a well suitable filing and could enhanced with being Synth, (Neo)Kraut and intense (Neo)Cosmic for all those who love to go deeper in terms of musical classifications. If these genres do ring a bell and you've probably enjoyed albums like Zombie Zombie's "Slow Future" and loads of longplay outings crafted by the likes of Klaus Schulze / Tangerine Dream it's rather likely you will be in for "Operating Manual For Floating In Space" as well.

Modern Melodies - Cows

Modern Melodies are back with another Hightech Funk bang0r.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Afflicted - What About [Fortwin Records Promo]

Recently released via Fortwin Records is "What About", the latest conjunctional studio effort created by the German production duo known as Afflicted. With the title track "What About" the two producers are catering a killer take on dark'ish AcidTrance paired with touching, solemn and sacral low end harmonies before the second cut "Pizzicato" weighs in more of a fast paced, muscular and well bouncing variation of nerve-wrecking PsychoTechno for vantablack dancefloor ecstasy.

Thomas DeLio - Selected Compositions (1991 - 2013) [Neuma Records]

Now back to academia with the second review for an album put on the circuit by Neuma Records as a part of their effort to release the entire back catalogue of compositions created by 1951-born composer and music theorist Thomas DeLio as a tribute and homage to a man who's been exploring experimental music and composition for more than 40 years now. Starting with the hyperminimalist sequence of "Belle Isle I-IV" which seems to embrace both elements of Clicks'n'Cuts as well as stripped down, skeletal Field Recordings of microtonal nature the entire longplayer consists of a total of 24 pieces, most of them sparse and spatial featuring extended periods of silence including the crystalline piano meets eruptive percussion piece "Transients / Images" whilst the 2011 tape rendering "...Transients" seems to employ a more tender approach to the composition even though some seemingly haunted, off kilter sonic events apply. In the tape piece "XXXIII - XXVII" pianos meet a harsh, high frequency DigitalNoize blast before the sonic narrative changes to be well trippy, psychedelic Space Ambient - think 70s sci-fi flics here... -, "As Though / Of" partly evokes memories of minimalist electronics crafted at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and other sonic laboratories of yore and probably has been put together using similar techniques, "z,rb" brings back more high frequency HarshNoize bursts whereas Paula Chipman's subsequent soprano interpretations take the listener into a realm of abstract opera and crystal clear vocal exercise whilst "Center / s" borders on haunted, ghostly and well otherworldly Ambient before the cut-up sci-fi collage "Aengus" reminds us of retrofuturistic future positivism somewhat prevalent in the 60s and 70s later throughout the albums course which is one for those diving deep into the realms of avantgarde, yet a difficult one as the vast amount of silence as an essential element in the individual compositions might make it hard to distinguish the single pieces from each other in an extended listening session even for those familiar with music coming from a highly academic context.

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19.07.2k20 baze.djunkiii presents Technovision @ CuttersChoiceRadio / London, UK (2100 GMT+1)

So it's time for a debut this Sunday. For the first time ever in his 20+ years spanning career baze.djunkiii is about to - virtually - step into the heartland of dance music radio, the motherland of pirate terrestrial broadcasting and countless independent webradio stations who've been a vital backbone of dance music culture ever since data bandwith became sufficient for continuous music broadcasting. This said, baze.djunkiii has teamed up with London-based webradio CuttersChoiceRadio which are about to stream his 'Technovision Volume 16' mix as a hard banging Techno contribution to their program schedule.

Transmission will start at 20oo London time which makes it 21oo GMT+1 for the rest of continental Europe. baze.djunkiii will be locked on to Twitter throughout the mix broadcast so feel free to send tweets and conversations his way!

decks: baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings]

file under: Techno

transmission time: 21oo - 22oo GMT+1

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

NO MORE - Summer Wine (Official Video)

The Kiel-based legends known as NO MORE are taking on one of the great American classics for the summer of 2k20.

Chris Watson / Georgia Rodgers - Notes From The Forest Floor / Line Of Parts [SN Variations Promo]

Scheduled for release on July 31st, 2k20 via SN Variations is a double feature vinyl album which combines solo works created by both Chris Watson and Georgia Rodgers as multi-channel installations which are, for this album, boiled down to stereo. Opening with Watson's "Notes From The Forest Floor", an altered version of his original hour long installation piece, we're entering a brittle and icy realm created from Field Recordings captured in Costa Rica's rain forest with various bird and animal calls still present, yet seemingly stripped down and shifted to a narrow high frequency band paired with eerie, spatial sonic shifts moving slowly, yet continuously in the background, evoking associations of tectonic or glacial movements stretched over the course of centuries or millenia before warped and twisted utterings of unknown origin add an extra level of psychoacoustic horror around mid-composition ff.. Furthermore Georgia Rodgers' "Line Of Parts" amalgamates Field Recordings, sine waves and voice originally composed for a surround set up of 48 channels and 66 speakers, weighing in beautiful surface noise, crackles and calmly clanging rhythm signatures, probably caused by raindrops falling on metal sheets of sorts, airplane fly-bys, as well as an ebb-and-flow of slightly varying intensity as Rodgers' carefully examines and emphasizes certain frequency bands and / or pitch ranges before taking a surprise turn towards floating, hyperminimalist and ethereal Ambient around minute 11 out of 23 or so. Beautiful.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Bug - Nunc Finis [Rock Is Hell Promo]

Coming in only recently via the Austrian imprint Rock Is Hell Records is "Nunc Finis", the most recent album outing created by the countries well renowned NoiseRock outfit Bug who've released their first longplayer back in 1998 - more than two decades ago. Catering a menu of nine songs spread out over the course of roughly 38 minutes the 'buam' - Austrian for: boys - do what they do best once again: unleashing a heavy, relentless beast of an album based on heavy blastbeats, a wall-of-sound production approach, overwhelming multi-layered guitars and intense, screaming vocals which will appeal to fans of both Metal and Hardcore in their commanding manner, releasing high octane levels of fierce anger, darkness and paranoia for the most part even if deeper cuts like the "Lost Soul" seem to draw influences from genres like PostPunk and Goth-infused Rock if one thinks both Sisters Of Mercy as well as bands like Altered States here whilst "Amadeus" somewhat incorporates elements of Crossover / NuMetal and Diesel-powerd FreakBlues, "Twin Peaks" brings forth whipping Metal madness and the "Remission Song" is nothing but full on carthasis just to name a few. #Intense.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

3RDKND - Panger *Neonlight Remix

One of the sickest Drum'n'Bass tunes we've come across in a while. Absolute belter!