Friday, September 17, 2021

Machinedrum - Stairzzzzzz

Machinedrum pairs polished chrome hyperdrive IDM with excellent Jungle / Drill'n'Bass references in this one. We call this an anthem.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Cecilia Lopez - Red (DB) [Relative Pitch Records]

Another fresh release on Relative Pitch Records straight outta New Jersey is "Red (DB)", the most recent album conceived by composer Cecilia Lopez who worked alongside the likes of Brandon Lopez, Gerald Cleaver and Julia Cavagna to realize this nearly 50 minutes spanning commissioned one take outing for double bass, drums and electronics as well as scored actions. Starting from a point of tender, comforting Ambient drone movements and naturalistic sounding modular chirps Lopez and her fellow artists slowly and tentatively progress through fen landscapes of swampy, yet all embracing organic bass modulations garnished with insular banks built from sediments of what could be described as Avantgarde Jazz with all its gnarly, creaking and jarring sound aesthetics as well as extremely sparse and scattered drum works before transforming into an ever morphing maelstrom of toxic fumes and acidic mires, unsettling tension and an overall athmosphere of doom and bane before finally drifting off into outer space territories for a fascinating closing. File under: DarkJazz / DoomJazz for the lack of a better term, yet do expect quite a deep and trippy listening experience.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

baze.djunkiii Chart Haul 09/2k21

Monday, September 13, 2021

17.09.2021 baze.djunkiii guest set @ 90s Rave Radio / Ems-Vechte-Welle 99.3FM

Stepping in once again for the 90s Rave Radio host and founder Sascha Müller baze.djunkiii is on a trip towards bass nostalgia tonite, exploring the world of 90s Drum'n'Bass over the course of a 60 minutes 10% vinyl set, paying homage to all the original steppaz as well as junglists and junglettes out there. Get locked.

decks: baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings / Freebreakz.FWD]

file under: Drum'n'Bass

Transmission starts @ 11 pm GMT+1

Terrestrial transmission on frequency 99.3FM in and around the Emsland-region of Germany.

Click here for internet stream!

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Listen Again: baze.djunkiii presents JDB. Volume 10 @ Radio Flouka / Paris (09.09.2021)

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Violeta Garcia / Chris Pitsiokos - Uanmortaim [Relative Pitch Records]

Coming in via mail from the New Jersey-based imprint Relative Pitch Records only recently is one of the labels latest releases, the hardly pronounceable "Uanmortaim" which turns out to be a collaborational album effort created by Violeta Garcia and Chris Pitsiokos with the duo employing an instrumentation of alto saxophone, cello and electronic devices to create a total of 12 compositions rolled out over the course of roughly 29 minutes. With Pitsiokos having also previously appeared on the Umland Records imprint which might be a familiar name to regular readers of these pages the two artists cater a heavy, highly avantgarde-leaning and oftentimes nerve wrecking take on Improv / FreeJazz characterized by raw, strained and high-pitched experimental sax lines working - or forcefully screaming - alongside a scraping background foundation, providing intense dynamic changes whilst regularly working towards harsh, chaotic, yet powerful climaxes with especially pieces like "Sandwuchito" or "Lulo" speaking to an audience rather well-versed in genres like Noize or even HarshNoize than to connaisseurs of more traditional FreeJazz if such a thing exists. File under: intense and not for the weak-heartened.

Monday, September 06, 2021

09.09.2021 baze.djunkiii presents JDB. Volume 10 @ Radio Flouka / Paris (2300 GMT+1)

And now we're back with a bang! After an extended experimental, yet highly futuristic intro sequence by Bad Stream Hamburg-based Radio Flouka-resident baze.djunkiii is all in for an intense, high octane-fueled excursion into the realm of fast paced, hard-hitting Drum'n'Bass. Throwing in personal classics and all-time favorites as well as some exclusive dubplates of tracks that no DJ ever has laid his hands upon up to this day baze.djunkiii presents a frantic 60 minutes ride that perfectly reflects his attitude towards the genre, his love for the raw, untamed sound of the underground and, ofc, his intrinsic predilection for imminent dancefloor devastation. Can you dig it?

decks: baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings / Freebreakz.FWD]

file under: Drum'n'Bass

transmission time: 23oo - 00oo GMT+1

get locked via Radio Flouka

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Doc Schoko - Skulpturen Für Die Flaschenpost [Crocodile Tears Records Promo]

Another forthcoming album to be released via Berlin-based imprint Crocodile Tears Records is "Skulpturen Für Die Flaschenpost", seemingly the fifth full length outing by Christian Schulte a.k.a. Doc Schoko who's been active on the German scene since 1999. Scheduled for release on October 15th, 2k21 the eighteen track spanning longplayer, recorded alongside contributing artists Kristina Keller, also Mr. Schulte's real life partner in crime, and Uwe Jahnke, explores a sonic realm located somewhat in the intersecting twilight zone between Leftfield Pop, an innate singer-songwriter attitude and fringe, Psychedelia-infused IndiePop with the curiously cute song "Die Kleinste Party Der Welt *Club Version" dabbling in a tiki'esque lo-fi version of Easy Listening Pop, "Bin Ich Nicht Da" brings forth bluesy riffs and a somewhat cinematic, slightly dramatic feel and therefore turns out to be our favorite cut on the album, "Veranda" offers deep, laid back melancholia for hot late summer evenings, the short interlude that is "Impuls" evokes distant memories of various Jens Rachut-led ElectroPunk projects of late whereas "Freitagnacht" pairs washed out, distorted guitars with Spoken Word lyrics in a shoegazing, Desert Blues- / Desert Rock-referencing manner just to present a brief selection and rough layout of where "Skulpturen Für Die Flaschenpost" is going sonically. Well interesting, probably also for an audience with an appreciation for underground Artschool Pop and so-called German Liedermacher.

Saturday, September 04, 2021

Kaspar - MFD [Lab'ut 001 Promo]

Put on the circuit only today via the seemingly freshly launched Lab'ut imprint is "MFD", the most recent longplay outing created by French composer and sound artist Yerri-Gaspar Hummel a.k.a. Kaspar. With the album title supposedly being the appreviation for 'Music For Dance' we see Kaspar exploring a certainly loop- and cut-up based angle on, at least partially, rhythmic electronic music over the course of thirteen tracks and a total of 62 minutes playtime which is informed not by DJ friendly dancefloor functionality but rather by electroacoustic experimentation and an interest in the rhythms of everyday objects - and bees, due to Mr. Hummel's experience in beekeeping. This being said "MFD" offers a wide-ranged listening experience with cuts like "Toupies" amalgamating spine-tingling sci-fi atmospheres with modular Acid bleeps, the subsequent "R.aube" is following up with a dark and brooding mechanical or even robotic sonic structure which will surely resonate with highly advanced dancefloors filled with folks well versed in the Clicks'n'Cuts genre, tracks like "Lueur" or "(F)ragile Territories" weigh in more of a collage'esque, Musique Concrete related approach due to their use of extensively processed Field Recordings whilst "Dialog" offers icey winds, droning sirens and crackling surface noise, the brooding, yet minimalist "Point De Rencontre" summons lovecraftian horrors whereas the metallic reverberations and unsettling sonic shifts of "Fragment" could be recorded straight at the heart of toxic methane swamps found on an hostile exoplanet far far away in another galaxy just to name a few. Thrilling and therefore recommended.

Friday, September 03, 2021

Dark Star Safari - Walk Through Lightly [Arjunamusic Records Test Press]

Scheduled for release via Arjunamusic Records on September 24th, 2k21 is "Walk Through Lightly", the sophomore album outing put together by Jan Bang, Erik Honore, Eivind Aarset, Samuel Rohrer and John Derek Bishop which are employing the name of Dark Star Safari for their sonic musings and sound safaris. Together, the five musicians embark on a ten track journey into sparse, nightly and inward looking Leftfield Pop and - due to the albums overall stripped down nature - Post-SynthPop, oftentimes led by Jan Bang's sonorous, yet tender and longing vocal performance, surely infused by elements of Dub, Downbeat and intimate Viennese FutureJazz which are especially prevalent in cuts like "Portraits Of You" or the subsequent "Measured" based only on vocals and late night atmospheres accompanied by occasional low end pulses and crackling noises whereas "Invocations" presents a minimalistic mixture of Depeche Mode in their most tender moments, Blixa Bargeld and slightly kitsch-dripping 80s bedroom vibes, sax included, and "Passover" might even provide a perfect closing tune for highly advanced Dub dancefloors just to pick a few favorites here. Music to accompany - or interrupt - long thoughtful candlelight conversations, music to fall or remain silent to, music for deep latenight thoughts, peaty alkohol or even, for those who can handle it, a few sips of absinth. Well beautiful.

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Steine - Was Ist Gut? [Crocodile Tears Records Promo]

Coming in via mail from the offices of the Berlin-based IndiePop imprint Crocodile Tears Records is "Was Ist Gut?", the forthcoming album release crafted by the duo Steine with contributions of several guest musicians which is scheduled for release on October 8th, 2k21. Employing the musical nom de guerre Steine we see the groups core members Harald Wissler and Mario Schulte exploring a lo-fi iteration of Leftfield-leaning IndiePop with songs like "Schau Mir Nicht Zu" evoking echoes of memories of the elusive, yet legendary HGich T. demo tape "Melodien Ohne Zweifel" released back in 2001 whilst the subsequent "Walter" brings forth a well twangy Country sleaze, the demo'esque "Weiss Ich Schon" could've found its way onto some Dhyana Records compilation tape back in the days and, to name another example, "Was Du Willst" mixes Hamburger Schule vibes with somewhat of a crude Disco attitude with the first of the aforementioned genres seemingly being a major influence for the duo in general, probably due to the intellectual theatre circles and environment both Wissler and Schulte seem to be related to. This said "Was Ist Gut?" and its overall sense for the little things in life as well as its innate feel for the slightly absurd could've defo been a nice, friendly, well comforting and surely interesting longplay piece, a companion for melancholia-infused autumn afternoons within an ocean of dull and meaningless Pop-oriented music hadn't Steine decided to opt in for the repetition of the stupidest, most petty and wrong-proven of all leftwing anti-capitalist slogans in the less than one minute interlude "Keine Floskel" which not only seems to be totally out of place as non of the other 14 songs on here seem to be dealing with social criticism or other political issues but also speaks volumes about how little economy and the general ways of accumulation of capital is understood by those who try to critique exactly that from a self-perceived perspective of socio-economic inferiority and x or suppression. We're not in for that.

tl;dr: A perfect example of how one song can ruin and discredit an otherwise perfectly legit album.

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

baze.djunkiii Charts 09/2k21

01. Lowtec - Easy To Heal Cuts [Avenue66 011 Test Pressing]
See review for details...

02. Kamm - Cookie Policies Remix EP [Circus Company 117 Test Pressing]
See review for details...

03. Cass. - Ambient Music For A Young Girl [Growing Bin Records 032 Test Pressing]
See review for details...

04. Baby D - Let Me Be Your Fantasy *Dope Ammo & DJ Hybrid RMX [Dope Ammo 028]
A new, and somewhat novelty-leaning, take on a beloved Oldskool classic. Dope Ammo and DJ Hybrid transfer Baby D's major anthem "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" into a highly compressed modernist Drum'n'Bass context with a short, trimmed down beat intro for fast mixing DJ's before breaking down into the original vocal chorus - at original speed! - only to focus on a well tool'ish, hyperfunctional aspect in Drum'n'Bass sprinkled with bits of good old rave nostalgia throughout the rest of their remixes limited runtime. More of a collectors item pressed onto beautifully intense, slightly marbled light blue one-sided vinyl with a label design that is about to send all fans of high def and high contrast 90s computer graphics to nerd heaven for a reason.

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Monday, August 30, 2021

Various Artists - Eddy Ramich presents Croatian Blue: A Selection Of Contemporary Jazz-Influenced Electronic Music From Croatia [BBE Music 640]

And now - to Croatia! Scheduled for release via BBE Music on September 24th, 2k21 is "Eddy Ramich presents Croatian Blue: A Selection Of Contemporary Jazz-Influenced Electronic Music From Croatia", a quite self-explanatory ten track compilation album curated by DJ, radio host, producer and club promoter Eddy Ramich, founder of Zagreb's famed 'Kontrapunkt' events who's, despite being Berlin-based since 2k17, been a staple within the Croatian scene for many years now. Shining a light on the vast amount of studio talent to be found in his homeland Ramich takes us on a roughly 74 minutes spanning trip, collecting formerly unreleased cuts and even tracks exclusively produced for this compilation, featuring a wide array of producers of which Ilja Rudman, apart from Ramich himself, might be the one best known to a wider audience, spanning a musical arch from Jazz-infused and piano heavy Balearic SlowHouse / Lounge vibes brought on by producers like Chui, intimate DeepHouse grooves contributed by Koolade, a banging, a stripped down, stab-heavy and surely floor functional UK Funky affair named "Floripa" conceived by Homeboy in the Brazilian city of Florianopolis, deep, classic Electro provided by Disrupted Project's "Dissolve" as well as classy BrokenBeat culture catered by Ante Matas amongst many others not mentioned here. Defo a worthwhile introduction to a country that usually isn't associated with a thriving electronic music scene by many, yet has more than only a few names in store which are about to leave a mark on the international circuit in future times.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Jason Sharp - The Turning Centre Of A Still World [Constellation Promo]

Put on the circuit via 1997 launched Canadian imprint Constellation Records is "The Turning Centre Of A Still World", the latest, eight tracks and roughly 45 minutes spanning, album outing created by saxophone player Jason Sharp. Considered to be his first true solo longplayer according to the accompanying press sheet and, like many albums these days heavily influenced by restrictions and measures applying due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, Sharp utilizes his instrument of choice alongside his very own pulse as a trigger signal for various modular synthesizers and sampling devices on this one to create a calm and beautiful, widescreen cinematic take on what is best described as Deep Listening Music, resembling the atmosphere right after an epic sunset which is also depicted in the cover artwork provided by Daichi Saito, bringing forth multiple layers of electronic athmospheres in combination with echoes of echoes of (Neo)Cosmic / Berlin School and, most importantly, Sharp's oftentimes subtle, yet emotionally touching, longing sax movements which perfectly complement the panoramic backgrounds to create an essential, slightly autumnal and inward looking listening piece for Ambient lovers and score collectors alike. Recommended.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Flukten - Velkommen Hap [Odin Records]

Scheduled for release via Norwegian imprint Odin Records on September 9th, 2k21 is "Velkommen Hap", the very first album outing created by Flukten, a quartet comprised of four members of the countries buzzing Jazz scene who met up and found their creative way out of the covid-19 induced lockdown - starting their sonic venture in March 2020 and finally coming together for a full recording session roughly a year later, wielding and laying down a ten tracks and roughly 43 minutes spanning longplayer as the result of their sonic escapism. Based on sax, guitar, bass and drums the quartet comprised of Hanna Paulsberg, Marius Hirth Klovning, Bardur Reinert Poulsen and Hans Hulbaekmo doesn't even need a millisecond of an intro to immediately embark on wild, fast-paced and untamed journey pairing the raw power of FreeJazz and Improv with masterfully executed interactions and parallel melodic communications, elements of uptempo Swing ("Budeie Boogie") and even echoes of more romantic, beautiful Vintage Jazz bits ("Framsyning"), a stripped down, tender late night communication between mainly guitar and saxophone ("Jonas Og Hvalen"), more playful and frolicking Swing vibes ("Tennis Med Torsten") whereas "Pave Toten Totten" even touches base with positive summer grooves just to name a few cuts to be found on this fully fledged debut.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Friday, August 27, 2021

Lowtec - Easy To Heal Cuts [Avenue66 011 Test Pressing]

Scheduled for release via Avenue 66 as the labels 011 is "Easy To Heal Cuts", the latest album outing by German producer Jens Kuhn a.k.a. Lowtec who's been making sonic waves on the scene since the late 90s. Digging deep in his archives of rare and formerly unreleased cuts Lowtec presents six pieces from the vault on this one with no information or detail given - at least not on our upfront whitelabel copy - on the exact date of production or their general context within the long standing artists career. Yet, even without this information we do assume that these cuts do hark way back in time - from the raw, psychedelic, yet slightly dubbed out Techno of "Flat Dog" to the beautifully twisted, tribal'esque IDM x Electronica fusion of "Going Nowhere" and its crisp and tender harmonies as well as the dry, experimental nature and somewhat Sandbenders-reminiscing vibe of "Red Sparrow" which will be a major flashback for all those still remembering this very first EP outing of the short lived Bodo Elsel / Martin Maischein collaboration, all of them to be found on the albums A-side which also holds a sweet untitled Electronica bonus track. Furthermore the flip opens with the playful, frolicking, yet slightly quirky IDM Rave-leaning title track "Easy To Heal Cuts" subsequently followed by the sparse excellent DubTechno variation named "Nature Thinks For You" which defo is the second major highlight on this release before "From Moment To Moment" waves goodbye in a deep, calm, yet hypnotic manner, providing a nice late night addition to the sets of well experienced ChillOut DJs around the globe. Good stuff, this.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Jason Busteed - 5 Point Palm [Sneja Recordings Promo]

Scheduled for release on the digital circuit on August 27th, 2k21 via Sneja Recordings is "5 Point Palm", the latest musical outing brought to us by Jason Busteed who's coming at us with two original cuts as well as two remixes on this single. Opening with "Creeper" we see Jason Busteed on a pumping TechHouse / Techno fusion tip bringing forth highly seductive grooves and expertly cut up afro tribal vocal samples whilst the subsequent "Creeper *Tonepusher Remix" caters more of a modernist Techno feel for fast lane autobahn rides with its reverberating bassdrums and driving shakers. The subsequent "5 Point Palm *Oktal 3 Remix" weighs in a well balanced combination of dubbed out DeepHouse pads and sparse, yet multilayered percussion elements for intimate clubnights rather than large scale raves before the original version of the title track provides a fever'ish, bass-heavy and well funk-driven version of peaktime Techno for a high octane closing, once again bringing on excellent vocal samples and killer stab action for an extra portion of energy. Nice.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Listen Again: baze.djunkiii Guest Mix For 90s Rave Radio @ Ems-Vechte-Welle (2021.08.20)

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The D3VI7 - Wow Factor [Sound Kleckse Records Promo]

Soon to be launched via the digital imprint known as Sound Kleckse Records is "Wow Factor", the latest musical outing by noone less than The D3VI7. Whilst the 'Original Mix' follows the mysterious producer on a journey into eerie, somewhat fever'ish and Tribal-infused Tech territories building up towards a dense and intense, filtered, nerve-wrecking multilayered crescendo the subsequent "Wow Factor *DJ Nightnoise Beyond Space Remix" provides deep, complex and well intertwined MinimalTechno crafted by a long standing talent from the northernmost part of Germany whereas the "Wow Factor *Hanzzo Remix" weighs in a heavy, reverberating, somewhat mechanical tool for all heaving mainroom floors of today. One for the purists.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Yellow6 - The Cloud Factory [Sound In Silence 082]

Following up to his 2k20 released album "Silent Streets And Empty Skies" Jon Attwood's Yellow6 project is back on the Greek label Sound In Silence, this time with another longplay outing named "The Cloud Factory". Within ten tracks and a total runtime of 66 minutes the Leicestershire-based artist, who's been an active staple in the local and global Ambient x PostRock scene since the late 90s, drew inspiration from a wide variety of sources to create this album including soundtrack work commissioned by Nick Cave, the Philip Glass inspired school of minimalism as well as the washed out, urban PostGarage / Post Dubstep sound of producers like Burial amongst others. This said, "The Cloud Factory" starts out on a deeply solemn and inward-looking, slightly blues-y even, Ambient Folk tip with "Downhill Fast" to set the path for all things to come like the ruminant subsequent DesertBlues minimalism of "Lake Surfer" or the almost naturalistic campfire vibes of "Mayday" which are fusing tender electronic backings with semi-acoustic guitar goodness to create a most beautiful atmosphere and, from our point of view, one of the main highlights of the album alongside the meandering, nightly PopAmbient x DesertBlues pulses of "Twenty Four" and "Tides", the comforting tenderness of the rainy Sunday afternoon piece "Seven Five" whilst the soft and calming cut "Rain Twins" makes a perfect sonic companion for a hot summers sundown just to name a few. Top tier. Get.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Kamm - Cookie Policies Remix EP [Circus Company 117 Test Pressing]

Scheduled for release via Circus Company on September 10th, 2k21 as the labels 117 is the "Cookie Policies Remix EP" which delivers a set of four remixes crafted and manufactured for tracks taken off of the 2020 Kamm album named - guess what...? - "Cookie Policies". With producers like I:Cube, Dave Aju, Kenneth Scott and Alland Byallo at the controls, three of them amongst the original founding members of Kamm itself, we're in for a wide musical range of reworks with this one, spanning from glitzy, shimmering Techno sporting tribal'esque, dubbed out and 'troity influences to dark, bouncy and defo BigBeat-infused DopeBeat vibes paired with touching sax melancholia, more driving, highly functional, sparsely vocoder-infused peaktime Techno as well as an atmospheric stripped down Dubstep x Broken Techno x PostGarage fusion for late night x early morning closing sets. Well diverse. Good stuff.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Wolfgang Mitterer - Temp Tracks [Col Legno]

Put on the circuit via the long standing imprint that is Col Legno on July 30th, 2k21 is "Temp Tracks", the latest album outing by widely praised and multi-awarded Austrian composer Wolfgang Mitterer who weighs in a total of 37 tracks and miniatures rolled out over a total playtime of roughly 56 minutes. With what seems to be a conceptual approach of having all track titles starting with either a variation of "Temp..." (01-20) or "Ton..." (21-37) Mitterer presents a collection of what is referred to as 'preliminary music' in the accompanying press sheet - functional pieces serving as a temporary soundtrack for film sequences until the actual score is finished, placeholders of sorts with whom the artist is well familiar with, especially being in high demand as a composer of scores for film, theatre and opera himself. This said and despite the general functional nature of the music itself the album provides a fascinating listening experience with the opening tune "Temp" even making use of the classic 'music's hypnotizing' vocal sample which became engrained in the early electronic music and rave scene due to its appearance in multiple seminal UK Hardcore and Breakbeat tracks throughout the first half of the 90s, incorporating echoes of opera and dramatic Classical arrangements in others whilst bits like "Templar" seem to pair dark, threatening electronics with processed samples taken from highly explicit porn, the subsequent "Template" provides the nightly soundtrack to a fairytale, bits like "Tempt" go down a road of full on collage techniques, "Toneless" evokes memories of both DarkJazz and Illbient whereas compositions like "Tonepad" pay homage to the upright bass, just to name a few. Defo recommended for an audience made up of score collectors, film geeks and avantgarde connaisseurs, this one.

Album artwork on Instagram

Friday, August 20, 2021

Various Artists - Luft Tunes Vol. 1 [Luft Records Promo]

Another fresh one out on the digital circuit is "Luft Tunes Vol. 1", a five track compilation EP taking a closer look at the artist roster of the, probably relatively fresh, Luft Records imprint. Opening with Fractal Disorder and their cut named "Future" we're presented a raw, stomping and dirty take on slightly monotonous, tool-oriented HardTechno whereas Jose Baher & Bad Omen provide a similar, yet cleaner and still hammering approach to dark, militant Techno in their collaborative effort that is "Bad World". The subsequent "Humming" turns out to be another collaboration, this time by Marco Kallas & Puncher who are bringing forth a busier, uptempo-leaning take on Techno driven by shakers on hyperspeed, futuristic hoover sweeps and an ever growing intensity well suitable for strobe-lit peaktime sets and large scale warehouse raves, our friend P.T.B.S. dabbles with proper Hardcore and highly functional hyperviolence whilst incorporating some classic early 90s Gabba samples for all the real headz which will surely be in for his tune "Bad Kitchen" whilst the final cut, "Death System" by XCV, is unfortunately misisng on our upfront CDr copy of this one. P.T.B.S. wins. Big time.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Oktal 3 - Jackin For Beatz EP [Grey Shadow Records 028 Promo]

Soon to be released on the digital circuit via Grey Shadow Records as the labels 028 is the "Jackin For Beatz EP", the latest two track single outing by the upcoming Oktal 3 project. Whilst the title cut "Jackin For Beatz" mixes up hammering Techno beats with mainfloor-leaning TechHouse on a certainly funky tip, featuring a variety of highly detailed sample cut-ups and intriguing melodic elements the subsequent Oktal 3 collaboration with J-Cub, a tune named "Beyond", weighs in more of a deep, washed out and most beautiful late night / early morning Trance vibe for all those who stayed up all night, spending hours and hours on the dancefloor only to experience an intimate, touching and well emotional closing set in which the soulful vocals provide a perfect addition to the tunes chilland slightly dubbed out vibe. Nice.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

baze.djunkiii Chart Haul 08/2k21

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Juhani Silvola - The Slow Smokeless Burning Of Decay [Eighth Nerve Audio 009 Promo]

Scheduled for release on August 27th, 2k21 via Eighth Nerve Audio as the labels 009 is "The Slow Smokeless Burning Of Decay" which is the latest album outing created by Finnish / Norwegian composer Juhani Silvola. Comprised of three pieces stretched over a total of roughly 37 minutes we see Silvola exploring a spatial stereo field with a massive, irregular swell of sweeping noise accompanied by vast physical low end presence, chirping electroacoustic modulations, doleful tones, plucked, minimalist guitar or harp melancholia and other fascinating, oftentimes otherworldly goodness all to be found within the title track whilst the segmented "Five Failures In Representing Our True Nature" weigh in a variety of highly warped and processed Field Recordings including what seems to be barking dogs and the general sounds and atmosphere of rural nature whilst later evolving into an eruption of grinding noises accompanied by looped angelic, yet somewhat unsettling and apocalyptic non-vocalisms as well as, in one of the final sections of the track, cold and brooding sci-fi atmospheres. Finally "Like Garlands Of Flowers Spread Over The Chains That Bind Us" seems to be the most coherent of the three commissioned compositions to be found on this album, starting from a point of icey, glatial atmospheres only to evolve into a highly entangled and intertwined stream of bleepy computational sounds accompanied by eruptive, somewhat percussive outbursts and Juhani Silvola's trademark reverberating, spatial low end movements creeping up from the cavernous vaults deep within the earths crust. Fascinating. Check.

Monday, August 16, 2021

20.08.2021 baze.djunkiii guest set @ 90s Rave Radio / Ems-Vechte-Welle 99.3FM

Making a quick return to the 90s Rave Radio show stepping in for the shows long time host and founder Sascha Müller this month baze.djunkiii once again is digging deep in his crates to unearth a full hour of electronic music from the booming 90s, opening with a trippy, extended and most beautiful Experimental Techno cut by David Holmes, working his way to tunes by EON and The Shamen via spiralling, nerve-wrecking underground Acid tracks and hard hitting Techno brutalisms only to end up with one of the hardest, most uncompromising Rave anthems to ever wreak havoc on dancefloors in the first half of the decade in which electronic club music exploded all over the planet. Enjoy the ride.

decks: baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings / Freebreakz.FWD]

file under: Trance / Techno / Rave

Transmission starts @ 11 pm GMT+1

Terrestrial transmission on frequency 99.3FM in and around the Emsland-region of Germany.

Click here for internet stream!

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Tholos Gateway feat. Jarboe - Tholos Gateway [Gusstaff Records]

Set to be released via Poland's Gusstaff Records on September 17th, 2k21 is "Tholos Gateway", the self-titled album of the trio of the same name consisting of Colin Marston, Alex Reviriego and Vasco Trille which are bringing their most diverse backgrounds to the table for this project reaching from Black Metal to Contemporary Composition, Jazz, Ambient, Improv and way beyond. This eclectic melange leads to a seven track and roughly 44 minutes spanning album as complex and as far out there as their members individual history, starting with a brooding, most apocalyptic bass drone of doom in the opener "The Wine-Dark Sea" paving the way for a sparse, yet spine-tingling variation of Dark Ambient / Doom Jazz of sorts whereas "Nostos" provides an excellent blueprint for tense, minimalist piano noir arrangements and "Spell Of Circle", accompanied by the vocal visions of Jarboe, is comprised of unsettling tectonic low end shiftings, electrical crackles and chiming metal pieces alongside dramatic strings and a general atmosphere reminiscent of a now desolate battlefield with its soil still soaked in blood from last nights slaughter and slayage. Furthermore "Eternal Control Of The Gods" provides the first, even though stripped down to the bone, clue that Tholos Gateway do have a background in Black / Doom Metal, the "Hand Of Time" gets your brain with more slow moving low end movements, haunting atmospheres and tripping, polyrhythmic layers seemingly moving on different, yet sometimes interlocking time scales, the "Cyclopean Curse" lures one's brain - and soul! - into a trap with longing, siren'esque strings expressing the mourning sorrow of millenia-lasting isolation and loneliness whereas the concluding "Divine Spiritual Slaughter" harks back once again to the feel of essential desolation and a gaping, vantablack abyss buried deep within one's inner self. Probably the darkest album we've reviewed in 2k21 so far. True excellence.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Konstrukt feat. Thurston Moore - Turkish Belly [Karlrecords 084 Promo]

Lined up for release on August 27th, 2k21 via the ever active label that is Karlrecords as their 084 is "Turkish Belly", a new album in an ongoing series of collaborations which sees the Turkish outfit Konstrukt teaming up with a variety of renowned musicians for joint venture recordings. In their live recorded sessions with Sonic Youth guitarist and remarkable solo performer Thurston Moore, all taking place in February of 2k20, the now five piece ensemble explores a high density, high tension and high alert sonic universe from the first highly captivating seconds of the opener "Yapayalniz (Gezerler Sokakardar)" onwards which comes at the listener like an army of whirling dervishes with its stripped down, distorted and ear-piercing intro, brutal, Hardcore-reminiscing drumming and super intense vocals which set the pace for all things to come, a six tracks and roughly 42 minutes spanning jet-fueled, high octane improv session garnished with a few slightly Psychedelia-infused moments that would be well placed on a bill squeezed in between bands like Black Flag, Crass or The Ex and FreeJazz-projects like Paal-Nilssen Love's Large Unit and the likes of just to provide y'all with a rough layout of what is to expect here. Thrilling.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Western Edges - Dependency [Sound In Silence 083]

Coming in straight from Athens, Greece recently is 083 of the George Mastrokostas-run Sound In Silence imprint which sees Richard Adams' Western Edges project making a return with a new nine track album named "Dependency". Rolled out over the course of roughly 45 minutes the Leeds, UK-based artist explores and surely broadens the the imprints spectrum with this one, introducing straight bassdrums to the ChillOut crowds from the very start of the most beautiful, crystalline opener "Page Reveals" which immediately evokes memories of the unchallenged Harthouse-classic "Spectrum" by Metal Masters, progresses into harmonic, multilayered Synth structures surely influenced by Classical- and Minimal Music-infused composition techniques for ensembles whereas the subsequent "Winter Hill" provides a misty, washed out highlight for (Neo)Trance / Romantic House floors of future festivals for a reason. "The Wall You First Kissed Her Against" brings out a most touching, emotional take on large scale cinematic Ambient, momentarily drifting off into off-kilter harmonies before being put back on track in the tunes next pulse, "Lucy Hall Drive" gets straight back onto the dancefloor despite being accompanieed by a slight naive, naturalistic main motif whilst "Love Is Contagious" presents shimmering Ambient harmonies in their purest form. Furthermore "So Cold Now" embraces the world with angelic arrangements - and a little bit of flutter due to, probably intended, mastering overdrive - the albums excellent main piece "Temperance" meanders in between GAS-like forest romanticisms, echoes of DubTechno and even klaxon'esque Dub bass harmonies over the course of 14+ minutes and the final cut "Still Think About It Now And Then" once again harks back to misty, blurred out and almost mythical atmospheric movements for a closing. A timeless and essential addition to every dedicated Ambient lovers collection.