Sunday, September 20, 2020

Alasdair Robert - Fretted And Indebted [Infinite Greyscale 014]

And they are back! After an extended break of approximately 18 months the Berlin-based imprint Infinite Greyscale makes a big return to the release circuit with a full on 21 minute ten track album and a different format - still one-sided and with a beautiful silk-screen print on the flipside of the vinyl but now scaled up to 12" for a reason, providing enough space for Alasdair Robert to take on a wide variety of what seem to be classic traditional Scottish Folk Songs of which some are harking back to as far as the early 1700s. Amongst them are beautiful, mesmerizing acoustic instrumentals like "The Braes Of Tulliemet" or frolicking pieces like "The Smith's A Gallant Fireman" alongside touching raw, intimate acapellas like the ode to "The Seasons" and "False, False" which, due to their specific tone, feel and intonation alone, speak volumes about the state of the minds and souls of those who originally wrote these ancient, historic pieces in the days of yore and most probably never thought much about who or if those tunes might be enjoyed by people a few hundred years in the future. An album as rare and pure as an untouched meadow.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Sascha Müller feat. Nora W - World Of Life [Electrolux Real Musiq 013 Promo]

Released on the digital circuit via South African imprint Electrolux Real Musiq on August 21st, 2k20 as the labels 013 is "World Of Life", the latest collaborational effort of producer Sascha Müller and vocalist Nora W which seemingly attempt to take on Vaporwave on this one, at least according to the track / edit names. With "Feel My Love *Vaporwave Edit" the duo caters warm, all and ever embracing analog  bass waves alongside classic, yet time-stretched slow motion breakbeats for a dreamlike, washed out DrugBient / AbsinthHop experience before "Get Into My Life *Vaporwave Edit" presents a spooked out, fever'ish hyperslow 4/4 foundation paired with dubby basslines, beautifully tripping pads and outerworldy whispers for peak time abuse in ketamine heavy WitchHouse raves. This one is special.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Speedball Trio - Speedball Trio [Gustaff Records Promo]

Scheduled for release via Gusstaff Records straight outta Poland on October 17th, 2k20 is the self-titled album by Speedball Trio which is described in the accompanying press release as a part of the 'new wave of Russian heavy Jazz'. Comprised of Anton Ponomarev, Sergey Bolotin and Roman Mustafin - all of which active in other local FreeJazz / Experimental Jazz outfits - the triplet caters a selection of seven cuts rolled out over the course of approx. 33 minutes, combining sax, electronics, drums / percussion and bass guitar to create a powerful tour de force which exceeds the confinements of even FreeJazz by far. From the first seconds of the opening tune aptly named "Butchershop In The Sky" the whole experience feels more like an attempt to recreate the raw untamed power and fierceness of classic NYC Hardcore with a Jazz ensemble whilst the bass guitar sticks true to the gritty, hypnotic and well funky tone we all loved in bands like Rage Against The Machine back in the early 1990s. Put those guys out on a stage amidst a line up of bands from the named genre and you're gonna see some amazingly violent moshpit action for sure.

Techno Botts - Bretter Techno EP [Fresscode Records 008 Promo]

Scheduled for digital release via Fresscode Records on September 29th, 2k20 is the so-called "Bretter Techno EP", the second appearance on the label for the project named Techno Botts after their spring 2018 debut. Opening with "I V  Reaction" the Botts employ a surprisingly deep, midtempo-focused and somewhat Trance-inducing take on distorted, Detroit-influenced Techno whereas their "Self-Propelled Gun" is on a complex, psychotic, yet more muscular and still slighty distorted tip for the closing hours of a long underground night out  and the "Boy From Ipanema" weighs in pounding metallic drums and sharp, raw, unprocessed hi-hats as well as gnarly bass signals for a heavy, highly functional closing.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Lee - Kindred *Mause's Breakbeat Bonanza Remix

That's quite a beautiful, warm and playful Electro / Breakbeat fusion there. Lovely.

Faction - The End Of Tel Aviv Redux [False Industries 030 Promo]

Put out on the circuit via False Industries on September 11th, 2k20 is "The End Of Tel Aviv Redux", a re-imagined, remastered and reworked version of the 2004 Neo Ouija-released album "The End Of Tel Aviv" crafted and created by Faction, a duo comprised by now False Industries mastermind Yair Etziony and his production partner Rani. Revisiting their seminal album which sparked the rise of an experimental, yet kinda short-lived Electronica micro-scene in Israel after its initial release, carefully tweaking the aesthetics and revamping the albums tracklist with the addition of previously unreleased versions and tracks as well the total removal of songs previously featured on the initial version Faction are taking us back to the warm and welcoming IDM / Electronica sound of the early 2000s from the very first cut "Inside Out" onwards, providing a well familiar, cozy and comforting feel with their soft, ever morphing pads and melodies as well as masterly shaped and sculpted digital beat structures which personally evoke memories of our long-defunct, yet long running radio show "Die Nachtschwestern" on FSK / Hamburg as well as loads of musically wonderful nights spent at the former local hotspot for experimental electronic music named Astrastube around the time this album was originally released. Further recommendations: the deep, somewhat dubbed out minimalism of "Cutter's Way", the touching, emotional melancholia of "An Old Outland" as well as the soft, crystalline yet advanced dancefloor-focused swing of "Heavy Clouds" and the haunting, spatial (Dark)Ambient exercise of the concluding cut that is "Empty Beacon" just to name a few. Essential goodness.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Ronnie Herel presents Neo Soul Sessions Vol. 1 [BBE Music]

Scheduled for release via BBE Music on October 9th, 2k20 is Ronnie Herel's very first compilation for the label in which the long standing DJ, radio presenter and industry professional whose career harks back into the 80s presents a selection of thirteen fusion cuts dubbed as and subsumed under the flag of what he defines as HipHop Soul. Think mostly boom-bap beats, a raw, slightly vintage-infused feel, killer samples and oldskool references catered by the likes of Omar featuring Leon Ware, Children Of Zeus, Moods feat. Damon Trueitt with their most swinging "Slow Down", Terri Walker feat. Floacist who deliver the most classic Soul / R'n'B cut on this compilation, production staple DJ Jazzy Jeff who is bringing on two dancefloor fillers with "For Da Love Of Da Game" and "My Soul Ain't For Same" alongside massive modernist surprises like Etta Bond's "Come Over" which is built upon a combination of beats in rewind and sparse, ethereal, highly futuristic synth tones alongside intense, emotional FutureSoul storytelling or Foreign Exchange's hyperchromatic "Shelter" which is a synth driven fest for those enjoying the polished production aesthetics of acts like Throwing Shade or Darq E Freaker and quite a few more high class acts to discover. One to enjoy with a loved one for a reason. Or two.

User11508366478 - Night EP [User Recordings 006 Promo]

The next one released on the buzzing User Recordings label is the "Night EP" which is the label debut for User11508366478. With the opening cut "Nightcrawler" the anonymous producer explores a sonic realm of ever remodulated, raw and well oldskool flavored ToolTechno with a tripped out twist whilst "No10_A18" takes on super dry, hounded and stripped down Techno from an angle including filtered, slightly psychotic Tribal-infused percussions for a second cut.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

JStar - Maneater

This is the bootleg version / re-fix you didn't know you'd need in your life. Jstar is on a mad ting with this tune.

Jubatus - What's This EP [Oriente B2B Medellin Promo]

Fresh on the circuit via Colombia's Oriente B2B Medellin label is Jubatus' digital single dubbed the "What's This EP". Whilst the original cut comes in as a dry, banging and psyched out Techno mover sporting mechanical background percussions and a well distinct vocal sample alongside large scale bassline action and epic, somewhat HardTrance-reminiscing peak time modulations the subsequent 'El Atalaya Style Remix' is focusing on a rapid fire full on rave attitude for laserdomes whereas the concluding 'Sascha Müller Hard Remix' presents an overly distorted, heavily grinding HardTechno / HardTek take on the original tune which is about resonate with both Schranz lovers, HardAcid headz and even Hardcore addicts.

Monday, September 14, 2020

18.09.2020 baze.djunkiii guest set @ 90s Rave Radio / Ems-Vechte-Welle 99.3FM

This years special guest set for 90s Rave Radio focuses on the slightly twisted, oftentime less explored side of 90s Drum'n'Bass for those who've been in it for a long time. Expect some classics and rare overlooked gems to be unearthed in this hour.

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.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Lucrecia Dalt - No Era Solida [RVNG Intl. 065 Promo]

Put on the circuit via the experimental music staple RVNG Intl. on September 11th, 2k20 is "No Era Solida", the latest ten track album outing ( one bonus track...) crafted for the label by Lucrecia Dalt who, over the course of approximately 40 minutes, is dealing with the concept of an imaginery entity from another realm - dubbed Lia - going through different states and phases throughout the process of becoming a conscious and self-aware being. Visualized, or better: sonically sculpted, by a vast variety of ever morphing, viscous sound masses and reprocessed vocals as well as intense, eerie and sci-fi leaning Cold Electronica rhythms - see especially our absolute favorite "Coatlicue S." for this - whilst deep, multilayered and somewhat tribal'esque pieces like "Ser Boca" seem to cater more to fans of the long gone Berlin-based imprint Digital Kranky and connaisseurs of twisted, fever'ish Leftfield / Avantgarde / Art Pop. Furthermore cuts like "Espesa" cater inward looking drama atop a swampy electronic foundation, "Suprema" is about to send chills down every ASMR lovers spine for some reason and the most tender title track "No Era Solida" presents multi-layered, heavenly non-vocalisms alongside twangy guitar tones and most intimate whispered Spoken Words for a spine-tingling, goosebump evoking closing just to pick a few. Defo an interesting and truly unique longplay experience.

Listen Again: baze.djunkiii In The Mix @ Radio Flouka / Paris, France (10.09.2k20)

A tribute to the long defunct BETA-ZERFALL party series baze.djunkiii used to run with his partner Herr Brandt years ago.

Pitch! - Hit It *Afflicted Here We Are Remix [Afflicted In Techno 002F Promo]

Another new player on the digital circuit is the label Afflicted In Techno which recently released "Pitch! - Hit It *Afflicted Here We Are Remix" as a fresh one track single. The rework crafted by Uelsen-based duo Afflicted, comprised of Sascha Müller and Ufuk Özbayar a.k.a. P.T.B.S, is on a well hard hitting, psyched out Techno tip based on hefty, reverb-heavy bassdrums and a variety of shrieking, braincell quenching signals alongside a pumping midrange synth line and hypnotic, repetetive vocal samples for peak time Business Techno floors before shifting gears for an exploration of more Hardcore leaning realms.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Eivør - Let It Come (Official Video)

Coming from the Faroe Islands and living in Copenhagen right now Eivør unleashes an epicly dramatic take on electronic-driven Pop Music with this outtake from her forthcoming album "Segl". We're in.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Rabbits On Speed - Nuke Vol. 12 [Nuke The Planet 012 Promo]

Scheduled for release via the dark force that is the label named Nuke The Planet is "Nuke Vol. 12", the digital one track single debut for the project called Rabbits On Speed which bring nothing but utter chaos and destruction throughout the course of their nearly eight minutes excursion into the sonic realms of hyperbrutalist Digital Harshnoize, Rhythm Industrial and glitched out Breakcore whilst destroying eardrums, speakers and entire venues with their take on harsh, uber-compressed sonic barrage fire. More like 'Psychotic Rabbits On PCP', this.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Sascha Müller - Traxxx Vol. 28 [SM Traxxx 51-2020]

Scheduled for release via SM Traxxx on September 17th, 2k20 is Sascha Müller's next digital two track single for the label which is "Traxxx Vol. 28". Opening with "Track 55" the Uelsen-based artist explores a realm of hypergroove induced peaktime Techno with a well rave-oriented twist and excellent oldskool stab sequences whilst the subsequent "Track 56" is more of a Tech-infused variation on stripped down, yet rave-informed HighSpeed House sporting multilayered vocal samples and a Tribal twist for those who know.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

10.09.2k20 baze.djunkiii In The Mix @ Radio Flouka / Paris, France (2100 GMT+1)

BETA-ZERFALL – this is the name of the seminal event series baze.djunkiii and his partner in crime Herr Brandt of The Convent-, In2TheSound- and Sonnenbrandt-fame used to run in several locations in the North German city of Kiel as well as in their hometown of Hamburg about a decade ago, pioneering an amalgamation of PostPunk, (No)Wave, Indie, SynthPop, ElectroPunk, NuBeat, Industrial and beyond. With this first tribute mix for Radio Flouka our station resident baze.djunkiii presents a 60 minutes vinyl selection to represent and reminisce about the sound of these events, unearthing both BETA-ZERFALL classics, rare and obscure gems as well as more recent cuts that would've made it into the box if the party series was still ongoing today.

decks: baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings / El Caballo Semental]

file under: PostPunk / (No)Wave / Indie / SynthPop / ElectroPunk

transmission time: 21oo - 22oo GMT+1

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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Lemur + Reinhold Friedl - Alloy [Sofa Music]

Just released on September 4th, 2k20 via the Norwegian staple that is Sofa Music is "Alloy", the first result of a collaboration of the Norwegian quartet Lemur and piano player / composer Reinhold Friedl who's known and praised both for his solo works as well as his ever active Zeitkratzer ensemble. With the seven pieces of  "Component I - VII" spread out over the course of 47 minutes we see the combined forces of these artists exceed any known formal and technical restrictions of their instruments in favor of an explorative journey into a usually multi-layered, oftentimes shrieking and partly cacophonic sonic realm that can only roughly be described as Ultra FreeJazz occasionally paired with what seem to be electronic textures and atmospheres alongside Reinhold Friedl's specific take on deeply felt piano melancholia which is especially prevalent in the more solemn, inward-looking "Component III" whilst "Component V" seems to go for a deeper, droning and atmospheric approach with a well unsettling, somewhat UnAmbient-leaning twist steering towards and building up to a highly dramatic climax just to pick two cuts off of this really intense and somewhat unusual release for the imprint.

Album artwork on Instagram!

baze.djunkiii Chart Haul 09/2k20

Monday, September 07, 2020

B. Bone - The Shadow [Sound Kleckse Records 281 Promo]

Recently released on the digital circuit via Sound Kleckse Records as the labels 281 is B. Bone's "The Shadow" which comes at us in three variations of the original cut with two additional remixes on this single. Opening with the so-called 'Intro Mix' B. Bone caters a well interesting and highly dramatic take on Techno including large scale choirs, epic string sequences and huge, reverberating drums for peak time abuse whereas the 'Original Mix' focuses on banging big room dancefloor functionality whilst holding on to the dramatic elements of its predecessor, especially in terms of its extended breakdown sequence,  and the subsequent 'Cinematic Mix' throws out the classic 4/4 foundation and brings out the, well..., cinematic qualities of this cut in a take that might even appeal to movie score collectors for a reason . Furthermore "The Shadow *Jens Mueller Remix" comes in with a straighter, powerful and more muscular vibe and razor sharp hi-hat sequences whilst the final 'Afflicted Remix' caters a grinding, proper relentless Industrial Hardcore re-lick for a closing that's about to cause massive havoc and bloodshed on dancefloors fro a reason.

Modern Melodies - Ice Pirates / Brainscan (Remixes)

That's a massively beautiful set of remixes there. Quality electronic music at its very best.

Sunday, September 06, 2020

THE D3VI7 - Temple EP [Dancefloor Socialism 004 Promo]

Next up on Dancefloor Socialism as the labels 004 is a release by THE D3VI7 which repurposes the digital realm to be the home and building site for his "Temple E.P.". Opening with "Temple *Original Mix" the still mysterious artist offers a precise take on dry, fast-paced peak time Techno with a gooey, Trance-infused midrange synth motif and super sharp hi-hats whereas the subsequent rework by Uelsen-based producer P.T.B.S. weighs in a stomping, brutalist and highly compressed angle on the tunes bassdrum foundation, adds a distinct vocal sample and gravitates towards a psyched out, relentless peak time vibe for dancefloors covered in blood before the final remix by Hanzzo caters a proper brooding and distorted HardTechno / Hardcore excess for illegal strobe lit bunker raves and therefore turns out to be our favorite cut on this one.

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Autoclav1.1 - Nothing Outside [Audiophob 033]

Put out on the circuit via German label Audiophob these days is "Nothing Outside", the latest full on album outing by Tony Young - better known to fans and followers of experimental electronic music under his artistic guise that is Autoclav1.1 which he has employed ever since the release of his 2005 longplay debut "You Are All Mine And More". Now, influenced by the ongoing lockdown and all its side and after effects, going into a reflective state, self-analysis and -exploration the ten tracks journey presented on "Nothing Outside" opens with the beautifully floating piano meets synth Electronica take of "C17h19n3" which might be easily filed under the flag of IDM for a reason whilst the subsequent "Floor To Ceiling" takes this vibe to the dancefloor and puts echoes and influences of contemporary bass music into the mix as a masterly crafted foundation for the tunes cinematic, yet melancholia driven strings and harmonies, once again paired with pianos and ever evolving synth lines. These two tracks are paving the way for the musical narrative to follow which weighs in complex Breakbeat / BigBeat / Chemical Breaks influences in cuts like "Stare" or "Locked Down" whereas "Waving Paw" or the title track "Nothing Outside" are more on the advanced Downbeat side of the spectrum in terms of an overall vibe and production whilst "Hiraeth" is, once again, harking back to a 90s IDM vibe without aiming for a full on vintage feel and "A Bed In Each Window" might even find a well received niche in so-called Romantic House DJ sets being based on a soft pumping 4-2-the-floor foundation. With all cuts connected in their warm, all embracing, partly solemn, surely comforting and emotional harmonic arrangements it is pretty certain that "Nothing Outside" is not an album made for pure home- / headphone listening alone but defo is about to resonate with crowds on highly advanced dance- and chillout floors as well as soon as the current pandemic situation is resolved. Good stuff. Check.

Listen Again: baze.djunkiii presents Ethereal Dope Vol. 1 @ CuttersChoiceRadio / London, UK (30.08.2020)

Friday, September 04, 2020

Sheriffs Of Nothingness - An Autumn Night At The Crooked Forest, Four Fireplaces (In Reality Only One) [Sofa Music]

Released via Norway's ever active Sofa Music label is the absurdly titled "An Autumn Night At The Crooked Forest, Four Fireplaces (In Reality Only One)", the new, nearly 70 minutes spanning four track album outing created by the duo known as the Sheriffs Of Nothingness - better known as Kari Rønnekleiv and Ole-Henrik Moe to their friends and respective families. With their fourth album for the imprint the string duo once again indulges in the sounds and possibilities of violin and viola as their instruments of choice to sonically deal with the meta-connectedness of humans and fireplaces, even dedicating two of the four cuts on this longplayer to a certain kind of wood to feed the fire and recording alongside a crackling fireplace for another layer of atmosphere. This said, the Sheriffs Of Nothingness are opening the ride on a well intense, droning, nervously quivering tip with the 17 minutes spanning "Hearth, Red Gloom, With Lot Of Near-IR" which is a somewhat unsettling and outerworldly affair indeed whilst "Muted Birch-Logs" provide fast, and still nervous, bow movements of ever changing intensity comparable to a swarm of small insects starting to buzz only to settly down a bit later until the cycle starts over again. Furthermore the "Great Spruce-Log" follows a similar, yet more processed and off kilter route with an emphasis on distinct, shrieking polyrhythms and icy chiming before "Under-Ash-Embers, With Hints Of Green Light In Spectrum" are fusing the sounds of buzzing swarms of deadly miniature metal drones blown over from afar with actual fireplace crackles and frosty ColdAmbient atmospheres for an excellent finish and our personal favorite on this one.

Album artwork on Instagram!

User34253476854 - Reseted EP [User Recordings 005 Promo]

Next up on the cryptic User Recordings imprint is the "Reseted EP", a digital two track creation brought to us by User34253476854. Opening with "JC Reseted" we're facing experimental, somewhat glitched out Tribal rhythms which probably might appeal most to fans of acts like DJ Marcelle and the likes of whilst  "Mr. Davis", the second cut on this single, offers an excellent, nearly 10 minutes spanning take on raw, pumping and slightly acidic oldskool TechHouse ca. 1994 as a massive, hypnotic and clap heavy fest for fans of classic DJ Enrique or E.O.X. productions if these names still mean shit to y'all youngsters out there. The second cut is a winner.

Thursday, September 03, 2020

John Frusciante - Amethblowl

A massive take on defragmented, decaying Jungle and IDM melodies taken off of John Frusciante's very first electronic solo-album under his own name which is due to be released in late October, 2k20.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

User99033645636 - Radio EP [User Recordings 004 Promo]

New on the mysterious digital imprint that is User Recordings is the "Radio EP" produced by User99033645636 for the label. Opening with "Laffy Taffy" we see User99033645636 go down a screaming, 85 seconds long alley of pure digital eardrum destruction and bleeping modular Noize brutalism whilst the "Little Radio Melody" weighs in warm, crackly and most beautifully droning Vintage Ambient for sci-fi-loving genre connaisseurs and fans of well comforting oldskool retrofuturism in general. Think Oval without clicks, cuts and glitches for this one.

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Sascha Müller - Full On Hysteria EP [Dancefloor Socialism 003]

Put on the circuit only recently via the relatively young label named Dancefloor Socialism is Sascha Müller's digital two track single named "Full On Hysteria EP". Opening with the title track we see the Uelsen-based artist on a raw ElectroTechno meets IndustrialRave tip whereas "The Man Behind The Curtain" offers more of a warped, subaquatic take on stripped down, surely Motor City-infused Techno with twisted dynamics, a strange kind of stop-and-go aesthetic for highly advanced late night sessions and a surprisingly uplifting HardHouse / Happy House main motif added to the mix.

Monday, August 31, 2020

baze.djunkiii Charts 09/2k20

01. BNKRGBY ft. Riko Dan - W.O.R.K. [NSX Records 007]
What a combo. Producers Bunker and Rigby team up under their conjunctional BNKRGBY disguise to cater a raw banging, slightly oldskool'ish Grime riddim with a proper crimescene / gangster vibe which is lyrically murdered by long standing Grime MC and self-proclaimed London city warlord Riko Dan for an audience that has been into Grime since day dot whereas "British" on the flipside sees Luciferian on microphone duties with a slightly more playful and social criticism-oriented approach. Instant classic. Instant murkage.

02. Low End Activist ft. Flowdan - Game Theory [Seagrave Records 080]
Quite a massive 2x12" vinyl seven track double pack, this. Going deep into the darkest, heaviest and industrial-infused terrains of apocalyptic Grime the title track "Game Theory" is a large scale primetime banger in its own right and so are the rest of the instrumemtal bass music riddims featured on this quasi album which kinda evokes memories of early Virus Syndicate productions as well as heavier labels like Tectonic for those in the know whilst cuts like "19STR8BK" explore the borderlands of Dark Garage and Sublow. Check.

03. Mr. Oizo feat. Romero Elvis - Pharmacist [Ed Banger Records / Because Music]
Whatever it is Mr. Oizo and his pharmacist friends are on these days I want some of that, too. A totally over the top 10" on limited neon-green'ish vinyl which is partly a re-lick of his alltime classic "Flat Beat", partly Skweee and partly BlogHouse / NuRave with highly twisted vocals and weird, sudden tempo changes to fully confuse dancefloors and raving crowds. Go check.

04. Nine-Tails - Nine-Tails EP [Yozmaz Productions 007]
More quality UK Techno on one of our favorite Techno labels these days. Playful, melodic, yet still pumping, complex and informed by what  once was called Intelligent Techno all fourtracks on this 12" single provide pure pleasure for the advanced and seasoned DJ who's still aware of a time when tunes to have individual signature qualities and personality instead of being referred to as just another same-samey tool in non-evolving, ever so interconvertible generic DJ sets. More of this, please - specially when it comes to the deep, melodic (Neo)Trance anthem that is "Un-belo-ved" and the massive groove monster of a "City Fox".

05. Hainbach - Light Splitting [Seil Records 020]
Listen to the album here

06. Basic Rhythm - Cha / Drifting Clouds [Raw Basics 002]
Basic Rhythm really embarks on a journey into fully fledged sonic diversity these days. After several Grime and somewhat Post-UK Hardcore releases the two tracks on this 12" reveal a totally different angle of the producers musical work, aiming for a deep, skeletal fusion of dry (Broken) Minimal / Intelligent Techno and echoes of echoes of bass music which is about to sit well with a limited, yet musically highly advanced audience.

07. Various Artists - Bondage Games Part 6 [Bondage Music 054]
So this is a surprise. Having dismissed the majority of Bondage Music releases as too generic and uninspired in terms of TechHouse tracks which can be found by a dime a dozen alloverthe place this four track various artists compilation 12" is catering things on a slightly different level with producers Markus Homm, Andre Kronert a.k.a. Knowone, Pornbugs and Dust Yard focusing on a deeper, undeniably DubTechno-influenced approach to the genre and therefore provide proper functional and well recommended DJ tools for extended DubTechno sessions on turquoise blue'ish vinyl.

08. Donna Maya - Lost Spaces -> Detroit [Sound Sister Records 001]
See review for details....

09. Strom | Morts - Coronal Mass [Midira Records 086]
See review for details....

10. TLC - Creep / Waterfalls [Be With Records]
Seeing this featured in my charts might come as a surprise for some but TLC's "Waterfalls" is a true RNB classic without a doubt which has been stuck in my brain a gazillion times ever since it was originally released back in 1995. So that's more than one good reason to cop this 2k20 anniversary re-issue on 7" vinyl as a well welcome addition to my collection.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Krononaut - Krononaut [Tak:til / Glitterbeat Promo]

Scheduled for release via Glitterbeat offspring Tak:til on September 4th, 2k20 is Krononaut's self-titled ten track album which has been crafted in two sessions by the loose London Jazz collective centred around its two core members Leo Abrahams and Martin France whose abilities - or self-description thereof... - seem to be polar opposite and therefore harmonizing perfectly on this album and within the context of the groups work flow. And the context is Jazz - deep, warm, urban and free floating, reminiscent of Bugge Wesseltoft's "New Conceptions Of Jazz"-series from the very start of the stripped down, fascinating and  nightly grooves of the opener "Jena", gravitating towards twisted, abstract and somewhat twangy structures in the follow up "Mob Kindu" whereas "Leaving Alhambra" drifts off into harsher, brooding and dramatic territories with its intense electronic feedback and heavy, slightly aggressive anti-grooves. "Location 14" sees the collective on a true, minimalistic and partially dubbed out Future Jazz vs. Jazz Noir tip, "Power Law" fully indulges in what could be described as Industrial Jazz / Dark Jazz fusion which would sit well in Illbient sets as well due to its doomed, thundering overall feel, "Cold Blood" weighs in crimescene vibes, a shifting, ever meandering electronic background as well innate score'esque and well off-kilter melancholia coming like a massive hangover of the soul before "Vision Of The Cross" provides true instrumental polyphony, a fever'ish dreamlike ride through partly naturalist, partly somewhat oriental or oriental-leaning sequences for the darkest hours of the night. Furthermore "Wealth Of Nations" gets back into the groove for precarious close up dancing in smoke-filled and danger-fueled bars, "Examen" turns out to be the twisted soundtrack for another ominous dive bar on the same street and the final "Covocation" provides the most complex, sonically twisted hangover one could ever imagine for a well interesting, yet demanding Jazz-infused album - willingly dissonant feedbacks and echoes of down to earth Desert Blues included. One for the dark souls.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Vladislav Delay / Sly Dunbar / Robbie Shakespeare - 500-Push-Up [Sub Rosa 499 Promo]

Released via long standing label Sub Rosa as their 499 is "500-Push-Up", the nine track album collaboration album by Finnish Electronica Dub artist Vladislav Delay who teamed up with Jamaican Dub legends Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare on drums and bass for the production of this longplayer. The result of this collaboration is an approx. 52 minutes excursion in Dub riddim culture, mostly introduced by classic soundsystem chatter for each of the nine cuts featured which are, unfortunately, not as organic and intriguing as one could've hoped for. Instead, the dynamic range seems to be cut off when it comes to top frequencies which results in a kind of muffled, hollow sound aesthetic whilst the whole production seems overly compressed - and partly distorted - to hold up in the loudness wars of today and once individual riddims have locked on to their groove there's not much of a sonic or musical evolution to be found apart from sparse and somewhat random and generic sounding FX used resulting in a quite static, somewhat desolate vibe. This said, the tracks on here might be well useful for DJ abuse when playing a set informed by Adrian Sherwoods harsher sound aesthetics and we can see them do dancefloor damage in the hand of selectors like DJ Marcelle but experienced in a full on album listening session the whole thing seems a bit bleak and lacks proper inspiration.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

30.08.2020 baze.djunkiii presents Ethereal Dope Vol. 1 @ CuttersChoiceRadio / London, UK (2100 GMT+1)

And we're doing it again. baze.djunkiii is making a return to the motherland of pirate and dance music radio this Sunday, once again teaming up with London-based webradio CuttersChoiceRadio for a second guest appearance on the station which are about to stream his 'Ethereal Dope Vol. 1' selection as a calming, yet well eclectic close-out contribution to their weekend program schedule. Expect some complex beats and tunes you might not've heard on air anywhere else before!

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: Ecletic Freestyle & Dope Beats

transmission time: 21oo - 22oo GMT+1

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Bad Stream - Sonic Healing (For Marianne) [Antime 030 Promo]

Soon to be released via Martin Steer's Antime label is "Sonic Healing (For Marianne)", the new longplay outing of his project Bad Stream. Being by far the artists most personal album so far as the five tracks on this one are indeed dedicated to the healing process of a loved one we see Bad Stream once again explore a sonic realm of an experimental nature over the course of roughly 39 minutes, yet taking on things from a vastly different angle than we've heard in any of Bad Stream's previous works. Instead of delivering hard multilayered glitches and an abstract, yet intense sonic commentary on the (digital) state of society accompanied by (multi)media savvy plunderphonics and slightly disturbing cut-ups the Berlin-based producer caters an ever floating variation of an Ambient dream state with this one, employing classic, yet once again polyphonic genre techniques alongside a vast array of, partly processed, natural instruments like violin, piano, saxophone, bassoon etc. played by a long list of contributing artists whilst touching base with subaquatic Post-Jazz, PopAmbient and warm, friendly, curious, all and ever embracing  score works for a film genre yet to be invented, delivering things to love for Art Music connaisseurs, ChillOut heads and even followers of Contemporary Classical / Modern Classical music in certain sequences, yet providing a closed, inward looking unique musical universe and psychoacoustic mood board beyond any given genre drawer or attempt of categorization. A pure reflection of an artists soul.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Siavash Amini - A Mimesis Of Nothingness [Hallow Ground Promo]

Set for release via Switzerland's Hallow Ground label on August 28th, 2k20 is "A Mimesis Of Nothingness", the fourth full length longplay affair produced for the label by Siavash Amini. Partly inspired by and created in dialogue with fellow Iranian photographer Nooshin Shafiee and roughly based around the theme - or better: the feel - of their shared hometown of Tehran, Siavash Amini is pairing raw, grainy pulses and scrapings with brittle, icy atmospheres and deep low end dronings in the opener "Lustrous Residue", weighs in stripped down, yet hard hitting Industrial Sci-Fi Electronica rhythms in the subsequent "Perpetually Inwards" whereas the "Moonless Garden" pairs Field Recordings of singing birds with hopeful, calm and peaceful Ambient vibes to provide a classic genre blueprint for late 2k20 with this one. Furthermore "Observance (Shadow)" is in for more nightly Ambient mystique and what seem to be dramatic non-vocal choir passages from interdimensional heavens, "A Collective Floundering" caters trans-dimensional sound warps and slowly shifting humungous sonic masses embedded in a crystalline, yet icy and poisonous atmosphere from which cascading synths emerge like remnants of a long gone (Neo)Cosmic era and the final cut "The Stillborn Baroque" harks back to unprocessed Field Recordings paired with partly warped, partly ear piercing electronic sounds in a collage'esque way for a closing. Check.

Afflicted - Dreamworld EP [Psychocandies 092 Promo]

Scheduled for release via the ever buzzing Psychocandies imprint on September 3rd, 2k20 as their 092 is the "Dreamworld EP", the new digital outing created by German production duo Afflicted which are exploring dry, hounded and highly functional Techno territories with the banging opener "Damals" which weighs in screaming Acid lines and various layers of partly processed vocal samples whereas the title track "Dreamworld" lifts tripping, yet hyperfunctional AcidTrance up to another level of dancefloor destruction for 2k20.

Monday, August 24, 2020

User034025200348 - Intervall EP [User Recordings 003 Promo]

Put on the circuit by the well ominous User Recordings label only recently is the "Intervall EP", a digital two track single produced by User034025200348. Opening with the title track that is "Intervall" we're drawn into a floating, slightly ever so morphing world of polyphonic AcidTrance for the wee hours, one that keeps punters moving and grooving into eternity after hours and hours of ecstatic dancing even though some weird background noises occasionally disturb the harmonic beauty catered by the tunes spiralling synths and soft pads. With "Intros" for a second cut User034025200348 is in for some free floating IDM greatness, probably inspired by the likes of B12 or Future Sound Of London throughout their early 90s peak for a reason and therefore this tunes our favorite on this one.

Sascha Müller [Supersix Records Extra 100]

And finally, here it is. The 100th untitled album by Uelsen's Sascha Müller put on the cirucit via his very own Supersix Records Extra-label and therefore the final release of the series which brought us well more than a thousand tracks by the ever active producer. Opening with "Orion Rising Part IV" Mr. Müller starts out on a most brutal, raw and banging mid-90s AcidTechno tip for major dancefloor destruction whilst "Orion Rising Part V" follows down a similar path but adds even heavier, dry and brutally distorted war drums as well as fierce, somewhat tribal'esque drum rolls and twisted glitches to the equation to achieve full on dancefloor destruction whereas the follow up "01" gravitates towards gooey MonoAcid modulations and hollow, super dry bassdrums alongside a stripped down, minimal and well hypnotic synth motif before "02" indulges in carefully layered, electroid Minimal Techno caressed by tender, most beautiful pads. Following up is "03 14" on a 60 second journey into full on 8-bit Glitch madness, "03" presents a fierce muscular take on relentless, clap-heavy DarkRave vs screaming Acid whilst "04" is getting down drum machine style on a foundation of dry low frequency drums and minimal arrangements with trippy, jacking Acid sequences bubbling up after around two minutes in. Furthermore "Acid In My Brain" can be best described as tripping, time warping, retrofuturist Sci-Fi Techno in full on tilt mode, "City Rain" pairs atmospheric background drones and real time Field Recordings before "Die Stille" goes on an ever shifting, atmospheric journey into Dark Ambient realms. "Editing The World" presents 8+ minutes of ecclesiastical Synth / (Neo)Cosmic honoring genre greats like Klaus Schulze or Jean-Michel Jarre, "Eject The System" takes glitched out Electro Breakdance Phonk to a new, totally twisted level before "Elements Of Power" finally hits Techno floors hard with expertly sculpted, super compact bassdrum power and ethereally warped synth motifs with a slightly dubbed out twist. Damn good, this.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Strom | Mortis - Coronal Mass [Midira Records 086]

Released via Midira Records on July 3rd, 2k20 as one of the most beautiful 2CD albums we've seen in quite a while is "Coronal Mass", the latest  two track longplayer by Conthey / Switzerland-based PostMetal / Drone pioneers Strom | Morts. With each track placed on a single CD with no proper tracklist given we're starting our journey with the nearly 19 minutes spanning "Coronal Mass Ejection" which is a glacial variation of Dark Ambient / Cold Ambient opening with brittle repetetive scrapings before a steady pulse of intense, psychoacoustically spiralling slowly emerges only to fully occupy and take over ones conscious mind and all its subsurface layers within minutes whereas "Coronal Mass Injection" weighs in 14 minutes of ever meandering midrange dronings with heavy thuds and sudden shifts of sonic masses blown over from afar, adding up to the immediate, unsettling threat of poisonous mists and claustrophobic Death Ambient movements oozing from the deepest vaults of an apocalyptic, extraterrestrial planetary body. This specific cut is the sound for the day after doomsday. Ultra. Dark. And. Excellent.

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Ojkos featuring Andreas Rotevatn - Alea Iacta Est [Odin Records]

Scheduled for release via Odin Records on August 21st, 2k20 is "Alea Iacta Est", the new full length live album by Andreas Rotevatn-led project Ojkos which can be described as a Jazz-informed orchestra formed by composers instead of sole instrumentalists. Drawing inspiration from Contemporary Jazz as well African rhythms, Soul greats and even recent electronic club music created by the likes of Avicii or Daft Punk the album starts with the intense, brooding and spine-tingling "Innsegling" which transfers the intial Jazz vibe into a massive Synth fest whereas the subsequent double feature "Breidablik 1" / "Breidablik 2" dabbles with classy Easy Jazz / Easy Listening - with the first one heavily gravitating towards electronics whilst its successor coming in on a more natural, swinging and light-hearted Jazz vibe and even introduces a hint of Funk in its ever present synthesizer lines. The follow up "Elegi Karmosin" is as deep, inward looking and emotional as it gets on this longplayer, "It's South African Time" and "It's West African Time" obviously embrace African influences and sweet, uplifting rhythm signatures defo pairable with sweet fruit cocktails on a hot summer evening whereas "Dikt Til H" harks back to electronically dubbed out Ambient Jazz territories. Furthermore "The Khorovod Prayer" brings forth solemn, tender beauty in Jazz whilst building up towards multi-layered melodic heights, "Helter Skelter 2" finally hits the dancefloor like a gazillion dancing dervishes with its hounded, highly dramatic uptempo feel and twisted breakdown sequence which turns the tune into an instant favorite within seconds and finally "Snow In Treschow" waves goodbye in a friendly, almost folksy manner, catering more naturalist beauty for followers of panoramic PostRock and PopAmbient.

Album artwork on Instagram!