Friday, July 31, 2015

Prinzhorn Dance School - Reign (Official Video)


A great song from the most recent Prinzhorn Dance School mini album "Home Economics" which is another highly recommendable release by one of the most-underrated yet highly impressive Minimal PostPunk outfits of our time. Also have a look at the video below for a glimpse on the bands previous releases and vinyl artworks.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Erik Bünger with Jan-Filip Tupa - The Empire Never Ended [Infinite Greyscale 007 Promo]

Erik Bünger: The Empire Never Ended & The Third Man

People speaking in tongues have always be an intriguing thing so we're assuming that quite a lot of of people will be thrilled by - and unleashing a lot of awkward, questionable theories about - the latest release put on the circuit by Berlin's Infinite Greyscale imprint only recently. Based upon the mysterious vocal recordings discovered by researcher Thomas Knoefel on a possibly 1948-recorded, 78RPM single pressed inside-out found and marked with the words "Dangerous! Do Not Play" in the archives of London's Society for Psychical Research which, until this day, have never been identified as a known language nor translated, the one-sided 10" now issued by Infinite Greyscale sporting beautiful silk-screen artwork is also pressed inside out, limited to 300 hand-numbered copies and features a musical performance in which violinist Jan-Filip Tupa plays alongside the original vocal recordings, following a transcript that transfers the audible sequence of syllables into sheet music. The result is a fascinating, yet alien'esque and pretty unpredictable musical stakkato, discontinued by intense respiratory sounds and obscured by crackles of the original recording, with vocals and syllables balancing between agitation and uproar whilst sometimes even resembling shamanic chants speaking of unknown mysteries and intelligence, possibly once located on a now abandoned or sunken island somewhere in the Southern Pacific area to make an uneducated guess here. We're curious if more info on this conundrum will be found now that this release now is out in the open.

Also have a look at this video if you're curious about the artwork and silk-screen print.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mr Vast -Touch & Go / Problems With The Light [Cack Records 008 Promo]

As a prequel to his forthcoming album "Touch & Go" Wevie Stonder frontman Mr Vast unleashes a fresh double-A-side 7" single that's well appealing to all lovers of quirky Digital Phonk with a seductive, yet leftfield song attitude somewhat in between the BigBeatHouse vibe once served by acts like Jacknife Lee, an imaginary fully drugged out Prince and Air Liquide's SuperPhonk classic "Superfreaky". If these names do ring a friendly, familiar bell in your musical history this one should be on your checklist for sure.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dr. NoiseM - Studio Works 12 [Dr. NoiseM Tapes]

The mysterious Dr. NoiseM is back with a new audio emission in his "Studio Works"-series, serving two tracks that both take things to the extreme when it comes to track lengths alone. Whilst the epic, 77+ minutes long "XXXX" explores deep, calm AmbientNoize incorporating intense respiratory sounds and controlled distortion layers stretched over the tracks full runtime to a time perception dissolving effect we see the 28 seconds of  "LFO" cater an alarming, eruptive burst of sound that totally pull the listener out of the hypnotic state of inner trance induced by its predecessor like an alarm clock going off at maximum volume throughout a period of REM sleep. What a contrast.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Andi Stecher - Austreiben / Antreiben [Heart Of Noise Edition 003]

Not too long ago we've announced the forthcoming album"Austreiben / Antreiben" produced by Andi Stecher for the label and festival Heart Of Noise Edition via the Psychedelic Kitchen blog and now we're finally able to review the full longplay piece, which has been put on the circuit on June 20th, 2015 and is dealing with the pre-christian mask traditions of Europe's alpine regions, mostly related to the expulsion of winter through parades of often scary, masked figures and loads of clanging, percussive sounds. It's especially these sounds produced by tambourines and similar musical instruments on which the albums opener "(Un)durchdringbar" picks up with reprocessed field recordings from a far distance combined with low frequency bass waves and harshly squealing, metallic noises hard to bear for more faint-hearted listeners which are later covered and replaced by off kilter string instruments and fever'ish, electronic drumming building up into a wild climaxing crescendo towards the end. The following tracks "Möglicher Zugang - Übergang 1" and "Möglicher Zugang - Übergang 2 (Wilder)" can be seen as super dry, percussive interlude variations with the last mentioned soundwise paying homage to the Glitch / IDM-scene whilst the final tune "Tödi" starts things with more Field Recordings of what seemingly is a local alpine festivity but develops into a kind of deep, calming PopAmbient / Post-PostRock fusion perfectly suitable for late night consumption in front of an open fire and followers of acts like Klimek of F.S. Blumm.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sissy Spacek - Snell B/w Weather [Dry Lungs Records / Hirntrust Grind Media 039 Promo]

After a little break the Austrian label for sonic sickness and audio ultraviolence Hirntrust Grind Media comes up with a new release these days for which they teamed with another Austrian imprint dedicated to more destructive and way off mainstream audio recordings - Dry Lungs Records. Their conjunctional effort brings us loads of unpleasant and dystopian GrindNoize produced by the American band / project Sissy Spacek that is known, and hated for by the uninformed, for taking the Noize and audio chaos levels to the maximum extreme. Imagine a nerve wrecking, impermeable maelstrom of electric guitar feedbacks, buzzing HarshNoize, clanging metal object and aggressive high pitch frequencies layered thickly on top of superviolent screams and primeval grunts, creating sonic hell for inexperienced listeners who - after being confronted with this 7" might immediately start to peel off pieces of their own acutely rotten skin like the participants of the legendary Russian sleep experiment. Be warned!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Trupa Trupa - Headache [Blue Tapes And X-Ray Records Promo]


Coming all the way from Poland is "Headache", the latest album effort by Trupa Trupa which has been put on the circuit via the UK-based imprint Blue Tapes And X-Ray Records in early March 2015. Consisting of Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, Tomek Pawluczuk, Wojtek Juchniewicz and Rafał Wojczal the quadruple pack of artists serves a well-captivating musical journey on their third full length piece, balancing right between 60s Psychedelia, heavy Southern Rock, massive wall-of-noise influences, aggressive, yet introverted Grunge-related sound aesthetics, bits and pieces of (No)Wave as well as even incorporating the sonic experimentalism of the PostPunk flirting with Dub era, especially to be found in the echo and reverb-heavy SlowCore anthem "Getting Older" which is perfectly depicting the process of doom and decay through dark soundscapes and fever'ish repetition whilst the tender ballad "Give 'Em All" introduces a romanticism undreamt of in Trupa Trupa's sonic spectrum and "Wasteland" seemingly deals with despair and post-apocalyptic blues, stacking up layers and layers of noise to a spine-tingling effect. But these songs are only a few selected examples and snapshots from a much greater musical journey that is "Headache", an album well recommended as maximum volume companion throughout dark'n'grey November days or even a full on dystopian future to come. Check!

Monday, July 20, 2015

baze.djunkiii vlog #13 - a day in the life of... / serious drinking



Amongst other stuff some knowledge about remixes baze.djunkiii has done in the past is shared in this video. Check!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

4ZZZ1 - No Control [Psychocandies 037 Promo]

To be released via the ever active Acid imprint Psychocandies on July 23rd, 2015 is "No Control" - a new two track digital single by the mysterious 4ZZZ1 project which explores dry, minimalistic Techno realms rounded off by sparse 303 bleeps and swinging Electro snares with the opener "Eingang 42" whilst "The Stalker", the second tune on this single, takes dancefloors by storm with its raw, fast paced underground Techno attitude and energy-fueled one tone breakdown.

Friday, July 17, 2015

John Chantler - Still Light, Outside [1703 001]

A conceptual, cross-country release marks cat.no. 001 of John Chantler's very own label 1703 in August 2015. Based upon field recordings of the pipe organ at London's St. John-at-Hackney church in a four months period before relocating to Sweden where "Still Light, Outside" was finalized and heavily reprocessed at the renowned Stockholm-based EMS studios the four tracks on this nearly fourty minutes album are, despite being calm and only slowly evolving in structure, not necessarily recommended to the faint-hearted or those looking forward to experience floating, ruminant soundscapes. Instead, especially the title track resembles a droney feel whilst building up layers and layers of a dissonant, more Noize-related crescendo that never fully climaxes whilst the follow up "The Long Shadow Of Decline - Pt. I" fuses calm gurgling water'esque sounds with intense, constant and pretty unnerving, ear-piercing high frequency blips accompanied by short sci-fi tones and solemn, melancholia-infused string layers slowly unfolding after the first third of the track passes. "The Long Shadow Of Decline - Pt. II" is based on a solid foundation of buzzing, digital low frequencies evoking fond memories of more experimental releases on the long gone Audio.NL label before being covered by a pretty much unprocessed layer of organ dronage from which electrical noises, feedbacks and short circuit sounds seem to emerge throughout the further progress of the tune. Finally "The Long Shadow Of Decline - Pt. III" fuses calm Ambient beauty and clean, hyperdigital sounds well related to the once popular Clicks'n'Cuts genre to cause a strong and physically recognizable feeling of unrest and inner dislocation similar to listening to two TV shows at the same time - an interesting experience but a tough one to go through for a non-advanced listener for sure.  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Eau Rouge - Little Lies (Animated Video)



Covering Fleetwood Mac is not the most obvious choice ever and a brave thing to do but Eau Rouge are up for it and they're doing a pretty good job. Nice.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

baze.djunkiii vlog #8 - chart haul 07/2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ozmotic / Fennesz - AirEffect [Folk Wisdom 003 Promo]

Sitting in our P.O. box most recently was this conceptual album release crafted by the Italian Ozmotic collective and longterm experimental electronic music stallion Christian Fennesz released as cat.no. 003 of the Folk Wisdom imprint. Set in a context of an imaginery future the seven tracks of  "AirEffect" function, according to he release info, as a kind of audio black box capturing evidence of a once existing, multimedia-savvy mankind with the heedful listener taking over the role of an observer, discovering this magic box revealing an ongoing stream of sound which - at least in a first listening session - does not necessarily gives a clue on any kind of digital technologies used in these long gone days of the past. Instead we come across sparse Jazz-reminiscing drumming partly paying homage to artists like the ever active Jaki Liebezeit, organic, deep listening Ambient and the longing, ultramelancholia of 23rd century Futury Jazz, Downtempo Noir and various layers of Field Recordings - e.g. street scenes or tribal chants and TV recordings as to be found in the well fascinating "LiquidMrkt" whilst the second to last tune "Clone 15.26" even resembles a dubbed out, calm and well relaxing feel like a lazy summer night. A setting that might well fit for the recommended consumption of this deep listening album piece that's a good one but still does not meet the expectations evoked by the scenario described in the albums info sheet.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Anduin - Last Days Of Montrose House [Infinite Greyscale 006 Promo]

Coming in from the Berlin-based offices of the experimental Infinite Greyscale-imprint is "Last Days Of Montrose House" - a beautiful one-sided, limited to 300 hand-numbered copies grey vinyl 10" produced by Anduin, better known as Jonathan Lee to his family, with a silkscreen printed flipside and a bunch of nice additional inserts. Resembling Dark / Death Ambient with a twist that will surely appeal to admirers of projects as legendary as Kallabris but coming across serving an ever morphing, constantly changing perspective on tone and athmosphere going from calm and harmonic into more dark and threatening territories whilst catering non-dancefloor crowds with slow, heavy and highly compressed beat structures before a short innocent breakdown reminisces of fairies and other magical creatures that are - in the further progress of the tune - accompanied by highly digital swamp sounds and haunting, unspecified animal calls appearing somewhere in the very background. A surely interesting and well-fascinating journey for all lovers of Deep Listening Music.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sascha Müller [Sascha Müller Music 1000011]

Another fresh and untitled two track single release from Germany's most active underground producer who serves quality TechTrance reminiscing of labels like the late Superstition Recordings in the first track "Lauflicht" whilst exploring quirky, deep but still awkwardly grooving Minimal- / MicroHouse territories with the second tune "My Brother" - a nice stylistic move that slightly goes beyond Sascha Müller's usual musings.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Mario Diaz De Leon - Luciform



An intense and breathtaking journey into (Neo)Classical music. Great!

Friday, July 03, 2015

baze.djunkiii Charts 07/2015

01. Djipe - Misophonia [Bang A Rang 007]
That's what we'd call a comeback with a bang. After six years of silence the Peace Off-offshoot Bang A Rang is back on track with this limited to 300 copies, beautiful green vinyl that brings us the four track label debut of the Netherlands-based producer Jasper Gilissen a.k.a. Djipe who perfectly fuses hard-as-fuck stomping Hardcore with elements of brutal Industrial Drum'n'Bass and Breakcore - a lethal weapon in terms of sonic ultrawar including dark, mental hits like the psyched out, heavy-hitting and Punk-citing "Blackout" or the half-time to to overdrive killer tune "Protest". Not to be missed.

02. R & B - Edits [Blueprint Limited 006]
Limited whitelabel business on James Ruskin's classic Techno imprint and no-one's dealing with cheesy R'n'B here. It's Mr. Ruskin and Mark Broom who are joining force under the name of R & B, serving untitled, but excellently crafted Broken Techno on the stamped A-side whilst the flip caters the needs of all those loving their straight up, functional Techno and steadily morphing basslines right. Good stuff.

03. NO MORE - Silence & Revolt [Rent A Dog Promo]
See review for details....

04. Fabio Crivellaro [self-released tape]
See review for details....

05. Okain - Coma [Upon.You Records 094 Promo]
The French DJ / producer Samuel Thalmann a.k.a. Okain comes up with a new 12" on Upon.You Records these days, serving fast-paced TechHouse with the title track whilst both "Silver Door" and the vinyl only tune "Karma" are dealing with the groovier side of the genre. Nice.

06. Loyoto - Looking At The Starz [Upon.You Records 092 Promo]
Loyoto - the new project of Berlin's DJ Cle of Märtini Brös.-fame and Eva Be. Together they're exploring the borderline between deep TechHouse and DubTechno with two classy, nicely floating tunes whilst Upon.You label head Marco Resmann reworks the title track in a slightly techier manner, adding some thrilling sawtooth synth works and bouncy drums to spice up things for peaktime abuse.

07. Pas Musique - Inside The Spectrum [Alrealon Musique 016 Promo]
See review for details....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NO MORE - Silence & Revolt [Rent A Dog]



So it's official - NO MORE are back with a new album on Rent A Dog and they're still standing strong 35 years after the release of their first ever record, their "Too Late EP", back in 1980. Straighter and more uptempo than their 2012-released album "Sisyphus" it seems like the Kiel-based band readjusted their focus to enter terrains somewhat in between classic PostPunk, Wave and modernistic Indie whilst adding a little surfy twang in songs like the floating, dancefloor moving hit "Turnaround", turning (Synth)Pop with "Stardust Youth" or hitting the fast lane with "Rope A Dope". The first recognizable drum machines come into play with the epic, krauty and Lynch'esque "After The Rain - Passegiata Notturna", "Revolt Against Yourself" brings in slices of wistful, yet fast paced Americana and the instrumental cut "It's About Time" might also appeal to fans of original KrautPop bands like Rheingold and the likes of. String-loaden romanticism and piano tenderness is the formula for the highly dramatic, score-worthy "1816", a bluesy, down-to-earth yet electronic swing for long nightrides through deserted lands is served by the albums title track "Silent Revolt" and the aura of "Give My Compliments To All The Girls" reminisces of the era of huge, amazing broadway entertainers and their trademark songs - a piece perfectly fitting for a grand finale and farewell. Following up to this huge song is "The  Cold Years", musically balancing in between SynthWave and - yes... - a kitschy, discoid version of ElectroClash before "In A Leaden Time" closes on a well-autumnal, melancholia driven and piano-based vibe. A 'modernistische Welt' this is and a recommendable album for sure. Check!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Meanza & De - OU [Aut Records 018 Promo]

Put on the circuit on June 15th, 2015 via Aut Records is "OU", the first collaborational album effort of media artist Bob Meanza and sitar player Filipe Dias De under their conjunctial moniker Meanza & De in which they serve an eight tracks an 45 minutes journey into Ambient realms with an experimental and slightly disharmonic twist. Electronic improvisations somewhere in between Drone-influenced, cinematic spheres and an electrical buzz meet sparse, hollow sounding percussion elements, hyperdigital clicks and the out of tune sound of Dias De's prepared sitar, creating a cold, partly esoteric yet not necessarily easily accessible sonic environment that stems from a Berlin-recorded, four-hour non-stop performance - all re-edited and recomposed by Bob Meanza to built "OU" from this source material. The result seems to be best described somewhat in between the sound intellectualisms of the late - ca. 2010 - MillePlateaux / MillePlateauxMedia / Ritornell / Cluster conglomerate, hippie'esque Indietronics, ethnic Folklore influences as well as the diverse output of labels like City Centre Offices and the likes of. Defo more of a specialists release that won't appeal to a wide audience for sure but an album that is catering quite a fascinating view on Illbient / Plunderphonics Dub with the tune "Puppets" which is, according to our listening session, an outstanding highlight amidst a bunch of more balky and abstract tunes which make up the majority of the album. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

27.06.2015 Liquid Sky Berlin presentz #lsb_TV




six hours of experimental audiovisual television - starting midnight!

featuring:

baze.djunkiii
Hendrik Mokry
Moolsaasa
Sheldon Drake
Twin Peetz

broadcasted via ALEX Offener Kanal Berlin TV

stream will be here:  www.alex-berlin.de/tv

check: www.lsb.tv

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Simon James Phillips - Blage 3 [Mikroton]

An improvised concert / sonic performance exceeding the usual hour-long concept can be a tough bite for an audience to take but stretching things to a maximum of five - !!! - hours is a bit of a badass move, even more when doing so without letting the audience know upfront. But exactly this is what Simon James Phillips had in mind for the Berlin-based performance of  "Blage 3", executed by six of the cities most recognized experimental artists including himself, Werner Dafeldecker, Liz Allbee and more which has been, although in a condensed, edited form of a close to two hours double CD album, released via the Mikroton imprint in mid May. Within these two hours we're taken on a journey through layers and layers of various instrumentations underpinned by mostly warm, athmospheric drones and noises providing an organic bed for multiple waves of piano improvisations, chaotic percussions, crushing waves and ambient'ish,  slightly balearic guitars which, although embedded into sonic disarray, seem to restructure and ease off the musical ruckus to a certain extent, being a landmark to focus on amongst jazzy improv, rumbling anti-grooves, clanging percussions and other ADD-inducing events. And if it wasn't for this imminent, although subconscious structure, we're pretty sure that a journey through these two - or five - hours of cacophony would surely be able to drive listeners insane. But now, in it's recent and edited form, even this barely controlled succession of sonic events has a surprisingly calming and relaxing effect rather than being obnoxious and nerve wrecking for a reason. Defo a specialists album anyway.

Monday, June 22, 2015

2014.12.20 baze.djunkiii DJ-set @ #lsb_TV (52 minutes excerpt)



This session resulted in the birth of the Poemes Electroniques project as premiered at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Of Georgia in Atlanta / USA in March 2015.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Kackegeruch - Das Beste Von Heute Zum Preis Von Morgen (Best Of 1999 - 2015) [Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse 020 Promo]

This hand-numbered, limited to 50 copies C-100 (yes folks, 100 minutes...) gold-glittered 26 song cassette tape by the ominous German project Kackegeruch - translate as: 'smell of feces'- is possibly the most debatable and questionable release on the underground imprint Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse so far. Although one might claim that this project, brainchild of Turgut Kocer of Shhhh Records and Voluntary Whores, does refer to the tradition of Dada, full-on nonsense and - in a sense that painter Jonathan Meese would like - total art which would explain the stylistic inconsistency with a range from total DIY homerecording trash ("Eine Luftikus Fur Dik"), to obscure Rhythm Industrial accompanied by weird German accent ("Du Mit Deinem Scheiss Barschgesicht") , (Neo)Trance ("Urin") and beyond one might and must still seriously question whether a label should provide a platform for psyched out torture phantasies as to be found in "Der Zangenmacher" or the Happy Pop of  "Ich Bin Verwahrlost" sporting super sick, partly pedophilia-implying lyrics. Also songs like the paranoid "Alles Kontrollierbar" cast a damning light on the artists mental health for a reason and so does the surely illegaly Sven Väth cover "Streifzug Durch Die Szene". Apart from that the album provides some quality moments in the retro'esque MinimalPop of "Hey Hey Zucker" - which is the albums highlight for sure - and the quirky MinimalWave of "Kaffeegesichtmutter" as well as well entertaining moments with songs like the Ilsa Gold-reminiscing "Eurovision Beitrag Bayern", the ElectroClash on overdose named "Katzenaugen" or "Liebes Tagebuch" which makes fun of record reviews and magazines for a reason, the MC Hammer-cover "Das Kannst Du Nicht Berühren" or the great Acid-heavyNicole-spoofing EuroTrash "Ein Bisschen Frieden Für Danach". Obscure for sure and after two listening sessions we feel like the producer behind Kackegeruch should go and see a therapist. Pronto!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Various Artists - Rock'N'Roll People Vol. 4 [Schamoni Musik / Pico's Yodelin Records]

Coming straight from the vaults of Munich's underground is this twelve track compilation, a conjunctional effort released by Schamoni Musik and Pico's Yodelin Records to please all lovers of things leftfield, artschool and obscure. Less Rock'N'Roll than the title promises but more related to the DIY-school of PostPunk, Ingenious Dilettantes, (No)Wave and similar styles "Rock'N'Roll People Vol. 4" caters both live and home studio works by previously unheard of underground bands and projects like Jacke Wie Hose, Das Weiße Pferd feat. Relle Büst, Tagar, Lunsentrio feat. Sarah Gonputh and many others, delivering own compositions, often also home recorded and / or being raw, noisey studio sketches like Murena Murena's melancholia-inducing "Shy Goose", Derribos Arias preset-rhythm based "Aprenda Aleman En 7 Dias" or the afro chant-influenced "Polisario Edit" by LeRoy as well as fascinating interpretations of well known songs of the past, e.g. "Porque Te Vas", "7 Tage Lang" or "Huna Huna" which, albeit heavily obscured, still do heavily trigger the collective human memory of Pop music and evoke warm, cosy feelings for some reason. Interesting stuff for sure! 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Say Yes Dog - Girlfriend



The first outtake from the forthcoming Say Yes Dog album "Plastic Love" perfectly fuses SynthPop, innocent Electroclash and sweet, vernal Indie vibes. Defo a dancefloor hit for girls in love.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Stefan Wesolowski - Kompleta [Ici D'Ailleurs]

Recently re-issued via the ever active experimental imprint Ici D'Ailleurs is "Kompleta", the originally 2008-released debut of the Polish producer Stefan Wesolowski who, since then, has made a mark on imprints like Miasmah, Ghostly International, Important and others. Produced and composed at the a early age of 21 these nine tracks with a  total runtime of 31 minutes encounter solemn, string-laden territories, accompanied by exigent, grave vocals evoking memories of medieval times and parochial ceremonies of paramountcy. This said and combined with contemporary techniques of todays (neo)classical composition and contemplative, electronic droning "Kompleta" is defo a rich and intense listening experience and surely about to become a beloved companion for thoughtful, reflective, autumnal late night hours spent in front of an open fire. We likey.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

So I Went To Berlin And This Happened... (baze.djunkiii vlog #5)



A short recap including behind the scenes material from the latest #lsb_TV show.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Poligono Hindu Astral - 00110010 [Verlag System 004 Promo]

Coming from Spain and reviving the synthesizer magic of classic Cosmic and New Age music with their latest album "00110010" being released via Verlag System is the electronic music duo Poligono Hindu Astral, perfectly emulating the spaced out feel of the 70s and early 80s brought to a sonically tripping audience by artists like Klaus Schulze and the likes of. Using and abusing a wide range of classic analogue equipment to a trance-inducing effect as to be found in the mysteriously floating "Terra Incognita" or delivering a score'esque set of perturbing robotic sci-fi noises announcing imminence and danger with tracks like "Miles Millones De Anos" whilst the 4/4-based, beautiful Proto-Trance of "Bronce" surely awes open crowds in early morning sets on the shores of Goa. "N.Av" fuses tripping synth modulations and seductive grooves, "Aguas Subterraneas" introduces a kinda subaquatic, drexciyan touch to Cosmic music whilst "Lineas Que Describen Circulos" is about to please all those loving their minimalistic Space Electro right before the cryptic "B3 CIII.Y.E37" takes the listener on a mental journey to calm, peaceful areas and the fascinating final "Rocas Gravitando A La Deriva" enters more modernistic Electro realms to set advanced dancefloors in motion. Recommended!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Ben Zimmerman - The Baltika Years [Software Recording Co. Promo]

Having already announced the forthcoming release of Ben Zimmerman's new album "The Baltika Years" earlier this year we're now finally able to review the full longplay piece that has been put on the circuit via Software Recording Co. on June 8th, 2015. Holding a massive bunch of 31 tracks, with the epic 21+ minutes opener "Phyllis" being the most heavyweight in terms of playtime whilst the majority of other tracks remaining shorter than 2 minutes, we see a previously unreleased selection of Zimmerman's work created between 1992 and 2002 based on the initially 1984-released program Tandy DeskMate which might give an insight to the cause of the kinda lo-fi'ish sound quality of some tracks. But as early computer music is a fascinating field and especially the opening tune serves a complete journey through different stages of sound, sometimes epic and super chromatic, sometimes hyped and happy whilst several moments of silence subdivide the piece into different chapters, we're pretty sure that "Phyllis" is trying to re-emulate computer game music to a certain and thrilling extent. With "For Mimi Pt.1" and it's four successors we see explorations in more kinda Southeast Asian-reminiscing sound aesthetics happening whilst following bits like "The Scream", "Housed!", "Reverse Me", "75000multicolouredorgasmaticballoons" or "Crystal Lake" are, like many others, short experimental outburst or raw musical sketches. With "Redecorated Proto-Computations" Ben Zimmerman even provides some lo-fi Hard- / Breakcore terrorism, "Da Chopp" enters Glitch- / IDM-realms, the "Yellow Daffodil (Burning) Against A Grey Sidewalk" pays homage to Synth-pioneer Wendy Carlos, "Reso" provides pure Ambient beauty and "Mazer" brings in 20 seconds of bleep madness. Furthermore we'll find score'esque melancholia in "Life Without Liz", dancefloor-seducing beats and melodies in the 67 seconds of  "F-Trip", more Breakcore in "Now I Am Numb" and finally a mixture of dark Phonk and wild, tumbling Breakbeats with a partly noir'ish attitude provided by the six parts of the "Pausebreak"-series which might appeal to fans of chopped DarkJungle as once created by artists like Leon Lamont or super underground imprints like Marasm. What a journey. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Pas Musique - Inside The Spectrum [Alrealon Musique 061]

Released in mid-May via the experimentalism-focused imprint Alrealon Musique is "Inside The Spectrum", the latest album effort created by the 1995-founded Pas Musique collective which dedicates its work to the denial of established musical structures and aims to start from scratch again with each and every new composition, often resulting in a kind of Non Music reflecting the groups name which translates as 'not music'  in French. Heavily using and abusing layer techniques as well as colliding soundscapes and samples the bits and pieces on the album, which comes in an oversized art cover that appeals also to collectors of digitally created collages, more than once reminisce of the conceptual art of Plunderphonics, cross over into Noize with the title track, incorporate elements of Electronic Space Kraut ("Listening To Interstellar Space"), epic, drugged out live jams ("The Soul Catcher") or deep, tripping Intelligent Techno like catered in "Ancient Evil Aliens". Furthermore there are epic Synth-moments crossing over with glitching CutUps ("First Breath Of Speeding Light") followed by dramatic SciFi-Electro sounds with the intense yet retro'esque "Mindless Mechanics" whilst the sound of "Molecular Vibration" kinda evokes memories of old science-fiction movie scores due to its use of quirky, jingling analogue synthesis and threatening bass treatments. When it comes to the "Blue Lotus Ritual" droning guitars mix up with harsh, apocalyptic Industrial Techno-beats, a "Cerebral Vacuum" sounds like a fever'ish future-ancient machine ritual with a pretty surprising, absurd ending and the final "Transference" keeps things angelic and cinematic in terms of Ambient and Scores. Defo a recommended one, although Pas Musique's approach to create everything new and from scratch, without further influences from things already existing, does not necessarily succeed.