Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sandro Mussida - Ventuno Costellazioni Invisibili [Metrica 001 Promo]

Scheduled for March 30th, 2k18 via the freshly installed Metrica label is "Ventuno Costellazioni Invisibili", the latest full length composition by Italian composer Sandro Mussida executed by a whole bunch of eight musicians in Milan using both real instruments as well as live looping techniques to put pieces together. Being recorded in 5.1 surround sound the two parts of the composition the result of this project turns out to be a well thought out, hyperfragile sonic construct of spatial, outerworldly beauty in which lonely minor chord piano tones are hovering atop a background of ethereal, tender strings and other intertwined, sometimes nervous high frequency musings evolving into a looped, nerve-wrecking, siren'esque crescendo around halfway through the compositions runtime before returning to calming, minimalist and floating arrangements of a focused, yet timeless and most beautiful nature. Great stuff for fans and followers of Modern Contemporary Classical music for sure.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Para - Paraphon [Freifeld Tonträger 025]

Released in late December, 2k17 via Freifeld Tonträger is "Paraphon", the third full-length album by the musical triumvirate Para consisting of Elena Kakaliagou, Ingrid Schmoliner and Thomas Stempkowski which are exploring a unique musical realm defined by the trios instrumentation incorporating french horn, voice, piano and double bass. Based on this foundation the trio recorded the seven, 53 minutes spanning, tracks on the album in one live session taking place at Kaleidophon Festival in Ulrichsberg back in 2016, creating highly intense atmospheres, a score'esque, partly even Film Noir-infused vibe, incorporating both elements of NeoClassical, JazzNoir and Free Improv whilst incorporating stuttering Spoken Word techniques and Scat-influences with the dark'ish, spine-tingling close to 10 minutes spanning "Ifestio" as a thrilling highlight for all those digging deep into the realms of experimental, yet instrument-played music whilst the follow up "Itane Mia Fora" brings on a horror'esque tension for all in the know. Defo a specialists release, this one.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Taylor Swift - Delicate (Official Video)

It seems like since "Look What You Made Me Do" has been put on the circuit we're developing a precious love and understanding for Taylor Swift which seems to be the only global Pop act we can relate to musically since... ... ...

... ... ... Madonna's "Music" or Britney Spears' "Toxic" maybe? 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Blow - Brand New Abyss [Womanproducer 001 Promo]

Fresh on the circuit for March 16, 2k18 is "Brand New Abyss", the latest album by Melissa Dyne and Khaela Mircich a.k.a. The Blow on their recently launched imprint Womanproducer. Catering a menu of eight tracks the duo continues their journey which has begun with their first full-on album release approximately 16 years ago, opening the album with a "Peaceful Easy Feeling", a quite swinging piece of lovely, Electronica-based Leftfield Pop / Indietronica for advanced dancefloors, followed by "Dark Cold Magic" which is another lighthearted, innocent take on ethereal Indietronica with more of a singer / songwriter feel to it whilst "So There" provides more of a darker, bass heavy variation of the pairs well fascinating musical work that surely is meant to reach an audience much wider than the sonic circles of electronic music lovers for sure. With "The Greatest Love Of All" The Blow present an IDM-based hit single for future times, "The Woman You Want Her To Be" is based on more of an Industrial / Electronica-crossover with quite a bit of drive and an intense Spoken Word-attitude, "Get Up" gets crowds moving on a swinging tip and evokes memories of the former and long gone Berlin-based label Digital Kranky whereas "Think About Me" is more on a spaced out, romantic tip and the final take on "Summer" is minimalist, yet floating and captivating killer song which - in a better world - deserves heavy daytime radio rotation for a reason. Epicly good!

Dr. NoiseM - Studio Works 25 [Dr. NoiseM Tapes]

Dr. NoiseM is back with his latest, and 25th, sequel of his 'Studio Works'-series, catering another eleven track menu of formerly unreleased electronic experimentation to his friends, fans and followers. The opening "Christmas Noise" seemingly seems to originate from a classic christmas song played at ultra slow speed, resulting in a warped and eerie, horror-inducing vibe whereas the short skits "E-Guitar Disorder" and "Massacre" bring on short violent pulses for those in the know and "Naked Harsh" pierces our ears with quite a lot of high to mid frequency Noize stretched over a playtime of nearly 20 minutes. Following up is "Perfect Machines", exploring subaquatic, droning Sci-Ambient  of a futurist quality whereas "Runner" is another micro-skit, catering 10 seconds of metallic, strange transmissions whilst "Süsses Oder Saures" once again gravitates towards the trademark Dark Ambient sound of  Dr. NoiseM's 'The CDr A-B-C" series and "Untitled" takes us on an approx. 18 minutes journey into intense electrical buzzing and clicking background rhythm signatures. With "Untitled_Untitled" we're getting deeper into atmospheric, yet threatening Cold Ambient territories, "Winter Zauberwald" brings on fragile, crystalline and mystic vibes from ancient aeons and the final tune entitled "Zoltan" introduces a new, concluding wall of scraping, raw Noize ploughing through ones melting braincells over the course of 12:30 minutes. Deep!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Gigaldi - Das Ganze Doppelalbum [Interstellar Records 044 Promo]

Released via Interstellar Records in late 2k17 is "Das Ganze Doppelalbum", the first ever longplay piece by Gigi Gratt using his freshly introduced artistic moniker Gigaldi which, for this album, refers to the classic composer Vivaldi as each of the four tracks on this longplay piece is named after one of the years seasons. Fusing a droning Ambient approach and bits of Contempory Classical music the opening tune that is "Winter" introduces an experimental, yet rhythmically thrilling and even dancefloor-functional composition which might even work well in highly advanced Techno sets, before coming to an abrupt halt around minute five, continuing on a more multi-layered, organic bass featuring level and a Morricone'esque closing sequence whereas "Frühling" presents an epic, carefully layered arrangement of brass instruments bringing on a culminating, ever repeating cascade of positivity and delight followed by stripped down polyrhythms and bits of Oriental Jazz melancholia before finally turning into a buzzing swarm of metallic, alien bees attacking and surrounding the listener for minutes to come. With "Sommer" we're entering glistening sonic realms seemingly slightly influenced by traditional Spanish music and Off-Americana whilst the final cut "Herbst" opens on a calm and collected Post-PostRock vibe, uninterruptedly drifting off into dreamlike, psychedelic PopAmbient realms and coming on strong as our favorite tune to be found on "Das Ganze Doppelalbum" for sure.

The Bamboos - Lit Up (Official Video)

Powerful Soul music for classy dancefloors - defo more than an underground hit this song will be!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Dungen & Woods - Loop

When Kraut- meets PostRock to a great effect it's the result of a collaboration of two musical masters - watch out for their conjunctional "Myths 003 EP" in early April, 2k18.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Spyros Polychronopoulos - Live Electronic Music [Room40 Promo]

Put on the circuit via the ever active Australian label Room40 is "Live Electronic Music", an ambitious collaboration of the Greek composer and producer Spyros Polychronopoulos and likeminded artist and collaborator Fotis Kontomichos. Based upon the idea of a software device that plays back one individual piece of music differently on each repetition due to reprocessing five separated audio channels, the pair creates a 22+ minutes piece of ever changing, self-interfering nature incorporating both Ambient / Deep Listening sequences, shifting sonic masses, seemingly field recorded clicks and clacks, swampy electronic movements, harsh sci-fi Noize and cold extraterrestrial atmospheres that surely isn't meant to be grasped by everyone but will speak to the trained and experienced listener of experimental electronic music for sure.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Peter Kernel - Men Of The Women (Official Video)

Post-apocalyptic Desert Rock taken from the new Peter Kernel album "The Size Of The Night" which is about to be released in March 2k18.

Sascha Müller [Super Six Records Extra 063]

Recently released via his very own Supersix Records-imprint is Sascha Müller's latest untitled twelve track album which starts with "Funktionales Karma Part 02", a piece of ultraminimalist ElectroPhonk with a jazzy twist whilst "Hypnotised" is a well-seductive blueprint of raw and pumping, Dub-informed House for those who know, "Funktionales Karma 03" dives deep into realms of subaquatic, drexciyan Electronica / IDM and "Pure Analog Part 01" brings on raw electroid Techno sporting ever morphing sawtooth synth lines and hints of Acid. With "The Cube" we're getting a serving of beautifully deep low-end Ambient Techno, "Zebrabeat I" is laying out some captivating, raw take on wildstyle AcidHouse, "Abuse Your Illusion" weighs in stripped down, highly functional Techno and "Burn Up My AKS" offers a well tripping journey into abstract, highly distorted realms of Unformatted Techno and abstract screaming Phonk for highly advanced dancefloors that do groove along to Lassigue Bendthaus-productions as well. Furthermore "Funktionales Karma Part 04" goes deep into spatial, droning Ambient territories and pinging synth garnishing , "Modern Primitive Evil (Part 02)" brings back memories of first retrofuturist  steps in electronic music production committed by the likes of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and other avantgarde studios of the time, "Pure Analog Part 02" caters more epic AcidHouse action and the final cut "Zebrabeat II" takes on a more wildstyl'ish Acid attitude for dancefloors in ecstatic motion. Good stuff.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Aiden Baker & Gareth Davis - Invisible Cities [Karlrecords 045 Promo]

Put on the circuit via Karlrecords on January 19th, 2k18 is "Invisible Cities", the first ever collaboration album crafted by Aidan Baker and bass clarinetist Gareth Davis. Together the pair creates a selection of four tracks spanning entire 46 minutes, opening with "Memory", a deep and beautiful take on cinematic Ambient with a melancholia-infusing touch of Jazz Noir for collectors of scores and deep thinkers whilst the follow up that is "Sky" stays close to this musical vision whilst implementing a thrilling electrical buzz and more of a nightly feel to its overall vibe. With "Signs" the duo brings on an intro sequence of Field Recordings probably captured on a summerly street scene, paired with slowly emerging synth fountains and a warm, all embracing overall atmosphere whereas the concluding  "Desire" is a fragile and tender 15+ minutes lesson in sheer, untouched Ambient beauty for true genre connaisseurs. Lovely.

Eau Rouge - Jupiter Drive

This one's for the Indie headz out there. Happy weekend!

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Young Fathers - Toy

Intense. Captivating. Good. And a teaser for the forthcoming Young Fathers release "Cocoa Sugar" that's about hit the stores via the well respected Ninja Tune-label.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

DJ Marcelle / Another Nice Mess - Psalm Tree [Jahmoni Music]

Coming in straight from the offices the Munich-based imprint Jahmoni Music is DJ Marcelle / Another Nice Mess's third musical outing on the label which is her "Psalm Tree" EP, a four tracker that turns out to be her most elaborate production effort so far. Opening with "To Evacuate Is Difficult And Infrequent" we see the Dutch artist fusing her unique Future Tribal approach with heavy Rhythm Industrial-influences, obscure vocal utterings and samples seemingly taken from news reports whilst "To Reveal The Secret" is based on a mechanical rhythmic pattern reminiscent to a train rattling on tracks once again garnished with repetetive sample arrangements, probably originating from the American south. On the flip "Walking Around Aimlessly" brings on beats in reverse and innocent background whistling, an amalgamation which surely has an interesting effect on someones sonic perception before the final cut "To Sing Along" provides a unique and surely different take on highspeed IDM / Drill'n'Bass for advanced, yet playful dancefloors on overdrive. Good stuff.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

baze.djunkiii Charts 03/2018

01. DJ Sneak - Show Me The Way / Feels Good [Henry Street Music]
House music from the 90s is my personal jam these days and therefore there's no reason not to add this Henry Street Music re-issue to the collection as it holds two of DJ Sneak's finest creations on one 12", gravitating more towards a melodic and deeper end rather than to DJ Sneak's trademark and tracky DiscoHouse style of a more reduced nature. Pure joy and pleasure, this!

02. The F Word [BLAKE 001]
A bootleg of clearly unknown origin that really made my day when I found it. Drum'n'Bass on a soft, soulful, liquid and somehow cheesy level, garnished with sweet vocals of both male and female origin. Spread over three tracks this is Drum'n'Bass for lovers, cliche as fuck and still lovely like a warm, early summers day.

03. Dr. NoiseM - Derception [Dr. NoiseM Tapes]
See review for details...

04. [PERSPEKTIV 002 Whitelabel]
What a banger. Two tracks on this stamped whitelabel for all those who like their Techno dark, stomping and ravey. Proper tools for massive primetime sets in humungous warehouse spaces. One for the strobe and laser crew!

05. Aaron Spectre - Roots We Seek [Jahmoni Music]
See review for details...

06. Atamina - Sycophantic Friends [Makkum Records]
See review for details...

07. The International Nothing - In Doubt We Trust [Ftarri]
See review for details...

08. Jaap Blonk & Terri Ex - Thirsty Ears [Terp Records]
See review for details...

09. Cut Worms - Cable Mounds [Opa Loka Records 017]
See review for details...

10. Blaney - The Severance [Yerrrr Productions]
See review for details...

Goner - Yogascum [Hallowground Promo]

Released via the Hallowground-imprint on November 24th, 2k17 is "Yogascum", the latest longplay effort released by Martin Maischein under his artistic moniker Goner. Announced earlier on these pages through the posting of the album track "YS 2" which irritatingly sounds totally different on our promo CD compared to the featured video, we see Goner collaborate with artists like noise cellist UnterLala and Mark Godwin on this album, exploring static, not much evolving or progressing Noize territories in all the three other tracks named "YS 1", "YS 3" and "Endtitle" which makes us wonder if rather our promo copy is faulty or if the label accidentally uploaded a wrong track for the video teaser. We are puzzled.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Carlo Domenico Valyum - Estrazioni Del Lotto (Official Video)

This is the most intense take on the topic of lotteries you might ever come across in your entire life.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Territoire - Chant (Voice) (Official Video)

This might be one of the most unsettling video transmissions to be found on the interwebz these days.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Dr. NoiseM - Derception [Dr. NoiseM Tapes]

Coming in fresh from the mighty mysterious man that is Dr.NoiseM is his latest cassette tape release which is hitting collectors shelves in a hyperlimited edition of 25 hand-numbered copies only. Surprisingly we see the doctor reveiling a more tender, beauteous side of his work with this one, focusing on weightlessly floating Ambient presenting slight hints and far away echoes of classic, oldskool'ish Electronica / ChillOut with this one instead of focusing on the Dark / Death Ambient or even Noize side of things. Deep into the A-side we'll even find traces of brooding, subaquatic Field Recordings of drexciyan origin whilst the flipside presents us with a monotonous flow of droning Deep Listening Music as well as heavily filtered Hardcore Phonk for those appreciating transmissions from the deepest underground of the electronic realm. Recommended.

Tape artwork on Instagram!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project - August 53rd [The Helen Scarsdale Agency 043 Promo]

Released on February 23rd, 2k18 via the ever active imprint The Helen Scarsdale Agency is "August 53rd", the fresh and absurdly named album by the mysterious Fossil Aerosol Mining Project based somewhere in the mid-western territories of the US. Seemingly, and according to the albums release sheet, pre-dating their 2015 released album "The Day 1982 Contaminated 1972" the nine tracks on this longplay piece take us into realms of cold experimentation and collage, starting with the alienated Ambient of "July Melody" followed by the warped take on Psychedelia and Instrumental Country that is "The Failed Resurrection Of Easy Listening" and the cryptically named "V-Broadcast (Closed Circuit) 1986" which fuses warm pads, mysterious, echoing rhythm signatures and an omnipresent overall feeling of calmness that's occasionally interrupted by interfering cut up techniques. The "Monroeville Detrius" turns out to be a highly bent alien transmission of unknown origin, spreading a feel of lurking dangers and otherworldy tension, "Aestas Anatis 2016" deals with backwards guitars and a blurry Indietronica vibe which some might associate with early works of Senking or the dreamy Post-PostRock of Aosuke whereas "Retail Retrospect" seems to resemble Field Recordings from an industrial environment in a retrofuturist future past and the concluding "1991 from 2015" weighs in some more frosty Ambient vibes and intense mechanical movements found in a deep space, defo non-human manufacturing plant of sorts. Conceptual stuff for conceptual people.

Canine - Twin Shadow (Official Video)

Deep emotional Indie or highly sophisticated drama? You decide. But no matter what you're angle on this might be, you simply cannot deny that Canine are catering a touching masterpiece with their brand new single.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Yann Novak - The Future Is A Forward Escape Into The Past [Touch]

Put on the circuit via Touch on February 23rd, 2k18 is "The Future Is A Forward Escape Into The Past", the latest album effort by Los Angeles-based composer Yann Novak which also is his  second release on the label. Split into four pieces and stretched over an overall playtime of approx. 41 minutes this limited to 500 copies release, influenced by Terrence McKenna's "The Archaic Revival", caters a study in carefully crafted Ambient / Deep Listening Music, incorporating genre typical, slowly moving pads and shifting dynamics as well as tweeting birds and Field Recordings present in the opening tune "Radical Transparency" which seamlessly transfers into "The Inertia Of Time" which combines an underlying layer of uproar from either a faraway ocean wave breach or the very beginning of the universe with carefully layered strings, beautiful atmospheres of droning intensity and static crackles. "Casting Ourselves Back Into The Past" drifts away into a realm subfrequent movements, continuos crackles and icy winds before "Nothing Ever Transcends Its Immediate Environment" takes Ambient to a more vibrating, yet fragile and partly unsettling level, emitting oscillating frequencies that make glass jangle and cause thoughts to dissolve. Not necessarily a highly innovative release in terms of Deep Listening Music but still recommended for die-hard diggers or those looking for an entry point into their personal exploration of the genre.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Ken Karter - Plaisir (Official Video)

PLAISIR par Ken Karter (video edit) from Undogmatisch Berlin on Vimeo.

Intense, eerie, spooky... great!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Elio Martusciello - Incise [EM Music 001]

To be released as the first ever album outing on the new EM Music label is "Incise", the newest longplay release by Italian composer Elo Martusciello who conducts quite an experiment with this fifteen track spanning piece which is fusing Ambient, Deep Listening Music, Glitch and cinematic Electronica with electro-acoustic composition techniques and dramatic, Leftfield- and AvantgardePop vocal performances by Barbara De Dominicis, Nicoletta Batteli, Raffaella Iaccarino, Erica Sheri and another anonymous voice to an interesting, partly film noir'esque as well as dramatic effect. With all vocals being sung freely without having the singers adapt to any pre-composed structures or notation we see Elio Martusciello's arrangements and musical works walking the thin line between being collage'esque in terms of re-arranging and fusing the singers vocals with re-used, re-shaped bits of previously composed pieces as well as random newness and a focus of creating new melodic aspects by resculpting the voices. The result is defo a demanding, not easily consumed take on Avantgarde Pop for deep listeners, going well along a good portion of autumnal melancholia, late at night and accompanied by a bottle of port. Or two, maybe. If this sounds appealing to you, check this one out.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Moon Gangs - The Terminal

BEAK> keyboardist William Young redefines (Neo)Cosmic for 2k18 with this beautiful sounding Ambient excursion.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

DJ Hank - U Wont None 17

Juke madness for those who know shit. Epic.

Friday, February 23, 2018

P.T.B.S. And Hammed Maliq - Borrooo [Psychocandies 065]

Coming straight from the depths of the German production underground is this new Psychocandies single, the first conjunctional project of P.T.B.S. and Hammed Maliq. Their track "Borrooo" remixed by Sascha Müller for his 'Sascha Müller Acid Bro Remix' is quite a funky, jacking House affair sporting spooky, outerworldly sweeps, classic 303-lines and a well positive Disco-touch whilst the original version of "Borrooo" is more on a stripped down, yet pushing tip when it comes to a fusion of TechHouse and Minimal Techno, catering echoing vocal samples, busy synth percussions and a multilayered array of claps bringing forth proper vibes and an ecstatic buzz for dancefloor crowds in motion.

Reinhold Friedl / Quatuor Diotima - 39:23:00' [Alamuse 008]

Released via Alamuse earlier this month is this collaborational album effort created by Zeitkratzer's Reinhold Friedl as a composer of string quartets and the French Quatuor Diotimo ensemble as executing and performing element. Together, they present an array of three compositions starting with "String Quartet 1", a piece of a well non-comforting, unpleasant, asymmetric and seemingly random, although composed, nature caused by a specific playing technique in which the instruments are only bowed in circles. The follow-up which is "String Quartet 3" lives up to the expectations of a classical string quartet whilst being slightly off-kilter and dissonant whereas the main, 20+ minutes spanning "String Quartet 2" is more of a ghostly, nervous and fretful piece for uneasy dreams and paranoid anxiety episodes. Not exactly our cup of tea but possibly good for die-hard followers of contemporary classical and conceptual art music.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Cyberchump - After

Beautiful Ambient and Post-PostRock from the States created by the highly recommended yet totally underrated band project that is Cyberchump.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

01.03.2018 baze.djunkiii presents: OUR HOUSE @ Beat Boutique / Hamburg

decks: baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings / Liquid Sky Berlin]

file under: House / DeepHouse

doors open: 9 pm

Beat Boutique
Max-Brauer-Allee 219
22765 Hamburg

Sascha Müller [Super Six Records Extra 062]

Put on the circuit via Super Six Records only recently is Sascha Müller's latest ten track album, starting with "Bass Fetisch", a harsh Broken Techno / Electro hybrid kinda reminiscent of old Lassigue Bendthaus productions which is followed by "Untitled", a solemn, slightly distorted organ-emulating piece whereas the "Midnight Express" provides deep, spiralling Space Night Electro for well phonky nights on the dancefloor. Furthermore "Feed Jack" is, as one might guess from its title, a raw and swinging tribute to Chicago House, "Stuck Into Electronic" fuses harsh Electro and playful 8bit aesthetics, "Re-Feed Jack" introduces a little darker approach towards Chitown and "Funktionales Karma 1" presents hyper-reduced Electronica with an electroid twist for advanced future dancefloors. With "Metropolis Landing" we see Sascha Müller explore a dark, subsurface realm of threatening bassline modulations, seemingly a way of communication for humungous underground lifeforms that secretly survived a cataclysmic, far distant past whilst "The Cube 2" fuses soft trancey pads, warped and filtered pianos with an electroid take on Intelligent Techno to a great effect and the concluding "Braindamage" caters a good portion of spiralling, psychedelic and nerve wrecking AcidTrance for the darker hours of the night. Check.

baze.djunkiii Chart Haul 02/2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mark Renner - Few Traces [RVNG Intl.]

Put on the circuit only recently via RVNG Intl. is "Few Traces", a compilation album gathering formerly released, partly rare and also some previously unreleased works created by the US-based producer and painter Mark Renner.  Being released after a thirty years hiatus following his latest album "Painter's Joy" in 1988 "Few Traces" is compiling material composed in the years 1982 to 1990, incorporating both Mark Renner's love for melancholia-infused songs as well as great, instrumental experimentation with a warm, Synth edge like in the fascinating title track "Few Traces", the most amazing Cosmic excursion "The Mirror At Saint Andrews" or the intense, spine-tingling Ambient meets poetry bit "The Sun Is In His Head, A Storm In His Heart". Influenced by the likes of Ultravox, Skids, Yellow Magic Orchestra and other 80s greats it's pretty obvious that not only a few traces of their sonic vision are to be found in most of the 21 tunes on this longplay piece, as well as songs referencing New Romantic heroes like The Cure. Songwise, the most outstanding and recommended bits on this one are the raw, demo'esque "The Wild House", the instrumental AltCountry-excursion "Autumn Calls You By Name" or the luscious SynthPop romanticism of "It Might Have Been". Defo recommended for diggers, Synth lovers and 80s completists alike.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Monday, February 19, 2018

The International Nothing - In Doubt We Trust [Ftarri]

The Berlin-based psycho acoustic clarinet duo that is The International Nothing, still consisting of its founding members Michale Thieke and Kai Fagaschinski, is back with a new album on the Ftarri-imprint which has been their home from early on. Consisting of one monolithic track of approx. 38 minutes length "In Doubt We Trust" caters an absolutely fascinating interplay of the two musicians creating an a timeless, slowly moving outerdimensional stream of sonic events that lets one easily forget about its origin, about being created by real instruments, only by its calm, ever flowing nature alone, its deep, agravic and subaquatic feel that sees The International Nothing carving out a very own and unique niche within the realm of intense Ambient and Deep Listening Music for sure. Absolutely stunning and truly time dissolving for a reason.

The Nightcrawlers - Luv-Li-Musik

A beautiful excursion into Cosmic synth realms for those in the know. Originally released on cassette tape back in 1982.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Ueno Takashi - Smoke Under The Water [Room40 Promo]

Put on the circuit via the Australian Room40-imprint in November 2k17 is "Smoke Under The Water", the latest longplay work by Japanese guitarist Ueno Takashi who presents a body of work consisting of seven untitled tracks on this one which is released roughly a decade after his label debut "Sui-Gin". Within this a little more than an hour spanning outing the artist explores realms of crystalline, busy and multilayered Ambient seemingly based on altered, repetetive guitar pickings, influenced by Classical dances of baroque origins and hints of ritualistic Japanese music. This combination seems a little off and irritating in the first place but develops a undeniable fascination and hypnotic suction over the albums course, drifting off into dreamy, highly Psychedelia-infused territories with the well outstanding tune "Three" whilst "Five" evokes, for some strange reason that is, memories of more abstract Church Music and "Six" gravitates towards a totally derailed, out-of-tune Country vision of sorts. Intredasting.

Aaron Spectre - They Don't Know We

One heavy DarkJungle-banger taken of Aaron Spectre's most recent "Roots We Seek EP".

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sextile feat. Sienna - Current Affair (Official Lyric Video)

PostPunk is still alive and well. Have you ever been in doubt about this?

Friday, February 16, 2018

Creta - Babe In The Egg Of Blue

Beautiful Deep Listening / Click Ambient taken from the Creta debut album on Karlrecords which is scheduled for early March, 2k18.

Palais Ideal - No Signal [Dark Vinyl Records 078]

Within a few days only Palais Ideal's debut album "No Signal" is the second longplayer in our pile of albums to review that involves Richard Van Kruysdijk, this time in cooperation with John Edwards and exploring totally different territories compared to his solo effort as Cut Worms. And although the press release sheet causes a bit of skepticism as it lists a whole lot of bands under a 'for fans of...' headline, a marketing move we're not really fond of at all and thought this had ended for good, we're curious if references like The Sisters Of Mercy, New Order, Ultravox, Editors, Trentemøller, Lebanon Hanover and many more really come into play on this album. And, well they do, kind of. The opening song "Crossfade / Dissolve" paves the way for things to come, merging contemporary production values with a clear vision of the 80s which is surely informed by SynthPop and New Wave, yet more gravitating towards the eras daytime radio Rock than to the big hair, all dressed in black creatures of the night that have left a mark on dressing up and going out up to this day. With "Deity", maybe the albums most remarkable tune and a potential single, we're dealing with a precise drum machine swing and a distinct, slightly Ska-influenced offbeat feel evolving into an epic, slightly over the top showcase towards its end, "Remains" full merges Indie and New Wave melancholia, "Funtime" amalgamates a bluesy, Sisters Of Mercy-reminiscing darkness with a massive contrasting sing-a-long chorus whilst "The Book Of Lies" is about to please fans of Trentemøller's dreamier output musicwise indeed whilst dabbling with SynthPop romanticisms on a close to kitsch level. Furthermore "Seen Missing" is borderline 80s daytime radio, "A Black Noise" gets back to a Sisters-feel in its verses (and vocals...) whilst the chorus once again is on a more way more uplifting tip and "Resistance" causes proper dancefloor mayhem with its upbeat and uptempo, flogging Indie feel. The "Invisible Eye" could be another, more radio friendly, yet slightly rebellious single take and the final title track weighs in quite a bit of a ballad'esque feel towards the end. Overall this album is not as dark as we expected it to be and might not be everyone's cup of tea, even amongst die-hard genre aficionados, due to John Edwards quite unique special vocal style but still one to check out if you've got a thing for the darker side of the 80s and are keen to add a bonus chapter to a book that has all been written.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dr. NoiseM - Studio Works 24 [Dr. NoiseM Tapes]

Recently released via Dr. NoiseM Tapes is "Studio Works 24", the latest in an ongoing series of albums which presents us with ten brand new tracks the ever active producer cooked up in his lab. Opening with "Dead Filters" we're confronted by a nine+ minutes excess of scraping Noize accompanied by a set of cold, alienating strings, "Dead Kapitalism" caters heavy pulses of low-end HarshNoize and an overall atmosphere comparable to his 'The CDr A-B-C'-series whilst the "Death Of A Chinese Clown" is more of a solemn, partly even scientific affair in terms of Cold - or better: Death - Ambient, literally. "Freedom" means another powerful, electrical HarshNoize buzz mixed with highly distorted text-to-speech fragments, "Plasticine" seems to depict the process of decay itself through an ever changing intensity and a wide range of dynamics whereas "Radio Freedom" pierces ones ear with loads of, well, amplified radio static, high pitched frequencies and fragments of what might be recognized as distant fragments of Classical music whilst the "Teenage Mutant Noise Turtle" lives of a most brutal curtain fire of highly compressed sonic events per second and "The Scottish Highlanders On Dope" serve a surprisingly melodic, yet totally absurd, vary-speed and vary-tuned, glitched interpretation of a single, fully obscured musical motif. Finally "TRIQ_WQ" is an excellent blueprint for Dark Ambient and "Untitled For Harry" once again is going back to the trademark aesthetics of 'The CDr A-B-C' for a full 17+ minutes. Good stuff for die-hard fans of the artists ever growing body of work.

Lucrecia Dalt - Tar (Official Video)

Cold, unsettling Future Tribal taken from Lucrecia Dalt's forthcoming album "Anticlines" which is about to be released via RVNG Intl. in early May, 2k18.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Nakama - Worst Generation [Nakama Records 013]

Incoming via the Norwegian label Nakama Records is "Worst Generation", the latest - and November 2k17-released album created by the five piece Improv super group Nakama, consisting of Agnes Hvizdalek, Adrian Løseth Waade, Ayumi Tanaka, Andreas Wildhagen and Christian Meaas Svendsen. Based on the idea of Socrates' complaints about the younger generation in ancient Greece the group dedicates this fully improvised album to the five historically distinguishable generations alive today, starting with the "Lucky Few" defined by eerie atmospheres, ghostly non-vocalisms and  carefully plucked violin strings alongside rattling percussion sequences whereas the "Baby Boomers" are starting on a minimalist level, work their way up to a short, dark'ish and intense climax before the "Gen X" seems to be a way more buzzing, hectic and hyperactive generation according to their partly FreeJazz-like interpretation. Dealing with the so-called "Millenials" the group that is Nakama serves improvisational works on a deeper, slightly more relaxed tip before ending up in chaotic mayhem whilst the "Plurals" mix multilayered improv percussions with warped bass tones, alienated pianos  and plucked strings to a soothing, yet unsettling effect.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sascha Müller - To The Love Of Re-Birth RB-338 [Psychocandies]

Just released on the ever active Psychocandies-imprint as a limited to 20 copies box set is Sascha Müller's latest outing, a tribute to the former music production software Propellerheads Re-Birth RB-339 v2.01 which contains a bunch of 50 - !!! - tracks with total runtime of more than six - !!! - hours on a floppy disk which can only be played back through the software named. The result is an epic excursion into the realm of Acid, AcidHouse, Gabber, raw Electro, Techno, AcidTechno and floating AcidTrance which is, considering the albums total runtime, much to take in but also a musical fest for all genre lovers and oldskool ravers alike who are well likely to recognize many of the sounds and modulation patterns used over the course of this ultra-extended and highly collectible, hand-numbered longplay effort for sure. Get!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Jaap Blonk & Terrie Ex - Thirsty Ears [Terp Records]

Recently released on the Dutch, Terrie Ex-founded imprint Terp Records is "Thirsty Ears", a collaborational effort by the labels' founder on electric guitar and harmonium whilst the long-term composer and producer Jaap Blonk contributes his voice and additional layers of electronics to the nine tracks of the album. Fully based on an improvisational approach we see the duo exploring both worlds of intense Spoken Word poetry accompanied by distinct, atmospheric, yet dark'ish sound spheres as to be found in the opener "Sound" as well as minimalist, tongue-in-cheek outings like "Cratchy" or the off-kilter loops and playful bleeps catered in "Gilded Flurries" which provide a hyper-psychedelic soundtrack for a journey into one's inner self, an exploration of the subconscious led and guided by retrofuturist microbots. With "Some Hubbub" we see guttural vocal explosions of utter madness, scat and Dada-influences meet with sparse, improv guitars, "Let's Go Out" evokes a feel of imminent danger paired with a feel of psyched out romanticism noir, "Netherbends" takes us back to a Blues-infused lunatic asylum of sorts and "Who's Knocking?" fuses improvised guitar strumming with buzzing electrical noises to a great, isolationist Post-DesertRock effect, evolving into a recording of Donald Duck on acid throughout the tunes final minutes. Furthermore we've got "Amicable Plops", a funky affair providing more full-on madness in terms of its vocal side before the final "Fog Hunt" digs deep intro retrofuturist, electrical noises created by alien apparatuses of unknown scientific use and scraping percussions as well as hardly defined guitar-related tones. Excellent, yet very leftfield stuff for those in the know!

Album artwork on Instagram!

Visible Cloaks - Lex [RVNG Intl.]

Put on the circuit via the great RVNG Intl.-imprint on December 8th, 2k17 is "Lex", the latest EP release by the Portland-based duo known as Visible Cloaks, loved and appreciated for their unique, dreamlike and cyberreal approach to their work which we showcased in the feature of their EP track "Keys" a while ago. With six tracks - or seven in the Japanese edition - their latest outing proposes the existance of a utopian dream language, starting with the multi-layered Ambient-outing "Wheel", going deeper into realms of playful, slightly Vaporwave-infused Electronica bits in "Frame" whilst exploring communication strategies of the future with the beauteous, yet outerworldly vocoder piece that is "Transient". The title track weighs in a strange yet soothing approach to warped, ever shifting synth sounds and soft, atmospheric layers, the 14 minutes main piece that is the "World" beams us inito heavenly, softly lit Ambient gardens reminiscent of nothing less but the main concept known to believers as 'paradise' before the Japanese bonus cut "Permutate Lex" provides a way extended, alternative take on the albums title track for all those loving their tunes exceeding the 10+ minutes mark for a reason.