Thursday, September 21, 2017

Trupa Trupa - To Me (Official Video)



It seems like the Gdansk-based band outfit Trupa Trupa have been diving deep into the oceans of Psychedelia for this song taken from their forthcoming album "Jolly New Songs" which is about to be released in late October, 2k17.

baze.djunkiii Chart Haul 09/2017


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Laxenanchaos - Mole Acid *Captain Raveman Remix



Excellent stuff here - and a blueprint of what should be considered as Intelligent Dance Music these days. We wanna groove along to those vibes for nights on end!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Phonophani - Deep Learning (Official Video)



Intense, yet beautiful layering in Phonophani's latest, more Electronica related music video. We're in for this!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Björk - The Gate (Official Video)



More minimalist than ever, yet more caring and loving than one might've expected for now.

Dälek - Endangered Philosophies [Ipecac Recordings]

Put on the circuit via Ipecac Recordings on September 1st, 2k17 is "Endangered Philosophies", the latest full length album release in the nearly 20 years spanning career of Mutant HipHop veterans Dälek who first appeared on the circuit back in 1998 and made waves solo as well as collaborating with the likes of Faust or Kevin Martin's Techno Animal in the past. With their new eleven track spanning longplayer the band consequently follows their path, fusing heavy distortions layers and dark'ish, eroding sound elements partly built from samples sent to the band by other bands and performers they've bonded with over a long time with precise, razorsharp raps and danger-inducing atmospheres as well as classic, yet obscured melodies from the Jungle scene as to be recognized by genre experts in the banging "Few Understand" whereas tunes like "The Son Of Immigrants" weigh in a melodic sense of the apocalpyse, embarking on a sonic journey towards dystopia in which - interestingly - the vocal aspect caters as just another tier within the mix, embedded in and partly overrun by a wall of noise, an amalgamation of growing intensity and emergency that should be a part of every collectors collection for a reason. Recommended HipHop and Rap for those in the know - especially when it comes to the more Postnuclear Blues-reminiscing "Battlecries".

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fatima Al Qadiri feat. Bobo Secret & Lama3an - Alkahaf



Fatima Al Qadiri will be back with a new EP on the bass music staple imprint that is Hyperdub in mid-October!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

COH feat. John Balance & Louise Weasel - Love's Septic Domain



Beautiful and captivating Industrial Poetry taken off the forthcoming COH album "COHGS" which is about to be put on the circuit via Editions Mego on November 17th, 2k17.

Friday, September 15, 2017

22.09.2017 baze.djunkiii @ Reeperbahn Festival x Mojo Jazz Cafe / Hamburg

decks: baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings]

file under:  DeepHouse / BrokenHouse / Disco / Edits

set time: 11 am - 4 pm

daytime set - open air in case of good weather conditions.

Mojo Jazz Cafe
Reeperbahn 1
Hamburg St. Pauli
Germany

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lali Puna - Two Windows [Morr Music]

Released via Morr Music on September 8th, 2k17 is "Two Windows", a new album marking the end of a seven years spanning release hiatus in the career of Lali Puna which have been making waves with their music since back in 1999. Coming back after such a long period does mean that some things have changed for sure and therefore we're seeing the band turning their heads towards a more dancefloor-friendly, partially even SynthPop influenced approach which is immediately evident in the seductive opener that is the the title track followed by sweet Electronic Pop vision "Deep Dream" which has been featured on these pages in early June. With "Come Out Your House" Lali Puna serve a masterly crafted amalgamation of Indietronica and bass music-infused elements, "The Frame" - a collaborational effort with Dntel - focuses on a floating, ethereal take on vocal-driven TechHouse, "Wear My Heart" somehow evokes memories of the classic "Moments In Love" without aiming to and the "Bony Fish feat. Mary Lattimore" is dripping with tender electronic romanticism and is one of the most  beautiful Indietronica songs we've come across in ages. Furthermore "Her Daily" weighs in a little innocence on a kinda of Dancehall-related Electronica foundation, "Wonderland" brings uplifting Pop aspects and beautiful crystalline synth works to advanced, intimate dancefloors, "Birds Flying High" alongside the great  Radioactive Man gets back into Tech-/MicroHouse territories with warm, all embracing basslines and delicately cut vocal snippets as well as beautiful melodies whilst "The Bucket" is another lively, yet tender banger for open air dances under a vernal sun. Working with Midori Hirano under heer MimiCuf moniker Lali Puna cater "Everything Counts", another delicate excursion into 4/4 territories before the final "Heads Up High" calmy waves goodbye in a more ballad'esque manner. A great comeback, this is!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Zeitkratzer & Elliot Sharp - Oneirika (Live At Berghain Berlin) [Zeitkratzer Productions]

Released in mid-June via their very own label Zeitkratzer Productions is Zeitkratzer's live interpretation of Elliott Sharp's composition "Oneirika" which was performed and premiered as a commissioned work for the Maerzmusik Festival 2014 at Berlin's legendary electronic music venue Berghain. As a composition inspired by the works of John Cage and based on Elliott Sharp's unique approach of refiltering and processing his self-generated musical manuscripts through Photoshop techniques the piece is played within one lengthy 47:43 minutes session but split into ten different sections which are, as far as pigeonholing into genres makes any sense in terms of modern contemporary music, influenced by the farmost leftfield and experimental realms of FreeJazz, quiet, score'esque passages contrasted by thundering brass and percussions, lovely melodic aspects going down into upright mayhem and highly dramatic chaos and many more, presenting eerie calmness - especially in the spine-tingling four minutes of section five -, intense, brooding precipitance and even parts reminiscent of (Neo)Classical sheet music like in section eight. Demanding, unique, complex - and defo another one perfectly fitting in the Zeitkratzer back catalogue.

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20.09.2017 baze.djunkiii @ Reeperbahn Festival x Mojo Jazz Cafe / Hamburg

decks: baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings]

file under: Downtempo / Dub / Reggae / TripHop

set time: 11 am - 4 pm

daytime set - open air in case of good weather conditions.

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Mojo Jazz Cafe
Reeperbahn 1
Hamburg St. Pauli
Germany

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tony Cattano - Naca [Aut Records 033]

Going back to back to December 2016 with the review of Tony Cattano's "Naca" album which sat and arrived in our post box only recently. Cattano, as the leader and founder of the Naca quartet formed by him as well Emanuele Parrini, Matteo Anelli and Andrea Melani - all of them considered to be working at the top of Italy's thriving contemporary Jazz scene - delivers a wide-ranged menu of ten compositions with this one, starting from the very free combination of over the top uptempo passages and abrasive scrapings in the opener "Fior Di Conio" to the nicely swinging grooves of "Il Salto Del Pachiderma" and its stoic, yet fascinating bass motif to the more comical, slightly kitsch- and Psychedelia-covered approach of "Erva Mate" which literally unrolls a cinematic sequence within the listeners head. With "Colpo Die Fulmine" the quartet enters territories of heartfelt melancholia, "Krastan" is a complex, high speed arrangement for Film Noir-influenced dancefloors on the brink of madness whereas "Impro" weighs in more melancholia, sadness as well as a certain feel of danger whilst living up to the expectations evoked by the tunes title before "Un Piccolo Improvisto" gets back into a playful, yet experimental swing that brings old, hand-drawn cartoon TV series with a tongue-in-cheek attitude back to mind somehow and so does "Yellow He", defo the happiest cut on "Naca" with its fascinating slap bass progression and matching plucked string motif. Finally "Trappin'" is the coolest take on Cool Jazz with a certain swing and a grand portion of mid-track experimentation we've heard in ages whilst the closing tune "Settecamini" seems to be reminiscent of one of the great crooning Jazz standards we cannot remember the name of at this very point in time. An interesting, yet also demanding one from the Aut Records catalogue, this is.

Hainbach - Ach, Du (Music Video)



Beautiful Ambient / Deep Listening Music coming straight from the eurorack!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sascha Müller [Supersix Records Extra 057]

Another fresh one coming from the ever busy Sascha Müller is his latest eleven track album on his very own imprint named Supersix Records Extra which brings more electronic goodness for peak time dancefloors. The opening tune "The Piano Player" fuses a deep, lovely and uplifting piano motif with rolling, masterly crafted basslines and a stripped down Trance vibe, "Toxic Action" stampedes with a brutal HardTechno attitude and Tribal influences, "Triple A" gets into astoundingly groove-oriented oldskool House territories, presenting raw Latin-loops and classy pads before the "Voltmeter" explores minimalistic, yet grinding and kinda off-rhythm Techno with a quite mechanical attitude. Experiencing a "Wiedergeburt" - 'rebirth' in English - is like a lively, positive trip into a technoid, Acid-infused la-la-land bordering on what once was called Intelligent Techno whilst coming "Down To Earth" is more of a spiralling DarkTrance journey with a well psychedelic twist and beautiful string layers, "Hurra Die Katz Ist Tot" presents quite a bit of dark humour titlewise as well as a hefty portion of fast-paced TribalTechno sporting intense bleep modulations for concrete underground clubs before "Sternenschweif" brings back storming, yet stripped down AcidTrance for illegal, large scale warehouse raves. Next up we're entering the "Astral Zone", a zone in which stomping HardHouse and Techno mix and mangle to create a new musical breed, the "Acid Sky" is a kaleidoscopic, well repetetive and reverb-heavy Acid affair and the final cut  "Action Response" weighs in more classic, functional ClubTechno for tool-loving DJ's out there. Quality.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Sascha Müller [Sascha Müller Music 1000024]

Fresh on the circuit is Sascha Müller's latest digital two-track single which brings us more greatness from his studio vaults. With the opening cut "Badespass" the Meppen-based producer gets down on stripped down, lively and positive MinimalTechno whilst catering ever morphing, Acid (Not Acid) modulations that probably would mix well with the tunes from the famous Studio-series or Andreas Dorau's "Telefon Remixes" on the legendary German Ladomat  label whereas "Day Of Thunder" also relies on a stripped down killer groove and a simple yet dancefloor functional main motif that keeps crowds of MinimalTechno loving headz  busy and buzzing until the morning light. Good stuff.

Friday, September 08, 2017

I'm Not A Band - Swimming



A new epic single from the forthcoming I'm Not A Band-album "Past Forward". We're in for this!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Various Artists - Monika Werkstatt [Monika Enterprise]

Released via Gudrun Gut's very own label Monika Enterprise in mid-June, 2k17 is "Monika Werkstatt", a seventeen track showcase compilation which sprung from a collective gathering and workshop throughout which all the featured artists and musicians like Gudrun Gut herself, Pilocka Krack, AGF, Sonae, Lucrecia Dalt, Barbara Morgenstern and many more met somewhere in the German nowhere of the Uckermark to collaboratively record sounds and soundscapes, voices and musical foundations which were later polished, finished and re-arranged by other members of the group to give them their final form and structure. The results are - as one might have guessed from the array of artists involved - as diverse as homogenic at the same time, incorporating Electronica as well as more of a SloMotion House approach and pure sonic experimentation beyond genre borders, all covered in a thick portion of blurred, autumnal melancholia and mostly touching the more or less vocal sporting edge of the genre often referred to as Indietronica at one point or the other. Highlights to be found here are Lucrecia Dalt's 4/4-focused slomo effort "Blindholes",  the tripping, captivating, robotic yet ethereal Electronica Hop of Gudrun Gut's "Repetition" and the deep Acid Phonk of  Pilocka Krach's "Who's Afraid Of Justin Bieber", obviously paying homage to one of Michael Jackson's biggest hits in a clever, tongue-in-cheek manner whereas AGF's "Ninjaness" (ab)uses a take on dry, mechanical UltraPhonk inspired by both Clicks'n'Cuts as well as Rhythm Industrial to drive advanced dancefloors crazy for a reason and Sonae's "Witchcraft" combines Clicks'n'Cuts with a haunting Deep Listening approach. Varied, yet interesting.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

baze.djunkiii Charts 09/2017

01. Quantic presents Flowering Inferno - Shuffle Them Shoes feat. Hollie Cook [Tru Thoughts]
It's been quite a while since I've added a new Flowering Inferno 7" single to my collection but as I'm re-discovering my love for Dub & Reggae these days this one is a must have as "Shuffle Them Shoes" weighs in a dead cool and groovy, Rocksteady-oriented riddim accompanied by beauteous, catchy vocals laid down by Hollie Cook in a beyond Reggae vintage manner whereas the flipside and its "All I Do Is Think About You (Dub)" combines classic, slo-mo Dub structures with a sweet string section and ethereal, slightly warped vocals for lessons in deep bass meditation. Big one, this.

02. Dr. NoiseM - Flexi Terror 3 [Dr. NoiseM Tapes]
See review for details...

03. Mad Mats - Digging Beyond The Crates Volume 1 [BBE Records]
See review for details...

04. Brutter - Reveal And Rise [Hubro Music]
See review for details...

05. Phonophani - Animal Imagination [Hubro Music]
See review for details...

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Michael Pisaro / Hakon Stene & Kristine Tjøgersen - Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones [Hubro Music]

Released on June 16th, 2k17 via the Norwegian imprint Hubro Music is "Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones" by the American composer Michael Pisaro, who sees seventeen of his - untitled, but numbered - works being interpreted by Hakon Stene & Kristine Tjøgerson on this album. Starting off with a sequence of pulses of varying, yet electroacoustic nature we're taken into an abstract, hypnotizing realm of sound incorporating both excerpts of droning Field Recordings as well as rich, klaxon-esque tones as well as a combination of both, Isolationist Ambient, eerie fragments of singing choirs covered in layers of wind noises as well as melodic, melancholia inducing wind instrument minimalism - probably played on a french horn in "IV". More ultra calm sonic sequentialism mixed with beauteous Ambient traditions is to be found in "VI + VII", a tune that later drifts off into more retrofuturist sound aesthetics, given the noises and movements present resemble those attributed to computational processes in 60s and 70s sci-fi flics. These sounds, alongside bass-focused drones are as well present in "VIII + IX", maybe one of the most intense cuts on this album, before a surprising, because unexpected, combination of acoustic guitar and slowly fading tones provides a more naturalistic, organic touch to the longplays progress in "X". An ultimate example of minimalist autumnal melancholia is provided with the somehow Post-PostRock resembling "XII" catering even a little bit of a film noir attitude whereas "XIII" serves highly intense, dramatic climaxes, "XIV" indulges in more romantic aspects of super stripped down instrumentation which find a proper continuation in the subsequent, ethereal "XV" bringing nothing but heavenly choirs to the table for a short while before the final tunes on "Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones" are grouped around the theme of single piano tones and an overall feel of wanted, well welcoming loneliness. Highly recommended, this! 

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Monday, September 04, 2017

09.09.2017 Shady's Bday Bash @ Icarus.Club / Lübeck


DRUM AND BASS FLOOR
baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings /  Jahmoni Music]
Gerald Steyr [Hoch 10]
Giacomo [Hoch 10]
Shade [Icarus.Club / Pirate Revival Project]
Mental Dizorder a.k.a. Mac Daniels [Icarus Club]

5 YEARS SPIELWIESE LATE NIGHT FLOOR
Davide [Jeudi]
Neal Porter [Moonbootique]
Matt Blue [136 Grad]
Binks [Stampfland]
Bent Miller [Stampfland]

CHILL FLOOR
Janny [Liebe &  Respekt]
Dubality [Liebe &  Respekt]
Goldmund [Hookbam]
Lykke

doors: 11 pm
admission: 10€

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Icarus.Club
Ziegelstrasse 2a
23554 Lübeck

Dr. NoiseM - Studio Works 23 [Dr. NoiseM Tapes]

Put on the circuit by the ever active, never sleeping Noize-producer Dr. NoiseM is "Studio Works 23", the - guess what -  twentythird full on album release in this ongoing series, catering a thirteen tracks load of new and previously unreleased tracks from his archive. Opening with "Liberation" we're taken by surprise as we're entering a Deep Listening-oriented sonic realm that's even about to please die-hard Ambient headz due to its calm and steady flow before "Melting XMA" combines static Noize pulses with electric buzzes and even melodic variations that end up in chattering chaos and randomly cut interferences. "Narcotic Species" comes across as a dark, ever moving science fiction void of a well threatening nature, "No No" weighs in heavy distortions and squealing HarshNoize brutalism with bleepy influences and alien background sequences of possibly modular nature, "Noise Noise" picks up on storming bass distortions and an overall feel of eerieness whereas "Now And Then" goes deep into Cold / Death Ambient series whilst presenting another take on shifting respiratory sounds we've seen Dr. NoiseM use a lot in his series 'The CDr A-B-C', this time combining those trademark sounds with carefully crafted, floating Ambient structures. The "Robot Poetry" is an abstract take on speech program abuse, "Schizofrenia" presents 47 seconds of violent Gabba / Hardcore before we enter a brutal HarshNoize slaughterhouse named "Schlachthaus" - the German translation of the term -, grinding our brain cells to bits and pieces. Furthermore "Shit Happenz" relies on decent Ambient floatations paired with raw, distorted sub-frequencies of a quite storming, overwhelming nature, "Spacepost" amalgamates echoes of outer space Electronica with sparse, spaced out modulations of modular origin to a score'esque sci-fi result, "Street Wind" caters eerie, twisted Spoken Word poetry from the realms of the dead and the concluding cut named "Rings Of Uranus" serves a menu of dark'ish, yet beautiful Deep Listening Music for those who know. Good stuff!

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Sam Supplier - Night & Day *T2 Remix



Another epic T2 cut for the Bassline / Niche crowd - we're into this for a reason!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

BELP - Lion



A Munich-take on bass music. Sweetness.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Sol Heilo - America



A beauteous take on Pop with an Americana-influenced twist is this debut single by Sol Heilo who is about to release her album "Skinhorse Playground" via Propeller Recordings in early October, 2k17.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sascha Müller [Sascha Müller Music 1000023]

Released via his own imprint Sascha Müller Music in early July 2k17 is Sascha Müller's new digital two track single featuring the cuts "Glockige Acid Sequenz" as well as "Manisch Depressiv". Whilst the first of these tune takes us on a nearly eleven minutes ride on a spiralling, gooey and braincell bending MonoAcid rollercoaster we see the second one rely on a screeching and distorted midrange synth sequence, decent cowbell abuse as well as a raw, more Techno-focused approach towards monotonous yet ultrafunctional 4/4-based electronic dance music.

Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do (Official Video)



Well, usually we're not digging deep into the mainstream Pop world but we cannot deny that Taylor Swift's most recent musical outing is defo a proper cut and possibly quite a big step into a new direction for the American Pop singer who had announced this one through some pretty sweet glitch videos posted on her social media channels a few days before this one dropped.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Various Artists - Mad Mats presents Digging Beyond The Crates [BBE Records]

Recently released via Hasting's BBE Records on August 11th, 2k17 is the labels latest compilation entitled "Mad Mats presents Digging Beyond The Crates", put together by Swedish DJ, digger and label head Mads Mats, involved in renowned imprints like Raw Fusion and GAMM as well as the prolific Local Talk outfit, to reflect upon his preferred approach of playing out  - a cross and beyond genre way of picking tunes for the dancefloor, preferrably personal favorites no matter what tempo, era or stylistic drawer these are usually put into. As a true digger in its own right Mad Mats presents a sixteen tune selection of cuts, incorporating instrumental oldskool Proto Reggae like the 1969-released "Big Big Boss" by Johnny Moore as well as contemporary Grime-informed Digi Dancehall as found in the 'Murlo Remix' of Gappy Ranks' "Sherriff", minimal Dancehall killers like Ensemble Entendu's "Jah I See You" or even tripping Skweee / Beatmaker sound with a vintage touch as found in Cuthead's "Badly". Furthermore "Animations" by Intimate Disco adds a lovely Downtempo / Jazz vibe to the tracklisting, "Take A Stand" by Psalms indulges in Boogie and Soul, more epic Soul comes from Yvonne Gray and her massive anthem "Keep The Music Alive" whilst Bobby Hebb's "Evil Woman" comes in with a bit of an Exotica twist mixed up with both Psychedelia and -  again - Soul. Furthermore we find Bill Laurance and "The Pines" catering a lovely take on swinging Piano Jazz, U-N-I (You And I) and their 'Key Trip Dub' of "Don't Hold Back The Feeling" puts deep ass House music on the map and so does the piano- and groove-heavy "Jazz In Out Space" by BSTC whilst Ezel's "Get Down (Ezel Funk Mix)" serves a good portion of slick, proper Funk for intimate, hormone flavored dancefloors. Ossie's "I Hurt  You" covers the more electronic, yet ethereal and super seductive side of high quality House music with a surprising plot twist breakwise, Deft's "The Traveler" goes more up a glitzy SlowHouse vs Beatmaker alley, Mode-M's "Space Based" implements some spaced out Motor City vibes and finally Turbojazz & CT-Hi Ensemble present an excellent retake on the Detroit classic that is "Strings Of Life" - a version and re-interpretation that's out and about to rock dances all over the place for a reason. If proper eclecticism and high quality diversity is your route of choice, this compilation is one to check out!


Friday, August 25, 2017

01.09.2017 baze.djunkiii @ Mojo Jazz Cafe / Hamburg

decks: baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings]

file under: Downtempo / Dub / Reggae / TripHop

set time: 5 - 9 pm

daytime set - open air in case of good weather conditions.

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Mojo Jazz Cafe
Reeperbahn 1
Hamburg St. Pauli
Germany

Thursday, August 24, 2017

I Wear* Experiment - Patience [Optical / H'art]

Scheduled for release on September 8th, 2k17 via Optical / H'art is "Patience", the new album by the Estonia-based trio I Wear* Experiment which seemingly took the Baltic region as well as parts of Asia by storm throughout the past years, supporting the British band Hurts on tour and sharing loads of major festival lineups with big names like The Prodigy, Iggy Pop, Martin Garrix and others in their local part of the world. This said, the band opens their full-length debut with its title track, catering lonely Desert Rock guitars with large scale electronic backings and panoramic widescreen vocals of  somehow Madonna'esque qualities which are accompanied by massive rock drums, making clear why big festival stages and arenas are the perfect place for this band to be. In "From Nothingness" we're exploring a well SynthPop-informed ballad with structures we all loved in Rangleklods great "Beekeeper" album, "Deepfreeze" aims at IndieElectro dancefloors whilst embedding kitsch and Disco in its well radio friendly arrangements, "Stress My Friend" brings in an amalgation of Pop melancholia and Rock'ish dancefloor approach for Indie loving teens in love whereas  "Wanting For More" once again fuses an angelic, Madonna-reminiscing vibe - well... Madonna in her heydays that is - with proper Rock and a few electronic intermissions to a stadium filling, spine-tingling effect. Furthermore "No Way Back" comes across as a proper high energy anthem for the mainstream-related audience catering Jazz-infused halftime breaks and epic strings as well as a surprising closing, "Hyperstress" is the most fascinating tune on this album fusing elements of SynthPop, EDM and IndieElectro with glitzy effects and unexpected sonic warps for a massive, crowd-working impact and the concluding "I'm Loving It" calms down in merging more of a bluesy, seductive note and tender electronic bits, creating a sweet and friendly Pop variation towards the albums end. We can totally see why I Wear* Experiment are on their way to the top. Good stuff!


31.08.2017 baze.djunkiii presents: OUR HOUSE @ Beat Boutique / Hamburg

decks: baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings]

file under: House / DeepHouse

doors open: 9 pm

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Beat Boutique
Max-Brauer-Allee 219
22765 Hamburg
Germany

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

baze.djunkiii Chart Haul 08/2017


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hainbach - 8 Minutes With The ADDAC Dual Voltage Controlled Filter



Intended to be a modular demo only this musical effort provides some mesmerizing qualities. We do enjoy this.

Monday, August 21, 2017

GIW - Never Is Always [ti-Records]

Put on the circuit only recently via ti-Records is "Never Is Always", the album debut of Pablo Giw a.k.a. GIW which is at home at the more experimental side of trumpet playing and performance. Opening with a fascinating take on Electronica meets Spoken Word and trumpet droning melancholia named "Morning Machine" GIW paves the way for things to come, for the following "What's Outside Isn't There" in which the artist follows an instrumental path of meandering, Jazz-infused repetitions based on what seems to be a field recorded rhythmic foundation whilst "I Saw You / Trouble" even digs deep into classic Jazz / Soul territories for those appreciating a bit of deep ass urbanizm as well as highly detailed beat and vocal cut-ups in their lives. Furthermore "Hain" comes across with a highly energetic, percussive vibe and mechanical feel that might be seen as a perfect musical equivalent to steam punk in some way or the other, "Gone" caters a floating, magically ambient'esque approach towards spiralling trumpet modulations and "The Golden Calf" brings us a heartfelt, autumnal amalgamation of Future Jazz, Bar Jazz and carefully hit gong tones, once again garnished with intense Spoken Word poetry. Finally the "Right Endeavour" unleashes tweaked and twisted electronic beasts and whispering, non-vocal ghosts from other dimensions onto experimental Industrial dancefloors whereas the concluding cut "Never Is Always" gets apocalyptic in terms of mixing up floating, beautiful sonic spirals and alienatingly altered vocals whilst gravitating towards a peaceful and calm closing. Unique, this is and recommended to both fans of experimental Jazz as well as urban electronics and modernist concrete Soul music.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Dedekind Cut - The Expanding Domain [Hallow Ground Promo]

Scheduled for release via the imprint Hallow Ground in September 2k17 is "The Expanding Domain", a new 23 minutes EP crafted by Fred Welton Warmsley III under his artistic moniker Dedekind Cut. Providing a whole of five tracks on this one which were created in transit between New York, Seoul and Berlin the opening tune "Cold Bloom" offers cold, yet storming and slightly distorted Ambient / Drone spheres accompanied by crackling background rhythms and an unexpected turn towards thrilling analogue bass pulses - and even panoramic Trance stabs. Wearing the "Lil Puffy Coat" the warm pulsating bass levels remain present and somehow remind us of "Little Fluffy Clouds" in terms of the tunes atmosphere whilst heavy (Neo)Cosmic chord distortions and whispering voices add up greatly in this one, "Fear In Reverse II" is more of a wildly arranged piece of brutalist Industrial mixed with Rhythm'n'Noize as well as banging Hardcore drums whereas the title track "The Expanding Domain" provides more of a harsh, Breakcore Noize feel paired with humongous bass build-ups and fragile, tender pianos for the darkest, post-nuclear hours in underground venues and abandoned bunker raves. Finally  "Das Expanded, Untitled Riff" weighs in more beauteous piano melancholia atop of raw, sawtooth-bass chords for all true Ambient- and Score-headz out there only to unfold influences of (Neo)Cosmic around mid-track to totally change the tunes vibe and elevate towards higher grounds through ongoing sonic climaxes. Interesting stuff.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sandow - Entfernte Welten [Major Label]

Set and ready for release on September 1st, 2k17 via the Jena-based Major Label is "Entfernte Welten", the most recent album outing by Sandow - one of the most discussed, controversial and still active avantgarde-related bands founded in the former GDR, the abbreviation for the dismantled and defunct socialist East Germany. Providing a fourteen song d'oeuvre on their latest longplay piece the band stays true to their leftfield, genre-bending and unique approach, catering a wideranged menu including highlights like the dramatic, if not even theatrical, noisy and Industrial-Punk infused anthem "Stein", Spoken Words infused bits and sketches like "Niemals Tot", wildly arranged, yet romantic castaway scores like "Cupidus" or epicly unique "Also Sprach Zarathustra"-sampling, stop-and-go hymns for art-infused outlaw living like "Sei Trunken". More recommendations on here: the scenic, raw Metal-emulation named "Eis", the score'esque resource romanticism of "Mangan" or clever, yet absurd word wizzardry as served in the bluesy, down-to-earth desert feel catering "Known Knowns" which defo is one of our favorite tunes on "Entfernte Welten" for a reason. Not necessarily an album catering towards the average mainstream consumer but an interesting one for sure.

      

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mapa - No Automato [Gusstaff Records Promo]

It rarely happens that a project comes to life again for the release of its sophomore album after 17 years but sometimes the unexpected happens and so we see Paul Wirkus and Marcin Dymiter join forces to revive their conjunctional moniker Mapa for 2k17, releasing their second longplay piece ever via the Polish imprint Gusstaff Records on September 2nd. Coming from an avantgarde background with relations to both Jazz and Punk the pair of producers caters a quite eclectic body of work with this one, opening with "MPA Jazz" which fuses DarkJazz and Vienna-schooled Future Jazz - think "The Showroom Recordings Series #01" here - with various electro-acoustic elements and a loose general understanding of grooves whilst "Bunt Tragiczny" combines dry, harsh and scraping, roughly Electro-related beat structures with electrical buzzes and error'esque low frequency rumbles. In "Heute Tanz A" Mapa explore a raw, saw-tooth synth related take on instrumental Minimal Wave programmed with dirt cheap drum machines, "Bez EQ" brings in 8+ minutes of partly dubbed, warm organic bass bits, fragments of deconstructed Jazz as well as an overall embracing open fire atmosphere and beautifully clicking surface noise loops before "Heute Tanz B" gets deeper and amalgamates its Minimal Wave'esque foundation with carefully layered, off-harmonic pads, futuristic sweeps and more of a haunting, outerworldly feel. Furthermore we see the "Rudyment" catering ultra slow, grinding Dark Electro explorations which could be well fitting for release on labels like Bunker or Last Known Trajectory , "Nigdy Tam Nie Bylem" provides more buzzing, unprocessed lo-fi madness before the "Antibiotikum" indulges in hypnotic Electronica / Ambient crossovers for subaquatic chill out areas and the title track finally waves goodbye on a harsh and aggressive, partly even threatening SynthWave / Ingenious Dilettantes-like level for highly advanced underground dancefloors. An interesting comeback for sure.