Monday, January 16, 2017

Jstar ft. Ranking Joe - Bad Boy Stepping & Remixes

Some killer Reggae vibes in 'ere, brought to us by our man Jstar.  To be released on February 11th, 2k17!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

baze.djunkiii In Dub @ #lsb_TV (Visuals by Trig Fardust)

A one hours musical exploration in classic and contemporary Dub and Reggae - enjoy!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Xposed 4Heads - Alles Ist Verboten (Official Video)

Well, well, well... there's bad news and good stuff coming from our stateside friends. We approve of this.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mirko - LP1 [Room40 Promo]

Released on November 18th, 2k16 via Room40 is Mirko's "LP1", a nine track album created by the Hamburg-born, world travelling and now London-based artist, sound engineer and producer Mirko Vogel who has been working on the Ambient textures of this album over the course of nearly three years. Whilst the opening tune "Glass" fuses a raw, steady synth bass and floating, dreamlike harmonic spreads with epic widescreen background drum resemblances evoking memories of early Synth and electronic music masters like Tangerine Dream, Vangelis or Jean Michel Jarre before coming to an abrupt and unexpected halt, the "Cloud Chain" brings crackly surface noise, warm pads and single piano chords to create an all welcoming Ambient blur with a touch of romantic melancholia, "One Hour" lives up to each and every genre cliche in terms of sonic, slow moving beauty but remarkably still manages to not cross over into the land of kitsch driven Muzaq and so does "As The Morning" which is adding a few tender guitar tones to the artists musical spectrum therefore including PopAmbient or Post-PostRock as provided by early works by Klimek and the likes of. And these first four tracks basicly set the mood for what is to come throughout the further course of the album, a piece not necessarily adding anything new to the Ambient spectrum overall but one that is masterly crafted in both its contemporary aspects as well as in paying homage to the aforementioned pioneers of the genre which also happens in the well-epic tune "In Conversation" and therefore is defo a worthwhile addition to any Ambient / ChillOut collection for a reason.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hexa - Factory Photographs [Room40 Promo]

Put on the release circuit in early November, 2k16 via the Australian Room40 label is "Factory Photographs" by Hexa, a collaborational project by Lawrence English and Jamie Stewart which first came to be as a commission for an exhibition of David Lynch's factory photographs - hence the name of the album. And taking into account Mr. Lynch's description of an ideal factory location featuring '...winter-dead black trees and oil-soaked earth.' the musical efforts served under the Hexa name meet this idea with an 100% accuracy. The opening tune "Sledge" comes in as a cold, like: below siberia cold, take on Dark Ambient vs. Industrial noises and an extremeley eerie, threatening atmosphere and sets the path for a journey into a realm of mysterious sonic horrors, including ongoing, near static scraping and far away metal objects clanging in "Lumber", fascinating Rhythm'n'Noize in the ultra dark "Ring Bark" whilst "There Never Was" depicts the void in a calm, yet spine-tingling Dark Ambient matter. With "A Breath" we're taken back to the first half of the 90s when we discovered experimental electronic underground music due to the formative compilation "Abschied Aus Berne: Eine Kompilation Hamburger Geräuschmusik" whilst "Vertical Horizons" seems to be a Field Recording from a doomed, post-fallout production facility far underneath the earth's crust, seamlessly transitioning into more chugging vibrations and relieving, light-bringing atmospheres in the subsequent flight  "Over Horizontal Plains" before the final cut named "Body" caters a sequence of apocalyptic explosions and triggers pictures of multiple - and rapidly multiplying - mushroom clouds scattered across the globe. Devastation!     

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Muddersten - Karpatklokke [Sofa Music]

To be released via the Norwegian Sofa Music-imprint on January 13th, 2k17 is "Karpatklokke", a seven track album created by Havard Volden, Martin Taxt and Henrik Olsson under their conjunctional production moniker Muddersten. The groups name hails from a certain kind of mudrock that came to be from clay and soil drying out, and the album is - as far as we get from the press sheet - dedicated to or influenced by process of how plants manage to break through, cracking up this pretty much solid substance, mostly due to the use of hydraulics and the incompressible nature of liquids. And as chaotic, slow and unpredictable the process of a plant breaking through stone like material might sound, the trio's musical work does reflect that with all digital accuracy possible. Using guitar, tape-loops, electronics, objects, friction, piezo and - what ever this might be - microtonal tuba the body of work they create on "Karpatklokke" is, although highly digital and somehow walking the line between Clicks'n'Cuts and Noize for a very rough description, droney, fissured and fractured, at times deeply familiar like the very core of what life, and the everlasting process of bloom and decomposition, really is, at times abstract like the noise silently emitted by pretty much every digital or at least microchip driven device one owns and therefore extremely fascinating and defo one of our first highlights on the longplay release circuit this year. Check!

Album artwork on Instagram!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Omar - Love In Beats [Peppermint Jam Promo]

To be released on January 27th, 2k17 is "Love In Beats" , the eighth full length studio album by British (Neo)Soul legend Omar who is collaborating with the likes of Jean-Michele Rotin, Leon Ware, Natasha Watts, Floacist and a few other guests vocalists on here. Scheduled via Peppermint Jam the twelve tracks represent Omar's musical spectrum to the fullest and fuse Soul with literally everything, from complex, piano-driven Broken Beat in "Vicky's Turn", classic Soul grooves in "Insatiable" and deep, late night vibes in "Gave My Heart". Furthermore we're even surprised by tango'esque offbeats in the well-anthemic, bilingual "Deja Vu" which defo turns out to be our favorite tune on "Love In Beats" whilst "Hold Me Closer" brings a more Easy Listening feel well suitable for 80s-themed cocktail party gathering, "I Want It To Be" caters a little more uplifting atmosphere and a well-interesting stab sequence which reminds us of St. Etienne's 1991-released classic "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" for a reason and "Doobie Doo" introduces a sweet'n'crackly vintage vibe musically whilst keeping it real on the sunny side of life. But these are only a few tunes picked from an album that's defo one timeless and classy addition to any record collection out there. Check.       

Friday, January 06, 2017

baze.djunkiii Charts 01/2017

01. Sledgehead Bristol - Fleetwood Macked [Sledgehead Bristol 003]
Did anyone say Fleetwood Mac, and especially "Dreams" ? Count me in as I've got a personal connection to this specific song due to a Mannheim-based Drum'n'Bass-MC/-singer once known as Lady Infinity who not only was a massive fan of the band but also, as a side project, ran a cover band dedicated to Fleetwood Mac with her dad and once send me a tape including her incredibly good cover of "Dreams" which, at the time, simply blew my mind. Ever since, I feel a connection to this tune and therefore this perfectly crafted bootleg / mash-up which sets the original vocals into a new, more discoid context, serving a sweet DJ tool for use in NuDisco / Edit  or Freestyle related sets was a must  have for me.

02. Federico Curatolo - The Orchestra EP [Pathway Traxx 003]
All true House Music addicts watch out for this one. Originally released as a limited purple vinyl pressing in 2013 this popped up at our local record store only recently and serves a remarkable take on deep, oldskool Piano House with an ecstatic vocal twist. All these four tracks could've been produced somewhen throughout the first half of the nineties as well and therefore do represent the exact kind of House music we're into these days. Essential piece. 

03. The Modulator - Breather / Try Again [Analog Records USA 042]
Two epic, well muscular tracks on this limited to 100 copies 12" pressing which sees our main man Freddy Fresh reviving his very own imprint Analog Records USA by using his Techno-bound alias The Modulator. If you're a fan of the harder, banging side of Techno and have a thing for dark'n'wonky, ever evolving productions this is defo a proper addition to your collection. One to play out at illegal bunker raves for a reason.

04. Deep'a & Biri - Echoic Memories EP [Transmat Records 095]
After a longer break we've seen the classic Transmat label being revived again in 2016 and with the "Echoic Memories EP" by Deep'a & Biri, two producers hailing from Israel, they definitely caught our attention as the four tracks on this 12" single do cater a sweet fusion of Dub Techno-influences, echoes of Detroit and bits of Acid, all falling in place in a slightly tool'ish, yet floating and all embracing manner best served throughout late night Techno sessions. Good stuff.

05. 808 State - Ex:el [Music On Vinyl]
A blast from the past this numbered and limited to 750 copies re-issue on sweet yellow vinyl is. Originally released back in 1991 "Ex:el" does not only include 808 State's benchmark tunes "In Yer Face" and "Cübik" but also two amazing and oftenly overlooked Björk features on the tracks "Ooops" and "Qmart" plus, and this goes for this extended re-issue only, four bonus tracks and detailed liner notes reflecting on the projects history. Sweet.

06. Dr. Walker & Omsk Information / St. Tetik [Subsonic Records 003 Promo]
See review for details...

07. Paul Wirkus - Discours Amoureux [Edition Beides 002]
See review for details...

08. Celer - Two Days And One Night [Sequel 005]
See review for details...

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

4ZZZ1 - Underwater Frequencys [Psychocandies 049]

And another new Psychocandies release came in these days, this time it's 4ZZZ1's digital two track single "Underwater Frequencys" which is available via all digital download stores since December 22nd, 2016. Whilst the title track rolls out over a total playtime of a little more than 10 minutes and fuses decent, Acid-fueled TechHouse with a repetetive background harmonica motif we see "Underbello", the second tune on here, gravitating towards a more technoid, tool-orientated focus and presenting a more screaming approach towards brainwrecking, ecstatic Acid modulations. Proper. 

Sascha Müller - Acid Rampage 606303303 [Psychocandies 047]

Put on the circuit not too long ago via the ever active Acid-focused imprint Psychocandies is Sascha Müller's newest album named "Acid Rampage 606303303", catering a menu of 12 untitled tracks all seemingly, and entirely created by this magical set-up of three Roland machines.  And, as one possibly might expect, the outcome of this conceptional production approach is pure madness: screaming Acid lines, minimalistic percussions and a braincell wrecking intensity spread out over a full playtime of 51 minutes are perfect fodder for all followers of psyched out underground Acid and regulars at strobe-lit, fogmachine-fueled bunker raves. If you're one of these creatures - check this out!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Splinter Orchestra - Mungo [Splitrec 027 Promo]

Upcoming on the Australian label Splitrec and set for release on January 27th, 2k17 is "Mungo", the projects second release on the imprint after their same titled debut in 2006. With this album stretched out over three CD's and a total run time of approx. 160 minutes we join the 21-piece orchestra going on a road trip from Sydney to Adelaide for a performance, a three days journey which took them to the Mungo National Park where they recorded their long and unusual piece according to their general approach of taking orchestral and experimental music to places beyond the venues where it's usually performed. With the first CD subtitled "Sunrise" and split in two parts we see the orchestra using a method of of moving around two stereo mics amongst and around the performing members of the group, capturing both a variety of scattered wind instruments and strings alongside the surrounding atmosphere of the Australian desert which, in combination, come down to a very calming, ancient effect that makes one really feel in sync with the spirits of nature, at least until fragments of a male voice, seemingly reciting facts from a book, appearing, dis- and re-appearing again when leaving or entering the microphones pick up radius, are becoming part of the scene, leaving us with thoughts about what kind of knowledge we're missing out throughout the course of "Zanci Homestead I" whilst background buzzes and carefully toned down percussions provide a steady, yet constantly evolving backdrop for what is going on. Furthermore, the shorter "Zanci Homestead II" focuses on a livelier, yet also kinda unsettling feel provided by a clustered array of flutes, sax / trumpets and pvc pipes alongside clanging metal objects whilst the recording persons footsteps on the desert sand add a natural rhythm signature which moves on a totally different path than the hyperabstract Free Jazz-reminiscing orchestra performance in this piece. Going into CD2, the so-called "Sunset" section, we find one long, 55 minutes spanning piece going by the name of "Woolshed" which refers to a massive wooden structure built in 1869 to be found at the recording site. Recorded by two microphonists wandering through the space we're experiencing the sonic happenings from different angles at the same time which seem to be of a warmer and more structured, maybe even conducted nature compared to the naturalistic flow of the preceding part of the album. In this session, we even find fragments of a singing female voice, some fluttering electronic sequences and - of course - the special acoustics provided by the "Woolshed" itself which, according to a photograph on the CD sleeve, can be compared to a wide, loft-like space under a not fully closed roof which allows the soundwaves to unfold in a unique way, pleasently underlining the multilayered piece that slowly builds up until it, at times, feels as chaotic, yet functional like a busy open air marketplace in a foreign, exotic country in which one simply is overwhelmed by loads and loads of new impressions and unknown sensations of any kind. Finally, the "Midnight" part brings us the "Airstrip", a discreet and slightly mysterious journey into the wonderful new sonic world of the Splinter Orchestra recorded in near total darkness, incorporating distant echoes of Jazz, decent use and abuse of the high frequency spectrum as well as broken down bits of human voices before swelling crescendoes and increased musical movements indicate cult'ish or ritual behaviour of sorts whilst short, out of context syllables, emulated animal noises and whispering voices accompany the nocturnal, slightly eldritch atmosphere captured throughout the course of this 38 minute ride. Fascinating!          

Album artwork on Instagram!      

Monday, January 02, 2017

Jos Smolders - Nowhere: Exercises In Modular Synthesis And Field Recording [Cronica 123 Promo]

Scheduled for release on January 10th, 2k17 via the Portuguese imprint Cronica is Jos Smolders newest album effort named "Nowhere: Exercises In Modular Synthesis And Field Recording" in which we see the artist stepping away from his usual approach of detailed, thought out composition and exploring a method of letting his electronic devices of mostly modular nature doing what they do, evolving sounds without much interference from the artist himself. In the opening tune "Incident At Ras Oumlil (Revised 2016)" this new way of working leads to a sequence of highly digital clicks reminiscent of a Geiger counter indicating the presence of radioactivity before descending into a cold, scientific drone which is shortly interrupted by distorted Field Recordings and certain athmospheric tweeks evoking memories of Scanner's most experimental work. Next up is the title track "NowHere", bringing in more tense, science-orientated modulation alongside bewildering scraping sounds and what seem to be sounds of a motor running in some distance and "For Rudy Carrera (Revised For 2016)" introduces smacking, low frequency signatures from the deepest depths of the subaquatic abyss, pairing these with indecipherable, bleeping transmissions of a sequential nature and uneven, metallic rhythms before coming to an abrupt halt that takes us into an alien laboratory / factory of sorts where robotic machines move and soldering processes are happening on a large scale. Going into a twelve minutes run with the "Song For Maya Deren" we're taken into a world of metallic growling and haunting, obviously timestretched vocal recordings, a combination that truly introduces a terrifying tension to a well minimalist composition living by these components and a few additional drones and crystalline tonalities whilst "Up. Up And Back To 1982" gives us a calm start by bringing up a relaxed, slowly moving atmosphere and more crystalline trickles before digital distortions start to infiltrate the sonic system and a series of melodic, off kilter tones build up in a way that makes us think of an ancient folk dance. After abruptly breaking down into near silence around mid-track the 17 minutes track leaves us alone with a few, sparse crackling surface noises and more additional Drone-resembling textures. Finally "NoWhere" get's down into more digital sounds whilst providing an amalgamation of Clicks'N'Cuts and ultraminimalist Ambient seemingly built from signal tones and sparse piano notes which are assembled in a hypnotic and sureless time dissolving way. Good stuff, this is.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Big Narstie - Dark Pain (Official Video)

We're starting into a new year with #BASE.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

30.12.2016 baze.djunkiii @ Mojo Jazz Cafe / Hamburg

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

file under: Edits / SlowHouse / NuJazz / BrokenHouse / Advanced Freestyle

doors: 9 p.m.

Mojo Jazz Cafe
Reeperbahn 1
Hamburg St. Pauli

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

[aniYo kore] - 4:32am

Deep late night beats straight outta Dortmund. We like this.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Otso - Dendermonde [Elli Records 003]

Put on the circuit on November 24th, 2k16 via Elli Records is "Dendermonde", the latest musical effort by globetrotting artist and composer Otso Lähdeoja. Sticking to his first name Otso for his outings, which translates as 'bear' and leads to him wearing a bear mask on the cover of this EP, the Finnish artist presents a menu of four tracks on this one, starting with "QC Underground" - a kinda knaggy take on Indietronica fusing electronics, partly even played backwards, and various layers of unevenly looped guitar which do not exactly fall into place here. Following up is "Banshee", a variation of dubbed out, glitched and distorted Electronica accompanied by various layers of hissing  digital noises, female non-vocalisms and even a tripping, psychedelic 70s guitar whilst "Overwinning" represents a more intimate, inward-looking approach combining crackly surface noise, multilayered guitar improvisations with an homage to dubbed out TripHop and more psychedelia. Finally "Mue End" introduces a droning vision of harmonica-based Ambient which gets a little annoying after a few minutes although paying homage to Pole's unique use of bass tones on his first three albums and therefore concludes a mixed bag of an EP which comes up with an interesting although pretty much wearisome artistic vision which, in its entirety, does not necessarily match what we're looking for in terms of conceptual electronic music.

EP artwork on Instagram!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Antoine Chessex, Apartment House & Jerome Noetinger - Plastic Concrete / Accumulation [Bocian Records]

Released via the Bocian Records imprint in November 2k16 is this 58 minute-spanning two track album as a result of the collaborational efforts of the two contemporary electronic music composers Antoine Chessex and Jerome Noetinger teaming up with the longtime running avantgarde project Apartment House. Diving into the realm opened by "Plastic Concrete", a tune written and recorded in 2014, we're exploring dense, slowly shifting electronic structures of a more dark'ish feel, evolving from dronish parts into more Noize related sequences, digital synthesis and clanging non-percussions whilst the musicians of Apartment House add score'esque textures which would've been well fitting for a tense sci-fi or body horror flic of the "Dark Star" era due to their slightly tripping, spaced out nature. With "Accumulation", a 2015 composition, we meet an array of string instruments like violin, viola and cello which are providing both screaming crescendoes and humongous klaxon-resembling tones, partly accompanied by Jerome Noetingers reel to reel tape manipulations and further twisted, slightly off track, fluttering electronics and echoeing string plucking which adds a strange, outlandish and exoplanetary feel to this 33 minutes long composition that's truly a deep listening fest for all experimental music connaisseurs.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sascha Müller - Drop The Bomb [SMSM 006]

The Meppen-based producer Sascha Müller hit the digital circuit with another album in early November. Entitled "Drop The Bomb" we see him leaving his usual underground Acid and Techno paths to aim at the so-called EDM scene with a series of ten tunes which are, surprisingly, all properly radio formatted in terms of their runtime and do prove that the Meppen based artist would be able to compete within the circles even. The opener "Monsters" brings us epic, uplifting Trance with a big room twist, "My Little Melodie" starts out slightly darker with a banging array of compressed drums and reverberating clap attacks before 90s Rave stabs and the ultimate cheese break start to get Hardstyle ravers busy whilst "Adena" fuses a metallic sounding tech-foundation with more uplifting melodies and a kitsch vs. drumroll overdose for hyperventilating dancefloors. Following up is "Back One", seemingly focusing on an ElectroHouse-infused take on mainstream-infused primetime Trance with some futuristic Acid bleeps, "Eased" comes up with a captivating, super energetic strobelight sequence ready to shut down festivals like Ultra within seconds, "Evolution" weighs in a little Mauro Picotto-resembling vibe before breaking down in the cheesiest way ever possible just to come back as a Rave smashing monster and his "Magic Feelings" are, well, magic for those liking their drums marching and merciless and their melodic breaks reviving the 90s HardTrance era. Undergoing a "Metamorphosis" we're indulging in a most beautiful sequence for a good 262 seconds, taking us to beloved, yet well hyperfueled Melodic Trance realms and whilst we're "On Fire" things are getting a little harder, drums start banging and hooklines are warped through various alienating filters. Finally, Sascha Müller takes care of the "Spirit" - a.k.a. PLUR if you're from the States - in terms of abusing classic, plastic sounding 808 percussions in a Hardstyle emulating context to conclude an album that's defo a bit a of a surprise, but also a fun ride for a reason.  

DVSTЯYARD - Incantations

Some banging, fast-paced Ritual Tekno for the headstrong. We do like this.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

baze.djunkiii Chart Haul 12/2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

Brave Timbers - Secret Hopes [Sound In Silence 032]

Coming in from the Greece-based Sound In Silence-camp only recently is their 032,  the "Secret Hopes" album created by Sarah Kemp and her fellow musical mate Andrew Scrogham under their creative moniker Brave Timbers. Presenting a total palette of seven songs on this limited and hand-numbered bit the pairing amalgamates elements of Ambient, Score and melancholia-infused (Neo)Classical music in the opener "Stillness", which is surely rich in kitsch, beauty and glamourous innocence at the same time whilst the subsequent "First Light" adds a pure, folksy guitar and simple, traditional string melodies for more of a naturalistic element. With "Swimming In The Isar" a piano comes into play, following along the lines whilst the duo possibly aims to depict the feel of Munich, hence the river Isar is located there, on a lazy late summers day. The instrumental Folk-orientated "Seasons Past" picks up on that vibe and so does "In The Long Grass" although coming across a little more thoughtful and autumnal due to a seemingly slower pace. Following up is "Coming Up For Air", another bit of epic Piano Ambient beauty on kitsch overload which can only be described as pure seasonal contemplation given the fact we're writing this review on December 23rd before the final cut "From A Mountain" is providing a peaceful, super-harmonic conclusion to an album that might be a little too much of a sweet one for some but well cater the needs of many Ambient lovers after a troublesome year 2k16 for a reason.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Dr. NoiseM - The CDr A-B-C: R [Dr. NoiseM Tapes]

Catching up with the sequels of Dr. NoiseM's "The CDr A-B-C" series we're dealing with the December 2k16-released "R" episode today which is, compared to the previous sequels, taking on a more solemn approach to Dark Ambient and is kinda moving away from being trapped in total, chthonian darkness. Instead of inducing icy fear and slow moving sonic terror this episode, yet gloomy and far from being anything close to calming or uplifting, seems to emit a dark and reddish glow like smoking embers after a large fire, creeping lava flows at night or - more terrifying - the remains on a battlefield after a long and hard fought night at the killing fields, seen through hazy morning lights just a few minutes before sunrise. And like a viscous magmatic stream this album is, slightly lighting up around minute 27 or so when a shining light seems to cut through all that haze and dust floating around in the air, providing a feeling of nearby redemption but in the end klaxonian signals and shifting subsonic mass are making a return to tell their grave and intense tales about the unspeakable terrors that have been and are about be in the future. We are not prepared.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Takamovsky - Sonic Counterpoint [Etymtone 005]

Released via the Etymtone label on November 22nd, 2k16 is "Sonic Counterpoint", the sophomore album by Takamovsky, a project created by author and musician Juergen Berlakovich. With the longplay piece kinda revolving around a piece of classical music - Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suite No. 4, BWV 1010 - which is reinterpreted as an intimate, PostRock / Indietronica-infused guitar piece in the opening tune we see the classical motif, or its variations, return over and over again throughout the course of the eight tracks on this album, mostly paired with tender, intimate bits of Electronica and more or less digital, yet carefully crafted beat structures which - at least for us - evoke fond memories of a sound very present in venues like Hamburg's tiny Astra Stube throughout the late 90s / early 00s as well as represented by more electronic-focused releases on the Hamburg-based imprint Sunday Service or the former Berlin-based imprint Digital Kranky. If these names do strike a chord for you, this might be an album release to look out for for a reason. Also if you're into modernistic Inner City Blues, because "Running In The Background", the only vocal tune on "Sonic Counterpoint", is defo a leftfield'ish smash hit in its own right and worth getting this album just for this tune alone.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ensemble Neon - Neon [Aurora]

After being formed and founded in 2008 we see the Norwegian group of twelve Oslo-based experimental musicians known as Ensemble Neon coming up with their  debut album "Neon" in late 2016. Put on the circuit via the Aurora label we see individual members of the twelve artists circle Ensemble Neon consists of contributing to this album, instead of the bunch of them performing as a full group. With Kristine Tjøgersen's opener "Travelling Light 2" we're taken into a sphere of tense, yet ultrasparse minimalism combining experimental (ab)use of wind instruments, a hammering piano sequence and what seem to be a few scattered electronic elements - an amalgamation with a certain crime scene / film noir flavour that finds its continuation in Jan Martin Smørdal's "My Favorite Thing 2", a more lively and rhythmic composition that picks up on the vibe of the opener despite adding a varied amount of instruments, some of more squealing nature. Following up is "Monocots", a conjunctional work of Oren Ambarchi and James Rushford which, as one might've already guessed from Mr. Ambarchi being involved here, deals with contemplative, inward looks PostRock minimalisms with a stop-and-go attitude accompanied by decent electronic textures and Field Recordings of water being poured before Alvin Lucier's eighteen-minute spanning epos "Two Circles" leads us into a world of Deep Listening Music touching both the borders of Piano Ambient and high frequency Drone manipulations. Finally Julian Skar's solo work "Kunsten A Tvile 2" starts out on a deep, ambient'ish tip as well before suddenly, after a few minutes of floating along, unleashing havoc in form of a seemingly improvised, Free Jazz and theatre informed musical tilt mode, raw and overwhelming like an epileptic seizure, suddenly coming to halt again to make way for an episode of alienated flute tones and further scattered eruptions of madness, showcasing the most experimental nature of the group named Ensemble Neon. Recommended for those loving their conceptual music from the very depths of their hearts.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Sun Ra - Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection 1952 - 1991 [Strut Promo]

Sun Ra, an artist as canonical as mysterious and outerworldly. Praised to highest heights by many of his die-hard fans, influential to those who followed in the Jazz and FreeJazz scene and beyond and yet an artist whose work never fully clicked with us throughout all the years we've been reviewing and listening to music. This might not be changed completely by the "Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection 1952 - 1991" which collects an astounding heapload of 65 tunes taken from and exclusively released on mostly very limited seven inch records over the span of almost 40 years, tunes that were not to be found on any Sun Ra / Sun Ra Arkestra albums or which weren't even released as 45 although planned to be. But no matter if we're converted to die hard Sun Ra fans or not - the amount of music alone and the stylistic diversity of this collection is well impressive. From Spoken Word excursions to - at the time - mainstream compatible Jazz / Soul songs to fast paced Instrumental Jazz, Doo Wop, FreeJazz, Hardbop, decent bar tunes and beyond we're experiencing the full creative spectrum of the artists work on this one which is about to please connaisseurs due to unearthing previously hard to come by songs whilst those only starting to discover and embrace the massive Sun Ra catalogue only now surely will appreciate not having to hunt down rare and hardly seen releases from a distant past but being served the full package with extended liner notes instead. Something interesting of historic value, this is.

A few songs to check on

Le Sun-Ra And His Arkistra - "Call For All Demons"
The Qualities - "It's Christmas Time" 

Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra - "Adventur In Space"
Sun Ra And His Arkestra - "Space Loneliness"
Sun Ra And His Arkestra featuring Pat Patrick - "Orbitration In Blue"
Little Mack with Sun Ra And His Arkestra - "Tell Her To Come On Home"

Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra - "The Bridge"
Sun Ra And His Astro-Solar-Infinity Arkestra - "Blues On Planet Mars"
Sun Ra And His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - "Enlightenment"
Sun Ra And His Arkestra - "The Blue Set"

Dr. Walker vs. Omsk Information / St. Tetik [Subsonic 003]

Coming in from the depths of Berlin's underground electronic music scene is the third release of the Subsonic label which is associated with and an offspring of the Yaya23 record store. On the A-side of the limited to 300 copies pressing we'll come across our old friend Dr. Walker who's teaming up with Omsk Information to serve "Only Here", a dark and grinding underground Techno affair touching borders of both reverb heavy Dub-influences as well as Alien Industrial for the darkest hours of the night. On the flip we see St. Tetik open with "Warning This Is Loud Music", a ravey, muscular Techno effort well-appealing to all those appreciating the pounding, ecstatic and surely EBM-influenced sound of Terrence Fixmer, The Hacker or Vitalic before "Sweet Dystopia" takes us to a sphere of decent electronic Phonk where a fusion of Broken Techno and twisted, wonky Electronica meets with blurred out, slightly oriental-sounding guitar licks with a bluesy, post fallout feel, Acid-reminiscing bleeps and heavy, squarewave basslines for latenight dancefloor destruction. Good stuff, this is!

Dr. NoiseM - The CDr A-B-C: Q [Dr. NoiseM Tapes]

Next up in Dr. NoiseM's ongoing "The CDr A-B-C"-series is the "Q"-chapter, strictly following the path of the alphabet and, of course, the conceptual theme of the series which - with an album each month over the course of 26 months - takes us deep into the world of Cold-, Dark- and Death Ambient. Throughout the 72 minutes runtime of "Q" we're dealing with slow subterraneous shifts of immense amounts of icy mass whilst cold winds are blowing in lightless caverns of humongous size. These spaces provide a home to creatures older and more terrifying than the Great Old One's, listening to lost echoes of off-kilter sirens and forbidden chants more alienating and life-denying than the icy plains of antarctica. If these chants, as well as the idea of complete isolation and everlasting darkness seem enticing to you, you defo need to add this album to your collection for a reason.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sascha Müller - Welcome To Brazil [SMSM 008]

"Welcome To Brazil", the latest digital two track single by our man Sascha Müller, has been put out on the circuit on December 8th, 2k16. Exploring the more mainstream-orientated side of his production work we see the title track of this release gravitating towards easy, summery grooves somewhat in between Latin- and DiscoHouse, weighing in softly floating pads and dreamy vocal bits whilst "I Got Stressed Out", the second tune to be found here,  takes us to glitzy, ecstatic Hi-NRG House floors in the US of A ca. 1995 throughout the wee hours, when some beautiful piano tones and jazzy licks are bringing in some sense of deepness, covering a heaving crowd like a blanket of unconditional love. Nice one.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Paul Wirkus - Discours Amoureux [Edition Beides 002]

Put on the circuit via the Cologne-based imprint Edition Beides is "Discours Amoureux", the latest four track album effort crafted by German electronic music composer and performer Paul Wirkus who is dealing with what is described as laptop live in the info sheet, meaning that all pieces on this longplay effort were recorded in a live context to another recording device throughout live performances, without any additional editing. In the album's opening tune "1982" this results in a beatless, yet rhythmically structured journey into highly digital, nearly scientific music that's well informed by genres likes Clicks'n'Cuts as well as Electronica and, to us, evokes memories of Muslimgauze tunes once put out via the label throughout the first half of the tune before droney, atmospheric strings slowly start to emerge after minute five or so. With "1499" things are turning out to be a little warmer and more organic when a beautiful repetetive yet slightly glitched and skipping melodic motif is mixing up with contrasting layers of what seem to field recorded bits of clanging metal or small glass pieces before we're introduced to a well calming Minimal Ambient / Minimal Electronics approach later on. The subsequent "2016" takes us into spheres of more minimalism and crackly Drone Ambient, accompanied by occasional percussive hits, undergoing an evolutionary step towards pure Field Recording before finally coming full circle - except for replacing the crackles with more scraping sounds this time - towards the tunes end whilst the concluding tune "1888" caters the needs of all those loving their Ambient music blurred and quite static, providing a continuous, yet tense foundation of harmonic unrest accompanied by slowly building waves of brittle noise for those who know. Defo a good one, this.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Membranes - Dark Energy *Mark Lanegan Remix (Official Video)

At least now we understand why ornithophobia is a thing. Birds are evol and all they spread is "Dark Energy".

Friday, December 16, 2016

Ian William Craig - Arrive, Arrive (Official Promo Video)

Beautiful folksy greyscale melancholia released on the Fatcat sister imprint 130701 Records.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Laurence Crane / Asamisimasa - Sound Of Horse [Hubro Music]

Put on the circuit via the Norwegian label Hubro Music on November 25th, 2k16 is "Sound Of Horse", the latest collaboration between the English composer Laurence Crane and the also Norway-based group Asamisimasa which gathers various solo and multi-part compositions under one roof, starting with the 13+ minutes spanning "John White In Berlin" - a quite ambient'ish piece mostly based on continuous droning, singled out piano chords and experimental, not necessarily harmonic cello play. In contrast to this, the short interlude "Old Life Was Rubbish" brings on a more intense take on hammered piano beauty, "Riis", a composition for clarinet, cello and electric organ, caters a kind of deep, autumnal melancholia in Ambient whilst the following three parts of "Events" are revolving around things related to February 7th, 1997 for a reason, including ppl celebrating their birthdays, selected foreign exchanges rates including French and Swiss francs as well as weather conditions in Britain - all brought to our attention through angelic, yet hypnotic singing on top of a calm and peaceful musical foundation. Finally, the final circle of sequels is "Sound Of Horse", a seven part composition that caters a more uplifting, playful and spring-like feel, although performed on real instruments partly reminiscent of a genre once known as Indietronics and therefore defo appealing to fans of early Morr Music releases and musical outings of likeminded labels throughout the period from 1998 to 2002 approx., as well as to all lovers of (Neo)Classical music as well.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Band Ane - Anish Music V [Clang Records 047 Promo]

Put on the circuit via the ever active Clang imprint on December 9th, 2016 is the new digital single by Band Ane entitled "Anish Music V" which caters a musical journey of roughly 21 minutes spread over three tracks of which the opener "Borrowed" takes us into a wonderland of warm and embracing, slightly crackly Ambient characterized by spaced out synth tones, heavenly pads and an otherworldly atmosphere. Flying into a twisted "Vultimerse" with the next tune we're exploring more music of a similar kind, floating along beautifully structured bass notes and shimmering textures, nicely contrasted by some harsh, distorted and disturbing sonic eruptions from minute 2 onwards before the final tune "The Pool" provides more Ambient goodness but, as an exception from the norm, even features short voice bits by Ane Østergaard, the Danish artist and composer behind the Band Ane project which actually is comprised of her and her laptop as main members.

Keiko Shichijo - Komitas Vardapet: Six Dances [Makkum Records 017 / Platenbakerij 006]

And now - something completely different and something way beyond our musical comfort zone although we've reviewed other releases by the Dutch imprint Makkum Records before which now teams up with the Platenbakerij for the release of pianist Keiko Shichijo's EP / mini album "Komitas Vardapet: Six Dances" which is a new interpretation of a cycle of six dances originally written and performed by Komitas Vardapet, born as Soghomon Soghomanyan in 1869, in 1906. After being forgotten for long these dances were now rediscovered by the Amsterdam-based piano player and performed on a historic instrument built in 1880 which perfectly matches the timeframe and era of the original composer. This said, this bunch of miniatures - with only the last tune "Shoror" exceeding, and more than doubling, the three minutes mark at all - are defo a gem for all piano purists and classically trained connaisseurs but might come across as a slightly puzzling surprise to those who've discovered Makkum Records through their engagement in and focus on African music in recent years.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hainbach - Miasmatic (Official Video)

Thrilling, captivating, yet eerie and unsettling scenes from another alien world, brought to us by our friend Stefan Paul Goetsch a.k.a. Hainbach.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Celer - Two Days And One Night [Sequel 005]

Will Long a.k.a. Celer has been coming up with his new conceptual ten track album "Two Days And One Night" as 005 of the Sequel label only recently, a longplay piece that doesn't only bring on deep, beautiful Ambient structures with a sad, or at least melancholia-inducing, undertone but one that has been inspired by - and kinda is dedicated to - a tragic backstory which happened in the artist's family back in 1984, when his 80 year old great uncle drowned in the sea near Hammamet after spending exactly "Two Days And One Night" on vacation in Tunisia. With this in mind we see Celer carefully staple layers upon layers of soft padded sonic tissue and audible, yet mostly minimal and repetetive movements whilst stitching pieces together with patches of, partly very stripped down, Field Recordings that resemble sounds both the artist himself as well as his late great uncle might've come across when wandering the streets of Hammamet throughout their stays, the first mentioned in 2015 when retracing the steps of his passed relative in 2015. With, and even without, the knowledge about the albums history, this longplay effort is nothing short of a highly recommended piece for each and every Ambient collector around. Get.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Letherette - Last Night On The Planet [Ninja Tune Promo]

Put on the circuit via Ninja Tune on November 25th, 2k16 is Letherette's latest ten track album effort named "Last Night On The Planet" which once again showcases the broad variety of what the project is capable of productionwise, keeping things real on a nice organic oldskool level with the super dope HipHop tune "Momma" which features Rejjie Snow on microphone duties and is quite a banger of an opener that keeps every head nodding from beginning to end for a reason. Following up are "Rich & Dan", an instrumental pairing fusing beatmaker science, complex programming and stuttering glitches for those who know, "Shanel" rocks a more electroid, breakdance-oriented level, presenting phat snares, epic strings and bouncing b-lines for all the b-boys and fly girls popping, "Wootera" caters the needs of a 4/4-focused floor jam-packed with positive party ppl whilst incorporating vocal sample bits reminiscent of Future Garage / Future R'n'B and "Bad Sign" featuring Jed & Lucia even brings in a little of blurred Electronica Folk for all those loving their shoegazing vibes to bits. Furthermore we've got a "Dog Brush" that keeps advanced House Music floors moving for sure, catering a menu of abstract, slightly off kilter yet captivating synth tones, dusty needle tonality and spraying micro-cut vocal snippets, the "Frugaloo" rides on a wave straight in between punching Deep- and LateNight House and "Soulette" brings us a surely Burial-influenced portion of glitched out Future Bass music for moments of occasional dancefloor mentalism happening throughout the wee hours. Finally we see "Rubu" coming across as a playful, twinkling excursion into Ambient Electronics which suddenly picks up hyperspeed halfway through the track to send crowds off into ultimate heavens whilst the closing tune "Last Night On The Planet" comes full circle with the albums opener in terms of fascinating HipHop vibes but features Pyramid Vritra on the mic here. A dope ass album, this.