Wednesday, August 31, 2011

baze.djunkiii Charts 09/2011

01. Darkness Falls - The Void [HFN Music 007 Promo]
See review for details...

02. Wardrobe Memories - The Lodge [Shhhh Records 002 Promo]
See review for details...

03. Kastle - Time Traveller [Seclusiasis 026]
This nice 12" coming from the Seclusiasis-camp spreads a vibe balancing between Future Garage and Grime. Whilst the title track is an uplifting, ravey, piano driven example of the first mentioned style and goes well in classic UK Garage sets "Walking Away" on A2 is a sweet piece of what's called Rhythm'n'Grime featuring the vocal talent of Armanni Reign and Domonique. Further tracks "Bring Me Back" and "I Know" are proper instrumentals to be loved by DJs and MCs appreciating the raw street attitude of Grime and not the bling-flavor brought in by those producers trying to copycat the US-HipHop scene one on one.

04. Anti-G presents Kentje'sz Beatsz [Planet µ 301]
Honestly, I wasn't aware of what is described as Bubbling or Bubbling House scene going on in The Netherlands the liner notes talk about but what I know is that this album containing 16 short tracks and sketches by Anti-G a.k.a. Kentje'sz Beats can be described as the most exciting urban underground music since the emerge of early Grime. A cold, raw musical force that sounds like a mixture of DigiDancehall and Electronica spiced up with bits and pieces taken from UK Funky, sci-fi soundtracks and the futuristic attitude of purist Electro. Plus: this is the first urban dance music in ages that is not necessarily based on massive basslines but on alienating bleeps and abstract polyrhythmic structures with caribbean echoes. If little green men are having a dance I bet Anti-G a.k.a. Kentje'sz Beats is their DJ. Thrilling.

05. Sternrekorder - Weissensee [Astro Chicken 004 Promo]
See review for details...

06. R1 Ryders - Full System EP [R1 003]
Another interesting style hybrid, this time serving four tracks somewhat in between UK Funky and Niche / Bassline which are in fact related styles both underrepresented in Germany as distributors over here seem still to be afraid of a huge backlash in bass music like there was with the UK Garage-scene about 10 years ago. Anyway, although the R1 Ryders come up with a print statement saying "We like it funky, we give you funky" on the 12" label I feel that these tracks are closer to a slowed down version of Niche / Bassline due to the heavy basslines and the straight 4/4 basement than to UK Funky although the characteristic, loosely swinging structures of UK Funky can be found in all tunes, too, and they are quite obvious in "On Your Marks" which kills dancefloors with a fluttering LFO-driven bass attack. Don't miss out on this one.

07. Daniel Dexter - No House For Old Men [Poker Flat Recordings 122 Promo]
See review for details...

08. Dessous' Best Kept Secrets 3 [Dessous Recordings Promo]
See review for details...

09. Oak - Bedroom Community / Kite [NASA 001]
Electronica? Hyper-abstract Drum'Bass? Somewhat in between? Three times yes and even more than that. Spaced out, deep as fuck and of a warm embracing musical beauty that is hardly found in electronic music of today. Autechre are having a party with the likes of Funkstörung, the young Photek, Instra:mental and Single Cell Orchestra. Sounds amazing? Buy this record and be part of the crew. Deep Listening Music that is truly able to touch your soul.

10. T-INA Darling - The Fine Art Of Living [Rudel Records 003 Promo]
See review for details...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

N.R.F.B. - Nuclear Raped Fuck Bomb [Major Label 047 Promo]

Forthcoming and scheduled for 21st of september via the largely named Major Label-imprint is the debut relase of N.R.F.B. named "Nuclear Raped Fuck Bomb" which is - indeed - a bomb. A dirty one to be honest coze this six member supergroup mainly consisting of Frankie Stubbs, Jens Rachut, Thomas Wenzel and Mense Reents - all more than well-established and highly appreciated due to their appearance in several band outfits - serves a quite anarchic and non-conformist amalgamation of styles appealing to Punks as well as to lovers of now to be called ElectroRock-outfits like The Prodigy, Pendulum or Der Tante Renate, an insanely rough soundtrack for hooded street fighters and ravers alike, a reason to brockout or moshpit that's meant to take your brain by storm. What's surprising - bangin' Techno beats and Metal riffs go well together naturally without sounding too artsy or artificial and what starts as a tender ballad can end up as drum inferno accompanied by psyched out lo-fi guitars. Japanese cyberpunks are going to love this for sure - will you, too?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Daniel Dexter - No House For Old Men [Poker Flat Recordings 122 Promo]

Forthcoming as 122 of Poker Flat Recordings is Daniel Dexters three track EP "No House For Old Men". Whilst the title track serves what might be named a pretty perfect fusion of TechHouse and thrilling motor city synth figures building up higher and higher, creating a dense athmosphere and reaching a peak level when the playful keys appear both B-side tracks - "Who Knows Motor City" and "The Other Day" - work on solid House grounds, the first mentioned on a more 'troity tip as the name clearly suggests and B2 providing a deep, slow-building vibe plus a surprising yet decent break for the small hours of a long night out.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Darkness Falls - The Void [HFN Music 007 Promo]

Put on the circuit via HFN Music recently is "The Void", the new prequel single announcing the forthcoming album "Alive In Us" by the great danish Indie-/Shoegaze-band Darkness Falls that's to come in october. But instead of pleasing their Indie-/Shoegaze-followers with this 12" Darkness Falls are heading straight to the club with four remixes by Trentemøller, Clueless, Terje Bakke and Lightbluemover vs Black Light Smoker which already put out a nice 12" on HFN Music's sister imprint Hafendisko earlier this year. No matter which remix one picks, all of them are properly crafted, unique and following a new musical route that could be filed under the flag of KrautHouse in future times as all of them have a slightly raw and psychedelic feel, no matter if epic and string-driven (Trentemøller), more Indie-flavored (Clueless), dark and dirty (Lightbluemover vs Black Light Smoker) or even fueled with ritual drums and loads of echoes (Terje Bakke). Secret weapon for experienced DJs, one for the special moments of the night that will be referred to as legendary by those who were there.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wardrobe Memories - The Lodge [Shhhh Records 002 Promo]

The Shhhh Records-camp is about to unveal its next Armchair Techno-assault with the release of Wardrobe Memories' full length album "The Lodge" which is scheduled for september 30th - a release that does not only see the label stepping up to the album circuit but as well is the first Wardrobe Memories output in ages, seven years to be exact. Those who still remember the formerly Ambient / Drone-focused project from releases on Dhyana Records, EE Tapes or Schneetreiben might be surprised that the deep, relaxed vibe is now underlined with beats well fitting for advanced dancefloors while those longing for dancefloor tools will be puzzled by the featured vocal cut ups which are part of the conceptual idea of describing the daily life in a imaginery logde somewhere in Siberia with tracks warm and embracing but still kindly melancholia-driven. Quality crafted and recommended to all kinds of electronic music lovers, dancers or homelisteners, defo well fitting for fans of labels like Dial - talking their early work here - or Philpot, the deep listening factor of Newworldaquarium, Arne Weinberg and other related artists and, due to the limited print run of only sales 180 copies, a soon to be sought after collectors item.
Plus: there will be a special hand-numbered edition of 10 copies with additional individually created handmade artwork available at Hamburgs Otaku Records for a short period of time before the official release date.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bloodgroup - Dry Land [AdP Records Promo]

The next big thing to emerge from Icelands buzzing music scene is a band named Bloodgroup which have released their recent and second album on august 19th via AdP Records for the german / european market. Originally released on that tiny volcanic island in 2009 "Dry Land" contains a bunch of eleven tracks amalgamating the sounds of modern dance music, Indie and Pop in a clearly radio and mainstream friendly but never sell-out way. In their very best moments their sound might be described to those who aren't that deep into music as a mixture of a melancholia-driven Madonna in her best days and the updated SynthPop of the widely appreciated Hurts-outfit whilst those who are involved deeper recognize a special, maybe icelandic touch in the use of cinematic violin arrangements and the slightly alienated feel to the vocals. File under: Advanced Quality Pop.

Johnwaynes feat. Stee Downes - Never Enough [Serenades 003 Promo]

A portuguese production duo, an Amsterdam-based singer hailing from Ireland, a label website registered in Finland and a song title that has been used by The Cure before for one of their biggest classics - these are the ingredients for 003 of the Serenades-imprint that is able to move crowds globally although it's neither a The Cure cover nor a bootleg. What's to be found here instead is a deep stripped-down ElectroHouse-vibe, a glittering glitzy main hook, piano breakdown and slightly processed male vocals with a somehow catchy attitude that sound a bit early 2000s, like the whole track does in both mixes on this 12", but are exciting enough to keep punters going despite being a bit tool'ish. Guess this will work best in party hard and feel wild big room places like they are in Ibiza or Miami as the tune needs some space to unfold and a heated crowd consisting of punters willing to experience the best night of their life. Hedonism rules ok.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sternrekorder - Weissensee [Astro Chicken Records 004 Promo]

Recently released via the great Astro Chicken-imprint is "Weissensee", the debut album of Sternrekorder which is not only a hommage to but an excellent fusion of Krautrock-influences and innocent vintage Synthesizer Music that is about to please all lovers of an era that was home to legendary outfits like La Düsseldorf, Neu!, Kraftwerk and many others not only putting out cool - and new - music at all but building the foundation of nearly all electronic music of today. And yes, if we didn't know better we could file Sternrekorder as coming from that era as well as their use of epic and partly naive melodies, sometimes quirky noises and simple drum machines sounds very original in all of them six instrumental cuts on "Weissensee" and even the vocal pieces, first of all the more Pop-sounding and Schlager-influenced "Geh Lieber Nie" and the death cool "On My Roof" are perfect examples of how music sounded back then. But no matter what, dont' file this LP under the flag of "being retro" just for being retro at all as there's more Sternrekorders compositions than that. Btw - the vinyl pressing is limited to 250 copies on red vinyl and I guess there will be no second run so grab your copy quickly before it's sold out.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Dessous' Best Kept Secrets 3 [Dessous Recordings Promo]

Ready for release on September 12th is part 3 of Dessous Recordings' ongoing series "Dessous' Best Kept Series" which is meant to showcase a selected bunch of the labels' most underrated or underestimated tracks, B-sides and - as in this edition - to introduce new talent to a wider audience that is to contribute stuff to the growing catalogue in the near future. Once again "Dessous' Best Kept Series 3" hits the stores as 2CD pack, part one featuring eleven full length tracks picked by Steve Bug including high quality gems like Jamie Anderson & Owain K's "Without Sound", Burnskis "Sometimes Takes Longer" plus exclusives by himself and the new additions Salvatore Freda and Echonomist whilst part two sees Phonique, long-time part of the Dessous Recordings artist roster, on the decks, rolling out a fine twelve-track selection that features one of my personal favorites which is Langenbergs "Past Present" and Vincenzos "Seduction" remixed by Jimpster amongst four further exclusives and other tunes. Not only essential if you're following Dessous Recordings from day dot but a must have for every lover of contemporary House music in its various facets.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dadajugend Polyform - Localism Leeds

September 2nd sees the release of Dadajugend Polyform's new digital-only single "Localism Leeds" taken from their recent album named "Louis De Marsalle". Here's a preview of what's to expect...

Dadajugend Polyform - Localism Leeds (Radio Edit) by AdP records

25.08.2011 Wax Unlimited @ Klingel 3 / Hamburg

file under: DeepHouse / TechHouse / Minimal

baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings]
Andreas Siebert [3Klang]

doors: 10 P.M.

Klingel 3
Friedrichstrasse 36
Hamburg St. Pauli

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sticker Love & World Domination: Washington Square Park / NYC

Betty Bombshell is back in New York City and took this sticker straight to Washington Square Park. I do love the way the sticker starts to wear out from all this traveling and I guess forthcoming pics will show more signs of further decay.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

T-INA Darling - The Fine Art Of Living [Rudel Records 003]

The former Hamburg- and now Berlin-based imprint Rudel Records recently released its 003 which is "The Fine Art Of Living", the first full-length album by T-INA Darling, long time established DJane, artist and musician known internationally for her event series "Femmes With Fatal Breaks", legendary swing parties and artistic work under her real name Ina Wudtke. All these activities now come together in "The Fine Art Of Living" which is way more than just a simple album - not only due to the fact that it is released accompanying the exhibition "Black Sound White Cube" taking place in the german capitol Berlin. "The Fine Art Of Living" is also a political statement against a phenomenon known as gentrification featuring - aside from the musical side covering influences from Swing, HipHop, Dubstep and various urban bass styles - spoken word pieces written by poets like Langston Hughes, May Ayim and T-INA Darling herself dealing with the topic of change within in the social inner city landscape of Berlin and worldwide, a theme that runs through "The Fine Art Of Living" like a red ribbon. Although a conceptual album work like this might not necessarily draw the attention of the average dancefloor-focused DJ there are a few dancefloor fitting tunes like "I Am The Law", "Baustelle" or the Pop-flavored "Berlin, Berlin" to be found able to move the crowd, not only in intellectual circles but also at underground parties allover the place. The word is going round that the first CD-edition is already sold out and waits for a reprint so check out the vinyl version at your local Berlin record store or at Hamburg's Otaku Records which is one of a few not Berlin-based record store that stocks "The Fine Art Of Living" at this very moment.

Hafendisko presents: Hamburg Elektronisch Vol. 01 - Von House Zu House

September 9th sees the release of the new - sadly digital only - compilation "Hafendisko presents: Hamburg Elektronisch Vol. 01 - Von House Zu House" via the freshly established HFN Music-offspring Hafendisko, a twenty track mp3-bundle that is about to represent what might be named as new House sound of Hamburg including a few excursions into Electronica and Ambient. Contributors are the likes of Soukie & Windish, Kruse & Nürnberg, Wareika, Stimming, DJ Koze, RVDS and others - the first three projects contributing exclusive material whilst other tunes are picked from previous or recent releases, trying to cover a broad spectrum but suffering from what all so-called city-compilations do suffer from: ending up in featuring names that readers of magazines and the hipster crowd already are familiar with, featuring names that are connected in cliques and posses and trying to sell that as the sound of a city, leaving out the fresh and innovative, the upcoming underground, the talented but hardly known and other styles beyond the hip sound of today. Don't get me wrong "Hafendisko presents: Hamburg Elektronisch Vol. 01 - Von House Zu House" is a proper compilation if you follow warm embracing open air TechHouse that does no harm to no-one, some sweet (Neo)Disco or intellectual House music but this is only one part of this cities music scene, the part that is mostly recognized by now. Take a look beneath the surface and you'll find more, maybe more thrilling and for sure more experimental music that is coming from Hamburg-based producers.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Michael Lambart - Break Point EP [Super 6 Records 068.5]

Techno producer Michael Lambart is about to release his new EP named "Break Point" via Super 6 Records in the near future and for sure he's about to please all those punters out there that still know about the trueskool of Techno with these four tracks. Fast, banging, energy - high quality time stuff for real ravers. Fuck HardTechno - this is the shit you gotta deal with.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wardrobe Memories - Laugh At Me

One for the fans of deep, warm, embracing Armchair Techno.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sascha Müller - Krankenhaus (SILVER) [SM Traxxx 013]

With "Silver" Sascha Müller presents the 13th sequel of his ongoing "Krankenhaus" colour series, this time coming up - again - with two raw and quite oldskool'ish underground Techno pieces with a deep ravey attitude and nice sawtooth basslines to be loved by those who still remember releases like Bhab & Cas' 1992 Acid / Rave / Trance-EP "Two Thumbs" on Frank De Wulf's Mikki House-imprint and similar 12"es from that era. We need this in clubs again.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

DmVsMv - Tank EP [Super 6 Records 068]

Also forthcoming via Super 6 Records is the "Tank EP" by DmVsMv, a split collaboration of Sascha Müller and eVADE which - in its original version - is a massive and militant piece of dark underground Techno, a maelstrom of hammering bassdrums and psychotic noises that proves that electronic music can be war and that there are always soldiers ready and willing to fight. eVADE's very own interpretation is not that bass heavy but more shattered although some melodic pieces find their way through layers of glitches and defragmented noises whilst Sascha Müller's rework clearly refers to the sonic strategies of Hardcore and brings the - gone ? - Berlin division of the legendary Zhark-imprint back to mind. These sounds are meant to destroy.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sascha Müller - Eiszeit / Klangstücke [Chillzone Records]

Sascha Müller comes up with two new tracks to be released via Chillzone Records these days. Whilst "Eiszeit" is a nice floating piece of classical stripped-to-the-bone Ambient for those who loved Dr. Motte's Interference Records or Technova's excursions in Ambient in the past "Klangstücke" fuses a warm embracing and melancholia-driven main theme with fragments of deranged Drill'n'Bass, causing a bit of unrest within the calm.

Acidfloor - 606 Meet 303 EP [Super 6 Records 067.5]

Acidfloor is responsible for 067.5 of Super 6 Records which is his new EP entitled "606 Meet 303" containing four raw and kinda live-sounding Acid jams dedicated to all them hardcore Acid addicts worldwide. Although a total playing time of less than 13 minutes is quite short for a non-Punk release that's called EP - "extended play" that means - I'm sure that this does not matter to true fans of the genre and those are the people this one is aiming at.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

eVADE - The B-Rave Theme EP [Super 6 Records 067]

It's not a secret no more that Sascha Müller is about to set up a small rave on august 25th to celebrate his birthday and now one of his artists comes up with an anthem for that which is defo a nice birthday present for sure. Released on Super 6 Records these days eVADE's "The B-Day Rave Theme" in its original version is - in a tradition of all so-called rave anthems in the past - melodic, simple structured and a bit cheesy, slightly trancey and featuring a playful acidic line spreading nothing but happiness. A menu of further remixes is served by Sascha Müller who's coming up with a spaced out piece of Breakbeat Ambient including classic Rave stabs and uplifting vibes, Teshaz creating a pathetic, melody loaden fusion of TechHouse and NeoTrance for the daytime dancing crew and names it "Sunny Day Remix" whilst DJ Nightnoise's rework is - surprisingly - stripped down and not that hammering as one might have expected with a massive contrast of reduced beat parts and the full-on hookline. Plus: his remix features some raw 'troity synth lines floating around freely. The final chapter of this piece is brought to you by an artist named Acidfloor who clearly is tripping parallel on acid and speed creating a quite de-structured uptempo version for all the lost minds out there - this one will work best at some illegal teknival taking place next to industrial ruins in the middle of some atomic wasteland.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Sticker Love & World Domination: Joshua Tree

Sticker is on holiday in Joshua Tree and this looks like a proper place to chillax.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Sticker Love & World Domination: Even More Hollywood

Our ambassador extraordinary seems to be busy taking these stickers around - some more impressions from Hollywood flew in via Betty Bombshell's twitter today and I'm pretty sure that I owe her some drinks now...

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Sticker Love & World Domination: More Hollywood

This one made me smile today - just a few minutes after I woke up.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Sticker Love & World Domination: Hollywood

This time Miss Betty Bombshell went to Hollywood and sent in this picture - we do like!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

12.08.2011 Phlexi.BRX @ Kulturhaus III & 70 / Hamburg

file under: NuSkool- / Bootleg- / ElectroBreakz

baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings]

doors: 11 PM

Kulturhaus III & 70 / Anbau
Schulterblatt 73
Hamburg / Schanze

Monday, August 01, 2011

baze.djunkiii Charts 08/2011

01. Seiji - Easy / No Other [Seiji 004]
Long-time established producer Seiji comes up with a new release on his very own self-named label. Whilst "Easy" fuses SpeedGarage with bubbling bass arrangements and a typical UK Funky feel we see "No Other" on a proper 4x4- / 4Beat-tip ready to tear up dancefloors worldwide. Recommended.

02. Beastie Respond - Syncopy [Teal 003]
Deep beautiful uplifting Dubstep piece with cinematic qualities featuring strings, offbeat chords and a warm embracing bassline for special moments. Might be a nice closing tune, too. On the flip Blawan delivers a remix version which is full-on bullshit, an uninspired and even less inspiring attempt to transfom "Syncopy" into a dark Techno piece. Original - 10 points. Remix - fail.

03. Mosca - Tilt Shift *Julio Bashmore Remix [Whitelabel]
Slowed-down UK Funky on a proper House tempo, 'troity strings and stabs, thrilling claps and sweet female vocal snippets - this is what Julio Bashmore's refix of Mosca's "Tilt Shift" serves on top of a frolicking bass foundation and that's why it's gonna get hammered by DJs of various genres these days. Two more mixes on the flip, but these are too UK Funky for my personal taste.

04. Talking To Turtles - Oh, The Good Life [Devil Duck Records Promo]
See review for details...

05. Herrenmagazin feat. Frittenbude / Deine Elstern [Audiolith Promo]
See review for details...

06. Bluff - 2 x 1 [Shhhh Records 001 Promo]
See review for details...

07. David Rodigan's Dubwize Shower [BBE Records]
Excellent 2LP compilation featuring a whole bunch of twenty - sic! - classic (and classy!) original Roots Dub tunes by the likes of King Tubby, Augustus Pablo, Sly & Robbie amongst others. One to check out: King Tubby feat. Johnny Clarkes "Roots Natty Congo Dub"

08. Miguel Puente & Sishi Rosche - Serious Compassion [No 19018 ltd.]
This one is the B2 track of Soul Clap's "Social Experiment Sampler" 12" and imho the only track out of four that's worthwhile playing out. Imagine a stripped-down BrokenHouse foundation, ecstatic Disco-vocals with thrilling delays and out of these ingredients you get what will be called an anthem in future days. Sexy as hell.

09. Lochoi *llind [Mini Crunch Records 009]
7" has always been one of my favorite formats when it comes to vinyl releases - not only coze many 7" releases are massively underrated by lots of other DJ's - and this crisp little orange one is one of these secret weapons, containing two tracks of raw experimental underground Techno well fitting for dark basement parties and illegal one-offs. Bangin' to the core.

10. The Goon Show - Angel Band / The Grass [Orphanear 005]
"Angel Band" is a lttle song in various DeepHouse-variations with a raw but well sexy underground attitude - especially meant to be played out in small venues attended by true connaisseurs whilst "The Grass" is a folksy piece of Indietronics that will be loved by Indie-kids as well.