baze.djunkiii Charts 07/2012
Bleepstep, Bubbling House or Future Grime Instrumental - a mixture of all those styles might describe roughly what Eprom's 808 heavy original mix is about, coming up with processed shotgun clicks and coughs as well and being one of the, if not the most creative and mindblowing record released within the last months, serving a new thrilling variation of Bass Music. On the flip Machinedrum turns things round, creating an apocalyptic PostRave monster based on bass and hoovering signals. Outstanding.
02. Lisa & Kroffe - Origo [Monoscope Promo]
The pure innocent beauty of Synthesizer music. Not even dare to call this one Ambient or even Cosmic although both terms might not be wrong. But this four track piece is bigger than that and approaching another audience, an audience that is way larger than these specialist scenes. "Origo" does not only pay homage to idols like Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis oder Wendy Carlos - it will be seen as a sequel of their works and should be reffered to as future classic amongst fans of these artists.
03. Jamie Anderson & Owain K - Do You Know [Dessous Recordings 109 Promo]
See review for details...
04. AFX / Autechre [SAINT-E]
Not necessarily official but surely well pricey re-release of two remixes Autechre and AFX crafted for St. Etienne somewhen in the mid-90s. Regarding artists and era collectors and long time followers of electronic music will know what to expect from this one - high quality, fascination and a certain deepness that's still thrilling but before buying this piece blindfolded it might be usefull to skip through your collection to check if these pieces are sitting already somewhere in your shelves. Get it, if they don't or if your original copy is well worn out from 15+ years of continuous abuse.
05. Tristesse Contemporaine [Dirty / Pschent]
Somewhat located between PostPunk, (No)Wave and DFA-influences Tristesse Contemporaine's self-titled album seems to be one of the most underrated longplay pieces these days although it's jam-packed with underground hits to be, serves a broad musical variety within its nine tracks and is not that far from Nam:Live!'s 2005-released "The Testament: Sex, Scriptures and Rock & Roll" musically, a conceptual piece released via Dekathlon that has not been as widely recognized as it deserved as well. But back to Tristesse Contemporaine, tunes like "Empty Hearts", "In The Wake", "Daytime Nightime" or "I Didn't Know" are about to keep dancefloors busy, the last mentioned is even about do draw attention of those following the krauty CosmicDisco variations served by the likes of Padded Cell or The Emperor Machine. Essential.
GhettoHouse? ProtoJuke? No matter what, it's great to see those tracks re-released after so many years. "3rd World" was originally found on DJ Clent's "100% Ghetto EP" - Dancemania 262 - and is to be seen as a melancholia driven prequel to the recent Juke / Footwork craze that floats in to the shelves of european stores more regularly these days whilst "Hit It From The Back" is a classic GhettoHouse / GhettoTech tune with dirty lyrics that's cut from the inside out which is a nice bonus gimmick for all those vinyl lovers out there.
07. Sabre - Halo Danger / Halogenix - Laika [Dispatch Recordings 058]
Charting a Drum'n'Bass record has not been a regular thing for me within the last years as this genre lost a lot of its fascination since the mid-noughties and maybe that is why I like this one so much. Both Sabre and Halogenix manage to serve a hyper-clean and techy, nearly skeletal approach on Drum'n'Bass that is quite close to the post-2000 vibe, heavily influenced by albums like "Wormhole" and such. Both tunes are more techy and sci-fi though, more on a Kemal or DSCI4 tip and at least one side even features some nice rave stabs on top of a deep, spooky athmosphere. Recommended.
08. Steve Bug - Those Grooves [Poker Flat Recordings 130 Promo]
See review for details...
09. Yvat - Collider [Minor Label 025]
Minor Label is another one of these imprints that have been around for more than a decade now, continously busy with release and mailorder activities but still acting somehow under the mainstream radar, carving out their own niche and relying on self-distribution, record swapping and all those classic, nearly vintage ways to spread their music having their roots in the DIY-culture of Punk and Industrial. And at least the Industrial / Noize background is were those guys hail from, now being ready to enter the field of Electronica with the release of Yvat's six track EP "Collider". Pressed on white vinyl as a limited run of 150 copies this one can be best described as a conjunctional work of Autechre and Aphex Twin, teaming up with the likes of Michael Forshaw on a dark'ish, but still melodic structure of Industrial patterns. Heavy, but still accessable and even spiced up with a slice of humour, a release to hunt down and watch for - hard to find but important for the collection of an open minded spirit. Good.
10. Flutwacht - Traumsplitter [The Tourette Tapes]
This one's a true collectors gem released back in 2007 and never distributed via the regular channels despite some obscure mailorders and at live shows. A limited to 50 - sic!!! - longplay piece with each copy coming in a hand-numbered individually painted sleeve and including two sweet inlays this one is about to please all lovers of Drone / Dark Ambient as three of the five tracks are to be filed under this flag and they're likely to be compared with the deep, underwater-sounding works of Kallabris minus their abstract sailors romanticism lying within some of their tracks featuring processed and pitch shifted accordion sounds. Plus: more cold tension. The only track with a dancefloor fitting rhythmic structure hits the musical field mostly regarded to as Rhythm Industrial with a touch of proper Hardcore for the dark-heartened people out there whilst another one can be described as pulsing, ever modulated Noise. Defo a good one and if you're interested in grabbing a copy but don't know - feel free to get in touch.