It's been about two years since Wyoming released their debut album "Fountain" via the Kulmbach-based label AdP Records and now they're back with their sophomore longplay piece "Moon Jaunt" which is scheduled for release on November 13th, 2015. Going in to the eleven track listening experience that the new album is with the opening song "Following Dead Ends" it becomes pretty clear how the sound of Wyoming has evolved over the past 24 months. Gone are the loose, freefloating AfroFunk-influences reminiscent of acts like Sinkane and the likes of; they've been replaced by an intimate, more Indie-flavored attitude that's still sporting jazzy twists here and there, sometimes plunges into calm electronic basins but - talking the big picture - seems to be more catchy and captivating than their debut, appealing to a wider audience without focusing on the Indie mainstream of today. In songs like "Holoscenery" one might even feel a slightly 80s vibe due to the specific snare sound used, "Relationships" works on a beatless, nearly Ambient level, the piano-based ballad "Franz Joseph Land" incorporates epic melancholia, romanticism and a yearning lust to explore widescreen panoramic places and the albums title track introduces a sweet little bleepy 8bit melody in combination with a sparse, swinging drum set and warm, organic strings to a great effect. "Remains" turns out to be great companion for long thoughtful walks on sunny autumn afternoons, "Sioux"' hypnotizingly floating, synth-heavy intro provides a quite Krautrock-influenced feel and the closing bonus track "Hexa" caters a light-headed swing for classy Indie underground dancefloors that's about to last. Defo a nice one to keep on one's personal watchlist for sure.
Aidan Knight's first video taken from his forthcoming album "Each Other" which is about to be released via the great imprint Full Time Hobby in late January 2016 is quite a trip, not only in terms of visualisations. We approve of that.
Coming in from Dortmund / Germany is "Tally Sticks" , the third longplay outing crafted by the two electronic two piece outfit [aniYo kore] which have been praised as the saviours and ambassadors of vocal-driven TripHop / Downbeat by these pages more than once throughout the past years and listening to their most recent outing we're pretty much tempted to refer to them as probably the only serious TripHop band existing on the music circuit these days. With a sound that has - even in comparison to their fabulous musical works released on albums prior to this one - become even more mature, thoughtful and conscious their 2k15 outing often reminds us of the moody, stripped down and minimalist vibe once brought to all headz in absolute perfection by Spacer's legendary 1996-released debut "Atlas Earth" but adds more Dub wisdom to a spatial foundation comprised of slow motion beats, huge analogue bass and intimate, semi-acoustic, folksy guitar works whilst crystalline female vocals unfold in the most emotional way one can even think of. These vocals, smoky, seductive and marked by life, defo are the adhesive agent holding together the most abstract, loose, disconnected beat structures like they're to be found in "Make Things Right" or levitate freely over the abysmal bass attacks of "Broken Science Tango" which introduces Dub-referring offbeat licks on top of threatening, slo-mo beats. Talking vocals we'll find - and this is an alteration to the [aniYo kore]-sound - a few sparse male vocal backings here and there, perfectly adding up to the bands vibe whilst the sample rate has been minimized to a certain extent although cryptic and mysterious, dubbed out transmissions are still around, spreading otherworldly words of wisdom, oozing long lost or hidden knowledge that will be easily felt and understood by all those still connecting to Dubadelic's "Bass Invaders" album or similar releases of years long gone. But not all things are Downtempo here as the lusty "One More" sets crowds in motion quite easily and "Midnight Sun" even brings in a krauty, Blues-reminiscing vibe for a closing tune. Highly recommended stuff for sure!
More on the album unboxing and artwork of "Tally Sticks" can be seen in this video:
Scheduled for October 29th, 2015 is the release of Sascha Müller's new and, again, untitled album on his own imprint Supersix Records which is a twelve track offering for all those loving their electronic dance music right. After some explorations of more melodic and mass appealing terrain in his previous releases Sascha Müller starts this one with a straight forward, fast paced Techno banger named "Schadenbegrenzung" - a tune highly energetic and of a kind one unfortunately doesn't come across anymore these days. The next one "See My Tears (Progressive Vocal Mix)" comes in a Tribal / Latin House vein and resembles the New York and Miami Big Room House of the late 90s and early 2000s , "Space Age" gives us a break in terms of sporting a more organic Ambient / ChillOut vibe and we see melodic, sexy ClubHouse making a comeback in "Spectrum" which is spreading only good vibes and beloved grooves alongside a decent Acid twist for those who've missed this style for a reason. "Spocks Brain" seems to be a weird and messed up place according to the staggered layers of sound featured in the track of the same name, "Steel" enters the fast lane again with hammering, hard'n'merciless Techno featuring screaming signals and big ass bass synths for large areas well suiting the title whilst "System Shut Down" goes down for the mysterious, gummy, dark'ish Acid Trance that keeps you floating alongside spiralling, mesmerizing smears of flourescent thoughts for hours and hours. Like the title suggests "The Bass" has things to offer on the deep end alongside a highly repetitive vocal sample and super functional 140+ bpm Techno for maximum impact, "The Juno" brings in a proper jumpy Rave and ClubTechno feel with decent strings and nice organic bass tones, the "Time Bandit" has been jumpin on a pretty hypnotic Techno bandwagon showing off how futuristic this music still sounds if properly executed and "Nuclear Radiation" seems like a Geiger-Mueller tube on tilt mode. Finally "Paradise City" concludes this journey with bulgy drums and a killer groove accompanied by clattering percussions and siren'esque synthesizers. Quality stuff.
Scheduled for release on October 16th, 2k15 via the Munich-based imprint Schamoni Musik is "Skläsh", the second vinyl outing of Leroy Hopfinger a.k.a LeRoy who is exploring well eclectic, leftfield territories on this snow white six-track 12" vinyl. The epic opener "Like A Disease" is wandering the thin line between trippin' KrautRock (... in 2015!!!), sweet, delay-heavy melodies and the hollow underground aesthetics once sported and semi-popularized by the Augsburg-based band outfit Deep whilst the follow up "Blue Sea" exceeds the borders of Folk to introduce a new sub-subgenre to be referred to as Underground HighSpeed Freak Folk and has possibly been recorded on 4-track in someone's bedroom under the influence of certain substances able to alter the perceptions of space and time. Following up is "The Beach", a quirky, yet slow and calm instrumental guitar cut that seemingly micro-changes speeds every few seconds like a badly worn out tape recorder. "Ktulus Return", the first tune on the flipside, brings to mind a lo-fi version of krauty Breakdance Electro mixed up with proper Phonk and ethereal synths that would've been well fitting for a release on the German Astro Chicken-label for a reason, "Skai" slighty speeds up things whilst providing a super positive, uplifting and nearly tropical feel adding up to a nice, super seductive bass motif and a killer glockenspiel hook, and "Untitled Long Time" introduces a sweet Easy Listening aspect to organic, loopy Indietronics. Finally the closing tune "Niemals Erwachsen Werden" serves tripping, skippy Underground Pop for the headstrong, heavily dubbed out and abused through various delays and FX pedals and defo a worthy choice to end this mini album. One for a small, but dedicated audience loving their freaky leftfield music to the max.
Bersarin Quartett - III [Denovali Records 246 Promo]
Scheduled for release on November 6th, 2k15 via Denovali Records is "III", the third longplay offering by the Bersarin Quartett which - being the brainchild of Thomas Bücker - is coming back with 12 new tracks after a three years period of silence. From the beautiful trailer announcing the arrival of his new album piece on Youtube one could already tell that "III" would come out as nothing short of a masterpiece floating in between warm and embracing Ambient structures and a few (neo)classical influences and listening to the full album totally proves this assumption right. The layers of beauty cut-up on a foundation of bulgy drums featured in "Staub Und Sterne" alone are a heavenly gift for all true Ambient headz out there and so are the cuddly, intimate pianos on top of super laid back beats in "Hinter Uns Die Wirklichkeit" or the epic, widescreen melancholia of "Die Nächte Sind Erfüllt Von Maskenfesten" - a Piano Ambient tune with a Future Jazz twist which truly unveils score'esque qualities. Further essentials are the simple, yet stunningly beauteous "Sanft Verblassen Die Geschichten" sporting romantic violins and a crystalline melody, the fascinating fusion of distorted, abstract and stuttering beats and gentle strings in "Schwarzer Regen Fällt" or the highly dramatic, partly even threatening closing tune "Ist Es Das, Was Du Willst". But who needs to pick essentials if the whole album album must be referred to as one of the most important Ambient releases of the year?
Saki - Daytona USA [Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse 013 Promo]
Coming in from the Munich-based Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse-imprint is their cat.no. 013, a new and limited eleven-track cassette tape album crafted by underground producer Saki who is serving the most dancefloor friendly, club-oriented release on the label so far. Although raw, unprocessed and heavily distorted the opener "Angriff Auf Der Nordschleife" brings in pumping beats and nice, oldskool chords floor the club crowd, "The Fog Is So Thick - I've Lost You" provides fodder for late night sessions in run down industrial estates and "I Found This At The Bottom Of A Stream In Sav-La-Mar" amalgamates rustling hi-hats and echoes of what once was known under the name of Deep- and Chicago to a rhythmic and dancefloor-suitable structure although the bassdrum seems to be pretty absent in this piece. "Spring Break 1993, Volusia County" plays with a stripped down, twisted breakbeat intro before ecstatic Rave stabs, warped laser synths and fast paced-drums evoke memories of a crossbreed featuring drugged out 90s warehouse parties and AFX on acid whilst "Make It A Topless Afternoon (Extended)" comes across as deep underground take on trance-inducing Intelligent Techno. Going into the flipside we'll find "Touch My Body" presenting raw, pumping House beats, microcut vocal bits and a bouncy bassline reminiscent of SpeedGarage or the later UK Funky scene whilst uplifting chords and a sweet little synth line bring in some sex drive, the "Sentient Hyper-Optimized Data Access Network" is based on trippin' FX, razor sharp, unprocessed hi-hats and a certain minimalistic edge and the "Ford GT90 (1995 Detroit Auto Show)" is a shiny piece of glitz in terms of raw to the core 4-track Detroit Techno. Furthermore the short "Tell Me, What Do You See" stays on the Motor City-train with levitating string arrangements and sweet chords layered on top of a groove, complex drum foundation, "Let's Go Away" seems to be an experimental TechnoJazz sketch / live jam only and the final "The Florida Coastal Highway (At Dawn)" is an effervescent Techno piece that could've well been discovered on a tape full of unreleased tunes produced somewhat in the early 90s. Rugged but good, this album is.
Mein Synthi Ist Wichtiger Als Deutschland [self-released tape]
A mysterious tape release which has been sitting in our P.O. box only recently, seemingly representing the deepest underground by unveiling exactly no information about track listing, artist or origin - except the title which is even quite hidden and embedded in the artwork. Going on this journey we find ourselves diving into what is one of the most eclectic DJ-sets we've heard in quite a while, combining Wave- / PostPunk-tunes, some Punk-referencing songs, ItaloDisco as well as obscure Leftfield Electronics, Glitch / IDM and ethereal Electronic UltraPhonk. A rollercoaster ride of a selection that even incorporates some kitsch-loaden Plastic Reggae and 80s ballads, at least that's what we assume although we know none of the songs featured on this piece by name. Is this official? Is this even real? No matter what, we approve of this for sure.
Mano Le Tough - Trails [Permanent Vacation 142 Promo]
Scheduled for release via Permanent Vacation on October 30th, 2k15 is Mano Le Tough's sophomore longplay piece "Trails", the follow up to his widely acclaimed 2013-album debut "Changing Days". Sporting a solid bunch of ten tracks the album leaves the trail commonly described as DeepHouse these days even before it sets a single foot on this kind of territory and carves out a niche of its own within seconds. Imagine masterly crafted synths and strings arranged in a wide angle, cinemascopic manner, accompanied by warm and epic organic basslines and broken, complex beats on a mostly dancefloor-friendly tempo which are catering to all those familiar with Electronica or abstract, UK Bass-reminiscent genres like Future Garage or Post- / WhateverStep that even come into play when the straight 4/4 hits as it does in the killer late night groove monster "Half Closed Night" or the deep swinging "Empty Early Years And The Seed" sporting clumsy, slomo UK Garage beats, huge bass waves and - and this is a low point for sure - syrinxes alongside Mano Le Tough's vocals as does the overly kitschy, beatless Ambient ballad "Energy Flow". And surely both of these tracks would've be better off as instrumental cuts or using, like many others, the vocal bits in terms of being samples, adding additional layers of sound here and there, as Mr. Mannion's fragile and maudlin voice is just a little too much of too much when combined with the super slick, crystalline and melodic approach of the whole album. Tracks like the 'troity highlight "I See Myself In You" do prove that full-on instrumentals seem to be where his creative talent unfolds without restrictions, especially when compared directly to the subsequent Electronica Indie meets Bass Music attempt "Trails" which is straight up awkward whilst the clattering rhythms of "The Space Between" evoke fond memories of the West London Phusion scene plus loads of additional string action - but again it's the vocals that do not work for us at all. Finally the closing tune "Meilen" provides a nice, tamed mixture of metallic, slightly mechanic uptempo Electronica with a dancefloor twist, mildly-tempered early AFX-reminiscing strings alonside Balearic guitars and waves goodbye to an album homogenic, yet full of contrasts that serves both high quality production value as well as uberly kitschy moments and vocals that one should shun away from - although fans might love it anyway. Our verdict: A full instrumental version of "Trails" would've been a better choice for more than one reason and we're guessing that this album will be a controversial one for sure.
Coming in from Sweden only a few days ago was "Tidal Lock", the latest album output by Magnus Reimer which has been in the making over the course of the past five years and now been released via the Skrapnoise-imprint on September 23rd, 2k15. The 14-track album piece spanning approximately an hour of total play time is clearly a balky take on songs and song structures meandering somewhat in between Indie and dark'ish, more Electronic Pop sporting complex melodic structures and convoluted, yet corresponding instrumentation with an epic, in parts even Glam-reminiscing twist which can be found in songs like "Vakna" or "It Turns Out" whilst tunes like "Jupiter" do flirt with Advanced SynthPop for progressive, melancholia-induced dancefloors and "Caught" brings in an eccentric, fascinating interpretation of 80s Rock that seems to be simultaneously raw but unruffled. With "Världen" Mr. Magnus Reimer even caters his Swedish fans with a ballad sung in his native language which is - in terms of music - rarely heard outside of Sweden itself, "Hell, When Loves Comes" opens with looping pianos and unfolds the most dramatic and intense atmosphere one is about to find on this album and the "Grand Finale", ironically being the second to last song, is an introvert, yet fascinating and crystal clear effort that defo needs to be implemented in a widescreen, large budget movie for soundtrack reasons - simply cinematic, this is. But still - if you're into music easily accessible and of an uplifting, sing-a-long kind "Tidal Lock" will defo not deliver to your needs but if you're familiar and in love with groups like Eyeless In Gaza and the likes of "Tidal Lock" most likely might be a nice and checkworthy addition to your collection for sure.
Btw - baze.djunkiii has unboxed this album on video for all of you:
Dr. NoiseM is about to continue his "The CDr A-B-C" in October with the fourth, the "D" part of the series and enters the sonic arena with a swell of buzzing, electronic Noize that evokes pictures of icy alien winds blowing over toxic plateaus and cold, hostile nuclear wastelands - pictures that do not change much over the whole course of this approx. 69 minutes long one-track album but slowly, very slowly unfold like an endless greyscale, silent movie documentary about desolation. Do not consume if you're suffering from serious depression and dejectedness as this album might trigger some deep and dark thoughts in fragile, hurt or healing souls.
Sascha Müller feat. Nora W. - I Give You [SMNW 003 Promo]
Soon to be released and scheduled for October 22nd, 2k15 is Sascha Müller's next collaboration with German singer Nora W. entitled "I Give You", a two-track digital single for all lovers of oldskool'ish Vocal DeepHouse from the Nervous Records era. Whilst the 'Original Mix' is more of an opening track for the very first hour of a night and comes across with a little too much longing drama vocal-wise, the 9+ minutes long 'Groove Meditation Mix' brings in a nice little synth melody but stays on the tool'ish side of the spectrum and might be regarded as useful for opening sets as well. Compared to their previous works and also to what is happening in the DeepHouse scene of today this one feels a little bland and dusted and defo is not a highlight of these two artists collaborating as they've proven in the past that they're able to do much better.
Various Artists - Gerne Als Swap Oder Auch Gegen Ein Bisschen Geld [Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse 002 / Schamoni Musik]
If you're following baze.djunkiii on Youtube you might already be aware of the fact that the new and first conjunctional vinyl release of the Munich-based imprints Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse and Schamoni Musik is due for release on October 30, 2k15 and has been sitting in our postbox only recently. Entitled "Gerne Als Swap Oder Auch Gegen Ein Bisschen Geld" this longplay piece, containing both music by the Munich-based artist BELP as well as tracks produced by Sascha Schierloh a.k.a. Jean Bach under various aliases like Genoveva DMS, Leprozid Pfarrhaus, David Sardelle and Mortobello Steril, resuscitates the age old and seemingly forgotten concept of the vinyl megamix and caters a seamless, yet quite quirky blend of tracks on each side - incorporating tunes like "Ich Musste Mal Im Sommer Weihnachtslieder Schreiben", "Sunrise Over Japan", "Gana Vortex" and "Der Skilift Ist Wieder Heil Remix". But instead of focusing on Pop, ItaloDisco or Dance, genres predestined for the megamix format, this novelty record keeps an eye out on the very leftfield side of the electronic spectrum and presents a variety of styles and takes us on a journey through Industrial Electronics, slowcore Armchair Techno, Unambient, Electronica, Abstract Electro and more; all mixed up, partly heavily clashing and trainwrecked as well as featuring additional loops and layers taken from radio or television recordings as well as - sic!!! - German Schlager. Sounds like a rollercoaster ride? It's one for sure - and a demanding one, even for those being in love with Plunderphonics and Illbient. Check out if you're up for a challenge!
A year has passed since the last, and first, release on the underground tape label LIMBS which is coming back with the another edition of their "Waschmaschinenfest"-compilation series these days. Once again - as the title might suggest - this limited cassette tape is dedicated to the sound of washers at work, both raw, field recorded and unprocessed which at some point reminisces to the sound of turbines as well being embedded into hot percussive structures with a Latin-twist, transformed into cold, futuristic Death Ambient or hyper-functional, pounding Techno reminiscent of Oliver Ho's productions on labels like his very own Meta Recordings. Furthermore we'll find excursions into the field of Rhythm Industrial with a cinematic touch, sporting beautiful backward strings and a strange, unsettling calmness, dark technoid minimalisms, nerve-wrecking Noize and masterly crafted pitch black Electronica / slowcore Electro for those whose know. We do know and for those who need some namedropping we've got some - artists involved include underground acts like Lachpillenonkel, Xotox, Denny Engler, Indesit wil 143, Grindmaster Flesh and more.
01. Portishead - Roseland NYC Live [Go!Beat]
Who doesn't love this? Seen this show being aired a thousand times when music television still was existing and relevant so this repress on 180g vinyl was a must in terms of adding it to my collection.
02. Dr. NoiseM - The CDr A-B-C: C [Dr. NoiseM Tapes]
See review for details...
03. Neuroleptik / Gyzmo [Adrenakore Records 001]
A new label on the Hardcore scene presents three tracks by Neuroleptik and one anthemic workout by Gyzmo on this 12". On the A-side both "Alchemist" and "Ill Killer" fuse banging Hardcore and highly dramatic, partly even apocalyptic melodies for all creatures of the dark side whilst Gyzmo's "La Folie Du Gremlins" redefines Happy Hardcore for 2k15 through the use of ultrapitched vocals, uberly positive pianos and other quirkyness used and abused in contrast to uncompromising bassdrums - such a banger! Finally "I Fuck With Music" brings in a lot of cut-up- /stop-and-go-wizzardry, sample madness and SpeedTrance reminiscing strings and could well be defined as Ethereal Hardcore for a reason.
04. Skeptical - Cold One (Jubei Remix) / Pessimist - Zulu [Ingredients Records 012]
Drum'n'Bass repress from back in 2010. Jubei's rework of Skeptical's "Cold One" is a dark, minimalistic affair featuring growling synth sweeps reminiscent of the Virus-era and a huge, sub low bassline whilst Pessimist's "Zulu" is a deep, complex stepper with an aura pitch black. I still don't get why I missed out in the initial pressing back in the days.
05. Disakortex MTC vs. Brebskore [Mang'Ton Cerveau 003]
Straight from the French underground comes this collaborational four-track 12" of Mang'Ton Cerveau labelhead Disakortex MTC and Brebskore which is a thrilling combination of Teknival related TribeTekno and proper in-yer-face Hardcore with a few playful elements. Especially the Instrumental HipHop-intro of "Disakorbrebs" is quite fascinating and so are the epic string arrangements in this specific track whilst "Hardcore Porno" is quite merciless and stomping affair. On the flip the 'Fadah R-Mix' of "La Bal Des Cames" caters innocent and uplifting melodies, bringing relief and happiness to all Hardcore floors out there and so does the killer B2-track "Manifestive Power".