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.
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.
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.
Brave Timbers - Secret Hopes [Sound In Silence 032]
Coming in from the Greece-based Sound In Silence-camp only recently is their cat.no. 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
"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.
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 Audio.nl 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.
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.
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.
Will Long a.k.a. Celer has been coming up with his new conceptual ten track album "Two Days And One Night" as cat.no. 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.
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.
01. baze.djunkiii presents - Transmissions From The Underground Vol. 1 [Jahmoni Music]
Yes, here it is. baze.djunkiii's first official mixtape release in 12 years, since his latest split tape effort with the then NYC-based DarkJungle / Raggacore ambassador DJ Ripley on his very own imprint Intrauterin Tapes released back in 2004 to be more exact. Now he's picking up on the DarkJungle train again with the A-side of his "Transmissions From The Underground Vol. 1", fusing classic tunes from as far back as 1993 with modern amen terror whilst the flipside holds a lot of ravey darkness for all those loving their banging Hardcore to the max.
02. Coldcut - Only Heaven [Ahead Of Our Time]
See review for details....
03. Various Artists - Nervous Records 25 Years: Limited Collectors Edition [Nervous Records]
A no-brainer for every true House and Deep House connaisseur out there, this is. Printed as a limited edition on yellow vinyl this 2xLP features a wonderful selection of eight tracks picked from the vast Nervous Records catalogue of the past 25 years, including Nuyorican Soul's "The Nervous Track *Ballsy Mix" which is one of the most epic and beautiful BrokenHouse tunes ever produced as well as DJ Joe T. Vanilla featuring Csilla's "Play WithThe Voice *MAW In Your Face Mix" which has been on my personal want list ever since I heard it first back in 1995 on Phil Asher's "Nervous Encounters #1" mix album. More names to be dropped, if these two tunes are not enough: The Clubb Kids, Loni Clark, Kerri Chandler, Kim English and the Swing Kids. Must have. Essential record.
05. Phil Gerus - ...Tugboat Edits Volume 8 [Tugboat Edits]
Edits, edits, edits. We all know that these are quite a big thing these days and haven't seen a decline in popularity over the past years but still most of them don't grab our attention in a way that we feel the need to add this to our vast collection of vinyl. But somehow this one made its way from the studio vaults of the Moscow-based producer Phil Gerus, weighing in a perfect fusion of Underground Disco - and some (No)Wave- / NuBeat-references when it comes to the banging A2 cut "Mistress Uniform" - and masterful editing skillz so this obviously limited and unofficial one is a must.
06. Zombie Zombie - Hyperspace [Versatile Records]
(Neo)Cosmic at its best is what is served via the latest Versatile Records 12" which features a bunch of three remixes for a Zombie Zombie track originally featured on their massive "Slow Futur" album. With Toulouse Low Trax catering a slow, spaced out and well psychedelic rework spanning the entire A-side of the vinyl we've got the main tune for hyperadvanced dancefloors and tripping ChillOut areas whilst the remixes catered by I:Cube and Gilb'r are more focused on the SlowHouse / NuDisco meets Dub as well as the Downtempo crowd.
07. Katapila - Trotro [Awesome Tapes From Africa]
Thrilling stuff from Africa, this is. Ten tracks written and produced by DJ Katapila who approaches traditional Ghanaan Ga music from an electronic viewpoint to cater what he describes as his very own vision of House music. Although we're still in doubt if the raw, fast paced electronic signatures combined with call-and-response techniques, party hyping chants and pitched vocal samples of DJ Katapila's young daughter can be really filed under the flag of House we defo see how this is working dancefloors for a reason and how this, maybe unwillingly, can be seen as related to hard hitting Chicago Basement tracks coming from labels like Dance Mania in the first half of the 90s. If this sounds appealing to you, especially check the tune "Ice-Inc" to be found on C1 for a good portion of untamed Broken Techno and Acid-influences.
The mysterious, yet highly active Dr. NoiseM has done it again and brings us another sequel of his ongoing album series 'The CDr A-B-C', this time part 'P' according to his approach to serve a full longplay piece for each and every letter of the alphabet. Having said this and reviewed not only all pieces of this series as well as nearly every single Dr. NoiseM release ever it's pretty much obvious for us where this journey will be going, but the question remains which part of the Dark Ambient spectrum will be explored and how Dr. NoiseM refines his work from album to album. With "The CDr A-B-C: P" we see an astoundingly calm and beautiful variation on the subject, catering a certain solemness as well as a sense of relief one sometimes experiences in fully untouched nature after a massive thunderstorm has come to an end. Therefore, and most naturally, inherent to the one-tracker spanning a total of 69 minutes is a very specific beauty that can be both described as postapocalyptic yet angelic, with haunted, non-verbal vocal layers appearing in the very background whilst blurred, yet clearly recognizable harmonic changes do cater the needs of classic Ambient lovers as well, even without fulfilling certain cliches or serving layers upon layers of sugary, melodic strings. Quite a calming piece, this one is - limited to 26 CD-r copies worldwide and therefore should soon to be regarded as a sought after item for a reason.
Blurred, fractured and distorted Ambient, oldskool 3D animations and renderings as well as a whole lotta glitches - this video, produced by David Altweger, well provides what one is looking for on a sunday afternoon. Good stuff!
As we've already featured the title track of Sløtface's new EP named "Empire Records" on these pages a few weeks ago it's now about time to check out the full release which has been put on the circuit via Propeller Recordings on November 18th, 2k16. Opening the four track EP with "Bright Lights" the Norwegian band outfit presents its slightly more melancholic side, yet killing it with a sweet sing-a-long hookline and Pop-reminscing aspect they're looking for in all of their songs, "Empire Records" causes, as mentioned earlier, nothing but havoc on bouncy, bubbling Indie dancefloors, an attitude that's also inherent to "Take Me Dancing" which slightly gravitates more towards girly Pop Punk without necessarily falling into any cliche trap, despite showing absolute potential to enter mainstream radio rotation due to the songs absolute positivity. Finally Sløtface are closing this short, yet pithy release with "Fever Art", a sad, teenage breakup song for those who are looking for a little kitsch in their lives, shedding a tear whenever everythings falls in place at the end of their favorite movie. Defo a nice one, so we're curious about what the forthcoming album might add up the bands musical equation in 2k17.
Put on the circuit via the Psychocandies-imprint only last week is the new digital three track single by 3cloneB going by the name of "The DS War EP" and featuring three tunes of the exact same name. Whilst "DS War Part 1" caters a menu of harsh'n'heavy, brutally distorted Slo-Mo Techno with hints of Acid we see "DS War Part 2" riding a similar vibe based on a foundation of minimalist Electro and squealing musical madness for those loving their underground MonoAcid to the max before "DS War Part 3" introduces a new stomping permutation of spiralling and well-psychedelic subaquatic Alien Techno to the scene that might well appeal to followers of Drexciyan tech outings for a reason. Good stuff.