Tuesday, October 17, 2017

We Stood Like Kings - USA 1982 (Koyaanisqatsi: A New Soundtrack) [Kapitän Platte 038]

Re-recording scores for classic, praised as well as controversial movies is quite a risky business, especially when they're as well known and critically acclaimed as Philip Glass' work for Godfrey Reggio's legendary movie "Koyaanisqatsi" which still is, both musically and in its cinematic quality, one of a kind. This said, this album is defo about to be a 'love it or hate it' affair anyway with not much in between. Lovers of the original score will, and defo for a reason, criticize the bands approach and aim to step away from Glass' yet melodic minimalist synth vision towards a more dramatic score oftentimes based on borderline-kitsch pianos and a good portion of instrumental ProgRock heavily garnished with large walls of slightly distorted guitars and cinematic PostRock for those who appreciate bands like the formerly Washington-based band outfit Ostinato or the German Eau Rouge whereas followers of the genre surely will be naturally drawn towards the well thought out musical journey the quartet that is We Stood Like Kings caters on this extended album stretched out over a whole of two CD's with a total runtime of approx. 80 minutes. Interesting stuff, this.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Syer B - Seldom

This is the kind of raw, streetwise Grime instrumental we're mostly missing in where the genre went throughout the past years stylewise. We defo need more of this!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

baze.djunkiii Charts 10/2017

01. Sascha Müller [Psychocandies P12-001]
See review for details...

02. Robotiko Rejekto - Rejekto EP [Optimo Trax 030]
There has come a time in the history of electronic music in which re-releases of thirty - !!! - year old classics still sound more relevant and refreshing to our ears than most of the genres recent output. This goes especially for this 1987 released NuBeat- / ProtoTechno-outing once put on the circuit by the notorious Techno Drome International label. Written by electronic music pioneer Talla 2XLC and his fellow mate Ra-Hen the sound of their very first ever single release is still fresh, captivating and inspiring and should become a staple on contemporary dancefloors again for a reason. Great stuff!

03. Terrence Parker - God Loves Detroit [Planet E Communications]
Ever been in love with ecstatic, melodic and also vocal-driven House music from the mid-90s? If so, Terrence Parker's new album on Planet E Communications is about to cater a contemporary update to your needs without sounding dated and dusted at all. Both solo and working collaboratively with vocalists Merachka and Coco Street the twelve tracks crafted by Terrence Parker for this double LP are defo a fest for every true House music lover for sure and therefore essential, especially when it comes to the beyond epic "Latter Rain *TP's After The Storm Mix" which immediately became one of our alltime House favorites within a few bars only.

04. Depeche Mode - Spirit [Mute Records / Columbia Records]
There's no doubt that Depeche Mode have been an influential part of our musical upbringing ever since and therefore checking out their newest stuff is mandatory, even more since we've met their long time collaborator Kurt Uenala shortly after purchasing their massive "Delta Machine" album a few years ago. On "Spirit" we see the pop culture staples gravitate more towards SynthPop again with massive singles like "Going Backwards" and the anthemic "Where's The Revolution" but the deep, broken Blues and ballads remain in songs like "The Worst Crime" or "Poison Heart" , "Scum" recalls the dirty, distorted and Industrial-infused era of what seems to be BritPop meets Manchester's Hacienda with a well seductive, fever'ish rhythm that's also inherent to the dark and sexy "You Move" whilst "Cover Me" reveals ultimate sadness and SynthPop driven despair and "Eternal" presents us with the one big time ballad that the band always was capable of including in their longplay releases. "So Much Love" is nothing but a raw, ultimate dancefloor smash for the creatures of the night, bringing back DM in their most classic form, "Poorman" caters a seductive synth-line in combination with Delta Machine'esque Blues and sparse instrumentation, "No More (This Is The Last Time)" once again goes up an anthemic, yet slo-mo and SynthPop-driven alley before the final cut "Fail" provides more sadness and drama for a perfect closing for another great album effort by the - former - Basildon-boys.

05. Andrew Weatherall - Kiyadub EP [Byrd Out 005]
It seems like vinyl prices in record stores are getting more and more ridiculous these days and this two track 12" clocking in at around the 20€ mark  does mean we're reaching another high - or low - point in this development, depending on how one is about to put things and from which perspective. Anyway, the legend that is Andrew Weatherall puts down two excellent tracks on this one, somehow meandering in between classic DubTechno and original Dub realms, keeping advanced floors and motion and trueskool bass lovers excited with some electroid influences for a reason.

06. Camila Fuchs - Singing From Fixed Rung [Schamoni Musik / SVS Records]
Maybe one of the most fascinating, yet mysterious and mystic vocal-driven Electronica / Ambient releases of the past years is brought to us by the collaborational force of Schamoni Music and SVS Records with this six track vinyl which has been around for quite a while these days. Captivating, blurred and outerworldly this one opens a complete new and unheard of sonic realm which is well likely to appeal to fans of Björk, Katie Gately and the likes of. Get!

07. Nisennenmondai - Shackleton Remixes [Woe! To The Septic Heart]
How, and when, did we miss out on this? Obviously back in 2015 when MythStep-inventor Shackleton took care of the Tokyo-based band project remixwise and transformed their music into two highly fascinating cuts somewhere in between fast paced Techno and fever'ish Trance, once again carving out his very own sonic niche yet sending every underground warehouse rave to ecstatic heavens with these tunes of which especially the unstamped white label side shows more of a interweaving, possibly World Music- or Detroit-influenced complexity that is beyond hypnotic.

08. DJ Marcelle / Another Nice Mess - Meets New Soulmates At Nyege Nyege Deejay Laboratory [Jahmoni Music
See review for details...

09. Camila De Laborde - Opuntia [Schamoni Musik / SVS Records]
A sweet collaborational art music release put on the circuit by the Munich-based imprints Schamoni Musik and SVS Records which are joining forces to present the spaced out, complex and labyrinthine sonic worlds of Camila De Laborde which are meandering somewhat in between Electronica, Indietronica, echoes of highly experimental Art School PostPunk and more performance-related scoring - a mixture not as easy to embrace as her work under the Camila Fuchs guise, yet a well recommended one for collectors of the leftfield and beyond genre productions out there.  

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Manga St. Hilaire ft. Durrty Goodz - Baga

Sickness on a ridiculous level. Man don't need to say no more.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Le Crabe & Optimis GFN - Onyx Heart

Heavy, hard hitting experimental HipHop of doom. We're in for this!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sol Heilo - Skinhorse Playground [Propeller Records Promo]

Released via Propeller Records only last week is "Skinhorse Playground", the solo debut by the Norwegian musician Sol Heilo who is also, and maybe even better, known and recognized for her involvement in the countries praised Folk quartet Katzenjammer. Dealing with figures and characters taken from her very personal inner being, from a series of re-occurring, yet ever changing dreams the singer has had from her early childhood onwards she serves a menu of nine songs on her debut, starting with the beautifully dream-like, yet summerly song "America"  which has already been featured on this pages as a first teaser for the album followed the slightly darker, more intense "When My Country Died" which perfectly showcases Sol Heilo's captivating vocals which, for some reason, will send shivers down the spine of Fleetwood Mac fans for sure even though the similarities are not that obvious at all. With "London Is Trouble" we see the Norwegian artist enter more of a Folk-orientated, string sporting territory, "I Can't Sleep" fuses a musical background derived from both SynthPop and Highland Folk with crystalline vocal efforts and widescreen pads, "The Dream Escapers" weighs in a little bit of over the top kitsch whereas "Killing Karma" brings out the dancier, hell of groovy side of Sol Heilo's solo works which clearly gravitates towards daytime radio Pop in this one. With "Closer To The Sky" autumnal melancholia - and a recognizably 80s inspired drum set - strike big time, "Walk A Little Further" follows in a widescreen, panorama ballad manner before the final cut named "Happy Song" even dives into classic Country realms, fulfilling some square dance cliches without being cliche Country for a reason. Defo a good and well-varied debut, this which makes up for a good addition to anyone's collection for sure. 

Album artwork on Instagram!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Lagowski - Creep Ohmski

A killer Rave cut from one of the electronic music pioneers and its - especially within the Techno scene - unsung and oftentimes unrecognized or overseen heroes. 

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Akmee - Neptun [Nakama Records 011]

Put on the circuit via the Norwegian Nakama Records label in late June, 2k17 is "Neptun", the first ever album outing by the collaborative quartet Akmee consisting of Erik Kimestad Pedersen, Kjetil Jerve, Erlend Albertsen and Andreas Wildhagen which are exploring a deep and very score'esque as well as experimental vision of Jazz within their music which, until now, has only been performed live in front of selected audiences in Norway, Denmark and Germany. The opening tune "Summoning" perfectly embraces the deranged feeling of staring out the windows of some rundown, nearly abandoned bar somewhen through a misty midweek November night, finding its continuation in the livelier and seemingly more improvisational buzz of "Dance Of The Maniae" whereas "Wavelengths" defines full on melancholia in combination with more of a spine-tingling DarkJazz approach before the concluding "Tides In Space" provides a beautifully arranged grand finale sporting grandiose piano lines and captivating movements in sounds for all those loving their Jazz-infused sounds based on repetetive, yet ever varied patterns. Lovely.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Friday, October 06, 2017

Kryshe - March Of The Mysterious [Serein 013]

Released via the Welsh Serein-label on September 22nd, 2k17 is "March Of The Mysterious" - a 30 minutes longplay affair created by the German Christian Grothe using his artistic moniker Kryshe to accompany the 1915-released silent movie "Alice In Wonderland". Given this more conceptual attitude to serve as a score for a classic film and its well known scenery we see Kryshe combining his love for Ambient music and soft, floating yet ever evolving patterns with loads of live overtones masterly played and performed by real instruments. Be it the widescreen melancholia introduced by the deep Jazz-oriented opener "Queen's Court", the tender Electronica of "Night" or the lovely amalgamation of crystalline Ambient and echoes of Indietronica to be found in "Dissolving Colour", the caressing piano melodies of an "Underlying Reality", the complex, interwoven lines of "Meet The Caterpillar" or the blurred, rainy afternoon melancholy brought to us by the concluding cut "Grey Wind" - this album holds a lot of beautiful moments not only for lovers of scores and electronic music but for everyone around and therefore is a well worthwhile addition to anyone's music collection for sure.   

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Sascha Müller - Das Pendel [SMSM 014]

Put on the circuit on August 31st, 2k17 is Sascha Müller's latest digital single release named "Das Pendel" which turns out to be a stripped down, crackling MinimalTechno effort providing loads of hypnotizing wobbly bassline pressure and spaced out synth pads whilst the so-called 'TTSK YNCK MIX.1' of the original track gets rid of the distinct bass works for the first half of its runtime and emphasizes on the Deep Space Techno aspect of "Das Pendel" only to take our brains on a trip to another dimension in which alien wobble monsters turned towards the dark side of the force. Proper! 

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Odd Nosdam - Lif [Sound In Silence 040]

Incoming from the Greek Sound In Silence-imprint only recently is "Lif", the latest album outing by Abstract HipHop / Beatmaker-artist Odd Nosdam, also known and loved for co-founding the beloved and popular Anticon.-label back in the days which raised awareness for quite a lot of leftfield, yet somehow HipHop-related artists throughout its heydays. Inspired by a three months stretch of nonstop rain occuring in the Bay Area in early 2017 we see Odd Nosdam turning his head away from beats with this album, exploring new realms somewhere in the grey area in between Ambient and Electronica starting with the bleak, yet ever moving metallic waft of "MIG" which caters a feel of a cold, scientific future before "RAI" contrasts the filtered background movements with elements of DubTechno and small, bell-like sounds whereas the title track "LIF" is more of a dark'ish, intense and droning affair for those caught deep within the darkest depths of their own Ambient soul. Within the 82 seconds of "AIN" rainy melancholia shows off in full with beautifully processed piano sounds, "SES" continues on a basically similar path and the sequels "KEL I" / "KEL II" come up with echoes of a deep, heartfelt Post-PostRock attitude due to their use of plucked guitar strings. Furthermore "REN" presents a masterly arranged array of what seem to be slow motion accordion chords, "TRO" serves more of a classic Ambient vibe garnished with quite a bit of vintage surface noise and the final cut "HOM" fuses the soft pads usually found in DubTechno with complex, blurred and captivating melodic layers of an abstract kind for all those floating through hyperrealms and multi-dimensional thought bubbles. Recommended!

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Arketi-Ray - From Ever Since [Jahmoni Music]

Put on the circuit via Munich's great Jahmoni Music-imprint only recently is "From Ever Since", the first ever album release by Arketi-Ray, a fascinating band / project outfit aiming to perfectly amalgamate influences taken from Dub and Jazz within this seven track mini album. Opening up with a killer DubJazz cut named "Time Is Now" clearly inspired by FutureJazz-melancholia Arketi-Ray pave the way for the FX heavy "Dub Is Now", bringing us a hyper seductive guitar motif and a shitload of echoes before "Sinai" gets into floating Roots / Steppa Dub and "Kali" jams slowly and bass heavy to one of the most beautiful piano lines we've ever heard of. Starting the flipside with "Under Fire" the group presents a deep, Jazz Noir-inspired take on Dub-infused downtempo swing including march-reminiscing snare drums and mysterious flute vibes which finds its continuation in the even more stripped down and dubbed out sequel "Under Rubble" whereas the final cut "Heartease" weighs in a classic Roots Dub-related intro only to introduce more of a laid back, slightly Downtempo-touching BarJazz vibe for a closing. Recommended!

05.10.2017 baze.djunkiii @ Mojo Jazz Cafe / Hamburg

decks: baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings]

file under: NuJazz / BrokenHouse / Freestyle

set time: 9 pm

Mojo Jazz Cafe
Reeperbahn 1
Hamburg St. Pauli

Monday, October 02, 2017

Melt Unit - Bath Salts *Captain Raveman Remix

Big tune, this. Jungle all the way!