Thursday, November 30, 2017

Snow Palms - Origin And Echo [Village Green 030 Promo]

Released on November 17th, 2k17 via Village Green Recordings is "Origin And Echo", the sophomore album by the David Sheppard-led project Snow Palms which he basicly and originally created to provide a vehicle for music played on various mallet instruments, solo or in collaboration with musicians like Christopher Leary, Emma Winston and others on this longplay piece. With the title track as opener we see Snow Palms paving the way for things to come, creating a beautiful, yet storming piece of Synth-led Ambient sporting simple ethereal glockenspiel melodies, "Rite" follows a similar path minus the epic synths and provides - hence the name - a more ritualistic, hypnotic and light heartened athmosphere and so does its follow up "White Shadows". "You Are Here" weighs in full on kitsch and romanticism to accompany an exhibition of blurry, misty David Hamilton-inspired photographies of innocence, "Circling" provides a thrilling interplay of two playful, lively and crystalline harmonic counterparts, slowly building up towards an epic, wide screen finale, "Echo Return" is more of a calm and solemn nature introducing a simplistic, yet beautiful piano line before hefty, dramatic synth structures take over in a Vangelis-alike manner and "Vostok" seems to pay due respect to early Synth greats like Jean Michel Jarre and / or soundtracks like Francis Lai's "Bilitis". More crystalline beauty alongside a few sparse ritualistic drums is to be found in "Enclave", "Everything That Happened" gets back to kitsch-drippin' innocence whilst "Black Snow" seems to weigh in more intensity and tempo due to the use of hounded hi-hats as a foundation for the tunes complex harmonic arrangements whereas the final cut named "Illuminations" is more of a score'esque interpretation of a Classical, possibly Baroque dance tune which shimmers in many mesmerizing synth facettes for all those loving their Ambient  / Synth music rich and abundant. Quite a nice listen, this.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Morten HD - Rite Of Extreme Unction *Massacooramaan Remix

It can't get any deeper or more spine-tingling than this. Audio sex on a new level. We're in!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Erlend Apneseth Trio - Ara [Hubro Music]

Another one put on the circuit via Norway's Hubro Music-imprint in early October, 2k17 is "Ara", the second album by the relatively new formed Erlend Apneseth Trio which served its debut album on the same label in 2k16. Following a recording process that can be described as slightly more structured and prepared compared to what led to its predecessor the trio serves a menu of ten tracks on here, opening with "Utferd" which sees a kind of Ambient- / PostPostRock- / Folk-fusion emerge from the tunes intro, following a path of looped guitars and multilayered, tempo-varied string instruments before "Tundra" provides folksy slo-mo melancholia seemingly based on traditional Russian music, "Øyster" weighs in more of a cozy campfire atmosphere and "Stryk" caters tender, fragile string Ambient beauty, perfectly depicting the magic of early morning fog hovering over endless, untouched woodlands. With "Undergrunn" the trio tells an ancient tale of traditional fiddle music combined with a lively, more upbeat rhythmic foundation for advanced dancefloors, "Bølgebrytar" is as light as an early summer morning garnished with a bit of a balearic feel, "Saga" is nothing but purest ambiance of most fragile beauty whereas "Lysne" comes down to an everlasting ruminant stream of PostRock-infused, Raga-influenced guitars paired with intense Spoken Words - defo the most outstanding tune on this longplay piece. Finally, the second to last tune "Sakura" is more of a calming Indietronica outing before "Klokkespel" once gain comes back to the feelings evoked by long time untold ancient sagas told by our forefathers. If you're a core fan of the Hubro Music sound, you cannot miss out on this one.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Polaroyds - The One (Official Video)

When Indie meets a foundation built upon electronic club music, a good portion of floating Dream Pop, great harmonies, drama and vocals catchy AF it's surely "The One" - the debut single by Polaroyds, the new signing to Kulmbach's AdP Records.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Anders Holst & Yann Coppier - Onomatopeia [Clang 056 Promo]

Released on November 10th, 2k17 via Clang on the digital circuit is "Onomatopeia", the first ever album release by the Danish duo of Anders Holst and Yann Coppier, who've been collaborating in other projects but never entered the studio as a joined forces team before. Together they deliver a body of work comprised of eleven tracks, starting with a "Promise Of Something" in which the mentioned something turns out to be a cold and futuristic, beatless take on cold stellar winds and tense, metallic SciFi Ambient followed by a "Pinto Bird", pairing the machine movements and computational processes of a dystopian space lab with carefully crafted atmospheric layers and sirens on tilt mode before "Empty Letters" gets even more intense, setting all senses to alarm mode whilst providing the darkest, most spine-tingling take on Deep Space Electronica we've come across in ages, taking us straight into a captivating retrofuturist sci-fi flic possibly directed by John Carpenter or the likes of. With "Somebody Is Peeing On My Tent" Anders Holst & Yann Coppier provide more of a melancholia-inducing, partly even mourningful Ambient vision featuring sad overtones, plucked guitar strings as well as a kind of background noise crescendo, "A Delicate Fate" consists of delicate soundwaves building up, combining heartfelt sadness and calming Ambient in a close to perfect manner whereas the "Magic Mouth" utters a minimalist arrangement of Cosmic Synth tones to a highly soothing, heart-warming effect. The 9+ minutes long "Ultima Necat" seems to resemble disconcerting Field Recordings transmitted back to us from a far and distant future, delivering evidence of things unimaginable to our recent minds, "Butoh Dancers Throwing Darts" caters a menu of extraterrestrial distortions and echo-heavy mechanical sounds falling together as a take on hyper-minimalistic Electronica Dub before the final cut describes "Toot's Long Painful Death", an alienating experience as well as a carthatic, yet non-violent transition into other worlds.

Vellum feat. Jay Smirk - Landslide

One from the darkest vaults of bass music. Rewind!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

baze.djunkiii Chart Haul 11/2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Greg Fox - The Gradual Progression [RVNG Int.]

Released on September 8th, 2k17 via RVNG Intl. is "The Gradual Progression", Greg Fox' latest album who sees himself going through a transformational period musicwise these days. Over the course of seven tracks, irritatingly split into eleven indexes on the CD version, he, alongside contributions by artists like Justin Frye, Maria Kim Grand, Curtis Santiago and others, serves a great, captivating and ongoing instrumental journey through a musical realm that we'd describe as intense, yet emotional, storming and scenic interpretation of vintage Progressive Rock with a quite complex, modernistic approach, some electronic sparkles and a good portion of Future Jazz whilst even influences of Drum'n'Bass, Space Rock, FreeJazz or even Cosmic synths pop up from time to time. This is a good one.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ben Wood Inferno - Wilder Wilder Faster Faster [Sumo Rex 010]

Incoming only recently was "Wilder Wilder Faster Faster", the October-released album by the band outfit named Ben Wood Inferno put on the circuit via Sumo Rex which already kinda puzzled us for a reason throughout the process of opening the letter it came with on camera. But no matter what, let's talk a little bit of music here. As the album artwork kind of indicates there's more to this album than it just being pure Rock'n'Roll as stated in the album info. According to the wild and dark'ish black and purple graphic design and imagery we get a 38 minutes serving of Rock'n'Roll in its wildest and most untamed form, a raw vision of Garage-induced ProtoPunk and teenage rebellion weighing in undeniable hits like "A Few (More) Monkeytricks", the Grunge vs. Funk vs. Crossover anthem "Sway" which is probably the main and most catchy tune on this album for all angsty skate kids and cool as fuck off-mainstream youths drinking beer and smoking bongs as well those having followed the SkateMetal and Alternative scene in the early 90s whereas "Marching Off To War" features impressive Ska-/ Reggae-influences and a killer groove for all distortion lovers galore. "Shakin'" weighs in more Ska-infusions and classic Garage Rock, "Stroke Index Serenade" merges FreakBlues and FreeJazz before "I Never Liked You Anyway" provokes a proper bar fight and the concluding "Trashedy" is another 8 minutes of Lo-Fi mayhem for underground venues packed with genre specialists. Surprisingly good and way better than expected at first sight.

Hainbach - Cymbal Crush

Who said that Trance is dead? This crystalline beauty proves that it surely isn't.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Astrid & Ephraim Wegner - Feldstudie Göppingen: Eine akustische Kartographie in 4 Teilen [Verlag Kunsthalle Göppingen]

One of the most conceptual and abstract releases we've reviewed on these pages within the past months is Astrid & Ephraim Wegner's "Feldstudie Göppingen" which has been released in October 2k17. Based on the concept of so-called 'sound walks' the pair developed, timed and composed multiple traces through the town of Göppingen on which one-take Field Recordings were made for a specific period of time on specific locations or in transition, only to be later layered, edited and partly warped through granular synthesis - resulting in a three channel sound installation on display at the Kunsthalle Göttingen from October 3rd to 23rd, 2k16. Mixed down to stereo for this release we're taken into this unique sonic realm, experiencing both a time capsule of multiple real life sound events at a specific point in time as well as their artificial alterations and warped aliasses, accompanied by extended booklets, photographs and detailed graphs explaining and complementing the sonic work to a certain level which, in a well fascinating form, meanders in between Musique Concrete, Field Recordings and intense, highly experimental Electroacoustics. Proper good stuff for the abstract minded. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Skeptical & dBridge - Poor & Poverty

Minimalist, yet bass heavy deepness from the Exit Records-camp. We're in for this.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Ziur - U Feel Anything? [Objects Limited / Planet Mu 391 Promo]

Released in early October as a collaborative effort of Mike Paradinas' Planet Mu-imprint and Objects Limited is Ziur's debut album "U Feel Anything?", a twelve track effort showcasing the musical realms the Berlin-based Boo-Hoo-founder lives in. Opening with "Life Is Not A Commodity" we're entering an eerie, haunting and captivating Ambient sphere influenced by (Neo)Cosmic and dominated by various layers of warped, sped up vocals bits sounding like alien transmissions from the far out corners of the cosmos whereas the following title track presents an arrangement comprised of precise Electronica / Breakcore-crossover and glitched, crystalline melodies accompanied by warm, analogue bass tones. The next tune gets us "Soaked" in electronic fairy dust whilst following the direction of its predecessor, "Body Of Light" - a collaboration with Aisha Devi - sees Ziur exploring ethereal, outerworldly Pop spheres and haunting, yet deeply touching overall vibes before "Cipher" causes havoc on the dancefloor with its killer fusion of glitched beats and advanced contemporary bass music. Listening to "Moonlight" is more of an abstract, in parts even Ambient / IDM resembling affair of only 68 seconds length, "Rituals Of Passage" comes across as an angsty Industrial soundtrack for a nightmarish, ritualistic transition into the realm of the dead, "Don't Buy It" picks up an Industrial Dubstep / Industrial Grime vibe delivering complex rhythm signatures and shreddered rave signals whilst "Laughing And Crying Are The Same Thing" featuring the Swedish singer Zhala fuses a dark bass music foundation with more of an uplifting, playful and innocent attitude in terms of vocal performance - a mixture of a highly seductive nature turning this into a possible underground uberhit. The next tune sees Ziur being "Drawn" towards a more cold and scientific approach towards Future Bass Music of an epic, and even slightly romantic, kind, the short snippet "Arise" is an excursion into digitally created Rhythm Industrial and the final cut "Fractals" is a heavy rollercoaster ride comprised of hefty stop'n'go beat arrangements, a BigBeat-feel on tilt mode, beautifully sculpted atmospheres and microcuts of electric guitar riffs for the headstrong. Coherent abstraction in here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Erland Dahlen - Clocks [Hubro Music]

Put on the circuit via Norway's Hubro Music in early September is "Clocks", the latest album effort catered by Spellemannspris-nominee and highly active musician / composer Erland Dahlen who is coming at us with six new tracks comprised of sounds taken from or created by sources as droneboxes, log drum, knives and forks, mellotron, marbles on metal plates and many others which are spread out over a total playtime of 39 minutes. The opening title track provides quite a dense scenic atmosphere meandering in between Ambient and Electronica whilst catering a krautsy feel which is kinda comparable to early releases of the Moritz Von Oswald Trio, "Glas" presents more of an early morning, pre-dawn calmness in terms of atmosphere which is nicely contrasted by complex, stumbling and nearly incomprehensible rhythm signatures and tender guitar works whereas "Ship" comes up with a massive 80s drum aesthetic and an overall feel influenced by what we'd refer to as epic Progressive Glam Rock on a contemporary tip - think Pink Floyd here, but only in parts. The "Bear" brings more large scale 80s drums and Ambient Prog Rock vibes, "Lizard" - remixed by Hallvard W. Hagen - is built around a repetetive synth loop motif, eerie retrofuturistic beauty and more rhythmic complexity whilst the final cut "Wood" amalgamates Field Recordings, ambient'esque atmospheres and droning guitars for an excellent closure that is about to please both fans and listeners from various sides of the musical spectrum. And so is the whole album which therefore is recommended to a wide range of open minded music lovers.

Album artwork on Instagram!

ORI - 1986 [Filter Music Group]

Recently released via Berlin's Filter Music Group is "1986", the sophomore solo album by the Berlin-based producer Ori Alboher a.k.a. ORI who's appeared on these pages with his new video for "On The Floor" lately, a Future R'n'B cut which has been taken from the album as well. Originally hailing from Jerusalem and regarded as hot, yet underground insider tip amongst those in the know within the local scene ORI started to built a reputation, sold out shows and was even discovered by the makers of the US TV series "Shooter" which used his single "Black Book" on the score - a big turning point for the young artists career. Going into the album with the sparse, yet romantic Synth'n'B cut "Incubate" ORI paves the way for things to come, following a "Path" of abstract, captivating HipHop beats and lovely pads whereas "Solo" explores ORI's great vocal abilities atop a super stripped down Future R'n'B foundation. "There's No One Else" opens with bits and pieces of a French conversation, human beatbox based beat and a seductive bass lick reminiscent of Lou Reed alltime favorite "Walk On The Wild Side", the epic "Black Book" is a blueprint of 4/4-based Future Soul and defo, even apart from its TV success, a cut to be embraced by both more of a mainstream audience as well as Slow / Romantic House lovers whilst the title track "1986" weighs in 41 seconds of reverberating experimentation in haunting Ambient spheres and Field Recordings before seamlessly transitioning into "W.H.W.T.O. (feat. Golden Ego)" and its carefully layered backward loop structures and multiple, warped vocal layers. Being "Half Human" means to serve stripped down, subaquatic, psychological drama, surface noise loops and mind-bending vocal alterations, the "Pulse" caters nothing but deepest, most haunting slo-mo atmosphere and lovely piano lines for WitchHouse and Mutant HipHop lovers before the final "Parachute" brings back precisely crafted beat wizzardry for 808-lovers and melancholia-craving Downtempo headz.     

Album artwork on Instagram!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

4ZZZ1 - Here We Go EP [Psychocandies 060]

Scheduled for November 23rd, 2k17 via Psychocandies is the latest four track single by the well mysterious artist 4ZZZ1 entitled "Here We Go EP". Opening with "We Go" 4ZZZ1 takes us straight onto the dancefloor, covered by a wildly moving mass of ravers going crazy to raw, unprocessed and distorted rave / hoover signals and a heavy emulation of the sound of Belgium ca. 1991 whereas the "Manager" is on a deeper, more stripped down Techno Rave tip weighing in a straightforward attitude and a carefully modulated main motif alongside bubbly bits of Acid. Following up is "Elektroturbine" which captures our attention with a well-fascinating intro sequence and quite a feel for proper Electro Phonk garnished with lovely Acid pieces whilst the final cut "Eject The System" enters more experimental territories in providing a glitched vision of deep, stripped down Electro / Electronica crossover which is defo a great thing for advanced dancefloors out there.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Rafael Toral - Moon Field [Room40 Promo]

Released via the Australian Room40 imprint in early October is "Moon Field", the latest album by the 1967-born and Lisbon-based composer Rafael Toral who has been active on the music circuit since the mid-80s. With "Moon Field" he serves a trio of connected, previously unreleased tracks opening with "The Stars" which is quite an intriguing amalgamation of static background noise, electric piano, bits of Space Jazz and what seem to be modular sounds resembling funny chirping and tweeting extraterrestrial animal sounds that could come from beings similar to the space monster seen in John Carpenter's "Dark Star". Furthermore we see "The Horizon" come up with a seamless transition and continuation of its predecessors theme although providing a slightly different, static and isolationist feel and a distinct hint of ultimate sad- and loneliness despite falling into the Ambient drawer genrewise, even serving what could be identified as ethno flutes from around minute six onwards, whereas "The Field" comes in on more playful, partly even tongue-in-cheek note, emphasizing on more uplifting piano tones and happy, twisted and sometimes weird bleeps over the course of its nearly fourteen minutes runtime. Good stuff.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sascha Müller [Sascha Müller Music 1000025]

To be released on November 22nd, 2k17 is Sascha Müller's latest digital two track single bringing us the tunes "Digicult" and "Stigma". Whilst the first mentioned tune caters an excellent and timeless take on beautifully arranged and tenderly floating Trance music that's timeless we see the second cut explore raw and experimental Techno territories paying homage to the feel of many unpolished releases of the genres early years ca. 1991 to 1993 when there were no rules about how a proper Rave / Techno track should sound like and ppl were still able and willing to push the genres boundaries a little bit further with every release.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sequoyah Tiger - Parabolabandit [Morr Music 157 Promo]

Released via Morr Music on October 27th, 2k17 is "Parabolabandit", the first ever studio album put on the circuit by the Italian songwriter and singer Leila Gharib under the name of Sequoyah Tiger. Comprised of ten songs the artist caters quite an eclectic array of musical outings starting with the deep and tender Synth-driven ballad "Another World Around Me" providing a bit of retrofuturist romanticism whereas "Punta Otok" rides on a sweet Cosmic Indie Wave to set dancefloors in motion and "Where Am I?" weighs in distinct yet spaced out Easy Listening / Exotica influences somehow reminding us of  the works of Felix Kubin whilst "Kill The Robber" gets into the realms of well-twisted Stadium Pop with a slight hint of Boney M., kind of. With "Sissi" we see Sequoyah Tiger explore Beatles-resembling Beat ballads, "A Place Where People Disappear" takes those dissolving souls straight to an off-kilter, over the top ElectroPop / Indieelectro dancefloor and "Cassius" gets back into worn out Easy Listening realms featuring cheap drum machines and kitsch-dripping vocals for those in the know. Furthermore "Lemur Catta" dabbles with shifting multiharmonies and overcompressed sequences, "Brother / Brother", a collaborational effort with Black Fanfare, seems to fuse influences drawn from Drum'n'Bass with trippingly intense vocal and choir layers and the final cut named "Brilliant One" is defo a sweet take on Folk-inspired earworm creation and therefore our favorite song on "Parabolabandit" which is an album that's coherent, yet all over the place. 

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Candice Gordon - Garden Of Beasts [Proper Octopus Records]

Put on the circuit in early September via Proper Octopus Records is "Garden Of Beasts", the debut album by Candice Gordon who is, in parts, dealing with her Berlin years on this one. The full body of work is comprised of thirteen songs including the highly seductive Wave / Postpunk blueprint "I Belong To The Night" which has already been featured on these pages earlier this year. Building up tension with the instrumental "A Herd" we see the internationally raised, Ireland-born artist unfold and ethereal mysticism with the captivatingly longing "Smoke In The Air" whereas her "Hive Mind" comes up with a sweet, highly syncopated rhythm structure alongside off-rhythm guitar loops which suddenly turn into a killer PostPunk / Indie smash for the well-agitated and depressed and "Nobody" makes our heads fast bop to Country-infused uptempo Indie covered in Candice's yearning, echoeing vocal performance for a reason. "The Child" shows of her softer, ballad'esque and melancholia-infused side before exploding into a raw rollercoaster of pure energy, "Tomorrow" weighs in Folk-infused singer / songwriter qualities as well as big time romanticism whilst "The Kill", a fascinating skit in its own right, weighs in enough eerieness to be included in any psychologically deep horror score before the distorted "Freedom, A Beautiful Illusion" fuses a bluesy DesertRock twang, marching drums and heartfelt, melodic Folk lyricism to a great, anthemic effect which makes this one one of the main tunes of the entire album. Following the "Laws Of Nature" to near the seven minutes mark we're crossing lovely AltPop meets Goth meets PostPunk territories, the "Goddess Of Mercy" is depicted by another well calming Folk inspired episode followed by the Flute-led, slightly Prog-flavored snippet of "Flacks" leading into the final cut "In Golden Dreams" which is a fine, melancholic Pop bit sporting loads of deep twang guitars to accompany one whilst staring into the setting sun on a beautiful summers day. Proper, this.

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Fixxxer Acid - Acid Fractal [Psychocandies 059]

Recently released via Psychocandies in late October, 2k17 is "Acid Fractal", the first full on album by the labels new signing named Fixxxer Acid who presents a fresh take on the imprints mostly Acid focused vision. The opener "Acid Wijf" amalgamates raw, untamed drum works with a spiralling, jumpy AcidTrance feel, "Acid Circulation" presents a well mysterious, ethereal take on AcidCore for fairy dust covered raves in enchanted woods, "FLAcid p4" weighs in more overly compressed drums and nerve-wrecking PsychoAcid whereas "Acid Crank" re-introduces sawtooth signals and twisted synth bleeps to todays young raving crew. Following up is "Acid Crank A3", another hard, trippin' AcidRave excess catering multi-layered synth lines and heavily reverberating drums somehow reminding us of the works of 90s Rave acts like RMB in terms of sound, "Acid Fusion" represents more of a fast pace TribeTekno attitude whilst the "Acid Virus" turns out to be a short, slow and heavily compressed showcase snippet of how much damage can be done on the dancefloor with just a drum machine and a 303, "Acidbom" is nothing short of a proper high-octane Rave anthem, "Acidcore To Hardcore" follows exactly the path announced by its title in a well complex, spiralling manner whereas "Acidpath 3" is more on an eerie, haunted Dark Rave / Hardcore tip whilst "Acidpath 4" is more of a rhythmically adventurous trip into experimental Acid realms. Towards the end we see "Baccid" causing massive havoc on Hardcore-related floors and the final "Highway To Acid" is more like a highway to wildstyle and destruction in terms of HardAcid chaos for sure. Good stuff!

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

ORI - On The Floor (Official Video)

Is this the future of Future R'n'B ? Far out stuff from Israel!

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

baze.djunkiii Charts 11/2017

01. Sofa Surfers - 20 [Monoscope Productions 001]
See review for details...

02. C Cat Trance - Screaming Ghosts [Emotional Rescue Recordings / Malka Tuti]
Re-issues for the win. A great twelve track compilation presenting a selection of original C Cat Trance productions taken from releases put on the circuit via Ink Records in the years 1983 - 1988, including the epic and well recognized anthem "Shake The Mind" and classic tune "Rattling Ghosts" from which one of the most significant samples ever used in Jungle / Drum'n'Bass was taken. Overall, a massive fusion of partly instrumental PostPunk and Wave, Proto NuBeat, elements of Dub and loads of ethnic, especially arabian / oriental influences which remains unique, relevant and one of a kind up to this day.

03. Hellfish - Kildem [Deathchant Records 083]
With its 83th release Deathchant Records remains a well reliable force on the Hardcore circuit, combining hard punching drums and their deep, brutal trademark sound aesthetics with a more cheesy, uplifting and playful tongue-in-cheek attitude this time that's able to put a smile on every Hardcore ravers face, even in the darkest hours of the night.

04. Kenji Kawai - Ghost In The Shell (Original Soundtrack) [We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records 017]
Epic score is epic - even for those who haven't seen the movie or are not related to manga / anime culture. The first official vinyl release of the "Ghost In The Shell" soundtrack provides much more than the well known and oftentimes sampled choir bits which will be recognized by many but also great moments of classic Ambient music for those who like their ChillOut music on a deep and organic tip. Highly recommended.

05. Mella Dee - Woodlands EP [Warehouse Music 002]
Three untitled tracks on pink, stamped whitelabel vinyl here with whom Mella Dee brings back a distinct, high-octane Techno vibe with an ecstatic, looped Tribal Rave twist alongside ecstatic vocals on the A-side as well as more ravey vibes and even a twist of deep Acid Trance on the flip. Lovely.

06. Gundam [Goon Club Allstars 005]
File under: complex, instrumental Grime riddims with a well uplifting, positive attitude which are both kinda hard to play out due to their mid-range focused aesthetic and more Electronica-flavored vibe.

07. Various Artists - Mix The Vibe: Louie Vega Sampler EP 1 [King Street Sounds]
Did I mention before that I'm on an oldskool House tip these days? Four great tunes by Groove Box, Basil, Kerri Chandler and Blaze presents UDAUFL feat. Barbara Tucker are taking us back to a time as far as 1996 but also provide more contemporary vibes found in the mid-noughties. One for those who love their House organic, groove-oriented, partly vocal covered and most importantly sexy as hell. 

08. Arketi-Ray - From Ever Since [Jahmoni Music]
See review for details...

09. Round One - I'm Your Brother [Main Street Records 002]
Classic House music is my jam these days and therefore it was about high time to finally add this DeepHouse masterpiece to my collection, one of the great, highly heart-felt and emotional tunes released via the Hard Wax / Rhythm & Sound / Basic Channel-camp back in the days and remixed by Ron  Trent and Chez Damier on the flipside. Must have and still working well whenever played out.

10. Stein Urheim - Utopian Tales [Hubro Music]
See review for details...

Monday, November 06, 2017

Le Crabe & OptimisGFN - S.A.H.D.

The deepest, most emotional MutantHipHop tune one can ever think of? You've found it. Right here.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

11.11.2017 Bass Spezial @ Rote Sonne / Munich

full line up: 

Ikonika [Planet Mu / Hyperdub / London]
Danny Scrilla [Civil Music / Cosmic Bridge / Munich]
Top Shotta [Ruffhouse / Munich]
baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings / Jahmoni Music / Hamburg]

doors: 11PM
adm: 12€

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Rote Sonne
Maximiliansplatz 5
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Chra - Cognitive Ease

Well fascinating digital Dark Ambient / Electronica textures to be released via Editions Mego in early December, 2k17.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Martin Küchen - Lieber Heiland, Lass Uns Sterben [Sofa Music]

Put on the circuit via Norway's Sofa Music on September 8th, 2k17 is Martin Küchen's most recent album entitled "Lieber Heiland, Lass Uns Sterben", a thirtyfive minutes five track piece opening with the title track which is a siren'esque, yet distorted and saddening fusion of wind instruments and harsh, electronic Noize whereas "Music To Silence Music" follows a similar, more lively path with a hint of percussion and elements of Jazz around the corner. Following up is "Purcell In The Ethernal Deir Yassin", providing more of a droning, Ambient-influenced approach sporting oriental bits and echoes of what could be EthioJazz-infused melodic structures and haunting ghosts of fading operas whilst "Ruf Zu Mir, Bezprizoni..." caters tender piano melodies contrasted by harsh, non-tonal experiments on wind instruments and the final, epicly named "Atmen Choir (I Det Stora Nedrivna Rummet Met Bortvända Kvinnoansikten, Skylda Av Veck; Bortsparkat, Ihopföst Segel. Krossat Rött Tyg Stelnar I Vinterkylan...)" brings in scattered, rasping signals travelling through the stereo field atop an irritating, non-identifyable musical recording appearing in the very background to sensitive ears only. Good stuff, this.

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Massacooramaan - Batwings

This might be the darkest, most eerie exploration of bass music realms we've heard in ages. Massacooramaan is on top of the game with this one!

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Nicola Ratti - The Collection [Room 40 Promo]

Released on October 6th, 2k17 via Room40 is Nicola Ratti's most recent album "The Collection", a fourtyfour minutes and nine tracks journey that doesn't follow a set preconception but represents the results of the artists experimentation over a certain, well stretched out period of time - the only framework given for what is "The Collection". The opening tune "L2" combines an overall droning atmosphere with a scientific, yet uplifting Electronica rhythm foundation that is able to make single cell structures and non carbon based lifeforms dance and wiggle in faraway parts of our universe, "L6" comes with a slightly darker, yet similarily precise approach and "r402" seems to fuse a minimalism defined by the Clicks'n'Cuts genre with the warm, dubby feel of Pole and / or works released by the former Berlin-based label Digital Kranky to a comforting and defo well calming effect, even when the tune shifts towards a livelier edge throughout its course. Going into "L4" we're entering realms influenced by stripped down Electronica Dub performed in endless voids, "L1" takes us into sonic spheres of experimental, fast paced Dub- and BrokenTechno whilst "r40" represents Nicola Ratti's take on Ambient / Deep Listening, a hypnotic, repetetive approach sporting slow sub movements and the sounds of alien swamps. Furthermore "L8"  caters a more releaxed, laid back and kinda tropical Electronica vision, "r401" takes us back to the lost void and its endless, ever branching cavities and the final cut "L7" combines deep sea radar echoes with tender signals from a distant, seemingly reprocessed piano to a beautiful, relaxing Ambient effect for a sweet closing. Lovely.

Sascha Müller - Freedom Transponder [SMSM 016]

Put on the circuit on October 26th, 2k17 is Sascha Müller's most recent digital single effort, containing the two tunes "Freedom Transponder" and "Love Games". Whilst the title track takes us back to the the era of fast, stirring HardTrance and strobe-lit warehouse raves we see the second musical outing provide more of a raw, Progressive-infused TechTrance feel with a slightly psychedelic vibe for all full-on full moon floors. Sweet.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Renato Cordovani - Cordonbleux At NOF [Aut Records 036]

Put on the circuit via Aut Records in June, 2k17 is "Cordonbleux At NOF", the first album crafted by the Italian producer and composer Renate Cordovani for the imprints catalogue. Recorded live at the NOF Gallery in Firenze in May, 2k16 the eleven tracks on this album present quite a leftfield approach towards the traditions of Jazz and Brass, weighing in hefty portions of both styles, although served with a little tongue-in-cheek attitude, whilst bringing in bits and bops of Free Improv or even gravitating towards a Film Noir'esque feel like in the beautifully arranged "24/12/1946", FreeJazz in "M.I.A. Con... Manico" or spine-tingling string vibrations introducing an outerworldly Bebop Swing in "Dissolution" whereas a tune like the furious "Contorsion" provides wild and storming action and havoc nicely contrasted by assortative melodic elements and a surprisingly mild plot-twist occuring throughout the mid-track breakdown. Not the easiest album to digest but a thrilling ride for die-hard jazzists for sure.

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Audiac - So Waltz [Klangbad Promo]

It's been a while. Fourteen years, to be more exact. Fourteen years since the Hamburg- / Augsburg-based duo Audiac released their first ever album named "Thank You For Discussing The Outside World" and it has taken its members Alexander Wiemer Van Veen and Niklas David more than a decade to finally finish their sophomore longplay piece, supervised throughout all these years by Faust's Hans-Joachim Irmler and put on the circuit via Klangbad in late October, 2k17. Comprised of ten songs we see the pair moving away from their roots in TripHop / Downtempo over the course of the full distance, steering towards a highly melancholia infused interpretation of crackling, romantic vintage sounds and soulful ballads, built from a foundation of piano and vocals, harking back to the traditions of Jazz and Soul, crooning Broadway arrangements as well as heartfelt intimacy and longing, score'esque arrangements and a unique, slightly distorted aesthetic that seems isolated from each and every thing to be found on the market these days which alone makes "So Waltz" an album that sticks out and can be appreciated by a wide range of music lovers way beyond the labels usual, more experimentally focused audience.