Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Out now: NO MORE - 123456789 *baze.djunkiii & Herr Brandt Dream A Nudream Remix [El Caballo Semental 001]

NO MORE don't need much of an introduction – the legendary Kiel-based (No)Wave / PostPunk band project took the worlds dancefloors by storm with the release of their seminal single „Suicide Commando“ in 1981 which was later re-introduced to the Techno / Electro youth of the world, when Munich's DJ Hell famously reinterpreted the tune in 1998.

Still actively touring and releasing on a regular NO MORE are now making their debut on the freshly launched Intrauterin Recordings-offshoot EL CABALLO SEMENTAL.

The labels 001 is a first time on vinyl release taken off NO MORE's „The Return Of The German Angst“ digital mixtape and sees one of the bands hit tunes being reworked in a unique, highly captivating manner, pressed exclusively as a limited to 200 copies whitelabel edition on purple / violet vinyl.

123456789 (baze.djunkiii + Herr Brandt Dream A Nudream Remix)“ exceeds the bands natural musical realm by far and transfers the song into MoombahGoth / DubWave territories previously unheard of, not only for a classic band like NO MORE. The rework picks up latest developments from the urban and bass music world whilst keeping the haunted vibe of the original songs chorus intact, slighty references NuBeat / PostPunk and Dub, adds lush, dreamy Cosmic guitar textures and even winks to the underground whistle and rave posse with a sweet as candy piano breakdown.

In their conjunctional remix work we see Intrauterin Recordings-founder baze.djunkiii, quality electronic music activist and prolific DJ for more than 20 years, and Herr Brandt, founding member of the classic German Wave / Indie / Alternative outfit The Convent as well as of the praised underground Synth Pop / Minimal Wave band Sonnenbrandt, effortlessly merge the best of two musical worlds to create something new and captivating, like they used to do on the decks with their former BETA-ZERFALL parties which were the main and initial reason the two of them and NO MORE came together in the first place.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Maverick Sabre - When I Wake Up [FAMM / The Orchard / Sony]

To be released on March 22nd, 2k19 via FAMM / The Orchard is "When I Wake Up", the latest album by now North London-based Michael Stafford a.k.a Maverick Sabre which we've already announced on the pages with the advent of the first video outtake "Her Grace" in late December, 2k18. Catering an overall selection of thirteen tracks the former rapper now turned songwriter delivers a timeless, dramatic take on (Neo)Soul on this longplayer, opening with the killer widescreen arrangement of "Preach" whereas beat foundations prevalent in tunes like "Drifting" or "A Mile Away" still bear witness of his original HipHop roots in their overall sample-informed dopeness and smoky, vintage, yet dancefloor kicking attitude that is well related to the genres golden era whereas more laid back cuts like "Nirvana", "Don't Talk About It" or the highly dynamic "Weakness" provide a sweet crossover between still club functional beats and heartfelt emotion, oftentimes garnished with a good portion of Blues and the overwhelmingly touching feel of a hot desert sunset. Good stuff, this!

Promo artwork on Instagram!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Alexandra Spence - Waking, She Heard The Fluttering [Room40 Promo]

Fresh on the circuit via the Australian Room40-imprint is Alexandra Spence's nine track album "Waking, She Heard The Fluttering", a 45 minute journey into sound influenced by both her conversations with David Toop in 2018 as well as by her own take and reflections on textures both in material and sound. Coming from this angle we see Alexandra Spence create a sonic realm built on various Field Recordings from all over Europe intermingling with raw, oftentimes buzzing and slightly electric sounding structures or, on the other hand, beautiful Ambient textures touched by echoes of the Clicks'n'Cuts genre, especially prevalent in the digital crackles of tunes like "Bodyscan". Furthermore tunes like "A Soft Crackle" bring on the exact flutter and partially unpleasant feedback Noize that one would possibly associate with the albums title, "Sleep In Nothingness" comes at us with a psyched out, tense unease meets multilayered ASMR-attitude and the 15 minutes spanning title track brings forth a highly textural, ever evolving take on Deep Listening Music partly reminiscent of Scanner's seminal 1994 "Mass Observation" piece just to pick a few tunes off of this longplayer which will be released on April 5th, 2k19.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Christian Winther Christensen - Almost In G [Col Legno]

Put on the circuit via the Col Legno-imprint on February 15th, 2k19 is "Almost In G", the latest longplay work by New Music composer Christian Winther Christiansen performed by the 12 piece orchestra known as Scenatet. Consisting of an entirety of seven compositions, these being split into a total of 16 tracks spread over the course of roughly an hour the opening title piece "Almost In G" seems to be touching on highly experimental FreeJazz and Free Improvisation with an alarmingly, explosive, eruptive and unsettling percussive undertone found in its oftentimes extremely dynamic arrangement going from near silence to maximum loudness on a regular whereas the follow up "Sextet" relies on repetitive, saw-like string scrapings and echoes of a rural, naturalistic approach towards folk'ish structures which have a quite calming effect on the listener. With "Chorale" we see Christian Winther Christiansen entering formalistic, structural, yet multilayered and somewhat meandering visions of courtly music performances in a future societally asunder, his "String Trio" extends the realm of Contemporary Classical and "Nachtmusik" brings forth a minimalist rhythmic foundation submerged by wildly plucked strings and short harmonic episodes before working its way towards a climaxing crescendo. Finally "Being Apu Sarkar" provides more of a stripped down, calm take on classic (Neo)Classical compositions for advanced listeners and the concluding piece named "Four Hyper-Realistic Songs", which btw would be a well-fitting title for a new, forthcoming Björk EP, caters a selection of tender, yet not less demanding musical works of a slighty tongue-in-cheek nature. Demanding stuff for a musically trained expert audience.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Gramm - Type Zwei

20 years after its initial release on Source Records the debut album of Jan Jelinek's GRAMM project will be re-issued via Faitiche in early April, 2k19. One to watch out for!

Friday, March 15, 2019

22.03.2019 Mojo Kingdom @ Mojo Jazz Cafe / Hamburg

baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings / Combat Dubs]

file under:  UK Bass / Grime / UK Garage / Dubstep

doors: 21oo gmt+1

Mojo Jazz Cafe
Reeperbahn 1
Hamburg St. Pauli

William Basinski - On Time Out Of Time [Temporary Residence Promo]

Put on the circuit via the Temporary Residence-label on March 8th, 2k19 is William Basinki's most recent album "On Time Out of Time" which is comprised out of compositional works for installations taking place throughout the year 2017. Whilst the nearly 40 minutes spanning title track brings forth a beautiful, calm take on classic, and classy, slowly moving sci-fi Ambient utilizing actual sounds derived from a double black hole merger happening 1.3 billion years we see the second cut on this longplayer, "4(E+D)4(ER+EPR)", presenting a deeper, blurred out variation on heartfelt Ambient melancholia for die-hard genre heads as well as followers of the so-called PopAmbient movement and even, though beats are absent over the course of the tracks 10 minute playtime, DubTechno fans. Highly recommended, this.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Yann Novak - Scalar Fields [Room40 Promo]

Released via the Australian Room40-imprint on March 8th, 2k19 is "Scalar Fields", the latest album outing crafted by sound artist Yann Novak. Comprised of two compositions of 20 minutes length each, created from the idea of slowing down video and brought to life as a Los Angeles-based audiovisual installation in 2016 from which the audio is drawn the album starts with "Scalar Field (Yellow, Blue, Yellow)", a beautiful static flow of time dissolving, slow motion Ambient that provides nothing but a soft, calming, conceptional pillow enabling the user to enter new, previously unexplored realms of perception whereas the follow up "Scalar Field (Orange, Pink, Orange)" is taking a similarly timeless route whilst bringing forth a slightly more ruminant, inward-looking and melancholic touch in droning Ambient music over the course of its playtime.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Gintas K - M [Gk Rec. 002]

Coming in straight from Lithuania is "M", the second album released by Gintas Kraptavicius a.k.a. Gintas K through his very own label Gk Rec., exclusively set up to be a channel to release his own musical output. Split into two main pieces, the 2012 composed "M" and the more recent, 2017 work "Mimicry" the nearly 70 minutes longplayer provides a total of seventeen tracks with "M" containing six, of which "4m" was previously released on a Sub Rosa compilation back in 2013, and "Mimicry" eleven of them. Opening with the title piece we experience Gintas K exploring a world of chaotic, hectic, buzzing and bleeping Digital Noize structures which bring us back to the early days of Max/MSP through its glitching, ever morphing and demanding, yet non-repetetive nature with the aforementioned "4m" being the most structured, calm and somewhat Electronica-oriented out of the six parts whereas "Mimicry" focuses on a more scraping, dry, electric and minimalist aproach and even adds occasional sparse and abstract percussive elements to the highly artificial sound structures which, therefore, could be referred to as a glimpse of what could be a Digital FreeJazz / Future Jazz sound of a far flung future even though cuts like "Mimicry 4" weigh in some Ambient references and widescreen panoramic elements at times and "Mimicry 8" tends to resemble a morphed, ever warped take on Clicks'n'Cuts especially throughout its opening sequence. Defo a special interest release, this.

Arg The 909 King - 808 Acid Inferno

DJ Arg kills it with this 11 minute raw, jacking Acid inferno. Tune!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sascha Müller [Supersix Records Extra 082]

Soon to come from the vaults of Uelsen's ever active Sascha Müller is 082 of the Supersix Records-imprint, a new twelve track album bringing forth more electronic music greatness, this time opening with a tune named "Classified Human" which comes across as a monotonous highly, brutally compressed take on oldskool-oriented ToolTechno whilst "Come Shot" stays on the path of raw, brutal compression, yet adds spiralling Acid elements, unprocessed hi-hats and epic, well uplifting Trance string arrangements turning the tune into a massive HardTrance / AcidTrance burner before "Computerrider" indulges in killer, slightly Acid-infused Dope Beats reminiscent of Fauna Flash's legendary 1996-released single "Please... May I Sniff Your Klompen Kloqquen" for those who know. With "Crispy Crackers" Sascha Müller delivers a blueprint of twisted, bleepy killer Phonk accompanied by trancey modulations, the "Cyborg Wars" are a thrilling uptempo AcidTrance affair and entering the "Dark Room" we're facing an ecstatic crowd enjoying uplifting and slightly electroid, stripped down and deep, stab-focused House Music that is not minimal at all. "Das SETI Projekt" is a playful, intelligent variation of ever morphing Spacenight Electro, "Das Spiegelbild" evokes memories of masterly scored sci-fi / horror movies in combination with classic, slightly Tribal-infused Intelligent Techno whilst the follow up named "Datentransfer" fuses clumsy, Speedy J-alike Electro Drum'n'Bass with beautiful, cascading Trance-pads to a great effect. Furthermore "Deep Space One" feels like acidic, slightly off-kilter Italian Sawtooth Techno around approx. 1992, "Deleted" fuses filtered DubTechno-chords and most miltant uptempo basslines compression and the concluding cut named "Der Augenblick Des Moments" finally waves goodbye in a soft, friendly DubTechno meets Ambient House manner. Good stuff in here.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Marja Ahti - Vegetal Negatives [Hallow Ground Promo]

Scheduled for release via Hallow Ground on March 29th, 2k19 is "Vegetal Negatives", the four track debut album created and realized by the Turku-based artist Marja Ahti which draws inspiration for this album from a text written by French writer Rene Dalves, dabbling with the idea of turning animals inside out which hypothetically will reverse organ functions as well. This said, the composer opens with "Coastal Inversion", an excursion into calm Deep Listening Music / Ambient territories mostly based on timeless, levitating harmonies and several layers of field recorded water sounds progressing into sonically darker, uneasy and slightly brooding realms of minimalism over the course of 12+ minutes before "Rooftop Gardens" relies on a collage of unprocessed Field Recordings to create an environmental acoustic fingerprint of a world which, in this form, never existed. With "Symbiogenesis" we see Marja Ahti explore a cold, futuristic, sci-fi environment in which silent, steadily working machines have replaced all human interaction and the final cut "Chora" brings forth a slightly retrofuturist and score'esque variation of Ambient minimalism in combination with modular sweeps and a steady stream of unintelligible background announcements as a thrilling closure for a well interesting album firstling.

Friday, March 08, 2019

A$AP Rocky ft. Skepta - Praise The Lord (Da Greeze) *Lewi B Remix

A killer dope tune this is. Them beats, though!

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Jennifer Touch - Chemistry (Official Video)

Maybe this is the most beautiful, yet most desolate SynthPop tune around in 2k19.

Jana Rush - Ohhhh

A raw Juke / Footwork banger with a touch of Soul. We really do dig this

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Ingar Zach - Floating Layer Cake [Sofa Music]

Scheduled for release on March 29th, 2k19 via the Norwegian Sofa Music label is Ingar Zach's new album named "Floating Layer Cake", presenting two new extended solo compositions derived from collaborations with Kim Myhr, Caroline Bergvall and the Canadian string quartet Quatuor Bozzini. Opening with "The Lost Ones" we see Ingar Zach entering a world of ever oscillating, scintillating Ambient with a harmonic, Contemporary Classical-infused touch, well score'esque, brooding and mystical qualities as well as some slightly tongue-in-cheek moments accompanied by Caroline Bergvall's intense lyricism before resolving in a huge end of track climax whereas "Let The Snare Speaks" serves multiple layers of static, ever buzzing midrange drones alongside warm and comfy Ambient pad structures over the course of 20 minutes. Recommended for late night listening.

Album artwork on Instagram!

baze.djunkiii Chart Haul 03/2019

Lan Cao / Gregor Seidl / Wolfgang Seidel - Optimistic Modernism [Moloko+ 102]

Recently released via the German imprint Moloko+ is "Optimistic Modernism", an acoustic homage to the interchangeable modernist design approach of the 60s, interestingly oftentimes aimed at female consumers, built and condensed from 3.5 hours of material created by Lan Cao, Gregor Seidl and Wolfgang Seidel over the course of three recording sessions at the former Rotaprint factory in Berlin Wedding in 2017. Coming with an extensive 48 pages booklet and a special cardboard slip cover the album itself caters a menu of eight tracks in total, opening with "Jettatura", a tense, 4:44 minutes spanning excursion into retrofuturistic electroacoustics with score'esque qualities whereas "East Anglia" explores full on minimalism garnished with echoes of echoes of Post-PostRock and swampy modular bleeps. The follow up "Tarantism" explores more of a nervous, scraping, percussive, abstract and somewhat FreeJazz- / Tribal-infused vibe, "Robin Hood Gardens (Steal The City From The Rich)" brings more score'esque, brooding, feverish and this time slightly Asian vibes to the table, fusing eruptive outbursts and calm, yet tense and spine-tingling background tones whereas "Zugzwang" is steadily working towards a climaxing, polyrhythmic crescendo. Using "The Sixth Sense" we see the three musicians continue to follow the polyrhythmic path whilst adding some intense piano chords and strummed string instruments to the well threatening melange, their homage to the "Barbican Estate" is as stripped down as it is thrilling, providing a Western / Morricone'esque tension for the concrete architectural desert and the final cut that is "Ghibli Garden" brings on a trundling, slightly chaotic take on highly experimental Indietronics for a confusing, yet well interesting closing.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø / Daniel Lercher / Julie Rokseth - Off The Coast [Sofa Music]

Released on the Norwegian Sofa Music-label on March 1st, 2k19 is "Off The Land", the second conjunctional album effort by musicians Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø and Daniel Lercher which are joined by harpist Julie Rokseth for their sophomore longplayer. Recorded, produced and finalized in the small fishing village of Sula / Norway the now trio presents a new serving of four tracks, opening with the title track "Off The Coast" which combines what seems to be an altered, processed Field Recording of a chugging motor with deep, yet minimalist Ambient modulations and a tender, overall approach of creating Deep Listening Music for highly focused headphone sessions whereas the follow up "Inside Elements" features the singing 80 year old Sula-resident Aksel Johansen, a regular visitor throughout the production sessions, atop a foundation of breaking waves and seemingly naturalist swell before exploring realms of electroacoustic composition, slowly moving vibrations, deep klaxon'esque sonic events perfectly aligned with the village's history and single harp chords over the course of ten minutes. Furthermore we see "Farther Away" bringing forth the calmest, most organic and all embracing low frequency Ambient vibe we've come across in ages and the final cut "Winding" relies on sinewave-based harmonies alongside single piano and harp notes to create a fragile, mystical and enchanting take on highly ethereal, levitating Ambient which works best experienced on an audiophile P.A. system in total, late night silence. Beautiful.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Monday, March 04, 2019

Sascha Müller - Traxxx Vol. 10 [SM Traxxx 33-2019]

Scheduled for release via the SM Traxxx label on March 21st, 2k19 is Sascha Müller's new digital two track single, "Traxxx Vol. 10". With the opening "Track 19" we see the ever active artist catering to the needs of those longing for storming, tool-oriented Techno bangers for maximum dancefloor impact whereas the second cut "Track 20" keeps up with the overall tool approach, yet relies on a combination of multiple layered Acid lines to create a spiralling, trance-inducing effect directly aiming at ravers minds and movements. 

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Freddy Fresh - Epiphany *Freestyle Mix

What a lovely, melodic and positive glimpse on what's to expect from the new Freddy Fresh album seemingly scheduled for spring 2k19.

Sascha Müller [Supersix Records Extra 081]

Just released on Supersix Records as the labels 081 is Sascha Müller's latest twelve track digital album piece which, as usual, brings a lot of musical goodness to dancefloors worldwide. Opening with "Astronaut" we see the Uelsen-based producer provide a dope, well bleepy and ever morphing take on shuffled Electro with a trancy twist which immediately takes us back to the UK scene of the 90s whereas "Black Widow" brings forth a hypnotic, electroid Acid swing bordering Intelligent Techno and "Blipp" goes deep into fever'ish, slightly tribalistic ChillOut territories over the course of eleven minutes. The subsequent "Bones And Congas" doesn't bring exactly this but more of a thrilling, spine-tingling AcidTrance vibe for purists, "Born Trippi" brings forth a happy, melodic Techno vibe accompanied by deep, beautiful House pads whereas "Brainbug" pleases the needs of those still loving the raw, unpolished Rave approach of the Italian Techno scence in the first half of the 90s. Furthermore "Breath Of The Stars" combines (Neo)Cosmic, Synth and retrofuturist Space Ambient, "Bubblegum" caters a menu of dry, compressed to distortion bassdrums garnished with swampy Acid modulations and raw claps and the following "Bürgerradio" amalgamates a massive bassline groove, razor sharp hi-hats and a muscular Techno pump for high energy primetime workouts. Finally there's the "Chamber" in which we're about to come across a subaquatic, stripped down and hard hitting variation of raw, bouncing AcidTechno / MonoAcid, "Chikatetsu" goes back to the days of breakdance / b-boying and ElectroFunk beatwise and the concluding cut "Choco Beatz Delight" provides a brutally compressed take on mechanical TechnoPhonk for a closing. Bang.

Friday, March 01, 2019

baze.djunkiii Charts 03/2019

01. The Criminal Minds - Baptized By Dub [Whitehouse 008]
One of the biggest Oldskool / Breakbeat / UK Hardcore anthems of the year 1992 finally repressed and remastered and it still hasn't lost any of its power and fascination. An absolute killer and an early lead into what was to become Jungle in years thereafter. An essential piece of electronic music history, this.

02. Hellfish & Bryan Fury - Fuck Everybody / Outcasts [PRSPCT XTRM 043]
Yes, Hardcore! The Dutch PRSPCT-offspring PRSPCT XTRM presents a hard banging, no bullshit-cooperation between two of the genres praised veterans on lovely petrol-colored vinyl. Whilst "Outcasts" meanders in between banging Hardcore and so-called Crossbreed it's the A-side "Fuck Everybody" that's a massive party banger for all Contemporary Hardcore-fans as well as for oldskool oriented gabbernauts. Hard as nails.

03. DRS - Space Cadet EP [Space Cadet 002]
The first single / EP taken from DRS' "Man From The Deep" album is great, yet pretty misleading. Three tracks of beautifully rolling Liquid Drum'n'Bass well fitted for the mans skills on the mic plus a deep Future Soul love song named "Falling For You" seem to imply that the album to come would be a Drum'n'Bass album mainly which it totally is not. But despite this minor flaw all collaborations with the likes of Glxy, A.I, Skeptical and Dogger & Mindstate fully live up to the quality standards and expectations one might have for a release by one of the scenes most prolific MC's and will be found in many a DJ's crate for a long while, especially for cuts like "Overdose" and the razor sharp, yet tender "Forget All This".

04. Basic Rhythm - Slewage [Type Recordings 133]
A slightly mysterious release - somehow. Originally released in 2k16 as a limited edition of 300 stamped whitelabel copies this 12" was popping up at the recordstore on a regular again, either because it has been repressed without any announcement or some lost boxes have been rediscovered somewhere in the labels original archives. No matter what, the sound of the four tracks on this EP is excellent, ranging from raw and dark Instrumental Grime riddims that sent us back to the early days of the genre - remember Emalkay's massive "Grimecore EP Vol. 1" on Morphic Sounds in 2005 ??? - to vantablack excursions into Cold / Death Ambient. Defo a good one, this.

05. Juan Atkins - Dimensions [Life's Good Records 001]
The motor city originator Juan Atkins comes straight us with the first release of the Metroplex-related Life's Good Records imprint. With "Dimensions" we're exposed to some of the most playful, positive and uplifting Electro / ElectroFunk we've come across in ages whilst the previously unreleased "Flash Flood" on the flip caters a banging blueprint of complex, masterly crafted Detroit Techno that cannot be missed for many a reason. Killer.

06. Eva Be - Belight EP [Poker Flat Wax Only 008]
Quite a surprising release for the Pokerflat Recordings-camp, this. Whilst both tracks on the A-side of this violet / white-translucent vinyl only release seem to pay a slowed down, yet bass heavy homage to the long gone heydays of SpeedGarage we see "Pills" on the flip even delivering some actual breakbeat-loops and a kinda NuSkoolBreaks-influenced vibe which defo slays on the dancefloor. Proper good.

07. Xotox - Silent Shout [Pro Noize / Dark Dimensions]
See review for details..

08. Paal Nilssen-Love - New Brazilian Funk [PNL Records 042]
See review for details..

09. Ake Hodell - Verbal Brainwash And Other Works [Fylkingen Records]
See review for details..

10. Various Artists - Far Away But Ever Closer: Young Lithuanian Composers Abroad [Music Information Centre Lithuania]
See review for details...

Eau Rouge - Fear (Official Video)

Our friends of Eau Rouge are back with a new video, bringing forth what possibly is their most tender, fragile vulnerable musical outing so far.