Sunday, May 19, 2019

Xotox - Paleodisco *Club-Mix

Hard stomping MinimalHouse with an undeniable EBM-twist - taken from the forthcoming Xotox-single due for release in early June, 2k19.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Palais Ideal - Pressure Points [Cold Transmission Music 022]

It's roughly been about a year since Richard Van Kruysdijk and John Edwards presented the first album outing of their conjunctional band project Palais Ideal and now they're back with second shot, scheduled for release on May 25th, 2k19 via the German label Cold Transmission Music. Produced and mixed by studio legend John Fryer, known for his work for and with the likes of Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins and many more, the bands new outing "Pressure Points" caters a menu of twelve new songs including the dark'ish opener "Interference (Intro)" which leads straight into a world of warped, atmospheric (Neo)Cosmic sounds before "The Programme" fuses a stoical, yet driving drum machine rhythm section with fuzzed contemporary Indie / PostPunk guitars and vocals evoking memories of bands like Sisters Of Mercy in us whereas "Love As A Virus" speeds things up even more, bringing forth a twangy, upbeat UK SynthPop twist for the dancefloor before "Context Collapse" shifts gears once again whilst providing a floating, partly even krautsy vibe as if La Düsseldorf had turned their heads towards Indie after all these years. With "Louder Than Words" Palais Ideal are harking back to classic PostPunk-informed Alt.Pop territories, "Die Stadt" is an instrumental, (Neo)Cosmic-infused soundtrack for lucid, neon grey dreams, "Catharsis" leads to havoc on the dancefloor due to its catchy attitude and sing-a-long chorus before the "D-List" brings on quite a funky crossover between proper wall-of-sound Rock / Metal and well-positive SynthPop-vibes for primetime sets in underground Indie joints and basement parties. "Everything Will Be OK" picks up on a well-familiar main motif and drifts off into spaced out, instrumental, yet dancefloor-friendly (Neo)Cosmic realms once again, "A State Of Confusion" opens on a marching, military tip before giving way to more melodic elements, "Shot By Both Sides" is muscular IndieRock in its purest, most energetic form and the final cut "A Fractured Smile" looks inside your soul in an unsettling manner, touching on the dark secrets buried deep inside everyones minds. A highly recommended sophomore album that defo tops the bands firstling by far. Good stuff. Get.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ann - Orange

This beautiful warm and organic Electronica / Indietronica crossover piece with an early 2000s twist is the first preview for the forthcoming Ann album "Certain Colors" which will soon be released via Seasides On Postcards.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Robert Worby - Factitious Airs (Electronic Music) [Persistence Of Sound 002]

Scheduled for release via the relatively fresh label Persistence Of Sound is Robert Worby's first ever solo album throughout his 50+ years spanning career as an electronic music composer. Going by the title "Factitious Airs (Electronic Music)" the longplayer presents a selection of ten tracks harking back to the early days of electronic composition and musique concrete, a heritage well evident from the very first sonic events of the opener "Stumble Bum Junk Heap" which immediately brings to mind terms like Neue Musik and praised institutions like the BBC Radiophonic Workshop as well as other laboratory environments for pure sound research. This heritage and approach makes Robert Worby's music as advanced and unique as indescribable, employing both collage as well as modular and other techniques to create pieces as ghostly and otherwordly like "Cody's Receiver", retrofuturist bleep orgies like "To Come Speedy Upon Them", minimal warps as presented in "TekTone 1" or fascinating, computational sounds like those to be found in "Electronic Sound From Belarus" just to name a few cuts from this highly contemporary journey into the past of electronic music making. Fascinating.

Jasmine Guffond - Remix Algorithm

A claustrophobic, intense re-interpretation of the music of Ernstalbrecht Stiebler, soon to be released via Karlrecords.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Sascha Müller [Supersix Records Extra 084]

Soon to come on the ever active Supersix Records-imprint is the new, untitled album by label head honcho Sascha Müller who's catering a menu of eleven previously unreleased tracks on this one. Opening with "Endlos" the Uelsen-based producer brings forth a quite unusual take on monotonous MinimalTechno tristesse, "Ergometer" takes us on a fast paced ride into territories dominated by hounded mid-range synths and clean, bleepy sci-fi sounds whereas "Ergon" provides more of a threatening, spatial and reverberating atmosphere paired with clean electronic bassdrum pulses and haunted vocals, all amalgamated into a unique piece of Pop Unambient before "Erosol" fuses deep Ambient vibes with a brutal, yet excellent Phonk attitude for highly advanced dancefloors. Next up is "Escape From Aboria (Original Mix)", a bouncy raw RaveTechno variation sporting a trancey twist and a cheeky little melody followed by the variation "Escape From Aboria (Tranced Out Mix)" which provides more of a gooey AcidTrance feel bassline whilst simultaneously sporting uplifting, ethereal main arrangements for an ultimate lift off whereas "Fahren" totally shifts gear with its well funky, lo-fi Downbeat / TripHop vibe which could've been well suitable for labels like Hotel Lotte or even Compost Records in their very early days. Furthermore "Fehlfarben" brings forth a stripped down, hounded and tool'ish variation on tribal'esque AcidTechno paying homage to late 90s' The Advent stylewise, "Fragen Über Fragen" comes to terms with abstract, clumsy and dubbed out MinimalHouse inna Cologne-style, the "Freak Show" is another highly functional and braincell wrecking MonoAcid / AcidTechno workout and the final cut "Free Four" caters a super dry MinimalTechno groove accompanied by soft pad modulations for all highly tool-focused DJs out there. Proper stuff.

Trond Kallevag Hansen - Flukt

Deep and twangy musical relaxation coming up from the Norwegian Hubro Music-camp.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Kedr Livanskiy - Your Need [2MR 043]

Put on the circuit via the 2MR-label on May 3rd, 2k19 is Kedr Livanskiy's most recent album "Your Need" in which the Moscow-based artist delivers her second longplay outing as well as a slight shift in musical focus influenced by her DJ-sets which reflect her personal take on 'ghetto music' from Dub to House to UK Garage and beyond. Laid down in a quite spontaneous ten day spanning writing session alongside St. Petersburg's Flaty we see Kedr Livanskiy present a selection of ten brand new tracks on her 32 minutes spanning sophomore album opening with the Synth- and Vaporwave-informed title track "Your Need" which is set to work on Electro-, House- and Techno-focused floors alike. Following up is "Sky Kisses" with a sweet, captivating and vocal-led ChicagoHouse- / DeepHouse-attitude, "Why Love" gets down with ethereal vocals as well as influences taken from SynthPop and (Neo)Cosmic whereas "Lugovoy *November Dub" dabbles in well thought out Dub crossover territories. With "Bounce 2" we see Kedr Livanskiy paying homage to raw, bouncy GhettoHouse inna Dance Mania-style, "Kiska" mixes up UK Funky with styles like Kuduro and a kind of mystique harking back to Fatima Al Qadiri's work as Ayshay before "Your Need *Deep Mix" brings in more uptempo, vocal-driven DeepHouse-beauty for DJ's who know. Furthermore "LED" is quite a surprise in terms of branching out into Russian high end R'n'B / Pop territories for daytime radio use, the "City Track" takes on a shuffled, uptempo Electro vs. Pop vibe stylewise and the final cut "Ivan Kupala *New Day" provides what maybe is the albums biggest dancefloor smasher with a massive, bass-heavy variation of 1992-esque UK Hardcore / Breakbeat with epic vocal breakdown sequences. Proper stuff. Check.

Album artwork on Instagram!

David Chalmin - Matiere Noire (Official Video)

A nine minutes journey from dark, droning Techno to crystalline Ambient structures. Great stuff.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Anders Vestergaard & Finn Loxbo - Saint Erme [Gikt Records 013]

Scheduled for release via Gikt Records on May 17th, 2k19 is the new album created by the 2014-formed Danish / Swedish duo Anders Vestergaard and Finn Loxbo. Commissioned by Copenhagen's Concertkirken venue and recorded in - hence the albums title - the French village of Saint Erme the two artists bring forth an interesting approach to minimalism in music manifesting in one single track of 46 minutes total runtime. Starting off with a skeletal, stripped down guitar motif providing quite a bit of space between single repetitions / variations we're drawn into a state of hypnosis and deep meditation as scarce percussive elements and subtle electronic modifications slowly fade and move in, out and around the compositions main, guitar-based theme, building a bridge between ultraminimalist Post-PostRock and organic, hand-played Ambient structures for those who know. Relaxing. And recommended.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Schnitt - Saum

Beautiful deep Jazz Noir-references in the first single taken of the forthcoming Schnitt album "Wand" which is due for release on July 7th, 2k19 via Alien Transistor.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

18.05.2019 baze.djunkiii @ Favorit Bar / Munich

baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings / El Caballo Semental]

file under: Electro / Intelligent Techno / TechHouse

Favorit Bar
Damenstiftstrasse 12
80331 Munich

Friday, May 10, 2019

17.05.2019 TAM TAM Sky Bar / Munich

baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings / El Caballo Semental]
Dusty [Jazz & Milk Recordings]

Manu Louis [Igloo / New Pangea]

doors: 21oo gmt+1

- secret off location -

baze.djunkiii Chart Haul 05/2019

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Thomas William Hill - Grains Of Space [Village Green Recordings 041]

Scheduled for release on May 17th, 2k19 is Thomas William Hill's second album for the Village Green Recordings label entitled "Grains Of Space", a title harking back to the conceptual approach of the longplayer which sees the artist layering minimal loops recorded of the classic Renaissance / Baroque instrument viola da gamba with each new layer dictated and influenced by the silent parts within the previous layer and loop. Following this specific technique to build a foundation for his compositions we see Thomas William Hill providing a menu of nine tracks on this album, all bringing forth a more often light-hearted, yet sometimes also brooding and fever'ish but always naturalistic feel, fusing the ambient'ish background textures with a wide variety of additional elements like tribal drums, beauteous, crystal clear piano lines, large scale string arrangements and a distinct romanticism with score'esque organic qualities that makes this one a companon for either late autumn listening sessions in front of an open fire or alternatively a proper soundtrack for an epic sunset experienced on a balearic spa terrace for a reason. An album for Ambient / ChillOut heads, kitsch lovers and fans of (Neo)Classical arrangements alike.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Denis Frajerman - Wastelands / Lawrence Of Arabia [Klanggalerie]

Put on the circuit via the Klanggalerie-imprint in April, 2k19 is Denis Frajerman's new split two part album "Wastelands / Lawrence Of Arabia". Whereas the first four tracks, the "Wasteland" part, can be seen as Denis Frajerman's personal tribute to author T.S. Eliot with Susannah Rooke reading excerpts of his book "The Waste Land" atop a calm Jazz / Jazz Noir-infused backing of PostRock / Indietronica we see track five to fourteen, subsumed under "Lawrence Of Arabia", bring together a variety of the artists contributions to several compilation albums, all held together by a certain 'oriental' feel, at least according to the accompanying press sheet. With "Clock Bird" this selection opens with a hypnotically repetetive piano motif accompanied by matching low end vibrations and meandering guitars, the follow up "Las Delicias" opens on a formal, courtly dance vibe before bringing in fever'ish drums, vintage synth organs and a bit of oriental tonality, "Captain Nemo Death" goes for haunting, intense piano chords and thrilling, close to madness background bits of FreeJazz / (Neo)Classical, "Melancolia" brings forth raw, muffled drum machine vibes alongside Tribal drums, an overwhelming low end alongside more simple, yet highly captivating piano melodies and the German titled "Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse" combines a well brooding electronic intro sequence with a relaxed Balearic sunset chill attitude just to name a few tracks picked from this not so oriental longplayer. Check.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Spime.Im - Exaland [-Ous 019 Promo]

Set and scheduled for release via the -Ous label on May 24,th, 2k19 is "Exaland", the latest seven track album outing by Turin-based media art collective Spime.Im. With all compositions on this longplayer named "Exaland" followed by non-subsequent Roman numerals we see the collective embarking on a journey into the lands of fascinating Glitch / IDM touched by neon pastel aesthetics of Vaporwave, floating ChillOut turning into distorted Industrial Noize / Illbient, bleepy Unambient, Max/MSP core, brooding (Neo)Cosmic / Synth as well as tripping, Phonk-informed Electronica for those in the know. Hypermodernism defined.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Zachary Paul - A Meditation On Discord [Touch]

Released only recently via the 1982-founded Touch label is Zachary Paul's latest album "A Meditation On Discord" which provides two live recorded compositions and an original score for a short film, stretched out over a combined playtime of approx. 54 minutes. Starting with the albums main piece, the 32 minutes "Premonition (3.30PM Lake Perris) I Rays II Clouds" we see Zachary Paul dive deep into the sonic realm of altered, reprocessed violin play sporting a droning, off-kilter yet still Ambient-related dissonant sharpness evolving into a minor crescendo of little buzzing, squealing spirits towards the end of the composition. The follow up "Slow Ascent (9:30PM Downtown)" brings forth a more melancholic approach towards an Ambient / (Neo)Classical fusion albeit still sticking to the slightly distorted, off-kilter tuning instead whereas the concluding original score "A Person With Feelings" turns out to be a contemplative arrangement of intertwined synths pads with a Cosmic perspective, paying homage to genre greats like Klaus Schulze or Tangerine Dream before giving way to a more experimental, unsettling and seemingly improvised second half of the composition. Defo a specialists release, this.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Stazma The Junglechrist - Rave Anthem 55

Lo-fi IDM Rave madness to start your week right. Play on maximum volume!

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Basic Rhythm - On The Treshold [Planet Mu 413 Promo]

Scheduled for release on May 10th, 2k19 via Mike Paradinas' Planet Mu-label is the new album by Anthoney Hart a.k.a Basic Rhythm who has appeared on the imprint under his nom de guerre East Man not too long ago. Thriving from and influenced by various forms of British bass and dance music the album opener "St. Fabian Tower", a homage to the tower block hosting a former studio flat of the pirate station Rude FM on which Hart broadcasted back in the day, mixes up bleepy Electronica and dry, abstract Grime / Future Garage references whereas "Yeah, I Like It" goes deep into low end frequency wars related to the dark side of UK Hardcore, mixing these up with metallic Minimal Phonk and heartfelt Soul vocals before "Slice Neck" is on a lighter, ethereal yet also expertly sculpted, hard hitting Industrial beat vibe. With "I Want You" Basic Rhythm creates a feel of electronic tenderness based on glitched and bleeped out beats as well as warm synth pad layerings alongside more soulful female sample goodness, "A New Consciousness" brings forth a perfect early 90s IDM feel which suits the tracks title extremely well plus allows experienced electronic music listeners for a throwback into the early days of the Metalheadz-label samplewise before "The Edge Of Darkness" builds up a futuristic tension and dystopian atmosphere with slightly changing strings and growling, klaxon'esque bass eruptions whilst "Buss It" fuses a certain Phonk with a cheeky stop-and-go attitude and dystopian brutalism reminiscent of early Vex'd productions or the likes of for highly advanced dancefloors. Representing "The Kru" we're feeling abstract UK Garage / Future Garage / Sublow vibes going down, "Fi Di Gyal" rolls out on a similar, yet more melodic structure for all the Hardcore Garage headz and the final cut "The Light" rounds things off with a hint of dark Electro-infused Techno for primetime dancefloors.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

DJ Nate - Take Off Mode [Planet Mu 406 Promo]

Put on the circuit via the great Planet Mu-label on April 26th, 2k19 is the new DJ Nate album "Take Off Mode", the first longplay outing by the Chicago-based Footwork / Juke producer in nine years after his musical focus shifted and he took the route into HipHop and R'n'B production, only occasionally coming back to his musical roots with a track, oftentimes accompanied by underground Youtube videos. With a selection of seventeen tracks collected over the years this album serves an overview on DJ Nate's Juke / Footwork-related work of the past years, still seeing the genre pioneer sticking true to his game and unique, well recognizable style which is heavily relying on weird, quirkily pitch-shifted and multilayered sample arrangements, bringing forth sonic rapid fire atop of sparse, abstract and oftentimes heavily syncopated beat structures. This style is defo a throwback to times the genre emerged to gain worldwide attention, mostly through Planet Mu picking up and releasing genre-defining tracks on their "Bangs & Works" compilation series but might not necessarily be appealing to those who've been picked up on Juke / Footwork in recent years as the styles musical priorities seems to have shifted and moved away from the more melodic, sample-heavy approach DJ Nate is following here. Still, "Talk 2 Me", "Get Off Me (Betta Get Back)" and "Planet Mu" are reasonable anthems one shouldn't miss out on.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Iain Chambers - The Eccentric Press [Persistence Of Sound 001 Promo]

To be released via the new label Persistence Of Sound on May 10th, 2k19 is Iain Chambers forthcoming two track album outing "The Eccentric Press" which focuses exclusively on the layering and reprocessing of Field Recordings in a context of commissioned pieces - both created in the year 2016 for Westdeutscher Rundfunk / Germany ("The Eccentric Press / Die Exzenterpresse") and ABC Radio National / Australia ("Maudslay Engine"). Drawing inspiration and sound recordings from a past era of industrialization and huge, mostly non-automated machinery the listener is exposed to a cold, seemingly electroacoustic arrangement of scraping steel, working motors, mechanical settings, sirens, steam machines, squealing structures, ringing signal bells and beyond, bringing forth a haunted, abandoned feel and atmosphere, similar to the chills one might get when strolling through abandoned, decaying factory sites and manufacturing plants, sensing what might be and / or remain after humanity is long gone, falling victim to widespread disease, an apocalyptic nuclear weapons exchange or other fatal cataclysms although the occasional melodic interlude sequences provide a bit of hope at least. And, especially in "Maudslay Engine" a short tribute to lovers of Experimental Tango as well as more Ambient-leaning structures. Check.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

baze.djunkiii Charts 05/2019

01. Ariane Granda - Into U *Kaka Bootleg [Night Slugs]
What a rework. Hyperdub-related artist / DJ / producer Ikonika takes care of Ariana Grande's "Into You" acapella vocal and transfers the Pop-tune into a new context, bringing forth a stripped down yet sweet contemporary Future Soul / UK Urban vibe with loads of street credibility with enough raw bass power to turn every Grime and Dubstep event upside down as a surprise closing tune. Killer.

02. Istari Lasterfahrer - Live At The Boiler Room [Sozialistischer Plattenbau]
This limited to 20 hand-numbered, hand-cut 7" copies vinyl single was put out on the circuit as an unofficial, and therefore event mocking, release for Record Store Day 2019 and is not only an interesting marketing move but also an interesting production effort meant to be functional at both 33 and 45 rpm speed as well as Istari Lasterfahrer's best outing in years. Obviously not recorded "Live At The Boiler Room" both tracks on this highly limited release see the Hamburg-based producer going back to his very roots, presenting a raw, untamed and highly energetic take on rough DarkJungle / Breakcore which made the label so special in its infant years a.k.a. 20 years ago. Recommended.

03. Detroit In Effect featuring The Men You'll Never See - The Unseen [Clone West Coast Series]
This re-issue of the originally 1997-released "The Unseen" EP brings nothing but classic goodness for all lovers of all things Electro, ElectroFunk and GhettoBass out there. Especially the A2-cut "R U Married" is a must have with a seductive sex swing but this goes for the whole EP anyway. A blast from the past.

04. Painbringer - Dangerous Days [Rave Instinct 002]
Is this Hardcore? Is this Rave? Or a flashback / tribute to the 90s? All six tracks on Painbringers latest EP release on the relatively fresh Rave Instinct-imprint are meandering in between all these elements, fusing contemporary productions values with uptempo Hardcore vibes and an undeniably seductive melodic element which takes us back to the heyday of acts like Hardsequencer or RMB which used to send ravers into ecstatic heavens in large warehouse raves throughout the mid-90s. Get as a blind buy on limited orange vinyl or check "Everything Or Nothing", "Ghosttown" and "Inner War" for an upfront thrill.

05. Peshay - Angels & Demons [Infrared Records]
Peshay single-handedly revives classic Drum'n'Bass vibes with this massive EP and presents four excellent, bass-heavy rollers that could've ruled dancefloors around 2001 / 2002 with their large scale organic sinewave subs and complex, yet driving beats - a combination especially thrilling in the B1 track "Galaxy". If this hadn't be released via Infrared this could've found a home on the classic Metalheadz label as well and would've been calling for reloads in Blue Note sessions for more than one reason. One for the real heads out there.

06. Roberto & Jamie Anderson feat. Robert Owens - Warehouse EP [Fossil Archive 009]
"Warehouse EP" is probably the most fitting, most suitable title this 12" vinyl release could ever sport as it is a perfect contemporary blueprint emulation of original Chicago DeepHouse and Chicago Acid including all its wonky, spiralling, hypnotizing bassline works and longing, highly emotional vocals. Mix these ingredients up with a massive, marching bassdrum foundation and you'll end up with an amazing late night weapon which won't ever leave your flightcase again. High quality stuff, this.

07. Deep'a & Biri - Dominance *Remixes [Black Crow 011]
The Israel-based production team of Deep'a & Biri is back with a new 12" that sees four tracks of their most recent album "Dominance" reworked by Midnight Operator, Peter Van Hoesen, Z.I.P.P.O. and Deniro. Originally on a more floating, DubTechno-influenced vibe all tunes are taken in different directions here, spanning a musical range from dark, banging, tool'ish contemporary Techno via deep floating (Neo)Trance goodness to fast paced, dubbed out, yet Acid-infused realms with heaps of dancefloor potential for all vinyl-relying DJ's out there.

08. Jodey Kendrick - Electric Dance Music 1 [Clone Dub Recordings 039]
Quite an interesting album on the Dutch Clone Dub Recordings-label, bringing forth what the term IDM originally was coined for. (Neo)Cosmic-infused Armchair Techno, Electro, Ambient, Detroit influences and Electronica all fall together in a manner that could've also been released on the legendary Braindance-imprint named Rephlex if it were still around. Good stuff.

09. Techfunkers - Techfunkers The Album: Techfunk Is Where It's At Vol 1 Out Of 3 [Sex Mania]
News have it these days that a whole chunk of the entire Sex Mania catalogue will be repressed these days, meaning that we're about to see what might be the most beautiful and pleasing company artwork standard jackets finding their way back onto the shelves of recordstores worldwide. This aside, 12"es like this repressed, originally 1995 released EP bring back some killer Electro cuts with a Freestyle / LatinoHouse / Breakdance touch which still work nicely on todays dancefloors, even 24 years after they first touched down in clubs. Nothing wrong with this, so keep 'em coming.

10. Relapse - Your Mouth In My Hands / Multilingual Talk Channel [Minor Mora]
The Leipzig-based Minor Label continues its explorations in experimental Halftime Drum'n'Bass with this deep, excellent and limited to 150 copies 7" record pressed on pink'ish, translucent vinyl. Both tracks are defo made for the advanced Drum'n'Bass connaisseur digging both productions by the likes of Amit as well as releases from the wider Club Autonomica-circuit and will find their way into the selections of DJ's playing on the underground, intimate club circuit rather than in massive raves for a reason.