Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Morality Police - Prisoner [La Bomba Recordings 016 Promo]

Released via La Bomba Recordings on July 11th, 2k23 as their cat.no. 016 is "Prisoner", the first ever digital single to appear on the label by Morality Police and the projects first musical outing ever. Opening with the title track "Prisoner" Morality Police offers deep and elastic, Breakbeat backed (Tech)Trance vibes for pumping peak time floors whereas the subsequent cut that is "Higher" goes down a different, yet also highly seductive route with its stomping, slightly muffled bassdrums, sharp shuffled hi-hats, heavy 90's synth riffs, distorted, EBM-infused vocals and intertwined psycho sound layers appealing to original oldskool ravers for sure. Absolutely massive.

Monday, October 30, 2023

02.11.2023 baze.djunkiii presents Technovision Volume 20 @ Radio Flouka / Paris, France

We're getting down and we're getting down dirty. With this months mix show Hamburg-based Radio Flouka-resident baze.djunkiii continues to explore hounded uptempo electronic music for heaving and pumping peak time crowds, catering a raw and relentless 60 minute selection of whipping Techno classics and personal favorites, all dug up from the depths of a decades deep and ever expanding vinyl collection. Enjoy the ride!

decks: baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings / Carsharing Tapes]

file under: Techno

transmission time: 22oo - 23oo GMT+1

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Sunday, October 29, 2023

Zark - 6 [Zarkon Recordings 006 Promo]

Put out on the circuit via the artist run Zarkon Records label on June 8th, 2k23 is "6", the sixth subsequent digital two track single by the quasi anonymous producer known as Zark. Opening with "6.1" we see Zark on a expertly crafted, tripped out Minimal Techno x Intelligent Techno tip with washed out synth sounds meandering back and forth through the stereo spectrum like fairies in an enchanted forest before "6.2", the second cut on this one, turns dancefloors into ecstaticly heaving pits of sweating bodies with its extremly hypnotic Electro x Acid fusion and tehrefore tunrs out to be our favorite cut on this one.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Markus Floats - Fourth Album [Constellation 174]

Released via Montreal's Constellation Records on October 20th, 2k23 is Markus Floats' "Fourth Album", the - obviously - fourth longplayer in a series of numbered albums which started all the way back in 2017. Once again fusing his avantgarde leaning electronic-infused compositions with additional contributions from a carefully picked set of guest artists which are Ari Swan, James Nichols Dumile Goddard and Lucas Huang Marcus Floats presents a total of of twelve brand new pieces laid out over the course of 32 minutes, with some of them being mere miniatures of under two minutes length. Musically, the "Fourth Album" explores a sonic range from friendly, curious and playful Future Jazz meets scenic Indietronica to highly detailed, ever cascading dance numbers such as "Death" which surely is drawing inspiration from Modern Classical arrangement techniques to the ominous brooding bass pulses of the aptly named "Interlude", the creaky, unsettling off-harmonies presented in "Death (Pt. 2)" whilst "Second Introduction" pairs short, noisy, Plunderphonics-informed sequences with, again, playful and uplifting Modern Classical variations just to name a few. Defo one for an avantgarde-informed audience interested in non-linear composition, this.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Friday, October 27, 2023

Lenhart Tapes - Dens [Glitterbeat Promo]

Well, if a forthcoming release is announced and described as being produced by an '...Ethno-Noise outfit...' in the accompanying press sheet expectations rise and whoever coined the term has gotten us curious. And so we're dealing with Lenhart Tapes' new album "Dens" today which is set to be released via the ever active Glitterbeat imprint on November 10th, 2k23. Being the conceptual brainchild of producer Vladimir Lenhart "Dens", the projects sophomore album, caters a set of eight brand new tracks rolled out over the course of roughly 44 minutes, fusing classical, highly energetic musical traditions from the Balkan x Serbian x former Yugoslavia region with wall-of-sound inspired in-your-face sound aesthetics and an undeniable PostPunk-informed attitude to create fever'ish, intense, apocalyptic, yet highly seductive soundscapes of which especially the slow, Doom Metal-referencing "Mejremq" featuring Tijana Stankovic on vocals as well as the subsequent, Dope Beat x TripHop-infused "Sto Si Glava" and the heavy Future Tribal x Industrial crossover cut "Kuje Je Dejceno" are amongst our favorites for a reason. Go check.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

McCorman - A Page Is Turned | A Mountain Collapses | A Guy Leaves [Kohlhaas 029 Promo]

Scheduled for release via the Italian Kohlhaas label on November 10th, 2k23 is "A Page Is Turned | A Mountain Collapses | A Guy Leaves", the cryptically named album effort by the Italian trio McCorman which is comprised of Stefano Calderano, Francesco Panconesi and Nicholas Remondino. Presenting a menu of 17 brand new compositions rolled out over the course of roughly 39 minutes the three core members of McCorman are drawing experience and expertise from their shared background in Jazz as well as previous collaborations to create an intimate take on what could be described as electroacoustic, highly atmospheric ChamberJazz, bringing forth dense, brooding, nocturnal vibes alongside ominous crackles, rumbling low-ends and other danger heralding sonic structures as well as classic Jazz-infused etudes, tender and folksy plucked guitar strings, spatial DarkJazz x Dark Ambient fusion cuts, playful, cute and slightly off-kilter Indietronica emulations, even loop-based Jazz x Electronica amalgamations for advanced late night dancefloors and scraping experimental Noize back to back with tender, dreamy and slightly melancholic washed out guitar chords and further goodness for an open-minded, avantgarde informed audience. This is beyond Jazz.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

The D3VI7 - Ausstieg-Umstieg [Psychocandies 105 Promo]

Put out on the circuit as cat.no. 105 of the long running Psychocandies label on June 27th, 2k23 is "Ausstieg-Umstieg", the latest digital two track outing cooked up by the underground production force that is The D3VI7. Opening with "Ausstieg" The D3VI7 hits dancefloors hard as fuck with shrieking, clap heavy and overly compressed Acid loops whereas the subsequent cut "Umstieg" presents a banging, reverberating contemporary take on Rave-infused AcidTechno for heaving peaktime crowds and humungous laser-lit warehouse parties and therefore turns out to be our favorite cut on this one.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

2020 - 9 [2020 Records 009 Promo]

Put out on the circuit via the artist run digital imprint known as 2020 Records on June 22nd, 2k23 is "Crypt", the latest full on album release by 2020. With the title track being the entire album spread over an epic playtime of approximately 49 minutes 2020 slowly builds up classic, yet fragile and somewhat misty Ambient atmospheres from a point of near silence which are later accompanied by carefully arranged layers of soft, beauteous and peaceful pads as well as a curious, scintillating melodic motif which playfully emerges, shifts, meanders and oscillates before fully vanishing into inaudible depths only to re-emerge once again, slightly altered like a sparkling echo of time or a glimpse of a meteor spotted in a clear summer night. Timeless. And time dissolving.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Various Artists - Netlabel Day 2023: Techno Warriors [Dancefloor Socialism 021 Promo]

Another mid-summer release of the ever active digital imprint that is Dancefloor Socialism is their six track various artist EP release aptly named "Netlabel Day 2023: Techno Warriors". With tracks cooked up by the likes of Cement Tea, Flensburg-based DJ Nightnoise, Duality Micro, Evade, Sascha Müller and the dark lord of Techno that is The D3VI7 we're getting a full on round up of artists which have been long time associates of the label, providing a sonic range spanning from bleepy and psyched out experimental Lo-Fi Techno to epic Trance layers built upon a foundation of spatial, reverberating bassdrums for illegal psyfests out there in the deep dark forrests, raw, yet highly seductive underground 8bit Electro, heavy Tribal-infused Techno goodness sporting driving vocal cut-ups as well as pounding, relentless Hardcore for die-hard ravers on hyperstrobe lit dancefloors housed in underground air raid shelters just to provide an overview of what this well varied mini compilation has to offer. Good stuff.

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Javier Hernando - Domina Estelectrica [Geometrik / Munster Records]

Put out on the circuit as a collaborational effort between Munster Records and Esplendor Geometrico's Geometrik label on September 22nd, 2k23 is "Domina Estelectrica", the latest album by long standing Spanish electronic music pioneer Javier Hernando. Presenting a total of eight brand new pieces on this limited to 300 copies vinyl edition Mr. Hernando explores vantablack, granular and futuristic Dark Ambient x Industrial textures from the very beginning of the opening cut "Visita De Insomnia" onwards, laying out a cold, yet vastly spacious sonic landscape of hostile, quasi exoterrestial qualities garnished with ethereal non-vocalisms before progressing into scraping, partly metallic sounding sound alterations and scientific dronings with "Volupta Tremula", dramatic and highly alarming digital Noize arrangements in "Espejo Estrellado" whereas "Domina OHU" presents a masterly crafted exercise in post-apocalyptic, Rhythm Industrial-informed Cold Ambient bleakness, "La Noche Niega" caters sci-fi leaning Death Ambient in combination with dynamic, yet irregular sweeps of probably modular origin before "Lunar Stellectric" provides closure, hope and a silver lining at the horizon as the most structured, peaceful and minimalist Ambient piece on this longplayer just to name a few. One of the most textural DarkAmbient albums we've heard in a while. Highly recommended.

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Hessien - The Alchemist [Sound In Silence 106]

Another album released on September 4th, 2k23 via the Greek Ambient x Post-PostRock staple that is Sound In Silence is "The Alchemist" - the latest, ten tracks and approx. 61 minutes spanning album by Hessien. Re-emerging on the scene from an extended hiatus the duo comprised of Tim Martin and Charles Sage presents an amalgamation of floating, deep, yet overall positive Post-PostRock guitars and dreamy, comforting Ambient synth layers with the opening cut that is "Michigan Roads", progresses into slow, melancholia-inducing, hyper rural and naturalistic Post-PostRock with the subsequent "Two Wolves", pays homage to the German town of "Solingen" by fusing organic low end drone pulses with an intimate conversation of intertwined guitar layers, partially backed by harmonic distortions and ethereal electronic sweeps before finally rounding things off with "Her Love Of Skulls And Mushrooms" which turns out to be a most beautiful take on meandering Ambient Shoegaze just to name a few. Warm and comforting like a summer afternoon, this.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Friday, October 20, 2023

User12132546540 - Hotel EP [User Recordings 050 Promo]

Still catching up with releases on the mysterious User Recordings imprint we're dealing with User12132546540's "Hotel EP" which was put out on the circuit as a digital two track single on July 13th, 2k23. Opening with "Grand Hotel" User12132546540 caters quite a wild and punchy take on distorted, driving MonoAcid for all those who still remember Force Inc's legendary 'Rauschen' compilation series whereas the subsequent cut named "Untitled 8" brings forth a braincell quenching variation of screaming electroid Acid madness based on unusually short loop sequences for those who know. This is intense.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Yellow6 - Civil Twilight [Sound In Silence 105]

Put out on the circuit via the long standing Greek label that is Sound Is Silence on September 4th, 2k23 is "Civil Twilight", the latest full length album out cooked up by Leicestershire-based artist x composer Jon Attwood a.k.a. Yellow6. With eight new tracks rolled out over a total playtime of 65 minutes we see Attwood starting out from a point of tender, calm and caressing, almost romantic and certainly intimate guitar improvisations with the opening cut that is "Stand" before "Slowly Brighter" introduces brooding electric guitar riffs in its intro sequence only to turn into a slow and peaceful stream of krautsy PostRock after a few seconds, "M" indulges in echoes of minimalist (Nordic) Folk beauty and carefully arranged harmonic movements, "Keep Track" brings out some kind of road movie flavor, "Washed Away Every Trace" drifts off into dreamy golden sunsets and "Until The Next Time" finally waves goobye on a peaceful, chill and slightly twangy late summer evening note just to lay out a brief overview of the calm as calm be vibe that "Civil Twilight" brings on.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Brutal Rave Bastards - Nuke Vol. 18 [Nuke The Planet 018 Promo]

Released on July 8th, 2k23 as cat.no. 018 of the Nuke The Planet label is "Nuke Vol. 18", the latest musical outing by the mysterious project known as Brutal Rave Bastards. With their new digital one track single the project caters a set of relentlessly marching, super compressed and overly distorted bassdrums garnished with bubbly, tripped out Acid modulations and rough shakers to fully nuke and eradicate brain cells of late night underground punters in dimly lit illegal basement parties within minutes. Heavy shit.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Shimakaze - Deep Nip [Fischfresse 003 Promo]

Put out on the digital circuit via the aggressively named Fischfresse imprint on April 20th, 2k23 is Shimakaze's "Deep Nip", the second appearance on the label for the relatively fresh project. Opening with the title track "Deep Nip" we're drawn straight to the heart of the dancefloor by pumping drums and seductive, slightly gooey and Progressive House-informed bassline action in combination with sharp, driving hi-hats, filtered stabs and airy Trance movements whereas the subsequent cut that is "Stranding" presents a most beautiful take on floating, carefully arranged late night Ambient Trance paired with a plethora of playfully intertwined ever bleeping and blipping synth lines for those who've been fans of the genre since the early to mid 90s. Beautiful.

Monday, October 16, 2023

baze.djunkiii Chart Haul 10/2k23

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Frett - Nottwo [Gusstaff Records / Ant-Zen]

Scheduled for release on October 27th, 2k23 as a collaborative effort between the Polish label Gusstaff Records and legendary Industrial / Rhythm'n'Noise outfit Ant-Zen is "Nottwo", the sophomore album conceived by Maciej Frett a.k.a. Frett. With nine brand new tracks rolled out over roughly 42 minutes and accompanied by an excellent artwork Frett explores a dark'ish, yet heavily synth-driven variation of electronic music, starting his journey with the beauteous melancholia of the Minimal Wave x Electronica crossover that is "Duality, progressing into the dry, yet driving and seductive PostPunk x Industrial fusion that is "Body Mind" which will bring sonic pleasure to those who've enjoyed releases like the latest Akustikkoppler album, pairing its raw approach with the seductive vocals of Anna Frett whilst tunes like "Sleepless" see Frett taking a deep dive into melodic, Kraftwerk'esque retrofuturism nicely contrasted with a heavily distorted Industrial / EBM-leaning vocal performance telling tales of ultimate despair and heartfelt desolation whereas the obvious dancefloor approach "In Out" is about to impact heavily with fans of both acts like Lebanon Hanover as well as the sonic vibe spread by elusive Electro imprints deeply rooted within the scene of The Hague, "Human" providing the fever'ish score for Rhythm Industrial-fueled nightmares and "End Beginning" rounding things off with heavy, off-kilter melodic Industrial vibes for apocalyptic wastelands and scarred battlefields of doom just to name a few. Excellent stuff. Highly recommended.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Nitrogene - Tek Tek No House [La Bomba Recordings 015 Promo]

Put out on the circuit via La Bomba Recordings as the labels cat.no. 015 on June 15th, 2k23 is Nitrogene's "Tek Tek No House" which is serving the original mix as well as a remix crafted by Flensburg-based DJ Nightnoise on a digital two track single. Whilst the "Tek Tek No House" original cut sees Nitrogene on a simplistic House tip carried by a basic bassline groove, sharp hi-hats and cheekily cut up microvox samples alongside a funky, uplifting, and well jazzy..., trumpet loop for the oldskool posse the subsequent rework fully turns things around for a mysterious low end heavy Minimal Techno x TechHouse interpretation, focusing on twisted, psy-leaning atmospheres, heavy reverbs, tribal'esque percussions and quite a few busy shakers alongside a large scale panoramic, hyper-harmonic breakdown sequence for late late night x early morning crowds to enjoy.

Friday, October 13, 2023

Saxophilia Saxophone Quartet - Metamorphosis [Redshift Records]

Another fresh album released by the Canadian label Redshift Records is "Metamorphosis" by the Saxophilia Soxophone Quartet which officially hit the shelves on September 1st, 2k23. Over the course of 59 minutes the group, comprised of Julia Nolan, Kris Covlin, David Branter and Colin MacDonald, tackles a set of five extended compositions written by Fred Stride, Violet Archer, Betraice Ferreira and Rodney Sharman as well as David Branter himself, covering a range from playful and frolicking Contemporary Classical x Jazz fusion tracks with an almost score'esque tongue-in-cheek quality to soft large scale panoramic layerings somewhat reminiscent of grainy black and white movie scenes of yore, melancholia-inducing (Neo)Classical elegies, carefully arranged multi-layered cascades and whirling. slightly unnerving and off-kilter stop-and-go passages as well as further polyphonic goodness which, in all its glorious beauty, easily lets one forget that one is just listening to a set of saxophones and not to a fully fledged large scale ensemble. Lovely.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Listen Again: baze.djunkiii presents Pure Tribe Volume 1 @ Radio Flouka / Paris (05.10.2023)

Thursday, October 12, 2023

The D3VI7 - D3VI7 Legends [Ghostfloppy Recordings 006]

Released via the Floppy Disk-focused label that is Ghostfloppy Recordings earlier this year is "D3VI7 Legends", the second appearance on the imprint by the underground production force known as The D3VI7 who's hitting dancefloors with a bang0r this time, transferring the energy of highly compressed and expertly sculpted peaktime Techno garnished with trippy filters and pumping hi-hats to surprisingly muscular and energetic LoBit levels for those who love to rave to 24kpbs compression sounds. This is a weapon in the right DJs hands.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Paramorph Collective - All We're Made Of Is Borrowed (Still Holding The Time We Have Left As Medicine) [Redshift Records]

Put out on the circuit via the Canadian Redshift Records label on September 8th, 2k23 is "All We're Made Of Is Borrowed (Still Holding The Time We Have Left As Medicine)", the latest album by the duo operating under the deceiving name of Paramorph Collective. Comprised of An Laurence and Kim Farris-Manning, both renowned figures within the Canadian scene with both solo works as well as a plethora of cooperations and collaborations under their respective individual belt, who, within a total of eight pieces rolled out over roughly 53 minutes, present a collection of own tracks and compositions as well as their very own interpretations of works by the likes of Rodney Sharman, Margot George and Linda Caitlin Smith, walking the line between folksy, most intimate and naturalistic Folk references led by Laurence's ethereal, crystal clear singing voice which, in cuts like the fascinating title track "All We're Made Of Is Borrowed" also provides touching close up Spoken Word poetry followed by minimalist, ever meandering guitar instrumentals and scraping echo FX whereas "Fruiting Bodies" carefully explores whirling, ever modulated sinewaves and other electroacoustic goodness before riffs of doom take droning, extended Metal-informed Ambient Post-PostRock to a glistening, yet epicly vantablack place whilst "Thought And Desire" deeply indulges in (Neo)Classical piano romanticisms just to name a few. A widely varied and vastly beautiful album to share with a loved one, this.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

2020 - 8 [2020 Records 008 Promo]

Put out on the circuit on May 16th, 2k23 via 2020 Records is "8", the eighth full length album release on the artist run label by the mysterious 2020 project. This time catering one single extended track named "Outer Space" which unfolds over the course of 49 minutes 2020 provides an epic, wide-screen panoramic Ambient journey drawing inspiration from early Synth masters, classic Cosmic Proto-Ambient and what is called the Berlin School by many, making use of dramatic vintage synth layers and beautifully cascading soundscapes subtly - and only partially - shifting into off-kilter harmonics, telling tales of nostalgia and retrofuturism at the same time, harking back to a time of nuclear euphoria, shimmering neon-lights and autobahns devoid of traffic jams, providing a promising ride into a future that lies past, a timeless take on pure, comforting relaxation and a worthwhile addition to every Ambient collection out there. Nice one.

Monday, October 09, 2023

Josh Cole - Kind Mind [Cassiar Records]

Scheduled for release via Cassiar Records on October 20th, 2k23 is "Kind Mind", the latest album conceived by Toronto-based double bass player x composer Josh Cole realized with the help of contributing artists like Michael Davidson, Karen Ng, Sandro Perri and Joe Strutt. Over the course of eleven tracks and a total playtime of a little more than 38 minutes the stripped down ensemble starts out from a point of comforting organic late night Jazz melancholia only to drift off into slightly polyrhythmic percussive playfulness with cuts like "The Bar" before adding twisted electronics and additional Field Recordings in the subsequent "A 10 Minute Walk From Here", harking back to tender and classy late night Jazz territories in "Daughters" before rounding things off with the emotional, yet somewhat hopeful meanderings of "Tired" just to provide a rough overview on what this album has to offer sonically, especially for avid fans and followers of Deep Jazz.

Sunday, October 08, 2023

Tholos Gateway - Tholos Gateway II [Gusstaff Records]

Set for release on October 13th, 2k23 via the Polish label Gusstaff Records is "Tholos Gateway II", the - obviously! - second longplay outing cooked up by the trio named Tholos Gateway which is still comprised of its founding members Colin Marston, Alex Reviriego and Vasco Trilla. Catering a set of eight brand new cuts rolled out over the course of roughly 46 minutes total playtime the trio, in collaboration with contributing guest musicians like Yoshiko Ohara and Mick Barr, once again dives deep into the realm of Dark Ambient and brooding Deep Listening Music, starting from a point of uneasy nocturnal dronings and an ultra-present low-end paired with tender chiming tones as well as most eerie echoes of echoes of echoes of DarkJazz influences and moving forward towards scenic, melancholia-inducing deep forrest romanticisms vaguely evoking memories of Wolfgang Voigt's GAS project of yore, crackly, unsettling large scale panoramic Electronica pieces like "Alternate Aether", claustrophic Drone layers paired with subdued elements of (Neo)Classical composition techniques in "Revenge Spectre" as well as intense, fever'ish Ritual Ambient ("Consciousness Exorcism Seal") and further goodness for those who like their Deep Listening Music to be more than just sonic tapestry for lightless hours. Highly recommended. Check!

Album artwork on Instagram!

Saturday, October 07, 2023

Johann Schwengel - Strange Things EP [Dancefloor Socialism 020 Promo]

Put out on the circuit as cat.no. 020 of the Dancefloor Socialism imprint on June 29th, 2k23 is the "Strange Things EP", the latest digital two track single cooked up by Johann Schwengel. Whilst the opening track "Vitalpower" sees Johann Schwengel embarking on a bouncy, positive and precisely sculpted HardHouse tip, bringing forth detailed, mininalist synth works, captivating shaker grooves and subtle Acid modulations for a pumping peaktime crowd the subsequently following title track "Strange Things" caters a slow and sluggish variation of depressive Greyscale Techno, sporting raw midrange bass spirals and screaming, distorted, manic modulations for those lost beyond the depths of their own personal k-hole. Hypnotic, yet intense.

Friday, October 06, 2023

Afarin Mansouri - Dancing With Love [Centrediscs]

Scheduled for release via the Canadian Centrediscs label on October 20th, 2k23 is "Dancing With Love", the second full length album effort conceived by Toronto-based and Iran-born vocalist x composer Afarin Mansouri. Over the course of twelve brand new compositions and a total runtime of roughly 55 minutes we see Mansouri, alongside a plethora of contributing fellow musicians, drawing strong inspiration from her personal fears and victories and especially the taboo around female singers and musicians she experienced in her home country before immigrating to Canada more than two decades ago to follow her passion, further study music, especially Opera, and finally grow and become a fully fledged artist herself. This being said, and with some of the vocals even inspired by Iranian poetry from the 10th century, Mansouri presents an emotional and musically wide-ranged journey from the crackly and vintage sounding opener that is the title track "Love Is In The Air" which evokes memories of revue shows of the 1940s and the cinematic efforts to emulate those on screen to the Classical x (Neo)Classical arrangements of "Astonishment", the classic Opera references in "Omnipreset", the tender whispers of the Balearic-infused "Endless Sea", the dancey and jubilant arrangements of "Hope" as well as the most obviously Oriental x World Music inspired cut that is "Alchemy" just to lay out a rough sonic spectrum of what this impressive sophomore album has to offer, even for those who aren't deeply familiar with any one of the genres mentioned. Consider this a gateway drug which could lead to further explorations of the field.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Thursday, October 05, 2023

User34567443478 - Problems EP [User Recordings 049 Promo]

Put out on the circuit via the ever active, yet still mysterious User Recordings label as their cat.no. 049 on June 13th, 2k23 is the "Problems EP", a digital two track single cooked up by User34567443478. Opening with "Untitled 7-1" the quasi anonymous producer provides a take on psyched out spiralling uptempo Acid loop madness reminiscent of labels like Force Inc. in their absolute hey-days whereas the subsequent "Untitled 12-1" brings forward twisted bleeps on a foundation of brutal, galopping, over-compressed and Hardcore-leaning bass drums and raw cutting hi-hats for the die-hard Acid ravers partying hard in underground shelters for 72 hours or more.

Wednesday, October 04, 2023

Lotto - Summer [Gusstaff Records]

Put out on the circuit via Gusstaff Records on September 29th, 2k23 is "Summer", the second of two parallel albums cooked up by the Polish trio named Lotto which are released on the same day. Stylistically opposite to "Axolotl", the second part of this set, we see the six tracks and 36 minutes spanning "Summer" following a path of inspiration opened by a subdued, nearly acoustic concert set played in Warsaw in May 2k22, resulting in an array of tender, intimate, yet dark'ish and nocturnal, oftentimes inward-looking PostRock tunes with cuts like "Heater" consciously dabbling with minimalistic repetitions, "Oranges" gravitating towards subtle DarkJazz-influences and "Situation" drifting off into sparse, yet comforting dreamlands whereas the concluding "Someone" provides the most tender and caressing Post-PostRock low end we've come across in a while just to lay out a rough concept of what is happening on this well recommended album piece.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Tuesday, October 03, 2023

Zeitkratzer & Reinhold Friedl - Scarlatti [Zeitkratzer Productions / Karlrecords]

Put out on the circuit via Zeitkratzer Productions in collaboration with Karlrecords on September 22nd, 2k23 is "Scarlatti", the latest album by long standing composer and piano player Reinhold Friedl and his Zeitkratzer ensemble which are presenting a menu of six compositions based on and inspired by a certain piano sonata written by Domenico Scarlatti who lived from 1685 to 1757. Over the course of a total runtime of 45 minutes the album starts from a sonic angle provided by intense, klaxon'esque and slightly washed out drone pulses interrupted by periods of silence, working their way through winding harmonics and careful deviations from the intended path giving off a DarkAmbient-leaning vibe for frosty late fall evenings, progresses into caressing piano minimalisms of enchanted qualities followed by disturbingly cold Industrial Noize arrangements, ambient'esque Minimal Music based upon singular piano tones and subdued atmospheric dronings, further dense large scale panoramic, yet slightly off-kilter ensemble arrangements before finishing on stripped down, slightly melancholia-inducing romanticisms in the 10+ minutes spanning closing piece that is "Aster". A lovely listening experience, even for those who haven't ever heard of the musical works of Domenica Scarlatti.

Album artwork on Instagram!

Monday, October 02, 2023

baze.djunkiii Charts 10/2k23

01. Christoph De Babalon - Leaving Time Super Hexagon Records 007]
Christoph De Babalon. Legend, yet an insular and elusive figure within the electronic music scene, from his highly praised releases on Digital Hardcore Recordings to works unleashed by his own Cross Fade Enter Tainment label. Now the abstract junglist is back with a new release on Super Hexagon Records, catering a set of four highly fascinating tracks covering a range from brooding Future Tribal-infused Dubstep x Bass Music to deep atmospheric IDM Jungle, earth shaking low end minimalism and things way beyond which turn out to be an essential addition to the collection of any experienced bass lover out there.

02. Sven Väth - What I Used To Play [Cocoon Recordings]
A legacy box. A lesson in electronic music history. Call it what you want. Long standing DJ, producer, icon and Cocoon Recordings head honcho Sven Väth went back in time and recapitulated the early stages of his career, a time when House, Techno and all contemporary derivatives of those genres weren't around, yet electronic and electronically infused dance music started to emerge, slowly building and laying out the foundation of the electronic dance music scene as we know it today. We're talking the 80s and this is the era this massive 12 x 12" vinyl box covers, not in its entirety but filled to the brim with tracks and anthems Mr. Väth used to play throughout those years - from Whodini's "Magic Wand" to Primal Scream's "Loaded" remixed by Andrew Weatherall, from A Split Second's "Flesh" to Meat Beat Manifesto's "Helter Skelter", from Rockers Revenge's "Walking On Sunshine" to Raze's "Break 4 Love", A Guy Called Gerald's "Voodoo Ray" and way beyond, featuring a lot of well known cuts and a few long lost gems, all carefully cut and mastered with a maximum of two tracks per side which leaves a lot of room for the individual tunes' dynamics to unfold and therefore providing a well crafted assortment for those who're just starting out to explore the foundation and history of electronic music or - like us - the avid completist and music historian keen to add such a personal selection of cuts to their collection despite the fact that they might already own quite a bunch of those tracks as original pressing or re-releases anyway. A collectors item for sure, yet not necessarily one that is essential x unmissable or really aiming at Sven Väth's core audience at this point in time.

03. Sascha Müller - Logical Mind [Proper Cuts Recordings]
See review for details...

04. Malo Moray & His Inflatable Knee - Atolls [Possibly Sam]
See review for details...

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Sunday, October 01, 2023

05.10.2023 baze.djunkiii presents Pure Tribe Volume 1 @ Radio Flouka / Paris, France

Back for a new season and we're back on the fast lane. Hamburg-based Radio Flouka-resident baze.djunkiii presents a storming, spiralling and well trippy journey into the realm of SpiralTekno and way beyond. Opening with „Alien Swamp“, a stripped down and unique TribeTekno meets Drum'n'Bass fusion tune cooked up by baze.djunkiii and Donna Maya, released as a one-sided, limited to 200 copies 7“ on his very own Freebreakz.FWD label at the very beginning of the pandemic period, the 60 minutes mix showcases raw, rare and uncut FreeTekno madness, relentless Hardcore, DarkJungle-infused episodes, fluttering, earth shaking and braincell scattering AcidTechno, droning, hypnotic TribeTekno sounds and spiralling MonoAcid – all dug up from the deepest underground vinyl vaults over the course of more than 25 years. This... is a trip.

decks: baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings / Freebreakz.FWD]

file under: TribeTekno / Acid Techno / Freetekno / SpiralTekno

transmission time: 22oo - 23oo GMT+1

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