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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Henri Matisse's Studio, 1949

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Mundo Urbano #10 On Radio Quântica (05/08/2016)

01. Zomby X Burial - Sweetz (Hyperdub)
02. Raime - Hold Your Line (Blackest Ever Black)
03. Vakula - Tomasi Planet (Dekmantel)
04. Shit And Shine - You Can't (Diagonal)
05. Gonjasufi - The Kill / Prints Of Sin (Warp)
06. Complete Walkthru - Move Studio Make New Trak (1080P)
07. BADBADNOTGOOD - Lavender (Feat. Kaytranada) (Innovative Leisure Records)
08. Mall Grab - I've Always Liked Grime (Unknown To The Unknown)
09. S Olbricht - Fadaisco (Lobster Theremin )
10. 45 ACP - Slick Response (L.I.E.S)
11. Vakula - Double Star System (Dekmantel)
12. Seahawks - Winter Deep Summer High (Captains Log)
13. SHXCXCHCXSH - SsSsSsSsSsSs (Avian)
14. Equiknoxx - I Really Want To Write On Her Purple Wall (DDS)
15. Equiknoxx - Lizard of Oz (DDS)
16. Equiknoxx - Congo Get Slap Like A Congo Get Slap (DDS)
17. NHK yx koyxen - Y (Diagonal)
18. Celestial Trax & Roosevelt - 161 (Not In Label)
19. Enrique - K Town (BANK Records NYC)
20. Cienfuegos - Caminando (BANK Records NYC)
21. Not Waving - Gutsy (Diagonal)
22. Unit Moebius - Beat That Perculator (Acid Planet)
23. Topdown Dialectic - 05 (/\\Aught)
24. Shanti Celeste - Being (Ambient Mix) (Future Times)
25. Max D - Octopus (Future Times)
26. Beautiful Swimmers - Primo (Future Times)

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

SEVERED+SAID - Pyrrhic Fortunes (Dead Tank)


SEVERED+SAID - Pyrrhic Fortunes (Dead Tank) A dark, pulsating basement lurk jams bound to the gracefulness of synthetic suspense. Suspended and encircling the weary with a doom that’s all at once impending and welcoming, even satiating the dancers among the dungeon floor setting fire to shoes on the black-eyed seance of ritual movement. Fans of Sand Circles, Robedoor, and Infinity Window rejoice! Severed+Said is back on the wizard-hymn grind, and the cocktail Pyrrhic Fortunes will be sure to do the trick, bending listeners’ minds like an enchantment that’s equal parts blessed and cursed. Although a Not Not Fun alumni, this fine earful comes compliments of Popnihil and Dead Tank Records.

Severed + Said - "Unknown Error" from Zane Hall on Vimeo.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

NHK yx Koyxen - Doom Steppy Reverb (Diagonal)

NHK yx Koyxen - Doom Steppy Reverb (Diagonal) NHK furnishes the Diagonal family with his rudest, moodiest record to date, stalking the border between minimal techno, garage and Doom Steppy Reverb in his 2nd solo LP - a writhing follow-up to last year’s Hallucinogenic Doom Steppy Verbs 12” and the Program CD with Line. Containing seven tracks of brain-folding sound design and effortless, playfully ruffneck groove mechanics, it’s clearly his most focussed and deadly club record, one that puts experimental ideas at the service of the dancer and equally works as an intensely immersive headphone experience thanks to a proper subbass bias. It creeps up on you from the front with the lurking modulations of 1073+SNARE precipitating a seesawing synth lead that breaks into full breakbeat garage techno, before 1089S harnesses that energy into a swollen minimal techno roller which proceeds to rinse your head/club with arid flange and brace the booty for a wet, sloppy acid garage slammer called 1083-LO-OCT-Short (he’s really got a way with these titles). At the mid-way point, his minor key dub chords really come into their own, blooming in a super lucid maze of moire fractals on Y whilst the rhythm stealthily scissors its way into your tendons, bones, making the beatless respite of 1048’s pirouetting arpeggios all that more effective; but you can’t hide from the rhythm as it soon bends to pendulous 2-step technique and he wipes the ‘floor with coldest, steely techno stoicism on L. Job well done. Quite plainly, there are few producers who can place such a subtle, unique, and deadly spin on this sound, off the top of our head - Peder Mannerfelt, Zomby, Grain and Gescom among them... in boomkat

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

ZOMBY X BURIAL - Sweetz (Hyperdub)


ZOMBY X BURIAL - Sweetz (Hyperdub)

Whilst unmistakably UK, its easy to detect influence from turnt US trap and druggy SA Gqom woven into its fractious mise-en-scene of crackling lighters, lone owls and muezzin chorales smudged with drizzle and ganja smoke, perfectly hovering beyond the ‘floor in a furrowed, fugged-up headspace all of their own. Seriously, they need to do a whole album of this stuff together, or at least get some soundtrack commissions for the next Neil Blomkamp or Bladerunner flick. Highly recommended!

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Shackleton - Devotional Songs (with Ernesto Tomasini)

Shackleton - Devotional Songs (with Ernesto Tomasini),  (Honest Jon's Records) The whirligig drawbar organs of Shackleton’s releases since 2012 are still in effect, but tempered in balance with Tomasini’s remarkable vocal range and some really lush, almost Detroit-style synth harmonies and ritual atmospheres whilst his signature palette of bass and drums hints at some Far and South East Asian influence in the vein of Sleazy’s Threshold HouseBoys Choir recordings. It’s a beautifully self-contained project covering a broad range of esoteric topography from the detoxing vibrations of Rinse out All Contaminants to the sweepingly epic resolution of Father, Yiou Have Left Me, whilst unmistakably referencing some of Coil or Current 93’s most haunting moments in the chiming harmonic haze, swelling chorales and operatic drama of You Are The One, and the spirit-rousing string arrangements in Twelve Shared Addictions. via boomkat

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Mundo Urbano #9 On Radio Quantica (08/07/2016)


01. Men In Burka - Click Click Click (Tundra)
02. Diana Berti - A Fragile Bird Out Of The Nest (Cuss Fetish)
03. Conniptor - Robotically Enhanced Bad Troopers (Cuss Fetish)
04. Umberto - Black Sea (Not Not Fun)
05. Umberto - Dawn Of Mirrors (Not Not Fun)
06. Helm - Olympic Mess (N1L Rmx) (PAN)
07. Chants - Silencer Magpie (Astral Plane Recordings)
08. Leonardo Martelli - Previsto (Antinote)
09. Leonardo Martelli -  Negli abissi (Antinote)
10. Body San - Koko Chats Online (1080p)
11. Men In Burka - Johnny Passport (Drop Logik RMX) (Tundra)
12. Ovis Aurum - Ovis Aurum (Seagrave)
13. Stuart Chalmers & Ian Watson - East Is West, West Is East (Not In Label)
14. Alex Menzies - Not Up Beat 8 (Kathexis)
15. Alex Menzies - Aristo R27 M7 (Kathexis)
16. Stuart Chalmers - Beat Play (Not In Label)
17. Body San - Voices 3 (1080p)
18. Sannhet - Whittier & Atlantic (Hospital Productions)
19. Conniptor - Suspension (Cuss Fetish)
20. Imago Ignota - Expired Deposition (Cuss Fetish)
21. M.E.S.H. - Damaged Merc (PAN)
22. Abul Morgard - Drooping OFF (Ecstatic)
23. Perfume Advert - Minor Shield (1080p)
24. AiwA - Sphere Collision
25. Soit-PP (aka Aphex Twin) - n.IASP (Rephlex)
26. Neuro Politique - Artemis (Mayday Mix) (Rephlex)

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

PELLEGRINO - Periplo (Early Sounds Recordings)

PELLEGRINO - Periplo (Early Sounds Recordings) A Periplus around mediterranean savors from Pellegrino on his debut mini-album, a multi-flavored cocktail of fast-moving disco groovers, spacey jazz-fusion experiments and sun-bleached funky melters.

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CARL AND CAROL JACOBS - ROBOT JAM (Emotional Rescue)


CARL AND CAROL JACOBS - Robot Jam (Emotional Rescue) If you read interviews with Stuart Leath, you'll probably be aware of the amount of work he was put into tracking down Trinidadian husband-and-wife team Carl and Carol Jacobs. Some 24 months later, the fruits of his efforts have materialized in this superb reissue of their obscure (and ludicrously hard to find) 1986 electro-calypso gem Robot Jam. It's one of those records that shouldn't work - it's effectively a fusion of replayed and re-sung bits from records by Santana, Rock Master Scott and Rappin' Duke - but still sounds brilliantly futuristic nearly 30 years after its' initial release. The two-part original is joined on the flip by a brilliantly fitting, echo-laden re-rub from Nick The Record and Dan Tyler, better known as one half of the Idjut Boys.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

DJ GUY - Structures & Rhythms 94-99

DJ GUY - Structures & Rhythms 94-99 (Organic Analogue) *Format: blue vinyl 12" + cassette + booklet + MP3 download card * Following acclaimed releases by Jeremiah R and HVL, Organic Analogue is proud to present an extensive new release from a true underground hero of UK electronic music, DJ Guy. The tracks on the Structures 12" prove that the same spellbinding atmosphere, swooning melodic content and crafty arrangement flex is as present in Guy's contemporary work as it is in his earliest tape rips. Elements of Drexciyan electro and UK ambient techno can be felt throughout, but they're delivered with an equal dose of ingenuity that is all his own. As well as his plentiful techno output, Guy equally turned his hand to some crucial experimental jungle over the years. Rhythms 94/99 harks back to the era of Black Secret Technology, Plug and Depth Charge, all phased, diced up amens and dreamy pads that form a link to Guy's 4/4 work while once more demonstrating how on point his productions were at such a seminal time. The tape they have put together contains ten tracks recorded by Guy between 1994 and 1999 as well as an additional remix by White Peak that draws upon all the tracks for source material. FRESH!!!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BODY SCULPTURES - A Body Turns To Eden (Posh Isolation)

BODY SCULPTURES - A Body Turns To Eden (Posh Isolation) Body Sculptures is a contemporary project that brings together five unique voices in European experimental electronic music today. The formative element is the collaborative pact between Sweden's Northern Electronics and Denmark's Posh Isolation. Last year marked both Body Sculptures' debut live performance —a highly notorious set at Berlin Atonal Festival 2015— as well as their debut recording, The Base Of All Beauty Is The Body. The disparate elements that have come to inform the project thus far are further refined and encoded in their new LP, A Body Turns To Eden. 
The aesthetic singularity of the project is owed to the distinguished backgrounds of the five contributing artists. Each perspective entails a varying set of working methods and sonic preferences, though it is the sensitivity with which the diversity of these practices are framed in Body Sculptures that assures the project its own space. Infamous for his caustic, pneumatic techno under the moniker of Varg, Jonas Rönnberg is the co-owner of Northern Electronics and is involved in the project Ulwhednar (with Abdulla Rashim). 
Erik Enocksson is a highly regarded Swedish composer who has scored countless independent productions. His orphaned soundtrack to the film Apan, remastered and reissued by Posh Isolation last year, was widely and favourable received. 
Frederikke Hoffmeier's industrial and experimental project Puce Mary has been the subject of much veneration in recent years. The frenzied corrosiveness of both her recordings and live shows are increasingly charting the limits of intimacy. Ossian Ohlsson is from the industrial outfit Vit Fana, and has appeared across a number of compilations spanning both Northern Electronics and Posh Isolation. 
Loke Rahbek is the co-founder of Posh Isolation. As a member of Damien Dubrovnik and Lust For Youth, as well as under the moniker of Croatian Amor, he has developed a reputation for engulfing performances and compositions. 
The combinations of acoustic and electronic instrumentation, the soiled traces of genre, and the mixed modes of experimentation, are here pitched as an eternal requiem, letting the play between the project's orthodox and unorthodox methods reflect a sharp fatalism. Each song presents familiarity and intimacy within an aura of claustrophobia. And as if out of a cruel awareness of this fact, unease blooms into a comforting form. A body turns to Eden is an essential piece for anyone with interest in Scandinavian electronic music today.

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Lone - Backtail Was Heavy

Mundo Urbano #8 On Radio Quantica (10/6/2016)

01. Andy Stott - New Romantic
02. The System - You're In My Sistem (Kerri Chandler Remix)
03. Surfing - She's Not Laughing
04. Unfollow - Half Blu
05. Prostitutes - Fake Hawaiian Suit
06. Underground Resistance - Journey Of The Dragons
07. Round One - I'm Your Brother (Chicago's Twisted Mix)
08. JK Flesh - They Own You
09. Lone - Backtail Was Heavy
09. AiwA - Oneness in The Totality
10. Ann Margret - Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes (Instrumental)
11. Prostitutes - Skeptalepsy
12. Klinik - Moving Hands (Helena Hauff Remix)
13. Palmbomen II - John Lee Roche
14. Betonkust & Palmbomen II - Leo Mirjam
15. Lolina (Inga Copeland) - Miss Understood
16. AiwA - Project Tiahuanaco
17. Surfing - BBC
18. Ramzi - Messiha
19. Marie Dior - Poliedro
20. Aphex Twin - Pulsewidht
21. Polysick - Mellow Acid
22. Anne Clark - Our Darkness (Sci-Fi Moritz Dark Twist Mix)
23. JK Flesh - Nothing Is Free
24. Andy Stott - Selfish
25. Burial - Near Dark

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Men in Burka - Click Click Click (Robot Elephant)

Body Awareness "Venice Of The East" (Not Not Fun)

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

LARAAJI/SUN ARAW - Professional Sunflow (W.25TH US)

LARAAJI/SUN ARAW - Professional Sunflow (W.25TH US) Professional Sunflow is the first-time collaboration between Laraaji &  Sun Araw, two colossal forces in contemporary electronic music. Laraaji's musical radiance has continued to shine brightly over four decades since being discovered by Brian Eno in New York's Washington Square Park in 1979. Sun Araw emerged out of Los Angeles' experimental scene in 2008 with transformative releases on a variety of trend-setting labels (Not Not Fun, Drag City and more). The live performances on this double LP – recorded in Germany and Switzerland – combine prewritten elements and improvisation. Laraaji's soulful vocals and signature instrument, zither, blend beautifully with the free-floating rhythms of Sun Araw's Cameron Stallones (guitar/keyboards) and Alex Gray (computer synthesis) to shape Professional Sunflow's unique sound: dreamy layers of percussion, ambient textures and vibrant melodies. W.25TH is proud to present Professional Sunflow as our inaugural release. As a sub-label of Superior Viaduct, W.25TH will focus on inventive sounds from current artists. Forthcoming releases include Nazoranai (Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley and Oren Ambarchi) and the (as yet unnamed) collaboration between Richard Pinhas, William Winant, and Comets On Fire's Noel Von Harmonson and Utrillo Kushner.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

TERESA RAMPAZZI - Immagini Per Diana Baylon


TERESA RAMPAZZI - Immagini Per Diana Baylon (DIE SCHACHTEL) An eye-opening set of experimental electronic recordings made in the early 1970's by Italy's Teresa Rampazzi (1914-2001) -  only the second collection of her work made available for public consumption - and an indispensible, crucial artefact if you're interested in the recordings of Daphne Oram, Tod Dockstader, Eliane Radigue or Delia Derbyshire.
As with the spellbinding Musica Endoscopica, this issue of Immagini Per Diana Baylon - one of her three known soundtracks for art installations - helps to place Teresa as Italy’s answer to Daphne Oram; that is, a pioneering female experimenter operating in a male dominated field since the ’50s, and an artist/musician/technician who was magnetically drawn to the emerging possibilities of analogue electronics (although she would also expand into computer composition as soon as the opportunity arose). 
The 31’ 50” piece is cleft in two parts but was apparently intended to be looped for 180 minutes. Using analogue electronics as a malleable form or presence, like light itself, to subtly illuminate the pieces, and in turn create rich imagery in negative relief of the mind’s eye. The first side flows with an alien yet folksy, almost sing-song cadence, whereas the 2nd part really seems to conjure a more intense, head-long sort of e/motion from static sources, leading up to one remarkably sweet, harmonic passage that feels almost like a premonition of new age minimalism, before closing with a tract of needling, rapidly fluctuating timbres.
The coruscating, mirage-like sounds in Immagini Per Diana Baylon reflect a close understanding between both artist’s disciplines. As Teresa remarked in her notes; “The work is made of a series of sound events, with informal and aleatory features, in a continuous flux, and there is no planned predetermination in any of the various sections. This choice has been made for the sound space to adjust to the sculptor’s plastic and loose images.” 
Diana’s anodised aluminium and iron on stone pieces, depicted in the accompanying insert, look to us like alien glyphs, aztec runes or debris from a space station that somehow managed to survive reentry to earth’s atmosphere, as Teresa agrees and expanded upon in 1974: “In her later artworks the objects of Diana Baylon are definitely taking flight - as if they has just gone through dense layers of atmosphere, as though they did so with the same intent… there are secret numerical ratios, symmetries not symmetrical, geometric shapes which escape the definitions of perception…”. That could arguably be a description of Teresa’s soundtrack, too.
This is definitely sound, or music, for art’s sake, as opposed to say the commercially-minded experiments of Suzanne Ciani over in America during the same era. Yet we can draw a line between the two via the balance of sleek sensitivity to timbre and austere geometry in Diana’s sculptures and Daphne Oram’s image-into-sound Oramics; a willingness and proclivity to explore synaesthetic relationships in a way which is nigh on impossible to articulate but which has provided this listener with goosebumps several times over.
Either way, it's is a recording of historical, experimental significance and a thing of great beauty -  we urge you to investigate.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

ADULT JAZZ - Earrings Off! (Tri Angle)

ADULT JAZZ -  Earrings Off! (Tri Angle) Tri Angle welcome Adult Jazz to their pointy mass with Earrings Off!, which sounds about as close as you’ll get to Animal Collective riding a unicorn with Mica Levi and Antony outside of a Pitchfork writer’s wet dream... Appearing with their well received debut LP, Gist Is in 2014, the four-piece band were subsequently remixed by a gang of hot artists - Happa, Oliver Coates, Shabazz Palaces among them - before arriving at the attentions of Björk, whose affiliations with Tri Angle have no doubt prompted this hook up. Earrings Off! lands in a long-standing tradition of clever pop-not-pop, economically mixing queered Beach Boys vocal harmonies with contesting palettes of discordant strings, bittersweet electronics and nipped art-pop drums in deceptively awkward, intricate arrangements befitting of their experimental songs’ content about “masculinity. Embodiment, lust, idealisation, privilege, legitimacy and limitation… about the possibility of authenticity.”

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Daniel Klauser & VNZO - Mokiacion

Raw acidic Techno grinder https://soundcloud.com/danielklauser https://soundcloud.com/vincenzodupre

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Palmbomen II - Cindy Savalas

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

JK Flesh x Surgeon - Nothing Is Free (Downwards)


JK Flesh x Surgeon  - Nothing Is Free (Downwards) Black country overlord Justin K Broadrick (Jesu, Godflesh) blesses Regis’ Downwards fiefdom with two tracks and a tightly sprung rework by Surgeon. Downwards have really picked the foulest iterations of a grim set for vinyl release, inscribing the industrial-strength torque of Nothing Is Free - which sounds like early Kode 9 battered by Shapednoise - at 45rpm across the front face, and branding the knuckling 808 snares and distended electro bass blow out of Kontorted on its backside. Surgeon’s remix of the title tune ranks among his best in many years. Trace elements of the original are extruded thru modular kit and remodelled on a bouncing, swerving techno chassis recalling BMB and CUB classics, but streaked with sirens and vamped by a marching brass refrain that’s just spoiling for war. Cop it on Band Camp (originaly release in 2013 on Avalanche Recordings).

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Mundo Urbano #7 On Radio Quantica (13/5/2016)

01.Lapti & Nocow – Sirenas (subjective vision) (Not On Label)
02.Fonda Acid - Untitled (Not On Label)
03.Sam Kindel - Disruptive Muzak (The Death Of Rave)
04.Fonda Acid - Untitled (edit)
05.AyGeeTee - Save Me Again (slowly) (Not On Label)
06.Metrist - Shit Patches (Opal Tapes)
07.Orchestra Cometa - Reverle (Cometa Edizioni Musicali)
08.Inga Copeland - Notitle (No 'Label')
09.L Neils - Menagerie (Opal Tapes)
10.Umwelt - Ruthless Order (Rave Or Die)
11.Roly Porter - Mass (Tri Angle)
12.Palmbomen II - Cindy Savalas (Beats In Space Records)
13.Palmbomen II - Carina Sayles (Beats In Space Records)
14.Laraaji - Eternity Or Bust (All Saints)
15.Oneothrix Point Never Laser To Laser (No Fun Productions)
16.Mikael Seifu - How To Save A Life (Rvng Intl)
17.Ouled Ghnou & Lâriche - SideB (Excerpt) (Aatiphone Productions)
18.Bill Converse - Inward Fathoms (Dark Entries)
19.Betonkunst and Palmbomen II- 24x33 (1080p)
20.Gunnar Haslam - Kungio Rises (LIES)
21.Vumani - Cheater (Unkown Label)

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Lapti & Nocow – Sirenas (subjective vision)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Yohji Yamamoto YY Srap Bball Mid White


Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto has teamed up with adidas to release a new sneaker collaboration, consisting of the YY STRAP BBALL HIGH and YY STRAP BBALL MID. Based on choice basketball silhouettes, the HIGH and its sole borrow inspiration from the adidas Top Ten 2000; the MID from the adidas Crazy 8. Presented here in white, feature an original upper design courtesy of Yamamoto, who furnished each pair in premium goat leather and installed a zip component at the back. The Yohji Yamamoto x adidas collaboration is now available at select retailers. Via highsnobsociety

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Monday, May 09, 2016

Lolina (Inga Copeland) - Live In Paris

Lolina (Inga Copeland) -  Live In Paris (Unkown Label) Erstwhile Hype Williams provocateur, Inga Copeland’s 2nd release under the Lolina moniker is a live recording of her live A/V presentation for RBMA in Paris, 2015.
In situ, she was framed by a multi-screen projection of a monopoly board, perhaps best taken as an allegory for London stereotypes as viewed from her insider-outsider position as an Estonian-Russian artist embedded in the city’s multi-textural, poly-cultural fabric, and as comment on its socio-economic merry-don’t-go-round. 
This soundtrack features a handful of tracks from her Relaxin’ With Lolina (2015) release, such as Relaxx and Lolina, plus I Am Your Ambient Wife from that Hyperdub ambient compilation. As far as we know, the rest are all unreleased, and include the piercing bongs of Time In EU, used as a similarly discomfiting signifier of Britihsness as Dean Blunt did on the Babyfather album, along with some plaggy Euro techno and a roll-call of LDN road names in Chance, whilst Wheel Up My Tune is a garish take on bashment, and our favourite, The Logic trades in a sort of discordant, lysergic psych sound.

Lolina - Live in Paris from Lolina on Vimeo.

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Cecil Leuter : Electronic track 11

Cecil Leuter : Electronic track 11 (1976) taken from the split album (alongside Peter Bonello) "Electronic Trics"

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Monday, May 02, 2016

VARIOUS Der Zeltweg: Italian Tapes Industrial Music 1982-1984 Volume 2 (MNQ 081)

VARIOUS : Der Zeltweg: Italian Tapes Industrial Music 1982-1984 Volume 2 (Mannequin Record) Record Store Day 2016.
Mannequin Records is proud to present the second volume of ‘Der Zeltweg – Italian Tapes Industrial Music 1982-1984′, the legendary Musumeci’s tape label existed for some few years in the early 80′s. Edition of 500 copies on 160 gram black vinyl. Coloured Vinyl.
While the A-side is filling all the music produced by some of their side projects (Errata-S-Corrige, Gasdehyde and Herpes-Z) that we already introduced in the first volume, plus an unreleased Musumeci very early studio track ‘Apologia/Musumeci’, the B-side is presenting for the first time the full reissue of ‘The Psychophatic Blossom – Il Fantasma della Libertà‘ tape (Der Zeltweg 002), an unexpected guitar-bass-noises experimental album, permeated by philosophical declamations in Italian language and short pulsating rhythmic compositions. For a brief moment Turin was Italy’s Sheffield, producing an astonishing number of DIY electronic groups. In the context of a wider Europe, Italy has never been thought of as a hotbed of minimal electronic music, but Mannequin Records compilations Danza Meccanica: Italian Synth Wave 1982-1987 have shone a light on a scene little heard, even within Italy’s borders. Inspecting all the bands we released in the past years, Musumeci represents one of the most rare and unknown. But..the reissue of the two super rare demo tapes that they recorded in 1985 (“Schwarz Morgen”) and in 1986 (“Zusammen”) and a 12” containing a couple of unreleased tracks plus a TRAXX edit, were just the beginning. Now the mission is terminated with the 2 volumes of ‘Der Zeltweg- Italian Tapes Industrial Music’.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Editor's Picks - Modern Music

AYN SØF - AYN SØF (Tombed Vision) Gnod’s Paddy Shine burps an intently-focussed album vacillating Phurpa-like throat music with airy cosmic ambience and folk drones in the 1st part, and segueing from languid raga-blues back to stereo-panned vocal meditations and calving cosmic noise in the 2nd part.
Chris Marker - La Jetee (Superior Viaduct) 1st ever pressing of Trevor Duncan’s enveloping OST, overlaid with French and English narrations, for Chris Marker’s award-winning sci-fi short, La Jetée (1962) - a main inspiration behind the classic ‘90s sci-fi, 12 Monkeys. Completely unmissable!!!
Gunnar Haslam - Lebesgue Measures (L.I.E.S) Gunnar Haslam mostly steers wide of standard 4/4 on a 3rd album of imaginative atmospheres and pointillist drum programming, entitled Lebesque Measures.
Konono N°1 - Konono N°1 meets Batida (Crammed Discs) Kinshasa, DRC’s Konono Nº1 fuse with Portugal’s Batida ensemble for a compelling, hybrid follow-up to Assume Crash Position (2010), but sadly, without their founder, Mingiedi Mawangu who died in 2015, aged 85. RIP.
Golden Teacher - First 3 EPs (Golden Teacher) Everyone’s favourite, funked-up weegies collate prime cuts from their trio of acclaimed early EPs for Optimo Music in one highly satisfying, party-stoking album - the only way you’ll own many of these on wax without forking out for 2nd hand original 12”s! A timeless, anachronistic synthesis of no wave punk funk, disco-no-disco and dubbed out tribalism, Golden Teacher distill the best traits of Liquid Liquid, Fela Kuti, Lee Perry and Arthur Russell to fulfill the exacting demands of Glasgow’s legendary party scene. Off their Bells From The Deep End debut, you’ll catch the infectious no wave disco jig Rashomon and the clipped boogie strut of Love Rocket rubbing up against aces from Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night such as the subbass-fuelled skank of Like A Hawk or the astral trajectories of Dringhouses, whilst the Party People / Love 12” provides big highlights in the Patrick Cowley-esque disco plumage of Love and the rolling, synth-fuelled breaks of Party People. Strongly recommended!
Kane Ikin - Modern Pressure (Type Recordings) With the unheimlich, anxious spaces of Modern Pressure, Melbourne’s Kane Ikin navigates a nightmarish variant of electronic music to provide Type with a cold, clammy come-down from the hardcore spills of Basic Rhythm’s Raw Trax. This imposed restraint has pared the artist’s aesthetic to a more vital, impending sound: rendering a world of glancing shadows and efficient, amorphous rhythms from an ever-decreasing sonic palette; pushing himself farther into an escapist’s abyss, but using streaks of electro-acoustic light, elusive field recordings and redemptive chord structures to keep us from falling off the rope. They’re not club tracks, but the sense of momentum is gripping...If you’re into ASC, Monolake, Raime, Pye Corner Audio or even 0PN, this one’s well worth checking out. 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Copeland & Gast - UKMerge (All Bone)

 Release date: 22 April 2016 Blunt's former Hype Williams cohort, Inga Copeland and John T. Gast also have new material on the way. They'll drop a two-tracker on All Bone, the follow-up to their 2013 collaborative 12-inch UKMerge / Strict. 

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RAIME - Tooth (Blackest Ever Black)

RAIME - Tooth (Blackest Ever Black) At bleeding’ last, Raime commit their 2nd album to Blackest Ever Black, and it’s every year worth the wait. Release date: 10 June 2016
Tooth is the result of a fastidious refinement process, chipping away any extraneous elements in order to drill right down to a personalised, uncompromising truth: respectfully consolidating a hive of reference points - the finest filaments of grime, jungle, gothic film soundtracks, and rocking industrial sci-fi - but always with a deeply unique style and pattern. Hewn from a trad set-up of hacking guitar, samples, and heavily processed drums (from source by Valetina Magaletti, who also played on Quarter Turns…), all helmed by asphyxiating bass pressure, the results were subsequently rinsed in post-production to an inch of their lives. The result is a future-proofed and achingly taut sound; one that acknowledges any flaws in their previous efforts and ascetically twists the screws to a water-tight, rasping, tongue-in-groove finish. Its eight unyielding tracks render filigree variations on that central theme, each focussed on a subtle yet keenly twisted sleight of syncopation from the opening Om-meets-Mala meditation of Coax to the rictus chatter and gasping stabs of Stammer at the final run out. The effect is wickedly jarring yet hypnotic, sustaining a vicious, duelling tension between fight or flight between those points; lulling us in with Sun City Girls-like mantra and Jah Shaka-style sub massage in Dead Heat’s arabesque whorl, before ratcheting the tension with a slow, tendon-twitching panic like Albini-meets-Source Direct in Hold Your Line, to lend a sense of temporary resolution with the glinting pads of Front Running. With Glassed they plumb the sweetspot between Rhythm & Sound, Senking and earliest Swans, but to be honest it all feels like it was leading up to the denouement of Cold Cain, arguably their master opus, parsing the gothic shiver of The Cure ('81 vintage) thru the gullet of ‘05 grime, buoyed off by thee sickest subs to effectively bury this sound beyond the reaches any comers. We can nary think of another contemporary band whose impact is so directly disproportionate to their empirical output as these arch, vantablack neeks: a lesson that could well be learnt by so many others. Tooth is a unit; a measure of beauty; an irregularity. 

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ANDY STOTT - Too Many Voices (Modern Love)

ANDY STOTT - Too Many Voices (Modern Love) Too Many Voices is the fourth album from Andy Stott, a follow-up to 2014’s Faith in Strangers. It was recorded over the last 18 months and sees a diverse spectrum of influences bleed into 9 tracks that are as searching as they are memorable. The album draws for inspiration from the fourth-world pop of Japan’s Yellow Magic Orchestra as much as it does Triton-fuelled Grime made 25 years later. Somewhere between these two points there’s an oddly aligned vision of the future that seeps through the pores of each of the tracks. It’s a vision of the future as was once imagined; artificial, strange and immaculate. Full of possibilities. The album opens with the harmonised, deteriorating pads of the opening Waiting For You and arcs through to the synthetic chamber-pop of the closing title track, referencing Sylvian & Sakamoto’s Bamboo Houses as much as it does the ethereal landscapes of This Mortal Coil and Dead Can Dance. In between, the climate and palette constantly shift, taking in the midnight pop of Butterflies, the humid, breathless House of First Night and the endlessly cascading Forgotten. Longtime vocal contributor Alison Skidmore features on half the tracks, sometimes augmented by the same simulated materials; voicing the dystopian breakdown on Selfish, at others surrounded by beautiful synth washes, such as on the mercurial Over, or the dreamy, neon-lit New Romantic. It’s all far removed from the digital synthesis and the abstracted intricacies that define much of the current electronic landscape. The same cybernetic palette is here implanted into more human form; sometimes cold, but more often thrumming with life.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Mundo Urbano #6 On Radio Quantica (15/04/2016)


01.Legowelt - Alien Abduction (Riverette)
02.Clay Rendering - River Without (Hospital Productions)
03.Basic Soul Unit - Jak'd Freq (Crème Organization)
04.Not Waving - I know I know I know (Diagonal)
05.FRAK - sudden haircut (Dark Entries)
06.DALHOUS - Response To Stimuli (Blackest Ever Black)
07.Klaus Schulze - Wahnfried 1883 (Brain)
08.eMMplekz - Ancient Weather Riffs (Mordant Music)
09.James T. Cotton - Sound of Winedrinking (Crème Organization)
10.Oliver Ho &  Danny Passarella - Forth (Passarella)
11.Micachu - Trip6love (with Tirzah) (DDS)
12.Autumns - Smother Me (Clan Destine Records)
13.Not Waving - Gutsy (Diagonal)
14.Shapednoise - Well-Being (Type Recordings)
15.Dedekind cut - American zen 1&2 (Hospital Productions)
16.DALHOUS - Ecstasy As A Mask Or A Shield ( Blackest Ever Black)
17.Story Of Isaac - Fading
18.Crisne - Hall of Wisdom ( Phantasma Disques)
19.KETEV - Linger (Where To Now?)

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

fonda acid - S s i k d R o w W

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sam Kidel - Disruptive Muzak (The Death Of Rave)

Sam Kidel - Disruptive Muzak (The Death Of Rave) Sam Kidel’s debut for The Death of Rave is little short of a modern ambient masterpiece. Following a celebrated debut for Entr’acte in 2015, the Young Echo and Killing Sound member’s sophomore solo album is a playful, emotive inversion and subversion of Muzak - that “background noise” variously known as “hold” music, “canned” music, or “lift” music - employing government call centre workers as unknowing agents in a dreamily detached yet subtly, achingly poignant 21 minute composition, backed with a DIY instrumental in case you, at home, want to get your phreak on. Drawing on research by the Muzak Corporation (the company who held the original license for their eponymous product), and his concurrent interests in the proto-internet technique of phreaking (experimenting or exploring telecommunication systems - Bill Gates used to do it, and thousands of kids have probably made a prank call at some point in their time), Sam played his music down the phone to the DWP and other departments, not speaking, but recording the recipient’s responses; subsequently rearranging them into the piece you hear before you. Aesthetically, the results utilise a range of compositional styles - ambient, electro-acoustic, aleatoric - and could be said to intersect modern classical, dub and vaporware, whilst also inherently revealing a spectrum of regional British accents rarely heard on record, or in this context, at least. But make no mistake; he’s not making fun at the expense of the call centre workers. Rather, he’s highlighting a dreamy melancholy and detachment in their tedious roles and tortuous, Kafkaesque systems, one known from first-hand experience. Disruptive Muzak may be rooted in academia, but it’s far from pretentious. We really don't want to give it all away, but the way in which he executes the idea, both musically and conceptually by the time the final receiver drops the line, is deeply emotive without being sentimental; making tacit comment on questioning our relationship with technology, economics and socio-politics in the UK right now: in the midst of right wing policy delivering swingeing benefits cuts and zero-hours contracts which damage those on the margins most, and a scenario where corporate composition and electronic sound form a blithely ubiquitous backdrop to capitalist realism. Highest recommendations from us!

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Peder Mannerfelt - Controlling Body

Peder Mannerfelt - Controlling Body (Peder Mannerfelt Produktion) Peder Mannerfelt saves his very best studio extractions for his private imprint with release of Controlling Body after myriad explorations divided between Ultimate Hits, Archives Intériéures, and Avian over the last 12 months. Featuring vocal contributions from Glasser, the album is experimental in structure, fleshed with coloured tones, and possessing a surreal in/human choir of processed voices - from cut-up reggae vox to ghost-in-the-machine sirens - he reorganises established elements of techno, electro, dub and pop like a tessellating rubik’s cube of idiosyncratic ideas and gestures. It’s arguably his strongest solo release to date, encompassing electro-acoustic rave hymns such as Building of the Mountain next to the duped techno step of Her Move before taking in the viscous ambient dancehall curves of BZ Reaction and ghostly dub drift recalling Pinkcourtesyphone in Coast to Coast. At its apex, the eerie gynoid sensuality of Limits to Growth marks this as something really special, and the rest doesn’t disappoint either, from the dank electro-acoustic chasm of Abysmal to the strobing techno twyster Perspectives and the experimental torch-song/synth-pop genius of I Love You. A real keeper, especially if you liked his work with Fever Ray or Roll The 
Dice, but fancied something farther out.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

TRUX - Trux (Office Recordings)


TRUX - Trux (Office Recordings) Office Recordings introduces Trux with Office 07, an extended EP tinged in a smokey blue hue of low-fidelity candour and aberrant compositions. Blankets of white noise and distortion, lap over renditions of hazey house, stripped synth arrangements, jungle breaks, and queer patterns. Nowness!

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Monday, April 04, 2016

Dedekind Cut - American Zen (Hospital Productions)

Dedekind Cut - American Zen (Hospital Productions) Comentários: American Zen finds its centre in quivering, pensive drones and fractured small sounds, but is rent with an oceanic sense of scale, deploying splashes of distant percussion, extreme panned vocal snippets and slowly escalating harmonic space perfused by crackling radiowaves and that intangible timbre of an old TV turned on somewhere, but you can’t quite pick out its location. It unfolds at a glacial pace in five parts, crossing lines/waves comparable with Chino Amobi & Rabit’s ultraviolent mixtape, the nostalgic Americana yearn of Torn Hawk, and even The Caretaker’s hallowed aether zones; perpetually out of reach, submerged or hardly there, but feeling as though he’s right there, breathing quietly in the background and watching you listen.Excellent stuff, perhaps the most interesting of Bannon’s releases we’ve heard so far.

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Simon Shreeve - The Healing Bowl (Downwards)


Simon Shreeve - The Healing Bowl (Downwards) (Killer nexus of D&B-informed techno rolige and dark ambient themes from Simon Shreeve, one half of Kryptic Minds, for his debut on Downwards. If you're into Regis, Demdike Stare, Raime etc - this is a must-check. Healing Bowl forms a timely collusion between an artist and label who’ve been converging on a mutual mesh of gutted D&B dynamics with techno tempos and dark ambient feels for some time now. It forms Simon Shreeves’ debut release under his birth name after more than a decade of releases as part of Kryptic Minds, and more recently his techno-leaning solo output as Mønic for Tresor. A match made in techno purgatory then, Healing Bowl metes out five pensile, nerve-pinched pieces defined by finely sculpted bass, shivering percussion and cranky concrète processing. Never showy, but with a nuanced atmospheric elegance and appreciation of proper body mechanics for the ‘floor or bedroom. A/SA falls down the trapdoor first with plummeting subs and spanked spring reverbs setting a crypt-like tone and spatial setting which bleeds thru into the title cut’s rolling swagger and strafing, daemonic silhouettes, before A Thousand and One locates and locks into a dank pocket of plasmic bass and spectral vocal recital. Sharuda follows with a ghostlier, eldritch pallor of melodic development giving rise to sepulchral harmonics amidst fizzing, prickly percussion and elliptic sub bass curves, yet the EP’s strongest dancefloor cut is saved for last with the elusive, entropic sound design of S/KA seeming to invert techno and D&B dynamics with vampiric lust and romance. Shreeve has evidently found an empathetic and steadfast partner in Downwards. Here’s to a lasting relationship.

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Alex Barnett - Chew From The Mind (Midwich)

Alex Barnett -  Chew From The Mind (Midwich) Comentários: Midwich is proud to present the full-length debut of Alex Barnett under his own name. Barnett is a Chicago-based electronic musician known for his work with dark ambient group Oakeater and collaborative work with Faith Coloccia in Barnett & Coloccia on Blackest Ever Black, in addition to a handful of cassettes and collaborative projects. Barnett's personal blend of sound design and composition comes from many hours building, repairing and breaking electronics. Chew From the Mind is a raw yet elegant synthesizer album that is surreal, beautiful and evocative of previous horror-score theme work, while expanding his sound toward more raw electronic influences. The album draws from a heady mixture of early new wave and synth-pop, ‘70s-era Miles Davis, science fiction literature and the past 15 years of the American underground. Within its thematic unity, Chew From the Mind paints a variety of scenarios, ranging from claustrophobic to vast, ethereal to rawly physical. The tracks were recorded and mixed in his home studio, employing a diverse set of drum machines and synthesizers in various states of functionality or development. Chew From the Mind is not only a defining statement for Alex Barnett, but for Midwich and the midwestern electronic underground. It is an alluring and addictive listen. "This record focuses on themes of consciousness: embracing my own human ineffectiveness and mutant qualities, exploring machine personality, contemplating the functions and malfunctions of the mind, and mapping the suspense of everyday life."--Alex Barnett

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Sunday, April 03, 2016

Body-san - Shining the Money Ball (1080p)

Body-san - Shining the Money Ball (1080p) Comentários:Smooth and vibe-focused marriage of electronic grooves and dank chords from Kansas City’s Brandon Knocke aka Body-san, following up a release on 100% Silk with 10 tracks colorized by human voices/conversations and landscapes. “Shining The Money Ball” has a polished, synthetic naturalism (lots of water and fauna vibes on these synths) and gets its sound inspiration from jazz-funk, 1970s & onward library music, and also creates a vague, unspecific but 'perfect crime' cinematic narrative.  In the past Knocke has released a fairly wide spectrum of electronic-based music under different names, notably as Discoverer for experimental-leaning labels like Digitalis (RIP) & VCO Recordings 
Body-san "PICKING UP STRANGE" from officialmichaelgreen on Vimeo.

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Kedr Livanskiy - January Sun (2MR)

Kedr Livanskiy - January Sun (2MR) Comentários: Russian Underground novelty with a bunch of ethereal dance tunes, cool stuff. If you are into Inga Coopeland and Maria Minerva and so on... check this out!

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KWC 92 - Iran

KWC 92 - Iran (L.I.E.S.) The L.I.E.S. release schedule looks particularly strong this spring, with slated albums from Inhalants and Gunnar Haslam amongst the highlights. There's also the small matter of this sublime set from returning heroes KWC 92, aka Born Free's Samo DJ and Top Nice man Max Stenerudh, whose debut full-length on Ron Morelli's back in 2013 remains a highlight of the L.I.E.S. discography. This eponymous set is as atmospheric and enlightening as they come, contrasting moments of cut glass ambience, dreamy electronica and Vangelis-like soundtrack fare, with occasionally grittier cuts to puncture the head-in-the-clouds mood. It's a brilliant blend that repeatedly delivers tracks of great quality, with highlights including the heart-aching, Eastern-goes-alien wonder of "NR6", and the widescreen, deep space bliss of "NR8".

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sophia Loizou - Singulacra (Kathexis)

Sophia Loizou - Singulacra (Kathexis) Bristol, England-based sound artist and producer Sophia Loizou presents Singulacra, the follow-up to her 2014 debut, Chrysalis, which is itself a staggering exploration of the conflict between nature and technology and the space between natural and synthetic sounds.
With Singulacra, Loizou builds on the framework of Chrysalis for her most ambitious offering to date. Ghostly remnants of hardcore and early jungle percolate throughout while fragments of radio transmissions seep in and out through tape-based processes and spectral processing, leaving the listener in a hauntingly beautiful landscape filled with both solidity and disintegration. 
Bringing back the times of pirate radio, almost like lost transmissions from beyond the grave, this work provides a sense of intimacy and familiarity during the contemporary full-speed acceleration toward unknown futures. Exploring its audiences' anxieties surrounding technological utopias while retaining an emphasis on nurturing human value when facing inhuman forces, Singulacra engages with the potential loss of human essence amid technological progress toward artificial intelligence. Ace!

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