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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

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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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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Folklore - Wounding Knife

FOLKLORE - Folktales 001
Label: Folk Tales
Cat: FOLKTALES 001. Rel: 28 Mar 16

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Monday, March 28, 2016

"THE ELECTRONIC MEDIUM" Excerpt of a lecture by Edgar Varèse (Curated by MMMOOONNNOOO)

«Excerpt of a lecture by Edgar Varèse  given at Yale University in 1962.» - Curated by MMMOOONNNOOO (Daniel Neves).
First of all I should like you to consider what I believe is the best definition of music, because it is all-inclusive: "the corporealization of the intelligence that is in sound," as proposed by Hoene Wronsky. If you think about it you will realize that, unlike most dictionary definitions which make use of such subjective terms as beauty, feelings, etc., it covers all music, Eastern or Western, past or present, including the music of our new electronic medium. Although this new music is being gradually accepted, there are still people who, while admitting that it is "interesting,"say, " but is it music?" It is a question I am only too familiar with. Until quite recently I used to hear it so often in regard to my own works, that, as far back as the twenties, I decided to call my music "organized sound" and myself, not a musician, but "a worker in rhythms, frequencies, and intensities." Indeed, to stubbornly conditioned ears, anything new in music has always been called noise. But after all what is music but organized noises? And a composer, like all artists, is an organizer of disparate elements. Subjectively, noise is any sound one doesn't like. 
Our new medium has brought to composers almost endless possibilities of expression,and opened up for them the whole mysterious world of sound. For instance, I have always felt the need of a kind of continuous flowing curve that instruments could not give me. That is why I used sirens in several of my works. Today such effects are easily obtainable by electronic means. In this connection it is curious to note that it is this lack of flow that seems to disturb Eastern musicians in our Western music. To their ears it does not glide, sounds jerky, composed of edges of intervals and holes and, as an Indian pupil of mine expressed it, "jumping like a bird from branch to branch." To them apparently our Western music seems to sound much as it sounds to us when a record is played backward. But playing a Hindu record of a melodic vocalization backward, I found that it had the same smooth flow as when played normally, scarcely altered at all.
The electronic medium is also adding an unbelievable variety of new timbres to our musical store, but most important of all, it has freed music from the tempered system, which has prevented music from keeping pace with the other arts and with science. Composers are now able, as never before, to satisfy the dictates of that inner ear of the imagination. They are also lucky so far in not being hampered by esthetic codification at least not yet! But I am afraid it will not be long before some musical mortician begins embalming electronic music in rules.
We should also remember that no machine is a wizard, as we are beginning to think, and we must not expect our electronic devices to compose for us. Good music and bad music will be composed by electronic means, just as good and bad music have been composed for instruments. The computing machine is a marvelous invention and seems almost superhuman. But, in reality, it is as limited as the mind of the individual who feeds it material. Like the computer, the machines we use for making music can only give back what we put into them. But, considering the fact that our electronic devices were never meant for making music, but for the sole purpose of measuring and analyzing sound, it is remarkable that what has already been achieved is musically valid. They are still somewhat unwieldy and time-consuming and not entirely satisfactory as an art-medium. But this new art is still in its infancy, and I hope and firmly believe, now that composers and physicists are at last working together, and music is again linked with science, as it was in the Middle Ages, that new and more musically efficient devices will be invented.
Below you can listen to one of his most famous electronic compositions:
Poème Électronique
Poème Électronique, written for the Philips Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. The Philips corporation commissioned Le Corbusier to design the pavilion, which was intended as a showcase of their engineering progress. Le Corbusier came up with the title Poème Électronique, saying he wanted to create a "poem in a bottle". Varèse composed the piece with the intention of creating a liberation between sounds and as a result uses noises not usually considered "musical" throughout the piece.
Documentary about the project:

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

RICHARD DAVIS - Methane Sea (reissue)

RICHARD DAVIS - Methane Sea (reissue) (Spanish Mission) Collectors repress of cinematic 1978 Proto-Electro/Techno/Synth-Pop-Electronic gem by Cybotron founder.

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STEPHEN O'MALLEY - End Ground (Ideal Recordings) End Ground forms the third and final installment in a series of records documenting the solo prowess of Sunn 0)))’s Stephen O’Malley released on Sweden’s iDEAL Recordings. It was performed on electric guitar thru Sunn model T amps, and captured on a zoom H4 at Centre Cultural Suisse, Bad Bonn Carte Blanche, Paris, France, on 18th October 2013. In solo mode, stripped of his usual accomplices and collaborators, O’Malley is no less than an elemental force. His durational meditations absorb and consume with steady-handed wave after wave of charred, sustained, and sub-harmonised chords casting the mesmerising minimalist practice of La Monte Young into the physicality of Black Sabbath’s original, heavy metal die. The A-side/first half of this 45 minute performance features O’Malley tentatively coaxing out languorous riffs which turn the air around him to a pensive, vibrating mush. As the 2nd half dawns he begins to deliver more crushing blows, drawing out and subsiding the chords with a patented, gut-wrenching and vivifying power that transcends rock, avant-garde, minimalism - all of that - to awaken dormant senses not usually experienced with other musics or concise temporality. As with many of the most affective heavy drone recordings by Sunn 0))), among others, a modicum of patience is required in order to attain the right state for reception, but once your mind and body are malleable, the impact is deliciously visceral, primal and whelming. Colour us blown away, once again. [Preview/Audio Snippets]

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Monday, March 21, 2016


First edition 2007 (Strange Life Holland) Mons Testaceum (Strange Life Holland) vinyl re-run on Mannequin Recordings, H.Dressel's (Minimal Rome Records Co-Founder) Mons Testaceum comes this beautifull archeological soundtrack with touches from, Tangerine Dream, Goblin (circa Byuo Omega) and 70s Japanese Space manga soundtracks and the typical roma Elka Synthex sound. Its dripping with Giallo juice! Highly Recommended!

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Mundo Urbano #5 On Radio Quantica, (18/03/2016)

Mundo Urbano #5 On Radio Quantica, (18/03/2016)

01.Angelo Badalamenti - Laura Palmer Theme
02.Upper Astral - Journey to the Edge of the Universe
03.Roly Porter - Known Space
04.Shackleton - In Norwegen Ganz Verwegen
05.Fatima Al Qadiri - Aftermath
06.Shapednoise - The Man From Another Place
07.Shady P - X Is Whole
08.Marshall Applewhite - Prostrate
09.Gregor Garnutsi - Access Granted
10.Shackleton - Cast The Die
11.Vakula - The Wombflash Forest
12.Maoupa Mazzocchetti - I'll Have The Meat But Not The Teeth
13.Orphan Swords - Astaroth
14.Glass Theeth - Flesh palace
15.Roly Porter - In Flight
16.Colored Music - Heartbeat
17.Jean-Luc Ponty - Individual Choice
18.Effetto Joule - Robespierre (12'' Extended Version)

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

VIOLET POISON - All Are Welcome In The House Of Lust

VIOLET POISON -  All Are Welcome In The House Of Lust (Candela Rising) The Italian serves up 4 tracks of analogue Proto-Techno... The style can be defined as techno of an esoteric nature with elements from 90’s warehouse material mixed with VHS horror movie aesthetics. Moans, groans, whips and desire can be felt throughout the record with a lustful theme running throughout. Violet Poison's trademark post-punk aesthetic and industrialism are in fine form for 007 with shades of rhythmic noise, experimental dark ambient and power electronics...

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

MATER SUSPIRIA VISION - Antropophagus (The Giallo Disco remixes)

MATER SUSPIRIA VISION - Antropophagus (The Giallo Disco remixes) (Giallo Disco) For those not in the know Mater Suspria Vision are one of last remaining first wave of Witch House, proceed without prejudice, MSV were a truly bizarre one of a kind group. Combining Cosmic style with early Krautrock experimentation, bootleg VHS and a wild sense of humour, MSV have been one of our favourite groups for a long time. We’ve taken their last LP Antropophagus and run it through the Giallo Disco filter, featuring remixes by Xander Harris, Parasols AKA Ali Renault, Antoni Maiovvi and Vercetti Technicolor. Mastered by Alek Stark, Art by Eric Lee and Giorgio Anselmi. 

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Monday, February 22, 2016


OLIVER HO /DANNY PASSARELLA - Multi (Passarella) The 2nd release on Passarella Records is “an exploration of gender and growth, moving between he superficially binary genders, creating new identities through this process”. Male enters on a carpet of dry iced synths, possessed by drifting ghost-in-the-machine voices and spare, Far Eastern sounding percussion, beside the drily spacious Linn hits and drifting chorales of Female which could almost be taken from some Forced Nostalgia reissue. With Back they evacuate the mind into a cold, spherical echo chamber, and really grasp something out of the darkness with jagged strings and pensive, cinematic story-telling in Forth.

Oliver Ho & Danny Passarella - MULTI from Rufus Ho on Vimeo.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Mundo Urbano Episode #4 on Radio Quantica, Feb 19, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

HEALING FORCE PROJECT - Gravitational Lensing

HEALING FORCE PROJECT - Gravitational Lensing (Firecracker Recordings) Comentários: In this guise, Italy’s Antonio Marini is responsible for a string of celebrated releases spread across Berceuse Heroique, Nous, and Bedouin Records, a.o., and now commits his finest yet to Edinburgh’s Firecracker Recordings. Gravitational Lensing is a fluidly immersive suite of polymetric time signatures knitted with bubbling electro-acoustic abstraction and drones to sound like some parallel dimension mirror of electric-era Miles Davis, 23 Skidoo’s worldly jazz-funk and the kind of psychedelic atmospheres practised by Gruppo d’Improvvisazione. It’s what Squarepusher could have sounded like if he hadn’t spiralled into fretless frappery; instead working a tuff but super loose funk from dry, cracking drum machines and sparring breakbeats knitted with eyes-shut chord progressions and a seemingly mystic sampler that spits pure magick vibes. For the dancers, astro-jazz-nauts and DJs, this is a bit of a no brainer. Highly recommended!

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

New York Noise: Dance Music From The New York Underground 1977-1982

“This is the new 2016 edition of Soul Jazz Records' long out of print first New York Noise collection, Dance Music From The New York Underground 1978-82. New York Noise is the story of the intersection between experimental dance music and art in downtown New York. This ground-breaking release gave rise to a series of three albums featuring the likes of Snatch, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Sonic Youth, Ut, Jim Jarmusch and many more downtown figures as well as a deluxe photography book that featured everyone from David Byrne to Madonna (now out-of-print). This new 2015 edition features classic New York post-punk, punk funk and no wave tracks from Arthur Russell/Dinosaur L, James White and the Contortions, The Theoretical Girls, Mars, Konk, Material, Bush Tetras, Lizzy Mecrier Descloux as well as new tracks by Alan Vega (Suicide), Chain Gang and Implog.” listen samples

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

KERRIDGE - Fatal Light Attraction

KERRIDGE - Fatal Light Attraction (Downwards) Kerridge returns to Downwards in 2016 with the custom-built electronics of Fatal Light Attraction following last year’s incursions on his own Contort label. The project premiered at Berlin’s Atonal 2015 edition, featuring Kerridge working alongside Andrej Boleslavsky & Maria Júdová to create an intense, kinetic shadowplay synched as an illusive counterpart to the music and performance. As Kerridge’s 3rd long player, it marks a more fluid, or effluent, refinement of his sound, blurring the boundaries between organic audio sources and custom-constructed synths to flooding the senses with waves of bristling, oxidising industrial tones and coruscating texturhythm seemingly intent on separating flesh from bone. It’s evil stuff, all seven tracks of it, forming a closed feedback system of guttural, choking frequencies and cardiac arrhythymatics..

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Monday, February 01, 2016

MMMOOONNNOOO - M.U. Podcast #90 (Fev 2016)

MMMOOONNNOOO (Daniel Neves) «the experimental drone project started in Lisbon in 2010. Threads of his favourites – Autechre, Demdike Stare and Flying Lotus – creep into view. Meanwhile, strains of other influences such as The Velvet Underground are found in Crua, his robust shoegaze trio». Also give a listen to MMMOOONNNOOO's "The Act In Between" album and is special "Unknown Presets Sleep Emission on Radio Quantica"Facebook | Soundcloud

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Suzanne Ciani - Voices of Packaged Souls Part II

Suzanne Ciani is a pioneer in electronic music and one of the few women to blaze a trail in the genre. She received classical music training at Wellesley College and obtained her M.A. in music in 1970 at University of California at Berkeley where she met and was influenced by the idiosyncratic synthesizer designer Don Buchla. In 1974 she formed her own company, Ciani/Musica, and, using a Buchla Analog Modular Synthesizer, began scoring television commercials for Coca-Cola, Merrill Lynch, AT&T and General Electric. Continue reading...

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