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Forced Exposure New Releases for the Week of 5/18/2020

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New music is due from Vladislav Delay, Tilman Robinson, and Coastlines, while old music is due from Luomo, Bill Orcutt & Michael Morley, and Gas.

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3000 GRAD RECORDS (GERMANY)
3000SPEC 001CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: 3000SPEC 001CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DOUGLAS GREED Angst CD
After half a decade of wait, Berlin-based producer Douglas Greed makes his long-awaited return with Angst -- the ten-track follow-up to his 2014 album released on BPitch Control, Driven (BPC 288CD/LP). Fruit of a transitional period that's seen him go through all kinds of creative ups-and-downs, Angst refers to the inherent ambivalence attached to the sentiment of fear. In Douglas's case, fear -- though crippling at times -- is also what makes him tick; the catalyst force that pushes him to outdo and reinvent himself so constantly. Born out of the hope to find that crucial innocence of his younger music-loving self again, Angst finds Douglas brushing a ten-part tableau of warmly atmospheric, quietly nostalgic pieces, in the tradition of his previous releases for BPitch, Freude Am Tanzen, 3000 Grad, et al -- whether solo or under his parallel project Yeah But No alongside Fabian Kuss and Eating Snow with Mooryc. Infused with the refined pop sensibility that's become trademark to his sound, the album reels out a soul-fulfilling narrative that very much feels like a second wind; deftly swinging the pendulum betwixt sun-streaked melodies, transporting emotional crescendos and intricately woven textural membranes to lose yourself into. Starting off with the sense-awakening and supremely resilient electro-pop of "Roll With The Punches", featuring Joy Wellboy on vocals, whose upcoming LP was co-produced by Douglas, the album alternates dynamic highlights -- from the jazz and trip-hop-indebted "The Taste of Dust" to the Border Community-esque trancey charm of "Everybody Wants To Live In A Mansion" -- and wistfully enticing cuts like "The Few", "Numbers" (both songs with vocals by Odd Beholder) or the polyphonic chimes and brass-laden roller "Random Groove". As its title suggests, Angst also cuts a wide window open into Douglas's bruises and introspective leaning, shining with maximal depth on the thoroughly intimate coming-out of "Wie Man Unsterbliche Tiere Züchtet" and "Fight For You", where day-to-day anxieties give birth to larger-than-life narrative arcs and corollas. The ironically airwaves-ready closer "Not Afraid" with Joy Wellboy makes for the vanishing point of Douglas' full-length journey, but no ending to it by any means. It's a gift that keeps on giving.
3000SPEC 001LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: 3000SPEC 001LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DOUGLAS GREED Angst LP
LP version. After half a decade of wait, Berlin-based producer Douglas Greed makes his long-awaited return with Angst -- the ten-track follow-up to his 2014 album released on BPitch Control, Driven (BPC 288CD/LP). Fruit of a transitional period that's seen him go through all kinds of creative ups-and-downs, Angst refers to the inherent ambivalence attached to the sentiment of fear. In Douglas's case, fear -- though crippling at times -- is also what makes him tick; the catalyst force that pushes him to outdo and reinvent himself so constantly. Born out of the hope to find that crucial innocence of his younger music-loving self again, Angst finds Douglas brushing a ten-part tableau of warmly atmospheric, quietly nostalgic pieces, in the tradition of his previous releases for BPitch, Freude Am Tanzen, 3000 Grad, et al -- whether solo or under his parallel project Yeah But No alongside Fabian Kuss and Eating Snow with Mooryc. Infused with the refined pop sensibility that's become trademark to his sound, the album reels out a soul-fulfilling narrative that very much feels like a second wind; deftly swinging the pendulum betwixt sun-streaked melodies, transporting emotional crescendos and intricately woven textural membranes to lose yourself into. Starting off with the sense-awakening and supremely resilient electro-pop of "Roll With The Punches", featuring Joy Wellboy on vocals, whose upcoming LP was co-produced by Douglas, the album alternates dynamic highlights -- from the jazz and trip-hop-indebted "The Taste of Dust" to the Border Community-esque trancey charm of "Everybody Wants To Live In A Mansion" -- and wistfully enticing cuts like "The Few", "Numbers" (both songs with vocals by Odd Beholder) or the polyphonic chimes and brass-laden roller "Random Groove". As its title suggests, Angst also cuts a wide window open into Douglas's bruises and introspective leaning, shining with maximal depth on the thoroughly intimate coming-out of "Wie Man Unsterbliche Tiere Züchtet" and "Fight For You", where day-to-day anxieties give birth to larger-than-life narrative arcs and corollas. The ironically airwaves-ready closer "Not Afraid" with Joy Wellboy makes for the vanishing point of Douglas' full-length journey, but no ending to it by any means. It's a gift that keeps on giving.
AGOGO RECORDS (GERMANY)
AR 135LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: AR 135LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
ASTATKE & BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE, MULATU To Know Without Knowing LP
LP version. To Know Without Knowing, Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience's album, is their second together. A grooving transcontinental gem, recorded in Melbourne, Australia, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Filled with the warmth of the mentorship and friendship of their creative partnership honed over a decade of performing together in Africa, Australia, and UK/Europe. Mulatu Astatke is the father of Ethio-jazz and one of Africa's most influential and enduring musical figures. Black Jesus Experience is a community of artists, centered around a twelve-piece global-funk-machine born of Australia's vibrant multiculturalism. Mulatu and Black Jesus Experience met in Addis Ababa in 2009, embarking on both a musical relationship and a friendship that has led Mulatu Astake to describe Black Jesus Experience as, "My favorite backing band" and, "...they're family." Mulatu's great contribution to music has been to combine Jazz and funk grooves with Ethiopia's distinctive pentatonic scales. His musical genius is the sensuality and sophistication with which Mulatu contrasts these minimalist scales with richly chromatic harmony. But Mulatu's equally great contribution has been to share both his enduringly unique modernity and Ethiopia's timelessly spiritual music with the world. Black Jesus Experience treasure the special relationship of generosity, mentorship and collaboration they have been privileged to share with this master musician. To Know Without Knowing is the product of this gift.
ATOMNATION (NETHERLANDS)
ATMV 076EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: ATMV 076EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MILIO Afterglow 12"
Milio is one half of the duo Tunnelvisions. His solo debut EP is the result of experimenting with sequencers, tape machines, and wires. The four tracks meander in the deep house and melodic techno genres. The last bits of the mix and recordings are done at the prestigious W2 studios that host producers from all over the world.
AXIS
AX 086LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: AX 086LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MILLSART Every Dog Has Its Day Vol. 6 2LP
Jeff Mills continues the Every Dog Has Its Day series under his Millsart moniker with his second edition of 2020. Following Vol. 5 (AX 085LP), Vol. 6 is a double LP set with nine tracks. Prior to Vol. 5, the last installment came out in the early 2000s, just enough time for a periodical cicada to emerge from the ground, finished with its former life as a nymph. The series itself has acted as a barometer of the times, and Mills feels, after a long layoff, it's time to rehash his Millsart persona and gauge the here and now, and where it fits in. Red cover.
BASSIANI RECORDS (GEORGIA)
BAS 003LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: BAS 003LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
TRIPEO Green Is The New Red 2LP
Tripeo raises a voice for change on his new album Green Is the New Red. "The great thing about (electronic) music is that it's the most universal art form there is", says the Dutch producer. "It transcends lingual and cultural barriers more than any other cultural expression and can be a catalyst for change." The sound of the coming revolution is manifold: Starting off with "Hope In The Dark", a soft melody unfolds. "Shifting The Overtone Window" stands out as the most bass-heavy track, with techno as its musical blueprint. Further into the album, "Fridays For Future", the artist openly states his sympathy with the global youth movement. His vision for the protest is lo-fi in sound and courageous in mood. Never angry, this album creates urgency without uttering a word.
BE WITH RECORDS (UK)
BEWITH 012EP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: BEWITH 012EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
52ND STREET Look Into My Eyes/Express 12"
In answer to the question, "who put the dance into Factory Records?" Be With would like to refer to FAC 59. Working with founding member Tony Henry, the label is honored to present a reissue of 52nd Street's crucial debut single Look Into My Eyes/Express. Originally released on Factory Records in summer 1982, this 12" is a double-sider in the truest sense -- unrivalled Manchester jazz-funk-boogie-soul. Both "Look Into My Eyes" and "Express" came out of a five-day recording session in the spring of 1982 at Revolution Studios in Cheadle Hulme, just outside Manchester. Rob Gretton had just signed the band to Factory, snatching them from under the noses of RCA and WEA Records, who had been sniffing around and seemingly ignoring Tony Wilson's concerns that Factory might not be the right home for a black soul act. The band, were put in the studio with A Certain Ratio's drummer Donald Johnson producing the sessions. The band also found themselves with an interesting new member; the finished record credits synth and F/X to a mysterious "Be Music". Turns out that's Bernard Sumner. Henry explains that bringing Bernard in was another part of Gretton's plan, "Barney was a real soul boy at heart and had always wanted to produce and work with black artists -- with 52nd Street, he was an honorary member". "Look Into My Eyes" is a strutting, rich, soul-gliding piece of funk with bass and guitar high in the mix above twisted, bubbling synths, like Nile and Barney drenched outside the Haçienda that first summer. The hypnotic, naïve-cum-insouciant vocals from Beverley McDonald only add to the track's charm. On the flip, "Express" is sheer drama on wax -- all bold keys, synth brass blasts, insistent bells, and a galloping groove giving *that rush* atop a bassline to die for -- blistering heat. The 12" was Paul Morley's single of the week in the NME but his approval did little to get daytime radio play or to sell the record when it was released. "Look Into My Eyes" and "Express" come from a chapter of the history of Factory Records that no-one seems to have gotten around to writing. Working with Tony to reissue the original 12" is the start of putting that right; the story of 52nd Street is more than just a footnote.
BEWITH 014EP
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: BEWITH 014EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SASS Much Too Much 12"
Be With hereby presents aural perfection in the form of Much Too Much by Sass. This 12" has just the right amount of everything, whether talking about the vocal or the instrumental. And that's as true now as it was when it was originally released, back in 1982. In 1981 The Jack Sass Band, as they were known, were still working the NYC club circuit. Produced by the band's vocalist Mic Murphy, who also wrote the track along with fellow band member LaForrest Cope, the band needed just one session to capture "Much Too Much". The recording studio just so happened to be run by Silvio Tancredi; when the tracks were finished, he offered to put them out on his 25 West label. The vocal version and an instrumental mix were released as a 12" the following year. Mic tells us this meant Sass "were one of the few bands to have a record release while still playing on the club circuit; the reaction exceeded our expectations at the time". According to Mic Much Too Much was something a little different from the band's live sound at the time, "it was more R&B/smoothed out than the funk/rock we usually leaned into". Indeed, the track glides with grace, poise, and patience. The elegant, easy tempo, combined with the magnificent melody and Mic's signature sublime vocal, conjures magic. The blend of deep boogie-funk power and heavenly sweetness is both infectious and goosebump-inducing. On the flip-side, the instrumental slaps harder; without Mic's vocal it's just pure groove, with nothing to stop vibing all night: the bassline, the drums, and the melody still connect. Hard. Pick a side, there's no losing. Working directly with Mic Murphy means that the audio for the re-issue of the classic 12" comes from the original tapes. Cut at 45 RPM and released in a plain sleeve, this record is well up to the job of having a permanent place in every DJ's bag; this is essential stuff. Mic on how much it means to him to have "Much To Much" re-issued: "It's an amazing feeling to have something you created almost 40 years ago still have relevance and even more amazing to be considered among the Northern Soul boogie anthems. And it's especially important to me that we're available again on vinyl."
BEWITH 080LP
PRICE: $36.50
CAT #: BEWITH 080LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
COASTLINES Coastlines 2LP
Coastlines is the self-titled long player from the new Japanese production unit of DJ and producer Masanori Ikeda and solo artist, session musician, and Cro-Magnon keyboard player, Takumi Kaneko. Masanori and Takumi have been part of the Japanese dance music scene for years and Coastlines was born out of their working together on soundtracks for video projects. The pair wanted to make laid-back listening music for now, laying Takumi's playful keys over Masanori's widescreen Balearic jazz-fusion to conjure beautiful and breathtaking "coastlines". A couple of two-track 7"s put out in late 2018 and early 2019 on Japanese house music label Flower Records soon sold out. Those four tracks were expanded to a full album of music, "a joyous, relaxing, summery soundtrack for everyone's after hours wind down" that was released just in time for summer. The album opens in the horizontal with the sophisticated, cocktails-by-the-pool groove of "Sunset Reflection". Their re-imagining of Ralph MacDonald's "East Dry River" removes all the original's bells and whistles (quite literally) and re-gears it with a subtle Balearic chug -- a percussive gem. "Coastline" is a beach-jazz noodle. "Drifting Ice" is as chilled and glacial as its title would suggest, yet Masanori's head-nod slo-mo house beats throb not far below the surface. "My Fire" is another soft killer, all swelling, swirling organ over muted kicks and snares. A pair of insistent tunes of the deeply Balearic variety raise the tempo, but not by too much of course. On "Woods And My Guitar" a half-heard vocal refrain breathes life into the synthetic xylophone and guitar. Deft piano-work turns "Half Moon Shadow" into lounge-house for the sophisticated beach bum. The self-assured re-work of Azymuth's "Last Summer In Rio" is arguably the album's centerpiece. Ten minutes of casually propulsive slapped bass, steel pans, and slick '80s soul beats. Cue the steel drum interlude of "Maracas Bay" before album closer "Down Town" transitions one with a shuffling, string-hinted hit of ethereal, euphoric piano bliss. Gentle disco for the new decade. Among the nods to revered Japanese artists like Hiroshi Sato, Sakamoto, and Casiopea, there are also hints of Marcos Valle and Mtume, of the aforementioned Azymuth. "The production though is very much now, not then. Not retro, just proper". Coastlines was originally a CD release only available in Japan, with HMV putting out a super-limited, Japanese Record Store Day vinyl version. Mastered by Simon Francis and cut by Pete Norman, Edition of 500, pressed at Record Industry.
BEDROOM COMMUNITY (ICELAND)
HVALREKI 016LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: HVALREKI 016LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ROBINSON, TILMAN CULTURECIDE LP
Tilman Robinson's third album, CULTURECIDE, is an investigation of the anthropocene; a seven-part lamentation for our chaotic world. Tilman Robinson is an Australian composer and sound designer creating electro-acoustic music across a range of genres including classical minimalism, improvised, experimental, electronic, and ambient. Tilman's diverse output focuses on the psychological impact of dense sound employing acousmatic and psychoacoustic principles. CULTURECIDE: "...processes that have usually been purposely introduced that result in the decline or demise of a culture, without necessarily resulting in the physical destruction of its bearers." --D Stein CULTURECIDE is a rich sonic collage, harvesting sounds from a range sources including field recordings, medical machines that monitor the human body, traditional instruments, and synthesizers, often melted electronically. The result is an unsettling paradox with sounds constantly on the edge of recognition. Each piece references a specific socio-political issue ranging from colonialism to neo-liberalism to climate change and the impending singularity of humans and machines. Far from an answer to these questions, CULTURECIDE invites listeners to meditate on their place in life and approach personal understanding. Recorded and produced almost completely in Australia, a land at the forefront of the devastation of climate change, CULTURECIDE was an attempt at catharsis for its author frequently appalled at his country's incredible apathy and inaction. Mixed by Bedroom Community regular Daniel Rejmer and mastered by Lawrence English, works from the ambitious and unsettling record saw Tilman nominated for the 2019 Melbourne Prize for Music.
BLACK TRUFFLE (AUSTRALIA)
BT 061CD
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: BT 061CD
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
LUCIER, ALVIN String Noise 2CD
Continuing Black Truffle's series of releases documenting the recent work of legendary American experimental composer Alvin Lucier, String Noise presents three major works for violin solo and duo composed between 2004 and 2019. Lucier has developed his compositions in close collaboration with many instrumentalists over the years; the three works presented here are performed by the violinists for whom they were originally written, Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris, who together make up the innovative violin duo String Noise, and have premiered works by a plethora of major figures in contemporary music. The long-form compositions presented here continue Lucier's life-long exploration of acoustic phenomena, drawing on aspects of some of his most well-known compositions and extending them into new instrumentation. "Tapper" (2004) extends the experiments with echolocation -- gathering information about an environment by listening to the echoes of sounds produced within it -- that Lucier began with his classic 1969 work Vespers, where performers explore a space equipped with hand-held pulse oscillators. Here, the same principle is put into practice for solo violin, the body of which the performer taps repeatedly with the butt end of the bow while moving around the performance space. The result is a subtly shifting web of echoes and resonances produced by the reflection of the sharp tap off the surfaces of the room (in this case, the Drawing Center in New York). In "Love Song" (2016), two violinists are connected by a long wire stretched between the bridges of their instruments, causing the sounds played on one violin to also be heard through the other. As the two violinists play long tones using only the open E string, they move in a circular motion around the performance space, thus changing the tension of the wire, which creates a remarkable array of variations in pitch and timbre ranging from ghostly wavering pitches reminiscent of a singing saw to near-electronic tones. In "Halo" (2019), one or more violinists walk slowly through the performance space in a zig-zag pattern while sustaining long tones. As in "Tapper", the consistent sound production reveals the sonic properties of the environment. As the title of the piece suggests, the outcome is a shimmering halo of sound produced by the reflection of the violin's extended tones off the walls and ceiling of the performance space (in this case, Alvin's home). Deluxe four-panel digipak with liner notes by Alvin Lucier, live images and artist bios. Sleeve design by Lasse Marhaug. Mastered by Tom Hamilton.
COSMO RHYTHMATIC (GERMANY)
COSMO 011LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: COSMO 011LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VLADISLAV DELAY Rakka LP
On his adventurous first new album in five years, Vladislay Delay renders an extreme ecology of electronic sound inspired by time spent above the arctic circle, surrounded by tundra and the raw force of nature and visually given life by Ripatti's wife, Antye Greie-Ripatti, aka AGF. Although it features no location recordings, Rakka clearly imparts its theme thru a riveting palette of weathered textures, unyielding rhythms and the kind of reverberating, widescreen sound design that's defined his catalog of cult, contemporary music since the late '90s. While Vladislav been notably absent from release schedules in recent years -- aside from working on the soundtrack to The Revenant (2015) recording with Sly & Robbie in 2018 -- this new album is surely a bracing reminder of his knack for creating utterly immersive environments at the poles of ambient, dub, and noise. Inspired by the struggle to survive in unforgiving conditions, the music patently resembles a number of styles associated with music from northerly latitudes. Elemental traces of Scandinavian black metal, Pan Sonic or Deathprod-like power electronics and Thomas Köner-esque ambient isolationism are all detectable in the album's brutal panoramas, and evidently speak to a shared conception of the extreme Arctic's uncontrolled and uncorrupted wilds, and their frighteningly magnetic sort of push/pull on the senses. Titled in Vladislav's typically alliterative style, the tracks cascade in aggressive iterations of gravel-swilled rhythm and tonal attrition. The barely-harnessed might of opener, "Rakka" triggers a chain reaction on events that follows into a sort of blast-beaten ambience in "Raajat", and what sounds like throttled blvck metvl vocals meshed with flashcore in "Rakkine", whilst "Rampa" hammers home a martial noise techno tattoo, and the final couplet take this sound to its logical end-of-earth degrees with breathtaking form. Rakka is certain to both reaffirm and upend what listeners know and love about Vladislav Delay, while firmly galvanizing his sound for an unsure future. Mastered at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Artwork by LCR.
DARKER THAN WAX (SINGAPORE)
DTW 058EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: DTW 058EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Bodyclock Vol. 1 12"
Returning to the label's dancefloor roots, Bodyclock is a natural extension of Darker Than Wax's DNA -- a foray into the late-night club sounds that defined their sound. The freshly minted series represents the Singaporean label's primary outlet for dance floor burners and machine soul, shedding light on a new school of producers from around the globe and at the same time paying homage to the pioneers who laid the foundations for us. A celebration of Afro-futurism that is ever-present in the consciousness of dance, Bodyclock is built for the nocturnal beings and discerning selectors that push this timeless tradition forward. This first volume brings together five producers across four continents -- Teymori from Australia, NYC's Malik Hendricks, label mainstay Ricky Razu from Belgium, as well as Darker Than Wax co-founder Kaye and up-and-comer Halal Sol from Singapore. Establishing both facets of the Bodyclock sound, Side A features two vocal-led soulful excursions, while the flip brings three unabashedly jacking cuts to light the floor on fire. This is only the beginning -- Bodyclock is coming with an onslaught of twelve-inches and EPs, distilling our sonic outlook and looking to the future. Also features Jace XL and Most Golden.
DEFECTIVE RECORDS
DEFECTIVE 032LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: DEFECTIVE 032LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Electronic Mutations From Beyond 2LP
A retrospective of the Defective Records catalog, from 1994-1998. This release marks the reemergence of this acclaimed label from the "golden age" of techno, and which was the original home for several featured artists who went on to garner significant accolades (e.g. Mike Parker, Solar X, Glitch, DJ Who, etc.) All tracks, now long out-of-print, have been remastered by Schnittstelle, and beautifully released in double-LP, gatefold package. Features Mike Parker, O.H.M., Solar X, DJ Who, Cyber Complex, Pure Gamma, Glitch, and Telekinetic Soulmate.
DIAL (GERMANY)
DIAL 043LP
PRICE: $28.50
CAT #: DIAL 043LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SOELA Genuine Silk LP
Dial welcomes Soela to be the first album release in 2020, the 20th anniversary year of the label and the latest addition to their artist's roster. Soela's debut album Genuine Silk is an exploration into the deepest shades contemporary and house music and ambient. With a continuous stream of essential compositions, Soela creates a mesmerizing undertow of enchanting atmospheres and moods. Soela, aka Elina Shorokhova, is a wanderer, passing through cities, clubs, landscapes, and genres that all left unmistakable traces on this release. Genuine Silk marks the end of a three-year long journey that started in Rostov-on-Don and ultimately led to a new life for her in Berlin. Three years that saw acclaimed and celebrated releases on record labels like Kompakt, Detroit Underground, and Nerang Recordings. Edition of 500; no repress.
ECSTATIC
ELP 048LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: ELP 048LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
PRIMITIVE WORLD The Revolt Of Aphrodite LP
Primitive World mines obscure and vibrant paths on this strong new LP for Ecstatic, inspired once again by the forgotten sci-fi novels of Lawrence Durrell and finding a curious lane somewhere between Alva Noto and cubist UK funky rhythms. Throwing himself into bouts of taut, fractious, and probing electronics on his sophomore LP, The Revolt Of Aphrodite, Sam Wills uses the same palette as found on his White On White (ELP 033LP, 2018) -- PPG Wave, Kurzweil K250, Emulator 4, and Lexicon 224 -- albeit with a finer manipulation of form. Oscillating between the Alva Noto/Anne-James Chaton-esque minimalism of "All This Vulgar Data", to the cubist UK funky rhythms in "Iolanthe Dances" and Dego-like broken beats in "Skins Plastered With White Lead", you end up in the curdled electronic sensuality on "The Foetus Of a Love Song" which gives the album a deftly imaginative and playful dimension that stands in contrast to the homogeneity of much of modern electronic music's all-too-often blinkered dreams. Following a similar process that was applied to the visual cues of overlooked British constructivist Marlow Moss in his 2018 debut, and recent lysergic rescoring of Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987), Sam Willis employs a strategy of in/direct references to Durrell's seminal '60s sci-fi diptych The Revolt of Aphrodite -- comprising the novels Tunc and Nunquam -- in an absorbing re-imagining of its scenes, rendered in a mix of electronic shrapnel, craftily disrupted UK club rhythms, and stuttering vocaloids. The original books' themes of "Nietzschean psycho-sexual satire", and their acerbic, bawdy, densely allusive text, serve to push Primitive World toward more complex drum programming/editing and a finer spectrum of timbres in order to best transpose the stories into music. Set against a backdrop of the May 1968 general strike in Paris, the books address notions of multiplicity and contingency, and a preoccupation with structure and "cause and effect" that Primitive World reflects in the music's mazy narration and his poetic embrace of literary/musical license. Where modern electronic music too often arrives at the same aesthetic conclusions inspired by iconic work from William Gibson or Asimov, Durrell's influence provides something altogether new to the absorbingly otherworldly. RIYL: Alva Noto, Dego, Russel Haswell. Cover painting by Daniel John Willis; Photo by Sam Willis, design by Alessio Natalizia. Cut at Dubplates & Matering, Berlin. Edition of 300.
ESP-DISK
ESPDISK 5026CD
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: ESPDISK 5026CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
DICKEY, WHIT Morph 2CD
Whit Dickey has been a quiet but brilliant presence on the New York avant-jazz scene since his discographical debut in 1991 on the legendary Matthew Shipp Trio album, Circular Temple (1992). In concert and on recordings in groups led by Shipp, David S. Ware, Ivo Perelman, Joe Morris, and Rob Brown, he built a reputation for distinctively space-filled, subtle rhythmic support, even as he was perfectly capable of muscling up when the music called for it. For some of the people he plays with, three decades yield dozens of releases as a leader, but the present release -- his first on ESP-Disk' -- is just Dickey's 13th at the helm after one in the '90s, seven in the '00s (including groups The Nommonsemble and Trio Ahxoloxha), and four in the recently concluded decade. The musician Dickey has most frequently teamed with is Shipp, and here they are again in a pair of contexts, the first disc a duo, the second a trio with the addition of Nate Wooley. ESP-Disk' quickly understood why Dickey has released relatively few albums as a leader: he is incredibly demanding of himself. There were multiple sessions by each configuration heard here, not to mention a quartet as well; Dickey kept going back into the studio, pushing himself to greater heights until he was finally satisfied. ESP-Disk' got so confused about it that the recording date of the first disc is incorrectly listed in the physical album's packaging; the correct date is listed above.
FASTEN MUSIQUE (JAPAN)
FASTEN 014EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: FASTEN 014EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
FERRO Out of Me EP 12"
Fasten Musique welcome a resident DJ of VBX and A&R of the record label Ferro to their label family for their 14th release. Three original minimal tracks, strong and pure, which will surely hit on the dancefloor. Vinyl only.
KOMPAKT (GERMANY)
KOM 370-4LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: KOM 370-4LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
GAS Oktember LP
Oktember is the second EP release under Wolfgang Voigt's mythical GAS project (it follows Modern on Profan, 1995). The two compositions were originally released in 1999 on Mille Plateaux, and then reissued partially in 2016 on GAS BOX. Oktember is finally released on Voigt's own label Kompakt, pressed on 180 gram vinyl in its original artwork. This reissue features "Tal 90" (instead of the original A side) -- a predecessor to the GAS project originally recorded in 1990 under the alias TAL, it was released as a part of the Pop Ambient 2002 collection (KOM 050LP/KOMP 014CD). With its sampled strings, horns and guitars, "Tal 90" soundtracks a more uplifting side to what is typically accustomed to being the sound of GAS. The title track "Oktember" is a dense, hypnotic affair that conjures a unique vision of dub techno that few have been able to replicate. A monumental soundtrack to uncertain times.
KOM 418EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: KOM 418EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MAYER, MICHAEL Higher 12"
Home is where the heart is, and in this case that saying rings true. Though Michael Mayer puts his love, sweat, and tears into running Kompakt between producing music and DJing, he has managed to evade releasing anything solo on the mothership for the past eight years. There's been no shortage of musical output in that time -- be it his DJ Kicks, the ambitious collaborative full length &, and remixes for Metronomy, Weval, Arthur Baker, and Jagwar Ma, to name a few. This new decade promises a world of change, and fortunately for Michael (and all of us), his begins with the release of Higher. Italo disco and early '90s US deep house (think Nu Groove, Strictly Rhythm, Nervous) are some of the foundation blocks of what motivated Michael to become a DJ and create music. He finds inspiration with the sample heavy tracks from that era -- particularly the ones that used the human voice as an instrument to generate freshness, soul, and warmth. To those that have seen Michael Mayer DJ will immediately recall the spirit of his sets when first hearing the title track "Higher". A house number that is playfully serenaded by lyric-less throwback vocals. "Doot Doot" is a deeper acid tinged affair that is carried by wordless vocal melody that recalls a classic Susanne Vega song from an era gone by. Michael has never been shy of playing a little proto-trance now and then -- "Take A Stand For Love" adheres to the harmonic practice of the genre but changes things up thanks to a growling, gorgeous bass rhythm. Peak time pleasurable. "Belle De Lune" is how Michael is known best and an apt finale that is introspective but very much dancefloor driven. The track evokes an insatiable steaminess thanks to melodic bass rhythms and haunting synths. Epically lush.
LIVE AT ROBERT JOHNSON (GERMANY)
PLAYRJC 060EP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: PLAYRJC 060EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DC SALAS The Complicated Art of Dreaming EP 12"
Live At Robert Johnson deploys a very true to its school release by one of Brussels finest, DC Salas. The Complicated Art of Dreaming tells a four-track tale of joyous and airy nights on the dancefloor. A few euphoric sixteenths and a few quirky acid lines, lush pads and irresistible drums -- it's all about giving you that driving and energetic feeling, with more than one genuine hands in the air floor-filler at your disposal. Things are what you expect of LARJ: Driving high quality tracks with an emotional twist, a nod to the luscious moments on the wooden dancefloor. DC Salas is thirtysomething year old Diego Cortez Salas, a skilled talent with Peruvian origins hailing from Brussels. His four-track EP The Complicated Art of Dreaming delves into classic territories, an eclectic amalgamation of his musical inspirations in 15 years of digging and DJing. A regular DJ at C11 and Kiosk Radio both in Brussels, Diego also co-runs Biologic Records with his mate Abstraxion since 2014.
MODERN LOVE (UK)
LOVE 114LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: LOVE 114LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
STOTT, ANDY It Should Be Us 2x12"
2020 black vinyl repress. Andy Stott's first release since 2016 and first EP since 2011, It Should Be Us is a double EP of slow and raw productions for the club, recorded in 2019 and following a series of EPs that started with Passed Me By (LOVE 069LP) and We Stay Together (LOVE 072LP) early this decade. Recorded fast and loose over the summer, these eight tracks harness a pure and bare-boned energy, melodies subsumed by drum machines and synths; slow, rugged hedonism. It's all about rhythmic heat and disorientation, pure dance and DJ specials rendered at an unsteady pace, from percolated house and percussive rituals to moody tripped-out burners. There'll be a new Andy Stott album in 2020, but in the meantime... this one's for dancing. Mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
MUTUAL INTENTIONS (NORWAY)
MI 018EP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: MI 018EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
AVE, IVAN Hope Nope/Guest List Etiquette 7"
Mutual Intentions announce the long-awaited comeback from one of Norway's biggest exports of urban music -- Ivan Ave -- rapper turned singer. It's two songs on each 7" (along with MI 017EP) which makes it four new singles in total, all released with instrumentals on their flipsides. The 45s feature production and vocals from artists such as Byron The Aquarius, Mndsgn, Joyce Wrice, Devin Morrison, Sasac and Clever Austin of Hiatus Kaiyote. Illustrations by the grand imperial, Nick Dahlen.
OSTGUT TON (GERMANY)
OSTGUT 127EP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: OSTGUT 127EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
SLATER, LUKE Berghain Fünfzehn 2x12"
Berghain Fünfzehn sees Luke Slater creating new compositions from the Ostgut Ton back catalog, chopping, looping, tweaking, and deploying sounds into a mix that is both a playful retrospective of the label and future-facing vision for mixing and dance music. Seven exclusive tracks from the Berghain Fünfzehn DJ mix will be released as a double 12". De- and reconstructing the Ostgut Ton discography, Slater's vision encompasses not only sampling but live electronics and improvisation, resulting in a broad spectrum of heady and liminal dance music: from ultra stripped-back mindfuck techno, vocals and blasts of distortion to breakbeat excursions, minimalistic acid, and rave polyrhythms. In other words: the arc of the label through Slater's singular hallucinatory prism.
PALILALIA
PAL 059LP
PRICE: $18.50
CAT #: PAL 059LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ORCUTT & MICHAEL MORLEY, BILL Electric Guitar Duets LP
LP reissue of Land And Sea's limited 2016 tape documenting a performance by guitarists Michael Morley and Bill Orcutt at the L&S gallery in Oakland."... Once regrettable antics were permanently affixed to the rearview mirror, the pair chauffeured across the bay to Land And Sea, the cozy gallery on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland and sobered up on vegan cocktail wieners and gummie vitamins. You may doubt, you may scoff -- have fun with it, champion, seriously -- but on July 6, 2016, they rendered a landscape where miniature squalls grind in between seamlessly intersecting improv, and they did it sharp as the slap of a palmful of plum-colored hazelmyer elixir following a good, close shave. The distinctive sound of the Fender Telecaster as played without effects by Orcutt ('one of music's premier abstractionists,' according to Osmo Montesanto) remains unblunted throughout the album, an aggressively serrated presence within Mr. Morley's contrapuntal flanking. This freely improvised performance is imbued with discipline and deliberate restraint, the better to connect the players more to the sound than to the instruments . . . The duo's number-one fan worldwide Cye Husain, pictured on the back cover, would surely attest that the singular structure-building of Orcutt and Morley defies and transcends most any 'well, actually' bloviature that the usual bore-splainers will need to hurl into the troposhere. For instance, that a third guitar is clearly audible at certain parts in the mix -- beautifully recorded by Gabie Strong, by the way -- can be accounted for most sensibly by Aotearoan metaphysics. Mr. Morley's ax of choice was 'Patu Tutae Opoko Nui, a 2006 Squire Telecaster made in Indonesia that I had modified over the years. It died and was ushered up to Valhöll in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2018.' Readers opting to take a moment to refer to Morley's Instagram post dated 6 June 2018 and view the last rites of this extraordinary combination of wood and metal should do so now. He cried. You should expect to do the same . . . Electric Guitar Duets is that otherworldly modulation we all crave and rarely find, hovering halfway between a deeply satisfying lattice of blurred sky roars and the soundtrack from a Stefan Jarworzyn biopic scored by Sergio Leone left on the floor out of its sleeve. Morley and Orcutt hold everything sideways at least as well as the centrifugal force required for slow-motion footage of mannequins riding tiny motorcyles around the inside of a chrome replica of Lee Van Cleef's skull. For other examples of fluid-splattered shards glistening inside crimson murk pulsations, only murder rolling through cold, cold blood comes to mind as superior to this 44-minute live recording." --S. Glass
PLAY LOUD! PRODUCTIONS (GERMANY)
PL 098CD
PRICE: $17.50
CAT #: PL 098CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Music is the Most Beautiful Language in the World: Yiddisher Jazz in London's East End 1920s-1950s CD
A vibrant soundtrack to the Cockney Jewish experience, when the swinging hot dance bands were still all the rage, and the Yiddish language was spoken on the streets of Whitechapel. Feast on long forgotten 78 rpm discs that have only recently been unearthed, starring a host of recording artists united for the first time. Hear the legendary dance band figures of the era like Bert Ambrose and his Orchestra, and Lew Stone and his Monseigneur Band, to the relatively unknown Jewish specialty acts like the Johnny Franks and his Kosher Ragtimers, and Rita Marlowe, the siren of the Yiddish song. Delight in the cheeky street patter of the incomparable slapstick drummer Max Bacon rejoicing in the East Enders love affair with "Beigels", celebrate the world famous Petticoat Lane street market with not one, but two 1920s fox trots -- but also shed a tear with Leo Fuld, the remarkable Dutch Yiddish singer, whose recordings in post-war London were haunting reminders of a way of life decimated by the Holocaust. Music is the Most Beautiful Language in the World is compiled by Alan Dein, the multi award winning radio documentary presenter, whose own family harks back to the major wave of immigrants fleeing the pogroms in Eastern Europe from the end of the 19th century. The album title is inspired by a 1920s Yiddish slogan of an East London gramophone record shop. A time when Whitechapel was a fertile breeding ground for singers, songwriters, conductors, and cantors to musicians, managers, proprietors of record shops and club owners -- and according to Dein, "their stories are now entwined with the development of the British recorded music industry. But for the first time ever, we can the discover the remarkable sounds of Jewish-themed jazz recorded in London between the 1920s and the 1950s..." The accompanying booklet designed by Will Bankhead includes a detailed essay by Dein, illustrated with rare photos and memorabilia. This release is co-compiled by Howard Williams, better known for his Japan Blues radio show on NTS, and a series of compilations spanning Moondog (The Viking of Sixth Avenue), Japanese jazz singer Maki Asakawa, and the worlds of Japanese surf rock (Takeshi Terauchi), rockabilly (Masaaki Hirao), and soul funk and disco ("Lovin' Mighty Fire"). Also features Baker and Willie with Orchestra, Stanley Laudan, Mendel and his Mishpoche Band, Maurice Winnick and his Sweet Music, The Plaza Band, Oscar Grasso and his Intimate Music, and Chaim Towber with Johnny Franks Orchestra.
PL 098LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: PL 098LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Music is the Most Beautiful Language in the World: Yiddisher Jazz in London's East End 1920s-1950s LP
LP version. A vibrant soundtrack to the Cockney Jewish experience, when the swinging hot dance bands were still all the rage, and the Yiddish language was spoken on the streets of Whitechapel. Feast on long forgotten 78 rpm discs that have only recently been unearthed, starring a host of recording artists united for the first time. Hear the legendary dance band figures of the era like Bert Ambrose and his Orchestra, and Lew Stone and his Monseigneur Band, to the relatively unknown Jewish specialty acts like the Johnny Franks and his Kosher Ragtimers, and Rita Marlowe, the siren of the Yiddish song. Delight in the cheeky street patter of the incomparable slapstick drummer Max Bacon rejoicing in the East Enders love affair with "Beigels", celebrate the world famous Petticoat Lane street market with not one, but two 1920s fox trots -- but also shed a tear with Leo Fuld, the remarkable Dutch Yiddish singer, whose recordings in post-war London were haunting reminders of a way of life decimated by the Holocaust. Music is the Most Beautiful Language in the World is compiled by Alan Dein, the multi award winning radio documentary presenter, whose own family harks back to the major wave of immigrants fleeing the pogroms in Eastern Europe from the end of the 19th century. The album title is inspired by a 1920s Yiddish slogan of an East London gramophone record shop. A time when Whitechapel was a fertile breeding ground for singers, songwriters, conductors, and cantors to musicians, managers, proprietors of record shops and club owners -- and according to Dein, "their stories are now entwined with the development of the British recorded music industry. But for the first time ever, we can the discover the remarkable sounds of Jewish-themed jazz recorded in London between the 1920s and the 1950s..." The accompanying booklet designed by Will Bankhead includes a detailed essay by Dein, illustrated with rare photos and memorabilia. This release is co-compiled by Howard Williams, better known for his Japan Blues radio show on NTS, and a series of compilations spanning Moondog (The Viking of Sixth Avenue), Japanese jazz singer Maki Asakawa, and the worlds of Japanese surf rock (Takeshi Terauchi), rockabilly (Masaaki Hirao), and soul funk and disco ("Lovin' Mighty Fire"). Also features Baker and Willie with Orchestra, Stanley Laudan, Mendel and his Mishpoche Band, Maurice Winnick and his Sweet Music, The Plaza Band, Oscar Grasso and his Intimate Music, and Chaim Towber with Johnny Franks Orchestra.
R.A.N.D. MUZIK RECORDINGS (GERMANY)
RM 241219EP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: RM 241219EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA RM241219 12"
R.A.N.D. Muzik Recordings bring back their yearly 24.12 compilation, this time featuring Roza Terenzi, Lou Karsh, Qnete & New World, and Jacques Torrance.
RIPATTI (FINLAND)
RIPATTI 011LP
PRICE: $33.00
CAT #: RIPATTI 011LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
LUOMO Vocalcity (20th Anniversary Remaster) 3LP
A masterclass in millennial house, Sasu Ripatti aka Vladislav Delay's debut as Luomo returns for a 20th anniversary edition packing the deepest bounce per ounce. Upon its original release in 2000, Vocalcity was a totally unexpected turn from the artist best known as Vladislav Delay, who'd by then established his reputation as a producer of abstract dub techno for Chain Reaction that was ostensibly far removed from deep, vocal-led house music. But prejudices were swiftly assuaged as the Finnish artist's keen knack for shifty rhythm programming was brought in line with Johanna Livanainen's perfectly poised vocals, revealing the core influence of sensuous, soulful deep house and garage on his sound in a similar way to the links between Maurizio's M-Series and the vocal-led Main Street volumes. Twenty years later it's fair to say the six tracks of Vocalcity have withstood the test of time and are bound to weave their slinky magick on 'floors everywhere. With mint copies now near-impossible to find on the second hand market, this new pressing of Vocalcity is perfectly timed for a zeitgeist looking to the late '90s and early '00s for inspiration. Cut a side-per-track, just like the original edition, each of the songs -- ranging between ten and sixteen minutes each -- have plentiful headroom and leg space for dancers, DJs and audiophiles, keeping the album's crucial balance of luxuriant minimalism, and the space between its coiled grooves and burning vocals, perfectly taut and intact. Getting under the skin with the sculpted swing and hair-kissing vox of "Market", and shuffling up close to Moodymann's Detroit house depth in "Class", the album is perhaps best loved for its timeless highlight "Tessio", a rich, warm and writhing beauty that would set the template for myriad House records to come in the following two decades. Along with the mid-tempo lather of R&B vocal inflections on "She-Centre", and the lip-smacking sensuality of "Synkro", this whole lot is an absolute must-have for fans of late night/all day dancing sessions as much as those who like do it quieter. 100% classic material. Listed in Resident Advisor's albums of the decade. 9.7 on Pitchfork. Newly remastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering.
SFERIC (UK)
SFERIC 005LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: SFERIC 005LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ECHIUM Disruptions Of Form LP
Absorbingly intricate ambient electronics from Echium, a secluded Manchester producer returning for a second release on sferic, the label home to Space Afrika, Perila, and Jake Muir. After inaugurating sferic with the Synthetic Space LP in 2017, Echium now leads the way with a remarkably refined, even meticulous grasp of sound design steering away from purely "synthetic space" to imaginary spaces that smudge the listener's perceptions of artificial and organic texture, tone, and spatial dynamics. Like the best of its contemporary field, from Vladislav Delay to uon and Heith, the meticulous technical physics of Disruptions Of Form provides the framework for a gently haunting spectra of metaphysical presence or spirited pathos to bleed through and reveal the sort of ghost in the machine that electronic music lovers prize. Collaged from banks of unfinished material, the results resemble a spongiform patchwork of shine-eye ambient-pop gestures and cosmic electro-acoustic parts that smudge and crystalize into a heavy-lidded, quietly beguiling narrative. The nine tracks resemble an archipelago of interlinked microcosmos, each a variation of the last, following a deformed geologic chain reaction of events through its terraforming sonic sculptures that appear to describe subaquatic organisms and their environment with close attention paid to both microscopic detail and plangent panoramics. As part of the next wave of artists innovating within dub techno and experimental ambient zones, Echium looks to loosen up its strictures while playing deep within its unfathomable dimensions, literally urging a dematerialization of mindsets and musical structures with literal titles such as "Collapsed Senses" and "Glacial Rust" matched by meticulous sound design that surely connotes and evokes their meaning in the most elusively abstract, lushly sensorial terms. Mastered and cut by Stefan Betke at Scape mastering. RIYL: West Mineral Ltd., Vladislav Delay, Jan Jelinek, Pole. Translucent orange vinyl; Edition of 300.
SOMETHING HAPPENING SOMEWHERE (NETHERLANDS)
SOHASO 026EP
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: SOHASO 026EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA NOWHERE02 12"
Something Happening Somewhere returns with a new collection of stories unified under the brand new Nowhere compilation series. NOWHERE02 features Stijn Sadee, Rahsaan Nova, RDS, Mark Du Mosch, and Tripeo.
THE DEATH OF RAVE (UK)
RAVE NYZII
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: RAVE NYZII
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
NYZ OLD TRX [87-93] 2LP
Unreleased bounty of 30-year-old bleep techno, ambient/noyze and breakbeat hardcore from Dave Burraston's cult NYZ project -- rinsing his archived Amiga productions for animated gems comparable to Autechre's Legofeet, AFX's SAW volumes, or the earliest Humanoid recordings. Following his mind-bending SHFTR FRQ LP for The Death of Rave in 2018, the award-winning, UK-born and Aussie-based artist/scientist excavates his HD from a golden era when synf and computer music boffins were building the future in bedroom studios, using then early versions of Cubase and Amiga software to establish the templates for decades of rave and electronic dance music to come. However, like a rare, mutant dinosaur skeleton that doesn't fit historic models, NYZ's unarchiving of OLD TRX [87-93] offers a complex and unusually chaotic range of ideas for this era -- from meditation tape-sampling downbeats to nutty proto-speed garage and animated noise -- that plays out like a comic book or pulpy sci-fi narrative and smartly showcases the breadth of Dave's prized imagination and technical nous. In 11 parts arranged for a properly immersive listen, OLD TRX [87-93] wends from squashed '80s cyberpunk sci-fi in "damage" to the hypnagogic swag of "self_hypnotic_tapez" via a spectrum of mutant dancefloor and avant oddities alongside a bezerker breakbeat razz in "patheticsocialmisfits" and what sounds like proto-speed garage in the warped bass of 'flatline'. But he never uses the same drum pattern twice, and thanks to the inclusion of wildcards such as the scorching noise piece "JP4_PhonosonicsRM_DRN" and the sleazy proto-trance of "CEZbulgan", the sequencing ideally lends itself to jacked-in headphone mooches as much as domestic and raving use. The results are surely comparable to the haunting early rave and ambient sound of AFX's SAW 85-92 as much as the freaky ideas found on Brian Dougans's proto-FSOL project, Humanoid's Sessions 84-88, or the hardcore breakbeat ruggedness of Autechre's Legofeet, yet all done with a trippy sound design and time-out-of-joint feel that's singular to this remarkable record, and speaks to the artist's wealth of experience; from his role as a BT trouble-shooter in the '70s, to his work on landscape-sized sound art installations, and his legendary "SYROBONKERS" interview with Richard D. James. It's an immensely enjoyable and enigmatic album sure to spark ravenous interest with old and yung skool ravers and electronic music fiends. Mastered and cut by Anna at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Pressed on purple vinyl. Screen-printed jacket, edition of 300.
THE WIRE (UK)
WIRE 435
PRICE: $10.00
CAT #: WIRE 435
FILE UNDER: Misc
WIRE, THE #435 May 2020 MAG
"Diamanda Galás -- a new interview with the grand storyteller of hard times as she rises again with the reissue of her 1982 debut album The Litanies Of Satan and a new piano and vocal piece DE-FORMATION. David Behrman -- the live electronics innovator and League Of Automatic Music Composers member talks to Julian Cowley. Amon Tobin -- the electronica survivor and Nomark records boss submits to the Invisible Jukebox test. Marc Arcadipane -- the original gabber head talks about the sounds that made him hardcore. And much more!"
THESE EYES (GERMANY)
EYE 011EP
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: EYE 011EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ROMBOY, MARC Elka 12"
German veteran Marc Romboy is back on André Hommen's These Eyes imprint with a stellar two track release entitled Elka, showcasing Marc's effortless ability to portray alluring and emotive characteristics through music. This offering follows up from Trapped In An Orbit, which he released on the label in 2017 and remains a label highlight to this day. The title track "Elka" provides a stirring and suspenseful journey that plays out as it's melodies unfold over a bassline that pulses gently and impels the listener. "Unreal Sun" ups the energy with a groove that's ready to fall into and chords that lead the way, dictating the pace as their intensity undulates. Marc Romboy has dedicated 30 years to the scene, with an impressive history of releases on labels like Innervisions and his own Systematic Recordings, collaborating with artists such as Stephan Bodzin. It is a point to be made that the A side to this release is one of Marc's personal favorites to date and it is clear to see why.
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