Soutien Gorge, Bolida/Hó [Boltfish Recordings – BOLTDIGI018, 2011]

March 29th, 2011 Comments off

Soutien Gorge of Bitlab Records’ fame returns to Boltfish Recordings with another two-track treat of warm and in all aspects cuddly electronic music (JAN 2011).

The ‘Bolida/Hó’ is their third release on Boltfish following the ‘Vízállásjelentés’ 2007 and ‘Szerelmes Nóta/Délutániád’ 2008 releases. Not as friendly as their 2008 release ‘Szerelmes Nóta/Délutániád’, but comparing with a lot of the rest of the down-tempo stuff these days (2011) it’s still a genuinely warm and cuddly experience.

And you get two tracks of well produced warm lush electronic music and the only major question really, is what-ever happened to the ultra-sweet characters appearing on Soutien Gorge’s debut ‘Persze Remixes’ on Bitlab Records dating from 2005? I do hope the little ones are doing alright, in this cold, cold World!

aAirial, Together EP, [Imaginary Nonexistent Records – INR016CDR, 2011]

March 29th, 2011 Comments off

‘Together EP’ is aAirial’s debut release on Imaginary Nonexistent Records. The previous output includes “Le fil du temps” and “Incoercible” on the net labels Laridae respectively Breathe, not forgetting his contribution to the ‘Intelligent Toys 6’ compilation on Lithuania’s Sutemos label. The ‘Together EP’ is comprised by six delicate tracks filled with largely piano based ambient bass rich lushness.

In complete and utter unfairness to the rest of the tracks I’m going to single out ‘Like a Summer Evening…’ and ‘Piano Impro #2’ as my favourites, the first because of it’s solitary piano, imposing warm strings and possibly its title, since the snow is currently falling… the second for the same reason as the firstly named quality of the first to be singled out.

This EP as a whole has some definite cinematic qualities; it’s deeply melancholic and indeed exceedingly beautiful, music that is thoroughly enjoyable. In short aAirial adds another fine release to the Imaginary Nonexistent Records catalogue. Download or CDR is available at the inrecs website.

Art Exhibition : Real Time

March 17th, 2011 Comments off

This Saturday, 19-03-2011 you can visit the opening of the ‘Real Time’ art project at the Svea Konst Showroom.

An exhibition displaying the work of Stockholm based painter Fabian Quaglia.

The main technique used is airbrush, but enjoying the freedom of mixing techniques and tools his work include digital 3D-models, animation and graphics as well as sculpturing and fabrication.

Take the opportunity to view some work by this talented painter.

Svea Showroom International Art Gallery
Skeppargatan 22, Stockholm, Sweden.
Temporal: 12.00-18.00 CET

Zzzzra, Licorne Sans Corne EP [Insectorama – insectorama043, 2011]

March 14th, 2011 Comments off

In the endless fields of Internet labels, I indirectly found a very talented music producer with an equally impossible name ‘Zzzzra’ (actually, and obviously I’m not the fastest mover around, I’ve come to realize that it is indeed a very clever name if you would type ‘Zzz’ in any given search field you would find that the returned hits are reduced dramatically compared to a single or double ‘Z’ and you’ll basically get one and only one result automatically) making e-dub of the highest possible quality.

Zzzzra’s latest release is on the Leipzig based Insectorama label and is entitled ‘Licorne Sans Corne EP’ yet another digital slab of high grade e-dub. It’s a five track EP with two tracks and three remixes and they’re just a pure bliss.

Zzzzra also runs his very own Internet label called Perso Records. There you’ll find more e-dub gems of his making and if you like e-dub, do yourself a favour and check out Zzzzra’s offerings because the quality is outstanding. My absolute personal favorite tracks are: ‘Hronir’ from ‘Episodes Perdus’ and ‘Ruissellement’ from ‘Recompilation’. Both on Perso Records and both as *free* downloads.

I’ve been informed that the ‘free’ download ‘Licorne Sans Corne EP’ passed 20 000* downloads today (don’t know if mine was 20000, 19999 or 20001-something, it really doesn’t matter, however, people I’m telling you here and now, that is a vast number) and that in less than a month’s time! If you enjoy the music please make a contribution to this talented artist. I pledge that I will, and in any event ‘Hronir’ alone is well worth it.

*For 2011 I’ve really tried to refrain from comments about downloads etc. because frankly it’s all just getting tiresome, but this is just to much… the term ‘’failed business model’ simply doesn’t explain the problems contemporary artists are facing today. 20,000 downloads… Do you want to make a contribution?

Above is the place to do right.

Live Concert : The Schematics

March 11th, 2011 Comments off

This Friday, 11-03-2011 you can explore the sonic world of ‘The Schematics’ at Fylkingen in Stockholm, Sweden. It is the electro acoustic 4-piece band’s first public performance.

The venue is probably not chosen by chance. Fylkingen is among other things, home to EMS ‘Elektronmusikstudion, formerly known as Electroacoustic Music in Sweden, prior to that known as Elektronmusikstudion, is the Swedish national centre for electronic music and sound art.’

The band members are: Katt Hernandez (Violin), Erik Calälv (Bass Clarinet), Daniel Karlsson (Guitar & Electronics) and Ludvig Elblaus (SuperCollider).

The evening also features solo performances by: Jonatan Liljedal and Mattias Peterson. Last but not least you will have the opportunity to buy highly limited records.

DJ Set : Born Again

March 6th, 2011 Comments off

Do yourself a favour or as ‘The Spaniard’ would put it, ‘Give Yourself a Break!’ and listen to this marvellous set by DJ Krazy.

While you’re at it (you have to listen first though) check out the slickest streaming source around.

Krazy’s set is aptly entitled ‘Born Again’ and yes it’s bass and drum through and through, never mind the genres, because I’m telling you, that you need to hear this set now… Yes, I want to give myself a break.

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Inigo Kennedy, Distant Circles [Asymmetric – ASY MP3 020, 2011]

February 22nd, 2011 Comments off

‘Distant Circles’ is the fresh start for the New Year on Inigo Kennedy’s Asymmetric label and the twentieth MP3 release (JAN 2011). And like it’s predecessor this EP consists of five exceedingly well-produced electronic pieces and once more epic techno tracks.

In sequential order; starting with ‘Albedo’, a big drum track with some subtleties, pure techno if that is even a valid term these days, a track that stretches back in time, with the big exception that the sound quality was very different at the time (no one would have known.) Tempo is most definitely up! (Maybe, just maybe drum’n’bass has something to do with that tempo change in music the past decade or so?)

‘Caverns’ has beautiful and classic build up (you need the time to play the intro though) and progresses along a pathway of good things, bass and added musical complexity and yes, the steppers can find their way as well, given they can survive the massive break! Rest assured the drum returns… in my inner vision I can see that build-up effect in all it’s beauty, the hesitation and I can also indeed see all the smiles! The drum is BIG, but so are the breaks. In one word sonic effectiveness!

This could very well be the most interesting track of them all, on Inigo Kennedy’s “Distant Circles” namely, ‘Skedaddle’ a hybrid of styles, but with a breakbeat focus that simply can’t be missed. And being produced by Inigo Kennedy there just has to be an individual twist and there most definitely is! It is a very effective track and in some senses a bridge between all the things that are well produced these days and that still remain in the up-tempo sphere (a lot of production excursions have taken the path down the BPM ladder rather than up). Kennedy, as renowned techno producer on the other hand has chosen, until now more or less unknown middle ground in ‘Skedaddle’ and it’s all to great effect! I really, really wish this track will crossover.

‘Jupiter’ is a techno banger with soul, BIG drums fused with sounds to keep you interested and most likely overwhelmed if on the floor (given the sound system is actually there). In my mind this is very close to the definition of ‘Techno’ music (whatever that may be). Finally I suspect that the title of the song doesn’t entirely reference the celestial body, but hey, it’s just my personal observation/suspicion.

The fifth and last track is entitled ‘Disorder’ and it concludes the ‘Distant Circles’ EP in an orderly way, and yet it is something different altogether. The setting is different and so is the track’s overall mood. Lushes of atmospheric sounds accompany the beats. Actually it is similar to the closing track on the previous release and it also stands as vivid reminder of just how good electronic music can be.

‘Distant Circles’ is available as free download from asymmetric and so are all of the previous releases.

Zainetica, Overcast City, [En:peg Digital – EN39, 2008]

January 19th, 2011 Comments off

En:peg Digital is, or rather used to be the only digital branch of US label n5MD. The label originally started out releasing MiniDiscs. That would be Sony’s quirky and strange MiniDisc format that they eventually decided to discontinue as recordable media in 2006. They then left the US label among a few others with CD:s, vinyl and digital downloads for output.

n5MD has released some of the very best electronic music makers around in the late 1990’s and beyond, for example all-time favourites and (in my mind) unsurpassed Dutch dynamic duo, the untouchable Funcken brothers. And if I’m not completely mistaken, the first Funcken Bros. n5MD release ever made was made using the Quench moniker and I’m also pretty sure that not all that many people knew the true identity of Quench at the time, even if their productions techniques is the obvious give away today…

That was the related history for this time around, let’s move on to the mighty Zainetica and his Overcast City album, definitely completely overlooked by me and dear I say some others… This excellent album starts out with the massive Overcast City stretching some 23 minutes and probably is two or three tracks combined in one majestic piece. Staring off with excellent scenic and continuing on a logical part to my favourite part some 12 minutes in when the mood changes and all the deepness is reinforced with solid bass and the most of the beauty materializes in to solid bass. The seven tracks on Overcast City are all a testament of Zainetica’s musical craftsmanship and mind you only someone in love would ever name a track The World is You, and could you, honestly think of a better thing in this World? It’s a beautiful song as well…

Zainetica’s Overcast City is available at the En:peg Digital site. I suggest you give it a listen right now!

Lackluster, Aeration EP [TwoCircles Records – [ [2circlesNet002], 2009]

December 23rd, 2010 Comments off

Lackluster, what can one say? This entity (human) embodies the very essence of what contemporary electronic music is all about. This human has been producing music of the highest quality imaginable for a decade (that’s more than 10 years mind you) and possibly even longer, it is impressing to say the least and even more important it is reassuring.

In the ‘Aeration EP’ a two-track release on Two Circles you get more than merely two tracks of expertly composed contemporary pieces of electronic music, supposedly free of charge, then again the question immediately rises, why would the supposedly best be free of charge? And the answer it is not free of charge of course, because time is always time and as any sane person would know, time is anything but free…). That aside, if you like two tracks of expertly put together contemporary and nice electronic sounds and beats then investigate otherwise the strong suggestion is to move away quietly.

And finally in the dying end of 2010, please answer me this simply question: why is the best offerings supposed to be for free? You can download the Lackluster Aeration EP here.

Teho Teardo, Soundtrack Work 2004-2008 [Expanding Records – ECD31:10, 2010]

December 19th, 2010 Comments off

After the release of Pq debut album ‘You’ll Never Find Us Here’ and following a period of quietness. This surprising second album appears on Expanding Records in 2010. It was released just a mere month or so later (AUG2010). As would be expected (it’s Expanding after all) it is another excellent debut album, this time around it’s entitled ‘Soundtrack Work 2004-2008’ and it’s written and produced by: Teho Teardo. He is half of Modern Institute and in 2006 they released the ‘Excellent Swimmer’ album on Expanding Records the other half of Modern Institute is fellow musician Martina Bertoni.

On ‘Soundtrack Work 2004-2008’, which also happens to be a very descriptive title of the album you’ll find expectedly crafted soundtrack tracks, a selection of Teho Teardo’s compositional work related to cinema. On the album (compilation) the sonic work included in five movies is included. Given that the origin is the same, that is, the same person has written the music there is a theme of sorts and listening to the album end-to-end is a gratifying experience. It soothing music with a lot of warmth, in some sense transparent and with nothing but a cinematic feel.

I usually try very hard to refrain from making references to the general or the concept of the general when writing about music, but when it comes to soundtracks, then it becomes really hard not doing so, because they, the soundtracks that is, do seem to have a general trait and would appear to be sharing something that is a common and mind you, this is not necessarily a bad thing. That being said, ‘Soundtrack Work 2004-2008’ is one beautiful collection of music, put together with great care and it caters for a nimbleness listen and to sum it up it’s another great release from the pursuers of excellence: Expanding Records.