Various Artists, Sensitive to Light [October Man Recordings – OCTOBER MAN 8, 2005]

December 17th, 2005 Comments off

omr8_sensitive_to_light“Sensitive to Light” is the title of an ambitious 2 disc release signed October Man Recordings. The first disc features the following talented electronic musicians: Phorm, Mint, A-arc, Octif, Zainetica, Monoculture, Aitänna77, Lum, Joseph Auer, Ian Baxter and Cheju. The second disc features the following talented electronic musicians: Aitänna77, Boc Scadet, Monoculture, Joseph Auer, Octif, Zainetica, Phorm, Cheju, October Man and Aleksander Nikov. And they’re all delivering fine electronic music soothing to ears and soul. OMR8 it might already be to late!

Bluetech, Sines and Singularities [Aleph Zero Records – ALEPHZ04, 2005]

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bluetech_sines“Sines and Singularities” could have been made back in the days when the so called ambient dub reigned (another name cornered by those inventive British music journalists), with a lush, warm, analogue bass infused and quite trancy sound all meant to be understood in a the positive meaning of the words. This music derived a lot from house music and was frequently played in the backroom at any respectable dance. “Sines and Singularities” was made by Bluetech and released by Israeli label Aleph Zero. And for those, like me who didn’t know: Aleph Zero is “The smallest infinite integer. The cardinality of the first infinite ordinal, omega (the number of natural numbers).” And on a related subject: damn I miss philosophy! This is their fourth release and the second for Bluetech on the label in question, but since this is my first encounter I cannot say much about the previous releases. “Sines and Singularites” however, contains some really nice music for example the excellent “Forgiveness” and “Pitch Black – Ape to Angel (Bluetech’s evolution rmx)”. If you’re looking for well-produced, warm house influenced electronic music with a dash of dub and trance look no further.

Yasushi Miura, Connection & Repetition [KP-KP4, 2005]

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yasishi_miura_connection“Connection & Repetition” is the title of recording artist Yasushi Miura’s fourth full-length album. I’m not sure if I’m getting this right, but the label would be called kp and the geographical origin is most definitely Japan. In likeness with the previous album “New Type 3001” this album contains tracks aimed at the unsuspecting dance floor. In most parts the same brand of fast-paced mutated techno that was explored on “New Type 3001”. However the use of vocal samples in various states of distortion is more frequent on “Connection & Repetition” and there are some deviations from the big stomping drum scheme. The cover-art design and packaging is stunning and is apparently the artist’s very own. In short: an interesting encounter.

Yasushi Miura, NewType 3001 [KP-KP3, 2005]

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yasushi_miura“New Type 3001” is the title of recording artist Yasushi Miura’s third full-length album. I’m not sure if I’m getting this right, but the label would be called kp and the geographical origin is most definitely Japan. “New Type 3001” is 14 tracks long and starts of with “Focus” a dreamy four-four loop, which is soothing. The album continues with a dramatic tempo-shift in the too say the least, stressed out and aptly named “Business Report”. The tempo is furious and the beats are straight like one of Paris’s boulevards. Introducing some variation to the beats scheme in the beginning of “Pile”, then however the big stomping drum returns, as it keeps on doing throughout the album. The tracks have another feature in common, they all have to carry a lot of different musical ideas, so in a sense you get a lot more than the 14 tracks listed on the cover. This also gives “New Type 3001” a live set feeling, even though it’s somewhat sketchy. Did I mention that they’re all more or less directed towards the unsuspecting dance floor? “New Type 3001” is fast-paced mutated techno and not for the fainthearted. The cover-art and packaging is brilliant and apparently it is the artist himself that is responsible for the graphic design as well. In short: an interesting encounter.

Soutien Gorge, L’étoiles Souriantes [Bitlab Records – BITCDR002, 2005]

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sooutien_gorge_letoilesA couple of months ago they released their first record and now Bitlab’s second release is out (DEC 2005). As was the case the first time it is Soutien Gorge (András Hargitai and Róbert Potys) who are the producers responsible. “L’étoiles Souriantes” is the title of their 11 track full-length album. It’s an all aspects excellent album set in downtempo mode, superb selection of sounds, bass rich enough to share and high skill production covering the entirety of the 11 tracks. This album is brilliant and naturally comes highly recommended and a final note on the continued high-standard artwork/packaging is not out of place. Get this release immediately!

October Man, Tests for Colour Blindness [October Man Recordings – OCTOBER MAN 7, 2005]

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omr_test_for_colorblindnessOctober Man known from ClickClickDrone, Boltfish and of course the self-entitled record company bring their seventh release “Tests for Colour Blindness”. Warm electronic sounds emitted on 11 tracks and stretching 39 min or so. The acoustic instrument of choice, the guitar is also present in some of tracks, very much forcing association patterns in the direction of a label on the other side of the English Channel. If you remotely familiar with October Man’s previous offerings and find them pleasing you will not be disappointed this time either. October Man Recordings is DIY in all its glory! And as a matter of fact the next OMR release is already out (DEC 2005). It’s a double disc compilation entitled “Sensitive to Light”, be sure to read about it.

Tony, Itinérances LP [Autres Directions In Music – MOULIN010, 2005]

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moulin010“Itinérances” is the title of a recently released EP (OCT 2005) on the French label Autres Directions in Music (Adim). The EP is a sound collage of sorts and contains six tracks all in all or maybe better put constructions. They’re acoustically based and at times fragile pieces of music made by the artist put together with different people encountered while travelling. With little or no detectable structure these constructions of sound all have some kind of cinematic quality to them. Continuing the sound exploration Tony adds another chapter to Adim’s story.

Conrad Newholmes, Peppermint Styles [Couchblip! – BLIP009, 2005]

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conrad_newholmes“Peppermint Styles” is the title of Conrad Newholmes’ full-length album released by the Australian label Couchblip!. The ninth Couchblip! release is an back-to-front hip hop affair, filled to the brim with samples, from movies, forgotten and well-known songs, hip hop vocals and… all and nothing basically. There’re tracks highly influenced by the sound found at the time of the birth of hip hop in the early 80’s, a time when all that was needed to rock the world was a drum machine and a ghetto blaster. Side-by-side with contemporary beats programming and bass handling. A treat if you like beats. If you really don’t like instrumental hip hop maybe you should just leave “Peppermint Styles” be. In all other cases be sure to investigate this collection of awesomely put together classy beats!

Various Artists, Cepheid Variable [Filament Recordings – FILA001, 2005]

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cephid_variableThe newly started label Filament Recordings is the brain-child of the artist Lum. The first release is the compilation “Cepheid Variable” and for those, like me who didn’t know: Cepheid variables are a class of pulsating star used as “milepost markers” to calculate the distance to nearby galaxies! Lum has previously released an EP on ClickClickDrone and contributed to compilations on the same label as well as on October Man Recordings. “Cepheid Variable” features 15 tracks by as many artists and a majority of the productions adhere to the bold statement made by Filament: “…focusing on Electronic music leaning towards a more innovative/ experimental/ unconventional sound…” Starting from the top: Poborsk’s “Tunha” has Indian inspired sounds, relies on a loop, is indeed quite aquatic sounding and short, an intro of sorts. C-mu’s “Granular Fragment 2” is a frantic sound exploration of various Asian sounding and very high-pitched sonic elements, close to being completely devoid of structure, and being just that, a fragment. Cheju of Boltfish fame delivers a stunning downtempo and minimal affair and once again demonstrates his acute sense for constructing melodies. I think it’s safe to say that you rarely hear this kind of minimalism from Cheju. Jaolz’ contribution is called “Out of my System” which is a funny title. In this piece Jaolz goes for static, bundles of it and fused with a mumbling voice-over creates a claustrophobic unnerving feeling. Ceckj’s “Clashtoy Improvisation #3” is reminiscent of the previous track in the sense that it creates an unnerving feeling. However, the tempo is fiercer and the sonic elements numerous as opposed to being minimal. The label boss himself, Lum – delivers “Crane” a rhythmically strong track containing some rather clever reversed sound engineering. Karmøy of Boltfish fame in their turn opts for the beats, which by the way is always appreciated, thus creating a fantastic track with amplitude of atmosphere and vast volumes of space. In the end the song grinds to a halt and echoes out into infinity. Karmøy’s production experience cannot be denied. Auxerre’s “Broken” is precisely that and features instrumentation sounding as if the originate from the Asian realm. Autistici’s “Leden Jar” has some definate cinematic qualities and is beatless and collage-like in its composition. October Man of October Man fame contributes “Same Information” retaining the acoustic trademarks and yet in a harsher more disjoint sonic package than on the previous releases. In Ozke’s “Piste_8” glitches and feedback sounds create a non-aggressive yet menacing atmosphere – maybe the audio recording of a sound engineer’s nightmare. Zainetica of Rednetic fame treats us with dark and sinister deconstructed dub-influenced “Mothership London” outstanding work as usual. Room’s “Hurry Home” features ground failure sounds for base and has a very precise sounding production, it’s ultra crisp and the title carries a well-known request… Ending the compilation is Luca Confusione’s “Praying not Dreaming not Believing” a heavily treated vocal samples in a sonic onslaught quite disturbing actually. Like riding the train to a place you don’t want to visit in company with rather abusive passengers. The musical width of this compilation is broad and yet with 15 different artists and 15 different tracks there’s a red line or common treats shared by many of them.

Various Artists, Patchwork [Boltfish Recordings – BOLT023, 2005]

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patchwork“Patchwork” is the title of an ambitious 2 disc release remix project signed Boltfish. The first disc features a veritable remix fest where Boltfish’s usual suspects are remixes and are remixed: J.Auer, Karmøy (recurring difficulties finding the Small o, slash character), Boc Scadet, Mint, Zainetica, Bal-a-klah-va, Polestar and Cheju all deliver fine electronic music soothing to ears and soul. The second disc contains remixes made by winners of a competition held by Boltfish earlier this year (2005). The competition was to fabricate a remix of “Camellia” a track (vocals courtesy of Soo Lee) originally made by Cheju and included on Boltfish compilation “Region Zero” (BOLT007). The final 13 to get their remix on disc were The Rumblist, Kado, Z-arc, Richard Houghten, Sunburn in Cyprus, Damien Shingleton, Tito Huapaya, Mattew McCullough, Manilla, Ray Benge, Tarafonika, Sidechain and Cheju. That’s 24 remixes stretching over 2 hours and Boltfish’s 23rd release.