The first release from the Greek label Gracetone Recordings is a split 7-inch featuring the artists: Mescalinaeden and Eventless Plot. “October” by Mescalinaeden is a sinister sounding piece with metallic slightly distorted beats and some reversed sound engineering, sound wise similar to grossly underrated Seefeel. “October” is very good stuff indeed. “Artificial Embrace” is Eventless Plot’s debut release and relies heavily on processed guitars virtually beatless to start with and most definitely down-tempo. It’s a haunting track that evolves slowly. The track is ended by the surprising addition of distorted and rough breakbeats, quite cinematic in its setting and somewhat freighting. Last but not least another good track. The format, matching handcrafted artwork and website are all nicely put together. Congratulations to Gracetone Recordings on their first release are in order and it will be interesting to see what the future releases will sound like.
“Icicles and Snowflakes/ Almond Eyes” is the title of an excellent 7-inch produced by Inch-Time and released by Static Caravan. It’s just a pure pleasure listening to and the fact that it is a actual 2005 seven-inch vinyl release is commendable in itself (come to think of it there are actually two 7-inch releases being reviewed at this ED-moment and that moment would be FEB 2006 Anno Domini, how about that!). You get two tracks with warm sounds, ultra rich textures and an expert’s production. Furthermore this release will ensure you the option of flipping the black 177,80mm in diameter vinyl disc from one side to the other for quite some time. “Icicles and Snowflakes/ Almond Eyes” comes highly recommended and it’s severally limited, but the latter circumstance is in no way ED’s responsibility.
Upcoming on White Noise is a series of 7-inches (Nov 2004), the handy vinyl format that doesn’t stress an independent label’s economy too much. The series is comprised by three releases by three different artists: Schräge Music featured on the WN001 split and two new signings (or aliases) “Kuken” and “Thallein”. Schräge Musik is first up with a harder than hard track, leaving his quirky electro displayed on WN001 far behind. This techno infused bass kick onslaught is not for the fainthearted. Although it’s seriously lacking in the groove’s department it is at least uncompromised. The flip side continues along similar lines, but is far less abusive and would qualify as a more conventional take on big bass kick techno.
“Kuken” is a newcomer on WN and he/she is responsible for the second 7-inch in a series scheduled for release in Nov 2004. The first track out of two is a beatless filtered construction consisting of a variety of sounds treated in various ways including heavy oversteering. The flip side is also a beatless filtered construction consisting of a variety of sounds treated in various ways. With the difference that there’s a repetitive pattern that could qualify as rhythm. The conclusion can only be this one: it’s noise.
“Thallein” is a newcomer on WN and he/she is responsible for the third 7-inch in a series scheduled for release in Nov 2004. Thallein sticks out the neck and starts of with some programmed drum machine beats and soaring soundscapes. Effectively building a track that rolls on and gives the impression of holding something back. It’s not revolutionary, but it’s working. In order not to be pigeonholed the flip side offers a beatless track with a fairly scary sampled screaming male in combination with distorted sounds and laughing children…
Number four in the second evs-series features the latest signing to Expanding: Myrakaru. You get well-composed rhythmic bliss in “Klutic Reso” and “Kimalnu” on yellow ultra-thick 7-inch vinyl packaged in thick opaque PVC with print. The b-side “Kimalnu” is also featured on their debut album “Tammetõru” soon out on Expanding (Sep 2004). It’s the evs-series, there’re only 400 pressed and they will run out. Get one now!
Bauri releasing on Expanding a stroke of genius? Bauri re-assumes his release schedule with a fantastic contribution to the evs-series. Warm and lush and this time maybe downplaying the Hip-hop influences displayed on his latest New Speak release “Everything is going to be OK again” a bit. Regardless, Bauri delivers to gorgeous tracks “Have No Fear” and “Hugs” on blue ultra-thick 7-inch vinyl packaged in thick opaque PVC with print. It’s the evs-series, there’re only 400 pressed and they will run out. Get one now!
A lovely 7-inch by Loden out on Eat This, Dutch electronics in force and at it’s finest. Loden recently contributed to the latest Jip release. It’s an Eat This release, it’s got to be good, right? And it is just that.
A new acquaintance at Expanding Records by the name of Praveen delivers a striking contribution to this year’s evs series. “Circle Song (Dedicated to Adam Lee)” features lead heavy beats, complex layering as well as atmospheric melodies it’s a track made for Expanding or any quality conscious label out here for that matter. It’s brilliant music that will probably not be played enough times. The flipside is even better, the ambiguously entitled “Nameless (P. Diggity Dog)” starts off as a quite regular exercise in hip-hop based electronica, but soon evolves into something decidedly different. Harshly compressed beats that gets space to move in opens up the track and delivers a sonic experience that you’ll be sure to want to relive again and again and that’s even before you get to hear the call and response melody! In one word: masterful. And even the distorted feedback noise that sounds like ground failure plays its part. Praveen is another great find by Expanding.
It’s made by Vessel what can you say? Returning in style for 2004 on the evs series, where he also started his expanding adventure, after his acclaimed debut album was released on Expanding last year (2003). And his contribution is a treat indeed. In “Fold” the production is second to none, top-class beats in combination with bass rich enough to fill any void, lots of atmosphere and on top of that the sweetest sounding melody. Do you want to laugh or do you want to cry? You decide!In “Crowd Control + Kerna” you get epic sounding intro processed vocals included, beatless sonic excursions are ended mid-through making way for industrial strength strings and beats. I’m unsure whether this is actually two different tracks, if that’s the case one can hope that the track will be released in its entirety some time in the near future. The new evs series is looking as strong as ever. Get your copy now!