Release Date - 23rd August 2019
Through a misty, nostalgic lens of long days and nights lost in front of sound systems, Soundbwoy Killah delivers his much anticipated debut album to Sneaker Social Club. True to previous drops on this and other labels, this is rave romanticism with a bite, as much viewing the good old days with a wry smile as longing for their return. Just listen to the opening strains of “Escape Velocity,” as the MC manages a sticky situation and tries to keep cool while sending the crowd on their way “in an orderly fashion.”
As much as hardcore, jungle, acid, techno and house inform Halcyon Daze, the sonic signifiers of that ‘golden era’ of rave culture are bedded in a poignant, reflective shroud. From lingering pads to distant, reverb drenched vocal snatches, a hint of melancholy hovers over these scattered but vivid memory triggers. Reese bass has never reverberated so deep, sirens never sounded so lost at sea.
The real art in Soundbwoy Killah’s craft lies in the juxtaposition between these languid, introspective elements and bright, sharply rendered arcs of sound that bring the music right into the foreground. This isn’t a pure exercise in nostalgia – stripped of their aggressive armour plating, a lot of these familiar elements take on a new expressive identity. Whether it’s the strafing arps in “Tom Loves To Rave,” or softly nudging the rolling breaks of “Under The Influence” into a downtempo, chill-out room headspace, Halcyon Daze proves how much mileage there still is in these battle-scarred sonic tools.
It’s not all one-dimensionally downcast either – “Heartbeats” is a rude n’ ruff celebration of amen choppage, while “Wanna Hold U” channels the ghost of UK garage with one eye cast back to its US house roots. “All Night Long” finishes the record on a charging high, all tightly clipped tech step beats and bright synths that cast their gaze ahead with optimism. The themes of lost love and fuzzy memories echo throughout Halcyon Daze, but rather than wallowing in the past, this open-ended finishing move springs forward with purpose. One gets the feeling there’s plenty more to come from Soundbwoy Killah.
a1. Soundbwoy Killah - Escape Velocity
a2. Soundbwoy Killah - Pang
a3. Soundbwoy Killah - Tom Loves To Rave
b1. Soundbwoy Killah - Wanna Hold U
b2. Soundbwoy Killah - Under The Influence
c1. Soundbwoy Killah - Heartbeats
c2. Soundbwoy Killah - Loiner Dub
c3. Soundbwoy Killah - Halcyon Daze
d1. Soundbwoy Killah - Yours (Break Mix)
d2. Soundbwoy Killah - All Night Long
Release Date - 19th July 2019
Leaving convention at the door with the industrial ambience of opening track ‘Belief System’, before delivering a collaboration with label boss Mønic in the shape of ‘Loyal to the Unsung’, Jason Luxton’s latest outing as Overlook is no way concerned with conformity — something that should come as no surprise to anyone following an artist who’s always been comfortable walking the fine lines between multiple genres. On the B side, ‘Séance’ brings high-frequency tension over distorted drums, before proceedings conclude with a half-time swagger of ‘Sleight of Hand’.
a1. Overlook - Belief System
a2. Overlook - Loyal To The Unsung ft. Monic
b1. Overlook - Séance
b2. Overlook - Sleight of Hand
Release Date: 31st May 2019
Man Band returns with its second release of 2019. Newcomer Tibia makes his first contribution to the label with ‘Polypola’, an outstanding 5 track EP of otherworldly broken techno, rolling downtempo rhythms and electronica hits for spiritual awakening.
Release Date - 21st June 2019
British-born, Berlin-based electronica producer Kamikaze Space Programme delivers his long-awaited debut album ‘Dead Skin Cells’ for Osiris Music. It’s the sound of eight years of the acclaimed project reaching its zenith, via releases on leading labels likes Mote-Evolver, WNCL Recordings and Mord, and through regular sets at the likes of Berghain and Tresor.
This bold new record mirrors decay of the physical world and the human form through its jarring sound palette and tense atmospheres. It’s a rebirth of sorts, with the title a reference to shedding skin — as KSP has done with his previous aliases. Combining his roots in jungle and dub (as Raiden and Dot Product) with the diverse textures of the contemporary techno diaspora and his skills as a found sound magpie and foley artist, it makes for a riveting, deeply nuanced listen.
‘Skin Cells’ begins with distorted synth buzzes trading places with haunted, heavily processed
samples and thundering kicks. ‘Sparks’ channels taut jungle breakbeats, pitched down to a more chugging tempo, while menacing D&B screeches buzz through the track. ‘Dust’ teases DMZ style dubstep tension, while ‘Rain’ shows his mastery of sound design and field recording in a stunning ambient interlude. ‘Insomnia’ reaches for glitchy digi dub in the vein of The Bug with some cinematic undertones, leading to the brutalist sonic architecture of ‘Crumbs’ with its crunching breaks and rasping tones.
‘Derelict’ is the album’s most direct nod to his junglist past, the ghosts of hardcore imbued through blasts of chainsaw bass, dissected breaks and haunting pads. ‘Grey Clouds’ bathes you in thick swathes of ethereal pads and plucked, incessant bass before ‘EF5’ delivers a militant glitch-heavy onslaught. ‘An Empty Sky’ closes the album in apocalyptic fashion, with crunching bass pressure juxtaposed with graceful, filmic chord progressions.
The result of all of this is an album that feels at once uniquely London while perfectly contemporary to the Berlin scene, and perhaps a none-more-perfect sonic encapsulation of the continuing reciprocal dialogue between the two cities. Most of all, it’s the sound of a sonic excavator hurtling towards the top of his game, in perfect control of every granule of sound therein.
a1. Kamikaze Space Programme - Skin Cells
a2. Kamikaze Space Programme - Sparks
b1. Kamikaze Space Programme - Dust
b2. Kamikaze Space Programme - Insomnia
c1. Kamikaze Space Programme - Crumbs
c2. Kamikaze Space Programme - Derelict
d1. Kamikaze Space Programme - EF5
d2. Kamikaze Space Programme - An Empty Sky
Release Date - 14th June 2019
FD serves up a prime cut of soulful House with 'Ribs'
Inspired by recent influences as well as years spent in Europe, versatile Drum & Bass producer FD teams up with Maverick Soul and Issac Rosie to create a classy soulful House bubbler - Ribs - one of the highlights of his debut album Better Days on The North Quarter.
To complete this 10” appendix to the LP, Byron the Aquarius (Eglo) is enlisted to remix the stand out track Ice Cream off of FD’s 2017 EP on the Amsterdam based label. The man of the moment takes it in a totally new direction in a freeform Detroit workout.
a1. FD - Ribs ft. Issac Rosie & Maverick Soul
a2. FD - Ribs (Interlude)
b1. FD - Ice Cream (Byron the Aquarius Remix)
Released 5th July
Celebrated Detroit composer, producer, sound designer and ambient pioneer John Beltran keeps up a busy 2019 with an expansive new LP on Delsin, his first music on the label since his Presents Music For Machines compilation in 2014. The excellent eight tracker, pressed on 180 grams vinyl, takes you on a trip though his typically serene and beautiful world right form the off. 'Alle Kinder' floats on gentle drums with beautiful synth melodies making for a heavenly atmosphere. The journey commutes through the calming pads and glistening arpeggios of 'A Different Dream', uplifting joys of the 'Himmelszelt' with its mellifluous harmonies and achingly perfect ambiance of 'The Coming Home'. 'One of Those Mornings' washes over you like the sun through a breaking cloud and the brain cleansing, pulse soothing goodness continues though 'It's Because of Her' and the elegant Detroit techno bliss of 'Perfect In Every Way'. The final two tracks close things down with a sense of classy contentedness, subtle celebration and inner joy that Beltran conveys better than anyone.
01. Alle Kinder
02. A Different Dream
04. The Coming Home
05. One of Those Mornings
06. It's Because of Her
07. Perfect In Every Way
08. Beautiful Robots (Ambient Reprise)
Release Date 29th March 2019
Inconspicuous French duo Nummer (made up of Silvère Letellier and Emmanuel Corre AKA E-Talking, best known for their work with Going Good) deliver a stunning five track EP laced with supersonic, hypnotic and funky fresh space oddities for people of the new age!
A revitalising take on classic deep house and IDM styles, Space Oddities Volume 1 is infused with strong doses of organic percussion, odd samples and blissful melodies. Get up and move or sit back and experience the curious world of Nummer, in what could be their most exciting offering to date.
01. Waters of Liepnitzee
02. Eyes Open
04. Diving Bodies
Release Date - 5th April 2019
Before Ancestral Voices, Liam Blackburn was known as Indigo. One of the most in demand Indigo releases for Samurai Horo - the Reaching The Source EP, has now been re pressed for 2019 on a new coloured vinyl.
a1. Indigo - Reaching The Source
b1. Indigo - Tethys
b2. Indigo - Talia
Release Date: 26th April 2019
Following on from his percussion driven “Rhythm Trainx Vol 2” EP on the renowned Running Back Ketiov returns with something special for the fourth outing on his own self-titled label. The “King Of Hypocrisy” LP is a journey of personal development and musical discovery built around soundscapes, field recordings and new monotone arrangements. From the start the Ketiov alias has been about free expression and musical direction and in stark contrast to the Running Back EP this record shows the broad spectrum of the artist’s influences and inspirations. Each track holds a special meaning and background story, written in private and kept private until totally finished. From the spooky vocals of “the Wait” to the blissed-out guitars of “Today” and the analogue arpeggiators of “Dual Morality” the ten short tracks come together as an exceptional personal listening experience, which leave us wondering… what else does Ketiov have in store for the future?
a2. The Wait
a3. Nothing is for Free
a4. Dual Morality
a5. Life Chapters
b1. Broken Heart Vessel
b2. Record of Thoughts
b4. Complexity of Life
Release Date - 29th March 2019
On his second full-length 'Degenerate', Turkish producer, artist and designer Berk Çakmakçı uses a plethora of found and recorded sound to create shape-shifting compositions where noise, drone and post-club sounds are filtered through industrial textures. 'Degenerate's brooding sound design and disregard for textural uniformity —lo-fi soundbites from Youtube vids merge with sharp blasts of digital noise on short but intense ‘Spit’— is informed by the trans-international chaos of the political zeitgeist. The closer 'Nothing To Break' searches for a throughline in the current wave of destruction and death, and plays out like several movie trailers going simultaneously. Often making sharp turns within a single song, ‘Degenerate’ is ostensibly aggressive and fragmented. At the same time, it reconfigures the residue left by contemporary paranoias and obsessions.
The album is mixed by Ahmet Türk and Berk Çakmakçı, mastered by Beau Thomas and features art by Bora Akıncıtürk and type design by Amir Jamshidi.
Limited to 250 copies for the World.
a1. Age Reform - Shield Me From Death
a2. Age Reform - New Path
a3. Age Reform - Untouched
a4. Age Reform - Servant
b1. Age Reform - Lurker
b2. Age Reform - Spit
b3. Age Reform - Skinned
b4. Age Reform - Oblivious
b5. Age Reform - Nothing To Break
Release Date - 8th March 2019
Stepping in from the cold, Martin Sander dons his Hypnobirds alias for the first time since wreaking desolation alongside fellow Swedish experimentalist, Varg. More recently, he and Michel Isorinne paid tribute to the Stockholm-based studio, Bandhagen Airport, upping the emotional content for a deeply personal record. Now flying solo, another poignantly-charged release arrives hot on its heels as Sander makes up for lost time following close to three years spent dormant.
Alongside emotion, the other unifying factor across Sander's output is an immersive depth of field. The two elements collide once again on his latest expedition, "A Brief Landing on the Earth's Surface," navigating a whole spectrum of moods from the centre of a winter storm. Richly textured, draped in white noise and static, the project is decidedly Nordic, but title and the inclusion of space-age textures hint at themes of scientific intrigue and deep-space exploration.
Between formidable surges of iridescent bass synth, austere oscillations and goosebump-inducing glimmers, there are moments of genuine sadness, optimism, awe and dread. Ominous dirge bleeds into shimmering new wave and mournful sustained chords glide over delay-soaked percussion. At times it feels like Sander's trying to reach out with heartfelt longing – others, he's leading the way on a perilous journey into the great unknown.
01. Point of Departure
. Distant Cultures
03. Collective Unconscious
04. Planetary Expedition
05. Aerocentric Worlds
Release Date 22nd February 2019
BENJAMIN FINGER, JAMES PLOTKIN and MIA ZABELKA craft a mesmerizing sonic world that buzzes and drones, glitches and slithers, eventually careening into unexplored musical territory.
"Pleasure-Voltage" was born in the mind (and studio) of BENJAMIN FINGER – a composer, electronic music producer, DJ, photographer and film-maker based in Oslo / Norway who in recent years has become quite a prolific artist, expanding his stylistic palette from piano miniatures and off-kilter pop experiments to lysergic, dream-like sound collages spiced with gentle warmth and sublime melody.
These ingredients are also characteristic on this latest work where FINGER set the musical frame before passing it on to his inspired collaborators: MIA ZABELKA who for decades now has been involved in countless projects, be it as musician (violin / electronics), curator or founder of the international sound art centre klang.haus and who has worked with a.o. JOHN ZORN, FRED FRITH, ELECTRIC INDIGO, ROBIN RIMBAUD (SCANNER), DÄLEK or PHIL MINTON. And last but not least there's JAMES PLOTKIN who entered the scene with his first band OLD LADY DRIVERS (or OLD) on EARACHE in 1987 and later was a member of KHANATE (with a.o. STEPHEN O'MALLEY) while also exploring the areas of dark ambient and electronics by working with or remixing SCORN / MICK HARRIS, K.K: NULL and many more.
On "Pleasure-Voltage" which had its live-premiere at the REWIRE festival 2018, the trio craftsa mesmerizing sonic world that buzzes and drones, glitches and slithers, eventually careening into unexplored musical territory somewhere between ambient / drone / psychedelia.
01. Hostile Structures, Pt. 1
02. Hostile Structures, Pt. 2
03. Hostile Structures, Pt. 3
04. Kaleidoscopic Nerves, Pt. 1
05. Kaleidoscopic Nerves, Pt. 2
06. Kaleidoscopic Nerves, Pt. 3
Release Date - 1st March 2019
Pessimist has never been afraid to push the boundaries of what might loosely be referred to as drum ’n’ bass, but never has he been so willing to deviate as on this new EP for Osiris.
The record opens with ‘New Age’ — a hypnotic pulse that gradually layers up over crawling beats, before disintegrating into the glacial ambience of ‘Kabadaro’, with its inner-rainforest atmospherics and barely-there rhythms. Flipping sides, the eponymous ‘Austerity’ scurries along with nervous energy and hi-hats that offer the only glimpse into the artist’s junglist past, before JK Flesh steps in to serve up an utterly brutal reconstruction of ’New Age’. Finally, everything is brought to a close in the shape
of ‘Progression’, a short-and-not-partiuclarly-sweet drone that feels like the whole tale collapsing in on itself, returning — almost — to the sepulchral tone the EP opened with.
If you had Pessimist pegged as an artist comfortable exploring the outer reaches of bass music, consider this release affirmation that he's well and truly crossed the frontier — and that the five cuts here represent the newest transmissions sent home from this unknown and beguiling territory.
a1. Pessimist - New Age
a2. Pessimist - Kabadaro
b1. Pessimist - Austerity
b2. Pessimist - New Age (JK Flesh Remix)
b3. Pessimist - Progression
Release Date: 1st March 2019
For his Studio Barnhus debut, Laurence Guy connects the dots between the lo-fi ambient investigations of his 2017 album Saw You For The First Time, the warm club sounds heard on All I See Is Her (last year’s standout 12′’ for Tokyo’s Mule Music), and the London-based dj/producer’s long roots in deep drum’n’bass and dubstep soil. Those roots, always present as subtle rhythmical traces on Laurence Guy records, now appear more explicitly than ever, boosting the typically graceful harmonies and sooty samples of Guy’s music with a new, profound energy. From the unswerving neo-jungle of Wildlife, through My Brain Is A Scrambled Egg with its dusty rave euphorisms, onwards to the hypnotic guitar ballad It’s Good To Try, this six-track EP is chock-full of the sort of unrestrained musical enthusiasm that Studio Barnhus is always on the lookout for. Making Music Is Bad For Your Self Esteem is at once Guy’s most experimental and most personal record yet, an essential addition to both artist’s and label’s catalogues.
a2. Missing In Reaction
a3. I Have The Feeling I've Been Here Before
b1. My Brain Is A Scrambled Egg
b2. Are You Fine?
b3. It's Good To Try
Release Date - 1st February 2019
ASC & Sam KDC’s seminal ambient masterpiece from 2012 finally gets the wax treatment. There has been high demand for a vinyl reissue of Decayed Society, so without further delay, the time is now.
a1. ASC & Sam KDC - Lost Negatives
a2. ASC & Sam KDC - Rebuilt From Nothing
b1. ASC & Sam KDC - Cesium 137
b2. ASC & Sam KDC - Block 4
c1. ASC & Sam KDC - Vapour Lock
c2. ASC & Sam KDC - Skala
d1. ASC & Sam KDC - No Safety Zone
Released 15th March
Samuel van Dijk releases his third album as VC-118A on Delsin Records. It dives deep into the sonic narrative of VC-118A --who is also known as Mohlao-- and mixes up his unique sounds with evocative musical imagery. An album that goes from sparse, mysterious grooves to shiny underwater electro to frazzled and distorted techno via absorbing passages of ambient and overdriven machine workouts. It marks his first original work on Delsin, having released his distinctive brand of electro and techno on Frustrated Funk, Radio Matrix and Tabernacle before now.
03. Metric Spaces
06. Time Variant
11. Integrated Circuits
13. No More Words
2018 Reprint Release Date: 21st December 2018
This is the first ambient release from ASC on Auxiliary, since 2011's collaborative album with Sam KDC - Decayed Society. As with the majority of ASC's recent work, this release continues the theme of his fascination with space. The term 'Trans-Neptunian Objects' refers to dwarf planets and asteroids that lay beyond Neptune, and are usually found in the Kuiper Belt. With that being said, you can fathom a guess that this album is seriously deep space ambient, and you wouldn't be wrong. A total of eight tracks spanning 73, which take you to the deepest regions of our solar system.
01. ASC - Sedna
02. ASC - Dysnomia
03. ASC - Eris
04. ASC - Haumea
05. ASC - Orcus
06. ASC - Ixion
07. ASC - Vanth
08. ASC - Quaoar
Release Date - 21st December 2018
Trans-Neptunian Objects 2 sees ASC pick up the baton from the end of the first album and continue proceedings in a similar fashion. Featuring another 7 astral excursions into deep space and beyond and spanning just short of 70 minutes, Trans-Neptunian Objects 2 is the final journey in the series.
01. ASC - Varuna
02. ASC - Huya
03. ASC - Deucalion
04. ASC - Typhon
05. ASC - Mors-Somnus
06. ASC - Varda
07. ASC - Chaos