Release Date: 17th April 2020
Next up on UVB76 is Bokeh. Delivering a variation of genres and styles over a 4 track EP. Including some experimental techno, heavy drum & bass & an ambient piece for good measure.
a1. Bokeh - Gathering Traces
a2. Bokeh - Explored On Film
b1. Bokeh - Several Decades Of Depression
b2. Bokeh - Other Special Occasions
Release Date: 21st August 2020
The first notes of Relapse’s “Underground Rave Hits for a Shuttered Club” are obscured with abrasive noise. For this Pinecone Moonshine album, the Bristol based musician known for drum and bass drew from many influences. Melodies and harmonies suggest ideas from extreme metal, blues, folk, and unique medieval, ritual notations. The album ranges from slower tempos like the funky 100 bpm “Curse, or a Swan” up to the 200 bpm breakcore “Hitroll Beat Heart.”
Percussion across the album consists of synthesized bass layered with household objects. “Two Worlds Colliding…” and “Cognitive Dissonance” which are in the realm of drum and bass are kept sparse allowing a focus on the found percussion and bassline melodies. The collaborations as D n G feature guitar and swirl in electronic haze. Relapse worked with Greef on the opening track “Oh God” which is between noise and ambient.
The album ends with “Generic Excuse” leaving the listener with a poignant melody of distorted bell sounds.
a1. Burden And Greef - Oh God Part I
a2. Relapse - Two Worlds Colliding With A Force More Horrifying And Beautiful Than Can Be Adequately Quantified In The Time Needed
a3. Relapse - Cognitive Dissonance
a4. Relapse - Curse, or a Swan Is a Two Person Duck
b1. D n G - Gross 1 2
b2. D n G - Gross 2 1
b3. Burden And Relapse - Hitroll Beat Heart Pt I + !!
b4. Relapse - Generic Excuse
Release Date: 3rd July 2020Italian DJ and producer Lynch Kingsley returns to Inperspective Records with new album Death Cycles, out 5th June.
An eleven-track release, Death Cycles is a slow-burning journey that sees Kingsley craft rich, atmospheric soundscapes informed by his D&B background. The first half of the record is characterised by downbeat, ambient breakbeat exploration, with tracks like ‘Rites of Passage’ and ‘Distance Between Soundwaves’ expertly setting the scene. In the second half, both the tempo and intensity rise gradually, most notably with the pounding, rapid-fire breaks of ‘Acid Dream’, before things are closed out with the sophisticated liquid D&B sounds of ‘Reach Through Meditation Pt. 2’.
Hailing from Rome, Kingsley has built a reputation around his complex, cerebral brand of electronic music, which is equal parts emotional, raw and intimate. Making his debut on Beat Machine in 2014, he has since released a brace of records on Inperspective, ‘Eden’ in 2016 and a Void’ in 2018. Closely associated with the ‘Dreamers’ crew in Milan, alongside the likes of Neve, he established himself as a frontrunner in the underground italian breakbeat circuit.
An expansive, complex collection of tracks, Death Cycles sees Lynch Kingsley kick off the new decade in scintillating form.
a1. Lynch Kingsley - Estranger (Sequence 1)
a2. Lynch Kingsley - Heart of Thorns
a3. Lynch Kingsley - Inner Vision
b1. Lynch Kingsley - Rites of Passage
b2. Lynch Kingsley - Distance Between Soundwaves
b3. Lynch Kingsley - Kigoku ft K4LL4X
c1. Lynch Kingsley - The Blind Ronin
c2. Lynch Kingsley - Aqtiquity (ft. Resound)
c3. Lynch Kingsley - Acid Dream
d1. Lynch Kingsley - Reach Through Meditation pt.1
d2. Lynch Kingsley - Reach Through Meditation pt.2
Release Date: 19th June 2020
Released in 2012, the first ASC & Sam KDC collaborative LP - Decayed Society was part of the beginning of a stretching of each artists musical output. ASC had just released his debut Ambient LP for Canadian label Silent Season to a warm reception, and Sam KDC had commenced his ambient music journey on Auxiliary in 2011 with Marine Light and Symbol 3 so the stage was set.
To say it went well would be an understatement. 8 years later, after a large amount of CD’s sold and a recent vinyl press that quickly sold out the pair have reconvened and created a follow up.
Somewhat warmer than Decayed Society in subject matter and feel, A Restless Mind explores the depths of melancholy, providing a soundtrack to the minds transient drift. With their differing styles complimenting each other aptly, there is a sense of temperance from both that enables the hovering clouds of ambience and defining elements each has created to melt into each other and build a mesmerising motif that binds the entirety of the LP.
A Restless Mind is a soundtrack for contemplation and introspection, something we could all do with in 2020.
a1. ASC & Sam KDC - Searching For A Memory
a2. ASC & Sam KDC - Awakened Senses
b1. ASC & Sam KDC - Another Evasive Dream
b2. ASC & Sam KDC - Fleeting Premonition
c1. ASC & Sam KDC - Interoception
c2. ASC & Sam KDC - A Lasting Impression
d1. ASC & Sam KDC - Delusions
d2. ASC & Sam KDC - Fading From Memory
Release Date: 12th June 2020
a1. Edmondson - Masquerade
a2. Edmondson - Kloof
a3. Edmondson - Persian Palaces
b1. Practitioner - Vacant
b2. Practitioner - Journal
b3. Practitioner - 1815
Released 13th March
Originally released via Terraform Records in 1995, ‘Systems E.P. 1’ was certainly too ahead of its time to meet with success back in the day. That said, as years went by, so swelled the reputation of this sextet of visionary, alien-engineered jams, soon turning the once $1 bin find into a highly sought-after item on the second-hand market. Much to the displeasure of hardline speculators but for the greatest joy of skint ’90s sound lovers, KOC reissues the Systems experience in full force and effect.
Harbouring a trio of submersible ambient-tech and 303-driven breaksy weapons, Red Shift’s own dedicated A-side has lost nothing of its soul-fulfilling appeal. Getting the ball rolling, ‘3rd Moon’ skippers us to brightly hued sound niches, where trancey acid motifs merge with slo-moving ambient pads and uptempo breakbeat on a frenzy. Laced with a hint of bleepy abstraction, the more lascivious, piano-laden ‘Audity’ then shifts the scope to further introspective depths before ‘Himalayas’ takes us on a mind-expanding ride across imaginary snow-capped summits and lushly forested slopes.
Flip it over and here comes Ether and their mightily explosive ‘Detonator’ – a wild and woolly acid number that shall not go without conjuring up memories of the early Prodigy’s mid-nineties rave exploits. Not to be confused with that of his contemporary Australian counterpart, Escape Artist’s ‘Rain Eternal’ evokes the soulful RnB suavity of Sade’s classics, adorned with otherworldly organic warbles and addictive piano stabs. Constants of Nature vibey closer ‘Slow Symmetry Breaking’ rounds off the journey on a further distinctively atmospheric note, perfect to muster up the energy and drive to take it on the lam from our crazy world.
a1. Red Shift - 3rd Moon
a2. Red Shift - Audity
a3. Red Shift - Himalayas
b1. Ether - Detonator
b2. Escape Artist - Rain Eternal
b3. Constants of Nature - Slow Symmetry Breaking