Release Date: 26th February 2021
Multi-faceted artist Calibre today shares his sixteenth studio album "Feeling Normal". The album is out now to pre-order on Vinyl, CD and on digital platforms via his own independent imprint Signature Recordings.
The record is his first bonafide 140bpm record and a staggering body of work that shows the genius levels of one of electronic music's most respected auteurs. Across the 13 tracks, he transcends through space and time, creating music that will take the listener on a weighty sonic journey. The album announcement is accompanied by two dub versions "Bad" and "Badder" deconstructed from the track "Badman" with DRS from Mark Ernestus available via his Hardwax store January 29th and Bandcamp February 12th. "Getting to work with Mark Ernestus is a real honour, I collected Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound and his other work for many years and still do. It's hard to avoid the influence of this guy in electronic music across genres and so it is a real pleasure to have him do his thing with the Badman tune which I think sounds closely related."
All of the tracks on the record have been road-tested in Calibre's DJ sets over the last 2/3 years with many of them being sought-out by his hardcore fans. It was only a matter of time then that he put them out for all to consume. With a nod to the dancefloor, the clear idea for the album came about following the release of his most personal album to date "Planet Hearth". "It still works in the headspace but ultimately it's been written for the sweaty club experience we miss now, also after an album like Planet Hearth it felt very liberating to do," he remarks. When writing albums, he often just puts it down to the general chaos of life, not citing any one influence but generally just waits to see what comes. With one of the tracks on the album written 7 years ago on the island of Valentia, It became a project that he spent the intervening years collecting tracks for, not really knowing when he was going to put it together as an album. "The whole album is special to me, everything on there has import and meaning beyond for me, I have spent much time on all these and hope they are special for other people too."
Belfast-born, Berlin-based Calibre - AKA Dominick Martin - shows no sign of slowing down. As a producer, DJ, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and painter, he is one of the most unique and inspiring living artists. With a career spanning two decades, his ability to remain underground whilst being one of the most-respected is testament to who this enigmatic artist is. To this day, he has never been remixed and has a seriously impressive amount of unreleased music under wraps. With everything on hold and gigs on the backburner, this record is exactly what the world needs right now.
a1. Calibre - Barren
a2. Calibre - Change With Me
b1. Calibre & Cimone - Time To Breathe
c1. Calibre - Has To Happen
c2. Calibre - Feeling Normal
d1. Calibre & DRS - Badman
e1. Calibre - Good Times
f1. Calibre & DRS - Say Enough
g1. Calibre - Miami
g2. Calibre - Predicatable
h1. Calibre - Man Got Sandwich
h2. Calibre - Wrong
Release Date: 5th February 2021
Tristan Da Cunha dons his Freakenstein alias and debuts on UTTU with a special split release! the Hot Haus Side shows show off his sought after House prowess before flipping over to the UTTU side for Freakenstein’s Electro flare to shine over 2 red-hot-elektro-werk-outs.
a1. Freakenstein - FFFFFREAKAAAY
b1. Freakenstein - RAAAH (I LIKE IT)
b2. Freakenstein - PANTY EXPANSION
Release Date: 29th January 2021
Jensen Interceptor returns to Dance Trax with his Master Control Program EP - 3 tracks of high octane dark elekro future klub classics - kicking off with a collab with Chicago House legend DJ Deeon for the massive electro anthem SWEAT, the flip features 2 monster-electro-kuts - all killer no filler!
a1. Jensen Interceptor - Sweat ft DJ Deeon
b1. Jensen Interceptor - MCP (Swallowed My Tab Mix)
b2. Jensen Interceptor - Ridin'
Release Date: 5th February 2021
Following on from his EP on Livity Sound, Al Wootton comes home to TRULE with the Maenads EP. Four percussive, textural rhythm tracks. Sparse and weighty, psychedelic but focused, and scattered with dub echoes. Al’s core influences of UK Garage, techno, dub and drum and bass are organically reshaped into new forms that never lose sight of dance floor functionality.
a1. Al Wootton - Baccata
a2. Al Wootton - Alder
b1. Al Wootton - Maenads
b2. Al Wootton - Ashe
Release Date: 29th January 2021
UK-based Corticyte returns with EFAX008 on Art-E-Fax, a characteristically eclectic 4-tracker laden with heady bass and raw frequencies. Opener ‘Integrate 2 v5 (126 BPM)’ hits hard with a dark pulse, whilst ‘Waveguide (107 BPM)’ taps out mutant ambient soundscapes. For the B-side, ‘Horn (126 BPM)’s tripped out breakbeats and glaring horns are pure rave madness, whilst closer ‘Final Drop (128 BPM)’ will bring a fogged-out euphoria to any set. Corticyte harnesses his trippy production skills with this bold multi-layered cut.
a1. Corticyte - Integrate 2
a2. Corticyte - Waveguide
b1. Corticyte - Horn
b2. Corticyte - Final Drop
Release Date: 19th February 2021
Childsplay presents the debut release from ghettotek’s sweetheart DJ MELL G and her first collaboration with rising Russian industrial ghettotek superstar destroy as...
a1. DJ MELL G & Destroy - BACK2BACK
a2. DJ MELL G & Destroy - DANGER
b1. DJ MELL G & Destroy - ACTIV8
b2. DJ MELL G & Destroy - FUNKY PAPI
Release Date: 29th January 2021
Hailing from Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, Gacha Bakradze is one of the national scene’s leading electronic music exponents. He returns to Lapsus Records with his new album 'Obscure Languages', his second release for the Barcelona label.
Following the superb LP 'Word Color' [Lapsus Records, 2018], which appeared in several ‘album of the year’ lists for publications such as Pitchfork and XLR8R, the prolific producer now presents 'Obscure Languages'. This new piece of work could well be described as a sound continuation from his previous album and maintains a powerful narrative at its core.
‘Obscure Languages' delves into the world of cinematic soundscapes, replete with microscopic details and fragments that showcase a luscious IDM style audio palette, laced with ambient, avant-techno, bass and sound design.
a2. Thank You For This Upload
b4. Endless Tool
b5. Slow Heart
Release Date: 15th January 2021
VytisVA & La'Shaour are joining their musical fronts again to create a musical exploration which focusses on Lithuanian folklore. This time the guys are presenting three tracks plus remix from S Gytis with focus on modern electronic music merged with Lithuanian magic verbal charms.
The inspiration for the release came from various Lithuanian charms like incantations, prayers to the old gods, and other magical rituals. Therefore they came up with the name Incantations for their EP, which is going to be available in vinyl and digital formats.
Incantations are unique Lithuanian folklore texts and represent a closed tradition. By using these charms, you can expect to change physical and spiritual realms. The existence of these charms assumes that the words contain an exceptional spiritual power, which can influence people, mythical beings, objects and natural phenomena.
As Ramu Records crew, we believe in a sustainable future of vinyl record production. Therefore we are proud to say that for Incantations EP, we are using a factory which takes responsibility in lowering pollution rates and decreasing waste while working with sustainable technology.
a1. VytisVA & La'Shaour - Žemės Gėrybe
a2. VytisVA & La'Shaour - Gabi
b1. VytisVA & La'Shaour - Jaunas Mėnuli
b2. VytisVA & La'Shaour - Jaunas Mėnuli (S Gytis Remix)
Release Date: 18th December 2020
DJ Haus wraps up a busy 2020 with 2 glitch-house bombs created on his recent "Data Dump Generator" sample bank plug in. Backed with a tekkers-houz-deeper-tech remix from house music’s hottest property Subb-an. TIP!
a1. DJ Haus - Rhythm Division
b1. DJ Haus - Probability Troubles
b2. DJ Haus - Rhythm Division (Subb-an Remix)
Available: 21st January 2021
Clap! Clap!’s music is a unique blend of global dance and timeless sounds drawing from nature, traditional music, field recordings, and the electronic savvy of modern centres like Chicago and London. At its core are the inspiration of everyday life, what Crisci calls “the search for new flavours,” and a unifying narrative approach. The results are albums that play out like sonic movies. 2014's Tayi Bebba was a soundtrack tour of an imaginary island, and 2016's A Thousand Skies told the story of a young girl's journey through the stars.
Following these albums, Crisci took a break from focusing on samples and composition to study sound dynamics and the science of mixing and engineering. He changed his studio and tools, putting more emphasis on the correct melding of analog and digital technology. His third album, Liquid Portraits, is a result of this process with a new compositional approach that puts a stronger focus on field recording and sound design to achieve clarity without diminishing the energy and enthusiasm of the music. As the name hints at, the album is a collection of sonic paintings, an attempt at capturing furtive, subconscious memories through sound. The tracks reference trips Crisci took and people he met – from southern Italy to Hokkaido via the Kif Mountains of Morocco – as well as more abstract ideas of loss, calmness, and childhood. Helped by a small cast of close collaborators – harpist Kety Fusco, singer Martha Da'ro, percussionist Domenico Candellori, and bassist Piero Spitilli – Liquid Portraits is a major new step in Crisci's evolution as an artist.
a1. Clap! Clap! - Desert Stone
a2. Clap! Clap! - Liquid Mantra
a3. Clap! Clap! - Hokkaido's Farewell Portrait
b1. Clap! Clap! - Southern Dub feat. Domenico Candellori
b2. Clap! Clap! - Kif In The Rif
b3. Clap! Clap! - Mandragora
c1. Clap! Clap! - Moving On feat. Martha Da'Ro
c2. Clap! Clap! - Rising Fire feat. Kety Fusco
c3. Clap! Clap! - Quietude
d1. Clap! Clap! - Tostoini
d2. Clap! Clap! - Blue Flower
d3. Clap! Clap! - Liquid Portraits feat. Piero Spitilli
Release Date: 15th Januray 2021
Further skirmishes at the Tosche Station from Planet Mu label boss Mike Paradinas, whose first Tusken Raiders EP on Clear Records 25 years ago brought an infinitely more-dusty-than-digital vibe, delivering a rugged, electro-infused uptake of the type of battered machine funk produced and enjoyed by Tatooine's indigenous, Bantha-riding tribespeople.
Hailing from the latter part of Mike's 'Lunatic Harness' sessions in 1998, these 8 previously unreleased, largely-breakbeat tracks deliver a salvo of scuffed sonic rinse outs and mutant house jams from a figure who has done so much to bring about and support experimental electronica, breakcore and footwork scenes over the past three decades.
Art by SODA, with graff handstyle by Ben Drury and REQ TDK. Compiled by The Fissure Family.
a2. Rinse Up
b1. Raiderz Skank
c1. Bantha Dreams
c2. Sea Dweller
d1. Generate Tusks
Release Date: Delayed Until 19th February 2021
Jack Stevens aka Sully has become somewhat of a cult figure in the jungle world with his output being in high demand. His work is unmistakable. It’s always true to it’s origins while simultaneously adding new takes and juxtapositions in palette and composition. A true artist that excels in his field.
Stevens returns to Astrophonica with Swandive, a body of work presented in dual energies - dark & light, body & mind, Yin & Yang. In Werk you’re put to the test physically as es- ki-like percussion stabs grab the attention and demand a response. A staple in Fracture’s DJ sets for the last year or so.
Poison demonstrates a side to Stevens’ production that is harder, meaner, cruder and all together more brutal than he is known for. The result is an infectious mix of venomous bass and corrupted drum breaks fit to kill any dance.
The title track Swandive begins to counterbalance the fierce energy and bring some har- mony opening with calming strings and trademark icy melodies before elevating to an intense state of amen divinity that twists and turns in a story like fashion.
Memories completes the balance with euphoric bass stabs and emotional strings culminat- ing in a searing and conclusive anime-like solo. Some of Stevens’ most daring work. The cycle is complete.
a1. Sully - Werk
a2. Sully - Poison
b1. Sully - Swandive
b2. Sully - Memories
Release Date: 28th August 2020
If 6 was 9 would 4 be 8?
Anyways this is 9 and the devil is 7, make sense?
Hadamard brings his trademark drums to the rescue and Overdose runs his SP into insanity.
Hope you enjoy this crazy ride again!
a1. Hadamard - My Fu___ng Job
a2. Hadamard - City To City
b1. DJ Overdose - Log
b2. DJ Overdose - Warrior's Chant
Available: 18th December 2020
Peter Michael Hamel emerged from the 70s Krautrock scene dreaming of “the blue flower growing between the milestones on the road to a future world-music”. A truly visionary artist who worked and studied with John Cage, Morton Feldman and Terry Riley, his 1980 Colours of Time LP - an epic, sprawling, 22-minute saga - was hailed by The Guardian’s Rob Fitzpatrick as “an absolute masterpiece of skull-bursting, synth-led ambient minimalism”. Thirty six years on, Astral Industries reinterpret Hamel's original vision with remixes from two contemporary heavyweights - Wolfgang Voigt and Rod Modell (aka Deepchord). Each expansive interpretation invites you to step outside of reality and into an alternative imagination of Hamel's future world, spiralling into the colours and slowly out of time itself. Original artwork by Theo Ellsworth and a massive thanks to Peter Michael Hamel & Eckart Rahn.
a1. Wolfgang’s Neokraut Trip
b1. Deepchord’s Carolina Forest Mix