Heartland is the debut from 24 year old Portland, Oregon resident Dylan Stark. Tropical and immersive the album is brimming with emotion, spontaneity, reflection, and general human-ness. This is celebration music, exhilarating and invigorating.
a1. Dylan Stark - Ashen
a2. Dylan Stark - Shelter
b1. Dylan Stark - Heart Land
b2. Dylan Stark - Parade
c1. Dylan Stark - Daydream
c2. Dylan Stark - Northern
d1. Dylan Stark - Near Dawn
d2. Dylan Stark - Now
Impasse is a new label headed by Asusu, best known for his work as one third of the trio Livity Sound.
The first release pairs the shattered grooves of the title track, Serra, with three richly textured pieces staking out new territories in Asusu’s canon; Anglo Skin, which swells and heaves with layers of dark euphoria; Arrhythmia, a fine mesh of high frequency patterns skirting above a dense framework; and finally Low Art, closing off the release with a dynamic exploration of texture and gesture.
He has found acclaim through tracks such as Velez and Sister, and as a remixer, most recently working on a subdued variation of Efdemin’s Some Kind of Up and Down Yes for Dial Records. 2014 also saw him remixed by A Made Up Sound, MMM, Nick Höppner and Dresvn.
Impasse has been established to offer a platform for experimentation, both within the framework of techno and house as well as music that falls outside these constraints.
a1. Asusu - Serra
b1. Asusu - Anglo Skin
b2. Asusu - Arrhythmia
b3. Asusu - Low Art
12" Vinyl including print and accompanying booklet.
The musical background of Japanese sound-artist Yu Miyashita is somewhat split. His longest standing project, Yaporigami, spans back to 2006 when he first released under the name – yet the music Miyashita has begun releasing under his birthname has become increasingly significant in recent years. Indeed, debuting on Mille Plateaux as he did with the first Miyashita LP Noble Niche in 2011 is a rather impressive first footing for any new project, and not one that has restricted his further movements.
'Grind Analysts' sees the union of these two projects; the a-side occupied by the comparatively dancefloor centric tracks he crafts as Yaporigami, whilst the b-side is reserved for the music he composes under his birthname. 'Ashen Oblique' stumbles into focus with rasping factory aesthetics – like a production line automated to run at maximum efficiency. Dense sound- design surges forward glitchy and distorted, Miyashita's swarm of fragmented digital atmospheres teeming in the backdrop. 'Lunar Steps' is less timid in its approach, opening with a blitz of decaying breakbeats cutting through Miyashita's vapourous backdrop.
The record's b-side, 'The Silent Pulse', captures the intense and conflicted beauty which has come to be associated with his latter project. Waves of digital distortion crash against stirring vocal loops - Miyashita's whirling, emotive crescendo is visceral in its impact. The swamp of noise which builds across the track doesn't stop it from striking through with clarity at the chosen moments; the effectiveness with which Miyashita's uses these rousing vocal samples is stunning in its simplicity.
a1. Yaporigami - Ashen Oblique
a2. Yaporigami - Lunar Steps
b1. Yu Miyashita - The Silent Pulse
'Sacrificial Red' 12" marbled vinyl only (no digital release)
The Descent (Chapter I) introduces Pact Infernal to the Horo series.
A sinister soundtrack of the journey down through the 9 Circles of Hell as told in Dante's Inferno, each Circle is used as a theme to map out a tense underworld of dramatic sonics.
The beginning of something very special, expect Chapter II to burrow further into the scorching netherworld.
I - Circle 1 [Limbo]
II - Circle 2 [Lust]
III - Circle 3 [Gluttony]
IV - Circle 4 [Greed]
The return of the Veil/Unveil series! Auxiliary's first vinyl offering for 2015 comes in the form of Veil/Unveil - Issue Three.
Followers of the series will know the format by now, but those of you new to it can expect 4 different artists offering four pieces of music that do their utmost to complement each other for a well balanced listening experience.
First up is ASC's 85 bpm monster, Lose Control. Heavy bass and a classic acapella do the damage on this one.
Synth Sense flip things for the abstract Red Skies, with it's eerie synth hooks and messed up vocal phrase.
Sam KDC continues with the dark theme from his recent EP, The Order & The Entity, while Method One rounds things off with another steady 85bpm 4/4 bass offering. You already know you need this, so enough said.
a1. ASC - Lose Control
a2. Synth Sense - Red Skies
aa1. Sam KDC - The Messenger
aa2. Method One - Pyre
Greta Cottage Woodpile brings home the obligatory unoptimistic sensation with MTDD : Bernau 4
Specifically selected field recordings taken from a weekend in October ’13, when the GCW family walked around the District of Bernau 4.
The area around The Reconciliation Church features heavily in this audio collage of haunting and strangely emotional audio. The intent is to invoke the experience of a Berlin Cold War Border Crossing - through the eyes of a child.
The Marx Trukker takes these intricate pieces, tears them up and rebuilds into expertly crafted rhythms within rhythms.
As the abstractisms take shape, a very much broad and present, yet eloquently subtle use of cavernous atmosphere addresses confused and bemused intricate detail.
Seemingly and suggestively familiar snippets of sound coax disturbing weirdness with whistles and chants wrapped in distorted pinches.
Not for the easy listener, more often challenging than not; but particularly rewarding when getting lost in the density of discordant oddity.
Though harsh and aggravating at times there's moments of simply zoning into the constantly changing dynamic - bringing you to question 'where is the kick?' Before you know it there's a thudding undercurrent that feels like it had never left. Odd.
Early obvious nods to Demdikes, then unfurling into big Terry Dixon or Jeffery Mills territory towards the finish seem not too obtuse,
More smudged and paranoid than the previous Trukker partakings on GCW, it's suitably on Woodpile to set it apart from other material, requiring multiple sittings to really grasp it's glorious entirety
Detroit native Malcolm MacLachlan has been gaining momentum in the world of electronic music under his Appian moniker. He's set to launch his latest LP Aprileft.
In what he describes as "uptempo space-funk," Appian delivers a sound that has been influenced by everything from deep house and techno, to disco, boogie and electro — not to mention the "patented hi-tech soul" of his hometown.
His 2012 debut EP Endomusia was an exploration of abstract sound, and while the new record continues to carve out new musical landscapes, it's a more cohesive effort — which, according to a press release, "explores a higher echelon of the artist's cosmic-tinged sound."
There's definitely an out-of-this-world motif running through Aprileft, on pieces like "Hyperspace Dreams," "Space Beat" and "Satellite," while the sense of sonic adventure is present on tracks like "Digital Fantasy" and "Transient Explorer."
The themes and influences meld together seamlessly on Aprileft, resulting in a polished, engaging and interesting final product.
1. Appian - Aprileft
2. Appian - For Warm Weather
3. Appian - Worries Pt. 1
4. Appian - U & Me
5. Appian - Leavin'
6. Appian - Fixed Expression
7. Appian - Hyperspace Dreams
8. Appian - Space Beat
9. Appian - Digital Fantasy
10. Appian - Satellite
11. Appian - Elegie
12. Appian - Tuxedo
13. Appian - Transient Explorer
14. Appian - Love2
Here we have another four slices of futuristic goodness from the well established label Auxiliary run by atmospheric master ASC, this EP showcases four of the Auxiliary label regulars Sam KDC, Synth Sense, Method One and ASC.
Let's kick things of with the Sam KDC track entitled Ascetic, this rolls in a very deep sort of dub tech vibe and really captures the technicality that Sam KDC normally brings to the table. A very deep and darkish vibe, but not too heavy surrounds this track with edgy beat work growing as the tune progresses.
We move onto ASC's piece called Symmetry which has such a lusciously spacial vibe to it and really draws the listener into the lush textures and deepness that this tune provides in bucket loads... really lovely to listen to, the subtle vox additions sound great throughout!
Synth Sense provides a very raw glitch based track entitled Trapped Within The Circuit which is very apt title for this tune. It's distorted yet controlled soundscape has that kind of vibe that keeps you the edge whilst listening, with softer sounds developing over the top that take what is initially harsh and raw and really pulls it all together. This vibe really works on the EP giving a different vibe to the overall release.
Finally we have a track from Method One called Under the Same Stars. This is a really drifty tune that has beautiful elements throughout, very very deep and spacey, downtempo quality beats over wonderful synth lines - excellent from start to finish!
This EP really does capture a broad sense of what the guys over at Auxiliary are putting out as a label, which in my humble opinion is deep edgy music that captures the imagination and covers a lot of different bases.
A must buy from this group of very talented musicians.
A1. Sam KDC - Ascetic
A2. ASC - Symmetry
B1. Synth Sense - Trapped Within The Circuit
B2. Method One - Under The Same Stars
This is a four track EP that shows off some of the Auxiliary stables finest artists in a futuristic slab of pure quality, the EP contains tracks from label boss ASC, Vaccine, Sam KDC and a collaborative track by Synth Sense & ASC.
A1 is ASC's moody but brilliant tracks called Noncolour Entity and this deep future vibe sounds stunning very very intricate synth noises pulsate throughout this tune and it's got drama and pure genius written all over it, very nice indeed.
A2 by Vaccine entitled Irradiate has a lovely charming chime based synth line running through with a kind of oriental vibe surrounding it, almost dare I say hip hop esc beats that drive this slice of goodness in a positive direction this is a very cool track and has a really positive vibe throughout.
We move on to B1 - Sam KDC offering which has a lush soundscape over a pulsating break beat vibe containing a real energy, quality production values throughout here - very nice and tight edits keep this piece moving along nicely another quality edition to this EP.
Finally we have the collaboration track between Synth Sense and ASC called Glimpse and if this is a glimpse into these guys working together more often then this really makes you want it to happen! A great atmospheric tune that takes you off into the dreamy vibes that this lovely piece of music provides, a subtle use of ghostly vocals really makes this an essential track to own as do the rest of the tracks on this EP...
Pure gold from start to finish.
A1. ASC - Noncolour Entity
A2. Vaccine - Irradiate
B1. Sam KDC - Lovesick
B2. ASC & Synth Sense - Glimpse
1. Central Industrial - Integration
2. Central Industrial - Twine and Coil
3. Central Industrial - Ghost Hack
4. Central Industrial - Their Fleeting Memories
5. Central Industrial - Darknet
6. Central Industrial - Kowloon Walled City
7. Central Industrial - Maglev
8. Central Industrial - The Wheeler Boundary
9. Central Industrial - Implant
I was heavily inspired by Chris Marker's film Sans Soleil (Sunless) just before I began recording the EP. He talks about remembering and memories; we preserve our recollections through photographs, films, literature and in my particular case, music. Each track on the EP is essentially a memory preserved.
The EP deals with ennui or just the overlying feeling of listlessness that usually props up when one thinks life is futile. Again, like my last release, this EP is quite melancholic in nature except the themes are more mature. I've focused on the artificial gratifications such as drugs, sex and what these temporary distractions can do to you and the relationships around you.
I tend to take these dark subject matters and try and transform them into something beautiful, it's incredibly cathartic. This is why I find it amusing and overwhelming when people call my music "ethereal" or "uplifting".
I really love Dostoyevsky's work or just any Russian author to be honest. His novels are incredibly detailed and meticulous, everything is palpable. I want any release I put out to feel this way. When people listen to my music I want them to be able to really feel the sounds, as if they can touch them: I work really hard to try and accomplish this.
Lastly, I think what inspires me the most about being a musician: is the story telling. To be able to project your stories and memories through sound knowing that there's at least somebody out there that will listen to what you have to say.
1. Monsoonsiren - Glasstables (Feat. Go Yama)
2. Monsoonsiren - Geisha (Feat. Insightful)
3. Monsoonsiren - Maso (Feat. Laplace)
4. Monsoonsiren - Photographs (Feat. Laplace)
5. Monsoonsiren - Sullen Fables (Feat. Galimatias)
A1) Bedroom Dreamer (Moon B Remix) we start things with the moon b remix of Bedroom Dreamer this lovely bass and synth line epic really captures a well crafted homage to the synthetic sounds of the 80’s but realized in a modern way, this cool wave vibe with quality synth noodling’s really has a superb sense of retro meets modern, very nice indeed.
A2) Bedroom Dreamer - the original of this track has a feel of the classic tracks by R-Tyme with a timeless vibe in its styling, this version really has a lovely melodic vibe through all levels of its sound structure from the bass through to the graceful pad chord sweeps which ooze quality to the lush synth stab sounds.
B1) CDWJ DUB - this tune again really reminds of the quality stuff that emerged from transmat, the pure quality of this really stands out and if you like deep techno vibes then this track is a must have tune, excellent arrangement of sounds that dance between each other as the track progresses, very musical and thought provoking whilst listening.
B2) Hand of God - we drop tempo with Hand of God, a lush deep track that like the previous tunes on this EP has great retro styling’s but holds such a quality which feels that it will never grow old, this is a great way to wrap up this EP.
a1. The Nuclear Family - Bedroom Dreamer (Moon B Remix)
a2. The Nuclear Family - Bed
b1. The Nuclear Family - CDWJ Dub
b2. The Nuclear Family - Hand Of God
At long last, it's finally here. After two years of waiting, New York's Anthony Naples is ready to finally reveal his debut full-length LP, Body Pill, set for release on February 17th on Four Tet's Text Records.
a1. Anthony Naples - Ris
a2. Anthony Naples - Abrazo
a3. Anthony Naples - Changes
a4. Anthony Naples - Way Stone
b1. Anthony Naples - Refugio
b2. Anthony Naples - Pale
b3. Anthony Naples - Used To Be
b4. Anthony Naples - Miles
a1 – Tele, we start with a track that focuses on delayed sounds dropping in and out over a very deep pad drone style background. When it all happens together sounds mesmerising. In addition to this delayed drum samples make a superb and very creative way of appearing in this is great opening to this EP.
b1 - Delta, Amazing atmosphere here with very sci-fi film score feel in its conception, with use of hypnotic and well paced tones; bouncing, delicate atmospheric sounds that really focus on the use of space within the track. This piece has a real visual quality to it whilst listening.
b2 – Luc, A very ambient composition, with bell chimes and moody suspense like chords this really has an eerie but welcoming quality to it. Many little glitch sounds that really capture the real sounds that have been used in the track, it has a kind of classical feeling about it and this could also lend itself to film.
The EP that Klaus has created here is a very visual ambient piece, well worth getting if you are into your ambient chilled out music.
a1. Klaus - Tele
b1. Klaus - Delta
b2. Klaus - Luc
Deft sets the tone early on his "Blue Jasmine“ EP with an intro that juxtaposes the meaning of hypnosis and awakening, foreshadowing the way ambient elements are fused with heavy drums and complex rhythms. Energetically pulling the listener out of any hypnosis – or rather into? – the dark and massive basslines will haunt us through dark underground clubs all over.
a1. Deft - Vapid Pt. 1
a2. Deft - Vapid Pt. 2
a3. Deft - Promise Me
b1. Deft - Drawn
b2. Deft - The Night Time
b3. Deft - Blue Jasmine
1 – Conundrum: Lost Twin starts with a lovely ambient piece that has a real depth and originality to it, with odd little glitch stutter sounds blended nicely with vocal snippets and a spacey background and a very metallic kind of quality to it, a great way to kick things off.
2 – Snake Snake: This looping noodle fest has a cool trip hop style to it, very well used samples and beat construction for those who like the downtempo quirky vibes, little jazz rolls swirl around in a very positive manner and add to the uplifting feeling of this tune.
3 – Ego Hunter (Feat Nimio): Very deep vibes here slowdown with this glacier like vocal track, little cave drips in the background and a very soothing atmosphere make this track a must have for the armchair listeners, very sophisticated and cool this track screams style from start to finish.
4 – Acuario De Plantas: This jam really has a very lush sound that oozes quality throughout, almost a underwater vibe going on with this one, really detailed soundscape with hints of vocal that add a mysterious and almost suspense like atmosphere without becoming harsh.
5 – The Tides: ...has arpeggio sounds that twist there way into a hypnotic trip, utilising chord changes that create a real depth. Synth noodles move in and around the core sounds add a really deep and thoughtful atmosphere - a proper head down and zone out vibe, very cool work here indeed.
6 – Gamelan: More beautiful vibes with Gamelan so thought provoking and a real touch of class with this, hypnosis is the order of the day yet again with this piece and the sound structure of this track really works well.
7 – The Inmost Light: At this point just when you think it can't get any better then along comes The Inmost Light - truly stunning. The well created and evolving arpeggio sound really lift this tune into deep space, then metallic pad sounds with an edgy but warranted addition to the arp sound really bringthe whole piece to life.
8 – Coda (Feat Van Delay): The Mist EP ends with a downtempo track called Coda, pitched odd synth sounds that have a Nathan Fake quality to them, quite heavy beat work here but not so much that the track become hard. The sounds around the beats really soften, the track then drifts into an ambient outro - a great way to finish off this compilation.
Overall this compilation will suit people who like deep thoughtful tracks but also the more experimental crowd as well, this really is a very well crafted with real moments of pure quality throughout and is highly recommended.
Lost Twin – The Mist (Aural Imbalance Review)
1. Lost Twin - Conundrum
2. Lost Twin - Snake Snake
3. Lost Twin - Ego Hunter (Ft. Nimio)
4. Lost Twin - Acuario De Plantas
5. Lost Twin - The Tides
6. Lost Twin - Gamelan
7. Lost Twin - The Inmost Light
8. Lost Twin - Coda (Ft. Van Delay)
A1 – Two in the Chamber: The Circuitous LP start with a stylish, quirky piece that has lovely little drop of synth noodles over a course, yet refined electronic bass sound. Lush panning sounds add a real coolness to the tune, with detailed percussive elements give the track a uplifting feel without being to heavy.
A2 – Reddin Off: Beautiful breaks sit right at the back of the mix but really feel close somehow, off beat percussion then kicks in and throws you for a bit: weirdly though it seems to make perfect sense when listened to as a whole, delicate synth and pad sounds float out of the tune in a very melodic but understated way - the flow of the tune works really well.
A3 – Transient Authority: Off beat kind of trip hop vibe here, again using quirky elements off the beat work which really captivate whilst listening, the off beat really starts to become very hypnotic as the track progresses.
A4 – Evolved in Twists: Interesting rhythms that build in their oddness into a skippy live jazz type of feeling that has a very mellow soundscape over a bizarre but high quality beat structure. Deep and odd is the name of the game with this track, top marks.
B1 – Circuitous: The title track from the LP Circuitous oozes quality right from the get go, really intricate sounds drifting over cool detailed beats and a soft almost live sounding bassline. This panoramic track has an edgy vibe in a way but keeps its feet well and truly on the deeper side of things.
B2 – Kae: Industrial sounding in its sound set, with metallic crashing hammer blows used as percussive elements throughout the tune with very retro sci-fi synth sounds that add an eerie atmosphere. Arp sound patterns emerge as the track moves along adding to the sci-fi vibe of this tune.
B3 – Feel: Four x Four is the order of the day with Feel, techno rumblings with the prominent kick drum over tremolo organ sounds that wobble along over the top. A little analog bass pops in and adds to the progression of the track, then the beat structure goes off elsewhere, which is strange but works really well here.
C1 – Swash: This funky little number has a slinky little filter piano loop that leads into bell sounds that are delicate and have a kind a melancholy about them... disturbed in some way the track has very erratic drums that sometimes tighten into a more structured way, then go random and loose to keep you on your toes.
C2 – The Image: A jamming' synth riff drives the track along, this piece has the equivalent of the wobbly wheel of beats at its core, again really suiting the track and works well as the track progresses along. That main riff opens and closes through filters sometimes soft sounding and other times more harsh but without distortions - sounds spring out of the main parts and little vox snippets float in to your ears.
C3 – Group Home Reality, Get ready for bizarre beatville here, this is so disjointed, you will definitely need to be in the right frame of mind for this - imagine machines going wild whilst being clamped into a compressor & recorded - that is probably the best way of describing this track.
C4 – Alibi II: This track has got some quirky vibes but has a real kind of home listen feel to it, again interesting percussive vibes over very cool organic elements that utilise glitch noise. Keeps this tune on edge but not going too far overboard.
D1 – DBC, Looped wind based flute sounds create a little hypnosis over retro synth from the 80’s, cool beat structures create a atmosphere that chugs along nicely, then big pitch bend synth leads take over with their raw analog qualities, again very edgy but works well.
D2 – Im Asking You KB, This track has got a deep energy to it that starts with a very sci-fi based loop implementing spacey pad washes; although not being as deep as you could go do add a gentle softening of the tune, a thoughtful piece overall that will trance you out as the tune progresses.
D3 – Tell Me Who Like That (Beside Manner): The LP ends with a breakbeat affair that has quite weird feel to it and is obviously in keeping with the rest of the LP - this is probably the heaviest track of the whole LP with odd sample usage and crazy beat work.
Overall this record will appeal to those who seek the experimental, some tracks will take a few goes to get to grips with what Afrikan Sciences are trying to achieve. There are also moments that are pure quality, hats of to this LP for being different, but be sure to keep you head together before diving in.
a1. Afrikan Sciences - Two In The Chamber
a2. Afrikan Sciences - Reddin Off
a3. Afrikan Sciences - Transient Authority
a4. Afrikan Sciences - Evolved In Twists
b1. Afrikan Sciences - Circuitous
b2. Afrikan Sciences - Kae
b3. Afrikan Sciences - Feel
c1. Afrikan Sciences - Swash
c2. Afrikan Sciences - The Image
c3. Afrikan Sciences - Group Home Reality
c4. Afrikan Sciences - Alibi II
d1. Afrikan Sciences - DBC
d2. Afrikan Sciences - I'm Asking You KB
d3. Afrikan Sciences - Tell Me Who Like That (Bedside Manner)