Released 23rd June 2017
The debut LP from Ancestral Voices now repressed for 2017 in an all new vinyl colour.
The birth of Ancestral Voices represents a new path for an established and highly respected producer.
Liam Blackburn carved out a singular musical voice as Indigo, and also more recently as half of acclaimed duo Akkord. Inevitably a new approach to creating music has developed into a new identity: seeping with textures, loaded with a taut energy that whispers tales of shamanism and transformative life experiences.
Stripping back an already unique creative process proved a challenge that has paid off, and Blackburn's evolving sound has no immediate sonic comparison. With distinct resonances of his musical heritage flowing through a more mature filter, there is a mystical atmosphere that resounds through the LP as you hear Ancestral Voices emerge triumphantly into the world.
The Ancestral Voices debut LP is an insight into a subconscious journey; fully formed as one accomplished 'Night Of Visions'.
a1. Night of Visions
b1. Ritual Time
c2. The Feathered Serpent
d1. Rebirth & Dissolution
d3. Sleepless Night, First Light
Released 20th November 2015
Field Records continues to focus on its first run of solo artists EPs with four tracks from UK pair Szare. Before now this Frozen Border and Horizontal Ground duo has excelled in crafting cavernous bass chambers and off beat rhythms with ease - just as they do here. Riding up and down, skipping left and right and swelling with a sense of post apocalyptic optimism as it goes. This EP is full of fresh ideas, fulsome production and a dark energy that makes it fit perfectly on the most recent end of the hardcore continuum.
a1. The Silver Number
a2. Buried Rails
b1. Crop Failure
b2. Overcharged by the Pump
Released 20th November
Once again the dutchman from the north Boris Bunnik (who actually resides in Rotterdam now, but that aside) is showcasing his magic fingers, this time on Shipwrec's deep techno offshoot Deep Sound Channel. 'Hinterland' is a topnotch ice-cold but heartwarming submarine electro/techno album with distant hints of IDM, in other words the perfect soundtrack for the long midwinter nights to come.
01. Morning Sun
03. Tidal Window
04. Navier Stokes Equations
05. Feg Depth
06. Environmental Migrant
07. Black Cloud
London based italian producer Giordano Fiacchini, also known for his alter-ego Luru out on Nervous Horizon, drops his second ep under the Bangalore moniker on OOH-sounds, a new label from Florence run by Backwords and Andrea Mi.
Artistically born and raised under Burialʼs vapor trail influence, Bangalore assembles his new effort ʻHere Comes the Rainʼ proceeding on 7 fictional music trails that move through an abstract jungle buried in digital haze. Itʼs an organic tale, a kind of shipʼs-log that use a sonic pallette built on contrasts to picture Bangaloreʼs vision like a sort of ʻfuture nostalgiaʼ. Organic vs digital, light vs dark, solid vs liquid, abstraction vs concreteness, present vs past. Being a drummer and a big metal fan in his early teens, Bangalore then skillfully lays these humid and hazy soundscapes on solid clear-cut drum beats, sculpting rhythmical patterns to shape a sort of modern primitivism. The whole is topped randomly by pitched voices and dreamlike melodies, like lost tribal chants that seem to flourish out of tropical plants. All this define an ep that feels mature, articulated, structured, and affecting.
Opening is Storm a beatless and lysergic prologue that alternates dramatic movements to rainy plant life scenarios. Second is Rolling in the mud which focuses on a more song-like form introducing solid drums and melody lines by Hymenia, where her charming voice is processed and pitched to perform the weirdest gender somersault. Lost and desperate vocal bits go with a moving melancholic piano melody in Fog while Rough Loverʼs colored noise nostalgia reminds of Forest Swords debut on Tri-Angle. Under the Rain and Broken Heart are both centered on a tribal andamento, shaman-like voices and organic riffs that repeat to enchant. Killing Time drives us into a dreamlike dusk and its long and distended finale takes us back to the beginning of this trip to prelude a future sequel...
a1. The Storm
a2. Rolling In The Mud (feat. Hymenia)
a4. Rough Lover
b1. Under The Rain
b2. Broken Heart
b3. Killing Time
A1 – Trading in Souls: The first of four tracks on the EP starts with an industrial drone track that has bags of suspense and drama right from the off. The main sound is a very metallic synth sound that has a real draw you in feeling. There are little vox sounds that bounce out of the main lead sounds and the use of these adds detailing that keep the initial sounds more interesting on the ear.
A2 – Peeled-off faces: Ok now this is quite a daunting title for a track and will probably conjure up a darker world from where this tune has come. You would be correct in thinking this way as this track is not for the feint hearted. Its not a hard track by any stretch of the imagination but its relentless in its styling. The rhythm is like a train chugging along and the effect sound of steam being vented seems to add to this vision. At times it almost sounds like spray can art captured in audio form. The groove is very cyclic and trance inducing, and this will certainly run around your brain in a slightly disturbed way.
B1 – They Need Tragedy: The “B-Side” begins with a very tribal techno piece that has a machine like quality to it. The groove of the percussive elements is very mechanical and sounds like a set of robotic machines pressing and forming some kind of metal structure. The grinding sounds also enhance the assembly line loop, when coupled with the tapping pop sounds gives more depth to the overall feeling of this minimal but some how addictive track.
B2 – White Success: The final tune of this 4 track EP goes down a more peaceful and ambient road. The spaced out soundscape is really drifty and pleasant to listen too. Think Blade Runner soundtrack and you’re not far off. Beautiful pads wash up and down the piece and the use of space fx sounds give a very pleasing and wondrous feel to this tune. This is a proper eyes shut and let yourself go moment and is a great way to end this EP.
Appealing to listeners who like their music coming from a darker more industrial zone, but dig a bit of curve ball, sci-fi ambience on the side. For people who want something slightly leftfield then check this EP out as there is a bit of variety here in terms of overall content.
(Aural Imbalance Review)
a1. Trading In Souls
a2. Peeled-Off Faces
b1. They Need Tragedy
b2. White Success
We're very happy to announce the re-lauch of Klakson, the legendary electro/techno label run by Steffi and Dexter!
Klakson was one of the major west coast labels during the second wave of Dutch electro/techno heydays at the beginning of the century, releasing several classics such as Dexter's 'I Don't Care' or Fastgraph's 'Systematic'.
Now the time is right and a return in style it is... Without mercy Dexter drops four of his trademark razor-sharp sci-fi electro p-funk bombs that will make dancefloors explode worldwide... Listen and learn ya kiddies!
A1 – Autapse: Ekman starts the SFL EP with a piece of wobbly acidic bliss called Autapse. The main part of the track is a very hypnotic retro acid line that seems to be all the rage again these days, and why not? It’s the definitive of sound that always conjures up the great days of the late 80’s acid house movement. Anyway back to the track, the percussive elements are simple but allow the main players in the piece room to breathe. Crisp hats and claps take the lead and they are supported with soft kicks and stuttered tapping sounds. There is an eerie synth sound that haunts its way around the acid line and adds to the overall hypnotism of the tune. The bass line really gels all of the other components together and completes what is an excellent opening gambit from Ekman.
A2 – Uncertainty Principle: This is a more energetic and dance floor focused track. There is a real sense of urgency in the tune; the use of great squelchy sounds is superb and really uplifting. The beat structure is tight and quite progressive sounding in its arrangement style. The rounded claps and brushed hats are very groovy and when coupled with the solid 4/4 kicks really sound quite exciting (Would be great loud). The extra tripped out sounds also add to this mesmerizing ritual towards the temple of tribal dance. They create a very welcoming embrace into the realms of your on head whilst your legs go all jazzy and weirdJ. This is a top tune make no mistake about that.
B1 – Synaptic Feedback Loops: The title track of the EP carries on the traditions of the “A-Side”. Deep and meaningful acid lines are the order of the day here. There is a wonderful deep spacey pad sound the envelopes the main acid and really gives the track depth. The filters used on the acid line work really well as they reveal the rasp of the line as the track develops. This is a tune for you mind and takes you away with the drifting sounds softening the more harsh protagonists. The percussion is minimal but as before really gives the synth sections the chance to shine. A subbed out solid kick drum leads the march on acid house towers, in support a delayed clap swings in to flank the kick, and an open hi-hat completes the charge.
B2 – Antimony: The sounds here are quite out there and have a cold vibe about them. Think machines going on the attack as they decide to become self-aware. Don’t be fooled though the feel of the track works to perfection when compared with the others in this collection. Antimony feels very clinical and precise and less organic than the previously mentioned tunes. There are some superb percussive parts here, oscillating kick drums, tapping wood blocks and crisp clap sounds and sharp hats the groove is very cool indeed. The almost reverse sounding synth sound is very pleasing and welcome in this sci-fi adventure on a crazed spaceship of oddball robots and computers gone mad.
a2. Uncertainty Principle
b1. Synaptic Feedback Loops
1. (For The Love Of) Weeping
3. Seven Present Tenses
8. Wish You Better
9. It Is Not Easy
10. There Is A Place For Us
11. Music For He Quiet Heart 1
12. Music For He Quiet Heart 2
13. Music For He Quiet Heart 3
14. Music For He Quiet Heart 4
15. Music For He Quiet Heart 5
Co-produced by John Daly - - Debut Album by February & Mars
Mojuba is celebrating its 10th birthday in a very special way by releasing the magnificent selftitled debut album by analouge rockers February & Mars.
Hailing from the stunningly beautiful west of Ireland, the Galway group’s sound is awash with its environment, ranging from the rolling limestone mountains to the wild Atlantic sea. Core members Carl Ramberg and Jack Considine use classic drum machines and vintage synthesisers to carve their music, which is inspired by Detroit, Eno, Guns ‘n’ Roses and interplanetary love! However, it’s their use of more conventional techniques, vocal, guitars, piano etc that give February & Mars their dreamy signature sound, which is forming a hybrid of electronic music, psychedelic rock, indie pop and cosmic disco with an upbringing fostered by house and techno club nights! This unique studio debut album involves no other than John Daly in the co-production role, who also released the group’s 3-song debut EP on his own imprint Feel Music. As with every other release on Mojuba, we are confident that great quality music will always find a place in the heart of the open-minded listener & dancer!
a1. Secret Storm at the Edge of Night
a2. Sex Guest
a3. Jump City
a4. The Farmer's Song
b1. Lick the Bag
b2. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
b3. Deep Transformer
b4. Desert Winds
This is a song about impermanence that will last forever. Surprising, moving—haunting—'The Dying Rays' marks the innovative collaboration between the legendary Gang of Four and one of the world’s greatest singers, Germany’s top selling artist Herbert Grönemeyer.
Kontrolle und Macht
Ganze Imperien haben wir uns erdacht
Alles wird brennen lichterloh
Es bleibt nur der Staub
im letzten Licht
a2. The Dying Rays (Rivalry Remix)
b1. The Dying Rays
b2. The Dying Rays (Rivalry Remix Instrumental)
- Inkless spot-gloss Black on Black cover art on matt laminate board
- 2 x 12” ‘mid-weight’ vinyl + 2 x black cardboard inner sleeves
- 4 Tracks per side @ 33rpm
- Digital download redemption card included inside jacket
Ivy Lab announce ‘Ivy Lab Presents 20/20 Volume One’, set for release on 6th November via their new label 20/20 LDN Recordings.
Formed by producers Sabre, Stray and Halogenix, Ivy Lab are a North London collective that is part of a nascent movement of bass music refugees cross- pollinating UK soundsystem culture with influences from Future beats, the Mo’Wax era and LA’s Low End Theory focused beat scene. Their debut album adopts a clan style approach where different configurations of members, and collaborators, might operate under the Ivy Lab mantle:
“This LP sits somewhere between a compilation album and a mixtape. The tracks are a mix of solo beats from individual members and collaborative productions between all three of us.”
Inspired by their enthusiasm for experimentation on the fringes of the drum & bass scene; Sabre, Stray and Halogenix joined forces through individual collaborations on their principle label Critical Music before expanding into the formal trio of Ivy Lab. A string of standout singles and EPs, additional support from Goldie’s Metalheadz recordings and remixes for acts and labels including Sub Focus (Universal), TC (3beat) and Anushka (Brownwood) have attracted a wealth of attention to the group.
With an anchored presence at the heart of the drum and bass community secured, the collective have now expanded into fresh territory under the framework of the "20/20” project. Initially established as a clubnight, the project is broadening its scope with the launch of a record label driven by the same raison-d’être as its live-event sibling. Namely to provide a showcase for the emerging landscape of sounds operating in the hinterlands between footwork, jungle/drum’n’bass, hip- hop and future beats - often referred to under the stop-gap moniker of ‘halftime'. Given this new movement’s proximity to Ivy Lab’s musical heritage as a drum and bass act, they view 20/20 as an expansion, rather than a change, in their musical output:
“We have no intention of turning our backs on drum & bass, but we have such a huge body of music in this style that it makes sense for us to create a parallel platform dedicated to this movement.”
Evolving from a midweek free party at Finsbury Park’s Silver Bullet, 20/20’s club night moves to new Brixton venue Phonox on Wednesday 23rd September with Alix Perez, Sam Binga, Fracture, Deft and Tim Parker. 20/20 team up with Astral Black at Village Underground on 21st November as part of The Hydra’s Clock Strikes 13 series. Ivy Lab continue to play worldwide.
Noisia, DJ Craze, Eprom, Deft, TC, Plastician (Rinse FM), Stray, Halogenix, J:Kenzo (Rinse FM).
a3. Third World Cup
a4. Love Is Here
b1. Hiya (feat. Havelock)
b4. Click Clack
c2. No Answer
d3. Woodland Princess
Released 4th December 2015
So there he sits in the Dub Basket, vintage desk overloading, space Echo waiting for a waveform from Tuff Scout to Dub. Out there by the river amidst the Ballardian wastelands producing some beats......fascilitating the Sons of Kemet or Roisin Murphy, mixing Micachu or maybe he's just having a nap. A bag of outboard lies at the back, put down from a last away trip with the Matthew Herbert live expedition.
Up on the wall in the vinyl rack lies a track back into pre history, remixes, Japan, names, places, styles, beats, bands, Cage's Silence and Herzog on Herzog....... all the way back to New York mid 80s making tea for KRS-1 and learning a trade . Borrowed amplifier in the corner going back to brother Marco - didn't have it when they did the Young Disciples...... or maybe they did. Two Banks of Four test pressings, William Adamson acetate got checked and put in a pile by the quarter inch tape machine, the long mic that was used to record Shaka v Fatman 'Wood Green 89' is an older resident resting on some obscure Jazz and waiting their turn to get Ableton'd. Doesn't really say any name above the door, too many names - could see it as a problem.... or a benefit, that all depends. It seems more chaotic than it actually is, but his name is Demons and he's done a new EP, but it's odds on he'll of been involved in music you will have listened to before...... or not..... in which case enjoy this new artist .
The Wrong Person Spec - Dropped twice on Gilles Peterson show. "Killer Track!" Gilles Peterson BBC 6 Music The Wrong Person Spec - Dropped twice on Kev Beadle’s Mind Fluid Show. "Bottom end sub bizniss :-)" Kev Beadle Mind Fluid Show
a1. Demons - The Wrong Person Spec
b1. Demons - Somewhere In Space
b2. Demons - If We Amplify Everything, We Hear Nothing