Released 2nd June 2017
Emerging from what sounds like the unknown depths of outer space, new artist Icore drops a debut EP on Osiris Music uk lled with ve exercises in hypnotic, polyrhythmic tension. The A-side’s two tracks ’Sigil’ and ‘Status Field’ feel like two parts of a whole, each establishing a minimal, kick-heavy march in 6/8 that would perfectly ll the cavernous hull of an abandoned mining vessel, lurching through empty parts of the galaxy to the sound of ominous drones and malfunctioning, high-end bleeps. The B-side is more cinematic in its scope, with opener ‘Substance From Shadow’ summoning a distinctly b-movie vibe in its melody, before both ‘Claimed By Night’ and ‘Axiom’ retreat into darker, more ambient territory; the former thick in sub- bass kicks; the latter ramping up the dread with unnerving repetition.
a2. Stasis Field
b1. Substance from Shadow
b2. Claimed by Night
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 - 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
Repress Due 26th October 2018
If Osiris’ recent releases have represented a rope that bridges the chasm that exists between various bass-heavy electronic sub-genres, this compilation of brand new material might just be the bricks-and-mortar upgrade to that bridge that marries them all into one cohesive vision. Proceedings kick off with Overlook’s menacing take on Jungle — almost eight minutes of sustained preternatural tension in the shape of ‘Former Self ’.
Pessimist continues the journey with the sprawling ‘Indigo’, and moves away from his trademark pace to set the scene with repetitive, delayed stabs in the dark. Three tracks in, label boss Simon Shreeve steps into the ring, in his first outing as Mønic this year, to unveil the appropriately titled ‘Stampede’ — a marching, ferocious melding of industrial beats and distorted growl, pushed along by frenetic hi-hats before spiralling off the edge into a feedback-laden pit.
To close, Mønic teams up with Grebenstein. Picture the former’s take on sepulchral atmospherics, married with the latter’s mangled electronics, and you’ll have a good indication of what to expect from this meeting of minds. ‘Cutting The Ties That Bind’ sees those hats return in the distance, but slows the pace for a largely ambient conclusion to this unique blends of musical ideas.
a1. Overlook - Former Self
a2. Pessimist - Indigo
b1. Mønic - Stampede
b2. Mønic & Grebenstein - Cutting The Ties That Bind
Released 8th September 2017
If Osiris’ recent releases have signalled a change of pace, new artist The Things They Left Behind represents the logical conclusion with this 12-inch comprised of two half-time, dubby tracks. The first, Life Through Sepia, floats along to the ethereal backdrop of spoken word samples and distinctively melodic synths; the second, 68, sets a hazier and more abstract tone amidst on top of a sensual, rolling groove — distant guitars ring as huge snares echo into the mist.
a. Life Through Sepia
Released 21st July 2017
Celebrating Osiris’ 50th release in two parts, label head Simon Shreeve unveils ‘Deep Summer’ as the first: a downtempo, vocal-led track with a pace and laid-back vibe not usually associated with his Mønic alias. On the B side, a remix from none other than Burial offers a distinctly smokier take on the track, full of percussive melodies that weave into surprisingly major-chord territory towards the end of the song’s ten minutes. This is a release that sees both artists pushing their respective music’s preconceptions.
a1. Mønic - Deep Summer
b1. Mønic - Deep Summer (Burial Remix)