Thursday, 06 March
**Debut physical release of cinematic atmospheres finding darker ground somewhere between early Oneohtrix Point Never, Lars Holdus and David Lynch soundtracks. C25. Two-colour risographed sleeves on recycled stock. Edition of 60** "'Permanent Liminality' leads the 25 minute journey with it's cinematic, Vangelis-esque opening, where end of life gasps of breath pierce through a dense choral hum, conjuring the ghosts of Brian Eno's 'Music for Airports' before morphing into a dry, desolate, Ballardian expanse of unease & dread... 'A fish hook in my finger' picks up where things have been left, ag… Read more
Entr'acte's January 2014 mix, delivered on 40 used C90 cassettes. A proper cut-up collage of field recordings, New Beat samples and myriad other aural detritus compiled, mixed and duplicated from tapes by Ultra Eczema boss and all round scene bod Dennis Tyfus in Antwerp, making for a real K-hole of a listen. Tracklist: A - Colunst / Pierre Elitair & Danny Kontjesmaat / Wim De Bie met Henry Vrienten & Joost Belinfante / John Carpenter / Maniacs / Hirsche Nicht Aufs Sofa / Etant Donnés /Nosepickers / Brew Abuse; B - Brew Abuse / DSR Lines / Jessica Rylan / OB Minimax / Dysuria / Vullran / Hiatus / WIM Fanfare / Speleocombo / Girls On Fire / RTVS.
**Two-colour risographed sleeves on recycled stock. Edition of 50** Brighton's ever-excellent Where To Now debut Devon Hansen's skillful concrète craftwork in the engrossing 'Speak In A Low Voice Which Is Difficult To Hear'. Taking a step away from the beat-oriented output of his Lotide guise - last heard on Astro:dynamics' 'Moonless' album, this piece of work is equally comparable with mid-century avant-garde and concrète by the Pierres as the contemporary works of Jar Moff, Helm and Bruce Gilbert. Field recordings are twisted, serrated and re-sculpted in… Read more
Thursday, 30 January
Astro:dynamics present quite easily the best material we've heard so far from Sabina Plamenova aka Alis yet, a lovely suite of lo-fi dream-pop sketches recorded during downtime around a show in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. The music stands in stark contrast to her recent dancefloor moves on Don't Be Afraid and her own Opit label, erring closer to the psychedelic dub tropes of Negra Branca's amazing 'NB' LP, but juxtaposing her tender, soulful vocal loops against colder, minimalist ambient techno space where she lets her voice ring out like the plainsong of Julianna Barwick. It reveals a qu… Read more
Thursday, 23 January
The excellent Blowing Up The Workshop mix-tape blog and Opal Tapes team up again to present the machine madness of Ged Gengras' Personable and Gnod's Dwellings & Druss on the latest Mirror & gate volume. In jackin' modular synth mode, Personable churns out two bits of overheated electronic scree powered by thumping kicks on his side; Gnod squadron's Dwellings & Druss 'fess up a live set recorded on 20/06/13 on the flip, stepping off into a vortex of acidic chain reactions, staggering dub rhythms, cacophonous noise and thunderous drum patterns so dark and disorienting we can't tell up from down.
Opal Tapes and the Blowing Up The Workshop mix-blog-cum-label introduce two new artists to our ears on 'Mirror & Gate Vol. IV'. Aniello sprawls across the A-side with some 30 minutes of uniquely syncopated percussive loops and tape FX oscillating somewhere between Thought Broadcast and Decimus in its refusal to stick with any discernible structure and wickedly atonal no wave qualities. Freaky ish. John Sandia's 'Pierrot Lunaire' opens up an equally aud, abstract space on the flip with the possibly Schoenberg-referencing four-part movement of worn-down rhythms, ambient gloom and spectral presence.
Immersive, labyrinthine electro-acoustic music originally issued in 2010. Darkest drone wormholes. Christopher McFall: "I think that this series of works represents the most visual and visceral of my releases to date. I feel that it is accurately reflective of my perceptions of my immediate environment at the time it was conceived. When I composed these tracks in 2008 I wanted to create something with field recordings and treated tape/sampled material that alluded to an epic feeling that could be rendered in black in white; eroding more with every subsequ… Read more
Thursday, 09 January
**Edition of 150** Intense, squally noise drones from Dublin's Where Is This, his first for The Tapeworm. To date Mark Ward aka 'Where Is This' has released a slew of his own recordings on his Bored Bear label, along with countless others by the likes of Black Orgasm, Piss Gag, Female Harikiri and other such friendly-monikered miscreants. His 'Inifinite Hum' opens The Tapeworm's 2014 catalogue with a bracing 20 minute blast of viscous, vicious white noise licking up high peaks of blizzard-like distortion in hypnotic, oncoming waves. 'Infinite Hiss' is more varied, redolent of Kevin Dru… Read more
Thursday, 12 December
**Housed in hand-stamped, braille-stickered card mailer** The mysterious Phono Ghost (your guess is as good as ours) delivers Skam's 4th Skassette; a 30 minute cut-up collage composed from fragments of charity shop tape finds. Like that hyperfunky Meatbingo release, it's a prime exercise in nexx-level pause-button editing, but unlike Meatbingo, the vibe is altogether slower, or as the label puts it, "an idiosyncratic fusion between languid funk, hypnologic vocals and swirling psychoactive melodies." The funk here is viscous but deft, grave-robbing samples from the resting place of po… Read more
Thursday, 05 December
Murky ambient flux from Ten Hyphen Twenty for Brighton's Where To Now? crew. Two extended pieces unravel with enigmatic logic; 'Portrait Of A House Plant' dissolving between darker ambient drones and composted ferric textures to pockets of trapped bass music, frictional rhythms against morphing swells of noise and detached melodies in between blurry ambient dimensions. 'Still Life With Indoor Water Feature' is lusher, traversing processed field recordings, crushing/crushed concrete textures and lost, ambient motifs deep into the sort of cracked, kaleidoscopic vortex you might expect from Wanda Group or DJ Purple Image. Recommended!
Eerie, oneiric electronic psychedelia from Lisbon's Ondness for Brighton's excellent Where To Now? label. 'Poor Man's Twilight Zone' exists in a headspace somewhere between Negra Branca's ethereal H-Pop scapes, Wanda Group's murky ambient and the kind of zonked post-techno purveyed by Opal Tapes, feeling out in the half light resonant, gamelan-like tones and lushest chord swirl in the 12 minute 'Trono', whilst 'Ongoing To Zona' combines celestial flute with a sort of lo-fi take on Porter Ricks' aquatic techno churn. 'Edit Sombre' is closer to techno proper with a buoyant 4/4 step… Read more
Thursday, 24 October
**Edition of 50 Produbbed clear tapes** New on Reckno. "If you enjoyed the Ananas Pyramidalis and Max Bellancourt releases on Reckno then this one will take you over the edge. Alabaster Falcons harness the sound of running water, shimmering light, refracted colour, infinite ascension, stopping and looking, breathing and relaxing. This release features two Zen drone works where two minds think as none in perfect harmony. This is pure music with all unnecessary extras removed. One hand clapping looped to form a deep pleasure tone. The final track, which might be the prettiest t… Read more
Thursday, 13 June
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Berlin-based avant-garde singer/artist BRM presents a homage to Andy Warhol in 'Five Takes'. Starting out predominantly electronic, with glitching, detailed production offered by producer/soul singer Waterson and subtly underlining her Billie's classic croon, each take progressively sheds those synthetic layers through the process, revealing an final take where the rollign drums, fluttering organ and location recordings being us closer to a "reality". Recommended.
Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Striking debut release by London's Midnight Davis, landing on the discerning Five Easy Pieces imprint. 'Aftershocks' is much more melancholic than anything previously on the label, channelling the ghosts of British indie, pop, and rave into dubbed-out and dystopian electronic scapes. The likes of James Blake, Cloud Boat and Holy Other are all apt comparisons for this sound, in as much that they express that unique bedroom spirit, but Midnight really stakes out his own take on that aesthetic with 'Aftershocks', from the dank and isolated '90s Trip-Hop gloom of 'Letting It Flow' to the l… Read more