Tagged: top notch

A German Love and S/Ka

I was going to message myself as a reminder for two tracks I’m thinking about including in the next show, then realised I should probably just post them here.

Both released this year and on the sort-of techno/industrial side.

The first with a lot of talking over the top (by Ancient Methods, who did a remix of something I posted a little while ago, on Metaphysik).

The other not so much (by Simon Shreeve on Hardwax records).

 

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Turn From The Grave

If the shouty rage of Death Grips is too much for you, you may appreciate this truly excellent release from a US/Japan duo called Wep One and Timmo, available on a French-based label HELLO.L.A. on Bandcamp. It’s pay what you want, but it’s really well produced and worth a listen.

The seven-track release also builds really nicely, so is a great collection of tunes in a time when these days you often just skip through to the mp3 you really like. This may well be explained by the fact it’s also available as a tape release.

Thanks to another tape label, RANO, for putting this on my radar.

Pride

Interesting number, with a cool groove and a darker undertone. ‘Pride’ by Adesse Versions. Pretty sure the vocals are Chaka Khan in Tell Me Something Good. Works for me, anyway…

Released in March 2015 on Numbers Records so has had a fair bit of airtime since.

Insomniac and musiac

I fucking love this track.

A brand new release today I stumbled upon whilst delving into the depths of Bandcamp. ‘Insomnia II’ by DÉVÅZ. A real mix of styles. A band feel, but seems to be driven by one man, Washington DC-based Corbett Blair. Some decent synths and sequences. Vocals. Love the high melody when it comes in.

In other news, after lots of listening to hours and hours of tunes and mixes, I’m about to start hosting a fortnightly show myself on Future Music FM. An hour slot, fortnightly, from this Sunday at 11pm. Cheer to @DVNT for sorting it. Pre-recorded, but will aim to be on the Twitters when it first goes out in the evening, with the archive going onto Mixcloud later. While there will be quite a lot on the heavy side, it’ll be a bit of a mix of electronic styles and I reckon DÉVÅZ will feature before too long. More to follow.

Analog

This is ‘Analog’, an absolutely wonderful 39 minutes of shifting electronica, drones and synths from Black Classical and The Revenant Sea (aka Wizards Tell Lies) on the net label Pathmusick.

From the all-too-brief nod to John Carpenter on Side A (in my mind anyway, think Escape from New York), to Aphex Twin-esque breaks, to self-styled ‘scrapemetaldrones’, I think it actually gets better with repeat listening. And most things usually get bonus points for sampling radio comms from space missions – in this case the crew of Apollo 8 in lunar orbit reading from the Book of Genesis on Christmas Eve, 1968.*

The physical tape has some nice touches too:

‘A limited run Purple tape release… with a Free vintage copy of Analog (some from 86 / 62 / 63) magazine to read and enjoy whilst listening. Packaged in a Silver Anti-static zip bag.’

Sorry to say I’m still slumming it/staying mobile (delete as appropriate) with the MP3s and haven’t yet retrieved my tape player from The Shire (if it still works). If P.L.X.T.X ever sends me a blood-stamped demo, then I might yet get around to it.

*A side note but worth a mention, under the circumstances. The Apollo 8 mission included Jim Lovell (the second speaker in the video below) as command module pilot, who would later go on to become commander of Apollo 13. The score of Ron Howard’s film Apollo 13 was written by James Horner.

We Want Your Soul

Ok, so have been listening to this on repeat all day, so it must be worth a mention. ‘We Want Your Soul’ by Adam Freeland (2003). He’s actually from the UK, but you’d never know it from this. Heard it recently, and trying to convince myself whether or not I heard it first time around. I should have, since it made the charts and is distinctive enough, but it’s been long enough and I’ve certainly not heard it much in the past decade or do.

A great video. Awesome message on consumerism (note 2003), but also reckon it fits with the current political mood in the UK 12 years later.

Resistance is futile.