For its 36 release, Da Heard It Records floats into the parallel worlds of Bill Vortex.
This album is indeed all about parallels, as it multiplies references to more than thirty years of synthetic and dancing music. In this Vortex Des Réformés (“vortex of the reformed”) are fit together with precision pieces of various geometric shapes, reminiscent of the cassette’s illustration as imagined by Vomplie.
Unlike many albums, the tracks here are not thought of as part of a uniform whole, but rather as a well-constructed journey across eras and styles. Acid house, original electro, African influences, northern skweee, tortured breakbeats, and ambient interludes alternate back and forth between respite and high BPM.
As surprising as it may seem, these contrasted aural territories never give off the impression to have been put together as a compilation. On the contrary, they form together a work that takes the shape of an homage to the musicians who accompanied the sonorous everyday life of Patrice Curtillat throughout all these years.
The result is a musical portrait of which each line resonates like a thoroughly studied influence, and that condenses all of the know-how of its author onto a single magnetic tape. Curious music lovers will certainly take pleasure in unwinding it to retrace in their own way this precious history…
Oakland based producer Angel Rubio-Hale aka ONHELL returns with his latest effort Linden. Composed over the course of the past two years, these four tracks capture the essence of his experiences living and making music in Oakland.
The unifying theme on the release is about enjoying life and each track is ultimately inspired by making the most of being alive by exploring the different facets of our existence. A prime example is the track “HIV+” created while contemplating his mortality upon receiving a false positive result from an HIV test. Linden successfully conjoins where ONHELL has been musically while also providing a glimpse of where he’s going. It’s this merging of his past with his future right here in the present that makes listening to this EP so exhilarating.
Powels Lumski‘s first EP “See_Shades” has the DNA of the classic ambient to down-tempo vibe. The four tracks slowly rolls the waves loaded with bass frequencies, glitches and artifacts to create some gritty mysterious reliefs to the journey.
Composition, Mixing & Artwork by Powels Lumski
Mastering by Andrew Course
A seven track ambient album from K.Markov showcasing a selection from three of his existing albums – Organic, After the storm and Species, which you can find on his bandcamp page.
Following on from his first release on Kahvi under the name Phrulex (which was a single several years ago), and part one of the excerpts, K.Markov gives more of the detailed, progressive ambient work that appeared in part one.
Gently floating atmospheres, mixed with sweeping arpeggios and melodical interludes to keep you listening closely.
The first release in 2018 came from Denmark. Jonas Reif provided us
three track EP. Svimmel (means dizzy): “I wanted this track to express shifting emotions, I also wanted to blend different signature elements of genres
such as acid, DnB, Breakbeat”. Faser (means phases): A movement through different states of mind. Flerform (means multiple forms): “I was inspired by 80’s aesthetics and
old skool funk, which I wanted to put in the context of acid/IDM”.
“For some years now, the Córdoban producer Martín Castro, aka MRTN-CSTR, has been surprising us with his creations, ever since releasing his debut album “Kr0m” through Pueblo Nuevo in 2014. This time he presents “((- -SEKU -_- EKU- -))“, an album comprising 7 tracks with an aesthetic he has developed through “patches”, which he designs himself for the software “Reaktor” from “Native Instrument.” These allows him to create an idiosyncratic style, with industrial sounds, granular trips, and glitches, as he develops a penetrating IDM with intense and sometimes devastating environments that make us think for a few minutes that we are in an empty and abandoned city, where only robots live and humans are extinct.
With a sound marked by broken and changing percussion, approaching that of new-acid, “((- -SEKU -_- EKU- -))“, produced by one of the most talented current musicians in Argentine electronics, is a highly recommended album.”
(Valparaíso, Chile. Marzo / March 2018).
ThaBaaz was born in 1974, classical studies of percussion instruments and acoustic drums, disparate musical interests: from dodecaphonic serialism to minimal electronic and to the IDM, just to expose only a few. His latest project, the most articulated, is entitled -reb0und- , it’s a concept album, year of creation 2008, 59 minutes of frequencies collected in 2 Suites respectively of 4 and 3 movements, 13 tracks; “an ascent in the disturbed darkness from fragments of noise “.
The work evokes a “system” at its last stage in fast introversion, the disruption is massive, directed to the chaotic darkness, to the cold disorder towards the “non-human noise”.
The solar and luminous scenarios of the 2 movements of the first Suite curve and slide rapidly into the deep “interior”; the “musical form” that we had known so far is running out; we are at the end of “music” (in the broad sense of the term) heading for an authentic solitude of bright dazzles in nocturnal and deserted isolated, non-systemic, atypical highways.
The second Suite invades the soul: the existential fear is director, places the audience constantly on the edge of a chasm, dissolves the last “fragments” of the “conventional” themes at the beginning and separates them, dissolves them in Larsen of frequencies strongly destabilizing.
The Metaphysics is the central theme of Suite II, we try to “portray” the inaudible sound spectrum, we try to recreate the “end” of every tangible empiricism; to this complex task we use sound generators, krell patches, collages (samples) of contemporary (musical genre) and what transcends the traditional and academic: structure, melody, harmony and metric they are almost totally “informal”.
ThaBaaz in -reb0und- inserts and “deforms” short phrases and solos (woodwind, violin, piano) taken from works by important exponents of contemporary music and avant-gard of the ‘900 (Pierre Boulez, Edgard Varése, Igor Stravinsky) with these ” citations “stands out, beyond the importance of innovation of such masterpieces, the multifaceted contribution to music in all its expressions; importing them in “foreign” contexts and distant from their origin (virtual modules, oscillators and automatisms of envelopes) are colored by oppressed and gloomy tones that we could approximate to those of the dark ambient genre but not only, can be identified (in the whole album) serialism (musical current) that translates into these generic guidelines: avoiding repetition and symmetry at all structural levels by working with a limited number of compositional elements for each musical cell (in the piece). This in order to synthesize and label, describe in a few lines the supporting columns of -reb0und-.
We need the “tradition” of the avant-gard itself to search for another.
The work does not present rhythmic and percussive lines, only in 2 pieces we recognize some measures in sinusoidal pulsations, this almost total “rhythmic absence” has “freed” the time from the usual role and task of metric and timbral constant, repetitive, “symmetrical” quantization “.
Using an exquisitely didactic vocabulary: the crown, the breath; the almost absolute absence of timbral pulsation reiterates itself emphasizing, emphasizing the incessant sound disruption that takes place in the succession of the two Suites before the listener.
Last but not least, the final mastering part was followed with “meticulous” attention by Kill KRT (friend of the author of -reb0und-) who tried to “accelerate” some “dissonant” color both on the timbral dynamics and on waveforms.
From the “warmth” of the wave (sawtooth) to the “emptiness” of the white noise; to you -reb0und-
I follow subtle seismic ambient vibrations that immerse me in a deep state in-between the world of dreams and the dream about distant worlds covered in a fog of colours.
Rhythmic and slow landscapes.
The sound is sometimes described as slow IDM. The distinct feature of the album is that only a few tracks have real drum samples, however, almost all of them are quite rhythmical. Rhythms are created just the way J. M. Jarre did that on “Zoolook” – using weird sounds, pulsing synths, and very clear melodies. Due to the lack of easily recognized drums, the album is sometimes ascribed to ambient, however, I’d call it “seismic ambient”, because of extremely heavy basslines.
Jam’s marks the 51beats’ 10 years anniversary with a touching piano-based ambient release of unique deepness and melancholy. In 2010, during the first quite exceptional participation of 51beats to the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards in Paris, we got in contact with Jam’s, which later released his debut-album “Homeless Soul” with us. It is an immense pleasure to host Jam’s again on 51beats to celebrate our first 10 years. Sit down, relax and enjoy.
Planetary Dislocations” is a journey through space, from lush garden worlds to barren exoplanets. It is a sonic landscape intent on portraying inconceivably far away places and unimaginable circumstances, a dream about intelligence, technology and the future.
Simulations of random behaviour lead us through an artificial organic space. The machines become our nature, as we venture into the abyss.
Energy is harnessed from natural elements by the use of power plants and this industrial EP shines a light on the inner workings of such places. Each power plant has a different feel and process but heavy basslines and tight rhythms will ensure a continuous operation.
My second release under the guise of ‘fascinating earthbound objects’ finds it’s way to your ears in the form of this 20 track album. Running the gamut of unrestricted genre exploration, expect a little bit of everything.
-c. ‘transient’ martin
Rephazer appeared on Kahvi with a similar styled release previously last year, created on a single instrument but with all the hallmarks of what makes nostalgic idm so great. And he’s back, with what could be a sequel with some new tracks making up a seven track EP.
Shortwave will be familiar to some, after appearing on our Boards of Canada inspired VA last year, but check out Between for one of the most catchy subtle analogue sounds I’ve heard for quite some time.
The perfect release for the cold winter and deep snow is North Capital from Kri Tik. A minimalist and delicate nine track album consisting of cold icy sounds reminding of ice crystals hanging in the air, and deep snow all around.
A stupidly named EP, with unthinkable cover, and idiotic track names.
This EP includes the very first track of Number Eleven. A sandbox where random ideas and experiments merged into incomplete forms while searching for sounds and compositions, which sometimes became source material for new tracks. From this sandbox emerged the first few ideas of the way the first album Indefinable should reach its end, how the Blur should start, and how Protrusion should sound.
Antonio Díaz better known as Pirate, is an electronic music producer who lives in Los Lagos, Chile, and who has always been bound to sounds more ambient, IDM, minimal and dub, is now presenting a surprising EP called ‘En el aire estoy’. The journey starts with the track ‘El Pantano Invisible’ with ambient and minimal surrounding noises, a marked bass drum and several reminiscences of the English electronic sounds of the 90’s such as those of F.S.O.L. or The Orb but at the same time maintaining the originality of the sound that distinguishes us. The second track, that gives name to the EP, includes more atmospheric sounds and a beat closer to IDM. With this track, Pirata shows his exponential growth through complete command of softwares and machines he uses to compose. Moving forward to the next song “Espacio On”, we find a galloping beat with atmospheres and a profound sample similar to a mantra. Later we run into ‘Galeno’ in which Pirata shows clear influences of the German electronic sound of the 80’s. The following song is ‘Imperio Lúdico’. In this one, Pirata, who won the French prize ‘Qwartz Electronic Music’ in 2009 under the category ‘Discovery’, comes back to calmer and more ambient sounds with voices that weave together and glitch sounds that always characterize his music. Finishing this trip with ‘Imperio Lúdico’, Pirata invites us to explore in his EP ‘En el aire estoy’ diverse sounds, influences and an extremely high-level production that has allowed him to position himself as one of the most remarkable exponents of the national electronic music.
Chains of musical events collected in the album. The regularities set by the author are reflected in the listeners and create a pleasant, mysterious world of sound experiments and abstractions. Technical futuristic music with pleasant consequences.
Maximal techno and beyond. Filled with polyrhythmic melodies and offscale sounds, precisely controlled bass-lines, massive kicks and sharp percussions.
Scratchy analog electronic ruminations from a quiet veteran Ministik, that ebb and flow like natural processes of evolution, growth or/and decay.
Perception and alienation, with (re)use of techniques, sources, and designs are the main features in his work expressing the world as the artist sees it.
Strange shifting rhythms, finely shaped clouds of noise, and distant techno patterns. Ministik is not a normal DJ. This craftsman will invite you to lose yourself in the depths of the abstract sounds and surreal melodies on concrete based drum patterns.
This years VA Christmas release has a space theme. Taking you from here to far away Proxima B, being space themed we have some epic ambient passages (drifting through space) mixed in with some IDM beats and melodical work (as if a transmission from earth fades in, and you’re able to break the silence and tranquility).
As usual a showcase of unreleased artists, the best submissions of the year. A particular favourite track is by Rephazer, which is a remix of Honeyboy Edwards ‘Catfish Blues’. This is featured with special permission of Document Records, and I think it’s fantastic and fits the theme of the whole VA perfectly.
Enjoy this amazing compilation and see you in 2018!
As Thuoom closes his second grand cycle in order to begin a studio hiatus, there are two compilation albums released simultaneously.
“reCycle 2 is a compilation album that draws together a bunch of unreleased tunes that I composed during my second grand cycle (2013-2017). These 13 tracks didn’t fit on any album I released during this period but deserve to be out there nevertheless, showcasing different sides of my style of electroacoustic music.”
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