out now: Various – Mark Reeder / Collaborator [Factory Benelux]

 

Artist:
Various

 

Title:
Mark Reeder – Collaborator

 

Label:
Factory Benelux

 

Cat#:
FBN 111 CD

 

Release Date:
19th May 2014

 

Format:
CD

 

Tracklist:
01.
Bad Lieutenant
Sink Or Swim
(Rettungsring Radio Remix)

02.
Marsheaux
So Far
(So Close Remix)

03.
Corvin Dalek w. Bernard Sumner
Crystal
(Demo Mix)

04.
Koishii & Hush w. John Taylor
C’est Tout Est Noir
(Black Night Remix)

05.
Blank & Jones w. Bernard Sumner
Miracle Cure
(Genussmittel Remix)

06.
Blank & Jones w. Anne Clark
The Hardest Heart
(Hardest Soul Remix)

07.
Marnie
Sugarland
(Sweet & Sticky Remix)

08.
Queen of Hearts
Neon
(Electrically Excited Remix)

09.
Sam Taylor Wood w. Pet Shop Boys
I’m In Love With A German Film Star
(Stuck in the 80s Remix)

10.
Westbam w. Bernard Sumner
She Wants
(Old School Remix)

11.
Die Unbekannten
Radio War
(Re-tuned)

12.
Bad Lieutenant
Twist of Fate
(Synth of Fate Remix)

13.
Shark Vegas
You Hurt Me
(Radio Edit)

 

Press Info:
Factory Benelux presents Collaborator, a new collection of remixes by Berlin-based producer and musician Mark Reeder.

Expanding on Reeder’s acclaimed Five Point One collection in 2011, Collaborator gathers together door-wobbling remixes for European dance acts such as Westbam, Koishii & Hush and Blank & Jones, along with electronic and EDM artists including Ladytron singer Helen Marnie, elegant Greek synthpop duo Marsheaux, and hotly-tipped newcomer Queen of Hearts (aka Elizabeth Morphew).

Reeder’s early influence on the electronic/dance direction taken by New Order after 1981 is reflected in several collaborations with his friend Bernard Sumner. As well as sharp electro remixes of the two Bad Lieutenant singles Sink Or Swim and Twist of Fate, Sumner is also the featured vocalist on tracks by Westbam, Blank & Jones and Corvin Dalek (the latter track an early version of New Order single Crystal). Sumner also produced You Hurt Me by Reeder’s band Shark Vegas, released as a single on Factory way back in 1986.

Other featured vocalists range from postpunk poet Anne Clark to Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, all topped off by a beguiling version of I’m In Love With A German Film Star, recorded by noted British artist Sam Taylor Wood with the Pet Shop Boys. A collaborative effort indeed!

Cover photography by Katja Ruge.

 

Listen:
soon

 

Recommendation:
“Five Point One”, Remixes by Mark Reeder

 

Interview:
our interview with Mark Reeder, when he released “Five Point One”

 

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Websites:
Mark Reeder
Factory Benelux

 

[Video]: Astral Pattern – Sitting In The Sun

 

Artist:
Astral Pattern

 

Title:
Sitting In The Sun

 

Label:
37adventures

 

Related Release:
EP “Light Poems EP”

 

Note:
Introducing London’s Astral Pattern – Huw Webb, Melissa Rigby and Bradley Baker.

After the split of their previous band SCUM, and following a particularly inspiring trip to Dusseldorf to see their favourite band ‘Kraftwerk’ play a homecoming show, Astral Pattern formed in early 2013.

Whilst the Kraftwerk influence is apparent in the opening track ‘Properties Of Colour’ the EP finds it’s influences far less conventional, with loose nods to dreampop and motorik.

 

Websites:
Astral Pattern
37adventures

 

Video:

 

02nd May 2014: Escapism 02 @ Loftus Hall, Berlin (Germany)

Escapism

 

Event:
Escapism 02

 

Dates & Time:
02nd May 2014 at 11.00pm

 

Line-up & Time Table:
11.00pm – 02.30am: Subkutan
02.30am – 05.00am: Ventress
05.00am – 08.00an: Manuel Münster

 

Location:
Loftus Hall, Berlin (Germany)

 

Entrance fee:
8 euro

 

Info (German only):
Nach dem erfolgreichen Debüt am 1. November kehrt Escapism in die Loftus Hall zurück. Als Headliner konnten wir dieses Mal Ventress verpflichten. Er betreibt nicht nur gemeinsam mit Shifted das Label Avian, das zeitgemäßen seriösen Techno quasi verkörpert, sondern ist auch als Produzent aktiv. Neben seiner Debut-EP auf Avian und “Typhon” auf Edit-Select veröffentlicht er unter seinem Alias “Worn” experimentelleren Techno. Sehr empfehlenswert zum aufwärmen für die Nacht: sein Podcast für Smoke Machine.

Das Warm-Up wird von Subkutan übernommen. In seiner Wahlheimat Leipzig zeichnet er sich mitverantwortlich für das Clubprojekt “Institut für Zukunft”, ist aber durch seine zahlreichen Auftritte im ://about blank und bei der Grounded Theory auch in Berlin kein Unbekannter.

Wie schon bei der Premiere wird auch dieses Mal wieder Escapism-Resident Manuel Münster den Abend ausklingen lassen. Seit 2009 in Berlin als Techno-DJ aktiv und ab 2011 mit regelmäßigen Auftritten im Tresor, konzentriert er sich nun mit Escapism auf die deeperen Spielarten des Techno.

Event @ Resident Advisor
Event @ Facebook

 

Listen:
Ventress

Subkutan

Manuel Münster

 

Websites:
Escapism
Loftus Hall

 

out now: Diamond Version – CI [Mute]

 

Artist:
Diamond Version

 

Title:
CI

 

Label:
Mute | p*dis

 

Cat#:
STUMMDV1

 

Release Date:
02nd June 2014

 

Format:
CD, CD (Japan Edition), 2xCD (Rough Trade Edition), LP & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
The Blank Action
[feat. Leslie Winer]

02)
Access To Excellence

03)
Turn On Tomorrow
(CI)

04)
Feel The Freedom
[feat. Kyoka]

05)
Raising The Bar

06)
Were You There?
[feat. Neil Tennant]

07)
Operate At Your Optimum
[feat. Atsuhiro Ito]

08)
Science For A Better Life
(CI)

09)
Connecting People

10)
Make.Believe
(CI)

 

Tracklist Japan Edition:
01)
The Blank Action
[feat. Leslie Winer]

02)
Access To Excellence

03)
Turn On Tomorrow
(CI)

04)
Feel The Freedom
[feat. Kyoka]

05)
Raising The Bar

06)
Were You There?
[feat. Neil Tennant]

07)
Operate At Your Optimum
[feat. Atsuhiro Ito]

08)
Science For A Better Life
(CI)

09)
Connecting People

10)
Make.Believe
(CI)

10)
Live Young
(CI)

12)
Shift The Future
(For “No Nukes” Festival)

 

Tracklist Rough Trade Bonus CD-R:
CD2-01)
Empowering Change

CD2-02)
Forever New Frontiers

CD2-03)
Shift The Future

CD2-04)
Sense Of Urgency

CD2-05)
Live Young

CD2-06)
Get Yours
(Remix)

The remix is the Martin Gore Remix.

 

Press Info (English):
Diamond Version announce details of their debut album release, CI, out on Mute on 2 June 2014.

The first single from the album features Neil Tennant from Pet Shop Boys and is a collaborative take on the old gospel hymn, ‘Were You There?’ – [see below]

Diamond Version’s debut album pairs blistering electronic rhythms, deconstructed techno and dread static with clipped slogans borrowed from advertising and marketing, in both lyrics and track titles such as ‘Science For A Better Life’, ‘Access To Excellence’ and ‘Raising The Bar’.

CI (which stands for Corporate Identity), follows on from a series of five 12″ singles released through Mute, and is the culmination of nearly three years of hard work which began when Raster-Noton and Mute both curated the 2011 Short Circuit Festival of electronic music at the Roundhouse in Camden, London. “It started with the Roundhouse,” recall Diamond Version. “Daniel [Miller, Mute founder] has always been interested in what we do. We shared ideas and experiences, and then it was very clear that we should do something together.”

This the collaborative project between two of the most groundbreaking, experimental and visionary creators in modern music and, although Olaf Bender and Carsten Nicolai have worked closely together since founding Raster-Noton in 1996, it wasn’t until they formed Diamond Version that they started working together as a duo.

For the debut album, Diamond Version came up with an unusual list of possible vocal collaborators. “We tried to find unpredictable vocalist collaborations – something that you would not think of in the first place, so it didn’t feel streamlined. We wanted to break a certain kind of logic.”. As well as Neil Tennant of Pet Shops Boys, guest vocalists on the album include musician and poet Leslie Winer and Kyoka – a Raster-Noton recording artist.

After a triumphant return to Sonar last year (documented by The Creators Project), a series of dates with Depeche Mode, and a headline show at London’s Village Underground Diamond Version debut their audio-visual live performance on a series of dates.

 

Press Info (German):
Diamond Version heißt die Kollaboration zweier radikalexperimenteller Soundvisionäre, den Machern des 1996 gegründeten Raster-Noton Labels, namentlich Olaf Bender und Carsten Nicolai. Trotz ihres langen gemeinsamen Weges, dauerte es doch bis zur Gründung von Diamond Version, um beide schließlich in einem Projekt zu vereinen.

Die erste Auskopplung des Albums ist „Where You There?“, ein afroamerikanischer Gospel aus dem 19. Jahrhundert, den Diamond Version gemeinsam mit Neil Tennant von den Pet Shop Boys eingespielt respektive gesungen haben [siehe unten].

Diamond Versions Debütalbum verschränkt dunkel glühende Rhythmen, dekonstruierten Techno und ein bedrohliches Grundrauschen mit zur Kenntlichkeit gebrachten Slogans aus der Welt der Werbung und des Marketings, sowohl textlich als auch in de Titeln wie „Science For A Better Life“, „Access To Excellence“ und „Raising The Bar“.

CI (vulgo: Corporate Identity), folgt der Veröffentlichung einer Reihe von fünf 12-Inch-Singles (ebenfalls auf Mute) und ist gewissermaßen der Kulminationspunkt dreier Jahre harter Arbeit, die begann als Raster Noton und Mute gemeinsam das Programm des Roundhouse in London für das Short Circuit Festival of electronic music 2011 kuratierten.

Für ihr Album erdachten Diamond Version eine recht ausgefallene Liste möglicher Gäste: „Wir versuchten, möglichst ungewöhnliche Vokalisten einzuladen, Stimmen, mit denen man nicht rechnen würde, um die Sache nicht zu stromlinienförmig zu gestalten. Wir wollten dieser speziellen Logik entkommen.“ Neben Neil Tennant gehören nun nicht zuletzt Leslie Winer und Kyoka zu den Gästen dieses Werks.

Nach umjubelten audiovisuellen Performances, unter anderem beim letztjährigen Sonar (dokumentiert von The Creators Project), einer Reihe von Shows im Vorprogramm von Depeche Mode und einer Headliner Show im Londoner Village Underground, schicken sich Diamond Version an, erneut auf Tour zu gehen.

 

Listen:
“Were You There?”

more soon

 

Full Track Streaming:
Listen on Resident Advisor

 

Mission Statement:

 

Videos:
“Science For A Better Life” (EP Version)

“Turn On Tomorrow” (EP Version)

“Make.Believe” (EP Version)

 

Related Releases:
EP1
EP2
EP3
EP4
EP5
EP1-5

 

Specials:
video special “Live at Electronic Beats Festival Prague 2014”
streaming of 45minutes of the Electronic Beats performance
“Electronic Beats Slices” feature
video “Laibach – The Whistleblowers (Diamond Version Edit)”

 

Buy CD:
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Raster Media Shop
Rough Trade (with bonus CD)
Amazon JP (with bonus tracks)
Amazon GER
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon FR
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Boomkat
decks.de
more soon

 

Buy Vinyl:
MuteBank
Raster Media Shop
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more soon

 

Buy Digital:
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more soon

 

Commercial Streaming Services:
Spotify
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Websites:
Diamond Version
Diamond Version @ Facebook
Mute
Mute @ Facebook
Mute Germany @ Facebook

 
Full Track Streaming:
Pitchfork
 

out now: Eomac – Spectre [Killekill Records]

 

Artist:
Eomac

 

Title:
Spectre

 

Label:
Killekill

 

Cat#:
KILLEKILL018

 

Release Date:
12th May 2014 (vinyl)
19th May 2014 (digital)

 

Format:
LP & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1)
Su Riddim

A2)
Rainmaker

A3)
Forest

B1)
Spectre

B2)
Shell Of Dark

C1)
Deeva

C2)
Rising 3

C3)
You Hun Ye Gui

D1)
Crackts

D2)
Mika Riddim

D3)
Squink

 

Press Info:
Killekill is proud to present EOMAC’s “Spectre”, the debut album from Dublin-based producer Ian McDonnell, a rising star in the techno scene. Spectre also marks the label’s first full-length album release.

Ian is better-known as half of the Irish duo Lakker and this album is certainly carved from the same cold slab of stone. His music has already gained huge support from the likes of Tommy Four Seven, Ellen Allien, Thom Yorke and the one and only Aphex Twin himself.

Bleepy, slo-mo synth lines, dense textures, saturated bassdrums and hand-sliced vocals dunked in cavernous reverb – Spectre is all about EOMAC doing what he does best, taking our concepts of club sound and contorting them into something that is truly his own.

The melodies are slo-mo and lo-fi, the pads, exquisitely lush and textured. Ian’s amazing sound-design (bordering on the intense in some places) and incredible attention to detail makes this an album where each listen reveals a deeper layer. Spatters of noise, shards of broken beat and relentlessly pounding techno rhythms also make it a dancefloor-decimating weapon.

SU Riddim – The album kicks off with a kind of twisted grime track. This is exactly the kind of thing that Eomac excels at – taking your conceptions of an existing club sound and contorting it, in doing so making it entirely his own. His trademark dissonant pads are present alongside short radio snippets, dusty drums and a general tense vibe – a nice opener.

Rainmaker – Next up is Rainmaker, a slow, mechanical techno number. Sparse granular textures mimic rain fall, giving the track its title. Eomac’s minimal, slowly evolving sequences are becoming something of a trademark and this track is no exception. A lo-fi melody is gradually introduced, sounding as though it was played down the distant end of a cavernous tunnel to the listener.

Forest – Forest is instantly more playful than the previous two tracks. A bleepy melody, pulsing sub-bass and broken-beat rhythm give an almost childish feel to the track. Coupled with dusty, wooden percussion and forest floor reverb, Forest gives the listener a brief sense of respite from the industrial pummelling.

Spectre – The title track reverts to Eomac’s slow-chugging techno format. A haunting melody is gradually revealed as the track builds up and up into an epic warehouse anthem. Expect to hear Spectre rattling a dark, sweaty basement near you very soon.

Rising 3 – Rising 3 kicks straight into chopped breakbeats, reminiscent of both the 90s rave era and the early garage sound. Again, this is Eomac masterfully twisting and re-inventing classic electronics into his sound. The melody is playful, a gentle nod back to the third track on the album, Forest. The plonky synthesised wind instruments are a recurring theme in Spectre. Gradually, the beats become more and more hectic as Eomac dials up the distortion and the crowd start to lose their minds.

Shell of Dark – If Spectre was the deep anthem of the album, Shell of Dark is the techno stomper. Eomac cleverly uses short, modulated delays to create a phasing effect on the beats and melodies, yet locks the head and feet firmly in place with a pounding distorted kick drum. A delayed lo-fi lead pans overhead before the entire arrangement descends into distorted chaos.

Deeva – Deeva steps up next, yet another example of Eomac toying with a popular club style, this time completely transforming house music. All the elements are there, the filtered house bass, the grooving 4/4 beat, the vocal stabs, yet this is a house track like you’ve never ever heard, topped off with a playful bleepy melody that sounds like a nursery rhyme gone wrong.

You Hun Ye Gui* – Yóu Hún Ye Gui is a spirit taken from Chinese folklore, generally meant to signify the trapped spirit of someone who died alone, far away from home. This deep, broody number seems to pay heed to their tortured soul. Tight, short delays create a very tense, otherworldly vibe, while synthesised wind instruments and filtered-down arp lines convey a deep sense of forlonging, pain and abandonment…

Crackts – Keeping it trippy, Crackts rolls in next. Eomac once again uses short repetitive elements and slightly out-of-time delays to both entrance the listener and to build the tension up and up and up. Combined with dissonant pads that sound like submerged alarm sirens and a relentlessly pounding bass drum, this track is set to be another absolute techno banger.

Mika Riddim – The second last track winds things down a bit. Mika Riddim (as the name suggests) is somewhat of a cross between modern bassline music and the vacuum tube shreddings of Mika Vainio. Tastefully done!

Squink – The outro track, Squink is a particularly strange one. Seemingly detuning over time, this slow deep techno number brings things tastefully to a close with tripped out delays, lush pads, and ever-shifting textures.

(words by Simon Hayes)

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About Killekill:

KILLEKILL is a Berlin based record label and a crew promoting music events since 2008. The events at Berghain Kantine, Suicide Circus and Horst Krzbrg are focussing techno, house and electro – often with an experimental twist. A wide range of artists such as ABE DUQUE, SANDWELL DISTRICT, TIM EXILE, OTTO VON SCHIRACH, CRISTIAN VOGEL and many, many more have played for KILLEKILL nights.

The KILLEKILL label is being approached the same way as the events: challenging music of daring artists – with a focus on techno, house and electro but with an open ear for sounds off the beaten track. Releasing artists so far have been ALEX CORTEX, BAD COP BAD COP, BILL YOUNGMAN, SNUFF CREW, NEIL LANDSTRUMM and CASSEGRAIN & TIN MAN.

 

Listen:
“Spectre”

more soon

 

Videos:
“Spectre”

“Crackts”

“Mika Riddim”

Videos created by the29nov films.

 

Special:
“KilleKill Podcast #14”

 

Recommmendation:
“Krake 02” compilation with Eomac track on Krake Records
“Movies For The Blind” compilation with Eomac track on Code Is Law

 

Buy Vinyl:
Hardwax
Juno
HHV
deejay.de
decks.de
clone.nl
technique.co.jp
more soon

 

Buy Digital:
Amazon
Boomkat
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more soon

 

Booking:
Lb Agency

 

Websites:
Eomac
Killekill