[NovaFuture Blog Exclusive Mix]: Alexskyspirit plays Illegal Alien Records

 

DJ:
Alexskyspirit

 

About the concept:
Here is the one hundred and seventh instalment of our series “abc plays xyz”.

The idea behind it is to ask some DJs/mixing artists if they have an artist or label in mind that they love and would like to use for a mix.

So the approach of each mix is clear: the choosen DJ/mixing artist makes a selection of tracks produced by one artist (and her/his monikers. or released on a label (and its sublabels. and creates a nice mix from it.

Find links to all instalments at our overview. Today we present you Alexskyspirit’s mix of stuff released on Illegal Alien Records.

 

About Alexskyspirit:
Alexskyspirit borned and raised in Patras/Greece,represents the Greek techno scene.

Light aesthetic underground techno sound, gentle minimal elements combined with hypnotic ambient atmospheres,distorted textures and cinematic pads giving the result of Alexskyspirit’s signature sound nowadays.

He gets inspiration from city traffic,night,winter rainfall, architecture and fear.

He has performed w / Charlotte De Witte, Keith Carnal, Dax J, Harvey McKay, Alberto Ruiz, Jewel Kid, Oxia, Spiros Kaloumenos, George Apergis, Robert Dietz and many more. His tracks have been played by Richie Hawtin, Pan Pot, Fabio Florido and many more.

 

About Illegal Alien Records:
Illegal Alien Records is a Mexican record label of Electronic music focus on Techno, Electronica, Experimental and Ambient. Born in 2007 in Florida, USA, founded by the Mexican Ricardo Garduno. Currently Dig-it, DJ Saint Pierre, Fixeer, Fixon, Mari Mattham and Unkle Fon have joined the project, working alongside with Ricardo in the definition and curating the musical proposal of the label, as well as in its positioning within the worldwide Electronic panorama.

The name ‘Illegal Alien’ was adopted because that was the status granted by the US government to Ricardo Garduno when he lived in the United States. At that time all the immigrants who entered the country illegally were denominated like that. As a result of this, the rights of all illegal immigrants were limited or nulled in many cases. So, awarding this name to the label is a way to remember those immigrants around the world, whose objectives by leaving their countries of origin is to work for a better life and to show that, regardless of the status that other social groups attribute to us, it is possible to reach objectives.

 

Listen:
“Alexskyspirit plays Illegal Alien Records”

 

Alexskyspirit About His Choice:
I easily picked illegal Alien Records cause i trully believe that its one of the most open minded techno labels out there. Its also the record label that i have played the most through my sets the last two years.I can find stuff in there from mental hypnotic techno to industrial driving noisy tracks.It would definetely be my choice again & again if it has to do with playing music for an extended dj set. I have never released music there but i think that this one makes my choice even more romantic.

 

Tracklist:
01. Svarog – Fractal Flow
02. Nothing is Real, OutpostLive – Visionary Lotus
03. Fixon – MD
04. Oxygeno – Convulsive
05. Oxygeno – Senseless
06. Alexander Kowalski & Mario Berger – Day 3 Destruction
07. JLTZ – Drift
08. Oxygeno – Paradox
09. Ensor – Natural Disorder
10. Oxygeno – Suffocation
11. Alexander Kowalski, Mario Berger – The Pit
12. Crime As Service – Cobalt
13. Crime As Service – Stuxnet
14. A4 (ES) – Sugar On Mars
15. Tension (Ger) – Centaurus Mission
16. Mari Mattham – Light Esperiment (d_func. Remix)
17. A4 (ES) – Planet B
18. Isolated Lines – Degraded State (Fixeer Remix)
19. Motionen – In The Spectrum of The Unknown

 

Recommendations:
Casual Treatment’s “Bleeding Lights EP” on Illegal Alien Records
Piotr Klejment’s “Underground Perception EP” on Illegal Alien Records
Chad Kaska’s “Mission Drift EP” on Illegal Alien Records

 

Websites:
Alexskyspirit
Illegal Alien Records

 

[Mix]: Strathy – NovaFuture Blog Mix September 2020

 

DJ:
Strathy

 

Introduction:

 

Listen:
“NovaFuture Blog Mix September 2020”

 

Tracklist:
01. FraKtur – Coce Trail
02. Perc – Snare
03. WAST- Penalty
04. Nico Moreno – Hey Bast**d
05. Jokasti & Nek – How Low
06. Mall Grab – Leaving Tokyo
07. Regal – Ego Wars
08. von Wrangel – Control
09. VUUDUU – Can’t Stop My Head
10. Jan Vercauteren – Rock ‘n Roll
11. AIROD – Can’t Fuck With Rave
12. Endlec – Use For Punishment
13. Desroi – Indifferent (Phase Fatale Remix)
14. Sept – Art Of Compromise
15. SAIKE – Born To Be Slytherin (Tbilisi Mix)
16. Tham – Raw Reverbation
17. PLVS VLTRA – Hatred Feeds The Will
18. Nordstaat – Black Madic Ordnance
19. DYEN – Get Naked
20. New Frames – Morgengrau
21. Code Walk – Bent On Six
22. Random XS – Give Your Body (Delta Funktionen 3AM Mix)

 

Recommendations:
compilation “OHNED001” w/ Strathy track on Ohne Kommerziellen Wert
sampler “OHNE005” w/ Strathy track on Ohne Kommerziellen Wert
sampler “OHNE003” w/ Strathy & Boyd Schidt track on Ohne Kommerziellen Wert
sampler “OHNE002” w/ Strathy on Ohne Kommerziellen Wert
“Vault Series 24.0” by Strathy on Vault Series
split “Serie Nera 003” w/ Strathy on Mechanical Thoughts Records

 

Websites:
Hephaistos

 

[Music & Interview]: Rosa Anschütz

 

Music & Interview
Rosa Anschütz

 

Introduction:
Rosa Anschütz is a transmedia artist, composer and vocalist based between Vienna and Berlin.

 

Interview:

Hi Rosa. Cool to have you for this “Music & Interview” feature, originally planned in April but Corona changed everything. …Nevertheless it is a shame that us synth lovers from NovaFuture didn’t know about you until we discovered the remix Berghain resident and Ostgut Ton artist Kobosil made for your track “Rigid”. We will talk about it later, let’s start with the very beginning: your youth and childhood. So please tell us where you were born and raised and how your childhood was.

Hello Jürgen !
So, I was born in Berlin. Half of my childhood i grew up in the suburbs, countryside of Strausberg. Our family lived very absorbed in a house at a lake. I got influenced very early from all sorts of art sectors, because of my parents and their friends that came visiting us. My childhood was very bond to the place, being in nature, building things in the workshops and playing piano and singing mainly. In the age of 12 we moved to West Berlin. I continued playing a lot of instruments and also started quite early to discover the post punk and bit later techno scene myself.
 

Rosa Anschuetz 1
(Rosa Anschütz, promo pic by Sebastian Köck)

 
“Rigid” is your debut EP on Quiet Love Records released last year. How did you start with producing in general? Which equipment did you use when you started with producing and which for the EP? What was your process/how was the production process? Did you write the lyrics before you have the sounds etc?
I met Jan Wagner through Max Kobosil in 2016, we produced the EP together. Before I met Jan (Wagner), I was teaching myself everything. I took lessons in classic instruments, but I am not a “to be taught person”, I prefer intuition. When having a freedom, I know what I want. I started with Garage Band and then went on to Ableton. Including different instruments from time to time, modular synths, guitar, bass, traverse flute. I played trumpet for some years.. Maybe that is next to come.
 

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(Rosa Anschütz, promo pic by Clara Berger)

 
You signed to Quiet Love Records who say they are based in Zurich, London, Istanbul or Berlin at different times – always depending where they are. How did you get in contact with them and got your music signed? Do you believe labels are still important for artists – you can also release your music totally independent via bandcamp and distribution services? Why did you sign with Quiet Love Records?
I met the label manager through Jan (Wagner), and was excited for someone to release my music the first time. I think you shouldn’t hesitate to release music yourself via the internet, but I believe that at one point, it’s somewhat healthy to have a small team behind you, that supports the journey. From early on I uploaded my music on myspace and later Soundcloud. Get myself heard by others is what I wanted.
 


(full stream of Rosa Anschütz’ “Watch Me Disappear”)

 
As mentioned earlier we discovered your music when Berghain resident Kobosil released his stomping remix of your track “Rigid” on vinyl. How did it come to this release? Did you know the music of Kobosil before? I guess when you got the attention of people like us who love synth music at that time there were more and it became a big push for you /your career, right? Did it change something for you?
Sure the remix was a push for my career and I am also very thankful to Max, that he is supporting me that much. I knew his music before, because I had a period in my teenage years, going to Berghain quiet often;)
 


(full stream of Rosa Anschütz’ “Rigid (Kobosil 44 Rush Mix)”, released on R-Label Group)

 
After the release of the remix you also played at Berghain’s Säule for a R-Label party on a Thursday. I remember that the queue was of the same length like on a Berghain Klubnacht on Saturday. How was this night for you? Please also tell us something about your (general) technical setup for live performances and how you prepare such events like mentioned. What are the most intense or strangest experiences during your live touring?
I was very excited to play at Säule, because I haven’t been inside the club for many years. Still there are a lot of memories connected with it and it was crazy to return and sing into the clubs darkness.

Before a show I get the usual nervousness, go though the tracks in my head, sometimes read a book, but prefer to not have any social contact. Same is after a concert, I need some minutes to calm down. I reduce my sets very much on the voice.

When I started playing live, I was taking all of my equipment with me. It got me super busy and I wasn’t satisfied with performing, because most importantly is the voice.

Säule was intense, my last show in Vienna was also very intense. The location was very special, open air, I was playing from a small hill and the sun was setting slowly while the show. It was the first concert with a larger audience after quarantine and such a relief. There is no strange experience for me with shows, people are strange.

 

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(poster of the R-Label night at Berghain’s Säule with Rosa Anschütz)

 
Listening to your EP and the singles “Soft Resource” & “Opacity” remind us of names like Zola Jesus, Austra but also 80ies stuff come to our mind. What are your favourite artists and records that you still like, inspire you and are important for you? Please name 10 of them and explain why they are.
I remember going to the Atonal festival the first time with 15, which had a big influence on music for me. I saw Grischa Lichtenberger but also Raime, went further on to Blackest Ever Black Label, further to a showcase at Urban Spree. Urban Spree continued to be a usual club I was going. I went to a lot of concerts and parties, these experiences there and also at Berghain were important for me. Earlier on I was influenced by Portishead, Tricky, The Cure, Siouxsie And The Banshees. I enjoyed She Past Away, Swans, Black rebel Motorcycle Club. Hard to name the influences because I am an almost all style listener, but not a collector of Vinyls.

I enjoy when I discover a good album, because it uncovers a body of work, that can be vey impressing. I do search for new music but I am neither in scenes nor genres.

 


(stream of Swans’ “It’s Coming It’s Real”, Mute 2019)

 
On facebook you are described as a transmedia artist. Could you please explain and describe what you do in addition to music production?
Transmedia means mixing all kinds of media or working in various fields. My work is equipped with a lot of visuality, which comes from photographing or videographing. From the artworks of my covers to the music videos that are out. Through my studies in Vienna I am also working on sound installations or lecture performances.
 


(video of Rosa Anschütz’ “Rigid”, Quiet Love Records 2019)

 
Especially in these hard times when touring is not possible and also selling records is difficult, many smaller artists have to look for another income – eg. working in jobs that they studied for or had a professional education for. Did you study or have an education? Do you work these days? To stay mentally healthy it is also good to have some hobbies. Do you have anything apart from music? What are you interested in?
I am still studying transmedia arts in Vienna and will finish next year. I am quite busy on projects around the main music one. At the moment I am preparing a position for an artfair called „Parallel“ in Vienna. It’s a translation of my album and will function as a sculpture and audio installation teasing bits of the record. Besides that I am writing music for a theater play at the „Schauspielhaus“ Vienna. And so much more ! I have routines, do sports and love to eat ice cream at Schwedenplatz in Vienna and read or write texts.
 

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(Rosa Anschütz, promo pic)

 
Actually we have another good reason for doing this interview. You will release your debut album on Quiet Love Records in November. What were the inspirations for it? With which topics are you dealing on it? As we know Jan Wagner, another amazing artist on Quiet Love, helped you with the production. Could you please describe the process of producing with him and in general? Was the process different from the one making the EP?

The title of the album is „Votive“.

Votives are used as a religious term for offerings, that please a god or goddess. For each track of the album I formed a clay sculpture. The album refers to rituals. Collecting texts, writing music, shaping electric voltages, it’s all a process. I was singing in choirs, make use of reverb, there are many acoustic references to religious aspects. I remain an agnostic.

The lyrics are from daily notes, material of observation, learning and listening produced with Jan Wagner in Berlin. Working with Jan is a virtual exchange between Vienna and Berlin.

When I have new recordings , I send them to him, he is doing a first order and then I am coming to the studio. We recorded quite a lot this year already.

 

Rosa Anschuetz and Jan Wagner
(Rosa Anschütz & Jan Wagner, facebook pic)

 
Yes we are already at the end of our short interview. The last question is always about the future plans. We know that it is not easy to see what is coming next nowadays but are there any plans you already have in mind?
I want to finish my studies in Vienna, get more independent with my art. Go to Japan for some time and just learn more and more about everything. I have plans.
 

Recommendations:
Rosa Anschütz’ “Morph Me” on Quiet Love Records
Rosa Anschütz’ “Out Of True” on Quiet Love Records
Rosa Anschütz’ “Diopter (Hior Remix)” on Ki Records
Rosa Anschütz’ “Opacity” on Quiet Love Records
Rosa Anschütz’ “Soft Resource” on Quiet Love Records
Rosa Anschütz’ “RR4” on R-Label Group
Rosa Anschütz’ “Rigid EP” on Quiet Love Records
single “Kapitel 30” by Jan Wagner featuring Rosa Anschütz on Quiet Love
Jan Wagner’s album “Kapitel” on Quiet Love Records
Jan Wagner’s album “Nummern” on Quiet Love Records

 

Exclusive Live Set:

 

Tracklist of Exclusive Live Set:
it’s a live set

 

Websites:
Rosa Anschütz

 

[Mix]: Hephaistos – NovaFuture Blog Mix August 2020

 

DJ:
Hephaistos

 

Introduction:
With always having been surrounded by different musical influences, the Berlin based project Hephaistos tries to capture the raw essence of volatile emotions using a variety of approaches on techno itself. Shaping the time with heavy industrial, acidic and dark rave sounds, Hephaistos is telling tales of suffering and anger as well as hope and love.

 

Listen:
“NovaFuture Blog Mix August 2020”

 

Tracklist:
01. Ali Renault – Blood Eagle
02. HKKPTR – Erniedrigung
03. NN – Don’t Fall Into Their Holy Dogma
04. Angel Karel – Made of Black Leather (Animal Holocaust Remix)
05. Dax J & UVB – Murder Wave
06. PØLI & Lorenzo Raganzini – Human Nature
07. Parallx – Stormbringer
08. Dread – Your Only Hope
09. VINYA – Blitz
10. New Frames – Frost
11. I Hate Models – Romantic Psycho
12. Znzl – Pathfinder
13. Downwell – Out From Your Pain
14. Manni Dee – Mephi
15. B2 – Ghetto Patron
16. Swart – Acid Roadtrip
17. Reset Robot – Ana Strings

 

Recommendations:
Hephaistos’ self-released “Renaissance”
Hephaistos’ self-released “Hate Me But Call It Love”
Hephaistos’ self-released “Dead But Dreaming”
Hephaistos’ “CVII” on Ōtomo
Hephaistos’ “Mutter EP” on Mutter Records
sampler “Red Shell” w/ Hephaistos track on Carcères Records
compilation “Perceptions” w/ Hephaistos track on Vast Perception
compilaiton “War Phase” w/ Hephaistos track on SCTR
sampler “Jaelos 01” w/ Hephaistos track on Jaelos

 

Websites:
Hephaistos

 

[Mix]: Hertz Collision – NovaFuture Blog Visual Mix 009

 

DJ:
Hertz Collision

 

Introduction:
Hertz Collision was a duo formed by Francesco Profeti and Pietro Franchini. They began to collaborate in 2009 releasing music from 2014 on labels like Tono Limited, Serial Number 849, Concrete Music, Dynamic Refection.
In 2016, they got the chance to release on Invite’s Choice Records next to Wrong Assessment and Savas Pascalidis. During last months they released on Persistence, Uncage records, in a digital V/A for Aine. In October the duo played at Radion for the Dynamic Refection showcase during the ADE. They started 2017 releasing a second digital ep. on Dynamic Refection with a massive remix from Stranger, and with their first complete Ep. on the well-known underground label called Frozen Border. On the 7 of October, the duo started a collaboration with one of the most historical clubs in Florence, Tenax, for 2 events on during the same month with Marco Faraone and Marcel Fengler and the other one with Ben Klock. After that, they signed a release on the new label from Kwartz (Order&Devotion) with an outstanding remix from him. The 21 of March were invited by Mario Berger to play in the legendary club Tresor and by Synoid’s crew at Griessmuehle on the 13 of April. The last release was on Ear to Ground (July 2018).

2019 was a year of reflection for the duo, and right now Francesco is working as a solo with Hertz Collision Project.

Last ep was released on Be as One together with Marco Faraone remixed by Alexander Kowalski and last 2 v/a were on Illegal Alien Records with a lot of artists like Electric Indigo, Temudo, Giorgio Gigli and Stanislav Tolkachev and on Be as one with Linkan ray, Vil, Amber, Marco Bruno and Kowalski.

 

Video by Timo Dufner:

 

Listen on SC & Download:
“NovaFuture Blog Visual Mix 009”

Download option will be activated on the 07th September 2020

 

Tracklist:
01. Aural – White Sails (Spathiphyllum)
02. Fresko – Grey area
03. Bleak – Hunting Nightmares
04. Unbalance – Seven Hour War
05. Sleeparchive – Glass
06. VIL – Carg0
07. LATHE – Werk
08. CRAVO – EVO.03
09. Pfirter & Grindvik – Neu
10. Hertz Collision – Hush
11. Hertz Collision – Unreleased
12. Ray Kajioka – Unbalanced
13. Gaetek – Advanced Series Vol. 2 (Ben Sims Hardgroove Edit)
14. Tam Nisam – Negura (DJ Lily Remode)

 

Booking:
Thrust Agency for Hertz Collision

 

Websites:
Timo Dufner
Hertz Collision