out now: Laibach – Love Is Still Alive EP [Mute]

 

Artist:
Laibach

 

Title:
Love Is Still Alive EP

 

Label:
Mute

 

Cat#:
MUTE653

 

Release Date:
20th January 2023 (CD & digital)
03rd March 2023 (vinyl)

 

Format:
CD, vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
01.
Love Is Still Alive I (Moon, Euphoria)

02.
Love Is Still Alive II (Venus, Libidine)

03.
Love Is Still Alive III (Mercury, Dopamine)

04.
Love Is Still Alive IV (Neptune, Oxytocin)

05.
Love Is Still Alive V (Uranus, Prolactin)

06.
Love Is Still Alive VI (Saturn, Insomnia)

07.
Love Is Still Alive VII (Jupiter, Tristitia)

08.
Love Is Still Alive VIII (Mars, Dysphoria)

 

Press Info:
LAIBACH have shared the first piece of an 8-track EP due out on CD and digitally on 20 January 2023 (with the vinyl following in March), before the Slovenian collective embark on The Coming Race tour later this month (full details below).

Watch the video for ‘Love Is Still Alive I (Moon, Euphoria)’ below.

This is the dawn of the third millennium of Mankind. The planet Earth, which we once knew as our home, is now nothing but a dead rock floating in space, destroyed by wars, pandemics and all the evil that men do. So is the Moon, which once served as the stepping-stone into the vast universe, but later turned into a refuge for the last of us. Now, the remnants of mankind are hurling across the Universe on a single spacecraft, carrying the lucky few who have been saved from annihilation. They are heading for Mars, where all life once originated. They might have lost their history and their planet, but as long as they have a glimmer of hope and a guiding red light shining in the darkness, they will boldly go where no one has gone before – as long as love is still alive. 

The Love Is Still Alive EP tracks the survivors’ journey through our solar system, andt this trip is also a journey through some of the more ‘space’ music genres of recent decades. The EP is an extension of music created for the film, Iron Sky – The Coming Race (dir. Timo Vuorensola, 2019), a hidden sequel. Laibach’s music for Iron Sky – The Coming Race is scheduled for release in 2023, alongside a specially created video game.

Laibach formed in the then-Yugoslavian industrial town Trbovlje. Founded in the year that the country’s founding father Tito died, the band rose to fame to become one of the most internationally acclaimed bands to have come out of the former Communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe, recently becoming one of the first bands to perform in North Korea. In 2019 they released a Laibachian interpretation of The Sound of Music, conceived during their trip to North Korea and in 2020 celebrated four decades with Laibach Revisited. An album of music from the acclaimed theatrical production Wir sind das Volk (ein Musical aus Deutschland) based on the writings of Heiner Müller (1929-1995) followed in 2022 and the band announced recently that diplomatic negotiations are underway for a performance in Tehran of Alamut, an original symphonic work composed in collaboration with Iranian composers and performers.

 

Snippets:

 

Video:
“Love Is Still Alive I (Moon, Euphoria)”

 

Video Special:
“Exit Festival 2021 | Main Stage”

 

Recommendations:
Laibach’s “The Future” on Mute
Laibach’s “Spectremix” on Mute
Laibach’s “Spectre” on Mute
Laibach’s “Reproduction Prohibited” on Mute
Laibach’s “Iron Sky Soundtrack” on Mute
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out now: Daniel Avery – Ultra Truth [Phantasy / Mute]

 

Artist:
Daniel Avery

 

Title:
Ultra Truth

 

Label:
Phantasy / Mute

 

Cat#:
PHLP19 / tba

 

Release Date:
04th November 2022

 

Format:
CD, cassette, vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracks:
01.
New Faith

02.
Ultra Truth

03.
Wall Of Sleep

04.
The Slow Bullet

05.
Devotion

06.
Only

07.
Spider

08.
Near Perfect

09.
Higher

10.
Ache

11.
Collapsing Sky

12.
Lone Swordsman

13.
Overflowing With Escape

14.
Chaos Energy

15.
Heavy Rain

 

Press Info:
Revered producer and composer Daniel Avery today announces his most ambitious and accomplished studio album to date, Ultra Truth, due for release on 4th November 2022 via Phantasy Sound. To celebrate the announcement, Daniel has shared a brand new track from the record called ‘Chaos Energy’, which lands alongside a neo-futuristic video created using AI technology by close-collaborator Claudia Rafael.

Alongside the record, Avery launches his new live show this month debuting at Nuits Sonores in Lyon on 27th May, the biggest outing for the project since touring America with Nine Inch Nails in 2018.

Ultra Truth offers a very different listening experience to any of Avery’s previous records. It inhabits its own world of sound, a construct built in Avery’s Thames side studio with collaborative help from a host of friends: the production touch of Ghost Culture and Manni Dee, the vocals of HAAi, Jonnine Standish (HTRK), AK Paul and the voices of Marie Davidson, Kelly Lee Owens, Sherelle and James Massiah.

“Ultra Truth finds me in a different place to where I’ve been before. My previous albums have all focused on the idea of music being an escape or a distraction from the world but that’s not the case this time. For me this album is about looking directly into the darkness, not running away from it. There’s a way through these times but it involves keeping the important people in your life close to you and navigating the noise together. This is an intentionally heavy and dense album, the hooks often hidden in dusty corners. I’m no longer dealing in a misty-eyed euphoria. Ultra Truth is a distorted fever dream of a record: riled, determined and alive.”

In creating Ultra Truth, Avery went back to many of the things that had inspired him to first make music as a teenager – pensive, emotive records by Deftones, Portishead, Nick Cave or Mogwai, the exquisite darkness of David Lynch’s movies and – on tracks like Devotion and Higher – the thunderous energy of leftfield rave music.

“I’m working with an entirely new world of sound on this record. Every single influence from the last decade spent on the road plays a part. Things that have been in the back of my mind forever, warped, distorted and pushed to a new place.”

Elsewhere, a counterpoint to Ultra Truth’s juggernaut breakbeats comes in the form of Avery’s elegiac tribute to the late Andrew Weatherall. Lone Swordsman feels like it’s been created from the same DNA as some of Weatherall’s most sublime moments.

“Andrew was an enormously important figure in my life. It’s been said about him so many times, but Andrew was someone who did things entirely on his own terms, an outsider through and through. He was a punk rocker as much as he was a techno DJ. I’ve always held on to what he taught me which was to offer a true expression of who you are at all times. That’s the ultimate goal. If this record sounds like it comes from a more shadowy place, that’s what it is and that’s who I am.”

Ultra Truth is just that. It’s the ultimate musical truth of one of the country’s most innovative, boundary-pushing electronic producers. And the truth is, this is a record to give you a burning sense of hope.

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Videos:
“Chaos Energy”

“Higher”

 

Special:
“@ The Lot Radio 09 – 23 – 2022”

 

Recommendations:
Daniel Avery’s album “Love + Light” on Phantasy / Mute
Daniel Avery’s album “Together In Static” on Phantasy / Mute
“Illusion Of Time” by Daniel Avery + Alessandro Cortini on Phantasy / Mute
Daniel Avery’s album “Song For Alpha” on Phantasy / Mute
Daniel Avery’s “Song For Alpha (B-Sides & Remixes)” on Phantasy / Mute
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out now: Yann Tiersen – Kerber (Remixes) [Mute]

 

Artist:
Yann Tiersen

 

Title:
Kerber (Remixes)

 

Label:
Mute

 

Cat#:
MUTE642

 

Release Date:
26th August 2022

 

Format:
vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
01.
Ker Al Loch
(Sote Remix)

02.
Ker Al Loch
(Terence Fixmer Remix)

03.
Ker Al Loch
(Simon Sky’s Metamorphosis Remix)

04.
Ker Al Loch
(Beatrice Dillon Remix)

05.
Kerlann
(Laurel Halo Remix)

06.
Ker Yegu
(Iku Sakan Remix)

 

Press Info:
Yann Tiersen has shared a new remix by Laurel Halo, and announced details of a 12” collating reworkings from his 2021 album Kerber. Kerber Remixes will be available on strictly limited edition white vinyl and digitally via Mute on 26 August 2022.

The remix 12” includes remixes and reworkings from Terence Fixmer, Beatrice Dillon, Laurel Halo, Iku Sakan and two remix competition winners, Sote and Simon Sky.

While Kerber saw Tiersen incorporating modular synthesis and sampling into the recording process, his follow up album, 11 5 18 2 5 18, was born from further experimentation in the studio as the artist prepared for a performance at Berlin’s modular and synthesiser festival, Superbooth. Using samples as his source, Tiersen has resampled, reprogrammed and recomposed existing audio to create entirely new tracks unrecognisable and decontextualised from their original versions. The album completes a story he started Kerber but where that took a more nuanced and subtle approach, 11 5 18 2 5 18 brings the listener into new sonic spaces.

This new remix 12” bridges the worlds of Kerber and 11 5 18 2 5 18, pushing the tracks further onto the dancefloor and opening them up to new processes.

 

Snippets:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Kerlann (Laurel Halo Remix)”

“Ker al Loch (Beatrice Dillon Remix)”

 

Video Special:
“Live @ SUPERBOOTH21”

 

Recommendations:
all releases on Mute & sublabels we featured

 

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out now: Monika Werkstatt – M_Sessions (Remixed) [Monika Enterprise]

 

Artist:
Monika Werkstatt

 

Title:
M_Sessions (Remixed)

 

Label:
Monika Enterprise

 

Cat#:
m97

 

Release Date:
18th February 2022

 

Format:
download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
01.
Komm Darling Lass Uns Tanzen Gehen
(Pilocka Krach Mix)

02.
You You
(Acid Pauli’s YoYo Mix)

03.
Schreiender Tag
(c00lm8 Remix)

 

Press Info:
M_SESSIONS REMIXED Monika Werkstatt plays Mania D, Malaria!, Matador remixed by Pilocka Krach, Acid Pauli & c00lm8

In 2021 Bettina Köster, Gudrun Gut and Beate Bartel celebrated M_Dokumente: a major retrospective of their early and still highly influential band projects, MANIA D., MALARIA!, MATADOR. M_Dokumente was both a book released via Ventil Verlag, a 2xLP of covers played by the Monika Werkstatt as well as an exhibition and performance series at Silent Green in Berlin, Wedding.

The event featured talks, DJ sets and live performances by Chicks on Speed, Die Mücken and the aforementioned Monika Werkstatt, a rotating super-group collective made up of all artists from the current monika roster, in this case: AGF, ANIKA, BEATE BARTEL, GUDRUN GUT, ISLAJA, LUCRECIA DALT, MIDORI HIRANO, MOMMO G, NATALIE BERIDZE, PILOCKA KRACH & SONAE. Their M-Sessions release featured new versions of some classic tracks by Mania D., Malaria! and Matador as well as some rare original recordings. Now monika brings you 3 remixes from the M-Sessions by Pilocka Krach, Acid Pauli and Coolm8.

PILOCKA KRACH is herself part of the Monika Werkstatt and one of the most prolific recent signings to the monika label. Her remix of the Werkstatt’s version of ‘Komm Darling lass uns tanzen gehn’ by Mania D. shows Frau Krach’s typical tongue in cheek attitude: it’s a funky twisted tune with a distorted guitar anti-solo and the pitched lyrics (trans. “the world may end, darling let’s go dancing”) are as fitting in today’s post-pandemic digital dystopia as they were in cold-war 1980s.

ACID PAULI aka Martin Gretschmann is known for his early work with The Notwist and has gone on to be a renowned solo artist and DJ. With the Yo Yo remix of ‘You You’, originally by Malaria!, he has delivered a straight up dancefloor banger.
True to his name, he weaves acid baselines between the solid beats to create a pure club track.

Last but by no means least it’s the turn of Chiara Rüßmann aka COOLM8 to reinterpret the M-Werkstatt interpretation of the Matador song ‘Schreiender Tag’. This remix came about as part of the workshop Remix Regendered. Which was designed to share the theory and practice of remixing in electronic music, with a special focus on female composers. This c00lm8 remix has an oldschool groove and makes excellent use of the vocal samples to great ironic affect.

Three bands from 80s Berlin, all beginning with the letter M and now remixed by 3 of the best DJ/producers of the 2020s. M_SESSIONS REMIXED is the perfect culmination of M_Dokumente as it brings an even more modern energy to Monika Werkstatt’s take on the music of Mania D, Malaria!, Matador. This record puts the M in reMix!

Text by Dirk Markham

 

Snippets:
@ Qobuz

 

Special:
Gudrun Gut – “MUTEKLIVE215”

Related Releases:
Monika Werkstatt’s “M_Sessions Reworks” on Moabit Musik / Monika Enterprise
physical release “M_Sessions”
digital release “M_Sessions – Rare Originals”

 

Recommendations:
“Let’s Talk About The Weather” by Gudrun Gut + Mabe Fratti on Umor Rex
Gudrun Gut’s album “Moment”
Gudrun Gut’s “Moment Remixes” on Monika Enterprise
Gudrun Gut’s “Wildlife”
Barbara Morgenstern’s “Silence Sweater EP” on Monika Enterprise
Natalie Beridze’s “Mapping Debris” on Monika Enterprise

 

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Websites:
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© Photo By Mara Von Kummer

out for a while: Gudrun Gut + Mabe Fratti – Let’s Talk About The Weather [Umor Rex]

 

Artist:
Gudrun Gut + Mabe Fratti

 

Title:
Let’s Talk About The Weather

 

Label:
Umor Rex

 

Cat#:
UR131

 

Release Date:
20th August 2021

 

Format:
vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
01.
Aufregend

02.
El Cielo Responde

03.
Walk

04.
In D

05.
Air Condition

06.
Let’s Talk About The Weather I

07.
Let’s Talk About The Weather II

08.
Let’s Talk About The Weather III

09.
Let’s Talk About The Weather IV

 

Press Info:
Gudrun Gut and Mabe Fratti have worked together on a powerful hybrid album, where taut rhythms fuse with haunted vocal melodies and spoken word, and field recordings meld with extended ambient pieces. Limited edition of 500 copies on Yellow Transparent vinyl LP, digital downloads and streamings.

As part of Umor Rex’s 15th anniversary, we here present an album that builds a dialogue between two lands and two unique artists. Mexico is the origin and conceptual residence of our label, while Germany is where we produce and manufacture our records (Berlin functions as the center of distribution and logistics, thanks to our friends at Morr Music). The intertwining imaginations belong to German producer Gudrun Gut (Malaria!) —a notable figure of the subculture and the German music scene since the early 80s, and also a founder of Monika Enterprise and recipient of the ‘Listen to Berlin’ Award in 2019— and singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Mabe Fratti (originally from Guatemala, now based in Mexico City). We knew about “Let’s Talk About The Weather” from the beginning, and since the moment Gudrun and Mabe made us part of their project, our excitement could not be greater.

The process started with Gudrun and Mabe having long distance conversations, asking about their whereabouts and discussing the weather. This might seem rather commonplace, but it works as a key thematic component for the entire album. The weather as the new great unknown, perceived through the optics of everyday life. Sound files were methodically exchanged, with Mabe exploring words and vocals, and Gudrun working with field recordings taken from each city. In the end, this joint musical venture would provide a healing effect for both artists during life in quarantine.

“Aufregend”, the opening track of the album, reflects upon a general lack of excitement in modern life. It wonders what the future might hold. Is it cold? Is it warm? Will it be the same? “Air Condition” is an eerie, dazzling collision of climates: the hazy warmth of Mexico City, the deep cold of Uckermark. The last track, which gives the album its name, is a long ambient piece composed of four parts: sound sculptures, field recordings of city life, news and weather forecasts, and private conversations about the climate. It’s kind of a collaborative diary, obsessed with a single, all-encompassing subject.

Produced and recorded by Gudrun Gut and Mabe Fratti between Berlin, Uckermark, Veracruz and Mexico City. Mixed by GGut at Stern Studio Mastered by John Tejada in Sherman Oaks, USA. Artwork & photos by Daniel Castrejón in Mexico City.

Special thanks to Goethe Institute, who contributed to the creation of this album with a Virtual Partner Residency support.

 

Snippets:
@ Deejay

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Aufregend”

“Air Condition”

 

Specials:
Gudrun Gut – “MUTEKLIVE215”

Mabe Fratti – “s.M.i.L.e. Radio 043”

 

Recommendations:
Gudrun Gut’s “Moment Remixes” on Monika Enterprise
Gudrun Gut’s “Moment” on Monika Enterprise
Gudrun Gut’s “Wildlife” on Monika Enterprise
compilation “M_Sessions Rare Originals” w/ Gudrun involved on Moabit Musik / Monika Enterprise

 

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Gudrun Gut
Umor Rex @ Bandcamp
Deejay
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Juno
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