out now: Takeleave – Inner Sea [Project Mooncircle]

 

Artist:
Takeleave

 

Title:
Inner Sea

 

Label:
Project Mooncircle

 

Cat#:
PMC170

 

Release Date:
30th November 2018

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Burrow

02.
Away From Here

03.
Cosmic Bath

04.
Habitat

05.
Bedroom Eyes

06.
Calibu

07.
The Eyot

08.
Passage

09.
Vacationin’

10.
Back Water

11.
Safehold

12.
You

 

Press Info:
“Inner Sea” is a journey inwards, delving into the hidden ocean of unconscious dreams and memories. Melodies tell stories of key moments, anchoring certain points in one’s life and the experiences and sensations they reflect. Giving them sounds to breathe and mirroring the soul in unseen depths, these memories are stored eternally in a shelter floating within this inner world.

“All these memories lay in the depths of my inner sea. It‘s surface reflects pictures of all the worlds that I want to dive back into, over and over again.” – Takeleave | Nicolas De Araújo Peixoto

 

Listen:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Calibu”

 

Recommendations:
Nic Araújo’S EP “Arrangement Of The Fold 1” on Drasma
Nic Araújo’s EP “Oceanity” on Nulectric
Nic Araújo’s EP “Impulse” on Shape Of Void

 

Buy Vinyl:
Project Mooncircle @ Bandcamp
HHV
Red Eye Records
Juno
WOM
Deejay
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Buy Digital:
Project Mooncircle @ Bandcamp
Bleep
JunoDownload

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Websites:
Takeleave
Project Mooncircle

 

out soon: The 7th Plain – Chronicles III [A-Ton]

 

Artist:
The 7th Plain

 

Title:
Chronicles II

 

Label:
A-Ton

 

Cat#:
a-ton 07

 

Release Date:
14th December 2018

 

Format:
CD, LP & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Time Melts

A2.
Reality Of Space

B1.
Excalibur’s Radar

B2.
Millentum

C1.
Lost

C2.
Think City

D1.
Shades Amaze

D2.
Seeing Sense

 

Press Info (English):
In the afterglow of rave’s white heat, the mid-90s were a period of going as far out in all directions as possible – and Luke Slater’s The 7th Plain tracks were certainly about exploration of the deep space of the imagination. Cosmic, analogue, orchestrated, they still represent some of the most emotionally intense music ever to come out of the techno realm. Whether built on percussive frameworks or sweeping nebulas of dissipated sound, Slater’s synthesizers still sing space-travelers’ tales compellingly and beautifully.

For this reason, Ostgut Ton sublabel A-TON launched back in 2016 with The 7th Plain’s Chronicles I, establishing itself as a platform for archive, ambient and art-related releases. This first eight-track compilation was split between classics from the albums My Yellow Wise Rug and The 4 Cornered Room on the one hand and previously unreleased tracks on the other, with the goal of providing a different, remastered framework for Slater’s futuristic visions from the past.

Now, with the release of Chronicles II and Chronicles III, as well as a special edition vinyl boxset, the journey continues further into outer and inner space. Like its predecessor, Chronicles II is divided between previously released material from the aforementioned albums, as well as four unreleased future classics: “Silver Shinhook”, “Wand Star”, “I Think I Think Too Much” and “JDC”.

In contrast, Chronicles III is made up solely of music from the General Production Recordings label catalogue and stylistically skews less toward percussive techno-funk and more toward free-form broken rhythms – though tracks such as “Lost”, “Time Melts” or “Millentum” stand strong as hybrid pillars of both.

Ultimately, when listening to all three parts of Chronicles, it’s apparent that 7th Plain music is cut from the same emotional cloth, one related strongly to the backroom, the chillout, the after-party, the solo headphone voyage. These weren’t and never should be considered separate zones from the dancefloor.

In other words, as Luke Slater puts it, in the mid-90s, they were “part of the night, part of the experience… where ideas could be shared.” And like Global Communication, Mira Calix, The Future Sound of London, the Artificial Intelligence generation, Slater’s 7th Plain was a response to those hallucinatory, spiritual, but still social spaces at the heart of underground communities – and the magic is still strong in it.

Aside from the special vinyl boxset (6×12“ LP), which includes Chronicles I – III, limited edition stickers, an essay by Joe Muggs and a complete download code, all releases are available individually on CD, 2xLP and for the first time in digital formats.

 

Press Info (German):

Im Abendrot des Loderns von Rave wurde Mitte der Neunziger möglichst frei und weit in alle Richtungen gedacht – und die Stücke von Luke Slaters The 7th Plain stellten den Klang der Erkundung tiefster Gedankengänge dar. Kosmisch, analog, orchestriert sind sie auch heute noch einige der emotional-intensivsten Musiken, die Techno je hervorbrachte. Entstanden aus perkussiven Konzepten und interstellaren Wolken aufgelösten Klangs, erzählen Slaters Synthesizer auch 25 Jahre später noch unwiderstehlich und schön die Geschichten Weltraumreisender.

Dem geschuldet wurde 2016 das Ostgut Ton-Sublabel A-TON mit The 7th Plains Chronicles I gegründet und etablierte sie damit als Plattform für Archiv-, Ambient- und artverwandte Veröffentlichungen. Die erste Zusammenstellung beinhaltete Klassiker der Alben My Yellow Wise Rug und The 4 Cornered Room zum einen und zuvor unveröffentlichtes Material zum anderen, mit dem Ziel, einen anderen, neu gemasterten Rahmen für Slaters futuristische Vision aus der Vergangenheit anzubieten.

Mit der Veröffentlichung von Chronicles II und Chronicles III als auch einer speziellen Vinyl-Boxset-Edition geht die Reise tiefer in den weiten und inneren Raum. Wie ihr Vorgänger teilt sich Chronicles II auf in bereits erschienenes Material vorab genannter Alben, aber auch vier ungehörte zukünftige Klassiker: „Silver Shinhook“, „Wand Star“, „I Think I Think Too Much“ und „JDC“.

Demgegenüber besteht Chronicles III rein aus Musik des General Production Recordings-Labelkatalogs, ist stilistisch weniger in Richtung perkussivem Technofunk sondern mehr gen freier gebrochener Rhythmik gedacht – wobei „Lost“, „Time Melts“ oder „Millentum“ als standhafte hybride Säulen für beides stehen.

Alles in allem wird beim Hören der dreiteiligen Chronicles klar, dass die Musik von The 7th Plain aus demselben emotionalen Stoff gewebt ist, stark verbunden ist mit dem Hinterstübchen, dem Chillout, der Afterparty, der Kopfhörerreise. Diese sollten nie als separate Zonen des Dancefloors begriffen werden.

Mit Luke Slaters Worten anders gesagt, waren diese Musiken Mitte der Neunziger „Teil der Nacht, Teil des Erlebnisses … wo man Ideen austauschen konnte.“ Wie auch Global Communication, Mira Calix, The Future Sound Of London, die Artificial Intelligence-Generation war Slaters 7th Plain eine Antwort auf jene halluzinatorischen, spirituellen aber doch sozialen Räume im Kern der Undergroundszenen – deren Magie mittels der Musik die Zeit überwindet.

Das spezielle Vinyl-Boxset (6×12“ LP) beinhaltet Chronicles I – III, Sticker, ein Essay von Joe Muggs und einen kompletten Downloadcode. Daneben sind alle Chronicles-Teile einzeln auf CD, 2xLP und erstmals in digitalen Formaten erhältlich.

 

Listen:

 

Related Releases:
album “Chronicles I”
album “Chronicles II”

 

Recommendations:
album “Unknown Origin” by L.B. Dub Corp on Ostgut Ton
album “The Messenger” by Planetary Assault Systems on Ostgut Ton

 

Buy CD:
Ostgut Shop
Amazon
Juno
Rough Trade
Boomkat
more soon

 

Buy Vinyl:
Ostgut Shop
WOM
Amazon
Deejay
Juno
Rough Trade
Boomkat
more soon

 

Buy Digital:
A-Ton @ Bandcamp
more soon

 

Websites:
Luke Slater
Luke Slater @ Facebook
A-Ton
Ostgut Ton

 

© Photo By Paul Krause

out soon: The 7th Plain – Chronicles II [A-Ton]

 

Artist:
The 7th Plain

 

Title:
Chronicles II

 

Label:
A-Ton

 

Cat#:
a-ton 06

 

Release Date:
14th December 2018

 

Format:
CD, LP & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Silver Shinhook

A2.
Astra Naut-E

B1.
Wand Star

B2.
Convex

C3.
I Think I Think Too Much

C4.
JDC

D1.
To Be Surreal

D2.
Big Field

 

Press Info (English):
In the afterglow of rave’s white heat, the mid-90s were a period of going as far out in all directions as possible – and Luke Slater’s The 7th Plain tracks were certainly about exploration of the deep space of the imagination. Cosmic, analogue, orchestrated, they still represent some of the most emotionally intense music ever to come out of the techno realm. Whether built on percussive frameworks or sweeping nebulas of dissipated sound, Slater’s synthesizers still sing space-travelers’ tales compellingly and beautifully.

For this reason, Ostgut Ton sublabel A-TON launched back in 2016 with The 7th Plain’s Chronicles I, establishing itself as a platform for archive, ambient and art-related releases. This first eight-track compilation was split between classics from the albums My Yellow Wise Rug and The 4 Cornered Room on the one hand and previously unreleased tracks on the other, with the goal of providing a different, remastered framework for Slater’s futuristic visions from the past.

Now, with the release of Chronicles II and Chronicles III, as well as a special edition vinyl boxset, the journey continues further into outer and inner space. Like its predecessor, Chronicles II is divided between previously released material from the aforementioned albums, as well as four unreleased future classics: “Silver Shinhook”, “Wand Star”, “I Think I Think Too Much” and “JDC”.

In contrast, Chronicles III is made up solely of music from the General Production Recordings label catalogue and stylistically skews less toward percussive techno-funk and more toward free-form broken rhythms – though tracks such as “Lost”, “Time Melts” or “Millentum” stand strong as hybrid pillars of both.

Ultimately, when listening to all three parts of Chronicles, it’s apparent that 7th Plain music is cut from the same emotional cloth, one related strongly to the backroom, the chillout, the after-party, the solo headphone voyage. These weren’t and never should be considered separate zones from the dancefloor.

In other words, as Luke Slater puts it, in the mid-90s, they were “part of the night, part of the experience… where ideas could be shared.” And like Global Communication, Mira Calix, The Future Sound of London, the Artificial Intelligence generation, Slater’s 7th Plain was a response to those hallucinatory, spiritual, but still social spaces at the heart of underground communities – and the magic is still strong in it.

Aside from the special vinyl boxset (6×12“ LP), which includes Chronicles I – III, limited edition stickers, an essay by Joe Muggs and a complete download code, all releases are available individually on CD, 2xLP and for the first time in digital formats.

 

Press Info (German):
Im Abendrot des Loderns von Rave wurde Mitte der Neunziger möglichst frei und weit in alle Richtungen gedacht – und die Stücke von Luke Slaters The 7th Plain stellten den Klang der Erkundung tiefster Gedankengänge dar. Kosmisch, analog, orchestriert sind sie auch heute noch einige der emotional-intensivsten Musiken, die Techno je hervorbrachte. Entstanden aus perkussiven Konzepten und interstellaren Wolken aufgelösten Klangs, erzählen Slaters Synthesizer auch 25 Jahre später noch unwiderstehlich und schön die Geschichten Weltraumreisender.

Dem geschuldet wurde 2016 das Ostgut Ton-Sublabel A-TON mit The 7th Plains Chronicles I gegründet und etablierte sie damit als Plattform für Archiv-, Ambient- und artverwandte Veröffentlichungen. Die erste Zusammenstellung beinhaltete Klassiker der Alben My Yellow Wise Rug und The 4 Cornered Room zum einen und zuvor unveröffentlichtes Material zum anderen, mit dem Ziel, einen anderen, neu gemasterten Rahmen für Slaters futuristische Vision aus der Vergangenheit anzubieten.

Mit der Veröffentlichung von Chronicles II und Chronicles III als auch einer speziellen Vinyl-Boxset-Edition geht die Reise tiefer in den weiten und inneren Raum. Wie ihr Vorgänger teilt sich Chronicles II auf in bereits erschienenes Material vorab genannter Alben, aber auch vier ungehörte zukünftige Klassiker: „Silver Shinhook“, „Wand Star“, „I Think I Think Too Much“ und „JDC“.

Demgegenüber besteht Chronicles III rein aus Musik des General Production Recordings-Labelkatalogs, ist stilistisch weniger in Richtung perkussivem Technofunk sondern mehr gen freier gebrochener Rhythmik gedacht – wobei „Lost“, „Time Melts“ oder „Millentum“ als standhafte hybride Säulen für beides stehen.

Alles in allem wird beim Hören der dreiteiligen Chronicles klar, dass die Musik von The 7th Plain aus demselben emotionalen Stoff gewebt ist, stark verbunden ist mit dem Hinterstübchen, dem Chillout, der Afterparty, der Kopfhörerreise. Diese sollten nie als separate Zonen des Dancefloors begriffen werden.

Mit Luke Slaters Worten anders gesagt, waren diese Musiken Mitte der Neunziger „Teil der Nacht, Teil des Erlebnisses … wo man Ideen austauschen konnte.“ Wie auch Global Communication, Mira Calix, The Future Sound Of London, die Artificial Intelligence-Generation war Slaters 7th Plain eine Antwort auf jene halluzinatorischen, spirituellen aber doch sozialen Räume im Kern der Undergroundszenen – deren Magie mittels der Musik die Zeit überwindet.

Das spezielle Vinyl-Boxset (6×12“ LP) beinhaltet Chronicles I – III, Sticker, ein Essay von Joe Muggs und einen kompletten Downloadcode. Daneben sind alle Chronicles-Teile einzeln auf CD, 2xLP und erstmals in digitalen Formaten erhältlich.

 

Listen:

 

Related Releases:
album “Chronicles I”
album “Chronicles III”

 

Recommendations:
album “Unknown Origin” by L.B. Dub Corp on Ostgut Ton
album “The Messenger” by Planetary Assault Systems on Ostgut Ton

 

Buy CD:
Ostgut Shop
Amazon
Juno
Rough Trade
Boomkat
more soon

 

Buy Vinyl:
Ostgut Shop
WOM
Amazon
Deejay
Juno
Rough Trade
Boomkat
more soon

 

Buy Digital:
A-Ton @ Bandcamp
more soon

 

Websites:
Luke Slater
Luke Slater @ Facebook
A-Ton
Ostgut Ton

 

© Photo By Paul Krause

out soon: Crosspolar – 51.2763° N, 30.2219° [Vaknar]

 

Artist:
Crosspolar

 

Title:
51.2763° N, 30.2219°

 

Label:
Vaknar

 

Cat#:
VAK09

 

Release Date:
30th November 2018

 

Format:
Cassette & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Intermission 1 – Parousia

A2.
…And Then We Heard The Sirens

A3.
Nord

A4.
Intermission 2 – Miasma

A5.
Masts, Antennas, Towers

A6.
Intermission 3 – Redshift

B1.
Stadium _Avanhard_

B2.
Dreamliner

C1-D1.
Pripyat Transmissions (Chapters I, II & III)

 

Press Info:
Soviet Utopias; The Ninth nuclear city of Pripyat was the title to a personal investigation about a town that has been largely forgotten by history; Pripyat. Located in the Northern Ukraine, Pripyat was situated just next to the city of Chernobyl and served as the second largest municipal to accommodate power plant workers and scientist of the former Soviet Union. Then one fateful event changed the lives of these 50,000 individuals, leaving the entire nuclear city and its landmarks vacant.

Crosspolar, himself a resident of a former Soviet state, sonically explores this topic on 51.2763° N, 30.2219° through the aid of FM-transmitters and receivers, re-recording audio in physical locations to imprint the sonic characteristic and traits of the former nuclear city.

The Conceptual framework of the album was conceived from a series of documented interviews, all held with children of former Pripyat residents, recorded by the label with the consent of each participant.

The outcome see’s Crosspolar reflect on the subject through a sonic palette that fittingly recalls both, utopian futurism and dystopian void. Themes of decay and desolation are as present as moments of emotional reconciliation and monumental grandeur.

In the end the album forms the basis for a cultural sound exchange, an experiment that prompts the question; in what ways can we can reapproach history through a sonic lens? And while these pieces remain personal insights they can also act as conduits to raise awareness about the subject matter and further act as a basis for exploring our obsession with the past and how we choose to remember it.

 

Listen:
soon

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Dreamliner”

“Intermission 2: Miasma”

“…And Then We Heard The Sirens”

more soon

 

Videos:
“…And Then We Heard The Sirens”

Videos made by the29nov films

 

Special:
“June 2018”

 

Recommendations:
Anasisana’s “Stuck Between Worlds Colliding” on Vaknar
OAKE’s “Live in Marseille” on Vaagner
Zen Zsigo’s “Winter Orbit EP” on Vaagner

 

Buy Cassette:
soon

 

Buy Digital:
soon

 

Websites:
Vaagner, parent label of Vaknar

 

out soon: Gudrun Gut – Moment [Monika Enterprise]

 

Artist:
Gudrun Gut

 

Title:
Moment

 

Label:
Monika Enterprise

 

Cat#:
m93

 

Release Date:
07th December 2018

 

Format:
CD, vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Startup Loch

02.
Musik

03.
Shuttle Service

04.
Seltene Erde

05.
Baby I Can Drive My Car

06.
Boys Keep Swinging

07.
FMP

08.
Schienenersatzverkehr

09.
Lover

10.
Glieder

11.
Biste Schon Weg

12.
Are You Hungry

13.
Sein

14.
Backup

 

Press Info:
German electronic originator Gudrun Gut’s latest solo collection distills a lifetime of persuasions and obsessions into a compelling 14-track statement: “Moment.” Stark, somber, sultry, and clever, the sides slide between ballad and lament, synth-pop and spoken word, anthemic and abstract.

Gut’s background as a key figure in Berlin’s first-wave industrial uprising still casts an aura in the music’s mechanized rhythms and frozen emotional palette but decades of improvisation and collaboration have deepened her sense of composition and melody beyond any easy genre categorization.

If anything “Moment” finds Gut’s muse at its most enigmatic, threading shades of motorik hypnosis, technoid laboratory, coldwave pop, glitchy gauze, and even a gender-bent Bowie cover (“Boys Keep Swinging”) into its eclectic web. It also showcases the depth and detail of her voice, reserved but suggestive, intoning blunt truths and opaque poetry in both German and English.

This is music of history and heartache, modernity and desire, alienation and expression, by a singular creative committed to the complexities of sound. – Britt Brown

Gudrun Gut’s story spans many years, scenes, and sounds, from the “ingenious dilettantes” subculture of early 1980’s Berlin as part of Mania D, Einstürzende Neubauten, and Malaria! to her twilit industrial pop trio Matador into an expansive solo catalog of later work scoring films, videos, and radio plays. Her talents extend beyond musician, however, to include founding record labels (the influential imprints Moabit Musik and Monika Enterprise), club nights (progressive electronic pop collective Oceanclub), and experimental feminist collaborations (Monika Werkstatt).

Gut also works extensively in the technical sector of the recording industry, as a producer. Recent projects have included collaborations with Antye Greie (AGF) and Hans-Joachim Irmler of Faust, participating on the advisory committee for Musicboard Berlin, and performing at The Royal Albert Hall with Âme as part of an Innervisions label night.

 

Listen:
soon

 

Special:
“Ableton Loop 2016 Podcast”

 

Recommendation:
album “Wildlife”

 

Buy CD:
Amazon
WOM
more soon

 

Buy Vinyl:
Amazon
WOM
more soon

 

Buy Digital:
soon

 

Websites:
Gudrun Gut
Monika Enterprise

 

© Photo by Mara von Kummer