out now: SLV – Berlin Portrait In Music [Soma Records]

 

Artist:
SLV

 

Title:
Berlin Portrait In Music

 

Label:
Soma Records

 

Cat#:
SOMACD122

 

Release Date:
22nd February 2019

 

Format:
CD & Digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
First Day In The City

02.
Sky

03.
This Cold Night

04.
Forest Voices

05.
Mirage

06.
Dust

07.
Night Stars

08.
January 31

09.
Talking With Shadows

10.
Melancholy Dreams

11.
Away

 

Press Info:
Berlin’s SLV returns to Soma this February to present a full-length ambient album entitled ‘Berlin Portrait In Music’.

Stemming from the heart of East Berlin, German producer SLV has picked up a number of influences on his musical journey whilst living amongst electronic music culture from an early age. Having steadily built a reputation for himself for diving into the realms of melancholic sound design, reflected in previous releases on Ilario Alicante’s Virgo label and Soma, his ‘Berlin Portrait In Music’ sees him add to his long list of Soma contributions following the recent standout ‘Athenæum 101’ LP from label bosses Slam themselves.

‘First Day In The City’ sets the tone right from the off with hypnotizing keys, emotive atmospherics and alleviating sound design, whilst ‘Sky’ follows suit as it balances drones with otherworldly soundscapes. ‘This Cold Night’ and ‘Forest Voices’ delightfully maintain the stirring ambience throughout as tranquilizing vibrations take the focus, before ‘Mirage’ and ‘Dust’ deliver heartwarming oscillations layered with captivating sonics.

Dark but uplifting moods are later conveyed within ‘Night Stars’ and ‘January 31’, journeying through arousing aesthetics from start to finish. ‘Talking With Shadows’ then harmonises between deep, syncopated drums and low strung synth stabs until eloquent chords balanced and angelic pads together display a poignant aura in ‘Melancholy Dreams’. ‘Away’ then elegantly rounds things off with tender strings, alluring melodies and moving elements.

 

Listen:
soon

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Talking With Shadows”

“Mirage”

 

Special:
“Parkett Internal Selection 016”

 

Recommendations:
SLV’s “Gestern und Heute EP” on Soma Records
sampler “SEELEN.001” w/ SLV track on Seelen Records
Deepbass’ “Second Stage EP” on Soma Records
Envoy’s “Dark Manoeuvres (Soma25 Remixes)” on Soma Records
Monoloc’ “Gipson (Remixes)” on Soma Records

 

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Soma Records Store
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Websites:
SLV
Soma Records

 

© Photo by Walter Molino

out now: Farceb – Rebirth And Fertility [Rohstoff Records]

 

Artist:
Farceb

 

Title:
Rebirth And Fertility

 

Label:
Rohstoff Records

 

Cat#:
RR001

 

Release Date:
11th January 2019

 

Format:
Cassette & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Where The Sun Doesn’t Shine

02.
Smaragd

03.
Counterfactual

04.
Affect Infusion

05.
I Was So Blind

06.
Covariation

07.
Forgotten Memories

08.
My Last Mistake

 

Press Info:
The first release “Rebirth and Fertility” by emerging argentinian talent Farceb (MindTrip Music, Pole Group Records) offers eight tracks of subtly pulsating ambient textures ranging from clear, optimistic to more darker soundscapes.

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Special:
“Oecus Podcast 111”

 

Buy Cassette:
Rohstoff Records @ Bandcamp

 

Buy Digital:
Rohstoff Records @ Bandcamp
JunoDownload
Beatport Classic
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Websites:
Farceb
Rohstoff Records

 

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
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Project Mooncircle @ Bandcamp
Bleep
JunoDownload

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Websites:
Takeleave
Project Mooncircle

 

out now: 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