out now: Black Asteroid – Black Acid (Remixes) [Electric Deluxe]

 

Artist:
Black Asteroid

 

Title:
Black Acid (Remixes)

 

Label:
Electric Deluxe

 

Cat#:
EDLX.029

 

Release Date:
18th April 2013

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1)
Black Acid
(Perc Remix)

A2)
Black Acid
(Alva Noto Remodel)

B1)
Pressure
(Len Faki Re-Pressure)

B2)
Hydrogen
(DJ Emerson & Angel Costa Remix)

 

Info:
Raw analogue alchemies delivered with all the sleek and polish of its black-on-black casing made Bryan Black’s EDLX debut last year as blackasteroid a truly memorable one, consolidating all of the Motor man’s proven Paisley Park-honed engineering capabilities into a succinct and forward-facing EP. Defined by its gritty textures, fizzy white noisemanipulations and a signature mechanical hum throughout, ‘Black Acid’ achieved a uniquely tactile sound quality, reaffirming Bryan Black as a formidable one to watch under his revised blackasteroid guise.

Recently Perc, Alva Noto, Len Faki, Angel Costa and DJ Emerson presented a series of pithy reinventions of the EP’s three lead tracks: “Black Acid”, “Hydrogen” and “Pressure”, turning in a thoroughly versatile remix package complete with fresh nuances ranging from peak time basement material to more pensive headphone moments. A recomposed body of original ‘Black Acid’ sonic material, once more sheathed in stunning minimalistic design—this time in reverse: white on white, with contrasting materials (matte laminate on the cover and a high gloss UV varnish in the detail) providing the sole differentiating factor.

This particularly considered art direction was the result of a creative collaboration between Bryan Black (a designer himself and responsible for the bulk of Motor’s artwork), Jochem Paap and EDLX designer Jan Willem van den Ban from Enchilada. Choosing to diversify from the usual colourfulness and moiré structures of EDLX, the monotone colour palette and minimal aesthetic sets these pieces apart as highly collectable art objects, meanwhile rendering the blackasteroid project in a very physical, very personal way—thoughtful design in both sleeve and sound.

In Jan Willem’s words: “To mimic the dark and powerful tracks with sounds emerging and submerging, the sleeveshows all the shades of black possible. The design of the ‘Remix EP’ has a similar visual parallel with the music; in the way the remixes are deconstructed and reassembled from the source material, the artwork reworks the same variables and puts them together in a different mixture. The result is a minimal and monolithic object, that reflects differently from every angle and forms a logical and rock solid pair of releases.

 

Listen:

 

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Video:
“Black Acid (Alva Noto Remodel)”

Video created by the29nov films.

 

Special:
ADE DJ set – Part 1

 

Recommendations:
“Black Acid EP”
“Engine 1 (Remixes)” on CLR

 

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Websites:
Black Asteroid
Electric Deluxe

 

out now: Ben Gibson – Imago EP [CLFT]

Artist:
Ben Gibson

Title:
Imago EP

Label:
CLFT

Cat#:
CLFTREC003

Release Date:
25th March 2013

Format:
vinyl

Tracklist:
A1)
Lima

A2)
Siphon

B1)
Imago
(Mørbeck Interpretation)

B2)
Siphon
(Thomas Hessler Reconstruction)

Info:
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Listen:

Video:
“Imago (Mørbeck Interpretation)”

Video created by the29nov films.

Recommendations:
Thomas Hessler’s “Outburst EP”
Mørbeck’s first release on own label

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CLFT

out now: Traversable Wormhole – Traversable Wormhole Vol. 6 – 10 [CLR]

Artist:
Traversable Wormhole

Title:
Traversable Wormhole Vol. 6 – 10

Label:
CLR

Cat#:
CLRCD012

Release Date:
19th April 2013

Format:
CD (mixed) & digital

Tracklist:
01)
Centauri Dreams

02)
Negative Energy Density

03)
Four Dimensional Manifold

04)
Present Hypersurface

05)
Subliminal Warp Drive

06)
Worldline

07)
Universal Time

08)
Eternalism

09)
The Wormhole Nexus

10)
Paradoxical Consequences

Info:
Traversable Wormhole returns to CLR after a huge success in the techno scene with the digital releases and remixes of volumes 1 – 5. The present offering on CLR contains all songs from volumes 6 – 10, originally released on 12“ vinyl only.

The first anonymously produced ink stamped vinyls under the mysterious guise Traversable Wormhole appeared in the global techno scene in spring of 2009. At this time nobody knew who was behind the project and the mystique continued to grow with each new record until volume 6, when Adam X finally revealed himself as the creator of the much hailed productions in a Resident Advisor interview in 2010.

One crucial anecdote which eventually led to the digital releases and the massive remix project on CLR took place at the Berghain club in Berlin, where Adam met Chris Liebing and asked him about some highly positive remarks he had made about the mysterious act on Twitter. Chris immediately guessed that Adam was the originator of those tracks and insisted until he actually had to admit it – making Chris one of the very first persons to know the key to the mystery. It´s quite significant that this conversation took place at the Berghain, as it was the club and its infamous residents that originally inspired Adam X to write this music.

The story of Traversable Wormhole is the remarkable story of a well-known artist who successfully bypassed all possible preconceptions by just bringing out the music he wanted to hear in his favourite club under a new and unknown moniker. The concept worked smoothly, as he had the complete scene stunned and wondering about the origin of this exiting sound from day one. He had instantly convinced everybody with innovation and quality, even those who might not have given him as the artist Adam X a proper chance at this very moment. It´s simply one of those stories of doing the right thing, the right way, at the right time.

Needless to say that the quality of the tracks continued to be consistently excellent and the genre-crossing mix of straight-up, post-modern techno and industrial music beyond trends and hypes works just as well in the present volumes 6 – 10 as it did in the volumes 1 – 5. Stripped-down, sci-fi laden productions with unconventional beat structures, bass, rhythm and noise – a formula that has in one way or the other always been the essence of Adam X´s artistic output.

The latest endeavors from Traversable Wormhole will now be available for the first time on digital format. Included in this digital foray of sound will be a full length CD of all the latest TW songs mixed by Adam X. CLR is very exited to present you this new chapter of one of the most striking tales in the recent history of techno.

Listen:

Special:
Adam X – “Inciting Mix”

Recommendation:
ADMX-71 – “Second System”

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Websites:
Adam X | Traversable Wormhole
CLR

out now: Atom™ – HD [Raster-Noton]

 

Artist:
Atom™

 

Title:
HD

 

Label:
Raster-Noton

 

Cat#:
R-N 147

 

Release Date:
18th March 2013

 

Format:
CD & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Pop HD

02)
Strom

03)
I Love U (Like I Love My Drum Machine)
[feat. Jamie Lidell]

04)
The Sound Of Decay

05)
Empty

06)
Riding The Void

07)
Stop (Imperialist Pop)

08)
My Generation

09)
Ich Bin Meine Maschine

 

Press Info :
„HD“ can be described as Atom™‘s electronic quintessence: a blend of pop, electronic abstraction and powerful grooves – an invention Atom™ stands for and which was popularized through previous releases, classics in the electronica genre, such as „pop artificielle“ and others. Here is what the artist says:

As so often I was asked to say and write something about the recording you are currently having in front of you: „HD“. To any musician this is no doubt a complicated moment, since the choice of medium had already been taken in the first place: music. However, it seems that the written word needs to accompany the music, if not just to make sure the composer knows how to defend himself. Let me be frank, in the past this has been a rather ungrateful job, due to the fact that words either seem to appear like a method of justification or explanation of something that in my modest opinion doesn‘t need either one of the two. In the same sense in which „Liedgut“ wasn‘t about romaticism and „Winterreise“ had nothing to do with Schubert, „HD“ isn‘t about anything I‘d wish to express in a lengthy text or would like to see you being able to pinpoint or sell with a flashy headline. In order to get done with the headline, apart from the rather descriptive details I will dedicate my time to in an instant:

HD is a spiritual work

HD is a musical work

HD is a scientific work

The first recordings for „HD“ were made in 2005. Back then the album still carried another title which was „Hard Disc Rock“. The initial selection of songs for „Hard Disc Rock“ was of course a very different one, and while the years passed by most of those songs which did not continue to please, were one by one replaced by newer compositions (in fact the track „Stop (Imperialist Pop)“, which entered the album around 2009, does contain a fragment of an Atom™ track from 1998 called „Hard Disc Rock (don‘t stop)“.) All of the „early“ tracks for the later re-entitled „HD“ album necessarily were subject to profound changes in music and words, and I can say that by the time around 2012 „Hard Disc Rock“ had completely transformed into something else, which is pretty much what you got laying in front of you right now. „HD“ contains a couple of contributions by friends and colleagues such as Jamie Lidell (main vocals on „I love U“), Alva Noto (additional programmings on „Ich bin meine Maschine“), Marc Behrens (additional programmings on „Strom“ and „My Generation“), Jean-Charles Vandermynsbrugge (main vocals on „Pop HD“). Dominique Depret (guitars) and chilean pop star Jorge Gonzalez (backing vocals, guitar and bass raw material) – a diverse selection of guest musicians which very much reflects the general spirit of „HD“

 

Listen:

or all tracks @ Amazon GER

 

Trailer:
“HD 1”

“HD 2”

“HD 3”

 

Related Release:
EP “Ich Bin Meine Maschine”

 

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Websites:
AtomTM
Raster-Noton

 

out now: Sandwell District – Fabric69 [Fabric Records]

 

Artist:
Various – mixed by Sandwell District

 

Title:
Fabric 69

 

Label:
Fabric Records

 

Cat#:
fabric137

 

Release Date:
22nd April 2013

 

Format:
CD & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Silent Servant
A Path Eternal

02)
Function
Voiceprint
(Loop/Edit)

03)
VCMG
Spock
(Regis Remix – Loop/Edit)

04)
Boyd Rice / Frank Tovey
Extraction 7

05)
Raime
Exist In The Repeat Of Practice

06)
Ike Yard
Loss
(Regis Version)

07)
Vatican Shadow
Church Of All Images
(Regis Version)

08)
Fiedel
Andreas
(Bonus Beats)

09)
Cub
CU2
(UST Funk Mix)

10)
Mary Velo
Detune

11)
JPLS
Basis

12)
Rrose
Wedge

13)
Ø
Syväys

14)
Rrose
Wedge

15)
Function
Modifier

16)
Carl Craig
Darkness

17)
Markus Suckut
Hunt

18)
Samuel Kerridge
Waiting For Love
(Part 1)

19)
Untold
Motion The Dance

20)
Surgeon
As You Breathe Here Now

21)
Mark Ernestus
Mark Ernestus Meets BBC

22)
Plastikman
Plasticine

23)
Trevino
Uptight

24)
VCMG
Spock
(Regis Remix)

25)
Planetary Assault Systems
Flat Tire

26)
Factory Floor
16-2-16-9-20-1-14-9-7

27)
James Ruskin
Into A Circle

28)
SS/S
Sicario de Dios: Siglo 2

29)
Laurent Garnier
At Night

30)
Function
Voiceprint
(Reprise)

 

Info:
In 2002 Sandwell District commenced operations. Over the course of ten active years, they were responsible for disarming and destabilizing the structures that gagged free-form expression, drawing upon tenets of DIY-post-punk culture to disrupt accepted ideas of exactly what it meant to be an artist, label, DJ or producer. During this time, the collective’s core members, Regis and Function (along with label partner, Silent Servant), played a key role in broadening the link between early electronic, post-punk, and noise; an influence which continues to resonate in the burgeoning, and shape-shifting, modern-day techno scene.

Both Function (Dave Sumner) and Regis’ (Karl O’Connor) investment in techno stretches back more than 20 years. Alongside fellow art terrorist Peter Sutton (Female), Regis has spearheaded the cult label Downwards since 1993 and has released an impenetrably deep discography dating back just as far. Function started to produce music during the mid-90s, releasing on Damon Wild’s Synewave and his own Infrastructure imprint. A chance meeting in New York in 1996 quickly lead to the two collaborating under the guise, Portion Reform. Continuing to work together over the years, Sumner then moved to Berlin in late 2007 and they, along with LA based member Silent Servant (John Mendez), put their energy into developing Sandwell. In 2010, they released their debut album, Feed-Forward, an endeavour which represented the first full exploration of the Sandwell District sound.

At the beginning of 2012, intuitively aware that the end was nigh, Sandwell District (the label) was put on permanent hiatus though the possibility “of future, albeit irregular print communications with audio accompaniment” was never ruled out. This mix will be the first thing to be committed to record by them since that time. As for any details of future activity, as Regis puts it himself, “If you want to give the Gods a laugh, talk about future plans.”

The mix itself was largely influenced by Function’s working procedure and the head space he was in at the time, also deep into the recording of his debut artist album, Incubation, for seminal Berlin label, OstGut Ton. The final mixdown was painstakingly fine-tuned hundreds of times as familiar nuances were collected and re-imagined in a body of work that starts from the ground up, building on existing textures.

Says Regis “I outlined some sections/tracks that I thought might work with his, I sent him rough 10 minute drafts for him to listen to and try and work into the main flow. The final mixdown was done by Dave, as he had gone over the whole mix hundreds of times fine tuning the detail, it made sense for him to execute the mix proper.”

The opening three tracks serve as an introduction to the dissolved identities of the triumvirate behind the Sandwell shroud as their originals and edits layer over in an eerie aural collage of shuddering ambiance and brittle percussion. The mix slowly ramps up track by track as we’re guided through the experimental noise of Boyd Rice back-to-back with Raime then snapped into the skittering percussion and post-punk mumbles of Regis’ edit of Ike Yard’s “Loss.” Mary Velo’s “Detune” ups the ante as swathes of sinister beats and decimated stabs rattle around JPLS’s “Basis” before lunging slowly into “Wedge” by Rrose which cloaks “Syväys” by Ø. Function’s “Modifier,” takes us down the rabbit hole once more before the malevolent, swirling euphoria of Carl Craig’s “Darkness” washes over it and on into Markus Suckut’s cavernous “Hunt.”

The sludgy atmospherics of Samuel Kerridge’s “Waiting For Love Part 1” bleed into Untold’s “Motion the Dance” before the unsettling noise-fuelled dissonance of Surgeon’s “As You Breathe Here Now” pulls back into Hardwax boss/ Basic Channel legend, Mark Ernestus’ “Mark Ernestus Meets BBC.” Plastikman’s Plasticine provides an earlymorning acid injection before going for the jugular on the murky bass throb of Trevino’s “Uptight” and back into Regis’ VCMG remix from the very start of the mix. The final furlong of the mix draws in Factory Floor, James Ruskin, SS/S, Laurent Garnier before circumnavigating its way back to Function’s “Voiceprint” – an atmospheric coda which echoes the opening sequence, providing a refined symmetry to the whole ordeal.

With this mix, another genuine artefact has been added to the Sandwell legacy, a document of their skewed presence and existence, a treasure guaranteeing the kind of quality that electronic music compilations rarely achieve. In 1 hour 15 minutes, the pairing of Regis and Function succeed in presenting and executing some of the most potent flourishes in the Sandwell catalogue, distilling them into a coherent body of work that masterfully defines the current techno zeitgeist. Few contemporary producers have bettered the merciless techno blueprint laid down by this collective, and few ever will.

“fabric is currently one of only a handful of clubs that are viewed globally. I had wanted to play there for years and when I finally did it exceeded my expectations. I loved the fact that it’s not really in a building but in a labyrinth of underground tunnels. Pretty much how a nightclub focused on proper electronic music is meant to be.” says Function

 

Listen:
Fabric page

 

Trailer:

Trailer created by the29nov films.

 

Recommendations:
“Spock” by Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore and Vince Clarke aka VCMG
“Deep Heet Vol. 3” by Planetary Assault Systems
“Incubation” by Function

 

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Websites:
Sandwell District
Fabric Records

 
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Trailer: