out for a while: Sciahri – Demur [Manhigh Recordings]

 

Artist:
Sciahri

 

Title:
Demur

 

Label:
Manhigh Recordings

 

Cat#:
MANHIGH006

 

Release Date:
May 2018

 

Format:
12″ & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Demur

02.
Demur
(Henning Baer Version)

03.
Forbidden

04.
Reliance

 

Press Info:
Returning with renewed force after Henning Baer’s unbreakable debut LP, MANHIGH’s sixth release comes from a name already well-known in techno circles. Sciahri is the Italian producer whose luminous 2014 debut on the celebrated Ilian Tape’s ITX experimental series immediately announced his presence, followed by another on the label and two EPs for the highly-rated Black Opal offshoot of Opal Tapes by 2016. He was simultaneously occupied with his ambient-leaning UNKNOT duo with Emanuele Porcinai, better known as WSR on Samuel Kerridge’s Contort label. 2017 saw the launch of his Sublunar imprint and a tripartite release from him featuring a more streamlined sound than the craggy broken-beat style familiar from Ilian Tape. Sciahri’s MANHIGH EP opens with ‘Demur’, showcasing his most dour, industrial sounds, scraping metallic highs against the unrelenting impacts of reverberating kicks and subbass drone. ‘Forbidden’ holds its forces more in reserve, the cycling, mechanical soundscape maintaining a spacious, ambient aspect, worked against a broken rhythm more implied than explicitly stated. Returning to full intensity for ‘Reliance’, he tightly coils the core elements around deftly-deployed percussion and a militaristic, pounding rhythm in the bass and kicks. Henning Baer’s reinterpretation of ‘Demur’ saves little from the original apart from its overriding tension, instead adding a layer of nearly-tonal pads and an unremitting acidic bass throb pushing forwards inexorably.

 

Listen:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Demur (Henning Baer Version)”

 

Special:
“Invite’s Choice Podcast 483”

 

Recommendations:
all stuff on Manhigh

 

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out for a while: Henning Baer – Shatterproof [Manhigh Recordings]

 

Artist:
Henning Baer

 

Title:
Shatterproof

 

Label:
Manhigh Recordings

 

Cat#:
MANHIGH005

 

Release Date:
13th November 2017

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Angel Dust

02.
Bliss

03.
Critical Distance

04.
Magnetic

05.
Never Ending

06.
MIL-STD 461

07.
Code Buster

08.
Drama Sky

09.
All Over

10.
Burning Chrome

11.
Vermillion Red

 

Press Info:
As the head of Grounded Theory and MANHIGH, Henning Baer has since 2009 presented his downcast, experimental interpretation of modern electronic music to wide critical acclaim, establishing his forceful presence on Berlin’s scene with immaculate curatorial skills and equally imposing DJ abilities. His discography so far, concentrated on Adam X’s legendary Sonic Groove imprint and his own K209 and MANHIGH imprints, amongst others, keeps step with his formidable reputation and wide-ranging tastes, moving across the spectrum of hard-edged, aggressively modern techno. With ‘Shatterproof’, his long-germinating debut album for MANHIGH, he offers for the first time his unified vision in extended format, a varied exploration into the outer limits of the genre. At its centre a work of dark minimalism, he sets and maintains the pensive tone on ambient pieces like ‘Angel Dust’, ‘All Over’, and ‘MIL-STD 461’, which foreground the exploratory electronics that maintain their presence throughout. The corroded textures of the sounds, enveloped in decaying reverb, bring life to pieces like ‘Never Ending’ or ‘Bliss’, which sit between rhythmic interludes and the stricter dancefloor material found on the remainder of the album. Once he shifts into techno, he does it unremittingly, from the uptempo fury of ‘Code Buster’ and ‘Burning Chrome’, whose starkness only heighten the tension, to denser pieces like ‘Drama Sky’ or closer ‘Vermillion Red’, where the cavernous impacts of drum hits punch holes through beds of seesawing synthesizers. Shatterproof like its title suggests, Henning Baer’s first album unifies and strengthens the work of an artist whose legacy is already assured.

 

Listen:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“All Over”

“Critical Distance”

“Code Buster”

“Vermillion Red”

 

Special:
“Curated by DSH #017”

 

Recommendations:
“Drop Out EP” on Sonic Groove
“Seltene Erden EP” on Sonic Groove
“In Pursuit Of Myself” on Sonic Groove
“Fighting The Dogs” on Manhigh
“Pittsburgh Left” on Manhigh

 

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Booking:
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Manhigh Recordings

 

out for a while: Matrixxman – Deep Mind [Manhigh Recordings]

 

Artist:
Matrixxman

 

Title:
Deep Mind

 

Label:
Manhigh Recordings

 

Cat#:
MANHIGH003

 

Release Date:
15th May 2017

 

Format:
12″ & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1)
Deep Mind

A2)
Polarity

B1)
Beacon

B2)
Beacon
(Goner Remix)

 

Press Info:
With the third release on MANHIGH, new altitudes are achieved by recruiting one of Techno’s rising stars. Best known for his work on Dekmantel and Ghostly International, since 2012 Charles Duff has attracted increasing attention for his personal and unique take on Techno. Originally from San Francisco but now based in Berlin, following his shift in locale his sound has moved on towards a more European sensibility, a mode in full display on his Deep Mind EP for MANHIGH. The title track shows the effortlessly layered, hard sound that first emerged on the Ghostly LP perfected, a circling bell pattern building tension until he dramatically drops the bass in midway through. ‘Polarity’ heads for deeper territory, sampled internet detritus and hovering pads forming background radiation for tightly-wound bass figures and his patiently-deployed percussion. The focus shifts even more towards the bass on ‘Beacon’, an ionized bleep-scape pulsing ever-louder and the producer displaying typical rhythmic adroitness in shifting the patterns to re-construct the track through the breakdown and build tension throughout. In an unusual turn, veteran German producer Goner reinterprets ‘Beacon’ into his own transmission, re-focusing it on layered atmospheres whose density increases in step with the re-programmed rhythmic elements that arrive in repeating waves

 

Listen:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Deep Mind”

“Beacon”

 

Special:
“La Bacchanale Podcast 002”

 

Recommendations:
Henning Baer’s EP “Fighting The Dogs” on Manhigh
Henning Baer’s EP “Pittsburgh Left” on Manhigh

 

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Booking:
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Websites:
Matrixxman
Manhigh Recordings

 

out for a while: Henning Baer – Pittsburgh Left [Manhigh Recordings]

 

Artist:
Henning Baer

 

Title:
Pittsburgh Left

 

Label:
Manhigh Recordings

 

Cat#:
MANHIGH002

 

Release Date:
December 2016

 

Format:
12″ & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1)
Operator

A2)
Pittsburgh Left

B1)
AIIM

B2)
AIIM
(Kangding Ray Remix)

B3)
Canadian Suit

 

Press Info:
Again shooting for the altitudes reached on MANHIGH’s first journey, Henning Baer’s second operation returns to the endeavour with a newly diversified mission. ‘Operator’ finds us already at the furthest edge of the atmosphere, pulsating waves of distorted electronics and distant, disembodied voices floating in the void. ‘Pittsburgh Left’ is the fall back to earth, the unrelenting metallic rhythm slowly gaining momentum, momentary shifts in perspective and detail flashing by as the decent accelerates inexorably. The contemplation before leaving the ground, ‘AIIM’ slowly anticipates the ascent and examines the cosmos before lift-off. Surely the launch phase ‘Canadian Suit’ is both reflective and onrushing, trapped between tense, contrasting moments before being flung into the unknown. Displaying both Henning Baer’s typically acute feeling for talent and Kangding Ray’s restless ear, the remix of ‘AIIM’ is a complete reinterpretation, setting grinding triplet rhythms in an industrial soundscape that suggests travels more fearful than those that surround it.

Words: Albert Freeman

 

Listen:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Pittsburgh Left”

 

Special:
“Playground 2017 #06”

 

Recommendations:
“Drop Out EP” on Sonic Groove
“Seltene Erden EP” on Sonic Groove
“In Pursuit Of Myself” on Sonic Groove
“Fighting The Dogs” on Manhigh

 

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Websites:
Henning Baer
Manhigh Recordings

 

out now: Hennig Baer – Fighting The Dogs [Manhigh Recordings]

 

Artist:
Henning Baer

 

Title:
Fighting The Dogs

 

Label:
Manhigh Recordings

 

Cat#:
MANHIGH001

 

Release Date:
18th April 2016

 

Format:
12″ & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1)
System Test (NSDXTT)

A2)
Fighting The Dogs

A3)
PAN2945
(Blawan Remix)

B1)
Moving Ground

B2)
The Last Quarter

B3)
Copper Skin

 

Press Info:
Over seven years of Grounded Theory and a clutch of celebrated releases to his name, Henning Baer has already proven himself one of the finest Berlin has to offer. With the launch of his MANHIGH imprint, he takes the jump to full control of his own output, freed of the constraints of collaborators and outside artistic direction.

This first release, ‘Fighting the Dogs’, comes from Henning Baer himself and features six tracks, including a remix from Blawan to polish off the debut EP. Upon first listen it is clear that Henning Baer is taking control over his freedom to deliver a modernized sound while keeping his beat driven and percussive heavy voice. The raw claps and hi hats are characteristic and persistent throughout the release while his signature style shines through.

Like the groundbreaking experiments after which MANHIGH is named, the label continuously seeks the rushing forward edge, a mission reflected in its releases, which focus on Henning’s own production and those artists, undiscovered and established, whose work achieves similar altitudes. Reaching the far edges of the atmosphere while remaining aimed at the ground, MANHIGH will regularly push new barriers in techno and beyond.

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Special:
“@ Soenda Indoor Festival 13-02-2016”

 

Video Special:
“Tales From The Underground” (a documentary by DJBroadcast)

 

Recommendation:
“Drop Out EP” on Sonic Groove
“Seltene Erden EP” on Sonic Groove
“In Pursuit Of Myself” on Sonic Groove

 

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Manhigh Recordings

 

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