out now: Dahlia – Shades Of Black EP [Märked]

 

Artist:
Dahlia

 

Title:
Shades Of Black EP

 

Label:
Märked

 

Cat#:
MRKD013

 

Release Date:
23rd April 2019

 

Format:
digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Enma

02.
Shinigami

03.
Nibbãna

04.
Nibbãna
(DJ Varsovie ‘Xenia Onatopp’ Remix)

 

Press Info:
Shades Of Black EP is a transcription of our soul’s darkness in a different manifestation. Seen as some kind of lucid dream in which there is no way out and where you must face your scariest unconscious facets. Here the key words of self-comprehension are only chaos and despair. Introspection, self-reassessment and courage to face yourself represent what this four-part journey is about. Don’t be afraid to meet yourself and jump into your shades of black.

Parisian Dahlia is breaking through the early morning mist of France with his debut-ep on Märked. Spewing 4 powerful tracks influenced by EBM and a taste of new age industrial techno. The EBM cult of muscularity is heard through strokes of a whip on the 2 and 4, a characteristic arpeggiated synth and an obscure female vocal in ‘Enma’. These ingredients talk strength and punishment on the dance floor.

‘Shinigami’ – although having a similar programmed EBM snare – here benefits from more uplifting notes. Shinigami literally translates as God Of Death, of which the perception of the contrasting hard kicks and percussion to the leaning towards peacefully designed pad sound would come across as a calm a funeral for your own peace of mind.

Apart from the tracks all being peak-time bangers, Nibbãna has a more nuanced approach. After starting off with relentless power this piece develops into a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The soothing and majestic notes of the synthesizer create a timeless space in which thoughtful is mixed with aggression.

The mysterious DJ Varsovie appears as a remixer with a massive industrial breakbeat sledgehammer. Reverberated warehouse sounds are alternated with multiple salvo’s of kickdrum gunfire. The introduction of the vocal after the break cuts your favorite dance floor in half. Use this weapon with caution – only for the trained ear.

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Video:
“Nibbãna”

 

Special:
“Selektor Podcast #50”

 

Recommendations:
Dahlia’s track “Apoptosis” as free download
Dahlia’s track “Les Papillons Noirs” as free download
SDB’s “Restrepo EP” on Märked
Dark Matter Space Assembly’s “Screams Of Hate EP” on Märked
Pier’s “Divided Attention EP” on Märked
Torgue’s “Barong EP” on Märked

 

Buy Digital:
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Websites:
Dahlia
Märked

 

out now: SDB – Restrepo EP [Märked]

 

Artist:
SDB

 

Title:
Restrepo EP

 

Label:
Märked

 

Cat#:
MRKD012

 

Release Date:
13th February 2019

 

Format:
digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Combat

02.
Combat
(Aert Remix)

03.
Restrepo

04.
Restrepo
(Repro’s Full Throttle Mix)

05.
Symphony

 

Press Info:
No stranger to the label is SDB, who previously featured on our 10th release and as well played at our label night in Amsterdam in 2018. Residing in the vibrant Saarbrücken in southwest Germany – the city where he wrapped up a package of 3 works. Each track for a different moment in time somewhere in between sound systems and concrete walls. To spice things up we have Repro and AERT – coming from respectively Copenhagen and Rotterdam – bring remixes to the table. All pushing a sound that works really well in the club without compromise.

A feeling of exploring unknown territory strikes down in Combat. The ominous pad breathes caution and really draws a melancholic character. From the beginning the track is searching for the right moment to punch the listener with it’s full power, the moment after the small break that is.

Kick-the-nuts AERT gives Combat a small injection of EBM with a snare on the 2 and 4. A big and masculine stereo synth hoovers over the track while cleverly being driven forward by a fast and mean low pitched synthesizer groove.

Restrepo is characterized by hypnotic piano play going back and forth through the height of the notes. Playing with tension and release with a lot of energy build on a steady base of groove as the filter on the synth gradually opens up as the track progresses.

Repro gives Restrepo a Copenhagen touch with more speed and grit. An extra layer of fast noisy texture is added for more hysteria, living up to the Full Throttle title.

Probably one of the biggest kicks hitting our catalog, SDB’s Symphony closes the EP in full effect. A big majestic trance-influenced break grabs you by the throat after which you are slowly lead into a deep dive of power techno at its finest; moving, forceful, energetic.

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Video:
“Symphony”

 

Special:
“Vast Perception 030”

 

Recommendations:
Dark Matter Space Assembly – Screams Of Hate EP” on Märked
Pier’s “Divided Attention EP” on Märked
Torgue’s “Barong EP” on Märked

 

Buy Digital:
Märked @ Bandcamp
more soon

 

Websites:
SDB
Märked

 

out now: Dark Matter Space Assembly – Screams Of Hate EP [Märked]

 

Artist:
Dark Matter Space Assembly

 

Title:
Screams Of Hate EP

 

Label:
Märked

 

Cat#:
MRKD011

 

Release Date:
09th January 2019

 

Format:
digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Screams Of Hate

02.
That Kid Who Lost Himself To Gabber

03.
That Girl Who Lost Herself To Flakka

04.
That Girl Who Lost Herself To Flakka
(ArchivOne Remix)

05.
That Girl Who Lost Herself To Flakka
(Mickey Nox Remix)

 

Press Info:
Kicks layered with distortion without losing power, grinding, crunching – all in ‘Screams Of Hate’, the EP title track of Märked’s new signees Dark Matter Space Assembly. The duo crosses borders for their collaboration; Billy comes from Breda in the south of Holland and Bart lives just over the border in Belgium. Their aggressive approach to electronic music comes from their industrial hardcore background, which is prominently heard throughout the whole package which features additional remixes by ArchivOne and Mickey Nox.

Secondly ‘That Kid Who Lost Himself To Gabber’ pushes things more forward with more beats per minute, fast arpeggiated notes and rattles. A golden formula to set any dance floor on fire is aggression and groove, of which both this track has.

Next is as merciless as how ‘That Girl Who Lost Herself To Flakka’ sounds. Bold and nasty hits from the undead taking it to another level with ridiculous teeth-grinding synth action in the second part.

ArchivOne gives TGWLHTF a Birmingham touch, leaving only huge slabs of unrelentingly minimalism for optimal effectiveness.

To round things off Green Fetish Records’ main guy Mickey Nox goes half breakbeat and half techno on his remix of ‘That Girl Who Lost Herself To Flakka’, by building the tension as the breakbeat progresses to a hasty two-step techno drop.

 

Listen:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“That Girl Who Lost Herself To Flakka (ArchivOne Remix)”

“Screams Of Hate”

“That Girl Who Lost Herself To Flakka (Mickey Nox Remix)”

 

Special:
“Scherpe Randjes Podcast #016”

 

Recommendations:
Pier’s “Divided Attention EP” on Märked
Torgue’s “Barong EP” on Märked

 

Buy Digital:
Märked @ Bandcamp
more soon

 

Websites:
Dark Matter Space Assembly
Märked

 

out now: Pier – Divided Attention EP [Märked]

 

Artist:
Pier

 

Title:
Divided Attention EP

 

Label:
Märked

 

Cat#:
MRKD010

 

Release Date:
05th December 2018

 

Format:
CD & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Genesis Reading

02.
Genesis Reading
(SDB Remix)

03.
Divided Attention

04.
Divided Attention
(JoeFarr Remix)

05.
Reign Over Fury

06.
Reign Over Fury
(Corroid’s Widerstand)

 

Press Info:
Pier blasts a fresh wind in the saturated French scene and is joined by veteran JoeFarr and artists of the moment Corroid and SDB. Divided Attention could be an ode to realization that life happens when one is busy making other plans. To be able to be more efficient in our day-to-day lives, divided attention allows us to process and carry out multiple tasks at a time. In music however, different sounds – which can be seen as stimuli – are often organized in a rhythm and are subconsciously heard as one piece, the composition.

Kicking things off with Genesis Reading by evoking all kinds of dreamy imagery only to be fully straightened by a hard kick and punishing percussion. The harmony of sounds – of which the sneaky eagle-like sounding stab – makes you reminisce about dusty older times with hints to eurodance.

SDB brings to the table an engine driving on short synth notes, arpeggiated and amp’ed. Also here the track benefits from the vocals delivered by Pier: they add a sense of nostalgia. Moreover SDB’s signature touch is greatly heard in the continuation of the track, pushing the track forward with effectively tuned overdriven synth hits.

What directly catches attention of title track Divided Attention is the alarm synth hook that you can hear throughout the track. It’s one of those kicks and groove combinations that make you want to destroy something, but the feather light pad action makes you recall that.

JoeFarr throws things over a different angle with less haste, but more funk is brought to the remix palate. Lead forward by a masculine sound of accelerator-pressing of motor engines together with putting more heat on the stove by introducing metal pipes being incised.

Innocent but also cautionary of what’s to come in Reign Over Fury. The atmosphere breathes as if you are in the waiting room of a medieval console game, when suddenly intergalactic sounds take over the groove to turn it into a full-blown 5 AM weapon – only to be used with caution.

Also new to the label is Corroid, who’s recently caught attention of many by his vinyl release on User Experience and several Grounded singles. Percussive and synthesizer-groove based techno where the initial atmosphere is slightly altered in an obscure way and impregnated with a Corroid sauce.

 

Listen:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Genesis Reading (SDB Remix)”

“Reign Over Fury (Corroid’s Widerstand)”

more soon

 

Video:
“Divided Attentio”

Video by Thousand Bits

 

Special:
“Foundry Mix001”

 

Recommendations:
Torgue’s “Barong EP” on Märked

 

Buy CD:
soon

 

Buy Digital:
Märked @ Bandcamp
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Websites:
Pier
Märked

 

out now: Torgue – Barong EP [Märked]

 

Artist:
Torgue

 

Title:
Barong EP

 

Label:
Märked

 

Cat#:
MRKD009

 

Release Date:
29th October 2018

 

Format:
digital

 

Tracklist:
1.
Barong

2.
Rangda

3.
The Holy Dance

4.
Barong
(Ayarcana Remix)

5.
Barong
(Incident Prism Remix)

 

Press Info:
Three storylines make a whole. The foundation of Barong EP was born in Indonesia, where Torgue travelled and fell in love with the land and her culture. Being an admirer of mythology, he there decided to let three tracks interact with each other, through name and meaning. The battle between good and evil – Barong and Rangda – is expressed in The Holy Dance to represent the eternal battle between good and evil.

It’s no Torgue track if there’s no big thumping kick in there. In Barong the stereo field is filled with metal squeaking and grinding, gradually working the tension upwards through a sinister string. Pressure is released when all molts together with a tribalesque pad, unfolding true beauty of obscurity. Second is the soundtrack of Indonesian martial arts practitioners fighting off Rangda’s black magic. As it progresses, slowly but surely the big arena pad and organ’s emotions will open up and reveal a sense of triumph. The Holy Dance kicks things into gear for a proper midnight rinse out. Hells bells and tingles to send any warehouse into orbit.

A furious Balinese god on steroids is a result of Torgue’s samples in Ayarcana his hands. The track’s character builds on an overdriven and warped voice-like scream and works its way through like an apocalyptic locomotive only Ayarcana can do. Brussels-based Incident Prism presses his crisp and clean signature on Barong. Stealthy and meaty remix drenched in a vat full of dark energy.

 

Listen:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Barong (Incident Prism Remix)”

“Rangda”

“Barong (Ayarcana Remix)”

“The Holy Dance”

 

Video:
“Barong”

 

Special:
“FrenzyPodcast #028”

 

Buy Digital:
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Websites:
Torgue
Märked