out now: Bomb The Bass – Wandering Star EP [O*Solo Recordings]

 

Artist:
Bomb The Bass

 

Title:
Wandering Star EP

 

Label:
O*Solo Recordings

 

Cat#:
CATSOLO103

 

Release Date:
29th March 2013

 

Format:
Digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Wandering Star

02)
Needy Creature

03)
Wandering Star
(The Third Mind Remix)

04)
Wandering Star
(Ken Hayakawa Remix)

05)
Wandering Star
(Swede:Art Remix)

06)
Wandering Star
(Dawn Horse Remix)

 

Info:
With big hitters such as ‘Beat Dis’, Bomb The Bass helped mould late 1980s acid house. Their linchpin, Tim Simenon, has led the group through a number of different incarnations, painting vivid pictures of modern culture on the albums ‘Clear’, ‘Unknown Territory’ and ‘Into The Dragon’.

More recently Bomb The Bass have settled as a duo, vocalist Paul Conboy providing lyrical complements to Simenon’s continually inventive productions. The duo have made arguably the best work under the moniker, with guests from Mark Lanegan to Fujiya & Miyagi (‘Future Chaos’), then a successful co-production with Gui Boratto (‘Back To Light’).

Simenon and Conboy return in 2013 with new single ‘Wandering Star’ and album ‘In The Sun’, both on Simenon’s new imprint O*Solo Recordings, and will take their vividly inventive electro on tour.

‘Wandering Star’ is a peek at new Bomb The Bass album ‘In The Sun’. It is an affirmative, dub-laden song with a captivating vocal. In a generous remix package, Third Mind slice the vocals with textures that appear hung on a piece of string. Ken Hayakawa uses a hypnotic four-part loop, while Swede:art slows things right down. Finally Dawn Horse evokes swirling night time mist. Also included on the EP is another brand new track, ‘Needy Creature’. The ‘Wandering Star’ video was directed by Eni Brandner.

 

Listen:
@ O*Solo Shop

 

Video:

 

Related Release:
album “In The Sun”

 

Recommendation:
Ghost Capsules, new project featuring Tim Simenon aka Bomb The Bass

 

Buy:
O*Solo Shop (digital)
7Digital (digital)
Amazon (digital)
iTunes (digital)
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more soon

 

Commercial Streaming Services:
Rdio
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Websites:
Bomb The Bass
O*Solo Recordings

 

out now: Ghost Capsules – Ghost Capsules [O*Solo Recordings]

 

Artist:
Ghost Capsules

 

Title:
Ghost Capsules

 

Label:
O*Solo Recordings

 

Cat#:
CATSOLO102

 

Release Date:
12th April 2013

 

Format:
CD & Digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Game of Thrones

02)
Inside

03)
Magnetic Fields

04)
My Red Shoes

05)
This Castle Of Me

06)
Time & Matter

07)
Morgan Le Fay

08)
I Am Dead

09)
Another Earth

 

Press Info (English):
Electro quartet Ghost Capsules can trace their beginnings back to a Bomb The Bass gig in Vienna. Here it was that Tim Simenon, touring the ‘Back To Light’ album, met his support band that featured drummer Roman Lugmayr and keyboard player Georg Lichtenauer. The three hit it off, so much so that Tim relocated from Amsterdam to the Austrian capital. Here the missing piece for the Ghost Capsules jigsaw was found in singer Laura Gomez, who Tim had booked to play at one of his club nights. Proof positive that there’s no business as sociable as music.

Ghost Capsules make music for the night. Dark chocolate electro, if you like, shot through with a dash of espresso, a twist of chilli even. Their beats and loops are cool and calculated, but emotion courses through each of Gomez’s lyrical statements, wreathed as they are in tales of pure fantasy. Singing of blood red shoes with killer heels, her verses are revealed under the sharply focused points of light conjured up by Ghost Capsules’ music.

You walk into a club. A club so dark everything goes black for at least a minute, after which time murky shapes slowly start to make themselves known. The one constant is the beat, falling with clinical regularity, while off the beat hands clap together like someone whetting a knife. You shiver, not just at the cold, smoky atmosphere but also at the cut glass vocals that penetrate the beats. The voice belongs to Laura Gomez, the Ghost Capsules vocalist. She sings on the self-titled album of dystopian electronic grooves that crackle with atmosphere. The accusative Mr Rain heads up these songs, with its powerful proclamation from Gomez that “I am queen, I am empowered”, while the likes of Inside and Morgan Le Fay glint in the half light of the club. The productions team stasis with movement, with long, held chords set up against busier synthesizer chatter, generating momentum that should be felt on many a dancefloor. Ghost Capsules, then, is the place where finely sculpted songs are given movement, music for the feet as well as the head.

 

Press Info (German):
Ghost Capsules machen elektronische Musik für die Nacht, die sich anfühlt wie dunkle Schokolade mit einem Spritzer von Espresso und vielleicht sogar einem Hauch Chili. Ihre Beats und Loops sind cool und berechenbar. Doch durch die lyrischen Statements der Sängerin winden sich Emotionen. Die einzige Konstante ist der Beat, der mit klinischer Regelmäßigkeit hämmert. Schauer laufen durch den Club, nicht nur wegen der kalten, düsteren Atmosphäre sondern auch wegen dieser Stimme, die die Beats durchdringt und die klingt, als könnte sie Glas zerschneiden. Diese Stimme gehört Laura Gomez, der Sängerin von Ghost Capsules.

Die Musik kommt von Tim Simenon und seinen Mitstreitern, dem Schlagzeuger Roman Lugmayr und dem Keyboarder Georg Lichtenauer. Simenon selbst ist das Mastermind hinter Bomb The Bass, jenem britischen Musikprojekt, das seit Mitte der 80er immer wieder die elektronische Musik entscheidend beeinflusste. Nebenbei produzierte er so unterschiedliche Künstler wie Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Sinnéad O’Connor, Seal oder Neneh Cherry. Bei einem Auftritt in Wien lernte er Lugmayr und Lichtenauer kennen. Die drei verstanden sich auf Anhieb so gut, dass Simenon direkt in die österreichische Hauptstadt zog.

Gemeinsam mit ihrer kongenialen Sängerin entwickelten sie ein bahnbrechendes neues Projekt: Ghost Capsules. Die Stücke ihres selbstbetitelten ersten Albums laufen bereits bei FM4 und der BBC rauf und runter. Cooler als die Antarktis pluckern die Beats und geben den Rhythmus der Nacht vor. Die Synthesizer rasen und rattern, während zugleich das harmonische Gerüst, das diese Schlagabfolge zu tragen in der Lage ist, mit lange gehaltenen Akkorden der Musik eine majestätische Ruhe zu geben scheint. Das Produktionsteam verharrt in Bewegung und entwickelt in aller nötigen Geduld die fein geformten Songs, die so zu einer Musik zum Tanzen, aber auch zum Fliegen und Nachdenken werden. Nicht zuletzt wegen der Texte, die Gomez mit chirurgischer Präzision darüber setzt und die vor hypnotischer Atmosphäre nur so knistern. Wobei hypnotisch gar nicht einmal metaphorisch gemeint sein muss, beginnt doch beispielsweise der Song „Inside“ mit den Worten: „When I count to three you will wake up, you won’t remember what happened.“

„Inside“ ist auch einer der beiden Songs der ersten Singleauskopplung, und Tim Simenon wäre nicht Bomb The Bass wenn er nicht gleich etliche Remixe für den Titel und die B-Seite „Sleepless“ in Auftrag gegeben hätte. So unterschiedliche Elektroniker wie DJ Lupo, der in Österreich wohnende Japaner Ken Hayakawa oder Makossa & Megablast entlocken durch ihre Versionen den Stücken noch etliche weitere Facetten in Richtung Techno, House oder Dub und beweisen, dass in Ghost Capsules eine ganze Welt voll elektronischer Vielfalt steckt.

 

Listen:
@ deejay.de

 

Videos:
“Inside”

“Game Of Thrones”

“I Am Dead ”

“Magnetic Fields”

“Another Earth (Live in Germany Extract)”

“Broken Bones (At Home Session)”

 

Related Release:
EP “Inside”
EP “Magnetic Fields”

 

Recommendations:
Bomb The Bass EP “Wandering Star”
Bomb The Bass album “In The Sun”

 

Pictures:
GC live at Berlin’s BiNuu, photos by Eni Brandner

 

Commercial Streaming Services:
Rdio
Spotify

 

Buy CD:
Amazon GER
Amazon UK
Amazon US
Amazon FR
Amazon ES
WOM
Juno
deejay.de
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more soon

 

Buy Digital:
Amazon
7Digital
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more soon

 

Websites:
Ghost Capsules
O*Solo Recordings

 
“I Am Dead”

out now: Subjected – Zero [Vault Series]

 

Artist:
Subjected

 

Title:
Zero

 

Label:
Vault Series

 

Cat#:
VAULTCD001

 

Release Date:
17th April 2013

 

Format:
Cd, vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
M

02)
VX800

03)
TG33

04)
Boom Boom

05)
Concept 3

06)
Tool 1

07)
Rancor

08)
Vault 101

09)
SD1

10)
The Throne

"Boom Boom", "Concept 3" and "TG33" are released on VAULT013.

 

Info:
Anonymity as function, without dressy mystique or the usual clutter of clichés. No makers hiding behind masks to escape celebrity, or past, or simple recognition. No purists. No activists. No no-nonsense. Just a quiet presence making strident, statement-free techno—because the dance floor is enough. This is Vault Series. Raw, powerful, punishing dance music delivered in covert—not for covert’s sake, unpolluted by tacked-on concepts or even track titles. This is distinct and deeply identifiable techno, conceived in the shadows to be consumed in the dark. A shared sound aesthetic, attained through individual routes. A collective. A label. Just music, and nothing more.

Relinquishing biographies and the usual promotional faff, Subjected and his two Vault Series cohorts Mørbeck and Sawlin have been steadily rising to prominence on the strength of their music alone. Since setting up Vault Series in 2010 as an independent platform for the trio’s shared sonic vision, the label has fast become a go-to for consistently gratifying basement-ready club music. Defined by its industrial hues, distorted edges, thundering basslines and a resolutely floor-focused disposition, the Vault Series sound is both unique and pertinent, separatist without introspect, and containing an awareness of context whilst following its own divergent trajectory. After twelve EPs that have continued to refine the message with an ever-widening bed of nuances, comes the first full-length release from the collective’s mastermind and chief Subjected.

Without compromising Vault Series ethics, ‘Zero’ is a concept-free and entirely frill-less dancefloor album that vends the label’s recognisable trademarks over ten advantageously assaulting tracks. Opening with swirling, ominous storm clouds on “M”, the album unfurls with signature Subjected textures and foreboding atmospheres, propelled by pistons and the steely functionality of solid industrial-facing frameworks. Resounding basslines growl throughout, reaching new depths on the dub-toned “Concept 3” and pealing “Rancor”, with clanging machinery and crushing distortion characterising tracks elsewhere, such as “SD1” and “VX800”. From warm up (“TG33”) to peak time (“Boom Boom”), hypnotic build (“Tool 1”) to broken technoid close, ‘Zero’ exhibits versatility and club-consciousness with design flair and intriguing craftsmanship. Welcome to the Vault.

 

Snippets:

 

Fulll Track Streaming:

 

Videos:
“Rancor”

“Concept 3”

“SD1”

Videos created by the29nov films.

 

Related Release:
Subjected’s “Vault series 13.0”, part of his album on Vault Series

 

Special:
“Reclaim Your City Podcast 006”

 

Recommendations:
“Vault Series 8.0” by Subjected
“Vault Series 11.0” including Subjected track

 

Buy:
Hardwax (vinyl 1)
Hardwax (vinyl 2)
deejay.de (vinyl 1)
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decks.de (vinyl 2)
djshop.de (vinyl 1)
djshop.de (vinyl 2)
Juno (vinyl 1)
Juno (vinyl 2)
Musicload (digital)
Juno (digital)
Beatport (digital)
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Booking:
Outlined AM

 

Websites:
Subjected
Vault Series

 
“SD1”

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:

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

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

 

Buy:
Electric Deluxe (vinyl)
Electric Deluxe (digital)
Juno (vinyl)
deejay.de (vinyl)
decks.de (vinyl)
djshop.de (vinyl)
Beatport (digital)
JunoDownload (digital)
Amazon (digital)
7Digital (digital)
Boomkat (digital)
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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:
….

Listen:

Video:
“Imago (Mørbeck Interpretation)”

Video created by the29nov films.

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

Buy:
deejay.de (vinyl)
Juno (vinyl)
djshop.de (vinyl)
more soon

Websites:
Ben Gibson
CLFT