Tallmen’s music is for long, sleepless nights in which the music’s religious adherence to 4 on the floor demands dedicated raving. This unification of the old and the new, the rough and the refined is what brings the overwhelming sense of direction and energy in Tallmen’s productions. In three words…Just.Raw.Beats.
Headman feat. Scott Fraser & Douglas McCarthy
Emotional Relish / Relish Recordings
ERL001 / RR068
21st June 2013
vinyl & digital
Noise (Vocal Version)
Noise (Daniel Maloso Remix)
Noise (Hardway Bros. Axis Forces Dub)
Swiss label Relish Recordings presents the new single from Headman featuring Scott Fraser and Douglas McCarthy giving a taster of his artist album due later in the year…
Robi Insinna aka Headman has a long history in electronic music and most often trades in the sounds of raw, machine driven funk. Here he pairs up with former Relish producer Scott Fraser of the so-called Scrutton Street Axis (along with likeminded tunesmiths Andrew Weatherall and Timothy J Fairplay who all work in the same basement studio) and Nitzer Ebb’s Douglas McCarthy who provides vocals. The idea behind the new material is for Robi to work with artists he likes and simply to see what happens…
The original of ‘Noise’ is a fierce and prickly brew of synthetic sounds, gurgling acid and heavyweight dubbed kick drums. The vocals of McCarthy add a nineties feel as he asks over and over if you “want some noise” and there’s a very real post-funk attitude imbued deep within the multi-layered track. Sweaty, smoky, dirty basement disco might be a good way to describe it.
As well as a dub version there are two more remixes. The first comes from Daniel Maloso of Cómeme fame. He has just released a solo album at end of last year and turns the track into a more electrified, John Carpenter style version laced up with raw and frazzled arpeggiated synths and plenty of libidinous vocal cries.
The final remix comes from Sean Johnston aka Hardway Bros – a DJ partner in crime with Andrew Weatherall in their A Love From Outer Space party project and revered producer in his own right. He speeds things up a little and adds a bit of retro style dancefloor darkness to ensure the package offers something for every moment of a night.
There is also a video by Douglas and Robi that will accompany the track and the release comes with a cover image by Photographer Horst Diekgerdes taken somewhere during the late 90s that seemed to fit the project perfectly. The package will also be released on Emotional Relish as a limited run vinyl complete with an exclusive Revocal version.
It started with construction of a six lane highway built through a densely populated poor and working class urban neighborhood. Thousands of people now displaced from their homes. The property values of buildings surrounding this newly constructed urban blight plummet fast. The landowners panic as their profits turn to red. With little or no motivation to maintain their real estate the tenants increasingly live in a decrepitude state of decay. Those who flee go and those who cannot will soon be forced from their homes. Burnt out by the arsonists illegally hired by the owners who seek to collect insurance money on their financially losing property. The domino effect hits hard. Block by block , building by building ravage in the the flames of fire. A wide swath of land that not long before housed over 70,000 people sits in a huge pile of ash & rubble. Lawlessness runs amok and soon street gangs explode on the scene.
03rd June 2013 (vinyl)
17th June 2013 (digital)
vinyl & digital
Marmor (Dasha Rush Remix)
BILL YOUNGMAN has been around for almost 20 years with releases on legendary labels like Serotonin, Scandinavia and Tresor.
He crossed many styles from melodic electro to really, really harsh techno, but recently he seems to have found his very own personal style. The music he released on Killekill in the last two years show a very singular apporach to techno and electro. percussive, deep, melodic, toolish – all at the same time.
For our label he gave us MARMOR, a masterpiece of dub techno, that could well derive directly from the Basic Channel nest: An endless groove of bassheavy beats and only rudimentary melodic elements that get lost in finely laid delay layers. DASHA RUSH made a more stompy remix of it which manages to keep the dubby and melancholic atmosphere of the original hough.
The last track of the EP, DISSOLUTION is a classical Youngman-track one could say: percussive, thriving, finely mixed and atmospheric.