out now: Shaleen – Consolidation EP [Seelen Records]

 

Artist:
Shaleen

 

Title:
Consolidation EP

 

Label:
Seelen Records

 

Cat#:
SEELEN008

 

Release Date:
17th September 2020

 

Format:
vinyl

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Consolidation

A2.
Deconstruction

B1.
Consolidation
(Cadency Makes Them Punk Remix)

B2.
Consolidation
(New Frames Remix)

 

Press Info:
There is propably no single event that has as potent of an effect on the german Techno- scene as the fall of the Berlin Wall.

A city divided suddenly, in one single night, became unified, opening up both sides for the new experiences and ways to view life the other might have.

Berlin’s eastside with it’s empty, unused warehouses proved to be a fertile breeding ground for free spirits and those carrying a newfound fire in their eyes.

This was the zero hour.
The Consolidation.

And it is this mindset, spirit and fire of Consolidation that Shaleen conjures on her debut EP of the same name.

The title track opens up by sampling John F. Kennedy’s legendary “Berlin” speech from 1964, before absolutely caving in the concrete with a beyond-heavy kickdrum and a very stripped down but effective 909-percussion section. Spursed in along the track’s runtime are droning sirens and JFK continuing to beckon you to lose yourself in the metropolitan bowels. This is the anthem of a past revolution.

On Deconstruction, Shaleen goes down a slightly more basement oriented route. The Percussion shares the title track’s stripped down effectiveness, but the Groove is more rolling, the Vocal samples are more distorted and there are sharp synths cutting through the beats like shards of broken glass.
Of course, a revolution wouldn’t be complete without a mob so both Cadency aka Hector Oaks and New Frames have put their spin on the EP’s title track.

Mr. Cadeny is up first and, being no stranger to revolutionary anthems, has given Consolidation an almost contemplative mood in his Remix, by adding a very subtle melody. This doesn’t mean it hits any less hard, mind you, there is an incredibly strong drive to the track, paired with an almost constantly looping vocal and the sirens going into overdrive, this would be the track to drive crowds into a frenzy.

Meanwhile New Frames’ track is the kind of thing you wouldn’t want to encounter alone in a dark alleyway. The sub-basses are heavy enough to terraform Mars, the Jungle-esque Synthlines roar and snarl at the listener and every drop feels like a right hook to the chin. The original’s vocal is cut in a way that it only adds to the stomping rhythm, putting you in a mood to throw bricks.

So while this record showcases an aggressive sound and a mood for revolution, it is important to remember it’s title.

Consolidation. It echoes a message of unification. Of standing together. Because together we are, have been and will always be stronger than by ourselves.

 

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Special:
“Music & Interview [NovaFuture Blog Exclusive Mix]”

 

Recommendations:
all stuff on Seelen Records

 

Buy Vinyl:
Seelen Records @ Bandcamp
OYE Records

 

Booking:
Seelen Booking

 

Websites:
Shaleen
Seelen Records

 

out now: Stigmatique – Unstoppable Desire EP [Seelen Records]

 

Artist:
Stigmatique

 

Title:
Unstoppable Desire EP

 

Label:
Seelen Records

 

Cat#:
SEELEN007

 

Release Date:
April 2020

 

Format:
vinyl

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Unstoppable Desire

A2.
Somewhere At Nowhere

B1.
Unstoppable Desire
(Hadone Remix)

B2.
Somewhere At Nowhere
(Introversion Remix)

 

Press Info:
A look that is being shot from across the room, is being returned.

Time stands perfectly still, while endorphins start rushing through the body at lightspeed.

Pupils dilate. Knees grow weak. Maybe an hour passes or maybe only a few seconds.

After which, two individuals find themselves entangled in an Unstoppable Desire.

It is this moment, this blazing emotion that Stigmatique tries and succeeds to capture on his Debut EP for Seelen. Opening with the title track, the listener can immediately notice Stigmatique hitting a different tone than what he is known for. His trademark percussion elements are here paired with a stone-flattening Kickdrum, but the entire vibe of the track is more on the uplifting side. A catchy synth sequence pushes the track forward with the occasional strings layered over, providing short bursts of slight melancholy.

The track really deserves it’s title so intensely, that in the right moment, the listener will surely feel their heart starting to race, and their head lighten when it jettisons out of a speaker. On the second original, Somewhere at Nowhere, we hear a more typical side of Stigmatique, if however interlaced with one element that gives the track an additional edge. Over it’s stomping, destructive percussion, a vocal has been layered, meditatively caught in a sing-song. It is reminiscent of distant worlds, and undiscovered places and uses the EP’s theme of desire to it’s fullest.

On the Record’s B-Side we have two absolute masters of drum programming manning the remixes. First up, taking a swing at the EP’s title track, we have french madman Hadone, delivering an absolutely mind-bending take of it. Looping only half of the tunes catchy melody, and writing two beautiful stab melody’s over it. This here, this is one of the tunes you want hear before you are scraped off a clubs ceiling because they want to finally close.

Second, Introversion presents his version of Somewhere at Nowhere. Being no stranger to vocals that lie more on the side of “world music” than anything else, he has fleshed the track out quite a lot.

The Kickdrums, low-tuned hi-hats, and breakbeat percussions he’s known for are here of course. Interestingly though, he has taken a large step away from the original’s minimalistic approach, instead writing a looping main-melody, tailored to go along perfectly with the vocal. It shifts the original from a dark tool into a traditional melodic banger, fit for the sweatiest of warehouses.

After the last sounds have ebbed away out of the speakers though you are left with a sense of longing. It leaves you with an emotion difficult to put your finger on.

An utmost, and deeply digging desire.

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Special:
“SEELEN.podcast.005”

 

Recommendations:
compilation “Rebels United For Nature Vol. 1” w/ Stigmatique on RC
all stuff on Seelen Records

 

Buy Vinyl:
Seelen Records @ Bandcamp
OYE Records

 

Booking:
Seelen Booking

 

Websites:
Stigmatique
Seelen Records

 

out now: Narciss – Action Speaks Louder Than Words EP [Seelen Records]

 

Artist:
Narciss

 

Title:
Action Speaks Louder Than Words EP

 

Label:
Seelen Records

 

Cat#:
SEELEN006

 

Release Date:
21st January 2020

 

Format:
vinyl

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words

A2.
Brennpunkt

B1.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
(Henning Baer Remix)

B2.
Brennpunkt
(Shaleen Remix)

 

Press Info:
Resonance is one of the most powerful forces this world has, simply because there is no way to stop it.

A drop of condensed water separates itself from the concrete ceiling. Propelled only by its own weight, it plummets down towards a cacophony of naked bodies and flailing arms to shatter on a the forehead of an ecstatic dancer. And while all this is happening, a voice resonates through the entire room, making the walls shake and the crowd lose themselves even further : “Move Your Body, Move Your Soul”.

Narciss emerges from a grimey basement in Berlin to bring us two heavy utility dancefloor cuts on Actions Speak Louder Than Words, his first Solo EP on Seelen.

The title track is truly something to behold. With a breakneck tempo, hard hitting percussions and a legendary house vocal, it wields an absolutely hypnotizing power that, before you know it, will make everyone in attendance grind and juke till the early morning hours. There is a palpapable vibe of mid 90s Detroit-Techno but still it manages to cut out an identity for its own, with razor sharp sound-design and a very uplifting attitude for its genre.

And while the tracks arrangement and sound-design is very minimal, it is on Brennpunkt that Narciss really flexes his trademark way of building tension with remarkably few elements. Everything here is stripped down to its most functional core. The synth-lead is simple yet menacing, the kick-drum hits like a boxer, and you can be pretty sure that the hihats will leave burns if you get too close to the record.

As is custom on this label, the B-side is dedicated to the reconstructive efforts of friends or family. This time the mastermind of Manhigh and Grounded Theory, Mr. Henning Baer, and Seelen’s very own Shaleen have both let their actions speak.

Henning Baer has taken on the title track in his Remix and has transformed it into a true vintage electro cut. A distorted synth and pad add heavy grit to the original’s vocal, and the warehouse sized kickdrum will knock anyone unprepared off their feet.

Meanwhile Shaleen’s re-interpretation of Brennpunkt strips it down even further, swirling the original’s elements into a groovy maelstrom. This version rumbles, clicks and sneers, with sampled voices from a Shakespeare play giving the whole ordeal a truly macabre feeling. This is a tool for only the most darkest of warehouses when the night is at its peak.

So now, to summarize this record : it is a call to action.

And because of this, it continues to resonate, even when the last track has been played.

And a resonance can never be stopped.

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Special:
“SEELEN.podcast.002”

 

Recommendations:
Narciss’ “Stadt Ohne Namen” on DRVMS Ltd
all stuff on Seelen Records

 

Buy Vinyl:
Seelen Records @ Bandcamp
OYE Records

 

Booking:
Seelen Booking

 

Websites:
Narciss
Seelen Records

 

out now: JANEIN – Alien Love Syndrome EP [Seelen Records]

 

Artist:
JANEIN

 

Title:
Alien Love Syndrome EP

 

Label:
Seelen Records

 

Cat#:
SEELEN005

 

Release Date:
03rd September 2019

 

Format:
vinyl

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Alien Love Syndrome

A2.
1129514

B1.
1129514
(Fiedel Remix)

B2.
1129514
(Inhalt Der Nacht Rekonstruktion Remix)

 

Press Info:
Ever since the dawn of time, humanity has been gravitating ever closer to the stars. This unknowable dark mass above us, hiding it’s secrets just barely outside our reach. But what does it actually hide?
Desolate Rocks?
Or a life that is far superior to ours?

SEELEN. Labelhead JANEIN finally descends from his homeworld, to show us some of the universes hidden mysteries and infect us with the Alien Love Syndrome on his Debut EP.

The title track, can aptly be compared to the doors of his spacecraft opening. Loud hisses and shrill bleeps spill from within to reveal blinding lights and shadowy inhuman structures. Then, as the fog lifts, the onlookers mind is shattered by the overwhelming experience. Arpeggios that twist and turn into each other, the blurping sounds of the cockpit mixing in, decorated with kickdrums heavy enough to terraform Mars.

Leaving the ship, JANEIN then begins teaching us his numerical language on 1129514, his native tongue for “Alien”. Distinctly foreign sounding it catches the listeners ear with it’s hypnotizing sharpness and airy hisses.

And though it is almost unintelligible, Berghain resident of the first hour, Fiedel and Seelen’s own Inhalt der Nacht took it upon themselves to translate the strange syllables.

Both taking very different approaches, Fiedel noticed that by changing the rhythm and focusing on the languages hiss, you can arrive at a very intellectual yet still romantic version of the original that seems like it’s interstellar message is one of peace.

Meanwhile, Inhalt Der Nacht has decided to completely reconstruct the sounds, mixing them with his own, making a heavy sounding, banging creation in the process.
But it is impossible to know what the true intent of the space-traveler is.

Because before we know it, the Unknown Flying Object has left once again.

Leaving the listener with only a distant longing for the stars, infected by the Alien Love Syndrome.

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Special:
“SEELEN.podcast.001”

 

Recommendations:
sampler “Artcub Records Digital 003” w/ JANEIN track on Artcub
all stuff on Seelen Records

 

Buy Vinyl:
Seelen Records @ Bandcamp
OYE Records

 

Booking:
Apelago

 

Websites:
JANEIN
Seelen Records