out now: These Hidden Hands – These Hidden Hands [Hidden Hundred]

 

Artist:
These Hidden Hands

 

Title:
These Hidden Hands

 

Label:
Hidden Hundred

 

Cat#:
HH02

 

Release Date:
26th September 2013

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Trelesire

02)
When Told

03)
Diesel

04)
Untitled

05)
Ivy

06)
Laika

07)
Mollusk

08)
Severed

09)
Isopod

10)
Kheium

11)
Hidden

 

Info:
Over half a decade since this creative partnership was first brought to the public’s attention, Tommy Four Seven and Alain reconvene after time spent establishing themselves within their own respective fields to present These Hidden Hands; a musical long-player that exemplifies the pairs fiercely unique approach to production.

If the ‘Strix EP’ saw them channel their energy solely towards the dancefloor, this project sees them at their most visceral, refreshingly embracing the extended format with a vigour akin to that first demonstrated on Tommy Four Seven’s debut album for CLR, ‘Primate’.

Over the course of 45 minutes the listener is left in no doubt as to the striking sonic identity of the collaboration. With Hidden Hundred – the creative platform and outlet they’ve constructed for themselves – they have been allowed the freedom to bring to the forefront the influence of classic IDM, jungle and early techno that proved so irresistible on celestial debut single ‘Ivy’.

From the confrontational textures of opener ‘Trelesire’, to the sonically abrasive ‘Severed’, it’s clear that this palette is far from just indebted to the innovators of old. The engulfing drama of ‘When Told’ and harrowing tension of ‘Kheium’ showcase their singular approach to sound design, their adept versatility in utilising both industrial tones and ethereal melodies.

‘Laika’, is a case in point. Scattered rhythms, gauzy synths and rugged atmospheres conjure a distressed nostalgia. ‘Diesel’, which was offered by the pair as the first tantalising glimpse into the project, melds sparse beats with a soaring, creature-like drone before the ghostly motifs of ‘Hidden’ bring the body of work to a natural close.

Grasping the imagination as though it were some lost tape of unknown origin; this dexterously crafted album marks a timeless statement from These Hidden Hands, and one that represents two artists truly in their element.

 

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Special:
Tommy4Seven – Electric Deluxe Podcast 036

 

Related Releases:
“Remixes I”
“Remixes II”

 

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Websites:
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out now: Shifted – Under A Single Banner [Bed Of Nails]

 

Artist:
Shifted

 

Title:
Under A Single Banner

 

Label:
Bed Of Nails

 

Cat#:
NAIL007

 

Release Date:
25th November 2013

 

Format:
CD, vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist :
01)
Core Of Stone

02)
Chrome, Canopy & Bursting Heart

03)
Suspended Inside

04)
Under A Single Banner

05)
Burning Tyres

06)
Pulse Incomplete

07)
Contract 0

08)
Story Of Aurea

09)
Wash Over Me

 

Info:
It’s been a busy couple of years for the producer behind the Shifted project. On top of an extremely well received album for the Mote Evolver label, the producer has edged further out into the fringes of electronic music under a number of aliases, taking in noise/ambient variants as ‘Covered in Sand’, as well as more distorted, technofied productions under the Alexander Lewis moniker, a sound described by the Blackest Ever Black label as “S-M Techno”.

His new album as Shifted, ‘Under a Single Banner’ finds the producer converging these strands into a lucid re- imagining of Techno, starting off from the toughened, purist templates honed down by the likes of Sandwell District and Marcel Dettmann, and stretching out into more textured, sometimes noisy, often introverted and melancholy signatures.

It’s a perfect fit for Bed of Nails, a label that’s given a platform for the more direct dance-floor mutations of Dominick Fernow’s own productions as Vatican Shadow, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement and Christian Cosmos, as well as familiar Hospital Productions affiliates such as Kris Lapke under the ‘Bronze Age’ guise.

There’s a rich and earthy warmth to ‘Under a Single Banner’ that’s perhaps at odds with the puerile fixation on all things noisey at the fringes of Techno these days, but for the most part, the tension and
momentum keeps the album definitively aimed at the floor without ever resting on its laurels.

 

Listen:
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Video:
“Wash Over Me”

Video created by the29nov films.

 

Recommendations:
Debut album “Crossed Paths” on Mote-Evolver
“Razor EP” on Mote-Evolver
“The Cold Light Part I” & “The Cold Light Part II” on Avian

 

Special:
ResidentAdvisor Podcast

 

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Bed Of Nails

 

22nd November 2013: Dystopian @ ArenaClub, Berlin

 

Event:
Dystopian

 

Dates & Time:
22nd November 2013 at 11.59pm

 

Line-up:
Recondite live
Kobosil
Rødhåd
Alex.Do

 

Location:
Arenaclub, Berlin (Germany)

 

Entrance fee:
about 10 euro

 

Info (German):
Eine technologisierte Gesellschaft, eine maschinelle Gegenwart, ein industrielles Zeitalter… Lange dunkle Nächte, Industriehallen, Heizkraftwerke, Lärm.

Welche Musik passt zu diesem Rhythmus westlicher Zivilisation besser als Technomusik?!

Elektronisch erzeugt von Maschinen, Computern, Plattenspielern…

DYSTOPIAN will die raue, melancholische, düstere Seite von elektronischer Tanzmusik beleuchten, will Personen, Dinge und Musik miteinander verknüpfen und als loses Netzwerk fungieren, als Label, Veranstalter und Motor.

Regelmäßige Klubabende machen hier den Anfang, um für eine Nacht dystopischen Techno den nötigen Raum zur Entfaltung zu geben.

Heimatabend für DYSTOPIAN. Vor genau 5 Jahren fing alles an und nun ist alles anders. Partyreihe, Booking Agentur und Label – Seit 2009 exisitiert dies nun bereits.

Neben unseren Residents ALEX.DO und RØDHÅD, die beide auf ein fulminantes DJ-Jahr zurückblicken konnten, haben wir ein persönliches musikalisches Highlight für uns eingeladen:

KOBOSIL!

Seines Zeichens einer der motivierendsten Produzenten und DJs der momentan im elektronischen Musikzirkel zugange ist. Mit seinen ausgewählten Veröffentlichungen findet er die richtige Balance zwischen Techno, Industrial und gebrochenen Beats.

Abrunden tut das dystopische Line Up der Live-Act von RECONDITE. Sein Album HINTERLAND erscheint Mitte November auf GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL und auch für ihn war 2013 ein Jahr vollgestopft mit Gigs in Detroit, New York, Tokyo und überall in Europa.

Veranstaltung @ Resident Advisor
Veranstaltung @ Facebook

 

Info (English):
Once again, DYSTOPIAN invites resident artist and friends to the arenaclub.

We are really happy to welcome KOBOSIL, super talented producer and dj from berlin.
His few selected productions on RK3 and UNTERTON are mind blowing – the young guy shows an unique way of industrial techno mixed with a touch of broken and raw cuts and beats.

Joined by RECONDITE, who will have his album HINTERLAND out on GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL early november and RØDHÅD and ALEX.DO, this friday will reunion the best techno of present and future in one night.

event @ Resident Advisor
Facebook event

 

Listen:
Recondite

Kobosil

Rødhåd

Alex.Do

 

Recommendations:
Rødhåd’s “Blindness EP” on Dystopian
sampler “Béton Brut EP” with Alex.Do track on Dystopian
Recondite’s “EC10” on Dystopian
Kobosil’s “Contact EP” on Unterton

 

Websites:
Dystopian
Arena Club

 

out now: Polly Scattergood – Arrows [Mute]

 

Artist:
Polly Scattergood

 

Title:
Arrows

 

Label:
Mute

 

Cat#:
STUMM328

 

Release Date:
18th October 2013

 

Format:
CD, vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Cocoon

02.
Falling

03.
Disco Damaged Kid

04.
Machines

05.
Silver Lining

06.
Colours Colliding

07.
I’ve Got A Heart

08.
Subsequently Lost

09.
Wanderlust

10.
Miss You

 

Info (English):
“To make music forever would be my dream. Without it I honestly don’t know what I’d do or where I’d be. And I’ve been given time to sculpt every single track, every noise, every soundscape… I’m very excited about this album…” Polly Scattergood

Arrows is the second album from Polly Scattergood, whose self-titled 2009 debut on Mute yielded ear-catching, intimate, intense songs rippling with confessional candour. It also offered a simmering range of sounds and electronica in excelsis, all of which suggested that there were many divergent paths this young talent might yet choose to explore.

Arrows, her forthcoming release, is an instantly addictive album: inventive, forceful and restless, it is ripe with – as the title of the first single suggests – ‘Wanderlust’. As on her first album, her songs are marked by a mix of storytelling and soul-searching; but the lyrics also look outwards and heavenwards, spinning sonic playfulness around while stretching for new skylines.

The London-based musician is habitually prolific, but Polly found herself besieged with writer’s block after her first album. She’d always enjoyed writing on piano in her one-room attic; it had a ladder to a rooftop with a view of the whole of London, and was “a special place for me”. When, after a broken relationship, everything she wrote sounded too similar to her debut, she felt compelled “to push myself, to not stagnate”. She experimented with different locations and co-writers. “The space around me changes how I write.” There followed sessions in Brighton and then London, where she honed the sound she sought.

Finally, upon meeting Glenn Kerrigan, things clicked immediately. The pair (now also a live duo) travelled to Berlin, and then by contrast to the Norfolk countryside, to write the songs that became Arrows Ken Thomas (whose CV includes work with M83, Maps, Sigur Ros, Dave Gahan, Cocteau Twins, PIL.) came on board to produce.

“Once we’re recording, it’s my favorite thing in the world,” avers Polly. “But it’d taken a good two years to get the sound exactly perfect, how I wanted it. I tend to dwell on details — something of a perfectionist. I’m at my happiest playing with sounds.” On Arrows, those aforementioned sounds pulsate and prickle, soar and stutter, murmur and rage. Polly wanted the album to be uplifting, cathartic, strong and positive. “It’s easy to write a sad song,” claims Polly, “but harder to create something that makes people dance.”

If there’s euphoria in the music, there is still elegy in the words. “Some of it is about love and loss. But it’s also about moving on from that. The key is the moving on, pulling your self together again. The album’s journey started with I’ve Got A Heart. But then we move through the positives in ‘Wanderlust’, ‘Disco-Damaged Kid’, ‘Colours
Colliding’…”

It’s limiting to ask into what “genre” such a multi-faceted and heartfelt album “fits”, but “Like my personality, or anybody’s, it has lots of different aspects,” explains Polly. “Everyone has their happiness, their sadness. The one thing that runs through me constantly is music. I draw influences from diverse places – from Aphex Twin to David Bowie, Kraftwerk to Nine Inch Nails, Leonard Cohen to Pink Floyd to classical piano… I love soundscapes and noise and darkness…”

So is this “electronic” music? “Essentially everything is electronic music! I love, say, getting a bow and banging a piece of metal, putting a microphone through a letterbox and recording an empty room… But that’s not electronica, that’s random sounds, atmospheres… We recorded an owl one night: when you put it through a synthesizer, it does not sound like an owl…!”

Bursting from the cocoon of the studio, Polly Scattergood is also doing her “own thing” live. “Things have changed a bit,” she affirms. “With the old songs, I had to adopt characters. The big costumes gave me courage to get onstage. I remember gluing bits of diamantes onto feathers for weeks before a gig. Now I’m more confident in the sounds and in myself and where I am in my life. I’m very proud of what I’ve made.”

“Life is always changing; it never stays the same. There are always highs and lows. This album was my ‘arrow’, pointing me in the right direction after I was lost for a while. This feels like where I want to be as an artist.”

 

Info (German):
Prolog
“’I like to play piano, but it’s often out of tune’, sang Polly Scattergood 2009, damals 22, in ihrem Song ‘Please don’t touch’: Sixties-Beatles, Handclaps, süße Mädchenstimme, ein lakonisch beschwingter Text. Schon damals stach Scattergood mit betörenden Balladen und eloquenten Lyrics aus der schier unüberschaubaren Zahl neuer Sängerinnen und Songwriterinnen hervor, die sich heute, befeuert durch den Erfolg von La Roux, Little Boots oder Florence & The Machine, zur neuen Pop-Hegemonie aufgeschwungen haben. Leider erschien das Debütalbum der Britin nie in Deutschland und blieb auch in ihrer Heimat ein geschätzter Geheimtipp unter Kritikern.

So entbehrt es nicht einer gewissen Ironie, dass Scattergoods neue Single “Wanderlust” nun unter anderem von Charli XCX remixt wurde, der zurzeit am höchsten gehandelten Elektro-Popperin, die dem schwedischen DJ-Duo Icona Pop ihren Über-Hit “I Love It” schrieb. Mit dem XCX-Bonus wird nun für Scattergood geworben, obwohl es eigentlich umgekehrt sein müsste. (…) “Wanderlust”, nach “Disco Damaged Kid” die zweite Vorab-Veröffentlichung aus dem Album “Arrows”, das im Sommer erscheinen soll, ist jedenfalls ein spektakulärer Angriff auf den Dancefloor, getragen von mächtig wogenden Synthie-Flächen und donnernden Achtziger-Jahre-Pathos-Drums.

Scattergood fügt sich damit in den gängigen Trend ein, den Bombast-Pop der Achtziger in aktuelle Elektro-Zusammenhänge zu übersetzen, wie es zuletzt etablierte Kolleginnen wie Tegan and Sara, aber auch Newcomer wie Kate Boy oder Chloë Howl mit Erfolg praktizierten. In diesem Referenzrahmen klingt ihr mit glockenheller Euphorie gesungener Refrain “Wanderlust, following my feet as I keep dancing down this endless street” natürlich noch mehr nach Vorbildern wie Kate Bush als auf ihrem Debüt. Gleichzeitig erinnert der stetig und gelassen nach vorne treibende Track an die Pop-Perlen von Robyn.

Ihrem Faible für Sixties-Pop blieb Scattergood dennoch treu. Am Anfang von “Wanderlust” wabert eine leise “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”-Orgel im Hintergrund, quasi als Verbindungsglied zwischen den eher traditionell instrumentierten Songs ihres Debüts und den neuen, elektronischeren Tracks. Im Videoclip lässt sie ein Mädchen behende durch eine “Mad Men”-Bürolandschaft tanzen, Männer in Fifties-Anzügen mit Weste versuchen sie vergeblich zu greifen. Ständig verändert sich das Szenario. (…) Polly Scattergood hat gerade die halbe Strecke hinter sich: Oben schon aufgeräumter Kopf, unten noch flippige Tanzschuhe. Und das Piano spielt jetzt ganz sicher den richtigen Tune.
(Andreas Borcholte, Spiegel Online, 03.04.2013)

Und ein paar Fakten. Mehr in Kürze.

Ganze zwei Jahre dauerte es, bis das von Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, Dave Gahan, M83) und Jolyon Thomas produzierte Album endlich vollendet war. Mit Scattergood am Steuer wurde solange an jeder Note und jedem kratzenden Sound gefeilt, bis in der Klangwelt ihres zweiten Albums alles an seinem Platz saß. Konzentriert darauf, ein pulsierendes Werk zu schaffen, das Inspiration und Euphorie mit Wut und kathartischer Erlösung vereint: „It´s easy to write a sad song, but harder to create something that makes people dance“, sagt sie. Es ist vollbracht. Elegie mischt sich mit Euphorie: „Some of it is about love and loss. The key is moving on, pulling yourself together again.“

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Videos:
“Wanderlust”

“Cocoon”

“Subsequently Lost”

“Miss You”

 

Special:
“Cocoon (Fort Romeau Remix)”

“Subsequently Lost (Lissvik Remix)”

 

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Websites:
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out now: George Lanham & David Meiser – Disruptive Behaviour EP [Pareto Park]

 

Artist:
George Lanham & David Meiser

 

Title:
Disruptive Behaviour EP

 

Label:
Pareto Park

 

Cat#:
PRTP007

 

Release Date:
14th October 2013

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1)
David Meiser
Distress

A2)
David Meiser
Rising Entropy

A3)
David Meiser
Locked Groove 1

A4)
David Meiser
Locked Groove 2

B1)
George Lanham
Cabot Cove Syndrome

B2)
George Lanham
Co Operation 1
[feat. David Meiser]

B3)
George Lanham
Locked Groove 3

B3)
George Lanham
Locked Groove 4

 

Info:
Pareto Park presents the first collaboration between George Lanham and David Meiser with the pair serving up a blend of abrasive modern techno and classic influences. The opener ‘Distress’ sets the tone and grabs the listener from the start with its moody vocals punctuating a sinister beat. Lanham’s ‘Cabot Cove Syndrome’ hits hard with a growling synth lead, pushed forward by a building siren. Whilst ‘Rising Entropy’ and ‘Co Operation 1’ both reveal the duo’s Mills influences, yet aimed at modern club play.

The vinyl release featuring 4 additional locked grooves.

 

Listen:

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Video:

Video created by the29nov films.

 

Specials:
George Lanham at AUM presents Pareto Park

David Meiser – The Barking Dog / Episode 015

 

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Websites:
David Meiser
George Lanham
Pareto Park