Want to stay up to date with the most recent music, for instance for your DJing? Each Monday, we list and comment on our favourite releases of the moment. This week:
rdg tribe – Mers [rdg tribe, 2023-05-26]
Mers (“Seas” in French) is not “just another VA”, this is “The VA”, an artistic experience with vital power to transform energies, rolling a smooth wave for “enlightenment”.
Contrary to common belief, “enlightenment” is not “an achievement”, a mountain to climb, a peak to reach: “Enlightenment” has more to do with a calm sea: it’s a homecoming, a return to nature, to water, to simplicity. If you ask a killer whale “What is darkness?” It’d whisper: “Such a metaphysical question is maybe important for you my friend, but I’m personally more interested in living the moment, and eventually throwing that seal in the air…”
From your own personal cliff, jump into “Mers” with a free mind and experience the peace of it…
Einstein: “Everything in Life is Vibration”. The hippies: “It’s all about vibrations man!”. Where there is a vibration, there has to be a sound… So it is eventually relevant, at least poetic, to see your whole existence as “a piece of sound”. If we all know people who are – say – “noisier” than others, what matters under the light is how you listen, interpret and communicate “your sound”. After “An Unexpected Day“, Italian artist Vidění has chosen “Mental Landscape” to share it, in a very subtle, beautiful and inspiring way…
Varg2™ – 10 år av skog, natt & stjärnor [Northern Electronics, 2023-05-26]
We’re not sure that all of you speak Swedish, so we’ve translated the titles for you, ‘just in case’ 💙💛
Varg2 and Anthony Linell are what you call “good old friends”: Varg2 partly owes Linell his reconversion from Pagan metal to IDM (which btw marked the update from “Varg” to “Varg2”, that we interpret as “version 2.0 of Varg”), and Linell owes the very first release of his label Northern Electronics to Varg2, as well as the well-inspired ones from him that followed.
Now, before hitting play, you’re invited to read and understand the titles first, because Varg2’s creative process usually consists of writing them before translating them musically. Without reading them, you will enjoy a great cinematic release yet miss the profundity of the approach. When getting them, you will realise how the topics of mourning and sorrow echo the complex rhythms, illustrating the confused mind, and the cathedral-like lyrical musings, expressing melancholia.
Varg2, vulnerable, authentic, belongs to a family of tortured souls, using art as a salvatory outlet, expressing moods through tattoos, graffiti and music. He somewhat reminds us of Presha from Samurai Music: their dark storytelling is poetry to our ears, yet if “shock”, “sorrow”, “anger” and “forgiveness” are the four main mourning stages, we hope that Varg2 has reached the last one…
Anthony Linell and Varg, together as “Ulwhednar”
Lacidrax – Softcore Vibes EP [Free Sequence, 2023-05-26]
Also known as Synus0006…
The deep, smokey, sometimes jazzy sound of Free Sequence seems to emerge from the wilds of New York’s late nights, yet it doesn’t: we are in Hungary, the land of exploratory labels supporting mainly local artists, such as Farbwechsel, Deafness Records and of course NNULLZ, owned by Lacidrax. All these projects have in common a certain fascination for deep acid drones and atmospheres, while Free Sequence turns more and more minimal since Encoder’s EP. This won’t disappoint Lacidrax who defends the motto “Less is more” atop 20 years of production, as sensed in the present EP, which brilliantly “says the most with the least.”
Uun – Aspect of Obliteration [Modern Cathedrals, 2023-05-22]
Hello dear Detroit, it’s been a long time since we’ve been talking about you, about your inspiring post-industrial factories, seen by some as “Modern Cathedrals“…
We still remember how the “second wave” of local artists created minimal techno, de facto hypnotic from its stripped-down repetition, as a reaction against the gabber, too rich, too meaningless.
Three decades after, we’re back between your brown brick walls, in the company of veteran Uun and label founder Altstadt Echo, you know, “the Dub Monitor guy”…
“Aspect of Obliteration” can make Detroit proud, even with the claps, “forgiven” for being somewhat in character with the city’s original 909-based techno…
Inner Tension – Are We All Alone or Just Overwhelmed? [Inner Tension, 2023-05-26]
In our community, there is an old adage initiated a while back by our dear Katerina Maragou, saying “In Blazej We Trust”. If it reveals more or less obviously her unconditional love for the artist’s talent, it also speaks a certain truth: Malinowski designs solid crystal-clear tracks with an outrageous consistency, whether it is on 012, Semantica or on his own imprint Inner Tension. He also earned a high reputation as a DJ, for his impeccable mixes and hot events.
Then, being a family man, he’s for sure “overwhelmed” yet not “alone”, having also reunited a bunch of talented friends on the present top-class EP, supervised by genius Gio from Artefacts Mastering.
Hoedus – Monoceros [Monday Off, 2023-05-22]
It’s time to shake the booty on Mary Yuzovskaya’s vinyl-only label, in the company of Italian swinger Hoedus (also known as OWL), label co-owner of Anekoic Records. Dark and acid, “Monoceros” is a loyal fitting sequel to the author’s previous releases, usually centred on a stabbing bassline, showcased “like a black pearl in its lush setting”. Spanish artist Orbe, whom we know from his work on Token, joined the party with a remix tainted with Mike Parker’s influences. Ten days before, he also released a dope EP that we recommend to check out, on his own imprint Orb Records.
Through his studio Enisslab, our guest today is one of the most demanded sound engineers of our scene, as illustrated in this article, containing two releases tweaked by him. The fact that he’s a member of a certain legendary duo called Voices From The Lake (sorry, who?) could be a reason, but that’s not all. Donato Dozzy said about him: “Becoming a great sound engineer requires skills, knowledge and a great ear, Neel has all of that. With Voices From The Lake, I gave a lot of creativity; he also brought a lot of ideas and sounds plus elevated the quality of the rendering to the maximum level with his skills. He’s the younger brother I never had.” Then Worg also said about him: “Neel takes full advantage of his mastery and experience in knowing how to dose the elements at the right time, to create an escalation of tension and release, conveying mad energy and passion for his music.” Dosing the elements, with an artistic vision mainly based on minimalism, partly defines Neel’s approach, as sensed in his comment below:
Anthony Linell – Sheltering Skies [Northern Electronics, 2023-05-26]
Neel: I picked this release because it has features that I personally love and that are not always well-set in a record. “Illusion Self” in particular, full of energy, is central for me in this production. It expresses the utmost minimalism as a concept of creativity, whose goal is to find a few elements going well together and make them the core of the track, in order to create a timeless feel. Intended for the peak time, yet deep and mesmerising, “Illusion Self” combines three core elements that perfectly match: the four-to-the-floor drum pattern in the background, the efficient bassline and the impactful upper bassline. Together, they initiate a clever dialogue forming one single vibration, beautiful and immersive.
In addition to its power, “Illusion Self” lends itself very well to playing it in a set, allowing you to mix it for a long time with various different layers on top. Then the B side is characterised by two tracks with different feelings: with a fairly pronounced lead, the first one is perfect to set the transition for the peak time, while the second one is more introverted and floating.
This is for me a complete disc, without pretence, pleasant to play and listen to.