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IN THE BAG OUR FAVOURITE RELEASES OF THE MOMENT
LAURA BCR [KONSTRUKT] DEEP TECHNO
TAMMO HESSELINK [MIDGAR] GREY AREA
ARCHYPNESS [THE CODE] ORGANIC TECHNO
TENZIA [IO RECORDS] DUB TECHNO
TSOTT [SPIRA RECORDS] ATMOSPHERIC TECHNO
VARIOUS ARTISTS [THE GODS PLANET] ATMOSPHERIC TECHNO
TOO GOOD “YOU’RE JUST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, CAN’T TAKE MY EARS OFF OF YOU!”
COUSIN [MOOD HUT] DUB TECHNO
MOD21 [WARM UP RECORDINGS] DARK TECHNO
JK FLESH [PI ELECTRONICS] INDUSTRIAL TECHNO
GOLDEN RELEASE A SPECIAL MENTION
The Circle has a special thought for the Ukrainian artists of the VA whose homeland is under the bombs – the label owners, along with Volodymyr Gnatenko, Asyncronous, Arthur Mine, Zavoloka and Nikolaienko – and for all the others “who care”.
Note: Very Logdani also released a superb EP on the same day:
Second note: On that day too, Ukrainian artist Svarog came out with an original work on Secuencias Temporales:
After the Second World War, the collaborative effort massively decreased conflicts on Earth. The collective violence saw a major decline, to reach an unprecedented global peace in human history. However, it is now reemerging in new and more challenging forms: organized crime, state repression, armed opposing groups, terrorism and the most dangerous: modern imperialism, at its peak in the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
More than ever, Art has a role to play. Not “naive art”, issued from perceptible meaningless experimentation. Not “selfish art”, used as an outlet for the dark soul, unable to fix itself differently, and injecting uninspiring darkness into a world that is already in trouble. Not “arrogant art”, nourished by the ego, playing “The Creator” a little bit, while imitating, or who’s desperately looking to be unique.
The state of crisis calls for an Art that is turned towards others, empathic, generous, dark because it depicts or denounces the dark times, or luminous because it conveys positivity or peace as a refuge, eventually provocative, at least eye-opening.
In “There Will Be Light”, 17 producers have chosen the luminous side, with their curator Igor Glushko, who co-owns the Ukrainian label Rhythm Büro along with Na Nich and Vera Logdanidi.
The artists have worked their hearts out on the project: the music is beautiful, full of hope, suspended in time. Each piece is like comforting arms against the tension, and changes perspectives. The journey makes us dream of a world that is not governed by politics anymore, which normalises high violence in its book of strategies, but by Art, lifting the spirits in peace. Praying for 💙💛
FROM THE VAULT RESURRECTING A DOPE RELEASE FROM THE PAST
NOTE: First, out of gratitude, we surprise the artists who have accepted to be our guest writers from the 44th to the 63rd selection, by sharing what we humbly consider to be their top work.
If you’re looking for a more recent work: he released “Omnia” on Samurai Music earlier this month.
SAM KDC [HORO]
In the past century, Art has been particularly framed and categorised in Europe, until some artists felt the need to break the boundaries. That’s how “contemporary art” came up, as a catch-cry for freedom against the obsessive order.
In the electronic music realm, Sam KDC didn’t just “break the boundaries”, but detonated them with his heavy polyrhythmic virtuosity, bringing to life an impactful sound, tainted with occultism. If “There Will Be Light” is eventually a beacon for confused minds, “Omen Rising” shouts out “Break your chains now!!”, as a rallying cry for resistance in everyday life. Next to such a powerful message, Sam KDC’s musical language, hypnotic and human, adds a deep emotion that words can’t, in his debut album on Horo.
Presha, ASC and Sam KDC, followed by Ena and Lemna among others, crafted the label’s sound, which remains our all-time favourite one, for its outrageous game of tension, leaving none of us indifferent.
Like “the wise punk” he gently is, Sam KDC picked a murky industrial album to comment on in our 57th selection, another dope journey by Aelk Minsur, worth checking out, for more “rage against the machine”.