this one has been a long time coming. great 12”s never get shelved at lddlm, time is not the essence. benedikt frey has been part of the extended family since his remix of car’s idle eyes and we crossed paths a few times at robert johnson in frankfurt. init, his project with his other half nadia d’alò, has seen releases on neighbours such as hivern or correspondant, our door was naturally open to their pretty personal brand of “off-kilter techno” as ra says. stereometric is almost a definition of init’s acid mind. failing their own tricks, heavy atmosphere and unusual restraint. nuts is almost an instrumental extension of the title track, when your head finally hit that window pane. wheels slows the rush down, wandering on an imaginary khyber pass. this is only deception though, mindwork being a real exercise in post-goa trance. hope you enjoy the trip. see you after the summer.
the music world waits a decade for more music from marc nguyen tan aka colder - and then along come two albums at once. as colder, marc released two acclaimed, cult darkwave, post-punk albums on trevor jacksons taste-making output recordings in the mid 00s (again in 03 and heat in 05).
in ancient lddlm times, blddlm even, belgium could well have been the freaky house and ecstasy center of the world. if only we could remember all the lost hours. but after all, as the brussel saying goes: its friday, tomorrow is tuesday. at lddlm, we try not to reminisce, that was just setting the mood.we are very happy to welcome arthur johnson in our non-fold, a young producer from liege via marseille and la dame noir. aj is amongst those ever mutating artists, his u-turns slowly composing a real personality, and one fitting our contrarian attitude. in a way perfect stranger reminds us of a good 90’s farley/heller remix, not so much camp fire island than almost sweaty late night trancer. we love those tracks that do not fit our ethos a priori but that we can’t stop playing. cosmo vitelli is a long time family friend and he beams up this stranger through the axis into some kind of romantic italo-german anthem. ballada and secretary discordia show a different side of aj, a dub march echoing dif juz and a percussive machine funk number. we sincerely hope aj keeps on straying for the best, his way being our way.
in those times of newfound experimental conformity, it is sometimes needed to go back to simplicity. this may be where dj oil is leading us to. you think you know what you can expect but common ground is not always in your head, it is sometimes under your feet. this is the second 12inch of the bref avenir collection (to be released digitally later this month), our southern activist using well-known tropes and samples to provide necessary confusion. telephunk is nothing else than a monster breakbeat funk (away from the new lynn collins dictatorship), unfashionably cool if you see what we mean. if paresse is its twin dark sister, locking electro in its black music roots whilst remaining strangely european, then fall is its downer baggy brother.
having been an electronic activist in marseille for more two decades and more, dj oil is now a firm staple of lddlm. following the rain ep released in the summer 2016, here is the first 2018 outing from us: the already bubbling heritage ep. heritage has been an ivan smagghe (and a few others) secret weapon for more than a year now, a strange sampladelic track featuring a full marcus garvey speech. a subtle yet powerful appropriation of early house cliches, the hit has one feet in tradition, one feet in political modernity. the ep comes with two more warped cuts: the slow guitar swamp of brouillage and the system 01/mckenna influenced may be. psychedelics and sun. a second 12inch by dj oil will follow shortly, doubled with a full digital release of the two eps with digital extras. expect new releases from our camp by rheinzand, init, johnson and more
before coming back in september for a new year of new releases, lddlm gives you their current mood and state of affairs in the form of a sampler 12inch grieve not, but try again. luke abbot s mix of easters champagne has been in our drawers since the very early days of the label but still shines as new. no dust gathered. easters synth pop is turned into a slow, yet nor chugging, futuristic r n b number. this is our conception of sunrise music. tom of england grasps the metallic fury of mutado pintado s classic lazy boy and chops it in a grinder. decomposition / re-composition with of high industrial standard. a scene from a future, a from-a-lost-tape edit by our underbuy manfredas has been one of our biggest club tracks for the last year. check his recent boiler room ending to know how warped yet strangely hit-like it is. finally, cowboy rhythmbox decided of their own accord to do a club edit of golden bugs physical disco. we liked it, we release it. simple and effective. jugular attack
the number of bad luck is the number of good luck in our world. antoine harispuru aka golden bug is back on lddlm with what has been a constant night hit for ivan smagghe since he magically received it. we are very happy to share it with you. progress feat. diego holdez kind of defies categorisation, and blows the walls of the classic slow downed clocks of golden bug. we d describe it as vocal funk? you may describe it the way you want. ask your girlfriend, she seems to love it. on remix duty, miami come berlin bad boy danny daze a rest from the big room for a pounding omnidisc version that will slowly burns through any leather jacket, very corrosive stuff. physical disco is classic golden bug, a demented industrial pinball machine of some kind. whilst supernova is that exact machine played by a retro-futurist vocoder robot. think aux 88 played at 33rpm and you ll be as close as you can.
following their album save! aka colder & mutado pintado are back on dlm, with another deadly attack! kamikaze style. we ve been waiting a longtime for an i:cube remix. we ve been fans and friends since his debut and we love that he strayed from his more technoey recent work, as great as it is. this is full on psychedelia, almost rock in its approach. a trip, not a track. russia s great hope (not ivan drago), lipelis, hot on the wheels of his macdonald flack and the ack-ack pack pack remix delivers two radicals/tangents. police & robbers. they fly high, both in their own manner. rainy monday is dubbed out in space with that jungle screw feel. slowed down breaks that are all the rage with the yoof, apparently but lipelis takes it to another level. last floor his version of darkness in the middle is a trickster, you d think almost ambient kraut before you end up on an italo-piano-expansives beach.
dj oil is an old friend, musical activist from the wrongly dreaded city of marseille. some of you may remember troublemakers and lionel records for bbe.rain features saul williams in a troubled stomp. voodoo house if you want to call it something.its turned into a electro monster by radioactive man.cold europe under the sun or a frozen southern island. who knows? we got lost on the way.space opera and hypnosis push the boundary of psychedelia.slow burners but potent mushrooms.warped politics
this is a record for the spring that never comes. the heat that would be on. through old ghent acquaintances here s the tenth release from the lddlm bunker. rheinzand is almost our super group. mo (ex glimmer twins but still shining), rheinard, the multi-instrumentalist force and charlotte, the softer voice. we don t do retro but if we had, it would be them, chameleons on a sequin dress, sometimes camp, sometimes deep, sometimes even -disco clash- (the term is now copyrighted) on remix duties, we have the lovely cat lover lokier who turns the first time (track who was a big hit with influential minor players blah blah) into her own smacked out industrial groove. ah, it also has the belgian colors. this is part 1 of 2. get the talc out.
the lddlm edition of the original recordings documents the enduring legacy of this iconic piece of audio history, including the long lost ron hardy edit and a reshape of the edit of ivan smagghe for the first time on vinyl.
an ep of golden bug on lddlm has been a long-time coming. paths crosses, encounters, similitudes. but it took all of us time to agree on how golden bug should fit into our mortal ethics of fragmentation: we don t want to sound like anybody else, each track on the ep should all sound different. the french but barcelona based producer played our game, anticipating his future and very diverse album with a spook yet catchy 12inch. wild boys was an instant ear-catcher, some proto funk with a very strong vocal by yan wagner that made it sound like duran duran on speedball. it was hard to take it to another level but lord tusk, one of our favourite producers of the emerging -no genre london scene beefs it up, kraftwerk way. its moody as we all are. ik voel je shows the more experimental spaced out side of golden bug, we d call it space rock if we had to. do not neglect l-horloge, it s slow, dark, menacing but it s a real time bomb if tuned correctly.
MONTE VERITA EP (INCL. TOULOUSE LOW TRAX & FLAVIEN BERGER REMIXES)
12" Vinyl UK22.07.15
next up on les disques de la mort, and we playing with all the preconceptions, once more. now we are slowing things down, and speeding them up. the word is elastic . we are back with our most psychedelic release to date and you are the first to be injected. rodion & mammarella are known for their strange hybrid of slow burning electronic disco but they have been on the mountain of truth. they saw the light. they flew off. on the remix duties toulouse low trax provides the dusseldorf angel dust to suspend you in time and space and flavien berger, the new wunder french kid, is on the opiate shuffle.
LAZY BOY / MICHELLE (ACID ARAB / FABRIZIO MAMMARELLA REMIXES
12" Vinyl UK16.04.15
sworn virgins is one of the many perverted projects from the blossoming mind of mutado pintado, legendary vocalist for paranoid london and save (the light was such a hit for us), head of warmduscher, general purveyor of chaos and diy videos. so this is all about rage and bits of broken down computer melted in tar, and this is probably our strongest release yet. we will let you look for what a sworn virgin actually is
following the huge success of dlm 004 and the massive appeal of roman flugels remix of idle eyes (as charted by all from dixon to michael mayer, dan avery to maceo plex), here is a little surprise from our camp. glockd is c.a.rs trademark washed out sarcasm, bleached cynicism, the track forages paths through chloes dark mind. it was one of the first tracks she wrote on her own, and was recorded down the bunker with timothy j fairplay. a favourite of andrew weatherall (who nominated my friend, the c.a.r album, as one of the best releases of 2014), it is now coming full-circle, being given a stomping shuffle air guitar dance-floor rework by the asphodells … if you liked our lord sabres remix of fuck buttons this is for you. electronics looking at the floor & air guitar. following it is manfredas (the protégé of les disques de la mort) vocal version of angelina, a request from many after the instrumental being released earlier this year. the northern wulf is biting again. and he bites hard.
our new release has been a long time coming and is the first collaboration between those evil twins that are lddlm and kill the dj, two labels joined at the hips. the ep has already been getting great support from dixon, dan avery, erol alkan, ten walls, and ivan smagghe
a few trips in tel aviv made ivan smagghe aware of the extensive and more importantly, quasi forgotten, wave and pop scene from israel. blown away some of the tracks passed on to him, he and the ginger prince thought it would be a good start for the lddlm reissues series, edits and originals.
second release on ivan smagghe and the ginger princes les disques de la mort imprint of left-bank exoticism and sonic mind melding comes courtesy of burgeoning protégé manfredas. they said les disques de la mort was about unknown geniuses and old flames… it is!
the music world waits a decade for more music from marc nguyen tan aka colder and then along come two albums at once. as colder, marc released two acclaimed, cult darkwave, post-punk albums on trevor jacksons taste-making output recordings in the mid 00s (again in 03 and heat in 05). after the closure of output, marc spent the last few years playing and recording improvised jazz in the mountains of spain and working at his creative agency le cabinet. paris