following the success of recent novamute releases by charlotte de witte and anna, nicolas has delivered a stellar techno ep. will appeal to fans of ricardo villalobos, len faki, ben sims, jay lumen, charlotte de witte, anna, chris liebing limited edition 12inch vinyl part 1 of a 2 ep series. bougaïeff returns to novamute with permutation djinn inspired by greg egans sci-fi novel permutation city. a follow up ep will be released later this year. following the success of recent novamute releases by charlotte de witte and anna, nicolas has delivered a stellar techno ep. bougaieffs interpretation on permutation djinn attempts to translate the stages of egans novel into music while respecting the constraints of making club friendly tracks. the opener woke up as a copy is an expansive track with blade runneresque metallic reverberations. panic time tryout is a peak time cut, fostering the futurist atmosphere with an unsettling melody. little djinn is the most frenetic of the tracks whilst no escape takes it back to peak time with resounding drums and drills.
the first track on annas debut ep for novamute , razor was born while playing with her roland mks-80, a synth from 1985 and one of annas favourites. you can hear the fat, juicy sound on the breakdown and ever evolving throughout. the track has already been getting a great reaction when played out in her sets. escapism plays with trippy arpeggios that lay down the atmosphere for the whole track, it feels really dense and trippy but still powerful, making use of heavier drum sounds for the groove. the last track on the ep dreamweaver, is a simple track that always works well on the dance floor. anna reworked this track many times before deciding to strip down the beat and focus on the final sequence, sometimes the simple ideas are the ones that work the best.
nicolas bougaïeff presents his new ep on seminal british imprint novamute. as a producer he harbours a diverse musical background, having studied in a conservatoire setting whilst foraying into anti-authoritarian rave culture. he is also a respected lecturer, regularly teaching masterclasses in composition and speaking at global events such as mutek and ableton loop – the results of which come to life in the inquisitive spirit of his productions. cognitive resonance explores elements of acid, gabber and techno through a compositional lens, drawing on the artist’s love for avant-garde forms and long-standing relationship with the electronic music community. the title track lays out long, expansive phrases and warped crescendos to create a disorienting structure, whilst distant harmonies, distorted kick drums and shattering effects merge into a hypnotic form on ‘truthful hyperbole’. lastly, ‘fake news’ mangles our sense of rhythmic familiarity, disrupting the 4/4 beat with a complex metre and sinister melody. listen to the title track here. nicolas will follow this release with an album on his own denkfrabik label, ‘principles of newspeak’ is due out on the 24th of november. this is novamute’s first release since motor (bryan black and oly grasset) over ten years ago. the label, a subsidiary of mute (depeche mode, goldfrapp, new order, liars, erasure, moby), began in 1992 as a response to the growing demand for techno releases in the uk. originally presenting white labels and imports, novamute went on to release records by plastikman, speedy j, juan atkins, luke slater and joey beltram to name a few, as well as forging invaluable links with labels such as tresor and probe, which allowed them to license rare tracks for a wider audience. forthcoming releases on novamute will include eps from terence fixmer and charlotte de witte.
charlotte de witte continues to establish herself as a driving force on the contemporary techno scene with the healer, her second ep on seminal british imprint novamute. the four-tracker comes after the belgian has fully broken through with a dark, dense and driving sound that is proudly unrelenting. her meteoric rise has come off the back of a series of huge productions, plus standout sets at key festivals and clubs all around the world. charlottes fresh and innovative sound is immediately laid bare on opener the healer, with eight minutes of spine-tingling, hypnotic techno. the sleek drums and icy hi-hats soon cast their spell, as well-crafted synths unfold up top to bring real emotion. silence is another slice of tunnel vision techno with perfectly designed drums rolling on and synths peeling off the groove. it is trance inducing and otherworldly, with eerie voices adding to the all-consuming atmosphere. then comes‘kuda, a track built on monstrous kicks that hit hard and drive forward with real force. filtered vocals bring character, and sharp edged percussion grows ever louder to take the track, and the club, to the next level. last of all, song of the wood nymphs shows another side to the producer with three minutes of suspensory synths and expansive ambient sounds that are filled with drama and tension.
charlotte de witte presents a new ep on the recently relaunched seminal british imprint novamute. it arrives after three acclaimed 2017 eps from the rising belgian artist, whose residencies and packed touring schedule have fuelled her reputation as one to watch. brussels ep is out on 12 inch vinyl , on january 5th and features three menacing techno cuts employing impeccable production technique and moody atmospherics. the title track is a restrained burner with stripped back beats over sweltering pads and vocals. ‘control pairs distorted speech with a whirlwind of rumbling bass frequencies, whilst ‘look around you brandishes trance inspired crescendos with hypnotic percussion. novamute, a subsidiary of the legendary mute label, rose to prominence in the early 90s amidst growing demand for techno in the uk and went on to release classic tracks and albums from an array of coveted artists. in 2017 they relaunched with eps from nicolas bougaïeff and terence fixmer.
massive uk techno / electro mover !! a teenage fascination with the outer reaches of contemporary music (beefheart, psychic tv, non, pharaoh saunders, the fall) and stints in various bands saw wright ditch the physics degree and return to york university to study music technology. by the start of 1992 he had made the jump from enthusiastic amateur to record his first tracks with john dalby in the local finsbury park studios in york under the guise of germ.
ltd repress, voodoo child aka moby !! the two track 12 includes >demons< a 20 minute jaunt into abstraction, and >horses< a further 20 mins chunk of opiate heaven. this is the follow up to the semen-al voodoo child released on r & s/instinct 3 years ago
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miss kittin in the mix , live at the sonar festival !! incl trax from sleeparchive, philius, the mfa, aphex twin , miss kittin herself, ricardo villalobos, modeselektor, felix da housecat and many more