kicking off vivod s new pheasant series and making their debut on the label, uni.omni are a glaswegian duo comprising of mwx and wave energy converter. inspired by feelings of duality and the unpredictability of our dynamic world, uni.omni respond with challenging dark electronic notes, driven vocals and expansive percussive backdrops. their tracks emit contradictory feelings of chaos and calm, motion and stillness, frustration and excitement, whilst using the energy and turmoil of big city life as motivation for their first ep. acceptance resistance kicks things off with an experimental, cavernous foray that shifts to the rhythmic, subliminal undertones of metaphysical lives. both sequential self and viral dread- are attuned to empowerment, exacerbated by the strains of the modern world, with strong vocals reiterating the need for resilience in the forgotten generation.
having crept out of the tape undergrowth and respected haunts like clan destine and always human to earn more civilized recognition on bank records nyc and bliq, strahinja arbutina makes the move to vivod for yet more of that edgy, leftfield techno business that keeps mothers awake at night from worry. the grit, noise and distortion has been faithfully carried through from the cassette-based roots of arbutinas sound, but these tracks are more than ready to do the damage in the dance (where you re less likely to find a tape deck). hold on tight as the likes of way ahead give the sound engineer a fright when they think the system has overloaded.
vivod welcomes slither-screen stars lewis j. force and william bendix to the fold with added shine from parasols and lucky koi. features tracks of mechanical, detroit-style disco-techno and drexciyan-wave with ebm punch from parasols and old school muscle from lucky koi plus a viscous acid tribute to kent s riviera club culture.
broken arrows are sudeep menon & bill ambrose, both long time affiliates of magic waves radio and cyber dance records. here they don 4 new tracks for the vivod imprint making up their second ep. a slight departure in style from their first outing on giallo disco a couple of years ago, these tracks still have that unique mechanic box jam sound they are becoming known for. female predator kicks things off in a techno fashion. charging drums lead the way with a cool throbbing bassline. fear eats the soul is more of an instrumental 80s wave track with its laid back pads and structure looping away with ease. title track edge of darkness is the stand out track on this ep and won t fail to hypnotize. meandering pads in a cosmische style with rock solid drums , simply awesome. basic structures finishes the ep off and this is more towards their jamming style from their previous ep, more aggressive, blistering hats, slamming kicks et. great ep again from broken arrows !
ali renaults cestrian alias is responsible for some proper gutter-dwelling electro business that has come to light on bunker records, mnx recordings and more besides. theres no let up with this new slab, presented to the underworld by vivod and unknown to the unknown as a joint release. napoli keeps the pressure wound up to a breakneck pace while -secret language places the emphasis on devilish synth tones. purge attempts something akin to a more melodic, mellow mood splattered with acidic bleeps, and then krapton fictor whips out some truly crafty android boogie loaded with short circuits aplenty. umberto swoops in at the last minute to remix napoli into a relentless, storming techno brute with brains to match the brawn.
BELMONTS REVENGE (FEAT. MICK WILLS REMIX) (180 G VINYL)
12" Vinyl UK24.01.18
master of minimal wave sonics alessandro parisi has spread his full-bodied synth wares around such esteemed labels as slow motion, charlois, giallo disco, lux rec and more besides, and now he slides up to vivod with an ep of noirish fantasies you ll be hard pushed to resist. -crossfire- is the more uptempo cut, but -ravens- paints a more vivid picture of retro-fetishistic club music in dangerous places. -praying sages- goes all out on the soundtrack vibe, but not before it s been remixed by mick wills, who casually threads a driving techno undercarriage into the track to create a strangely transcendental slab of cathedral-ready body music.
munichs martin matiske started his recording career at fifteen with his stunning ep stars & galaxy for dj hells gigollo records back in 2002. here he dons 4 fresh tracks for the vivod label with his trademark electro sound, somewhere between dopplereffekt, classical & wave. kicking off the ep is die nibelungen, a sort of speak & spell classical piece with an electro backing track. a2 - bayerischer wald is a chord heavy majestic bomb in a 5/4 time signature, maybe a stretch too far for the linear techno dj but thats what makes this ep so interesting. b2 - virtuosic mechanic harks back to his previous work on gigollo records, a more club orientated track which should do some effective damage on the floor. rounding things off is kammermusik, a subtle electro ballad. if you like your electro with a heavy classical influence then this is your ep.
ali renault s ever on-point vivod label welcomes uk techno stalwart tobias schmidt to the table for a return to a time when techno could be slamming, witty and downright fun at the same time. higher is loaded with funk, riding some kind of bassy lick with tightly wound drums and off-kilter synth warbles, but then -glass walls- ramps up the madness with a lead line that will stop people in their tracks before making them freak out with gusto. -pink milk- shows no let up in the energy, although the parping trumpet lines that lead the track give everything a jaunty, upbeat feel compared to the darkness of the a side. play people is a true tribute to the wonky techno scene schmidt came up with, all skronky swing and lopsided synths for all the true techno freaks out there.
brassica is a trusted staple in the field of outboard house and techno, from time served on labels as esteemed as dissident and civil music through to more recent outings on feel my bicep and others. here the uk producer has been snapped up by vivod for four tracks of deep analogue house and electro to warm the cockles a treat. coco diaz is a tightly wound jam that hinges on a broken beat, while splash opens out into a blissful melancholic reverie. nothing to say amps up the sleaze and the acid a treat before blue function heads into more trippy soundtrack territory
having originally surfaced on creme organization back in 2002, luke eargoggle and ronnie johansson s monkeyshop project is an intermittent treat that offers the best of warm synth-led electronic disco. on their second outing for ali renault s vivod label (after the excellent escape from the mental zoo ep in 2014) the pair bring yet more of that addictive, utopian dance magic on this new record. -island of love- is indeed a romantic club burner with smatterings of vintage synth pop in its bones, while -heartbreak- takes a more overtly italo direction and sounds just as strong with it. obergman then takes -island of love- to task with a respectful remix that shines a few different synth lines and beat patterns through the same fuzzy prism.
vivod move into their next series of releases with portuguese maestro photonz at the helm. a 4 tracker of dark house that effortlessly slip into the label catalogue entitled lotus wheel on my orion. beautiful packaging again this time with full printed sleeve.