georgia-born, brooklyn-based sophia saze set up dusk & haze to release ‘genre-free’ experimental music, exhibited in the label’s debut release entitled ’solace’ ep featuring four versatile cuts from sophia herself and twisted electro and techno remixes from umwelt and benjamin damage. the second release comes from the enigmatic sdx, a masked artist who’s fiercely championed left-of-centre dance music for decades. crunchy drums and a thumping bassline kick things off in ‘ms 04’ before los angeles duo 138 provide an outstanding remix incorporating a cacophony of raw breaks. modulated flutters, warped blips and white noise create ‘ms 08’, leading into the organic drums and off-kilter arpeggios of ‘007’ until new york’s sc- 164 reworks ‘007’ delivering a pulsating sub and distorted vocal chops. sdx’s ‘nocturnal’ drops on dusk & haze on 10th september 2018.
“hulled” is a 25 minute journey spread across 4 tracks of glacial abandon. all tracks were recorded directly to tape with no overdubs, made at converse’s home studio. bill says these tracks represent “ocean waves in stormy conditions, dark grey blue water, or more generally speaking something ominous and beautiful.” the songs on this album reveal a sublime influence from detroit techno, idm, and acid. built around vintage synthesizer lines and gritty drum machine percussion, the tracks ebb and flow like the effect of sun shimmering on water, woozy, gauzy and ephemeral. all songs were mastered for vinyl by george horn at fantasy studios in berkeley. each ep is housed in a die-cute jacket designed by eloise leigh with peachy pink patterns landing on an alien water planet and seeing mysterious playing forms under the turquoise water. and the. each copy includes a postcard featuring photo of bill with notes.
digging deep into the chicago rave vaults to re-issue the debut ep from billy nightmare aka “mystic bill” torres. ‘reality check’ consists of 4 tracks, recorded at mirage studios in chicago in 1996. two tracks on the a-side are dark thumpers and will haunt your head for days. side b has 2 versions of the same song, lighter and funkier in mood both show the diversity mystic bill is capable of producing. all songs have been remastered by george horn at fantasy studios. each ep is housed in a custom designed jacket by eloise leigh featuring a 90s photo of billy nightmare staring into tv static and includes a postcard with notes.
1992 hardcore club classic from kev bird. originally kev bird’s second release on the basement records label made famous by in-house producer jack smooth. 3 slices of pure hardcore jungle techno lead by the seminal ‘this is a trip’ are taken from the original dat master tape and get the full sound entity remastering treatment to bring the sound right up to date with current standards.
falk records will be releasing ‘spaces’ from icelandic experimental producer aaiieenn this august. aaiieenn is the solo project of electronic musician hallmar gauti halldórsson. halldórsson first came to music though being a mover and shaker in iceland’s punk and hardcore scene where he was the “harsh noise guy” with local band distill the world. with aaiieenn however, halldórsson moved away from the guitars and screaming to a fully electronic world of experimental synth music and gorging on the mathematical possibilities and expanses of arpeggio/sequencer driven ambient music. ‘calab-yau’ and ‘continuous property 1’ drip shards of pure crystalline sound into deep crevasses as harmonic droplets ping of gleaming surfaces coated with spongiform bass. the light and effervescent ‘euclidean’ evokes classic ambient works aphex twin, while ‘manifold’ is more direct with a muscular and sturdy bassline. spaces closes with the fluttering and lush ambient sounds of ‘zariksi’ that are carried into the skies by a pulsing and gliding techno beat.
perhaps cpu’s deepest foray into techno, osaka-based artist yuri urano’s ‘autline’ e.p. draws parallels with the machine-like incremental builds of sweet exorcist / richard h kirk. plenty of variation with minimal down-tempo through to fierce industrial techno. urano’s industrial sound is gaining a lot of attention in the japanese techno scene and this e.p. will only galvanise her reputation.
evod music is glad to share the first physical ep by syntaxism. five tracks made of suspended electrical particles and strong grooves. “onar” is a genuine techno track that contains an acid sequence accompanied by various sound weavings. “yapar” is characterized by the combination of various bleep textures, perfectly superimposed on high frequencies raids.the b side represents the introverted world of syntaxism, made of mysticism and mystery. “complesso k” and “processo s” are two hypnotizing, utopian tracks, both ones are the result of the sum of so many electrical layers in continuous transformation. “ispezione visiva” is the perfect outro. an elegant, relaxing sequence is fused with excited bleeps and an infinite drone.
enzo siragusa rounds off another incredible summer with a highly anticipated project, a collaborative fuse ep with martin buttrich. striking a perfect balance between enzo’s uk rave roots and martin’s matured finesse, the ‘three squared’ ep nestles neatly within fuse’s distinct sonic palette.
fresh names to visionquest, but certainly not new to the game, more than material is the promising new project between two bonafide french selector statesmen who collectively boast decades of dancefloor and studio science: jedsa soundorom and gauthier dm. launching their new alias earlier this year on zingiber audio, their signature has been tangible from the off, deep weighted grooves, warm dynamics and total immersion.
true to the dna of luke slaters imprint, rene wise fires off a throbbing combination of big room-ready 4/4 mechanics, high-velocity bass and hypnotic acideries on a dopey, dubby flex - engineering the tools of chaos for a highly immersivedive into the basements teeming underworld and its nocturnal fauna.