george thompson aka black merlin is joining the family of mannequin records with this insane ep for the death of the machines, the serie dedicated to new artists ready to smash the dancefloor. 3-tracks strongly permeated by drones n noises, ebm basslines and a 4/4 straight tecnoish kick drum. mega tip!
"pinkman stoke the furnaces of despair, fuelling them with black merlin. conveyor belts grunt out resentment, cold chords curl, synthlines sneer and pallid percussion punctuates. noise echoes above, hammered clanks exploding into shards. below the work continues, sweat smeared stains and hissing airless gasps. in the end, all is swallowed; gulped into the gaping assembly line."
nach der entdeckung durch andrew weatherall im jahr 2012, releases auf bird scarer, world unknown, crimes of the future, ln-cc, sorn, new jersey, common thread sowie dem debütalbum -hypnotic tradisi- auf island of the gods, veröffentlicht george thompson aka black merlin nun seine erste ep für boysnoize records. die beiden a-seiten-tracks bestechen mit düster-aggressivem ebm mit reminiszenzen an die dancefloor-momente von front 242, während die b-seite mit einem alptraum-soundtrack beginnt, um dann die hochspannung mit dem langsam-launischen -sequencer- aufzulösen.
black merlin has gone on to release on a number of labels from around the globe including world unknown, crimes of the future, ln-cc, new jersey, common thread, island of the gods and sorn. more recently black merlin has debuted his first solo album on indonesian label island of the gods which came about when george was asked to travel over to indonesia to record traditional gamelan music and put together an album of his time over there from the field recordings hed gathered which is now complete. black merlin makes his debut on omnidisc records, with a two tracker of hard hitting distortion. (single run of 300 units)
ltd nice price ...a self-confessed fascination with 80s music and film scores from the same era..george thompson has an ability to approach music with a strong visual aesthetic which is a common theme in his work, first apparent in his role as part of the duo spectral empire, alongside kyle martin.
a year and a half after black merlin (george thompson) opened the common thread series with the much praised new world fantasy / ice house release george sent over some adventurous bits for a follow up and we were immediately sold. george is a true artist in his own right. all of the black merlin tracks evoke different sentiments. this time around the feeling it bring up is very conflicted. both tracks have those dark aesthetics with elements of paranoia and both also share some apocalyptic elements. it is for this reason that this is the perfect follow up for ct01. instead of just releasing music on vinyl we (with the blessings of zoroaster) are looking to evoke spirits, cross boundaries and maintain quality. major cliches, but with an artist like black merlin on your books, cliches sometimes become truth.
inaugural release from bokhari records offshoot sorn, for explorations into techno, ambience & crunchy cosmic dirt. sorn takes its name from the alien race in the cs lewis space trilogy. black merlin is no stranger to creating music for other worlds and offers two industrial monsters for proper systems and then finishes it off with the beautiful and aptly titled orbit.
for crimes of the future number 3 we present the ubiquitous black merlin, trevor horn heads to berghain at 3am friday and stays til monday.completing the release timothy j. fiarplay and scott fraser remix together for the first time in the adrian tripod mode, taking amazing exotics back deep into early 1990 s new york and kicking it out bonesbreaks style.
after efforts on andrew weatherall s bird scarer records and the mighty world unknown. black merlin is kicking off the common thread series with new world fantasy / ice house. dark and progressive synth music that comes in strictly limited pressing of 400 copies.
george thompson is part of spectral empire, also known as black merlin.george thompson has recorded a slo-mo, slap bass epic.george thompson once nearly sold me a vintage synthesizer.and hails from yorkshire.- andrew weatherall
every summer jennifer cardinis correspondant imprint celebrates another ground-breaking year with a far-reaching collection. the stirring 16 track set features late night creations from old friends (red axes, zombies in miami, mike simonetti, moscoman) new friends (simple symmetry, perel, julian stetter, ) and friends that have been correspondant kindred spirits since day one (black merlin, mr tc, yula kasp & mi.ro).
lost and sound …
a1. fenin: black screen (w+p lars fenin) - raw mixed tech stomper for lovers of early techno vibes / simple pattern works.
b1. lars hemmerling: vektor (w+p lars hemmerling) - drowning down the river with moments of noises and shapes lost in echoes and reverbs lars hemmerling delivers a pieceof haunting grounds.
portland label dark leader returns with three tracks plucked from deep within the underground. acid farm, a local portland duo, kicks things off on side a with -bala 303,- a retro acid piece that embodies the spirit of ritual dance. next, kaliningrad s muzikalist brings us -acid disco valley,- a track that builds and builds to a frenzied reawakening of your inner raver. then on the b side a remix by the one and only black merlin. his take on -bala 303- drags your newly awakened monster into the darkest reaches of the unknown. dark leader 002 is housed in a full color jacket featuring both artwork and design by eric adrian lee, and mastered by timothy stollenwerk.
seven years into its celebrated journey, life and death assembles its third and most adventurous compilation to date - displaced soundtracks. for the first instalment in a new series, dj tennis has given free rein to some of his most trusted contemporaries, enabling many of todays most respected dance music producers to display their hidden talents as composers. gathering music from a long-aborted film, the collection stands as another bastion of life and deaths perpetual evolution. duncan gray embraces dissonance, black merlin, appleblim and artefakt go interstellar and fango channels post-punk squat music. hades rocket showcases the expertly-sequenced synth work that has graced simian mobile discos illustrious career, while redshape revisits all the right sides of 80s wave and library music. danny daze and synth-savant kink embrace non-standard tempi with great success, while axel boman delivers sitar-laced gospelhouse without a bass drum. elsewhere, your favourite producers favourite producer, stimming, teams up with pianist lambert and the pair learn to fly. inspired and challenging, life and death ventures into their eighth year confidently, constantly evolving without compromise.
coming from the steaming underground scene of belgrade, brushed with dark abstract, yet romantic ideas of space and ambience, tapan presernt their first ep with the ever growing family of malka tuti. tapans dark atmospheric industrial sound, infused with balkan or even middle-eastern percussions sits perfect with the malka tuti soundscape. following their acclaimed releases on crimes of the future and wt recordings, tapan present us with tarantella and poison high, two slow chugging and very atmospheric, somewhat melancholic tunes for the late hours. on the remix black merlin delivers a great pushing forward slow dub-trance tun, driven by a massive bassline
comprised of two of the most verbose mcs in hip-hop today– aesop rock and rob sonic– hail mary mallon prepares to unleash their second full-length release, bestiary. individually, these two lyricists are well known for wordy expressions eliciting oft-despondent themes. together, however, they appear to push one another to the limits of humorously witty wordplay, while simultaneously crafting complex rhyme patterns. the very title of the album, bestiary, was inspired by the fact that they both went into beast mode, here. the picture vinyl lp includes a code for free download of the full album.
to accompany the release of especial s compilation mix cd, -eleccio- - offering of a snapshot of the first 9 eps on the label - a limited edition sampler ep is being released featuring 4 unreleased remixes from the label s roster to date. ever since the first white labels appeared at the end of summer 2013, emotional especial has had a busy release schedule, putting out music that are a slightly warped take on club music. mixing the influences of dub, electro, disco, proto-house, house and techno, a feeling, a sound, a vibe has appeared without any preordained plan. with the release of ees10cd - a dj meets studio compilation mix created by label mainstay and handyman, jamie paton - to mark the end of first series of the label, it was decided to included a couple of specal unreleased remixes to add a bit of new with the old in the mix. to that end this limited edition vinyl sampler was created to include the two remixes, plus the inclusion of another two gems that simply needed to see the light of day. first is the alternative -member- remix of inhalt by black merlin - a strings meets leather bar club-dub-out that takes things deeper and darker than before. this is followed by jamie delivering his own take of khidja s massive mustafa, with a warped, swamped out dub. next is another mix from cage & aviary of their pals, blancemange. brooding low-slung rerub dub anyone? finally there is a very special remix by khidja of the ganges orchestra. reissued on emotional rescue in 2013, this special remix takes the vocal mantra of the original and creates a balearic-raga tale that perfectly rounds off especial to date.
emotional especial call time on their first series of releases and do so in style, taking a detour to san francisco for a 12- that features reworks of latter-day synth experimentalists inhalt. the specific focus here is occupations, last years ep for the killer dark entries label which showed a distinct progression in the inhalt sound to capture a contemporary take on synth wave/cold wave/dark wave (delete as appropriate
the ever essential bokhari label return to showcase yet another vital new artistic talent scientific dreamz of u serve up two fresh, mystical john carpenter-esque tracks that share the dancefloor and rub shoulders with the darker, pitched down end of the sonic spectrum. this outing, as always comes complete with a superb rework: an 11 minute long chugger from black merlin beautifully packaged, limited edition bokhari special !
french brothers baptiste & pierre colleu have been making music together since they were children. they spent a chunk of their childhood in africa, which they say has inspired their work in the studio. that influence is submerged fairly deep on dolphin kid, the title track for these two eps. theres an undercurrent of eerie soulfulness and woody percussion accents running through this oddly alluring cosmic-house seducer, but its roots are more balearic than afrobeat.
while this album could have gone down a rather obvious route, with the remixers of the asphodells album *ruled by passion…*, andrew weatherall looked a little closer to home.
mainly revolving around the axis - the group of locally-based producers who can be spotted in and out of weatheralls shoreditch studio bunker - reworkings from the likes of phil kieran, scott fraser, hardway bros, justin robertson and ivan smagghe soon came to light.
this idea lead to a broad range of styles with something for everyone. we have stopped arguing in the office about which is the best track. they all are.
emotional especial looks back at the first 9 releases since it s inception to provide a selection or -eleccio- via a special dubbed out dj meets studio mix from label stalwart jamie paton. ever since the first white labels appeared at the end of summer 2013, emotional especial has been busy putting out music that are their own warped take on club music. mixing the influences of dub, electro, disco, proto-house, house and techno, a sound appeared without any preordained plan. to celebrate the end of the first series of releases come ees10cd - a dj meets studio compilation mix created by label artist, remixer and even in-house designer, jamie paton. freaturing tracks from every ep, including two unreleased remixes are the tight productions of richard sen, the wiggle of scott fraser, deep, chugging cage & aviary dubs, the eastern influences of baris k and newcomers khidja, the quirky discoid wonk of maurice & charles and finally not forgetting of course, the stand out timothy j fairplay touches. whether alongside mr weatherall, andy blake or in solo remix mode, young -junior-s skills (and name) grows and grows. all this is perfectly put together by jamie paton, the man who launched the label with his bizarre feeling ep. as well as the inclusion of several unreleased cuts, jamie has edited the -selection-, adding live studio dubbing, fx and the odd mega-mix to make it truly (e)special.
als meisterliche fusion aus gitarre, synths und beats wurde das asphodells debuetalbum ruled by passion, destroyed by lust von der fachpresse bezeichnet. andrew weatherall und tim fairplay luden daraufhin freunde und nachbarn ein, darunter ivan smagghe, justin robertson und daniel avery, ihre eigenen interpretationen zu erstellen. das ergebnis ist eine elektronische exkursion voller ideenreichtum und stilvielfalt, die es dem hoerer nicht leicht macht, den besten track zu benennen, denn sie sind es alle.