the latest release on arma comes from dutch legend and devoutly deviant underground operator ruud lekx, aka rude 66. with a legacy that reaches back to the early 90s and the rough and ready dutch electro sound of bunker records and the hague, hes maintained a distinctly non-conformist approach that touches on acid, italo, techno and more besides, all finished with the punky attitude that sets him and peers like unit moebius and i-f apart. the tracks gathered together on the witch trials ep come from throughout lekxs career. as the artist himself says, tracks from wildly different eras and sessions suddenly can combine to form one coherent ep. its almost like the a-side tracks were waiting for 20 years to be combined with the b-side tracks. the overriding theme that binds together these timeless machine excursions is that of medieval witch trials a global phenomenon that peaked in the 15-1600s. considering the suspicion, propaganda and mass moral panic involved in this strange curio of distant history, lekx points to the parallels with the current age, of political polarization and fake news accusations flying all over. the ep title is also a tribute to two records close to his heart: the falls live at the witch trials, and the one-off witch trials project by members of the dead kennedys, adrian borland and christian lunch. werewolves & poisoners and the crusade against idolatry are both archive tracks from the 1994-5 period when lekx made his first albums for bunker records.
beneath the still waters of lonely sound there lays the ruins of howland abbey, its 3000lb bell still hanging in the belfry, only swayed by the currents of the regular tides across the estuary, over 100 years since it was rang by the order of carthusian monks who lived in the nearby priory. at the turn of the last century during a heavy storm the abbey was plundered by an unknown gang of marauders, as they left on horseback carrying with them all the gold from the abbey the sea defences around lonely sound were breached, flooding the abbey, priory and the surrounding land, the monks ran for dry land as they watched their beloved bell tower disappear beneath the rising waters, unable to chase the thieves, cut off as the water rose around them. some locals say these ransackers were in league with the elements, some say they had just intentionally damaged the sea defences before making their raid. local folk-law claims that the morning bells of the abbey can be heard ring out from beneath the murky waters of the sound every year on the anniversary of the great storm, ringing the peel that was never rung.
lp theres been an air of hypnagogic mystery surrounding acid tests sublabel avenue 66 from the start. joey andersons oblique, prince-inspired incantation above the cherry moon set the tone for a label thats sound that has found beauty in the furthest recesses of the dance floor, in the murkiest decay of kick drums and rave stabs. fitting then, that the first album on the imprint comes from trux, an artist who has chosen to reveal nearly nothing about themselves. following a cult classic mini-lp for office recordings, orbiter bears out the anonymous producer as a master of liminal, conceptual dance music. orbiters ten tracks have a vaporous, shape-shifting quality, threatening to topple over into full-on kick drum bliss or vanish into ambience. opener, with it, moves from heady ambient rush to skeletal piano, while blinko and roys garage spell out a hazy memoriam for the uk continuum. forlorn pianos ring out amongst the field recordings, excitable toms and jungle bass all softened in the enveloping gauze. orbiter positions trux as an unknown auteur who puts evocative world of tone and echo into dizzying motion, content to watch from the wings. track list with it orbiter blinko roys garage third glow in my world my row odd u agoma
home recorded above a lawyers office and next door to a brothel, the retrospective is lead by the earth shattering digi stepper rock steady. originally intended for an abandoned dub album, rock steady and fantasy dub were saved from the cutting room floor by australian cd-only compilations on creative vibes and vital collective clan analogue, while green river was never released. now demanding wider appreciation, the dubs finally find union with green man’s new york hip hop/dancehall style, lifted from his second solo album the blue hour vol. 3: deep blue. humbly excelling in all electronic forms, rantzen helped guide techno-rave duo itch-e & scratch-e through the 90s with paul mac. winning the inaugural best dance release category at the 1995 aria awards, mac thanked all of sydneys ecstasy dealers, without whom this award would not be possible, while rantzen stayed at home. the two would also operate incognito as boo boo & mace and screensaver, often collaborating on looney dubs with sheriff lindo - the master of seismic shocks down under. rantzens earliest work stretches back to pelican daughters, an ensemble who proliferated industrial-leaning ambient and tape loop experiments
matter of the heart! district 66s co-owner clark davis established with the labels 3rd ep a symbiosis of the past, present and future. the a1 and b1 reduced and functional original tracks are remixed by two of davis respected producers. in the late 90ies, alexander kowalski was one of the key artist which influenced him and still remains with his very own signature sound. nowadays state-of-the-art markus suckut reflects with his minimalism and on the point grooves the artistic present and future of davis definition of techno.
functional techno three tracker. for the labels second release district 66 teams up with swedens mattias fridell. fridell delivers two energetic and jacking tracks in his well known signature. the b-side features a straight up-tempo remix from progression uk.
when la label acid test decided to start the leftfield imprint, avenue 66, they looked to new jersey house mystic joey anderson for an opening salvo. he delivered the modern psych-dance masterpiece above the cherry moon. now andersons back again with more of his beguiling dreamlogic. on if one cares, they act different anderson works with a lead that could score an unsettling 80s horror flick, eventually introducing his signature quicksilver synths and abstract, jacking drum patterns. peace there starts with the square-wave basslines and raspy hats taking us to a psychedelic far away place. on the vase, anderson reins things in, but even his bittersweet, relatively straight-head deep house tracks present an odd paradox. his music so alien and human all at once.
serious techno! new mysterious label from hamburg called district 66. well known from their parties at uebel & gefaehrlich. two huge banger by arnaud le texier and remixes by andre kronert and myk derill.
exzellenter tribut-sampler an den legendären rhythm & blues-dj guy stevens aus dem londoner szeene-club, der mitte der 1960 er jahre als nr. 1 hotspot für amerikanischen r&b im westend galt. 16 klassiker aus seiner playlist, featuring howlin wolf, slim harpo, lee dorsey, john lee hooker, ike & tina turner, jimmy reed, u.v.a.
the scene club was the epicentre of the r&b boom. you had the best of the white r&b bands, you had guy stevens playing black music on monday nights and you had black artists coming over, the whole thing coalesced in the scene club. - norman jopling
we are happy to announce the third ep on echocord by one of our favorite producers, stephan laubner aka stl. stephan is mostly known from his own very famous label something. he has also been releasing on labels like perlon, sushitech, styrax, echospace and smallville. this new ep message of sound- is the first part of 2, contains 2 original stl tracks and 2 loops. inside out is a beautifull almost ambient like dubby tune, and heavy snow is powerfull dubby house track, perfect for the dancefloor.
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rude 66 does not need an introduction... this dutch acid and electro veteran has been around for a long time. being part of the old school acid scene from the hague with releases on legendary label acid planet and he is one of the originals (again) when it comes to the new wave of electro in the late 1990s. two vocals tracks on the a-side with beta evers and sololust appearing as partners in crime, and on the b-side two instrumental almost trance like tracks. this is were electro, acid and a touch of old school gothic come together!
this classic and groundbreaking album was recorded in los angeles in 1970, at a time when sergio mendes was at the height of his commercial status with his incredibly successful musical blend of brazilian flavours and american pop sensibility. *stillness* was a decisive break away from commercial pop towards a more serious and mature sound.
its exactly 20 years ago since rude 66 dropped his first record. time to celebrate with this monster release on bordello a parigi. killer vocoders, crushing beats and heavy dark arps. a definitive must have!
great pack with some of the best artists in the infamous planet rhythm imprint combined in 3x12 for a nice price. feat. lars klein, exium, takaaki itoh, space djz, oliver kucera & carlos rios and gunjack.
monitor 66s arrival onto the scene with last summers triscuits saw them pop up on a lot of top djs radars, such as the magician who opened his magic tape 22 mix with it. it also saw their first release on house of disco, their adopted home. since then the two boys from sweden have been honing their sound through a series of lauded remixes for tempogeist, kolombo & rythm operator. now after some painstaking studio time they are ready to release their next original work, their first solo ep, vitae on house of disco records.
dark acid laced house cut with vocals by ebony ugo backed with a remix by ukrainian producer vakula, who provides a dreamy lush remix and auset, a monster head trip made for dancefloors and headphones alike. dope!
>black beauty< is the second album from metope for his co-founded areal records label. much like its precursor, >kobol<, the album swoons between techno, minimal and house timbres and poignantly coloured melodies. nestled amidst eerie dance moments such as >no self-control<, >deep sheep< and >alive<, however, are these woozy, country-kissed ballads like >so cutoff< and the riff-lead >rough romance< that ply >black beauty< with blues and soul. married with metopes warped and wonky electronic vision – epitomised by the albums serene slo-mo conclusion, >blood river< – >black beauty< is a blissfully tender listen, whilst providing left-field djs with plenty of weird and wonderful floor fodder to play with. the album features guest appearances from areal artists sid lerock (aka pan/tone), undo and stiggsen as well as electro-blues guitarist and singer k_chico.
double 12 inch vinyl release, includes cd-copy of the album.