based in bath, uk and born out of a love for drinking tea and dusty rhythms. mint tea is a platform that searches for up and coming talent within an emerging scene. in this blend, a various artists release with producers from four different countries curated into the perfect accompaniment for late nights or early mornings. with tracks from moda, raär, akasha system and james henry the release combines a beautiful balance of influences from ambient, lo-fi, techno and house.
following on from the odd pair of sox that was oddsox vol. 1, we have been busy curating our next journey and we have recruited some fine talent to guide us on this ride. we go across the globe, straddle the stratosphere before going on an interstellar adventure. leading the way is switzerlands m44k. gaining a proper reputation online for his sublime edits and lo-fi cuts (last years e-beamz with dj seinfield for example), we have caught m44k on a serious deep exploration with infectious bassline and dreamy pads. we couldnt think of a better way to lift off oddsox vol. 2 than marsone. parisian, larry houl, follows up with algerian flag on the moon. another elbow moving bassline that youll be humming nonstop, and some sumptuous, glorious pads. working closely with flabaire in secret value orchestra and a release on london imprint feelings ldn, larry is absolutely one to look out for! flipping over to the b, let your mind and soul wander with mesta. with a delightful release on blind jacks journey and his own label dropping serious heat from harrison bdp, aleksandir delivers a divine blend of dream house and rough, rugged, rumbling bass. bringing us back down to earth is a man from portland, who is on some serious form. coming to our attention with his release on 100% silk, akasha systems deep and dark astral jam ends the cosmic trip with a bang. support and love from: dabj, dom capello, eclair fifi, peach, trp, red rackem, mark archer, marco bernardi, grant, fabrice lig, derek carr, piff records and more.
up next on arcing seas is magna pia with his second ep after his 2016 debut incantations on coun-terchange. behind the alias is hüseyin evirgen, one half of cassegrain. arcs-05 has a clear focus of providing combative dance floor trips, unorthodox sonic moods with subtle 90s techno references. the eps track titles artemisia, semiramis and akasha pay tribute to three mighty ancient heroines of very different origins. consequently, magna pia continues his in-terest in combining techno tracks with archaic symbolism.
on his sixth album, the arc of tension, the berlin based dj, label owner and producer oliver koletzki yet again presents his remarkable vision of contemporary electronic music, while he assumes the role of a storyteller. the arc of tension speaks to its listener as a singular, self contained work, which communicates by way of its natural flow and arc of suspense. the latter is mirrored not only in the multifarious narrative of the actual album, but can also be understood as evidence for its creators long musical history. while koletzki focussed on a diverse range of vocal collaborations on his previous long players, he now moves on to a different form of storytelling, rooted in the quiet confidence of a veteran musician, as well as the hectic lifestyle of a globally in demand dj.
cvn is the work of japanese electronic artist and core member of the now defunct synth punk duo ‘jesse ruins’ -nobuyuki sakuma. a work that is distinctly sci-fi in it’s intention, ‘exposure’ is comprised of six tracks that veer from battered & scorched weightless warfare workouts to bright & melodic mutant electro to desolate and longing fragments of cracked ambience.
emotional rescue pulls deep from the esoteric well with the first of several avant albums over the coming year. the self-styled ethno-industrial vox populi! present their 1989 aither album, remastered and repackaged with love nearly 30 years later.
welcome to the new age of new age and enter the overworld by a.r.t. wilson aka andras fox. originally recorded for the contemporary dance work overworld by sarah aiken and rebecca jensen it was released on tape in very limited quantities this april. now its available in classy white and pink lake vinyl from growing bin records.
once again, raphaël laredo slipped through the authorities fingers: he does not care about the rules anymore, he infringes the standards and delivers us an ep beyond the correct and required limits! the only indication, its address: the club -akasha-.
rafaël murillo is already there, armed with a bomb. despite everything, laredo is a believer, he knows all the good and the bad theories. he insists on involving us, from the top, on the traces of the plot -crop circles- supported by the strong foundations of his brother, gaffy. the tech house spirit of laredo glides between paris and barcelona. eloïse oddos totally seized it when she designed the amazing record sleeve of crop circles for seconde.
we are back in the hauptstadt (berlin capital) with the fifth installment of the * stil vor talent berlin* compilation series, which brings forth a group of old and new faces, who exclusively contributed unreleased tracks, gathered under the umbrella of one of berlins most iconic spots. frankfurter tor is the gateway to one of our favourite districts: good old friedrichshain. loud, left and a little dirty, it houses some of the city’s best clubs, markets and musicians, oliver koletzki included. its two towers stand as metaphorical guards to an area that has plenty to offer and asks for little in return, instantly making it feel like home. as always, music is the common denominator and oliver koletzki delivers the perfect soundtrack with this new release, while chrisse kunst renders the visuals.
on his sixth album, the arc of tension, the berlin based dj, label owner and producer oliver koletzki yet again presents his remarkable vision of contemporary electronic music, while he assumes the role of a storyteller. the arc of tension speaks to its listener as a singular, self contained work, which communicates by way of its natural flow and arc of suspense. the latter is mirrored not only in the multifarious narrative of the actual album, but can also be understood as evidence for its creator’s long musical history. while koletzki focussed on a diverse range of vocal collaborations on his previous long players, he now moves on to a different form of storytelling, rooted in the quiet confidence of a veteran musician, as well as the hectic lifestyle of a globally in demand dj. the arc of tension is the psychonautic journey through the various continents of oliver’s consciousness. the quiet chirps and warbles, which initially unfold on the opener a tribe called kotori, thus act as a loose associative bridge to der mu?ckenschwarm, olivers big breakthrough hit of 2005. the first minutes of the album leave no room for doubt - we are immediately locked into an autobiographical world of sound that knows how to captivate from the get go. the dreamy, exotic timbres of the downbeat tracks by my side, tankwa town and byron bay penetrate our minds in a subtle yet purposeful manner. but soon the tension tightens and organic sounds one by one evolve towards a sterner, electronic cadence.