the latest release from bjarki runars bbbbbb label sees bjarki delving back into his vast archives and shines a light on a bizarre detour during the early days of the label that involved a peculiar commission from the icelandic state.
bjarki leads a pack of international artists who in the past few years have taken a hauntological approach to re-moulding the scents of breakbeat. rave. jungle. trance and idm into sounds that are entirely their own. already this year he began his own label bbbbbb with artistic sparring partner johnny chrome silver. released under new alias cucumb45. performed his new live show at clubs and festivals from mutek es and peacock to printworks. and recently announced a us tour for july. trp015 finds bjarki in typical. monstrous. floor slaying form with four trance leaning tracks that have proved an inspiration for nina kravizs dj sets over the past year. bjarki takes key aspects of trance and takes it for a headspin into the unknown - mangled percussion. disorienting voices. unravelling textural layers. sub aquatic bass frequencies and intense melodies. all make for a uniquely irreverent take on a much maligned genre that most of us secretly adore..
bjarkis not a fan of boxes - in fact. if you try putting him in one and hell gleefully jump out and stamp all over it. in 2015 you probably had him pegged as a techno artist. but in 2016 he confounded everyones expectations of his musical path (surprise breakout hit of the year followed by big room appearances playing the aforementioned hit at every set.) and instead he released three widely praised lps Б.... | lefhanded fuqs that mapped out a broad musical landscape for him - one that runs from ice cold ambient soundscapes. through melodic techno. exuberant breakbeat and on toclassic rave. his final release of 2016 fresh jive placed him firmly leading the pack of artists who in the past few years have set about re-moulding the scent of breakbeat. rave. jungle and idm into sounds that are entirely their own. in 2017 bjarki opens up a record label with his childhood friend johnny chromesilver. bbbbbb records. my inspiration is a classic breakbeat jungle track. written by floyd dice and acen as x-static. originally released in1992 on production house records. for the new release. the b-side includes an additional version by bjarki that was mouth-wateringly teased to the general public on last years. trip 2 iceland video. bjarki s sweetest thing version revs up the pads. melody and vocal of the original into a spine tingling. brooding and insanely addictive bass heavy breakbeat roller.
bjarki closes an epic year of releases on т.р.и.п. with a genre defying 12inch harking back to the misty days of rave and acid house. the frenetic fresh jive features bjarkis trademark ethereal pads. metallic percussion and a resonant bass melody to create the perfect dancefloor ear-worm.genat 8 broods as it builds with vocal snips and jittery percussion. heavy bass and moody soundscapes. its an essential vinyl cut that will further define the icelandic artists unique reworking of classic dancefloor elements into his own signature sound.
Æ is the third part of bjarki triptych of lps to be released this year. Æ is a particularly icelandic form. pronounced i in english. bjarki thinks it just looks good. here it is a selection of music that is at its core quite simple. with restrained instrumentation. made on hardware and features a selection of older works and the most recent produced just weeks ago. bjarki is from iceland. born and raised. despite the fact that bjarki is known for making extremely powerful dance floor tracks he doesnt seem to belong to any particular genre. something this triptych of lps demonstrates very well. his music is at times cinematic and theres a story behind each track. bjarkis music always has something to do with him personally. but hed rather the listener lose themselves in the music than pay much attention to the man behind them. either on a record or to one of his ever evolving live sets.
lefhanded fuqs is the second of bjarki triptych of lps to be released this year. follow the stunning b released in june this year. lefhanded fuqs and ae are being released over the coming months and represent a snapshot of his archive. selected by nina kraviz for trip
bjarki is from iceland. born and raised. despite the fact that bjarki is known for making extremely powerful dancefloor tracks he doesnt seem to belong to any particular genre. something this triptych of lps demonstrate very well. his music is at times cinematic and theres a story behind each track. bjarkis music always has something to do with him personally. but hed rather the listener lose themselves in the music than pay much attention to the man behind them. either on a record or to one of his ever evolving live sets
т........р........и........п........ 006 is an album constructed with the songs of a varied collection of artists- fast and furious rhythms at times exceeding 140 bpm. live cuts. tracks with a song structure. the idea behind the album was born the other night from a very broad conversation i (nina) and tombo had on the way people form their opinions and criticisms. that opinions are reflecting the inner world of the people who criticise and an opinion should be based on something what it depends on and how this process has to do with growth. knowledge. self assurance and self improvement. that all things are relative and all eyes are different. that in the end its important to grow and shape your opinion. make up your own mind. this was the point of inspiration for tombo - his artwork representing two worlds and two young boys who are affected by the outside. controlled and manipulated. one manages to escape by shaping his own desires. growth being a matter of choice. learning that what enables one to see and understand more. is the freedom from anyone s opinion but your own. т........р........и........п........ 006 continues the tradition of gatefold double eps as conceptual album. all tracks are selected around a particular story. a trip. and presented as a continuous sonic landscape. all tracks are structured in a way that they can be mixed one with another an endless amount of times making a continuous loop. a trip. that needs only end when the party stops. kraviz works without release dates or deadlines. enabling her to achieve a certain sound bank to shape the story. unmasking the thoughts and unravelling like a dream.
following a pair of double-vinyl gatefold collections featuring label owner nina kraviz. exos. population one. deniro and steve stoll. т........р........и........п........s first single comes from the labels rising star bjarki. a-side i wanna go bang has long been an in demand record in kravizs sets. with the dance mania influenced techno cut sitting alongside his contributions to trp001 & 002 as a calling card for this exciting new talent. while b-side orange juice man taps into bjarkis more melodic side.
nina kraviz launches her ???? (pronounced trip) label with a double-ep compilation entitled the deviant octopus. featuring a pair of brand new productions from kraviz alongside material from terrence dixon. emerging talent parrish smith & bjarki. and veteran producers exos & steve stoll.
trp005. i have a question . explores subtler and slower tempo variants on trips sonic signature than the tougher-sounding 004. in addition to another modular cut from nina kraviz. lets do it. and tracks by bjarki and population one (terrence dixon). trp004s k-hand (kelli hand). roma zuckerman and vladimir dubyshkin all return. while fred p and dommune s dj sodeyama both make their label debuts. kravizs edit of fred ps higher mentalism gets its official release following its appearance on her dj-kicks mix in early 2015. another highly anticipated stellar package to round off a seminal first year for nina kraviz trip label.
die ursprünglich aus sibirien stammende produzentin. sängerin und djane zählt zu den umtriebigsten und interessantesten künstlerinnen im elektronischen bereich. mit ihrem fesselnden mix aus house. techno und acid spielt nina kraviz mittlerweile in den angesagtesten clubs weltweit. nach ihrem mix für die renommierte dj-kicks serie aus dem letzten jahr veröffentlicht sie nun einen exklusiven mix für die fabric-serie. nina kravitz mixt sich gekonnt durch rare und unveröffentlichte tracks von u.a. bedouin ascent. frak. dj slip. woody mcbride. i-f. thomas p heckmann. aphex twin. air liquide und natürlich auch eigenem material.
die neue fabric-cd kommt vom briten alan fitzpatrick. einem der derzeitigen protagonisten des techno und aushängeschild des schwedischen kultlabels drumcode. sein von anfang bis ende durchdachtes mixset zeugt von zeitloser qualität. mit verantwortlich dafür sind neben vielen namhaften vertretern des zeitgenössischen techno auch exklusive edits (mark broom. boxia) sowie bislang noch ungehörte tracks/remixes von fitzpatrick selbst (where haus?. drewxhill bullets remix).
how much do you really know about nina kraviz? shes a russian techno dj. an accomplished producer. one of dance musics breakthrough names of the last five years. true enough. but theres so much more to her story than that. shes one of electronic musics most interesting characters. someone who has stuck to her musical guns since day one. someone who has wide-ranging roots that run deep in the past. yet shes also the embodiment of the future. her signature sound is a raw blend of house and techno with a very acidic feel. if that feels very now. kraviz has a lot to do with it. which is why she was asked to mix the latest instalment of !k7s landmark dj kicks series.