blackstyle is meant to create this image of the berlin fetich underworld, scenes in berghain, of decadence but also one of independence, of liberation from social standards, entering into another mode of existence. the edition of 300 copies are silkscreened and individually hand numbered. silkscreened at atelier 30, quai notre-dame
we are very happy to announce the fourth instalment of secrete society with the mental piece of music filled with dark atmospheres ideal to take you to the next dimension on the dancefloor.
rene provides tracks with obscure melodies full of feelings and ambient soundscapes, reminiscent of movie track called drums & kora. on the flipside we are proud to have a legend on the remix duties. jichael mackson provides his first remix after 11 years filled with his unique strong basslines giving a alternate dark & spacey version of rene’s original.
ambient track called aja closes the ep with satellite sounds behind modular signals.
rené audiard delivers two tracks in between worlds for this ep. once again, his special approach left us with two out of the ordinary tracks, two long journeys where classical melodies and warm minimalistic beats come together. it s dark, yet beautiful.
big mean sound machine is a twelve-piece afrobeat band native to ithaca, new york. they tour 150 days a year and have a large and dedicated following up and down the east coast. still, it is a crime that big mean sound machine is not well known elsewhere. the band’s tremendous sound combines a big band aesthetic while channeling a global sense of musicality. their shows leave fans drenched in sweat from dancing as audiences absorb the west african, caribbean, jazz and funk traditions that big mean sound machine carries forward.
ygrok brings a long-awaited fourth release to its catalog. rené,, audiard’s “sakhalin” takes things a step away from traditional club music.
the a side, “vox out” opens with the skeleton of a rhythm. scattered tom drums and barely detectable whirs, fading and reeling in the background. when the distorted voices begin their story behind a hissing, grinding off-shaker, you know this will not be your traditional club track. a story develops. the barest hint of a shuffling beat, a subtle reminder of soren’s previous work, pins down the journey into the darkest psychic territory. the title track sakhalin steps even further into darkness. crackling electrics and disjointed atmospheres change at a glacial pace over a submerged hydraulic beat. sakhalin audiard experimental territory.
audiard’s expertise in sourcing non-western samples has been consistently documented by blank slate. with this release, he brings the international influence of his compositions to the forefront. rather than utilizing samples as building blocks in a typical dance music structure, audiard has opted for the nuanced approach of crafting his compositions around the samples. the result is a symbiotic relationship in which he delivers a new context for his carefully selected sounds.
for the next release, eklo 029 follows suit with another split ep with one artist taking each side of the vinyl. this time the label welcomes to the family rené audiard, known for his amazing works on imprint blank state and his great lp project * pechorin* released back in 2012. he brings us * glow*, a weird micro-house shuffling bomb for the a side, full of crazy ambiences demonstrating his vision of the berlin party ! on the b side, label head seuil keeps it bizarre with * model funk*. twisting the groove, he brings breakbeats and that detroit electro feeling on this microfunk number.
soren jahan is a 23 year old ithaca based producer known as half of b-tracks and a founder member of supply records. on his debut lp as rene audiard he drops seven varied techno tracks. the productions all bear audiards trademark rough texture and stripped down aesthetic. ranging between stark dubs, lo-fi house, upfront kraut-style techno to beautiful ambient soundscapes, this album is a strong entrance for the young artist.