there’s a good reason new age music has been soaring back to the forefront of the media’s cultural agenda and the population’s consciousness: this planet is a stressful ball of confusion at the best of times, and seeking refuge from reality’s shitstorm has become mandatory for us to regain a semblance of sanity. new age music is an effective coping mechanism in this regard. st. louis-based heavy breathing is one of america’s foremost proponents for the cause, proven here through his meditative “escalators in space” mixtape.
sfld011 sees skyboy and andrea di rocco joining forces to bring you a space walk with ennio. with skyboys previous releases on labels such as clap your hands, and andrea on alex niggemanns aeon imprint, the two italian producers have garnered great and respected reputation over the last few years and this release is sure to continue that success. featuring vocals from frank, the release flaunts a truly crafted composition. the listener is confronted by gorgeous melody and haunting vocals that linger long after listening.
SPACE CONQUEST (BEN BUITENDIJK / DIEGO KRAUSE RMXS / VINYL ONLY)
12" Vinyl FR20.12.18
janeret delivers the perfect combination between deep and dancefloor ready grooves with his first appearance on berg audio. the ep entitled >space conquest< also features remixes from ben buitendijk and diego krause. cover artwork by juli jah inspired by the monument to the conquerors of space located in moscow. the whole package is a must have ! vinyl only.
cd powder is an alchemist of time. her ceremonious dj sets invite listeners and dancers to extend their imaginations to abstracted spaces, while allowing the body to vessel the voyage in free, flowing style. playful, thoughtful, and natural without knowing, powder’s crates encourage abandonment of arbitrary boundaries and expectations surrounding genre, movement, schedule, and societal convention to revel, spirited and harmonious, in the passage of time. momoko goto relocated from her hometown of nagasaki, japan to tokyo in 2011. this is where the story of powder, as the international dance music community knows her, begins. with the change in location came a change in lifestyle, where a balance of 9-to-5 office life and sacred, nocturnal recording sessions invited moko to reflect on musics unique ability to stop the clock and expand or shrink our sense of time.
cindy is the eulogized muse behind palmbomen ii’s newest collection of limitless dance music. appearing anecdotally in a cable access talk show and a four part 12” ep series episodically scored by palmbomen ii’s patent melodic house and remote, otherworldly fidelity, her story takes stage once more in memories of cindy.
3am spares is a new collection of australian electronic dance music compiled andras and instant peterson that encompasses the darker sounds and later nights of the 1990s and beyond. following on from forerunner compilation midnite spares, this double lp draws from local 12? releases, cdrs and the archives of community radio station 3rrr fm to make a diverse and pumping scene audible once more.
copenhagens terry tester (brownswood / bbe) merges his love for midwest house and cosmic funk butter on four-tracker space million for creak inc., journeying through dream state deep house, gritty mpc workouts and low-end boogie territory for an undeniably original take on four-to-the-floor rhythms. within terry testers two-decade long career as a turntablist and beatmaker his eminent take on house, hiphop and soul has been commissioned by gilles petterson for his ‘bubblers’ compilation series on brownswood recordings, jahi featuring american neo-soul singer dwele, and marc mac (4hero, visioneers, nu era) on bbe remixing alongside dj jazzy jeff, as well as releasing two full-length solo albums horses and diamonds and short suite.
dcs dreamcast continues to effortlessly flow across 7inch wax, following his stellar releases on ppu. he goes in again for future times, with max d on production. outer space is a wistful electro cruiser and up 2 u gives off visions of walking home really early in the morning, confused and happy.
whilst a certain parisian electronic duo were still (probably impossibly chic) toddlers, french band/production space had worked out that making lots of hooky synth disco and wearing space suits in public at all times were a potent pop combination, one that enabled them to sell 12 million records across 4 albums from 1977-81, before imploding in the time honoured fashion of lawsuits and bitter recrimination all round. space was the brain child of french producer jp iliescuo. he assembled a crack band of french session musicians for (at the time) a previously unheard cosmic-disco-synth combination. the unforgettable melodies came from talented young composer didier marouani (also known as ecama). the musicianship from roland romanelli and jannick top, joe hammer and madeline bell.
the debut ep release from amduscias (the evil doppelganger of an already known producer) presents a selection of tracks woven with british folklore and occultist connotation taking the fringes of uk bass music into a dark twisted new pasture, bass and beats ready for the dancefloor but equally horrifying to the headphone listener - skewing techno and dubstep to its farthest reaches.
lp with digital download card. selected by sky girl co-conspirer julien dechery, le raccourci culls 15 tracks from ganderas extensive cassette discography, discarded dat recordings, and split cd with lyon toy music project klimperei. while ganderas nostalgic melodies incidentally parallel with the piano key manoeuvres of pascal comelade, robert haigh and dominique lawalrée, le raccourci could only stem from the escapist desires of one eric morin.
following a killer acid-piano house 12inch and contributing a test pressing-certified new-disco chug to a split release with tuff city kids (both) on terre des pommes in 2014, the working elite further refine their ability to soundtrack festivities with rockman / born again. while rockman conveys an understatedly cinematic mood with repeated imitation string cycles over crisp electro foundations, born again presents a new wave / rave endurance test, summoning perspiration from dedicated day-dancers with its metronomic hammer of a beat overlaid with motivating synth-lines like marching toys. on the flip, saap and lauer (tuff city kids) provide inventive interpretations of these tunes, reshaping rockman into a stomping, flashing-lights electro jam while born again gets a delightfully multi-dimensional digi-dub treatment complete with acid-reggae breakdown over a 4/4 house beat.
betrachtet man die bewegte biografie des can-bassisten holger czukay, könnte man zu dem schluss kommen, der experimentierfreudige musiker sei ein exzentrischer und unbändiger freigeist. doch czukay betonte in interviews immer wieder, dass er in seinem schaffen stets auf einen musikalischen partner angewiesen sei, egal ob in form eines konkreten gegenübers oder durch radiowellen und später das internet. doch die meisten seiner partner waren aus fleisch und blut. sein dem kino verwandtes gesamtwerk schmückt sich mit einer besetzung, die der eines scorcese-films gleichkommt: brian eno, phew, rolf dammers, david sylvian, annie lennox, jah wobble, die kollegen von can – die aufzählung ließe sich noch weit fortsetzen. viele dieser meisterwerke sind heute vergriffen, und so hat es sich das label grönland, das anfang des jahres zu holgers 80. geburtstag bereits die vielbeachtete retrospektive cinema veröffentlichte, zur aufgabe gemacht, holgers musik in remasterten neuauflagen wieder zugänglich zu machen. den auftakt machten zwei wiederveröffentlichungen mit david sylvian (japan), der als musiker so sehr zu czukay passt, wie vielleicht kein anderer – sein werk ist geprägt von gegensätzen zwischen einladender popmusik und eigensinnigen experimenten. zwei der spannendsten dieser musikalischen versuche finden sich in -plight & premonition- (1988) und -flex & mutability- (1989), für deren wiederveröffentlichung kein geringerer als sylvian selbst die initiative ergriff. czukays musikalischer erstling -canaxis 5-, eine 1968 heimlich in der nacht in stockhausens kölner studio beim wdr aufgenommene frühe sampling-arbeit mit rolf dammers, die heute bei discogs höchstpreise erzielt, folgt ende september – zusammen mit -movies- (1979), dem ersten soloalbum nach can, sowie der postpunk-platte -full circle- (1982), eine kollaboration mit jaki liebezeit (can) und jah wobble (pil), die holger zu seinen favoriten zählte. mitte oktober dann erscheinen vier weitere solo-platten czukays, die einmal mehr deutlich machen, dass der kölner musiker zu den wichtigsten deutschen künstlern der nachkriegszeit zu zählen ist: -der osten ist rot- (1984), -rome remains rome- (1987), -radiowave surfer- (1991) und -moving pictures- (1993).
lp + download code with bonus tracks + booklet. steiger are a piano trio trying to find a balance between composition and improvisation through the use of experimentation and electronics. the trios highly anticipated sophomore album give space was recorded at 7 different locations, with the music composed to fit and fight these locations within a dialogue of acoustics, atmospheres and appetition.
four slabs of no nonsense, bassline-driven rollers. st, our favourite son and the first release on our slow to grow label is back for 004. an extension beyond the deep excursions of 001, if you caught that you may know what to expect, if not, think 3am at racket on a quality biscuit with the bass bins shaking. if you’ve never been to mad racket then we suggest you visit sometime, two head-bent remixes in the form of locked grooves on each side from our other love, jon watts (jon & hugh - otis002). cause life is cyclical
from the mind of the prolific genius legowelt (under the alias rising sun systems) comes this amazing space ambient longplayer. originally released digital-only in 2015, the album finally comes to vinyl with 11 tracks spread over two discs of musical tranquility in a picture cover, featuring brand new artwork by legowelt himself! using special quantum frequencies, this release will alter your brainwaves to make you a smarter and better human being. limited edition of 300 copies!
it doesn t get much bigger than this: adam beyer links up with green velvet and drumcode s outstanding rising star layton giordani for a debut collaboration. some musical partnerships feel fated. both fans of one another s work, for years adam beyer and green velvet had discussed writing music together. in turn, beyer s protégé layton giordani had admired the chicagoan s work for as long as he could remember. when the 25-year-old found himself playing alongside the green mohawked legend at belfast s shine, the spark and subsequent friendship was immediate. with the links now set in place, it was only a matter of time before the trio s creative chemistry would manifest musically. ‘space date was conceived organically and birthed quickly. propelled by green velvet s trademark vocal hypnotism, the triumvirate combine to craft a pumping intergalactic slice of techno laced in melody that s highlighted sets by beyer at awakenings, ushuaia and also edc vegas when green velvet dropped it to a raucous response. the track is complimented by rome future , the product of a year-long series of productions between beyer and giordani. deftly combining crisp drum work, catchy vocal effects and a powerful bassline melody that gives the track an almighty kick, it will be familiar to many who ve followed their sets over recent months.
the long now is a duo featuring richard norris and finnur bjarnason, with special guests. they mix piano, voice, string section and electronics with the sound of the icelandic breeze. the music sits within the post ambient, electronic, contemporary classical genre, with a strong sense of landscape, mood and melody. richard norris one half of the grid, alongside soft cells dave ball, one half of beyond the wizards sleeve with erol alkan… richard norris has a thing about working as a duo.
REACHIN (A NEW REFUTATION OF TIME AND SPACE (2X12 LP)
2x12" Vinyl lp UK29.08.18
25th anniversary edition - first vinyl reissue of the 1993 debut album from digable planets, expanded as a double lp for improved sound. includes deep liner notes by larry mizell jr. interviewing ishmael “butterfly” butler. lyrics are included for the first time. the 2xlp is housed in a deluxe wide spine jacket with booklet and inner sleeves.
native response sales pack including:
- nr001v: nathan surreal - stockholm ep (kaap remix)
- nr002v: deltitnu - shaman among the machines ep (roger gerressen remix)
- nr003v: human space machine - ornithogallum ep (eduardo de la calle remix)
one of the deepest reaching projects from the multifaceted vibraphone stable resurfaces for an extended trip through ambient sonics that marks possibly the most daring departure on the esteemed italian label to date. the harmonious tones undulating throughout sketches from space are instant soothers, taking the odd cue from techno but defiantly beatless and meditative. its a surprising addition to the long and winding vibraphone story, but also feels like one of the strongest steps forward the resurgent label has taken since returning to the fray. just try sinking into lagrangian point l4 and you ll see exactly what we mean.