Sunday, February 19, 2017
Monday, January 9, 2017
Circular Ruins is the guise under which Berlin resident Marijn Degenaar operates his electronics. On his two excellent releases for his own Portals Editions label, CR has crafted an excellent niche of kraut-influenced ambience and drone. This is a split release with Portals with a different variation on the artwork for local punters.
Dizzy is best known as a string-wrangler for important Sydney groups Low Life, Oily Boys and Orion (among others). WRX is a drastic departure from his previous rock n’ roll roots, seeing Diz take on 90’s Chicago acid-drenched and deep house sounds. I played his first show with him at weird dive pub, The Bald-Faced Stag, a few months back in Sydney and it blew me away, as did his three-track demo earlier in the year. These five tracks show a keen ear and time spent with the classics, albeit with a refreshingly personal twist. Ultimately, “Crackdown” is an effectively mixed bag of goods.
Shaun “Stan” Leacy was a member of highly influential Newcastle sextet, Castings. Castings made a major impression on me as a teenager, their seminal “Punk Rock Is Bunk Squawk” release pretty much opened my ears to what was possible with sound and led me on the path to where I am today, for better or worse. Similarly, every project undertaken by its’ members since has been of note. Bringing me to Stan, perhaps the most elusive member of the group. Cracked Suburban Collective sees him return to making loop-based music with guitar and electronics. At times ambient, at others more melodic and beat-driven. SCC recently contributed a piece for excellent UK label Where To Now? ahead of this, his first release proper.
I was introduced to Jeremy Harris’ Jerome project through his “Up 4 Daze” tape on influential US tape label, Night People when it came out in 2015. Since then, it has remained on steady rotation, forcing me to get in touch with the man behind the project seeking more material. On “The Ship Has Sailed...”, Harris presents a rock solid mix of lo-fried techno with a fittingly dire sample concluding preceedings.
Under his excellent 2200 project, Rory McPike returns to Altered States. This release was recorded as preparation for his set at Maggot Fest in October, the one-jam take sees McPike exploring the subterranean depths of electro to excellent effect.
Available direct from bigcartel / from the usual outlets soon. All orders will be posted Monday, 16th January.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
New tapes available soon from two hibernating projects. Roman Nails - Chiseler on Night People (US) and Dry Mouth - TBA on Chemical Imbalance (Australia). Stream it and cream it below.
Monday, October 17, 2016
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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Following a phenomenal tape on Russian label, Isaiah Tapes and an equally captivating 12” on Parallax, Tel Aviv’s TV.OUT have become one of my most listened to electronic acts of the year. On “The Forth Dimension”, TV.OUT’s repetitious and insidious bangers form one of the best releases I’ve had the pleasure of releasing on the label. There’s the fried bass of something like Container, but what this duo are doing is something totally unique.
Új Bála is the alias under which Budapest’s Gabor Kovacs has been making tweaked electronic music for the last few years. I had been oblivious to his work until a demo appeared in my inbox. And what a ripper. In a recent Wire review, Kovacs’ work was described as summoning “the rythmic skeletons of minimal techno to bring order to his backdrop of mangeld synth noises… patterns of alien keyboards and sampled detritus colour the walls”. Alien could not be a more apt descriptor, “Butcher’s Tears” is a truly fried listen, so it makes total sense to appear on Altered States.
Untitled is the debut tape from Matt Spiz, local Melbourne legend and gear hoarder. These recordings have been laying dormant for close to a year, but have aged crisply in that time. Oil takes a magpie approach to electronic music, blending elements of electro, vocal samples and more ambient styles into a vat, coming out with a nice, solid ooze.
Consulate is Perth’s Alex Campbell, also one half of heavy hitters, Senate (Pacific Command). As Consulate, Campbell released a savage debut on Berlin label Portals Editions last year. “Dispatches” retains the thick, brooding atmosphere of “Black Narcissus”, but eschews much in the way of an obvious beat throughout. Instead, “Dispatches” is focused on samples centred on conflict in Vietnam. Dark times.