Spotlight: Seacrypt – Seekers

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The Makina GirGir-run label Falco Invernale Records (F.I.R.) have been working with Seacrypt to release their album “Seekers“, a totally new album in which they explore deeper electronica and more inherently melodic sensibilities that have been hidden earlier with their release on Katabatik, titled “A Momentary Rift“. They have matured as a group and are moving to have even more warmth in their analogue synth-pop with cold wave overtones. Since their first release in 2012, which also was a great release in itself in another way, this is a militarized version that you can hear in their new release. More focus on the organic features that need to be kept alive in the landscape of sound. Everything is connectable and together it makes their sound more grandiose. With militarization, I mean that there is a certain overlapping theme of urgency in their material, a certain discipline in regards to the focus of the instrumentation, the delivered product meets the qualities they’ve looked out for, for this album. The melancholic intentions and the darkly lyrics that are spouted in a more enigmatic fashion, switching from a duo of a female and a male, to going completely solo – is mind-boggling in a great way. This changes into disco-vibes with dark beats on the B-side, showing how versatile this group really can be – if they want to. You can listen to snippets from the whole album, which has already (or is being) released on a 12¨ vinyl by this label. It’s the seventh release, a darling of mine already. You must listen to it.

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Listen: Physique Sedition – Epidemic

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They came from the South of Sweden, namely from Veberöd, Lund. Physique Sedition is the name of a group of friends whom were active in a smaller scene from 1991-1992, where they did different live-performances in front of audiences in their local community. Their one and only mini-album was released in 1993, under the name of “Epidemic“. Since December 1992 they’d been recording the material that was featured on this mini-album. During this period of time, the original line-up was as most active, as the group consisted of Andreas Lundberg, Lars-Erik Pettersson and Martin Andersson. The most interesting thing is that they were all still in high-school when they recorded these tracks. When Andersson left the group, the other members Lundberg and Pettersson continued with their struggle as Physique Sedition some more years, before they gave up on the project. Later on, in 2002, they reformed under the name of Radical Tea Party – together with Sebastian Fannon. Every gig they had done during their period when they were the most active, was always in the little town of Södra Sandby, just outside Lund. Since this project hits close to home geographically, but also musically, their four-tracked mini-album represents a whole lot more. The perfect combination of EBM and harsher elements of industrial, also indulging in electro-industrial mayhem together with an atmosphere that gives and takes from darkwave. All four tracks were recorded onto a Tascam 4-track portabel cassette recorder, using equipment like Ensoniq Mirage, Yamaha RY-30, BOSS SE-30, Korg Poly-300, Yamaha FB-01, Yamaha TX16W and Roland TR-707. Even though the sound isn’t that great, you should still listen to this magnificent release. Originally released on cassette in 1993. Stream it down below.

Stream: Svensk Punk och Hardcore (Swedish Punk and Hardcore) podcast!

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I’ve collected the fragments of the different episodes that I created during Summer for my first podcast ever. It was to be called “Svensk Punk and Hardcore” i.e. “Swedish Punk and Hardcore“. Focusing on the Swedish scene of punk and hardcore, inviting a lot of bands to be interviewed, creating a little buzz on your screen but nothing more. Since the episodes have been strewn all over the internet, I decided to collect them all under my umbrella that is Soundcloud. Everything from the first episode (0) to the last (5) is being featured in a playlist. The only episode that isn’t up yet is the one that is almost eight hours long. So I need to splice that one up in two parts before it’s going up. The rest you can listen to if you’d want to. Right now there are almost thirteen hours of every punk and hardcore song imaginable, at least from the Swedish scene over the years. Listen to them all if you wish. Unfortunately the interviews are only in Swedish. Enjoy.

Listen: Radio Skanstull and Radio Bar – Northern Electronics Radio

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Yesterday, the local radio-show based out of Skanstull, namely Skanstull Restaurant and Radio Bar – had a four hour show with the label Northern Electronics. This meant a lot of unreleased tracks, a lot of new tracks, and a lot of old tracks. Even though, judging by the older shows, there’s a lot of very uninteresting artists and bands that have participated – we must give our credit to the crew at Radio Skanstull for a great four hours of total atmospheric dissent, crackling vibes through adamant techno, forcefully put on by Northern Electronics. This label is the parent label of Blodörn – the label I’ve written a lot about lately. It’s a rather new label if you count the releases and the dates that they’ve been put out upon. Since 2013 the man himself Varg have released seven releases, the first release being “Misantropen“, which he’s composed himself under the name Varg. An experimental pathway into futuristic techno. Channeling everything from acid techno, to the melancholy of Norrland (northern Sweden), to the sullen misanthropy that the title itself of the release suggests. Interestingly enough, the tracks on this first release were all recorded live, in studio Hebbershålet, Sweden.

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Since the first release, artists like Acronym, Ulwhednar, Råd Kjetil Senza Testa and Korridor – have had their releases put out on this label. So it’s a clear look into the soul of this label when you’re listening to four hours of excellent music. Upon hearing tracks presented to you that haven’t had a breath of air since the show itself, it makes you feel a part of Northern Electronics, in itself. A much deserved appropriation of space for a label that I didn’t even know about. It’s a testament to the high quality of the music that Varg puts out on the label. You get your own view of the bedrock upon which this music originally comes from. Thanks to Radio Skanstull and Radio Bar, you can now also pick a part of that bedrock and take it with you to your home. The radiowaves have never been as infected with the sound of Scandinavia, and primarily the Northern parts specific soul. A clear path to the northern wilderness and untamed brutalism, philosphy – and heartland. Norrland, here we come. Stream the radio-show that premiered last night on the 21st of March, down below. It’s a pleasure to even listen to it in such a close proximity. Tame the wild beast and flow into the mood, slowly.

Lyssna: Chicagojazzen – Döpt i snö

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Sedan det senaste släppet år 2013, då Chicagojazzen dundrade in på Zeon Light Kassett med släppet “Smittfebern“, så har han arbetat på nytt material. Detta var då hans senaste album och detta kommer inte bli någon fortsättning. Istället börjar han med något nytt hos Blodörn, då det istället för ett album blev en EP. En mini-EP vid namn “Döpt i snö“. Nu vet man inte riktigt om släppet blev mörkare för att det landade på den etiketten, eller om allting började dala ner i en slags virvelvind som precis försvunnit. Även om hans tidigare släpp har varit intressanta på sitt sätt, så är det inte så mycket som har fastnat på hjärnhinnan. Men tack vare första hjälpen rent estetiskt så ompacketeras detta släpp och blir ett med Blodörnen. Estetiken är mer tilltalande, för att den är mörkare. Likväl som de två låtarna som går att förhandslyssna på är dunkla och släpper av sig negativ energi. Mystiken tätnar när låtarna “Andas Damm” och “Västerhiske Blues” presenterar en Chicagojazzen i högform. Koncentratet har aldrig varit skarpare, eftersom att de två låtar som flödar ut i hörlurarna släpper ifrån sig lite av den meditativa ambient som annars varit dominerande. Det här är gräsligt på ett väldigt hemlighetsfullt sätt. Ett töcken av ljusstrimmor som försvinner när man in i gången beger sig. Där avsaknaden av ljus är det som är det inslag som man måste vänja sig vid. Ljudlandskapet rör sig sedan mot en mer bombastisk rörelse, som urartar på så sätt att det experimentella som alltid funnits mellan raderna får sitta på första parkett och sprida sig mellan de dunkla utfallen som greppar tag i en. För den som tidigare inte varit nämnvärt intresserad av hans alster, så är detta släpp något de borde ta till sig och lyssna till. Till och med en som sporadiskt lyssnat till den musik han släppt ifrån sig tidigare, blir tagen av det som levereras – med full orkanstyrka. Detta är Blodörn 6. Musiken spelades in i Umeå nu år 2014. Ni kan lyssna på de två förhandsvisningar som ligger ute av låtarna. Ni kommer inte att bli besvikna.

Special Premiere: XTR Human – Spiegelmenschen (Electro Bass Version)

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While we shed our skin and turned Invisible Guy into Repartiseraren, Johannes Strobel of XTR Human sent a special edition track of “Spiegelmenschen” – a track being featured on their forthcoming album “Atavism“. We felt it was appropriate to give you a taste of that full track when Invisible Guy changed into Repartiseraren, and our domain wasn’t up and running. This track is an outtake that isn’t being put out from that upcoming album. An electro bass version that sounds completely different from the original. Changing their post-punk outfit for a minimal synth meet cold wave track, just once. It’s probably one of the best tracks that I’ve heard in a while, even beating the original version of the track. Getting a good use of band-member Valerio Kuhls’ expertize with synthesizers. Adding a totally different atmosphere to this track. The lyricist of the band, and front-man for that matter, Johannes Strobel – add a vibe from his manipulated vocals that make it even more enjoyable.

The notable label No Ebm Blanc whom have released quality releases like “Everytime” by Sixth June, “Preludes” by Daybed, “Artificial Heart / Frenzy” by Th. Thot‘s (Thomas Ekelund of Beläten) outfit with vocalist Clara Hall, namely: Soma Sema – and countless other releases that have been put out. The album itself represents different influences and facets that have made XTR Human what they are, having been around since 2012 and having self-released “Dysfunction” back then. A manifestation of “technotic” grandeur, post-punk vibes – and many other genres being fitted together. The album will be titled “Atavism” as have already been said, and it will be released on the 28th of April (preliminary). You can stream the special edition track “Spiegelmenschen (Electro Bass Version)” down below, exclusively on Repartiseraren (ex- Invisible Guy). This is the portal to a new dawn with Repartiseraren.