Suren Unka. You might’ve heard of him, or you might’ve not. He’s a descendant from India living in New Zealand, raised in the town of Opotoki, currently living in Auckland. The name he’s chosen for himself is derived from his real name, which is Suren Raj Unka. Earlier, he’s been a part of the group Ponnyfight together with Fergus Burnett, and now he’s released his own album on CD titled “El Chupacabra“. We re-visit some kind of bizarre turn into ambient dubstep of some sort, where the atmosphere is the most important for the almost clerical melodies that can be heard. It stands clear that it’s influenced very much by the modern electronica that has sprung up in the 2000’s. Currently, Suren is educating himself at MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand). Even though his music seem to be far from what I’ve been doing, I just had to have something to do with it. I must say that I despise dubstep as such, but this modern variant which clings to some of the elements of that genre, it also lets free some IDM influences, danceable ambient and other very interesting combinations. The build-ups in the structure of the tracks come from a heavy melodic content which is supplied with sampling, just to hit the climactic peak together with the baseline that itself – also is melodic as hell. So this might turn some of you off, but I guess that others will listen to it with an “open” ear, if you know what I mean. He actually contacted me via e-mail and we came to the conclusion that a track should be put up by me.
So, that’s exactly what I did a couple of days ago. The track “Weather Science” from his newly released debut-album “El Chupacabra” was put up on my Soundcloud. Just so you could hear it from yourself and get a taste of what was to come from this release. The unreleased track is up and running, and the album itself has just been self-released by Suren. Listen to this bizarre mixture of different genres and stream, but listen to, this track so you know if you want the whole album or not. It has been put out on iTunes so you can buy it. But make up your mind first and listen to the track down below.
The seventh release by Hare Akedod – a label specializing in electro-acoustic “improvisation rituals” on limited cassette-runs – is Ōgon Batto. It stands for “Golden Bat“, in Japanese; “黄金 バット” – which is a Japanese superhero invented by Ichiro Suzuki, a Japanese illustrator, in 1930. Symbolizing what came to be the first superhero of Japan, at least when it came to cartoons. References to this character have been made in the anime Paranoia Agent, for example. This first release, however, was created by someone whose real name is Bent Von Bent. He also created the beautiful artwork for this particular release of his own. Bent has a history of being involved in different releases on Hare Akedod, specifically on the first release “001” with various instrumentation, whilst David Edren took care of the synthesizers and guitars. David shares the label with Bent, as they run it together. Anyhow, Bent was also a part of the second, fourth and fifth release – in the same kind of way. This seventh release marks a third year of releases, together with Hare Akedod and Forklong Daruplat before this one. Even though a lot of the electro-acoustic music on this label don’t touch me emotionally, this seventh release manages to do just that. Carefully laden guitar-chords that make up the landscape of sound, together with improvised selections of riffs that – together with the swirling and sublime background guitar – make up a wondrous atmosphere that is relaxing to hear. Another thing which makes this music even more exciting is the locations at which he’s recorded field recordings in. To get a local kind of vibration to everything, he’s recorded on site at Xi’An (西安) in the Shaanxi province of China and in Sapporo (札幌市), the fourth largest city in Japan. The intensiveness of the music itself is laden into place with a mellow string of variation instrumentation. Some kind of chaos is brewing down below.
You can fetch the release through Hare Akedod themselves, or soon through distributors ex-Vinylo in France and Tomentosa in the US at the moment – as more international re-sellers will appear. The cassette itself is limited to 80 smokey clear tapes with white print in a black cassette case with black screen-printed golden j-card and fullcolour insert. The music was recorded on site with Field Recordings in Xi’An and Sapporo, but the release itself was recorded in studio with everything else at Zol Der Wahn, whilst the first, fifth and sixth track were recorded by Roest at Jocques & Die Scheldebunker. Synthesizer on track number five, namely “Bunker Symfonie IX : Opmars“, was recorded by D. Edren at CEM Rotterdam. Artwork for the cassette was made by Bent Von Bent and the cover-photograph was taken by Roest. Everything you’re hearing was recorded in between 2013 to 2014, with the assistance of others, but mainly by Bent Von Bent. Stream the whole release down below and listen to it, carefully.
The sixth installment of the selection made by Katabatik. A compilation titled “Kollektion 6” featuring both artists and groups that are a part of the roster, but also those whom aren’t. This compilation is the sixth in a row of free compilations that can be listened to through Katabatik. Everything in electronica from C.L.A.W.S. to Zania Morgan, to the Michael Buchanan (the label-owner) solo-project Identity Theft. Weird electronica, minimal electronics, sincere dark-wave, odd industrial and everything in between. The compilation itself features twenty-three songs from artists and groups like Mikronaut, C.L.A.W.S., Zanna Nera, Cinkrillan Weight, Silent Girlfriend, Abandoned Footwear, Obsidian Blade, Not Breathing, RPTN, Thee Source, Exillon, Identity Theft, The Vivid, aratKilo, Blue Window, Seacrypt, Nebuzaradan, Zania Morgan, Antlers Mulm, Veil, Ionophore, Fluorescent Gray and Sinew. Representing the US as a whole, but mainly Oakland, throughout the rest of America. But also featuring international artists and groups whom are everything from known – to unknown – to somewhere in between. The compilation is rather eclectic but seem to highlight the weird combination between forceful techno, acidic house, 1990s themed dance music funneled into psychedelia – and otherwise forgotten electronica, but also new beat mayhem. Maybe not really my cup of tea – but it might be yours. Stream the whole compilation in its entirety down below.
Three weeks have gone since my exclusive premiere of the songs “Control” – taken from the newly released “We Live In This” 12¨, which featured Annie Gyllin on vocals. Johan Sturesson, whose alter-ego is Kord, recently got that release put out on Gooiland Elektro – the sub-label of Enfant Terrible. Since that release was out, I have been increasingly fascinated by that project and his involvement in and with Frak. Not to mention his affiliation with the label Börft Records, whose bizarre journey was covered by the state-run radio-programme Elektroniskt i P2, hosted by Andreas Tilliander. But this is not about that, because this is totally different. I noticed that Johan had been making some mixes on his own, or at least that he was interested in that. Therefore, I asked him to shape a mixtape for Repartiseraren just because I had taken great interest in his musical endeavours, not only limited to Kord, but also the likes of Monster Apparat which he’s involved in together with Daniel Svraka (Adolf Filter). Compiling tracks is something that I can do by myself, but I only get so far by selecting the songs that are my own favorites. So it can get boring very fast if I’m the only one supplying you with something to listen to.
So I now decided to ask Johan Sturesson to do a mix and/or mixtape for Repartiseraren. There is where the story begins. Said and done, Johan began making a mixtape for me and he was done very quickly. The result was very interesting and I learned about some new artists and groups thanks to him. Well, what did I see when I first looked at the tracklist, if not Poeme Electronique, Adolf Filter and Ortrotasce at a first glance. Then, I also saw a lot of different stuff that I did not immediately recognize. What on earth is Dada Pogrom, Mängelexemplar and Alien Skull Paint. They sound experimental as hell. Well, they weren’t actually, but they’re all electronic. The apt title for this mixtape is “In Exile Here“, because yes, you’re in exile on Repartiseraren. My lonley island only gets visited once in a while, but certainly not by celebrated artists like Kord. I feel very lucky to introduce to you, one of the nicest mixes that I have received for a long time. Or it might be so because I feel like I’m starstruck. You can listen to the mixtape exclusively on Repartiseraren and you can view the tracklist down below. Feel exiled, it’s good for your heart and soul.
Intro: Kord – I play my flute – Djuring Phonogram
1. The Phone – We are neutrons – Attractive Co-ordinates
2. Poeme Electronique – She´s an image – Attractive Co-ordinates
3. Gertrud Stein – Blümchen – Kernkrach
4. Sleeping desiress – Voice – Flexiwave
5. Marklion – Lets walk & talk – Alpage
6. Dwayne Sodahberk – Yr style – Tigerbeat 6 / iDEAL
7. The Actor – Picture 210 – Enfant Terrible
8. 1 Futurologischer Congress – Nur mit dir – Wagner Tonträger
9. U-Bahn X – Young hearts of Europé – EMI
10. Dada Pogrom – Happy happy happy – Beatkamp Inc.
11. Kord – KGB – Djuring Phonogram
12. Ortrotasce – World unrelated – Flexiwave
13. Alien Skull Paint – Electric – Genetic Music
14. Absolute Body Control – Give me your hands – Minimal / Maximal
15. Mängelexemplar – Urlaub im bett – Kernkrach
16. Adolf Filter – Inner walls – Enfant Terrible
17. Spectral Display – It takes a muscle to fall in love – EMI
Outro: Kord – I play my flute – Djuring Phonogram
My new favorite album. Vierance from Toronto have created a sublime piece of new-wave oriented synth-pop, together with the dark overtones of electro, unhinged with a techno counterpart. Their latest album “Semblance” came out just two weeks ago on DETH Records – the newly birthed label courtesy of the bass-player in (SINS) ϟ†Nϟ. In comparison to the earlier release by them, the “Vierance EP“, they’ve polished their sound a lot more. There are resemblances with their earlier release, but they’re less heavy on their atmosphere in contrast to their melodies. A vibrant motion, a slick but raw sound is captured with the later tracks on the release, with a rather frightening but erratic sound-scape is unearthed. Ringing in my ears is the harmonious vocals, especially within my favorite track “Mosaic” – heading in the completely right direction with the stalemate of sound, in a forlorn sonic landscape – of mythical proportions. Accordingly, the music always keep you on the edge, it brings you to life. Using their palette to color the world beautiful, with their soft-spoken melodies, yet at the same time – harshly lambasting your eardrums. I just wish that I could’ve found out about their doings earlier, since they seem to have been around for a while by now. If anything, Vierance was in need of getting inspected thoroughly, meaning that I have played this release on and off for the last few days when I came to stumble upon them by accident. Life is weird, but they carry a unique sound paired with a monolithic atmosphere. Stream their whole new release down below and make sure to check out DETH Records, as there will be a whole lot of future releases being put out by them, in the nearest future. Wondrous is a word coming in good company. Purchase the limited edition cassette, limited to 90 copies, from DETH Records.
The main project of Dan Serbanescu nowadays seems to be Alone In The Hollow Garden, rather than Tanz Ohne Musik. Both him and his partner; whose main mission is to create visuals for the project, venture into a whole world of their own. Color Nurse is his visual aid in a rather dull world, taking care of the visual elements for both Alone In The Hollow Garden but also Tanz Ohne Musik. She’s in other words involved in what he’s doing, also with his own label Red Cavity Records. Creating professional music-videos, photographing different covers for releases, being in charge in general of the video department. Her visuals to the music that is made through Dan Serbanescus aliases, move forth in such a wonderful synchronization. Especially in regards to one of their latest music-videos, for the track “Field of ∞ Dissolution“, taken from the latest release by Alone In The Hollow Garden, titled “L . V . X .“. It’s the first track from that release and the video is as dark as it is mystic. Suggestive patterns move in and out in total disharmony with the paranoid music that has taken its form and refuge within power electronics. Clipped in images relieve one another in a totally erroneous fashion. Unorthodoxy is the main concept, between the shady lyrics that are put out vocally by Dan, and the fast-hitting but brooding electronics that hit as hard but inconvenient as possible. Repartiseraren got the opportunity to exclusively premiere this music-video for the readership. So check the music-video out and stream the whole album “L . V . X .” down below, plus the full song that I got a hold of for the blog-zine.
Two years ago, I discovered the experimental synth/darkwave group Seacrypt. This was back when they had just released their album “A Momentary Rift” on Katabatik, on a cassette – with eight totally loveable songs. Said and done, I interviewed them and got to know more about them as a group and in particular; Michael Buchanan. He’s probably most known as one part of Nommo Ogo, a psychedelic noise group that dates back to the 1990’s. But he’s also got a project called Identity Theft, a solo-project of his where he’s already released a compilation, and two mini-albums. Even though he’s not the sole member of Seacrypt, he does a lot within that group. The other members do a lot too, and it also consists of Chelsea Friedmans‘ and Paul Sutfins‘ wonderful voices and synth-work. When they released the debut-album back in 2012, not much was heard from them until they appeared on a compilation by Sweating Tapes called “A Compilation. Volume 2: The Bay Area“, with the track “Paper Horses“. Since then, they’ve worked on a full-length album, which was just released by the Makina GirGir-run label Falco Invernale Records (F.I.R.), titled “Seekers“. What struck me as odd was how their style of music was still there, but with the added character of pure synth-pop to their otherwise experimental sound. A more well-rounded and warm release, even though the first release is worth its weight in gold.
Since I’ve always been interested in them in one way or another, I decided to get a piece of the cake. That meant acquiring the wonderfully rhythmic track “The Messenger“, a track that opens up a whole other world of the genres that Seacrypt operate within. An almost erratic cold-wave sound is coupled with a gloomy atmosphere, a mystic kind of atmosphere. Featuring the wonderful voice of who could either be Paul Sutfins or Michael Buchanan, though it would be embarrassing for me to take a wild guess. The album itself is a really good album that shows the versatility of their group. How they have adapted and made a whole new sound out of the hardware they’re using. The difference is notable, but it is also interesting how they draw out the best from their sound and form another layer upon it. Well, now you can stream their track “The Meseenger“, a song taken from the B-side of their release, exclusively on Repartiseraren. Indulge yourself in what you’ve been missing all these years, because Seacrypt is symptomatic of what greatness you can achieve just if you step outside of your own box. Stream and listen to the track exclusively down below.