Hjälp bolaget D-Takt & Råpunk!

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På grund av en översvämning i lokalen som D-Takt & Råpunk använder för att lagra skivor, turneringsgåvor och sin privata skivsamling – så har det inneburit stora ekonomiska förluster. Detta är alltså en av de bästa skivbolagen när det kommer till underjordens krafter, närmre bestämt inom hardcore, punk, mangel, d-beat och alla undergenrer ni kan tänka er. Ett skivbolag som har funnits sedan 2006 och som har släppt åtskilliga klassiker, och när han inte har gjort det så har man bara släppt jävligt bra skivor. Detta var en av de första bolagen som jag kom i kontakt med i och med att jag började skriva för mitt eget blogg-zine. Jag har haft att göra med honom ett antal gånger både för några år sedan och i nutid. För någon som är hyfsat intresserad av subkulturen som omgärdar hardcore och punk, utan att ha någon större delaktighet i det hela så har kontakten alltid präglats av proffessionalism. Om man hade behövt någonting eller frågade om något så fick man svar på det. Men det är inte enbart på grund av detta som jag anser att man bör stödja honom i dessa svåra tider.

Jag tycker att man bör stödja honom om man någonsin haft med honom att göra. Vilket jag har. Så jag tänker göra på mitt sätt för att kunna få till någon form av stöd på något sätt. För de som läser detta så kommer det förmodligen att anordnas en stödspelning till syfte att skänka pengar till honom. Detta anordnas förmodligen av några inom hardcorekretsen, så ni får hålla era ögon öppna ni som går på sådana tillställningar. Oavsett om man kan skänka pengar eller inte så är det enligt Joakim själv nog att bara bry sig om det. Jag bryr mig om det och tycker att det är synd det som har hänt. Att bara se utan att kunna göra särskilt mycket när det man ansamlat över åren går upp i rök måste vara väldigt jobbigt. Ni kan läsa mer från D-Takt & Råpunk-bloggen om ni vill ha mer bakgrundsinformation. Stötta honom och se till att han tar sig igenom detta. Även om jag inte känner honom personligen så är det ändå något som har funnits där någonstans. Någon som fortfarande ger allt trots motgångar. Man kan donera pengar här om man vill stödja rent ekonomiskt.

Listen: SARIN – ROTTEN

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Pseudo-fetishism, new beat, guerrilla warfare through electronic beats and an obsession about Mad Max, 80’s-90’s thrillers and action movies. Hear how the wastelands of degeneracy crumble into one act, Toronto is beyond rescue and I feel like Travis Bickle wishing for the rain to wash away all the filth. This is the first EP by SARIN, a shady act transgressing into “Rotten” – which basically sums everything up. With a heavy dosage of samples from everything you could think of, together with harsh electronica and whatever sub-genre most fitting for the song, synth-pop, electro and electronic body music is channeled within the landscape of sound that build it up from the ground. I’m not too amused about the connotations about drugs, filth and complete lunacy that it gives away. But threading in the middle-ground and almost entering industrial cannot be a bad thing. Especially not when the synthsizers stab and you find yourself enthralled by the rapidly changing sound. Taking in everything from the influences and throwing it out the door again. Not to mention the rhythm which stops and goes as it pleases, much like a puppeteer using his threads to make his subject (you) be in touch with what ever message SARIN needs to get through. A lot of the tracks on this release are hypnotizing, some are completely ridiculous but get back their steam when they change the direction they’re heading in. It’s all really confusing if you’re not into it from the start, or know anything about it to begin with. But fear not, just try to get into it in whichever way you see fit.

Deth Records seem to know what we’ve been missing out on from Toronto. With this new release, the third in a row from this label – they explore yet another dimension of what makes them great – which is the sheer originality their acts display. Even though one could say that they pick and choose of what they’d want to imitate, in the process of doing that they create something unique. There’s a certain kind of vibe to everything which comes out of this hellhole called Deth, but it’s a place you’d want to be. So I’ll keep a close eye on the different releases that will continue to flow through. If you haven’t already, you should also check out the other releases, like “Semblance” by Vierance, or the first compilation titled “DETH Vol. 1” which features everything from HUREN to SINS and beyond. It is a release to get started with. Now listen to “ROTTEN” down below and stream it however many times you wish. If you like what you’re hearing, consider buying the limited cassette before it is sold out.

Exclusive Premiere: Popsimonova – Amnesia

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The queen will sort you all out for this coming release. From what I can hear it is EBM, electro and cold-wave that make Popsimonova who she is on this record. This multi-faceted lady have now gotten a place on the third Enfant Terrible compilation which is being released on the sub-label Gooiland Elektro. After having released her first EP on Enfant Terrible called “Untitled” in 2012, she’s been featured in numerous collaborations with Zarkoff – whose appearance often is as a producer, but also beatmaker. Having released her latest single and album-in-one on J.A.M. Traxx together with Zarkoff, called “Die Brücke“, and a digital release titled “Break And Enter“. Now she’s featured with a track for the forthcoming compilation “Freikörperkultur“, a third compilation coming out of the Enfant Terrible bastion. A vast compilation displaying the different talents housed under the name of Enfant, with others including – representing, as always – a wide-array of different electronic acts and styles. I think it marks for a harder sound which Popsimonova have taken upon herself. Harsher sounds for a harsher world, stuck in amnesia.

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This specific track is a dungeon-friendly chanson which you’d probably find around Europe. It’s got a touch of that European kind of electronica that would make the Brits blush or surrender like the French. EBM blended into a harder form of electro which pinches your subliminal with its hard baseline. It’s something to bop your head to and a really danceable – but dark and melodic – piece of sound.  The vocals really make the landscape of sound even more intriguing and fits the whole setting perfectly. This track is featured as the last track on the B-Side of the vinyl, making it the B2-track. Since it is Friday and that means Freikörperkultur, you get to stream the exclusive track “Amnesia“, taken directly from the compilation. Find yourself in the neon light and that might make for a better life. If you like what you’re hearing, pre-order the vinyl from Gooiland Elektro.

Lyssna: Himlakropp – Tusenårssömn

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Just den här dagen, för exakt tolv timmar sedan, så släppte skivbolaget Jämmerdosa albumet “Tusenårssömn“. Det blir min första introduktion till artisten Himlakropp. Jag hade inte hört talas om honom tidigare, men när man får tio låtar rakt upp- och ned att lyssna till så tackar man inte nej. En salig blandning av dub, techno och med inspiration tagen från Nordisk folkmusik. Ja, tillsammans med en hel del som har med rymden och kosmos i allmänhet att göra, förstås. Tidigare så har han självsläppt ett album vid namn “Megamal“, vilket för mig antyder någon slags koppling till Hávamál med Megaman inslängd någonstans däremellan. Vi ska i alla fall titta in i den värld som Robert Eklund föreställer sig genom sin musik. Många, om inte alla av låtarna är så drömska att man undrar om man råkat somna medan man lyssnar till musiken. Det finns någonting avslappnande med att höra en ständigt rörlig ljudbild som inte på något sätt stör tankarna. Musik att drömma sig iväg med. Långsamt så utvecklas det lugna ljudlandskap till något annat, men precis när man tror att höjdpunkten är nådd så plaskar man ner i djupet igen. Man skulle med lätthet kunna förväxla detta med någon slags hyllning till det mörka djupet som vi kallar för världshavet, istället för att det skulle kunna vara anslutet till rymden. Kanske är det där som den Nordiska folkmusiken slår sig till ro.

Det känns som en så absurd blandning när man bara läser sig till det. Men när techno och dub möts tillsammans med de övriga influenserna så skapar det en väldigt förskönad bild av verkligheten. Man kan verkligen drömma sig bort bland synthmelodierna som så upplyst visar vägen, medan den mer sega rytmen skulle kunna vara alvkungen som långsamt rör sig mellan skogsstigarna. Även om en hel del av ljudbilden nästan kan sägas gå in i 8-bitarsfällan ibland, rent melodimässigt men också när det kommer till ljudlandskapet i helhet – så är det en del som gärna skulle kunna skalas av. En annan del som jag verkligen inte tål är när Robert går in i någon slags extas med sin egen röst, och drar den genom en sladdrig vocoder. Nej, det låter verkligen inte bra och det förstör det drömska med musiken i sin helhet. Annars finns det väl inte så mycket att klaga på, det man hör låter välproducerat och har kraft att slå igenom bergsväggar. Men tona gärna ner den grandiosa stämningen som melodierna förmedlar, för det drar ifrån hela dub-techno-känslan som det spenderats tid på att bygga upp. Det känns som att Himlakropp hela tiden ligger mellan ett välsvarvat och lugnande ljudlandskap, men att det helt plötsligt ska in något annat för att få igång saker och ting. Om det dilemmat försvinner från musiken så kan jag tänka mig att det är bland något av det underskönaste jag hört i år. Köp släppet från Jämmerdosa om ni gillar det ni hör.

Exclusive Premiere: Zarkoff – Terraform

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Yet another hit is churned out of the Zarkoff factory. It is unimaginable how the creative process for Saša Rajković continue to go on and on. Something is fueling what he’s doing, but I don’t know what it could be. Having focused on the more danceable side of electronic music, with this split-release that also features Honored Matres – he goes off-bounds to create a really dark but rhythmic piece of technotic experience. Technotic as in techno. The release is titled “Pannoia Noir“, so even the suggestiveness of the title is embodied into the sound-scape of this four-tracked release. Honored Matres represents the more house-oriented side of this split, although the track by Zarkoff titled “Diminished” have some of those vibes, it feels like it is just when its about to cross over into Matres territory. This split is an outright experience in how you can mix techno with house, without it being a total catastrophe. This release represents the darker side of those genres and brings forth everything from an acidic touch to an almost industrialized version of what ought to be regular techno. There are a lot of surprises hidden between the rhythm and the bridge. You’ll just have to find them.

So I got the opportunity to showcase one of the tracks from this release. I did not have a choice in this matter, but I believe that Kraftjerkz delivered the most potent track on this release. It’s a rather dark journey into combative elements of both techno and the underlying house-vibe.  You feel like something is about to tear the roof off it, but the sound-scape lingers onto the dark experience that you can turn techno into. A path right into the gully of the steady rhythms, nocturnal melodies and forceful visions that Zarkoff makes you share with him. So from this ordeal came a track which is titled “Terraform”, it’s the first track on the release and it is a rather nice track as you’ve probably read. Everything can be found here for those of you that enjoy those darker moments that techno has, with the regular signature of Zarkoff imprinted into the sound-scape. Stream this track exclusively from Repartiseraren and buy the release if you like it, over here.

Spotlight: Water Torture – Pillbox

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Someone enlightened me to the existence of Water Torture. I think I had heard of them a couple of times not too long ago, but it is easy to mix everything up. This band is a trio hailing from the US with members from Bestower, but also from numerous other bands. Ian Wiedrick, Matt Goodrich and Thomas Leyh are the names of the foundation which this trio stands upon. When it comes to their band, they’ve released a lot of different EPs and singles which makes me think of Agathocles and how bands within the genres of grindcore, powerviolence and fastcore – to mention a few sub-genres – release so much material that it’s insane. They first got released on Human Beard, a split-release with Dirt Eyes that was put out on cassette back in 2011. Since then a range of releases have been put out on labels such as Diseased Audio, Knochen Tapes, Mannequin Rein, Nice Dreams Records, CONTINUUM., Dead Heroes Records, Prime Eggsample Records and Nerve Altar. In other words, they’ve got a hell lot of material to be listened through for those of you interested in hardcore, grindcore and powerviolence. Not to mention that they’ve already gathered so much material that three different compilations have been released, namely “Tour 2013“, “Discography” and “Collection“. Finally they’ve been readied to put out their first real album on Nerve Altar.

The album is titled “Pillbox” and feature seventeen tracks. From what I have gathered it seems like most of the tracks are exclusive for this release alone. Everything on it was recorded in May of 2014 together with (and by) John Angelo. It feels like they’ve gotten a rather nice, well-processed sound albeit a dirty one, with the help from John. When you listen through it you notice how it strays away from the general clichés that can often be attached to genres such as grindcore and power-violence. Even though it is clear that a hand is lent to the influences with each genre, collecting around the collectivized sluggishness that only a hint of sludge can bring with itself – which is perfectly thrown in there amidst all the noisy wrath of both vocals and music alike. I am utterly dismayed when listening to it but there never comes a moment where I feel like its too heavy of a burden to listen to. Because even though a lot of discontent can be felt throughout the general atmosphere of the album, they’ve executed the setting of every instrument into the sound-scape and the general theme of it – without overextending. The noise that they display in all of this helps to create a rather ominous setting for a barrage of drums, riffs and freakish rhythm that makes them stand out. I really like it a lot and I’ll have to thank whomever that got me into Water Torture for the first time. You can stream the release in whole down below and if you like what you’re hearing, pre-order the vinyl here.

Exclusive Premiere: Sumerian Fleet – Orbiting

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As a concept, they’ve existed for quite some time. In 2010 they released their first self-titled album “Sumerian Fleet“, this was when their concept only included Alden Tyrell and Mr. Pauli. These two men whose real names are Martijn Hoogendijk and Ingmar Pauli, have been active as electronica producers since the late 1990’s. When two years had gone they realized yet another album which they titled “Sturm Bricht Los” – released on the eminent label Crème Organization in 2012. The difference between this album and their first was that Zarkoff was included on vocals and the fact that it moved into electronic body music territory, having been very close to electro on the first release. Now some of you might wonder who that fellow is and I will tell you who he is, he’s an electronica producer from Croatia whose legacy stretches well beyond this. His most notable contributions come with collaborating with Popsimonova, the Croatian lady whose moniker became more well-known with her “Untitled” release on the Enfant Terrible sub-label Gooiland Elektro. Now they have released a new album titled “Just Pressure“, which celebrates (on purpose or not) the two year space between each release.

This release in itself brings forth the qualities of real electronic body music – when mixed with darkwave and electro – how those three manifestations make for excellency. Much to the joy of those whose interest in the new generation of EBM got sparked by the numerous acts around the world specifically in the US – that create such music. There are so many nostalgic tears that are taken care of with this album but it pays a tribute to those who inspired their sound, those whom did it before them. They’ve learned how to refine their music to become less raw and more sophisticated. It is really a matter of taste if you like their second album in relation to this one. I had asked Zarkoff to share a piece of this gem with me and he sure did. I got to exclusively premiere the track “Orbiting” which is taken from this album. I believe that it is a nice track which makes good use of the synth-stabs and the rhythm is nothing less than a focused attire which makes the melodies bleak in comparison. Heck, I don’t know if that’s right, but it feels that way. Listen to the track down below.