When moving into the darker part of the year, it’s best to have something that will light up the sky. Not neccesarily in the shape of a lamp or anything like it – but rather a sound that you’ll recognize, a flame that will – metaphorically – be lit. Dutch sound artist Bas Welling seems to be an expert when it comes down to this. His immensely diverse projects range from abstract chipetune music to experimental ambient with electronica laid upon it like oil to a flammable substance. Creatively he’s got a hand in virtually everything, which is almost always relatable to him – whether it is a group he’s connected to or if he does everything himself beneath the shade of a moniker. We actually heard about him for the first time, properly when it comes to his own solo-project Former Descent. A project which has changed so much since it once started out with his album “My Life In The Box Of Ghosts EP” on the Netherlands-based label Shipwrec, up to the mini-album “The State Of In-Between” on the French net-label Sirona-Records, to his forthcoming release on the much revered label Enfant Terrible’s sub-label Gooiland Elektro.
This is indeed in perfect synchronic harmony. Martijn who’s the label-boss on Enfant Terrible and the sub-etiquettes Gooiland, and his rather newly started etiquette Vrysaete, takes good care of the artists and groups that are housed on these labels. His eccentric taste brings forth great music for a new public viewing – since there’s always something you miss out on – as new discoverys are made each time a release comes out on his different labels. Not to mention how the artwork is structured and is linear to follow, but unique when matched to each band or group that makes a release – everything different for each label, not the same for the sub-etiquettes as the head-label – making for an exciting twist and unique branding of each release that is unleashed. Repartiseraren is proud to be working with such eccentric artists through Martijn’s generosity, as he supplies us with something new on a regular basis.
So we’ve caught the fish in familiar waters this time, as Bas Welling wasn’t unknown to us but certainly not a household name, his experimental electronica with overtones of ambient and a steady rhythm won’t make anyone surprised. But the outlay of each track that is featured on this forthcoming release, aptly titled “Tough Love International 12¨“, are of such creative ambivalence that you don’t need more of an alternating sound-scape to be pleased with what you’re hearing. We can exclusively offer you the title-track from this release that is due to be put out on Gooiland Elektro late November, for your listening pleasure. We hope that you enjoy the concept and definently that you enjoy Former Descent – a project we’re certainly going to keep our eyes peeled on for the coming time – and see to it that you’ve gotten your dose for the rest of the year. Stream the track “Tough Love International” exclusively through Repartiseraren, in collaboration with Gooiland Elektro.
Oh how Montreal fosters our youth. With music not only from there, but also from the stronghold Toronto – which have given us much prosperous acts – that in turn don’t have to look far and wide to find accomplices. From this city comes a duo whom share the same surname, which makes you wonder if they’re indeed brothers. Thomas L’Allier and Philippe L’Allier are the main characters behind this trio, which gets their drumming lent by Samuel Gemme. He’s the one whom gives them their nice rhythm, although the riffing and the general mood of their tracks suggest a wider conspiracy – where everything needs to be fitted right to create their rather unique sound. Not that anyone else haven’t done it before, but I like the nicely done rhythms that coincide with their wonderfully spooky and melancholic theme that seems to be a re-occuring concept.
Almost a month ago or less, they released their first album which is the self-titled “Morthouse“-release. It’s among the better crossovers between mainly post-punk, alternative rock and goth rock that I’ve heard. Thrown in is the urgent vibe that no-wave creates with its messy undertones that are concocted well together with melodies – which makes this influence far too melodic to have the amelodic overtone that only no-wave can contribute with. Not to mention how they use different instruments in perfect harmony, bringing a dark cabaret touch to their otherwise completely magnificent self-image. Now they’ve also got the cockiness that is needed to really bring forth the funkiness and jazzyness that can be heard between the lines dropped by the brothers. I’m feeling like I’ve been invited to a cabaret and that I can see them behind the scenes. The music is unraveled and I’m instantly intriguied by it as they casually bring forth their more instigated selves. A must-listen for everyone of you at home longing for a proper crossover release and not a kitsch re-interpretation. Listen to the whole album down below.
About a week ago Komarken Electronics presented himself musically on a mixtape for the music and forum-site Tracklistings. We had no idea that was going on until we found out. A month before that we were in the stage of preparing; for an exclusive mix that he were in the process of creating. The exclusive mix derives out of many influences that Komarken have as inspiration for some of his music, and simply the music which he prefers to throw into a mix. There’s an obvious connection between his description of what he does, namely: “Research on electronic sounds“, and the title of the mix which is: “Presentation Av Empirisk Data” (Presentation Of Empirical Data). He lays it out as if it was scientific research – which it actually might be when you think about it. There’s something about his sound that is inherently an investigative form of electro which spans far and wide beyond the solid borders that could be called “electro“. His project has been around since 2006 and this could be thought to be a collection of data which is presented to you as the listener – you finally get a hold of his year-long research which began almost eight years ago.
With his other project System Insurgent, which was originally intended to be the main focus when mixing, is a more primal and minimal project – which doesn’t suit a mix that is longer than thirty minutes. So therefore he decided that it would be appropriate to use Komarken Electronics instead. In the mix you get to hear – the masterfully mixed sounds by T. S., of – Dopplereffekt, his own project, Emptyset, Recondite, Frank Bretschneider, Atom TM, Federico Leocata, Inkamera, The Other People Place, Detroit in Effect, Arpanet, Visonia, Objekt, Kraftwerk(!) and Vladimri Ussachev. It doesn’t start to get into concrete electro until the latter part of the mix. There’s everything from ambient, pseudo-IDM to techno and everything in between of great electronics. A great exclusive mix for Repartiseraren, which he’s worked hard on to deliver a precise result and summary of his long standing research into electronica – electro specifically. Listen to it exclusively down below.