Exclusive Premiere: D.Å.R.F.D.H.S. – Bockahorn

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Drawing influence from phenomenons and the history of Sweden, for example the Witch Hunting between 1668-1676, for their release on Clan Destine Records, titled “Det Stora Oväsendet“. The cover features a picturesque, in our eyes any way, painting of Swedish countryside during that time – but what lingers in the dark is not known. When you know the topic for this particular release, everything becomes so much more gloomier and frightening, like the etchings of coal on canvas. This is one of their positives which make them unique, in more ways then what sound can offer.

Their collective acronym is D.Å.R.F.D.H.S. – which spells out: Dard Å Ranj Från Det Hebbershålska Samfundet. A play with old Swedish words to create a fictive umbrella term for everything they do. Michel Isorinne and Varg (of Ulwhednar fame) are the sole proprietors of this imaginative collective, though we’d rather say they’re a “duo” – but that doesn’t sound bombastic enough. The topics they engage in seem to be less than fictional, taking most of their influence from obscure or overshadowed occurrences in Swedish history.

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For their forthcoming release “Mjöldryga“, a tattoo seemingly portraying; inked in “D.Å.R.F.D.H.S.” on someones’ arm, one half of a scythe, plus a symbol of some kind, but mainly a flail that’s situated in the middle of the picture – all constitute the artwork for this album. For those of you that don’t know what “Mjöldryga” means, it means the following: (Secale cornutum) is a parasitical organism, a fungus that attacks different kinds of grown plants, including grain of different kinds. This is one part of the main theme of the album – but it goes into different perspectives, probably related to a more or less obscure happening in Swedish history. We’re thankful for them to be around to teach one about topics we as Swedes haven’t learned or didn’t care too much about. Intriguing.

We at Repartiseraren can proudly present to you a track called “Bockahorn“, taken from the B-SIde of the release. It’s a twenty-minute long escapade that hides more beneath the surface than you can imagine. You don’t hear it the first time, but there are nuances in this dark ambient, experimental ambient trip into deep conscience, taking a long time to build with ambitiously created stages in sound. It’s like a playwright completely in sound, related to forgotten bits and pieces of history. Listen to it exclusively down below. It will get released on Beläten in the very near future and hopefully before the next year arrives.

Listen: Zarkoff – The Big Ripoff

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Exquisite but ominous electro and techno are out in favor for a more classic 1990’s rave and techno sound. Mute the melodies and come into your groove with a harsh acid baseline that will make you go bananas. This is exactly what Zarkoff has done when he for a moment strayed away from his original sound and decided to go full-on tribalistic rave and classic techno in “The Big Ripoff“. The spirit of the track is not tainted by what he himself thinks is a huge rip-off, because even though a lot of people are going to reminiscence about the good old days – his craftsmanship shines through yet again – so don’t be so harsh on yourself. It’s a perfectly unplanned gesture that shields us when we’re heading into the colder months of the year – the warmth of his track is what keeps you grooving.

After I’ve listened through it a few times I’ve come to appreciate it even more and I hope Zarkoff changes route completely and starts to heave acid house or classic techno music at us, hopefully in a raver’s setting of neon lights and with a drugged out atmosphere. Or maybe he should go full-on gabber so he can be acredited of reviving a genre whose life is in a total stalemate nowadays. What ever he chooses to do, nobody can deny that he’s skilled at what he does and that his transformations are what keep you listening to his music. Anyway, you can stream the track down below or download it for free.

Mix: Celldöd – We will not allow any dancing…

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Medan han letade i arkiven så stötte han på en större mängd musik som skulle passa. För de som är lyckligt lottade svängde han ihop allt från chicago house, detroit techno, acid house, industrial, electro, och alla övriga kombinationer som man själv inte ens visste fanns – förrän man satt sig ner och lyssnat igenom allt. Celldöd slevade ihop det bästa han kunde hitta från 1980 till 2014, däribland några klassiker och en del nya grejer som man inte hört tidigare. Bland dessa finns FISHERMEN och en ny låt av Johan Sturesson. Det finns egentligen inga pretentioner i denna mixen, det är helt enkelt en timme och lite till av det som Anders Karlsson (Celldöd) tycker om. Måhända är det så att urvalet är begränsat för hans alterego, men det är ändå en eklektisk blandning som på många sätt saknas på andra ställen.

Nog för att det finns många fler som gör mixar och spenderar tid på att förfina eller förfula dessa, men det känns som om man fått någonting personligt. Inte i den bemärkelsen att det är så in i märgen personligt, utan snarare att det finns en del av tanken bakom Celldöd planterad i själva mixen, men också tidigare projekt som Anders har stått bakom. Innan ni skruvar igång denna mix så ska ni veta att det mestadels är elektronisk musik som ni kommer att höra, men det finns en eller annan avvikare under lagren av bombastisk, minimalistisk, aggressiv electronica. Repartiseraren kan stolt presentera “We will not allow any dancing…” (1980-2014), en mix gjord för detta blogg-zine och som jag säkert tror att ni kommer att uppskatta. Lyssna nu.

Listen: Various Artists – Kollektion 6

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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.

Exclusive Premiere: Rude 66 – Under Cover Of The Night (feat. Beta Evers)

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Multi-faceted electronica artist Rude 66, or Ruud Lekx which is his real name, have been creating music under his moniker since the mid 1990s, out of the Netherlands. Other off-shoots like the leftfield techno alias Modulate, with the release “Dreams” on SSR Records in 1993, have been less common. He’s not an artist that has many alter-egos, only two which include the aforementioned, and Jagdstaffel 66 – the acid house and techno freak out – which he went by on a release in 2012 called “Starfighter“, which was put out by Crème Organization. Oddly enough, or maybe reasonably enough, Rude 66 has been his main name since 1994 when he released his first release “Untitled” on Bunker Records, which spanned onto three different releases with the same name, birthing a compilation of all his untitled tracks on the same record label – simply titled “Compilation“. Since his discography is rather long, I thought I would include his trilogy of notable albums that came into place after his numerous untitled releases from 1994-1997. It includes his first album “The Devil’s Highway“, put out on Silver Recordings in 1997, to “De Machine Des Duivels” put out by Bunker Records, and his latest full-length album “Sadistic Tendencies” which was put out on Crème Organization in 2008. Since then, and during his trip through atmospheric acid house, to leftfield techno, from modern electro-funk, to electronic wave and everywhere in between where you’ll find electronica, he’s also released numerous EPs and Singles throughout the years. He’s also done a split with Johan Agebjörn, Sally Shapiro and Elitechnique – which was titled “Spacer Woman” and came out on LoEB in 2008. But that’s not because I’m writing this, when it comes to his discography, it’s because I’ve had the honor to exclusively premiere a track of his latest mini-album titled “12¨“.

This 12¨-vinyl is his latest release since other mini-album “The Kill“, which was put out on Bordello A Parigi in 2014. The difference from that mini-album is that he’s teamed up with Beta Evers and Sololust on the A-Side of the release, with the tracks “Under Cover Of The Night” and “Stars Get Hurt“. Leaving only the B-Side for himself to put out “Mutual Assured Destruction” and “Radio Peace and Progress“. Since I’ve been collaborating a lot with Enfant Terrible and Gooiland Elektro – the sub-label – I’ve gotten my hands on the first track on this release. Which is “Under Cover Of The Night“, best described as a fantastic combinations of arms between Beta Evers sole proprietor Brigitte Enzler and her vocal talent, together with the ingenious acidic electronic body music-ish crossover electronica that Ruud Lekx deliver with Rude 66. A fantastic endeavor that will make you seek out the darker side of yourself, floating into the sound-scape by the sheer hypnotism of the landscape of sound that wrestles for space around you. I’m proud to be giving you the track “Under Cover Of The Night”, for exclusive streaming, only featured on Repartiseraren. Even though the track has been out for a couple of days now, the article is also up. Enjoy it a second time and rejoice.

Spotlight [SP. ED 2]: Light House / DUST!

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This Italian label named Mannequin Records have long been releasing newly re-issued stuff specifically from the 80’s. They’ve actually released new bands since the beginning, but I’ve always seen them as a “re-issue” label. Since I first and foremost saw them as a re-issue label, I needed to wash that stamp away with some highly intensive synth-pop, quirky minimal synth and charged industrialized cold wave. In this Special Edition of spotlight, we’re guided to the latest releases from this magnificent label. One is a debut-release and the other is a group that has been around since 2012. Newly formed, newly shaped and freshly squeezed. We present to you reviews of: Light House and DUST.

a2890133176_10Light House originates from Portland, where they’ve been around a couple of years. This group features the members Chris Relyea (ex- The Rapture), with Dawn Sharp and Brooks Blackhawk from Atriarch. Their debut-release “In Their Image“, is a four-tracked arachnoid, churning out poisonously addictive dark-wave and minimal synth. This EP of theirs is a somnambulist and ritualistic approach to these genres. Forged with utmost respectfulness to the ambiguous elements that rarely is concocted together with dark wave. Every hit of the longing synthesizer is a reminder that this world is much larger than we’d think it would be. As you slowly sink into the deep-end of the rosewater, when the darkened and spacious rhythms hit your ears like a concrete wall. Together with the pumping beat that continuously vibrates in conjunction with the rest of the beautifully laden sound-scape in front of you. Every mechanism is turning til’ the last component, as you slowly get indulged in the momentum that has been garnering since the start. Fleshy arpeggios, abstract motions and a charmingly sinister sound is what you’re trying to grasp. There’s nothing to hold on to, but there’s everything to hear. To the more classic dark wave experimental with darker intentions, that utilize more of the minimal synth phenomenon when it steps up to the plate. Sweeping synthesizers that forms the textures, with thin threads around the cocoon. When they play around a little bit more with the industrialized and constant rhythm of both their cold wave, the spacious sounds and the minimal synth – heads are turned on their tails. You’d feel obligated to vocalize it together with the vocalist, as she for the first time spread out more of her unorthodox arrhythmic wings. Here, the synthesizers become more grandiose, as every melody is being used to convince you that the layers upon layers of goodness is meant to be for you. It feels personal, with no strings attached, and no pretensions to be found. Deep, from within their hearts, this is for you. I can surely recommend this release, because it is some of the better dark wave mixed with other genres as a crossover, that I have heard for a long time. Especially the last song. Unfortunately the EP is already sold out, but you can listen to it down below.

a1178281350_10DUST, on the other hand, is something different. Even though the common denominator is electronic music. Featuring the collective of korean noise goddess Greem Jellyfish, psych musician/model Angela Chambers, tech audio engineer Michael Sherburn and DJ John Barclay. Originally an dark italo project, now a “combat” techno meets acid house phenomenon. Their intentions are great, as their machines continually pound out the analogue wondrous of acidic textures upon psychedelic longing, in the form of wailing. Consisting of rhythms that would easily punch you in the face and not apologize for it. You’ll have your feet stomping to this as you make your way through this four-tracked explosion of influences. Whilst it tries to re-direct your attention from the bombastic tones, it will suddenly begin to smack your face around with its virtually unchallenged beats that make every techno-maniac shy away in displeasure. Not because it’s bad, but because it is so heavy. This is both as crazy as it can get, with the overtly psychedelic screams and insane vocals. Brace yourself, as the reverberated madness strikes you with provocative lines of futuristic synthesizers, together with charred and spontaneous hits with the electronic hammer. Whatever you’d want to fit in here, is fitted. Whether it consists of quirky synthesizers that graciously show you how to move, or if it is aggressively stomping its way through your living room. Even though some of the italo makes itself noticeable within the rhythms and the melodies, they leave far more space for other influences to grow strong and every single member adds their expertise to fulfill their sacred challenge of introducing this irrational mixture to you as a listener. The more you try to understand it, the more mysterious it gets. Don’t turn your back, because this is freakishly potent stuff. So, whether you like acid house or prefer some stompy techno, or simply just want to “chill” out to some italo influences – everything is for you. But I should warn you, this is a deadly mix in between the borders of these three genres. You should enter at your own risk, because there’s a big risk involved with listening to this. Because you might get hooked directly. There are two copies left of this release, so I suggest you make a run for it, over here. You can also listen to it down below.