Recension: Kalabalik På Tyrolen – 2018

När jag skriver detta sitter jag ned i ren bekvämlighet i min lägenhet. Något som kan vara både bekvämt men även obekvämt är Kalabalik På Tyrolen, situerad i en gammal folkpark precis utanför Alvesta, gör att både att atmosfären för själva festivalen och festivalen i sig blir ett. En kombination av något som är unikt för Sverige både på platsen där den hålls men också för att det är mer än en festival – det är en återkommande tradition för många inklusive mig.

Jag hade packat mina väskor och var redo för att åka. Det tog mig inte lång tid att komma till centralstationen i Malmö och när jag väntade på perrongen försökte jag lista ut vilka som också skulle till festivalen, för att se om det gick att urskilja men det var denna gång nästan omöjligt för merparten skulle ta ett senare tåg.

Tågresan i sig är inte obekväm, det går lätt med Snälltåget att ta sig dit även om man är två timmar därifrån. Det infinner sig ingen känsla av att vara uttråkad, som det kunde göra om man skulle längre upp i landet till en helt annan festival. Det enda som kunde varit smidigare är om man inte hade haft lika mycket packning, det var osmidigt att ta sig fram på perrongen i Alvesta – festivalbesökarna hade inte dykt upp ännu.

Senare fick man reda på att ett tåg hade börjat brinna och därför var en del människor försenade till festivalen, sedan var det en lastbil som hade vält på motorvägen så en del bilburna människor hade varit tvungna att vänta på det med.

Man checkade in på hotellet som man lärt sig att vänja sig vid, såg till att boka en taxi väldigt tidigt i förväg så att man skulle slippa få vänta på en i kanske en timme eller mer – men taxiresan från festivalen på natten var nog snäppet värre att vänta på, särskilt när man bokat den tio timmar i förväg och den först inte dök upp, för att senare komma väldigt mycket senare än väntat.

Det största problemet för de som inte har bil är att ta sig till festivalområdet, det hade varit intressant om man kunde uppbringa en buss eller dylikt som vid fasta tidpunkter kunde ta en från festivalen och tillbaka igen.

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Allting var dock som vanligt när man skulle ta sig till festivalområdet, man tog sig dit lite tidigare för att få uppleva en av de första banden, i detta fallet var nog om jag inte missminner mig Europ Europ som jag fick se live för första gången, det var första gången jag träffade Tom från bandet, som jag samarbetat med tidigare på ett släpp och vars band jag skrivit om ett par gånger tidigare. Jag kände igen honom, men han kände inte igen mig först, vi pratade sedan om allt möjligt och då stötte jag även på Matt Weiner från TWINS – detta samkväm med artister, oavsett om man är inbjuden för att täcka en festival eller inte, är vad jag tycker om med Kalabalik På Tyrolen.

Den sociala biten är minst lika viktig som musiken, man kan vara en aktiv och en passiv deltagare på samma gång. Europ Europs musik är väldigt experimentell, de är dock väldigt duktiga på att spela på väldigt oortodoxa instrument, vilket man kan se på bilden men även när den tredje medlemmen som var med och spelade dök upp.

Tyvärr måste jag säga att intrycket jag hade av den sociala biten, även om jag träffade ett par människor jag träffat ett par gånger innan, samt nya väldigt trevliga människor så tyckte jag att festivalen har växt ur sina obskyra skor och trampat in på mer “kommersiellt” territorium – det är bra på så sätt att det kommer fler festivaler, men dåligt på så sätt att den mer intima känslan uteblir. Det var väldigt många människor man inte ens hade något samröre med, det var för många människor helt enkelt.

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Nästa höjdpunkt var faktiskt Roberto Auser, jag har lagt upp ett par premiärer med hans musik – jag tycker om den eftersom att det är en komplexare form av electro, lite tyngre men med ett eget sound som fascinerar. Väldigt många gungvänliga låtar som ständigt utvecklade sig själva under längre tid, den ena mer egensinning än den andra i form av ljudbilden.

Här smådansar man och ser alla andra göra detsamma, tempot börjar växlas upp och man vet inte riktigt vad man vill se senare, förutom ett par sedan tidigare intressanta akter. De som hypades mest just denna festival var Hatari, jag vet att de har gjort ett par bra låtar men det var inte direkt något som intresserade mig. Dock var detta senare på kvällen och krockade givetvis med det DJ-set jag själv hade, tyvärr blev det inte så lyckat i och med att det skulle vara ett showcase, mest eftersom att jag hade felformaterat min USB-sticka – kontentan var trots detta att det blev vissa lyckade övergångar men en magisk känsla ändå, trots ett allt mer tomt dansgolv.

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Gertrud Stein – minimalistisk synth-pop i ett expressionistiskt paket. Väldigt dansvänliga låtar som gjorde att man stannade kvar för att se resten, inte direkt det som gjorde det största avtrycket men ändå tillräckligt. Välutvecklade melodier och intressanta utsvävningar i form av både hur hon klädde sig men även hur hon agerade på scen, jag föredrar dock den interaktion som Diesel Dudes gav till publiken 2017 – helt fenomenalt.

Ett par sämre bilder senare och en hel del förvirring, så blev jag intervjuad av synthpodden Blå Måndag, där jag fick avslöja en hel del som var på gång och pratade lite om kassetter och dylikt, ja ni kan ju höra mer här. Jag fick även höra på när Zanias blev intervjuad, ett väldigt proffessionellt upplägg och en synthpodd ni borde lyssna på, de sticker ut från mängden, minst sagt och jag är tacksam över att jag blev intervjuad.

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Just det, Position Paralléle levererade och var extremt bra. Dessvärre vet jag inte riktigt om bilden ovanför var på Celldöds spelning eller deras, bilderna jag tog blev inte så bra som jag hade tänkt mig då jag hade mer fokus på att vara involverad i mer än bara musiken. Bägge spelningar hade dock sina egenheter och var värda att titta på, väldigt bra uppträdande av bägge som man inte sent glömmer. Det var något i atmosfären just vid detta tillfället som är just något du inte upplever någon annanstans, publiken blir mer och mer involverad i själva spelningen.

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Något som kulminerade när Vanligt Folk spelade, sångaren kastade sig ut i publiken och det blev nästan som en modern moshpit. Ni får vara medvetna om att denna recension inte direkt är i kronologisk ordning förutom i början, det är här allt börja bli ett och man börjar bli smått förvirrad efter att nästan ha kommit in i natten. Energin som Vanligt Folk levererade var inte av denna värld och förmodligen en av de bästa spelningarna under hela festivalen, deras nya sound är dock inte något som intresserar lika mycket som deras äldre låtar, tror inte ens de tog med “Idioter Av Församlingen” som är min favoritlåt.

Huvudsaken är dock att de gav allt. Man fick en adrenalinkick som satt i resten av kvällen och natten. Man fick sig också en tankeställare om att man själv kanske skulle vara bättre på att dokumentera det som hänt omkring en, som på alla andra festivaler sprang jag på Ronny från Container 90, hade ett par trevliga samtal och träffade dagen efter utanför hotellet på delar ur Alvar. För övrigt var deras gästande under Dive‘s spelning magisk, det var inte säkert att det skulle ske, men det blev så och det var brutalt.

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En av de saker jag märkte med denna festival var att det inte var lika mycket häng med artisterna, 2017 kunde man hänga på ett annat sätt men då kände man å andra sidan fler som spelade just då. Just under det året hängde man i en avställd husvagn bakom en av scenerna, det blev en hel del humoristiska saker som hände och nya bekantskaper som inte riktigt tog sig utanför just Kalabalik På Tyrolen. Många man inte träffat på ett tag, många man precis lärt känna.

Just 2018 års upplaga var lika välorganiserad som den brukar vara, de är aldrig dåliga på den biten men för mig så kändes det som att det fanns en hel del människor som enbart var intresserad eller där för någon eller en av akterna, inte som festivalen innan dess. Detta korrelerar även med att det var för många människor på festivalen, men som tidigare sagt är det positivt då det hjälper den att överleva.

Den intimiteten man fick under föregående år gick nästan förlorad, men man hade ändå ett par trevliga stunder med människor man kände sedan tidigare, oavsett om man träffats först då eller inte.

Jag hoppas på att få återvända 2019 då det finns väldigt många artister jag vill se, jag kan också hålla ett annat fokus då eftersom att jag inte DJ:ar själv. Festivalen kanske inte heller blir lika fragmenterad och då kanske man även får träffa på människor man senast såg på samma festival 2017. Oavsett det positiva och negativa med festivalen så får man hävda att det inte finns någon liknande festival – den är unik av sitt slag och förhoppningsvis dör den inte av i första taget.

Adjö Tyrolen, jag hoppas att vi ses igen 2019. Ha det så bra tills dess.

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Listen: Giant Swan, Rivière de Corps, Luminance, and V/A – Spänningen Band II

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We’ve had quite a run for many years, the machinery have worked as intended but sometimes they need to be carefully restored to their former glory once again. We have no excuses to not post anything, it is just that the current musical climate is so lethargic – either waddle through a pool of mud – or directly finding the gems you’ve sought out for so long.

Running your own label takes time, and having a full-time job hinders the crew from working on this site at all times. The intention for the future is to update more frequently, the ideal would be once or twice a day – but time needs to be portioned up for this to work – which is difficult to say the least.

If you haven’t checked our label out yet, here’s some shameless self-promotion, visit our bandcamp-page and support us: https://repartiseraren.bandcamp.com/

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It’s been a long time since anything from Mannequin Records was featured on this webzine, we’ve not really been keeping up with what they’ve been doing – but they’ve released quite a number of records since then.

The latest of their releases is “High Waisted“, by a Bristol-based duo Giant Swan, their second EP in their discography and a really good mixture of ominous industrial music that have an outstretched hand into more obfuscated music like rhythmic noise.

It is too complicated in rhythm to be equated with regular techno, even though some of the settings and moods suggest otherwise. Maybe industrial or hard techno would share more similarity with the genrebending they’re doing in this maddening approach. “The Rest Of His Voice” is easily the best song on the whole record, as it captures their whole essence on this EP, furiously stomping into your eardrums without any hesitation.

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Maybe this french one-man outfit, Rivière de Corps have drawn a lot of influence from Pure Ground? A lot of the material is reminiscent of the earlier outputs of that duo. Both aesthetically and musically, a lot of it sounds alike, some of the songs are alright on this release but other songs like “retour du dieu plutonium” should’ve had more thought put into them.

Even though a lot of songs on this release needs a few adjustments here and there, the general theme of the record and the aesthetic aspects of the release as a whole make it better. With the song “échec critique” they reach a high point of the release itself, if only all the other songs had the same standard, it would be an even better release.

In general, it is satisfying to listen to and it explores a lot of themes and moods that don’t need that much more additional presentation. If you like the music, consider buying a cassette directly from the bandcamp of Vague à l’Âme, and listen to the release in whole down below.

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We’ve covered Luminance some time way back when, but now they’re released a single, a different version of the song “Martyr” (from The Cold Rush), which is more mystical in its approach and a calmer version, titled “Martyr” (Version Longue). The only reason for us to cover a single, is basically because this is a great version that stands on its own and challenges the original version.

This is the point of music, to exponentially go in different directions and instead of stagnating it evolves in manners that might be unknown to the listener until he or she hears it. Could we all agree that french lyrics, when done properly, adequately enhances music and takes it into a whole other dimension? It adds a perfectly great mysterious undertone which is desperately needed in the first minute of this song.

Listen to it down below and give them some money if you like it.

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When I boast about Sweden, I boast about these kinds of compilations. We’re truly great at discovering obscure artists and groups, and we’re even better at showcasing them in equally as obscure compilations. It haven’t been on our horizons, but since we heard about Yta Recordings, we felt we needed to give them some coverage somehow.

Spänningen Band II” is the second compilation in a series, coming in strong with a hard-hitting claustrophobic track by Adore that gently shove in hints of a compact, ambitious dreary landscape of sound that is equal to none. Most of these artists and groups are unknown to us, but when you pass through the quirky repetitive acid mixture that is hidden between Nima Khak and Lrh, a more urgent response is felt within the song by United Hive Mind Of Sweden, perfectly igniting the next artist Stilnoct.

We must admit that we find some of these artists hard to listen to, and that is not because of the music itself, but it is because the same boring archetype of techno music is repeated throughout the compilation in ways that are common with these compilations, unfortunately. The music itself is well-produced, there is no question about that – but after Adore dropped “Time Is Anima“, everything else was pale in comparison.

Celldöd graciously ends this compilation with “Du Som Försvann“, maybe it was the start and finish that would keep you listening throughout? If so, it’s a good compromise. Even though some of the music is not really in our ballpark, it is a good enough compilation to recommend because of its aesthetics and that it contains a few really good tracks, and two really great tracks.

Listen to it down below in full and support them by buying the physical cassette of this release.

 

Exclusive: Repartiseraren announces; Celldöd added to Kalabalik på Tyrolen 2018 line-up!

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We’re glad to be collaborating with Kalabalik på Tyrolen before the festival starts this year, and announce that Celldöd will be performing live on this year’s edition of Kalabalik på Tyrolen 2018 – which takes place in the idyllic setting of Tyrolen between the 24th and 25th of August this year – in a classic ‘folk park’ with a charming 1960’s aesthetic – as it have been for as long as it has been arranged.

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Celldöd is the newest project of Anders Karlsson (Severe Illusion, The Pain Machinery, Vargdöd, et cetera), and he’s come a long way musically since having one of his tracks released on the first Ljudkalendern compilation on Repartiseraren back in 2015, and the second one in 2016. With releases on his own label Brutal Disciplin, Smashing Tapes Records, Femur, Medical Records LLC, and the latest one being “KESS07” on Kess Kill.

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Ranging all the way from ambitious electronic body music, to acid techno in a new outfit mixed in with primitive minimal electronics, oozing of industrial vibes in a post-industrial world – a perfect match for total misanthropy and a knuckle in the skull of the unknowing. His live-performances have been praised for his total control over the ‘meager’ instruments he’s brought with him, being able to execute a perfect showmanship despite his instruments malfunctioning – using it to his advantage, to create a whirlwind of soaring destruction.

He’s performed on Kalabalik på Tyrolen a couple of years ago already, but this one will be on a whole other level, we anticipate at least. It is a must-see performance which you’ll be able to enjoy if you snatch a few tickets, invite your friends and whomever you like or dislike to this festival – it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we at Repartiseraren want to see next year as well – but it all depends on your support.

You can buy either an early bird ticket or an early bird support ticket – to show your appreciation for Sweden’s undoubtedly best alternative music festival. Here’s a link to where you purchase your ticket. Stream the latest release by Celldöd down below, and purchase the vinyl-release from Kess Kill if you like what you hear.

Reviews: Multiple Man – New Metal, V/A – Strategies Against The Body Vol. 2

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Here comes a double track-by-track review of the newest releases, courtesy of DKA Records, based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Their discography includes: Boy Harsher, Dylan Ettinger / Goldendust, Profligate, Fit Of Body, Warning Light, Voice Of Saturn / Anticipation, High-Functioning Flesh, Valis, TWINS and Women’s Work.

As of the 2nd of March they’ve added two new releases to this immense discography – the debut full-length LP-release by Brisbane’s twin-brother-duo Sean and Chris Campion, otherwise known as Multiple Man, the release goes by the name of “New Metal“. Strategies Against The Bodies have now been introduced as a second volume, featuring even more artists then the first compilation. In this article I dissect each song of both releases and tell you my opinion on them. The release was mixed by Matt Weiner (CGI Records) and mastered by Dietrich Schoenemann.

Starting off with “New Metal“, having listened through their other discography, including favorites of mine from Detonic Records – the “Guilt Culture/Boiling Down” double-single – it is fair to say that when introducing this new full-length they’ve grown a bit in my eyes considering the sound itself and the general aesthetics which are pleasing for the eyes as the cover itself (created by James Stuart) reminds one about earlier industrial-releases in terms of appearance. You get a sinister and chaotic feeling in terms of the colors when they mix together, outlining the appearance of a seemingly distraught and/or desperate man. The font is also alluring and you basically get it right if you think the release has anything to do with body music or industrial music.

As the first song “Slow Code” is rung in by the scraping of metal, a violently underlying basedrum is introduced and on top of that a steady rocking beat – which together with other percussive elements mixed together – suddenly jumpstarts an electronic body music rhythm. It’s a pleasing synthesizer which develops into a harsher, more industrial-like anthemic kind of song, as outdrawn baselines and the overlying synthesizers make the rhythm multi-faceted – together with murmured vocals that add to the sinister feeling you get whilst listening to it. It is a somewhat catchy song that draws in a self-assuring vibe in terms of how bombastic everything gets after a while.

Even though it is repetetive in some parts, the soundscape itself morphs into something completely different the longer in it progresses. The chorus brings everything together into the theme of the whole song and what it is supposed to be and convey. It is a cold endeavour but at the same time it is not stripped of any emotions, as there is a whole palette of different feelings that you feel when listening to it. I feel alert, concentrated and inspired, on the edge tuning in.

If the first song was portrayed as anthemic, wait until you hear “Power Fantasy” – which starts with an off-putting “yoo-hoo“, to be smashed into your consciousness by one of the most perfect rhythms I’ve heard in this wave of new-body music. Everything about this song relies on the first synthesizer-rhythm and the percussive elements that are introduced. To add to the general heftiness of the song itself, the vocals together with additional basedrums create an enjoyable repetetive atmosphere which later on looms into a more atmospheric concentration of industrialized sound.

The sudden shrieking of the vocalist reapplies the stripped soundscape and reuses it to their heart’s content. Even after only having listened to the first two songs, one must say that this one – “Power Fantasy” – is something really special. Whether it is the retro industrial feeling that weighs in when all the beats collide, or if it is their special brand of it, is hard to say. But damn it is a really catchy song and even though the lyrical content might be unintelligible at times – the simpleness of it adds into the harsh emotional deliverance – which they manage to do perfectly. It is a jaw-droppingly good song, once you’ve listened through it way too many times.

Now with the next and third song on this release, it is less concentrated to harsh rhythms and electronic body music and more pure electronica with minimal synth weaved into it – I am, of course, talking about “Luxury Boys“. There’s a certain primitive vibe to the song even though the synthesizers, baselines and beats together concoct a swaying and interesting blend of these different forms of electronica. It feels dated, like something out of a time-machine, yet remarkably attached to the modern world as such. However, it would fit great in an alternative movie from the 1980’s.

At times the atmosphere feels like something exotic, especially when you hear the percussion and the main synthesizer which steadfastly creates a memorable thematic, which you end up portraying in your head. It is audio-visually a really great song, however I’m more impressed by the harsher side of Multiple Man. Though they’ve managed to, in their song, convey a more laidback alter ego – musically.

Skin” – their fourth song – has that same kind of feeling attached to it like the previous song. It seems like they’ve changed the general theme of their songs, as it progresses from the first and second, to the third and the fourth. It develops lyrically as well and becomes some kind of acid electronic bastard child of industrial music. When the synthesizer revs up to show its true acid colors – one is intrigued by it since it adds a whole different characteristic to the song itself – alongside the vocals that are unenthusiastically chanted and feel like they’re just being dragged along for the ride.

It is probably one of the songs up until now that have the best vocals in them. It adds so much more to the experience of listening to the song as well as the development of the soundscape as it accompanies the different influences and rhythms perfectly together. Though it might be added that the song in itself is impressive in many ways, it fails to attract any further emotions when listening to it, as it is only brought out when everything is brought together in an almost cataclysmic fashion.

Returning to the pure electronic body music with the fifth song “Negative Space” – an ominously sounding piece. A continously pounding rhythm attached to a gloomy atmosphere, feeling more like an intermission then anything else. One can’t help but feel left to the metaphorical clock ticking in the form of outdrawn synth-stabs. Somehow the electronic body music elements are of not the same importance as the more atmospheric aspects of this song. The continuity is what defines it all. It just keeps going.

Maybe this might be the dividing line that will shift the musical focus to something else or it may just be a filler for the filler’s sake. Usually, artists and bands have one of these kinds of tracks in their repertoir, in the case of Multiple Man – this song stands out from their others and in a positive manner as well. Reminding oneself about the shifting character of their sound and what they might be able to accomplish, and want to accomplish with their music.

Hotter Then Hell” is the sixth song on this neverending ride of different, excitingly fresh electronic body music with industrial vibes. This song is probably the most sublime of the bunch so far, it has got a really ambiguous vibe to it. One negative thing about it is that it is also the most boring song in terms of the soundscape, as there’s not much happening and it is not as upbeat as the other tracks. Nothing wrong with a downbeat track but this one doesn’t really cut it for me.

Ideal Self” is where it is at. It’s been tried with the other songs but it has got a funkier vibe then the other ones. The atmosphere is really wicked and the rhythm goes up and down like a jojo, embracing the more danceable elements and turning it around for them now later on in this release. It is really all about combining the more unusual genres and turning it into the new face of the Multiple Man that makes it or breaks it in terms of this song. Groovy is what characterize this musical experience the best.

Interestingly enough, as the song fades out and turns into “New Metal” – they’ve decided to put this title-track last on the record. Really a perfect summarization of what they have achieved during this eight-track long release. Even though it lacks everything that made the first few songs great it combines everything one’s heard so far into a mixture of the weirdness and the high energy electronic body music into an acid and industrial rollercoaster which holds up in the end.

I say that only because the rhythms are on point and this song is basically what you should’ve listened to first if you wanted a summary. My thoughts about this full-length debut-LP on DKA Records is that it brings something odd to the table and spins things around completely out of your own safe-zone. You must have taken a liking for electronic body music transgressing into all kinds of different music genres, plus the experimental edge in which Multiple Man hold their territory firm. Although some of the songs are a disappointment, not all of them need to be as good as “Power Fantasy” to hold up in the end. The more you listen to it, the more you enjoy the self-willed nature of this duo.

Tomorrow this article will be updated with a track-by-track review of Strategies Against The Body Volume 2. You can stream Multiple Man’s release “New Metal” down below and make up your own mind about it, but from what I’ve heard throughout the songs – they’ve surely got potential that enrich the DKA Records discography further.

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A follow-up to the 2015 compilation “Strategies Against The Body – Volume 1” have been released via DKA Records. Featuring a whole different roster of artists, containing various electronic genres, all derived from the so-called underground. Some of them more established then others. The cover for the release is very aesthetically unpleasant to lay one’s eyes on but is a reflection of what you can anticipate when listening through this compilation of artists.

Pyramid Club is the first artist and one must say that they’ve got a whole lot better songs then this one. It’s a freakishly monotonous song that doesn’t really cut it. One doesn’t really feel anything when listening to their song “It’s All Grey” – the atmosphere that is there is off-putting and doesn’t do them justice in terms of their discography, otherwise. What saves this song is the latter part of it beyond three minutes in, when the vocals go into a howling frenzy and the basedrum lunge at you as if it had gone berserk.

I really want to like this song but can’t really fathom it. Melodically it is odious and it doesn’t even give the tag ‘experimental‘ body music any revitalization. Repetetiveness and experimentalism can give you a whole other insight into what electronic music ultimately could be about – but here they just fall flat with their brand of it. Very unfortunate for anyone who’s fond of Pyramid Club’s current discography of demo-tracks with lots of potential.

Now on to Passing, who’s song “Sacrifice” starts off rather intriguingly with that bass-filled melodious atmosphere which bounce around in infinity together with acid influences as rambunctious electronica pushed to its limits. Then, suddenly, the vocals are introduced into the mix and one is instantly taken out of the mesmerizing sound – because they lack the punch and the guts which the rest of the soundscape perfectly molds into – overtime. It adds absolutely nothing that progresses the atmosphere even remotely. It would even be better if it was wholly instrumental instead, unfortunately.

All-in-all, the song itself has one hooked to the beats, rhythm and melodious extravagance. There’s a sense of emergency in the overall expression it gives, the fast-paced lunging, acidic body music with electronic overtones – masterfully executed, instrumentally at least. It’s got the perfect length as well and you can never get enough of the simple melodies that together make something out of nothing, adding complexity together with the percussion.

What never tires me is the special kind of desperate brand of electronic body music that Celldöd creates. He can make something out of nothing, it sounds huge no matter what he attaches himself to and the atmospheric feel of “Hemliga Rum” is made alarmingly brutal with his vocals alone. A hiss here and a hiss there, a steady acid rhythm with a baseline that seems to get harder the further into the song you get – the echoes of the vocals, making one uneasy listening to the song – all that is there, in the vast nothingness that he portrays – follow him into the secret room.

Imagining that it would be some kind of abandoned house or industrial setting, together with the lyrics in Swedish repeatedly saying “Take me with you, I want to see what you see, into secret rooms“, as if he is desperately clinging on to something – the deliverance is absolutely on point and adds much as the snaredrum hit is industrially enhanced by sounding like he’s hitting on a metal object – which in reality, maybe he is. It adds that extra portion of the atmosphere which would otherwise be lacking. In the end a very good song which leaves nothing to imagine, audiovisually he puts images in ones head.

Continuing in basically the same manner as the other songs, a kind of acid-inspired baseline together with melodic noises, Spatial Relation‘s song “Infinitely Wary” is now playing. I don’t really know what to say about Lissette Schoenly’s vocals – but it fits very well into the atmosphere created by the synthesizers and percussive elements – though it really does nothing for me while listening to it. I feel no emotions, it just feels like one has to get through it to get on with listening to the rest of the compilation. This brand of electronica hasn’t really gotten me interested, which is a shame, since they repeat what Pyramid Club did with their introductory song to this whole compilation.

When one has listened through the song a few more times, one finds it to be somewhat alluring – though it can’t be explained, really. There’s something avant-garde about the approach to the whole song and how they utilize the different elements of it, how it gradually progresses and how it finishes. There’s a little redemption in the form of the atmosphere as it grabs onto you in a weird way, the electro-vibe and all, which is odd to say the least but hey.

One of my favorite projects since “The Red Dress – Parts I/II“, James Andrew’s own Tifaret, is featured on this compilation as the fifth track in a total of ten. The song “Lara” interesingly enough sounds like “Keep On Driving” (one of his other songs) – the difference is if Andrew Eldritch had a son, James Andrew would be his. Their vocals are really alike and one feels like he’s drawn a little bit too much inspiration in his song-making from The Sisters Of Mercy’s front-man. It is, however, not pastiche – the atmosphere is nice and the beats are on point.

Melodically it must’ve drawn influence from his earlier song but it doesn’t really matter. This is one of the better songs I’ve heard on this compilation up until now. Hopefully this is the one that turns it around and introduces one to some equally as great songs. It should be released simultaneously as this song, as it feels like a variant and lies really close in the whole soundscape and if it weren’t for the different melodies, more emotional vocals, it would almost be identical.

Suddenly, awestricken, in a good way. Anticipation flies into your ears with that subliminal, brooding electronic body music that has a groove like no other – talking of course about the song “Photograph” – which together with samples and a rhythm out of this world is gradually making one reconsider what one’s written about the compilation in general. Now we’re talking about some serious electronic music, whose atmosphere makes one dance along to it and is catchy as no other song – currently on this compilation.

One does not mind the repetetiveness of the beats as it slowly develops over time, introducing small but noticeable changes in character which enhances the whole experience of listening to it. The continually pounding sub-baseline pushes the beats further into the forefront of the mix – and there’s never a dull moment listening to this song. Thankfully, maybe there’s still hope for the compilation in large as we proceed.

SinceGhoul” was released in 2016, Videograve have been out of the loop. Now they’re back, on this compilation. The melodies in their song “Dead Men Floating” are equally as sinister as the title of it. They’ve let the melodies be at the forefront of the atmosphere and the beats plus percussion in the back, giving off a resounding and reverberated no-nonsense sound. Videograve are one of the more interesting acts that have emerged the last few years when it comes to electronic music. They have an authentic and goddamn awesome sound. Electronic body music gone haywire, electronic body music developed from a general minimal electronics waypath – never straying away from originality.

This is my favorite song so far on this compilation. I’m very impressed in general. There’s nothing to complain about, it is a really enjoyable song to listen to and there are so many facets of it that you’ve stopped counting. They really portray a sinister picture – a rather picturesque one if one may say so – audio-visually aesthetically pleasing, if that makes any sense at all.

Now for something a lot different. Collin Gorman Weiland’s song “Indenture and Stone” – monotonous industrial techno, with minimal wave influences. A very bleak song in terms of the atmosphere, very heavy when it comes to the industrial side of it and something that brings forth a whole different sound on this compilation. It is noticeable that the end is near whilst listening to it, the very apathetic vocals and the grinding percussion that seem to have no end to it. Draining energy from every outlet where there’s even sound.

There’s an anti-upbeatness to the song, it is downtempo but tries hard to be upbeat. Looming on as if nothing ever mattered, ending rather beautifully and very unexpectedly – turning into an ambient piece that gives one inner peace while listening to it. A welcoming addition to an otherwise interesting and never-ending seance. Had the latter parts of the song been developed even further, there might’ve been a nice blend of ambient industrial and the harshness of the song itself.

Ninth song on the compilation is by ARIISK and is titled “Candid Machine” – which is one of those songs that never develop into anything. It would’ve been better if it had some progression worth to mention. All this experimental electronic body music is making one’s head spin. There’s nothing about the monotonous approach in rhythm that gives anything, it just feels like a piece that is stuck in the same rhythm and melody without ever ending or transforming into anything good.

There’s a continuous lack in the atmosphere itself that isn’t repaired by the beats nor the progression of the song itself. Not to mention the vocals – it doesn’t add or bring anything out of the atmosphere. Even though this song might be meant to sound dark and provoke some kind of emotion, there isn’t any. It feels like one wants to skip the song and head onto the last one, there’s few moments that attract any noteable attention.

Xander Harris delivers the final song on this compilation, titled “Social Leather“. When pushing play on this song, there’s a wondrous tone coming from the melody. It feels like you’re high above the clouds, or that you’re way out of your body and somewhere else. It has a dreamy touch to it and the vocals expand on that subject. There’s an electro-vibe to it vocally and the atmosphere is absolutely phenomenal. There’s a transgression between different electronic genres that he executes flawlessly.

Being the final song on this release, it makes up for other moments experienced while listening to the compilation. One must say, to DKA Record’s credit, that it is a compilation that has some kind of sense of purpose when it comes to the assortment of different artists – too bad that it doesn’t go the whole way in terms of how good that, in theory, should be. I must recommend it any way, because there are certain moments on this release that are enticing. Stream the full release down below on Soundcloud.

Premiär: Æmɨt teaser, spelning på Under Bron den 9/3

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Under hemlighetsfullhetens fana, nåja, åtminstone i ljudväg – har Æmɨt skapats – sprungen ur eller åtminstone inspirerade av uråldrig Egyptisk mytologi (läs: Ammit), och med fanbärarna Jonas Fredriksson (ALVAR), Erik Söderberg (Kinder aus Asbest) och Jimmy Svensson (Yabibo Hazurfa/Slusk), så blir deras gemensamma insats monumental på enbart tre minuter. Det de levererar är motståndskraftig industriell techno med fokus på en trollbindande slags atmosfärisk industriell musik, där mystiska syntslingor drabbar samman med rungande bastrummor – som blir en hetlevrad men återhållsam kombination. Det måste påpekas att det förmodligen är såhär det skulle låta när dessa män låter sina alter ego formas till ett – på pricken.

Musiken har en trollbindande rytm och en säregen karaktär. Ljudlandskapet har en röd tråd man kan hänga med i och den är väldigt dansvänlig. Estetiken är mörk som den borde vara, vilket ger en sammanhängande känsla i sig då det även påminner en om att detta gemensamma projekt drar i flera trådar samtidigt – eftersom att man lyckas vara både musikaliskt och estetiskt tilltalande – detta hade varit något som hade kunnat släppas på Beläten om den etiketten fortfarande hade varit i bruk. Rent produktionsmässigt är det ingenting som fallerar heller, alla små nyanser som bidrar till musikens helhet kan skönjas. Från minsta underliggande slaginstrument till knastret och bruset som understödjer det atmosfäriska och brutalt undersköna.

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På torsdag i nästa vecka intar de scenen på Under Bron i Stockholm (Skanstull, gratis entré) (ALVAR presenterar) med sin första livespelning någonsin, tillsammans med en utvald skara av artister och DJ’s. Mellan 17:00 och 03:00 så kan man även se Celldöd och Dissociō Modus Trāns live – medan de som DJ:ar kommer att vara Mattias Anger (Complete Control Productions, Kollaps Records) och Daniel Jonasson (Covenant, S.A.W.).

Man kan hittills bara lyssna till ett smakprov av vad som komma skall, men det som ni kommer att få höra kommer att sätta sig i hjärnbarken omgående – vilket lindrar ens begär för fullständiga låtar, någorlunda. Lyssna här nedanför via Soundcloud.

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.

Exklusiv Premiär: Celldöd – Våldsamt Motstånd (Mix1)

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Igårkväll så gjorde Celldöd, enligt en trollbunden publik; en av sina bästa spelningar någonsin. Han uppträdde, precis innan legendaren Douglas McCarthy’s samarbetsprojekt Fixmer/McCarthy gjorde entré – som huvudakt. Detta utspelade sig på Nalen i Stockholm och har garanterat etsat fast sig i minnet på konsertbesökarna. Förutom att han gjorde det kan skulle och det med bravur enligt många som var där, så var säkert Fixmer/McCarthy ett ögonblick att minnas. Tyvärr så kunde man inte närvara eftersom att det rent geografiskt var avlägset. Men däremot kunde man höja ögonbrynet på ett antal Celldöd-fans med hjälp av att få lägga upp en exklusiv låt. Det var nämligen som så att Anders valde att släppa en kassett, i oerhört begränsad upplaga om tio kassetter – vars namn är “Affektiv Storm” – som enligt uppgift redan är slutsålda.

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Eftersom att det var många som inte skulle få tillfället att äga kassetten, så lade Repartiseraren i samarbete med Celldöd upp låten “Våldsamt Motstånd (Mix1)“, en låt som är tagen från den kassett han hade med sig till uppträdandet på Nalen. Det är en väldigt kaosartad låt som förvränger det redan förvirrande konceptet av Celldöd, ytterligare. Man vet aldrig vart man hamnar när Anders är den som vrider på rattarna och får den ena ljudbilden efter den andra, att låta helt annorlunda. Här är det mer synthpunkigt, mer rått – primitivt som attans. Så för alla er som inte fick tillfället att äga kassetten, kan i alla fall få tillfälle att lyssna på en låt från den. Lyssna här nedanför.