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.
One of the returning artists on this blog, at least when it comes to promotion, have been Midnight Snack. Apparently, he’s a part of a collective called Smoke Signals, which consists of him and artists such as: RxN, Mathbonus, Gelido, Lab 5, SchoolofThought, Astrobear, Chaos Kid and Hominidae. Even though futurebeat, dubstep and the likes of it isn’t my cup of tea, it might be yours. This is the second compilation that they’ve created together, which in turn was an initiative for those involved to remix each others songs. You’ll hear everything from twisted beats, to illuminated choruses, in this world where craziness will appear from thin air. Everything basically has its fundamental roots in hip-hop, which is noticeable. This makes it the only thing in that genre that I can endorse, if you ignore Midnight Smack. Head on over to their bandcamp-page, or stream this compilation in its entirety down below.
This sound will make you want to conquer your own mind, make up your own rules and jump around. Jumping in is the moniker Gore Tech, lending his hand to the believers of a mashed-up style of breakcore, heavy electronica, drum’n’bass incarnated through a funnel of punked up attitudes. His latest release “Machine Throne“, further cements the need of this kind of hardcore electronica, fused with the best of your hardwired brain going on the bonanza. Slip into a mode of totally robotic, and fit yourself out with the finest of your cyborg paraphernalia. This is beyond the realm of tidy, it’s the signals that your body will have a hard time to process. Lengthiness is not a choice – it’s your maker, when the rock hard beats and challenging speed of electronica on adrenaline – paves itself throughout your eardrums. Even machines themselves fear this four-tracked, endangering toxicity – of blended genres in modern setting. If you aren’t swearing after this experience, this isn’t something for you. Virtually, it’s a trip to some of those territories you didn’t even know existed. Nothing for the weak, only for the strong. An exclusive brain-bashing experience, filled to the brink with subliminally hard-hitting synthesizers and wobbling baselines that’ll pick you off easily. This release features four tracks and was released on the 4th of March by the German label Ad Noiseam.