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.
With monumental influences taken from black metal aesthetics, it’s weird to realize how trip-hop can be thrown in to make it something completely different. Hailing from Paris, this collective of nocturnal souls make up Cape Noire – an outfit that flourishes in the catacombs. With their catchy trip-hop sound and their atmosphere lent from darkwave and other electronic genres, they fuse soulful vocals with different aesthetics. You could honestly say that “Fire” – their only publicly available track – have a musical ground available in more commercial music. Although that song is more of an anthemic introductory to this collective, it’s nice to see how you actually can stray away into darker melodies, ambitious vocals and still keep some kind of artistry connected to more widely attractive genres. But it’s good that all clichés are swept under the rug and that they develop their own sound, because that’s ultimately what gives the listener a more steadfast connection to their music.
Repartiseraren have gotten the honor to premiere another piece of music from the strictly limited CD-release put out by Cape Noire on the 11th of October. This item will probably be a collectible, so you’d better hurry and buy one because they’re limited to thirty copies, handmade all matte black and silver ink buffered package. Their aesthetics revolve a lot around the mystery of who might be the actors behind the moniker of Cape Noire – in turn fueling the relevance of their music – besides it being masterfully crafted for your listening pleasure. Now you get to listen to another track from that release, namely: “Avalanche“, which gives you an insight into how versitale they seem to be. You can sense some dark cabaret influences that move their way through a more carefully laden atmosphere, but with utmost sincerity the trip-hop beats are laden in perfect conjunction to the marvelous vocals. Listen to the track down below. Buy the CD from them here.
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.
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.
Pink Sexdeath, Degenerate Slug, Demon City Reaper? Three names have one thing in common – they’re all names thought out – and executed in musical form, by a man living in Kaliningrad, Russia. Not only does he have all those alter-egos, but many more that I won’t list. He is or have been a part of two groups called Modern Howl and Ninika, each one different from the other, but also closely knitted together by darker genres. Even though he’s had a lot of projects going on at the same time, he’s dabbling with a special kind of project which he calls “Zex Model“. This musical project started out not too long ago and pushed him further into musical obscurity than what you’d think. Considering this, his project has risen in popularity since his first releases – and opening for Lust Of Youth in Russia. With his official debut-album “Mind Slaughter” having been released on desire records in 2013, and a self-released EP titled “First Mutation” – he solidified his presence further. Once a darling in the brooding underground, now a good rated artist fit for another level in the underground.
Simultaneously in another part of the world, a man by the name of Fade Kainer (Theologian, etc) self-releases his first album “Mask Visions Poison” under the name of Statiqbloom. This is in 2013. America have gained yet another notable industrial-act that strays away from the cliches, and embraces their own version of what inspired them in the first place. Meaning; they decide to twist the originals of the 1980’s and 1990’s by layering their own vision upon the ground which those men built upon. The building blocks are on a steady ground. The album itself sells out on cassette and remains on CD up until now. Two alternatives offered, one bought and sold. Even though both Zex Model and Statiqbloom are very much alike, the last-mentioned relies on heavy electro beats and a body rhythm, whilst Zex Model is utilizing the rough texture of industrial on experimental soil; to the maximum. Then we entered 2014 and brooding for Statiqbloom was yet another album which he gave the title “Black Mirrors“, released only on a limited edition cassette. This was to be a release before two kings met up and decided to build upon a platform settled by them both, and others. Diplomacy entered the game and here we are.
Fast-forward to later October, early November this year and you’re in for a treat. It was only a matter of time until desire brought these two new-comers closer together. In regards to their sound, it was a sound choice. Zex Model and Statiqbloom engage in a split-release that features eight tracks in total and four tracks by each artist. The apt design for this release is what Fade Kainer thought out and did. From the first four “Atropy Of Three“, “Contaminate“, “Slow Void” and “Behind Glass (Second Pane)” courtesy of Statiqbloom on side one. To side two featuring “Forbidden Alterations“, “Rokk“, “Teosophia” and “Tokyo Blitz” by Zex Model. I chose the second track “Rokk“, because of the atonal message that is what makes his project what it is in the first place. From his ode to Skinny Puppy and the likes, to his experimentalism that fiddles with a classic industrial atmosphere and makes the atonality spin the wheel – a confusing sound which at first obfuscates the rhythm – but later on is quite a trip into the originality of his project. A harsher version of Nexus Kenosis might actually find a way through your mind, intentionally or not. Stream the exclusive track “Rokk” down below and see to that you buy the vinyl from desire records when it comes out, if you like what you’re hearing.
Contemplative, minimalistic and raw in its purest form – transgressing between electro and synth-pop – are where their alias Solitairen Effekten, or Solitude FX as they’re also called, take you. Having put out their latest release on Enfant Terrible back in 2007; in the form of a self-titled mini-album. This duo is comprised of Marc Patrick Schaffer whose legacy stretches far and wide beyond just this duo, but he might mainly be known as the owner of Anna Logue Records. His partner in crime, Orpheo Weidelt has besides his involvement in Solitude FX, also participated for a track on a Sudeten Creche-release, but also written a song called “My Beloved” for Rossetti’s Compass – a solo-project by Mark Warner. So they have been entangled with synth-business since the beginning of this project and outside of it, too. With this forthcoming release they’re scheduled for having released on Enfant Terrible, titled “sfx LP“, things get just a tad bit more minimalistic – but adds to a primal rawness. From the speedy and energetic tracks to a contemplated look into melodies, everything is there to sway you into their sound and way of thought. Through lit passages of emotional fires, the wholeheartedness that Solitude FX display in this album is for everyone to hear. Beating yourselves on the chest boys, because the limelight is here for you.
I think I will be stealing a bit of that. No, I’m not that interested in doing that. For this round of Enfant Terrible and Gooiland Elektro-releases that are going to be put out in the end of August, I will show humility. Since this is the second and last release that I will be showcasing here on Repartiseraren, I thought it would be apt to pick the best track as usual. The track I feel is best. It is featured on the B-Side of this vinyl and is actually the closing track on this record. What’s special about it is that all the synthesizers in this track are as dark as they can be in this setting. Solitude FX turn it up a notch and fit melodies for a painstakingly abrasive venture into minimal electro, adhering to an underlying passion for everything electro. The track is called “In This Night” and is not as muffled as the other tracks on the record. It is an in-your-face kind of ordeal that you’ll have to endure when listening to it. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do. Listen to it exclusively down below and don’t forget to order the vinyl if you like what you’re hearing. The vinyl was mastered by Ruud Lekx (Rude 66), artwork by Hans De Wolf and assembled by Frank (Trumpett).
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.
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.
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.