Exclusive Premiere: TWINS – What Should I Expect

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The littlest of the labels in Enfant Terrible‘s ensemble, Petit Enfant, is mature enough to present the forthcoming release “Make Life Before You“, a 7¨ compromised of two songs that are entangled in different universes within electronic music. The part that has been sliced off from this metaphysical cake and fed to us, in celebration of three releases short of twenty – is “What Should I Expect” – a very minimalistic and gritty electro song.

A release with only two songs can either fail in a big way or enthrall the listener, TWINS manages to captivate with the different tones of both the songs, pitting the first song against the second one, the preferred A-side against the hated B-side – which side do you pick? I for one pick the second one, but the first track definitely has some charm attached to it, a less experimental knife piercing through the soundscape.

This is the first of three exclusive premieres from Enfant Terrible’s wonderful concoction of electronic releases, you can listen to it down below and it will be available for purchase in late October, limited edition of 250 copies.

 

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Showcase: The forthcoming Enfant Terrible-releases

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Over hundred releases have been shared to the world through Enfant Terrible. The sub-label Gooiland Elektro is almost up to a third of that number. What an exciting time to be alive, especially considering the quality of releases that has been put through both labels. Having garnered a notoriety of being a good label when it comes to experimental electronic music, people have started to notice their presence even more. We’re setting up a digital showcase of the releases that are coming out now in the beginning of October.

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LCN – Autonomie EP

LCN or the alterego for Le Chocolat Noir have been a guest on the 2016 compilation on Enfant Terrible, titled “Noblesse Oblige“, with the song “Appartenance“. The only other release is a collaboration with Zarkoff on the Iron Flute 12¨ released by Return To Disorder. His electronic music could be described as some really weirded out electronic body music, together with electro vibes that keep the notion of sanity intact. Claustrophobic minimalistic and repetitive, always on the edge musically and on par with other acts of the same caliber, maybe even in a corner of his own.

This will be his first multi-track release and EP, which is an exciting thing in of itself as this kind of music almost never make it through, unless you’re into it. For those who like the more experimental side of earlier electro, this release is something you should look into. A mixture of french and german can be heard within the lyrics of the songs. Everything is an eerie reminder of how sullen things can be.

It will be released on a limited edition 12¨ (of 200 copies) with screenprinted sleeves, as Enfant Terrible (ET052) and Gooiland Elektro (Gooiland 29).

Tracklist (with previews):

A1 N’Écoutez Pas Tous Les Conseils De Vos Amis
A2 Dans Mon Désordre

B1 Solitude
B2 En Retirant

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Savage Grounds – Area Of Violence

Switzerland duo Savage Grounds have laid their foundations with another label – with three releases on Lux Rec – now join up on Enfant Terrible for their latest EP. Their earlier sounds are not as refined as they are on this release, where it packs a momentum unheard of when it comes to electronic music. It is really heavy but at the same time catchy and melodic. According to the label itself, these musicians venture through and beyond their description of “post-techno” – what ever that is supposed to mean anyway. This is music that transcends those etiquettes but fit into them like a glove at the same time. It is rough, gritty and unrelenting.

Taking obvious steps into acid and industrial as well, alongside electronic body music, this seemingly instrumental take on those genres combined is well-matched. They outclass most of what you’re able to listen to when it comes to these genres post-glory days. At first a mesmerizing but gloomy appearance musically, quickly descending into utter hopelessness and then back again when hope shines eternal in the end. It’s one of those offshoots from this great label that make everything worth it, even if you can’t appreciate the level of experimentalism they work with.

It will be released on a limited edition 12¨ (of 250 copies) with screen-printed sleeves, as Enfant Terrible (ET053).

Tracklist (with previews):

A1 Concrete Tunnels
A2 The Role Of Iron

B1 Wall Of Rubber
B2 Negative Spaces

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Staatseinde – Neue Zyklus

The débutantes with the name of Staatseinde present their first EP, 6-track strong, with the same playfulness as ever but wrapped in a more serious and sinister tone. It brings back the more emotional side of electronic music as it is fine-tuned to our heart’s delight, relying on the more basal human needs musically as they churn out melodies upon melodies, with no strings attached emotionally but a hell of a lot invested when it comes to the listeners attentiveness.

If you thought the a-side wasn’t weirded out enough in terms of experimentalism, see the other side (b-side) for that almost pop-oriented edge and electro-pop vibe that brings out all the ghoulish tendencies of their sound. Yes, one can very well hear the influence of Welle:Erdball on some of these tracks, if they had a screw loose and were more pleasurable then their latest albums. Staatseinde’s earlier releases will remain the favorite for now but this release is worth checking out for the sole reason that it is Staatseinde.

It will be released on a limited edition 12¨ (of 250 copies) risograph printed sleeves, as Enfant Terrible (ET054).

Tracklist (with previews):

A1 Min Min
A2 Kosmos
A3 Darling

B1 Just Chaos
B2 Volar
B3 Yedo

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Garçon Taupe – The White Spider

This is a release I myself would get only because of the aesthetics of it. It has a wonderful schismatic feeling to it, the contrasts of it are also wonderfully pleasant in a gruesome kind of existential manner – perfect for Autumn and the coming winter. Garçon Taupe is new for us here at Repartiseraren but nevertheless as it is an Enfant Terrible and Gooiland Elektro release, we’re sure we’ll be somewhat in awe. It is a completely dutch affair it seems, having only had some of their tracks released, by the label Narrominded.

It is a very quirky sound. You either love it or hate it, think it is enigmatic or simply an annoyance. One can’t deny that their sound is somewhat unique in a way. For the acid-lovers the b-side will be a huge surprise and it slowly grows on you, as the beats pace along fast enough for ones limbs to awkwardly match themselves to the rhythm. The last song on this record holds an especially groovy beat which is poisonous to say the least.

As a joint operation between Enfant Terrible and Gooiland Elektro, this release will be on limited edition 12¨ (of 200 copies) with screen-printed sleeves, going under Enfant Terrible (ET055) and Gooiland Elektro (Gooiland 30).

Tracklist (with previews):

A1 The White Spider
A2 Roll The Dice

B1 Crevasse
B2 Retreat

Exclusive Premiere: Popsimonova – Amnesia

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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.

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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.

Exclusive Premiere: Neugeborene Nachtmusik – Two Steps At The Time

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Two parties went down in Berlin less than a month and a week ago. The first event featured live-acts from a compilation released on Enfant Terrible, the second one featured a wide-range of different DJ’s. Former Descent, Sololust, Europ Europ, F O Q L, Neugeborene Nachtmusik, Good Cop / Naughty Cop, and DJ M were on-stage with the first event “A Gathering Of Post-Everything” – taking the name of the compilation “Post-Everything” – spinning it around with Radio Resistencia at The Loft in Berlin. At the same time, Disko Resistencia had the friday night fever and embellished the evening with DJ M., DJ Alacidius, DJ Philipp Strobel (aufnahme + wiedergabe) and DJ Down The Rabbit Hole. Organizers for the events were; Enfant Terrible & xXx Berlin for Disko Resistencia, Enfant Terrible, xXx Berlin and Sentience for “A Gathering Of Post-Everything“.

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When it comes to the compilation, the artists featured on it were Former Descent vs Sololust, Europ Europ, FOQL – on the A-Side of the tape – whilst Neugeborene Nachtmusik and Good Cop / Naughty Cop were featured on the B-Side. This compilation was issued in conjunction with those live-events. According to Martijn who runs the label, the purpose with this release was to have a representation of familiar faces from Enfant, but also with people outside of that circle – to showcase a less cliched approach to the genres which these artists and groups represent. Since it was some time ago that the compilation was released and that the events were closer in time, this is written a bit late because of unfortunate circumstances. That does not make the exclusive track less exclusive. Because this track is even more interesting now than it was when it was first put up. Every time I listen to it, I realize the different complexities that surround it. The sound-scape is really fleeting and so far away, yet so close at all times. You can listen to “Two Steps At The Time” exclusively, by Neugeborene Nachtmusik, down below. If you like what you’re hearing, you can order the tape directly from Enfant Terrible.

Exclusive Premieres: Kaval and Niedowierzanie!

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R-5883490-1405360667-8956Vrystaete is yet another endeavor by the already busy Martijn from Enfant Terrible. It is a new sub-label meant to capture folklore, psychedelic and lo-fi sounds, with emphasis on small editions that come handcrafted with packaging, artwork and everything attached to a release. The first release on this label was an album with Kaval, a Holland-based duo compromised of Ian Martin (DJ from Rotterdam) and Derk Reneman, who’s also a DJ (and producer) from the Netherlands, known by the name of Roberto Auser. The album is called “Zee Van Gedachten” and is an ominous release featuring the likes of field recordings mixed into ambient, not too far of a leap from their first album “Sky Of Mirrors“, but rather more well-thought out. A soundtrack to the new generation of folk-fearing peoples that only get their doses of that through electronic music, although much of it could be considered to be non-music – rather a palette of different thoughtful sound-scapes – all centered around the vibes that instruments and ambiance create together. When listening through it, I came to the conclusion that “Mechaniek Der Dingen” would be my tune of choice, because it brings a lot of nostalgia to me and could’ve been a track featured in Diablo 2 or any of those earlier games, those games with a darker atmosphere around them which made them more enjoyable – yet with undertones of scariness. You can listen to that track exclusively down below. If you like what you’re hearing, consider buying the vinyl from Vrystaete, over here.

 

R-5877459-1405412461-9551The second release on this label, whose great start with Kaval could not be mentioned enough, was with Niedowierzanie (meaning: disbelief, in polish).  He’s been around for much longer, having released his first album “Niedowierzanie” in 2008 on the label Reue Um Reue. I kid you not, the man behind this project is French and his name is Léo Maury – an experimental artist delving into the Mediterranean folk-sound. Otherwise known for his projects; Hjärna (Brain), Helaas – a four-man experimental group, and the three-man neofolk duo that is Wermut. When it comes to Léo Maury’s track record, nobody can deny that he hasn’t got the experience to pull off something this delicate. Even though a project like this sears with the passion of our Southern European brothers, there is a certain delicacy which comes into play when listening to the album, which is by the way called “Felicita” (to congratulate?). It feels like a combination of World War II french recordings, together with the romanticism that have shrouded the french for years and years to come – with the rather raw passion that is delivered amidst a barrage of traditional instruments – a call for some kind of Italian and Spanish (Catalan) folklore music. I know that I am not an expert when it comes to this, but it is what my impressions were when first listening and what they still are. Have all that and the experimentalism which lays the foundation of Léo Maury’s craft and you have the complete product. I chose the track “Bappa“, an exclusive track for you to listen to, because I feel like it embodies what my impressions were and it is like a summary of the album. If you like what you’re hearing, buy the album here.

Exclusive Mixtape: Kord – In Exile Here

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Three weeks have gone since my exclusive premiere of the songs “Control” – taken from the newly released “We Live In This” 12¨, which featured Annie Gyllin on vocals. Johan Sturesson, whose alter-ego is Kord, recently got that release put out on Gooiland Elektro – the sub-label of Enfant Terrible. Since that release was out, I have been increasingly fascinated by that project and his involvement in and with Frak. Not to mention his affiliation with the label Börft Records, whose bizarre journey was covered by the state-run radio-programme Elektroniskt i P2, hosted by Andreas Tilliander. But this is not about that, because this is totally different. I noticed that Johan had been making some mixes on his own, or at least that he was interested in that. Therefore, I asked him to shape a mixtape for Repartiseraren just because I had taken great interest in his musical endeavours, not only limited to Kord, but also the likes of Monster Apparat which he’s involved in together with Daniel Svraka (Adolf Filter). Compiling tracks is something that I can do by myself, but I only get so far by selecting the songs that are my own favorites. So it can get boring very fast if I’m the only one supplying you with something to listen to.

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So I now decided to ask Johan Sturesson to do a mix and/or mixtape for Repartiseraren. There is where the story begins. Said and done, Johan began making a mixtape for me and he was done very quickly. The result was very interesting and I learned about some new artists and groups thanks to him. Well, what did I see when I first looked at the tracklist, if not Poeme Electronique, Adolf Filter and Ortrotasce at a first glance. Then, I also saw a lot of different stuff that I did not immediately recognize. What on earth is Dada Pogrom, Mängelexemplar and Alien Skull Paint. They sound experimental as hell. Well, they weren’t actually, but they’re all electronic. The apt title for this mixtape is “In Exile Here“, because yes, you’re in exile on Repartiseraren. My lonley island only gets visited once in a while, but certainly not by celebrated artists like Kord. I feel very lucky to introduce to you, one of the nicest mixes that I have received for a long time. Or it might be so because I feel like I’m starstruck. You can listen to the mixtape exclusively on Repartiseraren and you can view the tracklist down below. Feel exiled, it’s good for your heart and soul.

Tracklist:

Intro: Kord – I play my flute – Djuring Phonogram
1. The Phone – We are neutrons – Attractive Co-ordinates
2. Poeme Electronique – She´s an image – Attractive Co-ordinates
3. Gertrud Stein – Blümchen – Kernkrach
4. Sleeping desiress – Voice – Flexiwave
5. Marklion – Lets walk & talk – Alpage
6. Dwayne Sodahberk – Yr style – Tigerbeat 6 / iDEAL
7. The Actor – Picture 210 – Enfant Terrible
8. 1 Futurologischer Congress – Nur mit dir – Wagner Tonträger
9. U-Bahn X – Young hearts of Europé – EMI
10. Dada Pogrom – Happy happy happy – Beatkamp Inc.
11. Kord – KGB – Djuring Phonogram
12. Ortrotasce – World unrelated – Flexiwave
13. Alien Skull Paint – Electric – Genetic Music
14. Absolute Body Control – Give me your hands – Minimal / Maximal
15. Mängelexemplar – Urlaub im bett – Kernkrach
16. Adolf Filter – Inner walls – Enfant Terrible
17. Spectral Display – It takes a muscle to fall in love – EMI
Outro: Kord – I play my flute – Djuring Phonogram

Listen: Cute Heels – Spiritual

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Formerly living in Colombia, now being a neo-Berliner, Cute Heels – will let you into a realm of his own. From Bogota to Berlin, from the 1990s punk-scene to the newly shaped and harnessed, 2000s cybernetic electro-musician. Releasing a digital album on Black Montanas, called “Love And Hate” in 2011. To his rather newly put out digital stream of “Silence” – a totally new album being released on Dark Entries Records on the 15h of April. His perfect match with electronic body music takes it into a whole new era, with the catchy retro sound of yesteryear, molded into a completely rhythmic gargantuan, in electro-setting. Whilst having dealt with his track from the “Untitled” release on Gooiland Elektro & Enfant Terrible, it’s clear that his brand of weirdly matched borderline electronica is attached to a rather lively and successful development, which has been evolving since his first release. Cute Heels deal with the futurism in a not so futuristic way, more like in a here-and-now kind of way – probably crushing the dream of an unknown destiny into the new era. Not in the now nostalgic onward-looking and rather dreamy vision of the 1950’s, but rather a cold and harsh one – a world in which the future isn’t that optimistic, a way of life in total Silence. Stream the whole digital release from Dark Entries Records. Victor Lenis is his name, so you’d better own up to the fact that he’s your overlord by now. Forget everything you’ve dreamed of, slide into his neo-futuristic vision that do include a dreary landscape, but also rather melodious atmospheres. The name itself will not explain what you’re about to experience. This is how it feels like when being crushed under a stiletto heel.