In between the clutches of bass music, experimentalism soars as the finnish Luke Lund gears up to deliver an interesting blend of what you’ve just heard – and some kind of dub with industrial influences. Even though the hip-hop samples doesn’t enhance the atmosphere of the tracks, these different genres in a crossover do precisely that. If that influence had been held out of this release, then it would’ve been so much better. Anyhow, he’s just released the album “Lost And Found” on his label Terranean Recordings which he runs together with the polish Bartosz Szturgiewicz. This particular release contain older tracks that have been re-worked during the month of March, to be compiled into a compilation-styled album. He calls the tracks the following: “…long forgotten untitled sketches“. Here the tracks range from roughly four minutes up to thirteen as the longest. When it comes to the longer tracks, they’re more drone and shoegaze in regards to the general atmosphere, whilst some of them deliver a hard-knock bass music-oriented sound with rough industrial textures. The shortest tracks seem to be noisier, but there are even tracks that come into dark ambient territory. So with that said, there are a wide-range of influences that are distinguished by their application in each track. Some are harsher, others are lighter, some are more gloomy, and some deliver a weird combination of genres that affect both rhythm and melody. The tracks themselves are being mixed live with FX and other instruments, and each day there’s another track that gets put up. So every characteristic of the track depend on what kind of mood he’s in that day.
The album itself is compromised of fifteen tracks. If this album sounds interesting, you should check out the other albums that he’s released since 2012. Everything from his first album “Colony“, to the one before this, titled “Forlorn“. He’s also been releasing singles and EPs, starting with his first double-single titled “Breed“, to his latest which is titled “Question / Images“. It is surely noticeable that Luke Lund, whose whole name is Lukas Alexander Lundén, is a multi-instrumentalist. But what’s even more interesting is that he’s self-taught. He remixes, produces and does everything himself. He’s based out of Turku, Finland. Since the label itself is a non-profit digital label, all releases are freely downloadable. But if you like what you are hearing, you should donate a little bit of cash. Stream the whole release “Lost And Found” down below.
Nick Siamas makes really interesting music. For anyone that doesn’t (in particular) like hip-hop, I wouldn’t waste my time with this, otherwise. I’ve been coming back to him on a regular basis, since his releases come out pretty frequently. Earlier, he’s released “Feline Sleepwear” and two other releases, but he’s also been featured on a compilation. But the aforementioned release is probably what I know him from, at least. His beats are chopped up and repetetive, but together they create an atmosphere that is hard to come by without that certain feature. This album is, however, one of the less crazy and more atmosphere-oriented pieces he’s put out yet. Now it sounds like a mix in between beats, psychedelic environments and some kind of drumstep – closely attached to a d’n’b kind of thing. Mix that with the regularity of trip-hop and what crazy vibes you’d get from that particular sphere of music. Yes, it’s a sample-laden bomb that will blow your speakers out, but at least listen to the baselines and quirky rhythms that form together with one another, to create an intricate melody. Now, we’re ready for what the name of this release actually is. It’s “Knowledge Eater“, and with it, Nick Siamas takes his Midnight Smack project to a whole other level. Stream it freely down below and enjoy. You can also download the whole shebang for free.
Since this release didn’t get the proper exposure, I thought that I would elaborate why it should get it. This release was a split between Ectoplasm and Jaqkquil, a playful distinction between light and darkness. With Jaqkquil representing the decayed urban environment with neon-signs, carefully selected dub and interesting dream-hop. Utilizing the chopped up samples in favor of creating a dreamy landscape of sounds, that sound unsettling to say the least. Maybe the dichotomy is the other way around, but I think (myself) that Jaqkquil represent the darker side of this cassette. Enchanting you with the poison of modern society, you twirl into position and imminently release information about yourself. It’s a tyrannical form of seduction, which leaves you hopelessly exploitable. It feels like they’ve found your weak spots and are using it against you, in a mesmerizing kind of way. The wayward feeling of longing, of the temporary loneliness that is a relationship. When everything breaks from its soil, the moment of clarity when you realize that everything could be fixed, but you didn’t do it anyway. Aggravatingly slow beats that pound the last bit of truth out of you, within the cherished landscape that feels like dreaming away, but is slowly pinching away on your own reality. You live in a world constructed by you and Jaqkquil, a false world that is about to break. Even though the tracks don’t clock in at more than 3 minutes maximum, it feels like an eternity.
Coming from a totally different perspective is Ectoplasm, with its gargantuan track that clocks in at roughly twenty minutes. A looming sense of ambient calmness is putting its blanket around you. Everything suddenly feels better, more meditative. You’re slowly floating outwards from the false world you were in, which is shattered by now. Together with a chillwave narrative that sets the premises. Nothing is more important than the surrounding cataclysm of cosmic might. Now, we’re living in NOW. The past and the future don’t count. As an out of body experience, you can steer the wheel a bit, but when it comes to the continually more abstract senses tingling around you – there’s nothing more you can do. It’s not a prison, but you’re stuck in your own immovable body. Carried by the waves of synthesized delight, which erupts into a weirdly uncanny rhythm of darker thoughts. Spaced out feelings collide with the cosmos itself, as the more minimalistic wrap is ripped apart in favor for a more melodic but grandiose entry. Weirdly enough, it feels like the track could be more than one single track. The experimentalist vein explores more than one dimension in this tattered landscape. At first, it illuminates and acts as a guide, but then you’re suddenly on your own – stomping on uncommon ground. I would recommend them both.
You can order this cassette from I Had An Accident Records. It’s worth it if you like crazy combinations. This is not classic in any way shape or form, this is pretty damn original.
Now we’re going strong again, this time with another collaboration together with I Had An Accident Records. They’ve been sprouting out tapes on a regular basis, but now they’re slowing down a bit to get a little time to think about things. No, that’s not true, but the tapes are a little more scarce. Since July is almost over, Summer is rapidly coming to an end. But there are still remnants left in August, which is what we’ll show you. Well, since we’re not experts on hip-hop, in whatever way it might manifest itself – we’ll uphold place for Ill Clinton. Just so we can learn more. He’s also known as “Vibe“, and have been producing a lot of different stuff throughout the years, as well as being occupied with the aforementioned solo-project. Underground hip-hop is his placeholder, as he swoops through the concrete jungle. As we’re not particularly fond of hip-hop with any vocals, the instrumentals will do. These luminescent pieces of history that travels at a train’s speed, withholds its influences deep from the subway. Loneliness is a feeling, that can surely be felt by the empty; yet forcefully desolate beats. Making room for more, with less. It makes our Scandinavian hearts pound with pride, as our ancient Norse mythology gets represented in beats. This will be written as “Ragnarok“, which is the album that will be released on I Had An Accident Records on the 6th of August. We here over at Invisible Guy can give you more then a sneak-peek into the world of Ill Clinton, because we have the whole material for ourselves. So, in collaboration with IHAA, we decided to let it loose for you all to listen to before you buy it. It will be limited to 200 copies, so be swift and get it while you can. You can stream it exclusively down below, or simply make your way into the words of the label-head himself, as he describes the tape:
“According to Norse Mythology, Ragnarok represents the end… three forceful winters with no summer… the decline of morality and the bitter end to existence. Ill Clinton captures the doom of the Gods without sounding thunderous as one would predict. As the cold winters freeze the Earth, so does the smooth jazz influenced beats and atmospheric samples Ill Clinton produces. The blunted chill sounds have a calming end to them. The clear vibe in this album suspends time, maintains chaos, and weathers the storm like a Viking ship sailing across the Atlantic. The eeriness is capturing and telling. As I listen to the album I imagine snow gently falling, surrounding the sky and mystifying the atmosphere. Limited to 100 green cassettes on cobalt tape.
Ill Clinton is a Philadelphia producer.“
Plunge into the world of “Ragnarok“, together with Ill Clinton, because he’ll show you the mayhem of yesteryear – yet keep the modernity intact, as he sweeps through your mind with delicacy and intricate meaning.
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2. Black Pontiac
3. The Apart
10. Manic Depression
13. Two The Tear
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.
Think of the good old days, with a choir of singers humming melodies, breaking out in a totally wild chorus. Now, chop it out and sort out the blocks within the song – do also add a huge slab of electronica. You’ve got it covered, but you’d also have to include some hip-hop/trip-hop beats and you’re safe. Hip-hop must be the last genre I would ever feature on this blog, but this sounds pretty original. If you can last a glitchy and chopped out singing sample, covered by bloated beats and engineered in a good way – you’ll outlive Midnight Smack. This is certainly weird, at so many levels, but you simply can’t ignore it. When it comes to the beats, they’re layered perfectly and are rhythmical to the fullest. Also, the singing is perfectly fashionable and a homage to all the great singers collectives of yesteryear. At least that’s how I think of it when I listen, but I could be wrong. Check it out and listen to it down below.
Bruxa as they call themselves consists of Bianca Radd (Vocals), Derek Stilwell (Beats) and Saint Michael (Vocals). They mix witchstep, cold wave, hip-hop and a bunch other genres together. Up until now they’ve released their debutalbum Eye On Everybody on Sweating Tapes. Currently finalizing their second release on the same label, and since I conducted the interview they’ve also remixed their labelmates Nightmare Fortress song Killing Time. Their upcoming EP will be released sometime in June. Hopefully this interview will rejuvenate your mind and get you interested in this mindboggling mix of sanity, insanity and venture, through severeal languages.