Spotlight: Ectoplasm / Jaqkquil – Ectoplasm / Jaqkquil!

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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.

Exclusive Stream: Ill Clinton – Ragnarok

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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.
Tracklist:
1. The Rain Is
2. Black Pontiac
3. The Apart
4. Apile
5. Yggdrasill
6. Muffz
7. Again
8. Tyrantula
9. Dummie
10. Manic Depression
11. Taeph
12. Carolina
13. Two The Tear
14. Juniper

Exclusive Stream: A.P. Felix – Electronic Tonalities

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Back again, for another round of I Had An Accident Records. Hopefully, you’re not getting fed up by these marvelous presentations, because I am getting fed up myself. However, something that will not be tiresome is all the great music that is flowing our way. Especially in this collaboration, since there’s such a wide-range of inspiring artists, groups and what not. IHAA holds the banner high, since releases seem to come fairly regularly. Since it’s only one day left before everything is released, there will only be one more exclusive stream. We’re down with you, going way down into the experimental hole. Disturbing electronica, seeping through every door and window of your house. Better close them, because something supernatural might heed the call, and try to come into your domains. This is clearly atmospheric, malevolent, and distressing in its essence – but still a magnificent work of art. I would say that you could picture yourself with Alice in Wonderland while listening to this music. Remember, time is everything, but it’s slowly floating away from you. In these lands, your meditative conscience will be your only guide. A.P. Felix, who’s real name actually is Andrew Felix, resides in Los Angeles, California. He’ll take you on a trip which you’ll never forget, with this new release titled “Electronic Tonalities“, which will be released on the 9th of July as a C37 cassette. If you need more information, please look down below at what IHAA has written about the release:

Inspired by electronic components and the early history of electronic music/sound, A.P. Felix constructs Electronic Tonalities. The 37 minute experiment pays tribute to the pioneers of the genre and is programmed on modular synthesizers and other hardware synthesizers. The end result features blips of atmospheric waves and tones that gently dance with layers of synth and beats. Felix masters the modular components and develops a rare style of historical significance.

A.P. Felix, aka Andrew Felix, is from Los Angeles, CA. “Superchrome” tape was used in making this album.

Tracklist:

1. Crystal Tuning Stability

2. Tempo Cave

3. Rabbit Hair

4. Busy At Manhattan Research

5. Roymond’s Playground (FM)

6. Triangle Tripod

7. Jungle Show Time

Exclusive Stream: Boomruin / BMRN – Monochrome

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Working with different labels can be a tough one at times. Especially if you’ve got so much coming your way, that you can’t really sort everything out by yourself. But since I’ve had Justin Bieler from I Had An Accident Records over at the blog, everything’s turning out fine once again. He’s honored us with the ability to stream several of his releases, before they’re actually released. Since the music he releases on this label is experimental, unique and in every way fascinating to the fullest – we’re up and streaming once again. This time, it’s going to be the July batch of cassette-tapes. Up first on the 5th of July is none other than Boomruin (BMRN), a beat-slicer from the rainy world of the United Kingdom. His beats are very much a clouded, urban kind of thing. Harnessed with dark psychedelic atmospheres, utilizing the sound of jazzy down tempo. Everything goes along in the same tempo, only shifting with the atmospheric content, twisting your mind around itself. The release itself is titled “Monochrome“, and is a thirteen-tracked monster of a beast, which will be put out on a (C41) cassette. This is music I could consider myself listening to when in need to chill out, or simply when I’m out walking by myself in the middle of the night. It’s coming out on the 9th of July, together with two other tapes, which will be premiered over here in the very near future. If you want to know more, consider reading the IHAA press-release for it:

Originally released in 2012 as a digital download, the moving electronic sounds and heavy beats of Monochrome has been re-conceptualized into a physical format. The album brings forward fresh sounding beats that progress the sounds of visual electronics and psychedelic samples. Boomruin/BMRN is based out of the United Kingdom, he samples some of the bizarre and strange and layers a steady beat in a reinterpreted classic style. Movie style moments to comedy and jazzed slang, the album flows in a genuine manner with retro appeal. The monochrome theme represented in the artwork is a common thread that binds the album together and provides a contrast that is appealing and sensational. Limited to 70 black/white cassettes on cobalt tape.

Tracklist:

1. Monochrome Intro
2. Haz
3. Nights Interlude
4. Chewing Tape
5. At A Time
6. Locate
7. Going Down Fighting
8. Beatrolude
9. Shark Membrane
10. Month Of March
11. Colkakings
12. Rats (One For The Soon)
13. Audion

Exclusive Stream: P X A / Felix Castenzio – Phases (Split)

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Invisible Guy have been enlightened by the apparition that is I Had An Accident Records. Which means, that in a sweet collaboration, we’ll be streaming three albums that are all due to be released on the 18th of June. This means that you’ll have a treat on set dates up until that particular date. The clock is ticking, the drums are beating and now you’re up for a sweet treat. Because now it’s the 12th of June, which means that our collaboration with this wonderful label has ended. Don’t fear, there will still be an exclusive stream for you to partake in. Somewhere in a lucid dream, Felix Castenzio is playing his sweet synthesizers, which morph into uncanny and simple melodies that holds the boat afloat. In between experimental electronica and noise, is where he’s at. But its hard to place him in any category, because his music is so orderless. Feel the nostalgic samples throw you into a totally different sphere, as you cling to the sweet sensations and arythmic pace that was created for you. But behold, because P X A is also on this cassette, since it’s a split. Here, we’ll be put into a somber mood, as its meditative tempo and outrageously steep vision of music shrouds your judgement. As it combines the idleness with contextualized rhythms that could put you in a state of trance. Caressing the wonders of a landscape filled to the brink with exciting sounds, noises and temporary timelessness. If you don’t know where to turn, pass on your thoughts for the oracle IHAA to analyze, in written text about this release:

Phases is one of the most beautiful releases we have had the pleasure to be part of, from the album artwork and cassette to the split sounds of P X A and Felix Castenzio. 
We begin with the retro feel of P X A, a project of Astro Nautico’s Paolo Xz. The mixes dance like silk dresses on a spring day, they are so light and rolling, it is an emotional decay, the perfect way to end a hard day and the perfect moments of relaxation. We are fortunate to have this Brooklyn based artist develop such a meditative relaxation piece, like glass gently tapping on ice, or the clink clink of champagne, the moment before sleep overcomes, the drag of the day dissipates like ripples in water. 
Felix Castenzio fuses the sounds of the 80’s and 90’s into a formidable cool respite from the summer’s heat. The feeling of the air conditioner on a hot body after returning from long-boarding or a quick game of tennis with your girlfriend and her white short shorts, this just feels right. It is all timed out like a distant buzz of a lawnmower or the lucid dreams from a nap in the hot sun. It’s the moments of bubbling bliss that makes this lo-fi soundscape sensational. Limited to 60 c40 pink tint cassettes.

Tracklist:

P X A Side
1. Hall
2. Island
3. Garden
4. Quarantine
5. Canyon
6. Station
7. Animaux (w. Annik)
8. Sun

Felix Castenzio Side
1. Suburban Girl
2. Abstract Garden
3. Cooper’s Theme
4. Champion
5. Aquarium
6. Night Drive
7. Kids World
8. Isabelle
9. Starfish

Exclusive Stream: Machine Circuit / DJ U – 700112462481 Split

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Invisible Guy have been enlightened by the apparition that is I Had An Accident Records. Which means, that in a sweet collaboration, we’ll be streaming three albums that are all due to be released on the 18th of June. This means that you’ll have a treat on set dates up until that particular date. Now, on the 10th of June, it’s time to listen to the crackling electronica of the split-release with Machine Circuit and DJ U. Representing the cities that are Los Angeles and Seattle. These fellows are on the borders of the noisy extravaganza that simply would make your ears ache for more. In a fitted balance between the egregious underground, with a foot in the more general genres, you’ll get a cocktail of the best of two worlds. With great pleasure, please insert your identification-card and venture to a world of machinery and debauchery. Now, it’s time to introduce these fellows for us deadly folks. As their invincibility is raging, with a snapshot of a totally adventurous mix, maybe you should lay back and prepare yourself. If you need to know more, you should consult the cyborg that is IHAA, whom put out the following statement about the release:

700112462481 represents a barcode, a machine readable representation of data. Numbers and lines that form meaning only when interpreted through mechanics. Machine Circuit and DJ U fill out this split tape as an illustration of how mechanics can be interpreted, repositions, and reinterpreted. Machine Circuit is the collaboration of Igor Amokian and Big Epoch. The circuit bent master crafts his own distorted delusion of tweaked toys and noise that escalate and fall in-between the cracks of beats and production of Big Epoch. The longevity is rendered and kept in time, cleanly drained and fringed. DJ U deconstructs the already deconstructed. A further exploration of the work of ’89palms of who he represents one half of, DJ U’s remixes are reminiscent of the broken LP style but limits to vocal constraints and develops its own dubbed out destroyed sonic sounds.

The two groups stand alone as distinct albums, but placed side by side they compliment one another and provide a very unique blend of machine readable representation of sound.

Machine Circuit is from Los Angeles and DJ U finds Seattle as his home. Limited to 60 yellow cassettes.

You can stream the whole release down below, exclusively, thanks to a collaboration between Invisible Guy and I Had An Accident Records. Now there’s only one release to go, which will be put up and ready to stream on the 12th of June.

Exclusive Stream: DenMother – Moon

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Invisible Guy have been enlightened by the apparition that is I Had An Accident Records. Which means, that in a sweet collaboration, we’ll be streaming three albums that are all due to be released on the 18th of June. This means that you’ll have a treat on set dates up until that particular date. On the 8th of June, which is today, you’ll be hearing the sweet sensation that is DenMother. She’s going to be releasing an album titled “Moon“, which is a crazed out trip in between the chilled out waves of synthesizers might, and the sweet sensations of her powerful vocals. As this wondrous Toronto inhabitant takes you through a trip, with a fully-fledged eight-tracked release – you shouldn’t wait, just hit the “play” button below. For further nuances, you should read the following lines about her, straight from the IHAA headquarters:

Toronto’s beautiful voice DenMother surprises us with this deep and beautiful release. Textured layers of synth drones, booming bass and echoing vocal loops provides the sometimes chaotic, sometimes angelic ebb and flow of the energy of Moon by DenMother. Emanating spiritual frequencies that tidal over the inner soul as DenMother’s voice channels emotional turmoil and momentarily separates you from reality. Slowly and purely the tides rise and fall exposing secrets lost. Limited to 24 rhodamine red cassettes featuring hand stamped cassette art and tape boxes.

You can stream the whole release down below, exclusively, thanks to a collaboration between Invisible Guy and I Had An Accident Records. Look for the following dates if you hunger for more from IHAA: 10th of June and 12th of June.

Tracklist:

New Moon Side:

a1. Rain

a2. Elephants Never Forget

a3. You Will Never

a4. Gold

Full Moon Side:

b1. It’s You

b2. No

b3. Night Fell On Us

b4. (Acid) Rain [10 Miles Remix]