Spotlight: Rude 66 / Kord!

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Enfant Terrible just released a track by Kord and Rude 66 from their forthcoming releases – on the sub-label Gooiland Elektro. The first one being “Radio Peace and Progress“, a new track by Rude 66, the moniker of Ruud Lekx from Holland. A long-going artist whose contributions to music, and mainly albums, have been made known from Bunker Records in the early to mid nineties, to an off-shoot into Silver Recordings, way into 2008 with Créme Organization. Having released notable singles and E.P.s on a wide-array of record-labels including Acid Planet, Djax-Up-Beats, Speedster Records, Kultbox, Viewlexx, Vynalogica, LoEB, Custom Made Music – and the latest release being “The Kill“, an E.P. released by Bordello A Parigi. He’s hailed as being “the king of the dark electro-wave death race” by promoters, according to Discogs. Having perfected his sound through a multitude of genres, including atmospheric acid, dark industrial, electro-funk and melancholic electronic wave disco – he’s a man of different facets. He originates from the old-school acid scene in The Hague. There could be a whole book written about him and his influences, his notable collaborations, and everything in between – but we’re staying at his forthcoming album. Gooiland Elektro will be releasing a forthcoming 12¨-release with him, featuring four tracks, whereas two are vocal tracks where Beta Evers and Sololust appear and wreak havoc. These four tracks are titled “Under Cover Of The Night (featuring Beta Evers)“, “Stars Get Hurt (featuring Sololust)” on the A-side, with “Mutual Assured Destruction” and “Radio Peace and Progress” on the B-side. This assures the fact that it might be a great release. This is his coming addition to the enormous discography he’s been building up through the years. You can stream and listen to the track “Radio Peace and Progress” from the B-side of the release, down below.

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When it comes to Kord, he’s a notable figure within the underground Swedish scene. He’s more known as one of the figures in Frak, a weird outfit first released by Börft Records in 1989 – with their debut-album “Raggarslakt“. Maybe a reference to the vicious fights that were occurring between synthers and raggare in Sweden in the 1980’s, made to be something much bigger then small fights, by the media and newspapers at that time. But we’re not here to talk about Frak as such or Börft Records, whom have been thoroughly investigated by Sveriges Radio (public domain radio) in an episode of “Electronic in P2“, done by Andreas Tilliander whom is also known as TM404. Anyway, Kord is Johan Sturesson of Frak, in a much more pleasant image musically. Having recorded his first album under that moniker in 1998, with an album titled “Gymnast I Sockiplast” released by Börft Records – later on things seemed to get more serious. Even though the maniacally influences from Frak remain within his synth-pop mixed with disco, there’s a certain dancefloor focus which these tracks deliver. Now he’s going to have a release on Gooiland Elektro, titled “We Live In This 12″” where he features Annie Gylling on vocals as a much needed side-kick, which gives the project a whole other dimension. There’s a certain psychedelic vibe to her vocals being processed on the tracks “Lovestruck” and “Black” on the A-side, whilst the yet unheard tracks from the B-side “Control” and “Vacation” might be another world. We’ll see. Annie Gylling have earlier been featured on “Soviet Stars” from 2012, on the track “Push Your Button“. Meet your maker with this crazy combination of noisy, unpolished and rampant discotronic that will make you loose your mind on the dancefloor. Gooiland Elektro continue to shine, as one of the best labels around for electronic music. Especially that of an odd kind. Stream and listen to the track “Black” which have been made available on Enfant Terrible for listening purposes. Both releases can be pre-ordered here.

Listen: silk entry

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Being featured on compilations has its perks. silk entry have been featured on the compilation “Beko_100” in 2012, with the track “Channel 80“. The label BEKO DSL put together the collaborative effort of one-hundred artists, into a whole compilation that spans over a lot of minutes. Three months later he was featured on “The Scrap Mag 0001” with the track “Shard“. The project was originally started up some time in 2012, with his whole foot in improvisational methods in creating tracks, rather then structuring them up. Since then, he’s been pumping out tracks the latest weeks. He’s also involved in some way with the unisex clothing-line Lamirrital, whose clothes range from zebra-patterns to total black. But when it comes to this solo-project, eight tracks in the matter of a little more then two weeks have been put out. The project itself is based out of New York City, and he seems to be experimenting and having fun – rather than claiming to be a serious “electronique” musician. Some of these tracks are old and some of them are completely new. There’s not much that we know about silk entry, but we know that he produces a furious blend of electro and overly danceable electronica in a new beat, or new body, fashion. It’s something that we adore. Therefore you will be able to listen to and stream these tracks down below.

Lyssna: Gas Giant – Black Blood

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Ett fel upptäcktes i den förra artikeln, det är med andra ord inte Michel Isorinne som styr och ställer under namnet Blodörn – utan det är ingen mindre än herr Varg. Som sig bör så är det bortredigerat för länge sedan. Däremot undgick det inte mitt spejande öga att Blodörn faktiskt lagt upp förhandslyssningar till flera släpp. Bland annat så ingår Gas Giant i nummer fem i katalogen av släpp som mynnar ut ur Blodörnens bäck. Det är osäkert vilken denna man (eller grupp) är. Men det som är säkert är att “Black Blood” är titeln på släppet och den inkluderar fyra låtar. Här handlar det om någon slags ritualistisk industrial, som accelererar in i sin drönighet med hjälp av oljudet som pumpas ut. Det finns någon slags meditativ känsla i låtarna som framförs, även om det känns som att det kan klyva berg i två delar – och dela syndafloden. Förutom detta så kan låtarna vara flytande och allt från en behaglig synthvidunder som brummar ut sitt budskap likt Gjallarhornet, till det mest öronbedövande och basfyllda ljud man någonsin skulle kunna framkalla. Hela tiden så skiftas fokuset med hjälp av låtarnas olika karaktär. Det känns väldigt omväxlande med tanke på likheterna som finns, men man kan verkligen känna värmen som strömmar ut i hörlurarna. Förmodligen är det analogt så det skriker om det, eller så kan man känna sig grundlurad och utskrattad om det skulle visa sig vara digitalt bemästrat. Ett underbart släpp helt i linje med vad denna etikett verkar leverera. Synd och skam att man aldrig lyckats höra ylandet från Vargen tidigare. För här har man verkligen missat något. En hel del påminner om Ingen Våg, men det finns även en hel del skillnader. Rent estetiskt så skulle man kunna åkalla en likhet mellan den Amerikanska etiketten Acestic House och Blodörn. Tur att vi som bor här i norr har något så här bra. Det börjar lovande och kommer att sluta med Chicagojazzen. Intet ont anande kommer ni att få se på helt andra bullar. Ni kan lyssna till dessa fyra förhandslyssningar av de fyra låtarna här nedanför.

Intervju med Hamnskifte!

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Ni har förmodligen aldrig hört talas om Hamnskifte. De har verkat i bakgrunden, aldrig riktigt visat sig själva och bara existerat i periferin av black metal. Egentligen så tycker de själva inte att de hör till, men det hörs tydligt att det är black metal, men en särskild form av det. Allting började med det första släppet “Födzlepijnan” som kom ut år 2010 på det Amerikanska skivbolaget Starlight Temple Society – som bland annat släppt alster av och med Velvet Cacoon och annan mer eller mindre nogräknad undergroundmetal. Två år senare skulle låten “Hamn” släppas, närmare bestämt i Januari. Sedan dess har det varit tyst på deras front och ingenting har hörts sedan dess. Därför tog Invisible Guy upp brandfacklan och tände elden, genom att ställa frågor till Hamnskifte, både de frågor som behandlar “Födzlepijnan“, 1600-talsinfluenser, nysläppet på det Ryska skivbolaget Myrkr, deras filosofi – och så mycket mer.

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Harvesting #14: Transistor Sphere / DRAMA! / Eoster

Without further ado, Harvesting returns with a smattering noise. It’s been about a year since you last saw something in regards to this. This time covering releases from artists that have self-released their albums, to artists whom are already on a label. Everything from Transistor Sphere, an angst-pop artist crossing into cold wave territory, to DRAMA! a Hungarian avant-garde minimal electronics outfit being released on KHK Tapes. To Eostre, whose debut-album will soon be put out in full by the label Soft Corridor Records. Three enigmatic artists with their own perks. Three artists that are going to be covered here in Harvesting number 14. The fourteenth edition of Harvesting, to date. Scroll down and read it all.

a1517745545_10With a total of fifteen songs, the artist Transistor Sphere moves and shape-shifts into whatever that pleases him for the moment. Electronica is moving swiftly from a rather calm intro, to an angst-pop assault. Clashing beats, hypnotic atmospheres and cherished dark rhythms make this moment such a bliss. A moment that can be endured, a moment that is packaged in between fifty minutes and a little bit more. Lurking transmitters wire you to this experience, that moves somewhere in between the minimalism of minimal electronics, to the fast-paced rhythms you’d otherwise hear in a breakbeat or drum’n’bass track. The album itself has a titled that describes the feeling you get when listening to it: “Disintegrated“.

Here’s where everything dissolves and at the same time it’s a trip into the utmost space of the soundscapes. It can change for a minute, a few seconds – or a little bit more – from the most beastly fast-paced running electronica – to the utmost minimalistic heresy. The melodious content of this album is not something you should underestimate. His eloquent touch with sincere electronics overshadow the whole darkness that is repetitive in the atmosphere of the tracks. It feels organic and it doesn’t feel soulless at all. Low-key beats bounce upon the samplings, the noises that can be heard are briefly swooshed away in favor for something else. Clearly a multifaceted release that goes in between ominous music, deliberate angst-pop with baselines as deep as the blue sea, to the cold wave and in touch with the emotional content at hand – to a degree that is probably not heard when listening to other artists. It’s also clear that he’s influenced by Friedrich Nietszche‘s philosophy to a degree, in regards to the quote on his page: “The future influences the present just as much as the past“. A mysterious artisan at his craft, an interesting antagonist at our hands. Listen to Transistor Sphere‘s album “Disintegrated” below.

khk03_The cacophony doesn’t stop here, as DRAMA! steps up to the plate and run amok. This is a Hungarian artist whose participation in music ranges back to a compilation this artist was featured on, which was “Central Heating” – a compilation crafted by the same label he’s on – namely KHK Tapes. It was released back in 2012 and even though this release, which is his first self-titled, was released in 2013 – we thought of featuring it anyway. He’s got a rather out-of-the-ordinary industrialized landscape of sound which is carefully crafted together between the boundaries of industrial and tape music in the first hand, and minimal electronics as the underlying motor that is pulling this workhorse forward. Forwarding public domain information from the United States in the shape of sound, mixed together with a regular rhythm make a rhythm out of the samplings that he’s borrowed from these domains. This results in a pretty weird but rather analogue experience that will drive you insane sooner or later. A lot of the tracks don’t even make it over three minutes, which makes them a lot shorter then what is expected. The release is compromised of thirteen tracks and the further in you go, the stranger it gets. Noise gets on top of the chain, whilst an almost power electronics sound is dominating throughout – resonating with the scrappy sound of the electronics. Once you go in there, you’ll come out with bad German soap operas that have been used for sampling purposes, but also dubbed things that you can’t really find the source for – unless you’re interested in that stuff. The whole ordeal you’ll have to endure when listening through it feels like a re-cycling of sound. All the primitiveness that can be heard is overlapped with interesting build-ups, heavy and noise synthesized sounds, charred beats that would make you suffer if you had to listen to it even longer. The format is well-thought out, since you can only endure it long enough until the repetitiveness kills you on its own. But mind you, it’s not boring to listen to, at least. You can listen to the whole self-titled release down below, from KHK Tapes bandcamp.

a2596681461_10Glad you’ve read this far. Lastly, we’ve got an experience for you that you’ll probably find rather enjoyable. Eostre is a solo-project that combines the ingeniousness of minimal electronics with the rather rugged sound of ambient and experimental electronics. A formula that the man behind the solo-project, the Belgian man Sébastien Schmit (K-Branding/Service Special) have made his own. Harnessing the monotone vocals that he puts out on the smooth surface of the tracks. A rather interesting paradox between the smoothness of the ambient in the tracks with the rather rugged beats that hit you hard in your neck. This is his debut-album under this moniker and it’s titled “They Were Made Of White Cloth“. Put out by the label Soft Corridor Records. What’s interesting with the two tracks made available on this release is how they change from being a rugged trip into the unknown, hitching a smooth ride – but ending with bubbling electronica and then simply fading out.

Just to change to rather ethnic beats with the other track made available, a kind of middle eastern and/or oriental touch with a sullen synthesizer that almost reminds you of that calm, but oriented emotional saxophone sound that gets played rather frequently in films from the 1980’s. Especially if these films are Action-films. It is clearly noticeable that the different instruments form an intricate rhythm together, that is being based upon underlying rhythms that soar through the dampened landscape of sound. Well, tough luck, because Sébastien is a drummer when push comes to shove. This is also noticeable in how he form the different patterns for the rhythms. Everything goes dancing throughout the soundscapes of these two tracks. Not much more can be uttered about this release, since all tracks have not been made available. It’s a joint release between Soft Corridor Records and Alt. Vinyl, and is going to be put out on the 20th of April. The cover illustration was created by Jess Pauwels, and the photography was taken (and designed) by Julien Lambrechts. Listen to and stream this release down below, from Soft Corridor Records bandcamp.

Spotlight: CromwellC – 13th Dawn

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From the Russian winter we’ve gathered a darkened ambient gem, that was just released past midnight. A combination of the darkly atmosphere that can be found in dark ambient, entwined together with the strong sound of martial industrial. Combine that with eerie violins, a sense of urgency and a sense of peacefulness between the lines. Steady rhythms and bombastic drums sound a call for war, or might it be a call for a remembrance of history as such. Some of the tracks are well-thought out, whilst other seem to be out of place in some sense. Might is right with “13th Dawn” by CromwellC. Neo-classical themes can be heard on the overtones for some of the tracks, as the slowly-paced and rather harmonic classicism spread out its wings. The seriousness of slowed down samplings of a rather unknown origin is paired together throughout. This project also originates from Germany. Harkening to cheering crowds, intellectual quotes from German philosophers, men of honor – and others. The project bears resemblance to what they look up to, according to themselves; Arditi and Toroidh. Even though one couldn’t give much for some of the instruments that resound, since they sound rather digital, you should at least check out the project. It can be downloaded for free from Inhermanland Files, which is the label that it was released on. CromwellC still have a long way to go, but the project itself sounds interesting. So take heed and download it to hear for yourselves.

Listen: The Hammer – Demo 2014

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I’ve been covering some great hardcore the recent years, but there’s been both great hardcore coming out recently and not so great hardcore, but nothing quite like this. At least not when you’re at your demo-stage. The Hammer is a hardcore-band from Gothenburg that released their first demo today, titled “Demo 2014“. We have no idea about the origins of this band or who is behind it, but it sounds very great even though it’s their first demo. That much can’t be said about a lot of bands. It sounds like a crossover in between hardcore, punk and metal, but it’s mainly hardcore and punk. Gothenburg seems to be a stronghold when it comes to certain mind-altering, in a good way, sounds from that particular sphere of genres. What makes it even more interesting is that this crossover blend makes it sound a lot like fastcore and powerviolence, with the fast rhythm, the fast riffs and everything that makes those genres great. The vocalist in particular is absolutely stunning, when you hear his rage and anger between the lines that are riddled with fast-paced hardcore almost all the way. This is certainly one of those demos that you should pay more attention to. You can download this three-tracked release free from their Bandcamp. But I think you should support them with some money if you like what you’re hearing. It was recorded at Fvck Life Studios in Trollhättan, mastered by Fred Hunger. We’re certainly looking forward to future releases by this band.