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.

B.S.R. [#1]: Tonight, we’ll sleep well!

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Yes, I’m afraid this is another one of those games. I love to play with words. At least when it comes to categorizing things or starting to explore new areas of both music and writing. I’ve had Harvesting and Showcase before, but it’s time to introduce, yet another one – which will be called B-S-R (Best Right Now). This implies that I’m not being selective enough, which I totally am, but I need to be even more selective this time around. With this, I’ll only include the best of the best or the créme de la créme. Or as some people say; the cream of the crop. It might be a hard task, it might not be. We’ll see how it pans out, but I’m already starting to dig the abbreviation. In today’s “session”, you’ll find the following groups of musicians: Umwelt, Disco I Mitt Hjärta, CMBN8R and Night Terror.

2226241973-1What a great blend of every different nuance in electronica you could find. Or, it might just be related to electro, breakbeat, dark wave and our companion; synth-pop. Raw, tough and rugged electro from the depths of your safe haven. That is, if you’re into ‘real’ electro. Fronting with some great vibes, which almost ‘takes you back’, even though you haven’t lived the 90’s rave-themed parties. I could imagine that this would be something that could’ve been played at one of those warehouse clubs. But with no further insight, the tastiness of the hard, but dizzy instrumentation – makes it all worthwhile. Stingy synthesizers, and a thorny assault on your mind. Ripping the flesh, dropping the whooping bass that simply throws off your own boundaries. Completely insane, in a good way, of course.

Favorite track(s): Don’t Trust Me, Mogul Project, P.O.W.

2609351793-1This is completely related! Or not, because it’s dream wave meets nu-disco – thrown back into a hazy 80’s atmosphere. Snap your fingers, settle with some cheap champagne. Rhythmically ingenious, satisfyingly pretentious at worst. Down tempo, somewhat sensual at times. The pop-oriented vibes take over the landscape of sound at times, making for what could be called a cheesy ‘hit’ from that time period, at worst. For the most part – it’s melodic, catchy and dreamy. Yes, it also contains some of that heartbreaking lyrics, contemplating why and how. Let your limb stomp to the harder beats and let your heart melt within the socket, together with the synthesized prophecy that you’ve been longing for since a decade was over, a long time ago.

Favorite track(s): Creative People and If Only.

211160994-1An astonishingly great example of how you mix ambient with an atmospheric trip. Taking the listener throughout tribal mysteries, natural phenomenons and altercations within your perception of the world – and how it might be. Fusing the appropriate elements of trip-hop, beats, experimentalism and IDM – together in a basket with atmospheric ambient. Utilizing more traditional instruments, together with a whole range of differentiated harmonies and melodies. Witnessing a total rhythmical crash-landing. Too bad that sometimes the different samplings ruin the whole feeling of the song, but that’s of a minor concern when the music at hand is talking to you – so that you can feel it deep down, all the way into your own soul. Appreciatively intelligent, unblushingly great and mystical at the same time.

Favorite track(s): Tigris and Solar Myth.

442702281-1Industrial at its finest, thinking out of the box. Experimental roots burrowing down, deep into the conscience of the amoeba that is industrial. Giving it a whole new way of orienting in the world, disorienting the listener, to the quick and hasty sounds that are emitted. Real psychedelia, in the purest form, ready to delve into your circuit – to control your body. Fearfully using the synthesizers as both a fortifying experience in itself, carefully branching into what they’d call ‘space pop’ and the likes of the electronic mind. Sinister at the core, with underlying grimness – almost cheerful in the overlaying carcass. Sometimes even noisy and brawny, as the tropospheric bolts of lightning quickly lunge out and strike you where you least expect it – continually, like (non)rhythmic noise.

Favorite track(s): Forever (extended version)