For some time now Equinoxious have been releasing single after single – finally compiling everything into a triple-single. It’s been a while since his E.P. “Astros Prometidos” was released, a year ago. Then it was re-released on the Valencian label SINCRONICA in April this year. But then singles showed up roughly two months ago, hinting that his forthcoming album “Cosmódromo” was due to be released, on the aforementioned label. These three singles are titled “Astrónomo Insumiso“, “Cosmódromo (ft. Kriistal Ann)“, and “Σ“. I haven’t really been following this Mexican artist more then when one of his tracks were featured on a compilation not too long ago. That seems to have been a greater mistake then what I ever could have anticipated. His music is really something which connects the otherwise blurry dots between minimal synth and synth-pop. Often times the minimalism takes a greater toll on the sound then it should, in my opinion. It becomes bleaker then intended and carries nothing much of weigth. Equinoxious manage to find a balance in the contrast between minimalism and the otherwise glamorous synth-pop sound – by relying on catchy, primitive and repetetive beats – intermixed with a clever and complex rhythmic pattern that have the ability to change – rapidly.
Another thing which hasn’t gone unnoticed is how many within minimal synth, cold wave, darkwave and other similar sub-genres collaborate more then usual. Just see how Paradox Obscur’s own Kriistal Ann is featured on one of the single-tracks featured both in this foretaste and also in the forthcoming album by Equinoxious. You don’t have to go far when you’d want to see a collaboration, just check earlier releases by other artists in nearby genres; Roladex and ((PRESSURES)), Xiu and Cold Colors, Larissa Iceglass from Lebanon Hanover on the forthcoming Selofan-release, and many more. It doesn’t just have to be split-releases but it can also be collaborations. I hope to see even more of that in the future, to say the least many of them have been surprising and others not as surprising. So now when SINCRONICA will be releasing Equinoxious new album, you’ll unfortunately have to wait until 2015 for the end result. I hope there’ll be more collaborations on the release instead of just one, but I can right now only hope for that to show up next year. I suggest that when you’re patiently waiting, stream the “Singles” down below.
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.
I haven’t really been covering Kontravoid a whole lot, with one exception. But what I have been covering has been Tännhauser Gate. Now they’ve outdone themselves when it comes to remixing, as they’ve just now remixed “Impurities“, a stand-alone single that as of yesterday, have been remixed by Equitant, Alixander III, VLsonn and Tarantula X. Also featuring a remastered version of the track itself. It seems like Pretty Pretty Records from California have had their hand in making it happen, too. Anyway, the reason that I’m writing this is because Len from Tännhauser Gate e-mailed me about it, and I must say that when I pick and choose from those remixes – I always fall back to Tännhauser Gate. They squashed in their signature into it, and even though it sounds alike, their more down-tempo take of the track is unabashedly my favorite. When it comes to the actual track itself, the techno-vibes along with the aggressive EBM under- (and overtones) – make me head back to the original source all the time, that is – when I’m not listening to the Tännhauser remix. I actually have no idea what will happen to this single, more than the fact that you can buy it from Kontravoid himself and Pretty Pretty Records. However, this is probably one of the more interesting remix-albums since Three Winters released theirs earlier this year. The album art for this release is courtesy of Ryan Paterson. Buy it digitally by name-your-price and put in something extra there, or buy on iTunes for the ridiculously low price of 0.99 dollars.
I know of their existence, thanks to Totally Wired Records. The rhythms are funky, the melodies are thought-out, the impact is profound. Grandiose landscapes of rock music meets the underbelly of alternative and some post-punk, with psychedelic overtones. Lovely vocals, crass guitars and deepened baselines. Yes, I’m talking about Gran. The latest addition to Totally Wired Records, with three songs, three singles. They deserve to be in the limelight, as their slimy aesthetics make you begrudge that you’re not one of them. Continually chasing the spirit that is developed within their sound-scape, always after something. But, you know, you wish we’d dance like them. Their song “Brain Freeze” just got a music-video, which is what I’m talking about right here. But if you want to, you can both stream their singles and watch their music-video. Not at the same time, though. If you’re not some supernatural and abnormal human being that know how to multitask to the extreme. Just let it pour in, let it dissolve and make up your mind. By the way, their singles are available for free download ONLY today on the 19th of August. So get to it, people!