Exclusive Premiere: Hidden Place – Gioco Cromatico (V.2)

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A compilation was born after four albums, with two years between it and the last album they made. Hidden Place have since long found their niche in synth-pop, minimal wave and new wave. Before they had more experimental influences that soared through a wondrous landscape, but now they channel it down to a common denominator – focusing their darndest on combining Italian geography and language to make something of their own. It seems like it’s even more noticeable now how they sneak in more versions that haven’t been released earlier, or if they have been – the focus have been lying more with the, by now “international” language – English. They have a treasure trove ready to be dug out and it has partly been done with the first compilation, released on the UK-based label Peripheral Minimal. It was named “Retrospettiva: 2004 – 2014“, which as it’s name portrays, holds a rather keen look through nostalgic lenses on the past, mainly unlocking already existing tracks and putting them in a new context – a date where they first were contemplated.

Now after dozen months, Peripheral Minimal still holds the torch that lights the beacon upon where the follow-up will be presented. Peripheral has the key that opens up and gives a summary to the rather underestimated legacy that Hidden Place have brought with them. Whether or not you prefer to listen to them, there’s something which hits the right spot when you listen to their music. Even though it sometimes fades into a more commercial landscape along the road, there’s something well-thought out between their layers of music. I’m not sure if you can pin it down exactly when listening to it, but you’ll probably know what I am talking about. So the second compilation and the follow-up to the first one is now closing in. It carries the exact same title but now we’re at “Retrospettiva Vol. 2“. Let’s hope there’s a gem or two hidden beneath the rugged stone, and that you’ll get some unheard tracks you can listen to in your headphones or on your stereo.

Repartiseraren have gotten hold of a track from this forthcoming compilation. There’s a clear difference to much of their material which could be heard on the first volume, even though you’ll know it’s them – a polished but rough environment steps in and carries everything – leaving a burden on your shoulders. Their language of choice should certainly be Italian, because for someone that doesn’t understand the language, it actually sounds a lot less cheesy. A certain uplifting emotion grabs a hold of you when you listen, but when you listen to this track – melancholia knocks on the door. For your listening pleasure you’ll receive the track “Gioco Cromatico (V. 2)“, taken directly from “Retrospettiva Vol. 2“, exclusively on here and nowhere else. Stream it directly and feel an uncertain breeze flow through you. Artwork was created by Oleg Galay.

Listen: Zarkoff – The Big Ripoff

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Exquisite but ominous electro and techno are out in favor for a more classic 1990’s rave and techno sound. Mute the melodies and come into your groove with a harsh acid baseline that will make you go bananas. This is exactly what Zarkoff has done when he for a moment strayed away from his original sound and decided to go full-on tribalistic rave and classic techno in “The Big Ripoff“. The spirit of the track is not tainted by what he himself thinks is a huge rip-off, because even though a lot of people are going to reminiscence about the good old days – his craftsmanship shines through yet again – so don’t be so harsh on yourself. It’s a perfectly unplanned gesture that shields us when we’re heading into the colder months of the year – the warmth of his track is what keeps you grooving.

After I’ve listened through it a few times I’ve come to appreciate it even more and I hope Zarkoff changes route completely and starts to heave acid house or classic techno music at us, hopefully in a raver’s setting of neon lights and with a drugged out atmosphere. Or maybe he should go full-on gabber so he can be acredited of reviving a genre whose life is in a total stalemate nowadays. What ever he chooses to do, nobody can deny that he’s skilled at what he does and that his transformations are what keep you listening to his music. Anyway, you can stream the track down below or download it for free.

Premiere: Maskinåldern – Avsnitt 3 – Gustav Jansson (Sturm Café)

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Det här är ett avsnitt som jag velat göra sedan jag startade denna podcastserie. Egentligen fanns där inga stora förhoppningar om att lyckas med det, men efter mycket om och men så blev en intervjutid bokat för avsnittet med Gustav Jansson från duon Sturm Café. En grupp som inspirerat många andra inom den “nya” svenska bodyscenen som långsamt började växa fram under tidigt 2000-tal – där Sturm Café var mer prominenta nu i efterhand – än vad de visste där och då.

Men egentligen är det helt egalt i sammanhanget. Fokuset låg på hur bra musiken var och vad som varit upphovet till deras musik, inte bara i studion men också i dynamiken hos duon och deras liveframträdanden – egentligen hela det kit som gjorde att denna duo på ett rätt så framgångsrikt vis kunde göra ett avtryck inom elektronisk kroppsmusik – både här, i Tyskland, men också i resten av världen. För att inte glömma att nämna de otaliga sidoprojekten, varav Kommando XY och Working Puppets utgör de mest prominenta – och kanske egentligen de man intresserat sig mest för.

Nu har man gått och väntat länge på att få släppa detta avsnitt, som är mer än två timmar långt och innehåller en djupintervju med Gustav Jansson. Här får man reda på en mängd saker som inte kommit fram i tidigare intervjuer, kanske för att frågorna inte formulerats på detta vis eller att intresset inte funnits. Förutom att avsnittet är så långt så finns där även tre exklusiva och osläppta låtar, som “1632” från det färdiga (men osläppta) albumet “Europa!” av Sturm Café, demoversionen med en annan sångare på låten “Kyss Mig” av KROPP, och en tidig demo av låten “Mozart-Ideal” som förmodligen är en av de mer populära alstren Sturm Café levererat.

Mycket mer kan egentligen sägas och man skulle kunna täppa till så många andra luckor, men jag låter någon annan göra det. Det finns alltid något av intresse. Det är bara så skönt att äntligen kunna leverera det tredje avsnittet av Maskinåldern. Nu tycker jag att vi kör igång maskineriet för fullt.

Innan ni börjar lyssna så vill jag tacka Minmiart för konstverket till avsnittet. Ni kan titta på annat som hon haft för sig genom att besöka: http://minmiart.tumblr.com/

Låtlista:

1. Spartak – Tiden
2. Position Parallele – Silence et grésillement
3. PTP – Show Me Your Spine
4. Sturm Café – Koka Kola Freiheit (Thomas P. Heckmann Remix)
5. Jäger 90 – Immer Dümmer
6. Sturm Café – 1632 (Unreleased)
7. DAF – Ich Will
8. Kommando XY – Manlig Gemenskap
9. Portion Control – Karateka
10. Keine Ahnung – Plastik
11. a;GRUMH… – M.D.A.
12. Kommando XY – Norrland
13. Working Puppets – Monopoly
14. Working Puppets – Welcome
15. Rheingold – Distanz
16. Les Visiteurs Du Soir – Je T`ecris D`un Pays
17. KROPP – Kyss Mig (Demo Version / Other Singer) (Unreleased)
18. Sturm Café – Mozart-Ideal (Demo) (Unreleased)

Exclusive Premiere: Zarkoff – Terraform

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Yet another hit is churned out of the Zarkoff factory. It is unimaginable how the creative process for Saša Rajković continue to go on and on. Something is fueling what he’s doing, but I don’t know what it could be. Having focused on the more danceable side of electronic music, with this split-release that also features Honored Matres – he goes off-bounds to create a really dark but rhythmic piece of technotic experience. Technotic as in techno. The release is titled “Pannoia Noir“, so even the suggestiveness of the title is embodied into the sound-scape of this four-tracked release. Honored Matres represents the more house-oriented side of this split, although the track by Zarkoff titled “Diminished” have some of those vibes, it feels like it is just when its about to cross over into Matres territory. This split is an outright experience in how you can mix techno with house, without it being a total catastrophe. This release represents the darker side of those genres and brings forth everything from an acidic touch to an almost industrialized version of what ought to be regular techno. There are a lot of surprises hidden between the rhythm and the bridge. You’ll just have to find them.

So I got the opportunity to showcase one of the tracks from this release. I did not have a choice in this matter, but I believe that Kraftjerkz delivered the most potent track on this release. It’s a rather dark journey into combative elements of both techno and the underlying house-vibe.  You feel like something is about to tear the roof off it, but the sound-scape lingers onto the dark experience that you can turn techno into. A path right into the gully of the steady rhythms, nocturnal melodies and forceful visions that Zarkoff makes you share with him. So from this ordeal came a track which is titled “Terraform”, it’s the first track on the release and it is a rather nice track as you’ve probably read. Everything can be found here for those of you that enjoy those darker moments that techno has, with the regular signature of Zarkoff imprinted into the sound-scape. Stream this track exclusively from Repartiseraren and buy the release if you like it, over here.

Exclusive Premiere: Weeping Rat – Eulogy

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These Australians have a weird habit of returning to my blog-zine. Weeping Rat is a mini-ensemble of Australian people whom I’ve written about before. Essentially, they’re a perfect example of what a band actually can do and how not to be a bland mess of influences. Changing themselves over time from a death-rock outfit to a more experimental industrial one. Having released stuff as far back as 2012, now beginning to shape their latest release “Eulogy“. Making a weird kind of transition when they released their two EPs “Forced Vision” and “Fractured Zones“, showcasing two different sides of what was to become a future release. Now they’re limiting themselves to a weird kind of mixture between industrial, cold wave and post-punk – experimenting between the three. Capturing a certain kind of melancholic vibe together with their unusual sounds, a clingy theme of an abrasive singer, with the inspiring percussion.

I got to put up the first single taken from this future release. This particular song is really what defines their new selves. Featuring a meditative rhythm, hiding away a cluster of percussion in what could be referenced as a rain-forest of instruments. At the same time there is a lot of things going on, but it doesn’t really hinder the atmosphere or make it clutter. Well, I put up the song a while ago and I hadn’t written about it until now. So here you are being given the first single from their forthcoming release. The song is called “Eulogy” as you might’ve already found out about. Let’s hope that you listeners enjoy it as well as much as I do.

 

Chondritic Spotlight: Klinikal Skum and Fejhed! [Part II]

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These are the earlier releases from Chondritic Sound. Since these releases, including Sissy Spacek and Jason Lescalleet’s VHS-release, there’s a lot more coming. But since I haven’t written about Klinikal Skum and Fejhed, I am about to do that right now. What’s interesting about these two releases and specifically one of them – is that both of them are dribbling in experimental territory – whilst one is wrought upon the grounds that Puce Mary stands on, with a part of Hoax (the crusty and dark punk band). You’re right, Frederikke Hoffmaier of Puce Mary fame have teamed up with Jesse Sanes of Hoax. They’re creating a regurgitated landscape of sound which can be found within the confinements of “Persona” – the latest release on the Danish label Posh Isolation, by Frederikke. But what is equally as interesting is how these confinements are diluted with this duo. There isn’t really any borders for how horrid and claustrophobic a noise-act can be. When it comes to Klinikal Skum, his sound-scapes are long and dampen from the suggestiveness of his exploration into the human psyche. From the delusional nature of humanity and what kind of psychosis lay hidden beneath the shallow appearance of so-called “sane” human beings. These are the two bands that I will delve into in this edition of the Chondritic Spotlight, which might actually be the last one.

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Ryan Oppermann. Klinikal Skum. Two different names that coincide with one another, one his real name and the other his pseudonym or alter-ego (if you prefer). Released his first album in 2005 on the label Ghost King, then aptly titled “Pulsating” – a word that can be pinned to his music now as well. Besides having started this project back then, he’s indulged into aliases as: Fabbrico Incubo, Neuntöter Der Plage, Post-Mortem Junkie, Redrot, Xombie and groups by the name of; All Bells Grounded, Aram Chaos, Black Lace Drag, Narcoleptic Ward, Rust Owl, S.P., Some Larval Dream About Smothering, Unveiling Asylums and maybe even more that I am not aware of. The similarity between these groups are his fascination of genres like power electronics, noise, industrial, ambient and whatnot. Add experimental in front of these labels and you might pinpoint where he’s been heading to. Besides that, he’s also kept busy with his own label Skeletone which have almost only released material with his different aliases as authors of it.

Now I’m here to describe his latest release under the name of Klinikal Skum. This particular release; “Negativ Psykotelepathi Surveillanz” was put out by Chondritic Sound back in May of this year and is actually some of the more disturbing blend of experimental industrial and power electronics that I have heard. It is sickening and almost unbearable to listen to and feels clinical in the way you wouldn’t want it to be. I feel like I’m visiting a morgue as a dead body and experiencing the wide-range of tools that Ryan Oppermann is going to use to dissect me. That is one of the more insane thoughts that have entered into my mind after listening through this album. What is more horrid than being exposed to this ecstatic wasteland of normal human dignity is to hear the complexity of the music he delivers – as it is actually well-thought out and that is probably the most scary part about it.  It could serve as a blueprint for how you’re supposed to enter a state of mind which we rarely, if ever, encounter in the real world. This is the kind of music that bring it upon us. I can actually offer a free download of the track “Dizeaze Blotter“, which is the track I find to be the best on this album.

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Frederikke Hoffmeier + Jesse Sanes = Fejhed. In Danish, the word “fejhed” translates into “cowardice” in English. It actually translates well into the name of some of the titles, like “Sorry“, “Silence” and “Drinking Spit“, for example. But when it comes to what they conjure together, it feels like might is right and that you’re stuck in a situation with someone whose might is above what you can say or do, a situation which you try to pathetically cower out of. Everything from the freaky atmosphere that lumbers on whereas Jesse and Frederikke take turns to shower you in pure filth. Feel your own disintegration as you fade away from this horrid reality that you have been forced into. This album of theirs is self-titled and is actually the first release under this duo’s name. I’m more than eager to just turn it off before it gives me a headache or any thoughts in my head that shouldn’t really be there. When it comes to the genres they mix in together it could be some kind of minimal wave nonsense blended into the harshness of “normal” noise, but it also feels experimental in the fact that they utilize the unorthodoxy of beats, rhythms and the general sense of an atmosphere, as you travel through a horror-show. I’m not sure if I could describe it any other than just that so you will have to check it out for yourself. All I can bring to the table is a free download of the track “Sorry“, which is the one I felt had the best overall feeling to it and that I really like. You can stream it down below, and this is the end of the spotlight.

Listen: Futuroscope – Hum

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Humming away into a world of their own, Futuroscope is more than just a brief hum. Their music is somewhere between krautrock and psychedelic rock. With their debut-album “Hum“, a low-keyed approach is spun into an eternity through psychedelic rock’n’roll and outdrawn but loud krautrock. The band itself is made up by Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy (Pneu, Papare), Julien Nicolaï (The Finkelnauts) and the guest-star Chacha Charasse (Boogers) – with everyone descending from France. Albeit some of their tracks might not be that much of a deal to listen to, tracks like “Moon” bring out the joyous moments that are hidden from plain earshot. To complete psychedelic ballads like “Warm Walking Day” which make you feel like you’re out of water, walking astray in the desert, with heatwaves bruising your already sweaty self. I like how the rhythm of the drum make you off-bound to the general feeling of the songs, as uncanny melodies are taking place as the main feature. Following throughout like a line in the sand is a rather ritualistic experience which takes a hold of you when you listen to it. There’s a certain weirdness attached to it. This album was released by Monofonus Press the 4th of June, on cassette. Listen to a snipper from a track from the album, down below. You can buy the physical cassette over here.