Listen: Giant Swan, Rivière de Corps, Luminance, and V/A – Spänningen Band II

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We’ve had quite a run for many years, the machinery have worked as intended but sometimes they need to be carefully restored to their former glory once again. We have no excuses to not post anything, it is just that the current musical climate is so lethargic – either waddle through a pool of mud – or directly finding the gems you’ve sought out for so long.

Running your own label takes time, and having a full-time job hinders the crew from working on this site at all times. The intention for the future is to update more frequently, the ideal would be once or twice a day – but time needs to be portioned up for this to work – which is difficult to say the least.

If you haven’t checked our label out yet, here’s some shameless self-promotion, visit our bandcamp-page and support us: https://repartiseraren.bandcamp.com/

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It’s been a long time since anything from Mannequin Records was featured on this webzine, we’ve not really been keeping up with what they’ve been doing – but they’ve released quite a number of records since then.

The latest of their releases is “High Waisted“, by a Bristol-based duo Giant Swan, their second EP in their discography and a really good mixture of ominous industrial music that have an outstretched hand into more obfuscated music like rhythmic noise.

It is too complicated in rhythm to be equated with regular techno, even though some of the settings and moods suggest otherwise. Maybe industrial or hard techno would share more similarity with the genrebending they’re doing in this maddening approach. “The Rest Of His Voice” is easily the best song on the whole record, as it captures their whole essence on this EP, furiously stomping into your eardrums without any hesitation.

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Maybe this french one-man outfit, Rivière de Corps have drawn a lot of influence from Pure Ground? A lot of the material is reminiscent of the earlier outputs of that duo. Both aesthetically and musically, a lot of it sounds alike, some of the songs are alright on this release but other songs like “retour du dieu plutonium” should’ve had more thought put into them.

Even though a lot of songs on this release needs a few adjustments here and there, the general theme of the record and the aesthetic aspects of the release as a whole make it better. With the song “échec critique” they reach a high point of the release itself, if only all the other songs had the same standard, it would be an even better release.

In general, it is satisfying to listen to and it explores a lot of themes and moods that don’t need that much more additional presentation. If you like the music, consider buying a cassette directly from the bandcamp of Vague à l’Âme, and listen to the release in whole down below.

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We’ve covered Luminance some time way back when, but now they’re released a single, a different version of the song “Martyr” (from The Cold Rush), which is more mystical in its approach and a calmer version, titled “Martyr” (Version Longue). The only reason for us to cover a single, is basically because this is a great version that stands on its own and challenges the original version.

This is the point of music, to exponentially go in different directions and instead of stagnating it evolves in manners that might be unknown to the listener until he or she hears it. Could we all agree that french lyrics, when done properly, adequately enhances music and takes it into a whole other dimension? It adds a perfectly great mysterious undertone which is desperately needed in the first minute of this song.

Listen to it down below and give them some money if you like it.

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When I boast about Sweden, I boast about these kinds of compilations. We’re truly great at discovering obscure artists and groups, and we’re even better at showcasing them in equally as obscure compilations. It haven’t been on our horizons, but since we heard about Yta Recordings, we felt we needed to give them some coverage somehow.

Spänningen Band II” is the second compilation in a series, coming in strong with a hard-hitting claustrophobic track by Adore that gently shove in hints of a compact, ambitious dreary landscape of sound that is equal to none. Most of these artists and groups are unknown to us, but when you pass through the quirky repetitive acid mixture that is hidden between Nima Khak and Lrh, a more urgent response is felt within the song by United Hive Mind Of Sweden, perfectly igniting the next artist Stilnoct.

We must admit that we find some of these artists hard to listen to, and that is not because of the music itself, but it is because the same boring archetype of techno music is repeated throughout the compilation in ways that are common with these compilations, unfortunately. The music itself is well-produced, there is no question about that – but after Adore dropped “Time Is Anima“, everything else was pale in comparison.

Celldöd graciously ends this compilation with “Du Som Försvann“, maybe it was the start and finish that would keep you listening throughout? If so, it’s a good compromise. Even though some of the music is not really in our ballpark, it is a good enough compilation to recommend because of its aesthetics and that it contains a few really good tracks, and two really great tracks.

Listen to it down below in full and support them by buying the physical cassette of this release.

 

Premiere: T E M P O R A R Y – Selections From Dunedin’s Pop Underground

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The mastodon release of a compilation overview of the evolution in the Dunedin underground, is courtesy of the fantastic New Zealand micro-label Fishrider Records – whom I’ve had featured both in interview and with bands from the roster – now with a newcomer called Ba Da Bing Records, for outreach of the compilation in North America. This compilation features a narrowly selected crowd of people which you’d know about if you had payed attention to New Zealand. There’s a town there, a town called Dunedin, where a lot of pop-artists and groups have emerged during the last few years. Specifically from 2011-2014. Mavis Gary, Death & The Maiden, The Prophet Hens, Males, Mr Biscuits, Opposite Sex, Strange Harvest, The Shifting Sands, Astro Children, Kane Strang, Scattered Brains of the Lovely Union and Trick Mammoth – are the selected few (many) from this underground current, standing strong with their oddities that are by now their trademark. The reason why you need to have your eyes peeled is just because their sound is different, their sound is as a whole unique for that particular city. Nowhere else can you find this unimaginable creative outlet which have rendered in a sound they can proudly call their own.

Not only does this release incorporate a nice and thick black vinyl, it also is the starting point of a zine called T E M P O R A R Y – yes, just like the release. Even though I feel like the name is ironic, because I feel like this will be a timeless release, even though I haven’t laid my ears to listen to everything on the release yet. The zine features an introductory into the bands, artists and groups that are featured on the release. Repartiseraren can give you an exclusive premiere of two new tracks which were put up by Fishrider Records, it’s “Flowers For The Blind” with Death & The Maiden and “Supermarket” – a long-awaited new track for me here, courtesy of Opposite Sex.

I must congratulate Ian Henderson for this seemingly masterful release, because it was something in dire need of documenting for the rest of the world. The slick design was created by Robbie Morton and the graphic layout by Angus McBryde. Mastered by Tex Houston and tracks selected by Ian Henderson – as it should be – because that man has more insight into this than anyone else. You can either order the vinyl with the zine, the zine and a CD, or the CD, vinyl and the zine. For those of you that live in Europe, you can order T E M P O R A R Y from Occultation Recordings, if you’re in America you can find it at Ba Da Bing Recordings and if you’re nearer Australia or New Zealand; you can get it from Fishrider Records. Stream four tracks from this compilation down below.

Listen: Various Artists – Kollektion 6

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The sixth installment of the selection made by Katabatik. A compilation titled “Kollektion 6” featuring both artists and groups that are a part of the roster, but also those whom aren’t. This compilation is the sixth in a row of free compilations that can be listened to through Katabatik. Everything in electronica from C.L.A.W.S. to Zania Morgan, to the Michael Buchanan (the label-owner) solo-project Identity Theft. Weird electronica, minimal electronics, sincere dark-wave, odd industrial and everything in between. The compilation itself features twenty-three songs from artists and groups like Mikronaut, C.L.A.W.S., Zanna Nera, Cinkrillan Weight, Silent Girlfriend, Abandoned Footwear, Obsidian Blade, Not Breathing, RPTN, Thee Source, Exillon, Identity Theft, The Vivid, aratKilo, Blue Window, Seacrypt, Nebuzaradan, Zania Morgan, Antlers Mulm, Veil, Ionophore, Fluorescent Gray and Sinew. Representing the US as a whole, but mainly Oakland, throughout the rest of America. But also featuring international artists and groups whom are everything from known – to unknown – to somewhere in between. The compilation is rather eclectic but seem to highlight the weird combination between forceful techno, acidic house, 1990s themed dance music funneled into psychedelia – and otherwise forgotten electronica, but also new beat mayhem. Maybe not really my cup of tea – but it might be yours. Stream the whole compilation in its entirety down below.

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.

Listen: Various Artists – Mythical Tapes Volume I / Volume II!

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There are many compilations out there to begin with, but it’s hard to search out and find those that are worthwhile. Today, I actually found out that a pretty unknown label called Mythical Tapes, just released their second volume of their compilation “Various Artists – Mythical Tapes“. In September last year, they released Volume I, which featured: To Feed A Neon Forest, Konstantin E, Lola Kumtus, Top Jugend 90, Zex Model, Winged Pegasus and CONTRA GANG – basically groups and artist I had no idea even existed. Ranging from distraught minimal synth, funky post-punk, miniscule EBM – to energic synthwave, experimental electronica and ambient-infused 80’s-inspired tough synth-pop. Well, the same thing can be said in regards with Volume II of this compilation. One good thing about it is that they’ve expanded into including fourteen artists and groups on this Volume, extending beyond the scarce count of seven – which was the number of artists and groups featured on the first Volume. Scroll down if you want to read about Volume II.

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What’s new when it comes to this Volume? Besides what has been described above, this time they have a lot more minimalistic noise, the rather harsh noise-infused minimalism of a band that I’m familiar with, namely Knifedoutofexistence. Other acts that are new are Art Zero, Boars, KALAT, Cyborgs On Crack, Sleep-Easy and Nigel Samways. Which means that To Feed A Neon Forest, Lola Kumtus, Top Jugend 90, Zex Model and Winged Pegasus have returned for this volume. If you’re interested in the more psychedelic, more harsh, electronica – then this compilation is something you should check out. Space out to some mindbogglingly atmospheric electronica, spazz out to the psychedelia-induced electro, take it easy with some frantic but at the same time calm, ambient. They’re also hinting that this won’t be the last you’ve heard of them, as EPs and Albums will be coming forth in the near future. But in the meantime, check this wicked compilation out. You can stream both Volume I and Volume II down below. The latter will be available to be bought as a physical cassette very soon. Buy the limited edition for Volume I, over here.

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Support: Various Artists – No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (Benefit For Stephen Petrus)

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Among those people that I associate with as I write for this blog-zine, have contributed to a compilation which works as a benefit. I’m not that much for supporting causes randomly, especially not when it comes to general causes as such. But since I like industrial music, dark ambient, rhythmic noise and everything in between those genres, I thought that I had to support this in one way or another. Mostly because all of the money that is generated when people purchase this compilation, goes to Stephen Petrus, whom from what I’ve seen have been somewhat of a figure within these genres – and a friend for those that I associate with. He’s most known for Murderous Vision, a long-going industrial solo-project and alter ego. Originally founded by himself and John Dixon, as an ‘anti-rock’ entity, in 1994. Even though industrial seem to have been the main focus lately, it’s been within the range of genres such as metal, acoustic rock music, and as a more tangible outlet.

There is a reason that this compilation is a benefit in the first place. Malignant Records‘ main guy Jason decided to collect exclusive tracks from different artists that participate in this benefit, to help Stephen Petrus with financial means, as he lost his home and all his belongings in a fire. So therefore, Jason decided to start a benefit, as a compilation – where all the money collected from people who buy both the digital version and the CD version, goes to Stephen himself, to help him out. The artists and groups that are participating on this compilation, in order to help him, are: Phragments, Inade, Kristoffer Nyströms Orkester, The Vomit Arsonist, Æther & Trepaneringsritualen, Shock Frontier, The Scapegoat Mechanism, Theologian, Bereft, Megaptera, United Front & Shock Frontier, Blitzkrieg Baby, Steel Hook Prostheses, Sektor 304, Sewer Goddess, Dreaded, Fire In The Head, Swollen Organs and Naxal Protocols. So there are a lot of notable groups and artists that want to help him out. Invisible Guy also wants to help him out, since he seems to be a good guy, and is closely associated with those that I have associated with lately. Therefore, I see it as my duty to write something about it and buy it myself.

I see no reason why you shouldn’t buy this. If you’re not motivated by helping him out as a donation, you can at least buy this release digitally or physically – so the money goes to him, and you get something in exchange. But I’ve decided to buy it digitally and support this cause with the money I have available in the coming days. So why don’t you also do it? You can currently stream a track by Steel Hook Prostheses and Phragments, and all the other tracks will be available upon release. This release is out on the 24th of February. The physical format is 2xCDr, and the digital album currently costs eight dollars.

Spotlight: Various Artists – W A V E C O R E 2!

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This is a compilation released last year that I meant to cover, but never had the time to cover. W A V E C O R E is essentially a compilation that features artists and groups that have any connection with the label releasing it, namely Anywave, or artists and groups of their liking. It’s a compilation that last year on the seventeenth of December got released in its second edition. The first edition of this compilation was released earlier that year, but I simply scrolled by it and didn’t mention it at all – which is a shame, really. Both compilations feature artists and groups from far and away, all the way from Mexico to Kiev, from Montreal to Poland. Essentially, they haven’t really gotten that much in common, except the fact that they each represent a genre that is virtually unrepresented in the mainstream. Such genres as cold wave, “post wave”, minimal electronics, and the like – have rarely (if ever) struck a chord with the mainstream. Much can be said about that, but most of it is also only represented by alternatives – if they’re trendy, or fit the construed mold of the month.

Anyway, less blabbering about what’s bound to happen, and more about what isn’t. There are a lot of artists and groups on this compilation that I didn’t even know existed, before. Like for example Défecit Budgétaire, Amalaise, Минск, Supahmoonmoon and Jari Pitkänen. The others, I know a bit about, or know a little more then that. Brusque Twins were one of my more obvious finds last year. Whilst I only know a little bit about Psychic Hearts, L’Avenir, Blablarism, Prairie, Jaqueline Sauvage, Kindest Cuts, Mareux, How To Disappear Completely and Seventeen At This Time. All these artists and groups are featured on this compilation, which is seventeen tracks long, spanning on a time that clocks in at roughly seventy minutes. The wonderfully constructed artwork was created by Myriam Barchetat, printed by Atelier OASP, songs were carefully selected by Half Summer – and the whole she-bang was mastered at Anywave Studio – which is basically their own studio.

So, what can be found here? Anything that would interest you if you’re into more obscure music. Everything from post-punk with harsher electronica, to minimal electronics throwing a hizzy fit, together with the most weird and out-there ambient you can find. But that’s not all, as you’ll stumble upon some concrete synth-pop, magical future-pop and utterly brilliant experimental electronics. Well, this is obviously not everything that can be depicted, but it’s a taste of what you can hear there. If you want to buy this compilation, it comes in various forms. A limited DIY digipack for 12 dollars, both compilations digitally for 20 dollars, both compilations physically on CD – together with “Onlooker” by Avgvst, for 25 dollars. Also, the compilation itself can be bought digitally for 7 dollars. So you make up your mind, but listen to and stream it down below – it will be well worth it if you tune in.