Mika Vainio – Kilo [PTYT076LP]

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Finnish experimentalist Mika Vainio always continues to surprise and amaze with each new release, managing to always re-invent hi sound and go beyond his peers. Kilo comes courtesy of Blast First Petite and goes through ten tracks of Vainio’s finest drone manipulations via way of complex beat-driven machinics. Everything from the opener “Cargo” to tracks like “Cranes” or “Sub-Atlantic” and even “Wreck” display a a more aggressive side of Vainio that harks back to his classic work with Pan Sonic, albeit with a more explicit industrial techno fury

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Mika Vainio – Kilo [PTYT076LP]

Massprod & Herva – Technology Fail As A Birth Control For Unnecessary Recordings [KMWL006]

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“As a label manager a lot of music reaches you ears. Some you get especially attached to. This release is one of those. The two Italian producers Massprod and Herva has together produced some music that feels very unique and different. The EP that goes under the wonderful title Technology Fail as a Birth Control for Unnecessary Recordings, contains a set of songs that blend distorted funk, lo-fi tape recordings, noise and ultra minimal electronica. Titles like ‘Mike vs Speak and Overdub as a Weapon Against Modern Laptop Wanking’ and ‘Fourth Dimension Opens Up to Show Invisible Boogie Maze’ might even open up for new horizons for our label, the label with no set goals. We hope you like this one. We do.”

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Massprod & Herva – Technology Fail As A Birth Control For Unnecessary Recordings [KMWL006]

Helm – Silencer [PAN043]

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Helm’s Impossible Symmetry was one of PAN’s most far-out musical transmissions of 2012 – something that was no mean feat – and on Silencer, Luke Younger continues his exploration of sound’s darker corners with four equally as nuanced productions. The title track seems to tap into the similar rhythmic zone as Demdike Stare’s recent Testpressing releases, combining noisy textures with clattering rhythms, while “Mirrored Palms” creates something more meditative altogether, as a drawn out drone creates images of a scorched wasteland, and “Bergamo” and “The Haze” comes across as more elegiac in their approach, despite their lumbering Emptyset-style rhythms.

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Helm – Silencer [PAN043]